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C.U. Alum Accused of Admissions Fraud
Gordan Caplan ’88 is defendant in nationwide FBI investigation By MARYAM ZAFAR and AMANDA H. CRONIN Sun News Editor and Sun Assistant News Editor
An elite education is said to be priceless — at least, that could be the motivation behind the actions of Gordon Caplan ’88, who allegedly wired $75,000 to procure a fabricated, inflated ACT score for his daughter. A family trust in Caplan’s name donated considerably to Cornell University in recent years. The alumnus was named a defendant in an FBI investigation that has also accused famous actresses, exam administrators and athletic directors of giving and accepting bribes to admit students to elite colleges, including Yale University and Stanford University. “To be honest, I’m not worried about the moral issue here,” Caplan told William Singer in a phone call, according to excerpts from the wiretapped phone call in the FBI’s criminal complaint. Singer is the founder of The Edge College & Career Network, the college counseling service that investigators say facilitated the fraudulent transaction. The Network also had a nonprofit arm, the Key Worldwide Foundation. See SCAM page 4
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Check, please | Caplan ’88, who has since been released from employment at Willkie Farr & Gallagher, paid $75,000 in the form of charitable donations in an attempt to improve his daughter’s college admissions odds.
Former Amtrak President Joseph Boardman ’74 Dies
Magazine Ranks Johnson College 15th Amongst U.S. Business Schools
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Business casual | Cornell’s SC Johnson College of Business, housed in Sage Hall, has kept its position in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings. By JOHNATHAN STIMPSON Sun News Editor
Cornell’s SC Johnson College of Business was once again named the United States’ 15th best business school, according to U.S. News and World Report’s annual rankings released on Tuesday. Every year, U.S. News — which is best known for its annual ranking of undergraduate schools — sorts America’s 475 graduate business schools on the basis of selectivity, undergraduate GPA, GMAT and GRE scores, placement success, starting salary and recruiter and peer assess-
annually in 2010, 2011, and 2012, according to The New York Times. While growing up on a dairy farm Former president and chief executive in Rome, N.Y., Boardman became fasof Amtrak, Joseph H. Boardman ’74 — cinated with the ability of inexpensive who ran the railway giant over a period transportation — such as railroad and of rapid growth — died of a stroke on the Greyhound bus system — to conMarch 7. He was 70. nect people and places, as reported by During Boardman’s time as president the Times. and CEO of Amtrak from 2008 to 2016, “I’ve got two grandchildren now. One the railway company saw tremendous is in North Carolina and one is in New growth in ridership and new train cars, York. I can get to both places on the as well as the introduction of digital railroad,” Boardman said in an interview ticketing. In a joint statement released with RailwayAge. by Amtrak, Chairman Tony Coscia and After returning home from serving President and CEO Richard Anderson in Vietnam as part of the Air Force, said that “[Joe was] a tireless advocate for Boardman applied to Cornell. In a passenger rail and the nation’s mobility.” 2013 interview with Railway Magazine, From working as a Boardman discussed his part-time bus driver while family history with the attending Cornell to leadschool. His grandfather ing Amtrak, Boardman and uncles had studied devoted his life to improvat Cornell to become to ing transportation availbecome veterinarians, so he able to the public, serving said he planned to do the as the longest-running NY same. state transportation comHowever, Boardman missioner and administranever lost his fascination tor of the Federal Railroad with transportation, and Administration under decided to switch his major BOARDMAN ’74 President George W. to agricultural economics, Bush. During his tenure at Amtrak, earning a B.A. in 1974. He then obtained Boardman helped to reduce Amtrak’s his M.A. in Management Science from debt, improved its infrastructure and SUNY Binghamton. raised its profitability, the statement said. Under Boardman’s leadership, Amtrak Catherine Chmiel can be reached at saw increases in ridership, even millions firstname.lastname@example.org. Sun Contributor
ment scores. Johnson edged out UCLA and Carnegie Mellon’s graduate business programs to rank 15th for the second year in a row, but trailed the University of Virginia, New York University and the other five Ivy Leagues that offer an MBA degree. U.S. News’ latest rankings estimated that 80 percent of Johnson graduates found a job upon graduation, with the average base salary coming in at $126,000 — figures largely comparable to most of its peers but lagging See JOHNSON page 4
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Activist Calls for C.U. Fossil Fuel Divestment By ANIL OZA and AMANDA H. CRONIN
Cornell Cornell Professors Host Session on Hemp
The Cornell Cooperative Extension hosted a hemp informational session on Wednesday, detailing the benefits of bringing the crop into the local area. The talk was also hosted by the New York State Department of Agriculture, whose economy may stand to be boosted by bringing the cash cow into to the upstate area. The professors, WBNG reported, hoped to provide local farmers with the tools to start their own hemp cultivation if they desired. Industrial hemp is a strain of cannabis without the psychoactive effects, and is legal in both the United States and New York State.
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Climate activism icon, leader of the fossil fuel divestment movement and founder of 350.org Bill McKibben offered his advice to Cornell students passionate about taking action against university investment in fossil fuels on Wednesday evening. “We’re kind of having a moment around climate change. Something in the last year has begun to profoundly shift the mood,” he said in the virtual lecture. “It’s too late for Cornell to be a leader, but not [too late] to play a significant role.” In the event hosted by the University Assembly, Climate Justice Cornell and the Cornell Environmental Collaborative, McKibben gave his remarks over video chat to students, faculty and community members regarding Cornell’s continued investment in fossil fuels. Fossil fuel divestment proposals have been brought up in the past, most recently in 2015 when the University Assembly
passed Resolution EA R3: Cornell Investment and Divestment Strategies for a Sustainable Future. The resolution did not elicit divestment from the board, “but we remain optimistic,” said Nadia Vitek ’22, a member of Climate Justice Cornell, in an interview with The Sun prior to the event. “The pressure is definitely building.” Student climate activists on other college campuses across the country, such as Syracuse University and University of Maryland, have been pressuring their administrations for years to divest from fossil fuels with several winning the fight in recent years, according to Hannah Brodsky ’22, who is also involved with CJC. The Cornell board of trustees’ hesitance to drop its investments in fossil fuels is paralleled at other universities, like Middlebury College, where the cry for divestment was similarly not initially successful. However, through activism on the part of students and faculty, McKibben among them, Middlebury decided to divest its assets in the fossil fuel industry in February. “At this point in time, we’re no
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Shots were fired on Dryden Road on Tuesday, leading to an arrest Wednesday after suspect Eric J. McLaurin, 32, surrendered himself to the Dryden Town Court. McLaurin was arraigned on a charge of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, a felony, the Ithaca Voice reported. The shots were fired at around 2 p.m. on Tuesday near the 1100 block of Dryden Road, and prompted police to block off the surrounding area for several areas while officials searched for the source of the gunfire. A news release issued Wednesday, according to the Voice, said that state police believe “more charges are likely.”
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Save the planet | Bill McKibben, a big name in climate justice, urged students to push the University out of fossil fuels and towards sustainability.
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The Defense Department officially established on Wednesday that transgender individuals can only serve in the United States military while presenting as their biological sex, The New York Times reported. This directive, sent in the form of a memorandum ordering the military to adopt the new policy, follows months of debate after President Trump declared changes to the policy last year. The guidelines say that transgender individuals can identify as transgender, the Times reported, but cannot use their preferred pronouns, sleep in the barracks of sex other than their biological one or use the bathrooms that correspond to their gender identity.
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plays in this debate. “I’m going to be dead before the climate crisis is at its absolute worst. But you’re not going to be,” McKibben said. “My generation is one of the first generations on
“I’m going to be dead before the climate crisis is at its absolute worst. But you’re not going to be.” Bill McKibben earth to pass on the planet in much worse shape than when we met it. So we better get to work.” Looking ahead, McKibben stressed the importance of a strong student-faculty connection at Cornell in order to sustain the debate for divestment. He cited the fact that the administration simply needs to outlast students for their four-year-long career at the university, emphasizing the importance of faculty joining the cause. This sentiment is shared by Prof. Caroline Levine, English literature, who said in a prior interview with The Sun that the challenge with divestment is to “keep it as a conversation that people are aware of, where people are thinking about the potential benefits and implications of it. It’s important not to forget, just because students turn over and there’s not so much historic memory.” CJC member Zoya Mohsin ’21 had a message for Cornell students: “We’re deeply connected and dependent on these investments. And if these investments are in companies and industries that are harmful, we share some of the responsibilities of the harm caused.” Anil Oza can be reached at ajo35@ cornell.edu. Amanda H. Cronin can be reached at acronin@cornellsun.
Professor Links ‘BBQ Becky’ and Slavery in Op-Ed By AMINA KILPATRICK
longer likely going to solve climate change one solar panel at a time,” McKibben said. “Our fundamental job is to break up the political power of the fossil fuel industry, and that’s why divestment is so important.” However, McKibben emphasized the importance of discussing what has changed since the board’s original decision, instead of chastising them for making the wrong choice. He outlined the seven main developments that have shifted the conversation regarding fossil fuel divestment, such as the increasing economic viability of divestment — a result of the decreasing price of solar and wind energy. Moreover, he asserted that the responsibility of combating climate change lies with institutions of higher education, who must take charge largely in light of the public’s challenges in facing a “campaign of deception” from the fossil fuel industry. McKibben said that investment campaign successes thus far create a climate normalizing divestment, despite the long-standing roots of fossil fuel investment, and that the economic performance of these divested universities serves as an example of the economic benefits of divestment. One of the best ways to get through to the trustees, according to McKibben, was to translate the consequences of continued fossil fuel investment into monetary loss. McKibben argues that continued investment in fossil fuels is financially unsustainable, wasting both opportunities to make other, more profitable investments and money that could have been directed to scholarships or pay for adjunct professors and research. McKibben ended his virtual talk by emphasizing the importance that the younger generation
Prof. Edward Baptist, history, and Prof. Vanessa Holden, history, the University of Kentucky, recently wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post detailing the historical roots of how Americans, often white, “[take] it upon themselves” to call the police on black people. Recently, a surge of responses to instances of white people calling the police on innocent black Americans has cropped up online. Baptist and Holden referenced cases including a graduate student calling the police on a black student at Yale, a group of black women who were reported to the police because of the way they were playing golf and a white neighbor calling the police on a black 12-year-old mowing a lawn. Throughout the last few years, the biggest change in these incidents is that the initiators of these police calls are no longer being lauded for
their efforts. Instead, there has been virulently negative reaction on social media platforms — sometimes resulting in the accusing individuals losing their jobs and being publicly condemned. The behavior, exhibited by those such as Jennifer Schulte — known as “BBQ Becky” — who called the police on black men using a grill in a park, mirrors historical behavior by white Americans, the op-ed said. “For virtually the first time, white Americans have faced social disapproval for being caught on camera in the act of treating utterly normal behavior by black people as criminals,” Baptist and Holden wrote in the editorial. “But people like ‘BBQ Becky’ are not new. They continue a long tradition that began in slavery.” Baptist, Holden and three other historians are part of a team collecting information for a database of fugitive slave laws. The database serves to collect “thousands
of stories of resistance” through an inter-departmental project, The Sun previously reported. Through utilizing information that is being collected for the database, Baptist and Holden illustrated the connection between modern incidents of white Americans calling the police on
tion that could have been applied a wide-range of African-American looking individuals, according to Baptist and Holden. “The point of the ad, which said she was ‘18 years old, black, rough skin, thick lips, good teeth’ and ‘walks awkwardly,’ was to get any person to read it to look
“Civilians drive the system, whether by calling armed police or taking the killing power of law enforcement into their own hands.” Prof. Edward Baptist and Prof. Vanessa Holden black Americans with the language and implementation of fugitive slave laws. “The ads reveal how white Americans trained and incentivized themselves to police black Americans’ movements,” they wrote. One historical ad they highlighted from 1858 was for a woman named Lavenia, an escaped slave from Richmond, Virginia. The language of the ad by her enslaver created a broad descrip-
closely at any African American adolescent or young woman,” Baptist and Holden wrote. This system of policing enslaved Africans also boosted the social status of the poorer white Americans that aided in these efforts, according to Baptist and Holden, who thus began “defining themselves as part of the in-group by using violence against black people.” The laws used language that policed
the actions of black Americans whether they were enslaved or not. Laws allowed people who were suspected of being “slaves” to be policed. “If every African American was a potential fugitive, every white American was a potential slave-catcher,” Baptist and Holden wrote. “In our own time, white people often rely on professionals to carry out the confrontation, interrogation, arrest, search and even killing of black people who seem ‘out of place.’” “But civilians drive the system, whether by calling armed police or taking the killing power of law enforcement into their own hands,” they continued. Another consequence of this system is that black Americans become self-aware of their actions and, in turn, self-police. Given that the ultimate goal of the police during slavery was to alter the behavior of black people, this is just another “outSee POLICING page 4
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Alumnus Implicated in College Admissions Scandal SCAM
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Andrew E. Lelling, U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts, called the case “the largest college admissions scandal ever prosecuted.” So far, at least 10 athletic coaches from top schools including Georgetown, University of California, Los Angeles, the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Southern California have been accused of accepting bribes in exchange for positive recommendations for prospective players. Willkie Farr & Gallagher placed Caplan — who previously served as co-partner — on a leave of absence Wednesday afternoon. The firm said in a statement that Caplan would have “no further Firm management responsibility,” according to Above the Law. “As widely reported, one of our partners, Gordon Caplan, was among the persons charged in the college admissions matter,” the statement read. “This is a personal matter and does not involve Willkie or any of its clients.” Caplan made his federal court appearance in New York City on Tuesday and was released on a $500,000 bond, according to the attorney office of the District of SIMON CHEN / SUN SENIOR DESIGNER Massachusetts. He will appear in federal court in Boston Trust | Over the past few years, Gordon Caplan ’88 made sizable donations to Cornell through his family trust. In addition, he on March 29. High school students take standardized tests like has made donations to his alma mater Fordham Law School since 2002. the ACT in the time leading up to college application be granted extra time when she took her standardized In some phone conversations with Singer, Caplan deadlines. According to the FBI’s documents, during tests, a practice that Singer said is widespread. expressed reticence about the possibility of getting this time, Caplan was preparing for the ACT in a dif“What happened is, all the wealthy families that fig- caught. ferent way. ured out that if I get my kid tested and they get extend“So, again, and — [sic] keep in mind I am a lawyer,” FBI documents said that last June, Singer urged ed time, they can do better on the test. So most of these Caplan said in the transcript of the wiretapped phone Caplan to petition for extended test-taking time for his kids don’t even have issues, but they’re getting time,” call. “So I’m sort of rules oriented.” Singer reassured daughter. In July, transcripts showed Caplan and his Singer said in a call, according to court documents. Caplan that no one had ever been caught — and that wife discussing having Singer’s employees take classes “The playing field is not fair.” Caplan would be safe. under Caplan’s daughter’s name. In November, Caplan Singer, labeled “Cooperating Witness 1” in court Now, along with other wealthy parents, famous forked out the first payment, wiring $25,000 to the documents, pleaded guilty to the charges of fraud, actors and athletic coaches, Caplan faces charges of KWF. At the time, Caplan told Singer his daughter’s money laundering and more, and shared wiretapped conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services highest practice score was a 22. phone calls that exposed Caplan’s transgressions. mail fraud. Caplan hails from Greenwich, Connecticut — one Caplan, who graduated from Cornell with a B.A. in A statement released by Yale on Tuesday afternoon of the top 10 richest government, replied that it felt “a expressed the University’s “full cooperation” with the places in the counweird,” and then proceeded: proceedings implicating their former women’s soccer “So, again, and — [sic] keep in little try. On Dec. 8, 2018, “So how do I get this done?” coach. The statement concluded by saying that Yale mind I am a lawyer. So I’m sort of he dropped off his Caplan has stacked many acco- only admits those students who “demonstrate their daughter at the West lades in the legal sphere. He received ability to succeed in the academic and residential comrules oriented.” Hollywood Test Center a public service award from his ponents of the Yale experience.” Gordon Caplan ’88 in California in the alma mater Fordham Law School Others involved in this case echoed their cooperation morning, and picked in 2016, was named a “Dealmaker and concern in similar statements. Stanford President her up from the testing of the Year” by American Lawyer Marc Tessier-Lavigne called the allegations “nothing center later that Saturday afternoon. According to court and was named a top acquisitions lawyer by the Global short of appalling.” USC stated Wednesday that it was documents, Singer recruited a colleague to purportedly M&A Network. Caplan is also the president of his fami- “in the process of identifying any funds received by the proctor — and “decipher” — Caplan’s daughter’s ACT. ly namesake trust, listed online with a total of $698,655 university in connection with this alleged scheme,” and Twelve days later, Caplan shelled out another in assets. reviewing its admissions processes. $50,000; in return, based on the agreement in the The Caplan Family Foundation Trust — headed by ACT, Incorporated representatives responded to the November phone call, Singer guaranteed an ACT score Gordon and Amy Caplan — donated generously to his allegations, saying they were “fully cooperating” with between 32 and 34. Court documents say Caplan asked alma maters, according to tax documents. In 2017, the law enforcement “to identify and expose the few bad Singer not to score his daughter higher than a 32. Trust gave $100,000 to Cornell University, preceded actors who have attempted to undermine a fair testing The scheme — which was cleanly laid out to Caplan by $140,000 in 2016. The Trust donated $15,000, environment,” according to the Iowa City Press Citizen. in phone calls throughout the transactions — first $40,000 and $15,000 in 2013, 2014 and 2015, respec- “No student should have an unfair advantage over any involved administering a “learning difference” test to tively. The University received at least $7,500 from the other,” the statement said. Caplan’s daughter. Trust before then, reports show. It was vital, Singer told Caplan, for his daughter “to Caplan also made sizable donations to Fordham Maryam Zafar can be reached at be stupid” when the psychologist evaluated her. A poor Law School starting in 2002, according to ProPublica firstname.lastname@example.org. Amanda H. Cronin can be reached evaluation report would allow for Caplan’s daughter to reports. at email@example.com.
Business School Ranks 15th, Again Baptist: “Continuity” of Slavery SC Johnson College trails other Ivy League business programs JOHNSON
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behind front-of-the-pack Wharton, which posted an expected starting pay of $140,000. Last year, the 280 students enrolled in Johnson’s traditional two-year M.B.A program had an average GMAT score of 699, 3.4 average undergraduate GPA and five average years of work experience, according to the school. U.S. News’ annual report is one of several publications that rank M.B.A-awarding institutions. For instance, The Financial Times surveys programs globally — last year, it pegged Johnson as the world’s 17th best in the third consecutive year the school had improved among the London-based outlet’s rankings. However, ranking is only a minor portion of what employers look at when hiring graduates and a high-quality education is what matters more, according to Prof. Andrey Ukhov, finance.
“[Employers] use rankings to decide which schools to recruit at, but rankings are only a part of the story,” Ukhov told The Sun following the release of last year’s Financial Times ranking. Johnson regularly places large numbers of students into some of the business world’s most coveted occupations: 25 percent of the class of 2018 entered consulting following graduation, while 19 percent found a position in investment banking, according to the school. The school’s alumni have spanned a wide variety of high-profile corporate positions, including Silicon Valley venture capitalist Mary Meeker MBA ’86, former Chevron CEO Ken Durr MBA ’60, and SC Johnson & Son — the school’s namesake — head Herbert Johnson MBA ’84. Johnathan Stimpson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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growth or continuation” of slavery, according to Baptist. “There is a long, long continuity here in slavery,” Baptist told The Sun. “Because that was also the intent of the system of policing in slavery to get enslaved people to constrain their own movement, their own actions, so they played the roles that white people wanted them to play.” Change to the policing system cannot happen solely with people recording these instances, Baptist told the Sun, asserting that there needed to be a “fundamental” shift to the system that incorporates both a legal and cultural shift. Baptist connected the need for legal consequences — in addition to social consequences — to the pre-Civil War era. The
written stories of enslaved people who freed themselves, such as Frederick Douglas and Harriet Jacobs, brought the atrocities of slavery to a wider audience, Baptist said. People began to change their ideas surrounding slavery, but their accounts alone didn’t end slavery — legislation did. “The courage of people who are documenting this insanity is absolutely crucial and necessary for any change to happen,” Baptist said. “It can’t just be a certain segment of white people saying ‘man that’s crazy, I am never going to use 911 that way’ and maybe they won’t, but until there is an actual legal change, we will still see that kind of behavior.”
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THE BIGGEST COLLEGE ADMISSIONS SCANDAL THE FBI HAS EVER PROSECUTED: wealthy individuals paying for their kids’ admissions into elite institutions with fake athletic records and artificially inflated test scores. And a Cornell alumnus, Gordon Caplan ’88, is among the offenders. This scandal goes to the root of a noxious, pervasive problem in higher education — the influence of money on opportunity. Though the $500,000 in bribes from actress Lori Loughlin to the University of Southern California is an extreme example of this national problem, universities like Cornell let wealth legally influence their admissions in small but unfair ways every year. While our University is “need-blind” for domestic applicants, we do not remove money from the admissions process. What are the demographics of the areas in which Cornell has recruitment efforts? Do schools in areas like Greenwich, Conn. — where Caplan resides — have more students at Cornell than areas that are not among the United States’ top 10 richest places? Money played a huge role in this admissions scandal, but it plays an even larger role in everything that comes before. Standardized test tutoring costs a pretty penny at an average of $70 per hour according to Tutors.com. This is a more “affordable” — and FBI-free — option for those without the cash that Caplan coughed up to increase his daughter’s ACT score from a 32 to a 34. The quality of high schools also varies immensely depending on one’s neighborhood. Thanks to the US’ system of funding public schools with property tax money, high schools in wealthy areas simply have more resources than others, and students who graduate from such schools are at an advantage. They have probably been exposed to more material from better-resourced teachers and have technological skills from using the most up-to-date equipment. We need better outreach efforts on Cornell’s part to reach students who may not have had access to extensive SAT tutoring. A University of Michigan study found, “Highachieving, low-income students who received personalized commitment of financial aid are more than twice as likely to apply, be admitted to and enroll in a top-tier university.” A small strategy like this could reduce the effects of money on admissions processes, but Cornell has not employed it. Another good step would be to get more information out to the public. Collecting and publicizing the data can help hold the school more accountable for reaching a more diverse audience and improving targeted recruitment efforts. It could shed light on areas that are being overlooked and help focus efforts on these long-ignored demographic groups. We know that 62.3 percent of the incoming Class of 2022 went to public high schools, but that’s not enough information. We need more comprehensive information about the neighborhoods these schools are in — ranked by wealth, by whether neighborhoods are rural or urban and by what percentage of students receive some form of federal assistance. Cornell should be on the hunt for information like this so it can really make admissions socioeconomically fair — and not just an option for students whose parents are able to fork over $300,000 like Caplan could for his daughter.
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e call education an “investment,” which typically refers to money spent with the eventual expectation of a return. My rough calculation of the number of students and the average cost of tuition indicates that over $400 billion is “invested” in college every year. For scale, with that money you could own JPMorgan Chase, Facebook or Johnson & Johnson and still have the equivalent of Alaska’s GDP to spare. This week, dozens of parents and administrators were arrested on fraud charges in relation to a sprawling scheme for admission to some of the nation’s top colleges. These parents “invested” six- and seven-figures to cheat on standardized tests and manipulate the athletic admissions process to ensure their children’s acceptance. Nobody is shocked that the college admissions process favors the wealthy. Nor should anyone be shocked that these types of backchannels exist. We should, however, take pause at the amount we are willing to invest to achieve some imagined return. To explain why Americans have determined that the return on a degree is worth the substantial initial investment — despite empirical evidence to the contrary — one must return to the basics of the economic system within which these decisions are made. The fundamental activity of any market economy is exchange between buyers and sellers. Buyers have an upper limit on their willingness to pay and seek to maximize utility. Sellers have a lower limit on their willingness to accept and seek to maximize price. Such exchange underpins all market interactions, including the one between the employers and prospective employees. Though free-market enthusiasts frame the labor exchange as a contract between freely participating individuals, the reality is that there are far fewer employers than there are workers, and the disparity grows greater every year. The structural nature of our system gives workers the short end of the stick. As a result, prospective employees must compete against one another for labor opportunities and maximize their worth to employers to improve their odds. The natural consequence of this utility-maximization has been earlier and more substantial investment in human capital. The primary concern of parents across all K-selected species is providing a child the best possible chance for survival. No different for humans — it’s just our nature. In the modern era, this desire has manifested in utility-maximizing behaviors that just a few decades ago would have seemed ludicrous: cutthroat competition for spots in exclusive preschools, a billion-dollar test-prep industry, the requirement of relevant internship experience for entry-level positions and the booming child-rearing industry peddling tips and tricks to maximize your baby’s potential. This week’s scandal — and “donations” more generally — account for only a small fraction of the billions upon billions invested in children’s future labor capacity every year. The investment in grooming that begins in infancy culminates in a diploma, signaling to the market the human capital a young adult has to offer. Malcolm Harris, author of Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of
Millennials, thinks the admissions scandal reveals how high the stakes really are. “If these people could buy entrance for a high price,” Harris explained to me via email, “that means the kids who earn these slots are producing equivalent tons of value. It’s not just the athletes who are working hard for free.” In other words, each admitted student is worth far more to a university than the sticker price of tuition. The fact that only a small fortune can replace a carefully cultivated child reveals how much human capital is really worth. The material consequences of childhood’s systemic commodification include increasingly competitive college admissions, skyrocketing rates of teen mental illness and the ever-compounding nature of generational inequality. The most significant implication of this trend, however, is the revelation of the extent to which we quantify the value of a human life. In the vernacular of American mythos, “success” is widely understood as a euphemism for wealth. Quantifying achievement has always been fundamental to our national character. But in the late 20th century, people in power decided that all aspects of human interaction would be better if we prioritized individual freedom and structured all of society as we do markets. This ideology, known as neoliberalism, became entrenched — not only in public policy but in private life. Scholars of the subject suggest that our era is defined by the simultaneous increase in emphasis on individual responsibility and decrease in opportunities for individual success. The system makes our failure more likely, yet insists that those who fail have some personal moral deficit. The onus, then, is on us to maximize our marketability at any cost, lest we be seen (or see ourselves) as worthless. That’s why the parents embroiled in the scandal happily spent vast sums for the security of a college acceptance. That’s why the average American has $30,000 in student debt. That’s why job applicants are more qualified and workers are more productive while we are facing an underemployment epidemic. We will pay any price to improve our market value — because it is now indistinguishable from our intrinsic value. The real return on investment is the sense of pride in having made something of ourselves. Higher education, like most other institutions, is designed by and for the interests of the wealthy; no amount of reform can extricate it from capital’s grip. Most of us already know that. But few of us know how to navigate life outside these market parameters. Without external cues, few know how to value themselves. At least for now, there is no end in sight for the self-optimization arms race. Human relations will become increasingly quantified at the expense of our happiness. The game will still be rigged. But perhaps if we push back — if we assert that some parts of life are beyond measure — we might finally figure out what we’re really worth.
Nobody is shocked the admissions process favors the wealthy.
Our market value is now indistinguishable from intrinsic value.
Jade Pinero is a senior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Jaded and Confused runs every other Thursday this semester.
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Michael Johns, Jr. | Athwart History
One Nation Under God
hristians at Cornell and across the world this month observe the season of Lent — a religious tradition that calls upon adherents to re-embrace their faith through commemoration of the 40 days that Jesus spent fasting in the Judean Desert following his baptism. Lent is a solemn season, and an important time for Christians to examine their own religiosity and the state of the church more broadly. troubled and on the defensive. The unfortunate truth is that Christian churches, like most religious institutions in the United States, have been a diminishing feature of public life for some time. The Pew Research Center notes that 20 percent of Americans are “religiously unaffiliated,” a number that has increased by five percent over the last five years. Further, over half of the American public attends religious services “seldom or never” and holds neutral or “mostly negative” views about organized religion. Among younger generations, the challenges confronting organized religion are even more profound: a third of Americans under 30 today do not identify with a religion at all, according to Pew. Several forces have driven this trend. It starts, of course, with churches themselves, which have sometimes failed to fulfill obligations to their respective congregations. A slew of prominent sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church and the Southern Baptist Convention, the ongoing dilution of many mainline church teachings and the politicization of scripture most recently in the United Methodist Church have not undermined faith among the American public, but they have undermined confidence in the religious institutions where faith is most publicly celebrated and practiced. Cornell has not been immune to these realities. Our campus Catholic Church, for instance, is currently processing upsetting sexual abuse allegations against its former director and chaplain. Additionally, while Cornell’s academic program does feature a religious studies department and a dedicated building for its religious and spiritual organizations, classes on this subject are not an Arts and Sciences requirement at the University, and so many students graduate without even a rudimentary exposure to religious education. The health of religious institutions is important, both
to our University and country. Humans inherently are “[justifies] progressive political action” has no core. religious creatures, and genetic predisposition, elements 21st-century atheistic progressivism, especially in its of human psychology and social grouping all seem to hostility to religion, has no foundation, thus allowing its support this thesis. Pew, though it found substantial aims to be manipulated or reinterpreted for the purpose concerns about trends in American organized religion, of political power or convenience. also found that 90 percent of Americans believe in But Cornellians and Americans alike, even in this “God or a higher power.” This number — 90 percent context, are predictably no less religious, simply less — represents a fact too seldom expressed: Perhaps the observant. They broadly have placed spirituality with single most unifying force among America’s 325 million simple longing — and the result has had a demonstraresidents is their faith in the divine. Atheists and pro- bly negative effect on political culture. Humans cannot gressives sometimes contend that religion and faith are simply be rid of their religious impulses. These instincts divisive forces, but these numbers demonstrate the exact have instead been simply fulfilled by man-made and opposite is true: Faith in a higher power is the single commonly dubious dogmas, such as progressivism’s divisive identity politics, its corrupted interpretation greatest unifying force in the U.S. today. The question, then, is what happens to a faith-based of traditional justice and its embrace of scientifically nation when confidence and participation in its religious unsound and extremist environmental scare tactics. Each falsely presents itself in ways a religion historically has institutions diminishes. A Sun columnist, writing on this concept two weeks — offering guiding principles, establishing mandated ago, rightly noted: “Without a remedy for the spiritual teachings and even creating its own policy gods, whose deficit created by alienation, our stultifying apathy can edicts are delivered with the full authority of the comnever be truly eradicated.” At a university like Cornell, mandments God presented Moses on Mount dazzled by aimless rationality and seemingly obsessed Sinai. It would all be silly if it weren’t with materiso dangerous. To be sure, agnostics and alism, there atheists are as welcome as is almost no Cornellians and Americans alike have any other community in this serious conwith simple country, and their perspecs i d e r a t i o n broadly placed spirituality of what the longing — and the result has had a tives on moral philosophy “best life” are often coherent really looks demonstrably negative effect on and even construclike. In down- political culture. tive. Nor is polittown Ithaca, ical essentialism car bumper limited to those stickers politicize faith with oversimplified and misguid- without religious affiliation. But in an increasingly irreed messages like “kindness is my religion” and “Jesus was ligious world, the character of politics is suffering and at a communist.” Yet few grapple with the larger and more serious risk of escalating tension. As the great Catholic important questions. If not from God, where does our writer G.K. Chesterton once wrote, when people stop morality originate? Where is its guiding doctrine? Who believing in God, they don’t believe in nothing; they ultimately defined it? believe in anything. These questions cut right to the core of the human condition and predicament. The same left-leaning Sun Michael Johns, Jr. is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences. He can columnist, a self-described “radical,” also wrote quite be reached at email@example.com. Athwart History runs every other astutely that the nonreligious “moral imperative” which Wednesday this semester.
Faiza Ahmad | The Fifth Column
The Perks of Being Dead Inside
year ago, I promised myself that my last semester at Cornell would be chill. Every time I sat in the physics learning center staring blankly at yet another problem about a skydiver jumping out of a plane, I would calm my inner rage and frustration by assuring myself that I would get a nice, well-deserved break to round off my senior year. I had heard one too many stories about students taking just 12 credits in their last semester, most of which were an assortment of “comically easy” classes that one could “get an A+ in by only attending the final” (I’m quoting directly from RateMyProfessor here). I couldn’t wait to answer the notorious “how is your semester going?” question honestly, and maybe even remember what it felt like to not be perpetually tired. Well, that didn’t work out at all. Somehow, this semester is the most stressful one I have had at Cornell. For reasons that are completely my own fault, I severely procrastinated on taking the MCAT and now find myself lugging prep books around with me everywhere I go. Like most seniors, I already finished my major requirements so I ingeniously thought now would be a good time to take upper-level neuroscience classes in which I have no background. On top of that, I apparently have to, like, figure out what I’m doing with my life after
graduation. How unfair is that? These commitments, and a few others I need not mention, have molded me into that one friend who is constantly trudging into class ten minutes late, coffee in hand, obnoxiously exclaiming, “There just aren’t enough hours in the day!” Needless to say, I wake up every morning dreading getting out of bed. Yet what I have found strange throughout this whole ordeal is my uncharacteristic lack of panic. In the past, I have consistently been anxious and alarmed by approaching deadl i n e s , impending tests and unfilled summers to a clinical degree. In my sophomore year, I had a full-on panic attack two weeks before an organic chemistry midterm because I genuinely thought there was no conceivable way I could learn all the material in that time. Overdramatic, I know. Now, I find myself strolling into a prelim that I only started studying for at 4 a.m. that very morning, more concerned about what I’m going to eat afterward than about the exam itself. I feel like it’s important to note that this isn’t meant to be some kind of weird flex or humble-brag either. I sincerely just think that Cornell has completely broken me. I am dead inside. Sure, I still feel the pressure, but at this point, I just don’t have the emotional and mental capacity — or
I had heard about students taking just 12 credits in their last semester, most of which were an assortment of “comically easy” classes that one could “get an A+ in by only attending the final.”
the time, if we’re being frank — to worry applicable to college students. Torturing yourself by adding worry and anxiety about how things are going to go. That may sound a bit concerning or and panic to your preexisting stress is cynical, but I have actually found it to not only masochistic, but it’s also counbe quite liberating. Back in my junior terproductive. Maybe this is a lesson that year, I shadowed a general physician everyone learns over time, or maybe it’s who practiced in a cozy little office a bit just something that comes with the gradoutside of Ithaca. I would drive down to ual decay of the soul that Cornell so grahis office every Wednesday, and on more ciously facilitates. Either way, I really do than one occasion would end up venting think there is something valuable about about the stress and exhaustion that the not caring so much about outcomes. middle of the week inevitably brings. I’m not advocating for giving up entirely On one occasion when I was particularly or for not investing any work into your worried about an impending prelim I goals. Rather, I’m suggesting that we had the following day, the doctor gave put our best efforts out into the world me a valuable piece of advice that I and then resign ourselves to our next brushed off at the time, but gradually endeavor. Instead of letting our worries have found to be quite true. Upon seeing live rent-free in our brains, why not cross me frantically flipping through biochem- those bridges as we get to them? istry notes during lunch break, he asked, “Do you know what I tell patients I’m not advocating for giving up entirely who come in complaining about back pain from or not investing any work into your goals. their manual labor jobs?” Rather, I’m suggesting that we put our Before I could answer, he continued, “I tell them best efforts out into the world and then that it’s not always about resign ourselves to our next endeavor. the load. A lot of times it’s about the way you carry it. I think that applies to I guess the perks of being dead inside life as well.” While that may sound like a cliché, overly-cinematic line written are allowing yourself the luxury to opt into a low-budget movie, it truly holds out of unnecessary stress, and letting a lot of weight. If there is one thing I yourself believe that things will be fine. have learned over the past three-and-a- And even when they end up not being half years of academic misery, it’s that fine, you will work out whatever doesn’t my worrying about a situation has never work out. magically manifested my desired outcome. Not once. Ahmad is a senior in the College of My point is that everyone is stressed Faiza Arts and Sciences. She can be reached at about something, all of the time. That is firstname.lastname@example.org. The Fifth Column just a universal truth, but it is especially runs every other Wednesday this semester.
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Apple Pie a la Grandma By GUSSIE GORDON Sun Staff Writer
ince starting college, my bubbie (grandmother in Yiddish) has played a very dangerous game with me. Everytime I go home, she “surprises” me with one of her famous pies, and I proceed to eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner over the course of my stay. There is simply no way to resist her pies: warm and gooey, sweet on the inside and perfectly buttery and flakey on the outside. I am the fourth generation in my family to receive and use this apple pie recipe. My great-grandmother first created the recipe and passed it down to my bubbie, who sent it to my mother when she was living in Nairobi, Kenya and wanted to show her host family what a traditional American Thanksgiving was like in 1989. Now, I possess and cherish this special recipe. Rich in history and flavor, this apple pie is sure not to disappoint. Apple Pie a la Grandma Crust:
3 Tablespoons quick cooking tapioca (or 1/4 cup flour to thicken or 3 Tablespoons cornstarch) 2 Tablespoons butter or margarine Directions: 1. Mix all ingredients except butter. Put into crust. 2. Cut butter into small pieces and distribute over top of apple mixture. 3. Cover with top crust. 4. Cut to fit overlapping edge of top crust around bottom edge of crust and pinch closed. 5. Brush top crust with cream or beaten egg yolk to keep it from burning and have it be golden brown. 6. Punch holes in top crust. 7. Bake in a hot oven (450 degrees) about 10 minutes; reduce temperature to moderate (350 degrees) for another 30-35 minutes until apples are tender and bubbles are large and crust is golden brown. 8. Put foil under pie while baking to catch drippings. 9. Cool at room temperature. 10. Relax and enjoy!
2 cups sifted flour 1 teaspoon salt 2/3 cup Crisco or butter 1/3 cup ice water (or as needed) Gussie Gordon is a sophomore in the School of If you roll the dough thin enough, you Hotel Administration. She can be reached at will probably make 1 1/2 to 2 pies (or 3 to email@example.com. 4 crusts) out of this. Sift together flour and salt. Cut in Crisco or butter. Add enough water to mold into a ball. Cut in two — chill balls for about an hour or more (wrap in waxed paper to chill). Roll out on floured board. Filling: 6 to 8 tart apples (depending on the size of apples) peeled, cored and sliced 1/3 cup white sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind 1 teaspoon lemon juice
one can almost forget about the harsh sting and the monotonous numbness of late winter. Ithaca’s dreary, icy backdrop only e are currently dragging our heightens the brilliance of the perfectly boots through the dregs of pudgy pocket-sized fruit. Most days, I find myself mechanically winter. January, February and March are slow and cutting, offering schlepping through sludge from class to class. I keep my head nothing to anticipate, down, hood up and earand the ubiquitous Tucked away under a buds in. I think of this gray cloud looming season as something I overhead promises no bright, glossy peel have to “get through” silver lining. The holiare delightfully — a tedious routine, an day season is long over. icy passage that I just The shiny new year is chubby little segments, have to traverse. But already tarnished. Each overcast Ithaca day dis- bursting with sweetness. after March, the supsegments, exploding solves into the next like Mandarins in their peak ple with refreshing nectar, a packet of Emergen-C season are so delicious, become sour and shrivpowder. eled. You peel away the If this season has so plump, so tender, rind to reveal a diluted, one single redeeming tart and underwhelming quality, it is this: the one can almost forget version of the original mandarin. about the harsh sting fruit. In a season so gray A ripe mandarin is and bitter, the mandaand the monotonous one of those little things rin, which reaches its peak ripeness in win- numbness of late winter. that remind us to recognize where we are now ter and early spring, (no matter how bleak is a vivid, juicy pop of softness and succulence. Tucked away or monotonous) as a place that we exist under a bright, glossy peel are delightful- within, rather than pass through. In a ly chubby little segments, bursting with couple months, whilst you squish a wilted sweetness. Mandarins in their peak sea- segment of a mediocre mandarin between son are so delicious, so plump, so tender, your teeth, you’ll reminisce that stinging, overcast Ithaca day in late winter when you awkwardly wedged yourself between two parka-clad strangers on the TCAT and ate a mandarin so ripe, so nectarous and so sweet, that it actually blew your mind. You’ll realize you spent those few months robotically trudging through the motions in impatient anticipation of spring and completely neglected to appreciate the juicy joys of the season. The January, February, March stretch is the most brutal time of year, but mandarin season is fleeting. Take advantage of it now. By RAE SPECHT Sun Contributor
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ARTS& ENTERTAINMENT Captain Marvel Leaves Questions Unanswered
Captain Marvel, the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s 20th film (whoa) and its first featuring a true female lead (whoa), is a relatively entertaining Total Recall-esque superhero origin story and a decent second tentpole between Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame. Assistant arts editor Jeremy Markus ’22 and senior staff writer Nick Smith ’20 teamed up to share their thoughts on the film. Enjoy . . . or don’t . . . whatever. THE SUN: Why should you watch this movie? JEREMY MARKUS: If you’re a hardcore Marvel fanatic (I am not), you will probably have already seen the movie by the time this review gets published. For the rest of you, Captain Marvel is a fun superhero film that is plenty capable of alleviating pre- (or post-) prelim stress. Brie Larson’s performance as the title character complements Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury perfectly, and there are a plethora of humorous moments that help to break up the relatively heavy tone of the film. There are fight scenes, plane crashes and blood, and the last Blockbuster in America gets destroyed. Everything you need for a family-friendly feature. NICK SMITH: Captain Marvel’s a good time, Marvel fan or no (though I’m only speculating on behalf of those who’d answer “no”). It’s got an above-average plotline, and good CGI, showcases a strong female lead (Brie Lawson, I love you. Please call me.) in a way we haven’t seen outside D.C.’s Wonderwoman and, like Ragnarok, was surprisingly funny! SUN: Why shouldn’t you watch this movie? J.M.: In my opinion, I feel that superhero
films have effectively run their course. Hero faces problem; all hope seems lost; oh boy, they won because they are a hero. Refraining from heavy spoilers, it’s easy to peg the villains from early on in Captain Marvel because the “Shamalayan-like twist” trope is so prevalent in the genre. While I was entertained, the film felt almost inconsequential once the final credits had finished rolling. Also, Samuel L. Jackson’s reverse-aging CGI is eerily unsettling. N.S.: If you’ve had it up to here with the MCU and its reckless gallivanting through American pop-culture, this movie’s not for you. And, even though you need not have seen the majority of the MCU’s other entries to keep up just fine, certain references, and especially its mid-credits scene, will serve as big-time Infinity War spoilers for the uninitiated. SUN: Best performance? J.M.: I’ll give a nod to Ben Mendelsohn as Talos, the Skrull commander. His character is probably the most complex in the film and Mendelsohn does an excellent job convincing the audience to emotionally connect with him. I’d imagine it is difficult to act wearing heavy prosthetics and layers of CGI, but he did incredibly well. N.S.: I’ve gotta agree here. I’ve loved Mendelsohn in just about everything he’s appeared in over the last couple years — and, yes, that includes Robin Hood — Captain Marvel is no departure from that trend. Like Jeremy said, the Aussie took a deeply complex role as a member of an alien race that no one but the most intense Marvel hardliners would have been familiar with and made it ultimately sympathetic to even the most out-
of-it onlookers. SUN: Most surprising/unexpected part? J.M.: There’s a cat who is not a cat. He does not wear a hat. I’ll leave it at that. N.S.: Goose the “cat” and his interactions with Jackson were awesome. I’d go as far as to say he’s in the conversation for best fighter-pilot movie Goose of all time (no disrespect to Anthony Edwards). SUN: How does Captain Marvel rank within the MCU? J.M.: Okay, I’ll be honest. I have not seen the majority of the films in the MCU. I don’t think this is the best one out of those I have viewed, but I’ll rewatch it given the opportunity (and a free ticket; I don’t want to get gouged by Regal again). Andy Dwyer and the Intergalactic Parks Department, Volume One still holds the top spot for me, and this did nothing to displace it, but among the right audience, this might contend for a top ranking. N.S.: Unlike Jeremy, I have seen every film in the MCU and can’t shake the notion that Captain Marvel felt like a Phase One movie, which is to say the earliest Marvel releases — all fine films, but nonetheless one that might not have seen the same levels of success if placed in the same position Captain Marvel was. The last Avengers raised the stakes to levels modern cinema had never seen — the Universe’s 18 other films had all, in one way or another, been building towards Thanos’ snap — and both Ant-Man and the Wasp and Captain Marvel have suffered from coming to the table with fewer chips. If I sat down and ranked all 20, I imagine Captain Marvel
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would sit somewhere around eleventh. But, at this point, its average-ness left me wanting more. SUN: Did Captain Marvel excite you for Endgame? J.M.: Again, I’m not incredibly invested in the MCU, so I am not foaming at the mouth for Avengers: How Will Our Heroes Defeat the Big Purple Meanie. But I guess this movie stoked the embers a little bit. Will I see Endgame? Yes, but probably just so I don’t get made fun of (even more) by my friends. N.S.: To an extent, yes. However, unlike many of the other origin stories we’ve seen in recent superhero cinema, MCU and otherwise, I felt Captain Marvel did a worse job clearly defining Carol Danvers’ powers. I’m sure she’ll play an integral part in the goodies finally taking down the “big purple meanie,” but because we only saw her operating among players to whom we’d also not been previously introduced, I’ve got no idea how her powers rank among those heroes we’ve already gotten to know. Most importantly, will her hand blast thingies be enough to stop the big baddie? At this point, I’m just in — I’m seeing Endgame, probably on opening night and probably more than once, but this movie could’ve ignited the powder keg that’s been growing since last April had it gone in a more “tale-of-the-tape” direction to hype up the big finale. Jeremy Markus is a freshman in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He currently serves as an assistant arts editor on The Sun’s board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Nick Smith is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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Jeremiah LaCon After Goodbye and Good Riddance by the Illinois rapper Jared Higgins — better known as Juice WRLD — reached number four on the Billboard 200 in May 2018, fans admired him for the way he embodied “emo-rap,” a relatively new genre of music which fuses the aspects of hip hop with the lyricism and vocals found in emo music. Juice WRLD has been able to distinguish himself from other notable “emo rappers” such as the late Lil Peep and Post Malone due to his catchy production, temperamental hooks and melodramatic lyrics. Now ten months after his debut album, Juice WRLD’s sophomore album Death Race for Love discusses his anxiety to trust others, how his insecurities have interfered with his relationships and how his relationship with drugs, money and fashion have provided an outlet (although not an entirely healthy one) to cope with his pain. Death Race for Love, comprised of 22 songs with a listening dura-
tion of approximately 70 minutes, felt like a chore to listen through. With such a lengthy tracklist, I was hoping that Juice WRLD would present the album with a level of complexity in his production and lyricism, greater than in Goodbye and Good Riddance, to the point where I would look forward to hearing each upcoming song. Rather, the heavy supply of tracks made the album sound rather repetitive. In general, he continues to fall back on the tropes of “emo-rap,” discussing either the main themes of hip hop — drugs, sex and money — or the main themes of emo-music: anxiety and desperation. Simply put, if Juice WRLD solely wanted to express the difficulties of being a rich man struggling with drug issues trying to find love, he could have achieved that goal with fewer tracks. Albeit the message for Death Race for Love, nowadays, is rather common and not entirely enlightening to listeners, the album does have a nice mix
of slowpaced tracks, h a r d trap beats and fun pop songs. Juice WRLD’s smooth and dynamic flow is able to make some songs stand out, such as “Hear Me Calling,” “Out My Way,” “Demonz — Interlude” or “10 Feet.” But since the album is so large, even the production and flow began to feel monotonous by the end. In contrast to his debut album, which only featured Lil Uzi Vert, Death Race For Love uses the help of three artists, Brent Faiyaz, Clever and Young Thug, to convey Juice WRLD’s unresolved emotions. Faiyaz provided a soothing voice with strong conviction on a slow yet soulful beat on “Demonz — Interlude,” thus relaying a great deal of raw emotion that elevated “Demonz” to become one of the most notable songs on
the album. However, Clever, on “Ring Ring,” and Young Thug, on “ON GOD,” did not advance the album to a point worthy of acknowledgment. Clever’s verse was hard to hear and continues to follow the same motifs seen throughout Juice WRLD’s work, rapping, “I’m aware of the stress / I don’t care to impress / Can’t you see that I’m high on drugs? / And low on sleep / I just wanna go somewhere and count my sheep.” Young Thug didn’t even have his own verse, but just hopped on the mic and supported Juice
WRLD as they both chanted “I made a bag, baby” numerous times. Overall, Death Race for Love is a six-out-of-ten. The production of the album is well done, being able to blend different sounds effortlessly. The flow is varied, measured and also animated — one of the main characteristics that distinguished Juice WRLD from anyone else. Yet, the length of the album is unnecessarily long and the lyrics of the album inundate you with the same message. I was hoping that Juice WRLD’s sophomore album would go further to discuss the struggle of dealing with insecurities, drugs, money and relationships. However, Death Race for Love is too similar to Goodbye and Good Riddance for it to be a top album this year. Jeremiah LaCon is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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WOMEN’S HOCKEY BORIS TSANG / SUN PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR
Tourney time | Cornell has just five losses this season. It takes on another squad with just five losses in the NCAA Tournament.
Cornell’s All-ECAC Stars Preach Team Mindset By SMITA NALLURI
think that if we play our game, work hard, really buy in this weekend and want it more than Northeastern, then we have a good shot.” The Red has the seventh-best scoring margin in the A deep lineup has Cornell women’s hockey just one win away from the Frozen Four. And while the team’s country, beating its opponents by an average of 1.59 goals. star power earned five players spots on the season’s Ivy Defensively, Cornell is tied for fifth for shutouts with six, League and ECAC honor rolls, the go-to skaters are quick while offensively it ranks ninth in team points with 293. The Red has its deep roster to to credit the entire team. credit for these impressive feats, as all No. 6 Cornell heads into its NCAA “What makes the but one of its skaters has tallied at least quarterfinal matchup with Northeastern this weekend sporting a deep roster ready dynamic of our team is one point this season and all three senior skaters have taken the ice in to battle against any opponent thrown its [its] personalities and more than 100 games over the course way. The ECAC regular season champion work ethic.” of their careers. defeated every ECAC team at least once But it’s clear that Cornell’s stars this season, and the Red’s .765 winning Maddie Mills played a huge role in bringing the percentage is sixth-best in the country. Red to the NCAA Tournament after Both Northeastern and Cornell have last season’s heartbreaking finish left each only dropped five contests this seathe squad on the outside looking in. All five preach the son. “Northeastern’s obviously a very good team,” said importance of a whole-team effort. Leading the way for the Red defensively are Bourbonnais junior defender Jaime Bourbonnais. “We’ve never played them, so we don’t really know what to expect other than — the winner of the ECAC’s best defensive defenseman what we’ve seen on video. But we’re so excited for the award — and captain Micah Zandee-Hart. Senior goaltender Marléne Boissonnault — who may opportunity to be able to play in this tournament. We Sun Staff Writer
suddenly be in a playoff position battle with sophomore Lindsay Browning — had the fourth-most shutouts in the nation this year. She ranks third all-time in program history with 15 career shutouts. Sophomore forward Maddie Mills and junior forward and captain Kristin O’Neill have combined to lead one of college hockey’s most dangerous top lines. The two have combined for 40 goals this season. Aided by these five players’ impressive individual feats, the Red will look to lean on its strong collective work ethic as it looks to skate into the Frozen Four for the first time since 2012. “We do have a lot of strong players on our team, but I think what makes the dynamic of our team is the personalities and work ethic of the team,” O’Neill said. “We work very well together and everyone holds themselves accountable. Every time we are at the rink, the work ethic and effort is always there from every individual and I think that is what makes us stronger as a team.” Read more about five of Cornell’s top players on cornellsun.com. Smita Nalluri can be reached at email@example.com.
As Playoffs Get Underway, It’s a Whole New Season
By CHRISTINA BULKELEY Sun Assistant Sports Editor
A year ago, Cornell men’s hockey was gearing up for the ECAC playoffs. Today, the Red is in that same spot, looking ahead to its conference quarterfinal series against Union at home this weekend. While many fans won’t want to relive last year’s loss to Princeton in the ECAC semifinals or the Red’s first-round NCAA elimination against Boston University — and the team has preached that it is about to embark on a new season in the form of the playoffs — it’s worth looking at how the 2018-19 squad stacks up against last year’s lineup. That ECAC semifinal loss marked the Red’s fourth loss in-conference last March; currently, Cornell’s ECAC record sits at 13-5-4. Last year’s team also possessed the nation’s best winning percentage throughout the regular season. Once again entering the postseason, Cornell needs to keep its play at the elite level it is capable of. “We played really, really hard in the playoffs last year and that’s the same message this year,” head coach Mike Schafer ’86 said Tuesday. This year’s team has had more than its share of bad luck — a myriad of injuries that caused players to miss significant amounts of playing time repeatedly forced the Red to overcome tough situations. But this past weekend’s bye enabled the team to get some rest in before the
postseason so that a healthy squad can take the ice come Friday. With the exception of sophomore defenseman Cody Haiskanen, the Red should be putting out its full-force lineup, with even freshman forward Max Andreev in all likelihood healthy again after breaking his collarbone in January. Last year’s nation-leading defense, at 1.53 goals allowed per game, returned in its entirety this season. While the numbers might be a little less impressive — 2.1 goals against per game — this year Cornell’s penalty kill is limiting opponents to a 14.3 percent success rate on the power play. A prevailing issue this year that tended to make the overall stats weaker when compared to last season’s was that of consistency. The team got off to a rough start this season against Michigan State and has seen a few blips along the way — recently and notably on the road at Brown and Yale last month. At Brown, the opposition scored thrice within two minutes for a comeback; at Yale, a final score of 5-2 in the Bulldogs’ favor drew attention to holes in the Red’s lineup. But perhaps these anomalous games have served as a driving force for this year’s team, causing the players to pick themselves up with renewed strength. “Last year I don’t think we faced much adversity at the end of the year and that came back to bite us,” said senior defenseman Alec McCrea. Where perhaps last year’s team didn’t know how to overcome problems due to
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Starting fresh | Although Cornell has many positives from last season to build on, it knows every year is a new year and every team a new team.
a lack of issues throughout the season, this season’s squad is better equipped to handle the unexpected. As far as the national picture goes, though, the Red isn’t in a bad position. While Cornell earned the No. 2 seed in the ECAC tournament due to losing the head-to-head tiebreaker with Quinnipiac after earning a share of the Cleary Cup, Cornell will be in prime position for an NCAA Tournament bid if it beats Union this weekend. Of course, the Red will also get an automatic spot in the NCAAs if it wins the ECAC Tournament, a feat within
its reach. This season marks the fifth time in the past six years that Cornell and Union will meet in the ECAC playoffs — last year was the one time that the teams did not compete against each other in that span. The ECAC Tournament is a fresh start for a team, regardless of its past. But maybe Cornell will learn from its crash-landing finish last year and use its history to play deep into this postseason. Christina Bulkeley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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How a Win at Harvard Saved the Season By RAPHY GENDLER Sun Sports Editor
One game doesn’t usually make or break a 29-game season in college hockey. Putting too much stock into one game can make a team lose sight of the big picture, derailing progress and success. But in the 2018-19 Cornell men’s hockey season, there is one game that players, coaches and fans alike all point to as season-saving: a come-frombehind road win over rival Harvard that sent the Red limping into winter break on a high note, rather than questioning where things had all gone wrong. It was Dec. 1, and Cornell was ranked No. 33 in the PairWise. The Red owned a mediocre 5-5 record and, just a week prior, had suffered a loss to its archrival at Madison Square Garden. The team was in disarray, largely due to a slew of injuries among its best players, including struggling star goaltender Matt Galajda. Cornell was in a rough spot, facing injuries up and down the lineup. But the Red earned a hard-fought win despite the circumstances and headed into the sixweek hiatus a winning team — capitalizing throughout January on the momentum it built for itself against its hated rival. The month-plus off after Cornell’s improbable win —
in the teams’ 154th all-time meeting stands out even among the classics played in one of college hockey’s fiercest rivalries. After calling his team’s 4-1 loss to the Crimson at Madison Square Garden just a week prior “lifeless,” Schafer labeled the Dec. 1 matchup “one of the grittiest wins I’ve been a part of in my time as a head coach” — a span of almost 24 years. “We knew that that was a huge win for our program — our team being so shorthanded and having lost to them at Madison Square Garden just a week before,” Schafer said in February. “Getting out of there, going into break knowing we were going to get healthier [was] a great gut-check at that time.” A nationally-ranked team that was picked in the preseason to finish first in the ECAC limped into Cambridge that Saturday night, less than 24 hours after a 3-2 loss at Dartmouth and facing the possibility of entering the much-needed winter hiatus with a losing record. The situation was quite a contrast to 201718, when Cornell started with seven straight wins and entered the break 10-2 — eventually earning a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. It ended up being a game that proved Cornell could handle whatever the season would throw at it — and
ZACHARY SILVER / SUN SENIOR WRITER
On a roll | Despite being shorthanded and having failed to meet early-season expectations, Cornell emerged victorious in December, setting the stage for a hot start to 2019.
Austin McGrath made just his second collegiate start and started a brief but unexpected position battle with Galajda. Senior forward and captain Mitch Vanderlaan, injured early in the first period the night before, played “on one foot,” according to Schafer. A handful of
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Bounce back | Cornell was outworked and outplayed in a “lifeless” loss to Harvard at Madison Square Garden. A week later, the Red beat the Crimson in Cambridge.
a needed 2-1 triumph over Harvard — was a welcome break for an ailing team. “It’s a game that we always go back to,” senior defenseman and alternate captain Alec McCrea said on Tuesday, ahead of Cornell’s ECAC quarterfinal series against Union. “It was a real turning point in our season, and it shows [that] we can deal with adversity if we stick together.” It’s no secret that — like McCrea — head coach Mike Schafer ’86 likes to beat Harvard. But the gritty win
highlighted this season’s primary difference with last year, during which the Red didn’t really face any adversity whatsoever until the playoffs. “That morning we woke up and we kind of came together after team stretch … and we kind of looked at each other and said, ‘You know what — if we just stay true to who we are, we’ll get out of this,’” McCrea recalled. “We all had each other’s backs.” At Harvard in December, sophomore goaltender
Cornell skaters were in the lineup because theirs were the only bodies available. Cornell’s top two centers, sophomore Brenden Locke and freshman Max Andreev, sat out with injuries; the latter having broken his finger the night before. Senior Brendan Smith and sophomore Alex Green — two key pieces of the defensive unit that was the nation’s best in 2017-18 — couldn’t suit up. And yet, somehow, Cornell won. McGrath earned his first collegiate victory, making 23 saves — 10
of them in the third period — and the Red got back to its physical brand of hockey. “It’s really huge to get a little confidence going into the break with a big win, and getting back to the way we like to play,” said McGrath, who kept Cornell in the game during first and third periods dominated by Harvard. Whether due to the momentum from the end-of-semester win, the time for injured skaters to recover or a combination of the two, the Red started the season’s unofficial second half on a tear, going 6-1-1 in January and jumping out to first place in the ECAC. As the regular season wound down in February, Cornell’s injury problems weren’t over. Sophomore forward Cam Donaldson’s shoulder issue from last season reappeared, and sophomore defenseman Cody Haiskanen went down with a gory season-ending arm injury. But Cornell could look at the win at Harvard from two months prior as reassurance that it could fight its way through adversity. As the team enjoys its bye week heading into the league playoffs, the Red will finally be to almost full health when the postseason begins. Schafer looked back on the Harvard road win as a turning point in the season and was as proud in February as he was in December of the lack of a “woe is me” attitude in the Cornell locker room. “Not once did the guys go into that game [at Harvard] and think, ‘Jeez, God this is awful’ or, ‘This is bad,’” Schafer said, “but they just played, and that’s the sign of a good team.” On Tuesday, Andreev — likely to return to the lineup this weekend after being
sidelined with a broken collarbone for more than six weeks — said the MSG loss was “the most disappointing loss by far this year.” Following the loss to Dartmouth on the last night of November, a Cornell team primed in the preseason to contend on the national stage had slipped to 3-2 in the ECAC — not cause to panic, but certainly not what had come to be expected of the preseason league No. 1 — and still hadn’t quite rebounded from a season-opening home sweep at the hands of Michigan State. And injuries were piling up, forcing the Red to face a challenge it didn’t have last season. While the team has preached the “next man up” mindset all year, finishing with a shared Cleary Cup despite its countless ailments, thrusting players into new roles comes with challenges. No matter the injury woes, the Frozen Apple loss was a reality check. Cornell hadn’t performed according
Record before Dec. 1
11-4-4 In 2019
to expectations set in the offseason and by last-year’s 25-win team, and would have to get its ducks in a row quickly to be in good position entering January. “Disappointing. Really disappointing, how we played tonight,” Schafer said after the MSG loss, explaining that his team looked
either fatigued or nervous — or both. “I told them that that’s the least physical I’ve ever seen a Cornell team play in a game against Harvard.” Out-battled and outworked, Schafer didn’t see any positives for his team to take into the Dec. 1 game. But in Cambridge a week later, there was no nervousness, no lack of passion and seemingly no fatigue. In the team’s second game of 201819 against Harvard, the Red showed up with fire and grinded out a hard-fought redemption win. “Beating them in Madison Square Garden last week and them losing [at Dartmouth] last night, I knew we were going to get a hungry, determined Cornell team,” Harvard coach Ted Donato said postgame. In the second period — during which the visitors outshot Harvard, 19-4 — sophomore forward Tristan Mullin potted the eventual game-winner, a gritty goal on a rebound that represented the type of effort needed in a tough, one-goal road game against Harvard. Was the win — on the road, following a loss to the Crimson a week earlier, heading into break and missing several key contributors — extra important? “It’s Harvard, so it’s always big no matter what the stage is,” Mullin said after the game. The road win at Harvard was like games against the Crimson always are — hardfought, close in score and high in intensity. But in a season defined by undergoing ups and downs, Cornell’s December game against its century-old rival proved more critical than most. Raphy Gendler can be reached at email@example.com.
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Cornell Set to Take On Red Hosts Union in Q.F.s Northeastern in NCAAs Freshman Andreev likely to make return to lineup M. HOCKEY
we need to address and make better.” With such fierce competition in the bracket, details matter, Derraugh with the Huskies. The teams last met added. Mistakes like the ones made against Clarkson’s star forwards, for in 2013. “Having not played Northeastern, example, will lead to a quick NCAA I think it is a bit easier to have a clear Tournament exit. “You cannot afford to make a couhead about the game,” said sophomore forward Maddie Mills. “When we play ple of bad mistakes, because if you do, teams in our league, it is easy to get the puck usually ends up in the back caught up in past results, big rival- of your net,” he said. Although the Red has suffered only ries and forget that it is just another two losses in game.” away games This seathis season, “We have to bring the same kind of son, the Red away has had the energy and passion that we displayed playing from the opportuni[at home] the last couple of weeks.” comfort of ty to hone Lynah Rink its skills Doug Derraugh ’91 will be a against toptransition for notch comthe Red. The petition in its own league. ECAC foes Clarkson team secured home-ice advantage for and Princeton will join the Red in the entirety of the league tournament playing for a spot in the Frozen Four. — Cornell hasn’t played on the road In the past two weeks, Cornell since Feb. 23. “We have to bring the same kind of reigned victorious over Princeton in an electrifying double-overtime win energy and passion that we displayed in the semifinals of the ECAC tour- here at Lynah Rink the last couple of nament. Cornell’s road to the cham- weeks,” Derraugh said.” Cornell and Northeastern face off pionship title, however, was obstructed by a championship game loss to at 1 p.m. Saturday at Matthews Arena, Clarkson. The team recognizes the vying for a coveted spot in the Frozen importance of playing its game in Four. On March 22, the winner will the NCAA tournament and using the take on the winner of Minnesota and trials of the ECAC tournament to its Princeton’s quarterfinal matchup. advantage. “We are looking at how we have played here in the last two weekends,” Faith Fisher can be reached at Derraugh said. “There are areas that firstname.lastname@example.org. Continued from page 16
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While Cornell preaches that every year’s team is new and every season is a new experience, the Red wouldn’t mind replicating last year’s quarterfinal series, a sweep of Quinnipiac which included a 9-1 gameone romp. “We played really, really hard in the playoffs last year and that’s the same message this year,” Schafer said. “We definitely want to play the kind of game that makes us successful which is a physical and strong and relentless type of hockey.” The Red knows that this year, while the adversity it has faced may help it in the long run, it needs to advance to champion-
ship weekend in order to compete on the national stage for the third straight season. “We know where we stand,” McCrea said. “Last year I don’t think we faced much adversity at the end of the year and that came back to bite us. This year we’ve been through ups and downs and our motto is ‘enjoy the ride,’ and a ride it’s been. But we know what’s at stake, we know we have to take care of business and I think we will.” Cornell and Union face off at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Lynah Rink. Game three, if necessary, will take place at 4 p.m Sunday. Raphy Gendler can be reached at email@example.com.
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circle. The 2019 iteration of the Frozen Four is back in Buffalo. There’s a lot that has to happen before Nuttle will even allow himself to think about that possibility of having the band that made him fall in love with Cornell now playing for him at the same exact location. Before he could play just down the road from his Marilla, New York home that sports a garage still flush
with dents from practicing as a kid. Thinking too far in advance distracts from the task at hand: Union. But sometimes, he lets his mind wander. “It would be just about the coolest thing possible,” he said. “A lot of things to go through to get there, but it’s definitely something that I’ve had as a long term goal of mine ever since I found out that the Frozen Four was going to be there for my senior year.” A few years ago he
struggled to dream of making it this far. Why not try and dream some more? “When I look back on it, I think of more positive things than negative,” Nuttle smiled. “I definitely try to stay in the moment,” he reassured. “I’m sure someday I’ll look back and I can say I’ll be proud for the transition I’ve made.” Zachary Silver can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Adversity Inspired Matt Nuttle to Pay It Forward By ZACHARY SILVER Sun Senior Writer
Matt Nuttle stepped on campus freshman year, moved into his empty dorm with a few of his Cornell men’s hockey classmates and had a lot to be happy about. He had won one of the top American junior league championships just three months prior, he was a defenseman slated to join a nationally-competitive college hockey program and his first game was set to take place at Niagara University — a stone’s throw from his home just outside Buffalo. Somewhere between 30 and 40 of his uncles, aunts, grandparents, immediate and extended family were all expected to show. The anticipation that began in 2003 was killing him. Nuttle’s father, Joe, brought Matt and his siblings to see Cornell take on New Hampshire in the Frozen Four in what was then the HSBC Arena, home of the Buffalo Sabres — official hockey team of the Nuttle household. Nuttle enjoyed the game, but the eight-yearold was perhaps more so infatuated with the Cornell band just a few sections over that it made him fall in love with not just college hockey but the Cornell aura in particular. Cornell’s 2015-16 season opener 12 years later by the Canadian border was supposed to be a culmination of a dream come true for Nuttle: finally being able to throw on the carnelian and white after years of build-up. “Unfortunately, I didn’t get to play, which was a tough moment for me,” Nuttle said recently. “I remember the coaches telling
a kid with the high standards he holds for himself, it was crushing and confusing. Nuttle says now he struggled with confidence as a freshman. At times, he found himself wondering if the sport he loved for so long had stopped loving him back. “I’d be lying if I said that at times I didn’t think that this is really difficult and maybe this isn’t for me,” Nuttle said, later adding, “When things go poorly, you start to question your abilities.” But following that freshman year disappointment came a summer of change, and with that, a season of emergence. In his sophomore season, Nuttle played in every game but one. The year after that, every single game. Flash forward three years after his rookie year, and Nuttle was voted by his teammates as alternate captain for a team that is once again in the hunt for a national championship and will embark on the playoffs this weekend at Lynah Rink. The offensive-turned-defensive blueliner who never played on the penalty kill before coming to Ithaca was also named a finalist for the ECAC’s Best Defensive Defenseman award Tuesday — the most compelling example of the Cornell culture. “I think those guys who have to overcome that adversity, they have a special story to tell,” Cornell head coach Mike Schafer ’86 said recently. “They are very persistent and they are very mentally tough, and I think they carry that aura about them that they’ve had to overcome something to have success.”
inside himself and know the importance his words now carry due to the adversity he’s faced. Others before him played a big role in his being able to make it here. The least he could do is return the favor. “I feel like with my expe-
team by 17 points, nor was it solely the Clark Cup he had won with the Sioux Falls Stampede in the USHL just months before he arrived on East Hill. Quite simply, “I was feeling good about myself as a hockey player,” Nuttle said,
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Early woes | Now an alternate captain and everyday defenseman, Nuttle was a regular health scratch and played just two games during his freshman season.
rience that if I can pay it forward, then I definitely should,” Nuttle said. His teammates recognize it, too. “He’s probably one of the most respected guys in our locker room, easily,” classmate and fellow captain Mitch Vanderlaan said recently. “Has been for a while.” A Leader, Rebuilt
Before Matt Nuttle ever set foot in Ithaca, before he
adding, “I had confidence coming in.” But Nuttle struggled, and that sentiment quickly soured. He was an offensive-minded defenseman his entire youth hockey career, making Cornell’s values of staunch, unwavering defense a culture shock. “As soon as I got here I realized the speed was a little faster, and I was smaller back then,” said Nuttle, who’s gained 12 pounds between freshman and senior year.
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Looking back | Reflecting on his freshman year, Nuttle remembers being helped through the hard times by Alex Rauter ’18, and now he’s followed in his former teammate and captain’s footsteps.
me we know this is where you’re from, but, obviously, it’s a college hockey game. We can’t make decisions on who we’re going to play based on if you’re in someone’s hometown.” Nuttle was kept out of the lineup via coach’s decision almost the entirety of his freshman season, playing in just two games. For
It’s an adversity that once nearly pushed Nuttle to the breaking point, to lows he looks back upon now with appreciation — but that feeling didn’t exist at the time. He was almost driven away from the sport, but now he’s one of the most dependable, consistent skaters in the Cornell lineup. Nuttle’s been able to look
wish I was more ready to play when my number was called,” he’d later admit — and he was packing up the team bus with equipment of skaters who actually played in a 1-0 win over Dartmouth — a common chore for the healthy scratches — when
ever became an appointed leader for a team in the hunt for a third consecutive bid to the NCAA Tournament, before he struggled, he was on top of the world. It wasn’t just the state championship he won with his high school team, the Iroquois/Alden consortium squad, in a year he out-tallied the next player on his
“I struggled defending people, and I definitely struggled with decision making, which are two really important things for Cornell hockey.” On the night of Feb. 20, 2015, Nuttle got a simple reassurance that he was, at the very least, being noticed. He had already participated in the only two games he would see that season — “I
Schafer called the freshman into a small side office in the bowels of Thompson Arena in the middle of New Hampshire. The message from Schafer was nothing groundbreaking — “‘I can see you are struggling … [but] everyone always tells me how hard you are working,’” Nuttle recalled — but for someone battling confidence, it was crucial. “As a freshman a lot of times you wonder — ‘Does coach even see what I’m doing out here?’” Nuttle said. “You worry about everything as a freshman, so him saying [that] to me was actually very cool.” A broken finger can mend. A sore shoulder can improve. But a mental barrier — that’s something that can’t be fixed passively. Nuttle was not the only freshman defenseman who struggled. He and classmate Brendan Smith were regularly scratched from the lineup — albeit Smith at times for injuries — and the good friends and roommates would pick each other’s brains after and during practices, critiquing and supporting one another. “I watched the guy just work his ass off the entire time and he did absolutely everything he could, started listening to the coaches a lot more, really had a focus on that and his game has grown so much and he has become such a good player,” Smith said recently. “I don’t know if people really understand how difficult it is to go to the rink everyday and know you are not going to get into the game,” Cornell product Alex
Rauter ’18, a close friend and mentor of Nuttle’s, added. Things got better, and after spending the summer between his freshman and sophomore year training with Cornell athlete performance director Tom Howley in Ithaca, a rejuvenated and refocused Nuttle would see his name among the healthy scratches just one more time his entire career. He needed a niche. Working to adapt to the Cornell system during and after freshman year, he eventually found himself breaking into the penalty killing units, and by sophomore year was a stalwart on them. He led all Cornellians with a plus-23 scoring margin when he was on the ice last season, and so far this year, he leads the team once again at plus17. Both those duties have played a huge part in his Best Defensive Defenseman nomination. But even through the occasional lows that linger with any player, Nuttle has had a simple message he’s followed ever since the pitfalls of freshman year: “If you don’t believe in your skills and your ability to succeed to be a leader or to be a great player, why would anyone else believe in you?” Making the Next Nuttle
The case of Matt Nuttle isn’t a groundbreaking story in the world of sports. Nor it is for Cornell hockey in specific. Alex Rauter had an eerily similar path through Cornell hockey, playing just five games his freshman year before being named a captain by senior year. Same goes for Jacob MacDonald ’15, Rauter’s version of a senior mentor who scored his first NHL goal earlier this season. “I had a role model in the way I saw him do it,” Nuttle said of Rauter, “and I guess I was able to follow in his shoes.” Cornell will graduate three defensemen at the end of this season, all of whom are integral cogs for one of the most vaunted defenses in the country. Barring incoming freshmen, that opens slots for several younger, perhaps struggling defenseman to rise up. Spots for more Nuttles. And now Nuttle feels obligated to be the MacDonald to the next Rauter, to be the Rauter to the next Nuttle, to keep alive the hopes of someone who struggled in ways he once did. “He’s confident with where he’s at now … but he also doesn’t forget the challenges he’s had,” said associate head coach Ben Syer, who directs the defense. “He’s living proof that there is light at the end of the tunnel.” One day sooner or later, should all go according to plan, Nuttle will have the chance to take his career full See NUTTLE page 14
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THURSDAY MARCH 14, 2019
C.U. Heads to Boston, One Win From Frozen Four By FAITH FISHER Sun Staff Writer
The culmination of conference tournaments may have marked the end of the season for a myriad of teams, but the most exciting chapter of the Red’s season is on the horizon: the NCAA Tournament. One win away from the Frozen Four, Cornell (23-5-6, 17-3-2 ECAC) will need to win away from Lynah Rink in order to reach the national semifinals for the first time since 2012 — something it hasn’t yet had to Women’s Hockey do in the postseason thanks to its home-ice advantage in the conference playoffs. Cornell The regular season ECAC champion and league tournament runner-up will trek to Boston with aspirations to take down No. 3 at seed Northeastern (27-5-5, 21-3-3 Hockey East). This year’s contest will mark the seventh appearance in the NCAA Tournament in program Northeastern history. From 2010-2014, Cornell earned a spot in the quarterfinals, 1 p.m. Saturday and it again competed on the Boston national stage in 2017. Northeastern has been to the tournament three of the last four seasons, but the Huskies have never before hosted a firstround game. The Huskies are led by two skaters with 21 goals each this season, Alina Mueller and Kasidy Anderson. Mueller’s plus-34 rating ranks second on the team. Cornell remembers the feeling of missing out on the Big Dance: Following a heartbreaking semifinal ECAC tournament loss to Colgate last year, the Red barely missed the cut off for the 2018 NCAA tournament. But this season, unlike last, the Red did enough to ensure itself a spot despite falling
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Road warriors | After earning the top seed in the ECAC, Cornell didn’t have to leave Lynah Rink during the league playoffs. Now, it takes on Northeastern on the road in the NCAA Tournament.
short in the conference playoffs. “We were really disappointed last year when we thought we were in the tournament — a lot of things happened that forced us out of the tournament, like all of the upsets that happened and other situations that we couldn’t control,” said head coach Doug Derraugh ’91, recently dubbed ECAC coach of the year. “This year we really wanted to make sure that we put ourselves in a position where it didn’t matter what happened in the other tournaments.” Northeastern finished its season strong, downing Boston College in overtime, 3-2, to clinch its second straight Hockey East title. The Huskies and the Red have yet to clash this season, which will bring on fresh competition for
the coaches and players on both sides. “It is exciting for the coaches and the players to face an opponent that we haven’t faced all year long,” Derraugh said. “Obviously Northeastern is going to be a really tough opponent being the Hockey East champion and having the season they’ve had and being the higher seed.” Unfamiliar competition presents a challenge that the Red looks forward to tackling. While Cornell avenged a regular-season home loss to Princeton in the ECAC semifinals and failed to knock off two-time reigning league champion Clarkson in the final, the Red has no recent grudge to settle See W. HOCKEY page 14
Well-Rested Red Welcomes Union for ECAC Playoffs By RAPHY GENDLER Sun Sports Editor
Last season, with a trip to the NCAA Tournament already essentially locked up, Cornell men’s hockey had no trouble dispatching its quarterfinal opponent Quinnipiac. With expectations sky-high entering 2018-19, the Red — the No. 2 seed in the ECAC playoffs — now finds itself in a must-win situation this weekend as it hosts seventh-seeded Union (19-11-6, 10-10-2 ECAC) in the conference quarterfinals, with a trip to Lake Placid on the line.
“If something happens and we lose this weekend, our season’s over,” said freshman center Max Andreev, who is likely to make his return to the lineup after missing six weeks with a broken collarbone. “Our season’s on the line, our seniors’ college careers are on the line. The expectations for this team are super high and we know what we’re capable of.” Union’s ECAC record doesn’t reflect the Dutchmen’s difficulty as a playoff opponent. And while Union’s PairWise ranking — 17th — will benefit the Red if the home team takes care of business and picks up résumé-boosting wins, it signals that
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Matching up | While Union isn’t likely to be an easy quarterfinal opponent, Cornell beat the Dutchmen in both of the teams’ regular-season meetings.
the best-of-three series is unlikely to be a cakewalk. The Dutchmen earned a win and a tie against the top seed Quinnipiac this season but went 0-2-1 against both eighth-place Brown and 11th-place Rensselaer — so you never quite know which Union will show up. “They have five senior forwards who are really experienced up front and [they had] kind of a unique year,” said head coach Mike Schafer ’86. “They’re one of only four teams that beat [No. 1] St. Cloud this year, they have some outstanding wins. So we’re not getting a young team coming into Lynah, that’s for sure.” Union comes to Ithaca needing a long playoff run to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament. The Dutchmen could also be motivated by its two losses to Cornell earlier this season — a 5-0 thumping in Schenectady and a 3-1 decision on Cornell’s Senior Night. As shown in the results when the teams have faced off this season, Union is a good matchup for Cornell. “If we play our game and play physical we can kind of take the game to them,” said senior defenseman and alternate captain Alec McCrea. “The past two times we’ve played them this season I’ve felt like we’ve had strong starts and we’ve kind of dictated the way the game’s going to go.” After months of ailment, all signs point to Cornell finally being nearly fully healthy as the playoffs get underway — the Red’s bye week gave it a monumental advantage in being able to rest up.
After the likely return of Andreev — the rookie who made an instant impact offensively early in the season before his injury, seeing top-six minutes and power play time — Cornell will be missing only sophomore defenseman Cody Haiskanen from its top 18 skaters. The return of the Moscow native Men’s Hockey should allow freshman Michael Union Regush, who has been a bright spot offensively, to move back to the wing after at being slotted into a fourth-line center spot for several weeks. Regush has scored 11 goals Cornell 7 p.m. Friday this season; eight 7 p.m. Saturday of them came in 4 p.m. Sunday* Andreev’s absence. While the bye *if necessary week allowed physical ailments to heal, mental preparation was just as crucial, according to Schafer. Cornell’s enthusiasm heading into the playoffs is high. “It wasn’t so much as a physical break for our guys, but they definitely needed a mental break, just away from hockey,” Schafer said. “It was a grind down the stretch and we had lost a little bit of our edge, our flat out passion for the game.” See M. HOCKEY page 14