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New Title IX Coordinator Outlines Goals University announcement. In her opinion, Cleary said the role of the Title IX coordinator is to “engage the community” and Chantelle Cleary, who will be joining the bring people together “to do work collectively and University as the new Title IX coordinator in June, collaboratively, to achieve whatever it is that is our outlined her objectives and emphasized her desire ultimate goal.” At one point, Cornell led the nation in Title IX to work with the Cornell community to address and prevent sexual and interpersonal violence in an investigations by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights interview with The Sun. about the mishandling of sexual “I’m not coming to Cornell to assault investigations by the kind of just push papers and make University, The Sun previously sure that we’re doing the bare minreported. imum to comply,” she said. “I’m Cleary said that these factors did coming to Cornell because I want not really influence her decision to to work with a community of come to Cornell and said she will incredibly bright and talented learn more about the nuances of past people to actually start to make situations at the University when she some changes.” actually starts the job. Cleary will be succeeding Sarah Cleary is currently the assistant Affel, who has been the Title IX vice president for equity and compliCoordinator since 2015. Affel will ance and the Title IX coordinator at be stepping down at the end of the the University of Albany, where she semester, The Sun previously CLEARY has been since 2015. She is also a facreported. The Title IX coordinator is responsible for the ulty member for the National Center for Campus “oversight of the University’s compliance with Title Public Safety’s Trauma Informed Sexual Assault and IX; its ongoing education and sexual assault and Adjudication Institute. She received her bachelor’s harassment prevention efforts; the investigation, degree from Binghamton University and a J.D. response and resolution of all reports of sexual and from Albany Law School. Prior to joining the University of Albany as the related misconduct at the University; and Cornell’s efforts to eliminate prohibited conduct, prevent its See TITLE IX page 4 recurrence and remedy its effects,” according to the By SHRUTI JUNEJA and DREW MUSTO
Sun News Editor and Sun Senior Writer
Suicide Film Fosters Mental Health Discussions
Panelists hold a Q&A session about suicide stigmas after screening
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The S Word | Lisa Klein (center) came to campus on Sunday for a screening of a film she directed about suicide. By ANDREA VALDES Sun Staff Writer
In an event sponsored by The Sophie Fund and Cornell Minds Matter, community members viewed an award-winning documentary about suicide called The S Word on Sunday night to foster dialogue surrounding the stigma of suicide. Cooper Walter ’18, president of
Cornell Minds Matter, said he was “immediately interested” in arranging a showing of the documentary on campus after the film’s marketing team reached out to him. “Suicide is one of the most important and not well enough known mental health problems in the United States, [but] it’s hard to bring up, to talk to other people about and I think that having this film… [is] a great way to open that
dialogue,” he said. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide was the 10th leading cause of death overall in the United States in 2015, claiming the lives of more than 44,000 people. It was the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 15 and 34. See DOCUMENTARY page 5
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Environmental activist | David Buckel law ’87 (left) speaks on composting at a “Trash Talk” forum in Brooklyn in 2011.
Law Alumnus SelfImmolates in Protest By MARYAM ZAFAR Sun Staff Writer
David Buckel law ’87, ended his career as an environmental activist and prominent gay rights lawyer by setting himself on fire and burning to death on Saturday morning in a protest against environmental deterioration. Buckel drenched himself in fossil fuels before starting the fire. He left behind two notes explaining his choice in a shopping cart near his body, according to the New York Daily News. He also emailed them to major press centers, including The New York Times. “Most humans on the planet now breathe air made unhealthy by fossil fuels, and many die early deaths as a result — my early death by fossil fuel reflects what we are doing to ourselves,” Buckel wrote in his note, as reported by The New York Times. “Honorable purpose in life invites honorable purpose in death.” “I hope it is an honorable death that might serve others,” Buckel wrote, according to the New York Daily News. Buckel was well-known for his work with the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, a legal organization that works on behalf of the LGBT community, according to its website, where he served as the former Marriage Project Director. During his time at
Lambda Legal, he championed cases including Nabozny v. Podlesny, which said that students should be protected from verbal and physical antigay abuse, and Lewis v. Harris, which said that New Jersey's marriage laws violated equal protection guaranteed by the Constitution for samesex couples, according to Lambda Legal. In a statement released on Saturday, Lambda Legal commended Buckel as an “indefatigable attorney and advocate” and wrote that it “will honor his life by continuing his fight for a better world.” In March 2006, Buckel returned to Cornell for the Public Interest Law Career Symposium, where he served on a panel for “Domestic Civil Rights.” Buckel also received the Cornell Law School Public Service Award in 2007. In a Cornell Law School spotlight, which described Buckel as “making history”, Buckel’s work arguing against prominent national organizations including the Boy Scouts of America, the military and the IRS is highlighted. John Carberry, senior director of media relations and news, said that the University would not be able to comment on Buckel’s passing at this time. According to The New York Times, Buckel was also See LAWYER page 5
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Students Deliver Water and Medical Aid to Puerto Rican Town
Members of Rotaract Club witnessed ‘evidence of the hurricane’s destruction,’ but saw ‘hope’ among locals
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Spring break service | Student volunteers engaged in a variety of activities in Puerto Rico, including bringing water to a middle school and senior homes and providing medical services to patients who could not travel to a clinic. By HNIN EI WAI LWIN Sun Staff Writer
Members of Cornell’s Rotaract Club transported water to establishments without it and provided check-ups for patients during a trip to Quebradillas, Puerto Rico over spring break, witnessing first-hand the aftermath of the Hurricane Maria. Five Cornellians participated in this volunteer trip led by One Human Family Coalition, a healthcare non-profit organization. “I had shadowed a doctor over winter break and found out she is the medical director for a free health clinic in Quebradillas,” said Sharon Dang ’20, director of operations for the Rotaract Club. “She connected me with the president of the organization and he hosted us at the clin-
ic while we were there.” Student volunteers spent four days engaging in various volunteer work ranging from transporting water to senior homes and a middle school to providing check-ups for patients unable to travel to the clinic, explained Aine Chen ’21, director of media and marketing. “We also learned about using automated external defibrillators (AED) donated by Foundation Bechara to the clinic,” Chen said. “On our last day, teaming up with Black Flag Search and Rescue, Rotaractors worked throughout the day traveling to individual houses in the Utuado municipality to check health conditions with doctors and distributed more supplies.” Students also witnessed the impact of the recent hurricane in the region and Dang described it as “psychologically tough on Puerto Rico.”
“When people did talk to us about it, we could hear how hard it has been for them – to wake up and see their homes and communities completely changed,” Dang said. “Some people even lost their jobs. The best we could do is open our minds to their experiences and be of service as much as we could.” Stephanie Smart ’20 said the power went out one afternoon and they were told this “happens every so often.” “Driving into the island, we encountered many areas of road that were still under construction, and saw evidence of the hurricane’s destruction, such as paths created by mudslides, and foundations where houses had been,” she said. Smart described how the club members met locals who kept “hope.” “Some highlights from the trip were meeting a lot of locals who were able to retain hope, despite many still lacking power or running water, and how close-knit the communities had become as a result of this tragedy,” Smart said. “Everyone seemed very supportive and willing to help those around them. This really emphasized to me the resiliency that people are able to maintain in the worst times of their lives.” The Rotaract Club is a community service organization affiliated with Rotary International and it allows Cornell students to carry out hands-on service projects. The club also works with another local Ithacan Rotary organization, The Rotary Club of Ithaca Sunrise, to organize events that support international charities such as Heifer’s International or Shelterbox. “We’ve held events such as bake sales, ultimate frisbee fundraisers, and also helping out with other organizations for community service events such as Into the Streets or helping at Applefest,” Chen said. Chen explained that the Rotaract Club plans to host a Krispy Kreme Fundraiser to fund future community service projects. “We want to build a long term relationship with the organization and hope to develop a project with them so that we can continue to send students to Puerto Rico each year to help out,” Dang said. Hnin Ei Wai Lwin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ithaca College Students Organize Benefit Concert to Support Refugees By WINNY SUN Sun Staff Writer
Ithaca College students will perform Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater” at a charity concert to raise money for Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga’s Immigrant Services Program, an organization that helps resettle refugees in Ithaca. “Our current administration is trying to make it harder for immigrants who are already here and for new immigrants, we should support the immigrants of today in light of what has been happening. We can’t just sit idly and let them be disadvantaged,” said conductor and coordinator Keehun Nam, a graduate student in his final semester of orchestral conducting at Ithaca College. Nam said he was motivated to organize the benefit concert because he was an immigrant himself. Since he had first-hand experience with the challenges faced by immigrants, he wanted to extend a helping hand to alleviate their hardships. “My experience was very positive, but even so it was not without challenges … I can’t imagine how much more difficult it is for refugees of wartorn countries to come here involuntarily without a good job set up,” he told The Sun. Nam acknowledged that he was fortunate that his parents had good jobs and they lived in a decent community when his family immigrated to Minnesota from South Korea in 2001. Even so, he said it took him at least four years to adjust and said it took his parents longer to learn the new language
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Charity concert | The proceeds of the concert, organized by Ithaca College students, will go to the Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga (pictured above).
and adapt to the new culture. All the money raised from this concert will go towards the Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga to help its Immigrant Services Program, according to Nam. CCTT has been approved to bring up to 50 refugees to Ithaca from wartorn or unsafe countries, The Sun previously reported. The Immigrant Services Program at CCTT helps immigrants
“attain family unity, economic independence and social integration” and assists “undocumented battered immigrant women and children gain legal status,” according to the program’s website. Nam said he decided to donate the proceeds to this program after reading news stories online about how it had successfully relocated families of refugees in the past, saying that he believed he could trust the organization
to make a real and tangible impact. The concert will feature 10 string performance major students and two vocalists from Ithaca College, according to Nam. It will take place at the Immaculate Conception Church located at 113 N Geneva St on Friday, April 20 at 7 p.m. Winny Sun can be reached at email@example.com.
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Incoming Title IX Coordinator Emphasizes Empathy and Respect
Hopes to engage with community stakeholders to develop prevention and education efforts against sexual violence TITLE IX
responsibility,” and described an initiative she led at the University of Albany for trainTitle IX coordinator, Cleary ing and empowering students to worked as an assistant district be active bystanders in potenattorney for about 10 years after tially dangerous situations. finishing law school, focusing “We want you to be safe. We on crimes that involved any want to be able to intervene if form of sexual or interpersonal you’re faced with a situation violence. that could become violent, but During the interview, Cleary the fact of the matter is us said that while she loved being a administrators, us staff, we’re prosecutor, she found that the not out there with you all,” she work was mostly reactive and said. “When you’re out at pardid not give her much ties or at the bars or opportunity to be whatever it is you’re proactive and work “There is rape culture in our society ... doing, we’re not there with the community with you. If we were, it on preventing the vio- How deeply ingrained that culture is at would be weird.” Cornell, I’m not clear about yet.” lence in the first Cleary expressed that place. as an investigator of Chantelle Cleary Cleary said that complaints against stushe was drawn to the dents accused of vioposition at the lence, “the job of the University of Albany because it next steps would then be to investigator is to be fair and was an “opportunity to utilize identify the common themes, neutral, but that doesn’t mean the skills that I’ve gained over synthesize them into goals and robots, it also means kind and the last decade of my career and bring people together to devel- again, respectful.” to also be more engaged with op a strategy for achieving the “It’s really important not my community on prevention goals and “addressing sexual and only for me to be visible and and education efforts.” interpersonal violence both transparent, I think to make When asked if her experience before it happens and after it folks comfortable in reporting, “ as a prosecutor might suggest happens.” Cleary said. “I want folks who that she will be partial toward When asked if she thought are accused of engaging in vioreporting students over accused there was a rape culture at lence to also know that I’m students, Cleary responded, Cornell, Cleary said that was going to continue to support “fairness has always been impor- something she would need to the very robust and transparent tant to me.” learn more about once she actu- and fair policies that Cornell “I was one of those prosecu- ally gets to campus. has put into place so that if they tors who would bring my entire “I think there is rape culture are going through this process, file down to the defense attor- in our society, generally. it is one in which they will be ney and say, ‘look at it all, not Whether or not or how deeply heard and get a fair process.” hiding anything,’” Cleary con- ingrained that culture is at Cleary will inherit Cornell’s tinued, speaking with The Sun Cornell, I’m not clear about Title IX Office less than a year over the phone. “One of my [Cornell’s culture] yet because after the Trump Administration biggest fears as a prosecutor was I’m not there yet, but that’s one raised concerns about inadeprosecuting someone successful- of the things I might want to quate due process protections ly who did not engage in the talk to folks about when I get for college students accused of conduct that they were accused there,” she said. sexual misconduct. Rolling back of. I think it should be a fear in Cleary emphasized the rules promulgated by the every prosecutor’s mind.” Administration, importance of effective Obama In terms of her first steps bystander intervention as part Trump’s Department of when she gets to Cornell, Cleary of addressing the issue through Education announced in said she wants to just listen to a “collective, community September that it would allow Continued from page 1
the needs of the Cornell community and expressed her wish to encourage people to reach out to her if they had any questions or concerns or just wanted to get to know her. “I think it’s really important not only for me to get to know the folks that I’ll be working with but for them to get to know me as well,” she said. After these conversations with various stakeholders in the community, she said that the
colleges and universities to raise has that worked? What has been the amount of proof they need the response to that standard of to determine an accused stu- proof by the university commudent’s guilt, to grant only the nity?” accused party the right to appeal At Cornell, non-Title IX a case outcome and to create cases are adjudicated under the more informal avenues for case clear and convincing evidence resolution. standard. Asked which of the two Regarding an accused-only President’s rules she prefers, right to appeal and informal Cleary said that while there is case resolution processes, Cleary more in common between the said she has an “open mind” two sets of rules than people about the former but said she realize and that they comple- was skeptical of the latter “espement each other well, she cially in cases where violence is “like[s] that the Trump alleged,” though she is open to Administration is giving folks changing her mind once she the option” of choosing between gets to Cornell. Cleary acknowledged in the the standard of proof required under Obama, preponderance interview that she will be stepof the evidence, and the more ping into a position that has strict clear and convincing evi- come under criticism from varidence. The latter is believed to ous members of the Cornell be more friendly to people community, including, most accused of sexual misconduct recently, the 23 Cornell Law because it requires more evi- School professors who filed a brief against the University, saydence to determine their guilt. “I like that there’s this option ing it arbitrarily abdicated its now. Which option is bet“It’s my job to bring us together, to find ter I think depends on a common goal, common interest, the individual common value to ... work together.” needs of the specific uniChantelle Cleary ve r s i t y, ” Cleary said. Asked to clarify what kinds of own policies before suspending factors would support one stan- a male student accused of sexual dard over the other, Cleary said assault. Cleary stressed two solutions the Trump Administration was “spot on” when it suggested to the current tumult: dialogue looking at how non-Title IX and transparency. “It sounds like I’ll be stepcases are adjudicated to ascertain what burden of proof ping into a situation where at would be appropriate for Title least some folks are not feeling happy, but it’s my job to bring IX cases. “What has the university us together, to find a common used historically as a standard of goal, common interest, comproof when adjudicating viola- mon value to say, alright, let’s tions of the student code of con- work together,” Cleary said. duct?,” Cleary said, indicating Regarding transparency, she her criteria for deciding which added, “It’s hard on the one burden of proof to use. “How hand to tell folks to trust the office that you’re running and the process that you’re overseeing if you’re not going to be transparent and open and honest with them.” In a broader sense, Cleary hopes that her efforts will help change the broader culture surrounding sexual and interpersonal violence, saying that she was drawn to Cornell because of the opportunity to work with students who will be leaders. “When Cornell graduates leave Cornell and they move on to the workforce and they move on to other communities, they will be leaders in those communities,” she said. “My hope is that during their time at Cornell, I can work with them to develop different strategies for changing the culture in which violence is happening far too often.” “Ultimately, and this might be a crazy dream, but ultimately my hope is that the overall culture in our nation will change and become a country of folks that value safety and respect for all,” she added. Shruti Juneja can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Drew Musto can be reached at email@example.com.
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the lead attorney in Brandon v. County of Richardson. This case about a murdered transgender man was turned into a movie, Boys Don’t Cry, which Hilary Swank won an an Academy Award for. After several years of advocating for gay rights, Buckel’s activism eventually shifted to the environment. According to the Times, Buckel was a “master composter” at the Red Hook Community Farm in Brooklyn and chose to walk to and from work. He also wrote a composting guide for urban community composting. At the conclusion of the guide, Buckel noted that “as with most choices of what’s
right, it presents more challenges than the other choice.” “Pollution ravages our planet, oozing inhabitability via air, soil, water and weather,” Buckel wrote in his suicide note, according to the The New York Times. His remains were found in Prospect Park in Brooklyn on Saturday morning and a passerby initially “thought it was a pile of garbage because of the shopping cart” nearby, according to The New York Times article. “I apologize to you for the mess,” Buckel wrote in one of the notes, according to The New York Daily News. Maryam Zafar can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Documentary Sparks Dialogue on Suicide DOCUMENTARY Continued from page 1
The S Word is a documentary that balances sorrow with humor and depicts the journey of suicide attempt survivors as they confront their pasts and look to their futures with Dese'Rae L. Stage — a photographer, writer and suicide awareness activist. As a survivor of both her father’s and brother’s suicides, director Lisa Klein made The S Word to spur more active conversations about the topic. “I wanted to tell the stories of people who have lost loved ones to suicide because it’s crucial to both stay connected and to be able to talk about suicide without shame or judgment,” she said. “I approach this as somebody who lost people very important in my life to suicide, but what I found in my research and in talking to people is this thriving community of people who have attempted to take their lives who are activists and I just think their stories are incredibly valuable,” she added. Reba McCutcheon, associate dean of students at Cornell, said she had to ensure the documentary was accessible before approving the screening, but that once she saw it, she realized it was an “incredible mix of depth and humanity and real stories.” After the viewing, there was a Q&A discussion panel that featured Klein alongside Kelechi Ubozoh, a suicide attempt survivor and mental health advocate and Garra Lloyd-Lester, associate director at the Suicide Prevention Center of New York.
The audience participated in a discussion of the film afterwards led by McCutcheon. Questions ranged from asking how they could support students contemplating suicide to how they could become more active in preventing suicide in their community. In response to a question about how their lives had changed after the film, both Klein and Ubozoh expressed how it shifted the way they communicate with the people around them in the personal and professional sphere. “It’s kind of given me a bigger platform and made me realize I’m not alone. There’s many of us, and [suicide] does not discriminate,” Ubozoh said. “It’s not like I was looking for a community, but I found a community,” Klein added. “It’s a different level of understanding.” One audience member, Mackenzie Morehouse ’20, said she “loved” the film. “I didn’t know what to expect, but it was great,” she said. “It felt like I was watching any movie, not just a documentary. It was funny, emotional and dynamic.” Klein also attended some of the Mental Health Weekend activities, which included a meditation workshop, hammocks over Ho Plaza and a leave of absence panel, among others. “I’m pretty blown away by the attention that Cornell is paying to mental health, mental illness and actually caring about what students are going through in school beyond the academics,” Klein said. Andrea Valdes can be reached at email@example.com.
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The following letter was sent to President Martha Pollack and Provost Michael Kotlikoff yesterday. Dear President Pollack and Provost Kotlikoff: We are the living former deans of the ILR School, and we write to express our strong opposition to the suggestion to merge the ILR School and the College of Human Ecology presented in the Report from the Committee on Organizational Structures in the Social Sciences. We have the greatest respect for our colleagues in Human Ecology, but our experience as deans and faculty members of the ILR School persuades us that a merger would have grave consequences for the ILR School and would not advance the social sciences at Cornell. We are not alone in holding that view: a poll of ILR tenured faculty conducted two weeks ago reveals overwhelming opposition to a merger. Furthermore, ILR alumni also overwhelmingly oppose a merger, something we learned in our continuing interactions with those individuals. The ILR School is widely recognized as achieving excellence in research, teaching, and outreach. The School has a focused and coherent mission–to advance the world of work. The School does so by addressing issues on work, employment, conflict resolution, and labor and employment policy. It is a multidisciplinary school with a unique state-sanctioned mission that is increasingly important in the nation and world. The ILR School is organized into core departments: the Department of Labor Relations, History and Law; the Department of Human Resource Studies; the Department of Organizational Behavior; the Department of Labor Economics; and the Department of International and Comparative Labor. These departments do not align well with departments in the College of Human Ecology. For example, three of the departments in the College of Human Ecology are focused on sciences that are unrelated to work and employment. The three departments are Nutritional Sciences, Design and Environmental Analysis, and Fiber Science and Apparel Design. Does that departmental mismatch provide any basis for a fruitful merger? We and many others think not. It is especially strange that a proposal to merge the two colleges originates from a committee tasked with improving the social sciences at Cornell, given the heavy focus in the College of Human Ecology on sciences that have only a peripheral connection to the social sciences. When the ILR faculty were polled regarding their views on the merger, the faculty were given the opportunity to add comments. Those comments are attached. We encourage you to read them as they reveal not only the basis for the faculty’s opposition to the merger, but the depth of commitment ILR faculty have for the ILR School and Cornell University. You’ll also see that ILR faculty are not expressing a knee-jerk opposition to change. Rather, they are very open to steps that would meaningfully enhance the social sciences at Cornell, including deepening the already extensive collaboration that exists between ILR faculty and faculty in other parts of Cornell. Our discussions with alumni also have impressed upon us, once again, the deep passion alumni feel toward the School and their concern for its future. This concern is not held by only one segment of the ILR alumni community. Our close connection to alumni reveal that their opposition to the merger is passionately expressed by those who work on all sides of employment relations - for labor, for management, as neutrals and government officials, and among those who work outside the field of industrial relations. A number of good ideas have surfaced on how the social sciences at Cornell can be improved. The idea of an ILR-CHE merger is not one of them. And, talk about a merger has caused anxiety that already has damaged the prospect of improving the social sciences at Cornell. We urge you to put an end to discussion of the merger proposal. Harry Katz, Dean, 2005-2014; Interim Provost, 2014-2015 Edward Lawler, Dean, 1997-2005 David Lipsky, Dean, 1988-1997
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Willow Hubsher | Not a Sex Column
Beasts of Burden
esterday marked the beginning of Cornell’s Sexual Assault Awareness Week. It is a time in which different Cornell groups come together to raise awareness about sexual assault on campus through activities, lectures and art campaigns. I’m not going to waste your time explaining why SAAW is necessary. As recently as the 1990’s, feminist groups were ridiculed, scrutinized and even punished for trying to bring light to the issue of campus sexual assault. Yes, we are so lucky that so many student organizations have worked to support SAAW, but sexual assault is still a taboo subject and I’m sure some schools are still so backwards that a week like this wouldn’t even be possible. I have to admit that events like this one, although I know how important they are, make me feel a little conflicted. As with many things of this nature, bringing up past traumas can be difficult and emotionally exhausting. Not to mention all the women on this campus, myself included, that don’t have the luxury of only thinking about sexual assault for one week of the year. I cringe a little everytime I see that one commercial that starts with “my rapist had sandy blonde hair.” My heart beats a little faster when I walk past certain houses or see certain people across the library. I’ve felt this way throughout the #MeToo movement. It is vital that women share their stories. Writing and publishing the details of my rape was cathartic but we cannot forget the psy-
chological toll that hearing and seeing stories of assault can have on some people. Women — the world's best and most silent emotional laborers — are forced to relive our traumas for the sake
of educating others. I want men on this campus to hear these stories. I want them to know it was their friends that push girls up against walls. It is their organizations that put Xanex in jungle juice. It is their roomates that lock the door behind them when they go to their room with a girl. Their problem, their crimes, their willful ignorance, our burden. I want men to know these things but it is a hard tale to tell. We are the victims and we must think back and remember the clammy hands and the pinned arms that we have tried so hard to forget. I am a survivor. My friends are survivors. Many of the organizers of SAAW are survivors. I accept this as a part of my identity, but wouldn’t it be nice to only have to think about it for
light, it’s not like he is going to do it again.” Another example, a good friend of mine was raped by her now-exboyfriend and yet girls in her sorority still invite him to date nights and befriend him — despite knowing the details of the assault. Why is “boycott rapists” such a hard concept for some people? Some women, especially those who have been fortunate enough not to experience a traumatic assault, can really benefit from the lessons SAAW is trying to teach. Problems surrounding rape culture on campuses, like victim blaming and doubting the truths of survivors, are often perpetrated by women too. Here is a hot tip: don’t talk to people that have assaulted women, whether those women were your REBECCA DAI / SUN SKETCH ARTIST friends or not. Always “fuck us to be less racist. It is important to rapists” but never “fuck a rapist”. I want to thank all the survivors that have a platform. Sometimes it just gets might have to stave off some ugly tiring. I am less angry about what has hap- thoughts this coming week, as triggering pened to me and more angry about the content pops up everywhere. But mostly endemic nature of sexual assault on col- I want to thank the women who have lege campuses. I am mad that so many reported. You are stronger than I am, girls have the same story that I do. Most and even if you were bullied out of juswomen don’t need to be reminded of tice, your bravery will be remembered. Use this week to reflect on your own sexual assault. We have had it ingrained in us since our youth. We have learned experiences, as difficult as they may be. strategies to avoid dangerous situations. Survivors, remember to be gentle with We have developed tricks and tips to yourselves. But be assertive with everyrefuse advances without angering men. one else. However, we must remember that not all women are innocent in this. I Hubsher is a senior in the School of think back to a time when my friends Willow Industrial and Labor Relations. She can be wanted to hang out on the beach with a reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is Not a man who had assaulted me the night Sex Column appears alternate Tuesdays this before. My friends said “It’s broad day- semester. one week a year? The burden of education is often placed on marginalized groups. We look to LGBTQ+ people to teach us to be less homophobic and black people to teach
Artur Gorokh | Radically Moderate
What’s Eating Grad Students?
rad students aren't a particularly merry crowd. A recently published study claims that they are six (!) times more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression when compared to the general population. It's just a single online study and so I wouldn't put too much trust into the number, but if true this statistic would not surprise me. Nearly all of my friends in graduate school went through at least a period or two of nearclinical levels of woe and worry, and for some this is more of a permanent state. It doesn't take a social scientist to come up with a list of explanation for this phenomenon. The impostor syndrome is to blame, or the uncaring advisors, or the publishing expectations implicitly enforced by the academia. Or maybe the kind of people who are prone to anxiety and depression are more likely to apply to grad school, thus postponing the adulthood which they dread. There are other reasons I am probably missing, and all of these do play a role, but I want to talk about something else that I think doesn’t get mentioned often enough.
Science is fucking hard. Back in highschool I thought eventually I would become a theoretical physicist and work on gravity or something. It took me a few years to appreciate just how convoluted and abstract the modern theoretical work is and how miniscule are the chances of meaningfully contributing to the
or hard-working (quite the opposite), the bar is just that high. Science is hard because of the enormous amount of information you need to absorb in order to meaningfully contribute. Looking at the professors effortlessly navigating in seemingly inexhaustible and chaotic litera-
Nearly all of my friends in graduate school went through at least a period or two of near-clinical levels of woe and worry, and for some this is more of a permanent state. quest of deciphering the universe. With this realization I pivoted into an easier, albeit less consequential field when going into grad school. A talented friend of mine decided to persist, and after spending 2 years in grad school toiling away at the problems of quantum gravity he quit his program. He was emotionally exhausted, and after all that time he was still not fully able to clearly understand just what is it that people are working on. It's not that he wasn't apt
ture, you need to make a crazy leap of imagination in order to decide that, with time, you too will become this fluent. More importantly, science is hard because all the simple problems were sorted out long before you came along. When you set out to discover insights, you are implicitly competing not just with your cohort, but with generations upon generations of the brightest human beings born before you. This can turn into an almost mystical experience:
sometimes when you come up with a sufficiently natural and interesting question to ask, you instantaneously just know that someone somewhere has already found an answer, and all you can do is go find it. I don't mean to say that meaningful work is not possible. It's just that, unless you are exceptionally gifted or lucky, the progress is going to be painstakingly marginal. It would come at the price of months and maybe even years of being hopelessly s t u c k . Sometimes during t h e s e months you would get an exciting idea only to discover it leads nowhere, or realize that the problem is unsolvable, or that you were working under the wrong assumptions; and it takes a Buddha to not let this process turn into an emotional rollercoaster. What happens when millions of people decide they want to be scientists and then run into obstacles they cannot overcome? If you can't figure out (or even find) a problem you want to
solve, you can make up a problem you can solve instead. Others might not care very much for it, but they will politely hear you out at the seminar and, if you make it seem sufficiently rigorous and complex, would even let it though the wonky net of peer review process. You would get to go to conferences and teach calculus, and all would be fine except that deep in your heart you would know that nobody really cares about what you do, not even you. It's depressing to be hopelessly stuck and it's no less soulcrushing to be working on something you know to be irrelevant. Of course reality is much more complex than these two alternatives, but my intuition is that behind every unhappy student there is some mix of the two. In contrast to the other sources of mental health problems I listed in the beginning, I see no way of fixing this one. Except for one thought that keeps creeping up on me: maybe we just don't need as many scientists. Artur Gorokh is a graduate student studying applied mathematics at Cornell University. He can be reached at email@example.com. Radically Moderate appears alternate Tuesdays this semester.
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Student Led Startup Utilizes Technology To Help Combat Workplace Injuries BY ISABELLE PHILIPPE Sun Contributer
In 2016, three Cornell students, Apoorva Kiran, Ph.D. ’17, Pankaj Singh, Ph.D. ’17 and Jason Guss, Ph.D. ’18 embarked on a technical journey to tackle prevalent injuries in workspaces. The group found that their Ph.D. programs in mechanical and biomedical engineering required abundant amounts of time on computers. The frequent hand movements that were thus necessary, soon resulted in the buildup of pain within their wrists. It was then that Kiran, after finding various biomedical technologies for back pain and slouching, came up with the idea of creating a similar technology that targeted wrists — with the hope being that the device would vibrate when the hand was placed in an injurious position. With this idea, Orthofit was born and the three cofounders worked towards creating a glove that would be able to provide the functionality of informing users when their wrists were in harmful positions. In the summer of 2016, the Orthofit team applied to Rev: Ithaca Startup Works, a startup space in downtown Ithaca run by a partnership between the TompkinsCortland Community, Cornell University, and Ithaca College. Rev helps young businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs by creating different kinds of workshops along with a variety of events to help those interested in entrepreneurship. For Singh, the workspace has proved instrumental in helping the team develop their prototype. “Rev has helped in saving money, giving feedback, meeting people, and finding team members. It has been such a huge help and has played a really big role in the success of Orthofit” he said. The hope for the glove initially began as a remedy for pain, particularly for students who often spent their time employed in front of computer screens, typing various documents. After applying to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a federal agency that works to ensure that working conditions for men and women are both healthy and safe, the team was encouraged to reach out
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Smart glove l Orthofit team members show a device aimed at reducing instances of wrist injury.
to the food industry, where they hoped their technology could be useful for reducing the number of injuries within the workplace. Redirecting their focus, the group now hopes to employ the biomedical glove to the food and meat processing industry, where the risk of acquiring carpal tunnel is extremely high. Many workers within the food industry, particularly in meat processing plants, are often standing for eight hours a day cutting pieces of chicken in a repetitive motion. “Many of these workers cut about 25 pieces of chicken every minute, with their hands moving in the same position about 10,000 times a day” said Singh. “This motion repeated multiple times every week is the perfect recipe for getting carpal tunnel. Once a person has this syndrome, they are impaired for life, as even with surgery there is a 50 percent relapse rate.”
Moving forward with Orthofit, the team, now comprised of Ph.D., graduate, and undergraduate students, hopes to continue to reach out to companies and further their partnerships with various food processing industries. As of now, Orthofit seeks to test the product locally within the Ithaca community, having already made arrangements with the Cornell library. The library, whose workers must often stack books, use computers and go through paperwork, make prime candidates for the use of this technology. Within upstate New York, the group soon plans to also test the glove in a meat processing plant located in Rochester, NY and a medical device facility in Buffalo, NY, all within 2018. Isabelle Philippe can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rooting for the Horses A conversation with Professor Ducharme BY KAREN ZAKLAMA Sun Contributer
Imagine running without being able to breathe. Sounds pretty terrible, right? Unfortunately, this is the reality that many horses suffer through. Seeking to solve this problem, Prof. Normand G. Ducharme, clinical sciences, has revitalized the equine industry with his work on respiratory illnesses in horses. Ducharme got involved with horse medicine when the success rate for helping race horses was low. “There was a fair amount of complication. Low success, high morbidity rate – we kept asking ourselves how we could do better,” Ducharme said as he reflected on some of the challenges he encountered early in his career. Horse medicine is particularly difficult because there are high stakes involved. For example, because there are high morbidity rates associated with horse medicine, doctors must be very attentive to the individual horse’s needs in order to prevent death. Ducharme noted that when the horses can’t breathe, “there is little we can physiologically do.” Many of Ducharme’s
efforts have therefore been for the temporary improvement of horse respiratory systems. However, there are significant differences in respiratory illnesses, and therefore, Ducharme’s team has been tasked with responding to specific cases, rather than adopting a one-size-fits-all approach. There is a lot of clinical demand for Ducharme’s work. The professor was hopeful for the future of horse medicine, since “the equine industry uses horses as models for human disease as well.” Since horses and humans are both mammals, there are similarities in respiratory patterns between the two animals. Collecting data from all mammalian studies, therefore, is important to understand more about the human body and subsequently prevent human illness. However, Ducharme is not motivated by clinical demand alone. He is also motivated by the personal obligation he feels to help horses that are suffering. “How can we do a better service?” was one of the questions Ducharme found himself asking, especially in the early stages of his research. This question continues to permeate his research, though, especially as
new cases of horse illness surface. Ducharme reflects on his goals for the future of horse medicine, hoping that he can develop methods for permanent physiological changes, rather than temporary ones. “More physiological changes will allow horses to be closer to what Mother Nature intended it to be,” Ducharme said. “Hopefully we can make that happen so horses can repair to be functional; when a horse can’t breathe, that is the end of their world.” There is a level of empathy for these horses that Ducharme and his team must have. It is not easy to place oneself in the shoes of a completely different organism, and yet that is the mentality that has allowed Ducharme be so successful. But mentality without support can only do so much. Ducharme praises Cornell for its internationally recognized and collaborative research environment. “The Cornell brand gives you credibility,” Ducharme said. After working with scientists in countries including the United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Canada, Ducharme has
come to understand how global perspectives are needed for all research fields. The scope of Ducharme’s team is not only geographically wide. The surgeon notes how faculty at Cornell have played an integral role in improving his work. “Cooperation here is outstanding. Nothing could be done without a big team helping you,” Ducharme said. “There are so many smart people here – there is always someone smarter than you.” The effects Ducharme and his team have had on horse medicine are undeniable. However, Ducharme is ready to take on new challenges, hoping to redefine the equine industry by seeking permanent medical solutions, rather than temporary. His vision for the future advocates for more collaboration with people doing human medicine. “It is always good to collaborate with people working on human medicine. They can learn from us as well,” Ducharme said. Karen Zaklama can be reached at email@example.com
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Isle of Dogs: Another Strange Masterpiece
BY DAVID GOULDTHORPE Sun Staff Writer
I have been looking forward to this movie for months. Since Isle of Dogs’ first trailer dropped last September, I have waited with bated breath. So much intersected here: not only is it a stop-motion animated film, but it’s a Wes Anderson film, AND it’s a PG-13 animated film. That last one stuck out the most to me. We see family animated films and adult animated films all the time, but nothing in the middle. Now my anticipation has been rewarded. Isle of Dogs takes Wes Anderson’s unique filmmaking style to new heights with a quirky script and lovingly crafted visuals. Isle of Dogs opens with a brief legend, telling about an ancient war between dogs and the Koboyashi Clan, which is resolved when a young samurai sides with the canines. The film then fast-forwards to the near future, in the city of Megasaki. A combination of snout fever, dog flu and canine overpopulation has turned the citizens against the local canine population. Mayor Koboyashi (Kunichi Nomura) issues a proclamation to deport all dogs to an island landfill off the coast of the city. Six months later, a boy named Atari (Koyu Rankin) flies to the island in search of his dog, Spots. A group of exiled dogs, unofficially led by a stray named Chief (Bryan Cranston), endeavor to help the boy reunite with his lost companion. Along the way, they become part of unfolding a
massive conspiracy led by Koboyashi that threatens every dog’s existence. Right off the bat, I can tell you that this is most definitely a Wes Anderson movie. Wes Anderson has a very unique style when it comes to the movies he writes and directs. I’ve struggled to describe it for years, but I think Isle of Dogs has helped me crack it. Wes Anderson breaks the rules of filmmaking. Yet, he does so with such passion, and such deliberation, that you can’t help but get sucked in. For example, let’s look at the writing. I wouldn’t be the first to describe Anderson’s dialogue as “stilted”. It does not always sound natural. However, it still accomplishes what dialogue is supposed to do. It builds relationships and characters, it creates the right mood. Thus, a story that feels both grounded and fantastical emerges. I mean, this is a movie where a mayor apparently has the authority to revoke passports, where there’s an automated trash delivery tram, where a volcano sparks an earthquake which sets off a tsunami and all three each hit different buildings. Isle of Dogs lets itself be a surreal story, mining it for humor. That surreal atmosphere bleeds into Anderson’s famous visuals. In filming classes, you are taught basic composition
rules: don’t have characters look at the camera. Don’t put your focus in the center of the shot. Don’t have people up against the edge of the screen. Isle of Dogs breaks all three of these rules. The result feels uncanny and strange, and would hinder most other films. Anderson turns it into an asset though. He lets the movie be
There’s no doubt that love was poured into every second of screen time. On top of everything, the story also carries some very timely themes. After all, it features a mayor using fear-mongering tactics to achieve a political end, for the benefit of a corrupt circle of associates. The concept of “fake news” stretches beyond the antagonist though. One of the running gags within our central gang of dogs is a constant, “Did you hear the rumors about . . . .” Throughout the movie, characters are met with the realization that they only heard part of a story, or even the wrong story altogether. This theme flows around the entire narrative, mingling with the expected “dogs are man’s best friend” theme very well. A lot of thought went into writing this story, and I feel that watching it again will COURTESY OF INDIAN PAINTBRUSH be rewarding. Isle of Dogs ended up being just what I weird, strange and ridiculous. He turns what would be an obstacle for other film- expected: a unique movie full of charm and quirkiness. It boasts an intelligent plot makers into a strength. After all, I can assure you that the visu- and great visuals — also, how could I forals of this film are anything BUT amateur. get a beautiful score by Alexandre Desplat? The animation department did a fantastic It’s a one-of-a-kind experience. Rest job on every detail. The dogs’ fur rustles in assured, I will be back in the cinema to see the wind, water and dust effects can be it again. seen, character motion is smooth and David Gouldthorpe is a senior in the School of everything carries good energy. Great care Industrial and Labor Relations. He can be reached was taken and every detail was attended to. at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Travis Karter: Saving Lives With Every Rhyme BY ADAM KANWAL Sun Contributor
I have always believed that hip hop saves lives. As Kendrick Lamar once stated in an interview, “People live their lives to this music.” Hip hop is a form that allows marginalized members of society to express themselves and let other marginalized people know they are heard. This, I have always known. But not until I heard the name Travis Karter did I come to understand that hip hop music has the ability to quite literally physically prevent people from dying. After hearing his newest album Phase III, there was only one way to understand this rising star’s intentions, to have a conversation with him. Kristofer Madu was born in Nashville and spent his childhood and early adolescence traveling back and forth from Kingston, Jamaica (where he attended middle school) to Nashville (where he attended high school). He had grown up listening to hip hop and, inspired by rappers like Kanye West and Jay Z, began writing rhymes of his own at an early age. Madu’s hip hop career started at age 12 with the release of a song and video called “Till’ the Day I Die.” To his luck, Kymani Marley, son of Bob Marley, happened to be in the vicinity of
Madu’s shoot, and made a cameo on his video. As a result, Madu’s video caught about 50,000 views, and landed him a brief interview on national live television in Jamaica. Madu took a brief hiatus in his Hip Hop career while transitioning to a majority-white Parochial School in Nashville. He told me that being such an outcast in this new setting, his “creative passion was a tad bit discouraged”. However, after being convinced to re-enter the game by a close friend, he refueled his passion, and used it as an outlet to express his individuality within this greater context of conformity. He rebranded himself as “Travis Karter,” a “cool name” for his “new enigmatic persona that would transcend the idea of being an outsider.” At this point, two major, seemingly separate, landmarks were taken in the life of Kristofer Madu. First, he released his debut mixtape in 2015 as a junior in High School titled 2K. This album consists of a collection of hype bangers purposed to entice listeners to perk up their ears. Second, Kristofer Madu, inspired by a class discussion about the global lack of accessible clean water and his own experiences in Jamaica, decided to found a charity organization called Water is the Answer. The goal: to fundraise for the build-
ing of wells in developing nations across the world. Through door-to-door canvassing, within 7 months, Madu was able to raise 10,000 dollars. This money was used to build a well in a small village in Nigeria which is currently providing around 20,000 people with clean drinking water. Karter released his first fulllength album Pink in 2016. But upon entering Johns Hopkins University, Kristofer Madu took a groundbreaking step for the global community. Karter, as an artist, was completely rebranded and repurposed as a fundraiser for Water is the Answer. What does this mean? It means that possibly for the first time in history, all of the proceeds raised by a hip hop artist will be donated directly toward a charitable cause. This new campaign began with the release of Phase III. Phase III begins with “Kids”, a deep, dramatic and sharp meditation on the fat confidence and die-hard attitude needed to succeed in rap and the world as a young person. High-pitched resonant synthesizers buzz over the sharpness of Karter’s fuzzy, deep voice. The song is a classic cruising-in-the-old-wrangler banger. But at the close of his final verse, Karter begins speaking over the instrumental. He says “Play this album as much as you can...2 years ago I founded a non-profit
organization called Water is the Answer...100 percent of the proceeds of the album go straight to that so everytime you listen, you’re donating to Charity.” Unlike many other hip hop artists, who position their entire artist branding campaign around gold chains and “money stacks,” Karter appeals to the listener through his philanthropic campaign. He draws in the listener in a very unique way. Karter’s music, like his artistic and philanthropic model, is quite unique. His vocals are low pitched, bubbly, packed with reverberation and ride effortlessly on the beat. This results directly from his creative strategy, which usually begins with freestyling, allowing him to rap from his “subconscious.” Karter uses a diverse range of instrumentals, but most share a common trappy theme packed with high pitched resonant synthesizers. “Zelda’s Legend,” the third track on the album, showcases Karter’s artistic individuality very well. It opens with a quick and mind-boggling rhythm of unique fizzy synth sounds. Karter’s voice enters at the same time as the massive percussive drop, working with the drums to organize the complicated synth rhythm. Halfway through the song, his voice rises to a higher pitch and he emphasizes that he “turned his whole career and
dropped his album all for charity.” The constant reminder to listeners that the album is a source of fundraising for global access to water continues to put faith in Karter’s confident words. We respect his brags partly because of his unique sound and partly because of his unique philanthropic endeavour. Another landmark track within the album is “My Girl.” In this track, Karter demonstrates his artistic flexibility by adopting a sound reminiscent of Ty Dolla $ign. In this track, Karter shows his vulnerability and describes the conflicting emotions of safety with his girl, and hesitancy to trust a girl that he loves. His autotuned slurs echo with the spirit of love, lost and found. Phase III represents a revolutionary direction for Hip Hop. Madu essentially let go of the egotistical grasp on his artistic identity as Travis Karter and devoted the identity to human need. He explained to me “$ two million can be generated off of one hit song. It costs $4,000 to build a well. I’d like to come to the point where with one song, I can build 10 wells. I’d like to be seen as someone who can change the perception of the industry to something that can be turned positive.” Adam Kanwal is a freshman in the College of Human Ecology. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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C.U. Gets Red Picks Up 4th and 5th Ivy League Losses Ready For Ivy League Tourney W. TENNIS
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two 18s. After an even-par 70 in his first round, the senior found himself in a tie for fourth individually. Unable to keep the success going, he shot a second round 77 and fell to a tie for 15th. “The weather changed from morning to afternoon,” Graboyes said. “It got really windy and it seems many of our bad rounds come when the wind picks up. 36 hole days are long and speaking for myself and possibly others, I lost mental focus for a few holes on my last 9.” The grueling nature of 36 holes in one day, especially with demanding pin placement, seemed to bring out the mental fatigue in everyone. Although almost every team was noticeably worse on the second 18, the Red finished 17 strokes worse in round two. This mental toughness is something the Red will focus on improving for next week’s Ivy League tournament. “I also think a bunch of us [were] tired out mentally and made some stupid mistakes,” Troy said. “This is something we will definitely need to focus on for the Ivy League championships next week.” After back-to-back solid team performances at both the Princeton and Yale invitationals, Troy is confident in the Red’s chances. “[My] game feels great,” he said. “I think when we play well we are definitely the best team in the league. The course we are playing is pretty tight off the tee so we need to make sure we stay focused on every shot and not let a drive slip out of our hands.” A team that has been dominant with ball striking all season long, the Red knows it will need to get hot with the flat stick and make some putts if it wants to take home the school’s first ever Ivy League title. “I also think putting will be huge for us,” Troy added. “We haven’t been putting our best this spring but have still been giving putting ourselves in a position to win. We are a very good ball striking team so if we can get some putts to fall this week we will be pretty hard to beat.” The mindset is the same for fellow senior Graboyes, putting will be the difference. “We’ll be formulating a game plan for this weekend and then saying a few prayers that we get some putts to drop!” The Red will be back in action this weekend as it tries to make history at the Old Course at Stonewall in the three-day, 54-hole Ivy League Tournament. Tim Morales can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Winless | After losing twice over the weekend to Dartmouth and Harvard, Cornell’s conference record is now 0-5.
Sunday was another success for Wang, but ended in a 1-6 loss for the Red. All of the other singles matches finished before Wang closed out her victory with a win in a super tiebreaker, 4-6, 6-4, (10-6). “There were definitely moments where I was nervous, but I tried to capitalize on the nervous energy,” Wang said. “It's almost the end of the season so I tried to take advantage of the few matches we have left and just enjoy my time out there!”
The Red look forward to hosting Yale Saturday and Brown Sunday at home at Reis Tennis Center to close out its season. “My ultimate aim for the team is that we come away from our last two matches knowing that all of us gave it everything we had,” Dua said. “My personal goal is to end the season knowing that I put my best foot forward in every match, and played the best I could for my team.” Caroline Kleiner can be reached at email@example.com.
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After 2 Losses, C.U. Still Searching for Win at Dartmouth SOFTBALL
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well. And we just didn’t do that.” Game one was originally scheduled for 12:30 p.m. but was moved up two hours to get ahead of the inclement weather that was scheduled to hit New Hampshire later in the day. The faceoff was at a standstill with both teams scoreless until the third inning after four back-toback solo home runs from Dartmouth. The dominance continued until the fifth inning, with three more runs scored in the fourth. Cornell attempted to bounce back from their shaky start by bringing in four runs over the course of the rest of the game, but it ultimately wasn’t enough to break through Dartmouth’s head start. Cornell did manage to have some presence at the plate in the first game, with seniors Megan Murray and Rebecca Kubena pulling out two hits apiece. Additionally, Kubena scored twice herself, and sophomore Erin Rockstroh and senior Tori Togashi contributed with a base-earning hit each. “I thought in the first game we were hitting the ball pretty well,” said Farlow. “[Dartmouth] went on a tear
and we tried to fight back at the end — we had runners on, but it was too little too late.” The second game saw Dartmouth’s momentum continue with another seven-run lead, keeping Cornell scoreless until the seventh inning. In the first inning alone, the Green knocked in five runs to take control of the game immediately. The Red only managed to scrape together five hits over the course of the second half of the doubleheader. “It’s always a little deflating when you’re trying to flush the results of game one right away and refocus and start fresh on game two,” said Farlow. “When [Dartmouth] got the momentum going right away, I think that was what deflated us.” After this weekend’s results, Dartmouth stands solidly in second place in the conference. In the history of these two teams facing off, this is the 10th win in a row for Dartmouth, with Cornell leading the alltime series 38-19. The Red will be returning to Hanover on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. to play the last of their three games against Dartmouth in an attempt to salvage the series. Caitlin Stanton can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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after taking a personal leave for a week, played at the No. 3 singles spot. The former fell in a tough three-set loss, 6-3, 2-6, 64, while the latter secured a 6-2, 6-3 straight-set victory. “David and Lev coming back against Harvard was an absolute difference maker and changed everything for us,” Tanasiou said. The Red now heads back on the road for upcoming games against Yale and Brown where it will look to take advantage of two of the weaker teams in the conference. Yale remains win-
less in Ivy play, while Brown shares a 1-3 record with Cornell. “We certainly don’t want to take any of [the upcoming games] as a given,” Tanasiou said. “We did a good job taking care of ourselves this weekend, but college tennis has a lot of parity where any team can beat any team.” Cornell will play in New Haven against Yale on Saturday at 1 p.m. before finishing up its weekend road trip in Providence against Brown on Sunday at 1 p.m. Joshua Zhu can be reached at email@example.com.
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Stormy start | In a series marred by weather delays, the Red has had no luck against Dartmouth thus far. By CAITLIN STANTON Sun Staff Writer
With the third game of the series postponed until Tuesday, Cornell is currently 0-2 against Dartmouth. Away from their home field, the Red struggled to overcome the early and decisive leads Dartmouth acquired, leading to two consecutive losses on Saturday. “We knew they’d be a bit of a challenge at the plate,” said head coach Julie Farlow. “We just knew that they were starting to get in the flow of things and they were start-
ing to play some good softball.” Both games saw the Green (1414, 8-3 Ivy) win due to an imposing offensive, earning them overall scores of 8-4 and 7-2 in their favor. This showing is just a week after Cornell (11-17, 6-5) swept Brown in a three-game contest. “Dartmouth is a little bit of a stronger team than what we faced against Brown,” Farlow said. “They were just a little bit more solid in all aspects of the game. We knew it was going to be a challenge, and we knew we had to play See SOFTBALL page 14
Cornell Drops 2 Tilts In Tough Road Trip By CAROLINE KLEINER Sun Contributor
It was a stellar weekend for Cornell women’s tennis junior Michelle Wang, who picked up her first two Ivy League singles victories against Dartmouth and Harvard. However, the Red still incurred two Ivy losses, bringing their conference record for the season so far to 0-5. The Red faced their 2017 co-Ivy League champions, Dartmouth on Saturday and lost 5-2, with the two singles points won by Wang and sophomore Ananya Dua. Wang is now tied with Dua, senior captain Priyanka Shah and freshman Cheyenne Lilienthal for most singles victories this season as her record moves up to 7-8. “I have recently been trying to focus on just enjoying competing and playing tennis, trying not to overthink everything and not just focus on the wins or losses,” Wang said. “My goal for every match is to get at least one percent better and just have fun.” Finishing shortly before Dua against the Green, Wang’s philosophy clearly paid off as she clinched her match in straight sets, 6-3, 6-
“I tried not to think about the score — it was extremely close the entire match,” Wang said. “When playing a match, it can be easy to have all sorts of thoughts run around in my head, but I tried to focus on my gameplan and stick to what has been working the entire match.” Dua has continued to play a solid game in Ivy competitions. Last weekend against Penn (3-4), Dua came back in her singles match to win 36, 6-4, 6-2. Her persistence and ability to control the match under tight situations again came in handy this weekend as she was victorious over Dartmouth, 6-1, 7-6. “From the start of the match, I was very active during and between points, which I think contributed to my early lead,” Dua said. “I also stayed aggressive and stuck with the same game plan throughout the match, even when the games got closer in the second set. I focused my energy outward by cheering for my teammates, which helped me stay loose and relaxed.” The highly anticipated match against Harvard See W. TENNIS page 13
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Cornell Upsets Harvard on Final Singles Match By JOSHUA ZHU Sun Senior Writer
Continuing this season’s familiar narrative, the Cornell men’s tennis team played another two close matches at home this weekend, ending with a split against Dartmouth and Harvard. The Red (8-10, 1-3 Ivy) dropped to No. 32 Dartmouth (17-5, 3-1) in a 4-2 decision on Saturday before bouncing back with a 4-3 upset against No. 29 Harvard (19-5, 3-2). “We definitely played with a different attitude this weekend than we had most of the season,” said head coach Silviu Tanasoiu. Against Dartmouth, the Red entered the match shorthanded with an injury to junior David Volfson, who typically plays the No. 1 singles. While the squad was able to secure the doubles point, it dropped all four of the first singles matches, including a tough 7-6, 7-6 defeat at the No. 1 singles by “When the match freshman Alafia Ayeni. was on the line, “We were short-handed against Dartmouth, but it didn’t he was very impact how the rest of our team methodical and competed,” Tanasoiu said. “The executed with an guys fought really hard … and had a clear purpose of what we aggressive were going to be doing, which mindset.” was a big difference from the rest of the season.” Head coach The Red didn’t let its loss Silviu Tanasoiu weigh on its mind as it came back on Sunday to bring in the first conference win of the season against the Crimson through a game-deciding match by sophomore Joe McAllister. With the score tied at three apiece, McAllister was able win his No. 6 singles match in three sets — 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 — to clinch the match point. “[McAllister] lost a very close first set, but he made some adjustments and understood exactly … what he needed to
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Nail-biter | After dropping a match to Dartmouth on Saturday, the Red was able to pull of a 4-3 upset victory over Harvard the next day.
do the rest of the match,” Tanasoiu said. “It was an absolute battle ... and when the match was on the line, he was very methodical and executed with an aggressive mindset.” The sophomore now remains undefeated in Ivy play at 30 after playing a limited role last season and competing in only two singles matches during non-conference play. “Other teams may have been surprised, but … seeing the strides and additions [McAllister] has made to his game,
we’re not surprised at his success in matches,” Tanasiou said. “He’s probably our most consistent player both in practice and games.” In the upset win, the Red saw its first fully healthy lineup in a few weeks. Volfson returned to his No. 1 singles spot, and sophomore Lev Kazakov, who played against the Green See M. TENNIS page 14
Gymnasts Finish 4th at Nationals By DYLAN McDEVITT Sun Sports Editor
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Eyes on the prize | Cornell has a couple of top-five finishes under its belt, and now the team is looking ahead to the Ivy League tournament where it will attempt to capture the program’s first-ever Ivy League title.
Red Places 4th at Yale, Looks Ahead to Ivies By TIM MORALES Sun Staff Writer
It was another top-five team finish for Cornell golf this weekend as a team score of 591 (+31) was good enough for fourth place at the Yale Invitational. The one-day, 36-hole tournament was highlighted by top15 individual performances by seniors Chris Troy and Mike Graboyes as well as junior Tianyi Cen who shot 146 (+6), 147 (+7) and 147 (+7), respectively. Cold and windy conditions provided for a demanding and strenuous 36 holes, but it was the team’s veteran leadership that kept the Red
in contention. “Conditions were tough out there especially with the wind,” said Troy. “On some of the holes it was tough to get a proper yardage with the wind, and on a course like Yale’s you are punished [if you] miss clubbing.” Yet, even with the strong winds, Troy was able to put together rounds of 72 and 74 and finish 14th at The Course at Yale. Despite nine bogeys and two doubles through his 36 holes, Troy was able to capitalize on the 6810 yard course with seven birdies including on both par-5s in his second round. “Some holes I thought the wind
would effect the ball differently and made some big numbers because of it, but [I] was able to take advantage when I made the right call,” Troy said. The wind wasn’t the only challenge on the day, as the pin placement provided an added challenge — the need for constant focus. “The hardest part of the course was probably the pin positions,” Troy said. “Some were on edges of slopes where you could get really punished if you weren’t focused on the speed of your putts.” As for Graboyes, it was a tail of See GOLF page 13
At the USA Gymnastics national championship in Denton, Texas this weekend, the Cornell team capped off its 2018 season and replicated its finish from 2017 — fourth out of the four teams that qualified for the finals. Cornell finished behind Texas Women’s, Lindenwood and Air Force, respectively. Cornell was able to find success in the semifinals on Friday evening when the Red set a school record in its team finish and also qualified three athletes for the individual finals on Sunday. Freshman Amy Shen, junior Kaitlin Green and freshman Izzy Herczeg all finished in the top five of their respective events. Cornell’s final team score in the semifinal of 195.000 was a programbest and enough for the Red to finish second in a field that could only qual-
ify two teams for the final round. On Sunday, the Red got off to a slow start and ultimately posted a team score of 193.650, which was not enough to top any of the other three remaining teams in the field — solidifying Cornell’s spot at fourth overall. Shen earned a spot as a first team All-American in the all-around and the vault, and she also performed well enough to earn a second-team selection on bars. Green, the reigning national champion on the beam, was unable to repeat her title and settled for third in the event, earning her second consecutive All-American certificate to start her collegiate career. Joining Shen and Green as All-Americans were Herczeg, junior Kelsy Kurfirst and freshman Madison Smith. Dylan McDevitt can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.