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ATTEMPTED MURDER TRIAL • APRIL 8, 2011: Jamel Booker
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• JUNE 2011: After being indicted,
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Over the course of the next year, each college dean and vice president will be expected to choose five specific goals from a “menu” of A plan to increase student, faculty and staff 16 to work on during the course of the acaddiversity by giving responsibility to leaders of emic year, according to Brown. the University’s colleges has been circulated Options include increasing certain types of among top administrators on campus and is diversity, “increasing engagement for a target in its final planning stages, according to Vice group” and supporting career development. Provost for Undergraduate Education Laura The deans and vice presidents will report to Skorton and Provost Fuchs at the end of “If you announce broad goals, it’s the year, according to really hard to hold anyone Brown. “If you announce accountable ... Each college has its broad goals, it’s really own priorities ... around diversity.” hard to hold anyone accountable," Brown Laura Brown said. “This gives each of them the opportuBrown. nity to highlight five goals, report back and “Each college has its own priorities and its use those as target points.” own strategic planning around diversity,” Brown also said the new policy allows each Brown said. “We didn't want to meddle in college to create its own approach to improvwhat they thought was appropriate. It will ing diversity, while still maintaining a system look different from college to college.” of accountability. The new approach –– called “Toward The new diversity priorities were created New Destinations” –– was announced by by the University Diversity Council, a group President David Skorton in an email to the charged with promoting diversity throughout Cornell community on Feb. 15 and will go into effect starting in the next academic year. See DIVERSITY page 4
Booker reportedly flees to Florida.
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Students Mull Methods to Curb Alcohol Abuse By HARRISON OKIN Sun Staff Writer
Continuing an effort to combat highrisk drinking, four Cornell students attended a conference at Dartmouth College this weekend in which groups from five Ivy League universities discussed the different practices they employ to mitigate dangerous behaviors. The conference, dubbed the second annual Ivy Student Summit for Alcohol Harm Reduction, spawned from last year’s Dartmouth Collaborative, an initiative organized by the National College Health Improvement Project. As part of NCIP, representatives from 32 colleges
across the country met to discuss harm reduction as it relates to alcohol consumption, according to Melanie Herman ’12, one member of Cornell’s group. Herman said that, unlike the first conference, this summit focused solely on the input from Cornell, Dartmouth, Princeton, Harvard and Columbia in order to address the similar problems that these institutions have faced in recent years. “It is interesting to examine the social culture of different schools. It places a lot of what we are doing in context with the larger college drinking problem,” said atlarge Student Assembly Rep. John Mueller ’13, another member of the
group that attended the conference. “We are building connections with students who are trying to tackle the same issues we have here, each with our different nuances.” While students at the event primarily brainstormed ideas for reducing highrisk drinking rather than making tangible proposals, the five schools dissected which plans have worked best and worst at each school, according to Herman. It also gives Cornell an opportunity to tailor policies to our own culture and social environment, she said. “In terms of Cornell versus
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• FEB. 9: Booker caught by police in hotel in Ithaca.
• FEBRUARY 2012: The D.A. charges Booker with attempted murder.
• MARCH 30: Booker files defense S
brief contesting charges.
After Fleeing, City Resident Fights Charges By JEFF STEIN Sun Managing Editor
About one year ago, outside the Elks Club on Green Street in downtown Ithaca, 22-yearold Jamel Booker allegedly pulled out a long silver revolver as he got to his feet. He had just been punched and knocked to the ground by Russell “Poon” Blackman, who reportedly incensed Booker by dancing with certain women in the club. A friend of Booker’s, who is unidentified in court papers, apparently urged him to strike back. “Kill the motherfuckers! Kill the motherfuckers! Give me the gun; I will do it,” the man reportedly bellowed. According to the prosecution, Booker relented to this demand. On April 8, 2011, they say, Booker shot Blackman multiple times in the torso, and one bullet grazed Blackman’s face. Police say Booker later fled to Florida, where he remained until February 2012, when he was caught by Ithaca Police. Blackman survived, but Tompkins County District Attorney is charging Booker, who is known as “Mel,” with attempted murder,
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See BOOKER page 4
Car Crash Victims Identified By AKANE OTANI Sun News Editor
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Four panelists gathered in Goldwin Smith Hall Monday evening to discuss homelessness and hunger in the Southern Tier.
Ithaca Police released the names of the people involved in the fatal car accident that occurred Sunday on Route 13. D o m i n i q u e Slaughter-Smith, 20, from Fairburn, Ga., and Ithaca resident Prince J. Griffith, 21, died after their car collided rooffirst with a utility pole at the intersection of Cascadilla and North Fulton Street at approximately 3:54 a.m. Although the Ithaca Fire Department and personnel from Bangs
Ambulance provided medical assistance, both Slaughter-Smith and Griffith died at the scene of the accident due to injuries sustained in the crash, a police report stated. Two other passengers in the vehicle — Ithaca resident Rakim D. Slaughter, 24, and Isiah Mack, 19, from Brooklyn, N.Y. — were transported to trauma centers Sunday after the accident, the report stated. As of Monday, Mack had been released from a hospital in Sayre, Pa. Slaughter remained hospitalized in critical condi-
tion at a trauma center in Syracuse, N.Y. While police are still investigating the cause of the accident, they said that “it is known that the speed of the vehicle was one factor in the cause of this crash.” Police said only one vehicle appeared to have been involved in the accident. The crash left street signs for Cascadilla and North Fulton Street dented and a torn powerline loose on the ground. Akane Otani can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Ferretti said that the donation arrived at a particularly beneficial time due to the recent increases in the cost of journal With the help of a $650,000 gift from and database subscriptions. Because these recently deceased Prof. Emerita Helen L. costs make up between 80 to 90 percent Wardeberg, education, Mann Library of the library’s “flat” budget, which does and the College of Agriculture and Life not vary from year to year, they have “put Sciences –– which will each receive half a pinch on our ability to make sure our of the donation –– will be making collection continues to grow the way it adjustments to improve their services for needs to for future generations,” she said. the Cornell community. “We see these trends, we realize that According to Eveline Ferretti, Mann we have to do something and now the Library public programs administrator, library has kicked off a campaign to the library’s half of the donation will be increase support,” Ferretti said. “If you used to establish the Helen L. Wardeberg don’t pay attention to [those trends], you Fund. The fund will be used to strength- end up having to compromise the qualien Mann’s collections by purchasing ty of your collections … It was in the more books and supporting other library beginning of starting this work when the services. gift came in and it was perfect timing.” “The gift Additionally, the comes in at a very “It’s gratifying and great to money will fund timely moment for “ Pa t ro n - Dr i ve n the library because be a part of [Wardeberg’s] Acquisitions,” a pilot we are right now legacy.” program aimed at very focused on making books more strengthening the Eveline Ferretti readily available at collections in a Mann. According to way that’s necesFerretti, the program sary for students and faculty,” Ferretti will allow students and faculty to select said. “We want to make sure we have a and purchase books not available collection that truly meets the needs of through the library catalogue. Electronic everyone here … and is more accessible versions will become available immedito the public.” ately, and print books will arrive within a Wardeberg, who died in 2011, served week. as chair of Cornell’s Department of “It’s a gift like this that allows us to Education from 1968 until her retire- develop in new and innovative ways,” ment in 1986. Although Ferretti and Ferretti said. Mary Ochs ’79, director of Mann The other half of the donation will be Library, said they did not know used to support scholarships for the Wardeberg personally, they were honored CALS transfer students, according to a to receive the gift on behalf of the library. University press release. “It’s gratifying and great to be a part of “This is such a fitting legacy for a her legacy,” Ferretti said. woman who dedicated her life to educaAccording to Ferretti, the library was tion,” CALS Dean Kathryn Boor ’80 notified about the donation about a said in the press release. “Her gift will month ago. ensure that Cornell can continue to be “We were thrilled to get the informa- the new opportunity university for taltion about the gift,” Ochs said. “We have ented students regardless of means — in a reputation for having a very strong agri- particular those who begin their academculture, life sciences and human ecology ic careers elsewhere and enrich our colcollection, and to have an emeritus facul- lege by transferring here.” ty member make that kind of contribution is a real boost to having that kind of Kaitlyn Kwan can be reached collection continue to be available.” at email@example.com. Sun Staff Writer
Tompkins Rated Second Healthiest County in New York A recent statewide survey listed Tompkins County as second in terms of personal and community health factors, The Ithaca Journal reported.
In a contest called “Race for the Space,” the Downtown Ithaca Alliance will pick the contestants with the best business proposals and reward them with, along with other incentives, one year of free rent in space in downtown Ithaca, including on the Commons. The Downtown Ithaca Alliance is holding this competition for the first time to encourage business in Ithaca’s downtown, according to Vicki Taylor, associate director of the Downtown Ithaca Alliance. According to Taylor, other cities across the country –– including West Palm Beach, Fl. –– have launched programs to help prospective entrepreneurs start and maintain their businesses. These successes inspired the Downtown Ithaca Alliance to sponsor the Race for Space to encourage the revitalization and retention of new businesses in downtown Ithaca. In addition to free rent, the incentives offered to the winners of the contest include a one-year advertising package in The Ithaca Times; design services, business planning and marketing assistance; and quarterly monitoring visits by a team of Downtown Ithaca Alliance business operations experts, Taylor said. Taylor said that the Downtown Ithaca Alliance is looking for entrepreneurs to submit plans for businesses that could fit in well with current businesses located on the Commons. Submissions for the contest were accepted until March 15, and the winners will be able start their businesses by the summer, Taylor said. Taylor believes that the Commons’ strengths make it an optimal place for numerous business invest-
ments. “People often don’t realize the diversity of the downtown [area] and what there is to offer,” Taylor said. “You can buy groceries, you can buy clothing from Urban Outfitters to independent boutiques. And it’s a place where, if somebody has an entrepreneurial spirit, they can really succeed.” After reviewing the various business proposals, the Downtown Ithaca Association Business Retention and Development Committee will select the competition’s finalists, who will be asked to submit formal business plans. After submitting their formal proposals on April 26, the Downtown Ithaca Alliance will assist contest finalists with advice and technical support. The winners of the contest will be announced on May 1. Taylor expressed excitement about the future of the downtown area. “We have $108 millionworth of projects ... to redesign the Commons into a more open and modern space …. to create a high quality pedestrian mall and a community gathering space, build new apartment buildings, new retail, new hotels, office spaces within the next few years,” she said. Taylor said she hopes that the contest will encourage Cornell students to become more involved in the design and planning of the downtown area. “If the students are interested in talking about business plans and opportunities in downtown, they should certainly get in touch with us, not even just through this project,” she said. “Every year we have business recruitment and retention. If they have an idea and want to get involved, they should come and talk to us about it.” Jordan Lim ’14 said he
found the incentives offered by the competition appealing. “Since setting up a business not only involves getting a rent space for free for a year but also having a good business plan to sustain it, quarterly monitoring visits by a team of business operations experts seems very attractive,” Lim said. However, Lim said he was disappointed with the lack of publicity about the event. “I think it is a good event,” Lim said. “If I’d known about this earlier, I probably would have applied for it with a group of friends … But I don't think they are doing a great job advertising about this opportunity.” Enrico Bonatti ’14, a semi-finalist in the “Big Idea Competition” by Entrepreneurship at Cornell, which accepts submissions for business ideas that deal with social or environmental issues, said he believes students have a chance to be successful in a competition like Race for Space. “I definitely think that Cornell students have the potential to achieve great things, and if this program was customized appropriately, it could help students with a strong entrepreneurial drive to be successful,” Bonatti said. Taylor emphasized the need to keep talent in the Ithaca area. “We don’t want to see everybody just come here and leave and take their smarts all over the world,” Taylor said. “There are lots of opportunities right here in their own backyard. They know the market; they have been students here for however many years. They know what their peers are looking for.” Nicole Chang can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Spacing out | Winners of the “Race for the Space” contest will earn space in The Commons for their business as well as free rent for one year.
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Cornell. This council includes five University employees with previous experience advancing diversity in higher education. Brown said that these employees will report to administrators on the progress made on specific goals of the initiative. She said this collective approach garners the opinions of more people on campus and thus allows for broader professional expertise. “It’s an approach that accepts how diverse Cornell is and doesn’t try to centralize it in one person,” Brown said. Toward New Destinations targets diversity through four principles: composition, engagement, inclusion and achievement, according to a summary of the document released to The Sun. According to Brown, “composition” refers to the diversity of the University’s demography, while engagement refers to whether minority members on campus are joining and staying involved in social and professional activities on campus. Brown said that “inclusion” considers the degree to which diverse members of the campus community are made to feel welcome. “Achievement” addresses issues such as the academic successes of underrepresented individuals and their rates of admission to honors programs.
“It’s not only about how many underrepresented individuals you admit and how many graduate,” Brown said. “We want to know whether they’re doing as well in terms of academic performance, participating in honors programs, study abroad –– all the things that our most successful students participate in. We want them to be achieving as much as any students that are here.” Brown also said that in the future, Toward New Directions will become a public document to increase awareness of the initiative. “It creates a public planning process that the whole community will understand and it foregrounds for the leadership a regular occasion where we will meet and talk about the University-wide process,” Brown said. “It gives us a way of coming together, integrating the things we’re doing and make progress in a collective way.” Alexander said that she hopes Toward New Destinations will provide momentum for advancing diversity at Cornell. “This is a marathon, and not a sprint. It will evolve over time,” she said. “It will help us take honest assessments as to where we are and what we need to address … We have to start somewhere and get the program rolling.” Emma Court can be reached at email@example.com.
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assault and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon. Booker has since responded to the allegations. In a defense brief filed March 30 in Tompkins County Court, his attorney decried what he called the prosecution’s “inadmissible and incompetent” attempts to build a case against his client. Thomas Kheel, Booker’s lawyer, emphasizes in the documents that Booker was never found with a weapon. Kheel says Booker will contest all the charges against him. “No weapons were ever found linking the defendant to the crime,” Kheel writes. “The evidence presented to the Grand Jury was legally insufficient to establish that [Booker] committed the offenses charged in the indictment.” Moreover, Kheel claims that the witness accounts used to connect Booker to the crime may have been unfairly solicited. “The identifications of [Kheel] are equivocal and were suggested to the testifying witnesses,” Kheel says. Documents obtained by The Sun may indicate that Kheel was correct to assume that police were looking for evidence to validate their assumptions. According to an account provided by one Ithaca Police Department officer whose name has been redacted, Brittany Green was a friend of Blackman’s who was with him the night of the shooting. When the officer arrived at the hospital where Blackman was being treated, Green said she was willing to discuss the event further, according to the police report. However, when presented with several photo arrays of potential suspects, Green “stated she was unable to identify anyone within.” “As Green viewed the arrays, I sensed that she could identify the responsible party, but did not want to become
involved,” the officer states — an assessment Kheel and Booker may contest in court. An account provided by Ronald McClure, who says he saw the shooting, also suggests police may have, as Kheel alleges, suggested who the assailant was to witnesses. Police asked McClure if Booker was “the same person who is in your math class at [Tompkins Community College] and the same person who you saw shoot Russell.” Still, McClure did, apparently unprompted, pick Booker out of a photo array. Unlikely to help Kheel’s argument, however, is Booker’s apparent attempt to escape arrest. After a Tompkins County Grand Jury indicted Booker in June 2011, he “fled” to Florida, according to Ithaca Police. “Information was established that following the indictment Booker had fled to Florida, where he went into hiding to avoid apprehension,” police stated in a press release at the time of his arrest. On Feb. 8, police were notified that Booker was in the Ithaca area. A team of investigators and officers then entered a local hotel in which Booker was staying and took him into custody without incident. The prosecution also notes that this was Booker’s 13th arrest. He also has two youthful offender adjudications, one misdemeanor conviction, five “violation-level convictions” and one bench warrant on his record, according to the documents. The identity of the man who told Booker to shoot does not appear in court documents. Green, however, told police that he was a 6’0” “light skinned” black man with “pulled back” braids. McClure, the other witness, also describes the man as a “light skinned black male with braids.” Jeff Stein can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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irst item of business. If someone says “I have three prelims next week,” what’s the first response that pops into your head? Well, there are really only two types of responses. “Oh man, that’s awful, I’m so glad I’m not premed / an engineer / a hotelie / double majoring / an English major / graduating early / prelaw, you guys have it so much harder than the rest of us,” or “Well, I had three prelims AND two papers in a week once.” Second item of business. If someone says “I’m so tired, I had to pull an all-nighter again,” what’s your reply? The range of answers is, again, binary. Either “You’re so crazy, I never have enough work to pull an all-nighter,” or “Well, I’m pulling my second one in a row tonight.” If you didn’t know these items before, congratulations! Provided you picked the
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2) You’re smart, but you’re not very good at school. Your coursework is legitimately difficult. You require constant external affirmation about your intelligence to compensate for your grades, and it’s kind of annoying. 3) You’re pre-med, and everyone thinks you’re annoying. I’m kidding! I’m kidding. Not all pre-meds are annoying. Ladies and Gentlemen, please. You all attend, for what it’s worth, the *cough* US News-ranked #15 university in the nation. The largely arbitrary crapshoot called undergraduate admissions means that you’re a smart and talented person who won (or lost) the lottery. So, let us dispense with the notion that a game of academic mine-is-bigger-than-yours is either necessary or fooling anyone. For one, it makes you look needy. Talking like you have something to prove
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ON WEDNESDAY, THE FACULTY SENATE will consider changes to the academic calendar that would add vacations in the middle of the semester to break up long periods of classes and improve mental health. This benefit would come at the expense of one of Cornell’s most revered traditions: Senior Week. The changes that are being considered will change the culture of the campus and must be debated and vetted extensively with students. The Faculty Senate must wait for formalized student input before making a decision. Senior Week is the seven day period immediately following the end of finals, leading up to Commencement. The calendar committee is proposing to shorten Senior Week from nine days to three and shorten exam week from 13 days to eight. These changes will create a two day break during President’s Week and add two extra days to spring break. By giving students time to relax in the middle of the winter and prelim season, the committee hopes that students will receive serious mental health benefits. While there are benefits that come with this new calendar, they come at the expense of Senior Week. These seven days are important for seniors, as they bid farewell to their friends and reminisce about their time on the Hill. This week frames their time at Cornell, giving seniors a positive experience that they will remember into their years as alumni. Senior Week is part of the Cornell culture and a tradition that is widely known and remembered by members of the outgoing class. In order to properly weigh the extent of the cost that this change would have, more formalized input is necessary. So far, student input on the calendar has been limited. It is concerning is that the chair of the Calendar Committee said in March that it would only make “informal” efforts to consult with non-committee members. The deliberations should rely on more than just the input from the two undergraduate students that sit on the Calendar Committee. A simple measure to formally gauge the opinions of students would be to send out a survey. However, even this basic measure has not been taken. More time for deliberation and compromise would help to ensure that everyone is best served by the changes. Additionally, the recommendations put forward by the committee are an imperfect compromise. It seems that there are other options that could still be considered that may do a better job of satisfying the most people. Though finding this balance is difficult, we question the stress-relieving benefit that comes with adding another two days to spring break, compared to the benefit that these days could bring elsewhere in the calendar. Adding one of these days to study week as a rest day could have huge mental health benefits, and adding the second to make Senior Week four days would help preserve this Cornell tradition. While building this proposal, the University has worked to manage a large number of constraints. It seems, however, that the Committee is desperate to reach the finish line on this project when more consideration is warranted. Aside from adding a Labor Day holiday last year, the last time the calendar was changed was 1984. Such a potentially long-lasting change requires more time and input.
First World Problem second response in both scenarios, you are now qualified to converse like a Cornell student. If someone’s already given you the memos on “Let me tell you how much alcohol I drank last weekend / plan on drinking this weekend” and “Do you think s/he’s into me?,” you are also fully qualified to participate in, oh, some 70 percent of the conversations that are happening on this campus at any given time. Snark (mostly) aside, I’d like to use my 700-word soapbox to focus on the first bit of that paragraph up there. I have heard many phrases used to describe this lovely place, and among the first I heard — right after “pressure cooker” — was “stress competition.” My esteemed colleague Will Spencer commented recently that Hotelies and Engineers alike only seem to know how to have one conversation, the one that revolves around how ridiculous their schoolwork is. And oh, I am not about to contradict. (And not just because I sit in staff meetings with him). If you feel the need to talk constantly about how difficult your schoolwork is, please pick one of the following options. 1) You’re smart and good at school, and your coursework is legitimately difficult. You also require constant external affirmation to feel good about yourself, and it’s kind of annoying.
does, in fact, make people suspect that you have something to prove. For another, it’s specifically this sort of attitude that has created the Cornell pressure cooker environment. An intensely competitive environment has created this collective campus fear of admitting any academic or personal weakness, and we’ve all seen what kind of toll that takes on people. Talking about all the work we have to do to a fellow student who is quietly struggling to find the will to get out of bed every morning isn’t just insensitive, it’s selfish in the worst way. We’re all human. We all have egos that need to be stroked. But in the end, the distribution of prelim grades is going to look roughly normal anyways, and no one is going to care that you ONLY ended up at the mean because you had SO much other work to do. On the other hand, people are going to care that you made them feel like a piece of crap about only getting the mean, because they studied really hard for it. So, Big Red, campus that I love, please take that chip off your shoulder. We’ll all be better for it. Deborah Liu is a junior in the College of Engineering. She may be reached at email@example.com. First World Problem appears alternate Tuesdays this semester.
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In Defense of Hypocrisy T
wo weeks ago, in response to a column I wrote about walking barefoot as a revolutionary act, a reader made this comment on The Sun website: “As someone who grew up in a developing country, I find this article to be extremely naïve and ill-advised, written by a privileged boy from a well-to-do family who has white-guilt about his family’s financial comfort.” The reader is absolutely right, but doesn’t go far enough. I’m not just a privileged boy from a well-to-do family; I’m also a heterosexual, an American and, perhaps worst of all, a consumer. I own a cell phone, a laptop and endless other bits of
umn? Do we really need more input from the patriarchy? Doesn’t the voice of the oppressor already fill the room every time a black child is murdered without consequences, every time a 12-year-old Chinese girl works herself to death to assemble the toys I think I need, every time the American Empire kicks over a sovereign nation in my name? How do I justify driving my Prius from Cornell University to New York City so that I can march down a street and chant, “We are the 99 percent”? Every time the word “revolution” passes my white lips, the words of the late, great Gil ScottHeron come to mind:
Tom Moore What Even Is All This? plastic crap which we, as a society, have convinced each other we need. “White-guilt” doesn’t begin to cover what I have. As a wealthy, straight, white, male American consumer, my lifestyle is built upon violence against humanity and violence against the earth. The violence of my privilege is the fundamental premise upon which my political and social consciousness is built. If you don’t accept this premise, nothing I write will make much sense to you. So if I am, in fact, the oppressor, what business do I have writing an opinion col-
“The irony of it all, of course, is when a pale-faced SDS [Students for a Democratic Society] motherfucker dares look hurt when I tell him to go find his own revolution … Your great-grandfather tied a ball and chain to my balls and bounced me through a cotton field, while I lived in an unflushable toilet bowl, and now you want me to help you overthrow what?” As a white activist, I get this a lot. What does a white liberal weekend revolutionary know about police brutality?
What gives me the cultural authority to quote the poetry of Gil Scott-Heron? And who the hell do I think I am? Well, I’m me. I don’t really have any other options. I was born with this skin color, with this ancestry, with this gender, with this trust fund. Whatever objections I may have to consumerism, I was born into this economy. However abhorrent I may find war, I was born into the country with all the guns, and the belligerence to use them. So, I’m me, and injustice is injustice. I can’t change the circumstances of my birth. I can’t go back in time and convince my ancestors not to keep slaves or steal Native American land. I can’t snap my fingers and rid the world of racism, sexism and heteronormativity. I can’t singlehandedly stop industrial capitalism from raping the planet to death. I wish I could, but I can’t. Here’s what I can do: 1) I can shut up. I can accept that the color of my skin and the depth of my pockets make me ineligible to even utter the word “oppression.” I can spend my life playing backgammon and trying to drown my white guilt in tea and crumpets. I can leave reform and revolution to those “culturally authorized” to fix the world. 2) I can keep talking. I can accept accusations that I “don’t get it,” because in some ways I probably don’t. I can try my best, given my limited and problematic perspective, to point out and fight against injustice whenever and wherever I see it, and to stand in solidarity with those whose struggles I perceive as righteous. As an oppressor with a conscience, I am
confronted with a choice between silence and what some would call hypocrisy. I’ll choose hypocrisy every time. If you want to disregard what I say because of the color of my skin, the social class of my parents and the atrocities of my great-grandparents, that’s your prerogative. I don’t have the authority or the desire to ask anyone to ignore the violence of my privilege. Telling me to shut up is thus absolutely legitimate. That being said, when I see something I think is wrong, I’m going to make as much noise about it as possible, even at the risk of sounding “naive and illadvised.” If this makes me a hypocrite, so be it. After all, plenty of white liberals participated in the Civil Rights Movement, and despite Gil Scott-Heron’s completely legitimate accusations of hypocrisy, I think the white liberals helped the Movement considerably. It was, in part, their privilege, rooted in a racist system, which empowered them to battle the forces of racism. Similarly, privilege grants me access to education. If we don’t use the tools that education gives us to look outside of our own privilege bubbles, then higher education is a criminal misallocation of society’s resources and an inexcusable circle-jerk. For better or for worse, privilege grants me a louder voice than most. I’m going to use that voice to cry bloody murder whenever I get the chance, especially when the blood is on my own hands. Tom Moore is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. He may be reached at email@example.com. What Even Is All This? appears alternate Tuesdays this semester.
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n response to a letter from the Department of Education, when a student is accused of sexual assault or sexual harassment, Cornell may no longer try them under the Campus Code of Conduct, which provides a robust set of protections for the accused modeled after the criminal justice system. Instead, they would be tried under University Policy 6.4, which strips away many of these protections and also uses a lower standard of proof. Advocates of these changes, including the Women's Resource Center, hope to create a system friendlier to sex-
of exposing the holes in the accuser's story without a cross-examination or a lawyer trained to find these holes? Those who oppose these changes do not oppose victims' rights, they merely recognize that in the case of a false conviction, it is the accused, not the accuser, who is the real victim. Furthermore, past experiences at Cornell and other universities suggest that such concerns are practical and not just theoretical. Unfortunately, under University Policy 6.4 and similar policies at other universities, all records are kept confidential, meaning that if abuses of due process occur, an outside entity will not even be able to know that said abuses occurred, much less advocate against those abuses. Guest Room However, Prof. Maas, who was tried for sexual harassment under a special Professional Ethics Committee instead of the Code of Conduct, challenged his conviction in court, which made many of the confidential trial records public as part of the lawsuit. The book The Shadow University gives an excellent account of his trial on pages 296-300; here are some of the highlights (or perhaps lowlights): • While a single column would not provide enough space to list all the problems with the rules of conduct and evidence, this quote from the trial's chair will succinctly summarize them: “We have to make the rules as we go along.” • Even though Prof. Maas’ career was on the line, not only was he not allowed a lawyer, but he also was not allowed to have a law professor as an advisor because he was “too much of an expert.” • Not only could Prof. Maas not cross-examine his accusers, he was not even allowed to be in the same room as them so as not to upset the alleged victims. No presumption of guilt there! That Professional Ethics Committee sounds eerily similar to University Policy 6.4. Sadly, these sorts of prob-
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ual assault victims and more likely to bring the guilty to justice, which by itself is certainly an admirable goal. However, before anyone signs off on these changes, one critical question must be asked: How many innocent people must suffer to ensure that the guilty are brought to justice? While the intentions behind these proposed changes are admirable, the basis for these changes is fundamentally and irrecoverably flawed. It seemingly assumes that the accuser is the victim. But if that were true, why would we even need any sort of trial in the first place? These measures would make complete sense in a counseling session provided by the Women’s Resource Center, but they make no sense in a trial incorporating changes advocated by the Women’s Resource Center. At times, one wonders if those proposing the changes have even considered the possibility that the accused may in fact be innocent. For example, while banning crossexamination and lawyers may create a friendlier environment for an accuser who is also a sexual assault victim, if the accused is innocent, how will he or she have any hope
lems pervade not just Cornell, but many other universities. At the University of North Dakota, Caleb Warner was convicted of sexual assault and expelled from the university, even though police, looking at the same evidence, charged the accuser with making a false report to law enforcement. Even then, it still took a year and a half and pressure from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education before UND would reinstate Caleb. And of course, who can forget the Duke lacrosse scandal? The rape and sexual assault of a woman by three lacrosse players led to the cancellation of the lacrosse season, the firing of the lacrosse coach and a national uproar about sexual assault … until it turned out the accuser's story was false. Not only has the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education clearly opposed this letter as expected, a letter which may have even violated the law by ignoring the required notice and comment procedure, but the American Association of University Professors has stated that this letter contradicts their Recommended Institutional Regulations on Academic Freedom and Tenure. At Cornell, The Sun quoted one law professor as saying the faculty of the Law School generally agrees that these measures are Orwellian. Nonetheless, deputy University counsel Nelson Roth has stood his ground, advocating the legal necessity of these changes. From a risk management and legal liability point of view, he may be right. But when fundamental rights are at stake, should there not be more important concerns than legal liability? Is Cornell a university or just a mere corporation? In light of the clear and convincing evidence against using University Policy 6.4 to handle sexual harassment and sexual assault cases, and the rights at stake which are more important than legal liability, I would recommend that the University Assembly and President Skorton keep in mind the “counsel” in deputy University counsel: You should always listen to counsel, but you do not always have to follow it.
Mike Wacker ’10 is a former Sun columnist and former Sun Assistant Web Editor. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Guest Room appears periodically this semester.
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Thinking Inside and Outside the Box KYLE CHANG Sun Staff Writer
In recent years, a torrent of gimmicky films have attempted to distinguish themselves from the already burgeoning film population: note the surge in 3D, found-footage and meta-films. Unfortunately, films cannot survive on gimmicks alone. Thus, we have a dichotomy of films — ones that use gimmicks for the sake of being gimmicky (the way a hipster might strive for originality for originality’s sake) and those that are truly original and happen to utilize a gimmick. Director Gabe Torres’ Brake is the latter. Brake is a contained thriller: almost the entire film is set within the trunk of a car. Secret service agent Jeremy Reins (Stephen Dorff) wakes up at the back of a car — actually, he wakes up in a glass container at the back of a car. Overhead, a timer repeatedly counts down to ominous zeroes, at which point something bad always happens. It’s soon revealed that Rein’s captors want to extract top secret information from him like the president’s bunker location and codename. Rein’s tormentors use increasingly painful methods — one of them involves bees. Many critics have compared Brake to Rodrigo Cortes’ 2010 film Buried. Admittedly, both films have similarities. The most obvious of these is that both spend the entirety of the movie in a box as the protagonist is interrogated by terrorists. Less obviously, both films contain political undertones that suggest some frustration with the American government. But the similarities end there While Buried was a slow and unrelenting descent into one man’s desperation, “Brake is basically an action film in a box,” Torres said. True, both films are about men in boxes, but in context Brake is actually a thriller about national security, resting on one man’s strength to adhere to an oath to protect the president. Along the way, we get a series of thrilling sequences through the power of suggestion. There are the usual plot devices — Reins is give a CB radio and also manages to get a cell phone halfway through the film.
But the brilliance of the film lies in its subtle mechanisms. “Our goal was to create the illusion of motion,” Torres says. Director of photography James Mathers manages to bring the action occurring outside the van into Reins’ trunk with some creativity. Mathers’ camerawork is surprisingly fluid, moving from static shots to violent hand-cam ones for car chases. He also uses barely perceptible light shifts to imply movement outside the car. Also notable is the sound editing, which is most laudable during the film’s car chases. But perhaps the best part of the containedthriller gimmick is the sense of paranoia it instills in the audience. The number of things that are overtly suggested, such as car chases and shootouts are equaled by the number of covertly suggested ideas. And this is by far the best use of the box in Brake. While the contained thriller may simply be a penny pincher’s way of creating an action film, it plays directly towards the paranoid thriller genre by withholding information from the audience, leaving it as disoriented as the character inside the box. The last stand-out performance, the only performance in the colloquial sense of the word, is Stephen Dorff’s performance. When asked about his choice of actors, Torres said, “Not a lot of actors would have taken on this movie cause everything hangs on them. If the movie fails, the failure hangs on the actor … I knew Stephen wouldn’t be afraid of taking on the camera by himself.” Dorff has been known to take on interesting films, especially distinctly indie titles. In the recent past, Dorff has starred in an unrelentingly stoic film — Sophia Coppola’s Somewhere. Despite some complaints about the actual film, Dorff’s performance in the film was decidedly true to the
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ennui of celebrity life. From Somewhere to Brake, Dorff shows off the full spectrum of his talent. As Reins gets pushed to the edge, he releases more and more rage; these scenes involve sustained kicking and screaming. In the wrong hands, these scenes would have killed the film which already requires a high suspension of disbelief. But luckily, Dorff goes beyond the call of duty and serves as the reality anchor through what is, in retrospect, quite the fantastical plot. Brake is a triumph of low-budget filming; it captures all the intensity of a regular Hollywood film. In the sea of films released this year, Brake is surely one of the more unique ones. It deserves to be experienced purely based on this merit. “I’m really proud of the way it turned out. I wouldn’t have changed anything about [Brake],” Torres said. Torres is an avid supporter of the independent film industry. He will be conducting Question and Answer sessions at screenings of Brake at Cinemapolis on April 13 and April 14. Kyle Chang is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Now He’s Writing Music LUBABAH CHOWDHURY Sun Staff Writer
It is difficult to think of a more ubiquitous instrument than the piano. It graces the living room of many families, is featured in countless concertos, and it is safe to say that the majority of us have taken lessons sometime during our lives, with varying degrees of success. To some, the piano evokes Chopin’s passionate nocturnes and Beethoven’s powerful concertos. Others prefer Gershwin’s jazz stylings. But very few of us would consider the piano to be an important component of rock music. Rock pianist Marco Benevento will challenge this perception during his concert at The Haunt this coming Friday. Benevento started out as many piano students do: “I took lessons as a kid for a while,” he tells The Sun. “It was your basic kid lesson thing — learning how to read, playing through lesson books, etc.” His love for rock bands such as The Beatles and Led Zeppelin began in middle school; it was also during this time that he met drummer Joe Russo, with whom he later released several albums. By high school, he was already composing his own music; he graduated from the Berklee School of Music in Boston in
1999. Making full use of the musical opportunities that technology such as synthesizers, four tracks and effects pedals affords, Benevento has become, according to All Music Guide, “... a musician so original that he can ultimately only be judged against his own standard.” A self-described “professional capturist,” Benevento’s music is upbeat and smileenducing, using musical patterns that are familiar, but never dull. His piece “The Real Morning Party” begins with a shuffling drum beat that is the perfect accompaniment to the shuffle out of bed that the best of us succumb to on a Monday morning. The simple tune catches one unawares; before one knows it, the blasé morning feeling has given over to enthusiastic head-bopping and shoulder-shaking. “Now They’re Writing Music” is a perfect example of Benevento’s innovative use of synths combined with a nostalgic piano melody that can’t help but pull on the heartstrings. When asked what inspire these pieces, Benevento writes that “the inspiration for writing music comes and goes. Sometimes I sit down at the piano and just want to watch my fingers move and play whatever it is that comes to mind and not really think about a verse or an intro or a solo section for a song that I want to write … Maybe I'll remember it,
maybe I won't, but most times inspiration for a song comes by surprise. I find as a songwriter that the best way to ‘compose’ a song is to figure out how to ‘capture’ that moment when you are not thinking and inspiration flows through you.” If his music videos are anything to go by, Benevento’s performance will be a treat. The videos that accompany his songs are colorful and playful; “The Morning Party” features many pairs of hands making shadow puppets and dancing feet, as well as a keyboard that plays itself. The quirky cuteness is a balm for those who have become desensitized by overly-flashy music videos featuring scantily clad girls and strobe lights. The flashing clock and the combination of animation with live action shots featured in the accompanying music video to “Now They’re Writing Music” enhances the dream-like quality of the piece. “Playing for a live audience is simultaneously the easiest and roughest thing to do,” Benevento writes. “You are
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supposed to be having a good time — like the audience — yet you have to provide the good time for them … So there is a sense of responsibility … Plus you are playing your own music so it’s pretty revealing at the same time.” “I’d say that after 15 years of performing I finally feel like I can put on a good show,” he modestly asserts. Whether you’re a longtime fan or a newcomer, Benevento’s performance is more than likely to be a “good show” and provide a “good time.” Lubabah Chowdhury is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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14 THE CORNELL DAILY SUN | Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Rowers Unable to Grab Class of 1975 Cup W. ROWING
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of victory was less than a second, but we bounded back to beat Yale,” Gehman said. “We brought back the Cayuga Cup, which was really exciting.” According to Gehman, Saturday’s races proved that the Red still has a lot to work on if it
wants to be competitive at this year’s Ivy League Championships. The Ivy League Championships will pit Cornell against every team in the Ivy League, including Princeton, and is extremely important for determining which teams will be invited to this year’s NCAA tournament. “We will work on sprints, among other things. The first
Varsity Eight boat needs to work on their start,” Gehman said. “Conditions played a little bit of a role [on Saturday], so we’ll continue to practice in wind. We have to be able to deal with whatever Mother Nature throws at us.” Alex Gatto can be reached at email@example.com.
Talented Team Suggests Future Success BASEBALL
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guys we’ve got.” The Red traveled on Sunday to New Haven, Conn. to compete against Yale (6-22-1, 0-8-0) in a doubleheader. The Red began the first game of the series on top, due in part to Whetsel’s infield single that brought Tatum home from third. Peters than singled to the right side to drive in Swinford and put Cornell on the board early. Yale finally got one in the fourth and pulled ahead with two more in the sixth — the latter coming unearned on Cornell’s only error of the game. Sophomore Connor Kaufmann pitched into the sixth inning before retiring the mound to junior pitcher Houston Hawley, who recorded the final five outs against the Bulldogs. Hawley increased his personal record to 2-1 for the season. The victory ended a nine-game losing streak for the Red at Yale Field.
“We have excellent hitters throughout the entire lineup, we played excellent defense [and the] pitchers are doing a great job keeping us in the game. Basically, it was a whole team effort that sparked our victory over the past couple of games,” said Peters. In the second game at Yale Field, Lee was 3-for-5 with a double, which led to him scoring the game’s first run on Yanzick’s double bagger in the third. Yale responded with two runs in the fourth, but Cornell came back to tie the game up on senior Brian Billigen's solo home run to right in the sixth — his fifth of the season. Billigen hit a two-run triple in the seventh. He was 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBI in the game. The game was tied again after the eighth, leading the Red to the fourth straight game in which Cornell pushed runners across home plate in the final frame. Whetsel reached second on an error, then third on a wild pitch. Yanzick’s bunt single scored Whetsel. After Billigen walked, Cruz
hit a single to right to score Yanzick. After entering the game as a defensive replacement in the eighth, D’Alessandro hit a two-run single for additional runs over the Bulldogs. “This weekend was unreal. I mean we really don’t expect [to sweep the weekend],” he said. “But, we started off with a good comeback win and then we just kept it rolling.” Cornell is riding a seven-game winning streak heading into Wednesday’s game against Binghamton at Hoy Field. The game kicks off a seven-game home stretch, which includes the start of divisional play and four games against Columbia at home next weekend. “Every game matters, but I really want to see us beat Columbia and take it to them,” D’Alessandro said. “Everyone on our team is very talented and I feel like the combination of all of us together will help us succeed in the coming weekends.” Haley Velasco can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greening Awaits Playoffs GREENING
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happy.” After playing for Cornell, Greening moved on to play for the Binghamton Senators — the AHL affiliate of the Ottawa Senators, who drafted the forward in 2005. Greening said that he originally did not think that he was going to be selected, but much to his delight and surprise he received a phone call during the 7th round saying that he was chosen. “Binghamton was great for me. … It gave me a chance to play with some top players,” he said. “I felt like I was learning how to be a professional and how to play the game.” During his time in Binghamton, Greening was part of the 2011 team that made a run for the Calder Cup. Entering the competition seeded last, expectations were not high for the Senators, according to Greening. Binghamton faced the Manchester Monarchs in the first round. “That was definitely an interesting and fun experience,” Greening said. “We were the last seed and we just squeaked our way into playoffs and I remember I didn’t know what was going to happen. In the first round, we were down 3-1 in a best-of-seven series and we ended up winning the next three games in overtime. We won the last two games on the road in Manchester.” Binghamton ended up claiming the entire series, beating the
Portland Pirates, Charlotte Checkers and Houston Aeros. Playing for Charlotte at the time was Greening’s former Cornell teammate Riley Nash. Greening said that playing against former Red icers has been a fun experience. “It’s a lot of fun. I’ve played against [Ben Scrivens ’10] a couple of times this season. He actually made a really good stop against me in preseason. We were joking about it afterwards and I was really hoping I could score on him so I could get bragging rights,” Greening said. “I got to play against [Riley] in his second professional game, which was nice and he got his first professional point against us, but I wasn’t on the ice, so he doesn’t get bragging rights that he scored on my line.” This week Greening will play in his first NHL playoffs, as the Ottawa Senators faceoff against the New York Rangers beginning on Thursday. “That is going to be a lot of fun because Cornell is well represented in the city. I’ve been getting a lot of texts from guys who are actually Rangers fans — threatening to keep me up all night,” Greening said. “It’s all in good fun ... It’s my first NHL playoffs, so I don’t really know what to expect, I’m basing my experience on what I went through with the playoffs last year with the AHL. I’m really excited.” Lauren Ritter can be reached at email@example.com.
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Heavyweights Sweep All Six Races at Invitational By ALEX KUCZYNSKI-BROWN
not gone unnoticed by his team. “The Navy guys are sort of [trying to] ‘win one for the Gipper,’ so to speak. They’re tryThe men’s heavyweight rowing team ing to make their coach really proud, and it’s rebounded from its questionable perfor- pretty obvious,” Kennett said. mance in last weekend’s San Diego Classic, Meanwhile, Syracuse defeated Cornell’s A sweeping all six of its races at the 25th annu- crew in the Varsity 4 event in the fall, which al George Washington Invitational Regatta should go a long way in making for a “really on Saturday. The Varsity 8 crew bested hot [upcoming] weekend,” according to Georgetown by a narrow, 1.1-second margin Kennett. before topping UC San Diego with a time of “Every boat is going to be really highly5:32.60 to 5:58.00 contested, and I think we’re going to have to “The first race I wasn’t really excited about hit our best to be able to win these races,” he — I thought they did parts of it well, but I said. didn’t think they executed the whole thing as Back in Ithaca, the No. 5 Cornell lightwell as they could have,” said head coach weight squad started its spring season on a Todd Kennett high note, ’91. “The sec- “To me, rowing is all about performance — defeating Penn ond race ... you’re making your boat go as fast as it can.” in the first they went a lot Varsity 8 race faster. So it was Todd Kennett ’91 on Saturday to like ‘Wow, claim the okay, now we’re Matthews Cup. starting to get the result we were looking for’ The Red was also awarded the Leonard Cup — the second race I felt a lot better about.” for best team performance against the visiting Cornell’s second Varsity 8 and Freshman 8 Quakers and Harvard Crimson. crews also won their races against The day’s races featured strong showings Georgetown and and UCSD. from the second and third Varsity crews, According to Kennett, the difference which topped Harvard by a 16- and 20-secbetween racing against one other team versus ond margin, respectively. The Crimson edged five other teams simultaneously — as the Red out the Red in the first Freshman 8 race — did last week — is negligible. 6:08.0 to 6:12.2 — though Cornell did fin“To me, rowing is still about the perfor- ish ahead of Penn by an identical four-second mance — you’re making your boat go as fast margin. as it can; there’s nothing you can do to the Like the heavyweights, the lightweight other boats other than psych them out by get- team will be away from the Cayuga Lake ting ahead,” he explained. Inlet this Saturday, as the Red travels to This Saturday, Cornell’s heavyweight Princeton to take on the Tigers and visiting squad will travel to Syracuse, N.Y., to take on Yale. the Orange and Navy — the latter of which beat the Red twice in San Diego. Navy head coach Rick Clothier is currently in his 37th Alex Kuczynski-Brown can be reached at and final year of coaching — a fact that has firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sun Senior Writer
OLIVER KLIEWE / SUN SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER
Peas in a pod | The lightweight rowing team was awarded the Leonard Cup for the best team performance against the visiting Penn Quakers and Harvard Crimson on Saturday.
Cornell Men,Women Ride Past Texas A&M Aggies By ANDREA SIELICKI
chukker, Cornell made some rearrangements on the field and was able to secure a lead, making Heat and hurt horses posed the halftime score 7-5. challenges for Cornell this past “We were making some excelweekend in College Station, Texas, lent defensive plays,” said head where the men’s and women’s coach David Eldredge ’81. teams played Texas A&M; howevThe men held onto the lead in er, the unfavorable circumstances the third chukker, finishing with a could not hold score of 10-7. back the Red. CORNELL(M) 10 This score The men (10-7) became the final T EXAS A&M 7 and women tally, mainly due (12-5) both rode past the Aggies, in part to two A&M horses being 10-7 and 13-10, respectively. injured with no replacement horsThe Aggies and the Cornell es available. The game ended one men started out on equal footings chukker early. after the first chukker, scoring four On the women’s side, Cornell goals apiece. In the second came from behind to win in the
Sun Staff Writer
TINA CHOU / SUN STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Bigger barn | According to captain Branden Van Loon, playing in the
larger Texas A&M arena gave the Red an opportunity to grow and adapt.
fourth chukker. The first chukker, “We treated it as a warm-up the game pushed us to increase like the men, ended in a tie, 3-3. game, since neither team wanted anticipation of long balls.” Another factor that the teams The Aggies took the lead by half- to go out super intense since the time, putting the Red in a four- [national] rankings are out,” she rarely face in Ithaca is the extreme Texan heat and humidity; howevgoal deficit. The third chukker said. was a defensive battle, as each The arena in College Station, er, Hoffman thought the women team only scored one goal; howev- being much bigger than Oxley handled it well. “Many timeouts were called so er, the women were still down Equestrian Center, added another we were able to rest ourselves; we entering the fourth chukker. The element to the game. squad finished “It was adjusted very well to the heat, and CORNELL(W) 13 really good to I think it’s a testament for our strong by shutting out A&M with in an training and how hard we’ve been TEXAS A&M 12 play seven goals, finalizarena larger working,” she said. The games were Cornell’s first ing the game’s score, 13-10. than ours,” said senior captain “I think we out-hustled them Branden Van Loon. “There was a time down to Texas A&M this in the fourth chukker,” said senior growth in adaptation to playing season, so adjusting to the new Amanda Stern. styles, we were able to change our horses was a necessity for the Eldredge said that the women’s playing style without changing teams. “I was pleasantly surprised with game proved to the team that it is our core playing strategy.” capable of coming from behind to The larger arena also caused the quality of the Texas A&M win a contest. the score to be lower than it nor- horses; there were definitely some “The girls didn’t let up or get mally is for games played in Oxley, that posed a challenge, but they were great overall,” Van bothered by being Loon said. down four goals,” he Hoffman added that said. “They came “I think it’s a testament for our training the new horses were not an back very strong and and how hard we’ve been working.” excuse to ride or play poorshowed themselves ly. and made it obvious Ali Hoffman “No matter what we’re we’re never out of the mounted on we need to be game at any point; which made the game more defen- able to respond, so this was good you can always turn it around.” The women’s Texas A&M sive than normal, according to experience,” she said. Next up for the Red is a week team will be traveling to Ithaca the Van Loon. “There was so much more of practice before the national following weekend to compete in the national tournament along room to play and much more tournament, hosted by Cornell, with Cornell, so both teams were space for people to make good that starts on April 18. holding back in the weekend’s defensive plays,” he said. “Our contest, according to senior cap- typical Cornell off-wall plays were Andrea Sielicki can be reached at difficult to make. The openness of email@example.com. tain Ali Hoffman.
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C.U.Claims Cayuga Cup By ALEX GATTO
Cup once, during its 1983 season, while Princeton has won the Cup 21 times and Radcliffe has won 13 The women’s rowing team raced times. Despite this history, the Red Princeton, Radcliffe, Columbia and was optimistic about its chances Yale last Saturday, losing the Class going into Saturday’s race, accordof 1975 Cup to Princeton, but ing to Gehman, and remains optidefeating Yale to claim the Cayuga mistic about its chances against Cup. The No. 16 Red raced No. 6 Princeton in the future. Princeton, Radcliffe and Columbia “Princeton proved that they are at Lake Carnegie, N.J. in the morn- fast, but they are beatable,” she said. ing, before traveling to Derby, The Cayuga Cup proved to be a Conn. to face Yale in the afternoon. radically different matchup. The Princeton swept four of the day’s Cup was created in 2003 as a race five events, defeating Cornell by 6.8 between Cornell and Yale’s first seconds in the Varsity Eight first Varsity boats; however, “Princeton proved that Eight race and the record they are fast, but they by 8.7 seconds between the in the second two schools is are beatable.” Varsity Eight not nearly as race. The Red’s lopsided as the Hilary Gehman best finish of Class of 1975 the morning Cup. Cornell came from the Varsity Four A Fleet was able to claim the crown last event, where Cornell placed second year, and returned to Connecticut behind Radcliffe with a time of on Saturday to maintain its posses8:39.8. Saturday morning proved sion of the Cup. to be a struggle for the Red, but the Though Saturday afternoon was team recognized that there are cer- highlighted by close races, the Red tain areas that it needs to focus on, won the Cup by a narrow margin of according to head coach Hilary 3.2 seconds, racing a 6:18.2 to Gehman. Yale’s 6:21.4. Cornell eventually “We didn’t maximize our boat lost to Yale in the second Varsity speed in the morning,” she said. Eight, second Varsity four, and “We have things to work on.” third Varsity Eight events; however, The Class of 1975 Cup is an the Red rowed past Yale in the first annual competition between Varsity Four event by going a Cornell, Princeton and Radcliffe, 7:17.2 to Yale’s 7:23.7. which is decided by the winner of “In four of our races, the margin the first Varsity Eight race. The Red has only won the Class of 1975 See W. ROWING page 14
Sun Staff Writer
Moving up | Colin Greening ’10 traded his locker in Lynah for a spot on the Ottawa Senators’ lineup, joining the NHL franchise after his senior season with the Red.
Greening ’10 Talks Life in Pros By LAUREN RITTER
scored four game winners and eight power play goals as a junior, which contributed to his career-high 15 goals and established him as a key player in the power As the NHL playoffs begin on Wednesday, play unit. It was during his junior year that Greening Cornellians may recognize a familiar face among the said he scored his favorite goal of his hockey career — Ottawa Senators’ lineup. After graduating from the one that came in double overtime in the ECAC Cornell men’s hockey program less than two years Hockey semifinals against Princeton. ago, Colin Greening ’10 has transitioned from the “It was one of those shots that was just labeled for world of collegiate hockey into the professional ranks. the top corner,” he said. “It was a straight shot Playing in every game during his career with the Red, through, and I remember I was so exhausted at the Greening compiled 55 goals and 63 assists for a com- end of the shift and mustered as must strength as I bined 118 points, tying him for 33rd all-time at could and shot as hard as I could, and it ended up Cornell. While premiere hockey was a major con- going top shelf on [Princeton goalie Zane Kalemba tributing factor for Greening when he was first scout- ’10]. I still think back to that game and look back to ed by Cornell, it was not the school’s only that goal with fond memories.” selling point when he made the decision. Greening finished his ultimate season “[What] I wanted most in a school with the Red on an equally strong note. were great hockey [and a] great school — “My most favorite experience [with and neither of them was more important the Red] was winning the 2010 ECAC than the other,” Greening said. “Well, championships,” Greening said. “I tell maybe hockey was the most important people this a lot because each year it one, but hockey, academics and great seemed like we took little steps to get fans. I knew that I was going to enjoy it, there. We just worked so hard to get to so that’s what brought me to Cornell.” that point. I know my freshman year we GREENING ’10 The former Red forward was a leader lost in the quarterfinals, and my second from the first day he laced up at Lynah rink. year was in the semifinals. Third year was in the Greening recorded a team-leading 11 goals during his finals, and finally in my fourth year, we won the rookie season. He also had three two-point games, ECAC championship. So, it was a culmination of two three-point games and two game-winners by the four years worth of work put into something. It was end of his first year. This was the same year that nice to finally get rewarded for it.” Greening notched his only Cornell career hat-trick in Greening also was honored with the prestigious a 6-0 win against Dartmouth on Feb. 28, 2008. Lowe's Senior CLASS Award as the top senior scholAppearing in all 31 games for the Red, Greening ar-athlete in college hockey. showed his passion and commitment to the team — “[Winning the award] was pretty special because something which was apparent when he served as the it not only encompasses being an athlete and the first sophomore alternate captain under head coach classroom … it’s an award for being an all-around Mike Schafer’s ’86 tenure. person and that I pride myself on,” Greening said. Stepping into greater leadership positions over the “That was a really big deal for me because I had a lot next two seasons — serving as captain during both of family members and friends voting … When finalhis junior and senior years — Greening took his ly I got the call that I won the award, I was pretty game to the next level, moving towardsbecoming one of college hockey’s premiere power forwards. He See GREENING page 14
Sun Sports Editor
OLIVER KLIEWE / SUN SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER
Rock the boat | Women’s rowing claims Cayuga Cup with win over Yale, despite losing the Class of 1975 Cup to Princeton.
Team Sweeps Ivy Foes Brown, Yale in Weekend Road Trip By HALEY VELASCO Sun Assistant Sports Editor
Coming out of a split with Canisius on Wednesday, the Red headed on the road for an Ivy bout, playing doubleheaders against Brown on Saturday and Yale on Sunday. The Red entered the weekend well prepared and ready for tough challenges against fellow members of the Ancient Eight. Cornell (21-6-1, 7-1-0 Ivy League) travelled to Providence, R.I. to sweep Brown (4-19-0, 2-40) in a doubleheader. The morning face-off ended in a 10-9 win for the Red, after continuing into extra
innings. Cornell ended the day with a the nightcap, finishing off the day with a second win, 12-5, against the Bears. In the first game, Cornell and Brown were tied, 9-9, forcing the game to continue into 11 innings before Cornell could close and grab the victory. One of the standout players for the game was sophomore Tom D’Alessandro, who hit a three-run homerun and then scored the go-ahead run in the 11th thanks to a perfectly executed bunt, which turned into single. Junior Brenton Peters also helped D’Alessandro move around in the 11th, after successfully laying down a sacrifice
bunt, which was followed by a usually you score [during] that groundout from senior Marshall inning, but we were able to come Yanzinck and a single through the together and keep them from doing gap by freshman J.D. Whetsel. The any damage until we put up some combination of the four actions was runs and shut them out.” exactly what the Going into Red needed to the nightcap, the CORNELL (W) 10 Red grabbed a snatch the win 9 second BROWN from the Bears. win “It was crazy. against Brown, 12 C ORNELL (W) Every time that 12-5. During the we put a run on 5 game, Cornell BROWN the board, they had 16 hits — its would come back and respond,” second-highest total in a game this Peters said. “We were able to fend season next to 20 against Delaware off their spurts. They got their lead- State on March 18. Freshman off hitter on nearly every extra pitcher Brian McAfee improved his inning that we played. With that, record to 4-0 by pitching seven
innings, letting up only eight hits which resulted in four runs. On the offensive front, Peters was a standout for the Red, picking up five hits, along with batters six through nine — including freshman Kevin Tatum, sophomore Ben Swinford, Lee and Whetsel hitting two a piece. “We come to the field with a certain type of swagger and we expect to win every game,” D’Alessandro said. “Even though the games were close, I always felt like we were going to win because of the type of team we have and the See BASEBALL page 14
Published on Apr 10, 2012