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Overlooked and Unaddressed: Students Fight Campus Ableism By RACHEL WHALEN Sun Senior Writer
She walked into the classroom, prepared to take her exam, when she noticed the chair behind her desk was not conducive to her scoliosis. Sitting in a chair for long periods of time hurts her back, so she requested a different one. She kept her head down to avoid any unwanted attention, but her classmates began to comment. “I don’t want people to come up and ask anything, and lo and behold I get people coming up and saying ‘Oh, look at you and your special privileges,’” said Nicole Agaronnik ’19. “I’m about to take a test, I don’t need to be
disclosing about my disability.” This example of ableism — the discrimination against people with disabilities — does not come as a surprise to many disabled students on campus. According to Student Disability Services, approximately 1,450 students registered as having a disability and/or as needing accommodations due to a disability in the 2015 to 2016 school year. Student Disability Services defines a person with a disability as someone who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a record of such an impairment and is regarded See DISABILITY page 6
At a preliminary hearing at Tompkins County Supreme Court on Wednesday, Judge Eugene Faughnan said Cornell’s policy guiding sexual assault investigation is flawed and should be amended. Attorney Alan Sash, representing a client identified as John Doe, alleged at the hearing that Cornell University mishandled his client’s sexual assault claim because of his gender, calling it “shameful” that Cornell tried to get the lawsuit thrown out. Doe’s lawsuit alleges that when he and another student, identified as Jane Roe, accused each other of sexual assault, Cornell’s Title IX coordinator, Sarah Affel, assigned a Title IX investigator to the case who was “biased and one-sided" and "abusive, insensitive and disrespectful to [Doe] during an interview.” When Doe alerted Affel on Oct. 2 that he was filing a sex discrimination claim against the investigator, the Title IX office said the sex discrimination complaint would not be reviewed until the sexual assault investigations were complete, the lawsuit claims. Doe claims that Cornell’s delay violates federal law mandating “prompt” investigations, in addition to University policy 6.4, which establishes guidelines for investigations of discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault and violence. At Wednesday’s hearing, Judge Faughnan asked the Cornell representation why there was a delay in the investigation of the discrimination complaint. “If a student uses a racial epithet against another, do we wait for the grade period?” he asked. Cornell said the example was not an issue of discrimination, but of harassment, adding that handling See TITLE IX page 6
Santorum: Protesters Exemplify ‘Liberal Intolerance’ Lecturer repeatedly interrupted by hecklers By KATHERINE HEANEY Sun Staff Writer
During his two presidential campaigns and throughout his terms in the House and Senate, Rick Santorum’s evangelical conservative views prompted protests at his events. His visit to Cornell was no exception. The Cornell Republicans hosted Santorum as their fall speaker Wednesday night in Statler Auditorium, where he shared his political ideology and expectations for the future of American politics under Donald Trump, the candidate he endorsed for president. Santorum was confronted by a hostile audience almost continuously throughout his lecture, often forced to pause his talk when his comments were met by jeers, boos and vocal protests. However, one of the tensest moments came after his lecture, in a question and answer session,
when a student confronted him on his views on gay conversion therapy. The student began his question by identifying as both “a gay American and a person of faith.” “I spent about a decade of my life in conversion therapy,” the student said. “It was abusive, it was fraudulent and it was unethical.” The student asked Santorum to initiate conversations with Republican leaders about the problems involved in conversion therapy. Santorum replied by encouraging anyone abused to report the See LECTURE page 5
Students condemn‘extremist’ views By ANNA DELWICHE Sun Senior Writer
“Racist, sexist, anti-gay — Rick Santorum go away,” protesters shouted outside of Statler Hall as attendees lined up to attend the politician’s lecture, hosted by the Cornell Republicans, on Wednesday night. Dozens of Cornell students and Ithaca community members gathered to oppose Santorum’s past comments about marginalized groups and MICHAEL LI / SUN STAFF Christian ideolPHOTOGRAPHER
ogy, specifically as they affect in political decisions on issues such as contraception and abortion. “Our statement is a very simple statement — we’re not looking at how the dynamics worked but we are baffled by the fact that such a platform was offered to [Santorum], especially with the kind of politics that this campus is proud to represent, like education for all and inclusion,” Valeria Dani grad said. Several Ithaca and Cornell community members said they were shocked by what they referred to as the “normalizing” nature of the discourse surroundSee PROTEST page 4
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Cook House Dean Fosters Out-of-Classroom Connections By JOSH GIRSKY Sun News Editor
Students not able to go home for Thanksgiving have always been able to find a place at her table. Now in her first year as House Dean of Alice Cook House, Prof. Shorna Allred, natural resources, continues hosting students at her apartment, often accommodating up to 40 at a time. After returning from sabbatical last semester, Allred said she and her family were looking to live in a vibrant community, where they could regularly interact with students outside of teaching. “I’m really passionate about engaged learning for students and how important out-of-the-classroom experiences are for students,” she said, adding that she has tried to dedicate her career to creating those experiences for students. “This was another way for me to continue that passion of mine and continue engaging with students informally, outside of the classroom.” However, Allred’s decision to live next to hundreds of undergraduates was not just for herself. She explained that it was a family decision, incorporating strong input from her husband and with a lot of thought as to how the change would affect her six-year-old son. In the end, her family decided the move was the right choice, which Allred partially attributed to her and her
husband’s southern upbringing. “We thought it would be something positive, not only for me and my career, but also [my family] would gain a lot of value from talking to students and interacting with students,” she said. After several months in the position, the Allred family has enjoyed being surrounded by a sea of undergraduate friends. In addition to interacting with “smart, ambitious, fun” and diverse students, she said her son has also gotten the chance to join in on campus activism. The Friday after the election, Allred said she and her son participated in the walkout so “[her son] could see students having their voices heard.” While other professors might not enjoy having a wall-thin barrier between themselves and their students, Allred said she takes advantage of the close proximity to further her relationships with students. However, this is not the only way she minimizes traditional PHOTOS BY CAMERON obstacles. POLLACK / SUN In the Department PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR of Natural Resources, Allred’s research combines humanities with hard sciences by examining how climate change affects different cultures, and the resiliency that different cultures display after major natural disasters. Allred said working at Cornell — which was one of the first institutions to create a research unit focusing on social science aspects of the environment — is her dream job.
During her sabbatical, Allred said she and her family lived in Thailand, where she examined how catastrophic flooding impacted communities and how the role of organizations, such as the government, changed as a result — an interdisciplinary approach she said she views as increasingly important. “We need more disciplines working together because the issues facing society today are complex, and they require the expertise of multiple disciplines working on them together,” she said. Allred’s work in Southeast Asia did not stop there. She started the Global Citizenship and Sustainability Program several years ago to give students “community-based research experience in Southeast Asia.” Through the program, Allred brings Cornellians to the region to learn research skills, as well as develop general leadership ability, including teamwork and engagement. Allred pointed out that the pro“My faith is in the young gram is “not just privileged students leaders of tomorrow that at Cornell going can make the world a abroad,” but rather stresses an better place.” exchange and Prof. Shorna Allred makes an effort to bring students from places such as Thailand to study at Cornell. Allred’s work fits with one of her strong beliefs, that students have agency. She said she hopes students realize they have control over how they make a difference in the world. “I study resiliency and I think it also applies to individuals,” she said. “I hope students see what it is to be a resilient individual, what it means to cope with adversity and defeat, but to do so in a way that you’re always learning from it.” This belief, Allred said, has been especially strong in the wake of the election of Donald Trump. “My faith is in the young leaders of tomorrow that can make the world a better place, but it’s not just about opposing the system it’s about being the system,” she said. “You will be the leaders of tomorrow.” Josh Girsky can be reached at email@example.com.
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Prof. Andrew Little, government, who is also Sun News Editor named on the site, said that although being listed is somewhat annoying, concerns over the website Several faculty members fired back this week after “might be overblown.” being accused of discriminating against conservative “I certainly don’t aim to promote any particular students by a new website called Professor Watchlist, political viewpoint in my classes and am eager to which claims over 200 professors, including three at teach students of any ideology,” Little said. “I hope Cornell, supposedly “advance a radical agenda in the that conservative students don’t avoid taking my lecture halls.” classes or trying to work with me Prof. Emeritus Kenneth on this basis.” “I hope that conservative McClane, English, who was Although some have called the named for criticizing the students don’t avoid taking watchlist a threat to freedom of Republican Party’s “anti-scientific speech on campus, Interim Chair rhetoric” around climate change, my classes or trying to work of the Government Department was unapologetic about his comNicholas van de Walle said the site with me on this basis.” ments and reaffirmed the reality of is “too amateurish to really constiProf. Andrew Little climate change. tute a threat to academic free“If that is radical thinking, it dom.” certainly is not among most edu“Still, I think [the site] is procational communities,” he said. “If listing others foundly anti-intellectual and petty, in its unfortunate and me is an attempt at silencing me, it will not combination of intellectual confusion — expressing work. And given that I taught people to write political views does not constitute propaganda — poems and stories, my politics rarely was in evi- and mean-spiritedness,” he said. dence [in class].” Prof. Sara Pritchard, science and technology studMcClane added that the website is an attempt at ies, who was also named on the list, did not respond bullying, but one that will not make him change his to a request for comment. beliefs. “I’ll say it again: ‘Global warming is real,’” he said. Josh Girsky can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Students Attack Santorum’s ‘Extremism’ PROTEST
“I am happy that he is here because people like us can come out to protest and say that we’re not okay ing Santorum’s invitation. with it,” Coffy said. “At the end of the day, had he “I am very disappointed in the Cornell not come we could have continued in a state of comRepublicans club for deciding to choose Rick placency … but this provokes action.” Santorum to be a speaker at our University,” said Toby March, a protester and member of Showing Ashley Vincent ’17. “I do not understand why our Up for Racial Justice — a public organization and institution would support such a person especially chapter in the national SURJ group created to show when so many here on our campus are marginalized support for the Black Lives Matter movement — already.” also said the event and protest incited discussion of According to Olivia Corn ’19, chair of Cornell varying viewpoints. Republicans, Santorum was the “perfect person” to “For people who might be more ambivalent or “return the club’s focus back to representing the not really knowing who he is or what he’s about, it’s Republican Party and conservative thought,” The important to have a protest voice here to make the Sun previously reported. opposition known publicly,” Prof. Barbara Regenspan, edu- “People here are unified March said. studies, Colgate cational A protest occurred across the in the position that they street, at a location designated for University, said this type of description implies that Santorum protesters by the police. While in will not normalize is a “normal, intellectual, political line for the event, some students extremism.” thinker who was going to teach snapped pictures on their phones, the students about conservatism.” while others shouted back in Prof. Barbara Regenspan Passing out fliers calling reply, both in agreement and disSantorum’s policies “fascist” and agreement with the protest. plastering posters with the politician’s prior state“I appreciate the fact that they’re making it clear ments, Regenspan and other protesters said they that Cornell students don’t stand for the hateful hoped to show that Santorum does not represent things that Rick Santorum stands for,” said Clara conservatism, nor does he represent Cornell. Ricketts ’20. “And I wish it were bigger.” “He is an extremist,” Regenspan said. “The most Several students in line were actually part of important thing is we do not want to be normalizing another protest, which started with a group of extremism under the rubric of conservatism … friends who then spread the message on Facebook, [which] is not about hate. People here are unified in according to Elise Czuchna ’18. These protesters the position that they will not normalize extrem- passed around rainbow-colored ribbons, as a visual ism.” sign of students’ disagreement with Santorum’s While not all protesters were opposed to opinions and as a display of their alliance with the Santorum being invited to speak, all were united in LGBT community. their discord with his viewpoints. “We are here today in solidarity against him to Some protesters, like Rochenelle Coffy ’17, were show our support in numbers for those people who even glad Santorum came because of the evocative his comments and his stance attack because a lot of protest that ensued. his beliefs and the things that he says do attack the While Coffy said she chose to protest because she identities of a lot of individuals that are on campus,” “[doesn’t] believe bigotry should have any place on Czuchna said. this campus,” she said she still thought Santorum’s invitation was important for the Cornell communiSee OPPOSITION page 5 Continued from page 1
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Santorum Discusses Catholic Faith, Loss of Jobs Students Clash LECTURE
Santorum added that wages have decreased because immigrants compete with domestic labor and are willing to work for less, a statement that incident to the church or law enforcement, in was met with vocal boos. He also said the United order to ensure that an investigation and report States has welcomed more immigrants in the past are filed. 20 years than ever before, which he called a factor “But to suggest that anyone going through of the “increasing American angst.” that struggle is being counseled in a way that is Santorum was then interrupted again by an abusive and fraudulent, when it is in fact within audience member who shouted, “We are all the church’s guidelines, I think is throwing the immigrants,” before the audience was reminded baby out with the bathwater,” Santorum said. again to save comments until the end of the lecEarlier in his talk, Santorum said he enjoys ture. speaking on college campuses, where conservative “Do you know what ‘the end of the lecture’ viewpoints are often underrepresented. He means?” Santorum asked. “Do you know what acknowledged that most Ivy League universities rights and civil liberties are?” shouted another are overwhelmingly liberal, but said he appreciaudience member. ates the opportunity expose students a diverse During the question and answer session, quesarray of opinions. tions focused on Santorum’s stances on cli“That’s actually a great gift,” Santorum “That was very disappointing to me as mate change, LGBT rights and religion in said of being a conservative student on a librelation to politics. a conservative student on an eral campus. “Because you get to hone your Santorum said he is committed to his skills and hear the best arguments from a lot Roman Catholic faith and tries to “adhere to overwhelmingly liberal campus.” of smart people who have different points of what the church teaches.” view than you.” “The church says ‘love thy neighbor as Olivia Corn ’19 Ironically, Santorum’s train of thought was yourself,’” he said. “And that’s all your neighcut short by protesters who stood, raised their bors.” fists and interrupted Santorum, challenging his ing to what he had to say. Another audience member saw the apparent stances. “That was very disappointing to me as a con- contradiction in this answer, asking how The lecture, like most Cornell Republican servative student on an overwhelmingly liberal Santorum can preach loving “all your neighbors” guest events, began with a reading of Cornell’s campus,” she said. without supporting marriage equality. policy of free speech on campus, which acknowl“The church teaches that marriage is between The lecturer also said that he suspected the edges students’ right to protest, as long they allow students interrupting the speech claimed to men and women,” Santorum said. In response to the speaker to articulate his or her views, and champion tolerance around campus. While he Hillary Clinton’s book It Takes a Village, allow their fellow students to listen. Santorum’s noted that the majority of students attending the Santorum wrote the book It Takes a Family. lecture was paused midway through so that the lecture were respectful, even if they did not agree “Half of American kids today will grow up in statement could be read again, as protesters were with his views, he criticized the vocal minority of a house without a father,” he said, stressing that a continually hindering the speaker’s ability to protestors for exemplifying “liberal intolerance.” two-parent nuclear family is “healthy.” address attendees. Santorum concluded by thanking the Cornell Santorum continued his lecture by speaking The Cornell Republicans, as well as about his book, Blue Collar Conservatives, which Republicans for having him and walked off the Santorum, reminded students and community he wrote in response to the loss of domestic man- stage, leaving the audience to a mix of praise and members they would have the chance to speak ufacturing jobs. Santorum noted that the off- frustration. during the question and answer period at the end shoring of industrial jobs is a significant problem of the event. in the United States and a cause of many Katherine Heaney can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Chair of Cornell Republicans Olivia Corn ’19 Americans’ financial struggles. Continued from page 1
called the protesters “very rude and disrespectful.” She said the group spent nearly $5,000 for security on the event, and that even though she understands that many attendees disagree with Santorum’s political views, she said their behavior was not justified. “I completely understand if you don’t agree with Santorum’s ideology. There are lot of different things I don’t agree with,” she said. “At the same time the childish way that they acted does reflect very badly on the school and makes Cornell look very intolerant … Nobody wants to hear a different opinion and that’s a serious problem and tonight it was exposed.” Corn stressed the need to “further look into different opinions,” criticizing the way the protesters “shut [Santorum] down” instead of listen-
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However, some students in line, like Nikhil Dhingra ’20, opposed the protesting chants that told Santorum to “go away.” “If you’re encouraging conservative speakers to leave our campus, then you’re going to have one narrative for our entire four years here and I think that’s counterproductive,” Dhingra said. “I believe that protesting his stances and ideology is totally valid but telling him to leave is very counterproductive and doesn’t allow for a good discussion.” Many organizers started planning the protest at a SURJ meeting in Ithaca Monday night, according to March. However, Regenspan explained that there was no single group that sponsored protest. Rather, the protest was sparked by other groups, such as Ithaca Taking Action, Cornell Coalition for Inclusion and Diversity and a public Facebook event spread to Cornell students, according to March. “It’s great to see democracy at work with these protests,” said Larry Zmoira ’20. “If you agree with him or not, I think anyone can appreciate that they’re fighting for what they believe in.” Anna Delwiche can be reached at email@example.com.
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the discrimination filing immediately would set a bad precedent and allow students to claim discrimination to circumvent policy. Sash disagreed, saying a jury should know if an investigator is biased and adding that Cornell’s argument allows investigators to discriminate against students without consequence. “Waiting until Jane Roe’s investigation was complete had no basis,” Sash said. “That was an ad hoc decision by Title IX staff.” After hearing both arguments, Judge Faughnan said Cornell’s policy 6.4 is neither immediate nor direct, as it suggests, and should be updated. Faughnan also questioned why Cornell is arguing to have the case dismissed, adding that if the university was confident no discrimination took place, they should not be concerned with the lawsuit.
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as having such an impairment. For many of these students, ableism is rampant both in and out of the classroom. When asked if he has experienced ableism on campus, Jonathan Goldstein ’17, the threeyear president of Cornell Union for Disability Awareness, answered emphatically, “Yes, most definitely.” “Speaking candidly, ableism is something I experience quite frequently,” he said. “I personally receive extended time for exams as one of my accommodations, and I’ve had some faculty who’ve said things like, do you really need that? Or, maybe you’ll get a higher score because you have more time. I’ve had people who’ve said things like, are you trying to ‘game the system’?” But many believe the grip of ableism on society extends far beyond Cornell’s classrooms. Last year, Cornell participated in an Association of American Universities report called the “Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct.” According to the report, students who reported having a disability have been sexually assaulted at a rate that was more than twice as high as those who did not have a disability.
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Re: “Cayuga’s Waiters Suspended for Code of Conduct Violations,” News, Sept. 20. On Sept. 20, readers of The Cornell Daily Sun learned that the Cayuga’s Waiters, Cornell’s oldest all-male a cappella group, was suspended by the University for undescribed violations of the Campus Code of Conduct. This writer has since learned that the Waiters has been dragged through the University’s disciplinary system, convicted on three counts of hazing and group-punished accordingly. This brings to mind a few questions. Why did The Sun not keep on top of this story and report the outcome? Why does the University’s Hazing Incidents webpage not describe the nature of the hazing that the Cayuga’s Waiters organization was penalized for? How are Cornell groups expected to avoid hazing (now an entirely elastic term) if the specifics of the offense are not reported to the public? Cornell’s Office of the Judicial Administrator is running a true Star Chamber with closed proceedings, secret allegations of misconduct, secret testimony from anonymous informers, secret punishments and compulsory non-disclosure of rulings. I am reminded of the East German Ministerium für Staatssicherheit (STASI) during the Cold War. This system of phony justice has already crushed the University’s once-independent fraternity system. No doubt many will be pleased by that, but turning students into informers ― ratting out their colleagues via the ubiquitous informer hotlines, is socially poisonous. I am glad that I attended the University in better times. H. William Fogle, Jr. ’70
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Gaby Leung | Serendipitous Musings
This Strange Entity I
spent roughly one hour and 10 minutes twice a week for an entire semester discussing the body. I’ve thought that after the amount of time spent reading about this physical entity — and believe me, even English classes about the body know how to work you — and pondering over its purpose, I thought I would come closer to understanding what this thing I’m living in is. The body to me is such a beautiful thing. The unique aspects of each and every body fascinates me. I think it’s lovely the way skin folds and smooths. I appreciate the wrinkles that appear around the eyes when people smile — and the ones that remain. I laugh at my bony toes and love my friend’s knobby knees. Although my relationship with the body hasn’t always been completely positive, I think I’ve always had a sense of appreciation for it. But I know that some people’s relationships with their body have been far from positive. Pressure from society has impacted the way people — especially women — see their body in dangerous ways. From covers of magazines to social media posts to actresses in TV shows, women feel the need to look a certain way in order to be liked and considered “beautiful.” As much as many of us know what goes on behind photos in order for women to appear the way they do, it would be unrealistic to say we don’t have some kind of desire, at one point or another, to look like that ideal. What I’ve come to realize in the past few months is how powerful the body is in dictating the interactions we have with people every single day. The first thing someone sees when they meet you is your physical body. It acts as a display of oneself. But why should it have the ability to do so? Is the color of our skin, the shape of our eyes or the length of our hair true indicators of who we really are? When we discussed the body in class, we touched upon the complex aspects of it, such as its relation to race, sexuality and disability. We read texts about how race, seemingly portrayed by the physical body, has been responsible for the “othering” that occurs within minority groups. We watched the film Freaks and Hedwig and the Angry Inch and examined how different bodies — differences influenced by physical disability or sexual differences — lead to a similar type of “othering.” Having been so engrossed with this deeper meaning of the body, the answers I got from questions I asked for a final group project surprised me, although before taking the class, I wouldn’t have batted an eye. My group decided to ask friends, family members and acquaintances questions about their body, such as what they believed physically defined them and what about their body they loved. We would use these
What I’ve come to realize in the past few months is how powerful the body is in dictating the interactions we have with people every single day. answers in a visual art project. When people responded to our questions, they focused on their weight. They talked about their hair. They complained about their hips. They admitted to being “just average.” I guess I had expected something else. Maybe I wanted to know how he felt being a straight white male. Perhaps I thought she would talk about what it meant to be both an Asian and a female. But I thought about how I would respond to my own questions, and my own hypocrisies came to life. I would, similarly, talk about how my dyed hair is a defining factor about me. I would, in response to a question about how others view me, respond with something about my petite figure. And I think it’s because things such as race and sexuality are associated with our identities, and there’s a difference between thinking about ourselves (in terms of our identity and personality) and our bodies. When we think about our bodies, we immediately focus on the physical traits that make us up — our strong legs from running track and field, the scars on our back from when we got in an accident, our wide hips that make jean shopping such a hassle. It’s interesting to think that the things that so influence who we are, and are responsible for our physical traits, are not the immediate things that come to mind when we are asked to think of our bodies. There are people, of course, who would find it impossible to separate, say, their race from their physicalness. But for the majority of people I talked to — and my other group members found it to be the same — we focus on our eyes, our hands, our legs. I think it’s our culture, too, that has made us so critical of the features of our body. As I said earlier, social media and other outlets have made us hyper aware of the differences between our bodies and the ones posted in magazines or hung up in Times Square. So when we think about ourselves, we’re thinking of our bodies in comparison to others. I could write pages on what I believe the body is; what it stands for, what it does. Even then, I still have dozens of questions about this strange entity we inhabit and something as powerful and complex as it will take time to understand. But I think it’s important to not only appreciate the individual features and attributes of our bodies, but to think more deeply about what truly defines us and why we allow them to do so. Gaby Leung is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Serendipitous Musings appears alternate Thursdays this semester.
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“My sister is missing the lower half of her left arm. She is more abled than many people. But we have met others over the years with the same disability and they are disabled by the lack of a left hand. The point is to include people, no matter what, not shame them or dismiss their concerns simply because we do not share the same concerns in the exact same way.” Melanie-Claire Mallison Re: “Overlooked and Unaddressed: Students Recount Fighting Ableism on Campus,” News November 30, 2016
Paul Russell | Russelling Feathers
Love and Loathing In Upstate New York
ast summer, I fell victim to my longings for spontaneity and crashed a wedding. The hunt for viable festivities took guts and perseverance, but once I arrived at the venue’s floral walkway with my date for the evening, we knew our labor was worthwhile. Inside, it seemed to be the aftermath of a rowdy affair. The drunk aunts and uncles rocked and gyrated on the edge of the dance floor with blank stares that make you want to give them a pillow and a blanket. In the middle were the three of four most passionate couples, rubbing up against each other in slow motion as the DJ spun his late night playlist of R&B songs you don’t recognize until the chorus. My date and I stood by the fondue station, watching, eating, snapchatting and whispering to each other before joining in with the madness on the dance floor. In the splendor of our Saturday night soiree with black folk in matching outfits, I realized the obvious: weddings are the pinnacle of celebration. When a father talks about his daughter’s future, he won’t bring up her eventual housewarming party; he’ll revel in his dream to walk her down the aisle. In the same way, there are a few obscure family members in my contact list that will probably only get a message from me if it’s to invite them to my wedding. But weddings aren’t the only great jubilations: there’s prom night, baby showers and that one New Year’s Eve Party you’ll always remember. At the center of each is one thing: love. And I mean the
romantic kind. It’s the reason we do much of what we do and go much of where we go. I wasn’t at prom for the punch; and the only people who attend a wedding reception for the fondue are the people who don’t belong there anyway. For some of us, love is our prized possession; for the rest of us, it is the laser-pointer dot we fruitlessly chase like cats on Youtube. It’s the one thing we’ve always been told we’ll eventually have, regardless of our income, our race, our IQ or our religion. Deep down, love is what many of us want more than anything else, yet if you asked us what is was, half of us would say we weren’t sure. At its core, it’s about the most nebulous and most necessary concept known to man, so we spend our lives thinking about it. Perhaps the most alarming element of love and its interaction with our lives is the fact that a good portion of us will find it once and for all here in Ithaca. In fact, a study by the Facebook data science team suggests that almost 30 percent of married college graduates attended the same college. Sure, there are a few stereotypically marriage-crazy schools that pull the statistic high, but I know that in my own life, most of the adults I know who attended Cornell wake up every morning next to someone they met while here. And that’s terrifying. I don’t mean to make you impatient, or to imply that those of us who plan to marry one day are somehow missing the boat if we don’t have a prospect and a plan. My assumption is that love in itself is a coincidence, so when or if we find it must be
one too. But, as I walk from hall to hall and quad to quad, I can’t help but think about it: since 1865, a lot of people have fallen in love here. And from now until whenever, a lot more will do the same. Usually, when I write a column, I feel the need to communicate a final message — some argument or takeaway or illuminated truth to give the article meaning. All week, I’ve been grappling for that message, and now, minutes before my deadline, I still stand empty-handed. I know nothing about love that you don’t know, in fact I probably know less, so I sit in the library, typing and deleting and typing and deleting, searching the depths of my being for a pithy last paragraph. But maybe my dumbfoundedness in itself is a message. Higher education is a celebration of the things we, as individuals and as humanity, know for sure. Here, we learn, we discover, we prove things with logic. But sometimes it’s good to remember that there are some things we don’t quite understand — things no one quite understands. Of all the advice I’ve heard about romance, the best was to never listen to advice about romance. All other recommendations, even the ones from the most credible sources, have proven themselves faulty. So here’s to the things we’ll never fully comprehend. They’re what remind us we’re human. Paul Russell is a sophomore in the College of Industrial and Labor Relations. He can be reached at email@example.com. Russelling Feathers appears alternate Wednesdays this semester.
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Kevin Kowalewski | Democratic Dialogue
his month of November felt like a political eternity. The sheer magnitude of unexpected, often upsetting, revelations could have easily provoked the temptation to drop out of political awareness. Nonetheless, I have been inspired to see a resurgence of organization and motivation. However, as the left settles into our new oppositional role, it is important to take account of the multifaceted risks we face from the Trump administration. In particular, I identify an array of four particularly significant areas of concern. Perhaps it is best to start with foreign policy. As an individual, Donald Trump is woefully unprepared to serve as commander-inchief. So far, the weight of his responsibility hasn’t yet dawned on him. Trump has received only a handful of intelligence briefings, reportedly turning away government officials who requested his time. A clueless, often belligerent chief executive could have catastrophic consequences. Further, Trump’s current appointments inspire little faith. Michael Flynn, the National Security Adviser, is known for anti-Islam views and peddling conspiracies. His Deputy National Security Adviser previously praised Putin and declared that he was worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize. However, while these developments are genuinely alarming, Trump still has not made his choices for Secretary of State or Secretary of Defense. At the moment, the contours of Trumpian foreign policy remain mysterious. It is not a comforting unknown. The next aspect of Trump’s agenda, however, is quickly taking shape. Based on his cabinet appointments, it appears that the next four years will feature radically conservative economic and fiscal policy. By choos-
The Concerns Ahead ing Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, Trump has signaled that he is deeply committed to repealing the Affordable Care Act. Rolling back President Barack Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment would throw millions of Americans off of their health insurance. It would once again leave those with pre-existing conditions at the mercy of insurance companies. Yet, as damaging as this move may be, it may just be the beginning. Remember that Speaker Paul Ryan, of course, has long advocated for changes in Social Security and Medicare. Price has recently stressed that he shares this viewpoint. Consequently, it is not an understatement to say that the Republican Party is poised to dismantle the federal safety net. During the campaign, Trump pledged to defend Social Security and Medicare. While his false promises may not surprise us, it could lead to a nasty backlash among his supporters. This would not be the only area of potential disappointment. Despite a pledge to “Drain the Swamp,” Trump has selected a series of extremely well-connected billionaires and millionaires for his cabinet. In addition to their intimate ties to Wall Street and major corporations, these individuals have embraced a laissez-faire view of the government’s role in regulating the economy. Trump’s supposed populism has given way to a total embrace of the most elite portions of our society. The extreme economic policies of the Trump administration could exacerbate existing inequalities, throw millions of Americans back into poverty, and forever redefine the federal government’s obligations to resolve economic insecurity. This could be a most politically potent opportunity,
and challenge, for the Democratic Party. As Trump enriches the upper class, the conditions would be ripe for Democrats to stress their commitment to protecting and expanding the safety net. A progressive economic agenda, put forth by figures such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) would serve as a unifying and compelling message going into the 2018 and 2020 midterms. It may be the only way to mobilize the public against these harmful changes. Still, Trump’s damage extends even further. We can never forget that he has chosen to empower white nationalism. His choice for Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, was rejected for a federal judge position in the 1980s because of his prejudiced views. If confirmed, it is difficult to comprehend the degree to which Sessions will be able to rollback protections for civil rights and voting rights. Bannon, the White House chief strategist, is a leader of the racist “alt-right” movement. More broadly, Trump has stoked xenophobic and Islamophobic views. His promises to crackdown on undocumented immigration threaten to uproot the lives of millions. This brings me to my last point. Beyond any specific policy or ideology, the most genuinely terrifying aspect of the Trump presidency is the man’s utter disregard for the basic norms of our political system. Before the public voted, he refused to say whether he would accept the result. Even after he won, Trump bizarrely lied about millions of people fraudulently voting. The most powerful man in the world will soon be a wildly immature, vindictive liar and he will never take no for an answer. Notably, the president-elect has repeatedly focused his ire on anyone who dare question him. From his Twitter account, he has
hurled personal invective at journalists who bother to inquire about his many conflicts of interest. Not content with merely attacking freedom of the press, Trump is determined to assail the entirety of the First Amendment. In violation of clear Supreme Court rulings, Trump believes that flag burning should be punishable by imprisonment or losing citizenship. At this point, he has barely encountered a tiny fragment of the pressure that comes with being president. How will we respond when times get tough? Imagine a national security incident, where an angry and confused President Trump turns to advisors who have espoused bigotry. More innocently, picture even how Trump would respond to the type of protest and legislative crisis that President Obama encountered during the passage of Obamacare. I have highlighted a few of the most critical concerns, but there are countless more; take climate change, for instance. Overall, it’s overwhelming. The enormity of dealing with Trump urges vigilance to make sure that we retain a proper focus. We must vehemently oppose his attempts to impose a failed economic ideology on our country. But we can never turn a blind eye to any aspect of his harmful proposals. Bigotry cannot be ignored. And we must also take special notice of actions that threaten the basic structures of American constitutional governance. Moving forward, the Democratic Party should be responsive. It should be ready to create a coalition that builds off of the failures of Trump. Most of all, it should keep in mind that the Democratic Party, and the opposition more broadly, may be tasked with the protection of our cherished democratic system. We can all agree that 2016 has been a hell of a year. In 2017, we cannot take anything for granted. It’s far too easy for the impossible to become inevitable. Kevin Kowalewski is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Democratic Dialogue appears alternate Thursdays this semester.
THROWDOWN THURSDAYS Michael Glanzel | Cornell Shrugged
Romney for Secretary of State
am, without question, an unabashed Mitt Romney supporter. Governor Romney’s brand of pragmatic, common-sense conservatism, combined with his deep humility and grace make him one of the most dignified, respected politicians not just at home, but across the globe. Needless to say, I have been very excited at the prospect of a Secretary Romney in the State Department. If President-elect wants to make a smart, calculated choice for America’s chief diplomat, he would be well advised to choose the former Massachusetts governor. First, and foremost, the position of Secretary of State calls for an individual that is able to travel the globe and readily present American interests in a firm, yet positive demeanor. Furthermore, the job demands an individual that embodies a sense of diplomatic grace that will enhance global leaders’ perception of the current Administration. Mitt Romney fulfills each of these criteria. Mr. Romney’s calm persona and even-handedness is the exact kind of temperament that we need to represent our nation across the globe. Furthermore, the State Department is an incredibly byzantine, bureaucratic institution. America’s next Secretary of State must be able to understand the ins and outs of American bureaucracy. Without question, Mr. Romney’s tenure as the governor of Massachusetts has prepared him in this capacity. America’s governors are constantly tasked with balancing both state and federal bureaucratic instructions – – experience that will be incredibly useful in Foggy Bottom. Finally, America’s chief diplomat must have strong leadership capabilities. In representing America’s interests abroad, the Secretary of State must have a keen awareness of how a leader should behave and function. With Mr. Romney at the helm of the State Department, Presidentelect Trump would not have to worry as to whether his choice fulfilled this criterion. Mr. Romney’s leadership built one of the foremost capital investment firms in the nation, helped to turn around one of the world’s largest financial
consulting firms, reformed and reorganized a decaying Olympic bid and worked to bring fiscal order to the state of Massachusetts. Mitt Romney is the very definition of a strong, capable leader. Despite Mr. Romney’s tremendous qualifications for the post, the last couple of days have seen a flurry of criticisms and backlashes at the thought of a Secretary Romney. One of the more reasonable criticisms is a concern over the governor’s qualifications for the post. Certainly, Romney has not served in any sort of diplomatic function before, and he has not, unlike our current Secretary of State, spent years on a Congressional foreign affairs committee. However, Mr. Romney’s policy positions in the 2012 race show a clear and capable understanding of America’s place in the world. Though he was denounced for his claim that Russia is
If Mr. Trump wishes to build political coalitions and make amends within the fractured Republican Party, he would be wise to bring in those critical of his policies into his administration. America’s top geopolitical foe, Putin’s invasion of Crimea, intervention in Ukraine and bombing in Syria has all but vilified Romney. And though President Barack Obama mocked Romney for his desire to expand America’s navy, many of the nation’s leading defense and foreign affairs officials have concurred that growing American naval power is essential to maintaining our capacity to project power across the globe. Yet these criticisms do not seem to be the most potent and newsworthy concerns. Instead, the claim that President-
elect Trump would violate his supporters trust by nominating the governor seems to permeate media coverage. Many have claimed that the President-elect should never nominate Romney due to the governor’s hostility to Trump during the primaries. Yet, it is perhaps for that very reason that Romney should be appointed to the post. Doris Kearns-Goodwin’s book, Team of Rivals, is one of the most influential historical texts of the 21st century. The book outlines how President Abraham Lincoln appointed his rivals in the 1860 Republican primary, such as William H. Seward and Salmon Chase, to various cabinet posts. Though each of Lincoln’s rivals viciously attacked the former Illinois Congressman in the primaries, the president was willing to put aside political differences in the hope of unifying both the party and the nation. Lincoln’s example has continued to be followed throughout American political history. John F. Kennedy named his primary rival, Lyndon B. Johnson, as his running mate in 1960. Ronald Reagan appointed one of his fiercest critics in the 1980 Republican primaries, James Baker, to the posts of White House Chief of Staff and Secretary of the Treasury. And President Obama, of course, appointed his bitter primary rival, Hillary Clinton, to the post of Secretary of State eight years ago. If history has taught us anything, it is that one cannot build political coalitions without presenting an olive branch to former rivals. Certainly, Romney fiercely attacked Trump during the primaries –– and Trump reciprocated by fiercely attacking Romney. But Governor Nikki Haley (R-S.C.) was also sharply critical of Trump, and now she is set to become the next Ambassador to the United Nations. If Mr. Trump wishes to build political coalitions and make amends within the fractured Republican Party, he would be wise to bring in those critical of his policies into his administration. Michael Glanzel is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences. He can be reached at email@example.com. Cornell Shrugged appears alternate Thursdays this semester.
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arlier this semester, I sat down with Professor Bruce Mon ger, Ocean ogra phy. Each Fall, his wildly popular introductory course attracts more than 900 students, the largest at Cornell. What’s all the hype about? Maybe Cornellians just want to learn about the origins of oceans and oceanographic processes. Maybe they’re interested in minimizing their environmental impact on oceans. Maybe they hope to hear Bruce’s legendary whale calls. Though I was not so fortunate as to hear any during our interview, he did offer an environmental perspective on eating, his own philosophy on food and diet choices and advice on how to eat sustainably.
environmental and ethical factors. If I were going to order the importance of health, the environment and no harm in my eating decisions, I would put no harm first, then the environment, then health. (By no harm, I mean the cruelty that animals are subject to.)
that food got there and if eating it fits your ethical standards. If it does, then why not? But I am aware that meat has this big impact on the environment. Excess meat production drives us to produce a bunch of corn. The fertilizer required to grow the
B.M.: I can tell you the exact moment it came about. When I was in grade school, I liked science, but when I got into high school, all my buddies went into woodshop and carpentry, and later logging. So I stopped doing science, assuming that logging was just what the world does, and I
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If I have dinner at the house of somebody who doesn’t know I’m a vegetarian and they’re serving meat, I’ll eat it. I don’t look at people eating meat and judge them. It’s their call; everybody gets to make their own call. All I ask is that whenever you make a food choice, think about how
S UN : What about aquaculture? B.M.: Some aquaculture is sustainable and some isn’t. There are some nice apps you can use to tell whether a seafood is sustainable. The Monterey Bay Aquarium has a seafood watch app. If you go to the supermarket or a restaurant and are thinking, “Is seabass bad or good? Bruce said something about shrimp being bad...” (because it’s bottom-trawled, for the most part — but you can get farmed shrimp, which is good), you just flip open the app and see what’s sustainable. But if you’re in the supermarket and don’t have your phone with you, you can just look for a blue Marine Stewardship Program decal on the fish certifying that it’s been sustainably caught.
T HE S UN : What does a typical day look like for you, food-wise? Do you make a conscious decision to eat or not eat certain foods? P ROF. B RUCE M ONGER : I do make a conscious effort. I’m an aspiring vegan, but I do eat a little bit of cheese, so essentially I’m a vegetarian. I make a conscious effort to eat a non-meat diet. One of the reasons I do that is the health factor — a plant-based diet is much healthier for you. But that’s not the major concern for me; I’m more concerned about the
able, humane thing to do. But that’s a niche market. You can’t feed the planet a meatbased diet meat without doing it industrially and having some major environmental impacts.
corn is often washed into streams, while the manure of the animals at these big concentrated agricultural feeding operations leaches into the environment. Essentially, it’s all about the connections. Be aware that if you make certain food choices, certain things will happen to the environment. S UN : Have you been a vegetarian your whole life, or is this something that’s come about as you started studying the environment?
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did what the world did. On my first summer vacation from logging, I took a solo motorcycle trip. I pulled into a motel in Salt Lake City, Utah; It was the first time I had checked into a motel by myself. I was standing at the front desk and thought, “I’m checking into a motel by myself!” It was this great epiphany to me that I was an adult. I realized that I’m in charge of my life and that I have choices. When I got back from logging, I realized I didn’t have to keep logging; I could choose to be anything I wanted to be. That’s a pretty powerful feeling. I decided to go to college and become an oceanographer. Then, as an undergrad, I was cooking a hamburger and could see all this grease bubbling out the sides. I looked at it and thought, “I have choices.” I threw it in the garbage can and have never looked back. S UN : Is there a way to produce meat on a large scale that wouldn’t have such detrimental effects on the environment? B.M.: My neighbor raises 30 to 40 cows on a giant amount of land; these cows hang out all day long on beautiful, open, rolling hills. I think that’s a pretty sustain-
S UN : Do you know of any eateries in the Ithaca area that serve sustainable food? B.M.: Two of Cornell’s dining halls, RPCC and Keeton, serve only sustainably-caught, Marine Steward ship-certified fish. There’s a restaurant in the Commons, Coltivare, that serves only locally-raised, locally-sourced ingredients. In terms of grocery stores, I like GreenStar — it has really obvious signage that tells you where its ingredients are sourced. S UN : What would you say to people to make them feel like their choices matter? B.M.: There’s a famous Buddhist story about millions of starfish washed up on the beach, and a Buddhist walking along the water trying to save each individual starfish. When asked why he’s doing it, since he’s never going to be able to save all of them, the Buddhist responds, “Well, it matters to the ones I do.” In the greater scheme of things, my actions may not help, but what it does help is my own personal integrity and enriches my self-esteem, and thereby enriches my life. Emily Jones is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT The Sun’s Top 10 Albums of 2016 Blond(e)/ Endless, Frank Ocean
Just look at how the man toys with us. After countless misleading posts, false release dates and features on other albums that only served to remind everyone of his conspicuous absence, Frank Ocean finally seemed poised to release his second album in late July, four years after channel ORANGE. Except it wasn’t an album; it was a live stream of him in warehouse tinkering around. Then it turned out it was a contract-ending, Apple-exclusive “video album,” which was really a collection of demos played over a video of him building a staircase. This was Endless, released on Aug. 19, and it wasn’t even the new album. The actual album came out on Aug. 20, and is called either Blonde (its name in iTunes) or blond (the name on the cover). Each development only revealed more layers, more questions, more things for fans to mull over and try to decode. This would all feel almost inexcusably manipulative if Frank Ocean wasn’t still one of the most gifted and compelling artists music has ever seen. He makes music that seems both effortlessly stirring and full of perfectionist, painstaking effort. While a collection of demos rather than a proper album, Endless is full of some of the most strange and elegant music Ocean has made: “Alabama,” “Slide on Me,” “Rushes To,” and particularly “Rushes,” which may be the most elliptically beautiful song he’s made. Blonde itself is a tour de force that resists summary. Like channel ORANGE, it’s made up of scenes and stories that add up to something more than just a collection, and it veers from dazzling experimentation with vocal effects and instrumentation (“Nikes,” “Future Free”) to stunning, spare balladry (“Solo,” “Self Control,” “Godspeed”). Famous guests come and go, but they all contribute to the album’s theme rather than taking moments in the spotlight. And Ocean hovers over the project like an omnipresent, multi-faced deity. His elusivity is galling to fans, but it serves his music well. His songs feature his unmistakable voice and sonic experimentation, but they’re also kept at an arm's-length from the artist himself, and as a result they’re about much more than just Frank Ocean. — Jack Jones
The Life of Pablo Kanye West
“This is a great year to be a Kanye West fan,” declared Yeezus himself at the Saint Pablo Tour stop in Buffalo, NY. In the time since, Donald Trump was elected President and Kanye (maybe?) endorsed him before cancelling the remainder of his tour and checking himself into a hospital for what appears to be paranoia and severe depression. Before that, it already seemed like a messy year for Kanye fans, as diehards bent over backward defending his (sometimes indefensible) statements from every manner of hostile critic. Recent revelations seem to have finally reminded everyone that there’s a real person at the center of all this. The Life of Pablo, Kanye’s seventh and messiest album to date, arrived before this media storm reached full force. While inconsistent and lacking the bold direction of Yeezus or MBDTF, the album is a career-spanning testament to each of Kanye’s distinctive eras. “Ultralight Beam” recalls the transcendent gospel of College Dropout, while the maximalist pop of “Waves” and “Famous” (bam bam dilla, bam bam) harken back to Graduation’s stadium ambitions. Featuring a host of game-changing artists whom Kanye has influenced over the years, Pablo is a reminder of just how much the guy has given us. Get well soon, Kanye. — Chris Stanton
3 HEAVN Jamila Woods
It’s a special time in Chicago music. A young crew of rappers and singers are leading a new wave of soulful hip-hop that is both socially disruptive and irrepressibly positive, and their albums are often role calls for the rest of the scene. As columnist Chris Stanton ’17 observed, we almost could have made a top ten albums of 2016 purely by Chicago artists. Of course, most of the attention this year has gone to Coloring Book by Chance the Rapper, who has emerged as the city’s leading light. The most urgent and heartfelt album from this scene this year, however, was Jamila Woods’s HEAVN. Woods came to popular attention by singing the hook on Chance’s “Sunday Candy,” a soul-rap about loving one’s grandma that somehow managed to be more sweet than sappy. HEAVN more than fulfills this early promise; it’s both fantastically listenable and uncompromising in its exploration of racial and gender politics. From gorgeous ballads (“Stellar,” “Lonely Lonely”) to fiercely political statements about police violence and systematic misogyny (“VRY BLK,” “Blk Girl Solider”), HEAVN reflects the terror and confusion of this year in the country better than any other album, without sacrificing the possibility of redemption through awareness and compassion. — Jack Jones
Coloring Book Chance the Rapper
How does a mixtape become fourth rated on a list of the best albums of 2016? Chance’s Coloring Book serves as a work of aural art in a time where childhood has been forgotten. Through the lullaby-like melody of “Same Drugs” to the defiance against the authority of music corporations in “No Problem”, Chance transports listeners to a simpler time to teach lessons about the complex relationships between time and friendship, maturity and love and individuality and mainstream success. The mixtape mainly serves as a transition in Chance’s life from drugs to religion, with the former being a common theme throughout the songs. The chorus’ outright praise of the lord in “How Great” and “Finish Line/Drown,” coupled with Chance’s more personal dealings with religion in “Blessings,” color a picture of an artist’s journey from an adolescence of addiction to a newfound solace in beliefs of a higher power. — Jonvi Rollins
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We Got it From Here A Tribe Called Quest
Do I honestly have to write a blurb explaining why this album deserves to be in the top 5? We call her Queen Bey for a reason. This visual album is 11 chapters of hurt, jealousy, pride, humility and love. More than anything, love. The journey in this album is unique and commonplace by the same token — it’s backbreaking and takes you far from home, but always brings you back home and into the same person’s arms. Lemonade is something else entirely from your XOvers Spotify playlist, so don’t kid yourself. It’s spattered with the poetry of Warsan Shire, women holding photos of loved ones shot by the police, the complexities of broken and unbroken families, landscapes by turn metallic, lavish and endless. The visual album mirrors its tracks in an unbounded array of breadth and depth. Gaudy mansions, filled with discourse about self-sacrifice to the gods in search of fidelity give way to fields on fire, buses lined with middle fingers, baptism and destruction, modesty and sexuality embodied in lyrics, in dress, in movement. Beyoncé’s search for unforgiving anger, limitless apathy and an endless space to be filled by man’s attempt at steady love has to give way, in the end, to the final notes of forgiveness, resurrection, hope, and at last, redemption. In the end, her path leads her back to where she began, enlightened, transcending, and still willing to bare the ugly moments to those who listen. — Jessie Weber
Recorded as key member Phife Dawg was dying of a lifelong battle with diabetes, We Got it From Here is not only a moving elegy for Tribe's core lineup but a trenchant assessment of American racial and cultural affairs. Songs like “We The People” and “The Space Program” are desperately needed; this is protest music, crafted by some of hip hop’s earliest luminaries. Sonically, the album is warm and complex. Q-Tip’s perfect ear for beats allowed him to stitch together a quilt of sound that bounces from sample-based boom bap to the classic jazz inflections of Low End Theory-era Tribe to psychedelic experimentation. It’s simply shocking that, after such a long period of inactivity, the band came back this sounding this vital. We Got it From Here… ends with “The Donald,” and “Donald” refers to both Phife (“Don Juice”) and our new President-elect. This lovely song, like the album it concludes, both looks forward into an uneasy future and backward to a friendship between musicians that spanned a lifetime. This album is essential hip hop, as inviting as it is anxious, as conscious as it is fun, and absolutely whip-smart. Their career couldn’t have ended better. — Max Van Zile
Malibu, Anderson .Paak
While Anderson .Paak (don’t forget the dot) operates in a distinctly post-Kendrick musical landscape, his particular blend of soul, funk and hip-hop is all his own. After a long career struggling to get by in backing bands — not to mention a stint working the soil at a marijuana farm — the multi-instrumentalist finally made it big with six (!) guest spots on Dr. Dre’s 2015 career retrospective Compton. Released way back in January, Malibu presents .Paak’s many facets in all their 70s-inflected glory, ranging from soft, soulful ballads (“The Bird”) to extended funk breakdowns (“Parking Lot”). The 30 year-old’s life struggles provide the bulk of Malibu’s lyrical inspiration, but the tone is triumphant, and .Paak’s pleasantly scratchy vocals lend the album a vibe as summery as its title. — Chris Stanton
Puberty 2, Mitski
Mitski’s lyrics make me want to cry and drive really fast and trust myself and my experiences. She is a master at taking the small, mundane moments that make up who we are as we negotiate the messy, frustrating business of love and dread and being broke in your twenties, and pairing them with an awesome cathartic crash of noise and beats and at turns sharp and fuzzy guitar. The contrast of her dry, stoic wit, with the spectacular, chaotic crescendos and lush soundscapes she crafts calls for your full fucking attention. Get yourself a good pair of headphones, a desolate landscape, and a refusal to be simply sad, or angry, or happy. The fat, unexpected blare of saxophone on “Happy” paired with “I sighed and mumbled to myself, “again I have to clean” is one of the strangest, and best moments off the album. Puberty 2 is not as even as Bury Me at Makeout Creek, but when the range of exper imentation pays off, it pays off big. “I will go jogging routinely, calmly and rhythmically run / and when I find that knife sticking out of my side / I’ll pull it out without questioning why” is the kind of lyric that cuts you open and makes you wonder why you even bother listening to anything other than Mitski (pro tip: don’t). “Your Best American Girl” is a masterpiece, the crown jewel of the album, but here I refer everyone to columnist Jael Goldfine ’17’s loving review of it. With lyrics like “I wanna see the whole world/I don’t know how I’m gonna pay rent,” this album left me feeling drained, exhilarated, steely — ready to fight like hell for happiness in this big weird bleak world. We feel her stretching and inhabiting every part of her remarkable voice, at once intimidating and inviting you to sing along. — Allison Considine
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On Bandcamp, Pinegrove tag all of their music with the label “Language Arts Rock.” The fact that they’re the only artists on the site to do so speaks volumes: among the countless aspects of Cardinal which blasted the group out from pleasant obscurity into subterranean stardom, the deeply thoughtful lyrics of vocalist/guitarist Evan Stephens Hall are paramount. With turns of phrase ranging in style and emotion from literary and heartrending (“I saw Leah on the bus a few months ago / I saw some old friends at her funeral”) to witty and playful (“I was totally nervous to go to Japan / I tried to travel once, I lost my keys”) to millennially hopeless and confused (“we had some good ideas but we never left that fucking room”), Hall situated himself as a kind of plainspoken wordsmith to rule in a scene so tied up with pithy phrases and erudition. But Pinegrove aren’t only practitioners of the Language Arts: once you digest the lyrics, you’ll realize that Cardinal is simply brimming with the types of tight-knit, tumbling post-country jams which rank it among the best rock n’ albums in recent (or maybe even distant) memory. — Troy Sherman
22, A Million Bon Iver
Undoubtedly Bon Iver’s most difficult album, 22, A Million is borne of an acutely taxing set of events which seem to have set Justin Vernon on a path to destroy convention. The tracks range from dream-like wanderings to a drunken thrashing that you actually have to struggle to hold onto. Vernon isn’t at all concerned with holding the listener’s hand here; the aim to please is all but blown out and this is the result. This album is a challenge to go through, not only for its meandering lyricism and an emotional instability that reaches through a looping base and into distorted falsetto wailings, but also because, even at its core, even at its worst, it’s exquisite. And sometimes it’s difficult to understand when you need to turn away from something so brilliant, it appears to be self-immolating. — Jessie Weber
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HOLIDAY COMICS (STARRING POGO AND MR. GNU)
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Los Angeles Times Daily Crossword Puzzle Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis
ACROSS 1 Asset for Sherlock 6 Fast 11 Additional information? 14 Important period 15 Eat into 16 What makes a deal ideal? 17 Elaborate costume parties 19 Pickle 20 “Zip it!” 21 Prosperity 22 “Blah, blah, blah,” for short 24 Golden __ 25 “I used to be Snow White, but I __”: Mae West 26 Part of the pelvis 29 In essence 30 “Bor-r-ring” 31 LPGA great Lopez 32 Green shade 35 Rare blood type, briefly 36 Shakespearean barmaid 37 Picky details 38 “But __ got high hopes ... “: song lyric 39 Neutral tone 40 Prefix with -gram 41 Like angel food cake 43 Curry favor with, with “to” 44 Ill-mannered 46 Veers suddenly 47 Distance runners 48 First name in folk 49 How it’s always done, initially 52 Heat meas. 53 Places for seeing stars? 56 CSA soldier 57 Green shade 58 Fragrances 59 Pack animal 60 Snooped (around) 61 “Check” DOWN 1 NASA vehicles 2 Fish with vermilion fins 3 “Jeepers!” 4 “Ugh!”
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48 Nonsense talk, whose circled letter is the start of what might be done with items in the four longest puzzle answers 49 Stuffed shirt 50 Brutish one 51 “You there!” 54 Ones following the nus? 55 Court promise
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he said. “My line has been playing well lately, especially Malott – he’s been pulling his weight out there recently. I’m glad one went in for us.” It was Malott’s first career point, and the freshman got it done in style by pulling the puck between his legs on the rush and then sending it across the crease for a layup for Freschi. “I know that he can do that all the time because he’s a big guy with hands and you don’t see that too often,” Freschi said of his linemate. “I know he has it in him.” As per usual, Schafer said he is happy with picking up two points on road, but is always looking for where the team can improve. One such instance came as the game was winding down. With Cornell holding a 3-1 lead, freshman Corey Hoffman — playing in his first career game — took a brutal hit in a sequence of events that gave Colgate a goal to cut the deficit to one. Schafer called his team out for playing complacent once they got ahead. “We fell asleep as soon as it went to 3-1. It’s like we forgot how to play hockey,” he said. “We talked to our guys about in that kind of game, we need to do a much better job of finishing teams off and we just didn’t play the right way [Tuesday] … and therefore made it a close game.” Now, the team looks to continue its win streak and a two-game series at home against Miami (OH) stands in that way. The RedHawks bring about a rather intriguing test for Cornell and a hard team to analyze, given that over half its roster consists of freshmen. Cornell faced a similar situation against Ohio State last year, whose lineup featured nine freshman. The Buckeyes would go on to rout Cornell in a 80 win, with two goals coming from its freshmen.
Miami has also lost some games against weaker opponents, but surprisingly last tied nationally-ranked No. 2 Denver twice two weekends ago — the last time the RedHawks played. On top of this history, Cornell and Miami have only faced off four times in program history, with the RedHawks holding a 3-1 series edge. Bearing all this in mind, Schafer is treating the slate of games this weekend as just another challenge in the road to the NCAA tournament. “Even though we haven't seen anybody, the game of hockey is such a conceptual game that you get ideas of how they play and away you go,” he said. “If you have aspirations to be in the NCAA, which every team does, every game is crucial.” Perhaps the most important freshman on Miami’s roster comes in the form of goalie Ryan Larkin, who has assumed the starting role and posts a .915 save percentage and 2.46 goal against average. According to sophomore forward Anthony Angello, not knowing the goalie does present a challenge, but getting pucks to the net early on will be key. “[We need to] get pucks on him, quick and often,” he said, “and put [shots] at his feet, throw a couple maybe up in the top corners of the net and make sure we crash the net and get in his face all night.” This weekend's game also signals a brief hiatus for the team until the Florida College Classic at the end of the month. Getting two wins here could send a signal to the rest of the country about what Cornell hockey is capable of. “[We want to show] that we are an offensive team,” he added. “[And] that we are not here to mess around. We are here to get the job done.” ZachSilver can be reached at email@example.com.
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looks at the basket.” Five of Cornell’s first sevenmade shots were 3-pointers, capped off by a pair of deep threes from Morgan. “He’s just special,” Earl said of Morgan, who finished with a career-high 34 points. “I thought he took almost all good shots. It’s exciting to watch him work. He’s a bit of an artist out there with how he sees the game.” Morgan knocked down his first four shots and scored 21 points in the first half, but it was not enough to give the Red an edge after the first 20 minutes of play. The Huskies, buoyed by 29 combined points from Williams and former Duke recruit Alex Murphy, took a four-point lead into the break, despite a 54 percent shooting from Cornell. The Red came out of halftime
firing, knocking down three of its first four shots from beyond the arc. Senior guard Robert Hatter’s 3pointer with 16 and a half minutes left to play in the game gave the Red its first lead since early in the first half. Similar to Cornell’s other win of the season — an 82-74 triumph over Lafayette — Earl praised Hatter’s ability to dictate the entirety of the offense. It was Hatter’s poise at point guard that started everything, according to Earl. “He controlled the whole game,” Earl said. “If you’re not used to seeing really good basketball, you might not notice how well he did everything.” The senior finished with 15 points and eight assists.
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Struggling Ivy Rivals Present Red Chance to Rebound
By TROY BRIDSON Sun Staff Writer
Cornell women’s hockey will look to bounce back from two straight defeats against No. 1 Wisconsin when the team takes on Harvard and Dartmouth at home this weekend. Cornell (6-4-1, 4-2-1 ECAC) currently sits in fifth place in the ECAC, and with two home games coming up against teams at the bottom of the standings, the Red will have the chance to move itself up in the standings. “We have a very competitive conference,” said head coach Doug Derraugh ’91. “Every game within the [ECAC] is important regardless of the opponent.” This will be the last slate of games for the Red before the team takes a month long break for finals and the holiday season. Back-to-back wins could give the team some muchneeded momentum before it readjusts in January. Even though the Crimson (1-8-0, 1-4-0) has only won one game this season, the team is much more competitive than its record suggests. Harvard has four overtime losses on the season, which shows that it can keep games close to the very last minute. “We have to be consistent for the entire game and limit our mistakes,” Derraugh said. Last year, Cornell split the series with Harvard when the Red won the home matchup but lost on the road. This year, with an underperforming Harvard squad, Cornell is hoping for a series sweep, all the while knowing not to take anything for granted. The team will take a similar approach against Dartmouth (2-6-0, 1-4-0) — a team that has struggled so far this season to generate offense. The Green has scored just 12 goals in eight games played. Cornell’s defense has been a strong point for the team all year, so the unit could find continued success against its Hanover rival. Nonetheless, on back-to-back games against Wisconsin (14-1-1, 10-1-1) this past weekend, Cornell was outscored
Cornell Extends Athletic Director Andy Noel’s Contract After serving for 18 years as Cornell’s Director of Athletics and Physical Education, J. Andrew Noel has been given the opportunity to guide the Red for at least six more years. Vice President for Student and Campus Life Ryan Lombardi announced Monday that Noel’s contract has been extended through June 2022. Under Noel, Cornell athletic teams have compiled 92 Ivy League team titles and 16 individual national titles. “I have full confidence that Andy will continue to lead our Department of Athletics and Physical Education in the exceptional manner he has for the past 18 years.” Lombardi told Cornell Big Red. “He has the full support of the Cornell administration as he continues to promote the student-athlete experience.” First-time head coach hires have gone on to claim 45 Ivy League titles under Noel’s tenure. Noel has also hired six first-time head coaches who have gone on to win National Coach of the Year awards. Noel credits much of his success with the Red to his colleagues. NOEL “Hiring and retaining great talent is all-important for me,” Noel told Cornell Big Red. “My senior staff really take charge of our operations, and the coaches are the ones pouring their hearts and souls into preparing the students for competition. They’re the ones who deserve the credit for our success.” In addition to successful programs, Noel has overseen substantial improvement in his department’s facilities. Notable projects include renovating Schoellkopf Hall and Field, Lynah Rink and Hoy Field, building the Marsha Dodson Field and the McGovern Fields complex and overseeing the completion of the Friedman Wrestling Center. These continual improvements and additions have helped Cornell to recruit some of the nation’s top athletes. But along with new recruits, Noel points out that alumni have been integral in the success of the 37 varsity teams under his tenure. “Our alumni are truly generous in their financial support,” he told Cornell Big Red. “We are so grateful to them for their care and loyalty.” — Compiled by Jack Kantor
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Golden chance | With two losses against No. 1 Wisconsin in the rearview, Cornell faces an opportunity to right the ship. eight to two. The Red will need to clean things up defensively before the weekend slate, but the team will get a bit of a reprieve facing offenses that are nowhere near as capable of scoring as Wisconsin. Still, the team prides itself on improvement, given the fact that the team is still very young. “My goal is to get better every time I step on the ice,” said freshman forward Kristin O’Neill. O’Neill continues to lead Cornell in scoring and points so far this season. She has been a major reason why the Red has seen a spike in offensive production from last season. Cornell is averaging over two goals a game and limiting opponents to under that mark.
Senior goaltender Paula Voorheis and sophomore goaltender Marlene Boissonnault have been integral to Cornell’s success as well. The tandem has split time in net, but both players have posted goals per game averages below two. As the season progresses, the team hopes to gain more consistency as younger players continue to mature. The home stint against Harvard and Dartmouth should provide an opportunity to get younger players some more ice time. “Our team prides itself on improvement and every player has bought in,” O’Neill said. “Our team has great chemistry.” Troy Bridson can be reached at email@example.com.
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lives. When I moved into my dorm the first day of college, I felt a sense of opportunity and optimism, a chance for a fresh start, and college took every opportunity to crush that feeling. Maybe you failed an intro course that was the foundation for the career you thought you wanted to pursue. Maybe people frequently questioned how you’ll turn your major into a career. It’s easy for that optimism to disappear and to feel lost. I’m half convinced that Ezra Cornell designed this time on the hill to break us down. Especially at a place like Cornell, it’s easy to look around and see people who we think have everything figured out, people who make us feel like Joey Fatone to their Justin Timberlake. We brush shoulders every single day with some of the most brilliant young minds, people who will make great strides in their academic fields, participate in the Olympics or win awards for their achievements. And while being around brilliance can foster great intellectual discourse and curiosity, the natural tendency to compare ourselves to our peers can tear our minds and egos apart. But here’s the thing: we’ve all felt like that. We’ve all struggled through an exam. We’ve all wanted a ski lift to take us to the top of the slope in the winter. We’ve all looked at another person’s accomplishments and wondered how anything we do could ever match up. We’ve all set impossibly high bars for ourselves. We’ve all been there. We’re in this position, as potential lifelong Cornellians, because of how hard we’ve worked and where we came from. We’re here because someone out there believed that we
could do something great. I know that I would not be in this position without so many wonderful people in my life. Thanks to Aryn, whose middle school grades prompt mom to remind me how I was a bad student my entire life. Thank you for pulling my hair (literally and figuratively), kicking me in the shin and jumping on my back. Thank you for being a smiling face and becoming an amazing young woman who I get to call my sister. Thanks to all of my friends on the 133rd and 134th editorial boards of The Sun. Thanks for being the best of friends, dealing with my late-night Spotify karaoke sessions and grabbing food with me at Shortstop. Thanks to Anna Fasman ’16, Adam Bronfin ’18, Zach Silver ’19, Scott Chiusano ’15 and the entire sports staff for being a great crew. Thanks to the football team, David Archer ’05, the men’s hockey team, Mike Schafer ’86, the baseball team, Andy Noel and Jeremy Hartigan for being a great group of people to cover. I’m honored to have had the opportunity to tell your stories. Thanks to my freshman year pals at Boston University, Bryan Chambers, Keith Drucker, Dickchuck, Alex Siber, Jake Feigenbaum, Sarah Kirkpartrick, Conor Ryan, Andrew Battifarano, Tim Healey, Justin Pallenik and Greg Davis, for continuing to be my pals despite my jump over to the other side of the Red Hot Hockey rivalry. Thanks to Alex Speier and Gordon Edes for being the best mentors and role models I could ever imagine. Thanks to Jacob Bogage, Megan McCrink, Rachel Podnar and LaVendrick Smith for being professional inspirations as fellow interns and the greatest group of
pals. To Rachel Premack, who is always there to knock me down a peg or give me the best support when I need it. And of course, thanks to my parents, who I can’t thank enough for being brave enough to move this country with an infant and made things work. Mom, I can’t imagine how you raised a crazy child in the United States while not knowing any English. Dad, I can’t imagine having to move to another country and completely change career paths while supporting a family. Thank you for pushing me to follow my dreams into the massively lucrative and incredibly practical career of journalism. Everything you’ve taught me, both consciously and unconsciously has undoubtedly led me to where I am today. My parents like to tell me that we’re still young, a reminder that’s useful when I feel anxious or daydream and get way ahead of myself. College may be the life-launching pad for some folks, but it doesn’t have to be. Graduation is not the bow-ending that leads us into happily ever after. We are in no rush to feel like we’ve figured everything out. We can make mistakes. If we fail, we still have time to start over. We don’t need to be in a position to achieve all of our life goals the second we leave campus. College knocked me on my ass multiple times, but I’m grateful that is hasn’t taken my eagerness to try again. We can’t lose the feeling that we can change things for the better. We can’t lose our willingness to get back up and try again. We can’t lose that optimism. And that’s the cliché want to end my graduation column. Joon Lee can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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After Win at Colgate,Red to Host Miami This Weekend By ZACH SILVER Sun Assistant Sports Editor
HAMILTON, N.Y. — Colgate’s brand new, multi-million dollar Class of 1965 Arena has all the bells and whistles of a facility meant for a high-caliber team, yet Cornell men’s hockey showed that no unblemished rink is too much to conquer. A final score of 3-2 gave the Red its third-straight win. From a strategically-positioned student section, designed get inside the heads of opposing goalies, to a sleek NHL-esque layout, the new arena provides Colgate with the opportunity to get the most of home-ice advantage. But Cornell did not care about that. “It’s a fun atmosphere to play Colgate — like when they throw the gum out. It’s a pretty big game for them,” said senior forward Eric Freschi of Colgate fans’ tradition to throw out Big Red chewing gum during player introductions. Playing in a rare Tuesday night game, just three days after a draining trip to Madison Square Garden, it would have been excusable for Cornell to come out slow. But they didn’t. Cornell got out to arguably its strongest start of the season, but was thwarted by an early Colgate goal. This was the seventh time in nine games the Red conceded the first goal of the game. When asked about this following the game, head coach Mike Schafer ’86
“[McCarron’s] biggest strength is his creativity and ability to see the ice,” Schafer said of his senior. “He has pleased the coaching staff by being creative and being smart and making the right play and right read at the right time. When he does that he is a very, very effective hockey player.” CORNELL @ COLGATE Tuesday’s two goals give McCarron five career points against Game: 1ST 2ND 3RD FINAL Colgate, many of which Cornell 1 0 2 3 have come against Finn. Colgate 1 0 1 2 As a friendly rivalry has developed between the two, most of McCarron’s points came later in his career, highlighting his new focus on offensive production. “I’m just trying to contribute anyway I can,” BRITTNEY CHEW / SUN ASSISTANT PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR he said. “Earlier in my career I was just trying to Keep em’ coming | Senior defenseman Patrick McCarron had two goal against Colgate, giv- hash down my defensive play and learn how to play defense first and now I’m trying to evolve ing him points in seven-straight games — the longest streak for a Cornellian since 2011. into a more two-way defenseman.” did not seem to worry much about it, stress- McCarron danced around the zone on a fourFreschi, too, wanted in on the action and ing the fact that hockey is a “60-minute on-three power play and rifled a shot past his strong play payed off just two minutes game.” Colgate’s Charlie Finn. It came as Cornell had after McCarron’s second goal. In his 100th “We’ve been scored on first every friggin’ been utterly dominating play, leading in shots career game, Freschi sent home a slick pass game, that’s been frustrating,” Schafer said, and controlling the pace. from freshman forward Jeff Malott for his “but I don’t think we’ve been lacking.” McCarron was not done there, as the first goal of the season and second point of alternate captain would go on to score on a the game. And his team came through to back up rebound with a wide-open net following a “Thank god one of them went in finally,” that claim. Just six minutes following Adam great effort by Freschi to start the play on the Dauda’s goal to put the Raiders ahead, man-advantage. See M. HOCKEY page 17
Morgan Leads C.U. to Home Win Graduating College
For head coach Brian Earl, the win was a relieving way to end a tough beginning portion of the season. “To get a good win at home like this against a good team, it’s a relief,” the first-year head coach said. “I sort of want to just get into a recliner and take a deep breath.” Coming off two away losses against strong opponents — Monmouth and Houston — Cornell welcomed a Northeastern squad hoping to extend its winning streak to three games. The Red had struggled to get out of the
By ADAM BRONFIN Sun Sports Editor
gate against Houston, missing its first seven shots to start the game. Sharp defense from the Cougars buried the Red in a 26-2 hole. Morgan and the Red’s offense made sure that would not happen on Wednesday. The squad opened up a 9-5 lead in the first three minutes of the game, and Earl said the offense was “really dialed in,” to start the game. “We’re understanding more about how we’re going to get our shots,” Earl said. “What you saw
Sophomore guard Matt Morgan torched Northeastern for a career-high seven 3-pointers, but it was a simple layup that did the most damage as Cornell men’s basketball turned back the Huskies, 80-77, for the Red’s second win of the season and first at Newman Arena. Sizing up his defender with 19 seconds left in the game, Morgan faked, as if he was going to pass to a teammate in the post. The See M. BASKETBALL page 17 sophomore then breezed by his man and through two other defenders for the layup and the lead. On the other end of the floor, Morgan and senior guard JoJo Fallas swarmed Northeastern star T. J. Williams, knocking the ball out of his hands. Freshman forward Josh Warren scooped up the loose ball and was fouled, going on to knock down the ensuing foul shots to put Cornell out in front by three. Williams’ potential gameNORTHEASTERN @ CORNELL tying shot hit off the front rim and Cornell FINAL 1ST 2ND players celebrat- Game: Northeastern 44 33 77 ed knocking off Cornell 40 40 80 the Huskies. “It was good to come back on our own floor, especially in front of the fans,” Morgan said. “[It’s great to] finally get a win and shoot the way we ADRIAN BOTEANU / SUN STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER did, swing the ball the way we did. It was fun to play and fun to watch For the fans | The win over Northeastern gives Cornell its first win at too.” Newman Arena and its second of the season.
he past few weeks, I’ve talked to my friends about whether it’s possible to write a graduation column without clichés. The universal opinion is that it’s impossible. Clichés go hand in hand with beginnings and endings. It’s why every movie that ends
meet people from all around the world and uncover things about ourselves. It’s kind of an absurd amount of pressure, as if someone sent us to Mars and said we couldn’t come back to Earth until we had a major epiphany about our existence. I never experienced that
Joon Lee Sports Joonalism with graduation feels corny (though I do admit, I half-wish my high school graduation was like High School Musical 3). College graduation represents one of the few opportunities for major change in a person’s life, the conclusion to a time where we’re expected to laugh, cry, learn and enjoy ourselves and finally become adults. In two weeks time, I’ll finally experience the cliché for myself when I walk across the stage at Newman Arena wearing a drapey gown and a cardboard hat and holding that $200,000 piece of paper. Movies tell us that college is supposed to be the best four years of our lives — our last chance to go crazy,
major epiphany. Sure, I definitely grew up, started wearing better clothes, gained and lost weight and matured as a person, but a lot of that is just the effects of time. I’d be lying if I said that college was the best time of my life. There have been times where I really struggled here. I’ve felt lonely and isolated being away from home. I’ve stared at empty scantron sheets, unsure of how to tackle an exam I should’ve studied more for. I’ve wanted to disassociate from my body as I walked up the slope through the brutal winds of Ithaca’s winter. I don’t think college is supposed to be the best time of our See LEE page 19