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Ithaca Commons Project Undergoes Cost-Cutting Myrick ’09: Quality of redesign‘not compromised’ By SARAH CUTLER Sun Senior Writer

In response to a budget shortage for the ongoing Commons redesign project, the City has made cost-cutting measures in order to preserve amenities such as a playground and gateway structures. In addition, the Downtown Ithaca Alliance has begun efforts to attract private sponsorship to fund a fountain, for which there is a funding gap of $500,000. The inclusion of the saved amenities will “further animate the Commons, creSee COMMONS page 4


Fountain of youth | The Downtown Ithaca Alliance has begun fundraising to secure the approximately $500,000 still needed to fund construction of a water feature as part of the Ithaca Commons redesign.

Professor Emeritus Dies at 84 By ANNIE BUI Sun News Editor


Full circle | Renee Alexander ’74 speaks about challenging life moments facing “downright hostile” racism during her time at Cornell at her “Last Lecture” yesterday.

Prof. Emeritus Werner Dannhauser, government, died Saturday at the age of 84. Dannhauser came to America as a refugee from Nazi Germany at the age of nine, according to a University press release. He went on to earn his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, where he worked under notable political philosopher Leo Strauss. He taught political philosophy at Cornell following his job as a writer and editor at Commentary magazine, the release said. Alongside Prof. Emeritus Allan Bloom, philosophy, and Prof. Emeritus Walter Berns, government — who had also studied under Strauss —

the professors attracted a “devout following” of graduate students. Bloom and Berns left Cornell following the 1969 Willard Straight Takeover, citing their “displeasure” at the resolution of the crisis, according to Cornell Alumni Magazine. However, Dannhauser continued to teach at Cornell until his retirement in 1992. Dannhauser is known for his 1974 book Nietzsche’s View of Socrates and 1975 essay “On Teaching Politics Today.” He was predeceased by his wife and is survived by his two children and several grandchildren, according to the University. Annie Bui can be reached at

Renee Alexander’74 Reflects Laverne Cox to Visit September On Life,Career in‘Last Lecture’ Actress will be first transgender speaker in CUPB history

By JONATHAN LOBEL Sun Staff Writer

Renee Alexander ’74, associate dean and director of Intercultural Programs, presented her “Last Lecture” — where Cornell faculty and professors give a hypothetical final speech — Wednesday for the Mortar Board Senior Honor Society’s series of semesterly lectures. Alexander used her life experiences to give attendees advice on several topics, including careers, academics and life goals. Some major themes of her lecture — titled “From 180 to 360 Degrees: Going Full Circle” — were the importance of “never saying never,” keeping an open mind, flexibility and adaptability. Alexander opened her talk with a metaphorical quote: “Better to light a candle than curse the darkness,” she said. “Light represents vision, hope, optimism and faith, and dark-

ness is a metaphor for evil, hopelessness and despair.” During challenging moments in her life, Alexander said she looks at pictures in her wallet of her great aunts and uncles — former slaves in nineteenth-century America — to remind her of the privileges and opportunities she has today. “My elders understood what it meant to go through life without the opportunities we have today,” she said. “[But] they learned to light a candle and live in the light and not curse the darkness.” Alexander said when she first arrived on campus in 1970, the racial environment was “downright hostile” and added she did not interact with any white students during her undergraduate years at Cornell. After graduation, she said she thought she would never set foot on a college campus again.

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By NOAH RANKIN Sun City Editor

Actress and LGBT advocate Laverne Cox — known for her work on the Netflix series Orange is the New Black — will be coming to speak at Cornell next semester, according to the Cornell University Program Board. According to CUPB President Zachary Zahos ’15, Cox has “been at the top of the list” of names to bring to Cornell since the beginning of this semester. “She has things to say, and she’s very moving in

her speeches,” Zahos said. the board. Leo Stellwag “I’ve read some great grad, founder of the reviews from campus Ithaca Transgender group, newspapers and newspa- said Cox’s selection is sigpers as a whole nificant for about how this reason. she’s very “Laverne is inspirational, a role model has a good for many trans sense of people and has humor and a used her suclot of stories to cess and share, both celebrity as a COX funny and means to pretty touchamplify her ing. There’s a lot about voice as an activist for her that will make it a trans rights and visibility,” wonderful show.” Stellwag said. “The trans According to Zahos, community needs more Cox will be the first trans- people like Laverne and gender act brought by CUPB in the history of See COX page 4

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After 25 years of coffee, and Greek ambiance, Temple of Zeus will be closing its doors. Momentarily. The cafe will be moving across the hall over winter break to make room for the new Kaufmann Auditorium and the return of the dean of the college of Arts and Science’s office to Goldwin Smith Hall. “[The University has plans to renovate Lincoln Hall and expand it for the music department,” said acting Dean Phillip E. Lewis. In order to make room for the construction, the Dean’s office will have to leave the building and take residence in Goldwin Smith. “We hav been working on these plans for nearly two years,” said Lewis. “[However], we decided in the middle of last year to postpone the Goldwin Smith work due to problems with the city of Ithaca in obtaining building permits.” The plans for the “Goldwin Smith shuffle,” as it has been termed by many involved with the move,

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include moving the Temple of Zeus to the records and scheduling office, turning that room into a lecture hall similar to Goldwin Smith D, and renaming it Kaufmann auditorium, according to Henry Crans, director of facilities for Arts and Sciences. The current Kaufman Auditorium will be made into the new dean’s office. “Traditionally, the dean’s office has been in Goldwin Smith,” Crans said. “[The office] was temporarily moved to Lincoln Hall.” “Construction will start roughly in November,” Crans said. According to the expected timeline, the work will be done by the end of final exams this semester, with only “three to five working days shutdown.” According to Tom Walls, Temple of Zeus manager, this move will now allow the cafe to be “handicapped accessible.” Laws require that new construction projects ensure access to handicapped persons. “I’m pleased we’re going to be able to get mobility limited people ino Zeus,” said Crans. The move has still faced opposition and raised concern for both students and faculty.

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Organization Holds Financial Literacy Workshop

Cornell initiative aims to help members of the Ithaca community develop better financial planning skills By PAOLA MUNOZ Sun Contributor

Cornell’s Financial Literacy Initiative organized a University-funded workshop on savings, debt and budgeting for members of the Ithaca community at Tompkins County Public Library Wednesday. The workshop was hosted by Prof. Vicki Bogan, applied economics and management, and was free and open to the public. Additional topics addressed during the workshop included saving money for retirement, financial security and planning for the future. Ken Mutlu ’17, a member of the Cornell Financial Literacy Initiative, also said the organization’s goal is to help Ithaca locals with their money management skills. “The goal of the Cornell Financial Literacy Initiative is to help out the Ithaca community, an already financially intensive place to live in, learn how to manage their money,” he said. Jonathan Peters ’14, president of the Cornell Financial Literacy Initiative, added that poor financial habits are a persistent problem for Ithacans. “A lot of people within the Ithaca community do not understand the importance of being financially educated,” he said. “The recession happened for several reasons,

but mainly because people did not understand the consequences of their financial decisions. This workshop is just one step.” Peters said that retirement has become a bigger issue since the 2008 recession, and that people are living longer and the money they save must last them longer. “Several people had 401Ks, but the market crashed and the value of that plan went down by a lot so their retirement was delayed.” Bogan stressed to workshop attendees that being financially literate does not have to be intimidating. “It is empowering to have financial security, such as with emergency funds. You have a buffer in place,” she said. “The world will not end.” “A lot of people within Bogan suggested a variety of preventative measures that can be taken to avoid future the Ithaca community debt. “The first step would be to create a buddo not understand the get. Identify all sources of income as well as importance of being your expenses — necessities,” she said. “These can be logged within a journal. financially educated.” Determining a disposable income, however, requires an active plan.” Prof. Vicki Bogan Bogan also said that student loans are the “worst type” of the several types of debt. “[Approximately] 20 million people are enrolled in college, while 60 percent of them have student loans. Consequences for this debt can be very serious,” she said. “They will take all legal actions to take their money back, while credit cards won’t, she said. “They can go as far as going to your employer and asking them to deduct payment on your paycheck” Naima Kazmi ’15 said she agreed that poor financial habits can begin as early as one’s freshman year of college. “College students are used to being financially sheltered by their parents,” she said. “The reason why we are so irresponsible with money is because we’ve never really been taught how to handle so much freedom — especially financial freedom.” According to Bogan, the best way to pay off debt is to prioritize high interest loans. “The problem with debt does not usually begin with emergencies, such as a boiler blowing up. It has more to do with irresponsible spending, like buying that bag that was on sale,” she said. “When you buy things on sale, you pay double for it if you pay for it with a credit card while on debt.” Bogan ended the event reminding attendees of the importance of financial planning and stability. “Follow your financial plan. Be disciplined, and remember to periodically revisit and revise your plan,” she said. “Everything is constantly changing, and you must be able to update your plan.”


Mad money | Prof. Vicki Bogan, applied economics and management, speaks about financial literacy at the Tompkins County Public Library yesterday.

Slope Day Programming Board Seeks Student Volunteers By ASHLEY COLLIS-BURGESS Sun Staff Writer

This year’s shortage in Slope Day volunteers is not conducive to the safety of attendees, according to members of the Slope Day Programming Board . Peter Zawistowicz ’14, promotions director for SDPB, said that in comparison to previous years, there is a “concerning” shortage in the necessary number of current volunteers needed for a safe Slope Day, with only about 200 people signed up so far. “Every year we’re trying to recruit between 400 and 800 volunteers, aiming for the people who can walk around the Slope, give out water or work the carnival events on Ho Plaza.” he said. “Compared to numbers in previous years, we’re falling short of the target.” In order for Slope Day to occur, two types of volunteers — classified as level one and level two — are needed to contribute in different ways on and off the slope, Zawistowicz said. Level one volunteers consist of mostly students who are in charge of tending to the medical and nourishment needs of the attendees, according to Zawistowicz. Level two workers are staff and faculty — who will work the five gates, ticket distribution centers, identification check tent, beer service area and checkpoints. Russell Silver-Fagan ’14, posse director for SDPB, said that while all volunteers are necessary for the smooth running of Slope Day, the level one volunteers are needed in particular to ensure medical attention is avi-

lable for those in need. “Both of the levels need to be well staffed in order for the event to run smoothly and safely,” he said. “Level one volunteers are very important because they expand the eyes and ears of medical personnel on the slope.” More volunteers are currently needed for the shifts covering hours in the middle of the day although getting full day volunteers remains the priority, according to SilverFagan. “The slots that are currently lacking are those during the middle of the day,” he said. “These include shifts from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.” In order to ensure the safety and health of attendees, Zawistowicz said that other undesirable alternatives — such as the extension of current volunteer hours — need to be taken into consideration. “We wouldn’t want to be in the position where volunteers have to double up on shifts or stay longer than they really wanted to,” he said. “And that would be something we would have to explore, because we really do need those people out on the Slope who are watching out for the health and safety of everyone attending.” The deadline to sign up as a volunteer for Slope Day is May 7, according to SilverFagan. Noah Rankin contributed reporting to this story. Ashley Collis-Burgess can be reached at

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Quinn Kelly ’14 speaks about his thesis at the spring release party of The Research Paper in the lobby of Mann Library Wednesday.

A round the Ivies Harvard Police Detain Male At Library Harvard University Police detained an unidentified male in the foyer of Lamont Library Wednesday, according to The Harvard Crimson. The white male was escorted to an ambulance in handcuffs. The main entrance to the library was taped off for about half an hour following the arrest.

High School Senior Chooses Yale Long Island high school senior Kwasi Enin — who was accepted to all eight Ivy League schools — announced that he will attend Yale University, the Yale Daily News reported Wednesday. Enin said he hopes to attend medical school after college and plans on studying both music and biomedical engineering. — Compiled by Sloane Grinspoon

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Alexander: Students Should ‘Keep an Open Mind’ in Life LECTURE

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“Lesson number one: Never say never,” Alexander said, of her return to college. Alexander said she was doing “gopher work” during her first job out of college at Black Media INcorporated, where she made calls to publishers throughout the day. Within two years, however, she secured an advertising job at Conde Nast, a position she said she never thought she would have. She said she was extremely successful in the publishing business, describing her experiences as surreal, stunning and “the stuff of dreams.” However, she said she experienced a remarkable number of setbacks and tragedies after her days of professional success. She said she nearly died in multiple instances: when her house burned down, when she was robbed and raped at gunpoint and when she was blindsided by a speeding car leaving her concussed and with head trauma. “I was depressed. I was so down,” she said. “[I] slowly realized that I would emerge from

these setbacks stronger and more resilient. … That which did not kill me was going to make me stronger.” Even though she said she thought that she would never go back to school after her undergraduate experience, Alexander eventually earned a masters and a Ph.D. with the help and encouragement from her husband Charles Alexander. However, Charles Alexander was killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York City’s World Trade Centers. Alexander said she will never forget the voicemail her husband left her before he died. “I’m having a bad day Renee. I’m in the World Trade Center and I can’t get out,” he said in the voicemail. Nevertheless, Alexander ended her speech telling student attendees to be resilient and to develop coping mechanisms. It’s not what happens to you, but it’s how you respond that counts,” she said. “Also remember, this too shall pass.” Jonathan Lobel can be reached at

Cox a ‘Role Model,’ Student Says Orange Is the New Black star will visit Bailey Hall on Sept.12 COX

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we’re blessed to have her as an advocate.” Cox has seen increasing success in recent months and is set to receive the Stephen F. Kolzak Award at the GLAAD Media Awards next month in Los Angeles, Zahos said. Past recipients of the award include Ellen DeGeneres, Wanda Sykes, Melissa Etheridge, Rufus Wainwright and Sir Ian McKellan. “As a trans man and actor, I’m thrilled that Laverne Cox is experiencing success in mainstream film and television, especially because she’s a trans woman of color,” Stellwag said. “I appreciate the fact that trans people are increasingly being cast to play

trans characters. There are plenty of talented transgender actors and I believe they should be the ones getting cast for trans roles.” Mark Sibley ’14 also said he is

“We’re blessed to have her as an advocate.” Leo Stellwag grad excited for Cox to speak on campus, noting the recent social media uproar when Cox was not included in Time’s 100 Most Influential People list. “I was reading up on her and how upset people were when she didn’t make it into Time’s 100 most influential people list,” Sibley said. “I voted for her too, and now she is coming to Cornell

and I think that is awesome.” Philippa Boyes ’15, director of selection for CUPB, said she has high hopes that Cox’s appearance in Bailey Hall will be wellreceived by students. “We use a couple of different websites to see which speakers are touring colleges, and when we saw her name we just kind of freaked out, because we thought she would be perfect,” Boyes said. “She comes from such a diverse background. She has a story that I think, regardless of whether you can personally relate, you can relate on an emotional level. I think if you’ve ever listened to her speak, you can hear what a powerful and charismatic speaker she is.” Noah Rankin can be reached at

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Fountain of youth | The Downtown Ithaca Alliance has begun fundraising to secure funds still needed to fund construction of a fountain, pictured in the proposed rendering above, as part of the Ithaca Commons redesign.

Downtown Ithaca Alliance Begins Sponsorship Campaign Fountain construction to require additional $500K according to Ferguson. He cited the playground, newspaper boxes and sitting areas with planters and ating the vibrant and prosperous benches as examples of “sponpublic space that the City and sorable items.” In addition to sponsorships and public sought to create,” Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick ’09 said in a donations, Ferguson said, any money left over from the overall memo on April 22. According to John Schroeder construction budget — which ’74, a member of the Ithaca City includes a contingency of about Planning and Development $900,000 — will be put toward the fountain’s Board, all major components of “A lot of people have creation. “ W e ’ r e the redesign other than the stepped up to make this a equipped to do a fountain if everycommunity project.” fountain are set thing works out to be completed Gary Ferguson the way we hope as a result of the it does. It City reducing the cost of aspects of the redesign. depends on how well our private “In order to address the fundraiser goes, and on whether remaining deficit after Common money is left over from the continCouncil added $2 million in gency fund,” Ferguson said. February, the City found ways to “When the funds we raise are accomplish the spirit of the design added to the remaining continin a cheaper way,” said Schroeder, gency, we will then know what the who is also the Production final project will be — fountain Manager for The Sun. “This and all. If the money is there, the includes substitution of cheaper full fountain will get built.” The Downtown Ithaca Almaterials for some of the strucliance seeks to end its fundraising tures.” According to Schroeder, this efforts by June, Ferguson said. streamlining of resources led to the There is not enough time to comshortfall being cut to about plete the fountain this year, how$500,000, which would be ever the City will reserve space for required to construct the above- the water feature and will install ground portion of the planned infrastructure underground to fountain, which will be located in support its construction if the fundraising is successful, accordBank Alley. “The understanding was that ing to Myrick. Other cost-cutting measures the Downtown Ithaca Alliance would fundraise to cover the foun- have included renegotiating bid proposals with preferred suppliers, tain,” Schroeder said. Downtown Ithaca Alliance substituting concrete paver colors Executive Director Gary Ferguson and granite types, and simplifying said he currently “feels good” architectural details, according to about the fundraiser’s success. the press release. Still, Myrick said, Though he said he is not yet ready “The overall quality of the design to release the names of sponsors, has not been compromised.” Despite funding challenges, the he said they have included a combination of families, banks and Commons project as a whole is on track for completion in November, other community businesses. “A lot of people have stepped The Sun previously reported. up to make this a community pro- Construction and private utility ject,” he said. “This donor pro- companies are finishing their utiligram will provide needed funds for ty work this spring, and street-level finishing the project while at the construction — including lighting same time providing value and and paving — will begin this sumexposure to donors and sponsors.” mer, according to Myrick. Several of the items in the project “lent themselves well to Sarah Cutler can be reached at donors” as stand-alone amenities, COMMONS

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Colorado Officials Eye Edibles Rules As More People Eat Pot

DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s marijuana experiment is threatened by the popularity of eating it instead of smoking it, leading the pot industry to join health officials and state regulators to try to curb the problem of consumers ingesting too much weed. A task force gathered Wednesday to start brainstorming ways to educate consumers, including a standard warning system on popular edibles, which is the industry term for marijuana that has been concentrated and infused into food or drink.

One idea was to fashion labels on edible pot like the difficulty guidelines on ski slopes, a system very familiar to Colorado residents. Weak marijuana products would have green dots, grading up to black diamonds for the most potent edibles. “We should have a marking so that when people come in, they know what they’re getting,” said Chris Halsor of the Colorado District Attorneys’ Council. There are signs that marijuana-infused foods are booming in the state’s new recreational market.

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A mud sculpture of a Predator drone, titled “We Will Show You Fear in a Handful of Dust,” stands on display Tuesday at Occidental College in Los Angeles.

More Chicago Police on Streets to Combat Violence CHICAGO (AP) — With the number of shootings in Chicago already climbing with the temperatures, police are being dispatched by the hundreds on overtime to high-crime neighborhoods, parks, public housing buildings and other spots around the city to combat the spike in crime that comes every summer. “The summer months is our busy season ... and we have to ramp up our response to violence in the city,” Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said in an interview with The Associated Press. McCarthy said that the effort, called “Summer Surge,” is similar to what he did last summer when as many as 400 officers working overtime were sent to high-crime areas every day, an expensive initiative that helped

drive the cost of police overtime to $100 million last year. That effort won widespread praise as a big reason why the number of homicides dropped to 415 — still tops in the nation but nearly 80 fewer than were recorded in 2012. McCarthy has said he doesn’t expect to spend that much money on overtime this year, but the City Council has set aside about $70 million for overtime and McCarthy said that Mayor Rahm Emanuel “has made it very clear if we need more overtime for more initiatives, he will find a way to fund it.” This year, he said, the Chicago Transit Authority, the city’s Park District and the Chicago Housing Authority will help pay for the overtime for the officers, with the department saying that more than 100 addi-

tional offices will be assigned to those spots on weekdays, with more than 200 more officers assigned there on weekends and more than 300 additional officers assigned there on holiday weekends throughout the summer. Though the department has been planning this effort long before the spring, Wednesday’s announcement comes after three consecutive weekends in which at least 30 people were shot and at least 16 people were killed. Among those were a woman who was shot to death in front of her home after attending a fundraiser for an anti-violence group and a 14year-old girl who was shot and killed Monday, allegedly by another 14-year-old girl on the city’s South Side in what police say was a fight over a boy.

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his is my last column. When I was When we made our lists of semester goals, I thinking about what to write, I had a typed as he dictated. The first thing he said few ideas: Maybe I’d try to impart was, “Spend more time with family.” He had advice or play the advocate, make a strongly- an incredible sense of adventure and underworded argument for reforming mental standing of motion — if he wanted to go health leave policy; call for accountability to camping he’d come over with a tent and bag students and workers by rethinking universi- of summer sausage; if he wanted to exercise ty priorities regarding bus passes, tuition the feeling of movement, he’d become an increases or lavish but utterly unnecessary acrobat, so naturally athletic, sometimes he’d projects; maybe I’d take up any number of jump clear over my head. The day he disapsocial justice causes the University could peared in a canoeing accident, we defied the stand to hear about. I thought about using sheriff’s orders and took flashlights out, walkmy last words to declare respect and gratitude ing through the backyards of abandoned lake for the mentors and allies I’ve found in the houses, looking in the dark water for the halls of the University; I might tell you all body of our friend. The next morning, we that in my friends I’ve found soul mates in came back with a hundred volunteers and we the shadow of the tower. Maybe I’d craft a didn’t stop looking until we had covered public expression of humble thanks for those Cayuga Lake’s perimeter four times over and that have had patience with me, for the many his family was ready to hold a memorial. who have made my life better, even if just a When my friends walked at graduation they little bit, even just for a little while — I’m cried. I sat watching them, feeling them, hold talking about the friends and strangers alike the hand of another. When President David who have gone out of their way for me, the Skorton acknowledged Chris and our ongofamiliar characters with whom I exchange ing search effort, we cried too. That will smiles, the lover sleeping next to me as I write always be part of what May means to me. In the larger scope of things, I know that this. Then, as if completing a Cornell-related, love-hate, trauma-induced emotional cycle, I I am a very small part of a series of long and thought about throwing my hat in the ring intersecting histories. Somehow between last one more time — perhaps with an indict- May and now, I became okay with being ment of a suicidal neoliberalism as we snow- small. Historically, and still globally, beginball toward apocalypse, or a critique of the ning May means celebrating a history of corporate university, maybe one last jab at my workers’ rights. For my part of history, it means moving toward self-important conservagraduation. Though I tive peers. a complex relationThere’s so much I Though I am skeptical of have ship with the University, I could say, but I want to ideas like “freedom” — know that my presence at resist the urge to be the Cornell — and on Earth didactic senior, the sentiI know it is often used — if overdetermined, is mental alumna-to-be or falsely, and that there the product of love, strugthe embittered ex — gle and labor by those though, depending on are always conditions who have loved me but how you read this, you — I cannot help but feel also by so very many peomight think I’m a bit of all I have encountered ple who I have never even three. So instead of elabomet. I am humbled by this rating on any of that, I something like it. knowledge and I accept it want to write about what as my responsibility to it means for me to be continue that work, not starting May 2014. The last time I met the month of May, I only for myself but also for others who might was in bad shape. I hadn’t been sleeping for benefit in some small way from something I weeks. I would lay in bed, but I couldn’t keep can do. For me, this is not obligation but libmy eyes closed for more than a few minutes. eration. I have the privilege of leisure time I used to lay awake, anxious and feeling small, that I can dedicate to writing, organizing, contemplating the state of the world, reading fighting tooth and nail. I have time and secuthinky texts that only made things worse, rity with which to practice loving. I am thinking about what I had to do but couldn’t. strong-bodied and smart — I can work with I listened to the squirrels who had made their the expectation of fair pay and humane treathome in my walls. It was at a point where I ment. I can pick up and leave knowing I have had learned, from the haphazard application many homes to which I might return. of my liberal arts education to my actual life, Though I am skeptical of ideas like “freedom” how to deconstruct anything and everything. — it is often used falsely, and that there are But I had not yet learned how to build some- always conditions — I cannot help but feel I thing new — I still haven’t figured this out — have encountered something like it, I have though I’m still looking, it doesn’t feel like the reached a new proximity to its best approxifreefall it once did. I was fighting unwinnable mation. I leave here knowing this and I am battles and I spent a lot of time moving grateful to the countless workers, mothers, between intensity, ironic laughter, resignation sisters and brothers who have sacrificed to and anger. It was a scary type of free. My afford me this feeling. After Chris died, some of our activist friends kept me sane. Some commiserated, some sought to dis- friends fought harder, with him in their hearts. tract. We’d go hiking, camping, drinking, I shut down. I have only re-engaged in the past dancing. We’d attend inspiring talks or take weeks, on my way out of here, and I feel trips to see our friends. We’d crack open a stronger for it. I can’t explain how much I beer or smoke pot on my balcony, laughing, appreciate the people who are organizing on theorizing, ranting, whatever. I love them all campus. In a community, there are people to but there’s one I lost and at the risk of aggran- carry on when one needs to rest, and that’s dizing the dead, I want to say that my friend how we survive. To celebrate the legacy of peoChris Dennis ’13 saved me. I probably would ple who fought for me, for all of us who want have survived without him but he gave me to be valued for who we are and what we do, I something special. Chris remains the most encourage you all to read about May Day, and free-spirited and impassioned person I have join us on Ho Plaza at noon today. I know ever met. He spoke his truth, he was never Chris would be there with his camera rolling. self-conscious and he loved with warmth and integrity. I could see it in the way he looked Anna-Lisa Castle is a senior in the College of Arts and at me, the way he talked about his band of Sciences. She may be reached at brothers, the way he considered his girlfriend. Guest Room appears periodically this semester.

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Apathy and Anger

ecently on campus, there has been an uptick in the amount of student activism surrounding such issues as Resolution 72, the Student Assembly takeover and the potential end of free bus passes for freshmen. However, it is likely that the voices that have been speaking up about these important issues represent a very small portion of the total student body. As we saw from the poor voter turnout for the Student Assembly elections earlier this spring, the Cornell student body is less engaged with campus governance than in previous years. And there is little chance that it will improve. As someone who lives and breathes politics, it’s hard for me to remember that most people, especially people of our generation, aren’t all that politically engaged. I’m sure that everyone has an opinion about who should be the next President of Cornell and who should be the next President of the United States. But so few people seem to want to talk about it and fewer still seem to want to act on it. Earlier this week, the Harvard Institute of Politics released a survey about the politics of Millennials. One of the most unfortunate results that the survey found is that less than a quarter of Millennials are definitely going to vote in November. Despite there not being a Presidential election on

the ballot, the entire House of However, this has translated into not a sinRepresentatives is up for election and most gle governor or senator supporting legalizastates will have elections for the Senate or tion. Legal marijuana supporters have done their governors too. These elections deter- very little to convince elected officials to mine most of the people who set public support their position and have had no sucpolicy in this country, yet most Millennials cess finding candidates who agree with aren’t going to make their voices heard. them. This is in no small part due to the But the survey also shows that most apathy of voters in choosing candidates Millennials have concerns about the future who agree with their positions. of politics and the country, and they have In the wake of the government shutthoughts on every major issue facing the down last year, the favorability rating of nation — Congress from the hit an alleconomy, to time low. health care, to Unless people get more involved H o w e v e r, foreign policy. with the political process, most peoThe millennistill nothing will change. More ple al generation retain a people need to start seeking p o s i t i v e has ideas and opinions but elective office. view of they refuse to their own express them. representaSo it’s no wonder that a majority of tives in Congress. They vote for the incumMillennials believe that elected officials do bents over nameless challengers in prinot have the same priorities as they do. maries and over weak challengers in generPolitics is just going to be disappointing al elections. There is very little turnover of until we demand that our politicians listen members of Congress in large part due to to us. limited other options presented to the elecTake, for example, the issue of marijua- torate. It is very difficult to beat an incumna legalization. A majority of Americans bent Congressperson, so few people ever support legalization, and Millennials are even try. This leads to corrupt and hypothe most likely age group to agree. critical politicians being re-elected time and

time again. For example, Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) was reelected by a huge margin before resigning a month later under a cloud of investigation for misuse of campaign funds. In 2007, Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) admitted to having hired prostitutes before he became a Senator. He refused to resign and was ultimately reelected by almost 20 points in his 2010 election. Politicians such as these will continue to serve in Congress until the voters stop voting for them. Unless people get more involved in the political process, nothing will change. More people need to start seeking elective office. More people need to volunteer on campaigns, working to get the people they agree with elected to those offices. And more people need to vote — the most fundamental action that citizens of a democracy can take. And, as Millennials, voting is even more important because we’re the ones who are going to have to live with the consequences. Until our generation overcomes its own apathy, we’re going to be angry at a politics that never changes, but it won’t be anyone’s fault but our own. Eric Pesner is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences. He may be reached at Dems Discuss appears alternate Thursdays this semester.


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Does Free Speech Include the Right to Offend? T

his past March, a few pro-life activists set up a makers threatened to cut the school’s funding if its politsmall demonstration on the campus of the ical science department did not withdraw its sponsorship University of California, Santa Barbara that of an event featuring speakers who favored the boycott of included graphic images of aborted fetuses. Prof. Mireille Israel. At Johns Hopkins University, a pro-life group was Miller-Young, feminist studies, UCSB, who works on the denied recognition because student government members campus, was so outraged and offended by the demonstra- feared the group would make some students “uncomforttors that she stole one of their signs. When one of the able.” On campus, establishing a right to not be exposed to activists tried to get her sign back, Miller-Young allegedly attacked her. She destroyed the sign when she got back offensive things creates numerous harms. One of those harms is that it encourages censorship of those who wish to her office. The Santa Barbara County district attorney has charged Miller-Young with theft, battery and vandalism. That a professor — someone meant to facilitate Enabling a free exchange of ideas produces free expression on campus — would behave in such students who better understand, and are in a manner is disturbing enough. The most worrying a better position to defend, their own aspect of this case, however, is that many students positions through debate and on the UCSB campus have backed the professor’s actions. They claim that the pro-life activists are discussions with others. “terrorists” who have no right to speak on the campus and are proud of their professor for fighting to challenge the consensus on important issues. We will back. It would be easy to dismiss this incident as isolated never have a campus where everyone is free to study and and not indicative of a larger problem on campuses think as they choose if we are forced to accept the opinnationwide. Unfortunately, the actions of this professor ions dictated to us by the majority. The mentality that we are just a very extreme application of the principle that need not permit the expression of opinions we deem free speech is secondary to a right not to be offended. offensive threatens to replace the pursuit of truth with an Increasingly, people believe that taking offense at some- uncritical acceptance of prevailing views. On such a camthing said or done, particularly if it occurs on a college pus, political correctness is the ultimate value and independent analysis is devalued. campus, comes with the right to censor. It is important to remember that those prevented from Examples of recent attempts to restrict the expression of viewpoints deemed offensive are far easier to find than speaking on important issues are not the only ones who they should be. At the University of Kansas, a professor suffer. Other students are denied the chance to engage was suspended for posting a tweet criticizing the National with a plethora of views. Enabling a free exchange of Rifle Association. At Brooklyn College, New York law- ideas produces students who better understand, and are

in a better position to defend, their own positions through debate and discussion with others. To shelter students from speech they find offensive in the name of protecting them is to foster closed-mindedness and intolerance. When people do not understand the views of others, they will assume the worst about the people who hold them. With understanding comes respect and civil, open discourse. Finally, our society as a whole is harmed when speech is censored because progress is ultimately hampered. The most celebrated social movements — from civil rights to gay rights — may not have happened if not for the right of free speech and the included right to deeply offend others. The notion that gay individuals deserve equal treatment might not have been heard on this campus a few decades ago if we believed that making people uncomfortable was grounds for censorship. We can move forward as a society only if we believe that even our most deeply held viewpoints are not beyond criticism. To assume that we have found the final and ultimate answer to anything would be naive. It is best that our universities — and our society as a whole — keep themselves out of the necessarily biased task of deciding which viewpoints are too offensive to be expressed. By doing so, we can do justice to the spirit of the famous quotation: “I disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it!” If our university stands firmly behind anything, it should be that basic principle.

Julius Kairey is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences. He may be reached at Always Right appears alternate Thursdays this semester.

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Bittersweet, Food-Filled Musings: Senior Dining Writers Reminisce Carr’14 remembers Risley for the food, friends and atmosphere By CASEY CARR Sun Staff Writer

I wholeheartedly believe that a place is experienced through its food, and the last four years here at Cornell have been no exception. I may be a wise and learned senior (cough cough), but in some ways I am still stuck in freshman year. I think it’s a defense mechanism against the increasingly impending countdowns (“ahhhh less than one month until graduation!”) and questions (read: interrogations) about the future. With my time coming to a close at Cornell, I’ve found that I am constantly focusing on what’s happening next and am being torn away from the here and now. It’s for this reason that I remember my lunches at Risley with friends freshman year with such partiality. We would sit down at one of the large, wooden tables and talk about our morning happenings over a bowl of Mongo or one of their Santa Fe Burgers topped with guacamole. Our biggest concerns were surviving prelim

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season and when we would meet for dinner that night. For me, lunches at Risley are symbolic of a time when I was more focused on the present and the people I was with. But, I suppose I can’t make this entire article a sappy senior nostalgic piece. Emblematic reasons aside, dining at Risley is truly an overlooked gem on the Cornell campus. It offers an amazing selection of food — from create-your-own omelette to a loaded salad bar — in a setting unlike any other dining hall apart from the one in Harry Potter movies. Years from now when I am an old and distinguished alumna, I am certain that lunch at Risley will be one of the first things I reminisce about; not solely for the food and the atmosphere or the people I passed countless hours there with, but for the combination of the three that created an experience that allowed me to enjoy the here and now of my time at Cornell. ALEX HERNANDEZ / SUN STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

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Lifton’14 hopes others can enjoy Collegetown more By JACOB LIFTON Sun Staff Writer

Across a variety of publications and websites, Ithaca consistently tops the list as one of the best college towns of its size. Articles frequently reference its physical beauty, its creative culinary scene, its host of accessible vineyards, etc. Though I would generally agree that Ithaca is a fairly remarkable place for its size — Cayuga and the surrounding waterfalls are indeed

quite gorgeous, and the concentration of imaginative restaurants here is pretty unheard of for a town of 30-50,000 — while reading such pieces, I can’t help finding a gaping disconnect. The reason these articles appear somewhat misleading to me is that here at Cornell we don’t really live in Ithaca. For the most part, we live our day-to-day in Collegetown — which, oddly enough, leaves much to be desired as an actual college town. My four years at Cornell have seemed to run parallel to the slow descent of the

neighborhood of Collegetown, as it has gradually wilted into a sad collection of vacant storefronts and dilapidated apartment buildings. Many of the closed businesses were poorly advertised, several offered fare that was already available or poorly thought out, and so of course most couldn’t cope with rising prices and stubborn landlords. I’m not saying I come close to understanding the entirety of the situation; all I aim for in this blurb is to See DINING page 15

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sily did on last year’s Reflektor, declaring war on technology — this is still that man who composed an entire Gorillaz record and shot two Everyday Robots videos with his iPad — but merely commenting on how we’ve come to rely on our machines for solace. “When you’re lonely, press play,” he sings on one of the album’s strongest tracks, the dub-inflected ballad “Lonely Press Play,” and it’s a sentiment that you feel Albarn has lived out himself. He’s become something of a musical ambassador, and traveling the world can get lonely. Everyday Robots sounds like something of a travel record: Whether it’s Albarn befriending a baby elephant on the uplifting toe-tapper “Mr. Tembo,” the Trinidadian backdrop of “You and Me” or Albarn revisiting his old stomping grounds on “Hollow Ponds,” the songs are all imbued with equal amounts of worldliness and world-weariness. Nostalgia is another theme: “Modern Life was sprayed onto a wall in 1993,” Albarn sings on “Hollow Ponds,” referring to a wall near his home graffitied with the name of his breakthrough record. “Photographs” continues the nostalgia trip, reminiscing over “flying over black sands in a glass airplane” and taking cocaine on a bus to a jazz club. I’m getting the sense that Albarn is acutely aware of his age — Parklife came out 20 years ago! — and, in a move that recalls his fellow elder statesman of indie rock in The National, is using moments on Everyday Robots to apologize for his youth. “A Selfish Giant” exemplifies this best, with lines about drugs “coursing in your blood” and passive romance over a classically distraught and removed piano chords. “It’s hard to be a lover when the TV’s on,” Albarn

For someone who spent most of the ’90s embodying the essence of the coked-up British wiseacre — for evidence, see the soft-porn stylings of the preposterous video for Blur’s “Country House” — Damon Albarn has always had a way with melancholy. Take “This Is A Low,” the closer to Blur’s U.K.-conquering masterpiece Parklife: In it, Albarn abandons the snark that characterized his biting character studies for solemn reflection on the Britain that once was. Since Blur’s breakup, Albarn has masked his musical identity with everything from The Good, The Bad and The Queen’s superstar lineup to the cartoon-fronted antics of trip-pop project Gorillaz. This isn’t to say that Albarn has been short on moments of abjectly earnest beauty — “Herculean” and “Melancholy Hill” hold up well against his best Blur ballads — but that he’s always had a way to distance himself from that emotional fragility. Even when he was exorcising the dissolution of his (possibly heroin-dependent?) relationship with Justine Frischmann on Blur’s 13, he still managed to stuff in a bunch of bollocks about how “space is the place.” Albarn’s solo debut — though one could argue that Think Tank, the final Blur album, was as much of a solo effort as this one, at least from a compositional standpoint — promises to shed some light on our mysterious protagonist. Everyday Robots, a diverse but downbeat collection of songs, carries on Albarn’s eternal preoccupation with the rubbish of modern life. Opener “Everyday Robots” sets the agenda with Damon exclaiming that “we’re everyday robots on our phones / In the process of going home” over sinister strings and a patchwork drumbeat. Albarn is not, like Arcade Fire’s Winn Butler clum-

Lily Allen Sheezus Regal Records

Calvin Patten In many ways, Lily Allen has returned to her roots as an Internet superstar. First gaining fame and recognition on MySpace, Allen has transitioned to Twitter and blogs and singing about Internet trolls. Subsequently Sheezus, while well intended, contains the hints of pettiness and triviality that pollute the interwebs. Her supposedly postironic remarks on pop are often muddled, a sham compared to the thoughtful and sincere music made by the likes of Lorde or the genre smashing anthems made by Beyoncé. Coupled with meager production and generally boring choruses, Allen has failed to challenge the current state of pop in any meaningful way. Obviously Lily Allen has borrowed unabashedly from Kanye West in naming her album. In many ways, the album title is perfectn — Sheezus is largely as absurd, irreverent and passive aggressive as you would expect. And similar to Yeezus, Sheezus is as likely to alienate fans as it is to please. Allen herself has recognized this, agreeing with critiques from Twitter followers that say her singles are “docile pop rubbish” and trying to place the blame on labels and radio stations. It is here where the two albums and artists differ wildly — West did not give a fuck about people liking Yeezus, but Allen is apparently still answering to the tastes of major label accountants. It is also why the album is so wildly disappointing — she apparently has some thoughts to share, but fails to take

the legitimate risks that could allow her music to prosper. The upbeat, twiddling, “Life for Me” is the closest Allen comes to truly differentiating herself from her fellow pop singers. Reflecting on the entrapment of a new baby, Allen is trying to convince herself that her new motherhood is the “life for [her],” allowing an open, sincere glimpse into the difficult transition from being a hard-partying 25 year-old to being “head to toe in baby food.” It is the kind of song that a Beyoncé or Katy Perry would almost certainly never attempt, an honest admittance of being something less than flawless. “No energy left in me, the baby might have taken it all / Cause I’ve hit the wall” is a expression of postnatal struggles and exhaustion ignored not only in music, but in almost all pop culture. The letdown seems especially striking for Allen, who had previously struggled with multiple miscarriages (the subject of the similarly personal, but more bland “Take my Place”). The most enjoyable song on the album is the first single, “Hard Out Here,” which gleefully and bluntly rips apart the double standards propagated in music. Nothing in the song is a novel take, but Allen’s sassy words on the matter are ideal: “Forget your balls and grow a pair of tits / It’s hard out here for a bitch,” she deadpans, challenging the misogynistic management of mainstream music. She even takes shots at “Blurred Lines,” singing “Have you







sighs, seemingly lamenting a youth spent shooting up heroin and getting pissed in Camden pubs with Blur bassist Alex James. Like Albarn’s sentiments, the instrumentation on Everyday Robots is austere. Limiting themselves to mostly pianos, acoustic guitars, ramshackle drum parts and somber string sections, Albarn and producer Richard Russell have created an almost stubbornly simplistic soundscape. It’s a songwriter’s record through and through; Albarn and his touring band will have no trouble recreating every sound on the album when they take Everyday Robots on the road. But what it has in thematic consistent it lacks in moments of discovery or sheer adventure. 15 years after guitarist Graham Coxon’s departure from Blur, Albarn has struggled to find a collaborator who could add as much chaos and daring as the man who was once Britain’s finest guitarist (Noel Gallagher be damned). I meant what I said about Everyday Robots sounding like The National’s recent output: like Trouble Will Find Me, it’s a stocktaking record that does not stray too far from the comfortable trappings of Albarn’s well-mined, though oft-deflected, introspective side. Though it lacks anything truly surprising — even Brian Eno’s contribution to the stomping, anthemic album-closer “Heavy Seas of Love” feels expected after the multitude of collaborators brought in for Plastic Beach — Everyday Robots is as exceptional a rainy day record as you can ask for. James Rainis is a senior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He can be reached at

thought about your butt, who’s gonna tear it in two?” in reference to T.I.’s controversy-inciting line. Fierce and snarky, this is a Lily Allen that can make a fuck-the-institution pop album that could work. Unfortunately though, that Lily Allen is not the one we get. Instead, she retreats, trying to use snark, irony and shock to make her points. The title track “Sheezus” is a discomforting song that has Allen specifically mentioning Lorde, Gaga, Bey, Katy and Riri in a gross bubblegum chorus. “Give me that crown bitch, I wanna be Sheezus” Allen declares over the electro styled production, before proceeding to connect the cyclic nature of pop music to women’s periods (“Every month, yo, that’s what the theory is / It’s human nature, another cycle”). It is a confusing song, since the whole thing sounds like a fairly standard pop song, but Allen is singing about menstrual cycles. The dubstep influenced (and goat “baaa” featuring) “URL Badman” gives Allen a chance to satire Internet trolls, anonymous critics and the overarching blogosphere culture that she has had numerous issues with. It is a weak song — Allen should be so far past even considering such noise and here she dedicates an entire song to it. “Silver Spoon” responds similarly to critics that believe that Allen’s privileged upbringing is the only reason she has made it to stardom. Once again, a vain waste of a song that is more reflective of Allen’s insecurities than of an attempt at any actual commentary. Finally, we have a variety of the worst kind of pop: Over-idealized love songs. “L8 CMMR” (about her husband’s sexual stamina) and “Air Ballon” are the exact kind of pointless, artless songs that make people deride the state of music. Sheezus is a long way from not only Lily Allen’s best work, but also the best work of the other pop stars that Allen is ostensibly asking to be compared to. It is, in general, neither fun or thought provoking. Simply adding some vulgarity and vaguely shocking lyrics is not enough to make an album original. “Sheezus” she is not. Calvin Patten is a junior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He can be reached at



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Paul Blank Check Your Mode

An Ode to Lars Ulrich’s Bass Drum Was sitting around one morn. Procrastination was the norm. Had heard the new Swans, So I sought more élan When I saw Metallica had new form.


Moving On And ‘Moving Up’

Parks and Recreation, Season Six JULIA MOSER Sun Staff Writer

Although being abroad this semester has meant losing touch with a lot of things like what is going on in U.S. news, I have kept up with the important things. Every Friday morning for the last five months, I have made my computer believe that it is in the US through some feat of technology that I do not understand, so that I can watch my Parks and Recreation. This past Friday, I was excited as I sat down to watch the 42-minute season finale of Parks and Rec — especially because NBC has definitely confirmed it will be back in the fall. The season finale, aptly titled, “Moving Up,” emphasized the great changes that have occurred throughout the season, while still remaining true to itself and reminding viewers that some things, like J.J.’s diner, are simply a constant. The sixth season of Parks and Rec has seen quite a bit of change. Leslie Knope was recalled as city counselor, Pawnee absorbed its rival and neighbor Eagleton and Ron Swanson settled down to become a family man (among other things, including multiple celebrity cameos and the revelation that Leslie is pregnant with triplets). Additionally, two of the series’ main characters have left. Ann, who has been on Parks and Rec since the pilot and whose desire to fill in the pit next to her house sparked a whole series of events which spurred plotlines for the next six seasons, and Chris, Ben’s best friend played by Rob Lowe, both left. While the two have been mentioned occasionally since their departure, frankly I don’t miss them. I’d have to rewatch, but I’m fairly certain their names were completely absent from the finale. They’ve been successfully, not replaced, but let’s say supplemented by newer characters such as Craig (Billy Eichner) and Dr. Saperstein (Henry Winkler). “Moving Up” was somewhat scattered — flitting between locations, characters and storylines. The main plot of the episode is about Leslie’s decision over a job offer from the National Parks Service, which would mean leaving her beloved Pawnee for Chicago. Michelle Obama, the keynote speaker at a parks conference in San Francisco that Leslie, Ben and Andy attend, tells her to take the job. My only point


of confusion was why the episode did not just end with Leslie telling Mrs. Obama, “I agree with you on all things always,” and accepting the job on the spot. After the conference, the story moves back to Pawnee where the cast struggles to get the Pawnee/Eagleton Unity Concert up and running and Tom attempts to open his new restaurant to the public. Tom is now a semi-responsible entrepreneur. His struggle to get Tom’s Bistro open by the night of the concert is the second storyline of the episode and personally, my favorite storyline of the episode for the sole reason that it features Billy Eichner. Eichner, previously best known for Billy on the Street, has become one of my favorite parts of Parks and Rec. His sporadic outbursts of extreme emotions have added a much-needed element to the ensemble and his chemistry with Donna is fantastic.The pair tag-teamed the role of sommelier in Tom’s Bistro. While most of the characters have grown and developed, there are still comforting aspects of stagnation such as the ever ridiculous Jean Ralphio (Ben Schwartz) and his sister Mona Lisa (Jenny Slate) who both made appearances in the finale. Tammy II, Ron’s second ex-wife played by Nick Offerman’s actual wife, Megan Mullally, also reappeared. The series, and particularly this finale, has made change the norm. People are constantly moving in and out of town, getting married, getting divorced, getting interviewed by Joan Calamezzo and, unlike many other television shows, this change is oddly comforting. The episode ended with a device quite unexpected and unusual to the format of Parks and Rec. After Leslie, in a very Leslie-ish way, ignores Ron’s sage advice and finds a way to have everything she wants (the job Michelle Obama told her to take, as well as a life in Pawnee), there is a flash-forward to three years in the future. Leslie has bangs and fires an incompetent employee played by Jon Hamm. Ben, dressed for an unspecified special occasion enters and the pair rush off. Leslie asks if their lives will ever be calm, to which Ben answers, “probably not.” Julia Moser is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences. She can be reached at

“Lords of Summer” the name I encountered in time. A seasonal title That connotes the sublime. But what I heard next I so did detest Had no other choice But to put it to rhyme. Hetfield sounded like a parrot, His and Hammett’s guitars were phoned in. But Ulrich’s drums Those damn “dum-dum-dums” Were their own special devious din. With every single Compressed-to-death prick Of his wretched bass drum Came a loud, jarring “click” That soured my mood And made me start to brood, “Were they trying to turn on A stove in the booth?” Or clicking their jaws Or attempting applause Some justification For such massive flaws. That a band that’s around For 30-plus years Can’t find a producer With functioning ears. Now, I actually liked Death Magnetic, Thought Lulu was, yes, quite pathetic. But it had its charms Unlike this track that harms Me enough to want to chug antiseptic And the rolls, the rolls, the rooooooooolls When in double time, you hear the screaming souls Of sound engineers Cupping their ears Writhing in pain, Holding back their tears. I bought new headphones last month But threw them away today. If they couldn’t stop Lars’ heinous bop The hundreds I spent were a waste. In fact, think I’ll just go quit music. I’m tired of taking the piss. Knowing in the abyss “Lords of Summer” exists, I might take up gardening Surely there holds some bliss. Paul Blank is a senior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He can be reached at Your Mode appears alternate Thursdays this semester.


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make the few people who read this think about why Collegetown is in the shape it’s in, and to consider ways to improve it. For instance, much-adored franchises like Chipotle and Jimmy John’s could avoid the difficulty of attracting new customers, filling empty buildings while pleasing both proprietors and students. If any business is equipped to pay the skyhigh rent prices, it’s probably them. A Commonsesque pedestrian area, however small or insignificant, could immediately revitalize a strip of College Ave., an area that is severely lacking in public gathering space. Additionally, a small grocery store would be welcomed by college students who seem perennially low on milk, and it would help make Collegetown that much more self-sufficient. And in the meantime, unreasonable landlords and tenants alike should continue to be exposed and pres-

sured to change. I understand that some of these solutions would be incredibly difficult if not impossible altogether, but again, I want only to promote discussion about bettering our community. Some of my favorite memories have been made here in Collegetown: me and my roommates’ customary visits to Souvlaki House, watching the world go by on the Collegetown Bagel patio, sangria in hand. In the end these words amount to nothing more than the crazed musings of a Cornellian who’s tired of seeing his neighborhood waste away. Maybe, if we as a group talked more openly about the issues plaguing Collegetown, we could slowly begin to reverse its decline. Maybe, if the entire community just put a bit of effort into improving its surroundings, Cornellians would complain a tad less, and enjoy their town a bit more. Jacob LIfton can be reached at

Rulloff s’ links generations of family for Ramsden’14 By SYDNEY RAMSDEN Sun Senior Writer

Some of my favorite memories have been made here in Collegetown: me and my roommates’ customary visits to Souvlaki House, watching the world go by on the CTB patio, sangria in hand. In the end these words amount to nothing more than the crazed musings of a Cornellian who’s tired of seeing his neighborhood waste away. Maybe, if we as a group talked more openly about the issues plaguing Collegetown, we could slowly begin to reverse its decline. Maybe, if the entire community just put a bit of effort into improving its surroundings, Cornellians would complain a tad less, and enjoy their town a bit more. Of all the iconic food and drink institutions Ithaca has to offer — the Ithaca Farmers Market, Moosewood and, of course, Collegetown Bagels —


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the only one I can truly count as a constant in my life is Rulloff ’s. The first time I visited Rulloff ’s, I was 17 and was tagging along with my father as he relived his Cornell experiences (the ones appropriate for a high school junior, of course). We toured the campus, visited some of his old classrooms and settled on his favorite Collegetown hangout, Rulloff ’s, for dinner. At the time, I didn’t get what the fuss was about; you can get a fat, juicy burger or my choice, the Strawberry Fields Salad — mixed greens adorned with goat cheese, candied walnuts and fresh strawberries — just about anywhere, right? Well, maybe you can. But little did I know that I would attend Cornell a little over a year later and find myself in Rulloff ’s time and time again. I went back for dinner with my dad a year after he introduced the place to me, but this time, I was there as a Cornell student. I’ve been there for a post-class

snack of chips and spinach and artichoke dip with my friends. I’ve been there for $2 pitchers of Rolling Rock to wind down midweek. I’ve made spontaneous visits there with friends for what would turn out to be some of the best nights I’ve had at Cornell. Most importantly, I did something the 17-year-old me never could have anticipated — as a college junior, four years after my first visit, I took my sister, then a high school senior who had just been accepted to Cornell, back there for dinner. Just as my father had introduced me to his Cornell via his favorite college dive bar, I, too, had introduced my little sister to my Cornell the very same way. Can I say she was impressed with her meal? The jury’s out on that one. But I can only hope that she’ll find her own favorite place to take me when I visit her. Sydney Ramsden can be reached at

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N.Y.Rangers Beat Flyers In Game 7;Pens Up Next NEW YORK (AP) -- Daniel Carcillo and Benoit Pouliot scored second-period goals, and the New York Rangers advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs with a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 7 on Wednesday night. The Rangers shook off a 5-2 thrashing in Philadelphia on Tuesday and knocked out the Flyers about 24 hours later, improving to 6-0 in Game 7s at Madison Square Garden. New York will face another Metropolitan Division rival, the Pittsburgh Penguins, in the next round starting on Friday. Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves, allowing only a third-period goal to Jason Akeson 3:32 into the final frame. He protected the one-goal lead at 7:25 when he made an awkward save against Flyers captain Claude Giroux.

The Rangers mobbed Lundqvist after the final buzzer, while the Flyers consoled their goalie Steve Mason. Mason, who didn’t start until Game 4 because of injury, was sharp in stopping 31 shots, but he couldn’t will his club to a complete comeback after the Flyers fell into a 3-2 series hole. The Flyers dropped to 9-7 in Game 7 after winning their previous three. No team won consecutive games in the series. The Rangers, who finished two points ahead of Philadelphia during the regular season, made the most of their home-ice advantage by taking three of the four games in the Garden. Carcillo, re-inserted into the Game 7 lineup, scored the all-important first goal 3:06 into the second off a picture-perfect pass from Mats Zuccarello. Zuccarello threaded the puck with a


Moving forward | The New York Rangers topped the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 at Madison Square Garden in New York on Wednesday. The Rangers will now advance to the second round of the playoffs. behind-the-back feed from near the right circle between the legs of Flyers defensemen Andrew MacDonald and Braydon Coburn to Carcillo for the redirection into the net. It was the second goal of the series

for Carcillo, who played for just the third time in the series and the first at home. Carcillo had come out of the penalty box less than a minute earlier after serving a penalty for too many men on the ice.

Celebrity Bidders Including Oprah Winfrey Line Up for L.A. Clippers LOS ANGELES (AP) -- If Donald Sterling is compelled to sell the Los Angeles Clippers, the list of potential buyers has more stars than their roster. Oprah Winfrey is contemplating a bid. Sean Combs is a Knicks fan, but he wants in. Floyd Mayweather Jr. wants the whole team. Matt Damon wants a tiny piece. Billionaires, entertainers and athletes alike announced their intentions to pursue the Clippers with varying degrees of seriousness Wednesday, proving the longtime losers will be quite a prize if the NBA is able to wrest control of the team away from Sterling after his lifetime ban for racist remarks. Winfrey led the list, and the media mogul is already bringing in

her friends. “Oprah Winfrey is in discussions with David Geffen and Larry Ellison to make a bid for the Los Angeles Clippers should the team become available,” spokesperson Nicole Nichols confirmed in an email. If Winfrey joins Geffen, the billionaire entertainment executive, and Oracle CEO Ellison to pool their vast resources for a bid, they could be among the top contenders for a franchise that would be among the most valuable sports properties to hit the market since the Los Angeles Dodgers’ $2 billion sale in 2012 to the Guggenheim Partners group fronted by Magic Johnson, the Lakers great and another potential Clippers bidder. The Clippers spent the last

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three decades rotting in the shadow of the glamorous Lakers, who piled up championships while the lowly Clips only racked up losses. With Sterling’s ouster, the Clippers suddenly became the most attractive team in town to wealthy fans lining up for an unlikely chance to seize control of a Hollywood sports franchise on the move. David Carter, the executive director of USC’s Sports Business Institute, identifies multiple factors contributing to the Clippers’ extraordinary value. “Interest in the team results from the combination of NBA teams being rare assets that are seldom available for purchase, the location of this particular team, and potential owners’ belief that revenue streams linked to rehabbing the brand and participating in future revenue linked to a new TV deal all make the team very attractive to prospective buyers,” Carter said. For a day, almost everybody seemed interested in being those buyers — and even entertainers without those limitless resources were clamoring for the chance. Combs, Rick Ross and Snoop Dogg all aired their interest, as did longtime Clippers fan Frankie Muniz and Damon, who told CNBC he’d like to be a “super tiny minority investor.” Fans also got in on the frenzy, opening campaigns on Kickstarter and Crowdtilt to pool their resources for the club. Mayweather spoke seriously about his interest while preparing for his fight with Marcos Maidana this Saturday, although Money May would have to curb his enthusiastic sports gambling habit. Oscar De La Hoya, the majority shareholder in Golden Boy Promotions whose statue sits outside Staples Center, volunteered himself as a part-owner. “The league has made it known that it wants more minorities involved, and as a proud MexicanAmerican, I will bring a different perspective to the NBA in general, and the Clippers in particular,” De La Hoya said. “I was born and raised in Los Angeles. I know what it takes to run a successful sports entity.”


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weight off the Clippers players. If Silver’s punishment was incomplete at all, or at all soft, it would seem temporary. But his statement was complete supported the NBA thanks to the magic of rev- enough, I think, to give the Clippers a break from enue sharing. As fans, we can’t decouple our love the past. In fact, if the commissioner hadn’t come down for a team — and the Clippers aren’t a team that are always easy to love, taking other factors into so hard, there may not have been a game. It was reported and echoed by NBPA vice president and account. Sterling has owned the Clippers for 33 years, former Spur Roger Mason Jr. that others teams making him the longest tenured owner in the had committed to boycotting the games on NBA. But he didn’t become a racist over night. Tuesday night. Can you imagine a night with no Sterling has had a history of racial tensions, rang- playoff basketball games? That would’ve been the ing from NBA legend and ex-Clipper’s GM Elgin worst case scenario for the NBA and an awful Baylor’s lawsuit to heckling Baron Davis from his start to a commissionership. But Tuesday night seemed okay again. There seat to enacting slumlord policies. The NBA was getting by when the Clippers were losing and was basketball and the Clippers played a game. Sterling’s mouth was shut. But now neither is Visiting Warriors players were introduced and happening and Silver has pushed him out for suitably booed. The home Clippers were cheered, like normal, while they actually kept warm ups good. To his credit, Commissioner Silver came down worn correctly with logos proudly displayed. The on Sterling as hard as he could. He banned him Clippers fans were especially happy to rid themselves of their abhorrent from the Clippers organizaowner, and the mood among tion and NBA for life, and Fans didn’t know them was celebratory. imposed the maximum fine The actual game was, well, possible — 2.5 million dolwhether they should very normal. It was a wellars. But the most important come change from game four, part of Silver’s punishment is boycott or defiantly when a clearly distracted his call to the owners to force support their team but Clippers team lost to a Steph Sterling to sell. Curry led Warrior’s team to Before Tuesday, I had not its owner. even the series. In game five, never asked myself what I the Clippers were energized thought of Adam Silver. He and the home crowd was was a lanky guy who’d occasionally announce later draft picks. But he pumped early on. The Clips on the back of impressed me in his first play as the commission- DeAndre Jordan built a large lead (and benefited er. In his baptism by fire — otherwise known as from some leeway with the referees) and managed his press conference — the commissioner was to hold on late. It’s only fitting that the Clippers short and to the point. Silver seemed both gen- pulled this one out. The series deserves a concluuine and genuinely upset at Sterling’s words. sion dictated by basketball, not off the court matWhen asked if he expects resistance from Sterling, ters, and we actually have a chance at getting that he simply replied, “I have no idea.” That was now. And the 57-win Clippers deserve a chance to Silver’s way of letting us know that Sterling’s opin- compete for an NBA title. So, a night that should’ve been dedicated to ion is immaterial in the matter. Or in other the passing of Hall of Fame coach Jack Ramsay words: There’s a new commissioner in town. I was surprised to see some voice minor dissent will be remembered for the NBA cutting its ties to over Silver forcing Sterling out of the NBA. I say a known racist. It is 2014, so it’s safe to say it’s Sterling did that to himself. After his horribly long overdue. I’ll cede the final word to a man racist comments, I don’t know how Sterling could who knew both LA and race relations pretty well still own a team. He’d never be able to sit court- — Tupac. Just remember, “Misplaced hate makes side or show his face at his games. Players and disgrace to races.” coaches would refuse to work for him. If Sterling wasn’t banned for life, it would be the worst thing John Zakour can be reached at to happen to the Clippers organization. But best of all things Silver did was taking the Continued from page 20

Spurs Beat Mavs for Series Lead forward Dirk SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Mavericks Tony Parker had 23 points Nowitzki found the stroke in hours after the birth of his first scoring 26 points. Nowitzki was child and the San Antonio Spurs 10-for-20 shooting, but it wasn’t never trailed in a 109-103 victo- enough to overcome Parker and ry over the Dallas Mavericks on the Spurs returning to form. Carter’s 3-pointer with 3 minWednesday night, taking a 3-2 utes left pulled Dallas within 98lead in their first-round series. Manu Ginobili had 19 points 94 but Parker followed a minute later with his and Tiago only 3Splitter pointer of added 17 “I didn’t sleep. I basically the game, points and 1 2 didn’t sleep the whole punctuating rebounds the shot with night and just played on as San a loud A n t o n i o adrenaline today.” scream. regained Parker h o m e - Tony Parker had his c o u r t finest start advantage since the in the tense series against their series opener despite playing on intrastate rival. Tim Duncan little sleep following the early added 16 points and 12 morning birth of his son, Josh, rebounds and Kawhi Leonard with fiancee Axelle Francine. had 15 points for the Spurs. The All-Star point guard mixed Vince Carter scored 28 in three manic driving layups points, making numerous heavi- and two mid-range jumpers to ly contested shots in going 10 start the game shooting 5 for 7. for 16 from the field for Dallas. San Antonio took its largest After averaging 16 points in lead of the game at 24-11 6 the series’ first four games, minutes into the first quarter as

Ginobili hit a 3-pointer seconds after entering the game. The Spurs rediscovered the aggressive defense, long-range shooting and fluid ball movement that fueled them to the league’s best record. San Antonio was 8 for 16 from 3-point range and had 24 assists while committing just six turnovers. Ginobili gathered a loose ball in the paint and tossed an outlet to Parker, who found Leonard racing to the basket for a right-handed dunk despite a late foul by Monta Ellis. Leonard missed the ensuing free throw, keeping San Antonio’s lead at 49-44 lead with 3:15 remaining in the first half. Danny Green hit a 3-pointer to give San Antonio a 67-57 lead with 7:22 remaining in the third quarter after starting a fast break by tipping the ball from behind on a driving Ellis. Duncan rebounded Parker’s missed jumper over Samuel Dalembert and fed the ball to Splitter, who found Ginobili cutting to the lane for a scoop layup and a 51-46 lead.

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32nd overall and Senior Craig Esposito placed in 40th overall. Moving forward, the Red looks to continue to develop its young talent and produce new levels of success, according to Schimenti. “The team will be young next year. It will return one senior [Jonathan Kligman], one junior [Brandon Eng], three sophomores [Luke Graboyes, Jordan Lerner, Max Wilkinson] and two freshmen,” Schimenti closed. “They may not be an experienced bunch, but they are very talented, and they will have a lot of potential.” John McGrorty can be reached at

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Anjelique Parnell (18’ 6”) and Shannon Daniels (18’ 2 ¼) in third and fourth, respectively. The women were also solid on the track. Senior co-captain Ryan Woolley placed second in the 400m hurdles at 61.99, and junior Emily Woodford followed closely behind in third with a time of 62.93. Senior Zaakirah Daniels posted the fastest 100 hurdle time of the day, clocking in a 14.53, and sophomore Rochelle Forbes placed second in the 400m at 59.57. She later competed in the 200m, taking fourth at 25.77 The Red now head home for the Cornell Invitational, which will take place on Friday and Saturday. According to freshman Austin Jamerson, the Red entered the season feeling pres-

sured to deliver on high expectations and certainly rose to the occasion. “The team this year has been great so far. There were a lot of expectations coming into this year, and I think the added pressure has helped us rise to occasion,” he said. Jamerson added that he is confident the team will enter competition prepared to succeed. “Everyone will come out ready to compete and lay down some great marks,” he said. This is the Red’s final meet before the team travels to New Haven for the Heptagonal Championships. According to sophomore Kristen Neidrach, the squad is excited for the tournament and looks to use the experience as a final opportunity to polish skills before the Ivy League Championships. “Next weekend is Heps, where every point matters and the team competition will really be amped up,” she said. “Everybody has been training hard all year. It’s the last chance for a lot of us to fine tune things before Heps, while others will be looking to finish their seasons with some big PRs.” The Red will look to use its home advantage to help achieve the squad’s goals and push Cornell ahead of the competition, according to Neidrach. “Nobody handles Ithaca better than us,” she said. “Whatever is thrown at us, we will compete confidently and tear it up on the track.” Cornell will face stiff competition from Syracuse, Buffalo, Hartwick and Mansfield, but the Red can count on the support of the Cornell community to give the team the edge, according to Jamerson. “It is always a lot of fun to have a home meet,” she said. “Our friends and professors get a chance to come out and see us compete, and it always helps to run in front of a home crowd.” The meet begins on Friday at 4 p.m. and concludes at 8:45, while Saturday opens play at 10 a.m. and ends at 3:25 p.m. Joel Cooper can be reached at

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Cornell Takes Reserve Champion Ivy League Title By ANNA JOHNSON Sun Staff Writer

After another convincing performance by the Cornell equestrian team at the Ivy League Championships last week, four will represent the Red at Nationals. Placing 13 times in championship classes and clinching six of the eight of these classes, the Cornell equestrian team took the Reserve Champion Ivy League title with 34 points. Though Dartmouth took the win by a narrow margin of three points, the Red kept its composure and was solid in all events. According to junior co-captain Georgiana de Rham, the team had a winning attitude throughout – including the horses. “Though I did not compete myself, it was great to see the team succeed,” de Rham said. “Though we were second to Dartmouth by three points, we won six out of eight individual championships. … Our horses were really wellbehaved and really had their game face on, too.” With numerous Red riders securing individual wins and earning high placements, Cornell dominated many classes at Ivies. To start the day, sophomore Meridith Meyer won the Open Flat Championship alongside her teammate senior Alyx Cheng, who took reserve. In intermediate flat, freshman Amanda Ko won the first section, freshman Victoria Whitworth took second and senior Amanda Sevcik finished third. Juniors Maddie Breen and Caitlin Parrucci took third and fourth, respectively, in the second class. Whitworth went on to win the championship, with Breen taking fourth. In the second section, freshman Gabby Stephenson built on this success with a second place finish. Meanwhile, fresh-

man Chelsea Huss took third in the second section, while onship for the same. With another successful show under their belts, the junior co-captain Sofia Steinberger nabbed second in the first section. Senior Alyx Cheng finished in fourth in the first Cornell women turn to their next challenge. The four qualsection, while Steinberger took second, Cheng earned fifth ifiers — de Rham, Drake, Huss, and sophomore Katie Smith — will take to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on Thursday and Stephenson finished sixth. In intermediate fences, sophomore Elizabeth Drake won for the three-day show, where they will be supported by the the second section. She went on to take reserve in the cham- entire squad as they represent Cornell. “It is great to see four individuals continuing on,” de pionship, with Sevcik taking fourth and Ko taking first. Junior Mary Beth Hannon won the Novices Fences Rham said. “I believe that is the largest number to advance Championship, with freshman Marissa Rice and sophomore to Nationals in the history of our program.” While the women are disappointed Reina Baizan taking fifth and sixth, that the team did not qualify as a respectively. Freshman Carlee Roberts finished fourth in the first section, “No matter what happens, I whole, the Red is excited for the four women competing and confident that and Hannon won the second section, can’t express enough how they will succeed, according to Huss. while Rice took second and Baizan incredible this team of “Everyone is very prepared and nabbed third in the last section. ready to compete. … It is sad that the In the novice flat class, seniors team as a whole will not be there but Amanda Sevcik and Thea Dickson riders is.” the four girls who are competing will took second and sixth, respectively, Chelsea Huss bring home the win,” Huss said with freshman Sana Coffey taking The team’s tight bond remains as the second as well. Sophomore Katrina Donahue clinched the win for the second section, and women look forward to the chance to support as well as persophomore Susan Rhodes took fifth in the same. Following form. “It is crazy how fast things happen and it is even crazier a final test showdown, Coffey took the championship, with that we are facing the biggest year end championship in less Donahue and Sevcik taking second and fifth, respectively. The Cornell women swept the advanced walk trot canter than a couple days. … No matter what happens I can’t class, with freshmen Lauren Jaquay and Claira Seely going express enough how incredible this team of riders is,” Huss 1-2 in in the first section and junior Mana Okudaira and said. De Rham agreed and shared positive thoughts about the freshman Gabby Rutkauskas taking first and fourth in second class, respectively. The trend continued as Seely went season as a whole as well as the team’s future. “We had a really exciting year. … It was disappointing on to win the Walk Trot Canter Championship, with Okudaira taking second and Jaquay taking third. Sarah that our team didn’t make it to Nationals, but everyone Cochran took fourth in walk-trot and sixth in the champi- worked so hard, and we came so close so it really seems possible for the team to qualify next year,” de Rham said. “We have phenomenal horses to practice on, and I really think they inspire everyone on the team to ride better … A lot of great changes lie ahead for our program as we develop and grow, and though change is hard, I look forward to the positive developments in the near future.” De Rham said she looks ahead to the Nationals show as well as the future success on the team’s horizon. “I think that everyone has the possibility to do very well this weekend. … I am always impressed by my teammates’ dedication and enthusiasm, and I look forward to watching three of my teammates compete this Thursday,”de Rham said. “I especially look forward to seeing the whole team succeed next season.” As she focuses on the show to come, de Rham shared her excitement about the next opportunity for success. “I am looking forward to competing and seeing the different horses and riders in Harrisburg,” she said. “Every competition and ride is a learning experience, and the caliber of riding and quality of horses should be high at Nationals, and very fun to watch.” The Nationals show began Wednesday, April 30th, and after another successful performance at Ivies, the Red is raring to go. From Wednesday through Saturday, Harrisburg will be abuzz with the nation’s best, and the Cornell equestrian team is among them. With four riders and a whole team of support, the women — and the horses — are poised for yet another success, and this time, at the national level. SHAILEE SHAH / SUN SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER

Racing to victory | Freshman Gabriella Stephenson finished in second place for the Red on the Open Flat in section 2 of the Ivy championships.

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Lakers Coach Mike D’Antoni Resigns After Brief Tenure LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni resigned Wednesday after less than two seasons on the job. Team spokesman John Black confirmed D’Antoni’s resignation, ending the brief tenure of the Lakers’ fourth head coach in less than three years. D’Antoni went 67-87 after taking over the Lakers early in the 2012-13 season. He replaced the fired Mike Brown, who lasted just 71 games after replacing 11-time NBA champion coach Phil Jackson. The injury-plagued Lakers were 27-55 this season, their worst campaign in more than 50 years. With Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Pau Gasol missing large chunks of the season, Los Angeles missed the playoffs for only the third time in 38 years. “Given the circumstances, I don’t know that anybody could have done a better job than Mike did the past two seasons,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said. “On behalf of the Lakers, we thank Mike for the

work ethic, professionalism and positive attitude that he brought to the team every day. We wish him the best of luck.” The 62-year-old D’Antoni had one year left on his contract, but wanted the Lakers to pick up his option year for 2015-16 to have any chance of success. The Lakers apparently refused, leading to D’Antoni’s resignation. D’Antoni walked away from a $4 million payday for next season. A phone message left for D’Antoni wasn’t immediately returned. Lakers great Magic Johnson, who was sharply critical of D’Antoni’s coaching style, hailed the news on his Twitter account. “Happy days are here again!” Johnson tweeted. “Mike D’Antoni resigns as the Lakers coach. I couldn’t be happier!” D’Antoni also has coached the Nuggets, Suns and Knicks. He reached two Western Conference finals with Nash in Phoenix before having much less success in New York. D’Antoni’s signature up-tempo style of

play seemed an odd match from the start with the aging, ball-dominating Bryant and the Lakers, who ran Jackson’s deliberate triangle offense to perfection. Lakers owners Jerry and Jim Buss curiously chose D’Antoni to replace Brown over Jackson, who strongly contemplated a return for a third stint on the Los Angeles bench. Jackson became the president of the Knicks in March. Kupchak said he will begin the search immediately for the Lakers’ fifth head coach since 2011 — including Jackson, who walked away from the team after falling short of a third consecutive championship. D’Antoni’s departure will allow the Lakers’ franchise overhaul to begin in earnest after their worst season since 195758 back in Minneapolis. Los Angeles missed the postseason for just the second time in the 17-season career of Bryant, who occasionally clashed with D’Antoni. The Lakers have a top-10 pick in a strong draft and just three players under contract

for next season, including Nash and Bryant. The fourth-leading scorer in NBA history will make more than $48 million over the next two years. A coaching change also might make the Lakers more attractive to Gasol, an unrestricted free agent who intimated he wouldn’t consider returning if D’Antoni still coached the team. Kupchak has said the Lakers are very interested in re-signing the 7foot Spaniard, one of the top available free agents. After joining the Lakers on short notice last season, D’Antoni was unable to assemble a contending team immediately around Bryant and Dwight Howard, who struggled to embrace the pick-and-roll game so important to D’Antoni’s offense. Los Angeles won 45 games last season despite its awful start under Brown. But the Lakers lost Bryant to a torn Achilles tendon late in the regular season before getting swept out of the first round by San Antonio.

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Red Breaks Records Over Weekend By JOEL COOPER

Additionally, the women’s 4x200m team of freshman Adrian Jones, junior Zena Kolliesuah, junior Katie Woodford and sophomore Udeme Akpaete broke the After showing strong performances at the Penn school record by nearly a second, running 1:36.76 Relays, the Cornell men’s and women’s track and field Friday night. teams continued to see positive results last weekend at Cornell continued its excellent run of form at the the Red Invitational. The squads combined for six event Red Invitational, held at the Kane Sports Complex on wins, 13 ECAC/IC4A qualifiers and over 40 top-five Sunday. Junior Stephen Mozia won two events for the event finishes. Red, including a new Kane Complex record in the disThe Red came home from the Penn Relays boasting cus with a mark of 187’3. He also emerged victorious in many new records. Freshman Grant the shot put for an IC4A-qualifying Sisserson became the first Cornellian time of 56’8 ½”. In the long jump, polevaulter to break 17’ outdoors, tak- “Next weekend is Heps, Steven Bell leapt to first place at ing down the Penn Relays event record while Tommy Butler where every point matters 23’1¼”, and the Cornell freshmen and school cleared 6’8¼” to win the high jump records with his massive 17’1” clear- and the team competition and Robert Plummer earned first ance. (5.21m, IC4A) will really be amped up.” place in the triple jump, reaching The men’s sprint medley team 49’6½”. quickly built on Sisserson’s success, Kristen Neidrach On the track, freshman Wynn running 3:21.01 to break the school Curtis won the 110m hurdles in record that has been on the books since 14.42s and classmate Jordan 1969. With sophomore Larry Gibson and senior Sherwood placed first in the 400m hurdles with a time Kinsley Ojukwu running the 200-meter legs, senior of 53.63. Finally, the men’s all freshman 4X400 team of Bruno Hortelano-Roig competing in the 400m section Justin Love, Jordan Sherwood, Richard Zidani and and senior William Weinlandt going the distance for the Tobenna Attah sprinted to first place in a time of Red in the 800m anchor leg, the sprint medley team 3:21.27 raced to an impressive fifth place finish in the On the women’s side, the highlight of the meet came Championship of America. from junior Eve Bishop, who cleared 12’ 5 ½” in the The women’s team was also successful at the Penn pole vault to place first and move to No. 3 in the allrelays. Following the men’s lead, senior co-captain time Cornell list. The long jump also saw standout perRachel Sorna took down the school record in the formances, with senior Dominique Corley reaching 19’ 3000m with a 9:09.45. This is the third straight meet in 3 ½ for a second place finish, followed by classmates which Sorna has set a new a school record, previously See TRACK & FIELD page 18 breaking the 5000m and 3000m steeplechase.

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Speed demon | Senior Weinlandt excelled in the 800m anchor leg, helping the squad take fifth in the Champions of America.

NBA Cuts Ties Cornell Takes Seventh at Ivy Champs With Sterling D GOLF


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This past weekend, the Cornell men’s golf team competed at the Ivy League Championships in Springfield, New Jersey at the famous Baltusrol Golf Club. The Red had a strong showing in the three-day tournament, finishing seventh overall in the Ivy League for the third consecutive year. In this year’s tournament, Columbia won the team portion with a combined score of 881 over three days. Yale shot an 893 to finish in sec-

ond place, followed by Harvard (895), Princeton (905), Brown (908), Dartmouth (913), and Penn (917). The Red shot a 914 for a seventh place spot in between Dartmouth and Penn. “The team had an up and down championship. After two rounds, we were in fourth place,” said senior Carl Schimenti, the third place overall finisher in the individual portion of the championships. “Our second round of the championship was probably our


Strong finish | Senior Carl Schimenti took third overall to earn All-Ivy League honors.

best team round of the year, when we posted the third best team round of the tournament. However, we couldn’t hold on to the momentum the final round.” Schimenti is the first Red golfer to earn an All-Ivy League finish since the recent change in league rules and format in 2010. Prior to Schimenti, the last Cornell player to finish in the topthree was Kevin Scelfo in 2004 at Metedeconk Golf Club. Schimenti said he was pleased with his individual performance and feels he has ended his Cornell career on a high note. “This tournament was a great way to end my Cornell career,” he said. “To play well and have a chance at an individual title was a lot of fun.” Schimenti added that he hopes he has set a positive example for the younger team members in regard to work ethic and dedication. “I think my biggest contribution to the team over my career has been my work ethic. I have tried to lead by example in working hard every day, and I think the younger members have seen that,” he said. Various Red players up and down the roster also performed well throughout the weekend. Freshman Luke Graboyes was able to be highly competitive on Sunday, shooting a final score of 79 to tie for 24th place. Senior Zack Bosse finished 30th overall, Sophomore Brandon Eng took

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onald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, clinched his title for the worst owner in sports just as his team momentarily lost a chance to clinch a playoff series. Although it’s a title he won’t hold for much longer. Normally sports serve as a safe haven or way to rise above racism. But after Sterling’s Jim Crowe comments, everything was confusingly entangled. Fans didn’t know whether they should boycott or defiantly support their team but not its owner. On top of that, the

John Zakour Point Blank Clippers were one loss away from being on the brink of elimination while some fans have been waiting for years for a Clippers team as good as the current version and could potentially see their hopes shattered. For Clippers fans, who were clad in black at the Staples Center Tuesday night, I want to say it was OK for you to root for your team. Some figureheads and media personalities might guilt trip you for it, but they don’t know anything. It’s easy to be righteous from afar. But as a fan, your impulse is to support your team no matter what. Yes, your owner was a racist and you did indirectly help line his pockets. But so did every other fan who See ZAKOUR page 17

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