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C.U.Law Seeks Surge In Minority Faculty By SARAH MEYERS

methods to recruit Latino professors should be a priority for the law school.” Lopez mentioned that the Latino As part of a University-wide diversi- faculty member who is leaving, Prof. ty push, the Cornell Law School is aim- Eduardo Peñalver ’94, is the LALSA ing to increase the number African- advisor. She stressed the importance of American and Hispanic faculty and the having mentors of diverse backgrounds. “Having that support system of percentage of admitted African-American students –– a push some students someone we can relate to is very, very say is essential to ensuring that minori- important,” Lopez said. “We really do need professors who identify as Latino ties feel supported at the law school. or African-American beStewart Schwab, dean of cause they have more of a the law school, said that 48 connection to our organizapercent of the law school’s tions and our students.” first-year students identify Cheyenne Sanders law, as a member of a racial or president of the Native ethnic minority, in addition American Law Students’ to the school’s significant Association, said that she number of international wants to see the law school students. The racial and focus on “building a critical ethnic makeup of the stuSCHWAB mass” of minority students dent body “compares favorably with other top programs,” he said. — particularly Native Americans. “It’s hard to build a community Erika Lopez law, president of Latino American Law Students’ Association with four or five Native Americans per — which aims to support Latino- class,” Sanders said. “Native students American students in the law school — are one of the smallest groups in the emphasized the importance of hiring a bar. It’s important that Native students feel supported — through NALSA, racially and ethnically diverse faculty. “I do think that right now, the law financially and academically — when school definitely needs to focus on they get here. The administration has increasing diversity,” Lopez said. been very receptive to our ideas, but we “There’s only one Latino professor, and would love to see an increase in the he’s leaving at the end of the semester, amount of Native students enrolled.” which is not very encouraging for Latino law students. Trying to find See LAW SCHOOL page 5

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Mirror images? | Mathew Whitney, the man accused of placing a fake bomb outside the Bank of America on the Commons, compares himself (left) to a sketch of the Antichrist in a YouTube video.

Man Accused of Bomb Scare Claims to Be the Antichrist By JEFF STEIN Sun Managing Editor

The man accused of placing a fake bomb outside a downtown Ithaca bank says he has invented a “free energy” device that will transform the world’s economy. He also claims to be the Antichrist. In his book, YouTube video

and various posts on the Internet published in recent years, Mathew Whitney, 37, has linked prophetic verse in the Bible’s Book of Revelation to his in-progress “Closed Loop Implosion Turbine” — a machine he said will revolutionize how power is transmitted and usher in the next world era.

LGBTQ Students React to Elections By JINJOO LEE Sun Senior Writer


A historic moment | Senator-elect Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), the first openly gay U.S. Senator, greets her supporters on Election Day.

The LGBTQ community and its allies celebrated several outcomes of Tuesday’s elections — including the legalization of same-sex marriage in several states and the election of the first openly gay senator, Tammy Baldwin (RWis.). While some LGBTQ

students at Cornell expressed excitement over the victories, others said that much more change has yet to be achieved for the LGBTQ community. “Part of me is like, ‘Oh, that’s cool,’ it opens up the option [for LGBTQ citizens to get married],” Anthony Santa Maria ’13 said. See LGBTQ page 4

Police: Suspect Brandished Knife, Robbed Gas Station By BYRON KITTLE Sun Senior Writer

The Ithaca Police Department is investigating two incidents involving an armed suspect that occurred on Sunday night. The first incident, an attempted

armed robbery at knife point, occurred at approximately 6:42 p.m. Sunday at the Byrne Dairy on North Meadow Street, according to an IPD press release. The suspect fled the scene without taking any money.

Less than 10 minutes after the police began responding to the first incident, an armed robbery was reported at the Citgo Gas station on North Fulton Street. An “undisclosed amount” of money was stolen

from the station. Police said they are looking for a white male in his 40’s with graying hair. The man was described as being 5’9’’ to 5’11” tall, wearing a black jacket, ski mask, dark pants and camouflage-patterned

shirt, police said. At 7:48 p.m. Sunday, police also responded to reports of a stabbing in the parking lot of Wal-Mart. A 58year-old woman was found in a car with a knife penetrating her stomach. The injuries were later

Whitney was arrested and charged with “placing a false bomb or hazardous substance” in the second degree, a class E felony, according to a police statement released Oct. 31. The Oct. 11 bomb scare shut down several businesses in downtown Ithaca, drew multiSee WHITNEY page 4

News Lucky 3s

A select group of students came up with ideas for startup companies this weekend at the 3 Day Startups event. | Page 3

News Giving Thanks

The Cornell community paid tribute to members of the military at a ceremony in Sage Chapel on Friday. | Page 3

Opinion The Silver Lining

Joyce Wu ’13 reflects on how the Nate Silver’s statistical card tricks revived hope in the credibility of political journalism. | Page 9

Arts Losing Her Rocky Virginity

Meredith Joyce ’14 deconstructs her first Rocky Horror Picture Show experience, brought to Cornell by Risley. | Page 11

determined to be self-inflicted. The woman was transported to a hospital in Pennsylvania for treatment.

Sweet Taste of Victory

Byron Kittle can be reached at

Showers HIGH: 64 LOW: 37

Sports The men’s soccer team emerged out of the weekend the Ivy champion. | Page 20


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Students Create Startups At Entrepreneurship Event


[they] negotiate the ideas — convince each other that their ideas are the best,” Elmachtoub said. Some of the ideas that emerged over the weekend included creating an app, primarily for college campuses, that identifies the locations of parties on a map; an app, suited for independent filmmakers, that allows its users to control a video camera from an iPad; a product that allows international students to have virtual guidance counselors over video for the fraction of the standard price; and a radio station that changes its music based on the user’s location. Nick Nickitas grad, a participant in 3 Day Startup, worked on a team that developed Rosie, a smartphone app that will make its users aware when they run low on basic necessity items at home, like paper towels and groceries. Nickitas said that 3 Day Startup gave students the ideal environment to create a new business. “[3DS] creates the atmosphere for entrepreneurs to be able to grow and thrive.

On the third floor of Upson Hall, 40 students gathered this weekend to begin turning their ideas for new startup companies into reality. The event, called “3 Day Startup,” took “the most talented engineers, designers, M.B.A. students and entrepreneurs on campus and [helped] them create startups over the course of three days,” said Najla Elmachtoub grad ’12, the lead organizer of the event. “We bring in mentors from industry, venture capitalists, people who are experts in their field to help these students,” she said. Because of the success of last year’s 3 Day Startup event — in which two companies emerged from the ideas students pitched — the organizers decided to hold the event again this year, according to Elmachtoub. “This is definitely something we want to do every year,” said Sohan Jain ’12, last year’s lead organizer who returned this year to serve as the participants’ mentor. Jain organized the event at Cornell “I think you are going to see Cornell last year after developing an interest in becoming the world’s top institution entrepreneurship while working at Facebook the summer before his final [for] turning out entrepreneurs.” semester at Cornell. Nick Nickitas grad “At Cornell, I never felt like I was exposed to tech entrepreneurship. When you think of tech entrepreneurship in uni- Bringing together a diverse group of people versities you think of Stanford, MIT and with different backgrounds, with different maybe Harvard,” he said. “Cornell was just talent sets and putting them together, not known for that. I wanted to bring the almost locking them in a room for a weekculture of Silicon Valley, of tech entrepre- end,” he said. “It’s not just a great idea to try neurship, back to Cornell and expose other and create new ventures, but [also] to cultistudents to the environment I was sur- vate the startup culture that is so important to a place like Cornell.” rounded by when I was at Facebook.” Tim Novikoff grad, a mentor for this The 40 students who participated in 3 Day Startup were chosen from a pool of 150 year’s event, co-started his company — contenders through an application and sub- Vantageous — through 3 Day Startup. Novikoff acknowledged that there are sequent interview process, according to obvious benefits to joining a large, wellElmachtoub. “We have 40 ideas in the room, and what established company and evident risks to we do is split them all into groups and founding a startup. “Definitely the safe and smart thing to

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Startup your engines | Students work together to prepare a pitch for a technology startup company during this weekend’s 3 Day Startup.

do is to join a large company,” he said. “You make plenty of money, you can live a comfortable life and you have a lot of security. Starting a startup is an insane life choice. It is extremely difficult, you have no money at all for a long time, it could result in absolutely nothing and total failure, and even worse, humiliation if the whole thing falls apart.” After last year’s 3 Day Startup, Nick Fishman ’12 and Arthur Soroken MBA ’12 co-founded the San Francisco-based company sonicpanther. The company’s smartphone app enables users to choose the music playing in the restaurant they are dining at by using their smartphones, according to Fishman. “I was planning on doing a Masters of Engineering degree, and then I helped organize 3 Day Startup last November and it got me thinking about entrepreneurship in a way I hadn’t before,” Fishman said. “[Soroken and I] didn’t think [sonicpanther] would go anywhere, but the more and more we worked on it after this event, we realized that this was an actual company and we could actually take this and make it big.” Fishman said that he supports events such as 3 Day Startup because they encourage students to “get their hands dirty” and delve directly into the world of startups. “I really like events like this because they encourage people to talk less and do more,” he said. “You can read about entrepreneur-

ship all day, but if you actually dedicate time to try and build something — even if it does not succeed — you are already attempting and getting into the entrepreneurial spirit, which is the difference between talk and action.” Despite the challenges associated with creating startups, Novikoff said that it was ultimately worth the risk for him to pursue startup work. “I haven’t gotten a nickel from Vantageous … but it’s not about those things. It’s about the journey of creating a company and creating an organization and hustling. And for me, it’s been worth it because I have enjoyed the journey so far,” he said. As he strives to get his own startup off the ground, Novikoff said that he has seen an explosion of entrepreneurial spirit at the University that is not limited to 3 Day Startup. “I think that there is a bigger story about 3 Day Startup … that’s part of a growing spirit of entrepreneurialism at Cornell University, both in Ithaca and at the incipient Cornell tech campus in New York,” he said. “I think you are going to see Cornell becoming the world’s top institution [for] turning out entrepreneurs in the next few years.” Jonathan Swartz can be reached at

Cornellians Thank Military in Honor of Veterans Day By SARAH CUTLER Sun Staff Writer

Speakers and attendees reflected on the importance of honoring members of the military at Cornell’s annual Veterans Day ceremony in Sage Chapel Friday. After the presentation of colors and Cassidy Molina’s ’15 performance of the National Anthem, Rev. Rick Bair, a Lutheran Chaplain of Cornell

United Religious Works, who emphasized the selflessness of servicemen and women. “We owe a debt of more than gratitude to those who have sacrificed and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, deeming their lives less precious than the lives of strangers in need,” Bair said. During the 40-minute ceremony –– which was sponsored by Cornell’s

Office of Workforce Diversity, Equity and Life Quality and the University’s ROTC programs — retired U.S. Force Major General Michael Hall ’68 spoke about the military’s role in American society. He said the military should “project determination” to other nations and emphasized the importance of honorable behavior among its members. “What you do in times


Remembering those who served | Retired U.S. Air Force Major General Michael Hall ’68 pays tribute to the military at Cornell’s Veterans Day celebration at Sage Chapel Friday.

of peace is just as important as what you do in times of war,” he said. Hall, who served in an air campaign in Kuwait during the first Gulf War before retiring in 1995, also stressed the influence that ROTC membership had on his time at Cornell. He advised his 200-person audiencee –– composed primarily of ROTC members and their families –– to take advantage of the diverse opportunities offered at Cornell. But Hall’s tone was somber as he described the hardships faced by members of the military, citing in particular his grandfather’s wounds in World War I from a mustard gas attack. “Take a moment to look to your left and right, then imagine that all the people you see had been killed,” Hall said. Cornell IT security liaison David Juers, a Vietnam War veteran who attended Friday’s ceremony, said parts of Hall’s address –– including his point that military action

should be a last resort if peacekeeping efforts are unsuccessful –– resonated with him. “I recognized a couple things, like military action being a result of failure in other areas,” he said. Cadet Carrissa Bartlett ’13, who organized the event, said she thought it was a success. “I think it ran very smoothly,” Bartlett said. “The speaker was amazing. I liked what he talked about. I thought it was interesting that he linked past conflicts to current engagements.” In his address, Hall also commented on the impermanence of military solutions. He urged audience members to force their representatives to “answer the hard questions.” “Today, our superbly trained military asks less of us than ever before,” he said. “Are we ready to support the real needs of veterans when they return from wars we can ignore?” Sarah Cutler can be reached at

Cornell Reacts To Obama’s Victory

Relief and joy swept through much of the Cornell and Ithaca communities late Tuesday night as President Barack Obama fought off challenger Gov. Mitt Romney to win a second term. Worker Hospitalized After Fall At Construction Site

A worker fell about four stories from the construction site of Gates Hall and was hospitalized Thursday morning, according to University officials. Eckert, 43, was climbing a ladder to access a higher level of the construction site when the ladder collapsed from underneath him. — Compiled by Manu Rathore

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Man Accused of Bomb Scare LGBT Students: Elections Good First Step Addresses‘Ithacan-Earthlings’ LGBTQ

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ple police agencies to the area and closed activity on the Commons for several hours. In a message recently posted on Craigslist, a man claiming to be Whitney takes credit for the bomb scare and explains why he put the package at the Bank of America. “Hurting people is the only way to get attention with today’s media bias,” says the message, which has since been removed. “I learned some things about being a terrorist: No terrorist wants to hurt people … I AM A TERRORIST, but … only to the FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY.” Though The Sun could not prove that the post was written by Whitney, the message was nearly identical in several ways to Whitney’s many other writings. It began by downplaying the criminality of the bomb scare. “Ithacan-Earthlings,” Whitney starts. “I’m M.G. Whitney, the menacing looking fella that left the metaphorical bomb on the wall at [Bank of America]. … It turns out that what I did is a class E felony, before 9/11 it was a class A misdemeanor, either way, in objective reality it was a cardboard Nike shoe box with a word sharpied on it.” Adding that a copy of his book, Godlike: The Abomination, was left in the box on the Commons, Mathews writes, “How long does it take to evacuate the Commons? How long does it take to xray/sniff a potentially explosive package?

Was anyone actually terrorized? No, just annoyed.” The act appears to be part of Mathews’ efforts to garner attention for his work. Elsewhere on the Internet, Mathews pleads for people to help fund his energy projects. “I would rather remain poor and anonymous, but … I MUST be rich and famous to do my job,” Mathews writes in a slide of a YouTube video. “I have been reluctant to make this video; I thought my book would go viral or my free energy device would get prototyped … All you have to do to support me or learn more is buy my book.” While not knowing the specifics of Mathews’ individual proposal, many people think — wrongly — that they have found a way to transform energy processes, said Prof. Emeritus Theordore Loder, earth sciences, University of New Hampshire. “I’m not saying this guy doesn’t have something; I haven’t seen it. But, frankly, I’ve been doing this for 50 years: I’ve had dozens and dozens of inventors who have had all sorts of claims … [and built] things that whir and buzz and make a lot of noise and go around,” Loder said. “People claim this all the time … but either they’re fooling themselves or they haven’t measured themselves properly.” Whitney remained in jail as of Sunday night on a $15,000 cash bail, according to an officer at the Tompkins County Jail. Jeff Stein can be reached at

He said, however, that the legalization of marriage does not necessarily show that LGBTQ citizens have been conferred all the same rights as other citizens. “The idea that we have marriage equality … does this mean the same rights? In some states, there are still limits to tax rates, social security and insurance,” he said. Adam A. ’14 — who did not wish to be identified by his full name due to privacy reasons concerning his sexuality — said that the legalization of same-sex marriage was a significant step forward for the LGBTQ community. “It’s a victory — it’s a step toward LGBTQ people in our country reaching full citizenship,” he said. Tuesday’s legalization of same-sex marriage in Maine, Maryland and Washington brings the number of states where gay marriage is legal to nine. Adam A. said that members of the LGBTQ com-

munity may still face difficulties if the legalization of gay marriage is not accompanied by a broader acceptance of LGBTQ people. He said that, without social change, the legalization of marriage could might not result in the immediate acceptance of same-sex couples. “Queer people always have to legitimize their relationship. This [marriage] might become another check mark [for legitimizing their relationship],” he said. Students reacted with a similar mixture of skepticism and excitement about the appointment of Baldwin, America’s first openly gay senator. Some students, while expressing joy at Baldwin’s victory, acknowledged that this was only the first step for LGBTQ representation in politics. “In terms of Tammy Baldwin, I do think it’s a victory for the LGBTQ community. Having a Senate that’s more representative of the American people is great, and some-


thing we should strive for,” Adam A. said. Shiliu Wang ’13 said that while Baldwin’s election was a step in the right direction, the Senate still has yet to fully reflect the diversity of the U.S. “As much as I acknowledge that this is a move in the right direction, I would like to see more women of color in Congress,” she said. Jadey Huray ’14 said that she thought Baldwin’s election was significant, especially compared to Singapore, where she is from. “Coming from a country like Singapore, where LGBT individuals are frequently closeted, it is unimaginable that LGBT folk would openly serve as politicians or people in other positions of authority. This is so progressive. It’s hard when you don’t see yourself represented [in the government], and have few role models,” she said. Jinjoo Lee can be reached at

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Law Students Call for More Diversity in Classroom LAW SCHOOL

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Lopez and Sanders both said that diversity of thought and of experience has the potential to add important perspectives to students’ law school experiences. “Cornell Law focuses on diversity because it adds so much to classroom discussions,” Sanders said. “You need a variety of opinions in order to foster legal thinking. When they’re looking to build their incoming class, they want to see differences of opinion.” For instance, Sanders said, when her constitutional law class discussed the Marshall Trilogy — a series of Supreme Court cases that defined Native American sovereignty — she became particularly conscious of the importance of having different perspectives in the classroom. “There was one other Native student in the class, and she and I were the only two that had the same kind of different perspective on Native sovereignty issues,” Sanders said. “That’s one example of students’ cultural background changing and/or supplementing the discussion.”

Lopez agreed, saying that a general emphasis on diversity “brings a different perspective” into the classroom. “Members of the Latin-American community are all very, very different,” Lopez said. “They come from different socioeconomic backgrounds, different countries in Latin America. People who have roots in the Latino culture are able to offer so many different perspectives, which is valuable in the legal community because it helps people understand what our community goes through.” To help increase the diversity of the law school, administrators have outlined the school’s “base goals” for the year, according to Schwab. This academic year, the law school established an eight-member faculty committee, chaired by Prof. John Blume, law, to implement and monitor the school’s diversity initiatives. “We want to study where we’re being effective,” Schwab said. “What’s most effective is a general commitment to diversity as part of the mission [of the law school] — it plays out in the admissions and faculty appointment committee.” Schwab expressed hope that the initiatives will improve students’ experiences at the law school.

“There have been some success stories, but [diversity] is an area that’s always good to monitor,” Schwab said. “We’ve had these goals in mind for a while. We want to make sure students are feeling comfortable, feeling as though they have mentors and good job prospects.” The initiatives would add to the law school’s existing outreach efforts, which include Diversity Weekend — an event the law school hosts for students of color in April to attract students who have been accepted. “Right now, I think the school does a very good job with Diversity Weekend after students have been accepted to the law school,” Lopez said. “Affinity groups are able to host admitted students and show them around the law school, introduce them to the student organizations and share our experiences.” Lopez said the weekend played a significant role in her decision to attend the Cornell Law School. Sarah Meyers can be reached at

With Power Still Out, Frustration Simmers Among Hurricane Sandy Victims NEW YORK (AP) — New Yorkers railed Sunday against a utility that has lagged behind others in restoring power two weeks after the superstorm that socked the region, criticizing its slow pace as well as a dearth of information. About 120,000 customers in New York and New Jersey remained without power Sunday, including tens of thousands of homes and businesses that were too damaged to connect to power even if it was running in their neighborhood. More than 8 million lost power during the storm, and some during a later nor’easter. Separately, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano visited with disaster-relief workers Sunday in Staten Island’s Midland Beach neighborhood, which is still devastated two weeks after

Sandy hit. The lack of power restoration for a relative few in the densely populated region at the heart of the storm reinforced Sandy’s fractured effect on the area: tragic and vicious to some, merely a nuisance to others. Perhaps none of the utilities have drawn criticism as widespread, or as harsh, as the Long Island Power Authority. Nearly 50,000 of the homes and businesses it serves were still without power Sunday evening, and 55,000 more couldn’t safely connect even though their local grids were back online because their wiring and other equipment had been flooded. It would need to be repaired or inspected before those homes could regain power, LIPA said.

“We certainly understand the frustration that’s out there,” LIPA’s chief operating officer, Michael Hervey, said in a conference call late Sunday. But, he said, the storm had been worse than expected, no utility had as many workers in place beforehand as it would have liked, and the power was coming back rapidly “compared to the damage that’s been incurred.” Customers told of calling LIPA multiple times a day for updates and getting no answer, or contradictory advice. “I was so disgusted the other night,” said Carrie Baram of Baldwin Harbor, who said she calls the utility three times a day. “I was up till midnight, but nobody bothered to answer the telephone.” Baram, 56, said she and her husband, Bob, go to the mall to charge their cell-

phones, and Bob, a sales manager, goes there to work. They trekked to her parents’ house to shower. At night, they huddle under a pile of blankets and listen to the sound of fire engines, which Baram assumes are blaring because people have been accidentally setting blazes with their generators. “It’s dark,” said an exasperated Baram, “it’s frightening, and it’s freezing.” LIPA has said it knows that customers aren’t getting the information they need, partly because of an outdated information technology system that it is updating. Sunday, executives said they were working on setting up information centers near the most heavily damaged areas. The company also said it had deployed 6,400 linemen to work on restoring power, compared to 200 on a normal day.

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NYC Employees Can Set Aside Pay for Storm Relief

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City employees who want to contribute to relief efforts after Superstorm Sandy will be able to do it through an automatic payroll deduction. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced the program on Sunday. They said city employees will be able to earmark part of their paychecks to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City for storm relief. The fund has raised more than $35 million for hurricane restoration efforts. Bloomberg says the money is used to address immediate needs including water, hot food, toiletries, baby supplies, warm clothing and blankets. The funds will also address long-term needs including housing. City employees’ tax-deductible deductions will run for two months spread over four pay periods.

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Patriotic pride | Hundreds of people lined the streets of New York City on Sunday for the annual Veterans Day parade. Julio Rodriguez (center), a Vietnam War veteran, took a photo of the procession.

Veterans Day Observed Across New York State BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Hundreds of people stood along the route of a soldier’s coffin in a solemn Veterans Day observance in western New York, while others gathered at a veterans’ cemetery in Saratoga County. Sgt. Brett Gornewicz was one of three U.S. Army Reservists killed in a roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan. His flag-draped coffin returned to his Erie County hometown of Alden Sunday morning and a procession began at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. Many along the route saluted. Several wiped away tears. His funeral is Monday.

The procession included dozens of motorcycles ridden by members of the Patriot Guard Riders. Across the state, on a grassy expanse in Stillwater, a few hundred people gathered at the Saratoga National Cemetery within sight of the rolling farmland where colonial forces in 1777 defeated the British in two pivotal battles, changing the course of the Revolutionary War and initiating the rise of the American empire. Flags from the five service branches, overtopped by an American flag, popped and snapped as schoolchildren read essays explaining what the day meant to them.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two senators on opposite sides of the aisle are proposing comprehensive changes to the immigration laws that would include a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants now in the United States. Democrat Chuck Schumer of New York and Republican Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who promoted similar proposals on separate Sunday news shows said that no path to citizenship would be available until the country’s borders were secure. Only then could those in the U.S. without authorization “come out of the shadows, get biometrically identified, start paying taxes, pay a fine for the law they broke,” Graham told CBS’ “Face the Nation.” ‘‘They can’t stay unless they learn our language, and they have to get in the back of line before they become citizens. They can’t cut in front of the line regarding people who are doing it right and it can take over a decade to get their green card.” A green card grants permanent residency status — a step toward citizenship. Schumer told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he and Graham have resumed talks on immigration policy that broke off two years ago and “have put together a comprehensive detailed blueprint on immigration reform” that has “the real potential for bipartisan support based on the theory that most Americans are for legal immigration, but very much against illegal immigration.” Graham, however, made no mention of working with the chairman of the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on immigration, refugees and border security. Immigration policy, largely ignored during President Barack Obama’s first four years in office, has re-emerged as a major issue as Republicans seek ways to rebound from their election performance. More than 70 percent of Hispanic voters supported Obama, who has been more open than Republicans to comprehensive overhaul of immigration laws. Three days after Tuesday’s election, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said it was time to address immigration policy. He urged Obama to take the lead in coming up with a plan that would look at both improved enforcement of immigration law and the future of the estimated 11 million people living in the country illegally. Boehner, however, did not commit to the citizenship issue. Graham said that the “tone and rhetoric” Republicans used in the immigration debate of 2006 and 2007 “has built a wall between the Republican Party and Hispanic community,” causing Hispanic support to dwindle from 44 percent in 2004 to 27 percent in 2012. “This is an odd formula for a party to adopt, the fastest growing demographic in the country, and we’re losing votes every election. It’s one thing to shoot yourself in the foot, just don’t reload the gun. I intend not to reload this gun when it comes to Hispanics. I intend to tear this wall down and pass an immigration reform bill that’s an American solution to an American problem,” he said. Both senators said the overhaul would include developing a secure document to assure employers they’re hiring people authorized to work in the country, and allowing legal immigration for needed workers at all skill levels. The path to citizenship would require immigrants to learn English, go to the back of the citizenship line, have a job and not commit crimes. Graham said the overhaul would have to be done in such a way that “we don’t have a third wave of illegal immigration 20 years from now. That’s what Americans want. They want more legal immigration and they want to fix illegal immigration once and for all.” In exit polls on Tuesday, The Associated Press found 65 percent favored offering most illegal immigrants workers in the United States a chance to apply for legal status, more than double the number who said most should be deported. Even among Republicans, the party associated with crackdowns on illegal immigration, about half favored a path toward staying in the U.S.


Judge Returns to Bench After Suspension for Video Footage of Child Abuse

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A Texas judge shown in a video beating his teenage daughter in 2004 will return to the bench this week after the Texas Supreme Court lifted his suspension. The justices reinstated Aransas County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams on Tuesday, a year after they suspended him with pay when a video of him beating of his daughter became an Internet sensation. Adams is scheduled to preside over cases on the regular court docket Wednesday in Rockport, Aransas County District Clerk Pam Heard told the Corpus Christi Caller-Times for an article in Sunday’s edition. However, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services will no longer present him with cases involving violence against children. County commissioners voted earlier this year to cut Adams’ 2013 salary by 1.6 percent to $144,000. Other elected county officials received a 2 percent cost-of-living increase. Adams doesn’t come up for re-election until 2014. The sheriff’s office said it will enhance security the day he returns to work, a move Heard welcomed in light of the intense emotions generated by the family law cases presented in Adams’ court. “Everything is different now in this day and age, and you always have to worry about it,” she said. Adams’ older daughter, Hillary Adams, uploaded the 2004 video to YouTube just over a year ago. The video shows William Adams repeatedly whipping his then-16-year-old daughter with a belt for illegally downloading music. The nearly eight-minute video viewed millions of times shows the judge lashing Hillary in the legs more than a dozen times and growing increasingly irate while she screams and refuses to turn over on a bed to be beaten. “Lay down or I’ll spank you in your (expletive) face,” Adams screams as Hillary wails and pleads for him to stop. Adams wife at the time, Hallie Adams, also is shown striking the then-16-year-old girl. She and her daughter have reconciled since then and have argued that Hillary’s father is unfit to sit on the county bench. Adams’ attorneys have argued in court that his ex-wife is motivated by a desire to strip him of custody of their youngest daughter and Hillary, now 24, is motivated by bitterness over losing his financial support.

N.Y. Man Shot Dead In Parked Car in Buffalo BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Police in Buffalo are looking for a suspect and a motive in the shooting death of a 24-year-old western New York man shot dead in a car. The Buffalo News reports that 24-year-old Rashiene Carson of Lockport was sitting in the back seat of a car parked at a Buffalo gas station when he was shot shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday. Chief of Detectives Dennis Richards said investigators are trying to determine if an armed robbery turned into a homicide case. Police are looking for the public’s help with any information.

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t the time of finishing this article I have not seen the sun for 10 straight days. As a lifelong Ithacan I can tell you a few things about the gray that accompanies the winter here in town and it is my hope that it helps pull you through the next months. While there may be a certain Tea Party fanaticism as to the validity of global warming I can tell you this: Ithaca no longer gets much of the brutal blizzard cold that we got when I was rocking flannel shirts and listening to Nirvana in my yellow two tone Saab. Winter has changed, so this article is not so much the survival guide to the cold but to the surival of the gray (and a slight diminutive cold). Read on friends. Read on. The incongruence of the Cornell Calendar is that you, my collegiate friends, end up arriving and leaving when Ithaca is totally beautiful but you

lamps. Something that matches your new long underwear, like in an off white. Most researchers on the subject know the body’s need to be exposed to brighter light is big, which is why the T.V. is so attractive. Ohh, Hulu, Netflix, WD stream, LED light, yum, right. Third, hit the tanning spot (don’t go all tanning mom on us) but inject your body with some rays. Step Three — Trick the body: For a lot of us who are outdoorsy people during the summer but ick out on the winter running, well, friends, time to move it indoors. Whether you’re on an exercise bike, take up rock climbing or want to check out a heated yoga studio, go out and do something. Make it a point to shatter your winter blues by sweating a pint or so of sweat (sorry for the visual) and let your endorphins be tricked into seeing the light. Let’s stick with the pint for a second. Be wary of letting your depressive drugs get the best of you


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The problem with climate science To the Editor: Re: “Letter to the Editor: Don’t Write Off Fossil Fuels Just Yet,” Opinion, Nov. 6 In his letter to the editor, Mr. Provenzano hit upon the crux of the problem with fossil fuels: Fossil fuels are necessary for every single aspect of human life in a large portion of the globe. However, we know there is a clear correlation between fossil fuel use and global warming. The problem, though, as anyone who has taken a basic statistics course will tell you, is that correlation doesn’t imply causation. Are fossil fuels causing global warming? Many scientists believe this is the case. However, no scientist would be willing to say that Hurricane Sandy was caused by greenhouse house emissions from fossil fuels. Why? The reason is that science is, fundamentally, an experimentally derived process. When nature provides a single hurricane, scientists can at best give a probabilistic assessment of what caused the phenomenon at hand, and therefore prefer to work with trends instead. Thus, while Mr. Provenzano is right to assert that it is factually incorrect to blame hurricane Sandy, he ignores the prediction of hundreds of meteorologists who have correctly predicted the trend in damages due to increased numbers of hurricanes. Damage to hurricanes aside though, we still need fossil fuels. Fossil fuels have been responsible for enabling the massive advances in technology in recent human history, and currently we lack the ability to stop their use. As a result, maybe it is incorrect to say that fossil fuels are evil. However, we can state without fear of overreacting that we are addicted to fossil fuels. It is this addiction what makes us incredibly vulnerable. Not only do scientists strongly believe that fossil fuels are at the root of global warming, but there is evidence that fossil fuel production has peaked and that oil is quickly becoming a rare resource. Is it not in our best interests then, to diversify our energy sources as quickly as possible instead of being reliant on a single energy mechanism? The problem with fossil fuels is not the people who extract the oil, nor with the companies that make the profit, or with the countries that buy unquantifiable amounts each day, because none of these entities is evil at its root just because of its association to fossil fuels. Rather, what is evil is our addiction to a small set of substances and our inability to react to the impending catastrophes that inevitably follow any addiction. We need to stop relying entirely on fossil fuels now if we are to avoid further damages, and we need to stop scapegoating scientists who are trying to diagnose the problem by cherrypicking single events instead of trends. Written, sadly, with electricity provided by the coal plant up the lake, David Angeles Albores ’13

don’t get to enjoy it. The rub is that you only get sporadic “wow” weather in between. A lot of the days from about October 31 until April 31 are simply GRAY. The other months are, well, paradise. Seriously. So, like I said to start off, we are in the midst of the gray. This sucks. I can admit that. I’m big enough of an Ithacan to point out the hard aspects, if ever a city needed more sun it was Ithaca. Now, there’s nothing that we can do about the weather, at least, not yet. Here’s your Ithacan advice to deal with this. DISCLAIMER: If you are experiencing the blues, mild depression accompanied by the lack of real sunlight I suggest visiting the amazing health professionals at Gannett. This article does not attempt to replace any services, only supplement what you may already be doing. Step One — Dress appropriately: This starts from the bottom up. Wear a decent pair of boots that won’t get soaked through. Second, inside those boots / shoes make sure you have decent socks. I’m a fan of anything that says thermal or makes my feet ensconced in a thread that is greater than one proof. Next, long johns. They’re all the rage. I see everyone wear these around campus. Now personally, I dig wearing these under a pair of jeans when it is brutally cold. I know, wicked old fashioned, but honestly, I’m warm. It feels good. Next, have a favorite sweater, any old sweater will do but we’re not talking a Florida sweater. Go to TJ Maxx and buy yourself a decent sweater. While you’re there shopping, buy a hat. People. While a hat may mess up your eagle dome it has the ability to cover up those ears and the scalp. Sometimes, I rock a hat just for fun without a jacket. It works. Step Two — Adapt your caves: Swap out all the light bulbs in your house for a higher wattage. It makes a huge dayto-day difference in a gray house to have light. Energy bills be damned! I know it seems really stupid, but trust me, this is a local gray survivor here. Second, while you’re buying new bulbs, get a few more

when it looks depressing outside, in all seriousness. This does not mean stay away from the local watering holes, by all means, enjoy yourself! Take in an Ithacan band! This means, if you’re already blue / gray don’t expect to drink yourself out of that depression (it doesn’t work, trust me I’ve tried). However, popcorn, lots of laughs and taking in good music at the Chapter House is known to cure many of a winter night’s blues. Step Four — Be friends with people: Beating the gray is more than that though — for a lot of us it is going to take interventions from friends to get us out of our apartments. So, take up your friends invitations. Talk to people, even for a mini-break. Stellas tea catch ups are groovy. People who like to spend time with people are always much more apt to be happy. How is that for logic? Look it up in your gut, it’s a real thing. Make it a point to schedule regular dinners with one another during the winter. This is something my friends and myself do, we brace our winter nights with an order of Sticky Rice and The Walking Dead. Step Five — Go outside: If you can afford to take a trip, take a trip — borrow a car, board a plane, travel until you see the sun for a long weekend. Make it happen. However, for those of us to busy to do so — face this winter and just throw down. Take up a winter sport. While there may not be a ton of downhill skiing in the area anymore (thank you Tea Party) I strongly suggest looking into the calmer, gentler crosscountry sport. Snowshoeing. There are other winter sports but again, I’m from an island family; I wasn’t raised with all of them at my fingertips. We will survive the Ithaca winter, we’ll do it together. We’ll get over the gray and we’ll see the sun. See you all soon.

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The Nate Silver Effect N

ate Silver is looking pretty darn smart right now. After correctly predicting the winner of all 50 states in last week’s presidential election, the statistician and New York Times blogger is basking in the glow of his overnight shot to stardom. His book sales are up 850 percent, and he’s smirking on the sidelines as TV’s highest rated pundits and commentators struggle to explain just how their election night forecasts could have been so downright wrong. It was the ultimate David vs. Goliath battle: In one corner, Silver’s no-fluff mathematical model based on eas-

and dripping with bias, is far from meeting those needs. Nate Silver’s methods offered a refreshing contrast to the talking heads we’re sick and tired of seeing. But if he’s so successful, why aren’t there more academics in the news business? The answer comes down to the simple economics of supply and demand. The news media is a tricky thing. It provides an invaluable resource for uninformed citizens, but at the same time, it’s a profit-driven machine as well. It used to be that, if you wanted to find out what was going on in the world, your choices were limited. Either you turned on the television and watched one of three network news stations, or you opened up a newspaper. These days, we are drowning in a sea of information. In the of new media, there Guest age are so many outlets for Room information dissemination that anyone with an Internet connection can broadcast their opinions. Open up a web browser, and ideas are pelted helterskelter at you. And with the ongoing 24 hour news cycle, you literally do have to live in a cave in order to miss out. But we can have too much of a good thing, and information is no exception. As our media options multiply, competition between news outlets grows fiercer. Gone are the days when audiences were satisfied tuning in to the six o’clock news and listening to Walter Cronkite telling it like it was. Today, it’s not enough to be informed by the news: We want to be entertained. We want to see Rachel Maddow bash those conservatives on Fox. We want to see Jon Stewart commentate the news with snide remarks and sarcastic

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ily accessible polling and economic figures. In the other corner, the mainstream media and their flashy insider sources, long-winded narratives about candidate momentum and headline-grabbing hunches. At the end of the night though, the number-crunching trumped the bloviating. Silver’s win isn’t just a victory for the humble math nerds; it’s a wake-up call for the news media industry as a whole. Good political journalism is the cornerstone of an effective democracy. Without access to political information, citizens are unable to engage in democratic discourse or make informed decisions about how they are governed. Yet, today’s media climate, mired in punditry

eye rolls. We want to see if fists fly when Ann Coulter and Bill Maher are left to air out their disagreements. No-frills journalism can no longer compete with the cult of personalities that dominates cable television news, and this is a problem. The line between hard news and commentary is becoming increasingly blurry. Instead of watching the NBC Nightly News in the evening, we’re more likely to get our news from our favorite T.V. personalities. Cable T.V. producers are happy because high ratings translate into big bucks. And on top of that, talk shows are cheap and easy to produce! There are no archival documents to dig through, no war-ravaged countries to visit, no press conferences to attend. The only thing political commentators have to do to put on a good show is draw upon the work of hard news reporters and offer their own personal spin on the facts. Audiences would rather watch a raving mad, spittle flying Bill O’Reilly rant for an hour than a live shot from behind enemy lines in Syria anyway. But where does this leave us — the actively engaged citizens looking for ways to inform our political decisions? Well, it leaves us with a room full of opining B-list celebrities all trying to drown out the competition, and it leaves us with a severe shortage of facts. As hard news and investigative reporting become less profitable, these types of news organizations are likely to face more shrinking budgets and falling ratings. But it doesn’t have to be this way, and we, as viewers, have the power to change that. If the Election 2012 pundit blunders have taught us anything, it’s that opinions don’t qualify as evidence. No amount of flowery verbiage can replace good, old-fashioned fact-checking, on-the-ground reporting or even basic math. Joyce Wu is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. She may be reached at Guest Room appears periodically this semester.

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wo weeks ago, Hurricane Sandy swept over the ever fluid palimpsest of Lower Manhattan and left a new ground zero from which a multitude of stories started gushing the day after. These stories — of trauma, rebuilding, resilience, Frankenstorms, climate change and the role of government — necessarily bear traces of 9/11 and Occupy Wall Street, recent national crises that had the tip of Manhattan as their physical and symbolic epicenters. The outpouring of narrative fragments also echoes Hurricane Katrina, the last weather event to jolt the American consciousness. Being from Houston, I look to the ongoing Katrina narrative more than any other as my frame of reference in approaching Sandy. A fragmented mode of expression is reflective both of trauma’s disorienting shock and confusing aftermath and, increasingly, of the brief, inthe-moment way that news is posted and accessed. Those who lived through the storm said Twitter was more helpful in learning about the state of their individual neighborhoods than traditional media outlets, and agencies like the U.S. Geological Survey are currently developing ways to scan Twitter feeds in affected areas for fires and damages. I’ll get the most pointless thread of discussion out of the way: Some on the right had cast Sandy as Obama’s Katrina in the hopes that on the cusp of the election, the unavoidable destruction of lives and property would turn the tide of popular sentiment. For the record, Obama and his Federal Emergency Management Agency head, Craig Fugate, did a heck of a better job than the delayed and impersonal response from Bush and his FEMA head, Michael Brown. Bush memorably praised Brown for doing a heck of a job as the horrified nation watched a negligent

response effort. Thankfully, Fugate, Mayor Bloomberg and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie learned from the mistakes of Katrina, but their precautions and preparedness did not overcome the structural vulnerabilities that positioned certain areas to be hardest hit and last to receive aid. With Katrina, it was the Lower Ninth Ward, and with Sandy, it was Staten Island. CBS reported that nearly half of the city’s hurricanerelated deaths were from what some residents are lamenting is “the forgotten borough.” Even within one borough, some residents have been far worse off and for longer than their neighbors. A Huffington Post article explicitly references Katrina in exposing how underlying racial and socioeconomic inequalities have made public housing residents, living without power, heat and hot water, refugees in their own homes, which are often sited in flood zones. In Brooklyn’s Red Hook Houses, the fallout from the storm has included two reported rapes and numerous muggings. As officials from all levels of government rush to meet the immediate physical needs of those stranded, policy analysts and social workers have already begun thinking about the long process of rebuilding. They are approaching a clean — or, more accurately, a washed-out — slate amidst rallying cries for Sandy to be seen as a Frankenstorm that is a unique product of several meteorological forces and a scary preview of what’s to come in a warming world. Environmental scientists and advocates urged that Sandy was not a freak act of nature but a storm that grew to monstrous proportions due to anthropogenic climate change, and this time they seem to have gotten through to the general public. In

the aftermath of the storm, Bloomberg even endorsed Obama for his (yet unexercised) potential to take action against climate change. As I witness the familiar scenes of physical and psychological suffering, caused by the hurricane and exacerbated by social injustices, play out, I have become more deeply convinced of just how important

logical perspective. As urban planner and developer Jonathan Rose has criticized, Lower Manhattan was rebuilt after 9/11 to host the world’s largest collection of LEED-certified green buildings, but “[t]he buildings were designed to generate lower environmental impacts, but not to respond to the impacts of the environment.”

Jing Jin Ringing True an issue environmental justice is. For New York and New Jersey to rebuild based completely off of the existing social and infrastructural blueprint would be a waste of the silver lining in this storm cloud. In his New York Times Op-Ed “The Debt We Owe Katrina” Daniel Wolff makes the case for “not just a speedy but an equitable recovery” — one that earnestly seeks to equalize quality of life factors, such as building standards and access to resources, across race and socioeconomic divides. Wolff specifically points to the damaging effects of privatization (of schools and hospitals), especially by outof-state firms in post-Katrina New Orleans. These conversations about how to take care of people are critical as we anticipate dreary and unpredictable climate changes. To me, they are more important than the conversations strictly focused on sustainability from an environmental or techno-

I will close with the most meaningful piece of the Sandy narrative that I came across. It is a Tumblr site called NOLA to New York which features people of New Orleans, L.A. who lived through Katrina or were involved in recovery efforts sending their stories as words of comfort, encouragement and empathy. In post after post, there were frank discussions of the traumas that started seven years ago but persist today: physical ones like “Katrina bumps” most likely caused by polluted floodwaters and emotional ones like losing your life and the city where you built it with family, friends and strangers. More importantly, there was the message of resilience: “this too shall pass,” and your life and your city will be rebuilt.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Hey, young world: nas at barton BY NICOLE HAMILTON Sun Staff Writer

issues from violence to poverty to the degradation of cities. What separates Nas from many rappers is his lyricism. He doesn’t rely on kitschy tactics or simple wordplay, everything he raps is often dense with meaning and influenced by his personal involvement. Responding to allegations that he has a ghostwriter, Nas said during an August 2012 interview with KPWR, “No, you know who my ghostwriters are? My friends, people I meet on the street. Things I read …

Playing a 30-song set in a little over an hour, Nas (Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones) kept the crowd jumping. At Saturday’s show, presented by the Cornell Concert Commission, Nas proved why he is widely regarded as one of the top MCs of all time. In 2012, The Source crowned him the second best lyricist of all time. Jhené Aiko, who recently released her album Sailing Soul(s), opened with a few soulful songs, including Tupac’s “Keep Ya Head Up.” She also happened to be wearing an outfit that if you couldn’t see, you could hear the guys around you talking about. Nas opened with “The Don,” a hit from his most recent album, Life is Good. He then cut to songs from his 1994 debut album, Illmatic, including “N.Y. State of Mind,” “It Ain’t Hard to Tell” and “Represent.” He even poked some fun at Cornell before playing a Marvin Gaye remix of “A Queens Story.” “What do you guys know about Marvin Gaye? You guys know a lot about everything,” Nas said. One of his most emotive songs was dedicated to his ex-wife and artist, Kelis, whom he recently divorced. During most songs, it could be difficult to OMARI POWELL / hear the famed lyricism over concert-goers’ screaming SUN STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER and the deafening bass, but every word was audible in “Bye Baby.” In recent interviews, Nas has cited his divorce as an influence for the lyrics in Life is Good. The Somebody will say something that sparks something in me.” album cover features Nas holding one of the dresses Kelis left His sincerity is what listeners most appreciate. behind. The show was full of true fans, yelling out the lyrics even The songs took the crowd through a spectrum of social when Nas wasn’t. When Nas yelled the title lyrics of “Got


Walking into Risley’s production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, I felt a bit like Janet and Brad entering Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s castle. A stripper-heeled girl in a black bra and sequined briefs put a lipstick “V” on my cheek. At the puzzling time of 10:30 p.m., I sat down on the ground of Risley’s dining hall in front of a large screen with red lips. The students around me, both boys and girls, wore the kind of complicated lingerie, high heels and fishnets that I didn’t imagine Cornell students could have. I soon regretted wearing pearls. An hour later, not knowing what I was in for, I still wasn’t sure if this was a movie or a musical. By the end of the night, after losing my Rocky Horror virginity, I realized it was neither. To the crowd and the actors, Friday night’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show was a selfindulgent, bizarre and fun party. The story follows newly engaged Brad and Janet who get lost one rainy night and accidentally walk into a mad doctor’s terrifying castle. Originally a musical, Rocky Horror has had a cult following since the film version was released in 1975. Experienced audience members dress up, memorize lines and chant profane “Call Backs.” In that cult style, the Denton Drama Troupe’s performance played the film in the

background while the live actors mouthed the words and songs in costume before the audience. Every actor was dressed perfectly, particularly the “Sweet Transvestite from Transsexual Transylvania” Dr. Frank. In the opening credits, dancers in underwear performed on a stripper pole. During the chase

Ur Self A …,” all of Barton echoed the word he left out: gun. The audience’s excitement peaked during “Made You Look” when everyone, including myself, was yelling “Bravehearts!” The concert also yielded an interesting crowd, given that Nas began performing before most current Cornell students were born. Some people were there just because it was a concert, but others were there for the music. (And to the couple making it out in front of me for the hour before Nas went on stage, thanks for that.) Also, there were several local high school age kids, which really shows the diverse audiences Nas’s lyrics continue to reach. He’s survived all the changes and currents of the rap industry for decades, and since 1994, eight of Nas’s albums have gone platinum and multi-platinum. A major highlight of the concert was definitely the song choice. Nas went through nearly all his albums, in addition to covering a few songs. He performed “Hey Young World,” the 1989 single by eye-patch donning rapper, Slick Rick. At the end of the show, Nas performed “One Love,” an homage to his recent foray into reggae. He collaborated with Damien Marley on his 2010 hiphop and reggae fusion album, Distant Relatives. Though the show was slightly short, Nas revisited his entire songbook without there being a lack of excitement, unless of course Nas wanted people to calm down and really listen. The concert was a rarity, in that Nas put on a show full of lyricism rich with decades of experience which is a lost art among so many modern rappers. Nicole Hamilton is a freshman in the College of Architecture, Art and Planning. She can be reached at

From the “Virgin Games” to the conservative Brad and Janet characters, Rocky Horror was meant, if I could even give something this chaotic a meaning, to put the audience out of their comfort zone. In the Rocky Horror world, the nerdy, quiet kid who sits next to you in lecture could dress up like a stripper without anyone blinking twice. Kids dressed up as they KYLE KULAS / SUN STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER pleased, making the provocative surprisingly expressive. Nobody judged anyone for wearing underwear and, at the same time, nobody criticized me for wearing a sweater. Despite all the costume, Rocky Horror was about forgetting about what you were wearing and being able to let go. Rocky Horror lets you cast off the person you are offstage and embrace this person who wears unflattering corsets, fishnets and sequined high waisted shorts. For a couple hours, the audience is convinced that nothing else matters because there is an entire room under the same strange, Horror “virgins” went onstage, grabbed an ass, freeing spell. By the ending credits, despite and recited, “I, Rocky Horror virgin scum do the recent death of Dr. Frank, the audience hereby admit in front of all of these people got up and did the only thing they could: that I am a Rocky Horror virgin. I am willing dance. to lose all of my morals tonight and accept decadence into my heart.” Afterwards, a selected group of virgins played intentionally awkward games like eating a kiwi off anoth- Meredith Joyce is a junior in the School of er’s lap and faking an orgasm in front of the Industrial of Labor Relations. She can be reached at mjoyce@cornellsun. entire room. weren’t bored if it was their third or 20th viewing. Nobody was there to analyze the sexual implications of self-indulgence or to make a comment on the conservative lifestyle. The actors knew that watching Rocky Horror was about the showing, not telling. For the first 30 minutes, all the Rocky

A Virgin’s Guide to Rocky Horror scenes, the actors and dancers ran around in platforms. At one point, an actress even flashed the audience. The audience literally stole the show. They screamed at the actors on stage and on screen.They talked to the characters in their own witty ad-lib-ed talkback lines. They called Brad an “asshole” and Janet a “slut.” When the “Time Warp” came on, they got up and danced. They knew all the lines and they



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Brightly Does It: Serkin and the Shanghai Quartet BY TYRAN GRILLO Sun Staff Writer

Reputations of internationally renowned ensembles are bound to influence our expectations; the immediacy of a live performance allows us to truly bask in the music. Such was the dynamic at Bailey Hall last Friday, when pianist Peter Serkin joined the Shanghai Quartet for nearly two hours of enrichment. The centerpiece was the New York State premiere of Chinese-American composer Bright Sheng’s “Dance Capriccio.” Born in the quartet’s namesake, Sheng spent seven years studying the folk culture of the Tibetan borderlands during the Cultural Revolution before entering the Shanghai Conservatory and uprooting to the U.S., where he now teaches composition at the University of Michigan. The spirit of that research continues to inform his work, and the deft shuttling of western Nepalese Sherpa idioms through a loom of classical counterparts in the “Dance Capriccio” is no exception. Yet, rather than oversimplify his craft as a fusion of East and West, as much press on Sheng is wont to do, we should take this newly commissioned piece on its own terms. The spectral qualities of its awakening were clear from note one; its eddies of ink and time were as brooding as they were animated. This brief glimpse into the lives of an ethnic group rarely known for anything beyond mountaineering was a treat for jaded ears. The layering of rhythmic signatures, combined with challenging octave splits from Serkin, made for rich tonal brocade and many translucent, if not also transcendent, passages. Making a sandwich of the evening were two no-less-col-

orful examples of standard repertoire. Of these, the “A-Major Piano Quintet” of Antonín Dvorák made the deepest impression and paired naturally with Sheng’s montage. At its heart is the Dumka, a Slavic form of which Dvorák was particularly fond. As the jewel of the performance, it showcased the

meld with the keys formed the golden thread that began the piece and flowed through a landscape, pastoral yet pensive, toward an effervescent Scherzo in the Bohemian style. All of this seemed mere preamble to the gnarled finale, in which Dvorák’s cellular approach and astonishing instinct for forested textures was clear as day. The concert opened with Mozart’s JOY CHUA / “String Quartet No. 17 in B-flat Major.” SUN STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Nicknamed “The Hunt” for the first movement’s triadic evocation of hunting horns, it offered a conservative start to a concert otherwise roiling with emotion. These delicate considerations drowned in the swoon of the second movement, with its beautiful gilding from first violinist Weigang Li and permeable support from violist Honggang Li. The “Adagio” was the night’s first highlight and proved that these four bows are at their virtuosic best when given time to ponder. With so much elasticity to savor, we were won over by the enchanting syncopations of the final movement. Its winding circles of light, full of intent yet never cajoling, played a game of chase in lieu of capture. The quartet rendered Mozart just right: evocatively without ever being too theatrical. Serkin, a player I’ve long admired on disc, was splendid on stage. He plays like a violinist, wiggling his fingers for a cerebral vibrato musicians’ superb dynamic control — even the single pizzi- effect, sculpting notes in their post-attack resonance. He also cato strokes from second violinist Yi-Wen Jiang rang true. possesses some of the most elegant legato phrasing in the The Dumka’s characteristic balance between sadness and gai- business. In combination with this world-class act, the effect ety was embodied by Serkin and cellist Nicholas Tzavaras. was dazzling. The composer’s affection for the cello, outside of his concerGrillo is a graduate sutdent in the College of Arts and to for the same, is elsewhere hardly so apparent, and its mind- Tyran Sciences. He can be reached at

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y Wednesday evening, I was sick of hearing about the election. My friend, Sun Arts and Entertainment Editor Zachary Zahos ’15, was also sick of the election. Specifically, he was sick of reading about it in The Cornell Daily Sun, and said to me, “Thank god your column’s on Monday. I can always count on you to talk about something not serious.” Well, sorry to disappoint you, Zach. I’m talking about the election. Specifically, I’m talking about how thrilled I am to have four more years of media coverage of my favorite celebrities on the planet: Sasha and Malia Obama. From an early age, life as a child in the White House has fascinated me. I was captivated by the idea of growing up in the spotlight. On a family vacation to Washington D.C. when I was about five or six, my mom bought me a book of paper dolls of First Families. I have many fond memories of playing with these dolls including the time I accidentally beheaded Mary Todd Lincoln while attempting to cut her out of the book. But mostly, it was the kids who intrigued me. I would play for hours with the Kennedy kids and make Chelsea Clinton sit with my Barbies. Much of this fascination has to do with the films My Date with the President’s Daughter and Chasing Liberty which were both powerful influences on my imagination. In both of these movies, the teenage daughter of the president is tired of the pressures of being a member of the most important family in the coun-


try and just wants to experience normal life. They paint the White House as a stuffy and oppressive place for a girl to grow up in. In my lifetime, the only presidential children I got to see were Chelsea Clinton, and Barbara and Jenna Bush. By the time I was old enough to pay any attention at all to the world outside of Cocoa Puffs and Scooby Doo, these women were already women to me. They were real people, which to me translated as boring and thus reinforced the “truth” behind My Date with the President’s Daughter and Chasing Liberty. But Sasha and Malia are different. When Barack Obama was elected, Sasha was 10 years old and Malia was seven. At the end of President Obama’s second term, Sasha will be 18 and Malia will be 15. America will truly have watched them grow up. Eight years isn’t a whole lot of time relatively speaking, but there is a whole lot of difference between a ten

Julia Moser Carrot Top Confessions year old and an 18-year-old. I know this from having attended a school that taught 7th grade through 12th grade, and knowing how tall I felt as I walked through the 7th grade locker hall as a senior. And I am happy to say, that Barack and Michelle are breaking the stereotype created for me by the Disney Channel and Mandy

Moore. Sasha and Malia make the White House seem, not like the straitlaced, Secret Service nightmare of those films, but like the most amazing place to be a kid ever. They are growing up to be just as undeniably awesome as their parents (especially their mother). Although they’ve met my idol Beyoncé, the girls do their own laundry, go to summer camp and wear that really cute coral-colored coat from Anthropologie. Hey Malia, if you’re reading this, a) AHH OH MY GOD MALIA OBAMA IS READING THIS, and b) if we are ever besties, can I borrow that coat? Tuesday night was a fantastic night, and not just because the President was reelected. When Sasha Obama reminded her father to turn around and wave to the people sitting behind him, my heart melted. Anyone who doesn’t think that isn’t super adorable, doesn’t have a heart. It was then, that I was reminded that this election didn’t just mean four more years of the President, but four more years of his family. Even if you were a supporter of Mitt Romney, you have to admit, that it is way more fun to watch Sasha and Malia than it would have been to watch Tagg and the rest of the Romney brood who all look the same. On an SNL skit a couple of weeks ago, Jay Pharaoh as the President said, “Sasha, Malia, go to bed. I do that to remind you that I have two adorable young daughters, and not five creepy adult sons.” So Republicans: learn to find the silver lin-


ing and embrace the little things in life. Be grateful that we have four more years of Sasha and Malia. Everyone can appreciate the J.Crew-fabulousness of our First Lady and the overall fabulousness of her daughters. At the end of the next four years, the President will no long have two adorable girls, but two adorable young women who I am very excited to see grow up and do amazing things. Also, Bo, the First Dog, is really cute. Julia Moser is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. She can be reached at Carrot Top Confessions runs alternate Mondays this semester.


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with Cressler’s game, he was confident of the freshman’s abilities entering the game. “It’s hard to expect a guy to get 20 [points] in 18 [minutes],” Courtney said. “But … we know he’s going to have some days like that. The other day in practice he went 11-for-12 from three.” The game also featured the return of senior forward Errick Peck, who was a key player on the 2010-2011 squad but was sidelined all of last season with a knee injury. Peck scored 10 points and hit two free throws to give the team a six-point lead with 23 seconds to seal the victory for the Red. “He’s in the form he was before he left,” Courtney said, expecting Peck to have a big season. The 2011-12 Ivy League Rookie of the Year Shonn Miller scored nine points and went 5-of-6 from the free throw line. His six blocks were instrumental in the team’s defensive effort. He finished last season with

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48 blocks — an all time team-high for a freshman. The Red faces off against the St. Bonaventure Bonnies at home on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The game will be nationally televised on the NBC sports network. The Bonnies are 1-0 after a victory on Friday in their home opener against Bethune Cookman. In their first game, the Bonnies had three players score in double digits. Senior guard Eric Mosley had 14 points, junior guard Matthew Wright had 13 points and forward Demitrius Conger dropped 12. “We’re going to play a pretty good team coming up on Wednesday,” said sophomore guard Galal Cancer. The Red is poised to come out with a victory and confident in their deep squad this season, according to Cancer. “Even big-man wise, we have a lot of depth,” he said. “We’ve got a good core of guys this year.” With a non-conference schedule that pairs Cornell with powerhouses like Duke, Wisconsin and Vanderbilt, the Red looks to improve in every game and to prepare for battle in a competitive Ivy League this season Skyler Dale can be reached at



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ed and very good at possessing the ball,” said senior forward and tricaptain Tyler Regan. “I think that we played very solidly defensively. There were very few chances for either team, but Haber put away a great goal and it was all that we needed.” Leading up to the goal, Nissl had a solid shot on goal, but Columbia’s senior defender Brendan O’Hearn was unable to clear the ball out of the Lions’ defensive third. Junior defender Jake Rinow headed the ball back into the box, where Haber was waiting for the right opportunity to score. The junior striker caught the ball, edged past a defender and sent the shot home away for the win and the Ivy League title. With the shot, Haber picked up his 18th goal of the season, lifting him to 43 points for the year. All season Zawislan stressed that every next game and next play are the most important of the season, and the contest against Columbia was no different. Cornell outplayed the Lions in almost every aspect of the game — recording a 6-2 advantage in shots on goal, 5-4 in corner kicks and 15-5 margin in total shots. After Haber’s early goal, Cornell continued to give a dynamic effort, especially in the defensive third where senior goalkeeper and tri-captain Rick Pflasterer made two saves CORNELL COLUMBIA Game: Cornell Columbia

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behind a solid back line of junior defenders Jake Kirsch and Patrick Slogic, sophomore defender Peter Chodas and Rinow. Pflasterer helped the Red to its seventh shutout of the season. The victory is his 15th of the year, which breaks the Cornell record for wins in a single season and places him in second place for all-time wins in a career (29). Saturday also marked Cornell’s first win over Columbia since 2010. Last year the two Ivy rivals battled on Nov. 12, where each team had a share of the conference title on the line; however, after a hard-fought 110 minutes, the teams shared a 1-1 tie and missed out on winning the Ivy crown. “Last year we felt that [Columbia] took away our chance at an Ivy title and we took away their chance at an Ivy title,” Haber said. “This year they were trying to play spoiler and we didn’t let them.” The regular season may be over now, but the Red still has a long road ahead. Today at 5:30 p.m. the NCAA selection show will air on, announcing if the Red will play in the first-round on Thursday of next week or earn a first-round bye and play in the second on Sunday. Winning the Ivy League Championship opened a Pandora’s box for the Red. “[Winning the title is] definitely a double-edged sword because we achieved the goal, but now we are getting greedy,” Regan said. “That’s now not our goal anymore. Our goal is to win the first tournament game and then win the second tournament game. We are never going to be satisfied until we win the national title Lauren Ritter can be reached at

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McIntosh Takes Home Gold in Foil

Olivia Weller took fifth, while sophomore Khelsi Clarke grabbed sixth. Freshman Ashley Muller finished 20th and freshman Taylor Wong grabbed 31st. “We did really well overall. I know that epee had three Junior foilist Christine McIntosh earned a gold medal in foil at the 33rd Annual Temple Fencing Open in people in the finals. Christie won her foil event and we Philadelphia, Pa. The two-day individual collegiate meet is had two other foilists in the finals. We also had two sabers the largest of its kind, with more than 30 universities and in the finals,” said Weller. “Overall, as a team, we had eight of the 15 girls we took placed in the finals in some varia600 competitors. “It was a historic showing. It was the first time in the tion, so it was a really good tournament. It was a really history of Cornell that we won so many medals. I am very good turnout. It was our first team event so it was the perpleased with our senior fencers. We got the record number fect season opener.” For the sabreists, seniors Audrey Speer and Beverly Yang of medals,” said assistant head coach Oleg Brusilovsky. “I am really impressed with the team spirit and how the tied for third among the 78 fencers in their event. Freshman fencers supported each other. It was very competitive and Alaina Uhouse came in 28th, senior McKellen Rattray I hope that the momentum continues into next tourna- placed 29th and sophomore Kristen Holl took 53rd. “We had probably one of the most successful sabre ment.” McIntosh’s win put her in first place out of 81 com- squad finishes ever,” Yang said. “This was the first year that all five of our girls made it past petitors. Freshman foilist the preliminary rounds which is Ediona Sera came in “It was the first time in the history of huge for us. We had four girls in third, freshman foilist the Top-32.” Angelica Gangemi placed Cornell that we won so many medals.” This past weekend, the Red fifth, sophomore foilist traveled to the Sacred Heart Allison Berdichevsky Oleg Brusilovsky Invitational on Sunday at the took 10th and sophomore Alexis Mandon finished out the group with a 32nd Pitt Center. The team faced off against Fairleigh Dickinson, Haverford, Hunter College, Sacred Heart, place finish. “The foil squad did really well. We had everyone finish Stevens, Tufts, Vassar and Wellesley. Last year, the Red in the Top-32. We had two girls in the Top-8. Ediona fin- achieved a perfect 6-0 mark for the day and won 130 out ished in third, Angelica finished fifth and I took gold,” of 164 individual rounds. Cornell has faced each team preMcIntosh said. “It was a really exciting day for foil. I think viously at least six times in dual meet competition and has it says a lot of great things about how our season is going posted a winning record against all eight squads (70-12 alltime against the eight schools). to go this year.” “[This season] we have one tournament at Sacred In the epee competition, the Red grabbed three Top-6 finishes among 76 competitors. Epee senior Maria Heart. We have another one at Brandeis on December 2,” Napolitano tied for third place in the meet. Sophomore McIntosh said. “Then we are off for break for a while and


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Golden girls | The fencing team placed high at the Temple Open, with junior foilist Christine McIntosh winning gold.

come back a bit early for training camp. Then we go straight to Pennsylvania at the beginning of next semester. Between the three tournaments this semester we have a lot to look forward to.” Haley Velasco can be reached at

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Red was unable to score, falling 34-17 in the Empire State Bowl. “The last-minute drive definitely changed the momentum, but I don’t think we lost it completely,” said freshman running back Luke Hagy. “The first couple plays of the second half we moved the ball well, and we still felt like we had some momentum.” After a 27-yard kickoff return at the start of the second half by junior wide receiver Grant Gellatly — moving the ball to Cornell’s 31 — junior quarterback Jeff Mathews connected with senior wide receiver Luke Tasker for another 15 yards. Two straight rushes by Hagy and freshman running back Silas

Nacita gave the Red a first down entered the game for Cornell. In to win. But they just played hardand put the offense in good field his first offensive set, the Red was er than us in the second half.” Hagy was one of the bright position at the 43-yard line. forced to punt and the Lions were However, Nacita fumbled on the able to convert for another touch- spots for Cornell on the day, scornext set and the Lions regained down, putting them ahead 34-17. ing one of the team’s two touchThough the lead was not downs on a five-yard rush after the ball, snatching away any insurmountable, the Red was freshman defensive back Jarrod momentum the Red had left. In Cornell’s next two offensive unable to keep the ball in its Watson-Lewis caught an interdrives, Mathews was sacked twice hands due to some unlucky plays. ception and returned it to Cornell’s six-yard line. On and the Lions were eventually CORNELL 17 the day, Hagy set career highs able to cash in on their relentwith 124 yards less defense — which recordCOLUMBIA 34 inandrushing in all-purpose yards with ed six sacks and three inter4TH 5TH 1ST 2ND 3RD 186. He also became the ceptions on the day — scor- Game: 0 17 Cornell 7 10 0 Red’s first 100-yard rusher ing two straight touchdowns 10 34 Columbia 7 3 14 since Ryan Houska ’12 ran to put them up 24-17. “Two interceptions were for 108 yards against Princeton The third quarter ended at that score, and the Red went into deflections off our receivers and last year. Hagy was also just two the final period behind by only the other was lying on a receiver’s yards away from setting the one touchdown. However the back and [the Lions] picked it school’s freshman single-game Lions connected on a field goal in up,” Hagy said. “We always talk record in rushing. “It was an awesome feeling. their first drive of the quarter to about protecting the ball, and put them up by 10. Senior quar- whoever makes the most plays I’m really starting to feel comfortterback Chris Amrhein then and protects the ball best is going able in our offense, I’m learning

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the linemen’s tendencies and am getting used to the cuts I have to make. Our offensive line did a great job yesterday, it made it so much easier for me to run the ball when they’re making holes,” Hagy said of his performance. “But in the end we didn’t get the win which is always the most important thing.” With just one game left in the season against Ivy League leading Penn (5-4, 5-1), the Red has its work cut out for it at Schoellkopf Field next weekend in order to finish the season at .500 overall. According to Hagy, the squad has already watched the film of Saturday’s game against Columbia and is working to fix the mistakes it made.

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Watch the NCAA Tournament Selection Show with the team Tonight at 5:30 P.M. RPCC Auditorium

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RED WINS IVY CHAMPIONSHIP Grabs first outright title since 1977season

By LAUREN RITTER Sun Sports Editor

“Anyone can give up, it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength.” While the original author is unknown, the sentiment is one that many athletes can relate to. After going 1-15 in 2008, expectations for the men’s soccer team were low; however, in four years under

the leadership of head coach Jaro Zawislan, the program has grown stronger and experienced a complete turn around. This season the No. 14 Red finished with a 15-1 overall record and a 6-1 mark in the Ivy League, which earned the team the Ivy League Championship outright for the first time since 1977. “Lifting up [the I v y League] Trophy was unreal,” said senior center

attacking midfielder and tri-captain Nico Nissl. “I remember standing in the middle of the field and watching all my peers cheering. I was like ‘Wow we finally reached our ultimate goal.’ It was definitely a moment that was hard to settle in. I don’t think it hit a lot of us until quite a bit later, but now that we’ve achieved it, it’s really been a dream come


true.” Ending the 2012 fall campaign on a positive note, Cornell handily defeated Columbia (48-4, 2-3-2 Ivy League), 1-0, successfully clinching the Ivy League crown outright for the second time in program history. With the conference title, the Red also earned an NCAA Tournament berth — its first since 1996. However, the team celebrated the NCAA news on Friday night after learning that Dartmouth (97-0, 5-2-0) beat Brown (12-2-3, 4-1-

2), 2-1, in overtime. “The number one goal of the season [to win the Ivy League Championship] has been accomplished,” Zawislan said. “I am so happy and proud of the players. Their hard work has been validated.” Playing against Columbia was going to be a battle for the Red, but the team was completely focused on achieving its biggest goal of the season: winning the Ivy League Championship. While the Lions were determined to spoil Cornell’s title dreams, Columbia was unable to contain the Red after junior striker Daniel Haber scored the game-winner at the 14-minute mark. “It was a hard fought game and [the Lions] were very talentSee

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Red Wins Big in Season Opener C.U.Unable to Beat Ivy Rival Columbia



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By SCOTT CHIUSANO Sun Assistant Sports Editor

Though the Red held a 10-point lead with a minute left to go in the first half on Saturday, a last-minute drive for a field goal by the

Columbia Lions (3-6. 2-4 Ivy League) changed the momentum as both teams headed to the locker room. Second half turnovers plagued Cornell (4-5, 2-4), and the See FOOTBALL page 19


One to remember | Freshman running back Luke Hagy set career highs in rushing with 124 yards and in all-purpose with 186.

Cornell started its 2012-13 campaign on a strong note, winning the first game of the season, 63-55, against the Western Michigan Broncos (0-1) at Newman Arena on Saturday afternoon. The Red (1-0) was propelled by an aggressive defensive effort, which included 13 blocked shots — one shy of the team’s all-time record. The squad also recorded eight steals in the game. Although the team’s defense was a crucial part of its victory, the Red committed 19 personal fouls and gave the Broncos the opportunity to make a number of 3-point plays late in the game. “We’re going to have to keep [the other team] off the foul line,” said head coach Bill Courtney. “That’s going to be a point of emphasis for us.” On the offensive end, the Red benefited from a solid game by freshman guard Nolan Cressler, who went 7-12 from the field and scored a game-high 20 points. Of the six 3pointers that Cressler knocked down, his last one came after a timeout with 1:44 left in a 5point game. The play was designed so that sophomore guard Galal Cancer would penetrate, attract Cressler’s man and then kick it back to Cressler for the three. The crowd exploded when they

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Ready to rumble | Senior forward Errick Peck returned to the line-up on Saturday afternoon, after missing all of last season with a knee injury.


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