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SAE Pledges Acquitted Of Criminal Charges By KERRY CLOSE Sun News Editor


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A previous version of this article first appeared on on June 27. Three former Sigma Alpha Epsilon pledges were acquitted of criminal charges in connection with the death of George Desdunes ’13, who died after a hazing ritual in February 2011, a Tompkins County judge ruled on June 26. Max Haskin ’14, Ben Mann ’14 and Edward Williams ’14 were charged with first-degree hazing and first-degree unlawfully dealing with a child. They had been awaiting See Page 5 for news stories the verdict since describing two of the days the four-day trial of the SAE pledges’ trial concluded on May 24. During the trial, Judge Judith Rossiter J.D. ’86 heard evidence from both the district attorney and the SAE pledges’ defense team on the events of the morning of Desdunes’ death on Feb. 25, 2011. She ruled on June 26 that the pledges were not guilty, according to Ray Schlather J.D. ’76, a defense attorney in the case. "The court determined, without reservation or equivocation, that these young men are innocent. They did not haze George Desdunes or cause his death," Schlather said. In May 2011, Haskin, Mann and Williams were indicted by a grand jury on misdemeanor charges of first-degree hazing and first-degree See SAE VERDICT page 4


Stone Arch Bridge | Construction workers on site Monday at the Stone Arch Bridge, which overlooks the Cascadilla gorge, begin installing a net aimed at deterring student suicides.

Construction Begins on First Bridge Net By DANIELLE SOCHACZEVSKI Sun Staff Writer

After two years of contentious debate over how to best deter suicide and prevent accidents in Ithaca’s renowned gorges, construction began Monday on the first of seven nets set to be installed

under and around campus and city bridges. University architects began Monday by working on a net under the Stone Arch Bridge on College Avenue, which crosses the Cascadilla gorge to connect Collegetown to campus. Once the net is

C-Town: ‘A Really Disgusting and Uninviting Scene’ By JEFF STEIN Sun Managing Editor


Party fall | A student wades through the pile of rubble that was the front porch of a Collegetown house before it collapsed during a party at the house Sunday night.

Party Interrupted by Porch Collapse By LIZ CAMUTI Sun City Editor

When the tenants of 208 Williams Street moved into their newly renovated house this week, they never expected that despite the layers of new plaster and coats of fresh paint, their Collegetown residence was about to crumble beneath them.

But on Sunday night, during a party at the house, the porch, which had been left untouched during the summer renovations, collapsed in on itself, leaving party-goers in a pit of rubble. Most walked away unscathed or with minor injuries, but flying beer cans and screeching students — many of whom escaped through win-

dows, which became the only means of exit from the house — led to a scene of chaos in Collegetown. While the tenants did not wish to publicaly express their concerns, the house was inspected two weeks ago after the renovations were completed and was approved See PORCH page 6

Broken beer bottles line the streets like confetti. Garbage becomes indistinguishable from the sidewalk surrounding it. And a porch collapses on itself in the middle of a party. Welcome home. Thousands of students returned to Collegetown this weekend, transforming the idyllic serenity of an Ithaca summer into a hotbed of drunken mayhem. And while this picture may offer a comforting familiarity for students returning to old stomping grounds and cherished friends, for others — namely, the hundreds of Ithacans who call Collegetown their home year-round — the scarcely tamed

debauchery represents something different entirely. Take, for instance, Common Council member Graham Kerslick (D-4th Ward), a 58 year old who lives at Orchard Place, in the heart of Collegetown. Kerslick wrote to Cornell officials on Monday to lament the “appalling state” of his neighborhood. “Many streets, including College Ave., Cook St. and Catherine St., were covered with plastic cups, beer cans, broken glass and other garbage,” Kerslick said. “In many years of residence in the area, I don’t recall such widespread and blatant disregard for the community.” See C-TOWN page 6

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News Witness Account

Gregory Wyler ’12 testifies to the events of the pledging ritual that preceeded the death of George Desdunes ’13. | Page 5

News Day in Court

A judge denies the defense team’s motion to dismiss the criminal case against three former SAE pledges. | Page 5

Opinion New Orleans, I Love You

Deborah Liu ’13 explains why her first trip to New Orleans this summer instilled in her a love for the southern city. | Page 11

Arts It’s Electric

Sarah Angell ’13 reflects on her experience at the 2012 Electric Forest music festival in Michigan in June. | Page 22

Sports Big Leagues

Former Cornell baseball star Brian Billigen ’12 gets picked up as a free agent by the Arizona Diamondbacks. | Page 32

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SAE Fraternity Pledges Continue to Face Civil Suit SAE VERDICT

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unlawfully dealing with a child, in connection with Desdunes’ death. They all pleaded not guilty. A fourth person under the age of 19 was also charged, but the records are sealed due to the person’s age. Haskin, Mann and Williams left campus about a month after Desdunes died and were no longer enrolled at Cornell when charges

were filed, according to Tompkins County District Attorney Gwen Wilkinson. Some descriptions of Desdunes’ death portrayed his involvement in the pledging event as non-voluntary. In a separate, $25 million wrongful death lawsuit filed in civil court, Desdunes’ mother, Marie Lourdes Andre, alleges that the pledges “compelled [Desdunes] to consume alcohol until he lost consciousness,” and

that, in addition to the zip ties and duct tape, a “noose” was tied around Desdunes’ neck so tightly that it left “ligature marks.” Rossiter cleared the pledges of all charges, but the Cornell chapter of the SAE fraternity, which faced the same misdemeanor charges the four individual defendants did, was found guilty on both counts and faces a fine of about $12,000. The chapter, a separate entity from the national

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fraternity, was disbanded when the University revoked recognition and was not represented by counsel during the trial. Although the criminal case has concluded, the wrongful death suit filed in June 2011 by Andre, Desdunes’ mother, is still pending in the State Supreme Court in Brooklyn, where Andre lives. The suit names the national fraternity as well as 20 former SAE brothers and pledges as defendants, according to court documents. In May, after the trial, Rossiter said she hoped the pledges would learn a lesson from the tragedy of Desdunes’ death. “Even college boys who are engaging in what they hope is good fun are subject to the same

rules of time and death as anyone else,” she said. “If nothing else, I hope they take that from this experience.” Schlather, the defense attorney, added that “there are no winners in this tragedy.” “The family of George Desdunes has lost a son, and these young pledges were unnecessarily scapegoated, and their lives have been irreparably damaged,” Schlather said. Nonetheless, one defendant appeared to declare victory after his acquittal. “#WEWON,” Ben Mann ’14 posted on Twitter a few hours after Rossiter’s ruling. The Sun’s News Department can be reached at

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secured under the bridge, the black, vertical fence currently in place will be taken down, according to Gilbert Delgado, University architect. “We are still doing some preliminary preparation work but today is the first day of physical construction,” Delgado said. After three Cornell students committed suicide off the bridges in early 2010, temporary chain-link fences were erected on several bridges that overlook the gorges on campus. The temporary fences were replaced in the summer of 2010 with the current black fences. After months of public dialogue over the most effective way to prevent gorge suicides, in December 2011, the City of Ithaca Common Council voted to approve the University’s proposal to install nets under three city bridges. The city’s planning board gave its approval for barriers on the four bridges owned by the University and on the three city bridges also approved by the Common Council, allowing the project to proceed. Nets are set to be installed under six bridges: the Stone Arch Bridge, Trolley Bridge, Thurston Avenue Bridge, both bridges on Stewart Avenue and the Beebe Dam Bridge. Netting will be constructed around the Suspension Bridge, according to Delgado. Common Council member Ellen McCollister ’78 (D3rd Ward) who voted against the nets in December, said at the time that bridge barriers fail to address the mental health factors that are the root cause of the suicides. Still, McCollister said Monday she acknowledges

that Cornell and the city worked together in “a good faith effort” to come to an agreement on a solution to the growing problem. She noted Monday that Cornell will finance the project for the first decade, alleviating the financial burden the construction of the nets would otherwise place on the city. “Cornell has agreed that it will be paying for the nets for the first 10 years. The city cannot absorb the extra cost,” McCollister said. In previous meetings throughout 2010 and 2011, Common Council members have said that the nets, in addition to serving as a safety measure against both suicides and accidental deaths, will be an aesthetic improvement from the current fencing. “The netting is less intrusive, so that’s a good thing, but it’s still a barrier,” McCollister said. “My concern as a policy maker will be to see if the nets make any difference in reducing the overall suicide rate.” Celia Muoser, president of Cornell Minds Matter, said the student-run mental health organization supports the bridge nets as one component of the University’s efforts to improve improve student mental health. Several workers were on site at the Stone Arch Bridge Monday afternoon. According to John Pritchard, a worker on site, the crew spent the day drilling the holes for the cables that will hold up the net under the bridge. As of this week, traffic will not be obstructed on College Avenue as a result of the construction, according to Delgado. Danielle Sochaczevski can be reached at

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Fmr. SAE Brother Testifies in Trial

Wyler ’12 was kidnapped alongside Desdunes ’13 the night of pledging death By JEFF STEIN Sun Managing Editor

A previous version of this article first appeared on on May 22. In the early hours of Feb. 25, 2011, after he was bound by zip ties and blindfolded, fed vodka, pixie sticks and strawberry syrup, and forced to sing “Seasons of Love” from “Rent,” Gregory Wyler ’12 turned to George Desdunes ’13 and asked, “Are you alright? Can you hear me?” “I thought [Desdunes] was okay because I’d seen him pass out numerous times,” Wyler recalled May 22 as he gave testimony at the criminal trial of Max Haskin ’14, Ben Mann ’14 and Edward Williams ’14, three former members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity charged with first-degree hazing and first-degree unlawfully dealing with a child. Wyler turned out to be wrong. Several hours after the mock kidnapping, during which Haskin, Mann and Williams allegedly gave Wyler and Desdunes alcohol, Desdunes was found unresponsive on a couch at SAE. He died at Cayuga Medical Center later that day. The other SAE brother kidnapped that night, Wyler gave a painstakingly detailed account of the evening, though the passage of time and the circumstances of the night — clouded by booze and blindfolds — posed challenges to certainty. While cross-examining Wyler, Haskin’s lawyer Raymond Schlather J.D. ’76 sought to portray the kidnapping as no more than “play-acting,” a “drama” in which any participant could break character and end the performance. Much of Wyler’s testimony seemed to support that interpretation. Wyler agreed, for instance, that the brothers who had been reverse-kidnapped by the pledges were supposed to then contact other SAE brothers for help. According to the script as dictated by the tradition of the event, brothers would then arrive at the mock-kidnapping and end it, Schlather said. Wyler said he attempted to set this course of events in motion by sending a text message to another SAE brother. That brother was apparently busy, and while it is impossible to know what would have happened had he been available, Schlather said Desdunes, in fact, opposed the intervention. “You were seated right next to George Desdunes in the town house, and after you [sent the text], you said, in substance, ‘I just summoned help,’” Schlather said, addressing Wyler. “And George then, realizing that your phone had

been used ... actually scolded the pledges for not removing your phone before you made that text. Isn’t that right?” Wyler agreed. Schlather used this and other parts of Wyler’s testimony to buttress his argument that Desdunes was a willing participant in the mock kidnapping. For instance, Wyler said that after vomiting twice he asked that he no longer be made to drink. The pledges reportedly agreed to stop making Wyler drink at that point, and apparently did the same when, shortly afterwards, Desdunes asked them to stop. “As soon as [Desdunes] said he had had enough they stopped for him as well?” Schlather asked. Wyler said yes. Before the defense was called to cross-examine the witness, Assistant District Attorney Andrew Bonavia had Wyler recount the precise chain of events of the night. He expressed frustration with Wyler’s answers on several occasions, at one point asking Judge Judith Rossiter J.D. ’86 to treat Wyler as a “hostile witness” given his purported inability to remember the evening. “Judge, this is now the fourth member of this fraternity that we’ve tried to ask questions of that say they don’t remember,” Bonavia said. “The forgetfulness is evasive; these are college-aged students and they have no memory of the events of this evening.” Bonavia argued that alcohol, fraternity culture and the reckless actions of the SAE pledges directly led to Desdunes’ death, according to The Ithaca Journal. That account mirrors the one asserted in the brief filed by Marie Lourdes Andre, Desdunes’ mother, in June. Andre’s suit, which seeks $25 million in damages, alleges that pledges “compelled [Desdunes] to consume alcohol until he lost consciousness.” “As a direct and proximate result of SAE defendants’ negligence, [Desdunes] endured great mental and physical suffering until he died,” the suit states. But in line with his defense briefs, Schlather claimed Desdunes was a heavy drinker, known as “blackout George.” Wyler admitted he had heard the nickname and said he had seen Desdunes pass out on several prior occasions, even after being able to stand and talk moments before. On the morning of the pledging ritual, Desdunes was able to get out of the vehicle at the SAE house with the assistance of the pledges and, Wyler recalled, seemed okay when he saw him at the house library. Schlather argued that this, in conjunction with Desdunes’ reputation as a heavy


SAE | Brothers were evicted from the fraternity house after the University revoked its recognition in February 2011.

drinker, gave the pledges reason to believe Desdunes did not need medical attention upon his return to the fraternity. Desdunes’ drinking habits were further corroborated by testimony provided to police and recently obtained by The Sun. Though the name of the person making the statement is redacted, he says in the document that he is the SAE brother “in charge of rituals that involve initiation.” “[Desdunes] would be someone that you would check on in a bar, for example, if he was keeled over, you want to make sure he was ok. He’s ‘Black Out’ George; it’s what he does. He’s been known to sleep walk before after drinking; he’s peed on another brother’s door; he’s peed on a brother’s PS3 system and in his own bed after drinking as well,” the person states. “I almost expected to hear that George would be in the ER from drinking too much.” Jeff Stein can be reached at

Judge Denies Motion to Dismiss Case Against SAE Pledges scriptions for azithromycin, patanol and meclizine at Gannett Health Services the day before he died. That friend later testiA previous version of this article first fied that “‘what I knew was not readily apparent to the rest of the world because I appeared on on May 23. As the third day of the criminal trial of lived with this guy,’” Schlather said. Schlather cast doubt that the pledges three former Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity pledges unfolded on May 23, the were aware of Desdunes’ poor health and defense urged the judge to close the case, could have foreseen the effects of mixing battering the prosecution for providing alcohol with medications Desdunes may insufficient evidence that the pledges who have consumed prior to the kidnapping. allegedly fed George Desdunes ’13 alcohol Pointing to the pathology report — which before he died caused or could have fore- stated that Desdunes had swollen glands and congestion at the time of his death — seen Desdunes’ death. Judge Judith Rossiter J.D. ’86 denied Schlather argued that illness may have the request to dismiss the case, saying the played a role in Desdunes’ death. “The evidence the prosecution has pro1965 legal precedent the defense raised, People v. Lenti, was dated and neither vided with respect to the cause of death invalidated evidence nor showed the pros- shows that there are causes [of Desdunes’ ecution had failed to prove beyond reason- death] other than what happened in the one-hour period inside the townhouse,” Schlather said. “A shot is not one ounce of alcohol. A Citing Desdunes’ pathology shot at SAE is three ounces of alcohol.” report, he read, “the cause of death is acute respiratory Raymond Schlather J.D. ’76 failure secondary to acute ethanol toxicity.” But Assistant District Attorney Andrew Bonavia insisted that able doubt the pledges’ guilt. Asking Rossiter to dismiss the charges Desdunes died of acute ethanol toxicity, of first-degree hazing and unlawfully deal- not from illness. “He didn’t die because he had swollen ing with a child, Raymond Schlather J.D. ’76, who represents Max Haskin ’14, dis- glands,” Bonavia said. Schlather, however, had a different agreed with the prosecution’s argument that the three former SAE pledges, Haskin, reading of the report. “On its face, it says that [Desdunes] Ben Mann ’14 and Edward Williams ’14, caused or could have reasonably foreseen died because he had respiratory failure and there was a lot of alcohol in his body. The Desdunes’ death. Desdunes, Schlather said, had told a question you have before you, judge, is friend he suspected he had walking pneu- where did the alcohol come from?” monia on Feb. 24, 2011, and filled pre- Schlather said, asserting that the pledges By AKANE OTANI

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had not fed Desdunes the alcohol that ultimately killed him. Pushing his point, Schlather said the amount of alcohol the pledges allegedly fed Desdunes at the kidnapping event — which Jon Blechman, Mann’s lawyer, argued could have been fake — was not lethal. Calling former SAE brother Kyle Morton ’12 to the stand, the defense sought to bolster its argument that Desdunes had consumed large amounts of alcohol before the event even begun. In the half-hour Morton estimated he and Desdunes were in his room around 10 p.m. on Feb. 24, 2011, Morton said they drank whiskey — “Jack Daniels or Jameson.” “How were you consuming that whiskey?” Schlather asked. “Straight out of the cup,” Morton replied. Prodding further, Schlather asked, “And how much did Mr. Desdunes consume?” “We both finished our cups,” Morton said, estimating that the cup, typical of a “traditional beer pong cup” SAE brothers used, contained nine ounces of alcohol. The drink, by the defense’s estimations, was just one of several Desdunes had before the kidnapping. Desdunes consumed between five and seven drinks sometime between 11 and 11:30 p.m. on Feb. 24, 2011, Schlather said. But each of these drinks, he said, contained at least three ounces of alcohol, meaning when Desdunes “walked out of the fraternity around midnight, he had consumed even more alcohol than was readily evident.” “A shot is not one ounce of alcohol. A shot at SAE is three ounces of alcohol,” Schlather said, pointing to a photograph of a shot glass found at SAE.

Bonavia disagreed with Schlather’s calculations, suggesting they were flawed. Furthermore, Bonavia said, Desdunes “didn’t appear intoxicated” and had no trouble calling for a ride to return to the SAE fraternity from Collegetown prior to being kidnapped by the pledges. “Do we believe that he would have passed away if he had gone home? That’s where this kidnapping comes into play,” Bonavia said. By the time Desdunes was returned to the SAE fraternity, Bonavia said, he was slumped over the shoulders of the pledges and was in such a condition that Wyler and the pledges “knew he was so bad off that what might happen to him — what actually happened to him — could occur.” The two sides also sparred over whether Desdunes had consented to participate in the kidnapping event that led to his death. “Whether a person who is hazed consents to that activity — I protest that,” Bonavia said. Regardless of the testimonies of Wyler or the pledges, Bonavia, citing a case settled in 2010, said that there is no question as to whether or not hazing is consensual. The very nature of hazing, he said, means that it is forced. “Consent is not a valid defense. It would be completely illogical to say hazing doesn’t apply where the victim — the person who suffers physical injury, or in this case, dies — consents,” Bonavia said. “That’s what hazing is ... There’s a reason why it’s illegal.” Akane Otani can be reached at

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Porch Buckles Under Weight of Party-Goers Police Records Detail PORCH

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by the building department, according to the staff at Pam Johnston Apartments, which owns the building. However, there was no maximum occupancy posted for the porch anywhere on the premises, nor any mention of it in the lease the tenants signed last semester, according to landlord Pam Johnston. Johnston said eyewitnesses reported to her that there were more than 50 people on the porch. “The porch failed because of over-trafficking — it was not meant for 50 people to stand on

it,” Johnston said. “I spoke to people from the building department who told me that this is very common.” Johnston was orginially told 10 people were on the porch, but was led to believe this number was significantly higher after recieving reports from other residents on Williams Street, she said. “We got a message on our answering machine saying there was about 10 people on the porch and no one was hurt but no one called our 24-hour emergency service and we didn’t know about the incident until the morning,” Johnston said. “We have now looked at the numbers,

since it was an absolute mystery to us how 10 people could collapse a porch, and now know it was many more than 10.” While representatives from Pam Johnston Apartments said that there has not been a conversation about the price of the repair, they said they assumed the landlord would be responsible for replacing the porch. “I’m assuming we’ll take care of it,” said Jeff Baker, a representative from Pam Johnston Apartments. “We couldn’t document or prove whose fault it was.” Liz Camuti can be reached at

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Kerslick’s frustrations were widely echoed by other permanent residents of the area. “This is one of the worst starts to the semester I’ve seen,” Common Council member Ellen McCollister ’78 (D-3rd Ward) said in an interview with The Sun Monday. “It’s not just the crowds but the constant beer pong games, the cups, the litter everywhere, the shouting, hooting, hollering — it’s a really disgusting and uninviting scene when Cornell is supposed to be the cream of the crop.” McCollister added that the severity of the problem of binge drinking has been “ratcheting up over the years.” “Maybe it’s a sense of entitlement? It does seem to be a generational shift,” McCollister

were trying, apparently in vain, to get her home. There was also one male individual who police saw jumping up and down on a vehicle at the intersection of Eddy Street and Dryden Road. “Through further investigation, said vehicle was found to be friend’s who did not want to pursue charges,” the police report notes. Cornell administrators have made a concerted effort to reduce binge drinking across campus. The University announced at a conference in January that it aims to achieve a 25-percent reduction in the rate of binge drinking. According to a report cited by the University, 61 percent of first-year students involved in the Greek system engage in high-risk drinking. Eric Silverberg ’14, a member of the Collegetown

“This is one of the worst starts to the semester I’ve seen.” Ellen McCollister ’78

said. She acknowledged, however, that Collegetown living arrangements can be substandard and stressed that no one party was to blame for Collegetown’s current state. “We have to get away from finger-pointing ... this is community building we need to do together. We have a real opportunity to make Collegetown a much better place for all of us,” McCollister said. “So it was very discouraging to get such a bad start.” The Ithaca Police Department’s daily activity log illustrates her point. On Friday, police broke up a party in Collegetown at about 11:30 p.m. Five minutes later, police responded to a complaint from a caller unable to get out of her parking spot “due to a large gathering of college age subjects.” Officers dispersed the crowd of about 70 before responding to at least three additional noise complaints, four reports of alcohol overdoses and nearly a dozen open container violations — all in Collegetown. As more students returned on Saturday, the list of Collegetown infractions appeared to continue unabated, although exact figures are unknown. Shortly after midnight, officers responded to reports of a highly intoxicated female at Collegetown Bagels. Another intoxicated female was hospitalized on Dryden Road at 1 a.m. Police responded to a report of a third intoxicated female whose two male friends

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Neighborhood Council, said for that sort of change to occur, students must change their habits. “The only way to resolve this issue is that students need to take responsibility,” Silverberg said. Ed Mosley, who works at Joyce’s Cleaning Service and spends his days cleaning up the aftermath of Collegetown parties, said business has never been better. “You can’t even fathom the parties we’ve seen,” Mosley said, citing one incident in which the stickiness of the floor led him to inadvertently step out of his shoes. He also said that when students know a cleaning service is coming, they often simply throw a towel over a pool of vomit rather than cleaning it up — leaving the hard work for others. Mosely added that his cleaning service has stopped giving its rates out over the phone — waiting to survey the scope of the destruction before deciding upon a fair price. “Sometimes you see two kegs of beer that are sitting there making a pool. You go in there to sweep but the tobacco from the blunt is still sticking to the floor because of the liquor that is spilt there,” Mosley said. “You couldn’t use an ashtray or a garbage [can]?” Liz Camuti and Jonathan Dawson contributed reporting to this article. Jeff Stein can be reached at

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Cuomo’s War I

ncoming freshmen, welcome to Ithaca. I wish I could use this space to give a few friendly pieces of advice regarding the perils and delights of the journey before you. Time is brief, however, and right now, you need to hear a few facts on the war currently being fought across America, and Ithaca’s place in that war. This summer, which some have dubbed the Summer of Solidarity, saw unprecedented acts of grassroots non-violent resistance across the country against the coal, oil and natural gas industries. For

tree-sit. The Hobet Mine blockade was only one of many battles fought throughout the Summer of Solidarity by the people of Appalachia against the process of Mountaintop Removal. Mountaintop Removal quite literally obliterates mountain ecologies and poisons the air and water of whoever and whatever lives nearby. The blasts used in Mountaintop Removal in Appalachia over one week are equivalent in destructive force to the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in

Tom Moore What Even Is All This? a long time now, these industries have been at war with the people of this land and with the land itself. The New York front of this ongoing war is very likely going to escalate in the next few weeks, and I write this column in part to try to lay out what the front lines can look like when the people show the solidarity and strength to stand up and fight back. I use the word war quite deliberately in describing the fossil fuel industry’s relationship to the people and to the planet. I hope my reasons for doing so will become clear as I highlight just a few of the countless non-violent actions taken by a wide spectrum of Americans over the course of the Summer of Solidarity. On July 28, warriors in West Virginia working with the Radical Action for Mountain People’s Survival campaign walked onto the Hobet coal mine, the largest Mountaintop Removal site in Appalachia, and shut it down with several lock-downs to mining equipment and one

1945, according to the documentary The Last Mountain. The people of Appalachia live in a war zone, and they are fighting for their survival. Meanwhile, warriors in Texas attended trainings in non-violent direct action, in preparation for blockades against the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. As some of you may remember, a massive grassroots civil disobedience campaign previously pressured Obama into rejecting TransCanada’s permit for the portion of the pipeline crossing the border into Canada. Since then, however, Obama has bowed to industry, and construction on the Texas portions of the pipeline began on August 16. The many warriors resisting the construction ranged from environmentalists, aware that tar sands oil extraction is three times dirtier than conventional oil, to Tea Party Conservatives, outraged at a foreign corporation’s efforts to muscle its way onto the property of unconsenting landowners. In oil as in

coal, the industry is at war both with the people and with the land. Warriors in New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio, fighting on a different front of the same war, spent this summer fighting hydraulic fracturing. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a method of extracting natural gas by pumping a cocktail of sand, water and chemicals into the earth at high pressure, thus fracturing shale formations and releasing natural gas. Advocates of fracking will tell you that the cement casing lining the well prevents any contamination of the groundwater during the fracking process. What they won’t tell you is that 6 percent of all well casings fail immediately upon being installed, and 50 percent fail over the first thirty years of the well’s life. When casings fail, the groundwater is contaminated with toxic fracking chemicalsand methane. The resulting water is not only poisonous to all life (crops, livestock, humans, etc.): It is often flammable. Groundwater contamination is only the tip of the iceberg. The fracking process releases 40-60 percent more methane than conventional gas drilling, according to research by Cornell professors Robert Howarth and Anthony Ingraffea. Natural gas obtained by fracking is thus at least as bad as coal and oil in terms of its effects on climate change. In a testimony he gave before Congress in May, Howarth cited cases of major local air pollution, acute ozone pollution and massive contamination of the drinking water supply, and argued that much more research is needed on the health risks and environmental risks of fracking. While groups like the Ithaca-based Physicians Scientists & Engineers for Healthy Energy have been working to publicize the dangers inherent to the process of fracking, members of affected communities already all too familiar with those dangers have been rising up and making their own voices heard. Just a few examples: On July 8, Earth First! activists

blockaded an active fracking site in Pennsylvania’s Moshannon State Forest and shut it down. On the 28th, over 5,000 warriors gathered at the Stop the Frack Attack in Washington, D.C., the first ever national rally against fracking. Most recently, and closest to home, on August 11, a group of warriors from across New York and Pennsylvania, myself and many other Ithacans included, blockaded the Northeast Regional Headquarters of Schlumberger, shutting down operations for the day. Until now, New York State has had a moratorium on fracking, pending further research. Governor Cuomo is due to make a decision on whether to lift the moratorium by the end of the month. Over 1,700 New Yorkers have already signed a pledge to resist fracking with the sort of non-violent direct action we’ve been seeing across the country all through the Summer of Solidarity. On August 25-27, we will descend on Albany for an event entitled Don’t Frack New York, one last reminder to Cuomo of the mass insurrection he will have on his hands if he tries to frack New York. The war which is waging all across America, the war against climate change, against water and air contamination, against ecosystem devastation, against corporate exploitation of the rural poor, is coming to our back yard, whether we like it or not. Members of the Cornell and Ithaca communities have been on the front lines all summer. We are organized, we are peaceful, and we are really, really pissed off. If you are ready to stand in solidarity with the warriors I have described above and the countless others I lacked the space to mention, I hope to see you in Albany this weekend.

Tom Moore is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences. He may be reached at What Even Is All This? appears alternate Tuesdays this semester.

Is This the Real Life? I

knew New Orleans existed before this summer, but only from an eighth grade memory of the media frenzy that followed the worst hurricane in 40 years. And the first emotion I felt when reading a placement email from my company was fear. From the San Francisco Bay Area, Southern Louisiana was about eight degrees of latitude and about ninety degrees of culture out of my comfort zone. It didn’t help that my parents busied themselves looking up crime statistics for the area where I wanted to live and warning me to never go out after dark. I pulled up a map, and from New Mexico to Virginia I saw a terrifying black hole of unfamiliarity. (Oh, and Texas). But, I had no real say in the matter if I wanted to be employed for the summer, so I booked a flight and made sure I had sunscreen. And then, and then ...! From setting foot on the ground and breathing my first lungful of the summertime sauna Louisiana calls “the air,” I think it took about three weeks for me to start dreading the day I had to leave. Some cities seem to exist just because enough people decide to live there. Some cities exist for the dogged pursuit of “culture.” And some cities, some cities are fueled purely by a happy-drunk love for life and each other.

Okay, I’m doing my very best to not make this into 700 words of EVERYONE GO VISIT NEW ORLEANS BECAUSE IT’S AN AMAZING PLACE, but it’s hard. Here, take this appropriately generic moral-of-the-article right now so I can keep talking. Jump in, with minimum hesitation, when given the chance to experience new things in a big way. I never knew that my heart had a space shaped exactly like Frenchmen Street until I was listening to a jazz band at two in the morning. And, given a choice back in May, I would have passed up an overflowing double handful of joy in favor of playing it safe and staying closer to home. I’ve always been a conservative person, with at least minor tunnel vision about what I want and how I want to get it. But suddenly, there’s a lot more ways to be happy than I thought. It’s not necessarily about the restaurants that turned me into a seafood snob, or the feeling of watching dueling fireworks barges on the Mississippi River. It’s not completely about the sight of thirty parking spots filled with nothing but pickup trucks, predictably empty on Friday. It’s not even about lax open container laws, craft beer and being carded twice the entire summer. Maybe a part of it is that I had a job that I loved and that my boss bought

me steel toed leather shoes. And I know for certain that a part of it was in every morning, when I walked into a control room full of blue-collar Louisiana men who called me “sweetheart” and refused to let me open a door for myself. Around 45 minutes into my first day, I packed the overzealous feminist in me into a little box and contented myself

blue city in a red state. It’s in the finest of porch cultures and strangers waving from the streetcar. It’s the debauchery of Bourbon Street in a city that’s still carved into parishes originated by the Catholic Church. It’s country boys who say “alligator season” with a completely straight face and think nothing of it. It’s fried food in a city unobsessed with

Deborah Liu First World Problem with falling in love with every one of them. Most of them have never bothered to go to college — not that they let it keep them from keeping the plant churning out tons of product per day with some of the best reliability records in the industry. It’s somewhere there in the way they talk, the slow and easy drawl of people with nothing to prove. (Punctuated with the inexplicable placement of occasional Creole French). That, and the curious heartbeat of a confidently

the debonair, and the warm spirit of people who are exactly where they want to be. New Orleans, you’ve been good to me. But if I hadn’t left, I could never come back.

Deborah Liu is a senior in the College of Engineering. She may be reached at First World Problem appears alternate Tuesdays this semester.

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120 W. Seneca Street, Ithaca, has regularly scheduled liturgical services on Sundays, feast days, and special saints days. On Sundays, Orthros begins at 9:00 a.m. and Divine Liturgy at 10:15 a.m. On special feast and saints days, Orthros begins at 8:30 a.m. and Divine Liturgy at 9:30 a.m. Confessions are heard by appointment. Call Rev. Fr. Athanasios (Tom) Parthenakis at (607) 273-2767 (church) or (607) 379-6045 (home). Everyone is welcome to attend these worship services and the Orthodox Christian Fellowship on Thursdays at Anabel Taylor Hall, Cornell University.


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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Electric Forest 2012: Unadulterated Bliss


BY SARAH ANGELL Sun Staff Writer

This article first appeared on on July 14. From the nervous anticipation and sweaty late-night antics to the sweet, blissful afterglow and knowing look that accompanies it, a girl never forgets her first. Her first music festival, that is. Now, this means music festival in the purist, Woodstock sense of the term. While those all-day festivals in big cities, complete with stunning views of skyscrapers and the luxury of a cold shower and plush bed at the end of the day may be good fun, they comprise the metaphorical equivalent of the “just the tip” mentality. In order to really go all the way, one must venture past the limitations of personal hygiene, recommended sleep schedules and, well, most other necessary precursors for a person’s sanity and truly take the plunge. I’m talking about a bona fide on-site camping, middle-of-nowhere, at the mercy of the elements, weekend-long music festival. Once you enter you either come out aghast at the smell of hippies or become a believer for life. I’m of the latter variety. Rothbury Music Festival was my first, back in 2009 . Set in the idyllic Double JJ Ranch in western Michigan, Rothbury seemed like a dream from a bygone era — I watched the Dead play “Scarlet Begonias” as a naked couple gallivanted through the crowd and experienced countless moments of goodwill and genuine human solidarity. Sadly, Rothbury was cancelled the following year due to financial and scheduling issues, and I was understandably crushed. The gods are good though, and no event as amazing as Rothbury could stay on hiatus for too long. The festival returned in 2011, this time with a new name, Electric Forest, but with the same core values of its predecessor. Fast forward to 2012 and there I was, backpack full of glitter and glow sticks, ready for more. Gates opened early on the morning of June 28 welcoming the caravans of excited festival-goers eager to get the party started. Setting up camp in the sweltering heat was a sweaty affair for the over 20,000 in atten-


dance, but the excitement in the air was tangible and kept spirits high. Israeli hellraiser Borgore started the evening off right on the Ranch Arena stage, unleashing a filthy dubstep-heavy set upon the all-too-ready crowd. Navigating from his original songs, including the delightfully naughty “Ice Cream”, to remixes of Flux Pavilion and Kaskade tracks, Borgore ended the set with his spin on Benny Benassi’s megahit “Cinema.” As the sun began to set, Wolfgang Gartner took to the stage, bringing the forest to life with his special blend of electro-house. Flashing lights pierced the navy sky as glow sticks rained down, the crowd moving as one great, jumping mass to hits such as “Illmerica” and “Space Junk.” After catching the tail end of EOTO’s always on-point set on the Sherwood Court Stage (and feasting my eyes on their insane 3D Lotus Flower light show), I was disappointed to find that Ghostland Observatory’s sound system was seriously glitching. Although they remedied the sound issues about ten minutes in, something still seemed a bit off, so I retired to my tent to catch some much-needed sleep. Day Two passed in a dazzling blur, as most days at a festival do. I spent the afternoon exploring the opulent wonders of Sherwood Forest, the heart of Electric Forest in more ways than one. Set in the middle of the festival site with stages at each end, Sherwood Forest is a true delight for the senses. With interactive art and music installations intricately woven into the trees, jaw-dropping light displays forming a neon canopy above, and stilt walkers, jugglers, mimes and other circus performers seen at every turn, it was easy to curl up in one of the forest’s hundreds of hammocks and feel transported to another world. Almost as much a part of Rothbury as the forest

itself, beloved jam band and Electric Forest hosts The String Cheese Incident played the first of three marathon sets on Friday, the perfect way to get the night started. Up and coming dubstep artists Minnesota, Paper Diamond and Zeds Dead each put on fantastic performances on Friday, with Paper Diamond’s hip-hop and dub-laced set proving to be one of my favorites of the weekend. The crowds seemed to grow exponentially in size on Saturday, with excited two-day ticket holders heading to the forest in droves. Brooklynborn songstress Santigold’s early evening set provided a welcome change in more ways than one. One of the only female performers at Electric Forest, Santigold’s easy charm, outlandish outfits and full band complete with two endlessly fly back-up dancers were an impressive display of what commanding a stage truly means. Performing classic hits as well as songs from her brand new album, Santigold enchanted the audience with perfect renditions of “L.E.S. Artistes”,“Big Mouth” and “Unstoppable”. Following her at the Ranch Arena stage, String Cheese’s second show was a pure joy — a giant LED puppet troupe, circus performers and massive inflatables and flags brought out the child in everyone. Next, crazed Swedish duo Dada Life put on another weekend favorite, dousing the crowd in their characteristic bananas and champagne at the Tripolee Stage. Throwing down with bangers such as “Kick Out the Epic Motherfucker” and a mind-boggling Knife Party remix, Dada’s show was as high energy as it gets. 12th Planet and STS9 also performed notable sets, with Major Lazer playing until the close. With a plane to catch on Monday, I sadly had to leave the forest early on Sunday before the music began. Covered in dust and tired to the bone, the forest had taken nearly everything out of me. Reflecting back on the four days of constant elation and the immeasurable wealth of all that I had seen and heard, the forest had also given me so much more. A girl never forgets her first, and I left Electric Forest’s gates knowing that this festival would be a force in my life for many years to come. Sarah Angell is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. She can be contacted at


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Tony Scott: Action Architect

ZACHARY ZAHOS Sun Arts & Entertainment Editor

The sad and untimely death of Tony Scott, a director who continually raised the bar for blockbusters since the early 1980s, will confuse his fans for years and those closest to him for even longer. The New York Times reported that Scott jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge over Los Angeles Harbor at about 12:30 local time Sunday afternoon. Authorities have found a suicide note and all signs point to such a conclusion. I did not know the man but those who did, colleagues like director Duncan Jones (Source Code) and actor David Krumholtz (Numb3rs), took to Twitter and described him as a “warm,” “lovely” and “rambunctious cinematic spirit.” Tony Scott’s death saddens those of us who enjoyed his prolific output of quality entertainment. Stranger yet, his final choice stands at odds with the optimistic energy consistent throughout his work. His older brother, Ridley, claims icon status for cinematic heavies like Alien, Gladiator and Blade Runner. Tony’s filmography commanded less critical acclaim but reeled in equal if not, by some measurements, greater commercial success. Top Gun, his biggest hit, ruled 1986, cementing Tom Cruise as an official movie star and spawning an immortal quote — “I feel the need … the need for speed!” —

scrawled on vintage T-shirts and the most successful racing video game franchise in the world. The phrase “crowd-pleasing blockbuster” that we now bestow upon witty and slickly choreographed summer fare like The Avengers and The Amazing Spider-Man was in large part defined by Scott’s work. Many obituaries yesterday started with ‘Top Gun Director’ in the headline, which makes sense since it made the most money of Scott’s films and occupies a [rather large] spot on the ’80s pop culture tapestry. College-age observers (very likely you) have little connection with Top Gun, Scott’s other Tom Cruise flick, Days of Thunder, The Last Boy Scout or even Beverly Hills Cop II. Most of us can recall his kinetic output since the late ’90s, with Brad Pitt in Spy Game, Keira Knightley in Domino and Will Smith in Enemy of the State. Denzel Washington was clearly Scott’s go-to actor; the pair honed a formula with Washington as the conflicted but always sympathetic lead against Scott’s stunning set pieces and steady firepower. See Crimson Tide, Man on Fire, Deja Vu, Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 and Unstoppable. They told thrilling stories with human characters and boasted Hollywood’s greatest action scenes. True Romance will likely solidify as Scott’s most memorable accomplishment. While one of his least profitable movies, the 1993 crime film is constantly revisited

because of its script, written by a young Quentin Tarantino, hot off the heels of Reservoir Dogs. I watched it for the first time this summer and was struck by how Scott molded the violent screenplay with a genuine sincerity absent from Tarantino’s darkly ironic films. There are two famous bedroom brawls — one, a fistfight between Patricia Arquette and James Gandolfini, and, two, a full-scale shootout between basically the entire cast. They each cut shot-after-shot with that effortless logic natural to Scott while affectively reflecting on all the human carnage. Shots of colleagues, friends and lovers bleeding next to each other — whether physically so or effectively through cross-cutting — punctuate the destruction and convey a tinge of loss that adds a third dimension to the zany bloodfest. It is not a stretch to think of Scott as a romantic; he threw his many characters into such extreme circumstances and always ended on a happy note, as if to assure us no evil can vanquish good. So the necessity to reflect on his life, at this time and under these circumstances, shocks me still. Suicide is the most personal decision one can make, so no one will ever know the extent of torment that drove him to that bridge. Why would we want to, anyway? Scott already won the respect of his colleagues and millions of moviegoers. It is safe to consider Tony Scott one of the great masters of his craft; the others who come to mind are Steven Spielberg

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(Indiana Jones), James Cameron (Terminator), John McTiernan (Die Hard) and John Woo (Face/Off). They create entertainment with the intent of pleasing the audience. Clarity of subject and technical precision rule every shot. And, for Scott at least, there was a heart beating beneath it all. Zachary Zahos is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. He can be reached at



t’s not unusual for the Olympics to see its share of dra- point faster than video. Most importantly, the GIF is spematic comeback stories: The U.S. judo player formerly abused by her coach who went on to win gold; the cific to the Internet in a way that phoBritish runner diagnosed with potentially fatal blood clots tography and video are not. Both phoearlier in the year who made it to the 1,500 meter finals; the tography and video existed before the Russian volleyball team that came back after lagging two sets Internet, continue to function outside of the web and, consequently, have behind to take the gold from Brazil. But who would have thought one of the biggest come- fallen prey to the web’s limitations. When confronted with the flow of the back stories would be the animated GIF? First introduced in 1987, the GIF (Graphic Interchange web, photography can seem still and Format) is a low quality animated image. According to archaic. Likewise, the web’s hypertexForbes contributor Matt Miller, the GIF was widely used on tuality — the way we click from one the early web in the ’90s, only to fade away due to the pop- thing to the next in a nonlinear fashularity of embedded video in the early 2000s. Although ion and go back and forth between embedded video appeared to seal GIF’s fate, it began a mod- pages — makes video’s linearity borerate recovery over the past few years, especially on graphics- ing, its definite beginning and ending unfolding too slowly for an audience oriented social media sites like Tumblr. Even with these slight gains over the past few years, no used to clicking from one thing to the one could have expected the GIF’s “giant coming out party” next and, above all, retrieving inforduring the Olympics, as the Nieman Journalism Lab pro- mation quickly. This problem is comclaimed the GIF’s surge in popularity. Suddenly, GIFs were pounded by how long video takes to everywhere. They were on Buzzfeed, capturing the plight of load and the time it takes to move its large file size. In contrast, the GIF takes advantage of the Internet as a the South Korean fencer who refused to accept defeat, or highlighting “the 25 most absurd moments of the opening medium while adapting to its specific limitations. For one ceremonies.” They were on The Atlantic Wire, explaining thing, the GIF seems to know the needs of an Internet audience. With an infinite amount of informathe intricacies of a gymtion a few clicks away (the consequence of nastics move, and in which is an ever-shrinking attention span), Business Insider, poking we can watch our GIF instantly, get the fun at Rafalca, the highlights and move on. The GIF is the Romneys’ horse. CliffNotes of video. Additionally, its small So why are these low Greener on the file size makes it easy to share, taking quality animated images advantage of perhaps the Internet’s chief from the ‘80s making a Other Side attraction: connectivity. Moreover, while comeback, especially the linear video seems poorly suited for a since we now have the technology for high resolution images and embedded videos? host as interactive and hypertextual as the Internet, the GIF The GIF seems to occupy a curious space between video loops. It is cyclical, not linear. We can begin watching it at and photography with noted advantages over the two. any moment, and, because it loops so quickly, we can get a Unlike a still photograph, the moving GIF is more enter- sense of the pattern of things. The GIF takes advantage of the Internet as a medium in taining while offering a narrative structure and context the photograph lacks. At the same time, by boiling a sequence another respect — by appropriating video footage that’s of video down to its most crucial frames, the GIF gets to its already been shared. Some have argued that each GIF is a

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new, separate artwork from the artwork it appropriates. In a sense, the GIF treats video as a kind of readymade. The artistry is what’s done to that existing footage to make the GIF: how it’s bared down to its essential elements, what environment it’s placed in, what text (if any) accompanies it. However, GIFs often toe a thin line between appropriation and plagiarism. For the most part, this has not yet been an issue because few people are making money from GIFs. However, Miller writes that more and more people are being paid to make GIFs for advertisements. The GIF takes advantage of the Internet as a medium in a way few artistic forms have. However, for the GIF to be taken seriously as an artistic medium, it will have to contend with the specific consequences of the web. Plagiarism, piracy and pay are not new issues to art on the Internet, but they have yet to be addressed satisfactorily. As an Internet-specific medium, the GIF is uniquely situated to do just that — and that’s a comeback story. Emily Greenberg is a senior in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences & Art, Architecture and Planning. She can be contacted at Greener on the Other Side appears alternate Tuesdays.


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looked good on paper and churned out a disappointing 8-8 season, but with these upgrades and the ability to work through the preseason, the Eagles look to be in a better place and will hopefully be able to ride the momentum they gained at the end of last year after going 4-1. I think the Giants will come in second place in the division due to some deficiencies on their team, the biggest of which is their offensive line. The Eagles, Cowboys and Redskins were first, seventh and tenth in sack totals last year with 50, 42 and 41 sacks, respectively. The weakness of the offensive line will also be evident in the Giants’ running game. With newly drafted running back David Wilson and oft-injured running back Ahmad Bradshaw, this weak offensive line should impede both aspects of the offense and will be tested early and often. Not to mention the fact that the Giants have the toughest schedule in the NFL and it seems unlikely that

they will be able to win the division. I’m predicting that the Cowboys will come in third this year. Although Tony Romo is always criticized, I do not think that he is entirely the problem. Although he is inconsistent late in games and is not an elite quarterback, I think the lack of a running game and the Cowboys’ awful passing defense last year were the major reasons for their late season collapse. Although they upgraded their passing defense with Brandon Carr and by drafting Morris Claiborne, their lack of a bona fide safety is still a problem. The fact that the Cowboys’ offensive line is weak — in addition to up and comer Tyron Smith — will allow Tony Romo to be shaken and lose confidence. This weakness will also diminish Demarco Murray’s effectiveness especially since he is coming back from an ankle injury. Pair that up with Dez Bryant’s recent issues, Jason Witten’s recent spleen injury and the lack of a solid third receiver and I do not think that they will be able to pull it together to make a run at the NFC east. Not surprisingly, I’m predicting the

Redskins will come in last. However, they do have a ton of upsides, starting with the drafting of Robert Griffen III. He is an incredible athlete and leader. He is smart, fast and has a cannon for an arm. The only knocks on him are his size and his durability, which are valid concerns in the NFL. However, if he can stay healthy, it looks like he is poised to be a top quarterback in the league. His wide receiving corps is not impressive, but I am sure the team will address that in future drafts to accommodate him. Also with rising stars on defense such as Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan, I think they have the ability to become more of a threat. For now, though, they do not look overly imposing and will experience some growing pains. This is still only the preseason and like the Eagles last season, these picks could fail to live up to the hype, but I’m looking forward to great competition in a continuously tough division. Zach Gayner can be contacted at Live From the Gridiron appears alternate weeks this semester.


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award in college soccer and Slogic is the only Ivy League athlete who has earned a spot on the list. As a defender, Slogic tallied eight points on the season with three goals and two assists. The squad had its best season of conference play since 1995, totaling 12 points in Ivy matchups. The Red also had a stretch of 13 games without a loss — the longest streak in the team’s history. Senior goalkeeper Rick Pflasterer — who led the Ivy League with a goals against average of .598 — returns to anchor a Red defense which led the conference with 13 goals allowed. The Red has also secured a strong recruiting class made up of six freshmen — featuring four midfielders, one defender and one forward. Forward Gregory Antognoli — the No. 94-ranked soccer recruit in the country according to — will strengthen the Red’s attack this season. Aside from playing for a select SuperElite squad which traveled to Europe, Antognoli was also the only high school player on the roster of the USL Premier Development League’s Fresno Fuego. Antognoli will be joined by midfielders Max Brashear, Ben Feldman, Simba Meki and Sanath Shettigar. Brashear — the No. 106 recruit in the country — and Shettigar were both chosen to attend the US Soccer Market Training Centers. Feldman and Meki were captains of their respective high school and club teams. Skyler Erickson, the sixth freshman on the roster, will help to bolster an already strong Red defense. Erickson was the captain of the Colorado Rush in the USSF Development Academy and scored the gamewinning goal in the derby game against the Colorado Rapids. With a sophomore and junior heavy team, the Red seniors will lead a squad mixed with old and new faces. The 2012 season will kick off in California on Aug. 31 with games against Cal State Fullerton and Loyola Marymount. The Red then returns to Ithaca on Sept. 9 for a matchup with Buffalo. The squad will also host the CU Inaria Classic this year, where it will take on Vermont and Wofford on Sept. 14 and 16, respectively. Ivy play starts on Sept. 29 at Berman Field where the Red will take on Penn. Scott Chiusano can be contacted at

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C.U. Adds Talented Assistants to Coaching Staffs

All articles were compiled by Lauren Ritter and Haley Velasco. They may be reached at

De Heus Prepares to Focus on Fowards Dayna Smith, the Rebecca Quinn Morgan ’60 Head Coach of Women’s Basketball, announced on Aug. 14 that Daan de Heus would be joining the coaching staff for the 2012-2013 season. De Heus will primarily focus his time on working with the forwards, assisting with game day scouting and helping to increase the program’s recruiting efforts. Hailing from the Netherlands, de Heus played for the Dutch national youth basketball teams before continuing on to be an assistant coach for the Netherlands at the 2009 high school basketball world championships, which were held in Istanbul, Turkey. De Heus served as the head coach for a variety of youth and senior basketball teams from 2005-2011 — winning two championship titles at the U16 and U18 level. De Heus earned a degree in international business and administration from the University of Tilburg in 2010 before graduating from Ithaca College in 2012 with a master’s degree in sports management. Under the coaching leadership of Smith and de Heus, the women’s basketball team will officially begin its season away against Colgate on Nov. 9, before returning home to Newman Arena to face off against Fordham on Nov. 11.


Game day | The women’s basketball team season will commence on Nov. 9.

Lang Trades Volunteer Position for Assistant Coaching Role On Aug. 17, Nathan Taylor, the George E. Heekin ’29 Head Coach of Men’s Track & Field and Cross Country, named Zeb Lang as an assistant coach for both teams. Lang will act as a guide for the middle-distance and long-distance runners for the cross country and track and field teams. A familiar face to people associated with the two programs, Lang spent the past four years working with the Red. He was a volunteer assistant coach from 2009-2012, and he also volunteered at Cornell during the 2003-2004 school year. “I embrace this opportunity to LANG coach the team that has given me so much,” Lang said. “I'm so thankful to Coach Nathan Taylor for giving me this tremendous opportunity and I'm eternally grateful to former coach Robert Johnson and John Kellogg for mentoring me in all aspects of coaching over the past several years.” Lang attended Cornell as an undergraduate and graduated in 2003 with a degree in economics. During his time on the hill, Lang ran cross country for all four year and earned a varsity letter as a senior, as well as com-

peted in the 2002 Heptagonal Championships and 2002 Northeast Regional Championships. That same year Lang was a member of the squad which won IC4A Cross Country Championship for the first time since 1921. He also competed for the track team, participating in long-distance events and helping the Red with the Heps Championship his senior year. After graduating, Lang spent a year working for Cornell and volunteering as an assistant for the cross country and track programs. After taking a five-year break and working in Colorado, Lang returned to Cornell in 2009 and completed his MBA through the Johnson Graduate School of Management in 2011. Within the past two years, Lang has helped numerous runners improve their overall times. He worked with two runners in 2011 who earned a berth in the NCAA outdoor championships — one of which earned an AllAmerican finish in the 10,000 meters. Lang also helped to guide four sub-30-minute 10,000-meter runners, nine 5,000-meter runners who clocked in 14:30 or faster, six 1,500-meter runners who finished in 3:50 or less and five 800-meter runners who ran 1:51 or better. The cross country team will officially kick off the 2012 season with a tri-meet against Army and Binghamton on Sept. 7 in West Point, N.Y.

Featherstone Adds International Flair To Field Hockey’s Coaching Roster On June 14, field hockey hockey team to the Olympics head coach Donna when he coached the United Hornibrook made an States in 1984. Featherstone announcement that Gavin also led England’s men’s and Featherstone would assume women’s U21 World Cups the role as assistant coach for teams as head coach. In addition to a wealth of the Red. “I am very pleased to coaching experience on an international level, announce the Featherstone is an addition of Gavin authority in many Featherstone to aspects of the our coaching game. He has prostaff,” Hornibrook duced 20 DVDs to said in a stateteach strategies ment. “He is a and principles of world class coach field hockey, with an outstandwhich have been ing pedigree and FEATHERSTONE distributed to over an impressive track record of success every- 25 countries around the where he has been. I fully world and endorsed by the Hockey anticipate that he will make a International (FIH). tremendous impact on the Federation Cornell field hockey pro- Additionally, Featherstone has conducted seminars hostgram.” Featherstone comes to ed by the FIH that aim to Cornell from his alma mater, breakdown and improve overEngland’s Durham all game performance. Featherstone received a University, where he held a head coaching position for Bachelors of Arts degree from both the men’s and women’s Durham in 1975, where he field hockey teams. In six was captain of the first field years as the head of the hockey club in the women’s program, the team University’s history. He later won three National Club became the President of the League titles in four trips to Durham University Athletic the finals, while the men Union and continued on to earned recognition as a highly play for the British Universities Team and competitive squad as well. As a former Olympic England’s national program, coach for both the United where he served as team capStates (1984) and South tain and competed in both Africa (1996), Featherstone’s the World and European coaching résumé contains a Cups. Featherstone also wealth of experience. With earned a Postgraduate 324 international matches to Certificate of Education from his name, he was the youngest Oxford University in 1976. coach to ever take a field

Vande Berg Will Guide Middle Hitters

Dalrymple Returns to Alma Mater, Shares Pitching Prowess

On Aug. 16, Melissa Batie- Atlantic Coast Conference titles Smoose, the Wendy Schaenen '79 in 2006 and 2008. Before joining the coaching Head Coach Of Volleyball, announced that Trudy Vande staff at Duke, Vande Berg spent Berg would be joining the coach- time at Wisconsin and North ing staff for the 2012 season, Florida, as well as a few teams on where she will take charge of the club circuit — including the Milwaukee Chapter of instructing the squad’s the Starlings, a volleymiddle hitters. ball club for under“I am excited to privileged studentadd Trudy Vande Berg athletes. to my coaching staff,” A Waupun, Wisc. Batie-Smoose said. native, Vande Berg “We are extremely forearned a degree in tunate to have Trudy health care adminisjoin our program. She VENDE BERG tration at Wisconsinhas over 10 years of Milwaukee in 1999, Division I coaching experience, is one of the best where she played volleyball for recruiters in the country, and will the Panthers all four years. She led help us tremendously in the the team in attack percentage each season and set program gym.” Vande Berg comes to Cornell records for blocks in a match and after spending the past four sea- blocks in a career. She still ranks sons with the Iowa State in the Top-10 for career blocks Cyclones, where she served as an (3rd — 403), kills (6th — 1,148) assistant coach and recruiting and attack percentage (7th — coordinator. She worked at Duke .263). Vande Berg was a firstin the same capacity for four years team All-horizon League selecprior to joining the Cyclones. tion during her senior season. The Red will begin its fall While at ISU, Vande Berg helped guide the Cyclones to the NCAA 2012 campaign under BatieElite Eight a year ago, as well as a Smoose and Vande Berg by parprestigious ranking in the nation ticipating in the University of for its recruitment class. During Colorado tournament on Aug. 31 her stint at Duke, she led the Blue and Sept. 1 against Fresno State, Devils to the NCAA tournament UC-Boulder and Northern each year and coached them to Arizona.

Returning to her roots, twotime Ivy League Pitcher of the Year and former Red tri-captain Elizabeth Dalrymple ’11 has accepted a position as assistant coach for the Cornell softball team. Dick Blood, the Jan Rock Zubrow ’77 Head Coach of Softball, made the announcement on Aug. 1. Dalrymple returns to her alma mater, where she will work closely with the pitchers, as the Red attempts to claim its fifth consecutive Ivy League Southern Division title. She was the eighth player in Cornell program histo-

ry to earn first-team All-Ivy hon- gram history. While playing for the Red, ors three times, and she ranks Dalrymple earned fifth all-time with 63 recognition for her wins. Dalrymple also hard work on the holds multiple mound. She was a Cornell career records two-time Capital — including strikeout One/CoSIDA mark (651), second Academic Alllowest opponent batDistrict selection, as ting average (.223), well as an NFCA Allfourth lowest ERA District selection as a (1.96), fifth in saves DALRYMPLE junior. During her (4) and career games (66) and third in shutouts (17). senior year, Dalrymple was honShe ranks in the Top-7 all-time in ored as Cornell’s Charles H. the Ivy League for all of those Moore Outstanding Senior categories in the Ivy League’s pro- Varsity Athlete.

Brusilovsky Shares Expertise With Foilists On June 16, head coach Iryna Dolgikh announced that world-class fencer Oleg Brusilovsky will join the fencing team’s staff as an assistant coach for the upcoming season. “I am convinced that Coach Brusilovsky joining our staff will not only help develop our fencers’ skills even further, but will also solidify our program improvements, team dynamics in training, discipline and help us in achieving higher national standings in the very near future,” Dolgikh said.

Brusilovsky was a champion in the Soviet Union as well as a five-time Ukrainian National Champion competing in foil in the 80’s. For the past seven years, Brusilovsky has worked at the Academy of Westchester where he has trained multiple national fencing champions. Adding to his already impressive resume, Brusilovsky also previously worked as the foil coach at the Blade Fencing Club in New York City where he trained two members of the United States national foil team.


Foil fencers | Last year three foilists qualified for the NCAA championships.

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Winning the Division: Preseason Predictions For the Tough NFC East B OLIVER KLIEWE / SUN SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER

Saying goodbye | With the departure of seniors Will Ogden (pictured above), Chase Aaronson, Jimmy Lannon,

eing the completely unbiased Philadelphia fan that I am, I am predicting that the Eagles will reclaim the NFC East throne after a disappointing regular season for the entire division — I know the Giants won the Super Bowl, but I don’t want to talk about it. After a season of enduring the “Dream Team” and its nightmare of a season, the Eagles made quality acquisitions during the off-season to offset some major flaws. One of the largest holes in the Eagles’ defense was their opponents’ ability to run up the middle. Last year the Eagles gave up 4.9 yards per attempt — ranking them second to last in the NFL. They addressed this by getting Demeco Ryans, a middle linebacker from

Scott Caldwell and Kyle Parsons, the Red will be a sophomore and junior heavy squad this season.

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Freshman Class Contributes Depth, Adds Talent to Roster

By SCOTT CHIUSANO Sun Assistant Sports Editor

After getting off to a hot start with three straight wins in Ivy play, the men’s soccer team had a disappointing finish to 2011 with three ties and one loss in its last four games. Going into its final match against Columbia, the Red still had hopes of winning its first Ivy Championship since 1995 after Brown and Dartmouth tied earlier in the day.

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However, a 1-1 tie with the Lions left them just one goal shy of an Ivy title. Coming off a season marked with success, the Red returns three seniors and two of its top three leaders in points — juniors Patrick Slogic and Daniel Haber. Slogic, who earned All-Ivy honors last year, has made the 2012 Hermann Trophy Watch List. The Trophy is the highest individual

the Texans, for an absolute steal, as well as Fletcher Cox, a defensive tackle from Mississippi, both of whom will help to plug up the middle. However, the concern that Ryan might not return to the level that he played at before the Achilles tendon issue should be minimal because he would still constitute an upgrade from the committee of MLBs they offered last year. Also by getting rid of Asante Samuel, despite getting terrible returns for him, the Eagles can go back to the press coverage that both Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie are better at. Adding Brandon Boykins, a cornerback from Georgia, through the draft provides a potential slot corner and kick returner who can take some of the responsibility from Desean Jackson. Last year the Eagles

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Billigen Picked Up as Free Agent by Diamondbacks By HALEY VELASCO

Peters. “We had a season that people aren’t going to forget for a long time.” After one of the most Personally, Billigen led historic seasons that Cornell in batting average Cornell baseball has ever (.361), triples (3), stolen had in its 143-year exisbases (13) and RBI (40), tence, center fielder Brian leading to his second AllBilligen ’12 signed with Ivy Second Team selection. the Arizona His career totals rank in Diamondbacks organizathe top 10 in program histion for the 2012-2013 tory in numerous categories, including total bases (295, “He is a good friend of mine and second), home (20, Tabsolutely deserves it. He put in a lot of runs third), triples (14, T-third), work, is really talented and I am really slugging percenthappy for him.” age (.561, fourth), batting Brenton Peters average (.337, sixth), stolen season. part of the success that the bases (38, sixth), hits (177, Billigen was passed over team had, especially in its sixth) and RBI (106, sevin the MLB's 2012 First- 2012 season — including enth). Year Player Draft during its first league title since “He is a good friend of the first week of June, 1977 and its second-ever mine and absolutely which meant that his appearance in the NCAA deserves it. He put in a lot chances of being signed tournament. of work, is really talented were slim as he became a “It was a great year and I am really happy for free agent. However, obviously. We met some of him,” Peters said. shortly after Billigen was our goals almost every picked up to start training game. Every game that we Haley Velasco can be for Phoenix with the hopes played came down to the reached at that he would be a stand- wire,” said senior Brenton

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out for the Diamondbacks, just like he was for the Red. Only a month later Billigen was promoted from the Diamondbacks' Rookielevel squad to the Class-A South Bend Silver Hawks after being an offensive leader. For his career with the Red, Billigen was a crucial


Finally hiss time | After battling an injury and leading the Red to an Ivy championship last season, outfielder Brian Billigen ’12 signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks.


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