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Ithaca Warned as Sandy Arrives

Cornell will remain open; dining prepared for crisis By SUN STAFF

This story was written by Joseph Niczky, Caroline Flax and Akane Otani. As Hurricane Sandy begins ripping through upstate New York, Cornell is bracing for heavy rain and windy conditions. But as of Monday evening, a University official said she did not think Cornell would shut down operations Tuesday. “We’re still monitoring the situation and seeing if it warrants closure … but as of now, it appears as if it won’t be necessary,” said Claudia Wheatley, director of press relations for the University. Wheatley acknowledged that because it was relatively early in the evening, “a lot could happen” before Tuesday morning. The University’s weather experts will continue to monitor the storm’s condition throughout the night, she added. Although Cornell plans on staying open throughout the week, Wheatley said the University is “keenly aware” that many of its employees commute to campus from “all over central New York and even Pennsylvania.” Accordingly, should the University decide to close, it will announce its decision as early as possible — “possibly even [at] dawn,” Wheatley said. Cornell Dining has also taken precautions to ensure Cornell has enough food to last four days without deliveries, according to Karen Brown, director of marketing and communications for Campus Life. “If we had to feed everyone on campus for a number of days, we could, even if we don’t have power,” she said. “Any person who regularly eats on campus we can feed; that’s staff, that’s faculty, anyone who regularly eats on campus.” Cornell Dining did not need to make special plans for Hurricane Sandy because emergency plans have been in place for years, Brown said. “Cornell Dining is always prepared,” she said. “We store what we can to feed for four days.” However, the storm will result in some dining services being disSee CORNELL page 5

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Storm brewing | A man wades through flood waters that accumulated in the Red Hook area of Brooklyn on Monday night. The worst of the major Northeast storm was expected to hit Ithaca at about 10 p.m. Monday.

Ithacans,Jungle residents ready for ‘superstorm’ By JEFF STEIN Sun Managing Editor

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Anticipating that Hurricane Sandy will bring high-speed winds to the area, City of Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick ’09 recommended that motorists,

Parents Scramble to Find Hotels Years Before Graduation Weekend By EMMA JESCH Sun Contributor

ALEX FANG / SUN STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Calm before the storm | Students walk across the Engineering Quad in the rain on Monday, before Hurricane Sandy is set to arrive Tuesday.

cyclists and pedestrians avoid “unnecessary travel” after 9 p.m. as a safety precaution. “Due to high and sustained winds I am officially recommending that no one travel on city streets unnecessarily after 9 p.m. tonight,” Myrick said on his Facebook page Monday night. “Unless you

While students spend four years on the Hill working toward their degrees, their families may spend almost as much time trying to find a place to stay for their children’s graduation weekend. The scramble to book hotel rooms for Commencement Weekend can lead families to stay in Cornell’s residence halls, to rent local residents’ homes or to book hotels as far away as Johnson City or Syracuse in order to attend to graduation, several representatives from local hotels said. Some parents who “find themselves in tight spots” try their luck through a lottery system at several hotels. In a typical application, hotels ask for patrons’ contact information, which is entered into a random drawing that determines who will be able to book a room, according to Jason Humphrey, sales coordinator at the Homewood Suites. Although hotels that use the lottery system provide parents with an equal — albeit random — opportunity to reserve

rooms, merely submitting an application does not guarantee that one will be able to book a room, Humphrey said. For instance, Hampton Inn receives more than 300 applications a year in its lottery for their 66 available rooms, according to Amy Magdon, general manager for The Hampton Inn. Because there is so much demand for Ithaca’s limited supply of hotels, many guests are turned away. Even though Cornell boasts its own hotel on campus, The Statler Hotel is reserved for University Trustees during graduation weekend and is not open to the general public, according to Richard Adie, general manager of The Statler. However, Cornell provides accomodations for any families willing to stay in dorms. “Everyone who participates in the [dorm] lottery is able to reserve accommodations for their guests,” according to Cornell’s commencement website. Parents who are willing to travel farther away from campus and do not want to grapple with See GRADUATION page 4

See CITY page 4

News Bracing for the Storm

As several Collegetown businesses lost power Monday, landlords encouraged their tenants to take personal safety measures during the storm. | Page 3

News Busted

An Ithaca resident was arrested and arraigned Friday for allegedly possessing illegal weapons and controlled substances. | Page 3

Opinion Warning Sign

Tom Moore ’14 urges students to use Hurricane Sandy as a learning experience to treat the environment with more care in the future. | Page 7

Arts Poetic Justice

The Sun reviews Irish poet Seamus Heaney’s emotional reading on campus Thursday. | Page 10

Sports Heartbreaker

Cornell sprint football suffered a close loss to Post University on Friday. | Page 16

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1 • Student Creative Writing By Tammy Su ’12 I’m gonna show youuuu how great I am. I watched this one motivational video on YouTube repeatedly this weekend. Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. Sometimes you need an epic soundtrack to your life. Sometimes you have to convince yourself that you’re the hero in the movie, that you’re the lone underdog defying the odds, vanquishing your enemies, achieving eternal glory. Here is the story of a small part of my journey through the treachery of my own Middle Earth, my odyssey, my personal Holy Grail: trying to get into medical school. Nothing’s going to hit as hard as life. Life was hitting hard for me. Uncertainty about my future in medical school weighed heavier everyday as rejection emails dotted my inbox. Was it time to wave a flag and begin channeling my energies into finding a plan B? I logically thought so - but I didn’t and couldn’t invest in a replacement endeavor. The flames inside that fueled my ambitions to become a renowned surgeon who’d make the biggest mark on the world could not die quietly. 100% Rejection—a statistic everyone can measure you by. I began to fall hard into a depression like I’ve never felt before, a depression I could only feel from suddenly having my mountain snatched from underneath me. The thought of giving up my once-clear goal was sickening. Falling is fine; you can get back up. But being lost is much more frightening. I explained my situation to advisors all within one day – barely any interviews, mostly rejections, but still quite a few schools to hear from. I was greeted with deep looks of sympathy, looks they’ve clearly flashed to many a rejected student. They each were suggesting, in their own way, that I give up, “for now at least.” “Consider another path,” or if I had to, wait at least two years.

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I simply refused to believe that this could be true. What if I just went to these admissions offices? What if I just showed my face and demanded to be seen? “I think you should do it.” And so there it was, the only glimmer of hope, coming from a newly hired advisor. I decided to grab it and hold on for dear life. This was Wednesday. Suddenly I felt gripped, afflicted, the dying embers within me fanned into a gigantic, raging fire. Two cities, five schools, five days, no advanced notice. Was it possible? Like any Cornell student, I was running a low-grade fever, severely sleep deprived, and scheduled for a full weekend of work at the restaurant. Suddenly though, nothing mattered. My Halls cough drop wrapper said it all - Bet on yourself. It was time to push in all my chips, buy bus tickets, call out of work, compose letters of interest, and get down to research. Without a moment to breathe and barely time to pack, I found myself in a smelly Subaru with Chris, a fellow anxious, journeying applicant, throttling off to a school in Long Island during the first snowstorm in many weeks. Just our luck. Obstacle #1 - Getting gas at 3 AM is difficult. Obstacle #2 - Driving in a blizzard is scary. Obstacle #3 - Drinking canned double shot espresso on an empty stomach makes you want to vomit your brains out. Obstacle #4 - Being sick and tired at the same time doesn’t help. This is fucking crazy, I couldn’t help but think. Someone please remind me that this is a good idea. The desire to sleep and the danger of the icy roads overwhelmed us, as our snow-unequipped vehicle slid by a three-car accident. We pulled over somewhere in the middle of New York state, snowflakes flying, sometime around 4:45 AM. Check cornellsun.com for the rest of this story. Students can send poetry and fiction submissions to jkose@cornellsun.com.


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C-Town Residents Prepare forWrath Of Hurricane Sandy Landlords fear the possibility of power outages caused by high-speed winds By MANU RATHORE Sun Senior Writer

Several Collegetown businesses and thousands of Ithaca residents suffered power outages Monday afternoon as landlords warned their tenants to take all necessary precautions to protect themselves from the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Although he did not send any “special alerts,” Nick Lambrou, a landlord at Lambrou Real Estate, said he encouraged his tenants to take precautions during the storm. “We rely on the Tompkins County’s announcements and the local government’s measures … though we are also encouraging tenants to make sure that their windows are tightly shut,” he said. Cheryl Beach, a realtor at Avramis Real Estate, said she checked on houses over the weekend before the storm was set to hit Ithaca. “We checked stuff over the weekend and made sure that everything was in working order,” she said. “We have also taken care of garbage so that everything is not flying around.” Lambrou added that he also checked for potential sources of water leakage into buildings. “We have a couple of buildings that have emergency smoke hatches up on the roof,” he said. “Our primary measure was to make sure that these smoke hatches were sealed. We don’t want them to pop open and the water to come pouring in.” High speed winds, however, remained the primary concern for most landlords. “What concerns me about this storm is not even the water but the wind,” Lambrou said. “The wind will cause power outages. The buildings are strong, but the power outages can be a problem.” In an email, Pam Johnston Apartments warned tenants not to use their stoves if their houses lose power. They also said that if a houses loses power, staff would come by to shut off all gas appliances. Mayda Dorak ’13, who lives on College Avenue, said she is also concerned about losing power due to the storm. She has shut all her windows in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy. “The wind might cause trees [to] fall, but there is not much that I can do about that,” she said. Alex Cheng ’15, a resident of Dryden Road, said he was concerned about possible power outages. “I think it’s going to be pretty bad. I came back from classes

“What concerns me about this storm is not even the water but the wind. The wind will cause power outages.” Nick Lambrou and witnessed a power outage on the block from [Collegetown Bagels] to Stella’s,” he said. “Everything is down right there. I expect that it will happen to my apartment sometime soon.” In addition to CTB and Stella’s, 7-Eleven lost power at about 3:30 p.m. Monday. Henry Wells ’14 witnessed what looked like a power line exploding as he went on a run through Collegetown Monday evening. “I was running down near the intersection of Maple Avenue and Dryden Avenue and there was a brief yellow flash and a loud bang [from a power line box],” he said. “There was no damage spotted, but I heard later that CTB had lost power, so that could have been why.” Most say the worst of the storm is yet to come. “I have stocked up on toilet paper and frozen food,” he said. “We have just had a taste of what the hurricane is going to be like. We are yet to see the real Sandy.” Though Ithaca has “made it through major snowstorms” and “24 hours of snow” in the past, Lambrou said that the approaching Hurricane Sandy poses a unique threat to the city. “It’s powerful and now it’s coming here,” he said. “We have never had such a situation before. I have never faced such a situation before.” Manu Rathore can be reached at mrathore@cornellsun.com.

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Criminal objects | Ithaca resident Mbusi Ntombela was arrested Friday for possession of illegal weapons and controlled substances (above), which were reportedly confiscated from his home, according to police.

Ithaca Resident Arrested for Possession Of Illegal Weapons,Controlled Substances By CAROLINE FLAX

third degree and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree. He has not been charged in connection with the counterfeit currency, Following a lengthy narcotics investigation, according to IPD. Ithaca resident Mbusi After his arraignNtombela was arrested ment in the City of and arraigned Friday After his arraignment in the City of Ithaca Court on Friday, for allegedly possessing Ithaca Court on Friday, Ntombela Ntombela remains in illegal weapons and the Tompkins County controlled substances, remains in the Tompkins County Jail Jail on $20,000 cash according to a report bail of Tuesday, accordreleased by the Ithaca on $20,000 cash bail as of Tuesday. ing to IPD. Police Department. IPD conducted the Investigating poteninvestigation with the tial illegal distribution of drugs, IPD issued a search Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department, the IPD warrant for 202 Fourth St. for marijuana and SWAT Team and the Tompkins County District cocaine on Friday. The search yielded not only mar- Attorney’s Office. Police did not release any addiijuana and cocaine, but also counterfeit money and tional details as the investigation is ongoing. several illegal weapons, police said. Ntombela, 40, was arrested on one count of Caroline Flax can be reached criminal possession of a controlled substance in the at cflax@cornellsun.com.

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Hurricane Sandy Edition Brown At Brown University, classes were canceled and administrative offices were shut down Monday, The Brown Daily Herald reported. The student newspaper also announced that it would not publish an edition for Oct. 30 due to the inclement weather.

Columbia Columbia University cancelled classes Monday as 40 mile-per-hour winds approached Morningside Heights, according to The Columbia Daily Spectator. Other University services will remain open on a limited basis, The Spectator reported.

Princeton Princeton University cancelled classes Monday and Tuesday in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, according to The Daily Princetonian. The University will decide Tuesday at noon whether it will reopen “critical campus functions” on Tuesday, The Princetonian reported.

UPenn The University of Pennsylvania canceled classes and shut down all University operations for Monday and Tuesday, The Daily Pennsylvanian reported. Additionally, all buildings and libraries on Penn’s campus will be closed until Wednesday.

Dartmouth After Gov. John Lynch (D-N.H.) declared a state of emergency in New Hampshire, Dartmouth College cancelled 3 p.m. classes and closed all libraries at 4 p.m, The Dartmouth reported.

Yale For the first time in 34 years, Yale University cancelled all classes and extracurricular activities on Monday, according to The Yale Daily News. The University will likely issue a curfew for students encouraging them to remain in their dormitories on Tuesday, The Daily News reported. — Compiled by Kerry Close and Akane Otani


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City Residents Rent Out Homes for Graduation GRADUATION

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the lottery system have turned to hotels in the surrounding Ithaca area. During graduation weekend last year, the family of Hallie Mitnick ’12 stayed at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel — an hour’s drive away from Cornell’s campus. Though the hotel was far away from campus, the experience was not “too bad,” said Jane Mitnick, Hallie’s mother. “It provides a breather. It’s nice to get away from all of the hustle and bustle of graduation,” she added. Although the Mitnicks did not look for hotels close to Ithaca for graduation weekend, Jane Mitnick said that trying to find a place closer to Ithaca would have been difficult. “There’s not a lot of choice,” she said. “It’s a scramble.” Mitnick added that, while it would be nice if Cornell could do more to help families with finding hotel rooms, it is not realistic for the University to coordinate accommodations for everyone. “It would be nice if they helped families find places to stay, but it is an impossible task because there are so many people,” she said. Families who do not get a room through the hotel lottery systems but want to stay close to campus sometimes turn to renting an Ithaca resident’s house for the weekend. Sallie and Norm Pure have rented out their Ithaca home five times during graduation weekend to families who want to stay in the area but were not able to obtain a spot in a hotel’s lottery system. Renting a whole house can often cost less than booking multiple hotel rooms, especially if the whole family comes to Ithaca, according to Sallie Pure. “It actually ends up costing less to lease a house than to rent a couple of hotel rooms. Plus, they have the comforts of a house like access to a kitchen,” Pure said. Graduation weekend is the only time of the year when hotels are completely full, according to Pure. “It’s a tricky conundrum,” Pure said. “I personally think that Ithaca cannot sustain a larger number of hotels, but as long as families [in the Ithaca area] are out there and willing to rent, we can help the families of graduates. ” With Ithaca’s hotel market changing, however, the shortages in rooms over graduation weekend may become less of a problem, according to Richard Adie, general manager of The Statler. “There’s a new Marriott [hotel] opening downtown that likely won’t affect graduation 2013, but it will be done for 2014,” Adie said. “There’s also a Fairfield Inn on Elmira Road being built which will probably will be done in time for freshman orientation 2013. The Holiday Inn is also making renovations to add more rooms.” In particular, the renovations to the Holiday Inn on South Cayuga Street will create a 10-story tower with 115 new rooms, according to Hart Hotels, which owns the Holiday Inn. Although these hotel changes will not affect the Class of 2013’s graduation, they may slowly start to make a difference in hotel bookings next summer, according to Adie. “At the very least, changes will be visible by freshmen orientation next year,” Adie said. Emma Jesch can be reached at eaj54@cornell.edu.

Jungle Residents Stay Put CITY

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“If one person goes through a rough time, we’ll all gather together and try to help each other — that’s the way it’s always been in the Jungle,” Schehr said. Otherwise, he said, each Jungle resident agreed to ensure that his own tent is prepared for the storm. Schehr said the only reason the residents might leave is if the rain causes a nearby creek to overflow into their tents. “We’re all staying through this,” Schehr said. “We’re animals, we know how to survive — it’s not like we haven’t been here before.” Still, not all the Jungle residents were staying for the night. As the rain began to batter the tarp above his tent, a Jungle resident known as “Tattoo” was leaving to stay with a friend in Enfield — and taking his dog

Digger with him. “I don’t want a fucking tree to fall on my head … I’ve seen it happen before, too,” said Tattoo, who has lived in the Jungle for three years. Mayor Svante Myrick ’09 said that the city is recommending that the Jungle residents take cover in a local shelter. Still, he said there were no plans currently for any “forced evacuations.” Meanwhile, Schehr said that the Jungle residents might be better off in their tents than those up the hill. “We got chairs: that’s it. We don’t have shit laying around; we don’t have electricity; we don’t have nothing to worry about,” he said. “The less materialistic you are, the less you have to prepare.” The Sun’s News Department can be reached at news@cornellsun.com.


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Campus Prepares For Massive Storm CORNELL

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rupted. After Tioga County issued a state of emergency on Monday, Cornell Dining decided to close eight dining halls on Tuesday, including Risley Dining, Cascadeli and several other a la carte locations. “A lot of our employees live in Tioga County, so if they can’t get here, we can’t open at full strength,” Brown said. Additionally, because of the adverse weather, a regularly scheduled delivery for food that would have arrived Tuesday morning will not arrive until Wednesday, according to Brown. Anticipating power outages across the East Coast, Cornell and dozens of other universities have also extended their deadlines for early applications. All Cornell hopefuls will have until midnight on Nov. 5 to submit their application, including forms and recommendations sent by their school, according to the University’s undergraduate admissions office’s website. Previously, the University’s deadline for early decision applicants was Nov. 1. “Because of Hurricane Sandy, the [admissions office] anticipates that there will be power outages all over the northeast in the next couple of the days. We know it will be very hard for students to get anything done on time, yet alone an application for college,” Wheatley said. On North Campus, freshmen expressed concern about how a power outage might affect their daily routine, according to Hannah McGough ’15, a resident advisor in Townhouse E8 and designer for The Sun. “[One] common concern is eating. As townhouse residents, [my residents] are more accustomed to cooking their own meals because they have kitchens. They’re particularly curious about special dining hall hours and accommodations,” she said. Townhouse residents also received an email from their Residential Hall Director telling students how to prepare for the storm, according to McGough. The email warned residents to close all windows and doors. “If we get a lot of rain (highly likely) –– please make sure to watch out for leaks,” the email read. Meanwhile, students have been frequenting local stores to stock up on food and other supplies to for the storm. Romney Badman, manager of Collegetown’s 7-Eleven, said the store has seen an increase in customers the past few days. “It hasn’t been extreme… [but] we’ve been busier the past few days, but you figure Halloween could also have something to do with it,” she said. “Batteries have been the big thing, some ready-to-eat items, like cans of ravioli.” Peng Tian ’13 said she purchased a week’s worth of food for herself and her roommates. “In order to prepare for the hurricane, I’m actually getting a lot of potatoes since I have meat at home,” she said. “Even if nothing happens, I can still use the food to cook for something else. I’m not trying to stock too much food.” Christina Hanco ’15 stocked up on food in case the heavy rain prevents her from venturing outside. “I just want to get some food because I don’t live close to any dining halls and I don’t want to go outside if it gets bad,” she said. However, despite stocking up, Hanco and Tian were not overly concerned with the storm. “I don’t think it will last that long,” Hanco said. “It seems like it’s moving pretty quickly.” Tian hopes the hurricane will serve as a short break from school work. “I’m not really worried about the hurricane. I, myself, have never seen a hurricane in my entire life, so I don’t know what it looks like,” she said. “Basically, I’m just planning to stay home, relax from school a little bit.” The Sun’s news department can be reached at news@cornellsun.com.

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Defending Diversity

THIS TERM, THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT may decide whether or not race is an appropriate factor to consider when admitting students to a university. The case, Fisher v. University of Texas, was brought by a young woman who was denied acceptance to the university and believes it was because she is white. Cornell, along with several other colleges, submitted an amicus brief in the case arguing that the court should reject Fisher’s challenge and should allow race to continue to be considered as one part of a holistic admissions decision process. The Sun commends the University for submitting the brief and hopes the Court rules in favor of Texas. Race is an important part of many Americans’ identities and is a factor in shaping one’s world view. An inability to grasp this reflects a greater inability to understand the world beyond our campus. As the brief said, Cornell has recognized the “profound importance of a diverse student body — including racial diversity — for their educational missions.” Cornell prepares students for life after college not only by requiring individualized tests and papers, but also through collaborative projects and engaging class discussions. The dynamic this type of environment creates allows students to discuss, listen and learn from each other. To that point, Cornell argued that, “one aspect of the mission of many universities is training future citizens and leaders for a heterogeneous society, and that diversity is vital to that objective.” Opponents of affirmative action, and we recognize there are many, either fail to acknowledge or disagree that this aspect of higher education is a crucial part of a university’s mission. A Cornell without affirmative action would be a vastly different place. For example, when a 1996 decision briefly outlawed race-based affirmative action at the University of Texas at Austin, the number of African-American students there fell by 40 percent. We could expect to see a similar result at Cornell. Without affirmative action, the composition of Cornell would no longer resemble the composition of the world beyond our walls. For example, the state of California prohibits using race as a factor in admissions decisions, and the composition of the University of California, Berkeley is largely out of synch with that of the state from which nearly 90 percent of its students come. Forty percent of Californians are white, six percent are AfricanAmerican, 14 percent are Asian and 39 percent are Hispanic. At Berkley, four percent of students are African-American, 43 percent are Asian, 13 percent are Hispanic, and 33 percent are white. While Berkeley’s student body might reflect who had the best grades or SAT scores in high school, it does not reflect the world it’s preparing its students to live in. Cornell claims in the amicus brief that it seeks to provide students with “the most rigorous, stimulating, and enriching educational environment, in which ideas are tested and debated from every perspective,” and continuing to “allow educational institutions to structure admissions programs that take account of race and ethnicity as single factors within a highly individualized, holistic review process” is integral to their mission. We wholeheartedly agree.

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Outrageous for a cause To the Editor: Re: “Disturbed and Unmoved,” Opinion, Oct. 23 I am writing in response to Kirat Singh’s Oct. 23 editorial, “Disturbed and Unmoved.” I appreciate and share the desire to try to reach people with literary arguments. Sadly, informative books like Silent Spring became cultural touchstones in the ’60s, but today’s hits are racier diversions like Fifty Shades of Grey. For better or worse, society changes, and unless social movements present issues in a way that grabs the current mainstream, they will die off. Anyone who visits PETA.org can see that most of what we do takes a serious approach, but it’s the more provocative campaigns that grab the public’s attention. A few years ago when I was invited to speak on PETA activism at a Harvard course, the professor and I decided that the best way to illustrate PETA’s tactics would be to stage a demonstration before class and invite students to join in. So a co-ed gaggle and I held a “bed-in” in Harvard Square, where we stripped down to our skivvies and wielded signs proclaiming, “Fur Out—Love In,” from a makeshift bed. The event (and the resulting arrests for indecent exposure) drew loads of onlookers and garnered national media attention, and the students learned that a little strategic exhibitionism can enable a handful of activists with no budget to reach millions. A month later, PETA held a “serious” demonstration at Harvard to show students the contrasting reactions that we get. Activists and I gathered at the same location and time as for the mattress melee, only we were fully clothed and carrying posters showing animals on fur farms and mangled in traps. Our news release met with a chorus of snores from the media. When people looked at our signs, most quickly averted their gaze, strode faster and refused to take a leaflet. It’s not that they weren’t sympathetic — they just didn’t want their hectic day darkened with grim reality. Animal rights is a consumer movement more than a political one, so PETA’s aim is to reach the largest number of consumers possible, not just an intellectual niche. We try to make our actions colorful and controversial in order to grab headlines and spread the message of kindness to animals to people around the world. And, as we’ve found after decades of attempting to promote our serious investigations and legal cases, nothing gets attention like nudity and celebrity. It’s simply the way the world is today, so we don’t fight it; we’re too busy fighting animal abuse. Dan Mathews, senior vice president of campaigns PETA

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t the time of writing, Hurricane Sandy has already claimed 67 lives on its way through the Caribbean. Sandy is scheduled to make landfall sometime on Monday night, bringing hurricane-force winds to a huge swath of the East Coast. Writing an opinion column on the heels, or, in this case, in the midst of such a traumatic event is always a troubling experience for me. Hurricaneforce winds extend 175 miles in each direction from Hurricane Sandy’s eye. It is very, very big, and I am very, very small. Any observation I make on Hurricane Sandy is necessarily made from a place of privilege, in that I am not facing the brunt of the storm myself, and, even if I were, I

clouds, and then dumping them ashore.” The strange warmth of the North Atlantic has something to do with so-called acts of nature, but it also has a great deal to do with acts of humanity. It has to do with the single-minded profit-seeking of the fossil-fuel industry. It has to do with ever-increasing greenhouse gas emissions, primarily by the nations best equipped to deal with the consequences we’re feeling right now, and not by island nations like Haiti with the most to lose. It has to do with the inaction of politicians like Obama and Romney, from whose campaigns any mention of climate change has been conspicuously absent. The only discussion of energy policy has consisted of the two of them competing as to who has been the most friendly to the exploration of new oil and gas reserves. As Dan Lashof wrote for EcoWatch, “Just like the unprecedented droughts, flooding and heat we all experienced this year, like Hurricane What Even Is All This? storms Sandy is what global warming looks like. This is the new normal.” It is not insignificant, though, to see this analysis made in a news source explicitly tailored toward an environmentalist audience, and not in the New York Times or on CNN. Faced with the trauma of the storm of the century, most mainstream reporters and commentators keep the blame firmly on the shoulders of Mother Nature. Making arguments about our own indirect complicity in traumatic events is indeed uncomfortable work, in part because such arguments can be painfully misconstrued as a sort of victim-blaming. And admittedly, attribution in cases like these is always a bit of a sketchy science. We may never be able to look at a weather event like Hurricane Sandy and say, unequivocally, This is a result of global warming, and without anthropogenic climate change, this weather event would not have happened. If we ever do get to that point, it will be far too late to do anything about it.

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have the resources at my disposal to take safety precautions that were most likely not available to the 51 Haitians already killed by this storm. My position as an essentially safe observer gives me serious pause before writing on this disaster, a disaster which is, for so many, deeply personal. However, even as every major news outlet tells me that this “Frankenstorm” is a freak of nature, voices from the margins suggest that Hurricane Sandy is a symptomatic, rather than an aberrant, storm. As Bill McKibben writes for The Daily Beast, “[Hurricanes are] born, as they always have been, when a tropical wave launches off the African coast and heads out into the open ocean. But when that ocean is hot — and at the moment sea surface temperatures off the Northeast are five degrees higher than normal — a storm like Sandy can lurch north longer and stronger, drawing huge quantities of moisture into its

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Those reservations aside, I take this sort of analysis to be precisely my role as an opinion columnist: to address and attempt to make sense of the traumatic and the uncomfortable as it relates to the reader, and thus to empower the reader to effect change. I take structural analysis of disaster to be empowering, rather than victimblaming, work. I also take the moment of the disaster to be precisely the moment for such analytical work, however painful it may be. If Hurricane Sandy were an isolated incident, it would be nothing but an occasion to buckle down and mourn. But it isn’t. Hurricane Sandy is what climate change looks like. As such, it is an occasion not only for keeping each other safe and for mourning the dead, but also for attacking, with renewed vigor, the structural problems that have already raised global temperatures one degree Celsius, a shift which NASA climatologist James Hansen claims has dramatically increased the chances of extreme weather events. Our new relationship with the Earth is such that each new disaster is a new call to action. Hurricane Sandy has everything to do with the Earth First! activists whose tree village blockade in Texas has been standing in the way of the Keystone XL pipeline for over a month now. Closer to home, KyotoNOW! has recently launched a campaign to urge Cornell to divest from fossil fuels by 2020. And if electoral politics are your thing, I take both Romney and Obama to be profoundly unconscionable choices for anyone interested in leaving an inhabitable planet for the next generation. Personally, I’ll be voting for Green Party candidate Jill Stein. There was a time when extreme weather events were the ultimate examples of disasters completely beyond human control. For better or for worse, that time has passed. If Hurricane Sandy freaks you out, you need to start fighting like hell against the very human forces that promise only worse to come. Tom Moore is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences. He may be reached at tmoore@cornellsun.com. What Even Is All This? appears alternate Tuesdays this semester.

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f the press releases from the University are to be believed, we’re building a Roosevelt Island campus in New York City. It will cost well over a billion dollars to build and feature an enormous lilypad of solar panels. The campus will be the birthplace of new and innovative technologies that will make our society greener, healthier and happier. It will inspire innovation and collaborative thinking with awe-inspiring views of the East River and wide open spaces for collaboration. It will manage to artificially develop, in less than 30 years, the Eastern copycat of the valley that brought us the transistor, the microprocessor and the modern Internet. I don’t get it, for one main reason. In all the visions and all the plans, something sticks out. Dramatically. NYC Tech has no new wet lab space. If students affiliated with NYC Tech want to build, implement or study a technology that’s going to live outside of a computer, they will have to take advantage of the famous collaboration with Weill Cornell Medical College and cross the East River. Anyone who has ever had to carry a lab sample for more than one flight of stairs will recognize that this will be an enormous pain. The ordeal of getting across the river aside, anyone who makes the trek is going to have to compete with a bevy of M.D.s and Ph.D.s who have their own agendas to complete and their own experiments to run. And no one is more territorial than scientists who think they’re going to lose lab space. I say this somewhat jokingly, but the point I’m trying to make is dead serious.“Technology and Applied Sciences” is a vague phrase, and it can mean a lot of things. As far as I can tell, the vision for this campus has picked the most cramped

and shortsighted definition. If you think this campus is going to benefit engineers, think again. The College of Engineering is a big school. This campus is going to benefit a very specific subset of engineers. If you’re the kind of engineer who wants to write some nifty computer programs with your MacBook while “shooting the technological breeze,” you’re golden. But, if you want to mix the contents of two beakers together in the name of science then you’re S.O.L. The Tech campus is not interested in you. Can we just review that concept for a sec? A glittering new campus (with half a million square feet of open space) promises to be a mecca of science and technology without actually providing any space to do science or develop new technologies.* Am I wrong in saying that this campus is built solely for the benefit of a field whose poster child is Mark Zuckerberg? Or to notice that the strongest spokesperson that the Greatest City on Earth could conjure up to comment when we first announced this campus was the hoodiedand-sneakered founder of tumblr? I don’t mean to say that Facebook and tumblr and the rest of insta-crowdsourced social media cloud 2.0 technology aren’t necessarily powerful or worthwhile products. I get it. There’s a lot of money to be made and interesting things to notice about human behavior, especially when a critical mass of people are carrying iOS devices. But I start taking issue when the University that I love commits 30 years, a reputation and colossal amounts of money to climbing into someone else’s bandwagon. Cornell has a strong tradition of bridging the gap between theory and science. Many, many small companies have had their roots in our academic departments,

and a healthy number of them have been quite successful. But a healthy number have also required wet lab space, and lab space can be hard to get. Building a new campus that explicitly ignores our strengths in the fundamental sciences and disregards our past successes, in favor of chasing the glitter of someone else’s reputation, is just the tiniest bit shortsighted. The Tech campus has admirable elements to its vision. Lowering the barrier to entry for an entrepreneur with a sound

Of the universities that put in a bid to build Silicon Valley East, a small university with more than triple our endowment, and the architects of the original, would have been the obvious choice. But it ended up being us instead for a variety of reasons, and key among those reasons was that our plan was the most ambitious. I was delighted when this campus was announced. I thought it made a statement about Cornell’s abilities and our determination. I thought it would nurture and

Deborah Liu First World Problem premise to jump in is a good thing. Providing an industrial as well as an academic advisor from day one is bound to make someone’s education more powerful. But in what universe is an entire campus in Manhattan necessary to hack together projects? The field that this Tech campus benefits enjoys the lowest possible barrier to entry for building stuff. All that’s required is a couple hundred dollars’ worth of computing power, a good Internet connection, and the healthy entrepreneurial delusion that your work has the power to change the world. And thats the point. This Tech campus isn’t serving a need that requires … well, Cornell. It serves the need of someone who’s panicked that they’re getting left behind.

develop the talents of our Ithaca campus. I thought it would provide opportunities that would foster a widespread cultural change towards our idea of success and the power of an education. I just didn’t think that it would leave me out. *quibble over the definition of “technology” as much as you want, I will not cede that writing an app is on par with anything that requires a fume hood.

Deborah Liu is a senior in the College of Engineering. She may be reached at deborahliu@cornellsun.com. First World Problem appears alternate Tuesdays this semester.


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LEFT HALF, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Kerry Close ’14 as the Hilary Clinton meme; Juan Forrer ’13, David Marten ’14, James Rainis ’14, Patricio Martinez ’13, and Zach Zahos ’15 as the band, One Direction; Jeff Stein ’13, Maggie Henry ’14, Patricio Martinez ’13, Zach Zahos ’15, Liz Camuti ’14, Juan Forrer ’13, David Marten ’14, Dani Abada ’14, and James Rainis ’14 as the cast of Arrested Development; David Marten ’14 and Nick St. Fleur ’13 as Governor Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama.

RIGHT HALF, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Daveen Koh ’14, Hank Bao ’14, and Akane Otani ’14 reenact the Gangnam Style video; Scott Chiusano ’14, Nick St. Fleur ’13, Dani Abada ’14, Jeff Stein ’13, Hank Bao ’14, Haley Velasco ’15, and Lauren Ritter ’13 portray the 2012 NHL lockout; Rebecca Harris ’14, Maggie Henry ’14 and Esther Hoffman ’13 embody ‘Pussy Riot.’

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT The Task At Hand Poet Seamus Heaney Challenges Students To Write Their Own History

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The context for “Sunlight,” Heaney’s ode to his home at Mossbawn, was a 1940s Ireland where the British war effort was omnipresent. Lines like the closing one of this Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney began his poem — “And here is love like a tinsmith’s scoop sunk past visit to Cornell with the Eamon McEneaney memorial its gleam in the meal-bin” — deftly sum up the imporreading last Thursday at Schwartz Auditorium in tance of Heaney’s work. Everyday life and love were what Rockefeller Hall. Prof. Ishion Hutchinson, English, Heaney cherished in Ireland at a time when the rest of the opened the session by relating an anecdote about a world was collapsing. Should we presume to be vessels of Colgate University professor who was starstruck and ner- history, all we have to do is simply record our own. vous as he introduced the visiting poet William Butler “Casualty” is an outlier in Heaney’s body of work. It is Yeats. The Colgate professor, who spoke of Yeats as the an overtly political poem, written in memory of Louis author of several great works, was later embarrassed to dis- O’Neill, who was killed during the infamous 1972 events cover that none of these works were actually Yeats’. This of Bloody Sunday. This is where Heaney’s historical narraerror, Hutchinson claimed, tive came to the forefront, as the poem alterwas actually less devastating nates between humanizing descriptions of than it seemed. Poets like O’Neill and graphic accounts of the bombYeats and Heaney — widely ing and tensions in Ireland. The poem asks perceived as the two most of O’Neill, “How culpable was he?” and important Irish poets of all wonders if everyone who was killed on time — represent a “suspenBloody Sunday might be intrinsically innosion between the archaic and cent, if war is perhaps a force beyond the the modern.” Poets of their mental conception of individual men. The caliber, he argued, are living final line of the poem is “Question me and breathing creators of again,” a note on the individual’s inability to posterity, molded by all of pass judgment on the events he witnesses. the great works of their preThe poem is often compared in theme to decessors. Our job, as the Yeats’ “Easter 1916,” which treats political next generation, he said, is to turmoil in a similar fashion, asking only a “speak of what we know and series of unanswerable questions and refertestify of what we see.” encing associational guilt. Heaney began with a pasOn Friday morning, what was billed as a sage from his Beowulf trans“Question & Answer Session” with Heaney lation and a commentary on turned out to be an intimate continuation of the timelessness of the text. Thursday’s reading. Heaney started the sesThe chosen passage starts sion by reading his most widely-recognized with the line: “Then a pow- Prof. Ishion Hutchinson, English, introduces poem, “Digging.” He told the audience that erful demon, a prowler Seamus Heaney last Thursday. “Digging” was the “first poem in which I through the dark, nursed a really felt like I was making my own kind of hard grievance.” Heaney’s message was foreboding: noise.” The contrast between a pen and a spade is more Remember never to feel safe. Here, the thread of a histor- apt than we may have realized, he disclosed, as Irish tribal ical narrative was ever-present. While Heaney is often writing was considered “not an activity, but a task,” much thought of as the quintessential Irish poet, mining the like any other necessary labor. The task at hand was to lives of the often-overlooked island for the prospect of engage in the creative act of digging up whatever is there something universal, the poems he chose on Thursday and then “letting it do the work for you.” After he read the granted weight to Prof. Hutchinson’s words about the poet poem, he remarked in a near whisper, “That was 1964. I as a continuation of history. Heaney read “A Sofa in the guess I was still pretty innocent then.” It was not until Forties,” a poem about a child’s game of turning a living after the readings of “Man and Boy,” a requested favorite, room sofa into a train — an activity based on the BBC and “North,” a discussion of writings of dissonance, that series Riders of the Range. Of the unintended juxtaposition someone got up the courage to ask: of his childhood train with those of Auschwitz, he said, “What did you mean by ‘you were innocent?’ What “We enter history in ignorance. You live long enough and does it mean to be a corrupted poet?” then you realize what you are doing.” Heaney’s first response was laughter. Presumably, he BY KAITLYN TIFFANY Sun Contributor

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only felt the weight of his words once they were thrown back at him. But to be a “corrupted poet,” he finally said, is to become aware that you are a “poet” at all. The birth of a poet is “hopeful and panicky” and “open and innocent,” but the priority will shift to making things “witty and closed off and perfect.” This innocence is something to be valued despite its imperfections, as it allows us to write things with “a sense of danger,” Heaney advised. This issue resurfaced when a student asked Heaney about how he weighs the consequences that truth can bring against that dedication to openness, referencing a poem about Heaney’s father, “Follower.” Heaney identified a line in the poem and then said, “Talking of innocence, what I’d probably do nowadays is just stop there.” His advice to aspiring writers was to get rid of their sense of a moral high ground and capture effectively by creating a “commerce between temperament and the times we live in.” The reading he did from a series of his poems, Station Island, was prefaced with a heavy political contextualization. But Heaney stated afterwards, “I didn’t identify the man at the door, it would have been unjust. Stay in the solitude of an artistic area. But there are times …” And he trailed off. Prof. Hutchinson asked if anyone had a suggestion for the final reading. It had been only 35 minutes, but we were allegedly running short on time. Someone wanted to hear the third sonnet from “The Clearances,” a series of eight sonnets that Heaney wrote after his mother’s death in 1984. He recited the sonnet from memory. At first, the poem is about peeling potatoes. Then the poem meditates on Catholic Mass and final absolutions before tackling the metallic imagery of war and the warmth of home. “The Clearances” is distinctly Irish, but also distinctly human. Although my frustration with Heaney’s pandering jokes and grumble-slurred sentences had been overpowering at points throughout the events of the last 24 hours, this poem brought me back to my senses. Here we were, glimpsing the archaic works of William Butler Yeats, in the presence of a genuine and not-yet-archaic vessel of the last century, the one that we ourselves had not quite been participants of. Here we were, a collection of the newly “hopeful and panicky,” asking eager questions and hanging on words in hopes of gleaning a shred of wisdom on how to confront the new generation which is wholly ours to record. And as I shuffled slowly and regretfully out of the room, unable to even whisper a “Thank you,” I put aside fear of judgment to take a last, uncomfortably long over-the-shoulder look at those elbow pads and that white hair — for posterity’s sake. Kaitlyn Tiffany is a sophomore in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She can be reached at krt38@cornell.edu.


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Retire Late And Work Like a Mule BY HENRY STALEY Sun Contributor

If you walk through the Arts Quad, you are many times more likely to see a Jimi Hendrix or Grateful Dead shirt than you are to see a t-shirt advertising almost any contemporary act. How does the current music industry cope with this favoritism and the greatness of music from the late ’60s and early ’70s? Some seem to reply, “Just live those days as long as possible.” This seems to be the solution Gov’t Mule, an experimental blues band, applies. The group put on a show Saturday night at the State Theatre and presented an act that was essentially a comforting haze of sounds, rhythms and lyrics echoing the ’60s. This presentation aligned with the ethos of the crowd, populated with many who spent their adolescence during the blossoming of psychedelic rock. Bearded boomers, bikers and bluesmen filled the ornate Renaissance-style theater that turns 84 this year. The listeners received a set list so similar to one possible in the Age of Aquarius that their nostalgia drives were definitely satisfied. The loudest audience response came during Mule’s elaborate, whining rendition of The Beatles’ “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” and a

reggae/raga slow-down of The Steve Miller Band classic “The Joker.” For attendees largely in the reflection stage of their lives, looking back at their youth and identifying with the lyrics was an obvious, sentimental hit. The set list also covered “She Said, She Said” and “Tomorrow Never Knows,” both by The Beatles; “Don’t Step on the Grass, Sam,” a ’60s pro-marijuana legalization hit from Steppenwolf; “Higher Ground” by Stevie Wonder; the end of Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog” and a song Led Zeppelin seemingly plagiarized: “How Many More Years” by Howlin’ Wolf (sound like Zeppelin’s “How Many More Times” at all?). The original songs from Mule bore the same influences. “Streamline Woman,” one of its most successful hits, has a clear Grateful Dead semblance (check out The Dead’s “Easy Wind”). Much of the lyrics reflected themes of the blues and countercultural generations, not to mention the band’s name: Gov’t Mule, an allusion to our obsequity to the “man.” This thumbing of the nose at authority was a rallying cry of the ’60s that is often subject to parody today. The easiest comparison for Gov’t Mule is to the Allman Brothers. Mule’s late cofounder and bass guitarist, Allen Woody, was a member of the Brothers after they reunited in 1989. In his tenure with the Brothers, Allen played with guitarist Warren Haynes, future

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cofounder of Gov’t Mule and associated member of Phil Lesh’s Further, the post-Jerry Garcia incarnation of the Grateful Dead. Mule still plays many tunes by the Allman Brothers, Led Zeppelin and Grateful Dead and attracts a following left over from the deaths and disengagements of many of these bands. In order to maintain a sound quality comparable to these former acts, their website claims that they are “one of the hardest working bands in rock history.” Gov’t Mule’s deficit of originality is definitely bridged by its incredible technical dexterity. The opener — The Lee Boys, a Parliament Funkadelic and Taj Mahal mashup — suggests that these bands are out to service an audience who doesn’t want change. Even though the band was relatively stationary on stage and the audience members were forcibly stationary in their seats, the energy of the music sustained interest. The ’60s and ’70s were an incredible Renaissance of arts, culture and passion that was so impressive that it warrants a lengthy afterlife. You may call these concerts wakes of waning genres or just plain irrelevant, but celebrating the past is much more successful and plausible than celebrating the future. Henry Staley is a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences. He can be reached at hds56@cornell.edu.

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ver thought that choosing just the right 140 the floor.” In just 140 characters, characters for your latest tweet was something of the tweet accomplishes much of what an entire short story does. an art form? Twitter agrees with you. From Nov. 28 to Dec. 2, There are characters, although we Twitter will hold its first “Twitter Fiction Festival.” don't know who they are. There is According to Twitter's blog, this “virtual storytelling conflict, although we are not sure of celebration” will feature “creative experiments in story- its specifics. There is setting, telling from authors around the world.” Everyone is although it is not fully detailed. invited to submit a proposal, and Twitter plans to Already, we can guess at the relaannounce the selected authors and festival agenda Nov. tionship between the two characters and fill in some backstory about the 19. This is not Twitter’s first foray into fiction. In 2009, problematic photos. While this is Alexandere Acimen and Emmet Rensin launched really good flash fiction, it’s not Twitterature, a project that boiled down 80 of the great- Twitter fiction. These pieces could est works of Western fiction to a few tweets a piece. very easily appear in print and not Think Cliffnotes on drugs written with text message be read any differently. Although they limit their words abbreviations. (A sample from Hamlet: “WTF IS a little more stringently than most flash fiction, the stoPOLONIUS DOING BEHIND THE CURTAIN???”). ries do not fully engage Twitter as a time-based, interacSimilar experiments have been done with the Bible tive medium. A couple writers have moved beyond summarization (@biblesummary summarizes whole Bible chapters in single tweets) and Ulysses (a group of Joyce fans boiled and flash fiction. This past May, Jennifer Egan (who every eight pages down to a single tweet). What they all wrote Visit from the Goon Squad) tweeted an entire short have in common is summarization and immediacy. story through The New Yorker’s Twitter account. The Long, difficult books are simplified and condensed, tweets for “Black Box,” a science fiction story about a making them immediately more accessible to contem- spy living in the Mediterranean, were released a minute at a time, an hour a day, for ten porary or less educated audidays straight. Unlike the previences. Although these are ous examples, Egan's story did noteworthy first experiments, not confine itself to a single they do not use Twitter as a tweet and therefore falls outside literary medium. The tweets the realm of flash fiction. are meant as summaries, not Greener on the Instead, it was fully-fleshed out as stand-alone literature. and time-based. The delay The Guardian has taken Other Side between released segments things a step further. In slowed down the read, putting it October, they challenged 21 well-known writers to compose 140 character stories. in the same arena as serial fiction and television proThese attempts resemble flash fiction, very short fiction grams. While the story successfully explored Twitter as of just a few hundred words. Because of their brevity, a time-based medium for reading, it did not explore it many of these stories hint or suggest conflict rather than as a time-based medium for writing. Egan’s tweets were fully delineate plot and characters. Ian Rankin’s tweet is all written beforehand. She was not composing them as an especially good example: “I opened the door to our she went along, nor was her narrative interspersed with flat and you were standing there, cleaver raised. real-time tweets from followers. In her critique of “Black Box,” BuzzFeed’s Anne Somehow you’d found out about the photos. My jaw hit

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Trubek claims that Egan’s story left out some of the key elements of Twitter such as scrolling backwards, responding to other tweets and unrelated tweets popping up. As Trubek rightly points out, Egan’s story doesn’t take advantage of Twitter as an interactive medium, only as a serial one. However, there are a few authors who have done so. In “Small Fates,” Cole crafts stories around short news clippings, what he has called “news of the weird” and “strange little things.” Given Twitter’s importance as a journalistic medium, Cole’s stories seem to have matched form with content. There’s also Dan Sinker’s hilariously profane fake Twitter account, @MayorEmanuel, which satirized Rahm Emanuel's mayoral campaign. The fake account, which attracted a wide following for the five months it ran, took advantage of Twitter as a tool for self-promotion as well as for social activism and critique. I think there’s more to explore. Come November 28, I hope to see writers not just writing for Twitter but writing with Twitter, crafting their stories in 140 characters at a time, opening themselves up to the improvisation and interactivity of the form. Emily Greenberg is a senior in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences & Art, Architecture and Planning. She can be contacted at egreenberg@cornellsun.com. Greener on the Other Side appears alternate Tuesdays.

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36 for just 158 yards and the receiving corps was led by senior wide receiver Spenser Gruenenfelder, who caught six balls for 62 yards. However, the biggest issue with the Red’s offense was its lack of a running game, as it carried the ball 21 times for negative-five yards. “We didn’t run the ball much just because of how the game played out,” Miller said. "We really couldn’t get anything going … It’s just unfortunate that we had to be so one-dimensional in our offense.” Overall, Miller was disappointed in the Red’s offensive showing. “The last two games, it’s pretty inexcusable with all the talent that we have [to score just nine points in two games],” he said. “You can’t really ask the defense for much more, holding them to two field goals, especially when Post is as athletic as they are.” Post’s offense was led by Boose, who completed eight of 13 passes for 94 yards and carried the ball 23 times for 132 yards

“We will put all our efforts into winning.” Will Edmonds and the game-winning touchdown. The Red was impressed with his play, but did a great job containing him. “[Boose] is a great athlete and has good pocket presence,” Edmonds said. “We were able to get to him a few times — [senior defensive end] Chris Leyen had a few good hits and [senior linebacker] Jim Barger had a nice sack on him, but when he saw a hole, he would take it and he was really good at breaking tackles … We did a really good job holding down a really solid quarterback.” The defense recorded five sacks, led by junior linebacker Kyle Higgins, who recorded two sacks and five tackles, and had two interceptions, one by junior defensive back Riley Scott and the other by Monahan. Overall, the entire defense played well, according to Edmonds. “It was a solid team effort,” he said. “I highlighted a few people, but everybody made great plays, especially the defensive line; they stepped up. They had sacks and a few good tackles. The defensive backs also had great coverage throughout the night.” Looking ahead, the team has one game left on its schedule against Mansfield and plans to give it its all to finish the season off on a high note. “We’re moving on from our loss and we realize there’s one game in our season left,” Edmonds said. “We’re playing a team we haven’t lost to before [in Mansfield] and we will put all our efforts into winning next week.” Albert Liao can be reached at aliao@cornellsun.com.


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-tend. One-two-three certainly exceeded all kinds of expectations.” The women’s team finished with a score of 31 points, well ahead of second place Princeton’s 91 points to win Cornell’s sixth Heps championship. Kellner won her first ever individual Heps title, with junior teammates Emily Shearer finishing in second, and Rachel Sorna finishing in third. Cornell’s next finisher was junior Devin McMahon finishing 10th overall, and rounding out Cornell’s top five was freshman Caroline Kellner who finished fifteenth overall. The men’s team finished with a score of 83 points, which was good enough for fourth place.The Red’s top finisher was senior Nick Wade in ninth place, followed by junior Max Groves in 11th place, senior Brett Kelly in 15th place, Matt McCollugh in 20th place, and junior John Schilkowsky finishing 61st overall. According to Smith, Kellner’s first place finish was not only special for her and for the team, but was also a testament to her as an athlete. “To do it in the way that she did it, one of the best things about coaching her is that she’s fearless,” he said. “She likes to get out and rock n’ roll in the races, she ran her style of race today and she did a really good job with it. It was really fun to watch.” Juan Carlos Toledo can be reached at jtoledo@cornellsun.com.

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Equestrian Seniors Reflect On Their Meaningful Time Spent as Part of the Team By ARIEL COOPER Sun Staff Writer

Now that tryouts are over and practice has been underway for a few weeks, the equestrian team is ready to kick off its season. For some riders this will be their first season with the squad, while for others it will be their last. Before the season began, the seniors took some time to reflect on their experience with the Red and discuss their hopes for their final season. Not every rider comes to the team with previous experience. Because the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association divides shows into different levels, or divisions, the squad always looks for riders that come from different backgrounds — from those who rode competitively in high school to ones who have never sat on a horse. The riders with no experience tend to find learning to ride on a competitive team very rewarding. “I came to the team with no riding experience so for me it actually … Gave me the chance I always wanted … To ride horses," said senior tri-captain Zofia Hilton. "I’ve done so many things that I never thought I would. I got on a horse for the first time. I went to a horse show for the first time. Being on the team has taught me so much. I never expected to go from no experience to being able [to go to] nationals [my sophomore year]. For me that was a big thing “It’s become so much more than the riding. I’ve because I never learned a lot about who I am from being on the team.” expected to get there and learn Emily Webster as much as I did.” Senior Katie Rong also came to the team with no previous experience. However, the squad has become a big part of her life at Cornell. “Equestrian comes first when describing myself,” she said. Outside of college athletics, it is quite unusual for riders to compete in teams. Equestrian is typically an individual sport; the only teamwork involved is the partnership between the horse and the rider. For the riders who do have previous experience, the chance to be part of a team adds a new dimension to the sport and teaches its members many valuable lessons. “I always hated teamwork in classes but then I worked with the whole team and it was really fun getting things done … You learn how to work together,” Rong said. Even for those who have rode all their lives, the experience of being on a collegiate team is completely unique. Senior tri-captain Emily Webster, for example, joined the team with a lot of experience. “The team [has] completely changed my time here at Cornell,” she said. “It’s not something that I knew I wanted to do … I didn’t realize the commitment it was. I’d never been on a sports team. I didn’t realize what I was coming into when I joined. We spend so much time together … we laugh and we cry together … it’s become so much more than the riding. I’ve learned a lot about who I am from being on the team.” For senior tri-captain Emily Kowalchik and senior Erika Hooker, the squad provided them with a group of girls who share their passion for horses. “The team is a great group of girls,” Hooker said. “We cycle through girls every year … But we’re always girls that love riding horses and we’ll wake up at five in the morning for it and I appreciate that.” “I was glad that I was involved with [the team] just because it gave me a group to be a part of right away,” Kowalchik added. “I think my transition as a freshman was made way easier because I was part of the team.” Kowalchik added that the squad has become more and more tight knit over the years. “We’re a closer group of girls than we ever were when we came in as freshmen and I think as seniors we take a lot of pride in that,” she said. As for the upcoming season, the seniors are determined to make this one count. Overall, the riders are confident in the team’s chances of making it all the way to nationals. “I think that this season we have the best shot at nationals that we’ve ever had and that’s really exciting for my senior year,” Hooker said. Although the squad received a new coach this year, it is confident that head coach Todd

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Smells like team spirit | All of the team’s seniors describe how much they enjoy being on the team, and how it has enhanced their time at Cornell.

Karn will only increase the team’s chances of making it to the top. “I don’t want to leave this team … But the team is in good hands,” Webster said. “[Coach Karn’s] past [experience] as a judge is really helping us get to this new level where we can raise our bar even higher and do even better than we have [previously] done. I only see an upward trend for this team in terms of competitiveness.” “I really think we have a chance at nationals,” Rong added. In addition to getting to nationals, some of the riders have their own personal goals for the season. If a rider earns enough points during the show season, she can move up to compete in a higher division. This is one of Rong’s goals for the season, which include “getting to zones and nationals, pretty much pointing out [of my division] and competing in walk trot canter.” Still, the main focus is on nationals. “I think that we have the potential this year to make it to nationals … We have that skill and that determination … I think it’s incredibly possible,” Hilton said. “Personally, I just want to have the best season I’ve ever had.” The first show was a double header held at RIT this past weekend. The Red had a great start to the season. On the first day the team came in third place overall, beaten by Alfred in second and Ithaca College in first. The squad rallied on the second day and finished in first place. Freshman Elizabeth Drake won both of her novice classes on the second day and was the high point rider. Kowalchik earned the ribbon for reserve high point rider with a first and second place in her open division classes. According to Webster, the Red hopes to continue this upward trend. “I don’t have any personal goals for myself but I think as a team we’re so close to making it to nationals and with a little bit of luck and a lot of work I really feel like this could be our year,” she said. Ariel Cooper can be reached at acooper@cornellsun.com.

FIELD HOCKEY

Red Splits Weekend With Princeton Defeat and Holy Cross Victory By SHAYAN SALAM Sun Staff Writer

This past weekend the Cornell field hockey team split a pair of home games at Marsha Dodson Field. On Saturday, the Red (8-8,3-3) lost 5-0 to the No. 2 ranked Princeton Tigers (14-1,6-0) and then came out strong the next day to defeat the Holy Cross Crusaders (2-15) 4-0. Going into Saturday’s game, the Red had known the whole season that Princeton would be a tough opponent in the Ivy League. Princeton was roaring the whole game as it put 18 of its 25 shots on target while the Red only managed five overall shots. The Tigers scored two goals off of penalty corners before halftime, and then scored one more goal midway through the second half, before notching a late pair of goals to make the score 5-0. “It was a tough loss — we were fighting hard the whole game but unfortunately fell behind and let in too many second half goals,” said senior captain Genevieve Collins.

Even though the score was one sided, the Red was able to limit national point scoring leader Kathleen Sharkley to just one goal. Additionally, given that 25 were taken by

“It was a tough loss — we were fighting hard the whole game but unfortunately fell behind and let in too many second half goals.” Genevieve Collins the Tigers, junior goalie Carolyn Horner was impressive in goal, and managed to make five saves in one-on-one situations that a less talented keeper would have let in. On Sunday, the Red returned to the field to face a Holy

Cross team that had almost the exact opposite record as the Tigers. Cornell got off to a slow start, but built momentum quickly through the game, which resulted in a 4-0 victory over the Crusaders. “We were able to get back to playing our game and working together as a team,” Collins said. The goals were scored by juniors Brittany Thompson and Hannah Balleza, freshman Marisa Siergiej and sophomore Ann DiPastina. Thompson drew first blood as she scored off a rebound in the 14th minute to start the Red off on the right foot. Balleza scored the final goal and in doing so scored her 14th goal of the season, tying the Cornell single season record for goals scored. Next weekend the Red will play its final regular season game at home against Dartmouth. Additionally, the Red will honor its senior players during the pregame ceremonies. Shayan Salam can be reached at ssalam@cornellsun.com.


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Red Offense Cannot Convert;Team Falls to Post Defense holds back speedy Post offense, forces OT, but C.U.unable to pull through

By ALBERT LIAO Sun Staff Writer

After a magical six-overtime victory in the first game of their season, the Cornell sprint football team (3-3) ran out of overtime magic as they lost against Post (4-2), 13-6, this past Friday. The Red had a chance to put the game away in regulation, when sophomore defensive back Michael Monahan had an acrobatic interception to give the ball back to the offense in the red zone with the scored tied, 6-6, and with less than two minutes remaining. “We should have probably scored a touchdown [on that last] possession,” said junior captain and quarterback Brendan Miller. “After he had the big interception, we had a couple of chances and just couldn’t capitalize.” Miller completed two passes to get a first down and after a Post encroachment penalty, junior placekicker John Rodriguez had a 26-yard field goal attempt to win the game. However, the attempt was wide left, putting the game into overtime. Despite missing his last kick, Rodriguez made two earlier in the game, including one from 46 yards out -- the reason the Red was in this game, according to Miller. “John Rodriguez played great for most of the season and it’s nice to have a kicker who can make a 48 yard field goal,” Miller said. “He’s the reason we’ve been in most of the games this year and he’s definitely one of our strongest players throughout the season.” In overtime, the Red won the coin toss and chose to play defense first. Post freshman quarterback Shawn Boose ran

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Clear eyes, full heart | Junior co-captain and quarterback Brendan Miller and the rest of the Cornell offense were unable to capitalize on their opportunites and score so that the team could win.

the ball four straight times to set them up at the one-yard line and he snuck it in to score a touchdown. Cornell’s offense did not have as much success as Post, as Miller was sacked on the first play. They eventually had a fourth-and-1 to convert, but after a false start, a pass from Miller went through the hands of junior wide receiver Joseph Martin, ending the game. “We didn’t finish; we had a few opportunities to win the game, but we just couldn’t finish,” said senior captain and defensive end Will Edmonds. “There were just a bunch of

Women’s Soccer Falls to Princeton In Second-to-Last Game of Season Saturday night, Cornell fell to Princeton in its second to last matchup of the season at home. The Red lost to the Tigers, 5-1, as Princeton put away three goals to finish the first half. The goal for Cornell came from freshman midfielder

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Young and fresh | Freshman midfielder Jenna Cantor scored Cornell’s only goal of the day, as the Red fell 5-1 against Princeton this past weekend.

Jenna Cantor but it wasn’t enough to grab the victory for the Red. With 19 minutes remaining, Cantor grabbed the opportunity to score off of a corner kick after bouncing off multiple bodies in the box. Princeton’s goalie tried to grab it but it got loose, went to Cantor and she capitalized on the opportunity. Cornell (1-13-1, 0-5-1 Ivy) played a good first 10 minutes, holding the Tigers without a shot on goal. But after that, Princeton (11-3-1, 6-0) scored three goals in 18 minutes proving why it’s the top team of the Ivy League. The first goal for Princeton came from a corner kick by Rachel Sheey to Lynessa McGee who headed it in at the 13th minute. The second one for the Tigers was at the 16minute mark where Lauren Lazon fed a ball to Jen Hoy who found Jessica Haley in the center of the box. Two minutes later, Lazo got a goal of her own when she took a pass from Guzman in the left side of the box. Lazo cut back inside and chipped the ball over Cornell junior goalie Tori Christ. Christ made a leaping save on a shot by Emily Sura — she jumped high to snag the ball out of midair and keep the score at 3-0 going into the half. Princeton got a fourth goal seven minutes into the second half when Lazo cut into the penalty area, beat a defender and put the ball far post past Christ. Princeton's final score was a free kick from Haley on the outside of the penalty area. Cornell will finish off its season this coming weekend with a matchup against Dartmouth at 3 p.m. at Berman Field. Dartmouth beat Harvard, 2-0, in its last home game on Sunday. The Green also had sophomore forward Tasha Wilkins pick up her first career Ivy League Player of the Week this week after scoring the two goals to take home the win — the third player for the Green to be awarded player of the week. Dartmouth is on a six game winning streak as it travels to face Cornell in the last game of the season for both teams. — Compiled by Haley Velasco

small things that we could have done to beat Post. They … Got a touchdown [in overtime], and we couldn’t turn around and get a touchdown ourselves.” One reason why Cornell’s offense struggled was the absence of senior wide receiver Abe Mellinger due to an injured hamstring. He leads the team in catches, receiving yards and touchdowns. Without Mellinger, Miller went 22See SPRINT page 13

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Women Win Heps Championship By JUAN CARLOS TOLEDO Sun Staff Writer

The women’s cross country team is—for the second year in a row—celebrating a Heps championship crown. The Red traveled to West Windsor Fields in Princeton, NJ to take on the best of the Ivy League in what was a successful defense of the Heps title for the women’s team. The men’s team managed to claim fourth place, a strong improvement from last year’s fifth place finish. Senior co-captain Katie Kellner spoke on what it meant to be able to come back and repeat as Heps champions. “To come back and show the Ivy League again that we’re meant to be up there; we’re meant to be champions, and it’s a good league this year so it shows that we’re one of the best in the country.” The women’s team was the first team since Princeton in 2008 to achieve a first-second-third finish, which according to Kellner was a surprise even to her as she crossed the finish line. “When I crossed the finish line and saw [Rachel Sorna] and [Emily Shearer] there I was just so excited,” she said. “I knew the Brown girls were close and I can’t even put into words how excited I was to see them cross right behind me.” Women’s cross country coach Artie Smith ’96 has had high expectations of his team all season, especially with how they’ve performed, but his team’s finish this past weekend exceeded even his expectations. “We’ve had such a tremendous season but we know what a tough league this is,” he said. “We knew we were going to be competing against some terrific people. We wanted to give a great effort and have a chance to conSee X-COUNTRY page 14


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