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SAE Wants Trial Moved to Ithaca
News Solar Energy
EcoVillage at Ithaca has installed a solar panel array that will offset most of its energy use. | Page 3
Fraternity death details revealed
News Different Spring Break
A group of students will volunteer in Nicaragua over spring break.
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Opinion Intrinsic Value
Ian Cohen ’14 argues in favor of obtaining a liberal arts degree. | Page 9
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Forging ties | President David Skorton, left, talks with Peretz Lavie, president of the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, before the tech campus announcement in December.
The Sun reviews Demetri Martin’s performance at the State Theatre on Thursday. | Page 11
Orgs.Debate Technion Partnership By SYLVIA RUSNAK Sun Staff Writer
The men’s squash team had its best finish in a national tournament. | Page 16
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Supported by several professors, a proPalestinian student organization is calling on the University to end its partnership with the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. The group alleges that the Technion is implicated in war crimes as a result of its involvement in Israeli military research and development. In response to a petition started by the group online, the Cornell Israel Public Affairs Committee on Sunday posted a thank-you
Two Robberies Reported on West Campus Monday Night Two people were robbed at knife-point on West Campus Monday night, according to a report from the Cornell Police. Although the victims gave different descriptions of the height and attire of their alleged assailant, both incidents occurred at “about 9:58 p.m.” and within 550 yards of each other. In both reports, the suspect was a white male, demanded the victim’s wallet and displayed a knife. Additionally, the first robber was reported to have fled toward the Ithaca City Cemetery — a block from where the second robbery was reported. Still, the first robbery was reportedly committed by a 5’10” man in a “gray hoodie,” while the second robbery was committed by a 6’4” male with a “black coat and a rag on his head,” according to reports made to police. The Ithaca Police Department is investigating the reported robberies. A preliminary search by police Monday did not locate the suspects. Witnesses said the area was swarming with police shortly after the reported incidents. — Compiled by Jeff Stein
letter to University administrators for forging the partnership. The two universities will build a tech campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City over the next 30 years. The petition, written by Students for Justice in Palestine, criticizes the Technion’s relationship with two of Israel’s major defense corporations, Elbit Systems and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. It calls the Technion “a full participant in the actions carried out by the Israeli military” that See TECHNION page 5
Gitlin ’13 Unopposed For S.A.Presidency By EMMA COURT Sun Staff Writer
Student Assembly Vice President Adam Gitlin ’13 is running uncontested to be S.A. President for the next year. No other applicants for the position turned in the materials by
As a $25 million wrongful death lawsuit against Sigma Alpha Epsilon and several Cornell students progresses, new details have emerged about the events leading up to the death of George Desdunes ’13 last February. According to documents filed in the lawsuit by Desdunes’ mother, a “noose” was tied around his neck so tightly that it left “ligature marks.” The noose, the documents say, was used in addition to zip ties and duct tape during the pledging event that preceded Desdunes’ death. In a separate development, SAE began pushing earlier this month to move the case from New York City, where it was DESDUNES ’13 filed, to Tompkins County, arguing that many potential witnesses are in the Ithaca area. Desdunes’ mother filed the lawsuit against SAE and several Cornell students in June. The suit seeks at least $25 million in damages. Desdunes, 19, who was a brother in SAE, was found on a couch at the SAE fraternity house on Feb. 25, 2011, and later died at Cayuga Medical Center. The lawsuit claims that after a hazing event in which he was tied up and given alcohol by pledge See DESDUNES page 4
This is the first time a candidate for president of the S.A. has run uncontested since the opportunity to vote for the position was extended to the entire student body in the spring of 2009, according to Corey Earle ’07, associate director of
“Up until this afternoon, I was planning on having an opponent.” Adam Gitlin ’13 the necessary due date for the position of Monday at noon, according to S.A. President Natalie Raps ’12. Gitlin said that he learned he would run unopposed Monday afternoon. “Up until this afternoon, I was planning on having an opponent and running against someone,” Gitlin said. Gitlin is the brother of Ben Gitlin ’12, the editor in chief of The Sun.
student programs and an unofficial University historian. All three presidents who were popularly elected –– Rammy Salem ’10, Vince Andrews ’11, and Natalie Raps ’12 –– ran competitive campaigns, Earle said in an email Monday. Gitlin said he will still run a campaign in order to remain in touch with the student body’s opinions and needs. See GITLIN page 4
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EcoVillage Installs Panels To Harness Solar Energy By JACOB GLICK
by the lack of opposition to the project. “I was surprised how easy it was to get consensus on this project,” Gilmore said. After 18 months of planning and con- “This was a big financial commitment, struction, EcoVillage at Ithaca completed and had a number of risk factors … a solar panel array in December that will [including] regulatory snags, mistakes in provide a majority of the community’s financial models, system design probelectrical power. lems, cost overruns, et cetera.” The system, which cost nearly Gilmore said that although these $270,000, will generate 50 kilowatts of potential snafus loomed in the minds of electricity — enough to offset between 50 the residents planning the ambitious solar and 60 percent of the community’s power panel assembly, the project team was consumption, according to a report “very upfront about the risks” and released by EcoVillage. Leaders of the pro- allowed the residents to take the risks ject say they hope that it will demonstrate “knowingly as a group.” the efficacy of renewable energy sources, Liz Walker, executive director for the such as solar power, on a small scale. EcoVillage’s Center for Sustainability “There are a lot of ideas and concepts Education, praised Gilmore and Tony for how to change our society’s dubious Henderson, a member of the electrical trajectory, but they don’t mean much company that installed the panels and an until someone actual tries living that Ecovillage resident, for their dedication way,” said Jeff Gilmore, an EcoVillage to both the idealistic and practical facets resident who of the project. helped spear- “There is a lot of value ... in having “This kind head the proof project does something you can point to and say: ‘If ject’sorganirequire a zation and they did it, why can’t I?’” ‘burning soul’ financing. or two –– in “Our particu- Jeff Gilmore this case Jeff lar style [at Gilmore and EcoVillage] is to start with the general, Tony Henderson –– to have a vision, put middle-class American lifestyle and mod- in a lot of hard work, and see it through ify it for a lower ecological footprint, all of the obstacles to the point of commore interdependency through the shar- pletion,” Walker said in an email. ing of common spaces, tools and chores, Walker also attributed the project’s and a somewhat tighter social engage- success to the village residents’ ability to ment with the neighbors.” finance it. She said that she believes the Established in 1996, EcoVillage cur- solar array will not only provide “ultrarently consists of two neighborhoods, local, ultra-clean” energy, but that it will each with 30 homes, and promotes an also prove to be an asset to the communienvironmentally-friendly lifestyle for its ty’s ongoing educational work on sustainresidents. able living practices. The solar panels project was financed Echoing Gilmore’s expectations for the in part by tax credits and loans that will project, Walker added that she sees the be paid off by residents “through the reg- project as an example she hopes other ular monthly charges for electricity,” communities choose to follow. according to its community newsletter. Gilmore spoke optimistically about Though residents will not pay significant- the possibility of moving from the smallly more for electricity from the array, er-scale success of EcoVillage’s solar proGilmore said he was pleasantly surprised ject to larger endeavors, such as projects Sun Staff Writer
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Eco-friendly | EcoVillage at Ithaca installed a new solar panel array in December. The array is expected to offset between 50 and 60 percent of the community’s power usage.
at Cornell. “Cornell already has in place many of the things needed to make such a project work,” he said. “In particular, they already own their buildings and their land.” Regardless of whether or not the project team’s services are requested by the University, Gilmore hopes that the
EcoVillage project will “have the effect of helping people expanding their ideas of what is possible for regular folks to do.” “There is a lot of value, I think, in having something you can point to and say: ‘If they did it, why can’t I?’” Gilmore said. Jacob Glick can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students Will Volunteer in Nicaragua By JONATHAN SWARTZ Sun Contributor
This spring break, a group of 22 students in Cornell’s chapter of the Bridges to Community service organization will help construct a hospital in Siuna, Nicaragua. Bridges to Community aims “to create a world where basic needs are treated as human rights” by helping provide necessities such as shelter and nutrition to poverty-stricken communities in developing countries, according to its website. As part of the Cornell trip, participants will attend a mandatory two-credit seminar prior to their departure. The students will discuss service, learning and poverty, as well as Nicaraguan culture and history. Prof. Phillip McMichael, development sociology, has advised the group since it was founded in 2004. He has contacted many of his students to volunteer with the program, according to Amy Couch ’12, president of Bridges to Community. “I worked on a project with Prof. McMichael in a developmental sociology class, and then he recommended that I take Developmental Sociology 4500, which is Bridges to Community,”
Couch said. “I went on the trip [last year] and had such a great experience, and I wanted to become more involved.” Couch said the trip proved to be a learning experience as well as a volunteer opportunity. “I got more out of engaging with the community members and learning about issues of poverty,” Couch said. “I felt like it was more of an exchange than I was serving them. What I got most out of the trip was what I learned from the people that we worked with.” Jessie Boas ’13, vice president of Bridges to Community, who also went on the trip last year, said that the program integrates both volunteering and educational aspects. “I was searching the Cornell Public Service [Center] website, and Bridges seemed to resonate very strongly with me,” she said. “I found that the educational aspect of the program was both exciting and motivating, as our studies would be applicable in the group’s journey to Nicaragua.” She also said that the program offered her a chance to gain a better understanding of a different culture. “Compared to a majority of the world, I come from a very privi-
leged background, and I believe it is essential to connect with those that are less fortunate,” Boas said. “In the past, I have become stuck in the Cornell bubble. In order to break free from this isolation, I pushed my limits and joined the Bridges team.” The trip costs about $1,700 per student. Students pay for the trip and help fundraise throughout the year, according to Couch. “We have a concert at The Nines, a raffle at Level B, Shadows Dance Troupe puts on a show for us at Bailey and the hockey team does a skate night with us,” she said. Couch said the program has helped her determine her future plans. Next year, she will return to Cornell to pursue a master’s degree in international agriculture and rural development, with McMichael as one of her advisors. “I thought international work was what I wanted to do throughout college, and traveling to Nicaragua has confirmed what I want to do and what I am passionate about,” Couch said. “[The trip] definitely impacted what I wanted to do with my life.” Jonathan Swartz can be reached at email@example.com.
GIAC Celebrates Black History Month The Greater Ithaca Activities Center held its annual Black History Month Talent Show on Friday, drawing the talents of poets, singers and dancers, according to The Ithaca Journal. “People enjoy celebrating Black History Month. It’s a special time and people want to commemorate that,” Marcia Fort, executive director of GIAC, told the Journal. Cayuga Heights Names New Police Chief
The Cayuga Heights Board of Trustees voted unanimously last week to make James Steinmetz the village’s new police chief, The Ithaca Journal reported. Steinmetz joined the Cayuga Heights Police Department in 1994 and formerly held the position of sergeant, according to The Journal. Ithaca Chipotle Will Open Tuesday
Chipotle Mexican Grill is opening its new location on Meadow Street Tuesday, The Ithaca Journal reported. The restaurant chain, known for its burritos and tacos, is now hiring. Man Arrested for Burglary
On Sunday morning, a resident of Linn Street called the police following a break-in, according to The Ithaca Journal. Charles E. Brown was charged with second-degree burglary, petit larceny, obstructing governmental administration and an open container violation after being found with the stolen property, The Journal reported. — Compiled by Dennis Liu
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SAE Files Motion to Move Wrongful Death Lawsuit to Tompkins County DESDUNES
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members, Desdunes became so intoxicated that he “required immediate medical treatment. Instead, he was taken by the pledges, still bound at the wrists and ankles, and dumped on a couch in the SAE house where he was unattended and left to die.” The lawsuit was filed on June 27 by Marie Lourdes Andre, Desdunes’ mother, in State Supreme Court in Brooklyn, where she lives. But SAE filed a motion on Feb. 2 to move the case to Tompkins County, arguing that potential witnesses would be inconvenienced by having to travel to New York City. Andre “should not be able to force virtually all of the material witnesses to travel to [Brooklyn] solely for her convenience,” SAE’s motion argued. The motion identified two cleaning service employees, as well as employees at Cayuga Medical Center, as potential witnesses. One of the cleaning service employees stated in an affidavit that he had found Desdunes in the SAE house. Attorneys for both Andre and SAE declined to comment on any part of the lawsuit. The judge in the case has not yet ruled on SAE’s motion, but a hearing is scheduled for Thursday. In other court documents, new details emerged about what Andre alleges happened to Desdunes before his death.
In addition to tying Desdunes’ hands and feet with zip ties and duct tape, the lawsuit says pledge members “tied a noose around his neck, leaving ligature marks documented in hospital records.” The zip ties, duct tape and alleged noose were part of a mock kidnapping that was a traditional SAE pledge event, court documents allege. Pledge members took Desdunes and another SAE brother to the townhouse apartments on North Campus around 1 a.m. on Feb. 25, 2011. The two fraternity brothers were tied up and quizzed about “fraternity information and lore,” and when they answered incorrectly they performed exercises or were given drinks, such as flavored syrup or vodka, the documents state. At about 5 a.m., the pledge members returned Desdunes to the SAE house, where he was left on a couch because his room was locked, Andre’s lawsuit says. Desdunes’ roommate had previously locked the room “to prevent pledges from kidnapping him while he slept.” When Desdunes was found at 7 a.m. that morning, he was still bound with the zip ties and duct tape, the lawsuit says. Andre’s lawsuit states that her son’s blood alcohol level was 0.409 after his death. However, a separate criminal complaint says Desdunes’ blood alcohol level was 0.35. By comparison, the legal limit to drive in New York State is 0.08. SAE and several of the students named in
the lawsuit filed responses denying the suit’s allegations. None of the defendants’ attorneys agreed to discuss the lawsuit for this article. Soon after Andre’s lawsuit was filed, the SAE Foundation — a nonprofit organization, distinct from the fraternity, that was also named as a defendant — brought a motion to dismiss the suit. It argued that the New York court in which the lawsuit was filed did not have jurisdiction over the Foundation, which is headquartered in Illinois. The court has not yet ruled on the motion. In addition to the SAE fraternity and the Foundation, the lawsuit names several former SAE pledges as defendants, including Max Haskin ’14, Ben Mann ’14 and Edward Williams ’14. The suit states that the pledge event took place at Williams’ dorm in the townhouse apartments. SAE’s former chapter president, vice president and several other undergraduate officers were also named as defendants. In May, Haskin, Mann, Williams and a fourth unnamed defendant who was under the age of 19 at the time were charged with misdemeanor counts of first-degree hazing and first-degree unlawfully dealing with a child in connection with Desdunes’ death. The defendants, none of whom were still enrolled at Cornell at that time, pleaded not guilty. The individual who was under 19 was also charged with tampering with physical evi-
dence after he allegedly asked his roommate “to get rid of the left-over zip ties and duct tape from the hazing incident,” the court documents state. The University withdrew recognition of SAE in March, forcing the fraternity’s members to vacate the house by the end of that month. Additionally, the SAE national organization closed the Cornell chapter and suspended all its members until they graduate. Leading up to Desdunes’ death, the lawsuit claims that SAE had “negligently implemented” an ineffective risk management policy. The fraternity had knowledge of “a staggering number of serious injuries and deaths from Greek activities, substantial flaws in its management system and the foreseeable risk of future injury and death should its activities, traditions and risk management strategies continue without meaningful change,” the court documents state. SAE’s website features an anti-hazing education program and states that the fraternity “is committed to create a safe environment for all of our members.” The lawsuit claims that SAE knew or should have known about statistics and studies showing high rates of binge drinking and alcohol-related deaths and injuries among fraternity members nationwide. Michael Linhorst can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gitlin’13 Will Be Only Candidate for S.A. Pres. GITLIN
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“I still want to speak to students and student organizations and hear their concerns and what they want the priorities of the Student Assembly to be next year,” he said. Gitlin said that as president of the S.A., he plans to continue many of the programs the body began this year. He named among his priorities streamlining funding for student organizations on campus, working on student health and safety projects, collaborating with administrators and student leaders on the University’s newly outlined diversity initiatives and working on S.A. outreach efforts. Gitlin said he will wait for the new S.A. to be elected before planning its larger agenda. Campaigning for the 25 other S.A. positions will begin Wednesday, and voting will begin March 5. Raps praised Gitlin, saying he has the experience to capably lead the organization. “As S.A. Vice President, [Gitlin] has gone above and beyond,” Raps said. “He’s worked with his own initiatives, and stayed committed to furthering the entire assembly. I couldn’t have done a lot of [what I did] without him.” She cited specific S.A. programs spearheaded by Gitlin as examples of his leadership qualities, including Cayuga’s Watchers –– a proposed program that would hire student sober monitors –– and the Learning Collabrative on High Risk Drinking “He’s had the S.A.’s support to address an issue that students as well as administrators really want to see fixed,” Raps said. “I know the S.A. is in safe hands, which is all you can really hope for in an organization.”
Roneal Desai ’13, the S.A. minority liaison at-large, said he considered running for president of the S.A. early last fall, but decided against it. “Being on the S.A. for my third year, I began to see exactly what role I thought I played, what I enjoyed doing and where I thought I could make an impact,” Desai said. “I wanted to work legislatively — on the SAFC and byline funding — and with minority groups on campus, to make sure they get the help and support they need.” Desai said he would not have been able to tackle the issues he wanted to if he had been elected S.A. president. “The president is a very administrative role; it’s primarily the liaison between the S.A. and upper-level administrators,” Desai said. “It’s a critical role … but wouldn’t give me the role I wanted.” Desai said the lack of opposition to Gitlin is a result of multiple factors, including the composition of this year’s S.A. He said, for instance, that there were fewer juniors in the organization than in previous years. Desai also said that many people on the S.A., including himself, probably found their niches in other areas. Still, he said Gitlin is more than qualified to be president. “[Gitlin] has the ability as a student to bring the student perspective to the administrative table,” Desai said. “Other student representatives are very skilled in technical expertise but don’t understand the full pantheon of student issues as [well as Gitlin] does. I’m extremely happy to see he’ll be leading the assembly next year.”
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Fuchs Says Partnership Is Meant to Foster Academic Collaboration TECHNION
also signed the petition. Partnering with Technion constituted “an endorsement of a university that is heavily involved in the Israeli militaryindustrial complex, and that decision was taken in complete secrecy, as the Provost acknowledged, without any consultation with the faculty,” Sanders said. Sanders called this collaboration “a political decision of symbolic importance” for its apparent endorsement of a situation that “doesn’t leave a good taste.” “This could be, and no doubt will be, interpreted as a warm embrace of the [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu government that funds Technion, and of the Israeli occupation,” she said. “And Technion –– much to the surprise, I think, of faculty –– is not putting forward any money whatever, so it has to be seen as a very symbolic decision. Nobody would argue that this is the best university in the world with which we could have partnered.” Fuchs said he does not support boycotting other universities. Though some students may have disagreements with the politics of a partner university’s government, he said, cooperation between two academic institutions can “contribute to the betterment of our global community.” “Cornell can be the most effective when we as individuals and as an institution exercise our academic freedom and engage with universities worldwide in collaborations and partnerships, both formal and
that oppress Palestinians. Additionally, Technion works with Rafael and Elbit, which have developed oppresses Palestinians in the West Bank technologies for use in Israeli Merkava Mark IV tanks, and which have also and Gaza Strip. Provost Kent Fuchs said the partnership helped to develop military surveillance is intended to foster academic collabora- drones used in the Gaza Strip and the West tion and was not intended as a political Bank, according to Ajl. However, CIPAC members said the statement in support of the Israeli governpetition’s accusations against the Technion ment. “We partnered with Technion in this were unfounded because it wrongly accusnew venture because of our complemen- es Israel of committing war crimes. “The petition ignores Israel’s right to tary academic expertise and strengths and our shared vision for a campus that will defend itself. With security threats from help transform New York City into a world multiple fronts and facing enemies who hub of innovation and technology com- employ civilians as human shields, Israel mercialization,” Fuchs said in an email must rely on the innovative military technologies developed by institutions such as Monday. The petition was borne out of a broad- the Technion to defend itself,” Emily er boycott against Israeli organizations, Rotbart ’12 and Yotam Arens ’12, co-presaccording to Max Ajl grad, a member of idents of CIPAC, wrote in an email. SJP brought their complaints to Fuchs SJP. in December, before Mayor Bloomberg’s decision was “This could be ... interpreted as a warm announced, according to Ajl. embrace of the Netanyahu government.” The group plans to bring the issue to the attention of the Prof. Elizabeth Sanders Faculty Senate and to hold an open discussion on the collaboration on March 1. Students are not the only opponents the “This is not our call for a boycott,” Ajl said. “We are responding to a call for a administration faces. Prof. Elizabeth boycott that was put out by Palestinian Sanders, government, said concerns were raised about the substance and process of civil society.” Ajl said Technion’s actions play a funda- Cornell’s collaboration with Technion at a mental role in developing technologies Feb 8. Faculty Senate meeting. Sanders Continued from page 1
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informal,” Fuchs said. Yet Prof. Eric Cheyfitz, English, who signed the petition, said the partnership raises ethical questions about how universities should collaborate. “The Cornell University bylaws state: that one of ‘the functions of the University Faculty shall be to consider questions of educational policy which concern more than one college, school or separate academic unit, or are general in nature,’” Cheyfitz said in an email. “In the case of the Technion partnership, no such consideration was afforded the faculty through its representatives in the Faculty Senate.” Ajl said the University’s decision could forever stain Cornell’s image. “The University made a business decision and it will go ahead with it unless it decides that it makes sense to not go ahead with it,” Ajl said. “It raises enormous questions about the University’s ethics because from now on every single war crime that the Israeli army commits, Cornell’s hand will be on it, and that raises questions about the future of this institution.” As of Monday night, the petition had 576 signatures. Editor’s note: Rebecca Harris ’14, a Sun news editor-in-training, is Chair of Political Affairs for Cornell Israel Public Affairs Committee. She was not involved in the editing of this article. Sylvia Rusnak can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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CEOs’ Clash Roils Company Behind Comic Hero Archie
NEW YORK (AP) — The past three years have been upbeat ones for Archie, the everyteen hero of one of America’s most enduring comics. He's gotten married — twice, no less. His social circle has expanded to include his first gay friend. He’s even appeared on a postage stamp. But behind the scenes, a bitter and sometimes bizarre feud has brewed at the company that produces the more than 70-year-old comic. Its two CEOs, a son of one founder and the daughter-inlaw of another, are accusing each other of all sorts of funny business. He and some other staffers say she’s a volatile, abrasive menace who has sexually harassed employees with vulgar remarks, made bad business moves and even paraded a former football player around the office to intimidate people. She says he’s a scheming chauvinist who has demeaned her, kept her in the dark about Archie Comic Publications’ finances and invented allegations to try to force her out and seize control of the company. He’s asked a court to strip her of her role at the company. She’s sued him for defamation and $100 million in damages. A judge has at least temporarily barred her from the company's suburban New York headquarters, fined her $500 over the ex-football player’s visit and vowed to appoint a temporary receiver to protect the company’s assets amid the fight if the two sides can’t choose someone on their own by Wednesday. Altogether, it’s a far cry from the congenial environs of Riverdale, the fictional town where Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead and friends have navigated dating quandaries and high school hijinks for generations. The corporate tug-of-war has gotten tongues wagging in the comics world, where “it’s pretty much the same as if two movie studio bosses fell out,” said Rich Johnston, the founder of Bleeding Cool, a London-based comics news and gossip site. It’s unclear whether the clash has had any financial impact on Archie Comic Publications Inc., which declined to release sales figures. But “it’s bad for image” at a time when the company has been eagerly looking to line up movie and other deals,
said writer and comic book historian Mark Evanier. There has been some concrete fallout: A Cleveland-area group cited the court fight in canceling speeches that Archie co-CEO Nancy Silberkleit was to give at three schools in December, according to news reports. And the other co-CEO, Jon Goldwater, has cast the stakes in dramatic terms. “An iconic American company is in serious danger of failing and being liquidated” if Silberkleit stays, Goldwater said in court papers. The trouble began after the 2007 and 2008 deaths of former Archie Comic leaders Richard Goldwater and Michael Silberkleit, sons of two of the company’s three founders. Silberkleit’s widow, Nancy, and Goldwater’s half-brother, Jonathan, became co-CEOs in 2009. Nancy Silberkleit, a former elementary-school art teacher, was to oversee scholastic and live theatrical endeavors. Jon Goldwater, who’d been a rock and pop music manager, would have final say on everything else, according to her employment contract. Each controls 50 percent of the company. Redheaded, letter-sweater-wearing Archie Andrews has been a fixture on funny pages and beyond since his 1941 debut, spawning everything from the 1969 bubblegum pop hit “Sugar, Sugar” — a real-life single by the fictional characters’ band, the Archies — to the “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” TV series in the late 1990s and early 2000s. It’s hard to measure Archie's current place in the comics market, especially because industrywide comic-book shop sales aren’t considered a good gauge for Archie, which sells more on supermarket racks. While characters and themes have been tweaked with the times, Archie’s publishers have been mindful of its wholesome image and heavily teen and preteen audience. It’s sometimes been seen as old-fashioned in a comics universe that has become edgier and more adult in recent decades. But “in the last few years, they’ve done a very good job of making the storyline more current and getting some attention for it,” said Milton Griepp, the publisher of ICv2, a website and magazine that covers the comics industry.
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Anthony, Davis Join the Linsanity
NEW YORK (AP) — Carmelo Anthony is set to rejoin the Knicks’ starting lineup and take part in the Linsanity for the first time since it began sweeping New York. The All-Star forward was in the starting lineup Monday night against the New Jersey Nets. Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni says Anthony, who missed the last seven games with a groin injury, is ready to go, and guard Baron Davis also is expected to make his season debut for New York. Anthony hasn’t played since Feb. 6, the first game Jeremy Lin became a starter with the Knicks. Anthony played six minutes against Utah, but Lin scored 28 and the Knicks won their second of what turned out to be seven straight victories. Anthony is averaging 22 points per game, but while Knicks fans have been swooning over their new point guard, they also have been fretting how Anthony and Lin will mix. “He was pretty good without him so I imagine he’ll be pretty good with him,” D'Antoni said of Anthony before the game. “Everybody will benefit from a good point guard.” Lin's emergence as the point guard the Knicks have been searching for has been a boon to the pick-and-roll offense. But that’s not Anthony’s game. “We’ll run our offense,” D’Antoni said. “Jeremy’s going to run the pick-and-roll. Melo will get the ball and do his thing. We’ll see if it’s balanced. If it's not we’ll have to balance it and all that.” D’Antoni figures Anthony and Lin will need some time to figure out what works best for each other. “Any player wants a point guard that gets him easy shots and Jeremy can do that,” the coach said. Davis has been recovering from a herniated disk in his back and an infection in his elbow, which delayed his Knicks debut. New York signed him to eventually be its starting point guard, but Lin changed those plans. The 32-year-old former All-Star will be a much-needed backup to Lin, who has played at least 26 minutes in eight of the nine games in which he has had a major role, topping 40 minutes four times. D’Antoni said Davis could also slide over to shooting guard and play with Lin. Either way, he’s a role player on the Knicks for now. “He can see what’s happening, too,” D'Antoni said of Davis. “Right now Jeremy is the starter. Nothing is ever set in stone but ... Jeremy’s playing pretty good right now.” Iman Shumpert won’t play Monday night against the Nets, D’Antoni said, because of a sore left knee. He said the rookie guard is day to day.
Monaco Prince Bloodied After Brawl in NYC Bar NEW YORK (AP) — The grandson of the late Princess Grace of Monaco was briefly hospitalized after a brawl in a New York City nightclub. Prince Pierre Casiraghi (cah-zee-RAH’-ghee) suffered cuts to his face during Saturday’s brawl. Former nightclub owner Adam Hock was arraigned Sunday on charges of assaulting the prince and three friends at the Double Seven nightspot in Manhattan's Meatpacking District. Attorney Richard Golub, who represents the 24-year-old prince, told The Associated Press that Casiraghi was treated at a hospital and released after the brawl. Golub says Casiraghi’s group did not “instigate anything” or provoke the attack.
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Plane, Copter Clip Each Other Over California; Pilots Hurt
RIO VISTA, Calif. (AP) — A small plane and a helicopter clipped each other over Northern California Sunday night, forcing both aircraft into emergency landings and leaving the two pilots with minor injuries, officials said. The six-seat Beechcraft Bonanza made a rough landing in a field just short of an airport, while the two-seat Robinson R22 helicopter set down in a field just off state Highway 160, the officials said. The accident occurred about 7 p.m. about eight miles south of the small Rio Vista Municipal Airport, halfway between Oakland and Sacramento along the Sacramento River, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said. There was no immediate word on what may have caused the accident or any details on damage to the two aircraft. The male pilot of the single-engine plane and the 29-year-old female helicopter pilot were taken to hospitals with minor injuries, Sacramento County sheriff’s Deputy Jason Ramos said. The woman had cuts to her hands, he said. The helicopter pilot was the only person aboard, and there were two aboard the plane, Gregor said. There were no reports of any injuries to the plane passenger. The helicopter pilot came down about 50 feet from the highway, turned off her fuel tank and walked to the road to get help from drivers, Sacramento County and California Highway Patrol officials at the scene told Sacramento’s KXTV-TV. The plane had taken off and intended to land at an airport in the town of Byron, some 20 miles to the south, but went down shortly before reaching it. Both aircraft had private owners, according to FAA records. The 1961 Beechcraft plane is registered to Ronald A. Gawer of Brentwood, Calif. in Contra Costa County, the records show. The 2005 Robinson helicopter is registered to a Hayward-based business owned by Matthew Spitzer and was leased to Vertical CFI, a pilot training school, Spitzer’s wife, Rosemary, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. A Vertical CFI official didn't immediately respond to a phone message. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate. Neither of the two small, two-runway airports involved have an air traffic control tower.
NYPD Monitored Muslim Students All Over Northeast NEW YORK (AP) — One autumn morning in Buffalo, N.Y., a college student named Adeela Khan logged into her email and found a message announcing an upcoming Islamic conference in Toronto. Khan clicked “forward,” sent it to a group of fellow Muslims at the University at Buffalo, and promptly forgot about it. But that simple act on Nov. 9, 2006, was enough to arouse the suspicion of an intelligence analyst at the New York Police Department, 300 miles away, who combed through her post and put her name in an official report. Marked “SECRET” in large red letters, the document went all the way to Commissioner Raymond Kelly’s office. The report, along with other documents obtained by The Associated Press, reveals how the NYPD’s intelligence division focused far beyond New York City as part of a surveillance program targeting Muslims. Police trawled daily through student websites run by Muslim student groups at Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers and 13 other colleges in the Northeast. They talked with local authorities about professors in Buffalo and even sent an undercover agent on a whitewater rafting trip, where he recorded students’ names and noted in police intelligence files how many times they prayed. Asked about the monitoring, police spokesman Paul Browne provided a list of 12 people arrested or convicted on terrorism charges in the United States and abroad who had once been members of Muslim student associations, which the NYPD referred to as MSAs. They included Jesse Morton, who this month pleaded guilty to posting online threats against the creators of the animated TV show “South Park.” He had once tried to recruit followers at Stony Brook University on Long Island, Browne said. “As a result, the NYPD deemed it prudent to get a better handle on what was occurring at MSAs,” Browne said in an email. He said police monitored student websites and collected publicly available information in 2006 and 2007. But documents show other surveillance efforts continued for years afterward. “I see a violation of civil rights here,” said Tanweer Haq, chaplain of the Muslim Student Association at Syracuse University. “Nobody wants to be on the list of the FBI or the NYPD or whatever. Muslim students want to have their own lives, their own privacy and enjoy the same freedoms and opportunities that everybody else has.” In recent months, the AP has revealed secret programs the NYPD built with help from the CIA to monitor Muslims at the places where they eat, shop and worship. The AP also published details about how police placed undercover officers at Muslim student associations in colleges within the city limits; this revelation has outraged faculty and student groups. Though the NYPD says it follows the same rules as the FBI, some of the NYPD’s activities go beyond what the FBI is allowed to do. Kelly and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg repeatedly have said that the police only follow legitimate leads about suspected criminal activity. But the latest documents mention no wrongdoing by any students.
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Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, greets supporters during a campaign stop in Steubenville, Ohio, on Monday. Santorum won several recent primaries.
Jury Selection Under Way In New Jersey Webcam Spying Case NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — The trial of a former Rutgers University student accused of using a webcam to spy on his roommate’s intimate encounter with another man could reveal some of the mystery that surrounds the case if the unidentified man in the video is called to testify. The story touched off a national conversation about the impact of bullying of young gays after the roommate, Tyler Clementi, committed suicide in 2010, in the days following the alleged spying.
The suspect, Dharun Ravi, is not charged with his death; however, he is charged with bias intimidation — a hate crime punishable by 10 years in prison — invasion of privacy and tampering with evidence and a witness. Questioning of potential jurors is scheduled to begin Wednesday. The suicide will certainly loom over the trial. When prospective jurors went to court last week to fill out questionnaires, Judge Glenn Berman told them that Clementi had killed himself.
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The Truth About Jeremy Lin
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ere’s a new, unexpected adjective to throw into the pile of puns already made to describe Jeremy Lin: or“lin”ary. Is he a basketball phenom who has shocked the sports world? Sure. But is he a trailblazer who has finally shattered the Asian American stereotype, as so many sportscasters and fans have trumpeted? Not even close. Because once we finally sober up from the week-long Linsanity fest, we will clearly see a devout Christian who got a near-perfect scores his math SAT II exam and graduated with a degree in economics from Harvard. Jeremy Lin is as neutral, bland and unas-
school and college graduation rates, despite having one of the highest household incomes and lowest crime rates, we’ve never been able to get over the leadership hump that would propel us into the upper strata of management positions. We have so much going for us. But when we enter the real world — a world where report cards and test scores are no longer yardsticks and meritocracy isn’t the name of the game — we lose our sense of direction and fail to capitalize on our favorable upbringing. Out of the companies in the Fortune 500, only 10 Asian Americans serve as either the chair, president or CEO and only 96 hold boards seats — a paltry and pathet-
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Gandhi’s controversial comments To the Editor: Re: “Arun Gandhi, Mahatma’s Grandson, Urges Nonviolence in Speech at University” News, Feb. 14 I was surprised and disappointed to see that the article concerning Arun Gandhi’s address to the University had no mention of the controversy surrounding comments made by Mr. Gandhi in an opinion piece for The Washington Post in January 2008. In the piece, Gandhi stated that Israel and the Jewish community “overplay a historic experience to the point that it begins to repulse friends” in reference to the Holocaust, adding that Israel has made a “snake pit” out of the tragedy enforced by its “superior weapons and armaments and [its] attitude toward [its] neighbors.” These comments provoked substantial outcry and ultimately led to the dissolution of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence only weeks afterward. Mr. Gandhi certainly has the right to express his opinion, yet I would hope that such views held by the article’s subject would be assessed in conjunction with the positive opinions offered. Mr. Gandhi's views on non-violence should not be sheltered from the regrettable view that, as he wrote in The Washington Post, “We have created a culture of violence (Israel and the Jews are the biggest players) and that Culture of Violence is eventually going to destroy humanity,” despite these comments being the kind that Mr. Gandhi would rather not be faced with again. Em Ludek ’12
suming as they come. He shies away from the spotlight and passes on the credit for Knicks victories to his flashier, egotistical teammates. Even when he got cut by his two former teams, he simply gritted his teeth and moved on, despite knowing that he could compete with the best. And that’s what should be most unsettling about his precipitous and unforeseen ascent to fame: His talents would have almost certainly gone unnoticed if not for a series of fortuitous injuries that fell into place at the very last moment, just before he was about to be cut again by his third team. And Lin would have just let the opportunity slip away. But maybe thanks to a little divine intervention, Jeremy Lin avoided fading forever into obscurity. Only after the Knicks’ starting point guard got a herniated disc, their leading scorer tore his groin and their allstar power forward lost his brother to a car accident did Jeremy Lin finally show the world his basketball prowess. On the court, Lin may be the AsianAmerican anomaly playing in a racially black- and white-dominated league, but he has also confirmed that Asian Americans are still the model minority that they were 160 years ago when they first arrived to California’s shores — he’s still the diligent, hardworking, goody two-shoes who walks around delicately in order to avoid stepping on other people’s toes. So Jeremy Lin hasn’t broken any AsianAmerican stereotypes. He has, in fact, affirmed them. But his underdog rise to fame — one that should have never happened — points to a larger problem. Asian Americans have reached a rut in the United States. Despite dominating the top high schools, universities and graduate schools, despite being the ethnicity with one of the highest high
ic 2.08 percent. At the prestigious National Institutes of Health, where Asian-American scientists compose 13.49 percent of the work force, only one — just one — holds a scientific director position out of the possible 27. Even in the Ivy League, where Asian Americans are estimated to compose up to 20 percent of the student populations at some schools, we have only recently managed to break the bamboo ceiling, when Dartmouth President Jim Yong Kim became the Asian American president of an Ivy League university in 2009. So here’s the cold and bitter truth: The hard work and humility that may have worked for our parents before they immigrated doesn’t work for us. The ethos of their generation, captured by the subservient China Doll and Charlie Chan archetypes of the 1960s, no longer pays off once your SAT score is high enough and your transcript is brimming with A’s. In fact, what they told us to do when we were young — to put our heads down to our desks and don’t stir up any trouble — has prepared us for lives in which we’re destined to excel at middle management and mediocrity. Are these generalizations of an entire ethnicity crude and tactless? Of course. But then again, it’s exactly this type of provocation that the Asian-American community needs. It needs be boiled up in passion. It needs to get incensed. It needs to get down and dirty, step on some toes, and create a little friction. Because if we don’t, what we have we worked so hard for? Steven Zhang is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. He may be reached at email@example.com. The Bigger Picture appears alternate Tuesdays this semester.
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Informing the Consumer
n a recent column, I wrote about the growing popularity of “ethical consumerism,” a movement that aims to incite social change through conscientious purchasing decisions. Ethical consumerism, I suggested, is predicated on consumers’ ability to get comprehensive, accurate information about the products they buy. Otherwise, it’s impossible for ethical consumers to tell whether or not a given product truly aligns with their values. There’s a corollary to this argument, though, that I think also merits discussion: Just as information is necessary to empower consumers, it’s similarly necessary to protect them. This point may seem somewhat uncontroversial, but the vehement opposition that consumer protection initiatives frequently encounter strongly suggests otherwise. Of course, consumer protection takes many forms, some of which elicit greater backlash than others. This column is chiefly concerned with access to information. Arguments against disclosure requirements for producers tend to take the following forms: First, industry interests might argue that the information being disclosed is unimportant or irrelevant to consumers’ purchasing decisions. Second, opponents argue that disclosure requirements place an undue burden on producers, who may have to change labels, rewrite contracts or conduct product testing (consider, for example, nutritional labeling). More generally, those with a distaste for market regulation might find disclosure requirements unnecessary or redundant: Consumers acting in their self-interest will naturally seek out products that maximize their well-being. If companies harm them, consumers will vote with their pocketbooks more effectively than government can regulate. And finally, some have suggested that product disclosure overwhelms consumers with information that they may not understand or know how to use; as such, these requirements inhibit efficient decision-making more than they help it. Many of these arguments, often voiced by free-market advocates, rely on the notion that the natural workings of the marketplace obviate the need for government intervention. But in instances where consumers have incomplete access to information (a situation known as informational asymmetry), government regulation in
fact facilitates market efficiency. To illustrate how this works, let’s consider a “market” we students have become all too familiar with: course enrollment. The analogy isn’t perfect, but I think it’s nonetheless very instructive as to why certain forms of consumer protection can be immensely beneficial. Every semester, students face the daunting task of picking classes for the next semester (and the even more daunting task of actually waking up in time to nab them). You can think of students as consumers “shopping” for a product, in this case, classes. Student Center, then, is something like a virtual mall, albeit one apparently designed to make its patrons utterly miserable. Innumerable factors influence our “purchases”: Is the course material interesting? Does the class fulfill a requirement? Is it at the right time? Is the professor good? These questions are answered by consulting a wide range of sources: We ask friends, check out Ratemyprofessors.com and Coursehero.com, maybe even email a professor or two. But I imagine that despite exhaustively researching courses, many of you have wound up in classes that underwhelmed or disappointed. Some of the mismatch is inevitable: Even the best information can’t compensate for actually experiencing a class. But I’m sure many of you, like me, have wished that more information about a course was made available during course enroll. Course descriptions are often brief, unhelpful or sometimes entirely nonexistent. Reviews on Ratemyprofessors.com or Coursehero.com tend to be sparse for all but the largest of classes, and even then aren’t necessarily credible. And not only are past syllabi unavailable in most colleges, but now median grade reports are gone, as well. In short, a lack of usable information can make course selection all the more daunting, and lead to decisions that we later regret. Sure, there’s always add/drop, but students then face a second
round of complications from having to order new books, or catch up on reading. Imagine how much clearer course enrollment would be if syllabi and course evaluations were publicly available for classes in all colleges (as they are in CALS). Students would have more accurate expectations regarding the content and nature of their courses, and would therefore be more likely to pick classes that truly fit their interests. And there are external benefits to more accessible information, as well: Underwhelming classes otherwise kept afloat by successive waves of unknowing students would be more quickly weeded out, and professors would have even greater incentive to improve their classes. Here, greater access to information not only benefits consumers, but also improves the entire market. The same is true on a larger scale, which is why I greet opposition to consumer protection with more than a healthy dose of skepticism. The enrollment anal-
David Murdter Murphy’s Lawyer ogy, of course, is a very basic justification for disclosure requirements, but a valid one nonetheless. Consumers have a right to accurate and comprehensive information about the goods and services they purchase, not only for their own sake, but also for the sake of a well-functioning economy. When it comes to information disclosure, the truth only sounds counterintuitive. Regulations don’t inhibit free markets. They create them. David Murdter is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Murphy’s Lawyer appears alternate Tuesdays this semester.
The Liberal Arts Malaise W
hat’s the difference between an English major and a large pizza? At least the pizza can feed a family of four.” This quote, and others like it, was often repeated in my household by my father, a successful doctor and owner of a private practice. I’m not sure what brought about his particular contempt for literary or intellectual types, but what I do know is that he is not alone in making this characteriza-
young adults to be the workforce of the future. Not to use a cliché (I can hopefully move beyond clichés, thanks to my liberal arts education), but if I had a penny for every time I’ve heard politicians and business leaders say the words, “This country doesn’t produce enough engineers,” I would have enough money to disregard the careers my education isn’t helping me reach. If my math is wrong in this calculation, I am entirely indifferent — after all, I
interesting challenge, how people are going to find jobs … I don’t know what the answer to that is but I know what the answer is not. The answer is not four years in college.” Though he did in fact critique the tendency of American educational institutions to design engineering programs as “flunkout operations,” Schrage was also taking a hard line against the “uselessness” of such things as “degrees in sociology.” It’s debatable whether or not he was arguing that such a study is actually useless or rather just valueless given the perception that degrees lead to hefty pay checks; nonetheless, I would Guest Room argue that a grand devaluation of the humanities and social sciences is taking place. It is interesting to note that the word “scholarship” can be traced back to the Greek word for, believe it or not, leisure. Scholarship was the activity of those who, like the aristocrats of old, could afford to study things that were otherwise considered useless. These were impractical fields such as poetry, philosophy, literature and — later in history — the classics. But they were also disciplines that we think of now as practical studies: Biology, chemistry, physics, economics, law and medicine were all at one point considered either branches of philosophy or magic. The great economist John Maynard Keynes once quipped that Isaac Newton, who was heav-
tion. It is not for the practical-minded, shall we say, to consider the arts to be the soul of a civilization. To most people, what is studied in the halls of liberal arts colleges (including Cornell’s College of Arts and Sciences) is useless, juvenile drivel. By this, I mean to say that such areas of study do not very easily answer the age-old parental question, “What are you going to do with that?” It is unfortunate, though unsurprising, that with the downturn in the American economy of roughly the last five years, more and more people are saying that the American university model is not satisfying its supposed core purpose of educating
am a social science guy, not a math major. I recently watched a video on Youtube titled, “Are we ready for the ‘Age of Abundance?’” in which theoretical physicist Michio Kaku and a number of other academic figures discussed the future of science and technology in the context of the future of the American economy and the world of business. One member of the panel, a research fellow from the MIT Sloan School’s Center for Digital Business named Michael Schrage, was particularly critical of the American university system. In his musings on the question of how people will find jobs in a future economy, he said, “The economics are being transformed and I think it’s going to be a very
ily interested in alchemy, “was not the first of the age of reason: He was the last of the magicians.” What once stood as metaphysical musing evolved over time into theory and scientific fact. There is no doubt in my mind that in Newton’s or Aristotle’s time, there were snarky leaders of commerce making fun of their ridiculous exploits. Nonetheless it was in minds of intellectuals like them that civilization progressed at all. It just happens to be in the areas of sociology and psychology, for instance, where great strides are being made today in the understanding of how human beings really work. This might or might not help the American job market in the long run, but I honestly don’t think either answer should impede anyone from studying these topics. The most important reason to study in such a field is interest and interest alone. Enthusiasm and fascination, after all, are what spark true inspiration, innovation and success — not big salaries. A bachelor’s degree in Arts may not get you the hefty paycheck it would have in 1960 but that makes it no less important in the grand scheme. In the short-term, all we can do is study what we love — whether that be feminist literature, high finance, tending cows or building robots — and be happy. Enjoy the ride.
Ian Cohen is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. He may be reached at email@example.com. Guest Room appears periodically this semester.
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Enter Olive Tjaden Hall and walk up the stairs in front of you. Then, open the first door on your left. You will find yourself in the Experimental Gallery, a room converted into an alternative exhibition space. Until this Thursday, the gallery is home until this Thursday to the
three-dimensional installation Unfold by Michelle Chen’13. Sit on the armchair in the corner after you’re done exploring the piece and enjoy the view. Unfold, as an installation piece, is site-specific. In simpler terms, it was designed specifically for the dimensions of the Experimental Gallery and aims to change the viewer’s perception of the environment. The space itself is a central component of the entire piece; space transforms art, then art in turn alters perception of space. An explosion of bright color on the walls initially greets you once you enter the room. The transition from the pale morning light to this colorful world is harsh, in particular for tired eyes. At first glance, the intensity of the colors overwhelms your vision; all you can do is circle the room, trying to take everything in at once. It takes a few moments to adjust but fairly quickly, the eye gets accustomed to this busy environment. Suddenly, shapes and colors come alive. Now, you can not only detect patterns and distinct shapes among the swirls but also distinguish geometrical dimensions. The piece takes up the room’s expanse. Chen carefully utilizes her entire canvas, in this case the dimensions of
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the room. This is impressive mainly because Unfold is constructed out of intricately folded hand-painted paper. On one side, her creation crosses the boundary between wall and floor. It spills out on to the lacquered, wooden floor in a perfect mirror
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image of what appears on the wall, as if reflected on water. Colors dominate the stark, blank edges of the room; mint, navy blue and red flow across the walls . These shades are entwined in undulating streaks of paint on paper. The paper is folded, much like origami, in threedimensional pyramids and secured to the wall by their bases. The points of the pyramid create depth, further emphasizing the wavy movement of the colors. The pyramids form indeterminate fluid shapes, reinforcing the concept of the graceful wave. These paper creations seem
to produce a beginning, middle and end to the installation. There is little doubt to where one should start viewing the installation. The visible white pipes and few areas of exposed brick give the room a dense quality which seems at odds with the fluid nature of the installation. These industrial characteristics ground your thoughts to the room while the sweeping pyramids on the wall lift the mind away from the earthly confines of borders and space. This internal dichotomy is represented by the title of the piece as well; the folded paper constructions make up what is Unfold. ‘Unfold’ literally denotes to opening or unwrapping the folds of something, implying a sense of freedom yet ‘folded’ denotes a contrasting notion of encasement, suggesting confinement. One detail about a visit to the Experimental Gallery that is fairly irritating: one of the crafted pyramids had fallen off the smallest wall of the room. The tape was still visible on the back of the pyramid, which made it highly improbable that it was meant to be placed there. This lack of care is irritating to say the least because it indicates a lack of appreciation for Chen’s vision. Cornell has spent hefty amounts of money to renovate campus buildings; the actual products of a student’s education at Cornell should be valued just the same if not more. After all this, one wonders if Unfold ultimately reaches its goal. Does it indeed change our perception of the space around us? Although one should not expect the almost magical power of an optical illusion when gazing at it for the first time, it does subtly change your awareness of the room. It blurs the boundaries of space, places a beginning, middle, and end to it, and connects the separate walls into one fluid area. So if you ever walk into Tjaden Hall this week for class, don’t forget to walk up the stairs and open that first door to your left. After you have observed Unfold to your heart’s satisfaction, sit down on the one chair in the corner and come to your own conclusion. Eleni Konstantopoulos is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Jokes in Cold (and Gorges) Places BY JULIA MOSER Sun Staff Writer
Sitting in the third row of the State Theatre on Thursday, the question that kept popping up in my mind was, “What kind of shampoo does Demetri Martin use?” Martin, who is 38 years old, has the luscious locks and wardrobe of an 18year-old. His humor on the other hand is that of a seasoned middle-aged man with a whimsical side, a guitar and a notepad. Those unfamiliar with Martin’s comedy should know that the notepad and guitar are essential to any Demetri Martin experience. He was first thrust into the spotlight with his 2006 comedy album, These Are Jokes, on which the best track by far is “The Jokes With Guitar”. When Martin breaks his axe out, you know you’re in for a good time. These jokes are usually one-liners that take some thinking about, like much of Martin’s comedy. While many of the guitarjokes were ones Martin-fans had heard before, they still brought forth a rousing chorus of laughter from the audience. The notepad too was expected by fans who had either seen him do stand-up before or seen his two-season long show on Comedy Central, Important Things with Demetri Martin. About half way through the evening, Martin pulled out his giant notepad on which there were graphs that included one of how fun it is to watch someone perform karaoke: pretty fun if they’re very good, then less fun when they’re a little worse, then really fun if they’re a lot worse. Martin then went on to explain that watching someone ski also follows the same graph. Antoher graph was a bar graph with one very high bar and one very small one; the high bar shows how interested you are in your kids, and the low one shows how interested Demetri Martin is interested in your kids (which, as Martin went on to say, is how you want it). The evening began with Martin announcing that his friend, who wrote for his TV show which was, for some reason, cancelled, would be opening for him. “The second comedian is not bitter about this” said the voice of Demetri Martin. Levi MacDougall, the opener, made it definitely worth getting to the State on time. Not every joke landed, but most of the time the ones that flopped did so more because of timing issues than because the content of the joke was not funny. If anything, it was worth watching MacDougall just to appreciate his bright orange sweater with elbow pads. MacDougall came back at the very end of the show upon Martin’s request just to chat. MacDougall’s improvised, or perhaps semi-improvised humor (they had ended shows this
n Sunday night, The Simpsons aired its 500th episode in what is now its 23nd season, furthering its claim as the longest running sitcom of all-time. The majority of Cornellians have only secondhand knowledge of what a world without Homer was like. Springfield, USA’s most prominent nuclear family has outlasted the USSR, the Y2K bug and Dick Cheney. Yet what really makes its survival impressive is that the show has been dying for nearly a decade. Now before I rant, let me emphasize that my adolescence was defined by this show. The Simpsons replaced The Magic School Bus as my favorite program by the time my first tooth came loose, The show was my religion and six p.m. every weekday night was my mass. Yet as I moved into my teenage years, other interests (sports, girls, recreational drugs, homework) began taking up more of my time, time I could no longer spend watching Millhouse or Apu. But what cemented my divorce from the show was the universal acknowledgement by fans and critics alike that its quality was melting down faster than a nuclear radiator under
way on a number of stops on their tour together) revealed his innate humor more than his planned jokes did. MacDougall’s and Martin’s banter was quick and extremely fun to listen to; it was almost like you were eavesdropping on two people who always seemed kind of ordinary to you, but are actually the funniest people you have ever encountered in your life. This banter at the end of the show produced the one sticky moment of Demetri Martin’s time on stage. He had asked for audience participation, which of course encourages the people one would least like to hear participating, to participate. Someone yelled out something about Ithaca’s scenery, which prompted MacDougall into a long discussion of the “Ithaca is Gorges” t-shirts. Martin snarkily added, “I wonder if anyone ever jumped wearing one of those sweatshirts.” The audience uttered a collective, “ohh…” Martin then said, “I just mean jumped, like up and down, like doing jumping jacks or something,” but it was not an ideal way to end the show. Martin’s humor is definitely not for everyone. It demands that the audience members to think for themselves- for example a joke about how black people are not a minority in the stick figure world. He relies also a lot on word play, like when he joked about how sneaky the word, “color-scheme” is. There are not very many “bits” in Martin’s routine. The longest one joke: an elaboration of how dustpans are willing to help you clean, but only to a certain extent, lasted only about a minute. Having already seen Martin perform live twice before, I knew what to expect. However, judging by the conversations taking place outside the State Theatre, most of the audience was pleasantly surprised by Martin’s unique style. Even though I had heard several of the jokes before, I still found myself laughing at nearly every punch line. The one thing
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that I noticed about this show as compared to the others of Martin’s I’ve attended, was that he seemed really tired. This is understandable considering that Martin had done a show in New York City the night before and that the Ithaca show was the last of his “Telling Jokes in Cold Places” tour. Overall however, Martin more than met my expectations, and undoubtedly exceeded those of an unbiased viewer. Julia Moser is a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences. She can be contacted at email@example.com.
It’s Not Always Sunny in Springfield Homer’s supervision. While the exact point of its downfall remains hotly disputed amongst media scholars and dudes who live in basements, there is no denying that by the mid-2000’s, the show’s dialogue was getting simpler, its jokes were getting flatter and its plots were getting dumber. I simply couldn’t handle it anymore. The revolu-
Brian Gordon Get Off My Lawn tionary show that could once boast Conon O’Brien as a head writer had become a sitcom bland enough for a Jay Leno audience to enjoy. I returned to Springfield via Hulu this weekend to watch the five most recent episodes, partly out of respect and partly out of curiosity. I respected that it had reached No. 500, a milestone that deserves recognition, no matter how ugly the breakup may have been. And I was curious
to see if Homer and the gang had regained any of their old form, ditching the daft dialogue for its bygone satirical bite. The short answer is that the show still stinks. The long answer is that it only mostly stinks. There were a handful of socially conscious moments, like when the smartphone-owning Lenny gets trapped underneath a car and yells “Help, I don’t know how to use the phone on my phone.” Another funny scene shows a dejected Otto, the town’s deadbeat bus driver, walking out of a store called “The Needle Exchange” when he discovers the store’s name is referring to sewing. There were other sporadic one-liners that would have fit well into a Colbert Report script (the Republican National Committee tells Homer, “Simply pick the white male candidate you want”), yet overall, the current manifest of The Simpsons is to its early seasons as the spinoff Joey was to Friends. The show flounders because it lacks confidence in the intellect of the viewer. In one scene, Lisa expresses hesitation about the condition of the house. Marge responds by saying “Lisa, this house is not an embarrassment.” Then there is a long pause in which nothing happens. This by itself would be funny. The script has set the
viewer up for something embarrassing to happen (i.e. Homer runs through the hallway naked, or the upstairs bathtub falls through the ceiling), thus Marge’s silence is ironic. Yet all potential for humor vanishes when Marge feels the need to explain aloud. Describing why something is funny tends to make less funny, and being walked through a joke makes you feel kind of stupid. All of this makes me wonder if the dense quality of modern Simpsons episodes reflects the modern state of the average American’s intellect. Apologies if this statement comes off as being overly snooty (I’m no Novawatcher myself), but what if the show’s current tendency to speak slow and hold its viewers’ hands through ever joke is done out of necessity, and not merely out of lazy writing? The Simpsons has been renewed for two more seasons, meaning that it will be at least a full quarter century of life on Evergreen Terrace. While I wish the show the best, I am not sure I’ll be able to handle reviewing many more episodes as the family that changed America approaches No. 600. Brian Gordon is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. Get Off My Lawn runs alternate Tuesdays this semester.
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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) â€” Sabres forward Derek Roy was still upset with himself after being robbed by Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury's pad save in the second period. He didn't miss on his next opportunity. Roy redirected Jason Pominville's centering pass through Fleury's legs for a short-handed goal as part of Buffalo's three-goal third period in securing a 6-2 win over the Penguins on Sunday. It was a game in which the Sabres snapped a four-game skid (0-3-1) and Roy finished with two goals and an assist to enjoy his best outing in nearly four months. "Finishing the chances is obviously key," said Roy, who was staring at an open side only to have Fleury kick out his left pad in preventing the Sabres from building a 3-1 lead with 7:20 left in the second period. "He made a nice save. But at the same time, you want to finish that and get up three goals and close the game out," Roy said. "In the third period, I was really mad and I wanted to go out and score a goal." It was a breakout performance for Roy, whose five points (two goals, three assists) in three games matched what he had in his previous 20 (three goals, two assists). Pominville had a goal and two assists, while Paul Gaustad, Drew Stafford and Tyler Ennis also scored in helping Buffalo (25-27-7) move out of a tie with Carolina for last place in the Eastern Conference. Deryk Engelland and Jordan Staal scored for the Penguins, who came out flat in failing to build off a 6-4 win at Philadelphia a day earlier. Backup goalie Brent Johnson's season-long struggles continued. His record dropped to 3-7-2 after being yanked early into the second period after allowing three goals on 12 shots. Though Fleury provided the Penguins an immediate lift upon taking over, he eventually allowed three goals on 12 shots as Pittsburgh (33-21-5) squandered a chance to move ahead of the fourth-place Flyers in the East. "It was a letdown for our team," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. "We knew exactly what team we were playing and what they could do and how they were going to play. We didn't execute and play that way. And early on, we gave up good opportunities, which they capitalized." Fleury stopped the first seven shots he faced, including Patrick Kaleta's penalty shot, in giving thePenguins a chance to mount a comeback in cutting Buffalo's lead to 3-2 on Staal's power-play goal 5:05 into the third. After squandering early leads in losing each of their past two games, the Sabres responded with Stafford and Roy scoring goals 2:22 apart. "Today we finished the deal," coach Lindy Ruff said. "I think the answer was getting the fourth one right away. That was the answer. ... We just kept coming." Ryan Miller was sharp, too. He made 24 saves, including stopping Staal and Evgeni Malkin on breakaway attempts in the second period. Pominville opened the scoring 52 seconds in, and Roy made it 2-0 by the 4:16 mark. The Sabres got off to a fast start despite having their pregame warmup interrupted when a light bulb broke just before Buffalo took the ice. Shards of broken glass were scattered across the ice in the Buffalo end, leading to several Sabres players requiring to have their skates re-sharpened. The NHL allowed the Sabres additional time to warm up, which they did in the Penguins end. And the start of the game was delayed for a few minutes to allow the last few Sabres players time to have their skates sharpened. "After a weird warm up, we stuck with it. Didn't want to make any excuses out of it," Pominville said. "We were able to get the lead, get it early and be good with it."
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Men’s and Women’s Tennis Fail to Defend ECAC Titles The men’s and women’s tennis teams both failed to defend their titles at the ECAC Indoor Championships over the weekend, finishing fourth and seventh, respectively, at the conclusion of the three-day event. The No. 2-seeded men, competing in Hanover, N.H., dropped a 4-2 match against Dartmouth on Sunday after falling to sixth-seeded Brown, 4-3, in the semifinals. On Friday, the Red — bolstered by a strong singles showing — had defeated Columbia, 4-2, to secure a berth in the semis. Leading Cornell in singles play was sophomore Venkat Iyer, who was undefeated in his three matches over the weekend, dropping only one set at No. 1 singles. Dartmouth’s four singles victories on Sunday against Cornell were enough to render the doubles match unnecessary. On the women’s side, the Red managed a 3-0 victory against Fairleigh Dickinson in New Haven, Conn., on Sunday after dropping its first two matches of the tournament to Princeton and Columbia by matching 5-2 scores. Against No. 43-ranked Princeton, junior Sarah O’Neil defeated the Tigers’ Hilary Bartlett — ranked No. 84 in the country — in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4. The Red put up one other point on the day, courtesy of sophomore Ryann Young at No. 3 singles, whose opponent retired in the first set of their match. On Saturday, Young contributed another point, winning an abbreviated three-set match against Columbia’s Ioana Alecsiu. At the No. 6 spot, Cornell freshman Rosemary Li defeated the Lions’ Chelsea Davis, 7-6(3), 6-3. Li also teamed with classmate Sara Perelman to win the No. 3 doubles match by a score of 8-3. Cornell clinched its seventh-place finish against Fairleigh Dickinson behind singles victories from junior Christine Ordway and Young, and a doubles win courtesy of Li and Perelman. The men’s team returns to action next weekend for the Blue-Gray Invitational from Feb. 24-26 in Montgomery, Ala. Meanwhile, the women will visit Binghamton on Feb. 26 before another non-league home match against Army on Feb. 29. — Compiled by Sports Staff
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who has been injured leading up to Heps. “It was a good final tune-up before Heps; for some of the guys who have been injured, making sure that those guys are 100 percent ready to go [this week],” he said. In addition to serving as a stepping-stone for Heps, the Deneault Invite had a fair share of strong performances by the Red. Highlights of the meet were when two freshmen broke school records. In the men’s shot put, Stephen Mozia broke a 37-year-old record with a throw of 62-8, while in the women’s 300m Katie Woodford broke a 20-year-old record with a time of 39.11. In addition to Mozia, the men’s team won seven total events. Freshman Rutger Admirand won the 800m with a time of 1:51.56. Sophomore Montez Blair won the high jump with a leap of 7.25, while sophomore Peter Roach placed first in pole vault with a height of 16-4.75. Sophomore Mike Rabbitt claimed the 400m with a time of 49.65. The men’s team finished the day with 24 IC4A qualifiers. On the women’s side, the Red captured 10 total events. In the 800m, freshman Jade Williams won with a time of 2:10.71. In the high jump, sophomore Jennifer Bush cleared 5-7 to take first, while freshman Lindsey Enders claimed pole vault, clearing 12-5.5. In the 400m, sophomore Libby O’Brien took first with a time of 57.25. The Red is now focused and poised to come out strong in the fight for the Heps crown. Schilkowsky believes that this is going to be a two-team competition between Cornell and Princeton. “Princeton and Cornell this year have the two best teams that the Ivy League has ever seen in track and field, and it’s going to be an absolute slugfest,” he said. “Every single race is going to be us going after each other. If you really want to see great competition between two great nationally elite teams, then you want to be here in Barton Hall this weekend. All year the coaches, [us], train to be 100 percent ready to go this weekend.” Aaronson expressed that the time to perform at the team’s highest potential is now. “If you’re going to peak at a time in the indoor season, it’s now; that’s what the indoor season is built around is the Heps,” he said “At a [school] like Cornell, it’s hard to only focus on sports with the rigorous academic schedule, but everyone is doing everything they can to get their work done early and get well rested.” For the seniors, this weekend will mark their final indoor Heps — a feeling that senior co-captain Melissa Hewitt is just now realizing. “It’s bittersweet,” she said. “I’m excited because we’re at home. I feel like I’m putting a little more pressure on myself
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Moving on up | The Cornell track team looks to dethrone the current indoor Heps champion, Princeton, this coming weekend.
to win.” For many first-time Cornell competitors, this is more than just their chance to compete for the team; this weekend is a chance for the rookie athletes to cement themselves as a force to contend with for years to come. Schilkowsky offered words of advice to his teammates competing for the first time. “Just relax, and trust your training,” he said. “We train harder than anyone else in the league here at Cornell, so we know that we’re going to be ready to go and throw down some really good times this weekend.” According to Hewitt, Princeton should be prepared for the Red because Cornell is determined to dethrone the Tigers. “I’m sure they’re pretty confident, but I don’t think they know what’s coming,” she said. Hewitt and her teammates will enter Heps with the hope that not only will they emerge victorious, but they will do so surrounded by their fellow Cornellians, in what they said would be a “sea of red.” Juan Carlos Toledo can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Red Looks Ahead to Final Five Games the No. 1 team in the league. midable of an opponent and never Undefeated in all of their Ivy games, let the Red close the gap within 10 and on a 12-game winning streak, points of their lead. Cornell’s defense set the tone for the Tigers were bound to be a chal“We didn’t execute offensively, the game, playing a tight zone and lenge for Cornell. and never really got into a scoring holding Penn to a 22 percent shoot“We go into every game with the flow,” Lane said. “They controlled ing average. In the final minutes, same mentali- the tempo of the game … We have ty,” Lane said. to set the tone no matter how good PRINCETON 75 “They’re obvi- or bad the other team is. We let CORNELL 39 ously a good them take us out of our offense … Game: 1ST Tot 2nd team, a cham- We have to be able to execute our Columbia 39 75 36 pionship team, offense even if we’re playing the Cornell 18 39 21 and the best worst team in the league.” Cornell’s season continues next team in the Flynn and junior Clare Fitzpatrick league, but that doesn’t change the weekend at home, as the team will created a strong defensive tandem, way we approach the game.” face Brown and Yale. With five preventing Penn from making cruCornell’s Anyanwu and games left in the season, the Red will cial baskets towards the end of the DiMagno were the first to score in have only a few chances remaining game. the game, but the Tigers began a 22 to work on the things it has focused “We made plays; we set one consecutive-point run which secured on all season. another off,” Flynn said. “At the very them a formidable lead, 39-18. “We want to make sure we stay end, we were making sure consistent throughout the to not let them get a shot “We didn’t play our best game — it was games,” Flynn said. “We off. Each player knew have been making steps to close at the end, but we got the win and we exactly what they were this … It’s been one of our doing … everyone was on got it done.” biggest themes …If we the same page for every make sure we put in the play. Everyone con- Spencer Lane entire 40 minutes, I tributed to the game, and believe we can really upset every point counted.” “It was a game for learning some teams in this league.” “We didn’t play our best game — opportunities,” Flynn said. “For “We didn’t get the outcome [this it was close at the end, but we got each four minute increment, we weekend] that we wanted, but we the win and we got it done,” Lane tried to make sure we stopped them got a win, which is something to be said. on defense, that we outscored them. proud of,” Lane said. “[Next weekThis was the second time that It didn’t pan out as we hoped, but we end] we’re hoping to get two home Cornell defeated Penn this season; had that mentality of going on step wins and finish above the 500-mark in the Ivy League.” the Red beat the Quakers earlier in at a time.” Flynn, DiMagno and Fitzpatrick the season, 67-53. With Friday night’s win secured, contributed points for the Red; Rebecca Velez can be reached at the Red moved on to face Princeton, however, the Tigers proved too for- email@example.com.
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Tandem team | Juniors Clare Fitzpatrick (above) and Taylor Flynn created a strong defensive tandem, which prevented Penn from claiming the win.
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TUESDAY FEBRUARY 21, 2012
C.U. Finishes Fourth at National Championships By LAUREN RITTER Sun Assistant Sports Editor
Cornell placed fourth overall over the weekend at the College Squash Association’s National Men’s Team Championships — marking the highest finish in program history. The unprecedented weekend campaign began Friday afternoon in Princeton, N.J., when the No. 6 Red (13-7, 4-3 Ivy League) handed No. 3-ranked Yale (15-3, 6-1) an 8-1 upset, in Cornell’s first-ever quarterfinal win at the event. “We came into [the match against Yale] with an opportunity of a lifetime — it was one of our only times to prove to Cornell who we really were because throughout the year we have these expectations and never fulfilled them,” said junior Arjun Gupta. “We were like this time we all have to come together one time, one time for nationals because this is where it all matters.” The victory over the Bulldogs was only the third or the Red in the teams’ 53-meet series. Cornell entered Friday’s matchup hoping to avenge a 5-4 loss to Yale on Jan. 14. Defeating the Bulldogs ensured the Red a Top-4 finish in the Potter Cup. “We came through and we all played as one and played together as a team,” Gupta said. “It was the only time that we beat Yale in [the current squad’s] history and the only time that Cornell has passed the quarterfinals in the national championship ... it meant a lot to us and [head coach Mark
Devoy]. Junior Rishi Jalan (No. 9) and Gupta (No. 6) gave the Red its first two wins on Friday against Yale by beating each of their opponents in four sets. Jalan improved to 12-0 for the season with the win. Senior Thomas Spettigue finished the sweep for the first wave of matches, rallying from a two-games deficit to defeat Yale’s Richard Dodd at the No. 3-position. Freshman Ryan Todd (No. 8) improved Cornell’s lead to 4-0 with a five-game victory, before senior co-captain Alex Domenick (No. 2) beat Yale’s Hywel Robinson in threestraight games — clinching the victory for the Red. Senior Will Hartigan, junior Nick Sachvie and freshman Aditya Jagtap also won their matches. On Saturday the Red faced No. 2ranked Princeton (15-1, 7-0) in the national semi-finals; however, Cornell was unable to secure the win, eventually falling to the Tigers, 7-2. Spettigue and Jagtap gave the Red its only victories of the day at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. Princeton went on to claim the national championship title the following afternoon, upsetting 13-time defending champion Trinity (16-1), 5-4. The Red went racquet-to-racquet against Harvard (16-4, 5-2) in Sunday’s third-place match at Princeton’s Jadwin Squash Courts. Cornell was unable to stave off a Crimson win, ultimately falling to the Cambridge rival, 5-4. “We ended up losing to Harvard, 5-4,
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King Arjun | Junior Arjun Gupta finished 2-1 over the weekend, falling to Princeton on Saturday, but beating both Yale and Harvard on Friday and Sunday.
but we all fought really hard,” Gupta said. “It could have gone either way, but we all fought hard and played well and that’s what counts. We’re not too disappointed with our loss to Harvard.” After the first wave of matchups, Spettigue and Gupta provided Cornell with a 2-1 lead; however, Hartigan was the only Red player to secure a win in the second rotation. Coming down to the final three, junior Owen Butler defeated his opponent in the No. 7-position to give the Red its fourth point. The final two Cornell players were unable to overcome their Crimson counterparts, thus giving Harvard the 5-4 victory and third-place title. “I lost my last collegiate match and I hate losing — anyone on my team will tell you that,” Domenick said. “But, I have no regrets for my squash career. As a whole, I
have played on many U.S. teams and I’ve played very well. I thought this year I played very well. Even though it didn’t end the way I wanted, I have no regrets.” While team competition has ended for Cornell’s squad, some players will travel to the CSA’s Individual Championships on March 2-4. “Every year the Top-64 players play at the [College Squash Association’s Individual National Championships,] so a lot of Cornell players will go because ... a lot of our players will be in the Yop-64,” Jalan said. “Last year Nick Sachvie was Rookie of the Year and finished No. 2 in the country, so we have great expectations for Cornell squash.” Lauren Ritter can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Red Pulls Out Close Win Over Quakers By REBECCA VELEZ Sun Staff Writer
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ZZ Top | Junior Zachary Zeller was a member of the the Heps squad at the end of his outdoor season, where he placed sixth in the 110m high hurdles at the 2011 Outdoor Heps Championships.
TRACK & FIELD
Deneault Invite Prepares Squad for Heps By JUAN CARLOS TOLEDO Sun Staff Writer
Months of training, weightlifting, dieting, nursing injuries and mentally preparing will culminate in the Heps indoor finals this weekend at Barton Hall for the men’s and women’s track and field teams. After the disappointment of being dethroned by Princeton one year ago, the Red is focused and gearing up for a chance to reclaim
its title as Heps champion. In preparation for Heps, Cornell hosted the Deneault Invite on Saturday, Feb. 18. This meet was a chance for many athletes to sit out and rest in preparation for the Heps, as well as an opportunity for the few remaining athletes still on the bubble to show their coaches and their teammates why they belong on the Heps squad. “Every year [the Deneault Invite] is a great meet,” said senior
short sprinter Chase Aaronson. “It’s everyone’s chance to either rest up for Heps or prove themselves for the Heps team. Every single year we have some great performances that come out of nowhere.” Sophomore mid-distance runner John Schilkowsky described how important a meet like the Deneasult Invite is for an athlete See TRACK page 15
Cornell (10-13, 4-5 Ivy League) came away with mixed results over the weekend, defeating Penn (10-13, 3-6) in a close game, 4542, before losing to Princeton (19-4, 9-0), 75-39. Cornell started off on a good foot on Friday night against Penn, with the Red finishing the first half ahead, 24-14. Both sophomore guard Allyson DiMagno and senior forward Maka Anyanwu contributed four points, while junior guard Taylor Flynn sunk a 3pointer towards the end of the half. “We had already beaten Penn so we knew they were going to be hungry for that win,” PENN said junior guard 42 Spencer Lane. “We CORNELL 45 tried to go out with as 1ST Tot 2nd much energy as possi- Game: Penn 14 42 28 ble.” Cornell 24 45 21 The Quakers staged more of a fight in the second half, going on a run that would bring them to tie the score at 42-42 with a little over three minutes remaining. From theat moment on it was a battle to the finish, as both teams fought to hold the lead. With 70 seconds remaining, Lane made her second of two free throws to put the Red ahead 43-42. In the remaining minute Penn fouled DiMagno, who sank both free throws — lifting the game to 45-42. “There were some things that we could improve on,” Flynn said. “The biggest thing we took away from this game was having a good early start and keeping our ground. No matter how much they fight back, we can hold them down and pull through in the very end.” Cornell’s defense definitely set the tone for the game, playing a See W. B-BALL page 15