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As Gannett has bolstered its mental health services in the past two years, student demand for these services has risen to meet the increase. Administrators say the continued surge in those seeking counseling can be partially attributed to new outreach programs, which they say have brought about a culture change in student views toward counseling services. Increased funding from the University, as well as alumni donations, contributed to an $800,000 net increase in Gannett’s budget for counseling and hiring staff last year, according to Greg Eells, director of counseling and psychological services for Gannett. “Every time we’ve expanded the availability of services, students have utilized them,” said Tim Marchell ’82, director of mental health initiatives for Gannett. “When you combine that with efforts that we are pursuing University-wide to encourage students to seek See GANNETT page 5
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The A-Line | Cornell Police Sgt. Anthony Bellamy checks the computer in his police car before beginning a midnight patrol on March 31.
C.U.Police on the Night Shift Sgt.Bellamy sees other side of fraternity parties
By MICHAEL LINHORST Sun Senior Writer
Studying for a master’s degree, caring for his two sons and supervising the Cornell Police Department’s night shift takes a toll on Sgt. Anthony Bellamy’s sleep schedule. But he has to stay sharp for when emergencies arise. A day in the life of Bellamy may involve hours of record keeping and property checks, or it may be punctuated by a crisis that demands immediate attention. Bellamy was in charge of the night shift —
or the A-line, as police call it — in the early hours of March 31, when a female student fell 14 feet inside the Chi Phi fraternity house, landing on her back and losing consciousness. When the call came over his radio, Bellamy was supervising another CUPD officer and an EMT as they dealt with a drunk, stumbling student on University Avenue. “Let’s go,” he said to a reporter accompanying him that night. The girl — who, her friend later told police, See CUPD page 4
Minority Student Leaders Debate New Funding Rules By EMMA COURT Sun Staff Writer
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The leaders of the largest Black, Asian, Native American and Latino organizations on campus were divided in their reactions to a new system of funding for multicultural student groups. While some described the process of its creation as fair, others expressed grave concerns about the dialogue leading up to its approval. In March, the Student
Assembly unanimously approved the creation of the Umbrella Programming Fund, a subgroup of the African Latino Asian Native American Students Programming board, which will reorganize the allocation of funds to organizations under ALANA. The UPF will go into effect in time for the fall 2012 byline cycle, distributing a portion of ALANA’s byline funding among See UPF page 6
Despite New Territory, Dem.Congressional Candidates Confident By MATTHEW ROSENSPIRE Sun Staff Writer
Despite federally mandated redistricting that has placed Tompkins County in a more conservative district, the three candidates in the Democratic primary to represent the area that includes Ithaca in Congress — Leslie Danks
Burke, Melissa Dobson and Nate Shinagawa ’05 M.A. ’09 — said they are confident in their ability to defeat incumbent Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) and carry the new 23rd congressional district. According to Irene Stein, chair of the Tompkins County Democratic Committee, even
though the county is now in a more conservative district than it was under Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-N.Y. 22), a Democratic candidate can defeat Reed in the fall. “Our Democratic message is pretty much the same,” Stein said. “We say the same things wherever we go. We have always
been the party that promotes the interests of the middle class and of working men and women. That doesn’t change wherever we run candidates.” Stein noted, however, that the local party has not yet endorsed a candidate and will not do so until the middle of May. “At this point I’m neu-
tral, and I wouldn’t want to say anything that would cast a shadow on that neutrality,” Stein said. All three of the Democratic candidates agreed with Stein’s assessment of the race against Reed. Each also stressed that the new district See CONGRESS page 7
News Reporter Extraordinaire
Jeffrey Gettleman ’94, who works for The New York Times, won a Pulitzer Prize for international reporting Monday. | Page 3
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Stephen Zhang ’12 critiques the college admission process as elitist and unfair. | Page 9
Arts Childhood Icon
The Sun interviews Kenan Thompson, who performed a stand-up comedy show at Bailey Hall Sunday night. | Page 9
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The gymnastics team concluded its season at the national championship this weekend. | Page 20
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Real Estate Program Receives $11M Donation
By KAITLYN KWAN Sun Staff Writer
With an $11 million gift from Lisa Baker and Richard Baker ’88, Cornell’s real estate program will hire additional faculty and create a more robust curriculum in an effort to become one of the nation’s top-tier programs, according to John Siliciano ’75, senior vice provost for academic affairs. The two-year master’s program currently has a $5 million endowment and faculty from seven of Cornell’s colleges and departments — the School of Hotel Administration; the College of Architecture, Art and Planning; the Department of Landscape Architecture; the Department of City and Regional Planning; the Interior Design Program; the Johnson School MBA Program and the Law School. According to Siliciano, the endowment will allow the program to work directly with AAP and the Hotel School. “At the same time as Baker is endowing this program, we’re moving it out to the supervision of the deans who are able to more effectively direct it because their colleges are more involved with it,” Siliciano said. “We’re moving the leadership to those two colleges as a way of making sure that it continues to grow in the right way.” The endowment will specifically pay for physical space in AAP and the Hotel School, which are expected to col-
laborate and offer a comprehensive set of career and supplemental services, according to a University press release. These changes are scheduled to take effect on July 1. Due to this proposed partnership, students will have “the opportunity to take advantage of all the dynamic real estate exposure and opportunities that exist at the School of Hotel Administration and the natural relationship that occurs between real estate, urban design and architecture,” Richard Baker said in the press release.
“[It] will catapult real estate studies at Cornell to the very pinnacle of the field.” Kent Kleinman In the press release, AAP Dean Kent Kleinman called the gift “transformative.” “[It] will catapult real estate studies at Cornell to the very pinnacle of the field,” Kleinman said. “The restructuring, combined with the gift, opens entirely new horizons for the program.” According to Siciliano, the gift came at an opportune time for implementing changes to the program. “The program has reached a point where it really needs to evolve further,” he said. “In order to make a fully robust curriculum, additional financing would be very
Gettleman ’94 Awarded Pulitzer Prize By DENNIS LIU
Gettleman eventually decided to continue his studies in philosophy as a Marshall Scholar at Oxford, he Jeffrey Gettleman ’94, the East said. Before graduating, Gettleman Africa bureau chief at The New York decided he wanted to become a Times, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize journalist. in international reporting Monday. Speaking to students during his He was commended for his visit about possible career options in “vivid reports, often at personal journalism, Gettleman described peril, on famine and conflict in East how his first exposure to reporting Africa,” according to the taught him how to “write on a the award announcedeadline” and “just suck it [Gettleman] was commended for his ment. up.” Panelists reached “vivid reports, often at personal peril, on “Journalism is very hierartheir decision after judg- famine and conflict in East Africa.” chical. It’s an old-school proing Gettleman’s recent fession where you have to pay work in 2011 on piracy your dues,” said Gettleman, and famine in Somalia. according to The Sun. “You Since 2006, Gettleman has covOn April 6, 2011, Gettleman try to get both sides –– that’s the ered conflict and the lives of returned to Cornell to speak about best you can do. But you don’t want refugees in Kenya, Congo, Somalia, his experiences in Africa and about to be a robot, either.” Sudan and Ethiopia. The Overseas Press Club awardbeing kidnapped, along with his Gettleman has written for The wife, while reporting in Ethiopia. . ed Gettleman in 2003 and in 2008 New York Times Magazine, Foreign Reflecting on a professor’s rec- for his reporting on an Afghan Policy, The New Republic and GQ, ommendation to pursue journalism prison and on human rights abuses according to a University press at the lecture, Gettleman recalled in Ethiopia. release. Additionally, he has thinking it was the “dumbest idea I Gettleman currently lives in appeared as a commentator on had heard.” Nairobi, Kenya, with his family, CNN, BBC, PBS, NPR and ABC. “Who wants to work for a boring according to a University press As a student at Cornell, newspaper?” he said, The Sun release. Gettleman majored in philosophy reported in April 2011. while playing lacrosse and working After backpacking around the Dennis Liu can be reached as a photographer for The Sun. world for a year, however, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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important … The program is already very strong with very good students. This will continue to strengthen it very considerably. It’s an extremely generous and important gift.” The Bakers also gave an additional $1 million to the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art. According to Museum Director Stephanie L. Wiles, the money will be used in a collaboration with artist Leo Villareal, whose work includes collections in the Museum of Modern Art, as well as the tunnel walls between the East and West buildings of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. For the Johnson Museum, Villareal will create “sitespecific” artwork — art that is specifically tailored to suit one area and cannot be moved without being destroyed — for the ceiling of the museum’s Mallin Sculpture Court, Wiles said. The project is scheduled for completion by the end of next semester. “We have been talking with the donors and the artists for a while and it just was something that came together,” Wiles said. “It’s terrific to be able to provide the widest possible experience of art to the Cornell campus and community, so I’m very excited to start working on it. We’re very grateful to the Bakers.” Kaitlyn Kwan can be reached at email@example.com.
“We in philosophy are thrilled with the news of Jeffrey Gettleman’s Pulitzer Prize and proud to have been part of his formative experience at Cornell,” said Prof. Scott MacDonald ’78, philosophy, in the press release. “It’s always rewarding to see our former students making extraordinary contributions to the world beyond Cornell.”
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Yale Adds New Undergrad Majors By THE YALE DAILY NEWS
99-Percenters Plan Tax Day Rally Protesters are gathering in the Ithaca Commons today, National Tax Day, to protest unfair federal taxing policies, according to The Ithaca Journal. The rally is part of a national day of action across the country to demand higher income tax rates for corporations and the richest one percent of America, The Journal reported. Fall Creek Fire Damages Residence A house fire blazed on East Falls Street in Fall Creek on Saturday morning, according to The Ithaca Journal. No injuries were reported after the residents safely evacuated and firefighters saved two pet cats, The Journal reported. Finger Lakes Land Trust Receives Grant A conservation organization awarded Finger Lakes Land Trust a $12,000 grant to acquire the right to use 128 acres of land for agriculture and forestry in Richford, a town in Tioga County, according to The Ithaca Journal. — Compiled by Dennis Liu
Every May for the past three decades, about half of Yale College graduates leave the University with a degree in history, economics, English, political science or biology — each of which has been a part of the Yale curriculum since at least the early 1900s. But over the past 15 years, Yale’s undergraduate curriculum has expanded to include at least six new interdisciplinary majors that combine academic approaches from a variety of fields. Some of these majors, including modern Middle East studies and South Asia studies, focus on specific geographical areas of growing international importance, while other programs — such as ethics, politics and economics; ethnicity, race and migration; and global affairs — synthesize different academic fields. “Just as the scholarship has become deeper and more interdisciplinary, so the world has become more complicated and more international,” said Stephen Pitti, director of the program in ER&M
that was established as an independent major this February. “The frameworks for studying have diversified and grown and that reflects the diversity of today’s world.” While Yale College has more major programs that most of its peer institutions, the introduction of these new majors both accommodate students’ academic interests and seem to evidence profound changes within academia. “The quest for knowledge is dynamic, never reaching a final state in which we can say, we now have all the methods and all the materials we need,” Dean of Undergraduate Education at Yale Joseph Gordon said in an email to the News. At its Feb. 2 meeting, the Yale College faculty approved the ethnicity, race and migration program as a stand-alone major, capping a 15-yearlong effort to expand the major. This story was originally published in The Yale Daily News Monday.
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had consumed five “vodka drinks” that night — was lying motionless on the fraternity’s floor when Bellamy arrived. Several other emergency responders were already attending to her, and they soon called for a backboard. Moments later, when the sergeant went out to his police SUV to get more equipment, the street outside was filled with emergency vehicles. More Cornell police had arrived, as well as Ithaca police, Cornell EMS, Bangs ambulance and the Ithaca Fire Department. Fire chief Tom Parsons ’82 also briefly surveyed the situation. The student was soon placed on a stretcher, still unconscious. Looking at the scene, it remained unclear why the student fell and whether she had been pushed. Once the student was taken away by an ambulance — three different helicopters were called, but they were all unable to fly because of bad weather — Bellamy’s real work began. He took pictures of the scene and measured the height from which the student fell. Bellamy and other officers spoke to fraternity members and friends of the injured student, but many were noticeably drunk and had difficulty giving useful answers. Police took three people to CUPD headquarters for interviews. From speaking with witnesses, Bellamy said the student’s fall appeared to be an accident. But he added that police cannot rush to judgment when collecting evidence at the scene because, in the first moments of the investigation, it is often difficult to determine the severity of the situation. “You only get one chance,” he said, so it is important to document everything carefully. Bellamy has been in the police force long enough to have seen plenty of serious situations. Before coming to Cornell — where he was an investigator for two-and-a-half years before being promoted to sergeant two years ago — Bellamy worked as a deputy sheriff in Dutchess County. He also spent time as a volunteer firefighter and a part-time police officer. Bellamy met his wife, who is from Schuyler County — to the west of Ithaca — while working in Dutchess County. They each applied to jobs near the other’s hometown, and he got his job at Cornell first, so the couple moved to the Ithaca area. They now have two sons. He has worked the night shift since becoming sergeant two years ago. He said that the
hours can be tough, especially while caring for a family. “I’ve lost a lot of sleep, and I think I’ve aged some,” he said. “My family has gotten used to it a little more.” Bellamy goes to bed at about 9 a.m. most mornings, but wakes up at 2:30 p.m. to see his sons get off the school bus. His difficult sleep schedule is compounded by the classes he is taking to earn a master’s degree in public administration. Bellamy joined CUPD with only an associate’s degree. Soon after joining the department, he worked on a harassment complaint that involved an email sent by an English Ph.D. student to a professor. After reading the first page of the email, Bellamy said, he realized he did not understand it as well as he needed to. The experience inspired him to go back to school to
on the student’s PeopleSoft profile. Paige found a cell phone number for the student’s mother, but no one answered. Bellamy looked on Facebook and even WhitePages.com, but could not find a phone number. Bellamy eventually called the local police department in the parents’ hometown. Just before he was going to ask officers to knock on the parents’ door — a parent’s worst nightmare, especially at 2 a.m. — the student’s mother returned Paige’s call on her cell phone. The crisis manager was involved, the parents were notified and the scene was documented. “The only thing left to do is typing at this point,” Bellamy said at 2:30 a.m. as he began writing a report of the incident. From their interviews with witnesses, other officers reported back to Bellamy about what had happened to the injured student. “I’ve lost a lot of sleep, and I think I’ve After several drinks, she and her friends had been standing on Chi aged some ... My family has gotten used Phi’s second-floor balcony, overlookto it a little more.” ing a dance floor a story below. The student climbed over the secondAnthony Bellamy floor railing to try to dance on a fireplace mantel, witnesses said, and she fell in the attempt. get a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. A few days later she walked out of the hosNow, as he works toward a master’s, he has to balance schoolwork on top of every other pital, according to one Cornell emergency demand. For a recent paper, he said he “did the responder, who described her quick recovery as student thing” — going to the library right “miraculous.” Putting in extra effort — finding a hospital after work at 7 a.m. and staying there until 10 phone number for parents to call, or offering p.m. “My wife was pretty mad about that,” he counseling to upset witnesses — is part of the job for campus police officers, Bellamy said. said. “I always say to people: It’s not only cops But in the early morning of March 30, shortly after the student fell, Bellamy left and robbers,” he said, adding that working for thoughts of his family and schoolwork for later CUPD is quite different than his years as a deputy sheriff. to focus on his more immediate work. Earlier in the night on March 30, before the At about 1:30 a.m., he returned to CUPD headquarters and called the University’s crisis student fell, Bellamy was driving down College manager on duty that night, Julie Paige. When Avenue. A girl stumbled into the middle of the a student is injured, Cornell’s crisis manager road with her arm in the air. The sergeant communicates with family and friends and stopped to find out if she was all right, and her helps ensure University resources are used friend said that she was trying to hail a cab, as if she were in New York City. where they are needed most. “Well, let her know she’s not in the Bronx Bellamy explained the situation to Paige. He also called the hospital in Pennsylvania where anymore,” Bellamy said as he returned to his the student had been taken to find out how the patrol. “This is what we do,” he said later. “We proparents could contact the doctors there. During the call, he learned the student was still unre- tect the students and the staff and the buildings and the property.” sponsive. A problem soon arose: A phone number for the student’s parents could not be located. Michael Linhorst can be reached Emergency contact information was not listed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Gannett: Outreach Programs Reduce‘Stigma’ of Counseling GANNETT
University has created in the past two years. “There’s some examples of superb work and really groundbreaking work that we’ve done,” Murphy said. “Our efforts in the outhelp … All of these things contribute to increases in utilization.” reach to students directly –– but also to faculty and staff in addition Fifteen percent of the student body — about 3,000 students — to students –– are often recognized by our peers as among the best.” see counselors at Gannett in a year, and one third visit at least once These new programs include “Real Students, Reel Stories” and during their time at Cornell, according to Eells. “Notice and Respond: Friend 2 Friend,” as well as its partner proEells also credited the increase in students seeking Gannett’s ser- gram, “Staying Balanced.” vices to a change in attitude that has removed the stigma of asking The three programs focus on preparing freshmen for life at for help to cope with depression. Cornell and recognizing when other students need help, and have “It’s been our goal for at least a decade or more to really reduce received positive feedback since their inception two years ago, stigma and I think there’s been a lot of people much more engaged according to Murphy and Carol Grumbach, associate dean for new on our campus in doing that from President [David] Skorton to student programs. [Cornell] Minds Matter to faculty,” Eells said. “I think we’ve really “It got an extremely favorable response [among students],” engaged faculty in a way we weren’t 10 Grumbach said of “Real Students, Reel years ago.” Stories.” I get the impression that if I “Sometimes However, some students expressed Also important to the University’s concern that the increased demand for wanted to see them more, I couldn’t. outreach efforts have been activities these services might come with pitfalls. Everything seems too busy.” coordinated by Cornell Minds Matter, Joanna Chen ’14 said she is someaccording to Casey Carr ’74, assistant times unable to schedule appointments Joanna Chen ’14 dean of students and CMM’s advisor. with CAPS in addition to her regularly Carr said the student group has seen a scheduled weekly appointment. “huge” rise in its membership in the “Sometimes I get the impression that if I wanted to see them past year. more I couldn’t. Everything seems so busy,” Chen said. Carr also said that in the past two years, she has noticed that stuShe also said she was unable to schedule appointments when call- dents are more concerned with their own mental health. ing on a weekend. “Students are more aware that when they take care of their emo“I have an issue with that,” Chen said. “If a student has the tional and mental health that they will be more successful socially resolve to call CAPS, they should be available 24 hours ... Instead, and academically,” Carr said. “I think that in the past two years, the they just transfer you out to someone who can’t help you make an conversation and dialogue around these issues has become much appointment.” more open and acceptable.” Eells denied there is a problem with students being able to schedDespite the recent successes of its outreach programs, the ule CAPS appointments. University needs to do more to include graduate students in its “The way our system works is you get a brief phone assessment, efforts, Murphy said. and then we’ll look at what’s going on with you and schedule you “We probably have not done as much in reaching out for our based on your level of concern,” he said. “If we talk to someone on graduate and professional students as we have with our undergraduthe phone and we think they really need to be seen right away, we ates and that’s an area that we’re trying to address in the coming get them in right away. So if someone has a serious mental health year,” Murphy said. “We’ve been a little bit undergraduate-focused.” concern, we would get that person in the same day –– and that doesIn addition to reaching out to graduate students, Marchell said n’t change, no matter how busy we get.” the University needs to intensify its efforts to help minority stuAlthough students calling Gannett may not always be able to dents. speak to their regular counselor, there will always be someone avail“Given what we know about higher levels of distress among cerable to speak on the phone, added Vice President for Student and tain subgroups on campus — for example Asian and AsianAcademic Services Susan Murphy ’73. American students — it’s important that we continue to pursue our Despite the occasional difficulties she has experienced in sched- diversity initiatives, our commitment to inclusion and reduction of uling appointments, Chen said she is happy with Gannett’s coun- bias,” Marchell said. “Experiencing bias and feeling marginalized, seling services. misunderstood or alienated can exacerbate someone’s risk for a men“I just like going to someone you can talk to even if it doesn’t tal health problem.” always help,” Chen said. “It’s a safety net.” Murphy credited the reduction of the stigma surrounding mental health services to the work of new outreach programs that the Joseph Niczky can be reached at email@example.com. Continued from page 1
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Students Debate Process for Funding Minority Student Orgs UPF
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the four umbrella organizations — Black Students United, the Cornell Asian Pacific Islander Student Union, Native American Students at Cornell and La Asociación Latina. Karin Zhu ’12, vice president of external affairs for CAPSU, sent an email Sunday to members of the minority organizations and others in which she blasted what she said was a “painful” process for developing the UPF. Sharon Lau ’12, president of CAPSU — who initially
“[The S.A.’s actions reinforce] the idea that ... Asian Americans are a model minority whose interests align with the white majority.” Karin Zhu ’12 expressed support for the UPF upon its adoption in March — sent a similar email on Monday. In it, Lau voiced disdain about the development of the UPF and about the way Asian American students and other students of color at Cornell have been treated throughout the process. “I understand the temporal and practical constraints on the UPF allocation processes and the urgency to allocate the money before the end of the year,” Lau said in the email. “However, if we do not talk about these unspoken root issues now, these same issues will continue to play out in the future.” In the email, Lau referenced the S.A.’s denial of byline funding — funding provided by the student activity fee — for CAPSU and the proposal of the UPF as an alternate solution to the financial constraints facing multicultural umbrella organizations. She said that the UPF structure “creates one in which [people of color] are competing against each other over the same pot of money rather than working together to better understand and support one another.” The restructuring under the UPF comes after the S.A. rejected CAPSU’s application for byline funding in November 2011.
On Sunday, a majority vote by the UPF Steering Committee — which is comprised of two members from each of the umbrella organizations — determined how much money allocated to ALANA would be given to each of the umbrella organizations, according to Minority Liaison for the Student Assembly Roneal Desai ’13. ALANA was allocated $2.25 per student, or $30,000 total, of the Student Activity Fee money to distribute to minority organizations in this year’s funding cycle. Desai said that CAPSU will receive 31.9 percent of available funds; Black Students United, 26.1 percent; La Asociación Latina, 23.1 percent; and Native American Students at Cornell, 18.9 percent. He said these figures will determine each group’s funding for the next two byline cycles, starting this fall. According to Adam Nicoletti ’12, vice president of finance for the S.A., the UPF Steering Committee decided to split 70 percent of the overall funds equally among the four groups. The remaining 30 percent will be divided based on past spending trends and demographic representation on-campus of each group, he said. According to Nicoletti, funding details had to be finished by the end of the semester in order for the UPF to be implemented in the fall. “This was a decision made by a majority of UPF committee members. It obviously wasn’t unanimous,” Nicoletti said. “We recognize this was not a perfect solution in which every person in the committee agreed, but the process we set in place was adhered to. This gives us more time to talk about non-funded issues of community development. Everyone is very committed to talking about how to bring the communities together.” Zhu said in an email to The Sun Monday night that she has concerns with both the process of developing the UPF and with the UPF itself. “What needs to be improved is the relationship among umbrella organizations; the relationship between the umbrella organizations and the S.A.; the dialogue surrounding race relations on campus,” Zhu said. Zhu said she sent her email to the community because other representatives at UPF meetings were acting as though funding to multicultural organizations is solely a funding issue, when in reality it is not, she said.
“The core issues at the table were about power, privilege and oppression,” Zhu said. “During those meetings, personal feelings and grudges, past histories between organizations and institutional power structures were at play, but people refused to acknowledge them.” Zhu also told The Sun that she believes minority organizations are being treated unfairly in how they are expected to relate to other multicultural groups. “The UPF implicitly asks minority organizations to place a value on their own culture and issues, and each other’s cultures and issues,” Zhu said. “How can the organizations do that when they don’t understand each other’s cultures and issues? Should organizations even have to do that?” She added that the UPF forces multicultural umbrella organizations to compete with one another for funds. “The idea that more money should go to other groups because their issues are somehow more important than ours is front and center, on the table,” Zhu said. “The S.A. swoops into the discussion to try to ‘help’ CAPSU obtain resources, which reinforces the idea that Asians and Asian Americans are a model minority whose interests align with the white majority.” NASAC Co-Chair Dajahi Wiley ’14 disagreed with Lau and Zhu, saying he thought the process for allocating money under the UPF is fair. Still, he noted that Lau raised legitimate concerns. “It’s a starting point ... for funding for umbrella organizations,” Wiley said. “Definitely all of the issues CAPSU brought up are going to remain on the table for communities of color to discuss, and also the broader Cornell community.” BSU Co-Chair Sasha Mack ’13 said that she thought there were still flaws to be worked out in the UPF. Still, she said her organization is mostly satisfied with the distribution of resources among the four umbrella groups. “Specifically for BSU, the amount we were allotted is not far from the initial amount we were expecting,” she said. Rebecca Harris contributed reporting to this article. Emma Court can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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would not present a problem to Democratic victory. “I declared my candidacy back in January, before we even knew the district lines,” Burke said. “It’s definitely true that the Democrat who wins in the new 23rd is going to have to pull Republican votes, but I believe I can do that.” Dobson echoed Burke’s opinion of the district. “This newly drawn 23rd district is geographically huge, but it’s manageable for someone who has lived here most of their life and understands the demographics and the culture,” Dobson said. Shinagawa also said he was also confident in the ability of a Democrat to win the new district. “I chose to run in this race because I wanted to represent the Southern Tier and the Finger Lakes region,” Shinagawa said. “I’m very confident about the new district because I know the area. It’s a winnable district.” While none of the candidates would comment on the others by name, all three said their previous experience and connections with the region made them the most qualified to represent not just the Democratic Party in the election but the district in Congress. Shinagawa said that he was the only Democratic candidate with a voting record to prove his positions, noting his experience on the County Development Corporation as well as his work fighting hydraulic fracturing. “For four years I’ve supported fracking bans, moratoriums and home rule legislation,” Shinagawa said. “I’m the only candidate with actual votes to show that.” Dobson, however, focused on her ties to the area and understanding of the district. “Compared to other candidates, I’m from the area. I was educated here, I
understand the culture and I work with of the people in the district, as opposed businesses across the Southern Tier to to its politicians. While the Democratic Party will be help grow job opportunities,” Dobson said. “Tompkins County was put into a preoccupied with the primary election more conservative district, but I’m run- until June 26, the Tompkins County ning my campaign to represent all the Republican Committee has already begun the campaign to reelect Reed to people of the district.” Burke, like Shinagawa, noted that she Congress. “We had a meeting with him about a had legislative experience, though she has not been a legislator before. Burke month ago; he was very personable,” has also been involved in civil rights said James Drader, chair of the County Republican cases that have gone before the U.S. Tompkins Committee. “The Committee felt very Supreme Court. “I am the only candidate in this race comfortable with him and while we who has worked in Washington, D.C., “I’m very confident about the new district before,” Burke said. “I was a tax legisla- because I know the area. It’s a tion analyst. I spent winnable district.” every day working with members of Nate Shinagawa ’05 Congress on the tax code. I understand how federal legisla- haven’t taken an official vote yet, he will soon have the endorsement of the countion is done.” As of Monday night, the $113,000 ty committee.” For Republicans, the most important raised for the Shinagawa campaign slightly edged out that of the Burke cam- issue resulting from the redistricting paign which raised $102,000. process is that while Tompkins County Fundraising numbers for Dobson had is now in a more conservative district, it has diluted a strong Republican presnot been released as of Monday night. In terms of endorsements, however, ence. “The biggest change in this election is Shinagawa appears to be the clear leader. Shinagawa has received the endorsement going to be that [Reed’s] district is not as of the Steuben and Chautauqua County Republican anymore. It now includes all Democratic Committees, State of Tompkins County, which is two-toAssemblywoman Barbara Lifton, one Democratic,” Drader said. Despite the challenge presented in Tompkins County legislature chair Martha Robertson, Ithaca Mayor Svante Tompkins County, Drader remained Myrick ’09, as well as the Mayors of confident of victory. “[Reed has] done an exceptional job,” Jamestown, Fredonia, Dunkirk, Elmira Drader said. “He’s tried to rein in spendand Hornell. Burke has received the endorsement ing. He’s on the Ways and Means of the Allegany County Democratic Committee, which is a strong position Committee, but noted that the Schuyler, of a freshman congressman. He’s run as Yates and Seneca County Democratic a candidate of the people, and he tries to Committees would not be making represent all of his constituent base, whether Democratic or Republican.” endorsements for the election. Dobson said that although she has not yet received any endorsements, she Matthew Rosenspire can be reached was more concerned with the opinions at email@example.com.
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I commend the Daily Sun for the excellent article regarding Corporal Christopher Bordoni, United States Marine Corps. Through its respectful coverage of events such as the memorial services for Corporal Bordoni, The Sun effectively supports what many Cornell and Ithaca military veterans know is a critical mission: maintaining a connection between the University, the Ithaca community and the military services. Cornell graduates who entered military service in the 1990’s — such as decorated Marine Corps Major Rick Gannon, who was killed in Iraq in 2004, for whom a Forward Operating Base was named and with whom I served in Cornell NROTC — never imagined that the latter portions of their military careers would take place during America’s longest war. Service members such as Corporal Bordoni, however, voluntarily joined the military in the midst of two wars, knowing that their service was almost certain to include combat. It is gratifying to see The Sun honor their service for the benefit of the Sun’s University and community audiences. Lieutenant Colonel Michael A. Boorstein '94 United States Marine Corps
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Remembering Sacrifices In Afghanistan ON APRIL 3, A MARINE FROM ITHACA, Cpl. Christopher D. Bordoni, died from injuries sustained in a suicide attack in Afghanistan in January. Last week, thousands of people lined the highway as his body was transported from the airport in Syracuse to Ithaca for burial. Hundreds of Ithacans stood outside with American flags to welcome this Marine home for the last time. More than 750 people jammed into the Immaculate Conception Church downtown, a testament to the impact that this Marine had on the community. They shared stories about the way Afghani children looked up to Bordoni and about his fight to stay alive after he was critically injured. To see this outpouring of support from the local community was inspiring. Witnessing the flashing lights from the motorcade bouncing off the silent faces of a hundred or more people from the Ithaca community who gathered in front of Bang’s Funeral Home stirs feelings of pride. Nothing that we say here can properly honor the sacrifice that this Marine made for his country. While Ithacans came together to honor this Marine, Cornell remained detached from the events of the week. The only thing different on campus was that the flags flew at half mast. Cornellians are fortunate to have avoided direct human suffering that accompanies the war in Afghanistan. No Cornellian has yet died in the war. However, this fact should not let us slide into ignorance. The war in Afghanistan has claimed thousands of lives, including 72 American soldiers so far this year. Though Cornellians may disagree on the best course of action to end the war in Afghanistan, the sacrifices of those individuals who have served cannot go unrecognized. Tens of thousands of troops remain stationed in Afghanistan. Some of these are graduates of Cornell and Cornell’s Reserve Officer Training Corps. It is all too easy to remain disconnected from the reality of the conflict being fought overseas. This distance renders the war abstract and allows us to forget what war really entails. The war becomes perceived only in terms of numbers, politics and ideas. The outpouring of support from the Ithaca community proves that this conflict is about much more than that. It is about the individual soldiers who put on a uniform every day.
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How to Play the Game I
t would be too easy to lament that somehow — miraculously — college acceptance rates for the elite schools have dropped another few percentage points for the umpteenth year in a row, reaching rates so dismally low that you could probably win the lottery before getting into Harvard. It would be even easier to cry over our obsession with selectivity and rankings when they mean very little in the long-run. But these arguments have been so often repeated and milked dry that both sides — the applicants and the university gatekeepers — have become numb to them. But what we haven’t talked about is how these low acceptance rates have brought out the worst in the applicants and have come to homogenize our universities. In a twist of fate nowadays, you have to fit the Ivy League mold even more in order to separate yourself from the rest of the 242,000 applications. See, the college admissions process is a very exclusive game and in order to emerge successfully from it, you have to faithfully play by its rules. And as the college application process becomes ever more cut-throat, these rules will become ever more finicky and relevant. We Cornell undergraduates should know since we’ve been playing it our entire lives. It began the moment we exited our mothers’ wombs. Our parents knew that we would end up in the Ivy League even before we heard about it. And from that moment on, it was a rat race to work at the best internships, join the most clubs, play the most instruments and receive the most varsity letters. It was about faking those smiles for your high school teachers to get those shining recommendation letters. It was about exaggerating your accomplishments on your resume by leveraging all your financial resources. The most egregious example was the parents who spent thousands of dollars to self-publish their son’s manuscript in an effort to label him as a published author. It’s about showing up at your interview with a freshly dry-cleaned and ironed suit with a handpicked tie
from Brooks Brothers, fawning over your interviewer’s background and feigning interest in his experience at Yale. In short, it’s about conforming to their standards, sucking up to those above you, stepping over those below you and swallowing your self-dignity. And don’t think that once you enter the exclusive gates of these elite schools, you can simply quit. No, it keeps going even after you receive your college diploma and the game just gets more complicated, with more people to please and more social ladders to climb. It’s still about finding the administrators and professors or the bosses and managers at the top of the bureaucracy and jumping on their coattails. And what does society eventually receive as the product? It’s gifted with the graduates from these prestigious institutions — the leaders of tomorrow who will eventually be running our country’s banks and hospitals and occupying our political offices — who have been doggy-trained to please their superiors and step over their underlings. The more troubling question that we must ask ourselves is what they will do once they finally reach the top. And that brings us to the problem of diversity. And this diversity is different than the one that university presidents love to speak about, illustrated by the expensive glossy brochures that feature a rainbow array of minority students surrounding a token white male. It doesn’t concern race or religion or sexual orientation. Instead, it’s about the privileged and the unprivileged. This diversity is about the insiders and the outsiders, those who live inside gated communities and those who live in the inner-cities. And with college loans and tuition soaring, the rules of the college admission
game have become ever more expensive and exclusive, favoring only those who can afford to play by them. And unfortunately, the statistics reflect this separation and inequality. According to the Century Foundation, only three percent of undergraduates from 146 selective schools came from the bottom quartile in terms of family income. At the University of California at Los Angeles, some 40 percent of the freshman class came from families earning from than $100,000 annu-
Steven Zhang The Bigger Picture ally. Sure, these universities release mission statements and create task forces pledging to broaden our university’s student body and help minorities achieve their goals. But as long as we are choosing from the same pool of applicants who could afford to and have lived along these commandments their entire lives, the diversity at our top universities won’t change much. And so the bachelor’s degree, supposedly the societal bulldozer intended to even out all our socioeconomic bumps and valleys, has become just another express line to even greater inequality. Now, just to become a part of the so-called one percent, you already have to be a part of it. Steven Zhang is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. He may be reached at email@example.com. The Bigger Picture appears alternate Tuesdays this semester.
Ron Paul and the Politics of Thinking
exas Congressman and Presidential Candidate Dr. Ron Paul’s upcoming visit to Cornell’s campus on Thursday, April 19 should be of special interest to students of Cornell and every other college and university. As the popular media begins to focus on November’s election contest between typical Democrats and Republicans, the Ron Paul “Revolution” charges onward, concerned, like most Americans, with the long-term direction of the country,
Paul was one of the few dissenters in Congress during a time when patriotic fervor squelched most criticism. His presidential bid in 2008 largely reflected the absence of serious public discussions about the lack of accountability, militaryindustrial complex and long-term fiscal consequences of repeated American military interventions, epitomized by the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Almost a decade later, Americans are faced with a daunting 2012 federal deficit of greater than
Jacob Arluck ’14, Zachary Delle ’14, Dalton Vieira ’14 Guest Room not short-term partisan victories. As a result, Ron Paul’s recent trips to college campuses around the country drew not just Republicans and Libertarians, but thousands of energetic students from across the political spectrum, all yearning to hear a candidate with real, authentic convictions, not simply the approval of the political establishment. Or in other terms — when was the last time a Republican Presidential Candidate drew a crowd of thousands at UC Berkeley? As members of the Cornell Democrats, Cornell Republicans and Cornell Libertarians, we think that Ron Paul’s message deserves our attention as individuals and college students first, without concern for our political affiliations. For democrats, Ron Paul is a Republican with whom they share serious concerns about American foreign policy under both Bush and Obama. During the runup to the Iraq war, Ron
$1.3 trillion and we, as college students of the early 21st century, will pay for it. This reflects many democrats’ outrage that recent concerns about deficit spending never seem to apply to American military expenditures, which amount to a whopping 43 percent of the world’s total military spending. For Republicans concerned about the federal deficit, 2012 Cornell Convocation Speaker Michael Bloomberg noted that “Except for Ron Paul, none of the presidential candidates has a credible plan for dealing with the nation’s deficit.” If recent austerity riots in Greece were not enough of a cautionary tale, we should consider the longterm consequences of an exploding federal deficit, a problem we can’t entrust to those currently in power. Republicans worry about the party’s future among youth and college students, but also about whether their candidates are committed to Constitutionalism, limited
government and American values. Analyzing Ron Paul’s congressional record dating back to the 1970s provides almost archaeological proof of a lifelong dedication to making true his message of limited government. We absolutely know where he stands and that he won’t budge. For libertarian supporters, the Ron Paul movement has often brought attention to serious issues long before their consequences were clear. A decade ago, few analysts or experts anticipated the housing bubble, the financial crisis and yearly federal deficits over $1 trillion. In comparison, Ron Paul warned of the bubble years in advance, when critics often dismissed him as the eccentric “Dr. No” for his unflappable opposition to any bill in violation of the Constitution. Since then, Ron Paul’s greatest achievement has been his success in fundamentally changing American political discourse and his ability to illuminate the subtle connections between social and economic issues. Breaking from the status quo on key issues has not been easy, but discussions about the Federal Reserve, the War on Drugs or the limitations of American military might are no longer as eccentric or taboo as they used to be. Even if his success has been limited in the voting booth, Ron Paul has widened public discussions enough that defending individual liberty is not the impossible task it once was. Even so, a steady stream of critics have labelled Ron Paul as an “idealist” and “unelectable.” Yet on issues like privacy, marriage, internet freedom and the War on Drugs, Ron Paul’s positions resonate not only with most college students, but with Americans in general. With regard to marriage, Ron Paul argues that instead of politicizing marriage, government should refrain from defining it, leaving such choices to private citizens. Earlier this semester, a Sun columnist wrote that
Ron Paul’s position on legalizing marijuana “seems to draw only a small percentage of his supporters,” despite a Gallup Poll from October which found 50 percent of Americans in support of marijuana legalization. Unlike other Republican presidential candidates, who weighed the political consequences before coming out against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), Ron Paul opposed SOPA as the inevitable next step in his consistent defense of internet freedom. Yet Ron Paul is not just popular on those issues: A recent Rasmussen poll showed Ron Paul ahead of President Obama 43 percent - 42 percent. Even so, questions of electability have constrained political discussions for far too long. Daunting challenges and tumultuous times often make those in political parties even more certain of their own positions and even more obsessed with ensuring election victories at all costs. As a result, valuable opportunities for reasonable discussion and meaningful change vanish, leaving us with little meaningful dialogue and no progress. The paradox of Ron Paul is that he maintains firm convictions, while building an inclusive “big tent” movement with powerful appeal among college students. By forcing us to think about politics outside of typical party lines, listening to Ron Paul provides a fresh escape from unthinking politics and partisan tunnel vision.
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If you are child of the 90s, there is a good chance you know who Kenan Thompson is. Thompson hit teen stardom in Nickelodeon’s All That and Kenan & Kel. Now he’s achieved widespread fame as a nine-year player on Saturday Night Live. The Sun sat down with Thompson after his nostalgic show at Bailey Hall on Sunday to talk about the old days, starstruck compliments from Tom Hanks and the answer to our country’s economic woes. THE SUN: You hold a unique place in our generation’s culture and upbringing. We grew up with your Nickelodeon work and bridged the gap to adulthood with you on Saturday Night Live. You really are an icon of our childhoods. How is it like to be such an enduring figure of this era? KENAN THOMPSON: It’s great, I mean it was a situation I ended up landing in so I try to own it. Honestly I just try to do the job that is in front of me. Right now, that is Saturday Night — coming up with sketches, coming up with material. I’ve always been committed to doing good work, so I am glad people appreciate that. SUN: You have weathered the jump from kids’ shows to popular comedy. Do you plan on continuing this for the rest of your life? K.T.: Sure, I mean it’s not the only thing I am interested in; I grew up doing theater and basic drama, where we wrote our own plays and they were all very downtrodden ... about kids with AIDS, stuff like that. They really pulled the heartstrings. I like drama but I like shoot-em-ups too. I just like the business; I like movies. Great TV shows as well — I love Sons of Anarchy. SUN: We have to ask: How’s Kel? K.T.: From what I heard, he’s doing alright. He just got married and my mom went to his wedding. He’s living in California and still auditioning for individual roles. You know, it’s a tough business. I have been very fortunate. SUN: You just got married. K.T.: Yeah, I got married in November. [The Sun fawningly exchanges “Congratulations” with Kenan.] It was fantastic. I’d suggest it for everyone. SUN: Your colleague Seth Meyers came here last month. He was very nice and gracious. Have you ever seen another side to Seth? K.T.: Not really. I have seen him mad; I mean he’ll get flustered or whatever but within two seconds he’ll be back to: “So, how are we going to fix this?” He’s just a really cool, nice guy. [SNL] is not a place for assholes, necessarily, because there is so much history there, like “Who do you think you are to be an asshole?” It’s not really that kind of place; it’s a place where everybody needs each other, every department needs to be on their shit for a live show to happen. A lot of egos go out of the door in the beginning, but we grow so close because we spend so much time together and are all under so much pressure and scrutiny, that it draws us that much closer. They are all very sweet people. SUN: SNL occupies an increasingly political role for a lot of
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young people. There are plenty of teenagers and twentysomethings that don’t follow the news, but religiously watch SNL. How do you feel about this shifting audience and does it affect the way you guys write and play sketches? K.T.: I know it affects how Seth writes, because he focuses on the political talk. I’ll do a character because it is funny, but not to drive an agenda, necessarily. But I feel bad ripping on people when they are being genuine — just because they’re crazy and they believe the crazy things they say. I don’t want to mock them straight-on but rather super exaggerate them. They are crazy, but we are super crazy, so laugh at us and not at that person. That’s a hard line to walk. The best thing [those mocked] can do is own up to it and use that rock star status to keep promoting themselves, like Hillary and Bill Clinton. Every President really. Election years are funny years. The power is in the hands of the writer. SUN: What’s your favorite SNL character to play? K.T.: I have a few. I like Lorenzo McIntosh [from “Scared Straight”]. He has a sketchy backstory. But my favorite skit to do is “What’s Up With That?” It’s fun, super musical and I do love music. It’s got a churchy feel to it, very down-homey. We always get great guests. We had Morgan Freeman and Ernest Borgnine — that dude [Borgnine] is so great, he’s been in the game for like 90 years but he was so happy and asking, “What’s your name? Nice to meet you! Thanks for having me!” It is nice to see people like that, famous for such a long time, and still so sincere. Some people come through from Twitter fame and act like dickheads for six days and it’s a pain in the ass. SUN: Well, “What’s Up With That” has so far been employed eight times. Why is that a go-to sketch for you and the writers?
K.T.: It’s fun, people like it. It is fun to explore something that is working and see what else we can do with it, to the point where Bill Hader plays Lindsey Buckingham and then we get the real Lindsey Buckingham. You just do that to see how the sketch is going to grow. SUN: What is your craziest encounter backstage? K.T.: They are all crazy. It doesn’t matter who’s on the show, anybody could be backstage. Tom Hanks pops up all the time like it’s nothing. He’ll call you out by your name, saying, “What’s up, Kenan, how’s it going? Man that show last week was great!” I’m shocked, like, “God, stop Tom Hanks, you are the best!” Spielberg has been around, even last night for Laser Cats. You’ll see literally everyone who is majorly major. Paul Simon is always around. Paul and Lorne [Michaels] share a backdoor apartment, like literally a back door that leads into each other’s apartment. They are bestie friends, for real. That’s really cute, I mean it’s these two historic figures still being boyish. It’s precious. SUN: You’ve played Theodore Roosevelt, Herman Cain and Cornel West, so we’re going to go ahead and assume you’re an expert on American politics. Our economy is still suffering.What needs to be done? K.T.: They need to fix it! [laughs] When I wake up in the morning and I have my Cheerios, I want everything to be fixed! Zachary Zahos is a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences. He can be reached at email@example.com. Gina Cargas is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kenan’s Nostalgic Night at Bailey BY BRIAN GORDON Sun Staff Writer
Sunday night saw a mostly-filled Bailey Hall play host to former child star-turned Saturday Night Live mainstay Kenan Thompson, as the sketch comedian extraordinaire held court for the better part of 90 minutes. Thompson, who had just spent the previous evening schmoozing with the likes of Sandberg, Wigg and Sedakis on the SNL set, split his time on the Bailey stage into halves. The latter half served as an open mic session during which the audience peppered the guest with a wide array of questions (though quite a few revolved around Thompson’s earlier years on Nickelodeon sets). During the first 45 minutes, Thompson retold his career odyssey, from landing his first role in Hollywood as the pudgy knuckle-pucker in Mighty Ducks 2 to reaching the mecca of sketch-comedy that is SNL. Seeming to lack
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any stand-up routine or prepared jokes, Thompson leaned heavily on the notoriety of his early Nickelodeon work to draw favorable reactions from the crowd. And sure enough, the roomful of college students, who had spent their prepubescent years dieting on the comedic stylings of All That and Kenan and Kel, responded with uproarious applause to each reference Thompson made to the golden age of Nickelodeon. The majority of the audience seemed simply hungry for references to Good Burger and impersonations of Pierre Escargot, and that is exactly what Thompson served them. In recollecting his journey from anonymity in Atlanta to prominence in Hollywood, Thompson played it safe, refraining from revealing anything too scandalous (or overly interesting) about his career. One rather amusing anecdote involved Thompson revealing the intimate details of his one-onone conversation with Bill Cosby on the set of Fat Albert. It was rather neat to discover that the perceivably wholesome Cosby advised the
young star to arm himself with another dick in order to handle all the ladies who would soon be coming his way. The Question and Answer session better showcased Thompson’s spontaneity. About 20 questions were asked, spanning from the hilariously revealing, “Did you ever do a sketch on Nickelodeon high?” (Yes, all of them) to the hilariously confusing “Am I the prettiest girl in the whole wide world?” (Which drew a “WTF” reaction from Thompson). Someone inquired as to how frequently Kenan talks to Kel. It was slightly saddening to discover that the two no longer speak to each other. Sad because it’s quixotic to think the two fictional buddies who partook in hijacks and rampant tomfoolery at the corner grocery would remain tight into adulthood. Though as we all find out, real life isn’t all pranks and orange soda, which Thompson unintentionally made apparent by mentioning that Kel Mitchell auditioned for the spot on SNL at the same time Kenan did.
Thompson’s humor touched a bit on race, as he commented how he was “the new blackness on SNL” after Tracey Morgan left. One questioner dropped the “n-word” (referencing Ni**as in Paris), which caused an unsettling murmur to fall over the audience, but Thompson placated any potential controversy by answering the inquiry without hostility (although he did comment that only certain people should use that word). Expecting Thompson to arrive fresh with new material was a bit unfair considering he had finished his taxing weekly commitment just 18 hours earlier in New York City. Instead, Thompson brought the audience on a nostalgic journey back to one of the only time periods that the college-aged crowd was old enough to feel nostalgic about. And the sentimental crowd got what they came for, though not too much more. Brian Gordon is a sophomore in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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Raekwon Cooks Up Real Hip-Hop at the Haunt BY PATRICK CAMBRE Sun Staff Writer
Cheers erupted from the crowd as Raekwon asked “Who here loves that real hip-hop?” His performance alone brought Ithaca’s true hip-hop fans out to The Haunt on Sunday night, but it was just one of the strong acts that showcased the evolution of the genre over a decade. First up was The Rapper H, a.k.a. Harry Ehrlich, a sophomore at Ithaca College. After meeting his roommate, who now doubles as his DJ, The Rapper H began writing rhymes and pursuing his dream of being an emcee. Despite first performing three weeks ago, The Rapper H had the crowd bumping to his set, finishing off with his single “Mr. Saturday.” Next up was Sammus, a female rapper and PhD student at Cornell. Sammus describes her style as “20-credit rap,” and drew a series of “Oooo”s from the crowd with her clever wordplay and intelligent lyricism. She descried the preoccupation with image and “swag” in rap, and even dedicated a song to real hip-hop as being individualistic and free. Backed up by hypnotic, well-crafted beats, Sammus put on one of the strongest acts of the night, surprising many at The Haunt with her finale “Mayhem.” Maino then took the stage, launching into the feel-good “Million Bucks” while the crowd waved their hands from side to side. Suddenly his DJ stopped the track, whereupon Maino asked the crowd to “put your hands in the air if you’ve got someone hatin’ on you, and if you don’t have your hands up in the air, then you a muthafuckin’ hater.” With all hands up, Maino had the crowd singing along to “Hi Hater.” With the crowd pumped up, Maino demanded that everyone put their middle fingers up as he performed “Nino Brown” off his new album Day After Tomorrow. The
momentum Maino had worked hard to build up did not stop the crowd from bobbing their still-elevated hands to “Let It Fly.” Saving the best for last, “All The Above” had the crowd ready for more hip-hop as Maino left the stage. An unexpected moment during Sunday’s concert occurred between Maino and Raekwon’s performances, when the crowd sung along to The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy” word-for-word. Besides serving as a barometer for
Chessboxin” came on. Having built up the crowd’s energy, the crowd began their first “Wu ... Tang” chant of the night as “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthin Ta F’ Wit” began. After trading verses with the crowd, Raekwon paused to pay homage to Ol’ Dirty Bastard (O.D.B.). “We miss him,” Raekwon said, before starting with O.D.B.’s famous verse from “Shame On A Nigga.” Everyone at The Haunt was jumping to this track, and rhyming along in celebration of O.D.B.’s life and the decade-long reign of the Wu-Tang Clan. The crowd gave Raekwon a good deal of energy during the middle of the act and proved their knowledge of Wu-Tang lyrics by rapping along to every track. “Y’all are diehards,” Raekwon said of the crowd at The Haunt. “Protect Ya Neck” added to this almost impossibly-strong core of Raekwon’s act. Taking the crowd back to 1994, Raekwon laid down his verse from Mobb Deep’s “Eye For An Eye” off The Infamous. Next up was “Verbal Intercourse” from 1995’s Only Built for Cuban Linx ... , which the crowd responded to by throwing joints onto the stage. “I’m saving these for later,” Raekwon said. “Oooo baby I like it rawwww / Yeah baby I like it rawwww.” The crowd put on their best impression of O.D.B. for Raekwon as he rounded off his own performance with “Shimmy Shimmy Ya.” Artists on the IceH20 record label JD Era and Kofi LAUREN BIGALOW / SUN SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER Black then came on and performed some hip-hop and R&B material off their own solo albums the crowd’s excitement at this point, it was a reminder that respectively. Raekwon returned to the fore to perform his last song only true hip-hop fans were in the building. These same fans immediately recognized the intro to “Triumph.” It was a fitting end to a night of hip-hop that “C.R.E.A.M.” as Raekwon stormed the stage. All of the involved the crowd as much as the artists themselves. tracks off Enter the 36 Chambers were extremely well Raekwon gave some love to his fans before concluding the received by the crowd, and the crowd was more than happy concert, “Ithaca, thanks for coming out and showing your to rap along with Raekwon as he cut into “Ice Cream” from support for real hip-hop. Peace.” his 1995 solo album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx ... Throwing up Wu-Tang “W”s with their hands, the Patrick Cambre is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. He crowd gave out a cheer as the intro to “The Mystery of can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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onsidering Billy Joel and Seth Meyers entertained my last two visits there, I walked into Bailey Hall last Thursday unusually attentive. No professor’s lecture can compete with hearing “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant” live for the first, and likely only, time. By honor of association, I was all ears during Dr. Paul Wolfowitz’s ’65 lecture on U.S. foreign policy. Wolfowitz, along with Secretary Rumsfeld, was perhaps the most strident advocate for invading Iraq, the ignominy of which follows him to this day. So why the hell did I agree with most of what he had to say? I despise where Wolfowitz pushed our malleable country after 9/11, and in this column I often insult predominantly right-leaning political figures like ol’ Ricky Santorum. But that doesn’t mean I am not going to listen to what this man traveled here to say. As Wolfowitz walked to the podium after a rather rousing introduction from Prof. Barry Strauss, history, I forced a scowl and gingerly stabbed my right hand’s fingers into my other palm so as to not approve of his presence and yet not bring contentious attention to myself at such a Cornell Republicans event. It was pretty pathetic. Well, he started by praising the opportunities his Cornell education, through its world-class faculty and commitment to diversity, granted him. I stared him down from six rows back — I convince myself our eyes met — and telepathically told him, “You’re making it really hard for me to hate you right now.” He went on to recount the progression of 20th century international relations and America’s mostly positive role in that shift — an opinion open for debate on all sides, but that’s for another column. Basically, I found myself nodding in agreement to his active but non-domineering stance on how our country, with all its historic and present-day influence, can help steer the Arab Spring, Southeast Asia and Iran-Israel tensions to bright conclusions. “Non-lethal aid” in Syria, for instance — “not tanks, but the tools to take down al-Assad’s tanks.” While Wolfowitz seemed to acknowledge the failures of his Iraq war — or at least that the perception of failure was
just — he asserted that such missteps do not justify isolationism. But nor are we prescribed to dominate the world — the simple calculus in China and India’s growth rates prevents that. It is more difficult than going all in or all out; there’s no “formula,” as Wolfowitz calls it, for finding that middle ground. I am not here to preach politics or even to talk politics. There are countless writers — many on The Sun — who can tackle the topic with more conviction than I. But maybe that’s the point. The fringe Capitol discourse of today has become a blood sport, with little to gain from extreme partisanship. As Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert demonstrated with measured voices during their Rally to Restore Sanity (slash Fear yeah yeah), the silent majority lies in between. We may register as Democrat or Republican — two parties closer in ideology than you might think — but we are likely moderates or variable independents at heart. Gay marriage? Of course! $500 billion bailouts? Eh, not so sure. Our people need The Third health care. But there are problems overseas, Man don’t forget them too. It is funny because President Obama has made a controversial moderate of himself on that last point, something Wolfowitz was willing to commend. His handling of Libya’s uprising was acceptable, he admitted, though he was quick to add he didn’t think the same about the Administration’s role in Syria. Wolfowitz acknowledged Senator Henry Jackson and Presidents Truman, Kennedy and Reagan as his role models — one Republican among three Democrats. Clearly this man is not running for higher office. Oh, you poor reader. You turn to Arts to get away from all this. This section is supposed to be an escape, however brief, from the real world. I apologize for rattling off my diplomatic opinions, as innocuous as they may be. I can relate this to the current state of the arts: The “I only listen to shoegaze,” or “I only listen to metal,” or, and this is the
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worst, “There’s no good music anymore” camps. If you have some aesthetic obsession over a certain style, knock yourself out, but you’ll get exhausted. And to you blind extremists espousing such lies that “everything sucks,” music / film / art has always been good and will always be. It is easier to obtain now more than ever. You obviously aren’t abusing your broadband connection. This column lacks that aforementioned conviction so many more persuasive — and widely read — writers possess. This column is more of a stern shrug. When it comes to dialogue on this macro scale, I rather dislike such certainty. Consider a little relativism. Consider that even those we call evil, Wolfowitz chief among them, may still offer valuable advice. Consider that there are no 90-degree angles in nature (quiet, crystallographers): How likely is it that billions of DNA pairs, forming a organism wholly unique to this universe and a conscious mind seeing the world from an elsewhere-unseen perspective, will end up constructing a body built by Democratic or Republican blueprints? The late Christopher Hitchens, a nuanced independent who would challenge me to a debate over semantics if I labeled him a “liberal” or “conservative,” captured this struggle with brash efficacy: “My own opinion is enough for me, and I claim the right to have it defended against any consensus, any majority, anywhere, any place, any time. And anyone who disagrees with this can pick a number, get in line and kiss my ass.” Zachary Zahos ’15 is a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences. He can be reached at email@example.com. The Third Man runs alternate Tuesdays this semester.
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according to men’s head coach Nathan Taylor. “It had about 30-35 schools there,” he said. “The most competitive schools were Penn State and Bucknell.” The men’s team saw a number of strong performances, including event wins by senior Ken McClain in the 400 hurdles, senior co-captain “All the different little pieces are starting Dan Hagberg in the 110 hurdles, to come together.” sophomore Montez Blair in the high jump, Peter Roach in the Rich Bowman pole vault, and in both the 4x100 and 4x400 relays. Freshman For some of Cornell’s athletes, the differthrower and indoor NCAA finalist Stephen Mozia placed third in the discus and fourth ence between qualifying for an important in the shot put. The 4x100 relay team of meet or not can be as seemingly minimal as sophomore Chris Bain, junior Jedidiah just a few seconds. Athletes like freshman Adarquah-Yiadom, senior Chase Aaronson, middle distance runner Jade Williams are and sophomore Kinsley Ojukwu ran a time working to cut those seconds off to qualify of 40.77 for the seventh best time in Cornell’s for important meets for their team. “I’m hoping to get to regionals this year,” track and field history. The women’s team saw five event wins she said. “So I really need to knock a second including junior Victoria Imbesi in the or two off of my 800 to qualify.” Bowman offered an interesting perspective javelin, junior Claire Dishong in the pole vault, sophomore Devin McMahon in the on how the progression of these teams works. “It’s a little bit like a puzzle,” he said. “All 10k, senior Megan Brown in the 3k, and in the 4x400 relay comprised of sophomore the different little pieces are starting to come Ryan Woolley, senior Kelsey Reimnitz, junior together, and don’t really have that puzzle put Libby O’Brien, and senior co-captain Molly together, but each week we have a different Glantz. The women’s team saw 19 ECAC piece come up and do big things.” Up next for the Red are two meets this qualifying marks and seven alterations to weekend. Some of Cornell’s athletes will travCornell’s all time top 10 lists. With the Heps meet approaching, the el to the Princeton Invite hosted at Princeton, teams must continue to progress in order to while the rest of the team will travel to the be fully prepared to go after the outdoor title. Upstate Challenge hosted in Buffalo. As the Taylor expressed that he was generally pleased first scored meet of the season, Bowman felt with the progression of his team to this point that his team will come closer together. “This is our first scored meet,” he said. in the season. “It’s been pretty good,” he said. “I think “So I think people will really come together.” we’ve had most of the areas of the team do reasonably well. There have been some excep- Juan Carlos Toledo can be reached at tional performances. I’m pleased with the email@example.com.
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more,” Kennett said. Comparing this race to the team’s performance in San Diego, he noted “We raced better. I feel like we’re making some really positive strides.” Kennett went on to say that “from what I can see, we were under-stroking [Navy] — so taking less strokes per minute. We were matching a lot of their speeds; we moved back on them several times, which was the first time we’ve done that. So there were some very positive things to the race, but we still didn’t quite put all of it together.” The second Varsity crew, meanwhile, finished with a time of 5:49.7, ahead of Syracuse (5:50.4) and Navy (5:54.8). The Freshmen 8 boat also crossed the line ahead of the Midshipmen and Orange, coming in at 5:49.3 — a full eight seconds faster than second-place Navy. Kennett said the third Varsity and second Freshmen crews also raced well, despite not winning There was very little wind on the day, which made for ideal racing conditions. As Kennett explained, “the Varsity raced the earliest to try to get the best water, and of course there was still a roll on the lake and that actually died down as the racing went on, so it went flatter and flatter — it was great.” According to Kennett, the heavyweight squad’s crews have “stayed pretty close to the same — a little bit of lineup changes, but that’s it — just guys flipping around in seats to get a little more chemistry.” This upcoming weekend, Cornell will welcome Princeton and Yale — two “really good squads,” according to
Kennett — to the Cayuga Lake Inlet. The Tigers are coming off a loss to perennial powerhouse Harvard, while Yale has been “winning a bunch of races,” Kennett said. “It could be a really, really tough weekend, but a really fun weekend,” he added. Kennett spoke to the importance of using the Red’s knowledge of the Inlet to its advantage. “It’s their home course — if they don’t take advantage of every turn, of every landmark, it’d be crazy. They know exactly where they are, they should be able to know where to push. I’d like to think this would be a huge factor for them,” he said. Also on Saturday, the No. 4 lightweight team traveled to Princeton, N.J., for a doubleheader against the Tigers and Yale Bulldogs on Lake Carnegie. Cornell edged Princeton in the first Varsity 8 race by a mere 0.3 seconds to claim the Platt Cup for the first time since 2007. The Red also picked up victories over the Tigers in the second and third Varsity 8 races, but fell in the first Freshmen 8 race by 6.7 seconds as Princeton went on to win the Harriet Cup. Later in the day, Yale defeated Cornell in the Varsity 8 race for the eighth consecutive season. The Red managed one win against the Bulldogs, which came on behalf of the third Varsity 8 crew. Cornell’s lightweight squad will travel to Boston on Saturday to take on Columbia and MIT with the Geiger Cup on the line. Alex Kuczynski-Brown can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Valentine Questions Youkilis in Boston BOSTON (AP) — Kevin Youkilis' teammates came to his defense Monday after Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine questioned his commitment to the game and then apologized to his third baseman. During an interview aired Sunday night on WHDHTV, Valentine said he didn’t think Youkilis was “as physically or emotionally into the game.” That drew a sharp response from Dustin Pedroia before Monday's 1-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. “I know he plays as hard as anybody I've ever seen in my life. I have his back and his teammates have his back,” the second baseman said. After the game, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez also supported his teammate. “All you can do is tell Youk we love him. All it says is we have each others’ backs,” he said. “We're pulling for each other on the field and in the clubhouse. We’ve got a strong bond.” On Monday morning, Valentine said he apologized when Youkilis came into his office and asked for an explanation. “I don’t know if he accepted my apology,” Valentine said. “It was sincere.” Youkilis had a poor spring training and is batting .200 (6 for 30), but Valentine said his comments weren’t aimed at motivating him. After a 2-
for-20 start, he was 4 for 10 in the first three games against the Tampa Bay Rays. He missed Monday’s series finale because of a minor groin injury. “I’m more confused than anything,” Youkilis said before the game. “Everybody knows I go out and play the game as hard as I can.” If Valentine’s intent was to have Youkilis’ teammates rally around him, it may have worked. “I really don't know what Bobby's trying to do, but that's not the way we go about our stuff around here," Pedroia said. “He’ll figure that out. The whole team is behind Youk.” Asked if Valentine was trying to motivate Youkilis, Pedroia said, “maybe that works in Japan” — where Valentine used to manage. The manager said after the game that he spoke to Pedroia and “he’s cool. He says he gets it.” Valentine took over on Dec. 1 for the more laid-back Terry Francona, who led the Red Sox to two World Series championships in eight seasons. Valentine said that in the interview he was just answering a question about how Youkilis may be feeling during early season struggles. “I don’t think he’s as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason,” he said in the interview before
Boston’s 13-5 win on Sunday. “But (on Saturday) it seemed, you know, he’s seeing the ball well, got those two walks, got his on-base percentage up higher than his batting average, which is always a good thing, and he’ll move on from there.” On Monday, Valentine said, “I should have been more specific. Physical is about your swing, emotional is about not being happy when he doesn’t hit a ball off the wall.” Youkilis hit a career-low .258 last season, when he was limited to 112 games by several injuries. Going into this season, his ninth with the Red Sox, he was batting .289 with 129 homers and 550 RBIs. He said he talked Monday with Valentine about the manager's comments but gave no details. Youkilis said he doesn’t think his passionate approach to the game has changed. “I go out and just play the game. It doesn’t matter one way or another. There’s things that happened over the years with a lot of different things in baseball,” he said. “For me it's not an issue.” Valentine said he doesn't want Youkilis to think “I was jabbing at him.” “I’d be surprised if Kevin didn't know I was totally behind him,” he said. “We’re big boys. I think he’ll get it. If not, I'll talk to him a lot more.”
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For Better or for Worse: NBA Postseason Predictions W
ith the season shortened by young talent. Come playoff time, if the lockout, this NBA regular Ginobili regains his form and the young showdown has flown by. guys play like they have, the Spurs will be We’ve seen Jeremy Lin overtake Tim one of the most dangerous teams in the Tebow as America’s hero, Kevin Love West. For the Lakers, after losing Lamar become the undisputed best caucasian American basketball player and Dwight Odom to retirement (Wait he played this Howard challenge LeBron’s title as the year? Can we confirm it was him on the most villainous player with his ridiculous Mavs and not an imposter?), the Lakers were not given much of a chance, espetrade request saga. Even more exciting is how the post- cially with Kobe’s aging knees and season is shaping up. There are legiti- Bynum’s history of injuries. Amazingly, mately at least eight teams who have real- Kobe leads the NBA in minutes played, istic hopes of winning the championship while Bynum has somehow missed just — rarely do we have even five teams who one game due to injury in this shortened are actual contenders. Let’s take a look at season. Bynum has also developed into how the NBA playoff picture is shaping the clear-cut second best center in the league. With bionic Kobe, a dominant up and profile the contenders. At the start of the year, the Heat were big man, and Pau Gasol still playing near the overwhelming favorites to win its an All-Star level, the Lakers have a shot at first title after getting a year to jell, get- another championship, as long as Kobe is ting Udonis Haslem and Mike Miller actually willing to use the talent around back healthy and adding veteran Shane him. After knocking off the Spurs last year Battier; in fact, 25 of 30 experts on ESPN predicted the Heat would win the and pushing the Thunder to seven championship. Then the season started. games, the Grizzlies announced its presLeBron, Wade and Bosh seem no more ence to the rest of the league. As recent as comfortable together than last season, three years ago, the Grizzlies were the the team never developed a reliable sup- laughingstock of the NBA. Its transforporting cast, and seemed to have forgot- mation into respectable franchise has ten how to play on the road (5-8 in the been completely unexpected, amazing last 13). With all that said, the Heat is and boy are they scary. They have the still one of the most talented teams. Last best perimeter defender in the league in year, it looked even worse heading into Tony Allen, a do-it-all center in Marc the playoffs and made it to the finals. You Gasol, scorers Rudy Gay and OJ Mayo cannot discount the Heat this season on the wing, and are working Zach Randolph — the second best player in either. the entire playoffs Its biggest last year — back competitor in into shape. The the East is the Grizzlies are a comBulls as long as plete team. It is it has a healthy scared of no one Derrick Rose, it will be scary. Playing the Field and everyone has good reason to be As opposed to scared of it. last season, The Pacers have been the Grizzlies of when Rose was Options A through H, the supporting cast has developed confi- the East; it had a sneaky-good season — dence by playing so well with Rose it locked up the East’s 3-seed — and also injured (16-7). The team will still need have a very complete team. Danny him for the playoffs, but its experience Granger and Paul George are the athletwithout him should provide great confi- ic, talented wings, Roy Hibbert and dence in the ability to win a champi- David West provide post defense and scoring and Darren Collison leads the onship. Out in the West, the Thunder are the team at point. However, unlike the nation’s sweetheart; the cute, organically Grizzlies, the Pacers simply don’t have grown team led by the humble, likeable enough talent to compete with the Heat superstar in Kevin Durant. The media or Bulls, which really is a shame. After being pronounced dead at the tried to tear apart this team by manufacturing storylines to create a rift between All-Star Break, the Celtics have pulled off Russell Westbrook the shot-happy point a 21-8 record since. Rondo is playing guard, and Durant, but the team has absolutely amazing basketball, Paul stuck together and deflected any criti- Pierce and Kevin Garnett have regained cisms. Speaking of Westbrook, he is play- their form, and improbably, second-year ing angry this year; there is no better player Avery Bradley has developed into word to describe it. His demeanor and one of the best perimeter defenders and a scowl belong to a person who just had a decent offensive weapon. The Celtics drink splashed in his face — pure, also have the most swagger in the league; focused anger. As long as Durant, it knows it belongs and believes it can Westbrook, and James Harden do what win and that’s what makes the Celtics the they do, the Thunder will be the favorites biggest wild card in the entire league. With all these great teams and so to come out of the West. Unlike the Thunder, the Spurs were many injuries in play, picking a team to not supposed to succeed this season at win it all at this point is throwing darts at all. Everyone believed that the age and a board, but I might as well make a preinjury concerns of Duncan and Ginobili diction on the off chance I get it right: combined with the shortened schedule the Thunder will take it all. With playoff would make them a fringe playoff team, experience from the last two years, I much less a contender. Head coach believe its core is finally ready for the big Gregg Popovich fixed this problem by stage. Durant will finally get his first plugging in young, unwanted players championship and hopefully, the team around them and reducing his stars’ min- will be able to shut up the critics of utes, while never skipping a beat. The Westbrook, who I predict will be the fact that players like Gary Neal (undraft- clear-cut best point guard in the playoffs ed), Danny Green (previously best this year. Just don’t bring my predictions known for giving LeBron James great up if the Thunder gets kicked out in the pregame handshakes) and Kawhi first round. Leonard (rookie) are playing huge min- Albert Liao is a sports staff writer and colunist. He can utes attests to Popovich and the Spurs’ be contacted at email@example.com. Playing the Field incredible ability to scout and develop appears alternate Tuesdays this semester.
COURTESY OF LENORE PIPERS
Defying gravity | Cornell graduate student Lenore Pipes qualified as the top woman
rider for the Collegiate Cycling National Championships on May 4th - 6th.
Pipes Takes High Intensity Cycling World by Storm By ROB MOORE
road race in London this summer. While she waits for the final selection of the team members in June, she is pursing a few When the competitive world of high-profile International Cycling Union women’s cycling isn’t enough for Cornell (UCI) races to increase her chances of graduate student Lenore Pipes, she ups the selection. Coming up are the Grand Prix intensity of her training by racing against Cycliste de Gatineau and the Liberty the men. Classic at the the end of May and begin“I like to race with the men. Last week ning of June respectively. I almost got points and [the race organizPipes was competing in the Liberty ers] said you’re not supposed to get Classic for the past few years when she points.” lived in Philadelphia but experienced a flat So while Pipes was allowed to wear a on the final lap last year. “I’m hoping for number and petal past many of the men, better luck this year. I also did the points were awarded to the next male to Gatineau race last year and finished 20th cross the finish line. so I want to improve on that result.” Pipes picked up cycling in 2008 while When she is not riding professionally commuting to Swarthmore College in for the RIDECLEAN/PatentIt.com Elite Media from her home in Philadelphia. Women’s Cycling team, Pipes rides with Encouraged by members of her road bik- the Cornell cycling team and has made a ing club, she forayed into the realm of habit of blowing away the competition. women’s cycling just four years ago. Within the past month, she has brought Now, she is training six days a week and home first-place finishes all of her races says, “the hills and the wind make Ithaca a including the Frozen Toed Opener Road challenging place to train.” Pipes takes Race presented by Rutgers Cycling, the larger rides in the winter months, which Princeton Jersey Devil Road Race presentmeans four or ed by five hours of Princeton “I love so many aspects of racing: the riding at a susUniversity and tainable pace. competitiveness, the tactics.” the Lux et As the weather Velocitas Road gets warmer, Lenore Pipes Race presentshe is transied by Yale tioning to Bu l l d o g higher intensity and shorter rides to fully Cycling which has a hill-top finish. prepare for the peak road season, the sumThe student athlete’s victories climaxed mer. with a victory in the Eastern Collegiate When the first year graduate student is Cycling Conference’s Women’s A road not in the saddle, she can be found in race, a second place time trial finish and a Adam Siepel or Chris Mason’s lab working solid showing against the Men’s B field in on a project to build non-human primate the criterium. reference transcriptomes (rRNA for those Her success on the collegiate circuit has of us without a biology graduation require- qualified the top woman rider for the ment). Pipes is pursuing her Ph.D. in the Collegiate Cycling National Tri-Institutional Program for Com- Championships, where she hopes to repreputational Biology and Medicine which is sent Cornell on May fourth through sixth. a program involving Cornell’s Ithaca Unfortunately, while the Cycling team Campus, Weill Medical College, and president deems the competition an excelSloan-Kettering Institute. “It’s difficult to lent use of club funds, there simply is not balance studying and training, but I am enough money in the budget this year for used to it,” said the racer. “My social life is Pipes to go and represent the Red. The pretty non-existent.” Cycling team is technically a Cornell club Over spring break, Pipes travelled to like the Ultimate frisbee team and not a New Zealand for the Oceania Cham- division of the athletic department. pionships to represent her native Guam. Despite Pipes’ knack for fierce competiDisadvantaged by the fact that it is current- tion, she is very interested in encouraging ly the peak of the road season in the south- other college women to start racing, espeern hemisphere, Pipes returned disappoint- cially at the amateur level. Currently, Pipes ed in her performance, but enthusiastic is serving as a recruitment officer and said, about future races this spring. “I love so “We’re definitely looking for more people many aspects of racing: the competitive- to join the club and go to the races. We’re ness, the tactics, and that the only way to especially looking for women at whatever get success is by working harder, and that’s level.” directly translatable to your training.” More recently, Pipes has earned an Rob Moore can be reached at Olympic Nomination for the women’s firstname.lastname@example.org.
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TUESDAY APRIL 17, 2012
Cornell Closes Season at Nationals Fails to qualify as team, but looks ahead to next season
By REBECCA VELEZ Sun Staff Writer
This past weekend 12 members of Cornell’s gymnastics team attended the USAG Women’s Collegiate National Championships in Bridgeport, Conn. While Cornell did not qualify as a team, the individuals that participated took the meet as an opportunity to improve and perfect the routines they have been working on all season. Day one of the meet consisted of qualifying rounds, with the participants split into two sessions. The top five routines for each session then moved on to the final rounds. Defending champions senior Melanie Standridge on beam and sophomore Melanie Jorgensen on bars both qualified for the second round, along with junior McKenna Archer on vault who set a new personal record for her performance. The three were also awarded first team all- American. Junior captain Ashley Maher and senior Tiffany Chen both placed sixth in the qualifying round, and were honored with second team all-American status. At the end of the second day of competition, Cornell finished with three girls placing in the finals — Standridge in second for beam, Jorgensen tied in seventh for bars, and Archer in third for vault. “All in all, everyone did great,” said Maher. “We worked on some upgrades to add more difficulty to our routines, and everyone completed them successfully for the first time … it definitely helps us to look forward to next year.”
In order to better compete at the national level, several of Cornell’s team members added extra features to their routines in order to start their scores at a perfect 10.0. Maher and sophomore Elise Kerner both added a full twist into their vault routines, and freshman Sammy VanderPutten added an additional half twist. Sophomore Mackenzie Sato added a new tumbling pass to her floor routine in order to start with a perfect score. “It’s all in the details, and is all very close,” said junior captain Sarah Hein. “We hit every routine we put up, no falls … We’ve been working on perfecting skills and fine tuning in practice, and our work really showed this weekend.” While this is the first time in several years that Cornell was unable to qualify for the competition as a team, the results of this meet show a promising future for the Red. “We went and did what we planned to do, and I’m really proud of that,” said Maher. “Our preseason starts now … we’re looking forward to getting in the gym and working hard every day to perfect our skills so next year make it as a team again.” “It was a great final weekend,” Hein said. “We had a lot of fun as a team, it was a great trip and we represented Cornell well as individuals. If we carry this mindset on to next season, it will really show, so we’re working to start off next season where we left off this year.” Rebecca Velez can be reached at email@example.com.
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Wrapping up | The Red finished up its season this weekend in Bridgeport,
Conn. while competing in the Collegiate National Championships.
Red Loses Goes Trophy, Wins Stagg Point Trophy
By ALEX KUCZYNSKI-BROWN Sun Senior Writer
TINA CHOU / SUN STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
High flying | The men’s track and field team took home six event titles this weekend at the Bucknell Bison Outdoor
Classic — including the 400 hurdles, the 110 hurdles, the high jump, pole vault, the 4X100 relays and the 4X400 relay.
TRACK AND FIELD
The men’s heavyweight Varsity 8 crew may have lost the Goes Trophy to No. 7 Navy by only two seconds, but the Red did not come away from the Onondaga Lake Outlet in Syracuse, empty-handed, as first-place finishes by the second Varsity and first freshmen boats earned Cornell the Stagg Point Trophy. “I thought it was really good,” head coach Todd Kennett ’91 said of his team’s overall performance. “I was really happy that a lot of the boats came up big — far bigger than we’ve
been seeing in some practices. It was just a great race day anyway, but the times were really solid.” Saturday marked the second time in as many weeks that the first Varsity crew faced Navy — the first being at the San Diego Crew Classic from March 31-April 1. The Midshipmen once again got the better of the Red, this time by a margin of 5:48.3 to 5:50.2. The Orange finished third with a time of 5:52.0. “The Varsity — I thought — was better than what they’ve been doing, but I still know they’re capable of See M. ROWING Page 18
Men Win Six Events, Women Win Five
By JUAN CARLOS TOLEDO Sun Staff Writer
The outdoor season is in full swing for the Red as the men’s and women’s track and field teams are poised to make another run at the Heps title. Both teams are progressing well this season now less than three weeks away from the Heps outdoor finals. This past weekend the Red is coming off a strong performance at the Bucknell Bison Outdoor Classic, where the men’s team claimed six events and the women’s team won five events this past weekend. Women’s head coach Rich Bowman was pleased how his athletes performed at the Bucknell meet. “It went very well,” he said. “This was by far
our best meet of the year. The momentum is building; we had a lot of wonderful things happen.” Junior middle distance runner Will McFall noted that a lot of Cornell athletes set personal records at Bucknell, something he attributed to the coaching staff. “We set a lot of [personal records] so that’s good looking forward,” he said. “I think it’s important to attribute it to our coaches. It’s a long process that literally begins mid-summer and it’s really starting to pay off now with what we’re doing.” The Bucknell meet had a large field of competitors, some more competitive than others, See TRACK AND FIELD page 18
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Rapid rowing | The men’s varsity crew lost the Goes Trophy at the hands of Navy, but was
able to snag the Stagg Point Trophy thanks to the second Varsity and first freshman boat.