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Wilma Liebman spoke about the divided climate American labor law faces Monday. | Page 3
Daveen Koh ’14 reviews Ana Mendieta’s silent film, which is showing at the Johnson Museum. | Page 12
The C.U. golf team tied for last place at the Ivy League Championship last weekend. | Page 19
Violence in Ithaca Sparks ‘Zero-Tolerance’ Patrols
By AKANE OTANI Sun Managing Editor
COURTESY OF DANIELLE AVIV ’16
A message board in front of Willard Straight Hall Monday tells students to have a ‘happy and safe’ Slope Day this Friday.
After seeing a surge in stabbings, shootings and other attacks on the West Hill, the City of Ithaca deployed specialized, “zero-tolerance” police patrols to the area to curb the violence, the Ithaca Police Department said Monday. The move comes on the heels of multiple, unresolved acts of violence in the city. In the last week, a man was shot while walking to his home, another man was stabbed in the neck and a 17-year-old was stabbed during a fight “We need officers on over the weekend. Although the three the streets to stop incidents appear to be these senseless acts separate from each other of violence.” and appear not to be random acts of violence, John Barber police say they have one common theme: all three victims have refused to cooperate with police, according to a statement released by IPD. The 35-year-old man stabbed Saturday reportedly walked out of the hospital he had been transported to against medical advice and refused to identify his attacker to police, according to the statement. In a replay of Saturday’s events, the 17-year-old stabbed Sunday also refused to identify his attacker. See CRIME page 4
Cornell Mulls Changes to Policy on Protests,Permits By JOSEPH NICZKY Sun Senior Writer
After dueling rallies held by student organizations on Ho Plaza last semester raised questions about free speech and the necessity of permits in protests, the University Assembly considered amending the Campus Code of Conduct. If the U.A. passes a resolution Tuesday, it may support clarifying that student groups do not need per-
mits to hold outdoor events on campus. At the Nov. 19 rallies, held by the Cornell Israel Public Affairs Committee and Students for Justice in Palestine, SJP was evicted from Ho Plaza by Cornell Police. Because SJP had not filed a Use of University Property form to register its rally while CIPAC had done so, Cornell Police asked SJP to leave Ho Plaza, according to Cornell Police Chief Kathy Zoner. Members of SJP claimed their eviction from Ho Plaza
Univ. Initiatives Aid Low-Income Students By ALEXA DAVIS Sun Staff Writer
Many first-generation and low-income students struggle to overcome “deceptively small barriers” like family pressures, self-doubt and social strains. Cornell is among the list of colleges that have bolstered new initiatives to better serve this population of the student body, administrators and students said. A.T. Miller, associate vice provost for academic diversity, said it is common for students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds to worry about fitting in at Cornell and support-
ing their families at home. These students may have concerns about whether they belong on campus and how Cornell may be making them different from their friends from high school, Miller said. “Being here and second guessing, ‘Do I belong here?’ can have an effect on your academic performance,” Miller said. “If you’re not sure you fit in or have the background for your major or particular courses, sometimes that sets you up to not do as well because you’re coming at it already worried, instead of coming at it with See DIVERSITY page 4
was an infringement of their First Amendment rights. Gregory Mezey ’09, chair of the U.A. codes and judicial committee, said the U.A.’s decision to consider changing the Campus Code of Conduct was in part prompted by the rallies. According to a University report, “Report Regarding Reviews of Nov. 19th Protests,” the incident on Ho Plaza See PERMIT page 5
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Prof. Cynthia Henderson, theatre arts, Ithaca College, gives a lecture on how theatre can be an act of social change in Uris Hall Monday.
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Attorney Forecasts Future of Labor Law in U.S.Society
By ANNIE BUI Sun Staff Writer
Wilma Liebman, former chair of the National Labor Relations Board, spoke Monday about “escalating controversy” and the divided political climate she said American labor law is facing. The lecture, titled “Over the Cliff? What's Next for American Labor Law,” addressed the “stagnant yet uncertain” nature of labor law and structural issues of the NLRB. “Over the last few years, the NLRB has been thrust into strident and escalated controversy. The recent battles of the past few years have been exceptionally rigorous,” Liebman said. She said that although the NLRB is intended to have five confirmed members, each nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate, there has not been a fully confirmed NLRB since August 2003. According to Liebman, there has been countless controversy on Obama’s recess appointments — temporary appointments made when the Senate is not in session — to
the NLRB. The Preventing Greater Uncertainty in LaborManagement Relations Act, introduced in March and passed April 12, would deem these recess appointments unconstitutional, Liebman said. “This [act] would virtually obstruct the president from making recess appointments, and raises a significant issue of constitutional and presidential authority,” Liebman said. Liebman also discussed the future of the NLRB as an administrative agency, given recent political difficulties and the contentious political climate. “Beyond the rhetoric, [there] has been a really persistent battle to distract the [NLRB] from going about its regular business, [to] bring down its reputation, [to] defund it, and even an effort to defang it, though it is already weak,” Liebman said. Liebman said she still believes that, 78 years after its creation, the NLRB is a “lightening rod” today. “[The NLRB] is not exceptionally radical — in fact, it is not radical at all,” Liebman said. “It has been more active and dynamic, and I believe that [recent] reactions to it have been totally disproportionate to what the board will do and
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Cliffhanger | Wilma Liebman, former chair of the National Labor Relations Board, speaks about American labor law in Ives Hall Monday as part of the Milton Konvitz Memorial Lecture.
can do.” Liebman also discussed the role of labor law in U.S. society over the past couple of decades and how it fares today. “I think labor law is a subject in which our country has been very divided — it has been controversial from the start, and that’s why we haven’t had major labor law revision since 1947,” Liebman said. “There exists a tension between liberty and equality, rather than a reconciliation between the two.” According to Liebman, labor law has become extremely contentious due to its inclusive nature of many social issues. “Labor law brings it all together — it has issues of equality, issues of class, and issues of social and economic justice,” Liebman said. “It is emblematic of a much broader battle within our society, and particularly a battle of the government’s role in society.” Liebman said she believes that labor law reform from the political realm is unlikely in the near future, and that a more likely agent of change will be social pressure and worker activism in the public arena. Liebman called for the greater need to engage into partnerships — to bring together people from different realms of society — in order to remedy the deep societal divide about labor law. “Only having one side pressing change is not constructive, but how do you bring together business, government, and academia?” Liebman said. “There are many cases where business and academia come together, but few where labor and business come together. Without it happening, we are never going to move from the status quo.” Liebman said she believes that young people may be able to bring positive change to the future of labor law. “The future may bring opportunities and challenges that we cannot anticipate today, but my hope is that students going into this field will carry with them a spirit of innovation that will help us transcend during this stagnant period,” Liebman said. The lecture was sponsored by the School of Industrial and Labor Relations as the Michael Konvitz Memorial Lecture of 2013. The lecture series was made possible through the generosity of Irwin Jacobs ’56 and Joan Jacobs ’54, who also recently contributed $133 million to Cornell NYC Tech. Annie Bui can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plantations to Receive Environmental Conservation Award By TYLER ALICEA Sun Staff Writer
The Cornell Plantations’ Natural Areas program will be the recipient of the tenth annual Richard B. Fischer Environmental Conservation Award, the Town of Ithaca’s Conservation Board announced Monday. The program earned the award for its active and positive contributions to the Town of Ithaca’s environment, according to a town press release. The press release added that the Plantations program protects and manages nearly 600 acres of
natural areas and is responsible for more press release said. The award is named after the late than 3,400 acres of “biologically imporProf. Richard B. tant” sites within Fischer Ph.D. ’53, the Finger Lakes The Plantations program protects and environmental educaregion. “Their com- manages nearly 600 acres of natural tion, who helped improve the quality of mitment to sus- areas and is responsible for more the environment in tainability, continthe town, Tompkins uous work main- than 3,400 acres of sites in the County and the State taining recreation- Finger Lakes region. of New York, accordal access to nature ing the the Town of and dedication to teacher citizens about nature stewardship Ithaca’s website. During his time at in and around Ithaca make us glad to Cornell, Fischer penned hundreds of scihave them in our neighborhood,” the entific articles and taught students about
the practice of environmental conservation. Previous recipients of the award include Cayuga Compost, EcoVillage at Ithaca and the Ithaca College Natural Lands Committee, according to the Town’s website. The award will be presented to representatives from the Plantations’ Natural Areas program at a tree planting ceremony on May 11, according to the press release. Tyler Alicea can be reached at email@example.com.
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City News Two Men Stabbed in Ithaca Over Weekend The Ithaca Police Department reported that two men were stabbed in Ithaca this weekend. The first victim, a 35-year-old Ithaca resident, was found Saturday bleeding heavily from a stab wound to the neck. The second victim, a 17-year-old male, was allegedly stabbed in the back Sunday afternoon, The Sun reported Monday. Couple Accused of Jumping Man, Stealing Wallet A couple accused of robbing a man on South Cayuga Street Wednesday is now facing felony third-degree robbery charges, according to The Ithaca Journal. The couple was reportedly walking with the victim towards the Holiday Inn, where one of the alleged robbers pushed the victim up against the wall, stealing the victims’ wallet. Twelve Charged With Driving While Intoxicated Cornell University Police charged one person with a DWI violation earlier this month, while the Tompkins County Sheriff arrested five people and New York State police arrested seven people for the same offense over the past month. — Compiled by Emma Court ’15
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Mark Lynas, a visiting researcher at Oxford University’s School of Geography and the Environment, spoke about climate change in Statler Auditorium Monday.
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City Sees ‘Horrible’ Crime Resources Aid First-Generation Students CRIME
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Witnesses also refused to cooperate with police. The large group of people who were reportedly present when the 17-year-old was attacked told police they did not see anything, according to the statement. The silence among victims and witnesses has “stifled” investigators as they seek to find evidence and pursue prosecution, the statement said. Condemning the attacks as “senseless acts of violence,” Mayor Svante Myrick ’09 and John Barber, acting police chief of the IPD, urged the public to release any information they have to police. In a joint statement, the two officials said city residents can leave anonymous tips if they do not want to speak to police officers. “Mayor Myrick and Acting Chief Barber both agree that regardless of what method you use to contact police, the underlying message is the same: help from the public will assist [IPD] in deliver-
ing the highest level of safety for our community,” the statement said. As investigators look into the incidents, police will patrol the West Hill — the same area where a police officer was shot in the line of duty in October — in two-person teams, according to the statement. Police officers have been “heavily encouraged” to interact with community residents as they patrol the area, the statement said, so they can gain the public’s confidence and help gather information about the attacks. Calling the attacks “horrible acts of violence,” Barber said police will use all of their resources to propel investigations forward and protect city residents. “We need officers on the street right now,” Barber said in a statement. “We’ll still do the specialized patrol on the West Hill in the coming months like we did last year, but right now, we need officers on the streets to stop these senseless acts of violence and to prevent future similar acts.” Akane Otani can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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confidence.” Two years ago, Cornell founded the Office of Academic Initiatives to help first-generation, low-income and racially underrepresented students overcome some of these obstacles. OADI is only in its second year of operations but has shown significant growth, Miller said. During the spring of 2012 — after only one semester — 1,500 students came through OADI’s door, according to Miller. One semester later, in the fall of 2012, this number tripled, and the office served around 4,500 students, he added. According to Miller, there are two types of programs available to help support first-generation, low-income and racially underrepresented students: opportunity and success programs. Opportunity programs, such as New York State Opportunity Programs and the Gates Millenium Scholars Program, ensure that students have equal access to a college education. Success programs, like the Pre-Professional Program and Summer Research Opportunity Fund, help students take advantage of opportunities so they can achieve academically and prepare for graduate school and future careers. “Our goal is not just retention. We want students on the dean’s list, winning fellowships, having high grade point averages and performing at a similar level to all students at Cornell,” Miller said. Through OADI, Edwin Rosendo ’15 said he was able to have a successful transition into college. Rosendo, a first-generation college student, was invited to be a member of the Higher Education Opportunity Program, a partnership between New York State and higher-level educational institutions that provides support for economically and educationally disadvantaged students. According to Rosendo, the program helped
him and many other students by providing counseling and other types of support at Cornell. “We had mandatory counseling during freshman year, and through that, they helped me adjust to life at Cornell,” Rosendo said. “And then, of course, the largest overarching support is the financial support, in terms of being able to come to this school when it wouldn’t have otherwise been possible.” Both Miller and Rosendo, in addition to other students involved in OADI, attributed OADI’s success to its ability to provide students with an opportunity to learn from their peers in a relaxed and comfortable environment. “It’s not so much the resources that OADI has, it’s more the people that they have in the office,” said James Sparkman ’13, an underrepresented minority student. “They know so much about what is going on at Cornell. You can have all the resources available on campus in one place, but if you don’t have people who know how to use them or how to point you to something else, then then they’re not efficient.” Miller echoed Sparkman’s sentiments, saying many students opt themselves out of many opportunities and programs because they are simply not aware of the programs available. There are many students who do not have enough guidance and would have pursued different areas of study or became involved in different clubs if they had a mentor to show them the ropes, Miller said. According to Rosendo, the next step in supporting first-generation and low-income students is to reach out to a broader community and spread the word. Not enough students know about the resources that Cornell and OADI have to offer and as a result, they miss out on a wide range of opportunities, Rosendo said. Alexa Davis can be reached at email@example.com.
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University Assembly Considers Change to Protest Policy POLICY
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resulted from “a real lack of clarity as to what policies govern outdoor rallies and demonstrations on University property.” Mezey added that these changes — which were approved by the committee on Friday — will clarify the ambiguity that arose during the competing rallies. “One of the things that we did is we wanted to provide some clarity and clean up the code in a way that still provides rights for outdoor rallies, [and] picketing,” Mezey said. While the Campus Code of Conduct states that “there appears to be no need for a mandatory permit procedure” for rallies, marches and other outdoor activities, permits for such events are still available. As a result, members of CIPAC thought that by securing a permit, they reserved use of Ho Plaza, and members of SJP believed they did not need a permit, the report states. Under the proposed changes, student groups can file a UUP form, but the form is not required if groups want to hold a rally, protest, march or other outdoor event, according to Mezey. Although permits will not be required, protests may not interrupt “regular and special curricular activities, extracurricular activities, academic processions and events, conduct of University business and employment interviews,” according to the Campus Code of Conduct. Under the new proposal, however, a counter-protest would not be considered an interruption and would be per-
mitted. Despite the fact that a UUP will not be required to hold rallies or protests, Ari Epstein, assistant director of the Office of the Assemblies, said students should still apply for a UUP if the U.A. resolution passes. “As an adviser to an organization, my advice would be the same under the new and the current policy: Get a UUP whenever you have an outdoor event,” he said. Mezey said that obtaining a UUP allows both the University and CUPD to be responsive to large events and to ensure the safety of participants. “It allows that in any situation that could or may arise, the appropriate people could be involved,” he said. “The appropriate people are notified to ensure the safety of the protestors, the counter-protestors and the environment as a whole, the community as a whole. … We want to have the appropriate services there in case things get out of hand.” Mezey added that if two groups have competing events at the same time and place, but only one filed a UUP, neither group will receive preference from the University and both will be allowed to continue their events. Professors had differing reactions to the U.A. resolution. Prof. Randy Wayne, plant biology, a member of the U.A. Codes and Judicial Committee, said the U.A. proposal “maximizes free speech.” “I’m in favor of the proposed change because I think it speaks more strongly to freedom of speech because it says that no permit is required,” he said. “I like that there is a mechanism in place in case two groups want to occupy the same space. … The University police can be in the same place to make sure both sides can speak in a civil
way.” In contrast, Prof. Risa Lieberwitz, industrial and labor relations, said the suggestion to obtain a UUP could create a situation similar to the events that occurred on Ho Plaza on Nov. 19, when one group asked CUPD to remove another group. “It goes through the back door in a way that requires a permit. It encourages people to get a permit,” she said. “It will run right into a situation where a group with a permit will be able to claim they have a privilege to the right to space.” Still, if the resolution is passed by the U.A., the Campus Code of Conduct will retain “time, place and manner restrictions,” Epstein said. “‘Time, place and manner’ is something from First Amendment law. The idea is that the government — or in this case the University, which is subjecting itself to the same rules as the government — can regulate an event as long as the regulation doesn’t pertain to the content of the event,” Epstein said. Lieberwitz, however, said that time, place and manner restrictions give the University too much power to regulate speech and expression. “I think time, place and manner is too vague. It gives the administration and possibly the police too broad powers to restrict speech,” she said. The proposed changes to the Code of Conduct do not affect indoor events, which require a UUP. Joe Niczky can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Inclusive Education On Sexual Assault ON FRIDAY EVENING, STUDENTS and members of the Ithaca community participated in Take Back the Night, a national event held in support of the movement to end sexual violence. While survivors of sexual assault and abuse spoke about their traumas and efforts to move forward, one male individual announced to marchers that he had raped someone. The action to which he confessed cannot be excused by his expressed remorse or call for action to the event’s cause — and it was not the proper forum for his statement. Still, we believe a forum where such an admission can occur is necessary. Although organizers characterized the march as otherwise positive and wellreceived, the incident left some participants deeply shocked and offended. The time and venue of the confession was unquestionably inappropriate. It was inconsiderate to survivors of sexual violence who may have been unprepared for the potentially triggering remarks. For those who gathered the courage to speak publicly about their painful experiences, hearing firsthand from a perpetrator might have violated the sense of a “safe space” that Take Back the Night seeks to create. Nonetheless, this occurrence reminds us of a part of the conversation that needs to be had — but is often avoided. The harsh reality is that many instances of sexual assault involve two parties who hold different truths. More frequently than we might imagine, a perpetrator will not see him- or herself as a perpetrator. Lacking awareness of one’s actions is certainly not an excuse for committing a heinous crime. It does, however, expose a root cause of sexual violence; and it highlights the need to educate those who might espouse alternative, even misguided, definitions of sexual assault. If we are serious about spreading awareness, this means expanding the dialogue about sexual assault well beyond survivors. It is those who are confused about the line between sex and rape — and perhaps even those who acknowledge they have crossed it — who are in most dire need of education. We know that a cultural shift must occur in order to change outdated perceptions about what constitutes healthy sexual interaction. We know that preventative education is a key to eradicating sexual violence. But to truly make effective strides toward this goal, we cannot limit preventative education to those who are already on board.
henever I pictured myself as a teacher, I envisioned a more bodacious, blonder Mrs. Frizzle who flounced around a beautifully postered classroom while her students gazed on in doe–eyed fascination. In my dreams I was also the most badass teacher in the world and peppered every worksheet I collected with gold stars and smiley face stamps. Being a substitute teacher for six months was really the killing blow to my educator delusions. Let’s face it: Fun employment is really not as fun as the prefix makes it out to be. Lucky for me, all is takes is a Bachelor’s degree and four hours of don’t–touch–blood–or–children–with–y our–bare–hands videos to make $90 a day as a glorified babysitter, and that’s how I became Ms. Dean. I was a little nervous at first, but the first class I ever taught (6th grade space science) was a class of pre-pubescent angels. I even got to throw out the line “When I was your age, Pluto was a planet.” Those little paragons lulled me into a false sense of security. My second class (8th grade science) was full of mini monsters masquerading as children. The switch was like starting out with Christina Aguilera in “Genie in a Bottle” and then going right to the assless chaps in “Dirrty.” One boy looked me in the eye and asked me if I’d “ever been drunk before.” Another girl with a wicked smile asked me what a “BJ” was. (“It’s a large chain boxstore similar to Costco.” Suck on that children). A third loudly begged me to explain to the class what exactly “MILF” meant. The crowning moment came when a boy, unrelated to anything we were discussing in class, asked whether it was “rape or stealing if you raped a prostitute.” It’s pretty difficult to leave me speechless, but somehow kids who hadn’t even developed secondary sex characteristics succeeded where many of my Ivy–educated friends had tried and failed. Seeing as Cornell is one of the top recruiting schools for Teach for America, I’m guessing some of you reading this will soon be gallivanting across the country to try your hand at fostering the budding intellect of America’s youth. I’m not out to berate TFA, nor am I intent on dissuading you from your immediate future as an underpaid and overworked educator. I merely want you to know that as altruistic as being a teacher is, it’s not all rainbows and unicorns and kittens inspired by kittens. I taught in classrooms where kids flipped tables while my back was turned and dropped F-bombs to my face. I had kids mutter mean things about me while they thought I couldn’t hear them (“She looks like she could eat us”). I had to break up the 4th grade version of the
intro fight in West Side Story. I had a class where a 7th grader wrote that he disagreed with single–sex classrooms because he believed it would make more boys gay. Some days my classes took every iota of patience I possessed and then some by 10 a.m. I taught in your average, public, middle-class middle school. What I dealt with on a daily basis is probably nothing compared to the things you’re going to see and experience in a low–income school. All I ask is that you don’t become too jaded. Being a teacher isn’t easy. You will struggle. But when you’re down, remember that you’re there to be someone’s Magic Carpet when they touch shit they’re not supposed to touch in the Cave of Wonders. You’re the Mr. Miyagi to their Karate Kid. The Yoda to their Luke. You’re there to be the teacher that once lit the insatiable spark of learning inside of you. Ok, I get that it’s one thing to wax poetic about “Being the Inspiration to the Youth of America,” and it’s an entirely different one the moment you have five first–graders crying in the fetal position on the floor. But don’t lose heart. I promise the kids will make you laugh enough that the bad moments will balance out. Maybe you’ll be like me and fancy yourself the “hip” teacher. You’ll drop Pokémon and N*SYNC references to be cool and then you’ll feel super old when your kids don’t get them (Your parents will find this funny; You will not). You’ll ask the class about what they see in a historical photograph and then giggle along with everybody else when a smartass answers 50 Shades of Grey. You’ll find it amusing when your music class asks if Big Macs were around during the Jazz Age. You’ll wonder who in the world thought that a starfish would make a good school mascot (I think the most intimidating thing a starfish could do to you is give you a massive hickey). You’ll be weirded out when a 13–year–old hits on you in the principal’s office (you’ll also be a full 10 years away from appreciating that a much younger man wants to get jiggy with you). And you will have to try hard to keep your composure the moment you realize that Osmosis Jones has a dick joke in it, and you are inevitably the only person in the room who understands the one–liner. Yes, teaching was challenging, but you’d be hard pressed to find a job worthy of your talents that isn’t. So seatbelts on class of ’13, ’cause you’re in for one wild ride. I’ll be rooting for you.
Sam Dean is a former Sun Columnist. She graduated from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in 2012. Feedback may be sent to email@example.com. Guest Room appears periodically this semester.
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hat are you doing after graduation?” is a loaded question, but one that I have fortunately perfected a response to. I shrug sheepishly, give a little sigh and say, “I wish I knew.” It’s a question that stirs my most deep-seated fears, but one that all seniors inevitably face. I’ve been trying unsuccessfully to evade it for the past couple of months. Four years ago, Cornell opened its doors to a ragtag group of wide-eyed teenagers and accepted each one of us — quirks, warts and all. It was OK to be confused then; in fact, it was more than OK, because that confusion just made us more eager to try out new things. We ballroom danced, played the clocktower chimes, even took a class in decoupage — all in the hopes of finding a shoe that would fit. We wanted to do everything, but were qualified to do nothing. That was OK too; the jobs paid minimum wage, and we joked that dinner some nights might be tomato soup, made of ketchup steeped in boiling water. It didn’t matter,
I’ve had so much fun in the process of figuring things out that I forgot to arrive at the destination. I hope I never do. because we were all equally starved for cash but stuffed with possibilities. It didn’t matter that our wallets were empty as long as our thirst for adventure was quenched. Experience was the currency that we were all vying to collect. We were all Cornell students by name, but the only thing we shared was a penchant for exploration. It wasn’t unusual for the bookish engineering student to code computers by day, play in a rock band by night and squeeze in time for tennis matches on the weekends. Cornell students by nature wear a number of hats of all shapes and sizes, and we were no different. But, in a few short weeks, the Class of 2013 will graduate, exchanging their Big Red caps and gowns for new identities. We’ll be taking our next steps, not as Cornell students, but as chemical engineers or human resource managers or research analysts. I’m afraid that choosing one of these paths means forgoing all of the other ones. As we become more comfortable in these newfound roles, do we leave behind the nomadic and scrappy lifestyles we’ve grown so accustomed to? Responsibilities will replace passions. Practicality will step in to overtake youthful idealism. Paychecks and material comforts will fill in the crevices we once left open for tomorrow’s surprises and secret ambitions. If the purpose of a college education is to figure out what we’re good at and find a way to make money doing it, I’m afraid that choosing a career will trick us into thinking that we can only be good at one thing and that we should stick with it to ensure long-term financial stability. In truth, I’m still just as confused as I was in August 2009. I haven’t perfected any skills worthy of monetary compensation, and I’m not quite ready to give up the possibility of becoming a filmmaker, a mountain climber or an expert on polar bears. To the Class of 2013, I hope you don’t forget this sense of hanging in the balance, this state of limbo where one foot is out the door but has yet to find solid ground. I hope you find the time to amble aimlessly and to stumble across exciting things that feed your soul, even if they don’t feed your bottom line. College is supposed to be a period of your life to figure things out, but I’ve had so much fun in the process of figuring things out that I forgot to arrive at a destination. I hope I never do. Joyce Wu is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Catchy Sound Bite appears alternate Tuesdays this semester.
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Reflecting on A Year of Change
uring my first ence with a hymn and — Cornell as an instituattempts to begin I’m sure — one or two tion cannot bind us to the my final column of mentions of his “9-9-9” tax “real world,” but Cornell the semester, I could not plan. Two luminary as a family can. I cannot shake the feeling that I Middle Eastern analysts say that I will remember wasn’t doing it right. addressed an audience in any professor-led talks Maybe that’s because I’m Goldwin Smith Hall about about the implications of in the midst of writing the intractable Israeli- the 2012 elections, but I three papers at once, and Palestinian crisis. But a will never forget watching the thought of yet another former presidential candi- TV in a room crowded thesis statement made me date who seemed to be with my best friends as nauseous. Or maybe it’s running for a seat at the President Obama drowsed because I don’t need a Fox News studio rather through his first debate sappy farewell address — than the Oval Office, and a and delivered his electrifyI’ll be back in the fall! — rehashed Oslo Accords that ing victory speech a month but anything short of that was met with predictable later. Cornell as an instituseems irrelevant this week. reactions from all sides, tion did None of us are in the mood to tackle a brand-new cam- Cornell as an institution pus issue; we’re too busy squeezing out cannot bind us to the “real every last ounce of world,” but Cornell as a enchantment Cornell has to offer: family can. Festivals on the Arts Quad, wine tours on Lake Cayuga, a final seems less like true engage- not help us grieve for the run (or six) to CTB. Even ment with the real world victims of the Boston the late-night study ses- and more like a selective bombings — nor did it sions have a charm all of desire to feel engaged. help us cope with the their own as the end of the The University, as an reminder that our modern year approaches. institution, cannot provide lifestyles are perhaps more As we careen towards the organic experience nec- fragile than any in history yet another Slope Day, the essary to immerse oneself — but who will ever forget world on the far side of in unfolding history. surreptitiously checking Kendrick Lamar and However many talks are for news updates during Hoodie Allen beckons to sponsored on the Syrian that afternoon lecture? Or us. It seems unfair that, as Civil War or on the after- quietly conferring with we skip and stumble math of the sequester, they friends whose lives were through our college years, will all seem fairly hollow rocked so violently by terthe “real world” does not when compared to the ror? pause for us to catch up. moments of history that We return to an outside This year especially, it resonate with us. Our eyes world drastically altered seems, the world around us may be opened, our minds from when we left it last has tossed and turned so enriched, but that sense of August. Massacres at much that I feel almost academic enhancement schools and at marathons powerless watching it from cannot be matched by the have, perhaps, broken my Facebook newsfeed in raw emotion of the events through our collective Olin Library. themselves. Any university, thick skin that had been Yes, groups within the in its efforts to become a calloused for much of the University make countless prism through which its past decade. Our political and sincere efforts to help students can view the system has been tested, us stay engaged. Just this world surrounding them, reaffirmed, and tested once past week, Herman Cain inevitably keeps them from again. The globe still rocks serenaded a Cornell audi- grasping it clearly. with bloody revolutions,
still churns with financial unrest. It’s tempting for us to sit here in Ithaca and attend our lectures, never fully grappling with the issues crippling our planet but feeling only vaguely guilty for ignoring them. It’s college, after all. We have plenty of time to deal with the real world, don’t we? But if the last year at Cornell has taught me anything, it’s that life on the Hill does not exempt us from experiencing history. We live it every day, and we live it with our friends. As we change and grow within the University, the world changes beyond it. It’s not productive to denounce Cornell as a “bubble” that deprives us of anything more than an ivory-tower view of current events. Yes, the institution of the University does shield us from the relentless chaos of the world, and may take too clinical an approach to events whose true significance lies in emotion. But the Big Red family that comes along with that institution allows us to observe history through personal moments more unforgettable than any lecture or panel discussion. By observing history in such a remarkable place, we edge ever closer to being a part of it. That’s what college is. I look forward to living the next two years of history on the Hill.
Jacob Glick is a sophomore 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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Taking a Bite Out of the Big Apple: C.U. in NYC Cornell NYC Tech
AKANE OTANI / SUN MANAGING EDITOR
Big Apple | The east
side of Manhattan — which houses Weill Cornell Medical College (center) — can be seen from Roosevelt Island.
On Saturday, The Sun’s editors visited Roosevelt Island, the site where Cornell NYC Tech is set to rise.
Site of the future | Cornell
NYC Tech Dean Daniel Huttenlocher points to the site where the first tech campus building will rise. AKANE OTANI / SUN MANAGING EDITOR
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Four freedoms |
American sculptor Jo Davidson carved a bronze head of FDR that rests in the center of the FDR Four Freedoms Park.
AKANE OTANI / SUN MANAGING EDITOR
Remembering FDR | The FDR
Four Freedoms Park, built in memory of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, opened in 2012.
Welcome to the island | A tram transport-
ing passengers from Manhattan arrives at Roosevelt Island Saturday morning.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Playing With Fire (and Shadows): Ana Mendieta in Exile at the Johnson Museum
BY DAVEEN KOH Sun Staff Writer
Ana Mendieta carves metaphors into the earth. In Mendieta’s 1974 silent film Untitled (Grass breathing), the grass sighs. Almost imperceptible at first, the heaving grows stronger, unveiling indentations in the sod. Someone has carved a rectangle in the grass. The rectangle crinkles, then liquefies — an oddly isolated earthquake in an otherwise placid landscape. But in a minute or so, the violent throes subside. The exhausted grass patch, incisively engineered, comes to rest. All we see, once again, is grass caressed by the wind. We are left only with questions: What lurks beneath that grass patch? Why does it move? What is the purpose of this act of fleeting violence? Mendieta’s poetry slightly demystifies her ritual-like performances, films and photographs, “my whole body is filled with want of Cuba / I go on to make my work on the earth / to go on is victory.” The “earth-body art” Mendieta pioneered in the ’70s and ’80s, establishes connections between the land and the human body, and also tears them apart. Since Feb. 2, a quiet corner of the Johnson Museum’s second floor has served as a screening room for three of Mendieta’s finest films: Alma Silueta en Fuego (Silueta de Cenizas), Untitled (Grass breathing) and Untitled (Burial Pyramid). Running for just over three minutes, each film was shot on luxuriantly pigmented Super 8 film. The screenings are part of the exhibition “Ana Mendieta in Exile,” co-curated by Hannah Ryan, Ph.D. and Margo Cohen Ristorucci ’13, a former Sun news editor. The exhibition, inspired by “Feminism, Post-Feminism and Cyberfeminism” taught by Prof. Maria Fernandez, COURTESY OF JOHNSON MUSEUM
history of art, focuses on Mendieta’s 1973-1977 Silueta series in which she travelled between Iowa and Mexico. Through her travels Mendieta left imprints of her silhouette on the ground and often filled these depressions with innocuous fragments of nature like rocks and twigs, or grim reminders of violence such as gunpowder and blood. The drama of Mendieta’s work is matched by the tumult of her life. Writing in Woman’s Art Journal, Columbia University Prof. Kaira Cabanas, art history, paints a fiery portrait of Mendieta. The Cuban-born artist was exiled from her homeland at 12-years-old, when Mendieta’s father fell out with Fidel Castro’s factions. Growing up, Mendieta struggled with life in orphanages and foster homes. Culture shock, coupled with severe racism, exacerbated Mendieta’s isolation and sense of displacement. Her youthful traumas significantly informed her bold and prolific work, which came to a tragic end when she fell to her death from the 34th floor New York City apartment she shared with her husband, the minimalist sculptor Carl Andre. The controversy surrounding Andre’s eventual acquittal has never really subsided. Mendieta’s engagement with art began through painting, which she studied both as undergraduate and graduate student at the University of Iowa. Dissatisfied with painting because it “wasn’t real enough,” Mendieta joined the University of Iowa’s M.F.A. program. In 1973, Mendieta’s M.F.A. colleagues turned up at her apartment, at her invitation, only to be appalled by a gruesome scene — Mendieta, naked and splattered with blood, had been tied to a table. Her apartment had been wildly ransacked. That dispiriting scene was “RapeMurder,” one of Mendieta’s early performance works.
Depicting the aftermath of a brutal rape was Mendieta’s response to the series of rapes terrorizing the University of Iowa that year. As Cabanas notes, the presence of Mendieta’s body — the female body ravaged by male aggression — gave the “victim” an identity. She could not be ignored. At the Johnson exhibit, Mendietta makes trauma visible and personal. An untitled black and white photograph of an earth carving Mendieta executed at Montana de San Felipe, Mexico, potently prefaces the films. Positioned at the end of a corridor, adjacent to the screening room, the photograph appears very much like a grave. Yet, a highly tactile mound in the shape of Mendieta’s body rises from the pit. Body and earth truly become one. Imbued with an overpowering sense of the sacred, Mendieta’s Silueta work tends to evoke a minefield of ideas. “Ritual,” “exile” and “landscape” were among the stream of loaded terms that came to mind as I sat about five feet away from the glowering screen. But in those moments, I was too drawn in by the startling flow of images — the earth that refused to be quiet, the brilliant thing that flickered for minutes and then passed away as if nothing had ever happened. Even to someone with only a vague idea of the rich cosmologies that sculpted the pre-Industrial American landscape, it is clear that the title and form of her works make associations with ancient rituals and landscapes inescapable. Mendieta does, in fact, evoke the rituals of Santeria, an AfroCuban that fuses Yoruba, Roman Catholic and Native American religious beliefs. During a 1972 performance, Mendieta drew upon the priestly ritual of sacrificing a white cock. She rubbed herself in blood and rolled around in white feathers, essentially becoming the sacrificial bird. As a child, Mendieta learned about Santeria through the stories told by her family’s Afro-Cuban servants. While exiled in the US, Mendieta found great comfort in Santeria, as it provided a connection to her Cuban roots. An important notion in Santeria permeates Mendieta’s earth works: The earth is a living being from which one may draw power. In the film Alma Silueta en Fuego (Silueta de Cenizas), Mendieta plays with fire. She thrusts her body into the earth, creating a stark imprint, a moment in which her body merges with the earth. We do not see her, but her body is undeniably present. Suddenly, a flame begins to crackle and cut through the white silhouette. As the fire leaps and flashes, the once dormant silhouette becomes the scene of a riot. The burning silhouette stuns with the weight of its symbolism and rage. The amalgamation of body and earth recalls the burial of the dead, while the animated, burning silhouette suggests resurrection. In Alma Silueta en Fuego (Silueta de Cenizas), as in several of Mendieta’s works, there is too much to take in. But Mendieta goes on, plunging into contradictions and traditions and the victory is hers. Ana Mendieta in Exile closes at the Johnson Museum on May 5. Daveen Koh is a senior in the College of Architecture, Art & Planning. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A Dance of Strings:
Sweden’s premier chamber orchestra takes Bailey BY TYRAN GRILLO Sun Staff Writer
There is nothing like a heaping helping of Beethoven to cap off a prodigious and variegated concert season. That was just what we got on Friday night when the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, under the baton of Thomas Dausgaard, took to the Bailey Hall stage. Between the sweet concentrate of the Coriolan Overture and the unprecedented volume of the Third Symphony, there was much to savor. Like the spring weather that has finally waved its magic wand over the fertile Ithaca landscape, it was a veritable flowering of activity. The overture revealed an orchestra blessed with just the panache and dynamic control required of any Beethoven interpreter. The piece contains two themes, one in C minor (representing the tenacity of its eponymous protagonist, an ancient Roman leader) and the other in E-flat major (representing the forlorn mother who shuns his bloodlust). The latter theme set the tone for the night, not only in spirit, but also because the remaining works in the program followed the same key. The smoothness of execution was top-flight, achieving heartrending contrast between tense string arpeggios and recurring cinematic sweeps of battle. In addition to superb control of dynamics and tempi, the players of the SCO found delightful traction in Dausgaard’s programming. In this regard, closing with the unwieldy “Eroica” symphony was a reflective choice. Not only did it embolden the exploits
of Coriolanus with its martial overtones (the piece originally bore dedication to Napoleon Bonaparte), but it also transcended its political wrapping into the variegated gifts within. Long even for its time, “Eroica” feels even heftier in this age of quick sound bytes. Notable are the three French horns, whose golden blasts resolve a brooding funeral march in the second movement and whose hunting calls add punch to an already agile scherzo in the third. Yet, it was the first and closing movements that honed the orchestra’s deeper talents. Following intermission, Dausgaard — who conducted the symphony without a score — was barely on the podium before a swing of his arms threw us headlong into a storm of intense, restrained energy. Moving between the ethereal and the worldly at the flick of a bow, the strings never strayed into melodrama, and the wind section maintained admirable footing throughout. The concert found its brightest star in Garrick Ohlsson, whose appearance spiced the meat of this classical sandwich at the program’s center. A student of the late Claudio Arrau, the White Plains, New York native has since grown into one of our generation’s most elegant pianists. His poise and range at the keyboard were immediately apparent as he engaged the SCO in the exchange that opens Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9. Written when the composer was just 21 years old, it bears the subtitle “Jenamy,” so named for the daughter of a dancer whom Mozart befriended in 1773. Sure enough, dance was just what Ohlsson’s music did as the orchestra navigated the tireless runs and trills (a highlight of his playing) that are so profuse throughout the opening “Allegro.” The contrast
Boom Jacobs B
aring some sort of unforeseen graduation mishap, this is my final piece of writing for The Cornell Daily Sun. I understand it’s one of collegiate journalism’s cheesier traditions to indulge the author in a “farewell column,” but fuck you, I’m a traditionalist. I have been lucky enough to stumble upon some of Cornell’s greatest student organizations, but only The Sun has been kind enough to confirm for me what I want to do when I grow up. I plan on spending the rest of my life writing and editing — and hopefully spending way too much time holed up in a newsroom — and I can’t imagine being happy without some outlet to rant about music. There is a certain freedom that comes with being an Arts writer. The ability to write about whatever I want has forced me to consider not only what I have to offer, but also what my audience might be interested in reading. Some of my favorite pieces, though, have been the ones where I am able to champion something I truly believe in — whether it’s a band I’m obsessed with, the need to put a diner in Collegetown or the injustice of Matthew McConaughey’s Oscar snub — regardless of what other people care about. A quick personal highlight: My sophomore year, as an Arts editor, I devoted an entire page of one day’s paper to Big Star, a mostly unknown but incredibly influential power pop band from the ’70s. Whatever you may think of my editorial indulgence, it did produce the line: “I like my music like I like my women: loud, adorably cute and kind of weird,” which is either the best or worst sentence I’ve ever written. There is, however, a darker side to publically publishing your opinions. In a concert review I wrote my freshman year, I described a group so harshly that I earned the title “Asshole of the Year” on one of the band members’ Facebook page. Close to four years later, I stand by what I wrote, but I also understand that I’m not writing blindly into the abyss. The Sun has given me the chance to work on my interviewing chops with some of my personal heroes. I will never forget being able to spend an hour on the phone with the lead
singer of my all time favorite band (Black Francis of the Pixies), or speaking face-to-face with Jon Stewart after he performed stand-up to 10,000 people. Not only that, but with the power of The Sun behind me, I’ve sat down with more indie bands than I can count and felt confident asking them whatever questions I wanted. No farewell column is complete without the requisite shout-outs. So: PKT, CCC, SDPB, D6, The Nook, United Jewish Girls of Cornell and all the rest. Shouted. Because this is my last column in The Sun, I also want to spend some time talking about the people on this paper that have shaped both how I write and who I am. I joined the Arts and Entertainment section my first month on campus and it has proved to be one of the best decisions I’ve made in my four years at Cornell. I have written 67 articles — reviews, columns, features and, somewhat oddly, news stories — for The Sun under my own name, plus a handful of others I’ve coauthored. Serving as an Arts Editor on the 128th Board and a News Editor on the 129th have, without a doubt, been the positions I’ve held on campus that have impacted me the most. I was extraordinarily fortunate to have some of the best coeditors I can imagine. Ruby, thank you for keeping the Arts section running day to day and consistently put up with my B.S. (no easy task). Jeff, Juan and Margo, you all helped a scared little Artsie find his footing in the rough and tumble world of “news editing.” All three of you taught me more than you can imagine, and I couldn’t be happier to call each of you my friend. Former Arts editors Sammy, Peter, Julie and Big Talk specifically my immediate predecessors — Ted and Ann — were inspirational, supportive and much cooler than I could ever hope to be. These qualities also all apply to Graham, Arts senior editor and always an amazing resource. Those that have manned the Arts desk since — James and Joey, Zach and Daveen, and the newbies Arielle and Sam — have been consistently superb editors and have never missed an opportunity to print something that makes me go: “Damn, I wish I thought of that.” To all the Arts sec-
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between his gritty left hand and airy right in the cadenzas was nothing short of remarkable. After the almost funereal sublimations of “Andantino,” the concluding “Rondo” made for a flourish to remember. That Albert Einstein once referred to this piece as “Mozart’s Eroica,” was no coincidence — its scope and focus were comparably arranged, and made for exciting performances. “These days we like everything to be local,” said Ohlsson, who addressed the audience by way of pouring a sonic aperitif to the hefty concerto. He lamented not knowing anything by an Ithacan composer, but settled on the work of Charles Griffes (1884-1920) from nearby Elmira entitled, “The White Peacock.” Perhaps his most well known piece, its Gershwin-like swirls and touches of French impressionism made for a competent and programmatic detour. As if to carry over the feeling of dancing, the SCO closed the concert properly with “Wenn so lind dein Auge mir,” from Brahms’s beloved Liebeslieder Waltzes. And with that, we were taken. Tyran Grillo is a graduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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tion illustrators, especially Santi, thank you for bringing out aspects of my columns in the coolest possible ways. Special recognition to the Sports department — Evan, Reena and Alex — who made a terrible former high school football player feel welcome. Reena, here’s a #hashtag. Rebecca, Akane and Liz: It’s a testament to your abilities that you’ve succeeded despite having to deal with your editors’ combined ridiculousness way back when. Congratulations on an excellent first few months, and I look forward to seeing what you’ll accomplish next year. I want to address another necessary element of any good farewell column — the moniker. I’ve been writing under “Big Talk” since I first began slipping columns into The Sun as Arts editor. It’s on some level a reference to / rip-off of Big Star, but also, without being too self-important, a reflection of myself. In my eyes, the phrase connotes something loud, boastful and questionably true. I hope I’ve been a voice where you’ve found — regardless of my intentions — insight, humor and, on some level, taste. Boom Jacobs. Big Pete out. Peter Jacobs is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Big Talk appears alternate Tuesdays this semester.
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Veteran Trainer and Jockey Run for the Roses
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — D. Wayne Lukas and Gary Stevens know what it’s like hearing the roar of the crowd and inhaling the intoxicating scent from dozens of red roses in the Kentucky Derby winner's circle. At their advanced ages, they want to feel it all again. On Saturday, they’ll make another run at winning America's greatest race, and if experience counts, this duo might have an edge. Lukas and Stevens are teaming with Oxbow, while the trainer considered the sport’s elder statesman also will saddle Will Take Charge. The colts will be Lukas’ 46th and 47th Derby starters, the most of any trainer in the race’s 138-year history. He has won it four times, but not since 1999. “I don’t feel any different than when I came in here at 50. There’s still the adrenaline rush. There’s still the enthusiasm,” Lukas said. “The horse is the most important ingredient. You better have the horse and then some luck.” Stevens has ridden in 18 Derbies and won three times, including twice with Lukas — 1988 aboard the filly Winning Colors and 1995 with Thunder Gulch. The 50-year-old jockey is four months into a comeback after being retired for seven years. At 77, Lukas would be the oldest trainer to win the Derby. “The karma is good between us,” Lukas said. “The experience factor for me is so big here. With 20-horse fields, having been there and won, it makes a huge difference for me. I’m going to be comfortable and not worry about it.” Stevens considers Lukas to be a second father, while the trainer’s only son, Jeff, is like a brother. “There’s definitely a mutual respect,” the jockey said. “We’re both highly motivated. We haven’t lost our need for big moments. Wayne is able to transmit that enthusiasm level to his whole team. I’ve been part of the team for a long time.” Stevens resumed riding in early January, the same week he got a call from Lukas advising him that the trainer had a couple of promising 3year-old colts who could make the Derby. “I was kind of thinking, ‘Yeah right, wouldn’t that be great,’ and here we are,” said Stevens, who juggles his duties as a racing TV commentator with his riding commitments. He had quit in 2005, driven out by unrelenting knee pain that had him downing anti-inflammatories every day for the previous 15 years. Stevens battled his weight, too, during the final five years he was riding.
Obamas Phone In Support for Collins WASHINGTON (AP) — A groundbreaking pronouncement from NBA veteran Jason Collins — “I’m gay” — reverberated Monday through Washington, generating accolades from lawmakers on Twitter and a supportive phone call from President Barack Obama. Hours after Collins disclosed his sexuality in an online article, Obama reached out by phone, expressing his support and telling Collins he was impressed by his courage, the White House said. Collins, 34, becomes the first active player in one of four major U.S. professional sports leagues to come out as gay. He has played for six teams in 12 seasons, including this past season with the Washington Wizards, and is now a free agent. Collins’ declaration in a first-person account posted on Sports Illustrated’s website garnered particular attention from Democrats, many of whom have recently announced their support for gay marriage despite opposing it in the past. Obama announced his support last year during his re-election campaign. Organizing for Action, a grassroots group run by Obama loyalists that grew out of his 2012 re-election campaign, offered its support for Collins as well, writing to Collins on Twitter on Monday that the group’s supporters “stand with you today.” And first lady Michelle Obama chimed in on Twitter on Monday afternoon to applaud Collins. “So proud of you, Jason Collins! This is a huge step forward for our country. We’ve got your back!” the tweet read. It was signed “mo” — signifying that the first lady personally wrote the message. Former President Bill Clinton also voiced encouragement, releasing a statement that asks fans, NBA colleagues and the media to support and respect him. Clinton said he has known Collins since he attended Stanford University with his daughter Chelsea. Clinton said Collins’ announcement Monday is an “important moment” for professional sports and the history of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Collins is “a good man who wants no more than what so many of us seek — to be able to be who we are, to do our work, to build families and to contribute to our communities,” Clinton said. “For so many members of the LGBT community, these simple goals remain elusive.” Chelsea Clinton also tweeted her support for Collins Monday, saying she was proud of her friend for having the strength and courage to be the first openly gay player in the NBA.
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D-Backs’ Pitching Seems to Be Promising SMITH
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Arizona Diamondbacks Record: 15-10
Short Answer: Unlikely, but good pitching can always keep a team in the race. Long Answer: If the Rockies’ pitching will eventually lead to their downfall, the Arizona Diamondbacks couldn’t be in a more opposite situation. With the quick rise of youngster Patrick Corbin filling out a rotation filled with established starters, the Diamondbacks’ pitching staff has the ability to keep the club in contention all year long — that is, if the team can muster enough hitting to actually win games. When your team’s most feared hitter is a 25-year-old first baseman with only a career high of 20 home runs, the outlook can never be too great. That isn’t to knock Paul Goldschmidt too much, as he does seem poised to have a breakout 2013 season, but as a fact that does not bode well for the team. The lineup’s second most feared hitter is journeyman Cody Ross, who is also very useful, but not an outstanding second option. Martin Prado and Miguel Montero are both good hitters for their respective positions, but it is still undoubtedly going to be a struggle for Arizona to plate runs throughout the season. But if Goldschmidt can actually have a breakout season in 2013 and the rest of the lineup can produce slightly above expected performance, the Diamondbacks could be the surprise team in 2013. Alex Smith can be reached at email@example.com.
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so much harder to be who they are? The aggressiveness of the male sports world certainly does not help. In sports that breed male athletes who want to hit people, who want to create contact, who are forced to fight each other, there seems to be no room for homosexuality. In an article in The San Francisco Chronicle, Gregory Herek — a psychologist at UC Davis — said, “Men are raised to think they have to prove their masculinity, and one big part about being masculine is being heterosexual.” There is a culture around professional sports — especially ones that have no female counterparts like the NFL and NHL — as being “a man’s game.” There is no place for femininity, there is no place for feelings and therefore there is no place for homosexuals. What is so important about Collins’ story is that it shatters these stereotypes. Never known for being the most talented player on the court, Collins had grit which made him a great NBA player. “On the court I graciously accept one label sometimes bestowed on me: ‘the pro’s pro.’ … I take charges and I foul — that is my forte. I enter the court knowing I have six hard fouls to give,” he said. Collins led the NBA in personal fouls in the 2005 season. He is not afraid to take a hit and he is not afraid to give one. So what difference does his sexuality make if he is willing to sacrifice everything, including his body, for his teammates? After all, that is the true culture of professional sports. Collins’ announcement comes just three days after Rhode Island’s senate voted in favor of legislation to allow same-sex marriage, making it the final state in New England to do so. Clearly, there are strides being made in the right direction for gay rights. Still, though, 31 states have enacted Constitutional amendments barring same-sex marriage, and the Supreme Court remains apprehensive about passing legislation. In the world of sports, some athletes remain intolerant — San Jose Earthquakes’ forward Alan Gordon was recently suspended for calling an opponent a “faggot.” There is still work to be done when it comes to universalizing the acceptance of homosexual athletes in the world of sports, and it starts well before the professional level. I know from experience that even in high school sports and below, there is a stigma around gay athletes. On my high school baseball team, there was a group of about five of us who were extremely close. We did everything together, including sharing the same beds on road trips and putting five people in a room that should have only fit two. To my knowledge, none of us were or are homosexual. Nonetheless, our coach often told us we needed to act less “gay,” that we touched each other too much. My response was, and remains, who cares? If one of us were gay, it would not have changed the way we performed on the field. It would not have changed how much we cared about winning baseball games. It would not have changed how much time, how much love we put into the sport. It would not have changed how close we were. Collins embodied this feeling perfectly, saying, “I sacrifice myself for other players. I look out for my teammates as I would my kid brother.” It still eludes me why professional sports continue to lag behind society. The world is changing its views on homosexuality and same-sex marriage, and professional sports are only just beginning to join the party. I recently watched the movie 42, the story of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier. Baseball once shut African Americans out, but the game is now incredibly integrated, thanks to Mr. Robinson. I’m not saying that Jason Collins will be the next Jackie Robinson, although he very well might be. What I’m saying is that Collins opened a door, just like Robinson did. Gay athletes in the sports world should no longer be afraid to show who they really are, because it is not, and never has been, an embarrassment. Collins has proven that. When asked about having an openly gay player on his team, Collins’ former coach Doc Rivers said, “I think it would be terrific for the league. More than anything, it would just be terrific for mankind, my gosh.” Here’s to hoping that Jason Collins is not the last athlete to raise his hand. Scott Chiusano can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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with Syracuse, the Red will play in its last series of the season and last doubleheader at home on May 1 against Binghamton. The Red will close their 2013 season Wednesday at home. The Red hopes to continue to improve going forward and have
an even more successful 2014 season. “We need to continue to work hard this summer and next fall, getting stronger in the weight room and on the field,” Onyon said. John McGrorty can be reached at email@example.com.
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Which MLB Teams Will Make It to the Playoffs? SMITH
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him to play for another team. That team was the Pittsburgh Pirates, who are reaping the benefits of a newly focused Burnett freed from the confines of one of baseball’s toughest fan bases and media markets. In 2012, Burnett threw 200+ innings and recorded a 3.51 ERA, and in 2013, he has even bettered those marks. Joining Burnett atop the Pirates rotation is Astros’ castoff Wandy Rodriguez, who has a minimal ERA of his own this season at 1.66 and has only allowed batters to hit .182 against him in four starts. While Rodriguez’s numbers will undoubtedly rise as the season progresses, it is conceivable to believe that he and Burnett can anchor the Pirates’ rotation all season long. The problems arise in the back end of the rotation, where Jeff Locke and Jonathan Sanchez are anything but reliable at the plate. Andrew McCutchen is their only proven big-time run producer, and even though Pedro Alvarez and Russell Martin will improve despite slow starts, their lineup is significantly worse than their rivals’, the Reds and the Cardinals. That leads into the Pirates’ grandest problem of all: their division. The Pirates have a solid chance at finishing above .500 for the first time since 1992, but they lack the talent of their fellow N.L. Central competitors and in the end will likely lose out to both of the teams mentioned above. Boston Red Sox Record: 18-7
Short Answer: Yes, strong pitching always makes a team a contender. Long Answer: Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester may be emerging as the aces many believed them to be when they were first
called to the bigs. This couldn’t come at a weak. better time for the Boston Red Sox, who are Long Answer: The Kansas City Royals coming off a disastrous 2012 campaign that have been hoping for several years that their saw the team win only 69 games and ship loaded farm system will finally transfer into Adrian Gonzalez, Kevin Youkilis, and Carl wins at the major league level. Aided by a Crawford to other destinations. The 2013 weak AL Central, 2013 might just be their season brought with it many uncertainties, year. The Detroit Tigers came into the seahowever, up to this point the Red Sox have son as the heavy favorites to win the divibeen the best team in a crowded AL East sion, and even though that is still the case, thanks to a team ERA of 3.39. The strong the Royals are making a strong case to starts of Buchholz and Lester may be only a become their toughest contender. The flash in the pan, but both pitchers possess Royals, like the Red Sox, rely on a strong elite level talent so it is possible that they pitching staff to be the stabilizer for their aren’t flukes. Further, David Ortiz has been ball club. To this point, only one of the absolutely smashing, batting .516 in his first Royals’ five starters has an ERA above 3.20 eight games since and they’ve only opposreturning from The Pirates have a solid chance allowed injury. Dustin ing batters to hit Pedroia has .241 against at finishing above .500 for the played like a forthem as a staff. The big quesmer MVP so far first time since 1992, but they with a .330 battion marks for lack the talent of their fellow ting average and this team, however, are: can .438 on base perN.L. Central competitors. centage. Ortiz Ervin Santana will undeniably bounce back come back down from a lackluster to earth, but if he, Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury 2012 season to anchor their staff and can and newcomers Mike Napoli and Shane they produce enough runs? Santana served Victorino can all produce at levels consis- a reliable starter for the Los Angeles Angels tent with the rest of their careers, the Red of Anaheim from 2005 to 2011, but strugSox offense should be able to support its gled mightily in 2012 with a 5.16 ERA. In pitching staff. The A.L. East is full of wor- 2013, Santana has posted only a 2.00 ERA thy competitors though with the Blue Jays, through 36 innings, and while the Royals Rays, Yankees and Orioles all featuring aren’t expecting him to be this dominant all vaunting lineups and solid pitching staffs of season, having an ERA in the 3’s or low 4’s their own. Yet there is no reason to believe would be a big plus. Offensively, the team the Red Sox won’t be able to compete with has benefitted from strong performances the rest of the pack as the season continues. from Alex Gordon and shortstop Alcides Escobar to this point, but if they are really Kansas City Royals going to succeed this year they’re going to Record: 13-9 need Eric Hosmer to finally live up to his massive power potential. There are still a lot Short Answer: Yes, the A.L. Central is of ifs associated with the Royals, but if
everything breaks right don’t be surprised if they’re still hanging around a poor AL Central in September. Colorado Rockies Record: 15-10
Short Answer: No, not enough pitching. Long Answer: The Colorado Rockies were victim to several unfortunate injuries during 2012, and consequently became one of the worst teams in the National League. At one point the team’s pitching staff was so inadequate that they resorted to using only four starters, allowing them to only throw a strict number of pitches per game, just because they were willing to try almost anything to get batters out. Now it’s 2013 though — Troy Tulowitzki is back and the Rockies’ rotation has returned to conventional formation. The amazing thing about the 2013 Rockies rotation is that only Jeff Francis threw more than 100 innings the year before. With this many pitchers coming off injuries, it’s difficult to predict how they will hold up over the course of the season. A five-man starting rotation of Jon Garland, Jorge De La Rosa, Juan Nicasio, Jhoulys Chacin, and Jeff Francis doesn’t exactly inspire fear into opposing lineups either. Pitching will likely be this team’s downfall; however, even if they can’t compete with the Dodgers and Giants, they will be better than they were last season. With Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez, and Dexter Fowler as the foundation of their lineup they do feature a more formidable attack than most teams in the NL. Expect the Rockies to remain competitive but drop out of the post-season race sometime over the summer. See SMITH page 16
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Michael Byrne Baseball
Position: Left Hand Pitcher Stats: • Has allowed just 4.0 hits per nine innings so far • 2-2 with 1.00 ERA and opponent’s batting average of .143
Equestrian Division: Open Stats: • Ivy League reserve champion in open flat and fences • Second in Cacchione Cup • Qualified for nationals in open flat
Swimming Event: Free/Fly Stats: • Became the first Cornell swimmer to come under the 51second mark • Finished third overall at the championship
Abby Foster Squash
Position: Guard Stats: • Two-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week • Ranked first on the team in 3ponters made (54) and 3-point percentage (.403)
Fencing Position: Foil Stats: • Placed 14th at the NCAA Women’s Fencing Championship
Golfers Tie for Last Place at Ivy League Championship By ALBERT LIAO
Stats: • Went 12-7 in her rookie season to tie two seniors for top individual wins for the Red • Ranked 34th in the country by the CSA
Football Position: Running Back Stats: • Ranked seventh in the Ivy League for rushing 528 yards with seven touchdowns • Two-time Ivy Leage Rookie of the week
The top individual performer was one can win on any given day.” Sun Staff Writer Princeton junior Greg Jarmas, Since four of the five golfers who finished just three-over par representing the Red are juniors The golf team finished its sea- for the tournament. — Koehler, Schimenti, Bosse and son this past weekend at Caves Although the Red was out of tri-captain Craig Esposito — and Valley Golf Club in Owings contention in the final day, the the remaining player is freshman Mills, M.D., at the Ivy League field was very competitive and Brandon Eng, the Red will have Championship. wide open plenty of experience going into The Red tied “It was a long tournament, for any team next year. The team has high for last, but was to win; the hopes, as the core of the team will just +37 strokes and I feel like we lost top five be back for their final year. off the lead in focus.” “The three juniors have been teams were the three-round within 13 together [for] the last three years t o u r n a m e n t . Max Koehler strokes of playing together,” Koehler said. Princeton fin“Next year, we’ll expect more each other. ished first with 883 total strokes, “It was really exciting at the from ourselves. Hopefully we can five shots less than Yale and six very end because a lot of teams get some good work in this sumless than Penn; the Tigers entered had a chance to win it,” Koehler mer and come in ready for the the last round of play in fourth said. “There were a lot of big post-season and go out in style.” place, but recorded the lowest swings on the final day that kept single round for any team, a com- it interesting. It just shows the Albert Liao can be reached at bined 288 strokes. depth of the Ivy League — any- firstname.lastname@example.org. Despite a disappointing finish, the team learned from the experience and expects to be stronger next year, according to junior tri-captain Max Koehler. “It was a lot of fun … but it was a long tournament and I feel like we lost focus,” Koehler said. “We could have played better, but we’ll take away some things we learned from this tournament and get ready to make some changes for next year.” Juniors Zack Bosse and Carl Schimenti finished +17 and +18, good for the 18th and 20th best individual scores respectively. TINA CHOU / SUN FILE PHOTO Carl carded the lowest single score of the tournament, record- Swing and a miss | Junior tri-captain Max Koehler hopes that the ing a 74 in the first round of play. team will learn from its experience and come back stronger.
Women’s Polo Stats: • Took the fourth and final berth as best player at the tournament against the Univeristy of Virginia
MLB Hot Starts: Can They Last? M
LB Hot Starts: Can They Last? We’re several weeks into the baseball season at this point, and four of the six divisions are being led by teams that failed to make the playoffs last year. The pitching deficient Colorado Rockies are five games over .500 as well, and Justin Upton is leading the league in proving his former General Manager to be totally wrong. The Braves basically stole Upton away from the Arizona Diamondbacks and
because they are doing it now, when other games are yet to be played, they are jolting the Denver air with excitement about baseball. There is some truth to the saying “there’s no point in looking at the standings until the end of June,” but because it’s more entertaining to break that rule, we’re going to try to examine if these upstart ball clubs have any chance of sustaining their success through the humid summer months and into the fall.
Alex Smith Guest Column Kevin Towers over the off season — and all Upton has done is lead the league in balls hit over the outfield fence since. The fun part of the beginning of any season is seeing unexpected teams and players rise to prominence and then trying to predict if they can stay there. It is always crucial to remember that the 25 games or so that have been played by most teams is a particularly small sample size, and if the Rockies went 1510 for a 25 game stretch during the middle of August barely anyone would notice. But
Pittsburgh Pirates Record: 15 – 10
Short Answer: Possible to finish above .500, very little chance at playoffs. Long Answer: A.J. Burnett pitched his way out of New York, posting ERA’s above five in his last two seasons with the Yankees. Emphasizing just how much New York wanted to get rid of him is the fact that they were willing to pay a good portion of his current salary for See SMITH page 18
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Nahshon Garrett Wrestling Weight Class: 125 Stats: • Placed third at the NCAA National Tournament • Ivy League Rookie of the Year and first-team All-Ivy
Breanna Wong Volleyball
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Red Sweeps Ithaca,Splits With Princeton
By JOSH McGRORTY Sun Staff Writer
Last weekend, the softball team headed into two of its final four series of the 2013 season. The Red played crosstown rivals, the Ithaca Bombers, in a two-game series last Thursday at NiemandRobison Softball Field. The Red swept the Bombers in both games with a score of 4-
0 in the first and 9-2 in the second game. After the series with the Bombers, the Red had Friday to recover before entering in a four-game series at home with Ivy League rival Princeton last weekend. This past Saturday, the Red (20-26, 8-12 Ivy) played the Tigers in the first doubleheader of the weekend. In both games, the Red fell to Princeton in a very hard
fought contest. Princeton senior Alex Peyton only gave up two hits in game one, allowing the Tigers to beat the Red with a final score of 3-1. In the second game the Red lead 3-1, however, the Tigers were able to rally and lead 5-3 at the top of the eighth. The Red was able to come back and score two runs, extending the game into extra innings, but was then not able to capi-
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Never back down | Junior Christina Villalon drove in the winning run in Sunday’s 15-inning game against the Princeton Tigers.
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Position: Right Side/Outside hitter Stats: • Ranked second on the team and seventh in the Ivy League • Earned All-Ivy honors honorable mention
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talize and lost the game with a final score of 7-5. On Sunday, the Red split its second doubleheader. In the first game, junior Alyson Onyon pitched a 15-inning complete game shutout over the Tigers, allowing the Red to win the contest 1-0. Onyon and Peyton completed the entire game in a battle from the mound, but Peyton gave up a hit by junior Christina Villalon into right field, allowing freshman Meg Parker to bring in the only run of the game. “The 15-inning game against Princeton, now being the longest game in program history, was one of the toughest games we have ever battled through,” Onyon said. “It feels amazing to have come out on top.” Princeton won the second game 11-2 in six innings. The Red will continue into the final part of its season this coming Tuesday April 30 when it travels to Syracuse, N.Y., (20-26) for a 3 p.m. doubleheader. The Red will play Syracuse in this late season doubleheader in the team’s second to last competition of the year. Following the games See SOFTBALL page 17
n an emotional and incredibly brave interview for SportsIllustrated.com yesterday, seven-foot NBA center Jason Collins came out to the public, making him the first openly gay male professional athlete who is still active in his sport. “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay,” were the first words of Collins’ story, which will be printed in the May 6 issue of Sports Illustrated. In a world of professional sports that has effectively silenced its gay community, Collins has opened the floor for other athletes who have been hiding behind a veil of uncertainty. “I wish I wasn’t the kid in the class raising his hand and saying, ‘I’m different,’” Collins wrote. “If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I’m raising my hand.” Collins tells his story through a series of heart-wrenching accounts, beginning with his decision to first come out to his Aunt Teri, who comforted him by saying she had known for many years. Though Collins has a twin brother — Jerron Collins, who followed him from Stanford into the NBA — he decided not to come out to his brother until last summer. Though Jerron was more surprised than their Aunt Terri, Collins said that, “he was full of brotherly love. For the first time in our lives, he wanted to step in and protect me.” Behind the support of a family that he called “close-knit,” Collins was able to make the ultimate decision to come out to the rest of the world. “I shouldn’t have to live under the threat of being outed,” he said. “The announcement should be mine to make, not TMZ’s.” Though Collins is the first active openly gay male player, the topic of gay athletes in professional sports has become increasingly prevalent. Only a few weeks ago, women’s
Scott Chiusano Guest Column college basketball star and number one pick in the WNBA draft — Brittany Griner — spoke about her sexuality in an interview with Sports Illustrated. Just two months before that, professional soccer player Robbie Rogers came out in a letter that he posted to his website, which also announced his decision to leave professional soccer. For Griner, the announcement was much less publicized, and seemed to come more naturally to the 6’8” center who recently graduated from Baylor. When asked about the decision to come out as a famous athlete, Griner said, “It really wasn’t too difficult; I wouldn’t say I was hiding or anything like that. I’ve always been open about who I am and my sexuality.” Griner’s reply poses a truly unexplainable double standard between the acceptance of openly gay female and male athletes. When asked about this, Griner replied, “I really couldn’t give an answer on why that’s so different. Being one that’s out, it’s just being who you are.” Why is it that in the male world of professional sports, athletes find it See CHIUSANO page 17