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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Table of Contents Student Guide
Arts and Entertainment
A 44-Page Introduction to Cornell
Because Nobody Can Study All the Time
For When Your Brain Needs a Rest
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So, you’re a smart kid. Congratulations. But not even you can spend all of your evenings in the library cramming for exams and dreaming of your future Ph.D. From local concerts to groundbreaking interviews with Hollywood icons, Arts and Entertainment is your ticket to college life the way it should be: worry free. The Sun is always front row center with the headliners and coverage of arts exhibitions in Ithaca. This issue brings you some of the best arts stories of the semester, plus a spotlight of notable Cornell alumni writers, musicians and visual artists.
What is the Ivy League? Nothing more than an athletic conference. It’s just a coincidence that it is comprised of eight of the best colleges in the nation. Cornell leads the way in what is widely known as the Ancient Eight, setting the bar for all of those lesser schools — like, um, what’s the name of that school near Boston? Yeah, nobody cares. Read more about all Cornell sports has to offer on the flip side of this issue — the place where you can always find sports in The Sun.
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find your place theon Hill
Your guide to the ins and outs of Cornell
ELCOME TO CORNELL! In a few short weeks, you’ll pack the station wagon to the brim with your belongings, say goodbye to Fido and arrive in Ithaca. All the anticipation will finally be over. Get ready to kick off what will be the craziest and most memorable four years of your life. We at The Sun know how you feel — nervous, excited, curious — as you prepare to begin your first year “on the Hill.” Remembering our own freshman days, we have created this guide for you to read before you arrive on campus to give you the inside scoop on Cornell life. That is, until you find it for yourself.
Inside, you’ll find information on the organizations you can join and the things you can see in and around the Hill. We’ll give you some advice about the best places to eat, study and hang out. Bring an open mind to Cornell. The people you meet, the classes you attend and the activities in which you will immerse yourself will change you, no doubt in ways you never imagined. And the time will pass quickly — many of us would give anything to reclaim a year or two. Don’t forget to read The Sun online and in print and enoy your time at Cornell. There’s no place like it. — The 134th Editorial Board
The Sun’s editors and reporters bring you a guide to life on the Hill. Inside you’ll find information on housing, student activities and orientation. You’ll also find a full-color campus map.
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ABOUT THE SUN
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Cornell has no journalism major — and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Here at The Sun, we subscribe to the philosophy that one learns best by doing. So it’s no surprise that at the nation’s oldest continuously independent college daily, we think of ourselves as the University’s journalism education. When you arrive on campus about a month from now, The Sun will also serve as your window to the world from our little corner of Ithaca, N.Y. Every day during the academic year, about 15,000 students, parents, alumni, administrators and local residents read the print edition of The Sun; another 15,000 people visit cornellsun.com daily. And in 2015, The Sun was ranked the number one college newspaper in the United States by The Princeton Review. The Sun was founded in 1880. Since then, we’ve built up an impressive record of hard-hitting journalism and community service, and we have given generations of Cornellians something better to pay attention to in their 10:10 a.m. classes. We ’v e also delivered the skills it takes to succeed to a lengthy roster of America’s top writers and business people, jumpstarting the careers of Sun graduates E.B. White ’21, Kurt Vonnegut ’44, Dick Schaap ’55, Oscar Mayer ’34 and Frank Gannett 1898. More recently, The Sun has been home to Pulitzer Prize winners Eric Lichtblau ’87 of The New York Times and John Hassell ’91 of the Star Ledger of Newark. ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap ’91 was a Sun sports editor and NPR’s David Folkenflik ’91 was editor in chief. Richard Levine ’62 is current president of Dow Jones Newspaper Fund, Inc. If you want to become a part of this exciting tradition — and help write the next chapter of The Sun’s history — just show up and we’ll give you the skills you need for a career in news, sports and commentary. Once you get to campus, you’ll see The Sun Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings in dorms, dining halls and countless other locations — and every day online. But few realize what it actually means to “put out the paper.” Cornell’s only daily student-run newspaper is a multifaceted organization that only works because of its members. Editors spend what some might consider way too much
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Class of 2020 Chosen From Record Number of Applicants
Cornell Acceptance Rates
27 percent of admitted class identify as minorities By PHOEBE KELLER Sun Managing Editor
A previous version of this story was published April 4. Cornell has accepted 14 percent of 44,966 applicants to the incoming Class of 2020, after receiving the the highest numbers of applications in the school’s history. For the second consecutive year, a record number of accepted students identify as underrepresented minorities, the University announced. Only 6,277 students were admitted
49 percent Percentage of admitted students who are people of color, including minorities and Asian-Americans
700 Approximate number of first-generation students admitted in the Class of 2020
85 Number of countries admitted students are from
to the Class of 2020, and all were alerted by 5 p.m. on April 4. Another 4,572 students were placed on Cornell’s wait list, according to the University. Students admitted to the Class of 2020 represent the evolution of Cornell’s demographics, as 1,718 students — or 27 percent of the admitted freshman class — self-identify as minorities. Approximately 49 percent of the Class of 2020 is composed of students of color, including both underrepresented minorities and AsianAmericans, the University said. Cornell’s Class of 2020 hails from all 50 United States, in addition to Washington D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Admitted students also currently reside in 85 countries from around the globe. Over 10 percent of admittted students are international and in citizenship status, the student body represents over 100 countries outside of the United States. Almost 700 admitted students are the first in their family to attend college, according to the University. The proportion of women enrolled at Cornell also increases to 54.7 percent of students within the Class of 2020. “This year’s exceptionally large application pool produced a remarkable class of scholars,” said Jason Locke, associate vice provost for enrollment. “From our first-generation students to
PHOEBE KELLER / SUN MANAGING EDITOR
Setting records | Cornell accepted an unprecedented number of underrepresented minorities into one of its most selective classes so far.
ROTC candidates and student athletes, the Class of 2020 is incredibly talented.” Those accepted to the incoming freshman class boasted a median SAT I Critical Reading score of 730 — the same as last year — but the SAT I Math score increased from 750 to 760, according to the University. Locke said the Class of 2020 will be “slightly larger” than previous classes, with the University aiming for a yield of 3,275 freshman enrolled this fall, up from 3,182 last year. Students had until May 1 to determine whether they will accept the University’s offer of admission. The University also predicts that
over 60 additional freshman will enroll in Cornell in January of 2017, as the second class of students participates in the First-Year Spring Admissions program, which was established in 2015. These students have also been notified of their admissions status, according to the University. “Each year, the admitted class raises the bar on what it means to be outstanding, and just when I think we cannot push further with our goals to broaden and diversify the incoming class, it happens,” said Shawn Felton, director of undergraduate admissions. Phoebe Keller can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Hunter Rawlings Returns as Interim President
Rawlings highlights faculty research and dialogue in state of University address
By SUN STAFF
A previous version of this story was published March 24. President Emeritus Hunter R. Rawlings III will return to the Hill once again to serve as interim president after he was unanimously appointed by the Board of Trustees on March 24. Rawlings took the helm of the University on April 25, succeeding President Elizabeth Garrett after her death from colon cancer on March 6. Rawlings, 71, will serve until Cornell’s 14th president assumes office, with an international search to fill the position set to begin in the coming months, Board of Trustees Chair Robert Harrison ’76 said. As Cornell’s 10th president, Rawlings served from 1995 to 2003. This will be his second term as interim president, the first of which took place between 2005 and 2006 after President Emeritus Jeffrey Lehman ’77 resigned. “It is an honor to once again be called to help lead this great institution,” Rawlings said. “There is much momentum around Beth’s vision, and I will work with Mike [Kotlikoff ], the leadership team, deans, faculty, students and staff across our campuses to continue building the university’s strengths around those priorities.” Rawlings will follow Provost Michael Kotlikoff, who became acting president as President Garrett underwent surgery last month, as the next leader of Cornell. Harrison described Kotlikoff ’s leadership as exceptional and thanked him for his service “during what has been an unprecedented and challenging time for Cornell.” “President Garrett built a strong leadership team, and we have set an ambitious agenda,” Kotlikoff said. “I look forward to working with Hunter, who knows Cornell so well and is so highly regarded by the faculty. His inspired leadership and experience make him the perfect choice.” Rawlings — formerly the president of the Association of American Universities, a post he left in May — made his mark on Cornell during his presidency through the launch of Cornell’s Residential Initiative, which resulted in freshman moving to North Campus and the creation of the West Campus house system. In 2001, Rawlings inked the deal that lead to the creation of Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, now known as Weill Cornell Medicine in Qatar. He also established the Presidential Research Scholars program and held appointments in the Departments of Classics and History.
“It is an honor to once again be called to help lead.”
By STEPHANIE YAN Sun Assistant News Editor
Hunter Rawlings III
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Back on the hill | President Emeritus and current Interim President Hunter Rawlings began his term April 25. This is the third time he has served as Cornell’s president.
Rawlings was the president of the University of Iowa from 1993 to 2003 before his time at Cornell. He earned his Ph.D. in classics at Princeton University in 1970. Harrison said he believes Rawlings is “uniquely suited to take the helm of Cornell at this time of transition.” “Cornell University is indeed fortunate that Hunter has agreed to step forward once again to lead through a time of transition,” Harrison said in a statement. “The board’s unanimous vote is evidence of the respect for his leadership at Cornell and as one of the nation’s premier advocates for higher education.” A 19-person presidential search committee is currently working to find and nominate Cornell’s 14th president. Jan Rock Zubrow ’77, a member of the Board of Trustees, chairs the presidential search committee, which includes four faculty members and two students. Open forums for faculty, staff and students to provide input on the next president were held in early May. The Sun news department can be reached at email@example.com.
College of Business Launches ‘New Era’ By JOSH GIRSKY Sun News Editor
A previous version of this story was published July 1. The deans of Cornell’s three accredited business schools assumed new positions July 1 as the much anticipated and hotly contested Cornell College of Business opened for business. The newly merged Johnson Graduate School of Management, Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management and School of Hotel Administration will include an integrated admissions portal, cross-listing courses and improved career services, according to the University. The college
will be composed of 145 research faculty and almost 2,900 undergraduate, professional and graduate students, according to a University release. Seven area coordinators have also been appointed, and will work as professors with their colleagues in the college to improve the education in different business topics at Cornell. Dean of the College of Business Soumitra Dutta predicted that the launch marks the beginning of “a new era of business education” at Cornell. “It is an exciting date in the history of Cornell but by no means completes our transformation efforts,” he said. “In the coming months, we will continue to evolve our organization to create an exemplary college while enhancing the brands of its three schools.” A brand study to continue solidifying the organizational structure and ambitions of the school will be launched in August, according to the University. An advisory council will begin meeting in the fall. The announcement of the formation of the College of Business in January led to pushback among students and
alumni in the affected schools. Protesters expressed concerns that the new college would jeopardize the unique strengths and identities of its constituent bodies. Cornell’s Faculty Senate, University Assembly and Student Assembly all passed motions to table the Board of Trustee’s vote approving the College of Business, citing the administration’s lack of transparency and failure to elicit feedback before moving ahead with plans. Many alumni also threatened to pull endowment funding if the three schools were merged, The Sun previously reported. Provost Michael Kotlikoff has sought on numerous occasions to reassure students, alumni and University donors that future plans for the college would be based in substantial input from Cornellians past and present. He has also committed to maintaining the distinct programs present in the three schools residing in the business college. “This effort has involved many faculty, staff, students, alumni, trustees and administrative leaders,” Kotlikoff said. “I am especially pleased to see the consensus developed between the schools on how we See COLLEGE OF BUSINESS page 6
Three schools strong | College of Business students will have access to improved career services and a wider range of courses.
A previous version of this story was published June 11. Cornell’s future growth will depend on maintaining the strength of its faculty and developing its campuses outside of Ithaca, Interim President Hunter Rawlings said in his state of the university address before hundreds of alumni on June 11. Introducing Rawlings, Chairman of the Board of Trustees Robert Harrison ’76 urged alumni to remember President Elizabeth Garrett, whose death brought Rawlings to Cornell this spring to serve his third term as president. “This would have been her first official reunion weekend … and I know she would have sampled every activity offered,” Harrison said. Rawlings, who said he was speaking from his experience as the President of the Association of American Universities — a position he left to assume his current post at Cornell — discussed the strengths of various universities in the United States, which he said hinge upon the faculty’s academic freedom. “ T h e “Anything we can do to administration engender more oversees the operation of enthusiasm in the faculty the University, for college-wide issues making day to day decisions; [...] would be beneficial.” the board has Hunter Rawlings III fiduciary responsibility,” he said. “But the faculty hold the primary responsibility, for matters related to education and research.” He also emphasized that he was “distressed” by decreased faculty involvement in University-wide issues. “We’re so pinned into our professional disciplines that we just don’t care about college-wide issues,” he said. “Anything we can do to engender more enthusiasm in the faculty for college-wide discussions, particularly the curriculum, would be very beneficial.” Rawlings also detailed his “fun” discussions with Cornell faculty — ranging from Prof. Jon Kleinberg, computer science, to Prof. Jessica Weiss, government — about their work. “This kind of stuff is what goes on at Cornell, if and only if we get classicists talking to mathematicians talking to physicians talking to economists talking to political scientists,” he said. “That doesn’t happen often in the academy, and it’s our fault, because we live in our silos and don’t talk to … people from vastly different fields. But when you do, it’s amazing.” The need for collaboration across disciplines also extends to the Cornell Tech campus, according to Rawlings. “Cornell Tech’s a great thing, but unless it stays closely tied to Ithaca and the departments here it won’t be a great thing,” he said. Rawlings discussed research as an area of focus, which he pointed out is now conducted largely at universities. “Private corporations have stopped doing basic research,” he said. “They’re paying so much attention to the bottom line, they don’t want to do prolonged, blue-sky research that might lead to no profit. It’s left to the universities to do the work.” Maintaining the strength of university research is crucial for the United States as well as Cornell, according to Rawlings. “Now [competition for grants] is getting unhealthy because there isn’t enough money to go around,” he said. “Fortunately, Cornell is extremely well positioned to do well. We have topflight faculty in Ithaca, we have a medical college that’s developing its research very powerfully and we have growing up on Roosevelt Island a remarkable thing called Cornell Tech.” Stephanie Yan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Johnson Alum Donates $25 Million to C.U. Business Education By JOSH GIRSKY Sun News Editor
A previous version of this story was published May 16. David Breazzano MBA ’80 will give $25 million dollars to support the new classroom and office building under construction on Dryden Road in Collegetown, in one of the largest donations to business education at Cornell. This gift was announced on May 16 at Party on Park — the Johnson School of Management’s gala in New York City — by the future dean of the Cornell College of Business, Soumitra Dutta. Dutta plans to recommend that the University name the building the Breazzano Family Center for Business Education in recognition of this generosity, according to the
University. The center will be six stories tall and home to more than 200 administrative and professional staff. The structure will include four large, interactive and tiered classrooms, as well as a flat-floor flexible classroom that can be divided into two, according to Prof. Bob Libby, accounting, the project’s faculty lead. The building will also include two high-definition broadcast studios and 42 breakout rooms, according to the University. Thirty open spaces with glass walls overlooking a four-story atrium that will be designed with superior acoustics to accommodate a variety of events. Breazzano — co-founder, president and chief investment officer of DDJ Capital Management,
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Building business | This architectural rendering depicts a new center for MBA education currently under construction at 209-215 Dryden Road in Collegetown.
father of Jeremy Breazzano MBA Cornell College of Business ’11, Michael Breazzano MBA ’13 Schools in Ithaca — Dyson, and Matthew Breazzano ’16 and Johnson and the Hotel School — chair of the Johnson Advisory to participate in activities at Council — said he hopes that the Cornell Tech.” The gift follows initial controcenter will demonstrate “the value of combining the synergies of the versy among some alumni and stuschools” within the College of dents about College of Business plans, when several alumni threatBusiness. “[Breazzano’s] extraordinary ened to pull their donations if the gift will enhance the quality and college was approved. “I’m not happy at all,” said capacity of our business programs,” said Interim-President prominent donor to the Hotel Hunter Rawlings III. “It recognizes the need “The Breazzano Family for an additional facility to launch Johnson on Center will provide stateits next phase of growth of-the-art connectivity and is a wholehearted to Cornell Tech.” endorsement of the Johnson faculty. We are David Breazzano MBA ’80 grateful for Dave’s vote of confidence in Johnson’s future and its role in the School Erik Hansen ’71 in January after the formation of the business Cornell College of Business.” Dutta agreed with this senti- college was announced. “If the ment, adding that he believes the school ends up no longer an center will strengthen the connec- endowed college, then my wife and tion between students in Ithaca I plan to take the University out of and Cornell Tech in New York our will. We’re not going to do anything precipitously here. We City “The Breazzano Family Center want to make sure that our hard will provide state-of-the-art con- work is used in a way that we think nectivity to the Cornell Tech cam- is appropriate and will do some pus on Roosevelt Island, where good.” However Breazzano said he Johnson has built a strong presence,” he said. “The Breazzano believes that now is an important Family Center will also make it time to support the Johnson easier for students in all three School and that “once the dust set-
tles” people will understand the benefits to combining the three schools. “We’re really at an inflection point for Johnson obviously with the expansion into Collegetown but also the presence in New York City with Cornell Tech, joint venture in China and so forth and now with the creation of the College of Business,” he said. “It’s a critical point for the school and myself and other alums and friends of Johnson can help support with time resources and advice and so forth. We can have a real impact for many years to come.” Breazzano added that he believes it is important for the Johnson community to support the recent actions by the University and recommit to ensuring the quality of Cornell’s business education. “It’s important for all of us — for the pride of our school and for selfish reasons — to ensure that Cornell remains an elite business school,” Breazzano said. “Because that enhances the value of our diploma, and we all want to be proud that we have a Cornell diploma.” Josh Girsky can be reached at email@example.com.
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research, and more effectively engage with many of the world’s major challenges.” Rohit Verma, the college’s deputy dean designate of external relations, added that despite many students’ worries, most aspects of the student experience will not change in the short run. In their announcement, President Elizabeth Garrett and Kotlikoff stressed the interdisciplinary nature of the new college, predicting that it will enhance collaboration between different programs. “For a top-tier uni-
versity like Cornell, an outstanding and integrated business program ... is necessary for success,” they wrote. “Students and faculty need to engage with the economy and business, as well as collaborate with other disciplines.” Chris Barrett, deputy dean and incoming dean of academic affairs of the College of Business, said the business college will be organized by school, disciplinary areas and multidisciplinary themes, and each school will retain its tenure homes and primary academic units. In the new college, faculty members will collaborate in research or curriculum initia-
tives that cut across the three schools, according to Verma. “Right now, faculty are isolated,” Verma said. “They are focused on their own
schools is crucial for the business college’s success. “The more we start to appreciate how much we have in common, the quicker we
“For a top-tier university like Cornell, an outstanding and integrated business program ... is necessary for success.” Provost Kotlikoff and President Garrett schools, but once they start integrating across in the long run you will imagine they will develop new collaborative curricula. Right now there is no formal collaboration.” Barrett agreed with Verma, stressing the that engagement between the three
break down these natural fears that some of our colleagues hold and achieve the aspirations that most of our colleagues are seeing in this opportunity,” Barrett said. Josh Girsky can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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THE ‘GRAY AREA’ OF CONSENT AND HOOKING UP
By JOSEPHINE CHU Sun News Editor
A previous version of this story was published May 16. “One ‘no’ should have been enough,” she said. “It started in Olin library where the guy started kissing me out of nowhere,” Mary Burgett ’16 said. “I didn’t think I was giving any signs other than simply being nice and showing him around.” When he wanted to go further, she said she told him ‘no,’ and she thought everything was fine until he followed her to her room. “He pushed me in my room, locked the door and despite me putting my clothes back on three times and continuously telling him I needed to meet friends, I had a paper to write, I needed to leave — he refused to take ‘no’ for an answer,” she said. Burgett, who is also a blogger for The Sun, said she has dealt with the traumatic effects of that day for the last four years. It is a daily battle against anxiety, depression, flashbacks and panic attacks. She is not the only one. George Tsourounakis ’18 arrived at the party with a friend. He said he was dancing and having fun when a guy started grinding on him. “I was thinking ‘oh god please stop,’ but I was too drunk to even say ‘stop,’” Tsourounakis recounted. “He then started to kiss me … pushed me against the wall and stuck his hand into my pants. I immediately pulled his hand out and said, ‘I need to go to the bathroom.’ He asked if he could come and I said ‘no.’ My mere appearance, state and wardrobe at this party made this guy think he could do whatever he wanted with my body.” Burgett’s and Tsourounakis’ experiences are just two of many sexual assault cases on college campuses across the nation. One in four women and one in 16 men will be sexually assaulted before they graduate from college, according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. What Is Consent?
“At its very core, consent is simply a ‘yes,’” said Jenna Zitomer ’18, vice president of Cornell Consent Ed. “It is an active and enthusiastic, verbal ‘yes’ that is received the first time a person is asked. Consent is never the absence of a ‘no.’” However, she said many students feel uncomfortable asking for consent, so they refrain from asking to steer clear of any awkward conversations. “A lot of people avoid [asking for consent] because they think asking ‘Is this okay?’ sounds lame, but it’s not,” said Annie Fernandez ’17. “I’ve never heard of anyone losing a romantic or sexual pursuit because they checked in with the other person.” Zitomer explained that consent does not always need to be obtained with the same words or phrase. “Possible alternatives to asking directly for sex include asking if you or your partner should get a condom or even asking what your partner wants to do next,” she said. “And yes, dirty talk is an acceptable way to ask for consent as long as the question is posed and answered somewhere within the dialogue.” However, several students expressed varying understandings of what consent means to them in their physical relationships. For Leslie Park ’18, consent can be both verbal and physical. In contrast, Graham Merrifield ’18 said in his relationship, he relies more on body language to communicate consent. “If I am with my partner … verbal consent is often secondary to a reliance on my past experience and familiarity with my partner’s non-verbal cues,” Merrifield said. Tsourounakis, on the other hand, described a past relationship where he and his partner would blatantly ask for consent. “If either of us were not comfortable in
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the situation or were just not in the mood, one of us would ask ‘do you consent?’ and if the answer was ‘no,’ then it was a ‘no,’” he explained. “Many people think sexual assault stops in relationships, that is not and never will be true.” Cassidy Clark ’17, co-president of Vox — Voices for Planned Parenthood at Cornell — also warned students that expressions of consent can not be transferred from one situation to another. “If someone gave consent in one instance, that definitely does not mean that they have given consent for any future instances,” Clark said. “Consent needs to be given for every sexual encounter.” Dylan Van Duyne ’18 described consent as expiring if one partner expresses discomfort with any given situation. “The other partner should accept that person’s discomfort — audible, visible or via any other means — as a sign that consent is not granted,” he said. “Consent then needs to be given again.” Alcohol, Drugs and ‘Hookup Culture’
Countless studies have shown that alcohol and drugs blur the line between consensual and nonconsensual sex, especially on college campuses. So where is the line? Burgett stressed that someone under the influence of alcohol or drugs “cannot give a ‘yes.’” Similarly, former Panhellenic Council President Kendall Grant ’16 said consent cannot be granted when someone is too incapacitated to demonstrate affirmation. “Anyone can exercise reasonable judgment to determine if someone is ‘too drunk’ or not,” Grant said. Fernandez called alcohol the “stickiest situation” when it comes to sexual consent. “I would say that if there is any doubt on
“He refused to take ‘no’ for an answer.” Mary Burgett ’16 either side about consent, then nothing sexual should take place,” Fernandez said. “However, obviously there is a gray area, especially if both parties — even if under the influence of alcohol — coherently and clearly give verbal consent. I would say that it is imperative when people have been drinking to not gauge consent off of body language, like many people do in sober situations.” A male student, who chose to remain anonymous, said people can “hate themselves for giving consent during their drunken stupors” and “realize that they might have just been assaulted the night before.” “I’m constantly worried about my actions being seen in a negative light,” he said. He described an incident that echoes the uncertainty associated with alcohol-induced
“gray areas.” “Earlier this semester there was a young lady who I ended up having relations with that had said ‘no’ to going further than your typical drunken make-out, but after a while she had consented physically by making physical actions to consent otherwise,” he said. “Now legally that is physical consent and is okay, but it still makes me feel icky to this day. Best bet when it comes to consent is to be sober.”
“At its very core, consent is simply a ‘yes.’” Jenna Zitomer ’18 Emma Keteltas ’17, executive vice president of Cornell Panhellenic Council, blamed the “hookup culture” as one of the main contributors to the amount of campus sexual assault on campus. “It seems like there is enormous expectation to hook up when you’re at a mixer or a date function or formal, and that might make it harder for someone to say ‘no’ if they feel like the expectation is that they should hook up at the end of the night,” Keteltas said. “I think a lot of these events put pressure on both parties, because it seems like the hookup culture has created this ‘end goal’ of hooking up at the end of the night.” False Accusations and Victim Blaming
With alcohol and drugs obscuring judgement and decision-making, false accusations of sexual assault have also become a common cause for concern. An anonymous male student called false accusations “definitely concerning,” saying that the “concept of a girl changing her mind the next day is scary.” Tsourounakis illustrated how consent can transform over time, calling it “possible” to withdraw consent after the act. “Many people can coax someone into sex, begging is quite popular,” he said. “If you have to literally beg someone to have sex with you is that not saying something?” Tsourounakis added that people should realize falsely accusing someone of sexual assault brings “literally no benefit to the person making the accusation.” “What do you think the person is going to gain?” he said. “A million dollars? A million hugs? Sexual assault is a weight someone will carry with them for the rest of their lives. It is not something to cry wolf about.” Kendall Grant and Catherine McAnney ’16 — who organized Cornell’s second annual Sexual Assault Awareness Week in April — agreed, saying that if a male is afraid of being falsely accused, they should “understand the fear associated with potentially being a victim.” That being said, victim blaming has also emerged as “an undeniable stigma associated
with sexual assault and sharing your story as a victim,” according to Grant and McAnney. They called victim blaming “largely a function of socialized gender norms.” “We are conditioned to question a victim’s story — particularly if she is a woman — and empathize for the alleged perpetrator — particularly if he is a man,” Grant and McAnney said. After her sexual assault experience, Mary Burgett said she thought she must have “done something to convince him it was okay.” “I never said ‘yes’ and while I did press charges through Cornell, it took me a while to stop victim blaming myself,” she said. Zitomer explained that reporting and pressing charges often leads to at least eight months of “reliving the trauma.” “It means dealing with their name being permanently linked to sexual assault, as well as ‘ruining the reputation’ of another person or organization,” she said. “Many students just do not want to deal with the social, legal and personal implications of reporting rape and sexual assault, and it is important not to force-feed them this option. The last thing anyone needs or wants after being a victim of sexual assault is to be told what they should do to cope with their pain.” Greek Life
Greek organizations have long been considered hotbeds for sexual assault and consent-related issues. Merrifield, who is not a member of Greek life, supported this statement, saying that he believes sexual assault does occur more at fraternities. “It is the most common way of bringing potential partners together with substances that cause impairment and in some cases a hook-up oriented culture,” he explained. Zitomer noted that one of the most vulnerable times for Greek members, who make up 32 percent of Cornell’s campus, is ‘wet week’ — the week following ‘dry period’ where new members are encouraged to drink heavily, after weeks of abstaining, with their new brothers and sisters. Cornell Interfraternity Council President Blake Brown ’17 stressed that the importance of safe and consensual sex has become “much more widespread and inclusive in all fraternities.” “This semester, all 36 IFC fraternities underwent training with both Cayuga’s Watchers and Consent Ed,” Brown said. “Fraternity members will be trained throughout all four years of their undergraduate fraternity experience.” Annie Fernandez, however, urged the University to take action against the fraternity system. “That is an extremely controversial statement, but they are a cesspool for sexual pressure that disproportionately put women at risk,” she said. “Many researchers chalk this up to the ultra-masculine environment that frats perpetuate and the privileged demographic that usually makes up frats.” Fernandez said she does not believe fraternity brothers are “inherently evil or rapists” but that the fraternity culture “enables more sexual assault than other social environments.” “Sororities cannot even host parties in their own houses, meaning that they are always in unfamiliar settings when they go to Greek parties, which makes them more vulnerable to sexual assault,” she said. Van Duyne, who is not in a fraternity, defended Greek life, saying that there is a significant amount of sexual assault associated with the system, but that there is also a “significant amount of sexual assault that occurs outside of Greek life.” “It is easy to try and point at a system as being the sole perpetrator,” he said. “However, those that argue sexual assault is a direct result of Greek life don’t realize that eliminating Greek life would not solve the problem at all.” Josephine Chu can be reached at email@example.com.
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Presidential Search Committee Seeks Community Input By ALEXA ESKENAZI Sun Staff Writer
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To your good health | This rendering portrays the southeast side of the Cornell Health building.
Gannett to Become ‘Cornell Health’
Facility will undergo renovations, expand to Campus Road building By KIMBERLY LEE Sun Staff Writer
A previous version of this story was published June 29. Gannett health services will only be available in the facility’s new addition on Campus Road while the original building is renovated and renamed over the next year, the University announced June 27.
“Providing a welcoming, peaceful physical space is an important part of delivering high-quality care.” Kent Bullis Nianne VanFleet, Gannett’s associate director of operations, said the health facility will double in size after upcoming renovations. She described this coming year as a “transition period,” when many offices and services will be moved to temporary locations in the new addition while the original building is renovated to reflect a need for more space. “The expansion will really ‘right size’ our facility, since we had been operating in a space that was much too small and no longer met healthcare standards,” VanFleet said. Once complete, the new building will have up-to-date and accessible medical facilities, an increased numbers of exam rooms, counseling offices, an expanded pharmacy and larger waiting area, according to VanFleet. Sharon Dittman, Gannett’s associate director for community relations, described the expansion of Cornell’s health center as a project that has been a “University priority” since 2005. “The original facility was severely undersized to serve Cornell’s growing student population and evolving campus needs,” she said. Dittman explained that plans for the new facility in 2009 had to be tabled due to budgetary concerns, but discussions resurfaced four years later when a local firm was hired to design a facility that would incorporate the
construction of a significant addition into the existing building. “This transformation of Cornell’s health services is a $55 million project — less than half the cost of the original design,” Dittman said. She explained that the expansion and renovation of the health facility is being funded both by “generous donors” and contributions from all the University’s schools, colleges and administrative units. Kent Bullis, Gannett’s interim executive director, said one of the project’s goals is the consistent provision of more integrated medical and mental health services. “Our collaborative care teams — made up of medical providers, counselors, psychologists, nutritionists and others — are now co-located in ‘integrated care suites’ where providers from different backgrounds and specialties work together to support our patients’ and clients’ physical and mental health,” Bullis said. Bullis noted that another aim of the revamped Gannett will be to improve visitor experience and create a peaceful atmosphere in the facility. “Many of our visitors come to us when they are feeling their worst, and we believe that providing a welcoming, peaceful physical space is an important part of delivering high-quality care and helping our patients and clients feel their best,” he said. The University also announced that in Spring 2017, Gannett will officially change its name and operate in its entirety under the new name “Cornell Health.” The facility was originally built in the 1950s and named “Gannett Clinic” in appreciation for a generous donation from the Gannett Foundation. According to Dittman, the new renovations seemed to signify an appropriate time for a new name. Dittman explained that “Cornell Health” was the result of ideas generated from surveys and focus groups involving Cornell community members. “[The shift] reflects the evolution of our mission, our holistic approach to providing medical, mental health and public health services, and the commitment of the university to health as a core value for the whole campus community,” she said. Kimberly Lee can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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New year, new Gannett | Above: This rendering portrays the northwest corner of the Cornell Health facilities. Top right: The south-facing facade of the new building features large, multi-colored windows. Bottom right: Sidewalks and roads were often closed during the construction of the building’s expansion during the spring semester and summer.
A previous version of this story was published May 5. Members of the Cornell community requested that the presidential search committee select a University leader who values transparency and will promote the humanities at open forums on May 4. Following President Elizabeth Garrett’s death March 7, President Emeritus Hunter Rawlings III will serve as interim president until the committee selects a candidate. The search will take about six to nine months, but its progress is confidential, according to committee chair Jan Rock Zubrow ’77. However, Zubrow added that the committee considers the Cornell community’s input “critically important.” The open forum — which the committee held in an effort to make the search process more inclusive — sought input from Cornellians about the attributes that the committee should seek in a president. Zubrow said these criteria will be published by the committee when they have been finalized. The University’s new initiatives — such as the College of Business and Cornell Tech — and Cornell’s standing in the international community are particularly important issues that the new president must address, according to Zubrow. Prof. Adam Smith, anthropology, added that the need for new professors to replace the University’s retiring and aging faculty is an ongoing problem. “We’ve increased the scale of that problem over the last two or three years, though, with reductions in faculty recruitment and retention,” Smith said. “As a result, what was a real success five years ago is now a critical challenge to be able to rededicate Cornell to that original vision.” Smith also called for the new president to rebalance the relationship between Cornell’s liberal arts and professional schools — which he said is currently skewed toward professional schools — saying that Garrett began attempting to fix this national trend during her term. “Cornell “[Being a university can be a leader in reversing president] is harder than this,” Smith said. “We need being a CEO of a Fortune someone who 500 company.” can really make Jan Rock Zubrow ’77 a national case for the role of the liberal arts education.” Another concern Cornellians focused on is the need for transparency between the administration and the community. “There is a seeming disconnect, whether it is genuinely there or perceived, between the vision makers in the University and the fulfillers, meaning the workers charged to carry out that vision,” said Prof. Ding Xiang Warner, Asian studies. “I think one of the major challenges not just for the incoming president but for the administration as a whole is to figure out a way to rebuild the mutual trust and understanding that I first saw when I joined Cornell in 2001.” Zubrow said that over the course of the two open forums, the Cornell community expressed the desire for a communicative president who emphasizes diversity and the humanities. “In a situation where resources are tight, we need someone who is decisive, strategic, transparent about their decision making, a good communicator, great fundraiser, someone who appreciates the importance of diversity and can make that embedded in the institution, someone who is a very effective spokesperson for the University and large and for the arts and humanities,” she said. “That’s what I’ve heard so far.” Zubrow added that she believes the position of a university president is one of the hardest that someone can hold. “It’s harder than being a CEO of a Fortune 500 company, in my mind, because you’re never off-duty,” she said. “Wherever you go, you are recognized, and it’s really an extraordinary role, but we are a unique institution and a wonderful institution and we will attract someone marvelous.” Alexa Eskenazi can be reached at email@example.com.
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Myrick ’09 Extols Ithaca Plan at Town Hall Panel Cites evidence that shows supervised injection sites can lead to reduced crime,overdose rates By DREW MUSTO Sun Staff Writer
A previous version of this story was originally published on April 27. Mayor Svante Myrick ’09, Ithaca Common Council and other Ithaca officials discussed The Ithaca Plan and development in Collegetown at a town hall meeting in Klarman Hall Atrium on April 26. Myrick praised the promise of The Ithaca Plan, which centers on the creation of the nation’s first supervised heroin injection site in Ithaca as well as establishing heroin maintenance therapy programs. “First, [the facility] saves lives,” he said. “Vancouver, where they have done this for 13 years — it’s been used two million times without a single overdose death. We have 30,000 people in this town. One person each month dies from opiate over“If we had what Switzerland has in dose in Ithaca, and 125 people will America, 5,000 fewer people would have die today in America.” Myrick also bolstered his plan died last year.” with evidence from Switzerland’s injection facilities. Mayor Svante Myrick ’09 “In Switzerland, which has 23 supervised injection facilities, overdose deaths have decreased by two-thirds,” he explained. “If we had what Switzerland has in America, 5,000 fewer people would have died last year. The facility will keep people alive.” Myrick added that the facility will reduce public heroin consumption and increase safety. “Large crimes like rape, burglary and assault, and small crimes like graffiti and loitering, all went down around the Vancouver facility,” he said. “When you bring people indoors and into the light, you reduce all the negative externalities of drug use.” The injection facility will also reduce HIV and hepatitis transmission rates, according to Myrick. “These are diseases that should have been eradicated long ago, yet they are increasing in almost every county in New York State,” he said. “More people each month are getting
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Heroin hero | Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick ’09 provides evidence that supports the success of supervised heroin injection faciltiies at a town hall meeting in April.
HIV in New York state because of IV use. That will not happen at the supervised injection facility.” Myrick added that the high cost of HIV medication adds pressure to the lives of users and could potentially exacerbate the strains that lead them to use heroin in the first place. “Why is that? It’s complicated, but the simple reason is that the time immediately after you use is actually the time you have the least withdraw symptoms,” he explained. “So some users will have a moment of clarity immediately after use — they may decide they want to get clean.” Visiting a supervised facility will also help users receive the help they need, according to Myrick. “If you have that moment of clarity in front of somebody with whom you have built trust and rapport, and you know that they can get you treatment, you’re more likely to get treatment,” he said. Myrick called the facility a “new approach,” saying it is a necessary change from the harmful policies of the war on drugs. “The war on drugs — this trillion dollar effort that we have been waging since 1975 — has locked up more people in this country than any other country in the world,” Myrick said. “This has resulted in more black and brown men being under state control today than there were slaves in the 1860s.” The Ithaca Plan, which Myrick originally announced in late February, is part of part of an effort to reduce drug usage and overdose rates in the community. However, Myrick had already begun working on combatting local drug usage two years earlier when he formed the Municipal Drug Policy Committee. Drew Musto can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inaugural ‘Ithaca Is Love’ Event Unites Community in Support of Pulse Victims By RACHEL WHALEN
Patchcoski added that while Cornell has one of the “oldest LGBT centers in the country,” the A previous version of this story area still has “a long way to go.” was originally published on July 2. “I think being here and showHundreds of Ithacans created a ing the community who we are as rainbow of shirts in the Commons a collective community, what June 30, showing their solidarity resources we offer to faculty, staff, with victims of the June 12 Pulse students, and how we partner with nightclub shooting at the inaugurthe community is a really imporal “Ithaca is Love” event. tant piece of being here,” he said. “This is an initial event that we “We are here, and we are so excited hope will turn into a pride event to be a part of this.” next year, or some time in the Ithacans plan to extend formal future,” said organizer Biagio communications between Ithaca DiSalvo ’14 M.A. ’16. “For me, it and Orlando’s mayors and business shows the community districts, as well as coming together.” between TC3 and The event attracted “This is an initial event that we hope will Orlando’s Valencia even more attention than turn into a pride event next year or some Community College — expected, according to which lost seven students time in the future.” DiSalvo. Organizers said in the attack — accordall 400 multicolored ing to Mohlenhoff. Biagio DiSalvo ’15 M.A. ’16 “Ithaca is Love” t-shirts “We decided that was —intended to be worn in better than a fundraiser. a community picture — sold out people here who might be feeling There wasn’t really a specific need within the first 35 minutes of the not supported.” for money of any sort, so we wantevent. Brian Patchcoski, associate dean ed to do this instead,” Mohlenhoff Kelly Barclay, a marketing spe- of students and director of said. “We’re doing very specific cialist for the Cornell Fingerlakes Cornell’s LGBT Resource Center, communication from entity to Credit Union, which provided free agreed that the event’s main pur- entity, but we are also just sort of “Ithaca is Love” buttons to atten- pose was providing “visibility” to bringing everyone together in the dees, said she was surprised by the the LGBT community. center of our city, just for love and number of Ithacans who partici“I don’t think we always have unity.” pated in the experience. Mohlenhoff added that orgathe opportunity to be visible,” “This event is really important Patchcoski said. “Yes, Ithaca has a nizers have not yet determined to the community, and at CFCU great history of LGBT inclusion, how they will use a photo of event everything that we do revolves but I think in terms of visibility attendees wearing “Ithaca is Love” around our community, so really and support and recognizing those shirts — although she said the knew that we had to be a part of who have laid a foundation for the group has “lots of ideas.” it,” Barclay said. “It’s just a won- growth that we’ve done around derful turnout, to think that in 35 equality, we don’t get the time and Rachel Whalen can be reached at minutes the shirts sold out, it’s space to celebrate that.” email@example.com. Sun Staff Writer
absolutely wild. I guess we should have expected it from Ithaca, but it’s great.” A small team of organizers came together to plan the event with a mutual goal of expressing solidarity with victims of the Orlando shooting, according to Deb Mohlenhoff, director of student activities at Tompkins Cortland Community College. “We don’t have any official affiliation with one another,” Mohlenhoff said. “We wanted to very specifically focus on the LGBTQI community and the
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His Holiness | The 14th Dalai Lama will host his library in Ithaca.
Ithaca Chosen to Host 14th Dalai Lama’s Library By JEANETTE SI Sun Staff Writer
A previous version of this story was published July 9. Local Buddhists proclaim it “an immense honor” that Ithaca was chosen from dozens of cities to host the 14th Dalai Lama’s Library. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s Library and Museum will contain the “writings, teachings and artifacts of all 14 Dalai Lamas,” according to Mayor Svante Myrick ’09, and will “include housing for students of Buddhism and visiting Lamas.” Susan Ritter, the town of Ithaca’s director of planning, said that the library will be located on South Hill, where the North American division of the Dalai Lama’s Namgyal Monastery currently resides. The town is currently wait-
ing to receive plans for the library’s construction, according to Ritter. Tenzin Dechen ’18, the president of the Tibet Initiative at Cornell, said that the library will provide more diverse opportunities for the greater Ithaca community to learn about Buddhism and Tibetan culture. “Personally, I am very excited for this decision to place the library in Ithaca. Given that Ithaca is the North American seat of the Dalai Lama, this will allow for a more scholarly environment for the Tibetan community here and supporters of Tibet,” she said. Cornell is home to a thriving Tibetan community which would consider the library’s construction an honor, according to Andrew Card ’16, the See DALAI LAMA page 12
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S.A. Supports Faculty Diversity Training Program By DREW MUSTO Sun Staff Writer
A previous version of this story was published May 6. The Student Assembly passed a resolution calling for the creation of a diversity and inclusivity training program for all Cornell employees at its final meeting of the semester on May 5, by a vote of 26-1-0. Samari Gilbert ’17, S.A. minority liaison at large and Black Students United co-president, defended the resolution’s necessity by listing anecdotes of racial insensitivity on campus. She cited students’ experiences gathered from an anonymous survey. “One student shared a story about professors calling her a name different than her given one because it was easier to pronounce,” Gilbert said. “Another mentioned that one stopped saying her name altogether and called her ‘black girl in the back’ because it was easier than actually finding out her name.” Gilbert said these examples demonstrate “a lack of understanding for issues on our campus as a whole.” Although the resolution quotes BSU’s list of demands released last fall, Gilbert stressed that she was “not trying to pass the list of demands through the Student Assembly.” “This resolution is just the beginning of the conversation,” Gilbert said. “We want to prompt faculty to examine where they can improve and how they can be better rather than put forth strict guidelines.” Saim Chaudhary ’17, S.A. vice president for diversity and inclusion, praised BSU for its inclusive approach. “This does not only affect the black community on campus,” Chaudhary said. “I want to thank them for bringing this up for the betterment of the whole campus
and it is our responsibility to help each and every minority group here at Cornell.” Some S.A. members, however, said they feared the resolution would infringe upon the autonomy of professors and other faculty. “I think that if we require tenured professors to do things like this, that could create a dangerous precedent where the University starts using that requirement as a threat to tenured professors,” argued Mitchell McBride ’17, vice president for internal operations. “I think that the ability of tenured professors to be completely independent makes this University actually promote diversity of thought.” Robert Dunbar ’18, S.A. arts and VAS MATHUR / SUN STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER sciences representative, expressed similar concerns. Diversity decisions | Maha Ghandour ’17 discusses Student Assembly “Would this be used as a require- restructuring decisions at an open forum in Willard Straight Hall in April. ment for tenure?” Dunbar asked. “If someone refused to participate in it, “I am bothered by a lot of the arguments that have been would they not be able to get tenure?” Gilbert responded to these concerns by saying she hopes made because it seems like we’re afraid of something and the faculty would answer those questions. She said she con- everybody keeps implying that they’re afraid of something, siders it “very important to include [the faculty] in this but they won’t really say what they’re afraid of, even though we all know what they’re afraid of,” Stefanko said. conversation.” Matthew Stefanko ’16, S.A. vice president for finance, expressed frustration with some members’ arguments, say- Drew Musto can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. ing that not supporting the resolution would be “crazy.”
Univ. Announces ‘Ban the Box’ Plan By TALIA JUBAS Sun Senior Writer
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No justice, no peace | Over 200 people marched through Ithaca on July 8 after the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.
Black Lives Matter Rally Calls for IPD Defunding,End to White Supremacy By GABRIELLA LEE Former Sun News Editor
Bearing signs that read “White Silence is Violence,” “A Man Was Lynched” or simply “Black Lives Matter,” over 200 Ithacans gathered to rally and march through downtown Ithaca July 8 in the aftermath of the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of police officers. The event — which was organized by Ithaca’s local Black Lives Matter organization — joins other protests across the nation after a video was released showing Alton Sterling being held down and shot by police in Baton Rouge, La., and a livestream of Philando Castile moments after he was shot by police in Falcon Heights, Minn. appeared on Facebook. These incidents renewed national focus on
the systemic racial biases in law enforcement. Locals began gathering at the Southside Community Center at around 4:15 p.m., where Black Lives Matter partnered with Congo Square Market to provide music, food and other items for sale as community members spoke publicly about what had drawn them to the rally. As the rally officially began at 4:45 p.m., the atmosphere tangibly shifted to reflect the anger and sadness in the community as Black Lives Matter organizers spoke emphatically about the inherent injustices embedded in America’s political and cultural institutions, calling for a dismantling of white supremacy. “One of the gifts of Black Lives Matter nationally has been to revive our awareness of structures of oppression in our society,” said Enongo Lumumba-
Kasongo, grad, a local Black Lives Matter organizer. “We must also understand our personal relationships to those structures and recognize that those structures affect different people differently. We are all oppressed under white supremacy.” Prof. Russell Rickford, history, — another Black Lives Matter organizer — elaborated on Lumumba-Kasongo’s point, saying that not only was it important to uproot the structures of white supremacy, but that of “white supremacy in service of capitalism.” Overturning capitalism, Rickford argued, is imperative to creating a new system that values human life and needs. “I have never been more convinced that we have been called by history to launch a grassroots movement against See BLACK LIVES MATTER page 11
A previous version of this story was published April 20. Associate Vice President of Human Resources Allan Bishop has informed the Employee Assembly that the University plans to implement a ‘ban the box’ policy — which would remove questions about an applicant’s conviction history on preliminary job applications — by July 1, according to E.A. Executive Vice Chair Tanya Grove. Grove shared Bishop’s announcement at the E.A.’s ad hoc meeting on April 20, saying that although not all details have been decided, Cornell expected to advance the policy barring significant complications. At the meeting, the E.A. also voted unanimously to pass a resolution in support of banning the box, which was previously postponed because it had not been sponsored within the body. Although the resolution retained most of its original text, the E.A. modified language to reflect the University’s confirmation of its willingness to adopt the ‘ban the box’ policy. Garrison Lovely ’16, president of Cornell Prison Reform and Education Project, said he was “thrilled” with the University’s decision to pursue this initiative. “I met with Allan Bishop in the fall and he was open to ‘ban the box,’ but there were no concrete plans,” Lovely said. “This represents a huge step forward toward ensuring that Cornell is a fair chance employer going into the 2016 academic year.” The City of Ithaca recently removed the conviction question from job applications for governmental positions, and New York City legislation stipulates that employers inquire about criminal convictions only after they have extended a conditional offer of employment, according to the E.A. resolution. The resolution added that the University has already implemented these fair chance employment policies for its New York City campuses. Tompkins County Legislature also joined the City of Ithaca and Cornell University when it unanimously voted on July 5 to “ban the box” applications for most county jobs. Lovely said he hoped the University’s decision would influence hiring practices beyond Cornell. Talia Jubas can be reached at email@example.com.
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white supremacy,” Rickford said. “We’re up against an entire social apparatus designed to terrorize us.” Dubian Ade, another Black Lives Matter organizer, called for “no more reform, no more waiting until tomorrow, no more talking about how I feel … no more empty statements from politicians.” At approximately 5:15 p.m. the crowd began to mobilize and march toward the Ithaca Commons with Black Lives Matter organizers leading chants and cries at the head of the march. In a call and response chant, organizers shouted names of black men and women who had been killed by police, while the crowd responded “Say his name!” and “Say her name!” The names included Sterling and Castile, as well as Shawn Greenwood and Keith Shumway — local black residents who were killed by Ithaca Police in 2010 and 2011, respectively. As the march progressed down several roads, traffic was blocked at intersections, with police officers were stationed every block. The march concluded at the Bernie Milton Pavilion on the Commons, where the protesters gathered to listen to members of the public, who hailed from across
the country, as well as the calls to action from the march organizers. Reiterating his points from earlier, Rickford called on citizens to look internationally and beyond the United States to initiate revolutionary change. Rickford argued that the continued deaths of AfricanAmericans in the U.S. was a genocide according to the United Nation’s definition of the term, and that it was time to look to other progressive countries and the United Nations to charge the United States with the crime of genocide. “Don’t look to the United States government to solve the problem,” Rickford said. “They are the problem.” Concluding the rally, Ade stepped forward to summarize Ithaca Black Lives Matter’s five main calls to action, which included calls for more people to organize and act as leaders in the community, defunding the Ithaca Police Department, new alternatives to the police, organizing at jobs and work stoppages and a strengthening of the local community of people of color. In particular, Ade called on the IPD to sell their SWAT truck, which he said was frequently near events attended by people of color but with no purpose but to intimidate and cause terror. Gabriella Lee can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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very vibrant and devoted to preserving their heritage,” Card said. “I am sure that the Tibetan community in Ithaca is feeling overwhelmed with joy. The lineage of the Dalai Lamas is one of the most important pillars of Tibetan civilization and for Ithaca to be chosen for his library is an immense honor.” Dechen added that Ithaca’s natural beauty and academic focus make it an ideal “The lineage of the Dalai Lamas is one location for a library dedicatof the most important pillars of Tibetan ed to the study civilizaiton and for Ithaca to be chosen of Buddhism, saying these for his library is an immense honor.” features set the city apart from Andrew Card ’16 other applicants. “Qualities that make Ithaca stand out amongst the many other cities includes its scholarly environment in the Ithaca community,” Dechen said. “Schools like Cornell University and Ithaca College both encourage research in the humanities. Ithaca’s beautiful and lush environment also serves as a perfect place to enact a library.” Card said the greater Ithaca community is also receptive to Tibetan issues as a whole, and stressed that the library will be an enlightening establishment for Tibetans and non-Tibetans alike. “The Ithaca community has been very supportive of the Tibetan community. It’s common to see non-Tibetans attending events at the local Tibetan monastery,” said Card. “I am sure [the library] will provide incredible resources for [all] who wish to explore the richness of Tibetan culture or to find inspiration from the Dalai Lama’s teachings.” Jeannette Si can be reached at email@example.com.
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The Hype Is Here. The Hype Is Now.
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From the Editor
Make Yourself Uncomfortable AS YOU EMBARK on the next four (or more) years of your life, it’ll be easy to look around and see the vast multitude of unfamiliar faces, the seemingly endless hills you’ll climb, the innumerable courses you’ll be able to enroll in, and wonder how your story will fit in with the thousands of Cornellians that came before you. For some, it’ll only take joining the right club in your first few weeks to feel at home. For others, it might not be until your last semester here. Trying to find your place at Cornell will be difficult and challenging, but it’ll teach you about yourself and how you face adversity. Most importantly, it’ll equip you with the skills to help you find your place in the larger world. In your desire to carve your own space at Cornell, though, don’t forget the feelings of displacement and discomfort you felt on your first day on the Hill. Yes, college is about finding your place, but it is also about learning about the spaces that aren’t yours and attempting to understand those spaces as well as your own. It will be natural to seek out your own bubble of comfort, but counter-intuitive though it may be, I urge you to embrace the discomfort. Fully acknowledge how you and your peers are imperfect. Think critically about the privileges you may have. Try new things, but especially try things that make you uncomfortable: don’t shy away from conversations, speak with people who are different from you, open yourself to new ideas and different perspectives, educate yourself about the murky, messy issues that trouble you and work to change them. As much as you may feel lost or confused now, know that most of your peers feel or have felt the same way too, even if it may not seem like it. More than that, though, know that there are many people in the world who have felt a lack of belonging, fear and discomfort for their whole lives. Cornell, which has such a diverse student population and the many resources of an Ivy League institution, is a good place to be uncomfortable in. — S.H.H.
lass of 2020, I would absolutely send me your top five songs and films, love to ease you into this welcome regardless of language or era, to amiriacolumn, but the times in which we firstname.lastname@example.org. Yes, I’m dead serious. Anyway, for a significant portion of my live call for a more impetuous approach. On that note, I feel compelled to stress life, I tried to convince myself that I could to you that, in many ways, your accep- understand people by understanding art. tance into this elite institution means For example, I’ve learned through three years here at Cornell — and here is where absolutely nothing. Our shared identity as Cornell students I will take a moment to be less than humcarries tremendous implications for our ble — that I have an astonishing ability to futures, of course. But all you need to do navigate a staggeringly wide breadth of in order to reveal the oftentimes harsh sociocultural milieus, diffusing into comreality is to step outside of the Ivy League munities and groups with near effortlessbox and take a perfunctory glance at your ness. For so long, I sought to attribute this surroundings. In my case, consider the fol- skill, at least partially, to all the art I’ve lowing: When stripped of all the privilege, explored over the years. The reality, though, is that my unlimitambition and accolades, I am a black man, which means I can be restrained and exe- ed thirst for art is tempered with a limited cuted, by gun, with little or no regard for amount of time. Fortunately, those songs and films aren’t going anywhere, and I recmy identity as a Cornellian. If you’ve already decided to stop read- ognize now that they can never fulfill me ing my column out of disagreement, completely anyway. Art was never going to shock, discomfort or confusion, then you’ve already decided, You should certainly be grateful to before even attend this institution, but beginning your undergraduate I hope you will recognize that the journey in world is much larger earnest, to reject one of the funda- than Cornell. mental principles of higher education: intellectual engagement with con- teach me everything I needed to know flict. However, if you stuck around to read about how to understand people, nor was it going to help me facilitate their success that sentence, I thank you. For those remaining, please allow me to in understanding and loving each other. Art didn’t save Alton Sterling or elaborate. This summer has been an intriguing Philando Castile from systemic oppression and exciting one for me, considering I’ve and police brutality. Art cannot help me reached a sort of inflection point in my comprehend the kind of irrational bloodpersonal journey. Cornellians are rather lust and hatred that would lead to events fond of flaunting their professional like the Pulse shooting or the Baghdad bus endeavors, but I’ll simply say that I’ve been bombing. And art, despite its potential for “busy” and that everything I’ve done has healing, still does relatively little for the been in an effort to reconcile the multiple countless victims, mostly women and girls, diverging paths that await me after gradu- who’ve had their lives upended, bodies ravation. More important to me, though, is aged and psyches devastated by sexual viothe fact that I’ve already written enough lence. The world, quite simply, is much this summer to fill my entire slate of opin- more complex and oftentimes much nastiion columns for senior year. And just as er than my beloved art. And besides, good the current of material continues to shift art is contingent upon the existence of and flow, life continues to fire volleys of good people. The parallel that I’m drawing, however “inspiration ammunition” at me on a daily tenuous it may be, is this: The intangibles basis. You see, in my dreams, I’m a writer (cue that define us, like the prestige of your acceptance to Cornell or the love I have of the eye rolls). So while I contemplate the merits of art, are only as relevant to our lives insofar graduate school, I know that any choice I as we can use them to 1) create meaningful make will ultimately serve as a means to connections with real human beings and the true end: I just want enough stability 2) create positive outcomes for ourselves. You should certainly be grateful to and success to come home without the constraints of expectation stifling my cre- attend this institution, but I hope you will ative energy. Until then, I’m an imposter recognize that the world is much larger of a Biology major — a clandestine agent than Cornell. Learn to deflect the tremenforced to sneak furtive glances at my pas- dous pressures and astringent perspectives sions behind the backs of my peers, all the foisted upon you by an increasingly hyperwhile lamenting their willingness to kill competitive environment. In doing so, themselves in an effort to become life-sav- you may find yourself untethered, able to ing doctors (the irony doesn’t escape me). turn instead towards achieving that which I pass the time, mostly, by appreciating matters to you most. For me, my goals are good art, because I am a self-proclaimed happiness, personal growth and love. Your pseudo-hipster-aficionado of music and goals may be different, and I respect that, so long as they are in fact yours. film (cue the second round of eye rolls). So yes, the hype is here and the hype is I absorb art whenever and wherever I can, with the diabolical plan to one day now. But please don’t get caught up in the convert all of these concoctions into a hype. potent artistic surge of my own. I spend endless hours discovering new songs, Amiri Banks is a senior in the College of Agriculture artists, genres, films and television shows. and Life Sciences. He can be reached at In fact, I encourage all 3000+ of you to email@example.com.
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Gabrielle Hickmon | Gabbing With Gabby
Billy Lenkin |
Cornell in Spring
cannot believe that it has been four years and that it is finally my turn to graduate. It feels like I have spent my whole life working towards and waiting for this moment. As a kid, I could not wait to be “grown.” As a highschooler, I dreamt of college everyday. Sometimes I still dream about college if I’m being honest. I wonder if I did the last four years “right.” Did I work hard enough? Party enough? Experience life enough? The answers to those questions does not matter of course. Because, even if the answer was no, I’m stuck with the college experience that I’ve got. Fortunately, I’m pretty happy with it — pretty happy with it and extremely grateful for it. I remember getting into Cornell and being so excited because I always wanted to attend an Ivy League university, and with my acceptance that dream could come true. It’s funny though, because I threw out the initial brochure that Cornell sent me. Thank God my mom saw it, believed in the marketing and strongly suggested, I mean made me apply, because four years later I can’t imagine having gone to school anywhere else. Coming here opened up my world. Don’t get me wrong, I always knew that there was more to the world than my own backyard and I always believed I had a responsibility to people around the globe. But, I struggled with figuring out how to reach them, how to engage, how to become one of them. I always knew that I wanted more for myself than just experiencing where I’m from
And if you have the courage to trust in the magic of your life, plus the gall to follow through, I believe there is no way you can leave this place worse off than you were when you first arrived here. and Cornell made that possible by laying a sea of opportunities at my feet. All I had to do was pick which fish I was interested in and somehow reel it in. Some, I caught easily. Others were a struggle and some evade me to this day. As a freshman, I had a post-it on my wall that said, “Forget the Big Red Boxes and just make your Cornell story a good one.” This has been my guiding light. Having big goals, but remaining flexible in how I try to achieve them in case the Universe decides it has other, hopefully better plans in store for me. I would admonish all who will still inhabit the Hill next year to do the same. It’s so easy to get caught up in classes, work, trying to secure a good internship and planning for whatever will come next. I know firsthand because I have been guilty of this more times than I would like to admit. But, I promise you that it does all work out, even when it looks like it won’t and all you can really ever do it your part and keep the faith in the process. Cornell is an institution that makes you believe it is and will always be the most important thing in your world. But it isn’t and it won’t be. Make sure that you get everything you want from this place. Last week, someone asked me if I regretted anything about my experience or if I wish I had done anything differently and it brought me such joy to be able to tell them, no. My one, overarching goal, when I entered Cornell as a freshman was to milk this place for everything it’s worth and four years later, I know I’ve done that. Your Cornell experience will not be the same as the person next to you and that is the magic of this place. Yes, we all experience a similar form of torture, but the devil is in the details, so don’t be afraid to build on your details to stand out. If you let it, Cornell will place you with people, in situations, doing things that you maybe only ever dreamt about. And if you have the courage to trust in the magic of your life, plus the gall to follow through, I believe there is no way you can leave this place worse off than you were when you first arrived here. So, today, in my last column for The Sun, I’d simply like to say thank you. Thank you Cornell for giving me more than I ever thought to ask for over the course of the last four years. Thank you for bringing me a village and thank you to that village — you know who you are. I leave here, a young, Ivy League educated, Black woman, ready to engage with the world. For that, for making little six year old Gabby’s dream come true, thank you. Gabrielle Hickmon graduated in 2016 from in the College of Industrial and Labor Relations. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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esponsibility is scary. inequalities inherent in the cre- Life is brief and arbitrary; the least People don’t like being ation of our language (and rein- we can do is own our actions and reminded that they are forced by it). We are not coddled; try to make a difference. responsible for everything they we are taking responsibility for I can’t think of a better way to do, and that these actions have the consequences of our words end my college newspaper career consequences. While some things and of our actions. As language than with an entire paragraph of are obviously out of our control, develops along with our under- unsolicited advice. So, here are the world is the way it is because standing of the history that the highlights of What I Learned of the things people do. To some- shaped it, it becomes our respon- in College: one like me, who can barely find sibility to consciously update our Remember people’s names. her toothbrush in the morning, linguistic register. This is not This will make more of a differthis seems an alarming level of something that happens natural- ence than you expect. Own your responsibility. ly; it requires awareness, openness words. Be precise with your lanHowever, it’s not at all uncom- and willingness to accept that guage and take note of the mon to hear about the World- what was okay in the past is not impact you have on people. Changing-Impact one single per- necessarily okay today (and what Respect others, and do not take son can have. The entire human is okay today will not necessarily other people’s respect for granted. experience is motivated by the be okay in the future). You are not owed anything. Be vaguely paranoid notion that I am fascinated by the tension selective in what upsets you, but every individual’s actions are between individual responsibility not in what makes you happy. capable of changing the world, for and collective issues. Consider the There is unmistakeable joy in better or for worse. Refrains like individual response to climate remembering you have leftover “one person can save the world” change: Even if I woke up tomor- Chipotle in the fridge. Sleep. and “every vote counts” are row and decided to recycle every- This may be the last time in a important to us because, while thing I ever come into contact while that you can nap for three the scenarios they call to mind are with, never drive a car again and hours on a Monday afternoon. unlikely, they are also not impos- avoid fossil fuels forever, my Do not confuse hard work with sible. The idea of the potential impact as one person would have luck, or vice versa. Finish everyimportance of a single human life absolutely no effect on the collec- thing you start, especially that is attractive — it validates not tive problem of environmental entire pizza you ordered at 2 a.m. only the human experience but degradation. When faced with an Call your parents and remind our responsibility to humanity issue of this magnitude, it almost them you love them. They’ve itself. seems silly to think that one per- given up more than you can Existence is lonely by defini- son’s actions can really make a dif- imagine for you to be here. Turn tion; we can only understand the ference. It is unlikely, but once your phone off at night. Go to world around us through our own again, not impossible. class, but be prepared to leave if consciousness. This is equal parts depressing and liberating. We are condemned to a freedom that offers no pos- We are responsible for ourselves, each other sibility of escape. The idea of responsibility, then, and our futures. Life is brief and arbitrary; becomes a creative way to the least we can do is own our actions reclaim agency in the face of the inherent isolation of and try to make a difference. existence. Our responsibility, first and foremost, is to ourselves. But we also have an People don’t recycle because something better comes up. You obligation to improve the quality they think they’ll really be able to won’t remember the lectures you of life for all of humanity, provid- make enough of a difference for it went to as well as the ones you ed we are in a position to do so. to have been worth the effort. didn’t. Find that one person you While top-down societal change There is an intensely social aspect just can’t help yourself around can occur and is important, most to actions like this; if we see more and tell them how they make you change happens on an individual and more people recycling (or feel. If you’re able to do this, level. This is a powerful idea for taking public transportation, or please let me know how. Pay many people, but it’s also self- composting, or switching to solar attention to people as you walk motivated; even if our intentions energy, etc.), we’ll be more likely around. Keep a mental image of are to improve the collective to accept the validity of the belief that expression of humble wongood, it’s hard to avoid the some- that change can come from the der that flashes across someone’s what-selfish desire to have an bottom. We cling tightly to the face as they admire the beauty of impact beyond our own, non- idea that if enough people come this campus when they think no transferrable human experience. together, we can make something one is looking. Keep your toothI started writing this column bigger than the sum of our indi- brush somewhere you’ll rememtwo semesters ago because I want- vidual actions. We are social crea- ber. Do not worry about your ed to write one essay about polit- tures, bound together by the rest- future. It is a privilege to have a ical correctness. Since then, I’ve less desire to ease the tension future to worry about. Most come to realize that “political cor- between the isolating nature of importantly, take responsibility. rectness” has everything to do the human condition and the col- You are made up of your words with this idea of individual lective humanity that links us all. and your actions. responsibility. Political correctIf I’ve learned anything during And remember, you can ness, best understood as a con- these four expensive years of col- change the world. It’s unlikely, scious avoidance of coded lan- lege, it’s that responsibility is but not impossible. guage and actions, is motivated everything. I cannot emphasize by an awareness that words are enough how lucky we are to be Emily Hardin graduated in 2016 from rarely neutral and that it is our here. We are responsible for our- the College of Arts and Sciences. She can responsibility to address the selves, each other and our futures. be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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‘MAKING THE MOST OF THE NIGHT’: CARLY RAE JEPSEN BY MIKE SOSNICK Former Arts and Entertainment Editor
A previous version of this story was published Nov. 2. Nearly every student knew that Carly Rae Jepsen would be playing at Barton Hall on Nov. 1, but there weren’t many that seemed to be going. There wasn’t a steady stream of them trudging up from Collegetown, and people that I talked to treated the fact that I was going more as a gag than a given. The slim number of people already in Barton at 7:30 didn’t grow much ahead of the headliner’s set. The few stragglers didn’t miss much. The night’s opener was the wholly replaceable St. Lucia, a band you probably know for that indie-pop song you can sing half the lyrics to but can’t remember who it’s by. What St. Lucia’s set lacked in originality, it made up for in the most synth-pop way possible — it was remarkably easy to describe with bland words like “fun” by people who probably use “Brooklyn” as an adjective. As Carly Rae Jepsen (praised be her name) took the stage to 101 Dalmatians soundbytes, the crowd didn’t seem much thicker. While I can’t imagine that’s what CCC wanted out of a concert that nearly every student knew was happening, a sparsely packed Barton Hall was exactly what I needed to flail my limbs with reckless abandon in a vague approximation of dancing. The extra space proved immediately necessary as the Cruella de Vil-costumed Canadian — she was
compensating for missing Halloween on the plane — launched into the disco pulse of “Run Away With Me” with the help of a band clad in dog ears and spots. Jepsen crooned for a crowd which, although small in number, was massive in its singalong fervor. I don’t think I was alone in forgetting that “Good Time” is (partly) a Carly Rae Jepsen track; to me, it had always been Owl City’s “song that isn’t ‘Fireflies.’” But “Good Time” was still enough of a summer banger to keep the crowd screaming, even if the bassist’s attempt at the male vocals fell a bit flat. The song ended up being quite representative of the concert itself, with its refrain of “We don’t even have to try, it’s always a good time” proving to be a fine motto for the evening. Jepsen can belt out the most formulaic, dead-simple pop hits and it’s still a blast — “Good Time” was no exception. Cruella had already shed her faux fur vest when she proclaimed, in the middle of “Tiny Little Bows,” that she “didn’t mean to turn [the concert] into a strip show” as she planned to take off her heels. Conveniently, the confetti cannons shot off to announce this decidedly un-sexy move that would end up requiring a roadie’s help. This refreshingly wholesome move from the 30-year old came in sharp contrast to anyone who was at the same venue two years earlier for Ke$ha’s show (or most major pop concerts, for that matter) where sex appeal was high on the list of priorities. Therein lies much of Jepsen’s appeal — she’s no more threatening than a childhood smile or a jar of jellybeans. She may be short on sub-
Blending Boundaries: RAMS at Cornell Cinema BY JULIA CURLEY Staff Writer
A previous version of this story was published April 14. Grímur Hákonarson’s Icelandic film, RAMS, won’t warm you up. Set in a secluded valley, winter rolls into the lives of Gummi and Kiddi, two sheep-rearing brothers, much as it does in Ithaca, and brings with it an ironically accessible story of death and rebirth. The film combines an understanding of humanity and nature. When scrapie, a brain-eating sheep disease, infects Kiddi’s herd, veterinarians demand that every sheep and ram in the valley be slaughtered. What follows is a drama that challenges the brothers’ 40year-long silence. Hákonarson frames his story as a work of art, shot by shot linked together with sporadic language. The film avoids hermeticism by bridging the gaps from the animal to the human. Gummi and Kiddi, as well as the community, cohesively blend with their surroundings. Through Hákonarson’s artistic framing and each actors affinity for unspoken communication, RAMS tells a universal story. The chilling landscapes shape a charming metatheatre in which the scrapie that infects the sheep mirrors an
affliction of their caretakers. The infection requires a renewal of stock and a simultaneous acknowledgment of deeply rooted tensions between brothers. The diseased sheep function not only as a basis for confrontation in RAMS, but also as a mirror of the unfolding drama. The two stories emphasize each part’s validity. The human and the animal join forces in RAMS to tell a story that overcomes all differences — of language, of distance, of species. Hákonarson’s film speaks through visual expressions and elicits compassion through its simplicity. Each frame understands the action of the film and develops along with its characters. Through the director’s artistry, RAMS exists as a picture of enduring humanity, equality and unity. And, with the blending of nature and humanity, RAMS invites its audience to sympathize along with its characters, to feel in the tragedy, and join in the renewal. Hákonarson relates each element of his film — the sickness of the sheep, the hostilities between brothers, the landscape and the valley — in order to weave a story accessible to all audiences. The film, screened at Cornell Cinema, promises to please a large audience of viewers.
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stance, but her saccharine disposition leaves little to dislike. Taking off her heels didn’t do much to alleviate Jepsen’s stiff stage presence, but her coy discomfort seemed to be another welcome product of her manufactured innocence. Carly Rae defiantly declared she was over dwelling on boys in a bout of mass-produced pseudo-feminism, and stopped herself before uttering what, to her, were “bad words”: “bitching about boys.” How edgy! Her weakly uninspired attempts at subversion only highlighted how cloying she really is, but that’s where her allure squarely lies. Would you be dancing your tushie off to “Boy Problems” if she actually reflected thoughtfully on her relationship issues? Didn’t think so. Following a few deeper cuts (in relative terms, obviously) that could be loosely deemed the show’s “e•mo•tional” section, she capped off the night with the two tracks everyone was expecting her to end on: “Call Me Maybe” and “I Really Like You.” However much Jepsen may hate those songs by now, it didn’t show. She rattled through them with all the passion that this dedicated fan was hoping for. To say that those seven-ish minutes were a life highlight is probably an exaggeration, but the fact that such an acutely unchallenging pop set could enter that conversation speaks volumes about Carly Rae’s strange, infectious appeal. After the set concluded with a guitar solo from my favorite dalmatian, Tavish, I rode a powerful wave of cheerfully stupefied confusion, unadulterated bliss and inconveniently pooled sweat out of Barton’s alternate universe and back into the real world.
A Unique, Compelling Adaptation
Risley Theatre’s Julius Caesar BY NICK SWAN Staff Writer
A previous version of this story was published March 13. Shakespeare’s tragedies possess an infinite relevance that will always characterize some portion of the human condition. Many contemporary performances of his plays, while retaining the same lines and structure, adapt the work to a more modern setting. This is precisely the route that director Christian Brickhouse ’17 followed in Risley Theatre’s production of Julius Caesar. Rather than being left to unfold in the ancient and grand obscurity of the Roman Empire, this iteration of Julius Caesar is set in the United States during the year 1919. In this world, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is on track to be passed. Activists of women’s suffrage may be symbolized by the conspirators
COURTESY OF CHRISTIAN BRICKHOUSE ’17
and their actions, and Caesar’s actual assassination represents the passage of the amendment. However, the metaphor continues; in maintaining historical integrity, the strife faced by Caesar’s conspirators is intended to represent the struggle of minority women to gain voting rights in the decades after the 19th Amendment’s implementation. The tragic nature of the play’s ending is indicative of the tribulations women still must endure for true gender equality. This resetting of Julius Caesar attains nothing short of theatrical elegance and originality. To interpret the fall of Caesar and its surrounding nuances as not only a singular death per se but as broader historical phenomenon significantly bolsters the poignancy and relevance of the work. The American Progressive Era of the early twentieth century certainly offers a complex frame of social turbulence apt
for the setting of Julius Caesar. However, similar metaphorical interpretations of the tragedy may be brought to life within different time periods, such as the Reconstructive emancipation of slaves or the global revolutions of the 1960s. Brickhouse’s production soundly brings to life this Progressive Era adaptation of Julius Caesar. Risley Theatre’s production of Julius Caesar is certainly a rare commodity in the vast collection of Shakespeare performances. Its adaptation of the tragedy, setting it during the dense Progressive Era is highly creative and indicative of the timeless nature of Shakespeare’s work. At the ending, one is reminded of the gender inequality that still plagues the United States, a powerful and conclusive call-to-action of the type that exists in only the greatest and most compelling works of art.
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LAURENS HAMMOND 1916
After receiving his B.S. in mechanical engineering in 1916, Hammond would go on to create the electric Hammond organ, which proved to be an important milestone in electronic music’s evolution and influential to the genres of jazz and progressive rock.
Laurents penned and directed a number of seminal Broadway musicals, including West Side Story, Hallelujah, Baby! and La Cage Aux Folles, in addition to writing a number of well-received films.
PEARL S. BUCK ’25 THOMAS PYNCHON ’59
Honing his literary chops under the likes of Vladimir Nabokov at Cornell, Pynchon would go on to define the postmodernist tradition, winning the National Book Award for 1973’s Gravity’s Rainbow.
ARTHUR LAURENTS ’37
Buck used the skills she honed at Cornell to craft some of the 1930s’ best-selling and most acclaimed historical fiction. She would go on to win a Pulitzer Prize for The Good Earth in 1932 and a Nobel Prize in 1938.
Years after leaving Ithaca with a degree in English, Seidler took the stage to accept the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for The King’s Speech in 2011.
Prior to leaving Cornell to fight in the second World War, Vonnegut pursued a degree in chemistry and served as the Associate Editor of The Sun. Throughout the ’60s and beyond, he established himself as one of counterculture’s most notable novelists with the satirical black humor of books like Slaughterhouse-Five and Cat’s Cradle.
TONI MORRISON M.A. ’55
The acclaimed author has won a Pulitzer Prize, the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her prolific, vivid novels, including Beloved.
KURT VONNEGUT, JR. ’44
Cornell’s Artistic Legacy
DAVID SEIDLER ’59 JANE LYNCH MFA ’84
ROBERT MOOG Ph.D. ’65
If the origins of popular electronic music can be traced to one person, it would be Robert Moog. While at Cornell studying engineering, he grew interested in and began developing electronic instruments. His Moog Synthesizer would go on to be the tool of choice for everyone from Beaver & Krause to Donna Summer.
CHRISTOPHER REEVE ’74
Before the world knew him as Superman and a philanthropist, Reeve starred in numerous Cornell theater productions.
Following a few notable featurelength comedy roles in films such as The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Role Models, Lynch raked in the awards with her regular role on the hit show Glee.
After revitalizing the Southern California punk scene, the lead singer of Bad Religion turned his focus to doctoral biology work and continues to lecture courses on evolution at Cornell.
GREG GRAFFIN Ph.D. ’91
Through the Years: Concerts at Cornell For 150 years, Cornellians have come together for live music. From harps to hip-hop, Barton to Bailey and Spring Day to Slope Day, concerts have been a cornerstone of the student experience. Over the years, our campus has been host to violin virtuoso Yehudi Menuhin, the second-most-downloaded Grateful Dead show, Kanye West in support of The College Dropout and everything in between.
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Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies 201 Tibet Drive Danby Road/Rte. 96B Ithaca, NY 14850
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Meditations: Namgyal Monastery Mon. Wed. Fri. 5:15-6:00 pm Meditation Instruction: 4:30 pm 1st Friday of Month Tea Social: 6:00-6:45 pm 1st Friday of Month
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The Good,The Bad and The Greasy of Campus Food By ELIZA LAJOIE Former Sun Blogs Editor
To guide you through Cornell’s “all-you-care-to-eat” meal-swipe dining halls, here is a rundown of the best and worst of Cornell’s dining options. Okenshield’s You will soon discover that Okenshield’s shares many characteristics with a boyfriend left over from high school: at times, convenient and a little boring, but tolerable because you think there aren’t any better options. You can disregard the little annoyances — instead of missed dates or bad breath, Okenshield’s offers goopy pasta and endless lines — and the relationship limps along. Okenshield’s will keep you coming back with hopes of stumbling upon the pad thai, gyros or popcorn shrimp that all make occasional surprise appearances. It’s the only mealswipe dining hall on Central Campus, so there often isn’t much choice. But at least you’ll be able to cheer yourself up
with a smile from Okenshield’s flamboyant and infallibly cheerful card-swiper, Happy Dave. Best Bet: Spinach and artichoke dip, milkshakes.
when the weather is cooperative, so enjoy it while you can! While many options in Appel are the same every day — pizza, salad, pasta — there is always a respectable number of other options, from turkey and potatoes to fresh-grilled burgers. Best Bet: Pineapple cake, salad bar.
Risley Dining You’ll find no more dramatic dining venue than Risley’s great hall, under vaulted ceilings and the glow of Harry Potter-esque chandeliers. Food options are generally cafeteria-bland, in keeping with the high schoolstyle food line. But the stir-fry bar and ample dessert table at least will remind you that you’re in college now, and you deserve superior sustenance. Best Bet: Stir-fry, waffles. Robert Purcell Marketplace Eatery The Robert Purcell Community Center offers the biggest dining hall on North Campus and swarms with freshmen every weeknight. The enormous array of options will satisfy all diners, from picky eaters — who can resort to pizza or chicken nuggets –— to the more adventurous, who
savory breakfast pizza and giant pancakes. Best Bet: Mongo grill, pasta of the day.
West Campus Intrepid freshmen who venture down the slope into the land of upperclassmen will be rewarded with superior dining in a more homey setting. The dining rooms at Cook, Becker, Rose, Bethe and Keeton each have their own specialties to be discovered, including lots of international options. Additionally, most dining rooms on West have panini makers, so you if nothing else pleases you, whip up a cheesy melt with ingredients selected from ample sandwich and salad bars. Best Bet: Perogies at Cook, bibimbap at Bethe, fajitas at Keeton.
Appel Commons Appel is the only campus eatery with outdoor dining
Eliza LaJoie graduated in 2013. Responses may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Sticky sweet | Waffles are a staple of any sweet-toothed Cornellian’s diet, as they are available in most dining halls and at Waffle Frolic, on the Ithaca Commons.
will enjoy sizzling stir-fry from the Mongolian grill. RPCC offers a diverse salad bar, waffle makers and enough sugary cereal to keep you bouncing off the walls all night with your new college pals. Sunday brunch is also a must-try with
Behind That’s How I Roll By KAY XIAO Former Sun Dining Editor
Woepa Zegid reaches out of his truck to hand a customer her order before ducking back in and putting on a new pair of gloves. It’s dark outside, but the Tide orange truck emits a fluorescent glow. Zegid places a sheet of foil, a rectangular piece of seaweed and a flattened bed of sushi rice on a bamboo rolling mat. He then lays out the ingredients one after another — spicy tuna, salmon, fried cream cheese, avocado, lettuce, tempura flakes and drizzle of eel sauce — before rolling up the mat, pressing down on the top and sides and unraveling a burrito bundled warm and tight. A native of Tibet, Zegid moved to New York City when he was 18 years old and has since worked various jobs in the restaurant industry. He washed dishes and waited tables and eventually started to work in the kitchen as an assistant chef at a Japanese restaurant. Zegid moved with his family to Ithaca and worked as head chef at Plum Tree for five years before leaving to start That’s How I Roll. The lower cost of rent and novelty of the sushirito, which has become popular in cities nationwide, inspired Zegid to order a food truck, devise a menu and go into business. That’s How I Roll opened on North campus in April 2015, joining the ranks of mobile vendors like Collegetown Crêpes and Louie’s Lunch. At approximately 10 dollars a piece, its sushi burrito hybrids are filled with a generous assortment of ingredients that would typically go into a maki roll (rice, fish and vegetables in a seaweed wrap) and offer an on-the-go, relatively affordable
alternative to the typical sushi dinein experience. The sushiritos are the truck’s main attraction, but the vendor also serves a variety of hand rolls and snacks. Customer favorites include the Fire Cracker, which consists of small blocks of crunchy fried rice topped with spicy tuna and garnished with jalapeño, Sriracha, spicy mayo and the Spicy Tuna Nachos — Doritos with spicy tuna avocado and eel sauce dish that’s truly out of this world. “It’s shockingly delicious for raw fish that comes out of a truck,” said Jessica Goldman ’16, a frequenter of the popular vendor who initially had some reservations about the safety and quality of ingredients. Zegid acknowledges the hesitancy of some customers regarding the freshness of his ingredients and identifies restocking ingredients daily as one of the main challenges to running a food truck that serves sushi-grade fish. “All of the ingredient have to be fresh, especially the fish, but also the avocado and the vegetables. It’s a trailer. It’s hard to fit everything in the truck, and when things run out we have to drive and grab fresh supplies,” he said. Zegid’s dedication to the freshness of his ingredients matches the commitment he has to his customers and business. This is evidenced by the amount of time that he spends in the tiny space: Zegid begins prepping ingredients two hours before opening for business every day and spends seven days a week working at the truck during the academic year. “I guess I always want to work,” he said. “I like it.” Kay Xiao can be reached at email@example.com.
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Collegetown Bagels Is Ithaca Born and Bread By CASEY CARR Former Sun Staff Writer
It’s a Saturday morning like every other at Collegetown Bagels: A steady crowd of students navigate around colorful displays of speciality foods and stocked coolers to pick up a cup of Love Buzz to go. Crates of fresh bread are brought in from Ithaca Bakery — airy and voluminous ciabatta, dark and dense pumpernickel, small loaves of sourdough just waiting to be hollowed out and filled with steaming soup; and workers behind the counter in CTB baseball caps move in a flurry to keep up with the stream orders. For anyone connected with Cornell in the past 30 years, the scene is a familiar one. Known for its quality food, quirky atmosphere and central location, CTB has become an integral part of the off-campus experience for students, professors, parents, townies and alums alike. However, there’s something beyond the colorful chalkboard and inventive sandwich names that keeps generations coming back to CTB. I sat down with two of the owners of CTB, Mimi Mehaffey and Gregar Brous, and discovered that CTB is so much more than a sandwich shop on the
corner; it’s a community-wide family focused on local engagement. I’d like to first start with the humble beginnings of this little bagel shop. The idea for CTB came from three guys from Long Island who believed that a bagel shop would do well in Ithaca. After only a year, the trio sold the shop to the owner of Rulloff’s. Brous, an Ithaca College student and original townie, worked at Rulloff’s at the time. Upon graduation, he bought CTB with the support of his parents and brother, who are still owners of CTB today. Mehaffey, a manager at Rulloff’s and by default a manager at CTB as well, became full time manager at CTB. Brous and Mehaffey ran the original shop from the present-day Bear Necessities location and served the basics: only bagels and cream cheese — tunafish was a monumental feat at the time. CTB took on a more recognizable appearance to today’s trademark storefront after purchasing Oliver’s Deli and moving into their current, iconic corner location. The expansion tripled the menu and staff of this once small shop overnight. Today, with three different CTB locations and two Ithaca Bakery locations, acquired in 1989, the company employs over 300 members in the community. Mehaffey and Brous maintain that their staff is central to the success of CTB:
CTB serves more than speciality sandwiches and coffees to-go, but also philosophy from which we can all learn.
The Sun’s Dining Guide appears in each Thursday issue of The Sun.
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“Our staff is why people come back. They enjoy what they do and the customers that they are waiting on, and the customers have loyalty in return,” Mehaffey said. Mehaffey ensures that the staff is purposively representative of the greater Ithaca community. With students from Tompkins Cortland Community College, Cornell, Wells College and Ithaca College, just to name a few, and a special effort to hire high school students for their inaugural experience in the work force, as well as the employees who have been working for decades at the company, the staff of CTB is a true cross section of the Ithaca community. “They have become like family to us and we have become like family to them, and our customers are an extension of that family” explains Mehaffey. Not only does CTB emphasize a sense of community through its staff, but also through its ingredients. Brous says he is constantly searching for farmers and suppliers within the community and a way to connect the livelihoods of these local neighbors with their
own. “It’s a huge piece of who we are, our connection to the community and our belief in sustainability and what we have to do to keep this earth here for our children and generations after us.” Whether it’s locally-sourced meat or using nearby farmers for the production of their newest “ancient grains” bread line, Brous and Mehaffey are passionate about the quality of their ingredients and the impact they have on the local community. The staff and ingredients combine to create some of the most locally-conscious food around. The values of community and family around which CTB centers around are merged in bright colors and block letters on the renowned chalkboard: Names like The Steamin’ Treeman, Taughannock and Stewart Parker are clearly representative of the community of Ithaca. Brous says that “local” was the first big sandwich theme. The sandwich names, many of which are created by Brous, also represent the family aspect of CTB: The Lindsey, Viva Chelsea and Miles Stone are named after
their children; Sweet Rachel and Jonah’s Jive after their niece and nephew; the Javi after the family dog. Fourteen-year staff member Chris Buck has his own sandwich, The Big Buck, displayed on the board. Customers, too, can create their own concoction and have the opportunity for it to be sold as a special or added permanently to the menu. For the past 35 years, CTB has succeeded in integrating a local feel that resonates with people from all walks of life and from all parts of the world. In a place as diverse and quirky as Ithaca, it’s rare that a common denominator exists and has the ability to connect such a wide breadth of people, interests and tastes across generations. In Ithaca, CTB serves as that common denominator. With its emphasis on community engagement and family feel, CTB serves up more than speciality sandwiches and coffees to-go, but also philosophy from which we can all learn. Casey Carr graduated in 2014. Responses may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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C.U.Alumni Sign On to Professional Leagues By SUN STAFF
Over the summer, several former Cornell athletes have found their ways onto professional teams. Brian McAfee ’15 Drafted by Tampa Bay Rays
Right-handed pitcher Brian McAfee ’15 was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays organization in the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft in the 38th round (No. 1140 overall). He’s the first Cornellian selected since fellow pitcher Brent Jones ’15 was taken in 2014 by the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Washington state native finished his time at Cornell in 2015 with one year of eligibility remaining in his collegiate year due to an Ivy League eligibility rule. He then took his talents to Durham, N.C., to join the Duke Blue Devils, where he spent this past season in a starting role. During his senior year at Cornell, McAfee became the Red’s ace, sporting a 5-2 record and a cool 1.77 ERA. He also posted the fewest walks per nine innings for a Cornell pitcher in program history. Shonn Miller ’15 Signs Summer League Deal With Utah Jazz
A strong performance from Shonn Miller ’15 during summer league play with the Utah Jazz could help the Euclid, OH. native earn a spot on the Jazz’s regular season roster. Miller, who earned two first team all-Ivy nods with the Red, most recently played for UConn. The 6-foot-7 forward transferred to the school due to an Ivy League eligibility rule that prohibits graduate students from competing in athletics. While he was with Cornell, Miller scored a total of 1,065 points and currently ranks in the top 15 in the program’s history in rebounds and in the top four in blocks, even though he only competed for three years. Miller averaged 16.8 points and 8.6 rebounds per game his senior year, earning a unanimous spot on the all-conference team. Christian Hilbrich ’16 Signed to Pittsburgh Penguins
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the American Hockey League affiliate of the reigning Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, has signed former Cornell men’s hockey captain Christian Hilbrich ’16 to an AHL contract for the 2016-17 season. Hilbrich joins classmate Reece Willcox, drafted in 2012 by the Philadelphia Flyers, as lone members of their class to reach the professional level. The Penguins have a history with Cornellians, as Hilbrich’s teammate rising sophomore forward Anthony Angello was drafted by Pittsburgh in 2014. Hilbrich’s signing also marks the fourth consecutive year a Cornell alumnus has been on contract with the Penguins. Hilbrich, who played a total of 107 games in a Cornell uniform, quite literally towered over the opponents with his six-foot-seven frame, which has become a staple of his athletic abilities. He finished with 25 goals and 21 assists over his four-year collegiate career, the most points out of the four players in the graduated class. The Sun’s sports department can be reached at email@example.com.
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when the Ivy title is on the line,” Tanenbaum said. It was a back-and-forth contest, with Cornell frequently finding the early lead in the singles, before dropping matches in the third set. Nonetheless, the girls fought valiantly, and their captain praises them for it. “I was really proud of the way everyone competed in both matches,” Tanenbaum said. “We fought until the end.” On April 15, the men’s team (11-10, 5-2 Ivy) took on the Penn Quakers (7-14, 2-3 Ivy) while celebrating Senior Day for Stefan Vinti. Unfortunately, Vinti did not get to finish his match and chalk up another win for singles. Nevertheless, the Red came away with its 3rd Ivy win and headed to Princeton with confidence. The men carried this momentum to defeat the Tigers (15-9, 3-3 Ivy). Head coach Silviu Tanasoiu celebrated his
second straight winning season overseeing the Red after defeating Princeton, but Bernardo Casares Rosa ’17 was the true hero of the day. Rosa trailed 4-1 in the third set before flipping the script and clinching the match for Cornell. The contest marked a rematch between these two sides, with Princeton taking the last one in the ECAC Indoor Championship finals. With back-to-back wins, the team is looking strong, and Coach Tanasoiu is already looking ahead to next fall. “It is always encouraging to finish a season strong. It gives us plenty to look forward to over the summer and this upcoming fall,” he said. “We have only one senior graduating, and we are adding one of the strongest groups we [have] had in the last five years for this upcoming fall.” Achindra Krishna can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Home turf | On the last day of home racing, the men’s team finished with a program-wide victory. The women’s rowing team beat Dartmouth in three out of 5 races.
Men’s,Women’s Rowing Take Titles in Successful Weekend
Men reclaim Madeira Cup and Wray Trophy for ninth straight season; women reclaim Parent’s Cup By JESSICA BROFSKY
it was special for the seniors since it will be their last home race at Cornell,” said senior captain Creg A previous version of this story Davis. “There was a bunch of famwas published May 2. ily and friends out in support It was a successful weekend for which was nice.” Cornell rowing. The men’s heavyThe women’s victory secured weight rowing team swept Penn the Parent’s Cup for the second and Dartmouth, and the women year in a row. The victory marked beat Dartmouth in three out of the fifth time in the past six years five races on April 30 and May 1. the team won this award. With the win, the Red Moving forward, the women’s reclaimed the Madeira Cup and team is now solely focusing on the James Wray Memorial Trophy for Ivy League Championship. the ninth straight season. The races “Going into this race our goal was to beat Dartmouth,” “We won every race from the varsity Barrett said. “We did, and now our to the 4V. It was amazing for the 15 goal is to try seniors to finish their last home race next to widen the marwith a program-wide victory.” gin between us and them at the Senior captain Michael Collela Ivy League championship.” Similarly, the also marked the last day of home men’s team has been training hard racing for the team’s seniors. with their sights on Eastern “It was a day of fun racing, and Sprints, which will take place in Sun Staff Writer
Red Looks for Rebound in 2017
By TROY BRIDSON Sun Staff Writer
A previous version of this story was published May 1. Cornell women’s softball (9-32, 3-17 Ivy) finished its 2016 season with four straight losses to Princeton (21-25, 14-6 Ivy). The Red could not keep up with a Princeton offense that exploded for 30 runs over the four-game series. “Obviously we didn’t get the results we wanted this weekend, but we fought hard until the end,” said senior outfielder Emily Weinberg. It was a frustrating way to end the season, but Cornell will take many positives away from the year. “This year seeing everyone believe in one another was probably one of the best experiences I’ve had on the team,” Weinberg said. “Although we weren’t always getting the results we wanted, everyone was working 110 percent at practice knowing that next time could be different.” This work ethic undoubtedly led to some victories for the Red after starting the season 0-10. The team could have easily packed it in and given up after the sluggish start, but the Red persevered and
finished up with nine wins on the season. The senior class instilled this type of hard work ethic in the program throughout their four years at Cornell. “I hope that we have left behind our love for the game and have shown the underclassmen what it means to be a member of Cornell softball,” Weinberg said. With the departure of several key players, Cornell will have plenty of opportunities for younger players to make their way into the lineup. Nevertheless, returning players will still have to improve in order to achieve some balance in the lineup. “The team is getting a handful of freshman who seem like they are capable of filling in some of the holes we had this season,” Weinberg said. The 2016 season was marked by inconsistency. However, the team never quit. Credit that to the seniors, who have left behind a never-quit and commitment-tothe-game attitude for the program. “We had our chances a couple of times, but didn’t come through in the clutch situations,” Weinberg said. Troy Bridson can be reached at email@example.com.
two weeks. “After this weekend’s win, we will see if we move up in the rankings,” Davis said. “If we move up, it will help us get a better lane at the Eastern Sprints which could help us at the championship.” Senior captain Michael Collela explained this process further. “Rankings determine seeding order for our conference championships, which plays a large role in your ability to compete in the grand final,” said senior captain Michael Colella. “Hopefully we will move up in the rankings, but all of the crews are ready to have their best race in two weeks to vie for a spot in the finals of the EARC.” The team will find out their
ranking on Thursday. In the meantime, they attribute their successful races to their focus on themselves. “I think we all just wanted to execute our own race and not worry about anyone else,” Davis said. “Our hard work paid off and each boat got a win. Any time you get a sweep it’s amazing, everyone came together and did their job.” Colella was not necessarily expecting this outcome due to difficulties in the previous week of training. “We wanted to win, but we had to focus on taking a positive step forward,” she said. “I couldn't have told you we were going to sweep, but I am really glad we did.” The women’s rowing team has a tough task ahead and will use the
positive momentum from this weekend to propel them in the right direction. “This race was definitely a step in the right direction,” Barrett said. “We are happy with our performance, but we know what we can work on in the next two weeks to get faster. The men’s team is especially content to finish up its last home race on this note. “We won every race from the varsity to the 4V,” Colella said. “It was amazing for the 15 seniors to finish their last home race with a program-wide victory.” Jessica Brofsky can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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‘Scrappy’Cornell Baseball Fights Till Last Pitch
By JACK KANTOR Sun Assistant Sports Editor
A previous version of this story was published April 28. This team is not the greatest. These are not superstars. On paper, this is not a team that is going to have teams running for the hills. But this team is scrappy.
DANA DANIELS / SUN STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
This 2016 Cornell baseball team did not go out and dominate every team it played. But this squad had the ability and attitude to make every game a close one, according to head coach Dan Pepicelli. Pepicelli is well aware of how his team thrives. “We really are scrappy,” Pepicelli said. “That is our biggest asset. We don’t mind getting in a fight; we are pretty good at it. We are not going to line up and just be more talented than anybody, [but] we are pretty competitive.” Cornell (14-24, 7-13 Ivy) opened its season in Florida against the Huskies of Northeastern (31-27, 1211CAA), who had beaten No. 30 Oklahoma a couple weeks e a r l i e r. The Red
Throwing heat | Junior Jamie Smith has seen play time in five games this season, notching seven games.
In his first game of the season, Princeton won the game 4-3 were shutout by Northeastern in the first game of the season, 6-0. Willittes surrendered five earned with a run of its own in the top It is easy to come away from a runs in 4.1 innings as Cornell of the eighth. game like that and accept that the would go on to be mercied by The second game saw a near opponent is simply better. It Northeastern. But the junior complete shutdown of the Red’s would have been easy to carry pitcher would not let the one offense. Princeton junior pitcher that attitude to the next game. outing drag him down. Chris Powers did not allow a The next start by Willittes saw baserunner until the seventh But not this team. This team’s scrappiness was evident right two earned runs and a win inning. The Red lost, 6-1. from the start. Game three was all In the second game of sophomore centerthe doubleheader, Cornell fielder Dale “We really are scrappy. That is our entered the sixth inning in Wickham. He homebiggest asset. We don’t mind getting in red three times and the second game against a fight; we are pretty good at it.” the Huskies with a 5-1 drove the four Red lead. runs in a 4-3 victory. Head coach Dan Pepicelli “The very first weekend A three-homer game ... we beat a really good is not in the recent pitcher for Northeastern,” annals of Cornell Pepicelli said. “We had a lead and against a good Wofford (30-28, baseball history. they came back and tied it. I 12-12 SOCON) team. By his The final game of the series actually said it on the mound … third start, Willittes recorded 13 again saw Cornell’s bats go dor‘we’re going to find out what kind strikeouts and no earned runs in mant, yet again. The Red did eight innings against Bucknell. not score until the ninth inning of team we are right now.’ ” The Red let Northeastern tie And just like that, Willittes had against junior lefthander Keelan up the game at five runs apiece in two big wins under his belt. Smithers, losing 7-2. “Our most important realizathe eighth inning. Another team Pepicelli said that weekend’s would have seen the momentum tion is that we have shown our- offensive struggles are an excelshift and ceded the game to the selves we can compete and win lent “snapshot of the season.” He against any team if we play up to said the team will have to go higher-ranked Huskies. But not Cornell. The Red our standard,” Willittes said. back to the drawing board this took a two-run lead in the final “Our outlook going forward is to offseason to be better. inning when junior first baseman continue to play at the level we “I’m really disappointed in Cole Rutherford hit a two-run are capable of.” the season,” Pepicelli said. “It’s homer. Closing out the Ivy League not the work ethic … they gave “We have always kind of had segment of the season, the Red us everything.” this way about us where we are dropped three of four games to This is a Cornell team that scrappy,” Pepicelli said. “We don’t Princeton (22-18, 13-7 Ivy). has never backed down from a really care about the score.” The Tigers jumped out to a challenge, and has never taken This was not the only example first inning two-run lead and led its foot off the gas. of the Red’s scrappiness, but it 3-0 midway through the fifth. “Something that we’re really was the first and clearly set a tone Junior third baseman Tommy proud of so far that we are that the team tried to continue in Wagner credits his team’s tough- improving every game and conevery game and in every practice. ness for not ending the game’s tinuing to stay committed to our “I don’t think it was defining,” story right there. approach,” said junior infielder Pepicelli said. “I think it just kind “We have been coached to Frankie Padulo of said ‘all right, this is who we play just as hard and with the “A big difference between are going to be.’ And we have same intensity no matter the sit- this year’s team and last year’s is been like that a few times.” uation in the game,” he said. “As our culture. We’ve been staying From the very start it was clear the game continued, we were locked in and competitive with the season would be a fight, and able to put together good at bats every pitch regardless of the situnot an easy one. Cornell current- and score some runs to let us ation. That’s a huge key to our ly sits below .500 on the season back in the game.” success as a team.” overall and in the conference. Cornell scored the tying run Keith Bollt contributed report“At this point in the season, in the bottom of the seventh ing to this story. we expected that we would have (and last scheduled) inning and ups and downs,” said junior had the winning run on third right-handed pitcher Tim with just one out in the inning. Keith Bollt can be reached at Willittes. The men failed to capitalize and email@example.com.
Men’s, Women’s Teams Finish Season Strong By ACHINDRA KRISHNA Sun Staff Writer
A previous version of this story was published April 20. The Cornell women’s tennis team (15-8, 4-3 Ivy) lost to the Princeton Tigers (13-9, 5-2 Ivy), 52, on April 18 in the Ivy League Championship game. The victory sent the Tigers to the NCAA tournament. However, the women did not come out of the weekend completely empty handed stealing a win at Penn on April 15. April 17 was also Senior Day for the women’s team, during which Jane Stewart and Dena Tanenbaum were
honored in their last contest at Reis. Leaving the team next year will certainly be tough for both players. “This team has become like a second family to me,” Tanenbaum said. “I really couldn’t imagine these last four years without it.” Emotions ran rampant leading up to the showdown, with the Ivy title on the line, as the team took to outdoor courts for the first time all season. Pressure was building, and the Red was definitely feeling it. “Of course pressure is a factor in that situation See TENNIS page 32
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After Breaking Ivy League Record, Morgan Earns Spot on All-Ivy Team By ADAM BRONFIN Sun Sports Editor
A previous version of this story was published March 9. After a slew of losses against multiple Ivy League opponents, the Cornell men’s basketball team secured a win in its last game against Brown on March 5.
“His growth as a player and his belief in himself grew leaps and bounds.” Head coach Bill Courtney The Red (10-18, 3-11 Ivy) fell to conference leaders Yale (22-6, 13-1) on March 6, 88-64, but the team bounced back to get the close 75-71 win against Brown (8-20, 3-11) on senior night. While Cornell struggled out of the gate, falling behind 90 against the Bears, the Red got into a groove after a key 3-point play from junior JoJo Fallas, putting Cornell in the lead 1412 with 11 minutes left in the first half. Though the game started slow, freshman Matt Morgan had the performance of the night, concluding his first collegiate campaign with 25 points for the night. He ended up scoring 510 points for the season, the most any Ivy League freshman has been able to score. The intense battle between Cornell and Brown set up a climatic ending for the Red. Snapping their drought of losses with one final win at home is the best outcome the team could ask for going into the 2016-17 season. Cornell finished seventh in the Ivy League, and this young team is more than excited to continue improving their team cohesion and adding new freshmen to their scheme in October. On March 9, Morgan was placed on the second team AllIvy for the 2015-16 season. He led the league in scoring, averaging 18.9 points on 41.4 percent shooting. Morgan also added 3.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists. His 1.4 steals per game were good for third in the conference. “He was unbelievable,” said head coach Bill Courtney. “He had a special year.” No Cornell rookie had made an All-Ivy team since Ryan Wittman ’10 in 2007. Morgan was the first Cornell player to win Rookie of the Year since Shonn Miller ’15, who won the award in 2012. Morgan started the season with a bang, posting 20 points in his opening game as a Cornell athlete at Georgia Tech. He connected on four-of-11 3-pointers that game. He would go on to top 20 points twice more in outof-conference play, including a 9-for-16 performance against Binghamton in which he scored 24 points. When junior guard Robert Hatter missed the first four games of Ivy League play, Morgan pounced on the chance
to get more ball time and he made the most of it. In those first four games, he scored a total of 120 points as the Red went 22. In both victories, Morgan’s late-game heroics were critical. “He wasn’t scared of the moment,” Courtney said. “He scored those points in big moments and we needed every single one of them in those four games.” Across the rest of the in-conference season, Morgan won six rookie of the week awards. One of his best performances of the year came against Harvard at home. In the first half, Morgan willed the Red to a 15-point halftime lead, scoring 22 points in that first period. Other highlights of Ivy play include a 28point performance against Penn and 25 points in the Red’s final game of the season, a victory over Brown.
And yet despite all this, he failed to earn a place on the first team All-Ivy or win Rookie of the Year. In a battle between two of the best rookies in Ivy League history, it was Dartmouth’s Evan Boudreaux who came out on top, earning Rookie of the Year honors. The forward was second in the league in scoring, behind only Morgan. He also was third in rebounding with 9.4 per game. “His confidence grew like crazy [throughout the season],” Courtney said. “If you look at where he was at the beginning of the year until now, his growth as a player and his belief in himself grew leaps and bounds.” Tobenna Attah contributed reporting to this story. Adam Bronfin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Rookie of the year | Freshman Matt Morgan scored 510 points in the 2015-16 season, the most any Ivy League freshman has been able to score.
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Will Oprea’16: Olympian or Not,aTrue Cornellian
By SAM HUMMEL
PHOTOS COURTESY OF WILL OPREA ’16
Sun Staff Writer
A previous version of this story was published May 3. For the first three minutes of the 2014 EARC Sprints, the lightweight men’s Cornell rowing team could spot every boat in their wake but the Yale boat, which was holding a steady lead. Every painstaking second of those minutes was a daunting reminder of the uncertainty of their new standing. Now, toting an undefeated regular season record and a new reputation as “top dog,” the Red was on track to losing out to Yale at the Sprints Championship. All eyes were on the eight rowers and their coxswain. Their reputation was on the line. After dethroning the Bulldogs on its home course five weeks prior, the Red had recently taken over as number one. It was a rainy day and the water was choppy, but Cornell was able to pull through by a definitive three and a half seconds. Senior Will Oprea remembers those dreadful first three minutes his sophomore year — the particularly helpless feeling of falling behind, the lactic acid building up in his muscles and, perhaps most poignantly, the searing reminder of what was at stake if they couldn’t pull through. “Over the course of the entire year, we put about three hours of training into each second of that race,” Oprea said. The gravity of their situation only grew as time crawled by, as the race grew closer and closer to its end. “Every second needed to be perfect.” In the last three minutes of the race, the crew “locked in.” With roughly 20 seconds left, the Red drew even with Yale, and, with a final burst of strength, squeezed by to win by under a second. It was a huge comeback, and Cornell’s 2014 lightweight rowing team solidified its undefeated record and won the Sprints Championship for the first time since 2008. If you want to read a list of Will Oprea’s accolades, prepare to get comfortable. The list goes on and on. And his achievements don’t stop at the collegiate level. Oprea has had multiple opportunities to train with the junior US National Team and currently has Olympic aspirations for the future. Still, Oprea recalls that season and his team’s miraculous comeback at the 2014 EARC Sprints as his proudest achievement in his rowing career. His reason is simple: “I think early on in my Cornell career, I decided that I wanted to represent Cornell over the national team or anything else.” If you take away the accolades, the success, the national attention and the Olympic aspirations from Oprea, what you’re really left with is a true, die-hard Cornellian, through and through. I
Oprea’s passion for his team didn’t develop immediately — it was forged over four years of dedication and success. In fact, coming into Cornell, Oprea had prospects for his future far beyond the collegiate sphere. He was introduced to the international rowing scene early on, when his crew from Chaminade High School in Mineola, N.Y. earned fourth place out of 76 crews at the 2010 Head of the Charles Regatta, the premiere international regatta for the fall. This performance earned the young five-time letter winner some national attention. Later on in his senior year, Oprea attended the US Rowing Junior National Team Sweep Selection Camp, which identified 32 elite oarsmen in the country to compete for a spot on the Junior National Team. They didn’t have a lightweight team, so he found himself competing against 30 or so heavyweight athletes. “Just monsters,” he said, reflecting on the absurdity of his competition. “These guys would range from 6-foot-3 to 6-foot-5, weighing anywhere from 185 to 200 pounds. I was the third smallest guy at the camp, and I was cut.” Despite his impressive performance freshman year at Cornell —a silver medal finish at the 2013 EARC Sprints which Oprea bitterly recalls as “disappointing” — his itch to compete on the interna-
Taking it all in | Will Oprea ’16 and Ray Richard ’15 share a moment after winning the 2015 IRA National Championship and completing the second consecutive undefeated season for the Red.
tional stage for the U.S. only worsened. Oprea was the youngest of 12 oarsmen selected to train and compete for a spot on the U.S. lightweight men’s team at the U23 World Rowing Championships. Only four of these 12 oarsmen would end up with a spot on the team. Being one of the youngest and most inexperienced oarsman at the training sight, Oprea was once again not selected. Oprea’s Cornell career blossomed during his sophomore year. As the youngest rower on Cornell’s varsity lightweight lineup, he helped the team secure an undefeated season and a national championship. Following the team’s tight finish with Yale at the 2014 EARC Sprints, the Red was invited to row at the 175th Henley Royal Regatta. In terms of collegiate rowing, the Henley Royal Regatta is without a doubt the best known regatta in the world. The Red’s lightweight crew was on a tear — the season had been a long, hardfought success, and the Royal Regatta would have been the perfect way to end the season, to, “ride it out with the boys.” That summer, when Oprea was invited back to compete for a spot on the national team, the ambitious sophomore was presented with a tough decision. The national team would be a personal, long-term investment — a chance to develop and expose his career to the international arena as an oarsman for the US national team. While each year the team’s training culminates in the U23 World Championship Regatta, the real goal of the program is to foster talent during the quadrennial to prepare for the Olympic games. On the other hand, racing in the Henley Royal Regatta was a de facto decision to limit his short-term prospects to the collegiate world.
rowing up the course which showed Henley’s beautiful landscape,” Oprea said. “On that final day we raced, we stopped for a moment because of boat traffic. I turned around in the boat to look up the race course, and I was in the same position as where the crew was in that picture. It was a very surreal moment. I had made the dream come true.” As amazing as that sophomore year was, Oprea went on to do it again, leading his team to another undefeated season and national championship victory the following year. Yet this year, the team’s performance has fallen off. He recently suffered his first defeats at the Varsity level in back-to-back races against Princeton, Yale and Columbia earlier this year. Seeing these as a sort of “wake up calls,” Oprea is determined to, “reinvigorate the same level of focus and attention to detail,” the men had in the previous two seasons. Following the loss, the Red swept Dartmouth in three races at the Baggaley Bowl. III
Oprea’s Olympic opportunities going forward are tenuous at best. In an effort to balance out gender representation in the 2020 Olympics, the International Olympic Committee will be cutting certain men’s competitions. FISA, the governing body of world rowing, made three proposals to the IOC to “make its case” for rowing’s place in the Olympics. All three of these proposals cut the lightweight men’s straight four event, “leaving many lightweight rowers wondering ‘why?’” according to Oprea. “If it’s not an Olympic event, what does this do to elite lightweight rowing in our country?” The IOC will not make any decisions until February of 2017. Until then, all proposals by FISA are up for deliberII The true value in athletic competition is often clouded by ation. In addition, applications to train with the U23 obsession with victory and glory. Kobe Bryant, “the Black national team are due May 8. This team would ultimately Mamba,” with his ruthless, competitive attitude and over- train for the 2016 rowing championships in Rotterdam, whelming drive, is often considered the gold standard. Some Netherlands on August 21 and disband thereafter. If Oprea might argue, however, that the true value of sports are the were to continue rowing, he would then move to communities and cultures we build from them, the institu- Oklahoma City and train with the senior national lighttions we form around them and the legacies we forge with weight team. Both of these programs’ futures, however, are highly contingent upon the IOC’s decithem. Value is self-defined; many would have chosen to take the national team “I decided that I wanted sion come February. Lightweight oarsmen currently do not route — the Olympics beckon like nothing else. Even if it’s just a long-shot, how to represent Cornell over know what U.S. Rowing’s plan is for elite lightweight rowing athletes for the next could you pass up that opportunity? For the national team or quadrennial if they decide to cut lightOprea, however, nothing was more anything else.” weight men’s rowing from the Olympics important than the run the Red was on as outlined by all three of FISA’s proposthat year. Will Oprea ’16 als. Put simply, Oprea has no idea where “I was only concerned with the success he’ll be rowing, who he will be rowing of the program,” Oprea recalled. Oprea and his crew travelled to the Henley Royal Regatta with or what he will even be rowing for come February. The that summer and lost in the semi-finals to Oxford-Brookes. entire U.S. lightweight men’s rowing arena could shift draRather than spending his summer rowing with the Junior matically. Despite his doubts, Oprea plans on applying for the U23 National Team, constantly worrying about his future and “making the cut,” Oprea finished the storybook season with team this summer to compete in the Rotterdam regatta. his teammates and friends, forging his Cornell legacy and “The final goal I think of every elite level athlete is to evenfinding time to appreciate the scenery on the River Thames. tually represent the US at the Olympics,” he lamented. Logistically, his goals may be a mere pipe dream; however, “I remember finding a nice picture of a crew after having committed, “an absurd amount of time and passion,” to the sport, Oprea is unwilling to, “let the opportunity to represent the United States and Cornell at the highest level of [his] sport go wasted.” IV
Olympian or not, Oprea’s legacy as a two-year first time all Ivy lightweight oarsman at Cornell will remain in the record books for decades to come. While his Olympic potential might have been squandered, Oprea does not look back. “I am so grateful to have had the alumni’s support in sending us to the Henley Royal Regatta,” Oprea said. “The personal satisfaction I may have gotten from making the National Team was far outweighed by the opportunity to finish the story with those group of guys after an incredible year.” Oprea is a die-hard Cornellian. In a school that cannot even rally support for its own homecoming games, his passion for Cornell certainly is a breath of fresh air.
Doubling up | Oprea and the Red won the Sprint Championship in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1964.
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Red Places Fifth in Ivy Championship By ANNA FASMAN Former Sun Sports Editor
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Cornell Claims Best Ivy Finish Since 1996 By ANNA FASMAN Former Sun Sports Editor
A previous version of this story was published Nov. 10. As another soccer season ended, the Cornell women’s squad finished in fifth place in the Ivy League, the best finish it has seen in 20 years. The Nov. 7 match against Dartmouth (8-44, 1-3-3 Ivy), the last of the season, was a close game between two competitive teams. While the Red (9-4-4, 2-4-1 Ivy) ultimately fell to the Green, 0-1, the team has seen a successful season overall and has a lot to look forward to next season. “I was disappointed in the result, and in our attacking performance for part of the time,” said head coach Patrick Farmer. “I didn’t think we played with the speed or aggression we had shown in training earlier in the week or that we expected for this match. We did better in the second half and maybe did enough to warrant a draw, but not enough to earn the win.” Still, Farmer said he thinks the team had strong season, with many players of different ages contributing on the field. “For the season overall, I think the team performed well,” he said. “We hit water marks for some statistical categories like last team to lose nationally, last team to surrender a goal nationally, maybe shutouts in a season, etc. We gained major contributions from each class and had a good spread of regular starters being three or four seniors, three or four juniors, three sophomores, two or three freshmen, which also bodes well for the future.” Junior Dana Daniels nearly scored within the first minutes of the game on a free kick, and the Red saw other free kicks and corner kicks that created goal-scoring opportunities. Despite the positives, the Red also had some areas in which it struggled. The women had trouble finding the back of the net. “I think we were not as strong as we wanted in creating scoring chances and finishing goals from the chances we did create,” Farmer said. However, Farmer said he saw a lot of consistently strong play from his team throughout the season. According to him, the team was resilient in close matches. Besides one 2-0 loss, every loss since September came down to one goal. “The team had to fight constantly to produce results for over two months and managed to win
a bunch of matches where in the past, we had lost some of those,” Farmer said. “I think we possessed the ball better as a group than in the past three years, and I think we created some quality play for long periods of time, even in the few matches we lost.” Anna Fasman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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finished in third in the 200 back. Overall, the team came in fifth out of eight, coming in ahead of Columbia, Brown and Dartmouth. While Harvard came out on top with almost 500 points on the Red, the Cornell squad was still able to place one spot higher than last year’s sixth place overall finish.
On Feb. 28, the Cornell men’s swim team traveled to Providence, Rhode Island for the Ivy League Swimming Championships. In what would be Cornell’s best finish since 2009 in the three-day event, sophomore Alex Evdokimov came in first in Anna Fasman can be reached at the A-final for both the 100 and 200 meter breast- email@example.com. stroke events. In just two short years with the Red, Evdokimov has emerged as one of Cornell’s powerhouses. Not only did he sweep the breaststroke events this year, but he also did so at last year’s Ivy Championships, earning himself the MVP title for the Red along with junior Dylan Sali. Last year, he was the first Cornellian to win multiple events since 2007. Other notable performances came from seniors Victor Luo and Carl St. John, as well as sophomore Will Stange. Luo JASON BEN NATHAN / SUN SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER had a top-10 finish in the 200 breaststroke, St. John came in A good run | Sophomore Alex Evdokimov dominated the season’s end 10th for the 200 fly and Stange with first place finishes in the 100 and 200 meter breaststroke events.
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A First Since 2009, Red Knocked Out of ECAC Quarterfinals By KEITH BOLT
the ECAC Championship game. Facing a formidable foe on Feb. 28, Cornell got off to a A previous version of this story strong start, outshooting was published Feb. 29. Clarkson in the first period. A winding season’s journey is “I thought we did start strong, in the books for Cornell women’s actually,” said Cornell head coach hockey. The Red (13-14-4, 9-9-4 Doug Derraugh ’91. “I thought ECAC) lost the first two games of we came ready to play.” the best-ofAccording three ECAC to senior assisquarterfinals to “We never backed down. tant captain Clarkson (28and forward We had a lot of ups. 3-5, 14-3-5 Taylor Woods, We kept moving ECAC). On the low-scoring Feb. 27, the game that forward.” Knights won, evolved over Cassandra Poudirer ’16 2-0, and on the course of Feb. 28, 5-2. play meant This year is the scoring the first since the 2008-09 season first goal was going to be importhat Cornell is not represented in tant. Sun Staff Writer
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Defense | Senior captain and defender Cassandra Poudrier plays against Quinnipiac on Feb. 5. “Who’s going to get that first goal? And the momentum goes that way,” she said. Unfortunately for Cornell, it was Clarkson that struck first. The Red kept it a one-goal game until allowing an empty net tally with 24 seconds left in regulation. “Our goalie [junior Paula Voorheis] played phenomenal in both games,” Woods said. “She made some critical saves … when we had lapses in our defense.” “Paula played outstanding,” concurred senior captain and
defender Cassandra Poudrier. According to Derraugh, the 20 final score meant the Red did a good job keeping Clarkson off the board on Friday while failing to generate offense themselves. “Clarkson’s a real strong team, solid defensively,” Derraugh said. “We struggled to get some great opportunities. Overall, we were pretty solid defensively. We just couldn’t [score].” Down 1-0 in the series, Feb. 27 was a must-win game for the Red. Cornell understood the
imperative of getting off to a good start. “Our goal for the second game was to get the first goal,” Poudrier said. Senior forward Jess Brown capitalized on an extra attacker opportunity midway through the first to give the Red the game’s first lead, and freshman forward Christian Higham made it 2-0 only three minutes later. “It’s better to protect the lead than come back from one,” Woods said. “We had a lot of power play time.” Derraugh said had the Red been able to go into the first intermission up by two; it would have accented their first period statement. However, the Knights trimmed Cornell’s lead to a single goal in the closing minutes of the first. Five minutes into the second, a second Clarkson goal had the game all tied up. With most of the game still to play, Woods and Poudrier still believed in Cornell’s chances. “You could feel … it could go either way,” Woods said, emphasizing the importance of momentum. “A person or even a play creates that for a team.” “It was playoff hockey; it could go either way,” Poudrier echoed. Woods said the Red did not block as many shots as the team usually does. Indeed, Clarkson fired in puck after puck on net, getting 52 total shots on goal to Cornell’s 15. With six minutes left in regulation and the game still tied at 2-2, the Knights finally found the back of the net. A second goal a few minutes later made it 4-2, and an empty net formality closed the books on Cornell’s season. “We’re disappointed,” Derraugh said. “At the start of the year, our goal was to get to the ECAC Championship.” As seniors, Feb. 27 was Woods and Poudrier’s last game in Carnelian and White. Poudrier pointed to the strength of team chemistry and character of her fourth and final Cornell team. “We never backed down,” said Poudrier. “We had a lot of ups. We kept moving forward.” Woods reflected on the season and her career, saying that while this Cornell team did not go as far into the playoffs as it would have liked, over the course of the season, they achieved positive influence on others, raised money for charity and achieved personal growth. “We’ve accomplished so much,” she said. “I’ve really enjoyed my time at Cornell and I know I’m going to miss it.” Keith Bollt can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cornell Takes Seventh At NCAA Championships WRESTLING
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think we would’ve put him out again.” Beyond just Garrett, Dean and Realbuto, Koll said he was proud of the performance of all his wrestlers on the weekend, which included freshmen Dalton Macri, Joe Galasso and Jeramy Sweany, junior Dylan Palacio — who placed fourth at 157-lb — and seniors Duke Pickett and Owen Scott. “When you have two of your top kids go down like that, it seems to represent the whole team, which is unfair, because overall, they’re not scoring tons of points, but they’re wrestling,” Koll said of Realbuto and Pickett’s first round losses. “When you look at the three freshmen we have here, our heavyweight gets caught and pinned late in the late period [on Friday], otherwise, they’re winning matches at the national championship and that really makes me feel good.” Reacting to the show of support from many Cornellians who attended the tournament, Garrett found himself emotional speaking about finishing his collegiate wrestling career. “It’s easy to get caught up in it when they were singing the National Anthem,” Garrett said. “I was in tears because I was overwhelmed by the glory of the spectating and just everything emanating from me and from everybody else and it was a pretty amazing thing. And I was a little emotional before my match. So I had to calm myself down and had to get slapped in the face a couple times before I actually went out there on the mat.” The fight from the team, beyond just Garrett, Dean and Realbuto, is what makes Cornell wrestling the storied program that it is today, Koll said. That tradition is what will keep bringing competitive wrestlers into the program, year after year, according to Koll. “Every single prospective student athlete will be watching this … and when they see that giant white C, it’s iconic. I like that,” Koll said. “They get to hear the kids speak and see them on video and they are like, ‘I want to be like Gabe Dean.’ Well, you can’t be like Gabe Dean or Nahshon Garrett unless you come to Cornell. And before them, we had Kyle Dake [’13]. Those guys are just passing on the tradition.” Joon Lee can be reached at email@example.com.
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TRACK AND FIELD
Men’s Track and Field Places First at Heptagonals
By CHARLES COTTON Sun Staff Writer
A previous version of this story was published on May 9. An entire season’s hard work finally paid off when the Cornell men’s track and field team took first place in the Ivy League Outdoor Heptagonals at Princeton. The May 8 championship improves upon a February second place finish at home during the indoor heps. Knowing they were close to gold last time around, the team traveled to Princeton with one hope: to dethrone the defending champion in the Tigers on their home turf and notch those crucial points that will propel them to first. “After losing indoor, everybody on the team felt that we needed to come here and win,” head coach Adrian Durant said. “We had a strategy in mind, and it worked out. Everybody showed up.” The Red accomplished this
and more, pummeling Princeton surprised no one by winning the momentum went in our favor and — who finished second — by an hammer throw. His throw of over the points just kept tallying up impressive 54 points. Cornell’s 246 feet is currently good enough from there,” Durant said. Junior Austin Jamerson 211 point total is the most in the for best in the entire country. Along with Winkler, Rainero defended his decathlon title with meet’s history. The women’s track and field team placed third, scor- took first in the 10K, marking well over 7000 points, and senior Cornell’s second individual win of Max Hairston won the 110 meter ing 107 points. Despite being the first squad the day. Several other top five fin- hurdles, which comes off the heels to ever reach the 200-point ishes put the Red in good position of his 60 meter win in February. Hairston also took second in plateau, their goal was just to win, not shatter records, but “This Heps [...] was proof that the 400 meter hurdles, falling .03 seconds off the mark. the team is more than happy this is the best track team that’s just His performance came as no to accomplish both. ever been at Cornell.” surprise. “Our goal was not to break “Max is an MVP,” Durant that record, it was to win,” Ben Rainero ’16 said. “He does what he does, Durant added. “I would’ve and he’s been dominant in been happy winning by one entering Sunday, who continued hurdles for years.” point or a half a point.” Another key to first place was Senior Ben Rainero noted how its impressive start by reaching the the 200 meter dash, where Cornell and Princeton swapped finals in 17 events on day two. “The guys did an excellent job Cornell picked up 22 points. roles after the competition moved outdoors when compared to the on day one positioning them- Senior Larry Gibson and freshselves to score on day two,” men Zach Menchaca and Alex indoor heps in Barton Hall. Beck took first, second and “This time, everyone really Durant said. An impressive eight additional fourth, respectively, in an imprescame in hungry, and stepped it up the way Princeton did indoors,” individual victories in the 17 sively fast race. Gibson teamed up with sophoevents put Princeton away, and he said. more Michael Smith and juniors Cornell started off competi- Cornell cruised to the victory. “The guys were fired up, and Wynn Curtis and Tobe Attah — a tion on May 7 in an impressive fashion. Junior Rudy Winkler at some point on Sunday, the staff writer for The Sun — to beat
out the rest of the field in the 4X400 meter relay. The win marked Gibson’s second of the day, who made the most of his last collegiate competition. “Larry has been an amazing part of the leadership of this team, and that’s a great way to go out as a senior,” Durant added. Rainero picked up right where he left off on Saturday’s 10K win, winning Sunday’s 5K as well. He became the first man to win both the 5K and 10K in the same Heps meet since 2006. Rainero credits new habits this year to his success this competition. “[In addition to weight training], I made sure to change my eating habits as well,” he said. “At night, I mostly eat beets now, along with a kale smoothie. Apparently beets have a great effect on your endurance. I don’t know the science behind it, but you can’t argue with the results.” Another source of points came from several competitors who have battled their way through serious injuries in their past. Senior Rob Robbins — still fresh off a two-year absence due to injury — placed first in the javelin, throwing just under 74 meters, and Junior Bobby Plummer — who some thought might never jump again after a foot injury — won the triple jump in what was yet another Red victory. Cornell also took first and tied for second in the high jump, as sophomore Myles Lazarou narrowly beat out three other competitors, including Cornell senior Stephen Afadapa, who tied for second with two other jumpers. Even though the men’s team took avenged its second place finish to Princeton’s in February, Rainero believes that the win speaks to its current standing within the Ivy League. “This Heps felt like redemption in a way, but it was more than that,” he said. “It was proof that this is the best track team that’s ever been at Cornell.” For the women’s team, top performances on the track came from senior Caroline Kellner, who won the 10K and classmate Camryn Goodman, who impressed with a second place finish in the discus. Along with the pair of seniors, junior Adrian Jones fought through to a second place finish in the 200 meters. After a long year of strong numbers from all parts of the team, members of the Red said they were proud of the growth the team has made over the hard fought 2015-16 campaign. In February, the women placed second at indoor Heps. Despite the regression from the year’s other championship, freshman Autumn Covington and the Red are coming out with their heads held high. “Going forward, I will continue to train over the summer and come back next season with an even greater goal,” Covington said. “I believe in myself and my team to become Heps champions next year — indoor and outdoor.” Brittany Biggs contributed reporting. Charles Cotton can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Football Falls to Ivy League Champ Penn By ADAM BRONFIN Sun Sports Editor
A previous version of this story was published Nov. 23. PHILADELPHIA — As the Penn football team celebrated winning the Ivy League Championship on the field with their fellow classmates, screaming the lyrics of their alma mater, members of the Cornell football team slowly walked into the locker room, as the team finished off its season with a 1-9 record for a second straight year. Going up against a Penn team hungry for a share of the conference title, Cornell football could not compete with the Quakers, who came out in the first quarter playing polished, physical football. As soon as the ball was kicked off to begin the game, Penn showed how much they wanted the Ivy League title. The home team scored on its first two possessions of the game, amassing 168 total yards. On the flip side, the Quakers defense limited the Red offense to -1 yards and a turnover. Penn would go on to win the game, 34-21, clinching a tri-share of the Ivy League with Harvard and Yale. “They came to ready to play today,” said head coach David Archer ’05. “We got off to a terrible start and didn’t have the firepower to “I’ve got to do a better climb all the way back … We got in a job to make sure I’ve hole that was way too got the right guys in the big for us. We had just one offensive right position.” play and we were already down 14 David Archer ’05 points.” In a much more balanced second half, Cornell was able to limit Penn’s offense and hang with the Quakers, actually outscoring them, 14-7, but the damage was already done. After a long kickoff return set the tone of the game, Penn quarterback Alek Torgerson completed two long passes to set up Penn’s first score. On the first play of Cornell’s ensuing drive, Penn defenders hit junior quarterback Robert Somborn while he was in the middle of his
throwing motion result in a throw way off the mark, with the ball landing in the hands of a Penn defender. The Quakers found the end zone again a couple plays later. Cornell then went three-and-out and when Penn got the ball back, the Quakers marched down the field and scored again, putting the Red in a 20-0 hole. Cornell began to look like the team it has in previous games later in the first quarter. Somborn’s 30yard pass on fourth and 10 set up his 1-yard sneak into the end zone. But as soon as the Red began to close the gap, the Quakers brought it right back to 20, when Penn’s Lonnie Tuff returned the ball 92 yards to Cornell’s 4-yard line. The Quakers scored soon after on a three-yard run from Torgerson. In the second half, Cornell did a better job of playing with Penn, but Penn sophomore standout wideout Justin Watson’s second touchdown catch of the day made the gap insurmountable. Watson ended with 133 yards and, all game, like most of the Ivy League this season, had trouble containing him. As the game began to wind down, Cornell added a score when sophomore wide receiver James Hubbard blew past his defender and caught a touchdown pass from Somborn. With about a minute left, senior running back Luke Hagy, on the final play of his collegiate football career, caught a pass a couple yards past the line of scrimmage and dodged his way into the end zone. On the game, Hagy had 81 rushing and 105 yards receiving to give him 4000 yards for his career.
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Feed Hagy | Luke Hagy, who was called a “sure-fire Cornell hall of famer” by his head coach, had a touchdown catch in his final play for the Red. Left: In their last game as a group, Cornell’s four captains walk out together. Hagy is one of the members of the talented senior class who have been so integral in the change in team culture that Archer has talked about all year. A key to this change is the resilience nature of the team that has been evident through each game this season, despite the team’s record. In addition to resilient, the other word that Archer has used to describe this team is inconsistent. And this inconsistency prevented Archer and his team from having a better record this year, the head coach said after the game. After winning three games his first season, Archer now has overseen two straight one-win season. As the second youngest Division-I coach in the country, Archer sees major areas in which he can improve. “I’ve got to do a better job to make sure I’ve got the right guys in the right position, making sure that we can execute our schemes, making sure that we play the best we can for every Saturday, all Saturdays,” Archer said. “There’s certainly a lot I need to improve on, I’m looking forward to getting back at it.” Adam Bronfin can be reached at email@example.com.
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knew going into the year that development over the course of the season would be a process, with such a young team. The team’s shining moment came during the Red’s surprising upset of No 9. Syracuse. In a season categorized by inexperience, youthful mistakes and overall subpar play by the standard’s of the program’s illustrious history, the 10-9 win over Syracuse on April 12 was a hardfought victory. The game was just the second in the 103-game history between the programs that went to overtime, the other came in 2009 in the national championship, a game that Cornell would go on to lose. After the Orange won the opening overtime face-off, the upset seemed in doubt. But when the Red forced Syracuse into a difficult shot that sailed out of bounds, Cornell took over on offense and the team went to work to try to win on its home turf for the first time in a month. On the ensuing possession, two Cornell shots were off the mark, but Cornell regained possession each time. The third
shot would be the one to make the headlines. “I felt like I got a step on my man,” senior midfielder Ryan Matthews said. “I figured I should take a shot out of it and I ended up getting a good look. But again, it’s because of the way we’ve been moving the ball as a team. We’re playing really well together.” With two defenders and all eyes on him, Matthews snuck the ball past the Orange’s goalie. “It was an amazing feeling,” Matthews said. “I think we deserve it as a team. We’ve been working like crazy, trying to put everything together. It just came together tonight.” However, the victory did not extend to the rest of the season. Nevertheless, the Red continues to set its sight on an Ivy League championship. “We want to win the Ivy League every year,” Mahler said. “We weren’t able to do that this year, but hopefully we can bounce back and have a successful season next year.” Adam Bronfin ’18 contributed reporting to this article. Shan Dhaliwal can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
championship. After a day of rest on May 7, the women’s lacrosse team got up early for the championship showdown against Penn, the only Ivy other than Princeton who beat the Red. The Quakers topped Cornell on April 30, winning came to Ithaca, winning the regular season conference title. Cornell jumped out to a big lead in the first half, getting an 8-3 lead before halftime on goals from sophomore Taylor Reed, junior Kristy Gilbert, sophomore Joey Coffy, junior Amie Dickson, junior Catherine Ellis and senior Olivia Mattyasovszky. In the second half, Penn came roaring back and was able to cut the lead to just a one goal, but the Red maintained control of the game and came out with the victory, 11-10. “We started really well in the first half and built the lead, which was excellent, but Penn is a very experienced tournament team, and they definitely mounted a comeback,” said head coach Jenny Graap ’86. The Red watched its lead evaporate as Penn methodically worked its way back into the game. “The tide definitely turned a little bit in the second half and
Penn started to come back on us,” Graap said. “But I think it was really very pivotal that Cornell’s team stayed composed and honestly I think the leadership on the field and particularly the senior class did a great job in keeping everyone settled down and able to withstand that comeback.” With the victory, Cornell
“A great part of timeouts is that we get to come together as a team, and that’s our strength.” Jenny Graap ’86 earns the title of Ivy League Tournament Champions. The game was special for Graap, who earned her 200th win with the Cornell women’s lacrosse program. Graap was a member of the team when she attended Cornell and is now in her 19th year with the program as a coach. Once an outstanding lacrosse player an All-American herself, Graap’s experience still shapes her team’s performance. Twice in the second half, she called timeouts at pivotal times that allowed her team to refocus themselves and maintain its lead. “Some of it is just remind-
ing them of the game plan and giving them good information and powering each other,” Graap said. “A great part of timeouts is that we get to come together as a team, and that’s our strength, our strength is being a team and the girls on the bench get to slap everybody on the back and bolster them up, and help out, and that’s really been the story of this squad for 2016.” The success of the entire 2016 spring season for the women’s lacrosse team has definitely been a team effort, with multiple players putting in the work on offense and defense to earn the win week to week. Some players have truly distinguished themselves this season, such as Tripodi who set the program record for assists earlier this spring. Senior Maddie Kiep earned a career high nine draw controls on May 8 against Penn and sophomore Taylor Reed had a breakout season, earning Most Outstanding Player of the tournament. Mattyasovszky, Coffy, Dickson, Ellis and junior goalkeeper Renee Poullott continued their stellar performances from the regular and were all named to the AllTournament Team. Jeff Asiedu can be reached at email@example.com.
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Hamden Heartbreakers: Red Eliminated in ECAC Tourney By ZACH SILVER Sun Assistant Sports Editor
A previous version of this story was published on March 13. It was a series of ups and downs, but unfortunately for the men’s hockey team, the downs proved too much, as evidenced by a 6-3 game three loss to No.1 Quinnipiac in the ECAC quarterfinals, allowing the Bobcats to sail to the semifinals. It was a hard-fought, gritty series between two teams who clearly did not like each other. Many expected Quinnipiac to run away with this series, so forcing game three was, in itself, a small win for the Red. In game one’s losing effort, the Red started scoring early, but eventually Quinnipiac’s high-power offense proved too much for Cornell, taking game one, 5-2. “I thought they played well and I don’t think we played well,” head coach Mike Schafer ’86 said. “I don’t think we did the things we did last week, which was pick guys up around our own net and be solid on special teams.” Game two was a different story, however, as the Red never led until Trevor Yates sunk Cornell’s fifth goal with just over five minutes played in the third, beating the Bobcats 5-4. “Our team showed a lot of heart and soul coming back tonight in the game being down 2-0, then 2-1,” Schafer said. “Then [Quinnipiac] gets a 5-on-3 and we have to kill that, so it was a lot of accolades for our guys as far as their character and work ethic. They competed tonight. I didn’t think we competed well last night.” The biggest difference between game one and two was, without a doubt, the ability to limit Quinnipiac’s shot total. After totaling 41 in the first game, Cornell only allowed the Bobcats to get 28 through to junior goalie Mitch “[I liked] the fight back, trying to Gillam, who appreciated the help from his team. overcome adversity in all different “We just put in a lot more ways, shapes and forms. They kept effort tonight,” Gillam said. “I thought we battled hard and fighting throughout the course blocked a lot of shots. The guys of the night.” played really great in front of me and made my job a little bit easHead coach Mike Schafer ’86 ier.” Game three was a mix of the first two games in how it played out. Quinnipiac started out very strong, like they did in game two, but Cornell had its own spurts of resiliency here and there, keeping the game close, like in game one, until the Bobcats blew it open towards the end of the second period. “It was a special teams game and when Quinnipiac gets in a special teams game they’re really good,” Schafer said. “They came out and we didn’t respond very well early on.”
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Hanging on | Despite junior forward Jeff Kubiak’s and the men’s hockey teams resilient efforts against Quinnipiac, they were not able to steal the ECAC series. Cornell’s kryptonite the entire series was penalties. The team gave up a total of 19 penalties, totaling 38 minutes. Quinnipiac was able to capitalize on three of those over the three-game series. “Officials are officials,” Schafer said. “I didn’t think they forced us into penalties. We took a couple penalties. There were a couple questionable calls both ways. I don’t think it was that chippy of a game and penalties are penalties.” Yet again, Schafer lauded his team for the bounce-back ability in the third tilt with Quinnipiac. “[I liked] the fight back, trying to overcome adversity in all different ways, shapes and forms,” Schafer said. “Being down in the series and coming back from from two goals down and they kept fighting throughout the course of the night.” At the end of the game, Schafer made the very classy move of putting in junior goalie Ryan Coon, allowing him to get his first official ice time at the collegiate level. “Our team is a close-knit team and I didn’t even think of [putting Coon in] until [Quinnipiac put their backup goalie in],” Schafer said. “It was a good opportunity for Coon to go into the net. The guys love him. He is a great kid, a great teammate.” What was fascinating about the year-long series between Cornell and Quinnipiac was how well, for the most part, the Red played against the Bobcats, especially for being a number one ranked team. “Quinnipiac is a good hockey team,” Schafer said. “A well deserved victory in a hard-fought series. They have great players and I’m sure they’ll go a long way and represent our league very well.” Zach Silver can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cornell Drops Final Game to Princeton, Blames Poor Offense
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Pride against Princeton | The April 30 game was the last collegiate game for senior midfielder Ryan Matthews. By SHAN DHALIWAL Sun Assistant Sports Editor
A previous version of this story was published on May 1. The Cornell men’s lacrosse team (6-7, 1-5 Ivy) finished its season on a disappointing note on April 30 with a 7-6 loss to rival Princeton (5-8, 2-4 Ivy). Although the game had no postseason implications, the Cornell-Princeton rivalry is one of the oldest in collegiate lacrosse and there is always pride riding on the game for the sake of the rivalry regardless of each team’s standings. Early goals from senior midfielder Ryan Matthews and
sophomore midfielder Kason Tarbell left the Red with an early 2-0 lead with 11:26 remaining in the first quarter. However, three late first quarter goals from Princeton junior attack Gavin McBride (and one from junior defenseman Marshall Peters) left the teams tied 3-3 going out of the first quarter. The Tigers outscored the Red 3-1 in the second quarter to send the game to halftime with Princeton leading 6-4. But something changed in the second half, and the Red were able to limit the Tigers to just one goal. Junior midfielder Grant Mahler did not feel like anything in particular caused this second half improvement. “I don’t think we did anything too crazy team-wise,” he
said. “We just were able to get more comfortable with the game.” It was the Tigers’ senior night and also the last game ever for the Red’s eight seniors, which meant there was a lot of excitement and nerves going into the matchup. “There were probably a bit of nerves at the beginning,” Mahler said. “But [we] knew that six goals in second half would be too many, and [the defense] was able to come through for us in the second half.” Head coach Matt Kerwick agreed, adding that the emotional battle of a game like this can be quite difficult. “I think through the course of the game there’s a lot of emotions when you know it’s your last one,” he said. “So I think the guys battled and really fought to the last whistle.” The Red’s defense was excellent all game, as senior goalkeeper Brennan Donville picked up 10 saves to accompany his seven allowed goals, and the Red also won 11-17 faceoffs and picked up 33 ground balls (to Princeton’s 28). Mahler won four of seven restarts. It was on the offensive side that Red struggled most. “Defense for sure was great, especially in the second half,” Mahler said. “ [But] we were struggling to get the ball in, so just finishing on a few more of those opportunities would have been key for us.” The Red has faced the problem of failing to finish opportunities all season. “I thought the effort as usual was very good,” Kerwick said. “We’ll just have to execute at a better level.” Although the Red outscored Princeton 2-1 in the second half, this was not enough to overcome the Tigers’ early lead. The game marked the first time since 1988 Cornell and Princeton have played each other with neither team ranked nationally. This season also marks the first time since 1994 that neither Princeton or Cornell has at least finished with a share of the Ivy League title. It was a difficult year for both teams, but the Red knew See MLAX page 45
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‘Passing on theTradition’
Dean, Garrett Earn National Titles By JOON LEE
Sun Senior Editor
CAMERON POLLACK / SUN PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR A previous version of this story was pubCherry on top | Senior Nahshon lished on March 21. NEW YORK, N.Y. — With the lights Garrett’s national title completed at their brightest, senior Nahshon Garrett his undefeated season. and junior Gabe Dean were at their best. Garrett and Dean both won national titles as Cornell wrestling placed seventh in the nation, at the 2016 NCAA Wrestling National Championships held at Madison Square Garden in late March. Head coach Rob Koll said the three leaders of his team — Garrett, Dean and junior Brian Realbuto set the tone throughout the weekend, each in his own way. Garrett, the No. 1 seeded wrestler at the 133-lb weight class, faced his last shot to win a National Championship, a milestone many expected him to achieve last year. Dean, also seeded first, had a chance to repeat his championship in the 184-lb “I’m containing myself because I have to be professional,” weight class, while also looking to avenge his loss in February against Oklahoma State’s Nolan Boyd, who had Dean said. “But, man, from where we started to where we snapped Dean’s win streak at 52 matches. Realbuto, on the are now as a group, I remember coming into Cornell when other hand, needed to fought through a torn ACL and MCL I was a kid, getting the crap kicked out of me every day by Cam Simaz [’12].” sustained during his first match of the weekend. Now a junior, Dean has become one of the leaders of the On March 20, Garrett walked away from New York City with his first national championship, Dean secured his sec- team and, unlike in his freshman season, is “not getting [his] ond with a victory over Boyd in Session III and Realbuto head shoved into the bleachers every day.” “The point was these kids, not just me but my whole somehow fought on one leg to nearly win his match in class, we kept coming back and didn’t take no for an Session II. Cornell walked out of Madison Square Garden with two answer,” Dean said. “And you know what, we didn’t have the of the 10 national champions. Even with the team’s seventh- perfect NCAA Tournament, but we got a lot of fighters on place finish, — the Red took fifth last year — Dean said he our team and a lot of support. And I’m just happy to be a was really “fired up” about the results and what it meant for part of it.” For Garrett, the championship match on March 20 repthe future of Cornell wrestling.
resented both the emotional and physical peak for his entire college career, and something he’s worked towards his entire life. “Well, I was thinking about having peace and calm myself in the midst of everything going on. I just really needed to show and express that I had a peaceless state when I was out there and that’s what I wrestled with and I wrestle with confidence,” Garrett said. “And I think I was just trying to portray that, express that to the best of my ability.” Garrett, whose victory on March 20 completed his undefeated season, finished his career at Cornell sporting a record of 149-12. He was also a four-time All-American and will compete in the 2016 Olympic trials, with a chance to represent the United States in Rio de Janeiro this summer. Realbuto, on the other hand, tore his ACL and MCL while looking to stave up off an upset from Iowa State’s Lelund Witherspoon when his knee gave out. The junior entered the match seeded second in his weight class, and finished as the national runner-up last year. Despite losing the match, Realbuto miraculously came back and decided to give his consolation match a go. Despite working off one leg, he almost won, only losing a 6-5 decision to Chattanooga’s Sean Mappes after a last-second takedown was called off. “I don’t think people truly appreciate how frightening that experience is when you don’t have the use of one of your legs and you’re out there in front of 18,000 people and you’re almost embarrassing yourself, but he fought his ass off and I was proud of how he wrestled,” Koll said. “It was unfortunate that he didn’t win, but at the same time, I don’t See WRESTLING page 43 BRITTNEY CHEW / SUN ASSISTANT PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR
Cornell Wins First Ever Ivy Tournament Championship On May 4, the Red faced Princeton, one of four teams who managed to defeat Cornell during the team’s phenomenal spring season, and both teams were out for blood. Scoring went back and forth between the Red and the Tigers all game, and at the end of regulation both teams had nine goals, forcing overtime. However, once the whistle blew to start the overtime period, the Red won the draw and never looked back. “Princeton was definitely back and forth, [but] we had a decent amount of control,” said senior co-captain Emily Tripodi. “We
By JEFF ASIEDU Sun Staff Writer
A previous version of this story was published on May 8. Cornell is now home to the top dogs in the Ivy League. The women’s lacrosse team traveled to Philadelphia to play in the Ivy League tournament, and on May 8, the Red earned a victory over rival No. 12 Penn to win the tournament and bring the Ivy League Tournament trophy to Ithaca for the first time in program history.
Score | Amie Dickson aims for a goal during a May 13 game against Canisius, which Cornell beat 15-11, advancing to the NCAA quarterfinals.
went into overtime, we got that draw and we knew that we had that momentum, and Catherine Ellis just tossed it away. It was an amazing win, just a great game.”
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Cornell fans really get into the Red spirit — and we have the photos to prove it. page 35
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The men’s lacrosse team fell to Princeton in its last regular season game.
Ellis’ goal was the finishing touch in the game and ended the Tigers’ quest for the
Men’s ice hockey fell in ECAC playoffs to No.1 Quinnipiac after hard-fought three games. page 46
Red on the Rise Men’s and women’s rowing swept Penn and Dartmouth in their last races of the season.
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Your guide to the ins and outs of Cornell
ELCOME TO CORNELL! In a few short weeks, you’ll pack the station wagon to the brim with your belongings, say goodbye to Fido and arrive in Ithaca. All the anticipation will finally be over. Get ready to kick off what will be the craziest and most memorable four years of your life. We at The Sun know how you feel — nervous, excited, curious — as you prepare to begin your first year “on the Hill.” Remembering our own freshman days, we have created this guide for you to read before you arrive on campus to give you the inside scoop on Cornell life. That is, until you find it for yourself.
Inside, you’ll find information on the organizations you can join and the things you can see in and around the Hill. We’ll give you some advice about the best places to eat, study and hang out. Bring an open mind to Cornell. The people you meet, the classes you attend and the activities in which you will immerse yourself will change you, no doubt in ways you never imagined. And the time will pass quickly — many of us would give anything to reclaim a year or two. Don’t forget to read The Sun online and in print and enoy your time at Cornell. There’s no place like it. — The 134th Editorial Board
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Say what? Studying in the cocktail lounge? Eating at CTB? Learn what’s what: all the terms you need to know.
AAP: College of Architecture, Art and Planning. Found on the north end of the Arts Quad. Appel: Appel Commons, one of North Campus’ dining halls, known as the “crown jewel of Cornell Dining.” Big Red: The nickname for all Cornell athletic teams. Big Red Bear: Cornell mascot. Although the bear is actually brown and not red, Cornellians still look to him for spirit. CALS: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Also called the “Ag School.” Big Red Bucks: Points that can be used in a-la-carte dining facilities, such as Bear Necessities, to buy food. Also known as BRBs. CCC: Cornell Concert Commission, the organization that brings big-name bands to campus. Central: Central Campus, the area between the gorges that includes nearly all of Cornell’s academic buildings. Chalkings: Announcements written in chalk on the campus sidewalks. CIT: Cornell Information Technologies, the provider of computer and network services. Cocktail Lounge: Underground reading room in Uris Library with comfy, sleep-inducing chairs — great for a midday nap! Commons: A stretch of State Street in downtown Ithaca closed to vehicular traffic. Go there to find shops, restaurants and many craft and musical fairs. Cornell Cinema: Sells $4 tickets to more than 300 films a year. CTB: Collegetown Bagels, a favorite lunch spot. CTP: Collegetown Pizza, a favorite latenight munchies spot. C-Town: Collegetown, the business district of Ithaca located next to campus. There are apartments, shops, restaurants and bars on this stretch. Dairy Bar: Cornell-operated dairy that serves ice cream, milkshakes and other milk products. D.P. Dough: A place to order calzones to satisfy those late-night cravings. Dragon Day: Tradition started by Willard D. Straight 1901, in which architecture students build a giant dragon and parade it around the campus before spring break. EARS: Empathy, Assistance and Referral Service, a free and confidential peer counseling service. Fishbowl: A glass-enclosed reading room in Uris Library with rows of reading-conducive desks. Perfect for studying. Freshman 15: Theory that incoming freshmen will gain 15 pounds during their first year in college because of the all-you-care-to-eat dining halls — plus the beer. Freshmen on the Field: A tradition where all freshmen rush onto the field before the first home football game of the season. FWS: 1. Freshman writing seminar; you pick your top five choices, and will be assigned one. 2. Federal Work Study, a financial aid program. Gorges: Ithaca’s claim to fame, leading to the saying, “Ithaca is Gorges.” These rock-lined waterfalls are hard to miss on campus, but swimming in them is dangerous and prohibited in most areas — be careful. Harvest Dinner: One night each fall semester when local foods are served in Cornell’s dining halls. Ho Plaza: The area between the Campus Store and the Straight, which often hosts student rallies. Hotelies: Students in the School of Hotel Administration. Hot Truck: Found at the bottom of West Campus, the Hot Truck is perfect for a latenight snack. The truck is owned and operated by Shortstop Deli, which has not changed the menu from the classic subs; look out for the Poor Man’s Pizza (PMP), which made the truck famous. I.C.: Ithaca College, the college across town from Cornell. ILR: School of Industrial and Labor Relations, nicknamed “I Love Reading.” J.A.: The Judicial Administrator determines punishments for recalcitrant students, especially those who take more than one piece of fruit
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Big steps | Waterfalls run through many gorges and provide the area its natural beauty. Some gorges have trails leading down to the falls, but off-trail areas can be dangerous.
out of the dining halls. JAM: Just About Music, a residential program house. The Johnson: Cornell’s Johnson Museum of Art, free and open to the public. Libe Café: Where great minds meet daily over coffee inside Olin Library. Libe Slope: A very steep hill separating West Campus from Central Campus. You’ll want to be there on Slope Day ... but otherwise only take the walk when you’re up for a workout. Louie’s Lunch: Major rival to Hot Truck, found on North Campus between Balch and Risley Halls. Louie’s is the older of the two trucks and serves a wider variety of foods. Martha Van / MVR: Martha Van Rensselaer Hall, home of the College of Human Ecology. Morgue: The large study lounge in Donlon Hall, named for its dark, dismal lighting. Nasties: Affectionate nickname for the greasy, a-la-carte dining facility in RPCC. Noyes: The student center on West Campus, home to a state-of-the-art gym to rid yourself of the Freshman 15. Orgo: Organic chemistry. Two words: Fear it. PAM: Policy analysis and management, a popular major in the College of Human Ecology. Plantations: Includes an arboretum, a botanical garden and other areas showcasing the fruits of Ithaca’s natural beauty. Prelim: Any full-length exam that is not a final exam. Known as “midterms” at most other colleges. Quad: Quadrangle, a rectangular section of campus that houses one of Cornell’s colleges, such as the Ag Quad, the Arts Quad and the Engineering Quad. R.A.: Resident advisor, the upperclassman in charge of keeping order in your residence hall. RHD: Residence hall director, the R.A.’s boss. You want this person to be on your side if you’re in trouble.
ROTC: Reserve Officer’s Training Corps, a collegiate-level military organization. RPCC: Robert Purcell Community Center, one of two community centers on North Campus. It’s home to numerous study lounges, Bear Necessities and a dining hall. Formerly known as RPU. S/U: Pass-or-fail grading that is an option in some courses (satisfactory or unsatisfactory). S.A.: Student Assembly, a student governing body that has jurisdiction over the student activity fee and makes recommendations to the administration. Schwartz Center: Home of Cornell’s theatre, film and dance department, which were the target of controversial budget cuts this past year. Located in Collegetown, it hosts many student performances and visiting shows. Slope Day: An end of the year celebration in the spring when Cornellians gather on Libe Slope, hang out with friends, listen to music and have a few (or more) drinks. The Straight: Willard Straight Hall, Cornell’s student union, which contains three dining facilities, a study lounge, a ceramics studio, a Cornell Cinema movie theater and registered student organization offices. SAFC: Student Assembly Finance Commission, in charge of distributing money to registered student organizations. State Street Diner: A restaurant open 24 hours a day west of the Ithaca Commons. Stop by if you’re looking for greasy, home-style cooking and waitresses who will call you “honey.” T.A.: Teaching assistants, often graduate students who lead discussion sections for large lectures. TCAT: Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit, the bus company that serves the Ithaca area. Townie: A local Ithaca resident. Ujamaa: A residential program house on North Campus focused on African culture. Wegmans: The massive and hyper-popular supermarket downtown. Great place to shop if you cook for yourself a lot.
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ORIENTATION | Student Guide | PAGE 3
OrientationWeek Eases Transition to Cornell By SUN STAFF
In mid-August, students from around the world will pack up from summer vacation and congregate in Ithaca, N.Y., where the next generation of political leaders, business tycoons and famous activists will be become part of the incoming freshman class at Cornell University. During the five-day New Student Orientation, freshmen will be given the chance to not only settle in, but also reach out and explore. The Orientation Steering Committee runs a tight ship of planned activities and events, which give students the opportunity for a positive first taste of Cornell life. There are plenty of other options available for stu-
“I think [Orientation Week] is a great opportunity for students to explore the campus before they take that final plunge.” Nikki Stevens ’11 dents. According to Nikki Stevens ’11, former co-chair of the Orientation Steering Committee, the more traditional events are generally the crowd favorites. “My favorite event is the Big Red Blowout because it gives a sense of Cornell spirit, and it’s a great chance to hang out with your class,” Stevens said. Former Orientation Leader Jeff Stulmaker ’11 reiterated Stevens’ enthusiasm. “I think it’s a great opportunity for students to explore the campus before they take that final plunge,” Stulmaker said of “O-Week.” Orientation Leaders serve as new students’ guides to campus in the first week and often beyond. They can serve as valuable resources to find quiet places to study, cool places to party and everything in between. New students nervous about their first day on campus
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Move-in day | Family members help their new Cornell student carry luggage across North Campus. There are numerous student volunteers available to help carry luggage and give directions on Move-In Day.
can take comfort in the fact that Emily Krebs ’10, former chair of the OSC, says move-in day is often the most exciting of the entire week. “Move-in day is always my favorite,” Krebs said. “I love seeing the new students come in.” This year’s Orientation Week is the first in which students have not been assigned a Freshman Reading Project to discuss in small groups. The project phased out last year with Slaughterhouse-Five, a novel by notable
Cornellian Kurt Vonnegut ’44. Instead, O-Week will encourage student engagement through exhibitions at the Johnson Museum and other events. “It’s a very diverse experience,” Stevens said. “We have something for everyone. If you get involved, there’s a lot you can see.” The Sun’s news department can be reached at email@example.com.
ForFourth Year,Consent Education Part of O-Week Programming By SUN STAFF
In between attending icebreaker activities, information sessions and evening fairs, freshmen at Orientation Week are continuing a tradition in their first week at Cornell: they will participate in a mandatory event about consent and healthy relationships. “Speak About It,” a troupe of actors who travel raising awareness of sexual violence, will perform skits for first-year and transfer students for the fourth year in a row. “Probably most of the stu-
dents there might not have been taking it as seriously as they should because they haven’t been in [a consent-related] situation like that before,” said Grant Mulitz ’17, one student who attended Speak About It’s presentation. “But there were definitely some people who had been in that situation, and it probably meant a lot to actually know that Cornell is looking out for and educating people with respect to those issues.” The University announced that it would begin mandating “Speak About It” in May 2013.
According to E.E. Hou ’14, creative director of the Every1 Campaign — a student organization that addresses issues of sexual assault and consensual sex — the workshop conveyed the importance of consent in relationships, The Sun previously reported. In addition to Speak About It, the Orientation Steering Committee welcomed the Class of 2019 and transfer students to Cornell with four days of academic and social events. These events continued through the start of classes into Welcome Weekend, which consists of
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Barton bash | Freshman line up in Barton Hall to get free Cornell gear, play games and to meet new people as part of O-Week nighttime alternatives.
events such as picnics, movies high rates of attendance and ClubFest. throughout the week, Jones Each year’s orientation typi- said. cally centers on a theme, rangAccording to Cornell ing from international travel to University Police estimates, exploration at home, according Convocation typically brings to Sarah Jones, former associate approximately 10,000 people to director for residential and new Schoellkopf Stadium, while student programs. 3,000 attend Cornell Essentials D a v i d Rosenwasser “I came into Cornell with a lot of doubts ’18 said he as to whether I belonged there or not. believes that in his year, Being able to meet [my orientation the orientaleader] was reassuring.” tion groups provided new Alex Rodriguez ’19 students with an environment that encouraged them to — where students hear from interact with their peers. upper-class students and alumAs in previous years, “the ni about transitioning to way the orientation groups were Cornell. Over two thirds of set up with everyone in my each class participates in First group being from my college Night activities on the Courtwas a great opportunity to meet Kay-Bauer quad. more students in a smaller setOSC members focus each ting,” Rosenwasser said. year on improving the The orientation groups also Orientation Week experience introduced students to an for transfer students, according Orientation Leader, who stu- to Jones. New programs include dents say were helpful easing paintball, trivia night, ice skattheir transition to Cornell. ing and a casino night, among “My favorite part of O-Week other events. was getting to meet my Saqif Badruddin ’19 said he Orientation Leader,” said Alex enjoyed meeting so many peoRodriguez ’19. “I came into ple, in addition to activities Cornell with a lot of doubts as with his orientation group. “O-Week is the best time to whether I belonged there or not. Being able to meet a stu- to meet hundreds of people, dent who had already gone only three of which you will through two years was reassur- be friends with,” Badruddin said. ing.” In addition to orientation group activities, both required The Sun’s news department can be and non-mandatory events have reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Cornell History Through the Eyes of The Sun By SUN STAFF
ne hundred and fifty years ago, the governor of New York State signed Cornell University’s charter, establishing the university that its founder, Ezra Cornell, would later describe as “an institution where any person can find instruction in any study.” While The Sun was not established until 15 years after the University, the publication has continuously followed the University and kept Cornellians informed for over 130 years. On this page, we’ve laid out a few of The Sun’s front pages that showcase what many would call some of the defining moments of the University’s history.
‘Without any apology for our appearance’ | The Sun’s inaugural issue was published on Sept. 16, 1880, fifteen years after Cornell’s charter is signed and 18 years after the signing of the Morrill Land-Grant Act, which allowed states to establish a university with the purpose of benefiting the state.
‘Precautions Lacking’ | In April 1967, a fire at the Cornell Heights Residential Club — which is now the Ecology House on North Campus — killed eight Ph.D. students and a professor. The following day, The Sun published a story on its front page [left] about the lack of fire safety precautions in University residences. To this day, the cause of the fire is unknown, although following the event, Cornell invested in fire safety measures across campus. “Cornell’s Stand In Face of War to Be Revealed” | The day after the Pearl Harbor attacks on Dec. 7, 1941, the front page of The Sun [above] featured various Associated Press wires regarding World War II and the attacks. Cornell President Edmund Ezra Day issued a statement the following day, telling Cornellians to stay “at their jobs” until more definitive information regarding the country’s role in the war was provided. Throughout the war, Cornell was greatly disrupted — men were called to enlist in 1943, and The Sun became a weekly known as “The Cornell Bulletin.”
Cornell’s capitulation | Forty-five years ago, approximately 100 black students took over Willard Straight Hall and ejected Cornell employees and visiting family members from the building. The following day, April 20, 1969, students emerged from the Straight with rifles. Marking the end of a decade full of racial tensions, Cornell was divided. Tensions ultimately culminated with the resignation of its president and the future establishment of shared governance on campus. Right is The Sun’s extra edition announcing the takeover.
Rawling’s seven point plan | On Oct. 8, 1997, President Hunter R. Rawlings III announced his plan to move all freshmen housing to North Campus and all upperclassmen housing to West and in Collegetown. The following day, The Sun [above] led with the headline “All Frosh to North.” Rawlings plan lead to the construction of Mews and Court-Kay-Bauer Halls, as well as the West Campus housing system.
The land grant university of the future | In December 2011, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that Cornell won the city’s Applied Sciences competition, which granted the University the right to build a new technology campus on Roosevelt Island in Manhattan. Cornell is thought to have won the bid after Stanford University, Cornell’s rival throughout the competition, dropped out and billionaire Chuck Feeney ’56 donated $350 million to the University for the campus. The Sun reported on the announcement during Cornell’s winter break and published the news online, with the print version [right] making its debut at the start of the spring semester. The campus is set to open in 2017 with a full buildout to be completed by 2037.
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TECH CAMPUS | Student Guide | PAGE 5
Taking a Bite Out of the Big Apple: Cornell’s Future in New York City Cornell Tech Over the next two decades, Cornell will expand its footprint in New York City on Roosevelt Island, the site of its new technology campus, Cornell Tech. While the campus is set to open in 2017, the full buildout will not be complete until 2037. Before demolition began to make way for the University’s new campus, The Sun’s editors had the opportunity to tour the island to see Cornell’s future.
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Big Apple | The east
side of Manhattan — which houses Weill Cornell Medical College (center) — can be seen from Roosevelt Island.
Site of the future | Cornell Tech Dean Daniel Huttenlocher points to the site where the first tech campus building will rise.
3 Remembering FDR | The FDR
Four Freedoms Park, built in memory of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, opened in 2012.
Welcome to the island | A tram
transporting passengers from Manhattan arrives at Roosevelt Island.
Four freedoms | American artist Jo
Davidson created a bronze sculpture of FDR that stands in the center of the FDR Four Freedoms Park.
Abandoned smallpox hospital | The ruins of a smallpox hospital, designed by James Renwick Jr. in the 19th century, are a designated historic site on Roosevelt Island.
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HOUSING | Student Guide | PAGE 7
North Campus Dorms Ready for Class of 2020 Clara Dickson Hall
By SUN STAFF
In the 1900s, the Cornell student body was housed entirely in fraternities and boarding houses — no real dormitories existed. According to Cornell: Glorious to View, a history of Cornell written by Profs. Carol Kammen and Walter LaFeber, history, Andrew Dickson White, Cornell’s founder and first president, believed students should live on their own. Clearly, times have changed. Now required to live on campus, the Class of 2020 arrives at Cornell with a plethora of housing options, ranging from traditional residence halls — described below — to more specialized program houses. Balch Hall
Balch Hall, an all-women’s residence, was constructed in the 1920s as the second dormitory on North Campus, according to Cornell Then and Now by Prof. Ronald Ostman, communication. Generations of Cornellians and architectural trends later, Balch’s Gothic style and ivy-covered exterior continue to exude a timeless and classically collegiate character. “Balch is one of my favorites. The rooms are uniquely shaped, and the dormer windows are beautiful on the fifth and sixth floors,” said Karen Brown, director of marketing and communications for Campus Life. The rooms in Balch are also the most spacious of all the North Campus dorms, according to former residential advisor Doug Weinberg ’08. Another big plus: Most rooms have a sink, either in the room itself or connected to an adjacent room.
Named after A.D.White’s mother, Clara Dickson Hall has also held the unusual nickname, “The Big Dick,” according to Weinberg. The dormitory was originally intended to house only females, but is now is co-ed. Almost 500 students can fit in this five-story dormitory, the largest in the Ivy League, according to former residential advisor Mazdak Asgary ’08. Not quite so conveniently, however, Dickson has only four bathrooms per floor. Dickson is also full of single rooms, a rarity for freshmen at most colleges. Many rooms stand on long hallways with lounges in the middle. Court-Kay-Bauer Hall
Opened in 2001, this residence conveniently features the air conditioning other dormitories lack. While Ithaca does live up to its reputation of frigid winters, cool air is definitely welcome on those first few humid days of school. At its opening, this perk gave the dorm its nickname, “Court Resort.” As one of the most modern dormitories, CourtKay-Bauer Hall also boasts brightly painted walls and comfortable common areas. But all is fair, or pretty fair, in dormitory life, as the rooms in the Court-Kay-Bauer Community are also known to have walls that are almost paper thin, according to Weinberg. Mews Hall
Along with Court-Kay-Bauer, Mews Hall represents the latest in dormitories on North Campus. According to Asgary, the structure and facilities of the building closely mirror that of Court-Kay-Bauer Hall. Mews also contains 22 lounges, including the spacious, semicircular Lund Lounge that over-
looks Rawlings Green. Traditional activities include a male talent show, ice skating, and a trip to the United Nations. Mews residents also enjoy convenient proximity to Appel Commons, one of two community centers on North Campus.
students,” Brown said. Constructed at a time of high economic inflation, the Low Rises were built to be long-standing, according to Brown. A typical suite consists of one bathroom, two double rooms and two single rooms.
Mary Donlon Hall
In the midst of rural Ithaca, High Rise 5 and Jameson do their best to stir up a bit of urban life with their architectural styles intended to resemble city living. Their organization is very similar to that of the Low Rises, also with suites “designed to foster interactions within the community,” according to Brown. The most distinctive feature of the High Rises is arguably their Sky Lounges. Located on the top floor of each building, they provide an unparalleled panoramic view of North Campus.
Some say that Donlon Hall is “thongshaped,” a description somewhat fitting considering its reputation for being a social dormitory. “Donlon is uniquely situated because of the way the rooms go off into wings. Residents all have to go into the middle for social activity,” Brown said. The majority of the rooms are doubles on co-ed corridors. While most bathrooms are single-sex, there is an occasional co-ed one. Socializing may be a constant for life in Donlon, but the dormitory also has a recently-renovated library on the first floor. The library was repainted and recarpeted, according to Brown, and serves as a quiet and convenient retreat for some serious studying. Low Rises 6 and 7
Step inside the Low Rises and you’ll feel like a rat in a maze. Winding corridors and unexpected turns are the norm in these dormitories. But at the time the buildings were constructed, the Low Rises’ small, somewhat isolated suites were a novel proposition. “The emphasis on building small communities was considered to be a wonderful approach in residential living. The Low Rises were planned from the beginning to serve as an asset in our quest to foster diversity and interaction among and between our
High Rise 5 and Jameson
Living in the Townhouses is basically like sharing an apartment. Built in 1989, each has two double rooms and a bathroom — but also a sizable dining room and living room, not to mention a kitchen. While most agree the Townhouses are more secluded than the rest of the North Campus dormitories, their location also makes for a quieter, more private environment. Bus stops located right outside the community come in handy for avoiding the long walk to Central Campus. Despite being on the periphery of North Campus, Townhouse residents are still fully able to participate in all that college life entails. “Residents have access to the Townhouse Community Center [and] also have easy access to Robert Purcell Community Center, just across the street,” Brown said.
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Archway | Balch Hall, an all-female dormitory, sits at the front of North Campus, welcoming freshmen through its central arch. Balch is one of the many North Campus dorms to house first-year students.
Program Houses Help Students Pursue Their Passions By SUN STAFF
All Cornellians, including freshmen, may apply to live in program houses, the majority of which are located on North Campus. The houses allow students with an interest in a particular theme to live together. Akwe:kon (pronounced “Agway-go”) is dedicated to Native American heritage. Its 35 residents share an interest in Native American culture, family and community. Many Akwe:kon members take part in an annual smoke dance and pow-wow, which also draws members of the greater Cornell and Ithaca communities. Ninety-six students with a passion for the environment can
choose to live in the Ecology House. Typical events include environmental discussions, hikes and kayaking trips. The Holland International Living Center, more commonly known as HILC, is home to foreign students as well as those interested in global, political, economic, social and cultural issues. Members of HILC have the opportunity to learn about other countries without leaving Cornell. Some of the center’s programs include international affairs discussion groups, ice-cream hour and talent shows. Music lovers at Cornell can choose to live in Just About Music, known appropriately as JAM. The 144 residents range
from students who enjoy listening to music to students who sing or play musical instruments. Members of JAM can take advantage of the house’s pianos, drum set, CD library, practice rooms, concert stage, recording studio and weekly listening parties. The only program house situated on West Campus is the Language House, located in the Alice Cook House. The Language House is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors hoping to become fluent in Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Mandarin or Spanish. Members watch movies, celebrate holidays from their target language’s countries and take trips to cities such as Montreal or New York City.
Fifty-seven students interested in Latino culture live in the Latino Learning Center, or LLC, located in Anna Comstock Hall. Each week, in an event called “Café Con Leche,” students discuss issues facing Latino people across the world. Students hoping to learn about other cultures may decide to live in the Multicultural Living Learning Unit, known as McLLU and pronounced “McClue.” This program house is located in Clara Dickson Hall, a freshmen dormitory. Members of McLLU celebrate diversity by holding presentations and festivities centering on their assorted backgrounds. With 190 residents, Risley Residential College for Creative and Performing Arts is one of the
largest program houses on campus and has its own dining hall. Risley is also home to recording and video-editing studios. Some of the programs Risleyites host each year include concerts, shows and art exhibits. Ujamaa — pronounced “oo-jama” — is home to 140 students who share an interest in black history and culture. The name Ujamaa comes from a KiSwahilian word that roughly translates to “a community that works together as a family.” The house also focuses on advancing the academic and professional goals of its residents. Ujamaa’s members engage in discussion, hold dances and work with many off-campus social-action groups.
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Best Place to Grab A Cup of Coffee: COLLEGETOWN BAGELS Does Collegetown Bagels even need a blurb? As much a part of the Cornell Saturday morning, Tuesday homework crunch and Friday late-night as Central Park is of Friends, or that hometown pizza place was of your American Graffiti adolescence, it’s the place for non-Starbucks coffee (am I right? That stuff is acid water). Also, coincidentally the place for pastries shaped like mice, sandwiches named after mythical creatures, smoothies named after celebrities and a variety of Ithaca-themed apparel that it’s impossible to believe that anyone buys. Cut that hangover with a pizza bagel and a black cup of joe, ace that pre-lim on three shots of the best espresso in C-town, impress the visiting ’rents with the wholesome side of your weekend debauchery — Collegetown Bagels is the most versatile eatery in the 607.
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THIS IS CORNELL, and this is Ithaca. We curse it for its multitude of inclines and frequent snowfall. We praise it for its vibrant, quirky surroundings and natural beauty. Yet we often fall so deeply into the routine of papers, projects and prelims that we tend to forget about it altogether. The Best of Cornell, a collaboration between the Social Media, Arts and Entertainment, and Photo departments of The Sun, aims to spotlight a few of the noteworthy attractions of Cornell and the city of Ithaca. We present to you the results of last year’s Best of Cornell survey, in which over 500 of our readers have cast votes in over 20 categories. This list is by no means exhaustive; we hope to stimulate discussion and thought. But most of all, we hope this compilation will inspire a newfound appreciation for all that Cornell and the City of Ithaca have to offer.
Place to Spend Your BRBs: STATLER
— Compiled by Kaitlyn Tiffany
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Best Grocery Store: WEGMANS The Finger Lakes’ pride and joy (raise your hand if you’ve claimed to see Danny Wegmans out on Canandaigua Lake on the family yacht), Wegmans has not only been voted the best grocery store in Ithaca, it has also been named the best grocery store in America. What’s not to love? Their generic brand is so good, you can’t even taste the savings; just listen to them jangle around in your wallet. There are live lobsters to look at, free samples to get between pay checks off of and they have stretch breaks for their employees! Not to mention the bulk candy section, which still looks like a shot of Willy Wonka & the ZACH STEELE / SUN FILE PHOTO Chocolate Factory, no matter how old you get, and the absurdity of their beer selection. Born and bred in the Northeast? Wegmans is as much a part of your identity as hating the New England Patriots. An out-of-towner? Your first Wegmans trip is as consequential as your first … anything. It’s a rite of passage, and seeing someone experience Wegmans for the first time is like watching an international student at the re-screening of Titanic last year. — Compiled by Kaitlyn Tiffany
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Choosing where to spend your precious BRBs is a difficult decision. Beyond buying your unfortunately necessary Monday morning Skinny Vanilla Latte and your regrettable late night mozzarella stick order, the choice of which eatery is worthy of your parents’ hard earned money takes some serious consideration. Good thing there’s the Statler. Safely partitioned from the world of official Cornell Dining, the Statler brings a welcome alternative to the student body’s general dining experience. Because honestly, between the salads at Terrace and the Miyake sushi at Mac’s, how can you not spend all your BRBs at the Statler? The sheer variety of options that Statler holds for your dining pleasure is only rivaled by the quality of their meals. You can always trust the phở to be steaming hot, the pesto alfredo sauce to be deliciously creamy and the enchiladas to be extra cheesy. Basically, you cannot go wrong. — Compiled by Elizabeth Sowers
Place to Visit: BUTTERMILK FALLS
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Given all the gorges in Ithaca, it’s near impossible to remember the name of every waterfall in the area. However, the name of this state park conjures up mental images of falling pancakes, so it wasn’t that hard to commit to memory. Buttermilk Falls is one of those magical places that reminds you Ithaca isn’t terrible all the time. A mere 10 minute drive from Cornell University, it’s a beautiful location for hiking, camping, or a pleasant picnic by the water. Weather dependent, of course. So before you graduate, befriend someone with a car, head to Buttermilk Falls, and take some obligatory profile pictures with nature. Just don’t caption aforementioned profile picture with “Ithaca is Gorges,” because we all know that already.
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CITY GUIDE From the outside, it’s hard to understand the allure of the city Cornell calls home. But Ithaca, with all its quirks and eccentricities, has plenty of opportunities for exploring, playing and having fun.
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art
The heart of downtown Ithaca is called the Commons. Three city blocks in the center of downtown were made into a pedestrian mall in the 1970s, and the Commons is now full of stores and restaurants worth trying. After multiple years of renovations, the Commons reopened in August 2015 with new benches and sculpture, better lighting and an accessible central walkway. Retail options include everything from jewelry stores to bookstores to a branch of the Cornell Store that opened just this summer. Restaurants are the Commons’ prime attraction, and they serve up food ranging from Mediterranean to Thai. Though there are many great dining options, a couple restaurants have become icons for Cornell students. Moosewood Restaurant, which made its name in the ’60s with its world-famous organic vegetarian cookbook, sits on Seneca Street and still serves the same cuisine. Glenwood Pines, on Route 89 near Taughannock Falls State Park, serves what it calls the world famous Pinesburger and provides nice views of Cayuga Lake. Viva Taqueria on the Commons offers dine-in and carry-out options for those needing a fix of Mexican cuisine. If you are into museums, a few notable ones are nestled within Ithaca’s tree-lined boundaries. The Sciencenter on Route 13 is geared toward younger kids, but still provides fun exhibits for the college-aged crowd. The Museum of the Earth, located on Trumansburg Road, is part of the Paleontological Research Institution and features a lot of cool fossils and dinosaur bones. The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, just off the Arts Quad, houses works by the masters and also features a rotating list of exhibits. For bird lovers and nature enthusiasts, Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology provides a fun, educational experience. Though most still call it by its old name, the Pyramid Mall, The Shops at Ithaca is the biggest mall in town, attempting to fulfill your fashionista desires. The Shops also feature a recently renovated movie theater.
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Ithaca Commons Redesign
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Often touted as the mall everyone goes to when they realize Pyramid Mall doesn’t fulfill their needs, Destiny USA — more commonly know by its previous name the Carousel Mall — in Syracuse is the largest mall in New York State and has more stores than you could ever imagine. Skiing was probably not the reason you chose Cornell, but Greek Peak, just 30 minutes away in Cortland, is the best ski area in the region. And with a special deal, you can get student-priced season passes for less than the regular price. The Ski and Snowboard Club provides weekly shuttles to Greek Peak for part of the winter. Of course, it’s more than likely you were lured to Cornell by the natural scenery. One highlight is the Taughannock Falls State Park, which features falls that are higher than Niagara. Buttermilk Falls is also a majestic location. Closer to campus, Cornell Plantations contains acres upon acres of greenery and walking trails.
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Ithaca Farmers’ Market
In terms of grocery stores, there’s Wegmans, which is a supermarket, but so much more. Those not from around New York may be surprised at its size and the amount of readycooked food available. Though Wegmans — located on Route 13 — is a 15-minute drive from campus, it’s not unusual to see Cornellians flocking there on evenings and weekends. Several wineries line Seneca and Cayuga lakes, providing fertile ground for wine tours. One must be 21 to sample the wines, so it’s more usual for upperclassmen to take excursions into wine country. But for those of age, the wine region — often compared to Napa Valley in California — is worth a visit. Right off Route 13 on Steamboat Landing is the Ithaca Farmers’ Market, where local vendors sell delicious food, wine and seasonal produce. Open April through December on Saturdays and Sundays, it is a destination worth checking out, whether you are environmentally conscious or not.
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Throughout the year, the Commons plays host to a number of different celebrations where students and residents co-mingle. In October, Apple Fest brings orchards and entertainers downtown, and participants sample every type of apple concoction you can think of. In February, Chilifest turns the Commons into a bustling fair filled with aromas from local restaurants that bring their A-game chili to be taste-tested. And in the summer, Ithaca Festival celebrates Ithaca, and all its quirks, with a parade and entertainment around town. SUN FILE PHOTO
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Student Clubs Cater to Varied Interests
A sampling of Cornell’s wide array of extracurricular activities By SUN STAFF
If your schedule has not been sufficiently crammed with lectures, work, parties, meals and sleep, you might want to look into joining a club to fill those few extra minutes each week. Cornell has a niche for virtually every interest, no matter how esoteric. Whether you’re an aspiring guitarist or an expert knitter, it is likely you will be able to find a group of like-minded students with whom to share your passion. Below is a sampling of some of the more prominent clubs on campus. Political and Activist Groups
The Cornell Democrats and the Cornell College Republicans represent the two major political parties on campus, each engaging in its own brand of activism and spreading awareness of political issues. A number of other campus groups focus on more specific political issues. Amnesty International’s Cornell chapter promotes awareness of human rights abuses throughout the world through a series of campaigns, each of which publicizes a specific area of injustice. Music and a Capella Groups
Cornell offers dozens of outlets for those looking to express their musical creativity. You won’t be able to turn a corner the first couple weeks of class without seeing a flier for an a capella tryout or a chalking pointing you in the direc-
tion of band auditions. The University chorus, jazz ensembles, symphonic band, marching band, symphony orchestra and glee club are all open to the musically inclined. The Hangovers and Cayuga’s Waiters are two of the University’s best-known a capella groups, although there are more than a dozen for prospective members to choose from, each with a unique style. Passionate about music but not one for singing? The Cornell Concert Commission organizes most of the major musical events that happen on campus, having brought such big-name acts as Wavves, Modest Mouse, Young Thug and Icona Pop in recent years. Or, check out the Fanclub Collective, which hosts independent and local acts such as Interpol and the Microphones. WVBR is a popular rock radio station that serves the entire Ithaca area and is staffed largely by students. Volunteers receive free training on the station’s equipment and can get on the air as disc jockeys, sportscasters or newscasters. Publications The Cornell Daily Sun is the campus’ daily newspaper, but there are other publications, too. The Cornell Review offers conservative commentary on local and national issues. Its liberal counterpart is The Cornell Progressive. Had enough political commentary? Lighten up by reading CUNooz, Cornell’s online humor publication. Their website is
K E E R G Life
updated regularly with articles ranging from the satirical to the downright absurd. Comedy and Drama Groups
For students who want to spend their years at Cornell in the spotlight, the Risley Theatre group gives members the opportunity to participate in all stages of a dramatic production. Whether you’re looking to act, direct, choreograph, construct sets, manage sound or create costumes, it’s likely Risley Theatre can use your skills. The comedy troupe Skits-OPhrenics puts on several sketch comedy shows each year and plans to hold auditions for new members this fall. If you’re in the mood for a more off-the-cuff style of humor, check out the Whistling Shrimp, Cornell’s improv comedy group. Governing Groups
Each year, dozens of budding student politicians vie for seats on Cornell’s student governing body, the Student Assembly. The S.A. meets weekly in Willard Straight Hall to discuss issues and pass resolutions on behalf of the student body, addressing topics that range from Cornell’s public image to Slope Day regulations. For those with political ambitions on a larger scale, the Cornell Model United Nations gives students the opportunity to represent a country at a mock meeting of the U.N., with awards for those who engage in the most persuasive debate. The Panhellenic Association,
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Break it down | Members of Bhangra, an Indian-inspired dance group, perform in Barton Hall.
Multicultural Greek Letter Council and the Interfraternity Council are the main governing bodies of the Greek community, which includes more than 60 chapters and encompasses 30 percent of the student body. The three councils arrange social, educational and recreational programs, as well as establish and enforce guidelines for Cornell Greek chapters. Academic and Miscellaneous Groups
If you found yourself inspired by the Mars rover missions, you can take part in your own cosmic exploration with the Cornell Astronomical Society. Fed up with classes? Take your frustration out in the Cornell Debate Society. Or, for more kinetic ways to destress, try your hand at Bhangra,
an Indian dance troupe, or Yamatai, a taiko drumming group. Looking to get your inner nerd on? Head on over to the Chess Club’s meetings to practice checking your mates. The Cornell Baking Club welcomes all of those with a passion for the culinary arts. The baking club holds monthly meetings to discuss recipes and techniques and plans to host guest lecturers and trips to local bakeries during the coming year. There’s also the Baja SAE Racing Team, which designs and races a new decked-out car every year. The team is responsible for all aspects of designing, building, testing and even financing the project. Also be sure to attend Cornell’s student activities fair in September to check out the hundreds of other student groups on campus.
One-Third of the Big Red:The Greek System By SUN STAFF
With a third of Cornell students in one of nearly 70 Greek chapters on campus, the Greek system is a major part of Cornell’s social life.
From the very start of their Cornell careers, students encounter members of Cornell’s Greek society who help freshman move into their dorms, volunteering as “movers and shakers.”
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Helping out | Volunteers involved in Greek life help transplant trees at the Ithaca Children’s Garden.
To protect incoming freshmen from bias, Greeks cannot promote their houses to incoming freshmen. Unofficial rush for males, however, starts immediately as fraternity members, in particular, encourage the new students to come to parties at their Collegetown annexes — houses where many of the brothers of the same fraternity live — in order to recruit new members. Based on Greeks’ participation in Orientation Week, freshmen may perceive them as a group of community volunteers who hold parties with free alcohol. This perception holds some truth — community service is a major aspect of Greek life. Many of Cornell’s Greek chapters participate in Ithaca-based projects, such as the Tompkins County Task Force for Battered Women. Social events are also a large part of the Greek experience, with chapters planning their own parties, formals and football tailgates. Cornell’s Greek system also
allows students to emerge as leaders within their respective chapters. Elected officers must run meetings, organize events and handle finances. Chapter presidents must learn to motivate their members, treasurers must handle complex budgets and recruitment chairs must carry out strategic recruitment campaigns. Despite the leadership skills that the Greek system fosters, some incoming freshmen may worry about how their academic performance will be affected if they decide to join a fraternity or sorority. Many chapters hold study hours and give out awards or scholarships to members for outstanding academic achievement. Each spring, individual chapters are honored for academic excellence by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs. In the past, freshmen traditionally had their first experience with the Greek system through open parties, but new rules implement-
ed in 2011 have reduced the ability of freshmen to attend these kinds of events. Freshmen are now banned from open parties, regulated at the door by the use of scanners that read student ID cards. IFC rules prohibit the consumption of hard alcohol during registered events, so all alcohol served at fraternity parties should be in the form of beer or wine. To get a true sense of Greek life, freshmen can choose to take part in Spring Rush 2017. All fraternities and sororities participate in spring recruitment, in which freshmen can talk with members about Greek life in a more relaxed and intimate setting. Rush differs for men and women. Sorority rush follows a strict schedule in which potential new members visit every sorority. For men, rush is more casual, as freshmen can choose the houses they want to visit and interact with brothers in a much more relaxed setting.
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An Introduction to Cornell’s Libraries
Uris Library By SUN STAFF
Cornell is home to more than a dozen libraries. With so many to choose from, where you decide to study just depends on what you’re looking for. Each study area at Cornell has a personality of its own. Uris
Uris Library has been dubbed “Club Uris” by students who see the humor in the fact that, on any given Sunday through Thursday night, the Cocktail Lounge is the place to be. Uris Library is connected to the clock tower. Along with Olin, it has hundreds of thousands of books available, as well as carrels and places to study. Uris Library is open 24 hours a day, Sunday through Thursday. That’s right: Students can make their party rounds and then get right back to Club Uris for after-hours studying. With 24-hour access, who needs to pay rent? Just bring a sleeping bag! Olin and Kroch
For those looking for more of a lounge than a club, Olin Library may become your library of choice. Although not in use at all hours of the night like its neigh-
bor Uris, Olin still keeps its doors open until 2 a.m. Olin has other draws as well: It is one of Cornell’s main research libraries, complete with its own periodical room. The Amit Bhatia Libe Café on the main level is home to the Iced Skim Sugar-Free Vanilla Latte (dubbed The Long Island by the café’s employees) and the best chocolate brownies in the Finger Lakes. The decor in Olin is also newer and more comfortable than at Uris. But here’s a tip: Get there early. On a Saturday morning, one may find a line of eager students waiting to get the best spots by the window. Attached to Olin is Kroch Library, which houses the Asia Collections and the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections. Any noise above a whisper is frowned upon in Kroch Library. Mann
One of Cornell’s primary libraries is Mann Library, which serves the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Human Ecology. Mann sits on the far side of the Ag Quad. Its ends-ofthe-earth location, made worse by Ithaca’s cold winter weather, makes studying there
too much of a trek for some students, but many others recommend its spacious halls for this very reason. Maybe it’s worth the trip just to get a tasty drink or treat from Manndible Café in the front lobby. However, the café does not take Big Red Bucks. Engineering
Carpenter Hall houses a 24/7 study space. As you would expect, it has a very large computer lab. (And librarians are available for research help via the virtual library.) Law
With its beautiful arched ceiling, the Law Library in Myron Taylor Hall has been compared to Hogwarts castle. Beware: All those serious law students like their quiet. Catherwood
Catherwood Library, the School of Industrial and Labor Relations Library, located in Ives Hall, is a daytime hotspot with new furnishings. Nestlé
The students in the School of Hotel Administration may spend much of their time in “real world” learning situations, but they need to study, too. The Nestlé
Library in Statler Hall’s Marriott Student Learning Center has assembled the largest collection of hospitality academic resources in the world, and it has a more social atmosphere than the usual study spaces. Fine Arts
The Fine Arts Library can be found on the third floor of Rand Hall, and it’s open until 11 p.m. five days a week. It offers the greatest concentration of resources on some of Cornell’s more creative fields: the practice and history of art, architecture, and city and regional planning. AAP students can borrow tons of equipment for multimedia production and presentation, like cameras, tripods, light kits, backdrops, digital audio recorders, speakers, microphones and more. Off the Beaten Path
Though some specialized spaces such as the Physical Sciences Library were closed due to budget cuts, remaining facilities include libraries for Africana studies, management and math. In Lincoln Hall’s Music Library, one can peruse resources and listen to musicians from the Beatles to Tupac Shakur.
Gannett Serves Student Body’s Health Needs By SUN STAFF
Oops! Did you just sprain your ankle tripping over all the stuff you’ve crammed into your new dorm room? Are thoughts of the infamous “freshman 15” keeping you up at night? Is beginning college finally the right time to quit smoking? Do you suspect you might have the flu? Welcome to Cornell. The next four years will, for the most part, be an exciting and rewarding experience, but what you probably want to know right now is where you can get a refill for your allergy medication. Before you start to panic, here’s a quick overview of the health and psychological services available at Cornell. Keep this in mind so you know where to turn when the mid-
night pizzas start to take a toll on your body, and so you know that there are many resources to help you when the stress and pressure of being a college student becomes too much to handle. Cornell’s one-stop shop for health problems is Gannett: Cornell University Health Services, soon to be renovated and re-christened Cornell Health. Located on Ho Plaza, Gannett is the primary care provider of medical services for all enrolled students, as well as other members of the Cornell community. Current construction will last for the next year and double the facility’s size. Gannett provides many services ranging from allergy treatment and immunizations to general medical health care. The health care center can also
provide you with information and listings for Ithaca-area doctors such as dentists and optometrists. Gannett can conduct most X-ray examinations as well as most of the laboratory tests that may be prescribed by your doctor during a medical visit. A newly renovated pharmacy is located in the building so that you can fill your prescriptions on campus. Through its Sports Medicine program, Gannett provides primary care services to all Cornell athletes. Gannett also provides physical therapy services for members of the entire Cornell community. In addition, Gannett offers many services to take care of your sexual health needs, programs to help smokers quit and an extensive array of counseling and support services.
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Big Red doctors | The Gannett Health Center on Ho Plaza offers medical services and health counseling to the Cornell community.
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Hidden Treasures at Cornell
An insider’s guide to unique opportunities inside and outside of the classroom By SUN STAFF
The following is a guide to intriguing things that you won’t want to miss learning about during your time on the Hill. Relationships 101
Ever wonder what went wrong in that last relationship or worry about how the sex has gone bad after a few months? Or wake up on a Sunday morning and lament, “What was I thinking last night?” Next time you have these questions, turn to Human Development 3620: Human Bonding instead of those relationship crib sheets, Cosmopolitan and Maxim. Students Drink for Credit
Once a week for two hours, around
out that you might wear, or carry, or use as part of dress,” said the collection’s curator, Prof. Charlotte Jirousek, textiles and apparel. Inside the Particle Accelerator
Something is buried under Cornell’s playing fields. Fifty feet below the surface of the earth, next to Wilson Lab, there is a ring-shaped tunnel roughly half a mile in circumference. Here, scientists work day and night to unlock the secrets of the universe. Sound like an urban legend or the plot of a science-fiction movie? It’s not. It’s the Laboratory for Elementary Particle Physics’ particle accelerator. The LEPP, once known as the Laboratory of Nuclear Studies, opened soon after World War II. It has gone through several different phases over the
in 1871. Rulloff was convicted of beating his wife and daughter to death as well as poisoning his sister-in-law and niece. Rulloff ’s Restaurant and Bar in Collegetown is named after him. Rare Manuscripts
A journey through time to the year 2000 B.C., is still beyond the scope of modern technology. However, seeing clay tablets from 4,000 years ago only requires a journey to the library. The Rare and Manuscript Collections in Kroch Library is open to everyone and includes tablets inscribed with cuneiform writing as well as handwritten manuscripts from the medieval period, an original copy of the Gettysburg Address and everything in between. According to the Cornell University Library website, the collections consist of “400,000 printed volumes, more than 70 million manuscripts and another million photographs, paintings, prints and other visual media.” The collection is also home to the Cornell University Archives, which documents the history of the University and the Ithaca area. Ancient Artifacts
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Professor Nye | Bill Nye ’77 sits in the office of Prof. Jim Bell. In an interview with The Sun, Nye discussed the Mars Pathfinder and his undergraduate experiences at Cornell. From 2001 to 2006, Nye served as a Frank H.T. Rhodes Class of ’56 Professor at the University.
700 Cornell students will get credit for imbibing alcohol. No, this isn’t a cheap trick by the School of Hotel Administration to increase enrollment. The students are enrolled in the Hotel School’s two-credit Hotel Administration 4430: Introduction to Wines, and they are probably not getting drunk on the six one-ounce wine samples they get in class. Lecture topics include flavor components in wine, how to pair wine and food and wine etiquette. Collection for the Fashion-Conscious
Many college students spend a lot of time thinking about their clothing. But even though they may spend hours searching for the right outfit to wear to a job interview or party, they only see the outfit as part of their wardrobe. In the Cornell Costume and Textile Collection, however, clothing has become a part of history. The costume collection currently hosts approximately 9,000 items. There is a significant ethnographic collection featuring traditional dress from many different parts of the world as well as a textile collection featuring quilts, tapestries and wall hangings. However, the majority of the collection is fashion-related. It features clothing dating as far back as the 18th century up to modern times. Basically, it’s “anything from the skin
years, and the current facility was constructed in 1979. The particle accelerator runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week with the exception of maintenance and improvement periods. The cost of energy, maintenance, equipment and staff salaries is covered by an annual budget of approximately $20 million. At this point, students who don’t know much about physics are probably asking what the facility actually does. Prof. David G. Cassel, physics, associate director of LEPP, was more than happy to answer that question. “It accelerates particles,” he said with a smile. Your Very Own Brain Collection
The display of human brains, particularly those identified with specific individuals, evokes a variety of reactions: horror, distaste, curiosity and fascination. Experiencing this first-hand only involves a short trip to Uris Hall’s second floor, where a display case features Cornell’s Wilder Brain Collection. The collection, which at one time featured 1,600 animal and human brains, was established in the 1880s by Dr. Burt Green Wilder, Cornell’s first zoologist. The University stopped accepting additional brains in 1940, and at present, only 70 remain. One of the brains on display is that of Edward Rulloff, a man hanged in Ithaca
With air raid curtains from the 1940s hanging in the windows and decorative pillars left over from the museum that once occupied its place, McGraw 150 is itself a part of history. The décor is fitting for a room that currently houses Cornell’s anthropology collection. The collection, which has existed in some form since 1868, contains artifacts from all over the world and spans roughly half a million years of human history. The collection was started by Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson White and was once housed in a natural history museum at Cornell. According to Prof. David Holmberg, former chair of the anthropology department, when the museum closed some time during World War II, its displays were either moved to other areas or put into storage. What hadn’t been claimed by the Johnson Museum or the geology collection then “came under the responsibility of the Department of Anthropology,” Holmberg said. Science Guy
Although he’s currently most fond of evolutionary biology, Bill Nye ’77 keeps the periodic table close to his heart. Or at least close to his hip, where he always carries a credit card-sized version of it around in his wallet. Although the public knows him best for his television show Bill Nye the Science Guy, Nye served from 2001 to 2006 as a Frank H.T. Rhodes Class of ’56 University Professor. During that time, students could spot Nye cycling around campus — his preferred form of transportation — on a bike borrowed from Prof. Jim Bell, astronomy. After the two met in a chance encounter, Bell invited Nye to become a visiting professor and they have w o r k e d together ever since. Nye periodically visits
Cornell to guest lecture and meet with students. Nye still holds high regard for his alma mater. In an interview with The Sun in 2005, he lauded the University’s strengths in a number of areas. “Cornell planetary science is as good as anybody — we’re exploring Mars,” he said. “The mathematics department seems as good as anybody’s. And another thing: Ezra Cornell, whoever he was, wanted to have women here from the get-go, and the other institutions that we compete with were not that way at all. And I think that tradition of ‘any person, any study’ is still around.” Magical Mushrooms
Fascinated by fungi? Take one of Cornell’s most popular courses, Plant Pathology 2010: Magical Mushrooms, Mischievous Molds. Taught by Prof. Kathie Hodge, plant pathology, the class, which focuses on how mold and fungi have impacted social and political structure throughout the course of history, has been featured in Rolling Stone. Despite the seemingly esoteric nature of the topic, the course has grown primarily through word of mouth and its accessibility to non-scientists. Secret Garden
Although its peak season runs from May to September, the Cornell plantations remain open from dawn to dusk throughout the year. Visitors can picnic, hike or play in any of the plantation’s 14 gardens. Some classes even take field trips to examine the beautiful plants. For those who want to know exactly which flowers and trees they are passing, free guided tours take place in the gardens during certain months. For Whom the Bell Tolls
161 steps up McGraw Tower, next to Uris library, is the home of the famous Cornell chimes. Chimesmasters play concerts on the 21 chimes three times a day. During these times, visitors are welcome to walk up and request a song. The afternoon concert typically closes with the Alma Mater, while the nighttime concert ends with Cornell’s Evening Song. At the beginning of each semester, there is a competition in which new chimesmasters are selected. Chimes concerts also take place to mark special occasions, and people can pay for additional concerts, such as during weddings at Cornell’s Sage Chapel. Between concerts, a machine makes the chimes go off to mark time every 15 minutes from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m.
Pensive | John Cleese — the famed Monty Python actor — often visits Cornell to dole out his sage advice.
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Street Food at Cornell: Two Trucks. Two Legacies. One Delicious Debate. By SUN STAFF
With all members of the freshman class living on North Campus, Louie’s Lunch sees many young faces lined up expectantly awaiting a sandwich, milkshake or cup of coffee. Concurrently, since the upperclass students who decide to live on campus are primarily in dorms on West Campus, the Hot Truck does a good deal of business with older Cornellians. As a result, a long-standing food truck rivalry — one that is almost exclusively limited to students as opposed to the two businesses’ respective proprietors — is tinged with complicated class loyalties, in addition to food preferences. Loyalty
But this rivalry is a strange one. As if it weren’t odd enough to have drunken students waiting in the chilly Ithaca pre-dawn for a bite of a meatball sub, many students hold fast
HISTORY: Though many people seem to believe that the Hot Truck is older, Louie’s Lunch has, in fact, been serving the Cornell community since 1918. Of course, at that time the establishment didn’t have anything even remotely close to the menu it has today and was not actually a truck. It wasn’t until the early 1920s that Louie’s moved into a truck. Louie’s still bears the name of its first proprietor, who took a cart around the North Campus area selling sandwiches to hungry members of the Greek community. Since that time, the truck has become a mainstay of the intersection at Thurston Avenue and Wait Avenue. In the past, the truck used to visit various locations, but for the sake of convenience, it has remained in its current position for longer than just about anyone can remember. Indeed, that stretch of curb looks awfully naked during the winter break and over the summer when Louie’s isn’t in service. THE EATS: Unlike the Hot Truck, Louie’s offers a lot more than subs — complete with milkshakes, coffee, breakfast sandwiches, condoms and cigars, Louie’s business depends on a lot more than its sandwiches. Louie’s also offers a variety of sandwiches, including standard parms, and it can also whip up a grilled cheese and some french fries, if that’s your pleasure.
to their favorite truck with an almost admirable, albeit strange, persistence. This loyalty even found its way into an a cappella song a few years back — a song that many of us have heard time and again. The Cayuga’s Waiters bit goes like so: “Louie’s Lunch kinda sucks / Wait in line at Hot Truck” over a blend of vocals singing the harmony to Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire.” Though it’s obvious which truck the Waiters prefer, the reference is telling. It seems Cornellians hold fast to their favorites, even when it comes to whose chicken parm they like better. After some polling, it became clear a few years ago that sophomores and freshmen preferred Louie’s Lunch to the Hot Truck. Conversely, juniors and seniors were more likely to reply that Hot Truck was their preferred late-night source of what some call “drunk food.” So, with our bellies full of parmesan cheese and our notebooks filled with items from the menu, we are proud to bring you a rundown of each of these Cornell legacies.
HISTORY: Bob Petrillose was the man behind the innovation known now as the Hot Truck (which still bears his name). Petrillose operated the truck, at that time called Johnny’s Pizza Truck, from 1960 until 2000 when he sold it to the owner of the Shortstop Deli located downtown on Seneca Street. The original name came from Petrillose’s father, Johnny Petrillose, who opened Johnny’s Big Red Grill. In fact, the truck was initially an extension of that restaurant, but over the years became a more specialized entity of its own. The original menu was much more conventional than the one that graces the side of the truck today. Instead of “PMP,” the menu read “Hamburger” and “Hotdog.” Since its sale in 2000, the truck has undergone few changes. Petrillose has since died, but the Hot Truck continues to serve up the same classic dishes. Although a City of Ithaca regulation passed in early 2014 would have cost the Hot Truck guaranteed access to its traditional location, a subsequent revision allowed “heritage” food trucks like Louie’s Lunch and the Hot Truck to retain their long-standing spots. THE EATS: One of the most interesting things about the Hot Truck is the menu. It is also one of the things that makes grubbing at the Hot Truck such an experience. Instead of ordering a meatball sub or a chicken parmesan sub, people walk up to the window and say “MBC” or “Gimme a CSC.” Though Petrillose himself was responsible for a good many items on the menu, students also play a big role in determining what’s available at the Hot Truck.
Philly Cheese Steak Chicken Parmesan Cajun Fries Mozzarella Sticks BBQ Beef Chef Salad
PMP (poor man’s pizza — bread, sauce & cheese) Ho-Ho (a PMP with hot ham, swiss & mushrooms) INDY (link sausage, mushrooms, onion, sauce & cheese) WTF (any random sandwich; it’s a gamble with this one) HSC (hot sausage & cheese)
THE SUN’S PICK: Egg and cheese breakfast sandwich with hash browns
THE SUN’S PICK: CSC Garden&Grease Hot&Heavy (chicken breast, sauce, cheese, lettuce, mayonnaise, crushed red peppers and garlic)
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Enter the Dragon: Architects Unleash a Beast By MOLLY O’TOOLE Former Sun News Editor
It was 1 p.m. the day before Spring Break, and campus seemed as silent as the steadily falling snow subtly frosting the arts quad. The bells of McGraw tower, glowing green the night before, began to peal, breaking the quiet concentration of the Cornell campus. Their song seemed a calling, as winter jacket, hat and scarf began to emerge from every building, path and corner in greater numbers. What brought these people together, to stand so patiently on a deserted day in the spring snow? The answer was not long coming. From between Olin and Uris Libraries a crowd of people spilled out onto the undisturbed snow of the Quad. And they kept coming. And coming. Soon, students, townspeople, faculty and security formed a lively parade marching through campus. Suddenly, a skeletal structure reared its head — here, whether on a clear spring day or in the midst of a winter weather watch — the infamous mascot of Cornell’s annual Dragon Day comes out of its cave in Rand Hall, to wreak havoc every spring for the past hundred years. Dragon Day is a tradition dating back more than 100 years at Cornell. According to the University Archives, though the first date is not exactly known, the Dragon Day tradition was begun by the equally infamous Willard Straight class of 1901, who himself was an architecture student. “From his early [days] as a freshman, he developed a reputation as a prankster, leader and developer of class unity,” states the Archives.
Straight believed there should be a day set aside specifically for the architecture students, a “College of Architecture Day.” A man known for making ideas into reality, Straight chose St. Patrick’s Day. Evidence in a letter to Straight’s widow as early as 1920 shows the struggle between administration and students regarding the festivities. In the past it has forbidden Dragon Day for a variety of reasons, mainly safety-related. The conflict with the administration regarding the tradition, though, is not as prominent today. As the dragon made its way through the quad to a taped-off area in front of Sibley, the parade spread out and gathered around, enveloping the beast. The structure stood impressively — it required over two dozen students, dressed in white jumpsuits, to maneuver its flexible parts by means of a structure of metal rods, which they held onto as they pushed the dragon along the parade route. The dragon itself was created entirely of bamboo and rope, bound together in a simple but impressive design. The length of the dragon’s body, arranged in this way, appeared to be bare bamboo bones, like the skeleton of an ancient Jurassic beast come to life and broken loose from a museum. Architecture students in fine array ran circles around the beast, which lay silent and steadfast, awaiting its fate. Cries of “dragon, dragon!” and “give me a D!” permeated the otherwise quiet atmosphere, with the exception of beating drums that gave the experience a feel of tribal sacrifice. One almost felt sorry for the creature. Representatives of the Cornell Police
and Ithaca Fire Departments could be seen mingled amongst the students, much to the latter’s delight. Authorities were taunted throughout the process, but there was a general air of good humor. Kathy Zoner, chief of Cornell Police, has overseen the festivities for many years. She explained that the process that goes into the event is not the work of one day but many weeks of planning, working closely with the architecture students to ensure overall safety. She described the day as a success, due to a lack of injuries. “If there were any, they were self-inflict-
ed,” she laughed. She emphasized that a safe atmosphere is to the greatest benefit of all. Onlookers began trickling away as firemen put the hose to the blackened remains of the once-great beast. Perhaps they went to warm up and regain feeling in their frozen extremities, or perhaps they went to get started on further beginning-of-springbreak celebrations. Regardless, it was clear as smoke furled into the gray sky that the spirit of the dragon, and of this campus, cannot be quenched, and some traditions, like Dragon Day, never die.
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ROAR! | The Dragon Day festivities that occur every spring are some of the most anticipated events on campus.
The Evolution of the Slope Day Tradition at Cornell By SUN STAFF
For most of the year, the steep hike from West Campus to Central is considered a nuisance on the way to class. Yet at the end of the school year, Libe Slope is transformed into the venue for Slope Day, Cornell’s beloved end of the year celebration. Each year, the Slope Day
Planning Board works hard to select the entertainers, whose identities are kept a closely guarded secret until about a month before the big day. For this reason, trying to guess the performers has become a favorite activity for many Cornellians waiting for classes to end. The tradition traces its roots back to 1901, when it was
known as Spring Day. The celebration morphed to Spring Fest before coming to its current incarnation: Slope Day. Unlike the festivities students have enjoyed in recent years, Spring Day hosted attractions like fire-eaters, snake-charmers, cowboys, Indians and sailors on the Arts Quad. Spring Day was known as one of Cornell’s first
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No longer just a dream | Nelly, the hip-hop artist of many students’ youths, performed as the headliner on Slope Day in May 2011.
excuses to cancel class in the name was canceled in 1963. of mass debauchery. The next incarnation of Slope The original springtime car- Day, known as Springfest, apnival originated because of peared in the late 1970s. financial strains to the UniMore changes to Slope Day versity Athletic occurred in Association. To Recent Slope Day Performers 1985 when the save the Big legal drinking Red’s sports age changed 2014: Ludacris, Matt and Kim from 18 to 21. teams, drama and 3LAU clubs and muAfter the 2015: Magic!, Chance the sical groups drinking age Rapper, Salva organized a changed, the 2016: R. City, Cash Cash, ben efit conUniversity Walk the Moon cert. The event stopped serving struggled at the alcohol at the box office, but managed to event, though students showed inspire an impromptu parade up with their own. to draw attention to the con“In the years that followed ... cert. a number of students were treatThe performance was so ed for alcohol related emergenwell-attended that both the con- cies,” said Tim Marchell ’82, cert and the parade were repeat- director of mental health initiaed the following year, and the tives at Ganett Health Services. celebration before the show In response to the emergenraised more money than the cies, the University attempted to production. From then on, end Slope Day in the early Spring Day became a campus- 1990s. As an alternative, a wide custom. University-organized event was At the brink of the first World offered on North Campus. War, many Cornellians believed Since 2003, Slope Day has that they had celebrated their last maintained a new format that Spring Day. However, after includes live entertainment. World War II, the celebration For years, Slope Day was held returned with the moniker on they last day of classes. But “Spring Weekend.” begining in 2014, Slope Day was Due to protests and unrest held the day after the last day of that plagued the University in classes due to changes in the acathe early 1960s, the celebration demic calendar.
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The newest dormitories on North Campus, completed in 2001, house 558 members of the freshman class. The dorms feature single rooms of 117 square feet and doubles of 203 square feet, with several TV rooms, laundry facilities, storage spaces and conference areas. They are conveniently located near the Appel Commons.
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This was the University’s original quadrangle, and it remains the center of campus. Regardless of your major, you’ll definitely cross the Arts Quad hundreds of times before you graduate. When it’s not snowing, raining or too cold, students lay out on the Quad to do some studying, work on their tans or people-watch. Throwing frisbees or footballs is also recommended.
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The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art houses Cornell’s art collection, begun by President Andrew Dickson White in the 1880s. The building was designed by renowned architect I.M. Pei in 1973. The museum has 30,000 works of art in its permanent collections and hosts about 20 special exhibits each year. The sixth floor gallery offers a beautiful view of Ithaca and Cayuga Lake.
During most years, Cornell Night, a show sampling several of the University’s performing groups, is held here on the last night of orientation. In addition to the huge introductory psychology class, some big campus events occur in Bailey — including concerts and lectures. Six years ago, the building housed a debate from the 2006 New York State gubernatorial campaign.
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Filled with comfortable study lounges, like the Cocktail Lounge, this is undergraduates’ favorite spot to hit the books or take a nap. The stacks are a bit unattractive, but are usually a last resort if every other seat is full. Adjacent is Olin Library, the largest library on campus, and the underground Kroch Library. The carrels in Olin stacks are officially assigned to graduate students.
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The Straight, the nation’s first student union, is home to some choices for on-campus dining, such as Okenshield’s, the Ivy Room and Cascadeli. Student lounges, a movie theater and a browsing library are also found here. Many organizations have their headquarters in this building. The Student Assembly meets here every Thursday afternoon.
The biggest and brightest library on campus, Mann houses the übereco-friendly Mandible Cafe, perfect for a vegan snack — hold the meat please! With a renovation completed in 2007, Mann is now a state-of-the-art facility for studying, group work and computer lab use. For students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Mann Library is the place to be.
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Big Red Ambition: 161Things Every Cornellian Should Do Compiled from student responses to an e-mail survey in 2005; updated 2016. ! 1. Make the library into your bedroom and have sex in the stacks ! 2. Finally meet the dazzling Denice Cassaro ! 3. Go to the Cornell-Harvard men’s hockey game and throw fish on the ice ! 4. Sing along to “We didn’t go to Harvard” with Cayuga’s Waiters ! 5. Sled down Libe Slope during a snow storm ! 6. Take Hotel Administration 4300: Introduction to Wines ! 7. Streak across the Arts Quad ! 8. Take Psychology 1101: Intro to Psychology ! 9. Test out Olin Library’s musically calibrated steps by throwing stones on them ! 10. Attempt sake bombing at Plum Tree or Miyake in Collegetown ! 11. Order ice cream at the Dairy Bar ! 12. Climb the rock wall in Bartels Hall ! 13. Listen to a full chimes concert from the clock tower and guess the songs played ! 14. Order the same thing off the Collegetown Bagels menu all four years ! 15. Register for classes during Freshman Orientation, then switch out of every single one by the time Add/Drop ends ! 16. Wear flip-flops to class in January ! 17. Go to the Fuertes Observatory on North Campus and gaze at meteor showers ! 18. Have a snowball fight in May ! 19. Milk a cow ! 20. Skip class to play frisbee on the Arts Quad ! 21. Bury a bottle of Bacardi on the Slope. Dig it up on Slope Day ! 22. Pick apples at the Cornell Orchards ! 23. Attend Applefest on the Commons ! 24. Flirt with your professor ! 25. Bomb a prelim ! 26. Ace the next one to save your grade ! 27. Attend Hotelie prom ! 28. Meet Happy Dave from Okenshield’s ! 29. Turn your face blue from screaming at midnight before the first finals ! 30. Get heartburn at the Chili Cook-off on the Commons ! 31. Enjoy Ithaca’s two months of warm weather — spend a summer here! ! 32. Go to a Shabbat dinner at 104 West (CornellCard it) ! 33. Watch the AAP students parade down East Avenue on Dragon Day ! 34. Enjoy corn nuggets at The Nines ! 35. Build a snow penis or count how many you see around campus ! 36. Dress up and view The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Risley ! 37. Take a class you think is impossible just for fun ! 38. Go on a wine tour ! 39. Kiss on the suspension bridge at midnight ! 40. Sleep through your alarm for a 1:25 p.m. class ! 41. Shop at the Friends of the Library Book Sale ! 42. Get out of a University parking ticket ! 43. Buy an Ithaca Is Gorges t-shirt, then get sick of wearing it and buy a variation (Ithaca Is Gangsta, Vaginas Are Gorges, Ithaca Is Long Island...) ! 44. Learn the “Alma Mater,” “Evening Song” and “Give My Regards to Davy” ! 45. Attend an opening at the Johnson Museum of Art ! 46. Smuggle food from the dining hall and run for your life as they try to get back your stolen cookies ! 47. Do the Walk of Shame ! 48. Have dinner at a professor’s house ! 49. Get wasted at a professor’s house ! 50. Take a #selfie with a Cornell president ! 51. Play a game of tag in the Kroch Library stacks ! 52. See a play in the Schwartz Center ! 53. Rush the field at the last home football game of the season ! 54. Start your freshman year pre-med. Graduate as a Hotelie ! 55. Gamble at Turning Stone (try not to lose money) ! 56. Watch dancers fly through the air at a Bhangra show ! 57. Have a midnight picnic in the Cornell Plantations ! 58. Wait in line for half an hour for a salad at the Terrace ! 59. Ignore any and all “No Winter Maintenance” signs … slip and fall on the icy stairs ! 60. Sit in Libe Café when you have no work to do and watch the worried studiers down gallons of coffee ! 61. Write an angry letter to the editor of The Sun ! 62. Go to Wegmans on a Friday or Saturday night ! 63. Explore the secret underground tunnel between Uris and Olin libraries ! 64. See the library’s Rare Book Collection ! 65. Pretend you are Harry Potter and study in the A.D. White library (looks like Hogwarts) ! 66. See the brain collection in Uris Hall ! 67. Eat at Taverna Banfi (formerly Banfi’s) and charge it to CornellCard ! 68. Buy beer at Jason’s in Collegetown and charge it to CityBucks ! 69. Take Plant Pathology 2010: Magical Mushrooms, Mischievous Molds ! 70. Take part in a psychology experiment ! 71. Take an unplanned nap in a library ! 72. Take over a building ! 73. According to legend, watch a virgin cross the Arts Quad and then witness A.D. White and Ezra Cornell shake hands ! 74. Live through an Ithaca blizzard and tell your friends how you survived frostbite ! 75. Throw a flaming pumpkin into the gorge ! 76. Play co-ed intramural innertube water polo ! 77. Spend all your lectures figuring out the day’s crossword. While sitting for the final, wish you had taken notes instead ! 78. Hook up with your T.A.
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Order a PMP at the Hot Truck Play trivia at Rulloff’s on Sunday nights Make the trek down the hill: Go to a townie bar Make a fool of yourself at karaoke at Loco on Tuesday Hit up Group Therapy on Wednesdays at Dunbar’s Go bowling at Helen Newman Lanes Hand out quartercards on Ho Plaza Drive your car up and down Libe Slope or Ho Plaza Have a friend’s parents take you out to eat at John Thomas Steakhouse or Boatyard Grill 88. Eat a chicken parm sandwich from Louie’s Lunch 89. Eat breakfast at 2 a.m. at the State Diner 90. Males: Get thrown out of Balch Hall 91. Hook up with a freshman 92. Go skinny dipping in a gorge 93. Walk to the Commons and back 94. Go to an a cappella concert 95. Go ice skating at Lynah Rink 96. Instagram the cherry blossoms in the spring 97. Sell back your books; use money to buy alcohol 98. Drink bubble tea 99. Eat a Pinesburger 100. Walk to a fraternity party with your entire freshman floor 101. Go to a fraternity party as a senior; convince yourself you were never one of them 102. Get lost in Collegetown during Orientation Week 103. Get negged at a bar because the bouncer is actually friends with the person whose I.D. you are using 104. See a foreign film at Cinemapolis 105. Eat mongo at RPCC 106. See a concert at Barton Hall 107. Gain the freshman 15. Pay $145 for a gym membership and don’t go 108. Get made-to-order pancakes and omlettes at RPCC’s Sunday brunch 109. Go swimming at Ezra’s Tunnel 110. Fail your swim test, just for kicks 111. Tailgate for homecoming 112. Be a model in the Cornell Fashion Collective’s annual fashion show 113. Host a prefrosh 114. Request a song to be played on the clock tower 115. Get guilt-tripped into giving blood 116. Get asked if you are pregnant at Gannett (males and females) 117. Drink with your R.A. 118. Make a chalking; weep when it rains that night 119. Sing drunk on the drunk bus 120. Meet Bill Nye ’77, “The Science Guy,” and give him a hug 121. See how long you can go without doing laundry 122. Go on a road trip to Canada, flirt with the border patrol, smuggle booze back 123. Try to order pizza from a Blue Light phone 124. Go to the sex shop on the Commons 125. Get drunk on Slope Day, run into a vice president 126. Complain about the Slope Day headliners 127. Get tapped for a secret society 128. Go to The Shops at Ithaca Mall, realize it is severely lacking, then drive to Carousel Mall in Syracuse 129. Lose a friend over signing a lease in Collegetown 130. Run out of BRBs in March; live off campus events’ free food for the rest of the year 131. Walk holding hands around Beebe Lake 132. Visit the Sciencenter 133. See Yamatai bang it out at Pulse 134. Get J.A.’d for urinating on the Law School 135. Hook up with someone randomly and then see them every day afterward 136. Go to a JAM Open Mic Night 137. See how many people you can cram into your dorm room 138. Watch people play Dance Dance Revolution in Appel 139. Write dirty messages with rocks in the gorge 140. Ride a horse at Oxley Equestrian Center 141. Ring the giant bell in the Plantations 142. Crash a political rally on Ho Plaza 143. Do the COE ropes course 144. Attend a show at the State Theatre 145. Prank call the CIT HelpDesk 146. Wake up at 7 a.m. for pre-enroll; realize that your choice classes are full anyway 147. Ski at Greek Peak 148. Take a night prelim near the vet school, walk back in the dark 149. Trespass on Alumni Fields 150. Attend Career Fair and steal companies’ free swag 151. Take the BASICS program 152. Walk to class in the snow, uphill both ways 153. Buy a Cornell-grown apple from a vending machine 154. Furnish an apartment entirely with items from the Dump & Run 155. Eat at each dining hall at least once 156. Ask for an extension on a term paper 157. Take part in Holi and get colorful 158. Pull an all-nighter in the Uris Library Cocktail Lounge 159. Tell a professor what you really think of his/her class 160. Get quoted in a Sun article 161. Climb all 161 steps to the top of McGraw Tower
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Your guide to culture around campus — and beyond So. You’re in college. In Ithaca. What to do now? When prelims, lab reports and snow aren’t getting you down (read: seldom), there’s a lively arts scene right outside your doorstep to keep you sane. From barn-burning bashes in Barton to art appreciation in the Johnson, there’s something for every taste. Cornell may be known for its cows and gorges, but it’s no slouch when it comes to music, theater, film and fine art. And don’t forget the turf around The Hill. Ever since it made an appearance in Homer, Ithaca has been an arts-obsessed little town, with a local music scene bursting at the seams and a host of other cultural offerings to keep the hippies, hicks and Hillsters entertained. So make use of your time here, hit the town and remember — grades may last a semester, but art lasts forever. — The Arts Section
Show Promoters Cornell Concert Commission The heavy hitters in the campus concert scene. They’re the ones responsible for the big blowouts at Barton (Wavves, Avicii, etc.) and the early fall show on the Arts Quad. Now you know where your Student Activity Fee goes.
Fanclub Collective The Lennon to CCC’s McCartney and a home to Cornell’s wannabe Brooklyn hipster crowd, Fanclub brings in bands before they’re cool and offers an oasis of originality in the desert of Cornell’s musical conformity. Think Real Estate, HEALTH and Shonen Knife. If you get it, you get it.
Concert Venues The State Theatre
The State is Ithaca’s very own Fillmore, MSG and Royal Albert Hall, all rolled into one. A cinema following Ithaca’s brief tenure as the Hollywood of the East, its ornate interior has recently played host to the likes of The X Ambassadors, Bo Burnham and Norah Jones. Glass Animals, David Sedaris and The Machine are just a few of the acts slated to stop by this season. Be sure to get your tickets early.
There might be track and field equipment on the floor and ROTC classrooms for a backstage, but Barton is a bona fide big star attraction. Ever heard of Carly Rae Jepsen, Passion Pit or Jon Stewart? They’ve all stopped by the last few years, and Barton Hall is the undisputed king of campus venues, with a capacity around 5,000 and ... interesting acoustics. One other quirk: most shows are on Sunday nights — the track team gets Barton on Saturdays.
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Central Campus If you want to hear the sweet sounds of the Cornell Symphony Orchestra or the thoughts of Nobel Prize winners such as Elie Wiesel and Toni Morrison, then Bailey’s your best bet. The classroom for some of Cornell’s largest classes doubles as a venue for more subdued performances. BETH SPERGEL / SUN FILE PHOTO
Risley Hall North Campus
As with all things arts-related on campus, Risley Hall is right in the thick of the concert scene, hosting smaller acts like The Pains of Being Pure at Heart in years past, while welcoming Cornell’s own singers and songwriters to rock their halls. Risley also plays host to student productions, and is home to the annual showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
For a more intimate live music experience, be sure not to miss the thriving bar music scene around town. The Nines in Collegetown regularly features Cornellians. Ithaca Underground, a nonprofit supporting Ithaca’s local music community, brings over 40 shows to the city every year. The Haunt (702 Willow Ave.) constantly hosts acts small and large, including Raekwon and Rusted Root. Watering holes like Felicia’s Atomic Lounge (508 W. State St.) and the Sacred Root Kava Lounge & Tea Bar book acts throughout the year.
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The Slope The epicenter of madness and debauchery on campus ... at least for one day a year. The headliner last year was Walk the Moon, joining an already impressive roster that includes Chance the Rapper, Kanye West and Drake. It gives you something to look forward to during the long, cold winter.
Slope Day Programming Board They only put on one show a year, but don’t call them lazy: these cats work year-round to throw Cornell the biggest and baddest party around, and the music’s just half of it. Feeling woozy? Thank your lucky, Slope Day Programming Board stars that there’s free water (and port-o-potties) within crawling distance.
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The Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts 430 College Ave.
The home of Cornell’s Theatre, Film & Dance Department Campus-produced plays, musicals, movies and dance performances are put on throughout the fall and spring. Last year’s season included West Side Story and Twentyhood.
Risley Hall North Campus
Risley’s drama-oriented denizens give Cornell plenty to laugh, cry and think about, offering everything from nights at the circus to period-faithful reproductions of Don Giovanni.
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Even with all of the campus offerings, there’s a thriving drama scene in the city of Ithaca. The Kitchen Theatre (417 West State St.) offers classical and modern productions year-round and the newly renovated Hangar Theatre (801 Taughannock Blvd.) performs for those lucky enough to stay for an Ithaca summer. Speaking of which, the Ithaca Shakespeare Company puts on Shakespeare in the Cornell Plantations in July.
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Art Galleries Johnson Museum Central Campus
The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University’s own fine art museum located conveniently on the Arts Quad, has a prolific collection of contemporary and historic works of art, including many Asian artifacts. The temporary galleries change almost monthly and the Johnson frequently hosts events and lectures related to the works shown. Less known is the fact that the Johnson owns many more works than it can show at any given time: hidden in the archives are more Hokusai prints, original Rembrandt plates and the paintings of abstract expressionists like Michael Goldberg. These works are available for viewing to students — an awesome privilege — and can be seen by making an appointment with a curator. Also, once a year, the History of Art Majors Society, a student run group, curates a show accompanied by essays and interactive exhibits.
Hartell Gallery, Sibley Hall Central Campus
Architecture students are notoriously mysterious, always locked up in Rand Hall producing God knows what. Hartell Gallery is a little known way of sneaking a peek at their curriculum. Nestled under the dome in Sibley Hall, the (spatial) center of the AAP community hosts a range of exhibits throughout the year. During mid-terms and finals, stop by to see the studio works of students pinned up — not just drawings of buildings, but frequently hand-built models and constructed work.
Central Campus Cornell conceals a small but productive discipline in the fine arts within its College of Architecture, Art and Planning. While you’re in Ithaca missing the big shows at big city museums, the two galleries at Tjaden Hall put on constantly changing exhibits throughout the year — a glimpse into the current discourse on campus. In years past, exhibits have offered everything from huge plaster casts of bulging bodies to delicate paintings of Iraqi aerial landscapes. The Olive Tjaden Gallery and the Experimental Gallery are open during the week; check at the AAP registrar’s office for a schedule of shows.
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Architecture Milstein Hall Central Campus
Nope, that’s not a U.F.O. — Milstein Hall, designed by Pritzker prize-winning architect Rem Koolhas and conceived as the home to Cornell’s esteemed architecture program, is a dazzling and starkly modern architectural marvel. The 47,000 square foot building, which officially opened in August 2011, is the first new building to be dedicated to Cornell’s Architecture, Art and Planning program in over 100 years. Architectural highlights of the structure include the glass-encased “upper plate,” which cantilevers almost 50 feet over University Avenue (in laymen’s terms: it looks like it’s floating), and the lower-level dome, which supports both the auditorium’s raked seating and the stairs that lead to the studio above. Even if you’re not an architect, you owe it to yourself to pay a visit to this prestigious structure and sit on one of its colorful globes.
Makarainen Road One of the few really beautiful works by a Cornell architecture grad in the Ithaca area, Simon Ungers’ minimalist cube is located out by Route 79 near Ithaca College. A pristine concrete box surrounded by acres of wilderness included in the property, the house stands as a tribute to the beauty of old school modernism in all its glory — stark, individualist and monumental despite its small scale. S. Ungers ’80 was the son of the late O.M. Ungers, who taught at Cornell and whose works abroad have influenced generations of designers. Borrow a friend’s car and drive up to Makarainen Road, near South Hill to creep around.
Johnson Museum Central Campus
Beyond being the home to a prolific art collection, the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art is a complex an interesting space designed by Pei Cobb Freidd Partners — whose most famous architect is I.M. Pei. Situated at the end of the northern row of the Arts Quad, the Johnson Museum functions as a viewing device for the lake and the landscape. The building has distinct and interesting spaces on each floor, starting with café on the bottom level (a picturesque place to grab a tea), moving up through the big courtyard in the middle and the panoramic conference room on the top floor — each of which is highly designed in terms of light and material. A stark contrast to the historic decadence of the other buildings on the Arts Quad, the architecture of Pei’s Johnson Museum deserves its own look.
Carl Sagan’s Study 900 Stewart Ave.
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When crossing the Stewart Avenue bridge from North Campus’ Fall Creek Road towards the West Campus dorms, you will see a two-faced work of architecture that is shrouded in mystery. On the North Campus side, the building displays a modernist façade — a pure white plane with a cut opening. Looking across the gorge from the West Campus side, the building, flanked by Rockledge fraternity, appears to be the gateway into an Egyptian tomb. The late Carl Sagan, legendary Cornell astronomer, renovated the former meeting place of the senior honor society Sphinx Head into his study and part-time home. Designed by the late Guillermo Jullian de la Fuente (a protégé of Le Corbusier and one-time Cornell professor) and his wife Ann Pendleton, Carl Sagan’s cliff-edge study is a structural and formal marvel.
No joke: C.C. may just be the best college movie theater in the country. Billing itself as a “year-round film festival,” it screens a frightening number of feature films, documentaries and shorts from the megaplex and places you’ve never even heard of, making every one of us a potential cinema expert. Showings are usually in Willard Straight Hall or Uris Hall. Do yourself a favor and make it a regular stop — there are multiple films a day and a constantly changing lineup, and the live talks by directors and music-accompanied silent films are just icing on the cake. Seriously, you’re lucky.
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A gift from silverscreen gods, this Ithaca fixture screens independent, foreign and mainstream films on a daily basis. If you do not make at least a couple trips here come Oscar season, consider yourself behind the curve.
And you thought college meant never going to the mall again. But if you absolutely must see the midnight debut of the next Marvel flick, hoof it over to Regal, home of the Hollywood blockbuster and normal release schedule.
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1. Be a farmer for the afternoon at a Dilmun Hill Student Organic Farm work party.
An entirely student run, organic farm, Dilmun Hill is located on Route 366 (Dryden Road), just across from Judd Falls Road, near the Cornell Orchards. The farm practices sustainable agriculture and provides produce for places on campus like the Manndible Café. The farm hosts weekly work-parties on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m. and invites everyone to experience the latest in sustainable agricultural practices, support the farm, join their community and go home with fresh produce. If visiting the farm seems like a bit of a journey, visit Dilmun Hill’s on-campus farm stand on Wednesdays from 3 to 5 in front of Mann Library (on the Ag Quad) and inside the library lobby on rainy days. They will also be at the Farmers’ Market at Cornell this fall on Thursdays between 11 and 3. Market Garden Manager Issac Isaac Arginteanu ’12 said, “I started out knowing nothing about agriculture and farming and now I’m a manager. It was my introduction to something I’ve become very passionate about.” EMILY BURKE / SUN FILE PHOTO
Under the stars | Visit the Fuertes Observatory to stargaze or watch a meteor shower.
5. Take a midnight trip to the Lab of Ornithology’s sanctuary.
Organic Farm work party, where students gather to do farm chores each week.
2. Check out the 200,000 species in the Cornell University Insect Collection.
The Cornell University Insect Collection includes more than seven million insect specimens representing about 200,000 species, or roughly 20 percent of the World’s described insect fauna. The collection is housed in approximately 16,500 drawers held within in a climate-controlled facility located on the second floor of Comstock Hall on Cornell’s central campus. Because it is a research facility, visits to the CUIC are limited and need to be planned in advance. Prospective visitors or students interested in conducting research at the facility should contact curator Prof. James Liebherr at email@example.com. The CUIC also participates in the annual Insectapalooza celebration — a one-day insect fair with educational exhibits for all age groups, from children to adults. Insectapalooza typically takes place at the end of October.
Founded in 1915, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a world leader in the study, appreciation and conservation of birds. The lab is not on campus, but is easily accessible by a shuttle bus that stops at Corson-Mudd Hall (across from Trilium) at 8:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1:45 p.m. and 4:45 p.m.. The lab is located in Sapsucker Woods, and guided bird walks through Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary are offered for beginners on Saturdays and Sundays from April to September. The Johnson Visitor Center at the lab is home to a large observatory with chairs, telescopes and bird feeders, interactive exhibits, a world-class collection of bird art and sculpture and the Macaulay library — the world’s largest archive of animal sounds and video. Admission is free, and the visitor center is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.on Saturdays and 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. The sanctuary, however, is open every day from dawn to dusk.
4. Go stargazing at the Fuertes Observatory.
Fuertes Observatory is located on North Campus near
Scintillating Science Classes Former Sun Senior Editor
Biology 2650: Tropical Field Ecology and Behavior in Kenya –– During winter break, students travel to Kenya to study tropical tropical biology, ecology, and behavioral ecology. Riku Moriguchi ’13, who participated in the course while he was at Cornell, called it “one of the greatest things I’ve ever done in my life.” He explained game drives –– which entailed driving vans through Savannah in the middle of the night with flashlights –– as the best part of the experience. Students also have the opportunity to work on three different research projects.
Food Science 4300: Understanding Wine and Beer –– The science version of the Hotel School’s Wines class allows students to understand what flavor chemicals produce certain tastes — like smoky wines and hoppy beers. One catch: you have to be 21 to enroll. Horticulture 2010: The Art of Horticulture –– This experiential class allows students to use plants and gardens as art. Students can use photography, watercolor and botanical illustration methods. Alli Hoffman ’12 said, “It was a great course, and a wonderful change from the monotonous days of schoolwork and lectures.” Natural Resources 3250: Forest Management and Maple Syrup Production –– This hands-on class teaches students multi-purpose ways to manage forests, including how to make maple syrup.
Human Development 3620: Human Bonding –– Why are we attracted to certain people and not others? Human Bonding explores attraction, jealousy, loneliness and attachment among other topics. Sarah Spiro ’13 said, “Everything was just so incredibly true to your own relationships. When people tell me about problems with a boyfriend or girlfriend I actually find myself thinking through the nine stages of a breakup,”
3. Check out the world’s largest particle accelerator, the Synchrotron.
Slightly larger than a football field, the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) has a 768-meter circumference and the capability to send electrons and positrons flying at 99.9999995 percent of the speed of light. CHESS provides state-of-the-art synchrotron radiation facilities for research in physics, chemistry, biology and environmental and materials sciences, and attracts 500-600 scientists, graduate and undergraduate students each year. Researchers at CHESS always welcome student volunteers to participate in research and experiments, and even observe 24-hour CHESS runs. CHESS is located in Wilson laboratory on Route 366 & Pine Tree Road.
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Helen Newman Hall. The observatory houses several small telescopes, and a larger, 12-inch refractor telescope with a mechanical tracking mechanism that is operated by weights, like a grandfather clock. Though the observatory is no longer used for research purposes, it is used for introductory astronomy classes and is open to the public. The Cornell Astronomical Society runs public viewing nights at the Fuertes Observatory on every clear Friday night during the semester from 8:00 p.m. until midnight, if sky conditions permit.
Getting dirty | Becky Hume ’11 plants seedlings at a Dilmun Hill
Congratulations on your acceptance to Cornell, one of the nation’s finest research institutions. Science is organized knowledge and Cornell University offers a diverse set of scientific study. Our advice to you is to make curiosity your key. Question everything, figure out how things work and begin to explore and discover. Cornell has so much to offer to the inquisitive student. These are the same halls where Carl Sagan pondered the cosmos and where Bill Nye began as a budding Science Guy. They were both curious –– and you should be, too. So feed your curiosity by reading the science section every Wednesday and learn about the science happening around you every day.
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Bird watching | The Lab of Ornithology, located in Sapsucker Woods, is a world leader in the appreciation and conservation of birds. Maria Minsker can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nutritional Sciences 1150: Nutrition, Health and Society — Prof. Levitsky, nutritional sciences, writes songs about the digestive system and cooks meals for the whole class. This course teaches students about how to stay healthy in the world of late-night munchies and sleeplessness. Perhaps it can even help keep off the freshman 15. Jacob Christ ’13 took the course as a freshman and said, “[Levitsky] did a good job of putting it in a holistic sense and making everything applicable to the real world.” Katerina Athanasiou can be reached at email@example.com.
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A Brief History of Cornell Scientific Breakthroughs 1885
Theobald Smith 1881 discovers the first Salmonella bacterium. Hypothesizing it to be the cause of common hog cholera, Smith named the microbe after Daniel Elmer Salmon DVM 1872, who led the research team under the United States Department of Agriculture (Salmon was also the first recipient of a D\VM degree in the United States). Though Smith’s theory was later proven incorrect, the Salmonella genus was found to be responsible for several infectious illnesses, such as typhoid fever and food poisoning.
William J. Wilgus, a correspondence student at Cornell between 1883 and 1885, designs and oversees the construction of New York City’s Grand Central Terminal. Chief Engineer of the New York Central Railroad, Wilgus was responsible for the introduction of electric trains into the terminal as well as the idea for two-level stations below ground.
1953 Prof. Hans Bethe, physics, participates in the preliminary design meetings for the atomic bomb. A major player in the Manhattan Project, Bethe also participated in the development team for the hydrogen bomb, though he hoped to prove the weapon impossible to create and serve as a force for disarmament.
The first successful implantable pacemaker — invented by Wilson Greatbatch BEE ’50 to regulate beating of the heart — enters use after extensive animal testing. Greatbatch’s pacemaker used a mercury battery as an energy source, different from earlier designs.
Henry Heimlich ’41 M.D. ’43 publishes an article promoting an anti-choking technique consisting of repeated abdominal thrusts, now commonly advertised as the “Heimlich maneuver.”
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William F. Friedman 1914, leads the research division of the U.S. Army’s Signals Intelligence Service to break the difficult Japanese PURPLE cipher, providing Japanese diplomatic secrets to the United States government before World War II.
Stephen Moulton Babcock master’s degree 1875 develops the Babcock Test, an inexpensive method of measuring the fat content in milk that allowed farmers to produce milk of consistent quality. From 1907 to 1911, Babcock led a series of single-grain experiments to measure relative nutritional value among grains for cattle, leading to the establishment of nutrition as a science.
1902 Florence Kimball DVM 1910 graduates from Cornell to become the first certified female veterinarian.
Philip Levine M.D. ’23 discovers the Rh factor in blood after observing hemolytic disease in infants. Levine found that a “negative” pregnant mother’s antibodies can destroy the red blood cells of her child if the child’s blood was “positive” (containing the Rh antigen). Today, an infant’s afflicted blood can undergo immediate treatment and prevent major repercussions.
The cyanoacrylate commonly known as Super Glue hits shelves, having been developed as an adhesive called “Eastman 910” by Harry Coover M.S. ’43 Ph.D. ’44. Able to bond solid objects as well as human tissues, the glue is also known for its forensic ability to capture fingerprints.
Gregory Goodwin Pincus ’24 begins testing the combined oral contraceptive pill after studying the ability of progesterone to inhibit fertility. The pills — approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1960 — are now used by over 100 million women worldwide as a form of birth control.
1983 Walter McCrone ’38 Ph.D. ’42 performs several days of forensic testing on the Shroud of Turin, a linen cloth that appears to bear the image of a bearded man who had undergone crucifixion. McCrone concluded that the Shroud had been painted, due to the presence of red pigment that others had deemed blood.
Barbara McClintock ’23 M.A. ’25 Ph.D. ’27 becomes the first and currently only woman to win an unshared Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for her discovery of genetic transposition in corn plants. Transposable elements are DNA sequences that can move throughout the genome, changing how certain traits are turned “on” or “off.”
Jon Rubinstein ’78 M.Eng ’79 leads the eight-month development of the iPod, Apple’s first portable music player. Rubinstein later became senior vice president of Apple’s newlycreated iPod division in 2004.
1985 Prof. Mae Jemison M.D. ’81 becomes the first African-American woman to travel into space, serving as the science mission specialist on the Space Shuttle Endeavor’s second spaceflight. Jemison went on to start The Jemison Group, a company that focuses on integrating technologies into developing countries.
Prof. Steve Squyres ’78 Ph.D. ’81, astronomy, leads the Mars Exploration Rover Mission as principal investigator. The mission, through the rovers Curiosity and Opportunity, returned significant findings about Mars, including evidence that water once flowed on the planet’s surface. THE NEW YORK TIMES
Prof. Kenneth G. Wilson, physics, directs the establishment of the Cornell Theory Center (now the Cornell University Center for Advanced Computing in Rhodes Hall), one of five original supercomputer centers created to provide high-speed computing resources within the United States.
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Cornell researchers, including Prof. Lawrence Bonassar, biomedical engineering, and Dr. Jason Spector, director of the Laboratory for Bioregenerative Medicine and Surgery and associate professor of plastic surgery at Weill Cornell, successfully create a fully-functioning synthetic human ear using 3-D printing. A collagen mold was printed based on a high-resolution 3-D image of an existing ear, then injected with living cells to grow cartilage over a three-month period.
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How Cornell Basketball Hired Brian Earl By JOON LEE
Each of the coaching candidates brought something a little bit A previous version of this story different to the table. Billeter was published April 20. brought the most experience to the It started with a bunch of table by far, having spent 14 years binders. A whole lot of them. with Augustana and another five Cornell athletic director Andy previously with North Dakota Noel had decided that the men’s State. Under Billeter’s watch, the basketball program needed to Vikings went 65-5 over the past move in a different direction. He three seasons. Additionally, Billeter had finalized the move to not led Augustana to a national chamrenew the contract of Bill pionship trophy at the NCAA Courtney, who had led program Division II level and earned DII that was struggling since the days Coach of the Year honors. of three consecutive Ivy League “[Billeter] was a lot like Steve conference titles and the improba- Donahue,” Noel said. “He had a ble Sweet 16 run in 2010. path a lot like Steve Donahue Noel began his first coaching because when he started [at COURTESY OF PRINCETON ATHLETICS search since Steve Donahue, the Augustana], he had some rocky man who led the way to the Sweet seasons because he had some rocky 16, defected to head the program seasons and then he emerged and That way | Brian Earl spent nine years with Princeton, helping the Tigers to a 162-106 record during his tenure. at Boston College. So with the did really well.” As Earl toured the slopes and it. He’s coached at Princeton for dates, Earl did not have any head help of Larry Quant — the deputy On the other hand, Taylor had coaching experience. He had intricacies of the Cornell campus, the past nine years and they’ve athletic director — Noel put previously served as the head coach worked in finance before serving as he began to feel at home, which been real successful. He undertogether a binder of potential for Lehigh in the Patriot League, a the associate head coach and direc- was something Noel sensed during stands the league.” coaching cansimilar mid- tor of recruitment under his for- their talks. And while he had been The players got a sense of flexididates, look“[He’s] an extremely major basketball mer Tigers teammate Mitch to Ithaca before, as both a player bility from Earl, a willingness to ing at the competitive person. Mild c o n f e r e n c e . Henderson. and a coach, the tour brought adapt and change, but also saw coaches from Under Taylor, “[He’s] an extremely competi- Cornell into a new light for Earl. him as someone who could lay mannered on the every school in Lehigh won the tive person,” Noel said. “Mild “In 13 years of going up there down a foundation for a new culoutside, burning the Ivy League, 2004 Patriot mannered on the outside, burning and playing against Cornell, you ture around the program. the Patriot cauldron on the inside.” League tourna- cauldron on the inside.” really only drive up to the gym and “He’s not set on a prescribed League and ment. After his All three individuals visited get out and play the game and get offense or defensive system,” other notable Athletic director Andy Noel time at Lehigh, Ithaca in order. The candidates sat back on the bus and drive away,” Fleming said. “He wants to see mid-major he moved to down again in long meetings with Earl said. “I hadn’t been able to get what tools he has here and then programs and Ball State in Noel in order for him to get a bet- out and see the University. It is mold that group to a longer term academic institutions with high Indiana where his team accumu- ter grasp of each coach’s short-term very unique as the Ivy League insti- vision as well as establish a culture academic standards. lated a 84-99 record. But after a and long-term visions for the pro- tutions go. It’s got such a large scale that is self-sustaining to where, In these binders, Noel and new Athletic Director was brought gram. and scope to everything and there’s obviously as a head coach, he has Quant noted each candidate’s in to run the ship in 2013, Taylor “It was getting to know a lot of students everywhere and a really control and leadership of the team, qualifications, ranging from their was let go. Since then, he’d been at the senior staff and understanding big campus feel. There were a lot but he wants it to become an area coaching accolades to newspaper Iowa serving as the director of Cornell University and the facili- of things that you think you’re where players are holding each clips from student newspapers to operations under Fran McCaffrey. ties for basketball and really getting close enough to understand, but other accountable and making sure win-loss records. From there, the “Unbelievably gregarious, into comfortable with the few aspects once you get there, you under- everything is done in order to win duo narrowed down their poten- analytics,” Noel said of Taylor. of the University that I hadn’t stand what an amazing place it is.” a championship here.” tial coaches to a group of 12 to 15 “Knew our team inside and out. already known about,” Earl said. “I But the sightseeing and the That flexibility, combined with candidates and flew down to Had watched most of our games met with a lot of people and made chats with Noel were just the Earl’s previous experience as a playHouston for the National on the web. Terrific with people, sure that they felt comfortable beginning. After passing through er in the Ivy League, certainly left Association of Basketball Coaches’ highest recommendations. Great with my knowledge and potential. interviews with the administra- an impression on Morgan. annual convention. player. He was a former captain at It was a long few days, but I felt tion, each candidate faced the “It was very important because “We wanted to make that Notre Dame. Impressive.” very comfortable with the people players. we wanted someone who underopportunity really work for us Unlike the previous two candi- and with the University.” stood what the typical Ivy League because we could see a lot of really player goes through on the daily, The Player Interviews good people in a three or four day Noel and Quant reached out to especially when it comes to Ivy seaperiod, so that’s what we did,” four players to help with the selec- son, those back-to-backs on the Noel said. “Out of that group, I tion process in order to include an Friday and Saturday games,” “All I could think will tell you, not a single person athlete’s perspective in the candi- Morgan said. during that failed to do a good job.” After the candidates finished dates’ evaluation. Rising seniors Brian Earl, the associate head meeting was that JoJo Fallas, Dez Fleming and their respective interviews with the coach at Princeton, was on the David Onuorah and rising sopho- select group of players, the athletes I wanted him to prowl for his first head coaching more Matt Morgan joined togeth- went to the locker room and began opportunity as well, and sat down be my coach.” er to help choose the coach that deliberating on a white board with Noel and Quant for a dinner was in the best interest for about who they wanted to recomJoJo Fallas ’17 that lasted just under two hours. Cornell’s program both now and mend. For each of the coaches, the Earl was a four-year starter for the players created a pros-and-cons in the future. Tigers as a student and started his Each brought a different set of list. While there were concerns coaching career with his alma questions, issues to be considered with each of the candidates, the mater in 2007. when speaking with the candi- players easily came to a consensus The interviews were grueling, acdates. How would a new coach on which candidate they wanted cording to Noel. Both he and Quant establish the right culture? How to recommend. It was Earl. spent two to two and a half hours “All I could think during that would they continue to develop with each of the candidates, getting players across different positions? meeting,” Fallas said, “was that I to know their coaching philosophies How would they care about the wanted him to be my coach.” and what they would bring to the However, in order to make sure well-being of the players on and Red’s basketball program. off the court? And these questions they weren’t making a snap judg“[Noel and Quant] made it very preceded considerations of on- ment, the players slept on their cordial and comfortable and we court offensive and defensive phi- decision the night of April 14. The talked some very specific Cornell next day, they woke up and recomlosophy. and Cornell basketball things, but “With every coach, there is mended Earl to Noel and Quant. got to know each other a little bit as some aspect they are trying to sell well,” Earl said. “It was nice.” themselves and what they can The Offer While some other programs bring to a program,” Fleming said. After finishing his interview typically spend around a half hour For each coaching candidate, with Cornell on April 15, Earl with their potential coaches, Noel the players met in a room outside drove to New York City in order to said he wanted to be as thorough Noel’s office in Teagle Hall. First work on recruitment. as possible. Leaving the conference Billeter, then Taylor and finally, “When I went up to Cornell to in Houston, he had narrowed his Earl. While the players spoke high- understand the place, I fell in love list down to three finalists for the ly of all the coaching candidates, with it,” Earl said. “I was living on coaching job: Tom Billeter, the they said Earl stood out from the egg shells there for a day or two head coach of Augustana College; pack for a number of reasons. not knowing if it was me or not.” Billy Taylor, the former head coach “With Coach Earl, his underWith the recommendation CAMERON POLLACK / SUN PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR of Ball State and Lehigh; and Earl. standing of the league, he was The next step was to bring each Who’s next | JoJo Fallas ’17 was one of four players who helped select player of the year in 1999,” See EARL page 37 Brian Earl as the next Cornell basketball coach. of them to Ithaca. Morgan said. “He’s been through Sun Senior Editor
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times, winning three national championships along the way. Was once dubbed by Sport magazine as “The Electric Pear.” Presented with the 2012 Spirit of Tewaaraton Award. Newman Arena: Home of the Red basketball and volleyball
teams. Also site of occasional wrestling tournament. Located in Bartels Hall. Nieuwendyk: Joe ’88. NHL Rookie of the Year for Calgary 15 seasons ago with 51 goals. Took faceoffs for the Dallas Stars until he was traded to the New Jersey Devils to win a third Stanley Cup in 2003. Cornell MVP in 1987 and a NHL All-Star. He has also
won the Conn Smyth and Olympic gold. Still owns a house on Cayuga Lake. Saw his No. 25 retired at Lynah Rink on Feb. 26, 2010. Noel: Andy. Current Cornell Athletic Director. Daily Sun favorite. Who doesn’t love Andy? Olbermann: Keith ’79. Returned as an energetic and colorful anchor of ESPN’s
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SportsCenter after his second tour of duty on MSNBC. His previous time on ESPN made it the cultural phenomenon it is today — so popular that it can get away with the “Who’s Now?” tournament. Master of the guttural “He put the biscuit in the basket.” Enjoyed the limelight at Fox. Made headlines back in 2009 when he engaged in a verbal spat with conservative political commentator Ann Coulter ’84 (who we like to forget even went here) over the value of his CALS degree. Pennsylvania: Slimy Ivy rival in Philadelphia. It has strong athletic teams and questionable recruiting ethics. Learn to hate them. They’re ruthless, bad sports and play to win at whatever cost — even if it means throwing toast on the football field. And they call themselves Quakers. Pidto: Bill ’87. Yet another Cornellian now at ESPN. Princeton: Yawn. Nickname: Tigers. Location: New Jersey, but fields top-notch basketball and lax teams anyway. Has won more Ivy League titles than any other school with its shady recruiting. Redman: Cornell wrestling mascot. Has been known to randomly show up at men’s basketball games. Identity unknown. Sarachan: Dave ’76. Former head coach of the Chicago Fire, an MLS team. Led Red booters to two NCAA bids in his final seasons at the helm. Two-time All-American at Cornell. Schaap: 1. Dick ’55. Highly acclaimed newsman who died in 2001. Veteran sports journalist, author of numerous books, sports correspondent for ABC News and host of ESPN’s Sports Reporters. Oh, and he was also once the editor in chief of The Sun. 2. Jeremy ’91, ESPN. Followed in dad’s footsteps and is currently correspondent for ESPN’s Outside the Lines. Also, former sports editor at The Sun. Came to Ithaca prior to Cornell’s Sweet 16 matchup with Kentucky to report on the men’s basketball team. “In Ithaca, New York, Jeremy Schaap, ESPN.” So legit. Schafer: Mike ’86. Men’s hockey coach who steered his team to ECAC tournament victories in his first two seasons, then to the squad’s first Frozen Four appearance in 23 years in
his eighth. In his 10th, 200506, guided the Red to a 22-9-4 record in which the team came a goal away in triple overtime against Minnesota from making the Frozen Four. Fans greeted him then and now with chant, “Kill, Schafer, Kill.” Com pleting his 19th season behind the Cornell bench in 2013-14, he has coached the Red to the NCAA tournament nine times. Schoellkopf: Stadium which houses football, men’s and women’s lacrosse teams. Nice view of Ithaca and most of Central New York on clear days on the Crescent side. Artificial playing surface has been called “the Cadillac of turf systems” but has seen its last days at Schoellkopf, giving way to the new wave FieldTurf which debuted last season. Smith: Dayna. Twelve-year coach of the women’s basketball team. Like many other Red coaches, made her way over from Penn. The winningest coach in the history of the program. During her time as head coach, Smith’s players have earned 21 All-Ivy honors, including one Ivy League Player of the Year award and one AllAmerica selection. Tanasoiu: Silviu. Romanianborn head coach of the men’s tennis team who has led the Red for the last three years. Led his young squad to a 10-15 record and multiple All-Ivy League Second Team selections in the first season. Taylor: Nathan. Coach of the men’s cross country and track teams. Came here from Penn, obviously a big improvement for him. His track record proves it: The Red won the Heptagonal Championships in eight of the last 11 years, including 14 of the last 22 combined Indoor and Outdoor Ivy League titles. Yale: Mediocre Ivy misfits. Not really good at any sport, but what else can you expect from a school in New Haven? Also called the Bulldogs and the Elis. By the way, what’s an Eli? Zawislan: Jaro. Fifth-year head coach of the men’s soccer team. Used bad-ass Polish accent to guide the Red to its third consecutive undefeated season last year after the team won the Ivy League in 2012.
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Champion Polo Team Led by Father-Daughter Duo By CHARLES COTTON Sun Staff Writer
A previous version of this story was published April 10. The Cornell women’s polo team currently sits atop the collegiate polo world, defeating Texas A&M on April 9 to capture its second straight national championship. Led by the winningest coach in Cornell athletics history, David Eldredge, along with starters Anna Winslow, Elena Wicker and Emma Eldredge, Cornell polo continues to build upon its reputation as an elite program. And if you haven’t already noticed, the head coach and one of the Red’s top players share the same last name. That’s right. The father-daughter duo of David and Emma is one of the keys to Cornell’s success and has been in the making for generations. Polo has long been a part of the Eldredge family. David’s father first learned the sport of polo when he attended Cornell in the early 1940s and brought it back to the family’s dairy farm in Sharon Springs, New York. He and his older brother took a liking to the game and both went on to play at Cornell, where each spent time as captain of the team. David became the team’s head coach shortly after he graduated and has been coaching ever since — this past season was his 31st at the helm. David’s wife and his older daughter Kailey both played for Cornell, so it seemed only natural for Emma to do the same. “Basically she didn’t have a whole lot of choice,” David said. “From an early age, we did give her the option of polo or some other sport, but we sort of knew what she’d choose … She’s been living the life of polo pretty much ever since.” For Emma, family history was the biggest factor in her involvement in the sport. “We owned horses and I watched my dad coach the Cornell teams,” Emma said. “I felt I was a part of Cornell polo. It was something that I grew up with and loved and
enjoyed.” Emma began to ride as early as six and started playing polo, “as soon as she could pick up a mallet,” at age 10. A quick learner, she benefited from the Cornell matches she attended with her family and began to acquire a real interest in the sport as the years went on. “Emma can watch a sport and learn a tremendous amount from it,” David said. “She picks things up very strongly.” She went on to play polo in high school
could play polo any place other than Cornell because you taught me everything I know, and I could never come back and play against you,’” David said. “It was really neat that I’ve had that strong of a relationship with her that she could say this is the only place I’m going to play polo and he’s the only one I’m going to play polo for.” “I had always had this affiliation with Cornell, and I wanted to keep it that way,” Emma said. “I think if I were playing against
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More than a game | During practices and games, rising senior Emma Eldredge calls her father “coach.”
and won the interscholastic national championship for the U.S. team alongside her sister in 2010. When it came time to apply to college, Cornell was the only school on the Ithaca native’s list with a competitive polo program. When her father asked her why, Emma told him something that still makes him proud today. “She said to me ‘There is no way I
my father and his team, I’d actually want to be rooting for Cornell and not my own team.” After being accepted into Cornell, Emma joined the team her freshman year — playing under her father, the head coach. This was not the first time David had coached her, however, and the two had made an important agreement many years prior to
deal with the potentially problematic dynamic. “We had an agreement to separate the two jobs,” David said. “When she’s out there on the polo field, I’m her coach, not her father.” Emma, who refers to her father as “coach” during practice, gives him credit for this. “I think my dad has done a very good job of keeping that separation,” she said. “He knows the line between being a coach and being a father, and he’s very good at distinguishing that.” This same agreement ensures that Emma receives no special treatment on the team; her freshmen year she spent the season on the bench as an alternate. “I’m not treated special in any way,” Emma said. “We’re all here to play polo to win, and if I don’t give the team the best chance to win, then I know I won’t be on the team.” The idea of playing only because she is the coach’s daughter was once a thought in the back of her mind, but she now knows — as do her teammates — that she’s had to earn her way into a starting role. In her sophomore and junior years, she did just this, playing an integral role in the team’s two national titles. The duo will cherish their final season together next year as the Red looks to defend its national title. “It’s incredible,” said Emma. “It’s a very cool family dynamic of how it works out. We all love polo and we’re all able to be involved in it so much. I’m very fortunate to be in the position that I’m in.” But for David, watching the family legacy in polo continue on has been the best part of it all. “It has been such a pleasure to coach my children and have them be successful,” David said. “Knowing that I was able to play a major part in what she has accomplished just adds to it all.” Charles Cotton can be reached at email@example.com.
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from the players in mind, Noel and others spent Saturday deliberating who they wanted to offer the job to. At the end of the day, several factors separated Earl from the other candidates in Noel’s eyes. “There was very strong support for Brian and some folks were surprised,” Noel said. “Some people went into it thinking we wanted someone who has definitely been a head coach.” “Originally, my mindset was not to have a guy who had only been an assistant coach,” Fallas said. “[Earl] blew me away even though I had that preconceived notion.” There was Earl’s familiarity with the conference, both as a player and a coach. According to Noel, Earl’s experience as Princeton’s Ivy League scout made him familiar with not only the Red, but also every other team in the conference. “He understood the strengths of our current players, the talent level that they have and the ways that they would adjust and modify,” Noel said. “He was very optimistic about the group that we had now and he has a pretty extensive plan for moving forward.” This sentiment was mirrored by the players as well. “We felt like he was part of the Ivy League,” Morgan said. “There was that sense of comfort and trust that he would be able to do the job because he’s been here, not to say the other coaches weren’t great because Billeter and Taylor, both of them were great head coaches and would be great coaches at the [Division I] position, but [Earl’s] understanding of what
it takes to be successful to be in the Ivy rent roster was brought in by former League was important.” coach Bill Courtney, there will be a natNoel was similarly impressed by Earl’s ural skepticism toward a revamp from ability to talk about the X’s and O’s of some of the older guys on the team, the sport. But most of all, Earl represent- according to Fleming. ed someone who was a “strong basketball “[The seniors and juniors] are excited guy,” Noel said. but some people are a little tepid because “He certainly, in my view, should not it is entirely new and are no longer under be pigeonholed as an Ivy guy,” Noel said. the man who brought us to this school,” “He’s a basketball guy who played in the Fleming said. “I owe Coach Courtney so Ivy League, who coached in the Ivy much for me being here. He was the one League, but he has a real plan and vision who gave me the opportunity to play for where he thinks Cornell can go.” Division I basketball, so I’ll be forever After considering all the factors, Noel grateful for that.” called Earl While on Sunday there will be “He understood the strengths of our and offered a transition him the job. current players, the talent level that they period for Earl acceptthe players, ed, and have and the ways that they would adjust.” the new turned a new head coach Athletic director Andy Noel chapter in of Red bashis life and ketball will for Cornell basketball by doing so. face a similar change in environment. But for Earl, the opportunity to be a head coach in the Ivy League is a dream The Change Earl was introduced to the Cornell come true. “I want to be a head coach, but I community at a press conference on April 21. While there was definitely fan- think just I’m trying to get up there and fare and jubilation, the reality of the sit- understand, more than anything else,” uation is that Cornell faces a tall task at Earl said. “A lot of times people want to hand. The Red finished near the bottom come in and impose their will and I want of the Ivy League last year and, given the to get up there and understand the situanational exposure Yale received in its run tion and meet my players and get them in the NCAA tournament and the con- comfortable with me and then move fortinued development of Harvard into a ward in the best way for us. A lot of it is powerhouse — the Crimson brings in a coming in and getting a feel for the basTop-25 recruiting class in 2016-17 — ketball situation and moving forward in bringing Cornell back towards the top of the best way.” As for switching allegiances from an the conference will be no easy feat. Several issues face the team immedi- Ivy League rival — trading in that ately. Given that every player on the cur- Princeton orange for the Cornell car-
nelian — Earl said he doesn’t anticipate any issues. “Princeton will always be a part of who I am,” Earl said. “Alma maters are always a part of whoever you are, but it will be high on my priority list to get two wins against them every year for the next few years.” The Future
A few hours after the announcement of Earl’s hiring, Noel, John Webster, the director of athletic alumni affairs, and Jesse Saldana, Noel’s assistant, stood around the reception desk watching an old highlight video of Earl during his college days. As Earl slashes to the hoop and drains some fadeaway jumpers, the trio laughs happily, seemingly reminded of the endless potential ceiling any new coaching hiring brings to any athletic program. The previous failures, the disappointment all fade away. A new coach means a new generation of endless potential success. And hey, maybe even a return to the glory days of the Sweet 16 run is now in play. Nothing seems impossible, until, of course, the first tip-off of the new season, when reality sets in. As video of Earl draining a 3-pointer plays in the background, Noel turns with a big smile, like that of a first grader who’s just gotten a new toy to bring into show-and-tell, and chuckles. “That Brian Earl,” Noel says, tongue in cheek, “he looks like he’d be a pretty good coaching candidate for this Cornell basketball job.” Joon Lee can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Freshman Phenom Continues to Shine for Red By TROY BRIDSON Sun Staff Writer
A previous version of this story was published Jan. 26. Freshman right wing Anthony Angello has been dominant for the Cornell men’s ice hockey team this season, leading the team in scoring with eight goals. Angello has the ability to electrify the Lynah Faithful with his rare combination of skill and physicality. When Angello scored an overtime game winner against Colgate earlier this season, the crowd erupted and the student section chanted his name. It wasn’t always this way for Angello, who played his first game at Lynah back in high school. “Coming out to play for my first time at Lynah it was about as quiet as it could get for a high school game,” Angello said. “It was still pretty surreal knowing that Lynah was going to be my future home a couple years down the road.” The game also didn’t go as well as Angello would have liked. “It was a lot fun until I got a hitting from behind penalty,” Angello said. “All the coaches were here and I ended up sitting in the box for 12 minutes when I should have been on the ice playing.” Towards the end of his sophomore year of high school, Angello began to receive interest from colleges, including Cornell. “I took some time to figure out what schools I wanted to look into and that’s when I heard Cornell was interested in me,” Angello said. Angello was immediately drawn to the Cornell style of play. The Red stresses physical, two-way hockey that begins with defense. Cornell forwards are expected to contribute both offensively and defensively.
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Amazing Angello | Freshman right wing Anthony Angello has had a standout rookie season for Cornell so far, scoring eight goals and dishing out six assists.
Angello recognized the opportunity to develop his skills as a two-way player by coming to Cornell. “Watching [Cornell’s] style of play on my visit, it just seemed like a fit,” he said. Angello, the 6-foot-5 forward who plays as tough as he stands tall, fits very well into the Cornell system. “I wanted to use my size to not only strengthen my performance, but the performance of the team,” Angello said. “Looking at it as an outsider, my style of play matched up [with Cornell’s style of play].” When Angello was younger, it was all about finding the right sport to go along with his gifted size and athletic ability. It’s a good thing that Angello, the fifth round pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins, chose to focus on hockey after trying several sports. “I tried basketball, but that didn’t turn out too well,” Angello said. “I shot whenev-
er I got open. Once I stepped over half court, I would shoot every time and miss by about 25 feet.” Fortunately for Angello, players are often encouraged to shoot when they find openings in ice hockey. Angello also has a very accurate and powerful shot that makes him a scoring threat from anywhere on the ice. Growing up, Angello looked up to his father, who instilled in him the importance of a strong work ethic. “The biggest role model in my life is my dad,” Angello said. “He had to work for absolutely everything he earned and nothing was given to him.” Angello carries over his father’s teachings each and every time he steps onto the ice. His father’s hard work and determination was something Angello tried to emulate from an early age. “He told me the harder you work, the
luckier you get and I believe that’s extremely true,” Angello said. Angello’s dedication and hard work paid off last year on draft night, when the Pittsburgh Penguins selected him with the 145th pick. Angello was unsure whether his name would be called. He waited nervously at home with his family surrounding him. “I got a call from my advisor who screamed into the phone ‘you just got drafted by Pittsburgh,’” Angello said. “I saw my name pop up on NHL Network, dropped the phone and got a big hug from my dad.” “It was one of the few times I ever saw my dad cry,” Angello said. Being drafted gave Angello even more motivation to develop as a hockey player. Angello said he looks up to NHL players who maybe aren’t the most skilled, but achieved success due to their strong work ethic. “Growing up, I always liked watching Tim Connolly,” Angello said. “He’s from central New York and is a local hero.” Nonetheless, Angello also appreciates the play of stars Sidney Crosby and Milan Lucic — skill guys who are not afraid to get gritty and take pucks to the net. When Angello looks back on his Cornell career, he hopes to have restored the Cornell tradition of hockey. “Coach [Mike] Schafer [’86] always talks about wanting to get back to how things were in the past,” Angello said. “To me, there would be no better way to go out than winning an Ivy, ECAC and National championship.” So long as Angello keeps improving, he seems very capable of leading Cornell to the highest level. Troy Bridson can be reached at email@example.com.
Inside the Life of a Gymnast A previous version of this story was published March 16. isuse may cause serious injury or even death.” This is printed on every mat in a gymnastics facility. Yet every day, day in and day out, gymnasts willfully ignore it. I call this “Reason No.1 gymnastics is psycho.” A lot of sports make sense, like you could understand how soccer got invented — who doesn’t absent-mindedly kick a rock every once in awhile? But gymnastics? Yes, let’s just throw ourselves in the air, and aim to land on our feet on a tiny wooden plank raised 4.1 feet in the air that we currently can’t see because we’re flying through the air. Just how in the hell did someone come up with this sport, and why? But here it is, and there are thousands of men and women who dedicate a good portion of their lives to this lovely form of sanity. And I’m one of them. Most gymnasts got started because they took the same toddler gymnastics classes that everyone took as a kid and got hooked. Some got started because their parents thought it was easier than testing them for ADD (shout out to my parents). Even though most gymnasts start early on — I started at six — you can’t really tell if this will become the sport that consumes your life. Not unless you’re dead set on the Olympics, which, as a realistic child, I was not. Until I was about eight I still played almost every other the sport you could think of. Then, through no conscious effort on my part, I got picked out of my rec class and moved up by the team coach. She was big on aesthetics, and I just so happened to look like a tiny Russian gymnast at the time. (Have I mentioned pre-pubescent bodies are prime gymnast bodies? No? Well, they are.) Then every year I just came back because I liked it. It wasn’t
No matter when you quit, you will always be a gymnast because of the impact those years have had on your life. And it’s just too hard to give that up with a limited amount of time left in the sport. College gymnastics is a whole different world than club. I was lucky to be on a big team in club, so I was able to experience that sort of team spirit that is emphasized so much in college. But for a lot of girls, the difference is night and day. This time you live with your teammates, eat your meals with them and go to class with them. While the conditioning and practices remain moderately the same, there is more emphasis in college on just trying to not have everyone’s bodies fall apart, staying healthy and safe to compete rather than, I don’t know, yelling at someone for being “too dramatic” after they tore their ACL. But the competition atmosphere is the real difference. Everyone is fighting for a spot to compete for the team, to contribute a score and to help get that win. In club, you Stories From were essentially in it for An Athlete yourself, and you had to compete whether you liked it or not. But in college, you have to bring your A-game every week if you want a chance to go out on the competition floor, and you do it for the chance to make your mark on the team. While this can make it more competitive at times, it does make earning that spot and getting that win all the sweeter. When you know that your team has put their best possible effort out there, and you win, it’s the greatest feeling. And COURTESY OF SOPHIA SCAZZERO ’17 that, that feeling, that commitment and Flying high | Senior Sophia Scazzero started gymnastics when she was six years old and all the years of effort, is why I’ll never be able to let the gymnast part of me die. it has dominated her life ever since.
until I got out of compulsory and to the higher levels that I realized I needed to consciously make the choice to stay in the sport, which for me meant moving gyms. From high school on, it became harder and harder to stay in the sport both mentally and physically. The hours aren’t attractive — for my gym it was four-anda-half-hour days, six days a week, which didn’t leave a lot of time for a social life as a teen, if any at all. Then there are all the injuries that increase as your body ages. Try and find one gymnast who hasn’t had at least one MRI, had his or her feet in a boot at least twice or won’t have back problems for the rest of his or her life. You won’t. Also for fun try and find a gymnast who will actually admit he or she is injured, again, you’ll have no luck. I know girls who have competed with and still compete with multiple bone chips, torn meniscuses, fractured feet and so on. Gymnast live by the idea that as long as you ice it, you’re all good. The life’s not as glamorous as it looks from the Olympics, people.
So, with all this self-harm in the name of sport, what’s the draw? Why did I stay in it for 15 years? Why does anyone? There are so many reasons, and at times some are more compelling than others. There are the friendships you make along the way. These friends will be for life — because you’ve spent more time with them than your actual family, your fellow gymnasts have become your family. And there’s the fact that you’ve already invested so much of your life in the sport that it would seem stupid to stop when you’ve come so far. This becomes especially true come college. There’s the feeling of flying through the air that you can’t get from anything else, and that feeling of accomplishment and pride in doing something that so few people can do. And that rush when you succeed — when all that sweating, bleeding and crying in a gym pays off — becomes y o u r identity.
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Faith Drives Garrett to First National Championship By JOON LEE Sun Senior Editor
A previous version of this story was published May 10. Getting ready for the last wrestling match of his collegiate career, fighting for his first NCAA national title, Nahshon Garrett already knew he was a champion. Waiting to face off against Cory Clark, the No. 2 seed at 133 pounds, the Cornell senior, the No. 1 seed in the weight class, felt like the trophy, the championship, was already in his grasp. Waiting for his match somewhere in the basement of Madison Square Garden, Garrett broke down into tears. “I had already known I was going to win,” Garrett said. “It was just a matter of time catching up to reality.” Just a year after he was upset as the presumptive favorite for a national championship, Garrett again found himself in a position to take, what he said he believed, was rightfully his. “Thank you God for giving me this championship,” Garrett said. “You’re the best.” With the Garden of Eden filled to capacity, Garrett went out and wrestled Clark, handily taking home a 7-6 victory over the Hawkeye junior. The championship was finally his. The tears he expected to have were already shed. And when the last whistle blew, all he could do was lift up his arms in victory, his right bicep — which looks sculpted by the hands of Michelangelo — featuring a Cornell “C” embroidered with a cross and three drops of blood dribbling down from the crucifix. The Mindset Shift
There was no room for Garrett coming into the season. After finishing as the national runner-up at 125 pounds his sophomore year, Garrett finished in fifth place in 2015 at the weight class. The loss sent him into a depression as he dealt with falling significantly short of the title, something many pundits expected him to pull out. “It was weird and it came out of nowhere and slapped me in the face,” Garrett said. “I just didn’t understand what was going on. I didn't know how much of my identity was in wrestling, not only in wrestling, but in winning and being someone who was good at it and it was just like a life check.” Garrett fought a big mental battle with himself as he struggled to recoup pride following his fifth-place finish. “I believed what I did defined who I was,” Garrett said. “If I won, I’m a winner and if I lost, I’m a loser. Anything in
between was always me showing myself or showing other people that I am good or that I’m the best.” The self-inflicted pressure lowered stress onto Garrett’s shoulders. What should have been fun, the process, no longer felt enjoyable. “It made me miserable because I was trying to be someone in my own strength, someone who I already was,” Garrett said. Garrett felt he need a mental makeover, and so he went back to his foundation, his roots in Christianity. Raised in a household with a single mother with a father locked up in jail, Garrett grew up with a strong religious background in Chico, Calif. Suddenly, just as important as putting in the energy to move up a weight class — from 125 pounds to 133 pounds — was putting in the work to reset his mental mindset. The change was subtle shift in Garrett’s mind. Instead of working hard to become a champion, he said he was already a champion, and therefore worked hard. “I’m a champion so therefore I do sprints instead of doing sprints to become something,” Garrett said. “Then all of a sudden, you position your mind in a way that leads to success instead of a way that's dependent on failure and you establish who you are and who God has sent you.”
recruited to Cornell, he had no idea what he was getting into. “It should’ve been one of those, woah Cornell University, but I was like, “What? Where is that?’ ” Garrett said. “That’s how ignorant I was of college.” Now, those four years are over. Garrett walks out of Ithaca with 149 career wins, the second on the school’s alltime list, and Cornell’s 13th wrestling national championship. With his college career now in the rearview mirror, Garrett now redirects his energy again towards a bigger goal: making an Olympic team. And while he won’t represent the United States in Rio this summer, it would be a mistake to bet against Garrett donning that USA singlet down the road. “My wrestling, the desire that God’s given me to wrestle and the ability and the strength and the mobility and the mental capacity, the strength, the ligaments, the muscles, the extra long fingers and everything that I have, I was created for this and he’s given me the desire,” Garrett said. “It’s in me to do.”
Growing up in Chico, Garrett said he didn’t even think about college as an option. He started on the mat in eighth grade, which was late for someone who’s competed at such a high level collegiately. “My mom didn’t let me do it for a while because she was afraid that I was going to get a disease or mat herpes or something, which I do have,” Garrett said. “But it’s not that serious I guess.” Soon, Garrett’s natural athleticism, his cheetah-like quickness, his Adonis-like strength, took over and he became one of the best wrestlers in the state. When he was
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Marisa Siergiej Finds Field Hockey Unexpectedly A trip to a fitness expo in sixth grade became a successful college career for the senior captain By ANNA FASMAN Sun Senior Writer
A previous version of this story was published May 10. Although senior Marisa Siergiej has not been playing field hockey her whole life, you would never know from watching her in a game. The Cornell senior has numerous awards to her name, including first and second-team All-Ivy, All-American for the mideast region and the Class of ’91 Cup — awarded each year to a field hockey player with a promising future. However, the 5’10’’ athlete humbly attributes her success to her teammates. “I have a lot of accolades to my name, but it’s funny because a lot of my recognition and a lot of my stats are really based on the fact that we have such a strong team,” Siergiej said. “All of my defensive stats came from being surrounded by three other girls who are great and a goalie who is awesome.” Siergiej began playing field hockey when her mother took her to a fitness expo in sixth grade and signed her up for a team. Before that, she and her younger sister, freshman Isabel Siergiej, had been doing gymnastics. However, Siergiej’s mother wanted her to be able to play a sport at school.
“I went to the first practice and was upset in the car crying because I didn’t know anyone,” she said. “But soon after, I fell in love and a few years later my little sister started [playing] too. My big sister and I started at the same time but we were in different levels.” Siergiej would go on to have a successful high school field hockey career, lettering all four years and being named MVP for both her junior and senior year. She also ran track, but when it came time t o
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Senior star | Marisa Siergiej has been All-Ivy first and second-team, AllAmerican over her four years at Cornell.
make a decision about playing in college, engineer, which forced her to learn very Siergiej knew that she wanted to continue quickly how to balance being a varsity athplaying field hockey. lete and an Ivy League student. However, “I really knew that I wanted to keep ath- when considering options for life after letics as part of my life,” she said. “I didn’t Cornell, Siergiej was deciding between know per se which sport I wanted to do but playing hockey at a professional level or takI knew that I really wanted to be part of a ing on an engineering job. team and be strategic “I was actually conwith a team as opposed sidering going to play “I just also found field to an individual sport. I after school as opposed hockey a lot of fun. I also just found field to going to work,” she hockey a lot of fun. I knew I wanted to take it said. “I had the chance to knew I wanted to take it play internationally my to the next level.” to the next level and confreshman summer when tinue playing for as long I played in a club in Senior Marisa Siergiej as I could.” Australia. I really loved it At Cornell, Siergiej because it the whole has seen a lot of success, leading the team community revolved around hockey. In this year as one of the team’s co-captains. America it’s not a popular sport.” However, one of the highlights for Siergiej However, Siergiej has ultimately decided was getting to play for Cornell with her to move to Georgia next year in order to younger sister Isabel. work at a paper making plant for Proctor “We’ve always been really close and I and Gamble. Nonetheless, she plans to think it’s awesome [that I got to play with always make field hockey a part of her life her],” she said. “There are definitely things in some way. she can learn from me in terms of balancing “I definitely want to keep field hockey in school and balancing hockey, but there are my life,” she said. “I find field hockey a also a lot of things that I learn from her. I great way to exercise and stay in shape. love practicing with her. I’ve had a really There’s a pickup league at Georgia Tech and great experience with her, I just wish I played there over the winter, so I know I’ll it were longer. I hope I helped her at least be doing pickup league. In the settle in and now she can go on and future, hopefully I’ll move to a region with make her own path and have her a lot of hockey going on. I know I want to own Cornell experience.” give back and coach younger kids.” While Siergiej has been an anchor for the Red squad since her Anna Fasman be reached at freshman year, she is also a process firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Graboyes Brothers Fight to Bring Red to Ivy Champs
By ZACH SILVER Sun Assistant Sports Editor
A pair of brothers has already made history at Cornell, but the two are not done leaving their mark on the golf world. Whether it’s winning the New Jersey high school state championship in consecutive years, earning All-Ivy League honors or being crowned an individual champion at the Ivy League championship, Mike and Luke Graboyes — a sophomore and junior, respectively — have already earned an elite status in collegiate golf. However, they have yet to achieve their ultimate goal: bring an Ivy League championship to Ithaca. And even though the Red finished fourth in this year’s Ivy League championship — just one stroke behind Yale in third — the brothers have raised the bar for Cornell golf. “We kind of only had three strong performances this year, so that was good enough to take that next step,” Luke said. “From getting around seventh place five years in a row to fourth [this year] and a stroke out of third, really close there with Yale, that’s a huge step to begin with. When we have an entire roster and a full four year class of recruits, that’s going to make a difference.” ‘They Should Compete’
For the Florida turned New Jersey residents, golf has been ingrained in their dayto-day routines for as long as their family can remember. “I had worked with someone whose husband was a teaching professional in golf,” their father Fred Graboyes said. “He used to run some kids golf camps in the summers down in Florida. It was a chance to go to camp, have fun and play golf in a fun environment. That’s how they got started.” “One of the instructors they worked with became their coach for the next 10 years and was the first to say, ‘Hey, these kids are good and they should compete,’” their mother Karen added. Once they began to compete, the accolades poured in. Both brothers won the Jack Nicklaus junior tournament — named for the golf legend who won a record 18 major titles — and Nicklaus himself came to present the awards. Luke, and in following years Michael, went on to win the Nicklaus tournament, even beating out Nicklaus’ own grandson, Nick O’Leary. When Nicklaus came in person to award Luke with his first place award, Luke said something that made everyone around crack up laughing. “Luke won his first tournament when he was five,” Karen said. “He was a little young for it, but he ended up winning. Nicklaus was signing hats and taking pictures with the kids. Luke was so young he didn’t understand who Nicklaus was, but Luke said in front of Nickulas, ‘Why would I want to shake his hand? He’s not Tiger Woods.’” Nicklaus’s wife, Barbara, poked some fun at her husband after Luke’s comment. “Jack’s wife laughed and said to [her husband], ‘Didn’t he just put you in your place?’” Karen said. “It was a funny moment.” Since that early tournament win, the brothers’ lives have been all about golf. “Every single day, in season or offseason, they are thinking, living and breathing golf,” Cornell head coach Matt Baughan said. “There’s no question about it. They take that to the course. The rest of the team sees that and [it] pushes everyone. There’s no question that their approach is at a much higher level from a competitive standpoint than where most individuals come in[to college with].”
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Not done yet | The Graboyes brothers make up two of five starters for Cornell golf and have led the Red to its best Ivy League finish since 2005. Brotherly Love
It is human nature for brothers to butt heads with each other. And while that may be a hindrance for some, the Graboyes believe that it has elevated their game. “We are definitely really competitive but it’s a really healthy competitiveness,” Mike said. “I really want to win the tournament but if I don’t, the next person I want to win is Luke and I still play pretty well so it’s all good at the end of the day. It’s more like we push each other to play better rather than keep each other from playing at their best level. Coach [Baughan] is probably happy there’s not a third one of us, though.” Baughan has also noticed the positive effects of the sibling rivalry. “Obviously you have that sibling rivalry between the two of them,” he said. “They push each other. The biggest difference that I see in how they prepare for matches. Not only do they have that motivation to beat the field, but they have it to beat each other at the same time. That’s what siblings do. They have elevated our program to the next level.” What is most surprising about a pair of brothers leading the golf team comes down to the numbers. The Cornell men’s golf team carries a roster of 12, but only travel with five to tournaments around the country. To have two of those five be from the same family is extremely rare. “It is very unique to have two siblings on the same team,” Baughan said, “Four years ago was really the first year that I was able recruit prospective students and Luke was my very first recruit, so it was very special to have him and have his brother follow the next year and come in and help complement what Luke was able to do on the golf course. It was a great addition to the program.”
At one point, their teamwork extended past the 18th hole. In middle school, the brothers played basketball together, and even subbed in for each other’s lacrosse teams from time to time, according to Mike. “Our main second sport was lacrosse,” Luke said. “I gave up lacrosse in eighth grade because it was the same season as golf in high school and we knew we weren’t going to do it in high school. I liked golf so much that I wanted to just focus on that and get better. Mike followed as well.” The Path to Ithaca
Their choice to stick with golf over lacrosse led their recruitment by several schools in addition to Cornell. It was an arduous process that came down to long nights of back and forth debate. “You have to send out emails to the coaches of about 100 different schools,” Luke said of his recruiting process. “You project yourself to the kids who are currently on the team and compare it to how you will be two years from now. You have to reach schools academically and golfwise. You see who bites back and as it gets closer to your junior year you give updates to coaches who respond to you and set your schedule and send it out. The ones that talk to you in person are the biggest deal.” Luke said, however, that he is happy with his final choice. “My parents wanted me to prioritize education,” he said. “I can’t imagine going to any of those other schools. I definitely made the right choice. And I told Michael how awesome that was and there were so many things going for our program.” Along with Cornell, Luke considered Penn State, Rutgers and Delaware. For Mike, it was Emory and Cornell. But once
Luke decided to attend Cornell, it created a tough choice for Mike the next year. “Actually my mom was pushing me to not come to Cornell, which I think is kind of funny,” Mike said. “She’s probably not going to like that I said that, but I think that now [our parents] are really happy because they love travelling to all our tournaments.” Immediately upon Luke’s arrival to Cornell, and followed by Mike’s the next year, Baughan noticed a swift, positive change to his golf program where older players looked to the brothers as an example. “Everyday they are working on their game in some way, shape or form,” Baughan said. “Luke definitely brought that they day he stepped on campus. Even as a freshman, the upperclassmen watched him and compared themselves to him. It pushed them to do the things that they’re supposed to do.” Baughan noted that along with the older golfers learning from the Graboyes, the brothers have and will continue to serve as role models to incoming recruits. “In over the course of the last four years with Luke, [recruits] all have that same focus, they all have that same mentality,” Baugan said. “They are not having to tell the new kids on the block that this is what you have to do. They just can go do what they have to do to compete and ultimately that’s our goal.” The brothers have also noted that alumni support of the golf program has helped tremendously in getting the team over the hump of seventh or eighth place in the Ivy League. “[We got] a really cool Mercedes Sprinter Van, which makes travelling more comfortable,” Mike said. “We have a new indoor hitting facility, which based on the results of the spring you can tell how much that helped the team out, especially out of the gate down in [the Florida Invitational]. We also have a new team locker room at the course. Those are really awesome rooms that attract recruits and have a useful team space.” “On a macro level [this is] how teams improve because it attracts new recruits,” Luke added. “Ultimately nothing matters unless you have good recruits and I’m sure the bigger sports are more used to that philosophy because they have bigger teams. [We] can’t just survive on getting one really good player every few years.” The two brothers have a combined three years left at Cornell. In their time in Ithaca thus far, the Red has improved its standings on the team and individual levels, and the Graboyes believe they are within grasp of capturing that elusive first place finish. “I think we have the talent to win right now,” Mike said. “It’s just a matter of everyone playing well. We have the talent to perform right now it’s just a matter of doing that in the high pressure situations, knowing it the conference championship and last tournament of the season.” When it came time for Mike to decide on schools, Baughan knew it was in the program’s best interest to unite the brothers in carnelian Red. Since then, the team has seen its best finish since 2005 and the men believe they are headed in the right direction. “We had spoken with coach Baughan. [We said] if he wanted to win the Ivy League championship, then Mike would be a great addition to the team,” Fred noted. “[A championship] is their goal and I think this year they got one step closer. With Luke’s senior year coming up, they want to be part of the first team to win Cornell the Ivy League championship.”
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Practice makes perfect | The Graboyes brothers have been practicing golf almost every day of their lives since they began as children.
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The Sun’s Sports glos•sa•ry
What’s that? You don’t know the difference between Moore and Moran? You better start reading.
Arena: Bruce ’73. Played lacrosse and soccer for the Red. Former coach of the U.S. men’s national soccer team and current head coach of the MLS’s L.A. Galaxy. Member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Bartels Hall: The athletic facility formerly known as Alberding and the Field House. Unfortunately, the Alberding family no longer felt the need to fork over the big bucks — enter Mr. Bartels. Barton: Barton Hall, the cavernous main gym. Big place where ROTCs hang out, also headquarters for powerhouse indoor track teams and the location of many Cornell final exams. Originally built as an airplane hangar, it is the former home of hoops squads. Batie-Smoose: Melissa. Current head coach of the volleyball team. Southern Miss graduate who still ranks in the Top-10 on the school’s career list for solo blocks and total blocks. Baughan: Matt. Golf coach, who has been leading the Red for the past 15 seasons. Also has the honor of being head teaching pro at Cornell’s beautiful Robert Trent Jones golf course. Beckwith: Paul. Entering his 20th year as the head of the gymnastics program after coaching the team to fourth place finishes in the USAG Nationals and the ECAC Championship in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Belkin: Home of the Cornell squash teams located behind Reis Tennis Center. Expect big things from the top-notch international courts. Bettman: Gary ’74. First commissioner of the NHL. Known to show up at Lynah Rink to take in a game every now and then. All three of Bettman’s children have attended Cornell. Big Red: 1. A type of chewing gum. 2. The nickname for all Cornell athletic teams. Go Big Red! Big Red Bear: Cornell mascot. Although the bear is brown, not red, students still hold it dear and often pass it in the crowd at football games. Blood: Dick. Nineteen-year coach and engineer of the emergence of Cornell softball as a regional power. The winningest coach in a single sport at Cornell in the more than 125 years of athletics at the institution. Boothe: Kevin ’06. Anchor of the offensive line during his Cornell career, opening lanes for Red backs. Drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the sixth round of the 2006 NFL Draft, won a Super Bowl with the Giants in 2008 and 2012. Brown:The color of dirt, but also an Ivy school that doesn’t believe in grades or sports. Best team is football. Officially nicknamed Bears, but the students still call themselves Bruins — their old nickname. Still, as the saying goes, if it’s Brown, flush it down. B.U.: Boston University. Hockey rival that pulled out of the ECAC in the ’80s with several other teams to form Hockey East. Inspiration for the all-purpose cheer “Screw B.U., [insert opposing team here] too!” Clubs: Enjoyable organizations that can’t get funding to join varsity ranks. Rugby and ultimate frisbee are two of the most prominent and successful. Occasionally covered in The Sun. Columbia: League doormat in virtually every sport. Does not even have men’s lacrosse or hockey teams. In the 1980s, the football team broke the all-time NCAA record for consecutive losses. Although it has improved of late, the school would throw a parade down Broadway if it actually won an Ivy title. Added bonus: Opponents can laugh at the light-blue uniforms. Cornell: Glorious Ivy League university — perhaps you’ve heard of it. Nationally notable in men’s basketball, wrestling, men’s and women’s hockey and men’s lacrosse, among others. Courtney: Bill. Fourth-year head coach of the men’s basketball team. The former Virginia, Virginia Tech and George Mason assistant couldn’t quite repeat the Sweet 16 showing the Red had in 2009, but who could blame him. That kind of magic doesn’t happen every year. He says the best is to come, though. Get pumped. Crew: Grueling year-round sport. Has perhaps the most underrated athletes at Cornell. Who else could endure severe hand blisters or 5 a.m. runs down to the boathouse for two-hour practices in 30-degree weather. Pain is their life’s blood. That said, rowers are widely-considered to have the best bodies on campus. Cullen: Terry and his late father Bob, that is. Father-son team that coached the Cornell sprint football team “forever” and guided the Red to
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League title and another NCAA berth in 2006. countless CSFL titles. In 2006, the Red achieved Grumman: Old squash courts. In high demand perfection for the first time since Purple Rain was since they can be used for racquetball as well. popular, going 6-0 en route to a national champiHarvard: Smug Ivy League school loaded with onship. money, squash courts and stuffy egg-heads. TopDartmouth: Ivy foe strong in women’s basketranked rowing, swimming and hockey teams. ball, men’s soccer and ice sculpture. Small school, Nicknamed Crimson — the bastard child of the but with proper nourishment could become a color red and poop. Also, introduced the world to full-grown university like the rest of its Ivy pals. the Winklevoss twins. Yuck. Nicknamed the Big Green, a name stolen from Helen Newman: Original headquarters of the children’s movie of the same title. Cornell women’s athletics, now North Campus’s Davy: Fight song, played after Cornell scores in home to pickup basketball games, an indoor any game the Big Red Band bothers to attend, swimming pool and a state-of-the-art fitness cenexcept for basketball where it plays it whenever it ter. Also houses one of the premier bowling alleys can at its own obnoxious decibel level. George M. on campus or in Ithaca for that matter. Cohan stole the melody from “Give My Regards Hoy: Home of Cornell baseball. First man to to Broadway.” hit one over the formerly big right field fence was Derraugh: Doug ’91. Returns for his tenth seaLou Gehrig, according to legendary historian and son as head coach of the women’s hockey team. sports writer Kenny “The Haunter” Van Sickle. He guided the Big Red to the national title game The second — again according to Kenny — was in his fifth season and back-to-back-to-back George Bush, Sr., in his Yale days, before he NCAA Frozen Four appearances in 2010, 2011 moved on to better and 2012 things. In less important Devoy: Mark and Julee. matters, the field underHusband-and-wife team went a $3.25 million renstarting their eleventh seaovation before the 2007 son coaching the men’s season and in 2008 was and women’s squash named the top road destiteams, respectively. nation in the Ancient Dryden: Ken ’69. Eight in a poll of the Three-time All-American, league’s coaches. perennial All-Star and I.C.: Ithaca College, Stanley Cup netminder the school on the other for the Montreal hill. Division III kingpin Canadiens. Found his real in just about every sport. calling practicing law, Nicknamed the Bombers, however. He was named possibly because of an the general manager of affinity for cheap Ithaca the Toronto Maple Leafs bars. in 2004 and inducted into Jessup: Principal the College Sports intramural fields located Information Directors of on North Campus. Poor America Academic Alldrainage, bright lights, America Hall of Fame in lots of bad bounces. May 2005. His No. 1 was COURTESY OF CORNELL ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS Karn: Todd. Heading retired and lifted into the rafters of Lynah Rink in In a league of his own | In 40-plus years as a into his fourth year as the journalist, Dick Schaap ’55 excelled both in print head coach of the eques2010. trian program. Assumed ECAC Hockey League: and broadcast media. the reigns after 12-year Eastern College Athletic head coach Chris Mitchell traded his day job to Conference Hockey League. Large coordinating become the Director of Riding at Randolph organization overseeing collegiate sports up and College. down the eastern seaboard. More specifically, the Kerber: Chris. Lightweight crew coach since major college hockey league that Cornell calls 2008. Led the team to a 4-3 record in head-tohome. Gives schools like Union and St. Lawrence head races during his first season. an excuse to feel smarter. Kennett: Todd ’91. BMA. Coach who estabEldredge: Dave ’81. Best polo coach in the lished lightweight crew dynasty — leading the country. Need proof? In 2008, the men’s team squad to three consecutive national champiovercame its underdog status to reach the national onships before becoming the heavyweight crew’s finals, where it lost. In 2011 and 2012 the squad fearless leader in 2008. Enjoys putting his team fell to the Cavaliers in the final and semifinal on the erg machine before sun-up. rounds of the national championship, respectiveKoll: Rob. Long-time, legendary wrestling ly. Also holds down the fort for the women’s coach and former All-American, Koll has picked squad, which earned its 13th national title in up where previous coach Jack Spates left off. His 2011. team has won the Ivies 15 times. Led Kyle Dake Farmer: Patrick. Third-year women’s soccer ’13 to his fourth individual national champicoach. Hopefully this former National Soccer onship last year. Coaches Association Coach of the Year can help Lucia: Joe. Brutally honest men’s swimming the Red improve from its 7-8-1 season. coach for 27 years. Has the unenviable task of Faithful (aka The Lynah Faithful): Half-crazed charting his guys to the head of the Ivy waves. Cornell hockey fanatics who never miss regular or Lynah: Lynah Rink, cradle of Cornell hockey postseason home games. Climb and bang on fanaticism. Recently-renovated to add 464 seats Plexiglass and throw newspapers, garbage and fish to the 3,836 person capacity. Where legends are at opposing players. Don’t like Section O, or the born and opponents’ dreams are crushed. referee Dupree (the one with the bad eyes). Marinaro: Ed ’72. The best player in Red footFriedman Wrestling Center: State-of-the-art ball history. Appeared on the cover of Sports facility featuring practice and match space, weight Illustrated on November 1, 1971 and was fearooms, offices, study rooms and locker rooms. tured in a fall 2007 issue. After a brief stint in the Site of two-time national champion Travis Lee’s NFL, he followed in the footsteps of another for’05 135th collegiate victory — a new Cornell mer great — “Broadway” Joe Namath — and record — on February 18, 2005. Benefactor is tried his hand at acting. Stephen Friedman ’59, President Bush’s former McKee: David ’07. Hockey goaltender chief economic advisor. rewrote the Cornell record books in only three Game (aka The Game): Cornell vs. Harvard, seasons. Then packed his bags and signed with hockey style. Action on the ice nearly paralleled in the Anaheim Mighty Ducks of the NHL. He the stands. People throw fish (and in one instance, now plays for the Dallas Stars’ minor league an octopus) at Harvard players. People used to tie team. chickens to the net between periods, but the Moore: Charles H. ’51. Former Cornell track ECACHL stepped in recently. People swear a lot. star and athletic director. Two-time Olympic In between all this, the Red and Crimson play medalist and former world record-holder in the some great hockey. We laughed, we cried. A must 440-yard hurdles. see. Moran: Richie. Hall of Fame lacrosse coach. Graap: Jenny ’86. Seventeen-year women’s Took Cornell to the NCAA playoffs countless lacrosse coach who helped the women’s laxers to a times, winning three national championships turnaround season in 1998. She took the team to the Final Four in 2002, garnering Coach of the Year awards. Led the team to its first ever co-Ivy See GLOSSARY page 36
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Cornell’s Board of Trustees authorized plans for the proposed College of Business Saturday morning, President Elizabeth Garrett and Provost Michael Kotlikoff announced in an email. The College of Business will merge the School of Hotel Administration, the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management and the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management. Garrett and Kotlikoff called the approval of the controversial new school “the beginning of an inclusive and crucial process that will more fully define the details of how the College of Business will be structured.” “The plan for the new college will
be developed with broad input from faculty, students, staff and alumni,” they wrote. “We wish to underscore our commitment to making this process inclusive and open for all … your input will be critical to its success.” In the email, the two administrators also revealed new information about the structure and implementation of the newly approved business school. The College of Business is expected to open in the 2016-17 academic year and will be composed of 145 research faculty and almost 2,900 undergraduate, professional and graduate students, according to the email. See TRUSTEES page 5
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Feeney ’56 expresses ‘deep concern’ before vote Concerns About New By JENNA RUDOLFSKY Sun Staff Writer
“I have always supported a strong and independent Hotel School with an equally strong and independent Dean at its helm,” wrote influential alumnus and top donor Charles Feeney ’56 in a letter to the Board of Trustees and President Elizabeth Garrett Thursday. Both prominent alumni Feeney and John Dyson ’65 wrote letters to the Board of Trustees prior to the Saturday vote approving the proposed College of Business. In a letter sent out to the Cornell community Saturday, Garrett described the purpose of the Board of Trustees deciFEENEY ’56 sion for the merger. “Today’s action by the Board of Trustees marks the beginning of an inclusive and crucial process that will more fully define the details of how the College of Business will be structured,” she said. Feeney, a prominent Cornell alumnus and the University’s biggest donor, is the founding chairman of the nonprofit organization The Atlantic Philanthropies. Since 1982, Feeney’s gifts and commitments to Cornell through Atlantic, originally made anonymously, have totaled nearly $1 billion, according to the University.
In his letter to administrators, Feeney expressed his “deep concern” about the College of Business, which the Board of Trustees later approved on Saturday. Feeney concluded that after noting the many negative reactions to the proposed new school — including votes by the University Assembly, Student Assembly and Faculty Senate to table plans for the school — the merger is not “appropriate at this time.” “I don’t believe a decision on the merger is appropriate at this time unless and until additional study of the potential outcomes have been carefully reviewed,” Feeney wrote. Feeney was only one of many dissenting alumni voices who called for a halt to DYSON ’65 plans for the new college’s development before its approval on Saturday. Many alumni have threatened to pull endowment funding to the University if the plans proceeded unchecked. Dyson, the primary donor to the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management program, also expressed his concern in a letter to a member of the Board of Trustees. “It defies logic and common sense to assert that the University [bylaws] should be changed before See ALUMNI page 5
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By SAMANTHA ACRICHE Sun Staff Writer
While some Cornellians were eager to explore the possibilities of the new College of Business, others decried a decision that they called a rejection
“It is shocking that the president, provost and trustees ignored the unified voice across campus calling on them to allow time for faculty, staff and student governance bodies to deliberate about the proposal to create a College of
“At their foundation, the concerns raised so far are a healthy expression of a broader issue — concern for the reputation and integrity of each of the schools.” Prof. Rohit Verma of administrative transparency. President Elizabeth Garrett and Provost Michael Kotlikoff’s announcement on Saturday intensified negative sentiments from the Cornell community toward the administration regarding how and when these plans were carried out.
Business,” said Prof. Risa Lieberwitz, labor and employment law. Gabriel Kaufman ’18, Student Assembly undesignated at large and chair of the academic policy committee, said the See REACTIONS page 4