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Students debate Huron topics at SGA meeting by henry apostoleris staff writer

(the cadaver dissection lab).” The consolidation, according to Huron, could save the college about $600,000. About 25 sixth-year physical therapy students carpooled from Rochester after their classes Wednesday to attend the open house about Huron’s Effectiveness and Affordability

Huron Consulting’s recommendations for Ithaca College were major topics on the agenda at a Student Government Association meeting Monday. SGA discussed recommendations on billing students for Health Center services, introducing differential parking fees for students and the consolidation of the Rochester FLAHERTY said he Center for physical wants to ensure therapy students. student opinions The meeting are heard. began with discussions about the Rochester Center, a main component of the college’s physical therapy program. Huron recommended consolidating operations, which would save the college an estimated $600,000. A majority of SGA board members agreed that Huron’s recommendation to consolidate the center was not a good choice for the program. Attendees also reacted to Huron’s recommendations about billing opportunities for Health Center services.

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President Tom Rochon sits down with sixth-year physical therapy students Aaron Atwater and Marissa Speno on Wednesday to discuss the Huron recommendation to consolidate Rochester Center operations. Many physical therapy students are opposed to the recommendation. rachel woolf/the ithacan

by kelsey O'Connor editor in chief

Physical therapy students drove from Rochester, N.Y., to Ithaca on Wednesday to voice their opposition to a recommendation by Huron Consulting Group to eliminate the Rochester Center, which many say is an integral part of the program. One recommendation of Ithaca College’s

Effectiveness and Affordability Review, under the theme of cost consciousness, is “consolidate Rochester Center operations.” Huron recommends that the college “evaluate the opportunity to consolidate current Rochester Center operations to the main campus in Ithaca,” and “the evaluation would need to consider space requirements in Ithaca and programmatic facility needs

Actor David Boreanaz ’91 to speak at 2013 commencement by kacey deamer online editor

It took only 15 minutes for him to confirm, and in another 15 minutes Twitter was ablaze with reactions to the news that David Boreanaz ’91 would be the Class of 2013’s commencement speaker. Returning to campus for the first time since his graduation, Boreanaz tweeted: “Honored to be giving the commencement speech to the class of 2013 @ithacacollege” and later, “Looking forward to celebrating with the class of 2013 @ ithacacollege this year! It's gonna be a blast! Drinks on the house!” The actor known for “Bones” and his role as Angel in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” was not on the list of possible speakers provided by the college's Division of Institutional Advancement for the senior cabinet to choose from. However, Rachel Heiss, senior class president, said she asked anyway. “I’m not a huge fan of the process of us getting a list from Institutional Advancement, I think

David Boreanaz ’91 is pictured in a promotional photo from "Bones." Boreanaz accepted an invitation to speak at commencement.

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that’s more to guide the conversation,” Heiss said. “So I had asked if it was possible to also seek alumni who weren’t on the list.” When Heiss suggested adding his name to the list of potentials,

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she said the rest of the cabinet was also excited by the idea. “Being that he’s also a fairly notable alum and his contributions not only to the Park School of Communications but to the

college in general, I felt like he would be a good representation of an alum who’s really made strides after college,” Heiss said. Diane Gayeski, dean of the Roy H. Park School of Communications, said because she had been in contact with Boreanaz before, when the senior class cabinet made their choice she reached out to see if he would be available. “It all happened very quickly. I called him [Thursday] in the morning and told him that he was selected, and he said he just needed a little while to check on his schedule,” Gayeski said. “I expected that it would be a week or two until he could confirm, and within 15 minutes he called back and said that it was confirmed.” Boreanaz said when Gayeski contacted him, he didn’t actually understand the magnitude of the commitment because they had been trying to schedule a visit, during which he would lecture and offer workshops. “Well she texted me to call her

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because she had a big invitation, and I didn’t quite put two and two together because I thought it was just an invitation to come talk to students, which we had been trying to plan for about a year,” Boreanaz said. “So when she asked me to partake in it, I was a bit like ‘Wow, that’s huge.’ Then I don’t really remember much about it, I just hung up and remember running to my wife to tell her that [the students] want me to be the commencement speaker for the Class of 2013.” Even after he called back to confirm, Boreanaz said it took a minute to realize that he would be speaking to all of the Class of 2013 rather than just communications students. “I didn’t quite get the whole gist of it, I thought I was just speaking to the students from the Park School,” Boreanaz said. “But it’s all of you. So I took a couple of deep breaths in and hunkered down for the numerous amounts of nights that I will have driving

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my wife crazy trying to figure out what I’m going to say.” Boreanaz spoke fondly of his time at Ithaca, noting a freshman year major change from television to film. He said seniors should really take the time to appreciate all that Ithaca and the college have to offer, and joked about his second semester senior year when he took only one class, on Wednesday evenings. “You guys are in a great part of your lives,” Boreanaz said. “Sure it’s terrifying but if it wasn’t terrifying then there would be an issue.” He said that the fear is a part of the thrill of starting this new chapter after graduation, and that he’s been lucky to have all of the opportunities he’s had since his own graduation. Reflecting on his career, Boreanaz said he is living his dream. He also said the Class of 2013 reached out to him at a good time. “You guys caught me at a good chapter in my life,” Boreanaz said. Not only has he been successful in his career, but also in his personal life. Boreanaz said he is excited to share Ithaca with his wife and children, though excited — and nervous — to speak to the students. “It’ll be more than a homecoming,” Boreanaz said. “I’ll be able to share it with my wife and my kid[s], and they’ll be able to see where I raised hell for four years.” His own enthusiasm to be returning as commencement speaker spread immediately through the Ithaca community via social media. In fact, members of the senior class cabinet found out through social media rather than the traditional channels. Heiss said there is a whole communications plan behind the announcement, but she found out through Twitter, Facebook and excited text messages from friends. Maeghan Willis, vice president of the senior class, had a similar story of how she found out that Boreanaz had confirmed. “Usually what happens is when [Institutional Advancement] gets an OK, Tom Rochon finds out, and then they tell the e-board and the five of us are excited, and then we announce it,” Willis said. “But this year, since David Boreanaz tweeted it, I found out because one of my friends retweeted it.” Based on the fact that the Class of 2013 is abnormally large for the college and the level of Boreanaz’s celebrity, Heiss thinks the May ceremony will be especially packed this year. “This is going to probably be one of the largest commencement ceremonies, not only because we’re the biggest class to ever be at IC, ‘The Biggest Thing to Hit IC,’ but I think that there’s a lot of excitement around him being here that I feel like a lot of people are going to stay around for commencement,” Heiss said.

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Review and give input about why the college should not consolidate the Rochester Center. The open house was held for the college community Wednesday to drop off comments at stations relating to the recommendation themes. Concerns from students in the program include losing connections to hospitals and medical professionals in Rochester and losing opportunities for research, residency and accreditation. The doctor of physical therapy program is a six-year program. In addition to undergraduate study at the college, it requires an undergraduate summer and a year of graduate study at the Rochester Center, which is about two hours from Ithaca. Marissa Speno, a sixth-year physical therapy student currently studying in Rochester, said she was surprised to hear about the recommendation. She said the center is a key part of the physical therapy program because the location and facility has more to offer as a medical community than Ithaca. Speno said the Rochester Center is important for physical therapy students’ education because of the diverse patient population and the types of conditions treated there. “The Cayuga Medical Center is a small hospital, and it’s not equipped to deal with a lot of the more acute and serious conditions that we’re able to see in Rochester — for example, people with traumatic brain injury and strokes — so it’s definitely a big component of it,” Speno said. President Tom Rochon, who was at the open house Wednesday, said the event was what he hoped it would be — a place for people to engage one another about the recommendations. During the open house, he sat down with the sixth-year physical therapy students. “I did have a chance to sit down with two groups of students and listen to their experiences in Rochester,” Rochon said. “I learned a great deal from listening to them.” At the Student Government Association meeting Monday, the center consolidation was a large topic of discussion. Junior Colin Covitz, senator for the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance, said consolidating the program will hurt the major and the students in it. “It’s a very good program,” Covitz said. “It gives the students a really good taste of what’s to come in the coming years, and phasing that program out would be a huge detriment to both the program and all the students in the program.” Fifth-year physical therapy majors Tiffany Grube and Tyler Murray attended the meeting to

From left, sixth-year physical therapy students Stephanie Geldis and Alyssa Crockett, who traveled from the Rochester Center, fill out sheets at the Huron recommendations open house Wednesday.

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share their opinions about relocating the program. Grube said the cadaver lab is not offered at every school and is important for the program. “The knowledge that you gain from that hands-on experience in the hospital is just above and beyond anything that I could imagine just learning in a textbook,” Grube said. Speno said the Rochester Center and the strength of the physical therapy program was a large deciding factor for her and many students who decided to attend the college. “A lot of my classmates and peers choose Ithaca because of the strength of the program and what Rochester in part has to offer,” Speno said. “So if that component of the program was consolidated, I know that if we were to make the decision over again whether or not to go to [Ithaca College], I think a lot of us would reconsider that decision.” Students in the physical therapy program released a video on YouTube on Tuesday, where they discussed reasons why the college should keep the Rochester Center. As of Wednesday night, the video had more than 500 views. Stephanie Allen, a sixth-year physical therapy student who was at the open house, said the college should consider more than finances when evaluating whether to consolidate the center. “I know [the college is] looking at this as

something they would be gaining financially, but they need to look at what they’re losing,” Allen said. Speno said having the dual campus arrangement has elevated the level and quality of physical therapy students’ education. “When we make the move to Rochester, we’re forced to up our game,” Speno said. “The expectations are raised, and even just moving to a new environment with different professors, new facility surrounded by a huge medical community — I think that that just facilitates so much professional growth.” Shaina Ung, also a sixth-year physical therapy student, said being in Rochester gives students a more professional experience and a chance to communicate and learn about different health fields. “It’s not just providing better education,” Ung said. “It’s different, but it just gives us a more professional feel and focus and gives us more exposure and opportunity out in the community.” Speno added, “I think you said it right when you said it’s different. It’s just different. It’s getting out of that undergraduate culture and moving into a more professional environment.” Staff Writer Henry Apostoleris contributed reporting to this article.

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The recommendation suggests charging a $10 copay per visit, seeking private insurance reimbursement as well as instituting a flat rate student Health Center fee. Huron Consulting estimates $190,650 in added revenue as a result of these recommendations. Junior Courtney Brown, vice president of communications — along with several board members — opposed the recommendation, pointing out the major expenses that students would incur when they seek private insurance reimbursements. “Although 80 percent of college students are covered by their parents’ health insurance because it’s more cost-effective than spending their money on school insurance, a lot of health plans are regional health plans,” Brown said. “Students won’t be able to cover the costs here at IC.” Another concern with seeking private insurance reimbursement was that it violates student medical privacy. Sean Themea, senator of the Class of 2016, said SGA members received feedback from students who said they

would not want certain parts of their medical testing history to be seen by their parents. Themea said this would also go against Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act privacy regulations. “If you wanted to check for an STD and you didn’t want your parents to find out, or you wanted to tell them on your own time, that concept would be eliminated, as it would show up on the bill,” Themea said. “I feel like this decision would not sit well with students.” The final topic of discussion at the meeting was the recommendation to introduce differential parking fees for students. Under the student fees section, Huron recommended the college increase the cost for on-campus parking, eliminate pro-rated parking permits and begin charging for on-campus employee parking. The group also recommended a change in lots aimed at deterring students living in the Circle Apartments from driving to class, taking up space for people living off campus. The savings is estimated to be between $100,000 and $290,000.

Senior Rob Flaherty, Student Government Association president, speaks about the Huron recommendations at the SGA meeting Monday.

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Some students disagreed on the suggestions, while others were in favor of such a change. Rob Flaherty, president of SGA, said he looks forward to helping ensure students’ proposals are heard in the final recommendation. “At the end of the day, we do need to find a balance between affordability

and maintaining programs that benefit students,” Flaherty said. “I look forward to trying to work with the committee to find that balance.” The feedback period for the Huron recommendations ends Monday. The recommendations are available online via Sakai and are open to students, faculty and staff for comment.

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Second dean candidate visits college by sage daugherty staff writer

The second finalist for the position of the dean of the School of Music visited campus Monday and spoke about an innovative, technology-based music program that reaches a wider range of high school students than traditional music education. John Richmond, a director at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, spoke about important issues and crises in the arts and specifically why Ithaca College should be concerned about them. Speaking to a group of about 20 people in Clark Lounge, he focused on the issue of the decreasing number of music education teachers and programs in secondary schools across the country and ways to counteract the trend. Richmond is currently a tenured professor in the School of Music of the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he is in his second five-year term. Previously he served as a professor and had administrative duties in the School of Music at the University of South Florida. John Sigg, associate dean of the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance and chair of the search committee, said Marisa Kelly, provost and vice president of education affairs, will hire the new dean with input from the committee, and the decision will be announced next month. “I’m encouraged by the strength of the candidates and again, that reflects back on the quality of the program and the people who apply for the job,” Sigg said. The first candidate, Jamal Rossi, visited the campus Jan. 28-29, and the final candidate, Karl Paulnack, visited the campus Wednesday and today. Richmond said he thought about music in public schools and how music becomes an elective and less of a priority as students progress through high school. He said the assumption is school-age children become less interested in music over time. However, Richmond said this is not the case. “Moving from the primary years to the adolescent years, music, if anything, gains importance in stature and in identity formation,” Richmond said. “People begin to identify themselves by virtue of the musical cultures in which they run.”

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John Richmond, a director at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is the second candidate in the music dean search. He discussed issues in the arts with a group of about 20 people Monday in Clark Lounge.

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New technology can provide alternative music experiences to high school students, Richmond said, and he wants to encourage a cohort of students to utilize technology to supplement their music education in schools. By using applications like GarageBand and other computer-facilitated music learning techniques, Richmond said students are using resources in environments they already know. Richmond said these programs do not replace current music programs but simply supplement the existing music education. “I think there is an opportunity for us to continue to preserve and honor and expand the rich musical traditions that have been a part of our normal footprint while trying new, experimental ways of growing the footprint in the K-12, if you will, feeder program, and then in our own curricula,” Richmond said.

Mike Titlebaum, assistant professor of music performance, said he enjoyed the presentation and Richmond’s passion for music. “It was a very good presentation,” Titlebaum said. “He’s clearly very intelligent, very thoughtful, very passionate about music and the state of music in education, both in secondary schools and higher education. He clearly has an interest in both music in the institution as well fundraising for the institution.” Richmond said he sees the position as a new opportunity to effect institutional change. “It begins with what a remarkable place this place has been and is today and what its future I believe is likely to be, which is very bright and exciting and promising,” Richmond said. “There are few schools that enjoy that kind of halo and institutional eminence in music that Ithaca College does.”

IC launches app competition to promote student creativity by lisa Famularo contributing writer

Many people say there is an app for everything. However, some Ithaca College students will soon be working to prove that’s not entirely true. Young entrepreneurs, developers and designers at the college are participating in a nine-week app design competition with a chance to win up to $1,000. The app created can be any webbased or native software application for a computer, tablet or mobile device. Students sign up individually, whether or not they have an idea in mind. The kick-off meeting for the competition is at 4 p.m. Friday in Park 220. At the meeting students will be able to pitch ideas for apps, listen to ideas from other students and form teams of two to five members. Adam Peruta, assistant professor in the department of strategic communication, who developed the idea for the competition, said he selected the nine-week time window so students would have to work intensely to develop their product over a short period of time, like they would in the business world. The competition will end April 12. A panel of judges will include college professors, local business-

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men and women, and alumni. The panel will determine the first-, second- and third-place winners, to respectively receive $1,000, $500 and $250. “One of the goals from the beginning was to have this really be an interdisciplinary experience for the students,” Peruta said. “We really want the student teams to form with people from different majors, different schools, different interests, different talents.” Sponsors of the event include the School of Humanities and Sciences, the Provost’s Office and the college’s Dr. John Keshishoglou Center for Global Communications Innovation. The Kesh Center, which is housed in the Roy H. Park School of Communications, was created to nurture and critically examine new media innovation as it impacts global society. Robert Regan, director of the Kesh Center, said he believes the next big idea will come from students and entrepreneurs, not big corporations. “We’re going to be an incubator,” Regan said. “We’re going to be able to help and work with students to create the next generation of media and innovation.” Senior Stacey Lawrence said she is thinking about working in user

From left, Adam Peruta, assistant professor in the department of strategic communication, points to a Chipotle app as junior Noah Delin looks on. durst breneiser/the ithacan

experience design after graduation. She said she decided to participate in the competition to gain some experience in the field. Lawrence said the competition is similar to the Business Idea Competition held last semester. “I’m hoping it’s structured like the Business Idea Competition where you propose your idea and you get a lot of feedback, because I really want this to be a learning experience,” Lawrence said. Junior Noah Delin also joined the

competition to gain experience in the design aspect of the app industry, which he thinks will be extremely valuable in his future. “It’s a huge industry coming up, and I think that it’s good experience that I should have,” Delin said. Peruta said he expects the contest to be a success and is interested in turning it into an annual event. “We have great students everywhere at Ithaca College,” Peruta said. “There’s no doubt that we’re going to see some really good work.”

The Ithaca College Faculty Council met Tuesday to further discuss the recommendations from Huron Consulting, ahead of their meeting with Marisa Kelly, provost and vice president for educational affairs, and President Tom Rochon on March 5. The recommendations from Huron were released publicly to students, faculty and staff Jan. 17 via Sakai. Kelly addressed the Faculty Council about issues such as the search for a new dean of the School of Music and the search for a new director of intercollegiate athletics and recreational sports. Kelly also concentrated on the advances of workflow through the Enterprise Content Management system, which will reduce the need for paper for forms such as sabbaticals and admissions applications. Kelly responded to faculty members’ concerns about the major changes in the system by reassuring them no content of the paperwork would change. “Nothing is changing except for the shift from a paper to an electronic form,” Kelly said. Steven Skopik, chair of media, arts sciences and studies and representative of the Faculty Handbook Amendment Committee, spoke about an open seat in the committee. Skopik also talked about the urgent need to update the faculty handbook with more recent policies and information. Chris Biehn, vice president of Institutional Advancement, attended the Faculty Council meeting to discuss issues concerning the Huron review. Biehn said the recommendations clearly stated sources for funding. “That’s one of the things I think we are really fortunate to have here is a plan that has clear articulation of where the funds will come from that are gift-related, and they drive what they do,” Biehn said. “We don’t have to either be the arbitrator or get in the middle of what [Institutional Advancement] are doing in terms of fundraising. The plan sets out very clearly what we need to raise every year in order to meet our marks.” The Faculty Council also discussed the idea of releasing their collective views on the Huron Review to the public. Warren Schlesinger, associate professor and chair of accounting, made a motion to pass the decision on to the Executive Committee because members had differing opinions and ideas for methods of publishing. They passed the motion. Shaianne Osterreich, associate professor of economics and Ithaca Seminar coordinator, emphasized the need for the Faculty Council to focus on the items of the Huron Review that stand out positively among the council, instead of dwelling on the negative aspects. “We’ve spent a lot of time focusing on the ailments of the Huron Report that we are most concerned with. If we were to combine those statements with one issue that I don’t think we are against — we are not against the increase of transfer students — but I think as a message, there might be other things that we are for,” Osterreich said.

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Nation&World Obama picks woman to join cabinet

President Barack Obama has picked Sally Jewell, a business executive who has earned national recognition for her support of outdoor recreation and habitat conservation, to lead the Interior Department, an administration official said Wednesday. The White House faced criticism that the new Cabinet lacked diversity after Obama tapped a string of white men for top posts, but Obama promised more diverse nominees were in the queue for other jobs. If confirmed, Jewell would replace current Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who held the post throughout Obama’s first term. Salazar announced last month that he would step down in March. Jewell is the president and chief executive officer at Recreational Equipment, Inc., known as REI, a company which sells clothing and gear for outdoor adventures with more than 100 stores across the country. Before joining Kent, Wash.-based REI in 2000, Jewell worked in commercial banking and as an engineer for Mobil Oil Corp. She took the top post at REI in 2005. Jewell was born in England, but moved to the Seattle area and is a U.S. citizen. Jewell, 56, donated $5,000 to Obama’s re-election effort. She would be the first woman in Obama’s crop of second-term Cabinet nominees. Jewell’s confirmation also would put a prominent representative from the business community in the president’s Cabinet.

Bahrain rallies protest monarchy

Thousands of protesters in Bahrain are demonstrating against the Gulf nation’s monarchy, less than a week before planned talks that are aimed at easing a two-year political crisis. Wednesday’s march includes some groups favoring the dialogue, but many are appearing to take a hard line against the Western-backed rulers with harsh slogans, suggesting divisions in the opposition ahead of talks set for next week. Shiite protesters have increasingly demanded a stronger voice in the affairs of the Sunni-ruled nation, which is home to

the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet. Although the majority in Bahrain, Shiites claim they face systematic discrimination. Protest gatherings are planned to be held every day until Feb. 14, the second anniversary of the uprising. Main Shiite political factions have agreed to hold preliminary talks with Sunni officials beginning Sunday.

Pacific earthquake causes tsunami

A powerful earthquake off the Solomon Islands on Wednesday generated a tsunami of up to 1.5 meters that damaged dozens of homes and left several people missing and presumed dead in the South Pacific island chain. Officials reported two 1.5-meter waves hit the western side of Santa Cruz Island, damaging between 70 and 80 homes and properties. Many villagers had headed to higher ground as a precaution. Four villages on Santa Cruz were hit by the waves, with two facing severe damage. Other areas of the Solomons did not appear to have been seriously affected. Disaster officials were struggling to reach the remote area after the tsunami flooded the airstrip at the nearest airport and left it littered with debris. The tsunami formed after a magnitude-8.0 earthquake struck near the town of Lata, on Santa Cruz in Temotu, the easternmost province in the Solomons, about a 3-hour flight from the capital, Honiara. Temotu has a population of around 30,000. The Solomon Islands comprise more than 200 islands with a population of about 552,000 people.

Armenian candidate pursues strike

Doctors in Armenia have expressed concern about the condition of a presidential candidate who has been on a hunger strike outside the parliament building for more than two weeks. Andrias Gukasian is protesting what he described as improper use of state resources by the incumbent, Serge Sarkisian. Sarkisian, who is facing seven challengers, is expected to easily win a second term in this month’s vote. Sarkisian has rejected Gukasian’s allegations.

Displeased and determined

Protesters gather on Tunis’ main avenue after a Tunisian opposition leader critical of the Islamist-led government was gunned down Wednesday. Chokri Belaid was gunned down as he left home in the first assassination after Tunisia’s revolution which began in 2010. Hassene Dridi/associated press

Gukasian, a political analyst, was examined by a medical team Wednesday, and the chief of the Armenian capital’s healthcare department said that doctors will permanently stay at his side as he refused to be hospitalized. The election race was thrown into disarray Friday when another candidate, Paruir Airikian, was shot and wounded by an unidentified assailant.

English cities fight for royal remains

Two English cities are in a battle over the bones of King Richard III. This week scientists announced that a skeleton found under a parking lot in the city of Leicester belonged to the king, who died in 1485. Officials say he will now be reburied in Leicester Cathedral. But York, 100 miles to the north, is laying claim to the monarch, who belonged to the House of York and had strong ties to the city. York City Council said Wednesday it will be writing to the government and Queen Elizabeth II, arguing that “one of the city’s most famous and cherished sons” should be buried there.

Leicester has refused to yield, and the two cities have launched rival petitions to the government, gathering thousands of signatures.

Pirates release hijacked French ship

A French tanker seized by pirates off Ivory Coast and its crew of 17 sailors have been released, its owner said Wednesday. Two workers are reported to have suffered injuries in the hijacking. SEA Tankers, a shipping firm based in France, said the M/T Gascogne is now under the control of its crew. However, the company did not release the ship’s location, nor did it describe how the ship was freed. The two injured sailors are receiving medical care. The ship was hijacked by pirates off Abidjan, the largest city in Ivory Coast. The shipping company had been working for a South Korean firm at the time of Sunday’s hijacking, according to Ivory Coast’s Transportation Ministry.

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Centering on diversity Talking Circles provide forums for discussing race and racism BY michael tkaczevski Staff writer

“When was the first time you learned about race?” This was one of questions asked Tuesday and Wednesday at the Talking Circles on Racism, in which students, faculty and staff tackled controversial topics surrounding race. The Talking Circles were created to provide a safe space for students, faculty and staff to share their own experiences and learn more about the complex and emotionally-charged issue of race. Members not only vary in racial, ethnic and cultural identity but also in how much they deal with racism in their daily lives. Paula Ioanide, assistant professor of the Center for the Study of Culture, Race and Ethnicity, said racist microaggressions, subtle remarks influenced by subconscious or unintentional prejudice, can make non-white students feel like outsiders in the community. “[There are] white folks who really do want to learn about this stuff but consistently have no spaces in which to figure out how to speak the language of consciousness and awareness about how racism affects them,” Ioanide said. The Talking Circles are taking place for the second year at Ithaca College, sponsored by the college’s Diversity Awareness Committee. Last year there was only one circle composed of students, but this year there is another circle for faculty and staff. The students meet on Tuesdays

and the faculty and staff meet on Wednesdays. The initiative will continue for the next four weeks. The Circles initiative was established in 2007 by the Multicultural Resource Center, a nonprofit organization based in Ithaca, to bring people of all races, ages and walks of life together to discuss race and racism in Ithaca and American society. Audrey Cooper, the director of MRC and a Cherokee, said Ithaca is no stranger to racist incidents, even as recently as 2006. Cooper said Ithaca is a microcosm of American society in which racism is an uncomfortable but real cause for strife in the community. “These things exist. Racism exists,” Cooper said. “Fear is a big [problem]. The fear of other people because of stereotypes.” Cooper contacted Laura Branca and Kirby Edmonds, the managing partners of Training For Change Associates, which designs and leads workshops on racial and cultural communication, in 2007 to create a solution to racism in Ithaca. They organized and facilitated the first Talking Circle in 2008 and were inspired by its effect. There have been at least 50 community circles since then in Ithaca. “I see those who’ve been to the Talking Circles … have such a better understanding and are better allies to people of color,” Cooper said. “Before, people really didn’t know how to go about doing that or wanted to be politically correct. So we’re seeing a lot of headway. I think the Talking Circles

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on Race and Racism has had a real positive impact on the community.” The circles are confidential, and the members don’t interact with each other. Members of each group discuss personal experiences and questions posed by a facilitator. Ioanide said the students discuss racism in peer relationships, while the faculty and staff discuss racism in the professional environment. “We, the DAC, wanted to move away from the kind of talking-head, one-time event on diversity or issues of racial diversity or race and racism,” Ioanide said. “Instead, we wanted to have a setting for a sustained conversation because often a two-hour workshop or talk is not sufficient time for people to really process what these issues really mean in their own lives.”

Branca said the conversations are emotionally impactful. “Often people report that they stayed up late talking to their partner, or they were riding home with someone from the circle and they had a deep conversation,” Branca said. “There's a process that begins in the circle, but then it spills out into people's social lives.” Mark Coldren, associate vice president of human resources, said the promotion of diversity is one of the college’s main goals as part of IC 20/20. Coldren, who is a member of the faculty and staff circle, said there’s more to campus diversity than just demographic numbers. “Once you know what you look like as an institution, once you know what your demographics are, then you

can then say, ‘Now, what do we aspire to be, what do we want to be, what can we be?’” Coldren said. “I think it’s an aspiration, it’s a constant process.” Such a sensitive topic requires a diverse group of people who care about the issue of racism, Michelle Rios-Dominguez, senior recruiter for diversity and community outreach at the college, said. “Everyone knows about race,” Rios-Dominguez said. “It’s very personal. At the very least you know about your race. We all are experts at the matter. Sometimes it can feel intimidating. It can feel like people of color are the ones who are the authorities. … We all represent diversity. It's a balance keeping in mind that there are different experiences, but they're also shared experiences.”

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Music director recruits across Asia Thomas Kline, director of music admissions and preparatory programs, returned from the U.S.A. Schools of Music Asia audition tour in November and is seeing an increase in interest on the part of international students to study at the School of Music. Over the course of four weeks, Kline traveled to Seoul, Taipei, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, KLINE said more Gonzo, Shanghai and international Beijing to recruit interna- music students tional students to apply to have applied. the School of Music. Kline traveled with four representatives from Oberlin Conservatory, Boston University, Manhattan School of Music and Peabody Institute. Assistant News Editor Sabrina Knight spoke with Kline to discuss the effects of the recruitment trip on the college’s music program. Sabrina Knight: What were some of the things you did in Asia? Thomas Kline: Of the four weeks, there were many audition days in the different cities. I think we had four free days over the four weeks, which is not a lot, but we tried to make the most of it. I blogged about most of our free days, and then there were a lot of travel days, so a day to travel in between each city, which can always be interesting depending on if the flight is on time and getting to the airport and getting to where you need to be. SK: How do you think this trip will encourage international students to apply to the college? TK: We’ve been on this trip for two years. This is our third year, and over the last two years we’ve seen international applications rise by 600 percent, and we’ve seen [the School of Music’s] international percentage of students rise up from 0.5 percent up to 5 percent of our student body, which is very encouraging. This past year

we brought in 18 international students, 14 from China and four were from Southeast Asia. The diversity that they’ve brought and the talent to the School of Music has just been really notable and I think encouraging. I know that those applications and students who enroll are in direct result of the trip, so it’s been very instrumental in supporting that. SK: What have you learned from your trip that could alter programs in Ithaca? TK: We have — and I think one of the benefits of this — is that we’ve had to learn to accommodate international students within the School of Music, and so because of that we’ve recently started a summer transition program, so these students participated in that over this past summer. It was a twoweek program over the summer, where the students took intensive English training as well as cultural immersion and just nuts and bolts: how do you transfer, how do you start a new life halfway across the world, like setting up a bank account and getting apartments set and settled, getting all your school supplies. ... We’ve also had some language classes offered here at the school to help support them since they are speaking a foreign language, and I think that’s helpful to them. SK: Do you see the recruitment trip having a direct effect on IC 20/20? TK: I do, and part of IC 20/20 is to increase the percentage of international students and to develop a China Center, so I think the relationships that we’ve built in China and internationally will directly support IC 20/20 ... Since we started, we were relatively unknown in China three years ago, and now I feel like when I meet students or parents or teachers, they’ve heard of Ithaca, and some of them know students who attend Ithaca. For the full version of this article, visit

Roses are rubber

Sophomore Lila Cisse, treasurer of IC VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood, makes roses out of condoms Monday in Friends Hall. Club members will have a table in Campus Center this week selling their Valentine’s candy gram condom roses in honor of Valentine’s day.

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College & City College seeks feedback to fill administrative post

Ithaca College is accepting nominations for candidates for the post of the college’s vice president of finance and administration. Carl Sgrecci, who holds the position, will retire at the end of this semester after 45 years at the college as a student, faculty member and administrator. The search for a new vice president is expected to be completed by mid-April. To nominate a candidate, visit

County to award grants to assist tourism projects

Tompkins County is offering grants to organizations whose work helps promote tourism in the area. The grants are a part of the county’s recently completed 2020 Strategic Tourism Plan. Tourism generates more than $166 million in local economic activity and $11.7 million in local tax revenues a year. It also accounts for 3,400 local jobs. Organizations with projects with a potential to draw visitors from outside the county and organizers of events that celebrate local culture are eligible to apply for the grant. There are four types of grants, including a community celebrations grants, tourism marketing and advertising grants, tourism project grants and new tourism initiative grants. Applications for the program are due by 11 a.m. March 5.

The grants will be funded by county room occupancy tax dollars. For eligibility details, grant guidelines and grant applications, visit

Rochon to hold sessions to address campus issues

Ithaca College President Tom Rochon has invited faculty and staff to attend “Breakfast with Tom,” a forum to discuss happenings in individual departments and other topics they wish to discuss. Because of rapid changes in the college, the ROCHON president said in an announcement that there is a need for increased communication. The discussions will begin at 7:30 a.m. and go on until 8:45 a.m. on eight designated days at the IC Square Meeting Room. Staff breakfast dates will be on Feb. 18, Feb. 21, Feb. 25 and March 5, while faculty breakfast dates will be on Feb. 19, Feb. 22, Feb. 28 and March 6.

Campus-wide contest to promote sustainability

The School of Business will conduct a campus-wide Sustainability Case Competition this semester, in which contestants will develop marketing plans to reach college students. The competition is open to current students at the college. First prize is $5,000, second

prize is $3,500 and third prize is $1,500. The 2013 Sustainability Case Competition will focus on developing a marketing plan for the New York State Sustainability Education Working Group. The primary goal of the plan will be to increase student awareness about sustainability across New York state. The Business School will hold two information sessions about the competition at 12:05 p.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday in BUS 111.

New whistleblower course opens at CU Law School Cornell Law School has intro-

duced a one-semester course that will cover the rapidly expanding area of citizen-initiated whistleblower actions. It will analyze how the law protects and encourages whistleblowers who report wrongdoing. The focus will also be on legal provisions in protecting employee whistleblowers from retaliation. The course, titled “Whistleblower Law: Involving Private Citizens In Public Law Enforcement,” will be taught by Stewart Schwab, dean of the school, and Neil Getnick, a lawyer who has handled national whistleblower cases. More than 40 renowned practitioners representing plaintiffs, defendants and the government are expected to join as guest lecturers.

Annual city chili cook-off to feature local eateries

The 15th Great Downtown Ithaca Chili Cook-off will kick off at 11:30

Public Safety Incident Log January 24 Medical assist/psychological LOCATION: Garden Apartments SUMMARY: Caller reported a person sent a text message referencing suicide. The person was taken into custody under mental hygiene law and transported to CMC by ambulance. Patrol Officer Jay Vanvolkinburg. Fire alarm accidental LOCATION: Circle Apartments SUMMARY: Simplex reported a fire alarm. Activation was caused by burnt food. System was reset. Fire and Building Safety Coordinator Ron Clark. MVA/property damage LOCATION: Public Safety Parking Lot SUMMARY: Officer reported a vehicle rolled out of a parking space into another vehicle. No damage was reported. Sergeant Ronald Hart. Medical assist/psychological LOCATION: Communications Building SUMMARY: Caller reported a person feeling depressed. Person was taken into custody under mental hygiene law and transported to CMC. Patrol Officer Jeremiah McMurray. Medical assist/injury related LOCATION: Campus Center SUMMARY: Caller reported falling on the stairs on Jan. 24 at 1:40 p.m. and injuring a leg. Report was taken. Master Security Officer Amy Chilson. Fire alarm accidental LOCATION: Circle Apartments SUMMARY: Simplex reported a fire alarm. Activation was caused by burnt food. System was reset. Sergeant Terry O’Pray.

Fire alarm accidental LOCATION: Terraces SUMMARY: Simplex reported a fire alarm. Activation was caused by burnt food. System was reset. Fire and Building Safety Coordinator Enoch Perkins. Burglary LOCATION: Rowland Hall SUMMARY: Caller reported an unknown person stole a cell phone. Prior to officers arrival, the phone was located. Burglary is unfounded. Master Patrol Officer James Landon.

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a.m. Feb. 16 on The Commons. The cook-off will feature chili dishes from nearly 30 restaurants in the area. Local restaurants will compete for the titles of Best Meat/Overall Chili, Best Vegetarian and People’s Choice Chili. The annual event will also feature a farmers market with vendors and local wineries. Other events at the annual cookoff will include the Hot Pepper Show, street performers and Chili Idol Karaoke. Competitors from last year included Kilpatrick’s, the Cayuga Medical Centre, Mahogany Grill, MacDonalds Farm, the Finger Lakes Wine Center, Greenstar and D.P. Dough. Tickets are available at Autumn Leaves Used Book Store on The Commons, Collegetown Bagels and the Downtown Ithaca Alliance office located in Center Ithaca.

President to moderate Valentine’s dating game

IC After Dark will host an event for Valentine’s Day called “The Dating Game,” which will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday in IC Square. Three participants will sit behind a curtain, while another will sit on the other side. Ithaca College President Tom Rochon will then pose questions to the three candidates, while the person on the other side of the curtain will choose a partner based on these answers. Other Valentine’s Day activities will include a photo booth, cardmaking, flower bouquet-making,

free prizes and food, according to sophomore Leonard Slutsky, electronic communications chair of IC After Dark. Slutsky said all students are invited to watch the event.

College to screen film about Rwanda genocide

“Telling truths in Arusha,” the 2010 documentary that focuses on a Rwandan man’s search for justice after the country’s genocide, will be screened at 7 p.m. Monday in Textor 103. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Norwegian Filmmaker Beate Arnestad, who directed the film, and Prosecutor Brian Wallace. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Peyi Soyinka-Airewele, associate professor of politics at Ithaca College. The event is sponsored by the honors program and the departments of politics and writing. The documentary follows Father Hormisdas, who was put on trial by a U.N. tribunal for alleged involvement in the 1994 Rwandan massacre. The Norwegian judge handling the case bases his judgement entirely on witnesses’ versions of “the truth.” This screening and discussion will be held in conjunction with a new course on international human rights litigation, which is taught by scholarin-residence Sonali Samarasinghe. She is a native Sri Lankan lawyer and journalist who covered corruption within the Sri Lankan government. Samarasinghe fled the country in 2009, after her husband and renowned journalist, Lasantha Wickrematunge, was assassinated.

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judicially referred for unlawful possession of marijuana and underage possession of alcohol. Master Patrol Officer James Landon.

referred for unlawful possession of marijuana and underage possession of alcohol. Patrol Officer Jeremiah McMurray.

Fire alarm accidental LOCATION: Circle Apartments SUMMARY: Simplex reported a fire alarm. Activation was caused by burnt food. System was reset. Patrol Officer Robert Jones.

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January 26 Found property LOCATION: Campus Center SUMMARY: Officer reported finding a backpack containing a laptop. Property was turned over to public safety. Unknown owner.

Case status change LOCATION: Campus Center SUMMARY: Complainant reported a book that had been reported stolen on Jan. 23 was located and not stolen. Larceny is unfounded. Master Patrol Officer Christopher Teribury.

irresponsible use of alcohol LOCATION: Academic Quad SUMMARY: One person transported to CMC by ambulance and judicially referred for irresponsible use of alcohol. Patrol Officer Matthew O’Loughlin.

Fire alarm accidental LOCATION: Circle Apartments SUMMARY: Simplex reported a fire alarm. Activation was caused by a person cooking. System was reset. Fire and Building Safety Coordinator Enoch Perkins.

Fire alarm accidental LOCATION: Circle Apartments SUMMARY: Simplex reported a fire alarm. Activation was caused by burnt food. System was reset. Master Patrol Officer Donald Lyke.

Fire alarm accidental LOCATION: Terraces SUMMARY: Simplex reported a fire alarm. Activation was caused by burnt food. System was reset. Patrol Officer Jeremiah McMurray.

Drug violations LOCATION: East Tower SUMMARY: One person judicially referred for violation of drug policy and violation of college policy. Master Patrol Officer Donald Lyke.

Unlawful possession marijuana LOCATION: Clarke Hall SUMMARY: Caller reported a large gathering and the odor of marijuana. One person

Unlawful possession marijuana LOCATION: East Tower SUMMARY: Caller reported residents of a room failing to comply. Two people judicially

Unlawful possession marijuana LOCATION: Circle Apartments SUMMARY: Two people judicially referred for unlawful possession of marijuana, and six for tampering with the fire system, excessive noise and underage possession of alcohol. Patrol Officer Daniel Austic. Irresponsible use of alcohol LOCATION: Landon Hall SUMMARY: Person declined medical assistance with ambulance personnel and was judicially referred for irresponsible use of alcohol. Sergeant Dirk Hightchew. Irresponsible use of alcohol LOCATION: East Tower SUMMARY: One person transported to CMC by ambulance and judicially referred for irresponsible use of alcohol. Sergeant Dirk Hightchew. Medical assist/injury related LOCATION: H-Lot SUMMARY: Caller reported falling down a flight of stairs and sustaining a back injury. One person transported to CMC by ambulance. Master Patrol Officer Brad Bates.

January 28 Drug violations LOCATION: Emerson Hall SUMMARY: Two people judicially referred for violation of drug policy. Patrol Officer Daniel Austic.

January 29 Larceny LOCATION: Dillingham Center SUMMARY: Caller reported an unknown person stole a laptop computer. Investigation pending. Sergeant Ronald Hart. Burglary LOCATION: Rowland Hall SUMMARY: Caller reported an unknown person entered a room and stole a textbook. Investigation pending. Master Patrol Officer Donald Lyke. Medical assist/injury related LOCATION: Terraces SUMMARY: Caller reported a person accidentally burnt fingers with hot water. One person transported to Health Center. Master Patrol Officer Donald Lyke. Medical assist/ psychological LOCATION: Whalen Center for Music SUMMARY: Caller reported a person yelling and crying. Person taken into custody under the mental hygiene law and transported to CMC by ambulance. Master Patrol Officer James Landon. For the complete safety log,  go to

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A national focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs is diverting attention from the arts and creating classrooms that lack creativity.


s the School of Music searches for its next dean, issues facing the arts in higher education are coming to the campus’ attention. Last week, Jamal Rossi, one of three finalists for the position, visited Ithaca College to discuss what he would bring the table if selected as dean. He said spending cuts in public schools have reduced arts education for young students. Those cuts, combined with a national focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM programs, make it difficult for institutions of higher education to recruit students for arts programs. During his first State of the Union address, Obama promised 100,000 new STEM teachers over the next 10 years. Last week, a bipartisan group of senators introduced an Immigration Innovation Act that would increase the number of STEM visas for highly skilled, American-educated immigrants to stay in the country. While STEM education is critical to building the next generation of American scientists, engineers and mathematicians, leaving arts education behind means sacrificing cultural awareness and shortchanging our education system. We must give creative learning a place in early education as well as higher education. The creativity that comes from integrating arts into public education is critical to creating leaders in all fields who can think outside of the box and express their ideas in a variety of platforms. Early education programs that ask students to think about more than facts, numbers and dates will aid them in higher-level thinking that is necessary to succeed later on. By allowing students the opportunity for self- and creative expression, arts programs provide a framework for individuals to be innovators and forward-thinkers. While public initiatives to foster STEM education in the U.S. will help encourage students to fill open jobs in science and technology, educators must find ways to include creative learning in their classrooms.

Fight for food

Lawmakers must draft more legislation to support groups that promote access to cheap, healthy food in all communities.


ast week, hundreds of Ithaca residents gathered to support Gardens 4 Humanity, a food justice group that works to raise awareness about the lack of access to cheap, healthy food — especially within elderly, poor and minority communities. While groups like G4H are taking positive steps toward making healthy food accessible to all communities, the efforts of small nonprofit organizations will not be enough to make food justice a priority in America. It’s difficult to make investing time and energy in a neighborhood garden a top priority for low-income families who must struggle through other obstacles while the McDonalds Dollar Menu offers cheap and easy alternatives. Laws that force public schools to provide healthy meals to students and the changes to the Women, Infants and Children federal nutrition program that encourage better food choices and healthier behaviors are the kinds of legislative actions needed to promote food justice in the country. Lawmakers must make a stronger commitment to restructuring the food economy and encouraging access to healthy foods so that Americans are given accessible healthy eating options.

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Alumnus learns to listen while teaching

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Buddhist doctrine challenges traditional concept of self

ov. 6 was a wake-up call for the Republican Party: If the Republican establishment wants to be successful in Washington, it must rebrand itself and focus on the pressing issues of our time — national spending and immigration. Republican candidates such as former representatives Todd Akin (R-MO) and Richard Mourdock (R-IN), stress social issues like the right to life even in cases of rape. These are not the most important issues of our time and clearly not helping the GOP win elections. The fiscal cliff is right around the corner yet again. We all know that the president didn’t “cut the deficit in half” in his first term, as he promised in 2008, but we can’t focus on the past. We must get past that and work together to come to a viable solution with serious spending cuts. The fiscal cliff deal, which passed when we were all celebrating the New Year at about 2:39 a.m., Jan. 1, has a 1-41 ratio of spending cuts to tax hikes. It’s appalling that this bill is a serious attempt by many to address our spending issues here in America. Deportation numbers skyrocketed under “progressive” Obama, with Obama deporting roughly 33,000 illegal immigrants a month, while President George Bush only deported about 21,000 a month, according Politifact. Republicans must appeal to the minority groups who, in past elections, were drawn to the Republican Party. As Florida Senator and 2016 presidential hopeful, Marco Rubio, said, “The conservative movement should have particular appeal to people in minority and immigrant communities who are trying to make it, and Republicans need to work harder than ever to communicate our beliefs to them.” The party must embrace this compromise and show a commitment to the American Dream. Young conservatives acknowledge there is a problem with the Republican Party, and it is important to know the difference between the establishment and us. We don’t always agree with the Republican leadership that lays out the party’s platform, and we know that the party has major work to do if they want to be successful in the Senate and White House. The Republican leadership put a moderate candidate out there in 2012 with a reactionary platform, not a particularly victorious combination. The Republican Party has been the party of big government and infringing on civil liberties by passing legislation like the PATRIOT Act and the NDAA. We can’t cave to higher taxes and minimal spending cuts; we must learn to negotiate with the other side, to compromise.

walked into my experience as a high school English teacher in Atlanta, Ga., confident that because I was from a low-income background and African-American, I would know exactly what my students needed. I assumed what had made a difference for me would put them on the right track. I am ashamed to admit I once believed that since I had worked hard and earned success, that they could easily do the same. Talking without listening was the wrong approach to take in working with my students. A common tenet of social justice work is, “Just because you are, does not CORNELL mean you understand.” This woodson statement negates the idea that simply being a particular gender, race, ethnicity or of a particular sexual orientation means one knows all there is to know about the narrative of the group. It appears to be a common mistake of well-intentioned people to assume this, particularly when they volunteer and work with underprivileged groups to which they belong. I clung to this belief when I joined Teach For America immediately after graduating from Ithaca College in 2009. At first, my students did not trust me. They questioned the motive behind everything I said and every move I made. In my third month teaching one of my seniors asked me, “What is someone like you doing in a place like this?” I explained that I was there to give them an education and help get them to college. I went on to say that I knew what they were going through and what life was like because I had been there too. Another student chuckled and said, “See, that is the problem with you teachers. You all think because we look alike that you know what we need and what we want, but no one has ever asked us those questions.” My students wanted to

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be included in the conversation about what they needed and not have their needs prescribed to them. That student’s response was by far the most profound thing I had ever heard and shaped my philosophy for my career in education. This issue requires an understanding that one size does not fit all when it comes to working with our youth. Closing our nation’s educational opportunity gap will demand creativity and patience to consider the variety of narratives that exist. While many of my students were oftentimes experiencing the same issues, those issues affected each of them very differently. I had no two students with the same narrative; they were remarkably unique. Therefore, it required me to approach our classroom work together from different angles and to be prepared to change my strategies at the drop of a dime.

I encourage everyone, regardless of background or chosen profession, to consider their role in making sure that all America’s children have equal access to a quality education. This is not a black issue or a poor issue, it is an issue that affects us all. Teach For America and my students challenged me to never stop learning and to never think I know all there is to know about this work. For when we do, then we have surely lost. To learn more about Teach For America, visit Cornell Woodson ’09 is a graduate student at the University of Vermont and former Teach For America corps member. Email him at

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he doctrine of no-self in Buddhism is one of the most important teachings for anyone who is interested in Buddhism to understand. However, no-self is also one of the most misinterpreted doctrines. What exactly is no-self? To answer this we need to establish a working definition of “self.” In Buddhism there are five clinging aggregates, which are the common attributes we erroneously comprehend as ourselves: form, feelings, perceptions, volition formations (mental intentions) and consciousness. Using the example of an automobile, no one part is the whole car, but all the parts combined will make the appearance of a car. Similarly, no one aggregate is a being, but a combination of all the aggregates composes a being. All of these aggregates are impermanent. The body is aging and decaying, feelings are changing constantly, perceptions are always being reshaped, intentions are also ever-changing and consciousness changes in such rapid succession that Buddhist commentaries use a unit of time called “mind-moments.” As a result of all these aggregates being impermanent, they will eventually cause suffering. For example, our physical bodies will wear down to the point where mundane tasks will become

Junior Kevin Walker, second from left, sits with IC Buddhist Community members. The group is focusing on the doctrine of no-self this semester.

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difficult. In Buddhism, if an object is impermanent and a source of stress, then it cannot be “self.” In order for something to be called a self, it needs to be unchanging and eternal. As a result of being unchanging, it cannot be an object that causes suffering and can therefore be called a self. In Buddhism, no such objects or entities exist. But what if someone punches me and there is no-self? What did

that person punch? Buddhism does not deny the existence of a “conventional” self. Conventional terms such as tree, squirrel, man, woman and Buddha are all used for communication and understanding. Interestingly, Buddha did say in the Majjhima Nikaya, “All things, conditioned or unconditioned, are anatta, are void of self and soul.” As a result, Buddhists do not believe in a static, permanent,

independently existing entity or object called “self.” How can the concept of noself help us in everyday life? In “Everyday Zen” by Charlotte Joko Beck, who describes going out on a lake in a rowboat on a foggy day, all is peaceful until another rowboat hits hers. She becomes irritated, and a bunch of negative thoughts arise, but then she realizes that no one is in the other boat, and her anger vanishes. It was just an unmoored boat, so there is nothing to be angry at. Similarly, say your neighbors in your residence hall are partying at midnight while you are trying to sleep. Of course, you get a bit angry, but who are you really angry at? In reality, you are angry at people that are dynamic, not static. The same can be applied to professors who give a lot of work, pesky family members and even toward our own imperfections. Taking time to reflect on this concept of noself can reduce stress because we find that we are stressing about someone or something that only appears constant but is really ever-changing. To quote the Tibetan teacher, Anan Thubten: “No self, no problem.” Kevin walker is a junior social studies major and president of the IC Buddhist Community. Email him at

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Rob Oliver is the president of IC Republicans and a senior politics major and international relations minor. Email him at

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Laughing ladies Funny females burst onto comedy scene succeed in. This year, IC Comedy Club has a nearly equal number of male and female members, but Banta said typically fewer “You’re a lady, not a whore. Even when down to your women in the club actually go up and perform. Senior Alyssa knickers, keep your pearls on,” junior IC Comedy Club Onofreo said she believes this is because some women in the club are intimidated by the men, admitting she felt that way when she member Lindsey Williams jokes in her stand-up routine. While TV stars Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were leav- joined last year. For three months, Onofreo attended meetings but ing the audience in stitches during the Golden Globes this year, female comedians have been making people laugh at never had the courage to actually perform until the end Ithaca College as well. Junior Brennan Banta said this line of her first semester in the club. This, she said, had nothing to do with the atmosphere of the of work is beginning to become more club and everything to do with her accepting of women. own confidence. “I think the world wants more “I don’t think that the men are girls now,” Banta said. “I think everyever making us feel as if we’re less,” body wants more diversity — which Williams said. “Women inside, I feel kind of stinks for the white males like, are less confident. I don’t think out there.” there’s pressure that’s making us feel Anthony DiRenzo, associate prolike we’re not as good as them.” fessor of writing who teaches a class Despite the support Williams said called Humorous Writing, said while she feels from her male colleagues, the field is still brutal to women, cershe recognizes that some people just tain comedienne role models like Fey think men are funnier. Freshman Jake have begun to lead the way for womWinslow, a member of IC Comedy en in comedy. However, he said, it is Club, has heard similar sentiments a double-edged sword. — Lindsey Williams from men outside the club. “They tend to be their own produc“It’s a stigma,” Winslow said. “I defiers [and] their own directors because nitely think it’s going to become better they know what it is to have to break ... but it has to do with gender roles. into the boys’ club and not have anybody really pay attention to them,” DiRenzo said. “By the time As those change, I think the opinions about female comedy [will too].” they accrue that [success], time catches up to them.” Junior Max Levine, a member of IC Comedy Club, was Junior Talia Koren, who is interning this semester at “Saturday Night Live” and Comedy Central in New York City, said she be- recently a judge for an SAB comedy competition. He said lieves the field of comedy is getting easier for women to break into he was shocked when, at the end, the judges separated the and sees a relatively equal number of men and women working at men and women into two different groups and voted who the best girl was out of the female performers. “SNL” and Comedy Central. “I was like, ‘Why did we do that, why does that need to be a fac“At ‘SNL,’ there seems to be a pretty good balance,” Koren said. “Definitely more male writers, [but] I think at the top tor?’ I don’t know,” Levine said. “I think there’s a lot of people who there’s a good balance right now. When I joined Comedy Club, are still stuck believing that there’s a lot of this competition that’s there were more guys. Now there are so many girls. There were, gender-based within comedy.” Levine also said during comedy shows he has often heard like, three girls out of 15 guys [when I joined].” For Williams, comedy is an extension of the feminist male audience members make remarks about female performmovement. As feminism makes more of an impact on so- ers that are much harsher and more personal than the criticisms ciety and women gain more respect, more people listen they have for the men. “Once someone sucks as a guy, it’s that he’s not funny, to female comedians, she said. This, in turn, helps spread but when a girl sucks, they just start to bash her and how awareness of social issues. “You’ve got these women pushing for rights with birth they think she would be in a relationship or how much she control and stuff like that, and I feel like comedy is a really just sucks sexually, and that’s when it starts to be like, ‘Why good way to inform people,” Williams said. “So that’s stuff that is that a factor?’” Levine said. Koren said she gets frustrated with I like to write about.” However, many people, like Banta, still consider the comedy world a difficult one for women to

By Evin Billington Staff Writer

“You’re a lady, not a whore. Even when down to your knickers, keep your pearls on.”

Above: Junior Brennan Banta laughs to herself after sharing a punch line at a photo shoot Feb. 4. From left, Banta, junior Kristen Shepherd and senior Alyssa Onofreo make mustaches out of their microphones. All three women perform stand-up at IC Comedy Club gatherings and shows on campus. Emily Fedor/The Ithacan

“SNL’s” frequent use of male actors posing as women in sketches, effectively preventing female members of the cast from playing these over-the-top and obnoxious characters. She said that’s why she has so much of an appreciation for Poehler. “She isn’t afraid to be nasty or ugly,” Koren said. “I’m always trying to get out of being so cute. I don’t want to be. I want to be funny, because being cute and funny — they don’t really go together.” DiRenzo said equality in comedy is a distant reality until comediennes learn to collaborate in a field that is still working against them. “You’ve got to pool your resources,” DiRenzo said. “There’s got to be a kind of almost guerrilla movement to do so. We certainly have this talent for it — I think also the desire. That’s the question: Why aren’t women pooling their resources in the way that they have to pool their resources to make it work?” Banta said seeing the diminishing but still present resistance to female comedy does not discourage her. If anything, she sees it as an incentive to be an even better comedienne, she said. “It just means we have to fight a little bit harder, and I think that when we are funny it’s like, ‘Whoa, she brought something,’ and it makes it a little bit more lasting of an impression,” Banta said.

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Assistant Accent Editor Rose Vardell digs up projects for the everyday hobbyist

An excessive number of T-shirts can burden even the and mostwindspeed spacious closet, but rs dropping picking itup can be hard to part with old shirts from here former school sports teams or theater productions. For the sewing-savvy individual, this problem can be solved with a creative quilting project. Clear out cluttered closets and stitch together a permanent way to preserve old memories with a T-shirt quilt. Supplies: T-shirts Thread Sewing machine Lightweight Fusible interfacing Backing Determine the dimensions of the quilt, and cut the T-shirts into manageable squares. Interface each piece with an iron, and sew the T-shirts in the preferred pattern. Sew the backing to complete the quilt.

Preaching to the choir

Ithaca College sophomore Rebecca Saltzman sings “Why Was I Born?” during the one-woman performance “Responding to the Call” on Saturday. The show was sponsored by New Life Presbyterian Church. The event took place in Barnes Hall at Cornell University.


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Blogger Chloe Wilson shares her take on upcoming television news The popularity surrounding Disney Channel’s upcoming “Boy Meets World” sequel “Girl Meets World” hasn’t died quite yet. After a nationwide casting search, the ‘90s spin off has found its “Girl.” The 11-year-old Rowan Blanchard has been given the title role. This means that “Girl Meets World” is one step closer to its goal of beginning production in a month. But don’t get too excited— “Girl” has yet to be green lit as an actual series. Granted, with the overwhelmingly positive response the show has already gotten, it’s unlikely that the show will be scrapped, but you never know what will happen in the pilot season. Stay on your toes, TV watchers. Stay on your toes. Follow more TV news on Wilson’s blog, “Behind the Screen,” online at www.

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les mean girls tumblr mocks miserable musical

Rihanna confirms rumors

Nothing brightens a tragedy quite like humor, and one blog sets out to poke fun at a miserable musical. Les Mean Girls unites the films Les Miserables and Mean Girls in an unlikely spoof. The blog displays images from Les Miserables and quotes from Mean Girls. One such image features the revolutionists raising their weapons and the accompanying text, “Raise your hand if you’ve ever been personally victimized by Regina George.” Other actors are also parodied in these images: There are three with Seyfried, two with Russell Crow and four with Anne Hathaway. You go, Anne Hathaway. — Rose Vardell


Museum fashion exhibition features PECULIAR PUMPS

Mark the date, shoe enthusiasts! The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology will exhibit “Shoe Obsession” on Friday. The museum will display 150 pairs of contemporary shoes from designers such as Manolo Blahnik, Chanel and Prada. Cheri Fein, executive director of public and media relations of FIT, said the exhibit “examines our culture’s ever-growing fascination with extravagant and fashionable shoes.” The exhibition will feature shoes such as red-spiked stilettos, a feathered pair of pumps and a laser-cut geometric pair of wedge-styled shoes. Every shoe makes a statement, but not every pair makes one as lavishly as these strange stilettos.

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“This year’s Oscars will be like nothing you can imagine. Unless you can imagine three hours of, like, people getting awards and stuff.” ­­— Comedian Seth MacFarlane jokes about his upcoming role as host for the 2013 Oscars.

Pop singer Rihanna issued a statement this past week that confirmed what many have suspected for months: She and fellow singer Chris Brown are in a relationship. The couple’s breakup was thrust into the public eye in 2009, when Brown was charged for assault after photos of Rihanna with a severely bruised face leaked to the public. Though some fans might disapprove of her choice to reconcile with Brown, a recent interview with Rolling Stone released a statement from Rihanna saying “I decided it was more important for me to be happy, and I wasn’t going to let anybody’s opinion get in the way of that. Even if it’s a mistake, it’s my mistake.” — Benjii Maust


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Stealing the show Senior plans Broadway-bound future and reflects on college experiences By Taylor Barker Contributing writer

Senior Joseph DePietro wanted to be a movie star long before Ithaca College’s theater program was a prospect in his future. Film may not be in the near future for him, but performing definitely is. DePietro is a musical theater student at the college. He recently played Emmett in the college’s production of “Legally Blonde,” but he did not start out as a leading man. In his hometown of Pomona, N.Y., his mother signed him up for an audition at his community theater at the age of 10 for a role in “Les Miserables,” now one of his favorite musicals. He played a small boy, and since then he has not stopped performing. Four years ago, when DePietro was deciding where he would pursue his love for musical theater, Ithaca College stood out to him because of the intimacy of the classes and the family atmosphere, he said. Reflecting on his college experience, DePietro said he is happy with his decisions and the path he took his life on. “I’ve worked hard and continue to work hard, and I like to think it has paid off,” DePietro said. “I’ve made it a point to put myself out there, even when it is not comfortable at first, just to try different experiences, meet new people.” Though he said his work ethic has benefited him, DePietro also said while at the college he has faced some struggles. He has had to

undergo intense critique in the musical theater department and learn how to manage his time. “It’s a pretty intense major with the acting, singing and dance components,” DePietro said. “Time management was difficult for me, but I think I have finally nailed it down.” He said he has been involved in a production almost every semester he has been at the college. He said for each production, rehearsals could be a maximum of 19 hours a week, and during check week, rehearsal time bumps up to five to six hours a day. During his time at the college, DePietro said, he has participated in different productions, been a teacher’s assistant and mentored freshman musical theater students. Freshman Connor Briggs has DePietro as his senior mentor this year. Briggs knew him when he was in high school because they grew up in the same town. He said DePietro has had an impact on his college career through his mentorship. “He has always been really helpful to me,” Briggs said. “Something that he has always taught me is just to be yourself.” Jim DePietro, DePietro’s father, said to see his son grow from his role in “Les Miserables” to where he is now has been terrific. “To see that blossom into what he’s doing now and what he’s planning to do in his career is absolutely exciting,” Jim said.

Senior Joseph DePietro performs in the theater department’s production of “Legally Blonde” as Emmett on Oct. 30 in Clark Theatre in the Dillingham Center. DePietro will perform in “Spring Awakening” as an adult character.

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DePietro’s two favorite productions he’s been in at the college are “The Light in the Piazza” and “Legally Blonde.” In “The Light in the Piazza” he was an understudy, and in “Legally Blonde” he was a lead, but he said both were excellent experiences. He said he views his understudy experience as being especially beneficial because he was able to learn from his fellow students. “It’s incredible to learn from peers,” DePietro said. “You have to do what is set, but you don’t have to make the same choices.”

DePietro said that because his role as Emmett was his first major role at the college, he was able to see everything he has learned click into place, he said. “I was always able to see my peers do it and create these bigger roles, so it was fun to have the opportunity to do that and do it entirely on my own,” DePietro said. This semester, DePietro is playing an adult in “Spring Awakening,” and he is auditioning for roles for the summer season. He said after graduation in May he plans to move to New York

City and hopefully be on Broadway. “More and more actors come to New York everyday,” DePietro said. “It would be a dream to be working consistently in great roles that affect people and make them think, learn and grow.” DePietro said he’s never doubted his career choice for more than a second because he loves acting. “I would realize that’s what I love to do, and then I thought, ‘What else would I want to do? and I couldn’t possibly imagine,” DePietro said.

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A heartfelt picture Italian book fair to honor professor for needle-felt illustrations in March Jack Wang, associate professor and chair of the department of writing, is being recognized in the Illustrator’s Exhibition in the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in Bologna, Italy, along with his brother, Holman Wang, for their innovative form of illustration featured in their series of “Cozy Classics.” The series of cardboard books is composed of classic works of literature boiled down to one word per page and needle-felt illustrations, for which they are being recognized. The book fair will take place Mar. 25-28. Staff Writer Emma Rizzo spoke with Wang about his illustrations, his recognition and children’s illustration as an art form. Emma Rizzo: Would you like to tell a little bit about your background? Jack Wang: My background is in writing, and I have a Ph.D. in English with an emphasis on creative writing. That explains my interest in the classics. ER: Can you describe the process of needle felting? JW: The idea is that you take loose wool, it’s called roving, and compact this roving by basically stabbing it repeatedly with a needle or with multiple needles using a tool. These needles have serrated edges and entangle the fibers until the wool gets more and more dense to the point where it is something that can be sculpted.

ER: How did you get into this particular type of illustration? JW: When I came up with the idea of abridging classics for babies or toddlers, I ran it by my brother, and he knows people who do needle felting. What we were looking for was sort of a fresh way to illustrate what we thought was a good concept, and most of the illustrations out there are twodimensional. We wanted to work in a fresh idiom. ER: You are being recognized for your illustrations. Would you be able to talk a little bit about that? JW: My brother found out about this contest that’s connected to the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, and they ask you to send five images that are related to some kind of theme. What we decided to do was send five images from “Pride and Prejudice.” ER: Will you be traveling to the exhibition to view your work?

Pictured is one of Jack Wang’s needle-felt illustrations, titled “Messy.” This illustration depicts a scene from his “Cozy Classics” book “Pride and Prejudice.” Wang is being recognized for his illustrations at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

JW: We will be there at the end of March, and we are going to participate in the exhibit. There are some other prizes that are awarded at the fair, but we’re just thrilled to be a part of the exhibit. We were only one of four selected, so it’s a real honor.

JW: I was really excited. It’s one of those things where you apply but then you don’t think about it, so it was a very nice surprise. It was thrilling to think that we were among such a select group.

ER: What was your reaction when you found out you were selected?

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ER: You’re being recognized specifically for your Cozy Classic “Pride and Prejudice.” Do you have a connection with the novel?

JW: I think that these books are about appealing to lovers of the classics and thinking about not only what we like as readers but what we think our audience is going to respond to. ER: What does this recognition mean to you? JW: I think it helps recognize that children’s illustration is an

important form of art. I think it’s easy to think of both children’s books and children’s illustrations as somehow less important than works of writing or works of art because they’re for children. I think this selection to this exhibition underscores that there are a lot of fine practitioners out there of children’s writing and children’s illustration, and that there is a real art to it.

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Jesse Bush’s production of “The Whipping Man” by Matthew Lopez captures with poignancy the hardships war survivors face. Set in the days following the end of the Civil War, “The Whipping Man” tells the story of three men — two former slaves and their young master, a Confederate soldier, returned home from war. Thrown together under extraordinary circumstances, they are given no choice but to look out for one another despite the deep rifts and secrets “The Whipping that lie between them. ProMan” duced by Kitchen Theatre Kitchen Theatre Company, “The Whipping Company Our rating: Man” is a dark and moving HHH 1/2 piece that addresses questions of freedom, love and the nature of family. Located in the ruins of the DeLeon family estate, the staging of this play was simple but effective. The shattered windows, broken stairs and stained walls helped create the effect of bygone elegance torn to pieces by the cruel reality of war. The dim lighting and constant sound of rain outside add to the gloomy tone of the show. The artistic team, led by artistic director Rachel Lampert and lighting design director Tyler Perry, a recent graduate of Ithaca College, did an excellent job of setting the tone of the piece and keeping everything from the costumes to the set historically accurate. The cast, composed entirely of three male actors, played their parts with fervor and vibrancy. Caleb, played by Ithaca College senior Daniel Berlingeri, is a shell-shocked and severely injured former Confederate soldier seeking solace in his childhood home. However, he returns to find his house in ruins and the rest of his family gone. The only people there are two former slaves of the household, Simon (Alexander Thomas) and John (Darian Dauchan). Reluctantly, Caleb must depend on their goodwill to save his life. Berlingeri’s portrayal of a young, traumatized soldier was profound and full of bitterness, regret and uncertainty. Meanwhile, Dauchan’s character, an energetic, irreverent and roguish man, serves

A Night in Bombay, Sadya South Indian presents a feast of Indian street food. The first session will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the second will begin at 8 p.m. The event will take place in Lot 10 on South Cayuga Street. Tickets cost $25.



The Pelotones, a swing dance group will play their jazz, blues and R&B music at Booker’s Backyard restaurant. The music performance will begin at 9 p.m. Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra  will perform “Rhapsody in Blue” at Ford Hall in the Whalen Center for Music. The orchestral event will begin at 7:30 p.m. From left, John (Darian Dauchan), a former slave, sits with Caleb (Daniel Berlingeri) in Kitchen Theatre’s production of “The Whipping Man.” The play takes place in the days following the end of the Civil War. courtesy of ed dittenhoefer

as the comic relief for the otherwise dark piece. And yet, his sharp-witted quips and mischievous antics belie a deeper pain caused by years of misuse and hardship, as shown by his moving and graphic description of being whipped by Caleb as a young boy. Thomas’ character, Simon, acts as the older, wiser voice of reason in the play. It is he who tends to Caleb and keeps John safe from a local man he has angered. He is also a man of tradition, insisting they celebrate Passover, even as the world is falling apart around them. But, he is not without his own troubles and worries — his wife and daughter are gone, and he has no idea when or if he will see them again. Thomas, who recently broke his arm, must also be lauded for giving an outstanding performance despite sustaining a serious injury. This caused some difficulty with blocking, as Thomas was confined to a chair for the majority of the

play. However, the cast and crew pulled together admirably and, with the clever use of lighting and body language cues from the other actors, it had little effect on the play overall. The audience’s response to “The Whipping Man” was overwhelmingly positive, with many audience members in tears or on their feet by the end of the show. Despite its dark nature, this show is also a play about hope, new beginnings and coming together in times of difficulty. Running through Feb. 10, “The Whipping Man” at the Kitchen Theatre Company is definitely worth checking out. On Feb. 9, there will be a special talk-back session with the actors and members of the creative team following the show. Tickets cost from $15 to $35. “The Whipping Man” was directed by Jesse Bush and written by Matthew Lopez.

Artist channels symmetry in new percussive album by Jared DIonne Senior Writer

New Order, the hallowed forefathers of the New Wave genre, may be experiencing some internal strife, but the music keeps coming. After reuniting in 2011 without foundNew Order ing member Peter “Lost Sirens” Republic Hook, the band has Our rating: released a formiHHH 1/2 dable compilation album coming in the form of “Lost Sirens.” “Lost Sirens” picks up the pieces from the cutting room floor after the band finished recording its last proper album, “Waiting for the Siren’s Call,” back in 2007. This compilation may feature tracks that didn’t quite make

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the grade for that album, but they stand on their own six years later. This compilation maintains a healthy balance between New Order’s electronic and guitar-based influences. The two are melded together seamlessly, which allows both to be heard, but neither overpowers the other. To witness this harmony, listeners need to look no further than opening cut, “I’ll Stay With You.” Softer electronic motifs shadow guitar lines and create a beautiful ode to loyalty. Lead singer Bernard Sumner professes his dedication when he sings, “I’ll stay with you ‘til Hell freezes over / We are to each other like sister and brother.” “Shake It Up” represents the token dance number found on this compilation. While most other tracks straddle

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Fire & Ice Festival, a winterthemed fair will begin at 3 p.m. at Ithaca Children’s Garden.

Yule Ball 2013, a dance and concert organized by the Ithaca College Harry Potter Alliance, will raise money for charity and will begin at 7 p.m. in Emerson Suites. Tickets cost $10 beforehand and $12 at the door.


Chinese New Year Celebration, presented by the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, will begin at 10 a.m. in Egbert Hall in the Klingenstein Lounge.

Indie funk artist makes waves by steven pirani staff writer

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the border between rock and dance, this cut is unabashedly dance oriented. Snappy percussive elements lay down a strong groove, as synthesizer blips dart in and out. “Lost Sirens” may be only eight tracks, but it stands proudly among the jewels of New Order’s catalog. This compilation stands as a testament to New Order’s legacy when these tracks are considered leftovers. Listeners are certain to question how these songs went unused in the first place.

Recording artist Chazwick Bundick — better known by his stage name “Toro y Moi” — is spicing up 2013 with his third album, “Anything in Return.” His latest feat is vibrant and layered, using an array of sounds to deliver the genre-blurring music. For fans, “Anything in Return” will feel like a wellToro y Moi “Anything in rounded album. Return” Bundick’s third Carpark release feels Records like an amalOur rating: gam of the best HHHH from his diverse musical portfolio. It’s safe to say that “Anything in Return” has variety on its side. The track “So Many Details” feels positively hip-hop. Its bouncing bass

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and rap verses set it apart from the likes of “Touch,” an ethereal track that sits comfortably as the most ambient song on the album. With subtle vocals and dreamy instrumentals, it emphasizes Bundick’s musical versatility. Bundick has delivered an exciting album. With “Anything in Return’s” eclectic array of sounds and styles, listeners will be drawn to “Toro y Moi’s” latest triumph.

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The first studio album from this British folk-punk band is filled with Celtic rhythms, foot-tapping lyrics and rowdy energy. The band debuts with an album featuring the single “Rollin’ Over” as well as 11 new songs.

The bootylicious trio is back with a brand new album. The soulful melodies feature the delicate harmonizing from their previous albums. This compilation might not be as catchy as older albums such as “Survivor,” but it will still delight fans.

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Comedy film warms audiences’ hearts [ Talented cast and original storyline bring life to zombie genre bY Josh Greenfield

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Combining the same heart and quirkiness from the original novel, screenwriter and director Jonathan Levine creates an original supernatural romantic comedy with “Warm Bodies.” The superb acting, inventive story and heartfelt romance connect to “Warm audiences. Bodies ” The plot of Summit Entertainment “Warm Bodies” Our rating: centers on a pair of HHH star-crossed lovers, a zombie named R (Nicholas Hoult) and Julie (Teresa Palmer), a member of an uninfected human colony. The two groups are in a constant struggle for survival: The humans must leave their walled city to find supplies, and the zombies use these opportunities to hunt From left, Julie (Teresa Palmer) and R (Nicholas Hoult) star in “Warm Bodies,” a supernatural love story between a them down. In one such confrontahuman girl and a zombie. The film is an adaptation of a novel written by author Isaac Marion published in 2010. tion, R and a band of zombies ambush Courtesy oF Summit ENtertainment a group of humans, including Julie. Fighting ensues, and in the brawl stands out from other incarnations of take on the zombies themselves. takes itself too seriously and avoids something stirs in R, inspiring him the creature in movies and TV shows, Unlike those from TV shows such coming off as sappy. Though the film to save Julie after she is disarmed. As still managing to give off just as chill- as “The Walking Dead,” Levine’s does suffer slightly from the limited the two grow closer, R begins to come ing an effect as in any other living zombies are still human in cer- comedic moments, its overarching tain aspects and possess emotional love story is certainly strong enough back to life, and he is not the only one. dead story. The directing style of Levine is qualities that the audience can con- to stand on its own. As the duo’s human connection deWith its originality and excellence, distinctive in its creative camera ef- nect to. Even the makeup used for velops, zombies begin to revive. The film’s leads are memorable for fects and style that fit perfectly with the creatures is much more human “Warm Bodies” helps break away both their individual performances as the quirkiness of the film. A large than what one might expect, with from the clichéd and boring tradiwell as for the believable connection part of the general success Levine has only minor paleness and a bit of rot- tions of the supernatural film genre. Though at times it can move slowly they display on screen. Though their with his directing stems from his use ting here and there. The script, an adaptation of Isaac and suffer from a lack of consistent romance is based on an unlikely cir- of nostalgic sepia cutaway segments cumstance to say the least, the two for the film’s frequent flashbacks. The Marion’s novel of the same name, is humor, it is nonetheless a success as put enough sincerity into their per- narrative storytelling structure, which quirky in all of the best ways and able well as a must-see for all. formances to still make them just as involves the main character inter- to break free of the clichés that ruin “Warm Bodies” was directed by realistic as if they were two normal rupting the story to comment to the other films in the same genre. Unlike other supernatural films, such as the Jonathan Levine and written by teens falling in love. Hoult gives a audience, also enriches the film. Most impressive is Levine’s own “Twilight” saga, “Warm Bodies” never Jonathan Levine and Isaac Marion. memorable zombie performance that

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Cliches botch gangster movie

Sluggish script slows down plot


By brian porecca

There are two kinds of bad movies: those that are bad but are still enjoyable, and those that are just plain bad. “Stand Up Guys” falls under the latter. The first line of the film, “You look like shit,” is a somewhat fitting and foretelling line for the rest of the movie. Despite the presence of Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin, “Stand Up “Stand Up Guys” Guys” fails to be the entertaining Lions Gate experience it could have been. Entertainment “Stand Up Guys” stars Pacino, Our rating: Walken and Arkin as aged crimiH 1/2 nals who have long since given up their criminal ways. Valentine, played by Pacino, is a freshly released criminal who has a day to live a free life before his only friend and ex-criminal buddy, Doc, played by Walken, is forced to make the choice to end his life. “Stand Up Guys” is a movie that can’t seem to decide what it wants to be. Perhaps the best description of the movie is a crime dramedy, a mix of the crime, drama and comedy genres. The movie tries to keep its three genres but spreads itself thin. Within the crime genre, the characters’ felonies are referenced but never shown. While gun-shooting segments are seldom used they often seem purposeless or added for the sake of including action. On the comedy side, the film’s lackluster dialogue forces humor into scenes, such as Pacino struggling with erectile dysfunction disorder. As a drama, the film fails as well. Many scenes feature an attempted-iconic tone with dramatic shots accompanying ’70s music. Any scene that has dramatic potential is almost immediately broken up with either unfitting crime scenes or forced comedy. The worst part of “Stand Up Guys” is the script.

Any bit of wit the film may have had is immediately broken as Walken declares it is time to “Kick ass and chew bubblegum,” and that he is “All outta bubblegum.” When the film isn’t struggling with overcoming clichés, it frequents colorless humor and foreseeable, generic conflict. With the exception of Pacino, there is no notable acting present in the film, and even Pacino’s performance is unable to change a bad script. Walken’s emotionally void performance and strange line delivery hinders the films plausibility, while Arkin’s short role in the film seems largely unnecessary to the overall story. Ultimately, “Stand Up Guys” is held back from its potential because of its inability to stick to a theme, its poor script and its mostly bland cast.

First-time screenwriter Brian Tucker should have brainstormed more before sending “Broken City” to the big screen. The film follows corrupt Mayor Hostetler (Russell Crowe), who hires former New York City police officer Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlberg) to solve a case “Broken City” about Cathleen (Catherine 20th Century Zeta- Jones), the mayor’s wife. Fox With such a generic plot, Our rating: it was the acting that saved HH 1/2 the film. Wahlberg works well in the role of Billy, but it is vastly similar to his role in “Contraband.” In both movies, Wahlberg plays a character with a dark past who can coincidently shoot a gun. Wahlberg works with the script and makes the character’s conflicts believable. The power of Crowe’s character is captured by the use of mid shots throughout the film. In his campaign speeches or even in the office, the mid shots emphasize his power by putting him in the center of the setting. The script makes the plot slow moving, but the cinematography helps speed it up with fastpaced action. The setting of the movie, New York City, is also emphasized through the camera work. Whether it’s a crashing car chase, shots of the bridge or the dark streets at night, the film captures the city from every angle. The film has potential to be as powerful as antagonist mayor Hostetler, however it remains predictable. With too many plot holes, the film is left as “broken” as the city.

“Stand Up Guys” was directed by Fisher Stevens and written by Noah Haidle.

“Broken City” was directed by Allen Hughes and written by Brian Tucker.

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Concussions have been a focal point of conversation surrounding health and safety issues in football for several years. Head injuries even gained some presidential attention last week, when President Barack Obama weighed in on the state of athlete safety. “I’m a big football fan, but I have to tell you, if I had a son, I’d have to think long and hard before I let him play football,” Obama said in a Jan. 27 interview with The New Republic. Last spring, the suicide of former National Football League linebacker Junior Seau was linked to degenerative brain diseases brought on by the concussions he sustained in his playing career. Last month, Baltimore Ravens’ safety Bernard Pollard said the way the NFL is headed, he predicts someone will die on the field and the league will cease to exist. Obama said he is more worried about player safety at the collegiate level than any other. “Most [NFL players] are well-compensated for the violence they do to their bodies,” Obama said in the interview. “You read some of these stories about college players who undergo some of these same problems with concussions and so forth and then have nothing to fall back on.” This year, concussions have spiked at Ithaca College. To create a safe environment for athletes on campus, coaches, trainers and staff continue to work to treat and educate athletes about concussions. However, sometimes despite routine checkups and medical screenings from coaches and athletic trainers, pressure that players put on themselves can place them in a dangerous situation. Chris Hummel, associate professor of athletic training and football team athletic trainer, said concussions are usually the result of a hit to the head, causing a whiplash effect. The brain is jarred after a hit, bouncing it against the inside of the skull. The contact causes chemicals in the brain to unbalance. As a result, dizziness, blurred vi-

Left, senior wideout Joseph Ingrao takes a helmet to helmet hit from a defender last season. Right, senior wideout JJ Crandall receives a blow to the head from senior outside linebacker Connor Beerworth after catching a pass during the Bombers’ 27-24 victory over Union College last season.

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sion and nausea can set in, and in some cases, a loss of consciousness. According to Hummel, the entire football program, made up of about 150 players, reported 19 concussions last season. This is up from a nine per season average in the past seven years. Hummel said the increase in reported concussions can be attributed to a broader awareness of the dangers of concussions from incoming and veteran players, among other factors. Hummel said concussions are dangerous because they are unpredictable, both for trainers and players. Because the events of a concussion are sudden, players like Stremmel say they often do not even know it happened or even if they suffered a concussion.

“We cannot yet prove that the severity of the blow is equal to the severity of the symptoms,” Hummel said. Jorge Barrio, UCLA professor of neuroscience, said advancements in head injury detection and safety are constantly being made, and that early detection is the key to long-term safety for the athletes. To recognize concussive damage early, all athletes at the college are required to take what is called an “ImPACT” test. Before the season, an athlete takes an online test measuring reaction time, verbal memory and visual memory. These tests provide a baseline score for an athlete, so if he sustains a hit to the head, he retakes the test and the program compares the

THE ANATOMY OF A CONCUSSION A diagram on what happens to the brain that leads to a concussion


After initial impact, energy transmits through the helmet into the brain.


The force from impact causes the brain to hit against the skull bone and causes bruising.


Brain tissue swells and has no room to expand. The cranial pressure results in a concussion.


On the training side, Hummel said there is no way to truly tell if a hit has caused a concussion, no matter how hard the hit. Receiving a high-impact hit to the head does not always necessarily mean a concussion has occurred. Hummel said concussions may be sustained after an extremely mild hit and could even happen from merely sitting down in a chair too hard.

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score to his previous scores to determine if the athlete has been negatively affected by the hit. Once the damage has been assessed, there are steps that must be taken before an athlete is allowed to return to full play, including a seven to 10 day period of slowly acclimating the body to full contact football. Junior quarterback Phil Neumann said during

the recovery period from his concussion, routine checkups and medical screenings were done to ensure he was healthy enough return to the field. “They did a really good job of monitoring my progress when I had a concussion,” Neumann said. “They weren’t going to let me go out there, even to practice, unless I was 100 percent. I couldn’t be out there at 85 or 90 percent. It was 100 or I wasn’t playing.” Kyle Woody, associate professor of sport management and media, has worked with players all the way up to the NFL level and said he thinks the team puts the players’ safety above any other interest. Strict medical standards are in place, but if coaches and trainers don’t know about a head injury, they cannot effectively protect the athlete. Some athletes put pressure on themselves to stay on the field and don’t report their own concussion to the coaching staff. “There is almost that fear within the player community that ‘If I’m not on the field practicing, if I’m not in the weight room in the offseason training, if I’m not on the field game day, there is somebody who is going to take my spot,’” Woody said. “I think that does create that culture of pressure in those athletes. It’s an internal pressure of ‘You need to be on the field, and you need to perform.’” Stremmel said he has stayed in games after receiving big hits because of internal pressure. “I’ve always been so concentrated on the game or season that I had to keep going,” Stremmel said. “I don’t know if you can call it an ego thing or if it’s about pride, but I just never made it a priority for me to go get checked.” Woody said a culture of pride and focus on glory and achievement in sports as a point of validation can cause players to play through injuries to avoid the risk of being labeled “injury prone.” Despite some player pressures that keep athletes on the field while they are injured, the coaches make player health a priority. “From a coaching position, we put the athletes’ safety first and foremost,” Assistant Coach Mark McDonough said.

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Offensive ad hits big stage It was offensive to all sorts of people, and it was eventually voted worst ad of the night. Despite all this, may have had this year’s most effective Super Bowl commercial. It was initially hard for me to fathom this concept. The commercial featured supermodel Bar Refaeli making out with a geeky looking guy, with close ups that were way too close and sound effects that were way too clear. It prompted reactions like “ew,” “gross” and “I just threw up in my mouth” at my Super Bowl party. But it was still one of the commercials that you remembered, wasn’t it? Professor Scott Hamula, chair of the department of strategic communication, said that was the entire point of the ad and what made it so effective. “The advertising agency is saying that it was a strategic decision to make a terrible ad so that people would talk about it,” Hamula said. “And they still are talking about it a few days later. USA Today conducts an online poll each year, known as the “ad-meter,” and the winner of that competition is generally considered the most popular ad of the game. This year’s winner was the all-too-cute Budweiser ad about the baby Clydesdale growing up, while GoDaddy finished dead last. Despite the lack of popularity, the ad is generating a buzz with more than 1,500 news stories written about it — many about its gross-out factor, offensiveness and even for coming in last on the ad meter. “I think it was a mean-spirited ad,” Hamula said. “I think it stereotyped men, women, information technology people and models, and people are losing sight of that.” Hamula said Super Bowl commercials tend to fall into two camps: those that focus primarily on entertainment, hoping viewers will remember it was a particular brand that made the memorable commercial, and those that seek to connect the brand to the entertainment on the spot. Hamula said that GoDaddy has switched its strategy in the past two years and now tends to try to make a point about its service through the use of models and geeky characters. “It used to be shock-value, grab your attention and by the way — this is GoDaddy,” Hamula said. “This year and last year they have been pairing a model to represent the energy of GoDaddy with a geeky guy to say there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes.” GoDaddy pulled a fast one on the entire country. Everyone woke up Monday morning lambasting the commercial, but in the end, they were playing right into the company’s strategy. The 49ers could have used some of that “outside the box” thinking on their final three plays from the five-yard line during the actual game. nathan bickell is a senior documentary studies major. Contact him at

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Ankle injuries impede late-season stretch By Christian araos staff writer

Injuries to senior forwards Andrei Oztemel and Travis Warech have stifled the men’s basketball team’s momentum, contributing to the team losing two of its last three games heading into the final stretch of the regular season. Oztemel suffered a high ankle sprain late in the second half of the Bombers’ win against Hartwick on Jan. 26, and Warech also sprained his ankle late in the second half of the Blue and Gold’s next game, a loss against Scranton. Bomber Head Coach Jim Mullins said he is pessimistic that the duo will be available for this weekend’s games. Without the two forwards, the team has struggled on the boards with a six-rebound difference being instrumental in the Bombers’ 62-61 loss against Nazareth last Friday. The next day, Houghton’s 13 offensive rebounds kept the winless team in the game, until Ithaca pulled away to win by nine. Mullins said he is fully aware of the statistical impact Oztemel and Warech have on the team. “With Travis and Andrei both out, we’re around 28 points and 13 rebounds between those two guys,” Mullins said. “I don’t know if the rebounding is going to be made up, but we have to find some scoring out of other people.” The team currently has a two-game road trip ahead of them on the schedule. One game is against Hartwick College, a team that is currently a game and a half out of a postseason spot. The next is against Stevens Institute of Technology, a team tied with the Blue and Gold for first in the Empire 8. Given the importance of those games, Mullins said this is an unfortunate point in the season for the team to accumulate injuries. Oztemel said he is making slow progress toward a return he hopes will happen before the end of the regular season. “I personally want to come back for this coming weekend, but it’s not looking like that’s going to be possible,” Oztemel said. “I’ll be back for the senior weekend games.” The injuries have allowed for freshman center Andrew Brandt and freshman guard Chris Mcilvaine to get increased minutes. Mullins praised both players for their contributions. Brandt played 12 minutes in the loss against Nazareth, and Mcilvaine scored 11

From left, senior forwards Travis Warech and Andrei Oztemel look on during a basketball practice in Ben Light Gymnasium on Tuesday. Both have injuries keeping them sidelined for the past three games.

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points in 28 minutes coming off the bench in the win against Houghton. Mcilvaine said he and the other young players are ready to step in and contribute. “I’m not really sure what’s to come in the next few games,” Mcilvaine said. “I’m ready to do whatever the team needs to do in order to win.” Mullins also singled out both freshman forward Brad Johanson and freshman guard Sam Bevan for their performances Saturday. The big man Johanson scored nine points in 13 minutes, while Bevan added eight points and

four rebounds in 11 minutes of play. Mullins said with the critical pair of games against talented teams coming up this weekend, it will be a trial by fire for the freshmen class. “I was pleased with the freshmen class, but the problem is that there is a different skill set,” Mullins said. “Andrei and Travis have been big on the boards and scoring, and Travis has been great defensively. It isn’t just those points that we miss. If we can find those points, it’s still the defense and rebounding that we’re missing.

Senior class eyes fourth straight state championship By doug geller Staff writer

The Ithaca College women’s swimming and diving team has just one meet left prior to the New York state championships. With a win in the state meet, the senior class of 2013 would make Bomber history. The senior class entered the college as one of the largest groups ever recruited, with 15 swimmers and divers, though that number has been whittled down to 11. The Blue and Gold have a chance to win four state championships in four years — something that no other team at the college has ever done. This far into the senior class’ career, they have lost only once, to Bloomsburg College their freshman year, and tied just once against the University of Rochester last year. This season, the team is undefeated at 12-0, tallying wins of at least 50 points in half of their meets. The seniors have been key to the team’s success throughout their careers. Several members of the senior class even appear in the South Hill squad’s all-time record books. Senior Carly Jones alone shows up there 17 times. Individually, she holds records in the 200-yard individual medley and the 400-yard individual medley, while senior Madi Sherri holds the top marks in 100-yard breaststroke, the 400-yard medley relay and the

Senior diver Kloe Boeckel practices a new routine off the one-meter board during practice Tuesday in the Athletics and Events Center pool. Durst Breneiser/the ithacan

200-yard medley relay. Jones said she did not want to place too much emphasis on the career accomplishments of the senior class. She said the team wants to continue taking the season one meet at a time but also recognizes the magnitude of the accomplishment.

“I hadn’t thought of it before, but I don’t want to put too much pressure on getting all four championships in four years, but it’s definitely something to keep in mind,” Jones said. The team attributes its success to the love they have for each other, the

program and the sport. “The seniors care so much about the team,” senior diver Kloe Boeckel said. “We believe in each other and our team’s success because we know how hard the team works because we know we are going to do well.” Junior diver Korie Fackler said she wants to work hard to make sure the senior class can achieve this new milestone. She said she would be happy if the seniors were able to go out with another win. “I would be so sad, for them and myself, if we didn’t win this year,” Fackler said. “It would a great way for them to go out, and it would round out their experience. For me being a part of it, I want to make sure they are completely satisfied of what they did. We do it because we love it, and we did something that made us feel good.” She also said winning this year would set a precedent that future classes could follow to help move the program forward. Jones said she realizes the senior class’ time is coming to an end and that it has an opportunity to leave a lasting impression on swimmers and divers to come. “I want to leave a legacy,” Jones said. “To know we left an impact on the program as whole will be really nice.”

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Returning wrestler refocuses after injury By Steve Derderian Staff writer

Approaching the conference and national championships last season, the Bombers wrestling team’s record was 11–2. For junior captain Dominick Giacolone, this final stretch wasn’t in the cards. A knee injury suffered during a match against Stevens Institute of Technology forced him to be a spectator for the remainder of the championship run. Now that he is back on the mats for the Blue and Gold, Giacolone is trying to make up for lost time. The 141-pound captain finished 14–10 last season, and his return looks to bring an added energy to the team. Giacolone said he turned into the biggest team supporter last season because he knew many of his teammates had a shot of winning national championships. Now he faces the challenge of transitioning this charisma off the mat into wins on the mat. “It definitely gave me a different perspective on things,” he said. “I almost turned into an assistant coach and was helping the other guys get ready for matches.” Senior captain Jules Doliscar, who also made an appearance in last season’s national championship tournament, said Giacolone was especially inspiring, even as an underclassman. “He’s a dedicated and hardworking athlete who always wants to be out on the mats giving it

all he has,” Doliscar said. “I can’t imagine having to miss all that time after working since the fall and having to miss wrestling in the biggest part of the season. Giacolone said that he learned from teammate Jeremy Stierley that if he took his rehab seriously, he could be back on the mats in fighting form quickly. Giacolone’s brother Josh, who is in his first year as a member of the wrestling team this season, said it was tough hearing that his brother was injured because he was worried it may keep him from wrestling permanently. “Injuries happen all the time, but it’s really difficult when it happens to a member of your own family, because you just hope that it won’t affect [him] and hinder the rest of his life,” he said. Giacolone saw his first action this season on Jan. 5 at the NorthSouth Duals at Ursinus College. Giacolone won his first matchup of 2013 defeating PJ Schmitt from The College of New Jersey 2-1 by decision. This season he has won six of his nine matches in competition. Overall he has won 25 matchups, including an 11–4 record in his dual meet matchups. Although he was cleared to wrestle at the beginning of the new year, Giacolone said he has needed to take certain precautions, but when he’s actually in competition, he said, his injury has to become an afterthought.

Then-freshman Dominick Giacolone takes position against a Centenary College opponent during the 2010 Ithaca Invitational in Ben Light Gymnasium. Giacolone has come back this season after suffering from a knee injury. file photo/the ithacan

“I’ve been doing my best not to think about it when I’m out there,” he said. “I think if you’re too worried about getting hurt again, you’re not really helping the team or helping yourself do your best.” Doliscar said that Giacolone

was an important asset to the team last year, and having him back is a positive influence on the team’s performance. Head Coach Marty Nichols said he sees improvement in Giacolone’s wrestling and technique but still said there is work

that needs to be done. “He’s not back to where he was when his season ended last year,” Nichols said. “He’s come a long way, and to fight back the way he did shows a lot of character and patience on his part.”

Look online and on our Twitter for game stories from these sports: THURSDAY • 7 p.m. Wrestling vs. SUNY-Oneonta in Ben Light Gymnasium

FRIDAY • 6 p.m. Men’ s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field for the Ithaca Quad Meet in Glazer Arena • 6 p.m. Women’s Basketball at Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y. • 8 p.m. Men’s Basketball at Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y.


• 1 p.m. Gymnastics at Cornell University • 10 a.m. Women’s Indoor Track and Field at Cornell Kane Invitational • 2 p.m. Women’s Basketball at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J. • 4 p.m. Men’s Basketball at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J.

TuesDAY • 6 p.m. Women’s Basketball vs. Houghton College in Ben Light Gymnasium • 8 p.m. Men’s Basketball vs. Houghton College in Ben Light Gymnasium

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Club hockey to lose high-powered senior class by Karly Redpath Contributing writer

As the referee skates to the center of the rink, the Ithaca College men’s club ice hockey team’s first line takes the ice. The five players stand ready as the puck falls, and the centers fight for possession. After a moment, junior center and team captain Rory Foster bats the puck to one of the other players on his line. Chances are that whoever gets the puck will be a senior. The team has had one of the best seasons in recent years. With an 11–11 record and the end of the season coming up in the next few weeks, the team still has the chance to make the postseason. With nine graduating seniors, there is going to be a great deal of talent to make up for come next year. Foster said the seniors’ leadership and openness has not only allowed the team to make another push for the playoffs this year but has also created an environment that every player loves. Many of the seniors on the club hockey team have been playing since their freshman year. They account for 142 of the 219 total points in the season, and four out of the top five point scorers are graduating this coming May. Foster said the team knows it is losing members who are an integral part of the squad. “It’s going to have a major impact, losing such important, vital parts of the team,” Foster said. “You know, they’re leaders, and they’ve played really great hockey for us for the past four years. With a senior-heavy team, it’s going to be tough to replace that leadership.” But despite this, many of the seniors are confident the team will continue to be successful in the following seasons. “We kind of have our identity this year,” senior defender TJ Lane said. “But [the team next year] is just going to have to fill in for a lot of the seniors with some new guys and maybe come up with like a new system or strategies to fit their new players. Overall I think they have a good

base, so they can definitely do well next year.” Creating this identity is something the players believe will take some time. Senior forward and co-team captain Tim Finnerty said the chemistry the seniors have on the ice is something that not only developed from becoming friends and gaining each other’s trust off the ice but also can be accredited to playing and practicing with each other for years. “I’ve been playing with [Chris] Menzel for four years now, so I just know where he is on the ice,” Finnerty said. “I think that when you play with them for a while you just know where they’re going to be, and it helps with the chemistry, helps with putting points on the board.” For many of the seniors, continuing their hockey careers on the club team allowed them to be competitive in a setting that is not as demanding as being on a varsity squad. Many of them have become close friends after spending so much time together on the team. “There are some great guys on the team; we’re really kind of like a family,” Finnerty said. “We all go out there and play hard, but we also hang out with each other on the weekend. So its not just going to practice or to the game, its like we’re part of a family.” Looking to next year, Foster said there is going to be some needed preparation to fill the hole left by such important players. “We’re going to be doing a lot of recruiting, hopefully bring some guys into the fold, and with that we’re hoping that everything else just kind of falls into place,” Foster said. All of the seniors have been playing hockey for more than 10 years, and these final games on Ithaca’s club hockey team mark the end of their long careers. While some haven’t even thought about it being the end, others look forward to their future careers grimly. Senior defender Wayne Giovinazzo said that finishing this season will be bittersweet. “Playing in these last few games is definitely

Then-junior forward and team captain Tim Finnerty takes control of the puck in a Jan. 2012 game against SUNY-Cortland. This year, four of the top five point scorers will be graduating. File Photo/the ithacan

going to be upsetting,” Giovinazzo said. “After this I’m going to have to start playing in a beer league where you can’t hit, can’t fight, can’t have any more fun.” But there are others that are only looking as far ahead as playoffs coming up in a few weeks.

“I’m definitely going to give my all in the rest of the regular season games,” Lane said. “I want to win and make playoffs, so I’m going to try my hardest. It’s going to be sad when it’s over though. I definitely have to cherish every second I have left on the ice.”

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Sports tidbits for the less-than-casual sports fan Assistant Sports Editor Emily Hull offers a few sports topics to use at the bar, a party or an awkward lull in conversation.

• Following the anti-gay remarks that earned him public criticism last week, 49ers cor­ nerback, Chris Culliver, was subject to even more judgment. A second grade class from Elmwood Franklin School in Buffalo, N.Y., de­ cided to correct one of his tweets. The class chose his tweet — “I pray to God I’m never dieing broke” — corrected “dieing” to the correct spelling “dying” and added a period at the end. Athletes should probably focus more on their Twitter grammar, or they too could be subject to the students’ edits. • British soccer player DJ Campbell left nego­ tiations for what he told his bosses at Hull City A.F.C. was a meal. In actuality, Campbell left to meet with Blackburn Rovers F.C. Hull believed they had a deal, but Blackburn had made Campbell a £4.3 million, three-and-ahalf-year contract behind their back. Hull’s manager, Steve Bruce, blasted Campbell for his lack of professionalism with the ordeal.

Knockin’ noggins

From left, senior Max Grigri of Biscuits and Gravy looks on as teammate senior Brett Blueweiss collides with Ithacalona sophomore Silvio Acevedo on Monday night in Ben Light Gymnasium. Ithacalona defeated Biscuits and Gravy 5-4.

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On this day in...



Assistant Sports Editor Emily Hull breaks down important moments in pro sports and Bombers sports history that occurred Feb. 7.

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Darryl Sittler set the NHL record for recording 10 points in a single game. Both Maurice Richard and Bert Olmstead of the Montreal Canadiens held the previous record of eight points. In the game against the Boston Bruins, Sittler scored six goals and had four assists in the 11-4 victory. Sittler’s record still stands today, and with NHL teams rarely scoring more than 10 points per game, it’s likely to stand for a long time.


The women’s swimming and diving team beat Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., 129-114. This win improved the Bombers’ record to 11–3 on the season. This performance ended their dual meet season with the most victories in six years and matched the school record for wins in a season. Then-freshman Kelly Murphy won the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 10:52.08. It was the sixth-fastest time in school history.


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Last Thursday, the New York Post broke that NFL Hall of Famer and former Miami Dolphins quarter­ back Dan Marino had an affair with a CBS pro­ duction assistant, Donna Savattere, in 2005. This affair resulted in the birth of their daughter, Chloe. Ma­ rino paid Savattere an undisclosed amount to keep quiet and move to Texas “to protect all parties involved.” “This is a personal and private matter. I take full responsibility both per­ sonally and financially for my actions now as I did then,” he told The Post in a written statement. Marino, who is widely known for his squeaky-clean image, has been married for nearly 30 years and has six children with his wife Claire: four sons and two adopted daughters. The announcement came on the couple’s 28th wedding anniversary. The birth of baby Chloe came just two months prior to Marino’s Hall of Fame induc­ tion, where son Daniel made a tribute to his father. According to Marino, his marriage and family are still intact. CBS released a statement that Marino would assume his usual role as a host during Super Bowl coverage. —Emily Hull

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Freshman Kayla Prior jumps over the last hurdle in a preliminary heat for the 60-meter hurdles Saturday afternoon during the Bomber Invitational in the Athletics and Events Center. The women’s indoor track team broke three A&E Center records and qualified for seven different events for the upcoming Eastern Collegiate Athletics Conference on March 1. Durst Breneiser/the ithacan