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Undergraduate students who express interest in studying public policy would be able to take classes and potentially pursue a minor in the school while In an effort to bolster the social sciences, Cornell continuing to receive a degree from the college they may create a School of Public Policy that could are enrolled in, Fuchs said. Additionally, pending evolve into a new undergraduate degree — or even University approval, graduate students interested in the University’s eighth college, said Provost Kent the field could have the option of pursuing a masters Fuchs, who told The Sun degree concentrating on that he is throwing his social, health or educaPOTENTIAL COMPONENTS support behind the tional policy. school. “I think this is very OF PUBLIC POLICY SCHOOL The school, as curviable,” Fuchs said. ! 65 to 75 full-time faculty members rently envisioned, “There are a lot of stuwould be placed in the dents, faculty and alumni ! Independent unit within the College College of Human who are keenly interested of Human Ecology Ecology and overseen by in having a public policy ! May offer classes for undergraduates Prof. Alan Mathios, polschool.” and a masters degree for graduates icy analysis and manageA potential indication ment, dean of the of rising student demand ! Would meet student demand for subject human ecology college. for a policy school is the If the University number of applicants to approves plans for the school, faculty from several the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs’ masters departments — including policy analysis and degree, which has shot up over recent years from less management, government and applied economics than 150 applications in 2004 to approximately 500 and management — would adopt a second applications in 2011, according to a University appointment and teach courses in public policy, according to Fuchs. See PUBLIC POLICY page 4 Sun News Editor
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Prof Crucial to Founding PAM Dies at 64 By EMMA COURT Sun Senior Writer
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After a storied career at Cornell that included nearly 40 years as a professor of policy analysis and management, an assistant deanship and significant involvement in residential life programming, Prof. Emeritus Jennifer Gerner, policy analysis and management, died suddenly on Oct. 4 at the age of 64,
according to a University press release. Several of Gerner’s colleagues stressed her commitment to her students in interviews Wednesday. Though the cause of her death has not been released, Gerner died “unexpectedly,” according to a message posted by Bangs Funeral Home. Bangs added that a public memorial is being planned. Vice President for Student and Academic Services Susan Murphy ’73, who worked closely with Gerner
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Graffiti artists | Two Tri-Delta sorority sisters vandalized the exterior of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts over Homecoming Weekend, as seen in the main and two inset photos above.
Sorority Helps Schwartz Center After Spray Painting Theatrics By KERRY CLOSE Sun News Editor
After spray painting the exterior of the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts
with the letters of their sorority over Homecoming Weekend, two members of the Delta Delta Delta sorority admitted to the vandalism and
will be performing community service at the center, according to chapter president Morgan Bookheimer ’13. See DELTA page 5
Through a new five-year partnership between the College of Arts and Sciences and The Posse Foundation, 10“extraordinary Posse scholars” from urban public high schools in Chicago, Ill., will join the Class of 2017 at Cornell next fall, according to the foundation’s president. Under the arrangement, every year, beginning in the fall of 2013, The Posse Foundation — a leadership diversity program for college students — will send one new “posse” to Cornell. The students –– who represent a variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds –– will be evaluated by the University’s
admissions office, which will select students with especially promising academic records and leadership potential to attend Cornell, according to a University press release. Selected students will receive financial aid from Cornell. In order to contribute to the financial aid packages to the students, the College of Arts and Sciences has set a goal to raise $5 million through its “Cornell Now” campaign. Deborah Bial, president and founder of the Posse Foundation, called the efforts of Cornell administrators to help the foundation’s initiative “beautiful.” “Cornell is such a phenomeSee POSSE page 5
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News Welcome Back
The Kappa Sigma fraternity was recently reinstated at Cornell and now occupies its house at 600 University Ave. | Page 3
Opinion Not Dead Yet
Morgan Bookheimer ’13 argues against the prevailing view that the Collegetown bar scene is in decline. | Page 6
Dining What’s for Dessert?
The Sun names five of Ithaca’s best after-dinner treats. | Page 8
Sports Double Victory
Both the men’s and women’s tennis teams won their matches this weekend. | Page 16
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After Two-Year Ban, Fraternity Returns To Cornell Campus By NOAH RANKIN Sun Contributor
After being shut down for more than two years, the Cornell chapter of the Kappa Sigma fraternity was recently reinstated on campus. According to Brett Musco ’13, the fraternity president, Kappa Sigma lost its charter from its national chapter in Spring 2010 after violating sanctions that the chapter imposed on them. A year and a half before it was shut down, the Cornell chapter of Kappa Sigma was found in violation of its national organization’s “risk management policy” and told that it could no longer host events with alcohol, Associate Dean of Students for Fraternity and Sorority Affairs Travis Apgar told The Sun in May 2010. The fraternity was also required to have any events approved by a regional manager from the national organization, according to Apgar. When it was discovered that the fraternity hosted an unregistered party with alcohol, the chapter was shut down by the national organization for breaking Kappa Sigma sanctions. Then a freshman, Musco had pledged the fraternity only a few weeks prior to the “unregistered social event” — in violation of both their national’s sanctions and Interfraternity Council regulations — that led to the chapter’s closure. “After our charter was pulled, they actually expelled all four years of brothers from the fraternity,” Musco said. “We weren’t recognized by the Interfraternity Council anymore.” The fraternity house, a property on 600 University Ave., is owned by Cornell and was renovated and turned into student housing by the University for the 20102011 and 2011-2012 academic years. However, it was agreed that if Kappa Sigma were ever reinstated on cam-
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Back in action | After a two-year ban from campus due to violating sanctions imposed by its national chapter, Cornell’s Kappa Sigma chapter was recently reinstated by the University.
pus, fraternity members could occupy the building again, Musco said. As part of the process of rebuilding the chapter, Kappa Sigma brothers petitioned for members of the classes of 2012 and 2013 –– who had been expelled from the fraternity –– to be reinstated as brothers. “Once we got those core guys from those two years reinstated, we could become an interest group,” Musco said. “And then, from an interest group you become a colony, and we became a colony [in] July of 2011.” According to Musco, while the chapter was not recognized by the IFC or the University, it still participated in rush events and informed potential members of their status. Though it was not a chapter at the time, the Kappa Sigma colony –– or probationary body of brothers –– participated in formal rush in 2012, according to Musco. “We had to market ourselves a little differently, bringing in people to re-found the fraternity, and not just
Weill Medical College Officials Hope Grant Will Help Fight Against Diabetes By REBEKAH FOSTER
vative equipment to help detect and treat this disease,” Lappin said. In particular, the city was spurred to action Weill Cornell Medical College recently received a because of the rapidly increasing number of city res$287,000 grant from New York City, that will fund idents who suffer from diabetic retinopathy, or damimprovements in its ophthalmology services — med- age to the retina as a result of diabetes, according to icine for eye diseases — geared toward diabetic Lappin. patients. This condition occurs when high blood sugar levThe grant –– spearheaded by city Council els damage ocular blood vessels. Without early detecMember Jessica Lappin (D-5th District) –– will tion and treatment, it can eventually lead to vision allow WCMC to make several new purchases. The loss. In adults aged 20 to 74, it is the leading cause of new equipment includes an ocular coherence tomog- new cases of blindness, according to the press release. raphy scanner, which helps diagnose diabetes, and a “WCMC is in my district so I have a great relalaser diode machine, which is used to treat damaged tionship with them, but I think this may be the very blood vessels in the eye, according to a WCMC press first time they had asked me for a grant,” Lappin release. said. “Then, when they explained to me what it was for, it seemed like a very worthy thing to fund.” “We extend our deeptest gratitude to Prof. Donald J. D’Amico, chair of Councilwoman Lappin and the entire New York WCMC’s ophthalmology department, City Council for supporting us in the fight against said the grant will enable researchers to better assist patients who are afflicted with diabetes.” the disease. “Diabetic retinopathy, although treatProf. Donald D’Amico able if detected early, remains the number one cause of vision loss in people during their Funding for the grant was included in the New most productive working years,” D’Amico said. York City budget for the 2013 Fiscal Year. Lappin “This new equipment will help us prevent that fate said the grant was a reflection of the city’s support for for untold numbers of New Yorkers.” the work of WCMC researchers. D’Amico expressed his appreciation for the efforts “WCMC is one of our most preeminent medical of Lappin and the city council in securing the grant institutions, so I am always happy to find ways to money. ensure they are thriving in the city,” Lappin said in “We extend our deepest gratitude to an interview with The Sun. Councilwoman Lappin and the entire New York Lappin said the grant’s focus is necessary due to City Council for supporting us in the fight against the prevalence of the disease, noting that nearly 26 diabetes,” D’Amico said in the press release. million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes. “More New Yorkers are suffering from diabetes, Rebekah Foster can be reached and I’m proud to help Weill Cornell purchase inno- at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sun Staff Writer
pledge and join the fraternity,” he said. After Rush Week, the members had to follow certain guidelines and submit a petition to regain its status as a chapter. “A lot came down to learning from the mistakes that the older guys had made and the former chapter had made,” Musco said. “And a lot came down to recruitment and getting new guys to carry the fraternity.” As a result of Rush Week, the majority of the fraternity’s membership comes from the Class of 2015, Musco said. Kappa Sigma will be participating in Rush Week in January 2013, he added. “When we first got shut down, we believed that we were going to be out for four years,” Musco said. “But we had a lot of help from alumni, from Cornell and from our headquarters to get us back on track.” Noah Rankin can be reached at email@example.com.
Columbia recently hired 30 new professors to join its faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences, according to The Columbia Daily Spectator. Its creative writing program hired four new professors, the most of any department or program, The Spectator reported. A graduate student at Dartmouth College died Saturday morning in a car accident in Hartford, Vt., according to The Dartmouth. The student, Mikhail Lomakin, was a first-year student studying physics, The Dartmouth reported. Brown was ranked 25th on Student Advisor.com’s list of top 100 social media colleges Monday, according to The Brown Daily Herald. The ranking reflects a push to expand the university’s presence in social media to help prospective students connect with faculty members, administrators and current students, The Herald reported. Penn students came out in droves to register to vote Tuesday in the November elections, according to The Daily Pennsylvanian. The large turnout is attributed to the efforts of student organizations, The Pennsylvanian reported. Harvard officials released their first update regarding contract negotiations with college employees Tuesday, according to The Harvard Crimson. The letter argued that members of the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers receive better wages and benefits than those received by 75 percent of workers in the greater Boston area, The Crimson reported. Yale revised its rules regarding political life on campus Wednesday, according to The Yale Daily News. Specifically, the guidelines prohibit students from creating campus branches of existing Singaporean political parties, in adherence with the laws of that nation, The Daily News reported. — Compiled by Kerry Close
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New Public Policy Hires Would Work Across Disciplines PUBLIC POLICY
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report drafted by a committee of professors to examine the prospect of a public policy school. Additionally, Fuchs said that, although Cornell has no formalized department of public policy, several professors scattered across multiple departments already study the topic. By giving a name to the professors, courses and research that will collectively make up the School of Public Policy, Fuchs said that the University will be able to increase the “visibility” of the field both within and outside of Cornell. That heightened visibility, he said, could potentially boost donors’ interest in supporting the field. “Creating a school says that we’re now going to highlight public policy as one of our strategic priorities as we move forward,” Fuchs said. “It would become a greater priority for fundraising … [whereas currently], because the public policy faculty are distributed, we don’t have resources we are working to get.” He pointed to the University’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management as an example of what public policy could become at Cornell: an area of study that is transformed from a department into a school. The Dyson School was created in 2010 through a $25 million donation from the Dyson family — a gift that subsequently paved the way for additional donations that funded the renovation of Warren Hall and endowed the directorship of the school. In addition to reaping the benefits of philanthropic support, the school of public policy, if created, could encourage
faculty who work in different departments to collaborate in advancing the field at Cornell, Fuchs said. “It gives the leader of that organization … the authority and responsibility to draw all the faculty who are members of the school to work together to create a new curriculum,” he said. “They’ll all work together to decide which faculty they want to hire.” The collaboration that could spring from a public policy school would “create synergies” between several groups in the college, including the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs, the Department of Policy Analysis and Management and “other concentrated areas of policy-related research that exist in and across several colleges,” said Mathios, the human ecology college dean. It would also strengthen not only public policy research but also teaching and outreach in the field at Cornell, Mathios added. In order to ensure that the school does not “significantly disrupt” existing social sciences programs at Cornell by tearing faculty away from their home departments, however, the public policy committee’s report proposed several mitigations. Between 65 and 75 full-time faculty should be brought to the school through a combination of existing professors and new hires, the report said. Additionally, to incentivize teaching in the school, the University should give each professor who devotes at least 25 percent of his or her time to the school the status of a full faculty member at the school, according to the report. New hires would also be expected to work not only in the
public policy school but also contribute to the broader social, life and physical sciences at Cornell, according to the report. If the school includes an existing department, such as policy analysis and management, or even expands into a college of its own, the University must appoint a faculty committee to spend two years “developing teaching programs, holding events and forming groups of interested faculty likely to affiliate” before the move occurs, the report said. Although the exact details of the school have yet to be ironed out, administrators hope that the beneficiaries of the school will not just include professors and students at Cornell. Mathios said that the public policy school, if established, would also honor to the College of Human Ecology’s land-grant mission: a charge to teach, conduct research and organize extension programs for the benefit of the state of New York. “A school of public policy would be entirely consistent with the land-grant mission,” Mathios said. Working with the college’s Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research — an institute that, according to its website, aims to translate information gained from research into policy settings — the school would “have the opportunity to translate research generated within a school of public policy into meaningful impact through influencing regulatory and legislative outcomes,” Mathios said.
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because of Gerner’s involvement in residential programs, said the professor was a respected scholar and teacher. “I knew her in her administrative roles, which were focused on
engaging students with faculty in ways beyond the formality of an advisor relationshipor a teacherstudent relationship,” Murphy said. “In [Gerner’s] view, it was a way of strengthening the sense of community we have on campus.” In addition to her work as an accomplished economist, Gerner
played an instrumental role in the merging of two departments –– human service studies and the Department of Consumer Economics and Housing –– to form what is now known as the Department of Policy Analysis and Management, Murphy said. Prof. Emeritus Francille
Firebaugh, policy analysis and management –– who was the dean of the College of Human Ecology in the 1990s when Gerner served as assistant dean –– said Gerner’s knowledge of the Department of Consumer Economics and Housing made her especially helpful in the formation of the PAM department. Dean of the College of Human Ecology Prof. Alan Mathios, policy analysis and management, said Gerner had a “profound impact” on undergraduate education both at the University and in the human ecology college. “She cared very, very deeply about student well being,” Mathios said. Jean Reese, a former public affairs officer in student and academic services, emphasized how much she enjoyed working with Gerner on residential planning committees. “I always appreciated her perspective; she frequently asked ques-
tions from her experience with students and representing students,” Reese said. “I know that she was a very active and engaged member of the committee.” Prof. Rachel Dunifon, policy analysis and management, said Gerner was committed to furthering Cornell as an institution. “She had a really wonderful dedication to Cornell and wanted to make Cornell a better place,” Dunifon said. “She took on a lot of responsibilities that were above and beyond what would be normally expected from a faculty member.” Prof. John Cawley, policy analysis and management, said he was especially saddened to hear the news of Gerner’s passing because she was just entering retirement. “It’s tragic that she didn’t have the opportunity to relax after a life of long service,” Cawley said. The Sun’s News Department can be reached at email@example.com.
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-nal institution, and the opportunities to become part of the Cornell community and to sit in classrooms that are taught by Cornell faculty is just a phenomenal opportunity for these scholars,” Bial said. “As much as these scholars are bringing to Cornell, Cornell is giving back to these scholars.” After being accepted to the program, which will select its first cohort of students in December, students will attend a mandatory eight-month program at Cornell from January until August to be prepared socially and academically for Cornell. According to Bial, at the 44 universities in the U.S. where the Posse Foundation is active, the graduation rate of its students is about 90 percent. Additionally, 70 percent of Posse scholars hold leadership positions during their undergraduate careers, she said. Bial said she hopes the Posse scholars chosen to attend Cornell will have a similar impact at the University by becoming involved with many activities around campus. Once on campus, the students’ diverse backgrounds will also strengthen their sense of belonging at Cornell, Bial added. During their time at the University, Posse students will also be active on campus by participating in events open to the entire Cornell community, such as the foundation’s annual PossePlus Retreat. At the retreat, 100 people — Posse scholars and members of the Cornell community — attend a discussion about pressing social issues over a three-day weekend , according to Bial. Cornell administrators said that the partnership between Cornell and the foundation will enrich the campus by upholding values that are important to the University. “Cornell’s partnership with the Posse Foundation is a natural fit, because our long-standing commitment to educational access, diversity and outreach aligns perfectly with their mission,” President Skorton said in a University press release. “We look forward to welcoming the first posse to campus in Fall 2013.” Meanwhile, the Posse founders say that the partnership will allow highly motivated and diverse students to contribute positively to the Cornell community in both academic and social ways. “I think Posse scholars are a lot like Cornell students ... They are very engaged students, just the same way that Cornell students are,” Bial said. “You’re going to see them engaged in every part of the campus.” Lauren Avery can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Bookheimer also offered an apology and financial reparation to the Schwartz Center for damages caused by the graffiti before the vandals were identified. The students spray-painted the sides of the Schwartz Center with the phrases “2013? Tri-Delta Love” and other Tri-Delta symbols. “Tri-Delta does not condone this type of disrespect to our University,” Bookheimer said in an email. “We are deeply embarrassed by the defaced walls of the Schwartz Center, where many of our members perform and work. Tri-Delta is prepared to pay for any and all costs that are associated with the removal of the graffiti.” Bookheimer said on Oct. 10 that the sisters responsible for the vandalism came forward to TriDelta’s disciplinary board. “They were identified as two members of our house and they agreed to pay for the clean-up of the graffiti,” Bookheimer said. Though an exact figure for these costs has not yet been determined, a work order has been placed to repair the damages, according to Dan Hall, manager of technical services at the Schwartz Center. “We hope the damage will be rectified in the near future,” he said. While the perpetrators faced disciplinary action from the sorority, Bookheimer said she also hopes their volunteer work at the Schwartz Center will “help
offset their negative action with a positive contribution.” The blog IvyGate, which first reported on the graffiti Sept. 24, guessed the damage at the Schwartz Center was due to the revelry surrounding Avicii’s Homecoming performance –– an event that resulted in six hospitalizations and a student defecating on the bleachers in Barton Hall. But Bookheimer said that the vandalism was observed the morning of Sept. 22., before the concert. “We first noticed the graffiti on the Schwartz Center sometime Saturday morning, so it was unrelated to Avicii as IvyGate reported,” Bookheimer said. Hall said that the damage to the exterior of the Schwartz Center was “extensive.” “It was really disappointing,” Hall said. “We’ve had incidences of graffiti before, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a singular incident quite as big.” However, he praised the sorority’s response to the incident as “very quick and responsible.” “I heard from a representative [of Tri-Delta] the very same day,” Hall said. “They were ashamed and saddened that it had happened.” Still, Hall said he was satisfied with the ultimate outcome of the situation. “From a purely personal perspective, I believe … restitution has been made,” he said. Kerry Close can be reached at email@example.com.
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y fellow Cornellians, we live in a time of great uncertainty and change. Our lives outside of these Ivy-covered walls are constantly under scrutiny by administrators who truly care about our well-being. However, there are times when we need to disconnect from those watchful eyes. It is at those times, my friends, when we turn to the bars. Let me just start with one devastating statistic: Three-quarters of the undergraduate student body does not remember Johnny-O’s or Dino’s. Those fine establishments were before your time, juniors! I’m willing to bet two soul mates once met over a pitcher of Yuengling at the exact spot some naïve sophomore now sits enjoying her
see some hipsters playing violin and / or accordion singing 19th century folk songs. The Chapter House beer selection really cannot be beat. Graduate students also heavily frequent the Chapter House, but the vibe is less about meeting people and more about having scholarly conversations with the people you came with. Alas, I’ve never actually met a grad student there. A beacon of growth and change lies at Pixel. Pixel had once been so under the radar that not a soul entered. In recent years it has flourished as a bizarre dance club for a certain crowd of Cornellians. Pixel isn’t really my scene, I’m not cool enough. If the grunge that is standard for Collegetown bars is not up your ally,
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overpriced frozen yogurt. It’s a disgrace. I don’t know if you have noticed, but the now defunct Dino’s has a new exterior paint job. You can’t paint over memories. We must continue to remember the tragic closing of The Palm’s. I personally had never frequented this staple of Collegetown life due to the pesky drinking age law. But to this day, at midnight on a Saturday night, you’ll hear a harrowed senior raising his glass, half sobbing half shouting, “It’s Palm’s o’clock somewhere!” Fellow weekend warriors, do not fret. There is still hope. I promise you a brighter day is coming. The bars that have survived this terrifying economic plague have emerged with renewed vigor. Level B, or as my friends like to call it, Devil B, is perhaps the most notorious. The New York Times hangs out there. While it’s not always a great time, it’s the definition of hit or miss. Recently, more of the graduate student population has been hanging out there (shout out to the Johnson School of Management) which is great for those co-eds looking for more mature company. Level B is the only place in Collegetown you can find the fishbowl. Why we feel okay about paying $20 for well vodka and Kool-Aid that comes with a plastic dinosaur that you have to hunch around to finish with your five closest friends — these are the mysteries of our times. Across the street you’ll find Dunbar’s, the dingiest of bars. You may need to be an acrobat to keep the bathroom door closed while you inhale the putridest of odors, but hey, $3 Long Islands on Thursdays. Group therapy Wednesdays. Good looking bartenders. What more could you ask for? Well, a lot, but I still find myself at Dunbar’s more often than anywhere else. After a short walk down a steep hill you will find Loco and Chapter House. The two establishments could not be more different. At Loco, you get a free shot if you do body shots, while at Chapter House it is not uncommon to
find solace at the College Ave reliables Rulloff ’s and Stella’s. Rulloff ’s is the place where you’ll meet either a senior or a much older alumni. It’s not trying to be anything gimmicky, and it has an atmosphere of nonchalance. Stella’s is certainly the classiest joint in Collegetown, and their bartenders really care about alcohol. If I had a choice, Stella’s Hummingbird would be the only mixed drink I’d ever drink. If you ever want to learn more about alcohol, grab a stool at Stella’s and strike up a conversation. This is a time of change in our bar scene. Two new players have arrived to try their hand at luring the collegiate bar-flies to suck their brand of sweet alcoholic nectar. The Bear’s Den, which is basically the Ivy Room with a tap installed and a cooler of beer, is the administration’s answer to nightlife. I definitely see the potential as a venue for organizations to hold events that can allow both those of age and those underage to have a great time together. It’s also the place where you’re most likely to find a student leader grabbing a brew between Very Important Meetings. There is a strong future in The Gate’s, the newest bar on Eddy St. It was an interesting strategy to open on the first day of Cornell’s fall break, but I see a lot of potential in The Gate’s. Boasting live music and a spacious interior, I foresee The Gate’s winning “Collegetown Bar Where You’re Most Likely to Meet a Townie” in my fictitious contest of bars. My fellow students, the bar scene is not dead, despite what you may hear. As we move forward, let us be hopeful and commit to the revival of nightlife at this great institution. If we allow it, the state of our bars will always be strong.
Morgan Bookheimer is a senior in the College of Human Ecology. She may be reached at email@example.com. Behind the Time appears alternate Thursdays this semester.
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If You Imagine It,They Will Come
hen I was a child, I loved to play pretend, running around as a knight saving the princess from the evil dragon. Over the years I kept my imagination alive: What better place to unsheathe my manly sword than in bed? While it’s no longer saving any girl from a fire-breathing dragon, it's certainly saving her from a boring night. I know trying to generate ideas for roleplaying without inspiration can be difficult, so I've included some of my favorite themes below. 1. BATMAN The Batman universe has a wealth of characters at your disposal. Like it a little crazy? Joker and Harley Quinn. Do you have a strong chin? Adam West. Exploring your sexuality? Robin. Want to pretend you’re Halle Berry? Catwoman. Have you been smoking since you were seven? The Dark Knight rises is all you’ll need to say. Note: Unlike “Shark Repellent” spray, there is no such thing as “Pregnancy Repellent” spray. Use a condom for great justice! 2. 300 Obviously two muscular, well-oiled, almost-naked men fighting is not in the purview of most couples on campus, but that doesn't mean that without a little imagination it can’t be. Throw in a little bit of yelling, maybe kick your
partner into a well or declare war on the couple next door and you'll definitely have a mythical night.
it to the man / plebeians.” Another option is to make gorge puns throughout the night (if you aren’t doing that already).
3. THE CRUCIBLE Dress up in your Puritan best and attempt to be the first person to burn their lover at the stake (get it? hot on some wood!). Screaming “more weight” is optional, and can be reworded to “more (whichever sexual act you're currently enjoying).” Just make sure to yell it as if you were currently under 200 pounds of rocks. A bodice-ripping good time for all.
7. CIVIL WAR THEMED Pretend that you’re General Sherman and burn everything in your partner's apartment. Then march to the shores of Beebee Lake and have sex. Or, put on a
4. THE AVENGERS While this can be performed with only two people, experience shows that it works better when you have someone to play every character. Personally, I like showing off the lightening in my hammer, so I choose Thor. Other people I know are curvaceous, red-headed Russian spies, so obviously they like to play Iron Man. 5. SUN SEX COLUMNISTS Dress up as me! Or, optionally, I’m there, you’re you and then I write about you and our night in an ambiguous way. I take requests based on favorite column. 6. CORNELL One dresses up as President Skorton, the other dresses as an irate undergraduate. Send each other disgruntled, long winded emails until one of you gives up the ghost and concedes that the other person might be right. Don’t have sex in order to “Stick
9. THE ODYSSEY Particularly appropriate for Cornell, but I should warn you in advance, this one is only for hardcore role players. Are you into sex slavery? Calypso and Odysseus! Want to not have sex for 10 years? Penelope and the suitors! Have a whirlpool handy? Scylla and Charybdis!
Jimothy Singh Quest for the Perfect Tale top hat and emancipate your partner from the cruel institution of pants. Alternatively, one of you is Harriet Tubman, the other “goes down on the underground railroad.” 8. DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS It is a little known fact that the first recorded sexual role-playing was between two 16 year-olds in Chaska, Minnesota in the late ’30s. The guy put on his robe and wizard hat and cast "magic missile" into the "dark cave." Ever since then, writing down your sexual qualities and rolling dice to determine which moves are super effective has been a staple of sexual role-playing.
10. OEDIPUS REX The only one of these suggestions that I can safely say is kid tested, mother approved. Remember, fair reader, that communication is still the name of the game. I don't recommend that you jump out of the closet ready to role-play as the kidnappers from the movie Taken if your partner isn't aware of what you’re doing. Unless, you know, you guys are into that. Jimothy Singh is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Quest for the Perfect Tale appears alternate Thursdays this semester.
The Problem With Giving Yourself the Finger I
n the warmth of the hot bath water, I submerged my head. I found the noises of the outside world were drowned out and all that was left to hear was my body’s slight movements in the tub. My intentions for this particular evening bath were not as childish as my usual baths full of bubbles, plastic ships and rubber duckies. A close friend of mine, Nina, had shared with a few of us girls that she had done something recently that she was a bit con-
Mona G. Erotic Epiphanies fused and a lot excited about. She had slipped a finger inside of herself, “just to feel what it would be like in there.” Well, Nina sparked my attention that Friday in the lunch line. And I have yet to mention that Fridays were macaroni and cheese day at my elementary school, and thus it was very hard to interest me in anything not covered in cheese. Thanks to Nina, I also wanted to be in touch with my entire body. So, in the bath my fingers bravely explored the new territory with caution, not knowing if I should be weary of what went in or came out. What I felt was wonderful, yet, hard to explain; but I am sure all of you could make educated guesses as to what it was like. While my fingers were slipping in and out with a slow pace, my mind was drifting from the experience and I began to feel red in the cheeks. I started to wonder if I had made any noises while I was submerged and feeling audi-
bly isolated. If my mom found out, I couldn’t face her. Or worse, my dad finding out — the horror! Touching in inappropriate places was definitely not allowed. I felt that with each centimeter my fingers gained, I was full of more and more guilt. But I was young and just wanted to know my body , I wasn’t interested in giving myself an earthshattering orgasm (I hardly knew what that was at the time, let alone how to make it happen in any reasonable amount of time). The exploration of any part of the body should be natural, like babies first grabbing their toes. But let’s be honest, we are told masturbation is an unnatural act. Why do I brag to my roommates about the cute boys I bring home but tuck my little vibrator away in my underwear drawer to grow lonely among the panties who see way more action than its generously pulsating body? I mean, good for me, right? But that’s not the point. The point is that I am still embarrassed to talk openly with other girls about masturbation and I’m the damn sex columnist! If I have this inhibition then I can bet many others do, too. So, from where does our embarrassment about masturbation stem? Religion is a source. Major religions from Catholicism to Judaism reject certain kinds of masturbation. For some, the issue is “spilling of the seed” during male masturbation. This argument is the same argument for the rejection of using protection, like condoms. For other religions, like Buddhism, the problem is that masturbating demonstrates a lack of self-control, emphasising the importance of the build up. A friend once shared quite
a nice analogy to that effect: “Masturbating is like winning the battle but losing the war.” I do see the value of racking up the all your chips for one big game, the value of waiting it out. But masturbation can play a pivotal role in this waiting game. Who said masturbation had to end in an eruption? Masturbation can be an act of self-control unto itself; and there is no greater act of self-control than forcing your hands to cease movement at that pivotal moment. Yet masturbation is often still taboo, as it has been for so many decades in this country. Among guys it has become permissible to talk freely about “whacking the weasel.” There is a somewhat obvious dichotomy between the way male and female masturbation are seen by our generation. I do not believe that guys think it is wrong for ladies they know to masturbate. I believe guys looovvee imagining, hearing, seeing or being a part of such intimate acts. However, I do think it is true that guys see female masturbation as novelty and their own as commonplace. The reason for this is partially because the girls who do masturbate regularly are frightened to be vocal about their experiences, even when it is appropriate to talk about such acts, like alone with a lover during foreplay. I hope that no amount of societal blame or personal embarrassment could stop you from putting your hand down your pants and feeling all there is to feel. I see value in knowing your own body for what it is. You might know what feels good when someone else is getting down and dirty on you, but you still are unfamiliar with the real ins and outs of your own self. There is such a thing as self intimacy and it can really enhance your intimacy with others.
Mona G. is a senior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She may be reached at email@example.com. Erotic Epiphanies appears alternate Thursdays this semester.
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Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice: Ithaca’s Top 5 Desserts By ELIZABETH YOUNG Sun Staff Writer
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don’t stray into the food court area too often. BLUEBERRY FRANGIPANE FROM MADELINE’S This dessert has a special place in my heart (and stomach) because it sparked my love for blueberry and / or almond desserts. This dessert packs both flavors into a golden almond filling studded with violet blueberry jewels, all encased in a lightly sweetened tart shell. Madeline’s likes to serve the tart warm, crowning it with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzling of blueberry and vanilla sauces. I first had this tart two years ago as one of my first Ithaca Commons dining experiences and, naturally, had to go back to Madeline’s to see if it was still as delicious as I remembered. It was. VIENNESE WALNUT CAKE FROM MADELINE’S Considering that Madeline’s has been consistently voted as the best place for desserts in Ithaca, I’d hoped that more than one of their desserts would make it onto my list. This Viennese walnut cake doesn’t disappoint. This dessert is a walnut-lover’s
dream: Two layers of dark brown walnut cake hugging a layer of creamy cheesecake, all topped with fresh whole strawberries. My favorite part about this dessert is the high nut-to-cake ratio because it gives the dessert substantial body and crunch. I also love that each element balances the other two elements so that no one flavor completely dominates the cake. BUTTERMILK PANNA COTTA FROM JUST A TASTE Desserts that stand out the most for me are the ones that are just a bit different from your run-of-the-mill molten lava cakes and blondie bars (though both can be delicious in their own right). This panna cotta, accompanied by candied sweet potatoes, raisins and a ginger cookie, does just that. The pairing of buttermilk and vanilla bean creates a deliciously tangy flavor reminiscent of Greek yogurt that the sweetness of the candied potatoes and raisins complements. The ginger cookie is a genius addition that brings a spiced sweetness to the dessert as well as a crunchy textural element. I rarely
order cream-based desserts, but I would order this again, no questions asked. PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE FROM ESTABLISHMENT Finally, a standout dessert that doesn’t require a trek on a TCAT bus, but just a short walk to Statler. This cake is a deconstructed interpretation of a classic dessert: Twin rectangles of pale orange pumpkin cheesecake rest atop a shortbread cookie and are topped with a cloud of maple-flavored whipped cream (the homemade kind, not the stuff that comes out of a can). The cheesecake is also accompanied by candied squash confetti that adds another sweet surprise. I’m always looking for desserts with multiple flavor and textural elements so that I can create different combinations with each delicious bite. This dessert does just that. If you love anything pumpkin-flavored and are looking for a rich fall dessert, this cheesecake is the one for you. Elizabeth Young can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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You know you’re a bit of a dessert fanatic when you rank the quality of any dining experience based on what you have for dessert. While many people would argue that the entrée should be the highlight, I’d have to politely disagree. For me, an amazing dessert can either heighten an already wonderful meal or make a mediocre one more memorable. I have to admit, though, as a self-proclaimed dessert fanatic, I find the task of choosing the best desserts in Ithaca to be nearly impossible. This is mainly because, in general, my dessert choices constantly change based on what season it is and what I’m currently craving. If it’s the middle of July, I’m dreaming of cold, citrus-based tarts, not comforting bread puddings. If I’m having one of my rare nothing-but-chocolate cravings, I might rank a flourless chocolate torte as one of my favorites. I could make a list of favorites right now and, in a month or two, have to completely rewrite it to include different desserts. So, here is a list of decadent treats that includes some craving-motivated desserts, some seasonal desserts or a combination of the two elements. My hope is that you’ll want to treat yourself and some friends to a nice meal out, especially with the upcoming hell week that’s about to wreak havoc on our lives. SMALL MIXED FRUIT TART FROM WEGMANS Whenever I make a Wegmans trip, I purposely try to avoid the food court area because I know if I go there, I could spend hours drooling over the dessert on display. The fruit tarts have always caught my eye. Each tart has a different combination of fruit, so you can choose according to your cravings; I’d recommend the mandarin orange, strawberry and blueberry for fans of the citrus-berry pairing. The fruit was perfectly ripe and simply adorned with a strawberry glaze; however, the crust and the cream added a special touch. The buttery, crumbly crust melted in my mouth like Walker’s shortbread and the black vanilla bean freckles in the cream added the right amount of sweetness. This tart is more than your average store-bought dessert and now that I’ve had one, I definitely need to make sure I
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Muse The 2nd Law Helium 3, Warner
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The 2nd Law is the first Muse album to feature a curse word. Kinda weird, right? You’d think after more than a decade of cranking out distorted riffs and inhabiting characters from space cowboys to dying atheists that lead singer Matt Bellamy would throw out at least one “fuck yeah!” before ripping into a vicious guitar solo by now. Nope, not the case. Not even on HAARP, the band’s live album, in which they had all of Wembley Stadium literally pogoing in a frenzy, did Matt drop an S bomb, a D bomb or any bomb that would give off the impression that the British trio was anything but the most upstanding of gentlemen. As a result, when Matt Bellamy implores us to do “what the fuck we want to” on “Panic Station,” it feels strangely overbearing. While not inherently bad, the curse is a subtle sign of a frequent issue with Muse’s sixth album. The 2nd Law finds Muse at the peak of their popularity and scraping at the bottom of the barrel. Starved for ideas, the band trots out half-baked gimmick after half-baked gimmick in desperate hope that something will stick and force you to acknowledge its existence. The 2nd Law isn’t just a terrible piece of music; it may be the Great Mid-Life Crisis Album of our time. The experiments that The 2nd Law has garnered harsh criticism for — the dubstep wub-wubs on “The 2nd Law: Unsustainable,” the errant funk of “Panic Station” — are
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not heinous in and of themselves. Muse showed that they could effectively pull off white boy funk with “Supermassive Black Hole” from 2006’s Black Holes and Revelations, and if you are just now condemning the group for incorporating electronic elements into their music, I’m guessing you stopped listening right around Showbiz. What really infuriates me about The 2nd Law is that these ideas are put forth with no purpose, shuffled in between egregious rip-offs of Muse’s former selves. “Supremacy” cuts between snare-rolling bombast and bone-dry riffing with little transition, rendering both parts inert. “Big Freeze” is a rewrite of Black Holes’ “Invincible” with slightly different lyrics. “Follow Me” turns Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” into a post-apocalyptic sapfest and “Panic Station” features the musicians who played on Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” literally playing the horn section of “Superstition.” All of which is sequenced at random to make a hodgepodge of epically bad taste. As Bellamy himself puts it at one point, “This chaos, it defies imagination.” But that’s not even the worst part of The 2nd Law. The real obliteration of Muse’s credibility comes in two tracks toward the album’s end. Bassist Chris Wolstenholme sings lead on “Save Me” and “Liquid State,” lending the songs a lifeless quality that makes them by far the blandest tunes
Muse have ever committed to disc. In absolute contrast to the incessant huffing and puffing that preceded them, the tracks show that, without the bluster of Bellamy’s vocals, Muse’s current incarnation is no more interesting than the countless other insipid modern prog rock bands wandering about London. It’s almost perfect that Muse were chosen to write the theme to the 2012 London Olympics. The decline of Muse as one of the last relevant hard rock bands resembles the decline of the British Empire than a Hindenburg or Titanic. I walked into The 2nd Law expecting to be offended so badly I couldn’t help but laugh, but what ended up overwhelming me was a grave indifference. This is not a good sign for an album about thermodynamics, but it’s even worse for a band that you could at least respect for committing to a polarizing idea. Longtime fans are sure to be disappointed by The 2nd Law and I can’t say I particularly care to hear what Muse has left to say. But hey, maybe the three or four EDM fans the band picked up with this release was worth it.
Paul Blank is a junior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He can be contacted at email@example.com.
Ellie Goulding Halcyon Polydor
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The British invasion has returned, and it’s brought a new wave of pop with it. Among these artists is Ellie Goulding, a 25-year-old from England with a strong voice and even greater drive. With the sudden explosion of “Lights,” the title track of her debut album, Goulding has been propelled into the musical spotlight as a household name among pop-lovers. They won’t be disappointed with the singer’s new album, Halcyon. Although the album sometimes falls short with its oversynthesized accompaniment, Goulding’s unique vocals and powerful writing make Halcyon a decent effort. The first thing one notices about Halycon is its dynamism. Goulding has undoubtedly channeled Florence & the Machine in this album, with dramatic, all-encompassing choruses and soaring vocals. “Hanging On” is a perfect example of this, even featuring the harp à la Florence. In this way, Goulding challenges the musical styles so preferred by the industry today. Whereas Lights was enjoyed particularly for its poppy audio, Halcyon offers a more engaging version of pop. Goulding’s voice really shines in Halcyon. From soft, haunting croons to powerful choral harmonies, the singer’s range is greater than that of Lights. Despite experimentation, Goulding still maintains her trademark folk vocals, reminiscent to those of folk artist
Laura Marling. Sometimes, however, her vocal style seems out of place, and one wonders if perhaps she would be better suited to something outside the realm of pop. The overproduced sound is frequently distracting and fails to enhance Goulding’s unique vocal talents. Lyrically, Halcyon features several moments of profundity, particularly in tracks like “JOY” and “Dead in the Water.” With all of the excessive synths and vague lyrics, it’s easy to ignore the album’s overarching theme of breakup pain. “The lost dreams I buried in my sleep for him / and this was the ecstasy of love forgotten,” sings Goulding in “My Blood.” The singer certainly tries to present herself as a serious songwriter in Halcyon. The result is an album with more lyrical substance than Lights, but at times the lyrics are too vague to feel personal. If Goulding’s goal was to make an album of emotional depth, it is sometimes lost in her attempts to be poetic. While Halcyon features a selection of impressive tracks, there are several disappointments. The album’s first single, “Anything Could Happen,” does nothing to enhance first impressions of the album. In fact, it is one of the album’s weakest, lacking the infectiousness of “Lights” and the lyrical depth of Halcyon’s other tracks. The single portrays Halcyon as weaker than it is, and
seems to exist only to compete for the narrow requirements of mainstream pop success. Other tracks, such as “Don’t Say a Word” and “Figure 8” are stylistically reminiscent of “Lights”. Overproduced and simple, they feel out of place and detract from Halcyon’s more powerful tracks. The album also features a collaboration between Goulding and D.J. Calvin Harris in “I Need Your Love.” The track is catchy but does not live up to the ambition of the rest of the album. These tracks may guarantee Goulding commercial success, but they are disappointing additions to the vocal and musical experimentation of Halcyon’s other tracks. Overall, Halcyon offers an intriguing, eclectic mix of pop styles and shows a more mature side of Goulding and her musical capabilities. The album occasionally struggles lyrically with its attempts at poeticism and comes across as too ambitious in some tracks. Other tracks feel lazy and simple, contradicting Goulding’s attempts at evolution as an artist. Nevertheless, Goulding has successfully avoided the sophomore slump with Halcyon, proving she has some impressive musical talent and a great deal of potential. Yana Lysenko is a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This is Not a Protest
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n Sept. 24, news broke that Iran would withdraw its control over this work. After beginning with a few static entries from the 2013 Academy Awards in protest of (and immaculately composed) tripod shots of him eating the anti-Islam video Innocence of Muslims. As we breakfast and feeding his iguana, Igi, in his apartment, know, American-Iranian tensions run high, but this ill- Panahi hands the camera to his friend and co-director timed move impedes Iran’s recent cultural breakthrough into Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, who serves as a prophylactic separatthe West. Asghar Farhadi won the country its first Best ing the artist from the art. The meat here has Mirtahmasb to Foreign Language Film Oscar only six months ago for his thank, not so much for his cinematic contributions but for masterpiece A Separation. He delivered an important speech his humbling comments. “You are not directing. It’s an that night, praising his country’s “glorious culture, a rich and offense,” he reminds Panahi when told to “cut.” “So, I’m not ancient culture that has the director anymore,” Panahi replies with a been hidden under the laugh. His smile turns cold processing the heavy dust of politics.” thought. These politics have The key set piece in This is Not a Film, if it tried to hide filmmaker has one, considers these ramifications. On his Jafar Panahi, who in 2010 living room carpet, Panahi places strips of was slapped a six-year masking tape in a box, outlining a room where Cornell his prison sentence and 20next film would have taken place. He reads year ban on making Cinema from his script, using his hands and feet to movies for, among other visualize ideas for shots and blocking. These things, “assembly [of] propaganda against the Islamic concepts prove potent — Panahi lowers his hand from a ceilRepublic.” Panahi’s work, which includes The White Balloon ing fan, covers a few feet of air, describes an inexistent rope and Crimson Gold, portrays hardships afflicting men and and moves a chair underneath. He need not mention sui*gasp* women in Iranian society, similar in style and intent cide. Panahi breaks down upon realizing, “If we could tell a to post-war Italian neorealism. This fearless artist, activist film, then why make a film?” Frantic to validate his art, and human refuses to be silenced and has drafted a stunning Panahi then scans through DVDs of his past work to highstatement with This is Not a Film, which he smuggled into light a scene in Crimson Gold when amateur actor Hossain the 2011 Cannes Film Festival on a USB flash drive hidden Emadeddin (a real-life schizophrenic) did “the directing on inside a cake. [him].” Emadeddin’s performance was unpredictable — This is Not a Film is some sort of miracle — of what, I emotion without ego — and “leads you to how you explain am not sure. We are assured this is not a film, as the title the film.” That Panahi champions actors over other filmic declares with Magritte-esque mischief (his ban specifies devices like editing and directing speaks to his humanism “film-making,” so this exercise must be fine, right?). This is and respect for his colleagues — untapped qualities when a portrait of an artist — not a document, for Pahani directs, holed in an apartment alone. “The film must first be made writes (whatever that entails) and edits, granting him illicit for us to be able to explain it later,” Panahi concludes in a
statement so banal it grazes wisdom. Pondering that quote, I realize I am analyzing This is Not a Film like a film. There are some beautiful shots here that could not possibly be framed without an eye for aesthetics and mind for meaning. It is safe to consider this a “film” when examining its construction, which is purposeful even if likely derived from chance encounters. Fellow Iranian director Rakhshan Bani-E’temad calls Panahi as the latter sits on a couch, perusing his laptop. While the two speak about their peers’ support for Panahi’s plight, Igi the iguana crawls on a sofa across the room. Just as Bani-E’temad says, “Everyone is getting scared off,” Panahi looks at the iguana and cuts to a shot of it hiding in a bookcase. Too clever for coincidence, I’d say. He lets the iguana direct him, but he ultimately directs the audience. At the end, Panahi finally wields the camera and exits the apartment in a brilliant sequence I would rather not spoil. Earlier, however, there is an analogous moment that commanded my attention. Gunshots outside his apartment interrupt one of his monologues, and he opens up a window to inspect. His ears register the violence and a hint of sadness stains his face. He looks down, in despair, we think. Nope: He pulls out his iPhone to record the sounds and images for all else to see. This is Not a Film is not a plea for help but rather a display of defiance against unjust forces. In any other movie, the hero picks up a pistol or an AK-47. Here, Jafar Panahi picks up his camera and shoots away. This is Not a Film plays tonight at 7:15 p.m. and Sunday at 4:30 p.m. at Cornell Cinema. Zachary Zahos is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Paul Auster’s Winter Dreams BY PATRICIA KIM Sun Contributor
Reading Winter Journal feels like stepping into someone else’s dream. Which is problematic, because other people’s dreams are never all that interesting. I talk about dreams in discussing an autobiography, for Auster treats his memories as such. As he puts it: “Some memories are so strange to you, so unlikely, so outside the realm of the plausible, that you find it difficult to reconcile them with the fact that you are the person who experienced the events you are remembering.” The problem is that Auster is so fascinated with his own memories that he doesn’t filter. Like an excited child describing a vivid dream, Auster excessively details what is to him a fantastic world. But his narrative lacks coherence, and we’re left with an extensive catalogue of Auster’s residences, ailments, scars and favorite foods that do little more than evoke his personal nostalgia. But it’s difficult to complain when this is precisely what the book is meant to be: “a catalogue of sensory data. What one might call a phenomenology of breathing.” Winter Journal was inspired by the death of Auster’s mother, and it is on this subject that his memories shine with the greatest
clarity. In a manner that is both frank and dispassionate, Auster brings to life his mother who, like all mothers, was a beautiful set of paradoxes. She wasn’t physically beautiful, but she made heads turn with her radiant confidence. She had the courage to crack jokes to her children despite her husband’s looming death; yet she had such an intense fear of loneliness that the television never went off. She supported her children, only to find herself being supported by them. With her death Auster is left to deal with two of life’s most pressing inevitabilities: the death of a loved one, and death itself. He writes, “You wonder how many mornings are left.” Perhaps it is out of this dull wonder that in the winter of his mother’s death, he decided to “speak now before it is too late” Other themes weave in and out through the book — love, lust, loneliness, guilt — some are dealt with as lists, others as observations, few as memories uncanny in their keen insight. Particularly poignant is the memory of a recent car crash, in which a combination of driver’s pride, impulse, and a full urinary bladder nearly led to the demise of his entire family. The writing is sparse and frank as it observes the pointlessly avoidable causes of life’s accidents that force us to bear guilt for the rest of our lives. Auster’s journal is written entirely in second person, which is not only an interesting
choice for an autobiography, but also a bad one. I say this with the greatest respect for Auster, whose writings I deeply admire. Why he chose to deviate from the personal “I” is actually answered to an extent in the book jacket: “[the] writing in the second person, as if addressing himself as a stranger ... establishes an uncanny intimacy with the reader.” Only the first part of this statement is true. Few have established uncanny intimacies with others by talking to themselves, and Auster is not on that list. His incessant reference to himself in second person is wearisome, cloying, and on occasion feels uncomfortably narcissistic. I suppose personal tolerance of the “first” person you will vary, but few will make it to page 230 without fleeting stabs of longing for the traditional first- person narrative. Some may also long for chronology, which is also a missing element. Fragments of the author’s past consistently leap back and forward in time, but the unorthodox organization is more understandable here. After all, who remembers the past in its entirety and chronology? Certain fragments from long ago cling closer than others; others inexplicably defy time and shine in perpetual clarity. At times the lack of chronology feels a bit jarring, but it is beautiful in its faithfulness to the nature of memory. In the end, Winter’s Journal is a true jour-
nal, and whatever problems it may have largely arise from its being faithful to its category. And like all journals, it will hold the most meaning for the author.
Patricia Kim is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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focus on closing out games and this weekend we were not able to against Princeton or Penn.” Cornell now shifts its focus to a schedule that consists of nine straight Ivy League contests beginning with hosting Harvard this weekend (5-11, 2-3 Ivy) and Dartmouth (2-13, 1-4 Ivy). Historically, Cornell is 36-12 against the Big Green and 36-12 against the Crimson. However, Cornell lost to Dartmouth in the last matchup, but defeated Harvard last year. “We are looking forward to being at home again and will use that to our advantage,” Marble said. “We will continue to stay primarily focused on us and the things we are doing rather than our opponents in order to do well this upcoming weekend.” On the season, Cornell sits
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home court advantage so I think that will help even more.” Nguyen talked about how this success at Columbia, against other Ivy competitors, helped the team mentally as well as physically. “Going into the Cornell Invitational and regionals, I think we are pretty confident and how we played this weekend really helped boost our confidence going forward,” he said. Tanasoiu expects his team to continue on the path it has started on this season. “Our expectations are very similar week in and week out,” he said. “We just expect them to build upon last weekend. We expect a steady performance overall and for the team to execute the things we have been working on in practice. We want to make sure we transition all those elements into match play — that’s the bottom line, they need to get comfortable with our philosophy and apply that in match situations.” The women also had a successful weekend at the National Tennis Center College Invitational in Flushing, N.Y. “Everyone on our team competed really well this weekend, and it’s always fun to play at the national tennis center,” said sophomore Courtney Malinchak. Malinchak had an especially impressive weekend, as she came away from the tournament with a singles title. “Courtney Malinchak certainly had a very strong showing for Cornell,” said head coach Mike Stevens. “She won her flight, which was sixth, and played really well in all of her matches. She really didn’t have very difficult matches because she played so well — a couple of difficult sets now and then, but
she played really well and really had a great tournament.” On Sunday, freshman Laila Judeh and sophomore Sara Perelman fell in the semifinals, both to competitors from Columbia. The next day, Malinchak went on to claim the F Singles bracket crown. “Judeh had a great showing, she won some really difficult rounds to get to the semis and played a really good semi match,” Stevens said. However, despite the positive outcomes of the weekend, the Red is also looking for its weaknesses so that they can be improved upon as the season progresses, according to Stevens. “I thought our doubles teams did not do as strong of a job as we were hoping for,” he said. “We definitely need to work on some new doubles combinations for after the fall, and see what we can work on that might be stronger for us.” The Red has a weekend to rest, before its season wraps up at West Point, N.Y., where the team will be competing in the ITA Northeast Regionals. The experience gained this past weekend will be helpful to Cornell as it moves on with its season. “The next tournament is regionals in two weeks, so we’ll be working on doing a lot of drilling of some of the things that didn’t look so good at the singles games, but that’s different for every person,” Stevens said. “It’s very individual; each person has things they need to work on to get the team to the next level … We really focus on them and their individual weaknesses and what we can improve, so we’ll be doing that for the next few weeks before regionals.” Dani Abada can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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really able to close it out against Binghamton last night,” said sophomore captain Kelly Reinke, who was unable to play due to a sprained ankle. “Last night we really showed how well we can play.” Prior to the Red’s win on Tuesday, the team had lost two important matches against Ivy League opponents Penn and Princeton on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Friday’s match in Philadelphia was an extremely close one, despite the Red losing in straight sets. Cornell fell 2125, 25-27, 23-25 in a match that featured 25 ties and 10 lead changes. The Red got senior setter Lucy Zheng back for her first action since the 2010 sea-
son. She recorded a double-double of 31 assists and 16 digs. Saturday provided no relief for Cornell as it went up against undefeated Princeton in N.J. While the Red was able to win a set against the Tigers, 25-20, Princeton finished the job in the fourth set, 25-14. In her second start, Zheng recorded 38 assists, while Forte finished with an impressive seven blocks. Zheng’s performance bumped her to second on the team in recorded assists, behind sophomore captain Kelly Reinke. Forte now is third among the team in total blocks with 31 behind junior Rachel D’Epagnier and Wong. “I feel like we’re getting more competitive in the league,” Reinke said. “We just have to See VOLLEYBALL page 12
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Ten Questions Columnist Reena Gilani sat down with tennis captains Venkat Iyer and Alex Sidney to discuss everything from their tennis grunts and fashion style to their mid-winter adventure to Wegmans. 1. How did you each start playing tennis? A: I was really into golf when I was very young, like three years old. I really liked sports and I was looking for something to do in the winter. Obviously you couldn’t play golf because it was cold outside, so I picked up a couple of tennis lessons and I really enjoyed it. Do you ever wish that you played golf for Cornell instead? A: Well I played both tennis and golf until I was 12 and I had to pick one. I always think about what it would’ve been like if I stuck with golf but I’m happy with the decision. V: That’s so weird. I also played golf when I was young. I started playing golf when I was three, played until I was seven. My sister played a lot of tennis; she won an NCAA title with Duke in tennis so she’s a proplayer. I started hitting balls with her and got into it after that. It’s very similar to him except — A: I didn’t know that you played golf. V: I ditched golf when I was seven. My dad used to play college tennis and he wanted us to both play pro tennis so he wanted me to make a choice at a pretty young age about a sport, so I chose tennis. 2. Let’s talk about your play here. Can you tell me about your tennis grunt?
A: It actually changes from match to match, sometimes during the point. It all depends on the type of situation that I’m in. The longer a point goes, the louder it will get. It works for me; I don’t fight it. V: I have a little bit of a grunt but not like Sidney over here. A: Yours actually gets pretty loud later in the big points at the perfect times. V: So basically I wait until the perfect moment to get in my opponent’s face. That’s the strategy. Last year the two of you were nationally ranked in doubles, why did you lose that ranking so quickly? A: That’s funny. Coach split us up, that’s why. V: Coach dismantled the allstar squad — A: The dream team. V: The dream team of Iyer and Sidney. A: We took out a team, what were they ranked? V: I think they were Top-15 in the country. And we beat them. A: Easily. What was it, 8-1? V: I think it was. A: We struggled with doubles last year, as a team on the whole. Coach started trying different combinations. Even if we were good, maybe the other two teams didn’t work out, so it just kept switching around. I’m not really sure what we’re going to do this year. Maybe we’ll reunite. V: Hopefully there will be some Sidney-Iyer tandem this weekend. You never know. Which one of you is in better shape? V: That’s a good question. I’d
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say both of us are probably the two … I wouldn’t say fittest guys on the team but maybe — A: For sure. V: Okay fine, we are the fittest guys on the team. I would say Sidney is a physical freak of nature. When you see this guy on the track, it’s pretty amazing what he can do. I don’t have his athletic gifts, I’m reasonably athletic, but I’m mentally pretty tough so I can handle the pain a little bit. When we battle on the track or in conditioning, it’s a great battle of mental versus physical sometimes. It’s fun to watch. Not really fun to do. A: You could look at the 400m times if you really wanted to know. 3. How many rackets have you each cracked during your career? A: Holy crap, what a question. V: Zero is my answer. I don’t crack rackets. A: Throughout my entire career? Or here at Cornell, whatever’s easier for you to calculate. A: At Cornell only one. In my entire career? Let’s just say many. V: He gets a little more angry on court than I do. A: My intensity sometimes comes out everywhere. 4. Where do you guys live in Ithaca now? A: Collegetown. V: I live on North. Why do you live on North as a junior? V: I play music. I play the piano and the guitar. So do you live in JAM? V: Yeah. A: You play piano and guitar? Do you actually? V: Yes, you moron. Do you know me? A: I knew you lived in JAM, and I wondered why the heck you live there. V: I play those two instruments, my roommate plays cello. We sometimes do some duets. Instruments are my thing whenever I have time to practice. 5. Would you say that the two of you are superstitious? A: Yeah, of course. V: All tennis players are superstitious. A: Yeah, in every aspect. How I drink water, the changeovers, which tennis balls I use for each point. V: From what we eat before a match. A: I only step on the lines with my right foot. V: I don’t step on the lines at all. Do your superstitions apply to school, too? V: I would say if I do really well on a prelim — A: Actually? V: I like to use the same pencil for the next prelim until the luck runs out. A: Okay fine, I guess it really does. He loves Mann Library; I love Uris. We battle about which one’s better, which one to go to where we’ll have better luck studying. V: I mean it’s so obvious that Mann’s better than Uris. 6. Can you tell me about your work on the 161 List? A: Oh, it’s incredible. I was so
dedicated to it last year; I did about 52 things. I’ve done a few things this year. It’s been tough because I knocked out all the easier ones, but it’s fun. I get to try new things, spice up my life a little bit. I’m getting to the things where I have to drive somewhere, and since I don’t have a car that’s tough for me to do, especially since I don’t have a bus pass anymore. I can try to have this guy take me places… V: I’m not taking him places. Venkat, why do you love your car so much? V: It’s just a car. I don’t love it. I just use it. A: You love it, oh my god. You always talk about how much you love your car. V: I don’t love my car. It’s a Hyundai. It’s not like I’m some fancy rich guy who drives around in a Mercedes. I just like it. I wouldn’t die for it. And so you don’t use it to help Alex with the 161 things? V: I wouldn’t let him drive my car, ever. It’s my car so I’m going to drive it. A: See? He loves it. There you go. V: I don’t even know. Where would you even want me to take you? A: I’d have to look back at the list, the plantations maybe? V: Just walk there. If he’s not walking to Mann, he’s not walking to the plantations. A: Yeah, you think I’m going to walk to the plantations? That’s way past Mann. It’s too cold. 7. What is one thing you guys love and hate about [head coach Silviu Tanasoiu]? V: I love that he’s very intense. A: Exactly that. V: If there’s a day, and there are not too many of these since Sidney and I are usually pretty pumped up, when you come in sometimes after practicing every day and it gets a little strenuous. On days like that, Silviu is the exact kind of guy to do that. He pushes you hard. A: It’s good and bad, though more good, that he’s so stubborn. He’s always right, and everything he says has to be right. V: A bad thing is that he can imitate people really well. It’s really bad if he’s imitating you because he makes you look like you’re a joke. He’s really good at nailing people’s styles and actions when he imitates them. 8. Alex, what’s your obsession with bomber hats? A: The one that I have? V: Oh my god, this guy wore the same bomber hat every single day. A: Hey, it keeps my head and ears warm. It’s comfortable. V: What about the fact that it looks ridiculous? A: It’s routine, it’s just classic and it’s me. V: It was four months in a row last spring. 9. What do you like most and least about each other? A: I love this guy’s work ethic. I think he’s an extremely good leader, and certainly gives a very good example for everyone else on the team to follow. It lifts
everyone else up. V: The best thing about Sidney is the way that he does his conditioning and his workouts. You see him on the tennis court, you see him on the track and in the gym and you see the amount of effort he puts in. He’s got a gift with it and he turns on his intensity. I’ve trained with a lot of athletes and it’s rare to see someone who can turn on the afterburners like Sidney. What about beyond tennis, as friends? V: He’s always chill, a relaxed guy. You can talk to him about anything and he’ll usually give you pretty decent advice. He’s honest and a pretty laid back guy. A: Venkat’s always got some funny comments. You can always count on him to say hilarious things in great situations. But he’s so stubborn about rides! About taking guys to practice… V: Yeah, if I’m picky about one thing, it’s time. When I was young, my parents instilled a discipline in me about being on time; it’s criminal to not be on time. If I say a 12 p.m. ride, I expect them to be there at 12 p.m. not 12:05. 10. What’s the craziest thing that has happened to the two of you together? V: Let’s see, there are just so many things… A: We robbed a bank once. Oh really? A: No, but I do have a story for you. It was a cold, windy day last year and practice had just finished around 8 p.m. I had a lab report due the next day and Venkat had a prelim the day after. V: Yeah, since we both lived in the Low Rises I always gave him a ride back to the dorm. As we were icing after practice, everyone else had left for dinner. We planned on giving one of our teammates a call, but mine was out of battery and Alex left his phone in his room. Eventually, we decided to go to Wegmans. A: So we finish eating, and as we were walking to the car it started snowing. It was freezing outside, so we were thankful to get inside the car. Believe it or not, Venkat’s car wouldn't start. We tried for a good 15 minutes and no luck. We couldn't ask any of out friends to come pick us up because my phone was in the dorm and Venkat’s was dead. V: We pretty much started hyperventilating. A: Yeah…basically. Panic started to hit us due to the amount of work that had to be done by both of us that night. We finally realized that our only option was to run up the hill, all the way back to North Campus from Wegmans. Arriving back at North was awesome, but a lot of work still laid ahead. Thankfully, Venkat got some quality studying in and I finished my lab report, but with the tradeoff of very little sleep that night. V: Although we got fitter that night. A: True, that’s all that matters. Reena Gilani can be reached at email@example.com. To read the full Ten Questions interview, visit cornellsun.com.
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THURSDAY OCTOBER 11, 2012
Men,Women Find Success in New York By DANI ABADA Sun Assistant Sports Editor
Both the men’s and women’s tennis teams return to Ithaca with positive results from this past weekend. Both squads were in New York City — the men at the Columbia Classic and the women at the USTA BJK NTC College Invitational. The men came away from the weekend with six of the eight bracket titles. The Red swept all three main singles draws, and won a doubles and two singles consolations. “We ended up winning all three of the singles brackets and one of the two doubles brackets, so I think as a team we did really well considering we didn’t do that well at Princeton,” said sophomore Quoc-Daniel Nguyen. “We really came together as a team the past few weeks. In practice we’ve been really good and I think it showed last weekend [at Columbia] … We were supporting each other a lot.” “Throughout the week, we discussed several things we wanted to see from a coaching standpoint and a majority of the players were able to condition those concepts into match play in the tournament and I was very pleased with that,” said head coach Silviu Tanasoiu. Second-seeded freshman Dragos Dima beat third seeded Dragos Ignat of Columbia to win A Singles, and Nguyen defeated Fordham’s Emilio Mora for the B Singles title. “I thought [Dima] had his best weekend yet playing for Cornell, and that was very encouraging, to see him
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Support system | According to sophomore Quoc-Daniel Nguyen, the Red’s success at Columbia this weekend was in large part due to the comraderie the team has shown in practice the past few weeks.
competing at a very high level,” Tanasoiu said. Junior Spencer Clark won C Singles after beating Red classmate Alex Wilton. Sophomore Sam Fleck and Nguyen topped a Fairfield duo to take the A Doubles Championship. Lastly, sophomores Alex Sidney and Kyle Berman took the A and B Singles Consolation finals. “Overall, I thought it was a solid tournament,” Tanasoiu said. “I thought there were many things that we did right throughout the tournament, and I hope that we can build upon that experience … I think we
can improve on our execution and there are still several elements that we are going to be working on in the upcoming week based on Columbia.” This weekend, the Red hosts the Cornell Invitational at Reis Tennis Center. “It’s going to be the first time we play at home this fall, so hopefully we will get some people out [to watch us play] which will be good and fun,” Nguyen said. “Just playing at home is always really good, we have the See TENNIS page 13
Red Recovers to Beat Bing Army Shatters Perfect Record By SCOTT ECKL Sun Staff Writer
After a disappointing weekend against Penn and Princeton, Cornell’s volleyball team stormed out of fall break with a five-set win against nonconference opponent, Binghamton. The Red (5-11, 1-4 Ivy League) hit the road last Friday and Saturday and dropped six of the seven sets it played overall in losses to Penn (8-8, 3-2 Ivy) and Princeton (8-7, 5-0 Ivy). Despite the losses, Cornell won a tight match against local rival Binghamton (6-15) in its last non-conference game of the season. The home crowd witnessed an intense match Tuesday evening as the Bearcats won the first and third sets while the Red took the second and fourth sets. The final set had to go into extra points with a final of 1816 in favor of the home team. The match featured 38 ties and 10 lead changes, as the Red snapped its four game losing streak against the Bearcats. Junior outside hitter
and captain Kelly Marble had a team-high 18 kills, including one on the final point of the match at 17-16 in the fifth set. Cornell was able to fend off three Binghamton match points and finally
took the lead on a block from junior outside hitter Janel Forte and freshman outside hitter Breanna Wong. “I felt like we were See VOLLEYBALL page 13
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The final blow | Junior Janel Forte and sophomore Sarah Okey closed out the fourth set with back-to-back kills for the win.
By SKYLER DALE
Sun Staff Writer
After a strong 3-0 start to the season, the sprint football team suffered its first defeat, 38-14, to the powerhouse offense of the Army Black Knights on Friday. The Black Knights scored 24 straight points, beginning the game with a field goal by senior kicker Kevin Scruggs and then tacking on three passing touchdowns by senior quarterback Javier Sustaita. The Red failed to put up its first points until late in the third quarter when junior quarterback Brendan Miller connected with senior wide receiver Abe Mellinger for a 69-yard touchdown. Army struck back, though, with a three-play drive culminating in a 56yard touchdown to take a 31-7 lead and end any opportunity for the Red to stage a comeback. The Red and the Black Knights remained even for the rest of the game, scoring one touchdown each. Both teams scored the majority of their points with a minimum of players. Each of the Red’s touchdowns were executed by long conversions between Miller and Mellinger while Sustaita and senior wide receiver Cody Nyp hooked up for 21 of Army’s 31 points. Each quarterback threw for over 300 yards. While the Red’s first loss was a disappointment, holding a Black Knights offense that has averaged 53 points a game to less than 40 is an accomplishment in itself. The Red will face the league’s
remaining powerhouse, Navy, on Friday, in a 7 p.m. home game. Navy is 3-0 on the season, scoring more than 35 points in each game including a 62point performance on the road against Princeton. The squad also hasn’t lost a game since November 5th, 2010 and has only fallen in two games since 2006. The last time Cornell defeated Navy was in a hard-fought game in 2006. With 56 seconds left in regulation, the Red scored a clutch touchdown and then converted on the first play in overtime to pick up the victory. Before that, it had been 15 games since the Red had beaten Navy. With such a difficult opponent ahead, Cornell head coach Bart Guccia has his hands full. “We’ve had more success against Army than Navy,” Guccia admitted. Guccia’s week will include watching tape and conducting rigorous practices to get the guys in shape. He recognizes the difficulty in being a student athlete — the challenge of “[making] weight twice a week,” and “keeping up with studies,” he said. Nevertheless, the team has a solid record of 3-1 and a number of close game victories including a six-overtime win against Penn. With such a good foundation on the season so far, the Red has the experience to play with any team in the league. In what will certainly be a test of the Red’s talent, depth and defensive ability, Cornell looks to come away with a rare victory over Navy. Skyler Dale can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.