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In Faculty Renewal Push, C.U. Seeks Jobs for Spouses
Building the basics
By CAROLINE FLAX Sun Staff Writer
This article is the second in a series about hiring initiatives and faculty renewal at the University.
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Students attend a reception Wednesday for “Proceed With Caution,” an exhibit in Sibley Hall. Attendees were able to see a development center built by Cornellians for a mixed housing complex in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Undocumented Student to Pay C.U.Debt By AKANE OTANI Sun Senior Writer
One week ago, Eric Hyun Jae Cheon ’12, an undocumented student, was not sure he would be able to stay enrolled at Cornell for much longer. As a result of strong support from students, alumni and DREAM Act activists around the country, however, Cheon discovered Wednesday that he will be able to finish his final semester. Saddled with $10,000 in outstanding tuition from the fall 2011 semester — a debt he needed to
pay by Friday in order to remain enrolled at the University — Cheon launched a fundraising campaign on Feb. 14 to fight to stay at Cornell. Ineligible for federal financial aid or loans as an illegal immigrant, Cheon had, in the past, taken a leave of absence to work full-time to afford his education. But after sharing his story, Cheon saw a wave of donations that has given him a chance to stay and complete his senior year at Cornell.
Dong Quan Hao, Engineering Graduate Student, Dies of Unknown Causes at 27 Dong Quan Hao grad, who was pursuing a degree in the field of materials science and engineering, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, the University announced Wednesday. The cause of Hao’s death has not yet been released. He was 27 years old. During his time at Cornell, Hao served as president of the Engineering Graduate Student Association from 2009 to 2010. He was recognized as a FlexEBio fellow for his work in the field of flexible electronics for biological and life science applications at Cornell. According to an email sent to students, faculty and staff in the College of Engineering by Lance Collins, dean of the College of Engineering, several students said that Hao was “the best [teaching assistant] they ever had at Cornell.” “Dong will be remembered for his joyful smile and his willingness to always lend a helping hand no matter what the project [was],” Collins wrote. In a statement Wednesday, President David Skorton asked the Cornell community to take a “moment to acknowledge the tragic loss of a cherished member of our community.” Hao was a temporary teaching assisstant for Prof. Peter Thomas Wolczanski, Chemistry, two years ago. “[Hao] was a great kid, we had a lot of fun together,” Wolczanski said. Plans to commemorate Hao’s life will be made in consultation with his family and friends, according to the University. — Compiled by Liz Camuti
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As the University prepares to replace retiring professors as part of an ongoing faculty renewal initiative, administrators say they are prioritizing securing employment for the spouses and partners of new recruits. This push comes despite some challenges Ithaca poses to hiring. Because Cornell has started a hiring wave this year, the number of people who take advantage of the Dual Career Program — which helps spouses and partners of Cornell faculty recruits find jobs in Ithaca — Because Ithaca is a small may increase, accord- city without many ing to Allan Bishop, senior director of well-known industries, administrative human resources at Cornell’s Cornell often has Recruitment and difficulty drawing potential Employment Center. “Based on the focus faculty members. on faculty renewal, we would expect to see additional faculty hires and an increase in the number of couples that would be served,” Bishop said. Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Peter Lepage said that one of the major challenges when hiring new faculty is finding employment for the recruited faculty’s partners and spouses. Because Ithaca is a small city without many well-known industries, Cornell often has difficulty drawing potential faculty members and their partners to the University, according to Lepage. Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs John Siliciano said many new faculty members are apprehensive about taking jobs at Cornell because they need to find employment for both themselves and a See RENEWAL page 4
News Officer’s Best Friend
CUPD honors Sabre, a fallen canine comrade and Cornell’s first police dog, . | Page 3
Opinion The Keys to My Heart
Hazel Gunapala ’12 explains why she worships the art of texting in relationships. | Page 9
Dining Don’t Choke
The Sun experiments with cooking the world’s hippest vegetable — the artichoke. | Page 10
Arts Music to My Ears
The Sun reviews newlyreleased albums by bands Sleigh Bells. | Page 11
Sports What’s Up Wrestling?
Steve Basak ’12 answers 10 questions about wrestling, Wegmans and more. | Page 19 FIONA MODRAK / SUN SENIOR PHOTOFGRAPHER
Architecture students decorate the windows of Rand Hall Wednesday in preparation for Dragon Day, which falls on the Friday before Spring Break.
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C.U. Honors Police Dog For ‘Hearts He Touched’
By MANU RATHORE Sun Staff Writer
A somber mood settled over the Annabel Taylor Chapel where Sabre, Cornell’s first police dog, was honored by the Cornell University Police Department and members of the Cornell and Ithaca community Wednesday in a memorial service. Sabre died last month at the age of 12. CUPD officers arrived in full uniform to remember the fallen K-9 team member. Sergeant Anthony Tostanoski and Investigator Daniel Gonzalez, members of the Honor Guard, flanked a table on which two candles burned to symbolize a deceased comrade. “It’s been such a hard time since this happened and I didn’t realize how many hearts Sabre touched,” said Lieutenant Jeffrey Montesano, Sabre’s handler. “I can’t thank you all enough.” Rev. Janet Shortall, started the service with a prayer and opening remarks. “It is a bittersweet occasion when a police dog transitions to retirement,” she said.
CUPD Chief Kathy Zoner followed with a welcome address and a poem. The 12-year-old dog died of a chronic infection, The Sun reported last month. Trained to detect explosives, Sabre served the CUPD for eight years, keeping venues safe for Cornell students and visiting dignitaries such as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, former President Bill Clinton and the Dalai Lama. Sabre’s services were also employed throughout the county, including at the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport and local schools, before he was retired in 2008. “His skills were renowned in not only our community but also in the entire Southern Tier,” Zoner said, “Sabre was a celebrity on this campus.” Officer Kevin Noterfonzo, handler of the K-9 unit’s new dog, Reggie, spoke at the memorial, emphasizing the bond between the canine and his handler, Montesano. “There are no words to describe the inseparable bond between a canine and his handler,” Noterfonzo said.
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In memorial | Jeffrey Montesano, Sabre’s K-9 handler, and CUPD Chief Kathy Zoner bow their heads in prayer during a memorial service at Anabel Taylor Chapel for the dog.
Noterfonzo presented Montesano with a memory plaque for Sabre in the ceremony. Montesano was emotional and welled up at the ceremony for the dog, who had stayed with the Montesano family after his retirement from the K-9 team and as the mascot of CUPD. Montesano and Sabre’s K-9 team will be succeeded by Noterfonzo and Reggie, who graduated from the Southern Tier Police Canine Association Training in 2007. The pair have successfully complet-
Sen.Gillibrand to Speak at Cornell By DAN TEMEL
fectly and we are looking forward to hear her perspective.” Rob de la Fuente, director of the Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) Office of Volunteer Programs at will visit Cornell on March 2 to give Cornell, called Gillibrand a “great the keynote speech at the annual example” for women — and men — meeting of the President’s Council of hoping to get into politics. Cornell Women, which advises the “Personally and professionally I University president on women’s am very honored that she is comissues. ing,” Fuente said. “It is amazing for “We are delighted to have Senator our annual meeting to have such a Gillibrand speak at our upcoming high-caliber person speaking.” Gillibrand will run “Personally and professionally, I am for re-election in the fall, hoping to keep the very honored that she is coming.” seat she won in a 2010 special election. Rob de la Fuente Gillibrand succeeded then-Senator Hillary annual PCCW meeting on campus,” Rodham Clinton who left office said Julie Crotty ’87, JD ’96, MBA after she was appointed Secretary of ’96, president of the PCCW. “The State in 2009. Clinton, who visited theme of the meeting is Women in Cornell for the 10th anniversary Politics, which we thought would be PCCW conference in April 2000 timely, given the national elections when she was first lady, also delivtaking place this year. Senator ered a keynote speech on issues faced Gillibrand fits into the theme per-
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by women in politics. “This is what PCCW is about — women reaching out and engaging in their civic communities,” de la Fuente said. The conference will be Gillibrand’s second public appearance at Cornell; the senator sat on a panel at the College of Veterinary Medicine to discuss regional economic development efforts in spring 2009. Other past speakers at PCCW meetings include New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and business executive Sheryl WuDunn ’81. The PCCW was founded in 1990 by then-University President Frank T. Rhodes. The organization states as its mission “[the advancement of ] the involvement and leadership of women students, faculty, staff and alumnae within Cornell University.” Dan Temel can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ed 120 hours of scent detection school as a team, according to CUPD. Sabre’s memorial service lasted about 30 minutes and was followed by a reception in the Founder’s Room in Annabel Taylor Hall. Rebecca Harris contributed reporting to this article. Manu Rathore can be reached at email@example.com.
Village of Cayuga Heights Names New Chief of Police The Board of Trustees of the Village of Cayuga Heights voted in January to appoint James Steinmetz the new chief of the village’s police department. Steinmetz, who has worked for the department for almost 18 years, replaces former police chief Thomas Boyce. Following Boyce’s retirement on Jan. 27, the board made its decision to appoint Steinmetz to the position at a Feb. 13 meeting at the village’s Marcham Hall, according to The Ithaca Journal. “Given [Steinmetz’s] experience and conversations we had with him, it made sense to move him up,” Mayor Kate Supron told The Journal. After five years of service, Boyce retired to pursue “another career option” with the Delaware State Police, Steinmetz said. As the new chief of police, Steinmetz — who was a sergeant before his promotion — said his primary goal is “[to maintain] a safe and healthy community and to meet the challenges of these tough economic times.” He added that two of his top priorities are “to maintain our outstanding community service to our residents” and to continue persistent enforcement of vehicle and traffic laws in the village. Steinmetz said that he encourages anybody, village resident or not, to call or contact him with questions or concerns. “I have an open door policy,” Steinmetz said. “Don’t be afraid to come talk to me.” — Compiled by Rebecca Friedman
Administartors at Yale University plan to reform science teaching and upgrade science facilities to help combat the drift of prospective science majors to other fields, The Yale Daily News reported on Wednesday.
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Big woman on campus | Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), right, talks with fellow lawmakers at a news conference in Washington. Gillibrand will speak at the annual meeting of the President’s Council of Cornell Women on March 2.
The Harvard College Microrobotics Laboratory developed a new fabrication technique for creating robotic insects, The Harvard Crimson reported on Wednesday. The technique is the latest development in the RoboBee project, which aims to produce autonomous robots about the size of a quarter. — Compiled by Danielle Sochaczevski
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Univ. Hopes to Attract Faculty Couples With ‘Dual Career’ RENEWAL
very competitive market [in the Ithaca area],” Wagstaff said. An additional challenge, Wagstaff spouse or a partner. said, is finding long-term positions for “What you often hear is that Cornell the partners. has a ‘dual career’ problem. Looking at it “Some of the challenges of the proup close, that implies that Cornell is not gram are that the individuals that aren’t doing what it should,” Silicano said. being recruited … are accommodated “[Ithaca] does not offer the depth of jobs in a potential employment situation that one can find elsewhere, but Cornell that is going to be satisfying for them itself is as good as a program as you’ll long term,” Wagstaff said. “It needs to find anywhere else.” be a good career move for [the partVice President for Human Resources ner].” Mary Opperman noted that hiring Wagstaff added that companies in Ithaca are enthusiastic about the new talent pool because “If both of them aren’t happy then Cornell’s recruitment stratenobody’s happy, and then they end gies may bring the qualified up leaving.” spouses of professors to Ithaca. Prof. Robert Harris-Warrick “[Companies] are absolutely thrilled at the spouses has always been a priority of the opportunity of being able to recruit some University, but the faculty renewal initia- very high-caliber candidates who, if it tive has presented new challenges for were not for their spouse coming to Cornell’s “dual career” problem. Cornell, would be very difficult to recruit Spouse employment is becoming them to a small community like Ithaca,” more important because of faculty Wagstaff said. renewal, Opperman said. These candidates are brought to Kelly Wagstaff, director of the Dual Ithaca because of Cornell, but, it is Career Program, said that she works to equally as important that they feel find opportunities for spouses and part- included in the new community, accordners of prospective professors. ing to Siliciano. “The jobs are there but it’s just a very, “What you want a dual career spouse Continued from page 1
to feel is that he or she, although they followed somebody to Ithaca, they’re really welcome and a full part of it,” Siliciano said. “That really keeps the couple here more successfully. We look to make sure placements evolve to a point where the person who follows is motivated to stay here.” Prof. Robert Harris-Warrick, neurobiology and behavior, noted the consequences of a spouse or partner not finding employment after a move to Ithaca. “If both of them aren’t happy then nobody’s happy, and then they end up leaving,” Harris-Warrick said. The University hired fewer people during the financial crisis and many qualified recruits were not taken due to financial constraints, according to Siliciano, with faculty hires dropping by about 50 percent in 2008 and 2009. Now, however, the search is beginning to pick up again, he said. With the $100 million the University has raised for faculty renewal, Lepage noted that there is an opportunity to increase dual hiring. Cornell collected $50 million from outside donations and another $50 million in contributions from the undergraduate colleges — proportional to each college’s budget and need for new faculty — Provost Kent Fuchs said in an interview last semester.
With new money for hiring, the University can offer jobs to couples, allowing Cornell to attract spouses who can both contribute to the University, Lepage said. Prof. Lori Khatchadourian, Near Eastern studies, was hired under the faculty renewal initiative — along with her husband, Prof. Adam Smith, anthropology. “Various units of the college worked hard to coordinate efforts and overcome the challenges that these situations present, and the net result was a positive experience ... Cornell accommodated our needs by hiring us both,” Khatchadourian said. Harris-Warrick — who joined the Cornell faculty in 1980 — said that when new faculty members are being courted by the University, they often want to move to Ithaca with a spouse or a partner. “This is the rule — not the exception,” Harris-Warrick said. “If Cornell didn’t do anything about it we would never hire anybody. So it’s a survival issue for Cornell to be able to get top quality people — there just aren’t many of them who are single or who have spouses who don’t work.” Caroline Flax can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Undocumented Student ‘Astonished’ by Support UNDOCUMENTED Continued from page 1
“It happened in the middle of work,” Cheon said, recalling the moment on Tuesday when he learned he had reached his fundraising goal. “I was working at the restaurant and then Adrian [Palma ’13] called me and said, ‘Did you hear we passed $10,000?’” One of Cheon’s co-workers at the restaurant, Laura Schwartz ’12, said she did not realize Cheon was an undocumented student until she saw his personal website by chance. Stunned, Schwartz said she spent the week refreshing the website to see how close Cheon was to his fundraising goal. “I thought, oh my gosh, that’s Eric … If anybody deserves to be here, it’s him,” Schwartz said. “I felt I needed to help him. I’m really proud of him for getting as far as he did.” The outpouring of support was “astonishing,” Cheon said, adding, “I just realized that Cornell is such a good place. I feel like this is the first time I’ve been truly happy here.” Although Cheon, by speaking publicly about his undocumented status, risks deportation, he said he is not considering the possibility right now. He hopes that other undocumented students will also come forward and share their stories. Palma, who helped publicize Cheon’s fundraising campaign, said that by “putting a personal face to the issue,” Cheon sparked support for other undocumented students in the community. “Hopefully this will help undocumented students at Cornell know that Cornell students are willing to think outside of academics and daily tasks and think about a community that is out there,” Palma said. “That’s the beauty of it … that a community united to help him out.” With $20,000 left to pay toward spring semester tuition, Cheon said “it’s not the end of the story.” Still, he expressed his gratitude to those who reached out to him. “It doesn’t really matter if you donated or signed a petition. No gift is too small,” Cheon said. “The fact that [people] went to my blog, were interested and wanted to know about me really gives me courage and strength. I really thank everybody.” Akane Otani can be reached at email@example.com.
Newark Mayor: NYPD’s Muslim Files ‘Deeply Offensive’
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The mayor and police director of New Jersey’s largest city said Wednesday the New York Police Department misled their city and never told them it was conducting a widespread spying operation on Newark’s Muslim neighborhoods. Had they known, they said, they never would have allowed it. “If anyone in my police department had known this was a blanket investigation of individuals based on nothing but their religion, that strikes at the core of our beliefs and my beliefs very personally, and it would have merited a far sterner response,” Newark Mayor Cory Booker said. In mid-2007, the NYPD’s secretive Demographics Unit fanned out across Newark, photographing every mosque and eavesdropping in Muslim businesses. The findings were cataloged in a 60page report, obtained by The Associated Press, that served as a police guidebook to Newark’s Muslims. There was no mention of terrorism or any criminal wrongdoing. Officials reacted strongly on Wednesday. “It is deeply offensive to me to do blanket surveillance for no reason other than religious affiliation,” said Booker, who called on his state’s attorney general to investigate. Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio, who was deputy chief of the department at the time, said the NYPD asked to be shown around the city. New York police said it was part of an investigation but never revealed what it was about, DeMaio said. “We really want to be clear: This type of activity is not what the Newark PD would ever do,” he said. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who was the top federal prosecutor in the state in 2007, said he didn’t remember the NYPD ever approaching him about surveillance in the city or a threat that would justify it. He called the Newark report “disturbing” and said Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa was looking into the report. “The NYPD has at times developed a reputation of asking forgiveness rather than permission,” he said.
N.Y. Law Enforcers Push For Expanded DNA Database BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to make New York the first state to require every convicted criminal to provide a DNA sample was endorsed Wednesday by law enforcers who listed among their reasons the need to satisfy potential jurors who’ve come to expect the scientific evidence from watching crime dramas. The state currently limits DNA testing to certain felony and misdemeanor convictions, meaning about 48 percent of criminals are required to give samples. Pending legislation would expand the law to cover all remaining criminal misdemeanors, along with felonies like aggravated animal cruelty or driving while intoxicated that fall under statutes such as traffic and business law. “DNA is undoubtedly the single most important advancement of a generation,” Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita III said during a news conference in Buffalo, attended by dozens of law enforcers from surrounding towns and counties who support the measure. Not only does DNA evidence help solve crimes and exonerate the innocent, officials said, it’s a tool jurors now look for, thanks to any number of television crime shows. “Frankly, I think jurors expect it now,” said Niagara County District Attorney Michael Violante, who said prosecutors have begun asking potential jurors if they’d have trouble convicting someone without DNA evidence.
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A Candidate’s Responsibility The vast majority of the positions on the Student Assembly will be contested this year with one notable exception: president. As The Sun reported Tuesday, current S.A. Executive Vice President Adam Gitlin ’13 will run unopposed for the S.A.’s top position. While Gitlin has proven himself over the course of his time on the S.A. to be a natural leader, and The Sun endorses his candidacy, the students deserve a voice in electing their leadership. Even though he is running unopposed, Gitlin has a responsibility prior to the election to put forth a clear and specific platform informing the student body of his vision for Cornell. Since his election to the Student Assembly during his first semester on campus, Gitlin has proven himself to be an active member and an influential voice. His previous responsibilities as the S.A. vice president of internal operations and his current role as executive vice president give him a strong understanding of the Assembly’s inner workings. Gitlin has also established himself as a leading advocate for alcohol safety, working on promoting awareness of medical amnesty and spearheading the “Cayuga’s Watchers” initiative. We trust that he will make the transition from overseeing the day-to-day function of the S.A. to crafting the Assembly’s broad view easily and effectively. However, regardless of our faith in Gitlin’s leadership, the power to vote for S.A. president was given to the student body with the goal of electing a popularly chosen student advocate. Only four years ago, the S.A. voted to grant undergraduates the ability to directly choose their leadership. It is regrettable that this year, with only one candidate for president, students do not have that choice. Running in a competitive election forces a candidate to create a coherent plan for the S.A. and the University as a whole. During a campaign, students look for a leader who both understands their viewpoints and can articulate his or her own vision. Gitlin has promised to meet with students and student organizations over the campaign period, and to listen to their perspectives. While it is commendable and appropriate for Gitlin to actively seek out the concerns of the student body, listening is not enough. During a campaign, a candidate, whether opposed or not, has an obligation to his or her constituency to develop and publicize a specific set of goals. By choosing to run for the position of S.A. president, Gitlin assumed a responsibility to share his vision for the University’s future with those he would be representing: the entire student body. He has already promised to listen, but he needs to develop a broad platform that appeals to and accounts for all students. We hope he demonstrates this over the course of the next few weeks. Four years ago, the student body was given an opportunity not just to elect a president, but also to run for this office if they choose to. Engaging in the electoral process on campus, whether as a voter or a candidate, has become the responsibility of the students. No matter how many candidates there are, any election that does not develop a substantive dialogue with the student body would set a bad precedent. Ben Gitlin, Adam Gitlin’s brother, is The Sun’s editor in chief. He played no role in writing this editorial.
Re: “Stand Up for Israel, President Skorton” Opinion, Feb. 20 In a recent opinion piece, Judah Bellin ’12 criticized the initiative of Cornell Students for Justice in Palestine to oppose the collaboration with the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. The column claims that the motivation behind our petition opposing the Cornell-Technion collaboration is simple: We wish to “delegitimize Israel.” We reject that accusation as a smokescreen meant to obscure the core issues. The key question is whether the Israeli military is carrying out war crimes and a belligerent occupation. The answer is simply yes. However, the article changes the question and moves straight to what it considers the main absurdity of our position: that by opposing defensive measures as “basic” as improved tank armor and the separation barrier, we are against Israel itself. But of course, tank armor is not meant simply to protect soldiers, but to protect them as they engage in violence toward others. Israeli tanks have not been used for defense in almost three decades. They are used for offensive incursions. Better tanks make better killing machines, as Gaza in 2008-09 or Lebanon in 2006 showed. The armor plating that the “Stand Up for Israel” column defends allows Merkava tanks to rove murderously in the Gaza Strip, a tiny territory filled with children. If the wall Israel is building were purely defensive, it would be built along the Green Line. Because it extends far into the West Bank, taking 12 percent of its territory, the International Court of Justice condemned it as “tantamount to de facto annexation,” and said that other states should not “recognize the illegal situation resulting from the construction of the wall.” Does international law apply to Israel or simply to the weak? The column further claims that delegitimization of Israel is the “unmistakable subtext” of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, since, according to him, those who call for BDS apply a standard toward Israel that they spare other human rights offenders like the US and Syria. This is proof, for Bellin, that BDS “isn’t about human rights” but about bashing Israel. However, as Naomi Klein has succinctly written, “boycott is not a dogma; it is a tactic.” If there were a boycott being actively undertaken against Saudi Arabia, we would eagerly endorse it. Furthermore, the Palestinians called for the boycott, not us. Surely they have the right to take action against the occupation. No one should have to show his or her passport or religious backgrounds in order to participate in a debate about universal human rights. But hidden in “Stand Up for Israel’s” bilious references to “delegitimization” of the “Jewish state” lies an implicit accusation of anti-Semitism. So we should mention that Cornell SJP includes several Jews and Israelis among its membership. We do not think it wise that Israel burns children with white phosphorus in the name of the Jews. But then we do not think it wise that Israel burns children with white phosphorus at all. Our campaign against the collaboration with Technion is not about delegitimizing Israel (whatever that may mean) but rather reflects our principled opposition to our university’s partnership with an institution that contributes to human rights abuses. We categorically reject the accusation of delegitimization, and invite the Cornell community to learn more about Technion’s role in the Israeli occupation so that they can decide for themselves if we are delegitimizing Israel or merely the crimes it carries out. Monday’s article got one thing right: This is an inherently political issue. The Israeli political establishment desperately needs legitimacy and recognition in the eyes of global civil society. High profile collaborations like the one in New York City with Cornell are a way of legitimizing institutions, like Technion, that are intimately involved in the occupation. Such a prestigious project will invariably make it seem a little more normal, a little more acceptable for universities to serve as gadget factories for military oppression, rather than as centers of knowledge and critical inquiry. This, perhaps more than any other reason, is why we oppose this collaboration. Max Ajl grad, Carl Gelderloos grad, Ari Linden grad, Mario Martone grad, Kevin McGinnis ’13, Liron Mor grad, John Robbins grad, Dan Sinykin grad Members of Cornell Students for Justice in Palestine
To the Editor: Re: “Organizations Debate Technion Partnership” News, Feb. 21 An article recently appearing on the Technion debate mentions allegations of Israeli “war crimes.” An example of these spurious claims is clear when looking at the 2008-09 Operation Cast Lead. For eight consistent years, Hamas, the terrorist organization controlling Gaza, fired over 8,000 rockets into Israel with the outright intention of targeting civilians. Operation Cast Lead aimed to protect Israeli citizens by ending the endless rain of rockets from Gaza. Facing Hamas, a terrorist entity that uses civilians as human shields, the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) did all in its power to protect the Palestinians. The IDF sent text messages, leaflets, and made phone calls to warn residents and urge them to seek shelter. Also, one can look at the case of Al-Shifa Hospital in northern Gaza, which Hamas was using as a haven for terrorist activity. At the risk of compromising its own safety, the IDF chose not to attack the hospital in order to protect the Palestinian patients. It’s hard to imagine other armed forces going to such great lengths to ensure the security of civilians on the opposing side. Even more, Justice Richard Goldstone, who penned the original U.N. report condemning Israel for war crimes, later infamously retracted the report as it was inherently biased against Israel. Further, we don’t support tactics to boycott Israel. Any effort to isolate one party in this two-sided conflict ignores that to establish peace, the grievances of both the Palestinians and Israelis must be recognized. To advocate a boycott of Israel is to blame Israel for the entire conflict. Boycotting an Israeli university and alleging that it somehow symbolizes Israeli war crimes is an attempt to delegitimize Israel and its right to self-defense. This tactic stalls any form of dialogue and is counterproductive to reaching a lasting peace. Yotam Arens ’12 and Emily Rotbart ’12 Co-presidents of the Cornell Israel Public Affairs Committee
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Great Textpectations I
once wanted to bow down to the genius who invented text messaging. I wanted to make him a shrine using discarded wads of his own chewing gum (I’m a little more like Helga G. Pataki than I’d like to admit). Now I want to sucker punch that jackal. He’s the Alfred Nobel of our generation. Nobel, inventor of dynamite, was indirectly responsible for countless deaths. You may think this is an extreme comparison; texting never killed anyone, after all. That’s only because texting isn’t merciful enough to kill. Its intentions are crueler than Sarah Michelle Gellar’s. Texting will torment you to no end. It’s the abusive boyfriend that won’t leave you alone. Let’s start from the source of the problem. Pick any person with whom you’ve had the Ten Sentence Exchange. The TSE is key. It’s how you know that you’re compatible. Sort of like mating peacocks with their impressive plumage. Except instead of a booty full of colorful feathers, you have wit. Essentially, you say something funny (or at least something that sounded funny in your head) and hopefully the other person laughs. Or smiles. Not the halfhearted kind of smile, but a real smile. And if you play your cards right, you’ll exchange digits after those fateful 10 sentences. It might not happen just like that, but you get the idea. The point is, you get the phone number of someone you think you might like (even though you really know nothing about
him/her). And now what? You text him? No, you should call. Wait, is that too much? Who calls anyone anymore? Don’t waste your minutes; just send an “It was nice meeting you — we should hang out sometime” text. No, no, it’s too soon to text him — you’ve only just met! Plus, you can’t disregard the three-day rule now, not after all you’ve been through together. Ladies and gents, the agony has begun. I have been known to frequent the gym, though you’d never confuse me for a tennis player in a tampon ad. But when I manage to distract myself for a whole day to avoid texting my crush and seeming needy, I put myself on par with the Williams sisters (or, as my roommate affectionately refers to them, the Venus twins). That kind of self-control takes a lot of mental training. Especially when you consider all the almost-texts. Almost-texts are the kind you compose and delete or, worse still, banish to the Drafts folder. They’re the kind you write in class before you somehow stop yourself from pressing send. And now, with a head full of almosttexts, you’ve started the mental fast-forward. You’ve already pictured having a great time with him on your first date. Now you’re thinking of inviting him to join your Thirsty Thursday Rendezbooze crowd. Maybe you’ll go to the library together to study (or copulate in the stacks — I won’t judge you for that). He’ll buy you coffee on his way over to your place and then you can do the crossword together while deciding on
your weekend plans and ... Oh dear God, I am gagging just describing your thought process. I didn’t realize how sick and twisted this was until I wrote it down. Let’s skip the mental fast-forward and actually fast-forward because your (my?) thought process is more disgusting than Snooki’s tanorexia. So, the requisite three days have passed. Huzzah! You can text him now. But what will you say? Well, my little nouveau douche, here are some
life of conversational blue balls. You have 72 hours worth of almost-texts saved in your Drafts folder; why not consult one of those? Just don’t mention doing the crossword together. It’s too soon for that: It’s the emotional slut’s equivalent of first date sex, or worse, first date period sex. (Was it as awkward for you to read that as it was for me to write it? I’ll leave the sex talk to my girl Morgan from now on.) The long and short of it is that no
Hazel Gunapala Appropriately Cynical options for you to mull over: “Are you going out tonight?” No, can’t send that. It’s not like you’re his drinking buddy. “Hey, what’s up?” Too open ended for a first text. “So, wtf is with this weather?” It’s Ithaca — the weather is not a conversation starter, it’s a filler for lulls in the conversation. “Want to get drinks later?” Too forward? Maybe you should wait for him to ask you out. Maybe you should stick with “Hi.” “Hi”? That’s your big plan? If that’s all the game you’ve got, you’re destined for a
matter how much you pretend you don’t constantly second-guess yourself about what to say in that “crucial” first text, you do. Everyone does. Spoiler alert: The Rico Suave you’re thinking of texting is likely doing the the same thing. But think of it this way — if you’re lucky, he’ll nut up and text you before you wear yourself out pondering what to get him for your three-month anniversary.
Hazel Gunapala is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Appropriately Cynical appears alternate Thursdays this semester.
A Vacation From Ourselves T
hink back to the craziest, most promiscuous moment you’ve ever had. Got it? Good. I’d be willing to bet that the moment that ranks No. 1 on your list of “Stories I’ll Never Tell My Grandmother” occurred while on some type of vacation. The Weekender Phenomenon has its roots in basic psychology. Anyone who took Psych 1101 (Prof. Maas, we’ll miss you hanging around Bailey Hall) remembers
form. A few hours later, you find yourself in an underground secret club — again, all hypothetical — where you and your best friend see a group of attractive men who look like they just finished up a long day at the office. “Go talk to them,” your friend says. Usually you never go up to perfect strangers and hit on them, but tonight, you’re in a strange city. You are a stranger yourself. “Hi, I’m Morgan.” Oh wait ... This was all supposed to be hypothetical. Fine, I admit, this actually happened; please don’t tell After the remainder of the story grandmother. Midnight to my So I walk up like I’m at some alcoholic, sexed-up career fair and these people were Deloitte. I chose the one that I deemed most attractive, who turned out to be a 28-year-old chemical salesman. He looked more like a regular-Joe frat bro in his Chinos and Sperrys, but I was smitten. I was as surprised as you are that my strategy worked, and I spent the night with this boy — no — man. Now, I know at this point you may think I’m a slut. That’s fine; I take no offense to that word. I’ll make my choices, and you make yours. Anyway, the weekend didn’t end there. On the night of the Fourth, we tried so hard to find
Zimbardo’s experiment where participants inflicted more pain on others when their identities were kept anonymous with large coats and hoods. It’s called deindividuation, and it works with sex too. The Weekender Phenomenon goes like this: You’re markedly more promiscuous when you’re on a short trip to a new place. So say, hypothetically, that you decide to visit your best friend in D.C. for a long weekend over the Fourth of July. Taking the train in, you don’t realize that you left all inhibitions and shreds of restraint at the plat-
a rooftop party, that eventually we found some friends with a rooftop and made a party. This rooftop not only had a flat surface perfect for raging, but it had a pool, which was also perfect for raging. Stripped down to our underwear, a group of five of us entered the pool, armed with a handle of vodka and a bottle of honey. It seemed only natural that we would take shots and chase them with honey, not from the bottle, but from the lips of different wet, semi-drunk members of the group. Everyone was making out with everyone, shots were flying, honey was sticking ... sexual mayhem. And that wasn’t even the first five-way-make-out of the weekend. Would I ever find myself in a pool making out with large numbers of people on a regular weekend in Ithaca? Probably not. But of course the weekend was an abnormal level of sexual craziness, even for me. The only way to explain the events of July Fourth is the Weekender Phenomenon. Why do you think people are slutty (and I mean that in the best way) on Halloween? In costume, they are someone else. It’s all related. Spring break madness? Those kids from that state school will never see you again, so sure, flash your tits. Look out for it next month as you jet away to Cabo and Punta Cana. As Seinfeld’s George suggests, and as my man Wale preaches: It’s a vacation from ourselves.
Morgan T. is a junior in the College of Human Ecology. She may be reached at email@example.com. After Midnight appears alternate Thursdays this semester.
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Hipster Kitchen: Party Hard With Artichokes By CLARE DOUGAN
peeling the flesh from the leaves with my teeth. I like using them as a vehicle for melted butter. However, I have always I’m just going to come out and say it thought of them as an extravagance, and this time: The artichoke is the hippest of never tried to make them at home — that vegetables. It’s quirky, obscure, aestheti- is, before this weekend, when it dawned cally pleasing and plays a minor role in on me that most restaurants prepare their the film Amélie, thereby meeting all crite- artichokes by steaming or pan-frying ria necessary to win over legions of hipster them, two of the simplest techniques in folk. As if that weren’t enough, it contains existence. the word art, making it ripe for punning. Thus it came to be that I found myself I understand puns are frowned upon in at Wegmans at 1 a.m. in pursuit of artipolite society, but please excuse me if I chokes. Have you ever been in Wegmans transgress in the following article — I’ve when it’s empty? It’s weird. A soft and perbeen known to make use of injudicious vasive existential confusion swept over me jeux-de-mots. upon seeing the deserted produce section, Also I just realized that the word misters misting the undisturbed rows of “ripe,” in context, might constitute a pun. vegetables until they glittered with a fine I know I have a problem. Please forgive dew, looking fresh-picked for absolutely me. no reason at all. Then Bruce Springsteen’s Being tragically hip, I’ve always looked “Hungry Heart” blared from the tiny fondly on artichokes. I like eating their speakers above me, and I turned to my pickled hearts straight from the can. I like grocery-shopping companion, and we banished the big-box ennui with an impromptu tacky 80’s dance party. I came home with approximately three Check out more pounds of artichokes recipes and — a few normal-sized photos from globes as well as a twoSunday’s Cupcake pound box of “baby Wars at cornellartichokes,” which are sun.com like regular artichokes only smaller and thereDAINA RINGUS / SUN CONTRIBUTOR Sun Contributor
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fore cuter and more delicious. I decided to make these my first foray into artichoke cooking. With a little help from my sous-chef — er, roommate — I had the entire box cleaned, quartered and sizzling away in a skillet in a little less than 15 minutes. The finished product was a platterful of tender morsels drenched in olive oil, fragrant with garlic, garnished with fresh parsley and brightened with a squeeze of lemon. They were exquisite right out of the pan, but kept their flavor and texture as they cooled. As I lingered at the kitchen table I found it difficult to keep from sneaking them into my mouth at fiveminute intervals. The leftovers proved equally irresistible. We made bruschetta
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by toasting them atop bread with a smattering of Pecorino cheese, and I bet they’d be amazing with any straight-from-the-jar pasta sauce. I no longer consider artichokes an unattainable delicacy. Though they remain one of the more peculiar and unexpected vegetables, I’ve discovered they’re simple as hell to prepare and even simpler to devour. They’re the perfect snack or side dish for the chef looking to strike a balance between impressive and effortless. Also, they’re in season for now until summer — so get your hip self to the grocery store and fry some up tonight. Clare Dougan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Sleigh Bells Reign of Terror Mom+Pop Records
B Dina Khatib With her pin-straight dark brown hair, tattooed arms and usual preference for black leather or rugged denim jackets, Sleigh Bells’ Alexis Krauss seems qualified to be the lead singer of an indie rock band. But a former elementary school teacher? Yeah, right. Clearly, Krauss is unlike most leading women in the alternative rock industry. She’s the combination of every possible high school stereotype: the punk, the perky cheerleader, the bully and the crush. Girl or guy, you certainly don’t want to mess with her, but you don’t want to run away from her either. And one thing is for certain: both Krauss and producer / guitarist / co-songwriter of the band, Derek Miller enjoy making noise — lots of it. With their 2010 debut Treats, they offered 32 minutes of screams, moans, yelling, electric guitar and lots and lots of bass. Sleigh Bells’ sophomore album Reign of Terror does not disappoint in the noise department, but this album is much darker. Just a comparison of the two albums’ cover art says it all: Treats featured a hazy photograph of a group of cheerleaders in uniform in front of a bright blue cloudy sky, while Reign of Terror simply features a pair of blood-stained white sneakers. Despite this edgier, more rock-and-roll approach to the second album, the songs tend to be more anticlimactic and droning and with very few hooks, something for which the band’s previous songs were lauded. Channeling this darker theme, the tracks “Born to Lose” and “Demons,” both sadistic even in title, combine Sleigh Bells’ traditional love of noise and an appre-
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ciation for rock. Both songs embody a harsher intensity, but the constant clamor is exciting and slightly riles the listener up. “Born to Lose” features the singing of a raspier and less feminine Krauss over a steady, pulsing beat and heavy bass. “Demons,” on the other hand, particularly emphasizes the electric guitar and Krauss’ singing is less hazy and closer to yelling, but this evened out with the faint sound of her softer singing voice simultaneously playing in the background. One particular highlight of Reign of Terror is the improved production and clearer sound. “You Lost Me” demonstrates this refined vocal and audio quality, and though it is not one of the louder and more memorable songs, it is still pleasant in its composure. Krauss’ voice is light and girly as she recalls memories from her past and youth rebelliousness: “teenage metal heads in your denim vests / ’cause you’re holding hands through your favorite bands.” On “Never Say Die,” Krauss seems rough but confident with her whispered, sultry singing. The lack of a heavy bass allows the focus to turn to the technological production and the editing of her voice with its echoing effects. “Crush” is similar to a track that would be found on Treats, with its jollier pep-rally sounding audio frenzy. Even the lyrics are lighter and more pop-influenced, as exemplified when she playfully describes a crush in a manner resembling high school lust. “Comeback Kid,” the album’s first official single, applies a similar youthful approach; it is fast-paced and the lyrics are lighter and more innocently juvenile: “you’re the comeback kid
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/ you’ll go away but you’ll come back someday.” However, Krauss’ voice seems especially weary in some of the songs; it lacks the energy of her more youthful sound on Treats. On mellower songs like “Road to Hell” and “End of the Line,” Krauss bears a whispering and soft-spoken tone in combination with a steady unchanging beat, generating an exhaustive overall sound. While some artists can get away with such slower tracks, Sleigh Bells is so characterized by its booming intensity and mix of screaming, yelling and eccentric sounds that these songs simply fail to reach the same level of dynamism. With Reign of Terror, Sleigh Bells proves that it should stick to its comfort zone: noise. Though the audio in this album is better produced and smoother on the ears, there is not as much exhilaration and non-stop energy as on their previous effort. There is certainly more variety among the tracks on this more experimental album, but this also results in several tracks that focus too much on creating a dark image and not on providing listeners with sufficient entertainment. Fortunately, even as they test out new domains and take a more refined, less spontaneous approach with this album, Sleigh Bells does not sacrifice any of its signature fierceness or sass, and Krauss, more importantly, lives up to her intriguing paradoxical rock star image. Dina Khatib is a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences. She can be reached at email@example.com.
fun. Some Nights Fueled By Ramen
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Three years after the release of their album Aim and Ignite, American indie-pop band fun. has returned with its sophomore album titled Some Nights. The band seems to be going for bigger and better things with its new album, and the lyrics of lead single “We Are Young” featuring Janelle Monae confirm the band’s grand ambitions — “Tonight / We are young / So let’s set the world on fire / We can burn brighter than the sun.” Overall, Some Nights is a triumphant album with sing-a-long anthems, wildly energetic beats and youthful lyrics. Listening to the entire album from beginning to end shows its consistency and continuous creativity. The “Intro” to the album is theatrical, a little eerie and most definitely attention-grabbing, drawing similarities to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Frontman Nate Ruess channels his inner Freddie Mercury immediately and continuously displays his expressiveness and vocal range throughout the album. Some Nights introduces the cool beats and upbeat energy patterns that are exhibited in most of the following songs. This song makes you want to sing and bang a drum along to the joyous chorus with an African chant feeling. “Intro” is a great song to start off the
album — it invites us to join and march along and is probably the strongest song next to “We Are Young” “We Are Young,” is the song to best represent the entire album and the band at this point of its career. It’s the band’s first certifiable hit and its claim to fame. Fortunately, fun. did not compromise its artistic integrity to churn out more hits. Although it has changed its style a bit from its first album and that of the members’ previous bands The Format, Anathall and Steel Train, it still manages to be original. The lyrics are likely directed towards angst-filled teenagers in the song “Carry On:” “If you’re lost and alone / Or you’re sinking like a stone / Carry on / May your past be the sound / Of your feet upon the ground / Carry on.” They go for the same angsty vibe on “It Gets Better:” “Like starlight crashing through the room / We’ll lose our feathers / Yes I know it hurts at first / But it gets better.” After hearing “It Gets Better” I couldn’t shake the feeling of a ’90s pop rock song that could have been written by Blink-182, but fun.’s work is far more unfinished. Up to a certain point, the songs seem to blend together in a mass of extremely catchy sing-a-longs. The
songs “All Alone” and “All Alright” have similar titles and an even more similar sound. Nevertheless, they are still enjoyable and don’t sell wholly to the pop genre that seems to dominate the radio. The weakest track here is “One Foot;” the band tries to achieve an epic ska-like anthem, but it misses and the repetitiveness gets to be too much. The album wouldn’t suffer without it. But the last song “Stars” is refreshing and an appropriate closer to the album. It abandons the over-excessive catchiness of “One Foot” and offers a surprising use of a voice vocoder. Overall the album is unique, consistent and promising for the buzz band. We can only look towards more creative albums lying ahead in its future. Going off of the album’s lyrical theme of finding a way home, (“’Cause we are / We are invincible / We are who we are / On our darkest day / When we’re miles away / So we’ll come / We will find our way home”) fun. has found its home in the music industry and is ready to set the world on fire. Samantha Myers is a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Honoring New York’s Landmarked Treasures BY JOEY ANDERSON Sun Arts & Entertainment Editor
From a simple, quaint old clock on a street corner in Manhattan to Central Park, a wide range of buildings, parks and other sites in and around New York City benefit from the New York Landmarks Law — a legislative triumph for historical preservationists that helped secure the care of cherished spaces, both public and private. A current selection of site photographs, on display in Milstein Hall Gallery until Friday, catalogues some of the city’s most famous and surprising sites that benefit from their status as landmarks. Curated by Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, the exhibit celebrates both the New York City Preservation Movement and the sites that the Landmarks Law protects. Passed in 1965, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Law came in response to a growing concern among New Yorkers that important sites around the city were being demol-
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ished. The demolition of Pennsylvania Station in 1963 particularly galvanized preservationists to call for the legislative action, and ultimately contributed to the city’s status as a world leader in preservation, according to the exhibit. Penn Station, which now lurks under Madison Square Garden, was once a sprawling, seven-acre indoor space — the largest indoor space in New York City — and a magnificent imposition on the local area around it. Arguments in favor of preservation grew after the decision was made to demolish the station in the early 1960s, as the cost of maintaining the building became a concern and the city became more congested. The spirit that Penn Station’s demolition brought to the city, which precipitated in the 1965 act, contributed to the maintenance of Grand Central Station, whose iconic architectural layout is still intact today. The law also protects Morningside Park, tucked away in Harlem behind Columbia University. The park, conceived in 1883 by Jacob Wrey Mould, gave city planners a simple solution to the problem posed by the rocky terrain along the Hudson River, which, according to the park’s website, prevented the grid’s extension to the water’s edge. After Mould died in 1886, the city hired Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux — the architects who designed Central Park (another landmark protected by the law) — to finish the plans. In addition to a host of other protected monuments around the city, the Landmarks Law — which is administered by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission — highlights the different phases in the evolution of the city, from the agricultural period through the Gilded Age, and into a period of global commerce. Landmarks like the Pieter Claesen Wyckoff House in Brooklyn date back to early Dutch settlement, and reflect Dutch colonial vernacular architectural style. The Wyckoff House is one of the oldest buildings in New York State, and was bought directly from the Canarsie Indians by Peter Stuyvesant, the last Dutch director General of the Colony of New Netherland — as it was then called — and namesake of Stuyvesant High School in the city.
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The oldest house in Queens, called the Bowne house, is another vestige the colonial era. Erected in 1660, the Bowne house served for many years as a haven for Quakers, who were prohibited to worship under Stuyvesant’s rule. Bowne was brought to trial and later acquitted, and the house continued to provide a religious space for Quakers and served as a bulwark for religious freedom. In her introduction to the exhibit, Diamonstein-Spielvogel exhorts preservationists across the board to put aside recurring disputes and move unilaterally against the “detractors” who have proved “effective” in stifling preservation efforts in the past. And though she does not mention which side of the normal disputes she tends towards, nor the nature of the recent detractions against preservationists, her tone does suggest a need for another widespread effort — like the one made during the 1960s — to preserve sites within the built environment. Joey Anderson is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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s the existence of people who condescendingly informed you, in their postGrammy rage, that Bon Iver “isn’t even a new artist” indicates, whispered vocals, subtle arrangements and delicate lyricism dominated popular independent rock last year. Even a band with a name as kickass as Destroyer released a record that was more Steely Dan than AC/DC. But that was 2011; 2012, with the end of the world approaching, will not, as T.S. Elliot hypothesized, go out with a whimper. As long as Sleigh Bells is involved, on Dec. 21, 2012 we will be hearing a decisive bang. Vocalist Alexis Krauss, formerly of teen pop group Rubyblue and an advertisement for Nickelodeon Magazine, and guitarist Derek Miller, formerly of Florida hardcore band Poison the Well, work somewhat predictably as an exhibition of dichotomy. Created as a way to unite Miller’s love of hardcore’s blastbeat breakdowns with his penchant for female-sung pop music, Sleigh Bells takes the “LOUDquietLOUD” dynamic perfected by the Pixies to its logical conclusion, juxtaposing Krauss’s cooing voice and cheerleader chants with riffs that would not sound out of place on a Black Sabbath record. Miller creates a punishing sound by using the medium of digital recording against itself, committing sins that would make audiophiles and studio experts cringe. The guitars and percussion are pushed way into the red and compressed so that they clip fairly regularly. It’s a tinny listening experience on, say, laptop speakers, but succeeds in the same way that an alarm clock awakens a whiny teenager: by sheer magnitude of volume. Volume has been an integral part of pop music’s visceral thrill since the very beginning. Amplified sound is, at its core, a beautiful thing; when done right, it shakes your very soul to the core. There are those, though, who contend that pop music, as technology has advanced, is favoring volume over dynamic range (that is, the
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range of sound from very soft to very loud). So, I present to you some of the turning points in this very contentious Loudness War: 1960s and 1970s: A Prelude to the War: People have been trying to get their records to sound louder since the dawn of pop music because, as I said before, loudness sort of has a place in pop music. Producers would try to get their 45 to sound louder than the other guy’s 45 so it stood out to the guys who programmed radio shows would put them on the playlist. So, of course, The Beatles demanded that their 45s be made out of better, thicker vinyl so they would produce a more full-bodied bass sound. The MC5, in an act that has been repeated by every single local band that wanted to make their record sound “loud as fuck,” recorded Back in the USA at such a volume that it ended up sounding like something one would record on a Nokia cellphone circa 2002 (Note to aspiring Brooklynites: Please don’t make that joke the basis for your experimental noiserock group’s debut E.P.). 1980s: The Introduction of C.D.s: Compact discs begin to get manufactured on a wide-scale basis for music consumption. While C.D. sales still lagged behind those of tapes, they did reveal a certain potential for loudness. This potential, however, was untapped, because it seems that tape-decks were in vogue (perhaps I am on to some sort of 80s Hipster Epidemic that has long gone overlooked?) and kept loudness from being the main point of differentiation. 1995: Oasis Goes Overboard (As Usual): Throughout the 90s, as C.D.s became the preferred medium of the record-purchasing public, engineers found new ways to push the levels higher. Digital compression was one such technique; it made the lows higher and the highs
lower so that, in general, the track was louder. Not only did such tracks stand out on the radio, but they also took up less space on C.D.s. Oasis, probably after descending Mount Cocaine, looked at this trend of louder releases and likely made hyperbolic statements about how “the best band in the world also has to be the loudest.” Thus, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? was born. A hit in England and the States, this record hit average decibel levels that were, at this point, unheard of. Some people attributed the record’s success to its loudness, as it made Oasis songs notable when they came on in a pub. 1997: Iggy Strikes Back: Somewhere between vomiting onstage, cutting himself with glass for kicks and sacrificing politicians to the devil (citation needed), Iggy got around to remastering The Stooges epic Raw Power. Somehow, Iggy listened to “Search and Destroy” and decided that it just wasn’t quite intense enough, so he mixed everything to the max and
James Rainis Required Listening created something that, deservedly, is the loudest rock record ever made. As Henry Rollins has since realized, one does not simply outdo Iggy Pop. 2009: Metallica Does Something That Upsets Music Fans, Part Deux: Metallica released Death Magnetic in two formats: C.D. and Guitar Hero. The C.D. version, predictably, was compressed and loud as all hell in comparison to the uncompressed files featured on
Guitar Hero. Suddenly music fans were sick of dynamic compression (also, shitty Metallica records). Critics of modern recording practices came out of the woodwork, among them Bob Dylan, Alan Parsons and Beatles’ engineer Geoff Emerick, and petitions against compressed music emerged all around the Internet. Complaints about distortion, clipping and general noisiness brought about changes in consumer behavior (compressed records started selling less) and critical reception (people turned their backs on acts like the Arctic Monkeys and Queens of the Stone Age, who both utilized high-compression production techniques). 2012: Sleigh Bells Don’t Care: Sleigh Bells take everything that people hated about compressed audio — clipping, high volumes, distortion, crowded aural spaces — and invented their entire aesthetic around it. It’s a brave choice that comes to fruition on Reign of Terror and may represent something about how artists are interacting with recording technology. After all, auto-tune’s ubiquity in modern hip-hop and electronic music is the utilization of a technological flaw for stylistic purposes; perhaps trying to make music sound like it should isn’t the point anymore. Anti-compression journalist Nick Southall once wrote “music is about more than just song.” He was referring to the need for suitable recording techniques to be used so the music is presented ideally, but we’re seeing more and more, especially with the prevalence of home recording acts like Ariel Pink and King Krule, that we might need to reconsider what makes a good recording. Just try not to blow out your speakers. James Rainis is a sophomore in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Required Listening runs alternate Thursdays.
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your clothes? I’ve never been more angry with my roommate, Cam Simaz ’12. He occasionally goes on cleaning sprees where he just cleans everything in the house, and I guess he thought that my bag of clothes was garbage and he threw out all my singlets, my workout gear — all my clothes that I use for wrestling. And when I asked him about it, he acted like he didn’t know at all, and then I explained that this garbage bag with all my clothes was in the living room, and he immediately knew and apologized. But everything is fine now, just for a day or two I was upset with him. Did you ever get him back for that? No, I didn’t get back — I should though. No, he was very apologetic, so it is what it is. 8. What’s this about your allorganic diet that lasted all of about two days? I don’t think that pesticides, growth hormones, antibiotics are particularly good for people, so I decided I was going to try an allorganic diet. But after leaving Wegmans I realized that “organic” is just another word for “twice as expensive,” so I quickly got off of that. You’re a nutritional sciences major, correct? No, I switched. They really need to update those CornellBigRed.com profiles.
Yeah, they do. But anyway, apparently you watched a documentary about organic foods, and that got you started on this kick? My mom eats organically and she told me to start watching some documentaries on organic food, and I watched a documentary called Food Matters — it’s very interesting, I liked it a lot — and I also watched another documentary called Food, Inc. It kind of got me on the boat to start eating healthier and more organically. 9. One of your teammates wanted me to ask you “What is it like spending long days in the clock tower, making sure the bell tolls every half hour?” ... Does this mean you have a job in the clock tower? [laughing] So this is a joke referencing my back. I have a hunchback — it’s called my “power hump” — and they often joke with me about it all the time, and it’s all fun and games. I mean, I know my back is hunched; I have bad posture, and it comes out mostly when I wrestle and wear a singlet. I guess if there was going to be someone to ring the bell tower every day at 12 o’clock, that would be me. So it doesn’t interfere with your wrestling? No, I mean I make time. Time management is the key. Apparently you are in a secret underground society known as the Gauntlet. Can you tell us a little bit about that? Yeah, so my freshman year Warner Phipps ’12, Oney Snyder
and I decided to make up a secret society that did not have really much going for it. It basically is just a club that requires us to wear tee shirts around when we lift that say “the Gauntlet” with a fist coming through it. I mean, it’s pretty prestigious. Do you have to be a wrestler to be included? Yup, one of the credentials is being a wrestler and someone who likes to have fun and hang out. Do you have a tapping process? The tapping process does not take place. Basically, if they hang out with us a lot and spend a lot of time, we “tap” new members. Recently we tapped Stryker Lane ’13 ... he’s our newest member. So it’s not so much “secret” as it is exclusive? It’s not a secret who’s in the Gauntlet, it’s a secret about what we do. 10. Which green cold-blooded Muppet character do you identify most with? And have you found your Miss Piggy yet? Okay, so I occasionally sound nasally and my teammates gave me the nickname “Kermit the Frog.” It kind of stuck and guys joke around with me, call me it quite a bit. And I’m hesitant to answer this but I’m going to go against my better judgment and say yes, I have found my Miss Piggy. Alex Kuczynski-Brown can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Join the campaign to save the Wegmans pasta bar!
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Men Head to Blue-Gray Invitational By TINA AHMADI Sun Contriubtor
Following strong performances in the ECAC tournament last week, the men’s and women’s tennis teams are primed to compete in matches this weekend that will provide the Red with opportunities for further improvement. While the men will travel to Montgomery, Ala. to compete in the Blue-Gray Invitational, the women will play the Binghamton Bearcats at the Reis Tennis Center. This weekend will be the first time in Cornell history that the men’s team is participating in the Blue-Gray Invitational, which will also feature Auburn, Clemson, Mississippi State, Texas Tech, Alabama, Boise and Tennessee. “It’s a very prestigious tournament,” said men’s head coach Silviu Tanasoiu. “It’s an honor to participate in it. This is a fantastic opportunity to see where we are compared to some of the best teams in the country.” Tanasoiu said that the men’s team was extended an invitation to participate in the Blue-Gray tournament this year, as well as next year, because
of the positive outcomes that the team achieved last year. According to Tanasoiu, although the rest of the season does not depend on the outcome of this tournament, it will provide great opportunity for improvement. “We have the youngest team in the country,” he said. “My goal is to transition the guys into official matches.”
“This week all the girls have their individual goals.” Mike Stevens The women’s team is favored to win the match against Binghamton, given that the Bearcats were defeated, 7-0, last Sunday by Temple Owls ! a team which the Red defeated earlier this year, 5-2. Disregarding the results of the ECAC tournament, the women are coming off a winning streak this month, defeating all of their February opponents, including the University of Maryland Baltimore County, St. John’s, Buffalo and Temple. “We want to improve the way each of our players play this week-
end,” said women’s head coach Mike Stevens. “This week all the girls have their individual goals.” According to Stevens, junior Sarah O’Neil had an excellent outcome last weekend, toppling the country’s No. 89-ranked player from Princeton on Friday, 6-2, 6-4. O’Neil also fought hard against Columbia’s Nicole Bartlett in singles the following day. “Sarah almost beat the region’s number one ranked player from Columbia on Sunday,” Stevens said. “We expect her to do well.” Stevens and Tanasoiu spoke of their teams with pride, highlighting how hard the athletes have been working. “All the women have been working very hard at practice, and we want to make sure they’re getting their games set better for each competition,” Stevens said. Tanasoiu is expecting similar results from the men’s team. “There are specific things I’m expecting each player to do, and I’m very confident that the results will come,” he said. Tina Ahmadi can be reached at email@example.com.
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the Red won the Ivy League championship and went on to play UConn in the first round of the NCAA tournament. With a team that only features two seniors, the Red has already surpassed last season’s win total, and is looking to improve as a squad each day. “We are really excited about this weekend,” said junior forward Claire Fitzpatrick.“The last time we played against both Brown (15-9, 6-4 Ivy League) and Yale (15-9, 7-3), we just did
we can be competitive,” she said. “In our previous matchup we were sloppy and failed to execute on numerous opportunities. We know now that we need to be able to do the little things in order to compete.” Like the first game against the Bears, the Red did not play to its potential when it traveled to Yale on Feb. 10. The team came out with a lack of energy that the Bulldogs capitalized on, hitting 10 3-pointers in the first half. Although the Red received a strong effort from junior guard Spencer Lane, who scored a career high 18 points, it seemed
“We hope to play fundamental basketball against them and get a win in our own house.” Sarah Poland not give our best effort. In addition to that, we also feel we have improved greatly as a team. Because of this, we plan to give both teams a better game than we did the first time.” On Friday, the Red (10-13, 4-5) will face a talented Brown team that had gone on a 20-9 run to close out the Red in the final four minutes in the teams’ previous matchup. After squandering a six point lead at halftime, the Red came out lethargically in the second half, as the Bears capitalized on numerous turnovers and poor rebounding by the Red. However, according to Fitzpatrick, the Red has made legitimate improvements in fundamentals and defense since, and looks to give Brown a much better game than it did before. “Brown is a really good team. However, we know that if we can control the boards against them,
as though every attempt the Red made to get back in the game was thwarted by the Bulldogs. The closest that the Red came to the home team was 12, as Yale won the game, 86-73. “Yale took it to us last time,” said freshman forward Sarah Poland. “We hope to play fundamental basketball against them and get a win in our own house.” Finally, although the season has seen both positive and negative shifts in momentum, the Red looks to finish strong with only five games left. “We just have not been playing our best basketball lately,” Poland said. “We really believe that if we just play Cornell basketball, we can win the last five games of our season.” Nick Rielly can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2010, Spinazzola set an Ivy League and school record in the 100 back at the Ivies, winning the title. She also set a school record in the 100 fly that year. Last season, the Red posted its secondhighest point total in school history with 730. It finished seventh in the championship.
divers that include standout sophomores Bianca and Manita Herlitz-Ferguson. Manita has perhaps been the Red’s most reliable diver as she placed first in the three-meter boards against Penn, Princeton and Brown and led the complete sweep of the one-meter board “Very honestly I expect the entire team to against the Bears. perform life time best swims.” Lucia also noted the specific performances of freshmen swimmers Meredith Joe Lucia Drummond and Monica Patterson. Drummond has had an exceptional first Cornell is optimistic that it can improve upon year, Lucia said. winning the 200 fly and 200 IM against Brown. She has also scored wins in other last year and knows that each swimmer will give events throughout the year against Penn, their best efforts. “I know it sounds like a cliché but very honPrinceton and Colgate. When looking ahead to this weekend’s compe- estly I expect the entire team to perform life time tition, Lynch reflected on the significance this best swims,” Lucia said. The championships run from Thursday to meet will have for the seniors. “For the seniors, Ivies will be especially mem- Saturday at Harvard’s Blodgett Pool. The only orable, as it is the last meet of our career and our other three-day event this season was the Ithaca last chance to compete for Cornell,” Lynch said. Invitational, which Cornell won. For the three other senior captains of the team, Sadie Ellison, Emily Dean and Chiara Spinazzola, Scott Eckl can be reached at the Ivies will mark the end of four great years. In email@example.com.
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last year. “Stanford [is] our biggest rival, our closest rival,” said
“Ever since I was a freshman we’ve been kind of back and forth with [Stanford], and switching from six to seven [in the nation] with them,” added Sachvie. “I think beating them is
“I think that we’ve come a long way since the beginning of the year.” Lauren Sachvie Devoy. “[They] are ranked one position ahead of us at No. 6. For us, that’s our big match. [It is] something that we are definitely capable of winning if everybody comes to task on the day. And if we do win that, then obviously that will improve our end-of-year ranking and give us a shot at playing five or six [seed].”
kind of our main priority this weekend.” According to Sachvie, the regular season served as a reminder of what the women are capable of as both a team and as individual players, which she hopes will push the squad into nationals with an extra dose of confidence. “I think that we’ve come a
long way since the beginning of the year. Our team is way more united and the last couple of weekends that we’ve had matches, everyone’s been really supportive,” she said. “Some people have pulled out some really great individual results. Hopefully this weekend we can all come together on the same day, and play really well and take some wins off some of the higher teams.” “From our matches thus far [the women] have realized that … they are very competitive with the top eight teams that we’re a part of,” Devoy added. “Whereas in the past we really didn’t have much chance, now we really test these teams that are ranked above us. We’ve proven that this season.” Olivia Wittels can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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By ALEX KUCZYNSKI-BROWN Sun Senior Writer
Following in the footsteps of Troy Nickerson ’10 and Kyle Dake ’13 before him, NCAA All-American wrestler Steve Bosak ’12 sat down for a 10 Questions interview with columnist Alex Kuczynski-Brown ’12 — in a Starbucks that was way too crowded for 1:30 p.m. on a Monday. They discussed Steve’s summer job, the time he almost got arrested on West Campus for breaking and entering, ringing the clock tower every day at noon (hypothetically), why he hates date auctions — and his plan to save the Wegmans pasta bar. 1. How is it that you came to wrestle for Cornell? Well, coach Koll recruited me and he’s actually from my hometown, State College, Pa. Originally, I verballed to Brown, and he told me that if I didn’t at least come on a visit he was going to drive down to State College and throw me in the back of his truck and drag me here, just to make sure that I wasn’t making any mistakes. You know I laughed it off and I said okay I would come on a visit, and ever since I came here I didn’t want to leave. You’re from State College, so I can understand you not necessarily growing up with any professional sports team allegiance, but what is it that made you decide to become a diehard Pittsburgh fan seemingly overnight? [laughing] Yeah, I tend to be a bandwagon fan. I just never really had the opportunity to get into a sports team. I just decided one night that I was going to become a Penguins and a Steelers fan. I only know a few guys on the Penguins’ team, but I bought a sweatshirt, I bought some tee shirts, and I’m going to make a point to go to a game after the [wrestling] season’s over. Well, if I may say so, I think you made the wrong choice, because I’m from Philadelphia — and it’s the far superior sports city. But anyway, your friends claim you only know one player on the Penguins. I know Crosby and Malkin, and that’s about it. But I’m going to step up my game and eventually become a bigger fan.
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[laughing] Okay, so my girlfriend Katie — she always gets auctioned off in date auctions and she always wants me to bid on her, and she tends to go pretty high because she knows a lot of people. So after our first date — this was really early on in our relationship — Katie was auctioned off for a [Student-Athlete Advisory Council] event, and there were jokes that were explained in her bio [that] resulted in people wanting to bid really high on her. I thought it would be cute if I bid on her, and it turned out that I got into a bidding war with this one guy. It kept getting higher and higher. Eventually he bid $100 and, regretfully, I bid $101 and he immediately spiked it up to $125, and I bailed. But I mean, he won the battle with his wallet, but I won the war with my charming personality. Did you ever call him out on that after the fact? We’ve joked about it, and we’re friends — it’s all fun and games. A couple weeks ago there was actually a Senior Class Campaign date auction — I was there, and I know Katie was being auctioned off and they said something in her bio about her dating you ... but you weren’t there? I refused to go because I knew what was going to happen again. This was the third date auction she’s been in, and the last one I almost got reeled into paying $65. I just feel like it’s unnecessary for me to go, because why would I pay for a date with my girlfriend who I’ve already won over? 3. Where was it that you worked this past summer? I worked for a subset of Student Agencies called Big
the house at the time, so they thought someone was breaking and entering in the house, and they called the cops. And we were walking off after we dropped off everyone’s items, we had the cops right there next to our truck. So we explained it to them, but we were all good and everything. Everything was fine, and we met the guy who was terrified at the time. Who or what is the “A-Team”? So Alex Rawitz and I were considered the “A-Team.” We tend to have the best tips in the typical appointment, and I guess it was because we were just able to charm people and be friendly, and I guess [those customers] just liked to tip better. Does this have something to do with you going “alpha male” while on appointments? I was actually never the alpha male. What would happen is, Alex would occasionally decide to go alpha male on me, where he’d try to boss me around in order to impress the girl. And I was fine with it because I had a girlfriend, and occasionally he got some numbers, so it worked out. 4. Can you talk about the whole debacle involving the CTB mug that Katie got you as a present? So for our one-year anniversary present, Katie bought me this coffee mug that gets me unlimited coffee for a year. I loved that mug — maybe more than Katie. No, just kidding. But I loved that mug. And I thought I lost it one day, and it just struck me. I immediately woke up and started searching at 1 a.m. for my mug where I thought I might have lost it. I thought it might have fallen off the roof of my car when I left Ithaca Bakery. So I searched for about an hour, gave up, and then went back to sleep. The very next morning I basically went to CTB, crying, and explained that I lost my mug. And they were very friendly, very nice and understanding and they gave me a new one. Well about a day later I actually found my original mug, so now I have two. So for insurance purposes — in case you ever do actually leave it on the roof of your car. Yeah, I refuse to let anybody else use the other mug because I love CTB, and they trusted me. So I decided that no one else can use the other mug. And in case I ever lose my mug in the future, I have it.
2. How did you and your girlfriend Katie [Watts ’12] first become acquainted before meeting at Cornell? So before my freshman year I came up 5. Earlier this year you beat Robert here during the summer in order to train and Hamlin, who was ranked No. 1 at the time in get some good lifts in, and my roommate your weight class. He had beaten you three Oney Snyder ’12 and I decided to add a times last year, you beat him at home in front bunch of the incoming freshman class girls of a large Cornell crowd, obviously a very on Facebook. Katie happened to be one of emotional moment. Can you just describe those girls, and I would use the classic line of your reaction? Because I understand it was “Wow, Cornell-bound ... that’s impressive” very uncharacteristic for you. every time, and I think a bunch of the girls So normally when I win matches, I try not started to catch on because they saw that I to get too emotional. I get my hand raised was writing on multiple girls’ walls. So I don’t and I walk off the mat. But this was a big win know what part of that seemed like a good for me, and I don’t know what happened, I idea, but at the time I hadn’t seen a girl in two just blacked out out there. I haven’t watched months, so it was only logical. [laughing] the film, but supposedly I kissed the crowd On that note, why were you so obsessed and I got down on one knee and Tebowed. with snagging New Jersey girls? But like I said, I don’t remember it, so in my I don’t really know why at the time. I mind it never happened. mean my girlfriend’s from New Jersey so something obviously appealed to me. I think 6. Apparently you love Wegmans — I it’s because of their attitude and their charismean, we all do — but is it seriously true that ma. I don’t know, I just like it. the pasta bar is closing soon?! Apparently you had a technique for how you One of the workers gave me the inside were going to attract them? scoop the last time I was there, when I was [laughing] Yeah, so I refer to these days as explaining how much I love the pasta bar. “Freshman Bosak.” My freshman year I And they said that’s too bad, because it’s probdecided to get my ears pierced, and then wear ably going to be shut down soon. I think I this Dr. Dre hat backwards. I thought that if I almost cried that night. I’m emotionally TINA CHOU / SUN STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER dressed like I was from New Jersey, I was attached to that pasta bar — I go all the time. going to be able to reel in New Jersey girls. Jersey girls | All-American wrestler Steve Bosak talks about how he met his girlYou can make healthy pasta meals out of it, [laughing] And it was all fun and games until friend and the time he almost lost his prized anniversary gift. and I want to actually start a campaign in I walked into practice one day with those earorder to save the pasta bar at Wegmans. So if rings in and my Dr. Dre hat on ... and I’d never seen coach Koll more angry with me in my entire Red Shipping & Storage. It was fun, I worked with Adam anyone out there is reading this, make sure you go to Wegmans and fill out a complaint card saying that you life. To him, I was this innocent freshman boy coming in Cherubini ’13 and Alex Rawitz ’13, and I did well. What’s this I hear about you, Cam and Alex being arrest- want to keep the pasta bar. dressed as somewhat of a thug. He was pretty angry with We’ll get this story out there, because I love the pasta bar ed on West Campus while working? me. Yeah, so we had one late night where we had to work too. So as I can see now, you don’t even have the holes anymore? It’s one of the greatest parts of Wegmans. No, I’m pretty sure if I had left them in any longer he until 2 a.m., and we had to do a move-in in someone’s would have ripped them out, so I quickly removed them apartment before they got there. We had the keys and everything, we went in and dropped our items off in the and never put them back in. See 10 QUESTIONS page 17 room. Well, we didn’t realize somebody else was living in Why do you hate date auctions so much?
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THURSDAY FEBRUARY 23, 2012
Women to Close Season With Ivy Championships By SCOTT ECKL Sun Staff Writer
The Cornell women’s swimming and diving team is ready for its final battle of the season starting Thursday at the Ivy League championships at Harvard. Snapping a 13-game conference losing streak its last time in the water against rival Brown two weeks ago, the women (2-6, 1-6 Ivy League) enter the finals with momentum and confidence, “All year we have been training for championships, and building momentum along the way,” according to senior diver Kate Lynch. “We ended our regular season with a very exciting win at home over Brown. The team is looking to keep in the same mindset, and go into championships and perform with the same intensity.” The three-day event is the culmination of a season defined by ups and downs. The Red started off poorly and struggled to adjust to a new training regimen implemented this year. However, it finished strong, winning the Ithaca Invitational, defeating a tough Colgate team and cruising against Brown on Senior Day at Teagle Pool. “We are excited about the meet and feel the team is ready
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Rocky road | Though the Red got off to a slow start this season, the team has improved in its last three meets and looks to finish strong in the Ivy Championships at Harvard this Thursday, according to coach Joe Lucia.
to perform well in both the pool and on the boards,” said head coach Joe Lucia. “Each person has the ability and we as a team will be thrilled to have that type of team performance.” Lucia noted the importance that the divers will have in the outcome of the championship. Lynch led a strong and
consistent team of divers in the 2011-12 campaign, he said. Lynch scored a win in the one-meter boards in the meet against Colgate and was part of a top four Red sweep of the one-meter board against Brown. Lynch is the only senior See W. SWIMMING page 18
Red Will Take on Yale at Nationals By OLIVIA WITTELS Sun Staff Writer
Friday’s first-round match at nationals will not be an easy task for the women’s squash team. Cornell is set to play Yale Friday, currently the No. 2 team in the nation. The seventh ranked Red (11-6, 3-4 Ivy League) lost to the Bulldogs earlier in the regular season, but is hoping for a competitive match this time around. “There isn’t as much pressure for us because we’re playing higher-ranked teams to begin the tournament,” said senior co-captain Lauren Sachvie. “I think that taking some matches off Yale … in the first round would be great for the team. If we could just
improve on what we did during what Devoy refers to as the “winthe season against them that ner’s half.” would be awesome.” A defeat will match Cornell “It will be uphill for us to pull up against the loser of Friday’s that one [against Yale] off, but on clash between Princeton (10-3, 3the day anything can happen,” 2) and Stanford (7-5), the third added head coach Julee “It would be nice to win against Devoy. “It would be nice to Yale and be playing in the top four.” win that one Julee Devoy and … be playing in the top four as opposed to the bottom four of the draw, and sixth seeds, respectively. but as I see it that’s a stretch for Statistically speaking, the women us. It’s something that we’re defi- will likely face Stanford, a team nitely going to give our best.” the Red is itching to exact revenge If the squad does indeed upset on after a close match at nationals Yale (15-1, 6-1), the women will enter the semifinals of the draw in See W. SQUASH page 18
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Fighting back | Senior forward Maka Anyanwu scored 12 points in the Red’s win over Penn before the loss to Princeton the following day.
Squad Back at Newman To Battle Yale, Brown By NICK RIELLY Sun Staff Writer
After a weekend in which women’s basketball saw mixed results against Ivy opponents Penn and Princeton, the team plays host to the Yale Bulldogs and Brown Bears, two teams that
have already defeated the Red in previous outings this season. In addition, the Red can rise above .500 in Ivy League play, a feat that has not been achieved this late in the season since the 200708 campaign, the year that the See W. B-BALL page 18
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Looking for revenge | The women will likely take on rival Stanford this weekend, and, according to head coach Julee Devoy, the team is hoping to come away with a win after losing to the Cardinals in nationals last year.