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Council vote to shift finals spurs debate by Sara Friedman staff writer
amount of aid is gradually going to go away all together anyway.” Cuomo’s budget also includes a decrease of $53,000 in aid to the City of Ithaca, lessening the city’s state aid total to an estimated $2.6 million. Ithaca shoulders an approximate $3.5 million deficit
The decision to shift the final exam schedule for Fall 2011 to accommodate Christmas plans of students, faculty and staff sparked debate Tuesday at the Ithaca College Faculty Council meeting. In a letter submitted to the Faculty WOODWARD said Council, Pe- students’ holiday plans were altered ter Rothbart, a by exam schedule. council member and professor of music theory, history and composition, said the final exam schedule favors one religious group over others and gives observant Jews less time to study for exams. In the original fall academic calendar, final exams fell on the week of Dec. 19, making the last day of final exams, a Friday, the day before Christmas Eve. The new calendar, which was approved in a 13-to-nine vote Tuesday, will shift exams back a day to be held from Sunday, Dec. 18 through Thursday, Dec. 22. Gregory Woodward, interim provost and vice president of academic affairs, said the council decided to amend the original schedule after receiving complaints from the families of resident assistants. Because resident assistants at the college are required to stay an extra day on campus, Woodward said the schedule prevented some students from spending Christmas Eve with their families. “A parent called me recently and said, ‘I want you to be informed that this is difficult for my daughter who is an RA, and she has to be in her dorm room until Saturday, Dec. 23 at noon,’” he said. “Because of the national holiday it would be almost impossible for her to get home to California, and it seems to me like that would be a pretty harsh schedule to impose on a student.” Woodward said exams for classes with the fewest students will be held Sunday and Thursday. Larger classes will be scheduled between Monday and Wednesday. Professor of mathematics and council member John Rosenthal, who read Rothbart’s letter in his absence, said exams on Fridays do not work well for observant Jewish traditions. With Shabbat starting at sundown on Friday night, students have a limited amount of time to study. Observant Jews are not supposed to work on Shabbat, which goes from Friday to Saturday night.
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by melanie breault senior writer
Heading west on Route 222 toward St. Anthony’s Cemetery in nearby Groton, N.Y., American flags hang over phrases such as, “‘We the People’ ask where is the legal system,” “Cornell violated the federal Clery Act” and “Why is Pres. Obama and the F.B.I. covering up terrorism-torture and murder for Cornell?” John Beck, a former part-time employee of Cornell University, has been waging a campaign against Cornell since he was fired in August 2003. He claims Cornell has abused animals and wrongfully terminated his employment and that the town of Groton is eck john b attempting to violate his freedom of speech. He has gone so far f o y s Courte as to write President Barack Obama nine times about Cornell.
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Tuition may rise as result of NY budget proposal by Patrick Duprey staff writer
In a budget proposal that aims to close the state’s $10 billion deficit, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced cuts in funding for private schools such as Ithaca College that will likely increase tuition and room and board fees. If approved by the state legislature, Cuomo’s $132.9 billion budget will take effect April 1, when the next fiscal year begins. The budget includes a reduction of 2.7 percent, or $3.7 billion, in government spending, including state aid cuts to the City of Ithaca for the 2011-12 fiscal year. Carl Sgrecci, vice president of finance and administration, said state funding to the college would be cut by 10 percent if the budget is enacted. The reduction would shrink the college’s Bundy Aid, which Sgrecci said is a program that provides direct financial aid based on the number of students the college graduates. Sgrecci said the college currently receives about $600,000 per year in Bundy Aid, so a 10 percent reduction would result in a loss of about $60,000. Sgrecci said the decrease in state aid is likely to be treated like an increase in salaries or utilities, meaning an increase in student fees is likely to accompany the lost revenue. “We will either have to cut expenses in some way or raise additional revenue,” he said. “As for additional revenue, 95 percent of the college’s operating budget is funded in some way from students and their families in tuition, room, board and other charges. That is why all those fees go up each year.” The college’s Bundy Aid has declined substantially over the past 15 years, when Sgrecci said the college collected as much as $2 million annually. He said the state legislature has since
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2011-12 budget proposal will beef up funding for some programs and cut from others.
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decided to decrease public funding to private colleges and universities. “On an overall college budget of about $208 million, $60,000 is a very small amount, particularly when you compare it to the magnitude of the cuts the SUNY and community colleges are facing,” he said. “In the college’s longterm financial planning, we have assumed this
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Nation&World Egypt activists defy VP’s warning
Egypt’s anti-government activists called on supporters yesterday to expand their demonstrations in defiance of the vice president’s warning that protests calling for President Hosni Mubarak’s ouster would not be tolerated for much longer. Vice President Omar Suleiman, who is managing the crisis, raised the prospect of a new crackdown on protesters Tuesday when he told Egyptian newspaper editors there could be a “coup” unless demonstrators agree to enter negotiations. The protesters insist they won’t talk before Mubarak steps down, which the president is refusing to do. For the first time, protesters were calling forcefully for labor strikes yesterday after Suleiman warned that calls by some protesters for a campaign of civil disobedience are “very dangerous for society, and we can’t put up with this at all.” Officials have made a series of pledges not to attack, harass or arrest the activists in recent days, followed by Suleiman’s thinly veiled threat of a new crackdown.
Republicans deny more bailouts
A leading House Republican says that even as struggling state and local governments seek federal help to make it through widespread budget problems, “The era of the bailout is over.” North Carolina Republican Rep. Patrick McHenry said yesterday that Washington simply doesn’t have the money to help states make it through their fiscal problems. McHenry chairs a subcommittee of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that oversees federal bailouts, which was holding a hearing on the issue. Washington has pumped billions of dollars to state and local governments during the past two years from President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus program. But that aid is ending, and states and municipalities face huge projected deficits for this year and next.
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Pakistan’s prime minister dissolved his 50-plus-member cabinet yesterday in order to replace it with a smaller group in response
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to demands for greater financial savings in the economically struggling country. The dissolution of the cabinet, which included a mass resignation by ministers, also is a concession to opposition leaders whose support the government wants to pass economic reforms insisted upon by international lenders whose funds Pakistan relies on.
India begins nationwide census
Millions of census workers fanned out across India yesterday as they began a mammoth effort to document every person in the world’s second most populous country over the next three weeks. President Pratibha Devisingh Patil was the first of the estimated 1.17 billion Indians to be counted at her pink sandstone presidential palace. Next, Congress Party chief Sonia Gandhi sat with the census-takers under a banyan tree in her yard while inspecting and signing off on a 29-point questionnaire listing income, religion, education and access to basic utilities among other topics. The details may help authorities identify areas where neglect is high, where poverty is particularly rife and where high numbers of people are unable to read or work. India could soon rival China as the world’s most populous country with a yearly growth rate of about 1.4 percent, while China — with about 1.3 billion people — is growing at a much lower 0.49 percent, according to 2010 estimates listed by the CIA World Fact Book.
U.S. focuses on cocaine groups
The U.S. is opening a new front in the battle against Colombian cocaine producers focused on about 30 emerging groups seeking to replace once-powerful drug cartels that have largely been dismantled, Miami U.S. Attorney Willy Ferrer said yesterday. The new investigation of so-called Bandas Criminales, or BACRIM for short, will be run by a first-in-the-nation unit of three prosecutors in Ferrer’s office along with agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Colombian authorities. Ferrer announced a key indictment on drug
Shabbat Services will begin at 6 p.m. in Muller Chapel. Shabbat Dinner will begin at 7:15 p.m. in Terrace Dining Hall.
Catholic Mass will be held at 1 and 9 p.m. in Muller Chapel. Arts Across Campus, sponsored by the Inter-fraternity Council, will be held from noon to 5 p.m. in Emerson Suites.
Riot police spray teargas at protesting transport workers in Athens yesterday. Workers took part in strikes this week against the latest round of austerity measures. Greece’s socialist government is cutting overspending in return for international bailout loans worth 110 billion euro through 2012. Petros Giannakouris/associated press
trafficking charges of the leader of one of the organizations, 39-year-old Diego Perez Henao, who is also known as Diego Rastrojo and whose Rastrojos group is among Colombia’s most powerful and violent. Nine other BACRIM members and associates have also been charged in South Florida in recent months.
Iran warns against support protest Iran’s state prosecutor yesterday said the opposition should not stage its own rally in support of Egyptian protesters, warning of repercussions if it does so. Opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mahdi Karroubi have asked for permission to hold a rally Monday to honor the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia. State Prosecutor Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehi said those seeking to show solidarity for Egypt should join a state-organized rally marking the 32nd anniversary of
Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution Friday. Ejehi said choosing another date would be isolating and politically motivated, state media reported.
Winter weather results in injuries
Winter hurts, and never more so than this year across the battered Northeast as doctors report seeing a spike in strained muscles from shoveling snow, broken bones from slick stairs and sidewalks and dangerously low blood banks as fewer people venture out. Many areas have enjoyed a recent reprieve from what has become a routine of heavy snowfall every few days, but a blast of frigid air expected to sweep across the region yesterday portends a new round of hazards as freshly melted snow freezes again and coats roads and walkways with a fresh layer of ice. SOURCE: Associated Press
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Financial Aid Night, an event to help students fill out FAFSA forms correctly, will begin at 7 p.m. in Friends 201. The event is sponsored by Brothers 4 Brothers.
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Meditation Minyan will begin at 11 a.m. in Muller Chapel.
Dating Game, sponsored by IC After Dark, will begin at 9 p.m. in IC Square.
“Captured,” Clayton Patterson’s documentary of New York City’s Lower East Side, will screen at 7 p.m. in Textor 102. A question and answer session will follow the screening.
Brown Bag Lunch, sponsored by the Anthropology Club, will be held from 12:05 to 1:10 p.m. in Williams Hall 222.
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Evensong, a Protestant Community worship service, will begin at 9:30 p.m. in Muller Chapel. Holy Heretics! is an informal religious discussion that will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. in the IC Square meeting room. The discussion is sponsored by the IC Catholic Community.
Last week, The Ithacan reported students could receive credit counseling from Consumer Credit Counseling Services, but that service is only available for faculty and staff members.
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Enter the ring with Michael Reyes, one of several students who trains at a mixed martial arts facility in downtown Ithaca.
Check out this week’s 1-on-1 with senior Chris Cruz-Rivas of the men’s basketball team.
Watch and listen as a student and professor read from their fiction works based on the Tompkins Square Park Riot of 1988.
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College recognized for sustainability By amanda fox staff writer
The Peggy Ryan Williams Center recently achieved the highest possible national recognition of sustainability — a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum certification — from the U.S. Green Building Council. The certification aligns the center with the ranks of Ithaca College’s Dorothy D. and Roy H. Park Center for Business and Sustainable Enterprise and puts the college in a league with Yale University as one of two academic institutions in the nation to have two buildings with a platinum certification. Marian Brown, special assistant to the provost and vice president of academic affairs, said the honor shows the college’s efforts to become more sustainable have been noticed. “To have a few LEED Platinum buildings really puts us in an elite group of institutions," she said. The LEED system awards points based on categories such as indoor environmental quality, materials and resources and water efficiency. Sustainable features in the Peggy Ryan Williams Center include a vegetated roof area that reduces airborne pollutants and adds oxygen to the atmosphere as well as sensors that control light fixtures and ventilation that are based on natural light levels and room occupancy in an effort to conserve electricity. The building also has a 12,000-gallon tank that collects rainwater below the garden from the roof, which lends itself to more than 85 percent of the building’s yearly water needs. The Dorothy D. and Roy H. Park Center for Business and Sustainable Enterprise and the Peggy Ryan Williams Center were designed to use 30 to 40 percent less energy than comparable buildings of their size, which Brown said carries a direct financial benefit. The Peggy Ryan Williams Center uses $77,500 every year in electricity and natural gas combined, which saves the college more than $35,000 per year, Brown said. She said the link between the Dillingham Center and Job Hall received LEED Gold certification. In addition, she said the college has made a commitment to achieve at least LEED Silver certifications for all new construction and renovation projects,
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The Peggy Ryan Williams Center has joined the ranks of Yale University as a designated LEED Platinumcertified building. This is the highest possible standard for measuring building sustainability. Michelle boulé/the ithacan
including the Athletic and Events Center. “It gives us an opportunity to learn what works — both for new construction and also technologies that we might employ as we upgrade our existing buildings to become more sustainable,” Brown said. Junior Margaret Keating, co-president of the Ithaca College Environmental Society, said the certification puts the college on the map in terms of sustainability practices. “It makes the Peggy Ryan Williams Center and the business school models for other schools and green culture,” Keating said. Brown said there are no renovation projects currently scheduled, but the college is looking at ways to make the Quad Residence Halls, which were built in the 1960s, more sustainable and energy-saving. Mark Darling, sustainable programs coordina-
tor, said LEED is becoming a standard in construction across the country, and having more sustainable buildings yields having a more attractive campus. “The buildings are certainly making a statement about what you should expect when you come to Ithaca College,” Darling said. “I’ve already heard statements from the community that this puts us on the map as a sustainable institution.” Keating said colleges have a large impact on the environment because of the high amount of energy they use throughout the country. Keating said it is important that people are aware of sustainability practices because of harmful long-term effects. “It’s essential that colleges and universities create the most sustainable future possible,” she said. “It may not seem like a factor in the environment now but it will for future generations.”
Substance-free housing bothers some residents By nicole ogrysko staff writer
While substance-free living at Ithaca College may be a supportive alternative for some students, others find that living in Hood Hall is not their ideal option. Though Hood Hall serves as a substance-free housing option, Vickie Woodhead, residence director for Holmes, Hood, Hilliard and Eastman halls, said Hood received two drug and alcohol policy violations in the hall last semester. Some students who did not choose to live in the residence hall have shown frustration with Hood’s policies. At the beginning of a semester, students living in Hood sign a substance-free agreement, which states they will refrain from using illegal drugs, alcohol and tobacco in the hall. Residents cannot enter under the influence of alcohol or drugs and are responsible for the actions of guests. Investigator Tom Dunn said since 1998, Hood Hall has received six drug violations, two alcohol complaints and six irresponsible alcohol use violations. The latest violation occurred Sunday for irresponsible use of alcohol. Woodhead said three out of about 108 students in Hood did not choose to sign the agreement. However, students who do not sign the contract are still held to the same standards. “A few people did not want to
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sign it because they did not want to live in substance-free housing,” Woodhead said. “They were [some] of the people that were placed there because there really just wasn’t any room on campus.” Freshman Rafael Ferreira said he was placed in Hood Hall and did not choose to live there. Ferreira said he filled out a change-of-housing form at the beginning of the school year and has been on the waiting list since then. “I’m not necessarily pleased with it,” he said. “I could understand if they could take [my situation] into more consideration since I’ve been trying since the beginning of the year." Linda Koenig, assistant director for housing services and communications, said there could be several reasons for a student to remain on the waiting list. “It would depend on what their preferences are,” she said. “If they’re looking for something very specific, we might not have it.” Ferreira said a few of his friends received written warnings for smoking on the balconies of Hood Hall earlier in the school year. “There’s a handful of people in Hood Hall that abide by the agreement, but me personally, I know there’s quite a few kids who don’t really go by it,” he said. Freshman Jarrett Linowes said he was placed in Hood Hall when he couldn’t find housing. Linowes said he was written up by a resident assis-
Freshmen Jarrett Linowes, Andrey Stejko and Rafael Ferreira, who say they did not choose to live in Hood Hall, hang out yesterday in the residence hall.
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tant for having “suspected beer cans.” He plans to look for different housing next year. “It’s really quiet here, and sometimes too quiet,” Linowes said. “I feel like I’m watched closer just because it’s a substance-free dorm." However, sophomore Marissa D’Ambrosio, also a Hood resident, said many students who live in the hall choose to because of its location and quiet environment. “I do live a substance-free life,” she said. “I don’t go out or drink or smoke any substances, so for me, it was a great fit.” Junior Benjamin White-Patarino, a resident assistant in Hood Hall, said students who choose to live there tend to obey the substance-free agreement,
but it can be frustrating dealing with students who are forced to live in the building and disobey the contract. “There are some people who are here who don’t want to be here who completely throw away that contract and become problems,” he said. Woodhead said the entire building is expected to help implement substance-free policies in the Hood community and encourages students to contact her with concerns about others violating the agreement. “It all comes down to community enforcement,” she said. “If every single resident in the building signed this agreement but no one wanted to report what was going on, then there’s only so much that me and my staff can do.”
Though last year’s hysteria of the H1N1 virus or “swine flu” is long over, the flu is spreading across campus again — including the H1N1 strain. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Jan. 1 that flu activity was increasing across the country. Sixteen HALL-RHOADES states reported did not anticipate seeing the H1N1 regional flu strain this year. activity, while eight states, including New York, reported widespread geographic flu activity. Laura Keefe, manager of health center operations at the Hammond Health Center, said so far this year the center has diagnosed 58 students with “influenza-like symptoms." Twelve cases have been confirmed with laboratory testing, and nine have been confirmed as H1N1 by the New York State Department of Health. Heather Stone, Gannett Health Services public health communications specialist, said since the start of the spring semester, there have been 157 diagnosed cases of the flu at Cornell University. Dr. Erin Hall-Rhoades, assistant director of health services at the Health Center, said she wasn't expecting to see the H1N1 strain. “There is never a year when you don’t expect the seasonal flu, but most of the state has been seeing H3,” Hall-Rhoades said. “It was a little surprising for us to be seeing H1N1.” Sophomore Leah Bianco was diagnosed Friday at the Health Center with the flu and said being sick prevented her from competing in a track meet Saturday. “I had a cough, fever, aches all over, chills and really bad sinus pressure,” Bianco said. “I missed all my classes Friday, but luckily I had the weekend to recover.” Keefe said though last year H1N1 vaccines were separate from the seasonal flu vaccine, the two types have been combined into one shot this year. More than 700 seasonal flu vaccines have been administered at the college. Karen Bishop, supervising community health nurse for the Tompkins County Health Department, said flu cases spike at this time of year and taper off by spring. “We see more flu incidents here when both the Ithaca College and Cornell campuses come alive the second semester,” she said. “[Flu season] can last well into April." Bishop said for those who know they have the flu, the sooner they get evaluated by a health care professional, the more effective antiviral treatment will be. Hall-Rhoades said the best prevention is the vaccine. “Immunization rates are lower than we would like among college students," she said. "It's not too late to get immunized." The Health Center is offering flu shots to the campus community between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday. Call 274-3177 with questions.
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Town dismisses zoning hearing Signs from page 1
While working part time on the dairy farm of the Teaching and Research Center at Cornell, Beck said, he was terminated for insubordination for refusing to stop feeding feral cats on the property. “The reason I am speaking out against Cornell is the president of Cornell fired me for feeding these non-research animals, which Cornell has been feeding for over 40 years,” he said. After his termination, Beck sued Cornell on the grounds of negligence and prima facie tort, alleging he was fired out of “spite and without justification.” Beck said he also sued Cornell to recover $28 worth of wages from the day he was terminated. “The Constitution and the Bill of Rights say if there is a dispute of more than $20, you are allowed to go to court for a jury, and these judges denied me that,” Beck said. Cornell representatives declined to comment on Beck’s case. According to State of New York Supreme Court documents, in July 2003, Cornell determined that its policy of feeding and caring for feral cats was to end because of concerns that their reproducing posed a risk of the spread of a parasitic disease to dairy cattle and employees. Beck continued to feed the cats with food he purchased and said Cornell was directing him to violate Section 353 of the Agriculture and Markets Law, which prohibits injury to wild or tame animals. “Cornell ordered students and Cornell workers to torture by starvation Cornell’s own non-research kitty cats to such an ungodly death,” Beck said. “New York state law says once you start feeding an animal, whether it’s yours or not, you cannot quit feeding it. It’s a crime.” The court found that the withholding of food from feral animals is not a violation of Section 353 of the Agriculture and Markets Law and therefore did not state a cause of action. The case was dismissed, but Beck appealed to the New York State Appellate Division, which also confirmed the Supreme Court properly dismissed the case. The court also found no legal support for Beck’s claim that he was entitled to be paid for the day he was fired. According to the appellate division court summary, Cornell “initially provided food for the cats and paid for them to be spayed, neutered and
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vaccinated.” The Cortland County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals investigated the matter and found no evidence of animal cruelty. “Feral cats are wild animals for all intents and purposes,” Bill Carr, chief law enforcement officer for the Cortland County SPCA, said. “It doesn’t make you responsible for them under New York state law.” Carr said if a person leaves food and water out for stray or feral cats, New York state health law says it is the responsibility of the person to have the animal vaccinated, but that is their only responsibility. Carr also said the case was sent to the district attorney’s office, which declined to prosecute. After losing his battle in courts, Beck took his message to the street. Beck was due to appear in court Tuesday for exceeding zoning re-
quirements for the Town of Groton until the case was dismissed without prejudice, which allows for re-filing of the case in the future. Gary Coats, code enforcement officer of the town of Groton, said any person could have 50 square — John Beck feet of signs with no more than two signs in a zoned area. Coats said Beck’s signs exceed that limit. “Two or three years ago, I said, ‘Mr. Beck, you’ve got a message you want to get out. My problem is, you’ve got too many signs doing it,” Coats said. “How long will it take you, do you think, to get your message out?’” Coats said he gave Beck three months to take the signs down, but when the deadline came, Beck refused to remove them. “His response was that they’re freedom of speech, and they’re art,” he said. “I don’t dispute the freedom of
“It’s not really what they did to me; it’s the animals. The people should demand all animals be removed from Cornell’s control.”
speech. I don’t deny that it’s art. I just say that there’s too many there.” Since the case was dismissed without prejudice, Coats said the local courts can merely fine Beck, but he believes the case will go to the Tompkins County Supreme Court. “The town has gotten numerous complaints, and they are all documented, and they are all part of the case,” Coats said. “The town wants to get the signs down to what’s allowed by zoning.” Still, Beck said he believes Cornell should face criminal charges for what he considers to be “animal abuse.” Jim Kane, a farmer and one of Beck’s neighbors, said Beck will continue to fight, but seeing results is unlikely. “I wouldn’t bet the farm on it,” he said. “You can’t take down Cornell. It’s like taking down a big corporation.” Equipped with his red and white hat, which reads, “John Beck says Cornell is a Terrorist University,” Beck said he is determined to have his day in court. “It’s not really what they did to me; it’s the animals,” he said. “The people should demand all animals be removed from Cornell’s control.”
Council debates religious discrimination Finals from page 1
James Touchton, chaplain of the Protestant community, said the modifications are not ideal, but he understands it’s difficult to find a system that is convenient for every student. “We’ll work around it,” he said. “I would rather not have students have an exam on ROTHBART said Sunday if I had my preference. the calendar excludes major I also understand the logistics religious groups. of trying to figure out a system that’s going to work for the entire college.” Rothbart said the college should accommodate all of the cultural needs of its constituents in order to avoid favoritism. In the upcoming year, Rosh Hashanah will start on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at sundown, and Yom Kippur will begin on Friday,
Oct. 7. Passover will begin Friday, April 6. “The larger issue, one that reflects an inherent bias, is that we are accommodating Christian students’ religious observations while refusing the importance of Jewish student observations, which are between eight to 10 percent of the selfidentified student populations,” Rothbart said in his letter. Local colleges deal with religious holidays differently. Cornell University holds classes on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, but Syracuse University and SUNY schools do not. Woodward said though he believes Rothbart’s point of view is valid, he can’t do anything about giving days off for religious holidays. “One also has to realize there are many other religions that have all kinds of issues, like Ramadan and Kwanzaa,” he said. “If you really play it out to the Nth degree, I don’t think that we would be able to go to college. We recognize all national holidays and all religious commitments,
and we don’t penalize for that.” The current college policy allows students and faculty to miss classes for religious holidays, Woodward said. Other members of the Faculty Council criticized the current academic calendar’s inconvenience at the meeting and urged the college to adopt a calendar that would allow the fall semester to end earlier. The committee discussed cutting the Labor Day holiday and shortening Thanksgiving break as potential ways to end classes earlier in December. Steve Gordon, a council member and assistant professor of television-radio, said the new schedule is the best that can be done for now. “We need to advertise our ability to make accommodations and do so in the future — maybe look at the Thanksgiving holiday,” he said. “Very few schools take a full week. We come back, and there’s no time left before school’s up, and it’s a little odd. It’s a place that we can look to change in the future.”
in a general fund budget of around $50 million. Alderwoman Jennifer Dotson, chair of the Common Council’s Planning and Economic D e v el o p m e nt Committee, said she is upset with the governor’s budget cuts, given the estimated $3.5 CUOMO said it is million deficit time for New York of the city. to stop wasting all “It’s very un- of its resources. reasonable to then pass on that [budget] problem to localities, to transit systems, to those who really can’t afford to take those cuts, to lay off people, et cetera,” she said. “It’s really, really disturbing to me.” Dotson said the city’s lawmakers and Mayor Carolyn Peterson met on Jan. 31 to discuss budgetary priorities for 2012. Dotson said these meetings generally don’t begin until the fall, but the city’s current fiscal woes have created a sense of urgency. Dotson said she fears cuts in Ithaca state aid will force City Hall to discuss the potential of laying off some of the 400 city workers Ithaca employs. The council members are considering the possibility of furloughs or shortened workweeks for city workers to avoid layoffs, Dotson said. She also questioned whether the city will be able to sustain important services, such as garbage pickup and snow removal. Labeling New York state as “functionally bankrupt,” Cuomo emphasized his budget will erase the state’s deficit without raising taxes or introducing new borrowing in a Feb. 1 press release. “New York is at a crossroads, and we must seize this opportunity, make hard choices and set our state on a new path toward prosperity,” he said. “We simply cannot afford to keep spending.” Gary Ferguson, executive director of the Downtown Ithaca Alliance, said he’s worried budget cuts will only worsen the economy. “One of the concerns that I’ve certainly had — and I have it at the state level, and I have it at the local level — is that when we’re in tough times like this, the thing you want to be careful about not doing is getting rid of efforts to grow your economy,” he said. Ferguson said for economic development to continue, job growth is necessary to expand the tax base, which allows governments to provide the funds for public services. Though the proposed budget does not alter Tuition Assistance Program funding, it pledges to cut aid to state and city universities and community colleges by 10 percent. In addition, Cuomo left the door open for the dismissal of as many as 9,800 state employees if union members cannot reach a wage agreement with him. “This state’s deficit was caused partly by the national recession,” he said. “But it was also caused by the very simple fact that our government spends too much money and has for too long.”
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Groups to fill stomachs after Hunger Banquet by francesca toscano contributing writer
One in 12 people worldwide is malnourished. However, sophomore Elizabeth Stoltz, president of Food for Thought, knows that statistic can change. “This isn’t If you Go a problem Oxfam America that can’t be Hunger Banquet solved,” she When: 6 p.m. said. “There Feb. 22 is enough Where: Emerson food for evSuites eryone to How much: Free have a proper meal every day, and there are little steps we can take to reach that major goal.” Ithaca College’s Food for Thought and Stop Wasting Ithaca’s Food Today, also known as SWIFT, are working together to increase awareness of the large number of malnourished people in the world by hosting the Oxfam America Hunger Banquet. The groups will be accepting non-perishable food items for the Tompkins County Food Distribution Network. Oxfam America was founded in 1970 by a group of volunteers in response to the fight for independence in Bangladesh. The nonprofit organization holds hunger banquets and other programs to educate Americans on global poverty and injustice. Sophomore Colleen Wormsley, communications director of Food for Thought, said the goal of the banquet is to provide insight into the issue of childhood pov-
erty and malnutrition, which she said America’s privileged collegiate community often overlooks. “Participants will walk out with a better understanding of different issues around the world and how poverty and hunger isn’t just about money," she said. "Hunger is really about power; it’s about inequalities." Upon arriving at the banquet, participants will randomly draw a ticket that will read either low, middle or upper class. Wormsley said the division of the 100 tickets they have available will represent the world’s population, with 60 percent low class, 35 percent middle class and 15 percent upper class. Those placed into the lower class will sit on the floor and receive a meal of rice and water, the middle class will have a bowl of rice and beans and a drink while sitting on chairs and the upper class will have a full dinner, dessert and coffee, while being accompanied by a waitstaff. “The 15 percent that are getting the high-class meal is what we would normally eat for dinner, and only 15 percent of the world eats like we do,” Wormsley said. “This can open people’s eyes to how lucky we have it,” she said. While in high school, Stoltz started Food for Thought, a club that focuses on the effects of worldwide childhood hunger and poverty, and she continued the group at the college, raising $16,500 overall. SWIFT members meet Friday afternoons in the Towers Dining Hall after operations are closed down
Senior Kevin Michels, president of SWIFT, and sophomore Colleen Wormsley, communications director of Food for Thought, meet Friday in IC Square. The two groups hope their event will shed light on the global hunger problem. rachel orlow/the ithacan
to repackage surplus food to take to meal distribution centers in the area. The two clubs’ similar ideals led them to collaboratively host the hunger banquet. The banquet will feature speaker John Ward, homeless services director for the Tompkins County chapter of the American Red Cross. Ward works with the Tompkins County Food Distribution Network and has been instrumental in providing food and shelter to local residents in need. Ward said his job as homeless services director has been incredibly fulfilling because of the gracious responses from prior shelter patrons. “The most rewarding aspect is when former shelter clients come back to see us after we’ve helped
them get on their feet and helped stabilize their lives to thank us for all of the hard work we did on their behalf,” Ward said. Senior Kevin Michels, president of SWIFT, said Ward’s presence will strike a chord with the college community because of his direct involvement in the area. “The hope is that by him coming, he can also shed light on the local situation, because by going to college and having all of our meals served to us, we forget that literally you drive five minutes down the road and there are people living off of food stamps,” Michels said. Sophomore Marc Phillips is attending the event to support friends who are organizing it. In high
school, he hosted a hunger banquet, and after witnessing its success, he has supported the Oxfam's mission. “I held this event for my B'nai B'rith youth group chapter,” he said. “It was a powerful message that resonated well with my suburban audience.” Stoltz is confident the banquet will allow students to open their eyes to the reality of hunger that most of the world faces. “We really want to empower kids on campus to see that they can learn about these issues, and they can do something tangible in their own ways to bring about change,” she said. For more information about the Hunger Banquet and to RSVP, visit icfoodforthought.webs.com.
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Senior to bike across country While most seniors graduating this spring will be hunting for jobs, senior Kaitlin Kohberger plans to strap on a helmet and bike 3,970 miles cross-country as part of Bike & Build, a program that promotes awareness and raises money for Americans struggling for affordable housing. Her biking group will leave Providence, R.I., on June 13 and arrive in KOHBERGER said Seattle, Wash., on Aug. 21. she wants to To participate, riders must make a difference and see the U.S. first raise $4,000. Staff writer Hayleigh Gowans spoke with Kohberger about her upcoming trek across the country. Hayleigh Gowans: How did you decide Bike & Build was the organization you wanted to participate in? Kaitlin Kohberger: One of my friends did this a few years ago, and he really opened my eyes to it. I’m an avid cyclist, and I knew I wanted to ride my bike this summer. It just seemed too good to be true. It’s too perfect to be true.
ever possible, just running more, really working my endurance, trying to be as healthy as I can. HG: What are some ways you are raising money for the program? KK: I’m sending out a ton of letters to my family, which helps a lot. Everywhere I’ve ever worked, I’m sending them letters, and just spreading awareness on this campus by telling every professor I’ve ever had about this. I’ve just really tried to spread the word by using every kind of social connection I can. HG: What do your “rest” days consist of? KK: Our rest days are actually build days in which we are building on the spot with an organization or on our own. ... We’re actually doing a building in Ithaca, N.Y., which is really exciting. About 10 days after we start off, we end up in Ithaca. I’m beyond excited to be able to spend two days in Ithaca for this. Any days off are very active days off. HG: What are you hoping to get from your Bike & Build experience?
HG: In what ways are you preparing to bike across the states this summer?
KK: I really just want to be blown away. I want to be humbled and open to everything there is in this country and just be really shocked by the experience, by really making a difference in affordable housing and opening my eyes to that crisis and just being a part of the change. And just to meet friends that are going to become my family and see the United States on a bike, it’s just so cool! Being at Ithaca College, my professors and friends create a sense of social justice and going out for what you believe in, and I want to do that.
KK: I’m a cyclist, and I actually teach cycling at the Fitness Center twice a week, so I’m just keeping up with that. I’m riding a lot more on the trainer, riding my bike outside when-
To make a donation to Kohberger’s race, visit http://bikeandbuild.org/rider/4604. To hear how she is preparing for the trip, visit www.theithacan.org.
HG: Explain how biking across the U.S. will help with the affordable housing crisis. KK: What we do is along the way, and even right now, is raise awareness and funds — the key is really awareness. We give a presentation, sort of a town hall type meeting, to everyone explaining what affordable housing is, what we’re doing and why it’s needed.
Jammin’ for recruits
Junior Adrian Fisher, a member of Humans vs. Zombies, plays a guitar yesterday at the student organization fair in Emerson Suites. The Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs sponsored the event, giving clubs and organizations a chance to attract new members. CLAUDIA PIETRZAk/The Ithacan
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College & City Professor’s work to show at exhibition in Syracuse
Select photographs taken by Ron Jude, associate professor of cinema, photography and media arts, have been featured in the most recent edition of “Stone Canoe: A Journal of Arts, Literature, and Social Commentary,” which JUDE features work from writers and artists with ties to upstate New York. Selections from Jude’s work have been installed at the XL Projects Gallery in Syracuse to honor the journal’s launch. There will be an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. The artwork will be on display until Feb. 20 at the XL Projects Gallery at 307–313 S. Clinton St. in Syracuse. It is open to the public from 12:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
Alternative break to offer chance to lobby in Albany
Habitat for Humanity is organizing a spring break trip to an event called “Advocacy in Albany,” in which students get the chance to learn about the need for affordable housing in New York state. Interested students must reserve a spot by tomorrow. Each year HFH-NYS holds a four-day event to increase awareness about the importance of advocacy and its role in changing the system of poverty for its affiliates, campus chapters and the public. Participants will also visit the New York State Legislative Office
Building. During this visit, participants will lobby legislators about the need for affordable housing. After completing the program, participants will partake in two days of building. The estimated cost of the trip will be $120, and participants do not need to be a member of the club to go. To reserve a spot, e-mail Kaylee Underkofler at email@example.com.
Some of the countries available as part of the program include China, Italy, Ghana, India, England, Malawi and Scotland. To find out more about summer programs, visit http://www.ithaca. edu/oip or e-mail Rachel Cullenen, director of study abroad programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IC Natural Lands seeking volunteer land caretakers
The School of Humanities and Sciences is hosting a Distinguished Visiting Writer Series and the first to speak is Major Jackson, a poet who will share his work at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in Clark Lounge in Campus Center. JACKSON Jackson is the author of three collections of poetry — “Holding Company,” “Hoops” and “Leaving Saturn.” Jackson is also the poetry editor of the Harvard Review. This event is free and open to the public.
Acclaimed poet to visit IC to read poetry to students
The Ithaca College Natural Lands Committee will be holding an informational meeting at 7:30 p.m. today in the Taughannock Falls meeting room in Campus Center. ICNL is looking for students who want to become a volunteer steward for the South Hill Natural Area, located behind Ithaca College. Stewards will have a designated parcel of South Hill land to look after and report any changes or violations on the property back to the committee. Stewards have to walk through their plot once a week and fill out a monitoring report for their parcel every month, which helps ICNL document changes in the land over time. For more information about the available positions, visit www.ithaca. edu/naturallands/stewards.
Award deadline nearing for senior nominations
Nominations for the campus life awards are due by 5 p.m. Feb. 25. The Campus Life Committee is looking for nominations from faculty, staff and students for outstanding graduating seniors who would like to be considered for campus life awards. The award is given to no more than 10 graduating seniors every May to recognize their outstanding contributions to the college community.
Study abroad apps due for Summer 2011 program Applications for studying abroad this summer are due Feb. 21 to the Office of International Programs. The college is offering study abroad opportunities in areas all over the globe this upcoming summer.
Public Safety Incident Log january 25 CASE STATUS CHANGE LOCATION: Friends Hall SUMMARY: An officer reported books that had been reported stolen Jan. 24 from Friends Hall were not stolen but were found by an unknown person and turned over to found property. Original larceny was unfounded. Patrol Officer Brad Bates. CONDUCT CODE VIOLATION LOCATION: Terraces SUMMARY: Three people were judicially referred for violation of college regulations. Patrol Officer Brad Bates. MEDICAL ASSIST LOCATION: Terraces SUMMARY: A caller reported a person fell down stairs and struck their head. The person was transported to CMC by ambulance. Patrol Officer Brad Bates.
january 26 ASSIST OTHER COLLEGE DEPT. LOCATION: Roy H. Park School of Communications SUMMARY: A caller reported a person was attending classes after their registration for classes was denied. Investigation pending. Patrol Officer Christopher Teribury. MEDICAL ASSIST LOCATION: Circle Apartments SUMMARY: A caller reported an ambulance responding for a reportedly ill person. That person was transported to CMC by ambulance. Master Patrol Officer Erik Merlin.
UNAUTHORIZED USE OF AUTO LOCATION: Unknown location SUMMARY: Caller reported a vehicle was missing. Investigation pending. Master Patrol Officer Dirk Hightchew.
january 27 FOUND PROPERTY LOCATION: West Tower SUMMARY: A key was found and turned over to Public Safety. The owner is unknown. FOUND PROPERTY LOCATION: West Tower SUMMARY: A set of keys was found and turned over to Public Safety. The owner is unknown. FOUND PROPERTY LOCATION: Towers Concourse SUMMARY: A jacket was found and turned over to Public Safety. CASE STATUS CHANGE LOCATION: All other SUMMARY: Officer reported a vehicle that had been reported stolen Jan. 26 was located. Unauthorized use unfounded. Master Patrol Officer Bruce Holmstock. UNLAWFUL POSS. OF MARIJUANA LOCATION: Terraces SUMMARY: One person was judicially referred for unlawful possession of marijuana. Patrol Officer Brad Bates. FIRE ALARM LOCATION: Terraces SUMMARY: A fire alarm activation was possibly caused by steam in the building. The system was reset. Master Patrol Officer Donald Lyke.
selected entries from january 25 to january 28. january 28
MEDICAL ASSIST LOCATION: Emerson Hall SUMMARY: A caller reported an ambulance responding to a person with chest pain. Person was transported to CMC by ambulance. Patrol Officer Christopher Teribury. UNDERAGE POSS. OF ALCOHOL LOCATION: Terraces SUMMARY: Three people judicially referred for underage possession of alcohol. Patrol Officer Brad Bates. UNDERAGE POSS. OF ALCOHOL LOCATION: Circle Lot 6 SUMMARY: Two persons judicially referred for underage possession of alcohol. Security Officer Jeremiah McMurray. UNDERAGE POSS. OF ALCOHOL LOCATION: Terraces SUMMARY: One person judicially referred for underage possession of alcohol. Patrol Officer Brad Bates. For the complete safety log, go to www.theithacan.org/news
Key cmc – Cayuga Medical Center CCV – College Code Violation DWI – Driving while intoxicated IFD – Ithaca Fire Department IPD – Ithaca Police Department MVA – Motor vehicle accident RA – Resident assistant SASP – Student Auxiliary Safety Patrol V&T – Vehicle and Transportation
To download nomination forms, visit www.ithaca.edu/sacl/services/cla, and e-mail them to Susan Welch, administrative assistant of career services at email@example.com.
Graduate studies to host online MBA info session
The Division of Graduate and Professional Studies will be hosting a virtual open house to show students how they can earn an MBA in 10 months. The virtual open house goes from 7 to 8 p.m. today online and is not restricted to business majors. To register, visit www.cc.readytalk. com/r/pkckdd1faut3.
Archaeologist to speak about Navajo preservation
Ettie Anderson, the supervisory archaeologist for the Chaco protection sites program in association with the Navajo Nation Historic Preservation Department, will speak about the department and Chaco archaeology at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Clark Lounge in Campus Center. Anderson’s goals are to create a place where researchers can go to get valid information on the Chacaon outlier sites within the Navajo nation and to create a digitized database for site forms and prehistoric road maps.
Facilities to demonstrate new hands-on technology
The Office of Facilities purchasing department is holding a live installation and demonstration of the Steelcase “media:scape,” a collaborative free-standing meeting space meshing the integration of
furniture and technology. The technology is available in different configurations. media:scape allows participants to access and share information quickly and equally in a group setting. Images and information from laptops can be exchanged and displayed on monitors by the touch of a pad from each participant on a center console, and no software is required. The installation will be available to test drive by students, staff and faculty from now until Feb. 28 in the second-floor atrium of the School of Business. Demonstrations will take place at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. today and next Thursday. For more information and a brochure, call 274-1537.
Symposium proposals due for annual education day
The deadline for proposals for the Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium has been extended to Saturday. The event is a regional symposium for faculty about using technology to enhance teaching. It is held in partnership with Ithaca College’s Educational Technology Day on March 24. Educational Technology Day is a 20-year-old regional event at the college that attracts more than 1,600 people annually from the upstate New York region. This event is a free showcase for national and local hardware and software vendors demonstrating their latest technology. To register for the event, visit www.ithaca.edu/edtechday.
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Finding The space
Sacrificing classrooms for a conference forces faculty to find alternatives and reflects poor planning by the college
hen more than 2,000 faculty and students from across the country visit Ithaca College for the National Conference on Undergraduate Research at the end of March, 96 classrooms and spaces will be turned into conference space. When the college submitted the first bid to the NCUR executive board, the not-yet-completed Athletic and Events Center was included as a possible venue. Had the A&E Center been completed before this spring, it would have been used as a conference venue. Now, classrooms will be used. Classes will not be canceled. Faculty are encouraged to make the best use of their class time and bring their students to presentations. But by sending entire classes to lectures, that creates a crowded room and will interrupt students who are presenting. Some faculty members have decided to host classes in other areas, such as in a Terrace lounge. But these are not ideal learning environments. By hosting the conference, more students from the college can participate in this learning opportunity. The conference will bring the college recognition, but it is not equipped to hold an extra 2,000 people. Additionally, while some hotels in Ithaca will be housing those in the conference, if the hotels fill up, some may have to commute from Cortland, N.Y., and other areas surrounding Ithaca. This will be an inconvenience to those presenting and will reflect poorly on the college. When it was clear the A&E Center was not going to be completed by the time the conference started, the college should have looked into alternatives. Cornell University or a venue downtown could have been an option. Instead, the college community and an additional 2,000 people will be struggling to find some space.
SNAP JUDGMENT Ithaca grub Do you prefer local or chain restaurants?
Taking time off Students gained unique perspectives through one-time deferment incentive
he first gap year incentive that Ithaca College used to help deal with over-enrollment turned a major problem into a success for some students. In the summer of 2009, incoming freshmen were given the option to take a year off and receive $10,000 to put toward tuition. Thirty-two then-incoming students accepted the offer, but only 18 enrolled this year. The students who took the gap year were able to gain a different perspective on life. Instead of just a couple of months to prepare for college, students had a year. Students traveled to exotic countries, volunteered in orphanages and taught English — experiencing life outside of their comfort zones. When students came on campus this academic year, adjusting to college life was much simpler than adjusting to the new places of their travels. For the 2009-10 school year, the college was unsure how to handle the largest class in its history. Extended occupancy was used in every residential building. A modular, temporary building was rented. Upperclassmen were given money to move off campus. All of these options were first viewed negatively. But the gap year, an option that was never used before, turned into a positive experience for students.
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“I prefer the local restaurants Mostly because Ithaca is a really green environment, and I know that they get their produce from local places.” Elise Myette ’14 Musical Theater
“I guess here in Ithaca I prefer local restaurants because Ithaca is a unique town, and that’s one of the things that makes it unique. That’s why people come here.” Ben Naughton ’14 Documentary studies and production
“Local restaurants — The chains are trash. The food is terrible. I grew up here, and I grew up on most of the restaurants in town, like Moosewood and Viva’s.” Max NoonanPomada ’14 Theatre Production Arts
“I prefer local restaurants mainly because they’re a lot better in quality. in Ithaca you have so many options for good food that there’s really no reason to go to McDonald’s every day.” Travis Libin ’11 Cinema and photography
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Egyptian demonstrations show political crossroads
t the time of writing, Egypt’s president Hosni Mubarak is still clinging to power in the face of a popular uprising with the support of his ally, the U.S. government. However, whatever the outcome of this standoff, the revolt of the Egyptian people has loosened his monomaniacal grip on the country once and for all, and this is no mean feat in itself. I am among those who welcome this as a historic Asma Barlas crossroads for the people not only of Egypt but of the Middle East and North African region as well. In the interest of full disclosure, I should say I have signed two petitions, one from U.S. academics urging President Barack Obama to “move beyond rhetoric to support the democratic movement sweeping over Egypt” on www.accuracy.org, and an international one calling on all governments to join their own citizens in showing “solidarity with the Egyptian people” on www.avaaz.org. I am aware that petitional activism cannot change the structures of power, but it is sometimes the only way for conscientious objectors to rupture the silence that accompanies injustice. The petitions refer to a movement for democracy in Egypt, but it is important to know what democracy has meant for Egyptians thus far. For 30 years, Mubarak has ruled over the country, like a Pharaoh, but through the politics of the ballot box. This nominal democracy has been underwritten by repression at the hands of a notorious (not so) secret police at home and the support of the U.S. government abroad. In effect, in Egypt and many neighboring countries electoral politics has meant not civil nor political rights and liberties, but rule by corrupt and often brutal dictators who have become lifers. There is just no way to get rid of them since they win every election by a miraculous landslide. That is why people have finally taken to
Cheer up Charlie
Charlie Sheen has agreed to go to rehab. Just in case you haven’t heard, the CBS sitcom star has been battling with drugs, alcohol and other unsavory things for quite some time now. — Aaron Edwards
Green change Egyptian anti-Mubarak protesters take part in a demonstration Tuesday at Tahrir Square in Cairo. Protestors have turned Tahrir into a makeshift village with tens of thousands coming every day. Emilio Morenatti/Associated Press
the streets in Egypt, Jordan, Yemen, the Sudan and, earlier, in Tunisia and Iran, because they are fed up with a system that has enabled dynastic control on power, state torture, economic stagnation and other attendant social ills. In Tunisia, where popular revolts recently ended the 25-year rule of President Ben Ali, unemployment is at 20 percent while the state employs one “police officer for every 40 adults,” according to The Nation. What people are fighting for are jobs, justice, resources and pluralistic political systems, but U.S. governments are leery of such systems because they fear instability and the possibility of “Islamist” takeovers. In spite of their partisanship in domestic politics, Democratic and Republican governments have always presented a united front to the so-called Arab world, and what
they want in this “world” is not real democracy but men in charge who can ensure “stability.” In other words, men who can protect the U.S.’s geostrategic interests even if it is at the cost of their own people’s rights. Hence Mubarak’s portrayal as a “moderate” Arab leader and the U.S.’s support of him at this late hour, even as Obama continues to pay lip service to the will of the Egyptian people. The writing is on the wall for the U.S.’s man in Cairo and all its other men in the region, those sundry kings and dictators who are scurrying to announce reforms and/or their decision not to run for office again. May the days of tyrants everywhere be numbered! Asma Barlas is a professor and program director for the Center for the Study of Culture, Race and Ethnicity. E-mail her at email@example.com.
I’m using one paper towel in the bathroom instead of three or four. If each home used paper towels made from recycled paper, we could prevent 864,000 trees from being cut down. — Meagan McGinnes
The messy Mets
As a New York Mets fan, I’m used to being disappointed by the team I root for. Saying you rooted for the Mets was a badge of honor that you wore proudly. Yes, we’ve had tough times in the past but there was always the Miracle Mets of 1969. — Harlan Green-Taub
Dance to raise funds for sick children to go to camp
ucked away in upstate New York on the shores of Keuka Lake, Camp Good Days and Special Times serves as a safe haven for hundreds of children and their families every summer. Hosting programs seeking to nurture and support children whose lives have been touched Amanda Ryan by cancer, Camp Good Days is a resource that families have used since 1979. Camp Good Days was created by Gary Mervis in light of his daughter’s diagnosis of a brain tumor and has since grown into a nationally recognized charity. Programs targeting young adults, support of spouses and women’s oncology are among some of the services the camp offers. Camp was first introduced to me by my best friend, whose sister died of pediatric cancer. My friend became a counselor at camp for several summers, and I have since done several different fundraising activities for them for the last four years. With regional offices based in Syracuse, Buffalo, Ithaca and Rochester, the camp receives tremendous support on behalf of its full-time staff and many volunteers contributing year-round. This past summer, more than 1,500 children went to
Children participate in an activity at Camp Good Days on July 27 in Rochester. Since 1979, the camp has served as a safe haven for children with cancer. Courtesy of Camp Good Days
the camp. Because of the financial burden most families have endured when tragedy such as this strikes, all of the camp’s programs are free of charge. The Camp needs to rely heavily on sponsorship and donations throughout the year to continue to service the needs of affected families. Events such as regional Kazoo-Fest, Fayetteville-Manlius High School’s Dance Marathon and St. John Fisher College’s Dance for Love have all become well-established contributing events in the upstate New York region. Similar to these events, Ithaca
College will have its first 12-hour Dance for Courage, with all proceeds benefiting Camp Good Days. Representatives from the camp and college performance groups will make appearances. As mentioned before, Camp Good Days relies solely on donations and fundraising. If students could donate $5, that would go toward helping a sick child attend camp and be surrounded by others who understand what he or she is going through. The event has been headed by students at the college who are familiar with the cause, largely thanks
to Joanie Groome, lecturer in health promotion and physical education. Groome is a long-time supporter of camp and promotes the cause throughout her courses each semester. Former campers and camp staff members who are now part of the college community emphasize the remarkable impact camp has had on them and how it continues to influence their lives. Promoting an atmosphere of happiness and positivity, the activities and programming on site at Camp Good Days allow campers to do things they once would have thought impossible. By respectfully acknowledging the experiences that have brought them together, campers are able to embrace optimism and opportunity. By bringing the Dance for Courage to Ithaca’s campus, we hope to promote awareness of everything Camp Good Days has to offer and how it has touched so many individuals in the college community. Our goal, which coincides with that of the camp, is to encourage those whose lives have been impacted by life-threatening diseases and to give them an outlet for support and optimism. The Dance for Courage will take place at 9 p.m. Saturday in the Fitness Center. Amanda Ryan is a senior business administration major. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Doin’ the Zumba
I went to my first Zumba class, a high-energy dance workout. The class only had one male participant, which isn’t surprising because the moves are predominately done by females at raves — while intoxicated. — Lilly Miller
The end of the White Stripes
The White Stripes announced the end of their prolonged hiatus in a way no one expected — with a breakup. One thing is for certain, The White Stripes will be dearly missed by all of us who get goose bumps from a lo-fi, garage-rock guitar. — Jared Dionne
Applications go digital
George Mason University is giving high school students the option of submitting video essays to allow for more creativity. But this just reminds me of Elle Woods in a pool for her video essay to Harvard Law School in the movie “Legally Blonde.” — Jacqueline Palochko
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In the James J. Whalen Center for Music, a father and son stand opposite each other — one strumming a banjo, the other striking a hammered dulcimer. With the count of “one, two, To see a video of the three,” the pair exchanges a Kolodners perglance and dives into a grace- forming, visit ful mix of warm rhythms and theithacan.org. melodic crescendos. Feet tapping to a steady beat, the two settle into a groove, playing the opening notes of their first song. For Bradley Kolodner, a junior televisionradio major, playing music with his dad wasn’t a common routine until just three years ago, when he first took a beginning clawhammer banjo class at a summer music camp in Maine. After a week of lessons at Meadowlark Music Camp from Richie Stearns, an Ithacabased clawhammer banjo player, Kolodner was hooked. He asked his father, Ken Kolodner, a professional fiddle and hammered dulcimer musician, to find him a banjo, and he began to teach himself how to play. Since then, Kolodner and his father released their first album, titled “Otter Creek,” in December. Kolodner grew up surrounded by music. His father, who still gives music lessons in a studio from their home in Baltimore, toured in a band for several years and plays a smattering of World, Celtic and Appalachian fiddle music. Though Kolodner played the cello in middle and high school, he said he wasn’t interested in old-time music until he discovered the banjo. “It’s pretty amazing that just in a few years I’ve become so attracted to all these different instruments that for my whole life were always available to me, but for some reason this banjo class at Meadowlark was the catalyst for everything that has followed,” Kolodner said. Ken Kolodner said he was pleasantly surprised his son picked up the instrument. “I couldn’t believe how quickly he came to it,” he said. “He’s a really solid player. It’s been really rewarding and just very fun to watch him develop as a musician.” Clawhammer is a style of banjo playing distinctive to old-time music, which involves strumming downward on four strings and using the thumb to strike the fifth string. The hammered dulcimer is a stringed instrument played
on a wooden stand, and the musician uses mallets to strike the strings. Though commonly confused with bluegrass or folk music, Kolodner said Appalachian music, which originated in the mountains of Virginia and North Carolina, is less performance-based. “Old-time is more jamming based,” he said. “You kind of sit around, and you all play the melody. No one takes an improvisational break; you really groove around the tune rather than trying to show off [like] in bluegrass.” Kolodner plans to share his passion for oldtime music in the Traditional Music Club he formed at Ithaca College this semester. He said he loves the sense of community in music and wants to build a similar experience on campus. When Kolodner began writing his own music, his father suggested the two record their own album. They spent last summer in the recording studio, arranging 16 tracks of original and traditional Appalachian songs on “Otter Creek,” which was named after their vacation spot in Vermont. Kolodner, always mindful of the tune, said the two focused on dynamics, tone and rhythm when recording. After releasing the album, Kolodner and his father sent it out to about 50 radio stations across the country, and Kolodner was interviewed for WICB. He said the feedback on the album from fellow musicians has been positive. Curt Stager, music director at Meadowlark Music Camp, said he first interacted with Kolodner when he joined him for a spoof of Johnny Cash’s “I’ve Been Everywhere” at one of the concert nights at the camp. When listening to “Otter Creek,” Stager said he was blown away, especially since Kolodner writes most of his own music. The album contains nine original tracks. “It was unbelievable; I was so impressed,” he said. “I can hear some of Richie Stearns’ influence in there, but it’s also his own style. I always admired people who are good composers, and he certainly is.” Ken Kolodner said his son has an unusual “flowing” style for banjo players, an approach he believes was influenced by living with old-time Appalachian music his entire life. “He has a very melodic style,” he said. “You really can hear the tunes when he plays, and that is not always true with clawhammer banjo players. ... While he has a solid rhythm, he looks for hearing and phrasing the tune so it’s
really well articulated. He’s dynamic.” As Kolodner played with his father in Whalen, he settled into a naturally steady pulse with the banjo. Mid song, he nodded along to the clean, crisp notes, looking down at his fingers to intently concentrate on their placement. In one fluid motion, Kolodner shot a quick glance at his father and played on, the rise and fall of his notes ringing in unison with the hammered dulcimer. Kolodner described the old-time scene as “graying” because there are not too many young people keeping the tradition alive anymore. Stager said Kolodner is an up-and-coming force on the banjo scene. “He’s energetic, he’s creative and he’s talented,” he said. “He’s playing the old-time style but in a really unusual way and coming up with really interesting compositions.” Kolodner has had the opportunity to play in several concerts with his father, including one at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Last summer, he won the Old-Time Banjo Festival Contest in Maryland and played with big-name banjo players like Adam Hurt. Kolodner said winning the contest was a big moment for him in his early banjo career. “It was a big step in terms of getting my name out there,” he said. “We played ‘Otter Creek.’ We
had one tune, so we played the title track of our recording. We got a great response. That was a very satisfying, fulfilling moment to be up there on the stage with my dad.” Kolodner said Appalachian music brings people together, and he has developed a groove and a rhythm with the old-time community, his father and the music. “At its deepest level, the feeling that you get when you’re grooving and jamming along to a tune, it’s just an experience that’s hard to feel just listening to music,” Kolodner said. “When you’re actually contributing to the sound, it’s a pretty amazing experience.” Kolodner said he hopes to continue playing in concerts and jam sessions with his father. “I bring my banjo with me everywhere I go,” he said. “I’ll never leave home without it. If I move, in the future, I’ll always have music with me; it will always be a part of my life.” Back in Whalen, the tune swells then comes to a sudden close. Kolodner hovers over the final note, looks up and grins. Bradley and Ken Kolodner will perform together at 8 p.m. March 12 in McGraw Hall at Cornell University as part of the Cornell Folk Song Society spring concert series.
Bradley Kolodner strums his banjo while his father Ken plays the hammered dulcimer in their backyard at a concert in June. They play a style similar to bluegrass but more free-flowing.
Courtesy of Bradley Kolodner
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This week’s hits and misses
Senior Writer Alex Palombo rates the commercials for the Green Bay Packers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl XLV.
VW Vader Every kid who’s seen Star Wars has tried to make things work by just moving their hand Jedi-style, whether by trying to get a door to open or trying to make their Mom forget about bedtime. So this commercial worked brilliantly, taking a little kid, decked out completely in a small Darth Vader costume, and showing him trying to get everything to work by using “The Force.” He tries to turn on the washing machine. He tries to get his dog to stop sleeping. He tries to move a sandwich across the counter. He finally succeeds in getting his Dad’s VW Passat to start — with a little help from his Dad using the remote keys inside. This clip was funny, quirky and adorable.
“House” Because the Super Bowl was on Fox this year, the network obviously advertised its own shows. But the “House” promo was a particularly good one. A patient offers a pessimistic-looking Dr. House a churro, which he turns down, then reconsiders and tosses the kid his cane. The kid wasn’t ready and gets smacked with the cane, to which House winces and shoots back, “Really thought you had that.” Pretty typical attitude from the grumpy doc, but the ad gets points for referencing a 1979 Coke commercial with Mean Joe Green offering his towel to a kid who gives him a Coca-Cola.
Sketchers This commercial had the makings of ad glory. Take a reality star/model/celebrity for no reason — Kim Kardashian — put her in tiny clothes and make her parade around a sauna bragging about her great body. How did she get it? Sketchers Shape-Ups. For all the hype the ad had leading up to it, it barely registered. The acting was terrible, it wasn’t very sexy and two minutes from the end of the game, it missed its window to be good. To put it simply, it was too little too late in every sense.
All that jazz
From left, alto saxophonist Michael Titlebaum, associate professor of musical performance and director of jazz studies, plays alongside string bassist Nicholas Walker, also an associate professor of musical performance, in the Ithaca Faculty Jazz Quartet last Thursday. Emily Park/the ithacan
only the cheesiest of love songs can truly express how we feel
Months before the arrival of the universally celebrated day of love — typically graffitied with red and pink hearts on wall calendars of love-sick individuals — lustful lovers start their annual collection of cheesy romantic songs to set the mood early. Topping such playlists are classics like Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” and Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On.” Also common is The Police’s “Every Breath You Take,” a failed poetic attempt that resembles a creepy stalker ballad with the promise to keep watching — every move. But this musical infatuation wouldn’t be complete without Savage Garden’s “Truly, Madly, Deeply,” the ultimate vow to be every woman’s dream, wish and fantasy. — Megan Devlin
Tall, Dark and Handsome treats dispensed to those lacking love
Hey, single ladies! No need to fret this Valentine’s Day. Flossie Magazine promises to give every independent woman what she needs — vending machines dispensing men. The world’s first Man Vending Machine in Auckland, New Zealand, is fully stocked with a selection of real-life single men (not to mention vibrators) to satisfy those daring enough to test their luck. The dispenser allows women to pick from five favorite flavors — rich, romantic, foreign, spontaneous or classic — for a chance to go on a dream date and maybe find true love. Though incredibly bizarre, Flossie’s social marketing experiment tops anything provided by a virtual trip to Match.com. — Megan Devlin
quoteunquote “I think four [kids] to look after is plenty. We aren’t like Angelina and Brad.” — Heidi Klum to UK “Daily Mail” after its inquiry about her future baby making with husband Seal.
One for the pop(arazzi)
Handing paparazzi another photo-op, former Disney star and “Transformers” lead Shia LaBeouf was up to his after-hours antics yet again. Some weekend boozing at the Mad Bulls Tavern in Sherman Oaks, Calif., late Friday night ended with the celeb in handcuffs. After refusing to take pictures with a fan at the bar, LaBeouf attempted a B-line escape but not before overhearing friends of the fan call him a “faggot.” With a bit of liquid courage, the intoxicated actor transformed into his typical live-wired self and belligerently charged at his offender. It wasn’t long before the bouncer took control, head locking LaBeouf and handing him over to the popo. Save the stunts for Hollywood, Shia. — Megan Devlin
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‘Poetry your mama warned you about’ IC Human Rights to bring transsexual spoken word performer to campus As an openly gay transsexual performer, Harvey Katz, otherwise known as Athens Boys Choir, uses humor to address topics If you Go ranging from “F to Embody” gender to When: 8 p.m. politics in his Tuesday poetry pieces. Where: Emerson He is currently Suites How much: Free on his “F to Embody” tour with hip-hop artist Katastrophe. Accent Editor Kelsey Fowler spoke with Katz about his spoken word topics, how he prepares and what it’s like being a role model. Kelsey Fowler: How is your performance different from your typical spoken word? Harvey Katz: I like to call it the poetry your mama warned you about. It happens so often with spoken word where people will come up to you and say, “I hate spoken word, but I like your spoken word.” It is really honest. I try to keep it a little roller-coaster-y. It’s a little sad but really human. But there’s always an aspect of something to lighten it up. Life might be classified as shitty, but it’s never really so horrible you can’t laugh at it. KF: How would you define your style of poetry? HK: It’s like hip-hop in a way. A lot of it is just freestyle pieces. I don’t have a particular style. It’s like listening to a CD where you have your rock ballads and then you have your more
upbeat piece, then a super heavy sensitive piece, and every piece sounds completely different than the one before. I have to perform it every night. I don’t want it to get boring for me either. I want it to still feel important. KF: Has anyone ever approached you for advice about being transsexual? HK: There’s not a ton of us out there, and it’s important to know other people are going through what you’re going through. If I can offer anyone advice, that’s great. KF: Is transsexuality one of the topics you often talk about? HK: It certainly is a large part of it, especially because so much of what I do is identity based performance. I also have super gay hip-hop performance stuff I do that is part of the show, and that’ll have video with it. I green screen myself into a Justin Bieber video. It’s lighthearted stuff. A lot of topics are gender-based. A lot is life-based. It’s hard to objectively evaluate what you do. I cover religion, family, politics — all the big bases. KF: How do you write your pieces? HK: Usually when I’m in motion, riding my bike or walking or in my car, I’ll think of a line. Sometimes a whole piece will just come out of that one line. They all really self-evolve. I feel like if I push anything too hard, go into writing with motive behind it, I’ll end up with shit. It’ll feel contrived; I just let it come. It feels like a
separate entity to me — so bizarre. If there’s something you’re good at that you love, it opens fields and becomes effortless at a certain point. KF: Will people who haven’t heard spoken word before still be able to enjoy your show? HK: I hope. Both Katastrophe and myself try to set up our show, perform and take the audience into consideration. Everybody is there to enjoy themselves. I want to make sure people coming have a good time. I don’t even make my set list until I get there. I am there to be out and proud and make sure people who are there don’t feel isolated. KF: Why the name Athens Boys Choir if you’re a solo performer? HK: I would do anything to get rid of that name now. I’ve done really well with it though so I’m sticking with it. I originally worked with another guy, that’s how the choir aspect came out of it. He’s Catholic, I’m Jewish, and there’s something just a little gay about a boys’ choir. We lived in Athens together, so henceforth the name. KF: How do you get the audience involved in your show? HK: With a lot of spoken word, some of it is really funny, some is really serious. I always like to take into account my audience and make sure they get a sense of release in each piece — key thing to what I do. I tend to handle stuff that comes into my life with a
Harvey Katz, who performs under the name Athens Boys Choir, is an openly gay transsexual and a spoken word performer coming to campus Tuesday. Courtesy of Harvey Katz
sense of humor. I make sure I put that in my pieces, but I also have a lot of pop culture references. KF: Do you think you’re a role model? HK: It’s inspirational to be called a role model, but I don’t know if I am. I’m on the road traveling, talking about nothing but me and my community. I
am a happy and healthy, human, sexual person. It’s really important that people get to see that side of it. It’s a really important role, to open people’s minds a little bit, or let people know everybody’s having human experiences. We’re all just getting through it. To listen to a track from the Athens Boys Choir, visit theithacan.org.
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Students to showcase talent in Arts Across Campus event BY Danielle Torres Staff Writer
In addition to sugar candy hearts, students will be sharing their love of the arts this Valentine’s Day weekend at the second annual Arts Across Campus event, a benefit show- If you Go casing the talents of Arts Across Campus When: 12 p.m. to 4 the Ithaca College p.m. Sunday arts community. Where: Emerson This year, Arts Suites Across Campus, How much: Free. sponsored by the col- Donations are lege’s Inter-Fraternity encouraged. Council, is a benefit for music students Joshua Oxford ’07 and senior Michaela Bushey, who were both involved in severe accidents this summer. The event is free, but donations will be accepted. All proceeds will go to Oxford and Bushey to offset medical expenses. Last year’s event in April was put on as a community service project by Mu Phi Epsilon, the coed music fraternity of the three recognized fraternities at the college. Senior Michael Capone, president of IFC, said the turnout at last year’s event was low, but he hopes this year’s event will draw a larger audience. Last year’s event was largely music-based, while this year will include many different performances. “We’re giving the public a venue for students of all majors to display their work, to perform or to do whatever it is they do best,” he said. Senior Shannon Sweet and junior Travis Kaller, members of IFC, were responsible for coordinating Arts Across Campus this year. Sweet and Kaller started planning the event last semester. In addition to planning, Sweet will perform a choreographed belly dance piece, and Kaller will perform in Ithacappella.
Sweet said she was happily surprised by the broad range of performers who are participating in the event. “We have a relatively diverse group of people with different acts that don’t actually involve playing music,” she said. “It’s going to be wild and crazy.” Capone said he is enthusiastic about the arts community coming together to perform for this cause. He said students in the Music School are invested in raising money to help Oxford and Bushey recover. “[Oxford] has been such an inspiration to everyone in this school so far because of his musicality and his passion for what he does,” he said. “That’s true for [Bushey] as well.” Senior Daria Harper, president of the college’s all-female a cappella group, Premium Blend, said she is worried artistic pursuits are being lost and hopes this event will help bring the campus community together. “People everywhere need to continue to see how vital and important the arts are to not only well-rounded education but being well-rounded as a person,“ she said. “I feel the arts are in danger of being underappreciated and, most importantly, underfunded.” Performers slated to perform throughout the day include Ithacappella, Cayuga Suite Barbershop Quartet, IC Voicestream, Premium Blend, ICircus and Speakeasy. Other individual acts — belly dancing, slam poetry and visual arts — are part of the lineup as well. Each group is scheduled to have a 10- to 30-minute time slot throughout the afternoon to perform. Between Premium Blend and Ithacappella’s individual sets, the a cappella groups will join together to perform their recently released cover of Katy Perry’s “Firework.” Harper said having the groups sing is a great fit for the event. “The song has a message of hope and
Senior Shannon Sweet practices her belly dancing routine Tuesday in the Fitness Center. She will perform in the Arts Across Campus event Sunday along with other on-campus arts groups. Rachel Orlow/The Ithacan
strength that we feel is so appropriate for this event,” she said. Sophomore Brandon Reyes, lead singer of Cayuga Suite Barbershop Quartet, said his group is looking forward to the upcoming show and has some surprises for the audience. “We already have plenty of songs we can choose from for this show, but we want to do something a little different to add some more emotion to these pieces,” he said. Sweet stressed the importance of participation in the arts. “This event is to raise awareness about all
the different arts across campus,” she said. “It is also about raising awareness about these two people and to take all of the proceeds and donations from this to go to their recovery.” Sweet said she hopes the event continues. “I hope that next year we get photography, painting and printmaking,” she said. Reyes said he is eager to see what talents the other acts have to contribute. “It could open my eyes to new things, and I’m sure it will do the same to other people if they really focus and take in what’s going on,” he said.
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Exhibit displays domestic tools as art by Jesse Maeshiro Contributing Writer
Soft olive hues within the gallery beckon visitors through the sheen of its glass doorway. A smooth manila carpet meets the gentle shading of the intriguing and fresh exhibit now at Ithaca College’s Handwerker Gallery: “reimagining the distaff toolkit,” curated by Rickie Solinger. Each piece of art highlights a tool instrumental to women’s domestic labor from the 18th century through World War II. The “reimagining exhibit, made up of loaned pieces the distaff by national artists, displays items toolkit” Handwerker such as pots, pans, baskets and Gallery rolling pins. The works focus on the concept of the “distaff,” a tool that holds unwoven fibers on a spinning wheel and keeps them from tangling. Over time, the term distaff has become intrinsically linked with women’s labor and domesticity. The role of the distaff in this exhibit is to explore the social, cultural and historical implications of the labor facilitated by the displayed tools. The art acts as a form of social commentary, crossculturally highlighting the concept of gender and labor throughout history and the significance of women’s unpaid labor. The artists featured in this exhibit seek to transform the debasement of the female experience and domesticity to something aesthetic that both honors the struggles of women and critiques their historical treatment. The design of the exhibit is plain and streamlined. Upon first glance, it seems somewhat bare, but given a second inspection the viewer will easily see otherwise. The multimedia presentation makes the exhibit intriguing. Instead of featuring purely photographs or paintings, the artwork takes on the form of everyday domestic life items. In this showcase, a series of dynamic pieces assail viewers, one of which is Tracy Krumm’s “Yoke/Folded.” A gleaming sheet of crocheted copper, which sits and swings upon a strong iron yoke hanging high from the ceiling, catches onlookers with each metallic glint. The peculiar setup of Flo Oy Wong’s “Ai Joong Wah: Great China” deserves considerable attention. An artistic layering of cooking utensils and snippets of worn photographs rests atop a metal baking sheet. Paired with the art is an aural medium
mance sponsored by Ithaca College Bureau of Concerts, will play from 9 to 11:30 p.m. at Delilah’s on Cayuga. Admission is $5.
Frequenz, an electronic dance party featuring local, professional and student DJs, will begin at 10 p.m. at The Haunt. Admission is $5. Lost Sailors, a Grateful Dead tribute band playing traditional sets and using improvisation, will play at 9 p.m. at Castaways. Admission is $7.
Freshman Samantha Chua looks at artist Laura Splan’s “Doilies,” a freestanding display made of machine-embroidered lace mounted on cotton velvet, which is featured in the gallery’s current exhibit. Juan Tamayo/The Ithacan
of sound-bite recordings that tell the personal story of Wong’s family life. The sequence concludes with poetry readings in both English and Chinese, the artist’s two spoken languages. On the far wall of the gallery sits Tatana Kellner’s “Ironing,” the most dynamic piece in the exhibit. A series of tightly pressed white T-shirts, which are spread taut along the gallery’s wall, hang crisp in the gallery light. Each shirt bears a screen printed image depicting different types of irons used throughout history. Below each shirt, which hangs like a distant and understated flag at half-mast, lies a brief commentary on female domesticity and labor. At the base of the T-shirt display sits along narrow board bearing the weight of a small, sturdy iron. Every few minutes, in an almost startling fashion, the iron lets out a gurgling burst of smoke and, as if handled by an invisible man, begins to iron the single shirt laid across the ironing table. Each faint
puff of smoke is ominous but mesmerizing, thickly clinging to the air. Dave Cole’s “Trophy Wife No 3 of 8” depicts the compressed bodice of a female mannequin whose headless body is complete with a thick abrasive set of antlers. The startling juxtaposition between a trophy wife and a hunting token denoted from the antler display is bizarrely stunning. This exhibit confronts truly hard-hitting issues. But in the sweet lighting, surrounded by these everyday items, exists a pathway to history. In these works of art observers learn to appreciate the universal struggles of domesticity and gender. This exhibit is surprisingly beautiful and shockingly thought provoking. “reimagining the distaff toolkit” is on display until March 6 at the Handwerker Gallery and culminates with a symposium on March 3 at 5:00 p.m.
Loyal fans of Cold War Kids will find themselves disappointed with the band’s third album release, “Mine is Yours.” Changing their Cold War Kids direction within the “Mine is indie rock genre, Yours” the foursome lacks Interscope musical depth and Records variety. FollowOur rating: ing the success of HH their former albums “Robbers and Cowards” and “Loyalty to Loyalty,” “Mine is Yours,” simply fades into the background. Taking a nod from Kings of Leon, listeners can’t help but pick up on an odd similarity between the two
bands. But it’s no coincidence. Kings of Leon producer Jacquire King collaborated with Cold War Kids — a move that proves to be influential. “Finally Begin” opens with a humworthy guitar line and a solid beat. But as soon as lead singer Nathan Willett comes in with the rocky vocals, listeners cannot help but feel nostalgic for the band’s previous albums. It’s hard to fathom that the same band produced original singles such as “Hospital Beds” and “Hang Me Up to Dry,” which announced their presence with guitar and pianoinfused instrumentals. Showcasing the much-anticipated and fervent vocals of Willett, however brief, “Louder Than Ever” serves as a good opening act for the stand-out track “Bulldozer,” which momentarily
GZA, the founding member of hip-hop group the Wu-Tang Clan, will perform from 8 to 11 p.m. in Emerson Suites. Tickets are $10 and available online at http://bit.ly/eAe8HG. Free Salsa, one of many weekly dance lessons led by Michael Luis of Palante Group, will be held from 9 to 9:45 p.m. at Oasis. Admission is free.
Vagina Monologues, a play by IC Players in support of the global V-Day movement to end violence against women, will show from 8 to 11 p.m. in Emerson Suites. Admission is $5. Proceeds benefit the Advocacy Center of Ithaca as well as the V-Day campaign.
Indie band strays off beat
Third album leaves fans nostalgic for former sound by allie healy
Love Language with Tropical Punk, an indie rock perfor-
by rachael lewis-krisky contributing Writer
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prevails over the album’s clear monotony with its vigor and brawn to rescue “Mine is Yours.” Struggling to recreate the rhythmic and sultry sound that once defined the band, Cold War Kids seems lost in its skin and hesitant throughout. The lackluster quality of the album shows the group’s inability to embrace its newly conceived sound. Sadly, “Mine is Yours” is nothing listeners have not heard before, ultimately rendering the album average.
Cake’s sixth studio release, “Showroom of Compassion,” is surprisingly safe for what fans expect of this innovative band. Between new and fresh sounds staying true to its roots, this album contains bizarre lyrics that are both captivating and catchy. Cake “Showroom “Mustache Man” of Compasmaintains Cake’s sion” classic rhythmic Upbeat clapping, and Records “Easy to Crash” Our rating: elicits the familHH iar edgy rock and synthesizers signature of Cake’s 2004 album, “Pressure Chief.” But, the one-dimensionality of the album is disappointing. The repetitive arrangement in “What’s Now is Now” decries the band’s
powerful use of odd instruments like the vibraslap and melodica. However, Cake mixed it up by incorporating banda, a traditional Mexican genre with thick trumpet sounds, in songs like “Bound Away” and “Federal Funding.” Though producing a fickle album with some songs too simplistic and cliché and others truly powerful and catchy, Cake does not fail to entertain.
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Melbourne-based electro-pop band Cut Copy’s third studio release is full of strong, ricocheting rhythms and effervescent synths. The album ends with a risky but solid track that takes up 16 minutes.
This British folk-rocker’s latest album is not as clever as his other releases. Though his voice is decent, the lyrics fall short and leave listeners confused.
With lingering and evocative vocals and melodies, Nicole Atkins’ newest album is a dark yet beautiful success. Each track is full of soul and poignant lyrics.
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Teddy Thompson Verve Forecast
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Action arrives too late to spark thrills 3-D effects and cavernous imagery generate graphic experience by Matthew R. Reis
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The looming question of “What can go wrong while diving in caves?” echoes throughout the spooky underground adventure of the 3-D saga “Sanctum” “Sanctum.” WhethUniversal er it’s getting lost in Pictures uncharted territory Our rating: or growing paraHH1/2 noid after countless wrong turns, the largely unknown cast of “Sanctum” begs the question: Is the expedition worth the pain? “Sanctum” takes place in a vast network of subterranean caves in Papua New Guinea. Richard Roxburgh plays Frank, a character akin to a modern day Indiana Jones. However, Frank isn’t afraid of snakes like Indie was. In fact, hardly anything makes him skittish. Frank revels in the unknown and sets out with a group of highly trained climbers, divers and waterproof robots to finish mapping the remainder of the largest cave system in the world. The first 20 minutes of the film are terrible, primarily because director Alister Grierson projects uninspired scenes with completely wooden acting on the big screen. These poor choices make what could’ve been grade-A entertainment entirely corny. Lines like “What can go wrong diving in caves?” bluntly break the fourth wall and make the audience seem unintelligent. These pointless, ironic lines are unnecessary because everyone who saw the film’s trailer knows gruesome events are about to occur. Anyone who isn’t an avid adventurer with the backing of an egotistical billionaire will not be able to identify
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From left, crew member Josh McGuire (Rhys Wakefield) searches with the team’s lead cave diver Frank McGuire (Richard Roxburgh) for a safe escape route from the underwater trap while a dangerous storm brews on land.
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with the cast of “Sanctum.” Mustering sympathy toward these headstrong characters proves difficult because of their stupidity. In one scene, the cast has ample opportunity to safely exit the vast cave system before a monstrous storm breaks out, yet they waste it. They keep exploring, hoping their friends above ground will give them warning of the danger. These problems are sporadically patched up during the last hour of the film. The cheese factor is eliminated, and the action component of this “action-thriller” begins when powerful bursts of water transform the cave into a mountainous geyser, fearlessly tossing around anyone in its way. Evoking feelings of claustrophobia
and strong fear of the unknown, Jules O’Loughlin ensnares the audience with his clever cinematography. He pushes emotional buttons by mixing intimate close-up shots of Frank with wide-angle ones that flood the screen with endless dark blue water. Coupled with a mysterious musical score by David Hirschfelder and stirring sound effects, the technical aspects of “Sanctum” are award-worthy. James Cameron serves as the film’s executive producer, but seemingly lets Grierson — for better or worse — make his movie. While some shots are reminiscent of the 3-D epic “Avatar,” they don’t seem stale or inappropriate. The 3-D effects add tension to an already frightening experience while the
Ludicrous horror mocks psychosis
film’s color palette relies on a mixture of blacks, blues and hues of purple to realistically portray a prehistoric underground world. Though technology was largely responsible for creating “Avatar,” real caves — not green screen imagery — are featured in “Sanctum.” Grierson delivers the death and destruction expected in “Sanctum,” but nothing more. Drenching filmgoers with sublime 3-D imagery and an immersing soundscape, this film is merely a ploy to take viewers’ money. “Sanctum” is one film that dives off the deep end and sinks to the bottom. “Sanctum” was written by John Garvin and Andrew Wight and directed by Alister Grierson.
Solid kung fu flick drop-kicks drama By richard paek staff writer
By janet early
In college, you might encounter thousands of strangers, but you only live with one. “The Roommate” examines the bizarre relationship between the mentally unstable Rebecca (Leighton Meester) and her roommate, Sara (Minka Kelly). What begins as an innocent friendship between two new roommates takes an eerie turn as Rebecca obsesses over “The becoming Sara’s friend and psyRoommate” Screen Gems chotically sabotages anyone who Studios gets too close to her roommate. Our rating: In their first lead roles, H actresses Meester and Kelly deliver adequate but ultimately unremarkable performances in a mediocre film. Though the film is labeled a thriller, most of its horror attempts are laughable. Scenes in which Rebecca creepily stalks her roommate through distant coffee shop windows and threatens Sara’s friends provoke laughter rather than fear. Though the movie’s premise has potential, the film fails to deliver. The plot progresses too quickly, clumsily pushing the story line and relationships to undeveloped stages. Rebecca’s excessive attachment to Sara seems rather sudden and lacks a definitive motive. Allusions to Rebecca’s unhappy home life and a past obsession with another girl are planted in the plot but never develop. These attempts to show Rebecca’s extreme desperation and lunacy provide too many unimportant details. The ambiguity is problematic, especially because there’s no believable display of human reactions or emotions. Director Christian E. Christiansen relies too heavily on close-ups. In certain scenes, the cinematography is strangled by claustrophobic shots of
characters’ faces. In others, the camera barely pulls back enough to reveal an adequate portion of the setting — the unconvincing collegiate environment — offering the audience only measly snippets of the action. While Christiansen experiments with different angles and camera setups to convey the psychological disturbance, it’s often unnecessary. While “The Roommate” will likely become a temporary sensation among young teens, it will ultimately vanish with films such as “Prom Night” and “Sorority Row.” Its predictability and sequence of trite, overplayed story lines make it another mediocre thriller. By attempting to illustrate every college student’s worst nightmare, the film is merely a laughable dream.
Like the ancient martial art of Wing Chun, “Ip Man 2” delivers a simple yet upbeat kung fu flick filled with eclectic action and an arousing sense of Chinese pride. The film begins with Ip Man (Donnie Yen), a humble “Ip Man 2” Wing Chun grandmaster, Henan Film establishing the first Wing Studio Chun school in 1950s Hong Our rating: Kong. When other kung HH1/2 fu instructors challenge his martial arts skills, he must prove his worth before joining their fight against the corrupt British government of Hong Kong. Hitting generic themes of government corruption and honor, “Ip Man 2” is all too familiar with the antics of many kung fu teacher-student films. Though the film is the first to depict the real-life story of Ip Man, its final fight scene with the British boxer Twister is stylistically identical to Jet Li’s against Tanaka in “Fearless.” The film also fails to make Ip Man — Bruce Lee’s real-life Wing Chun teacher — stand apart from a host of other famous martial artists like Huo Yuanjia. While the safe plot follows genre conventions, the film is still an entertaining experience. The film’s brilliant and steady pacing keeps the audience engaged, and its complementary action progresses the historical narrative. While “Ip Man 2” may not bring anything new to the table, there is rarely a dull moment. With an element of drama in every scene, it is a solid and classic tale that undoubtedly entertains and will drop-kick digits at the box office.
“The Roommate” was written by Sonny Mallhi and directed by Christian E. Christiansen.
“Ip Man 2” was written by Edmond Wong and directed by Wilson Yip.
Sara (Minka Kelly) jumps in a photo with her new college roommate, Rebecca (Leighton Meester).
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Students get hands-on training in mixed martial arts combat
From left, junior Michael Reyes lands a kick on BombSquad member Don Carlo-Clauss during training Saturday at Ultimate Athletics.
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By Andrew Kristy staff writer
Junior Michael Reyes could be likened to a modern day gladiator. Reyes stands across from his opponent, hands slowly clenching and unclenching, waiting to make his move. In a flash, Reyes lands a fury of punches, ducks down and shifts his weight as the blue mat under his feet flexes with each step. Reyes is just one individual who has embraced To watch a video of mixed martial the rapidly emerging arts action, visit fighting style of mixed theithacan.org. martial arts. MMA is a hybrid sport — fusing together different aspects of boxing, wrestling and karate. MMA includes the traditional standing-up fistfight of boxing, the grappling, crouched on-the-mat struggle of wrestling and the technical, flowing form of karate. All of this makes MMA one of the fastest growing sports in the past decade, with last month’s “UFC Fight for the Troops 2” drawing 2.5 million viewers on SpikeTV. Reyes, who stumbled upon MMA during a class in September at Ithaca’s new Ultimate Athletics facility — which opened five months ago — said he’s fallen in love with the sport. “It’s absolutely crazy, the feeling that you get when you’re in [the octagon],” Reyes said. “It’s such a huge adrenaline
rush. You feel like you’ve been in there for five years when in reality you’re only in there for two, three minutes a round.” Reyes, who stands with his arms held close to his body, moves around the mat with short steps, remaining square to his training partner. His eyes widen for a split second as he plants his left foot. His calf muscle tenses, and it looks as if an invisible shock travels from his lower body up through his forearm as he lands a ground-shaking blow to his trainer’s outstretched pad. Pulling his arm quickly back into a defensive stance close to his head, Reyes sidesteps and ducks a jab from his opponent. Reyes, who grew up in Hawaii and has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, said he was attracted to MMA because of the diversity of it. “It teaches you to combine multiple fighting styles into one instance, which is a more realistic form of self-defense in real life,” Reyes said. “It’s more fun.” Freshman Hayden Carhart also participates in an MMA class at Ultimate Athletics and said the sport is more than what it appears to be. “It isn’t all brawling and fighting,” Carhart said. “There is a huge technical aspect of it.” This precision of MMA is commonly overlooked — one quick mistake could lead to a swift knockout, as professional fighter
What is mixed martial arts?
Mixed martial arts is a combat sport that is typically conducted in an octagon cage and draws on the interdisciplinary forms of fighting — jiu-jitsu, judo, karate, boxing, kicking boxing and wrestling.
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Even though MMA is a contact sport, there are still fouls and restrictions while fighting in the cage. Strikes to the back of the head or throat are illegal.
Head-butting and hairpulling are illegal.
Eye-gouging, biting or spitting at an opponent will result in a foul.
Fighters are not allowed to grab an opposing fighter’s clavicle.
Fighters will be called for a foul if they execute a kick to an opponent’s kidney with the heel.
Striking downward using the point of the elbow is illegal.
Kicking or kneeing the head of a grounded opponent is a foul.
Any attack to the groin results in a penalty.
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Forrest Griffin could attest to. In UFC 101, Griffin threw a combination of lazy punches that opponent and UFC professional Anderson Silva dodged. Silva then countered with a quick jab to the face that sent Griffin to the mat. Carhart said the physical challenge of MMA motivated him to try it out. “I have always been very athletic, so I figured it’d be a cool thing to try out,” Carhart said. “The workouts seemed very challenging, so it was right up my ally.” Junior Derek Brenon, another participant in Ultimate Athletics’ From left, Don Carlo-Clauss attempts to grab Darius MMA classes, said he has liked Helyiger’s leg last Thursday at Ultimate Athletics. MMA so such he might look into Both fighters are members of the BombSquad. fighting an amateur match this michelle boulÉ/the ithacan summer. Brenon, who is currently on the college’s wrestling team and has compiled a 20–1 record business are drawn from his experiences this year, said MMA helps with elements on South Hill. beyond the ring. “I’d like to give thanks to [Head Coach] “You get self-defense, cardio, weight Marty Nichols and Ithaca wrestling,” Ciotoli management — it brings all aspects to the said. “The same system we use for our busitable,” Brenon said. “It helps so many kids get ness is the same system I learned at Ithaca off of the street and stay out of trouble. I use College. If there was one thing I really learned it geared toward wrestling, but other people it was teamwork, hard work and having a use it geared toward staying in shape or us- good game plan.” ing martial arts for discipline.” Ciotoli said weight training helps fighters Reyes said the competitive, grueling na- build core strength, which is key in MMA, as ture of one-on-one MMA makes it one of in any sport where injuries occur. a kind. “A lot of times you’re using your core “It’s a great test of skill and determina- strength,” he said. “And I’ve noticed a lot tion of two human beings,” Reyes said. “It of guys tear cartilage in their ribs, which is really tests you to [see] how far you’re going probably a little more painful than a broken to go to win. That’s one thing I didn’t really rib, but it’s a pretty common injury.” get from other sports growing up. It really The BombSquad, a professional team that pushes you to the limit of where you feel like calls Ultimate Athletics its home after movyou can’t go anymore — and then you go ing from Cortland, N.Y., has existed for six some more.” years. The squad has 35 professional fighters As Reyes and his adversary leave the ring, in the area and has sent fighters to the UFC, it’s clear they have pushed themselves to Strikeforce and Bellatore. Ciotoli, who serves their limits. Reyes, exhausted and immersed as manager of the BombSquad, said the team in sweat that runs down his forehead and has progressed into a national power by soaks into his shirt, stands in the corner, his forming a wholesome attitude. chest heaving with each breath. “Our team is really one big family; all 35 Reyes also said it’s more intellectual than guys really chip in,” Ciotoli said. “We’re a one might think. tight-knit group. All our practices are really “I would say 20 percent physical, 80 per- intense. Everybody’s kind of like a mini coach cent mental,” Reyes said. “It helps me as a for everybody else. Even when guys don’t person to get in touch with my body, to get have fights coming up they’re coming in and in touch with my mind, to get in shape and helping out other guys and helping them get be healthy. It’s been a positive force in my life.” ready for fights.” Ultimate Athletics is looking to capiLooking toward the future, Reyes said a talize on the rising interest in MMA with career in MMA is up in the air. a building that claims to be the biggest “As of right now it’s a hobby, and I’m enMMA facility in the country, spanning tertaining any possibility of it becoming a 23,000 square feet. Ryan Ciotoli ’02, owner bigger part of my life,” Reyes said. “But for of Ultimate Athletics and a former assis- now it’s not a big goal. But if I do turn into tant wrestling coach for the Blue and Gold, the next big thing, then hell yeah, but I’ll take said the all-encompassing goals of his new it one step at a time.”
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The Hot Corner Casey Musarra
Falling in love with the game
inding a balance between romantic and corny is a tough task, and doing it on a budget is even harder. Gentlemen, if you’re looking to do something sweet but simple with the girlfriend on Valentine’s Day, why not take a blast from the past and throw on your favorite romantic sports movie to put her in the right mood without putting a damper on your wallet? With one of these top-five romantic sports films, you’re sure to score. 5. If comedy’s your genre of choice, “Fever Pitch” will please even the most stubborn Yankee fan — as long as you turn it off before the whole 2004 World Series segment. Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon’s on-screen chemistry and Fallon’s portrayal of a Red Sox-obsessed character make this 2000s hit a home run. 4. For a more recent drama, and if you’re looking to drop a couple extra bucks on a more serious date night, “The Fighter” is for you. While “Rocky” may have been the more obvious romantic boxing movie, “The Fighter,” which received seven Academy Award nominations, puts a new twist on a true story. Seeing Mark Wahlberg shirtless is probably enough to get any girl to the theater, but Oscar noms Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Melissa Leo deliver the biggest punches. 3. Four words: “Show me the money.” It’s the movie that taught us all that the human head weighs eight pounds, and even though Jonathan Lipnicki’s grown up, his five-year-old face remains a classic. “Jerry Maguire” features a stellar cast and some of the more memorable lines of any sports film. It also includes a classic love scene matched only by “Pretty Woman.” 2. “Bull Durham” is often recognized as one of the greatest sports films of all time, and it’s the wacky love triangle between pitcher, catcher and team groupie that makes it such. The tagline says it all: “Romance is a lot like baseball. It’s not whether you win or lose. It’s how you play the game.” Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon have never looked better, which is a win-win. 1. While these other romantic movies may lead to tears, there’s nothing quite as tear-jerky as “Love and Basketball,” which chronicles the love-hate relationship of Monica and Quincy, who both have aspirations to play in the NBA, from their meeting at 11 years old until later in life. This lesser-known cast comes through like Kobe Bryant at the buzzer in this beautifully written story by Gina Prince-Bythewood, who also directed the film. If you’re still having trouble deciding which movie to turn on, keep it sports themed — flip a coin. casey musarra is a senior televison-radio major. Contact her at email@example.com.
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Freshmen guards solidify team’s core By harlan green-taub staff writer
As the regular season winds down for the men’s basketball team, some players’ careers are coming to a close, while others’ are just taking off. For seniors guard Chris Cruz-Rivas and center Phil Barera, Saturday’s 94–89 loss to Utica College marked senior night and the second-to-last regular season game at Ben Light Gymnasium. But alongside Cruz-Rivas and Barera was a skilled supporting cast ready and willing to step it up. The play of freshman guards Christian Jordan and Miles Grier this season will help ease the The Bombers went Blue and Gold’s transi14-for-34 from beyond tion to next year. Jordan, the 3-point arc in an intense on-the-ball the Blue and Gold’s defender, has eased the 94–89 loss Saturday. pressure on defense for the assist leader in Division III, sophomore point guard Sean Rossi, who is averaging nearly two steals per 40 minutes. Rossi said he could tell early in the season Jordan would have a big impact on the team. “His energy on the defensive end has really allowed me to conserve my energy,” Rossi said. “He allows me to focus more on the offensive end because he winds up guarding the quicker of the two guards.” Jordan, who was named Empire 8 Freshman of the Week for the week of Nov. 22, said his defense-first style earned him playing time faster then he thought it would. “I wanted to make a difference as much as I could and try to help the team in any way possible,” Jordan said. “I knew that if I hustled and brought intensity to practice and to games that I should see playing time.” Jordan said the biggest challenge coming out of high school was adjusting to the strength and speed of the guards at the college level. “In high school, I was usually the fastest guy on the floor,” Jordan said. “But at this level every team has a fast guard, so adjusting to the quickness at this level was probably the most challenging part.” While Jordan’s contributions on defense have led to playing time, it has been Grier’s work on the opposite side of the ball that has him entrenched in the Bombers’ rotation. Standing at 6 feet 3 inches, with arms belonging to someone who should stand 6 feet 7 inches, Grier has become an integral part of the Bombers’ bench
From left, Utica College seniors James Patterson and Robert Whyte try to stop freshman Miles Grier as he drives past Utica sophomore Jeff Ward in the Blue and Gold’s 94–89 home loss Saturday.
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serving as their sixth man. He scored 18 points and recorded a game-high 10 free throw attempts in team’s 94–89 loss to Utica College on Saturday. Grier said the ups and downs of the longer college season have taken their toll, but coming to school ready to play has served him well. “Coming in the coaches told me if I came in shape I would see playing time,” Grier said. “They’ve given me freedom to work and create on offense, and as a freshman, that’s a big thing to have.” Cruz-Rivas said players like Jordan and Grier will help keep the program strong for the next several years. “They’ve both been fun to work with in prac-
tice, and they are as intense as anybody out there,” Cruz-Rivas said. “The team is really going to benefit from their energy and experience going forward.” Grier, who grew up in Atlanta, Ga., said he chose Ithaca College because of his high school coach’s connection to Head Coach Jim Mullins. He also wanted to attend a four-year school. Grier said the experience of being part of a winning program only motivates him to keep improving for the future. “Just being through the ups and downs of the season and having the success we’ve had makes you want to keep it going,” he said “I know my role on the team, and I am just trying to play better every day.”
Junior transfer guard handles transition with ease By jesse cases staff writer
Point guards in basketball are often described as many things: a floor general, a ball-handler and a playmaker. This season junior transfer point guard Jacqueline Shinall has been all of the above for the women’s basketball team. After losing All-American point guard Katherine Bixby ’11, who is ineligible after playing the past four years, last season, Head Coach Dan Raymond said he was unsure about who would step into the Bombers’ starting spot. “What we were banking on and what she has really provided us with was some experience,” Raymond said. “After four years of Bixby and having to replace that, it could have quite possibly been a freshman. That would have been a little bit shaky for us.” Raymond said he recruited Shinall and her fraternal twin Jennifer out of high school, but the two eventually decided to attend Connecticut College. Shinall said the team, which Jennifer still plays for, was a lot different than at Ithaca College. “For the amount of work we put in it was frustrating to go in day in and day out and lose games but people not care about losing,” Shinall said. “It was very frustrating that people didn’t appreciate hard work and didn’t want to work hard.”
From left, Utica College junior Katie McGee keeps pace with junior guard Jacqueline Shinall in the Blue and Gold’s 75–61 home win Saturday. kevin campbell/the ithacan
After deciding to transfer, Shinall said Ithaca was the most logical pick because the team was losing its starting point guard. Shinall said the coaches, positive atmosphere of the team, campus and academics also influenced her decision. Shinall said the process was
tough at first because she didn’t know anybody, but the team was welcoming and helped her adjust to life on South Hill. “It was great having a group of people that genuinely cared and wanted me to be a part of the team,” she said. “It’s been really good and made
the process a lot easier to transfer in.” After not starting the first two games of the season, Shinall kicked it up a notch and took over the starting point guard role. She has yet to relinquish the spot, starting 18 straight games for the Blue and Gold. Senior forward and captain Elissa Klie said the 5-foot-2-inch Shinall is “a little spitball of energy,” and she’s like a spark plug for the team. “She doesn’t want to have the ball in her hands for a long period of time, and that gets us going,” Klie said. “It gets movement in our offensive set early on in the possession. Defensively she’s aggressive, and you need somebody who’s going to bring that little extra bit of energy on both ends of the floor.” Shinall plays fast, but she is under control. She advances the ball up court within a second or two, cutting left, then right past defenders, before she sends a bounce pass rocketing into the hands of a cutting teammate. Shinall said it’s a completely different environment to have players around her that feel the same way she does about the game. “Everyone just puts in their all, and it’s just really nice,” Shinall said. “We have so many people who can step up and do big things for us, and it’s good to have a team full of people who work hard and want to be on a winning team.”
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Eyeing a takedown Bombers’ talented deep roster fueled up to grab NCAA title by kevin mccall
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With an overall record of 12–2 and six wrestlers ranked at the top of their individual weight classes, the wrestling team’s athletes continue to support one another and tweak their technique on their way to another run at a national title. Though the Bombers have not placed lower than third in the Eastern Collegiate Wrestling Conference championships since 1999, their last NCAA championship was in 1994. This year’s team has dominated opponents, outscoring them 111–15 in the last three matches. Senior Blaine Woszczak said everyone on the team acts as a support system for one another during both team and individual matches. “If one of us wins a match it’s because a lot of us are behind each other,” he said. Woszczak is one win shy of breaking the all-time record for wins set by Bob Panariello ’85, but he said he was looking at the match as another stepping stone toward the ultimate goal of winning a national title. “I’m not looking at it for the record, I’m looking at it as a ranked opponent coming up, and I’m just preparing for that and going day by day,” he said. Woszczak is one of four wrestlers on the team who are in the top five in Division III in their weight class. The others are juniors Seth Ecker and Jeremy Stierly and
sophomore Derek Brenon in the 133-, 141- and 157-pound weight classes, respectively. Graduate assistant coach Dave Sbriscia said the team’s upperclassmen have motivated the younger players and set a positive example of stepping up and performing to their full potential. “Watching [the upperclassmen] helps the younger guys build on their performances and provides them with big shoes to fill,” he said. Freshman Shane Bartrum said he’s worked with Sbriscia and junior heavyweight Matt Mahon on technique and filling out his body for the heavyweight class. “It’s great to be able to see their strengths and weaknesses and get feedback on what they do right and wrong during matches,” he said. “When I work out with them I feel like I’m learning a lot about the sport.” Film sessions have been incorporated more into the Bombers’ practices since the wrestling room got its own television. Head Coach Marty Nichols said he was trying to hold more film sessions as a team during winter break rather than meeting with people in the Hill Center individually. In dissecting match film, he hopes the players can improve on their past mistakes and gain a better understanding of their opponents. The Blue and Gold traveled to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for the Cliff Kean National Duals for their only action over winter break. It was the first time
From left, junior Derek Brenon takes down senior Nick Sanko during practice Monday in Ben Light Gymnasium. The Bombers are 12–2 overall this season and ranked fourth in the latest National Wrestling Coaches’ Association poll.
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in four seasons the team has traveled outside the Northeast region for dual-meet competition. The Bombers showed they could compete with upper-level teams, holding a lead against second-ranked Wartburg College. Mahon said it gave the Blue and Gold a chance to compete against rougher opponents they would face in the NCAA Championships. “They were mean guys, a lot rougher than we are out here in the East, but we had a lot more technique,” he said.
Mahon, who leads Ithaca with 15 pins, said the Bombers used the time off to keep one another in shape. “When we get into the grind we’re in right now, we don’t have time to work hard because you can’t beat each other up three days before a meet,” he said. “We’d go home and be sore and be happy about it because we had nothing else to do.” Following the Kean Duals, the Bombers did not compete again until the New York State Champion-
ships on Jan. 23 in Binghamton, N.Y. Only two other schools sent more semifinalists than Ithaca College, and both of them were in Division I. The Bombers finished seventh out of a field of 19 teams. Nichols is confident he has the strongest players in each weight class since the Bombers’ last NCAA title 17 years ago. “We probably have the best team we’ve had here since the team that won in 1994, and they can win it all again this year,” he said.
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Senior runner distances herself from competition KL: I get really intimidated by nationals; it’s a completely different environment. It’ll be cool if our DMR makes it because I have the experience now and kind of know that it’s not a fluke that I’m there, there’s actually a reason why I should be there. I ran to be here.
Senior distance runner Kate Leugers has routinely turned in the fastest times for the women’s indoor track team this season. Leugers, who currently has the team’s best time in the 800-, 1,000- and 5,000-meter runs this year. Leugers, a Richmond, Vt., native, transferred from Providence College in Rhode Island to Ithaca College as a sophomore and immediately made an impact on the program. As a sophomore, she broke the school record in the mile at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships and qualified for the NCAAs, where she placed 13th in the country. Last season, she broke her own record in the mile and provisionally qualified for nationals a second time. Leugers also competes in the distance medley relay, which comprises a 1,200-, 400- and 800-meter run and the mile, and is ranked 15th in the country. Sports Editor Andrew Weiser spoke with Leugers about her record-setting pace and the chance to qualify for NCAAs for a third consecutive season.
AW: Does competing on a relay team, instead of as an individual, change your mind-set going into a race? KL: There’s definitely something different about a relay. When you’re running, you’re not thinking about yourself — you see the other girls on your team who are cheering you on, and it’s like you’re doing it for them and not just you. You have that little extra because it’s not just yourself on the line. AW: Is there any specific meet or race you’re looking forward to, considering this is your senior year? KL: Going to Boston University this weekend will be cool, actually, because the last time I was there I was racing for Providence. So, donning a different jersey, and also I’ll be toeing the line probably with some Providence girls, so it might be kind of weird, but that’s a fun atmosphere.
AW: You have the fastest time in the 800-, 1,000and 5,000-meter events. Is that something you anticipated coming into this season? KL: I was kind of surprised because in the 800 we have some really speedy girls, so I wasn’t really expecting to have the fastest time in the 800; that’s kind of more toward anaerobic, and I’m really more aerobic, so it was kind of like speed work for the mile. The mile, I just love it. AW: While running the mile do you keep track of time in your head, or do you have a certain time you have to hit every lap? KL: It’s actually something I want to work on this year, just strategy. Because a lot of times I’ll go into a race, I don’t really have a strategy, like I
Senior Kate Leugers accelerates out of a turn in the 1,000-meter run at Cornell University’s Upstate Challenge on Jan. 22 in Barton Hall. Leugers placed fourth with a time of 3:04.02.
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have a time I want to hit, but I don’t really have the steps to get there. Our team is very paceoriented, so we’ll have a little bulletin before the race that says, “Leugers, 36 seconds a lap,” so it’ll say the exact pacing per lap. … I’m kind of trying to get away from that, because sometimes you’re feeling good and you hear this pace and
you’re a little fast, so you think you can let up. I feel that may kind of cap what you can do, and I’d rather go for something like competition. AW: Does the competitive environment of a meet change when you’re going up against the top athletes on the national stage?
AW: As you and the team begin to build toward the postseason, is nationals always the ultimate goal? KL: [Head Coach Jennifer Potter] has talked about getting numbers to nationals. It’s kind of cool because since I transferred here, just seeing little by little, and not even every year, but even every season, getting that much better and more people qualifying for states, ECACs and nationals. It’s definitely really exciting, and I feel that it’s kind of culminating, and it’ll be exciting to see what we can do.
Look online for game stories from these sports: TOMORROW
• 1 p.m. Women’s indoor track at Boston University’s Valentine Classic in Boston, Mass. • 6 p.m. Women’s basketball at St. John Fisher College • 7 p.m. Wrestling vs. Wilkes University in Ben Light Gymnasium. • 8 p.m. Men’s basketball at St. John Fisher College
• 10 a.m. Women’s indoor track at Cornell University’s Robert Kane Invitational in Ithaca, N.Y. • 10 a.m. Men’s indoor track at Cornell University’s Robert Kane Invitational in Ithaca, N.Y. • 1 p.m. Gymnastics at Cornell University • 1 p.m. Gymnastics vs. University of Bridgeport, Towson University and Southern Connecticut State University at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. • 2 p.m. Women’s basketball at Alfred University • 4 p.m. Men’s basketball at Alfred University
• 6 p.m. Women’s basketball vs. Rochester Institute of Technology in Ben Light Gymnasium • 8 p.m. Men’s basketball vs. Rochester Institute of Technology in Ben Light Gymnasium
• 7 p.m. Wrestling at SUNY-Cortland Bold = Home game
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where we stand
1. Ithaca College 2. Stevens Institute of Technology 3. Hartwick College 4. St. John Fisher College 5. Rochester Institute of Technology
1 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
15 5 15 5 12 7 12 9 10 10
Win% .750 .750 .632 .571 .500
Ithaca College St. John Fisher College Stevens Institute of Technology Utica College Nazareth College
W L 15 5 13 9 15 5 11 9 8 12
Win% .750 .591 .750 .550 .400
Sophomore Kenneth Li begins a game of billiards Tuesday at the Recreation Center in Campus Center. The center offers cable TV, billiards, pingpong, foosball and board games and is open Monday through Friday from noon to 11:30 p.m. Graham Hebel/the Ithacan
8 1. 2. 3. 4. 8.
Women’s Indoor Track** Average Points
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (Wis.) Wartburg College (Minn.) Williams College (Mass.) Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Mass.) Ithaca College
177.41 154.05 122.70 103.01 69.60
*Empire 8 Standings/Overall Records ** U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association
The number of players on the wrestling team who are ranked in the top 10 of their individual weight class. See story on page 25.
The number of points the men’s basketball team scored in a 94–89 loss to Utica College on Saturday. See story on page 24.
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Weird news from the wide world of sports
With a six-year, $111 million contract preceded by a six-year, $64 million contract, Orlando Magic guard Gilbert Arenas is one of the highest paid players in the NBA. Arenas’ expenses range from a $60,000 train set for his children to maintaining his pet sharks in his backyard pool and grotto for $6,500 per month. But his most recent expense came up during halftime of the Magic’s contest with the Miami Heat on Thursday night when he was served child support papers. The Associated Press reported that the team’s press secretary stopped Arenas as he walked off the floor into the locker room and handed him papers regarding a California petition filed by his girlfriend Laura Mendoza Govan. Arenas clearly still had the situation on his mind during the game, managing to score a meager five points in the second half. – Kevin McCall
play of the week Marcia McCord Senior Women’s track and field McCord qualified for the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships in the long jump with a distance of 5.35 meters at East Stroudsburg’s DeSchriver Invitational on Saturday. She was a member of the Bombers’ 800-meter relay team that placed fifth and qualified for ECACs.
Going the distance The senior sprinter competed in the long jump, triple jump and 400-meter dash at last year’s NCAA Indoor Championships with finishes of 5.44 meters, 11.05 meters and 55.79 seconds, respectively. McCord won the 55- and 200-meter dashes at the Empire 8 Indoor Championships on Jan. 30 at Rochester Institute of Technology. She broke her own conference records in the triple jump, with a distance of 11.41 meters and in the short sprints with a time of 7.31. She competed in nine events throughout last year’s indoor season and recorded season bests in the 55- and 60-meter dash with times of 7.29 and 7.97.
Man, this is real. And I got to see Marshall Faulk and Shannon Sharpe cry. Former NFL cornerback Deion Sanders describes his reaction to joining the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2011. Sanders, Faulk and Sharpe will be inducted along with Richard Dent, Les Richter, Ed Sabol and Chris Hanburger at the induction ceremonies, which will take place Aug. 6.
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Air traffic control
From left, sophomore Meghan Fiore tries to prevent senior Elissa Klie from getting to the basket against Utica freshman Alyssa Filkins in the South Hill squad’s 75–61 victory Saturday in Ben Light Gymnasium. The Blue and Gold honored seniors Jordan Confessore, Jane DeBiasse and Klie at halftime for their contributions to the team during the past four seasons. michelle boulÉ/the ithacan