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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

The Corne¬ Daily Sun

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.

Special Student Guide | Forty-Four Pages | Freshman Issue 2018

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 enjoy your time at Cornell. There’s no place like it. — The 136th 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.


Inside News A Night at The Sun Campus Life News Opinion


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Editor in Chief:

Jacob Rubashkin ’19

Managing Editor:

Girisha Arora ’20

Dining Guide




Katie Sims ’20 Associate Editor


Chenab Khakh ‘20 Asst. Science Editor


BreAnne Fleer ’20 Anu Subramaniam ‘20 News Editors


Lev Akabas ’19 Arts and Entertainment Editor


Dylan McDevitt ’19 Sports Editor


Jacqueline Quach ‘19 Dining Editor


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Main Cover Photo: Cover Design:

Julian Robison ’20 Layout Editor Hannah Lee ‘20 Jamie Lai ‘20 Michael Linhorst ’12 Former Managing Editor John Schroeder ’74 Alumni Advisor

About the Cover: MAIN IMAGE: Uris Libary and McGraw Tower seen from downhill on Libe Slope. SMALLER PHOTOS: (counter-clockwise from upper left) Janelle Monae thrills C.U.; a student rests after a Holi colored-powder celebration; Black Students United members protest a reported incident of racial assault in Collegetown; students parade as Vermeer’s famous painting “Girl With a Pearl Earring” on Dragon Day; the Flaming Lips excite a Barton Hall crowd; Trevor Noah brings comedy to campus; the Red football team charges forward; and students bedecked in flowers add further color to Dragon Day.

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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’ve also delivered the skills it takes to succeed to a lengthy roster of A m e r ica’s top writers and business people, jumpstarting the careers of Sun graduates E.B. White 1921, 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 multi-faceted organization that only works because of its members. Editors spend what some might consider way too much time with

one another. They sacrifice sleep and studying to work on The Sun. But all agree on the irreplaceable role the paper has taken in their lives. The News section — the paper’s largest — tracks and reports all campus life events and local and national issues relevant to you. Every day, the staff is talking to people around campus and conducting interviews in preparation for stories. Where there’s news, The Sun is there covering it. From President Martha Pollack to the mayor of Ithaca to exclusive interviews with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ’54 and Bill Nye ’77, “The Science Guy,” the News section has full access. The Sports section works hard each day to keep Cornell abreast of the newest developments of the sporting world both inside and outside Big Red nation. With game recaps, athlete profiles and commentary on everything, you will always find action on the back page. And don’t forget to look for the seasonal pullouts for an in-depth look at Cornell’s athletes. The Arts and Entertainment section is The Sun’s c o o l crew. F r o m movie reviews to exhibits at the Johnson Museum to local bands, Arts gives us the backstage pass to all the places to be and be seen. Hidden behind the news you will find The Sun’s Opinion and Editorial section, a center of raucous campus debate where columnists and community members sound off about local and national issues alike. The Science section plays a vital role at Cornell, one of the most profound research institutions in the world. Science reporters stay up to date with cutting-edge findings from Cornell scientists around the world. The Sun’s Dining Guide is staffed by the most opinionated foodies on campus, boldly braving the best and worst of the Ithaca dining scene and critiquing the newest eateries both on campus and off. Look out for the Dining Guide every week in Thursday’s paper. A picture is said to be worth a thousand words, which is why The Sun’s Photo department is so vital to The Sun. Our photographers go to great lengths to ensure that a story is visually represented, even if it means trekking in the rain and snow all over central New York. Creative and always inquisitive,

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Class of 2022: Lowest Acceptance Rate, Most Diverse Ever By MEREDITH LIU

Cornell ACCeptAnCe rAtes

Sun Assistant News Editor

A previous version of this story was published on March 28. Cornell accepted 10.3 percent out of 51,328 applicants for the incoming Class of 2022, breaking the all-time record for lowest admission rate and highest number of applicants. The accepted students, notified at 7 p.m. Wednesday, constitute the “most diverse class in university history,” according to the University. Cornell admitted 5,288 applicants for the Class of 2022 while 6,684 students were placed on the waitlist. Of the students accepted, 33 percent self-identify as underrepresented minorities, setting a new record for the fourth year in a row. Students of color — which include underrepresented minorities and Asian-American students — represent 54 percent of the student body. Geographically, the prospective class represents all 50 U.S. states, in addition to Washington, D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa. International students, who make up nearly nine percent of the admitted class, hail from 93 countries around the globe. Canada, China, India, South Korea, Singapore and the United Kingdom are the top countries represented, just as they were last year. Jason C. Locke, associate vice provost for enrollment, said that the incoming class reflects Cornell’s diversity and its “any person … any study” motto. “The exceptionally large applicant pool this year produced a most remarkable class,” Locke said in a press release. “No doubt Ezra would be proud of the Class of 2022!”

The University has seen a consistent decrease in acceptance rate since 2015. The Class of 2022 had the lowest rate in the history of Cornell.



Also among the admitted students are over 700 first-generation college students. About 60 total freshmen are expected to join the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Arts and Sciences in January 2019 as the fourth class of the First-Year Spring Admission program. “We have admitted a highly talented and accomplished Class of 2022 who will flourish as Cornellians,” said Barbara Knuth, senior vice provost and Dean of the

Graduate School. “We look forward to welcoming them into our campus community.” Accepted students have until May 1 to accept Cornell’s offer of admission. Before then, approximately 1,800 admitted students will visit the campus during Cornell Days between April 12 and April 23, the University estimates. Meredith Liu can be reached at meredithliu@cornellsun.com.

New TCAT App Offers Features Not Found in Existing Services By KATHERINE HEANEY

Ithaca Transit currently has over 1,000 users and 300 active daily users, according to the Cornell AppDev team, A previous version of this story was and can be downloaded for free from the App Store. published on May 1. Prominent features of the app Trying to figure out how to use the TCAT bus system is a struggle include live TCAT bus tracking and for many members of the Cornell and updates so users can track bus locations Ithaca community. Now, students and and receive notifications when the bus locals alike can turn to Ithaca Transit, arrives at their stop. “We want to bring real-time notian app designed by Cornell students, to help them navigate Ithaca by bus more fications to the app,” said Austin Astorga ’19, a member easily. of Cornell AppDev and Team member and an iOS developer for iOS developer for “Ithaca Transit ... Transit. “These Ithaca Transit Monica combines the best Ithaca notifications would tell Ong ’19 explained that transit features you when your bus is Ride14850, a “go-to arriving, when to get off app” for students to available into one the bus, and other infordetermine their ideal app.” mation riders will find bus routes “still has, useful.” a terrible [user interMatt Barker ’19 Cornell AppDev had face].” received several requests “I remember when to create a TCAT bus I first started using it as a freshman, I had to figure out how app for Ithaca. Students were frustrated to put in starting and ending locations with trying to read the PDF files on and then I had to figure out how to read TCAT’s website, or having to pay for the results to figure which bus I needed unreliable apps. Citing the “overwhelming” quantito take,” she said. “Ithaca Transit is an end-to-end ty of route numbers and stop names, navigation solution that combines the Mihir Chauhan ’18, Cornell AppDev best transit features available into one member and one of Ithaca Transit’s app,” said project lead Matt Barker first designers, recalled that since his ’19. “While apps like Ride14850 only freshman year, he had witnessed many provide routing on a clunky interface of the students’ complications as a or MyStop only provides live updates, result of inadequate, existing apps. “Students wait out in the cold wonIthaca Transit includes the best features to ride smarter and get you where you dering when the bus is coming or if it already left, and often are unsure if need to go. “Combining live tracking and they’re even on the right bus,” he said. Chauhan said that they approached updates with Google Maps and Search integration, Ithaca Transit is a free and this obstacle with the reasoning that, “if simple solution for the entire transit a freshman who doesn’t know Ithaca at all can figure it out, anyone can.” process,” he added. “So we started out by designing for The app was created by Cornell AppDev, a project team at Cornell the clueless freshman, but also added that designs, develops and distributes features like ‘Favorites’ for people more mobile and web applications through familiar with the area who’ve used the the App Store. It previously devel- same stops for years,” he said. App developers consulted locals and oped “Eatery,” a popular app amongst Cornell students that allows them look Cornell students to learn about their up the daily hours and menus for Cornell’s dining locations. See TCAT page 13

Sun Staff Writer


First-class upgrade | Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport will add numerous new features and double in building size during renovations slated to be finished in 2019.

Tompkins County Airport To Be Renovated This Fall By MEREDITH LIU

Sun Assistant News Editor

A previous version of this story was published on May 4. This fall, Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport will undergo a major renovation, slated to finish by 2019, that will allow it to support international flights and enhance passenger experience, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) announced Thursday at the airport. The airport, which hasn’t been upgraded in 25 years, is currently equipped with passenger screening equipment that only meets pre-9/11 standards and lacks dining area past the security checkpoint. “It doesn’t have charisma or character,” Cuomo said. The upcoming renovation, according to Cuomo, will add a new 5,000-foot custom facility, six boarding gates, three boarding bridges and a 4,000-foot dining area to the airport while also doubling its current building size. These upgrades will enhance the check-in experience at ticket counters and shorten the lines at the security checkpoint, Cuomo said. Mike Hall, director of the airport, said that the new custom facilities will allow Ithaca to accommodate international flights given the many global connections that Tompkins County has. “We are more dependent on the airport than many communities,” Hall told

The Sun. “We will be focusing on the travel from Pacific Rim or Europe that’s coming here to do business with high tech industry, with Cornell, [and] to attend conferences.” Even though the renovated airport will come with a federal customs facility, Hall doesn’t see many international flights taking off from Ithaca as “there is not sufficient travel from this airport to accommodate the size of the international aircrafts.” The upgrades will, however, make it easier for people to fly to major national hubs, he said. According to Hall, the airport is also in talks with the three airlines that currently offer services to and from Ithaca — Delta, United and American — on the possibilities of offering direct flights to Chicago, Charlotte, N.C., and Washington, D.C., in addition to the current non-stop destinations of Newark, N.J., Philadelphia and Detroit. “I think you’ll probably see some changes [in flight schedule] over the next year or so, particularly now [that] we have a better terminal coming,” Hall said. The $22 million renovation — of which the state will contribute $14.2 million — is part of the Cuomo administration’s plan to boost the economy in the upstate New York area, which, according to Cuomo, is “playing more and more of See AIRPORT page 13

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Opening of Tech Campus Marks New Chapter for C.U.


A previous version of this story was published on September 13. NEW YORK — All the right elements for a successful ceremony were gathered at the official opening of Cornell’s new Tech Campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City on Wednesday: a brand new campus on a sunny day, enthusiastic new students, and optimistic academics, former mayors and governor. “Cornell Tech, welcome to New York,” said New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, while New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio praised “the bigger and bigger role that Cornell is playing in New York City.” “This is the single biggest event at Cornell that I’ve witnessed in 40 years,” said Chair of the Board of Trustees Robert Harrison ’76. Facing an audience of several hundred members, all key actors of the new campus came together to celebrate and praise the completion of the first phase of a proj-

ect intended to “bring together academia and industry to create pioneering leaders and transformational new research.” “Starting a campus from scratch is like surfing a big wave,” Cornell Tech Dean and ceremony moderator Daniel Huttenlocher said, summarizing the work accomplished since the University won former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration’s applied sciences competition for a new campus in 2011. “It’s exhilarating, but can be hard to keep up with.” Indeed, since Cornell Tech’s first days within the Google offices in Chelsea, hundreds of millions of dollars were spent to create a sustainable and modern campus on the 12 acres of public land leased by the city on Roosevelt Island, a tiny sliver of land in the middle of the East River. Collaboration a Driving Force “Cornell Tech is the result of collaboration,” former Mayor Mike Bloomberg stressed. The campus is the fruit of a public-private partnership, as


Welcome to New York | Streamers fall on Roosevelt Island during the official opening of Cornell Tech. well as one between Cornell and the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, embodied by the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute on the campus. More importantly for the future of Cornell Tech, the campus is meant to foster collaboration

between academics and businesses. The aptly named Bridge building will act partially as an incubator and collaborative space where students will be able to develop their own startups. Since 2014, Cornell Tech has given birth to 38 startups, 98

percent of which are now based in New York City, and the City estimates that hundreds more could come into existence, generating $23 billion in economic activity over 35 years. For David Cheng MBA ’17, co-founder of Speech Up, a Cornell-created mobile app that gamifies speech therapy for children, Roosevelt Island means great opportunities to perfect his product. “There’s nothing better than being in a place where there are children, we’ve already partnered with local families here.” Beyond the important role of entrepreneurship in academia, Cornell Tech also seeks to foster a fusion of disciplines within academia. Ari Yannakogeorgos Master of Laws ’18 used to work in law in a venture company, then applied for the new law school on Roosevelt Island. “I wanted to do something where I could move from traditional law and do something more technologically focused because I wanted to work with cutting edge companies,” he said. Controversy Over Technion But despite the beautiful buildings and ceremony, not all Cornell students approve of Cornell Tech. Student groups such as Students for Justice in Palestine have decried the new campus’ main partner Technion, whose president Peretz Lavie was present at the ceremony Wednesday, due to its partnerships with military companies and collaboration with the Israeli Defense Forces in Israel. “SJP will continue to oppose the partnership in all its forms,” said SJP member Piragash Swargalonathan ’19. “I don’t think there is a way to justify it, unless you can justify what’s happening in Palestine.” While opposition to Cornell Tech’s partnership was more widespread at the beginning stages of the campus, fewer students are engaged in the matter at the time of the campus’ opening. “I’m not really sure how Technion fits into the campus here,” Yannakogeorgos said. In fact, no military research on Roosevelt Island has been announced at the moment. For now, Cornell Tech focuses on the future, with a campus built seven feet above the 100 years flood plain, looking at the United Nations from across the river. Louis Baudoin-Laarman can be reached at lb3061@columbia.edu.

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Pollack Calls Experience in Ithaca ‘Magical’ By GIRISHA ARORA Sun Managing Editor

A previous version of this story was published May 23. When Martha E. Pollack took the helm at Cornell last April, she became the University’s fifth president in 15 years. During her first year in office, Pollack had to deal with several reports of racially-charged incidents, with one occurring as recently as April, a weapons cache being found in a Collegetown apartment and Cornell’s devoted shift downstate with the opening of the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island.

“I experienced moments of turbulence, but ... I just had the opportunity to meet incredible students and incredible faculty. ” President Martha E. Pollack However, when Pollack sat down with The Sun last week to reflect on the year, the president said she wouldn’t necessarily describe her first year as “turbulent.” “I shouldn’t say this because I’ll jinx it … but I experienced moments of turbulence, but also long periods of time in which I just had the opportunity to meet incredible students and incredible faculty,” Pollack said. Pollack emphasized that her first year has largely been devoted to laying the groundwork and stressing the importance she places on building good connections with the alumni, diversity and equity, academic excellence and educational innovation. But for Pollack, that improved aca-

demic excellence is not necessarily reflected by higher college rankings. While she stressed that college rankings do matter — pointing to the importance parents and potential students give them — Pollack did not hesitate in describing them as “pernicious.” “If you believe as a dean that having smaller classes is better for your students — by all means do it, tout it, let the world know. But don’t do things just to move up in the rankings,” she said. This spring has seen the practice of legacy admissions in higher education come under scrutiny — and across the country, colleges are being asked to divulge the details of their legacy-specific admissions policies. Pollack, however maintained that she did not necessarily view legacy as a means of providing a subclass of affluent white candidates an advantage over others. Comparing legacy to other factors that are considered — athletics, first-generation status, personal hardships — she said that legacy admissions are a way “to create a Cornell family that goes on for generations.” “I’ve been on the road this whole past year meeting with alumni and there are many solidly middle class alumni who feel deep connections to this university and who raise kids who feel deep connections to this university,” Pollack said, “And so to me, it’s one factor amongst many that we look at.” Additionally, the president is certain that the sudden and unexplained resignation of Soumitra Dutta from his post as the dean of the business college in February has not affected student applications to the school or the pool of candidates for the now-vacant deanship. She maintained that applications from potential students are “way up” and that


First-year finish | President Martha E. Pollack discussed Greek life reform, legacy admissions, her thoughts on the democratic primaries and much more during her interview with The Sun.

the college has made 16 to 17 strong hires from places like the University of Chicago, Columbia University and the University of Michigan. Pollack also made clear that the potential merger between the ILR school and the College of Human Ecology was only an idea and affirmed that Provost Michael Kotlikoff was taking all the objections very seriously. “I think voicing objections to the idea is perfectly fine, saying that he should take the idea off the table because I, whoever I am, don’t like it, I think that is incredibly

disrespectful of faculty shared governance,” she said. Earlier this month, in an email to campus, Pollack introduced the first set of phased reforms to Greek life since 2012, when then-President David Skorton had called for the “end of hazing as we know it” following the death of Sigma Alpha Epsilon brother George Desdunes ’13 in a reverse-hazing incident that drew international attention. Pollack confirmed that her reforms have

Alumni Donate $20M for New Tech, Humanities Initiative By ANU SUBRAMANIAM and ANNA DELWICHE Sun News Editor and Sun Senior Editor

A previous version of this story was published on October 19. Just weeks after the official opening of Cornell Tech on Roosevelt Island, Cornell announced a new initiative to promote technology in the humanities as a result of a $20 million donation from the

“Our society needs innovative problem solvers ... to address our greatest challenges. ” Gretchen Ritter ’83 Milstein family. This donation, announced Oct. 18, 2017, will establish the Milstein Program in Technology and Humanity, a collaboration between the College of Arts and Sciences and Cornell Tech. Through this collaboration, the initiative will allow students in Arts and Sciences to get specialized courses in computer science in addition to free courses at Cornell Tech’s Roosevelt Island campus and internships in New York City. “It is thrilling to imagine the potential of the Milstein Program and how it will influ-

ence the future of higher education in the context of our global economy and digital age,” said Gretchen Ritter ’83, former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. According to the University, students enrolled in the Milstein Program will select their major in Arts and Sciences but will also have access to resources to develop a proficiency in computer science. A cohort of 100 students, 25 from each class year, will also spend their summers in New York City to listen to speakers, work as interns or be mentored. The first group of students will be selected from this year’s applicant pool and will enter as freshmen in Fall 2018. The University said Howard Milstein ’73 and Michael Milstein ’11, who both graduated from the arts college, collaborated with Ritter and Daniel Huttenlocher, dean of Cornell Tech, to develop the idea. “Thanks to the Milsteins, we are able to create a truly distinctive experience for undergraduates in Arts and Sciences,” President Martha Pollack told the University. “I believe this program will be a model for our other Ithacabased colleges and schools seeking creative partnerships with Cornell Tech to meet student and societal needs.” Both Howard and Michael Milstein told the University they felt that “technology is

increasingly vital to all aspects of our society,” and that it is important to include the “disciplines of the humanities and social sciences” in its progress. For Michael Milstein, the



intersection of technology and a strong liberal arts background allows the emerging technology leaders to be able to “communicate, understand and maximize the societal benefit of their work” along with the “technical foundation to drive progress.” Ritter shared these sentiments from Milstein, saying

that “our society needs innovative problem solvers who have the vision and background to think creatively and broadly about ways to address our greatest challenges.” Howard Milstein currently serves as the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of New York Private Bank & Trust and its operating bank, Emigrant Bank, according to Forbes. The Milstein family — ranked as the 90th richest family by Forbes — have made other recent donations to several New York institutions, including New YorkPresbyterian Hospital, the New York Public Library, American Museum of Natural History. Milstein and his wife Abby Milstein also created the The Howard and Abby Milstein Foundation in 2002. Milstein currently serves on Cornell’s Board of Trustees. Past donations by the Milstein family have established Milstein Scholars Program, Milstein Fellowship for Faculty Excellence and Milstein Faculty Fellowships for Strategic Hires. A donation by Paul Milstein, father of Howard Milstein, in 2007 led to the building of Milstein Hall in the College of Architecture, Art and Planning. Anu Subramaniam can be reached at asubramaniam@cornellsun.com. Anna Delwiche can be reached at adelwiche@cornellsun.com.

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Cornellians, Ithacans Join ‘March for Our Lives’ Protest

Hundreds of protesters speak out against gun violence following Parkland shooting By JULIA CURLEY

Cornell march merged into a larger local rally. Organized just over a month A previous version of this story after the shooting at Marjory was published on March 24. Stoneman Douglas High School Cornellians and Ithaca res- in Parkland, the march is part idents took part in the nation- of a nationwide call for “comwide March for Our Lives pro- mon sense gun control legislatest on Saturday to speak out tion,” according to Stephannie against gun violence in the after- Chen ’19, president of Cornell math of the Roosevelt P a r k l a n d , “Today is a show of solidarity, Institute, Florida mass organizschool shoot- it’s not a discussion of policy er of the ing that took march. or next steps. the lives “ N o That will come later.” of 17 high longer will school stuAmerica Stephannie Chen ’19 dents and a l l o w faculty in Congress February. to continue to send their Roughly 200 Cornell stu- ‘thoughts and prayers’ before dents marched out from shying away from the issue. the Arts Quad around noon No longer will America’s youth before traveling down to the sit in silence while waiting for Ithaca Commons area escorted another tragedy to strike,” Chen by Cornell police, where the declared in a speech. Sun Staff Writer


Standing together | Cornell students and Ithaca residents rally on the downtown Ithaca Commons. Around one thousand Ithaca residents showed up to the rally, which featured speakers and

nourishments and emphasized national unity rather than a particular policy prescription.

“Today is a show of solidarity, it’s not a discussion of policy or next steps. That will come later,” Chen said. The protest was designed as a rally instead of a march so that people of all ages and abilities can participate, said Tompkins County legislator Amanda Champion (D-District 12), one of the organizers, in the event description on Facebook. Many parents participated in the protest to advocate for the safety of their children, according to Gloria Lemus-Sanchez — a parent, one of the rally organizers and a student in an employee degree program at Cornell. “I have two kids in high school and one in elementary school. It would be very nice to think it happens everywhere else and not here,” Lemus-Sanchez told The Sun. “I’m doing it to teach [my kids] what activism looks like and what it means to be proactive and care for your community.” Lemus-Sanchez said she savored the intimate atmosphere that permeated the rally. “It’s a feeling of being home,” Lemus-Sanchez said as she looked into the crowd. “It’s knowing that you’re there with people who are like you and think like you. You’re among friends. It’s a very empowering feeling.” Chen, who is planning a follow-up discussion in April on developing policy proposals, saw the march and the rally as a stand against complacency and a way to increase people’s awareness of their role in influencing society. “We’re really frustrated and upset at how gun violence has been talked about and talked about and really just talked about … Every time it feels like deja vu,” she said. “It’s become really easy to be passive these days. You post on Facebook or you discuss with friends and then … you just move on with your lives,” Chen said. “With the march, we just really, really wanted people to … accept that … that this is something we can change and … affect.” Julia Curley can be reached at jcurley@cornellsun.com.

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generated pushback from Cornell alumni and said that while most of the feedback is positive, some alumni are “extremely unhappy,” and she is working with them to make clear that the reforms are to make sure that Greek life can survive. “Frankly, to me, it’s a public health issue,” she said. The president emphasized that she currently can’t imagine taking the step of ending Greek life at Cornell, but also added that she “never says never about anything.” One reform effective immediately is a ban on all hard alcohol (30 percent by volume or greater) in residential fraternity chapter houses. When asked how she hopes to enforce the ban while also preventing off-campus locations from becoming hubs for hard alcohol instead, Pollack compared the new rule to speed limits. “You know, you can’t enforce speed limits at 100 percent, and yet that doesn’t mean you don’t have speed limits — it’s a public health issue that protects people and when people are violating them you can sanction them and I’m thinking along the same lines,” she said. The President’s New York

Visioning Committee also submitted a report to Pollack earlier this month proposing that by 2029, at least 25 percent of faculty and students — approximately 300 to 500 students per semester — should spend some time studying in New York and that there should be plane, helicopter and other travel options to improve connectivity between the two cities. Pollack reiterated on Tuesday that the focus on New York would not neglect Cornell’s brand in Ithaca, adding that she has found a college experience in a small town “magical” since her days as an undergraduate at Dartmouth College. For the president, the focus downstate builds on Cornell’s presence in New York that has been in place for over a century and will be a way to distinguish the University because “there is no other school of our caliber that has the rural and the urban setting.” Looking ahead, Pollack hopes to rework her interactions with the assemblies and shared governance organizations on campus, as she feels that there needs to be more communication earlier in the resolution-making process. Girisha Arora can be reached at managing-editor@cornellsun.com.

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a role on a global stage.” Convenient transportation and passenger experience, categories in which the United States has fallen behind other countries, are important qualities in attracting more business and young talents from all over the world, according to Cuomo. “Airports are the new front doors to the economy … they are the economic hubs of the next century. This is a national and global competition, and

we are not even in the game,” Cuomo said. “Ithaca deserves an airport that will fuel the economic growth [and] fuel the perception that [it is] the place for the future.” The construction will begin this fall and is estimated to be finished by 2019, according to Cuomo. Calling it an “aggressive timeline,” Hall said he’s optimistic that “a year from now, we should have significant changes that will make life easier.” Meredith Liu can be reached at meredithliu@cornellsun.com.

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TCAT experiences in order to create a platform “designed specifically with Ithaca in mind,” Chauhan said. Users can use Ithaca Transit for travel to any location within Ithaca and can also “favorite” their frequent destinations, which saves these locations to their home page for future convenience. Users can even locate their correct destination by searching precise addresses or even something like Chipotle, Chauhan explained. “A recurring struggle we heard from users of other apps was having to know exactly what bus stops exist when they search,” he said. The app also uses Google Maps and Search to optimize bus routes. Users can search for any location and the app will display all of the TCAT bus transfer options as well as walking directions from the nearest TCAT stop to the desired

location. “One of the biggest challenges was being able to deliver accurate and great bus route options,” Astorga said. “Delivering great routes is a lot harder than what people might think,” but the team now has a creation with routing techniques that rival providers like Google Maps, according to Astorga. Ong said that the team is “proud of where Ithaca Transit has gotten today,” but that this is “only the beginning,” and the team plans to add and improve the app’s features and extend its target audience to users who do not have iPhones. “Our plan is to get feedback from the community and users,” Chauhan said. “We want to solve as many of their problems as possible. We’re looking to modify existing features and add new ones based on the feedback we get.” Katherine Heaney can be reached at kheaney@cornellsun.com.

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I’m not going to lie — I have no recollection of reading or even seeing the Freshman Issue of The Cornell Daily Sun the summer before I got to Ithaca. So the fact that you’re here on this page means you’re already ahead of the game when it comes to this Cornell stuff. Your next four or so years will be — in no particular order — exciting, exhausting, rewarding, disgusting, absolutely exhilarating, terribly mundane and a whole host of other things as well. As an incoming freshman, you may feel that the world, and Cornell, are moving you more than you are moving them. But the truth is, everyone here — from the soon-to-be roommate you met during Cornell Days, to the professor who will somehow make you fall in love with labor economics, to Martha Pollack herself — feels that way most days. And while Cornell is a big place with big personalities (and big hills ... get ready to have the best calves of your lives), it is most crucially your place. The choices you make in your time here will have as great an effect on this university as does its entire 153-year history. Cornell isn’t the same place it was four years ago, and in many ways it will be almost unrecognizable in another four; it’s your choice to decide in what ways that will be. So don’t be afraid to say “hi” to that person you see every day, or to enroll in astrophysics even though you suck at math, or protest on the Quad and occupy the president’s office. Start a club, run for city council, get super trashed and host a chicken wing date night with the rest of your freshman floor in Donlon (D5ever, shoutout Rohit, Kitty and Edan). Cornell is your sandbox, so get ready to build. — J.S.K.R.




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Dear Eric: Days after Barack Obama was elected the 44th President of the United States in 2008, he penned an open letter to his daughters for Parade. In the letter, he wrote about his vision for his daughters’ America and how our generation would become the drivers for change in years to come. As a sixth grader who followed Obama as religiously as the apostles followed Christ, I read this letter with all the idealism and hope of a kid with his life ahead of him, unfamiliar with failure and unabashed in my expectations for the future. I thought about this letter when you, my one and only kid brother, found out that you will be coming to Cornell next year. Although nearly all my actions and general demeanor might suggest otherwise, I do spend quite some time thinking about how you will live your life. At the end of the day, I want you to surpass me in every conceivable metric; I sincerely hope you are smarter, funnier, better-looking and more successful than I will ever become. So as you prepare your imminent arrival to Ithaca, I thought I would share what I wish for you these next four years. Though the gravitas and import of what I have to say wanes in comparison to what POTUS had to offer, I feel an obligation to try for you anyway. I’m sure every Cornell student remembers the feeling of receiving their acceptance letter. For me, it was affirmation for 18 years of sporadic hard work. I remember two things — an overwhelming sense of eager anticipation and comfort in knowing where I would be for the next four years and the liberating license to do literally whatever I wanted for the next few months. From the looks of Instagram, it seems like clearly you have the second part covered, but I promise you that the former will be challenged the moment you step foot on campus.

unfamiliar faces for the first time in years. You won’t understand responsibility until you call Mom every week, fine-tuning the fake inflection in your voice to pretend that everything is perfect 2,500 miles away from home while, in fact, you have never felt so alone and helpless in your life. The walk back to North Campus seemed to get longer every day as the weather started graying, and the grayness was an omnipresent reminder of all that I missed in California. But there is nothing more gratifying and rewarding than meeting that first person in your class or dorm whom you can truly call your friend. And it will be a gift that keeps on giving, as you get to know this person’s life as intimately as your own. Your boys back home are always going to be your boys, but there is something so special about sharing these formative years with new groups. Through mutual misery, learning and

The first semester of college was a catalyst for profound reinvention in just about every facet of who I am.

Jason ’19 and Eric ’22 Jeong on the ferry to Ellis Island in 2002.

The first semester of college was a catalyst for profound reinvention in just about every facet of who I am today. You will never understand loneliness until you go three days eating Nasties calzones alone in your room at 9 p.m. while watching season four of The Office for the fifth time. While close friends and good times were so readily accessible just the summer before, it was so brutally isolating to have to walk into the dining hall everyday and scan tables of

experience, you commiserate and evolve together — more than you ever thought possible. Because eventually, Ithaca will become home, and you will find yourself mindlessly typing in 14853 as your home zip code during your compulsive online shopping phase. And soon after that, the faceless crowd you used to walk past in the dining halls become irreplaceable fixtures of your daily life. I want you to enjoy college without the terror and gravity I felt while checking off all these “firsts” in college. Despite your particularly risk-averse disposition, you will nervously try your first cigarette, pull your first excruciating all-nighter in Uris, and develop a myriad of unsustainable habits. I’m sure you will find professional guidance in your student organizations and drinking companions in a fraternity, but I hope you will spend just as much time with them as you do pursuing the outlandish and novel. I want you to feel what it’s like to join an acapella group called “The Mediocre Melodies,” as well as the sadness when they kick you out of the GroupMe for never showing up to rehearsal. Participate in rallies and protests, take courses in obscure departments and gather the nerve to ask out that pretty girl who sits next to you in that class. Because your time at Cornell has nothing to do with a degree, but everything to do with the remarkable people that comprise it. I’m so excited to spend my final year at Cornell with you. I’m so excited for you to finally meet Hoyin and Richard in person, for you to finally see the Knoll, for us to max out dad’s credit card at Temple of Zeus. However, despite all the things I can do for you, your time at Cornell will be messy, disappointing and laborious. But it is not something you experience for naught. It will be something you give for having to grow up. Love, Jason

Jason Jeong is a rising senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. He can be reached at jjeong@cornellsun.com.

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Pegah Moradi | All Jokes Aside

For Happiness, Stop Romanticizing

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couple of weeks ago, I was gazing out at Washington, D.C. from the roof of my friend’s apartment. A few friends and I had spontaneously decided to venture up the many flights of stairs to watch the sun set over the Potomac, the light ever so slightly powdering Georgetown with a touch of rouge. We leaned precariously over the edge, our arms dangling down and the wind whipping our hair in our faces. The air was heavy with humidity. We smelled rain. We didn’t know each other that well, having picked up some interesting personalities along the way, like a nineteen-year-old DJ from Germany who was in D.C. for a showcase. Someone with an acute sense of the vibes in that moment had the confidence to put on some Marvin Gaye. We pretended to be good dancers until it started drizzling and we decided it was time to take our impromptu party inside. Yeah, none of that happened. I spent my summer mostly pretending not to know the barista at Starbucks who went to my middle school and trying to get more Fitbit steps than my dad. My summer sure as hell wasn’t plucked from a John Green novel. I didn’t have wild adventures with my idiosyncratic friends, each of whom has a very specific quirk (e.g. Jessica Applebottom collects baby shoes and doesn’t use the letter “g.” She’s random and the main character is in love with her.) and I definitely didn’t meet any German teen D.J.s along the way. My summer was fun. It was also stressful and I cried in my car about not knowing anything about my job a few times. Crying about telecommunications is pretty pathetic, but dancing without a care in the world with Gerhard the D.J. sounds cool. It sounds like I’m both aloof and spontaneous, and that I’m making the most out of every moment by connecting with real people. I’m really living, and I’m living the life of a young, intriguing thinker: carefree, poet-

Delicately balancing aloofness while simultaneously trying for just the right pinch of candor is exhausting. ic, colored in soft pastels. Last year, I wrote my final column on being confined by collegiate coolness. After a summer refreshingly spent hanging out with my wonderfully uncool parents, I still stand by what I said: Delicately balancing aloofness while simultaneously trying for just the right pinch of candor is exhausting. It’s not worth the effort. It’s difficult, but more liberating, to attempt to find your authentic, comfortable self without toeing the line altogether. Instead, be vulnerable enough to fail, and fail hard. I also wrote that young adulthood, and college specifically, is the perfect time for this kind of vulnerability. The transience means audience costs are low; if someone thinks you’re stupid or weird or whatever it is you’re afraid of being, it really doesn’t matter. You will probably never see them after you get your degree. Vulnerability and authenticity come hand-in-hand, and young adults often incorrectly conflate them with romanticized scenes from a Fox Searchlight film or a Wombats music video. Vulnerability and authenticity come from shedding the idealism surrounding a supposedly cool young-adult experience. I am immediately suspicious of my sentimentalist classmates, the people who insist on living like a romanticized model of an intellectual or artist by reading Proust outside Goldwin Smith or laying in tall grass while playing the banjo and looking at the stars. This self-serious artistic lifestyle seems disingenuous to me. These wild adventures are never as spontaneous as they seem, and the volume of ex post reportage on said adventures only makes their authenticity more suspect. So, as 5,000 eighteen-ish-year-olds find themselves haphazardly plopped in the smelly dorms of North Campus with nothing but a lanyard and the opportunity to blaze their own trail, I suggest doing things you enjoy, rather than things you think you should enjoy in order to be a thinker or an artist or a whatever. Don’t delude yourself into thinking you’re not itchy in the tall grass from which you’re banjo-playing and stargazing because you think you need to have a carefree romanticized experience to truly live. Maybe you’ll meet Gerhard and have that romantic scene on the roof of an Arlington high rise, but you probably won’t without counterfeiting it. As you become a young adult, appreciate life as it develops organically; you’ll connect with people more deeply and do the things you’ll enjoy. When difficulties strip you of your rose-colored glasses, you’ll be fine. It’s the beauty of living as a realist: Life, sans romanticization, is truly wonderful and truly difficult. Appreciate it all, and never stop trying to be vulnerable and authentic on your own terms. Pegah Moradi is a rising senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. She can be reached at pmoradi@cornellsun.com.

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his semester seems to have gone by faster than I would have ever imagined. The last day of classes was in May and before I even know it, I was done with half of my college career. It only seems like a couple of months ago that I received my acceptance letter from Cornell and was frantically searching through YouTube videos to see what Cornell’s campus and dorms look like. While the plethora of videos and pamphlets provided a basic sense of what Cornell University is like — its stunning gorges, amazing dining hall food, diverse student population, freezing cold winters — very few described the student experience. I didn’t know what to expect from the high school-to-university transition or how students discover themselves through Cornell’s often academically and socially overwhelming climate. Here are some of the things that I have realized as a Cornell student and Ithaca resident of two years, as well as pointers I wish I had received before I began this journey. Cornell really is as beautiful and full of life as the “Glorious to View” online video conveys. The scenery is breathtaking (although it’s easy to forget when walking back from Uris Library after a long day of studying), the weather is amazing (only for the first couple of weeks), students are compassionate and zealous (before recruiting or prelim season begins), alumni are tremendously dedicated and willing to help (in all of my encounters). Students, faculty and staff really do come from all backgrounds — from students who have lived in Ithaca their entire life to professors who have traveled all over the world for research. Cornell’s name value is important. While it definitely shouldn’t be the deciding factor, you should know that a Cornell degree brings a great degree of trust to an employer or even someone you meet in a social setting. Some people even treat you differently if they know you’re a student at an Ivy League institution. I’m not telling you to develop some sort of elitist mindset. Just know that Cornell’s name value is something you simply can’t ignore for your life ahead. Don’t expect to be provided with resources here; you need to earn them yourself. One striking difference between Cornell and other universities based upon tight-knit residential systems is that Cornell can seem neglectful at times. Unlike Harvard where 98 percent

of the entire undergraduate population lives on-campus, you will soon realize that finding housing for the next school year is one of the most gruesome tasks you will face at Cornell. You could try praying to the West Campus gods to bestow upon you a good time slot for the housing lottery. If not, best of luck in finding a decent place near campus, since most of the reasonably priced (by Ithaca standards, $1,000 per month is a pretty great deal for two bedrooms in Collegetown) apartments for the next school year are already taken by upperclassmen in September. However, for most concerns, you will probably be able to find the right resources if you go to the right people and search at the right places. You’ll be expected to do the search on your own, but once you go through all of the hassle, you will be provided with what you need in almost all cases. Don’t buy into the myth of “finding your passion.” Not that it isn’t a good idea to do what you love, but almost all of the people I’ve met aren’t able to find what they’re passionate about in just a couple of years. I’ve even seen people who’ve wanted to become an investment banker since middle school change their minds in college. It’s ok to alter direction and experience as many things as you can, since you will never know what’s right if you don’t try it out. Instead of spending too much time ruminating on what path to choose, act upon it. Just try it out even if you don’t think it’s “your passion”; you never know what might suit you. Most importantly, don’t let others overwhelm you. The hundreds of corporate or club informational, networking or interview sessions can be intimidating and could even make you feel second-tier, but there lies no value in comparing yourself with others, really. In all honesty, I am also a culprit of having bought into the belief that I may be lesser than those who seem to excel at everything. Yet I have learned over the past few months that as hard as it is to keep ground and do my own thing, you just have to keep yourself busy with your own work and don’t let others overthrow your sense of being. Meet as many people as you can — only then will you realize that not everyone hopes to launch a career in finance, tech or consulting. DongYeon (Margaret) Lee is a rising junior in the ILR school. She can be reached at margaretlee@cornellsun.com.

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NAME: Robert Trent Jones GRADUATED: 1931 WHAT TO KNOW: While at Cornell, Jones took such disparate courses like landscape arch itecture, public speaking, agronomy, economics, surveying and hydraulics, to pursue a career as a golf course designer. Jones’ work on over 500 golf courses, including Montauk Downs, Augusta National and Cornell’s own Robert Trent Jones Golf Course, earned him a spot in the World Golf Hall of Fame. Jones’ courses have had an indelible effect on the modern game, encouraging risky play and emphasizing tasteful, original aesthetics.


NAME: Peter Eisenmann GRADUATED: B.Arch. 1955 WHAT TO KNOW: Incoming architecture students are sure to be aware of Eisenmann’s significant contributions to architecture. As one of the leaders of the deconstructivist movement, Eisenmann incited his fellow architects to liberate the form of their works from external references. His works range from convention centers (The Greater Columbus Convention Center) to memorials (The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe) and football stadiums (University of Phoenix Stadium).


NAME: Kurt Vonnegut GRADUATED: Dropped out in 1943 WHAT TO KNOW: If you attended any conventional American high school, odds are you’ve read one of Vonnegut’s works. The author of Cat’s Cradle and Slaughterhouse Five may have dropped out (to, nobly, join the Armed Forces in the Second World War), but he certainly made his mark as associate editor of The Sun, whose office is adorned with more than one of the late author’s quotes fondly recalling his time at the paper.

NAME: Greg Graffin GRADUATED: Ph.D. 1991 WHAT TO KNOW: Graffin came to musical prominence in the 1980s with hardcore pioneers Bad Religion, a group known for its politically charged, incisive lyrics and its wild live shows. As one of Bad Religion’s chief songwriters, Gaffin exhibited a musical sophistication rarely seen in hardcore punk. Graffin rounds himself out by being not only a rock and roll frontman, but also a professor of evolutionary biology and a political lecturer.

NAME: E.B. White GRADUATED: B.A. 1921 WHAT TO KNOW: White was as dynamic a writer as you could get. A long-time contributor to The New Yorker, White was also responsible for two classic children’s books, Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little. The former Sun editor in chief co-authored one of the definitive guides to English grammar, syntax and style, The Elements of Style, withWilliam Strunk.

NAME: Steve Reich GRADUATED: B.A. 1957 WHAT TO KNOW: Reich’s work as a composer is highly influential across many genres — artists like Sonic Youth, Brian Eno and Sufjan Stevens cite Reich as an influence. Reich’s usage of tape loops, minimalist instrumentation and repetition put him in an elite category of modern composers. Reich was awarded with the Pulitzer Prize for his Double Sextet in 2009.

NAME: Toni Morrison GRADUATED: M.A. 1955 WHAT TO KNOW: This American novelist, editor, professor and frequent guest speaker at Cornell is a literary tour de force. Best known for her novels Song of Solomon, The Bluest Eye, Sula and Beloved, Morrison has received numerous awards for her literary accomplishments, including a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for Beloved in 1988, a Nobel Prize for literature in 1993 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.

NAME: Huey Lewis GRADUATED: Dropped out in 1969 WHAT TO KNOW: A strong rock vocalis and a talented harmonica player, Huey Lewis, the frontman of Huey Lewis and the News,dominated 1980’s radio with his band’sthird album, Sports. Lewis also made appearances backing up Elvis Costello on My Aim Is True and playing harmonica on the legendary Thin Lizzy live album, Live and Dangerous.


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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.


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.


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.


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.


Cornell’s Artistic Legacy



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.


Before the world knew him as Superman and a philanthropist, Reeve starred in numerous Cornell theater productions.

Following a few notable feature-length 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.


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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Dining Guide

Your source for good food

Spencer’s Brunch Hall of Fame: Sunset Grill By SPENCER SIGALOW Sun Staff Writer

Congratulations! If you are reading this, odds are you or a loved one is starting their exciting adventure at Cornell University. That’s something to celebrate, unless Cornell was your safety school, in which case, I guess I’m sorry? Regardless, you’re here in Ithaca and are probably unsure of where to grab a bite to eat between your fifteen trips to Bed Bath & Beyond (who knew command strips and husband pillows were so expensive!). While my official major is Industrial

Sunset Grill has rightfully earned its spot atop my Ithaca Brunch Hall of Fame ... it is the ideal brunch destination. and Labor Relations, having spent the last three years at Cornell maturing my palate and experiencing the many diverse culinary offerings of Ithaca, I am unofficially double-majoring in brunch. In fact, I even started a brunch club with three of my closest friends. Therefore, based on my brunch expertise, I implore each and every one of you to try my all-time favorite diner to satisfy your breakfast or lunch cravings: Sunset Grill. I remember my first visit to this brunch

haven as if it were yesterday. I was visiting my brother at Cornell during admitted students weekend, and I’m fairly certain that Sunset was the most convincing reason for me to commit to Cornell. After a late night out enjoying all the festivities that Cornell nightlife has to offer, I was craving a hot cup of coffee and large serving of breakfast food. My brother loaded me into his car, drove me to this hidden gem and we feasted like kings. Needless to say, this has become an integral part of my weekend routine, as I now bring my friends, girlfriend, family and brunch club whenever the opportunity arises. Sunset Grill, located past the Commons and close to Ithaca College, is about a 15-minute drive from North Campus, but it’s definitely worth it. With an extensive and eclectic menu, there is certainly something on the menu for everyone, no matter how picky the eater! While I oftentimes opt for sunny-side up eggs, bacon and home fries (well-done), the buffalo chicken wrap is a safe bet for lunch. Some other favorites from my fellow brunch club members include the chicken caesar wrap, the veggie omelette and the bo burger. I’ve never had a bad meal here! Additionally, most menu items are very inexpensive; I never spend more than $12 on a full meal with a drink, pre-tip. Sunset is the perfect destination for any day, even during more crowded times like move-in or parents’ weekend. There is ample seating both inside the restaurant and on the scenic outdoor porch. The ambience is casual


and homey, creating a cozy vibe that is typical of a classic diner. Sunset can also accommodate larger parties, so don’t fear if you have a big family! Furthermore, the staff is always on top of their game, ensuring speedy service and quick turnaround time. Even if there is a line out the door, the wait won’t be more than ten minutes. All in all, Sunset Grill has rightfully earned its spot atop my Ithaca Brunch Hall

of Fame. With friendly staff, delicious and reasonably priced food and speedy service, it is the ideal brunch destination. Serves: Diner fare Vibe: casual, homey Price: $ Overall: ★★★★★ Spencer Sigalow can be reached at ssigalow@cornellsun.com.

Dear First-Years, Share a Meal By MURALI SARAVANAN Sun Staff Writer

According to Forbes magazine, Americans are eating alone more and more often. And from a practical viewpoint, it makes a lot of sense. Eating alone is efficient; you can finish quickly and attend to the next item on your to-do list. You

can even catch up on a TV show or watch sports highlights. Or if you’re really desperate, you can catch up on work. I know I have eaten alone and done all of the things I’ve listed. And to be honest, it kind of sucks. Eating alone makes me feel lonely and small. Every day, I notice plenty of people eating

lunch or dinner alone in the dining halls; it’s incredibly common here and at many other college campuses across the nation. Why? Well, let’s face it, eating with others is hard to do in college. With Cornell’s myriad of classes and extracurriculars, everyone has a different schedule. Although it can be hard to find the

time for it, sharing a meal with others can be one of the best ways to build a deeper relationship with the people around you. So, first-years, I strongly encourage you all to make the time in your schedule to share your meals with others, especially your professors! During the semester, some professors will invite students to get


a group meal with them. Not only is it usually casual and less stressful,

Sharing food helps you get to know someone better easily since food is a key part of a person’s identity. but you also get to learn about the unique experiences of your professors. I remember I once got dinner with a professor emeritus in the physics department and heard stories about how the department used to be in Newman Hall. The first few weeks of your first year here can be really tough and isolating, so don’t be afraid to ask people you’ve just met to grab a meal with you. Whether it’s lunch between classes or dinner after a club meeting, sharing a meal is a great way to make new acquaintances and build close friendships. People tend to be more relaxed during meals, which allows for great conversa-

tion to happen naturally. Plus, sharing food helps you get to know someone better easily since food is a key part of a person’s identity. Learning about the food they enjoy eating and making reveals a lot about someone’s background and upbringing, helping you to form a more meaningful friendship. As the years go on and you move away from dining hall food, keep setting time aside to share food with the people you care about. For example, a few friends and I decided to make time every month to get a meal together this year, regardless of prelims. I don’t see them on a day-to-day basis, so it’s nice to check in with each other. So far, every time we’ve gotten a meal together, our friendship grows stronger. We all have busy schedules, but it’s up to us to set aside time from work to establish and maintain the important bonds that will be remembered years after college. Murali Saravanan can be reached at msaravanan@cornellsun.com.

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Dining Guide

Cool Down With Ithacan Ice Cream By JACQUELINE QUACH Sun Dining Editor


While I believe that Cornell looks the most beautiful at the start of the fall semester, it’s also unbearably hot during that time. As a senior who’s already experienced three back-breaking, sweat-inducing move-in weekends, I recommend that you cool down by heading out for some ice cream, which is also an opportunity to explore the city of Ithaca. Below are three recommendations (in no particular order) for all you incoming freshmen and your families:

CORNELL DAIRY BAR 411 Tower Rd. (Stocking Hall)

If you want to stay on campus and still get some exceptional ice cream, then stop by Cornell Dairy Bar, which actually made a limited edition flavor of ice cream (“Big Red, White & Biden”) in honor of former Vice President and self-proclaimed ice cream fanatic Joe Biden, who was the Convocation speaker for Class of 2017. For the past 138 years, Cornell Dairy Bar has been creating ice cream from the university’s cows and currently offers 20 different flavors, some which you’ll notice are offered in our dining halls. If you want to have Cornell Dairy’s entire selection in front of you, then I recommend you pay a visit to Stocking Hall, within which the Dairy Bar is located. You definitely don’t need to drive a car or take the bus here, as it is located on campus and is about a 20-minute walk from North Campus. When you arrive at Stocking Hall, you’ll notice the large, white sculpture of a milk bottle out front. I’ve definitely tried all 20 flavors, and my favorites are Bavarian raspberry fudge and Kahlua fudge. What can I say? I love fudge. Bavarian raspberry fudge is “vanilla custard ice cream with old-fashioned fudge pieces and a raspberry swirl,” and reminds me of raspberry cheesecake. It’s smooth, and the little punches of raspberry and fudge complement each other. Kahlua fudge is “Kahlua ice cream with a chocolate fudge swirl.” Ezra’s morning cup, another Cornell Dairy Bar flavor, also has a coffee flavor, but I’d say Kahlua fudge is much stronger and thus satisfying. Because the Dairy Bar is located in the lobby of Stocking Hall, there’s plenty of seating around the shop. Moreover, Stocking Hall was renovated a few years ago, so the place has a casual and modern vibe, given its clean lines and all-white interior.

700 Cascadilla St.

Founded in 1936 by Cornell alum Leo Guentert, Purity Ice Cream may be located the farthest from campus of the three establishments in this list, but it has the greatest variety in terms of both flavors and products. Of their 34+ flavors of ice cream (some of which are vegan), my favorites are bulldog crunch, green tea and lucky monkey. According to their menu on Ithaca To Go, bulldog crunch is a “praline-flavored ice cream with caramel swirl and chocolate-covered pecan candies.” This may sound strange, but bulldog crunch is absolutely mouth-watering, even though it’s in liquid form. The caramel and praline flavors are very strong, but the pecans and chocolate balance that creaminess and sweetness with their crunchiness and slight bitterness. Green tea is much less sweet and made from “green tea powder blended with vanilla ice cream,” which I found slightly disappointing because I was hoping it’d be made with real green tea leaves. However, making green tea ice cream with just leaves is quite difficult and can result in a barely detectable flavor. Purity’s use of powder means you get a more concentrated flavor and sometimes there are bits of powder that bunch up together, which I’d liken to a swirl. Finally, lucky monkey is one of their new flavors. I’d liken it to Ben and Jerry’s Chunky Monkey — both have a banana ice cream base with chocolate bits mixed in, but Purity’s version is less sweet (and probably healthier). Besides ice cream, Purity offers frozen yogurt, pastries (cupcakes, pies, cookies and cakes), espresso and milkshakes. I’ve never tried any of these, but my best friend had one of their cupcakes and said it tasted absolutely delicious. Of my recommendations, Purity is also number one in the seating department. With abundant indoor and outdoor seating, Purity is extremely group-friendly, and its logo-covered decorations and booths give the space a relaxed, almost diner-like ambience. If you can’t find the time to make the drive or take a walk to Purity, no worries — Collegetown Bagels (everyone calls it CTB) usually has six differently flavored tubs of Purity’s ice cream towards the back.




200 W. Seneca St. 118 W. Green St. (Press Bay Alley) Another dessert staple of Ithaca’s food scene is Sweet Melissa’s (named after one of its founders), so much so that the company has recently opened a second location in Press Bay Alley that exclusively serves hard ice cream. Although Sweet Melissa’s has at least 12 flavors of hard ice cream, it doesn’t offer them all concurrently; they are served on rotation and vary from day to day. I haven’t tried all of them, but I am obsessed with their sweet cream flavor. When I asked an employee just what sweet cream was, he said it had a sort of vanilla flavor and is the base of all their ice cream flavors. While I could sense some vanilla, I’d say sweet cream tastes more like custard, eggnog or perhaps even crème brûlée. It’s very subtle, but in a way that keeps your taste buds on the edge and leaves you wanting more! I usually prefer hard ice cream with a lot of elements (like bulldog crunch from Purity), but the sweet cream

was just so refreshingly crisp that I wish I’d gotten another scoop. Its first and original location is hard to miss; painted in cobalt blue and pastel orange, the kiosk is situated next to Shortstop Deli, which is similarly designed. This Seneca St. location offers both soft serve (of which there are eight flavors) and hard ice cream, as well as flurries, shakes, floats, sundaes and slushies. So far, I’ve only tried their orange/vanilla twist soft serve, which is a combination of their orange sherbet and vanilla flavors. I was deciding between just orange sherbet and orange/vanilla twist, and I’m glad I opted for the latter because even combined with vanilla, the orange sherbet was too saccharine for me. Nonetheless, I plan on trying their other soft serve flavors during the fall semester, especially because The Sun’s office is located so close to both of their venues. Seating at both locations is entirely outdoor. There is just one table with four chairs at the Press Bay Alley branch, but the first location has a few picnic benches with umbrellas, which is ideal for summer outings.


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Football Moves Hoopers Drop Season Opener Into First Place Tie in the League BOEHEIM

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limited success early, Archer’s continued commitment to the ground game paid off and helped the Red keep Princeton’s offense off the field. Cornell won the time of possession battle, finishing with just under 33 minutes on offense compared to the Tigers’ 27. “We knew we had to go out there and execute,” said Banks, who played behind an offensive line that did not give up a sack. “We knew we were in the game the whole time, even when they jumped out early. We didn’t let that get us down and just stayed confident that we were going to get the win.” A rotation between Banks and senior Jake Jatis under center got the job done as well. Banks threw two interceptions — including one early in the third quarter — and it seemed Jatis had taken over for the night. The Princeton defense had no answers for Jatis’ dualthreat ability, as the senior converted on seemingly countless short yardage situations to keep the chains moving. But it was Banks’ turn to lead the team down the field on its final drive with under five minutes remaining, and he made sure his head coach did not regret his decision. Banks completed all six of his passes on that series and brought his team into field goal range. Banks finished the game 23 of 29 passing for 171 yards, while Jatis led the rushing attack with 61 yards on 12 carries, including a touchdown. After no gain on third down from the Princeton 26, Archer sent out Null to attempt the 43-yarder. His kick looked like it would have gone ten more yards if it needed to, and the Red had its first lead of the night. “It was a great feeling,” Banks said of leading his team on the game-winning drive. “Whatever it takes to get the ‘W.’ We had trouble running the ball when I was in, and we did a great job when [Jatis] was in. We both did our parts, and that’s what you need to do to win.” Princeton got the ball back with 48 seconds to go, but kicker Tavish Rice could not create the same magic as Null, shanking a 44-yarder that would have given Princeton the last second victory. A bit of bad news amid the pure bliss of a win of such magnitude on national television, junior running back Chris Walker went down with a non-contact right leg injury and had to be helped off the field. His status going forward is uncertain. “You hate to see one of your brothers go down tonight, but we had to stay focused and say we are going to do this for him,”

Banks said. “No better opportunity to go out there and do it for our brother.” Cornell moves to 3-1 in the Ivy League, tied for first place alongside Yale and Columbia. The Red has three games remaining and will look to continue its “Revenge Tour” at Dartmouth next Saturday. “We’ve known that we’ve had it this whole time, but we’re finally letting everybody else know that Cornell’s here,” Gesualdi said. “We know we’re not messing around, we’re ready to keep going.” Zachary Silver can be reached at zsilver@cornellsun.com. The Sun’s sports department can be reached at sports-editor@cornellsun.com.

Orange orchestrated a 16-4 run to open the second frame to build a 49-26 lead. And as Syracuse locked in and knocked down shots, Cornell began to panic, launching up multiple 3-pointers seconds into the shot clock instead of its more careful and calculated approach in the first half. “You just can’t replicate playing against Syracuse,” Earl said. “In general I think we had trouble adjusting to the magnitude of the opponent and in particular the way they guard.” Aside from Boeheim, junior Matt Morgan provided the only other consistent stream of scoring throughout the night. The guard totaled 14 points on 33 percent shooting to go with two assists and three rebounds. “He’s been in big games and it’s nothing new to him,” Earl said. “He didn’t have the wideeyed glare that most of our team had. He’s capable of making plays

and performing at that level.” While Morgan has played in other big games, several of the Red’s players were making their debuts and had to do so in the Carrier Dome against a talented, well-coached team. “It’s a jarring experience,” Earl said of new guys getting their first taste of college basketball against Syracuse. “Jimmy made a couple of shots, but I think in general, we had a problem just adjusting to this magnitude of opponent.” After earning the surprise nod to start, Boeheim showed poise playing in his first ever game at the collegiate level. Prior to the game, the forward was expected to be a sixth man off the bench. “I was in the first unit in the last few days of practice, but I didn’t know I was starting until [Coach Earl] told me today,” said Boeheim, who was greeted with cheers when announced as a starter. “The first few minutes I was a little nervous, but after the first possession, it felt like any other game.”

While it is just any other game, Earl is quick to point out how unique Syracuse is amongst its other opponents. In terms of arena, style of play and size of players, the Orange is an outlier on the Red’s 2017-18 schedule. “Frankly we’re not going to be playing another team these like this again, so we’ll try to move past it,” Earl said. “We play Binghamton next and they play a more traditional man-to-man.” Despite the loss, some praise from the second winningest coach in NCAA Division I men’s basketball history should go a long way in helping move past the loss. “I think Cornell is good, I think they’re going to be better than last year,” the elder Boeheim said. “They had trouble with our defense, but their man-to-man offense is very good and difficult to play against.” Joshua Zhu can be reached at jzhu@cornellsun.com. The Sun’s sports department can be reached at sports-editor@cornellsun.com.

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Lawsuit Dropped After Coach Paid for ‘Contract Breach’ By NICHOLAS BOGELBURROUGHS and ZACHARY SILVER

Sun City Editor and Sun Senior Editor

A previous version of this story was published September 22. Cornell University has dropped its lawsuit against former head football coach Richard Kent Austin after he paid more than $100,000 for terminating his contract early, court documents show. Austin, a quarterback-turned-coach, left Ithaca in December of 2012 — with two years remaining on a fiveyear, $1.4-million contract — to manage the Hamilton TigerCats in the Canadian Football League. Austin’s contract with the University, filed as an exhibit in New York State Supreme Court in Tompkins County, shows a provision that required him to pay a penalty if he left East Hill early. Cornell sued Austin on Aug. 29, 2017, saying the former coach, who is now a vice president of the Ontario team, never paid the penalty and owed the University $100,000 plus 9 percent interest and court fees. At a press conference the day after The Sun broke news of the lawsuit, Austin said that the issue had been “resolved,” and was “not an issue,” although he declined to tell reporters how it had been resolved. “That was something that has been in process for a long time, but it’s completely resolved,” Austin said. “That story — you’ve got to be careful what you read.” Since the suit was filed, court documents indicate, Austin paid more than $100,000 to settle the claim. The University dropped its suit on Sept. 12, 2017, saying in court that, “upon full payment of the claim,” Cornell “voluntarily discontinues,” its lawsuit. Court filings indicate that Athletic Director Andy Noel, in 2012, told Austin he could wait to pay the penalty until he sold a house in Cayuga Heights that the coach had purchased for $630,000, deeds show. But, three years later, in December 2015, a lawyer for Cornell said the “obligation must be resolved now.” Nelson E. Roth, in the Dec. 17, 2015, letter, said that if Austin could not sell the Cayuga Heights house, he would have to find another way to fulfill the terms of his contract with Cornell and pay the fee. Austin emailed Noel later that day and asked if there was anything his former boss could do to help. “It has NEVER been my intention to avoid this obligation and you know that there is no way for me to pay this obligation without selling the house at a value to make this work,” Austin said in email to Noel, according to court documents. “Since it has now gone to the Special Counsel, is this out of your hands com-

pletely?” Noel has “sole discretion” to waive the $100,000 penalty, according to the contract, and apparently chose not to do so. An Athletics Department spokesperson declined to comment on the matter. Cornell filed the suit last month, more than a year after Austin sold his home in April 2016 for the same price he paid, $630,000. The buyer, listed on the deed as HTCFC, Inc., appears to be a parent company for the owner of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats — Austin’s current team. HTCFC, Inc., aside from having the same initials as the football club, is a North Carolina business corporation formed in 2003 whose president is Robert Young, owner of the Ontario team, according to documents filed with the North Carolina Secretary of State. Less than eight months after purchasing Austin’s house, HTCFC sold it at a $170,000 loss to a Florida man, deeds show. Lindsey Hadlock, a Cornell spokesperson, declined to comment on the case, responding to an inquiry from The Sun sent to Valerie Cross Dorn, Cornell’s lead attorney in the suit, and John McKain, associate vice president for communications. Austin did not respond to emails requesting comment. Hadlock said in August of last year that Cornell was looking forward “to a judicial resolution of this contract breach.” The suit against Austin came during a rough news week for the former Ole Miss gunslinger. Days before Cornell filed suit, Austin had a hand in his Canadian team’s hiring, and then removal, of former Baylor head coach Art Briles. While Briles was at Baylor, the university was found to have mishandled sexual assault allegations against some football players, leading to his eventual exit. After a “lengthy discussion” with the league, the Tiger-Cats decided on Aug. 28 not to bring Briles onboard. Under Austin’s tenure, which began in January 2010, Cornell’s football team won 11 games and lost 19. Upon leaving Cornell for the Ontario position in 2012, Austin said “Cornell is a special place with very special people, and I will miss them all.” At Ole Miss, Austin set the school record for career passing yards, which was later broken by several players, including Eli Manning, now the quarterback for the New York Giants. Austin’s brief career in the NFL included one attempted pass for the then-St. Louis Cardinals in 1986, the year the team selected him 312th overall in the NFL Draft. Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs can be reached at nbogel@gmail.com and Zachary Silver can be reached at zsilver@cornellsun.com.

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Graboyes Holds On to Win Princeton Women’s Invitational With 18th Hole Birdie Ice Hockey By TIM MORALES Sun Staff Writer

A previous version of this story was published April 9. A hot start for Cornell in the 12-team Princeton Invitational fizzled on day two, but senior Mike Graboyes shined individually for the Red at Springdale Golf Club in April. The two-day, 36-hole tournament was highlighted by an individual win by Graboyes and a team score of 576, good enough for a tie with Princeton for fourth place. The Red showed promise after the first day, posting a tournament-best score of 283, led by Graboyes’ 66, good for 5-under par and the best round of the entire tournament. Starting on hole 10, Graboyes went 5-under on the back nine with birdies on holes 10,12,13,15 and 18. “The back nine is really gettable at Springdale,” Graboyes said. “I hit two really good shots the first day to an inch, but besides that I was taking advantage of the short holes — playing aggressive when I saw an opportunity and laying back if I deter-

mined it wasn’t a smart play.” Graboyes then went on shoot an even 35 on the front and he and the Red sat comfortably in first place. The same couldn’t be said for day two, as the Red shot a 293, a full 10 strokes worse than day one. “It’s hard to tell from the scoreboard, but conditions were way tougher the second round,” Graboyes said. “That, combined with holding the lead overnight, made the second day a grind.” With the team’s struggles on the second 18, the Red fell a full three positions to a tie for fourth, but Graboyes was able to keep focus and hold onto his lead with a 1-under 70 on day two. “Historically this course has low numbers out there,” he said. “So despite the cold conditions, I knew I couldn’t just coast in the last 27 holes. I had the same exact strategy the entire weekend but that first stretch, everything seemed to fall into place and gave me a ton of confidence the rest of the way.” Able to fend off a valiant push by Yale’s James Nicholas, who posted his own 66 on

the second day, Graboyes knew he needed a birdie on the 18th to seal the victory. “On 18, I was surprised to see I was tied and needed a birdie,” he said. “So instead of laying up, I hit a driver that from 305 [yards] landed three feet from the pin and rolled out to 60 feet, which I was able to two-putt for the win.” Graboyes felt it was his success off the tee that led him to come out on top. “[The best part of my game was] definitely my driving,” he said. “Generally, when I hit well off the tee it loosens up the rest of my game and that’s exactly what happened this weekend. I was never in trouble or scrambling because of how well I was driving it on a short course.” On a short course that played only 6,424 yards, Graboyes was able to simply out-drive the competition, reaching the par-4 sixth and 18th greens off the tee on the final day. “Hole 6 was about 290 [yards] uphill and downwind and I crushed a driver perfectly and it went to 15 feet for eagle,” he said. Tim Morales can be reached at tmorales@cornellsun.com.

Scores Ivy League Title By SMITA NALLURI Sun Staff Writer

A previous version of this story was published Frbruary 12. It was a fun late-season weekend for the Cornell women’s hockey team. In an action-packed weekend homestand, the Red claimed its second consecutive Ivy League title with a victory over Yale on Friday and celebrated its senior day the following day. Cornell put up a pair of decisive victories to show why it deserved to be champs, defeating the Bulldogs by a score of 4-0 and downing the Bears by a score of 6-1. Cornell (17-7-3, 13-5-2 ECAC) donned purple beanies in its game against Yale (9-13-4, 7-10-2 ECAC) in honor of the Do It For Daron Foundation, which promotes mental health awareness in young adults. A goal from freshman forward Maddie Mills off of an assist from sophomore linemate Kristin O’Neill 5:14 into the first period got the ball rolling for Cornell. The Red then dominated the Bulldogs offensively, scoring three more times before the end of the match and outshooting Yale 50-10. Junior goalkeeper Marlene Boissonnault recorded her fifth shutout of the season — the third most in program history and currently fifth most in the country. “Going into the weekend we knew the Ivy Championship was on the line,” said junior forward Diana Buckley. “There was only one thing on our mind and that was securing the trophy for another year. I think we played well in both games and sent a message to the entire ECAC that we aren’t satisfied with just an Ivy Championship.” Cornell put an exclamation point on its title by skating past Brown easily the following day. “After the win on Friday, we wanted to put a stamp on the Ivy title by beating Brown and sending a message to the other Ivies that we really deserved to be [the conference champions],” said junior forward Pippy Gerace. Boissonnault also recorded 11 saves on the day, while freshman goalkeeper, Lindsay Browning, recorded two after coming in to relieve Boissonnault during the third period. “It was very good to see our team generating scoring from several other players,” Gerace said. “That is something that will be crucial heading into the playoff stretch.” Saturday afternoon also marked the last home game of the regular season for the Red and was an opportunity to honor the three seniors who have left their mark on the program — Knee, Erin O’Connor and Brianna Veerman. See CHAMPIONSHIP page 37

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Red Shocks Princeton in Upset, Takes 1st in Ivy

Last-minute field goal clinches upset victory as the Red soars to the top of the pack By ZACHARY SILVER and SUN STAFF Sun Senior Editor and Sun Staff

A previous version of this story was published on October 30, 2017. Two kicks, separated by one yard and 37 seconds, are what defined the biggest win for Cornell football in recent history, eradicating the demons from a 56-7 loss to Princeton at home last year. “I can’t watch this,” junior quarterback Dalton Banks told himself as Princeton’s Tavish Rice lined up for a 44-yard kick, just half a minute after Cornell’s Nickolas Null sunk a 43-yarder to give his team the lead. But after two timeouts to ice the Princeton kicker, Banks picked his head up to see Rice’s kick shank to the left, securing another victim in the team’s coined “Revenge Tour.” “This is gonna sound crazy, but I just knew it was going to happen,” said head coach David Archer ’05. “I just knew we were going to win.” With the Princeton Stadium floodlights shining and the NBC cameras rolling, Cornell did what many thought was impossible; the team upset Princeton, 29-28, thanks to a last minute field goal from Null, the sophomore punter and backup kicker, making 56-7 last year a distant memory. “It was unreal,” Banks said. “He made a great kick. … That was an all-around

great team win.” Null, the starting punter who has filled in at kicker after junior Zach Mays went down with an injury against Brown, was 3-3 on field goals on the night and 2-2 on extra points. “The guy’s got ice in his veins, and he’s just such a class kid,” Archer told NBC Sports after the game. “He kicks the winning field goal and then he comes over to me and he says, ‘Hey thanks for recruiting me.’” Cornell, picked to finish last in the Ivy preseason polls, now sits tied for first place in the Ancient Eight with wins over the two preseason favorites — Princeton and Harvard — already on its resume. “It’s just validating a belief that I had … and that my staff had,” Archer said. “You start to see the manifestation of that belief.” Princeton, the top scoring offense in the Ivy league, flexed its muscles in the first half and took a 21-10 lead into halftime, reminiscent of last year’s demolishing of the Red. Tiger quarterback Chad Kanoff had no trouble finding open receivers and led his team to nearly 300 yards of offense in the first two quarters. But the Red’s defense, ranked No. 1 in total defensive yards, buckled down and limited the Tigers to just one touchdown in the final 30 minutes. “[Our coaching staff] made some


Big stage | With NBC broadcasting the game on national television, the Red was able to pull off its upset win against the Ivy League’s number one offense.

great adjustments at halftime,” Archer said. “They did a few different things because Princeton reacted to our initial gameplan and they changed it up and the kids executed it.” “Once the jitters calmed down, and our defensive coordinator made a bunch of great corrections, we went out there and did what we needed to do,” said senior safety Nick Gesualdi, who snagged

an interception to set up Cornell’s first score of the day. As has been the gameplan for much of the season, the Red stayed true to the run and moved the ball effectively throughout the game, finishing the night with 163 yards on the ground with contributions coming across the board. Despite See FOOTBALL page 31

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Going dancing | After downing Dartmouth, the Red waited anxiously as Yale downed Princeton in overtime. By JOSHUA ZHU Sun Senior Writer

A previous version of this story was published on March 5. Lady Luck certainly shined upon Cornell men’s basketball on March 2. Following that Friday’s overtime loss in a crucial game to Harvard, the Red (12-15, 6-8 Ivy) headed into its season closer against Dartmouth (7-20, 3-11) without control of its own destiny on the final day of conference play. Yet, fate smiled upon Cornell as all the chips fell into place — the squad downed Dartmouth in an 86-75 decision, while rivals Princeton and Columbia lost their final matches to Yale and Harvard respectively — to clinch its first-ever Ivy postseason tournament berth. “We’re obviously excited to get into the tournament, and it was such a strange way to get into the tournament

with the help of our friends [Yale and Harvard],” said head coach Brian Earl. “We played well today … and I can’t imagine what the guys are feeling right now.” With a Harvard win against Columbia earlier in the night, the Red was forced to wait for Yale to squeeze out a 94-90 overtime victory over Princeton following its own game before it could officially punch its ticket to the Ivy postseason. “We had the game on the TV in overtime … and cheering for a Yale jersey was a surreal moment that I had never imagined,” said captain Jordan Abdur-Ra’oof ’18, “It still seems unreal … and I’m just really hoping I’ll still be able to wear my Cornell jersey for the next few weeks.” A dominant all-around performance helped the Red pull out the win against a Dartmouth team that refused to go away despite several Cornell runs.

Five players scored in double figures as Cornell ran its classic Princeton offense to perfection down the stretch. As a whole, the squad shot an efficient 63 percent from the field and hit nine 3-pointers. “It was definitely the team effort and huge stops that helped us down the stretch,” said senior captain Kyle Brown. “We’ve also been working on cutting, screening and passing at the right times, and today it all came together at the right times.” Juniors Matt Morgan and Jack Gordon led the Red each with 16 points apiece. Junior Steven Julian and sophomore Josh Warren each added another 11 points, and junior Stone Gettings rounded out scoring with 10. The Cornell reserves also played a key role, as the Red had 43 bench points in the high-scoring affair. A final late-game push extended the squad’s lead back to double digits with just over two minutes remaining, and safely secured a victory. In clinching a postseason berth, the Red secures a date with top-seeded Harvard in the first round of the conference tournament. In its two previous two matchups, Cornell fell to the Crimson by close margins of 76-73 and 98-88. “We know Harvard’s very good, we’ve already played them tight twice now, so we just have to figure out a couple things to get across the finish line,” Earl said. “We excited that we won and that we’re in, but we’re also very excited to get to work … and get another shot at Harvard.” The Red faced off against the Crimson at the Palestra in Philadelphia on March 10 at 12:30 p.m. Joshua Zhu can be reached at jzhu@cornellsun.com.

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A previous version of this story was published on November 10. SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said before Friday night’s game that he wanted his son to play well but for his team to get the win. He certainly got his wish. With his dad coaching from the opposing sidelines, Cornell freshman forward Jimmy Boeheim totaled 11 points and five rebounds. His first possession 3-pointer gave Cornell men’s basketball an early lead but Syracuse pulled away fast, issuing the Red a 77-45 loss on college basketball’s opening night. “You hope your son does well, but you don’t really focus on that and just focus on the game,” the elder Boeheim said after the game. “I did think he did a good job of getting a foot forward — it’s hard to do that against our defense.” The vaunted Syracuse 2-3 zone visibly bothered Cornell throughout the night, forcing contested shots and numerous turn-

overs. Cornell finished the game shooting 25 percent from the field and coughed up the ball 15 times. “You just can’t prepare for [the zone],” said Cornell head coach Brian Earl. “You can give them an idea of how long, how athletic, how fast they close out on passes that might be open, but you just can’t prepare for it.” While the offense struggled to penetrate the zone, the Red did keep Syracuse’s offensive threats in check in the first half. Defense has been one of Earl’s focuses in his second year as head coach, especially since last season, the Red ranked No. 7 in the league in scoring defense and allowed opponents to connect on 46 percent of their shots. On Friday, Cornell held Syracuse to just 33 points on 31 percent shooting in the first half, allowing the Red to head into the locker room down 11 points — well within striking range. That wouldn’t last for long. From the opening whistle of the second half, Syracuse began flexing its muscles. The See BOEHEIM page 31

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Fourth-Quarter Goal Leads Big Red to Victory Over Syracuse By DYLAN McDEVITT Sun Sports Editor

A previous version of this story was published May 13. SYRACUSE — As the clock was winding down in the third quarter of the first round of the NCAA tournament between Cornell men’s lacrosse and Syracuse, junior attack Clarke Petterson fired his fourth tally of the game to tie the contest at eight. The goal capped off what was a game-long comeback for Cornell, who trailed by as much as three goals and was never able to take a lead until Petterson scored his fifth — making it 9-8 with 11:47 to play in the fourth. “I think I was mainly benefitting off my teammates dodging hard … I don’t think I had any dodges to score,” Petterson said. “I think that’s just a credit to how hard my team has been working to make the defense rotate and I was just there. I was the open guy. I was just trying to do my job to finish the ball.” The Red (13-4, 6-2 Ivy League) ultimately defeated the Orange (8-7, 4-1 Atlantic Coast), 10-9, in what was an intense, down-to-the-wire showdown that had fans of both teams on their feet until the end. “That was a great win for our team right now trying to compete with the best teams in the country, trying to play the best version of Big Red lacrosse we can,” said interim head coach Peter Milliman. It was not the greatest of games for Cornell statistically speaking. The Orange dominated the faceoffs and ground balls while also outshooting the Red 37-34. “[Syracuse is] really good in those scramble situations,” Milliman said. “They had handful of those type of plays and that’s what gives them life, so we needed to find a way to clamp down on those more than anything.” The opening quarter of the game was an entirely back-and-forth period. Syracuse struck first just 49 seconds into the game on an unassisted tally from Tucker Dordevic. But Cornell answered back less than a minute later on a goal from senior midfielder Jordan Dowiak. From there, the teams would trade goals twice more before entering the first break tied at three. “I think the [Carrier] Dome is one of the greatest places to play that’s why Syracuse plays so well in here,” Petterson said. “It’s so hard to beat them in here as well.”


Goals | The Cornell men’s lacrosse team made a comeback during the NCAA tournament to beat Syracuse in the fourth quarter. As the second quarter wore on, Cornell made some costly turnovers and defensive mistakes that allowed Syracuse to go up by three. But the Red proved its resilience, clawing back to enter halftime trailing by just one and using a strong defensive third quarter to keep the game tight, ultimately leading to Petterson’s equalizer. “[Syracuse is] really athletic in the midfield and that can pose a pretty big challenge defensively,” Milliman said. “You’ve got to slide a lot. A lot of it is understanding the spacing and your environment.” The Orange pulled a defensive strategy not unfamil-

“This fall was hard, really having to look in the mirror and .. I think the coaches id a great job getting us on track.” Jake Pulver ’18 iar to Cornell’s coaching staff. Syracuse’s top defender, Nick Mellen, was tasked with holding off sophomore attack Jeff Teat. Mellen was successful in his endeavors, holding Teat to just one point, but the strategy may have backfired on Syracuse head coach John Desko. Locking off Teat allowed Cornell to employ a five-onfive set, leaving extra space for Petterson and the others to work free of their opponent’s top long pole player. “One of the important things for us to do is stay within the offense that we run, and continue to work the defense,” Milliman said. “Don’t get impatient, don’t try too hard to get it to Jeff.” Senior goaltender Christian Knight came away with eight saves, including some vital ones down the stretch that helped backstop the Cornell defense’s game-saving final quarter. “Honestly, I think part of it was Christian making

adjustments in his game and what he was doing, what he was seeing,” Milliman said. “A lot of those adjustments have to be in game and I think Christian was really good at making some of those adjustments.” In the end, Cornell was able to hold off the Orange — making an offensive push right down to the final buzzer. “When our offense needed our defense to carry us, [the defense] did, when our defense needed our offense to score a big one they did,” Milliman said. “I could not be prouder of the effort from our guys today.” But the unsuccessful final push was not without dramatic flair. Senior defenseman Jake Pulver laid a big hit on Syracuse’s Nate Solomon with just seconds on the clock. The play drew a flag from the officials, but the clock expired before Cornell could touch the ball and allow the penalty to take effect. “I just tried to approach hot on him, I knew I probably wanted to get it to his right hand,” Pulver said. “When the ball was on the ground I knew there wasn’t much time left so I just tried to keep it on there.” The win secures a place for Cornell in the NCAA quarterfinals in Annapolis where it will face No. 1 seeded Maryland at noon next Sunday for a chance to advance to the Final Four. It’s the first time Cornell has been this far in the national playoffs since it advanced to Championship Weekend in 2013. “It’s awesome [to get to this point], I’ve got to credit Coach Milliman really,” Pulver said. “This fall was hard, really having to look in the mirror and think … I think the coaches did a great job getting us on track. After that, it was a matter of having everyone buy in and it started with my senior class.” Jack Kantor ’19 contributed reporting to this story. Dylan McDevitt can be reached at dmcdevitt@cornellsun.com

Senior Makes Cornell Women’s Tennis History Women’s Hockey Wins By CAROLINE KLEINER Sun Staff Writer

A previous version of this story was published April 30. For the first time in Cornell women’s tennis’ 46-year history, senior captain Priyanka Shah became the first player to earn first team All-Ivy in both singles and doubles play. “When I first learned I won AllIvy in singles and doubles I was really happy and proud of myself,” Shah said. “But when I heard I was the first woman in Cornell women’s tennis history, I was in complete shock.” Shah ended her Ivy season 3-4 in singles play. Two of those singles victories came in the last two conference matches against Yale and Brown. “My most memorable singles match [this season] was against Brown,” Shah said. “It was my last match representing Cornell and I just thought, ‘I’m going to win this.’ I ended up winning and ending my career with a 6-1, 6-2 win over a great player.” Shah and doubles partner Ananya

Dua ended Ivy play with a 4-2 record, promoting both players to first-team All-Ivy in doubles. “When I heard the news, I was ecstatic because it’s amazing to see how far we had come as a doubles team this season, and how our team chemistry powered us through the tough matches,” Dua said. Shah recalled the pair’s triumph over a nationally ranked duo from Princeton as her season’s favorite moment. “They’re nationally ranked, so they’re the biggest win we had all season,” Shah said. “It was great to get that momentum and energy so we really knew we were right in it with the big teams.” Head coach Mike Stevens expressed nothing but pride for Shah’s recent successes. “From the first day of her freshman year to the last match of her senior year, she just excelled in everything she did work ethic-wise,” coach Stevens said. “Our motto as a team is to get one percent better everyday and she did well beyond that.” Earning All-Ivy honors is a decision made by all Ivy League coach-

es — and Shah was unanimously chosen to receive the honor for both singles and doubles. “For All-Ivy, you have to excel in standards including sportsmanship, grit and record,” Shah said. “A lot of it comes down to how composed you are and how much you fight. A coach is going to appreciate that even if they’re not your coach.” After serving as captain for the past two years — including leading the squad to an Ivy League title in 2017 — Shah’s graduation will leave a major hole in tennis’ roster next year. “Replacing our seniors this year, both Madison [Stevens] and Priyanka is not something you look to do,” Coach Stevens said. “They’ve both been tremendous for this program for the last four years and irreplaceable in their own respect.” “I’ve had the most amazing four years,” Shah said. “To compete and [earn All-Ivy honors] for myself and the school is an absolutely incredible feeling that still gives me goosebumps.” Caroline Kleiner can be reached at ckleiner@cornellsun.com.

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“I am so happy for our seniors to win the Ivy Championship on their senior weekend,” said head coach Doug Derraugh ’91. “That will be something they will always cherish. This senior class has been a real pleasure to coach. They have been great teammates and leaders. They are not just good hockey players but great people. We will certainly miss them next year.” Though this was the last time the seniors would play at Lynah during the regular season, the team is crossing its fingers that it will get a chance to play in front of a home crowd

during the playoffs. “To be honest it hasn’t really hit me that it was the last [home game],” Knee said. “I think it’s because I still feel like we have more hockey to go. I’m just focused on the weekends to come.” Looking ahead, Derraugh said road tests will be important for his squad. “We need to learn to play as well on the road as we have at home,” Derraugh said. “We also want to be at the top of our game heading into the playoffs, so we want to keep improving in all areas of our game.” Smita Nalluri can be reached at snalluri@cornellsun.com.

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Men’s Hockey Makes Noise With Playoff Performance Stifling defense propels number 2 men’s hockey to Lake Placid match through Red’s sweep of Quinnipiac By RAPHY GENDLER Sun Assistant Sports Editor


Placid-bound | Senior captain Alex Rauter, pictured above, and his team faced a tougher Quinnipiac squad on Saturday, a night after a 9-1 annihilation of the Bobcats, but blocked shots, timely penalty killing and Matt Galajda’s ninth shutout of the season powered Cornell to a hard-earned game two victory.

No. 2 men’s hockey handily obliterates Quinnipiac in opening match-up of quarterfinal competition full of energy tonight and it paid off.” Cornell took a five-goal lead 11:16 into the second period, when Vanderlaan’s second tally of the A previous version of this story was published March game made it 6-1 in favor of Cornell. At that point, Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold had decided to pull 12. It was a bloodbath at Lynah Rink in game one of his starting netminder, Keith Petruzzelli, in favor of Josh Mayanja. the ECAC quarterfinals. Mayanja found no luck against the potent Cornell Of Cornell hockey’s 18 skaters, 14 had at least one point as the Red demoralized Quinnipiac by a score offense either, and when the second intermission finally provided the Bobcats with a much-needed of 9-1 to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series. “I think our guys were pretty focused through- break in play, the Red had potted six goals in the out the course of the night,” said head coach Mike frame and sported a 9-1 lead. One of the Red’s most successful groups was its Schafer ’86. “They did a lot of things that we talked fourth line of senior Jared Fiegl, Starrett and sophabout going into the weekend.” Junior defenseman Alec McCrea, the newly-mint- omore Jeff Malott. The group posted three goals on ed ECAC defenseman of the year, kicked things the night — two by Starrett and one by Malott — while Feigl added a pair off for Cornell just 1:47 of assists. into the first period. “Guys were rolling,” The Bobcats tied it up “We have to keep our legs going, keep on a power play goal working them and finishing checks and Starrett said. “We have keep our legs going, by Tanner MacMaster keep that going for a full 60 minutes.” to keep working them and not long thereafter, but finishing checks and that would be all for the Beau Starrett ’19 keep that going for a Quinnipiac scoresheet. full 60 minutes of the Cornell took the lead once more on a goal from senior forward Alex Rauter game and we’ll be successful.” Entering the game, Quinnipiac had found great and never looked back, steamrolling its opponent goal after goal. The Red added another goal with success on the power play towards the end of the under a minute left in the first to take a 3-1 lead into regular season, scoring a goal on 25.8 percent of its extra-man opportunities in the month of February. the intermission. In his first game back from a month of injury, Cornell successfully killed 4 of 5 penalties to keep the junior forward Mitch Vanderlaan scored twice to Bobcats at bay. “[Quinnipiac has] always had great special teams,” help his team take a commanding victory. “I felt good physically,” Vanderlaan said. “First Schafer said. “We knew that they are definitely a team game in a while, there were some jitters, but got those you don’t want to get into a special teams war with.” In the third period, which saw no further scoring, out pretty quick.” Schafer spoke highly of the return of his star for- Schafer subbed out starting goaltender freshman Matt Galajda in favor of senior Hayden Stewart, who ward and the impact that it had on the team. “[Vanderlaan] is our captain and a leader,” he said. had started the last game of the regular season after Cornell had clinched the No. 1 seed in the ECAC “I thought he set the tone.” It seemed like the first time in ages that Cornell playoffs. “[We’re] thinking about tomorrow night [March turned in a healthy line sheet after several players had been sidelined with various injuries in the final weeks 9th],” Schafer said. “Both teams understand it’s a series, and trying to keep guys fresh for the next of the regular season. “It was definitely helpful to have some guys back,” game.” Cornell is now one win away from reaching said junior forward Beau Starrett. “It helps seeing [Vanderlaan] work because he’s one of the players to ECAC Championship weekend at Lake Placid. If the team can get the job done on Saturday, the Red will … lead by example.” Cornell seemed to benefit from the bye week that make its second consecutive trip to the conference it had earned after securing the conference’s top seed, semifinals. “We’re going to definitely look to finish the series allowing some much-needed rejuvenation. “I felt like the week off gave us some jump to our [March 10th],” Vanderlaan said. “But we’re not legs and got some guys healthy that had been in and focusing on the end goal; we’re just going to take it shift by shift.” out of the lineup,” Schafer said. The Red’s first chance to finish the series was What’s more, the week off also seemed to present an opportunity for the team as a whole to get some March 12th when the teams squared off for game two rest and enter the playoffs ready to roll — evident in at 7 p.m. at Lynah. its nine-goal performance. “I think the bye week gave everybody on the team Dylan McDeviit can be reached at some fresher legs,” Vanderlaan said. “So everyone was dmcdevitt@cornellsun.com. By DYLAN McDEVITT Sun Sports Editor

A previous version of this story was published March 12. Just 24 hours after a ninegoal thrashing of Quinnipiac, Cornell men’s hockey earned a much closer victory against the Bobcats to secure a two-game sweep and earn a trip to the ECAC Championship weekend in Lake Placid. After subjecting Quinnipiac to a throttling 9-1 victory in game one, it didn’t come nearly as easily on March 10th, but Cornell men’s hockey dispatched the Bobcats in two games after earning a 2-0 victory in game two. Freshman goaltender Matt Galajda’s ninth shutout, key shot-blocking and some clutch Cornell penalty killing were the keys in a Red victory. An overall dominant performance by the nation’s best defense did the job in securing victory in a game that at one point looked to be getting away from a squad that entered the game 18-0-0 in contests when it led after two periods. “I just try to battle through traffic [and] see some pucks,

“We knew it was going to be intense and competitive ... we came to play and we were ready to compete.” Alex Rauter ’18 but I owe it all to the guys,” Galajda said. “They were blocking shots everywhere tonight on the penalty kill and they did an unbelievable job.” In the third period, the Red, clinging to a 1-0 lead, faced its greatest test of the series — and maybe the season. Junior forward Anthony Angello was assessed a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct, which carried with it an ejection. The Red killed the penalty, without its top scorer. “Our guys gutted it out and blocked a lot of shots,” said head coach Mike Schafer ’86. “ We know that playing Quinnipiac they’ve got a tremendous power play … [Our players] sacrificed themselves and blocked a lot of shots to keep them off the board.” After mustering just one shot on goal in the first period, Cornell struck quickly in the second as senior forward and captain Alex Rauter buried a rebound. “[Quinnipiac] did exactly what we thought they would do,” Schafer said. “They came out, they played hard, they played physical. They’re a very prideful team and we knew that’s what was going to happen.”

Freshman forward Kyle Betts assisted on both Cornell goals. Rauter put a rebound of Betts’ shot past Quinnipiac goaltender Keith Petruzzelli for the game’s first goal, and Vanderlaan buried one from Betts in the third. “The second period we knew we wanted to come out a little harder, and it was huge that we got that goal,” Rauter said. “Kyle Betts made a great play coming down the wing … it was a great momentum boost for sure.” Vanderlaan left Quinnipiac’s Nick Jermain face-down on

“Whenever we face adversity we kind of rise to the challenge, and the penalty killers did a great job.” Alex Rauter ’18 the ice after a big hit near the Cornell blue line and was called for a game misconduct and ejected — the team’s second of the period. Cornell would be shorthanded for the remaining 3:49 of the game. “That was probably the first time I’ve ever seen two players get kicked out with fives in the same game, it was kind of outrageous,” Rauter said. “Whenever we face adversity we kind of rise to the challenge, and the penalty killers did a great job.” Schafer, frustrated with the three reviews of Cornell penalties in the contest, said neither Vanderlaan nor Angello had any malicious intent. “I think [Vanderlaan has] two penalties this year,” Schafer said. “He’s skating away from him, the kid runs into him.” The game was a hard-hitting affair from the opening whistle, and the Bobcats certainly didn’t resemble the same team that was embarrassed 24 hours prior. “I just think [Quinnipiac] competed so much harder tonight and we didn’t have the same jump,” Schafer said. “Our games against these guys all year have been … tight games.” The conference rivals and frequent playoff foes showcased renewed energy in the series’ second game. “We knew it was going to be intense and competitive,” Rauter said. “As the game wore on it was pretty evident that … we came to play and we were ready to compete.” With Princeton’s upset victory to sweep No. 2 seed Union earlier in the night, the Red will face the red-hot Tigers in the semifinal. Raphy Gendler can be reached at rgendler@cornellsun.com.


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“I knew he was throwing it into the net,” sophomore attack Jeff Teat said of the Pulver goal. “He practiced it; he’s good at it and he stuck that one. It was a big mental swing for us and we built off it. It was a big play.” Pulver’s goal was the first in his four-year career and gave Cornell a 9-6 lead. It was from that point forward that the Red began to pull away. But it wasn’t the only goal by a Cornell defender on Sunday: sophomore Brandon Salvatore also netted a goal — just the third of his

career. On the offensive whole, Cornell was once again led by Teat, who was responsible for six points — including five assists. With the tournament victory, Cornell has earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. “I feel confident to saying we are a good enough team to compete with some of the best teams in the country, if not all of them,” Milliman said. “When we play our best, maybe we can beat them all.” Jack Kantor can be reached at jkantor@cornellsun.com. Dylan McDevitt can be reached at dmcdevitt@cornellsun.com.

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and sophomore Jeff Malott deep in the Harvard end ultimately gave Barron the puck alone, searching for the open man while behind the Harvard net. Barron looked up to see a wide-open McCrea creeping toward the goal mount, howling and slamming his stick on the ice demanding a pass. Barron obliged. McCrea didn’t miss. “I saw that there was not much time left so I decided to sneak in between the hash marks,” McCrea said. “Morgan gave me a great play and I was able to find the space in the low blocker.” In a game that featured fish, and then a slew of goals, it was the storybook ending that the sold-out Lynah crowd of 4,267 deserved. It was also Cornell’s first win over Harvard in its last seven tries, with the last win coming back when the team’s current seniors were freshmen. And like Saturday night, that last win in January of 2015 was a 3-2 decision, with Cornell’s game-winning goal also coming in the final minute. “They are obviously very excited,” Cornell head coach Mike Schafer ’86 said about his team, which remains the last undefeated squad in the nation. “How could they not be?” The guys will remember [these] kinds of games,” Schafer added. “That’s why there’s such a big rivalry — the games are always like that.” Harvard got off to the quick start, opening the game’s scoring 6:03 into the first period after a defensive breakdown in the Red’s defensive end led to a brutal turnover and a gimme goal for Henry Bowlby. It was the first goal that got past Cornell freshman goalie Matt Galajda all weekend. The Crimson would strike again just under 10 minutes later after a scrum on top of Galajda

eventually pushed the puck to an open Ty Pelton-Byce. Galajda, who seemingly had the entirety of the ice’s skaters apart from Pelton-Byce on top of him, had no shot of reestablishing himself to make the save. The goal was reviewed, but the result was to the disdain of Lynah. “We had to make some adjustments,” Schafer said about his team’s performance after going down 2-0. “They made us play the kind of game that we didn’t want to play tonight, and it took us a while to get going.” Facing the real threat of heading into the locker room down a pair, sophomore defenseman Yanni Kaldis erased that worry on the power play, rocketing a shot from the top of the circles past Harvard goalie Merrick Madsen, who was unbeatable until that point. Using the momentum of Kaldis’ goal, Jeff Malott came right out of the gates in the second period to tie things up at two. Just over a minute played into the middle frame, the sophomore collected the puck at his own blue line and didn’t stop until he had powered his way through the Crimson defense and deked past Madsen. Harvard’s two-goal lead had vanished within a span of 119 seconds of game time. “That was huge,” Malott said, referring to his and Kaldis’ goal creating the succinct swing in momentum. “[Madsen] was standing on his head. We were peppering him with shots but it didn’t seem like we could get anything through until Yanni shot from the point there.” After that point, the teams combined for 10 penalties, but solid play from each netminder kept opposing offenses from finding twine. That is, until McCrea teed up. Zachary Silver can be reached at zsilver@cornellsun.com.

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Finishing First A last-minute field goal by Nickolas Null ’20 helped the Red football squad to squeak by Princeton with a score of 29-28 and secure the number one spot in the Ivy-League Division.

The Red was able to secure their first-ever Ivy postseason tournament berth with a win over Dartmouth.

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C.U. Upsets Yale to Win Ivy League Championship COURTESY OF SIDELINE PHOTOS

New glory | The men’s hockey team wins the Ivy League title for the first time in seven years. Throughout the 2018 season, the Red By JACK KANTOR and DYLAN McDEVITT continued to surprise and show that no chalSun Assistant Sports Editor and Sun Sports Editor lenge was too difficult for it. Today, Cornell A previous version of this story was pub- did it again. Not even the nation’s best team lished on May 7. — No. 1 Yale — was too big a challenge for NEW YORK — After a long sev- the Cornell squad as they sent the Bulldogs en-year drought, Cornell men’s lacrosse packing, 14-8. has reclaimed the throne as Ivy League “We competed in every facet,” said interchampions. im head coach Peter Milliman. “We knew

that there was a lot of uphill battles in the game today, we just needed to come out and compete … I thought we did a good job of that.” In the early going of the Ivy League Championship, the lead continued to change hands between Cornell (12-4, 6-2 Ivy) and Yale (13-3, 7-1 Ivy). Neither team was able to grab a substantial lead and the Red entered halftime up a goal, 6-5. “We struggled through some bad clears, we struggled through some turnovers,” Milliman said. “Guys just really rallied and stayed positive and stayed supportive and did an awesome job.” But the underdogs wouldn’t have entered halftime close to Yale, let alone ahead, if not for the performance senior goaltender Christian Knight. After a stellar performance in the semifinal win against Brown, Knight stood on his head again Sunday, recording 16 saves on the day. Knight’s 35 combined saves set an Ivy League tournament record. “This is one of the happiest moments of my life,” Knight said. “It’s a really special thing to accomplish with a really special team … We set our minds on an Ivy League championship, a tournament championship, during the fall. And this is what we’ve worked to since the beginning.” For its part, the Cornell defense was outstanding in front of Knight. Assistant coach and defensive coordinator Jordan

Stevens ’15 was the architect as the Red gameplanned to shut down a high-powered Yale offense. “This ranks up there with the top couple of defensive games we’ve played this year,” Milliman said. “When you can give [Knight] an opportunity to see the ball and know where the shots are going to come from, it’s a lot different of a look.” Perhaps the biggest defensive adjustment that came in the game was Cornell’s approach to Yale’s standout attackman Ben Reeves, the reigning Ivy League player of the year. In the first half, Reeves scored four of Yale’s five goals and had the Bulldogs still very much in the game at the break. In the game’s final 30 minutes, however, Reeves scored just one goal as Cornell pulled away for the win. “[We made] subtle changes trying to pressure him a little bit when he was adjacent to the ball,” Milliman said. “Just make it harder for him to get the ball … deny him a few possessions.” One of the most electric moments of the game came at the 14:24 mark of the fourth quarter, when senior defensive Jake Pulver scooped up a ground ball at Cornell’s own restraining line, took a few steps forward and fired the ball from more than midfield into an empty Yale net. See UPSET page 39

McCrea Helps Men’s Hockey Score Victory Over Archrival Harvard By ZACHARY SILVER Sun Senior Editor

A previous version of this story was published on November 13, 2017. Alec McCrea was supposed to be scoring goals for Harvard. Not against them. Back when McCrea was playing in juniors as a teenager, Cornell’s third-year defenseman was originally committed to play for the crimson and white. But when things ultimately fell through, Ithaca was the next destination for the blueliner, who, in the purest instance of poetic justice, scored the Red’s game-win-

ner against rival Harvard with 1.4 seconds left on the clock to power Cornell to its first 6-0 start in 46 years. “That was really emotional for me getting that last goal,” said McCrea, whose tally secured both Cornell’s first win over Harvard since 2015 and a weekend sweep for the Red after Friday’s thrashing of Dartmouth. “It was a great effort from our team this weekend.” McCrea’s clutch score, which was his third power play goal of the year and the second point of his career against what was his almost-home, could have easily been for naught. In the waning


Sweet Victory | The Red got its first 6-0 start in 46 years in a game against Harvard on Nov. 11, 2017. moment of a 5-on-3 after Harvard coach Ted Donato earned his team a bench minor penalty for arguing a no-call with the referees, Cornell was gifted a faceoff inside the Harvard zone with 17 seconds to play in the third period.

Junior forward Beau Starrett won the faceoff back to McCrea, who misplayed the puck while seeing Benjamin Solin come out of the Harvard box over his shoulder to end the 5-on-3 opportunity. But McCrea was able to regain his

composure and keep the puck in the Harvard zone by just a matter of millimeters. Then, some strong play by Starrett, freshman Morgan Barron See HARVARD page 39

The Corne¬ Daily Sun Special Student Guide | Forty-Four Pages | Freshman Issue 2018

find your place on theHill 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 enjoy your time at Cornell. There’s no place like it. — The 136th Editorial Board

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The Sun’s Cornell glos•sa•ry

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 late-night 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 out of the dining halls.

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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. 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 work-out. 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 Officers’ 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, homestyle 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 Week 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.

“I think [Orientation Week] is a great opportunity for students to explore the campus before they take that final plunge.” Nikki Stevens ’11 There are plenty of other options available for students. 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


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.” Last year’s Orientation Week was the first in which students were not assigned a Freshman Reading Project to discuss in small groups. The project phased out two years ago 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 news@cornellsun.com.

Identity and Belonging Project to Make Debut During O-Week By SUN STAFF

In between attending icebreaker activities, information sessions and evening fairs, freshmen at Orientation Week will continue a newly established tradition in their first week at Cornell: they will attend the Identity and Belonging Project. The diversity program, established last year, features stories based on submissions from undergraduates and will be performed by student volunteers, said Lindsay Hansen, director for orientation programs.

“We hope this program will create a strong foundation for our students’ commitment to Cornell’s values and community standards related to identity, inclusion and belonging, and provide a starting point for continued engagement with this work across their time with us, and beyond,” she said. The Identity and Belonging Project replaced the Tapestry of Possibilities event that had been in place for 11 years. In addition, “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 fifth year in a row. The University announced that it would begin mandating “Speak About It” in May 2013, and the event has been praised by students for conveying the importance of consent in relationships. In addition to Speak About It, the Orientation Steering Committee welcomes the incoming freshman class and transfer students to Cornell with four days of academic and social events. These events continue through the start of


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.

classes into Welcome Weekend, and non-mandatory events which consists of events such as have high rates of attendance picnics, movies and ClubFest. throughout the week, Jones Each year’s orientation typi- said. According to Cornell cally centers on a theme, ranging from international travel to University Police estimates, exploration at home, according Convocation typically brings to Sarah Jones, former associate approximately 10,000 peodirector for residential and new ple to Schoellkopf Stadium, student programs. “I came into Cornell with a lot of doubts D a v i d as to whether I belonged there or not. Rosenwasser ’18 said he Being able to meet [my orientation believes that leader] was reassuring.” in his year, the orientaAlex Rodriguez ’19 tion groups provided new students with an environment while 3,000 attend Cornell that encouraged them to inter- Essentials — where students act with their peers. hear from upper-class students As in previous years, “the and alumni about transitioning way the orientation groups were to 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 year on improving the ting,” Rosenwasser said. The orientation groups Orientation Week experience also 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 with his orientation group. as to whether I belonged there “O-Week is the best time or not. Being able to meet a to meet hundreds of people, student who had already gone only three of which you will be through two years was reassur- friends with,” Badruddin said. ing.” In addition to orientation The Sun’s news department can be group activities, both required reached at news@cornellsun.com.

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Cornell History Through the Eyes of The Sun By SUN STAFF


n April 27, 1865, 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 135 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, 15 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 officially 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-eight 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.

Rawlings’ 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, thenNew York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that Cornell had 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 opened on Roosevelt Island in fall 2017 and the full buildout is to be completed by 2037.

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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 the new technology campus, Cornell Tech. While the campus had its official inauguration last year, 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 the opportunity to tour the island to see Cornell’s future.



Big Apple | The east

side of Manhattan — which houses Weill Cornell Medical College (center) — can be seen from Roosevelt Island. 6

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Cornell Tech Dean Daniel Huttenlocher points to the site where the first tech campus building will rise.

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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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North Campus Dorms Ready for Class of 2022 Clara Dickson Hall


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 2022 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. 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.” The dormitory was originally intended to house only females, but is now co-ed. Almost 500 students can fit in this five-story dormitory making it the largest in the Ivy League. 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, Court-Kay-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-KayBauer Community are also known to have walls that are almost paper thin. Mews Hall

Along with Court-Kay-Bauer, Mews Hall represents the latest in dormitories on North Campus. 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 overlooks 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.

between our 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

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

High Rise 5 and Jameson

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. Townhouse Community

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.


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 “A-gway-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 Ki-Swahilian 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: TEMPLE OF ZEUS The Temple of Zeus embodies everything that a college student could want in a coffee joint. The cafe’s prime location on the Arts Quad makes for a convenient coffee break, a great meeting spot to work or wind down with friends and a fabulous study spot after a tiring class. Furthermore, the cafe’s all-white ambiance creates a bright and uplighting study environment. The marble tables and wooden chairs make for an aesthetic that virtually all Cornellians can appreciate. Although Zeus’ tables are usually filled most weekday afternoons, a table CAMERON POLLACK / SUN FILE PHOTO in the Klarman atrium is worth the wait. In regard to the coffee itself, you honestly can’t go wrong. Options range from espresso drinks to kombucha, and if you’re lucky, your drink may be blessed with latte art. And don’t forget to try the food! The cafe’s sandwiches and soups are not only delicious, but fresh. Whether you are a student in Arts & Sciences or not, Zeus has become a favorite for Cornellians of all persuasions and occupations.


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 locale and natural beauty. Yet we often fall so deeply into the routine of papers, projects and prelims that we tend to forget about our surroundings altogether. The Best of Cornell, a collaboration by the staff of Sunspots (the Blogs department 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 a survey within Sunspots’ staff. 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 Ithaca have to offer.

Place to Spend Your BRBs: IVY ROOM

— Compiled by Olivia Faulhaber

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Best Grocery Store: WEGMANS


Sunday afternoon at Wegmans is a veritable social scene: upperclassmen, freshmen straight off the TCAT and Ithacans alike flock to this brick monolith to obtain not only weekly staples, but also the obscure Italian sausage or fancy cheese for a special get-together. The perpetually packed parking lot of the 24-hour national chain says it all: no other grocer in Ithaca has as wide a range of offerings as good ol’ Weggos. Though their organization can be a bit unpredictable (why is one package of noodles available in seven separate aisles?), their selection — ranging from international foodstuffs to 4 for $4 avocados to gourmet chocolate — can’t be beat. Plus, after you’ve collected your week’s worth of cooking ZACH STEELE / SUN FILE PHOTO ingredients, you can avoid actually cooking them by sashaying over to their convenient restaurant (ranked #2 out of 202 in all of Ithaca on TripAdvisor) for a gourmet meal.

We go to an Ivy League university. You’ve probably been telling yourself that since you got accepted, but it does wonders for inflating your ego to remind yourself of that. Why shouldn’t we surround ourselves with ivy? It’s crawling up the walls of the towers and dorms we know and love, so it’s probably a great assurance to know that there’s an Ivy Room, too. There isn’t actually any ivy growing in there, but the name should be enough to encourage you to check it out. The Ivy Room is like the classier, more appetizing half-sibling of Okenshields, and whether you’ve got some time to spare for lunch at midday or want to head down the stairs in Willard Straight in the evening, you won’t go away disappointed. They specialize in all-day omelettes, burgers cooked on the spot, New York style pizza, and Pan-Asian cuisine, whatever strikes your fancy. I can’t think of a place on campus that manages to give you so much bang for your Big Red Buck: the lines aren’t nearly as crazy as elsewhere, the fare is fast but fantastic, and the decor in the seating area is appropriately antique, offering beautiful views facing down the slope and across the breadth of the edge of Central Campus. Give it a try!

— Compiled by Christina Xu



— Compiled by Griffin Smith-Nichols

With over 4,000 acres of beautifully dynamic landscape, the Cornell Botanic Gardens is a wonderful place to visit, especially when the much-awaited seasons of spring and fall grace Ithaca. The breathtaking plant biodiversity — the gardens offer a collection of grasses, herbs, flowers, vegetables, rhododendrons and vines, to name a few — will provide intrigue, calm and rejuvenation to any awful day. Starting your visit with the twelve specialty gardens located at the heart of the grounds — which surround the stunning Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center — is highly recommended. In addition to interpretive exhibits, a reception desk and an inclusive array of snacks, the Welcome Center also houses a Garden Gift Shop with fascinating souvenirs, such as a $12.99 “yoga” rabbit figurine eternally frozen in the Downward Dog position (if you’re interested, the figurine is also available online through The Cornell Store!). The Botanic Gardens are open from dawn to dusk, all year, and if you’re up for it, guided tours are also available. So if you would like a breath of fresh air, charming scenery and a better understanding and appreciation of biological diversity, then waste no time and head over to the gardens!


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CITY GUIDE From the outside, it’s hard to understand the allure of the city Cornell calls home. Herbert F. But Ithaca, with all its quirks and eccentricities, is full of opportunities for exploring Johnson Museum of and having fun. Art

The heart and soul 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 ever since, the Commons have been a hubbub of shops, cafés and restaurants. After multiple years of renovations, the Commons reopened in August 2015 with new benches and sculptures, as well as more extensive lighting and a more easily accessible central walkway. Retail options range from jewelry stores and bookshops to a branch of the Cornell Store that opened two years ago. If you’re hungry after a long day out and about, the restaurants on the Commons offer everything from Mediterranean to Thai, whatever your taste may be ANDY JOHNSON / SUN FILE PHOTO

Though there are plenty of great dining options, some restaurants have become Ithaca icons for Cornell students. Moosewood Restaurant, which made its name in the ‘60s Commons with its world-famous organic vegetarian cookbook, sits on Seneca Street and still Redesign serves the same perennial cuisine. Glenwood Pines, on Route 89 near Taughannock Falls State Park, serves what it calls the world-famous Pinesburger and offers a beautiful view over Cayuga Lake. Viva Taqueria on the Commons offers dine-in and carry-out options for those in need of a good fix of Mexican cuisine. If you are into museums, more than a few can be found 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 treasure trove of fossils and dinosaur bones. The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, just off the Arts Quad on Central Campus, houses works by masters from the ancient world to now, and also features a rotating of temporary exhibitions. Buttermilk For bird lovers and nature enthusiasts in general, Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology pro- Falls vides 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, and it does its utmost to flatter your inner fashionista’s ego. The Shops also features a newly-renovated movie theater. On the other hand, Destiny USA, also known by its previous name, the Carousel Mall, is the largest mall in New York State. It is touted as the mall everyone goes to when they realize that the Pyramid Mall just cannot fulfill their needs. Skiing probably had nothing to do with your decision to come to Cornell, but Greek Peak, just 30 minutes away in Cortland, is the best ski area in the region. 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 during Ithaca part of the winter. Farmers’ As far as grocery stores are concerned, there’s always Wegmans, a supermarket that, at the same time, is so much more than a supermarket. Those not from around from New York may be surprised at its size and the amount of ready-cooked available. Even 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. An altenative is the GreenStar Natural Foods Market, which opened a branch on College Avenue in Collegetown two summers ago.


Several wineries line Seneca and Cayuga lakes, providing fertile ground for wine tours. Of course, you have to be 21 to sample the wines, so it’s more usual for upperclassmen to take excursions into wine country. For those of age, though, the wine region — often compared to Napa Valley in California — is well worth a visit. Apple 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. Throughout the year, the Commons plays host to a number of different celebrations at which students and residents of Ithaca commingle. 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 the aromas from local restaurants as they bring their A-game chili to be taste-tested in public. In the summer, Ithaca Festival celebrates Ithaca itself, with all its quirks included, with a parade and entertainment around town.





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Student Clubs Cater to Varied Interests A sampling of C.U.’s wide array of extracurricular activities


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

direction of band auditions. The University chorus, jazz ensembles, symphonic band, marching band, symphony orchestra and glee club are all open to the musically inclined. 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 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, Multicultural Greek Letter Council and the Interfraternity


Break it down | Members of Bhangra, an Indian-inspired dance group, perform in Barton Hall.

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 de-stress, 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.

GREEKLife 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.” To protect incoming fresh-


Helping out | Volunteers involved in Greek life help transplant trees at the Ithaca Children’s Garden.

men 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 rules imple-

mented 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 2019. 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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Choose Your Study-Dungeon 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, your choice of library depends as much what you’re looking for as on what kind of person you are: every single one has a personality of its own. Uris

Uris Library has been dubbed “Club Uris” by students who can make light of the fact that, on any given Sunday through Thursday night, the Cocktail Lounge is the place to be (cocktails not included). Uris Library is directly adjacent to McGraw Tower. Along with Olin, it houses thousands of books, and plenty of carrels and quiet places in which to read them. Uris Library is open 24 hours a day, Sunday through Thursday. You read that right: students can make their party rounds and then get right back to Club Uris to burn the midnight oil with some after-hours studying. With 24-hour access, why bother paying rent? Bring a sleeping bag and a toothbrush, and you’re set! Olin and Kroch

For those looking for more of a lounge

than a club, Olin Library may be the place for you. Although in use at all hours of the night like its neighbor Uris, Olin still keeps its doors open up to 2 a.m. Olin has its other charms, too: it is one of Cornell’s primary research libraries, complete with its own periodical room. The Amit Bhatia Libe Café on the main level is home to Iced Skim Sugar-Free Vanilla Latte (or, as Libe employs say it, “The Long Island”) and the best chocolate brownies in the Finger Lakes. The decor in Olin is newer and homier than it is at Uris, but a word to the wise: get there early. On a Saturday morning, you might find a line of eager students waiting to get the best seating spots next to the windows. Attached to Olin is Kroch Library, which houses both the Asia Collections and the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections. Be aware: any noise above a whisper here is verboten. Man

One of the steady workhorses of Cornell’s libraries is Mann, 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-of-the-earth location, made worse by Ithaca’s cold winter weath-

er, makes studying there a trek too far for some students, but the more determined 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. The café, however, does not accept Big Red Bucks, like everywhere else worthwhile in life. Engineering

Carpenter Hall houses a 24/7 study space, and as you would expect, it has an enormous computer lab. Libraries are constantly 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. But beware: all those serious law students like their peace and 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 even 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 typical study space. 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 presentations, 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, a curious student can peruse resources and listen to recordings of musicians from The Beatles to Tupac Shakur.

Cornell Health 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 midnight 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 Cornell Health, previously known as Gannett Health Services. Located on Ho Plaza, Cornell Health is the primary care provider of medical services for all enrolled students, as well as other members of the Cornell community. Cornell Health 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. Cornell Health 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 pharmacy is also located in the building so that you can fill your prescriptions on campus. Through its Sports Medicine program, Cornell Health provides primary care services to all the University’s athletes. It also provides physical therapy services for members of the entire Cornell community. In addition, Cornell Health 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.


Big Red doctors | The Cornell 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

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 years, and the current facility was con-

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


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 out that you might wear, or carry, or use

structed 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 in 1871. Rulloff was convicted of

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 worked 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. BEST BETS:

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.


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


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 The next incarnation of of mass debauchery. Slope Day, known as Springfest, The original springtime appeared in the late 1970s. More changes to Slope Day carnival originated because of financial strains to the Uni- occurred in 1985 when the legal drinking age versity Athletic changed from 18 Association. To save the Big Recent Slope Day Performers to 21. Red’s sports After the 2016: R. City, Cash Cash, teams, drama drinking age Walk the Moon clubs and musichanged, the 2017: S’natra, Brasstracks, Big University cal groups organized a benefit stopped serving Gigantic, MisterWives concert. The alcohol at the 2018: Dreezy, Young Bombs, event strugevent, though Galantis gled at the box students showoffice, but maned up with their aged to inspire an impromptu own. “In the years that followed ... a parade to draw attention to the number of students were treated concert. The performance was so for alcohol related emergencies,” well-attended that both the con- said Tim Marchell ’82, director cert and the parade were repeated of mental health initiatives at the following year, and the cel- Cornell Health. In response to the emergenebration before the show raised more money than the produc- cies, the University attempted to tion. From then on, Spring Day end Slope Day in the early 1990s. As an alternative, a Universitybecame a campus-wide custom. At the brink of the first World organized event was offered on War, many Cornellians believed North Campus. Since 2003, Slope Day has that they had celebrated their last Spring Day. However, after maintained a new format that World War II, the celebration includes live entertainment. For years, Slope Day was held returned with the moniker on the last day of classes. But “Spring Weekend.” Due to protests and unrest begining in 2014, Slope Day was that plagued the University in the held the day after the last day of early 1960s, the celebration was classes due to changes in the acacanceled in 1963. demic calendar.

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C.U. on the Hill


By now, I’m sure you’ve all heard the university’s favorite pun: “C.U. on the Hill,” be it from a campus brochure or university email. What you may not know is that there is literally a C.U. on the hill upon which North Campus is built. I haven’t been able to officially verify this information, but I’ve heard that Balch and Dickson (two of the larger freshman dorms) were supposed to be connected to form a mega dorm, which never actually happened. The reason behind this is that from a bird’s eye view, Dickson looks like a “C” and Balch looks like a “U,” and because the two are adjacent to each other, they give an overall effect of a “C.U.” on North Campus. Of course, C.U. stands for Cornell University, and if you want to see this for yourself before arriving in August, then I suggest you consult Google Maps for a view of these interestingly designed freshman dorms.


Even as a Cornellian entering her senior year, I’m still learning things about our university that surprise me. From the apple vending machine in Mann Library to the names and meeting locations of secret societies, there are so many factoids to be found. For your convenience, I’ve compiled a few of my favorite discoveries! With eight more months of my college education to go, I’m experiencing intense nostalgia, so I hope that as you all begin the first of your four years at Cornell, you take the chance to check out and appreciate the tiny trivia treasures that our campus has to offer. — Jacqueline Quach, Sun dining editor

Robert Carl Baker, Inventor of the Chicken Nugget

Underground Tunnels While I was surfing Reddit a year ago, I discovered that Cornell has a network of underground tunnels. There’s (a) Ezra’s Tunnel, which runs between Risley and Rand Hall; (b) a tunnel connecting Olin and Uris Libraries; and (c) a tunnel running from the Plant Science Building to Weill Hall, beneath Tower Road. While Ezra’s Tunnel is supposed to be closed, a few of my friends have told me they’ve accidentally wandered into it while hiking around Cornell. Unfortunately, the tunnel between Olin and Uris is only accessible to library staff, or to those who are close to library staff, but the last tunnel is incredibly easy to find and open to anyone. All you need to do is walk into the Plant Sciences building through its main entrance from the Ag Quad. Once you walk in, a door to the left will have a sign that will lead you to other signs that will ultimately bring you to the tunnel. It becomes especially useful in the winter months, if you want to cross the street while avoiding the snow and wind outside.


Although McDonald’s is now synonymous with the chicken nugget, the fast food corporation did not invent this gustatory gift to mankind. In fact, the true originator of the chicken nugget was a Cornellian by the name of Robert Carl Barker, who graduated from the university in 1943 and taught Food Science at Cornell for his entire 32-year career. During the 1950s, Baker perfected his recipe for the chicken nugget, decades before McDonald’s would even patent and sell their McNuggets. If you’re curious about what young Baker looked like, walk down to Uris Library and crack open the Class of 1943 yearbook. JACQUELINE QUACH / SUN DINING EDITOR

Ghosts and Hauntings

Musical Steps If you’re familiar with The Cornell Daily Sun’s “161 Things Every Cornellian Should Do” (which you should be by now), the ninth item on the list is “test out Olin Library’s musically calibrated steps by throwing stones on them.” Although stone-throwing on the Olin steps is now forbidden due to safety concerns, a cursory Google search will produce online video and audio footage of it that can be found on Vine, Flickr and YouTube, which seem to suggest that the entire terrace above Olin—not just the steps—are sonically calibrated.


There are so many stories of ghosts and hauntings that surface once you look into paranormal phenomena at Cornell. There have been reports of strange occurrences at the Ecohouse after the 1967 fire that claimed the lives of eight students and a professor, tuxedo-donning ghosts in Willard Straight Hall, sightings of Auntie Pru in Risley Hall, a stalker spirit in Olin Library and encounters with Alice Statler in Statler Hall. According to an article from The Tab, two employees of the Statler Hotel disclosed their experiences with Alice during 2004—one was so disturbed he immediately quit his job! If you’re curious and want to know the details of these accounts, Kitsch magazine has a great piece on these freaky phantoms, as do The Sun and the Cornell JACQUELINE QUACH / SUN DINING EDITOR Chronicle!

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A called Formerly PL RN “Community Commons,” the center was renamed after Robert Appel ’53 and Helen Appel ’55, who donated $15 million to the West Campus Initiative. The three-story Appel Commons building includes AaIT3,200-squareAVENUE W foot fitness center, dining hall, copy center, minimart and school supply store. The building also has multiple meeting spaces.












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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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 197 3. 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.
















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ARTS QUAD 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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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.
















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.












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:161 Things Every Cornellian Should Do Cornell is a big place. There’s a lot to do. Here’s a list of 161 things that all Cornellians should do during their time on the Hill. It was originally compiled from a 2005 email survey to students, and was edited this summer. Best of luck! o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o

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Make the library into your bedroom and have sex in the stacks Finally meet the dazzling Denice Cassaro Go to the Cornell-Harvard men’s hockey game and throw fish on the ice Take off to NYC for Fall Break, being sure to post on Instagram about it at least twice 5. Sled down Libe Slope during a snow storm 6. Take Hotel Administration 4300: Introduction to Wines 7. Streak across the Arts Quad 8. Enroll in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 1540: Introductory Oceanography as a joke, then fall in love with Bruce Monger and attend every class 9. Test out Olin Library’s musically calibrated steps by throwing stones on them 10. Go sake bombing at Plum Tree or Miyake 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 Pre-Enroll, 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 look through a telescope 18. Have a snowball fight in May 19. Stick your hand inside a fistulated 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. Observe the golden hour at the Cornell Botanic Gardens 23. Attend the Apple Festival 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. Take 3 finals in two days because they were just over 24 hours apart 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 104West! 33. Watch the AAP students parade down East Avenue on Dragon Day 34. Walk out of class and directly to happy hour in Collegetown 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, then talk your way out of it 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 Herbert F. 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. Make 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 Risley 53. Take a class that meets outside 54. Start your freshman year pre-med. Graduate as a Hotelie. 55. Kayak or canoe on Beebe Lake 56. Watch dancers fly through the air at a Pao Bhangra show 57. Have a midnight picnic on the Ag Quad 58. Wait in line for half an hour for a salad at Terrace 59. Ignore “No Winter Maintenance” signs … slip and fall down the 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 between 3 and 5 a.m. 63. Explore the secret underground tunnel between Uris and Olin libraries 64. Request an item from the library’s Rare and Manuscript Collection 65. Pretend you are Harry Potter and study in the A.D. White Reading Room 66. See the brain collection in Uris Hall 67. Eat at Taverna Banfi and charge it to CornellCard 68. Eat your way through the Farmer’s Market 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. Occupy Willard Straight or storm Day Hall 73. Following the legend, watch a virgin cross the Arts Quad at midnight and watch A.D. White and Ezra Cornell walk towards each other and 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. Join an intramural sports team. Take it too seriously and get matching uniforms 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. 79. Order a PMP at the Hot Truck 80. Play trivia at Rulloff’s on Sunday nights

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Make the trek down the hill: go to a townie bar Make a fool of yourself at karaoke at Loco on Tuesday Hit up Fishbowl Wednesdays at Level B Go bowling at Helen Newman Lanes Hand out quartercards on Ho Plaza Drive your car up and down Libe Slope 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. Order Wings Over after 2 a.m. 90. Get thrown out of Balch Hall 91. Heckle your tour guide friend as they’re leading a group of prospective students around campus. 92. Go skinny dipping in a gorge 93. Get lost during O-week as a freshman, and end up in the Commons 94. Go to an a cappella concert 95. Go ice skating at Lynah Rink 96. Make it onto the Ivy League snap story 97. Sell back your books; use money to buy alcohol 98. Hang in a hammock on Ho Plaza 99. Eat a Pinesburger, then watch water flow over Taughannock Falls, the highest single-drop waterfall east of the Rockies. 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 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. Eat brunch on North Campus 109. Go swimming at Treman State Park, Buttermilk Falls or Second Dam 110. Fail your swim test, just for kicks 111. Tailgate for homecoming 112. Walk the runway as 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 Cornell Health 117. Drink with your R.A. 118. Make a chalking; weep when it rains that night 119. Get on the wrong TCAT and end up at Ithaca College 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, called the “Adult Outlet,” 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 Destiny USA 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 coffee house in JAM 137. See how many people you can cram into your dorm room 138. Watch people play Dance Dance Revolution in Appel 139. Rush a fraternity or sorority or mosey a Co-op during your freshman spring 140. Write dirty messages with rocks in the gorge 141. Ride a horse at Oxley Equestrian Center 142. Ring the giant bell in the arboretum at the Cornell Botanic Gardens 143. Crash a political rally on Ho Plaza 144. Do the COE ropes course 145. Attend a show at the State Theatre or Hangar Theatre 146. Prank call the CIT HelpDesk 147. Sleep through pre-enroll and change your major as a result 148. Ski at Greek Peak 149. Take a night prelim near the vet school, walk back in the dark 150. Cheer on your friends as they perform at the Schwartz Center 151. Go to ClubFest as a first-year and sign up for a dozen clubs that you’ll never go to 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. Take a midnight nap in Uris Library Cocktail Lounge and wake up 3 days later 159. Tell a professor what you really think of his/her class 160. Attend a Sun meeting 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

Barton Hall

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. Modest Mouse and The Wombats are just a couple 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, Young Thug or Trevor Noah? 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.

107 W. State St.

Bailey Hall

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

The Bars

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.

Downtown & Collegetown

The Slope The epicenter of madness and debauchery on campus ... at least for one day a year. The headliner last year was Galantis, 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.

Central Campus



The Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts 430 College Ave.

The home of Cornell’s Performing and Media Arts Department hosts Campus-produced plays, musicals, movies and dance performances throughout the fall and spring in addition to can’t-miss annual events such as Festival 24.

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.

Other Theaters


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.

Tjaden Hall

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.


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.

Cube House

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.


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.

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Central Campus

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.



Regal Cinemas

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.

120 E. Green St.

Pyramid Mall, 40 Catherwood Rd.

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Top Five Science-y Things to Do By MARIA MINSKER Former Sun Senior Writer

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 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.”

watch a meteor shower.

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.

5. Take a midnight trip to the Lab of Ornithology’s sanctuary.

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 jkl5@cornell.edu. 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


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1, 2, 3 … Takeoff! Classes Abroad

International Agriculture and Rural Development 6020: International Agriculture in Developing Nations — Travel to India or Burma during the January intercession for an interdisciplinary take on agricultural development. There are also pre-departure and post-departure courses to foster critical reflection and collective leadership skills. Human Ecology 4080: Practicing Medicine Healthcare Culture and Careers — Spend the summer at Cornell’s home away from home Weill Medical College in New York City. This course combines shadowing doctors and allied health staff with readings and reflections for students to dissect what it means to be a health professional in today’s world. Trees, Ice Cream Making, and More CALS Courses

Natural Resources 3250: Forest Management and Maple Syrup Production — From hikes in the forest to tapping trees to make syrup, this class is the ultimate hands-on experience for any one interested. Food Science 1101: Science and Technology of Food — A visit to the Cornell Dairy Bar is often number one on new students’ to-do lists, and number two should be taking this class to have a chance at developing new ice cream flavors to be sold across campus! In fact, students in this course were responsible for the famous Red, White, and Biden ice cream flavor last year in honor of commencement speaker, Former Vice President Joe Biden. Take advantage of one of the most unique classes at Cornell, and your ice cream idea could be the next campus sensation. Horticulture 2010: The Art of Horticulture — Use plants and gardens as art in this experiential class. Turn grapes into a purple masterpiece on paper or layer leaves and branches to depict forests from field-trips with the class. This course really takes agriculture and life sciences to another level! Human Ecology, Human Behavior, and Business

Bird watching | The Lab of Ornithology, located in Sapsucker Woods, is a world leader in the appreciation and conservation of birds.

Human Development 2600: Introduction to Personality — What makes up personalities and how can those biological, social, or cultural aspects be measured? Dive into these questions and learn about personality psychology while discussing historical debates over personality. Nutritional Science 1150: Nutrition, Health and Society — Worried about the freshman 15? Enroll in this introductory nutrition class and learn to stay healthy in the college world of late munchies and sleepless nights. Iconic Professor Levitsky is sure to keep you entertained with songs about the digestive system and snacks in class.

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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.



Under the stars | Visit the Fuertes Observatory to stargaze or

Getting dirty | Becky Hume ’11 plants seedlings at a Dilmun Hill Organic Farm work party, where students gather to do farm chores each week.


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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 DVM 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.”



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 newly-created 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.


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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Hornibrook Transitions From Assistant to Head Coach By Mary Barger Sun Staff Writer

A previous version of this story was published August 29, 2017. Head coach is a familiar title for Dwight Hornibrook — and Cornell is a familiar team. After five years serving as assistant coach of the Cornell women’s soccer program, Hornibrook has stepped up to the head coaching role after the departure of Patrick Farmer this past offseason. Hornibrook, who joined the program at the same time as Farmer, says he hopes to build on some of the groundwork laid out by his former boss, but wants to put his own spin on things at the same time. “I have my own way of doing things,” Hornibrook said. “There are some things that Farmer did that I thought were really good; Farmer had a ton of experience.” One such change Hornibrook is keen on implementing is forming a team focused on mental fitness just as much as physical fitness. After sending his own kids to college, Hornibrook knows the stresses that can come at a place like Cornell, especially for the newcomers to his team. As for the physical fitness, “there’s been a stronger emphasis [during] training on making sure that we’re ready to play from a physical perspective,” he said. “That was something that I don’t think we were as good at as we needed to be.” And when it comes to mental health, Hornibrook said “I coach people before I coach players. You’re not just a soccer player. You’re somebody’s daughter, you’re a student.” Hoping to alleviate as much stress as he can for a team under transition, Hornibrook says he plans to instill a “praise-oriented” culture on the team, which is coming off a low 5-9-2 2016 season despite riding a highly-successful 2015. “We try to develop a culture that is praise-oriented,” Hornibrook said. “That doesn’t mean you’re not going to get critique, because you have to get critique to improve, but we want [the players] to feel like we value them. We’re here to add value to their lives on the soccer field as well as people, and obviously we want them to have an incredible four years here at Cornell.” One key factor that could help Hornirbook is his experience. Not only does he have a rich history as a head coach, but he said his time around the Cornell


Still scoring | Dwight Hornibrook has been with the women’s soccer program for six years. program should minimize any issues that Further back, he worked as a high percould arise with a new coach for any team, formance coach for the Canadian National not just his. Team for several years, working with World “Stepping into this role is more natural Cup, Olympic and U-17 National teams, because I spent most of my career as a head including the 1992 Canadian World Cup coach,” Hornibrook said. “And I [have] squad. great relationships with the [Cornell] playHis experiences working with soccer players at all levels, including the most elite, ers because of the assistant coach’s role.” Hornibrook’s familiarity with Ithaca have made Hornibrook well-equipped to extends beyond the women’s program, as assess the skills of his collegiate level athletes he was an assistant coach for the Cornell and help them develop toward becoming players of the highest caliber. men in the spring of 2004. During his time as an assistant coach And prior to his time at Cornell, Hornibrook spent eight seasons as head for the Red, he worked individually with coach of the Cortland men’s soccer team, many of Cornell’s greatest players, helping leading the Red Dragons to their first-ev- shape the likes of Elizabeth Crowell ’17 er SUNYAC championship in 2008 in and Kelsey Tierney ’17, the Red’s first addition to coaching a number of highly All-Ivy first-team selections since 1995, in distinguished players, including the 2007 addition to the team’s current captains and SUNYAC Player of the Year. The team’s standouts. “I was excited to hear that he had been overall record under Hornibrook was appointed head coach, as I have grown to 63-69-17. Preceding Cortland, Hornibrook gained respect him as both a coach and person over valuable experience as head coach of the the three years I’ve known him,” said curmen at Houghton College for nine seasons, rent senior captain Kaylee Fitzgerald. “He compiling an even more impressive record is extremely dedicated to this team, and has of 119-46-13, and at one point earning a been a consistent positive presence on and No. 9 ranking in Division III. off the field. I’m excited for this upcoming Even before his career as a collegiate season and I can’t wait to see what our team coach, Hornibrook’s life was centered accomplishes under his leadership.” around the pitch. Hornibrook’s relationships with players As an undergraduate, he attended the like Fitzgerald have made for a relatively University of New Brunswick, where he was smooth transition into his new role despite a member of a men’s soccer team which won the magnitude of a head coaching change. the CIS Championship in 1980. He went But while his familiarity has provided on to earn his master’s in sports science from some sense of consistency for the Red, he the United States Sports Academy in 2008, has no intention of maintaining the status on top of attending the National Coaching quo. Institute, where he earned a diploma in high Despite his respect for Farmer’s coaching performance coaching. style, Hornibrook intends to implement

changes in both the physical and psychological realms of the women’s team. Physically, he emphasizes a heightened level of conditioning. To achieve the level of fitness he believes necessary for peak performance on gameday, Hornibrook has been simulating realgame levels of competition during practice. “You have to play to get better, and so our practices are very play oriented,” he says. “We spend a lot of time focusing on how to react to the game. You don’t have time to think about it, it’s not a science lab — you’ve got to react the right way.” Hornibrook’s goal for the team this season is to win the Ivy League — a goal which demands the highest levels of focus and dedication from his players. And while he aims to bring out the best in his athletes on the field, he remains conscious of the fact that soccer is only one facet of their lives. Hornibrook’s awareness of his athletes’ identities apart from the soccer team is perhaps reinforced by the fact that his own daughters, Kathryn and Emily, are not far in age from his players. In addition, he is married to the winningest field hockey coach in Cornell history, whom he can learn from each day. His wife, Donna, currently leads a dynamic field hockey program that plays its games just a field over from the women’s soccer team. While his wife and two daughters provide support away from the field, Hornibrook looks to foster yet another family in his life by cultivating a trusting and supportive team culture. “We’re not trying to intimidate them, or bully them or anything like that,” he said of his team. “We’re your new family.” Such commitment to his athletes’ mental well being, paired with a fiercely competitive mindset, gives a promising glimpse of what lies ahead for the Red — this season, and in seasons to come. And while Hornibrook has observed the Cornell women’s program for years from a more supporting role, he is ready to take the next step as its leader. “I actually have to make the decisions,” Hornibrook said. “So it does put a little more pressure on me because obviously I’m in charge and the results fall on my shoulders. “Now I’m not just giving suggestions.” Mary Barger can be reached at mbarger@cornellsun.com.

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Gabe off the mat hang out, eat snacks and play video games. Even though Max enjoys playing the hot new video game Fortnite and Gabe prefers Call of Duty, it’s evident the duo enjoys nothing more than simply spending time with each other. “We try to stick to the rules,” Gabe said. “We leave the wrestling in here, and be goofballs and be regular kids outside the wrestling room.” Max was more than happy to have his brother around when he started his new college life 10 hours away from Michigan. “I definitely believe in myself as a person, but it definitely helped,” Max said. “As I said, I just love hanging out with him.” And Gabe was more than happy to have his younger brother join him on the hill. “[It’s] like Christmas every day having your brother out here; [it’s] phenomenal,” Gabe added.

Max’s Time to Shine

Gabe’s achievements will go down in the Cornell wrestling and athletics history. His name will forever hang in the rafters. But as Gabe and the rest of the program will tell you, it’s Max’s time to shine. And no one in Max’s corner is a more ardent supporter of him than his older brother. “I love and care about Max so much,” Gabe said. “I just want so badly for him to accomplish the things that he wants to accomplish for him, it’s not about me.” The two-time national champion has found it mentally more difficult to watch from the corner than to compete on the nation’s biggest stage. “I definitely get more butterflies from being a coach than a competitor,” Gabe said. “You’d think it would be the opposite. When you care about these guys so much and when your brother’s out there, you wrestle with them … in the corner.” Max has unwavering emotional support that most young grapplers do not have the privilege of receiving

when starting their collegiate wrestling careers. On top of that, Max has the opportunity to learn a thing or two about wrestling from his coach. “There is nobody who knows more about winning at the 184pound weight class in college than the guy I’ve got at my disposal here,” Max said. “[I try] to use him for the details, his expertise. I am going to wrestle a lot of the same guys he wrestled, he knows what they do, and the things I need to do in order to be successful.” The support from Gabe and the rest of the team is paying off tremendously. Max is ranked 11th in the nation at 184 pounds and climbing. The freshman continues to win match after match for Cornell, offering the program high hopes for the remainder of the season and the years to come. Max has made a name for himself, and with many more matches left to wrestle for the Red. It’s no longer “Gabe Dean’s little brother”; it’s Max Dean. Jack Kantor can be reached at jkantor@cornellsun.com.

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are … The goal is to just wrestle to the best of your ability … His goal is to win when he steps on the mat.” ‘Demand the Best’

After winning a national title in his first year, the expectation for Diakomihalis remains the same — four championships. “I expect to win four [championships] because I demand the best of myself,” Diakomihalis said. “So the fact I won my freshman year, the most I can get is four, so I am going for four.” Diakomihalis has shown he can win a national championship, even in the toughest of situations. And by returning the favor to Eierman in

the national semifinal, the rising star has shown he can defeat everyone he has faced thus far. Nonetheless, there isn’t a sliver of complacency surrounding his mindset. “The goal is to continue to improve,” Diakomihalis. “You set these milestones for yourself, but really, you’re just looking to improve.” The true goal for Diakomihalis is to become the best wrestler he can be. And the national title is a result of this drive to improve — another stop along the road to greatness. Dylan McDevitt ’19 contributed reporting to this story. Jack Kantor be reached at jkantor@cornellsun.com.

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former great — “Broadway” Joe Namath — and tried his hand at acting. Milliman: Peter. After the resignation of Matt Kerwick, Milliman stepped in as the interim head coach of the men’s lacrosse team in May 2017. Led his team to an Ivy League championship and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2018. Moran: Richie. Hall of Fame lacrosse coach. Took Cornell to the NCAA playoffs countless 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. Newman: Wes ’09. Cornell swim and dive alumnus, now

leading the men’s squad. A Canadian, so swimmers have been practicing in maple syrup so the water feels easier at meets. Nieuwendyk: Joe ’88. Once NHL Rookie of the Year for Calgary 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. No. 25 retired at Lynah Rink on Feb. 26, 2010. Noel: Andy. Current Cornell Athletic Director. Daily Sun favorite. Who doesn’t love Andy? Novakovic: Joanna ’03. Head coach of Equestrian since 2014. Won the Ivy league in 2018, sending riders to nationals is not uncommon. Palmer: David. A two-time world champion, now the head coach of the squash program entering his third year. Once awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia by Queen Elizabeth II of Down Under. Got royalty in

his DNA. Penn: 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. Pepicelli: Dan. Head coach of the baseball team entering his fourth year. In his first two seasons, Coach Pep brought over his expertise from baseball powerhouse Clemson to revamp Cornell’s baseball program. Future is looking up for the Red on the diamond. Princeton: Yawn. Nickname: Tigers. Location: New Jersey, but shockingly 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, 2005-06, 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 the chant, “Kill, Schafer, Kill.” Entering his 24th season behind the Cornell bench in 2018-19, he has coached the Red to the NCAA tournament 11 times, as recent as 2018. Schoellkopf: Stadium which hosts football and men’s and women’s lacrosse. 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 recently debuted. Schneider: Daria. Entering her third year as head coach of the women’s fencing team. Schneider’s impressive history of accolades includes five-time US National Team member, twotime world championship medalist and U.S. Fencing national champion. She enters the program as the second youngest coach of an NCAA Division I program. Smith: Dayna. 16-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 28 All-Ivy honors, including one Ivy League Player of the Year award and one All-America selection. Secondlongest tenured active coach in the Ivy League. Smith: John. Men’s soccer head coach entering his third year. He comes to Ithaca from Palo Alto, where he was the associate head coach for Stanford — a team that won the 2015 NCAA title. Earned a win against nationally-ranked Syracuse in his second season. An England native, he knows a thing or two about soccer, or “football.” Stevens: Mike. Eight years as head coach of the women’s tennis program. Reigning Ivy coach of the year after leading the women to program’s first share of Ivy title. Tanasoiu: Silviu. Romanianborn head coach of the men’s tennis team who has led the Red for the last seven years. Led his squad to a 10-11 record last season, won an Ivy championship and went to second round of NCAAs in 2017. Tatum: Mark ’91. Played baseball at Cornell, named deputy commissioner and Chief Operating Officer of the NBA in 2014. This completes the trifecta of Cornellians leading pro sports. Vande Berg: Trudy. Entering fourth year as head coach of the volleyball team. During her second year, led her squad to the program’s most wins since 2006 and highest conference finish since 2008. 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?

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Cornell Alumni Score Big at Winter Olympics A silver-medal win puts five Cornell women’s Goaltender Ben Scrivens helps Team hockey team alumni on podium in South Korea Canada earn bronze in Pyeongchang By JOSH ZHU Sun Staff Writer

A previous version of this story was published February 22. Team USA topped four-time defending champion Team Canada Feb. 22 to earn its first gold in Olympics women’s hockey since 1998. The gold-medal match featured a thrilling back-and-forth which extended long past a 2-2 split in regulation time. Both squads were unable to score in the 20-minute overtime period and ended the penalty shootout in another 2-2 tie to force a sudden-death shootout. Team USA’s Jocelyn Lamoureux then found the back of the net on the U.S.’s sixth attempt to clinch the 3-2 victory.

With the Canadian silver medal showing, the five Cornellians on Team Canada are the first Red alumni to make the podium at Pyeongchang. Rebecca Johnston ’12 added a third medal to her previous two gold medals in Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014 to tie with Kevin Freeman ’63 as the second-most decorated Olympians in Cornell history. Both rank behind Pablo Morales Jr, J.D. ’94, who has five medals to his name. Laura Fortino ’13, Lauriane Rougeau ’13 and Brianne Jenner ’15 each added a second medal to their previous gold from Sochi 2014, while Jillian Saulnier ’15 earned her first Olympic medal. Josh Zhu can be reached at jzhu@cornellsun.com.

By RAPHY GENDLER Sun Assistant Sports Editor

A previous version of this story was published February 24. Days after the five Cornellians of Canada’s women’s hockey team earned silver medals in Pyeongchang, goaltender Ben Scrivens ’10 won bronze as Canada men’s hockey beat the Czech Republic, 6-4, in the Bronze medal game. Scrivens’ Olympic competition ended in his team’s 1-0 win over Finland Feb. 21, when he left the game with an upper body injury. Kevin Poulin took over in net

for the team’s semifinal loss to Germany and the win over the Czech Republic. In a Feb. 16 preliminary round contest, Scrivens made 18 saves on 20 shots, but Canada fell to the Czech Republic, 3-2, in a shootout. He made 28 saves and allowed just one goal in a 5-1 win over Switzerland Feb. 15. Scrivens’ 2,873 career saves are second-most in Cornell program history. His NHL career included stints in Toronto, Los Angeles, Edmonton and Montreal. Raphy Gendler can be reached at rgendler@cornellsun.com.

Football Team Feels the Effects Of National Political Discourse By ZACHARY SILVER Sun Senior Editor

A previous version of this story was published October 5, 2017. Like millions of football fans, Cornell football head coach David Archer ’05 watches hours of the sport on Sundays. But for him, the game on the television is almost exclusively tape from team’s matchup the previous day. Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, was different. At a rally in Alabama two days before, President Donald Trump called on NFL owners to “get that son of a bitch off the field right now” in regards to players who kneel during the national anthem — a movement started by ex-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who said he wanted to draw attention to racial inequality and police brutality in the U.S. In response, at least some members of nearly all 30 NFL teams knelt during the national anthem the following weekend of play, capturing the attention of Archer, who usually spends the weekend obsessing over his team’s play. Archer said that his Sept. 24, unlike most, was spent paying more attention to the NFL games because of the mass protests. “This one is hard not to see,” he said. “As much as you want to say we don’t do politics, it’s hard to not have something like that bleed over,” he said. And when hundreds of Cornell faculty, staff and students knelt last week in support of Kaepernick and against national and local racism, Archer and several football players took a knee as well to show their solidarity. For several players on the team, the recent protests, along with the backlash, hits home hard. Even though the vast majority of Cornell football players never play after college, pro-

fessional football players are their role models, as they have been for many players since youth. “I see myself in all of these African American athletes that are speaking up,” now-junior safety Malik Leary told The Sun in an interview during the Arts Quad demonstration. “I find a little bit of me in each and every one of them. With them doing that, I feel like it empowers me to do the same.” The NFL players who are taking part in the protests “are speaking for us, so you have to feel honored that they are doing something for you,” added junior linebacker Mo Bradford. “They are fighting for your freedoms and your rights.”

“I see myself in all of these African American athletes that are speaking up.” Malik Leary ’20

“Obviously, you’re at an Ivy League institution, so you’re with students who are very intelligent and ready to talk about things at a high level,” said wide receiver Demetrius Daltirus ’18. “The openness to talk about things is always there on our team,” he continued. “The openness to just express what you feel and be heard is great.” Daltirus added that more could be done, and that, with issues as complex and difficult as police brutality in America, there is “so much to talk about and so much” on which to educate others. While some contemplate what they can do to join the stands professional athletes are taking, other players are just trying to focus on what they can control, like the Red’s upcoming game. “I don’t really try to pay attention to that stuff,” captain and linebacker Kurt Frimel ’18, who is also a member of Cornell’s ROTC program, said when asked about the NFL protests. “I just try to focus on what I can control and what I’m doing right now. That kind of stuff is way out of my line of sight. I kind of let it happen out there.” Cornell football players hail from around the country, from Florida to Washington. Differences in opinions are seemingly inevitable, but players say putting on the same jersey every gameday dissolves many of their disagreements. “You forget all of that when you are playing on a team,” Daltirus said. “That’s the power of sports. You have such diverse players [and] everyone has to come together for one common goal at some point.” “When it’s 11 guys on the field trying to come at your head,” Leary said, “brothers become brothers really fast.”

Cornell football players say that since Trump was elected, they discuss politics almost as frequently as things like offensive and defensive schemes. But if there are players who want to stage their own demonstration, they may find it to be a difficult task: At home games in Schoellkopf, both teams take the field only after the national anthem is played. That tradition was on display on Saturday, when members of the Big Red Marching Band took a knee while their colleagues played the anthem and both the Cornell and Colgate teams remained in the locker rooms. Instead, players look to elevate the dialogue amongst themselves, knowing that the responsibility that comes with being an Ivy League athlete involves more than just grinding in the weight room and taking the field once Zachary Silver can be reached at zsilver@cornellsun.com. a week.


Sports scene | A former member of the Cornell football team, James Pitaro ’91 was named the new president of ESPN in March.

James Pitaro ’91 Named Eighth President of ESPN By RAPHY GENDLER and ZACHARY SILVER Sun Assistant Sports Editor and Sun Senior Editor

A previous version of this story was published March 5. James Pitaro ’91, a former football player on East Hill and one of several high-ranking Cornell alumni in the world of sports, has been named the president of flagship sports media outlet ESPN, the Walt Disney Company, ESPN’s parent company, announced on March 5. Prior to being named ESPN’s eighth president, Pitaro led Yahoo! Sports as the head of Yahoo! Media. He has held a number of high-up positions in Disney, most recently as the head of consumer products and the company’s interactive division. Pitaro, 48, studied economics and played wide receiver on the football team at Cornell, where he graduated from the College of Human Ecology with a degree in economics. “Between the opportunity to play football and the incredible academics, there really was no question,” Pitaro said about why he came to Cornell in a past interview with the College of Human Ecology. “I had no idea what I wanted to do when I graduated, but was really attracted to the variety of academic options at Cornell.” After graduating from Cornell, Pitaro earned his J.D. from St.

John’s University and practiced law in New York before becoming involved in the media industry. Among other Cornellians at the height of their respective sports field, Pitaro takes his new position with the sports media titan alongside Rob Manfred ’80 and Gary Bettman ’74, the commissioners of Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League, respectively, as well as his classmate Mark Tatum ’91, deputy commissioner of the National Basketball Association. Pitaro joins Dick Schaap ’55 and Jeremy Schaap ’91 in the ranks of ESPN. The elder Schaap was editor in chief of The Sun, and Jeremy Schaap, now a television personality and investigative journalist with the network, was a Sun sports editor. Sarah Spain ’02, a former Cornell track and field athlete, and Keith Olbermann ’79 are also longtime ESPN journalists. Pitaro’s promotion within Disney comes less than three months after the previous ESPN president, John Skipper, abruptly resigned, “citing a substance addiction problem.” George Bodenheimer, a former ESPN president and executive chairman, oversaw the transition process and served as interim chairman. Raphy Gendler can be reached at rgendler@cornellsun.com. Zachary Silver can be reached at zsilver@ cornellsun.com.

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Freshman Wrestler Secures NCAA Champion Title By JACK KANTOR Sun Assistant Sports Editor

A previous version of this story was published April 25. At the South Beach Duals last December, Cornell wrestling’s Yianni Diakomihalis lost by decision to Jaydin Eierman of Missouri. A video review in the match’s waning moments gave Eierman a chance to come from behind, and the Tiger wrestler executed a six-point cradle in the final seconds to stun then-No. 1 Diakomihalis and hand the freshman his first career collegiate loss. The loss to Eierman turned out to be the only defeat that Diakomihalis suffered en route to a national championship. But it was one loss too many, according to Diakomihalis. “That cost me a few nights of sleep,” he said. “I [wanted] that back.” Diakomihalis earned the chance to redeem himself against Eierman on the national stage at the NCAA Championships in Cleveland. Except this time around, he was operating with a torn right ACL. But against all odds, the fearless grappler rose to the challenge. Diakomihalis avenged his single loss and won in the national semifinal to advance to the title bout. The weight of the latter achievement notwithstanding, the young wrestler was grateful to get a chance at redemption. “The Eiermann match wasn’t about winning nationals or making the finals,” Diakomihalis said. “That one was just for me.” Not even the toughest of injuries was going to stop Diakomihalis from getting that loss back, illustrating the attitude and determination it takes to be a national champion. ‘Full Push’

In the national quarterfinals against two-time national champion Dean Heil of Oklahoma State, Diakomihalis unknowingly tore his ACL. The rookie would go on to win the match — and then two more — anyway, to win the title at 141 pounds, joining Cornell wrestling legend Kyle Dake ’13 as the second true freshman in program history to win an NCAA Championship. Dake went on to win four national titles in his collegiate career. “If we expect anything like we did with Kyle, the next three years are going to be a


Winning mindset | Yianni Diakomihalis won the NCAA title after competing with a torn ACL. heck of a lot of fun,” said head coach Rob Koll. To wrestle not one, not two, but three matches with a busted knee undoubtedly takes physical toughness to endure the pain. But it also takes a mental grit that separates wrestlers from champions like Diakomihalis. After that quarterfinal match, the trainers examined his right knee. But Diakomihalis insisted that he not know the details of the injury. He didn’t care how his knee felt, or what was wrong with it. He was going to keep wrestling for the title — no matter what. “[Trainer] Chris [Scarlata] did the ACL check and … he just made this face, and I was like, ‘don’t tell me what’s wrong, I don’t want to know. I am wrestling no matter what, so I rather not know,’” Diakomihalis said. A year before winning the title, it was unclear whether or not Diakomihalis would have been able to pull off what he accomplished at the NCAAs. Coming to Cornell, the talent was certainly there. “Just because he’s 18, 19 years old doesn’t mean he can’t beat a 22 or 23 year old; he will,” Koll said at the beginning of the season. “We know Yianni, although unproven [on the collegiate level], he’s a proven commodity.” But still, there was something missing. “A flaw of mine in high school [was] … I never had the full push,” Diakomihalis said. “And you need the full push.” On a technical level, Diakomihalis was wrestling at a very high level upon his arrival to East Hill. But skill alone is not enough to

win a national title. He still had plenty of work to do — mentally and physically — in the months leading up to the start of his first season as a collegiate wrestler. “[A lot of my improvement] came from training my mind, because I always had good skills, but I was never really in great shape and I never was super tough, [I never] grinded people,” Diakomihalis said. “I never broke people in high school. I just won matches because I was a better wrestler.” As good as he was, Diakomihalis was more than ready to improve as a wrestler, to obtain that ‘full push.’ He didn’t have to do go at it alone. Two-time All-American Mike Grey ’11, now an assistant coach at Cornell, has been an integral part of helping the freshman become a championship-caliber wrestler. “When I got here, all the intangibles — the ability to win close matches, the ability to score when you need to — all those things I had inside of me that I was not able to pull out, Mike was able to pull out of me,” Diakomihalis said. “Mike’s the toughest dude I know,” he added. “I knew he could get that out of me. I wasn’t tough, and he made me a lot tougher than I used to be.” According to Diakomihalis, Grey has gone above and beyond in helping him rise to the top. “[Grey’s] done so much for me this year,” Diakomihalis said. “He’s put a lot of time and effort into me. Even though it’s his job, he didn’t have to do that; he doesn’t have to work out with me and help me cut

weight, help me diet, way more than he needs to, way more than he should, some would say.” Every day, Grey would give Diakomihalis a mental test to complete. Whether it be getting a certain number of takedowns in a practice, or hanging from a bar for a period of time, the tests involved physical ability and tested Diakomihalis’ mental will. “When he first got here, he obviously had a lot of accolades to his name,” Grey said. “[But] there was a lot of unknowns.” He either passed or he failed. There was no in between, and failure was not an option — at least not for a champion. “I just try to challenge him mentally every day,” Grey said. “Every day there is an opportunity to expand his mental capacity and his mental toughness. And that’s really what I tried to hammer home to him.” Grey put significant time and effort into ensuring Diakomihalis was where he needed to be by the time the postseason rolled around. “I wouldn’t have won this year if he didn’t put so much time into me,” Diakomihalis said. “Bottom line, the odds of me winning go way down if I am just going through the regular season without [Mike] focusing on me.” As a result of all this time spent together, Grey has become much more than just a coach or trainer to Diakomihalis. “[Mike] is like family to me,” he said. “Mike’s done so much for me … He’s given up a lot for me.” The unwavering support from Grey helped elevate Diakomihalis, physically and mentally, to a place he wasn’t at when he first walked into the Friedman Wrestling Center. But by the time March rolled around, winning the NCAA Championship didn’t take him by surprise. “Not that I thought that I was better than everybody, but if you gave me a thousand dollars and said ‘bet’ I would have bet on myself,” Diakomihalis said. “For me, I expect the best possible result for myself whether or not I can do it.” Now, with a national title already under his belt, Diakomihalis is set to lead the charge over the next three years for the Red. “What I see from him in the future is just continued success,” Grey said. “He knows See WRESTLING page 35

Track Coach Helps With Post-Hurricane Relief in U.S. Virgin Islands By JOSH ZHU Sun Senior Writer

A previous version of this story was published October 30, 2017. Disaster has struck for millions of inhabitants south of the U.S., and one Cornell coach is trying to make a difference. With the U.S. Virgin Islands, among many parts of the Caribbean sea, ever-so-slowly recovering from the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Cornell men’s track and field and cross country head coach Adrian Durant has spearheaded a hurricane relief fundraiser in his home country of the U.S. Virgin Islands to help affected families get back on their feet. Rather than fundraising for general relief efforts, Durant has decided to target his campaign specifically toward restoring electricity to the Virgin Islands. Projections had initially pinned December as a target date for the reestablishment of full power, and six weeks removed from the two storms, locals are still struggling with basic electricity needs.

“People have been going without power for some time now, and [that] has affected everything [from] SNAP benefits [to] water [access],” Durant said. “[Projections] said that electricity would be back by Christmas-time, but that [increasingly] doesn’t seem like the case.” Recognizing that the need for electricity was a priority, Durant has now partnered with United Way of Tompkins County in a fundraiser to donate power generators to families. Contributors will be able to select one of several donation options, ranging from $319 for a 3500W generator to $1009 for a 10,000W one. “I just wanted to try to restore some normalcy to people’s lives so they can get on and start rebuilding,” Durant said. In order to motivate more students to participate, Durant has decided to introduce a small twist by presenting the fundraiser as a challenge. Contributors will be able to identify the student who convinced them to contribute to the cause by inputting his or her

NetID on the donation page. At the end of the challenge, the top five student fundraisers will be given the opportunity to travel to the Virgin Islands and meet the people they helped. “I wanted to find a way to get students to get behind it a bit more than a simple fundraiser, so I set it up as a challenge,” Durant said. “This way, more people are getting behind the challenge … and there’s an amazing opportunity to meet some of the people whose lives are being directly helped with their donations.” Durant’s initial motivations to start a fundraiser came with his close ties to the Virgin Islands. The coach was born in St. Croix, and competed as a sprinter on the U.S. Virgin Islands’ National Team during the 2000s before serving as the head coach for the country’s track and field team at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. “I’ve spent many years running for the national team and I really care about the program, the people and what happens to it,” he said. While Durant has spent the past

few years coaching for American universities, much of his family still resides in the Virgin Islands, and he immediately went down to visit his family in St. Croix in the aftermath of the storms. “I was there for five days with a curfew where you had to be home by 7,” because there were no lights and it was pitch black, Durant said “The conditions were terrible — there’s a lot of mosquitoes because of the water sitting around from the storm, it’s extremely hot and you can’t turn on the fan, you can’t wash clothes, and you can’t refrigerate food.” Of course, as a U.S. Virgin Islands native, Durant is no stranger to extreme weather himself. In fact, he was living in St. Croix when the Category 5 Hurricane Hugo hit the island back in 1989. “It was devastating — houses knocked down and no water — and I just remember going through the entire experience,” he said. A final push to start the fundraiser came when Durant noticed a lack of media coverage on the hurricanes’ aftermath in the Virgin

Islands, as well as a lack of opportunities in aiding the disaster relief in the Virgin Islands. “While the Virgin Islands are a U.S. territory, [people] didn’t hear about [the damage] as much on the news and even in comparison to Puerto Rico,” he said. “And the people who did hear about the Virgin Islands were coming up to me and saying they couldn’t find any fundraising sites for the cause, so I told them to give me a couple of weeks so I could work something out.” All said and done, Durant’s fundraiser has garnered quite the buzz in just over a week since its inception. The coach estimates that over 20 generators have been donated in that short time frame. “According to some of the emails and response we’re getting, I think we’re doing pretty well,” Durant said. “I just hope we can keep it going … and bring people together with something positive.” Josh Zhu can be reached at jzhu@cornellsun.com.

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Two ACL Tears Did Not Stop Lacrosse Midfielder By SMITA NALLURI Sun Staff Writer

A previous version of this story was published May 8. From tearing her ACL to tearing up the field, captain and midfielder Ida Farinholt ’18 has left a legacy on Cornell women’s lacrosse that transcends far beyond the realm of the field. The Richmond, Virginia native got her start in lacrosse at a young age, inspired by her two older brothers, but didn’t make the fortuitous decision to play for the Red until relatively late in the game. “Junior year [of high school] I wasn’t even looking at Cornell,” Farinholt said. “But I went to a tournament in Florida and [head coach Jenny Graap ’86] contacted me, and I thought ‘why not try?’ Meeting the team made me decide to come, and the offer was hard to decline with the academics.” Though she was able to make an immediate impact with her athleticism as a freshman, averaging over a point per game, Farinholt’s rare misfortune of tearing the same ACL in back-to-back seasons cut both her freshman and sophomore seasons short. Undeterred, Farinholt put her nose to the grindstone to become an integral part of the 2017 team that won the Ivy League title, advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament and finished the season ranked No. 11 nationally. Her hard work paid off as she was the team’s top athlete in the weight room this season, earning herself a spot on the coveted Wall of Honor.

“Having to sit out of two seasons was tough,” Farinholt said. “But it taught me a lot of lessons about resilience and being a team leader in a different way — not on the field, but on the sideline, and in the locker room and weight room. I learned to be patient and wait for my time to work hard and get back on the field.” Farinholt’s hard work on her strength and power translated to the field as she rounded out her senior season ranked third on the team in both points (30) and goals (25), and first for all midfielders in both categories. Displaying immense composure under pressure, Farinholt was also instrumental in the team’s two overtime wins this season — tying up the game against Colgate and scoring the game winner in double overtime against UMass. As impressive as Farinholt is on paper, it is the qualities that are harder to quantify that truly elevate her into a league of her own. CAMERON POLLACK / SUN FILE PHOTO

Lacrosse legacy | Ida Farinholt ’18 was the lacrosse team’s captain and top-scoring midfielder.

As if the resilience and mental fortitude required to come back from consecutive season-ending injuries weren’t enough of a testament to the strength of her character, Farinholt also won the BRICK award in 2017 — a distinction regarded by Graap as “the highest honor a player in our program can achieve.” For all her success, Farinholt remains modest — shift-

“Havng to sit out of two seasons was tough but it taught me a lot of lessons about resilience.” Ida Farinholt ’18 ing the praise away from herself and onto her teammates. “My class is very special in the fact that we started and ended with seven people,” she said. “We all stuck through injuries and other obstacles that everyone faces playing a Division I sport. Hopefully, our class became role models of how people can work hard and stick with the program.” Whether it’s continually setting the bar higher in workouts or comforting a teammate after a tough loss, Farinholt and her determination, perseverance and humility make anyone who knows her want to be better — not just as an athlete, but as a person. “Ida is a genuinely caring individual, and her teammates know that she will be there always,” Graap said. “She sets a strong example with her generosity of spirit and selfless attitude.” Though Farinholt will be donning the white and Carolina blue of the Tar Heels next year as she finishes out her remaining eligibility at the University of North Carolina, the impact — both tangible and intangible — that she has left on the Red will remain indelible. Smita Nalluri can be reached at snalluri@cornellsun.com.


Swimmer Earns All-American Honors in Two Events Alex Evdokimov, four-time Ivy champion, has reached NCAA nationals three times in his career By RAPHY GENDLER

my freshman year when I barely missed the cutoff,” Evdokimov said. “Since then I’ve been able to go, A previous version of this story was and I’ve been trying to improve and published May 8. have a good meet there, which only For Alex Evdokimov ’18, reaching happened this year which I was very NCAA nationals was the ultimate goal happy about.” from the beginning of his Cornell The four-time Ivy champion holds swimming career. It was a goal he the Cornell program record in the 100 quickly achieved — three times. by more than two and a half seconds. In March, Evdokimov capped off Evdokimov was the first Cornellian an impressive collegiate career, earn- to become a national finalist since ing first-team All-America honors in Randy Sprout ’86 did it in the 50 free two events at the NCAA swimming in 1986. and diving national championships At home against Brown in January, in Minneapolis. Evdokimov was one the 200 medley relay team of Dylan of just four swimmers to earn All- Curtis, Jacob Mullin, Jack Mahoney and Evdokimov posted a pool record 1:28.98. In the “I was extremely happy with the sea2018 Ivy Championships, Evdokimov took first in son and just how my Cornell career the 200 breast, beating out turned out.” the second-place finisher by more than three seconds. Alex Evdokimov ’18 While his senior season was a culmination of an impressive career, America honors in both the 100 and Evdokimov got off to a hot start right 200 breaststroke, earning fourth place when he arrived at Cornell from in the 100 and fifth in the 200. his hometown of Coral In the 200 at this year’s NCAAs, Evdokimov swam a 1:52.36 to get Senior star | Alex into the top five, less than a tenth of Evdokimov ’18 was a second slower than his previous best honored as first-team time. In the 100, he swam a 51.32, All-American in the breaking his previous Ivy League 100 and 200 brerecord — Evdokimov holds the best and second-best times in Ivy League atroke at this year’s NCAA swimming championship history in the 200. Evdokimov made an immediate and diving national splash in his freshman season, only to championships. miss the cutoff for nationals by a slim BORIS TSENG / margin. SUN ASSISTANT “I’ve wanted to go there ever since PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR Sun Assistant Sports Editor

Springs, Florida. He won the 100 and 200 breaststroke events at the Ivy League championships his freshman year before earning honorable mention All-American accolades in the 200 in his sophomore season and both the 100 and 200 as a junior. While his national achievements define his swimming career, Evdokimov said his experiences at Ivy tournaments were some of his favorites. “I’ve loved going to Ivies every single year because a lot of the team gets to go, so it’s a real team atmosphere,” he said. “Even though it’s such a demanding meet … everyone still gets to be there as a team.” Last

November, Evdokimov was honored with the 2017 Richie Moran Award, Cornell Athletics’ award for performance in and out of the sphere of sports. “Although there have been a lot of separate achievements and awards, [this award] encompasses everything together,” Evdokimov told The Sun in November. “It’s not very typical to be honored across … different sports.” After four years as a top performer for the Red, Evdokimov said he’ll miss the team environment most. “[I’ll miss] how close everyone was to each other and the atmosphere — the training environment and hanging out with the same people that you see 20 hours a week on top of that,” he said. As for what lies ahead for the standout swimmer, Evdokimov said he plans to train for the upcoming Olympic trials. “We’ll see what happens,” he said of the goal of reaching the Olympics. Fresh off one of the most impressive swimming seasons in Cornell history, it’s a bit early for Evdokimov to look back at his legacy — but he knows it’s one that promises to be long-lasting. “I was extremely happy with the season and just how my Cornell career turned out, and I’m hoping my name stays on the wall for a couple years,” Evdokimov said. Raphy Gendler can be reached at rgendler@cornellsun.com.

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Max Dean Makes Own Name in Collegiate Wrestling By JACK KANTOR Sun Assistant Sports Editor

A previous version of this story was published February 15. The Dean surname holds substantial weight on East Hill. Twotime NCAA Champion. Fourtime All-American. Gabe Dean ’17 exhibited dominance at 184 pounds in collegiate wrestling and won’t be forgotten soon. Gabe helped define part of Cornell wrestling’s dominance in recent years, but he has now graduated. And while he remains at the Friedman Wrestling Center as an assistant coach, he won’t be the Dean that fans of Cornell wrestling will be focusing on going forward. Stepping right in and taking Gabe’s place on the Cornell wrestling roster at 184 pounds is his younger brother, freshman No. 11 Max Dean. And as Gabe describes it, “It’s Max’s path now.” Max has set himself apart early, sporting 25 wins — including 13

bonus point victories — and just two losses, a more than impressive record for a freshman. But despite his improbable rookie success, Max has large shoes to fill, and people have continually compared him to his older brother. But to Max, the comparisons are noise and nothing else. “All of that is just a distraction,” Max said. “I take all of those things and set it aside. It’s a distraction. It has nothing to do with going out there and grabbing a guy’s leg and taking him down.” As a two-time Michigan state champion, it’s not such a surprise that Max is finding early success at the collegiate level. And yet, many speculate whether Max will follow in Gabe’s footsteps and bring glory to Cornell wrestling. But according to Gabe, his accolades, for now, don’t matter. “I’m done,” Gabe said. “[Max’s] needs are the most important in regards to wrestling and we don’t talk about [comparisons] because he’s a different person than I am,


Brotherly love | Max Dean ’12 works with his brother coach Gabe Dean ’17. and when you start comparing, it’s much.” Max’s struggle against compara distraction from what he needs to do.” isons to his brother did not start Max credits head coach Rob on East Hill. He’s had to deal with Koll, associate head coach Damion standing in Gabe’s shadow his Hahn and assistant coach Mike entire life, long before joining his Grey ’11 for helping establish him- brother in Ithaca last year when he started training at the Finger Lakes self as his own person. “They’ve never made me feel Wrestling Center. Max and Gabe like I was [Gabe’s] little brother,” grew up in western Michigan, and Max said. “I came here and we both were successful athletes who were going to focus on what I do participated in many of the same while wrestling. I’ve always been activities. No matter where the parallels my own person here and I think that’s part of why I love it here so have been drawn, within or out-

side of their athletic endeavors, Max and Gabe have been dealing with it their whole lives. That’s just the way things are with siblings. However, Max has learned to focus on himself. “Part of my growth mentally as a competitor and as a person off the mat … was realizing that [Gabe’s] his own person and that I am my own person,” Max said. Gabe, on the other hand, came to Cornell with a fresh slate — a luxury Max has not been able to enjoy. The brothers’ father, David Dean, had wrestled for Minnesota in the late 1980’s and was a twotime All American. But no Dean family member had wrestled competitively for some time, and certainly not at Cornell, when Gabe started competing in college. “My dad was a good wrestler but that was 100 years ago,” Gabe joked. “When there’s a big gap like that, you don’t feel it,” he added. “But credit to a guy [Max’s] age being able to separate those things and being able to eliminate that type of distraction. Especially with it being so fresh.” The love of the game Growing up with a father who wrestled and later coached in the Big Ten, it was hard for the Dean brothers to avoid the world of wrestling. But both Max and Gabe feel that it was always their choice to pursue the sport themselves. However, the two both feel that they were, to an extent, classically conditioned by their father to appreciate the sport to some degree. “You knew that if you were going to wrestling practice you were going to 7-11 after for a Slurpee,” Gabe said. And while it was never truly forced on them, the Dean brothers became grapplers at an early age. “Not taking it real seriously, my dad wasn’t a crazy parent by any means, but I was going to … practices and rolling around since I can remember,” Max said. The brothers wrestle because they grew to love the sport themselves, not because anybody else — their father or otherwise — forced them into it. Max believes it’s this independent love for the game that has contributed to the Dean brothers’ success in their respective wrestling careers. “I think the reason that we find success is that I know I don’t need to wrestle for my dad, I could call my dad and tell him I don’t want to wrestle anymore and he wouldn’t love me any differently,” he said. Max and Gabe never wrestled against each other, being three years apart, and it was maybe for the best. “I think it’s pretty healthy,” Gabe said. “I don’t think it’s ever good when you have two brothers who wrestle with each other all the time.” As a result, they have been able to maintain a great relationship outside the wrestling room, acting as each other’s best friend. Just like any pair of brothers or best friends would do, Max and See DEAN page 35


The Sun’s Sports glos•sa•ry

What’s that? You don’t know the difference between Schaap and Schafer? You better start reading.

Archer: David ’05. A student athlete himself back in the day and a man who has bled Red for years now, Archer is entering his sixth year as the head football coach of his alma mater. When Archer was hired in 2013, he became the youngest Division I head coach in the nation. Be on the lookout for that breakthrough season for the Red sometime in the near future. Arena: Bruce ’73. Played lacrosse and soccer for the Red. Current coach of the U.S. men’s national soccer team and 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 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. Baughan: Matt. Golf coach, who has been leading the Red for the past 19 seasons. Also has the honor of being head teaching pro at Cornell’s beautiful Robert Trent Jones golf course. Beckwith: Paul. Entering his 24th year as the head of the gymnastics program after coaching the team to second place in the ECAC championship this past season. 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! (Or if you are reading The Sun, just 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, when people actually show up. Boiardi: George ’04. Men’s lacrosse player who died after being struck by a lacrosse ball in a game against Binghamton in 2002. He was a fouryear starter, captain, set to graduate two months after death. Head coaching position named in his honor. 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. Bowman: Rich. Women’s track and field/cross country entering his 38th year working at Cornell. Was named director of the track and field program in 2016. Has coached over 150 athletes to Ivy League and Hep championships. Living legend. Brown: The color of dirt, but also an Ivy school that doesn’t believe in grades or sports. 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!” Colangelo: Bryan ’87. Current GM of the Philadelphia 76ers who played guard for the Red while on East Hill. Averaged three minutes a game in 42 contests. Trust the process. Colgate: Relatively substantial rivalry outside the Ivy League. Their fans throw Big Red chewing gum when the men’s hockey team is visiting, Cornell fans throw Colgate toothpaste when Raiders are in town. Columbia: 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 rowing, wrestling, men’s and women’s hockey and men’s lacrosse, among others. 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.

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Cullen: Terry and his late father Bob, that is. vard, hockey style. Action on the ice nearly paralFather-son team that coached the Cornell sprint leled in the stands. People throw fish (and in one football team “forever” and guided the Red to instance, an octopus) at Harvard players. People countless CSFL titles. In 2006, the Red achieved used to tie chickens to the net between periods, perfection for the first time since Purple Rain was but the ECACHL stepped in recently. People popular, going 6-0 en route to a national champiswear a lot. In between all this, the Red and Crimson play some great hockey. We laughed, we onship. Terry’s position as head coach is literally cried. A must see. named after him. Graap: Jenny ’86. 21-year women’s lacrosse Dartmouth: Small school, but with proper coach who helped the women’s laxers to a turnnourishment could become a full-grown university like the rest of its Ivy pals. Nicknamed the Big around season in 1998. She took the team to the Green, a name stolen from the children’s movie Final Four in 2002, garnering Coach of the Year of the same title. awards. Led the team to its first ever co-Ivy League Davy: Fight song, played after Cornell scores title and another NCAA berth in 2006, won Ivy in any game the Big Red Band bothers to attend, title in 2017. except for basketball where it plays it whenever it Harvard: Smug Ivy League school loaded with can at its own obnoxious decibel level. George M. money, squash courts and grade inflation. TopCohan stole the melody from “Give My Regards ranked rowing, swimming and hockey teams. to Broadway.” Nicknamed Crimson — the bastard child of the Dennison: Liz. Head coach of the women’s color red and poop. Also, introduced the world to rowers since 2015 after serving as assistant/associthe Winklevoss twins. Yuck. Helen Newman: ate since 2009. EAWRC Original headquarters of Co-Assistant Coach of Cornell women’s athletthe Year in 2011. Derraugh: Doug ’91. ics, now North Campus’ Returns for his 14th seahome to pickup basketson as head coach of the ball games, an indoor women’s hockey team. swimming pool and a He guided the Big Red to state-of-the-art fitness the national title game in center. Also houses one his fifth season and backof the premier bowling to-back-to-back NCAA alleys on campus or in Frozen Four appearances Ithaca for that matter. in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Hornibrook: Dwight Ivy champs in 2017. and Donna. HusbandDurant: Adrian. wife tandem leading Head coach of men’s two of Cornell’s squads. track and field/cross Dwight was recently country. Coach for U.S. named head coach of Virgin Islands at the women’s soccer, Donna 2016 Rio Olympics, has been head coach of sent four past and presfield hockey since 2004. Winningest Cornell ent Cornellians to Rio field hockey coach ever. as well. More swag than COURTESY OF CORNELL ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS Hoy: Home of Coryou can measure. Dryden: Ken ’69. In a league of his own | In 40-plus years as a nell baseball. First man to hit one over the forThree-time All-Amer- journalist, Dick Schaap ’55 excelled both in print ican, perennial All-Star and broadcast media. merly big right field and Stanley Cup netfence was Lou Gehrig, according to legendary historian and sports writer minder for the Montreal Canadiens. Found his Kenny “The Haunter” Van Sickle. The second — real calling practicing law, however. He was again according to Kenny — was George H.W. named the general manager of the Toronto Bush, in his Yale days, before he moved on to Maple Leafs in 2004 and inducted into the better things. College Sports Information Directors of America I.C.: Ithaca College, the school on the other Academic All-America Hall of Fame in May hill. Division III kingpin in just about every sport. 2005. His No. 1 was retired and lifted into the Nicknamed the Bombers, possibly because of an rafters of Lynah Rink in 2010. affinity for cheap Ithaca bars. Earl: Brian. Entering his third year at the helm Kerber: Chris. Lightweight crew coach since of men’s basketball. Princeton grad, played and 2008. ECAC Lightweight Coach of the Year coached basketball there before shipping to East thrice. Led squad to national championship in Hill. Once Ivy League Player of the Year, perhaps 2017. Dominance. Coach of the Year someday. Kennett: Todd ’91. BMA. Coach who estabECAC: Eastern College Athletic Conference Hockey League. Large coordinating organization lished lightweight crew dynasty — leading the overseeing collegiate sports up and down the eastsquad to three consecutive national championern seaboard. More specifically, the major college ships before becoming the heavyweight crew’s hockey league that Cornell calls home. Gives fearless leader in 2008. Enjoys putting his team on schools like Union and St. Lawrence an excuse to the erg machine before sun-up. feel smarter. Koll: Rob. Long-time, legendary wrestling Eldredge: Dave ’81. Best polo coach in the coach and former All-American, Koll has picked country. Need proof? In 2008, the men’s team up where previous coach Jack Spates left off. His overcame its underdog status to reach the national team has won the Ivies 19 times, including a finals, where it lost. In 2011 and 2012 the squad current streak of 16 in a row, and has placed in fell to the Cavaliers in the final and semifinal the NCAA top-10 14 times. Coached national rounds of the national championship, respecchampion Yianni Diakomihalis in 2018. Lynah: Lynah Rink, cradle of Cornell hockey tively. Also holds down the fort for the women’s fanaticism. 4,000-plus person capacity. Hockey squad, which earned its 13th national title in analyst Barry Melrose’s favorite college hockey 2011. Grand total of 15 national titles and 37 rink. Where legends are born and opponents’ national championship appearances, last coming dreams are crushed. in 2016. Lynah Faithful: Half-crazed Cornell hockey Farlow: Julie ’97. Alumna is the head coach fanatics who never miss regular or postseason of the softball squad, racking up over 400 wins home games. Climb and bang on Plexiglass and and three Ivy titles since beginning as assistant throw newspapers, garbage and fish at opposing in 2002. Two-time second-team All-Ivy while players. playing at Cornell, first woman to bat over .400, Manfred: Rob ’80. This ILR alumnus is the Cornell athletics hall of famer. commissioner of Major League Baseball. Often Friedman Center: State-of-the-art wrestling seen fielding grounders at Hoy Field. Invented an facility featuring practice and match space, weight inning clock once. rooms, offices, study rooms and locker rooms. Marinaro: Ed ’72. The best player in Red Benefactor is Stephen Friedman ’59, President football history. Appeared on the cover of Sports Bush’s former chief economic advisor. Illustrated on November 1, 1971 and was feaGallagher: Patrick. Head coach of the women’s swim and dive squad. Before, head coach tured in a fall 2007 issue. After a brief stint in at St. Francis where he is program’s winningest the NFL, he followed in the footsteps of another coach. Game (a.k.a. The Game): Cornell vs. HarSee GLOSSARY page 36


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MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2018



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‘a tip...led to an alarming discovery’



Search and seizure | FBI agents and Ithaca police raided Reynolds’ apartment, 8K, in Collegetown Plaza and found a wide array of weapons and tactical gear. ALICE SONG / SUN STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

AR-15, Bomb Found in Ex-Student’s Apartment Reynolds ’19, who is 20, and in a criminal complaint unsealed on Friday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Southwick accused him of four federal crimes: possessing FBI agents and local police seized an AR-15 rifle, a an explosive bomb, possessing a homemade gun silencer, homemade bomb, a bulletproof vest, 300 rounds of and two similar counts of providing false statements in ammunition and a plethora of other weapons, combat acquiring a firearm by paying a friend to purchase the apparel and survival supplies from a former Cornell gun for him from a vendor in Tompkins County. If convicted, Reynolds University student’s faces up to 40 years in apartment, extracting the prison. weaponry from the cen“Collectively all of these items The unassembled ARter of Collegetown earlier certainly suggest a specific recipe 15-style weapon found in this month in an operafor large scale destruction.” Reynolds’ apartment was tion that may have saved a Savage MSR-15 Patrol lives. Ithaca Police Chief Pete Tyler rifle, Derek Valgora, a There is no threat to special agent at the the campus or Bureau of Alcohol, Collegetown, Cornell Police Chief Kathy Zoner said on Friday, but the Ithaca Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, or ATF, said in an Police Department, the FBI and other agencies are inves- affidavit. Valgora said he also found a 10-inch NAPA tigating why the student was hoarding so much firepow- brand fuel filter modified to form a silencer, which is illeer and protective gear in his eighth-floor studio apart- gal to own if it is not registered. Inside a plastic bin with other fireworks, Valgora disment, which overlooks downtown Ithaca and sits just 500 feet from the edge of campus. Police arrested the former student, Maximilien R. See SEIZURE page 4 By NICHOLAS BOGEL-BURROUGHS

Sun City Editor

Unpredictable student prepared for attacks he feared, friends say By NICHOLAS BOGEL-BURROUGHS Sun City Editor

Friends described the former Cornell student who police said kept an AR-15 rifle, homemade bomb and vast array of survival gear in his Collegetown apartment as an unpredictable, compassionate 20-year-old who prides himself on being self-sufficient but struggled with bipolar disorder and a nagging paranoia prior to his arrest. Maximilien R. Reynolds ’19, a plant sciences major, had been on a forced academic leave from Cornell for at least two semesters before his arrest and was taking classes at Tompkins Cortland Community College while he worked at a Cornell professor’s home See REYNOLDS page 4

Unprecedented discovery brings gun,mental health debates to C.U. By GIRISHA ARORA Sun Managing Editor

The revelation from police that a former Cornell student was hoarding an AR-15 rifle, ammunition and a homemade bomb in his Collegetown apartment has shat-

tered many students’ image of Ithaca as a city immune to concerns faced by the rest of the country. The FBI and local police’s finding of survival materials and weaponry is an unprecedented discovery in a student’s residence, officials said, and students said the raid brought

the nationwide debate over guns and mental health to the University’s doorstep. Maximilien R. Reynolds ’19, who was on leave from Cornell,

is in the custody of U.S. Marshals and has been charged with four federal crimes including possessing a silencer and directing a friend to buy the rifle for him. “Whenever you hear about events happening around the country over the news, it doesn’t affect you, … it just stays at the back of your head,” said Anthony Ko ’20. “But

Stored | Police searched two storage units rented by Reynolds near the City of Ithaca and found chemicals commonly used to make bombs.

something like this, it’s at home, and it hits you hard.” Ko lives in Cascadilla Hall, just across Dryden Road from Collegetown Plaza, the apartment complex where Reynolds lived, and which the FBI, Ithaca Police and state troopers raided on March 7. Inside Reynolds’ eighth-floor apartment, officers See REACTION page 12


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