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Cornell Sets Record, Raises $777.8 Million
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By CAROLINE FLAX Sun Senior Writer
Ever seen what $777.8 million dollars in donations looks like? Neither had Cornell — until this year. Due to the generous donations of alumni, Cornell has had its best fundraising year on record, raising $777.8 million in the 2011-12 fiscal year, compared to $308.2 million in the 2010-11 fiscal year. More than $31.4 million of total gifts were raised by the Cornell Annual Fund, which broke its fundraising record for the tenth year in a row, according to Charles Phlegar, vice president for alumni affairs and development. Phlegar attributed the outpouring of philanthropic gifts to “extremely loyal” alumni who are dedicated to the University. “Any time a university has a great year, or one of their best years, or their best year — like we did — it’s always because there’s something extraordinary happening,” he said. See FUNDRAISING page 5
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California-based folk band The Mountain Goats rock The Haunt Friday night. Turn to the Arts section on page 9 to read The Sun’s review of the concert.
After Court Says Weill Defrauded Gov’t,Univ.Pays $1.6M By KRITIKA OBEROI Sun Contributor
After being found by a federal court to have misused funding intended for HIV/AIDS research, Weill Cornell Medical College paid the government and a whistleblower about $1.6 million on Friday, according to an attorney for the lawsuit’s plaintiff. In 2003, former Cornell research fellow Dr. Daniel Feldman alleged in a formal complaint that WCMC researchers spent less than half of their time studying HIV/AIDS — the topic they received federal funds from the National Institute of Health to research.
Although WCMC’s application for the NIH grant stated that “the majority of [the fellows’] clinical work will be with persons with HIV infection,” a federal court found in July 2010 that only three of the 163 patients WCMC fellows worked with were HIV-positive. Most of the patients who participated in the studies “were patients, but they weren’t patients who were coming in for HIV [treatment],” according to Michael Salmanson, Feldman’s attorney. The University filed an appeal in 2010, but in September, a federal appeals court affirmed the lower court’s ruling, ordering the University to pay more than $800,000 in damages. John Rodgers, director of communications for WCMC,
said in an email Thursday that while the college is “disappointed in the verdict,” it would not appeal the case to the Supreme Court. Of the $1.6 million, Cornell paid the government more than $800,000 — the equivalent of three times the value of the NIH funds it received, Salmanson said. In addition, the University has paid Feldman and his counsel approximately $740,000, according to Salmanson. Salmanson applauded the court’s decision, saying that the NIH’s grants are dependent on “the good faith representation of the people.”
Students Look Forward to New Business Minor By LAUREN AVERY Sun Staff Writer
After the University announced Friday that it will offer a new business minor, starting Spring 2013, many Cornellians said the course offerings will give students a chance to study areas of interest to them and pro-
vide skills that could prove attractive to future employers. The courses to fulfill the new business minor will be available to students from all undergraduate colleges at Cornell who have a GPA of 3.3 or higher and have passed introductory economics and introductory statistics classes. The courses will
be offered by the School of Hotel Administration, the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Johnson Graduate School of Manage ment. See BUSINESS MINOR page 5
Liberal Hero McGovern,Who Taught At C.U.in1990,Praised After Death By CAROLINE FLAX Sun Senior Writer
and LIANNE BORNFELD
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President for peace | In a 1972 editorial, The Sun endorsed George McGovern, a staunch foe of the Vietnam War, for president.
A caring professor and idealistic politician, George McGovern –– a former South Dakota senator and Democratic nominee for president in 1972, who also taught history at the University in 1990 — died Sunday of age-related medical conditions, according to Reuters. He was 90 years old. McGovern died at a hospice surrounded by family and friends in Sioux Falls, S.D., according to The Associated Press. After serving in World War II,
McGovern was elected the congressman of South Dakota’s first district, a position he served in from 1957 to 1961. McGovern was then elected a senator of South Dakota in 1962 before he ran unsuccessfully as a Democratic candidate for president in 1972. According to Prof. Glenn Altschuler Ph.D. ’76, American studies, McGovern navigated politics with integrity throughout his time as both a senator and a presidential candidate amid the political controversy surrounding the Vietnam War. “I think in a day in which many See MCGOVERN page 4
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News Tightening Purse-Strings
A survey found that the Class of 2016 is more concerned about their financial well-being than previous freshman classes. | Page 3
News Making Friends
Students, Collegetown residents and landlords came together to improve town-gown relations at a neighborhood fair Saturday. | Page 3
Opinion We Don’t Go to Harvard
Daniel Green ’14 and Teddy Brinkofski ’14 ask why Cornell cannot be more like Harvard. | Page 9
Arts Laid-Back Jam
Folk-rock band Mountain Goats rocked The Haunt Friday. | Page 11
Sports Bad Times Football
The men’s football team suffered a heartbreaking loss to Brown University Saturday. | Page 16
Weather Sunny HIGH: 66 LOW: 50
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Monday, October 22, 2012
Today Facilitating Meaningful Learning Expriences 12:20 - 1:10 p.m., 404 Plant Sciences Building Introduction to Logistical Regression 12:30 - 2:30 p.m., Stone Computing Lab, Mann Library
Though the onslaught of prelims and projects are sure to bog down most Cornellians this week, there is an upside in that the weather promises to be better than any of us have a right to expect for the last week of October. With temperature highs approaching the 70’s, and few clouds in the week, the unseasonably pleasant weather will hopefully inspire you to power through the week into Halloween festivities this weekend!
Linear Algebra and the Shape of Bird Beaks 4 p.m., Schwartz Auditorium, Rockefeller Hall
The gloomiest day of the week, Tuesday, still holds warm temperatures. Grab an iced coffee and watch the rain drip down the window panes from your cozy library seat!
Fulbright Information Session For Undergraduate Students 4:30 - 6:00 p.m., G01 Uris Hall
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Chanaging Colleges at Cornell 4:45 p.m., 3330 Carol Tatkon Center
Wednesday promises some of the week’s warmest temperatures along with some much-needed sun. Bring your studying outside today!
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Adobe Photoshop 2 - 4 p.m., Classroom, Uris Library
Thursday will provide some sun and beautiful fall weather. Enjoy the seasonal foliage, and perhaps a seasonappropriate beverage, while it lasts!
“The Judiciary and Political Change in Egypt.” 4:15 - 5:55 p.m., 276 Myron Taylor Hall
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Book Talk: The Gendered Palimpsest: Women, Writing and Representation in Early Christianity 4:30, 106G Olin Library
Addressing Bias Through Bystander Intervention 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., 5th Floor Lounge, Willard Straight Hall
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Students,C-Town Residents Gather at Community Fair By ELIZABETH KUSSMAN Sun Staff Writer
In an effort to improve relationships between Cornell students and Collegetown residents, Cornellians and Ithacans came together Saturday at the Collegetown Neighborhood Fair. The event –– which was organized by the Cornell Collegetown Student Council –– featured representatives from a variety of University and local organizations, including the Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils, the Landlords Association of Tompkins County and the Cornell University Police Department. Eric Silverberg ’14, chair of CCSC, said the council began last spring as a collaboration between the Student Assembly, Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council to create a more cohesive community in Collegetown. “[CCSC began as a] group to advocate for some of the needs of Collegetown [residents],” Silverberg said. Collegetown resident Katherine Hanna ’64 said the fair attempted to address residents’ complaints about the quality of life in Collegetown. “I feel like most students don’t realize this
is a neighborhood,” she said. “Especially in recent years, there’s been sort of a takeover by fraternities and sororities in Collegetown.” Hanna –– who has lived in Collegetown for 42 years –– said she hopes similar events will be held in Collegetown in the future. She also suggested integrating other colleges in the area into the event. “I think this is very important ... We should have one of these [fairs] a couple of times a year and open up the whole block,” she said. “The more action, the better.” S.A. President Adam Gitlin ’13 praised the efforts of CSCC to foster positive relabetween students and tionships Collegetown residents. “I think it’s great that student leaders are working on ways to promote relations between students living in Collegetown and Collegetown residents,” Gitlin said. “It shows that the students do care about the needs of Collegetown.” In addition to addressing town-gown relations, representatives at the fair also spoke about safety on and off campus. Representatives from CUPD emphasized the importance of taking measures to ensure personal safety. “We’re trying to put our name out there
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Nice to meet you | Students and Collegetown residents attend the Collegetown Neighborhood Fair Saturday, an event created to improve relations between the two groups.
for students, faculty and parents,” said Beverly Van Cleef, crime prevention officer. “We’re looking to partner with our community.” Also featured at the event were refreshments provided by Collegetown venues such as Collegetown Bagels and Insomnia Cookies, and performances by a capella groups including The Hangovers and the Cornell University Chordials. During the performances, attendees reflected on all that both students and residents have to offer the community.
“They are really very talented,” Hanna said. “Cornell students have a lot to offer.” Silverberg said he was pleased by the turnout of about 150 students at the event and expressed excitement about organizing future fairs. “We want to coexist peacefully and responsibility with the entire community,” he said. “As students, it’s our responsibility to be good neighbors.” Elizabeth Kussman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Survey: Freshmen Want to Be Wealthy More Than Ever Before By CAROLINE SIMON Sun Staff Writer
The Class of 2016 values financial well-being more than previous classes did, according to a survey administered by the University to students over the summer. The survey shows that 86 percent of freshmen at Cornell feel that being wealthy is very important or essential — a 13.4 percent increase compared to the Class of 2015. “We noticed that the importance of being financially well-off and raising a family increased significantly compared to last year and previous years,” said Marin Clarkberg, director of Institutional Research and Planning. “It’s hard for me to know what’s behind it.” Clarkberg said that the University compared its survey results with other institutions to see if freshmen elsewhere have also
expressed increasing concern provide them with good educa- the survey was administered at a tion, food and a comfortable “time when people are having about their future finances. trouble” financially. The results, Clarkberg said, lifestyle.” “It’s more difficult to get jobs Loo said that students probably showed that “this change is not unique to Cornell, and it’s not the responded the way they did par- now, and there’s still a lot of uncercase that it was a change in one tially because of their own experi- tainty about the economy, so it’s college ... it’s across the board, ences. She noted that many stu- on people’s minds,” Benjamin across colleges and at our peer dents’ families were affected by the said. Prof. Aaron Bodoh-Creed, ecoeconomic recession. institutions, too.” nomics, said he was surFreshmen said prised that the leap in stuthey want to be able “People want to grow up to be able to dents expressing concern to have a comfortable about their financial welllifestyle without wor- support their family and provide them being had not occurred prerying about their with good education, food and a comviously. financial well-being. “It’s really shocking that For instance, fortable lifestyle.” it has taken three years to Courtney Loo ’16 –– Courtney Loo ’16 show any response like this, like 45 percent of the Bodoh-Creed said. “We are Class of 2016 –– said “They saw how difficult it was four years into a very serious recesshe believes that being financially for their parents to deal with sion, and I would have expected well-off is “essential.” “I think so many people in my financial issues,” Loo said. that ... undergraduates, who are class ... value being financially “Students don't want to have to looking to get jobs after they finwell-off because they are looking face such financial problems in the ish Cornell, would be much more worried about their economic to live a comfortable life without future.” Prof. Dan Benjamin, econom- well-being.” having to worry about debt,” she Both Benjamin and Bodohsaid. “People want to grow up to ics, said that he was not surprised be able to support their family and by the survey’s results, given that Creed said that the state of the
economy is likely a greater concern to people because of the upcoming elections. “The Republican Party has been emphasizing very negative aspects of the economy and making it sound like should Obama win, the economy won’t improve very much within the next four or five years, which is exactly the timeline when current Cornell freshmen will be trying to find their first job out of school,” he said. Bodoh-Creed said that, although money cannot provide everything essential to one’s happiness, he understands why so many students deemed being wealth “very important” or “essential” on the survey. “The greatest truth is the saying that ‘Money can’t buy you happiness, but it sure helps,’” he said. Caroline Simon can be reached at email@example.com.
Dim sum and dancing
Students Express Excitement That Hip-Hop Legend Nas Will Take the Barton Hall Stage in November
Almost 20 years after his first album Illmatic catapulted him to eternal hip-hop glory, Nas will perform at Cornell on Nov. 10 in Barton Hall, according to the Cornell Concert Commission. CCC confirmed the event on Thursday. IPD Officer Shot in Line of Duty Released From Hospital
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Students perform a traditional dance at the Annual Midnight Dim Sum festival, which was held by the Chinese Students Association, in Okenshield’s Saturday night.
Ithaca Police Officer Anthony Augustine, who was shot last week while pursuing a suspect in West Hill, was released Thursday from Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, according to an IPD statement. — Compiled by Akane Otani
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C.U.’s Payment Ends Nine-Year Legal Battle Over Alleged Fraud LAWSUIT
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“It’s really important that there be a mechanism … for the government to get their money back,” Salmanson said. He added that he is pleased that the legal battle over WCMC’s alleged fraud — which began in 2003 — has finally ended. “We’re very happy that after nine years of litigation and 13 years since Dr. Feldman expressed his concerns … the government is getting its money back and the matter is finally being brought to a close,” Salmanson said. In the nine years of litigation over the case, it attracted “a lot of attention in legal circles,” Salmanson added.
Feldman initially filed the case in a federal district court under the False Claims Act. When the defendants — WCMC and Dr. Wilfred van Gorp, who ran the research program — appealed that court’s ruling, the judge found that there was sufficient evidence that the defendants had committed fraud, according to Salmanson. The court found that WCMC and Gorp — who no longer works at WCMC — falsified claims about how it used the NIH funds on three separate occasions from 2001 to 2003. Van Gorp’s legal counsel, Nina Beattie, said in court documents that Feldman would have been able to work with 138 patients with HIV had he stayed in WCMC’s
research program for the three years of its existence. “All the other fellows testified that they spent the majority of time doing research,” Beattie said. Instead of staying with the program, Feldman left the program after just 15 months because he “wanted to make more money on an Internet startup company,” Beattie claimed in the documents. But Salmanson said that Beattie confused “cause and effect,” arguing that Feldman left WCMC’s program early because he was unhappy with it. Kritika Oberoi can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
McGovern a ‘Good Man,’ ‘Idealist,’ Cornell Professors Say MCGOVERN
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politicians masked what they believed or distorted the views of their opponents, he was a man of great honesty and directness,” Altschuler said. McGovern was also noted for strongly opposing the Vietnam War, professors said. “He was a good man. He was a leader of the anti-war movement,” said Prof. Mildred Sanders M.A. ’ 76, Ph.D. ’78, government. McGovern’s opposition to the war was noted by others even as far back as 1972, when he ran for the presidency. In a Nov. 7, 1972, editorial, The Sun said that, in light of former President Richard Nixon being “able and willing” to continue the Vietnam War, McGovern would be a positive change for the presidency. “After the past four years we, too, will
never be quite the same. But we can begin the long road back by electing George McGovern,” the editorial stated. Despite getting clobbered by Nixon in the election, McGovern left behind a legacy. “I hope he will be remembered not only for his opposition to the war in Vietnam but also for bringing a decency to American politics,” Altschuler said. He was also remembered by professors as a man who stood by his beliefs on the campaign trail. He “gave away less to the right wing, and very few have that kind of ability,” said Prof. Theodore Lowi, history. Though McGovern was described by many as an honest politician, he also left behind a “complex reputation,” according to Prof. Richard Bensel Ph.D. ’78, government.
“He was someone who was on the left of the Democratic party and yet was not so radical that the mainstream of the party could not accept him,” Bensel said. “That was both his great virtue and the thing that made his life and the memory of his life more complicated.” Sanders echoed Bensel’s sentiments, adding that McGovern’s political legacy is one marked by many hurdles. “He spearheaded the reforms that opened the [Democratic] party up to a huge amount of participation to people who were very zealous about their causes, and that’s what killed his chances as [a] presidential candidate,” Sanders said. Despite his strength as a galvanizer of political activity, McGovern was imperfect, according to Sanders. “My opinion of him is that he was a great idealist, but he made a lot of mis-
takes,” Sanders added. McGovern was also remembered by professors as being a man of wisdom. Lowi said he admired McGovern for his patience in times when other politicians often made hasty decisions. “We think that democracy is, ‘We go and we fight and we win,’ but he had the courage to wait,” Lowi said. After leaving politics, McGovern taught at a number of universities, including Cornell. Though McGovern was a professor at the University for a short time, Altschuler remembered him as a dedicated educator. “He took the course he taught very seriously … He was a very gracious man [who] cared about the students,” Altschuler said. The Sun’s news department can be reached at email@example.com.
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Admins: Large Alumni Donations Boost Fundraising Figures RECORD
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Phlegar said that several large donations — such as Chuck Feeney’s ’56 $350-million donation to the tech campus and Lisa and Richard Baker’s ’88 $11-million donation to the School of Hotel Administration’s Real Estate program — made it possible for Cornell to raise as much money as it did this year. The gifts, he said, make a “huge difference.” “The large gifts are so important to the overall total,” Phlegar said, adding “it doesn’t hurt to have a big victory like the tech campus.” Phlegar also said that under President David Skorton’s leadership, Cornell has also been successful in obtaining funds for many of its new initiatives and building projects. For instance, he said, the University raised $35 million of the $50 million it has planned to raise for faculty renewal, an initiative to hire new faculty ahead of an expected wave
of retirements. Administrators also expressed pride about the $31.4 million raised by the Cornell Annual Fund, a program that seeks to reach out to alumni for philanthropic gifts. Donations given to the Annual Fund are unrestricted, or able to be used immediately across the University — a feature that Joseph Lyons ’98, director of the Cornell Annual Fund, said allows the University to be “as agile as possible.” Lyons said that, regardless of the size of each gift, it was “extraordinarily gratifying” to see the dedication and commitment of alumni to the University. “Some may think that a modest gift does not matter … [but] it couldn't be further from the truth,” Lyons said. “Just as each individual voice at a Big Red game combines to create a powerful roar, each individual gift — at any level — combines to create an enormous impact on the University.” Those who make phone calls for the Annual Fund say they also see this.
Stephanie Van Overberghe ’15, an Annual Fund caller, said that she enjoys working for the fund because of the impact it has on the University. “It does so much for the University; one of the things we tell the alumni is that it basically supports anything that enhances the Cornell experience,” she said. Van Overberghe recalled the energy in the room when she worked a shift in which the Annual Fund was expected to break a fundraising record. “It’s always fun when you get the shift where it’s like, ‘Oh, we’re going to break a million dollars,’” she said. “The excitement in the air just made it that much better to call [alumni that night].” Emily Buller ’15, another Annual Fund caller, said that, given the tough economic climate, it “feels great” that Cornell is still successfully fundraising. Caroline Flax can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students Say New Business Minor Will Appeal to Students Across Colleges BUSINESS MINOR Continued from page 1
Olivia Obodoagha ’15, an applied economics and management major, said students should pursue the minor because it will be appealing to potential employers. “I know that the operational side of engineering and a lot of start-ups tend to use a lot of business-oriented skills,” she said. “I think that just having a minor, even if you don’t get credit for it, will be really appealing on a résumé for employers. It will help people express their interest in business.” The University-wide business minor will also enable undergraduates from every college to take advantage of the Johnson’s strengths, Lin said. “Our business school is ranked extremely high, so it is an opportunity for students to take classes at one of the best programs in the world,” he said. Maya agreed, saying that the Universitywide minor will be popular because it will tap into the business expertise of the faculty from several colleges on campus. “I think a lot of students are going to
sign up for it, and it is going to be a really great success,” she said. “Because it is not just offered in one school, there are going to be a variety of professors teaching the classes, with some from CALS and some from ILR, and you’re going to get this really nice array of professors who are really going to bring a lot to the minor.” Still, College of Arts and Sciences students — who will not be able to count credits for the business minor toward the 100 credits they must earn from the college to graduate — said they were dismayed by the minor’s set-up. “I think this is extremely upsetting. A lot of the classes I was interested in were only available in CALS, and I was really worried about having enough Arts credits to graduate,” said Kevin Lin ’13, an information science major who is interested in the business minor. Lin noted that, while students can usually complete a minor requiring four to five classes in time to graduate, he will not be able to pick up the business minor because it was just approved. “A minor usually requires four to five classes, so it is a pretty decent amount if you don’t pre-plan for it,” he said. “If you
planned to pick up a business minor early, then it is fine, but if you decide to pick it up later, it can result in a lot of problems before you graduate.” Other students, however, said the fact that some students may not receive college credit for the business minor will not deter them from pursuing it. “The minors that I’m looking at currently don’t really count towards my major, but I’m still pursuing them because I’m genuinely interested in them,” Amanda Maya ’15 said. “I believe that if students … want to do the business minor, and they really are interested in business, I don’t feel like it will deter them because this is something that they are genuinely interested in.” Despite disagreement over whether students outside the four schools that will offer business classes will be deterred from pursuing the minor, many students agreed that it will prove popular. For instance, students in the ILR School said that in their college — which only offers one major, ILR — a new minor offers flexibility and a chance to individualize their curriculum. “For ILR students, it is only Industrial and Labor Relations. That is our major,
and we can’t deviate from it,” Maya said. “But a business minor is definitely going to add to our major, especially for students that have always wanted to study business but never could. It’s business and everyone uses it.” Obodoagha said that a business minor may also be especially appealing to students in more technical fields. “I think engineering students will definitely be interested, and perhaps economics majors that might be interested in pursuing a career in business or finance will be, too, especially if they want to see what business is like without committing themselves to the major,” she said. With the new business minor scheduled to arrive on campus in the spring, students emphasized the versatility and usefulness of studying business for students in all disciplines. “Business is not a minor for a specific job. It is something that applies to a lot of fields,” Maya said. “I think this is a great opportunity, and I’m very excited that Cornell is offering it.” Lauren Avery can be reached at email@example.com.
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A Letter in Support Of Assembly For Justice W
e write in support of the Assembly for Justice and other student groups who through actions and public statements are working to focus attention on sexual violence and related issues during a tense and difficult time for Cornell. This campus has been traumatized in recent weeks by a series of nighttime attacks on Cornell students. Students have continued to attend classes and study after hours while police investigate the incidents. We applaud the bravery of our students during this difficult time, and we appreciate the efforts of Cornell security to protect the safety of community members and provide clear information about support services. Though they recognize the alwayspresent risk of sexual assault by strangers, the members of the Assembly for Justice have used the present incidents as an occasion to focus attention on the more pervasive problem of sexual assault by acquaintances. According to national figures, about one in four women students are assaulted during their years in college; of these assaults, 82 percent occur at the hands of acquaintances and 60–65 percent occur in places familiar to the victims. (One in 10 college men will also be assaulted sexually.) These statistics are only possible within an atmosphere of ignorance and collusion that tacitly enables assaultive behavior. As the Assembly for Justice points out, sexual assaults are connected to other forms of violence, verbal and physical, particularly harassment of people of color and people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. All of these are problems at Cornell, and we applaud student activists for encouraging the rest of us to stand up against forms of hate in our community. We also believe that actions like the Assembly’s recent rally outside Day Hall stand in a proud tradition of legitimate protest at Cornell and can serve to dramatize issues that affect many members of the community directly and all of us indirectly. We applaud the willingness of the administration to listen carefully to the group’s concerns and to act collaboratively to address them. As faculty, we expect that we, like other members of the Cornell community, will also play a role in making the University a safer and more compassionate environment for all. Prof. Edward E. Baptist, history Prof. Richard Boyd, philosophy Prof. Jeremy Braddock, English Prof. Gene Carroll, industrial and labor relations Prof. Maria Lorena Cook, international and comparative labor
Prof. Raymond Craib, history Prof. Bret De Bary, Asian studies and comparative literature Prof. Stuart Davis, English Prof. Ileen A. DeVault, labor relations, law, and history Sr. Lecturer Darlene Evans, John S. Knight Institute for Writing Prof. Ellen Gainor, performing and media arts Prof. Maria Cristina Garcia, history and Latino studies Prof. Durba Ghosh, history Prof. Carl Allen Ginet, philosophy (emeritus) Prof. Ellis Hanson, English Prof. Molly Hite, English Prof. Harold Hodes, philosophy Prof. Saida Hodzic, anthropology and FGSS Prof. Cary Howie, romance studies Prof. Louis Hyman, labor relations, law and history Prof. Jane Juffer, English and FGSS Prof. Mary Fainsod Katzenstein, government Prof. Michelle Kosch, philosophy Prof. Victor Koschmann, history Prof. Barbara Kozlowski, human development Prof. Bruce Levitt, performing and media arts Prof. Risa Lieberwitz, industrial and labor relations Prof. Beth A. Livingston, human resource studies Prof. Kathleen Long, romance studies Prof. Kathryn S. March, anthropology, FGSS & public affairs Prof. Verónica Martínez-Matsuda, labor relations, law and history Prof. Sally McConnell-Ginet, linguistics (emeritus) Prof. Katherine McCullough, English Prof. Marilyn Migiel, romance studies Prof. Richard W. Miller, philosophy Prof. Lisa Nishii, human resource studies Prof. Andrea Parrot, policy analysis and management Prof. Lucinda Ramberg, anthropology and FGSS Prof. Nerissa Russell, anthropology Prof. Nick Salvato, performing and media arts Prof. Paul Sawyer, English and Knight Institute Prof. Lowell Turner, international and comparative labor Prof. Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, English Prof. Sara L. Warner, performing and media arts Prof. Rachel Weil, history Prof. Marina Welker, anthropology Prof. Marjorie Elizabeth Wood, labor relations, law and history
CORRECTION A news article Wednesday, “Cornell Professor Says West Nile Virus May Rise in New York,” contained several inaccuracies. According to Prof. Laura Harrington, entomology, the mosquito season officially ended with the first frost on Oct. 7. This article should have been revised to reflect that there is no further threat from West Nile Virus in 2012. Harrington was quoted in the article as saying that the uptick in West Nile cases would persist in the coming months. However, this quote was given in late August, and its publication in midOctober is therefore misleading.
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A science artice Wednesday, “Wijaya ’15, Chua ’14 and Lin ’15 Named Finalists at International Mathematics Contest With Leaf Predicting Program,” incorrectly referred to the Cornell team as winners of the competion. In fact, among all 3,696 teams, 10 achieved a higher ranking than the Cornell team and 17 teams achieved the same “finalist” ranking. A news article Oct. 3, “Cornell Student Arrested After Allegedly Breaking Into 312 College Ave. Apartments,” incorrectly stated the number of charges on which Jinsoo Kim ’14 was arrested. While he was a suspect in multiple break-ins, Kim was arrested in connection with only one break-in, which reportedly occurred on Sept. 28.
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Mitt Romney and America’s Turing Test T
onight President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney will debate foreign policy in the third and final presidential debate. Pundits across the country believe that, with many polls showing a tie or leads well within the margins of error, tonight’s debate will prove pivotal — especially so in each campaigns’ final push to catch undecided voters as they jump off the swing that has recently carried battleground states’ electoral votes back and forth between the two candidates. While all this may be true, there is something more important at stake in the debate. Tonight is America’s last chance before the election to escape the implications of the Turing Test. The Turing Test was created by com-
to be incorrect moreso than when a person played Player A’s role, computers could be said to be intelligent. In other words, if a computer can lie better than a human, the computer is intelligent. It appears as though the Republican Party has decided to perform a switch eerily similar to this. In 2008, John McCain ran as the Republican nominee against then Senator Barack Obama. McCain was Player A, attempting to mislead the American people as to whom his policies would benefit and what type of president he would be. It did not work. There was wide consensus that McCain lost the debates and he eventually went on to lose the election. Thus, the American people were able to see through McCain’s (Player A’s) misrepresentations. This election, however, the Republican Party has provided the world with a real-life replica Letters From of Turing’s Imitation Game by selecting A Young Curmudgeon Governor Romney as its nominee. In this role, he is the computer who replaced Senator McCain as Player A. You say Governor Romney is not a computer? How so? His input is the simple code of public opinion. Find a majority that is in favor of some issue and, except for the occasional glitch, you will find Governor Romney’s position in perfect alignment. Governor Romney even has his own programming language, Protean. The code is unique in that it allows the Romney-bot to make rapid changes of stance on important issues without losing too much credibility among the electorate.
puter scientist Alan Turing in 1950 with the hope of setting a standard by which computers can be considered intelligent. The first iteration of this test is known as the Imitation Game. Within the game there are three players: A, B and C. Player A tells a lie, Player B tells the truth and Player C must determine which player is being honest. Player A attempts to mislead Player C while Player B tries to assist Player C. Turing believed that if Player A was replaced with a computer and led Player C
There are only a few places where the Romney-bot’s programming has been tripped up. This is to be expected. After all, the RNC has decades of failed campaigns from which to learn and include as part of Governor Romney’s programming. For some reason, though, Romney’s wiring does not work well abroad. Who could forget when he waded across the Atlantic to cheer on his wife’s horse in the Olympics only to conclude the trip by accusing our greatest ally, Great Britain, of doing a poor job preparing for the games? Remember how the Romney-bot (Player A) said Israel had a stronger economy than the Palestinians’ because of the former’s superior culture? With the focus of tonight’s debate being foreign policy, the problems within the Romney-bot’s programming on foreign affairs serve as a chance for America to realize the truth — that Governor Romney is unable to be forthright due to the nature of Turing’s test and the Imitation Game. Despite his glitches and the inherently robotic tone of this highly advanced humanoid-bot, close to 50 percent of Americans are considering casting their votes for Governor Romney. Don’t allow Turing’s theory of computer intelligence to be proven through Governor Romney. Watch tonight’s debate and notice the glitches in the Romneybot. Show that Americans distinguish between tricky artificial intelligence and reality. With the debate score tied at one-to-one, tonight is our last chance to prove that we still can.
S.D. Seppinni is a senior in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. He may be reached at email@example.com. Letters from a Young Curmudgeon appears alternate Mondays this semester.
Why Can’t All Classes Be Taught Like Harvard Business School? C
ornell has a way of isolating itself from the rest of the world both physically and mentally. Physically is obvious — we sit on the top of a hill in a city that is over an hour from what native urban dwellers would call civilization. It is easy to go a day or a week or even a semester without having to interact with anyone who doesn’t have a NetID; this is only amplified if you don’t have a car or bike and refuse to use the TCAT. Mentally, we have, as a campus, found a way to continue this policy of isolationism. Although we have free access to the New York Times (both print and online), USA Today and countless digital accesses to every news outlet in the world, it is rare to hear in passing a conversation about current events. This upcoming election is no exception. Even in our campus newspaper, election coverage has been minimal, and there have been few passionate back-and-forth debates on the issues. So what is going on? If we aren’t learning about news in our courses or from secondary sources and don’t have time to watch T.V., how are we staying current with global happenings? We are sorry to say we think the answer is that Cornell students aren’t and we blame this partially on the structure of our courses, which focus more on measured outcomes than on learning outcomes. How much do you know about the people who you sit next to in your 10:10 class? What about the people who sit behind you? Two rows? If the answer is what we suspect most of you are shaking your head and thinking, “not even their names,” what a shame! Although most of us are now thank-
fully removed from the College Admissions process, do you remember back to Senior Year when you poured your free time into full-cover glossy magazines about Cornell? Remember those pie charts of diversity, lists of extracurriculars that we did in high school and stats that showed how intelligent our future classmates would be? Now think back to your group of friends. How different are you? If you are like most of the people we have met, your Freshman floor was diverse and then, as you progressed through your Cornell career, your social circles became smaller and more homogeneous. This isn’t bad at all! It’s just a normal trajectory. As you joined or didn’t join a Greek letter organization, got more engaged with causes you are passionate about and got busier with research and coursework, your life just became surrounded by similarity. We are attracted to people like us. It’s the difference between a conversation that goes on for hours and one that you can’t wait to be over, four-hour drives that feel like a trip to Wegmans and, our favorite, meals you never want to end — it’s just human nature. As our Cornell circles have developed and flushed out, though, we fear we have become more close-minded, our lives have become less diverse and our worlds have become smaller as a result. There is, of course, a solution — we need to, as a Community, better engage one another. No person should ever eat alone, let alone two people in the same Dining Room. We should all know about issues that our classmates and professors care deeply about. Last but not least, we should feel like One Cornell and not dis-
tinguished pockets of like-minded individuals who are in Ithaca. The solution is simple: more two-way dialogue. If professors saw their role as less lecturer and more facilitator we think they would quickly realize that we are as
Business School determines grades based on participation: how engaged and engaging you are. If you never challenge your peers in thoughtful intellectual discussion, if the professor never even knows your name, you do not pass, let
Daniel Green and Teddy Brinkofski Guest Room interesting as those fact sheets that Admissions publishes every year. They have as much to learn from us as we have to learn from them. After all, most Professors do studies on college students anyway; we have always been puzzled as to why they don’t ask more questions that aren’t just about what they have just said. It also seems easier to prepare thought-provoking questions about a topic than a 75 minute PowerPoint presentation recap of what the students’ were supposed to read but that 90 percent have not even looked at. For students of higher education, this idea should sound familiar because it is the Socratic Method that Harvard Business School famously employs. All classes are taught around case studies and the talking time is dominated by students, who are graded on how much they contribute. Unlike Cornell, where grades are determined by the three P’s — papers, prelims and projects — Harvard
alone receive an A. This approach just makes sense to us. Studying in the style that Cornell fosters with the three P’s does not seem to prepare graduates for leadership in their careers. Employers seem to want to hire interesting, multifaceted people, not just those who can follow rules. In school, we call these people radicals yet in careers they are called innovators. Rule followers, even those with A-averages, are being left behind in a job market that caters more to transferable skills than to transcripts, so why can’t Cornell be more like Harvard Business School?
Daniel Green in a junior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. Teddy Brinkofski is a junior in the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. He can be contacted at email@example.com. Guest Room appears periodically this semester.
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Scaling mountains of emotion
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BY KAI SAM NG Sun Staff Writer
The Haunt, with all the characteristics of a bar, exudes the atmosphere of something else. Even with the countless picture frames and, yes, a bar where patrons sit, a waist-high partition wraps the bar away from the stage area. Past that half-hearted barrier, the sky-high windows and beige walls off stage right evoke an open coffee shop on a cobblestone street. This is a perfect setting for a band like the Mountain Goats: The group neither plays wild party music nor somnolent indie rock. The Mountain Goats lies somewhere in the middle. John Darnielle, the band’s core player, writes MidWestern folk-rock with a conviction that punk rockers with anarchy decals lack. It is a rustic, sophisticated politeness that hearkens back to an era where “radical” didn’t mean smashing your guitar. Nor does it mean overshadowing your music with your personality. As the three members jumped on stage to raucous applause, they started without introduction and encouraged the audience to sing along. It was only after the final guitar chords of the first song that Darnielle quickly introduced the band: “HiWe’reTheMountainGoats!” Even though the Mountain Goats migrated to a more clean-cut production from DIY bedroom rock, the band still plays with a lo-fi enthusiasm that reveals a reservoir of energy not shown in its recorded work. The band may have only had an acoustic guitar, a bass and a drum set, but they rocked out those instruments. Peter Hughes, playing bass, bee-danced with Darnielle. Jon Wurster, on drums, switched between slow and fast playing frequently like a sonic chameleon. But the real star was Darnielle, whose impressive voice range and powerful, emotional delivery alternated between tearing up the audience and delivering witty self-reflection about his songs. When introducing fan favorite “First Few Desperate Hours,” he began an intricate story about different everyday fantasies: The first is
“fantasizing who you sleep with,” and the second is leaving the house and wondering if you left the coffeemaker on. “Then it turns out that you burned the house down because the bills were close to the burner and then you wonder why you burned down the house you worked so hard for.” People chuckled, but the whole thing went over everybody’s head, so Darnielle focused back on the music. “Anyway, this song is about that fantasy, which is basically fantasizing that there is somebody that would knock on your door and tell you that your relationship is ending.”
These anecdotes, delivered at a fast, New Yorker-pace, is a big reason why seeing the Mountain Goats live is worth it. As it moved to “Harlem Roulette,” Darnielle explains that he was inspired by singer Frankie Lymon, a child star who lost everything after his voice broke. But in typical Darnielle fashion, it sounded more like a pep talk to Lymon than just a folk retelling of his fall. “Every dream’s a good dream / even awful dreams are good dreams … remember soaring higher than a cloud / get pretty sentimental now and then.” Before “In Memory of Satan,” he exclaimed, “This is a song where you worship Satan!” before returning back to his normal voice. “You don’t know it at first, but you eventually realize that and then you fall into a hole trying to normalize and then you’re miserable but then you climb out of it. Time to time though you remember that time, so this song is about that.” At times, the band lost its command of the stage to the people sitting at the bar — The Haunt’s partition may be jerkproof, but it isn’t soundproof. When playing “Ezekiel 7 and the Permanent Efficacy of Grace” (“This song is about the pain and sexual tension between a guy being tortured and the guy doing the torturing”), the bar drowned out Darnielle’s quiet piano pauses. The crowd threw dirty looks, but it was only after the song ended and Darnielle called them out to huge applause that the bar quieted down. “See America Right” was supposed to end the show, but the prolonged screams for an encore drew the band back out. “Thank you so much, you are amazingly kind!” Darnielle shouted before “Amy AKA Spent Gladiator 1.” This time, without his guitar, he gesticulated and sang with a life-affirming rage fitting of his lyrics: “Just stay alive.” Before the band’s last song for the night, “This Year,” someone screamed “I LOVE YOU!” and Darnielle, not missing a beat, replied, “I love you too; get ready to jump up and down.” And so the crowd started jumping up and down, riled up by how all of Darnielle’s songs stood in solidarity with their hearts. But in their enthusiasm, the crowd might have missed that Darnielle’s last words were for himself: “I am going to make it through this year / If it kills me.” Kai Sam Ng is a junior in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Mystery that Is
COURTESY OF JIM CATALANO
CaT POWER BY TERESA KIIM Sun Contributor
What makes artists so revered is their willingness to honestly expose every contortion of their state of mind. The fragility they present is admired because, in a world that idolizes power, a seemingly sensitive persona is highly discouraged. For Chan Marshall, better known by her stage name, Cat Power, the honesty of the heart is a theme and belief that resonates throughout her career — and was fully visible Thursday night at The State Theatre. Sun, Marshall’s ninth studio album, was released in early September. The album is an outlier from her other works, which were sung softly with a bluesy soul. Marshall hasn’t completely abandoned the blues, but the majority of Sun is drowned by techno/rock and beats that make you want to simply dance around. I set myself out to search for whatever called for this slight change in genre last week. Willis Earl Beal opened the night with a few songs or what he called “prayers.” “Sometimes, you just gotta sing for yourself,” Beal said. On a dimly lit stage stood the soul of a very old Howlin’ Wolf in the body of a young man. At times, I would forget that Beal had no instrumental accompaniments because his vibrant voice filled the entire theater. While singing “Take Me Away,” Beal seesawed on a chair one minute and, the next, rolled himself up in a blanket with a small hole to put his mic through — a great eyeopener to hype the night up for Cat Power. However, whatever hype Beal brought for Marshall died down during the two-hour wait for her. It wasn’t until an hour and a half later that a band member realized the necessity to inform the audience that Marshall was delayed. Really? We had no idea. With all due respect, Marshall should know better than most of the uneasiness that being
“stood-up” can bring. Doesn’t she sing about it for a living? If the audience was sober enough to realize how long they had waited, I would have found myself in Cat mayhem. As soon as I got up to leave, a blonde and mohawked Marshall tiptoed onto stage, catching most people by surprise. “Cherokee,” the opener, was a good representation of what was to come throughout the night. Throughout the song, she stood up and back down repeatedly to burn incense beside her on stage. And as the song came to a close, she stopped singing and the band tried to fill in the awkward, no-vocal gap with a fitting instrumental conclusion — an oddity that happened quite frequently with many of her songs. She later said something along the lines of: “I just came back from the hospital and something’s been affecting my nervous system, my lymphatic system and all my systems. Which is why my brain at the moment can’t remember what song I’m singing.” The audience laughed inexplicably. “The hotel above and the street below / People come and people go / All the friends we used to know / Ain’t coming back,” sings Marshall in “Manhattan.” In the past, her songs were either inspired by the thrill of a feeling, whether of depression or the excitement of love or of memories. But now, hope soars high above Marshall. The past decade’s been tough on Marshall, including a recent hospital stay in September, according to Yahoo! News, and a break-up this past summer. This time, however, she’s managed to somehow have her unrefined and bitter attitudes translated purely into her own music medium, singing songs of learnedness and maturity. However, Marshall sang some old tunes that were reminiscent of where she used to be. “Angelitos Negros,” a Spanish song originally sung by Roberta Flack, brought a darker aura upon The State Theatre. Her reluctance to sing
her old songs can be understood. But another level of respect can be had when a singer willingly decides to dig down and show us some of her old scars. Before her last song of the night, Marshall told the audience, “It means a lot to be here tonight. I’ve been a fuck up I know.” She thanked the audience for coming and continued by singing, “Bitching, complaining when some people who ain’t got shit to eat / Bitching, moaning, so many people you know that they got,” while throwing carnations into the air. Whether she was singing to her past self or encouraging us to stop “bitching,” Marshall has begun to lift herself out of a slump she was in for many years. In many ways, this album and tour can be seen as her means of rehabilitation. The concert was by no means cohesive, which is expected by her infamous track record with concerts anyhow. Marshall would, at many times, stop to pull her pants up, curl up into a ball while singing and belt intensely toward an empty wall. Her performance seemingly required very little effort yet still managed to be perfect for some reason. Artists can either push themselves to the furthest of their abilities or accept the boundaries to which they are confined to. Initially, it was difficult for me to comprehend my night at The State Theatre. The numerous disruptions, pauses, strange movements and improvised parts to make up for Marshall’s mistakes would have normally drawn me to call that night “one of the worst.” But for Cat Power, I believe that the oddity of the night was necessary for me to visualize the transition Marshall sings about. A transition is never a smooth ride, and the concert encapsulated the roughness of rehabilitation and the mystery that is Cat Power. Teresa Kim is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. She can be reached at email@example.com.
The Ignoble Nobel S
o, last week, it was announced that an American named “Roth” won the Nobel Prize. No, unfortunately, it wasn’t Philip Roth, but rather Alvin E. Roth, who won the prize for economics. Congratulations to him — I’m sure he deserved it a lot more than Milton Friedman, who won the award in 1976, the year after he traveled down to Chile to offer economic advice to Augusto Pinochet. Instead, this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature went to Mo Yan, a Chinese author who has toed the line between critic and government spokesperson. His pseudonym translates literally to “don’t speak,” and, though he has voiced sporadic support for fellow Nobel Laureate and legendary dissident Liu Xiaobo, he has cooperated with the Communist Party in various ways in the past, sitting as vice chairman of the state-run Chinese Writers’ Association. He has also allowed the government to co-opt his award for political gain as the first Chinese Nobel Laureate in Literature to receive government praise and endorsement. In response to criticisms of this year’s award, permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy Peter Englund claimed, “We are awarding a literary prize, and it’s on literary merit.” This is an impossible notion — there’s no way for a well-informed committee to come to a purely literary judgment among the thousands of candidates in dozens of languages that they consider. Despite the Academy’s clear penchant for President Obama, here Englund sounds a lot more like Mitt “it’s not a lie if I say ‘golly’ in the middle of it” Romney. I am all for the Nobel being an international literary prize, but how about giv-
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ing it to the Asian authors who really deserve it, then, like Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami and Korean poet Ko Un? Or, if they’re looking for a timely political pick, how about the controversial Syrian writer Adunis? Hypocrisy should come as no surprise from the Nobel team. Sure, the Peace Prize has always been somewhat of a joke — look at past winners Yasser Arafat or Henry Kissinger — but why does the prize in Literature have to go down the drain as well? Former permanent Secretary Horace Engdahl actually said, in 2008, that American literature was “too isolated, too insular,” and that our “ignorance is restraining.” And Engdahl would have had a point — that the award should be about achievement in world literature — until the committee’s bizarre pick of Herta Müller in 2009, the very same year that John Updike died and became ineligible. And who was really rooting for Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer in 2011, other than the Swedes on the committee? The award didn’t really launch either of these writers into the forefront of world literature. The opposite of insular is not unknown.
Adam Lerner Slow Lerner The list of should-have-wons is long and offensive (James Joyce, Marcel Proust, Jorge Luis Borges, Vladimir Nabokov and even Leo Tolstoy never received their well-deserved prizes). But Philip Roth is still alive. As a winner of two National Book Awards, two National Book Critics Circle Awards, three PEN/Faulkners and a Pulitzer, we are literally
running out of things to give Roth. And he’s been on everyone’s Nobel short-list for the last 10 years. And every year his fans receive the committee’s decision and say to themselves: “He lost to who?!” My issues with literary prizes don’t stop there. In 2012, the Pulitzer committee decided not to award a prize. They picked three finalists, including the posthumously published The Pale King by David Foster Wallace, but for some reason they didn’t think the underappreciated author of Infinite Jest deserved it. The award isn’t supposed to be given for lifetime achievement, but the fact that Hemingway won for The Old Man and the Sea or that Faulkner won for A Fable and The Reivers seems to run contrary to this notion. Plus, Wallace clearly deserved the Pulitzer in 1997 more than Steven Millhauser for Martin Dressler: Tales of an American Dreamer. Across the board, literary prizes have been hugely disappointing. It seems like every year, all the different big-name prizes try to outdo one another for which can be the most obscure and insightful, and they all wind up looking entirely blind. As Ann Patchett stated in her article “And the Winner Isn’t,” we readers love these awards. Everyone loves a little competition and, though book critics try as they might to reach large audiences when they have something to recommend, there’s nothing like a shiny gold sticker on a book cover to attract attention. Reviews are great for finding out what to read, but the book world lacks the showmanship of the film industry with the Oscars or the music industry with the Grammys. Publicity like an American Nobel would do well to revive what many consider to be literature’s slow decline at the hands of Twilight and YouTube. GoodReads.com is
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doing its part to kill good literature (the site actually has the second Fifty Shades of Grey book with a higher user rating than The Great Gatsby). And as far as the Nobel is concerned, we Americans haven’t seen the prize in 19 years. We could really use a literary pick-me-up right now. I am all for discovering new authors, and the Nobel does a great job of inspiring translations. But readership is suffering in the U.S. — this past week, everyone was saddened to hear that Newsweek will soon move purely to digital. Nothing ignites the fire under American readers like a win for one of our favorites. Philip Roth stands out as one of the most deserving, but we also have Thomas Pynchon, Cormac McCarthy, Joyce Carol Oates and many more. And we need some good cheer right now — we’re about a hair’s breadth from a Mitt Romney presidency, in which case our National Endowment for the Arts could disappear overnight to give tax breaks to ‘job creators’ like Donald Trump. Adam Lerner is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Slow Lerner runs alternate Mondays this semester.
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cost us,” added senior wide receiver Kurt Ondash, who finished with 12 catches for 147 yards. The Red offense did not err the next time it got a chance, converting two fourth downs on an 11-play drive, including a fouryard touchdown delivery from Mathews to Ondash with 2:54 to play that cut the deficit to 21-14. The defense stymied Brown for a three-and-out after a failed onside kick, giving Cornell an opportunity to drive 79 yards for a potential tying score with 1:16 left on the clock but no timeouts. After junior wide receiver Grant Gellatly snatched a 12-yard catch, however, Mathews threw three straight incompletions. And on fourth-and-10 from the Red 33, Brown junior cornerback Emory Polley jumped in front of a Gellatly route to pick off Mathews with 50 ticks remaining, preserving the 21-14 Brown victory. “It’s a tough situation when they obviously know we’re going to pass,” Ondash said. “They were kind of forcing our hand there and we just didn’t get it done.” Mathews compiled 357 yards on 31-of-58 passing in his return from a neck injury, the 10th 300yard game of his career, but he also threw his second-ever threeinterception game. After a hot start to 2012, Mathews has completed only 53 percent of his passes for two touchdowns and six picks in his last three starts. Donnelly, meanwhile, completed 19-of-26 passes for 189 yards. The senior’s efficiency, minus one blunder on the throw directly to Betros, jumpstarted a Brown offense that was shut out in its previous game at Princeton. “I thought Patrick played terrific,” Estes said. “We sat down Friday just to talk about his demeanor and Patrick said, ‘I’m pissed off.’ And I said, ‘Well, is that going to affect you in the game?’ He said, ‘Yeah, I play better pissed off.’ And I said, ‘Then damn it, let’s get pissed off.’” The Bears opponent is probably the pissed off team now. An offseason that offered such promise for the Red has evolved into what seems like the same story every loss — failed execution (1-of-13 on third downs), penalties (six for 55 yards) and lackluster run defense (263 yards allowed). Ondash believes the squad still has time to fix its flaws and right the ship. “We finally have some home games coming up, and four Ivy opponents left,” he said. “We’re just looking to go on a run and finish this season off right — trying to get 4 ‘W’s.” Quintin Schwab can be reached at email@example.com.
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chance that we would have to score a goal we would have to work hard for to earn it.” In addition to ending the team’s perfect season record, the loss also bumped Cornell out of the top spot in the Ivy League rankings. Assuming the lead with 10 points, Brown now controls the future of the conference, as Cornell, Dartmouth and Princeton sit tied at No. 2. With three games left to play in the regular season, the Red is still hungry for positive outcomes, even though the team’s recordmaking run has ended. “We don’t have that undefeated streak chip on our shoulders anymore,” said senior goalie Rick Pflasterer. “We’re not looking for anything more than getting results now.” Sophomore Ben Maurey scored the game-winner for Brown at just 4:34 in the first half. The 6-5 forward rocketed the ball past Cornell’s senior netminder Rick Pflasterer after Maurey’s teammate, senior midfielder Bobby Belair, picked up a rebound and passed the ball over. Despite fighting through a tough 85 minutes in an attempt at a comeback, the Red was unable to break through the Bears’ defensive third and ended the game scoreless for the first time since 2010. “I am very proud of our players with regards to their work rate and for competing for the whole game,” Zawislan said. “It came
down to as much as we executed very well on the middle third on the field. We needed to execute better on our defensive third and our attacking third. It came down to a couple of plays in our defensive third that we know we can do better. In our attacking third we’ve had enough opportunities to score goals, we just need to be a little bit sharper and that is what we will be working on and improving.” Brown sealed the win with 19:30 remaining in the second half, when Cornell scored an own goal. Pflasterer dove to punch away a long shot attempt by Brown sophomore defender CORNELL A l e x Markes; BROWN h o w e v e r, Game: 1ST instead of Cornell 0 sending the Brown 1 ball away from the net, Pflasterer sent it directly into teammate Peter Chodas’ body and back into the net. The Red was unable to rebound from the final goal, despite outshooting Brown, 8-2, in the second half. While the final box score may suggest a one-sided game, both teams brought a high level of intensity to the field — making the contest resemble a playoff match. “We felt like we outplayed them and we felt like we had enough chances, but we weren’t sharp enough in the final third,” said junior striker Daniel Haber. Throughout the 90 minutes of play, Cornell had an edge over Brown in shots, 15-
10, and corner kicks, 8-3; however, the Bears led the way in fouls, 15-10. The game also featured caution cards being award to three Cornell players and two Brown players. “It was very competitive in that game — we had a lot of transition plays, both attacking and defensively,” said junior defensive midfielder Ben Williams. “I’d say in terms of our team, it was one of our better games defensively. We were able to close down a lot of space quickly and repossess balls and transition to attack.” Cornell fought hard to create scoring opportunities, with Haber and 0 senior forward 2 Tyler Regan try2ND TOTAL ing to sneak one 0 0 past senior Sam 1 2 Kernan-Schloss in net at the top of the second half. Chodas set the ball to Haber at the top of the penalty box, but the Toronto-native was unable to beat the Brown keeper. Kernan-Schloss knocked Haber’s shot away from the goal and in Regan’s direction, but the Red forward was unable to pressure the ball enough to send it into the net. “Our biggest difficulty was connecting passes in the final third,” Williams said. “We just couldn’t get the one pass that we needed to get the goal.” Kernan-Schloss recorded four saves in the game, equaling Pflasterer for the day. Sophomore defender Matt Mardesich also
tried to create a momentum change after the own goal, but Kernan-Schloss tipped the header attempt over the top of the net, forcing a corner kick, which Cornell could not convert. “Unfortunately, we didn’t get the result we wanted,” Regan said. “We don’t think that we played poorly and we are looking forward to our ultimate goal, which is winning the Ivy League title and making it to the [NCAA] tournament.” Cornell looks to put the tough loss behind it, as the team has already begun preparing for its home game against Princeton — another formidable team in the Ancient Eight. “There is really little margin for error in [Ivy League] games and definitely the final outcome in the game is decided in the small differences in execution of the game plan,” Zawislan said. “I don’t expect anything else but the best week of training from our group — the sharpest, most intense, most focused. It just speaks to the character of this group.” Cornell will also spend the next week focusing on sharpening in the defensive and attacking third and converting on scoring opportunities. “We’ll have a good week of training,” Haber said. “We know that we have the talent level and the chemistry to break teams down in other ways, so we’ll improve on that. Lauren Ritter can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Brown’s 15-year head coach Phil Estes. “We made them grind for every yard they got. [We had] a
little bit of bend, but we certainly didn’t break.” The Cornell defense did some work of its own on the first drive of the second half. Freshman linebacker Mike Tate forced a
fumble that junior linebacker and defensive co-captain Brett Buehler picked up and returned 32 yards down to the Brown 14. On third-and-goal from the 4, the referees bailed out Cornell
with a pass interference call and freshman running back Luke Hagy took a shotgun handoff to the right side for a 2-yard touchdown on the next play, knotting the score at 7-all. Six plays into Brown’s next possession, though, Keisner ran it up the gut and shed several tackles on his way to a 27-yard scoring burst as the Cornell defense was unable to maintain its mojo from Tate and Buehler’s big turnover on the prior series. “We’re getting turnovers this year, but we’re also giving up big plays,” Austin said. “We have to learn to continue to hold onto a little bit of momentum that we get. We’re asking some young guys to play at a pretty high level right now. And they’ll keep com-
easily sliced through a handful of missed tackles for a 49-yard touchdown run three minutes into the final quarter, increasing the lead, 21-7. “I get offended if someone arm tackles me, so that’s never going to happen,” Reisner said. A fifth-string running back in the preseason with only three snaps of collegiate experience heading into Saturday’s contest, Reisner finished with 193 yards and two scores on 22 carries. “Needless to say, Jordan picked everything up and really had an outstanding game,” said Estes, who called upon Reisner because injuries have depleted the Bears running corps. “We’ve always felt like Jordan had the talent and this was the opportu-
“You’ve got to let the game come to you.” Kent Austin ing — they’ll mature.” “We just missed way too many tackles,” Betros added. “From a defensive standpoint, to me, that’s it. We were in the right defenses most of the time, [but] we’ve all got to tackle better.” Cornell suffered its second fourth-and-short false start on the next drive from Brown’s 21, and junior kicker John Wells missed wide left on the ensuing 44-yard field goal attempt with 5:40 to go in the third quarter. Betros hauled in his first career pick shortly after on a poor decision from Donnelley, but Mathews handed the ball right back by airmailing a pass into the arms of Brown senior cornerback A.J. Cruz on third-and-18 following a sack. The teams traded short possessions before Brown moved the chains three times and Reisner
nity for him to get it done.” A leaping 15-yard catch on fourth-and-5 by senior wide receiver and special teams captain Luke Tasker kept the Red’s next drive alive at the Brown 31. After Cornell earned a firstand-goal at the 7, though, Mathews forced a pass into traffic that Bears senior linebacker Stephen Zambetti intercepted in the end zone with 7:38 remaining. “Jeff pressed in scoring territory way too much,” Austin said. “You’ve got to let the game come to you. About half our games this year we [commit] a comedy of errors in scoring territory.” “We moved the ball well between the 20s but when we got in the red zone, we just made too many mistakes and that really See FOOTBALL page 13
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Red Loses Tight Game to Brown in Double Overtime By SHAYAN SALAM
was not to be defeated so easily, and another goal by Balleza followed by a goal from junior midfielder Elly Plapert tied Last weekend, the Cornell field hockey the game for the rest of regulation. team suffered a narrow defeat to fellow Ivy Cornell dominated play in both overLeague school Brown in a 4-3 loss. The times, but lost when Brown’s Haley Red (7-7, 3-2 Ivy League) travelled to Alvarez was able to capitalize on a rebound Providence, R.I., to face the Bears (4-9, 1- and score the game-winner. 3) and the game extended into double “The end of the game was heartbreakovertime. The loss put an end to Cornell’s ing; we controlled the entire over time, 6-game winning [but] had many 3 CORNELL streak, bringing opportunities that we the team back to a couldn't capitalize 4 BROWN .500 record overon,” said senior capGame: 1ST 2ND 1OT 2OT TOTAL all. tain Paige Cornell 1 2 0 0 3 game Brown The Mollineaux. “They 2 1 0 1 4 began with an got into our circle early Red goal from junior forward very few times because the defense in overHannah Balleza, who scored off a pass time played extremely well, but Brown from senior forward Kat DiPastina. Brown made their little opportunities count. “ then answered with two goals before halfThe Red will look to rebound quickly time. from this loss in their quest for an Ivy Four minutes after the break, Brown League title. notched a goal from Hannah Rogers to “As we have seen this year, the league is put the Bears up 3-1. However, Cornell really competitive, so anything can hap-
Sun Staff Writer
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Combining efforts | Senior forward Kat DiPastina sent a pass to junior forward Hannah Balleza, who scored the first goal of the game against Brown.
pen,” said junior goalkeeper Carolyn Horner. “As we move into our last two weeks, we are anticipating three, hardfought wins.” While looking at the recent history of the Red, it is hard not to be optimistic about its prospects for the rest of the season. After starting out with an early string of defeats, the Red rebounded and won six straight games before the Brown defeat. “As a team, we have put everything into this season and as a captain, I couldn't be
more proud of the team; no loss could ever retract from that,” Horner said. “We have been preparing for Princeton since preseason, so, despite the loss, regrouping as a team this week in practice is critical.” The Red looks to recover quickly from the loss and continue in its strong form for the rest of the season, as it faces Princeton next at home. Shayan Salam can be reached at email@example.com.
Runners Focus Sights on Heps Red closes out regular season, prepares for postseason competition By JUAN CARLOS TOLEDO Sun Staff Writer
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Run for your Reif | The men’s and women’s cross country teams ended their regular seasons on Friday at the John Reif Memorial Run.
After a strong regular season of racing by the men’s and women’s cross country teams, it is now the most anticipated weeks of their respective seasons. This first week of postseason competition features the Heps finals — a race that both teams look forward to every year. Men’s cross country coach Zeb Lang ’03 spoke about how this one race is able to bring together the Ivy League schools for a great competition. “Every year I look forward to the Heps so much,” he said. “What’s fun about it is that every school brings the utmost intensity for this meet. It brings all the Ivy League schools together, and it’s an outstanding race.” This past weekend, however, the Red hosted its lone home meet of the season, the 26th annual John Reif Memorial Run at the Moakley Course on Friday afternoon. While preparing for the meet, Lang said that he felt a little bit of nostalgia of his days racing for Cornell. “It was really nice,” he said.
“What was fun for me was running on this course as an undergrad 10 years ago, and now getting to set it up for my guys. It was exciting getting the course ready to be run on.” According to women’s cross country coach Artie Smith ‘96, what initially seemed like adverse weather turned out well for the race. “We had a really nice turnout,” he said. “Despite what we thought was going to be bad weather, it actually turned out to be a really nice day. We had a nice crowd and the atmosphere was great.” The men’s top finisher for the race was freshman Ben Rainero (8th), followed closely by freshman Brian Eimstad (9th), freshman Sam Baxter (11th), sophomore Jon Phillips (12th) and junior Michael Conroy (13th). The top finisher for the women’s team was senior Kelsey Karys (4th), finishing just ahead of Dale Kinney (5th), sophomore Christine Driscoll (7th), freshman Maggi Szpak (9th), sophomore Corey Dowe (10th) and junior Elizabeth Simpson (11th). With this meet completed, the Red is now preparing for the Heps finals at Princeton on Saturday,
Oct. 27th — a meet that is always very competitive, according to Smith. “We’re looking forward to the challenge of good competition,” he said. “Four other teams in our league this year have been ranked nationally. There’s a lot of tradition surrounding the Heps, but most of all we’re looking forward to the challenge of a great race.” Smith pointed to confidence and experience as being traits that are going to aid the Red in its pursuit of a Heps title this year. “I feel really good about [Heps],” he said. “I think it’s a very confident group. The Heps is a meet that we always care a lot about. We’re health, and they’re very well prepared. The other thing that’s good is that this is a very experienced group.” Lang summed up what he felt were the best parts about competing in the Heps finals. “It’s so exciting to see how our team stacks up every year,” he said. “It’s always an honor to be a part of the team that goes to the Heps, and to represent your school.” Juan Carlos Toledo can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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tum into the fourth set where the team held a slim margin throughout and won 25-23. The Red led the fifth set, 4-1, before Columbia tied it later in the set at 12-12. Cornell seemed to have the game won at 15-14, when Columbia’s Denise Dearman had apparently hit the net giving the Red the victory. However, the officials ruled that a Cornell blocker had touched the
ball tying the game at 15-15. The team almost blew a two-set lead team to take them to five,” said two teams were tied at 16-16, but against Dartmouth, but eventually junior outside hitter Sierra Young. back-to-back kills by the Lions gave stepped up in the fifth at the last “We left it all on the court and raised our level of play to a the visiting team the win. new standard.” “We all did our jobs in Statistically, Cornell had the 3rd, 4th and 5th sets, “It felt good to come together after the big performances from and it just didn't go our first two sets and fight as a team.” Marble, who had a doubleway,” Marble said. “We double (20 kills and 13 digs), have to start off playing Sierra Young and Young, who posted 19 like that from the beginkills and 10 digs. Junior midning.” dle blocker Rachel D’Epagnier led During many of its matches the moment. “It felt good to come together the team with a .471 hitting perteam fails to be consistent in its play throughout each set. Last week, the after the first two sets and fight as a centage and nine blocks. Senior set-
ter Lucy Zheng recorded 46 assists, while sophomore setter and captain Kelly Reinke contributed 11 to the Red’s effort. Cornell hits the road for its next four matches against Ivy League opponents. Next weekend the team plays at Brown (5-13, 1-7) and Yale (12-5, 8-0). The following weekend, the Red is at Dartmouth (216, 1-7) and Harvard (8-11, 5-3). Scott Eckl can be reached at email@example.com.
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MONDAY OCTOBER 22, 2012
Bears Dominate C.U.on Gridiron Red comes up flat against Brown, gives lackluster performance By QUINTIN SCHWAB Sun Senior Writer
This loss may sting for a while. Brown’s fifth-string running back rushed for nearly 200 yards and two touchdowns. Penalties and negative plays in scoring territory moved Cornell backwards instead of forwards, again. Last season’s Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year threw three interceptions at critical moments. In the end, it all amounted to a 21-14 bounce-back victory for the Brown football team (4-2, 1-2 Ivy League) over Cornell (3-3, 12) on Saturday afternoon in Providence, R.I. Cornell received the opening kickoff for the sixth time in six games this year and, for the sixth time, did not score. Shortly after the Red punted, its defensive line over-pursued Brown quarterback Patrick Donnelly in the backfield and the senior swept left before cutting 26 yards up the field for a touchdown and a 7-0 Bears lead midway through the first quarter. “We have to stop coming out flat,” said Cornell sophomore linebacker Taylor Betros, who finished with eight tackles and an interception of Donnelly. “We’ve got to hammer them on the first drive — that’s the most important drive of the game.” In the beginning of the second quarter, Cornell’s offense created a fourth-and-1 at the Brown 38-yard line, but a false start backed the Red up five yards — its first of two such fourth-and-short miscues. Red sophomore punter Sam Wood came on to pin the Bears on their 9, his second of three first-half punts downed inside the 13yard line. Cornell, though, couldn’t benefit from its field position advantage as the offense failed to cash in and Brown continued to march into Red territory.
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Taking a beating | Junior quarterback Jeff Mathews was under pressure during the game against Brown, which led to him holding onto the ball for too long and getting sacked and losing yardage.
“Brown did a great job offensively moving the ball,” said Cornell head coach Kent Austin. “They’re big and strong up front — they knock you off the line of scrimmage. They controlled the clock on us. We got up the field every time, but they flipped the field back on us.”
Game: Cornell Brown
CORNELL BROWN 1ST 0 7
2ND 0 0
3RD 7 7
4th 7 7
TOTAL 14 21
Brown opened the door for Cornell by missing a 43yard field goal try with 4:18 to go in the first half, and the Red then moved across midfield. But the drive stalled after another false start and sack of junior quarterback and offensive co-captain Jeff Mathews, who lost 12 yards
and fumbled before junior left guard Brad Wagner recovered. “They pressured Jeff, but Jeff held onto the ball too long — he had opportunities to get the ball out of his hands,” Austin said. “I thought for most of the game we protected Jeff pretty well, considering the pressures that [Brown has gotten] on teams throughout the course of their season.” Cornell was fortunate that Brown sophomore running back Jordan Reisner did not turn a 51-yard jolt on the last play of the half into seven points, as sophomore cornerback Michael Turner and sophomore safety Rush Miller converged on the reserve tailback at the 18-yard line to save a touchdown. Brown shut out the Red before intermission and led 7-0. “I think the story of the game was our defense,” said See FOOTBALL page 14
Red’s Undefeated Streak Squad Succumbs to Lions Ends With Loss to Brown By SCOTT ECKL
Sun Staff Writer
By LAUREN RITTER Sun Sports Editor
All good things must come to an end. On Saturday afternoon, No. 18 Brown snapped No. 10 Cornell’s 12-game undefeated streak, handing the Red its first loss of the season. In front of packed stands at Stevenson Field, the Bears (11-1-2, 3-0-1 Ivy League) sent Cornell (12-1-0, 3-1-0)
home with a 0-2 loss. “The game was exactly what we expected — two nationally ranked teams going into the game, both teams ready to go after a positive result and execute their game plans,” said head coach Jaro Zawislan. “We knew that the game would be very tight defensively and that every opportunity or See M. SOCCER page 14
In its final home game until Nov. 9, the volleyball team came up short against Ivy League rival Columbia. The Red (6-13, 2-6 Ivy League) dropped the first two sets of Saturday’s match, but came roaring back to force a fifth set before the Lions (9-8, 4-4) won the fifth, 18-16, in extra points. In the annual ‘Dig Pink’ game to sponsor awareness for
breast cancer, Cornell lost 22-25 and 19-25 in the first two sets, respectively, and trailed 10-2 in the third coming out after the break. The Red came all the way back after junior outside hitter and captain Kelly Marble had back-to-back kills to tie the score, 20-20. Three Lions’ errors and two kills by freshman outside hitter Breanna Wong later and Cornell had taken the third set, 25-21. The Red carried that momenOLIVER KLIEWE / SUN SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER
Transitioning to attack | According to junior midfielder Ben Williams, the game against Brown involved a large number of repossessions and transitions in the middle third.
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All tied up | Senior Kelly Marble evened the score at 20-all with back-to-back kills in the third set.
Published on Oct 22, 2012