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Sean Doolittle ’16 says the cast of Far From Canterbury is comprised of Cornell’s most talented. | Page 8
Kaitlyn Tiffany ’15 talks about the ‘cult-like rhetoric’ that surrounds Beyoncé. | Page 9
The track and field team broke two records at the Penn Relays last weekend. | Page 12
C.U.Holds Open Forums in Presidential Search
At faculty forum, professors discuss issues next president will face,including fiscal sustainability,faculty turnover By AIMEE CHO Sun Staff Writer
During an open forum held Monday by the recently-formed Presidential Search Committee, faculty members stressed the importance of having Cornell’s next president prioritize on properly allocating University resources and money. Prof. James Cutting, psychology, said it is “absolutely critical” for the new president to focus on Cornell’s Ithaca campus rather than the multi-billion dollar Cornell Tech campus in New York City. “[Ithaca is] the central place where all of the education takes
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place,” Cutting said. “I think it’s great that Cornell Tech takes off and does well — it’s also probably good for the Ithaca campus — but I’m sorry. Cornell is in Ithaca.” Prof. Paul Soloway, nutritional sciences, said he thinks the University may not currently be on a fiscally sustainable path with so many developments planned and in progress. “We have this $2 billion commitment to NYC — See FACULTY page 5
Tough question | At right, Prof. Paul Soloway ’79, nutritional sciences, poses a question about references used in the presidential decision-making process before the Presidential Search Committee Monday.
Students say next president should come from diverse background, be community-oriented By ZOE FERGUSON Sun Staff Writer
Students said they hope President David Skorton’s successor will focus on unifying the Cornell community and will encourage cultural diversity at an open forum for students held by the Presidential Search Committee Monday. Four members of the Board of Trustees — Chair Bob Harrison ’76, Alan Mittman ’71, Lisa Skeete Tatum ’89 and Ross Gitlin ’15 — hosted the forum, which asked students to identify recent initiatives that have
been “critical to Cornell’s success” and Cullo ’15. “I think that Cornell really benqualities they hope to see in Cornell’s next efits from a president who is concerned with reaching out to the community.” president, according to Gitlin. Sam Ritholtz ’14 said the next president Several students mentioned President Skorton’s “approachability” and their hope should be community-minded — and that Skorton has that his successor would “I think Cornell really benefits from a president done a “great job” of tryhave a simiwho is concerned with reaching out.” ing to work lar presence Angelica Cullo ’15 with differon campus. ent commu“ O n e thing that stood out to me that I would nities on campus. “I think when it comes to our future like to see in our next president was that [Skorton] is so involved,” said Angelica president, one of the biggest things should
be how they affect the campus climate,” said Ritholtz, who is also a columnist for The Sun. Jared Landsman ’14 said he appreciated President Skorton’s transparency regarding divisive campus issues. “Whenever there is a big controversy on campus, [Skorton] will be pretty upfront about it,” Landsman said. “I would like to see that quality in our new president.” Many students said Cornell’s next president should focus on issues of cultural See STUDENTS page 4
Former Executive Stresses Importance of Startups
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Scott Oki, a former executive at Microsoft Corporation who retired at the age of 44, spoke about the importance of hard work, as well as issues regarding education reform at Cornell Monday. Oki stressed the value of hard work, saying “too many people don’t know what [it] is.” He also spoke about his college experiences, where he “flunked” out of University of Washington for doing “everything except go to class.” Eventually, Oki said, he graduated from The University of Colorado with his MBA. Oki — who worked with a startup company for one of his earlier jobs — emphasized the benefit See MICROSOFT page 4
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Window to success | Former Microsoft Corporation executive Scott Oki talks about his life experiences and education reform at a lecture Monday.
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Literary Critic Discusses Wilde Trials
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Blaise Bryski grad and Rachael Comunale ’14 perform Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major by Mozart in the Carriage House Café Monday evening.
Literary critic Prof. Shoshana Felman, the Robert W. Woodruff Distinguished professor of comparative literature and French, Emory University, lectured about the literary significance of the legal trials of preeminent Victorian playwright Oscar Wilde at Goldwin Smith Hall Monday. Wilde, known for his various writings in the late 19th century, was tried and convicted of “gross indecency,” a term synonymous with homosexual behavior, in 1895, according to Felman. Felman said she thinks the trial was a “poignantly ironic spectacle of comic and tragic misencounter between the two competing discourses” of law and literature as well as part of a wider “transhistorical, culturally repeated” pattern of literature and authors being put on trial, Felman said. “At the dawn of philosophy, Socrates drinks the cup of poison by which he is condemned by the Athenians for atheism and corruption of youth, and similarly, Wilde is put to trial for homosexuality and his obscene, youth-corrupting work,” Felman said. Felman also noted there were sever-
al “unique” aspects of the trial, including the laughter during the legal proceedings. “Time after time, Wilde [threw] the audience into unexpected fits of laughter which interrupt the cross examination,” she said. Though the Victorian court convicted Wilde, “history reversed the judgment” of the conviction in that his plays are now performed more often in England than any playwright other than Shakespeare, according to Felman. Felman’s work showcases the complicated relationship between art and law, and is “crucial” to contemporary discussions, according to Prof. Philip Lorenz, English. “Felman’s exploration of the encounter between literary and legal discourses opens up a space that is crucial and difficult to navigate, and that resists being circumscribed and forced into a decision, Lorenz said. “It’s a matter of power, freedom, and the problem of repetition.” Felman made a point that though the Wilde trial took place over a century ago, Wilde’s defense for the “rights of all writers” is still applicable to contemporary debates regarding the value of literature, according to Felman. “This is very relevant today — we
are all concerned with this fight for literature. Financial leaders think that the humanities should be cut,” Felman said. “We are all concerned with the cause and dignity and meaningfulness of literature and I think this is what Wilde is trying to make an apology for.” Students said they agreed that Felman’s lecture was “timely” and relevant to current issues facing the humanities at American universities, according to Megan Kruer grad. “It’s very timely because I was an undergraduate at Emory University during a period of budget cuts [to humanities departments], and it was very interesting to see Prof. Felman integrate the sorts of questions faced by institutions in the current academic climate,” she said. Sarah Aquilina ’14 said she “really appreciated” how Felman closed the lecture by relating the idea of literature on trial to the defense of literature or the crisis in the humanities today. “Felman’s reconfiguration of the way we might normally think of the Wilde trials — a testimony on homosexuality — as a means of ‘getting literature out of the closet’ was incisive and illuminating,” she said. Christopher Yates can be reached at email@example.com.
Dialogue Project Course Tackles Issues Through‘Positive’Conflict By LUSINE MEHRABYAN Sun Staff Writer
A month after winning the James A. Perkins Prize, the University’s highest diversity-related honor — students of Education 2610: Intergroup Dialogue Project say the course has been “life-changing” in its ability to explore issues of intergroup relations, conflict and community. The course — which has been offered in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences since fall 2012 — is structured in a way that emphasizes on dialogue rather than following a regular lecture or discussion-style format, according to Jake Wright ’16, a student involved in the religion group of the Intergroup Dialogue Project. According to Wright, being able to engage in a dialogue in a classroom was a “unique” experience. “It’s different from debate,” Wright said.
“You are not attacking anybody or not trying to persuade anyone of your thoughts — you are just putting your thoughts on the table and letting others hear them. It is understanding how a person thinks the way they do, but not necessarily agreeing with them.”
“[Dialogue] is understanding how a person thinks the way they do, but not necessarily agreeing with them.” Jake Wright ’16 The dialogue encompasses three important concepts, according to Wright: empathy for others, active listening and putting all assumptions on the table. (The course is
divided into different topics that range from religion and race to gender, with dialogues on each topic taking place on different days of the week for the entirety of the semester, according to Wright). For students in the religion-focused group, which meets Mondays, such issues as abortion, gay rights and religious education in schools were discussed during the first three weeks of the course, according to Wright. The latter part of the course focused on an intergroup collaboration project, in which students worked on a group project that aims to “enrich one’s surrounding community” through lessons learned from the dialogue. One group interviewed religious leaders about controversial topics and examined how views and texts differ between religions, according to Alyssa Troutner ’15. According to Troutner, some of the ques-
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tions asked included “How do you feel about restrictions on space for religious activity?” or “Can marital separation be allowable under any circumstances?” “What we gathered from the interviews is that everyone realizes that the world is changing and it’s not realistic to ignore sexuality, for example,” Wright said. “Religions are starting to be more modernized, more accepting and religions are evolving.” Wright and Troutner said they think it is important to open an arena for these dialogues. “The terminology we use enables us to look for conflict in positive ways,” Troutner said. “We need to have empathy for others, become active listeners, and understand where another person is coming from.” Lusine Mehrabyan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
City News Ithaca Lawyer Wins $175,000 For Anti-fracking Work Helen Slottje, an Ithaca lawyer, won The Goldman Environmental Prize for her work helping New York state municipalities develop hydraulic fracturing bans, The Ithaca Journal reported Monday. The Prize, a sum of $175,000, is awarded annually to one person from each of the six inhabited continental regions in the world. She accepted the prize on Monday at a ceremony in San Francisco. Man Burned in Camping Fire Behind Ithaca Shopping Complex A man camping near Fairground Memorial Parkway was seriously burned after a propane tank at his campsite exploded on Saturday. The explosion set his tent on fire, causing the man to sustain burns to his body. The man was able to walk to a business on Elmira Road to get help, according to Ithaca Police. Ithaca Rescue and Bangs assisted the victim on the scene before transporting him to a trauma center. ALICE PHAM / SUN STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Douglas Bourdett ’16 presents a group project at the Diversity in Scholarship and Engagement Symposium hosted by the Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives Friday.
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Students: Next Cornell President Must Focus On Issues of Diversity STUDENTS
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diversity, including Rizpah Bellard ’15 who said she appreciated President Skorton’s efforts to increase campus diversity. “I definitely want to see that followed on by the next president,” Bellard said. Bellard added that Skorton’s successor should be “somebody who has a diverse background” and is knowledgeable of how people of different races may have different experiences “on campus and worldwide.” Michael Gross ’15, however, said while he “can see an inclination to appoint someone … with a more technical background,” the next president should also have well-rounded interests. “I would urge the committee to consider someone who might have priorities for the liberal arts on campus,” Gross said. Other students, such as Jesse Goldberg grad, said the new president should play a role in creating more discussion in the classroom about cultural and socioeconomic differences in “substantive ways that go beyond the numbers.” Michael Collaguazo ’14 also said it is “important” to have more representation of students of color in science, technology, engineering and math fields. “There are so many opportu-
nities that people in a diverse community can take part in, as long as we can reach out to them,” Collaguazo said. “Having the president’s voice in that would be very important.” Shannon Cohall ’14 said she felt that racial diversity is a “huge talking issue” at Cornell, but that support for minority students was not sufficient. Multiple students referenced the recent Campus Climate Survey, saying it indicated room for improvement in Cornell’s multicultural environment. The study concluded that Cornell “lacks authentic engagement regarding diversity and bias incidents,” The Sun previously reported. “The opportunities for action that are listed in [the Campus Climate Survey] ... need to be priorities on this campus,” said Ulysses Smith ’14, president of the Student Assembly. “They need to be hardcore priorities.” Goldberg agreed, suggesting that gender and racial variation should play a direct role in the Committee’s choice of President. “If we were to see in the next few months that the final candidates were all white men, that would be very disappointing to a lot of people,” Goldberg said. Zoe Ferguson can be reached at email@example.com.
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of working with a startup. “I was in charge of marketing, research and product development,” he said. “If anyone has an opportunity to do a startup, do it. It was an amazing experience — I worked my butt off.” Eventually, Oki said he went into consulting, where he came across the Microsoft Corporation. He described his interview with Bill Gates as “one of the strangest interviews [he has] ever had.” “I was offered the job at Microsoft for half the salary and half the stock options of [the consulting job I was working],” he said. “But I was smart enough to take the lower paying job.” Oki went on to build Microsoft’s international operations as a special manager. When he searched for people to help run the international operations, Oki said he looked for three things in the candidates: start up experience, proficiency in the English language and candidates that were smarter than him. After Oki retired at 44, he said he had to “figure out what to do for the rest of [his] life.” “I have served on over 100 nonprofit boards and personally founded and co-founded 20 nonprofits,” he said. “[I keep my]
nose to the grindstone trying to make a difference.” Oki said one of his innovative plans is to “engage the bottom of the philanthropic pyramid.” One such way he has been doing so, he said, is through his “microcharity” website seeyourimpact.org. “Other charities depend on big donors to keep the lights on … There has got to be a better way to engage the bottom of the philanthropic pyramid,” he said. “I can only count on one hand the amount of people I have seen my money impact. And each time we have seen them, it has prompted us to give more.” Oki closed his lecture by speaking about his latest project and the subject of his 2009 book: Education reform. “I am not a writer. [Writing the book] was one of the hardest things I have ever done,” Oki said. “[But] if we are going to reform our education system, it is going to be on the backs and shoulders of teachers — good teachers.” Each student who attended his lecture was presented with a copy of the book, titled Outrageous Learning. The lecture was hosted by the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers. Samantha Delouya can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New President Should Review C.U.Financial Strategy,Faculty Say FACULTY
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we’re contractually obligated to spend money there. And I look around and see so much construction going on around here, and I wonder if we’re going to be bleeding red ink in 10 years,” he said. “I would ideally like our president to have a 20 to 30 year view for the University, well beyond their tenure.” In addition, Prof. David Wilson, molecular biology and genetics, said he feels that funding for scientific research is at an “all-time low.” “Economic pressures are much greater than they’ve ever been, and we can’t just keep raising tuition,” he said. “One of the things that’s always bothered me is that the [graduate] schools are subservient to undergraduate schools.” Another issue raised at the forum was the lack of support for new professors. Prof. Dennis Miller, food science, said Cornell needs a president who can foster a climate that is supportive of and attractive to new assistant professors. “A large number of Cornell faculty will be retiring in the next five to 10 years. Today’s intense competition for research grants and our increasingly high expectations for excellence in teaching make it more and more challenging to succeed as faculty members,” Miller said. “A lot of our Ph.D. candidates are not aspiring to academic careers. ... How can we be better mentors and examples for our graduate students and junior faculty members?” Faculty members also expressed desires for a president that sees the importance of a well-rounded and far-reaching education. Prof. Adam Smith, anthropology, said he thinks that includes pushing against the “economization of education.” “Students look at majors with an eye towards what will earn them the most money when they graduate,” Smith said. “We need a president who will model the antithesis of that.” Prof. Abigail Cohn, linguistics, added that she “We need someone who wants a president who believes in the imporcan articulate an tance of international encompassing vision.” studies. “We need to continue Prof. Adam Smith to think very seriously about global engagement as it relates to scholarly activities,” Cohn said. “I want someone very much like President Skorton who has a profound commitment to and understanding of the role of international education.” Faculty members also discussed certain personal characteristics they would like to see in the new president. All agreed that being a Cornell graduate is not a necessary prerequisite. “I totally embrace the idea that [he or she] doesn’t have to be an alumnus [or alumna],” Cohn said. “But we do want our next president to be an academic, which means that they went through rigorous academic training and have served at least part of their career as a hands-on academic.” Prof. Kevin Hallock, economics and industrial and labor relations, said he would like the search committee to consider whether candidates have exhibited the fairness, objectivity and their ability to work well in high-pressure situations. “How someone deals with a crisis is really important. [For example,] how would they deal with a financial crisis?” Hallock said. Smith added that one of the key roles of the president should be prioritizing a comprehensive vision for Cornell. “What makes higher education so vital at this particular moment? We need somebody who can articulate an encompassing vision,” he said. “We need a visionary.” The presidential search process will last about six to nine months, according to Prof. Jonathan Culler, English, a faculty representative on the Presidential Search Committee. Culler said that after the committee takes input from the Cornell community, the process will then become confidential. “The kinds of candidates we hope to interest in this position do not want it to be known [at their current jobs] that they are considering becoming the president of Cornell,” Culler said. Trustee Jan Zubrow ’77, chair of the Presidential Search Committee, said the committee will conduct “very deep and thorough” research on all of the candidates. “We will speak to the candidates’ references, but we will also have our own data points through people that we know. The [Internet] also helps a lot — you can learn a lot from the web,” Zubrow said. Spencer Stuart, a member of a search firm that will assist Cornell, said that the best predictor of a candidate’s future behavior is his or her past behavior. “As long as you understand their past behavior, you have a good chance of extrapolating and seeing how they’ll perform in this role,” Stuart said. Aimee Cho can be reached at email@example.com.
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ornell University has a long history of which we should be very proud. And now, as we work to shape the next era at this institution, let us ensure that our future preserves and expands that strong legacy of the past. This university was founded on the principle, “any person, any study” and after nearly 150 years, it is time to apply that motto the University’s top leadership position. I therefore urge the Presidential Search Committee to consider a candidate that would become Cornell University’s first female president. Despite skepticism and criticism from his colleagues, in 1868 Ezra Cornell opened up the University’s gates to women who desired to pursue an education. He called this coeducation a “great experiment,” according to the Women’s Resource Center. When Cornell empowered women with this rather unprecedented opportunity, it was proven that limiting the minds and talents of women in turn limits the growth of society. The women who have since matriculated among the Ivy towers have become writers, scientists, CEOs, stock analysts and even a Supreme Court Justice. It is because of our founder that the education of young girls and women is no longer considered an experiment, but a right. Yet, the work toward gender equality in the field of academia is far from over. According to Forbes, the American Council on Education reported, “23 percent of college presidents are women, a marked improvement over 1986’s 10 percent. But in a profession that is often associated with women (75 percent of U.S. school teachers, not including professors, are female), the number is shockingly low.” For Cornell to return to its role as a leader of gender equality, the Presidential Search Committee should actively consider a female candidate to fill the role of President Skorton’s successor. According to the above article, during the search for a university’s president, men are often more privy to the information necessary to be considered. “It wasn’t called the ‘old boys’ network’ for nothing,” said ACE President Molly Broad in the article. Since 2006, Skorton has overseen important growth on this campus, and the students, faculty and staff deserve the most qualified leader to serve as his successor. I am therefore not demanding that the committee confine its search to only female candidates; rather, I ask that the committee extend its process and information to women outside “‘the old boys’ network.’” The lack of information limits capable women from aspiring to the position. Yet, if the committee makes clear that it will extend its search to qualified women, they will realize that “President of Cornell University” is not an impossible goal. “You cannot be what you cannot see,” said Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, according to ABC News. Therefore, actively engaging women in the search process will not only present the candidates with a vision of women in leadership, but will extend that vision to
young girls and women across the country. For example, Dr. Robin E. Bowen was recently named president of Arkansas Tech University, the first woman to serve this position. During her prior career at Fitchburg State University, Bowen helped develop and grow game design and chemistry programs. In addition, President Donna E. Shalala helped University of Miami raise the funds necessary to secure “its position among top U.S. research universities,” according to her biography. These women not only challenged the glass ceiling in order to earn their positions, they also bring to life opportunities for women in the STEM field and in research labs. EMILY’s List is an organization that is dedicated to providing leadership opportunities for women in public office. According to its stated vision, “the influence of women office holders leads to the adoption of a host of progressive public policies to ensure that women have equal opportunities at home, in the workplace, and in the public sphere.” If we adopt this vision and apply it to the landscape where futures are created, the gender gap will become substantially smaller. It is on college campuses that students concentrate their education into a particular field and begin to draft their career plans. On college campuses, women are designing their futures as they best fit under the glass ceiling. However, if our university president helps shatter that ceiling, women will understand that their futures are theirs alone to shape. The committee asked us what attributes we are looking for in the next president of Cornell University. To that, I respond that I want a president who will not only ensure that this campus is equipped with resources that will expand our learning and maintain a safe environment; I want a president who will continue to inspire us. Sheryl Sandberg said, “Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.” A female president will prove that limitations placed on you by others are not permanent. She will prove that despite the obstacles that inevitably stand between us and our goals, an engaged and educated mind will enable us to overcome them. And because of the opportunities she created for the next generation of thinkers and dreamers, even in her absence we will know her impact. Ezra Cornell imagined this school to be a place that empowered people of all genders, backgrounds and races. He opened its classrooms to all of those who wished to better themselves and as a result, better the community. And while his “great experiment” is over, our work is not. If we use the presidential search committee as an opportunity to expand the university’s legacy, we will become an institution that promises “any person, any possibility.”
I want a president who will not only ensure that this campus is equipped with resources that will expand our learning. ... I want a president who will continue to inspire us.
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rom the earliest days of our founding, Cornell University has maintained a commitment to advancing civil rights. This is remarkable given the era in which our school was established. In 1865 — the same year as our founding — Abraham Lincoln had just approved the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution that formally abolished slavery. Yet, even in the midst of this era of segregation, our University affirmed its motto to be “an institution where any person can find instruction in any study.” When Ezra Cornell was asked whether an African-American student could attend his University, he simply replied: “Send him over if he is smart and can make it in the world.” Over 45 years later, our third President J.G. Schurman, reaffirmed the University’s commitment to “any person” when he said: “At Cornell, all University doors must remain open to all students, irrespective of race or color or creed or social standing or pecuniary condition.” This endorsement to ensuring access for all students, in addition to our land grant mission, has distinguished Cornell in preparing its students to tackle the greatest issues confronting society. Of course, eloquent principles and soaring aspirations do not always translate into reality, and, just a few weeks ago, we commemorated the 45th anniversary of the Willard Straight Hall Takeover. This event in our history reminds us that though we have an unwavering commitment to achieving an inclusive environment at Cornell, we have at times fallen short throughout our history. The Straight Takeover reminds us further of our task to ensure that every student feels welcomed and supported on our campus. Just a few years earlier in the decade when Willard Straight Hall was taken over, a young man named Michael Schwerner ’61 graduated from
This endorsement to ensuring access for all students ... has distinguished Cornell in preparing its students to tackle the greatest issues confronting society. Cornell. While here, Schwerner led a successful effort to desegregate the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, as Greek life had mirrored, to some extent, the segregationist patterns that still existed in America. In 1964, Schwerner travelled to Mississippi for Freedom Summer to assist with voter registration. Throughout his time in the south, Schwerner was blasted with hateful speech, called derogatory names and received hate mail and imminent death threats, but he continued to fulfill his commitment to equality. During that summer, on June 16, the Ku Klux Klan torched Mt. Zion Methodist Church, in a violent response to Schwerner’s request to the church that it make its facilities available as a freedom school. Days later, when Schwerner travelled with two other civil rights organizers — James Chaney and Andrew Goodman — to Mt. Zion Methodist Church to investigate the attack, the young men were apprehended by the Deputy Sheriff and thrown in jail. When they were finally released from jail, at approximately 10:00 p.m., the Klan had mobilized and shot and killed James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner. The murder of these civil rights workers is seen as a monumental event in the landscape of the civil rights struggle. Now, nearly 50 years following their deaths, a group here at Cornell composed of alumni, students, staff and faculty, is advocating to create a prominent outdoor memorial outside of Anabel Taylor Hall to honor these three men and other Cornellians involved in the Civil Rights Movement. Memorials matter. A.D. White, in his final Annual Report to Cornell University’s Board of Trustees in 1884-1885, said: “Memorials exercise a great and steady educating influence in the domain of morals.” The potential memorial that would honor the work of Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner and others would serve an enduring purpose. This is because these young men embodied the very spirit of Cornell, founded upon the recognition of equal rights and access for all, ideals that are the bedrock of our nation. I fully support the proposed memorial, as I believe it can serve as a reminder to all Cornellians of both the sacrifices that have been made — as well as the work that still needs to be done — to promote equality and justice. As our academic year draws to a close and we approach the 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer and the murders of Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner, I challenge us to critically reflect upon how we can embody the same spirit embraced by three young men over 50 years ago. Our approaching Sesquicentennial allows us time to inquire about, and perhaps internalize, the charge that accompanies our identity as Cornellians — to work to improve the world and to address our most pressing problems. Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner fulfilled that charge, and our generation of Cornellians should aspire and strive to do the same here in Ithaca, as well as beyond. Ross Gitlin is a junior in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations and the undergraduate student-elected trustee. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Trustee Viewpoint appears alternate Tuesdays this semester.
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Ready for Hillary, but not Revolution: Cornell’s Crisis of Politics
consider myself a through plebiscite but that drew these tenuous moderately progres- through the discretion of linkages, under the sive Democrat. I an elected committee. facade of progressivism, believe that President Instead of accepting their in order to prove that the Obama’s Affordable Care defeat, Resolution 72 S.A.’s only relevant sin, rejection of Act is a vital addition to supporters had the its our social safety net; I temerity to assume that Resolution 72, somehow shudder to think what simply because their own makes it illegitimate. havoc Supreme Court- priorities were not per- Smith, in a stunning act led assaults on voting fectly mirrored by the of political cowardice, rights and campaign S.A., the S.A. must be agreed; he apologized to the “Students’ Assemfinance restrictions will illegitimate. The embittered sup- bly,” even as its leaders wreak on our democracy; I consider attempts to porters of Resolution 72 sought to disembowel roll back safe access to thus continued to link the organization he is abortion and birth con- many progressive Cornell entrusted to lead. He trol to be abhorrent; I goals — curbing sexual later pled with them to think our immigration assault, lowering prohibi- allow President David system, that ever-churn- tive tuition rates, and Skorton to speak, proving engine of the embracing the LGBT — ing that it is folly to give American Dream, is in to the macro-political the keys of the castle to dire need of liberalization and clearly divisive anarchists and then and reform; and I know Resolution 72. That, I expect to get them back that every one of us have argued, was their if you ask nicely. What happened at ought to be able to marry goal all along; to link up opposition to Israel, in the S.A. two weeks ago whomever we love. And yet I have spent whatever capacity, to the was not democracy, and much of the last month wondering why I suddenly feel like a grumpy Cornell, like most similar institutions, old man — a John is filled with liberal-minded students McCain, if you who yearn for positive changes in will — of campus politics. I watched society without seeing society in horror as the completely reconfigured. President of the Student Assembly Ulysses Smith ’14, vol- progressive mandate that anyone saying so does untarily submitted to a Cornellians have long not understand the takeover by a few dozen cherished. With their word. Democracy, at its students who, because takeover of the S.A., core, involves a respect they were unhappy with Resolution 72 dead- of institutions, even if the outcome of democra- enders took another step that respect involves tic processes, decided towards radicalizing oth- severe external pressure that democracy was alto- erwise innocuous issues in order to accomplish gether too mainstream. of campus discourse and one’s goals. If SJP and And my horror only con- gravely endangered our its allies had set up camp outside Willard tinued, in the weeks that politics. Once the S.A. had Straight Hall and have followed, as coupapologists in The Sun been so nonchalantly demanded the S.A. the change its procedures or and elsewhere subscribe overthrown, Assembly reconsider Resolution to the convenient narra- Students’ tive that this takeover of opened its agenda of hot- 72, they would have the Student Assembly button issues and forced been unimpeachably was a somehow noble all those watching to within the realm of exercise in the democra- endure a litany of blovia- democratic protest long tizing potential of stu- tions that sought to tie present at Cornell. It progressive would have been dents devoted to change. relevant issues to Cornell’s “cor- respectable activism, It was not. Let’s be clear: this poratism,” “imperialism” whether or not one coup would have never and “settler colonialism” agrees with it. But in occurred had the S.A. In short, everything was taking over the S.A., of not tabled Resolution brought back unneces- supporters 72. This tabling — if not sarily to Israel and the Resolution 72 appeared the most well-considered specter of Resolution 72. not unlike the very political move in history There was no true devo- thing they purport to — was completely in- tion to progressivism at hate most, by quite litkeeping with any democ- the Students’ Assembly, erally occupying a legitracy that functions not only a publicity stunt imate, democratic insti-
tution simply because the legal and political consensus underlying this institution does not support their immediate goals. A few dozen unelected Cornellians dictating an agenda is not democracy, but mobocracy. It is shameful to suggest that these efforts to demolish Cornell’s system of shared governance is anything but infantile. Reform is one thing, coups are another. I will end this column with a warning. Cornell, like most similar institutions, is filled with liberal-minded students who yearn for positive changes in society without seeing society completely reconfigured. They are, in short, “Ready for Hillary” but not ready for the revolution. If false crusaders for democracy continue to hijack legitimate political debate on campus for their own vainglorious ends, Cornell will be unable to inculcate the reasoned leaders of tomorrow that we have become accustomed to producing. There is room for radicalism, of course, but that radicalism cannot become the banner beneath which all progressive students are forced to march. Our political debate cannot become a dual option between anti-establishment anarchy and archconservative apologists for authority. A failure to avoid this will alienate the vast majority of Cornellians from conversations in which they must be a part. Let’s hope the Class of 2018 does better than the Class of 2014 in preserving our campus politics. Our University, in many ways, depends on it. Jacob Glick is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences. He may be reached at email@example.com. Glickin’ It appears alternate Tuesdays this semester.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Something Like a Fairytale
SEAN DOOLITTLE Arts and Entertainment Editor
I am grinning like an idiot. It has been three days and my face is still frozen like the Joker’s as I hum to myself like a madman. I can’t help it. Every once in a while, this happens: Theater catatonia. Symptoms include spontaneous dancing, uncontrollable lip-syncing and periods of glee lasting longer than six hours.There wasn’t a single audience member in the Schwartz’s Flex Theatre that was not afflicted the mysterious malady when the lights came up after the world premiere of Far From Canterbury this past weekend. Something magical happened and I can hardly explain it. Perhaps it was the collective feeling of being a part of something important, something historical and unforgettable. After nearly two years of development and writing, Far From Canterbury has finally opened to the uncontainable excitement of much of the Cornell community. A modernized, yet fantastical adaptation of “The Wife of Bath’s Tale” from The Canterbury Tales, Far From Canterbury creates a world of its own, in which fairy tales are real and act to inform the masses about important current events. The story follows a not-sovaliant knight and his two best friends as they travel the kingdom searching for what women desire most. Of course, their journey becomes all the more complicated by a mystical oracle who claims to have the answer they seek. Canterbury is almost entirely the brainchild of senior music major Danny Bernstein, one of Cornell’s greatest artists and success stories in recent memory, and those aren’t even my words — he has already had the great honor of receiving the Cornell Council for the Arts 2013-2014 Undergraduate Artist of the Year Award for his work on the show. Bernstein was singlehandedly responsible for the entire creative development of the musical, from writing the show’s book, lyrics and music, generally the work of three or more people. This would be a nearimpossible feat for most playwrights, but Bernstein excels at almost every aspect of the musical’s production. The greatest strength of the work was, in my opinion, the songwriting and composing. Anyone familiar with Danny Bernstein’s past work knows that he has a knack for writing some of the catchiest and funniest songs you’ll hear in a long time. Seriously, search his name on YouTube. You won’t be dis-
appointed. Canterbury has all the trappings COURTESY OF THE SCHWARTZ CENTER of a musical hit — it’s got your “I want” songs, the comic relief song, the 11 o’clock number — but Bernstein injects real sincerity into each and every song. The characters’ emotions and intentions drove every song, and this allowed them to connect to the audience in ways I have rarely seen a musical achieve. My personal favorites were “Strangers” and “Just the Beginning,” a sweet, heartfelt duet and a fierce ballad of independence, respectively. To single out favorites would do the score an injustice, however, because you would be hard-pressed to find one stinker in the entire show. As is always the case with Schwartz shows, the cast was comprised of Cornell’s most talented young actors and singers. Not a single cast member, from lead to ensemble, was wasted, with edy highlight of the night, drawing riotous laughter from the every actor getting their fair share of limelight and laughs. The crowd on innumerable occasions. Impeccable comic timing and performance made use of an extensive stable of “storytellers” physicality gave him a surefire charm that drew my attention, who provided everything from scene transitions to backing even when he wasn’t speaking dialogue. Valastro, in her first performance here at Cornell, killed every song she was featured in. vocals and eccentric side characters. The cast was led by Alex Quilty ’15, who played John, the Her performance in “Just the Beginning” gave me chills down my knight sent on the quest to save his own life. Quilty has never spine, and even when faced with microphone stand difficulties, disappointed me, and his performance in Canterbury was no her singing stood out as the best of the night. The couple had different. Although his stellar dramatic performances in Titus some of the best chemistry I have seen on stage before and I am Andronicus and Sweeney Todd this past year cemented his ability glad they were both given the spotlight they deserved. The show wasn’t perfect; there were some unnecessary subto play menacing and brooding villains in my mind, his comedy chops are beginning to equally impress me. Between last plots and odd narrative choices — we sort of lost John’s characsemester’s Company and now Canterbury, Quilty has proven ter somewhere along the way, and I found myself caring more about the rest of the characters more — but nothing that can’t that he is equally skilled at evoking laughter as he is fear. Sarah Coffey ’16, another Cornell performer with an be remedied with further work and workshopping. It is key to impressive track record, played opposite Quilty’s John as remember that this show was written by an undergraduate, an Dolores, the oracle with the answers he seeks. Ever since seeing impressive feat in of itself. The fact that the show succeeds in so her as Cathy in The Last Five Years, I fell in love with her emo- many ways is a testament to Danny Bernstein’s immense talent tional and heartfelt performances, and Canterbury has proven to as an artist. When he graduates at the end of this semester, Cornell will be losing one of its greatest minds. I can’t think of be her greatest performance to date. That being said, I was truly blown away by Steve Markham a better legacy to leave behind than Canterbury. ’16 and Elana Valastro ’17. Their performances as Marcus and Agnes, John’s best friends, stole the show in every scene they were Sean Doolittle is a sophomore in the College of Agriculture and Life featured, but for different reasons. Markham was easily the com- Sciences. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Motown, Mo’ Problems: Lisa D’Amour’s Detroit SEAN DOOLITTLE Arts and Entertainment Editor
The “American Dream” is a well-tread and often cliché subject in the last hundred years of American literature, especially in live theatre. I’m sure most high schoolers have groaned at some point as their English teachers droned on about The Great Gatsby or A Raisin in the Sun or The Grapes of Wrath or pretty much anything by Arthur Miller. We get it; Success isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Suburbs are big, evil, Stepford Wives factories of disillusionment and discontent. Detroit, a recent play by Lisa D’Amour presented by COURTESY OF THE THE READERS’ THEATRE OF ITHACA
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The Readers’ Theatre of Ithaca, establishes a fairly standard plot: Two couples find themselves cracking in the idyllic, but dying suburbs of some city. Over the course of 90 minutes, however, the play opens itself up, revealing a refreshing new spin on a weary topic. This year seems like an appropriate time to revisit and critique our notions of “making it” and prosperity. Given the recent recession, Internet privacy issues and corporate shenanigans, suburbia is once again an apt symbol for American insecurities and various misgivings. Detroit does a magnificent job catching the audience up to what’s been going on since Joe Keller and Willy Loman had their way with America: The suburban facade lies in decay, but its residents continue to act their parts as if they still lived somewhere that’s green. The very homes themselves begin to fall apart throughout the play, as umbrellas and porches give way under the strain of postcard perfection. While the play’s title certainly implies a setting, I get the feeling that it is simply meant to stand as a metaphor, with all the implications that the city of Detroit brings. The characters never make mention of Motor City, or any real location to speak of, leaving the play’s message to apply to just about any American town across the nation. The fact that the city filed for bankruptcy three years after the play was written is surely just a coincidence.
Mary (Effie Johnson) and Ben (A.J. Sage) seem content with their suburban lifestyle and appearance of happiness. Ben has recently lost his job as a loan officer, but he intends on starting his own small business, providing financial advice to those in need of an economic pick-me-up. They meet their new neighbors, Sharon (Camilla Schade) and Kenny (Gary Weissbrot, my brother in Converse), a couple of aging eccentrics with a few secrets of their own, and immediately gravitate toward them, mostly because they just don’t know anyone else in their neighborhood — Sharon and company bemoan the fact that “there’s no real communication anymore.” After a friendly barbeque between the neighbors, the couples’ personal lives and lies become intertwined and begin to unravel at the same time. Drug abuse, alcoholism and infidelity are all dragged out of their perfect, pastel homes and beaten on the perfectlymanicured lawn. That is not to say that the play is all doom and gloom. Quite the opposite, in fact. The play is, more often than not, ferociously funny. A very dark comedy, the play cannot help but lure laughter out of the audience even when the subject is hard to talk about. This was in no small part thanks to the great comic efforts of the four actors who consistently cracked me up, even with something as small as a facial expression. Given the minimalist staging of the play, the actors were given the extra burden of interacting with a set that existed only in their mind. The physical comedy and pantomime are worth seeing
in their own right — from opening an umbrella to grilling steaks and drunk-grinding, the actors sell every movement. As realistic and complex as the characters are, their actions often delve into sheer ridiculousness, amplifying the surreal nature of the play. Director and Readers’ Theatre Founder and Artistic Director Anne Marie Cummings and Assistant Director Chris Dell emphasize these elements, often breaking the fourth wall and using the actors as props and symbols when they aren’t, you know, acting. Cummings, an alumna of the prestigious drama program at Carnegie Mellon University, has decided to stage Detroit within the Theatre of the Absurd, focusing on the illogical, irrational and almost unreal nature of the play to great success. While I only got to see Detroit approximately midway through the rehearsal process, I could immediately tell that the production was being handled with care and great attention to detail. Cummings, Dell and their talented cast do a wonderful job bringing this Obie-winning play to Ithaca and I would definitely suggest heading down to the Commons to see it if you get the chance. Detroit will be performed May 2 through May 4 at Cinemapolis. Tickets are available in advance through the Readers’ Theatre website and at Cinemapolis at the price of $10 for students (with ID) and $12 for the general public. Sean Doolittle is a sophomore in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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Beyoncé and the Illuminati
Pop cultural cult worship
’ve written all over Facebook, Tumblr and The Sun about my personal infatuation, as well as the nation-wide infatuation, with Beyoncé, and especially with 2013’s surprise visual album (if you haven’t watched it yet, there’s no excuse for you as a person). But Internet sensations and albums-of-the-moment aren’t historical rarities in and of themselves. What is unique about our collective love for Queen Bey is that much of the rhetoric surrounding it is damn near cult-like (I’m referring to a human woman who is, in essence, just exceptionally talented at singing and dancing and commanding her eyebrows as a “Queen” in this very sentence.) Of course Beyoncé has recently revealed herself to be an extremely articulate proponent of what the Crunk Feminist Collective refers to as “homegrown feminism” — the sort that reminds elitist, academic and old-fashioned feminists that feminism could use some serious rebranding. Her association with the “Ban Bossy” campaign spearheaded by Sheryl Sandberg is a further reminder that her music and cultural persona is far from apolitical or mindless. But even this, music with something to say, doesn’t uniquely account for selling 617,000 digital copies of an album in a single weekend. It’s difficult to put a finger on what exactly motivated the exaltation of a pop star to such an extreme degree. However, in a 2013 New York Times article about inequality and the modern celebrity, George Packer explains how economic downturns produce grossly inflated opinions, and even worship of, pop cultural icons. In times of economic and societal uncertainty, we willfully morph our celebrities from entertaining and successful members of society who we choose to emulate in minor ways into “untouchable, god-like creatures that are meant to be worshipped as something superhuman, ethereal beings we mere mortals can never become.” Current economic and societal uncertainties being given, this helps explain Beyoncé’s position in cultural acclaim, as well as, maybe, her position in popular derision. After all, the most obviously cultish of the Beyoncé descriptors, is her frequent Internet-nut-job association with the Illuminati, and the hunt for Illuminati symbolism in her lyrics and music videos. There is a seemingly endless plethora of Internet sites dedicated to breaking down Beyoncé’s music, her videos and Kaitlyn even the details of her personal life in an effort to prove Tiffany her affiliation with the group. A YouTube video that I stumbled across during the Google-search-history-destroying research I did for this article, called “Illuminati Message Superbowl 2013,” proclaims Beyoncé and Destiny’s Child 2013 Superbowl act a declaration of allegiance to the Devil. It totally makes sense, ya’ll: “Destiny’s Child is a reference to the chosen one, the son of perdition, the anti-Christ!!!” this video claims (!!!!). The basic theory is that Destiny’s Child recently recorded a song called “Nuclear,” and their presence at the Super Bowl was orchestrated to set off a chain reaction leading to nuclear warfare. Basically the San Francisco 49’ers played in the Super Bowl that year, they’re from San Francisco and some gay people live in San Francisco. Gay people are the devil. Also, in The Sum of All Fear, Ben Affleck calls Morgan Freeman while he is at a Baltimore Ravens game to tell him that a nuclear bomb is about to drop. Baltimore Ravens! Not only the opponent of the 49’ers in Super Bowl XLVII, but also a team represented by a bird that is creepy as all fuck. And black. Black like the BLACKOUT that happened in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome right after Destiny’s Child bowed gracefully to the Devil and left the stage. Another fan fave: “Drunk in Love” was analyzed in depth on IllumantiWatcher.com, which noted all of the times that Beyoncé holds her hair over one eye. That seems like something you might do at the behest of Tyra to look pretty sexy and cool, but actually it’s a reference to the All Seeing Eye. The trophy that she stumbles around with at the beginning of the video has a beauty queen on top of it — “or maybe the goddess Semiramis” — and also features an inverted pyramid, which was, allegedly, used as the official seal of King Solomon, giving him the ability to control demons, spirits and animals through magic. While the Satanic Panic of the 1980s was focused on heavy metal groups that sometimes did actually talk about worshipping the devil, this decade is somewhat inexplicably fascinated with the evils of popular music which has no obvious connection to Satanism. Theories of Illuminati affiliation may have started with the predominantly white metal bands of the ’80s, but they have almost entirely shifted onto the shoulders of black rap and hip-hop artists since their revival in the early 2000s. God Like Productions, a Reddit-type site for biblical conspiracy theorists, claims that this is because “The Black race is the same color as soil and the surrounding night for a reason. It’s carbon. There is no life without carbon. It is the key to spiritual power.” As the somewhat whiter realm of pop music stylistically manipulates dark symbolism easily as often as hip-hop or rap does, it seems strange that the accusations are so single-mindedly racialized — as strange, maybe, as the fact that Bill O’Reilly’s qualms with Beyoncé’s “Partition” video cites only statistics on teen pregnancy for black females, on the lack of role models for black females, somehow conflating Beyoncé’s marital sex to be the equivalent of all sex had by all black women, which he views as singularly reckless, inexplicably dangerous and resultant in reproduction that he seems personally offended by, all under the guise of concern for young women. In his (monumental) 2013 essay collection, White Girls, Hilton Als dissects the jealousies that live on every border defining race, gender and sexuality. At one point Als semi-fictitiously describes the white woman’s response to a black gay couple, saying that he witnessed “white women who had been denied nothing most of their lives feeling bitter about [us] because they could not be part of ‘us,’ but continuing to be attracted to us past the point of reason since they lived to be disappointed.” Later the roles are reversed, as one of these men looks at a female friend and says “Did I love her or want to be her? Is there a difference?” Beyoncé willfully fills a very unique role in our popular culture — her brand of feminism redefines the historic hypersexualization of black women, rebuffs white feminism’s well-known failings — and while what she does is not for white girls, they are still hopelessly attracted to her. While what she does is probably not for anyone in particular, we all love her enough to want to be her. Paired with Packer’s assertion that “the celebrity monuments of our age have grown so huge that they dwarf the aspirations of ordinary people, who are asked to yield their dreams to the gods,” the deep, hidden bitterness of the white bystanders to this ultimate exaltation of a black woman, gives us a rough approximation of what makes Beyoncé a cult/cultural phenomenon. Whether we love her, want to be her, or want to accuse her of Satanic/demi-goddess powers, must of what we feel about her seems to exalt her as more than human. In a time when we distrust institutions — schools, governments, banks, political parties, religious organizations — we trust celebrities who are “as intimate as they are grand” and who “offer themselves for worship by ordinary people searching for a suitable object of devotion.” Or more simply put: “I see how we are all the same,” writes Als, “that none of us are white women or black men; rather we’re a series of mouths, and … every mouth needs filling: With something wet or dry, like love, or unfamiliar and savory, like love.”
It seems strange that the accusations are so single-mindedly racialized.
Kaitlyn Tiffany is a junior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Guest Room runs every Tuesday.
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you are a Manziel-hater for nonfootball reasons, take a step back. This is a college student that we’re talking about, and one whose life off the field was blown out of proportion due to constant photos popping up on social media showing Manziel — the Heisman winner who everyone wants to party with and take pictures of — having a good time at college. His 2012 arrest (originally charged with disorderly conduct, failure to identify and possession of a fake ID), though especially stupid considering he was a Division I football player, was simply a college freshman mistake that occurred before Manziel had ever taken a snap at A&M. Failure to recognize these off the field “issues” as anything more than just a college kid being a college kid is unfair to Manziel. Those close to Manziel know him as anything but the conceited, irresponsible person some portray him to be. His coaches and teammates have praised his work-ethic and selflessness. Fellow draft prospect and former Aggie Jake Matthews, an offensive tackle who knows Manziel as well as any, called his former teammate a “tremendous competitor, great leader, and someone that I loved playing for. I was glad to have him as a quarterback.” Admiration for the 21-yearold quarterback is common. Jon Gruden, who met with Manziel as part of his ESPN “QB Camp” segment, said that he would “love to have him,” and later compared Manziel to Brett Favre. A brief look at Manziel’s highlights on YouTube makes it clear as day why he won a Heisman, why he is a special competitor and why so many feel he is destined for greatness. The Houston Texans own the first overall pick in the 2014 draft. A team certainly in need of a big-time quarterback, it appears to be a perfect fit for
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whether they are physical, technical or psychological,” Taylor said. From the perspective of the athletes, the Penn Relays is one of the best ways to get ready for the anxiety that can happen going into important meets down the stretch. “Meets don’t get much bigger than the Penn Relays. It is great to have such a large crowd. The energy really helps you compete,” Jamerson said. “You also get to run against some of the top athletes in the world, which always helps you drop some time. If I make it to
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Manziel the Texan to remain a Texan in the NFL. But not only do most people expect Houston to pass on Manziel, several draft pundits predict Manziel will be selected late in the first round, maybe not even in the first round at all. Mock drafts mean nothing come draft day, though, and loads of people still feel that Manziel will be a Top-10 pick. Manziel is faster than almost all of the starting quarterbacks in the NFL today. He has a cannon for an arm. He is an excellent decision maker and reads pressure well, enabling him to escape out of the pocket and make game-changing plays. Critics point to his size (6’0”, 207 lbs.) as the decisive factor in determining his potential success at the pro level, but Russell Wilson is smaller than Manziel. Drew Brees is roughly the same size. They have both won Super Bowls. If any undersized QB will follow in their footsteps, it’s surely Johnny Football. He will not risk injury by taking the hits that he took in college, but that absolutely doesn’t take away from his playmaking ability, mobility and the overall threat that he poses every snap. So why, then, would a team coming off of a disastrous year, in serious need of a top-tier quarterback, pass on Johnny Manziel with the first overall pick on May 8th? Likely because of the number of potentialloaded players in the 2014 draft class, but in Houston’s case, the amount of good that Manziel would bring both on and off the field — ticket sales, team notoriety, non-Houston fan interest — seems almost too good to be true. Whichever team picks Johnny Manziel will be getting the ideal football player, and person, too. The criticism, the doubt and the hate are all fuel for a fire that Johnny Manziel — the once “arrogant” college kid — will build on for years to come. It’s just a matter of where.
nationals later in my career, I [will not be] nervous or out of my element. I already know what to expect.” The Big Red will be competing next weekend back in Ithaca at the Cornell Outdoor Invitational. The coaching staff will be focused on keeping the athletes in shape these next few weeks. “The physical side of the equation is complete and we’ll be working more on the technical and psychological facets of competition,” Taylor said. Nikita Dubnov can be reached at email@example.com.
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Sisserson,Jamerson Both Break Freshmen Records at Penn Relays with his fourth place finish after accumulating 6,557 points in competition. Despite his success, Jamerson realized that he has A select group of Cornell athletes spent this past space for improvement. weekend in Philadelphia at one of the premier track and “I did my first decathlon of the season and it went field events in the world. The Penn Relays is an interna- fairly well. It didn’t go quite as well as my coaches and I tionally heralded gathering of athletes from high school, would have hoped, but it is a decent starting point for college and professional ranks. The Red was represented the season,” Jamerson said. well at the meet with success in various events and severThe women’s team also recorded some impressive peral record-breaking performances. formances at Penn Relays. Senior Notable performances came from a Rachel Sorna had a strong finish in the variety of Cornell athletes. Freshman “Going against the best is 3000 meter race in which she took Grant Sisserson took home a Penn a proving ground for kids home a school record for the third Relays record and a freshman record meet in a row. The 4x200 meter relay to compete all out and for Cornell with a vault of 17'1" in the team composed of freshman Adrian Eastern Pole Vault event. The domiJones, junior Zena Kolliesuah, junior overcome their fears.” nant SMR team comprised of 200Katie Woodford and sophomore meter legs from sophomore Larry Udeme Akpaete broke a school record Nathan Taylor Gibson and senior Kinsley Ojukwu, a from 2002 with an impressive time of 400-meter leg from senior Bruno 1:36.76. Hortelano-Roig and an 800-meter leg from senior Will Men’s head coach Nathan Taylor said he was proud of Weinlandt won its event with a school record-breaking his team’s accomplishments, but acknowledged that the time of 3:21.01. The fifth place finish in the team has not hit its ceiling yet. Championship of America race beat a school record that “As the coach, I felt like our performances were a has been standing untouched since 1969. mixed bag. Some very good — Top-5 when you go Additionally, junior Stephen Mozia took third place against 258 colleges is pretty good — but not perfect. It’s in the Championship discus event and ninth in the great to win events in front of 50,000 spectators and be Championship shot put. Freshman Austin Jamerson on national TV,” Taylor said. competed in the decathlon and set a freshman record Taylor said it was satisfying to see Cornell representBy NIKITA DUBNOV
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The big stage | The Red put on a strong showing at the famous Penn Relays this weekend in Philadelphia, with the men’s team breaking two school records.
ed on a big stage, which helps the development of younger collegiate athletes. “Going against the best is a proving ground for kids to compete all out and overcome their fears. Competing at the highest levels exposes all of your weaknesses See TRACK & FIELD page 11
Learning to Women Fall to No.1 Brown in Dunn Bowl Love Manziel The Red will take on Dartmouth next weekend in the Parents Cup P WOMEN’S ROWING
eople love to hate Johnny Manziel. It’s understandable, really. The kid from Tyler, Texas who became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy while under center at Texas A&M is known for his confident personality that has shown both on and off the gridiron.
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After winning the Class of ’ ’89 Points Plate at the Clemson Invitational in South Carolina on April 19th, the women’s rowing team hosted its first meet of the spring season on Saturday. The Dunn Bowl included teams from Cornell and Brown, and took place on the Cayuga Lake Inlet in Ithaca. Despite its strong performance at the Clemson
Invitational, the Red could not replicate that success in the Dunn Bowl. The Bears took first place in every event, including all of the Varsity Eight and Varsity Four races, and No. 1 Brown came out on top, capturing the Dunn Bowl. “Racing the best ranked team in the Ivy League this past weekend really pushed us to race our hardest and although we lost, we now know what we're capable of when we race Dartmouth this upcoming weekend,”
For Johnny Manziel the person — as opposed to Manziel the quarterback — the widespread accessibility of technology has proven to be his enemy. IPhones, Twitter and so on have enabled the media to portray Johnny Football as a sort of reckless, careless, ungrateful person who is more concerned about partying with the hottest babes in College Station than he with his future as a football player. Of course, one must not discount his own stupid decisions that have garnered negative attention, like his arrest in June 2012. Critics point to Manziel’s off the field shenanigans as among his greatest weaknesses. His life away from football has caused many to believe that Manziel is unworthy of a top selection in the upcoming NFL Draft, while some have gone even further to call Johnny Football the next Todd Marinovich. But my goodness, give the kid a break. If See SHATZMAN page 11
said freshman Olivia Hoffman. The tournament began with the first Varsity Eight match, in which Cornell had its best time throughout the five races. Cornell finished the race with 6:49.9 on the clock, which was not fast enough to beat out the Bears, who finished with a time of 6:44.2. During the second Varsity Eight race, Brown finished with a 23.3 second lead. The Bears repeated this in the first Varsity Four race,
where they finished with a 26.4 second lead. The second Varsity Four race consisted of Cornell’s and Brown’s B and C teams. Brown’s B team finished with the best time, followed closely by Cornell, which was followed by Brown’s C team. During the final race of the tournament — the third Varsity Eight race — Brown finished with a time of 6:59.2 and Cornell finished with a time of 7:33.2. According to junior Emily Ewing, the Red is heading into its upcoming tournament, the Parents Cup, with confidence, despite struggling in its races this weekend. The Red will put its boats in the water in Hanover, New Hampshire to face off against another Ivy rival, Dartmouth. “Our last race was pretty difficult, but I'm confident that races like that are the reason we push to go even faster,” Ewing said. “Dartmouth will [be] another tough race, but I'm excited to show Dartmouth and our supporters what we can do.”
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Into the water | The women’s rowing team lost all five races to Brown this weekend, but looks to bounce back when it takes on Dartmouth this Saturday.
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