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For sophomore Yiwei Zhu, spending spring break in Florida last year meant a lot more than basking in the southern sun. In the Spring 2011 semester, Zhu traveled to Pensacola, Fla., on one of Ithaca College’s Alternative Spring Break trips, which are service learning trips offered to students to help communities in need. During the seven-day experience, Zhu and 12 other students from the college spent time helping with the restoration of the Gulf Coast’s ecosystem. Zhu said she chose Pensacola because of its environmental focus, an area she is interested in learning more about.


“I’d never done any kind of service that was environmentally centered, so I thought, ‘Oh, I want to do that,’” she said. “It was interesting to learn about the ecosystem down there, especially since Ithaca itself is such an environmentally friendly community.” The college has offered the Alternative Spring Break program for several years. This year, 42 students will be traveling to Pensacola, Fla., Washington D.C., Salamanca, N.Y., and Beckley, W.Va. In 2011 there were 24 participants and in 2010 there were 33. Freshman Olivia Norris, who will be going on the Salamanca trip next week, said she chose the southwestern New York location because of the opportunity to develop her passion for

in as a first-year student. I’ll live in a first-year residence hall building. As a sophomore student, I’ll have a choice to either live in a learning community or a sophomore experience building. And then as a junior and a senior, I'll have the opportunity to live in apartments primarily, or other areas which may be of interest,’” she said. Solt-Prunty said she doesn't think the shift to all-freshmen Towers will upset many upperclassmen. “That is not the most popular place for our returning students to sign up in,” Solt-Prunty said. “Typically, our returning students are looking to live in the Terraces or in Emerson or in the apartments, for the most part.” Sophomore Michael McBride lived in first-year housing last year and currently works as a resident assistant in East Tower.

Greg Woodward, dean of the Ithaca College School of Music and longtime faculty member of the college, will become Carthage College’s new president this summer, the college announced Tuesday. Carthage College is a private liberal arts college located in Wisconsin with a total student enrollment of about 3,400. Woodward has assumed multiple leadership roles at the college. He has served as dean of graduate and professional studies and in 2010-11 as interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. WOODWARD said he couldn't pass Woodward joined up the opportunity the Department for presidency. of Music Theory, History and Composition as a composer in 1984 and has been a professor since 2000. President Tom Rochon said the college is not only losing a great leader in the School of Music, but also a colleague in the planning of IC 20/20, the college’s strategic vision for the school. “It’s always bittersweet when a talented leader leaves the college for another opportunity,” Rochon said. “It’s especially bittersweet here because we worked so closely together last year when he was interim provost, but this is an opportunity he deserves, and I don’t know if I have ever met anyone as ready to be a successful president as he is.” Woodward said he was not actively looking for a new job, but applied when an opportunity arose, just like many positions he has served in his 34 years at the college. “It’s a bittersweet kind of feeling, but I’m so looking forward to working at this school,” he said. “It’s a great school, and the opportunity to be the president is something really special, and when that came along, there was really no way to not do it.” Brad Andrews, senior vice president for academic resources at Carthage College, said a search for a new president has been under way since early autumn and more than 60 candidates applied for the position. Andrews said Woodward’s background and experience at Ithaca College made him stand out in the application process. “Greg has tireless energy,” Andrews said. “He’s full of great ideas, and he has a personality and a style of engagement that really is a great fit for this college.

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working with children. Salamanca is located on the Allegany Indian Reservation, where students will be working with Native American youths. “I like working with children, and I know the trip will involve working with children and helping them get more involved with their schoolwork through tutoring,” she said. “I’m also an occupational therapy major, so it really applies to my field.” Norris said her roommate’s passion for Native American culture piqued her interest in the Salamanca trip, where she hopes to learn more about the local land. “I’m looking forward to going somewhere else and experiencing a new culture,” she said.

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Freshman housing to take over West and East Towers by lucy walker staff writer

The West Tower will join East Tower next fall as part of the First-Year Residential Experience, a shift that marks a step toward more unified freshman housing on campus. The expansion comes partially as a result of IC 20/20’s Initiative 4: First Year Housing and Learning Communities to Increase Integrative Learning. Following East Tower's first-year designation last semester, West Tower will be the fifth building in the First-Year Residential Experience, along with Boothroyd, Tallcott and Rowland Halls in the Upper Quads. Bonnie Solt-Prunty, director of Residential Life and assistant dean for First-Year Experiences, said the idea of unified housing for all freshmen preceded IC 20/20. However, its inclusion in the plan has helped foster progress. First-year housing

Freshman Joe Ricotta walks Tuesday through the West Tower lobby. Next semester, both West and East Tower will be exclusively freshman housing. rachel woolf/the ithacan

is optional for now, but will become mandatory in the future, once Residential Life converts enough buildings on campus to hold an entire class. This scenario, which would

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incorporate more of the quad buildings, is still a few years away, Solt-Prunty said. “There will be a progression for students through housing. ‘I'll come

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Romney feels confident about race

The soldiers were on patrol in Helmand province at the time of the blast Tuesday evening. Britain’s defense secretary said efforts were under way to recover the vehicle and identify the soldiers. The deaths are certain to fuel calls for the acceleration of a planned withdrawal of all U.S.-led coalition troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. The war has become increasingly unpopular in the U.S. and among its NATO partners in Europe. Helmand has been the deadliest province by far for coalition troops since the Afghan war started over a decade ago. Most of Britain’s 9,500 soldiers are based there, and the province also has thousands of U.S. troops. So far this year, 54 NATO troops have been killed in Afghanistan, including 38 from the U.S. and four from Britain.

Mitt Romney says he’s got the time, the resources and the plan to take him all the way to a Republican presidential nomination. The front-runner in the Republican presidential race didn’t score a knockout punch on Super Tuesday. But he says he has strong enough support to propel him all the way to the presidential ballot against President Barack Obama come November. In an appearance yesterday on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” Romney said he’s feeling “pretty darn good” about his showing on Super Tuesday, when he won a narrow victory in crucial Ohio and picked up five other states as well. Rick Santorum won three states, and Newt Gingrich picked up one. Romney predicts that once the Republicans settle on a nominee, a united party will defeat Obama.

Hackers launch revenge attacks

Breivik faces charges for massacre

Hackers claiming allegiance to the amorphous Anonymous movement say they’ve defaced several sites belonging to online defense firm Panda Security. Anonymous supporters have been rattled by a trans-Atlantic investigation that has exposed one of the group’s best-known hackers, Sabu, as an alleged FBI informant. U.S. and British officials charged six men and one adolescent with a host of computer crimes linked to Sabu’s activities Tuesday, sowing anger and confusion among supporters of the loose-knit network. But the group fired back with an attack against dozens of Panda Security subsites, accusing the company of working with law enforcement. Panda Security, based in Bilbao, Spain, said yesterday its main site wasn’t compromised.

Anders Behring Breivik was indicted yesterday on terror and murder charges for slaying 77 people in a bomb and shooting rampage, but prosecutors said the confessed killer won’t likely go to prison for Norway’s worst peacetime massacre. Prosecutors said they consider the 33-yearold right-wing extremist psychotic and will seek a sentence of involuntary commitment to psychiatric care instead of imprisonment, unless new information about his mental health emerges during the trial set to begin in April. They charged him under a paragraph in Norway’s anti-terror law that refers to violent acts intended to disrupt key government functions or spread fears in the population. Breivik has confessed to the July 22 attacks but denies criminal guilt, portraying the victims as “traitors” for embracing immigration policies he claims will result in an Islamic colonization of Norway.

Defense secretary calls for airstrikes

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta pushed back yesterday against fresh demands for U.S. military involvement in Syria to end President Bashar Assad’s deadly crackdown on his people. The panel’s top Republican, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, said the estimated 7,500 dead and the bloodshed calls for U.S. leadership that a Democratic president, Bill Clinton,

Six UK soldiers struck by explosion

Six British soldiers are believed to be killed after an explosion hit their armored vehicle in southwestern Afghanistan, Britain’s Ministry of Defense said yesterday. If confirmed, it would be the biggest loss of life for British forces in the country since a plane crash in 2006.


A Nepalese boy with a painted face jumps in the air as he celebrates “Holi,” the festival of colors, in Katmandu, Nepal, yesterday. The religious festival also marks the coming of spring, and it is primarily celebrated in India, Nepal and other countries with large Hindu populations. Binod Joshi/associated press

displayed during the Bosnian war in the 1990s and that Obama eventually showed in Libya last year. The Pentagon chief later added that the United States is not holding back and is leading in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria in the war on terrorism. Testifying before the committee, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey and Panetta offered a cautionary note to the call by McCain to launch U.S. airstrikes against Assad’s regime.

Private investors aid in Greek crisis

Greece saw participation by private investors in its massive debt relief deal rise yesterday, bringing the country closer to avoiding a default that would plunge it into financial chaos and reignite the European debt crisis. With a little over 24 hours left before the deadline for acceptances, private investors owning about 46 percent of Greece’s privately held debt have so far committed publicly to the bond swap.

For the deal to work — and for Greece to secure a related 130 billion euros international bailout — Athens needs 90 percent of investors to sign up. However, a voluntary participation rate of around 70 percent could be enough to force most holdouts to go along. The Institute of International Finance, which has been leading the debt talks for large private creditors, said firms holding 81 billion euros of Greek bonds have agreed to the deal. The 30 firms include 12 banks and investment funds that already declared their participation Monday as well as all major Greek banks. On top of that, Greek Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos said some 14 billion euros in bonds owned by Greek investment funds but managed by the central bank would also be added to the debt relief. Greek officials said they are hopeful that funds that directly manage another 3 billion euros in bonds would also sign up. SOURCE: Associated Press



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UK intensifies student visa regulations by Jack Curran staff writer

As part of the British government’s widespread attempt to crack down on illegal immigration, Britain has made changes to its visa regulations including an increase in the fee on student visas. Ithaca College’s popular London Center was recently awarded a Highly Trusted Sponsor status by the British government, which means few students will be affected by the new policies, Rachel Cullenen, director of study abroad in the Office of International Programs, said. The only change that will affect students at the college is the price increase, which will bring up the fee from $400 to nearly $500. The new policies are meant to prevent foreign students from completely immigrating to the country instead of coming just to study. The visa fee will vary depending on the program the student is enrolled in and their estimated living expenses. Britain also continues to require students to prove they had the financial support to pay for their program, accommodations and living expenses without working. The British government will also eliminate the existing post-study work program next month, which allows foreign students to spend an additional two years in Britain after they have received their degrees. So far, the college’s London Center has received 67 applications for the fall semester. Bill Sheasgreen, director of the London Center, said these regulations will not significantly affect the undergraduates at the center, but they may affect students from other institutions. “The visa costs are going up,” he said. “They’re not going up spectacularly, they’re just keeping pace with inflation.” Under the new regulations, foreign students will be able to remain in the country if they have graduated from a college or university and have a job offer that will pay a minimum of $31,500 a year. Students will also have the option of remaining in the country if they have at least $80,000 to invest in a business. According to the Home Office, the British government’s department for passports and immigration, these restrictions will help boost the British economy and ensure that foreign students can support themselves after graduating. Sheasgreen said these major changes will only

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Bill Sheasgreen, director of the London Center for Ithaca College, breaks down information about the center in Textor 102 to students who plan to study abroad in London the following semester.

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affect a small number of students from the college because most of them do not get full-time degrees in London. Few students return to London to get a master’s degree. Cullenen said the regulations are generally not aimed at American students. “The reason the British government is putting all of these requirements in place is to make sure students who are coming to the country are coming as students and are not coming with the intentions to immigrate,” Cullenen said. “Clearly for the U.S. market, that’s really not a risk.” The United Kingdom has consistently been the most popular country for study abroad at the college, and it is the most popular study abroad destination nationwide, followed by Spain, Italy, Australia, Ireland and Argentina, according to the Institute of International Education. Study abroad is a key aspect in the college’s goal of educating the global citizen, and it is a major point in IC 20/20, the college’s core curriculum plan. The college plans to change the current trend of students studying mainly in Europe and begin sending more students to Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Cullenen also said the United Kingdom is one of the stricter countries when it comes to student visas. Students must go through visa fees and undergo a biometrics appointment. Cullenen said the London Center’s new trusted sponsor status allows for a less strict process for acquiring student visas. This semester, the British government has become more lenient with the timeline for this process at the college. “That changed, a little bit, the severity and the close attention to the timeline that students had to follow,” Cullenen said. “We have seen that they have started being a little bit more flexible with certain requirements.” Though the process is long, students who want internships while at the London Center are willing to do it. Sophomore Dylan Lyons said he wants to take advantage of the opportunities for internships in London during the spring semester of next year. “We’ll have certain connections for internships that you might not get if you went to another country,” Lyons said. “[The visa process] is a little complicated, and it costs a decent amount of money, but I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.”

Organic waste program gains momentum at IC by Kacey Deamer Staff Writer

Ithaca College’s compost initiative has continued to expand, matching the college’s commitment to be environmentally conscious. This semester, Ithaca Dining Services is using Recyclemania, a recycling competition, to increase student consciousness and understanding of compost and food waste. Stephanie Piech, sustainability coordinator for Sodexo, said Dining Services is committed to a reduction of food waste and dining byproducts such as containers and utensils. The Weigh the Waste campaign is one aspect of Sodexo’s commitment to sustainability. The event is designed to track the amount of waste students produce during a lunch or dinner period by asking students to dump whatever is left on their plates onto a scale. Kat Lawton, a sustainability intern with Dining Services, stood in front of the dish return in Campus Center on Thursday, asking students to clear their plates onto the scale. She said student reaction was mixed. Some asked questions and thanked her for “being environmental” while others were reluctant. “They have to scrape it into the

IC sets record for undergrad applications

bucket, and all of a sudden they become so weirded out by it,” she said. “If you’re comfortable putting that food in your body, then you should have no discomfort taking the food off the plate.” The college’s composting program has grown since the March 2007 switch from an on-site operation to outsourcing to Cayuga Compost, a composting business in Trumansburg, N.Y. Mark Darling, sustainability programs coordinator for the college, said the switch is more sustainable because nutrients left in food scrap compost are getting back into food production rather than ornamental planting. Before the change, compost was done on-campus using large machinery in a building near the Office of Public Safety on a smaller scale. Now, compost is collected every day and put in a specially outfitted truck, which then transports the organic waste three times a week to Cayuga Compost. Darling said some compost bins are put in place by staff or faculty in buildings such as the Administration Annex and the Center for Natural Sciences, while others come with building upgrades. “For all the renovation that

Ithaca College has received a record number of undergraduate applications for the fall of 2012. Eric Maguire, vice president of e n ro l l m e nt and communication, said the college has received 13,786 app l i c a t i o n s MAGUIRE said the for the up- cause for the applicant increase will coming fall be researched. s e m e s t e r, exceeding the previous record of 13,546 applications from fall 2008 by a margin of 240 students. The number is expected to grow to about 13,820 once some incomplete applications are finalized. He said research to find the cause for the increase in applicants will be conducted after all applications are reviewed. “We’ll still do some analysis afterward through our review process,” he said. “We haven’t had the time to go back and reflect as to why our applications are increasing.” Maguire said the high number of applications does not guarantee that a similarly large number of students will enroll in the fall. “Applicant totals do not always translate into enrolled students,” he said. The college hopes for about 1,600 to 1,650 freshmen to enroll for the 2012-13 academic year. The college will distribute acceptance letters and financial aid packages by April. Read more of this story online at


Another town defeats firm by TinaMarie Craven staff writer

Sophomore Emily Flemming throws waste into the compost bin at noon yesterday in IC Square. The college encourages students to compost. Rachel Orlow/the ithacan

we’ve done, compost has been included in your choice of materials management,” he said. Darling also said he hopes to implement composting at the two apartment complexes on campus. However, the sites would have to be outdoors and unmonitored, so residents would need to be educated on composting and make a legitimate effort to follow through. Piech said every year there is a new group of students to educate. She said some changes are being made to composting signs around campus, like in IC Square, so there is

a more consistent message. This will help students understand why they should compost and where their compost goes, Piech said. The goal is to make students aware of their food waste, educate them on how to manage their waste and encourage them to actually follow the different waste options. “We’re going to do what we call a ‘can dump’ in retail to boost some of the education there,” she said. “We’re going to bust into the food court and take a trash bin, dump it on a tarp, and then sort things that should have been sorted.”

A New York state court ruling gave the Town of Middlefield in Otsego County the right to prohibit natural gas drilling within its limits. Donald F. Cerio Jr., Otsego County acting supreme court judge, ruled the Town of Middlefield, located about 115 miles northeast of Ithaca, can amend zoning laws to ban hydraulic fracturing within its jurisdiction. The Feb. 24 ruling came after Cerio decided local officials have the right to regulate drilling methods and manners within the town. The Middlefield ruling followed a similar court decision in the Town of Dryden on Feb. 21., where the judge determined that New York state law should not impede a town from amending its zoning laws. Deborah Goldberg, an attorney for Middlefield, said the cases will set a precedent to empower town law, but not to prevent fracking throughout the state of New York. “What it very well may do is give communities who were on the fence the courage to go ahead and do what they need to do to help protect themselves,” Goldberg said.

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“I’m excited to learn about this whole aspect of Native American life, about the territories and the history of the land.” Nationally, there are several organizations offering alternative spring break opportunities and resources. Break Away, a leading national alternative spring break resource organization, was founded in 1991 by two students at Vanderbilt University. Samantha Giacobozzi, program director for Break Away, said the organization saw a spike in student volunteers after Hurricane Katrina. “There were a lot of schools and school administrations ... that were interested in having an impact or being able to do a program,” she said. “Out of that, a lot of spring break programs were formed.” According to a 2011 study by the U.S. Department of Labor, college student volunteer numbers decreased between September 2007 and 2010. However, the numbers increased from 29.2 percent in 2010 to 29.5 percent in 2011. Giacobozzi said Break Away expects numbers to continue rising. Boston University's alternative spring break website actually crashed in January from the amount of students logging on to register for its Alternative Spring Break program. The site of the university's Community Service Center had to offer a wait list for students who missed the registration cut off. Giacobozzi said this year around 72,000 people are going on trips through institutions registered with Break Away. Ithaca College is one of these institutions. Giacobozzi said service trips, like the Alternative Spring Break program, help students see the world differently. “I know the power of spending a lot of time learning about a social issue and immersing yourself in a different community, working on that issue, seeing firsthand the impact of these social issues

A group of Ithaca College students and chaperone Lynne Pierce, associate director of alumni relations, stand in front of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., last spring. The program focused on nonprofit work. courtesy of jENNIFER BARISH

and ... seeing the world in a different light,” she said. Don Austin, the director of Alternative Spring Break for the Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs, said the program is not affiliated with any national organization. Students only have to pay a small percentage of the total cost — which ranges from $275 to $475 depending on the destination — because the program is funded by OSEMA. “I prioritize part of that money to assist with the Alternative Spring Break program because spring break-style service emergent trips are a priority set by the college and are going to continue to be a priority as marked out in the IC 20/20 plan,” he said. Austin said the college prioritizes these service trips because they reflect the direct link of college education and application on the field. “Let’s look at the ‘Ready’ campaign,” he said.

“If we really want our students to genuinely be ‘Ready,’ they have to go beyond the classroom, and they have to be directly involved in the things that they are trying to discipline themselves in, the skills that they are trying to acquire [and] the areas that they want to be competent in.” Austin said there is still one more spot available for any student interested in going to Beckley, W. Va., and he will accept anyone up to Friday. Zhu, who plans on doing another break trip her senior year, said though she signed up for the trip to help others, she ended up also reaping personal benefits through her interactions with other students. “You understand yourself better by learning how you work with others and how you adapt to a new place,” she said. “It’s definitely one of the best experiences you can have.”

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He said he understands the advantages of freshman housing, but said he hopes it remains optional in the future. “I lived in Tallcott. It didn't help me, didn't hurt me,” McBride said. “I felt like I would have had a much better time if I lived with upperclassmen or a variety of ages because you’re able to meet more people and socialize, and you're able to learn from other levels.” Sophomore Isaac Ford parSOLT-PRUNTY said t i c i p a t e d freshman housing in Expeoffers cohesive r i e n cing student learning. Connections by Heading Outdoors, the Jumpstart program that focuses on outdoor learning. He said he enjoyed the opportunity to meet other freshmen but was glad to live in a multilevel dorm for the rest of the year. He said many of his friends loved living in Rowland Hall and flourished in that environment, but firstyear housing was just not what he wanted. “I feel like freshman housing provided too exclusive a group for people,” Ford said. “There was not enough room to branch out and meet people besides freshmen.” The development of this plan will also impact the residential learning communities in the long term. Nancy Menning, faculty fellow for the Sustainably Conscious Residential Learning Community, said specialized communities are an opportunity to grow and meet people with similar interests. “All the dorm communities have that kind of feeling to them,” Menning said. “There is something about the college experience for an undergraduate that is part of funding these kinds of living communities as ways to understand the transformations that are going on for people's identity and community and family and those kinds of things.” The expansion to the Circle Apartments, which includes an addition of 168 beds, will also affect student housing next year, Solt-Prunty said. All the new apartments will be four-person residencies, which will allow more upperclassmen to remain on campus. Solt-Prunty said the changing plan will enhance the student experience on campus and offer a sense of progression throughout students' four years at the college. “It makes a lot of sense to create this more developmental progression where as an underclassmen, you're living in more traditional housing, and, as an upperclassmen, you're living in more independent, apartmentstyle housing. That's what our students want to do naturally anyway,” she said.

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Carthage has been growing in quality and reputation for a number of years, and as a college, we’re poised to really take off and somebody with the energy and enthusiasm and vision that Greg Woodward has is absolutely a perfect fit for this college.” Wo o d w a r d said his multifaceted experience at the college has prepared him for the presidency at Carthage. “I think I’ve served on pretty much every committee that the college had at one point or another and worked closely with students, staff, faculty and administration,” Woodward said. “I’m going to call it a blessing — not in the spiritual way, but sort of a blessing of my time at Ithaca — has been that I have been able to learn so much about the organization and try so many things that, without having really planned on this, it turned out

to be really a great preparation for the presidency.” Woodward marks the third dean from the college who has gone on to a college presidency since 2009. Dianne Lynch, dean of the Roy H. Park School of Communications, left to become president of Stephens College, and Susan West Engelkemeyer, dean of the School of Business, was named president of Nichols College. Rochon said he will —gregory woodward miss Woodward personally, but is happy he has the chance to advance in his career. “He’s been a wonderful friend and colleague, but again that’s tempered with an absolute joy that he’s being given an opportunity to use his talent at Carthage College,” Rochon said. Marisa Kelly, provost and vice president for academic affairs, will identify an interim dean to lead the School of Music next

“It’s a bittersweet kind of feeling, but I’m so looking forward to working at this school.”

Greg Woodward, dean of the music school, gives a presentation about IC 20/20 last fall. He will leave the college to be president of Carthage College.

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year while a search for a new dean takes place. Woodward said he will always remain attached to the college, especially to the School of Music. “I am going to miss all my friends, and I just feel so, so lucky to have spent so much of my professional and personal life with

these people and in this place,” Woodward said. “I really couldn’t have asked for a better situation. I’m thankful and yet, like I say, looking forward and eager for the new challenge,” he said. Assistant News Editor Erica Palumbo contributed to this report.

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Crafting a passion Freshman awarded scholarship for community involvement by kristen mansfield staff writer

Sometimes you get out of life what you put into it. In freshman Makenzie Holmsborg’s case, it came in the form of strong connections, recognition for her leadership — and a $5,000 check. In February, Holmsborg was awarded a grant for her community service efforts through the TruFit Good Citizen Scholarship, an award from Citizens Bank that recognizes students making a difference in their community. Holmsborg said she plans to put the money toward her passion for traveling and hopes to study abroad in Florence, Italy, in the spring of her sophomore year. From serving meals at homeless shelters to creating dog collars for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Holmsborg has consistently been involved in her community. The service skills that made Holmsborg stand out to the scholarship committee developed long before college. She spent her childhood getting involved with Girl Scouts and her church’s youth group, which sparked her passion for volunteering. “I’ve worked with a lot of people who are homeless and hungry, and they’re just so thankful for the smallest things,” she said. “For getting a meal, a bag of groceries, a shirt. They’re not caring that they might be hungry tomorrow. They’re living in the present.”

In seventh grade, Holmsborg used what she learned from her involvement with youth group and Girl Scouts and opened her own business, Krafty Kidz, an arts camp designed for girls with disabilities. Her love for making messes and building something out of nothing has made crafting a constant passion through her life. In her spare time, she said, she loves to create paper cranes for herself and her friends. “I love origami,” she said. “If [my friends] have a test or something, I give them a crane. They know if they get a crane, it’s from me.” What started as a one-day program turned into an annual, weeklong summer camp. Hiring employees and keeping track of inventory can be tiresome, she said, but the week of the camp is always a great time. “These girls are elementary and middle school age, so it really opens their minds up to a lot of philanthropy and volunteerism — just giving back to their community,” Holmsborg said. In addition to helping kids with disabilities, Holmsborg is also involved in the Ithaca community. She balances her involvement with IC for Invisible Children, multiple Special Olympics groups and her responsibilities as a student volunteer at Longview, a residential community for older adults. Bree Nash, volunteer coordinator at Longview, said she is always impressed with Holmsborg’s willingness to assist residents with everyday tasks that help foster their independence.

Freshman Makenzie Holmsborg was one of four second-prize winners of a TruFit Good Citizen Scholarship valued at $5,000. The program was created by Citizens Bank to reward students for their volunteer efforts and leadership.

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“She’s very enthusiastic working with older adults,” Nash said. “Caring, respectful and curious, too, about learning where they come from.” Holmsborg is an occupational science/therapy major and deaf studies minor. While her zeal for helping others played into the selection of her major, she said her biggest influence came from her babysitting job. Back home, Holmsborg works with an autistic boy named Trevor. She has been his babysitter for the past four years and helped him train for the Special Olympics. “I love being with him,” she said. “Babysitting Trevor opened my eyes to kids with special needs, and I got

to see what his occupational therapist did with him.” Freshman Allison Hausmann, her close friend and fellow occupational science/therapy major, said Holmsborg is constantly thinking about others, even outside of her babysitting job and community service projects. “She’s really sweet — really a sweetheart,” Hausmann said. “We’ll be in the dining hall and see people sitting by themselves, and she goes, ‘We should go eat with them!’” Hausmann said when Holmsborg is not volunteering, she brings her caring personality to the field and the court, participating in club sports like softball and volleyball

with their friends. Holmsborg admits that she’d rather encourage her teammates than be a competitive player. “I’m like a big cheerleader, which is kind of embarrassing because I’m a player,” she said. “They laugh because I’m always like, ‘Great job!’” Though her life may seem hectic, she tries not to get too stressed by finding relaxation through crafting and remembering lessons she learns from her campers. “If you spend time worrying about every little thing, you’re just going to drive yourself crazy,” she said. “The kids appreciate the small things in life, and that’s what I try to live by.”

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Researchers target pain Katherine Beissner, a physical therapy professor at Ithaca College, and her research group were recently granted $1.5 million to research pain treatment in older patients. The grant, given by the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, will help Beissner’s project team test the effectiveness of paincentered physical therapy that she developed with BEISSNER said Cornell University doctor the grant will fund Manny C. Reid. The proj- further research ect, titled “Treating Pain to into pain therapy. Reduce Disability Among Older Home Health Patients,” will be spread among more patients in New York City. It aims to treat pain in older adults through physical and mental rehabilitation. Staff Writer Patrick Feeney spoke to Beissner about her work and how the grant will further her team’s research in the fields of physical therapy and pain management. Patrick Feeney: How did the project begin? Katherine Beissner: Pain is a problem Reid sees as a physician and I see as a physical therapist that’s not easily resolved, no matter how many drugs you give a person. Even if they get some results with those drugs, there’s still disability associated with it, and sometimes physical therapy alone is not enough. However, psychotherapists and mental health professionals are not readily available to older adults. There’s also a stigma sometimes that they don’t want to access that kind of treatment. What we wanted to do was develop something that would integrate the psychological and social aspects of pain treatment into something that is accessible to older adults. We’re having physical therapists incorporate some teaching of coping strategies

and self-management strategies to adults in the home setting, in addition to doing their physical therapy treatments. PF: How will the $1.5 million aid in research? KB: What we did before was small. We trained three groups of physical therapists in treatment techniques. They implemented it with fewer than 30 patients. We’re going to be reaching 500 patients, but we’ll actually be looking at a total of 1,000 patients in the five boroughs. PF: What goals are you trying to achieve with the research? KB: The prior research really looked at whether or not physical therapists could deliver the program accurately and efficiently in the home care setting and whether patients found the program acceptable to them. What we need to do next is see whether or not it actually does decrease their pain and increase their functional abilities afterwards. PF: Before physical therapy was applied to home care, what would patients do? KB: They would do just normal physical therapy. Usual physical therapy treatment for a patient who, say, has a total knee replacement, would not focus on the pain. The focus would be on the function, doing exercises, and we would address the pain only if it was really limiting. Now what we’re going to do is directly address the pain, just really drawing attention to it, having patients focus on it and thinking about the pain in the ways they’re going to be responsible for dealing with it. PF: Are there plans for expansion? KB: Home care is a natural first setting for us, but we’re also looking into physical therapy in outpatient settings.


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College & City Literary journalist to launch Kesh Center with lecture

Roberto Herrscher, an innovative Latin American literary journalist, will serve as the first visiting scholar-inresidence for the launch of the Kesh Center for Global Communications Innovation. Herrscher will give a free, public lecture titled HERRSCHER “History and Personal Experience as Sources of Narrative Journalism: Why and How I Returned to the Falkland/Malvinas Battlefields 25 Years Later” at 7 p.m. tonight in the Park Auditorium. Herrscher is the director of the master’s program in journalism at the University of Barcelona.

ITS announces email change from Webmail to Microsoft

Ithaca College Information Technology Services recently announced it will replace Webmail, the faculty, staff and student email, with Microsoft Live@edu. According to a press release from the college, the college’s current email system is four years old and has capacity and performance issues. In addition, Miraport, Webmail’s vendor, plans to significantly increase its costs in the next fiscal year. The press release also stated that research has shown that more than half of four-year colleges in the country have outsourced their email services. Live@edu is an Internet-hosted

version of Microsoft Exchange, plus added applications, and is free for educational institutions. The new email will include 10 GB of email and calendar data storage, another 25 GB of online file storage, group calendaring and shared online documents using Office Web Apps.

Student trustee position application now available

The application is now available online for students wishing to apply for the college’s student trustee position. The college will hold an informational session about the position at 7 p.m. tonight in Taughannock Falls Room in Campus Center. The position is a two-year term, so only students who can commit to staying in Ithaca for two academic years are eligible. Student trustees are full-voting members of the Board of Trustees and are expected to sit on two Board committees.

Retired professor awarded for gerontology education

John Krout, professor emeritus and retired founding director of the Ithaca College Gerontology Institute, was recently recognized for his contributions to the growth of geriatrics education by the Association for Gerontology in KROUT Higher Education. The AGHE presented Krout with the 2012 Clark Tibbits Award at its

38th meeting in Arlington, Va. Krout spearheaded the college’s partnership with Longview, a nearby retirement community, which created learning opportunities for both Longview residents and IC students.

Cornell study on cancer cells reveals how cells migrate Researchers at Cornell Univer-

sity have identified two key proteins, transglutaminase and heat-shockprotein-70, that are needed for cancer cells to move. They have uncovered a new pathway that treatments could block to immobilize mutant cells and keep cancer from spreading. The study was co-authored by Cornell graduate student Lindsey Boroughs, Jared L. Johnson ’11 and Marc Antonyak, senior research associate. The study was published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, which publishes research papers on biological processes.

Music professor featured at monthly faculty forum Deborah Rifkin, newly tenured

assistant professor in the School of Music, will be the featured presenter at the IC Faculty Colloquium. Rifkin will present her lecture, “Meaning in Contemporary Music: Jennifer Higdon’s Tex- RIFKIN tured Tales,” from 5 to 6:30 p.m. today in the Clark Lounge. The IC Faculty Colloquium was launched during the fall semester.

Public Safety Incident Log February 16 Medical Assist LOCATION: Terraces SUMMARY: Caller reported a general illness. Person was transported to CMC by ambulance. Master Patrol Officer Donald Lyke. Found Property LOCATION: Center for Natural Sciences SUMMARY: Person found a backpack and turned it over to the Office of Public Safety.

February 17 Making Graffiti LOCATION: Baker Bridge SUMMARY: Officer reported an unknown person wrote graffiti. Investigation pending. Sergeant James Landon. Harassment LOCATION: Emerson Hall SUMMARY: Caller reported a person sent them unwanted emails and text messages. Investigation pending. Patrol Officer Bruce Thomas. Conduct Code Violation LOCATION: Terraces SUMMARY: Officer reported alcohol in a room. Two people judicially referred for underage possession of alcohol. Security Officer Trent Lucas. Case Status Change LOCATION: Public Safety SUMMARY: Officer identified the person responsible for the graffiti reported Jan. 30 in Emerson Hall. One person was judicially referred. Patrol Officer Robert Jones.

Criminal Mischief LOCATION: Terraces SUMMARY: Caller reported an unknown person damaged a light fixture. Investigation pending. Patrol Officer Bruce Thomas. Trespass LOCATION: Ben Light Gymnasium SUMMARY: Caller reported people in a locked area after hours. Ten people judicially referred for trespassing and two people for underage possession of alcohol. Security Officer Lucas Thomas.

February 18 Conduct Code Violation LOCATION: Landon Hall SUMMARY: Person declined medical assistance from ambulance and was judicially referred for irresponsible use of alcohol and responsibility of guest. Patrol Officer Bruce Thomas. criminal mischief LOCATION: Terraces SUMMARY: Officer reported an unknown person damaged the glass in a door in one of the Terraces. Investigation pending. Patrol Officer Brad Bates. Conduct Code Violation LOCATION: Terraces SUMMARY: Caller reported a fight in progress. Upon officers arrival, persons were having an argument. Five persons judicially referred for underage possession of alcohol and excessive noise. Patrol Officer Brad Bates. Unlawful Poss. Marijuana LOCATION: Recreation trails SUMMARY: During a traffic stop, officer issued a campus summons for speed in


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“Miss Representation,” a film sponsored by Sister 2 Sister, will be screened from 7 to 10 p.m. in Textor 101.

Cornell president awarded for governmental advocacy

Cornell University President David Skorton was recently honored with a national award for his advocacy work with government officials on behalf of state and landgrant universities. Skorton won the Exemplary President in Governmental SKORTON Relations Award on March 1 from the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities’ Council on Governmental Affairs. Skorton has testified before Congress on different issues related to academic freedom, including the importance of a safe working and living environment, the place of civil disobedience on campus and the future environment and accessibility of publicly supported institutions of higher education.

“Turn Those Tears into Laughter (And then Back to Tears),” an IC Comedy Club performance, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in IC Square. “SAB Films Presents: The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom,” sponsored by Student Activities Board, will be held from 7:30 to 11 p.m. in Textor 101.

friday “Oka!,” a film about the African molimo instrument, will play at 7:15 and 9:30 p.m. in Uris Hall at Cornell University. Spa Night, an evening of relaxation, will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. in Risley Hall at Cornell University.

Tuesday “Curiosity Corner,” a children’s program, will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Sciencenter.

Museum to hold fossil day to identify residents’ finds

The Museum of the Earth at the Paleontological Research Institution will hold its Fossil ID Day for local families to bring in their puzzling paleontological finds. The event, which will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the museum, is open to the public. The event is cosponsored by Discovery Trail.

Wednesday “Cleaning Nabokov’s House” Leslie Daniels will read from her novel about a woman rediscovering herself after divorce beginning at 6 p.m. at Buffalo Street Books.

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zone and for unauthorized access to a restricted area. The driver was judicially referred for unlawful possession of marijuana. Patrol Officer Matthew O’Loughlin.

february 19 conduct code violation LOCATION: Garden Apartments SUMMARY: Caller reported a highly intoxicated person. Person shortly became combative, was placed in custody under the Mental Hygiene Law and was transported to CMC by ambulance. One person was judicially referred for irresponsible use of alcohol. Master Patrol Officer Donald Lyke. v&t violation LOCATION: Grant Egbert Blvd. East SUMMARY: Caller reported a one-car MVA. One person was arrested for driving while intoxicated. Officer issued the person uniform traffic tickets for Ithaca Town Court for failure to maintain the proper lane, failure to keep right and aggravated DWI. Person was also judicially referred. Two people involved in accident declined medical assistance from ambulance staff. Patrol Officer Matthew O’Loughlin. conduct code Violation LOCATION: Circle Community Building SUMMARY: Officer reported a person provided false information. Person was judicially referred for failure to comply. Master Patrol Officer Donald Lyke. larceny LOCATION: Grant Egbert Blvd. East SUMMARY: Officer reported an unknown person stole a road sign from the side of the road that had been damaged by

an unknown person during an earlier reported incident. Investigation pending. Sergeant James Landon. criminal mischief LOCATION: Gannett Center SUMMARY: Officer reported an unknown person damaged a window. Investigation pending. Patrol Officer Robert Jones. criminal mischief LOCATION: Whalen Center SUMMARY: Officer reported an unknown person damaged a sign in the building. Investigation pending. Patrol Officer Robert Jones.

february 20 HARASSMENT LOCATION: Campus Center SUMMARY: Caller reported being harassed. A warning was issued. Master Patrol Officer Robert Hightchew. medical assist LOCATION: Tower Concourse SUMMARY: Caller reported falling down stairs and sustaining a knee injury. Patrol Officer Jeremiah McMurray.

february 21 conduct code violation LOCATION: L-Lot SUMMARY: Caller reported a vehicle that had excessive parking tickets and a fraudulent permit. Vehicle was towed and one person was judicially referred for having a fraudulent permit. Patrol Officer Bruce Thomas. v&t violation LOCATION: Visitor Lot SUMMARY: Person reported a two-car motor vehicle accident. Officer issued the driver a uniform traffic ticket for Ithaca Town Court for unsafe backing. Patrol Officer Bruce Thomas. unlawful poss. of marijuana LOCATION: Bogart Hall SUMMARY: Three people were judicially referred for unlawful possession of marijuana. Patrol Officer Bruce Thomas. found property LOCATION: Tower Concourse SUMMARY: Caller reported a person found a set of unknown keys.

unlawful poss. of marijuana location: East Tower summary: One person was judicially referred for unlawful possession of marijuana. Patrol Officer Matthew O’Loughlin.

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fire alarm location: Park School of Communications summary: Caller reported a small fire had been caused by a camera light diffuser being discarded in a trash can. Fire extinguished. Master Patrol Officer Robert Hightchew.

cmc – Cayuga Medical Center DWI – Driving While Intoxicated IFD – Ithaca Fire Department IPD – Ithaca Police Department V&T – Vehicle and Transportation MVA - Motor Vehicle Accident



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Building on solid ground

The college should establish the New York City Center on a foundation that models the idea of the Los Angeles program by creating ties to specific schools and majors.


tudents are immersing themselves in the vast culture of the Big Apple through Ithaca College’s New York City pilot program. Though still in its infancy, the college’s NYC Center presents the institution with an opportunity to strengthen its presence in a burgeoning academic and professional hub. The college is seeking to expand the NYC program to students from all five professional schools. Such a goal is in line with the college’s emphasis on integration per the IC 20/20 vision. However, before expanding to such a large degree, the college should continue to focus on nailing down foundation logistics of what the NYC Center could offer. The college should identify programs and majors like film, journalism and art that would most benefit from a semester in NYC. Before applying for the program, students should be able to rely on the likelihood that classes they need will be offered. One strength of the L.A. program is that the same classes are typically offered each semester, allowing students to plan their degree program and L.A. semester far in advance. Though each study-away center cannot be compared element by element, the L.A. internship-focused program has what the D.C. program lacked — a defined link to specific majors. The ICLA program has a strong tie to the entertainment industry for majors in the Roy H. Park School of Communications. Because of the large number of alumni working in industryrelated fields in the L.A. area, students apply for the program assured that they can find internships and connections that will benefit their educational career. The NYC program, which is currently for business and communications students, can be strengthened to achieve the same prestige of the ICLA program. New York City has a large network of alumni working in media, for example, so journalism students would particularly benefit from the city experience. By first focusing on catering to specific majors, the NYC Center will have the potential to establish a reputation with students like the L.A. program has done. With careful planning, the center would prove to be a more attractive offer than the D.C. program was for students contemplating their study-away options.

The right voice

The new Voice Modification Program for People in the Transgender Community is a progressive step toward finding identity.


thaca College has been praised for fostering an LGBT-friendly environment on campus and is giving new meaning to the phrase “find your voice” for transgendered people. The new Voice Communication Modification Program for People in the Transgender Community at the college is a collaborative project of the Sir Alexander Ewing Speech and Hearing Clinic at the college, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Outreach and Services on campus, and Planned Parenthood. The program is a step in the right direction to helping participants feel their voice best reflects their identity. Given the college’s commitment to diversity, the new voice modification program — one of few of its kind — speaks to action that does more than simply say Ithaca is a place where all types of people can feel comfortable in the college educational system.

your letters Israel Independence Day event poses much historical controversy Having grown up in Israel, I remember celebrating the Israeli Independence Day. There were musical performances, dancing, games and fireworks. There was, however, no mention of the history behind the day. I believe the same is true of the celebration on campus. Most people who attend the event probably do not know of the atrocities surrounding Israeli independence. Yet this day, which Jewish chaplain Michael Faber presented as uncontroversial in his letter to the editor, is also called al-Nakba, Arabic for catastrophe, by the Palestinians who lived there. When the state of Israel was created, 700,000 Palestinians were

be Lishkoah (the Hebrew word to forget), which is the theme of the Israeli Independence Day, as it encourages Israelis and U.S. citizens — and in this specific event, Ithaca College students — to forget the violence embedded in the day’s commemoration. Students for Justice in Palestine will be present at this event in protest to remind those in attendance of the controversy behind it and the ongoing Israeli occupation of Palestinian land. We encourage the Ithaca community to recognize the political nature of this celebration and the disrespect and complacency that attendance implies. junior Ava Carmeli, President of Students for Justice in Palestine

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expelled from their homes and forced to flee to make room for the incoming Jewish population. Palestinians’ homes and villages were destroyed while Palestinian families lost their land and entire way of life, not to mention family members who were either killed or fled to other areas. The day is nothing but controversial, and having our campus celebrate this day by Hillel and SAFI throwing a “damn good party!” on a day that is mourned by many is simply inappropriate. I am glad to hear that the groups are beginning to recognize the inherent political connotations of the event and are making room for dialogue in their “Sulha” (Arabic for reconciliation) tent. Perhaps the more appropriate term would

“Maybe one in brazil — like rio de Janeiro — or beijing. something with a big business capital.“ Paul Coviello ’14 Physical Therapy

“i would say somewhere in asia, — maybe japan or korea — because you have one campus in europe, one in america, so asia would be a good place to have a campus.” Gordon Toh ’14 Integrated Marketing Communications

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“it would be really cool to have a satellite campus in some place like india. that way students could have a variety of their regular classes, but also experience a different culture.” Kelly Christian ’13 Computer Science

“if i could have another college satellite campus anywhere in the world, it would be china.” Zach Gilson ’13 Communication Management and Design

“france because i’m studying french, and i think if there was an actual campus there, it would make it easier for kids to study abroad in france.” Beatriz Montilla ’15 Exploratory

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Fashion buzz propels activism for the wild W

hile I was working with elephants in Thailand, I met Khun Chai, a baby elephant who had been abducted from his mother in the jungle. The bond between the two of us was something that the Thai people and veterinarians had never seen before, and with it I nursed him back to health. But after I returned to Cornell University, Khun Chai refused to eat, causing his health to decline until he passed away. Other than the fact that Khun Chai was “my baby,” he was particularly special because he was born in the wild. Due to deforestation and a variety of other human-induced causes, Thai elephants are predicted to be extinct in the wild within the next 35 years. Thus, Khun Chai was extremely rare. Had I never met him and had he never passed, I perhaps would not have realized my call to action — to save all animals and save all species from extinction. A dramatic decline in biodiversity throughout the world has led scientists to predict a sixth mass extinction, which occurs when three-quarters of all animal species become extinct. In the past 540 million years, the earth has only seen five mass extinctions. A mass extinction would result in a series of huge problems for humans, as we rely upon biodiversity to maintain balance in our ecosystems and ensure successful agriculture, medicinal production and natural resource usage. We, the public, must take it into our own hands if we want to assure ourselves and our ancestors the benefits of a biologically diverse planet. To help solve the problem for the sake of our animals, who are helpless against our blunders, I founded The Gabby Wild Foundation 501(c)(3). My charity raises funds through donations, purchases of eco-friendly “trashy” tees and totes made of 50 percent recycled plastic water bottles and 50 percent organic cotton, and sponsorships. I use my brand to spread awareness for the cause and boost attentiveness for the plight of specific animals and ecosystems through various campaigns. Presently, I’m focusing on our “12 in 12 for 12” campaign. I’m wearing 12 outfits — one each

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Gabby Wild models her February outfit made with organic cotton. Inspired by the Bactrian camel, the look was codesigned by Cornell fashion design students Laura Zwanziger and Max Gengos. Courtesy of Gabby Wild

month — that represent 12 animals most in need of our attention. Each custom-made outfit is inspired by a threatened animal species. This month, I am sporting an outfit designed by EARTHTEC and inspired by the purple frog, which has been evolving for 120 million years yet exists in less than five locations. Only 135 frogs have been found to date, and of those 135, only three are female. The outfits are made by acclaimed designers like Seth Aaron Henderson, who won season seven of “Project Runway.” One way women often feel empowered and “in their medium” is through fashion. Thus, I am promoting environmentalism through fashion to propel saving animals through awareness that the eco-fashion buzz brings. The campaign thus far has had great initial success, garnering attention from notable media

outlets like The New York Times and a guest invitation to model at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City. The campaign has not been easy, especially while being a Cornell veterinary student. Sporting clothing for a month has been nothing compared to the stress of ensuring that we raise funds for these animals. The effects of their loss right now do not seem profound, but right when life seems cozy, the effects will start shining through, perhaps even reversing the way of life as we humans see it. I cannot let an animal die needlessly. Every life is important, and as Mufasa says in “The Lion King,” “and so we are all connected in the great circle of life.” Gabby Wild is a graduate veterinary student at Cornell University. Email her at

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Metered paywall will diffuse the ‘death of newspapers’


mid the transition in news publishing from print to the Web, or what some industry pundits more broadly refer to as the “death of newspapers,” publishers are searching for means of online revenue to supplement diminishing print advertising and subscription sales. Last month, executives at the Gannett Company, publisher of the Ithaca Journal and more than 80 other daily newspapers, unveiled plans to launch a subscription model this year that includes “metered” charges for online access. Gannett says the plan will bolster local news and deliver $100 million more in profits. With newsrooms 30 percent smaller today than in 2000, according to the Pew Research Center, the idea is ambitious yet necessary, considering the $25 billion decline of print advertising since 2005. Gannett is not alone in attempting to monetize the digital space. Instead, the largest newspaper publisher in the country is merely hopping on board the “metered revolution” spurred by The New York Times’ plan that launched almost one year ago, nearly 20 years after news first appeared on the Web in 1993. A metered plan grants consumers the right to view an allotted number of articles for free before being asked for payment to continue reading. Reuters financial blogger Felix Salmon has less formally referred to such an arrangement as the “crack dealer’s paywall” — give consumers access to

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some content for free, and they will beg for more. The early returns on the meter are in, and it’s working. In its first four months, the Times attracted about 224,000 digital subscribers, close to its original goal of 300,000 in the first year. Despite all the fears that the Times’ website would lose page views, the tally of unique visitors actually increased 2.3 percent from September 2010 to September 2011, six months after the subscription model’s implementation. Harvard University’s Nieman Journalism lab projects the Times’ model to attract an additional $25 million in annual online subscription revenue.

The benefits are not limited to the digital space. A metered paywall can also protect the print edition, which, despite declining numbers, still accounts for 85 percent of the industry’s revenue through advertising. At the Times, Sunday print circulation grew between March and September 2011, according to data released by the Audit Bureau of Circulations. Metered paywalls offer casual consumers the opportunity to browse headlines and read a limited number of articles, contributing impressions and bolstering a publication’s digital ad revenue without requiring payment. The paywalls target a distinctly loyal audience — in the Times’ case,

those who read 20 or more articles a month. Luckily for the Times, their typical readership age demographic is in the low 40s, situating the publication much better moving forward than broadcast news, with its less strategic mid-60s demographic — not nearly as attractive to advertisers. But can such a model work at newspapers across the country without the journalistic quality or resources the Times has? Data from smaller community newspapers across the country suggest so. The Concord Monitor, which covers New Hampshire’s capital city with daily print circulation around 17,000 copies, has seen a small drop-off in page views since its meter took effect in May, but also a new source of revenue and relative increases in print sales and online advertising, with a more devoted consumer base to pitch to advertisers. Newspapers remain America’s most trusted news source, and as long as they continue to offer daily news not available elsewhere, they will survive. Whether Gannett newspapers like the Ithaca Journal, which is printed about 50 miles away in Johnson City, can provide the high-quality, quasi-daily local news that the company is striving for is another story. Patrick duprey is a senior journalism major pursuing an independent study project on media paywalls. Email him at

All opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Ithacan. To write a guest commentary, contact Opinion Editor Alexandra Evans at 274-3208.

ast week, the unprecedented happened. North Korea announced the suspension of their uranium enrichment and nuclear missile testing programs. This indicates a huge stride not only in engaging one of the world’s notoriously least negotiable nations, but also in regarding the United States’ nuclear containment agenda. That being said, these huge strides come with equally huge repercussions that we must be aware of if we are to fully understand the magnitude of North Korea’s announcement and the ripple effects multilateral agreements can have. One of the ripple effects falls on Iran. In light of North Korean compliance, Iran will bear the brunt of the United States and United Nations’ pursuit of nuclear containment policies — more so than before. Whether the U.S. containment agenda is flawless or not, this agreement with North Korea is still a huge success diplomatically. Thinking in terms of international engagement, the idea is that nations that are diplomatically engaged with one another are less likely to go to war. Dialogue is a forum to diffuse tensions. With North Korea back in the international diplomatic arena — at the cost of compliance with the U.S. and U.N. — then, at least theoretically, the likelihood that conflict will erupt between North Korea and the U.S. and U.N. has decreased drastically. But this same logic can be applied to explain why tensions with Iran may escalate. The U.S., though engaging diplomatically with Iran, is pushing the nation into isolation. Iran has been less than compliant with U.S. and U.N. nuclear containment initiatives. When compared to North Korea now, Iran’s resistance will look irrational, extreme and suspicious, ostracizing Iran further from unbiased, reciprocal international dialogue and engagement ­— and even from favorable international opinion. This is a huge step in the right direction for U.S.-N.K. relations, even hinting at a rare success for multilateral action. We’re seeing dialogue and diplomacy work. But we need to be cognizant of the after-effects of these agreements. The after-effect that concerns Iran must not be taken lightly, especially at a time when the threat of war is no hollow one. Yes, one nuclear threat is almost down, but the other is still up in the air — and could very well be exacerbated. We’ve already seen one unprecedented event unfold. Hopefully, we’re able to predict the ripple effects of it accurately and understand that a good stride in diplomacy is not always synonymous with a good, global stride overall. Shaza Elsheshtawy is a junior journalism and politics major. Email her at

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Students come together to compile art from African Diaspora on campus down, like the beak of a bird. Junior Victoria Rice said she was pleased with the topic of the exhibit It can’t be seen in the carved, when she entered the class because it wooden mask depicting a squashed brings a new perspective to the area. human face. It isn’t evident in the “African art is something that we contemporary painting that presents don’t really see, just because we’re in cena woman in a brightly colored robe tral New York, so bringing that culture with wild criss-cross brushstrokes. onto our campus is a really nice thing.” A true image of African art can only she said. “And since it’s ancient and conbe seen by looking at the two works side temporary African art, there is a lot of by side. range, but then there is a lot of unity beAt least, this is the idea presented tween the modern and the ancient.” in the latest exhibit at the Handwerker Senior Kelly McKenna, also a memGallery, “Voices: Truth, Identity and Art ber of the class, noted the same modern from Africa,” which opened March 1. styles with traditional The collection influences in the exincludes traditional More to see: Lectures on African Diaspora art hibit, citing Kure’s and contemporary “Woman Giving Birth.” pieces made by artists Scattered Village: Traces of the Ancestor 6:00 p.m., Today The center of the from Africa and other in African American Literature and Film Handwerker Gallery painting holds the people of African Shauna Morgan Kirlew bleach-white shape heritage to show the No Museum Piece: The Paradox of South 6:00 p.m., March 22 of a woman, her body variety of work that Africa Literature Handwerker Gallery shape geometric and has been both created Chris Holmes abstract. Nothing is and preserved. 6:00 p.m., March 28 So Far distinguishable on Though the art Marcia Kure Handwerker Gallery her body, except her does not represent all face, with her mouth African countries or people, it is meant to be a truthful look these artists have made since he has wide open and eyes closed, framed with a heart, a similar look to the traditional at African culture and the evolution of been collecting. “Art from artists that come from masks and sculptures that surround the the culture’s work. The exhibit highlights themes including history; myth, Africa have, over the past two, three painting. From between the straight-line religion and ritual; tradition and inno- decades, fully absorbed international “legs” is a little gray semicircle. The rest vation; national identity, ethnicity and formalism and have something to say,” of the painting is a mix of dark brown he said. “They have a lot to say. And shapes with a few graphite lines. nature; and misconceptions. “It’s using a modern style of geoThe exhibit was curated by students they’re extremely successful in telling in the class “Exhibition Seminar,” which their story and producing engaged and metric shapes with flat spaces, but you can see the best image that’s Cheryl Kramer, associate professor of art exciting contemporary art.” Lehmann said changes in con- taken from tradition. ‘Woman Giving history and director of the Handwerker Gallery, taught last semester. Students temporary African art make it almost Birth’ is a symbol that is never-endchose the show’s theme and objects and indistinguishable from work created ing,” McKenna said. “It ties in to the in India and Europe. He specifically humanity of how people have always wrote the catalogue for the show. The actualization of the exhibit, noted a piece by Nigerian artist Marcia been the same.” Kramer said the students’ energy is though, was done in the newly created Kure titled “011 from Vogue series.” The piece is a mix of tans and earthy what made this show so strong. class “Exhibition, Education and Out“Students in the second class are reach,” also taught by Kramer. These browns making up the profile of a perstudents transported the pieces, hung son’s body. Around the straight-standing really able to, with great enthusiasm, them and organized three lectures to figure is a lima bean shape resembling take those ideas and realize them over be presented at the gallery. Members of the opening of a voluminous dress. the course of the semester,” she said. the class will also present the exhibit at Where the head of the human should be, “So I think it gives it a nice influx of the college’s James J. Whalen Academic however, is a black hood sharply arching energy and enthusiasm.” Symposium on April 11 and the Museums in Conversation Conference from April 22 to 24 in Albany, N.Y. Kramer said she added the second class because the exhibit couldn’t be put together well by only one course. “Exhibition, Education and Outreach” also gave more students the opportunity for experiential learning. “It’s not something to be done in one semester,” she said. “You cannot curate, write a catalogue and mount it in the same semester, so this gave us a different perspective on the exhibition.” The 58 objects in the exhibit are selections from local residents Aimee and Johannes Lehmann’s collection. Johannes Lehmann, an associate professor of crop and soil sciences at Cornell University, has been collecting the work in the show during the past 20 years. He said most of the pieces he discovered Sophomore Faith Lambert looks at “Orphan,” a painting by Nigerian artist Rufus through happenstance. Ogundele, at the opening of the Handwerker Gallery’s exhibition on March 1. “Sometimes it’s just by chance,” he Shawn Steiner/The Ithacan

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Top: A wood, metal and cloth statue made by the Songye People in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Center: A funerary post made of wood that was sculpted in Giriama, Kenya. The date of creation is unknown. Bottom: “Twins Seven Seven,” a piece of art created with ink and canvas. The work was originally made in Nigeria.

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said. “You’ll walk along somewhere, and you see an announcement, like this show, and say this artist is really good and look for more art from that artist.” Lehmann’s interests in African art first grew after he lived in Togo for six months and then in Kenya for three years while doing research. Since then, he has been keeping an eye out for contemporary art and traditional artifacts from African countries in galleries and different exhibits all over Europe and the U.S. Lehmann said what intrigues him about African art is not only the stories it tells, but also the changes in art

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The Runway While in Milan, fashion blogger Cady Lang gives quick tips to men for a stylish spring wardrobe. It may be March, but Ithaca temperatures still require lots of layers to keep warm. For most guys, this means piling on sweatshirts and flannels underneath a North Face fleece and strapping on their Timberlands before heading out to class in a pair of sweatpants. Layering is practical for chilly early spring weather, but that doesn’t mean that it has to be boring. Substituting sweats with some pieces that you already own can make you the best-dressed guy on campus. Instead of of H&M Courtesy reaching for sweatpants and a T-shirt, pull on a pair of dark jeans or cords. Good, basic pieces like these are the foundation for your day’s outfit and are probably already a part of your wardrobe. Next, a simple, solid colored T-shirt or V-neck goes from basic to stylish when paired with a button-down or cardigan. If a cardigan is too adventurous for your tastes, you can keep your flannel — but try pairing it with a blazer in a coordinating neutral. For example, a blue, yellow and green flannel would pop with a navy blazer. No blazer? Salvation Army or Trader K’s always has an abundance in different styles and sizes. Try ditching the fleece for a classic peacoat or military-style jacket. Finish off the look with a pair of suede desert walkers — they’re just as waterproof as Tims, but much more stylish. Finally, have fun — dressing up for class doesn’t have to be a chore. Be creative, take chances and try to use Courtesy of H&M the things that have been hiding in the back of your closet all year. With these suggestions, you’ll be stylishly layering new outfits for spring in no time. To read more from Lang’s full blog, visit www.

A capella activism

From left, seniors Willie Sleight, of Voicestream, and Jimmy Knowles, of Ithacapella, sing “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga. The two groups will record the song with Premium Blend and proceeds from the single will go to the Born This Way Foundation and The Trevor Project.

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snapshots of iconic endings revisited in big-screen blog

Heaton’s tweets catch fire

Frozen in time, The Final Image Tumblr addresses the importance of the final scene in a collection of stills. The blog offers the final images of countless movies throughout the years, including award-winning movies like “The Artist,” as well as pop culture hits like the Austin Powers series. Film buffs and movie lovers alike will find themselves going through The Final Image blog for hours as they try to determine which of the endings was their favorite. — Allie Healy


celebrity SCOOPS!

appealing sidewalk chalks sweeten up bland pavement

Unfortunately for those of us with a ravenous sweet tooth, not all treats are made for eating. Exemplifying this predicament, the Cupcake Sidewalk Chalk from is meant to add some sugar to the pavement, not your stomach. These colorful creations are detailed with intricate embellishments such as cherries, frosting and even paper liners, and are available in pink, purple, orange, green and blue. Now that the cupcake craze has reached a freakish fever pitch, it’s safe to say that cupcake-shaped accoutrements are officially hot property. — Benjii Maust

tweetuntweet Some Dude Asked Me If The Star On My Elbow Was A Gang .... Yes The GG #GuidoGang — Pauly D, reality TV star of the MTV series “Jersey Shore,” tweets about a passerby commenting on his signature star tattoo.

Patricia Heaton, star of the sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond,” launched a Twitter campaign against a Georgetown University student this week that had many Tweeters calling foul play. The student in question, Sandra Fluke, a third-year law student at Georgetown, has been promoting better access to contraception and birth control via television and news circuits. After hearing Fluke’s opinion, Heaton took to Twitter, posting comments like, “Hey G-town: stop buying toothpaste, soap, and shampoo! You’ll save money and no one will want to sleep with you!” After receiving backlash, Heaton responded by tweeting “ … Mea Culpa! We have diff opinions but I was too flippant in my attempt at humor.”

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Spiritual communities gain strength on campus BY chloe wilson staff writer

Junior Christopher Accardo, president of the IC Buddhist Community, leans back in his chair in the administrative office of Muller Chapel. He pushes a calendar toward the end of the desk. “This used to have two, maybe three things on it per week,” he said. “Now the chapel is always being used by different organizations.” The packed schedule for the Muller Chapel reflects an increase in student affiliations with oncampus religious organizations. Membership with these groups has increased at Ithaca College and has included a rise in popularity of the IC Buddhist Community. While the chapel does not keep membership records, Father Carsten Martensen, a pastor at the college, said he has witnessed this rise in religious activity firsthand. “With the Catholic Community, we have an increase in students that are participating in Sunday worship,” he said. “We’re close to 100 or more students at the 9 p.m. mass, which is up from last year.” This rise is in accordance with a seven-year national study conducted by UCLA that shows young adults become more spiritual in college. The study observed the role that college plays in increasing one’s spirituality and how students’ beliefs change. Martensen said the increase in religious affiliations among students has led to the creation of the Interfaith Council, an on-campus group made up of students from several different religions, even those that are not official Ithaca College organizations. The mission of the Interfaith Council is to promote harmony and tolerance

for all religious groups. “It’s always very respectful,” Martensen said. “And an interfaith presence on campus is one of the bigger things that makes the religious communities on campus an attractive thing.” Junior Hunter Tom, co-chair of the Protestant Community Council, said the recent rise in interest in the Interfaith Council is the result of the desire for a welcoming and engaging on-campus community. “I’ve seen an increase in learning about, sharing and celebrating their culture and religious beliefs,” he said. “There’s definitely been an increase in the Protestant community and in the other communities as well.” Tom said part of council’s appeal for students stems from recent initiatives by on-campus religious communities to advertise. Hillel, the Protestant Community and other groups have created a presence at OSEMA-sponsored organization fairs, but the most effective advertising comes from the students themselves, Tom said. Sophomore Jason Kleban, president of Hillel at the college, said talking to people in person can be the most effective form of advertising for the group. “[Hillel] has started doing more Facebook advertising for our events, but word of mouth is also one of the better ways,” he said. “Every time I see someone who I know is Jewish or is a member of Hillel or just might be interested in a program, I go up to them and say, ‘Hey, this is coming up, and you might be interested.’” Becca Neidle, a peer minister in the Ithaca College Catholic Community, has utilized social media to promote events but said

From left, Reverend Rich Rose from the First Baptist Church by Dewitt Park accepts a donation from freshman Eric Pick during SonRise Service, a blended worship service, held at the Muller Chapel earlier this month. kirsten tomkowid/the ithacan

advertising for new members is not the group’s main focus. “We’re always trying to get more people involved,” Neidle said. “We’re always trying to put on events that would engage people in a way they wouldn’t necessarily be.” Martensen said he hopes every student is able to find a spiritual community where they are

welcome and is happy this trend does not apply to a specific type of student. “It’s just across the board,” Martensen said. “We don’t ask for membership cards or anything. Everyone is welcome.” Despite advertising and active recruitment, the main appeal for students is a physical community

close by, as well as the opportunity to meet like-minded students, Tom said. “Religious communities provide an outlet for people to meet and to gather, and that’s huge,” Tom said. “So even if you’re on Facebook or you’re texting, having this physical community is something we need.”

Wailers to perform at IC Kicks Back Snapshots of small town

get second look in exhibit

By Patrick Feeney Staff WRiter

Ithaca College students will compete in a Battle of the Bands April 4 to determine the student band that will open for the Wailers, a popular reggae group, at IC Kicks Back, the college’s end-of-the-year celebration for students, to be held May 4 in the Fitness Center Quad. The Wailers, who will be brought to campus by the Ithaca College Bureau of Concerts, are internationally known for their work with Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and other reggae musicians. The concert at IC Kicks Back on May 4 will be the first professional band brought to campus by the Bureau of Concerts this year. Claudia Pietrzak, co-director of the Bureau of Concerts, said the group wanted to give students the opportunity to open for a nationally renowned act. “We understand that there are a lot of really talented student musicians here at IC,” she said. “We have this event as a good way for the bands to get more exposure.” The Wailers concert is the second that the group has arranged this semester. The first was canceled after indie band Phantogram backed out of their scheduled show. Luke Matheson, co-director of the bureau, said the group of 11 students meets every Thursday to discuss possible acts. These

The Wailers, a reggae group known for their performances with Bob Marley, will perform at IC Kicks Back, a celebration for Ithaca College students. courtesy of the wailers

weekly negotiations are normally made with Dan Smalls, a local concert promoter who works with IC, Cornell University, The State Theatre and other venues. “We discuss possibilities as a group,” Matheson said. “The choice really comes down to what money we have available and based on who’s available at the time. We cross-reference that and pick hopefully the person who will bring the most attention.” The Wailers have performed in Ithaca previously, most recently at the State Theatre in 2005.

Smalls said Ithaca “has always been a very big reggae town.” Smalls said IC Kicks Back tends to center more on the party itself than who ends up playing at the event, which helped lead to choosing the Wailers. “They’re a perfect, really fun band that has that ‘we’re playing outside on a nice spring day’ vibe,” Smalls said. “Getting to know what the event is like over these past few years, it’s not so much about the rock concert. It’s about just a good day to hang outside with your friends.”

For Ron Jude, associate professor of cinema, photography and media arts at the college, the hometown he left behind years ago is still fresh in his memory — and his photographs. Jude has been working on projects relating to his small hometown in Idaho since 2006 and has published three books of JUDE published old photographs: photographs from “Alpine Star” Central Idaho in a in 2006, “em- new art exhibit. mett” in 2010 and the upcoming “Lick Creek Line.” His artwork from “Alpine Star,” a book of photographs that were featured in a weekly newspaper from his hometown, is currently on display at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center’s show “Of the Ordinary” at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center until April 15th. Staff Writer Alyssa Frey spoke with Jude about his work, his past ambitions and his future goals. Alyssa Frey: How would you describe “Alpine Star?” Ron Jude: “Alpine Star” really simply consists of appropriated photographs from my hometown newspaper. This

little town in Idaho that I grew up in has a weekly newspaper that has been the same since I was a kid — it hasn’t changed at all. AF: What is “Of the Ordinary?” RJ: It’s actually an exhibition that consists of seven different artists with six different bodies of work, all of which address the idea of creating new meaning through preexisting photographs. All of the work in the show is appropriated. None of us actually made our own pictures. AF: Does this exhibit connect with your other work? RJ: Even though I’ve got pictures that range from a fur trapper in Idaho to businessmen in Chicago to appropriated pictures out of a newspaper, I think they’re all starting to gel and make sense together. AF: What sparked your interest in appropriated photography? RJ: The photography always fascinated me because it was so purposeless, in a way. There was very little going on in the town that was worthwhile to report on, so a lot of the photographs are of nothing. I kept looking at these pictures thinking what a weird hybrid of imagery these pictures were.

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The right dimensions Professor combats popular 3-D trend with hand-drawn animation in film

artists who are not affiliated with a studio. This year there was a significant drop in the usual As more movies are being released in 3-D amount of 2-D animation submissions, but the format, Jason Harrington, assistant professor of quality of the films has gone up, she said. “I appreciate films that an artist worked cinema, photography and media arts, is bringing film back to the basics with a hand-drawn on for a long time and put a lot of effort animation that took more than three years and into more than someone who just moves a mouse and makes a digital film,” she said. 12 crew members to create. Harrington recently began screening his “Especially when the quality of the art and newest short animation, “My Mind,” a film about the story are high. I watched a lot of films the adventures of a small butterfly girl. During during the submission period, but ‘My Mind’ was one of the ones production, Harrington used I remember well.” bitmap software like TVPaint Harrington said he was for animation and Photoshop excited to see there were to create digital brushes that other 2-D films entered in mimicked pencil strokes in major competition. order to duplicate the realistic “A lot of the realism sketched look of the images. and traditional artistry in The images are meticulously animation is sacrificed for hand-drawn pictures with — jason harrington a cartoony look in order specific and deliberate pencil to save time, energy and strokes and crosshatching. money,” he said. “It was te“My Mind” is based on a poem Harrington wrote when he was living dious work, and there were days I felt like I in Astoria, N.Y., about his desire to escape the was going crazy, but I remained dedicated small apartment and the discovery that, with in order to stay true to the traditional style.” Harrington said he wanted students and some imagination, he could. “It was the juxtaposition of my tiny apart- alumni from the schools he had taught at to be ment within the massive city of New York that a part of the production and creative process, inspired many of the size illusions and tricks and many former and current students helped with the “tweening” of the film, the in-between within the film,” he said. Teresa Scott, programming coordinator movement between key poses in animation. Rory Magnus, who was one of Harrington’s of the Anchorage International Film Festival, one of the festivals “My Mind” was entered in, students at Framingham State College, said said there has been a decline in the amount of this project is rare because the animation was 2-D animation films submitted to the festival, created digitally and he enjoyed the experiand usually 2-D films are created by individual ence he gained from the project.

By Beverley Reynolds Contributing Writer

“A lot of the realism and traditional artistry in animation is sacrificed for a cartoony look. ”

Jason Harrington, assistant professor of cinema, photography and media arts, draws in the Animation Studio on Tuesday. Harrington recently released a hand-drawn animated film.

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“It meant a lot to me that my film teacher had such confidence in me and respected my opinions and feedback,” Magnus said. “I truly felt like a collaborator.” Harrington said he decided to do this

project to revisit artistic aspects that attracted him to animation in the first place. “The arts are more varied and integrated,” he said. “It was that curiosity that led me into animation.”

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“Vitruvian Man” is hardly larger than a standard sheet of printing paper, but it is one of the most recognizable artifacts of culture in the western world. Toby Lester, author of “The Fourth Part of the World,” embarks on a mission to find out the truth about where this drawing came from in his new nonfiction novel, “Da Vinci’s Ghost,” which is the first book to ever explore the story behind the drawing. In the book, Lester sheds a new light on Da Vinci’s life Toby Lester and work — a compelling “Da Vinci’s feat considering the amount Ghost” of scholarly material already Profile Books available about Da Vinci. One of the downsides to this new perspective is the amount of guesswork Lester has to do in connecting Da Vinci to certain places and certain works in the influence of his ideas. While it’s educated guesswork, it’s guesswork nonetheless and can’t be confirmed now, 500 years after the fact. The main argument that Lester makes concerning Vitruvian Man is that he’s a representation of the 2,000-year-old Plutonian idea that man is a microcosm of the entire universe — a perfect miniature model of all that is mortal and divine. The figure is set within a square and circle and measured to perfect human proportions to represent the unity between man and the universe according to the prescriptions of Roman architect Vitruvius, from whom the name “Vitruvian Man” is derived. Lester traces his discussion of man as a smaller world within the universe through the reign of Augustus Caesar, the Dark Ages and even to playing a part in influencing Christopher Columbus to discover the new world, giving the feel that this school of idea has lent itself to so many parts of history that it can’t possibly be separated from our daily lives at this point. Lester adeptly peels away historical layers to allow the reader to peer at the microcosm theory winding its way throughout history to ultimately impact Da Vinci by using many primary sources and exploring the ways in which ideas migrated across the ancient and medieval worlds. It’s a narrative style that dominates the work and keeps readers engaged as well as being effective in informing them about the subject matter.

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Local Live Music, featuring a variety of musical styles from jazz to Latin, will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Stella’s Restaurant in Collegetown. Admission is free.


“Hugo,” a film starring Asa

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Butterfield as a young boy who secretly lives in a railway station, will show at 7 p.m. at the Cornell Cinema’s Willard Straight Theatre. Tickets cost from $3 to $7.

“The Adventures of Tintin,” a film starring Jamie Bell as a boy who adventures for treasure, will show at 9:30 p.m. at Uris Hall at the Cornell Cinema. Tickets cost from $2 to $7.

Author Toby Lester and the book cover of his second novel, “Da Vinci’s Ghost.” Lester is a contributing editor for The Atlantic where he has been a writer, staff editor and deputy managing editor. courtesy of Profile books

At the same time, these sidetracked moments are necessary for the reader, who may grow weary of only hearing about Lester’s theories. Tidbits like Da Vinci’s vegetarianism and his habit of buying birds for the pleasure of freeing them make him a more endearing historical figure to a modern reader and leave that reader wanting to know more about the man behind the art. Lester traces the ideas behind Vitruvian Man’s creation more prominently than the artistic vision, giving a fresh spin on not only what Da Vinci was like as an artist, but as an intellect as well. While it is a book about Da Vinci, the true story is embedded in the events leading up to Da Vinci’s work on Vitruvian Man and his self-discovery that Lester argues came as a result of Vitruvian Man’s finish, which may cause readers to reflect on their place in the universe, ultimately making for a more thoughtprovoking read.

Within the book there are copies of sketches, pages from medieval books and a section of fullcolor diagrams and pieces of art that aid understanding. In including so many visuals, Lester stimulates the readers’ senses more than a work of nonfiction generally would and makes a noticeable and appreciative nod to Da Vinci himself, who believed and commonly espoused that the best way to explain things was through illustrations. Lester’s work is lauded as one of the best nonfiction historical books of 2012, and for good reason. “Da Vinci’s Ghost” is a comprehensive piece that is a testament to the idea that there are always more secrets to uncover from the past. It is well worth the read for anyone looking to learn more about the brain of Da Vinci than his brushstrokes. To read a Q&A with Toby Lester, visit http://

Electric spectacle charged with bone-chilling synths

by Beverley reynolds staff writer

world of sound crafted almost exclusively from majestic computerized American shoegaze duo School of effects and tones. “Lafaye,” the album’s frontrunner Seven Bells are back on the scene with single, is one of “Ghostory’s” heavier their spooky new tunes. The track eases into the ear album, “Ghostory.” with twinkling synthesizer tones and As the title sugpitch-bending guitars. Rapid-fire gests, the LP draws School of Seven cymbals launch the song into the top inspiration from Bells gear as even more synthesizers clash everything creepy “Ghostory” and mysterious. Vagrant Records together to transform the track into an electric spectacle. School of Seven Our rating: HHH One of the album’s eeriest tracks is Bells sticks with “Reappear.” Strong synthesizer chords the gothic electronica that made their last album, set the tone as the band manipulates “Disconnect From Desire,” a beauti- waves of other effects. Deheza’s voful and ethereal listening experience. cals dance in and out of the sonic Lead singer Alejandra Deheza’s an- ether, adding to the chill factor. “Ghostory” reflects School of gelic vocals float over the ominous synthetic elements. She sets herself Seven Bells’ appreciation for preciapart as the lone human element in a sion. Each layer of sound is deliberate staff writer

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and completely necessary. While there may seem to be a plethora of textures and rhythms, remove one and the entire track could easily crumble and lose its luster. Each background guitar line and additional drum riff adds to the overall complexity. All in all, “Ghostory” is another victory for School of Seven Bells. After hearing the album, listeners may find themselves wondering if those chills are from the music or some leering specter in the shadows.

Younghoon, will begin at 8 p.m. at Bailey Hall at Cornell University. Admission is free.

“The Mark Inside,” a reading held by author Amy Reading, will begin at 6 p.m. at Buffalo Street Books. The event is free.


“Les Voyages de l’Amour: Operatic Flights from 18th-Century France,” a production put on by the Cornell University Department of Music, will begin at 3 p.m. at Bailey Hall at Cornell University. Tickets cost from $8 to $15.

The New York City-based band Fun. plunges into the mainstream with their album “Some Nights.” The release features a drastic change from the band’s acoustic sound in “Aim and Ignite,” its first album. Filled with heavy electric Fun. sounds, “Some “Some Nights” Nights” showFueled by cases electronic Ramen beats and auOur rating: totuned vocals HHH 1/2 exemplified in “Why Am I the One” and “Stars.” Songs like “Some Nights” and “One Foot” feature a tribal sound with powerful trumpet accompaniment, repetitive lyrics and military mark time drum beats. The single “We Are Young” is reminiscent of the band’s cheery,

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debut style with a reliance on a piano bass line and strong drum presence. The song “Carry On” presents a homage to the band’s roots of dreamy acoustics, with the added twist of a synthesizer. “Some Nights” showcases the versatility of Fun.’s sound and its ability to retain elements of its own style while still growing as artists and catering to the changing tastes of the music world.

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The scenario: Unsupervised teenagers decide to have a party. Logical conclusion: Things spiral out of control. Director Nima Nourizadeh’s film “Project X” is all about predictability, “Project X” going for the obvious Warner Bros. again and again — Our rating: and the film doesn’t H seem to be ashamed of itself. Thomas (Thomas Mann) is the stereotypical unpopular high school kid, and it’s his birthday. Luckily for him, he has his horrifyingly misogynistic, obnoxious best friend, Costa (Oliver Cooper), by his side to help him throw an epic birthday rager to increase his BFF’s popularity, with their even more stereotypical overweight friend J.B. (Jonathan Daniel Brown) in tow. The whole film is shot from the perspective of another high school kid, Dax (Dax Flame of YouTube), who documents the party from its planning stages to its destructive finish in a poor attempt at a documentary style. A hyped-up endeavor for producer Todd Phillips, director of “The Hangover,” the film blatantly targets a young male audience. Anything one might expect a typical, one-dimensional teenage boy to be attracted to shows up tenfold in this film — naked girls who are falling over themselves to have sex with high school boys, a seemingly endless supply of alcohol and drugs, flamethrowers, explosions and law enforcement that for some reason is incapable of shutting down a high school party. The most disturbing aspect of


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the film comes in its sexism and its underestimation of the audience’s intelligence. Or perhaps not — Costa’s line repeated throughout the movie that the girls coming to the party better “wear something tight” gets an appalling number of laughs from the audience. The friends place a sign by the swimming pool that reads “naked girls only,” and the young ladies are evidently more than happy to oblige. Frequent, lengthy close-up shots of girls’ bodies resulted in much glee from the mostly male audience. Instead of portraying teen partying realistically, the filmmakers went for shock value, a cheap shot requiring no depth from anyone involved.

Perhaps equally distressing was the underlying action posing poorly as a storyline in which Thomas falls for his best girl friend, Kirby (Kirby Bliss Blanton), the only character who appears to have any sense throughout the entire film. When Kirby walks in on Thomas and the token hot girl, Alexis (Alexis Knapp), she angrily flees the party. Yet any merit Kirby would have earned as a character is totally lost at the end of the film. Kirby sends the message that sure, she’ll forgive the kid who burned down his entire neighborhood, as long as he tells her that she is all he cares about before the credits roll. In fact, none of the actors seem

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The Technicolor magic of Dr. Seuss comes alive on the silver screen once more with the lighthearted movie “The Lorax.” The film made its debut on what would have been Dr. Seuss’ 108th birthday and is based on his popular children’s book “The “The Lorax” Lorax.” The movie, directed by Universal Chris Renaud, tells the tale of the Pictures Our rating: city of Thneed-Ville, which was HHH once full of Truffula trees and adorable creatures, but is now a walled-in fixture made out of plastic and bearing no connection to nature. The city, run by an evil entrepreneur, Mr. O’Hare (Rob Riggle), produces its main commodity of “bottled air,” as it has no trees to provide this vital resource. Ted (Zac Efron) is a 12-year-old boy and the protagonist of the film. His character portrays the typical pre-teen boy — he has a crush on a girl who he would do anything for. The girl, Audrey (Taylor Swift), has a birthday rapidly approaching. Her one wish for the special day is to see her first real tree. Ted makes it his mission to find her one. He goes through an eye-opening adventure to find a Truffula tree for Audrey. He meets the Once-ler (Ed Helms) who lives outside the walls of Thneed-Ville. The Once-ler helps the audience understand what happened to the Truffula Forest when he explains to Ted what happened to the trees. The Lorax (Danny DeVito) is the comical protector of the trees and serves as a leader for the animals in this small community. The Once-ler, taken over by greed, starts to use the trees in the forest to make a new, popular product. Efron was a great choice for this leading role, as

his voice perfectly fits with the determination and bravery of his character. Swift, likewise, did a fantastic job turning her character into a soft-spoken yet strong-willed teenager. Betty White, who provides the voice for Ted’s grandma, Grammy Norma, steals the spotlight, as her witty dialogue and humorous moments shine in the movie. DeVito has an outstanding ability to make his character’s sarcasm stand out in a children’s film. Overall, “The Lorax” provides great entertainment for its audience through its charming storyline, catchy musical numbers and creative visuals. This animated movie is able to connect with the audience on a personal level through Dr. Seuss’ timeless story.

The fast-paced thriller “Gone” hits a victim in a quest for vengeance against the only people who can help her — the police. Jill (Amanda Seyfried) escapes death after being held captive in a ditch by a man who only she can identify. No evidence is found in Jill’s case, and the police conclude she conjured up the crime in her head. The distraught damsel is institutionalized, and after her release, her sister Molly goes “Gone” missing, leaving one concluFilm4 Our rating: sion for Jill’s brain to master. H 1/2 Jill’s quest to find out who has her sister is so perfect it’s unbelievable. Yet, it is hard to foresee that a person of an unbalanced mental state would devise a flawless plan to seek revenge on her enemy. With the generic plot comes the generic soundtrack. The tracks are seemingly meant to complement and magnify the thrill of the movie, but they will likely be stuck in the film and rarely listened to again. If subtle music was chosen for the film, it would have been much more enjoyable and less distracting. Seyfried was a completely miscasted, which could have contributed to the film’s lackluster tone. Watching Seyfried get chased by the police around Portland, Ore., came off as comical. She performs better in romantic comedies, not in a film with such action and intensity. Though it put up a good fight, “Gone” proved to be a puzzle with too many missing pieces.

“The Lorax” was directed by Chris Renaud and written by Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul.

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to exert themselves whatsoever, and the writing is at times disgusting, and Costa’s immature jokes are just one instance of this. In the opening scenes, it was almost unclear whether the film was actually taking itself seriously. Unfortunately, it became clear that the film was not making fun of itself at all. “Project X” was a missed opportunity to more creatively parody the usual high school party. Instead, it was a misguided and disconcerting movie that throws all other factors of a good film out the window.

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connection Longtime neighbors and best friends bring lasting bond to lacrosse field

From left, senior midfielders Billy LaPerch and Brian DiBetta work on their passing Sunday at Higgins Stadium. The two friends have been playing lacrosse together since the third grade.

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Every so often, a pair of star players on the boys’ lacrosse team at John Jay High School in Cross River, N.Y., dusted off an old play that could only be formed from a backyard bond. Billy LaPerch, a junior midfielder for the Indians, brought the ball up at a blistering pace on the fast break. The opponents were expecting a simple pass to the left, but LaPerch had something else in mind. While LaPerch made his move, junior attack Brian DiBetta quietly darted toward the right side of the goal and set up to receive a pass. Just when it looked as if LaPerch was about to drop the ball off on the perimeter, he found DiBetta wide open and sitting by the net for an easy score. Their teammates could only shake their heads and laugh — they knew this surprise play had been drawn up during countless neighborhood pickup games when the two boys were younger. Five years later, DiBetta and LaPerch are taking over as senior leaders of the men’s lacrosse team. DiBetta, now a midfielder, won a team-high 130 face-offs last season and LaPerch had a four-game scoring streak in 2011. Residents of their hometown, Katonah, N.Y., will say the close bond between DiBetta and LaPerch goes further back than their four years together at the college. Their friendship dates back to when they were four years old and their families moved into new adjacent development houses. The pair spent nearly every day of their formative years playing football, hockey, basketball and lacrosse in each other’s driveways and backyards. DiBetta’s older brother, Matt, said having the two friends live just 20 feet away helped to combine each of the households into one extended family. “We would be sitting there at dinner, and Bill would just walk in all the time,” Matt said. “He’s

legitimately our fourth brother, and he is probably closest to Brian other than his real brothers.” When the two friends weren’t playing sports together, they were usually up to some sort of mischief. The boys’ childhood friend, Chris Bocklet, remembered LaPerch’s family being in on one of their most memorable adventures. “I remember one time the older guys lit a tiny fire in the road, and the neighbors called the police,” Bocklet said with a chuckle. “The fire department came, and we were all so scared, but Billy’s mom brought us all into her house and hid us in her attic so we wouldn’t get — Brian DiBetta in trouble.” For all the foolish things they did together, DiBetta and LaPerch were also quick to support each other when life turned more somber. DiBetta reflected on how LaPerch spent time playing video games and watching movies with him after DiBetta tore his ACL before their senior season of high school lacrosse. “There was a lot of downtime for me, and while everyone else was going out and having fun, Billy was always kicking it with me,” DiBetta said. Similarly, LaPerch said he was glad DiBetta was there to help him cope with the death of his grandmother. “I was in and out of school going to the wakes and the funeral, and I really wasn’t expecting Brian to come to either of them,” he said. “Having to greet people I didn’t even know who knew my grandmother got old pretty quick, and he came by and sat down with me and helped take my mind off the situation.” Matt said the amount of time DiBetta and LaPerch have spent together over the years has caused them to inherit several of each other’s personality traits. LaPerch said DiBetta was a shy kid in elementary school but that he has really come out of his shell since then. Matt said LaPerch has mellowed out from the reckless days of his youth. DiBetta

“We’ll always be tight because we’ve been such good friends, and that’s the way it’s always going to be.”

maintains that LaPerch is still very much a the center of the Bombers’ lineup. “They have the most leadership at the midfree-spirited person. “You’ll see it out on the lacrosse field when field position,” Kraus said. “Billy is one of the he’s wearing pink socks, or he’ll grow his best all-around players on the team on both beard out and it looks ridiculous, and you’ll offense and defense. Brian leads the team with see him out on the weekends wearing what- our face-offs, and he basically runs the games by how he’s playing.” ever,” DiBetta said. The two childhood friends are assured of Many of the pair’s friends assumed that the two would attend the same college. But that at least one more summer together, as they conclusion was not as inevitable as it seemed. will be working at an internship at Budweiser DiBetta was hungry to get back on the la- in Montauk, N.Y., that DiBetta’s father set up. crosse field after missing his entire senior high Once fall comes, the friends’ career paths will school season with his torn ACL, so he chose likely split, but DiBetta doesn’t see any physito play lacrosse for the Bombers relatively ear- cal distances affecting the bond the two have ly. LaPerch wasn’t sure he wanted to continue established since they were little kids. “We’ll see what happens down the road, playing the sport in college and waited until the first deposit deadline of April 1 to commit but it doesn’t really matter,” DiBetta said. “We’ll always be tight because we’ve been to the college. When asked if DiBetta’s early commit- such good friends, and that’s the way it’s alment factored into his decision, LaPerch ways going to be.” said there was peace of mind knowing his longtime friend would be there. “I’ll say ‘No’ when I’m talking to him so that he doesn’t get all cocky about it,” LaPerch said. “But he’s usually making the right decisions, so I thought if he was making a decision like that, then I might as well give it a try.” Four years later, DiBetta and LaPerch are glad they chose to attend college together. The two childhood friends will now lead a team that is determined to claim its first Empire 8 Conference title since 2008. Senior defenseman Will Kraus said both play- From left, four-year-olds Brian DiBetta and Billy LaPerch stand outside ers provide stability for a photograph at North Salem Nursery School in North Salem, N.Y. as the only seniors in Courtesy of Billy LaPerch

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Blue and Gold search for perfect pitch By nate king staff writer

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Cruel hitting scars league When news broke last week that St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams had paid players to injure specific opposing players during his years with the New Orleans Saints and Washington Redskins, I can’t say I was surprised. According to an investigation by the NFL, the bounty pool reached its max of $50,000 during the Saints’ Super Bowl run in 2009, with $1,500 for knocking an opposing player out and $1,000 if a player was carted off the field. One of the more extreme scenarios reported was linebacker Jonathan Vilma offering $10,000 to any player who knocked former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre out of the 2009 NFC Championship game. Saints defenders constantly went for low tackles and late hits on Favre throughout the game and knocked him out temporarily with an ankle injury that would later require offseason surgery. Despite warnings from team owner Tom Benson, General Manager Mickey Loomis and Head Coach Sean Payton did nothing to stop the program, and it is not known how severe the punishment will be for one of the league’s marquee franchises. With many former NFL players tweeting that the practice of placing bounties on opposing players is commonplace in professional football locker rooms, it should be more apparent than ever that we have reached a fever pitch when it comes to the size of the personalities and egos of men in professional sports. This is a huge and seemingly emerging problem at not only the professional level — where athletes are willing to push the boundaries on what is considered acceptable behavior with their livelihoods on the line — but also at the high school, collegiate and amateur levels. I remember more than one instance playing travel and high school baseball when coaches told me to slide hard into a certain player, or when I was pitching, to throw at particular batters to send an intimidating message to the opponent. Another player on my basketball team told stories of fouling opposing players hard because the coach wanted them out of the game. What does it say about our desire to win in athletics that we are willing to go beyond the rules and potentially seriously injure our opponents? Professional sports leagues and youth athletic associations need to take a serious look at what kind of messages they are sending to participants when the emphasis on winning is paramount. The idea that in order to be a successful athlete you need to be the best at all costs has led us to where we are today. Harlan Green-taub is a senior televison-radio major. Contact him at

When the baseball team takes the field for games this spring, there will be many unfamiliar arms out on the mound and in the bullpen. The team will count on pitching from sophomores David Jasukonis and Luke Stark, who were both on the junior varsity team last season. Jimmy Wagner, John Prendergast, Quinn Irwin and Andrew Sanders constitute the South Hill squad’s freshmen pitchers. Last year’s starters, Dan Lynch ’11, Aaron Sapp ’11 and Andrew Wall ’11, who combined for 84 strikeouts, graduated. Junior The South Hill squad began this Jasper Adams will miss all season with four of the 2012 season following freshmen pitchTommy John surgery, senior ers on its roster. Brian Eggleston will miss the season because of a torn rotator cuff, and junior Ian Gaule has been unable to practice because of medical issues. Head Coach George Valesente said replacing all those players on the mound will be difficult for the team, but it’s manageable. “We’ve lost six pitchers in one year,” he said. “I don’t even think the Yankees could handle that, but we’ll figure it out.” Adams had a team-low 1.59 ERA last season, while Eggleston fanned 19 batters in 16 innings. Valesente said he is not certain how he will use the young arms at this point in the season, but, regardless of their roles, composure is vital. “The hitters are going to be more challenging, and there are going to be times when they’re going to get hit hard,” he said. “We need to see how they handle that and how they’re able to keep the rallies from extending too long.” Senior pitcher Tucker Healy, who struck out six batters in the season-opener Friday against SUNY-Old Westbury, said the young pitchers need to develop their control rather than look to overpower hitters. “They’re just going to have to throw strikes, not give up many walks and keep the hitters off balance,” he said. “We’ve got eight guys behind them, so if they can just throw strikes and get ground balls and fly balls, we’ll be fine.” Wagner, who pitched 1 2/3 innings of shutout relief in the season-opener, said he can already tell Division III baseball is more physically and

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Sophomore pitcher Luke Stark throws off an artificial mound during practice Monday in Glazer Arena. Stark pitched for the Blue and Gold’s junior varsity baseball team during its 2011 season.

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mentally challenging than at the high school level. “You have to be smart — you can’t just go out there and throw,” he said. “You have to really use your mind and your arm when you’re out there.” Valesente said he is putting the young pitchers through strenuous conditioning and arm strengthening drills as well as going over game situations in practice. “The things we’re having them do are pitching live batting practice,” he said. “They’re called upon to try to hit locations, change speeds and get their breaking ball over the plate.”

Valesente said he also tries to simulate game situations, such as the hitter’s count and the position of base runners, in order to construct the young pitchers’ instincts on the mound. As the season gets under way, Valesente said he is certain the young pitchers will perform well despite their inexperience. “From a coaching standpoint, it’s always more of a comfortable feeling to have experienced players who know how to handle the battle,” he said. “But I’m confident. From what I’ve seen, they’ve all been impressive.”

Bombers triumph despite late-season struggles By joe gentile

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The men’s indoor track team learned not to dwell on past mistakes as it darted its way through the higher levels of postseason competition during the indoor season. The team committed penalties during the final two weeks of the indoor season at the New York State Collegiate Track Conference and Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships. Sophomore Jake Willis cost the team points at the state title meet Feb. 24 and 25, when he was charged with a lane violation in the 200-meter dash. The loss in points ended up being costly for the squad as the Bombers ended up finishing in second place by 5.5 points. Senior Doug Koury said it was important for Willis to get past his mistake in the 200-meter dash when Willis competed on the 4x400-meter relay team. “We told him to run and show why he should have qualified in the 200-meter,” Koury said. Willis and the rest of the relay team — Koury, sophomore Brennan Edmonds and freshman Matt Killian — earned first place with a time of 3:26.61. Koury said he saw encouraging signs from the competitors at the indoor season’s regional meet Friday and Saturday.

From left, freshman David Searles, freshman Kevin Davis and sophomore Zack Mitchell sprint on the track during practice Monday in Glazer Arena.

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“Everyone performed better than they were supposed to on paper,” he said. “Guys who qualified for ECACs earlier in the season and may not have competed at that same level for the remainder of the indoor season were

able to regain some confidence.” Though Koury said the runners experienced fatigue during the twoday meet, the support of teammates who attended the meet but did not compete helped the runners move

ahead of 50 schools to finish in 13th place. “The competition provided a great morale boost and some great team unity,” he said. “Even the guys who were not competing were involved, and that brought everybody together.” The team displayed its confidence with a nearly record-breaking finish in the 4x800-meter relay. The group of junior Matthew Kastler, freshman Mason Mann, junior Billy Savage and freshman Dennis Ryan finished third in the event with a time of 7:52.30, which was just .65 seconds slower than the program record. Edmonds said the South Hill squad will work off the athletes’ high finishes at last weekend’s meet to improve on their times and distances in the future. “Coming off of some great performances from the guys who competed, everyone will be motivated to better their marks and raise their standards for the outdoor season,” he said. Despite their impressive performance at the regional meet, none of the Bombers qualified to run at the NCAA Championships this weekend. Mann said though the Bombers are better than their regional finish, they are looking forward to beginning the outdoor season. “Coach Nichols keeps saying not to try too hard,” Mann said. “You need to enjoy it, and you’ll perform at your best if you’re relaxed.”

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Leader of the pack Senior aspires to guide young players after multiple concussions end her season By steve derderian Staff Writer

In addition to the six members of its coaching staff, the softball team will have an extra pair of eyes in the dugout this season in senior shortstop Annmarie Forenza. Forenza has decided to take on the role of a student coach this year after suffering two concussions in less than one year. Her first concussion came after she dove for the ball during a game last season against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on April 20 in Troy, N.Y. She was still able to start in 33 of the Bombers’ 44 games. After last season, Forenza was getting into a car when she hit her head on the side of the vehicle on the same area as her previous concussion. Forenza said she decided to sit out her senior season after consulting with her doctor and her family, who told her she should try to preserve her mental and physical health for the future. “What really hit home was when [the doctor] said, ‘If you were my daughter, I wouldn’t let you play,’” Forenza said. “My family really had a big part in telling me, ‘You have the rest of your life to take care of.’” Forenza had two other concussions while playing sports at Hunterdon Central Regional High School in Flemington, N.J. She suffered the effects of second-impact syndrome after her first head injury, experiencing loss of consciousness when she dove for the ball during a

volleyball game for Hunterdon. Contemplating the risks of suffering a third head injury in two years, Forenza decided to inform her teammates of her choice not to compete this season via email because she could not attend preseason practices. She said she was not feeling any physical effects from her latest head injury, so it was a tough decision to make. “I was devastated,” Forenza said. “There were a lot of tears because I wanted to play, and there was a lot of going back and forth with myself.” The Bombers are expecting freshman Francesca Busa to step in and play shortstop in the starting lineup. Forenza said she has become a mentor for Busa because Forenza was in the same role her first season on the team, stepping into the starting role at shortstop after Erica Cutspec ’08 graduated. “Part of what made me more at ease with the decision is that I have a lot to offer, especially with such a young team,” Forenza said. “I feel good when I can tell them something, and they make the switch right away.” Busa said she was looking forward to playing with Forenza, given that Forenza was thrust into a similar situation her freshman year. Now that she has Forenza as a mentor, Busa said she has taken full advantage of her opportunity to start. “She knows more about the game than some of the coaches that I’ve

Freshman infielder Francesca Busa throws the ball to first base during practice yesterday on Kostrinsky Field. Busa will play shortstop for the team this season while senior shortstop Annmarie Forenza recovers from a concussion. shawn steiner/the ithacan

had,” Busa said. “Not only has she been there recently, she’s smart, and she knows how to play the game.” Junior second baseman Jenn Biondi said Forenza’s absence will be difficult for the team, but the current infield has found a new way to track progress for the team through a “punchboard board.” The team will write down a list of objectives, such

as scoring the game’s first run, and make a hole next to each one as it’s met throughout the game. “With our personalities, we just like to make plays, and it should help us achieve our goals,” Biondi said. Forenza said she plans to stay in Ithaca for the next few years, as she is enrolled in the six-year clinical health studies doctorate program

at the college. Though she will not be playing softball this season, she said she will use her experience to motivate the rest of her teammates to appreciate every aspect of playing for the Blue and Gold. “I told them just to love it like I did, to fall in love with the game every time you play it because you don’t know when it will all end,” she said.

Look online for game stories from these sports: TOMORROW • 1 p.m. Women’s Indoor Track at NCAA Indoor Championships in Grinnell, Iowa • TBD Wrestling at NCAA Championships in La Crosse, Wis.

SAturDAY • 1 p.m. Women’s Indoor Track at NCAA Indoor Championships in Grinnell, Iowa • 1 p.m. Gymnastics vs. Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships in Ben Light Gymnasium • TBD Wrestling at NCAA Championships in La Crosse, Wis.

SUNDAY • 9 a.m./11 a.m. Softball at Emory University/Washington University in Clermont, Fla. • 7 p.m. Baseball at Chapman University in Orange, Calif.

MonDAY • 1 p.m./5 p.m. Softball vs. Lycoming College at Higgins Stadium • 1 p.m. Women’s Lacrosse at Springfield College in Clermont, Fla. • 7 p.m. Baseball at Chapman University in Orange, Calif.

TuesDAY • Noon/12:30 p.m. Men’s and Women’s Tennis at Connecticut College in Hilton Head, S.C. • 3 p.m. Baseball at Whittier College in Whittier, Calif. • 6 p.m. Men’s Lacrosse at New England College in Newport News, Va.

wednesDAY • 9 a.m./11 a.m. Softball at SUNY-Plattsburgh/Manhattanville College in Clermont, Fla. • 11:30 a.m. Men’s and Women’s Tennis at Bloomsburg University in Hilton Head, S.C. • Noon Baseball at Hampden-Sydney College in Claremont, Calif. • Noon Women’s Lacrosse at Franklin and Marshall College in Clermont, Fla.

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Gymnast’s comeback inspires South Hill squad by haley costello staff writer

When senior Christine Niles was walking around on crutches with a broken ankle during her freshman year on the gymnastics team, she thought her career in the sport was over. But three years later, she has qualified for the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships, which will be held in the same gym she first injured herself in. Niles said she came to the college’s gymnastics team from North Carroll High School in Hampstead, Md., excited to redefine herself as a bolder competitor. “In my club years I had a lot of fears and mental blocks, and here I didn’t want to be that person,” she said. Niles earned a spot among the Bombers as a competitor in the vault and uneven bars prior to the 2009 season. Head Coach Rick Suddaby said while she was not as advanced as some of the other girls on the team, her dedication quickly propelled her forward. “She came in without a lot of difficulty,” Suddaby said. “But she could learn so many new things, and her excitement and motivation helped make it a very successful start to her college career.” As the beginning of her first regular season on the team drew closer, the stress of competition became too much for Niles to handle. After breaking her ankle during a meet early in the year, Niles needed surgery and was limited to swinging from the uneven bars in practice. But one afternoon following the surgery, Niles took one swing from the low bar and missed the high bar, falling to the floor and dislocating her elbow. Following her recovery from the ankle injury, Niles decided she would not compete on the team the next season because the thought of performing the new skills she had acquired her freshman season made her nervous. “You could definitely call it fear,” Niles said. “I had been injured so many times, especially in club gymnastics, that I was just afraid I was

Senior Christine Niles competes in the uneven bars during the Blue and Gold’s dual-meet against Springfield College and Rhode Island College on Jan. 28 in Ben Light Gymnasium. rachel orlow/the ithacan

going to get hurt again and again. So it became hard to get going and more stressful than fun.” Niles joined the women’s track team during the indoor and outdoor seasons because she missed being part of a team and took up pole vaulting.

Though she had no experience in the event, Niles said pole vaulting mimicked some of her gymnastics vault skills. Using the pole to propel herself into the air rather than her own strength made her feel more in control, she said.

“Competition-wise it was similar to the vault, so it was familiar to me,” she said. “But it was enough of a change from doing back handsprings that I wasn’t afraid, and so I was able to do it.” It wasn’t until Niles spoke with junior all-around competitor Chelsea Robie last summer that rejoining the gymnastics team crossed her mind. Robie told Niles there was only one freshman recruit joining the Blue and Gold, so Niles was determined to apply her skills from pole vaulting and overcome her initial apprehension. “I finally built up the courage to email Rick, and after a half hour or so I said, ‘Well, I wanted to know how you feel about me trying out for the team,’” Niles said. “The first words out of his mouth were ‘Let’s do it,’ and I was in disbelief.” Suddaby helped Niles uncover her skills, regain her strength and perfect her fundamentals in about two months. Suddaby said he was surprised at how quickly Niles was able to reach her potential. “Physically, she trained smart and got things done, but she had some trouble with fear,” he said. “Once we stopped letting her practice her balks, it stopped reinforcing the fear, and it put her a year ahead of schedule.” Niles’ dedication helped her place seventh in the vault with a score of 9.25 points during the Bombers’ meet against Ursinus College on Jan. 22. She will compete in the uneven bars at the ECAC Championships on Saturday in Ben Light Gymnasium. Senior Kim Callahan said the team looks up to Niles for overcoming her obstacles and is proof that anyone can conquer the psychological strain that comes with competing as a gymnast. “She inspires me when I have a mental block, and I know she represents that for a lot of the people on the team,” she said. “She is a testament of overcoming the fear that so many of us deal with.”

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Track Stars The Ithacan highlights a pair of standout performances from last weekend’s Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships.

Emma Dewart Senior Women’s Track

Dewart captured the high jump title with a winning clear of 1.68 meters — the seventh-highest jump in the nation this season. She was also a member of the Bombers’ first-place 800-meter relay squad that set a new school record with a winning time of 1:45.49. Dewart was honored for her big weekend with Empire 8 Athlete of the Week and New York State Collegiate Track Conference Field Athlete of the Week honors.

Climb every mountain

Sophomore Jarrod Monacelli looks for the next rock on the climbing wall Monday in the Fitness Center Gymnasium. The wall is open to all students for a two-hour window six days a week. A one-day climbing pass costs five dollars.

Jusan Hamilton Junior Men’s Track

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Weird news from the wide world of sports

Hamilton placed sixth in the weight throw and broke a nine-year-old school record in the event with a distance of 17.70 meters. Hamilton’s throw broke the previous weight throw mark of 16.84 meters set by Drew Davidson ’03 in 2003. The senior’s record-setting day earned him Empire 8 Athlete of the Week and New York State Collegiate Track Conference Field Athlete of the Week honors.

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The number of games senior shortstop Annmarie Forenza started for the softball team last season. See story on page 25.

Overbearing sports parents have officially moved into the 21st century. The girl’s hockey team from Medway-Ashland High School in Ashland, Mass., lost its appeal Friday to replay the third period of a state playoff game against Winthrop High School. The team filed an appeal after a father of one of the Winthrop players was ejected from the game played on Feb. 29 for shining a laser pointer into the eyes of Medway-Ashland goalie Kathryn Hamer. The state tournament game had been tied at one goal apiece when Hamer said she started to lose her vision on the ice. “It’s kind of like when you look at the sun, and then you can’t see for a couple of seconds,” Hamer told a local news reporter. With a blinded goalie in net, Winthrop was able to score two goals to win by a score of 3-1 and move on in the state tournament. Despite losing the appeal, Medway-Ashland parents continue to push for a rematch. In an effort to mend fences, Winthrop superintendent John Macero has hinted he may press criminal charges against the over-competitive father. —Matt Kelly


The number of strikeouts senior pitcher Tucker Healy recorded in the Blue and Gold’s first loss against SUNY-Old Westbury on Friday in Yaphank, N.Y. See story on page 24.

Play of the week David Andersen Sophomore Men’s Tennis Sophomore’s gut-wrenching rally helps South Hill squad pull off comeback victory against St. Lawrence University.

The Bombers trailed host St. Lawrence University 4-3 and were on the brink of defeat when Andersen stepped onto the court for his fourth singles match against St. Lawrence junior Thomas Timpone. After splitting the first two sets, Andersen fell behind Timpone 0-3 and then 3-5 in the decisive third set. In dramatic fashion, Andersen saved three match points to send the match to a winner-take-all tiebreaker, which he went on to win by a score of 7-3. Andersen’s victory tied the overall match at four points apiece before sixth singles player Justin Levine went on to clinch the match for the Blue and Gold.

they saidit “I don’t know if that’s execution. That’s having a horseshoe up your rear.” New York Knicks Head Coach Mike D’Antoni describing a three-point shot by Celtics forward Paul Pierce that sent Sunday’s matchup between the two teams into overtime.

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From left, Elms College senior forward Erika Murphy goes up for a rebound against Bombers junior forward Devin Shea during the NCAA Regional semifinal game Friday in Ben Light Gymnasium. The Blue and Gold’s 84-37 win was the program’s largest margin of victory in an NCAA Tournament playoff game. Shea finished the contest with a total of eight rebounds. andrew buraczenski/the ithacan


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