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C.U. Students Overestimate How Much Ithaca Mayor: Their Peers Abuse Alcohol, Survey Finds C.U. Should Pay By ERIN ELLIS

tion, while 45.6 percent of students who do drink said they consume four or fewer drinks per night. These numbers are comparable to national averages, Gannett Health Services officials expressed concern that according to Jennifer Austin, communications specialist at there is a misperception that high-risk drinking is wide- Gannett. spread at the University, citing survey results showing that According to the survey, 27 percent of Cornell students Cornell students drink about as much as most college stu- reported typically consuming five or more drinks each time dents. they drink. The results were also comparable to national fig“There tends to be a perception that high-risk drinking is ures, which indicated that, in the fall of 2011, 28.7 percent widespread at Cornell, but the majority of students are not of students nationwide reported drinking five or more drinking or tend to drink drinks per session. in moderation,” said Tim The survey also reportMarchell ’82, director of ed that, on average, mental health initiatives at Cornell students who conGannett Health Services. sume alcohol have an averAccording to a survey age blood alcohol content Typically Cornell 45.6% conducted in the spring, of .06 on days they drink consume 4 or 30 percent of students a number that is below –– less drinks believe it is acceptable to the legal limit to drive. each time they Nationwide 45% “black out” occasionally. In This figure is just below drink comparison, 70 percent of the national BAC level of a students said that they student on a day he or she Typically think most Cornellians drinks, .07, according to a Cornell 27% consume five believe it is okay to black National College Health or more drinks out. Assessment study in 2011. each time they “It’s pretty clear, just With more than 3,000 Nationwide 28.7% from that, that there is a respondents and a 64-perdrink cognitive disconnect when cent response rate, the surit comes to the drinking vey, Marchell said, had a culture on campus,” said John Mueller ’13, who is a mem- “very representative” sample. ber of the National College Health Improvement Project — “A lot of students are doing things right,” Austin said. a Dartmouth-led initiative launched in 2011 that aims to Still, Marchell said, reducing students’ alcohol consumpcurb high-risk drinking on college campuses. tion remains a top priority. The survey also showed that 27.3 percent of Cornell stuSee DRINKING page 4 dents reported abstaining entirely from alcohol consump-

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City ‘Far More’ By MATTHEW ROSENSPIRE Sun Staff Writer

Cornell should significantly increase its payment to the City of Ithaca to help the city reduce its $3million budget deficit, “[Cornell] should which it is facing for the fourth consecutive year, pay far more than Mayor Svante Myrick ’09 the one and a said at a public budget quarter million meeting Monday. “I think the University dollars they should pay far more than pay now.” the one and a quarter milSvante Mayor lion dollars they pay now,” Myrick ’09 Myrick said. “If Cornell were fully taxed, it would pay $30 million a year. I don’t think that the University should pay that much or even close to it, but it needs to be more if we’re going to be successful as a city and if Cornell is going to be successful as a university.” City finances are under increasing pressure from rising pension obligations and stagnant or falling

C.U.Infrastructure Program to Launch in NYC By JUSTIN ROUILLIER Sun Staff Writer

One month ago, a 40-yearold, 30-inch sewer pipe ruptured in Tarrytown, N.Y. While workers hurried to fix the pipe, millions of gallons of chlorinated sewage seeped into the Hudson River.

Swimmers were told to stay out of the water, CBS News reported. In Manhattan Wednesday, Cornell will launch a program designed to address the deterioration of sewage systems, roads and public transportation across America, according to Prof. Rick Geddes, policy analysis and man-

agement, the program’s director. The Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy will centralize teaching and research on infrastructure in order to develop public policies to improve American infrastructure. In addition to working with undergraduates majoring in trans-

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portation engineering and urban planning, the program will also offer a concentration for graduate students pursuing their masters of public affairs, Geddes said. Geddes said that he envisions the program as allowing the University to more efficiently conduct research on pressing infrastructure problems. “Cornell is a complicated place with a lot of things going on,” he said. “As it turns out, there are a lot of people [across the colleges] working on infrastructure issues at Cornell. What CPIP does is help all these people to collaborate on research and build on each other’s research.” The program, however, will also facilitate the involvement of undergraduates in research, according to John Foote ’74, a visiting lecturer in the Department of City and Regional Planning and an affiliate of CPIP. “Perhaps the most important reason for the program from my point of view is that it gives students who are interested in this area of infrastructure a place to go to find out who is doing what,” Foote said. Foote also said that the program is grounded in Cornell’s land grant mission. See INFRASTRUCTURE page 4

See DEFICIT page 5

News Fashionista Tells All

Matilda Ceesay ’13, a fiber science and apparel design major, spills the beans on interning for Diane von Fürstenberg. | Page 3

Opinion Home Is Where the Vote Is

Jon Weinberg ’13 urges his peers to vote in Ithaca, arguing that Cornell students are part of the Ithaca community as well. | Page 7

Science Learn by Boating

Students in Cayuga’s Floating Classroom, an environmental education program, learn by boating on Cayuga Lake — and getting their hands wet. | Page 9

Arts Plenty of Feelings

James Rainis ’14 puts aside his cynicism to review Bon Iver’s concert, calling the artist’s performance heartfelt and empathetic. | Page 11

Sports Match Point

The Sun sits down with Sarah O’Neil, senior co-captain of the women’s tennis team. | Page 16

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

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Umpteen speedy televisions perused two sheep, then umpteen tickets towed Jupiter, and Dan untangles five progressive orifices. Umpteen quixotic aardvarks annoyingly bought two Macintoshes. Umpteen bureaux tickled two extremely putrid botulisms. Paul sacrificed one lampstand, then Jupiter marries the very quixotic pawnbroker. Five purple poisons laughed, yet umpteen chrysanthemums kisses five aardvarks. Batman noisily untangles one Jabberwocky. Two Macintoshes laughed, then one extremely schizophrenic Jabberwocky drunkenly untangles two sheep, however Quark telephoned umpteen obese Jabberwockies. Five irascible botulisms slightly lamely auctioned off the subway, and five chrysanthemums easily untangles one mostly speedy Klingon. Five dogs drunkenly perused Minnesota, however the mats ran away cleverly, although one partly progressive subway quite comfortably sacrificed

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Judge Weds Couple, Then Sentences Groom to Prison OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Talk about the old ball and chain. A judge sentenced an Oklahoma man to four years in federal prison on a firearm charge — then minutes later performed a marriage ceremony to wed the new inmate and his longtime girlfriend. Thursday was a busy day for Larry Austin and Dustie Trojack. First they obtained their marriage license, then Austin pleaded guilty to the firearm charge and was sentenced by Oklahoma County Judge Jerry Bass. Shortly afterward, Bass married the happy couple who kissed before federal authorities whisked Austin away. Austin’s attorney, Scott M. Anderson, tells The Oklahoman that Austin had helped to raise Trojack’s two sons and he didn’t want to lose contact with them while he was serving time.

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Candidate Uses Porn Clips To Sex Up Bosnia Race ZENICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A mayoral candidate in Bosnia’s fourth-largest city is using one of the Internet’s greatest lures — pornography — to draw attention to his campaign. Mirad Hadziahmetovic is an independent candidate with a relatively slim chance of winning the October election in Zenica.

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He said Thursday that he decided to upload pornographic video clips to his official campaign site after realizing that large numbers of people use the Web to peruse sexual content. To view the material on his site, visitors must answer questions, such as “What is more important for Zenica, job creation or increasing the municipal budget” through taxes? At the end of each clip there is a separately recorded video of Hadziahmetovic talking directly to camera and saying: “If you liked this clip, vote for me.”

Baby Girl Born In N.H. Racetrack Parking Lot LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire woman and her baby are doing fine after the woman gave birth in the New Hampshire Motor Speedway parking lot. Shawna Arnold began going into labor Friday and she and her boyfriend began driving to a hospital. But when she realized she was about to give birth on the way, they made a pit stop at the racetrack parking lot in Loudon. Arnold tells WMUR-TV that she and her boyfriend delivered the baby, named Katie, in their car. An EMT at the track then came to help, and the couple and the baby were taken to a hospital. Speedway General Manager Jerry Gappens has awarded the baby two tickets to NASCAR races for the rest of her life.

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HumEc Dean, Univ.Librarian Reappointed for New Terms

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Mathios cited the popularity of the global health minor as a factor in the decision to create the major. Both the University Librarian and the “Students [will be able to] pick electives Dean of the College of Human Ecology in different areas that relate to public and were recently reappointed to serve another global health,” Mathios said. “It’s designed term in their posts. to have an experiential learning compoProf. Alan Mathios, policy analysis and nent.” management, dean of the human ecology Mathios said he also hopes to continue college, said that he is most proud of two building the “cross-college collaborations accomplishments: encouraging high levels that have been our signature for many of student participation in research and years,” including the University’s forthcomoverseeing the completion of the new ing master in public policy program — a Human Ecology Building, which recently collaboration between the Cornell Institute received LEED Platinum certification for its for Public Affairs and the Department of sustainable design. Policy Analysis and Management –– which As he prepares to lead the college for has yet to announce a launch date. another five-year term, Mathios said one of Additionally, Mathios said the college is his most important goals is to “maintain and expecting “significant retirements” over the increase, even, the level of student engage- next decade, but hopes to be “ahead of the ment in research with faculty.” game” in hiring new faculty. Mathios Other faculty also empha- “I am a big fan of Dean Mathios. He members in the colsized the col- is one of the best things that ever lege spoke highly of lege’s “outreach Mathios, expressing mission,” say- happened to the [college].” their support of his ing he hopes to Prof. Ann Lemley reappointment. “students see “I think he’s done a work on … proremarkable job,” said jects that take [their] research into New York Prof. Richard Burkhauser, policy analysis. State and beyond.” “He’s a very good internal dean; he’s consciSince the College of Human Ecology — entious and provides internal leadership and along with the College of Agriculture and support to our department. He’s also been Life Sciences — jointly runs the Cornell an outstanding fundraiser and has really Cooperative Extension, which works to risen the visibility of the college.” improve New York State communities Prof. Ann Lemley, fiber science and through agriculture research, the research in apparel design, echoed Burkhauser’s sentithese two colleges can be brought “to every ments. part of the state,” Mathios said. “I am a big fan of Dean Mathios,” In his second term, Mathios also said he Lemley said. “He is one of the best things hopes to oversee the approval of a new that ever happened to the [college].” major: public and global health sciences. Still, Mathios credits the support of stuThe new major would be a “broad program dents and faculty with his success. that builds on life and social sciences”and “I’m just so proud to lead the College,” administered through the Department of Mathios said. “It’s a wonderful place, the Nutritional Sciences, he said. students are great and it’s an honor to work

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Umbrella-laden and raincoat-clad students trudge across Ho Plaza in Tuesday’s rainy weather.

with them.” Meanwhile, Anne Kenney, who has served as the University librarian since 2008, also said she has a number of new initiatives to work on during her second term. First and foremost, Kenney said, she hopes to work “with the staff in the library to develop the requisite skills for the 21st Century library.” “Had I been the head librarian in 1990,” Kenney said, “all I really had to do was keep doing the good work that was being done, and it was all understood where we needed to go. Today, it’s all such a confusing and challenging landscape. I find it much more interesting.” As information becomes increasingly digitized, the need for reorganizing Cornell’s library system has become more pressing, Kenney said. She added that some of the biggest challenges she has faced as University librarian have stemmed from the changing landscape of publishing and information storage. “The economic models surrounding publishing ... they’re not sustainable,” Kenney said. “As we move more and more into digital access to materials, we gain a lot

of benefits but [have also] lost some important library rights.” During her second term –– which will begin in July 2013 –– Kenney hopes to expand Cornell’s partnership with Columbia University’s library system and address the the tech campus’ information needs, she said. “The idea of ‘one institution, one library’ is a 20th century construct,” Kenney said. “It’s important for Cornell to be in a network of enriched partnerships to bring in more resources that are critical for research. I’m really pleased with our ability to engage with other research libraries.” Looking forward, Kenney also hopes to continue Cornell Library’s fundraising campaign — with the goal of bringing it to a “successful conclusion” in 2015 — and oversee renovations of the campus’ libraries. For instance, she said, she wants to see that a “new identity” is created for Uris Library. “It’s the iconic library for the University, and it needs to be revitalized and re-imagined,” Kenney said. Sarah Meyers can be reached at smeyers@cornellsun.com.

Students’ Stories From West Africa to the NYC runway: a C.U. fashionista lives the dream By REBECCA FRIEDMAN Sun Staff Writer

This article is part of students’ stories, a series profiling students across campus. When Matilda Ceesay ’13 received the opportunity to work for her long-time hero –– Belgian-American designer Diane von Fürstenberg –– at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City, the fiber science and apparel design major said it was a dream come true. Ceesay was born in Gambia, a country in West Africa, and lived there until 2002, when she moved to Missouri shortly before starting the sixth grade. Ceesay was raised by her grandmother, who had a reputation among friends and neighbors as a fashionable diva, she said. “A lot of people say they’re not surprised that I’m a fash-

ion major because [I was raised said, von Fürstenberg invited all of her employees, including by] her,” Ceesay said. Ceesay also named von the interns, to her house to Fürstenberg as her inspiration discuss the theme of her colto pursue a career in design. lection and the overall direcShe said she admires von tion of the company. When Fürstenberg not just as a Ceesay told von Fürstenberg designer, but also as a busi- that she was her inspiration, nessperson and philanthropist the designer gave Ceesay a hug dedicated to helping women and kiss, Ceesay said. Ceesay’s internexpress their femiship came to an ninity. exciting concluCeesay said she sion at the especially admired Mercedes-Benz von Fürstenberg’s Fashion Week. On ability to create Sept. 9, she was outfits that are able to work backboth elegant and stage at the show, appropriate for any helping fit and occasion. CEESAY ’13 dress the models “I was very blown away and amazed by and assisting with any lastminute issues that arose before her,” Ceesay said. This summer, Ceesay the event. Ceesay said her own design worked as an intern at the headquarters of von work is influenced by her Fürstenberg’s company in New Gambian roots, as well as a dedication to preserving what York City. she refers to as the “true On one occasion, Ceesay African culture.” She uses

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many prints reflective of the continent’s history –– designs that she says are declining in popularity because “people are so consumed by what’s going on in the Western world.” On campus, Ceesay has been involved in the Cornell Fashion Collective’s runway show each spring since her freshman year. She is currently the organization’s alumni relations chair. Last spring, Ceesay created a collection themed around “the story of Africa.” All of the fabrics in her collection were hand-dyed in Africa, she added. One of her most innovative pieces, Ceesay said, was a garment she created in collaboration with a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Fiber Science and Apparel Design. Together, Ceesay and the associate created a bodysuit containing insecticides protecting against malaria — a disease that kills a child every

minute in Africa, according to the World Health Organization. In addition to CFC, Ceesay is also involved in a project called Days for Girls, a nonprofit that makes reusable feminine hygiene products for girls living in third-world countries. At some point, Ceesay said, she hopes to return to Africa and give back to the people and culture that shaped her upbringing. She said she would like to work as a consultant for other African fashion designers, helping them develop their own lines and create a market for their work. “I think there’s a lot of talent and a lot of inspiration in the continent,” she said. “But what’s missing is the structure, the discipline and the understanding of what actually goes into creating a successful line.” Rebecca Friedman can be reached at rfriedman@cornellsun.com.


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C.U.Officials Seek to Reduce Levels of High-Risk Drinking DRINKING

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“Our focus is harm reduction,” Marchell said. “We know that many underage students drink, but we want them to do so in low-risk ways.” Marchell added that drinking patterns among Cornell students have remained “relatively unchanged over time, and they’re consistent with the averages for other campuses.” “That also means that, as on other campuses, there are significant problems,” he said. According to Marchell, surveys measuring alcohol consumption, which NCHIP conducts on a bi-annual basis, will help the University analyze whether its policy changes effectively reduce high-risk drinking and the harms associated with it –– including memory loss, missed classes and, potentially, sexual and verbal abuse. Marchell said that, because “students in the Greek system tend to drink at levels significantly higher than non-Greek students,” the University enacted a number of alcohol-related policy changes within the Greek system last fall. The changes included banning first-year students from Greek events where alcohol is served and forbidding new members in Greek houses from consuming alcohol at Greek events during the first six weeks of the spring semester. Between the spring of 2011 and 2012, high-risk drinking —

defined for males as consuming at least five drinks and for females as four drinks in one sitting — decreased by three percent among first-year Greek students, according to the survey. In the same time interval, high-risk drinking increased by five percent among non-Greek first-year students, the surveys found. Marchell said that it is still too early to draw conclusions from the survey data about the effect of the University’s change in policies on student drinking. “In order to assess whether there’s real change from policies or other strategies, we’ll need more data to determine if these are fluctuations or reflect actual changes in Greek versus nonGreek drinking behavior,’ he said. In the meantime, NCHIP is trying to change people’s misperceptions of their peers’ drinking behavior to reduce high-risk drinking and alcohol-related harms, according to Marchell. In the same vein, last spring, NCHIP introduced the Cayuga’s Watchers initiative, a program that will send anonymous students to monitor parties at Cornell for health emergencies. This month, Marchell said, NCHIP also launched “Target Safety,” a campaign that encourages low-risk drinking through posters that advise students to “skip the shots” and “stick to the buzz.” Erin Ellis can be reached at eellis@cornellsun.com.

Program Addresses ‘Huge’ Problem INFRASTRUCTURE Continued from page 1

“As a land grant institution, we

have an obligation to deal with tough public policy issues,” Foote said. “And that’s what CPIP is designed to do — it’s designed to give Cornell, for the first time, a sharp focus on this critically important national and global issue.” But there is also a more ominous impetus for the program. “I believe that we will be facing a huge infrastructure problem in the coming years,” Geddes said. “It’s the result of a confluence of major infrastructure challenges.” One issue that was a driving factor in CPIP’s creation, Foote said, is the lack of public funding for infrastructure in the country. “To have a strong, safe, modern economy you need a robust infrastructure to go along with it,” Foote said. “Over the past years, we have underfunded our infrastructure. We have deferred maintenance and not grown our infrastructure to serve an increasing population with different needs than we had 30 years ago.” In fact, Geddes said, he began thinking about developing a Cornell program focusing on infrastructure policy about a year ago — after he gave testimony at a U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure to assess the Federal Railroad Administration’s High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Program. “My time with the committee really exposed me to troubles that will plague our infrastructure over See INFRASTRUCTURE page 5


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Myrick ’09: Cornell Should Pay More to City of Ithaca DEFICIT

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state and federal aid. Attempts to close the deficit are also complicated by Cornell University’s taxexempt status, according to Myrick. Sixty percent of the assessed value in the city is tax exempt, and Cornell owns 89 percent of that tax-exempt land, Myrick said. The potential tax value of this land exceeds the $20 million in property taxes collected from the rest of the city, according to documents released by the City of Ithaca. While the University contributes $1.2 million to city coffers each year under a Memorandum of Understanding, or agreement made with the city, Myrick said he would like to see the amount rise to $3 million in order to better cover the burdens the University imposes on city infrastructure, such as increased maintenance of roads and bridges that traffic necessitates. The large amount of tax exempt land in the city is also related to another issue that Myrick said affects the city’s budget: state aid. Myrick said he wants New York State to change the formula by which revenues from the state income tax are distributed to its cities to include the amount of tax-exempt land within a city. New York State has also placed additional pressure on the city’s budget through its management of the state and local pension system. According to Myrick, the

city’s pension costs have increased 300 percent annually for five years. These increases, Myrick said, were necessary in order to cover shortfalls in the state’s pension plan. According to Myrick, the New York State and Local Retirement System — which administers the city’s pension plans — assumed that the markets in which the plan invested were safe and thus stopped asking for employee contributions. This action undermined the solvency of the plan when the markets crashed. To a lesser degree, the city is also suffering from the expiration of money provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, also known as the stimulus package, according to Myrick. “The stimulus helped us save jobs and complete much needed infrastructure projects, but while the infrastructure will be with us for decades, the job funding has evaporated,” he said. The city has also taken steps to save money outside of the budgeting process as well. The city has offered retirement incentives in order to reduce payrolls and has refinanced its debt, which Myrick said will save the city $700,000 over the next 10 years. Myrick will submit his budget to the Common Council by the first week of October, which the Common Council must vote on by the first week of November. Matthew Rosenspire can be reached at mrosenspire@cornellsun.com.

Launch of New NYC Program Will Feature Speeches, Panels INFRASTRUCTURE Continued from page 4

the coming years,” Geddes said. What struck him the most throughout his work, Geddes said, was “the total lack of money” in infrastructure spending. “Many states simply have no money to invest in infrastructure,” he said. The program’s launch Wednesday, featuring talking and speeches, will culminate in an hour-long panel discussion moderated by Geddes. About 85 individuals will attend the launch, according to John Zelenka ’03, one of the event’s main organizers. Zelenka said he expects that the majority of the attendees will be Cornell alumni, although a handful of the general public may also attend. “We are choosing to launch in New York City to get as much publicity as possible,” Geddes said. “We have a relatively unique program in that what we do is incredibly relevant. While some parts of [the program] may be theoretical, all parts can have an obvious impact on the public. So we want feedback. We want to know what the public is thinking … [and] what change it

wants to see.” The three panelists will speak about some of the myriad facets of modern infrastructure, from high-speed rail to surface transportation funding to the private management of public transit systems. Germà Bel, a visiting professor of economics from the University of Barcelona and one of the panelists, said he will talk about high speed rail transportation and its economic, industrial and environmental impacts at the event. “Rick [Geddes] had told me he was trying to build this unit. I arrived here in July, knowing that I was going to be involved in this program, besides my core work in [the Department of City and Regional Planning], which is the department where I have my visiting position,” Bel said. Bel plans to be in the U.S. until August 2013. During the next year, he intends to lecture in infrastructure-related classes, but not formally teach a class for Cornell. Bel, like the other professors involved in the program, believes that the U.S. needs new infrastructure policy. Justin Rouillier can be reached at jrouillier@cornellsun.com.

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OPINION

The Corne¬ Daily Sun

Moving Cornell Toward MOOCs

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he role of the trustees is generally not to deal with the day to day administration of Cornell, but instead to look out for long-term opportunities and threats. This article will deal with that kind of challenge, one that in 20 years time could cause Cornell to be a radically different place. And the threat has a ridiculous sounding name — MOOCs. For those who took Psych 101 with Professor Maas, you had the unique and perhaps intimidating experience of taking a course with 1,600 others. Now imagine being in a course with 100

countries continue to develop, the demand for education will outstrip the ability for many to travel to a prestigious international university, making online courses immeasurably attractive. But online education may even compete for American students. Imagine being able to choose from taking courses, albeit remotely, from the very best in every discipline, for less than half the cost of a traditional university. While some students may value the residential experience, many may doubt that living in a dorm room is worth nearly $40,000 a year, especially if they feel

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Improving the Visibility Of The Bear’s Den ON SEPT. 12, THE BEAR’S DEN, Cornell’s on-campus pub, opened with the aim of becoming a meeting place where those over 21 can enjoy a drink alongside their younger counterparts. First pitched two years ago, the initial proposal acknowledged the importance of programming to getting the pub off the ground. So far, however, there have been very few events since it opened. The pub has not attained the necessary level of visibility on campus to make it successful in the long term. Students have a rare opportunity to create a novel “pub culture.” If done well, the pub can serve as a great venue for student groups to host fundraisers, concerts or comedy nights. It also holds the potential for programming specific to Cornell, such as invite your favorite professor to the Bear’s Den events. There is no shortage of ideas that could bring students to the pub. It is concerning, however, that very little has been attempted. While events may help boost the pub’s visibility, its aesthetic is can also be improved. Right now, the bar is easy to miss altogether. The only additions to the space are a single beer tap and a new refrigerator to store bottles of beer. Making the presence of the pub more noticeable is essential to attracting patrons. On a campus with 20,000 students, there are surely students both talented and capable enough to improve the design: a design that would both make the very large space more intimate and respect the existing history and architecture of the room. Most importantly, we recognize that this is a worthwhile initiative, and acknowledge the many hours of hard work spent making it a reality. The Bear’s Den is not going to replace or compete with a Collegetown bar. It does, however, have the ability to fill a need in our community at the moment. Barred from fraternities, freshmen are left wandering into Collegetown without as many options as they once did. The Bear’s Den offers a solution to a void, but will only be used if attractive. We acknowledge the pub is still in an early and developmental stage, but while the goals and vision are strong, a unique identity is needed.

times as many students. Or to put it another way, take every person who ever took a Professor Maas course in his 48 years of teaching, make them retake it with their spouse or partner and add another 30,000 people. That was the experience for the 160,000 students who signed up for Professor Sebastian Thrun's artificial intelligence course last year. Thrun is a former Stanford professor who offered the first wildly successful MOOC — Massive Open Online Course — in which the material from his Stanford class was transferred to the internet, allowing him to teach tens of thousands of students from 190 different countries at one time. Granted, only 22,000 people finished the course, but that is still enough to fill Schoellkopf. And more importantly, it started a flurry of activity around online higher educational offerings that has the possibility to fundamentally change how most people receive a college education. MOOCs are an exciting concept. Professors record videos of their lessons which can be watched at any time. Tests are either multiple choice or let students grade each other, allowing for expedient grading regardless of how many students enroll. The first MOOC was in 2008, but they have quickly expanded since then. Coursera, a company started by two Stanford professors, taught 43 courses and got 680,000 registered students in its first year, and is offering over 100 new courses this fall. There have been many attempts to move education online, but this most recent iteration has an impressive group of backers. For example, Minerva is attempting to create an “online Ivy” quality of education, by recruiting some of the best professors in each field to contribute courses. The chair of its advisory board is none other than former Harvard President (and United States Treasury Secretary) Larry Summers. This movement is making brickand-mortar universities nervous, for they fear increased competition for students. The most obvious market for these courses is international. Only 6.7 percent of people in the world over the age of 15 have a college degree. As

that the education they receive online is from more prestigious professors. Of course, MOOCs are still in their infancy. No one suggests that within five years every university will be virtual. However, these developments certainly have the capability of completely overhauling what a college education looks like. Cornell ventured online in 2000, with the launch of eCornell. The forprofit subsidiary provides certificate programs and professional development courses, but not academic credit. Further, eCornell only has offerings from four colleges: ILR, Engineering, Hotel and Johnson. By contrast, Harvard, MIT and Berkeley recently joined forces to create edX, a platform to deliver their courses online for free. Coursera has partnered with Princeton, Stanford, Penn, UVA, Duke and many others. Though the move to online courses is still young, Cornell may already be behind. MOOCs and other forms of online education have their flaws. It is difficult to check for cheating, for example. Cornell also needs to worry about undermining their own on-campus courses. But the potential upside is too large to ignore. Of course, the most important players in this decision are the faculty members. The role of the faculty is to determine curriculum and standards for academic credit. No proposal for moving online can go forward without them. In fact, the most successful online projects will be those that are led and designed by the very people teaching them. However, Cornell can no longer afford to wait patiently on the side while our competitors expand their online presence. No one knows what the future of MOOCs will look like, but most now believe that the future of education will include online components. If Cornell wants to play a role in this future, it needs to start investing now.

Alex Bores is the undergraduate student-elected trustee and a senior in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. He may be reached at awb78@cornell.edu. Trustee Viewpoint appears alternate Tuesdays this semester.


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OPINION

Voting at Home, in Ithaca I

t goes without saying, I hope, that voting in elections is tremendously important. I have little doubt that many of you will decide to cast a vote on November 6, given the stakes. But for college students, deciding to vote is the easy part. The big question, for us, is where to register to vote and ultimately cast a ballot. While I have requested an absentee ballot and voted on Long Island in the past, I’ve made the decision to vote in Ithaca this year. And I think you should too. Voting in Ithaca reflects the fact that Cornell is our home and encourages civic engagement of the community. In becoming Ithaca voters, we can move toward truly becoming Ithaca citizens and start healing the fractured relationship between Cornellians and the surrounding region. The act of voting is fundamentally important both for the voter and society at large. The more pessimistic amongst us look at the numbers and conclude their votes are of little consequence. They fail to consider, however, what goes into making an informed decision. Voting necessitates some awareness of different platforms, opinions and visions of candidates. Further, deciding to vote incentivizes individuals to attune themselves to the issues facing their communities, large and small. In short, voting makes you a citizen of a community, as opposed to merely a resident. The ensuing popular discourse of an informed citizenry facilitates consensus-building and the identification and resolution of problems, for our betterment. Of course, abstaining from the local political process remains popular amongst college students. In my opinion, it comes down to whether we identify with a community. Voting on Long Island, I was disconnected from local issues and was unable to adequately ascertain the nuances and motivations of candidates. I had little stake in the outcome of elections. But whether you recognize it or not, local elections in Ithaca, Tompkins County and

Upstate New York carry with them considerable implications for us as Cornellians. Some issues, such as the policies of Collegetown landlords, affect us very directly. Others, such as the legalization of hydrofracking, will impact Cornellians later on. If we open ourselves up to the fact that our community extends beyond campus, it naturally follows that local politics matter to us as they do other Ithaca citizens. Not only do the decisions of local policy-makers impact us, but many of the policy-makers themselves have Cornell connections. The Mayor of Ithaca, Svante Myrick ’09, is Cornell alum, as is Nate Shinagawa ’05, candidate for the House of Representatives for the local district. They have both reached out to Cornell students for support and are responsive to our situations and needs, as they were once in our shoes. Many other local politicians, however, ignore us and our perspective on issues that affect us. As a non-voting or absentee-voting constituency, our opinions carry little weight in regional politics. Thus, the barrier between Cornell students and Ithaca at large isn’t simply the steep grade of East Hill (and this comes from a resident of East Buffalo Street). Our unfortunate propensity to ignore, or worse, deride the local community is counter-productive. Playing an active role in local politics will make local policy-makers more responsive to our interests and result in outcomes we find more favorable than empty storefronts at College and Dryden and the abuse of our local environment by drilling companies. By voting locally, we become active stakeholders in what is undoubtedly our home. New York State Law

clearly allows the practice of student voting in college communities, and non-partisan organizations such as the League of Women Voters of New York State even encourage it. Changing your registration also happens to be easy, as is registering for the first time. You simply print and mail a form. That’s it, really. If you’d prefer, you can even walk the form down to the Board of Elections just off the Commons and discover how close the rest of the city really is. Cornell is remarkable in the sense of community it fosters, which is why the divide between Cornell students

Jon Weinberg In Focus and the larger Ithaca community is all the more surprising. The truth is that we are all “townies.” If you take the time to vote locally, as I will, you’ll realize that this area and its issues affect you directly. Think not just about yourself, but future Cornellians who will inevitably face the same problems we do. Casting your vote as an Ithaca citizen will hopefully lead to a day when Cornell students come to see themselves as part of Ithaca and not simply the Cornell bubble.

Jon Weinberg is a senior in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. He may be reached at jweinberg@cornellsun.com. In Focus appears alternate Wednesdays this semester.

La Mia Famiglia T

his past summer, I had the excellent opportunity of sitting in the dingy, back room of a roadside bar in Corfinio, Italy while listening to my feisty, middle-aged cousin (the owner of the bar) jabber on in Italian about the degenerates that we call i nostri cugini (our relatives). She and the rest of la famiglia Corfinese do not speak more than ten words of English between themselves (a rough estimate) and I was excited to apply my Cornelllearned Italian skills. I was also excited because the last time that my dad and I

speak with mia cugina in Italian. My mom told me I needed to figure out whether we could park our car street-side. I was able to finally get my point across by saying Eccola! and A qui? Finally, after we had parked in a sufficient spot, we went into the bar. We arrived in the early afternoon when the bar was closed for a few hours for the daily pisolino (similar to the Spanish siesta) and, because of the August heat, all of the lights were off. Immediately, our cousin offered to make us an authentic

David Fischer Fischy Business had accompanied my mom on her pilgrimage to the small, mountainside town of her birth, we had been bystanders, unable to participate in the rapid conversation in a different language. Even though my dad was still a bystander in the dark room, with no knowledge of the hurried tones being spoken, I could understand what she was saying to some degree. After successfully navigating the hour and a half of the Autostrada (the highspeed highway) by looking at maps solely in Italian — it was an exciting moment — we arrived in the small village. As soon as we arrived I got my first opportunity to

Italian cappuccino (we accepted) and we sat down to find out what had transpired in the village in the four or five years since we had visited last. It turns out, that other than an effort to clean up il centro storico (the historical center of the town) that had not been seriously rehabilitated since the shellacking that it received during World War II, not much had happened in the sleepy community nestled in the Abruzzi mountains. The two sons of the family were still unmarried in their 30’s (much to our cousin’s dismay) and one was running the bar while the other worked for the gov-

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ernment in nearby Sulmona. Notably, both boys still lived Corfinio because of the importance that Italians, especially those living in relatively low-population areas like the small towns in le Abruzzi montagne place on the family. Another important aspect of our conversation, as I have already mentioned, was gossiping about the rest of the family. This, at least, was something that both the Italian-speaking and English-speaking branches of mia famiglia have in common. In addition to seeing our Corfinio cousins, we had also tried to have dinner with our Roman cousin. She had been uncommunicative and had rescheduled our dinner to a point where it never actually happened. However, when she heard that we would be in Corfinio, she decided to try to stop by while we were visiting. We ended up seeing her for about dieci minuti (10 minutes) while she refueled the car on her way to the sea and was largely unresponsive to my feeble attempts to speak Italian (she mostly spoke to my mom). After the Roman came, saw and left, we discussed her coming and going with our more modest Corfinese cousin. Apparently she had gotten worse and worse at responding to communication attempts after her father had passed away a few years ago. Apparently, he made sure that she kept her engagements and responded to family members. He was one of the forces that held our Italian relatives together and now they were slowly breaking apart. And this specific example of the spreading out of la mia famiglia Italiana is

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not unique. With the advent of globalization, it has become increasingly difficult to keep a traditional conception of the family unit together. Our cousin bemoaned the fact that her extended family is starting to become more like an “American family” that does not see each other often or at all. In contemporary America, it is no longer easy to drive to ma and pop’s for Sunday night dinner and children do not often stay in their hometowns for their whole lives like the “good ole days.” Families are spreading out and losing touch, even in areas where family used to be a cultural force to be reckoned with. My mother, her parents and her sister moved from Corfinio to Toronto, Canada when she was three years old. She cried for the whole week-long boat journey. Although they were leaving their hometown, they left with a portion of the village (mostly their family, but a few others) and stayed with them even when they moved to Leominster, Massachusetts (where my grandparents lived until they were well into their 80s). Now, mia nonna lives with my Aunt in Sacramento, California, my uncle lives in Atlanta, Georgia and we live in the Northeast. It’s a far cry from the whole family living in a small, Abruzzi mountain village located in the L’Acquila province of Italia.

David Fischer is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. He may be reached at dfischer@cornellsun.com. Fischy Business appears alternate Wednesdays this semester.

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SCIENCE

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Lake Science

Composting

Oncology

Take a Ride on the Floating Classroom

Students learn about lake science by boating on Cayuga Lake By NICHOLAS ST. FLEUR Sun Science Editor

THE FLOATING CLASSROOM — COURTESY OF KATHERINE MCCOMAS

STUDENTS COLLECTING SEAWEED — COURTESY OF KATHERINE MCCOMAS

STUDENTS ANALYZING PLANKTON — COURTESY OF KATHERINE MCCOMAS

BILL FOSTER ’87 — NICHOLAS ST. FLEUR / SUN SCIENCE EDITOR

ELODEA — NICHOLAS ST. FLEUR / SUN SCIENCE EDITOR

Students taking a course on Cayuga’s Floating Classroom don’t learn by reading books, sitting at desks or copying down notes from a chalkboard — instead, they get hands-on experience in lake and environmental science by traversing through 38.2 misty miles of Cayuga Lake. The Floating Classroom is an education program on Cayuga Lake, located right next to the Ithaca Farmers Market, that takes about 1,800 students onto the lake every year to perform environmental education. “We try to give them a chance to use their science knowledge in a very hands on way,” Bill Foster ’87, program manager for the Floating Classroom. Foster, along with the other volunteers on the Floating Classroom, teach students of all ages about the science happening in Cayuga Lake. They tailor their instruction depending on the age of their students. Middle–school lake enthusiasts can participate in the boat’s “Cayuga EcoLab” programs, for which they collect environmental data, assess water quality and habitat parameters and make biological observations. They also get to go fishing for zooplankton and phytoplankton. “Just about every seventh grader around the Lake has come aboard the boat and checked out the phytoplankton,” said Caroline Hoover, educator on the Floating Classroom, who has volunteered with the Floating Classroom for many years. Part of her job includes bringing the students to the boat’s cabin to analyze their catch underneath microscopes. “It’s just really fun and interesting to help kids understand the processes on the lake, she said. “They look at the phytoplankton and the zooplankton under the microscope and they go ‘Eww!’ I don’t want to swim in that any more!” Though middle schoolers make up the majority of lake-learners, the Floating Classroom also offers an “Advanced Studies” program for high school and college students. This program gives students an in depth look at plankton taxonomy, environmental chemistry and lake hydraulics, among other lake related topics. In their lessons, the volunteers show the students how to use nautical tools like the Van door tube for surveying the lake’s discrete depths — which reaches 435 feet at its deepest. The volunteers also help the students measure the water quality.

HYDRILLA — NICHOLAS ST. FLEUR / SUN SCIENCE EDITOR

Cayuga Lake has a pH of 7-7.5. According to the volunteers, the lake owes its healthy pH level to its limestone basin, which neutralizes the effects of acid rain. The Floating Classroom offers Cornell students crash courses on lake science where they use rakes to collect seaweed for sorting. Carla Smith ’13, a communications student, got to take a trip on the Floating Classroom. She said her favorite part of the experience was sorting through the weeds that she pulled up from the lake. “We found the different organisms in the weeds and we learned about the types of weeds and what they do in the lake and how they affect the ecosystem that’s down there,” she said. Trey Utsey ’13, a communications student, also got the Floating Classroom experience. “It was a lot of fun,” he said. “I’d say my favorite part was throwing the rake in and getting to go hands-on with the plants. It was a very lightening experience.” In addition to instructing students, the floating classroom offers classes to community members as well. A new initiative that the volunteers are engaging the community in involves the identification of a harmful invasive seaweed called Hydrilla, which outcompetes native plants for resources, often choking out other sea plants from accessing sunlight and causing a cascading effect down the marine lake life. The Floating Classroom has been on Hydrilla watch and education since an intern on the boat noticed the wicked waterweed two years ago while sorting through seaweed. Hydrilla resembles a common sea plant found throughout Cayuga Lake called Elodea. Elodea, unlike its disastrous doppelganger, is benign and native to the lake. The Floating Classroom is involved in getting the community actively engaged in Hydrilla prevention and lake preservation applications. “The idea is to get the community more in touch with their lake, get them to understand the system better and have them become a little more sophisticated in how they value the system,” said Foster. The community drives data collection on the Floating Classroom, and according to the volunteers, the residents and students have the biggest impact on protecting and preserving Cayuga Lake. Nicholas St. Fleur can be reached at scienceditor@cornellsun.com

PULLING UP SEA WEED — COURTESY OF KATHERINE MCCOMAS

I’m on a boat | Cornell students take part in a boat trip on the floating classroom, engaging in hands-on lake science learning by collecting and sorting through seaweed, scooping up plankton and analyzing it under a microscope, and listening to Bill Foster ’87 explain the importance of discerning between the harmless Elodea and the invasive Hydrilla.


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SCIENCE

C.U. Compost Brings New Compost Bin to Collegetown By NICOLAS RAMOS

Campus. We’re hoping to get a compost bin for RPCC. It’s all depending on student involvement,” Fitzgerald said. Collegetown residents looking to compost off-campus Collegetown residents interested in composting can can expect a new addition to their community today — a attend one of the groups two upcoming meetings on Sept compost bin courtesy of CU Compost, a student organi- 20, held at noon in the Mann Library lobby and at 7:00 zation that aims to promote composting among the p.m. outside of Collegetown Bagels. CU Compost expects Cornell student body. substantial student particIn coordination with the ipation in their compostSchwartz Center for the Performing “That’s the ultimate goal: to ing initiative. Arts, CU Compost has put the comThe meetings are also post bin behind Jack’s Diner at 210 reduce landfill waste.” opportunities for Dryden Road. The bright blue bin Meghan Fitzgerald ’13 Collegetown composters is labeled ‘Cayuga Compost’ and is to meet other students only for depositing food scraps, with the same drive for eggshells, meat, bones and soiled napkins. composting, Fitzgerald said. According to Meghan Fitzgerald ’13, environmental “We want to facilitate a sense of community because it engineering, the demand for composting opportunities in will help people be more aware of their actions and more COURTESY OF C.U. COMPOST Collegetown is high because students are looking for bet- responsible for what goes in the bins,” she said. ter ways to get rid of compostable trash. Members of CU Compost collage | With the new compost bin in place, Compost create new initiatives to reduce how much trash Nicolas Ramos can be reached at nramos@cornellsun.edu. food scraps can be properly composted in Collegetown. people put into landfills. “That’s the ultimate goal: to reduce landfill waste,” Fitzgerald said. “Food waste is the biggest component of landfill waste,” she said. “It breaks down anaerobically and releases methane, a greenhouse gas. The more food waste we can divert from landfills, the better.” Fitzgerald also said that composting produces a nutritious type of soil that can be used in landscaping around campus. Students can get involved with the collegetown compost initiative by attending one of CU Compost’s informational meetings. At CU Compost meetings members instruct students on proper composting practices. They also provide them with directions to compost bins. The members will also give attendees the code to the compost bin, which will be locked as to prevent pedestrians from contaminating the bin with non-compostable material. The group’s work stretches across Cornell’s campus, and they plan to but bring compost bins to Greek houses COURTESY OF C.U. COMPOST and dorms. “We definitely want more of a presence on North Compost champions | CU Compost has started a new initiative to bring composting to Collegetown with a new bin.

Sun Staff Writer

Scientists in Prof. John Schimenti’s Lab Find Gene Linked to Breast Cancer By SARAH COHEN Sun Staff Writer

The drivers behind cancer are numerous and, in many cases, unknown. Recently, the lab of Prof. John Schimenti, molecular biology and genetics, discovered that about 28 percent of breast cancer cases are linked to a single gene. Schimenti’s lab studied mice that had a single mutation in a DNA replication gene called MCM4. This mutated gene causes mammary tumors, which are the mouse equivalent of breast cancer, in

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Cancer crusader | Prof. John Schimenti researches mammary cancer in mice.

nearly every case. “With the MCM4 mutation, specific regions of DNA are getting extra copies or being lost.” Marsha Wallace, grad, said. After studying the tumors, they found that all of the tumors were losing a gene called NF1, a known tumor sup-

NF1 genes to breast cancer may seriously affect treatment for the disease. In an unrelated study earlier this year, cells with mutated or missing NF1 genes were shown to have an increased resistance to the most commonly used drug in breast cancer, tamoxifen. Breast cancer patients who have a mutation in NF1 may want to look for drugs that inhibit RAS instead. “This could impact about 283,000 breast “This could impact COURTESY OF SCHIMENTI LAB about 283,000 breast cancancer patients every year.” cer patients every year,” Wallace said. Marsha Wallace grad “Cancer is a multi-step process, multiple things pressor. NF1 specifically controls an have to go wrong inside a cell and we oncogene, or s cancer producing gene, think this is one of them,” Schimenti called RAS. said. Oncogenes are normally present in A possible next step for the project is cells, but when active in the absence of a to reintroduce NF1 into the cancerous tumor suppressor, they can cause the cell cells of mice to see if it can inhibit to turn cancerous. RAS is an important uncontrollable cell growth and reduce COURTESY OF SCHIMENTI LAB oncogene that causes uncontrollable tumors. Multi-chromosomes | Mammary carcigrowth in cells, but RAS is not comnoma (top). A mouse cell in metaphase monly associated with breast cancer. Sarah Cohen can be reached at In order to associate RAS with breast scohen@cornellsun.com. with too many chromosomes (bottom). cancer, Schimenti’s lab took advantage of The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) Project, a database of sequenced and analyzed genomes for multiple forms of cancer from hundreds of patients. The database revealed that mutations in the NF1 gene were also found in human breast cancer patients. “Because the mice were almost always losing NF1 in the mammary tumors, and humans are commonly missing NF1, we think that NF1 loss is imporCOURTESY OF SCHIMENTI LAB tant in a substantial percentage of Mice mammaries | Image of a mouse mammary gland which researchers from Prof. human breast cancers,” Schimenti said. The lab’s research linking mutated John Schimenti used to find new ways of addressing breast cancer in humans.


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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT BY JAMES RAINIS Sun Senior Editor

Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, in the wake of Grammy nominations and a high-profile collaboration with Kanye West, has become somewhat of a big deal among people who still think bearded guys with guitars can be a big deal. He’s been satirized on Saturday Night Live, inspired a Tumblr featuring ludicrously romantic stories involving his dramatized persona (entitled Bon Iver Erotica) and even documented his fitness regimen online. Short of giving interviews on E! red carpet specials or being stalked by TMZ reporters, these things mean that indiefolk’s biggest name (and possible avatar for all things hipster) is capital-R Relevant. Naturally, I flocked to his nearest show. Cooperstown’s Brewery Ommegang looks like it was hand-selected to host a Bon Iver concert. Wandering its grounds prior to Bon Iver’s arrival onstage Monday night, it was like a scavenger hunt for things listed on the Stuff White People Like blog: Microbrews! Flannel! Vegan options! I even saw a guy wipeout while playing hacky-sack! All snark aside (three words I really ought to be using in sequence more often), it was a lovely venue. Surrounded by fields of corn and backdropped by the Brewery, it provided camping accommodations, plentiful food truck options and delicious (albeit pricy) beer, a combination that made the two-hour commute from Cornell well worth it. Needless to say, I’d advise that you keep an eye on the Dan Smalls ’92 website for his next booking there; it’s a must-visit location for anyone in the area who enjoys a unique outdoor concert space. In a place as spacious as Brewery Ommegang, though, I began to worry that Bon Iver’s private, emotional and delicate

music might get lost in the breezy air of 2012’s first legitimate autumn evening. Those worries were assuaged as the band arrived onstage and Vernon launched into the opening lines of “Michicant.” Whether it was Vernon and company’s stunning musicianship, the lantern-heavy stage set-up or just an impressive job by the sound guy, the show retained an intimacy typically reserved for an audience of 300, not 3,000. The band showcased Bon Iver’s new, polyphonic sound that premiered on its self-titled second record. Featuring violins, woodwinds, brass

Bon Iver Rouses The Reverent

voice is a veritable force of nature; his falsetto is second maybe only to Thom Yorke’s (and even that is merely out of deference to the elder statesman). As members of the crowd tried to emulate Vernon’s wounded croon, you realized that Bon Iver is, at its heart, the project of a singularly empathetic performer. Even as he repeated the cyclical sing-along of show closer “The Wolves” (the vague, melancholic phrase “what might have been lost”), it grew more powerful and sweeping, invoking the participation of most everyone in the ever-reverent audience. As a music-writer and the product of a PHOTOS BY ZAC PETERSON / SUN STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Catholic upbringing, I am often cautious to and masterfully tasteful drumming, the group lends sonic cre- trust those who liken a musician’s concerts to a religious expedence to Vernon’s careful, emotionally charged compositions. rience; this is because I harbor a proud sense of cynicism and The slow-build of Grammy-nominated single “Holocene” have actually attended church, the home of many things proved that fullness in sound does not require obscene amounts referred to as “religious experiences,” hundreds of times. But of volume but dynamic range; “Minnesota, WI” not only Justin Vernon does his concertgoers the greatest of services. He showcased Vernon’s lower range, but the swelling horn section; offers no sloganeering, no showboating and no manufactured and “Blood Bank” erupted into a rocking guitar solo that sense of pomp-and-circumstance; instead, he just provides a evoked Neil Young circa “Cowgirl in the Sand,” silencing the raw, heartfelt performance that feels truly soulful and devoid of naysayers (which, prior to this night, included me) who insincerity. This was a show that proved to me that, amid all the thought Bon Iver couldn’t add a little grit to its repertoire. accolades, amid the Twitter scandals and amid the shirtless phoThe full band numbers, while wonderfully affecting, could tographs, the world was right about Bon Iver. not match the emotional heft of Vernon’s solo moments. On old tracks such as “re: Stacks” and “Creature Fear,” the captive James Rainis is a junior in the College of Agriculture and Life audience was treated to a man at his most vulnerable. Vernon’s Sciences. He can be reached at jrainis@cornellsun.com.

No Child’s Play BY DAVEEN KOH Sun Arts and Entertainment Editor

It surely is a jungle out there, in the real world. But the blackboard jungle isn’t always much easier to navigate. Along the gritty corridors of Malcolm X High School in the Bronx, N.Y., students pass through metal detectors en route to class, under the gaze of an irate security guard. (The procedure makes airport security at J.F.K. look like a breeze.) Teachers bark at 16-year-olds to sit down and be quiet. Reserving facilities is a battle of guts and wits, since Malcolm X High shares a building with three other schools. “We are the worst class,” a group of 10th graders declares repeatedly, like some sort of mantra. The students are jaded and expect every new teacher to abandon them, just like all the ones who came before. Bars, invisible or otherwise, are everywhere. These parallels between school and prison are not lost on Ms. Sun, an aspiring actress and teaching artist tasked with turning a class of rowdy “delinquents” into convincing “thespians.” Ms. Sun is the protagonist of Nilaja Sun’s Obie Award-winning play, No Child, which will be staged by The Readers’ Theatre this weekend only. It doesn’t take long for Ms. Sun to realize that she has made a serious gaffe in selecting, for the students’ performance, Timberlake Wertenberger’s Our Country’s Good — a play about 18th century convicts putting up a play. As one student protests, “Isn’t it illegal to teach this white shit?” The unfortunate setting aside, the idea of a play within a play (within a play) heightens the already overwhelming sense of entrapment. In agony, Ms Sun cries out, “They have the

whole world telling them that they are going to jail. How dare I?” No Child, as its title suggests, deals with students who have been left behind by the U.S. public school system. The 2001 No Child Left Behind Act, signed by President George W. Bush, lurks about like an insidious shadow. In the chaos of getting 10th graders to settle down for class, oblique references to imminent bouts of standardized academic testing are frequently made. Nilaja Sun makes the political personal, basing No Child on her early struggles in New York City public schools, transforming the lives of “emotionally and academically challenged students” (the euphemism draws chuckles from the students). The plot sounds predictably saccharine, but Sun rescues the play from becoming a run-of-the-mill, feel-good inspirational teacher drama. She infuses the play with wit and grit, simply by telling the truth. At Saturday’s press preview, Ithaca College Prof. Cynthia Henderson, theatre arts, proved to be a veritable tour-de-force. Directed by Anne Marie Cummings, the performance reading was transfixing. Henderson seamlessly switched between all the play’s 16 roles, sketching dialogues between Ms. Sun and her diverse charges by altering her posture and tone of voice. In swift succession, the audience encountered the serial mumbler Philip, the flamboyant diva Shandrika Jones and the earnest leader of the pack Jerome. Henderson’s expedient character changes are reason enough to watch the show. The sage janitor, who narrates the tale (“I’m good at this,” he wryly observes), marvels at how God creates enough teachers each year to staff New York City’s public schools. Often, it just takes an inspired glance at a

teaching service advertisement on an MTA train (the MTA is affectionately referenced throughout the play as a likely career destination for Malcolm X High students) to convince an affluent professional to make a career switch for “a lifetime of glorious purpose and meaning.” Glorious is surely the right word. Music speaks when no words can, just as in past Readers’ performance readings (Hank Roberts’ contemplative cello accompaniment to last season’s Uncle Vanya comes to mind). Elisa Sciscioli, lead singer-songwriter of the local band Solstice, steers the five-member choir through the play’s emotional storm. “Soon we will be done / with the troubles of the world / going home to be with God,” the choir sings, mellow and measured. The hymns soar, reminiscent of the negro spirituals and intense toil of another era. Retaining her sense of fun and realism to the play’s vivid end, Sun offers the viewer a glimpse into the future. Ms. Sun becomes a much-decorated actress and marries Denzel Washington. “No one expects us to do anything but drop out and get pregnant, go to jail or work for the MTA.” That student’s words prove prescient, as the members of Ms. Sun’s maiden acting class take on these divergent paths. Everyone is hungry. That, it seems, is what

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binds everyone’s stories. “Man is free,” a girl solemnly declares, after the play’s unsurprising success. “That is what you taught us, isn’t it, Ms. Sun?” That is why, the girl explains, she wants a different life for her unborn child. We will go travelling, she muses, we will see the world beyond the Bronx. It is a bittersweet instance, because these grand plans are so likely to fall through. Hope is a precious, precious thing. The Readers’ Theatre will perform No Child from Friday to Sunday, at The Space near Greenstar. Following Friday’s performance, Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick ’09 will deliver a brief talk-back. For ticket information, visit www.thereaderstheatre.com. Daveen Koh is a junior in the College of Architecture, Art and Planning. She can be reached at arts-and-entertainment-editor@cornellsun.com.

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Jukebox Heroes BY ARIELLE CRUZ Sun Staff Writer

Every weekend, if I can, I try to take off of my job for one night to do something fun. Sometimes it is just going to a party; sometimes it’s to see a show or a comedian like Jon Stewart. No matter what I choose, inevitably, at the end of the night I am left wondering if I chose the right day. Was I right to take off on Friday to see The Whistling Shrimp? Or should I have passed it up and caught Das Racist on Saturday? This past Friday I took off work with the excuse that I was reviewing The Haunt’s double bill of Maps & Atlases and Jukebox the Ghost. I had the Maps & Atlases album Beware and Be Grateful on my iPod and had listened to it from time to time when I wanted to hear something relaxing but not sleepy. It seemed like a good excuse to make the trip down to The Haunt. I arrived during the opening act, a local band from Rochester called The Demos. The band, founded by Jay Milton and Cal Saunders, had some pleasing melodies, and by the end the audience could sing along a little. However, the crowd never really filled the venue until the middle of Maps & Atlases’ set. Although Maps & Atlases sounded as good as its album, the slow stride of its music made it hard for the crowd to get

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into. The crowd started swaying during some of the band’s more popular songs, such as “Winter and Remote” and “Dark Years,” but people were mostly just watching the artists with curiosity. Lead singer Dave Davison has an interesting presence: His long hair, folksy beard, dark-rimmed glasses, Omar Rodriguez Lopez shirt and deep voice make him look and sound decades older than he is. Bassist Shiraz

a fan somewhere). Their mannerisms, and Davison’s unique, grainy tone, made them a fun act to watch, but their pacing and lack of emotion left the crowd with low energy. Jukebox the Ghost was the perfect cure. While I was at the show for Maps & Atlases, it seemed clear that everyone else had just been patiently waiting for Jukebox. The crowd finally burst alive as PHOTOS BY CONNOR ARCHARD / SUN SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER

Dada danced back and forth in his suspenders to every song and drummer Chris Hainey’s hair continued blowing backwards through the set as if he was in a photo shoot (I’m still convinced there was

the band took the stage and started its first song. The high energy of Jukebox was exactly what everyone needed. The people on the suddenly-packed floor were singing and bobbing along to the melody-driven

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ou may feel sad, disappointed or even angry, but kill a beautiful woman, so they are irrevocably evil. certainly not surprised. If this past summer proved Flashback. Muhammad fights over a beef shank with a to us how stupidly common rampage shootings child. Muhammad lusts over little girls. Muhammad talks have become, the past week reminded us yet again of the to a donkey. Some reference about how the Qur’an is a long-running, fatal clash between Western free speech collection of “false verses,” mixing the Torah and New and fundamental Islam’s problem with it. As of press Testament. All lines are delivered seriously without any time, the surge of revolt sweeping the Middle East, Africa apparent subtext or ulterior motive. Besides amateur and even Australia has broadened to express a deeper dis- sound mixing, continuity errors and one-dimensional trust in America and its foreign policy. But the media green screen so bad it makes The Room look like Avatar, agrees that the catalyst for these attacks is the movie trail- the video’s gravest technical problem — out-of-sync er — by one “Sam Bacile” (whose real name is in dispute) voiceover dubbing — extends to its most dire moral — referred to by various titles such as Muhammad Movie, offense: All references to “Muhammad” and “Islam” are The Real Life of Muhammad and Innocence of Muslims. not even spoken by the actors. Many of these struggling This trailer is why we can’t have nice things. When our actors now fear for their lives. Oh, and did I mention the armed service men and women die for our freedoms, our video was apparently directed by a ’70s softcore porn resulting liberty should not be twisted to make vile and director? The whole thing is so bad that no one looks asinine garbage like this. There was nothing wrong in good in the end. America’s Cairo Embassy condemning the work of this What we are left with is the modern and very ironic — to use an Internet term — ‘troll.’ Now, we know of the phenomenon known as the “Streisand effect” — decrying attack in Benghazi, Libya, that took the life of something public (i.e. photo, website, film), only to Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other widely publicize it through said protest. If Hollywood Americans. The reportedly organized assault used signed George Clooney and Brad Pitt to lead a protests against the “film” as a smokescreen. Naturally, Christopher Nolan-directed anti-Islamic film, then we certain politicians are blaming others for the tragic inci- might have a big problem. Instead, what these violent dent. protests amount to is giving a vulgar bathroom door dooBut this is an dle the new judge seat on Arts column, and American Idol and all of its you aren’t here to international variants. read about politics. The hateful propaganda Let us look at this made over the last 100 years video (“film” has that we still remember has an artistic connotasome — crazy as it may tion). Bacile has a sound — artistic value. A Lover’s Quarrel deep-seated hatred D.W. Griffith’s racist ode to With the World of Islam and a Confederate America, The desire to defame it, Birth of a Nation, pioneered which he fails to do battlefield cinematography through any semblance of satire or logical argument. Of and parallel editing. Leni Riefenstahl’s Triumph of the course, his attempt has achieved its goal, likely by casting Will, documenting the 1934 Nuremberg Rally and glorithe lead actor as the prophet Muhammad and depicting fying Hitler and the Nazi party, implemented innovative him as a womanizing, pedophilic and homosexual buf- aerial shots. Watch them today, and you may find yourfoon. Let those three adjectives stir around in your head self bored to tears. Film historians and theorists, howevfor a bit. er, admire the far-reaching technical influence of these The 14-minute production throws mud at the wall films to this day. Just six months ago we had Kony 2012 and does not wait to check if any of it sticks. Egyptian (six months ago!). While not a hateful film — as much I Muslims burn the houses of Egyptian Christians. They disagree with it — it is certainly an attractive example of

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music with excitement. The music was energetic in part because of Jukebox’s upbeat songs, but I have to credit the crowd’s enthusiasm to keyboardist and lead singer Ben Thornewill, whose charisma and a genuine smile left, at least me, a little in love. The trio’s songs “Somebody” and “At Last” were the biggest crowd pleasers, and by the closing note everyone knew the words. Jukebox left the crowd wanting more, and came out strong for the encore with its biggest hits. When I came home, I sat down to look up Jukebox the Ghost, absorbing its tunes through my Spotify account. I recognized the songs and could still bob to the melodies, but it didn’t compare to listening in person. The fever of the crowd and the sound reverberating on the walls had been a part of the music. If you are a Jukebox the Ghost fan or a future fan who might happen to look it up, I highly recommend catching one of their shows the next time they go on tour. I came to the show wondering why Dan Smalls ’92 had chosen Jukebox to headline the show and left with no doubt in my mind. I walked out of The Haunt with a picture with Dave Davison and a smile as radiant as Ben Thornewill’s on my lips. This weekend I was pretty sure that I picked the right night to take off. Arielle Cruz is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. She can be reached at acruz@cornellsun.com. SANTI SLADE / SUN STAFF ILLUSTRATOR

propaganda for the digital age. I hope it is not a sign of the times that this year’s grossest misuse of art is, by all but the loosest definitions, not art at all. Perhaps there is a silver lining here — for all the shouting matches political correctness has stirred, the days of Joseph Goebbels approaching a visionary director like Fritz Lang to make anti-Semitic films are long gone (Lang, himself a Jew, said “no,” by the way). Instead, we just have to deal with this Muhammad Movie excrement. Salman Rushdie, target of a still-standing fatwa by the Iranian Shah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1988, made it easy for the intellectuals to come to his defense, for his beautiful novel The Satanic Verses was the instigator. Youth and adults with a functional sense of humor similarly rallied around South Park when it stumbled into these crosshairs in 2010. Right now, we must stand for the freedom of speech and prohibition of violence. The pen is mightier than the sword, even when it’s millions of swords against one of those pens you find on the floor of a bathroom stall. Zachary Zahos is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. He can be reached at arts-and-entertainment-editor@cornellsun.com. A Lover’s Quarrel With the World runs alternate Wednesdays this semester.


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30. Oakland Raiders 29. Tennessee Titans 28. Kansas City Chiefs All three of these teams have been very disappointing; although no one expected them to win the Super Bowl, they were expected to challenge for a playoff spot, but they are all 0-2 and none of their games have been particularly close. There are many issues with all three teams, and the running game is one for all three. Chris Johnson forgot how to move his feet in a forward direction — carrying the ball 19 times for 21 total yards. Thus far, Darren McFadden has not done much better with 54 yards in 26 carries, while Jamaal Charles had just three yards on six carries against the Bills. 27. Minnesota Vikings 26. Indianapolis Colts 25. Cincinnati Bengals 24. Miami Dolphins Unlike the last trio, these four teams have first- or second-year quarterbacks (Christian Ponder, Andrew Luck, Andy Dalton, Ryan Tannehill) and a lot of young talent. They are all 1-1 and have bright futures, but making the playoffs this year may be difficult. 23. Buffalo Bills 22. Washington Redskins I was extremely optimistic about the Redskins going into Week 2; Robert Griffin III and the offense looked great and the defense was solid. Now after Week 2, we know that RGIII will regress to the mean and linebacker Ryan Orakpo and defensive end Adam Carriker were lost for the season due to injuries. 21. St. Louis Rams 20. New Orleans Saints Oh, how the mighty have fallen. After their tumultuous summer, it seemed as if the Saints would be okay; Drew Brees was back, they were saying all the right things, and it looked like their record of excellence would keep them elite ... but it didn’t. Turns out they miss Sean Payton more than anyone could have guessed. Not only do they miss his play-calling, but the interim head coach Joe Vitt seems incapable of making in-game adjustments and the team looks sloppy. With Brees, they can definitely turn it around, but they should be panicking in the Bayou right now. 19. New York Jets “We want Tebow! We want Tebow! We want Tebow!” said every Jets fan in Week 5. That’s right, I can predict the future. 18. Carolina Panthers 17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers The Falcons, Saints, Panthers and Bucs form the strongest division from top to bottom. It will be interesting to see if the NFC South can send two teams to the playoffs. 16. San Diego Chargers

With Antonio Gates injured, the Chargers now lack the big name players from past years, but are still a very effective team on both sides of the ball. Rivers is still leading the offense, while the defense has held Darren McFadden and Chris Johnson to a combined 40 yards rushing in their first two games. I know the Chargers routinely collapse as the season goes on, but this year just feels a little different. 15. Seattle Seahawks 14. Dallas Cowboys 13. Denver Broncos 12. Detroit Lions 11. Chicago Bears Not a clue what to make of these five teams. They are all 1-1, had a good game and a bad game and have potential to make the playoffs. 10. Arizona Cardinals They are 2-0 after beating the Seahawks and the Patriots with no

resemblance of an offense. Is Kevin Kolb pulling some Tebow-esque magic?! No, probably not, but it is mighty impressive, even though I don’t see how it can continue. Their resume should put them in the Top3, but their roster says they should be in the bottom 15. Let’s just stick them here and move on.

ball inside and shaky timeout management by Andy Reid. Like clockwork.

9. Pittsburgh Steelers

All three of these teams took a lost to a less-than-stellar team, but are still elite. No one should be worried about them and we’ll see them come playoff time.

know as a team solid in everything, but great at nothing; this may change this year, as their offense makes the jump from good to great. Matt Ryan seems more poised, Julio Jones is a year older and the rest of the offense — Roddy White, Michael Turner, Tony Gonzalez — are healthy and ready for another year. On the defense, they added Asante Samuel to an already formidable defensive backfield, while defensive linemen Jonathan Babineaux, Ray Edwards and John Abraham supply the pass rush.

3. Houston Texans

1. San Francisco 49ers

It’s hard to trust a team that is not used to winning and is relying on an injury-prone quarterback, but all signs are pointing to a great year for the Texans. Their explosive offensive is back and healthy, their defense has a ton of improving young talent and the Peyton Manning Colts are forever out of their division.

The 49ers are a pretty unique team; they don’t rely on the strength of their star quarterback, but instead rely on beating the other team at all 21 other positions on the field. They have so much talent and depth everywhere, it doesn’t matter who their quarterback is, plus now that Alex Smith no longer fears being benched, it means even more trouble for the rest of the league.

8. New York Giants 7. Philadelphia Eagles We know exactly how the script will go with all three of these teams. The Steelers will be injured for most of the season, but get healthy by the playoffs and make a push. The Giants will win some huge games, lose some easy ones, have tabloids wondering when Tom Coughlin will be fired, then win the final two or three games before the playoffs and be the team no one wants to face. Michael Vick will get injured for the Eagles, DeSean Jackson will cause unnecessary drama and the team will underperform due to turnovers, an inability to run the

6. Baltimore Ravens 5. New England Patriots 4. Green Bay Packers

2. Atlanta Falcons The Falcons have always been

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WOMEN’S TENNIS

O’Neil Leads Red on Courts By OLIVIA WITTELS Sun Staff Writer

Last weekend at the Cornell Invitational, senior co-captain Sarah O’Neil won the “A” Flight Singles final. O’Neil lost the first set 3-6, but dug deep to hold on to the next two sets, 61, 6-3. O’Neil not only had to overcome a firstset deficit to win the match, but she also had to battle back against a teammate and good friend. Her opponent, junior Ryann Young, confirmed that Sarah’s victory was a testament to the hard work she has dedicated to Cornell tennis for the past four years. “Every time Sarah and I play it’s really competitive because we have pretty much the same style of play,” Young said. “At first she wasn’t playing that well, but then she found a way to come back. She just fought really hard, was really competitive and found a way to win.” O’Neil’s co-captain, senior Christine Ordway, affirmed Sarah’s determination off court has had a major impact on her success during matches. “She’s definitely improved tremendously tennis-wise,” Ordway said. “I know freshman year she played sixth and then last year she was playing one. That’s an incredible improvement I think, definitely all due to her work ethic and how hard she practices every single day.” O’Neil is also a strong doubles player, being named 52nd in doubles (with sophomore Lauren Frazier) in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s preseason rankings. Her role on the team is definitely one of a leadership position and her teammates certainly admire the effort she puts into the game. “Obviously we all look up to her,” Young

said. “We all respect her and she’s pretty much a role model for everyone.” Ordway added that O’Neil is “someone who you want out there in the third set deciding the match because you know she’s going to put 100 percent out there every match. She puts 100 percent into everything she does. She’s incredibly dedicated ... Over the past three years, she’s definitely become an incredible leader with the team.” And, because of this, Ordway said “there’s no one I’d rather be captain with and no one I’d rather share this experience with.” Next weekend, the women head down to Philadelphia, Pa. for the Cissie Leary Invitational. Young is sure that the combination of O’Neil’s leadership and the experience of having already played one official tournament will help the Red in its upcoming match. “Since we have one tournament under our belt, for the freshmen, they won’t have as many nerves,” she said. “We all just need to focus on playing each match with a purpose to get us ready for the dual match, the team style matches in the spring.” “We’re coming off a pretty good weekend, where we had some good results and I thought everyone played, overall, pretty well,” Ordway added. “So going off of that, we kind of want to practice really hard this coming week, keep up the intensity, and look forward to playing a lot of really good schools at Cissie Leary. [Sarah] and I are just looking for everyone to put 100 percent into every match and 100 percent into practice this week and I think we’ll do great.” Olivia Wittels can be reached at owittels@cornellsun.com.

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The fighter | Senior co-captain Sarah O’Neil’s competitive nature on the courts helps her to succeed and win tough matches, according to teammate Ryann Young.

NFL Power Binghamton Hosts Red in Midweek Bout Rankings T MEN’S SOCCER

By TINA AHMADI

Sun Staff Writer

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Use your head | Senior forward Tyler Regan has contributed a strong effort to the Red’s early season push.

Coming off a 5-0 win against Wofford on Sunday afternoon, the men’s soccer team is primed to compete today at 7 p.m. against local New York rival Binghamton at the Bearcats Sports Complex in Vestal, N.Y. Last season, the Red crushed Binghamton, 4-0, with goals scored by junior defender Patrick Slogic, junior midfielder/forward Stephen Reisert, senior forward Tyler Regan and sophomore forward Matt Kagie. Binghamton enters into the match against the Red today with a 3-4 record, edging by UNCWilmington with a close 32 margin and losing against Appalachian State, 1-0, last weekend. The Red is balanced in terms of skill sets on both ends of the field. A win against Binghamton would break the Cornell program record of scoring in 21 consecutive games, set in 1970-71. On the verge of breaking the 40-year-old record, the Red started off the season the strongest it has

been in 16 years; the men have not lost a game yet. Only seven teams in the U.S. have acquired parallel winning streaks this season. In the Ivies, the Red is currently ranked first in offense and second in defense, winning all nonconference matches in the last year. Nationally, the Red was ranked 24th in the NSCAA Coaches’ Poll as of Tuesday, securing a position as the only Ivy league team currently ranked nationally. Head coach Jaro Zawislan has impacted the outcomes positively both defensively and offensively. Prior to Zawislan’s arrival, the Red held a season record of 1-14, which has since risen to 8-2-6. Several of the players on the team are earning individual recognition as well. Slogic is a contender for the Hermann Trophy, making it on to the 2012 watch list for the award. Junior striker Daniel Haber received the Ivy Player of the Week award last week for the second consecutive week. Tina Ahmadi can be reached at tahmadi@cornellsun.com.

wo weeks into the NFL season and there’s already been some huge upsets and stories. Some preseason favorites — Patriots, Packers, Ravens — were upset, while some bad teams — Cardinals, Eagles, Seahawks — have sur-

him dead last in the league), the Jaguars acquired wide receivers Laurent Robinson through free agency and Justin Blackmon through the draft to give him some help. Blackmon performed well against (a bad) Vikings defense, but absolutely fell apart

Albert Liao Playing the Field passed expectations. Let’s take a look at these changes with America’s favorite pastime — NFL Power Rankings. 32. Jacksonville Jaguars

Blaine Gabbert is not very good at throwing an egg-shaped object. After an atrocious rookie season (he owned a quarterback rating of 65.4, making

against the Texans’ defense, finishing 7-19 for 53 yards before leaving the game with an injury. It would be shocking if the Jaguars won more than three games. 31. Cleveland Browns

The Browns aren’t last! Huge victory for Cleveland! See LIAO page 15


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