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Professor Called Founding Mother of Colonial History Saturday, more than 100 professors, doctoral candidates, undergraduates, librarians and history nerds Benjamin Franklin, Thomas called for one professor — Prof. Jefferson, John Adams — the Mary Beth Norton, history, the first Founding Fathers of the Revolution woman ever appointed to Cornell’s history department — sit exalted in America’s to be recognized in the historical pantheon, illustrious ranks of those inseparable from the who have defined our movement that birthed a understanding of the country and irrevocably American Revolution. altered world history. “[Norton] means so Now, perhaps, a difmuch to American hisferent pantheon is being toriography ... She really constructed: one for the is one of the very first scholars who revolutionPROF. NORTON people to make it a legitized the study of the revolutionaries, themselves entwined imate focus of study to look at with the upheaval that severed the everyday women and American colonies from Great Britain more women and their actual experiences,” said one of the event orgathan 200 years ago. Through a series of discussion forums held on campus Friday and See NORTON page 5
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Self-Proclaimed ‘Beer Prof’ Teaches Students Brewing By AKANE OTANI Sun News Editor
When Ezra Cornell declared he would “found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study,” he may not have considered one subject in particular: beer brewing. But for Prof. Karl Siebert, food science, studying beer is all in a day’s work. Siebert, who spent 18
years working in the brewing industry before entering academia, has spent decades researching the golden, frothy beverage in his laboratory at Cornell’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, N.Y. “If you search Cornell’s website for two different things — See BEER page 4
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Prime real estate | Students form a line in front of the Ithaca Renting Company office on Dryden Avenue. The students camped outside the agency overnight Thursday to sign housing leases for next year.
C-Town Housing Rush Intensifies
During early rental season, students sleep outside housing agency By LIZ CAMUTI Sun City Editor
and MANU RATHORE
Sun Senior Writer
In what some landlords are calling the fastest renting season in recent memory, students are rushing to claim housing in Collegetown, even sleeping outside rental agencies to be the first to secure the area’s most lucrative real estate. Around 15 students camped outside the Ithaca Renting Company office on Dryden Road Thursday night to sign leases for a range of living arrangements, including two “coveted” four-bedroom apartments and a 14-person house snatched by the baseball team, according to Christina Kim ’15 and Nicholas Busto ’15. “We think, honestly, it’s worth it to suck it up
and take shifts and have a shitty hour-and-a-half in the night to have housing for next year,” Busto said. “It is kind of getting late [in the ren and we don’t want to be screwed out of housing.” Unlike many other rental agencies in Collegetown, Ithaca Renting Company requires residents to sign leases on a first-come, first-serve basis — the primary reason people camped outside the office overnight, according to Lisa M. Everts ’92, the company’s rental manager. “The reason we have people camping is because we don’t tell people they might get an apartment; it’s on the spot,” she said. “We have had tours going on for several weeks but then people are expected to come in and sign for available apartments, first come, first serve.”
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Will Host Event at Bailey Hall By LIZ CAMUTI Sun City Editor
Actor Joseph GordonLevitt will take the stage at Bailey Hall on Nov. 18 to host an evening of entertainment and interactive art making, according to the website HitRECord.org. Gordon-Levitt will serve as a host for the HitRECord event, presenting short works of video produced collaboratively by artists around the world. He will also direct and perform alongside audience members in live sketches, readings and musical performances, according to a HitRECord.org press release. Best known for his roles in the movies 500 Days of Summer and The Dark Knight Rises, Gordon-Levitt
launched the professional production company HitRECord.org in 2010 in order to collaborate with artists from all over the world, accord-
ing to the press release. Tickets for the event will go on sale Oct. 4 on the Cornell Concerts website, according to Tajwar Mazhar ’13, exec-
utive chair of the Cornell University Program Board. Mazhar hailed Gordon-Levitt as an actor who has remained
“We are really excited to do something different.” Tajwar Mazhar ’13
committed to encouraging cooperative creativity throughout his career. “It’s really great to see someone who has gone from TV to huge blockbusters and is still interested in the grassroots process of creating videos,” she said. CUPB, which has recently hosted stand-up comedians John Oliver and Seth Meyers, was seeking to diversify its campus offerings when booking Gordon-Levitt to perform, Mazhar said. “We are really excited to do something different … The Billy Joel show was pretty interactive, but we haven’t done anything like this in recent memory,” she said.
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Interactive acting | Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt will stop at Cornell on his HitRECord.org tour, taking the stage at Bailey Hall on Nov. 18.
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News Big Red Groundbreaking
Construction began Sept. 22 on the new Big Red Band building at its site adjacent to Schoellkopf Stadium. | Page 3
Opinion Speak Up for Change
Tom Moore ’14 encourages students to participate in the University’s efforts to increase safety on campus. | Page 7
Arts Jazzing It Up
The Sun talked to the Steve Brown Quartet, who will perform on campus Thursday. | Page 14
Sports Sad Times Soccer
Women’s soccer fell to the Penn Quakers in a home game on Tuesday. | Page 15
Weather Showers HIGH: 72 LOW: 61
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Tuesday, October 2, 2012
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By Tammy Su ’12 I’m gonna show youuuu how great I am. I watched this one motivational video on YouTube repeatedly this weekend. Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. Sometimes you need an epic soundtrack to your life. Sometimes you have to convince yourself that you’re the hero in the movie, that you’re the lone underdog defying the odds, vanquishing your enemies, achieving eternal glory. Here is the story of a small part of my journey through the treachery of my own Middle Earth, my odyssey, my personal Holy Grail: trying to get into medical school. Nothing’s going to hit as hard as life. Life was hitting hard for me. Uncertainty about my future in medical school weighed heavier everyday as rejection emails dotted my inbox. Was it time to wave a flag and begin channeling my energies into finding a plan B? I logically thought so - but I didn’t and couldn’t invest in a replacement endeavor. The flames inside that fueled my ambitions to become a renowned surgeon who’d make the biggest mark on the world could not die quietly. 100% Rejection—a statistic everyone can measure you by. I began to fall hard into a depression like I’ve never felt before, a depression I could only feel from suddenly having my mountain snatched from underneath me. The thought of giving up my once-clear goal was sickening. Falling is fine; you can get back up. But being lost is much more frightening. I explained my situation to advisors all within one day – barely any interviews, mostly rejections, but still quite a few schools to hear from. I was greeted with deep looks of sympathy, looks they’ve clearly flashed to many a rejected student. They each were suggesting, in their own way, that I give up, “for now at least.” “Consider another path,” or if I had to, wait at least two years.
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I simply refused to believe that this could be true. What if I just went to these admissions offices? What if I just showed my face and demanded to be seen? “I think you should do it.” And so there it was, the only glimmer of hope, coming from a newly hired advisor. I decided to grab it and hold on for dear life. This was Wednesday. Suddenly I felt gripped, afflicted, the dying embers within me fanned into a gigantic, raging fire. Two cities, five schools, five days, no advanced notice. Was it possible? Like any Cornell student, I was running a low-grade fever, severely sleep deprived, and scheduled for a full weekend of work at the restaurant. Suddenly though, nothing mattered. My Halls cough drop wrapper said it all - Bet on yourself. It was time to push in all my chips, buy bus tickets, call out of work, compose letters of interest, and get down to research. Without a moment to breathe and barely time to pack, I found myself in a smelly Subaru with Chris, a fellow anxious, journeying applicant, throttling off to a school in Long Island during the first snowstorm in many weeks. Just our luck. Obstacle #1 - Getting gas at 3 AM is difficult. Obstacle #2 - Driving in a blizzard is scary. Obstacle #3 - Drinking canned double shot espresso on an empty stomach makes you want to vomit your brains out. Obstacle #4 - Being sick and tired at the same time doesn’t help. This is fucking crazy, I couldn’t help but think. Someone please remind me that this is a good idea. The desire to sleep and the danger of the icy roads overwhelmed us, as our snow-unequipped vehicle slid by a three-car accident. We pulled over somewhere in the middle of New York state, snowflakes flying, sometime around 4:45 AM. My obnoxious alarm abruptly shook me from sleep at 7:00. Chris was awake. It was time to start moving again. The snow had cleared, thankfully, and we enjoyed a relatively uneventful ride down to the school. Check cornellsun.com for the rest of this story. Students can send poetry and fiction submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Univ.Begins Construction On Big Red Band Building
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Such great heights
By TYLER ALICEA
what.” David Fischell ’75, M.S. ’78, Ph.D. ’80, a Big Red Band alumnus and a University trustee, also Construction workers broke ground over expressed confidence that band alumni will rally in Homecoming Weekend at the site of a new build- order to guarantee the project is fully financed, ing that will soon be home to the Big Red Band. according to a University statement. David The space is set to open in late Spring 2013, Fischell and his wife, Sarah Thole Fischell ’78, according to University Architect Gilbert Delgado. donated money to the project after plans for other The new building will be located on the east University buildings fell through during the finanside of Schoellkopf Field and will be a significant cial crisis. improvement from the band’s much smaller cur“We want to get as many Cornell band [alumrent home in the basement of Barton Hall, accord- ni] as we can to march on the field with the Big ing to Jessica Reno ’13, drum major for the Big Red Band next year when we dedicate the building Red Band. during Homecoming Weekend,” Fischell said in The University is still working to raise the $1 the statement. million needed to finance the project in full by its Delgado said that the new space will fit well in Spring 2013 opening, according to Delgado. its location adjacent to the crescent-shaped stands The University has raised about $575,000 in that frame the eastern side of Schoellkopf Field. “It is a wonderful compliment to the crescent. We’ll “It is a wonderful compliment to the crescent. We’ll have a really terrific facility by have a really terrific facility by next year.” next year,” he said. Reno said that for the Gilbert Delgado band’s nearly 250 members, Barton Hall does not provide “enough space at all.” the last year, but is still short more than $400,000 The room is also “not safe” to hold such a large in required funds, according to a University state- number of students for rehearsal, according to ment. Fischell. The new building should be able to Still, Delgado said that the project will be com- accommodate at least 180 people safely, Fischell pleted regardless of whether the $1 million mile- said in a University press release. stone is reached. In addition to increased space, Delgado told The University is required to have underwritten The Sun that the new building will also have a funds — money pledged to the project in the higher ceiling and offer improved acoustics and event that alternate fundraising efforts fail — sound quality for the band’s practices. before pursuing any new ventures, according to Various University officials, alumni and band Delgado. He said that if the University falls short members took part in the ground-breaking cereof $1 million, a Cornell alumnus has agreed to mony Sept. 22. donate the balance. Reno added that she hopes a new home will But Reno said she is confident that the Big Red bring the band, which she said has been an integral Band will be able to raise the remaining $400,000 part of Cornell’s culture since the 1890s, closer through a series of fundraising efforts aimed at together as a community. soliciting donations from band alumni. She said “It’s really nice that we are finally going to get a both current and former band members are excit- home for a family,” Reno said. ed about the new building. “[Our alumni] help us out so much, from dayto-day things to more overarching things,” Reno Tyler Alicea can be reached at said. “They are going to make it happen no matter email@example.com. Sun Contributor
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Students in the Cornell Outdoor Education program practice rappeling down the wall of Schoellkopf Stadium Monday afternoon.
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While half of New York State’s school districts submitted proposals this summer for state-mandated evaluations of teachers and principals, several districts, including Ithaca have not submitted plans yet, according to The Ithaca Journal. — Compiled by Caroline Flax
Students’ Stories Student worked at NYC Fashion Week 2012; now designs, sells clothes in Ithaca By CINDY HUYNH Sun Staff Writer
While many of her friends were fawning over clothing in department stores, Marianne Dorado ’14 was beginning, at a young age, to create her own designs. What started as a childhood hobby has since evolved into a serious passion for Dorado, who gained her first formal experience while building costumes for her high school’s theater productions. “The first play I did was Les Miserables. I got hooked on costuming, and I loved it,” Dorado said. But when she first came to Cornell for her freshman year, Dorado put her dreams on hold in favor of what she believed would be a more practical academic track. She matriculated as a human biology, health and society major, with the intention of going to medical school after graduation. “I knew fashion was not a very lucrative career, so I decided to give the premed thing a shot,” Dorado said. But on the side,
Dorado continued her work in costuming in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts’ costume shop, working as an assistant designing and creating costumes for productions. Unable to sideline what she had feared were unrealistic career ambitions, Dorado said she realized that she wanted to pursue fashion design not only through extra-curricular activities, but academically as well. She ultimately switched into the fiber science and apparel design major in the College of Human Ecology — a transition which has led to new opportunities in the fashion world, she said. This fall, Dorado began selling her own designs at a local boutique in Ithaca: The Art and Found, located on East State Street in the Commons, which often features apparel produced by local designers. “I found out [The Art and Found] was looking for local designers and sent them some photos of sweaters and lingerie [that I had made]. They loved it, so I’ve been selling them at the store since they
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opened around Labor Day,” Dorado said. She said selling her clothing at the store has given her the chance to learn more about the intricacies of finding just
the right materials and measurements to create pieces for commercial sale. “I’ve been learning about manufacturing on a small scale to create one-of-akind pieces,” Dorado said. Although she said her style is constantly evolving, Dorado is currently fixated on clean lines and geometric shapes. “My design philosophy is that every seam in a garment should have a purpose,” she said. “I don’t believe in purely decorative motifs. Everything should have a function.” In the future, Dorado hopes to pursue a career in fashion, she said. An internship this summer at Supima, a luxury cotton brand, gave Dorado the opportunity to work at the 2012 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City — an experience she said gave her a first-hand look at the fast-paced nature of the industry. “I know it’s going to take a while, but my ideal job is to be the creative director for my own line,” Dorado said.
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Fashion forward | Marianne Dorado ’14 dreams of working in the fashion industry.
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Before Cornell,Prof Worked for Brewery BEER
little bit of money for it and for as long as you think it’s worthwhile to do. That’s a little more that is, brewing and chemomet- intellectually satisfying, I would rics [the analysis of chemical say,” he said. Over the years, data] — you’ll find students looking for a I’m the only Cornell taste of Siebert’s work faculty member who have been able to find admits to studying it in Food Science either one of those,” 4300: Understanding Siebert quipped. Wine and Beer. The As the self-proclass is so popular claimed “beer guy” at that it sometimes Cornell, Siebert has reaches capacity withstudied beer with a PROF. SIEBERT in the first 15 minlevel of detail most casual drinkers have never utes of CourseEnroll, according approached: asking how the to Siebert. Although the name of the linking of proteins and polyphenols linking together course alone may attract creates the hazy or foamy Dionysian students, Siebert appearance in beer and wine. said the class — which includes He has also taught countless “a lot of chemistry and microbibeer enthusiasts — both profes- ology” — is no joke. “It definitely has a reputasional and amateur — about the brewing process in his tion of being a lot harder than “Brewing Science and the hotel school’s course, [Hotel Technology” workshop, which Administration 4300: Intro recently sold out seats for the duction to Wines]. In fact, largest auditorium at the exper- we’ve had people tell us it was the hardest course they took at iment station in Geneva. Years ago, when he was pur- Cornell,” Siebert said. Yet, each year, the promise of suing his undergraduate and graduate degrees in biochem- learning about the science of istry, Siebert “had no clue” he wine and beer production would end up studying beer for draws a variety of students, from food science majors to a living, he said. “I wasn’t at all thinking engineers. Unlike those enrolled in the about food science or brewing. I was just looking for a job, and hotel school’s course, students the opportunity came along,” in Understanding Wine and Beer, which Siebert — includhe said. That opportunity took him ing the unpalatable ones, he to Stroh Brewery Company in added, chuckling. He co-teach1971 — which, in 2000, was es the course with three other bought by Pabst Brewing professors. “ W e demonstrate bad flavors as “In fact we’ve had people tell us well as the [Food Science 4300] was the hardest good ones … not that we course they took at Cornell. ” make people Karl Siebert taste much of it, of course,” Siebert said, Company, the group of Pabst adding, “They can smell it, you Blue Ribbon fame. At Stroh, know. Whatever’s needed.” The teaching itself is fun, Siebert spent 18 years working on research and development, Siebert said, particularly when juggling disciplines such as he is able to use his industry chemistry, microbiology and knowledge of the brewing sensory science at a job that, he process for his lectures. From the brewery to the said, looking back, was significantly different from conduct- classroom, Siebert has spent much of his life developing an ing academic research. “A lot of people in academia intimate relationship with beer are very much specialists in one and wine. Now, after 22 years at very narrow sub-discipline. But Cornell, he said he is beginning in the industry, you work along to tie up loose ends in his the product line, or on whatev- research in order to begin phaser the company needs,” Siebert ing into retirement. “I’ve been working on beer said. “No company can afford to have one expert on staff for foam lately,” he said. “I also still anything that might come up.” have one or two things I want Problems with beer that to do on the protein polypheSiebert tackled at Stroh includ- nol business.” Although Siebert certainly ed adjusting the formula of beer that had too much foam. But in has more knowledge than the the brewing industry, Siebert average drinker about the subsaid there is often just enough stances that make a Pabst Blue time to “put a patch on it so it’s Ribbon taste different than a acceptable” before having to Heineken, Siebert said that, move on to another project — decades in, his work has not even if “maybe you felt like you necessarily dulled his appreciacould spend more time working tion of the beverage. “I still drink beer. I still like on it.” That time crunch has mostly it,” he said. disappeared for Siebert as a researcher in academia. “You can stay with some- Akane Otani can be reached at thing for as long as you find a firstname.lastname@example.org. Continued from page 1
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Students Sign C-Town Leases Earlier Than Ever, Landlords Say C-TOWN
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Mark Eiding ’15, the first person in the line, said his group started taking shifts at 5 p.m. on Thursday evening. “I had a prelim tonight so I only got here at [about] 10 p.m. But our group started shifts much earlier than that,” Eiding said. Some students who spend the night, however, expressed frustration with Eiding’s group’s early start. It was “almost ridiculous” of them to start so early, Arnav Sahu ’15 said. “We had a plan of probably going there at around midnight or 1 a.m., just like any sane and average person do,” Sahu said. “But then I went there and found out that there were people waiting there since 5 p.m.” The early push to secure Collegetown housing did not go unnoticed by several Collegetown landlords, who said they were inundated with students inquiring about leases earlier than any other year in recent memory. According to Nick Lambrou, landlord at Lambrou Real Estate, the 2013 renting season started “about two
weeks earlier that it normally” does. “I felt this year was the fastest I’ve seen in some time,” Lambrou said. “This time last year, if someone walked in here looking for a three-bedroom apartment, I could normally offer them three or four locations. But if someone were to walk in here today asking about a three-bedroom, I would have just one.” Kristie O’Connor, a broker for O’Connor Apartments, echoed Lambrou’s sentiments. “At the time we were already finished signing leases this year, we had just started signing leases last year,” O’Connor said. “I don’t know if there is an increase [in renters], but there is earlier renting.” According to O’Connor, the company is still receiving “many calls a day” from students about housing options, even though the majority of the company’s properties have been rented for about 10 days now. Still, some landlords, including Pam Johnston of Pam Johnston Apartments, maintained that this renting season has not been visibly different from previous years. “I’m not seeing anything that doesn’t happen every year. Kids who are looking at apartments with larger groups want to look early,” she said.
Though some landlords said their businesses have not suffered from the establishment of new housing locations such as the recently-opened Collegetown Terrace, others said they have increased their efforts to stay competitive in Collegetown. Ithaca Renting Company, for example, has increased the number of photographs and information on its website “so that parents can see what the apartments look like without coming to Ithaca,” according to Everts. “We have not seen a direct impact from [Collegetown Terrace] yet, as we’re usually marketing the larger-size units, and they have smaller units. But we have improved our marketing efforts,” Everts said. Collegetown Terrace, however, could create competition “in the long run,” according to Lambrou. “I haven’t felt much competition from that property yet. I’ve heard from tenants that it’s a little too far, and if they are going to pay ... $1,000 to $1,200, they could get that similar type of rent closer [to campus],” he said. “[But] it’s their first year, so in the long run it could have an impact.” The Sun’s News Department can be reached at email@example.com.
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event organizers, Prof. Susanah Shaw Romney Ph.D. 2000, history, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and a former student of Norton’s. Collectively titled “Liberty’s Daughters & Sons: Celebrate the Legacy of Mary Beth Norton,” the two-day event drew participants from Boston, Mass., to Williamsburg, Va., eager to pay testament to Norton’s achievements — “while I’m still alive,” the 69-year-old Norton wryly noted. “What I’ve tried to do in my work is to think differently about the early period of American history,” Norton said. “Looking first at the Revolution from the standpoint of the loyalists, then at the Revolution from the standpoint of women — I had a different perspective on the kinds of events and prophecies going on in the Revolutionary period.” Norton’s oeuvre is not limited to the American Revolution. In the Devil’s Snare, one of her most popular works, is widely seen to have upended previous explanations of the 1692 Salem Witchcraft Trials. She is also, as noted by several of the weekend’s panelists, regarded in the women’s history movement both as something of a maternal guardian and rockstar. The composition of conference attendees reflected Norton’s explorations — a physical representation of the varied fields she has plumbed in more than four decades of historical research. There was the delegation heralding Norton’s impact on gender studies and women’s history. “Regarding the Salem project, I remember [Norton] saying something like, ‘It’s not about gender.’ And while that is true on some level, In the Devil’s Snare would not exist in the form it does without the analytic work of gender and the talents of Mary Beth as a historian of women and gender,” said a former graduate student of Norton’s, Prof. Kate Haulman Ph.D. 2002, history, American University. Herself a historian of the colonial period and a fellow disciple of Bernard Bailyn, author of The
Ideological Origins of the American Revolution, Prof. Pauline Maier, history, Harvard University, traced the importance of gender to Norton’s work in her speech Saturday. When the two were graduate students at Harvard, “There was a ... separate women’s entrance to the Harvard faculty club, which people like Mary Beth and I just refused to use,” Maier said. “It really was the bad old days in some ways.” She added that pay was not always equitable for graduate students. “If that augured ill for Mary Beth’s and my future we paid no attention. We did our thing and moved on,” Maier said. Several of the attendees — female professors at Cornell and other universities — said they were the beneficiaries of Norton and Maier’s work, which Norton acknowledged was closely tied to the women’s movement of the 1970s. “In the 1970s, I was very much influenced by a desire to give women of the revolutionary period a voice, and at that time most of women’s history was being written from the standpoint of men,” Norton said. “I wanted to have 18th Century women speak for themselves — and that was very much a feminist project, a 70s feminist project, but it still speaks to people today.” She added that some of her former students, including Haulman, were responsible for conceptualizing and executing the events. Former students comprised a large contingent of the weekend’s proceedings. “[Norton] inspired me to become a historian; she introduced me to her love of the discipline and all the joy it could bring,” said Prof. Molly Warsh 2000, history, University of Pittsburgh, one of the organizers. Ultimately, however, Norton’s grandest legacy is likely related to her expansion of what the American Revolution means — both because of her dissertation on American loyalists and her later work on the role of women in the Revolution. Maier explained that Norton fundamentally transformed previous conceptions of the ideologies
held by the loyalists — those who opposed the Revolution — and their relation to America. Whereas loyalists were previously thought of as conservative Tories, they began to be — accurately, Maier said — recognized as American Whigs, or liberals, after Norton’s work. Norton’s doctoral dissertation tracked the difficulties loyalists faced adjusting to life outside of the colonies after the Revolution — convincing evidence, Maier
said, that they belonged in the American ideological spectrum. “[Norton] showed that the loyalists were not inexplicable anomalies but that they really fit into the mainstream of American history,” Maier said. “They weren’t just like other Englishmen … Outside America, they were troubled.” Even more crucial to Norton’s Revolutionary legacy may be Liberty’s Daughters: The Revolutionary Experience of
American Women, which chronicles the role of colonial women and was the namesake of the forum. It was also the inspiration for a shirt sold at the event. “Yes, I am one of Liberty’s Daughters (and sons),” one side of the shirt read. “Inspired by our Founding Mother: Mary Beth Norton,” said the other. Jeff Stein can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Advising Against Live-In Advisors
THIS WEEK THE FRATERNITY AND SORORITY Advisory Council, suggested that the RARE committee — charged with eliminating hazing at Greek chapters through an overhaul of the pledging process — consider requiring Greek chapters to have a livein advisor. This change to Cornell’s policy would drastically alter the living situation for thousands of future students. The Sun is opposed to this new idea, as well as the existing national policies that require live-in advisors in sororities — an outdated policy from a time in which sexism dictated laws about female cohabitants. Instating a policy requiring live-in advisors in all chapters is not a step toward equality, but rather a push in the wrong direction. This would not be the right approach to the problems in the Greek system. We think that this change would go too far. The vast majority of Cornell students are adults, legally and developmentally. Almost any student is capable of renting an apartment or house in Collegetown without necessary supervision, and all non-freshman students may opt out of campus housing if they wish. By recommending that Cornell require fraternities to have live-in advisors, the University is allowing the behavior of a few individuals to affect the autonomy of the majority. An overwhelming number of Cornell fraternity and sorority members are exemplary members of our community; a large part of the fraternity or sorority experience comes from learning to live together and taking responsibility for a chapter. Fraternities and sororities are not dormitories, even if the University owns many Greek chapter houses. They are student organizations founded on the idea of self-governance and responsibility for their collective actions. If a chapter is found to have broken an agreed-upon University rule that reflects common-sense safety as well as the law, the University can reasonably wish to make their recognition contingent upon the completion of probationary procedures, including a temporary live-in advisor — which was the RARE committee’s initial proposal. If, however, the chapter upholds all of the rules currently in place, there is no reason to effectively punish a house by inserting an advisor. This proposed policy change reflects the worst of the University’s reactionary instincts. In regard to live-in advisors, a proposal that would drastically alter the living situation of thousands of students in years to come, Cornell must consider the effect of students being forced to live with a constant reminder that the University does not view them and their peers as adults.
Concerned with the chosen voice To the Editor: Re: “An Open Letter of Apology,” Opinion, Sept. 27 Last week, you published an apology from the alumnus who sent an offensive, fraudulent email to an undergraduate: pretending to be her professor, he abused and belittled her. The apology should not have been published. While the apology misrepresents the attack’s nature and severity, this isn’t why it should not have appeared. Rather, this alumnus does not deserve the honor of addressing our community. I’m not being harsh. To say, “No, thank you, we’re not interested in publishing your remarks,” isn’t to be cruel or unfair; it’s not to deliver a personal insult. In this instance, it’s an ethical obligation. This alumnus, when accidentally emailed by an undergraduate in Bruce Monger’s class, decided to attack her. The Sun, offered this attacker’s ideas, decided to publish them. The Sun’s decision isn’t as grievous as that the alumnus made, but it was still wrong. Many of us likely have been verbally abused by some stranger — obscenities shouted from a passing car, flaming blog comments, etc. It’s a drag. Perhaps some read the fraudulent email printed in The Sun and didn’t register how violent it was. Printed there in The Sun, in the open, beside the story explaining it, this email was no longer private: It had been defused. Imagine: You’re at your computer, checking email. There’s a reply from your prof — or your boss, or the director of a fellowship selection committee. You read, and this professor, boss or authority whom you know rips into you: calls your ideas garbage, calls you an idiot, kicks you where it hurts. When later you learn that this email was in fact from a stranger, not from the individual you’d originally thought: the past hasn’t changed: you’ve still been abused. “I never meant for any part of the email to be an attack,” writes this alum in his apology. So, he meant it as a greeting? (“Hi, I see you’re a new Cornell student. Welcome.”) A question? “(Hey — I see you’re taking Monger’s course. I never did. What’s it like?”) This alumnus violated a professor’s name, abusing the professor’s authority; he appropriated a professor’s institutional power to injure an individual student. Also, the Sept. 21 article about the attack quotes the alumnus: He was interviewed. Quoting him was an error. Abusing a student, violating a professor’s authority and committing fraud — he’s not a credible authority. Handed The Sun’s megaphone, he issues his “statement to the Cornell community” about how we should get our “priorities in order.” It’s not easy to get into Cornell. Last year, 37,812 individuals applied to join the class of ’16. And 6,123 were granted admission: 16.2 percent. We’ve all worked hard to get here. Perhaps sometimes it seems we’ve arrived — that all the awkward and difficult judging is over. It’s not. It’s a constant responsibility. To command the attention of this community is a powerful and meaningful privilege. To relinquish this privilege to one who abused essential standards of trust and decency damages our collective voice. Prof. Joanie Mackowski, English
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Crisis Alert L
ast Wednesday, I received an invitation from Laura Weiss, the director of the Women’s Resource Center, to the first meeting of the Sexual Violence Working Group. The invitation read as follows: “We seek any community member committed to working collaboratively to create and implement solutions to the challenges rape culture presents to our community. We will begin by engaging in a discussion of the demands and recommendations set forward by students in previous settings.”
that they go to the root of the problem, rather than merely seeking to ameliorate the symptoms. For these reasons, I was optimistic about these demands when they were made last Spring. That was four months ago. Since then, we’ve had open forums galore, both immediately after the Sigma Pi incident and following the sexual assaults and racist and homophobic violence earlier this academic year. Each time, a facilitator writes down our concerns on a big sheet of paper, which, for all the results we see, may as well go
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I’ll be honest: I was not optimistic. To explain why, I’d like to lay out a little history: The “demands and recommendations” to which Weiss refers are a modified version of the demands set forth by the Assembly for Justice last Spring following the racist violence at Sigma Pi. They include the development of “a mandatory anti-sexual violence training for all incoming and current students that targets rape culture and does not victim-blame,” “comprehensive training on all aspects of sexual violence” for all University employees, and the establishment of “a coordinated, seamless, survivorcentered response service.” These demands are concrete. They are reasonable. They are radical, in the sense
straight from the conference room to the dumpster. The Assembly for Justice has repeatedly asked the administration to address the demands, and virtually no progress has been made. Why is this the case? Who is to blame? One argument, perhaps best articulated by the anonymous anti-oppression group Scorpions X puts the blame on an administration which is more interested in preserving Cornell’s reputation than it is in addressing sexual violence on campus. This argument quite effectively explains the motivation behind, for example, Chief of Police Kathy Zoner’s baseless claim that the recent string of sexual assaults reflects an increase in reporting rather than an increase in actual crime rates. The sexual assaults that most often go unreported are probably
not the ones that we would hear about through Crime Alerts. Zoner has zero evidence for her claim, but it’s the sort of thing you say when you’re in the business of making the campus seem safe. This portrayal of Cornell administrators falls in line with much of my own experience. There is, however, more to the story of the unmet demands. Some administrators clearly are more concerned with Cornell’s reputation than with its students, but some have consistently demonstrated a sincere desire to engage constructively with the demands. And yet, we seem to walk out of every meeting without getting the administration to commit to a timetable. Some students interpret the administration’s refusal to commit as deliberate equivocation and stalling, and sometimes I think they’re right. Sometimes, though, I think we become a little too committed to our narrative of administrators as calloused and manipulative politicians. Cornell University is a sprawling institution, across which responsibility and accountability are thinly spread. Thus, when President Skorton looks us in the eye and tells us he can’t give us a solid timetable for when the University will address our demands, he’s kind of telling the truth. Kind of. And there’s the wiggle room. There’s the proverbial Big Red Tape that gets between a campus in crisis and the achievement of meaningful change. Which brings us back to the meeting on Friday. When I arrived, the room was overflowing with dozens of students I’d never seen before. The latest incident of sexual violence, the attempted rape on Wednesday night on the bridge behind the Engineering Quad, had had a profound effect. The room we’d reserved was at capacity and the hall was full, so we moved to Barton Hall and
broke into smaller groups. When my group sat down and we all said our names and explained why we had come to the meeting, I realized for the first time the depth of the crisis this campus is facing right now. As we went around the circle, I heard the same or similar stories time and time again: “I walk that bridge every night.” “That could have been me.” “I don’t feel safe walking home from the library.” Let me be clear: It is not my intention to “speak for” the women of this campus. The women of this campus spoke loud and clear on Friday afternoon, and I’m just trying to relay what I heard. I heard a campus in crisis. I heard women from every corner of the Cornell community speaking in firm solidarity: The status quo is unacceptable. This University needs to change, and this administration needs to stop fucking around. We spent the next couple hours talking with administrators, CUPD officers and each other, working through very concrete details of what the University can do better. These included both reactive measures, like better coverage and publicity for the Blue Light Shuttles, and proactive measures, as outlined in the demands I describe above. If any of this talk is going to stick, if we really want a safer campus, we’re going to have to keep showing up to meetings like the one we had on Friday. These meetings will often be unexciting and frustrating, but change is like that sometimes. University policy doesn’t change in a day, and it doesn’t change at all unless students light a fire under the administration’s ass and keep it lit. Tom Moore is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences. He may be reached at email@example.com. What Even Is All This? appears alternate Tuesdays this semester.
You Don’t Know That
omething bizarre happened about midway through my sophomore year, a sort of academic tipping point. I threw a problem set phrase into a search engine, and instead of straightforward explanations I got … research papers. (There’s a joke here about research papers being straightforward, but I’m going to let it go). I was a little taken aback the first time it happened, but since then it’s become par for the course. I’ve kind of come to terms with the fact that, at some point, I started being asked questions that maybe don’t have completely established answers. That I really have the capacity, if not the time and energy, to understand the solutions to some of the more interesting unsolved problems. Or at least understand why people are arguing for one solution over the other for fixing energy policy and traffic light algorithms and the moral degradation of America’s youth. It goes hand-in-hand with something else that started happening only recently, I guess because I started looking slightly older than 16. People started trusting what I say. And not indulgent “Okaywe’ll-try-it-just-to-humor-you” trusting me, but full-blown “If-you-say-so-itmust-be-true.” It was a little unnerving the first time it happened, and it’s no less unnerving now.
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The funny thing is, the less distorted my self-perception of my knowledge base gets, the less I feel the need to defend my opinions and solutions and the systems I’ve designed. There was a time when I spent an embarrassing amount of time defending my political opinions on web forums. (Yes, I was THAT person. Stop judging me). Once I learned a little bit about how our government actually operates, I started sitting on my proverbial hands. Not only was I not about to condense a semester of US Gov into a couple of paragraphs, I was deathly afraid that someone more knowledgeable than I was would come along and make me feel all ignorant again. I think that in a perfect world, there’s a fairly linear relationship between someone’s merit and how quick they are to offer an opinion. After all, nearly all the problems worth solving are difficult, nuanced and complicated ones. (And some of the more lucrative ones even get funded). Surely no one would ever presume to instantly understand deep-rooted, complicated issues. Or make snap judgement calls about other people and the way they do things, based on their own limited knowledge and fleeting impressions of the situation. Heh. Yeah. Because speculating about a hypothetical perfect world is a produc-
tive exercise. Anyways, about this whole knowing-the-answers thing. I like to only half-jokingly say that college has made me stupider and less confident, because man, I was so sure that I knew so much in high school. Instead of hedging every sentence with “Correct me if I’m wrong, but” and “Couldn’t it be argued that,” I called people out when I was sure they were wrong. I complained about broken systems that I was sure I could fix. I knew stuff. And if everyone
that all almost-16 years of education has gotten me is moving from thinking I know everything, to realizing that I am just at the point where I have the tools to chip away at this huge mountain of human knowledge in front of me. I can read someone’s Ph.D. thesis now! And actually (mostly) understand what they’re talking about! But then I guess the flip side of that is that I have this burden now, to back up every position I hold with at least a small
Deborah Liu First World Problem else in the world just stopped being so stupid and selfish, things could be so much better. And oh my, isn’t this ironic, now that I’m marginally more qualified to have an opinion about the world, I’ve realized how little I actually know, my, how poetic life is, etc. etc. Hmm yeah, trying to make it sound trite doesn’t get me away from admitting
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hill of substantiated fact and well-balanced discussion from every conceivable angle. Man, life was so much simpler when I was sure I was always right. Deborah Liu is a senior in the College of Engineering. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. First World Problem appears alternate Tuesdays this semester.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT PHOTOS COURTESY OF CARRIAGE HOUSE CAFÉ, DINO LOSITO AND STEVE BROWN
BY TERESA KIM Sun Contributor
Jazz is fun. Jazz is interactive. Jazz is American. Two members of the Steve Brown Quartet, Dino Losito (keyboard) and Steve Brown, talk to The Sun about their music and what to expect at their performance at the Carriage House Café this Thursday night. The show is part of the Jazz Spaces Ithaca project recently launched by Cornell’s Minority, Indigenous and Third World Studies Research Group. Brown taught at Ithaca College from 1968 until his retirement in 2008. But he has hardly retired. He has been travelling the world, teaching at clinics in Europe and performing all over the U.S. Losito is also a pivotal figure in the jazz arena. He hails from Elmira, N.Y. where he teaches at Cedar Arts Center. THE SUN: How did you get started with jazz? STEVE BROWN: Well, my father and mother were both musicians back home in Long Beach, Long Island, so there was always music in the house. They both went to Ithaca College. And eventually most of my family went to I.C. The Browns have had a long history there. And I taught at I.C. for 40 years where I was in charge of the jazz program until my retirement about four years ago. DINO LOSITO: Yeah, we both have really musical families. I started taking classical piano lessons when I was four years old. My family was very, very musical. Mother was a singer. Father was a saxophone player. And my uncles were also very into the music scene. As a family, we would listen and dance to jazz and swing music. I was fortunate in that sense. And I went on to further my jazz studies at William Patterson University in Wayne, N.J. SUN: Now I’m going to admit that I’m a pretty new listener of jazz. What suggestions do you have for people like me who want to better understand jazz? S.B.: There are certain procedures that occur when a group of musicians get together to play a tune. And within jazz music we physically run a recycling business, replaying the same harmonic structures differently. For the listener, it would be best to listen and look out for this replayed melody and hum it to yourself. And doing this will really make a lot more out of the experience of listening to music. D.L.: Well a huge part of what makes jazz is the improvisational aspect. The melody is clear. It’s what happens in
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Kind of Red, White and Blue
between that sometimes loses the “inexperienced jazz listener.” If you can grab them with melody and rhythm you are doing okay. Anybody that wants to understand jazz more should listen, go see live performances, and ask the musicians questions. SUN: So could you give us a sneak peek on what to expect this coming Thursday? S.B.: The subtitle for the evening will be “Friends and Family,” which really reflects a lot of the kind of jazz I write. You’ll realize that a lot of my compositions are dedicated to friends and family. For example, “Child’s Play” is for my son who is a bass player. “Sweet Angel” was written for my daughter when she was born. “Balsa Barbara” is for my wife. And the Carriage House has a Hammond organ which is really hard to come by nowadays. And
tory and found out you performed with Ray Charles! How did that happen? S.B.: So Ray Charles was performing at Bailey Hall but his guitarist couldn’t perform and they asked me to fill in. I went to their rehearsal and we played two compositions which really wasn’t necessary since I knew most of his tunes and could read music. The funny part was during our actual performance. There was a short rest where I fiddled with the guitar. Right then, Ray leaned back and whispered, “You’re covering up the whole band!” But the thing was, the band wasn’t playing at the time. Ray obviously wanted to fill in the part personally but I filled in for him. I joked to the others before the show that Ray wouldn’t even talk to me during the set. But he did (chuckles). We did all the hits though and they asked me to join them on the road but I had a class to teach in Ithaca. SUN: Wow, so what do you do now that you’ve retired? S.B.: I just came back from Sweden and Norway. I also went to Spain and conducted a lot of clinics and workshops. A lot of the people who call me are former students of mine and it’s great to play with seeing and playing with them again. And I get paid to travel. It’s just great. SUN: Why should people come on Thursday?
Dino will be playing that. Paul Merrill who has set up a fantastic jazz program at Cornell will also be joining us for a tune or two I believe. It should be exciting and I’m sure everyone will enjoy the evening. D.L.: Most of the pieces will be originals by Steve. There will be some Latin music as well along with an original of my own. And yes, I’ll be playing the Hammond organ. I look forward to playing the organ format. SUN: Who are your musical role models? S.B.: Everybody. Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Barney Kessel … the list can go on forever. But Pat Martino most of all. D.L.: Many people ... too many, Charlie Parker John Coltrane Bud Powell , Cedar Walton, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Smith. SUN: (To Brown) So I was digging up your musical his-
S.B.: Everyone should support jazz in general. Jazz is a mixture of different cultures that is representative of the cultural melting pot of America. It’s a unique kind of music which is highly appreciated in Europe, South America and Japan. Sometimes I feel like their appreciation for jazz is a lot stronger than America’s. It’s an American treasure that we should all appreciate and enjoy often. D.L.: People should try to support live music in the community and help make it happen. Especially jazz. Jazz is an American art form that embraces a huge part of thehistory and the diversity of people in our country. It is a kind of music Americans can take for granted. And to experience jazz is truly something different and worthwhile. Join these jazz maestros along with Danny D’Imperio (drums) and Chris Persad (trumplet and lugelhorn) for a smooth and funky Thursday evening at the Carriage House Café. Reservations and tickets information can be found on jazzspacesithaca.arts.cornell.edu.
Teresa Kim is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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however, like any true movie-man-ofpower, possesses the morality to fill a teaspoon and has an artist mistress, Julie Cote (Laetitia Casta). Arbitrage, n. The film, in its quest to expose the The simultaneous buying and selling of securities, currency or commodities in differ- holes in the justice system, brings in Jimmy Grant (Nate Parker), to act as the ent markets. Exercise of individual judgment, author- crime foil to Miller. After falling asleep at the wheel and killing his mistress in a fatal itative decision or determination. arch. He says it himself, “World events crash, Miller calls Grant, completely ignorevolve around five things: M-O-N-E-Y.” rant of Miller’s crimes, for a ride in the For Robert Miller (Richard Gere), every- middle of the night as a favor to an old thing and everyone has a price. Arbitrage, friend. However, Detective Michael Bryer written and directed by Nicholas Jarecki, (Tim Roth) brings a suit against Grant, a introduces Miller amidst one illegal scan- black man from Harlem, for obstruction dal and proceeds to thrust him into anoth- of justice, for Miller is simply untoucher — this one staring at him from the pas- able. The contrasting nature of the intersenger seat with cold, dead eyes. But views of Miller and Grant call to mind the where is the line drawn for the rich and injustice of stereotyping and what money powerful? Where do their laws stop and can truly buy. For the majority of the film, ours begin? Is fraud too much? Is homi- the law enforcement agencies are comcide? As money paves the way ahead of pletely aware of Miller’s role in the crime; him, Miller strives to stay above the law however, they have to dig him out of his and avoid the consequences of his actions, pit of money and power to even begin to even when they are looking him dead in touch him. Gere as Miller was a surprising disapthe face. Robert Miller projects the ideal man of pointment. Suave and charming, Gere has business: ruthless by day, loving family set a standard that even he himself could man by night. He is the loving father of not reach in this film. Gere seems to miss a large element of the two successcharacter he portrays; ful children; Arbitrage perhaps it is the pure his son is set joy in cheating the systo lead his Directed by Nicholas Jarecki tem that Michael company Featuring Richard Gere, Douglas gave us in and his Susan Sarandon and Wall Street that we have d a u g h t e r, come to expect. Here, Brooke (Brit Brit Marling the “silver fox” does Marling), is not own his sinister his partner character, nor does he in business whom he tries to shield from the reality of lend any convincing pathos. It is simply his dealings. Brooke, a surprisingly strong an underwhelming performance. The cinematography in this film, howsupporting character, helps represent the collision of Robert’s familial and business ever, is beautiful. It is difficult to shoot a obligations. Ellen Miller (Susan Sarandon) big city in a new way, but a single shot delivers the most solid performance. panning up a building shimmering with Sarandon gives her character a depth that shifting light is still impossible to get out the other performers lack and, though of my head. Subtle visual touches set the granted unusually little screentime, she tone, like when Robert and Brooke walks lifts her scenes above mediocrity. Robert, in a park through a cloud of green, as we MARISSA TRANQUILLI Sun Contributor
Smooth Criminals peer on voyeuristically from behind a tree. And while the artsy shots draw the eye, the use of sound finds new ways to play
and I for one, will be going to see his future films. Starting a career in the feature film industry alongside stars Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon needs someone with a new eye for a shot, and Jarecki provides just that. Arbitrage runs for only 100 minutes, yet sections seem to stretch on for eternity. It got to the point where my friend next to me jokingly whispered, “It’s Batman!” when Miller received a late night, raspy-voiced call. The film is an interesting and well-constructed COURTESY OF GREEN ROOM FILMS look at the nature of out seemingly straightforward scenes. crimes in high class Americans; however it While Miller consumes a late night drink, is not one to capture and hold attention. the noise of clinking ice is amplified If financial dramas are not your life blood, noticeably, drawing attention to the Arbitrage is not worth your time. absolute silence and boredom of his life at this point. Arbitrage may not be every- Marissa Tranquilli is a sophomore in the College thing we may have hoped, but director of Arts and Sciences. She can be reached at Jarecki is definitely one to keep an eye on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Serial Revolution A
t a Los Angeles press conference last month, Amazon introduced what could be the most significant innovation in how we read books since e-readers first appeared: “Kindle Serials,” a new subscription-based book format. Harkening back to the days of Dickens, these new books are installed in segments. Once a customer subscribes to one of the serials, new updates or “episodes” appear automatically at the back of the book as they are released by the publisher. Amazon has already changed how books are sold, read and published, noted Sarah Kessler in an online article for Fast Web. Now, the “Serials” will even change how books are written. Thanks to the web, writers will get to see how readers react to each installment, adapting their writing along the way. According to Amazon, each serial book will have its own discussion board where writers can read comments from users. However, these discussion boards are just the tip of the iceberg. Already, several book analytic startups are off the ground, creating programs to track where readers highlight most often and where they lose interest. Amazon competitors, like Kobo, already use analytics to monitor the geographic locations of their readers. It’s only a matter of time before these start-ups become more sophisticated and fully integrated with Kindle products. All good and well for Amazon, but what does this mean for readers and, more significantly, for writers? For readers, the “Serials” offer a change of pace. Remember how everyone would stay awake for the midnight release of Harry Potter and then binge read until the last page? The “Serials” will force readers to slow down and more fully engage with each released segment. Readers who would otherwise skim through unwieldy novels will carefully read each word. Not only will this ensure books get the care and attention they deserve, but it’s also well-suited for our contemporary lifestyles and the ways we now consume information — in Facebook status updates, text messages and 140 character tweets. No wonder the novel
is becoming more and more daunting in the digital age. Acknowledging this trend, “Serials” updates the novel by breaking it into manageable, bite-size chunks easily read while riding the subway or taking a coffee break. By adding time between installments, the “Serials” make reading a bit like watching T.V. Just as we eagerly anticipate the next episode of our favorite T.V. show, so too will we wait in suspense for our favorite “Serials” segment. (Indeed, many of the “Serials” authors are screenwriters). This makes reading more communal, more social. Not only will we speculate with each other about what will happen next, but (the most devoted followers, at least) will read (and react to) the next segment at the same time. And this interactive component, where audiences can directly influence the writer’s next installment, empowers readers. No longer passive consumers, the readers become participants who tell the industry the products they desire. At least superficially, these “Serials” might bring some material benefit to writers, who can test out the commerciality Greener on the of their products before sinking too much time into a risky (and Other Side time consuming) investment. But what happens when we think of writing in purely commercial terms, when we turn readers into “markets” and assign literary value through data analytics? Sure, writing is already thought of in commercial terms. Publishers want books that will sell regardless of literary merit. By publishing these books with mass appeal, they give themselves some leeway to take on riskier projects — books with true literary merit that perhaps appeal to smaller audiences. But with this onslaught of reader feedback midway through, these riskier projects might never take shape. “Serials” fundamentally alter the writing process and disempower the author. The writer must give his audience what it wants or have his serialized book cancelled. The author is at the mercy of his or her audience. And not just any audience but a
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contemporary audience, an audience wealthy enough to purchase e-readers, an audience loud enough and arrogant enough to post its opinions in web forums. Books that are too experimental or too critical might never make it past Chapter One. Perhaps these concerns have no grounding. Serial fiction helped many great writers get their starts, including Henry James and Herman Melville. Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina and Dostoevsky’s Brothers Karamazov were all serialized. Contemporary writers like Stephen King and Orson Scott Card have tried their hands at serial fiction, and Jennifer Egan has even published a short story entirely through serial tweets. The serial format could even help writers change up their writing process and explore new directions in their work. The problem is when these new directions are undertaken merely to please. There’s nothing wrong with an empowered, enthusiastic audience — so long as writers and publishers alike realize when to disregard the message boards, unplug the internet and let the natural writing process work itself out.
Emily Greenberg is a senior in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences & Art, Architecture and Planning. She can be contacted at email@example.com. Greener on the Other Side appears alternate Tuesdays.
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Los Angeles Times Daily Crossword Puzzle Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis ACROSS 1 Funnylady Rudner 5 Pack the groceries again 10 Eyes, to Juanita 14 Oodles 15 Condescend 16 Ivory soap ad word 17 Wagon boss’s directive 19 Suffix with opal 20 Arnaz of “Here’s Lucy” 21 “Bewitched” witch 23 PennySaver listing, usually 26 Pitches well? 27 Lacking direction 29 Home of Dolphins and Marlins 32 Bunch of bills 35 Potted herb spot 36 Deep valley 37 Winged deity 39 Replay type, briefly 41 Cabinet dept. concerned with power 42 Symbolize 44 Cup of joe 46 Singleton 47 Failed to act 48 One of the M’s in MoMA 50 “The Hunger Games” actor Kravitz 52 Places in a pyramid 56 Scrambled alternative 59 Give a hoot 60 River isles 61 “See?” follower 64 Prego rival 65 Nixon staffer G. Gordon __ 66 Get ready, as for surgery 67 Food for hogs 68 Close call 69 Discontinues DOWN 1 “Unmistakably Lou” Grammy winner 2 Intestinal section
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was junior Max Groves in 20th place overall (24:33), senior Brett Kelly in 27th place (24:38), junior Andrew Herring in 66th place (25:08) and senior Matt McCullogh in 75th place (25:17). One of the Red’s main goals, besides winning the Heps championship, is to compete at the national level. Smith spoke about the kind of statement that a win like this can make for his team. “We certainly feel that we belong as a nationally competitive team,” he said. “It’s one step in a larger process. We’re really happy with how it went, but there are still more steps to go in the season.”
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Close Finishes Continue to Plague Red in Loss to Penn By HALEY VELASCO Sun Assistant Sports Editor
Once again, the women’s soccer team was unable to close out a win against Ivy foe Penn this weekend. The Red (0-10, 0-2 Ivy League) fell to the Quakers (5-4, 2-0), 2-1, at home on Friday. Senior forward Maneesha Chitanvis scored her second goal of the season, keeping the team in the game, but she cited the team’s inability to finish games strong as its biggest struggle lately. “I think it is just we need to put together 90 minutes of
play rather than just 80 or 70,” she said. “It was a step in the right direction for us but we need to put the full 90 minutes together and hopefully we can go out and do that,” said junior goalkeeper Tori Christ. The game started out with a scoreless first half with a lot of action occurring in the middle of the field. After the break, the two teams scored three times in the next 26 minutes. “Attention to detail. The little things – whether it’s staying goal side or following your mark – those are the things we need to focus on,” said sophomore midfielder Kerry
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Not quite enough | Senior forward Maneesha Chitanvis scored her second goal on Friday, but Red was once again unable to find an equalizer in a 2-1 loss to Penn.
Schubert. Penn’s Kerry Scalora set up Claire Walker for the opening goal and then the game winner in the 61st minute. Cornell tried to battle to take away the victory but just could not get it done. Chitanvis controlled a pass from freshman defender Morgan Zaidel, took it up the left side and finished with a goal. The goal gave the Red a chance with 11:04 left in play but the team could not record another point to tie it up. “I think there is a very big difference in the way that we played against Penn versus our first game of the season. It’s just stringing everything together and we get better and better each game,” Schubert said. “I think the one thing we have been focusing on this year is to not do the same thing every game, but to try and do better,” Chitanvis added. “We need to change things that we are not doing correctly and move on from there whether it’s formation or style of play.” Chitanvis — the leading team scorer of the past two seasons — tied senior Xandra Hompe for the team’s scoring lead. Both have two goals and five assists this season. Also, Christ made her 10th start of the season, taking away seven possible points from Penn in goal. “We are just trying to get as many people as we can on the board and whoever can get that winning goal is all that matters,” Chitanvis said. Cornell wraps up its three-game run at home today against visiting Lafayette. “I think too it’s important to approach it [in the same way] … the Ivy League is a totally different environment. But we need to come [into Lafayette] like it is the same and means the same because we still want to win,” Christ said. The Red will then head on the road again this weekend for a matchup against Ivy challenger Harvard. “For us, we are just trying to focus on ourselves and make sure that we get a win based on how we are playing. We are going to not try and worry so much about the other team. We need to do things that we want to get done,” Chitanvis said. Haley Velasco can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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backseat to the offense at the beginning of the season, according to Miller, they are unfazed and will continue to prove their worth. “To us, honestly, it’s just what we do,” Miller the left sideline before being hit hard. “I took the ball up the sideline and got hit said. “This is what should be expected of us, we hard and low and it took out my knee,” Laird shouldn’t have to rely on the offense. [The said of his injury. Though he has not gotten a Bucknell game] was just a launching pad, a startfinal word on the injury yet, Laird believes it to ing point for us to take off from.” Laird agreed, pointing out that it will be be a torn ACL and is anticipating being out for the rest of the season. Laird has had an impres- important for the squad to show the rest of the sive first three games, including two intercep- league that they should not only be worried tions in the first game against Fordham, and four about the Red’s explosive offense. “[Defensive Coordinator Kim] Dameron has tackles and the 21-yard run against Bucknell. stressed being a physical and hard hitdefense,” he said. “The past cou“This is what should be expected of us, ting ple weeks we have proven to the league we shouldn’t have to rely on the offense.” that it is not just our offense. They can have a mediocre offensive day like Rush Miller Saturday, and we can pick up the slack, which we weren’t able to do in the past, so it’s like night and day for us this Though his presence will be missed in the year.” secondary, Miller and Laird are confident that However, the secondary has a long season junior safety Brian Gee — who came in to ahead of it to continue proving that to the rest of replace Laird on Saturday — is prepared to fill the Ancient Eight. The first obstacle in the way the gap. happens to be reigning champions Harvard, who “Brian Gee will step up, he comes in and are undefeated so far this season. The Crimson brings a lot of energy to revitalize our defense, so offense has also combined for 125 points in its we will definitely not be taking a step back,” first three games, and will be an especially formiMiller said. dable opponent for the secondary. Gee had five tackles and two broken up pass“Every Ivy League game is basically a chames against the Bison in his first appearance of the pionship game, we can’t afford to have a bad season. game,” Laird said. Laird also expressed the utmost confidence in The squad has already begun planning out its Gee’s ability to be his replacement. approach for combating the combination of “Coach Austin has stressed that we don’t quarterback Colton Chapple — who has thrown expect any lapse in performance from our second for 820 yards — and the receiving duo of Kyle and third string players,” he said. “Gee came in Juszczyk and Cameron Brate, which has five and made some plays in the second half that real- total touchdowns. ly saved the win for us.” “Everybody that plays and even guys that Though much of the talk after the Red’s deci- don’t were watching film and getting their mind sive homecoming win a weekend ago was about right today. The coaches are putting together a Mathews’ stellar passing performance and fresh- great game plan,” Miller said. “We’re going to do man Luke Hagy’s two rushing touchdowns, the everything possible to make sure we come out of defense was arguably even more important. The Harvard’s stadium with a win.” defensive line and the secondary held Yale to only 350 total offensive yards and forced two Scott Chiusano can be reached at fumbles and two interceptions. Though the secondary may have taken a email@example.com. Continued from page 16
Over Orioles in AL East Battle NEW YORK (AP) — Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson, Russell Martin and Mark Teixeira homered in a nine-run second inning, and the New York Yankees routed the Boston Red Sox 10-2 Monday night to open a one-game lead over Baltimore in the AL East with two games to play. Baltimore lost 5-3 at Tampa Bay and dropped into second place, prompting cheers from the crowd when the final score was posted before the ninth inning. The Yankees, who clinched their 17th playoff berth in 18 years on Sunday, would ensure their 13th division title in 17 years by sweeping the three-game series against the Red Sox. New York tied its record for home runs in an inning, achieving the feat for the third time. The offense backed CC Sabathia (15-6), who allowed two runs and four hits in eight innings with seven strikeouts and a walk. Making his third straight strong start, Sabathia stayed in for 103 pitches rather than come out with New York ahead in a laugher. Manager Joe Girardi wouldn't say before the game whether he'd consider starting his ace on short rest Friday if New York fails to win the division and winds up in the new one-game, wild-card playoff. Cano homered leading off the second against Clay Buchholz, a drive off the blue facing below the glass-enclosed bar behind Monument Park in center, and hit a two-run double later in the inning. He added another double in the
fourth. Granderson hit a two-run, second-deck homer to right and Martin followed with a solo shot off the top of the wall above the scoreboard in right-center, a drive upheld after a video review. Teixeira, back in the lineup for the first time since Sept. 8 following his recovery from a strained left calf, greeted Alfredo Aceves with a tworun drive into the second deck in right. Nick Swisher nearly followed with another homer, hitting a foul drive deep down the right-field line before doubling. Even slumping Alex Rodriguez got in on the offense, hitting a sacrifice fly to end a streak of 11 games without an RBI. He tied Stan Musial for fifth place on the career list at 1,950. Boston, starting what may be its final series under first-year manager Bobby Valentine, has lost six in a row and 10 of 11, reaching 91 defeats for the first time since dropping 100 games in 1965. In what resembled a spring training lineup, the Red Sox started just two regular position players, Cody Ross and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Six of the starters had uniform Nos. 50 or higher. Dustin Pedroia was out of the starting lineup because of an injured finger, and Jacoby Ellsbury sat against the left-hander after returning from an injury last weekend. Buchholz (11-8) was roughed up for eight runs and six hits — three of them homers — in 1 2-3 innings. The eight earned runs were a career high.
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Secondary Provides Relief for Struggling Offense By SCOTT CHIUSANO Sun Assistant Sports Editor
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When the ball left Bucknell quarterback Brandon Wesley’s hand from the 14-yard line with 40 seconds left on the clock, it looked like a dismal day for Cornell’s offense would end in a last-second miracle for the Bison. But just as it had so many times on Saturday, the Red’s secondary stepped up. Sophomore cornerback Michael Turner was there to swat the pass away before it could find a receiver’s hands, handing the Red a narrow 15-10 victory. In a contest where the offense connected for 299 passing yards and zero passing touchdowns, Turner and the rest of the defensive secondary were really the story of the game. “[Turner] stepped up a lot, he has always been a factor for us,” said sophomore safety Rush Miller, who had eight tackles and one broken up pass in the game. “I feel like he’s stepped up into a role as a playmaker and it’s extremely important for us to have that kind of depth at cornerback.” Turner was actually filling in for freshman Jarrod Watson-Lewis, who started at the position in the first two games. Turner made the most of his time there, recording seven tackles and blocking the pass that could have potentially ended the game. He was not the only fill-in to make an important impact on the win, though. On the Red’s fake punt attempt, punter and backup quarterback Sam Wood connected on a short pass to junior safety Kevin Laird, who ran for 21 yards up
Got your back | Sophomore safety Rush Miller has led the defensive secondary to strong performances in the first three games.
Field Hockey Finishes Weekend With Two Nailbiter Victories The Cornell Field Hockey team won both of its contests this weekend, notching an overtime victory against Ivy League foe Yale and then shutting out Siena the next day to pick up its second win in two days. The Red (3-6, 2-1 Ivy League) defeated the Bulldogs (3-6,1-2), 1-0, and then took down the Saints (0-7) by the same score. In the contest against Yale, the scoreless regulation resulted in an overtime in which the Red struck quickly. Senior forward Kat DiPastina was able to pick up the only goal of the game by taking the ball all the way up the field and scoring a scorching strike into the back of the net. The Red was also bolstered by the performance of goalie Carolyn Horner, who managed to save 3 penalty corners and finished the game with 8 total saves. Horner has been a strong presence in goal for the Red all season as a national leader in saves per game. After this weekend she
has a total of 3 shutouts in 9 games. The next day, the Red took to Dodson field against Siena and the first 41 minutes were again scoreless as the Red dominated play but couldn't find a go-ahead goal. In the 42nd minute, junior forward Britney Thompson drew first blood by scoring off a pass by senior forward Kat DiPastina. Cornell dominated the rest of the game, dictating tempo and outshooting Siena 22-4. Both shutouts over the weekend have created some serious momentum going forward into the second half of the season. While it got off to a slow start this season, the Red has proven itself as a force to be reckoned with in the Ivy League with a record of 2-1. Cornell will play its next game on the road against Colgate this Wednesday, before traveling to DC for a friends and family dinner and a game against Georgetown. — Compiled by Shayan Salam
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Di-termined to win | Senior forward Kat DiPastina carried the Red this weekend, scoring the only goal in overtime against Yale and recording an assist against Siena.
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Women Take First at Paul Short By JUAN CARLOS TOLEDO Sun Staff Writer
Well into this cross country season, the Red is progressing strongly with the Heps championship within sight. This past weekend the Red competed at the Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh. The women’s team finished as the top team in a field of 40 teams — including the three previous national champions — and the men’s team finished sixth overall in a field of 37 competitive teams. Women’s cross country coach Artie Smith ‘96 expressed how happy he and his team were to finish in the top spot. “We were thrilled,” he said. “We beat the three most recent national champions. What was more significant to me was the way in which my team competed. As a coach I was very pleased with how they executed their race strategy.” According to senior Nick Wade, the environment of a meet like Paul Short was able to bring out the best in both him and his teammates. “Paul Short is one of the biggest cross country meets in the country,” he said. “It’s awesome to go and compete in that kind of environment. It was nice having our top three guys run together and it turned out well.” The women claimed the win with a low score of 55
points, nearly half of the 102 points scored by second place William and Mary. The top scorer for the Red was senior co-captain Katie Kellner, who finished second place overall in the 6K course with a time of 20:22. Rounding out the scoring efforts for the women’s team were junior Rachel Sorna finishing in fourth place overall (20:29), junior Emily Shearer in ninth place over-
all (20:36), junior Devin McMahon in 13th overall (20:46), and senior Katie Rosettie 27th overall (21:00). The Red was the only team to place three runners in the top ten. For the men’s team, senior Nick Wade was the top scorer, finishing 14th overall with a time of 24:28 for the 8K course. Following behind Wade See XC page 11
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Back on top | Senior Katie Kellner led the women with a second place overall finish in the 6k race.