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Day in court | Abigail Fisher, the plaintiff in a discrimination lawsuit against the University of Texas, prepares for a news conference outside the Supreme Court on Oct. 10.
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Employee Sues C.U.for Violating Disabilities Act Staff member seeks $1million By NOAH RANKIN Sun Contributor
Cornell Pledges to Support Diversity As Court Considers Affirmative Action By MARGARET YODER Sun Staff Writer
As the Supreme Court considers a case about the legality of affirmative action in colleges across the nation, University administrators and professors have split on their views of how the decision could affect the diversity of Cornell’s campus. In a case that has drawn national attention, Abigail Fisher, 22, sued the University of Texas at Austin for allegedly denying her
News In Remembrance
Ithaca residents paid tribute to Ithaca Town Board member Nahmin Horwitz, 84, who died on Oct. 17. | Page 3
Opinion Trick or Treat!
Dan Rosen ’12 lays down the rules of Halloween: Prepare for the cold. Spare the clothing. Go the extra mile when dressing up. | Page 9
Science Survival of the Sexiest
Two ornithologists held a photo exhibition documenting 39 eye-catching species in the birds-of-paradise family. | Page 12
The women’s polo team crushed defending national champion University of Virginia over the weekend. | Page 20
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admission because of her race. If the Supreme Court rules in favor of Fisher, it could bar the use of affirmative action in admissions at colleges including Cornell, University professors and administrators said. “There is a good reason to be concerned about the possibility that the court might strike down race-conscious policies altogether across the country,” Prof. N’Dri Assie-Lumumba, Africana studies, said in an email. In part because one of the
more liberal Supreme Court justices, Elena Kagan, has recused herself from the case, conservative justices could strike down affirmative action, Assie-Lumumba said. With the Supreme Court’s decision yet to be made, Lee Melvin, associate vice provost for enrollment, said that Cornell has already started to think about how the case may affect the University’s consideration of race in its admissions process. See RULING page 5
Prof Pranked Again In 2nd Email Forgery By REBECCA HARRIS Sun News Editor
Prof. Bruce Monger, oceanography, has had a bit of bad luck with emails this semester. An incident Monday evening marked the second time this fall Monger has been impersonated in an email sent to students in his class — and this time, he has vowed to pursue all disciplinary actions at his disposal against the culprit. After a student in his Introduction to Oceanography course accidentally cc’ed the entire class listserve on an email to Monger Monday, another student replied, also to the entire listserve, with a brief but scathing response. The sender signed the email
A Cornell Information Technology employee is suing the University for $1 million for violating the Americans With Disabilities Act in a way that he says brought him “severe emotional pain and suffering, mental anguish, humiliation [and a] loss of enjoyment of life.” Jose Zavala, 51, has worked at the University since 1993. In his lawsuit — which was filed in November 2011 — Zavala alleges that he was criticized by his supervisors for attending medical appointments, was asked to obtain an excessive number of medical clearances to return to work, and was deprived of the vehicle and tools needed for his job. The University, denying the claims, said that its actions have not adversely affected Zavala’s employment. Cornell has filed a preliminary motion arguing that Zavala’s case has no merit, according to Wendy Tarlow, associate University counsel. “Mr. Zavala is a valued employee, and we don’t feel he has been treated unfairly,” Tarlow said in an interview with The Sun. “We feel that he has been accommodated well throughout his time here at Cornell University.” Zavala, who served in the military, has suffered complications from Type 1 diabetes since 1989 — a condition that he says makes him a disabled veteran. Despite his disability, Zavala said he had been able to handle his job duties until the University allegedly began discriminating against him. Zavala said that, when he was diagnosed with early kidney failure in October 2009, his supervisor and newly hired asso-
“Bruce.” Corey Hindin ’15 emailed Monger after he realized he had forgotten to answer the last five questions on his prelim earlier that day. In the email, he requested that he be permitted to take a set of make-up questions. An hour later, Hindin and the rest of the class received a response from an unidentified recipient of the original email: “Mr. Hindin, What you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone See PRANK page 6
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Linda Rayor, a senior lecturer in entomology, speaks about spiders at Lot 10 on Tuesday.
Despite Music, Flowing Beer, Pub in Straight Draws Few By ALEXA DAVIS Sun Contributor
Cornell’s much-hyped student pub was blasting music. In the Bear’s Den — which opened in Willard Straight Hall’s Ivy Room this semester — lights blared on a dance stage, and two tele-
vision screens showed the baseball playoffs. But no one was there to enjoy it. While students flooded Collegetown bars, at about 10:30 p.m. on a Friday night, the Bear’s Den remained entireSee BEAR’S DEN page 6
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Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Today Terra Nova 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Mann Gallery, Mann Library
Umpteen speedy televisions perused two sheep, then umpteen tickets towed Jupiter, and Dan untangles five progressive orifices. Umpteen quixotic aardvarks annoyingly bought two Macintoshes. Umpteen bureaux tickled two extremely putrid botulisms. Paul sacrificed one lampstand, then Jupiter marries the very quixotic pawnbroker. Five purple poisons laughed, yet umpteen chrysanthemums kisses five aardvarks. Batman noisily untangles one Jabberwocky. Two Macintoshes laughed, then one extremely schizophrenic Jabberwocky drunkenly untangles two sheep, however Quark telephoned umpteen obese Jabberwockies. Five irascible botulisms slightly lamely auctioned off the subway, and five chrysanthemums easily untangles one mostly speedy Klingon. Five dogs drunkenly perused Minnesota, however the mats ran away cleverly, although one partly progressive subway quite comfortably sacrificed
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Cafe’s One-Way Mirror Allows Peeks Into Restroom
Reading and Book Signing with Edmundo Paz-Soldan 4:30 - 6 p.m., Events Area, Cornell Store Job Search Strategies: Summer Jobs and Internships 4:35 - 6 p.m., Kaufmann Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall Salsa Class, 4 Week Series 6:30 - 9:10 p.m., Big Red Barn
Tomorrow Cornell Technology Venture Forum 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Atrium and Training Room, East Hill Office Building
VIENNA (AP) — An Austrian artist has installed a one-way mirror in a Vienna cafe that allows men to peek from their restroom into the ladies room. Alexander Riegler told the daily Heute newspaper Monday that the mirror is an attempt to “stir people into a discussion of voyeurism and surveillance,” in an era when almost everyone is being watched. Cafe employee Alexander Khael-Khaelsberg says the mirror only shows women at the sink and does not offend anyone’s private sphere. He told the daily Heute newspaper Monday that women will get their turn in January, when the mirror is reversed to let them look at men’s faces while they stand at the urinal. The restaurant recently put up a sign advising women that they are part of an “art project” after complaints.
Uncovering and Penetrating CBRN Networks: A General Methodology for Mapping Covert Networks 12:15 - 1:30 p.m., G08 Uris Hall Stop Procrastinating! Study Skills Workshop 4:30 p.m., 3330 Carol Tatkon Center Seamus Heaney Poetry Reading 4:30 p.m., Schwartz Auditorium, Rockefeller Hall Europe in the World 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., 106G Olin Library
Clerks Rip Clothes Off Shoplifting Suspect in NYC
NEW YORK (AP) — A worker at a 7-Eleven in Brooklyn has lost his job after he and other store employees were recorded ripping the clothes off a suspected shoplifter. The video was recorded by a bystander Wednesday, and then promptly posted on the Internet. It begins with two clerks dragging the man back into the store and continues as they try to wrestle him into submission. In the process, his shirt is ripped off, his pants fall down
and he is left struggling in his boxers. One worker appears to bite the man on the shoulder. Another tries to yank him up by his underwear. Through it all, the man shouts “I got nothing, man!” while disbelieving patrons alternate between laughing and shouting at the clerks to let the man go. “Somebody call the police. This is ridiculous!” one patron shouts. A 7-Eleven spokeswoman told reporters the chain found the video horrifying. The company fired one worker and will retrain two others. Police said the shoplifting suspect was already wanted in another case. He faces charges including robbery and assault.
Woman Reports Giving Birth On a Philly Subway Train PHILADELPHIA (AP) — It was a very unusual delivery on a Philadelphia subway line. Police say a woman riding the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority’s Broad Street line told officers she gave birth aboard a northbound train Tuesday afternoon. KYW-TV reports transit police Officer Loyd Rodgers and his partner gave the stork a helping hand after the woman approached them at the Olney station. Nestled in her clothing was her baby boy, umbilical cord still attached. Rodgers wrapped the newborn in a blanket and called for medics. He says all activity in the busy subway station halted as riders snapped pictures and congratulated the new mom.
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Town Board Member Called ‘Model’ Public Servant After Death
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By SARAH CUTLER Sun Contributor
After years as an involved community member, Ithaca Town Board member Nahmin Horwitz, 84, died on Oct. 17. Horwitz, a retired physics professor who taught at Syracuse University, served for two years on several of the board’s committees. “He kept us on our toes in terms of financial issues,” Town Supervisor Herb Engman said. “As a retired physics professor, it’s not surprising that he was kind of a numbers guy.” Horwitz helped the board finance Ithaca’s fire protection efforts more efficiently, Engman said. In addition to visiting and observing several fire departments in Tompkins County with other board members, Horwitz visited other departments on his own. “He was an inspiration to a lot of us, working as a volunteer well into his 80s,” Engman said. “It’s an indication that one can have a productive, long life after retirement. Many of us hope to reach his level of involvement — as well as his age.” Prof. Emeritus Peter Stein, physics, remembers Horwitz’s enthusiasm for government. Stein, a former Ithaca Town Board member, said he met Horwitz 25 years ago when Cornell sought faculty from other schools to assist in the University’s first experiment with the Cornell Electron Storage Ring. He was friends with Horwitz during the experiment, but they grew closer years later, when Horwitz retired and moved to Ithaca. “He really liked Ithaca and fully enjoyed getting to know our little town,” Stein said. “We spent a lot of time talking about things that wouldn’t interest other people” — like where waste water goes after passing through the sewer, or how long a street lasts before it cracks, or the cost of running a fire department. When Stein resigned from his post on the Town Board, he urged Horwitz to pursue the position. Horwitz joined the board, where, Stein said, “we spent a lot of time talking about HORWITZ roads, sidewalks –– mundane things you notice when they’re not there. That’s really what local government is all about.” Both Stein and Engman said Horwitz was eager to be involved in his community no matter where he lived. Even when he moved to Kendal At Ithaca, a retirement community on North Triphammer Road, “he had a certain intensity” in learning how retirement homes were run, Stein said. When Engman gave a talk at Kendal, he found that Horwitz was the one setting up the sound system. “He was a good citizen wherever he lived,” Engman said. Horwitz was also remembered for his curiosity. Deputy Town Supervisor Bill Goodman, who worked with Horwitz on the board’s Public Works committee, said he was “a very engaged, very intelligent man.” “He had a lot of good questions about the issues we dealt with on the committee,” he said. Throughout his life, that inquisitiveness led him to affect many different communities throughout his life, Stein said. “There was something that characterized him — a calm sense of reason and reasonableness,” Stein said. “I never saw him angry or unwilling to listen to someone else, and he never accepted things he didn’t fully understand. He was the model of a good public servant.” Sarah Cutler can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unlawful Possession of Alcohol
Two individuals were referred to the Judicial Administrator for unlawful possession of alcohol on Friday in Clara Dickson Hall, according to the Cornell University Police Department. Verbal Harassment on Campus
The Cornell University Police Department took a report from a student who claimed to have been verbally harassed near Barton Hall Saturday. Fecal Matter
The Cornell University Police Department took a report from a staff member that an individual or individuals smeared human feces on a stall door in the men’s bathroom in Uris Library on Friday. — Compiled by Utsav Rai
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Prof. Kim Haines-Eitzen, chair of the Near Eastern studies department, gave a talk on her new book, “The Gendered Palimpsest: Women, Writing and Representation in Early Christianity,” in Olin Library Tuesday.
Students Hope New Networking Site Will Make Calendars a Social Tool Founders promise student-run site will ‘dominate the future’ By YIDAN XU
her fellow team members successfully created the website. “[The long-distance collaboration] shows With new technologies revolutionizing the why a site like uJiiV, that allows you to connect way students socialize on college campuses, a with your circles of contacts easier, is necessary bevy of undergraduate entrepreneurs at Cornell in the digital age,” Neves said. Though the site is still under development, hope their recently launched website will become an influential part of social media in the the team spoke about the website’s future with confidence. future. “Although we are still in the early stage, we A group of 16 undergraduate students, including 14 Cornellians who range from fresh- have a dedicated and talented team, who are men to seniors, started uJiiV –– a social net- working together to make our site as useful as it working site designed to help users manage their can be. [Our team includes] driven, ambitious calendars by integrating events between multiple entrepreneurs who have a clear vision for what social media sites. The site, currently restricted uJiiV can be in the long term,” Neves said. “We to invited guests, will open to the public in a few intend on taking our business to the next level.” Lauryn Andrews ’13, chief of marketing and business administration for uJiiV, said “uJiiv is where you can advertise, orga- the team is already working on the next steps for developing the site. nize and publicize where you are going “Part of our plan is to make uJiiV a to be, and coordinate for people to join mobile app. Linking uJiiV profiles with you there.” mobile devices will definitely make it more convenient for people to create schedules Jacqueline Neves ’14 and add events at any time,” Andrews said. Natalie Kim ’15, an information science major and a teaching assistant for a computer weeks. uJiiV’s founders said that, through their web- science course, said she was not sure that uJiiV is site, they have found a way to turn calendars a particularly new idea. She noted that other websites and applications already offer calendar into a social tool. For instance, the site allows users who have syncing services. “In terms of the premise of the site as a created their own calendars and events to synchronize them with and subscribe to their whole, I’m still not sure I understand exactly friends’ calendars, according to Jacqueline Neves ’14, one of the site’s co-founders. “The fact that these students put the uJiiV — pronounced “jive” — was inspired primarily by other social media time and effort in to ... actually create a sites, Neves said, comparing the new site to website ... is very admirable.” Facebook and Twitter. “Facebook is where you can advertise to Natalie Kim ’15 the world what you have done and where you have been. Twitter is where you can adver- what it offers that Google Calendar or Facebook tise what you’re doing right now and who you does not,” Kim said. “Since Facebook has events are with,” Neves said. “uJiiV is where you can that you can create and invite your friends to, advertise, organize and publicize where you are what is uJiiV offering that is different?” Still, Kim said the project is the kind of innogoing to be, and coordinate for people to join vative work in technology and business in which you there.” Neves said she and her team envision the students should engage. “I think it’s amazing that Cornell students are development of the site as the “natural progression of the social networking age — past, pre- trying out new things and coming up with new ideas,” she said. “The fact that these students sent, future.” put the time and effort in to formulate this idea “uJiiV [will] dominate the future,” she said. Neves, who is currently studying abroad in and actually create a website for it is very France, said social networks were crucial to her admirable.” ability to keep in constant contact with the uJiiV team to make sure the project stayed on track. Yidan Xu can be reached Despite living in separate continents, she and at email@example.com. Sun Contributor
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Univ.Counsel Denies Employee’s Claim That He Was Treated ‘Unfairly’ LAWSUIT
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ciate director unfairly withdrew some of his responsibilities and assignments, basing their decisions to do so on his disability rather than his job performance. When his kidneys failed and his foot swelled, the University “wanted to get rid of me because they saw it,” he claims. That discrimination, Zavala said, manifested itself in his 2009 performance evaluation, which he said was unfair and did not accurately describe his actual performance. “My record was great; I never had anything bad put on my record the whole time I’m here. Then, all of a sudden, they start worrying about my foot,” he said. “They [started] saying, ‘Well, you’re missing too many days going to the doctor,’ and that shouldn’t be put on [my] job performance evaluation.” This and other alleged incidents of discrimination led Zavala to file his lawsuit against the University, he said. In September, Zavala asked that the University pay a settlement of $464,000, but the University rejected it, according to a message between Zavala and Tarlow. According to Zavala, the $1 million he is currently asking for was calculated based on what he would make working for Cornell from now until he turns 65. In his lawsuit, Zavala also alleges that the University switched his job positions in a way that was unfair. Zavala has worked for two different teams in CIT: the Cornell Field Service, which is responsible for activating wireless internet across campus, and the Backbone Lance Support, which focuses on setting up routers, switches and fiber optics. After working in the CFS for a few years, Zavala was moved to the BLS, a branch he said he prefers working in. In October 2010, Zavala was issued a doctor’s order that said he could not climb ladders, and the University transferred him from the BLS back to the CFS — a move that Zavala said was a demotion. “I didn’t get any money taken away from me, but you work so hard, you go to school, you learn different skills, and now you get thrown back into doing something that somebody that is entry-level would basically do,” he said. According to Tarlow, Cornell later made an offer to Zavala to rejoin the BLS. The two parties, however, split on their interpretations of the offer. While the University claims in the lawsuit that Zavala rejected its offer, Zavala said that his meeting with a University official to discuss the offer was “a setup.” The offer, he said, did not give him the opportunity to truly return to his previous position — forcing him to reject it and stay with the CFS. Cornell has argued that the court should dismiss some of Zavala’s claims because too much time passed between the alleged incidents and Zavala filing his complaints. In a motion, the University said that a claimant must file a charge within 300 days of an alleged discriminatory action. If true, the court would not have jurisdiction to consider acts that occurred prior to Oct. 23, 2010 — such as the University allegedly unfairly evaluating Zavala in his job performance report. The University has also argued that “nowhere in the chronology laid out by the plaintiff is there any indication of a legally cognizable adverse action, let alone one which was caused by plaintiff ’s disability status.” The University’s motion defines adverse actions as actions that create a “materially significant disadvantage” for the plaintiff. These include termination of employment, a demotion in wage or salary, a less distinguished title, a material loss of benefits or significantly diminished material responsibilities. The University asserts that the restrictions it placed on Zavala’s work, the medical clearances it asked Zavala to undergo and its evaluation of his job performance cannot be considered adverse actions. As the lawsuit proceeds, Zavala said he hopes that the case — which concerns years of alleged discrimination, and has pit him against the University — will soon be resolved. “This has been hard on me physically and psychologically,” Zavala said. “It’s hurt my relationship with my coworkers; it’s hurt my relationship with my wife.” Zavala, who is representing himself in the case, said that the stress from the lawsuit has aggravated his illness. “I just had a mini-stroke. I was hospitalized for 24 hours for observation, and my doctor said, ‘Do whatever you can to get closure on this,’” he said. “[Because] I’m doing this on my own, it’s created a lot of stress on me. My kidneys have gotten worse.” According to Zavala, it could be only a year before his kidneys fail altogether, forcing him to be put on dialysis. But for Zavala, fighting the lawsuit is worth it. “I just need closure,” Zavala said. “I know that if Cornell prevails in this, they’re going to lay me off. There’s no doubt in my mind.” Noah Rankin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Admins,Profs Divided on Impact of Supreme Court Ruling University officials prepare for the possibility of the elimination of affirmative action RULING
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Cornell has considered race a factor in admissions for years, according to Melvin. “Race is just one factor, [but] can it be a factor that provides you with a different opportunity than another student? It can be. It really can be,” he said. While acknowledging that, should the Supreme Court strike down affirmative action, the racial diversity of Cornell’s student body could be affected, Melvin said that it is difficult to say how big of an effect the ruling could have. “It could impact our numbers; it just depends on how detailed the court writes [its] decision,” Melvin said. Melvin said that in addition to looking for racial diversity among its students, Cornell works to have a student body that is diverse in areas such as socioeconomic status and educational background. If affirmative action is struck down, admission committees at Cornell may be asked to more strongly consider applicants’ diversity in these other areas, according to Melvin. Although Melvin said that, until the Supreme Court releases its decision, it will be “very difficult” to tell exactly how Cornell will be affected, Renee Alexander ’74, associate dean of students, said that she thinks that Cornell will only be marginally impacted if the Supreme Court decides to strike down affirmative action. Because of its competitive applicant pool, the University will continue to attract talented students from a variety of
backgrounds, Alexander said. Additionally, Alexander said that the University will be able to continue drawing a diverse student body through the New York State Education Opportunity Program –– which provides underrepresented, promising students the opportunity to attend Cornell even if they do not fulfill academic requirements for admission. The program does not solely consider race but recruits a diverse group of students through working with “students whose financial and academic environments have not allowed their potential to come to fruition,” according to Cornell’s website. “Given our land grant mission and commitment to touching and changing the lives of underserved New York residents, we shall remain committed to these critical programs,” Alexander said. Like Alexander, Karim Abouelnaga ’13, the political action chair of Black Students United, said that Cornell’s commitment to initiatives such as the NYSEOP will prevent the University’s student body from losing much of its diversity if affirmative action is struck down. “The obvious answer is that the student body will become all the more homogenous, but I don’t see the effect being too drastic,” Abouelnaga said in an email. “If Cornell is truly committed to diversity, then they will utilize other factors that have for generations told stories about race.” For instance, he said, the University
Iowa Teacher’s Aide Fired After Murder Charge Surfaces DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa teacher’s aide was fired Tuesday after school officials recently learned she was the member of an Indianapolis family who tortured and killed a girl in the basement of their home in 1965. Paula Pace had worked for the BCLUW consolidated school district based in the central Iowa town of Conrad since 1998. She was a teacher’s aide at the district’s high school. Superintendent Ben Petty said the school board fired Pace for providing false information on her application. Petty said he could not comment further about the case. The board made the decision after meeting in special session to discuss the matter. The district was notified by Grundy County Sheriff Rick Penning, who said his office received an anonymous telephone call last Wednesday informing him that Pace was Paula Baniszewski, formerly of Indianapolis, who had been convicted of manslaughter for participating in the torture and murder of 16-year-old Sylvia Likens in 1965. “They wanted to make us aware of it because of the crime that was involved and because she was in the school system,” Penning said. “We turned it over to the school and we’re kind of out of it because there’s no criminal offense per se.” He said the caller indicated they had picked up on Pace’s previous identity from a Facebook posting. “Whether it was somebody on a vendetta or somebody just in the public interest started putting it on Facebook, people just started picking up on it,” the sheriff said. Penning said his officers investigated the case and found that Pace had completed her prison sentence and was released on parole. The case has been referred to as one of the most notorious crimes in Indianapolis. The story has generated fiction and nonfiction books, a play and movies including the 2007 dramas “An American Crime” and “The Girl Next Door.” The case begins when Sylvia Likens and her sister, Jenny, were left by their parents with Gertrude Baniszewski and her seven children in the summer of 1965. In the following months, Sylvia was beaten, burned with cigarettes, branded with a hot needle, and suffered other abuse. Her malnourished body was found in the basement of the home Baniszewski rented on Oct. 26, 1965. The cause of death was brain swelling and internal bleeding of the brain. A trial later revealed the torture came at the hands of Gertrude Baniszewski; her daughter Paula, who was 17 at the time; her son Johnny, then 13; and other neighbor children who would watch and at times participate.
can infer a student’s race through factors such as their educational background, family’s income and name. “If an applicant is applying from the South Side of Chicago and the familial income is in the lowest quartile … they attended a public school, and their name is Derrius — there is a greater probability that they are African American than not,” he said. The Supreme Court’s decision could have a limited effect on Cornell if it is limited to the University of Texas’ admission policy, Assie-Lumumba said. The admissions policies of the two universities are distinct enough that if the Supreme Court rules only on the specifics of the University of Texas’ policy, Cornell will not be affected, she said. Prof. Noliwe Rooks, Africana studies, feminist, gender and sexuality studies, said she is worried that the Cornell’s commitment to diversity may not be strong enough to protect diversity on campus if the Supreme Court bars affirmative action. In an interview with The Sun, Rooks referred to an Oct. 4 opinion piece published by The New York Times, in which Prof. Thomas Espenshade, sociology, Princeton University, claimed that college campuses will be drastically affected if the Supreme Court strikes down affirmative action. In the article, Espenshade said that, at selective private schools, eliminating affirmative action policies will decrease the number of black and Hispanic students by about 60 percent and 33 percent,
respectively. Should universities become less racially diverse, Rooks said that there is a risk that minority students will not perform as well in the classroom and even beyond college when they enter the workforce. In schools that are racially diverse, “African Americans and Hispanics learn more in integrated schools, get better grades in college, graduate in larger numbers and secure better jobs,” Rooks wrote in an article she published in Time Magazine on May 24. But affirmative action has faced opposition from some Supreme Court justices, including Justice Clarence Thomas. “I was taught there’s no real difference between blacks and whites, and I never thought there was supposed to be an easier or different road for us,” he said in a Feb. 28 interview with Businessweek. Amid uncertainty over how the Supreme Court will rule on the case, Brennan Cumming ’15 said he hopes that the court will protect affirmative action. Cumming said that he has benefited from Cornell’s diverse student body both in and out of the classroom, and expressed concern about the possibility that the University would have to eliminate its affirmative action policy. “It’s a lot more rewarding in terms of a real world education to be exposed to people of different backgrounds in college,” he said. “I think affirmative action, to some extent, helps accomplish that.” Margaret Yoder can be reached at email@example.com.
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in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul. Bruce.” The nearly 600 students enrolled in the course received his email, the full text of which comes directly from a quote from the 1995 Adam Sandler comedy Billy Madison. Tuesday morning, Monger issued a response to the class in which he identified himself as “the real Bruce Monger” and strongly condemned what he called “last evening’s hateful message to a fellow student.” “As for what will be done with the person who attacked Corey,” Monger wrote in the email, which was obtained by The Sun, “I will contact CIT this morning and ask for their assistance in identifying the attacker. If the attacker is still a Cornell student, I will file all possible academic integrity violation charges against the student. If the attacker is found guilty of any academic integrity violation, and is a student in the current oceanography class, I will fail the student immediately and expel them from the class.” Furthermore, Monger said, he would support the University should it decide to expel the student from Cornell. Hindin — who characterized himself as a “dedicated Adam Sandler/Billy Madison fan” — told The Sun Tuesday that he did not think the content of the response he received “was a big deal.” “I laughed when I saw the reply, even when I thought it was actually Prof. Monger who sent it. Honestly, if there's one student in the class who would appreciate a professor dropping that line, it is me … I can appreciate a good reference,” Hindin said. “But at the same time, to quote Billy's response in the movie, ‘a simple 'wrong' would've done just fine.’” Hindin said that he did not think drastic action needed to be taken against the email’s sender — “nobody should fail a class over a joke” — but said he would defer to Monger and the University in deciding how to proceed. While he said he did not consider the email a personal attack against him, he added that the impersonation of a professor was inappropriate. “I think it is unacceptable to pose as someone else, and not very smart on the student's part to pretend to be a professor who was already involved in a situation where someone pretended to be him via email. Very unoriginal,” Hindin said. “I definitely think whoever sent the email owes Professor Monger an apology.” Monger said he has changed his administrative email settings to require his approval on any messages sent over the Ocean-L listserve. He is also allowing Hindin to make up the questions he missed, according to his email to the class. Monger will also meet with the Judicial Administrator’s Office to discuss the incident “in the context of the earlier incident involving a Jewish student in my class,” he told The Sun Tuesday. The incident is the second this semester in which Monger has been impersonated in an attack on a student in Introduction to Oceanography. Last month, Nicole Barel ’16 received a message from a recent alumnus that attacked her Jewish religion after she unintentionally sent an email to the wrong netID. Barel, who initially believed the reply she received had been written by Monger — the email was signed with his signature and the sender display name was altered to read “Bruce Monger” — it was quickly revealed that she had been duped. “I think what is happening in the class is probably representative of a cross-section of the whole campus community,” Monger told The Sun Tuesday. “So this issue of harmful verbal attacks on students should probably be addressed at both the classroom and at the University level.” Rebecca Harris can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Students gather at an interactive workshop hosted by Cornell Minds Matter Tuesday on how to address incidents of bias on campus.
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ly devoid of the nightlife that organizers hoped it would attract. Organizers recently installed the dance stage and colored lights to fix this ongoing attendance problem and encourage more students to visit. But on Friday, the only person in the pub was Bear’s Den cashier Celeste Cooper. Cooper said that nights like Friday, when the Bear’s Den appeared empty, are not uncommon. “I’ve been working at the Bear’s Den for two months, and things only pick up when there are special events,” Cooper said. While the pub committee — a subset of the Willard Straight Hall Union board — did not have a specific estimate for attendance figures before the pub’s opening, they said that the Bear’s Den has seen lower than expected attendance rates since its grand opening over a month ago. Although Cornell students say the low figures will be hard to improve without more promotion and a better atmosphere, the pub’s organizers remain optimistic. Cooper said she has served approximately 80 people in the past two months. She said the figure may have been higher if the Bear’s Den were not physically connected to Stone Palace Pizza — an eatery in the Ivy Room — which she said causes confusion for students and faculty. Students said that the Bear’s Den also lacks an atmosphere distinct from the rest of the Ivy Room. “There hasn’t been a change to the ambience,” Mario Cespedes ’13 said. “You come in and it’s still the Ivy Room, but they sell alcohol. There’s no feeling that you’re coming into a new establishment.” Adding further support to Cespedes’ statement, Niccolo Athens grad said that the Bear’s Den does not feel like a separate location because “it’s staffed by the same person as Stone Palace Pizza.” “I don’t think it’s possible to eliminate the cafeteria atmosphere of it. This is not really an atmosphere for late night socializing,” he said. Although some have expressed clearly defined opinions about the new pub, many students do not know what it is. On more than one occasion, students sitting only 10 feet from the bar claimed that they had never heard of the establishment and could not identify its location. “I honestly don’t even know what the Bear’s Den is. I haven’t seen much advertising for it,” Erica Baevsky ’16 said. When asked what the Bear’s Den could do to increase awareness of it on campus, students suggested that its organizers hang signs promoting it
in the Straight and around campus. To ensure that Bear’s Den’s advertisements gain the attention of students and faculty, Baevsky suggested that pub organizers “use information sources that students check every day, like Facebook and Twitter.” Aiesha Rasheed ’15 and Anika Alam ’15 also proposed that the pub committee host special events, such as musical acts and entertainment, at the pub. In fact, in an effort to promote the Bear’s Den, the pub committee has already hosted programs sponsored by various student groups and posted signs in school buildings. At a meeting Wednesday, the committee agreed that it should ramp up such collaboration with organizations and reach out to more student groups for late-night programming. The Bear’s Den has scheduled some events for the upcoming weekend with the 2016 Class Council, Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity and Delta Delta Delta sorority, but is looking to host more functions at the pub, according to commitee members, according to Lauren Ritter ’13, director of the pub committee, who is also The Sun’s sports editor. All events at the pub will be open to the public, added Allisa Lindo ’14, a member of the pub committee. While student and faculty organizers are making efforts to attract more customers, they said they are not overly concerned with the pub’s current attendance rates. According to committee members, the Bear’s Den simply needs more time to mature and gain attention — a phase that they believe most new businesses experience. “The more programming we have happening by established groups, and the more successful that programming is, the more likely people are going to start coming to the Bear’s Den,” Ritter said. After the pub passes this phase, its organizers are hoping to see both the fruits of their labors and investments pay off. So far, pub organizers have invested “a considerable amount of money” — as well as time and effort — into the pub, said Scott Davis, operations manager of Central Campus Dining. When asked how much time he will allow to pass before deciding whether to invest more resources for the Bear’s Den, Davis said that it “totally depends on student participation and programming.” “Right now, the Bear’s Den is a cub. It’s in its infancy. We need to crawl and then we need to walk and then we need to run,” he said. Alexa Davis can be reached at email@example.com.
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What Do Hot Sauce, Fire And Babies Have in Common? J
acob Kose was sitting in his room this Saturday night, planning to meet two friends to crochet mittens for dogs, but suddenly three of his housemates ran to the upstairs kitchen and guzzled a gallon of milk. Perturbed, Jacob wondered allowed why the young men had guzzled his milk so. They had each tried the hottest bottle of hot sauce in New Orleans, a demonic creation intended to pillage and burn the manliest of throats. As he watched everyone who entered the kitchen munch down on bananas dipped in hot sauce — if you’ve never dipped a banana in hot sauce you haven’t lived — he began to contemplate the question everyone’s been asking since the match was patented on October 24,
D.R.: Yeah the Internet is huge. There are massive cables running between Europe and the U.S. just for Internet. Think about how not just communication, but also voting, business transactions, have all been entirely revolutionized by the Internet. In the City there’s a building with no windows in Tribeca that just has Internet servers. J.K.: Damn, that’s some matrix shit. D.R.: Yessir. As David said “Yessir” I began to consider not if the matrix was real, because
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A Pragmatic Budget
ITHACA IS FACING A $3 MILLION deficit this year, and Mayor Svante Myrick ’09 has been struggling to balance the budget. He recently proposed to leave positions in the Ithaca Police department vacant as current officers retire, along with other proposals to raise revenue and reduce costs. Filling a three million dollar deficit takes leadership and hard decisions. We commend the mayor’s attempt to make strategic budget cuts — even if they are not always politically popular — and make the city sustainable in the long term. There are currently 73 officers in the department, according to IPD’s website, and Myrick’s plan would reduce the force by approximately nine using retirement incentives. Although this month there was a bomb scare in the Commons and one Ithaca police officer was shot on Oct. 11 by a fleeing suspect, Ithaca was also recently ranked the most secure small town in America by Farmers Insurance due to factors such as crime statistics, extreme weather, housing depreciation, foreclosures, air quality, life expectancy, terrorist threats and job losses. Looking at statistics on crime from the IPD website, the annual number of crimes has not increased since 2008, the first year for which data was available. Other solutions that the mayor has proposed for the budget include consolidating fire and building inspections. Additionally, Myrick is proposing merging other city government departments, like the Chamberlain’s Office and the Controller’s Office, into a new finance department. Consolidating these positions allows the city to maintain current levels of service while reducing costs. Significantly, these consolidations and cuts are balanced by a moderate increase in property taxes. It is admirable that the mayor is not letting emotional appeals stand in the way of wellreasoned arguments. Instead of ignoring the burgeoning costs of the police department for the sake of political popularity, Myrick is taking a pragmatic approach that aligns Ithaca’s crime rate realities with its expenditures. Over the course of 12 years, according to Myrick, the police budget has increased by $5 million, and this increase cannot go without scrutiny. In defense of maintaining the current number of positions, the police department cited data that says calls for help are higher than ever, employing the statistic that in 1990, the IPD received 14,000 calls for help and, in 2011, received 21,000. But the use of these statistics is disingenuous. As more and more Americans carry cell phones, the number of calls is bound to increase, independent of the rate of actual crime. In order for the city to make the appropriate decisions with regard to its budget, we need a dispassionate approach that looks at multiple factors and maximizes the overall benefits to the city. We feel that the mayor is approaching this issue pragmatically and appropriately, and we urge the Common Council to approve the mayor’s budget.
1836: Is fire the greatest invention in human history? David Roger ’13, the owner of said hot sauce, walked by to cook some eggs as I juggled and swallowed flaming swords while jotting down some notes with my toes. Disclaimer: As always, Scrambled Eggs strives to adequately approximate what was said and who said what, but may at times mess all of that up. Jacob Kose: Dave, you want some apple-cinnamon-vanilla-banana pancakes? David Roger: Sure. I’m so hungry dude, gonna have to nail an egg before I get out of here. David proceeds to nail an egg. D.R.: Ain’t the combination of rice vinegar and soy sauce just the best smell? J.K.: Mmmm. Dave, do you think fire is the greatest invention in human history? D.R.: It’s gotta be up there. Think about electricity though, that’s right there, and the Internet? J.K.: In a way fire led to electricity though, since fire is power. And maybe ships are up there, since travel is somewhat responsible for the world as we know it. But at the same time, once we invented the Internet we could’ve found out that there were indigenous people on every continent, doin’ their thang, even if we never had ships and airplanes and spaceships.
it is real and if you don’t believe that you’re not an American; not the downfall of society should that Tribeca tower and every Internet tower all over the world spontaneously combust when those Mayan dudes are finally right; not even the possibility of a manatee or an ocean dragon looking for some deep sea chow burrowing into the U.S.-European Internet cables and permanently setting all of our homepages to a picture of Mitt Romney’s smile, but something else altogether less ridiculous. Perhaps monumental inventions like that of fire and the patent of the match, the late nineteenth century advent of the phonograph and radio and camera, even today’s internet, all of which enhance our lives and our abilities, pale in comparison to our ability to literally invent life. On October 24, 2006, the world’s then-youngest premature baby was born. It had spent on 22 weeks — a bit more than half the typical babe’s stint — in the womb, and modern medical technologies prevailed to save the child. Though no single medical technology or technique can be credited with our modern ability to bring children into this world, perhaps we ought to consider our greatest invention the ability to save ourselves. At that moment, I realized David’s adorable baby face and slightly below-average stature influenced the entire stream of thought that had just oozed all over my consciousness. D.R.: I’m really screwed for a paper, later Kose. J.K.: Later, Dave. Jacob Kose is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Scrambled Eggs appears alternate Wednesdays this semester.
CORRECTION Due to an editing error, a news article Tuesday, “Collegetown Safety Meeting Canceled Due to Poor Attendance,” incorrectly stated the name of one of the organizations that helped planned the canceled meeting. It was the Cornell Collegetown Student Council, not the Collegetown Neighborhood Council. Additionally, the story incorrectly referred to the meeting as a CCSC event, when multiple organizations helped plan it.
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Binder? I Hardly Know ’Er A
s November approaches, we as young adults have an important choice ahead of us. The options cannot be more different and the way we decide could change the course of our lives. And yet, with mere days left, I have not yet made a decision. No, not about who I am going to vote for on November 6, but rather, what the hell I should be for Halloween this year. Every year Halloween rolls around, after the whole hoopla has been going on all month. Constant questions as to what or who I am going as, who is having a party and when (since when is Halloween on a Wednesday? The weekend before seems far too early and the
colder than Mitt Romney’s heart out there. So either tough it out and don’t wear a jacket, or make sure that that bulky North Face and those Uggs are part of some sorority girl costume, because otherwise you’re going to look like a fool. Size matters. Your enjoyment will suffer if your costume is so bulky that you can’t turn around in a hallway. Also, nobody should need a box cutter to try and make kisses on you. The less clothing, the better. Packaged and purchased costumes are tacky. Before you even start thinking about what you want to be, make sure that it isn’t assembled in a factory in China. And don’t worry about spending too much money; a great costume can easily be made on the cheap. When it comes to deciding on your costume, play to your audience and make sure people will actually get what you are trying to be. Just because everybody at the Cosplay Smell the Rosen convention you went to has read all of Game of Thrones, doesn’t mean we have. So if you aren’t sure what to dress up as, stick with classics and you’ll do just fine. Now let’s set some ground rules for the actual getups. Sluttiness is not a costume. This one is mostly for the girls, but guys, leaving your shirt and pants at home does not a costume make. Ladies, throwing on a bunch of skimpy clothing and saying you are a sexy cat, a sexy popsicle or a sexy turd, is just lame. We see enough short skirts during the
weekend after is already November, which seems an utterly preposterous time to be gallivanting about in costumes) seem to plague me from October 1. So, what follows is a guideline for picking the right costume; to help you be the wittiest of the bunch and hopefully save you from waking up in the bed of a townie dressed as John Wayne Gacy. First off, this is Ithaca, which means it’ll probably be
rest of the year; let’s strive for a little originality please. In that vein, wearing a cool t-shirt is not cool, nor is it a costume. Just because you have a t-shirt with Cookie Monster on it, doesn’t mean you are dressed up like Cookie Monster, it just means your mom went to Urban Outfitters and got you a birthday present. Topical costumes can be risky, but if pulled off correctly can be glorious and potentially lead to several likes on your new profile picture. That being said, if you decide to go as a “binder full of women,” make sure you’re the best one at the party, otherwise you’ll find that’s it’s quite hard to sob alone in the corner when you have two big pieces of cardboard attached to you. Big gestures are always appreciated! This includes, face / body paint of any kind, facial hair changes and removed limbs. There is nothing quite like explaining to people a month after the fact that you don’t have eyebrows because of a Halloween costume. This is all part of the bigger idea of commitment. Going the extra mile can save even a stupid costume idea. I’ve seen what should have been horrible costumes end up working because of that extra accessory that shows a little effort. So start scavenging your friends’ closets for that leopard print glitter spandex, find that “Monster Mash” cassette and God help you if you go as a “nudist on strike.” Happy Christian Purim. Vote McGovern. Dan Rosen is a senior in the College of Art, Architecture, and Planning. He may be reached at email@example.com. Smell the Rosen appears alternate Wednesdays this semester.
The Exception Is Not the Rule
exual assault at Cornell did not often cross my mind before O-Week, when my close friend turned to me in the car and said, almost under her breath, that she had been assaulted this past spring. My reaction was shock that turned to anger as she told me her story, which she recounted again for me this week. “I went to my brother’s fraternity. I blacked out. The next thing I remember is being led out the emergency exit without a coat, a cellphone, an ID or shoes into a March night with below freezing temperatures. The next thing I remember is stumbling through campus. “And then we were having sex. “It was my first time, and it was obviously very traumatic. I was aware of what was happening but was too drunk to process what was going on or to physically stop it from happening. While it was happening, all I knew was that this was not something I wanted to do. “My roommate called in to ask if I was OK. I screamed that I was not. She stormed in and kicked him out. The next thing I remember is lying on the floor of my dorm bathroom, bruised, bleeding and crying. “And then I woke up in the hospital. My BAC was .22 at 5:30 a.m. I was raped at 2 a.m. Who knows how drunk I was at the time?” Her story has continued and so has her attacker’s, two lives full of details and events that could fill biographies that I’m not here to write. She has worked with the J.A. and University administration, describing them as “incredibly supportive and resourceful.” Despite their support, she has continued to see him on campus as she recovers emotionally and works with the University to decide what to do next. She sees her attacker at bars, in class, walking down Ho Plaza, living with her brother and in the library. He has had a successful career at Cornell; he gets decent grades and was admitted to his fraternity, a community that stayed silent despite knowing what had taken place this spring. If I wanted to bash a single fraternity or a single guy, this would be a very different column. I don’t want to do that. But this story, however specific to my friend’s personal life, is not generally exceptional, unusual or atypical. While researching this piece, I spoke to five young women who have had experiences with sexual violence and assault during their time as Cornellians, all scarring and painful. My friend’s story speaks loudly to themes that pervade all of their stories. Consistent with my friend’s experience, the University administration has extensive, impressive and sensitive resources readily available to victims of sexual assault and harassment. But to receive those services, victims have to reach out. According to Clery Act crime statistics published by the Cornell Police, there were only two reported sex offenses on campus in 2011. As a percentage of Cornell’s female population, this is a far cry from the National Institute of Justice’s research: “13.7 percent of undergraduate women had been victims of at least one completed sexual assault since entering college: 4.7 percent were victims of physically forced sexual assault; 7.8 percent of women were sexually assaulted when they were incapacitated after voluntarily consuming drugs, alcohol or both.” Fewer than 5 per-
cent of such assaults are reported to the authorities. If Cornell is anything like that national average, my friend’s story speaks for even more people than I could recount here, many of whom cope with their experiences with less support than my friend. Accepting help from the University meant confronting her experience head on: “The hardest thing was to admit that something happened to me. That it wasn’t my fault. That I wasn’t imagining it.” Addressing and talking about her experience took courage and strength, qualities that must be burdensome to draw on when you have been physically and emotionally assaulted. In addition to internal struggles with herself, there was the added stress of knowing her attacker and seeing him frequently following that spring night. My friend was not alone in knowing her attacker well. Eighty-five to ninety percent of sexual assaults reported by college women are committed by someone the victim knows. As a community, we rely on exceptionalism to rationalize the existence of sexual assault at Cornell. Highly publicized instances like the ones that took place last month shock and appall us, as they should, and make us rally in solidarity of the victims. But the fact that we know about those instances and not others allows us to push away the idea that this happens pervasively and silently. Cornell does not take complete control of the process as soon as allegations are made, which is good. We cannot take the choice of how to handle sexual assault away from the victim. The self-choice and agency that victims have in participating in the fate of their attacker is essential to helping them come forward. My friend, if not aware that she would hold the reins in how far the situation would go, would likely never have come forward to the JA or the Cornell Police. It is her agency in the outcome of her terrible experience that heals her — she is not pressured or ignored as the University seeks to wipe the attacker away and his crime with him. The administration should be commended on the resources and processes that it offers. Some challenges, however, cannot be alleviated by the administration’s assistance or institutional means. My friend experienced a lot of doubts — many acquaintances, friends and even her brother felt and voiced that she, in her words, “wanted it” because she had, on other occasions, expressed romantic interest in her attacker. It took a while for her to accept that what happened to her was not OK, consensual or acceptable — that she had been raped. Unlike my friend, half of all college women who are sexually assaulted do not identify as having been “raped.” I have spoken to a lot of friends who say that they didn’t want to have sex, or that sexual encounters were “weird” or “bad,” but who stop short of admitting that they just didn’t want it to happen. As I wrote above, the burden of declaring that you have been wronged is a heavy one, and people cannot be blamed for taking time to get to this conclusion. Instead of forcing a choice or an outcome, what can we as Cornellians do to support victims in arriving at a better place? Clearing up a major misconception would be a good
start. While I’m sure that many Cornellians are intellectually aware of the definition of sexual assault, it is harder to emotionally accept and absorb that women are often assaulted in cases that are less clear-cut than we imagine. No matter if you have hooked up with someone before or are friends with them, if on that instance you don’t consent, then it’s sexual assault. We need to acknowledge the prevalence of sexual assault and the wide scope of cases where consent is blurred or absent, regardless of any relationship between attacker and victim. We need to internalize it, not just “know.” It needs to be practice to consider and reflect on the
Maggie Henry Get Over Yourself nature of our sexual experiences so that considering the terrible — that someone had sex with you without consent — is within the realm of possibility for all on campus. While we as individuals do not lack sensitivity, we as a group need to create an environment where the burden upon the victim in coming forward is relieved to the greatest extent possible. A good start would be to have a Sexual Assault Awareness Program for freshmen before they arrive here. We have Alcohol-Wise to educate and remind students of the importance of safe consumption — why not enforce the same kind of principles in regards to how we treat each other behind closed doors? Destigmatizing and deshaming the process of coming to the University would have helped my friend, who did not deserve to be told that she “asked for it.” We need to be reminded that sexual assault is sexual assault, no matter who is wearing the attacker’s cap. We cannot rely on the many great student groups to create this environment. We cannot rely on resources to fix terrible things after they have already happened. We must employ widespread change — structural change that touches every student before they step through Balch Arch and march up to their first dorms. Then, after a few months or years, hopefully our culture will change too. If we don’t take measures to try to create this type of community, I can only assume that we will continue to accept aggressive and unwanted sexual advances and assaults as normal — or indeed pretend that they don’t exist at all. We cannot control the exceptions that today dominate our awareness of sexual assaults on campus; there will always be criminals and terrible acts. But we can take steps to change the assaults that happen behind a veil of normalcy and stand up to sexual assault in general. Let the terrible events of last month be a catalyst, and let’s make change for my friend and for our community. Maggie Henry is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Get Over Yourself appears alternate Wednesdays this semester.
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Birds of Paradise: ‘Survival of the Sexiest’
National Geographic photojournalists discuss sexual selection in bird beauties By PAIGE ROOSA Sun Senior Writer
Modern-day explorers Tim Laman and Edwin Scholes presented photos documenting all 39 spectacular species in the birds-of-paradise family on Oct. 13 at the Statler Hall Auditorium. Although the pair only unveiled a fraction of the more than 39,000 photographs they gathered over eight years in New Guinea and its surrounding areas, each of their exquisite photos elicited “oohs” and “ahhs” from the audience of students, professors and members of the public.
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Flirty feathers | Birds-of-paradise are found in the mountain forests of
Capturing Beauty New Guniea and are known for their beautiful feathers and diversity. Only a handful of seats sat Sexual selection has had an Prof. Mary Beth Norton, hisempty as John Fitzpatrick, director of the Cornell Lab of immense evolutionary impact tory, who teaches a class entitled Ornithology, introduced La- on the birds of paradise. One “The History of Exploration,” man, an avid tree climber and concept related to sexual selec- was one professor of many who Cornell ornithologist, and tion is sexual dimorphism, or attended the presentation. “What struck me [about the Scholes, a National Geographic the physical differences between photojournalist and ornitholo- males and females that suit their pair’s endeavors] is the way in gist. Together, the two docu- respective reproductive roles. In which these modern male mented the sights, sounds and birds of paradise, sexual dimor- explorers are working with flora behaviors of the fascinating phism takes place in their and fauna more so than male explorers of the past did,” birds while experiencing first- plumage, or feathers. In the case of birds of par- Norton said. hand the processes of sexual Scholes and Laman released selection that have shaped the adise, males play no role in p a r e n t a l the photographs from their birds’ evoluyears studying the bird’s tion. “You might consider sexual cI nas tre aed ., eight dazzling displays in a science Laman and Scholes selection as ‘survival of the they are book called Birds of Paradise: “ m a t i n g Revealing the World’s Most initially set sexiest.’” machines” Extraordinary Birds, on Oct 23. out to docuCOURTESY OF TIM LAMAN b e c a u s e In addition to the book, the colment as many Edwin Scholes their main laboration between the National species of the m o t i v a - Geographic Society and the Paradisaeidae, or birds-of-paradise, as they tion is to reproduce with as Cornell Lab of Ornithology will could in a three year time peri- many females as possible over produce an exhibition opening Nov 1 in Washington, D.C., at od. But the two later convinced their lifetime, Scholes said. Scientists think that the the National Geographic their funders, the National Geographic Foundation and the males sport bright colors and Museum and a documentary to Cornell Lab of Ornithology, to unique morphologies to help be featured on the National let them continue their explo- attract females, which are less Geographic Channel on Nov. ration for another five years so e x t r a v a g a n t - a p p e a r i n g . 22 called “Winged Seduction: they could record photos and Although the males are the Birds of Paradise.” videos of every species in the “showy ones,” Laman said, females are a more “subtle beaubird-of paradise family. “This group of birds is just so ty,” flaunting several shades of Paige Roosa can be reached at remarkable because of their browns. Females show more, email@example.com. COURTESY OF TIM LAMAN extreme diversity,” Laman said. investment in each offspring; exhibiting great selectivity in mate choice based on physical Seductive Selection According to Laman and ornamentation and behavior of Scholes, the colors, shapes and the male. sizes seen across the 39 species, Sharing the Exploration are more than just beautiful dis“For me, this [project] was a plays; — they serve as visual representations of how dramatic dream come true,” Scholes said. the processes of evolution can be He also said that thanks to Laman’s climbing skills, he because of sexual selection. Sexual selection is a different could examine the birds from evolutionary force than natural within the canopies, adding an selection, Scholes said. While extra perspective to his work. “Through the lens of Tim’s Darwin’s famous term often connotes survival of the fittest – camera and through the partin which individuals that are nership with him I was able to better suited to live in a certain see and access behaviors of other environment produce more off- species of birds of paradise that spring than other, less well-suit- had I been working on the ed individuals — sexual selec- ground like I had done for most tion is based on males creating of my research I never would attractive behavioral displays to have seen,” he said. Laman and Scholes are two sway females into mating. In this sense, females drive evolu- remarkable modern-day explorers who proceeded to do what tion in the species. COURTESY OF TIM LAMAN “You might consider sexual may be considered a hallmark of selection as ‘survival of the sexi- exploration - sharing their find- Bird watchers | Ed Scholes, left, and Tim Laman, right, explored the effects of sexual selection on birds-ofparadise by documenting the sights, sounds and behaviors of the birds over the course of eight years. ings with the public. est,’” Scholes said.
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‘Hello Watson’: Students Propose Tech Support Program From Jeopardy! Super Computer Watson By JESSICA HARVEY
ing Wikipedia. Third, Watson is capable of decision making and analysis. Using its large knowledge base, Watson The days of reluctantly calling overseas can generate several possible hypotheses and technical support centers to help fix broken assign them with various confidence interelectronics may soon be over thanks to a vals. In the game show, Watson produced new computer program idea called “Hello the answer with the highest probability, Watson,” developed by a team of Cornell assuming that that answer had a high students as part of the IBM Two Worlds enough confidence value. The team was determined to apply Case Competition on Oct. 14. The competition, a collaborative effort Watson’s skills to aiding tech support call between the Delta Sigma Pi business frater- centers for their business plan idea. “Imagine if your computer malfunctions nity and the Association of Computer Science Undergraduates, challenged stu- and you try to contact the support center by dents to apply the problem solving comput- phone. Usually, you get this random person er system Watson, from the popular game who doesn’t really understand you or the show Jeopardy!, to an industry, like health- problem and you really don’t understand care or financial services. Xiaoxi Du ’14, them, either,” Joy Chua said. “This is a comcomputer science, Dennis Chua ’14, chem- munication problem. The second problem ical engineering and Joy Chua ’13, chemical is that the tech support guy is only one perengineering, won the competition with their son and can’t always give you the right theoretical program “Hello Watson,” which answer.” According to Joy Chua, “Hello Watson” would use the game show star's intellectual abilities to enhance tech support for con- would provide a plausible solution to these problems because it would have the ability sumer electronics. Jeopardy! ’s Watson is an artificial intelli- to understand the words that a person is saying and then gence with a comquickly search its pilation of 47 dif- “The question at hand was how to ferent kinds of adapt Watson, which has a knowledge database to produce various programming soft- base for Jeopoardy!, into ‘Hello solutions for the ware capabilities. It has a deep Watson’ which has a knowledge base problems along with confidence understanding of for consumer electronics.” intervals and native languages troubleshooting like English. In Xiaoxi Du ’14 tips. 2011, on national The team foltelevision, Watson used this ability to beat out two of the most lowed a framework designed by IBM to cresuccessful Jeopardy! contestants of all time in ate their computer program. The framework has four phases: inception, elaboration, cona human-versus-machine quiz show battle. “The question at hand was how to adapt struction and transition. During the inception phase, the team Watson, which has a knowledge base for Jeopardy!, into ‘Hello Watson’, which has a explored the problems and then identified knowledge base for consumer electronics.” ways they could make their “Hello Watson” idea solve them in the way that it would said Du. Du, Chua and Chua theorized that solve questions on Jeopardy!. According to Watson’s ability to understand English in a Du, having a quick response time is necesgame show setting could enable it to sary for consumer satisfaction and cost effiimprove tech support for various consumer ciency. In the second phase, elaboration, the electronics, like toasters, iPhones and computers. In order to create their Hello Watson team decided what sources to put into business plan, the team needed to study how “Hello Watson”. According to Du, things IBM’s Watson functioned in the Jeopardy! like manuals, data sheets, dictionaries, internal troubleshooting logs and real online supgame show. According to Du, Watson’s abilities can port forums would all be all crucial. “‘Hello Watson’ would also be given be broken up into three main areas. First, Watson is able to understand a question information from real life experts of the grammatically and semantically. Second, companies that have electronics represented Watson can draw on a huge knowledge base. within Watson, like Sony or Apple,” said Du For Jeopardy!, Watson was programmed with said. “IBM would collaborate with the comdictionaries, thesauri, news articles, books, panies, deciding the breadth and depth of various databases and encyclopedias, includ- the data, which in the end would form the
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What is Watson? | (Top) IBM’s Watson computer has over 47 different kinds of programming software capabilities. (Bottom) Students apply Watson’s abilities to solving consumer electronic problems with their competition-winning program, ‘Hello Watson.”
‘grand truth’ that Watson would regard as baseline facts.” During the third stage, called construction, Hello Watson would be improved through modification and retraining. The team said that in its initial startup, Hello Watson is like a child learning to talk. It needs to be taught and continually corrected for steady improvement. With time Hello Watson would become more and more proficient, just as a child does as it grows. The fourth and final stage is the transition stage. According to Du, this stage is the “hard core testing phase” for the program's speed and robustness. She said that Hello Watson needs to be able to handle several
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For 500, please | Students Dennis Chua ’14, Xiaoxi Du ’14 and Joy Chua ’13 were awarded first place in the IBM Two Words Competition for their computer program idea ‘Hello Watson,’ which aims to make fixing consumer electronics easier.
calls at once while still providing answers quickly and correctly. After designing “Hello Watson” around these four phases, the team considered other issues, like preserving privacy and what would happen if “Hello Watson” did not have the correct answer. “One problem that ‘Hello Watson’ faces is the issue of privacy,” said Dennis Chua. “Companies don’t want to be giving out potentially sensitive information that anyone, including IBM, could potentially discover,” he said. To solve this, the team created distinct “clouds” of information. Each company would have its own private “cloud” that other companies cannot gain access to. The sensitive information put in the clouds would only be retrievable by the company that owns it. Each private “cloud” would be connected to one larger public “cloud.” The public cloud, which anyone could access, would hold the general information of all the companies. While Hello Watson would have access to both the private and public “clouds”, IBM would only have access to the public “cloud”. In the case where Hello Watson does not know the correct answer to a problem, the team said that the program will prompt the consumer for more information, in the hopes of learning a new crucial tip that will help it provide the answer. But if it still cannot answer, Hello Watson would simply refer the user to the most relevant person. “There would still be a team of highly trained experts who would be responsible for answering questions that slip through Watson,” said Dennis Chua. By proposing an adaptation of Jeopardy! ’s Watson to “Hello Watson,” this Cornell team may have created a system that, on some levels, is more effective than a human operator. IBM may one day use facets of the students’ “Hello Watson” to shape their products in the future, the company said in a press release. Jessica Harvey can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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It’s a luminous Wednesday morning, and 30 feet below a constellation of 12,000 light-emitting diodes (LEDs) on the ceiling of the Johnson Museum’s Mallin Sculpture Court, New York-based artist Leo Villareal is unhurriedly addressing questions from journalists. Villareal’s characteristic generosity and composure are deceptive; he has spent several strenuous weeks on site with his team to get the technical details right for Cosmos, an installation two years in the making. In the meantime, he’s also had to attend to other projects. In a few days, he is due to unveil Buckyball, a Carbon-60 molecule crafted from 180 LED tubes, at Madison Square Park in New York City. Hive, a tessellation of sanguine-colored light reminiscent of a honeycomb, recently opened at the rejuvenated Bleeker Street Station in Manhattan. The Bay Lights, a 1.8mile long installation of 25,000 LEDs spanning the San Francisco Bay Bridge, is set to open next year to mark the 75th anniversary of the iconic bridge. Cosmos appears industrial by day and celestial by night. In the morning glare, the installation looks like a maze of intersecting railroad tracks, held together by silver studs. In the evening, light migrates — it ripples, drifts, sashays and pulses — across the grid in randomized sequences. Though computer-driven, these glittering sequences are “life-like.” And that is precisely Villareal’s goal. “Organic” is a term that frequently surfaces in Villareal’s descriptions of his art. His art respects the site, yet adds something to it. At the Johnson Museum, Villareal’s work enhances space. The meditative flows of light resonate with the hushed nighttime bustle of the Arts Quad and Libe Slope. Cosmos compels passers-by to stargaze and consider the infinite. There is no clear beginning or end to the light patterns. This is deliberate, for Villareal does not want any viewer to feel anxious that he or she might have missed something by coming at a certain time, or by looking at the installation from a specific place. Villareal’s work is about being there. Every time and position is right, and every viewer has a unique, complete experience of the work. The road to Cosmos has been arduous but exciting.
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Villareal and project architect Walter Smith, alongside sponsors Lisa and Richard Baker ’88, selected the site on a visit to the Johnson in 2010. Two years later, the stars have finally aligned. To a diverse crowd at Milstein Hall Auditorium on Monday, Villareal delivered a brief history of his work and philosophy. As a sculptor trained at Yale and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Villareal is fascinated by how computer programming allows him to manipulate the basic laws of physics to create omplex works. A simple process — a point moving along a grid meets a boundary, and then something happens — that, when multiplied, can become something incredibly intricate. Villareal is no stranger to the cosmic. Encountering the work of minimalist artists Dan Flavin (perhaps best known for Monuments to V. Tatlin, his series of sculptures made of fluorescent light tubes) and James Turrell revolutionized Villareal’s work, imbuing it with a simultaneously extraterrestrial
and earthbound character. In particular, visiting Roden Crater with Turrell taught Villareal that art could be stripped down and still remain potent (the trip was also memorable for Turrell’s amusement with Villareal’s fisheye camera). Roden Crater is an extinct volcanic cinder cone near the Grand Canyon. Inspired by splendid, sacred monuments of the ancient world like Borobudur and Machu Picchu, Turrell purchased Roden Crater in 1977, and set about shaping the site into an observatory into which light could flow, and about which visitors could wander. Activating space through the play of light has since become a key theme of Villareal’s work. This preoccupation is evident in Cosmos. At the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., which, like the Johnson, was designed by
I.M. Pei, Villareal’s work resolves problems of space. The ambitiously-titled Multiverse, an installation of 41,000 LEDs, completes the “unresolved” passageway connecting the East and West buildings. The symbolism (at least some of it) is not hard to unravel. Visitors quite literally travel from one epoch to another as they leave the museum’s classical and ancient collections and enter the modern and contemporary galleries. Evoking flight through space, Multiverse provides a fitting and stunning backdrop to this zone of circulation. Four years after its unveiling, Multiverse still remains a popular and enthralling photo stop for museum visitors. On Monday, when asked if he has ever used sensors in his work, such that the light can respond to the people who encounter the work, Villareal replied that there are already sensors in his work; the artist is the sensor. Supercluster, a 2004 installation of undulating light patterns at the PS1 Contemporary Art Center in Long Island City, N.Y., was “inserted” into its site. The installation was Villareal’s response to the site, which he perceived as a kind of wasteland overrun with flashy advertising. The bands of light were programmed to move in response to ambient sounds, like the roar of traffic. The work also subverted the notion of advertising; stripped of that commercial function, the public display of light had to be accorded with new meaning. Villareal was surprised that people in the vicinity came to be so familiar with the work that they could detect when the light pattern shifted. There seems to be no end to Villareal’s work, and that is a good thing. As an “editor ... working with ... tools to make selections,” Villareal shapes landscapes that are dually ephemeral and eternal. Turell’s words concerning Roden Crater are similarly incisive when applied to Villareal’s Cosmos, “... it is a piece that does not end. It is changed by the action of the sun, the moon, the cloud, the cloud cover, by the day and the season that you’re there, it has visions, qualities and a universe of possibilities.” Cosmos opened at the Johnson Museum this past Monday. Daveen Koh is a junior in the College of Architecture, Art and Planning. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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BY ARIELLE CRUZ Sun Staff Writer
Budget cuts around Cornell may have limited some student resources, but for the students working on God of Carnage, directed by Jesse Turk ’14, they have also created some unique opportunities. God of Carnage, set to open at the Black Box Theater on October 25, will be one of the first fully student run shows to be staged at the Schwartz Center. Just about every aspect of the show — directing, stage management, lights, set design — will be overseen by student volunteers. In the past, lights and stage were managed by professionals, and every rehearsal was supervised by a professor. Last Saturday, however, the cast rehearsed with four actors, a student director, a student stage manager, and the dark walls of the black box (and me). God of Carnage, written in 2008 by Yasmina Reza, has been a huge success in London and on Broadway. In 2009, the play earned the Tony Award for Best Play and every cast member received a Tony nomination. The play opens with a fight between two children, Benjamin and Henry, that ends with Benjamin knocking out Henry’s teeth with a stick. The boys’ parents gather one night to discuss what has happened between their children. As the night goes on, the meeting degenerates. The parents begin having irrational arguments and their discussion shifts to charged topics like homophobia and misogyny. The parents act increasingly childishly as the play progresses. The night becomes a showdown between the two couples. An image that is cleverly invoked by director Jesse, who chose to conduct the Schwartz production in the round. This simply means that the set will be at the center of the theater, and the audience will surround the stage. Think about a boxing
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COURTESY OF ANDY GILLIS match, but instead of throwing punches, these couples strike with pelted words and disdainful glares. In Jesse’s words, “A boxing match is entertaining to watch, but no one likes to do it.” The format Jesse has chosen reiterates one of the core ideas of the play. As Jesse puts it, “a lot of people have insane parents.” Since the play can be seen from every angle, a different seat could mean a different view on the play — literally and figuratively. Jesse understands this, “Sometimes you’re blocked off and can’t see and its intentional.” I put the seating arrangement to the test during rehearsal and changed location between scenes, and I have to agree with Jesse’s assessment. Sitting behind the chairs lets you see one couple’s reactions in detail, and hear the others’ voices. Sitting behind the couch, you see the opposite. The difference certainly doesn’t fundamentally change the play, but it definitely plays with your perception of the characters. “Hopefully people will come a few different nights, and look at it from new The chemistry the actors felt with each places,” Jesse explains. other off stage didn’t dissipate when they took These two dueling couples will be played the stage. When I stepped into the theater by Olivia Powell ’14, Andrew Baim ’13 (you before rehearsal Jesse, Claire and Olivia were may recognize these two from Ordinary chatting in the “living room.” They told stoPeople), Skyler Schain ’13 and Angela ries from their weeks and shared inside jokes Carbone ’15. from past rehearsals. It will be the first play most of these actors The cast took advantage of the environare taking part in at Cornell. Although only ment by trying out new ideas, taking risks two of the actors knew each other before the (someone may or may not have been surshow, they all certainly know each other well prised when their butt got pinched) and for now. “Doing this play gives purpose to my the most part, everything paid off. existence. It gives some more meaning to my “The advantage to not having a professor life,” Skyler ’13 says. is creating an open forum. It’s all about learnWatching the cast interact both on and off ing and being open.” That said, Jesse’s authorset, it was hard to believe that they had only ity was hardly diminished at any point in the come together for a couple of weeks. rehearsal. “There’s a good amount of respect,
but this show is truly a collaboration.” The play was far from complete when I popped into rehearsal a couple of weeks ago, but now I imagine it is in its final stages of perfection. God of Carnage opens tomorrow, and I know I will be in attendance (angle still undecided). Come one night, come many. I’ll see you there. God of Carnage will play at the Schwartz Center from October 25 to October 27. Tickets may be purchased at schwartztickets.universitytickets.com. Arielle Cruz is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To Win a Nobel, Don’t Speak
ssues come and go with each American presidential cycle, but one thing that seems to have stayed constant for the past several cycles is China-bashing. With all the political accusations flying around — of China stealing jobs, stealing intellectual property, manipulating its currency and dumping exports — the decision to award the Nobel Prize in Literature to Mo Yan (real name Guan Moye) added to this conversation. Mo isn’t the first Chinese writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, but the Chinese government would want you to think that. Days after he won the prize, Chinese officials sent out this censorship directive: “To all websites nationwide: In light of Mo Yan winning the Nobel Prize for Literature, monitoring … must be strengthened. Be firm in removing all comments which disgrace the Party and the government, defame cultural work, mention Nobel laureates Liu Xiaobo and Gao Xingjian and associated harmful material. Without exception, block users from posting for ten days if their writing contains malicious details. Reinforce on-duty staff during the weekend and prioritize this management task.” Liu Xiaobo seems like an obvious choice because he won the Nobel Peace Prize campaigning for human rights in China. But Gao Xingjian is technically the first Chinese writer that won the Literature Prize for works written in Chinese. The only problem was that he was exiled to France for prodemocracy sentiments and condemning the Tiananmen Square massacre. Mo Yan — which means “don’t speak” in Chinese — happens to not be critical of the government, unlike his pesky colleagues. He’s a member of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). He is the vice chairman of the state-run Writers Association. He boycotted events that included dissident writers. He honored Mao, whose policies may have killed more people than Stalin’s, by hand copying a speech Mao made condemning Beethoven and Chopin as “bourgeois decadence” and that “literature and art are subordinate to politics.” He wrote a victory poem to the disgraced politician Bo Xilai: “Sing-red-strike-black roars mightily … as an official you hold dear your good name in history.”
It’s fair to say that an artist’s oeuvre shouldn’t be judged with his or her political leanings: Leni Riefenstahl’s Nazi propaganda film Olympia about the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics is one example. Chinese students reacted similarly when Gao Xingjian won in 2000: they liked his plays, not his politics. Yet Mo Yan has refuted this, beginning The Garlic Ballads with this Stalin quote: “Novelists are forever trying to distance themselves from politics, but the novel itself closes in on politics. Novelists are so concerned with ‘man’s fate’ that they tend to lose sight of their own fate. Therein lies their tragedy.” This might mean Mo’s being shrewd by subtly criticizing the government, but he himself said that writers aren’t restrained at all in present-day China. Has “hallucinatory realism,” the CCP’s favorite new catchphrase from Mo’s award declaration, affected Mo’s mental capacity? Chinese dissidents are predictably dismayed. “Mo Yan, the first Chinese Nobel winner who lives inside China but outside a prison,” one writes bitterly. “For those Chinese pursuing freedom, it’s very unfair,” someone agreed. “Are people in the Swedish Academy a bunch of decrepits or what?” someone asks incredulously. Ai Weiwei tweeted, “A writer is a liar if he can’t face truth; a literary prize is a curse on conscience if it shuns the question of justice.” Ai’s tweet points out a serious flaw with defenses, pointing out “subversive elements” in Mo Yan’s work like describing “corrupt authority.” Mo describes corrupt local officials, but they are something everybody already knows about. The big systemic issues that target the Politburo — You’ve Got To Be the issues that matter — Kitsching Me are never mentioned. The closest he gets to this is in his novel Red Sorghum, but that deals with Japanese atrocities and is hardly bad for the CCP with recent anti-Japanese sentiment. Now that Mo has won the Nobel Prize for Literature, Chinese officials will feel vindicated, and this only means bad things for dissidents. Mo may have said he wants to see Liu “freed,” but that won’t lead any-
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where — it seems more like a ploy to look legitimate in the West. I’ll believe him when he starts talking about Tiananmen Square. Yes, I am bitter. The Nobel Prizes are inherently political, but if they must be politicized they should at least follow the original intentions of their founder. Alfred Nobel specified that the prize should be awarded to the person who had “the most outstanding work in an idealistic direction.” How is compromising your own beliefs idealistic? The Nobel committee should be awarding prizes to more people like Liu Xiaobo and Gao Xingjian, who actually have ideals. The Nobel also has nothing to do with talent: if Ibsen, Proust and Tolstoy didn’t win, then Mo Yan can live without a Nobel Prize. The award only gives officials a bigger power trip to censor more, which is detrimental to a culture that has been stifled since one of the biggest intellectual repressions in modern history, 1956’s Hundred Flowers Campaign. Officials might even be repressing the next laureate for the Literature Prize, but no one will ever know because he’s locked up, under a trumped up tax charge, learning his lesson: “don’t speak.” Kai Sam Ng is a junior in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. He can be reached at email@example.com. You’ve Got To Be Kitsching Me appears alternate Wednesdays this semester.
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Mlady, Martinez Help Rookie Running Backs Learn to Transition
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As two freshmen sharing the same position, Hagy and Nacita have inevitably experienced some amount of rivalry. “Whenever you’re playing the same position as someone, there’s always going to be some competition,” Hagy said. “But we’ve gotten past that.” However, the duo has built off that competitive nature and learned how to feed off each other’s successes and failures. “Luke is a great kid, he’s going to do a lot of great things,” Nacita said. “We always talk on the sidelines about what is going on with the defense, and when one of us makes a great play we’re there to encourage each other, or if one of us makes a mistake we pick each other up. It’s great to have him beside me.” “We’re always rooting for each other,” Hagy said. “He’s the first one to congratulate me when I come off the field if I make a good play.” Though Hagy and Nacita will have each other to learn from for the next three years, they will suffer the loss of the senior leaders who have shown them the ropes in a game that is entirely different at the collegiate level. Both freshmen noted that senior running backs Nick Mlady and Max Martinez have been extremely helpful in helping them transition to a more physical, complex team environment. “Nick and Max have been a huge help. We have a complex offense and it’s a lot thrown out at you, but they are always there to clear things up,” Hagy said. “They really take care of us, even if it’s just to ask how our day is going how we’re “I cam expecting to make a difference, or doing in our that was my goal — to help us try to classes.” With four win an Ivy Championship.” important Ivy games left in Silas Nacita the season, Hagy and Nacita will need to continue to make their presence known in order to help the team climb back to the top of the Ancient Eight. “I came in expecting to make a difference, that was my goal — to help us try to win an Ivy Championship,” Nacita said. Even if they cannot come away with a conference title in their first year with the team, Hagy and Nacita luckily have a long career ahead of them for the Red, with three more years to work towards accomplishing that feat. “I want to do whatever will help the team the most,” Hagy said. “Whether it’s more carries or less, it doesn’t matter. I’m not really looking at my own stats after the game, it’s more about did I do my job to help the team win.” Scott Chiusano can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The lightweight rowing team took sixth place in the lightweight eight race at the 48th Head of the Charles Regatta in Cambirdge, Mass., while the heavyweights claimed 16th place in the men’s championship eights race.
Men Look to Win Big Against UConn The Red will face off against the defending USPA regional champ POLO
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Despite leading the Red in goals, Eldredge said the game was a team effort and that more practice will help team members learn other players’ style. “In the game it felt like we were all contributing really well,” she said. “We’ve got plenty of time to figure each other out.” According to head coach David Eldredge ’81, the game’s close result is indicative of the strength of Cornell and UVA’s programs. “It does say a lot about the tenacity of both teams,” he said. “UVA is a team who has been together for a few years and they’re going to be a tough team right to the very end. [This game] makes a very good statement for us because we were able to go down there and play them as well as we did and come out with a victory.” The women’s team last played UVA in April, when the Red’s
surprise appearance in the national championship game ended with a 17-13 loss to the Cavaliers. The men also last faced UVA in April, losing 10-28 in the national semifinals. The men’s team (1-1) kept the game closer in this season’s match-up, holding the game to 15-6. Although UVA only had a slim 4-2 lead after the first chukker, a five-goal spree by the Cavaliers in the second had the Red trailing, 9-2, heading into halftime. An energized Cornell team emerged after the half and managed to tally four goals while keeping UVA to just six. “The first half, the guys were over-thinking things a little bit rather than going out and playing and reacting and doing what they’ve been doing in practices and letting the game happen,” David Eldredge said. “It bogged them down because they were analyzing stuff too much rather than letting themselves react to what was happening. We sat down at halftime and talked a lot
about that aspect of it and went out at the half and played like the team I’ve been working with all year.” Junior captain Nik Feldman, who returned to the starting lineup after missing the first game due to injury, added that the final half of the game helped to boost the team’s confidence. “Second half, when it was their best players against us, we were able to play them to within two, which is something that very few teams have been able to do,” he said. “That was very encouraging and definitely gave us some hope looking forward that we’ll be able to compete closely against UVA, especially when it matters down the road.” The men aim to carry this momentum into Sunday’s away game against UConn, who beat Cornell, 22-21, to take the USPA regional title last season. UConn graduated all three of its starters from last season, while the Red maintains its whole squad. According Feldman, this difference will play heavily towards the Red’s advantage. “Especially at the collegiate level, polo experience carries a lot of weight,” he said. “[UConn is] a team down the line that could become a good team, but as the first year together we can’t expect them to do too much.” Graduation and injury also affect the women’s Sunday home match-up against the University of Kentucky. The Wildcats lost one player to graduation, but return another top player who missed last season because of injury, making the game hard to predict, David Eldredge said. “They’re a question mark at this particular point,” he said. “It’s going to be very interesting. We’re walking into this expecting a tough match—how it actually pans out we’re going to have to wait and see. They’re a bit of an unknown quantity at this point.” For Kailey Eldredge, the game marks another chance for the team to improve by playing at a high level. “I’m glad that we’re going to have some more competition,” she said. “I’m hoping that we’ll still be able to play better and it would be great to win again this weekend.” Emily Berman can be reached at email@example.com.
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Best 60 seconds of your life
Fitzpatrick, DiMagno Earn Preseason All-Ivy Honors College Sports Madness released its preseason All-Ivy selections, with senior forward and co-captain Clare Fitzpatrick and junior guard Allyson DiMagno earning first-team and second-team honors, respectively. Fitzpatrick started all 28 games as a junior and ranked among the Top-15 in the Ivy League for seven statistical categories. DiMagno ranked Top-15 in 12 categories and ranked 13th in the Ivy League for scoring (10.7 ppg). — Compiled by Lauren Ritter
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Last night, both St. Lawrence and Cornell had an equal chance of claiming the lead in the first 15 minutes; however, in the span of 60 seconds, sophomore forward Emily Fulton, junior forward Brianne Jenner and junior defenseman Alyssa Gagliardi scored — easily claiming the lead and eventually the game.
Liao Appreciates James’ Prowess LIAO
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2009 played perfectly to my dislike for James. He continued to fall short despite playing well himself and I thought it was fitting. It reaffirmed the fact that basketball was a team game and you cannot win with one player dominating everything. The 2010 playoffs were the low point of LeBron’s career in Cleveland. With the series tied, 2-2, against Boston, the winner of Game 5 would most likely win the series. With all eyes on James, he threw up the most awful game of his playoff career, cowering from the spotlight, not shooting and playing like it was a pick-up game in Akron instead of the biggest game of his season. The Cavaliers lost 120-88. We all know the next chapter. James held The Decision on ESPN and instantly became the most universally disliked player in sports, who deserved no sympathy for ripping out the heart of Cleveland — not exactly a city that has other things going for it. The hatred was so strong that people were burning his jersey, booing him in every road arena and watching Heat games just to see him fail. When the 2011 playoffs rolled around, we saw an even more amplified LeBron James meltdown. Going into Game
4 in the Finals, the Heat were up 2-1 and a win would seal a championship. Again, all eyes were on James. In this game, he scored eight points on 3-11 shooting. The most telling number is the 11. In a game that could have sealed an NBA Championship, he shot 11 times. Mike Miller shot eight times in that game. After being completely mentally picked apart in 2011, James came back with a vengeance in 2012. The Heat seemed to almost embrace James’ villain role (completely black jerseys) and James looked much more comfortable. The whole season he absolutely dominated and left nothing for pundits to criticize. This is when I started to finally appreciate him. I could no longer poke holes in his game. I could not mock his lack of testicular fortitude in the playoffs. All I can do is simply sit back and appreciate watching one of the greatest basketball players of all-time. I’m very glad he’s beaten the perception I — and I’m sure millions of others — had of him and he can finally get the appreciation he deserves and I can watch one of the greatest basketball players of all time in awe. Albert Liao is a Sun Sports staff writer. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. Playing the Field appears alternate Wednesdays this semester.
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She’s got DiMagic in her| Junior guard Allyson DiMagno earned preseason All-Ivy second-team honors.
S T R SPO “If the NHL Lockout were to drag on indefinitely, what do you think your favorite players would do as a second career? “Sidney Crosby would 100 percent be a male model. DUH!” — Katie Schubauer ’13 “Scott Hartnell would work in commercials for dentures. ” — John McGrorty ’15 “Duncan Keith will definitely pursue dentistry. He lost seven teeth in the middle of a game in 2010 and returned less than fifteen minutes later by saying, ‘It’s just missing teeth.’” — Annie Newcomb ’13 “If refuse to think about a world where my Broadway Blueshirts are doing anything except playing Rangers hockey — this lockout needs to
— Dani Abada ’14 “Henrik Lundqvist — triple threat: model, musician, aftershave commercial actor.” — Maggie Henry ’14 “Brandon Proust as a bouncer.” — Quintin Schwab ’14 “Clearly Ovi is going to be a Russian spy. Or an office assistant. He is great with the late night filing.” — Lauren Ritter ’13 “I’d go with my man Chris Pronger. He’d go across the parking lot and become a linebacker for the Eagles so we could finally get some turnovers on the defensive side of the ball.” — Chris Mills ’16 — Compiled by Lauren Ritter
McIntosh Places 11th At North American Cup Junior co-captain Christine McIntosh has already gotten a taste for competition this fall, competing in the North American Cup in St. Louis, Mo., from Oct. 12-15. The junior foilist placed 11th overall out of a pool of 120 participants. “These were the best fencers in the country,”said head coach Iryna Dolgikh. “Christine worked so hard in September to prepare and certainly deserves this high finish. We are very proud for Christine and wish her all the best this season.” McIntosh went undefeated for five matches, having a plus-16 touch differential. In the championship round, the junior earned a bye before defeating Sarah Parmacek, 15-12, and Clarisse Luminet, 15-11. She eventually fell in the 16th round to Margaret L.C. Lu, 15-8. — Compiled by Lauren Ritter
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Unable to be foiled | Christine McIntosh placed 11th at the North American Cup.
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WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 24, 2012
The Many Faces Of LeBron James
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Running back rookie wonder | Freshman Luke Hagy has made a name for himself on the gridiron for the Red — especially during the Homecoming game against Yale, where he carried 21 times for 88 yards and scored two touchdowns.
Hagy, Nacita Step Up for Red
By SCOTT CHIUSANO Sun Assistant Sports Editor
When the Red defeated Yale 45-6 in historic fashion in front of an excited homecoming crowd, freshmen running back Luke Hagy was at the center of attention. When the squad squeaked out a 41-38 win over Monmouth two weekends ago, it was his teammate and classmate Silas Nacita who stole the show. In the past few weeks, the Red’s freshmen running back tandem has emerged as an integral part of the team’s success. For Hagy, the game against Yale was his first shot at extended playing time. In the season opener against Fordham, he had zero carries and watched his team fall, 34-27. Things would turn out differently for the freshman the following weekend. Hagy carried 21 times for 88 yards, scoring two touchdowns in the process. His impressive offensive outburst earned him the Ivy League Rookie of the Week Award as well. “It was awesome to have the fan support, seeing every-
one out there in red,” Hagy said. “To score my first two college touchdowns in that atmosphere, it was a great experience.” Nacita’s four-touchdown performance against the Hawks on Oct. 13 was more than just a breakout game for the young running back — it was also the first time a Cornell player scored that many touchdowns in a single game since 1983. Almost 30 years later, Nacita remained modest about his accomplishment, lauding his teammates on offense for doing the hardest part of the job. “I didn’t feel like it was that great of a feat because the rest of the offense did the hard work, I just put the ball in the endzone,” Nacita said. The freshman recorded 20 total yards, scoring from one, one, three and six yards outside of the endzone. Senior quarterback Chris Amrhein and senior wide receiver Luke Tasker helped to set Nacita up, connecting on 11 passes for 280 yards — a single game school record. See FOOTBALL page 18
Women Defeat Defending Champ UVA By EMILY BERMAN Sun Staff Writer
It was a successful weekend for the women’s polo team, as the Red topped defending national champion UVA in a shootout. The men’s team did not fare as well, falling to the Cavaliers, 15-6, after a tough first
half. The women’s team lifted its record to 2-0 with the 13-12 upset win. Despite leading the Cavaliers after each of the first three chukkers, the Red squandered a 9-7 advantage in the fourth and had to come from behind to send the game into the shootout. Trailing by a goal with
under a minute remaining, freshman Devin Cox lined up for a penalty shot. Though the shot popped back out, junior captain Kailey Eldredge managed to tap in the rebound to equalize the game. The shootout lasted three rounds, with Eldredge scoring in all three. Her goal in the third round proved to
CORNELL (W) 13 12 VIRGINIA be the only one scored by either team, securing the victory for the Red. Eldredge finished with nine
CORNELL (M) 6 15 VIRGINIA
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goals, while Cox, who replaced senior captain Ali Hoffman for the second half, scored two and freshman starter Anna Winslow scored one.
Three-for-three | Junior captain Kailey Eldredge scored a goal in all three rounds of the shootout against Virginia on Friday night.
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hen you look at LeBron James in a bubble, he is one of the most inspiring, great success stories in any field. Born to a 16-year-old mother and an absent, excon father, James grew up in seedy living conditions that I could not begin to fathom. Despite everything working against him, he picked up sports, worked tirelessly at his craft to escape poverty, became one of the most touted basketball players out of high school and fulfilled his seemingly endless potential to become the unquestionable best basketball player in this world. Yet, life is not lived in a bubble. People hate LeBron James and before his recent NBA Championship, they treated him as a cowardly, spoiled brat with no morals or ethics. I am no exception to the rule; even before The Decision, James has long been one of my least favorite athletes in sports.
he was immediately the best player on the team and took over leadership responsibilities as a rookie. Looking back, I should have viewed this as incredibly impressive (the same way I felt when Chris Paul was the unquestioned leader of the Hornets as a rookie), but I did not. I didn’t like his confident attitude and felt no one this young should be this good. Next year, James took a huge jump as he averaged an incredible 27.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 7.2 assists a game as a 20-year old. At the same time, Dwyane Wade, the fifth pick of the ’03 draft class, took a huge jump as Shaquille O’Neal was added to the Heat and they became a legitimate contender. I jumped onto the Wade bandwagon instantly, somehow justifying in my head that Wade’s improvement was infinitely better and more important than James’ evolution. But why did I love Wade
Albert Liao Playing the Field The reason why there is this incredible disparity between how I should have viewed him and how I did is a combination of my own biases (which are hardly unique to me) as well as his actions. The moment James was drafted first overall in 2003 by the Cleveland Cavaliers, I instantly disliked him. This skinny, undeveloped high school kid wasn’t supposed to be drafted ahead of Carmelo Anthony, who had just led his Syracuse Orange to an NCAA Championship and seemed like a larger, stronger, more refined version of James. As the season started, James played just as well, if not better, than Anthony. I had a tough time accepting that someone could be this talented and productive right out of high school. At that time, there had been no players who have played so well coming out of high school. Sure, there was Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett, but they both started slow in their rookie seasons as they took an apprenticeship role and learned from veterans. James was different —
and hate James? It had to do with the underdog complex that all sports fans have; the same reason why we cheer for George Mason and Davidson in March Madness simply because they have a double-digit number by their name. In my mind, James’ physical gifts made it unfair to others — he was quicker, faster and stronger than anyone else and it was unfair watching people stop him. Wade was different — he obviously has great physical gifts, but his game relied more on quick dribble moves, body contortions and clever footwork to score, not just bully everyone with size and quickness. I viewed Wade as Butler and James as Duke. Something that added to my hatred was how easy it was to mock him. He had a propensity to shoot threes when he was clearly more effective in the paint. He never seemed angry and almost apathetic whenever they lost. And, of course, he had a terrible receding hairline. The playoffs from 2007See LIAO page 19