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New Leadership Firefighters: Dept.Stretched Thin IFD responds to 40 calls between Friday evening and Sunday morning Coming to Dyson In January 2014 By EMMA COURT
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Stretched thin responding to a rising number of emergency calls around the city, the Ithaca Fire Department has been “pushed to its limits” with “no end in sight,” its public information officer said in an IFD Facebook post Sunday. “In years past, a few extra responses on a weekend night were to be expected, but now it’s not uncommon to see run sheets overflowing with calls for help,” the post read. “Spread throughout all parts of the city and the campuses on each hill, responders are doing their best to answer every call.” The post came several months after the City of Ithaca, seeking to close a $3-million deficit, passed a budget that reduced the number of city firefighters by two. Firefighters and city residents alike decried the cuts at public forums last October, saying they would compromise the IFD’s ability to respond to emergency calls in a prompt and safe fashion.
In Sunday’s post, the IFD said that responders were out in full force last weekend, with the Ithaca Police Department relying on overtime officers to handle increased calls and Bangs Ambulance “routinely” having all of its rigs out. Over the course of 38 hours between Friday evening and Sunday morning, Bangs Ambulance handled 76 calls for medical assistance, IPD handled 129 calls and IFD responded 40 times, the post said. Lieutenant Tommy Basher Jr., public information officer for the IFD, said he wrote the Facebook post not to criticize budget cuts, but to keep the public notified about the increase in calls to emergency responders. “It’s not a shot at other departments, or at the mayor or at Cornell. … It was just a ‘Wow, we’ve been really busy lately,’” Basher said. “We wanted people to know the fire dept is working Monday to Friday, 365 days a year. Forty times over a two-day period is a lot See IFD page 4
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Sirens | Emergency responders are pictured on the scene of a call on East Seneca Street Monday. An Ithaca Fire Department Facebook post Sunday pointed to an increase in calls for emergency response services.
Development. According to Prof. Frank J. DiSalvo, chemistry and Starting Jan. 1, Prof. chemical biology, director of Christopher B. Barrett, the Atkinson Center, applied economics and man- Barrett’s expertise will help him succeed as agement, will behead of the gin his term as the College of Agrinew director of the culture and Life Charles H. Dyson Science’s Dyson School of Applied School. Economics and “I am priviManagement. leged to have Prof. Ed Mcworked with Laughlin, marketPROF. BARRETT [Barrett] for four ing, will also start at that time as the school’s years in founding and building the Atkinson Center,” new associate director. “I’m sure [Barrett will] do DiSalvo said. Barrett has also appeared a superb job,” McLaughlin said. “The reception to the in a PBS documentary on news that he was named the hunger called Silent Killer, director has been very posi- worked on projects for The Pew Research tive.” On cam- “I’m sure [Barrett Center and the National pus, Barrett will] do a S c i e n c e teaches underFo u n d a t i o n graduate and superb job.” and served as graduate classpresident of Prof. Ed McLaughlin es in both the Association AEM and ecoof Christian nomics, is a faculty fellow for the Economists, according to Atkinson Center for a Barrett’s personal website. Recently, he was interSustainable Future and is director of a faculty engage- viewed on The Daily Show ment initiative in the With Jon Stewart for an Institute for International See DYSON page 4 Food, Agriculture and By ERIC OBERMAN
Collegetown Pizza an Essential Part of Any Night,Students Say By SARAH CUTLER Sun Senior Writer
A year after Collegetown Pizza moved into a bigger space on Dryden Road, some students say the restaurant has become Collegetown’s “after-party” — the place to go when bars close, parties are over and students are hungry. “Late at night, it’s loud there. It is exploding — there’s like 200 people there,” Alejandro Perez ’15 said. “When all the bars close, that’s where everything is. That’s where we regroup.” That was not the case at the restaurant’s old location at 401 College Ave., Perez said. The new location is larger, more centrally located and has picnic tables outside, making it a good location for
meeting up with friends, according to Devon Horton ’15. “I live right down the street [from CTP] on Collegetown Plaza, so whenever I’m walking home from Collegetown, I see friends at CTP,” she said.
“When all the bars close ... that’s where we regroup.” Alejandro Perez ’15 Horton added that she has recently seen CTP become more popular during the day too. “I definitely see more people there all the time,” she said. Mike Herman ’15 said he sees
the restaurant as a “co-destination,” somewhere he goes to with the intention of going out somewhere else later that night. Will Moore ’16 also said CTP has “definitely” become its own scene — one he frequents during weekend journeys from his fraternity’s house on West Campus, where he lives, to Collegetown. “I go early in the evening, because it gets way too crowded later on, and it’s a little less crowded beforehand,” he said. He is not the only one trying to beat the crowds: Darah Barnes ’15, who lives on Dryden Road, said CTP is “a destination” for her friends. Barnes and her friends aim to arrive earlier in the evening, when fewer people are there.
Still, most students — especially those living in Collegetown — head to CTP later in the
evening, after they have already See CTP page 4
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Pizza pun ... too cheesy? | Students say Collegetown Pizza has become a staple of nightlife at Cornell.
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‘Million-Dollar’ Ithaca Home Steeped in Cornell History By WENJIA ZHANG Sun Contributor
Tucked away above Cayuga Lake, 916 Stewart Ave. is a little grey house with a lot of Cornell history. The house was built in 1906 and has since been the home to several Cornell faculty members, ranging from a professor of rhetoric to the dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning to an experimental physicist. It was also featured on a Sept. 6 episode of CNBC’s Million Dollar Homes, a show that features million-dollar homes. The house, under the pseudonym “Waterfall Wonder,” won when pitted against a “River Retreat” near Brown University, but lost to the “Urban Rooftop” near the University of Pennsylvania. The home is currently owned by Stuart McDougal, a vis-
iting scholar at Cornell. He and his wife Nora Gunneng bought the property in 2007 and spent four years renovating it. Various aspects of the house underscore its historic character, according to McDougal. For example, all of the stone — called Llenroc, the reversed spelling of Cornell and the same name of the Cornell fraternity — used for the exterior of the building is the same stone used in various University properties. Another notable feature of his home, McDougal said, is the letter “B” inlaid on the brickwork by Prof. Franke H. Bosworth, architecture, the second owner of the house. Bosworth, who was later dean of the AAP College, moved to 916 Stewart in 1920. McDougal said he is constantly impressed by the house’s extraordinary views, which includes outlooks onto two sep-
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Worth a thousand words | The house at 916 Stewart Ave. was built in 1906 and has been home to many Cornell faculty, including a dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning.
arate waterfalls, as well as Cayuga Lake. “It’s difficult to choose one place [I enjoy the most],” McDougal said. “The house is filled with wonderful nooks and crannies with ever changing views of the Ithaca falls, Cayuga Lake and the dramatic landscape.” The McDougals put 916 Stewart through four years of renovations in order to preserve the historic character of the house. “When we bought the house, it had been vacant for well over a year. There were obvious signs of deterioration and decay everywhere,” McDougal wrote in a report he submitted to the Ithaca Landmarks Preservation Commission detailing the work he and his wife had done on the house. The foundation of the house “The house is filled with was also severely wonderful nooks and compromised by the water damage crannies with evercaused by rotten changing views of ... the gutters and downspouts, according dramatic landscape.” to the report. Stuart McDougal Every door and window in the house had to be replaced as well, along with the kitchen and bathroom fixtures. The couple was awarded the 2012 Award of Merit in Historic Preservation by Historic Ithaca for their effort in renovating this historic property. Their work on the house was also remarked upon by Leslie A. Chatterton, neighborhood and historic preservation planner for the City of Ithaca. “The rehabilitation and restoration undertaken by the current residents has strengthened the historic character of the residence, and, by extension, the historic character of the Cornell Heights Historic District,” Chatterton wrote in a 2010 memo. McDougal and his wife are currently selling the house, which they put on the market in May 2012. McDougal said he hopes the next resident of 916 Stewart Ave. understands the house’s history. “I hope it’s someone who appreciates and respects the quality of the work and the historic value of the house,” he said. Wenjia Zhang can be reached at email@example.com.
C.U.Researchers Receive $1.5M Grant to Study Nanoparticles By DAVID JANECZEK Sun Contributor
A Cornell University research team has been awarded a $1.5million grant from the National Science Foundation to help it improve the large-scale production of nanoparticles, or extremely small objects. Prof. Richard Robinson, materials science and engineering, and Prof. Tobias Hanrath, chemical and biomolecular engineering, are spearheading the project. Nanoparticles are already being widely used in consumer goods such as lithium-ion batteries and solar photovoltaic devices. By improving the manufacturing of nanoparticles, engineers could one day significantly improve the power storage capacity of goods like cell phones, electric cars and solar panels, Robinson said. “We’re already using nanomaterials in applications all around us, such as in batteries or in coatings. You can now buy a flat screen TV from Sony that uses nanoparticles for a larger color spectrum. In fact, there are more than 800 consumer products with nanomaterials or nanotechnology already in them,” Robinson said. Robinson said his team is focusing on the manufacturing of monodispersed particles, which are similarly sized particles that are very uniform and
reliable. Improving the production process of these particles could increase the efficiency of batteries, Robinson said. “If we move away from the processes that we’re currently using into something that we’re proposing in this project, then we could greatly improve in efficiency and cost and come up with better alternative energy materials — better catalysis for fuel cells,” he said. The Cornell professors’ pro-
Cornell researchers’ proposed manufacturing process, however, aims to make large-scale production of nanoparticles cheaper, according to the NSF. While the yield of the new process is certainly important, Robinson said, the uniformity of the nanoparticles produced is also key to the success of the research. Slight deviations in the size of particles produced will greatly reduce the effectiveness of their application, he said. “You want them all to be the same size because “We’re already using nanoif some are big and some are small, then they'll materials in applications all have two different sets of around us, such as batteries properties,” he said. The key to the proor in coatings.” posed method of proProf. Richard Robinson duction is that the reactive materials used to create the nanoparticles ject aims to develop a manufac- can now use solvents other than turing process that is relatively water to facilitate their creation, low in cost and results in high which makes it easier to create yields of particles, according to these particles. the NSF’s website. Some of the grant money According to the NSF, while from the NSF will help Cornell there are high expectations for professors bolster outreach prothe application of nanoparticle grams that help high school scitechnology in devices in the ence teachers better integrate future, there is not yet a cost- information about nanoscience effective way to produce large into their curriculum, according amounts of high-quality to Robinson. nanoparticles, which has “[The public] doesn’t yet fully blocked their being used in con- understand the ways in which nanoscience could improve our sumer devices. The comparatively low cost lives through alternative energy,” of the reactants used in the he said.
Robinson and Hanrath’s grant proposal beat out others in an internal competition at the University. Because the grant amount is so large, the NSF con-
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A man stood at the bus stop in front of Goldwin Smith Hall Monday urging people to consider the origin of the universe as proof of God.
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of times to go out the door. The public isn’t aware of how busy things get.” Mayor Svante Myrick ’09 said in an email that the city remains “an exceptionally safe place to live, work and visit,” and that the public does not need to be “alarmed.” “This has been a busy time of the year for us, and our Fire Department simply wanted to let our community know that its public safety agencies are working hard for our community,” Myrick said in the email. Even with its reduced staffing levels, IFD still has the ability to keep the public safe, IFD Chief Tom Parsons ’82 said in an email. The concerns IFD has raised with
constrained budgets and reduced staffing are not unique a deputy chief position unfilled. to Ithaca, he added. The budget cuts that Common Council approved last “In collegetown communities, there year were the result of a “very diffiare always more calls on the weekend cult” set of decisions, Basher said. It is when the students are out and about “This has been a busy not just the IFD that was affected; enjoying what the community has to time of year for us.” Basher noted that the IFD’s Facebook offer,” Parsons said. “Municipalities post also referred to the increase in nationwide have had to contend with Mayor Svante Myrick ’09 calls that IPD and Bangs Ambulance increased costs and tight budgets. With have received. tougher financial times comes tighter “The city has a very difficult task staffing. But public safety workers continof divvying up [taxpayer money] ue to successfully serve and protect Ithaca every day.” among many departments, which all have different Parsons added that, although the city had initially needs and priorities,” Basher said. planned to eliminate four staff positions in the IFD, two of them were saved by through a combination of an Emma Court can be reached at email@example.com or increase in fire inspection fees and the decision to leave twitter.com/dilemmaincourt.
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upcoming segment on food aid, The Sun previously reported. Barrett said that increasing publicity is one of his goals for the Dyson School. “I do think that we need to do more to get the Dyson School name and the Cornell name out in the public domain,” he said. “We have a lot of internationally recognized experts here who have lots of important things to say, and it reflects well on Cornell and on our faculty and our students if we do that. Whether The Daily Show specifically is the best format for that — well, ask me after the segment airs.” Barrett is succeeding current Dyson School director Prof. Loren Tauer,
applied economics and management. McLaughlin said he is currently serving as the head of the Dyson undergraduate program, and that he will take on additional responsibilities when he becomes associate director. Barrett said he is “excited” for him and McLaughlin to continue working together. “Professor McLaughlin has been, de facto, something like an associate director for a long time, running our undergraduate program, and is very widely respected among the faculty and across campus,” Barrett said. “I was very excited by the idea of having [McLaughlin] be associate director if I were going to be director. Thankfully, he agreed.” According to McLaughlin, there are no formal plans at this time, but his main
goals for the Dyson School include improving and maintaining the school’s current functions, working with other portions of the CALS and being “successful and maybe more aggressive with fundraising for the school.” McLaughlin also has received various teaching awards — most recently Cornell’s Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellowship in 2007 — and is currently the director of Cornell’s Food Executive Program, according to his personal website. McLaughlin also said that he is involved in many on- and off- campus programs in executive education. “I’m the director of the Cornell Japan Retail Executive Program, for example, where we go to Japan to teach and Japanese retailers come here. We have a
number of retail programs on the Cornell campus,” he said. The Dyson School has almost 800 undergraduate and graduate students and has been ranked in the top 10 for undergraduate business education in both Bloomberg Businessweek and U.S. News and World Report’s most recent set of college rankings. Barrett said he is focused on helping the school continue building on its successes. “Now that we’ve got a widely recognized top-tier graduate and undergraduate program and internationally recognized researchers, I think making sure we keep things going well is order one,” Barrett said. Eric Oberman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students Say Collegetown Pizza Is New Nighttime Hotspot been out elsewhere, according to Dan Cohanpour ’15. “People go to bars, they party and then they come to CTP, eat and hang out with friends,” he said. “If you’re in the Collegetown
area, you go for a late-night CTP, but it’s not something you trek for.” Laila Judeh ’16 echoed Cohanpour’s sentiments, saying CTP is a popular venue for people who have been out for the night. “It’s a place I go after a night out, usually once a weekend,” she
said. “There’s always a party there.” Though students say the Collegetown staple has become much more popular, Michelle Green, the owner of Acute Style — located two doors up from the restaurant — said there does not seem to have been much of an
increase in noise on Dryden Road since CTP moved in. She said she has seen more foot traffic in the area, however, particularly late at night. Caleb Balbera ’16 said he believes students are attracted to the restaurant’s location more than its food since there are not many
other places to gather late at night. “I think any place open at 3 a.m. will get people to go there because it’s better than hanging out on the streets of Collegetown,” Balbera said. Sarah Cutler can be reached at email@example.com.
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Burger King Launches Lower-Calorie French Fry
NEW YORK (AP) — Burger King wants people to feel less guilty about gobbling up its french fries. The world’s No. 2 hamburger chain is launching a new crinkle-cut french fry on Tuesday that it says has 20 percent fewer calories than its regular french fries. The chain says a small order of the new “Satisfries” clocks in at 270 calories because of a new batter that doesn’t absorb as much oil. By comparison, a small order of its regular fries, sans crinkles, has 350 calories. The concept of taking an indulgent food and removing some of the guilt isn’t new, of course. Supermarkets are filled with baked Lay’s potato chips, 100-calorie packs of Oreos and other less fattening versions of popular treats. Such creations play on people’s inability to give up their food vices, even as they struggle to eat better. The idea is to create something that skimps on calories, but not on taste. Burger King executives say people won’t be able to tell that Satisfries are lower in calories. It says they use exactly the same ingredients as its regular fries — potatoes, oil and batter. To keep kitchen operations simple, they’re even made in the same fryers and cooked for the same amount of time as regular fries. The difference, Burger King says, is that it adjusts the proportions of different ingredients for the batter to block out more oil. The company declined to
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be more specific. Another difference, the crinkle-cut shape, is in part so workers will be able to easily distinguish them from the regular fries when they’re deep frying them together. “You need to make things as simple as possible,” says Eric Hirschorn, Burger King’s chief marketing officer. As per capita consumption of french fries has declined over the years, frozen potato suppliers have been working on ways to reduce fat and calories in french fries, said Maureen Storey, president and CEO of the Alliance for Potato Research & Education, an industry group. “It’s actually not an easy thing to do to because consumers want the same taste and the same texture,” she said. Alex Macedo, head of North American operations at Burger King, said the chain worked with one of its potato suppliers, McCain Foods, to develop the lower-calorie fries. He said McCain can’t sell the fries to other fastfood clients and that different suppliers might have a tough time imitating them. Burger King took great pains keep the launch of Satisfries under wraps. Last week, reporters were invited to preview a “top secret new product” at a New York City hotel, where they were asked to sign non-disclosure agreements. Attendees were each served a carton of the fries on a plate that looked and tasted like any other fries, even leaving the familiar grease stains in their paper cartons.
Two Charged in Chicago Park Shooting That Wounded 13 CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities on Monday night charged two men in connection with a shooting last week at a Chicago park that injured 13 people, including a 3-year-old boy. Officials said 21-year-old Bryon Champ and 20-year-old Kewane Gatewood were charged in the shooting at Cornell Square Park, which is located in Chicago’s southwest side. Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said that while the two played significant roles in the shooting, neither is believed to have pulled the trigger. McCarthy said detectives are continuing the investigation.
Authorities say as many as three people opened fire Thursday on a basketball court in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. Among those injured were 3-yearold Deonta Howard, who is recovering from surgery after being shot near an ear, along with two teenagers. Earlier Monday, police had said they were interviewing “several people of interest” in connection with the shooting and McCarthy sounded confident about case during a graduation ceremony for new officers. “We are making great strides,” McCarthy said then. “There’s no doubt in my mind we’re going to close this case quickly.”
NEW YORK (AP) — The Obama administration edged close to direct, highlevel talks with Iran’s new government on Monday, with Secretary of State John Kerry slated to meet his Iranian counterpart this week and the White House weighing the risks and rewards of an encounter between President Barack Obama and Iran’s president, Hasan Rouhani. An Obama-Rouhani exchange on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly would mark the first meeting at that high level for the two nations in more than 30 years. Such talks could signal a turning point in U.S.-Iranian relations — but also could be seen as a premature endorsement for a new Iranian government that has yet to answer key questions about the future of its disputed nuclear program. Obama advisers said no meeting was scheduled. But they added that the U.S. planned to take advantage of diplomatic opportunities while in New York and indicated they were not leaving a possible encounter between Obama and Rouhani to chance. “I don’t think that anything would happen by happenstance on a relationship and an issue that is this important,” Ben Rhodes, Obama’s deputy national security adviser, told reporters traveling with the president to New York. The election of Rouhani, a moderate cleric, has led to speculation about possible progress on Iran’s nuclear impasse with the U.S. Particularly intriguing to American officials are Rouhani’s assertions that his government has “complete authority” in nuclear negotiations. That would be a marked change from previous governments and their relationship with Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The U.S. and its allies have long suspected that Iran is trying to produce a nuclear weapon, though Tehran insists its nuclear activities are only for producing energy and for medical research. American officials say Rouhani’s change in tone is driven by the Iranian public’s frustration with crippling economic sanctions levied by the U.S. But it is still unclear whether Iran is willing to take the steps the U.S. is seeking in order to ease the sanctions, including curbing uranium enrichment and shutting down the underground Fordo nuclear facility. State Department officials said Kerry would seek to answer that question on Thursday when new Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif joins nuclear talks between the U.S. and five other world powers. Zarif’s participation, which
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was announced Monday, sets up the first meeting in six years between an American secretary of state and an Iranian foreign minister, though it’s unclear whether the two men will break off from the group and hold separate one-on-one talks. Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, told reporters after meeting with Zarif that she saw “energy and determination” for talks to move ahead with the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany. On Twitter, the U.S.-educated Zarif called his meeting with Ashton “positive,” and he added, “Need new start under new circumstances.” The prospect of bilateral talks between Kerry and Zarif did little to tamp down speculation about a meeting between the U.S. and Iranian presidents, who both arrived in New York on Monday. The most obvious opportunity for a direct exchange appears to be at a U.N. leaders’ lunch both are scheduled to attend on Tuesday. But a lunch meeting would put Obama in the risky position of engaging Rouhani before knowing what the Iranian leader will say during his highly anticipated address to the U.N. General Assembly. Rouhani is scheduled to speak late Tuesday afternoon, while the U.S. president will address the U.N. in the morning. No American president has met with an Iranian leader since the 1979 Islamic revolution that led to the ouster of the proAmerican Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. However, U.S. secretaries of state and Iranian foreign ministers have had occasional encounters. The most recent was in 2007, when Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice exchanged pleasantries with Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki during a meeting in Egypt. Suzanne Maloney, a former State Department official, said Obama should be wary of making a bold diplomatic gesture with so much about Rouhani’s intentions still unknown. “They have to be clear that this is someone they wouldn’t need to dissociate themselves from shortly after,” said Maloney, now a Middle East fellow at the Brookings Institution. “When you’re talking about Iran, I think that’s almost impossible to do.” Anthony Cordesman, a foreign policy analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, agreed that a leaders meeting does come with risks. But he urged the White House to consider the positive message it would send to Iranian moderates if Obama extended a hand to their newly elected leader.
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End Athletic Hazing CORNELL’S ATHLETICS DEPARTMENT released a statement Thursday announcing the men’s varsity lacrosse team has been sanctioned for hazing new members. It is one of the few times the University has disciplined an athletic team for hazing in several years, and the consequences seem to be little more than a slap on the wrist. We have been relatively satisfied with Cornell’s response to high-risk drinking in the Greek system; the administration has rolled out substantial reforms, both preventative and reactive, since it committed to the fight against hazing in 2011. But the same activity seems to have gone unchecked elsewhere on campus — including within Cornell athletics. The penalty handed down for the violation — which, according to the University, involved pressuring freshmen into chugging beer until several of them vomited — is the cancellation of “all Fall 2013 competitions.” Those competitions refer to a mere three scrimmages that were on the team’s schedule for the semester as of the time of their suspension. The collegiate men’s lacrosse season occurs during the spring, not the fall; and the nationally competitive Cornell team will still be permitted to practice as usual in the months leading up to game play. While the mandatory anti-hazing education programming the University prescribed is important, the punishment hardly seems painful enough to be an effective deterrent against repeat behavior. It certainly seems insufficient to discourage other teams from engaging in similar activity. This latest reprimand is the first on record against a Cornell athletic team in the past six years, according to the University’s anti-hazing website. By comparison, there have been about 30 documented violations against Greek chapters during the same period. One possible defense of this discrepancy is that hazing may be more pervasive in the Greek system than among athletes. The athletic community is also significantly smaller than the Greek community. These factors may well render hazing less common among sports teams than within chapters. Nonetheless, the lacrosse team’s transgression simply cannot be the only case of serious hazing to have occurred among Cornell’s 34 varsity athletic teams in the past six years. It is likely easier for the administration to shut down a fraternity chapter; there are at least 30 more where they came from, and their support base is generally limited to the current brotherhood and a smattering of involved alumni. For the most part, they go down quietly. Suspending sports teams — which often generate significant popular support and bring in alumni donations — from competition requires a much greater sacrifice by the University. A drop in league standing and a loss of prestige in the national collegiate athletic community could also become a source of embarrassment for Cornell. But if the administration intends to make good on its promise to combat hazing in all corners of campus life, including athletics, as well as student groups outside of the Greek system, it must be willing to dispense judicial consequences with an even hand. We do recognize how difficult it is to draw a bright line between new member education that is acceptable and that which is harmful. We understand how widespread the problem of hazing is on ours and other college campuses, and that the University cannot possibly identify and eradicate every single occurrence. Cornell has made great strides since it announced its mission to end dangerous pledging, demonstrating a willingness to hold Greek organizations to a higher standard and to discipline those that fall short. We hope this latest action is only the first step in an expansion of the anti-hazing fight to cover all of Cornell’s student communities.
To Be Determined
rowing up, a friend of mine was manic. Billy vibrated constantly with an almost tangible energy. It surprised no one when he was diagnosed with ADHD in fifth grade. Citing the fact that (and I quote) “this is the worst case” of ADHD he had ever seen, Billy’s doctor convinced his parents that regularly administered Ritalin was Billy’s best option. As childish wonder hardened into preteen angst, Billy’s flitting attention began to accrue higher costs — teachers were frustrated by his antics and perplexed that such a sweet, articulate kid could be such a poor student. Once gregarious, he became uncertain of himself and turned inward, a process exacerbated by the mood-moderating effects of the attention drugs. Middle school, an environment of social confusion and anxiety for even the most well-adjusted pre-teens, became torturous for Billy. A scrawny kid with no hand-eye coordination to speak of (watching his spastic reaction to a ball thrown his way is still a cruel pastime for my friends and me), Billy’s ungratifying athletic life seemed to mock his indomitable energy. Then he began to wrestle. In seventh grade, Billy wandered into the wrestling room at our middle school and got hooked. In eighth grade, he stopped taking Ritalin. Suddenly he had the sense that he was really good at something. Success bred commitment, and commitment success. All his excess energy was now focused on a well-defined goal; instead of chemically dulling his special vivacity, he had found a new way to express it, and was happier than he’d been since early childhood. He started attracting new friends and became an adventurous and hungry learner. By senior year, he had earned a place as a Division 1 collegiate wrestler for Brown University. Today, the same explorative impulse, that once seemed so limiting, spurs him to pursue a diverse array of subjects, such as computer science, Arabic, and Roman history. Billy’s a wrestling evangelist. Ask him about his successes and you’ll get an earful about the transformative power of grappling; he speaks with the same unmitigated fervor as a reformed alcoholic who’s found Jesus. Billy’s so convinced of the power of wrestling that he started a chapter of the national nonprofit, Beat the Streets — an organization whose mission is to establish wrestling programs in every underprivileged middle and high school in Providence, RI. BTS Providence makes a strong case for wrestling as an agent for social change. As proud as I am to count Billy among my closest friends, the point of this article is not simply to formally acknowledge his more uniquely impressive qualities in print. In fact, there’s good reason to believe that Billy’s
experience is not as unprecedented as it may seem. Getting “at-risk” kids involved in sports programs has been shown to make them far more likely to succeed almost regardless of the challenges they face — whether they’re emotionally disturbed, struggling in school or socially ill at ease. In and of itself this is not a novel insight. After-school and athletic programs have long been touted as powerful influences for youth on the path to waywardness. But my reasons for writing on this topic are manifold. First, I applaud Billy for recognizing the applicability of his own experience to poor, crimewracked communities that hardly resemble his own comfortable upbringing; it’s always exciting to see a talented young person applying the entrepreneurial spirit to solve complex social problems. It’s high season for buzz-phrases like “self-starter” to be bandied about career fairs, job postings and interviews. It often seems that terms like these are narrowly applied to prospective corporate applicants, but in developing BTSP, Billy has demonstrated that such entrepreneurial concepts can be applied across the public and private sectors. BTSP hopes to provide students with a positive alternative community to the streets, at the time in their lives when they’re most vulnerable to the thrall of gangs. In the Cornell bubble, it’s easy to neglect the responsibility we have to our community. And with millions of American students diagnosed with ADHD there’s a good chance that someone you know at Cornell has had similar struggles to Billy. That’s why I want to applaud the efforts of leaders from the Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Association and Multicultural Greek Letter Council who have come together to organize a benefit concert for BTSP, to be held later this semester. In choosing BTSP as the benefactor of their combined efforts, the TriCouncil organizations have made a powerful endorsement of student activism and forged a partnership between these usually disconnected Greek entities, broadening the scope of their aggregate influence. Although the date is yet to be set, please keep an eye out for promotional materials which will soon be available on campus — it costs just more than $70 (one and a half Plumtree sushi boats) to fully fund the participation of an impoverished pre-teen in a program that has been shown to drastically increase their probability of attending college, staying physically and mentally healthy and staying out of gangs. Sam Kuhn is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. His column appears alternate Tuesdays this semester.
CORRECTION An arts story that ran Sept. 12, “Test Spins: Arctic Monkeys, AM,” incorrectly stated that an Arctic Monkeys album was titled My Favourite Nightmare. In fact, the album is called Favourite Worst Nightmare.
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Darrick Nighthawk Evensen | Trustee Viewpoint
Wanna Do Research? Get Your Armor
hile I was driving last week, Jordin Sparks’s moderately-awful song “Battlefield” came on the radio. As I was about to change the station to avoid losing any more brain cells, I pondered the lyrics. Sparks did not lead me to some deep revelation about my love life, but she did cause me to think about the relationships I have formed through my research at Cornell. She helped me realize that to do research well, sometimes you need heavy armor. Research is an integral part of the student experience at, and mission of, any university (hence, my excuse for using this column to share a personal anecdote). Society often stereotypes the quintessential researcher as the unimpassioned, objective scientist, working with esoteric equations and bubbling liquids in a basement lab, hidden from the real world. Maybe in 20-30 years his or her work will lead to some innovation marginally relevant to society. While I am sure such individuals exist, they are much more the exception than the rule. Many of us university researchers conduct our work very much in the complex and messy social world that surrounds us. Our work has real and immediate implications for public perceptions of, and policies influencing, contentious issues. I research how discourse emerges about shale gas development via hydraulic fracturing (often called “fracking”). I am interested in the cultural, social structural and historical factors that shape conversations about shale gas issues. I believe this understanding can help move forward productive conversations in communities and contribute to policy
Letting it grate on you will just cause you to give up in the long run, which only hurts the society you are trying to help with your research. discussion at local and state levels. If someday, God forbid, you also decide to do research with the goal of helping local communities navigate a contentious decision-making process, you better be prepared for a siege from all directions. No matter how meticulous you are in designing your research, no matter how neutral your funding source and no matter how detached you are from activism on the issue, you will always be “biased.” Not only will you be “biased”, but you will be biased against both sides of the issue at the same time. Sound confusing? Yes, but this is what you will be accused of. Two weeks ago, a colleague and I each sent out surveys about shale gas issues; our questions were similar and we helped each other design the surveys. An industry blog immediately slammed my survey as having a faulty design that no doubt was intended to forward environmentalist causes, while an anti-fracking advocate derided my colleague as a pawn for industry who was using his research to foist propaganda on the unsuspecting masses. A few days later, I received one of my surveys back in the mail with all the inside pages ripped out, cut in half, and then taped inside (with no answers provided), and the words “all done” scrawled across the survey. Apparently, someone had a slight objection to my wording. Does any of this bad-mouthing, name-calling and generally reprehensible behavior bother me? It used to. But then I realized that letting it grate on you will just cause you to give up in the long run, which only hurts the society you are trying to help with your research. My advisor and friend, Prof. Rich Stedman, Natural Resources, says you need “thick skin” to do research on controversial issues; Jordin Sparks says, “You better go and get your armor”. There are some people out there with whom you can have a rational discussion about all the steps you took to ensure that your research is not “unduly or unfairly influenced” (biased, Oxford English Dictionary). There are others who believe so strongly in their side of the issue that unless you are “with them,”you must be “against them.” I am not trying to argue that bias does not exist in some research; of course it does. I am also not suggesting that truly unimpassioned research is possible or even that such research should be pursued. In some sense, all research is prejudiced. For example, my research has the prejudice, the goal, of seeking information that will help communities better understand how and why people think about shale gas issues as they do. I am pleased to own this “bias.” If, like me, you want to conduct research with a real and immediate impact on some controversial issue, you need to recognize that not everyone will view you as the “Good Samaritan.” If you want to produce useful research, you certainly need to do all you can to remove undue influence from your work, but after you have done that, you need to be okay with the critiques that will inevitably follow. It would be a shame to deny society helpful understanding merely because of name-calling; go suit up in some chainmail instead. Darrick Nighthawk Evensen is a graduate student in the Department of Natural Resources and the graduate student-elected trustee. He may be reached at email@example.com. Trustee Viewpoint appears alternate Tuesdays this semester.
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“If a fraternity were caught forcing first semester freshmen to drink, I suspect there would be much more serious punishment. I’m glad to see that the athletic privilege of top sports at Cornell is consistent both in and out of the classroom.” Jason Re: “Cornell Lacrosse Players Forced Freshmen to Chug Beer, University Says” News, published September 23, 2013
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To Go or Not to Go: The Great Abroad Debate
fter one year misspent on aimless hikes to and from my all-too-humble abode in Low Rise 7 and another one marked by the dizzying rise in selfconfidence that comes from no longer being a freshman, junior year has finally arrived. Junior year is the pinnacle of the college experience, when we have escaped the trials of familiarizing ourselves with Cornell but have not yet been fully exposed to the bleak vista of post-graduation life. And yet, as I look forward to (almost) two full semesters of fun on the Hill, I find a wrinkle in the unfurling map of my Cornell experience: studying abroad. It’s a facet of college life that we’ve all known about for much longer than we’ve know about Rush Weeks or prelims. It’s a staple of B-grade movies and — for me, at least — a frequent topic of discussion among my older cousins. It’s an adventure, and a seminal mark of our college years. Now, as I watch many of my best friends scurrying all over campus to hand in the requisite forms before time runs out, I suddenly feel conflicted. As a student in the College of Arts and Sciences, who allowed my 12th grade AP Latin class to carry me more easily across the foreignlanguage-requirement threshold, I found my options for studying abroad severely curtailed from the very beginning. Unless my nowrusty knowledge of Latin would qualify me
for a semester swapping lines of the Aeneid with priests in the Vatican City, the Arts and Sciences’ requirements disallow me from studying in any non-English speaking country. The merits (or lack thereof) of these requirements can form a diatribe for someone else’s column, but the reality they left me with was a world map that had been mostly blotted out. I could, of course, go to England, or infuriate my parents by spending far too much money in Australia. But my limited options had dimmed
can sound more romantic. But then, as I ruminate over this dilemma in an attempt to stave off my paper for ILR Intro Stats, I realize that, as much as there is to gain from studying abroad, there may be even more to lose. Perhaps I am simply making ex post facto rationalizations to assure myself that I will not spend next semester wishing I was cavorting about Europe instead of trudging up Libe Slope. However much I think it over, I see another side to the study-abroad debate
Not all those who linger are wrong. Home is where the heart is, and there is nothing wrong with that. my enthusiasm for studying abroad so much that I abandoned my investigation before it had really begun. With some of my friends already a hemisphere away, and so many others getting ready to pack their bags, I sometimes worry that I have voluntarily left myself bereft. There are summer programs in London and Rome, and the ever-promising compromise of the Cornellin-Washington program. But none of that can equate to the magic of studying abroad, of leaving behind the identity you have sought to forge for yourself at Cornell and seeking out a new one in a strange and wondrous place. There is not much that
that is never fully fleshed out in the feverish encouragements by our peers and our advisors. What are you missing? If junior year is, in some ways, the height of our Cornell experience, when we have finally found our niche on campus, we must all acknowledge the risk inherent in leaving behind life on the Hill at such an important juncture. Maybe that risk is what makes studying abroad so appealing, or maybe there truly is something to the experience that transforms a 20-year-old in a way nothing in Ithaca could. But I fear too many of us shoehorn ourselves into this preconceived notion of “college” — namely, a spring semes-
ter abroad — without fully realizing the cost of abandoning the world we have come to love. If you do crave that adventure, and if you have forever envisaged yourself on a semesterlong detour to parts unknown, then bon voyage! Studying abroad is a remarkable, and perhaps irreplicable, opportunity. But if you have found a home at Cornell, don’t be afraid to hold onto it. Our time here, as we are constantly reminded, is short enough as it is. Ho Plaza will never be as grand as the Roman Forum, nor will our clocktower ever match the majesty of Big Ben or the Duomo. But the University offers a world of its own to discover, and for these few years it may be in this world — and not in the wide worlds of the “abroad” — where we can find the answers we seek. J.R.R. Tolkien, the master scribe of farflung adventures, once wrote, “not all those who wander are lost.” In this junior year, when the wanderers of Tolkien's imagination are rightfully lauded for spreading their wings and flying from Cayuga’s waters, it is important to remember that the reverse of Tolkien’s quote is also true: Not all those who linger are wrong. Home is where the heart is, and there is nothing wrong with that. Jacob Glick is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Glickin’ It appears alternate Tuesdays this semester.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 10 Fall Fashion Essentials For Men
7. A hoodie. If the cozy-boy movement has managed to penetrate the high fashion showrooms of designers such as Alexander Wang and Maison Martin Margiela, then there is no excuse for you to not have a hoodie in your closet.
BY JASON ECKER Sun Contributor
Writing practical men’s style advice that the average Cornellian will actually read and benefit from is quite a daunting task. I could easily spend these precious 800or-so words explaining the origins of the trend that has all of your favorite male celebrities draped in more leather than a Mercedes Benz’s interior. But that does nothing to help the average sleep-deprived and coffeeinfused Cornell Man decide what to wear when he wakes up. Without further ado, here are the 10 backto-school clothing items and accessories that every single guy on this campus needs to have.
1. A pair of Vans or Converse. Now, I know that there may not seem to be anything too novel or insightful about suggesting two of the most popular casual-wear sneakers in America. But look around at the feet of your fellow classmates. It is hard to go a full day on central campus without seeing someone wearing a pair of Sketchers. While we may forever remember their Super Bowl commercial starring the lovely Kim Kardashian, Skechers are a definite style foul. On the other hand, Vans or Converse are the perfect everyday sneakers to wear to class and around campus. 2. A pair of running sneakers (that you will never actually run in). Have you ever noticed that on any given day, regardless of the weather, 80 percent of the male population at Cornell is wearing boat shoes? Be different, and catch on to a trend — one that happens to be popular with tons of celebrities. Running shoes are undeniably more comfortable and can often add a splash of color to your outfit. This, of course, does not refer to a pair of grey-mesh Brooks that you bought to wear to the gym. This means basically any Nike running silhouette (Flyknit, Air Pegasus, Roshe Run or Free Trainer), Asics Gel Lyte, Saucony Shadow 5000 or New Balance 574. All of those models come in a plethora of colors and materials, so finding a pair that fits your individual style should be a breeze.
8. A Non-ski Jacket. Ithaca is cold. But if there is no snow on the ground, you should not be wearing a ski jacket. Doesn’t matter if it’s a Northface, varsity jacket, bomber jacket or a pea coat, figure out what fits your style best and add a mid-weight jacket to your coat rack.
Pictured: Jason Ecker ’16, Adrian Wu ’16 and Tony Will ’16 modeling fall fashion essentials.
5. A black and a brown leather belt. Doesn’t matter what brand or how much it costs. Wearing pants without a belt is like Oakenshields without “Happy Dave.” It just doesn’t look right.
6. Plain T-shirts. You literally can build an entire closet around plain white, black, grey and navy tshirts. Have your doubts about the power of the graphic-less shirt? Yeezy taught me. Kanye West’s collaboration with French fashion house A.P.C. featured a pure white and pure navy “hip-hop” t-shirt. Despite the $120 price tag, the shirts sold out in a matter of minutes. While you may not drop a stack on shirts blessed by Yeezus himself, any combination of plain shirts, jeans and sneakers or boat shoes should make up the majority of your mid-week outfits.
10. A dress outfit. Whether it’s for a job interview or attending a formal, at some point you are inevitably going to have to trade in that graphic tshirt and fleece for an oxford and a blazer. A few recommended building blocks include: a navy sport coat, tan khakis, a white button-down shirt, that brown belt mentioned above, a pair of brown dress shoes/wingtips/loafers and, most importantly, a tie or bowtie. Feel free to show your individuality with the tie or bowtie, as it should be the focus of your outfit.
3. Boat Shoes. Yes, I made fun of wearing them directly above this. Let’s forget that for a second, and remember that you go to an Ivy League university that has been dominated by a mix of New England and Prep style for hundreds of years. They are as much a necessity as your Net ID. 4. Denim. When Levi Strauss invented jeans in 1853, there was one brand, one cut and one wash. Now, there are so many choices that it can feel like trying to pick a major. While everybody has different preferences and budgets, remember these three rules: One, buy jeans that fit your body type. Not too baggy and not too tight. Two, if you are a denim novice or simply don’t care that much, even to this day you can’t go wrong with Levis. Three, to be prepared for all seasons (yes, I know that in Ithaca, there is usually one prolonged season of freezing rain), you must own one pair of standard wash jeans, one pair of light wash or bleached jeans and one pair of dark wash or navy jeans.. ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
9. A watch. If you have never owned a watch before then consider this your Bar Mitzvah, because you have just become a man. Real working men in any professional field wear watches. To clarify, a watch has a band that is made out of either metal or leather. If your watch is made of plastic and you are not either: A, a professional athlete, or, B, a rapper of the Soulja Boy Tell’em variety; go online and order yourself a new one. How much it costs doesn’t matter until you get that coveted Wall Street internship. For now, a nice and mature looking watch is all you need.
I cannot guarantee that, if you abide by these 10 essentials, you will become the best dressed man on campus — the man to whom all the ladies flock. But at least you won’t end up a meme on Instagram for wearing plaid on plaid with a pair of Crocs.
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Jason Ecker is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. He can be reacked at email@example.com.
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Laurie Anderson: An Instrument Unto Herself BY TYRAN GRILLO Sun Staff Writer
Laurie Anderson has been called many things: raconteur of the mundane, pop culture critic, electronics wizard, musician and composer. Yet, do not be mistaken: She is not a performance artist, but an artist of performance. Having placed some of the most harrowing social turns of the past four decades under her microscope, Anderson proves that individuals are not the constants of historical change. Rather, history attains a cyclical consistency, the agents and subjects of which are anomalies. The twenty-first century stands before us like a divining pool into which she cannot help but cast her soothing critiques to see how our reflections change. Her crafting of words thus reveals a cinematic imagination in the truest sense. As she once confessed in an interview: “I try to make records that are cinematic, movies that are musical.” The seen and the heard come from the same place. Anderson is no stranger to central/upstate New York. Her stage debut, following a string of formative gallery exhibitions and writings on art, took place a stone’s throw away in Rochester where, in 1972, she premiered her outdoor symphony for car horns in The Afternoon of Automotive Transmission. Since then, her interest in the relationships between matter and space — specifically violin and voice, self and projection, microphone and venue — has come to define her role as a darling of the underground. Press surrounding Anderson has been rife with such characterizations, all the while ignoring the fact that she has been working above ground from the start. Firmly embedded in the goings on of society at large, her instincts have borne idiosyncratic approaches to language, multimedia and sampling. Despite these innovations, she boasts no avant-garde badge — she is content to wander nomadically, solitarily, dropping crumbs for the weary. As the title of her seminal 1982 record Big Science suggests, Anderson is no stranger to her right brain, a point invoked before Saturday night’s performance of her recent multimedia work, Dirtday! at The State Theatre. In his introduction, Museum of the Earth director Warren D. Allmon stressed the
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interconnectedness of art and science and championed Anderson for skirting the boundary between the two and softening that boundary along the way. That said, as the opening washes of her electric violin filled the hall, clearly something bigger than science was happening — an overt awareness of, and engagement with, the broader contexts in which her data streams multiply. Concertgoers presumably saw bits of themselves in those streams, swimming against the current in an effort to stand out. In this way, Anderson’s work lacks a clear center and allows listeners to anchor its assembly differently every time, and to be involved in its eternal unfolding. Fascinating though Anderson’s musical details may be, more so are the here and now of the messages in which she is enmeshed, and the futures bought and sold along her avenues of thought. For the latter image we can thank Fenway Bergamot, the male alter ego Anderson has long cultivated on stage and in the studio. To achieve the transformation to Bergamot, she bends the pitch of her voice by electronic means to that of a
masculine register in a process she calls “audio drag.” It is not an adoption of a character for her, but a coming into being (the inflections and pauses of that voice are distinctly her own). Over the years, Mr. Bergamot has grown into a less confident observer, one who questions the self by questioning others. The chisel of time has chipped away at his resolve, leaving him worldweary and mistrustful. His memories are fuzzier, his dreams murkier than ever before. As an integral narrator of the evening, he was also a harbinger of memory, his voice creaking like the floorboards in a house of regret. Topics covered in Saturday night’s show were even more diverse than the vocal registers Anderson utilized to articulate them. Everything from SIDS to New Jersey tent cities, from governmental scare tactics to reflections on Darwinian anxiety — even a video appearance by her artistically inclined Rat Terrier, Lolabelle, was fair game. Couched in a lush sound mix of distant thunders, beats and loops, the “everydayness” of her philosophies breathed earthiness into the most cosmic moments. Impossible childhood dreams shared the air with an array of electronic gadgetry, each unit a means to a beginning. Passages of analogue warmth butted up against sharper denouements, broken intermittently by her bow. The violin was at once her empty cup and an overflowing vessel, an omniscient presence that hovered at the edge of total integration with its performer’s body — a fantasy made reality when toward the end of the show And-erson placed a pillow speaker into her mouth and turned herself into a live instrument. In her magnum opus United States, Anderson de-scribes a night drive, concluding, “Eventually it starts to get light and you look out and you realize you have absolutely no idea where you are.” It’s a haunting image, a quintessential moment of confusion in her archive. And yet, sitting there in Ithaca’s historic State Theatre in a sea of flesh, gray matter and mutual regard, it was difficult to imagine ever becoming lost in a world where true solitude has become a chimera. Bathed in soundscapes as affecting as they were constructed, we knew exactly where we were. Tyran Grillo is a graduate student at Cornell University. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Love: Literally O
nce upon a time, I was offended by the thought that books, movies and all art forms can’t love you back. There’s something so tempting about the world of books. You get to step back and remove yourself from who you are. Literally, you get to people watch without the consequences of being spotted. You can have opinions on anything and anyone. Minus the price of streaming that rom-com or the cost of that lovely stack of bound paper, the experience seems free. That is, until we start to mix up the reality and the art. I don’t think it’s our fault. While movies and books can seem like lands of endless fun, they take up our time — time, one could argue (albeit controversially), that should be used for being with friends, or for working. You’re not crazy to think you’ve spent quality time with a book or a movie. After viewing a single film, it’s easy to forget that you’ve spent about two hours with imaginary characters on a screen. That might be time you could’ve spent with another person that day. After a while it can become hard to reconcile your own life with the lives you’ve watched unfold on your laptop. You might tell your friend that you think she’s overbearing, but was that really your own idea, or something you heard a character say to another character? The line between what you believe and what you’ve picked up from your favorite characters is thin and, at times, it may be hard to determine
what’s you and what was Lizzie McGuire. Within an hour, you’ve watched character transformations that can span anywhere from a couple of years to decades. This can be overwhelming. If you’ve ever heard a professor say that it can take 40 years to really understand a book, you’ll understand what makes the experience of reading a book different than the experiences of life. A book can be read in hours — the experiences and feelings of characters can be imagined easily enough, and empty spaces left by the author are filled in by the imagination — but can a 15year-old truly understand the qualms and struggles of a 30-year-old character until they are, actually, 30 themselves? Jane Austen, who wrote romantic novels during her relatively short, marriageless life, is someone who has captured popular obsession. Her singlehood, as a great romance author, has been the topic of popular speculation and even academic criticism. The question often comes down to this: How could Ms. Austen know so much about meaningful rom-ances without ever having being married herself? Nevertheless, Pride Meredith and Prejudice Joyce is considered one of the world’s most classic romances. People read it because it’s a book about an engagement and, on a deeper level, love. They enjoy reading how Elizabeth changes, how Elizabeth and Darcy’s environment affects their happiness and how each character’s transformation takes place over time — not because they’re part of a large calcula-
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tion to judge its author’s personal life. The desire to read and to watch what unfolds comes from an attraction to learning and understanding its subjects in hopes that it will educate the reader in his or her own experiences with them. On some level, the reason people write books is because there are some things that people will only listen to if they are masked as fiction. It’s too hard to hear a story and simultaneously question whether every detail is realistic and believable. If you can just say to yourself, “Okay, this world is fictional,” some of the stress of life is removed. You don’t have an obligation to turn in a character who does something bad and you don’t have to like someone you don’t. That space that books provide is one that is extremely valuable — not because of the personal relationship you have with the narrative, but because it lets you make discoveries within the vacuum of art.
Most the things that happen in our heads are hard to write down, but an artist recognizes that what goes on in your head is still important to talk about. I think it’s a beautiful idea that a book takes place, more or less, in your head, but there’s a line. It’s cool to get a look into someone else’s bedroom or to read Elizabeth and Darcy’s private conversations, but we all know that life is nothing like those exclusively artistic insights. My advice is that if you have the option, put down the book once in a while and, instead, spend your time with other people. Books will always be here — that’s part of their beauty — but the things that books are about, like love, relationships, family and pain, won’t, and that’s part of their particular beauty as well. Meredith Joyce is a senior in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. She can be reached at email@example.com. Guest Space runs alternate Tuesdays this semester.
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Tom Coughlin and the New York Giants are in uncharted territory in his 10th season. The Giants (0-3) are off to their worst start since 1996. Concern is escalating after a 38-0 loss to the unremarkable Carolina Panthers on Sunday, the worst loss since Coughlin took over a team in disarray in 2004. Not only did the Giants get thrashed, they showed little fight and passion in a game they had termed a must win earlier in the week, forcing Coughlin to challenge their pride Monday. “Our pride should be challenged after a game like that,” defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins said. “You go out there and you just don’t lose, you get it handed to you. There was not much response from us at all out there. He should be challenging our pride. That’s something we are, and I have been checking myself since the game yesterday, trying to look at everything I can do better and improve upon. That’s where it has to start.” The Giants’ performance was one of the low points in Coughlin’s tenure. It might have been rock bottom for a team that had hopes of playing in a Super Bowl in its backyard in February. That now seems like wishful thinking. The offense gained 150 yards and a banged-up line allowed Eli Manning to be sacked seven times. The defense appeared to quit in the second half and saw the points allowed total soar to 115, the worst in the league. The task won’t be any easier this weekend when the Giants travel to play Andy Reid’s Chiefs (3-0) in Kansas City. “Like I said, it’s one of the toughest things about being 0-3,” linebacker Spencer Paysinger said. “Everybody’s going to come after you. Everybody’s going to look at you and say that this team is an easy win, they haven’t been playing in sync, we can get after their offense, we can frustrate their defense, we can convert whatever we want whenever we want. No team is going to be light on us and we can’t be light on ourselves. If we’re light on ourselves, we’re doing our city and our fans an injustice.” Coughlin, who will be attending his brother’s funeral in Waterloo, N.Y., on Tuesday, isn’t giving up. His approach is “damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead.” “Each year is a new year. Each situation is a totally different situation. We’re scratching and biting to try to find answers as well,” he said. The Giants have issues heading into the week. Coughlin disclosed that center David Baas (sprained knee) and guard Chris Snee (offseason hip surgery) are having health issues. He would not elaborate or say whether changes were planned on a line that is a major part of an offense that ranks last in rushing. “We have to play better,” said Manning, the only star player to talk to the media Monday. “We have to have greater energy, greater enthusiasm, play better, better technique, decision making. There are some plays out there that we left on the field, and sometimes we just got flat-out beat. It’s not a big surprise what we have to do to fix it. We just have to go out there and play better football.” After the game, Coughlin told the players to stick together. Not everyone did. Receiver Hakeem Nicks complained about not being able to throw the ball to himself. Coughlin said Nicks’ comments weren’t “a smart thing to say” and he planned to talk to him. Manning said the throws just weren’t there. Jenkins said the Giants can’t start criticizing each other. “Once you get to pointing the finger, you get that cancer in the locker room like that, it can fall apart easy,” he said. “You can’t do that. This is a team game. We come into every week, every game, as a team, we leave every game as a team. We win or lose as a team together.” Since 1978, only five of 161 teams that started 0-3 have made the playoffs, the last being Buffalo in 1998. Based on that, the likelihood is the Giants will miss the playoffs for the fourth time in five years. “This is gut check time,” safety Ryan Mundy said. “You’ve got to fight back. Period.” If the Giants don't make it, expect changes, especially because general manager Jerry Reese said before the season that winning the Super Bowl every couple of years (after the 2007 and ’11 seasons) and missing the playoffs in the other years isn't good enough.
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Noel: Hazing ‘Bad Judgment’ Altered Offensive Formation Pays Dividends Against NJIT
Thursday that the team will hold practice but not compete in games this semester. The team is expected to participate team for possible hazing when, on Sept. 12, the Department of Athletics and in anti-hazing programs, and the Physical Education received informa- University will offer support to team tion that new team members had been members who were “negatively affected hazed by upperclassmen, according to by the hazing incidents,” according to the website. Freshmen were “expected to the University’s website. “It’s a very high profile team on camperform menial tasks, including chores and other duties that went above and pus. They made it to the Final Four and beyond those expected of general mem- had a regular season championship. I think [hazing] is a huge focus at Cornell bership,” the website says. As part of the hazing, the underclass- under the leadership of President men were “expected to spend a large Skorton,” Noel said. “This is something amount of time” socializing with and that is timely. [The situation] may be as a perceived doing lacrosse-related University and a activities with other “I think hazing is a department standing members of the team. behind their policy.” huge focus at At one of the social University officials gatherings, underage Cornell.” have condemned the freshmen on the team, incident, saying all aided by seniors, were Andy Noel hazing is unaccept“challenged to drink a able. large amount of … “Hazing practices are harmful and beer … in a competition against other antithetical to our values as a university team members,” the website says. The freshmen were instructed to and our commitment to student-athstand together in a circle, where they letes,” Noel, said in a statement on were tied together with a piece of string Thursday. “They have no place in Cornell athletics.” passed through their belt loops. Susan Murphy ’73 Ph.D. ’94, vice The freshmen then consumed “a large quantity of alcohol,” at which president for Student and Academic Services, added that the University is point “multiple members vomited.” “These are a lot of really impressive working to “heighten awareness, young men who I think were in a situa- increase education, support positive tion where there was bad judement,” team-building programs and apply sancNoel said. “It was bad judgment to do tions to address the dangerous situations involving hazing activities and/or use of it.” As a result of the incident, the men’s alcohol.” lacrosse team — which is nationally competitive — was temporarily suspended Sept. 13. Following investiga- Haley Velasco can be reached at tions, the University announced firstname.lastname@example.org. M. LAX
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turf and we’d just been in a bus for six hours,” Nichols said. “We had trouble connecting our passes and playing our balls through.” On Sunday, however, Cornell dominated the match from start to finish, with players of all years and positions contributing to an impressive four-goal shutout. The floodgates opened in the eighth minute, when Nichols slammed freshman midfielder Dempsey Bank’s pass high inside the far post. 17 minutes later, Growney — currently Cornell’s leading scorer with four goals in eight games — capitalized on a penalty kick. Freshman Ellie Crowell knocked in the third goal of the game — and her Cornell career — in the 43rd minute with a screamer that hit the crossbar and the NJIT goalkeeper before crossing the goal line. The Red didn’t let up in the second half and Nichols scored again off sophomore defender Charlotte Tate’s soaring cross in the 51st minute. It was Nichols’ third goal of the season and fourth since coming to Cornell. “I just happened to be in the perfect spot,” Nichols said. “That was all Dempsey and Charlotte with their runs and assists.” One of many freshmen making a name for herself this season, Banks began the weekend with a #29 ranking in the NCAA with an average of 0.67 assists per game. Her assist against NJIT was her fifth of the year. Another is Tierney, who was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week after recording her first career shutout and making 11 saves in three games last week. Beating the Highlanders helped the Red affirm their “home field personality,” said
Growney. “It was important to make sure we could bounce back from a disappointing loss like Cincinnati,” she said. “[Coach] Farmer talks a lot about making sure we are able to dominate people on our home field.” The Red also applied pressure from the first whistle, something Farmer has emphasized from the beginning, Growney added. “We pushed toward their back line right away to make sure they made some mistakes,” she said. “Dempsey [Banks] and I were really focused on that.” Cornell also altered its offensive formation for the NJIT game. Previously, the Red placed one of its three forwards in the middle and one on each flank, while Farmer positioned two in the center on Sunday. The Red kicks off the Ivy League season on Friday, when the team faces off against Columbia at Berman Field. According to Nichols, the transition from the pre-Ivy season to conference games will be a challenge for Cornell. “A lot of people might be nervous and the freshmen might not know exactly what to expect with Ivy League play,” Nichols said. The Red did not win any Ivy League games last year and only one non-conference match, against Lafayette College. The team’s perspective this year is nevertheless positive, Nichols said. “Last year we did not do well,” she said. “But the confidence we have with the five wins we already have this season will really help us.” Gina Cargas can be reached at email@example.com.
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C.U.Unable to Complete Comeback,Topped by Penn with a goal from inside the circle and tied up the game. At the 15-minute mark, Penn’s Jasmine Cole blasted a shot off a penalty corner to take back the lead, 2-1. The game became even more heated when Cornell’s The Red fell to University of Pennsylvania, 4-3, this past Saturday in its first Ivy League contest of the season. The Marisa Siergiej fired back with a penalty goal of her own to loss set Cornell back to an 0-1 start in the Ivy Conference even up the score at 2-2. Penn took the lead once again right and 2-3 overall, while improving the Quaker’s record to 3-1 before halftime. Corcoran passed the ball directly to Cole, on the season and 1-0 in the Ancient Eight. The loss was a whose shot was tipped by a Red defender and slid under the crossbar, right above senior goalie Carolyn heartbreaker for Cornell as the squad Horner’s Head. The goal put the Quakers at dominated the Quakers 4-0 last season. The Red outshot the a 3-2 lead going into intermission. Cornell put in a solid effort, howevThe second half of the game was just as er, and did not go down without a fight. Quakers, 20-8, and held exciting. Penn extended its lead at approxiThe Red hustled from start to finish and the 10-9 advantage in mately the 10-minute mark when Cole came from behind to tie the score twice, penalty corners. scored again, completing her second hat but failed to match the Quakers in the trick in the last three games. Corcoran made end. Still, the Red outshot the Quakers, 20-8, and held the 10-9 advantage in penalty corners. The this assist as well, making a pass to Cole from the corner and Quakers resisted the pressure and held it together largely on enabling her to net the ball over Horner’s left shoulder. account of the efforts of junior goalie Carly Sokach. Sokach Cornell rallied hard and outshot Penn by a 14-2 margin in played an impeccable game with 12 saves, including a the second half, but couldn’t get on the board twice to even Cornell penalty stroke with seven minutes left on the clock out the game. Plappert scored to make it a one-goal deficit but the Red couldn’t connect a second time to complete the that would have tied the game at 4-4. Red Senior midfielder Elly Plappert scored twice and comeback. Despite a tough loss, the Red showed true grit in the sophomore defensemen Marisa Siergiej added a goal off a penalty corner. Both sophomore midfielder Taylor contest and proved the squad will be a force to be reckoned Standiford and senior forward Hannah Balleza registered with in the Ivy League conference this season. The Red will compete again on Saturday, Sept. 28, against Columbia at one assist. The game was intense from the onset as both teams came home. out looking to get on the board as fast as possible. The Quakers’ Emily Corcoran scored the first goal just 33 sec- Sydney Altschuler can be reached at onds into play. Only four minutes later, Plappert answered firstname.lastname@example.org.
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strong and so deep — it’s going to be tough,” Sidney said. “I think we’re especially deep this year, which should definitely help us down the road, in case we have any injuries or anything like that. But it’s going to be a really good Ivy League season. There’s going to be a lot of close matches
and hopefully we can come out on top.” Since the Red has two weeks off until its next tournament, Tanasoiu said that players will use the break to improve on certain vulnerable parts of their game that were revealed this past weekend, with an emphasis on physical fitness. “Playing this type of tournament exposed some of the things that we’re going to be working on in the next couple of
weeks. We will be focusing on strength and conditioning as a main goal,” Tanasoiu said. Sidney added that besides progressing on an individual level, the team will focus on making the most of the time it does have to practice and improve. “Practice-wise, the coaches are really focused on individual time for the next two weeks. But mentality-wise, I’d say [it is
important to] just try to use every minute of practice with the mindset that you’re getting better,” Sidney said. “We can’t take any of the time for granted — we have to use as much time as we can to get as good as we can, and finish the fall season out strong so we can be confident going into the spring.” Olivia Wittels can be reached at email@example.com.
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Ivy Teams Prepare With Non-Conference Games Princeton Falls to No. 22 Lehigh; Brown Tops Georgetown
ig Red fans all know that Cornell came away with a 45-13 rout over Bucknell on homecoming weekend. But how did the other Ivy teams fare in their first games of the season? Though Ancient Eight Competition has not yet begun, all of the Ivy League teams played this Saturday, taking on a wide variety of teams. Six of the teams won this weekend, with the exception of Columbia and Princeton. Quite possibly the most exciting matchup of the weekend was between Princeton and No. 22 Lehigh. The Tigers were leading for most of the game, looking to stage a home upset over the nationally ranked Mountain Hawks. However, Lehigh staged a massive comeback, scoring 26 points throughout the final 21 minutes of the game to best the Tigers. Down one with 2:45 to go, Princeton had a chance to take the lead back, but junior quarterback Connor Michelsen threw a pick
and the Mountain Hawks were able to run out the clock. The Harvard Crimson cruised past San Diego, 42-20, on the back of quarterback Connor Hempel, who threw for a career-best 345 yards and four touchdowns. The Yale Bulldogs defeated Colgate, 39-22, in an away match in Hamilton, N.Y. Senior quarterback Henry Furman ran for three touchdowns and junior tailback Tyler Varga ran for 236 yards — the third-best total in Yale history. In a shocking turn of events, the Brown Bears crushed Georgetown, 45-7, as senior tailback provided most of the offense, rushing for 102 yards and two touchdowns, while receiving a pass for a score as well. Columbia took the only other loss in the Ivy league on Saturday, falling to Fordham. — Compiled by Scott Chiusano
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Kick-starting the offense | Senior place-kicker John Wells was honored for his nine points, going seven-for-seven in placement kick attempts.
Looking Back Saturday, September 21
IVY FOOTBALL RECORD Harvard CORNELL Brown Yale Dartmouth Penn Columbia Princeton
Dartmouth 30 Brown 45
Wells Takes Ivy Special Teams Player of the Week S enior place-kicker John Wells was named the Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week after his contribution to the Red’s 45-13 homecoming win over Bucknell on Saturday. In less than ideal conditions, with puddles covering the field, Wells was flawless in seven placement kick attempts, including a 38-yard
field goal that set up the Red’s comeback run after falling behind 10-0. Wells’ six other attempts were on extra points, and he nailed them all, totaling nine points on the day. This total was the most in a game since Brad Greenway ’11 scored 14 against Columbia in his senior campaign. His six successful extra point attempts were just two away from the
single-game record. Wells also gave the Bucknell kick returners a difficult time garnering solid field position. In eight kickoffs, Wells averaged 64.4 yards with five touchbacks.
— Compiled by Scott Chiusano
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TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 24, 2013
Red Falls to Cincy, Dominates NJIT By GINA CARGAS Sun Staff Writer
Team Suspension | The men’s lacrosse team has had its fall competitions cancelled due to a hazing incident which involved freshmen being forced to chug beer.
Cornell Lacrosse Players Forced Freshmen to Chug Beer, Univ.Officials Say
By AKANE OTANI and HALEY VELASCO Sun Managing Editor and Sports Editor
Members of the men’s lacrosse team forced underclassmen to chug beer to the point where some of them vomited, the University said Monday. The team has been barred from all competitions in the fall season due to a hazing incident that a University website said created a “culture … of treating new members as less than equals.” “They lose all of their fall competition which is a scrimmage against the Iroquois Nation, a scrim-
mage game with Bucknell, Lehigh and there was strong consideration to include Penn State. I don’t know if that third game was hammered out yet,” said Andy Noel, director of Athletics and Physical Education. “What it represents is an opportunity for the coaching staff to see the freshman and younger players in four competitions and that is input that they find very valuable … It’s a tough penalty for the athletes because it was their chance to get on the field for the entire team.” The University first began investigating the See M. LAX page 13
The women’s soccer team (52-1) finished its pre-Ivy season with a decisive win, 4-0, over New Jersey Institute of Technology (3-7) at Berman Field on Sunday. Following a disappointing 1-0 loss on an unfamiliar turf pitch against the University of Cincinnati (4-6) on Friday, the Red dominated the Highlanders in its fifth win of the season. Friday’s match marked the end of the Red’s four-game unbeaten streak. The game was added late to Cornell’s schedule and took place on a neutral site, at the University of Bridgeport. According to sophomore forward Caroline Growney, the unusual circumstances of the
match were a major challenge for the squad. “The situation of the game was a bit bizarre,” Growney said. “But with that being said, we weren’t prepared for how physical the game was. … Cincinnati is also a big D1 scholarship school.” Freshman goalkeeper Kelsey Tierney made six saves in her second consecutive start on Friday, but conceded the game’s only goal in the 17th minute when Jae Atkinson struck on a corner kick. While Cornell got accustomed to the rate of play later in the game, the team had trouble in the first half, said senior captain Rachel Nichols. “Cincinnati is a turf team. We’re not used to playing on See W. SOCCER page 13
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Twice the fun | Senior captain Rachel Nichols found the back of the net twice on Sunday against NJIT, helping her team to a 4-0 victory.
Sidney,Casares Rosa Take Crown in Doubles B Bracket By OLIVIA WITTELS Sun Staff Writer
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Just the two of us | Junior Alex Sidney (above) and freshman Bernardo Casares Rosa took first in the Doubles B Bracket this weekend.
The Cornell men’s tennis team followed up its success at the Princeton Invitational two weeks ago with another strong showing at the Ivy Plus Invitational at Yale this past weekend. The Red traveled to New Haven, where it competed against the other schools in its conference with the exception of Princeton. Junior Alex Sidney and freshman Bernardo Casares Rosa teamed up to earn a place in the finals of the Doubles B Bracket on Sunday. En route to the finals match, the duo defeated Yale's Kyle Dawson and James Ratchford, 8-1, in their first round match, Penn's Marshall Sharp and Thomas Spratt, 8-4, in the quarterfinals, and Harvard’s Kelvin Lam and Nicholas Mahlangu, 8-4, in the semifinals. The Cornell duo prevailed in the finals, taking out Columbia’s Eric Rubin and Bert Vancura, 8-4. Rubin and Vancura beat junior Jason Luu and freshman Colin Sinclair in the semifinals of the same bracket. Sinclair also made it to the finals of his singles bracket for the second weekend in a
row, eventually falling to Harvard’s Sebastian Beltrame, 6-3, 6-2. Sinclair noted that the Red’s doubles success may partly be attributed to the benefits that come from competing alongside other teammates in what is typically considered a solitary game. “It’s normally just an individual sport. … So it’s nice playing as a team [and] hav-
“Overall, I think we’re going to be a very competitive team in the Ivy League and in the country.” Silviu Tanasoiu ing a bit of a team environment around tennis. [It’s] good for a change,” Sinclair said. Once again, head coach Silviu Tanasoiu was pleased with the results from both the squad’s new and veteran players. “It was a very encouraging performance from the team, both the freshman and the upperclassman. It was very encouraging from a coaching standpoint because they
were able to execute some of the things that we’ve talked about,” said Tanasoiu. “We’ve added a lot of depth and talent to our lineup. This year, with the maturity of the upperclassmen and the talents of the freshmen class, I think the combination of those two things puts us in a very favorable position in the conference.” Indeed, according to Tanasoiu, bigger tournaments like these are helpful in measuring where the team currently stands compared to the rest of the Ivy League. “It’s hard to say exactly where we are right now [because] I think it’s still fairly early in the season,” he said. “But overall, I think we’re going to be a very competitive team in the Ivy League and in the country. I’m very confident with this group and how eager they are to play tennis at the very high level.” Sidney added that despite the Red’s positive results, the depth of talent throughout the Ivy League will certainly prove a challenge in the spring. “I think this is the strongest the Ivy League’s ever been in the span of time that I’ve seen. [Most of the] teams are just so See M. TENNIS page 14