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Students Take Control of S.A. Meeting
Withhold administrators’speaking time By LIZ CAMUTI and JINJOO LEE Sun Senior Writers
Shortly before the 45th Anniversary of the Willard Straight Takeover, student activists calling themselves the Ad Hoc Committee for Student Democracy took control of the regularly-scheduled Student Assembly meeting Thursday. President David Skorton and Susan Murphy ’73 Ph.D. ’94, vice president of Student and Academic Services, were set to deliver their bi-semesterly address at this meeting; however, the entirety of the
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meeting, including the majority of the administrators’ 30-minute speaking time, was yielded to the Ad Hoc Assembly. Formed in response to the S.A.’s decision to indefinitely table Resolution 72 — which called for divestment from “companies that profit from the See ASSEMBLY page 3
The students’ assembly | Students congregate in Willard Straight Hall to interrupt the Student Assembly’s scheduled agenda Thursday.
STRAIGHT TAKEOVER 45TH ANNIVERSARY April 19 & April 20,1969
By TYLER ALICEA Sun Managing Editor
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Forty-five years ago tomorrow, approximately 100 black students took over Willard Straight Hall and ejected University employees and Parents’ Weekend visitors from the building. The next day, the students marched out of the Straight with rifles, leading to weeks of varied responses from a divided University, over an event which became known nationally as “Cornell’s capitulation.” Below is a brief history of the events that led to and followed the Takeover, based off of the reporting done in a comprehensive Sun supplement published on the 10th anniversary of the Straight Takeover. Nearly six years before the Willard Straight Hall
Takeover, James Perkins was inaugurated as Cornell’s seventh president in the fall of 1963. His tenure would be marked by one of the most racially difficult times on the Hill and culminated in the Willard Straight Takeover of 1969. Two years into his presidency, Philadelphiaborn Perkins sought to bring more black students to the University — in 1963, fewer than 20 black students were enrolled. Perkins established a committee, which would later be known as the Committee on Special Educational Projects, in order to “recommend and initiate programs through which Cornell could make a larger contribuSee ANNIVERSARY page 5
Iconic images | Above: Beneath a Parents’ Weekend banner, armed protesters led by Eric D. Evans ’69 and Edward L. Whitfield ’71 march out of the Straight on Sunday, April 20, 1969. Right: On the previous day, Students for a Democratic Society leader C. David Burak ’67 stands on an elm tree stump (then used as a “graffiti tree”) to urge support for the occupation.
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Opinion, “It’s the People, Not the Place,” Monday Speaking about the importance of inclusion and kindness on campus “An esteemed degree from an Ivy League school is not worth it if we fail to also be amiable human beings. Social interactions which take place on campus leaving individuals feeling discouraged and belittled are just not okay.” Aditi Bhowmick ’16 News, “Cornellians Question Student Assembly Procedures in Tabling of Resolution,” Tuesday Speaking about his thoughts on the S.A.’s decision to table Resolution 72 on April 10 “My job as the chair and as president is not to take sides or a stance or any particular matter, despite what many may think. Our processes dictate that we provide the arena and the opportunity for students to have their concerns heard and addressed. If students say it is an issue, we are obligated to hear it.” Ulysses Smith ’14, S.A. president News, “Skorton Talks Study Abroad, Financial Aid,” Wednesday Speaking in March about the availability of financial aid and the cost of running the University “We’re trying to increase the money available and are trying to put a brake on the cost of the University. We’ve been trying to do that from the top, shrinking the administrative ranks. Right now we’re still falling short of the goal of covering everyone, but we’re doing way, way better than we were before, and the proof of that is in an economically diverse student body.” President David Skorton News, “Jungle Cleanup Priorities Resurface After Man Found Dead,” Thursday Speaking of Russell Kellogg, a resident of the Jungle — a homeless encampment in Ithaca — who was found dead on Wednesday “I knew Russell. I used to talk him about three times a week, when I was coming to the Jungle to talk to the residents about what the City was going to be doing around there.” Kevin Sutherland, chief of staff of the City of Ithaca
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hear their concerns. “You have a special privileged relationIsraeli occupation of Palestine” — at last ship with the Student Assembly because week’s S.A. meeting, the Ad Hoc Assembly they are elected to speak on behalf of the stuwas comprised of students from across cam- dent body, but last week they failed to speak pus who demanded the S.A. remain on behalf of the entire student body,” Bailey accountable to its stated purpose of protect- Dineen ’15 said to Skorton. President Skorton responded to Dineen ing the interests of the student body. With its own agenda in hand, the Ad and other students who asked him not to give his scheduled statement to Hoc Assembly interrupted S.A. President Ulysses Smith ’14, as Visit cornellsun.com the S.A. “If we’re not going to talk he began presenting the first for a video of with each other, you’re doing item on the S.A.’s agenda. In Thursday’s Student the same thing to me that you’re what many called a “preAssembly meeting. accusing others of doing to planned” maneuver, Smith you,” Skorton said. motioned to yield the room to Smith was unable to gain control of the the Ad Hoc Assembly. With a vote of 19-21, the assembly agreed to overrule its stand- room and allowed the Ad Hoc Assembly to ing agenda until Skorton and Murphy’s continue with their closing statements and added Skorton and Murphy to the open mic scheduled arrival at 5:30 p.m. “In this very building 45 years ago, stu- list, which limited open speech to three mindents demanded representation and were utes per person. “Some of you have reached out individugiven the S.A., which has become a group of politicians who are afraid of politics, a demo- ally to us, asking us how you can fix the sitcratic institution that is afraid of conflict, rep- uation,” Anna-Lisa Castle ’14 said in the resentatives who are terrified of their own con- closing statement. “We do not want to be stituents,” members of the Ad Hoc Assembly fixed. … There is no one who you can negotiate with, with whom you can politik out of group read from their opening statement. Items on the Ad Hoc committee’s agenda your present dilemma. We want institutionnot only included a presentation of al accountability from the S.A.” Responding to comments made in the Resolution 72 but also topics such as the recent funding cut from ALANA — closing statement and by two initial speakers Cornell’s multicultural umbrella organiza- in the open-mic, Skorton reiterated his comtion; the University’s proposal to stop offer- mitment to hearing students through email ing free TCAT bus passes to first year stu- or during his weekly office hours — held dents; and multiple tuition increases in the immediately before the S.A. meeting. “All I can say is that I think the key problast five years. Skorton and Murphy arrived at the meet- lem I’ve been observing during the last week ing just as the Ad Hoc Assembly was reach- or so ... is that we have not yet learned how ing the closing remarks and open mic por- to talk with or listen to each other across this tions of its agenda. Rather than return campus,” Skorton said during the open mic. power to the S.A. as previously agreed upon, “We haven’t learned how to talk within the members of the Ad Hoc Assembly urged student body, between faculty and students Skorton to forego his time with the S.A. to or among the faculty.” Continued from page 1
Murphy echoed Skorton’s sentiments nerstone of most of the successful social jusand added that it is necessary for faculty and tice movements that have come to pass,” he students to participate in the process of said. shared governance. However, the end of the meeting left lin“I will take a role in trying to structure gering questions about the state of the opportunities, if you want to debate the Assembly moving forward and the power of content of a particular issue,” Murphy said. students to affect change at the University “If we want to spend time talking about the level. process, about how we talk about difference, In an interview after the meeting, Smith you have my commitment to that.” said he remains uncertain about any similar S.A. Vice President of Finance Geoffrey events that could ensue at next week’s meetBlock ’14, who motioned to table ing, but that the Assembly will work to Resolution 72 last week, said he was disap- include more voices in their decision making pointed in the outcome of the meeting process. “I think that group brought up a lot of because he felt it was ineffective. “We heard a lot of sentiments that were valid points and the reality is that most of already known and we didn’t have time for the assembly members are working on those dialogue between the parties,” he said. “We same things,” Smith said. “There is a huge problem with commuhad the time to interact [with Skorton and “If we’re not going to talk nication in terms of working to get people Murphy] but spent a lot of time arguing with each other, you’re doing involved … I think we back and forth.” the same thing to me that can start doing a better job of making ourselves Many students takyou’re accusing others of a lot more available for ing part in the Ad Hoc doing to you.” students and hopefully assembly, however, said going forward will be they were satisfied with President David Skorton able to more respectfulthe outcome. ly address the concerns Castle, one of the organizers of the Ad Hoc assembly, said she that students have.” she thought the meeting went well. Lubabah Chowdhury ’14, co-sponsor of “We were able to create a platform for Resolution 72 and member of Students for those who are underrepresented, for those Justice in Palestine, said the meeting has left who feel short-changed, and for those who her “cautiously optimistic” and that she truly want a reinvigorated form of student would like to continue working with the S.A. democracy,” she said. “Now it’s time to find “Now we’ve established ourselves on a way to move forward, with or without equal footing [with the S.A.] and I feel like cooperation from the Student Assembly.” I’m much more comfortable with talking to Betrearon Tezera ’14, who participated in [S.A. members],” she said. “I look forward the assembly, also said the meeting was suc- to working with them and to demonstrate cessful. what dialogue really looks like.” “I felt a very vibrant commitment to not simply upholding ‘the democratic process’ The Sun’s News Department can be reached but also civil disobedience, which is a cor- at email@example.com.
C.U. Community Remembers 45th Anniversary of Straight Takeover By NOAH RANKIN Sun City Editor
On Thursday, students gathered at the Student Assembly claiming that their voices are not heard on various campus issues. Nearly 45 years earlier — when racial tensions were running high — a group of students took over Willard Straight Hall for similar reasons. Various student groups organized the 45th anniversary event of the Willard Straight Hall Takeover — including the ALANA Intercultural Programming Board, Black Students United, the
Student Union Board, the Interfraternity Council and the Student Assembly. The event will be held in Willard Straight Hall with students hoping to take an extra step in commemorating the Takeover by challenging misconceptions and “changing the narrative” of the event, according to Olivia Obodoagha ’15, president of ALANA. “There [are] a lot of misconceptions about the Takeover, [including] that it’s a day that’s only for black students, that it’s something that was chaotic and violent,” Obodoagha said. “We really wanted to focus on the fact that that
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Expelled | On the morning of Saturday, April 19, 1969, after then-unarmed black students had occupied the Straight, a dozen whites, mostly from Delta Upsilon fraternity, entered the Straight through a side window. The whites later said that they had only wanted to talk with those inside, but the blacks regarded the entrance as an invasion. The whites were forcibly evicted by the occupiers through the same side window; their exit was accompanied by a large metal ashtray (seen mid-air at upper right).
wasn’t the complete story. We’re really trying to focus on the narrative as opposed to stereotypes about the day.” According to Obodoagha, “changing the narrative” refers to bringing the conversation to the several student groups that were implicated in the event — not just the occupiers of the building — and how they have been shaped by the Takeover up to the present day. “Our approach was to bring in groups that people wouldn’t normally think are associated with the Takeover,” Obodoagha said. “Historically, we’ve done the [commemoration] strictly with BSU and ALANA. So while we wanted BSU to maintain the integrity of their event and the tradition, we wanted to use this as opportunity to find intersections of how this event affected everyone.” Cameron Pritchett ’15, president of the Interfraternity Council, said the anniversary presents an opportunity for the Greek system to “reflect on the progress” of the last several decades. “If you think back to 45 years ago and beyond, some people in the Greek system weren’t on the right side on a lot of these issues that have to do with race and integration and supporting different diversity efforts,” Pritchett said. “This [anniversary] is just a reminder that we need to keep working every single day to make sure that any person on this campus can feel comfortable and at
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Best friends? | Afro-American Society leader Eric D. Evans ’69 and Students for a Democratic Society co-chairman C. David Burak ’67 share smiles with University President James Perkins on Wednesday afternoon, April 23, 1969 in front of a crowd of 8,000 in Barton Hall. Perkins arrived after the University faculty voted to nullify penalties issued by the campus judicial system against three blacks, as had been demanded by 10,000 students occupying Barton on Tuesday evening (see photo caption on Page 5).
home in the Greek system.” According to Andrew Newman ’14, executive director of the Willard Straight Hall Student Union Board, another key effect of the Takeover is that it served as the catalyst for the current level of student governance at Cornell. “[People] hear that students took over the building, they kicked parents out over Parents’ Weekend and eventually they gave back the building,” Newman said. “They don’t talk about the document that was signed, or that the intent of that document was to give a student voice on campus.” According to Newman, the modern incarnations of the Student Assembly, the Student Union Board and the office of the Ombudsman were all formed in subsequent years as a result of the
Takeover, as previous student governmental organizations had been largely powerless in making student voices heard by faculty. According to Yamini Bhandari ’17, freshman representative for the S.A. and a co-host of the event, the anniversary serves as an opportunity for remembering that the S.A. was created directly from a time when students felt voiceless on campus — an issue especially relevant given recent student action. “Obviously [the S.A.] is a product of the Takeover, and I think this commemoration is very eyeopening for us because it’s a lot about what our core principles are,” Bhandari said. “Sometimes we get stuck in the nitty-gritty of See REACTIONS page 4
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what we’re doing, so this is really one of those events where we really open ourselves up to our history and evaluate that.” Nia Hall ’14, a co-chair of Black Students United, remarked that the Takeover is a constant reminder of the agency students of all kinds can have on
campus. “It is the job of students to speak up when they don’t agree with something,” Hall said. “I think a lot of times we turn a blind eye to the Takeover, and kind of overlook the significance it has for all Cornell students, and not just students that identify with a certain racial background.” Obodoagha agreed, adding that the current “resurgence” in student participa-
tion comes at a fitting time for the anniversary of the Takeover. “One of our problems has been is that we forgot why the Takeover happened, and it was due to apathy,” he said. “I feel like now we’re really staying true to why the event occurred, and I feel like there’s no time better than now to be celebrating.” The commemoration will begin with a presentation in the Africana Center,
after which students will march to Willard Straight Hall for a reception featuring Eric Acree, director of the Africana Library, as keynote speaker. There will also be a photo exhibit related to the event in the Willard Straight Hall browsing library. Noah Rankin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
D.J.3LAU to Open Slope Day Korean Town Grieves By ANNIE BUI Sun News Editor
Progressive house D.J. 3LAU will be the first opener at Slope Day on May 8, the Slope Day Programming Board announced Thursday. Hailing from Las Vegas, Nev., the 23-year-old — born Justin Blau — broke onto the electronic music scene with his 2011 recordings “Girls Who Save the World” and “All Night Long.” He released his album Dance Floor Filth the same year. According to Lee Singer ’14, executive chair of SDPB, 3LAU was chosen to perform at Slope Day in order to complement the other acts and bring “high levels of energy” to the festival. “3LAU is an exciting and popular electronic artist that
will … bring more members of will pair well with the atmosthe Cornell community to the phere of Slope Day, and we Slope early,” he said. “With the believe Cornellians will be able announcement of 3LAU, [the to relate to 3LAU and other SDPB] has been able to bring students in the celebration of three very popular the end of classgenres — eleces.” tronic, alternative 3LAU was rock and rap — enrolled as a each with the finance major at potential to please Wa s h i n g t o n different segments University in St. Louis until of the student population.” 2012, when he Singer said he took a leave of believed students absence from will have “no the university to problem” conpursue music. 3LAU necting to 3LAU’s He is the last music. artist to join the Slope Day line“There is a large portion of up. Indie rock group Matt and the student body that enjoys Kim and rapper Ludacris will electronic music whose interests also perform. may not have been met by the other acts that are playing,” he Annie Bui can be reached at said. “His high-energy music email@example.com.
Over Missing Students ANSAN, South Korea (AP) — The most poignant reminders of what’s been lost here are the most ordinary. Desks in the classrooms of Danwon High School in Ansan, where dozens of students were missing and feared dead Thursday after a ferry disaster, are cluttered with textbooks, gym clothes, empty water bottles — small bits of ordinary school life now infused with heartbreak. There is fury as parents and students lash out at the swarming news media. Horror, too, as they picture loved ones trapped in the cold and dark of a flipped, submerged ferry. Most refuse to believe that, even after dozens of attempts, a friend, a child, a sibling won’t answer their cellphone. They keep calling. They try to nourish any link, no matter how small, to the missing: Parents and school workers have locked up the missing students’ belongings because their schoolmates were taking them home as keepsakes, mementos of friends they believe are dead. More than 320 Danwon High School second-year students — mostly 16- and 17year-olds — left Tuesday night for what was supposed to be one of the highlights of the year, a 14-hour overnight ferry
trip to the southern resort island of Jeju for four days of fun. Now, as the hours stretch on since the ferry sank Wednesday with no word about more than 270 missing passengers among the 475 people on board, Ansan fears the worst. The 25 people confirmed dead Thursday include at least four students and two teachers, and there's fear that number will go much higher because so many of the passengers were from the school. More than a dozen teachers were on board. There were huge swings in emotions Thursday at the school’s auditorium, where hundreds of family members, students, residents and aid workers gathered, desperate for news. Volunteers, wearing green or yellow vests, cleaned the school and provided coffee, fruit, rice, kimchi and instant noodles. In the morning, people sat and stared vacantly at a giant TV screen broadcasting news of the sinking. Some women wiped away tears. One middleaged woman wept as she talked on her phone. Tired-looking students sat on chairs, repeatedly checking their phones. Later in the day, fury erupted over the pace of the rescue operation.
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tion to the education of qualified students who [had] been disadvantaged by their cultural, economic and educational backgrounds.” Perkins’ initiative saw success, bringing the total number of black students on campus to 250 by fall 1968; however, the University was ill-prepared to address the needs of black students on campus during the 60s, a trustee committee concluded after the Straight Takeover. The Afro-American Society
In the fall of 1966, some black Cornellians created a student organization known as the Afro-American Society with the objectives of spreading factual information about the history of black people and the elimination of “social, economic and psychological conditions which blight the lives of black people.” Following an incident where the Phi Delta Theta fraternity charged some black students to attend a dance without charging white students a fee, a member of the AAS urged black freshmen to not rush fraternities. In addition, due to what they described as the “intolerably hostile atmosphere of the dorms,” members of the AAS demanded in February 1968 that the University create a black woman’s co-op. Cornell acceded and purchased what would become the Wari House co-op, located at 208 Dearborn Pl. In the coming months, the AAS began to divide. Moderates were led by President Earl Armstrong ’69, while radicals launched a variety of protests in December 1968, which culminated in some of the members demanding the creation of a “College of Afro-American Studies.” President Perkins announced on Dec. 12, 1968 that the college would not be created. ‘An Object on the Front Porch’
On April 18, 1969 at 2:53 a.m., the head of the Wari House, Charisse A. Cannady ’69, pulled a fire alarm. Minutes later, she called the University’s Safety Division, the policing body on campus at the time, to report that there was “an object on the front porch and the girls were
afraid to go investigate.” Once Ithaca Police Department Detective Edward Traynor arrived on the scene, he discovered a flaming cross on the building’s front porch. Traynor kicked the cross of the porch and extinguished the fire. None of the 12 residents of the Wari House were injured. Blacks students blamed whites for the fire and denied allegations that they had set the cross on fire themselves. One Cornell administrator described the cross burning as a “Reichstag fire,” referencing the 1933 fire at the German parliament that Adolf Hitler used to justify taking power. The Takeover
The next day, approximately 100 black students entered Willard Straight through an unlocked kitchen door around 5:30 a.m. The students divided themselves into three groups to evict the occupants of the Straight: one to remove maintenance workers, a second for dining workers and a third for guests. Parents staying in the Straight for Parents’ Weekend were awoken by black students running through the halls shouting “Fire!” and banging on doors. Guests were given 10 minutes to gather their belongings and leave the Straight. By 6:15 a.m., the black students had complete control of the Straight. Nearly an hour later, approximately 50 members of Students for a Democratic Society gathered outside the Straight in support of the occupants. Administrators were notified and met throughout the day across campus to discuss the takeover. At 9:15 a.m., administrators announced through a bullhorn that the black students would be found guilty of trespassing if they did not leave the building. Later, the University opted to not take action on this issue. Within the next hour, between 20 to 25 white fraternity members — mostly from the Delta Upsilon fraternity — attempted to enter the Straight from a broken window in the WVBR studios. A brother of
Delta Upsilon later said that the purpose of entering the building was ultimately to talk to the black students to “find out what made them go to such extreme measures.” The white students were ousted from the Straight and were driven out of the same window that they originally entered. At 12:30 p.m., the AAS issued three demands to the University: that convictions against black students for previous protests be nullified, that Cornell reconsider a low-income housing project and that a full investigation of the cross burning incident at the Wari House be conducted.
From the sidelines | In this seldom-published lateral view, Edward L. Whitfield ’71 (center) and the silhouetted gun (left) of Eric D. Evans ’69 are seen against the backdrop of Uris Library as Afro-American Society members begin exiting the Straight on April 20, 1969. N. ERIC WEISS / SUN FILE PHOTO
Arming the Straight
Blacks inside the Straight had heard rumors that fraternity brothers were planning on attacking the Straight after the Delta Upsilon brothers were run out of the building. Between 9:45 and 10 p.m. the occupants received 17 rifles and shotguns from blacks outside the Straight, according to a Safety officer. Vice President for Public Affairs Steven Muller Ph.D. ’58 said the administration chose not to act on the arming of the students in the Straight because the University “would have found [itself ] in a position where [it] would have been open to the possibility of scuffling or incidents around the periphery.” By the following morning, administrators concluded that if the students did not leave the Straight, someone would eventually be hurt. Negotiations began between Edward Whitfield ’71 and administrators early Sunday morning over the phone. Administrators ultimately met with an unarmed Whitfield and other AAS members to negotiate. Later that afternoon, administrators returned to the Straight to discuss issues regarding the guns. Whitfield requested that the administrators walk beside them to the AAS headquarters located at 320 Wait Ave., where they would sign the agreement drafted between the two parties. The Departure
At 4:13 p.m. on Sunday, April 20, the front doors of Willard Straight Hall opened and the students emerged. After occupy-
ing the building for 35 hours, 110 black students exited the Straight, some wrapped in ammunition and carrying rifles and shotguns. Members of SDS cheered on the occupiers as they marched through the Arts Quad. The black students marched to North Campus and met with administrators inside the AAS headquarters and eventually exited signing a seven-point agreement between the two parties. The agreement included a recommendation to the faculty to nullify penalties taken against some black students earlier in the year. The University also agreed to help students find legal aid and pledged not to take legal action against any of the occupants. The black students agreed to assist in the creation a new judicial system on campus. The Aftermath
The weeks following the Straight Takeover left the faculty and administration divided. A handful of faculty and administrators resigned from their posts, dis-
traught over the events that had taken place. The events culminated on May 31, 1969 when Perkins announced that he would ask the Board of Trustees to begin searching for the University’s next president. Alumni reactions to the Takeover were negative. One alumni representative told The Sun that he had spoken to alumni who said “they will not give another nickel to Cornell” after the Takeover. Later, a committee released a report on Cornell’s 1969 crisis. In it, the group evaluated the administration’s decisions: “No one will ever know if this was the right way to settle this disruption. This was a matter of judgement. These men made the decision to place the protection of life above the reputation of the University. They knew the price to themselves and to Cornell was great — but was it greater than the price of human life?” Tyler Alicea can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The center speaks | Ten thousand cheering and chanting students jam Barton Hall on Tuesday, April 22, 1969 for a mass Students for a Democratic Society meeting at which Afro-American Society leader Thomas W. Jones ’69 declared that Cornell had one hour to live. Although threats of immediate action were forestalled, the gathering overwhelmingly endorsed the demands of blacks and radicals that the University faculty reverse its Monday stand and rescind penalties given to three blacks under the campus judicial system. Barton was declared “occupied,” and 2,000 people, including a few professors, stayed all night arguing, debating, sleeping or playing basketball. On Wednesday, the faculty voted to reverse its Monday decision and nullify the penalties.
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Remembering The Straight Takeover TOMORROW MARKS THE 45TH ANNIVERSARY of the Willard Straight Hall Takeover. During Parents’ Weekend on April 19, 1969, approximately 100 black students occupied Willard Straight Hall. The students acted to protest racial issues and discrimination that they were facing on campus. The Takeover, which lasted approximately 36 hours, ended with students leaving the Straight armed with guns. After a semester of racial tensions, the incumbent President James A. Perkins resigned as Cornell’s seventh president, saying to The Sun in 1977, “it seemed to me quite clear that one way — a strange way — to contribute to healing the community was to resign.” Not only is this anniversary a historic one, but it also acts as a reminder of one of the events that lead to the development of Cornell University as we know it. In part, due to the Takeover, the University saw changes that include the formation of the University Senate and the restructuring of the Board of Trustees, the building blocks of the Student Assembly and the foundation of the Africana Studies and Research Center. The Takeover started conversations about University political processes and the way the University sees the different groups that live and learn on the Hill. Forty-five years after the acts of one group that felt marginalized, the event introduced a new period of University action, a new outlook on campus issues and increased diversity — all of which still influence us today. We at The Sun feel that it is pertinent to remember our University’s plentiful history; to know where we have come from and where we are going as a campus. We believe the Willard Straight Hall Takeover is an important reminder that Cornell needs to continue to make issues of inclusion a top priority. Our work is not done. There are still students who feel excluded from conversation surrounding the University and who struggle with issues that we have not solved. There is still room for progress and this anniversary is a wonderful reminder of that. — H.A.V. CORRECTIONS An April 17 Opinion column “THROWDOWN THURSDAY: The Truth About Rape Culture,” stated that “one in four women will be raped at least once over the course of her time at college.” In fact, the statistic is that one in four women will be the victim of sexual assault during their academic career. An April 15 news story, “Commons Work to End in July,” incorrectly said that the construction would be completed by the previously set deadline of July 2014. In fact, construction is currently on track to end in fall 2014.
CAN’T EVEN My wardrobe cannot handle this weather. I don’t have a jacket for snow in the morning and sun in the afternoon. Does J.Crew even have a line for that? — E.S. JUST GO TO BED ALREADY If I have to buy any of my colleagues another Diet Pepsi or Five Hour Energy, I’m going to hold an intervention. Just go to sleep and stop Snapchatting me your late night homework misadventures. — T.A.
THERE ARE WORSE PROBLEMS I’m not even going to read KVETCH this week. Yes, we just had snow in the middle of April. Tough! Don’t you people have better things to do at Cornell other than constantly worry about the weather?! Three hundred high school students are drowning in Korea. A psychotic performer attempted to replicate the Boston Bombing on its first anniversary. And we think our lives are so “hard” with impending papers and prelims.
Little bit of perspective people? — D.O. SHARING THE WEALTH Marx once said to “seize the means of production,” but I think it is more apt to seize the means of sleep production. Babies monopolize all the sleep and it’s so unfair. — K.S.N. STRUGGLE CITY I’ve been too sick to even type a KVETCH until now. What is my life? — R.E.
The danger of rape culture denial To the Editor: Re: “THROWDOWN THURSDAY: The Truth About Rape Culture” Opinion, April 17. We disagree with the decision to publish “The Truth About ‘Rape Culture,’” by Julius Kairey ’15. Kairey blatantly disrespected a sensitive subject by reducing and delegitimizing the scarring experiences of survivors. This newspaper erred in publishing this column and should now also take responsibility for the harmful, triggering effects that columns like these cause. We hope that in the future, The Cornell Daily Sun makes a conscious effort to ensure that their columnists treat subjects like sexual assault with respect. We call for an apology from Kairey and The Cornell Daily Sun. Kairey’s argument rests on the contention that the oft-cited statistic “one in four women” is exaggerated, without realizing that the sheer stigma rape survivors face ensures that sexual assault is one of the most underreported crimes. But even without concrete numbers, the trend is clear: Universities across the country are discouraging survivors from reporting, refusing to investigate complaints and shielding perpetrators from punishment. While he attempts to position himself as rational, Kairey never mentions the mishandling of rape cases and Title IX investigations at Amherst, Occidental College, U.C. Berkeley, Florida State University, the University of Chicago, Harvard University and Yale University. He never discusses how the entire town of Steubenville, Ohio bullied a rape victim into silence or how Rehtaeh Parsons ended her life when her classmates and peers circulated images of her rape instead of defending her. Rape culture describes the systematic denial of justice for victims of sexual assault: The deck is always stacked against the survivor, and the ignorant defend this status quo. Those, like Kairey, who have the power to create change by advocating for survivors instead choose to ignore their voices, erase their rights and refuse to hold perpetrators accountable. The recent changes made to the Judicial Code are an effort to combat rape culture by granting sexual assault survivors the protection and equal footing that has, in the past, only been available to perpetrators. Victims are no longer cross-examined because those coping with the psychological and emotional trauma of sexual assault simply won’t come forward if they are interrogated by their rapist. The burden of proof was lowered because evidence is often so scarce that “clear and convincing” is an impossible standard. Kairey expresses concern for the “wrongfully convicted,” but doesn’t acknowledge that most cases end in settlements, with “no-contact orders” and mandatory counseling for the accused. Suspensions are unusual, and expulsions are extremely rare. Instead of empathizing with survivors, Kairey uses inflamed rhetoric and fear mongering to assert that the new changes to policy will convict innocent persons. This is an empty assertion that is never supported by any facts, statistics, or anecdotes. According to Kairey, dialogue about “what constitutes consent and rape” is the solution. While open conversation is important, it cannot be secondary to or a substitute for action. His column misses the obvious: Violent crimes are occurring on campuses nationwide, while universities, and students, aren’t doing enough to stop them. Leah Salgado ’12 Bridgette Wunder ’14 Gavin Zhang ’15 Melissa Lukasiewicz ’14 Lianne Bornfeld ’15 Michelle Huang ’14 Christine Yu ’14 Srinath Reddy ’14 Shuangyi Hou ’15 Kirat Singh ’14 Juliana Batista ’16 Jevan Hutson ’16 Ihsan Kabir ’14 Emma Court ’15 Jesse McElwain ’14
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David Fischer | Fischy Business
Love To Thee
tanding atop the Slope, overlooking the lights of the City of Ithaca and the watery expanse of Cayuga Lake beyond it, exists the tangible contribution of Cornell’s Class of 1927. Educated in Ithaca during Prohibition, the Class of ’27 donated a stone bench with a phrase from the “Evening Song.” This bench proclaims to West Campus and beyond, “Love to thee, our fair Cornell.” Whether blanketed in a mid-April snowfall, or scorched in the shy sunshine so regrettably uncharacteristic of the Ithacan spring, the Class of ’27’s gift espouses a belief that is oft-repeated by involved alumni and students alike: a fervent love for Cornell. It seems unfathomable to me, that any place where a day of 72-degree weather followed by another filled with snow, both in the middle of April, could possibly be called fair. The bevy of prelim bell-curve killers, uphill treks to 8:40 a.m. required courses and the occasional sunny day spent inside the Olin stacks all seem like they would contribute to a vehement hatred of this school so precariously perched on East Hill. The tribulations of our hyper-competitive alma mater make it seem like the words on the Class of 1927’s bench resonate only for as long as it takes for someone to run past them, not words that would make that frenetic exerciser stop his routine to reflect on their meaning. However, I have noticed among my friends as well as myself, an inexplicable tendency to love our fair alma mater despite the difficulties of daily life on the Hill. Our love stems from many different avenues related to Cornell. Being deeply involved in a Cornell-related student group, coming from a family of Cornellians or even using a picture of McGraw Tower as your Facebook cover photo are all different ways of developing and
I have noticed ... an inexplicable tendency to love our fair alma mater despite the difficulties of daily life on the Hill. showing love for Cornell. However, these are all disparate things that are not consistent with a unified Cornell experience. We often forget the small victories and failures that so often bind us together in Ithaca. I believe, in accordance with spring cleaning, in the importance of exploring these small facets of Cornell life that bind us all together. I recently went through my penultimate course enroll in a little bit over five minutes. It was a far cry from my first course enroll when, clustered together in the middle of our Low Rise 7 unit, we screamed in frustration at the classes already filled and soon to be filled up and at the Oracle home screen rearing its ugly head after our fourth try at registering for this or that easy science class. This year’s course enroll, and subsequent fast return to sleep, honestly seemed a little bit unsatisfying. I encourage the underclassmen to enjoy your slow course enroll, although it was pretty nice to return to rest so quickly this year. One of my favorite things to do when frigid temperatures grip Ithaca involves a pair of snow pants, a group of friends and gravity. That thing is sledding down Libe Slope, and although it isn’t strictly legal, it is one of the fastest ways to run into a tree on the Slope that doesn’t involve Ludacris, Matt and Kim or 3LAU. I would highly recommend that everyone partake in a good Slope sledding session at some point in their winter career at Cornell. In the few times that I may or may not have gone, I’ve met tons of fellow adrenaline junkies, hoping to go more than a few feet. In fact, the Slope sledding scene may even be a better barometer for a unified Cornell spirit than Collegetown Pizza on a Wednesday night. If you haven’t gone, I highly recommend it the next time it snows (hopefully not next week). Trust me, you won’t regret it — unless you run into a tree. One final thing, for better or worse, that brings Cornell together better than mozzarella binds Matzah and pizza sauce (sorry, obligatory Passover humor) is commenting on the content of The Cornell Daily Sun opinion pages. A practice surpassed only by snide remarks about the quality of the website, everyone loves leaving comments on an op-ed with which he or she found fault (or really enjoyed)! So please, continue what I hope will be a productive dialogue about what you think all Cornellians can enjoy. Reasons for loving this school, things that we all have in common, are important to remember if we want to have any dialogues with more significance than things we enjoy doing together. David Fischer is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences. He can be reached at email@example.com. Fischy Business appears alternate Fridays this semester.
Comment of the day Web
“Just because somthing is inflammatory and divisive does not mean it is not a legitimate topic for discussion. ... Gay marriage is still somewhat inflammatory and divisive, though it used to be much more so just a few years ago. Trying to suppress discussion on these topics does not make these issues go away.” Robin Messing ’78 Re: “GUEST ROOM: Debunking the Case Against Resolution 72,” Opinion published April 15, 2014
Jennifer Brokamp | Barely Legal
Renter, Beware: Bed Bugs Are Back Y
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Bed bugs. sessions and throw away of states, including New and legislation must be And they’re coming from mattresses or large pieces York, have passed legisla- more favorable to tenants your office. of furniture that cannot tion — which varies some- simply because landlords, You might be thinking, be saved. what from state to state — especially ones who have aren’t bed bugs only in The social stigma, the but generally includes not dealt with bed bugs dirty homes or run down difficulty of eradicating mandatory inspections by before, tend to underestibuildings? Unfortunately, the bugs and the physical landlords and disclosure, mate the seriousness of a no. Many people have repercussions that victims followed by timely treat- bed bug infestation and been lulled into a false face causes sometimes ment. 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These problems tected from these debilitat- tions get out of control. began making their way unequivocally distinguish ing pests and as awareness Meanwhile, you can back into American bed bugs from other types grows, hopefully more protect yourself from bed homes, retail stores, movie of pests, and it is impera- states will take aggressive bugs by examining aparttheaters, public trans- tive that lawmakers action. ments for telltale signs of portation and anywhere appreciate the difference. When a tenant brings infestations before signing their tiny apple seed- Bed bug victims can a bed bug case to court in the lease and asking lots shaped bodies can be con- become paranoid, a state without bed bug of questions. After returncealed. Infestations can extremely anxious, legislation, the lawsuits ing from trips, immedistart by picking up a bed- depressed and overly often turns on who is at ately wash and dry your bug at any of those places, emotional, leading to a fault for the situation. clothes and suitcase with and the public — which great reduction in quality There are a couple of high heat. If you suspect had lost the ability to of life. Luckily, the experi- methods that plaintiffs that your apartment is combat these pests — was ences of victims all over often try, including con- infested, early detection taken by surprise and left the country has spurred a structive eviction, implied will greatly help with the with minimal knowledge lot of legal action that warrant of habitability eradication process, so call on how to eradicate them. caused some landlord- and, in extreme cases, your landlord immediateWhat makes these tenant lawyers to special- negligence. These cases ly. By raising awareness pests so particularly horri- ize in bed bug law, espe- have a mixed level of suc- and taking a few easy preble is that they feed on cially here in New York. cess depending on the sit- cautions, we can help to blood while their victims As the bed bug menace uation. Sometimes, the stop the spread of bed are sleeping. Their bites began to spread through- judge must agree that a bugs and work towards cause bumps that can out North America once bed bug infestation makes getting rid of them perresemble mosquito bites again, different states took a premise uninhabitable. manently. or can become large, bul- different measures against Other times, tenants must bous welts, depending on them. Some states enact- prove that the landlord Jennifer Brokamp is a second the person and their aller- ed legislation to help reg- had prior knowledge of year at Cornell Law School. can be reached at gic reaction. Bed bugs can ulate the treatment of bed the bed bug infestation She firstname.lastname@example.org. Barely survive up to a year with- bugs, while others relied before leasing the infested Legal appears alternating out food and can hide on the courts to settle the apartment to the tenants, Fridays this semester.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Enemy of the (Mental) State
Villeneuve and Gyllenhaal partner for their maddening followup to Prisoners KAITLYN TIFFANY Arts and Entertainment Editor
Enemy, Denis Villeneuve’s other 2013 psychological thriller, shares as little with the Academy Award-nominated, cinematographically sound and morally compact who-dunnit story in Prisoners as the two Jake Gyllenhaals who star in this film do with each other. Which is to say — the similarity in appearance is uncanny, but what’s beneath the surface is as alien and inexplicable as the giant spiders that one or both of the Jake Gyllenhaal’s hallucinate (maybe?) at various points throughout the film. The basic plot of Enemy (if you can claim that there is a “basic plot” anywhere in it) was Enemy adapted from José Saramago’s 2002 Directed by novel, The Double. It’s unsurprising to discover that the film is an adapDenis Villeneuve tation — some of the blurriness between what is real and what is imagined seems as if it might work much better in the written form. It’s also unsurprising given how standard the plot device of “the double” is in literature — less so in cinema — as voyeurism into the possibility of alter egos, as a device for allegorical revelations or, as the New York Times puts it, the exploration of a “supernatural glitch in the order of things.” That word, “order,” is the key one in Enemy, as should be clear within the first minutes that we see Jake Gyllenhaal, as a reclusive college professor named Adam, give the same lecture on control in dictatorships over and over. He talks about the famous Roman policies of “circuses and bread,” explaining how entertainment originated as a means to control and distract the masses. “Even chaos has a certain kind of order,” we know, and that’s the central treatise which is pounded in via the heavy symbolism of recurring spider webs, Adam’s manically-drawn lecture diagrams and the plot’s reliance on a series of coincidences that slowly reveal themselves as something closer to fate. Jake Gyllenhaal number two shows up about 20 minutes in (unless you think he’s the Gyllenhaal depicted in the opening sequence at an Eyes Wide Shut-style sex club. Which, I do. I think.),
when Adam watches a movie recommended by a coworker and notices an extra who looks exactly like him. At this point it’s pertinent to remember how heinously awkward Adam is — he gives fidgety, nervous lectures, he has pretty uncomfortable-looking sex with his girlfriend (Mélanie Laurent) and he doesn’t do much else. After plenty of stalking (some of the film’s mildest, actually) and a bizarre phone call which manages to send Anthony’s pregnant wife (Jane Mofatt) into a paranoid talespin, Adam finally makes contact with his double, thoroughly freaking him out with a breathless “Say something again. Oh my god, that’s so weird. You sound just like me.” The collisions between the lives (or life) of the two is the meat of the plot. There isn’t much more to say without venturing into spoiler territory. There won’t be a moment where you think you have Enemy all figured out, and there’s not supCOURTESY OF RHOMBUS MEDIA posed to be. Gyllenhaal’s tense, paranoid performance as a morally-neutral protagonist stands alone as a feat deserving of recognition (topping even his gloriously idiosyncratic Detective Loki in Prisoners). But paired with his other performance as the increasingly-sociopathic and slick Anthony, who cheats on his wife without remorse and stalks Adam’s girlfriend aggressively through the stark, yellowtinged, post-industrial city that Villeneuve engineered, we see Gyllenhaal’s chops on display at a level they have never been before. How much Anthony and Adam are separate people is impossible to delineate, which makes Gyllenhaal’s performance so singularly important. Adam “doesn’t like movies,” and only talks about entertainment in the abstract, as something that other people have fallen for but he has not. He draws webs and thinks about them; he looks for the locus of control. Anthony is an actor, but an unsuccessful one — seemingly a lower-level pawn in the system Adam derides. They have the same mother (Isabella Rossellini), but she doesn’t seem aware of having two sons. They also have bizarrely similar-
looking romantic interests, as Laurent and Boffat are both fairly ethereal blondes with matching hairclips, making their conflation into a singular person, plot-wise at least, a possibility as well. We’re not sure if their warring personalities are battling for supremacy or to get back to isolation, if their discovery of each other represents a piece of chaos to be immediately and violently reordered or if what follows is mere coincidence and the colliding of human actors. Pardon my candor, but like, gosh, I had no idea what to write about this movie. I was pretty sure it was good, but Sun columnist Zach Zahos ’15 had me doubting that. In the end, though, I think that wordlessness is a good thing. Movies are visual, visceral experiences. It’s easy to dish out 800 words of evaluation only when they’re dealing with something we’re familiar with, but that implies a lack of true invention. I had wondered why Enemy didn’t see the same wide release as Prisoners, especially given the lure of a Gyllenhaal/Laurent-led cast. Prisoners was bent on mazes and puzzles in a way that is comparable to Enemy’s fascination with webs and balance — both are interested in systems and significance. But where Prisoners asks questions assuming a basis of consensus — parental love, a disdain for torture, the endlessly contested parameters of masculinity and paternal duty — Enemy wipes the board and asks questions about what it means to be human and to be a member of society that assume no foundation whatsoever. Despite its comparably expert handling of pacing, tension and knock-out cinematography, it’s rougher, less gratifying and somehow even more challenging than the incredibly painful Prisoners. When you’re stomping through the Commons, pulling your hair out and shouting out the puzzle pieces like a really dark episode of tourettes, you can at least have said that you witnessed the early stages of a grand artistic pairing. Villeneuve and Gyllenhaal is one I’ll call right now as capable of making waves — Villeneuve is already asking interesting questions about the power of his medium and about what constitutes a “good” story. Gyllenhaal, I believe I have dedicated enough words to praising. They’ll only get better. Kaitlyn Tiffany is a junior in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Taxi Driver at Cornell Cinema MARK DISTEFANO Sun Staff Writer
Taxi Driver, one of the great masterworks of the 1970s Hollywood Renaissance and the crowning achievement in maestro Martin Scorsese’s career, will screen at Cornell Cinema in all its grungy, opulent glory on Tuesday, April 22. To be sure, this is a controversial opinion to have when dealing with the Scorsese class, whose members include Goodfellas, The Departed and Raging Bull. But in my mind, nothing has topped the eerily perfect combination of cinematic elements he achieved back in 1976, quite early in his career. This film is violent, heady and visionary, like all of his mostrevered films, but what’s truly uncanny, disturbing and exhilarating about it is its ability to lure you inside the mind of a psychopath. When DeNiro points his gun at the mirror in the film’s most iconic scene, he’s not only talking to himself, he’s talking to us. Scorsese is holding a mirror up to America and to post’70s American culture, and our reflection is an unsettlingly close likeness to Travis Bickle. Travis Bickle — embodied in one of the many bar-setting performances Robert De Niro turned in during the ’70s and ’80s — is a Vietnam ex-marine with psychological troubles and severe insomnia. Since he can’t sleep at night anyway, he figures he might as well get payed to stay awake, and he takes a job working the nightshift as a cab driver on the spooky, seedy streets of New York City. This is a New York very different from the one we know now. The avenues are littered with garbage, crime,
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gang members, drug addicts, pimps and prostitutes. It’s film noir heaven. Travis’s quiet hope that “some day a real rain will come and wash all this away” is a wish we understand. Isolated in this dark underworld, he’s become what screenwriter Paul Schrader has compared to the main character in L’Etranger — the outsider struggling to survive in a society where all he can find is decadence. But the scary thing is, Travis may be right. In many ways, he’s the most lucid character in the film. His actions are as ugly as the civilization which he perpetrates them on. Betsy (Cybill Shepherd) is the tall, blonde object of his infatuation, until he botches a date with her due to his lack of social graces and realizes that she’s just another part of the status quo that cast him out. After seeking advice from fellow cab driver Wizard (Peter Boyle), Travis decides nobody understands him and nobody can remedy him. At the same time, he develops a fascination with guns. The idea of violence is planted in Travis’s mind by none other than the film’s director, Mr. Scorsese. In a remarkably chilling scene, Scorsese plays a fare Travis picks up, who insists Travis pull over to the curb and hear him indulge about how he plans to kill his unfaithful wife with a .44 Magnum pistol. Out of the funk and the broody atmosphere Travis is trapped in emerges a desire to do something, anything, that is noteworthy. Noticing the rampant criminal activity surrounding him, he decides to become a vigilante, as a way of venting all his pent-up dissatisfaction. The targets of his crusade become the
unpalatable Senator Palantine, a figure revered by the rest of the community, and a local pimp, malevolent and manipulative, played by Harvey Keitel. Sport (Keitel) owns a prostitution ring of young girls, one of which is Iris (Jodie Foster at age 12), whom Travis meets
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accidentally and makes it his mission to save. Here’s where the moral conundrum really takes effect. Travis may be a kind of twisted saint among devils, the only one acting out of good intentions in the case of wanting to rescue Iris. In the case of his need to purge the ennui from his life and shock the world into acknowledging his existence, he chooses a criminal, violent, murderous tactic. His assassination of Senator Palantine would cause society to deem him deplorable, but his interfering on Iris’ behalf would render him a hero. Such is the very slippery slope of vigilantism, the very naturalistic environment of New York in which it emerges and the many parallels it has to this day and age. Many later films like Unforgiven and The Dark Knight, that set
standards in their own time for exploring the very thin line between vigilante justice and cold-blooded revenge killing, all seem to have be influenced by the Travis Bickle complex. In 1981, John Hinckley, Jr. attempted an assassination on President Ronald Reagan, claiming to have been influenced by Taxi Driver’s storyline. Many felt it was a case of life imitating art, but the fact is, the event only goes to prove how spot-on Schrader and Scorsese were in having their thumb right where the deepest, darkest urges of the zeitgeist stood at that time. This was a case of life confirming the prescience of art. Schrader’s script mines the disturbing and the sensational aspects of the psyche for what is resonant and horrifyingly relevant, and Scorsese embellishes it visually as no other director can. Think of the scene where Travis stares into the fizzing Alka-Seltzer pill in the glass of water — with a talent that’s almost unmatched, Scorsese gets inside this character’s head and forces you to climb in too. When what you see out this tortured, nearly empathy-free person’s eyes seems so familiar and evocative of your own thoughts and feelings, the effect is dangerously intoxicating. Taxi Driver will play at Cornell Cinema on Tuesday, April 22 at 7:30 pm. Mark DiStefano is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Incredibly Unknowable Rumsfeld ZACH ZAHOS Sun Senior Staff Writer
Donald Rumsfeld is a genius who found his calling in politics, which explains why he is utterly empty inside. Such is the infuriating thesis at the heart of Errol Morris’ new documentary on the former Secretary of Defense, and Rummy does not break once while staring down the barrel of Morris’ Interrotron. A bunch of times, he does this terrible grin, resembling a skeleton or, as Morris sees it, Lewis Carroll’s Cheshire Cat. In a four-part, must-read New York Times series on his research on and time with Rumsfeld, Morris concludes, “I was left with the frightening suspicion that the grin might not be hiding anything. It was a grin of supreme self-satisfaction and behind the grin might be nothing at all.” The Unknown Known will madden those who think Morris lobbed softballs at his subject. As far as Rumsfeld goes, what you see is what you get. We get a sense of his intelligence and to what shameful ends he put it to use, but not much more. In place of the catharsis Vietnam SecDef Robert McNamara croaked through in Morris’ similar, Oscar-winning The Fog of War, we get an essay on the weaponization of words and the tenuous justifications for modern warfare. To appreciate this film is to unpack it. For that reason it is a far more intellectually demanding film than The Fog of War, and thus a superior one in my view. Save for an early recounting of the events of 9/11, Morris structures his film around a chronological run-through of Rumsfeld’s career. Set against a black backdrop, Rumsfeld addresses Morris’ camera in his self-described “cool, measured” way. While Morris smothers a photo montage of Rumsfeld and his wife in
sappy music, Rummy retells his marriage proposal in laughably clinical terms: “I was correct. It was a good decision. It just wasn’t part of my plan.” He lights up when talking about himself, such as his behind-the-scenes machinations in the Nixon and Ford administrations. In the former’s case, he ducked out soon enough to avoid Watergate while in the latter’s, Rumsfeld criticizes his old boss’ weaknesses in leadership. In tandem with a fellow named Dick Cheney, Rumsfeld resigned in protest as Chief of Staff, spurring the ensuing “Halloween Massacre” where Ford
said and done. The jokes he cracks with the press on the lead-up to the Iraq War humanize him, to an extent, but they disturb more than anything else for we notice a collusion between interviewee and interviewer, as frustration COURTESY OF HISTORY FILMS
The Unknown Known Directed by Errol Morris Starring Donald Rumsfeld
reshuffled his Cabinet. Rumsfeld got a promotion, to Secretary of Defense, out of it all. The way Morris cuts together the Halloween Massacre sequence clues us into his complex take on his subject. Superimposed over footage of Rumsfeld’s swearing-in ceremony, newspaper headlines whiz by, all praising, through so-called objective language, Rumsfeld’s ruthlessness in getting what he coveted. They all ostensibly fuel his ego as he strides down the red carpet, with honor guard in tow. The media’s love affair with political drama can be held accountable for incubating a man like Rumsfeld, whose indisputable intelligence benefitted only himself, when all is
with Rumsfeld’s nonsense evasions cools into inappropriate comradery. If this reading needs further evidence, consider that the other time Morris uses this flying newsprint-over-archive footage approach is with Osama bin Laden, when he descends a mountain with his walking stick and headlines express confusion over his whereabouts. They are both boogeymen made stronger by the noise they leave in their wake. Throughout the film, Rumsfeld reads aloud a handful of the thousands upon thousands of memos, called “snowflakes,” he wrote during his tenure at the Pentagon. “Subject: Terminology,” he begins, before boring into three terms — “unconventional warfare,” “guerrilla,” “insurgency” — with which he
sought to define the Iraq War, precisely because they are vague euphemisms. He boasts how he got rid of unwanted words from the conversation, oblivious to how that approaches Orwell’s Newspeak. He clings to his infamous “unknown unknowns” — things “we don’t know we don’t know,” “The absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence,” et al — as grounds for invading Iraq, sounding like Fred Leuchter, the Holocaust denier Morris interviewed for Mr. Death. He said, after a trip to Auschwitz, “It’s not what I found that convinced me. It was what I didn’t find.” Rumsfeld gets it right, once. He reminds Morris how, back in 2008, Obama opposed the Patriot Act, indefinite detention and Guantanamo, yet they remain with us to this day. “That validates the decisions made by George W. Bush,” he says in what may be his most humble statement. The bigger and more connected our world becomes, the more grounds there are for suspicion, for actionable “intelligence.” Rumsfeld may be loathed more than most, but his breed will continue to occupy the highest offices. Morris cannot shake the moral void behind those eyes, like when he exclaims, “Wouldn’t it have been better not to go there [Iraq] at all?” and all he gets back is a smile and “I guess time will tell.” But this film comes short of excoriating Rummy for 106 minutes and that is a wise choice, since such polemics are easy and self-evident at this point. What Morris does do is open up this focused but failed probe of a man to capture the rest of America in silent consent. Rumsfeld acts on our country’s worst tendencies, with more intellectual arrogance than anyone else, but he does so because such violence is kind of part of our deal. Zach Zahos is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Von Trier and Fishing for Controversy
f you reach the end of the first installment in Lars Von Trier’s two-part film Nymphomaniac, and not all of you will, you’ll notice a curious footage reel accompanying the closing credits. The reel highlights the action in the second installment, to be released today, which includes Charlotte Gainsbourg screaming under the duress of sadomasochistic contraptions, giving aggressive blow jobs and simulating rape with two muscular men, all to the sounds of Rammstein’s demonic “Führe Mich.” As appalling as this sounds, no one in the theater I was in could look away. European cinema, from Bertolucci to Blue is the Warmest Color, has rescued nudity and sex from the world of pornography. At first glance, Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac appears to be a regression, with all its highlight reels and sexploitation casting sex back into porn’s banal terms. The dialogue doesn’t help either, often echoing cheap soap-opera seductions. Neither do some of the performances; Christian Slater’s could be better done by a bottom-of-the-barrel porn star. But critics insist that the film is quite a bit more than pornography. Some insist that its putting sex in a theological dialogue — see Tablet’s “Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac Isn’t Porn. It’s a Defense of Jewish Theology.” Some insist that it’s a subversive feminist statement — see Flavor Wire’s “Eight Ways of Looking at Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac: Volume 1.” But, if you really analyze the film, you’ll find that it’s a rejoinder to analysis. To recap: Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard) finds Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) bruised and moaning in a cobblestone alleyway. She resists medical attention, evidently avoiding legal authorities. He takes her into his house and gives her a bed and tea. It begins to look like the post suicide attempt scenes in Vertigo, but the possibility for a romantic relationship between Seligman and Joe is quickly
extinguished (unless Volume Two proves me wrong), taking the manner of a patient-subject relationship. Seligman asks Joe about what happened. Conveniently, Joe is no fool at storytelling: “I discovered my cunt at two years old,” she begins. She is a fool at repenting, however, unconvincingly trying to get Seligman to confirm her guilt. She quickly discovers the perils of trying to absolve oneself to a scientist. No matter how shocking her confessions — sleeping with five men on one train ride, seducing then releasing ambivalent married men — Seligman returns with cold, overdetermined analyses: She lives according to the Fibonacci sequence, her modes of seduction resemble the various techniques used by salmon fishers, she achieves the sublime just as Bach does. Her storytelling is non-linear and provoked by odd details. Like Proust’s Madeline, a cake fork (which she believes to be a feminine and unnecessary instrument) provokes her memory, this time of her most lasting and fulfilling lover, Jerome (Shia LaBeouf, in a remarkably unfulfilling, slimy performance). Likewise, Seligman’s analyses slowly become more less linear and odd, even more peculiar than Politicizing the outlandish stories Joe tells — Art which do get pretty outlandish: In the end (spoiler alert) she sleeps with her dad’s unconscious body. Somewhere, a friend of Von Trier’s is shaking his head, lamenting the fact that he ever gave him an essay by Freud. And, too, analyzing this film strikes me as queer and unnecessary, a bit like eating a scone with a cake-fork. And I think this is the point. Joe, the compulsive sex-addict, and Lars Von Trier, the compulsive provocateur, are kindred spirits. Both are subjected to misguided analyses. Joe continually discusses the moral consequences of her actions but is at a loss to describe her motivations. In the film’s most introspective moment, she says, “Perhaps the only difference between me and other people is that I’ve always demanded more of the sunset, more spectacular colors
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when the sun hit the horizon. That is perhaps my only sin.” She doesn’t quite know how to put it but, like Von Trier, she aspires to transcendence. Provocation is perhaps her and Von Trier’s chosen method, knowing that provoking can be more exciting than sex and art. This film, however, Von Trier is provoking critics just as much as he is provoking moralists and censors, both of whom have left Von Trier looking as battered as Gainsbourg in the beginning of the film. The intricacy of Seligman’s analyses express the ridiculousness of imposing narratives on something as spontaneous and natural as sex and creation. So, if I thought that I needed an intellectual justification to enjoy the Nymphomaniac and its shameless amounts of sex, I’d create one. But something tells me I’d become just another salmon in Von Trier’s carefully placed fishing rods.
Henry Staley is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Politicizing Art appears alternate Fridays.
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Knicks’ Athlete Makes Plans For Future
GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Carmelo Anthony said he wants to stay in New York, and said he wants to win. It will be up to Phil Jackson to convince him that he can do both. With the Knicks’ season over and Anthony missing the playoffs for the first time in his career, he can begin thinking about his future. He plans to become a free agent in July and wants to be someplace where he can compete for championships. The Knicks never came close this season, going 37-45. Anthony said it was a “failure” and an “embarrassment” that he’s unwilling to go through again, which could force him to look elsewhere since New York will have trouble changing its roster next season. “I want to come back. I also want to win. Me wanting to be here, if we can put ourselves in position to at least compete at a high level over the course of whatever, five years, the contract would be, then I’m willing to stay here,” Anthony said Thursday while wearing a red hat with the letters “NY” at the Knicks’ training center. He met with Jackson, who took over as team president in March and has said he could envision Anthony as a central piece of the Knicks’ future. Less clear is what he thinks about coach Mike Woodson, who received a strong endorsement from the Knicks’ leading scorer. “To be honest with you, Mike Woodson, me and him have become, he’s been a guy I can talk to,” Anthony said. “He’s been almost a father figure, a friend, a guy who I can bounce stuff off of. I’ve been a guy he’s talked to multiple times about multiple things, different situations. So when that time comes, if it’s ready for me to step up and take that next step and say, ‘OK, Mike Woodson needs to stay or go’ — I don’t think it would come down to that — but I’ll back him. If he needs my recommendation, whether it’s here or anywhere else, I’ll back him.” Amare Stoudemire said Woodson wasn’t a part of his exit meeting with Jackson and general manager Steve Mills, and he hadn’t seen him Thursday. Woodson led the Knicks to 54 wins and a division title last season, and the Knicks embraced their high expectations coming into 2013-14. But they got off to a dismal start and couldn’t recover, bad timing with their best player having the option to leave. The Knicks can pay Anthony around $30 million more than any other team, but won’t have much financial flexibility to build around him until a number of contracts come off the books following the 2014-15 season. Yet Tyson Chandler, who like Stoudemire owns one of those contracts, said changing the players wasn’t what the franchise needed.
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Ryu Inspires South Koreans With Seven Inning Gem for Win
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched for his country, doing anything he could from afar to lift spirits in South Korea after all the lives lost during a devastating ferry accident. Ryu stretched his road scoreless streak to 26 innings this season and 28 in all, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 2-1 on Thursday to avoid a sweep. “It’s just a really unfortunate situation,” Ryu said through an interpreter of the ferry accident back home. “I have a very heavy heart today. I thought if I could just win today and pitch well maybe it would give them a little brighter side to think about. That’s why I went out there and tried to do the best I could.” Ryu (3-1) struck out three and walked one on a season-high 112 pitches in seven innings, helping his club move into a tie with the Giants atop the NL West at 10-6. The Giants played their seventh straight one-run game, their most since eight in a row in 1910, according to STATS. Yasiel Puig returned to the Dodgers’ starting lineup and went 1 for 4 with a strikeout. He dropped a routine fly ball in right early on but recovered to throw out Brandon Belt at second. He then made a nice over-the-head catch on the next batter and a running grab in shallow center in the eighth with a runner on second. He said the ball hit his thumb area on the play he missed, and he didn’t close his glove quickly enough. The Cuban star said before the game he will stay focused on baseball despite reports smugglers who got him out of his country threatened his life. He made two baserunning blunders in the season-opening series at Australia, then arrived late at Dodger Stadium for the home opener and was scratched. He vowed to remain focused on baseball and not the off-field issues “so those things that are happening don’t torment me.” Tim Federowicz hit an RBI single in the second to put the Dodgers ahead, and Adrian Gonzalez singled in a run in the fifth to chase Madison Bumgarner. Gonzalez extended hiås hitting streak to 12 games, adding an eighth-inning double. Former Giants closer Brian Wilson gave up a leadoff double to Ehire Adrianza but escaped the inning unscathed. Kenley Jansen gave up a two-out RBI single to Adrianza before finishing for his fifth save. Ryu had surrendered a career-high eight runs in a career-short two innings against the Giants in the Dodgers’ home opener April 4. “Kind of what we needed today for him to go seven and go back out there for the seventh,” manager Don Mattingly said. “It worked out.” With his bushy beard freshly shorn, Bumgarner (2-1) had a threestart winning streak against the Dodgers snapped with just his second loss in the past seven outings against Los Angeles. The left-hander allowed two runs, six hits and three walks with six strikeouts in 4 1-3 innings but threw 99 pitches. “Not a whole lot went in our favor. I’m not trying to change anything,” Bumgarner said. “That was some of the best stuff I’ve had so far. It’s been tough getting deep into games right now.” Los Angeles played without shortstop Hanley Ramirez, a day after he was hit by a pitch on the top of his left hand. The Dodgers said there is no fracture, and Ramirez said he had iced the hand eight times and planned to play Friday against Arizona to begin a 10-game homestand.
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Crucial matchup | Junior midfielder John Edmonds said that the Red’s matchup against Brown on Saturday is sure to be full of intensity throughout all 60 minutes of play.
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freshman Larken Kemp, leading the Ivy League and ranking No. 16 in the nation with 1.73 caused turnovers per game, will definitely pose a threat. Sophomore goalie Jack Kelly has also seen much success this season and will be difficult to beat. He currently ranks first in the conference in both save percentage (.544) and saves per game (11.82), while posting a 10.54 goals-against average. However, the Red’s offensive lineup is ready to leave it all on the field, gearing up for a game of high-energy lacrosse to forge ahead in the conference, according to sophomore attackman John Edmonds. “We’re definitely excited to play a talented Brown team this weekend on our team’s senior day,” he said.
“It’s a crucial Ivy League matchup where a complete game of lacrosse with energy and intensity for 60 minutes is going to be needed in order to get the win.” While the Red reluctantly says goodbye to eight dedicated seniors in just a few weeks, graduating players — such as McCormack — have cherished the memories and made lasting friendships within the tight-knit team. “It’s sad to think that my time at Cornell playing lacrosse is coming to an end, but I personally have been trying to slow down and appreciate every day with this amazing family,” McCormack said. Sydney Altschuler can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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in the Ivy League. Fellow pitcher George Thanopolous is 4-0 on the season and sports a 2.70 ERA. The tandem made a strong one-two punch in the first two games against Princeton, striking out 19 total in their starts. According to Tatum, the Red is not changing its approach going into the Columbia matchups. “We want to come out and play our game, which is getting key hits with runners in scoring position and our pitchers contin-
going to be another tough team,” said sophomore outfielder Jordan Winawer. “We’re looking to come out strong and set the tone in game one of the series. We’ll be fine as long as we maintain our focus throughout all four games of the series.” Winawer has emerged as a key threat in the Red’s lineup, starting the past five games in the outfield and hitting .556 over that span. Aside from Winawer, junior Ryan Karl is the only other Red player hitting over .300, and the junior transfer leads the team in homeruns with six and RBIs with 25.
“We’re looking to come out strong and set the tone in game one of the series. We’ll be fine as long as we maintain our focus throughout all four games of the series.” Jordan Winawer uing to throw strikes on the mound,” he said. Columbia’s leading hitters from their championship run a season ago — Alex Black and Joey Falcone, who both hit over .325 on the season — have both graduated, but the Lions have added some new threats to their lineup. Freshman Will Savage and sophomore Nick Maguire have both emerged as leaders at the plate for the Lions. Savage leads the team in batting average at .341, with Maguire close behind at .323. Sophomore Rob Paller and junior David Vandercook have done most of the run producing, totaling 50 RBIs between the two of them. “We know that Columbia is
The Red will likely send sophomore Michael Byrne and juniors Brent Jones and Nick Busto to the mound in some combination in the first three games. Byrne leads the team and the Ivy League in ERA at 1.33, and Jones is sixth in the conference with a 2.80 ERA. Game one of the series is set for 12 p.m. on Saturday on Hoy Field. “Columbia is a strong opponent, [and] we know that we are going to have to put in a great effort to achieve the desired results, but all we can do is focus on a game at a time and give it our all,” Byrne said. Scott Chiusano can be reached at email@example.com.
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Edwards Blasts Walk-Off Homer To Propel Red Over Great Danes 7, senior Jenny Edwards hit a walk-off home run to left center to hand the Red its first win in four games. Heading into the league match-up this weekThe softball team split an afternoon set against the University of Albany on Thursday, taking end, the Red currently stands at .500 in Ivy play. home a loss in the first game before earning a win The team most recently faced an Ivy rival in last in the second off a walk-off home run. The Red weekend’s four game set with defending Ivy continues its homestand this weekend with a four champions Penn, in which the Red took a blowout win and a blowout loss on the game series against Columbia. first day and two hard-luck 9-8 losses on The Red (14-20, 5-5) kept pace with Cornell the second day. the Great Danes through the first few Columbia (18-18, 5-7) currently sits innings of the opening match, with the in fourth in the Ivy League South score tied at two after two innings. Division, one spot behind the Red. The Albany pulled away in the third, slamLions went 1-4 in last weekend’s series ming a two-run home run to center vs. against Princeton and took home two field to give the away team the advanwins against St. Peter’s on Thursday. In tage. The Great Danes added three Thursday’s first match, the Lions more in the fourth for a five-run lead, snagged an 8-6 victory, then pulled a 5but the Red cut the lead to four in the 2 win in the second game. bottom of the seventh. The Red failed Columbia The Red faced Columbia last season to build momentum, however, and in another four-game April set. The Red ended the game with a 7-3 loss. Cornell swiftly took the lead in the Tomorrow, 12:30 p.m. took the first two games, 7-5 and 6-0, opening inning of the second game after Niemand-Robison Field but lost the final two, 3-2 and 7-0. Before Sunday’s games, the Red is set junior Sophie Giaquinto homered to to honor its nine graduating seniors. center for two runs. After several scoreless innings, Albany grabbed five straight runs for Among those saying goodbye after the season are a 5-2 lead, but Cornell responded with three in Christina Villalon, one of the Red’s most consisthe bottom of the sixth from freshman Chloe tent offensive players with 14 RBIs, as well as Pendergast’s three-run homer. The Great Danes pitcher Alyson Onyon, who held a 3.50 ERA added a home run of their own in the top of the prior to Thursday’s matches against Albany. seventh for a 7-5 lead going into the bottom of the final frame, but sophomore Meg Parker quickly put the Red on the board, blasting a two-run Emily Berman can be reached at shot to left center field. With the game tied at 7- firstname.lastname@example.org. By EMILY BERMAN
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Walk-off win | Sophomore Meg Parker (above) hit a two-run shot to tie the game against Albany, setting the stage for senior Jenny Edward’s gamewinning home run.
Pineda Pine Tar Scandal,Phelps’ Great Return and Other News Berman and Awaitey take on everything from golfing outfits to Dan Snyder’s shortcomings AROUND THE GORGE Continued from page 16
with the kind of candor only allowed to a player whose goofy charm distracts from the fact that he could crush you in one batting glove-covered fist, said “everybody uses pine tar” and shrugged it off as “no big deal.” L.A.: As one of three Red Sox fans (#redsoxnation) from New Jersey (#dirtyjerz), I can turn a blind eye to Pineda’s obvious pine tar use — I mean alleged use. Let’s not forget Jon Lester in Game One of last year’s World Series. We can’t actually call him out
I’m just waiting for the inevitable fall of the Yankees. Pettite and Rivera retired last year, Jeter and Soriano are both as old as dirt, we won’t be seeing A-Roids this season, Tex is on the DL and I can all but guarantee an Ellsbury injury, which means $153 million dollars down the drain. I’m not bitter about our recent losses; it’s a marathon not a relay. The Rays will win the AL East, Sox will take one of the Wildcard spots; I’m not sure if the Yankees can deliver a postseason run in Jeter’s last year. But you can be sure Pine Tar Gate will be old news come October.
The Masters would be a whole lot more entertaining if everyone showed up wearing Bill Murray’s PBR golf pants, which are a thing of bizarre, disturbing beauty. on this, I mean… hi kettle, it’s me pot. E.B.: More like, “hi kettle, it’s me pot, meet frying pan.” Pineda was up against Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz, who was called out by a broadcaster last May for possibly-maybe-obviously throwing spitballs. So it was probably wise for the Sox to skip over the whole Pineda issue. The best part of Thursday’s post-game reactions, though, isn’t that people were mad about the pine tar use — they were just mad it was so obvious. The whole situation really sums up baseball’s motto over the last few decades: I don’t always cheat, but when I do, I damn well need to hide it better. L.A.: I could care less about Pineda,
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L.A.: Golf happened. Or there’s a fannypack and polo shirt convention; the palest guy gets a green jacket. *Possible related news: There’s a shortage of khaki shorts and Patagonia vests in Augusta, Georgia. E.B.: The Masters would be a whole lot more entertaining if everyone showed up wearing Bill Murray’s PBR golf pants, which are a thing of bizarre, disturbing beauty. On a different note, though, golf is one of those sports that’s notably divided down gender lines in my family. I can only watch golf in five-minute intervals without feeling the need to switch to something more exciting — say, infomercials — while my dad and brother can slobber at the screen for hours to see which rich white guy can spend the most time standing in one spot and grimacing.
L.A.: It's the sports equivalent of watching paint dry. E.B.: Not to take anything away from Bubba Watson, though, whose second Masters win in three years vaulted him into that elite stratosphere of contenders whose accomplishments involve “being a recognizable golfer whose name isn’t Tiger or Phil.” L.A.: Apparently he owns a shrimping company with some dude named Forrest. This Week In: The ‘J.K., I’m Not Retired!’ Award E.B.: Previous notable winners include Brett “Needs To Stay Away From Phone Cameras” Favre, Roger “Pinky Swear I Didn’t Do Steroids” Clemens, and, of course, Michael “Joining the Wizards Is a Good Idea” Jordan. This time around it’s aquaboy Michael Phelps who has suddenly announced his return, fueling speculation that he’s gearing up for Rio in 2016, despite being 31 the time that competition rolls around (for those of you keeping track, that’s approximately three times the average age of the Chinese gymnastics team). L.A.: For those of you keeping track, that’s approximately the second Chinese gymnastics joke this edition. But, let’s not forget the facts: Michael Phelps IS the most decorated Olympian of all time. Let him swim; he’ll at least bring home a couple of bronzes or something.
about three weeks ago Dan Snyder started the “Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation” — aka “OAF” — as a Hail Mary attempt to keep the Redskins’ name and prove that occasionally, under extreme pressure only, he will expend some thought about people not named Dan Snyder. In this case, no news is good news: until the Redskins’ name goes, the Snyder digs stay. L.A.: Who’s Dan Snyder? Give me a second to google that. Ok, apparently he’s the owner of the Washington Redskins. No one cares about the Redskins after last season. E.B.: Not as a legitimate football team, maybe. As a D.C. sports fan who has never* lived through a good football season, even so-called savior RGIII lost some major points with me after his handling of the Shanahan situation last season. But it’s Snyder — and his constant toddler-throwing-a-hissy-fit behavior over the Redskins’ name — that’s the real issue at the forefront this offseason. *Fine, 2012 was alright until RGIII’s leg fell off, and Joe Gibbs 2.0 teams essentially snuck into the playoffs twice. But everything beyond those years falls somewhere between “trainwreck” and “slightly less painful than the 2008 Lions.” L.A.: Sounds like Dan Snyder should take Intergroup Dialogue.
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THURSDAY APRIL 17, 2014
Laxers Celebrate Senior Day Against Brown By SYDNEY ALTSCHULER Sun Assistant Sports Editor
The Cornell men’s lacrosse team looks to bounce back from a three-game losing streak when it welcomes Ivy foe Brown to Schoellkopf on Saturday, April 19 at
noon. The Red (9-3, 3-1 Ivy League) is currently tied for first place with Harvard in the conference standings. A win against the Bears (6-5, 1-3) would allow the Red to remain in the race for the No. 1 spot, while improving to 4-1 in Ancient Eight
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Scooping it up | The Red will honor its seniors before Saturday’s game, including senior midfielder Doug Tesoriero, who has picked up at least one ground ball in 32 straight games.
play. Cornell will also be honoring the eight-member class of 2014 on Saturday for Senior Day, adding extra incentive to win the contest. According to senior midfielder Cole McCormack, the squad is looking forward to playing on home turf and has worked extremely hard to reach this point. “The entire team — especially the seniors — is really excited to play. … Every chance we get to play on Schoellkopf is extremely special to us,” McCormack said. “I know how hard this team has worked and how much everyone cares about the season and each other.” Though Cornell leads the overall series with Brown, 35-18, the squads have split the last six meetings. Additionally, tight games have marked the rivalry for the past decade, with 10 of the last 17 meetings coming down to a difference of three or fewer goals. The last time the squads faced off in 2013, however, the Red came out on top with a convincing 13-7 win. Brown has let a few Ivy contests slip from its grasp this season, falling to Harvard, 16-10, in its conference opener and then to Penn (10-8) and Yale (7-6 in
OT) on consecutive weekends. Still, the Bears have proven to be a resilient squad, upsetting Princeton 11-10 earlier in the Men’s Lacrosse season. While the Red Cornell has had a dominant season in conference play, the squad has lost some momentum with vs. the recent threegame skid. Brown’s squad looks to turn things around as well, coming off a Brown tough 7-6 overtime loss to Yale. The Tomorrow, 12 p.m. Bears need a win to Schoellkopf Field stay in the mix for the top four teams in the Ivy standings and a berth to the playoffs. Cornell fans can expect a heated matchup, therefore, as stakes are high and both squads are hungry for redemption. The Bears play a strong defensive game and will look to keep the Red off the scoreboard on Saturday. Brown’s See M. LAX page 13
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elcome to the first edition of Around the Gorge: Sun Sports Banter with Emily and Lisa, where we’ll be providing our color commentary on the last two weeks in the world of professional sports, college sports and hobbies like curling or women’s basketball. We’re not analysts, just enthusiasts: one step above your average Joe fan and about a hundred notches below the “Put It In My Five Hole, Sidney” girl. In short, save the Moneyball number-crunching for
vered as an athlete and sports fan despite being everything your average player is not: short, small, pale and Jewish. L.A.: And I’m Lisa Awaitey — former softball player, present full time napper. Now that our painful introductions are over with, let’s get to the sports.
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Around the Gorge: Sun Sports Banter elsewhere, because you’re not going to find any of that here. This is what you will find in our column: ground-breaking topics like “men in sports,” if we’re feeling feminist, maybe “women in sports,” and if we’re talking about the Olympics there might even be a “babies in sports” discussion, because it’s only two years until we get to breathlessly watch as the Chinese gymnastics team hefts itself out of the cradle and onto the podium. E.B.: So, “without further ado,” as only the precociously polite kids say these days, I’m Emily Berman, and my gripping background is that I have perse-
Thursday, in the midst of your average Yankees-Red Sox “which team can whine the loudest” contest, broadcasters caught Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda with what appeared to be pine tar on his hands. The Internet and Twittersphere exploded midgame, while the benches of both teams either didn’t notice, pretended not to notice or were too busy calling each other names to notice. Pineda later called the totally-not-pine-tar substance “dirt,” while Big Papi, speaking See AROUND THE GORGE page 15
By SCOTT CHIUSANO
Sun Sports Editor
After losing the final three games of a four-game set with Penn last weekend, the baseball team will face another tough opponent in the reigning Ivy League champions Columbia this weekend. The Red will be playing on Hoy Field for just the second time against conference opponents this season, after kicking off a stretch of nine games on home turf yesterday with a 70 loss to Binghamton. The Red used seven different pitchers in the loss to the Bearcats, with freshman Scott Soltis going a strong three innings, striking out three and allowing just four hits. Cornell put eight hits on the board, but left ten runners on base and was not able to string together some runs. Looking forward to the weekend, the Lions come into the four-game series at 9-3 in the conference, sitting comfortably in second place in the Lou Gehrig division, just two games behind Penn. The Red — at an even 6-6 in Ivy play — will need to take at least three wins away from the weekend in order to contend at the top of the division. “Columbia just swept Princeton so they are coming into the games confident,” said junior infielder Kevin Tatum.
The Lions did not have much trouble in the fourgame sweep of the Tigers, with the only exception being the opener, where Columbia came out on top, 3-2. Starting pitcher David Speer went the
distance in that game, scattering six hits over seven innings while striking out 10. Speer leads the Lions’ pitching staff with 39 K’s, the fourth most See BASEBALL page 14
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Digging in | After a loss to Binghamton yesterday, the Red will take on Columbia in a four-game set starting on Saturday.