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News Magic School Bus
Members of Cornell University Sustainable Design travel across the country to teach elementary school kids. | Page 3
News A Lifetime of Achievement
Gannett official Greg Eells wins an internationally-recognized award for his work with the healhcare center. | Page 3
Opinion A Quickly Ticking Clock
In midst of campus dialouge about stress and mental health, Debrorah Liu ’12 argues that there should simply be more hours in the day. | Page 7
Arts Hanging With Obama
Zach Zahos ’15 sits down with Jay Pharoah to discuss his career, his impersonations and life as Obama. | Page 9
Sports Running Away With It
The cross country team competed in the NCAA Northeast Regionals this past weekend. | Page 16
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Slew of Crimes Plagues Ithaca Two stabbings reported downtown By HARRISON OKIN Sun Senior Writer
There was a slew of crimes — including a robbery, several attempted robberies and multiple stabbings — reported in Ithaca between Sunday evening and Monday afternoon. Most recently, Ithaca police responded to the second stabbing incident in less than 24 hours. At 12:55 p.m. on Monday, Ithaca resident Nakia J. Alexander, 38, was stabbed in a residence on West Buffalo St. He was flown to a local trauma center for further treatment, but there is not yet word on his health status, according to the Ithaca Police Department. Ithaca police are investigating the incident. At 7:48 p.m. Sunday, police also responded to reports of a stabbing in the parking lot of Wal-Mart. A 58-year-old woman was found in a car with a knife penetrating her stomach. The injuries were later determined to be selfinflicted, police said. Following two attempted robberies and a robbery that reportedly occurred on Sunday and Monday, Ithaca police also arrested a husband and wife early Monday morning. At 6:36 p.m. on Sunday evening, Troy
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Tau Epsilon Phi | After two of the fraternity’s pledges were hospitalized about two weeks ago, Cornell is investigating allegations of alcohol-related hazing at TEP.
C.U.Investigates Hazing Allegations Against TEP BY JEFF STEIN Sun Managing Editor
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Cornell is investigating allegations of alcohol-related hazing at Tau Epsilon Phi after two of the fraternity’s pledges were hospitalized about two weeks ago, according to
a University official. The students, sophomores who have since been initiated into TEP, were highly intoxicated as a result of what was later reported to Cornell as acts of hazing at the fraternity, said Travis Apgar, associate dean of students for fraternity and sorority affairs. See TEP page 5
Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel to Play State Theatre By LIANNE BORNFELD Sun Staff Writer
Jeff Mangum of the band Neutral Milk Hotel will embark on his last ever acoustic tour this January, taking to Ithaca’s State Theatre Feb. 13 with his signature blend of quirky lyrics and acoustic melodies. Hosted by the Cornell Concert Commission in association with Dan Smalls Presents, Mangum’s show in Ithaca was
announced his Ithaca Tuesday, expressing his excitement, rather eccentrically, for the tour on the Neutral Milk Hotel Records website. “Hello friends in a flock of finches unfolding from the face of a foam horse on the phone to inform you that jeff is heading out for a u.s. acoustic tour, giving him the chance to play to all the silver citizens dwelling in cities that he has yet to sing in,” Mangum wrote in a post on his site Sunday. Dave Rodriguez ’13, executive director of
CCC, said Dan Smalls reached out to the organization to help promote the show to Cornellians. “We would like, even if its not us throwing the concert, for students to be getting out there, going to concerts, seeing new music and getting excited for shows,” Rodriguez said. “Our goal is to get as many Cornell students to this show as we possibly can.” In order to make the show more appeal-
ing to Cornellians, CCC will sell discounted tickets in a presale to Cornell students, faculty and staff on its website. CCC tickets will go for $28.50, down from the general admission price of $29.50, according to Rodriguez, who said tickets will be available beginning Wednesday. Rodriguez added that, per Mangum’s request, $1 of the proceeds from each ticket See MANGUM page 5
Student Charged With Assault After Alleged Biting Outside Louie’s Lunch By SUN STAFF
A Cornell student has been charged with assault after he allegedly bit another student’s ear during a fight outside of Louie’s Lunch truck on North Campus Friday, police said. The injury sent the other student to the hospital. After arriving on the scene, police found Conor Goetz ’15 near the truck on North Campus, according to Dave Honan, deputy chief of the Cornell Police Department. Goetz was arrested and is charged with assault in the third degree, Honan said.
The student reportedly struck by Goetz has been treated for a laceration to his ear and released from Cayuga Medical Center, Honan said. Goetz is scheduled to appear in Ithaca City Court on Dec. 5, according to Honan. Scott Widyn ’14, a witness on the scene, said Goetz appeared agitated at the time of the assault. “After numerous belligerent exclamations from Goetz, to which the victim responded in a collected and reserved manner, the assailant then chased him around until he was within arm's length," Widyn said.
"The assailant was clearly out of his mind for whatever reason. One of the bystanders or employees called the police in addition to the contact made by the victim." Nearby witnesses promptly reported the incident to police, Honan said, helping them find Goetz. “Community assistance was an important part of this case that enabled officers to quickly locate and arrest the defendant,” Honan said. The Sun’s News Department can be reached at email@example.com.
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He was making love to her when it happened, the moment she knew she had fallen. Quite literally her body convulsed and struggled with the weight on top of her, a large force pushing her off the edge of a cliff. As she let herself fall, she was flooded with tears come pouring down her face. She let go, and her body moved to curl into a ball to shield her heart and hide her face from the boy pushing her to this point. She begged him to let her alone, refuge, from the feelings she’d been vying to keep out. She felt his burning gaze on her pale skin, consuming her body in a hot flush as the wetness from her tears saturated the hair that covered her face: it was the loving influence of his body on top of hers as he yearned to be a part of her. He looked at her helpless body writhing in his arms to understand she was not fighting him, but herself. He lowered his lips to her ears and spoke to her. And she came down and let him hold her in his arms, and allowed him to trace his fingers down her back, and through her hair. When the tears had dried and she took the last deep breath of her sobbing, she turned to find him looking at her still, with his deep blue eyes fixed on hers as if he too was on the edge, waiting for her next utterance. She stroked his face and touched her lips to his as she conceived the very thought she had been dreading: she had fallen.
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“The glass is nearly full”, she said as the pile swelled she hung her head she floated with them to the bottom he gave her arms with which to tread he took her words and smashed the glass swimming through the shards to grasp the silhouette of his desire he gathered the time that had passed now with nothing to confine them “if I am yours” “you are mine then” he put the remnants in a cup and they drank the ages like red wine. And so you became a part of my life. I took you into my world. We took pictures together. We travelled. We discussed life, politics, our families, our goals. We kissed—and the world stopped moving for a second, but the music brought us back to earth. We kissed in hallways. We kissed in bed. We kissed goodnight. We lay on the grass in the sun. We held each other. We slept. We ate. We travelled to each other. We discussed life, politics, our relationship, our new goals. We talked on the phone. We sent emails, text messages, packages. We traveled to each other. We went to concerts. We watched movies. We held each other. We slept. We ate. We lay in bed. We discussed life, politics, our new goals. I travelled. You travelled. I called you. You called me. Check cornellsun.com for the rest of this story. Students can send poetry and fiction submissions to email@example.com.
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Gannett Official Recognized for Service, Leadership
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By ERIN ELLIS Sun Staff Writer
Dr. Gregory Eells, director of counseling and psychological services at Gannett Health Services, was recently recognized as an outstanding member in his field by an international organization — an honor reflective of Eells’ accomplishments, according to fellow Gannett officials. The Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors — whose membership includes directors from more than 700 schools around the world — presented Eells with a Lifetime Achievement Award last month, citing his “outstanding service, leadership and scholarship” in the field of psychological counseling. Eells served as the association’s president from 2007 to 2009. The Lifetime Achievement Award is a recognition of “Eells’ innovative strategies” in balancing the demands of both individuals and the broader campus community, according to Sharon Dittman, assoEELLS ciate director of community relations at Gannett. At colleges, counseling centers must strike a balance between the two, she said. “The award also recognizes the successes of Cornell’s program,” according to Dittman. Many of Eells’ contributions to the counseling field include programs he started at Cornell, she said. Specifically, the AUCCCD lauded Eells’ innovative strategies in applying a triage system to college-level counseling centers, according to a statement from the organization. Cornell operates a Brief Assessment program — an
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appointment scheduling system modeled after medical triaging, whereby students with the most urgent mental health needs are given first priority for Gannett services. “Many colleges use a first-come-first-serve model. The Brief Assessment system allows Gannett to allocate resources more efficiently by scheduling students based on need,” Eells said. Eells’ paper on the Brief Assessment program — titled The Implementation of Mental Health Clinical Triage Systems in University Health Services — is “one of the most cited articles” in the Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, according to Dittman. She said other college counseling programs have adapted and applied Eells’ model to their own campuses. Another of Eells’ “frequently imitated” projects in the field of college mental health is “Let’s Talk,” a free program at Cornell through which Gannett counselors are available at various locations on campus throughout the
week for walk-in consultations, Dittman said. According to Eells, the informality of the program is designed to draw in students who may be too intimidated to seek support from Gannett directly through Counseling and Psychological Services, according to Eells. He added that the program can be a resource for students who feel that they only need intermittent counseling. To date, 30 other schools have added a program modeled after “Let’s Talk” to their campuses, according to Eells. “[Eells] is one of the best teachers in the country around issues related to college student mental health services. He’s highly sought after for presentations and consultations,” Dittman said. Erin Ellis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students on Cross-Country Bus Tour Bring Sustainable Design to Schools By CAROLYN KRUPSKI Sun Staff Writer
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For National CPR Day Monday, which falls during National Collegiate EMS Week, Cornell EMS held six classes to teach heart-saving first aid techniques.
The Ithaca-based company Play by Design was recently contracted by the U.S. Agency for International Development to design and build 11 playgrounds in Kabul, Afghanistan, The Ithaca Times reported. The project has been underway for a year and company co-founder, Lee Archin, left for Kabul on Oct. 16, according to The Times. — Compiled by Danielle Sochaczevski
After leading sustainability outreach projects at six K-12 schools across the country, eight members of Cornell University Sustainable Design will end their nine-day cross-country bus trip in San Francisco, C.A., on Wednesday. Their journey, part of the first-ever Students@Greenbuild Bus Tour, is being conducted in collaboration with the “Green Apple” Initiative, a program run through the U.S. Green Building Council's Center for Green Schools, which seeks to encourage sustainable practices at schools across the country. The tour, which took students across the country from Ithaca to San Francisco in an 100 percent carbon-offset bus, will end at USGBC’s annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo on Wednesday. USGBC is a national nonprofit committed to sustainable building design and construction, and perhaps most notably, the creator of the LEED certification system. The Cornell students on the tour have been joined along the way by students from Penn State University, University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign, Kirkwood Community College, Colorado State University, University of Utah and Weber State University. Leaders of CUSD — a student organization dedicated to sustainable design — said they first decided to plan the tour after meeting with USGBC founder Rick Fedrizzi in April. Fedrezzi was “inspired and enthused by CUSD's current and built work” — which include design projects in South Africa and Nicaragua — and called the group’s student leaders a few weeks later with an “irresistible proposal” to launch the bus tour, CUSD President Jesse McElwain ’13 said. Students who participated in the tour said they hoped to engage with other college students interested in sustainability, as well as to impart
wisdom to younger students. “The bus tour is an opportunity for CUSD to expand its mission of structuring higher education around a common need for sustainability,” said Jeremy Blum grad, a student currently on the tour. “By working closely with like-minded students around the country, CUSD has the unique opportunity to spread its mission and to learn from others who have similar goals.” Katie Mayer ’15, another student on the trip, said she also recognized the tour as a valuable networking opportunity. “The opportunity to travel and teach others about sustainability is obviously inspiring, but what this trip also provides is a network,” she said. Mayer added that she has been encouraged by the reception of the tour thus far. “As we make these stops and meet so many new people who are as passionate about sustainability and the built environment as the members of CUSD are, there is a growing sense of enthusiasm and support for our ideas, which often have existed as mere dreams,” Mayer said. “I believe this will overflow upon our arrival at Greenbuild, where we will be surrounded by professionals, academics and fellow students on an international level who are presently putting our dreams into action throughout the world.” Blum said the group ultimately hopes to empower the next generation to think more about sustainability challenges and the impact of climate change. “While legislators ignore the climate crisis, we, as students, are empowering a younger generation of students to learn about the complex issues surrounding climate change and environmental stewardship — encouraging them to make an impact on their own schools,” he said. Carolyn Krupski can be reached at email@example.com.
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Students ‘Psyched’ for Mangum MANGUM
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sold for the concert will be donated to Children of the Blue Sky — a non-profit organization that seeks to rebuild the lives of children living on the streets in Mongolia. It is not certain yet whether Mangum will exclusively play his solo material or will also play Neutral Milk Hotel songs, according to Rodriguez. However, with Julian Koster — also of Neutral Milk Hotel fame — opening the show with his current project The Music Tapes, Rodriguez said he is hopeful that Neutral Milk Hotel material will be incorporated into Mangum’s set. “I wouldn’t be surprised if there were some Neutral Milk Hotel songs played, but I don’t know for sure … I think if you’re a fan of him you’re going to go down to see him either way,” Rodriguez said. On the heels of Cat Power, the last CCC and Dan Smalls Presents collaboration, Mangum is indicative of CCC’s push to bring indie bands made possible by these part-
nerships, according to Rodriguez. “That’s what we’re doing now, but in the future who knows,” Rodriguez said.“Something I’m happy about is this is definitely a different audience than who we’ve been reaching out to with our Barton shows.” Rodriguez said that he is personally “psyched” for the show. “He is a legend to me. I love Neutral Milk Hotel. They’re one of my favorite bands. The fact that he’s touring at all is super exciting,” Rodriguez said. Many students echoed Rodriguez’s sentiments. “I’m really excited,” Liselle Pires ’16 said. “I think he has a really interesting style of music and I think it would be good for people to experience that if they haven’t.” Levi Schoenfeld ’15 agreed that Mangum’s music is complex. “It evokes a good mixture of happiness, introspection and darkness,” he said in an email. “I really admire his ability to invoke such heavy emotion just by his voice.” Lianne Bornfeld can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Kastenhuber, 44 attempted to rob the Byrne Dairy on North Meadow Street at knifepoint, but fled the scene without obtaining any money, according to a press release filed by the Ithaca Police Department. Minutes later, at 6:51 p.m., Kastenhuber successfully robbed the Citgo Gas Station on North Fulton Street. After displaying a knife, he fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to IPD. While IPD were tracking down Troy Kastenhuber, they also detained his wife, Wendy
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Petraeus Said to be Shocked By Girlfriend’s Emails TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — CIA Director David Petraeus was shocked to learn last summer that his mistress was suspected of sending threatening emails warning another woman to stay away from him, former staff members and friends told The Associated Press Monday. Petraeus told these associates his relationship with the second woman, Tampa socialite Jill Kelley, was platonic, though his biographer-turned-lover Paula Broadwell apparently saw her as a romantic rival. Retired Gen. Petraeus also denied to these associates that he had given Broadwell any of the sensitive military information alleged to have been found on her computer, saying anything she had must have been provided by other commanders during reporting trips to Afghanistan. The associates spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to publicly discuss the matters, which could be part of an FBI investigation. Meanwhile, FBI agents appeared at Broadwell’s Charlotte, N.C., home Monday night and appeared to be conducting a search. An FBI spokeswoman confirmed the agents’ presence but did not say what they were doing. Petraeus, who led U.S. military efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, resigned his CIA post Friday, acknowledging his extramarital affair with Broadwell and expressing deep regret. New details of the investigation that brought an end to his storied career emerged as President Barack Obama hunted for a new CIA director and members of Congress questioned why the months-long probe was kept quiet for so long. Kelley, the Tampa woman, began receiving harassing emails in May, according to two federal law enforcement officials. They, too, spoke only on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the matter. The emails led Kelley to report the matter, eventually triggering the investigation that led Petraeus to resign as head of the intelligence agency.
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Apgar:Univ.Not Bound by IFC Medical Amnesty Policy TEP
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Cornell announced Thursday that it has placed the fraternity on interim suspension while the charges are investigated. The University has not conclusively determined whether the hospitalizations were caused by hazing, Apgar said. Ross Gitlin ’15, president of TEP, declined to comment on the suspension or accusations of hazing made against the fraternity. The allegations against TEP come at a pivotal moment for Cornell’s Greek system as it tries to adjust to President David Skorton’s mandate to “end pledging as we know it.” Since George Desdunes ’13 — a brother at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity — died in February 2011 after a pledging event, the future of Greek life at Cornell has been the subject of ongoing debate. In response to Skorton’s subsequent charge to eliminate hazing, administrators and student leaders have imposed a series of new regulations on Greek chapters over the past year. “We’re under a little more scrutiny right now with everything that’s going on: preserving the Greek system in general, preserving safety,” said Alan Workman ’13, executive vice president of the Interfraternity Council. “We want to try and stop the problem at its root. We don’t want to be sending kids to the hospital.”
Apgar emphasized that the suspension does not mean that TEP has been found guilty of hazing. “[The suspension] is not a decision that they are guilty, but that there is a level of credible information that we need to act on,” Apgar said. “There’s been activity that’s already placed someone’s health or well-being in jeopardy.” If allegations of hazing or high-risk drinking are found to be true, TEP could face further judicial consequences from the University’s Fraternity and Sorority Review Board. That TEP did take action to protect its members’ health will likely be factored into the board’s decision-making process, Apgar said. Members of TEP called for help for the intoxicated pledges, he said. “I’m really pleased that members of TEP did call 9-1-1 and had medical professionals come intervene … It's much more important individuals are getting help when they're in need than it is for us to adjudicate,” Apgar said. But calling 9-1-1 did not exempt the fraternity from facing possible judicial action as a result of the hospitalizations. Both the Interfraternity Council and the University’s review board have the authority to place a fraternity on interim suspension, according to IFC President Chris Sanders ’13. In this case, it was the University board that made the decision to suspend TEP, he said. That board is not bound by the Judicial Administrator’s or the IFC’s medical amnesty policies, which protect individuals and organizations from punishment when they call
Panetta: Obama Administration Deciding on Post-2014 Troop Levels ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT OVER THE PACIFIC (AP) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Monday the Obama administration is nearing a decision in the next few weeks on how many U.S. troops would remain in Afghanistan — and for what purposes — after the U.S.-led combat mission ends in 2014. Panetta told reporters aboard his plane en route from Hawaii to Australia that Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, has developed several options on a post-2014 presence. Panetta also was asked about his future at the Pentagon. While he declined to reveal his plans, he suggested he still had work to do on the job he took in July 2011. “It’s no secret that at some point I’d like to get back to California,” he said. Panetta is from Monterey, Calif. He added that there are a number of important defense issues awaiting resolution, including a budget impasse and the future of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan — suggesting that he would not leave immediately. “Right now, my goal is to basically meet my
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responsibilities with regard to dealing with those issues,” Panetta said. Pressed to say whether he would rule out staying for all four years of a second Obama term, he replied: “Who the hell knows?” In explaining the status of Afghanistan planning, Panetta said the administration is weighing Allen’s options on post-2014 troop levels. He would not reveal what troop levels are being considered, but it is believed that at least several thousand could be needed for several years beyond 2014. “My hope is that we’ll be able to complete this process in the next few weeks,” Panetta said. The decision will depend in part of the Afghan government's willingness to permit a post-2014 U.S. military presence and to provide legal guarantees for those troops that are acceptable to Washington. Once that decision is made, U.S. officials have said they will set a timetable for reducing troop levels between now and the end of 2014. There now are about 67,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, and their mission is evolving from combat to advising, assisting and training Afghan forces.
for help during an alcohol-related emergency. The IFC policy can only shield fraternities and their members from judicial consequences imposed by the IFC itself, according to Apgar. Although Apgar said the University tries to adhere to medical amnesty policies as often as possible, he added that the administration must balance support for the policies with an obligation to discourage dangerous behavior. “When things are so egregious that people’s lives are put at risk, we have to pause and consider what’s best for the community moving forward,” Apgar said. “It’s been a very difficult process.” Workman emphasized that a medical amnesty call alone will not result in a fraternity’s suspension. “It’s important to note that it’s not the call of medical amnesty that places a chapter on interim suspension,” Workman said. It was the allegations of hazing made against TEP on top of the hospital call, rather than the call on its own, that led to the investigation into the fraternity, he said. Workman added that he is confident that medical amnesty protocols are “generally trusted” and that chapter presidents will continue to call for assistance when necessary. The Sun’s News Department can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPS Ends Grants to Boy Scouts Over Discrimination Against Gays ATLANTA (AP) — The philanthropic arm of shipping giant UPS said it will no longer give money to the Boy Scouts of America as long as the group discriminates against gays, the second major corporation to recently strip funding from the scouts. The UPS Foundation made the change Thursday after an online petition protesting its annual grants to the Boy Scouts attracted more than 80,000 signatures. UPS, based in Atlanta, follows computer chip maker Intel in withdrawing corporate support for the Boy Scouts. The UPS Foundation gave more than $85,000 to the Boy Scouts in 2011, according to its federal tax return. Federal tax returns for 2011 for Intel, the world’s largest chip maker, were not immediately available. Some media reported the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company as giving hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years. UPS spokeswoman Kristen Petrella said groups applying for the foundation grants will have to adhere to the same standards UPS does by not discriminating against anyone based on race, religion, disability or sexual orientation. “We promote an environment of diversity and inclusion,” Petrella said Monday. “UPS is a company that does the right things for the right reasons.” The UPS Foundation distributed $45.3 million in grants last year. Petrella said she was not aware of any other current grant recipients who would be affected by the new policy.
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Choosing Survival T
wo weeks ago, as Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc up the East Coast, I wrote a column entitled, “Freak Storms and Fossil Fuels,” in which I attempted to connect the dots between extreme weather events, global climate change and human factors such as “the single-minded profit-seeking of the fossil-fuel industry.” It was the last of these characterizations which readers have most passionately disputed. One reader wrote: “The profit-seeking fossil-fuel industry you mention is as much a service industry as it is anything else. That service to humanity is to provide the world with energy ... Of course, we all have the choice whether to make use of these energy resources or not. Mostly, people choose to
from it,” his use of the word “choose” is misleading. It implies that the consumer has been given two feasible options and has chosen one over the other. How far such a model is from the truth comes into sharp focus in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. For those in New York City left stranded without power, no electricity or gas often means no heat. No heat, on a November night in New England, is not an option. This is not consumer choice. This is survival. The same misunderstanding of consumer choice drives many environmentalists to privately celebrate whenever gasoline prices rise, thinking to themselves, “Maybe people will finally stop driving so much!” The assumption here is that most car-drivers choose to drive, presumably because they are too lazy to ride bicycles. In reality, however, the highway system doesn’t give a damn about the What Even Is All This? price of gasoline, and for the vast segments of the American population without access to decent public transportation, no car means no mobility. No mobility quite often means no work. Thus, while higher gasoline prices might incentivize the purchasing of more fuel-efficient cars, there is little evidence that anyone actually stops driving altogether because they can’t afford gas. More often, higher gas prices just mean less money for other expenses, like food and health care. Heating your home on a cold November night or driving to a job you need to feed your family does not put the blame for climate change on your shoulders. Because I exist within an infrastructure built on fossil fuel consumption, an infrastructure to which I have never given my consent, my consumption of fossil fuels is, to a large extent, outside of my control. Consumer choice, especially when it comes to energy consumption, has more to do with the choices offered than with any actual preference on the part of the consumer. Moving beyond our current energy infrastructure will be an immense task, perhaps the most difficult humanity has ever faced. Surely some part of the struggle will have to do with getting consumers to choose more efficient
use energy rather than to disconnect from it.” This response articulates a common objection to environmentalist attacks on big industry. Companies do what they do because they have customers willing to pay for their product. The responsibility for climate change therefore lies not with the fossil-fuel industry, but with the consumer base (read: everyone except the fossil-fuel industry). Catastrophic climate change will therefore only be averted if every human, on an individual basis, chooses to stop consuming fossil fuels. Don’t blame the CEO who chooses to explore the Arctic for oil instead of investing in renewables; blame the everyman who chooses to continue using electricity and gasoline. If, as this argument seems to suggest, saving the planet will require every human to take up a path of radical renunciation, our goose, which is to say, our planet, is undoubtedly cooked. Blaming a fossil-fuel economy on individual consumers, though, fundamentally misrepresents the nature of consumer choice. When the reader claims, “Mostly, people choose to use energy rather than to disconnect
cars and light bulbs, but let’s not kid ourselves. The proven coal, oil and gas reserves of the fossil-fuel companies and fossil-fuel exporting nations is already five times the amount it would be safe for us to burn without doing irreparable harm to the planet. As long as they keep mining, drilling and fracking, it won’t matter worth a damn what light bulbs we use. Hurricane Sandy demonstrated not only how urgently we need to overcome our addiction to fossil fuels, but also the degree to which people on the ground are virtually powerless to do so on their own. In order to choose sustainability, we need to be given sustainable choices. The power, and therefore the responsibility, to give those choices lies with the multi-billion dollar energy companies already running the show, and with the governments that have made themselves servants to those companies. If we do manage to pull this planet back from the brink, we will do so not by consuming, but rather by holding those in power accountable. This means pressuring Cornell to divest its endowment from fossil fuels and reinvest in renewable energy. This means electing leaders with sustainable energy policies (something we failed to do when we re-elected Obama last week). And if our governments and energy corporations continue to carry the rest of us down the path to catastrophic climate change, I believe it will mean mass insurrection. It will mean open war between those with the power and greed necessary to make Earth uninhabitable and those with the courage and determination necessary to chain themselves to heavy machinery. I, for one, really hope it doesn’t come to this. I believe a sustainable world is possible, and I want to believe that those with the power to build it will come to their senses before it is too late. But let’s not pretend that we as consumers have the power, within our current infrastructure, to choose a sustainable lifestyle. That power lies in the hands of energy corporations that are built to maximize profit at any expense. As such, they’re likely going to need some very forceful prodding to choose planetary survival over personal gain.
Tom Moore is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences. He may be reached at email@example.com. What Even Is All This? appears alternate Tuesdays this semester.
An Obvious Proposal T
his is the time of the semester when “You look tired” becomes an acceptable alternative greeting to “Hello!” Cold weather, combined with a later sunrise (daylight saving time notwithstanding), makes it dramatically more difficult to get out of bed in the morning. The three Ps (problem sets, papers and projects) remain as relentless as they did at the beginning of the semester. Prelim round two banishes most of the good intentions you had around living some semblance of a balanced life, and the crunch becomes the kind of pressure that makes or breaks a person. Shake it all together, pour over rapidly plunging temperatures and waning sunshine, and we have a recipe for deteriorating mental health. Fortunately, most of the important and powerful people in this university realize this, and are doing their very best to reduce the stress levels that students experience. Some very sound policies exist which (in theory) prevent too much overlap of critical grade-determining exercises, and most of the movement from Day Hall seems designed to make life easier for students. But for all the dialogue that exists about student stress and mental health, I’m flabbergasted that no one has proposed the obvious solution. All of these problems would disappear if we extended a day to more than 24 hours.
There are obvious benefits to adding extra hours to the day, and they extend beyond just providing more useful hours to get things done. Extra hours would, above all, provide some flexibility to students’ lives and help relieve the constant fear of falling behind. When assignments and exams begin to overlap, the combined effect is more than the sum of its parts. Simply spreading out a workload is often enough to make it seem manageable. A good illustration of the point I’m trying to make lies around the muchdebated-and-eventually-approved schedule changes beginning in spring 2014. The schedule adds additional academic holidays in the spring semester, at the expense of shortening the final exam period. In answer to the objection that the new schedule would cause overlapping finals and increase, rather than mitigate, student stress, proponents of the schedule argued that a computer program would be implemented to minimize stacked exams. Unfortunately, no computer program will ever be able to perfectly balance the exam schedules of thousands of undergraduates (especially those that insist on taking unique classes across various disciplines), and all it takes is one student to crack under the pressure of multiple finals in quick succession. Adding extra hours — say, three, which would more than adequately cover the 2.5 hour time slot of a
regular final — would add an extra dimension of flexibility to exam scheduling and make overlapping finals less likely. Obviously, some of the details of this proposal need to be specified. The one that immediately comes to mind is the placement of these extra hours. Placing them in the daytime would have the advantage of increasing daytime pro-
and creating extra nighttime hours would lessen the sleep deprivation (and presumably by extension, stress) levels on this campus. As a bonus, those who still feel the need to work late into the night would still be able to take advantage of the extra three hours of productivity. Of course, placing these three hours at night would eliminate the benefit of
Deborah Liu First World Problem ductivity, but there is a very real danger that those hours would simply become space to create more work. An extra three hours in the afternoon are no good for mitigating stress if they are filled with additional classes. Short of finding some way to reign in the ability of students to overachieve, placing these extra hours in the daytime may not be an effective strategy for reducing stress. The alternative, and I would argue the generally sounder choice, would be to place these extra hours at night. The vast majority of this campus is diurnal,
increased flexibility in exam scheduling discussed above. Finding a sound and effective implementation of this idea will take wiser heads than mine, but I trust that the administration of this campus will find a solution that truly begins to address the root of the problem.
Deborah Liu is a senior in the College of Engineering. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. First World Problem appears alternate Tuesdays this semester.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT BY ZACHARY ZAHOS Sun Arts and Entertainment Editor
Jay Pharoah first flirted with fame when his spot-on impression of Barack Obama went viral in 2009. Today, his job is to impersonate the President, along with other celebrities like Denzel Washington, Will Smith and Jay-Z, before millions weekly on Saturday Night Live. Following his packed Sunday night show at Statler Hall, The Sun sat down with Pharoah to talk Obama’s reelection, celebrity crushes and the glory days of Nickelodeon. THE SUN: Congratulations on your reelection! JAY PHAROAH: [laughs] Thank you, brother. SUN: How did you react to last Tuesday’s news? J.P.: I was cool, man. You know, whatever was gonna happen was gonna happen. I didn’t stress myself about it, I was just going with the flow. If Romney was going to win, though, a lot of black people were leaving. There was a boat ready. SUN: Where to? J.P.: Canada and Europe and ... Africa. [silent, then laughs] SUN: With all the talk of jobs during the campaign, few jobs are more directly dependent on Obama’s reelection than yours. Did you feel like you had a personal stake in this election? J.P.: My boss really trusts me with the work he gives me. He gives me chances and he sees that I can perform ... I wasn’t really scared of the election, whatever was going to happen, I was going to take it. If Obama wouldn’t have won, I would have went even harder just to get on other stuff. Not saying I’m not going to go hard anyway, but just saying. It’s good to have a good writing staff around you that is willing to work with your personality to find humor in a character that sometimes may not come off as humorous unless he’s making a joke, like Barack. Just fine-tuning and finding what is funny about the dude — they work with you with that. SUN: How do you master a celebrity impression? Do you start with voice or mannerisms? J.P.: You stalk them. You go in [their] house and leave little bugs, you know, so you can hear. You follow them around and threaten to take the children if they don’t give you their VoiceBox number. It’s like a
sport: It’s like playing basketball [or] football. You have to be intuitive, you have to listen, you have to look at the person and see what they do and try to match. I usually try to picture their face, saying stuff I would say at the same time, that kind of helps. I don’t know if that’s giving away too much, but that’s my technique. SUN: Do you see impressions as a positive or negative exercise? J.P.: As long as you give props afterwards, [so] they know there are no hard feelings and they understand it’s comedy, I really don’t see a problem with it or take any negative connotation to that. I feel like it can be positive, in that it can get you to be friends with those people. I met Drake and we were cool. We kicked it off right when we met each other. Chris Brown was the same way — when we met, it was all love. I don’t think he knew I did him yet [laughs]. But you got to have thick skin, especially in this business, and you [cannot] take yourself so seriously. I feel like the people who do take themselves too seriously will have a problem with that, when you impersonate them. ... Jay-Z had no problem with it and Will Smith ... how do I tell that story? I didn’t do Will Smith tonight, but it’s a part of my set and I talk about Will and meeting him. At first it was funny because he was like, [in Will Smith voice] “Yo, Jay, I don’t think you can impersonate me.” And I was like, [also in Will Smith voice] “Yo, Will, stop playing.” And he was like, “*cough* Yeah, that’s good.” And a year later he’s like, “He doesn’t sound like me, I don’t do that ‘Woo!’ ... He needs to practice a little more, spend more time with me, we’ll get it down.” ... But it’s all love, I’ve never experienced anything negative except for one celebrity [pauses] who is short and used to be real hot and I’m not going to say who it is. [laughs] SUN: Did you watch Kenan Thompson on Nickelodeon as a kid? J.P.: Oh, yeah! [in Kel Mitchell voice] “Who loves orange soda? Kel loves orange soda.” And then Kenan would be like [in Thompson voice] “WHY?!” Oh, man, I used to watch All That religiously. I used to be like, “I want to be up there,” and I didn’t know how to get up there. And SNL: “I want to be up there,” but I just [didn’t] know how to do it. I would watch Kenan & Kel, man — when that came on, they were it. That’s when Nickelodeon was hot. That’s when you had Legends of the Hidden Temple, Global Guts, Hey Dude and Salute Your Shorts and Doug. Dude, yes, I used to watch him [Kenan]. It was funny, because when I
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was younger, I used to be a lot heavier. I used to look like kind of like Kenan ... It’s funny because I grew out of it and I’m working with him now, and we look nothing alike. But people do see me on occasion and say, “Hey, Skinny Kenan!” “Hey, I’m Jay Pharoah! Alright? Don’t call me Skinny Kenan! We’re two different people.” SUN: It was probably a starstruck moment to meet him. Have there been other moments backstage at SNL where it hit you that you’ve “made” it? J.P.: As far as seeing certain people, when I saw Chris Rock and he came around one of the corners outside the main stage and he was like [in uncanny Chris Rock voice] “Jay Pharoah, uh, lovely to meet you.” When that happened, I was like, “Oh, snap! You know me? You’re my idol. I look up to you, comedy-wise.” [in Rock voice] “No, everybody likes Jay Pharoah, everybody knows about you.” ... At that point, I was like, “I’m making some type of moves.” And then I met Drake ... and Kanye ... Gwenyth Paltrow. ... Anne Hathaway, of course, first time I saw her. [in a hushed voice] Because you know I got a crush on Anne Hathaway ... And a defining moment for me was when I got to do Barack, man. When I finally did it the first time, I got off-stage and I went into the back, and I was almost tearing up. It was like, “Ah, man, I did it, ah, finally!” It was so endearing. “Oh my god, I have this part now and I mean something!” You’ve seen it.
There’s a lot of stuff I’ll do; I’ll be scattered around and you won’t see me. But when that happened, I felt like I was part of the family. SUN: With Kristen Wigg and Andy Samberg gone, what sets this new cast apart from the last? J.P.: It’s a more collaborative group of people. We all vibe together. Not taking anything away from them, but they had separate entities, kind of. SUN: Samberg had the Digital Shorts and Wigg had— J.P.: SNL. SUN: Everything, yeah. J.P.: [laughs] So, now, everybody is working together and there are no egos involved. We all just want to see everyone succeed. We don’t want anybody to get fired because we feel like we have a lot of talent in the cast and we can keep the show going. SUN: Great. Thank you for speaking with me. J.P.: Thank you, man. I know it got kind of serious, man. But behind all these voices and characters, man, I’m a cool dude, man. I’m not a butthole, a-hole. I just take life as it comes and I’m very grateful for my position. Zachary Zahos is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Jay Pharoah’s Not a Punk; He’s a Survivor BY DANYOUNG KIM Sun Staff Writer
On Sunday, a little part of Saturday Night Live arrived (again) to our very own campus in Ithaca. Thanks to the Cornell University Program Board, Jay Pharoah delivered a stand-up comedy show at the Statler Auditorium on Sunday evening. As soon as Pharoah walked onto the stage, the audience knew what it was in for; it gave him a thunderous applause that was matched later when he did his first impersonation of the night, a highly accurate one of Chris Rock. Pharoah joined the SNL cast this season and is known for his remarkable impersonation skills. He nailed many throughout the night, including, but not limited to, Tracy Morgan, Eddie Murphy, Denzel Washington and Matthew McConaughey (the only one that was sub-impeccable, which he himself admitted). Pharoah opened the show with racial jokes in order to gauge the demographics of the night’s audience and continued to effortlessly lampoon stereotypes in ways that I never would have been able to think of (props, Jay!). According to
him, black women talk with their hands, as if they are trying to “pull a conversation out of the air,” and he himself, as a black man, is “not a punk, [he’s] a survivor.” As he joked about the different racial groups, Pharoah sprinkled impersonations in here and there, but it was only halfway through when they became the crux of his act. Pharoah finally did the impersonation we were all waiting for – Barack Obama, the Prez himself. As the President, Pharoah creatively redefined the meaning the “head of state” when asserting his theory that Michelle and Barack Obama were busy being man and woman, delaying his appearance on stage for his victory speech. Later into the evening, Pharoah explained his penchant for impersonations. You see, when he was younger, he just had a lot of voices in his head, and he would talk to them. And that’s why he never had any friends. People thought he was weird. I probably would’ve thought he was weird, too. But hey, look at him now. Joke’s on us. For those of you in love with Pharoah, he also divulged his romantic fantasy (read: listen up, ladies). He confessed he would love to spend a night with Raven Simone and imagined how she would swoop him up into her arms, carry him
up to the bedroom, kick open the door and drop her pants, at which point The Lion King’s “The Circle of Life” would play. This was one of my favorite moments in the show; I’ve always had a fantasy that when I dropped my underwear, The Lion King would start playing too, Jay! At 8:31 p.m., after approximately an hour, Pharoah finished his show. But wait, this guy was still not done. For the next five minutes, Pharoah rapped freestyle. He had to warm up to the impromptu subject first (someone yelled at him to rap about Cornell), but as the rap progressed, Pharoah scored many ooh’s and aah’s. I would write what his rap was about, but I had no idea what he was saying. As Pharoah left the stage, he requested his audience to tweet about the show if they liked it. For those of you who have read nothing in this 700 word review, here’s the twitterversion summary of all the things I learned from Jay Pharaoh: “rock” means crack, smart phones are from Satan and Blue Ivy will grow up hating her name. Danyoung Kim is a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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BY NATALIA FALLAS Sun Staff Writer
Nina Arsenault is a multimedia artist pushing boundaries through candid and graphic expression of her gender change. As well as winning awards across Canada for her work and human rights advocacy, she is the subject of the book TRANS(per)FORMING Nina Arsenault: An Unreasonable Body of Work, edited by Judith Rudakoff. This Wednesday, she will perform her piece The Whore of Babalon at the Schwartz Center. The Sun spoke with Arsenault through email on Sunday about her foray into the sex trade, cosmetic surgery and art.
Art of a Devil’s Advocate
THE SUN: Let’s start with the obvious. At what point did you realize that you were meant to be a woman? What was the mental process behind making that decision and how does that continue for you today? NINA ARSENAULT: I have always known I am a woman. The continuing process is about how to successfully navigate a world that keeps trying to convince me I am fake, a victim, shameful, mentally unstable or just somehow fucked up — as if everyone else isn’t? SUN: Did you have a support system through your transformation? N.A.: I got a lot of emotional support from a couple of friends and from my parents. The best support I got was large amounts of money for having sex with married men. I don’t recommend this, though. Now, there is less money in the sex trade. Too many whores nowadays. It’s a buyers’ market. SUN: In your bio, you mention your foray into the sex trade to pay for all of the surgeries. Did your transformations coincide with your emergence into the sex trade? Were there any snags along the way? N.A.: Yes, the transformations coincided with whoring. Like many women, I wanted to be a sex object. I can say that because that is not all I wanted to be. SUN: What is your favorite medium to work with? N.A.: Cosmetic surgery. I don’t know if I can totally explain my obsession for cosmetic surgery. I am a woman, but I also have this passion for the surgery. Some people call it an addiction. I don’t. But I am fascinated by every aspect of it. For instance, I [tell] a story about how I stayed awake during a facelift. I felt no pain, but I wanted to see everything that happened. SUN: Your work has always been blatantly honest and graphic about your transformation. Is this a cathartic and
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personal process or are you doing this to advocate on behalf of the transsexual community? N.A.: Perhaps the devil’s advocate. SUN: Your upcoming performance at Cornell is titled The Whore of Babalon. What can you tell us about it? What inspired the title? N.A.: Perhaps because I am a well known person or perhaps because I have been bullied all my life, I always feel there are a bunch of people babbling on about me. This upsets me. They come to a consensus about who I “really” am. They decide on this through gossip and agree to it. I feel like a captive to this process [and] do not know how to escape its psychic turbulence. I feel like a whore to whatever people are babbling on about. They treat me a certain way and invariably I end up becoming whatever they decided on. I am, by nature, quite subservient. So when people tell me who I am, I ask myself if they are seeing something true? Do they have a point? Did they see something I can not perceive about myself? I explore it. They call me a witch. So
I explore witchcraft. I read Aleister Crowley, but I want to be a big-hearted witch. I want to be empathetic. I want to be the best witch I can be. I wonder how real that can be? How far can I take it? How right were they? Can I “beat” them by being a triumphant witch? Why always this battle for my Self, I am not quite sure. So I take a reductive insult or people’s mocking and look for a greater truth in it. Ironically, after I have, in effect, become what I was told to be, I am always told that I am not being real, that one cannot be a witch. That is now my delusion. But really, I think the problem is that I have realized the identity and am finding power in it. Then they might tell me I am actually just an actress who is taking things too seriously. How serious is it really? I want it to be very serious. I search for the endpoint of the seriousness. How deeply can I go into the acting technique? One’s detractors can really keep one’s art practice vital. So, then they call me a vampire. I wonder, do I have vampiric qualities? Could I be a succubus? That is quite sexy to me. Men are picking up on it. They find it attractive in me. It is working out great. So in a way I have realized the next phase of my identity. Mind you, I don’t listen to what everyone tells me to be. I choose who I listen to very carefully. I like to listen to men in power. I like to be what men in power tell me to be. The idea that I could just “be myself”...? That is exactly what I’m doing. Or perhaps the entire argument is taking place in my mind. But, it is fruitful. SUN: Where do you see your art going? What other projects are in the works? N.A.: I am doing a performance installation called Narcissism Will Heal the Sick to coincide with the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Frida Kahlo exhibit. I am also creating a piece called Ophelia/Machine inspired by the famous Heiner Muller play Hamlet/Machine. These works exist to disrupt habitual ways of thinking passed to us through the media and culture. Ophelia/Machine is about power. About how every generation has its new leaders who take the power with their “right philosophies” to “heal the people” — usually with no guilt or conscience of how they are trampling over the rights of the weak who do not fit their new regime. It is about how every adult is still a young child inside a grownup body. (Certainly, social networking has exposed this by now). It is about how trauma has played through men and upon women. I am a trauma machine. As much as I am bullied, I turn people into my tormentors. Yet, knowing this has not allowed me me escape it yet. So I choose to use my trauma for profit and pleasure. I am not so different. We are all whores. Babbling on. Natalia Fallas is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Mash-Up TV E
ver had trouble remembering that minor character introduced three seasons ago on your favorite show? That character who, for whatever reason, happens to become incredibly important in the current season, if only you could remember who they are? Fret not. Help is on the way. Last week, New Scientist reported a new scene analysis software to help you keep up with your favorite shows. Named StoryVisualizer, or StoViz for short, the PC-based technology creates short video summaries around a given plot line or character. For example, say you select that character we were just talking about, the one you’ve completely blanked on. StoViz will piece together a personal video summarizing that character’s appearances on the show (allowing you to watch whole episodes with only your favorite characters). Same goes for plot lines. Developed in France, the software takes advantage of the vast data storage capabilities of digital video recorders like TiVo. Using advanced image and audio analysis, developers first grouped scenes around key words, background scenery or actors’ faces. After these initial themes and story threads were isolated, the software’s complex algorithms could then identify story elements deemed “semantically similar” and assemble them into short, personal videos based on user preferences. All this is well and good for those, like me, who have trouble keeping track of complex plots. I wonder, though, about the need
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for such technology. Do we really need help catching up on our television shows? StoViz seems designed for hardcore fans who have forgotten earlier seasons or missed a few shows. It seems a little pathetic. Surely another viewer can point out who the mystery character is or fill us in on the last few episodes. But if you’re like me and generally watch television seasons long after they’ve aired (usually condensing an entire season into a few weeks), the software becomes even less relevant. I’m generally pretty excited about interactive narratives and interfaces that allow viewers to participate and customize their experience with media. However, StoViz doesn’t do anything novel or interesting with this interactivity. Instead, it seems to operate more like CliffNotes or fanfiction, taking away from the artistry of the programs as they were meant to be watched.
Emily Greenberg Greener on the Other Side Although the New Scientist article does not specify whether StoViz can compile videos from multiple shows, I’d be surprised if it can’t (or won’t in the near future). Here’s where I see things getting really thorny: users could potentially use StoViz as a kind of
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video compositing program, mixing and matching elements from multiple television programs (and perhaps later on, movies as well). To some extent, all artistic mediums are already doing this. We sample and reference other styles and stories. This has been a key postmodern trend in the arts, evident in everything from paintings to movies to books to music. So far, music has definitely taken such sampling the furthest. “Mash-up” artists, for example, directly composite multiple songs together, controversially heralding the result as a separate artistic work. Although I’m hesitant to label something that simply builds off the efforts of others as “art,” these “mashup” artists have a point. The way they combine the songs is novel, original and often incredibly artistic. However, a program like StoViz would take even that minimal level of artistry away, consigning these choices to a computer program that mashes scenes together based on algorithms. Given the current popularity of “mashup” songs, I’m not sure why “mash-up” videos haven’t already become a cultural
phenomenon. Perhaps the data is too vast, the technology required to composite videos too complex for those without training. StoViz seems to eliminate both these problems. If StoViz becomes popular, it’s only a matter of time before videos go the way of “mash-up” songs and sampling. The great thing about mash-ups? There’s something for everyone. Don’t like Rihanna? Well, maybe you will if we mix her with Mumford and Sons. Sometimes, I marvel at the way the songs are combined, at the new ways I begin listening to an overplayed, overfamiliar song after hearing it mixed with something else. But mostly, I wonder why the artistic landscape has become so barren, why we’re all listening to the most common denominator. It would be a shame for television and movies to go this way too, if they haven’t already. Emily Greenberg is a senior in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences & Art, Architecture and Planning. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. Greener on the Other Side appears alternate Tuesdays.
COMICS AND PUZZLES
Los Angeles Times Daily Crossword Puzzle Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis
ACROSS 1 College donor, often 5 401(k) cousin, briefly 8 Garden ground cover 13 Mount Olympus wife 14 Break bread 16 Novelist Zola 17 “As if!” 20 Halley’s sci. 21 Full of vitality 22 Ideological suffix 23 Lift with effort 25 ’60s counterculturist Timothy 27 “As if!” 31 Rants about the boss, e.g. 34 Jacob’s brother 35 Niagara Falls prov. 36 Gorky Park city 37 Like hor. puzzle answers 38 “As if!” 40 Hostility 41 Started, as a keg 43 P.I. 44 Hypnotic trance breaker 45 “Friend __?” 46 “As if!” 48 Pal of Threepio 50 Not at all droopy 51 Intro makers 52 One might say “shay” for “say” 54 Inevitable end 57 “As if!” 61 Honolulu hello 62 Egg on 63 Sculling gear 64 Headwear in iconic Che posters 65 Many ESPN fall highlights 66 Way to be tickled DOWN 1 Cry of enlightenment 2 Film heroine with memorable buns
3 Java vessels 4 “Grumpy Old Men” co-star 5 Rite words 6 Modern caller ID, perhaps 7 Part of A.D. 8 Drop-line link 9 Wrigley Field judges 10 Mouthing the lyrics 11 Red Skelton character Kadiddlehopper 12 Cooped-up layer 15 Bird on old quarters 18 Earl __ tea 19 Groundbreaking tool 24 Greenland coastal feature 26 Company that rings a bell? 27 “Marvy!” 28 Green grouch 29 “Star Trek” velocity measure 30 Word in many university names
32 Bar mitzvah reading source 33 Didn’t lose a game 36 Java order 38 Off! ingredient 39 Mike, to Archie 42 Upscale sports car 44 Perch on 46 Like babes 47 Dennis the Menace’s dog
49 Pay extension? 51 Stallion or bull 53 Craig Ferguson, by birth 55 Asian tongue 56 Bring home 57 “Marvy!” 58 Monopoly token 59 Has too much, briefly 60 Clucking sound
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19 and 25-22. The Tigers fought back to win the third set 25-23, but Cornell dominated the fourth, winning 25-17. Sophomore setter and captain Kelly Reinke came three shy of her career high with 53 assists. Juniors outside hitter and captain Kelly Marble and outside hitter Sierra Young each had a double-double, while junior middle blocker Rachel D’Epagnier had a match high 17 kills. Cornell’s final victory of the season ended the careers of middle blocker Ana Vanjak and setter Lucy Zheng. D’Epagnier continued to play well as she registered 13 kills and no errors on 22 attempts for a .591 hitting percentage. She also had six total blocks. Freshman outside hitter Breanna Wong ended her first year with 18 kills and a .405 hitting percentage. Saturday afternoon’s match at Newman Arena was a little closer than Friday night’s, as the teams split the first two sets 25-15 (Cornell) and 25-20 (Penn). After
the break, the Red came out firing winning the next two 25-23 and 25-19. In her final game, Zheng finished with 49 assists, six digs, two aces and two kills. “I think we played today like we could have been playing the entire season,” Young said. “The seniors really wanted to go out with a bang, and I think we were able to do that for them.” In her first season as head coach Melissa Batie-Smoose was able to finish the season with a respectable record as compared to last season. At 9-16, she improved the team’s record by four wins and at 5-9 in the Ivy League she added two additional wins from last year’s 311 performance. She was also able to change the culture of the program, which was one of her original stated goals prior to the season. “We have had a culture change for the better,” Young said. “We have been working hard in the gym and outside all the time. ‘Swing hard’ she says, in order to get us in the aggressive mentality.” Scott Eckl can be reached at email@example.com.
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direction this team is moving in.” Smith has spoken all season about how competitive his group is, and pointed to its strong desire to compete as something he’s looking forward to about this next meet. “I’m looking forward to seeing them display their competitiveness
and confidence,” he said. “It’s always neat to see people have the opportunity to achieve their goals.” Although the Red has had a successful season to date, Smith held strong to his feeling that the season is not over yet. “There’s still unfinished business in the week ahead,” he said. Juan Carlos Toledo can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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earn a goal for the Red, putting Cornell ahead. “[We] had a really strong showing on Friday night, showing that we can actually come back in the third period, and we did regain that lead,” de Swardt said. “But we need to bring that type of intensity for the whole 60 minutes, not just period to period — not just the first or third.” With just under five minutes left in the game, Princeton scored again, to tie up the game. Then with just under three minutes left, Calof scored his second power play goal of the game, causing the Red to lose to the Tigers, 5-3. “Obviously this is a very disappointing weekend for us, we wanted to come away with two wins and came away with two losses,” Ryan said. “But we just have to use that as a learning experience and we have to have a really good week at practice here.” Although Cornell came out with more fire the next night against Quinnipac, Bobcats goalie Eric Hartzell did not let any pucks past him in the first period. The Red’s defense also had a solid performance in the first, fighting off another five-on-three, this time for 53 seconds, of which senior defensemen and tri-captains Nick D’Agostino and Braden Birch played the entire time. But in the second period, Cornell was no longer able to fend off Quinnipiac, who scored two goals. The first goal came after the Red fended off its second five-onthree, when the squad was not able to hold the Bobcats off on the second penalty kill. The second Quinnipiac goal marked Ben Arnt’s first of the season. The third period got off to a rough start as well, with the Red
giving up another goal. Miller was then able to give Cornell some hope, as he got his team on the board with his third goal of the season. Although the puck deflected off his skate and went into the net, according to NCAA this is a fair goal as long as there is no kicking motion, which video review showed there was not. Despite this goal late in the game, the Red would get no closer to victory, as Quinnipiac scored one more goal, leaving the score 4-1 at the end of the buzzer. “We let up nine goals on the weekend and that is not typical Cornell hockey,” Ryan said. “So I think if we really focus in on our defense and have our defense going strong ... It will benefit us.” Cornell’s two road losses this past weekend mark the team’s first sweep since last January, when the Red lost both Colgate games. “Going on the road it’s a little more hostile, the crowds are not cheering for you [and] it’s obviously not like we’re playing here in Lynah in front of our awesome fans, but every team has to go on the road so that’s really no excuse for us to be losing games like that,” Ryan said. “So we have to learn to face adversity on the road and do a better job on the road.” Next up, the Red prepares to take on two Ivy rivals at Lynah this weekend. Cornell hosts Harvard on Friday and then Dartmouth on Saturday. “We have two good teams coming in here, Harvard and Dartmouth,” Ryan said. “We really have to get focused here this week, buy into our systems, really make sure we are playing a full 60 minutes each night ... We only played a couple good periods this weekend, so we really have to learn how to play a full 60 minutes.” Dani Abada can be reached at email@example.com.
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SWIMMING & DIVING
Red Defeated in Two Close Contests at Home By JOHN McGRORTY Sun Staff Writer
This past weekend the Cornell men’s and women’s swimming and diving team competed at home against league rivals Harvard and Dartmouth. In both of the tri-meets, the Red and the Big Green fought back and forth throughout the meet to decide the final verdict. On the men’s side, the meet came down to the final 400-meter free relay to decide the outcome. Although the Red lost 152148 to Dartmouth and 207-93 to Harvard, its performance shows strong early season speed and will help garner success in future meets. On the women’s side, in another very close meet the Red just missed out on defeating Dartmouth. With a final score of 157-143, and 186-109 to Harvard, the Red was unable to pull out a win at its home opener. Although both the men’s and women’s teams did not have the results that they had initially desired, both teams showed strong initial performances for early season races. Their individual and team events posted strong overall times and have
potential to continue to improve as the season progresses. “The most influential element was the fierce competition,” said sophomore fly swimmer Nicole Jibrine. “The fight between Dartmouth and us was extremely close the entire meet. We really fought our hardest and the last event of the meet determined the winner.” This competitive spirit will play a strong role in helping the Red find success later on in the season. The next time that the Red will face Harvard and Dartmouth is at Ivy League Championships, at the end of the season. The team-wide training trip to Puerto Rico over winter break will help both teams acquire more late season speed and help outscore Dartmouth at Championships. This coming weekend both the men’s and women’s teams will be traveling to Philadelphia, Pa. for their away tri-meet with Penn and Princeton. The race will take place at 3:30 pm at Sheerr Pool. This weekend will give both teams the opportunity to improve upon last weekend’s results. “The results of this weekend have definitely given the team the fuel and motiva-
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Flying close | Sophomore fly swimmer Nicole Jibrine said that although Cornell did not beat Harvard and Dartmouth this weekend, the close matches got the team fired up for the future.
tion to keep fighting to achieve a victory,” Jibrine said. “We were so close to beating Dartmouth that the fire from the Harvard/Dartmouth meet will help psych ourselves up for our meet verses Penn and Princeton this Friday.” This fire will be important to help the Red to hopefully get its first win this coming weekend and continue to be competitive throughout the Ivy League. This weekend, the Red has another opportunity to compete against two more Ivy rivals. Penn — coming off of a loss to
Columbia — and Cornell should prove to feature hard fighting and close competition throughout the entire meet. It may come down to the final relay again like last weekend. The Red looks to capture its first win of the season on the road. Both teams look to have strong showings as they continue their regular season Ivy tri-meets. John McGrorty can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cornell Dominates Alfred,Binghamton at Home Show
By ARIEL COOPER
team spirit and I think that actually went a long way,” Kowalchik added. “There’s not After a disappointing weekmuch time in between the horse end at Nazareth, the Red came shows to work on technique like back in full force and dominatwe would like to, so we kind of ed at its semi-annual home show were at a point where we were at Oxley Equestrian Center this willing to trying anything to past Sunday. Coming out on top make the change. [W]e talked a with a 15 point lead over Alfred lot about having a positive attiand Binghamton, Cornell swept tude and not letting it get to this the open, intermediate and point where we’re still overnovice fences as well as the open whelmed with not having that and intermediate flat classes, success yet and I think that that according to senior tri-captain really helped.” Emily Kowalchik. At the end of In order to calculate each the day, the Red was two points team’s final score, certain riders shy of a perfect score. are chosen to be “point riders” “It was an amazing day,” said for the day. This means that senior Erika Hooker. “We were their results will be the ones to two points away from a perfect affect the team’s score. However, score. I don’t think we’ve squads will often done that in a few years, “I think we have pretty much cemented allow additional ridso that was really exciters to compete even now that this is the attitude we want to though their scores ing.” Hooker was one of go forward with.” will have no bearing the five riders who paron the team’s overall ticipated in the ride-off Todd Karn score. The fact that to determine who would even the Red’s riders be the high point rider of the barn in the morning to getting who were not point riders were day. The other four riders — the horses ready … [And] at the winning their classes confreshmen Reina Baizan and end of a very long day — which tributed to the squad’s huge Meredith Meyer, sophomore didn’t end till 5:30 p.m. — they lead, as this prevented point ridMadeleine Breen, and cleaned everything up again.” ers from other teams from winKowalchik —were all Cornell The show was a huge come- ning first place, according to riders. Meyer won high point back for the Red after a third Kowalchik. As a result of its vicrider while Kowalchik earned place and an eighth place finish tory, the team is now third in reserve high point rider. at last weekend’s double header. the regional standings behind “It was really exciting [to What made the difference, Alfred and Ithaca. There is only win] just because I’m a rookie so according to both Karn and an eight point difference that was my first experience Kowalchik, was not necessarily between Cornell and Alfred. [winning high point rider] and better riding — it was team spir“We made up fifteen points because my parents were there it. in one day, so making up eight so it was fun for them to be able “I think you have an advan- points in three shows will be no to see that,” Meyer said. tage on your home turf because problem,” Kowalchik said. Because equestrian is not they knew the horses,” Karn Since the show was at home, designed as a team sport, it is said. “But there was also a every single member of the team not uncommon to find yourself revived team spirit. I think we was able to attend and witness competing against your team- have that pretty much cemented the Red’s success. mate at a show. However, the now that this is the attitude we “When you have all the girls squad did not let the competi- want to go forward with.” riding that well and it’s a home tion affect its team spirit. “I think we did a lot of work show so everyone on the team is “It was really fun because no this past week, not necessarily there to support each other … It matter what [happened] I would on our riding but on our actual makes it that much more meanSun Staff Writer
be happy with the results just because one of us would’ve won,” Meyer said. “It was more relaxed because I [knew] all of [the other riders].” “It was fun … It was entertaining to be in a ride-off for high point rider against all these other girls on your own team because it felt like it should have been practice, or a lesson,” Hooker said. While it can sometimes be difficult for the squad to both run and succeed at its own show, the task did not prove to be too challenging for the Red riders. “I think [the show] went really smoothly,” said head coach Todd Karn. “They did an incredible job from cleaning the
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All I do is win | On Sunday, the Red swept the open, intermediate and novice fences as well as the open and intermedite flat classes.
ingful to have a day that goes that well,” Hooker said. The team hopes that this weekend’s success will mark the beginning of an upward trend for the remainder of its season. “If we were gonna have a big win like this I’m so glad that it was able to happen at home because every single member of our team was there even if they weren’t competing, and I think
it’s really important that they were able to see how great it is to win,” Kowalchik said. “That’s going to go a long way for team spirit, having had the entire team there and get caught up in the moment of how exciting it was … That was exactly what we needed.” Ariel Cooper can be reached at email@example.com.
The Corne¬ Daily Sun
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 13, 2012
MEN’S ICE HOCKEY
Red Defeated Twice on ECAC Weekend Trip By DANI ABADA Sun Assistant Sports Editor
Cornell (3-2-1, 1-2-1 ECAC) comes back from its first weekend on the road without adding any points to its record. The Red lost to Princeton (2-2, 2-0), 5-3, on Friday and then again to Quinnipiac (5-3-1, 2-0), 4-1, on Saturday. “It’s definitely not the outcome we wanted this weekend,” said junior forward Armand de Swardt. “We kind of dug ourselves in a hole — we didn’t come out ready to play the full 60 minutes like we wanted.” On Friday, the Red got off to a rough start as Princeton controlled the puck for much of the first period. Although junior goaltender Andy Iles was able to fend off a 14-second five-on-three, he was unable to stop Tigers’ Andrew Calof from scoring during the second power play, while Cornell was still on the penalty kill. Although in the second period the Red had a few more chances — including forwards sophomore Cole Bardreau’s and senior Greg Miller’s breakaways — the squad as not able to convert any
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Fighting a losing battle | Junior forward Armand de Swardt scored a goal on Friday night against Princeton, however it was not enough to bring the Red a win. Cornell lost to the Tigers, 5-3, on the road.
of these into goals. Princeton, however, scored on another power play opportunity, the Tigers’ second of the period. The Red put up a fighting chance in the third period, with a late flurry of goals — Cornell earned three within the span of five minutes. Senior forward Jon Esposito scored off passes from defensemen sophomore Joakim
Ryan and freshman Reece Wilcox about five and a half minutes into third period play. Two minutes later, Miller had an unassisted goal. Then, at 9:34, de Swardt was able to capitalize on a Tigers misplay with Bardreau’s help to See M. HOCKEY page 14
Cornell Ends Season With Weekend Sweep By SCOTT ECKL Sun Staff Writer
The women’s volleyball team ended its season in grand style Saturday afternoon with a win over Penn, completing an Ivy League sweep on the weekend. The Red’s (9-16, 5-9 Ivy) four set win over the Quakers (1312, 8-6 Ivy) combined with their four set win over second
place Princeton (12-11, 9-4 Ivy) sealed the team’s first Ivy League weekend sweep since 2008 knocking off Harvard and Dartmouth. Going into Friday night’s matchup, the Tigers have won 11 consecutive games over the Red. Cornell came out firing, winning the first two sets 25See VOLLEYBALL page 13
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Running out of time | Although the women’s team will be moving on to compete in the NCAA finals, the men’s cross country team did not earn a bid to the finals.
C.U.Competes at NCAA Regionals
By JUAN CARLOS TOLEDO Sun Staff Writer
It was another exciting weekend for the women’s cross country team, competing in the NCAA Northeast Regionals. The Red matched last year’s third place finish, but unlike in 2011, a strong 2012 regular season campaign propelled Cornell to be selected as an at large bid to compete in the cross country NCAA Finals. Women’s cross country coach Artie Smith ’96 spoke about how much last year’s finish proved to be motivation for this year’s team. “It’s something that this group has been striving for since last year,” he said. “We finished third at this same meet last year, but didn’t have the regular season resume to earn a bid to the NCAA finals. They’ve been looking to do this for a whole year.” Although the men’s team did not earn a bid to the NCAA Finals, they improved on last year’s eighth
place finish by finishing seventh this year in what was a competitive field. Men’s cross country coach Zeb Lang ’03 was happy that even though his team did not earn a bid to the finals, there was tangible year-to-year growth. “I was happy with my team,” he said. “Our point total was the best that it was since 2008. Four of my runners ran in this meet last year, and they all finished better than they did last year.” The women’s team is on its way to Louisville, Ky. for the NCAA Championships on Nov. 17th. Smith expressed strong confidence for his team heading into the weekend. “It is such a fun group to coach,” he said. “They love to compete, they love to train hard, and they like to do it as a team. [This season] has really gone the way we wanted it to. I feel really confident about the See X-COUNTRY page 14
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The last game | Saturday afternoon marked senior middle blocker Ana Vanjak and senior setter Lucy Zheng’s final career games.