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News You’re Hired

Cornell’s New York City tech campus hired Prof. Rajit Manohar, electrical and computer engineering, as its associate dean of academic affairs. | Page 3

News On a World Tour

Raul Roman M.S. ’00 Ph.D. ’04 founded UBELONG, an organization that makes it affordable for people to volunteer abroad. | Page 3

Opinion The Role of Race

Jon Weinberg ’13 praises the policy of affirmative action because of the necessary diversity it brings to higher education. | Page 7

Arts The Emotions of Politics

Zachary Zahos ’15 emphasizes the humanity of both presidential candidates in this year’s election. | Page 9


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Ithaca officials say Cornell facility will pollute lake; University disagrees By EMMA COURT Sun Senior Writer

Cornell should not be allowed to increase the usage of its cooling plant on Cayuga Lake, Town of Ithaca board members said at a meeting Tuesday, arguing that the facility has already significantly damaged the lake. The University, however, disputes that the plant has hurt the lake and denies town officials’ claim that a recent proposal would amplify the environmental effects of its cooling plant. Lake source cooling is a process that draws cold water from the bottom of a lake to cool buildings, depositing phosphorus in the water that

promotes algae growth. While the University has said that the process saves the amount of energy it uses to cool buildings annually by 86 percent, town officials say the phosphorus encourages the growth of weeds, harms aquatic life and reduces the clarity of water. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has proposed modifying Cornell’s permit for the cooling plant in a move that board members say would allow Cornell to increase the amount of phosphorus it discharges into Cayuga Lake through the lake source cooling process. Citing these effects, town officials passed a resolution Tuesday to See LAKE page 4

City Approves Plan For New Marriott, Citing High Demand


By ALEXA DAVIS Sun Staff Writer


The City of Ithaca Planning and Development Board approved the final plans for a new Marriott Hotel in downtown Ithaca on Tuesday. The 10-story tall hotel, which will cost $19 million to build, will be located next to the Commons at 120 S. Aurora

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Town Slams Plan for C.U.Cooling Plant

Fashionable Wrestlers

Several Cornell wrestlers have launched their own clothing line, which primarily offers surf attire. | Page 16


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New hotel on the block | The City of Ithaca planning board approved plans Tuesday to construct a new Marriott Hotel just south of the east end of the Commons.

C.U. Alumna Laments Abortion Restrictions By HARRISON OKIN

Saporta cited Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.), Richard Mourdock (R-Ind.) and Joe Vicki Saporta ’74, presi- Walsh (R.-Ill.) — who were dent and CEO of the all defeated by Democratic National Abortion Feder - challengers last week — as ation, told Cornellians people who have recently Tuesday that she believes the spread inaccuracies about country is speaking out abortions. The National against the so-called “war on Abortion Federation, Saporta women.” said, works to counter incorProtected by a security rect claims about women’s guard standing at the back of bodies and abortion that she said have gained trac“Freedom of choice is more than a tion in recent right. It is right.” years. Saporta Vicki Saporta ’74 said that the c a n d i d a t e s’ Ives Hall, Saporta said that losses highlight the public’s ignorance, hostility and vio- backlash against efforts to lence against the pro-choice limit women’s access to abormovement have escalated over tion. the last few years. “Many anti-choice organi“A lot of politicians cer- zations want to make abortion tainly think they know what’s inaccessible by passing unnecbest for women’s bodies,” essary restrictions, as well as Saporta said. “Women, and by intimidating and harassing those they choose to involve, abortion providers,” she said. are the only ones responsible Saporta added that aborin the decision-making tion providers have also process. Freedom of choice is more than a right. It is right.” See CHOICE page 5 Sun Senior Writer


Last hurrah | Members of the Cornell Outing Club gather in Japes Lodge, near Beebe Lake, for the final time. The lodge, which was used by the club since 1958, will be shut down by the University this week.

Outing Club Hosts Last Meeting in Japes Lodge By TYLER ALICEA Sun Staff Writer

Bidding farewell to their historic home in Japes Lodge, the Cornell Outing Club’s members held their final meeting at the group’s location near Beebe Lake Tuesday. COC meetings have been held in Japes Lodges on Tuesday nights since the club moved into the building in 1958,

according to club president Brendan Brown ’15. However, this tradition will cease this week after the University shuts down the lodge indefinitely. In September, the COC was told by the University that it would have to leave its home due to unsafe roofing conditions. Jim Gibbs, the University’s director of maintenance management, told The Sun that he “is concerned about

the structural capacity of the roof.” COC leaders said they were worried that they would not have a space to store the club’s gear, which is worth several thousand dollars. However, the University has offered the club “few promising leads” about short- and long-term facilities off-campus past the College of See JAPES page 4

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Weird News

Umpteen speedy televisions perused two sheep, then umpteen tickets towed Jupiter, and Dan untangles five progressive orifices. Umpteen quixotic aardvarks annoyingly bought two Macintoshes. Umpteen bureaux tickled two extremely putrid botulisms. Paul sacrificed one lampstand, then Jupiter marries the very quixotic pawnbroker. Five purple poisons laughed, yet umpteen chrysanthemums kisses five aardvarks. Batman noisily untangles one Jabberwocky. Two Macintoshes laughed, then one extremely schizophrenic Jabberwocky drunkenly untangles two sheep, however Quark telephoned umpteen obese Jabberwockies. Five irascible botulisms slightly lamely auctioned off the subway, and five chrysanthemums easily untangles one mostly speedy Klingon. Five dogs drunkenly perused Minnesota, however the mats ran away cleverly, although one partly progressive subway quite comfortably sacrificed


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N.C. Judge Rules Against New Year’s Eve Possum Drop

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A possum drop that attracts thousands of people to a tiny town in western North Carolina each New Year’s Eve may have had its last hurrah after a judge ruled Tuesday that a state agency didn’t have the authority to issue a permit for the event. “Citizens are prohibited from capturing and using wild animals for pets or amusement,” Judge Fred Morrison wrote in his ruling. “Hunters must afford wild animals the same right Patrick Henry yearned for: ‘Give me liberty, or give me death!” The ruling would end a 19-year tradition of suspending a possum in a see-through box covered with holiday tinsel and lowering it to the ground at midnight. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals had sued the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, which issues the permit for the event, saying it’s illegal and cruel.

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Oxford Chooses ‘Omnishambles’ As Word of the Year

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s media are in a meltdown and its government is gaffe-prone, so Oxford Dictionaries has chosen an apt Word of the Year: “omnishambles.” Oxford University Press on Tuesday crowned the word — defined as “a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations” — its top term of 2012.

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U.K. Teen Jailed For Robbing Jewelry Stores LONDON (AP) — British police say a 16-year-old boy who used prosthetics and dreadlocks to conduct armed robberies in disguise has been jailed for five years. Police say Miles Alura pretended to be an elderly man with facial prosthetics, make-up and a hair piece to steal 50,000 pounds ($79,500) of jewelry from a shop in Kent in July. They say he produced two handguns and tied up employees before fleeing. That robbery was linked to one in London a month earlier, when Alura wore fake dreadlocks to rob a jeweler of 100,000 pounds ($159,000) worth of stock. Alura was jailed Friday at Kingston Crown Crown Court. Two teenage accomplices who cannot be named for legal reasons were sentenced to three years in jail and a 12month detention order.

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Professor Named Associate Dean of CornellNYC Tech

Campus dialogue

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Cornell’s New York City tech campus has named Prof. Rajit Manohar, electrical and computer engineering, its associate dean for academic affairs. While serving as dean, Manohar will divide his time between teaching at the tech campus and teaching at the Ithaca campus, according to a University press release. He will teach a course called “Physical Computing,” which will provide an introduction to creating smart systems, or devices that can analyze a situation and function in a reactive manner. CornellNYC Tech Dean Dan Huttenlocher said Manohar’s previous experience as a researcher and an instructor will serve as an asset in his new position at the tech campus. “Rajit exemplifies the kind of faculty that we are hiring as we build CornellNYC Tech, combining research excellence, innovative teaching and a strong entrepreneurial spirit,” Huttenlocher said in the press release. Prof. Lance Collins, mechanical and aerospace engineering, dean of the College of Engineering, echoed Huttenlocher’s sentiments, saying that Manohar’s experiences will in particular be an asset the entrepreneurial goals of CornellNYC Tech. “As associate dean for research and graduate education, Rajit has been actively promoting the college's entrepreneurial activity, but his new appointment at Cornell Tech will elevate his impact to a whole new level,” Collins said in the press release. After receiving his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology, Manohar came to Cornell in 1998. At the


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University, he conducts research on asynchronous design, or systems that use timing mechanisms controlled by computers. He also served as Cornell’s associate dean for research and graduate students until June 2012. Throughout his career, Manohar has been recognized for his research and academic contributions. Among other honors, he has received the National Science Foundation’s CAREER award, which honors faculty researchers; seven teaching awards; and five awards for papers he has written, according to the press release. He was also named by MIT Technology Review as one of the top 35 young innovators under the age of 35 for his work on designing low-power microprocessors. Manohar has been a key player in the development of the tech campus, serving as co-chair of the Academic

Planning Committee for CornellNYC Tech. He said he is optimistic about the scope of effects of his future work at the tech campus. “What students learn at Cornell, real technology and science and engineering ... is something they don’t always realize how much impact they might be able to have, because they don’t see the problems people are facing,” Manohar told The Sun in August. “The tech campus is a place that will be able to have a much closer relationship with real issues that people are facing. It’s a much bigger opportunity to go out and do things that’ll change the world.” Kerry Close can be reached at at

C.U. Alumnus Founds International Volunteer Organization By JULIA PASCALE

Roman said that UBELONG is able to keep its international programs affordable through a combination of negotiating with Raul Roman M.S. ’00 Ph.D. ’04, partners to minimize expenses and garnerfounder of an international volunteer orgaing support from experts in international nization, said the opportunities he had to development. travel across the globe as a Cornell student “We founded UBELONG because we The Washington, D.C.-based made him the “luckiest grad student in the company taps into a “huge” netstrongly believe that international world.” work of professional contacts and “[Cornell] flew me to do research in 12 volunteer service is not for the institutions to maximize its countries on three continents ... I came out privileged few.” influence, Roman said. of Cornell a seasoned international devel“What we’re trying to do is opment professional,” Roman said. mobilize America … The botRaul Roman M.S. ’00 Ph.D. ’04 Roman’s experiences working abroad tom line is, we are not a tourist led him to found UBELONG, a company teer service is not for the privileged few — company. We are a social enterprise,” he that seeks to give students interested in vol- it’s for everyone,” Roman said. “UBE- said. unteering the opportunity to work across LONG aims to [increase] international UBELONG offers students the chance the world. Returning to Cornell on Friday civic engagement through high-impact and to work on one of 130 projects in nine to speak to students, Roman said that, affordable volunteering and learning countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, according to Roman. Projects opportunities.” include work in several fields ranging from Stop sexual exploitation microfinance and women’s empowerment to agriculture. Through UBELONG, Kristen Barnett ’15 spent last summer aiding community organizations in Cusco, Peru — an experience for which she said she was grateful. “So many programs are so expensive these days for volunteers, and that seems a little ridiculous when you’re dedicating so much of your time and effort,” she said. “[UBELONG’s] whole ideal is completely different, and I found [their] Cusco program where I could put together my Spanish skills and my desire to work in business and to volunteer. It was perfect.” Other students said that the opportunity to work abroad provided them a valuable learning experience outside the classroom. For intance, Stephen Allegra ’13 said he was able to pursue fieldwork for his global health minor by spending a summer working in Esmeraldas, Ecuador — an opportunity he found through UBELONG. MATT MUNSEY / SUN STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Allegra said that, in addition to the eduSigns posted by members of Students Against the Sexual Solicitation of Youth, an organizacational benefits he personally received tion that aims to combat sex trafficking, line the Ag Quad Tuesday. from his volunteer work, UBELONG also Sun Staff Writer

through UBELONG, he has sought to give people from all walks of life the chance to volunteer in foreign countries. “We founded UBELONG because we strongly believe that international volun-


World traveler | Raul Roman M.S. ’00 Ph.D. ’04 has volunteered across the globe.

offers projects suitable for people with skills in a wide variety of fields. “UBELONG is great because they offer such a spectrum,” Allegra said. “You can even start your own project, and they will help support you.” Roman echoed Allegra’s sentiments, saying that the name UBELONG derives from the idea that everyone can find a place in international service. “Many people don’t think that they belong to the world of international affairs and development, but we believe that everybody has something to give,” Roman said. Julia Pascale can be reached at

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Town Slams C.U.for‘Pollution’ Displaced Club Hopes LAKE

The board members said that the University’s plan to collect data for the study represents a conflict of interest and would undermine the study’s oppose Cornell’s modified permit. accuracy. “The Ithaca area … [spends] millions and milBut Claudia Wheatley, the University’s director lions of dollars to clean up our phosphorus,” Town of press relations, denied this claim. Supervisor Herb Engman said. “So the DEC now “Our scientists, who are regarded as some of proposes to allow Cornell to continue to add more the best in their respective fields, are going to conphosphorus at the same time [that] the rest of us duct a survey of the entire lake –– there has never been a more comprehensive study of “We said consistently that Cornell was adding this very large, very deep body of water,” Wheatley said in an email to the pollution of phosphorus in Cayuga Lake.” Tuesday. Both parties also criticized the Herb Engman haste of the proceedings. A University representative at the meeting said that the board drew up and voted on its in the municipalities have had to spend millions of resolution without giving Cornell a fair chance to dollars cleaning up our contribution.” address board members. Defending its use of the plant, the University “I feel very uncomfortable as a Town of Ithaca denied that the DEC’s modification of its permit resident that a resolution of this import is being would increase the amount of phosphorus dis- crammed in, piecemeal,” said Gary Stewart, direccharged into the lake. In a press release, the tor of community relations for the University. University said that the proposed permit would Engman responded that the speed of the meetrestrict — not increase — the amount of phos- ing was in part the result of the speed with which phorus discharged by lake source cooling, as the he said the University has urged the DEC to cooling facility does not currently operate under a approve its lake source cooling permit. limit. “After a decade of talking about changes to the The University also said that scaling back lake permit, all of a sudden it came out in the paper source cooling activities in accordance with the that there was going to be this permitting system proposed DEC permit “may have the unintended set up,” Engman said. “It would have been nice if consequence of increasing greenhouse gas emis- Cornell had contacted us ... Cornell University sions, as Cornell will be required to use electrical- and the DEC knows full well where the Town of ly-driven chillers to replace the diminished cooling Ithaca has stood on this for the last 10 years … We capacity on peak days.” said consistently that Cornell was adding to the Town residents and board members also pollution of phosphorus in Cayuga Lake. That has decried the University’s role in a study on the envi- never changed in the last 10 years.” ronmental effects of lake source cooling. The study will be used by the DEC to determine how to reg- Emma Court can be reached at ulate the plant.


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Veterinary Medicine, according to Brown. “Until we can redevelop the Japes site, this will be our best option,” he said. Although COC’s presence on Beebe Lake will be significantly reduced as a result of losing its home, Brown said the club hopes to “preserve recreation” on the lake. Paddling on the lake, Brown said, is the method by which the club has been able to “touch the community most widely.” Knowing that this is likely their last time in Japes –– which the University has no plans to repair –– members began the meeting by sharing stories and laughing about their memories of the lodge. Bhuvanesh Sundar grad said that many of the trips he went on with the club were “really relaxed [and] a lot of fun.” However, after the approximately 30 members in attendance fin-

“I know I’m going paddling after Japes closes. I know people will be going backpacking after Japes closes.” Brendan Brown ’15 ished reminiscing, the club returned to business by discussing future trips. Brown said that even without Japes, the club will continue to bring students outdoors, despite the possibility that doing so will require “more diligent planning.” “I know I’m going paddling after Japes closes. I know people will be going backpacking after Japes closes,” he said. COC secretary Mary Kate Connelly ’15 said that while the club may lack a “core gathering space,” she is certain that the sense of community surrounding the club will persist. The club relies mostly on email communication in order to plan often spontaneous outdoor trips, and as a result, the lack of a physical base should not hinder its ability to function, Brown said. “Most of the stuff we do is not [in Japes],” Brown said. “It’s outside.” The COC will hold its first meeting outside of Japes next Tuesday in Goldwin Smith Hall, where the club will show a movie, Brown said. Tyler Alicea can be reached at

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New Marriott Hotel Alumna: Increase Access to Abortion To House 160 Rooms ABORTION

Moving forward, the National Abortion Federation and the pro-choice movement will be more critical than ever in lobbying for looser regunoticed increased hostility and violence from anti- lations, Saporta said. She added that she hopes the choice protesters over the past few decades. political climate of the country will move in a dif“What began as peaceful protesting and picket- ferent direction. ing has escalated to blockades, arsons, bombings, “I do not believe that all Republicans actually acid attacks and anthrax threats,” said Saporta, who want to ban abortion. It’s a political tool they use to also said over the last two decades, abortion mobilize their base, raise money and win elections,” providers and supporters have been murdered. Saporta said. “If it were actually banned, you’d see She added that one of her colleagues was mur- an enormous backlash from women. So instead, dered in 2009. they choose to support restrictions, to make it more Saporta said she hopes the National Abortion difficult, more demeaning and give women another Federation and other pro-choice organizations can hoop to jump through.” continue providing security to deter violence Some members of the pro-choice movement against abortion providers while also spreading advocate eliminating some requirements like awareness against “anti-choice” legislation and obtaining parental consent for minors seeking aborclaims. tion, mandatory waiting periods and counseling before having the abortion performed, and a federal limit on public funding “Being pro-choice does not mean you for abortions, Saporta said. “When states require these laws, they aren’t pro-life.” don’t respect a woman’s ability to make Vicki Saporta ’74 decisions,” Saporta said. “They imply that she hasn’t fully considered all options, and often, they try to change Since the Supreme Court legalized abortion in her mind.” the 1973 Roe v. Wade case, states have been preFrequently invoking audience support, Saporta vented from banning abortion on any moral asked whether or not the audience believed states grounds, according to Saporta. Instead, states are were justified in these restrictions. For nearly every trying to make it much more difficult for patients question, the room was silent. to receive an abortion, she said. Although Saporta’s audience primarily reflected For instance, Saporta said she knows of several only one side of the debate, Saporta argued that states in which abortion clinicians and doctors often progressives do not view the the distinction between provide patients with false medical information — pro-choice and pro-life in black and white terms. that abortion leads to a higher risk of breast cancer, “Being pro-choice does not mean you aren’t fertility problems and suicide, for instance — to pro-life. Many pro-choicers I know are also pro-life, dissuade women from undertaking the procedure. because they are concerned about the health, safety “If opponents can’t make abortion illegal, they’ll and lives of women and children,” Saporta said. make it inaccessible. While people aren’t necessarily “But women can only achieve true equality when outside clinics holding rosary beads, some centers they can control their own bodies.” deliberately spend taxpayer dollars to dispense medical misinformation,” Saporta said. “It’s reprehensi- Harrison Okin can be reached at ble.” Continued from page 1


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Housing 160 rooms, a restaurant and meeting space, the hotel building will also contain design elements meant to symbolically evoke Taughannock Falls — creating the illusion of flowing water through strategically placed lights adorning the exterior of a vertical glass column, according to John Schroeder ’74, a member of the planning board. It has taken three years for the hotel’s site plans to reach their final stage. Though an initial site plan to build a hotel was approved by the planning board in 2009, the applicants’ failure to secure sufficient financing delayed the project, according to Schroeder, who is also The Sun’s production manager. “That was just after the national financial collapse, so banks were not giving financing,” Schroeder said. Originally, developers intended to create a “Hotel Ithaca,” but most recently, they approached Marriott International, Inc., to help to create the hotel. As a member of the Marriott chain, the hotel has made a few changes to its plans, including increasing the number of guest rooms, repositioning the hotel’s restaurant and creating a revised design for the building’s exterior, according to Schroeder. The hotel’s latest blueprints illustrate several entrances, including one that will let out onto the Commons and two others that will connect to the Green Street parking garage. The multiple entrances, in addition to a widened sidewalk and refurbished TCAT bus stop, will reduce any trasnportation impacts that the new hotel might create, according to Schroeder. The Marriott, in conjunction with a major new conference center proposed for the Holiday Inn expansion, will help businesses and others in the area hold more events in downtown Ithaca, Schroeder said. “You are vastly increasing the opportunities for major conferences to locate in Ithaca,” Schroeder said. “That is something that the downtown business community has been seeking for years.” Additionally, small business owners with storefronts in the Commons will have access to a new customer base. According to Schroeder, this “higher-end” hotel will attract customers who have the means to shop at local establishments. The plans for the hotel are just one of several proposals for local developments that city officials hope will improve Ithaca. The Holiday Inn on South Cayuga Street will be building a second tower and the City of Ithaca has proposed plans to rebuild the Commons, according to Schroeder. Plans for the Commons’ renovation are up for approval later this fall. Similar to the plans for the Marriott Hotel, the designs for the Commons will draw from Ithaca’s natural landscape. According to Schroeder, the cracked surfaces of the gorge’s rocks will be reflected in the pavement’s patterns and a fountain will stand in the Commons to also reflect the gorges. In just a few years time, the natural beauty of Ithaca will extend beyond the gorges and into the architecture of its urban environment, he said. Alexa Davis can be reached at


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Grading Cornell

ccording to U.S. News and World Report, Cornell is the 15th best national undergraduate university in America, nine spots behind our vanquished Tech Campus competitor Stanford, who is tied with MIT for sixth. However, according to U.S. News and World Report World Rankings, we are the 14th best university in the world. Either there are more universities in the U.S. than the world, or something fishy is going on. The wackiness gets even weirder — Stanford is listed below us on the world rankings. First place is (you guessed it) MIT. The short explanation, of course, is that they use different metrics for the world and U.S. rankings. The long explanation is that perhaps rankings are not as accurate a predictor of the undergraduate experience as the average high school senior and her overinvolved parents would lead you to believe.

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we ought to actively improve our performance or consciously choose not to follow a guideline. For graduation & retention, our 13th place ranking is the best we have placed in a decade — we spent most of the 2000s at 15th. These factors make up 27.5 percent of our total score: 16 percent is determined by our six-year graduation rate, four percent is our freshman retention rate and 7.5 percent is our adjusted graduation rate — the graduation rate after controlling for spending and student characteristics. In short, this category is where programs such as Students Working Ambitiously to Graduate (SWAG), increased psychological counseling and other programs meant to ensure that students feel that they have all the resources necessary to succeed can make an enormous difference. Our 18th place finish in alumni giving comprises only five percent of our total

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A Safe Campus

A RECENTLY-LAUNCHED STUDENT PETITION advocates expanding of the B.L.U.E. late-night shuttle service to help students avoid walking home alone at night after the recent spate of reported sexual assaults on campus. While this proposal looks good on paper, funds could be better allocated. There are numerous other approaches with much greater potential to create a safer campus in the long term. The B.L.U.E. shuttle has been operated during study period and finals weeks for the last two semesters as a way to supplement the late night bus routes on campus that run on the hour. The petition, which as of Tuesday had 543 signatures, calls for making the service run every day during the academic year. Additionally, while the service has used one van when it has been in operation previously, the petition proposes using five. The amount of money it would take to operate five vans every night of the academic year would be staggering. According to the statistics cited in the petition, from May 7 to 12, 212 students rode the B.L.U.E. van service. That number averages to about 35 students per night. This statistic might justify operating one van during study week when a large number of Cornell students visit the libraries, but it does not seem to make sense for every night of the year. It makes even less sense to operate five vans concurrently. According to the petition, a single van costs $350 for each night it runs. The biggest problem, it seems, is that students do not know of the resources that are already available for them. According to a 2009 survey by the Student Assembly, which received more than 1,500 responses, 41 percent of students felt unsafe walking home at night. At the same time, only three percent of students reported ever using the Blue Light Escort Service. Before pouring massive amounts of resources into expanding the late night shuttle service, the University should address this awareness gap. Additionally, a shuttle solution fails to directly address the underlying problem — that students feel unsafe walking home — and could theoretically make the walk home more risky for those who still undertake it by decreasing the number of people on footpaths and streets during dark hours. Rather than dramatically expanding a service which might not be widely used, it might be wiser for the University to focus its money and attention on practical measures that actually ameliorate the risks of walking at night, such as the installation of more lighting on areas like the slope or adding more security. While some students may wish to take advantage of a van ride home, all should have the opportunity to study late, walk home and feel secure. The University would do well to focus on this underlying problem above all, rather than pursuing piecemeal measures to chip away at the effects.

CORRECTION A news story Tuesday, “Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel to Play State Theatre,” incorrectly stated the new ticket price for the concert. Tickets are being sold at $19.50, not $28.50. An arts article Tuesday, “Jay Pharoah’s Not a Punk; He’s a Survivor,” incorrectly stated that Jay Pharoah joined the cast of Saturday Night Live this season. In fact, he joined the cast for the 36th season, two seasons ago.

Trustee Viewpoint Nationwide, students complain that their universities should stop striving to move up in the rankings and focus more on benefiting their students. The truth is more nuanced. Occasionally, there are direct benefits from moving up in the rankings. Research by ILR professor Ron Ehrenberg has shown that when a university jumps up a ranking it gets more and better-qualified applicants, which can have all sorts of secondary benefits. More importantly, the rankings can act as a loose guide for how well a university benchmarks against other colleges, assuming you agree with the structure and practices set out by others (whether we should agree is the subject for a future column). Sometimes, this leads to perverse incentives. For example, 10 percent of the U.S. News ranking is spending per-student. Thus, if we find a way to deliver the same services more efficiently, we will be seen as a worse university. Conversely, this measure excludes spending on sports, dorms or hospitals — so if we commit to a needed upgrade of Gannett, you may get the flu less often but our school’s ranking will not budge. However, with those caveats aside, the rankings can provide useful information on how we can do better. The national rankings are split into six categories: academic reputation, faculty resources, graduation & retention, selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving. In academic reputation we rank sixth. We also rank first in terms of the number of graduate fields that are considered to be in the top 10 of their discipline. In recent years, there has been a push at Cornell to combine a number of academic departments (i.e. the new economics department), purportedly to better highlight our strengths so that we may be perceived as more academically impressive. Perhaps this is misguided. Our strategic plan calls for us to be “widely recognized as a top-ten research university,” but it appears we are already there. We are lower in the academic reputation score in the world rankings (19th), but this is largely because of incredible clustering at the top — we scored 99.7 percent as high as the topranked school. So, you may ask, if Cornell undergraduates get the sixth best academic experience, what is pulling us down to 15th? In short, every other category. We are 13th in graduation & retention, 18th in financial resources, 18th in alumni giving, 20th in faculty resources and 20th in selectivity. It behooves us to know why we rank lower in these categories, and then decide whether

score. However, as U.S. News says, it “is an indirect measure of student satisfaction.” There are two possible reactions to this comparatively low ranking. One is to redouble our efforts to get Cornellians to give (and I wish my co-columnist Jon Weinberg ’13 and his co-president of the senior class campaign Fiona Ismail ’13 the best of luck in that regard). But the other reaction is to think about what we can do to ensure that every student has an experience here that makes them want to give back. In the past, measures (since repealed) such as allowing one free replacement ID card were instituted directly because students felt like they were being “nickel and dimed,” and thus were less likely to give back as alumni. Perhaps now, efforts to improve the climate on campus have both immediate benefits on student life and future monetary dividends. We have less control over our 20th ranking in faculty resources, other than by dedicating increased resources to hiring more and better professors. The vaunted student to faculty ratio accounts for a whopping one percent of our total score. And it is a good thing, because we rank 104th internationally. We have limited ability to change our ranking in selectivity noticeably, aside from convincing more high school seniors to apply. We have even less ability to change our financial resources other than growing our endowment returns. However, this does not imply that we should neglect these categories — we need to ensure that they do not slip backwards. Our faculty resources ranking has decreased consistently from a high of 11th in 2007, a drop which by itself has likely cost Cornell a few spots in the overall rankings. Selectivity fell from 15th last year to 20th this year, which will hopefully prove to be just a temporary drop. If there are two thoughts to take from this article, they are these: First, remind your friends and parents that we are both the hottest Ivy and the sixth best school academically in the country. Second, when we think about ways to improve Cornell, we should learn from the guidelines that are already out there. Often, we may want to deviate from that path. But when we do, let’s ensure that we know exactly why we are doing it. Alex Bores is the undergraduate student-elected trustee and a senior in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. He may be reached at Trustee Viewpoint appears alternate Wednesdays this semester.

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Affirming Diversity, Encouraging Inclusion L

ast month, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case Fisher v. University of Texas, and sometime in the next year we will know the fate of affirmative action practices in college admissions. Regardless of what the Court decides, the case calls for an active discussion of the role of race on campus. Despite the Court’s scrutiny of the role of race in admissions, it’s just as important and informative to consider how race manifests itself for students once at college. Anyone who claims that we are race-blind or post-racial needs only to come to Cornell to see that they themselves are blind to the value of racial diversity and difficulty of racial inclusion. Students like Abigail Fisher, the plaintiff in the case, must put aside a sense of entitlement and faux equality to see the danger of ignoring race and subsequently downplaying diversity and inclusion. Fisher claims in her suit that she was discriminated against in being denied admission to the University of Texas at Austin. Since she is white, and race is a factor in the University’s holistic review, Fisher feels the consideration of race constituted a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment. Putting aside the fact that under Texas’s admissions policy she would have most likely been denied admission irrespective of her race, the implication is that race shouldn’t matter. In Fisher’s world, it’s both unconstitutional and unnecessary for colleges to consider race as part of who you are. It is thus her right to be considered for admission on her merits, and the color of her skin isn’t one of them. I shared a similar worldview growing up in one of the nation’s most segregated regions, Long Island. Applying to colleges from a public high school that was largely Jewish and Asian, I was resentful of the few minorities in my school who were accepted to prestigious universities despite some having inferior GPAs and SAT scores to those of me and other white students. I considered myself progressive but thought affirmative action should be purely economic in nature. I reasoned that poor whites and poor blacks equally lacked the test prep, nutrition, education and other factors that contributed to the merit of my test scores and application. My perspective on race changed soon after arriving at Cornell. I didn’t know at the time that East Hill was home to one of the defining moments in the history of college race relations, the 1969 Willard Straight takeover. Since 1969, the University has come a long way in


improving the racial diversity of the undergraduate student population. 20.5 percent of the Class of 2016 identified themselves as under-represented minorities, 39.8 percent identified as students of color and only 41.3 percent identified as white. It has been eye-opening and truly beneficial to come to a community where there is not only diversity of thought but also of race, background and ethnicity. I have learned so much, both inside and outside the classroom, from being exposed to different perspectives. It’s impossible to separate race from the nature of those perspectives, as it plays a fundamental role in defining who we are, for better and for worse. My experience going from Long Island to Cornell has shown me the difference learning in a racially diverse environment makes. I have taken history, sociology, economics and government courses where I have learned the salience and role of race in America. The prospect of future Cornellians taking those courses after having been admitted without any regard for a critical part of their identity is troubling. But it’s impossible to tout the benefits of having a diverse student body without considering the continued problem of racial inclusion at Cornell. To paraphrase a popular American analogy, Cornell is more of a salad bowl than a melting pot. As Deon Thomas ’15 effectively noted in a Sun column last month, in many classes “students of the same race seem to stick together.” The separation extends outside of the classroom. Fraternities and sororities for minorities exist in separate spheres, under the purview of differing governing bodies. Until this year, the Africana Center was administered separately from all of Cornell’s undergraduate colleges. In fact, almost every facet of our Cornell experience is racial. In the aftermath of a string of bias incidents over the past year, Cornell is finally effectively promoting racial inclusion to the same degree it has built a diverse student body. Under the leadership of Associate Dean of Students and Director of Intercultural Programs Renee Alexander

’74, the new Intercultural Center has made remarkable inroads promoting necessary dialogue and reform. The new Intercultural Center at 626 Thurston Ave represents to inclusion what the creation of the Africana Center in 1969 was to diversity. We are addressing integration now just as our predecessor Cornellians addressed diversity, and it all wouldn’t be possible if the University was forced to be race-blind. I do support the merging of the Africana Center into the

Jon Weinberg In Focus College of Arts and Sciences and eventually think it will be prudent to integrate fraternity councils. But at the moment, the racial composition of student, academic and other leadership cannot be ignored. We have to continue to build bridges between diverse communities at Cornell and make them one. I wonder if Abigail Fisher had similar experiences to me at Louisiana State University, where she ultimately enrolled. LSU is the least diverse university in Louisiana and is 75 percent white, so perhaps it would have been more difficult for her to see how pronounced race really is on campuses today. If she were to visit Cornell she’d hopefully see that the question before the Court, whether race should be a checkbox on an application, can’t be answered in isolation. She may succeed in removing that box, but if she does it will be significantly more difficult to address equal protection under the law on campus, not just in regards to getting there.

Jon Weinberg is a senior in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. He may be reached at In Focus appears alternate Wednesdays this semester.

A Post-Election Victory Dance

he election is over, where do we go from here? I’m in no position to be high and mighty. I have done no fewer than half a dozen victory dances in front of my Republican and otherwise conservative friends. I pop and lock while proclaiming, “the makers lost, the takers won!” This is, of course, a reference to the Republicans’ favorite way of classifying America’s Democratic voters. Ann Coulter ’84, despondent over last week’s results proclaimed “there is no hope” and “we have more takers than makers.” Do we really not have any hope? Do all the Obama voters really just want “stuff ” from the government, as Governor

swing states. What was this guy seeing that made him so confident? Even though the President was the candidate who was favored in the race, I was pretty damn nervous. Why were Republicans so confident? The answer to that question is the same as the answer to the question I asked earlier, why are Republicans so sure that America is coming to an untimely end ushered in by takers? Republicans are great believers. They believe in America as a place that is fundamentally theirs. Sure, Democrats might swindle enough people to rent out the White House for a few years, or maybe even two terms if you’re Bill Clinton and Ross Perot is around to muck up the race. This time around they have no excuse, they have to reason with the fact that a majority of American voters believe that President Obama ought to have a second Plain term. Hokum Republicans are a party of Cassandras now. Cassandra was the daughter of King Priam of Troy. Apollo gave her the ability to prophesize the future, but with the one small catch: nobody would ever believe her. Republicans see our country descending into an abyss, and their faith in American Democracy assured them that our country would rise up, band together and toss Obama out of office. Well, the Republicans now have to wake up to a new reality, President Obama is not detested, he is generally well-liked. What the American people told us was that the President had a moderately successful first term; he passed compromise forms of universal health care and financial reform and has overseen a steady, if sometimes middling, economic recovery. He could have done better on all fronts, but he did

Noah Karr-Kaitin

Romney put it? Barack Obama still does not excite me so much; I’m mostly happy because of what his presidency will mean for the future of the Supreme Court and that almost every American will have health insurance. However, the reason why I’m thrilled with his reelection actually gets to the core of why I perform my victory dance with such glee. A vast majority of Republicans hated President Obama more than was objectively rational. While in Ohio volunteering for President Obama last week, a confident man walked past me and loudly proclaimed, “That’s a lot of work you guys are doing for Obama. You know he’s going to lose right?” I was really confused. The polling was pretty clear, it was a tight race but the President had a slight advantage in the

enough to win. His foreign policy record is strong, and he’s a likeable enough guy. If Republicans had understood that that was the man they were running against, not some sort of radically incompetent socialist, they could have crafted an opposition to the President that was still in keeping with reality. Instead, they tried their best to come up with excuses for why the President was receiving so much support. In their minds, it must have been because those supporters thought they had something to personally gain from Obama’s reelection (see: takers). So here we are, and the Republican Party sits at a crossroad. They can elect to join us in the real world, a world where we are not in “serious and unprecedented trouble … like never before,” as Donald Trump exclaimed last week. We have been through slavery, a civil war, two world wars, the civil rights movement and five Fast & Furious movies. We can survive a second term of Barack Obama, even if you do not think he is the man for the job. Importantly, the President will have a chance to prove how moderate he is in the debt negotiations which will begin in the coming weeks. I am petrified of seeing President Obama oversee massive cuts to social security and Medicaid with only some minor increases in the taxes wealthy people pay. If Republicans are truly concerned about the President, just pay attention to how unhappy I’ll likely be once Obama allows the Republicans to take massive bites out of American liberals’ most impressive accomplishments, in exchange for Clinton-era tax rates on the richest Americans. The idea that Democrats are celebrating because we are all getting free stuff is absurd. If it takes me busting a move or two, and then dropping an invisible mic at your feet, then so be it. Noah Karr-Kaitin is a senior in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. He may be reached at Plain Hokum appears alternate Mondays this semester.

8 THE CORNELL DAILY SUN | Wednesday, November 14, 2012


Genetic Engineering


Cornell iGEM Makes a ‘Safe Bet’ On Monitoring Water Contaminants By JENNIFER CHEN Sun Staff Writer




Found this gem | Cornell iGEM is a student-run project team that developed SAFE BET to monitor potential water contamination.

Imagine a system capable of continuously monitoring the quality of surrounding water sources and promptly sending out warnings when they appear to be contaminated. Now, imagine having this information readily available over wireless Internet at the slide of a fingertip across the screen of an Android or iPhone. This is precisely what Cornell University Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) developed as a solution to counteract the contamination of Canadian water reserves from the excessive mining of oil sands — a cost-efficient, fielddeployable biosensor that detects contaminants via an electroactive bacteria. Consisting of a total of 21 members from diverse science majors, Cornell iGEM is a completely undergraduate-run project team that strives to engineer innovative solutions to treat real world problems. The team is split into two collaborative groups, the Wet Lab, which deals directly with the biological aspects of a project and the Dry Lab, which engineers these concepts into a device that makes the biology useful. Their collaborative approach focuses on synthetic biology, a relatively new scientific field that essentially treats cells as “programmable entities.” “In the same way that you can program a computer to perform functions, you can program a cell to accomplish a specific engineered task,” said project manager Dylan Webster ’13, biological engineering. This novel approach to genetic engineering served as the basis behind the team's project, SAFE BET. SAFE BET short for Shewanella Assay for Extended Biomonitoring of Environmental Toxins, was the team’s most recent project in the International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) competition this year. An annual competition with over 200 universities participating, iGEM challenges teams to build and design their own biological systems and operate them in living cells. When brainstorming possible project topics, the Cornell iGEM team focused on a specific environmental concern they wanted to address — oil sands extraction in Alberta, Canada. Oil sands are mixtures of loose sand clay minerals, and water that contain black, dense, viscous forms of unconventional petroleum called

bitumen, or tar. Through surface mining and in situ extraction — a technique where heat is used to extract deeper deposits of bitumen to the surface — bitumen is refined into gasoline and diesel. According to the group, this process consumes an abundance of freshwater that results in a buildup of toxic waste called tailings. Tailings consist of mixtures of water, sand, and hazardous contaminants such as arsenic and naphthalene. Both toxins cause adverse health effects; naphthalene is classified as a possible carcinogen by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). As these tailings continue to accumulate due to increasing rates of oil extractions, the buildup of excess toxic waste have the potential to leak into groundwater and contaminate streams and water supplies. To help protect drinking water sources from contaminations leaking from tailing ponds and detect arsenic and naphthalene levels, team members turned to a species of electroactive bacteria called Shewanella oneidensis. Shewanella is an ideal organism for the project because of its metalreduction pathway and its ability to withstand low temperatures. The bacteria, when exposed to arsenic or naphthalene, can produce an electrical output, or current, through electron transfer from cells to metals. “The best way to think about the bacteria is that it’s a way to transduce a chemical signal into an electrical output,” stated Swati Sureka ’15, biological sciences and chemistry, human practices coordinator. The bacteria converts a hard-to-grasp concept, the chemical concentration of a toxin, into a quantifiable electrical output that can be easily interpreted to determine the concentration of any toxin. “We're basically storing our sensor in a body of water, and if arsenic and naphthalene are in the water, our bacteria will sense that and make a current,” said wet lab member Spencer Chen ’13, biological sciences. “Our device detects the current and basically sends this data to anybody with internet access so that they can monitor the water quality at any given time.” Mechanically, the device consists of a reactor with the bacteria and the electronics, which include an electric hardware piece called a potentiostat. The potentiostat sets a potential for the living electrode for the bacteria, a micro-controller which can transmit to the internet and can send out data wirelessly through remote communication, and other circuit materials. The biosensor is housed inside a waterproof, 120-pound pelican case which con-

tains several solar panels which help it rechage its batteries. While inside the biosensor, the Shewanella feasts on a six month supple of bacteria food. Compared to traditional biosensors that use fluorescence, SAFE BET’s use of electroactive bacteria offers two main advantages — lower cost and continuous sampling of water quality. According to the team, traditional biosensors can only offer spot sampling of streams because they can only be deployed for short periods. SAFE BET, on the other hand, offers continuous testing of a water site which provides a more comprehensive overview of the contamination in a river or stream. “If you're spot testing, that means you have to go out to the field, get a sample, and bring it back to the lab to test it,” said wet lab member Caleb Radens ’13, biological sciences. “If a contamination occurs and you spot tested right before that happened or a day after it happened, you might not see that there is a contamination. But if you continuously monitor it, then you know there’s a contamination because you'd always see data.” After a six-month long process that started in mid-April of last year, the Cornell iGEM team, after extensive planning, building, and revising, presented its fully functional prototype, SAFE BET at the iGEM 2012 Americas East Regional Jamboree at Duquesne University. Out of the 43 teams that participated in the East Coast division, Cornell iGEM placed in the top four, and advance onto the iGEM 2012 World Championship Jamboree. At the Worlds Championship, out of the 72 teams that had advanced, Cornell iGEM was one out of only four American universities that placed in the top 16. “It’s amazing to see what a group of undergraduates can accomplish. It’s sometimes hard to get taken seriously because we are a completely undergraduate-run group. We are very autonomous but it is really amazing to see the things that can come of this,” Sureka said. While the competition may have ended for the Cornell iGEM team, there still remains a lot to be done. The success of the initial Safe Bet model presents immense potential for future projects. “Looking into the future, it’d be really cool to develop a platform of sensors that can translate information that is hard to have access to ordinarily, such as biochemical information, and then transduce that into an electrical signal,” Webster said. Jennifer Chen can be reached at

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Robert Strichartz Has Fun Figuring Out Fractals one has ever proved that differential equations exist on the “Magic Carpet.” But, he said that his team is building up experimental evidence showing that differential equations do exist on the Magic Carpet. His experimental analysis on fractals and functions of fractals could yield useful information for understanding mathematical behaviors such as vibrational motion. This experimental evidence is key to Strichartz's research. “Experimental math” is a computational method of investigating mathematical questions. “The term ‘experimental math’ is something of a misnomer,” Strichartz explained. “It’s really just messing around.” Strichartz has worked with hundreds of students to employ experimental math to analyze fractals, especially through the Math Department's Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. As the director of the REU program since 1994, he has guided students from all over the globe in working through computations and understanding the theory behind the numerical analysis. “It’s a terrific experience,” he said. By using experimental math, Strichartz and his students have found unexpected mathematical patterns that they could not have found any other way. According to Strichartz, his students also find other ways to demonstrate their enthusiasm for math – such as through building a massive 3-D Sierpinski triangle out of straws and string that then placeing a garden gnome in the center of the COURTESY CORNELL DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS sculpture. Father fractal | Prof. Robert Strichartz analyzes the appli“My students think I look like that,” Strichartz said with a cations of the theory of diferential equations on fractals. laugh, referring to the gnome. “I get the advantage of working with talented, hard-working students. We have a lot of fun.” Prof. Robert Strichartz, mathematics, researches fractal Strichartz holds a wide variety of other hobbies, including analysis, or the application of calculus to fractals, to probe gardening, writing, reading, playing the piano, and watching questions in mathematics. When represented as an image, frac- his grandchildren. tals are mathematical patterns in which each part is a copy of “It’s part of my holistic view. When I was growing up, there the whole that repeats itself infinitewas the idea of the 'Renaissance ly. These repeating geometric man,'being broadly interested in images can be found in trees, everything," he said. explaining snowflakes, and are often portrayed the importance he places on in art. expanding one’s boundaries The Sierpinski carpet, which is a through a variety of interests and pattern of cut-out squares, is a wellactivities. known example of fractal art. In “I try to be down to earth, addition to artwork, fractal analysis since mathematics is kind of can also be applied to the examina- Prof. Robert Strichartz, mathematics high in the sky,” he said. tion of less geometrically rigid Strichartz often combines objects, according to Strichartz. his additional interests and “Sunlight hits the top of the cloud - what happens to that math in unexpected ways. He recently wrote a choral piece heat?” said Strichartz. “If you can model a cloud as a pillow, entitled “The Mathemadrigals,” which puts excerpts from then differential equations can let you tackle this question.” famous mathematical literature, such as Euclid's Parallel But according to Strichartz, a cloud is more of a fractal Postulate and sections from Newton's Principia than a pillow because it is a complicated mixture of water Mathematica, to music. vapor and air. Differential equations, which are relations He also draws parallels between math and dance. In chorebetween a function and its rates of change, can be used to help ography, he said, the challenge is for the choreographer to realexplain properties of an object such as vibration and heat dis- ize his or her vision through the physical movements of the sipation. dancers. Similarly in math, “there’s a tremendous tenStrichartz is interested in developing “analogs” of differension between what you'd like to work out and tial equations for fractals. One fractal he studies is the what you can in fact discover,” he said. "Magic Carpet,” a variation on the regular Sierpinski Mathematics can be frustrating at carpet where edges of the cut-out squares are times, Stricharz said. “I have a little “stitched” together to create something twist on Lao Tzu’s famous quote: that is more surface-like than the ‘A journey of a single step original carpet. begins with a detour of a According to thousand miles.’” Strichartz, Nonetheless, n o Strichartz said that h e


finds the unknown aspects of mathematics as well as its problem-solving process, appealing. “You’re facing the challenges of math and trying to understand them doing it your own way,” he said. “You are completely free to decide what you want to work on and think about.” Jacqueline Carozza can be reached at


Such a square | The Sierpinski carpet is a fractal formed by cuting a square into 9 equal subsquares and removing the center square, in an infinite pattern.

“I try to be down to earth, since mathematics is kind of high in the sky.”


Triforce | The Sierpinski triangle, also called known as the Sierpinski gasket, results from infinitely removing the center part of an equilateral triangle, and its resulting triangles.


Funky fractal | The “Magic Carpet” is a variation of the Sierpinkski carpet in which the edges of the cut off squares are stiched together to create a surface. Strichartz is trying to find differential equations within the Magic Carpet.

Fractal analysis | Analysis on factuals uses calculus to describe how fractuals can diffuse heat and vibrate.


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Highly renowned composer and pianist Jake Heggie will visit Cornell’s music department from Thursday to Saturday for a master class and panel discussion with fellow visiting artist, Gene Scheer. Heggie will accompany his own songs and arias at a final recital at 8 p.m. on Saturday at Barnes Hall. The Sun spoke with Heggie over the phone last Saturday morning about the inspiration he finds in opera, his personal past struggles and this year’s elections. THE SUN: For a lot of your songs, you write for a specific singer. Do you always write with someone in mind? JAKE HEGGIE: I always write with someone in mind, whether it’s an opera role or a song, or even an instrumental piece, like chamber music. I just need to know the personality of the person that I’m writing for. So it’s like, for example, if you take an opera like Moby Dick, I knew … I was going to be writing the role of Ahab for [tenor] Ben Heppner, and that actually defined sort of the sound world and the physical world of that person for me in such that it actually liberated my mind to really write freely because I knew the skills of the person I was writing for ... SUN: So you would never write a piece for someone’s voice you don’t know? J.H.: No, I mean, I’ve tried doing that in the past, and I find it very — I mean, I guess some composers don’t have a problem with that, but it’s sort of an abstract person out there; my heart isn’t in it the same way, you know, because my whole point with writing is connection. I think that’s the reason that I am so driven in this art form ... I do it to connect, which is why I love to collaborate.

SUN: For many listeners, contemporary classical music can be difficult to listen to. Do you find it difficult for you to write your music with that in mind, with your listeners? J.H.: I write [in a] very tonal but freely-chromatic musical style [that is] very lyrical; I write an emotional palette, a very emotional landscape for characters to live in. And my thing is, I want to challenge my audience, but I also want to include them and I want to let them know right away that they’re part of the journey ... So I don’t think my music is necessarily off-putting. It embraces and welcomes people in and still challenges them, emotionally, intellectually, but they’re part of it, and not excluded at an arm’s length. That’s what I try to do.

Lessons From Jake Heggie

SUN: And you do collaborate with all sorts of people. How do you come to work with certain people or opera companies? J.H.: Well, it’s usually a [commissioned] work … so I’ve been commissioned by San Francisco Opera, by Dallas, by Houston, by other chamber groups, things like that. What we’ll do is we’ll talk about first what the collaboration is going to be that would be meaningful for the company [and] that’s something that I feel I need to write — not just want to write, but really need to write. And because with the projects as big as, for example, an opera, or a big chamber piece or a set of songs, I’m devoting weeks ... or years ... of my life to a project. So it has to be something that I feel very passionate about, that it’s meaningful and that I’m willing to devote that time that I will never get back again, you know? But ... the time that I put from my own life will live on in that score if I do my job well. And once we find the subject or the team that’s right, then looking for the right singer for it — that’s the fun part [laughs] ... The casting is just, you know, like a ray of sunshine ... SUN: What specifically do you find intriguing in a new piece of work? J.H.: I think struggles — personal crises … that have to do with establishing one’s identity, that central question of “Who am I?” and how we find our way to it, I think those stories are really inspiring to me, when people overcome obstacles ... when there’s a transformative experience that has to do with leading to clarity about one’s identity... SUN: Do you find inspiration in specific places in today’s society? J.H.: Oh, I find inspiration everywhere. [laughs] But mostly I think what gets me inspired, is not just those particular characters who are struggling ... but the great story behind it ... The production that was on last night at Vanderbilt is an opera ... called Three Decembers, and it’s about a ... struggle in family dynamics as well as your identity within your family and in the families that you established outside, and how those intersect as you struggle to really know who you are and what your connection is with other people. It’s, in a way, that word that I brought up in the beginning, of connection that always comes circling around. But I find great stories all over the place ... I wrote a chamber piece this past summer that was done at a festival on Orcas Island, which is one of the San Juan islands off the coast of Seattle, and it was the experience of, you know, driving your car onto the ferry, that takes you from the main continent out through the middle of the ocean to this island and what that journey is. And I just found that such a fascinating journey that I wrote a whole chamber piece about it.


Terrence McNally, on an original story that he’s writing, but it’s a comic opera, and I think there’s nothing scarier [laughs] than trying to write something comic ...

SUN: Do you embrace other fears, out of curiosity? J.H.: Oh, well, you know, I mean, I think in my life ... I constantly want to push myself as an individual. I think the broader I become as an individual, the more information I have to share through music and theater. So I think conquering fear throughout life is [laughs] really key. But, I mean, that was long ago [when] that started with me. My father committed suicide when I was 10, and the world became a very scary place, and I had, step-by-step, to try to conquer that feeling with not only having a father that killed himself but being a gay teen when it really was not easy or acceptable, you know in Ohio in the ’70s, and struggling with that identity. All the things I went through in my 20s, you know: ... exploring different mediums, losing the use of one of my hands to play the piano for about five years ... through something called a focal dystonia, but also learning ... I might have a life adjacent to [music] even when I never would’ve thought I would have a life in it, and then ... moving to San Francisco, and starting over again, finally embracing my own identity, step-by-step. After that becoming an opera composer, you know, sort of always stepping over another boundary line that I thought maybe I couldn’t step over. So ... I’ve always felt it’s very important to learn to confront those fears head-on. In your gut, you feel afraid because it’s not comfortable or it’s not something you know, but ... by confronting it, by stepping over it, you become a broader, better person, and every project I take I feel that way. I think opera is one of the scariest art forms to work in because it has so many moving parts and so many different things can go wrong. You’re depending on mere mortals to do superhuman things at every level so it’s a high-wire act every step of the way. But I do think when you conquer that and when ... it comes together successfully, I think it makes everyone involved with it feel like a better person than they were before. It has a transformative power, and if that works, then the audience actually feels transformed, like something has changed within them, that we all have a mark in our hearts, somehow. SUN: You were talking about being gay earlier. In recent decades, in terms of gay rights, we have been moving in the right direction. J.H.: Oh my god, it’s amazing ... I never thought I’d see where we are today ... or that I’d be able to marry my partner. It’s astounding. It used to be associated with such rejection and isolation, you know, being pushed out of society, you don’t belong. But that’s such bullshit. So when you realize it’s bullshit, you realize when you are yourself, the right people show up in your life, and then that’s how you change minds ... by being a real person, by being an authentic person. Authenticity always wins.


SUN: I actually sang one of your songs, “My True Love Hath My Heart.” And, you know, I did not like it at first, I’ll tell you that. But then as the weeks passed, I just fell in the love with the song, and now I can’t listen to it without going back to it and thinking about my experience with it. So thank you for the song! J.H.: You did? Oh really? [laughs] You’re very welcome! You know the story of that song is, I first wrote it as a solo, and then someone said they wanted it for their wedding, and they said, “We have another friend who wants to sing, too, could you make it a duet?” So I made it a duet, and they said, “Oh now we have a cello friend who’d like to play, too, so can you make a version with a cello, too?” [laughs] So it’s all because of this friend’s wedding that torpedoed it to exist in like three forms. SUN: I understand you were initially unsure about writing your latest opera, Moby Dick. Were there other big compositions that you were initially hesitant about? J.H.: Well, I don’t take on a project unless I’m a little scared of it. I like ... to think in my head, “I think I can do that but I don’t know if I can do that,” because that’s a challenge that will sustain me and push me beyond my comfort zone. I don’t want to just be an artist that repeats himself over and over again. I want to explore different ways of looking at things and hearing things, so part of the fun of a project is finding something that sort of overwhelms me. One of the big projects that I just took on is a new opera for Joyce DiDonato for the Dallas Opera with

SUN: And especially with this year’s presidential election, gay rights has been in play significantly. Can I ask what you thought of [last] Tuesday’s results? J.H.: Oh, I was over the moon; I couldn’t believe it! I was really — I was just ready to do back flips, I couldn’t believe I wasn’t home in San Francisco with my family. I was in Nashville watching a rehearsal of my opera, but interestingly enough while the scene that I was watching — I’m getting a little emotional just thinking about it — the scene that I was watching is one where the gay character in this opera, Three Decembers, is packing up his lover’s clothes because he’s just died of AIDS, and he’s ... writing a note to [his lover] because he writes to him every day even after he [has] died, and that was the moment when all those initiatives passed and Obama was reelected. So it was definitely like a jump in time ... to literally be seeing where we were 16, 17 years ago in this scene in this opera and where we’ve come in a relatively short period of time. I find it terribly moving and exciting, and also, so hopeful that when people are faced with authenticity and humanity that they do move in the right direction ... SUN: Did you have anything else you wanted to say? J.H.: I’ve never been up to Cornell so I’m really looking forward to being in that part of the country ... My most important teacher, Joanna Harris ... taught there in, I don’t know, like the ’40s or ’50s ... and I love Judy Kellock who’s the one who organized this and invited me. I just admire her so much, and Steve Stucky, too. Oh, and there’s two pianists up there, Blaise Bryski and Xak Bjerken, and I knew both of them at UCLA when I was a student. Danyoung Kim is a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences. She can be reached at


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Thinking of Las Vegas COURTESY OF BRYAN WIZEMANN ’95

Las Vegas brings to mind wishful thoughts, hidden regrets and flashy pomp and circumstance. Our tourist experiences are often, if not always, translated through a flamboyant interpreter: Hollywood. Think of Me challenges the Hollywood interpretation of the city and reveals a Las Vegas that is is a far (but refreshing) cry from films like 21 or The Hangover. Think of Me unveils a real Las Vegas tale without the ostentatious play of “The Strip.” Director Bryan Wizemann ’95 brings an original tale to campus in the penultimate installation of the “Alums Making Movies” series at Cornell Cinema. The film is set in a Las Vegas that is unfamiliar to most of us, and the film reveals that the Hollywood Las Vegas we see is only a small area within the bounds of a bigger, less desirable city. It is in the outlying Las Vegas, where Angela Jerome (Lauren Ambrose from Six Feet Under), a single mother, raises her young daughter, Sunny (newcomer Audrey Scott). Nothing much is said of Angela’s past but we can assume that an underprivileged childhood underscores her present struggle. Sunny is one of the few sources of joy in Angela’s life. Angela barely makes ends meet but strives for a comfortable life for her daughter. She loves her daughter but cannot seem to find a sanctuary suitable for her growth. One of Angela’s coworkers, Max (Dylan Baker), tries to ameliorate her situation. He offers her rides home, pays for her meals and dri-

ves for a meaningful relationship despite his nonchalant attitude. Over an email conversation with The Sun, Wizemann said, “Max is as ambiguous as he is amoral. I don’t see him as an evil character, but rather someone who is out for himself and honestly sees himself as helping the situation.” Max’s sister, Louise (Penelope Ann Miller from The Artist), meets Sunny, falls for her and offers to give the academically struggling Sunny tutoring sessions and babysit for the busy Angela. It almost seems too good to be true. Louise acts as the mother that Angela never was able to be. This film is more of a human analysis than a dramatic narrative. Call it “a stripping of The Strip,” if you will. All the characters — Angela, Sunny, Max and Louise — find a relationship with their viewers. As the film nears its end, the audience may find themselves hating Angela for her large sum of bad decisions. However misled these decisions are, they could be our own. “I don’t think lead characters always have to engender sympathy to achieve that Cornell kind of identification,” explains In terms of Max, there is Cinema Wizemann. never a complete understanding of his character. His expressionless façade brings no real gravity to his acts of kindness. There is no black or white to his role. “Even toward the end of the film, he offers to help Angela with her car, some see that as out of character, where I see it as simply a complex side of a complex character,” Wizemann said. I was surprised by how much I connected with Angela

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and Sunny. Although the film is “fictional,” Wizeman said, “many elements of my own adolescence, growing up in Vegas with no money by a single mother, found its way into the film. It ended up becoming a very personal project in the end, though I never really intended it to be in the beginning.” Wizemann continued, “I think making work personal always has its advantages and forces you to revisit and reveal sides of yourself you may not want to revisit. There’s always more risk involved, but I think the reward is greater when compared to a work of the imagination. I feel the more personal you can make a work, the more universal its appeal will ultimately be.” This off-the-strip tale portrays modern-day, first-world poverty in a powerful and beautiful way. Wizemann skillfully weaves the film’s pivotal moments together, making this seemingly simple plot run much deeper. Midway through the film, I was able to empathize with Angela so well that I found myself calculating her tight day-to-day expenses alongside of her. Think of Me is not your average casino tale. The questions that the film raised resonated with me long after I left the theater. The reality depicted in the film still continues to hit hard as I analyze my own past. Think of Me screens tonight at 7:15 p.m. at Cornell Cinema, with filmmaker Bryan Wizemann ’95 attending in person. Wizemann will also deliver a free artist’s talk at the Schwartz Film Forum today at 10:10 a.m. Teresa Kim is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. She can be reached at

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ith Nov. 6 a full week behind us, the implications of President Obama’s reelection and Mitt Romney’s defeat should have settled in by now. So, now would be an ideal time to talk about it all, right? Wrong, actually. News outlets have moved on (hello, General Petraeus), and the public is just thankful the election is over. Imagine how peaceful Ohio must be at this very moment. Frankly, I am just tired of all the encomiums for Nate Silver and autopsies of Karl Rove, as on the nose as both may be. Pushing politics, demographics and numbers aside, what can we learn from the most expensive campaign in American history? Not much, to be honest, but for me it reaffirmed the importance of a candidate’s image. Voters consider personality a decisive factor — a vital and uniquely human facet of our decision-making process. As much as we heard about how Romney is the perfect father, husband, parishioner and so on, he had a bit of a branding problem on the campaign trail. In comparison, voters signed onto another four years of Obama because, for all his failings and empty promises, they still trusted that he could see the job through. To visualize this dichotomy, think about the most memorable images of Romney and Obama in the last few months of the campaign. For Romney, is there any answer other than his blurry profile from the leaked “47 percent” video? A supporter may hold Romney’s reflection at Jerusalem’s Western Wall in high regard, but it is hard to detach the overt political motives of that photo-op from any compassion he may have felt. When watching the infamous Mother Jones video, it is impossible to detach the surreptitious angle of the camera from a sense of illicit voyeurism. We, not just the “47 percent” but the 99.9 percent not wealthy enough to afford a plate at such a fundraiser, are not meant to see the contents of that video, so the forbidden images sear

into our minds. And what ugly images to remember. The hidden camera is distant, unfocused, ensconced between fancy glassware and obstructed by passing waiters. That its pixel resolution is no greater than that of common smartphones only inspires more unsavory associations. How do we react to amateur videos on YouTube? With laughs, embarrassment, shock and nausea, but certainly not tears or goose bumps. The aftermath of the video leak was a defining moment for the campaign, the power of media and the priorities of the electorate. The electorate chose Obama, and, if there is one sublime image that encapsulated his homestretch promise, it was shot on the devastated shores of my home state. In the picture, the President holds close New Jersey resident Donna Vanzant, who stands about a head shorter than him. Hurricane Sandy destroyed her marina and livelihood. Tears well up in her red eyes. The digital camera’s high-resolution brings out the wrinkles on her face yet emphasizes Obama’s smooth skin and salt and pepper hair. He looks both strong and wise. He remained optimistic, as he was reported to have said, “It’ll be OK. Everyone’s safe, right? That’s the most important thing.” This snapshot is worth a thousand words and the complete picture is worth closer to a million. To his left, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie looks on in silent gratiA Lover’s Quarrel tude — to the G.O.P.’s With the World dismay, he did not stay silent, as he appeared on all the major news networks, Fox News included, to praise the President. The Obama camp now had beautiful proof that their compassionate candidate was also a capable and bipartisan Head of State. President Obama is no stranger to moving images, in both senses of the phrase. Chief Official White House Photographer Pete Souza shot a poignant photograph that hangs in the White House to this day. In it, Jacob Philadelphia, a five-year-old black boy, told President

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Obama, “I want to know if my hair is just like yours.” He replied, “Why don’t you touch it and see for yourself?” The President bowed 90 degrees for Jacob to touch his hair and realize that, yes, the most important man in the world has hair that feels just like his. In the other definition of “moving images,” Obama has an active online video presence, as his “BarackObamadotcom” Youtube account has tallied 270 million views over six years of uploads. Stars like Will Ferrell and Jon Hamm endorsed Obama without too much fuss; more impressive is the prolific output of shorts that aim to both inspire and inform — within Democratic parameters, of course. You may have seen the post-election speech where Obama expresses gratitude to his campaign staff and, in a rare shedding of armor, chokes up and lets a few tears flow. This fulfills the meaning of “moving images” on both counts. For all of his decisions and indecisions over the last four years that I disagree with, I watch a moment like that and am stunned that such a man admits he is, after all, just a man. Whether or not that qualifies him for President is not really the point. It simply proves that, even in a year of bloated campaign finance, nothing shapes a candidate’s image like, well, an image. Zachary Zahos is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. He can be reached at A Lover’s Quarrel With the World runs alternate Wednesdays this semester.


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“Coming to college, I realize that, seeing other brands, that there still wasn’t anything out there that I felt was me and that I wanted to wear all of the time. I decided that I wanted to start my company up again,” said Henderson “Frankie got on board and it has been awesome working together. We started up several months ago and have had great momentum so far. He is from New Jersey and I am from California and we are kind of just bringing the two together.” The few months that the team has been working has already shown great success. The Dirty Surf and Skate gear can be found not just in Ithaca on teammates and even Coach Koll (he wore it to practice one day), but all over the country and abroad thanks to the support from friends and family. “I just had an Olympian text me, he lost his tuxedo tank top so I am bringing him another … this weekend when I compete with him. It is pretty cool. You can go to Russia and see Dirty Surf and Skate stickers on the light posts. We have stuff all over … It’s us, but it is also our families … I compete and everyone that comes to watch wears Dirty Surf and Skate stuff,” Perrelli said. Coach Koll added, “I hope they go out and make millions. I hope they are the next Under Armour, because if they are I am going to hit them up for another wing on our wrestling center. It is neat to see young entrepreneurs. It is challenging to work for yourself and they are

going to make some errors … [but] I hope it is very successful. If Dirty Surf and Skate ends up in everyone’s dressers, I will be a happy man.” In the future, the duo hopes to expand the company across the country and have it be a household name like other brands that have come before them. “[In] five years, I see us being a big company. In the future, I see us having stores and being like a Billabong or Quicksilver or one of those big names that everyone knows, but not selling out. [Just] sticking to our roots,” said Perrelli. “Being one of those big companies that everyone knows, but still producing really cool stuff.” But at the moment, the two are not just solely entrepreneurs. Henderson also doubles as a student and a wrestler on the team and although Perrelli graduated last year from the University, he still competes on the national circuit, even competing in the national trials last year for a chance to compete in the Olympics this past summer. “[The company takes] a lot of time and there is not a lot of sleep. You have to be able to transition from one thing to another. You have to be fully focused on school so you can stay here and then you have to go and get your workout in,” said Henderson. “Right afterwards, you have to work. Every time I have free time I am putting it into this company. Frankie and I work hours for this company every single day … It’s [all about] juggling.” Haley Velasco can be reached at

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— David, Pickett, Scott, Dake, junior Nick Arujau, senior Joe Stanzione, junior Chris Villalonga, junior Craig Eifert, sophomore Jace Bennett and senior Stryker Lane — won six matchups to grab a 24-13 victory over the White — Garrett, junior Josh Kennedy, junior Mike Nevinger, junior Ryan Dunphy, junior Jesse Shanaman, senior Patrick Sullivan, junior Marshall Peppelman, senior Pete Mesko, sophomore Billy George and sophomore Jacob Aiken-Phillips. “The problem is we have had an unbelievable rash of injuries. Steve Bosak had a minor surgery in the wrist [and] it got a staff infection. Seven or eight weeks later, he is still not back on the

mat. Steve is a returning national champion, so we cant lose kids like that,” said head coach Rob Koll. “In his place, we have a freshman Craig Scott who ended up placing second in the tournament last weekend and is very respectable [though].” Highlights of the day were Dake winning by fall over Sullivan in 165 lbs., Bennett over George in the 197 lbs. class and over Peppelman Pickett in the 174 lbs. “We have a couple good kids at 197. We have Jace Bennett and Billy George … He is now 197. We have two solid wrestlers there. I am not saying that they are going to be Cam [Simaz], that would be pretty hard but they are respectable kids. They are young, they are sophomores, but they are respectable,” Koll said.

This Friday, the Red will host Binghamton at Friedman at 6:30 p.m. in its first home match of the season. In the past three seasons, the Red has swept Binghamton in the dual meets between the teams — winning 2221 last season while away, 35-3 in 2011 at home and 43-9 in 2010 at home. “It is the season of the knee injuries. I have never had this many injuries. They are not season ending but they are match ending. It doesn’t hurt us in the long run but in the short run it could make this match a lot closer than we would like it to be against Binghamton,” Koll said.

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Both Men’s and Women’s Teams Crush Opponents By EMILY BERMAN Sun Staff Writer

The women’s and men’s polo teams trounced opponents this past weekend, with the women dominating UConn, 37-5, in an away game and the men handling the Maryland Polo Club, 21-6, at home. The teams will now take a break from regular season play to host the Bill Field Invitational — a five-day tournament that runs from Nov. 14 to Nov. 18. The women (6-0) faced UConn for the second week in a row after topping the Huskies, 23-5, last Saturday at Oxley. A slightly different lineup played in this game, as freshmen regulars Anna Winslow and Devin Cox replaced juniors Maddie Olberg and Mariah Lavitt. Winslow started the game alongside captains junior Kailey Eldredge and senior Ali Hoffman, with Cox swapping with Winslow for the second chukker. Despite UConn’s home-field advantage, the Red jumped out to an insurmountable 25-0 lead at the half. “They came out very slowly, and we came out on top of our game,” Hoffman said. “We were in the right places in the right time and things spread out.” Eldredge sat out the third chukker before replacing Hoffman for the fourth. Eldredge, who led the team with 10 goals in last week’s game against UConn, again set the pace with a team-high 14 goals. Winslow and Cox finished just behind Eldredge with 10 goals each, while Hoffman rounded out the score with three. On the men’s side, junior captain Nik Feldman led the scoring with 11 goals. Feldman started alongside fellow captain senior Branden Van Loon and sophomore Nick Steig, and the Red quickly took a 4-0 lead after the first chukker and finished leading 10-3 at the half. The team kept up the pressure in the second half, outscoring the Maryland Polo Club 11-3. Although Cornell won by double-digits, head coach David Eldredge ’81 emphasized the match’s difficulty. “It was actually not an easy game,” he said. “They had to


Making moves | Junior Kailey Eldredge scored six goals for the Red in the 35-7 scrimmage win against UConn. work for every goal they made. They had to make some very good defensive plays to keep the whole thing in control. I was very pleased with the competitiveness and how the whole team did.” Both the men and women aim to carry the momentum into the upcoming tournament. The action kicks off with Wednesday’s game between the women’s teams of the University of Connecticut and UMass. Cornell doesn’t begin play until Friday, when the women play UMass, followed by the men’s game against a yet to be determined opponent. Both the men and women lost in last year’s semifinals — the men lost a tough game to Colorado State, while the women fell to Kentucky in a shootout. According to David Eldredge, the women’s game against Kentucky is one of the games he is most looking forward to playing. The women easily defeated Kentucky, 26-7, in a matchup in late October, but the Wildcats were playing without one of their top players. “University of Kentucky is going to be a very good game,” he said. “We’re really going to get to see what they’re

actually like.” Should the women defeat Kentucky, the team will most likely face off against the University of Virginia in the finals. While the women’s tournament is set up in a straightforward bracket style — three teams in each bracket, and the team with the best record advances to the finals — the men’s field includes only five teams, which gives the tournament a more loose structure. In recent years, the teams that have won this tournament have taken home the top prize at April’s national tournament, helping teams determine the competition play in the spring. “[The Bill Field Invitational] gives us a very good idea of what our standing is going to be for [the national] tournament,” David Eldredge said. “It gives us an idea of what we’re going to have to do to improve.” Emily Berman can be reached at


Scrimmages Help Prepare for Tough Weekend Ahead By OLIVIA WITTELS Sun Staff Writer

On Sunday, the men and women’s squash teams returned from the first intercollegiate matches of the year. Though the scores from the Ivy League scrimmages at Yale will not count, they were a good indicator of where the two squads stand before the season opens. “I’ve got quite a youngish team. I had all four freshmen playing, so it was good experience for them,” said men’s head coach Mark Devoy. “Two of the freshmen actually performed quite well, so that was good to see. They’ve got a lot of

confidence, so that’s going to put us in good stead going into … our first round.” The men’s team begins its official season on Friday, with what Devoy believes will be the toughest match of the weekend against “our old foes from Canada,” the University of Western Ontario. “They have some really solid players and our team is definitely a little bit worried about that,” said senior co-captain Nick Sachvie. “This weekend’s huge for us, because our biggest test this semester is Western. We have to go in there and beat those guys.” The fact that the Red has four match-


Starting off right | Both the men and women’s squash team prepare for the season opener, after winning scrimmages against Yale this past weekend.

es this weekend — Western Ontario, followed by Williams and Hamilton on Saturday, and Stanford on Sunday — will allow Devoy to play more members of the squad, a situation he thinks can only benefit the team down the line. “It will give me a chance to give the guys who are on the bottom end of the roster some match experience,” Devoy said. “When you’re running a team, you never know when you’ll actually have to call on the bottom order with injuries and various things during the season.” The shift from practice to match mentality is rather significant, but the Red is looking forward for its season to begin. “When we get in that match mode, we all sort of hype each other up,” Sachvie said. “I think everyone’s pretty ready for the season. We have some big matches coming up, so we’re all looking forward to playing those.” Women’s head coach Julee Devoy was also pleased with her squad’s performance at the Ivy scrimmages, in spite of some players sitting out due to injuries. “[Junior] Jesse Pachecho didn’t play this weekend … [but] everybody else seems to be looking in pretty good shape, just generally speaking. I think, you know, from here we can keep building and have a reasonably successful season,” said Devoy. The women begin play on Saturday morning, with the first match against Williams. The Red faces Hamilton on Saturday evening, followed by Stanford on Sunday. As Devoy is confident about the matches on Saturday, she too will use this weekend as a way to implement

more players into official match play. “Williams and Hamilton … will be comfortable matches for us,” she said. “It’s just a good opportunity to get some matches in of different strengths, and also an opportunity to play the entire lineup. What I’ll do is pull top players out, put some of the lower players in, so that they can dress and get matches. It’s always nice to do when you have home games.” Since the team’s easier matches are both on Saturday, Devoy hopes that will provide the women with a competitive edge over rival Stanford. “[The] two easier matches … give the girls the opportunity to have the upper hand on court. To be playing their games, feeling good out there, and positive, flows over into Sunday’s game against Stanford,” Devoy said. “They’re going to have to battle for that.” Although squash is an individual sport, Devoy stressed that she will encourage the women to go out with a team-oriented mindset. Despite some nerves that come with this being the first official match of the season, she believes the Red is well prepared. “I think they’re ready to just get out there and play ... They’ve had the scrimmage and gotten a feel for what it’s like with lineups and performing as a team,” she said. “They’re going to have to … play as one unit of the team, knowing that their match is just as important as anybody else’s.” Olivia Wittels can be reached at

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Red Wrestlers Get Dirty With Clothing Line By HALEY VELASCO Sun Assistant Sports Editor

Junior Brett Henderson has been a surfer and skater his entire life. As a young teenager in California, he embodied the laidback culture; however, he now spends his time on the wrestling team under head coach Rob Koll. The story starts when Henderson’s grandparents took him shopping for clothes at age 13. He couldn’t find anything that fit his style: that melded his love of the waves with that of the pavement. He asked his mom, Tasha to take out a “loan” (or borrow a hundred dollars) and in true Cali. swag style went out and bought a bunch of trucker hats. He had them designed with Dirty written on them and Dirty Surf and Skate, the company, was born. “I started the company when I was 13 years old. I was walking in a surf store in Northern California with my grandparents and they said go and pick out a shirt that you want. After walking around the store, I came back to them and said, “I really don’t want anything, I think I can do this myself. And they were like okay. So I went home and started drawing out different things and coming up with different designs,” said Henderson. “I finally came up with dirty because as a little kid I was always surfing and skateboarding with the long hair, ripped jeans, I was a total California kid.


Dirty Surf and Skate | Junior Brett Henderson and Frankie Perrelli ‘12 are the co-owners of the clothing line. I decided that it was going to be dirty … With that money [from my mom], I took my design and went and got trucker hats made. After I got them made, I took them to the park and sold them all in one day. I made a whole bunch of money and brought it back to my mom and she was like I guess that you are serious about this so from then on I had several designs and had it in five stores in California before high school.” Fast forward to his junior year here at Cornell. Henderson has grown the company along with his teammate and co-owner Frankie Perrelli ’12, to much more than just the few hats in California. For the past couple of months

the tag team has promoted and put a ton of time into the company, balancing school, work and wrestling all at the same time. They have focused their company on, “creating a movement that teaches people to value the similarities in the differences between each other, and to realize that the cultural barriers that often keep people with similar mindsets separated can be torn down”. Their unofficial motto is “Shore2ShoreSince04,” which talks to both of the athlete’s roots: Henderson from the shore of California and Perrelli from the shore of New Jersey. See DIRTY SURF AND SKATE page 14


Start of Season Ahead By HALEY VELASCO Sun Assistant Sports Editor

After a great season last year with senior Kyle Dake, senior Steve Bosak and Cam Simaz ’12 all winning NCAA National Championship titles for the Red, the wrestling culture at Cornell expects and prepares for greatness in the upcoming season. Coming into this season after losing a few critical members of

the team to graduation, the squad brought in some reinforcements in the form of ten new freshmen — Aaron Benedict, Scott Bosak, Logan David, Chris Dowdy, Nashon Garrett, Casey O’Malley, Duke Pickett, Joe Rendina, Owen Scott and Craig Scott. However, some of the guys that have been around the Red’s mat for a while continue to maintain their dominance as well —

including Dake, who already won the NWCA All-Star Classic on Nov. 3, beating out Penn State’s David Taylor, 2-1, this season. This past weekend the team held its annual Red-White eliminations where the 20 members of the team battled it out for the top 10 spots and the honor to start for Cornell. The Red team See WRESTLING page 14


Cornell Advances to NCAAs Against Syracuse On Thursday; Haber Wins Ivy Player of the Week The Red has had an amazing and historic season thus far with a 15-1 record. After winning the Ivy League last weeknd thanks to a win against Columbia on Saturday. Cornell was seeded to play Syracuse on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the first round of the NCAA tournament at home on Berman, before heading away to VCU this weekend for the second round of tournament play. The last time the Red faced the Orange was in 2010, which ended up in a 1-1 tie. The run in the tournament makes history for Cornell, as the last time the team made the NCAAs was 1996 and it hasn’t won the Ivy League title outright since 1977. To add to the Red’s forward momentun, junior forward Daniel Haber was named Ivy Player of the Week on Monday. This honor gives Haber five Ivy League Player of the Week awards and puts him atop the league for the most. His four goals for the Red were the best out of the entire league this season, with his other honors on Sept. 3, Sept. 10, Sept. 24., Oct. 15, in addition to this week’s honor. Also senior goalkeeper Rick Pflasterer earned a spot on the Ivy League’s Honor Roll after a two save shutout against the Lions. — Compiled by Haley Velasco


Remaining on top | Returning three-time NCAA Champion senior Kyle Dake will help lead the Red to another successful season.


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