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Theater Dept.Revamp Gets Mixed Reviews

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After overhaul, students react to changes By SHANE DUNAU Sun Staff Writer


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Record Alumni Vote Elects Trustees By SYLVIA RUSNAK Sun Staff Writer

A record-high number of Cornell alumni –– 27,685 –– voted for the newest representatives on the University’s Board of Trustees, electing Meredith Rosenberg ’92 and William McAleer ’73 MBA ’75, the University announced Tuesday. Voters for the two alumni trustees — who serve a four-year term on the Board — have numbered more than 27,000 in each of the last two elections. In contrast, the average number of

News Double Duty

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Opinion Chalk It Up

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Science Dynamic Duo

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voters in previous elections fell between 12,000 and 15,000, according to Chris Marshall, associate vice president for alumni affairs. “We doubled the voter base the last two years by building awareness and making the process a lot easier,” Marshall said. Rosenberg was a history major, Soviet studies minor and the advertising manager of The Sun during her time at Cornell. She is currently the senior vice president at Fullbridge, Inc. –– a business boot-camp that provides accelerated trainSee TRUSTEES page 5

After the University announced in the fall that the individual majors of theater, film and dance will be consolidated into a single performing arts major next year, some students have expressed dissatisfaction with the imminent elimination of the distinct degrees. The Department of Theatre, Film and Dance announced its new Performing and Media Arts major in November, heralding the program as a symbol of the “collaborative spirit of our department’s three areas and [reflective of ] the changing nature of our fields and professions.” The change in the curriculum comes after last year’s $1 million cut in funding to the Dance, Theatre and Film budget. Prof. Amy Villarejo, theatre, film, and dance, and the chair of the department, told The Sun in November that the loss in funding pushed the department to restructure to compensate for lost resources. She said a smaller staff was one of the reasons for consolidating the three majors into one. “We [lost] a lot in our department because our budget was cut so

drastically,” said Prof. Byron Suber, dance. Some students in the department said they worry that the new change will detract from the Schwartz Center’s appeal to incoming students next year. “I fear that prospective students will be discouraged from engaging in a curriculum that does not give

“I fear that prospective students will be discouraged ... in a curriculum that does not give full credence ... to a specific study.” Claire Babilonia ’12 full credence, or even a title, to a specific study,” Claire Babilonia ’12, a dance major, said in an email. Jenna Bryant ’12, a film major who came to Cornell undecided about what course of study to pursue, echoed Babilonia’s concerns. “If I had gotten here and the film major hadn’t existed, I don’t think I See TFD page 5

Alumnus Appeals Copyright Verdict To Supreme Court By CAROLINE FLAX Sun Staff Writer

The Supreme Court announced Monday that it will hear the appeal of Supap Kirtsaeng ’02, an alumnus who lost a $600,000 suit for copyright infringement in August. Oral arguments are set to begin in the fall. The case, Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, will address “Those seeking to profit the legality of from the creative works i m p o r t i n g textbooks of others cannot evade manufacour intellectual property tured and sold abroad laws.” and reselling them in the Susan Spilka U n i t e d States, The Associated Press reported. While attending graduate school at the University of Southern California, friends and family of Kirtsaeng, a Thailand native, sent him textbooks they had purchased abroad. He then resold the books at a higher price to U.S. buyers See COURT page 4


Brewing disappointment | Vendors serve beer made at local breweries at Ithaca’s Brew Fest on Labor Day Weekend in 2010. The popular event will not be held this year.

Ithaca Brew Fest Scrapped for 2012 By KEVIN MILIAN Sun Staff Writer

Ithaca Brew Fest — the Labor Day Weekend event in Stewart Park that features more than 100 beers from 45 different brewers — will not take place this year, according to Dan Mitchell, owner of Ithaca

Beer Company, which organizes the event. The festival, at which local venders serve their beer and food, has been held annually since 2007. But this year, the Ithaca Beer Company will focus on building its new brewery and beer pub, Mitchell said.

“Going into this year, we discussed feasibility of doing both, and [Mitchell] decided it best to focus all efforts on managing the growing demand for Ithaca Beer and getting the new brewer y opened this sumSee BREW page 4

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Ombudsman Draws From Background to Mediate Conflicts


“Dealing with students’ complaints about grades are probably some of the easier issues,” he said. “We often deal with bosses who are unsympathetic or who make From Sesame Street to Stimson Hall, University what workers think are unreasonable demands. If you are Ombudsman Charles Walcott Ph.D. ’59 has a lifetime of an employee and say to a boss that you think they are experience as a mediator –– a background he says has being unfair, you are opening yourself to retaliation. proved invaluable to his role as an arbiter in a communi- Employees are often hesitant to confront [their boss] in a ty full of disputes. constructive kind of way and a lot of problems we see Walcott said he sees about 300 staff, faculty and stu- stem from that kind of issue.” dents each year who bring a wide range of issues — Still, Walcott praised what he called the University’s including grading, administration concerns, disagree- openness to dialogue with its faculty and students. ments between people and personnel complaints — to his “Cornell is unusual with its approach to administration office. and planning,” Walcott said. “The Walcott — who served as the administration is more collegial, with University’s dean of faculty from 2003 more give and take as they listen to the to 2008 — said that since the undergraduates and the faculty. You Ombudsman Office is independent have a certain opportunity to particifrom Day Hall, he and his team of pate and that is not the case at most Assistant Ombudsmen are able to universities.” maintain an unbiased perspective to the Walcott has not always served as the issues they address at the University. University’s peacekeeper. Before becom“There is possibility for retaliation at ing the Ombudsman, he dedicated sevall levels, and this pertains all up and eral years to science-related education, down the chain of command,” Walcott consulting on Sesame Street episodes, said. “The virtue of coming here is that working in public education reform we are nonjudgmental, familiar with and holding several positions at the University and its procedures and Cornell. people. We are in a position to offer Walcott served on the Elementary suggestions as to how to proceed and Science Study Committee from 1960 WALCOTT get out of the pickle you’re in.” to 1967, helping to develop a new stanNonetheless, Walcott said he believes that the parties dard for elementary school science education that he said involved in these kinds of disputes respect the “allowed students who normally sit in the back to particiOmbudsman system of mediation. pate in discussion and observe through logic and ratio“I sense remarkable good will from all sides, from the nale.” University administration to the president to the provost “I’ve always [been] interested in the bigger picture of and various vice presidents,” Walcott said. “Everybody public education and science,” Walcott said. “I was wants the place to work, and they support the involved with Sesame Street and 3,2,1 Contact on PBS for Ombudsman’s office because they feel that we help people older kids in late ’70s. I had always wanted to do a science navigate the complexity that is Cornell.” program to show kids what is exciting about science in the Walcott noted that there is no typical complaint that world around them.” comes before the Ombudsman. In 1974, Walcott also helped create PBS’s popular eduSun Staff Writer

Club Guides Pre-Med Engineers By JACLYN CHEN Sun Contributor

While many consider Cornell’s engineering and premed tracks challenging on their own, the members of the Society of Premedical Engineers at Cornell face an arguably more difficult feat — pursuing both paths simultaneously. Founded in spring 2011, the Society of Premedical Engineers — or eMed — is an expanding group comprised of students from the College of Engineering, the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Haadea Khan ’14, president of eMed, said she is proud to represent what she called “a premed club for engineers.” eMed, which boasts about 40 members, is one of several premed clubs at Cornell. However, eMed is specifically tailored toward undergraduate students who plan to pursue medicine after completing a degree in engineering, according to Khan. “[Although there are] several premed clubs at Cornell, what makes us different is that we strive to promote the interests of students studying engineering who want to pursue a career in medicine afterwards,” Khan said. eMed assists its membership in navigating the process of applying to medical schools, preparing for the Medical College Admission Test and finding research opportunities. In a recent workshop on course enroll, an engineering advisor taught students in eMed how to incorporate both engineering and premed requirements into a single schedule. “Knowing how to merge medicine and technology” is important, said Caitlin Bowen ’14, secretary of eMed. Bowen said that several of the guest speakers brought in by the club have inspired her to continue on her chosen academic track. “[It is easy to become] discouraged if

your major is more demanding or your grades aren’t as high,” she said. “But if you’re determined, you can put your mind to it.” Twenty-five eMed students will make a trip to New York City this weekend to visit Weill Cornell Medical College, where they will follow a neurosurgeon and sit in on classes at the medical school. The participating students were selected from eMed’s membership via online lottery. Khan expressed excitement about the upcoming trip, saying the experience will allow eMed students to “learn more about the marriage between engineering and medicine.” Matt Christensen ’12, the former vice president of eMed, said he helped organize the trip after speaking with WCMC’s Dr. Susan Pannullo ’83 M.D. ’87. It was during one of Pannullo’s guest lectures on Cornell’s Ithaca campus — in a course called “Science and Technology Approaches to Problems in Human Health”— that “the idea to visit Weill occurred to me,” Christensen said. “I had the chance to ask her about it after class … [and] she was very excited about the idea so we went to work choosing a date and organizing the conference,” Christensen said. Five students from the University of Pennsylvania will also accompany the Cornell group on their visit to WCMC. Christensen said that he also looks forward to coordinating a trip to Perelman School of Medicine at UPenn next fall. Khan also spoke positively about eMed’s future, particularly given what she described as a “growing interest” in developing a major in biomedical engineering at Cornell. “With these exciting plans, eMed club members are optimistic about welcoming more premedical engineers in the future,” Khan said. Jaclyn Chen can be reached at

cational science program NOVA. He went on to direct Cornell’s Ornithology Lab in the ’80s and early ’90s, and also served as the chairman of the board of directors of the Ithaca Sciencenter from 1999 to 2001. In 1981, Walcott came to Cornell as a full-time faculty. He went on to lead the Division of Biological Sciences between 1998 and 1999, and the Department of Neurobiology Behavior between 1999 and 2001, before becoming the dean of faculty in 2003. These experiences working in both education and science, Walcott said, have helped him tackle some of the challenges of being an impartial Ombudsman. “Probably the most useful thing we do is listen and encourage [the parties involved] to talk and think about what they could do in this situation,” Walcott said. “We remember that we only hear one side of the situation, and there are ways to go about approaching the problem that are more effective than other ways. Collectively, we’ve all had a lot of experience in dealing with human interactions, which is what the problems invariably come down to.” Although mediating issues in the community is not always an easy task, Walcott said that the experience has helped him develop a stronger appreciation for the Cornell community. “The most rewarding part is when you get an email or a note and someone says they are grateful, they felt comfortable, [that] we resolved the situation and that [it] would not have happened without you,” he said. Ultimately, Walcott said, his role as Ombudsman –– and the opportunity it gives him to observe firsthand the challenges faced by many Cornell students, faculty and staff –– has given him an enlightening perspective on the community as a whole. “When in danger, and when in doubt, come and see the Ombudsman, and we will try to help and point you in the right direction,” Walcott said. “Whether it is psychological counseling at Gannett or employee services, we are aware of solutions and can be helpful.” Dan Temel can be reached at

Arts and crafts


Staff member Rebecca Dennis led a workshop Tuesday for students on how to create a visual journal to express their thoughts.

Hit Out the Park

On Thursday, a staff member reported that a vehicle caused $4,000 worth of damage to the entrance gate of Plantations Park, according to a report from the Cornell Police Department.

North of Tipsy

An individual was referred to the Judicial Administrator after being found in unlawful possession of alcohol in Bauer Hall on Friday, according to a report from Cornell Police. –– Compiled by Caroline Flax

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Copyright Case Reaches Supreme Court Brew Fest Cancelled Due To Plans to Open Brewery COURT

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on eBay, according to The Associated Press. Eight of these books were published by the Asian subsidiary of publishing company John Wiley & Sons. John Wiley & Sons sued Kirtsaeng for copyright infringement in May 2010 and won a $600,000 settlement in August 2011. Susan Spilka, vice president of communications for John Wiley & Sons, said that the publishers agree with the lower court’s decision. “The [lower court] correctly concluded that those seeking to profit from the creative works of others cannot evade our intellectual property laws by importing copies from overseas,” Spilka said. “We look forward to defending that decision in the Supreme Court.” The Supreme Court will

consider whether the sale of textbooks that were manufactured and purchased abroad is protected by the first sale doctrine. Under the doctrine, which was established in a previous Supreme Court case, an individual who legally purchases a copyrighted work may sell or give away their copy of the work without permission from the original copyright holder. Prof. Oskar Liivack, law, noted that because there is a higher demand for textbooks in the U.S. than in some countries, domestic publishers are often able to sell textbooks at a higher price. “The exact same textbook is being sold all over the world … In richer countries [John Wiley & Sons] can charge more, and in other countries, that just wouldn’t fly,” he said. “If they want to sell them at all, they have to sell them at lower prices.” Therefore, according to

Liivack, publishers could generate a greater profit from U.S. distributors by simply importing and re-selling the textbooks themselves. Allowing individuals to sell copies of the books printed in foreign countries in the U.S. would thus affect publishers because “they would not be able to easily support price differentials between the U.S. and other countries,” Liivack said. Liivack added that there has been a “long-standing gray area” between the first sale doctrine and laws limiting imports into the U.S. In 2010, the Supreme Court heard a similar case between Costco and watchmaking company Omega in which the justices split with a vote of four to four, according to the AP. The Court left the question unanswered in that case. Caroline Flax can be reached at


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relaxing.” Greg Kim ’12 also said he wished Brew Fest was still planned for the summer. “I feel bad that I never got to go,” Kim said. “I was looking forward to it.” However, Christine Swoboda ’10 said she is not disappointed about the cancellation. “It was too expensive for frugal college kids,” Swoboda said of last year’s Brew Fest entrance fee. David Katleski, owner of Brew Fest vendor Empire Brewery, and president of the New York State Brew Association, expressed his understanding of the decision. “I can’t say I blame [Mitchell] for cancelling the Brew Fest,” Katleski said. “Organizing the Brew Fest is very consuming,

mer,” said Allison Graffin, marketing director of Ithaca Beer Company. Growing demand for Ithaca Beer in the Northeast and Ohio is another reason for the hiatus, according to Graffin. Ithaca Beer Company, which began as a local brewery in the Ithaca area, has expanded to sell throughout New York State, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Ohio in recent years. The new brewery will produce more beer to be exported, according to Graffin. Planning for Brew Fest usually starts as early as Jan. 1. Graffin said the event is typi- “[The cancellation] is disappointing. I cally staffed by Ithaca really enjoyed hanging out with friends B e e r and sampling the beers.” Company employees, Jeanette Fox ’12 who get the day off to volunteer. takes a lot of energy ... Hopefully In past years, Brew Fest has they’ll be doing it again next drawn about 3,000 people from year.” the New York area. According to He said he understands that Graffin, cancellation of this year’s opening a new brewery is a timeevent was met with “understand- consuming venture. ing mixed with excitement to According to Graffin, the new visit the new brewery when it brewery will allow 100,000 baropens.” rels of beer to be brewed annualStill, some students said they ly, in contrast to the 12,000 barwere disappointed that they rels brewed at the Ithaca Beer would not be able to attend Brew Company’s current location. Fest in September. “When you’re making a new “[It’s] disappointing; I really brewery and a beer pub, everyenjoyed hanging out with friends one’s effort is needed and it’s defand sampling the beers that you initely overwhelming,” Katleski could not get near campus,” said. Jeanette Fox ’12 said. “It was fun, sitting on the grass in the sun, not Kevin Milian can be reached caring about school work but at

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Newly-Elected Alumni Trustees Student Reaction to New Major Varies Express Optimism for Position

Babilonia echoed this sentiment. “From personal experience, the department has actively would have chosen the new perreached out to current TFD stuforming arts major,” she said. dents and majors for their input However, Suber, a member of throughout this process, and it the new Performing and Media seems as if they truly want to Arts curriculum committee, said streamline the major without he does not believe that the threatening or challenging the change in the name of the prointegrity of study,” she said. gram is misleading. For Bryant, however, the “Cornell is not a conservatochanges have made it clear where ry, so people don’t come here to the “University’s priorities lie.” get a dance degree … They come “They’re telling us this will here to study dance,” Suber said. give students more flexibility Yet Babilonia countered and they’ll have more classes to Suber’s statements, saying that choose from, but it’s kind the dance major was an of obvious that that’s just a important factor in her “I think it actually reflects the front for them to give decision to attend progression of where performance Schwartz and the film, Cornell. theater, dance students less “I know that I would art is going in the world.” funding,” she said. never have come to Bryant said that in the Cornell had they not Jesse Turk ’14 wake of cuts and consolioffered a dance major,” plines,” Shalaway said. “[It cre- dations, there is “a feeling of she said. unease that surrounds” members Still, Suber cited the advan- ates] a more cohesive group.” Turk added that he believes of the Schwartz community. tages of offering what he called a “People are uncertain with the new major’s emphasis on all more inclusive major. “If anything, [the new major] three areas of theatre, film and their place here and their future will attract people because now a dance will better prepare stu- here,” she said. The new major is one part of collaborative curriculum exists dents for graduate programs and the restructuring of the and they get to study what they jobs after Cornell. “I think it actually reflects the Department of Theatre, Film want to study,” he said. Jesse Turk ’14, a theater progression of where perfor- and Dance since the University major who plans to switch into mance art is going in the world,” cut about $1 million from the department’s budget in spring the new Performing and Media he said. According to Suber, who said 2010. Several of these changes Arts major, echoed this sentihe views the change as a “com- will be implemented in fall ment. “For me, the [new curricu- plete positive,” the new curricu- 2012. The overwhelming majority lum] opens up a wide variety of lum demonstrates a “big effort” classes that I wouldn’t have been by each department to incorpo- of professors contacted for this story either did not respond or able to use for my [former] rate more cross-listed courses. Despite mixed opinions declined to comment on the major,” Turk said. Chandler Waggoner ’15, about the changes, Suber said issue. however, said he will declare a the process to revise to the curtheater major over the PMA riculum was “extremely trans- Shane Dunau can be reached at until he makes a decision about parent.” TFD

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was really important to stay involved and to give back and to make sure that future Cornellians ing to young professionals and had an excellent experience as University students. well,” she said. “I am thrilled, just so deeply McAleer, who is the cohonored, to be selected by my founder and managing director of peers to serve Cornell,” Rosenberg Voyager Capital –– a venture firm said. that invests in technology compaRosenberg said she plans to use nies –– said he plans to focus on her prior experience — she is also strengthening the best academic the co-founder and former chief programs at Cornell, accelerating marketing officer of Global faculty renewal and developing Student Loan Corporation, which innovative approaches to learning. funds higher education for nonMcAleer has also previously U.S. citizens –– to expand held executive management roles Cornell’s international impact. with Aldus Corporation — now “I have a lot of experience out- Adobe Corporation — and side of the U.S., both profession- Westin Hotels and Resorts. ally and in a volunteer role, so for “In working with leading-edge me, this is something I’m really technologies as a venture capitalinterested in,” she said. ist, I can offer perspectives on how According to Student Trustee innovation and emerging trends will impact t h e “For me, focusing on enabling those University’s approach to students to be able to attend Cornell education,” and follow their passions is really he wrote in important.” his candidate profile. Meredith Rosenberg ’92 “I understand many of the Alex Bores ’13, Rosenberg opportunities and challenges facrequested to meet with President ing the University through my David Skorton after her victory activities with three Cornell colwas announced. When Skorton leges, five advisory boards and suggested that the two meet when councils, student mentoring and she assumes her post in July, alumni programs.” Rosenberg said that they should McAleer currently serves on instead meet immediately — an the University Council and on the indication of her passionate com- Johnson Graduate School of mitment to Cornell, Bores said. Management Advisory Council. Rosenberg said she is dedicated He is the co-founder of Cornell to ensuring that the Cornell com- Entrepreneur Network in Seattle. munity remains diverse and that Like Rosenberg, he is also a memthe most talented students –– not ber of just those that can afford it –– can Entrepreneurship@Cornell’s adviattend Cornell. sory council. “For me, focusing on enabling While at Cornell, McAleer was those students to be able to attend a member of the Cornell Senate Cornell and follow their passions — a large governing body of stuis really important,” she said. dents, faculty, employees, alumni Rosenberg is a member of the and administrators that was evenPresident’s Council of Cornell tually replaced by the Student Women and serves on the adviso- Assembly — and a brother in ry board of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity. Entrepreneurship@Cornell, McAleer did return a request which promotes entrepreneurship for comment Tuesday night. activities. “I had a tremendous experi- Sylvia Rusnak can be reached ence at Cornell and so for me, it at Continued from page 1

which to ultimately pursue. As students can still declare a theatre, film or dance major, this is the final year Waggoner will be able to declare a theater major, while he will retain the option to switch to the PMA in the future, he reasoned. Emma Shalaway ’13, who is majoring in American studies with an concentration in film, said she feels the new structure may allow for more collaboration between students. “I think you can learn a lot from people who have a stronger background in other disci-

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Gov. Cuomo Tax Return Shows Texas and N.J. Investments ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2011 tax returns show he’s making a tidy bundle in a trust that deals in bonds as well as investments in Texas and New Jersey, while Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy won more than $2,000 at the track. Cuomo reported income of nearly $50,000 from unspecified investments in bonds and in investments generally categorized as real estate or “royalties” in Dallas, Austin, and Fort Worth and in Red Bank, N.J. Aides say he has no control over the investments by AMG National Trust Bank based in Denver and doesn’t even know if they are properties or royalties for commodities that could include petroleum and minerals. The vast majority of earnings was in unspecified bonds. Cuomo also checked off a $3 donation to the presidential campaign, as pundits project him to be a future contender for the White House. He claims one of his three daughters as a dependent, continuing an arrangement with his former wife, Kerry Kennedy, of alternating the daughters as exemptions. Cuomo also sold about $775,000 worth of shares at AMG last fall, but it was unclear if the money was reinvested. Cuomo spokesman Rich Bamberger said he didn’t know how the money was used. Overall, Cuomo made $30,000

more his first year as governor over his final year as attorney general, mostly from investments, on top of his fixed salary of $179,000. He’ll get a $7,392 federal refund, and a $12,099 state refund, although he defers almost all of that to his tax obligations this fiscal year. As an occupation, he lists “governor.” Meanwhile, Duffy’s tax returns show he made $2,628 during a day at the races at Saratoga Race Course. It was part of the more than $238,000 he and his wife, Barbara, received in taxable income in 2011. That includes Duffy’s $182,950 in pension and annuities he collected from his career as Rochester’s police chief and mayor, although just $76,770 was taxable. He is also paid $153,823 as lieutenant governor, chosen by Cuomo who as attorney general criticized “double dipping” by public workers who simultaneously collect a public paycheck and public pension. The 2011 tax returns made public briefly on Tuesday show Cuomo is no longer paying $6,000 in New York City in residency tax. He had paid that for staying in a Manhattan apartment at times for years, but owned by his girlfriend, Food Network TV star Sandra Lee.


NYPD Officer Stabbed in Head; Suspect in Custody NEW YORK (AP) — A police officer was stabbed in the temple with a switch blade while answering a call about an emotionally disturbed person Tuesday, and was hospitalized in critical condition, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. Doctors were “cautiously optimistic” about the recovery of Officer Eder Loor, Bloomberg said. The knife penetrated his skull, causing bleeding on the brain that required emergency surgery, authorities said. Loor and his partner, Luckson Merisme, were responding to the call in East Harlem, when they met the 911 caller, the mother of the stabbing suspect, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. She told them her son was in the apartment upstairs, and needed to go to the hospital. They found the man, Terrance Hale, and told him they were taking him to a hospital but he brandished a knife and stabbed Loor, Kelly said. Then he took off. Loor’s partner raced after the attacker, calling for backup, and Hale was apprehended about a block

away, Kelly said. The suspect was taken into custody and the knife was recovered. Hale was brought to Metropolitan Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation; it wasn’t clear if he had an attorney. Bloomberg said he and Kelly made a visit at Mount Sinai Hospital, where Loor and his partner were taken. The mayor said he spoke to Merisme, who was treated for high blood pressure, “to get him to calm down.” “Unfortunately, even when you do the right thing, policing, as we all know, is a very dangerous job,” Bloomberg said. Loor, 28, has been a member of the force since 2006 and is also a member of the Air Force National Guard. He’s the father of a young girl, and he and his wife are expecting a son. “This serious attack,” along with FDNY Lt. Richard Nappi’s death Monday at a Brooklyn fire, serves as a reminder that “New York’s bravest and New York’s finest risk their lives every day to protect the rest of us,” Bloomberg said.

New York City Will Open 54 New Small Schools NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Michael Bloomberg is touting his administration’s plans to open 54 new small schools at the end of the summer, while some critics say the emphasis on new schools is hurting students at larger institutions that the city is shutting down. Bloomberg on Tuesday announced the city’s plans to open the new schools, which will eventually serve more than 21,000 students. He spoke at the site of the planned Academy for Software Engineering, which will train high school students in computer programming and place them in internships in high-tech fields. “The success of these new schools, the small schools, is clear,” the mayor said, noting that by next year about one-third of the city’s schools will have been opened under his administration. “The ones that have been created to take the

place of larger schools post better results on the state’s annual math and reading exams than the schools they replace. Their students also graduate at significantly higher rates.” But hours earlier, advocates in the Working Group on School Transformation released a report arguing that the city’s closures have targeted schools serving disproportionally high numbers of special-education and low-income students. Schools picked for closure in 2011 saw increases in special-education, poor and homeless students in the five years preceding the announcement of the decision, the report said. “(Department of Education) student assignment policies have contributed to the poor school performance that the DOE subsequently cites in targeting schools for closing,” the report said.



HARRY J. MOORE, his heirs, successors and assigns; LARRY KASSAB, his heirs, successors, and assigns; HARRY J. MOORE, JR., his heirs, successors, and assigns; W.G. JONES and SARA B. JONES, husband and wife, their heirs, successors and assigns; KENNETH H. SHIREY and BELLA W. SHIREY, husband and wife, their heirs, successors and assigns; WILLIAM D. WALKER and RACHEL C. WALKER, husband and wife, their heirs, successors and assigns;

A.C. DALE, JR. and SUSAN CATHERINE DALE, husband and wife, his heirs, successors, and assigns; L.A. LORD and BYRD M. LORD, husband and wife, their heirs, successors, and assigns; WM. A. WALLACE and MARGARET A. WALLACE, husband and wife, their heirs, successors, and assigns; EDMUND DALE and ELIZA J. DALE, their heirs, successors, and assigns; WILBUR D. WALKER and BELLE WALKER, husband and wife, their heirs, successors, and assigns; JAMES B. GRAHAM and ELIZABETH GRAHAM, husband and wife, their heirs, successors, and assigns; G.B. Mc. KNEPP and ANNIE KNEPP, husband and wife, their heirs, successors, and assigns;

BENJAMIN KNEPP and SARA KNEPP, husband and wife, their heirs, successors, and assigns G. B. MCCLELLAN KNEPP, his heirs, successors, and assigns; ASBURY W. LEE, his heirs, successors, and assigns; EDWARD A. BIGLER, his heirs, successors, and assigns; E.A. IRVIN, his heirs, successors, and assigns; DAVID HITCHINGS and ANN MARIA, husband and wife, their heirs, successors, and assigns; RUTH SWOOPE, her heirs, successors, and assigns; JERIMIAH F. MCCARTNEY and ANNE MCCARTNEY, husband and wife, their heirs, successors and assigns; FRED W. HOUSER and ALICE S. HOUSER, husband and wife, their heirs, successors, and assigns;

NOTICE TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS, their heirs, successors and assigns: YOU HAVE BEEN SUED IN COURT. If you wish to defend against the claims set forth in the following pages, you must take action within twenty (20) days after this complaint and notice are served, by entering a written appearance personally or by attorney and filing in writing with the court your defenses or objections to the claims set forth against you. You are warned that if you fail to do so the case may proceed without you and a judgment may be entered against you by the court without further notice for any money claimed in the complaint or for any other claim or relief requested by the plaintiff. You may lose money or property or other rights important to you. YOU SHOULD TAKE THIS PAPER TO YOUR LAWYER AT ONCE. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A LAWYER OR CANNOT AFFORD ONE, GO TO OR TELEPHONE THE OFFICE SET FORTH BELOW TO FIND OUT WHERE YOU CAN GET LEGAL HELP. COURT ADMINISTRATOR 230 East Market Street Clearfield, Pennsylvania 16830 (814) 765-2641 You are hereby notified that an Action to Quiet title to all certain piece or parcel of land situate in Bradford Township, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, being more particularly described as follows: The premises subject to this action consisting of surface, oil and gas rights, more particularly described below, is identified by Clearfield County Mapping and Assessment as 135.41 acres, more or less, situate in Bradford Township, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania. ALL those certain parcels or tracts of land situate, lying and being in Bradford Township, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, bounded and described as follows: THE FIRST THEREOF: BEGINNING at the mouth of Graffius Run where it empties into the Susquehanna River; thence along the Susquehanna River in a Northwestwardly direction and Nineteen Hundred Twenty-seven (1927’) feet, more or less, to land now or formerly of Benjamin Knepp; thence in a Southwestwardly direction along said land now or formerly of Benjamin Knepp to a post corner; thence along line of land now or formerly of said Benjamin Knepp in a Southwardly direction to said Graffius Run; thence along said Run to the place of beginning. Containing five (5) acres, more or less, and being part of a larger tract of land surveyed in the name of Aaron Leavy known as the little rafting grounds.

HAROLD R. WALKER and PHYLLIS JEAN H. WALKER, husband and wife, their heirs, successors, and assigns; JOHN R. CRAGO and MARTHA F. CRAGO, husband and wife, their heirs, successors, and assigns; EUGENE A. SHIPE and MARTHA F. SHIPE, husband and wife, their heirs, successors, and assigns; PERRY E. MCDOWELL and VADA A. MCDOWELL, husband and wife, their heirs, successors, and assigns; WILLIAM J. BEAHAN and HANNAH C. BEAHAN, husband and wife, their heirs, successors, and assigns; IVAN B. BANTA and CATHERINE BANTA, husband and wife, their heirs, successors, and assigns; ANDREW H. HAMILTON and EMMA JANE HAMILTON, husband and wife, their heirs, successors, and assigns;

SIMON GRATZ, his heirs, successors, and assigns; EDWARD GRATZ, his heirs, successors, and assigns; DAVID GRATZ and CAROLINE GRATZ, husband and wife, their heirs, successors, and assigns; and/or any person or entity claiming title in and to the herein described premises under them, Defendants.

degrees (35 ½°) West Eleven and Two Tenths (11.2) perches to a post on rock; thence South Eighty-three and One-half (83 ½°) degrees Fourteen and Eight Tenths (14.8) perches to a post by birch; thence North Seven degrees East Forty-five (45) perches to a hemlock; thence North Fifty-three degrees East Four (4) perches to a post on bank of the Susquehanna River; thence down said river South Thirty-three (33°) degrees East Three and Sixty-four One Hundredths (3.64) perches to a post; thence South Fifty-three (53°) degrees West Four and Six tenths (4.6) perches across the timber road to a post by rock and thence South Twenty-four degrees East Thirty-four (34) perches to place of beginning. Containing three (3) acres and Forty-five and Eight tenths (45.8) perches. Excepting and reserving all the minerals in , upon and under said piece of land, with the rights of ingress, egress and regress to ine and carry away the same. And also excepting and reserving full and free right, liberty and privilege of ingress, egress and regress into and along that part of the timber road included within the lines of the said herein described piece of land. THE THIRD THEREOF: BEING bounded on the North by lands of E.A. Irvin and John C. Couder; on the East by the Susquehanna River and lands of Edmund Dale; on the South by land of E.A. Irvin; and on the West by lands of George B. McKnepp, containing 48 acres, more or less, and being all woodland and on the river side of the hill. THE FOURTH THEREOF: THAT certain piece of seated land consisting of Fifty-seven (57) acres conveyed unto W.G. Jones and Sara B. Jones by deed of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, dated May 2, 1952, and entered for record in Clearfield County in Deed Book Volume 421, Page 238. THE FIFTH THEREOF: BEGINNING at a marked maple on the banks of the Susquehanna River, approximately Seven Hundred (700’) feet above the mouth of Graffius Run; thence in a southerly direction One Hundred Seventy-two (172’) feet to a birch tree; thence in a Westerly direction Eighty (80’) feet to a stake; thence in a Northerly direction One Hundred Seventy-two (172’) feet to a stake; thence in an Easterly direction to the maple and place of beginning. Containing One-third 1/3 acre, more or less. EXCEPTING AND RESERVING a road twelve (12’) feet wide by Eighty (80’) long, crossing this property, running parallel with the river, same to be kept above terrace and continuation of the road already there. THERE is also included in this deed any right, title and interest, which the Grantors have the right to convey, to the right of way and also whatever right they have to convey and take water from a spring for domestic purposes. These are the rights which are set forth by deed of Perry McDowell, dated October 1, 1946, recorded in Clearfield County in Deed Book Volume 379 Page 322.

Further, the Court of Common Pleas of Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, did by Order Executed the 21st day of March 2012, direct that notice of this action be served upon you by advertisement in The Cornell Daily Sun and that if you do not appear or otherwise defend such action within thirty (30) days from the date of advertisement, you shall be, by appropriate order, forever barred from asserting any right, lien, title, interest or claim against the Plaintiff as set forth in their Complaint. EXCEPTING AND RESERVING a certain piece of the within described land which James B. Graham soled by article of Courtney L. Kubista, Esquire Agreement unto Benjamin Knepp, which said place of land is Sixty (60’) feet in width and extending from the Timber Neiswender & Kubista Road to the River and is marked by a rock which is about Six Hundred Seventeen (617’) feet above along the River of Attorneys at Law the place of beginning or where Graffius Run empties into the River. Also reserving all the coal and all other minerals 211 1/2 North Second Street in, upon or under said land with the right to dig, mine and carry away the said minerals. Clearfield, Pennsylvania 16830 THE SECOND THEREOF: BEGINNING at a post by bridge over Graffius Run; thence South Thirty-five and One-half (814) 765-6500

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It’s a bird, it’s a rocket


U.S. Secret Service Agents watch the space shuttle Discovery fly over the White House Tuesday. Discovery departed from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday morning and will be installed in the Smithsonian’s annex in northern Virginia on Thursday.

Texas Seeks Fund Extension For Women’s Health Plan AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas officials have asked for more time to phase out federal funding for a women's health program after federal officials said it was illegal for the state to ban Planned Parenthood from participating in it, according to documents released Tuesday. Until this year, federal funds covered 90 percent of the cost of the Women’s Health Program, which provides routine exams, contraception and preventive health services to low-income women. But after Texas lawmakers banned groups affiliated with abortion providers from participating in the program, the federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services said it would cut off funding because federal law guarantees women the right to choose their health care providers. Federal officials proposed phasing out funding for the program by September, but Texas’ Medicaid director Billy Millwee said Tuesday the state needs more time to publish new rules for the program. He has proposed phasing out the funding by November. Alper Ozinal, a spokesman for the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, said the agency is considering the request and “will be working with the state to reach a mutually agreeable transition plan that complies with the law while protecting beneficiaries.” Meanwhile, Attorney General Greg Abbott has sued the federal government to have funding restored, and nine clinics affected by the rule have sued the state. Gov. Rick Perry has ordered Texas to cover the lost federal funding. Allowing the $35 million program to expire would have cost the state more in the long run because of additional unplanned pregnancies and health problems among poor women covered by Medicaid. Millwee’s proposal calls on the state to contact women enrolled in the program and help

them find new providers. “If a provider cannot be identified for the client, call center staff will escalate to appropriate Medicaid and Provider Relations staff who will recruit additional providers,” the plan said. Women who earn income less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level, or roughly $20,000 a year, are eligible for the program, and state officials say 292,000 are enrolled. More than 40 percent of women in the program visited one of the clinics that will be kicked out of the program under the new rules. The state will use community outreach and face-to-face visits to recruit more doctors and clinics into the program, the plan said, and identify parts of the state where there may not be enough health care providers.

BETHEL PARK, Pa. (AP) — Mitt Romney sought to inoculate himself Tuesday against Democratic charges that he favors the rich, saying his as yet-to-be disclosed tax plans will not benefit the well-to-do at the expense of others. “I’m going to keep the burden on the upperincome people the same as it is today,” the Republican presidential nominee-in-waiting said as he campaigned across Pennsylvania on Tax Day. “I know Democrats will say it day in and day out, ‘They are for tax cuts for the rich,’ he said, mimicking his rivals. “No,’” he added firmly. By contrast, Romney said Obama wants to raise taxes, a step the Republican said would hamper job creation. Unlike Romney and most Republicans, the president wants to allow existing Bush-era tax cuts to expire at the end of the year for those at upper incomes. As he sought to parry the inevitable Democratic accusations, Romney also tackled a second, if unspoken concern, a perception that he has difficulty establishing rapport with middle-class voters. To that end, his campaign arranged an outdoor event in a Pittsburgh suburb at which the wealthy former businessmanturned-politician and eight area residents sat amicably around a picnic table and talked about

economic issues. There was one fleeting moment of awkwardness, when Romney guessed that a plate of cookies set out on the table were from “a local 7Eleven bakery or whatever,” instead of a local firm, Bethel Bakery. But Jason Thomas, one of the participants, later told reporters: “I thought he was likable person ... I will personally go on record and say he doesn’t seem out of touch. He was asking us what our concerns were and we tried our best to represent our concerns, the concerns for our children, and a lot of our friends and family as well.” Freed of the last vestiges of a challenge for the Republican presidential nomination, Romney is now able to campaign around the country as the nominee of his party with only passing concern for upcoming primary states. His itinerary this week runs from Pennsylvania, one of several primary states on April 24, to Arizona, where he will speak to a nationwide gathering of Republican officials. Along the way he has stops in North Carolina, to deliver a “prebuttal” to Obama’s Democratic National Convention acceptance speech, and Ohio, a perennial battleground in presidential elections.

Michigan Lottery Winner Charged With Welfare Fraud LINCOLN PARK, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan lottery winner was charged with fraud Tuesday for collecting food stamps and public health insurance despite pocketing a $735,000 jackpot. Amanda Clayton, 25, was silent during a brief court hearing after spending a night in jail. A notguilty plea was entered, and her lawyer vowed to fight the charges. Clayton is the second person in Michigan caught with food stamps despite newly minted wealth. Gov. Rick Snyder last week signed a law requiring the lottery to notify the Human Services Department when someone wins at least $1,000. Clayton is charged with failing to inform the state that her income had changed as a result of the lottery prize and a job. She won a $1 million jackpot on the game show “Make Me Rich!” and chose a $735,000 lump sum, before taxes, last September. “It’s simply common sense that million-dollar lottery winners forfeit their right to public assistance,” said Attorney General Bill Schuette, whose office filed the charges. The maximum penalty is four years in prison. Clayton, the mother of a 1-year-old, is accused of collecting $5,475 in food stamps and public medical benefits over eight months until Detroit TV station WDIV broke the story in March. She told WDIV that she believed she could collect food aid because

she didn’t have a job at the time. The amount of money is a speck compared with the roughly $250 million that Michigan spends each month just on food assistance. Outside the court in suburban Detroit, defense attorney Stanley Wise said he would ask that charges be dropped at the next hearing, May 1, when a judge must decide whether there’s enough evidence to send the case to trial. He didn’t elaborate on his strategy. “They want to make an example of her,” Wise later told The Associated Press, referring to state officials. “She’s offered to repay the money. They haven’t even sent her a bill. If that were the only issue, it would be over and done. They have chosen to exploit this for their purposes, and we have to deal with it.” Clayton declined to comment after posting $1,000 bail. Wise advised her not to speak to reporters. Euline Clayton told reporters that her daughter used bad judgment but that a criminal case is “crap.” She said Amanda called the Human Services Department about her lottery winnings but could never reach anyone. The charges “are very extreme. ... They arrested her like a vulture,” the elder Clayton said. “She didn’t steal $1 million.”


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Re: “S.A. Revises Funding Process For Minority Student Groups,” News, April 13 In The Sun article, “S.A. Revises Funding Process For Minority Student Groups” on March 9, I was quoted as saying, “I’m really glad so many people are sitting around the table really figuring out how to prioritize these issues and support them ... It’s not usual that we all sit down together and talk about how to solve issues together ... This new collaborative spirit is really positive.” I was personally very hopeful when the Umbrella Programming Fund meetings first started because I saw the process as an opportunity for leaders in the Cornell community to come together and openly discuss the issues that each of our communities face and the ways we build and support our communities. This dialogue was important to me for three reasons. First, the dialogue was necessary in order for me to understand how the UPF could be allocated to optimally support each community by fitting each community's specific financial needs. It was essential to me that we understand issues that each of our communities face and the ways we build and support our communities in order to determine the support the community needed financially from the UPF fund. Second, the dialogue would also be instrumental in creating stronger relationships and support amongst the race/ethnically-based umbrella organizations. By understanding each others' issues and efforts to address them and build community, the umbrella organizations can better understand how to work together in solidarity. Third, it would allow the Student Assembly to better understand and represent the minority and multicultural portions of its constituents by first understanding the issues of its minority communities, as well as the operations of minority umbrella organizations. Because of time constraints and the pressure to produce tangibles, the process shifted focus to allocating numbers and did not provide sufficient space for us to really have the dialogue about our communities’ issues and community building under each umbrella. As a result, I didn’t feel comfortable making a value judgement on each community’s financial needs and thus abstained from voting at the end of the UPF meeting on April 14. Although the process — from CAPSU’s byline funding through to today’s UPF allocation decisions — has not been perfect, as I outline in my open letter entitled “On the History of the Umbrella Programming Fund from CAPSU’s Perspective,” I want to emphasize that the UPF meetings have started a dialogue between the umbrella organizations and the Student Assembly that, although we were not able to fully have before UPF allocations were determined, will continue throughout the rest of the semester and hopefully will be sustainably carried out into the future. Even though it was a difficult process to get to this point, what is important to me is that student leaders have created a space for current and future leaders to come together to engage in open dialogue and to build positive relationships. We now have the opportunity to create a positive campus climate around race, minority and identity issues and, with current leaders committed to continuing that dialogue, I remain hopeful for the future. Sharon Lau ’12 CAPSU Facilitator

CORRECTION A news story Tuesday, “Despite New Territory, Dem. Congressional Candidates Confident,” incorrectly reported that Leslie Danks Burke has been endorsed by the Allegany County Democratic Committee. In fact, she has only been endorsed by the committee's chair.

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Why ‘Safety’ Isn’t Worth Violation of Rights A

couple of weeks ago, the Supreme Court made a decision that paved the way for breaches of personal privacy that go above and beyond what is necessary to keep our jails safe. A majority of the justices, 5-4, ruled against plaintiff Albert Florence in Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders. It was concluded that “officials may strip-search people arrested for any offense, however minor, before admitting them to jails even if the officials have no reason to suspect the presence of contraband.” New Jersey resident Florence was forced to undress and was subjected to strip searches following his arrest on a warrant for an unpaid fine. That Florence had already paid the fine was unknown to law enforcement authorities at the time. Justice Kennedy, joining traditionally conservative justices on the bench, wrote in his majority opinion that “search procedures at the county jails struck a reasonable balance between inmate privacy and the needs of the institutions.” “Inmate privacy” is an interesting description for rights that the dissenting justices argued are protected by the Constitution. Since Florence’s pursuit of the case in higher courts, questions about his Fourth Amendment rights have abounded. Constitutionally, Florence and all other citizens are protected against “unreasonable searches and seizures,” which Justice Kennedy emphatically asserts is a right tempered by a need for safer conditions in detention facilities. While Justice Kennedy used the term “jails” to refer to all detention facilities, including prisons, it is the questions raised about those individuals being held before trial that really interest me. The majority of the 13 million people admitted to American jails each year are admitted pre-trial. Florence was arrested and taken to jail for a non-violent, non-drug-related crime. There is no indication that his civil infractions, even if they were unlawful, created a sufficient profile of his character to give reasonable suspicion that he would be carrying weapons or contraband. He was subjected to humiliating strip searches multiple times once in the county jail — not only was he forced to undress, but to move his genitals around time and time

again while officers conducted a cavity search. Just like every inmate in New Jersey jails, Florence already had to submit to pat-down searches, pass through metal detectors, shower with delousing agents and have his clothing searched that evening. All this, despite a warrant for a non-violent crime. It begs the question of why Florence, and undoubtedly countless other inmates in jails across the country, are subjected to such invasions of personal privacy. The majority decision pointed to the expertise of DOCS employees in knowing how to keep jails safe as a justification for allowing strip searches. It argues that we should trust officials’ discretion in these matters, because they know better than the rest of us how to fix problems in detention centers, and strip searches are the way to do so. When investigating crimes, police officers also know better than the average private citizen, but that does not mean that the law allows them to act freely on that specialty. We have infrastructure to support citizens’ rights against unreasonable and excessive searches and force. Officials at county jails, who undoubtedly also have great expertise in matters of criminal behavior, should likewise be unable to bypass citizens’ rights in cases where they have been convicted of no crime. While it is the police and the DOCS’ job to assume guilt to solve crimes, it is the court and the Constitution that must step in to protect citizens’ rights when they haven’t even been tried for a crime yet. Crimes take place inside and outside of jails; the rules for inside jails must be the same as outside. Acting on unfounded suspicion, racial suspicion or socioeconomic suspicion has never been acceptable before. Prisoners have sacrificed their rights by breaking legal code — many people in jail, on the other hand, have not been tried and found guilty, thereby sacrificing their rights. So, while they must be

detained, they are still entitled to Constitutional rights at the very minimum. When Arizona enacted legislation allowing police officers to check legal documentation because someone looks like he or she might be an immigrant, scores of people from both ends of the political spectrum were appalled. If an inmate in a county jail, pre-trial and presumed innocent by the courts, looks “thug” or “hood,” should it be O.K. for DOCS officials to “use their expertise” and subject them to unreasonable searches? We are not keeping most people safer in jails if

Maggie Henry Get Over Yourself inmates are humiliated to catch them with cigarettes or marijuana or even knives. This decision paves the way for emotional and psychological damage to thousands of potentially innocent arrestees to make the process more thorough. I found the weakest part of the majority decision to be their use of the euphemism “inmate privacy” for Fourth Amendment rights. Never did Justice Kennedy successfully argue that such strip searches were not unreasonable or did not violate rights. Instead, he essentially argues that it is “alright” or “O.K.” to sacrifice these rights in favor of detention safety. While it might be difficult to accept violence in detention facilities, this is not an appropriate way to solve for it. The Supreme Court is making jails desperately unsafe for every inmate’s dignity and personal rights when it opens a door to violation of the Constitution. Maggie Henry is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. She may be reached at Get Over Yourself appears alternate Wednesdays this semester.

The Science of College Advertising T

he popular adage “location, location, location” is a pithy albeit repetitive way of saying that what catches your eye may have more to do with where something is than what it is. Amid odd coincidences — restaurants on the downtown side of streets make more money than restaurants on the uptown side — are facts: Billboards next to the highway, mannequined outfits and hot dog stands just catch people’s attention. On our campus, groups strategize about how to best grab your attention and usually settle on a combination of postering, quartercarding and chalking and tend to opt for volume and frequency, since no one besides Denice Cassaro knows where all of us are and what we’re doing at all times. If and when I hand you a quarter-card while chalking on Ho Plaza and wearing an undershirt with Last Call posters on front and back, you shouldn’t be surprised. Yet there may be another way to approach advertising at Cornell. Consider the differences between advertising platforms: Posters and q-cards are printed while chalkings are handwritten; q-cards are in-hand and chalkings under-foot while posters are totally visual; you can easily avoid glancing at chalkings and posters, whereas it takes some planning to deliberately ignore a fellow student extending a card to you. But perhaps the largest difference lies in location — not just in the literal sense of where something is, but how we relate to seeing objects and messages in certain places. People try and put posters at “eye-level” because person-to-person eye-contact is a mark of genuine communication; the more a poster feels like it’s looking back at you, the more sincere it feels. So too with the very newspaper you are holding. Holding a newspaper upright projects an air of sincere attention: You can see all of the paper’s news and no one can see you to interrupt you. As an added bonus, it also looks like you’re holding the Ten Commandments — reading

the paper on a table seems so much more casual. Ever notice that the more you care about writing a text, the closer you’ll bring your phone to your face? If you barely care you’ll reply in a word and leave it on the table or your lap, resting horizontally. Seeing horizontal text just feels bizarre. You might have a Van Gogh re-print (or original, if you roll like that) on your wall, but you certainly won’t have a rug resembling the American Beauty movie poster or a stolen $6.95 Lunch Special poster from Miyake. But even a Shakespearean sonnet or Bob Dylan lyric would feel out of place sewn or etched into your floor. Horizontal space is usually reserved for function first and appearance second, the aesthetically simple, the simply beautiful or the beautifully patterned rug, tile or floor. It is the foundation, meant to literally and figuratively hold down the floor while everything around it — certainly posters, paintings and pictures, even couches and bureaus that share the wall and the floor — changes. We expect the writing and images that we walk past to be part of that ever-changing sphere, expect performances, artists and events to evolve with time and replace themselves. But writing on the ground can be compelling because it challenges our associations of horizontal surfaces with semi-permanence and functionality and poses a provocative dilemma; “Walk on me or read me, I’m staying.” Like a rug or floor, chalking constitutes a space and requires the reader to ask herself: Is this pretty or important enough to preserve? Do I walk over this or to the side? But the only way to answer those ques-

tions is to read the chalking. And once someone reads your chalking, you’ve done your job. And something tells me you have more control over chalking than any other form of on-campus advertising: Where finding a free millimeter on a posterboard that’s actually legal to poster and handing quarter-cards to students who are actually receptive are intercompetitive processes with millions of other groups, there will always be ample space to chalk. Though Ithaca weather can be daunting, chalking is intracompetitive, all about how much you and your group want to reconstitute space, make it your own and let your reader-walker make a

Jacob Kose Scrambled Eggs decision. As to why there are all kinds of rules about where you can hang posters and no kind of rules about where you can chalk — with the exception of not chalking on the vertical side of steps — I don’t have an answer. I tend to tell myself that Cornell regards chalking as exercising your inner child and doodling in public. But seriously people, what’s more fun and unexpected, pieces of paper or doodling in public? And haven’t you always secretly wanted people to notice your pretty doodles? Jacob Kose is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences. He may be reached at Scrambled Eggs appears alternate Wednesdays this semester.

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Organic Chemistry


Computer SCience

Organic Chemistry Profs Receive Awards Prof. Ganem, Prof. Dichtel recognized for achievements

By NICHOLAS ST. FLEUR and BOB HACKETT Sun Science Editor and Senior Writer

Prof. Bruce Ganem and Prof. William Dichtel have more in common than just being the instructors for the first and second semesters of organic chemistry, respectively. They have also just been awarded, separately, for their achievements and contributions: Ganem for his proven past, Dichtel for his present ambition. Ganem, chemistry, will receive this year’s Esselen Award for Chemistry in the public interest, a recognition of his contributions to public health through his scientific and technical work. The award, which has been given annually since 1987, recognizes chemists who have communicated positive values of the chemical profession. It is something of a life-time achievement award for chemists. “The awards committee recognized work I did starting in the early 80’s on some interesting carbohydrate chemistry, which is a hot subject now for organic chemists,” Ganem said. Ganem worked in the then nascent field of glycobiology, which aims to understand the biological significance of sugars. Ganem’s lab designed small molecules that structurally mimicked simple sugars by replacing the oxygen atom typically in their ring with a nitrogen atom. “We found a way to make these nitrogen analogs of any sugar found in nature, whether it is glucose or galactose or mannose,” Ganem said. The nitrogen analogs of sugars developed by Ganem originally allowed his lab to study enzyme mechanisms to better understand how enzymes catalyze reactions, but they had a series of unintended applications as well. “Let’s say you had a big meal of pasta. This small molecule would block the diges-

tive enzyme in your stomach and you would not absorb all those calories,” Ganem said. These compounds, nicknamed “starch blockers,” could be used to treat patients who have to be careful about their blood sugar levels, such as those with diabetes. But according to Ganem, this application had a problem. Once all that undigested carbohydrate reached the microbes in the lower intestine, they would feast on those carbohydrates. As a result, patients were likely to experience unpleasant side effects such as gas, and the therapy was abandoned. By the mid-90’s scientists found a new therapeutic application for these enzyme inhibitors. The inhibitors helped treat central nervous system disorders such as Gaucher’s disease and Fabry’s disease. Now, however, since the early 2000’s these compounds have been put to new use as enzyme restorers rather than inhibitors. Unfolded proteins wrap themselves around these small molecules because the compounds resemble the substrate. This helps the unfolded proteins adopt the correct shapes needed to become physiologically active. These molecules are called “chaperones” because they guide and assist misfolded proteins to reconfigure into the right shape. According to Ganem, a compound with that many multiple repeat performances in therapeutic applications is uncommon in human medicine. At the award ceremony, Ganem will give an acceptance talk titled, “Lost (Sometimes) in Translation: Advancing Chemical Discoveries Beyond the Laboratory.” Ganem said he is looking forward to the award ceremony, which is taking place this Thursday at Harvard University, where he studied as an undergraduate. “I’m going to see some of my former students, even some of my former professors,”


New educator | Prof. Dichtel received the Cottrell Scholar Award in part for his teaching.

Rewarding research | Prof. Dichtel was recognized for his work with nanomaterials.


Good chemistry | Prof. Bruce Ganem was awarded the Esselen Award for Chemistry. Ganem said. “It is a real reunion for me.” In addition to Ganem, the Cornell Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department welcomes another award to one of its organic chemistry professors. Research Corporation for Science Advancement announced earlier this week that Prof. William Dichtel has received the Cottrell Scholar Award for his scientific research and passion for teaching. Dichtel was one of 11 early career faculty members to recieve The Cottrell Scholar Award and a $75,000 grant. Applicants for the award must develop a proposal for the selection committee that showcases both their cutting-edge research and excellence in undergraduate education. In his proposal, Dichtel showed his commitment to advancing undergraduate education by proposing a change to Cornell’s current chemistry curriculum. His changes would offer more flexibility to the freshman chemistry curriculum and allow students within the major to specialize their studies, as well as pursue outside interests while at Cornell. “Here at Cornell, we came to the conclusion that our chemistry major is rigorous and it really prepares people well for chemistry and many other pursuits. But the one thing that we felt is that it’s really rather rigid he said. Students take specific classes at specific times in their career without being able to tailor the chemistry major to their particular interests.” According to Dichtel, the chemistry department has a rigid curriculum because it has historically been a smaller, more defined field. But over the past few decades the department has grown to work with other scientific disciplines, such as biology, material sciences and environmental engineering. Dichtel, along with his colleague Prof. Jiwoong Park, chemistry, developed two new courses on nanomaterials for chemistry majors. Nanomaterials is a field of study that combines material science with nanotechnology. For these classes, Dichtel will draw on concepts from organic, inorganic, physical and analytical chemistry and apply them to nanoscience. “These concentrations are not going to be huge departures from the chemistry majors, but they will build off of a baseline of classes that are similar to the chemistry major now,” Dichtel said. In addition to new concentrations in nanomaterials, the proposed changes to the chemistry major also include a restructuring of Cornell’s introductory chemistry course. The plans include a new organic chemistry course for freshman coming to Cornell with strong chemistry backgrounds. Though the proposed changes are not set in stone, the chemistry department is

still studying how to implement the changes. Recent changes to the chemistry department have begun to pave the way to giving students more flexibility to be able to take those concentration classes later in their careers according to Dichtel. Dichtel was also given the CSA award for his dynamic research. His research combines organic chemistry with material science and nanotechnology to create materials that are structurally precise. “The specific goal of our research in this proposal is to better control how organic molecules assemble into specific structures,” Dichtel said. This concept is known as “self-assembly,” or the process by which molecules assume a structured position without outside guidance. For the CSA proposal, Dichtel applied his research with self-assembly molecules to improving the performance of solar cells. By using organic polymers, which are series of repeating one-dimensional molecules found in common things like soda bottles and textiles, Dichtel is trying to increase the amount of energy that can be absorbed from the sun. His work combines double conjugated organic polymers, which can carry electric charges due to their double bonds, with covalent organic frameworks, or COFs. COFs are two or three dimensional crystalline molecular structures with covalently linked building blocks. Successful combination of polymers with COF materials are created into lightweight materials that can be used in catalytic applications and molecule storage. “The hope here is that by controlling how molecules assemble in very specific places, we can improve the efficiency of solar cells without significantly increasing their costs,” he said. Outside of solar cells, self-assembling nanomaterial have “almost too many” applications, according to Dichtel. Current scientific research has shown that selfassembly molecules can be used in storing energy, capturing CO2 from smoke stacks and containing hydrogen atoms, among other uses. According to Dichtel, research involving nanomaterials belongs to a much larger class of study which undergraduates should learn about. “The new interface in nanomaterials would get students exposed to a broad range of new materials that have only really emerged in the past ten or twenty years and aren’t a part of traditional chemistry,” Dichtel said. “It is our responsibility to make sure that the chemistry department at Cornell stays at the cutting edge.” Nicholas St. Fleur and Bob Hackett can be reached at

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Prof. Selby Combines Physics and Music By RAQUEL SGHIATTI Sun Contributor


Physics fiddler | In addition to teaching physics, Prof. Selby also plays folk music on her fiddle.

In her course Physics 1204: Physics of Music, Prof. Kathy Selby, physics, explains the mathematical relationships that help determine why some musical tunes are enjoyable and others are perceived as unpleasant. “The amazing thing about our ears is that they take logarithms of the frequency ratios,” Selby said. Sound waves enter the ear and are transformed into pitch. Every pitch has a certain frequency, and each frequency belongs to a specific logarithm. Some people are more sensitive to pitch than others. Those with a good ear for intonations, or variations in pitch, are more precise at interpreting the logarithms, according to Selby. Essentially, their ears follow a strict mathematical formula. Physics can also help explain the qualities of music that people most readily identify with, such as volume and appeal. While volume depends on the sound wave’s strength – the stronger the sound wave, the louder a person perceives it– one’s affinity for a sound depends on its frequency. Musical appeal relies on the human hearing system’s interpretation of frequency. Inside the ear, there is a thin, hair-covered tissue called the basilar membrane. The basilar membrane has a two part job: vibrate in response to sound waves entering the ear, and sort out the frequencies within those sound waves. The vibration of hair cells on the basilar membrane triggers a nerve impulse that goes to the brain. The impulse signals the vibration’s location on the basilar membrane. This identifies the frequency of the wave because different notes excite different hairs on the basilar membrane. A pair of clean sounding notes do not excite the same hair cells on the basilar membrane. But when two frequencies’ regions overlap, a person perceives a sort of grittiness or roughness in sound. For example, octaves are perceived as enjoy-


Sound waves | Prof. Selby explains music through physics. able, but adjacent notes on the piano keyboard sound ugly. Though the course is primarily physics based, Selby compares music from different cultures, drawing attention to how music’s pleasing quality is socialized. In the U.S., the major scale is interpreted as being happier than the minor scale according to Selby. However, this is purely a Western connotation, she said as the minor scale is not sad in Irish music. “To Western ears they say it sounds mournful; this is a music of a people who suffered. But Irish people don’t perceive it that way; they say, ‘what a happy tune’,” said Selby. Although cultural relationships between different tunes vary, the pleasantry of sound comes down to a mathematical ratio, Selby said. “I think students, especially musicians, come away with a much wider angle view of what music is and how they relate to it after taking my course,” she said. Raquel Sghiatti can be reached at

Student Group Delivers Computers To Poor Communities in Grand Bahamas By TAJWAR MAZHAR Sun Senior Writer

Students in the Cornell Computer Reuse Association have put their computer savvy to good use by delivering refurbished campus computers to impoverished communities around the world. This spring break, CCRA made a service trip to the Grand Bahamas during which they placed 75 computers in locations that previously had none or few that worked. CCRA installed computer labs at three primary schools and set up a complete networking system. Many schools use the computers to help elementary school students learn computer literacy and Internet browsing, while upper school students learn to use the Office Suite. The computers are also used for watching videos and performing research. In addition to benefiting the school children, the new computers also helped adults in the community. “At night these schools become community centers, and folks who were not regular students could take classes in computer literacy,” Al Heiman, the group’s advisor, said. According to Heiman, CCRA’s efforts reflect President Skorton’s call for student action in developing world outreach and international experience. CCRA’s first service trip to the Grand Bahamas brought its members to do more than their usual boxing and shipping off of refurbished computers. It gave them an opportunity to increase their channels of communication with the people they help. “This trip was incredibly valuable in that it allowed us to see logistical problems we never assumed before,” CCRA member Michael Pawlak ’12 said. During the trip the group checked on the computers that they had previously shipped to the Bahamas communities and offered technical advice to repair broken systems. “Some of the computers had broken down due to a lack of maintenance and improper setup,” Michael Nazario ’13 said. “There’s basically no I.T. support in the Bahamas,” Jason Wang ’12, another CCRA member, said. “[The people had] spent over a thousand dollars trying to replace computers we sent. But we went in there and were able to fix them with them in half an hour.” In addition to the technical problems, the

group also learned that the computers interacted differently in the Bahamas atmosphere than they did in the Ithaca atmosphere. A build up of salt decreases the lifespan of a computer. “One of the things we took away from the trip that we would never have known was the damage caused by the salt and humidity in the atmosphere. It really corrodes computers fast,” Wang ’12 said. The group instructed users to scrub their computers regularly with alcohol to avoid damage to the systems. The group, currently in its sixth year, has sent more than 1,200 computers to numerous schools, community centers and government buildings in places as far as sub-Saharan Africa, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Iraq and Afghanistan. They also donate computers to local community centers here in Ithaca as well. These computers come from Cornell libraries, computer labs and Gannett Health Services, as well as from private donations. Cornell replaces computers after their warranties complete, so most refurbished computers should last for at least 10 years with proper maintenance, according to Wang. “We’re not techno dumping; the biggest knock on these type of projects is that we’re sending junk and that they’ll be thrown away,” Heiman said. “Nothing can be further from the truth.” Before sending off the computers, the students wipe the systems’ memory, switch hardware parts and reinstall operating systems and open source software. CCRA also sends matching computer models, which allow for easy part replacement. The group currently works with the Cornell Institute of African Development to identify schools and universities where their services will be most needed. CCRA will be travelling to Yale for a conference on African Peace in an effort to help draw other universities to join in their project. “We have yet to find another student group that does what we do, but we figured that every other university has some sort of similar policy with computers, and we’re sure that they have many computers that can still be good for reuse,” Wang said. Tajwar Mazhar can be reached at


Computer club | Members of CCRA bring computers to poor communities.


Technical team | CCRA members installed computers and repaired broken ones.


Sharing software | CCRA donated computers to help children in the Grand Bahamas.

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On Monday afternoon, Calla Di Pietro — President of the History of Art Majors Society, or HAMS for short — gave me a tour of the group’s new exhibit at the Johnson Museum of Art. As we bounced from one piece to the next and glided through the rooms, I gained new insight into the intricacy of space. Calla explains that the exhibit is a dialogue about how we move through space and how we project ourselves within certain spaces. “Space can be chaotic, orderly, defined and undefined, and with [space]: Constructing the Intangible, we aim to suggest alternate ways of seeing,” Calla tells me. “Through a careful selection of works we investigate new contrasts and negations of space in the modern, abstract and less tangible world we live in.” [space]: Constructing the Intangible is the culmination of a year-long initiative on behalf of the History of Art Majors Society. These 19 individuals compiled works of various styles, origins, sizes and artistic media — painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and video — in a valiant attempt to define space, an intangible and immensely complex place. Calla and I started our tour in the hallway, the part of the exhibit dedicated to showing the outer realm. Five images from Richard Estes’ 1981 Urban Landscapes line the first wall. The lack of human presence within the urban environment and the reflective surfaces within image evokes a feeling of entrapment, a lack of control within a highly regulated setting. The wall opposite Estes’ Urban Landscapes explores the


idea of the gaze, one of the many running themes within the exhibit. The works by Frank Paulin and Robert Frank examine the intrusive gaze, as the viewer invades a private or self-reflective moment. In this way, the boundary between viewer and object is blurred. The gaze becomes a running theme throughout the exhibit. A concept that Michel Foucault attempted to unravel in a number of works, including “Discipline and Punish” and “Of Other Spaces: Heterotopias,” the gaze is intimately related to self-regulation, surveillance and the ways that people act as a result. Calla stresses that gaze is an important point for the exhibit. Leaving the hallway and the public sector and entering the inner realm, my eyes immediately fell on an abstract creation. E. V. Day’s “Dissected Wetsuit # 4” was constructed from a deconstructed neoprene wetsuit and surgical wire, set within an aluminum frame. The breaking down of this protective skin is another way of breaking down the boundary between our inner and other selves. As the panel explains, Day’s work is displayed as “a pause in an exposition” that demonstrates “potential and past movement” as they are literally suspended in a single moment. The exhibit weaves an intricate, spider web-like discourse between various sets of contrasts — private and public, presence and absence, personal and impersonal, familiar and unfamiliar. [space]: Constructing the Intangible aims to breakdown the political, geographical, technological and personal spatial spheres that define our daily lives. The exhibit challenges spatial boundaries and succeeds in providing a rare and intimate glimpse into these shrouded spaces.

The set-up of the exhibit is incredibly intricate. [space]: Constructing the Intangible is as much about how one perceives the movement within the various works of art as it is how the viewer moves within the space of the exhibit. As every piece works in dialogue with each other, many also relate to the viewer. The viewer might relate to a similar experience or mood, or at times the viewer might literally be pulled into the scene by the image’s reflective surface. As the viewer sees himself or herself within the frame of the image, the space that separates the two is obliterated. My tour of the exhibit stopped in the third and final room. Amidst all the works of art, one image stood out. Nan Goldin’s 1991 photograph, “Aurele with his finger in Joana’s mouth,” is hauntingly beautiful, as the viewer invades a single, intimate moment shared between a husband and wife, a father and mother, a man who is HIVpositive and his lover who is not. The image is laden with intimacy and intensity. The nudity of this scene is not erotic but rather powerfully intense. This piece is a culmination of every theme presented throughout the exhibit. It is central as a piece of otherness. As the viewer, I felt a little unsettled about intruding on such an intimate moment. Again blurring the boundaries of space, there is a video displayed at night on the side of the museum that acts as an extension of [space]: Constructing the Intangible. “Untitled (Beirut Ferris Wheel)” was contracted on external loan for this exhibit, the first of its kind for HAMS, who typically work within the Johnson’s pre-existing collection. The video is a reconciliation of the artists’ past and present as a dual-citizen of the U.S. and Lebanon, and what that means in today’s turbulent society. Stranded on a Ferris wheel in Beirut’s barren Luna Park, the artist John Jurayj captured on video only what he could see from his seat on the Ferris wheel. The way in which he later distorted the imagery is a commentary on the instability of temporal boundaries. The exhibit is a reflection of the uncertainly of our age. “As a generation, we have had to negotiate indefinable boundaries of surveillance, remembrance and privacy,” Calla remarks. “We’re a group of young kids trying to figure out the world we live in. As the world is constantly changing, how we relate to it also has to evolve.” Heather McAdams is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences She can be contacted at


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The Science of Selling Yourself Short We Are Scientists hit I.C. RYAN LANDVATER / SUN STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

BY JAMES RAINIS Sun Senior Editor

In a harsh review of We Are Scientists’ 2010 record Barbara, Pitchfork writer Ian Cohen wrote that the album “could’ve been made by a computer with a specific coding procedure: bass riffs align themselves into right angles, sharp synth lines blare, hi-hats sizzle, hooks dissolve on contact and 2004 never ends.” It’s a startling condemnation of the sort of music that Britain’s New Musical Express magazine gobbled up post-Is This It?: The pop sensibilities of new wave meets the self-deprecation of Weezer accentuated with disco rhythms guaranteed to get even the whitest kids out onto the dancefloor. But just because you can describe a band’s music using a bunch of vague signifiers (none vaguer than the sickeningly nondescript term “angular guitar music”) doesn’t mean that it’s any less vital, does it? Cut to Emerson Suites at Ithaca College on Saturday night. We Are Scientists take the stage and the typically

embarrassing (but obviously fun) events take place in the audience: giddy pogoing, cuddly moshing and, of course, stage diving. These are humble surroundings for a band whose cult following in the UK dwarfs their sizable following here; Emerson Suites is housing approximately 400 attendees (for comparison’s sake, while opening for Muse at Wembley Stadium in 2010, they played for an audience close to 90,000). Lead singer Keith Murray sports a graying hairdo that, combined with a rather defined jawline, recalled unfunny funnyman Jay Leno. He and bassist Chris Cain break up the night’s setlist with their own brand of pun-based comedy that, while initially charming, eventually elicited shouts of “just play some f**king music” from the surprisingly sober audience (perhaps I’m too used to the “blackout or get out” crowds that regularly infiltrate Barton on the regular). As for the music in question, one cannot fault its execution. Murray and Cain are consummate professionals, not even letting broken microphone stands, speak-

er-mounting photographers (our own Ryan Landvater) or even a particularly talented, laser-nunchuk-wielding fan get in the way of a rock steady performance. Drummer Andy Burrows, formerly of British tabloid-makers Razorlight, is the group’s locomotive, propelling the choruses of songs like “Rules Don’t Stop Me” and “The Scene is Dead” to satisfying climaxes. Still, something feels missing from the evening’s proceedings. Sitting down with the guys before the show, I almost got the feeling that the band was too used to this whole process: load-in, soundcheck, meet with the local press, forever and ever, amen. On stage, the songs were ripped through more than competently, but I would have traded that competence for a little more — and I apologize for the impreciseness of such an accusation — vitality. Certain songs were more identifiable by their associated banter or audience action than their actual content. You occasionally got the feeling that if they had snuck in a Franz Ferdinand or Killers

cover, you would have hardly noticed. Songwriting gripes aside, you never get the feeling that the band was ever really trying to win the audience over. Onstage, Murray rocked and swayed tastefully to each song, but rarely do you ever get the sense that he is losing his shit. Even at the concert’s denouement, as the group incited the audience to join them onstage during the syrupy sweet “After Hours,” the entire operation felt very under control. Granted, these guys have been doing this for more than a decade; they’ve likely got the whole show-playing thing down to a (wait for it) science. Regardless, it’s a mildly disappointing performance that is compounded by the overall sameness of the whole set. So, what does it mean to sound like 2004 in 2012? I’m not quite sure, but even if they offer a tried-and-true sound, they ought to offer a little more than a tried-and-true effort. James Rainis is a sophomore in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He can be reached at

The Realism of Idealism I

like surprises. If there’s one thing that being at Cornell has changed about me, it is that I no longer ask for certainty. I am now very drawn to romantic movies in the fashion of Love Actually or Slumdog Millionaire, mostly because I believe that ludicrously happy endings are entirely plausible. In the first film, a Portuguese cleaning lady falls in love and marries an English writer despite their language barrier (although each eventually learns the other’s native tongue). In the second, an unschooled tea hawker stuns everyone by getting all the quiz show answers right because each question connects with a life-defining experience he’s had. I no longer strive toward explicit goals, or as my favorite poet T.S. Eliot better expressed it in Ash Wednesday, “I no longer strive / to strive towards such things.” It’s a hardearned lesson, one that I’ve mostly learned in transit. For that, I will forever be indebted to inflight entertainment systems. My 20-hour plane journey home, with cabin lights dramatically darkened, provides more than ample time for reflection on the exploits of semesters past. Maybe I’ve become more idealistic. (By idealism, I loosely mean a fierce, unrelenting clinging to a set of ideals.) That’s not an easy thing for me to say because, growing up, idealism has never struck me as a very positive thing. It held the connotation that this dedication to ideals involved sacrificing devotion to realistic concerns. To put it perhaps too simply, my pre-Cornell life was about the pursuit of certainty, which I thought, at the time, was synonymous with the pursuit of happiness. It was about getting a golden ticket to a secure, if not brilliant, future, and that primarily meant getting finding a good school and job. When I thought about idealism, I used to envision a beautiful, tragic figure like Jay Gatsby and his eternal, ephemeral green light, or Lily Bart and her diamond-draped society parties. I mourned for them, and I still do, periodically. An alternative image that drifts too quickly into my mind is a generic one of protesters being battled by riot police with tear gas

(or more specifically the activist concerts helmed by John Lennon and Yoko Ono in LennoNYC, another gem I discovered on the plane). But, as I soon realized, life imitates art, and sometimes the two are inseparable. On the ride home after an especially disastrous semester densely populated with existential crises, I watched Virginia Woolf (exquisitely played by Nicole Kidman in The Hours) walk into a river, her pockets heavy with pebbles. I remember crying in the dim cabin, among rows of sleepy passengers, at three in the morning. At the time, I found it hard to reconcile how a massively talented woman who wrote to her husband, “I don’t think two people could have been happier than we have COURTESY OF PARAMOUNT PICTURES been,” could have seen death as her sole ing revelation, and maybe that was it. escape. But it was far from implausible. Former Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher lambasted whiny I still keep a copy of Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway by my rock stars backstage at Coachella a few days ago, “We’re livdesk, and sometimes, I read it ing somebody else’s dream … This is the greatest game in the aloud sometimes, late at world … and it should be treated like the greatest game in the night, just to remember how world. Be fucking happy about it.” While most Cornell stuit feels like to be sinking into dents don’t exactly qualify as rock stars, we certainly do coma cavernous, dank place — plain more than we should. And yes, these are first world problems, and first world senand to somehow simultaneDarn That ously be overcome by a stu- timents. Even if the world of college applications and internDream pefying sense of wonder. As ships may not technically count as the real world, it can still be Woolf expressed in Mrs a gritty and confounding place to be in. I was reminded of that Dalloway, “she loved life, when I looked at the deluge of anonymous confessions of clandestine habits and misgivings featured in the Old Secrets, New London, this moment of June.” It is a paradoxical state to be in, but I came to realize some- Hope exhibition posted online and displayed at Ho Plaza over thing: maybe it is realistic to be a little idealistic. About a the Easter weekend. Sometimes, being open to surprises or month ago, I had the good fortune of talking to former remembering that good things can happen may just be enough Johnson Museum Director Frank Robinson for a class assign- to nudge you through a particularly confusing transit. ment. What I remembered most clearly from the interview was the importance of believing in what you do, because oth- Daveen Koh is a sophomore in the College of Architecture, Art and erwise there won’t be any joy in you, and that affects the peo- Planning. She can be reached at arts-and-entertainmentple you work with or serve. I suppose when I turned 21 ear- Darn That Dream appears alternate lier this year I felt compelled to have some kind of life-chang- Wednesdays this semester.

Daveen Koh


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Los Angeles Times Daily Crossword Puzzle Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis

ACROSS 1 As yet 6 “Atlas Shrugged” writer Ayn 10 WWII carriers 14 ’60s-’70s Twins star Tony 15 Sautéing acronym, à la Rachael Ray 16 Ear-related 17 “Doesn’t bother me!” 19 “__ Zapata!”: Brando film 20 Harbinger of lower temperatures 21 Man on a misión 22 Biblical mount 23 More than hesitant 24 Sign of puppy love? 25 Ben & Jerry’s purchase 26 Spice gathered by hand from crocus flowers 30 Leave no escape route for 33 Aquamarine, e.g. 34 Carol syllables 35 After “on,” relying mostly on hope in desperate circumstances 39 Stinky 40 Floor cleaner 41 __ fit: tantrum 42 “500” racesanctioning group 44 Boxer Max 46 Fed. property agency 47 Prefix suggesting savings 49 Sox, on scoreboards 52 Creep 54 Deli sandwich 56 Brit of Fox News 57 “Shake!” 58 Most draftable 59 Fortitude 60 Cardiologist’s concern 61 Cold War initials 62 Year, on monuments 63 Small fry

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Proposal Is Still Not Finalized Feldman Says Red Is Competing at Its Best TOURNAMENT

Despite Cornell’s run to the Sweet Sixteen two years ago, and Harvard’s Top-25 ranking this season, the Ivy League is still not given its due respect on the The Red defeated top teams Princeton and Yale national college basketball level. The change would in the regular season, and only lost to Harvard by not only make the already improving league more four in the final game of the season, proving its competitive, it would also gain some much-needed worth as a team that could have made a run in a exposure for a conference that often flies under the potential Ivy tournament. radar. Courtney, though, does not believe that the “I really like the idea, I feel like it would be good change would alter his team’s approach at the begin- for the league to get more exposure,” Gray said. “It ning of the season. would attract more fans and give more intense vibes “I think as a coach to the games.” you’re always trying to “As much as you don’t want to say it, I “If we can get on come out and national TV, we can feel this would entice teams to put a improve throughout show the quality of the year, so I don’t tremendous amount of effort into games our product and we think you hide any- that now actually mean something.” can also galvanize the thing,” he said. “I fan bases for the tourthink you just play Johnathan Gray nament,” Courtney and try to be in the added. tournament.” Though the proposal The idea would also potentially benefit teams is not finalized yet, the thought itself holds promise who are ruled out of first-place contention midway for a new age of Ivy League basketball. through the season. “The conference tournament will promote the “As much as you don’t want to say it, I feel this Ivy League brand of basketball and show people that would entice teams to put a tremendous amount of the league is really becoming a force to be reckoned effort into games that now actually mean some- with in college basketball,” Courtney said. thing,” Gray said. “It increases the overall competitiveness of the league when teams have more to play Scott Chiusano can be reached at for.” Continued from page 20


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“UVA’s the top dog right now, but still I think we can win that game too,” he said. “They’re used to playing in a big field, so we can play a tighter game with them and be more aggressive.” The men must win the first and second games to qualify for the championship game, which will be played on Sunday at noon. The women play Cal Poly on Friday, a team unseen by the Red this season. Although not much is known about the team by Cornell, so this might be an advantage, according to senior Amanda Stern. “It might [be] a little bit in our benefit because we don’t know the team and we don’t what to expect, and therefore we can’t ride to those expectations,” she said. “We have to push ourselves to not assume they’re going to be a certain way or ride to a certain ability. You don’t have any pre-existing assumptions

or standards, so you just have to play hard the whole time.” Eldredge felt positively about the team’s chances against the Cal Poly Mustangs. “From what we know we think we have a good chance against this team, we know they have one solid player,” he said. If the women defeat Cal Poly, the team will play its second and final game on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. against the winner of the UVA and Texas A&M game. The team expects the Cavaliers to make it to the championship, giving the Red an opportunity for redemption from the previous season loss in February. “I personally am really excited because when we went down to UVA, the score didn’t reflect how well we played,” Stern said. “We rode their horses really well — very fast and open. Being that much more in shape and prepared from playing other games in the semester, we are that much more prepared.” Eldredge said the high level officiating may also help the Red against the Cavaliers. “They play a more loose style, and that sometimes gets them in trouble more with the officiating — they get more penalties,” he said. “We are more disciplined than them.” From the women’s side, UVA will be transporting horses to the tournament, and for the men, UConn, UVA and Skidmore are also bringing their ponies. Although the squads will be playing on other team’s horses as well as Cornell’s, Eldredge does not foresee any issues with the new horses. “When games are coming this close, the horsemanship aspect doesn’t give you a big advantage,” he said. “Everyone is good enough out there to compete well on whatever is put out there on the field.” Both teams said they are excited for the high level of competition coming to Ithaca this weekend. “It’s the best of the best playing this week. For anyone who enjoys sports, this will be a really great tournament to come see; it’s really fast with a lot of great talent,” Feldman said. “We’re really playing the best polo we’ve played all year and I don’t think we could be any better prepared at this point.”

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Club Basketball Plays National Tournament Final

By REBECCA VELEZ Sun Staff Writer

Last weekend Cornell advanced to the final four in a national championship, lost in the finals to the reigning national champions and ended its season with an overall record of 22-6. All of this was done without the support of thousands of adoring fans, without the coverage of ESPN and without a coach. Cornell club basketball was founded only five years ago, after students found the need for a competitive team without the great time commitment of varsity play. Tal Akabas ’11, who is now a graduate student at Cornell, was one of the founding members — also serving as a team captain in past years. “There had been club basketball in the past, so there was a framework for how the team would function,” Akabas said. “There’s definitely a basketball community at Cornell, and there was interest. So, we set up practice times, we played a couple of games. … The first year was really a learning experience.” Steve Donahue, the then-men’s varsity head coach, helped the team established itself in its first year. By the second year, having received funding from the SAFC and with the knowledge of how to run the team, Akabas and his fellow team members were able to take the program to the next level. “The second year we had tryouts, and it was our first year in the regional tournament,” Akabas said. “We’ve done better and better as we‘ve built up the program.” “We now have tryouts every fall,” said Sam Liu, also a graduate student and one of the original members of the team. “All of our guys played in high school, and we have a few guys that could have played varsity, but decided not to.” Liu also explained that since Cornell’s varsity team does not take walk-ons, many members of the club team found it to be a way that they can keep playing at a competitive level. “It’s different because there is no coach, and in ways there’s less pressure,” said freshman Austin Cagley. “It’s competitive, but it doesn’t take the fun out of it.” The team now has a reputation for being one of the stronger club programs in the northeast, and plays close to thirty games throughout the season. This year in particular proved to be a strong one for Cornell, as the team claimed both an Ivy League title and made its first trip to nationals. The Ivy League club basketball tournament was held for the first time this past fall, and included six of the Ancient Eight teams. Cornell came away with a win against Harvard in the finals, winning in overtime by only two points. “Harvard is a bit of a rival for us,” Liu said. “We’ve seen them a lot.” “Last year we lost in the semifinals in regionals to Harvard by one point,” Akabas added. “The Ivy League tournament was a good redemption.” The regional tournament this year was held at UMass during Spring Break. Cornell won the tournament in a final against St. John’s, earning a spot in the national tournament held in North Carolina. Senior captain Mike Hyland was named the Regional Tournament MVP, while jnior Kyle Dolby was named to the All-Tournament Team for the region. Nine players on the team traveled to the national cham-


New kids on the block | Despite being formed just five years ago, the club basketball team experienced a wildly successful season. pionship tournament, which took place on April 14-16 at N.C. State. “On Friday we started in pool play against University of Maryland,” Liu said. “We started off really badly, down in double digits, but in the second half Austin Cagley went off and carried our team to win by 10 points … It ended up being a great start to the tournament.” Cornell finished pool play with a win against UMD, 5749, and against Winston Salem State, 55-43. Junior William Scott was named Nationals Pool Play MVP for the tournament. Cornell proceeded to beat University of Dayton, UNC and N.C. State to make it to the finals. “Those games were exciting because we were playing big name basketball teams,” Liu said. “The varsity teams are really well known, and so they’re schools with a strong basketball culture.” The game against UNC was the last of the day for Cornell, and decided which team would make it to the final four. “It was a team we struggled against,” Liu said. “It was the worst we played all tournament.” However, a late effort by sophomore Joseph Scarpelli, who came into the game and hit two 3-pointers in the second half, helped to seal the win for Cornell. Sunday’s first game against N.C. State proved a manageable task for the team, as it pulled away with a 56-44 win. It was at this point that the team secured a place in the finals, guaranteeing itself a spot in the national spotlight in front of a large crowd, in the team’s only trip to the national competition.

Cornell traded points with Ivy Tech for the entire game, but found itself down three points in the final minute. Kyle Dolby shot a 3-pointer with seconds remaining, but the shot rebounded off the rim just as the clock signaled the end of the game. After the final game, freshman Austin Cagley was named an All American at the tournament. “That’s what’s great about our team,” Liu said. “We had several team members earn honors and team recognition this year.… Different players can step up at different times. It helped us a lot at this tournament. With six games in three days, we can’t just have one person. There’s an even level of talent on the team. … Overall, we could’ve beaten any team there.” Two of the team’s starters, seniors Patrick Coates and Tucker Burns, were unable to make the drive down to North Carolina with the team for the tournament. “They could have helped a lot, but you never know,” Liu said. “Other teams had official coaches, yelling and running plays, and all this practice stuff. Our team is just Tal and I sort of coaching … It’s more laid back than a lot of teams, but we still did so much better. That was pretty cool.” Many of the starting players will be returning next year, so the team is hoping to have similar success and keep up the reputation it has begun to build over the past few years. “It’s definitely exciting,” Liu said. “They’re a good group and the team can only get better.” Rebecca Velez can be reached at

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Tsai exhibited a special ability for negotiating international contracts. For him, the art of negotiating tied in directly to the art of grappling a foe into an inescapable submission hold. He noted several concepts that cross over, from using your opponents’ energy against him to the techniques that must be executed with a sharpshooter’s precision in games where subtle positioning and leverage count for everything. For Tsai, the outlook and confidence he received from jiu-jitsu also allowed him to pursue his dreams. With seemingly everything going for him, the Louisiana native decided to give it all up. He had married a woman from Japan and said he realized the time had come for him to move to the Land of the Rising Sun. So, he quit his legal gig in Houston, and applied to Cornell’s Full-Year Asian Language

Concentration (FALCON) program. “My co-workers were shocked, and my family, especially on the Taiwanese side, thought I had gone completely crazy,” Tsai said. In truth, compounded with economic hard times, most recent law school graduates are more likely to sell used cars these days than land with an established legal firm. Tsai resigned from his position after only receiving floating interest from Japanese companies. Furthermore, recruiters informed Tsai that learning Japanese was completely unnecessary. After all, English is the standard language used in business dealings between Japanese and Chinese corporations and most multinational organizations. But, when Nick Tsai sets out to make a move, he wants to do it right and wants to do it his way. The risk paid off. Mitsubishi offered Tsai a job in Tokyo, promis-

ing to wait until he finished his program at Cornell. Tokyo also will offer him more than a few worthy dojos. “BJJ showed me that you do not have to be stuck on the same path in life,” Tsai said. “There are always options and possibilities.” Still Skinny, but Now Humbling Bullies … and Everybody Else Some people might find paradox in a lawyer who specializes in amicably negotiating contracts while also being a badass black belt. But, they are the unenlightened. While the ancient origins of jiujitsu fall into enigmatic shadows, the art came of age in Japan more than 500 years ago. In the early 1900s, Japanese masters brought jiu-jitsu to Brazil, where it underwent dramatic innovation and adaptation under the leadership of the famed Gracie family. As they have done with many cultural

expressions, from soccer to Carnival, the Brazilians took jiujitsu and transformed it into their own. It developed into Brazil’s second most popular sport, and it eventually inspired the founding of mixed martial arts in both Brazil and the US. Disciples of the art can endlessly wax poetic about its history and philosophy. Just take note that in its purist form, BJJ stresses the use of leverage, energy and balance to subdue opponents through grappling and submission holds, and, in theory, a 110-pound fighter can always defeat a heavyweight bruiser with the right technique. Tsai embodies the way of the Brazilian jiu-jitsu master. Approximately six feet tall and just a notch above 160 pounds, Tsai appears about as menacing and intimidating as Gandhi. But, he regularly dominates guys 50 or even 60 pounds heavier than him and makes it look effortless. He often

trains with professional fighters from Team Bombsquad at Ultimate Athletics. At Cornell, Tsai offers his expert instruction for the Cornell University Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (CUBJJ) club, which holds evening classes three times a week at the Friedman Wrestling Center. He will teach a Brazilian jiu-jitsu seminar this coming weekend, April 20-21. For more information, please contact CUBJJ at All challengers welcome. And what about those old bullies? Now they matter about as much as gnats in the wind. “If you even have a remote interest in martial arts, you should come and try BJJ,” said Tsai. “For me, it changed my life. It can do the same for you.” J.D. O’Kasick aspires to earn both a Ph.D. and a black belt one day — or die trying. He is currently a grad student at Cornell. He can be rached at


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the right thing all these years by sending its top finisher to the tournament. However, as the competitiveness of the Ivy League continues to grow each year, coaches in the conferEver since Brown was defeated by Villanova in the very ence are beginning to change their minds, according to first NCAA tournament in 1939, an Ivy League team has Courtney. been represented in the prestigious event every year. Although “I know all the coaches in the league would like it to hapthe tournament has grown from just eight teams in its first pen,” he said. year, to 68 this year, the winner of the Ancient Eight has One fear of the new proposal would be that the best team always received a bid. The Ivy League is the only conference in the Ivy League would not be represented at the tournain the entire country that does not have its own tournament ment. This year, Harvard got the conference bid — eventuat the end of the season to decide who it will send to the ally falling to No. 5 Vanderbilt in the NCAA tournament. However, first round — but the top teams in according to sources from the “It’s still early; there has to be a the league were all so similar in talent Harvard Crimson, that timeless couple different steps in order for that any team could have come out method of choosing the Ivy winner on top in an end of season tournait to happen.” may be about to change. ment. The Crimson reported on “One way you look at it is, the Courtney Bill Friday that, according to Ivy way it’s done now is that you really League Executive Director Robin get the team that’s been the best all Harris, Ivy League coaches are preparing a proposal for a four- year into the [NCAA] tournament,” Courtney said. “But at team, two-round tournament at the end of conference play, the same time, when you talk about postseason berths and which would include the Top-4 finishers from the regular sea- the opportunity to maybe send two teams to the NCAA son standings. The winner after the two rounds would repre- tournament, or even the NIT, this new way helps.” sent the Ivy League in the NCAA tournament. According to Additionally, even if the top-finisher in the regular season head coach Bill Courtney, the proposal is still a process. Ivy League standings does not win the tournament, that “It’s still early; there has to be a couple different steps in team would receive an automatic bid to the NIT tournaorder for it to happen,” he said. “It’s got to go to the [Athletic ment, according to NCAA regulations. Director], then go to a committee … So there’s still several The coaches’ proposal would pave the way for teams, like more steps before it can possibly become a reality.” the Red, who had slow starts to the season, to make a run in Part of the proposal includes the removal of one game from the Ivy tournament. the team’s’ non-conference schedule, in order to avoid addi“It’s easy to say that we’ve been right around the middle tional missed class time for the players. The Ivy schedule, of the pack, but we don’t want to have to say that a tournawhich right now consists of 14 games with each team facing ment would bale us out,” said junior guard Johnathan Gray. off twice, would remain unchanged. “We’re a top team in the Ivy League and we just have to As the last man standing in a world of college basketball, show it.” where tournament bids are often decided on late-season momentum, it is widely believed that the Ivy League has done See TOURNAMENT page 18

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Middle man | Junior guard Johnathan Gray says that adding the tournament may entice teams to be slightly more competitive, as there is much more riding on each game.


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The most accomplished polo teams from around the country will be playing this week and weekend at the Oxley Equestrian Center for the national polo tournament, which will include both of Cornell’s teams. The men will play their first game Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. against Southern Methodist, while the women begin the tournament on Friday, playing California Polytechnic State at noon. The last time the Red men faced SMU was on Jan. 27, losing 17-15, when sophomore starter Nik Feldman sat out the match due to an injury. “One of the big things that was a factor

in that game was that Nik Feldman didn’t play for us,” said head coach David Eldredge ’81. “Nik adds another dimension to our team that hurts us when he’s not in the lineup ... We’re a totally different team than we were at that point.” SMU has its own advantages against the Red, as well. “They have one of the very best coaches in the country, so that’s their biggest advantage against us I think,” Feldman said. If the men win against the Mustangs, Cornell will play No. 1-ranked Virginia on Friday at 2:00 p.m. Despite a heavy loss to UVA, 28-4, on Feb. 25, the team is confident in its ability, according to Feldman. See POLO page 18

ullies liked to put a pounding on Nick Tsai. He was always the sole Asian boy in his class — the odd one out, the scrawny kid. He grew up in the heart of New Orleans with a Taiwanese father and an American mother. In summary, as far as the merciless ethos of a segregated elementary school playground, he had been born with a target on his back. “I took karate classes, but it didn’t work,” recalled Tsai, who is currently studying Japanese at Cornell as part of an intensive year-long language program. “I still got beat up.” In his teens, Tsai turned his back on martial arts and took up skateboarding, but that would not be the end of the saga. In college, he started dabbling in boxing and other striking forms. Back in New Orleans for summers, Tsai learned the ropes at Ancona’s Gym & City Bar — a joint that had a legit martial arts space upstairs and dingy pub in the basement. Almost every week-

training would be forced into another hiatus. However, he turned to a different art-form at Ancona’s — submission grappling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. His first instructor happened to be UFC veteran MMA fighter Rich Clementi. “I was hooked right away,” said Tsai. “I loved it and knew it was something I had to do.” You Will Submit — In the Dojo or the Courtroom

Skip ahead a decade. Nick Tsai has earned his law degree from the University of Austin, and — after countless bloodand-sweat hours on the mat — he also received his black belt in Brazilian jiujitsu under three-time BJJ world champion Eric Williams at Elite MMA in Houston, where Tsai’s family moved after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans. “To earn your black belt, you have to be obsessive,” said Tsai, who is now 30 years old. “But you never finish learning. It’s about the journey, and it has become such an integral part of my life and who I

J.D. O’Kasick Fight Life in Ithaca


Hosting champions | Cornell is set to host the 2012 USPA National Intercollegiate Championships from April 18-22 at Oxley Equestrian Center.

end, they put on “smokers,” an oldschool boxing term for amateur bouts held for private groups. When one fight left Tsai’s right hand broken and mangled, it seemed that his

am that I simply cannot do without it. Jiu-jitsu helps me in everything I do.” Practicing law with a firm in Houston, See O’KASICK Page 19


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