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Faculty Senate to vote on changes in May By ERIN ELLIS Sun Staff Writer

Despite opposition from students, the University Calendar Committee will present its proposed changes to the academic calendar — including two new vacation days in the spring and shortening students’ exam and study periods — to the Faculty Senate for a vote in May. If the changes are passed by the Faculty Senate, the University would add two vacation days in February; condense the exam study period from seven days to four and exam week from eight days to six; shorten Senior Week from seven days to three; and change the Wednesday before Thanksgiving from a half day to a full day off. Additionally, Slope Day would fall on a Wednesday, “I feel that students didn’t rather than a Friday. have enough of a voice.” The Calendar Com mittee — a coalition of facNatalie Raps ’12 ulty, students and staff — was established in 2010 and tasked with revising the academic calendar for the first time since 1984, according to Prof. Jeff Doyle, plant biology, chair of the committee. Doyle said that the committee’s primary goal is to alleviate student mental health concerns. Both of the committee’s undergraduate members — Student Assembly President Natalie Raps ’12 and Geoffrey Block ’14, S.A. atlarge representative — said they do not support the committee’s proposal. Yet its other members overwhelming did; the committee approved the final version of the proposal with a vote of 8 to 1 to 1.


From left to right, Alex Quilty ’15, Lauren Bamford ’12 and Katelyn Pippy ’15 act as Princeton, Gary Coleman and Kate Monster in Risley Theatre’s production of Avenue Q on Saturday.

New Profs Face Tenure Review By CAROLINE FLAX Sun Staff Writer

As the University prepares to hire a huge number of professors, candidates will face different degrees of review for tenure at Cornell, depending on their teaching ability, experience and the caliber of their former institution. Junior faculty — untenured professors — at the University often have to wait about six years before they are reviewed for tenure. But when hiring new faculty, Cornell does not have

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a defined process for determining which candidates receive tenure, according to John Siliciano ’75, vice president for academic affairs. “There actually isn’t a policy” on granting tenure to newly hired faculty, Siliciano said, “because we have to make judgments based on very individual circumstances.” Siliciano said that if faculty are hired “laterally” — to the same position they held at

Time Running Out as Slope Day Searches for Volunteers By JINJOO LEE Sun Senior Writer

The Slope Day Programming Board has five days to recruit an additional 250 volunteers for Slope Day — or Libe Slope may be silent and empty of concert-goers come May 4. “If we do not have enough volunteers, then there won’t be a Slope Day. No stage, no music, no event, no nothing,” said Dylan Rapoport ’12, chair of SDPB’s POSSE — people organizing and supervising slope events. The shortage of volunteers is especially troubling this year, Rapoport said, because the number of people needed to staff the event has increased from 400 to 500 since last year. “Our recruitment ends on Friday and we have about 250 signed up so far,” Rapoport said. “We’ve got to double recruitment in a week.” The number of volunteers needed has increased due to a dramatic rise in attendance at Slope Day over the last few years. While 13,974 people attended Slope Day in 2010, about 17,500 attended last year,

according to SDPB records. “[Every year] there is more trash, more water to hand out, more of everything. More people coming means more volunteers are needed,” said Ashwin Raja ’14, leader of the team of Slope Day volunteers responsi-

ble for environmental sustainability. This year, SDPB also needs more volunteers in order to extend the area it will help clean after Slope Day. The board plans to send volunteers to clean not only the fenced-off area on Libe

Slope, as it has in previous years, but also the space spanning Thurston Bridge to Collegetown Bagels. Rapoport said doing so will enable SDPB to save money it would have See SLOPE DAY page 5

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News Benevolent Alumnus

John Swanson ’62 M.Eng ’63, donated $10 million to the College of Engineering to support student project teams and academic initiatives. | Page 3

Opinion Not Mr. Nice Guy

Sebastian Deri ’13 says that the default, safe line — “You’re so nice” — is hardly a compliment in his eyes. | Page 7

Arts Swept Away

The Avett Brothers’ show Saturday, which sold out two months ago, pulsed with energy, much to the delight of the band’s fans. | Page 9

Sports Ready, Set, Wrestle

Kyle Dake ’13 won four matches at the U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials in Iowa City, Iowa, this weekend. | Page 16


Last call | Members of the Slope Day Programming Board warned that if it does not recruit enough volunteers, Slope Day may not occur this year.

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Alumnus Gives $10M To C.U. Engineering By KAITLYN KWAN Sun Staff Writer

With a $10 million gift from John A. Swanson ’62 M.Eng. ’63 the College of Engineering will expand undergraduate opportunities in both academics and student organizations. According to a University press release on Thursday, half of the gift will be used to fund engineering project teams — student-run organizations that design and build products, such as race cars and water purification systems, that emphasize practical aspects of engineering. The donation will also be used to create a director position that will oversee the project teams, according to Prof. Alan T. Zehnder, mechanical and aerospace engineering, associate dean for diversity and faculty development. “There would be someone who would be able to advise the teams more closely, give more oversight in terms of safety and responsibility,” said Zehnder, who is also a faculty advisor for the Cornell University Autonomous Underwater Vehicle team. “The overall project team program will be on firmer grounds … It’ll make sure that this project team process and experience will be available for a lot more students down the line.” The decision to appoint a new director comes after the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers project team — which builds and races cars for an annual competition in Michigan — was put on a two-month probation following multiple members’ complaints of excessive stress. According to Prof. Mark Campbell, director of mechani-

building a complex system, but the opportunity to work with others from different disciplines and to get entrepreneurial, management and financial experience that will inspire some to go on to create startups,” Collins said, according to the press release. “Thanks to [Swanson]’s incredibly generous gift, these teams will no longer have to rely on uncertain funding from companies and other sources that fluctuate year to year.” Many project teams currently use software designed by ANSYS, Inc., a company that Swanson founded in 1970 and was CEO of until it was sold in 1994, according to the press release. ANSYS, w h i c h develops engineering simulation software and assists teams in developing SWANSON ’62 and testing their projects. Swanson said that his decision to donate to the college was largely motivated by the belief that an undergraduate engineering education — paired with experience working on teams and producing products — helps create well-prepared engineers. “It’s a very good thing for us,” Zehnder said. “It demonstrates the commitment being made by the college and John Swanson to keep hands-on experience and learning available for engineering students and other students as well.” The other half of Swanson’s donation will be used to fund

“[Project] teams will no longer have to rely on uncertain funding ... that fluctuate[s] year to year.” Lance Collins cal and aerospace engineering, the engineering college has been trying to improve leadership among project teams. Other uses for the money might include payments for project teams’ supplies and travelling fees, Zehnder said. “It’s a great thing to happen, and I’m really looking forward to seeing how it will be implemented,” said Matt Byrne ’12, the team leader for Formula SAE. “If money is given directly for the teams to use, that would be a huge help … It would probably go towards facilities, equipment, new machines — things like that.” Currently, teams receive more than $200,000 in sponsorships from companies every year, according to the press release. Swanson’s gift will give project teams — which provide students hands-on experiences in engineering — more stability in funding, according to Lance Collins, dean of the college. “These teams provide students with not only the technical challenge of designing and

additional academic initiatives. Three million dollars will be used to establish the John A. Swanson engineering undergraduate scholarship fund, according to the press release. The remaining $2 million will help fund the Academic Excellence Workshop, which helps augment student education through peer-facilitated group work, and the Engineering Learning Initiatives program, which enables undergraduates to work alongside Cornell faculty members. “Engineering can feel to many students to be an intense and aggressive program,” said Prof. Graeme Bailey, computer science, another faculty advisor for CUAUV and a member of The Sun’s Board of Directors. “All that we can do to help students to not only survive but develop both the nerdy and the personal skills to carry them forward into their careers is critically important.” Kaitlyn Kwan can be reached at

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Yamatai, a student group that practices a form of Japanese drumming called Taiko, gives an energetic performance at its annual PULSE concert in Bailey Hall Saturday night.

Yale Law School Battles Imbalance After Study Reveals Gender Gap By THE YALE DAILY NEWS

Men are 16 percent more likely to speak in class than women in Yale Law School courses, according findings in a study released by a Law School student group last week. The group, Yale Law Women, replicated a study of gender dynamics it conducted at the school in 2002. The 93-page study — which included interviews with 54 of 83 non-visiting faculty members, observations of student participation in 113 sessions of 21 Law School courses and a survey of 62 percent of the student body — found that women are 1.5 percent more likely to speak up in class now than they were 10 years ago, among several other observations. The majority of students and faculty interviewed by the News said gender imbalances are an endemic problem in the legal profession and are not unique to the Law School, though many were disappointed by the lack of substantial improvement over the decade. “What we found is that participation by women in the classroom has improved, but the rate is very slow,” said Fran Faircloth, a Yale Law Women co-chair for the study. “If we continue at the same rate, the gender gap won’t close until 2083.” The report, titled “Yale Law School Faculty and Students Speak Up about Gender: Ten Years Later,” assesses students’ interactions with faculty both in and out of the classroom, and compiled recommendations on how to minimize gender differences in the Law School community based on survey and interview responses. Recommendations to faculty include practicing more “conscientious classroom management” — for example, waiting for five seconds rather than calling on the first student to raise his or her hand — while recommendations to students include being more proactive in interacting with professors.

Law School professor Lea Brilmayer, who has taught at Yale “off and on” for 30 years after becoming one of the first female professors at the Law School, said she found the study depressing because it contradicted her feeling that gender dynamics at the school have improved in recent years. Brilmayer pointed to several institutional changes she said contribute to her attitude, including the greater prevalence of women on the faculty, all of whom she described as “first-rate intellectual heavyweights.” For the 2011-’12 academic year, 22 out of 104 Yale Law School professors were women, according to the survey. The majority of students interviewed attributed the results of the study to historic gender inequalities within the legal profession. Jennifer Skene, a Yale Law student who served as a faculty interviewer for the report, said she feels legal education often perpetuates an “image of the dominant male lawyer.” Though she said the problem is systemic rather than created by a specific set of

people at Yale, she added that the issue leads some women to feel insecure. Skene added that she feels some males at top law schools are likely to be more confident than their female counterparts — a reality she said is evident at Yale Law School. “There’s very much this male in-group here,” Skene said. “And if you’re in that, you’re very much at the top of the world. This is true in the [first-year] class — I feel it’s very fratty and very insular, even more so than the Law School itself.” Some students and faculty interviewed by the News said the study highlights differences in temperament between the genders. Yale Law student Fiona Heckscher said some women might be more inclined than their male counterparts to fully process their thoughts before speaking up in class. Rather than encourage women to participate more frequently in the classroom, she said, the report should prompt some male students to “step down a little bit.” This story was originally published in The Yale Daily News Friday.

Ron Paul Stirs Lynah Faithful

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul drew a crowd of more than 4,000 to Lynah Rink on Thursday, where he spoke to a fired-up audience in a town hall-style rally. He implored supporters to join him and defeat the “tyrants” and “enemies of liberty” he said are destroying America. Cornell Partners With Major NGO on Global Service

President David Skorton spoke on Wednesday about the new CARE-Cornell venture, which he touted as the “firstever” partnership between a major non-governmental organization and a single university. The initiative will provide support for agricultural development projects aimed at impoverished female farmers. — Compiled by Utsav Rai

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‘I Don’t Think There’s Much More to Discuss,’ Prof Says CALENDAR

Block agreed that the new algorithm would be “effective” in minimizing some of the added stress of the condensed exam While Raps said she supported the period. Still, he lamented what he additional break in February, she “doubt- described as an outcome in which the ed” that the benefits of the vacation days Calendar Committee only “met the miniwill offset the drawbacks of a condensed mum” of the S.A. members’ requests. exam week. The committee met most of the S.A.’s Under the proposal, the last day of recommendations: a study period with a spring classes would fall on a Wednesday, minimum of four days; at least eight days followed by a four-day study period. of exams; an additional break in the spring Exams would run from Monday to semester; and a full day off on the Monday — occurring over the span of six Wednesday before Thanksgiving. days, instead of the current eight. However, Raps and Block expressed According to Doyle, the committee discontent over the committee’s refusal to faced a “trade-off ” between adding vaca- accommodate some of their other recommendations, such as a study break in the middle of the exam “There was no streamlined method of period. communicating with students.” “I felt that students didn’t have enough of a voice,” Raps Natalie Raps ’12 said. While Raps and Block said that the weekend currently opertion days in February and shortening the ates as a “natural break for most students,” study and exam periods. the proposed changes would move the “We looked at every angle and realized weekend to the very end of the exam periwe couldn’t meet the minimum required od, rendering scheduled exams largely days of instruction and bring in a break in uninterrupted. February without making cuts to the exam Doyle said the committee neglected to period,” Doyle said. add a break in the exam period because, he Doyle also noted that the University said, the Registrar’s new algorithm will be Registrar’s new system of scheduling able to effectively shield students from exams would “greatly reduce the likeli- back-to-back exams. hood” of students having back-to-back If the University schedules an uninterexams. An algorithm will be used to coor- rupted block of exam days as proposed by dinate exams based on students’ schedules, the committee, students will have fewer rather than on the days and times classes back-to-back exams, Doyle said. meet, he said. Still, Block also said he was was “very Continued from page 1

upset” that the calendar committee failed to allocate four days for Senior Week programming. “[Raps] and I really wanted to preserve Senior Week. We’d met with the Senior Week committee, who told us they needed at least four days of programming,” he said. Raps also pointed to what she said were two major flaws with the Calendar Committee’s decision process: the fast pace of negotiations, and her sense that undergraduate students’ concerns were not taken seriously enough. “I wish we had more time and a more effective way of dealing with student feedback,” Raps said. However, Doyle countered Raps’ claims that the process of reaching a final proposal was rushed. “This process started two years ago and we’ve been over all the arguments. I know [Raps] wanted to discuss it more, but I don’t think there’s much more to discuss,” he said. “We’re not going to get a better calendar, given the constraints we have.” However, “there was no streamlined method of communicating with students,” according to Raps. Throughout the process, the committee relied on the S.A. to act as a middleman between the committee and the student body. “I wish there had been follow-up communication after the proposal had begun to be distributed and talked about seriously. While targeted groups were contacted, the undergraduate students on the committee had hoped for more effective and streamlined communication to all under-

graduate students,” she said. Doyle noted, however, that the group publicly aired its objectives in March 2011 and released its preliminary recommendations this spring. “It’s not like we haven’t solicited [student] input,” Doyle said. Prof. William Fry Ph.D ’70, plant pathology, a non-voting member of the calendar committee, said he believes the committee’s recommendations “are the best that we can do.” “Recognizing the diversity of constituencies and diversity of needs of those constituencies, the committee's recommendations are a compromise that creates a better calendar than our current one,” Fry said. Raps said she predicts that since Fry supports the calendar committee’s final proposal, the Senate will likely follow his lead and vote to approve the recommendations. Still, Fry said he could not forsee how the Faculty Senate would vote. “Obviously, the faculty are a diverse group of people, and I'm certain that faculty have very diverse reactions,” Fry said. Block said he thinks his and Raps’ dissent could play a factor in the Senate’s decision next month. “I think there is going to be significant controversy [in the Faculty Senate], especially since neither [of the Calendar Committee’s] undergraduate students voted in favor of the proposal,” Block said. Erin Ellis can be reached at

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Tenure Review for New Hires Often a ‘Formality,’ Prof Says TENURE

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another university of comparable caliber — they are guaranteed tenure. Rather than undergo an extensive review process, they may need to simply wait for approval by a committee of faculty; the dean of the college; and the University Provost before being granted tenure. “They know it, we know it … We’re hiring them as a tenured professor,” Siliciano said. “In that case, the only thing that process is doing is complying with [University] rules. It’s just a bunch of little formalities.”

“In effect, to come work at Cornell, you have to give up your tenure.” Prof. Adam Smith But Prof. Adam Smith, anthropology, who came to Cornell from the University of Chicago last fall, said he had a different experience. “When they hired me here, it was basically probationary,” he said, describing his past year at the University as “going through the exact same process [of review for tenure] all over again.” “In effect, to come work at Cornell, you have to give up your tenure and your position,” Smith added. Smith said that most candidates who come to Cornell on the condition that they be reviewed again for tenure assume that the process will be a relatively smooth one, assuming they meet the University’s standards.

“You already made it through the hiring process, so the process of tenuring and promotion shouldn’t be all that difficult,” Smith said. Like Smith, Prof. Tom Sider, philosophy, said that new hires who had tenure at their former university are likely to receive tenure once he or she has agreed to work at their new institution. Although one does have to be “technically” reviewed again for tenure, “I’ve moved a couple times since I’ve gotten tenure [and] it’s usually very unlikely that you would not be successfully re-renewed,” Sider said. In addition to hiring some faculty “laterally,” the University sometimes hires people as full professors who were considered junior faculty at their former institution. According to Prof. Ron Ehrenberg, industrial and labor relations, although Cornell likes to “grow our own talent” by promoting and encouraging the development of junior faculty, it will occasionally offer tenure to talented, young faculty from other institutions. “If there’s a young star at another university, we can try to pre-empt what his or her university is doing and see if we can get their tenure promoted early,” Ehrenberg told The Sun in March. For instance, Sider said his wife, Prof. Jill North, philosophy, was “coming up” for tenure at the college she worked at last spring when she was both hired and given tenure by Cornell. “She didn’t have tenure previously, and so that’s a bigger deal,” Sider said, adding that the tenure process was “done before we got here.” The University offers faculty from other institutions tenure upon being hired if they are identified as a “target of opportunity,” said Prof. Charles Brittain, classics, chair of the Department of Classics.

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spent on hiring people to clean these areas. “If we clean it ourselves, we can put this money into bringing better artists,” he said. Additionally, according to Rapoport, volunteers will man a new “Eagle Outpost” in the overlook of Uris Library that faces the slope — where they will spot students on the slope who are sick, injured or need medical attention. Volunteers will also distribute water to Slope Day attendees using special backpacks that can hold between 40 and 50 water bottles. Slope Day may have evolved over the years —

for instance, 2003 was the first year that the fences were erected around the slope — but volunteers have been crucial to making Slope Day possible for the past decade, said Melissa Benhaim ’12, vice chair of SDPB. As SDPB runs out of time, Rapoport emphasized the importance of community involvement. “What makes Slope Day such a special event is that it exists only because of the collective efforts of students, staff and faculty across campus,” Rapoport said. Jinjoo Lee can be reached at

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“If we identify that person as the best person in the search, when we offer them a job, it [also] means that we want to offer them tenure,” Brittain said. Siliciano said, however, that the decision to offer early tenure to a faculty member remains under the discretion of the department in which that candidate would teach. “Those [decisions] are always based on the department’s assessment of whether the person is ready to come up under Cornell standards,” he said. For instance, according to Siliciano, a candidate who comes from a university with lower standards can “fall backwards” and have to undergo a more extensive review to be granted tenure at Cornell. “The amount of process you’re typically going to see is proportional to the amount of uncertainty we have about [the hire],” Siliciano said. One of the most common examples of such a tenure process, according to Siliciano, involves candidates who focus primarily on research and have less teaching experience. Although the candidate may be hired, he or she will only be considered for tenure once their department has evaluated their teaching abilities. “We want to see them up close,” Siliciano said. Although some professors may find an extended tenure process nerve-wracking or frustrating, Brittain said that waiting to give tenure — especially for candidates who primarily focus on research — is beneficial for the University. “That’s a good way of getting the best people … [and making] sure they put effort into teaching,” Brittain said. Caroline Flax can be reached at


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his is going to be my last column for The Sun. I hope that my columns have been enjoyable, thought-provoking and not excessively insufferable over the course of this year. I had originally intended to close out the year with some big profound statement about the meaning of life or the purpose of education or something like that, but when I opened up my computer today I found that my column was, bizarrely enough, already written. What greeted me was a page of uncapitalized free-verse poetry, followed by a short note reading simply “see if the university crowd

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Treating the Root Causes For Mental Health

THE UNIVERSITY IS CURRENTLY WORKING to find permanent sources of funding to maintain levels of spending at the Gannett Health Center that were increased in the wake of the string of student suicides in 2010. In March 2011, a year after the suicides, Cornell increased Gannett’s funding by $1 million through a combination of onetime donations and University funding. The added funding is quickly running out. Rather than letting the added funding expire after nearly a year and a half without a gorge-related suicide, Cornell is continuing to make this issue a priority by finding sources of permanent funding for counseling services. At an institution like Cornell with so many competing demands, it is commendable that the University is making this effort to ensure that a cluster of deaths never happens again. This money will go toward maintaining counseling positions that will help the University better serve students in distress. With the $1 million, the University created six counseling positions. These counselors provide crisis intervention, counseling, outpatient psychiatric care, outreach, and referral services to Cornell students. These positions are important, especially since there has been a surge in demand for these services in the past several years. However, expanding counseling services, while necessary in the short term, only deals with the symptoms of the root problems. Until the University can address the underlying problem of stress, it will always be looking for more money to finance these expensive programs. At the same time that the University looks for sources of alternative funding for these counseling positions, it must strive to create a climate where there is less of a need for these positions in the first place. The University has taken several steps that aim to address underlying causes of stress. The Faculty Senate passed a resolution that encouraged professors not to assign work over breaks, and the University has been working to redesign the academic calendar to add more breaks. These moves, if successful, will bear the largest results, not result in substantial costs, and do not come with the cost of compromised academic quality. However, these steps are still incomplete. Another way to change the climate that is still not finalized is creating a curriculum where the quality and relevance of coursework is stressed above the quantity. A year ago, Provost Kent Fuchs, Vice President of Student and Academic Services Susan Murphy ’73 and Dean of Faculty William Fry Ph.D. ’70 asked deans and chairs to look at curricula and majors and determine appropriate academic workloads. “There’s a place for actually reducing stress yet increasing how much the students learn,” Fuchs said. However, we question to what extent faculty and deans have been held accountable to this charge. The availability of counseling services and support that the community has provided to those in distress are steps towards changing the climate, but they deal largely with the symptoms. While searching for more funding for these mental health problems, the University cannot lose focus on the underlying problems pervasive at Cornell.

likes this — a. iii.” I have no idea who or what this piece’s mysterious author is, but it somehow felt wrong to not let them get their work out into the open. If the author is who they say they are, it’s somewhat unlikely that they will be able to read their work in print, but still, I hope their message can reach someone who needs it.

i couldnt tell you why i thought it would be a good idea to hop among all these keys or to think that a poor little roach had anything to a bunch of educated types but here i am

does the poetic urge lie in the genes or does it in the soul my soul has been passed around bandied about bartered i once was a vers libre bard so were my dad and my granddad my granddad s soul was transmitted to the body of a cockroach and so was mine i don t know what happened to my dad s maybe a wood louse

Could it have been that a cockroach crawled up to my room in the middle of the night and, by jumping on the keys, typed out a work of free-verse poetry? It certainly isn’t unheard of. In the 1910s and 20s, a New York Evening Sun columnist named Don Marquis published what he claimed was the poetry of a cockroach that typed by jumping on the keys of his typewriter — a cockroach who, curiously enough, was named Archy. Perhaps that original Archy was the granddad that our mysterious poet spoke of, and the “archy iii” that left this poem on my desktop was simply following in his ancestor’s footsteps. All I know is that the little fellow was much more eloquent than I ever could be. I think it’s good, then, that I close out my time as a columnist with a message from someone like Archy III. It’s good to remember that, no matter how big we think we are, we aren’t far from being insects. Furthermore, if we realize this, maybe we can realize that insects have something to tell us, even if they can’t work the shift key on the keyboard. It’s been wonderful writing for The Sun over this past year, and I hope everyone has a great summer! And next time you see a cockroach, take a minute before breaking out the Raid to ask him if he’s written any poetry lately.

this green ivy league life is not what a roach is used to though there are plenty of crumbs you college kids and your cheetos doritos and the like not as if i m complaining the air is fresh and the soil is damp and there are plenty of dark warm places to crawl into today i met a caterpillar who said to me that he was a person of some importance that there was no low hanging leaf safe from his incisors that the trees of ithaca were scarred forever from his culinary adventures but he also confided in me he was worried all of the caterpillars who had previously held his title had mysteriously disappeared was there some sort of caterpillar killer on the loose

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Don’t Be Nice Now T

here are few insults worse than being called “nice.” Not that I don’t want people to think I’m kind; what I mean is that if someone were asked to describe me and they responded “he’s nice,” it would sting worse than being called a callous misogynistic asshole. Because “nice” is the bland default opinion you have of loose acquaintances and people you haven’t ever met — a general, barely-valenced, non-descriptive, minimally approving, almost, if not entirely, uninsightful descriptor. Maybe not terrible if said by someone who barely knows you. But uttered from the lips of a closer acquaintance, friend or confidant, nothing could be worse. Yet, at times, I think we are all too quick to be exactly this — nice. Bill Maher ’78 has a running gag on his show where he describes Mitt Romney as the “least interesting man in the world.” Perhaps particularly acute in Romney, I think this nearly comical strategy of adopting the most acceptable opinion, equivocally backing out of it if need be, being terrified to embrace any opinion too extreme and too scared to make any strong definitive statement — aside from ones so obvious as to be meaningless — is a terrible illness which afflicts not only Romney but a great many politicians. And what does Maher attribute as the cause of Romney’s and by extension other politicians’ glorious blandness? It, he says, is “what you get when you place a premium on never offending anyone and only saying what’s safe.” This to me is the essence of the behaviors that would lead us to be described as “nice.” It is the outcome of the easy and comfortable process of taking the sum of everyone’s opinions and attitudes, averaging them and then adopting all the resultant averages, with perhaps some slight

modification, as your own attitudes and opinions. So what it really means to be “nice” is to be boring. Bland. Uninsightful and uninteresting. And it makes us unproductive and unconstructive. It chokes us, constrains us, limits us and confines us within an ever shrinking neatly zoned-off area of acceptability. Venture outside it and who knows what the punishment might be. In fact, I can’t help but think that the student leaders on campus today who will be the politicians of the future are going to be the most bland, boring, nice ones who were active but never took an extreme, interesting, radical or definitive stance on any major issues, tip-toeing around, never deviating from the group average by more than half a standard deviation. How else would you survive your Senate confirmation hearings? Aside from an objection to this, in principle, as fundamentally dishonest to oneself and disingenuous to others, there are two problems with this behavior in consequence. First, when we become so concerned with being nice we often end up with a collective view that is a distorted version of all our individual private views. And second, it means we end up wasting a lot of time debating the wrong issues and asking the wrong questions. The most concrete illustration of this first problem is evident in a study done by Deborah Prentice and Dale Miller at Princeton. They examined students’ attitudes in a setting in which we are particularly concerned with niceness. A social one. Specifically, they studied students’ attitudes about drinking. They had students rate their own comfortability with alcohol, then estimate what (a) their friends and (b) the average Princeton student would put down as their comfortability with alcohol. What they found was

that their overall estimate of the average Princetonian’s comfort level was higher than their overall estimate of one’s friends’ comfort level, which in turn was higher than self-ratings of students’ own comfort levels. Of course, only this last category is the actual average Princeton student’s comfortability with alcohol. However, a concern with niceness leads us to misperceive each other’s attitudes. Doubtless, this is true in a host of other domains. (In fact, social psychologists have a name for this phenomena: pluralistic ignorance.)

debated whether getting involved in them was a relevant retaliation for the September 11th attacks. However, few people — I can only remember David Foster Wallace asking it in an article in 2007 — debated whether any kind of retaliation in response to these attacks was logical or justified. He made the point that we accept the 40,000 deaths on domestic highways as the price of having them. So, he wondered, would it be equally “monstrous” to regard those “killed in the atrocities of 9/11 not as victims but as

Sebastian Deri Thought Crimes This misinformation is a problem in itself, but it in turn leads to a second larger problem. If our concern with niceness makes us misperceive people’s real views, then we have a fundamentally distorted perception of reality, making our debates, discussions and behaviors distorted too. With drinking for example, it means we argue over whether to go to Pixel or Chapter House, instead of whether we want to go out drinking at all. More broadly, it leads to policy debates and conflicts which aren’t wide enough and are often about the wrong thing entirely. For example, in the aftermath of the Desdunes tragedy, there was a lot of discussion about how to change the Greek system, but little discussion was had in the way of whether we wanted it at all. On an even larger scale, before the subsequent wars in the Middle East, we

democratic martyrs, ‘sacrifices on the altar of freedom’” — what if we “chose to accept the fact that every few years, despite all reasonable precautions, some hundreds or thousands of us may die in the sort of ghastly terrorist attack that a democratic republic cannot 100-percent protect itself from without subverting the very principles that make it worth protecting?” These are the types of questions we aren’t asking. Not because they’re not important and not because we aren’t thinking them, but because we’re all being too damn nice.

Sebastian Deri is a junior in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. He may be reached at Thought Crimes appears alternate Mondays this semester.

Ron Paul Revolution L

ast Thursday, I sat in Lynah rink with a few friends, and had a typical Lynah experience. Anyone who has ventured to those sacred wooden bleachers has heard and seen a lot of the same things I heard and saw. The pep band played a rousing rendition of some songs I didn’t recognize, the crowd started an “asshole” chant in response to an outsider’s presence, people who are otherwise calm and reserved were jumping up and down screaming at the top of their lungs and (perhaps most familiarly) my butt

Romney. I’ve been to a lot of political events in my time. One can always expect a mix of passion and curiosity in the crowd. That was certainly the basic dynamic for Dr. Paul — I saw a lot of people in the crowd who seemed to be curious Cornellians interested in what a Ron Paul rally looked like. We hear about him on The Daily Show, why not check it out in person? That was more or less my rationale for attending the event. What surprised me was the rest of the crowd, the passionate Ron Paul supporters. They wore shirts with slogans like “Ron Paul Revolution” written on them, varying from students to grandparents, and everyPlain Hokum thing in between. By and large, the crowd seemed respectful. However, there was an unmistakable air of hostility that permeated Lynah. Before the speech started, a man holding up an anti Ron Paul sign became the victim of the aforementioned “asshole” chant. I chuckled at the typical Lynah atmosphere transitioning so seamlessly over to the Republican nomination race. That’s when things got weird. A Ron Paul supporter ripped the sign out of the hands of the protester, and violently tore it up. The crowd roared its approval. One of Dr. Paul’s core principles is restoring the Constitution. I had hoped that Dr. Paul’s loyal supporters would pause to think about that whole “freedom of speech” thing in the document they’re so quick to fawn over. Yes, this was Ron Paul’s event, and if he didn’t want a protester there, it’s completely within his right to have him removed. Having said that, the howl that went up in the crowd as the sign’s remnants were strewn about gave me pause.

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fell asleep. Remarkably enough, I was not at a hockey game; I was at a political rally for Congressman Ron Paul. Dr. Paul (the program made sure to inform us that he’s a doctor who has delivered over 4,000 babies, pointing out how no other major presidential candidate has the babydelivering skills necessary to lead the free world) is running for the Republican nomination. Dr. Paul will not win the nomination battle, and I don’t believe he will run as a third party candidate. The official Republican National Committee delegate count has Dr. Paul with 26, compared to Mitt Romney’s 573. Furthermore, Ron Paul’s son, Rand Paul, is a Senator from Kentucky with national ambitions of his own. If Dr. Paul runs as a third party candidate, he will almost certainly act as a spoiler to Mr. Romney (think what Ralph Nader is alleged to have done to Al Gore in 2000, only on a larger scale). The implications for Rand Paul’s future ambitions would be calamitous if Dr. Paul were perceived as responsible for President Obama defeating Mr.

As the rally continued, and the crowd jeered the “tyrants” and “enemies of liberty,” against whom revolution needs to be waged, I detected that same sense of hostility. The people sitting around me hung on every single one of Dr. Paul’s words, and his amiable delivery began to contrast more and more with the escalating passion of the crowd. Dr. Paul is a curious political character. As a bleeding heart liberal, I disagree strongly with his views on economic liberty, especially the deregulation of our economy. That being said, his views on personal liberty, like repealing the Patriot Act, appeal to me in a way that has always made me think quite fondly of Dr. Paul. His passionate campaigning has held a mirror up to both the Democratic and Republican parties. Liberal-Democrats like myself have been forced to consider just how willing we are to ignore President Obama’s, at best, shaky record on domestic civil liberties. Conservative-Republicans have had to consider just how passionately they should continue advocating for smaller government, all the while defending the seemingly endless money-pit that is the national defense budget. As I got up to leave, I tapped on the shoulder of the middle-aged man who sat quietly next to me through the course of the rally. I asked him if he would support either Mr. Romney or President Obama if Ron Paul was not on the ballot this November. He quickly responded “No.” He then took a pause, and politely told me, “they’re both clowns.” Looking at the farcical and contradictory nature of the current state of electoral politics, it is hard to fervently disagree with him. However, watching Thursday’s crowd lose its shit in response to the rare sight of a solicitous politician, it’s hard to say that we deserve much better.

Noah Karr-Kaitin is a junior in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. He may be reached at Plain Hokum appears alternate Mondays this semester.

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CLIO CHANG Sun Staff Writer

When the Avett Brothers announced that they would be adding the State Theatre to their spring tour, as a special thanks to the town that had always been there for them, tickets were sold out months before the show. The venue might be small for a band that is currently headlining music festivals like Bonnaroo alongside with Radiohead and occupying concert halls like New York City’s Terminal 5. On Saturday night, however, the Ithacan crowd did not seem in any way unworthy of the band nor did the Avett Brothers seem too grown up for the venue. The only thing that was missing, unfortunately, was their bassist, Bob Crawford. The brothers, Scott on banjo and Seth on guitar, kicked off the show with “The Lowering,” one of the more heart wrenching numbers off the album Four Thieves Gone. It was a good choice for an adoring audience that could appreciate both an older song and a slower start. However, the band quickly showed off its versatility by transitioning into two of its more upbeat and catchy numbers,“Paranoia in B-Flat Major” followed by “Tin Man.” What is most apparent live, and what makes the Avett Brothers stand out, is its dedication to its audience, which may largely be due to the brothers’ small town beginnings. Before either hit album, Emotionalism or I and Love and You, the brothers were known for staying for hours after their concerts, until they had talked to every waiting fan. They still bring this singular ardor to the stage today, and this could be seen in songs like “Salina” and “Ballad of Love and Hate,” both off

of the Emotionalism album. The audience sang every word of both songs, and jeered playfully when Scott despairingly sang the lyrics, “New York quit calling / New York leave me be.” The audience was truly diverse. There were beer drinking college kids standing next to daughters sitting on their father’s shoulders. But old or young, locally grown or not, they were all united in their love for the band. When Seth started performing “Ballad,” as a solo acoustic act, audience members hushed one another, until the theater was almost magically silent. All that could be heard was Seth’s voice, practically at a whisper, and the crowd singing in turn. The only interruption was when someone screamed, “I love you Seth!” causing the audience to cheer for seconds straight, and forcing Seth to vamp. This song was definitely the emotional highlight of the evening. I saw many a tear and slow dance, and my heart stopped a little when

Seth blew the crowd kisses as the song ended. Directly after Seth’s solo, Scott came out so that the brothers could duet on the songs, “Bella Donna,” “Sanguine” and “Just a Closer Walk.” They whispered surreptitiously to each other, and then started playing in sync, still facing one another. Each took turns at melody and harmony, with Seth laughing when he messed up and Scott coaxing out solos from his banjo. It was like observing one of the brothers’ personal jam sessions, and it seemed as if they were no longer aware that the audience was there. It was touching that band could, and would, share this moment of brotherly enchantment with the audience. The band returned with cellist Joe Kwon, opening with the upbeat song “Go To Sleep,” followed by “Gimmeakiss,” and the titular, “I and Love and You.” Seth took a turn at the piano for this song, and Scott, for the first time without an instrument, held three fin-

Keeping It Real GINA CARGAS Sun Staff Writer

Here in the West, we are constantly flooded with images of a conflict-ridden Africa. Film after film portrays the continent as a land of war and disease — a place that we privileged Westerners must aid and pity. It’s a clichéd and massively false representation, yet films of this nature remain the status quo. Kimi Takesue’s 2011 documentary Where Are You Taking Me? is not one of these films. Rejecting almost every traditional element of documentary filmmaking, Where Are You Taking Me? is a stunning and accurate portrayal of daily Ugandan life. On Tuesday night, Takesue will bring this award-winning documentary to Cornell Cinema for a screening and discussion with Prof. Iftikhar Dadi, History of Art. Commissioned by the Rotterdam Film Festival, Where Are You Taking Me? seeks to explore and understand the nation of Uganda, as well as the alienating phenomenon of cross-cultural travel. Between the long, static shots, dialogue in an untranslated local language and the near-invisible hand of the filmmaker, this experimental documentary brilliantly disorientates the audience to an extent that would make Brecht proud. “The film is a journey of discovery and surprise,” Takesue said. “It has a certain jarring aspect which is that you never really know where you are going. I’m trying to recreate the disorientation of cross-cultural travel and I’m trying to address some of the issues involved in creating cross-cultural representations.” A film lacking a protagonist, a narrative and even a specific purpose, Where Are You Taking Me? remains strictly observational, placing the viewer in a position of constant uncertainty. Familiar shots — extended close ups of emotive faces, chaotic urban streetscapes, crowded flea markets — are completely decontextualized with incredible success. In a sea of documentaries that beat you over the head with a moral or call to action, Where Are You Taking Me? is a breath of fresh air. “I went into this piece without an agenda or a set of expectations,” Takesue said. “I knew I didn’t want to make a film

that focused on the horror of war or atrocities or AIDS. I had been inundated with these kinds of images in relation to Uganda and Africa — but that’s not to say I went in trying to create a positive representation, I just didn’t want to focus on any sensational subject matter.” This approach is particularly successful in the invisibility of Takesue’s part in the film. Where Are You Taking Me? is not a tale of a Western filmmaker’s triumphant discovery of Uganda, nor is she set up as the benevolent savior revealing the horrors of African life. Instead, Takesue remains a distant traveler whose only goal is an honest portrayal of Uganda. It’s this approach that renders the film so evocative. Filming everything from a hair salon to a weightlifting competition, Takesue explores everyday scenes that are surprisingly familiar and relatable — after all, is there anything less extraordinary than a young boy in a Harry Potter shirt watching his peers breakdance? Yet she also addresses Uganda’s local film culture, creating a friction between reality and fiction that further disorients the viewer. In one scene, we see people breaking rocks in a quarry in what appears to be a standard documentary scene. Yet as the scene progresses, we realize that a Ugandan filmmaker is present and the quarry is simply the setting for a local fictional film that uses a real place and real people. By providing context at the end of this and several other scenes, Where Are You Taking Me? superbly plays on the audience’s sense of reality, as well as its expectations. “There are these multiple layers of a film within a film,” Takesue said. “It also plays upon our own stereotypes. You see that scene and consider it one way, but in fact there’s this whole other layer, this creative enterprise with filmmakers and artists as well.” Her frank portrayal of the local art and film scene is largely effective. The average viewer does not associate Uganda with artistic endeavors or filmmaking; he or she sees the country as a nation rife with disease and war. Takesue seeks to

gers up, one by one, at the lyrics, “Three words that became hard to say / I and Love and You.” The audience followed suit, to which Scott tantalizingly yelled, “We love coming here and we love coming back,” and later, “see you guys soon.” They closed with “Kick Drum Heart,” which they performed on electric guitar and bass. The audience saw a glimpse of Seth’s ability to rock, and of all of the band’s songs, this one had the greatest disparity between the live and album version — not to knock the recorded track. But there is nothing like feeling the kick drum echo around the theater and through your chest after the lyrics, “My, my heart’s like a kick drum.” Of course, the audience saw right through the band’s planned ending, but it played along, screaming for five minutes straight, until the brothers came back for an encore. They played four more songs, including “January Wedding” and “Talk On Indolence.” The latter was electrifyingly empowering, especially when they started to scream the lyrics, “Because we had to!” Seth, who started out with a tambourine and guitar, threw both backstage to a crew member so that he could concentrate on screaming. The images of a guitar flying across the stage in wild abandon, Scott standing on a drum to sing and Joe Kwon playing his cello high in the air (which, being a cello player myself, I know is no small feat), is the best I can do to capture the energy of the song that ended a two-and-a-half hour, phenomenal and magnetically charged night. Clio Chang is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. She can be reached at


replace these sweeping generalizations and horrific images with familiar realism that tells its own story. “I’m interested in letting the images speak for themselves,” she said. “I wanted to recreate the experience and rhythms of travel by immersing the viewer in a place where they’re asked only to observe. There are points where you’re excluded from the action.” Only once does she delve into one of the heavier aspects of Ugandan life. Near the end of the film, Where Are You Taking Me? features zoomed-in shots of faces that stare directly into the camera as the subjects discuss their experiences with war. It’s a rare moment of clearly directed action, and its uniqueness makes it all the more affecting. In all, Where Are You Taking Me? is less of a driven examination of Ugandan culture, and more a meditation on its representations. It’s not a film for everyone — the lack of narrative and protagonist may well prove too jarring for some audiences — yet Takesue achieves her goal of reflecting the nature of cross-cultural travel while providing a realistic portrait of Ugandan culture. This is an excellent and refreshing film from a director you won’t soon forget. Gina Cargas is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. She can be reached at



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Arts Around Town Last Call Straight Up XVII

Final Show at Castaways

Friday at 8 p.m. At Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts

9:30 p.m. on Sunday at Castaways Well, this is it. One final blowout at Castaways will close out the venue for good. And what better bands than two Castaways veterans, John Brown’s Body and The Sim Redmond Band. J.B.B. has been touring the world since 2003 with their “Future Roots Music” — or reggae rhythms with hip hop, dubstep, electronic, ska and funk influences. Likewise, S.R.B.’s unique blend of roots-rock, Afro-Caribbean and reggae music continues to rise on the global front since their inception as a band ten years ago. While both bands have toured and reach people from all over the world, they return to their base of Ithaca for one final headlining show. — Alice Wang

When was the last time you were serenaded by a group of fellows so dashing and pretty-sounding that you blacked out from happiness? On Friday, the men of Last Call will perform their annual spring show, Straight Up XVII, complete with original music arrangements, boy-band choreography, flashing lights and a silly, silly comedy

Ithaca Ballet Presents Swan Lake Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. At the State Theatre


Finger Lakes Comedy Festival Thursday to Saturday, Various Locations

Three days, four venues, six shows, 20 comedians and unlimited laughter. This three-day festival features 20 of the best up-and-coming comedians in North America as they joke it out for the title of the Finger Lakes Funniest Comedian and a national headlining feature show.

script. The Callboys, as fans affectionately call them, will make all of your wildest a capella dreams come true. Join hundreds of screaming fans as they perform hits spanning from “We Are Young” and “Stereohearts” to “Bye Bye Bye” for a night of music, laughter, and fun! — Addy Davidoff

Not only will you be able to watch each set, you’ll also be able to vote for your favorite comedian, count your votes among those of the judges and the comedians to find the country’s newest talent. — Alice Wang

For a triumphant close to their 50th season, the Ithaca Ballet graces the State Theatre with two performances of the stunning masterpiece, Swan Lake. The first ballet of esteemed Russian composer Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake is truly a visual symphony — blending sumptuous choreography, a commanding score and the age old story of forbidden love for a gorgeously poignant result. Composed in 1875, the ballet tells the story of Odette, a princess cursed to remain a swan for the rest of her life by an evil sorcerer. The lush musical score, familiar to most, and the intricate footwork makes this ballet one of the most beloved of all times.

— Sarah Angell & Lubabah Chowdhury


Brought to Tears by Old People, Robots and Pie M ost of the time, I do not show my emotions. This prevent myself from doing an unintentional impresis blatantly untrue: I have the worst poker face of sion of the girl from Mean Girls who just has a lot of all time and it is very easy to discern what I am emotions. There are consequently a number of realthinking about based on my facial expressions. That said, it ly attractive pictures of me crying my eyes out at a is true that I rarely am brought to the point of tears by any- children’s movie at the age of 18 that I am sure will thing: especially not movies. I think I am the only person on come back to haunt me at some point when I am off the planet who does not cry at the end of A Walk to doing something important in the world. 3. Waitress. If you haven’t seen this movie, you Remember. However, there have been a few rare moments in my life when something I watch does cause me to have a need to. Immediately. It’s an adorable tale about a powerful emotional response during which I start crying like waitress (Keri Russell) who makes the most amazing a small child. Not all of them are sad tears, and some of them looking pies and is trapped in an abusive relationship are really silly and I have no explanation for why they affect with Elton from Clueless or Detective Cyrus Lupo me so much, but here they are: the five moments on screen from Law & Order (Jeremy Sisto). The pies in the that make me want to curl up in a ball on my bed with a movie are enough to bring one to tears. I get so hungry watching that movie, hearing her recite the bucket of cookie dough and sob. 1. Up. Literally the second that movie starts playing, I tear recipes for “Marshmallow Mermaid Pie,” “Falling in up. After the opening sequence I sniffle and calm down a bit, Love Chocolate Mousse Pie” and “Baby Screamin’ Its but then about three quarters of the way through, the old man Head Off In the Middle of the Night & Ruinin’ My flips through the second half of the photo album, and the Life Pie.” Anyway, at the end of the movie (I’m not waterworks resume. Sometimes even the thought of the spoiling it because everyone knows there’s going to be movie gets me going. In high school, my friend Bre would a happy ending), there is a happy ending. Specifically, start describing the plot of Up just to elicit my tearful Keri Russell kicks Earl (Elton) out of her life, and it just response. She would say, “and then they look up at the clouds delights me. And I start crying. I get a really creepy weird look on my face that is a combination of and they all look like smiling and crying at the same babies, but…” Before she time. So I just end up looking realcould finish, my face ly confused and conflicted and would be all contorted, again just not terribly attractive. my nose red and lower lip 4. Bridesmaids. I love Chris quivering. O’Dowd a lot in that movie. He is As Tajwar Mazhar ’13, actually my perfect man. He is so Marcela Cabello ’13, Carrot Top nice to Kristen Wiig, and he is Michael Cirillo ’13, Confessions funny and Irish. I love him and I Suzanne Donovan ’13 have no qualms about saying that. It and Chris Cassano ’14 all said in unison, “I cry everytime I watch Up!” So apparently is therefore unbelievably painful for me to watch Kristen Wiig say that their night of fun was a mistake when all he wanted to it’s not just me. 2. Wall-E. Pixar just gets to me apparently. Wall-E does- do was help her rediscover her passion for baking (apparently n’t affect me the same way that Up does. I only cry at the part desserts trigger a lot of emotions for me). At that point in the when EVE is reviewing the security tape footage of Wall-E film, which I have probably seen upwards of eight or nine taking care of her. It’s just so cute. Senior year of high school, times, I both start crying angrily and yelling at the screen, we watched Wall-E as a class, and of course I was unable to “What’s wrong with you Kristen Wiig? He’s so perfect!” (In

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case you’re wondering I did not do this any of the three times I saw Bridesmaids in theaters last summer. I’m not that weird). 5. The Michelin commercial in which the Michelin man finds his dog. I’m not quite sure what this says about me, but every time that commercial comes on the air, you can count on me to start sobbing. The plot of this commercial, if it can be called a plot, is that the Michelin Man off-roads it on a dark and stormy night looking for his dog (complete with white fat rolls just like his owner’s). He gets out of the car looking worried, but then the dog runs up into the Michelin man’s arms, licking his face. I don’t really know if the commercial can be called a success, because it doesn’t really make me want to buy Michelin tires, but it does make me want to hug my dog, or any dog. I think that they should replace the Sarah McLachlin SPCA commercials with this one – probably more people would donate to the SPCA because they won’t have that annoying song stuck in their heads forever. Julia Moser is a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences. She can be reached at


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Summer Starts Early for Sedins; Kings End Canucks’ Playoff Run VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Jarret Stoll beat Cory Schneider with a wrist shot at 4:27 of overtime to give the Los Angeles Kings a 2-1 victory over Vancouver on Sunday night, knocking out the top-seeded Canucks in five games in the Western Conference first-round series. Stoll scored from the left wing after a turnover at Vancouver blue line. The forward skated in on a 2on-1, but took the shot himself, picking the top-left corner above Schneider's blocker. Brad Richardson tied it for Los Angeles at 3:21 of the third period, and Jonathan Quick made 26 saves. Henrik Sedin opened the scoring for Vancouver with a power-play goal in the first period. Schneider made 35 saves in his third straight start after Roberto Luongo lost the first two games. The Kings will play the secondseeded St. Louis Blues in the second round. The Canucks dropped out in the first round after leading the NHL in regular-season points for the second straight year. Last season, they lost to Boston in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals. Vancouver's new second line of Ryan Kesler, Alex Burrows and Max Lapierre made a quick impression. Burrows fed Kesler from behind the net about a 90 seconds in, but Quick stopped the center's shot from the slot. The Canucks then ran into early penalty trouble and didn't get another shot for 6 minutes before Lapierre put one on Quick. Vancouver killed

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No. 16 Red Falls To Bears in FirstEver Dunn Bowl By GINA CARGAS Sun Staff Writer

The women’s rowing team met mixed results against No. 10 Brown and No. 18 Columbia on Saturday in its last home race of the season. In the first-ever Dunn Bowl, the No. 16 Red fell to the Bears in three of five races and topped long-standing rivals Columbia in all but one. In the varsity eight race, the Red started out strong, initially taking the lead over both the Bears and the Lions. However, Brown pushed ahead about halfway into the race, taking advantage of its position on the inside of a turn to get in front of Cornell. According to senior Anna Psiaki, the Red may have been surprised by the Bears’ early advantage. “We were ahead of them and we were a little thrown off,” Psiaki said. “Even though we went into the race with the mentality that we would beat Brown, we needed a little more confidence and drive.” Senior captain Steph Lohberg says Brown’s competitive mindset and drive ultimately gave the Bears an edge over the Red. “Brown knew we were going for them,” she said. “They just decided not to let that happen. I definitely respect the amount of heart they put into the racing.” Though the Red finished just 2.3 seconds behind the Bears, Cornell left Columbia in the dust. Despite a history of surprise defeats to the Lions, the varsity eight came in a hefty 8.2 seconds ahead. “I think that everyone was just over losing, in a way,” Lohberg said. “A lot of our boats had never beaten Columbia and we realized that this was one of our last shots.” A tight race in the second varsity eight ended with Cornell in a close third, just 3.4 seconds behind Brown. Meanwhile, the second varsity four led its sole competitor Brown by 29 seconds, while the third and fourth varsity eight boats fell to Brown. In the varsity four race, Cornell topped both Brown and Columbia by a massive margin. Clocking in 10.2


Not far behind | The second varsity eight boat ended its race against Brown and Columbia in a close third place, coming in just 3.4 seconds behind Brown.

seconds in front of the Bears and 20.5 seconds ahead of the Lions, the Red cruised to a victory that Lohberg hopes will help the Red’s chances at NCAA qualification. “The margin the varsity four has was awesome,” she said. “That will definitely help us a lot in the rankings … The fact that we beat Columbia shows that it’s anyone’s game and most boats were closer to Brown that we’ve ever been before.” Both women hope that this weekend’s results will increase the Red’s confidence going into the first-ever Ivy League Championships in May. Due to a recent change in the NCAA qualification system, this is the first year that an Ivy League Championship will take place. The NCAA plans to instate a new conference qualifier system wherein the winning team from each conference will automatically advance to the tournament. Remaining schools will battle for at-large invitations. “This race gave us the confidence that we are definitely faster than Columbia,” Psiaki said. “It shows that we can be in the top three, if the not the top two or even the best Ivy.” The squad also celebrated its 13 graduating seniors

with a post-race ceremony in which their junior teammates prepared speeches, cupcakes and a rap. According to Lohberg, a large number of senior parents also traveled to Ithaca for the Red’s last home race. “Our class is really tight and a lot of us came in together as walk-ons,” Lohberg said. “We were just this bunch of girls that didn’t know how to row at the beginning, so we all feel this sense of a bond that you share starting from scratch together, even with the recruits. We’re a pretty big class and a lot of the girls live together, so it was kind of a sad day afterwards.” Despite a bittersweet day and mixed results, the Red is looking ahead to its last regatta of the regular season, the Ivy League Championships, and, hopefully, the NCAA tournament, Lohberg said. Cornell will take on No. 19 Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H. on Saturday before traveling to Camden, N.J. for the Ivies on May 13. “We need to have absolute confidence and more drive for the rest of the season,” Psiaki said. “We need to know that we can make the NCAAS and that we really are more secure in that spot than in past years.” Gina Cargas can be reached at


Dake Wrestles Friend Red Splits Series; Onyon Earns Shutout Against Penn In Consolation Match

By SCOTT ECKL Sun Staff Writer

Heading into the final weekend of Ivy League play, Cornell’s softball team is tied atop the Southern Division after dropping three of four games to Penn on Friday and Saturday. Next weekend’s series against Princeton is pivotal, as the Red is on the hunt to win its third straight division championship. Despite dropping the first three games, the Red (20-20, 11-5 Ivy League) salvaged the final game of the

series Saturday afternoon with a 5-0 victory. In the first three games, the Quakers (27-15, 11-5) managed to maintain the upper hand, winning 5-2, 9-6 and 9-2, respectively. “We saw exactly what we were expecting from Penn,” said senior captain and infielder Erin Keene. “They were a great team and I think we battled hard the whole weekend.” Sophomore pitcher Alyson Onyon earned her 10th win of the season Saturday afternoon, while


She’s out | Sophomore outfielder/catcher Christina Villalon had an RBI single in shutout against Penn in game two of the series on Saturday afternoon.

scattering five hits and striking out six in the complete game shutout. “Onyon pitched a great game for us in the final game,” said senior captain and outfielder Katie Watts. “Her performance was key in holding up our offense.” The three-run first inning provided the Red with enough offense fire to last the entire game. Sophomore Jenny Edwards was threefor-four in the game, with one homerun and two runs scored. “With a win in the last game, we’ve kept ourselves in the race for the southern division,” Keene said. “So, next weekend should be exciting.” At 11-5 in the Ivy League, Cornell and Penn are in a dead tie for the lead. Cornell plays at Princeton (14-27, 8-8) next weekend, while Penn plays Columbia (12-29, 6-10). “We had put ourselves in a great position by having an 11-1 Ivy record going into this weekend,” Watts said. “We will need to be able to get our offense going early again next weekend and have

consistent defense to keep our hopes of a title alive.” The Red has experienced a successful campaign up until this point in the season, featuring offensive standouts. Overall, Cornell leads its division in team batting average with a .270 clip. Cornell also leads the Ivies in homeruns (41), coming in second only to Harvard in total hits (299). Edwards is tied for the league-lead in homeruns with eight, and junior catcher Kristen Towne leads the league with doubles (12). Before the final Ivy showdown against Princeton, the Red has its final tune up series on April 25 against neighbor Ithaca (20-11). “As always our mid-week games are a good opportunity to work on our mechanics and just play solid softball in preparation for the weekend,” Keene said. “At the same time, we’ve struggled to win during the week, so it is going to be especially important for us to focus on playing to win against Ithaca.” Scott Eckl can be reached at


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Having had lost to the gold medalist last June in the quarterfinals of the U.S. World Team Trials, the wins may be indicative of Dake’s improvement in competitions outside of collegiate wrestling.More improvement might come with more experience with freestyle wrestling, which is somewhat different from collegiate folkstyle wrestling. “It’s kind of like switching from baseball to cricket,” Dake said. While Dake still needs to continue to improve in the ranks of freestyle wrestling if he hopes to make the 2016 Olympic team, some might now consider his dominance in the world of collegiate wrestling unrivaled after having beaten David Taylor of Penn State on Saturday. Both wresters went undefeated this season and were the NCAA champions in their respective weight classes, 157 and 165 pounds, respec-

tively. Yet Taylor, who also won the Hodge Trophy — given to the most dominant college wrestler of the year — was dominated by Dake in a consolation round match-up at the Trials. Dake took the first period, 5-0, before pinning Taylor at 1:28 in the second to win the match. What made the match-up even more compelling was the fact that the two have been friends for a long time. “We talked a little before, wished each other good luck and then after we talked a little bit and just said good job, congrats,” Dake said. The two first met on the mat in the 2000 Ohio Tournament of Champions, and their most recent meeting was a freestyle championship match-up at Cadet Nationals in 2006 which Taylor won.

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Tight Loss Spoils Senior Day, Home Win Streak By LAUREN RITTER

n’t go our way.” Langton put the Red on the board less than a minute into the game, scoring his first Rain clouds threatened to spoil Senior Day of two unassisted goals for the day. Junior at Schoellkopf Field on Saturday afternoon, as attack Connor English responded a seven the men’s lacrosse team hosted the Brown minutes later, notching his first of two goals Bears. In hopes of defending its nation-best for the day. Brown answered with a four-goal 15-game win streak, Cornell appeared to run before junior attacker Steve Mock struggle offensively throughout the contest, responded with his first of two goals for the eventually losing to Brown, 10-9. According Red. Earning Cornell’s only hat trick for the to head coach Ben DeLuca ’98, the Red made day, junior attack Max Van Bourgondien mistakes across the board, which contributed scored his first goal in the third period, bringto the team’s second loss of the season. ing the Red within one point, 6-5. Mock “[We are] disappointed in the effort that evened the game out, 6-6, two minutes later, we put on the field tonight for our seniors,” he before Brown pulled ahead for the second of said. “Don’t think that we came out with a lot five times in the contest. of energy. We certainly weren’t very focused Despite a late fourth-quarter goal by Van and made some foolish mistakes across the Bourgondien, which tied the game, 9-9, board — defensive end, offensive end. Some Brown secured the 10-9 win with just four of our stick work wasn’t very sharp.” seconds remaining on the scoreboard. The loss Despite having the upper hand in shots, against Brown marks only the second time ground balls, won faceoffs and balls cleared, that Cornell has lost this season. the Red (9-2, 4-1 Ivy League) struggled to “I talked to the guys in the locker room find the back of the net in the first half of the afterwards; this is a feeling that we haven’t felt game, recording only three in a quite while and it’s goals compared the five going to be one that I 10 B ROWN that Brown (6-7, 2-3) manhope our guys keep in a aged to put away. 9 portion of their hearts CORNELL According to senior midand understand that it’s Game: 1 ST 2ND 3RD 4th TOTAL fielder Chris Langton, not something that we Brown 3 2 2 3 10 Cornell was having trouble are going to dwell on,” Cornell 2 1 3 3 9 mastering the basics on the DeLuca said. “It’s a bitter field. taste and it’s very disap“We just didn’t do the little things that we pointing, especially knowing the potential of do day to day off the ground,” he said. “It’s a our team and what we’re capable of doing.” very important aspect of the game and it didLearning from the mistakes made in the Sun Sports Editor


Defending the home turf | Sophomore Andrew West made 10 saves in goal against Brown in Saturday’s tight, 10-9 loss on Senior Day.

game against Brown will help the Red as it begins to prepare for this weekend’s game against Princeton — the last of the regular season. “The bottom line is that I don’t think our team deserved to win today and that’s disappointing and certainly squarely on my shoulders as head coach,” DeLuca said. “Moving forward this is a very motivated group getting ready for the Princeton Tigers.” One area that Cornell will need to focus on is creating more scoring opportunities by the

net. According to DeLuca, there is some concern about the Red’s defense. “I think we are concerned about a lot of things,” DeLuca said. “I think we are concerned about the way we defended. I’m very disappointed by the way we defended. … There were some scrambled and unsettled, broken plays that [Brown] took advantage of.” Lauren Ritter can be reached at



Wrestlers Fall Short at Olympic Trials Strong Second Half Results

By BRIAN BENCOMO Sun Senior Writer

None of the Red grapplers looking to wrestle at this summer’s Olympic games in London managed to earn spots on the U.S. National Team this past weekend; however, junior Kyle Dake certainly made his presence felt. Dake along with Red teammate, senior Frank Perrelli, earned wildcard spots to compete at the U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials in the Freestyle division this weekend at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa. Also looking for a bid was Mack Lewnes ’11 who had qualified by virtue of his performance at the Men’s Freestyle Olympic

Trials Qualifier last December. While Perrelli and Lewnes each only won one match, Dake won four. But with only one spot in each weight class up for grabs, Dake’s four wins only earned him a third place finish in Saturday’s challenger’s bracket and fourth overall at 74 kg (163 pounds). After winning his first two matches of the day, Dake lost in the challenger’s semifinals to veteran World Team member Trent Paulson 0-2, 1-0, 6-0. Paulson then lost to Andrew Howe — the eventual runner-up at 74 kg this weekend. Howe won the challenger’s bracket, but lost a best-of-three match-up to reigning world freestyle champion Jordan Burroughs, who

will represent the U.S. in London at 74 kg and is considered the best chance the U.S. has to win a gold medal in wrestling. “I was a little bit disappointed. I didn’t really accomplish what I wanted to, but it was a good experience, and I’ll definitely be ready in the future,” said Dake, who now has his sight set on the 2016 Olympics. In the consolation bracket, Dake beat Nick Marable for the second time on Saturday to earn a third place finish in the challenger’s bracket. Marable was a gold medalist at 74 kg for the U.S. at the Pan American games last May.

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Get ’er done | Kyle Dake placed third at the U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials held in Iowa City.

In Win Over Visiting Bulldogs


Red saw a strong performance from senior attack Jessi Steinberg who, in After a tough first half, her last game at where the women’s Schoellkopf Field, scored lacrosse team witnessed a five goals and had one standout performance assist. In addition, from Yale goaltender Erin Cornell got two-goal McMullin, Cornell dug efforts from freshman deep and used its speed midfielder Sarah Hefner and quickness to score and sophomore midYALE 9 fielder 12 goals in the second Amanda half, overcoming the CORNELL 17 D’Amico. struggling Bulldogs Game: “We just took bet1ST Tot 2nd with a score of 17-9. Yale ter shots in the second 4 9 5 The game had extra Cornell half,” said senior 5 17 12 significance for the attack Olivia Knotts. Red, as the team honored room with a 5-4 lead. “We came out with a ton its seniors for playing “It was a combination of energy in the second their last game in Ithaca, of a great goalie and us half, and, because of that, as well as members of the just not playing to our we had more chances on 2002 Final Four team. potential,” McHugh said. goal.” The win over Yale puts “We weren’t converting Cornell will face the Red in an excellent any of our shots.” Binghamton on Tuesday, position to clinch a berth In addition to an before traveling to face for the Ivy League inability to score, Yale Brown to close out the Championships, as the provided some pressure season. team has one game for Cornell on the defen“We are really excited remaining against Brown. sive end, as the Bulldogs to play a non-conference If Cornell can defeat the converted on all four game against Bears, the Red will most shots they took in the first Binghamton,” Knotts likely be the No. 3 seed in 30 minutes of the game, said. “They are a team the tournament. leading to junior goal- that always comes to play, Saturday’s win was the tender Courtney and we expect the game to fifth in a row against Yale, Gallagher entering the be very competitive.” which gives Cornell a game. winning record at home. However, as frustrating “We knew the Yale as the first half was for Nick Rielly can be game was a must-win for Cornell, the second half reached at us,” said senior midfielder fared much better, as the

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Shannon McHugh. “We came out of the gates a little lethargic, but we definitely stepped up our game in the second half.” Although Cornell dominated in the first half, the team could not find a way to score, and headed into the locker


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