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Firefighters from the Ithaca Fire Department responded to a report of a car on fire in the Oxley Parking Lot near the Vet School on Wednesday morning after Cornell emergency workers were unable to successfully get the blaze under control, according to IFD Lieutenant Tom Basher. IFD arrived on the scene around 10 a.m. to find a car with its engine compartment on fire. The car was in close proximity to several other vehicles, according to an IFD press release. Cornell Environmental Health and Safety personnel secured the area and led firefighters to the scene. “Cornell EHS was on the scene first. Those guys did a great job, but they only carry fire extinguishers,” Basher said. “A lot of times they try to handle it, but with some bigger fires they need our help. They tried, they did a really good job.” IFD firefighters extinguished the fire in under 10 minutes and no other cars were damaged, according to an IFD press release. The cause of the fire was under investigation as of Wednesday night, according to Basher. “We’re not sure what caused it. It was a problem in the engine compartment,” he said. “It’s still under investigation.” — Compiled by Rebecca Harris
Doubt Efficacy of Plagiarism Prog. By MARGARET YODER Sun Staff Writer
One year after the Faculty Senate passed a resolution adopting Turnitin.com as a strategy to reduce plagiarism on campus, the Judicial Codes Counselor Office — which represents students accused of Code of Conduct violations — has yet to see a case in which the software detected plagiarism. However, several students and administrators said they doubted whether this indicated a decline in the number of students actually plagiarizing their work. In a 2010 poll conducted by a Cornell organization, 30 percent of 227 Cornell undergraduates surveyed admitted to some form of cheating. Carol Grumbach, associate dean of students, said the real percentages are likely even higher, because not all students will admit to cheating. Last spring, the Faculty Senate voted to pass a resolution adopting Tunitin.com as part of a broader approach to reducing plagiarism at Cornell, according to Grumbach. Turnitin is an optional tool professors can use to detect plagiarism See TURNITIN page 5
Pub Event Planning Proves Difficult for Student Organizers
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Gilbert Hanse M.L.A. ’89 will design the golf course for the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro. | Page 3
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Although the first two pilot events in the new on-campus pub in Willard Straight Hall attracted a large number of undergraduate and graduate students, some organizers for the most recent event, a concert on Thursday night, said that there may still be some issues to work out before the Bear’s Den officially opens in the fall. Between 350 and 400 people attended Thursday night’s concert — a performance by Israeli pop star Ivri Lider — including undergraduates, graduate students and faculty and staff, according to Robert Callahan ’14, pub director of the Student Union Board. The space was filled to capacity for most of the night, Callahan said. However, Yotam Arens ’12, one of the organizers of the event, said planning the concert “was a very difficult process” — which he attributed to the pub still being in the “preliminary stages” of its development. “In terms of planning and working with the pub committee, because there were so many groups involved, there were issues of communication and it wasn’t always clear what the role of the staff from Cornell dining or the S.A. office or the pub committee was,” Arens said. “There is still a lot to be ironed out, in my opinion.” Callahan said that the concert was the first event held in the pub with an outside organization — the Super Bowl party launch event See PUB page 4
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Student Org.Reinstated After Forced Hiatus By KAITLYN KWAN Sun Staff Writer
After a mandatory twomonth recess, Cornell’s Formula Society of Automotive Engineers team — which builds race cars for an annual International Speedway Competition in Michigan — was reinstated mid-semester. The hiatus came after several FSAE freshmen told administrators that the organization was causing a great deal of stress and a decline in their academic performance.
According to team leader Matt Byrne ’12, the team was approached in early December by College of Engineering administrators including Prof Mark Campbell, director of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Dean of Engineering Lance Collins, who ordered that the group take a break to improve team morale and reduce stress among its members. “It felt like they were getting a little off-course,” Campbell said. “If your goal is to win the competition
every year, it’s really easy to let that drive everything. We needed the team to be a bit introspective of what their makeup was, what their outcomes were, such that all of the good things that they’ve done will continue to the future.” Campbell and members of FSAE declined to elaborate on specific complaints reported to the administration by freshmen members. According to Byrne and Campbell, the hiatus did not See SAE page 6
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Alum Designs Golf Course For 2016 Olympics in Rio By CAROLYN KRUPSKI Sun Contributor
and Monumental Horticulture, which gave him the opportunity to study in the U.K. and visit various British golf courses. “Cornell uniquely prepared me to go out in the world as a golf course architect,” Hanse said. In designing the Olympic course, Hanse said that he focused his design on the selection committee’s three main objectives: environmental sustainability, compelling design and post-Olympics legacy to ensure that the course “fit in Rio.” He explained that he wanted to “make the course look as if it was part of the natural landscape,” by “reducing the amount of irrigated turf to match the sandy native grass.” Hanse’s team of expert researchers and advisers for the golf course design included Ladies Professional Gold Association Hall of Famer Amy Alcott and Prof. Frank Rossi, horticulture. “Big Red was well represented,”
Gilbert Hanse M.L.A. ’89, will design the golf course that will reintroduce the sport of golf to the Olympics at the 2016 summer games in Rio de Janeiro. The course will be the first built for the Olympics since 1904 — the last time golf was an Olympic event. The selection committee chose Hanse from a pool of distinguished golf course architects, according to a University press release. My design team was “thrilled, a little bit stunned [and] humbled to have been selected,” Hanse said. Hanse started his company, Hanse Golf Course Design, in 1993 and has since designed several award-winning courses around the world, including the Castle Stuart course in Scotland. He was named Golf Architect of the Year by Golf Magazine in 2009. Hanse attributed his successful career as a golf course “Cornell uniquely prepared me to go architect to his experience out in the world as a golf course at Cornell. architect.” “I never thought it Gilbert Hanse M.L.A. ’89 was a real career path until I got to Cornell,” Hanse said. “Rossi … did research Hanse said. “The institution’s for us for the selection of proper founding quote — any person, turf grass. We wanted to use as few any study — it’s really true. I had chemicals [as possible] to keep professors in the landscape archi- them healthy and alive.” tecture department who were so Rossi was tasked with developencouraging of me to go into this ing the grassing plan and researchlittle niche, focus on golf and take ing the native vegetation of Rio de classes in turf grass.” Janeiro. While at Cornell, Hanse was a Rossi said the region’s climate recipient of the Frederick Dreer posed a challenge to the golf Award for Landscape Architecture course design.
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A hole in one | Gilbert Hanse M.L.A. ’89 designed the golf course shown in this rendering. The course will be built in Rio de Janeiro for 2016 summer Olympics, the first time since 1904 in which golf will be an Olympic event.
“You have an abandoned sugar cane plantation with an Olympic village right next to it in a climate where there is not a lot of data on growing grass,” he said. Rossi said that Hanse wanted to make sure that the course would look impressive enough as the first Olympic golf course in more than a century and that it would be appropriately scaled for television. “Our goal is to create a stage for the Olympics to be on. Ultimately, the players create the drama,” Hanse said. However, Rossi added that Hanse and the team do not want to impose a burden on the Brazilians by leaving them with a course that is too difficult to maintain after the Olympics end. “You don’t have to spend millions of dollars to maintain a course, and it shouldn’t take a Ph.D. to manage,” Rossi said. In order to ensure low maintenance costs, Hanse said he will maximize course irrigation by cap-
turing storm water from the surrounding area. “We tried to be responsive to what [the Brazilians] can afford from both an environmental and budget standpoint,” Hanse added. Hanse’s commitment to environmentally-friendly architecture has inspired some Cornell students who hope to pursue careers in sustainable landscape architecture and engineering, including Joe Nelson ’14. “It is exciting for me to see that people recognize the need to design in parallel with nature's intentions,” Nelson said. “I hope his work inspires more people to think about how to efficiently serve [society’s] needs while simultaneously being mindful of our actions and how they affect the world around us.” Rossi attributed the Olympic selection committee’s decision to choose Hanse’s design to the team’s efforts to responsibly integrate the course into the Rio landscape.
“We were up against some pretty big names in golf. Jack Nicklaus was a finalist,” Rossi said. “But [Nicklaus] has a hard time building a course that you can manage for less than a few million.” In addition to sustainability and cost, other challenges included creating a course that will appeal to all levels of golfers and encourage the growth of the sport in Brazil. “This is one of the biggest golf course projects in the past fifty years — and probably the next fifty years. I think that the [selection] committee felt a sense of responsibility that countries that don’t pay a lot of golf may start to invest in it with it in the Olympics,” Rossi said. “This course may shape the business.” Current plans set course construction to begin in October, according to Hanse. Carolyn Krupski can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
C.U. Rewards Students for ‘Interracial Harmony’ By DENNIS LIU Sun Staff Writer
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Marino Leone ’15 got his head shaved at Delta Phi and Tri Delta’s “Shave a Brother to Save a Brother” event on Ho Plaza Wednesday. The event raised nearly $2,000 for leukemia and lymphoma research.
The University presented the Cornell DREAM Team with the 18th annual James A. Perkins Prize for I n t e r r a c i a l Understanding and Harmony for the team’s work in raising awareness about the plight of undocumented students. The DREAM Team “has served the Cornell community well in raising awareness and furthering the true meaning of ‘any person, any study,’” Provost Kent Fuchs said. The Cornell DREAM Team is a student group created last semester to generate understanding about the issue of students’ undocumented status, according to David Angeles ’13, a member of the team who accepted the prize on its behalf. In February, the group helped raise over $10,000 in donations for Eric Hyun Jae Cheon ’12, an undocumented student struggling to pay
off his debts for his Cornell education. “None of this would have been possible without the unwavering support of the Cornell community,” Angeles said. “Had all of you not stood by us, we would have failed. And so it is
of Anabel Taylor Hall. Past recipients of the prize include the Committee for the Advancement of Muslim Culture and the Cornell Farmworker Program. Organizations are chosen based on the number and diversity of
The DREAM Team “has served the Cornell community well in ... furthering the true meaning of ‘any person, any study.’” Provost Kent Fuchs today, in my mind, that I think the Perkins Prize is not for the Cornell DREAM Team, but for Cornell.” The Perkins Prize awards $5,000 each spring to students or organizations at Cornell who make “the most significant contribution to furthering the ideal of University community while respecting the values of racial diversity.” It was presented in a ceremony held Wednesday in the One World Room
participating students, their promotion of shared values and how well they enhance cooperation among students of different backgrounds, according to Fuchs. “These are issues that [recently] have been very important on campus, significantly because of [Cheon’s] situation as an undocumented student at Cornell,” said Cristina Lara ’14, a member of the Cornell DREAM Team. “So when we were
awarded this, I think people were for the most part relieved that this is an issue that other people outside of our organization care about.” Lara said the Cornell DREAM Team intends to use a portion of the prize money to establish a scholarship for undocumented students. She added that the organization also plans to set up safe spaces on campus for undocumented students in the future. This year’s honorable mentions for the Perkins Prize went to the Women of Color Coalition for its Women of Color Conference in November and the Cornell Asian Pacific Islanders Student Union for hosting last month’s Asia Night and for securing byline funding. Each group received $500 for their contributions. “Student of color issues are not limited to students of color, but rather it’s something that the Student Assembly See DREAM page 5
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Pub Committee Reduces Pilot Events Before Opening PUB
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The pilot events were chosen based on responses to an email sent out by the pub committee to all club officers at Cornell, according to CIPAC co-president Yotam Arens ’12, one of the concert organizers. “We thought it would be great for us to put on a performance [in the Bear’s Den] because there’s so much excitement around the pub,” Arens said. According to Raps, the first two events were attended by “a wide range of students,” in keeping with what she said the space was intended to do. “It’s definitely going along with the vision that all students are invited and [that there is] diverse programming that is a substitute for other activities on campus,” Raps said. “Bringing together the Jewish and LGBT communities was really successful and really fun to be at.” Callahan agreed that the goal of the pub is to bring different groups together on campus. “Our purpose is to cater to undergraduate students because we’re funded by the undergraduate Student Assembly, but our mission is to promote a culture for people who are of age to drink to come hang out with people who are not of age,” Callahan said. “Going forward, we would like to work with the graduate S.A. to possibly get graduate funding as well.” Rachel Rabinowitz can be reached at email@example.com.
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event of the semester will be. “We are working to figure out the times specifically and what content we want to have,” he said. The Bear’s Den has not officially opened because of a delay in obtaining a liquor license. The pub is able to serve liquor for its pilot events this semester because Cornell Catering has its own permit; they sold beer and wine on Thursday night, which was served at a makeshift bar composed of Ivy Room tables. According to Student Assembly President Natalie Raps ’12, because the layout of the space is now finalized, the committee can begin to expedite the process of securing a liquor license. “It’s a very tentative process as to when the final date for the license will be given, so until then we are on a program-byprogram basis,” Raps said. “We are doing everything in our power to make sure [the pub] opens in the fall, fingers crossed.” While the pub committee hopes to open the Bear’s Den by the start of next semester, it is now up to New York State to approve the liquor license. “The plan is to open in the fall, however we don’t know the specifics because it’s up to the [New York State Liquor Authority],” Callahan said. “Obviously that’s a political process and it takes the amount of time that a political process would.”
was hosted by the S.A. — which may have contributed to these communication problems. “Because there were seven or eight different parties [involved in the planning process], including co-sponsoring organizations, having a perfectly clear line of communication was hard to do,” Callahan said. “For example, one person from Cornell Dining would say one thing and the other person from CIPAC wouldn’t know exactly what they meant.” Shelby Rokito ’15, another organizer of last week’s event, added that the acoustics of the room made it difficult at times for everyone at the concert to hear the performer. Despite these issues, Callahan said he was happy with the test run for co-sponsorship of pub events and that he felt the concert ran as smoothly as all parties involved could have hoped for. According to Callahan, the pub committee will work with Cornell University Maintenance to add new features to the space over the summer before the fall opening. He said these additions will include a dimmer switch for all of the lights in the space, and a stage, sound system and stage lights will be installed. “It will be much more of a performance venue and less [of ] a dining hall
when we use it,” Callahan said. “It will still be the Ivy Room during the day, but once the [permanent] alcohol service begins it will be the Ivy Room and the Bear’s Den, and once the Ivy Room closes [for the night] it will just be the Bear’s Den.” While organizers complained of disorganization in the planning prior to the event, they said they still enjoyed the performance. “I felt a lot like I was in a coffee house, which was a perfect way to relax on a Thursday night,” Rokito said. “I really enjoyed the performance and the atmosphere.” The concert was the second of three events that the pub will host this semester before the Bear’s Den officially opens in the fall. The pub committee originally planned to throw four pilot events this semester, but will now host only one more event at the end of April, according to Callahan. “We have reduced it to [three events] because Cornell Catering did not have the manpower to do a fourth event before the study period began,” he said. “We all wish we could have done four events, but unfortunately it just wasn’t able to happen given our schedule and Cornell Dining’s schedule and Cornell Catering’s schedule.” Callahan added that the committee has not yet determined what the final
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Students, Admins Debate Efficacy of Plagiarism Detection Software TURNITIN
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by electronically running papers through a database that compares documents with web content, publications and papers that have previously been submitted. The software will create an “originality report” — a percentage that indicates how much of a submitted paper was copied from an outside source. It also highlights those sections. However, it is at the discretion of the instructor to determine whether there was any actual plagiarism in the paper, according to Grumbach. While Cornell is using Turnitin to reduce plagiarism campus-wide, some students do not believe that Turnitin is targeting the assignments where plagiarism is most rampant. “I don’t think the issue is really with papers, it is more prevalent in the sciences where you are supposed to have the same answers as other people,” Christina Hardin ’15 said. “I don’t think they’re looking at the right area. Turnitin only looks at the arts, it
doesn’t look at anything” science-related. Tobi Simon ’15 agreed, saying that she doubted Turnitin will have an impact on the amount of plagiarism on campus because she thinks the number of professors who actually use Turnitin is low. She also noted the difficulty of plagiarizing an essay versus a problem set. “I don’t know too many people who plagiarized essays … you can’t really copy what other people think when you’re writing about what you feel, whereas problem sets are really basic answers,” Simon said. “Math and science is definitely easier to copy. I don’t think using Turnitin.com will help plagiarism at all.” Clifford Roberts grad teaches a Freshman Writing Seminar and uses Turnitin in his class. Roberts uses Turnitin not for its primary purpose of detecting plagiarism, but rather for its secondary features such as online grading and commenting. “Insofar as it’s a plagiarism detection software, I haven’t found it especially useful. I actually find it more useful for the non-plagiarism stuff, like the comments and the fact
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should take an active role in and that the entire Cornell campus is really affected by,” said Sharon Lau ’12, the outgoing president of CAPSU. “Hopefully we’ll see administrators and student leaders collaborating together to create a more cohesive community.” The Perkins Prize was established in 1995 by Thomas W. Jones ’69 to recognize exemplary Cornell students, faculty, staff and organizations. Jones was one of the students who led the 1969 Willard Straight Hall takeover, when 80 African American students occupied a building, protesting the lack of minority rights on campus. He later served on the University Board of Trustees. The award is named in honor of Cornell’s seventh president, James Perkins, who helped to
advance minority education in the 1960s. Perkins was president during the Straight takeover, and resigned a few months later. “I’m just very delighted and proud that the Perkins Prize has evolved into giving voice to the kind of groups that are recognized today,” Jones said. “The undocumented student problem is something I think is just invisible to so many of us.” Reflecting on the recent death of former University President Dale Corson, Jones said the Perkins Prize awards ceremony was one of Corson’s “favorite events.” “One of the ways that any one of us can continue to live beyond our own mortal limitations is through the vehicle of prizes such as this that give voice to our ideals and our aspirations,” Jones said. Dennis Liu can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
that it’s incorporated into Blackboard so you can submit your papers through it,” Roberts said. “I find all of the non-plagiarism stuff much more useful and I think those on their own make it worthwhile.” Kyle Hogan, law, and a Judicial Codes Counselor appointed by President Skorton, said he believes that he will see an increase in the number of students caught plagiarizing in as a result of Turnitin. However, he said he has not seen any cases arise this year as a result of the program. Hogan explained that if a student is found guilty of plagiarizing, the student’s punishment can range from a grade reduction to a failing mark on the assignment to failing grade in the class. Hogan said he typically sees about 100 cases of academic integrity violations each year involving both graduate and undergraduate students. He noted that a number of these cases involve students accidentally plagiarizing written assignments. “We see cases where students are doing research online and they sort of internalize things that become their ideas in a sense,”
Hogan said. “They don’t remember where they originated from and they incorporate them into their paper and they look way too much like the source, which is problematic because they’re not intending to cheat. It’s just in a sense a way that the mind works.” Although many students doubt that Turnitin will have an impact on plagiarism, many staff and faculty said they are hopeful about the potential of the program. Tracy Mitrano J.D. ’95, director of information technology policy and David Faulkner, acting director of First Year Writing Seminars, said they hope Turnitin will be an encouraging teaching tool for students. However, Faulkner noted that it is students’ responsibility to inform themselves about what academic integrity violations entail. “Cheaters should be punished,” he said. “If more cheaters a caught by Turnitin, that’s good.” Margaret Yoder can be reached at email@example.com.
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initially have an end date. They said that the team would be permitted to continue its work only after a proposal for self-improvement was submitted to and approved by the administration. “There was a tendency to put a good amount of pressure on our members,” Byrne said. “The administration picked up on that and gave us the opportunity to rework our structure and … revise how we manage things.” According to Ryan Kennett ’13, a subteam leader for FSAE, the team was not allowed to engage in any organized activity during the two-month break — including work on its race car. The team typically works through January to build the car and complete it by Feb. 1, according to Kennett. The remaining time prior to the competition in May is dedicated to testing the car and making any necessary adjustments, he said. However, Kennett, who stayed in Ithaca over spring break to work on the car, said that the team is currently still in its building phase. To compensate for lost time, he said that the team had to scale back on some of the car’s features. “We’re still trying to do what we were going to do [originally]. We’ve just kind of altered the way we were doing it before to make it happen quicker,” Kennett said. “We’re behind schedule, but we’ll still be able to make it to the competition.” Despite the setback, “we’re not losing out on all too much,” Costello said. “We’re just happy to be back.” FSAE’s proposal for internal improvement — which led the administration to reinstate the group’s privilege to build its car — included a formal mentorship program for new members, fairer distribution of work among team members, improved relations with the administration and increased community outreach. Prof. John Callister, mechanical
and aerospace engineering, and the interim faculty advisor for FSAE, said he felt that having the group draft the proposal would help the students learn responsibility. “It was important for them to figure out what they’re going to do in the future to avoid something like this happening [again],” Callister said. “They sort of figured out how to fix their own problems … which is something they needed to learn to do for themselves.” Prof. Mark Campbell, director of mechanical and aerospace engineering, added that he was impressed with the team’s willingness to acknowledge its problems and better itself. “I can’t say enough about what this team has done. They had the rug pulled out from them. This is a team that is very committed and like a family …. and we shut them down,” Campbell said. “It’s much more difficult if you’re 21 or 22 and you have one of the most important things in your life pulled out from under you and I give them all the credit for [dealing with that].” Since the team’s reinstatement, the changes they have made have proven successful, according Amanda Costello ’12, human resources allocation manager for FSAE. The new mentorship program is “integrating well [and] people are being cooperative and seeing the value in it,” she said. “It’s become a part of the team culture instead of just a tacked-on proposal.” Costello added that she does not believe the administrators who mandated the hiatus “want to see [FSAE] fall apart.” “They really wanted to make sure they didn’t just punish us but also ensured that we understood what their concerns were and addressed them within the team,” she said. Kaitlyn Kwan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NYPD: No Overt Foul Play In French Scholar’s Death
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department says there are no obvious signs of foul play in the death of a French scholar found in his hotel room. NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said Wednesday that Richard Descoings’ seventh-floor Michelangelo hotel room wasn’t broken into and the scholar's body didn't have obvious trauma. The naked body of 53-year-old Descoings was found Tuesday afternoon. Browne says a laptop and cellphone believed to belong to Descoings were found on a third-floor ledge. It’s unclear how they got there. Browne says they possibly were tossed out the window. Descoings was director of the Paris Institute of Political Studies, better known in France as Sciences Po. French President Nicolas Sarkozy has paid homage to Descoings.
Paramount to Add 500 Films To YouTube Rentals NEW YORK (AP) — YouTube and Paramount Pictures have reached a deal to make nearly 500 films available to rent online, even while their parent companies continue to feud over a $1 billion lawsuit. The agreement announced Wednesday makes Paramount the fifth major Hollywood studio to join YouTube’s online video store, a growing rental library that typically charges $2 to $4 per viewing. 20th Century Fox is now the only major studio holdout. But Paramount seemed less likely to join given that its parent company, Viacom Inc., is still pursuing a 2006 lawsuit that seeks damages for alleged piracy by YouTube, which is owned by Google Inc. A federal judge in New York ruled in 2010 that YouTube hadn’t broken U.S. laws governing digital piracy, but Viacom is appealing the decision. The Paramount films will be available on YouTube Rentals and Google Play. Online movies and pay-per-view options have spurred heated competition between Google, Apple Inc.’s iTunes store, Amazon.com Inc.'s website and the subscription video service from Netflix Inc. “Paramount Pictures is one of the biggest movies studios on the planet,” said Malik Ducard, director of content partnerships at YouTube. “We’re thrilled to bring nearly 500 of their films to movie fans in the U.S. and Canada on YouTube and Google Play.” The deal brings YouTube’s collection to nearly 9,000 titles. For most movies, renters have up to 30 days to begin watching a video but must complete the viewing within 24 hours after starting. Some Paramount films have already been added, while others will be made available in the next few months. Among the films are Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, Michael Bay’s Transformers and Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather trilogy.
Woman Calm While Landing Plane With Stricken Husband MILWAUKEE (AP) — With her husband stricken in the pilot’s seat of their small plane, an 80-year-old woman assumed the controls and spoke to aviation officials with remarkable calmness as they guided her to the ground, according to an audio recording released Wednesday. Helen Collins can be heard saying repeatedly that she's low on fuel and needs to land quickly. “You better get me in there pretty soon,” Collins says matter-of-factly. “I don’t know how long I’m going to have gas.” The 45-minute recording released by the Door County Sheriff’s Department reveals a woman who sounds perfectly in control, even though she didn’t have a pilot’s license and knew her 81-year-old husband had just died. She occasionally conveys a sense of urgency, but always in a strong steady voice that doesn’t hint at any fear. Collins made national news Monday after her successful landing, in which she suffered a cracked rib and back injury. Her husband, John Collins, had an apparent heart attack less than 10 minutes before he planned to land at Cherryland Airport in Sturgeon Bay, about 150 miles north of Milwaukee, said James Collins, the couple’s son. On the flight recording Helen Collins doesn’t say much about her husband, focusing instead on her location and speed. She tells airport officials she’s doing fine but that her fuel is extremely low. As she neared the airport, pilot Robert Vuksanovic scrambled a small plane to join her in the air and guide her to the ground. At one point, Vuksanovic's wife came on the radio to let her know Vuksanovic was on his way. “It’s a hell of a place to be,” Collins said of her situation. “I know, but it sounds like you’re doing great,” Vuksanovic’s wife replies. Collins had plenty of experience in a small plane, spending hundreds of hours by her husband’s side in the air. Although she never got her license, she did get take-off and landing lessons some 30 years ago at her husband’s urging in case of just such an emergency, James Collins said. Vuksanovic can be heard encouraging Collins, telling her she’s doing fine and guiding her to adjust her speed and pitch.
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he Sun’s list of 161 things to do before you graduate gives you a pretty solid basis for a bucket list. But in my opinion, there’s one thing we ladies should add to the list. #162: Hook up with/seduce a freshman when you’re a senior. Sounds kind of weird, right? Wrong. But in case you have some moral quandaries about this (or are just concerned with the legality of the situation), I’ve made a nifty pro-con list for you. The Pros:
1) Age — First thing’s first, these guys are in their prime. They’re no longer jailbait, so it’s safe to make your move. You can’t hook up with anyone younger than a freshman without being a pedophile, so get on the prowl at a frat party, you cougar. This is your chance to practice becoming the next Demi Moore. 2) Location, location, location — A big deterrent to most who consider hooking up with a freshman is the fact that they live on North. Except that’s not really an
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expiration date on the hook-up, so you can drop ‘em easy peasy when senior week rolls around. No beating around the bush, no lame excuses, no “I’ll definitely call you when I come visit!” It’s like the Turkey Drop for incoming freshmen, except for graduating seniors. The Cons:
1) Um … they’re barely 18; are you seriously considering sleeping with someone that young? I Atticus flinched at the very suggestion (Atticus flinching is when you make like Atticus Finch and flinch at the mere thought of something immoral). 2) The other age issue — They’re under 21 so you won’t be able to take them to the bars. I suppose there are some freshmen out there who have fakes, but I can’t imagine that many of them do. 3) There is no three, actually. So, I gave you seven pros and two cons. I think that list speaks for itself — go find a freshman. Now. In fact, if you’re a junior, you should just crash one of the campus tours and
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Implementing Gorge Safety Initiatives ON MARCH 28, THE UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCED that it will spend $1.56 million to make the gorges safer by spearheading initiatives that would prevent students from drowning or falling in Cornell’s gorges. The money that has been allocated demonstrates that Cornell is finally making this issue a priority. However, while the funding is necessary, it is not sufficient to create solutions. Over the summer, three students died by either falling down the cliffs or drowning in the seemingly calm plunge pools. In response, the University formed a gorge safety steering group in August to look into ways to end the troubling trend gorge deaths. The $1.56 million will go toward implementing some of this group’s recommendations, including the production of a gorge safety video, improvements to the gorge trails and other education, infrastructure and enforcement initiatives. With the summer months approaching, it is important that the University tackle these proposals quickly. This monetary contribution, while providing the resources to realize the plans, does not guarantee that the plan will be implemented quickly and effectively. As one victim’s parents pointed out in a letter published in The Sun in August, the informational signs now in place took three years to create and had not been in place on May 30, when one student drowned. Nor were they posted when another drowned nearly a month later. It is important that the University not only spend money to tackle this problem, but use the money quickly or effectively. We are encouraged by many of the suggestions that the University said would be implemented. Administrators have offered a timeline on implementation, and it is necessary that they stick to it. The University says that by late summer, a pilot program will shuttle students to such alternative, legal swimming spots as Robert H. Treman State Park. Additionally, Cornell announced that education efforts through which students will be trained to share information with their peers about regulations, the hazards of swimming in the gorges and the locations of alternative places to swim, will start this summer. Just as the seemingly calm waters of the gorges offer swimmers a false sense of security, we worry that the money that is being put into this project will do the same. We are happy to see a material commitment, but without effective and rapid implementation of gorge safety strategies, the commitment is meaningless.
issue, is it? What freshman is going to make you come to his dorm? What idiot is going to try and impress you with his tiny forced triple in Dickson? If this guy is at Cornell, he’s smart enough to know that he’s not going to be able to impress you by showing you around North Campus. So don’t you worry, he’ll trek his ass over to Collegetown to see you. 3) Meal Swipes — Sunday brunch at RPCC. Enough said. 4) Respectful — Freshmen aren’t accustomed to our hook-up culture. It’s highly likely that many of them haven’t had a one night stand (a number of them are probably still virgins, actually) so they aren’t going to jump into your bedroom expecting sex on the first “date.” They might even be a little shy (unless they’re drunk, in which case, all bets are off). So take a moment to enjoy the company of a slightly more respectful person. 5) Inexperience — Once you get to senior year, you get pretty damn cocky. You think you know what’s up, and maybe you do. Sometimes that’s nice, but freshmen can offer you something else. Freshmen are malleable. They’re still willing to learn, so you can shape them into the hook-up you want them to be. Want them to text you more? Want them to stop drunk dialing you? Whatever you want, you can probably get because let’s be real — the ball will pretty much always be in your court. As the cool / sexy / experienced upperclassman, you can easily manipulate your freshman to be at your every beck and call. 6) Eager to please — What I’m getting at here is you’ll be on the receiving end of a lot of oral sex. There’s nothing like some good ’ole cunnilingus on a Saturday night. 7) The Diploma Drop — There’s an
claim a pre-frosh for yourself. Okay, but really, there is one last con. Freshmen are inexperienced. I did list this as a pro, but it can also be a con for those of you with a conscience. By the time we get to senior year, we have become weary of others. We know how this system of hooking-up works. If you have a regular hook-up, you know it’s just that — a hook-up. You try not to get emotionally attached. If anything, you want to care less than they do. You want to call the shots. You want to send the booty text, not receive it. You know what it’s like to get burned by someone who you thought was more than a sex friend. It’s only natural to want to protect yourself. Then this freshman comes along with no agenda. He’s not jaded. Not yet, anyway. He hasn’t been used and abused. He appreciates you. So the surprise is when you find that your freshman is a real person. One who doesn’t deserve to be taken advantage of. Wait, did I just talk you out of hooking-up with a freshman? Shit. What I meant to say was that someone older and more callous is going to play him for a sucker anyway, so it might as well be you. You, who may have just developed a conscience. You, who will take care to play the game just right so that your wippersnapper may simply think of you as beguiling. And all the better — you’ve just enhanced his freshman experience by giving him street cred for having hooked up with a senior when he was a lowly freshman. Congratulations, you emotionally unavailable jerk / manipulative mastermind. Hazel Gunapala is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. She may be reached at email@example.com. Appropriately Cynical appears alternate Thursdays this semester.
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Feels Like the First Time
hink about the best sex you’ve ever had. Now that I’ve brought a smile to your face, think about when that sex occured. Was it the first time you ever had sex with that person? Probably not. A while back I was talking to one of my guy friends about his sex life, which I ofen like to do with my guy friends. He had just gotten out of a relationship that lasted four years or some similarly crazy long time. Of course he was having some new sexual experiences with a few new girls, but it wasn’t the same. He had a rhythm with his ex that doesn’t come easily with shorter stints of sexual relations. The first time I have sex with someone new, well . . . I wouldn’t say I do my best work. I spend most of the time trying to discern their personal style, and I’m not talking about if he looks good in blue. Is it fast or slow? How is he with his hands? How long is this going to last? How do I look in this lighting? Am I sleeping here tonight? How long before it’s rude to kick him out? Of course these are important questions, but I also find
during that first time, we are all much more inhibited. And not only are we more inhibited, but clearly we overthink things. Sure, I have some tricks up my sleeve but I won’t pull them out — pun intended — now! Even if I just learned an innovative new hand-job technique at the dinner table of my sorority, it never seems right to whip it out — pun intended — that first time. Maybe this is a personal problem. Maybe you’re reading this thinking, “Morgan T., you’re crazy. It doesn’t matter if the person is different, my moves are always the same! I never overthink anything — I just picked random classes during course enroll! Clearly, I’m amazing in bed!” (If this is true, and you’re actually amazing in bed, call me). But I guess my philosophy on sex is different. Different people have different needs, different desires and preferences. Maybe your jackhammering style worked on your high school girlfriend, but sex isn’t one-size-fits-all — pun intended. Although there is something to be said for confidence that first time, there is a trade-off to this. In my travels, I’ve found the more confidence in bed the
first time, the less likely there will be any improvement in subsequent rompings. A more confident lover the first time, the more stubborn and unperceptive later. At least this is what I’ve found. But what about one night stands? What I can say is this: One-night
best-sex-you-can-remember feeling. You have to build up to that. Sex is not like riding a bike. It’s like driving a car. Sure you got your license at sixteen, but that doesn’t mean you were ready to hop in a Porsche Boxter and drive it like it’s supposed to be driven. And while some cars are inherently better to
Morgan T. After Midnight stands are different. Generally, onenight stands are booze-filled, adventurous, spontaneous horses of a different color. Personally, if I’m looking for some great sex, I’m not going to go out to find the next guy at the bar, strike up conversation, say “let’s get out of here,” warn my roommate and bring him back to my place. Sure, those times are always fun and exciting but they rarely will leave you with that ultra-satisfied,
drive, that first time is always a little awkward and jumpy. The horsepower, the sensitivity of the breaks, the smoothness of the ride, the gas mileage. Different every time, and always takes some getting used to. Morgan T. is a junior in the College of Human Ecology. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. After Midnight appears alternate Thursdays this semester.
The Missionary at Work
ight foot, green. Left hand, blue. “Simon says, leg above my shoulder, now bend your right knee.” When your sex mate begins to shout out these directions, you don’t know whether to feel turned on by the kinkiness or to feel a bit pedophilic. You may be brought back to the fourth grade when Twister was the equivalent to a one night stand and when Simon was some fictional dictator, not the guy trying to strip you down. In those days, the hokey pokey did not bend you over after you turned yourself around. During sex, I discover college guys miss playing these childish games. They seem to believe that trying odd, dangerous and uncomfortable sex positions makes them adventurous. Attempting a new sex position is as
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important to a guy as beating the next level in Call of Duty. College guys expect acrobatics in bed. Sorry, but real women, even young, supple, college-age women, are not as flexible as the girls you see in porn, the gymnastics portion of the Olympics or bent into a 2’ x 2’ box at the carnival. Most girls cannot put both of their legs above their heads or do the splits. I can, but I am an exception. Guys like to fantasize about the innumerable possibilities when it comes to positions, but get real. Let’s keep sex positions in the realm of the humanly possible. To me, sex is about a rhythm between two people, or three or four. Sex rocks the boat. Thank you for your wisdom, Aaliyah. Good sex transports people to anoth-
er place. We can call it a sort of meditation, where minds and hands wander unconsciously. I am advocating sex without awkward position changes, sex that flows like yoga, sex that can get you there and make you hold on for dear life. Unlike my view of spiritual sex, many men think of sex visually, as men are visual creatures. Men crave to see women from the most intimate of angles during sex. They want to see the act of sex rather than focus on the feeling. Now, there is no one who would call me a straight missionary girl, but give the old-fashioned way a chance once in a blue fuck. There really is some truth to its long lasting prevalence among maters worldwide. On the first entrance, missionary is an easy way in. We can compare missionary on the first thrust to walking into a building through a door, but not an automatic door, I hope. Many times I have tried the spoon position for the initial entrance. We could say that the guy didn’t walk through that door, but scooted up to the window and squeezed his way through. Sex this tough does not please girls, neither does a new position that requires a list of instructions, complete with pictures. We don’t want to be bent every which way, we want pleasure. It was an unfortunate event that first taught me this lesson. It’s time to take a trip into the beginnings of my sex life: My deflowerment, as some may call it. He was from Minnesota and we had met at summer camp. How innocent, right? Well, not quite. I called him Matt, but the boys called him Mammoth. I knew what I had coming to/inside of me. He visited me one weekend and we had decided beforehand that we wanted to go all the way. So the very first night, he snuck into my bed, which, unlike at sum-
mer camp, did not creak when the movement got going. An Irish Enlightenment writer, Edmund Burke, once said, “Our patience will achieve more than our force.” If only Edmund had brought Matt some of his wisdom before that night. We may have started out slow, both of us a bit nervous, but soon the touching turned into grasping and the kissing to tonguing. We wanted to have each other, and so it came time for that pivotal moment in any virgin’s life — the BIG shaBANG. He was kissing my neck and rubbing real close to my mole hole, as we shall call it. He held me so tight in front of him. It was his first time, so I think he imagined some magic door down there would open right up for such a fine penis as his own. Let us remember, I am young and a virgin. The boy lying next to me is nicknamed Mammoth, and he is trying to do me — SPOON POSITION. Now it is obvious to all of us sex fanatics that the “spoon” position is possible only after 15-20 minutes of manual stimulation of the mole hole, 5-10 minutes of oral stimulation, or missionary for a rhythmic 2-4 minutes. Again, Matthew, “Our patience will achieve more than our force.” Slow it down and try it out another way. I told him to get on top of me and this is where I was introduced to the real Mammoth. Of course he lasted a good three minutes and that was that, but my goodness, did I feel a big difference between the two positions. I am merely suggesting that you do what works. If doggy-style is the way you want to hit it, then doggy all day. I am making a stand to say that complex sex positions are not all they are cracked up to be. Slight changes in angles, focus and speed can make one position hit you in all new zones of pleasure. Trust what feels good, not what is on the daily calendar in the book of 365 Sex Positions. Mona M. is a junior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. One Night Stand appears alternate Thursdays this semester. Feedback and submissions may be sent to email@example.com.
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How do you even begin to review a place like Yogurt Crazy? There’s no chef to orchestrate your dish; you are the creator of your own frozen yogurt monstrosity. There’s no service involved; you seat yourself and help yourself to the cutlery and napkins. Is that even food they are serving? Not exactly; its some pseudo-replacement to ice cream called fro-yo, showered with the detritus of a kitchen explosion. At Yogurt Crazy, you walk into a condensed supermarket where the ingredients are in dispensers, and you dump your goods into a 16- or 20ounce bowl instead of into your grocery bag. I hate this place. I really do. Especially when that red velvet cupcake yogurt oozes a richness akin to cream cheese, leaving an aftertaste so reminiscent of chocolate that I couldn’t help but slurp another spoonful. More so when that premium peanut butter fro-yo tasted almost as natural as nuts in a pod, with its toasted nuttiness and luscious, silky texture. Not to mention the cappuccino flavor that reminds one of Parisian al fresco cafes in one’s sugar-high brain, obliging a side of espresso on a lazy Sunday afternoon. The décor – don’t even go there. The electric purple and lime green colors are such an eyesore that Cornellians are lured in by the dozens like bees to honey, as they create their own healthy multicolored dessert. The cheeky, rainbowcolored logo brings out the child in you, where a large, empty bowl is your canvas, and you create your own masterpiece with frozen yogurt as the paintbrush and toppings as the paint. How can you bring yourself to love (or hate) a concept that can hardly go wrong? Who’s to say
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that strawberry yogurt mixes terribly with chocolate chips? Or that Cap'n Crunch or Fruity Pebbles belong in a bowl of milk during breakfast and not in a swirl of yogurt as a hangover fix? Alright, who am I kidding? I love this place. Dammit, I love it. Even if the cookies and cream yogurt tasted nothing like cookies and the low-fat cake batter fro-yo could have been a block of sweetened butter in its past life. Even if all the probiotic, calcium-rich, cancer-resistant, Alzheimer's-preventing yogurts drizzled copiously with hot fudge and caramel sauce are a step back from healthfulness with the liberal heaps of sugar thrown in for flavor? Even if all the non-fat, no-sugar, no-dairy, no-gluten disclaimers made me feel like the subject of some kind of food science experiment, as if I was so desperate to get in shape that I had to pay the price of a full meal to get a few pathetic calories, and empty ones at that. But in all honesty, putting all
sarcasm aside, Yogurt Crazy is a breath of fresh air that Collegetown has needed for a long time. Over the years, hanging out in town at a Red Mango or Pinkberry huddled around tables with friends and mingling amid a predominately young clientele has somehow become chic. It’s always colorful and creative, always customized to our
unique tastes and, most importantly, very social — the very reason why the fro-yo experience at Jason’s Grocery and Deli can never match up to that of Yogurt Crazy. The health benefit is just an excuse to indulge in a good old sugar coma and to soak in a semblance of convivial togetherness. Yogurt Crazy is more than just the local fro-yo
place; it brings us together in our mutual love for that delectable creaminess and satisfaction in mixing up our own delicious creations. Would you love or hate Yogurt Crazy? Try it yourself — with a few friends, that is. Brandon Ho can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Oberhofer Times Capsules II
B+ James Rainis
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Be afraid, fellow collegiate music consumers, as we are getting to that sad age where some of the bands we listen to are the same age as we are. Case in point: Brad Oberhofer, frontman of cutesy lo-fi pop group Oberhofer, is 20 years old. The former NYU student and Tacoma transplant trades in the sort of indie rock that evokes Brian Wilson comparisons and works in the whimsical sounds of whistling and glockenspiels to create a sense of romanticism. His homemade replications of those Phil Spector-helmed “Wall of Sound” productions have been making rounds on the web since 2009. Now, with three years of touring under his belt, Time Capsules II shows a bit more brawn and a bit more brains, all while retaining a childlike perspective on love and its associated thrills and spills. Most evidently, Oberhofer exchanges a sonic palette that most resemblea Wavves’ shambling and distorted output circa “No Hope Kids” for one that more accurately represents his background in classical music. Arpeggiated pianos, twinkling bells and swelling strings buff up the formerly shoestring production values of tracks like “oOoO.” Oberhofer’s live shows are spazzy and chaotic (albeit charmingly); his arms flail to produce rapid-fire downstrokes and there’s little sign of orchestration save a lone glockenspiel. In contrast, this
album moves along with a sort of harmonious, overblown swagger. Album opener “HEART” evolves from a delicately and patiently played piano line into a bona fide ivorytickler backed by trilling bells, melodramatic violins and a slamming, heavily reverberated snare drum. “Haus” starts off innocuously enough, with a simple spindling guitar riff, but manages to, at different times, change keys and time signatures. The post-chorus’ 6/8 jig dissolves into arrhythmic chaos before returning to the opening riff and joyous chorus, where Oberhofer plaintively expresses his desire to “build a house with you.” The intelligent, maximalist compositions throughout seem somewhat at odds with Oberhofer’s vocal and lyrical stylings. His rhyme schemes are relatively elementary and his are vocals undoubtedly unrefined, but it all plays into Oberhofer’s puppy dog-eyed pledges of devotion to his unspecified lover. His best lyrical turns come when he veers into more cryptically put together descriptors (“The city’s feeling queer and crass/with beer cans growing blades of grass/to look like something new”) and geekily adorable admissions (“Like Mahler and Mozart, you tear me apart”). His choruses often form oft-repeated mantras that either gain
momentum and meaning through repetition (“When I saw your face, I knew I was in love right away”) or merely seem like excuses to carry a catchy melody. While young Oberhofer undoubtedly displays a bevy of clever tricks, whether they are unique arrangements, compositional left turns or winning melodic phrases (“Away FRM U” and “Cruising FDR” are just two of the highlights), throughout the entirety of Time Capsules II, he falls short of offering an album that shows any sort of arc. Perhaps this is due to its preoccupation with romance, a topic that can become a little overbearing when discussed by someone who delivers a message of such simplicity and yearning. Still, the kid is 20 years old. Like Ke$ha, love is his drug. And, also like the heavily criticized paramour with pop songs made for amphetamine-fueled benders, he hasn’t yet seen the ugly side of the drug. Let him work through his innocence on record. After all, it is sweet; just remember that a little too much sweetness can cause a cavity.
James Rainis is a sophomore in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Boy Toy Inc.
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A couple of weeks ago, Madonna released her first new album in four years. A definite improvement from her last album, Hard Candy, MDNA has grown on me over the past few days. It seems that every year that Madonna reinvents herself she tries to break into the young pop demographic, releasing songs like “4 Minutes,” and most recently, “Give Me All Your Luvin’.” Every time, she brings that sense of complete confidence that only comes with being a music legend. As confident as she is, her audience doesn’t always have the same faith. Her newer songs have had their moments in the sun, but they have never quite reached the status of her early classics like “Vogue” and “Like a Virgin.” “4 Minutes” may have recruited Justin Timberlake and got its four minutes on Glee. But 20 years after its release our generation still knows “Like A Virgin” and in 20 years I don’t know think we’ll be able to say the same for “4 minutes” or for the new “Give Me All Your Luvin’.” One of two of the singles from MDNA, “Give Me All Your Luvin’, is catchy and features popular artists like Nikki Minaj and M.I.A.. The song is fun but doesn’t exactly pack that attention-grabbing punch. Minaj and M.I.A. move through the song supporting Madonna and screaming her name (“L-U-V MADONNA”), but their edgy, hard-hitting styles seem a little awkward next to Madonna’s light 80s
sound. Madonna still sounds like, well, Madonna, but with faster, more current beats. I have to admit, when I think of Madonna, I tend to think of being a kid and dancing around to “Celebrate” at a Fun Craft birthday party, hanging out with some girl friends and singing into hair brushes. Songs on her new album with titles like “Gang Bang,” just seem like they’re working a little too hard to be in this generation. Hearing the lyrics “drive bitch” come out of Madonna’s mouth just isn’t incredibly satisfying. That being said, some of the songs are just classic Madonna. Lyrics like “Ooh la la you’re my superstar” are reminiscent of her old style. Other parts of the song like “you’re my Abe Lincoln coz you fight for what’s right” I can’t decide whether to scorn or love, but I’ll think love, for their sheer “what?” value. The second single on the album, “Girl Gone Wild,” is my favorite of the bunch. The electronic sound allows Madonna to find the place where 80s and 2012 mesh and find harmony. The techno sound fits her voice well and the lyrics sound more like her and less like she’s trying to fit into a new generation. I urge anyone and everyone to check out the music video. It is properly R-Rated, but if you’re up to it, Madonna and her chiseled male back up dancers definitely make a statement. I couldn’t help watching it and thinking: how the hell is that woman 56?
The album has already hit the top of the charts, sending Madonna to the top of the Billboard 200 for the eighth time. One more hit album and Madonna may dethrone Barbara Streisand. All in all, Madonna is better when, she (as one of her songs is titled) “Don’t Give A.” I love Madonna for her beauty and confidence and her ability to just be Madonna. Her better songs are the ones without Nikki Minaj and M.I.A., when she isn’t trying to rap and tailor her songs to followers of the Young Money crowd. Madonna isn’t Nikki Minaj, and lets be honest, no one wants anyone but Nikki Minaj to be Nikki Minaj. Listening to MDNA is a fun time if you take Madonna for what she is: 80s and a little electronic, romantic in the way people were in the past. She sings about love and desire without the expletives or straightforward sexual references. Listening to “Superstar” right now, I’m feeling the urge to dance around a little in Libe Café. Watching “Girl Gone Wild,” I can’t help wanting to be that fierce at her age. I can’t help wanting to be that fierce right now. Will this album go down in history? Probably not. But who gives a — it’s Madonna. Arielle Cruz is a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Guiltless Pleasures T
he term “guilty pleasure” implies that you have to feel Seasons, sometimes. guilt for enjoying something. Sometimes you hate that Tyler Perry Movies: You know when something is so bad you love what you love. Considering I have absolutely it’s good? Yeah, that’s not what a Tyler Perry movie is. They’re no shame, the guilt in my guilty pleasures is more implicit pretty much just horrible, but it’s like a car crash that you can’t than explicit, but we all have those things we’d rather not look away from. Tyler Perry often plays a central character in admit we enjoy (I see you, Gleeks). I like to tell people I like a film produced by Tyler Perry for a movie entitled Tyler Perry. my guilty pleasures “ironically”— as in, I will “ironically” go Like, this isn’t a joke. That’s how much of a narcissist Tyler to the midnight premiere of that Twilight movie … But hon- Perry is. He even thought his film, For Colored Girls, would estly, I have some pretty low brow interests. Tomorrow, I’ll win him an Oscar because he is obviously deluded. And his probably be wondering why I ever released them for print. movies are just as ridiculous as he is. The craziest shit goes Here are some politically, socially and morally incorrect things down in them. Janet Jackson kills her husband and then falls I should probably not tell you that I enjoy: in love with The Rock. Macy Gray performs an abortion. Oh The Biggest Loser: Okay, in all seriousness, I know this child, what is this alternate universe with beautiful black peoshow is an inspiration to millions of overweight or unfit ple leading soap opera lives? When Americans, struggling and where can I join? I mean, is it with their body image my fault I identify with black and finally finding the entertainment? motivation to — fuck it. Pretending It’s Your Birthday I like consuming entire at a Restaurant: If you’ve never pints of Ben & Jerry’s done this, don’t speak to me. while watching lardy Momofuku Crack Pie: The Profanity Midwesterners crawl their Momofuku restaurant empire in Prayers way through halfManhattan is making bank out of marathons. There’s someaddicts like me. Their upscale thing so luxurious (and fusion restaurants are amazing, yes, sadistic) about being a fat ass while watching others suffer but their milk bar and bakery will FedEx these $44 crack pies, for being a fat ass. “Run, Forest, Run,” I bark at the television which are basically my sole reason for existence. It kind of as I double-fist the Cherry Garcia and Phish Food, Dorito tastes like the gooey part of a pecan pie but filled with more dust speckling my chin. butter and crack. If you’ve ever wondered what the secret forProcrastination: I don’t know anyone who doesn’t procras- mula is in a Krabby Patty, well I’m starting to believe that it tinate, but the extent to which I procrastinate is almost crim- must be whatever they put in these crack pies. inal. You know that episode of Spongebob where he puts off Space Jam: This is one of those films that is so egregious writing that essay for boating school? Well, that basically you wonder if it’s now considered art. Is this a filmmaker’s describes my entire academic career — accomplishing so little interpretation of modern day surrealism? How can Michael in a day that I literally doubt my own self worth is pretty Jordan, Bugs Bunny, Bill Murray and Danny Devito, all comuch my baseline emotion. exist in a storyline? Why is this happening? Why is Michael Not Shaving for Awkwardly Long Periods of Time: I’m Jordan acting? Is that Newman from Seinfeld? Shhhhhhh. Just Asian. Hairlessness is pretty much the one evolutionary trust in the movie. Trust in the 90s. Besides, R. Kelly’s “I advantage Asians have. Nonetheless, I do at times require Believe I Can Fly” was my jam in kindergarten. some maintenance and yet I pretty much try to avoid shaving Maury and Jerry Springer: I ain’t never said I was a classy for as long as possible. Weeks, maybe. Months, possibly. lady. I do enjoy a good catfight between two inbred cousins
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over a deadbeat dad. I love when weaves get ripped out and mascara gets smeared. I fail to blink when they announce the results of those paternity tests. I like to say, “You go, Glen Coco,” when Jerry or Maury comment on the situation with sass and wisdom. I’m even fond of that weird camera angle and static fuzz on those clips where the baby daddy explains why he’s NOT the father. I often clap when the tagline of the episode reads, “14-year-old Yvonne had sex for a cheeseburger.” And I may or may not have called the 1-800 number to be in the studio audience of these shows once … or thrice. Alice Wang is a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences. She can be reached at email@example.com. Profanity Prayers appears alternate Thursdays this semester.
Ballads of Love and Hate
s it is with a lot of music junkies, it is very hard for me to pick just one album that I call my favorite. As a self-proclaimed “hip-hop head,” I had various hip-hop albums run through my head while brainstorming for this column: Watch The Throne, the magnum opus of Jay-Z and Kanye West, or any of their solo albums, particularly The College Dropout by Mr. West and The Blueprint by Jay-Z. But what it came down to was the “Recently Played” playlist in my iTunes library. While the 25-song playlist consists of its fair share of hip-hop songs, all 16 tracks from Live, Vol. 3 by The Avett Brothers had a home there. I am a firm believer in the idea that, should there be a choice between studiorecorded and live versions of a song, the live version will be the better track nine times out of ten. While emotion and passion are often expressed very well in the studio version of a song, the vast majority of artists really let themselves loose during their live performances. Live, Vol. 3 is a fantastic example of this. The Avett Brothers, a folk rock group from North Carolina, have risen to prominence in about the last five years or so. Fronted by brothers Seth and Scott Avett, the band incorporates, in my opinion at least, the best parts of country music (diverse instruments, profound subject matter) without any of the annoying parts (sounding the same as every other country song). That said, this feeling is felt throughout the band’s discography, from their bluegrass-esque early work to their more recent folk-rock tracks.
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So really, I could have picked any of their albums and written about that. But Live, Vol. 3, recorded in 2009 in their hometown of Charlotte, incorporates the band’s best works while expressing a range of emotions that could never be found in a studio-recorded album. There is nothing quite like a band performing in their hometown. Throughout the album, the band pauses to thank their fans for propelling them to the heights of popularity, even saying, “You’ve taken us all over, all over, and all over, and it will never be repaid … although we’ll try.” The depth of this emotion is heard when Seth Avett begins to play the fan favorite, “The Ballad of Love and Hate.” Avett, prefaced by a lengthy bout of applause, launches into the first verse, and
Andy Volosky This Album Will Change Your Life promptly forgets the words to his own song. He tells the audience, “I’m so happy right now I can barely stand it,” collects himself, and starts over again. There aren’t many times that you can experience an artist becoming overwhelmed like that. In addition to all of this, another great aspect of the album is the varied subject material of the songs. Let’s take Jack Johnson, for example. While he is one of my favorite artists, it is easy to detract from him based on the lack of
diversity in his songs. More or less, he says in many different ways that he loves his wife. Don’t get me wrong; again, J.J. is one of my favorite artists. But listening to Live, Vol. 3, it’s almost impossible to hear the same message twice. For example, let’s look at tracks eight to ten: “When I Drink,” “Murder in the City” and “I Killed Sally’s Lover.” Within the span of these three songs, the audience hears things like heartfelt remorse (“When I drink, I say things I don’t want to say / I do things I don’t want to do, I talk mean to you”), a song meant to comfort the brothers’ family (I’ll talk about “Murder in the City” in depth in a little bit), and a song about being so in love (or bat-shit crazy, depending on your point of view) that you kill your ex’s new mate. Again, there are very few places (even amongst live albums) in today’s music that you are going to find diversity like that contianed within these three songs. And even when the song is a love song, the brothers talk about aspects of love that you probably haven’t even thought about yet. But more so than any of the previous reasons that I have mentioned, I can relate to this album in a very big way. Particularly, to the song “Murder in the City.” Throughout its verses, Scott Avett touches upon subjects that just about anyone can relate to. In the second verse, Avett asks his father which brother he likes more, and then lists some of the faults of the two. He then sings, “A tear fell from my father’s eye, I wondered what my dad would say / He said, ‘I love you, and I’m proud of you both in so many different ways.’” In the last verse, Avett describes what
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he wants done in the event of his early death. He tells his family to forget about his belongings and such, but instead, “Make sure my daughter knows I love her, make sure her mother knows the same / Always remember there is nothing worth sharing like the love that let us share our name.” As someone who has recently experienced the loss of a very caring grandmother, that last line has helped me to realize that there are some things that are a whole hell of a lot more important than any frustrations I may or may not be experiencing here at school. Hopefully, after my rant, you’ll decide to go and experience for yourself my favorite album. If not, that’s fine too. Just know that you’re missing out on something good. Andy Volosky is a freshman in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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addition to the challenges posed by unfamiliar horses and arenas, the women also hope to overcome a history of inconsistent play, Hoffman said. “If we aren’t doing very well in the first chukker, we lose focus a little instead of staying in the game.” she said. “[Head coach] David [Eldredge ’81] has been trying to hammer focus into our play rather than thinking about ten other things at once … Hopefully we’ll be able to get into it quickly and get our heads about us.” Gina Cargas can be reached at email@example.com.
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the Nationals tournament has us playing SMU first and if we best them, we go on forward to UVA,” Van Loon added. “Both of those teams are very open teams that play a fast running game, so their style of play is really similar to what we encountered against Texas A&M last time.” Although both teams handily defeated the Aggies in March, Playing at Texas A&M’s ERG Polo Complex will pose a new challenge, according Van Loon. “The arena is completely new to
the entire Cornell program,” he said. “We’ve seen pictures of it, but we don’t know how they built their goals and how they built their corners … all those choices affect how the ball plays off the walls.” Hoffman added that the horses could pose another challenge. “We’ve never ridden the Texas A&M ponies before,” she said. “At this point in the season we’ve gotten kind of accustomed to riding other people’s horses, but we haven’t traveled in a while, so hopefully we won’t be too rusty.” Both squads hold away records of 1-3, and have played only once on the road each since November. In
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[both laughing] F: We all love Ian. ... and Mike Syzmoniak ’12? C: Syzy, Bohs and Ian are three of our good friends But just friends? Purely platonic? F: Just friends, platonic. C: We’re all jealous of Ian’s fro. F: Yeah, Ian has really nice red hair. 10. Say you were the last two people in The Hunger Games ... what would you do? F: We had this conversation last night — we would be the last two people in the Hunger Games, first of all, because we would win The Hunger Games. C: We decided we would either do what Katniss and Peeta do, and pretend to eat berries. F: Or we would probably just sit there, and wait for something to happen. Because that’s what we like to do. We just sit on the couch and ... C: ... watch things happen. Well, that could work to your advantage. F: Exactly, because they would all have to wait. And on that note, who would be your sponsors sending you gifts? F: We decided Liz would be my sponsor ... C: ... and [women’s rowing head coach] Hilary [Gehman] would be mine. I hope she would sponsor me. F: I think she would sponsor you.
hood inside of dog crates? [both laughing] C: Well, one day — I don’t think this happened very often, but I remember one day — we used to live on a little farm and my mom had a horse. And one day she had to go take care of the horse and my dad was at work — he worked at Cornell — and my sister and I were being bad or something like that. My mom was like “I have to go to the barn for a little while, I’m going to put you in the crate.” And we thought it was great fun. We were in it for like an hour. It was probably child abuse, maybe, but we thought it was fun. I was going to say, I feel like that might be traumatizing for a lot of people, but you seem to have enjoyed the experience? C: Yeah, I think we were little enough that we could make up some game. F: She just said it one day; she was like “When I was little, my mom used to put us in the dog crate. I liked it.” And we all just looked at her. Fran, I’m told you also have a special relationship with your dog. F: I LOVE my dog. My dog is named Maggie, but I call her Dave. It probably creates an identity crisis because she’s a female black dog, and she’s so cute. But I call her Dave, I don’t really know why. She’s had a lot of nicknames, and that’s the one that stuck the best. ... It’s a long progression of names that turned into Dave, and that’s
what it will be forever. I love my dog. 7. Cecelia, how did you get your various nicknames? C: It’s really unclear. One of my nicknames is “Guenveur,” which is my middle name, which I used to hate. Now I don’t really care, it’s fine, I just don’t really like words that begin with “G.” Then there’s “Cheech.” F: I don’t like that one. C: I think “Cheech” came from “Cheechelia,” which is like the Italian version of Cecelia. ... Then “Cheech and Chong.” Our friend Caroline was “Chong” for maybe a day, but I was “Cheech” forever. F: “Cheech” was the only thing that stuck. Well, one of your teammates warned me, and said that if you tried to tell me your middle name was “Guenveur,” to not believe it. C: It’s true. F: It’s so true. C: It’s not a very pretty name, I’m glad it’s not my first name. I read it as “Guinevere” at first based on the way it’s spelled, and I thought “well that’s kind of cool.” F: It looks like it could be cool, but it’s pronounced like “Denver” — “Genver,” and I think that’s pretty gross. 8. Now Fran, if you could tell me about “the man in the green jacket” on the squash team. F: I don’t know, I just kind of-maybe have a crush on someone on the squash
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For this week’s edition of 10 Questions, columnist Alex Kuczynski-Brown ’12 sat down in Libe Cafe with rowers Cecelia Madsen ’12 and Frances McGuire ’12 — known by their teammates as “Team Awesome.” They discussed the coach who brought them both to Cornell, Cecelia’s allstar show dog, Fran’s dog’s identity crisis, their strategy for winning The Hunger Games, and how they’re attempting to live vicariously through themselves via Twitter (follow @teamawesomeprbl!) 1. How did “Team Awesome” come about? F: So we started living together sophomore year. We became best friends and spend a lot of our time together ... C: We have a lot of classes together ... F: ... and we have the same major. And we’re both on the rowing team. And last year — was it last year? C: Yeah. F: One of our teammates, Tracy [Eisser ’12], just started calling us “Team Awesome.” C: I think someone was like “We wish we could be as awesome as you guys.” F: And then sarcastically we were like “Okay, we’re going to be ‘Team Awesome’.” And that’s how that started. C: It was definitely a joke. F: Yeah, it’s not serious. I understand you guys made a corresponding Twitter account (@teamawesomeprbl) that utilizes the hashtag #teamawesomeproblems. What can you tell me about that? F: Well we made that, and what can we say about that ... C: Basically, we talk about things that we think are funny ... F: ... stuff we do that is really stupid that no one else would do. C: It’s modeled off of @whitegrlproblem. F: Our coaches read that Twitter sometimes. They also found my Twitter once, and I got in trouble for that. You’ve got to protect the tweets — protected tweets are the way to go. F: That was a lesson I learned. @teamawesomeprbl is not protected, but we keep those clean. C: But @CornellRowing is following us! F: Yeah, we tried to get them to follow us, and they wouldn’t and they wouldn’t and they wouldn’t ... and finally they did. I was reading through some of your tweets in preparation for this interview, so I have to ask: how did your Wikipediabased paper on the Cold War turn out? [both laughing] F: It went pretty well actually — we did some more research not on Wikipedia. A little bit. C: Hopefully our professor will not read this. I also appreciated your Twitter bio: “We live vicariously ... through ourselves.” F: I wrote a paper this semester on The Most Interesting Man in the World for one of my classes, and the Dos Equis man commercials [were inspiration] for our bio. C: It used to be “We hate everyone” [both laughing] ... it was something like that. I also saw you tweeted “we want wedding rings” on Feb. 11, and was reminded that I’m supposed to ask Fran about her wedding plans. How’s that going? F: Well, I mean I have a series of husbands. I’m not only going to have one —
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there’s going to be more than one. I don’t think I can say who they’re going to be. [both laughing], but there’s a husband that I’m going to marry in the next two years until I can marry someone that’s younger than me. And then ... who am I going to marry last? [thinking] I don’t know ... there’s a three-husband plan. Are they connected to Cornell in any way? F: I think one of them might be ... yeah, one of them is. C: One or two. 2. You both rowed in high school, so what made you want to come to Cornell? F: I got recruited for rowing, and I think the reason that I chose Cornell ... I was pretty committed to going to UC Berkeley until February of my senior year of high school. And then our coach from freshman year, Dan [Fronhofer] — who doesn’t work here anymore — was like “Hey, you should think about coming to Cornell.” Both of my parents went here, so I was like “I don’t want to go to Cornell” ... and then I met Dan. And Dan is really attractive, and he somehow convinced me that I would rather come to Cornell in the cold, than go to California for school. See, usually I have to ask the follow-up question — that being: “You know, this is what you say, but your teammates tell me it was because of your freshman coach, Dan what’s-his-name” ... but apparently you just admit that right off the bat. F: I readily admit that. Was that the same for you, Cecelia? C: I am from Ithaca, and I applied to Cornell and three other schools, and my parents were convinced that Cornell would be my safety school, which — it actually ended up being my safety school because I was rejected from everywhere else. [both laughing] So Cornell was kind of like my last option at college right after senior year, and I wasn’t recruited because I was really bad at rowing in high school. So I just contacted the coaches the summer before Cornell, “I’m kind of interested, let me know.” F: ... and then she met Dan. C: Then I met Dan, and it was all over from there. 3. Speaking of coaches, why the obsession with assistant coach Liz Dennison? [both laughing] F: I don’t really know,
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Best friends forever | Seniors Cecelia Madson and Frances McGuire are not only teammates, but they are also government majors who live together.
but I just have a really good relationship with Liz, and I always have — I don’t know why. I think I bothered her enough to make her like me back, I hope. C: Yeah, she’s funny. F: We have a picture of her in our living room that she saw once when she came over. C: She was also the crown of our Christmas tree. F: Instead of a star, we had a picture of Liz. C: We also really like our lifting coach, Jeremy. We wanted to give him a shout out in the article. He’s been really important to our team. I’m told that your post-graduation housing plans include living on Liz’s front lawn in a tent. F: It’s true, we asked her once — she probably doesn’t remember. C: But she did tell us that we could, and then she asked “Well, what are you going to do in the winter?” And we said that we would live in her living room. F: We said we would move the tent to her living room. And how did that go over? C: She kind of laughed, and then walked away, F: So we took that as a “yes, that’s fine — you can totally live on my lawn.” 4. On that note, I know this is the worst question in the world, but what are your plans for post-graduation as far as a career is concerned? F: Well, we’re both Government majors, which doesn’t really give us that many options. C: We thought about entering The Amazing Race. F: We think we would win The Amazing Race. C: We think we’d be really good at that, but I think you need a lot of funding. F: We also once took a class here — “Political Theory and Cinema,” and we wrote a play. And it was really good, and we got an A+ in the class, and that’s the only assignment we had to do. So we wrote a combined play. So maybe we’ll be like ... playwrights. C: Comic playwrights. [both laughing] What was the play about? C: It was based on Alfred Hitchcock’s
movie Rope. We just kind of made a satire of it and used the classroom as a setting. F: We had our crazy professors killing Alfred Hitchcock, and it was just — I don’t know ... but we got an A+! So that’s all that matters. 5. I understand that a bunch of the seniors on your team live together on Linden, and that you named your house “TK.” What does that stand for? F: It stands for “Todd Kennett” ... I should have guessed. F: ... but that’s the shortened version. It’s actually the “Todd Kennett Center For Kids Who Can’t Row Good And Want To Learn To Do Other Stuff Good Too” — based on Zoolander, which we watched the other day on the bus. Does he know this? C: No, but I guess he will now. F: That’s actually a really good question. C: I don’t think he does. F: Well, now he does. He can know that. 6. Cecelia, I know you used to train and show dogs in high school, so what was that experience like, and were you sad when you had to give it up upon coming to Cornell? C: Well actually, one of the first races in the fall I had to miss because I went to a dog show instead. And my coach wasn’t happy about that. But yeah, doing dog shows was really fun, but it was kind of weird because there weren’t very many people my age that do it. It’s usually old people — menopausal women who are overweight ... but it was fun. I used to be really embarrassed about it, but now I don’t really care. F: We like to make fun of her a lot for this. She has a lot of Corgis and all of their names start with “S” ... and two years ago we went to her dog’s birthday party at her house. [both laughing] C: It’s coming up! April 10. F: That is coming up. Was this Sage? Because I’m supposed to ask about Sage the all-star Corgi. C: Yes, her name’s Sage. She’s 12, almost 13! She was really important to me when I was in high school. What’s this about spending your childSee MADSON & MCGUIRE page 18
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Men, Women Face Ivy Rivals Harvard, Dartmouth By DANI ABADA Sun Assistant Sports Editor
This weekend, the men’s and women’s tennis teams are set to play Harvard and Dartmouth. The men will be hosting nationally ranked Harvard (16-1) on Saturday at 2 pm and Dartmouth (14-1) on Sunday at the same time. “We are not treating these matches differently than we have any other match this season,” said head coach Silviu Tanasoiu. “We are preparing in the same way we always do and we are hopeful that we are going to be a lot more successful than we have in the past.” The Red (7-12, 0-1 Ivy) is coming off a four game losing streak, having fallen in a close 4-3 match against Columbia last weekend. In all six of Cornell’s 4-3 losses this season, the doubles point determined the winner. “We had a very close match against Columbia [last weekend] that taught us a lot of things, and hopefully we are going to be able to learn from our mistakes and play better against Harvard and Dartmouth,” Tanasoiu said. No. 20 Harvard opens its Ivy season at Reis Tennis Center this weekend. The Crimson enters in on a 12-match winning streak. The young Red squad briefly crossed paths with Harvard this season in
October during the USTA/ITA Northeast Regionals. “Harvard has been playing some good tennis,” said freshman Venkat Iyer. “They are a good team, but so are we and we definitely feel capable of taking them down. We feel more than ready for the match and we are excited for the challenge ... We have been playing good tennis in practice and we’re excited to hopefully get the win on Saturday.” Dartmouth is coming off a sevenmatch winning streak of its own. “We all know what we need to do on the court,” Iyer said. “We’ve gone through a lot of things like discipline, focus being dialed in every day in practice … [We need] energy, discipline and stamina to play the tennis that we want to play. If we can execute the type of tennis that we want I think we will be fine.” The women’s team (8-5, 0-1), which has played its last four matches on the road, will play two more away from Reis as it heads to Cambridge, Mass. and Hanover, N.H. this weekend. “I think that it can make a difference playing on the road,” said sophomore Ryann Young. “But, we learn to tune out their fans and focus on our game. We can’t let the little things bother us.” On Friday at 2 p.m. the Red women takes on Harvard (7-1) and then faces Dartmouth (6-8) on Saturday at noon.
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Fighting forward | Freshman Venkat Iyer came back to compete against Columbia on Saturday at Reis Tennis Center after missing a few matches due to sickness.
“We are definitely looking forward to going to play both Harvard and Dartmouth,” said head coach Mike Stevens. “We had a really close match last year with Dartmouth, it was 4-3 and came down to the last singles match on the court … This year we are looking forward to another good match with them.” Harvard has won six of its last seven matches. If the Red can come away with a victory on Friday, it will be Cornell’s first time beating Harvard in Cambridge. Even at home, the Red’s lone victory over the Crimson was April 6, 2007, as the two teams’ all-time series record is 31-1 in favor of Harvard. “They are definitely two really competitive teams, but with that were still going to go in fighting,” Young said. “We proved that we can play with any team in the
Red Finishes Regular Season in Texas By GINA CARGAS Sun Staff Writer
The men’s and women’s polo teams travel to College Station, T.X. to take on Texas A&M this weekend. The Cornell women (11-5) and men (9-7) will play their last games of the regular season before hosting the USPA National Championships in two weeks. When the teams met at Oxley in March, the men topped the Aggies,
22-16, while the women finished with an 18-11 victory. Though the Red dominated in both games, senior men’s captain Branden Van Loon said the Red anticipates a difficult rematch this weekend. “After playing Texas A&M in our arena, it’s very evident that they’re a talented and skillful team,” Van Loon said. “Pretty much all the players that come are going to have to give their best game and utilize their strength on the
field.” Van Loon emphasized the off-field bond the men have formed as an advantage for the Red. “The amount of communication and trust we’ve been building between team members has been a great advantage,” Van Loon said. “In addition, we’ve been focusing on really hitting the ball away and not handling it too much.” Senior women’s captain Ali Hoffman cited
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Trotting along | Senior captain Ali Hoffman says that one of the team’s greatest strengths is its ability to outlast its opponents.
endurance as the Red’s greatest strength. “We’re able to outlast a lot of teams because we put a lot of outside work into building up our strength and endurance,” Hoffman said. “Going into this, having just played for the last three months almost without a break, we’re in really good shape. Plus we have a lot of confidence coming off our win at Regionals.” Last weekend, the women beat Harvard and UConn to qualify for Nationals. After defeating Skidmore and losing to UConn, the men finished as runnerup and advanced via a wildcard spot. Even with nationals on the horizon, both squads are focusing on Texas A&M in training. “Our whole mantra has been taking it one game at a time,” Hoffman said. “We’re not focused on a game that still seems a million years away.” “The schedule for See POLO page 18
league we just have to stay focused, compete well and not really think about our nerves.” Cornell has some strong players up its sleeve, including Young — who generally plays at the No. 3 spot — who is 11-1 in singles this season. Freshmen Sara Perelman and Rosemary Li had a 10-1 record in doubles. “We’re working on playing the big points well,” Young said. “We are really working on putting the ball away, a lot of doubles practice as usual because the doubles point is so important.” “The girls have been working hard all week preparing for both matches,” Stevens said. Dani Abada can be reached at email@example.com.
Softball Team Takes On Brown, Yale This Weekend The softball team is coming off a heartbreaking eightinning home loss to Albany after starting the game off with a quick 5-1 lead. This weekend the Red is back on the road, heading first to Providence, RI for a double-header with Brown and then to New Haven, Conn. for a series with the Yale Bulldogs. This will be the Red’s (1213, 3-1 Ivy League) first conference weekend on the road, and the squad is looking to snap a two game losing streak after being swept by Albany. However, the team has won three straight conference games — its only hiccup being in the Ivy opener against Harvard. Cornell picked up its offense as of late, batting .321 over a nine game stretch to raise its season total to .259. As a team, the Red has also gone yard 26 times. Seniors Morgan Cawley and Kristen Towne are leading the team at .341 and .306 respectively. Sophomore infielder Jenny Edwards and senior infielder Erin Keene both have five long balls. The Bears (5-13, 2-2) just swept Columbia, after dropping their first two conference games to Penn. Brown will be led offensively by Stephanie Thompson, who is batting .544 with a team high 17 RBI’s.
The struggling Bulldogs (717, 1-3) have lost four straight games. Only one Yale starter is batting over .300. The Red will likely throw the combination of senior Lauren Marx, sophomore Alyson Onyon, senior Jenna Stoller and freshman Brittany Sutton on the mound this weekend. Marx and Onyon lead the staff with a combined 10 wins and 2.08 and 3.56 ERA’s respectively. After the four Ivy games this weekend, the Red will return home for a non-conference midweek matchup with Syracuse.
— Compiled by Scott Chiusano
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Down the line | Senior Kristen Towne is batting .306.