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held this year in the Bear’s Den, located in the Ivy Room of Willard Straight Hall. While the pub was originally slated to open in spring 2012, because of delays in obtaining a permanent liquor license it will now officially open in fall 2012, The Sun reported in January. Lars Mudrak, head brewer at Bandwagon Brewpub — a local microbrewery based in the Ithaca Commons — worked with Ryan and Nelson Crosby ’12 to make Ezra Red. He described the beer as “drinkable ... without being overbearing.”

As Cornell employees’ three-year contract approaches its expiration date of June 30, the University will begin negotiations with the United Auto Workers Local 2300, the union that represents a majority of Cornell’s staff. Jack Kaminsky, president of the UAW Local 2300, said that negotiators will discuss wage rates during contract negotiations with University administrators, especially given the University’s financial rebound since the 2008 recession. “In every survey ... Cornell’s fiscal outlook was recently revised by Moody’s you will find that Investors Service — a major credit workload was one of rating agency — from “negative” the major concerns.” to “stable,” The Sun reported in April. Additionally, the University Jack Kaminsky reduced its deficit from $148 million in 2009 to $40 million in 2011. But in 2008, Kaminsky said, “the market crashed and Cornell suffered financial loss.” “Since then, they have rebounded, and we feel that we helped them through that period of time to the best of our abilities,” he said. “We were asked to do more with less and we did that. We feel the need to be compensated for it.” According to Mary Opperman, vice president for human resources, the University is restricted by funding limitations, which she attributed to student opposition to raising tuition; reduced or stagnant state funding; the slow growth of research funding; and

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Students are splattered with paint on the Arts Quad Saturday at Cornell’s 28th annual celebration of Holi, a Hindu festival celebrating the beginning of spring.

C.U.Brew,‘Ezra Red,’ Makes Debut By EMMA COURT Sun Senior Writer

At a school where a Big Red Marching Band cheers on Big Red sports teams, it was only a matter of time before someone decided to make a Big Red beer. Ezra Red, a red ale developed by two Cornell students, made its on-campus debut at The Bear’s Den on Saturday night. According to Chris Ryan ’12, one of the new brew’s creators, the beer will be regularly sold at the pub once the Bear’s Den acquires a liquor license. Saturday’s event was the last of three “soft” events

Relevance of Takeover Revisited at Anniversary

News Running for Rand ’12

Students ran in Nate’s Run for Smiles, a charity race held Sunday, to commemorate Nate Rand ’12 and raise money for a hospital. | Page 3

Students share thoughts on Takeover, diversity By JINJOO LEE Sun Senior Writer

Amid a year of activism on campus for both racial minorities and undocumented students, more than 200 students gathered Friday to commemorate the 43rd anniversary of the Willard Straight Hall Takeover. In April 1969, students members of the Afro-American Society took over Willard Straight Hall for two days to demand that the University to improve its treatment of black students. Protesters called for the University to investigate the cross-burning that happened in front of Wari House, then a black women’s co-operative house, and asked for black students to be treated equally under the University’s judicial codes. As people settled into their seats Friday, some of the group’s

organizers stood up from different parts of the room to share what the Takeover meant to them. “It means taking a stand when our voices seem displaced or ignored on Cornell University’s campus. Having the multicultural community being as strong and unified as possible is what the Willard Straight Hall Takeover means to me,” said Raquel Smith ’13, president of ALANA. At the commemoration ceremony, students also shared photos promoting diversity that they had displayed on campus. The Cornell DREAM Team — an organization of proponents of the DREAM Act — displayed a photo with students of all races holding up a sign that read, “Do I look undocumented?” Shuva Islam ’13 said that he found listening to students’ perspectives both informative and

Opinion The Bell’s Last Toll

Judah Bellin ’12 bids farewell to Cornell in his last column, reflecting on his experiences as a conservative on campus. | Page 7

Arts Soprano

The Australian Chamber Orchestra, featuring soprano Dawn Upshaw, performed a heartrending collection of songs at Bailey Hall on Friday. | Page 9

Sports Taste of Defeat

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In a heartbreaking loss, the men’s lacrosse team finished 9-14 to Princeton on Saturday, losing the chance to host the Ivy League tournament.

Making voices heard | Students end the Straight Takeover in 1969. enjoyable. “I learned a lot about the history regarding [the Takeover],” he said. “I found a lot about

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In Memory of Rand ’12, Students Run for Charity By ERICA AUGENSTEIN Sun Staff Writer

Nate’s Run for Smiles, a five-kilometer race and mile-long children’s run held to raise money for charity, was hosted Sunday in memory of Nathaniel Rand ’12, a student who died after drowning in Fall Creek Gorge last summer. The event supported the Nathaniel L. Rand Fund of Child Life Program of the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in New York City. Money from the fund will be used to support child patients by offering therapy through playing in the hospital, helping prepare them for medical procedures and providing their families with counseling. The event was planned by Alpha Phi Omega — a service fraternity of which Rand was an active member — to commemorate Rand’s life. “We all loved Nate. It is really nice that we are doing an event in his honor,” said Julia DiPiazza ’14, vice president of service for APO. Sabrina Moroz ’13, a member of APO, said the fraternity decided to focus on helping children through the event after recalling its memories of Rand. “At the beginning of the semester, the entire service team had a meeting. We thought about what reminded us of Nate,” she said. “The first thing we thought about was dancing, but we didn’t know where to

go with that, so next we thought about smiling and kids. He loved kids.” Rand died in July while he and his friends were swimming in Fall Creek Gorge. He was trapped underneath the water near Ithaca Falls and found hours later by the New York State Police dive team. Rand’s death occurred three hours after the body of Stanislaw Jaworski, 26, a visiting graduate student from Poland, was recovered farther upstream in an unrelated incident. In a statement to APO, Jacob Rand, Nate’s father, thanked the fraternity for organizing the event, adding that “Nate loved the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore and wanted to devote his career to helping others — especially children.” Josh Phillips ’14, who was in Rand’s APO pledge class, added that Rand was the type of guy who, when you saw him, “would immediately burst into a smile.” After their initial inspiration, Moroz said plans for the event “just kind of came together.” DiPiazza also said that the fraternity chose the children’s hospital as its beneficiary because of Rand’s passion for children, adding that Rand used to volunteer at the hospital. Rand’s service project for APO “was all about kids; he would have loved the moon bounce [at the event],” said Perri Cohn ’12, a member of APO.

CUPD Issues Tickets For Speeding,Tailgating In Safety Campaign Campus police vehicles conducted a special traffic enforcement campaign on Cornell’s campus, as well as its surrounding roads and streets from April 24 to 27. The traffic safety campaign — which targeted motorists who speed or use their cellphones while driving — was funded through a Selective Traffic Enforcement Program grant from the New York State Governor’s Highway Traffic Safety Committee. STEP grants provide funding to help state police enforce laws prohibiting dangerous driving, according to the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee website. Police on patrol last week were looking, in particular, for speeding and tailgating — the two main contributors to property damage and motor vehicle accidents that occur on campus, according to Sgt. Anthony Tostanoski of the Cornell University Police Department. There was a decline in the number of tickets Cornell Police issued in the campaign this year compared to last year,

which Tostanoski attributed to increased enforcement efforts. In 2011, CUPD issued 314 speeding tickets, a decrease from the 320 it issued in 2010. Cornell Police also wrote 217 tickets for cellphone use or texting in 2011, down from 280 in 2010. There was a nine-percent decrease in motor vehicle crashes from 2010 to 2011, according to the CUPD. “With all of our traffic safety grants, our number one goal is to reduce traffic accidents and improve the overall safety of our roadways,” Tostanoski said. CUPD has been awarded STEP grants for at least the last eight years, according to Tostanoski. This year, however, the grant awarded was significantly smaller. “This year we were awarded $5,704 for the grant, which is approximately one half of what we had received last year,” Tostanoski said in an email. “Federal budget cuts trickle down to the state and local levels.” — Compiled by Danielle Sochaczevski

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Run for a cause | Runners take off at Nate’s Run for Smiles, a charity race held Sunday. Cohn said the turnout at the run was “spectacular.” “There have been three large pledge classes and the brotherhood has grown a lot [in the past year]. [The new members of APO] haven’t met him, and the fact that they are still so supportive is great,” Cohn said. According to DiPiazza, the event drew more than 70 participants. Cohn said that most of the runners were students, and many of them members of APO. Allie Lin ’14, a runner and member of APO, recruited her friend to the event. The five-kilometer race began at 10 a.m. Afterward, children participated in a one-mile run and enjoyed activities and food. “We do only a couple big events a year,” Cohn said. “This [was] the most success-

ful.” Moroz said the event was especially successful considering how little time APO had to plan for it. “It was stressful at times. Usually you take a year to plan these events; we did it in a semester,” she said. “I think it came together pretty well.” The organizers said they hoped that the event would continue to be held annually in honor of Rand. “This is the ‘first annual’ because we would like it to happen for years,” DiPiazzi said. Jacob Rand thanked the event’s participants for “remembering our son and brother in such a meaningful way.” Erica Augenstein can be reached at eaugenstein@cornellsun.com.

Engineering Prog.Named TopThree in U.S. By LIANNE BORNFELD

When the time came to announce the winner, tensions among the team members ran high. Gawade compared the suspense to Cornell’s master of engineering waiting to hear the winning names program in the School of Operations at the Academy Awards. Research and Information “We were all holding our breath,” Engineering was recently identified she said. by UPS as one of the top three proThe Tauber Institute of the grams for students entering the University of Michigan was ultifields of operations research, manmately named the winner of the agement science or analytics. Smith Prize. Cornell and Lehigh’s Awarded for the first time this programs were given plaques and year by the Institute for Operations distinguished at the conference’s Research and the Management main gala event. Sciences, the UPS George D. Smith Though acknowledging his disPrize was created in honor of Smith, appointment at the loss, Eisner a former chief executive officer for emphasized the differences UPS. With the competition, between Cornell’s program the institute hopes to and the winning program, strengthen ties between “We felt like we did still achieve noting that the Tauber industry and higher educa- something by becoming a finalist.” Institute “[caters] to stution programs, according to dents who already have work Prof. Kathryn Caggiano, Akansha Gawade grad experience and [are] specialoperations research and “My main contribution, I think, izing in manufacturing and operainformation engineering, who is the director of Cornell’s master of engi- in the beginning was just sort of tions.” “By contrast, most of our stubeing honest and sharing my experineering studies. dents come to the program directly Last October, Caggiano said, the ence,” she said. According to Caggiano, the pre- from undergraduate degrees,” he program decided to submit an application “because we felt like we have sentation emphasized the master of said. Davis echoed Eisner’s sentiments engineering program’s development a pretty strong program.” Of the 18 applicants that applied over the years, including its dedicat- of disappointment. “Up until Michigan won, I felt for the $10,000 prize, Cornell’s mas- ed leadership and faculty and its capter of engineering program was one stone project, which allows students like we were going to win it,” he of three selected as finalists. Also to work one-on-one with real com- said. “I thought that we had made a great presentation and I felt that we among the top three were Lehigh panies. “Our program provides a very had great content. I really stand University’s Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering strong set of fundamentals for the behind everything we said.” Despite not winning the prize, and the University of Michigan’s study of operations research, and … Tauber Institute for Global gives real world experience with real the team said they remained proud companies [and] real projects,” of their achievements. Operations. “We felt like we did still achieve “It is very exciting to be recog- Davis said. “It’s a combination of nized as one of the top three pro- these two things that really makes something by becoming a finalist,” Gawade said. “Maybe this year just grams preparing practitioners, espe- our program standout.” According to Davis, it was hard wasn’t our year, but it sort of opened cially since ORIE’s Ph.D. program was also previously recognized by the to strike a balance between an infor- up our eyes. We are doing great and National Research Council,” Prof. mative and exciting presentation, we have come really far.” Mark Eisner, operations research “given that we didn’t know how and industrial engineering, former much they remembered or knew about the program [from the appli- Lianne Bornfeld can be reached at program director, said in an email. Caggiano said after an intensive cation process].” lbornfeld@cornellsun.com. Sun Staff Writer

application process, she and the team — which included Eisner and two students, Akansha Gawade grad ’11 and Sam Davis grad ’07 — traveled to Huntington Beach, Calif., to give an oral presentation on the program’s history to the prize committee. Since its inception in 1965, the program has made several key innovations, such as the inclusion of new concentrations and partnerships with other departments, according to Caggiano. Gawade said that during the presentation she gave feedback about her time as a student in the program.


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the ongoing recovery of investments after the 2008 financial crisis, among other things. “We just don’t have sources when we look at that analysis. We do what we best can to give, but we have to balance out,” she said. “We are not that different from most employers. We don’t want to let more people go.” But with the increase in the cost of living, Kaminsky said that Cornell employees are “feeling the crunch like everyone else with the price of gas and central goods always on the rise.” According to the Alternatives Federal Credit Union, a full-time worker in Tompkins County must earn $11.67 per hour to afford the cost of living — a five-percent increase from $11.11 per hour two years ago. While the cost of living in Tompkins County has risen and the University has increased staff ’s wages, Opperman said that salary increases “have been modest.” “As cost of living goes up, it’s going to affect everyone and especially our staff and our lowerpaid staff,” she said. Additionally, Opperman said that after administrators conducted a University-wide employee survey in 2011, the University determined that employees are currently facing three main problems: increased workload, a lack of career development and increasing living costs. “The staff survey brought out a number of issues related to workload, resulting primarily from the downsizing [of the workforce],” Opperman said. “When you look now, we are down about 800 positions [from what we had] three years ago.” Subsequently, contract negotiators have

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ended up working with Bandwagon Brew Pub. One of Bandwagon’s founders, Michael “Ezra Red is an American red ale, Johnson ’10, was also a with a nice balance between malt Cornellian. and hop flavor,” Mudrak said. Mudrak said that he created “It’s relatively light in alcohol and four different versions of the beer body for smooth drinking. It’s an and used taste testers to choose approachable beer.” the winning recipe. Allison Jagoe ’12, who tried According to Mudrak, the beer at The Bear’s Den on Bandwagon is very small comSaturday, said it was flavorful and pared to other breweries, and curlacked the aftertaste of some rently can serve Ezra Red from a beers. keg, but can not yet produce bot“It’s not too light or too dark. tles of the ale. I think it would be appealing to a Still, Mudrak said that lot of people,” including both Bandwagon’s small size was an males and females, Jagoe said. asset in the process of developing Alex Lalos ’12 said she enjoyed Ezra Red. the beer so much she went back “Other breweries wouldn’t be for a second serving. Lalos praised able to brew four batches of beer the way Ezra Red’s creators took back-to-back-to-back; they advantage of w o u l d n’t opportunities want to dediin Ithaca. cate the space “We live to beer they in an area might not really culturend up sellally rich in ing,” Mudrak winemaking said. “We Ezra Red | The ale’s logo was modand brewing, were able to eled after Ezra Cornell’s signature. and it’s really tweak the cool to have final product those resources around us,” Lalos and get something we were happy said. with.” Ryan and Crosby first came up Mudrak said the beer has been with the idea for a Big Red ale last selling well at Bandwagon, espefall, while drinking a house beer cially late at night and on weekin Boston that had been brewed ends. specifically for the bar they were As for Ryan and Crosby, they visiting. said they were motivated by Big “We wanted a red ale with a Red pride and not financial gain full taste to it, so people can sit — neither will receive any pordown and converse over it, but tion of Bandwagon’s profits on not so heavy that you can’t have the beer. more than one beer,” Ryan said. Mudrak said, however, that Ryan said the ale was also the pair got something out of the inspired by a beverage Ezra experience. Cornell described in his manu“We did give them some free scripts. According to Ryan, both pints of Ezra Red,” Mudrak said. the name of the beer and its logo, “Strictly for research purposes which will mimic Ezra Cornell’s only.” signature, are a nod to Cornell’s founder. Ryan and Crosby proposed Emma Court can be reached at their idea to several breweries and ecourt@cornellsun.com. Continued from page 1

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ties facing] undocumented students.” Although the 1969 Takeover was provoked by tension between African-American and Caucasian students, the commemoration event focused on a broader picture than relationships between blacks and whites, according to Smith. “It’s not just about black or AfricanAmerican students but it’s also about all students of color — all multicultural students that felt like they didn’t have a voice before but really have a voice now,” Smith said. Renee Alexander ’74, associate dean of students and director of intercultural programs, agreed, saying that in the 1960s, the prism of racial issues only encompassed black and white. “Diversity now means a whole lot more than black and white. It means a whole lot more than just race,” Alexander said. Although Friday’s commemoration took on a celebratory tone, not long ago, the Takeover was barely a part of dialogue on campus, Alexander said. Alexander, who arrived at Cornell one semester after the Takeover, said that when she was at Cornell, “[the Takeover] was rarely

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tion because the Takeover “was such a controversial event when it took place.” The Cornell that Alexander remembers was vastly different from what it is now. Back then, Alexander said that racial relations “were hostile, chilly at best,” adding that “it was hard, if not downright impossible, to interact with people across race.” Susan Murphy ’73, vice president for academic and student services, also recalled that she did not interact much with students of other races during her time as a student at the University. “I have since made very dear friends with members of my class who are African American ... but as undergrads, we never knew one another,” Murphy said in an email, adding that it was “my loss.” Kristine Alexander ’13, vice president of ALANA, said that members of the community should continue to remember the significance of the Takeover, as well as the racial issues that provoked it. “I think it’s important to remind people that we should be thankful for these things and that they affect us. I think it’s important to revisit it every year,” she said.

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Rushing to Collegetown LAST WEEK, THE INTERFRATERNITY COUNCIL released the results of a survey sent to students about their experiences during rush week in January. While the results show that the University’s new Greek recognition policy reduced the amount of drinking that occurs during this period, it is concerning that there has been an increase in the number of events held in Collegetown. The IFC seems to have done a good job responding to the University’s challenge to make rush week dry, even though many fraternities expressed distaste for the policy. According to the survey administered by the IFC to students who rushed and joined fraternities this semester, 72.6 percent of students reported that they did not drink any alcohol during rush. By contrast, 32.9 percent reported not drinking in 2011. The IFC’s willingness to live up to the University’s charge goes a long way toward maintaining self-governance within the boundaries set by Cornell. However, the IFC is right that while these numbers are promising, the shift in events to Collegetown is problematic. As long as these events shift to unregulated environments in Collegetown or elsewhere (and there is clear evidence that this has been the result of this policy) there are still problems that need to be addressed. While last year, 8.9 percent of students rushing said that they attended four offcampus events, this year, that number was 14.1 percent. From last year to this year, the number of respondents who reported attending five off campus events jumped from 5.7 percent to 10.3 percent. The number who said they attended six events jumped from 3.3 percent to 7.7 percent. Though fewer fraternities are planning events with alcohol, it seems that those that do are hosting them in Collegetown. If fraternities were able to skirt regulations during such a regimented and controlled period as rush week, we worry about the amount of drinking that would shift to other settings during other parts of the year. The data about rush week this year seems to support the arguments of those who said that the changes to the Greek recognition policy would only shift activities to more dangerous, unregulated environments in Collegetown. If this trend continues, the University should question the effectiveness of such strict regulations that bar freshmen from fraternity events with alcohol, since Collegetown parties, where there is less oversight from the IFC, are arguably more dangerous. These surveys go a long way toward illuminating the challenges that Cornell faces when addressing the problems ingrained in the Greek system. While it is still too early to tell what the overall results of the policy will be, the results from these surveys show that the consequences of the changes to the Greek recognition policy are not as simple as the University had imagined.

feel such language is oppressive, marginalizing and stigmatizing to sexuality and gender. But more to the point, heteronormative values make self-expression more difficult when that expression doesn’t conform to the “norm.” This impact of this type of oppression and confined mind set is closely examined in the Discourses of Exclusion: Sexuality Education’s Silencing of Sexual Others by John Elia and Mickey Eliason. The authors do justice in bringing to light the impact of how heteronormative values have carried their way through the education system and impacted a century of generations. One lesbian student’s high school sexual education experience was better summarized “[that] love was heterosexual; marriage was the ideal … straight love and romance were beautiful.” This student, like many other lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-identified (LGBTQ) students has been excluded by the education system — an institution that fosters leaders of tomorrow and teaches truth. As a result of this exclusion, LGBTQ youth often feel disillusioned and begin to question their existence in society. The example above shows how heterosexism is embedded within an institution like education. Established in the early 20th century, the U.S. sexual education system’s purpose was merely

Heteronormative values are not only exercised in the education system, but rather in other institutions like government, health and business. Heterosexism is very well embedded into the fabric of society that deconstructing its teachings of such narrow values is quite daunting. However, we have seen slight progress such as New York’s redefinition of marriage and the repealing of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Each of us is entitled to our own values; however, when these values justify your oppression of other groups, it is simply unjust. It is unethical to assume someone’s sexual orientation, especially when today’s sexual landscape is crowded with new terms such as “metrosexual” and “bromance.” What were once strict and binary heterosexual norms, are beginning to loosely tie with homosexuality. As we progress further into the 21st century, we, as educated individuals, need to be more critical of our demeanor and ensure our decisions and daily interactions are inclusive. Ignorance is unacceptable and no longer an innocent plea.

Ruben Ortega is a junior in the School of Hotel Administration. She may be reached at ro66@cornell.edu. Guest Room appears periodically this semester.

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should have been a C.S. major.” If I had a nickel ... Now that the hiring fairs, networking events and career advice sessions are done — and, more importantly, now that college is a few days from being little more than a memory, I can’t help but think of what I and all the other graduating seniors have gotten out of our time at Cornell. Most of what a student gets out of a university, of course, depends on his or her own initiative. The tired, hackneyed, irritating phrase “college is what you make of it” still rings true after four years, much as I might be loathe to admit it. There are, though, important parts of

far from the case. Higher education is currently doing a pathetically poor job of preparing its graduates for the world they face upon leaving. To lean on some statistics: 53.6 percent of college grads under the age of 25 were unor underemployed in 2011. So, while general education and the ability to think about the world in different ways are worth focusing on, colleges (and yes, even ones like Cornell) should put more of an emphasis on preparing students for the job market. Often the tension between these two goals is mapped onto “sciences versus humanities.” This is understandable given that technical jobs are experiencing the most growth at the moment and that many employers are complaining that there is a shortage of highly trained and skilled employees. On the other hand, this is a Stirring simplification of the picthe Pot ture. The trio of basic sciences (physics, chemistry, and biology) are not particularly highly sought after by employers either. Rather, employers are looking for specific, applied skills. To be more specific: Employers want people who can write code, who can develop web applications. Cornell should therefore ensure that every student who graduates knows how to code in at least a couple of languages. Think of it like a beefed up, but more directly applicable language requirement. Instead of taking Math and Politics, Music majors will have to learn how to write in Java, or Python or whatever. And instead of taking that laughably ineffective one-credit transition course where half the students don’t learn anything anyway, engineers would actually have to learn how to write in java, or another language deemed more useful. Certainly, I am not advocating that everybody become a software engineer. But coding is the one skill that in today’s job market guarantees you a job. It’s sort of like the social safety net of education. Students would be able to pursue their majors as they do now but would graduate having a directly applicable skill. They could potentially pursue jobs that they are genuinely passionate about outside of tech — journalism, research assistants, NGOs

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an education that the university does control. Required courses are one them. Earlier this semester I wrote a piece about how Cornell should change some of its curriculum requirements — having now seen first hand what many employers want, I’d like to revisit the issue. Distribution requirements, core curriculums and other academic hoops that universities put in place are basically designed to ensure that English majors know a little biology and that conversely biology majors know a couple of Shakespeare plays. O.K., let’s be honest, what really happens is that humanities majors take Why the Sky is Blue and engineers take History of Rock Music. The intention of the requirements is often flaunted by the stronger desire for easy A’s. Nonetheless, these broad requirements at least seem directed at one of the crucial purposes of a college education: the general edification of students so that they can appreciate and think about the world we live in through different lenses. There is, though, another goal of a college education: preparing students for the job market. And while, as many parents are quick to admit, 40 years ago almost any college degree gave you a good shot at a job, today that is

etc. — and if they are not successful they would have a fallback to an industry where there are plenty of jobs available. This all might sound vague — what do you mean learn coding? and how would you structure this part of the curriculum? So let’s get specific. The goal is an intermediate level comprehension of a couple of programming languages. While you might think this might seem daunting — Swahili and Spanish aren’t exactly related after all — computer languages aren’t so different from each other. Essentially, through this series of courses, students would need to understand the algorithmic thinking common to all of them and then learn how to use such thinking in two specific languages. In a series of four or so courses, which in Arts and Sciences (to give one example) might replace the four PBS / MQR courses that are often used by students to pursue easy and inapplicable science and math courses, students would be introduced to computer science through one language, take a couple of courses that would be modeled after the current CS 2110 and then learn the specifics of another widely used language. Perhaps there could even be a course that teaches certain families of languages (C, C Sharp, C++ for example). The content should be left up to the C.S. department but the purpose of the courses would be to ensure that those who take them come out with enough knowledge to secure entry level coding jobs. Not at Google or other tech giants (most C.S. majors don’t even make the cut there) but maybe at smaller firms or firms that need programmers even though they are not in the tech industry. I understand that I will probably be accused of falling into the cult of the software engineer. Or alternatively accepting Cornell’s current obsession of becoming a tech school. Instead, I think this would be an easy way for Cornell to use its resources in the applied sciences to benefit the whole student body. If we’re going to require certain courses we might as well make them stringent and useful.

Harry DiFrancesco is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. He may be reached at hdifrancesco@cornellsun.com. Stirring the Pot appears alternate Mondays this semester.

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came to Cornell absolutely terrified. I had just spent my gap year in Israel, where I’d studied Jewish texts intensively, made some of my closest friends and met the girl I’m marrying this summer. I’d also read conservative columnist Thomas Sowell’s Inside American Education, which he wrote at the peak of the era of political correctness. In excruciating detail, Sowell depicted the widespread harassment of conservative students at American universities, both within the classroom and without. He convinced me that my kind was not welcome at Cornell. To make matters worse, I’d also heard about the public burnings of the Cornell Review and celebrations of the 1969 Willard Straight Hall Takeover, both of which the University administration supported. Needless to say, I did not arrive with high expectations. What I actually found on campus was radically different. No one was burning the Cornell Review, though piles of new issues occasionally “disappeared.” Individuals who protested the Review or other conservative publications were on the margins — they could barely muster more than ten people. The University administration barely made a peep when the Review published an “offensive” comment in my freshman year, limiting itself to a bland exhortation for “reasoned inquiry and debate across the ideological spectrum.” The legacy of the Willard Straight Hall takeover had also changed. Facebook informed me that the African

Latino Asian Native American Students Programming Board was sponsoring a “Willard Straight Hall Takeover 43rd Anniversary” in the Ivy Room. The event description devoted two words to the “student performances” that would take place. It gave significantly greater emphasis to the event’s “amazing spread of food.” Indeed, the real draw were the “Vegetarian Samosas,” “Vegetarian Cubano Slider,” “Hummus Platter with Pita Chips” and the “Hula-Hula Chicken,” among others. We don’t care about the militants’ message anymore, just the buffet of multiculturalism they made possible. Cornell has pretty much moved past the excesses of political correctness. Sure, we’re willing to entertain the provocations of pseudo-radicals — Occupy Cornell had about fifteen seconds of fame, after all — but at this point we’re more interested in gathering our food and moving along. This is a welcome development. Another happy surprise was the strength of conservative political life. I would’ve never expected that Paul Wolfowitz and Ron Paul would visit Cornell in the same semester, let alone ever. Likewise, I wouldn’t have believed you had you told me about the minor role the College Democrats play here. I’m still surprised that I can’t even think of one large-scale event that they’ve hosted. Here’s what I think happened. Cornell’s conservatives have felt obligated to make a strong showing since the

early 1980s, when political correctness was in full force. They sought to combat the left’s grip on the campus culture. Hence the founding of the Cornell Review in 1984, which followed on the heels of Counterpoint at the University of Chicago and The Dartmouth Review. Since that time, the left has mostly retreated from the public domain: Their most vocal members are found in academic departments or ragtag protests. In other words, Cornell is not what

The mere fact, consciousness — these forms — the power of motion, The least insect or animal — the senses — eyesight — love; The first step, I say, awed me and pleased me so much, I have hardly gone, and hardly wished to go, any farther But stop and loiter all the time, to sing it in ecstatic songs.” What does it mean to sing our studies in ecstatic songs? I don’t exactly know,

Judah Bellin For Whom the Bellin Tolls Thomas Sowell had primed me to expect. But this isn’t the only reason why I’ll miss it here. I’ll miss the long, heated and even sometimes vicious arguments; the sacred space; the irreverence; our foolish sense of optimism. It’ll be hard to sustain these things as we move ahead, but we must try. In that spirit, we should remember the words of the inimitable Walt Whitman: “Beginning my studies, the first step pleased me so much,

but I think Whitman is arguing that we must always feel sincere, almost childlike joy in our pursuit of knowledge. I will always be grateful to Cornell because it has afforded me such an experience. So to all the teachers and fellow students who made it possible: Thank you.

Judah Bellin is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. He may be contacted at jbellin@cornellsun.com. For Whom the Bellin Tolls appears alternate Mondays this semester.


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TYRAN GRILLO Sun Staff Writer

Since 1975, the Australian Chamber Orchestra has built a reputation for adventure. For this we can thank its longtime director, Richard Tognetti, whose eclectic programming has brought the orchestra back on its feet, lending every performance a dynamic edge that few chamber ensembles can match. For Friday’s performance at Bailey, which capped off a successful academic year for Cornell’s premier concert venue, the already phenomenal outfit was joined by soprano Dawn Upshaw, whose voice turned every word sung into a morsel of sonic caramel. Yet before she even took the stage, I was overjoyed to discover that the ACO was to start us off on a bold foot with selections from George Crumb’s Black Angels. This work was something of a touchstone in my formative explorations of 20th century music, and to hear it live at last was thrilling. It may or may not have been the most perplexing facet of the concert for those unfamiliar with the opening blast of Threnody I: Night of the Electric Insects. Horror fans will have recognized it from the 1973 classic, The Exorcist. Yet as I imagine was clear from the reaction of Friday’s audience — which began with a few chuckles of surprise (mingling with some, like mine, of nostalgic recogni-

tion) and ended with sighs of wonder — Crumb’s sonic textures are less about fear and more about the music hidden in our shadows. The Five Pieces for Strings of Anton Webern, into which selections from Black Angels were shuffled, may on paper seem a curious weave. Yet as pairings before — with Shostakovich, Fauré, Stravinsky, and, most profoundly, Bach — have shown, the young Darmstadter’s music lends itself to a wide range of company, whose works provide windows, if not mirrors, of interpretation. From the sinewy, ghostly chasms of the opening movement to the whispered conversations of the last, the Five Pieces strike a balance all their own. In light of this startling prelude, Maria Schneider’s Winter Morning Walks, written for Upshaw, was like a massage after a grueling work week. For this Schneider drew on the poetry of Ted Kooser, whose unassuming Americana went down like sunset. Improvisation literally took center stage in the form of a jazz trio comprised of clarinet, bass and piano. The wintry whip of the air struck us in the opener as the trio folded itself into the orchestral batter — a mere taste of the confections to follow. Schneider’s mastery of her palette became evident in the second song, “When I Switched on a Light,” which evoked the fluttering of moths on the piano’s dampened strings. A similar panache was to be found in the swirls of “I Saw a Dust Devil

This Morning” and later in the incessant gales of “Our Finch Feeder,” the latter describing a group of birds struggling against the wind in the name of sustenance. Yet it was the third, “Walking by Flashlight,” which was the evening’s highlight. This piece was cinematic to the utmost: an early-morning walk, animals peering out from the bushes at a protagonist who describes his circle of light on the ground as “the moon on a leash.” Lovely improvisations from pianist Frank Kimbrough made the experience all the more sweeping. From the first, one could see the concentration on Upshaw’s face as she attuned herself to every mood and image. Her unparalleled diction and deferential temperament broke the fourth wall and then some. My inaugural encounter with Upshaw was through her benchmark Nonesuch recording of Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915. The work remains a personal favorite, and I can only say that the unfettered pastoralism of Schneider’s settings inspired anew what I heard in that first listening. These sentiments flowed logically into the three German lieder that followed intermission. In Robert Schumann’s Mondnacht (Moonlight), Upshaw seemed to bind Heaven and Earth with the power of her voice, while the two songs by Franz Schubert — Geheines (Secret) and the notorious Der Tod und das Mädchen (Death and the Maiden) — contrasted buoyant, flirta-

tious energy with the darkness of mortality. The latter’s low D rang soulful and true, ending the singer’s tenure for the night on a trail of liquid mercury. In light of this, Arnold Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night) turned dusk into midnight. All the drama of a Wagner opera was compressed in this work for strings into a droplet of darkness falling in slow motion amid knots of evening cloud. In spite of the title, some of Schoenberg’s brightest writing can be found here, and its slow build from stasis into infinity is one of the defining transformations of modern music. The ACO gave it heartrending justice. Tognetti and company bring a crisp and earthly sound to everything they lay a bow to, and during the encore they drew the shades on their fiery passions with a haunting rendition of Astor Piazzolla’s pensive tango, Oblivion. Yet it was Upshaw whose voice rang clearest in my mind as I left the hall. I couldn’t help but recall the words she sang in the final song of Schneider’s cycle: “This morning the sun stood / right at the end of the road / and waited for me.” So, too, did the shining, life-affirming star of her gift wait for us at the end of this long and winding season, embracing us warmly and with hope on an unseasonably cold evening. Tyran Grillo is a graduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences. He can be reached at tgrillo@cornellsun.com.

Long Ago, Still in Love LUBABAH CHOWDHURY Sun Staff Writer

There is nothing better than falling in love, unless it be falling in love in the springtime. Long walks along cherry blossom-festooned roads, picnics on the warm grass — springtime is the ideal season for any romantic (minus the seasonal allergies, of course). Of course, this rosy ideal ignores the pain of unrequited love and breakups which are, no matter how civilized two people are, never easy. Long Ago in May, written by Roland Schimmelpfennig and directed by Melanie DreyerLude, attempts to capture both aspects of love in rather unconventional ways. Whether it succeeds or not is debatable, but Schimmelpfennig’s sixth play is sure to cause some laughter as well as contemplation. Long Ago in May consists of 81 short acts that are often connected only by the theme of romantic love. The play opens with the aptly named Man with Bike 1 (Jeffrey Guyton) riding his bicycle in circles on-stage, then merrily pedaling offstage and, by what can be gathered from the superb sound effects, crashing into many objects. This sort of slapstick humor continues throughout the play; there are many more bicycle crashes, as well as the adorable and klutzy Woman with Suitcase 1 (Danielle Diniz) and Woman with Suitcase 2 (Emily Farella), who consistently drop their luggage and trip on invisible obstacles. There are undoubtedly some funny moments in the play, such as Guyton’s attempted seduction of one of The Male Lovers (Trevor Stankiewicz and Nate Mattingly) by peeling a banana with his teeth and eating it with furious enjoyment. But the slapstick becomes old after the second or third time. Not to say that it was superficially used; the suitcases often represented the baggage people bring into romantic relationships, the other lost loves and personal failings that trip them up without their knowledge. But the repetition of these few motifs became exhausting and monotonous very quickly.

In general, the repetitive structure of the play was its main weakness. The scenes of physical intimacy between the various lovers were sweet but very similar: Two people meet, look at each other hesitantly, then either kiss or begin to take off their clothes. The scenes were well-acted; the couples seemed to be genuinely attracted to each other, if not in love. But therein lay the problem with the constant physicality of the play. COURTESY OF CORNELL The one song in the play is a bittersweet lament of lost love; Woman with Broom 1 (Anya Gibian) enters the stage sweeping away the pages of books that litter the stage and singing frankly about her failed relationship. In a way, this scene seemed to have more to do with love than those containing physical intimacy. Love is a different experience for every person, but it often has less to do with kissing or sex than with daily conversation and small gestures of affection. While some might find the steamier scenes necessary in an accurate portrayal of love, others might argue that they were risqué without adding very much substance or meaning. The voiceovers were by far the most insightful part of the play. At first, the disembodied voices are confusing, and their conversations seem circuitous and pointless: A woman, speaking in German, asks a man about his bicycle; a Chinese man asks a woman about her suitcase; a Spanish-speaking man asks a woman whether she remembers an unnamed incident or event. But slowly the audience comes to realize that the ambiguity and

confusion is the point of these dialogues. It is not clear whether these couples are still together or not, but what is clear is that they understand each other so well, they already know the answers to the questions they continuously pose to one another. While they are all speaking languages spoken by millions of people worldwide, their love has created a language all of their own: While the audience struggles to make meaning out of their short, hesitant dialogues, they understand one another immediately and use their questions to keep the other in the dark rather than as an attempt to enlighten themselves. While the overtly physical elements of the play may not be to everyone’s liking, Long Ago in May offers some insight into one of the most talked-about and writtenabout topics in human history: romantic love. The set perfectly illustrates the universality of affection and attraction: The three stark walls are covered with pages of old books, many of which once contained stories and poems about love. Love surrounds us, the set seems to suggest; even though sometimes our relationships sour, there is always hope that the right person will one day come along. Long Ago in May will be performed at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, May 2, 3 and 5 at 7:30 pm. Lubabah Chowdhury is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. She can be reached at lchowdhury@cornellsun.com.

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Arts Around Town Leon Trotsky and the Defense Of Historical Truth 7 p.m. on Tuesday Goldwin Smith Hall 142

Co-leader of the Russian Revolution and founder of the Red Army, Leon Trotsky was and still is a controversial political figure. Even now, 70 years after his death, Trotsky is a prominent source of contention among academics and historians. David North, national chairman of the Socialist Equality party, has recently reignited the debate with his book In Defense of Trotsky. The book has caused international contro-

versy and called Prof. Robert Service’s, history, Oxford University, Trotsky biography into question. On Tuesday, North will make an appearance in Ithaca to debunk what he believes are the historical lies surrounding Trotsky’s life and influence. North’s ideas may not be for everyone, but his talk on Tuesday is sure to provide an interesting and original perspective. — Gina Cargas

Bear in Heaven 8 p.m. on Sunday The Haunt

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The new album by Bear in Heaven — the Brooklyn-based psych rockers. — I Love You, It’s Cool is more vivid and confident than ever. Despite the recent changes, the band still likes writing songs collaboratively and organically. As founding multi-instrumentalist Jon Philpot said in a recent interview, “[the songs] grow like these strange bacteria.” Since December, the band has been streaming its latest album to a 400,000-percent boon in activity on its website. If you’re not heading to the Hulstred Festival or Lollapalooza this summer, catch the band playing its most recent offerings (at the right speed) at The Haunt. — Daveen Koh

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The “no duh” event of the week, if not the whole year: Slope Day is almost here. This Friday, British R&B and hip-hop singer Taio Cruz will perform before a bustling Libe Slope to end the year on a high note — no pun intended. American pop rock outfit Neon Trees will precede Cruz and Bob Marley’s band, The Wailers, will kick off the day of festivities at 1 p.m.. The rather balanced trio of artists should please even the most stubborn of cynics — even if the last two acts are too popCOURTESY OF TAIOCRUZ.CO.UK FM for your taste, the musicians who played alongside Bob Marley for almost 20 years will be here to jam and have a good time, among other things. Slope Day’s attendance last year hit over 17,000 concertgoers, and the number this year is only expected to rise. Have fun, let loose and go crazy — but not too crazy. Finals will start next Wednesday night, no matter how good (or bad) your Friday goes. — Zachary Zahos

Other Events/Features Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno at Cornell Cinema in Willard Straight Hall, 7 p.m. on Monday and 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The story of a director driven mad by his own manic perfectionism, Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno is film preservationist Serge Bromberg’s attempt to trace the failure of a film that never was. — Gina Cargas

Student Films I and II at Cornell Cinema in Willard Straight Hall, 7:30 p.m. this Sunday and next Sunday, May 13, also at 7:30 p.m. Students from Prof. Marilyn Rivchin’s, film, Documentary Workshop and Advanced Film & Video Projects courses will present their final videos at Cornell Cinema this week. — Gina Cargas

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Get Real nyone who knows me knows that I’m a sucker for a good ole romantic comedy. From When Harry Met Sally to Love Actually to 27 Dresses (don’t judge me here), I just can’t get enough of painfully cute and predictable rom-coms. You know you love them; the one where Kate Hudson dates Matthew McConaughey for a social experiment but ends up falling for him, or the one successful Katherine Heigl ends up with loser Seth Rogen after getting pregnant after their one night stand (yes, I realize that I’ve already mentioned two Katherine Heigl movies and I’m only slightly ashamed). But seriously, who doesn’t love curling up on the couch on a rainy day with a meet-cute, get-in-a-fight, live-happily-ever-after chick flick? The most recent movie I saw in the rom-com category is Friends With Kids, a sweet little movie in which two thirty-something pals decide to have a kid just to get it over with already. Their married friends advise against the idea, but they go through with it anyway and realize that having a baby without actually being together, while still dating other people, isn’t as easy as it seems. But, of course, being a romantic comedy, the film falls prey to predictability, and (SPOILER ALERT) the two friends fall in love. Friends With Kids let me down; up until the last twenty minutes, the film was a refreshingly smart look at uncon-

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ventional parenting and romance in the 21st century. Then, all of a sudden, the two characters decide that they love each other in the final minutes of the film, and clichés abound: He confesses his love; she slams the door in his face; he makes an impulsive u-turn in the middle of the highway to go back to her place; and it turns out she wants to be with him, too. If this were any other movie, I probably would have swooned at the Adam Scott’s unbearably adorable speech at the end, but after building up so much promise for a modern and realistic take on relationships, Friends With Kids just turned out to be another runof-the-mill rom-com. Hollywood needs to break away from this formula once and for all. Or, at least, it should

Sydney Ramsden Almost Famous be reserved for movies with Reese Witherspoon or, of course, Katherine Heigl. Friends With Kids was a step in a direction away from the happy ending pattern, but only until the filmmakers decided to go the conventional route for reasons unknown. The king of promising contemporary takes on romance only to turn around and

sneak attack us with adorable endings is Judd Apatow. I was crazy about The 40-Year-Old Virgin for its glorious raunchiness and vulgarity until Steve Carrell professed his love for Catherine Keener in the middle of a highway. Call me cynical, but that stuff just doesn’t happen, although lots of the stuff that comes before probably does. Guilty pleasures like The Proposal or 13 Going on 30 can get away with this sappy predictability because they’re aware of their complete ridiculousness and aren’t trying to be accurate portrayals of real life. But for movies like Friends With Kids, which were conceived as progressive depictions of relationships and parenting, the sentimental, prescribed conclusion is just disappointing. It’s not like movies in which the romantic leads don’t get together in the end don’t exist. Take one of my favorite movies, Annie Hall, for instance. Alvy and Annie’s relationship is the heart of the film, but in the end, they realize that they just weren’t meant for each other

and don’t end up together. But even though the movie doesn’t conclude with a big speech or kiss or revelation, their chance meeting on the Upper West Side under Woody Allen’s insightful closing voice-over leaves us with a glimmer of hope. See, Hollywood? It can be done! But Annie Hall was released all the way back in 1977, and unfortunately today, there are very few, if any, of its kind. Romantic comedies have been and continue to be formulaic tearjerkers, no matter how hard they try not to be. In the case of Annie Hall, all it takes is a little neurosis; but all filmmakers really need is a dose of reality, even if just a little one. As evidenced by Friends With Kids and Apatow’s films, Hollywood is almost there; it just needs a little push when it comes to thinking outside the box, or at least realistically. Sydney Ramsden is a sophomore in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She can be reached at sramsden@cornellsun.com. Almost Famous runs alternate Mondays this semester.


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Briere Scores‘Two’ Overtime Winners; Flyers Beat Devils in Game One PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Danny Briere had two chances to celebrate his overtime winner. The first time, his goal didn't count. The second time, Briere left no doubt and put away Game 1, once and for all. Briere continued to stamp his name alongside Philadelphia's postseason greats, scoring the winning goal 4:36 into overtime, leading the Flyers to a 4-3 win over the New Jersey Devils on Sunday to open this Eastern Conference semifinal series. "He has his ups and downs, but he just picks it up in the playoffs. And that's what matters," Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said. "He's a guy who consistently gets it done." Indeed, no Flyer is as clutch in the postseason as Briere. His second attempt at the winner counted minutes after his earlier goal was overturned on review because he kicked the puck into the net. But he wasted no time making up for it, firing a slapper past Martin Brodeur for his seventh goal of the playoffs. Brodeur was screened in front by Philadelphia forward James van Riemsdyk. "When you look at the replay, it's kind of obvious," Briere said of the reversal. "But I needed to stop pouting and get back my focus in overtime. I ended up getting a break." In doing so, Briere, who also scored in the second period, now has 106 points in 104 career postseason games. "Is it pressure? I think it's fun," he said of playoff hockey. "When I have the opportunity, like I've had the past few years here, I try to take advantage of the opportunities." Game 2 is Tuesday. The Flyers took the series lead in their first game in a week after eliminating Pittsburgh in Game 6 last Sunday. The weary Devils, meanwhile, played their third consecutive overtime game after defeating Florida in Games 6 and 7 to win their first-round series. "I thought we played real well in the first," New Jersey coach Peter DeBoer said. "We just couldn't keep it up." The Flyers put a slow start well behind them in the third and completely set the pace. They used a tremendous forecheck to stave off the Devils and played with more life in their skates than a worn-down Devils team that had only a three-day break. And then, there's Flyers forward Claude Giroux. The

postseason's leading scorer got himself into the series, as well, in the third period. Giroux, in fact, wound from the circle and fired the puck high over Brodeur's right shoulder for a power-play goal and a 3-2 lead. It was Giroux's seventh goal of the postseason, perhaps living up to Laviolette's bold claim as, "the best in the world." Veteran forward Petr Sykora wiped out the lead, though, when he raced past two defenders off a turnover and slipped the puck through Ilya Bryzgalov's pads for a soft goal to make it 3-3. It was his first playoff goal since 2008. But Briere was the difference in overtime. "I think," Laviolette said, "everyone expects it from him now." After finishing fifth in the East, the Flyers stormed to a 30 lead against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round and held on to eliminate their state rival in six games. That series was viewed as one more worthy of a conference final because of the talent and the 100-plus point totals for each club. The Devils, the No. 6 seed, topped 100 points, as well, and were out to prove themselves worthy of Round 2. And in the first period, they did so. Of course, the Flyers helped, as they carried over their trend of falling behind from the opening a round and showed again they are at their best when playing with a deficit. "Nobody liked the first period. The players didn't like it. I didn't like it. No one liked it," Laviolette said. "So, it was good to get through the first period, only down 1-0. And then for me, it started in the second period. We had the fire it took to be successful." Jakub Voracek made a nice pass from along the boards to Briere and he busted free alone on the open ice for the breakaway goal in the second. Van Riemsdyk knocked in a rebound and gave the Flyers a 2-1 edge only 37 seconds later. Van Riemsdyk stamped himself as a franchise cornerstone last postseason when he scored seven goals in only 11 postseason games and earned a $25.5 million, six-year contract extension. But he scored only 11 goals in 43 games in a season derailed by a broken left foot and a concussion. But van Riemsdyk came to play in Game 1, perhaps spurred on by playing his homestate team. He is, after all, a Middletown, N.J., native. And he was key on the winner as well, as he stood tall directly in front of a prone Brodeur as

the winner trickled by. "Van Riemsdyk definitely pushed my stick over when he came across," Brodeur said. "He didn't do it on purpose. He was just going in front of the net. I got my position there, but it prevented me from making the save." There was no way that goal was getting a second look by the officials. "They wouldn't do that twice in Philly," Brodeur said. "That's for sure." Flyers fans who have suffered through decades of goaltending woes took great delight in chanting "Mar-ty! Marty!" at the three-time Stanley Cup champion. Brodeur has faced the Flyers four other times in the postseason, winning two. Travis Zajac, who scored an overtime winner vs. Florida in Game 6, as well, poked one past Bryzgalov for a powerplay goal late in the second to tie the game. This all came from a Devils team that won a 3-2 double-overtime Game 7 thriller against Southeast Division-champion Florida on Thursday. But the Flyers started the way they did the previous two series vs. New Jersey: By winning Game 1. They eventually won those series in 2004 and 2010, reaching the Stanley Cup finals in the latter. In fact, in three of the previous series between these two rivals — separated by just 87 miles — the winner reached the finals, with the Devils winning the Cup in 1995 and 2000. Opposing Brodeur was Bryzgalov, who had two shutouts and won all three starts vs. the Devils in the regular season. He allowed one goal on 76 shots. So much for the regular season. The Devils never stopped shooting on the rattled veteran in the first period. They took the first 11 shots before the Flyers finally lobbed the puck from the blue line toward Brodeur. The Devils are now 2-3 on the road in the postseason and this was their first loss in overtime. "If we came in and lost 6-0, maybe we'd talk about adjustments," said Devils captain Zach Parise, who opened the scoring at 3:11 of the first off a feed from Patrik Elias. "We were right there. We had just as good a chance to win the game as they did."

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inning performance with a complete 10-inning performance, scattering five hits while striking out five. Sophomore Lauren Bucolo was the offensive standout for the game, going 4-for-5, which included the gamewinning two-out double at the top of the 10th. In the afternoon game, sophomore Jenny Edwards blasted a three-run homerun in the third inning to give the Red insurance runs in the 6-0 victory. Her third inning smash put her on top in the Ivy League for homeruns this season. Onyon pitched the complete seven innings. For the weekend, Onyon went 3-0, allowing just two earned runs in 31 innings over three complete game victories. finished the 2 She CORNELL season at 13-4. Cornell and PRINCETON 1 Penn will face in 6 off CORNELL Pa. PRINCETON 0 Philadelphia, this coming weekend in a one-game playoff for the Ivy League Southern Division Championship. The winner will own the rights to play a three-game series against Harvard, the Ivy League Northern Division champion, to see who gets a spot in the NCAA tournament. The Red will play its final regular season games on Wednesday, May 2 against Binghamton. The doubleheader starts at 3:30 p.m. in Vestal, NY.

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Leading the way | Sophomore Lauren Bucolo had a 4-for-5 effort in the first game against Princeton Sunday afternoon, contributing to the Red’s victory with a run in the fourth inning.

After a dramatic sweep of Princeton over the weekend, Cornell is set to face off against Penn in a onegame playoff for the rights to play in the Ivy League championship series. The Red (24-21, 15-5 Ivy League) won two extra-inning games against the Tigers to force the playoff game against the Quakers (32-15, 15-5). The 14-inning affair on Saturday — the longest game in program history — ended with a two-out RBI single by junior Kristen Towne. Sophomore pitcher Alyson Onyon threw a solid 14 innings for the Red, allowing eight hits and six strikeouts in her 2 CORNELL 11th victory of the PRINCETON 1 season. Onyon’s performance earned her a spot in the Cornell 6 CORNELL record books with the 4 P RINCETON most innings pitched in a single game. The 2-1 victory in the afternoon was followed by a 6-4 victory in game two, as sophomore Christina Villalon went 2-for-4 with four RBI, including a tworun double in the third inning. Senior Lauren Marx pitched four innings of relief to earn her fifth save of the season. Sunday’s contests saw similar drama as the first game went to 10 innings, with the Red coming out on top, 2-1, once more. The afternoon game went smoothly for Cornell, as the Red shut out Princeton, 6-0. In the earlier game, Onyon followed up her 14- Scott Eckl can be reached at seckl@cornellsun.com.

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goals by Cornell to make the score 8-2, Brown was forced to change goaltenders and shift to a more defensive playing style. This did not alter Cornell’s attack, as the Red added two more goals by freshman attack Lindsay Toppe and junior midfielder Lauren Halpern, making the score 10-4 at the end of the first half. After a strong offensive effort in the first 30 minutes of play, Cornell allowed just three goals in the second half, as freshman goalkeeper Carly Gniewek gave a strong performance in net, earning a career-high eight saves in just 30 minutes and lowering her goals against average to 7.35. The freshman midfielder Claire MacManus also supported the defense, as she picked up a careerhigh seven ground balls and played a huge role in frustrating Brown’s offense throughout the game. “It was definitely an allaround effort,” Kirk, who scored three goals in the first half, said. “Brown was not a team to take lightly, and we definitely played a full game against them.”

The win marked Cornell’s 13th consecutive victory against Brown, as the Red has dominated the series against the Bears, not losing a game since 2000. In addition, the win made Cornell undefeated on the road during the 2012 season, which helped the team achieve a 10-win season for the first time since 2006. “It was really nice knowing that we had already secured a berth for the Ivy League Championship going into the game,” said junior attack Veronica Lizzio. “It allowed us to stay relaxed and play our game.” Cornell will now travel to Philadelphia, Pa. to face a Dartmouth squad (10-4, 5-2) that no one on the Cornell roster has ever defeated. “We lost a really close game to Dartmouth earlier in the season,” Lizzio said. “No one on this team has ever defeated them, and we are really excited for the chance to see them again. Our seniors are very motivated to see Dartmouth, one last time and we expect a very competitive game.” Nick Rielly can be reached at nrielly@cornellsun.com.

of the strongest he has seen at Cornell. “This has been the best pitching I have seen in my four years,” he said. “Our four starters, they are pitching lights out for five or six innings every day.

score, 1-1. Princeton rallied in the sixth, which ended the day for Cornell’s freshman starting pitcher Brian McAfee and brought in relief from Urbon. 0 CORNELL “We are in a 6 PRINCETON really good spot for our starting rotation,” said When we get to the back head coach Bill end … it’s a real big Walkenbach. strength of ours.” Billigen said that the Cornell came back in efforts from the mound the seventh, as Tatum led this season have been some off with a single and

moved to second on a sac bunt from senior catcher Brandon Lee. Hall followed up with his first collegiate home run, giving Cornell its first lead of the series. The score remained unchanged until the ninth

CORNELL PRINCETON inning, forcing the game to go into extra innings. Swinford scored big for Cornell with a homerun, after two outs and the last 12 batters were retired.

The Red will continue its season, playing at home against Dartmouth (2216-0, 14-6-0) on May 5 and 6 on the road toward grabbing the Ivy Championships. “[Our] team goals are to win an Ivy League cham4 pionship and 3 get to the NCAA regionals,” Billigen said. Haley Velasco can be reached at hvelasco@cornellsun.com.

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Walk this way | Junior infielder Brenton Peters grabbed the only two walks against Princeton on Sunday afternoon, becoming the only runner to advance to second base for the Red in both the first and sixth innings.


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Red Loses Heartbreaker to Tigers

Princeton claims Ivy title; Cornell drops final regular season game By LAUREN RITTER

for the home team, with Froccaro putting away two. Red sophomore attack Cody Bremner finished off the first half, bringing the score to 8-4, in favor of the Tigers. Bremner After receiving a surprise send-off on Friday morning orga- notched his fourth goal of the season with an assist by senior nized by Prof. Emeritus Ed Ostrander, featuring a perfor- midfielder Mitch McMichael on a one-man opportunity, after mance by the Cornell Pep Band, the men’s lacrosse team trav- Froccaro earned a 30-second penalty for pushing. elled to Princeton, N.J. to go head-to-head against the Tigers. Heading into the second half, the Red needed to make up Princeton (10-3, 6-0 Ivy League) jumped out with an early ground. Princeton sent another rocket home, as junior midlead, which it maintained throughout the game, eventually fielder Tucker Shanely scored just under four minutes into the beating the Red (9-3, 4-2), 14-9. With the win, the Tigers third. Capretta scored his third goal for the Tigers with eight captured the Ivy League and a quarter minutes remaining in the quarter, pushing title outright and earned the score to 10-4. Finally able to find a hole in the Tigers’ 9 C ORNELL the honor of hosting the tight defense, junior attack Connor English sent one home 14 P RINCETON Ivy League tournament. with 5:10 left on the clock. Gaining back some lost 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL momentum, Donovan scored twice more for the Red Senior attack Alex Game: 2 2 3 2 9 Capretta put Princeton on Cornell before time expired. Princeton also put away two more 2 14 the board at just over three Princeton 3 5 4 shots, as Capretta scored his fourth goal of the day and minutes into the game, Sonnenfeldt his second. The Tigers closed headed into the netting an unassisted goal. Junior attack Forest Sonnenfeldt final frame with a hefty 12-7 lead. XIAOYUE GUO / SUN STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER and freshman attack Mike MacDonald followed up just a few Once more, Capretta knew how to break through the minutes later, giving the Tigers a three-goal lead over Cornell. Red’s defensive wall, scoring his last of five goals for the night. Youngin’ | Sophomore Matt Donovan was Cornell’s high scorer. With just three minutes remaining in the first quarter, senior Sonnenfeldt finished off the Tigers’ scoring spree for the night, midfielder Roy Lang scored for the Red. Seven seconds later, with a pass from sophomore midfielder Tom Schreiber with junior A.J. Fiore split time in net, recording a combined six with an assist by sophomore midfielder Doug Tesoriero, fresh- just 8:38 to go. Down 14-7, junior defender Jason Noble saves. The statistics were very close for the two teams, but the man attack Matt Donovan netted his first of four goals for the scored his first goal of the season at the 7:31 mark. Attempting Tigers were always one step ahead. With the win, Princeton night, bringing the Red within one point of the Tigers, 3-2. to stage a comeback, English scored his second goal of the ended Cornell’s streak of nine consecutive seasons of having at least a share of the Ivy League title. Each program now has 26 Junior midfielder Jeff Froccaro lifted the Tigers to 4-2 at game, finalizing the score 14-9 in Princeton’s favor. just six seconds into the second frame, but Donovan quickly Donovan was the Red’s biggest scorer of the night, with his titles apiece. responded a minute and a half later with an unassisted goal of four-goal effort. At the face-off ‘x, ’ Tesoriero went 14-for-25, his own. While the Red looked to be closing the gap, as he also claimed 11 ground balls. Princeton closely edged Lauren Ritter can be reached at MacDonald, Capretta and Froccaro scored four more times out Cornell in shots, 34-33. Sophomore Andrew West and sports-editor@cornellsun.com.

Sun Sports Editor

BASEBALL

Team Claims Ivy League Lou Gehrig Division Title Red drops three games in weekend series to Princeton By HALEY VELASCO

In the second game of the day, Zak Herman threw a three-hit shutout for the Tigers, stealing the win from the Red, 1-0. Over the weekend, the Red struggled to Princeton struck out 14 batters for the day, get off the ground, as the team dropped with the three hits coming from three the first three games of its weekend series walks. to Princeton. However, Cornell (29-14-1, Cornell hit on the road, travelling to 14-6-0 Ivy League) was able to fight back New Jersey on Sunday to play the second and pull away with win in the fourth game half of the four-game series. In the first in extra innings due to game, the Tigers a solo home run by struck out 11 batters 13 P RINCETON sophomore Ben and overtook the Red 3 once again. Junior CORNELL Swinford. With the win, Cornell officially Brenton 1 infielder PRINCETON took home the Ivy Peters grabbed the League Lou Gehrig 0 only two walks of the CORNELL Division champigame against onship title. Princeton, becoming the only base runner Senior outfielder Brian Billigen for Cornell to advance to second base in explained the importance of what was at both the first and sixth innings. stake for the Red based on the weekend’s During the second game, the Red finalresults. ly moved past the Tigers in extra innings. “The senior class, we were the last guys Already with a program record nine saves, to experience an Ivy Championship, so we freshman pitcher Kellon Urbon improved have been there,” he said. “We had to fight his record to 2-1, with the relief and the our way the last time we got there, so we win, while lowering his ERA to 0.59. all haven’t been here before but [coming Princeton scored first on a home run to into the weekend leading the division] right field in the first inning. The Red added the exact opposite of pressure. We answered in the fifth, with freshman Kevin just needed to get one or two games to Tatum starting the action off for the Red steal home field for the championship.” by hitting a single and advancing to second On Friday, Princeton (20-19-0, 13-7- base on a groundout. Freshman Matt Hall 0) overtook Cornell, 13-3, in the first was hit by a pitch, which put two runners game at Hoy Field. Senior infielder Frank on bases for the Red. Peters continued the Hager grabbed his third homer of the sea- momentum and hit an RBI single to right son, and senior infielder Marshall Yanzick that brought Tatum home and tied the also gave a solid performance, going 2-for4 and scoring a run. See BASEBALL page 15

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Hats off | Senior midfielder Shannon McHugh had a hat trick in the game against Brown, contributing to the Red’s 16-8 win over the Bears.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE

C.U.Earns DecisiveWin Over Bears to Close Out Season

By NICK RIELLY Sun Staff Writer

that Cornell has not been a part of since 2010, the team was still motivated to give its best effort against Brown — a squad that has struggled this season.

On Wednesday, the women’s lacrosse team received news that the Penn Quakers had defeated CORNELL the Princeton Tigers, 16 which meant that the Red BROWN 8 had just earned a guaran- Game: 1ST Tot 2nd teed bid to the Ivy League Cornell 11 16 5 championships. However, Brown 5 8 3 according to senior midfielder Katie Kirk, despite “We still needed to finalready having secured a ish the regular season spot in the tournament strong,” she said.

“Although we did not do everything we wanted against Brown, we still came away with a win, and that is all that counts.” Coming off a nine goal victory against Binghamton (3-12) in the middle of the week, the Red (11-4, 5-2 Ivy League) started strong against Brown (6-8, 1-6), jumping out to a 6-1 lead early in the game. After two more See W. LACROSSE page 15

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