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Two alumni return to Ithaca community to grow an organic farm
By Kacey Deamer staff writer
Twenty minutes outside Ithaca, there is a dirt road that no GPS can find. Down that dirt road is a little farm where two Ithaca College alumni can be found munching on bok choy while their dog Lena runs across rows of leafy greens. Plowbreak Farm is in its infancy, but Kara Cusolito ’08 and Aaron Munzer ’08 are determined to make the best of their Community Supported Agriculture farm — even if that means using Munzer’s pick-up truck instead of a tractor to make rows in the field for now.
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From left, Aaron Munzer ’08 and Kara Cusolito ’08 tend seedlings on their farm in Hector, N.Y. The couple is offering CSA shares this summer.
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A&E Center costs frustrate college concert bureau Some members of the Bureau of Concerts are questioning whether the organization will be able to host a performance in one of Tompkins County’s largest indoor entertainment venues — Ithaca College’s Athletics and Events Center — anytime soon. Funded mostly by private donors, the $65.5 million A&E Center includes the Glazer Arena, with an occupancy of 6,700, that despite being billed as a venue for campus and community events, has only hosted one concert since its August opening. The general consensus among BOC’s leaders remains that the group could not afford to use the A&E Center unless it partnered with an outside group or promoter who could assume much of the show’s financial risk. BOC operates on an annual budget of around $70,000, according to sophomore Robert Hohn, vice president of business and finance for the Student
Sophomore Dave Klodowski of Ithacappella performs in October in the Athletics and Events Center. It was the first concert in the new center.
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Government Association. David Prunty, director of Campus Center and Events Services, said because BOC is an on-campus
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organization, the college would not charge a renting facility fee to use the space, but the bureau must meet all production costs that could
stretch into the tens of thousands. Prunty said he couldn’t offer a ballpark production expense because he believes the figure will depend entirely on the show’s atmosphere. Despite rising artist fees, which Prunty said will ultimately be the major costs associated with the space, he added that, with proper planning, production costs should be covered by ticket revenue. “The money is not in the production or our services,” Prunty said. “The money is in the artist.” Senior Jimmy Knowles, president of Ithacappella, said the group, which held its Block I concert in the A&E Center, encountered difficulties in preparing for the show, having to outsource much of the sound and lighting equipment. The ensemble group also had to cover labor costs to rig the lighting, lay down the protective flooring on the arena’s indoor track surface — which Prunty estimates at $750 — and prepare additional staging.
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By Noreyana Fernando The Hammond Health Center has announced that beginning next semester, Ithaca College students using the college’s health insurance plan will face a substantial increase in cost and coverage. The increase comes in accordance with the Affordable Care Act that was signed into law by President Barack Obama Scan the QR code to view the health care in March 2010. costs for 2012-13, The col- or visit ithaca.edu/ lege sent finaid/tuition. out an email to students April 26 explaining that the new plan will no longer charge students for routine immunizations, lab tests and X-rays performed at the health center, stocked prescription medications, and medical procedures performed during visits to the center. Currently, students pay $575 annually for the plan, but the price is estimated to almost double to $1,110 next year. Under the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies are not allowed to set limits on the dollar amount of health benefits that a plan will cover in a single year or over a lifetime. Currently, the college’s most basic plan has a maximum annual benefit of $10,000. This maximum benefit will increase to $100,000 next year. Dr. Vivian Lorenzo, assistant medical director at the Hammond Health Center, explained that the Affordable Care Act also requires that the college continues to increase the benefit limit and eventually phase it out by the year 2014. “Next year, we will be required to offer a maximum benefit of $500,000 or more,” she said. “And it eventually becomes unlimited.” She said, however, that though the annual fee increased greatly when the maximum benefit went from $10,000 to $100,000, insurance companies don’t expect the jump from $100,000 to $500,000 to significantly affect the annual student fee for the 2013-14 academic year. The fate of the act that brings about these changes now lies in the hands of the Supreme Court, where they are currently debating its constitutionality. In particular, justices have questioned the section of the act that requires every American to have health insurance.
Plowbreak works off of the CSA model, in which community members pay up front for a share of the produce harvested throughout the season. Once harvesting begins, members get a weekly stock of produce. The five-acre field rented by Cusolito and Munzer is only one-quarter plowed but is already seeing some seedlings sprout. The couple moved to Plowbreak in November after maintaining a farm in Dryden, N.Y., for two years. “We rent this field from the folks who
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not be released until they are all arrested. Legal experts had predicted prosecutors may file more serious charges like manslaughter and second-degree murder. The Champion family said they were disappointed.
The Taliban struck back less than two hours after President Barack Obama left Afghanistan yesterday, targeting a foreigners’ housing compound with a suicide car bomb and militants disguised as women in an assault that killed at least seven people. It was the second major assault in Kabul in less than three weeks and highlighted the Taliban’s continued ability to strike in the heavily guarded capital even when security had been tightened for Obama’s visit and Wednesday’s anniversary of the killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in neighboring Pakistan. Obama arrived at Bagram Air Field late Tuesday, then traveled to Kabul by helicopter for a meeting with President Hamid Karzai in which they signed an agreement governing the U.S. presence after combat troops withdraw in 2014. Later, back at the base, he was surrounded by U.S. troops, shaking every hand. He then gave a speech broadcast to Americans back home before ending his lightning visit just before 4:30 a.m.
Doctors charged for insurance fraud
Federal authorities charged 107 doctors, nurses and social workers in seven cities with Medicare fraud yesterday in a nationwide crackdown on unrelated scams that allegedly billed the taxpayer-funded program $452 million — the highest dollar amount in a single Medicare bust in U.S. history. It was the latest in a string of major arrests in the past two years as authorities have targeted fraud that’s believed to cost the government between $60 billion and $90 billion each year. Stopping Medicare’s budget from hemorrhaging that money will be key to paying for President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Attorney General Eric Holder partnered in 2009 to increase enforcement by allocating more money and staff and creating strike forces in fraud hot spots. Yesterday, hundreds of federal agents fanned out around the country, raiding businesses, seizing documents and charging 107 suspects in Miami, Los Angeles, Houston, Detroit, Chicago, Tampa, Fla., and Baton Rouge, La. The government suspended payment to 52 health care providers as part of the investigations.
Thirteen charged in student death
Thirteen people were charged yesterday for their roles in the hazing death of a Florida A&M University drum major who was severely beaten in what appears to be one of the biggest college hazing cases ever. The charges were announced more than five months after 26-year-old Robert Champion died aboard a chartered bus parked outside an Orlando hotel following a performance against a rival school. The case has exposed a harsh tradition among marching bands at some colleges around the U.S. Champion was severely beaten by band members in November and had bruises on his chest, arms, shoulder and back, authorities said. Witnesses told emergency dispatchers Champion was vomiting before he was found unresponsive aboard the bus. Florida State Attorney Lawson Lamar said 11 of the 13 people will face a hazing resulting in death charge, a third-degree felony. If convicted, they could face up to nearly six years in prison. The other two people will face misdemeanor charges. Lamar said the names of those charged will
Chinese activist recounts threats
Blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng said a U.S. official told him that Chinese authorities threatened to beat his wife to death had he not left the American Embassy. Speaking by phone from his hospital room in Beijing last night, a shaken Chen told The Associated Press that U.S. officials relayed the threat from the Chinese side. Chen, who fled to the embassy six days ago, left under an agreement in which he would receive medical care, be reunited with his family and be allowed to attend university in a safe place. He says he now fears for his safety and wants to leave the country.
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Protesters kiss an Egyptian police officer outside the Defense Ministry in Cairo, Egypt, yesterday. More than 10 people were left dead after suspected supporters of Egypt’s military rulers attacked predominantly Islamist anti-government protesters outside the Defense Ministry in Cairo.
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A U.S. official has denied any knowledge of the threat, but said Chen was told his family would be sent back home if he stayed in the embassy.
British spy found dead in sports bag
A coroner said yesterday a British spy whose naked body was found inside a locked sports bag was likely killed in a criminal act, but acknowledged that the riddle of how he met his mysterious death may never be solved. The coroner, Fiona Wilcox, said it was unlikely that the death of code breaker Gareth Williams would “ever be satisfactorily explained,” despite a 21-month police inquiry and seven days of expert evidence to an inquest hearing. Williams worked for Britain’s secret eavesdropping service GCHQ but was attached to the MI6 overseas spy agency when his remains were found in August 2010 at his London apartment, in the bag, which was inside a bathtub. Wilcox said the spy was likely killed either
by suffocation or poisoning in a “criminally meditated act” and said it was possible an intelligence agency colleague was involved. It is “likely that Gareth entered the bag alive and then died very soon afterwards,” the coroner said as Williams’ family listened to her verdict inside Westminster Coroner’s Court.
NFL star Junior Seau found dead
Former NFL star Junior Seau was found shot to death at his home in Oceanside, Calif. yesterday morning in what police said appeared to be a suicide. He was 43. Oceanside Police Chief Frank McCoy said Seau’s girlfriend reported finding him unconscious with a gunshot wound to the chest, and lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful. McCoy said a gun was found near him. Police said no suicide note was found, and they didn’t immediately know who the gun was registered to.
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May Day protest disputes college policy by Tinamarie craven staff writer
More than 20 students and faculty gathered Tuesday at the Free Speech Rock to bring awareness to climbing student debt and financial inequalities adjunct professors experience at Ithaca College. Sponsored by the Labor Initiative in Promoting Solidarity, an on-campus group that advocates for economic and social equality, the May Day protest garnered student sig- To watch a natures in response to rising video of the tuition costs, and called for protest, visit better pay and working con- theithacan.org/ ditions for part-time profes- 23111. sors. They also argued that the changes made to the payment of adjunct professors should not be placed upon the students’ shoulders. May Day, also known as International Workers’ Day, is a holiday where workers unite in solidarity to call for better working conditions through organized demonstrations and marches. This year, Occupy protestors around the country came together once again Tuesday, particularly in Oakland, Calif. and New York City, to demonstrate against Wall Street and to advocate for workers’ rights. LIPS protestors held signs with phrases like “Ready to drown in student debt” and “Stop gambling with higher education.” Senior Alyssa Figueroa, president of LIPS, said she was concerned about the lack of student voice present on the college’s board of trustees, the body that approves institutional changes such as tuition. “We have a student trustee on the board who isn’t democratically elected, so how are our concerns being heard?” she said. “We demand that a student trustee be democratically elected and be able to hear our concerns and voice our concerns to the board.” She said that while tuition is increasing every year, part-time professors are not benefitting from the tuition increase. Currently, part-time professors at the college do not receive health care benefits and are paid $1,300 per credit for each course they instruct. The adjunct professors are not permitted to teach more than
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From left, Zaneta Clarke ’10 and sophomores Kathleen Pongrace and Abby Togliatti demonstrate against financial inequalities Tuesday near Free Speech Rock as part of LIPS “May Day” protest. durst breneiser/the ithacan
two courses per semester, but to earn benefits from the college, professors are required to teach at least three courses per semester. Junior Laura St. John said the student loan debt and lack of equal working conditions of part-time professors are national issues. “When education is commodified in this way and looked at solely through an economic lens as a monetary business, then you — Chip Gagnon lose sight of what higher education actually is,” St. John said. Chip Gagnon, associate professor and chair of the politics department, said the faculty in his department want to see quicker change from the college’s administration. “We in the department are not happy with the situation we have been put in,” Gagnon said. “The
“It’s very important to get the students’ voices heard out there to put pressure on the college to make changes.”
change has not really been listened to at the top and I think what LIPS is doing — what the students are doing — is very important to get the students’ voices heard out there to put pressure on the college to make these kinds of changes.” Full-time faculty members Zillah Eisenstein, professor of politics, and Michael Smith, associate professor of history, sent a letter and a petition signed by 67 other full-time faculty in February to the board of trustees, President Tom Rochon, Provost Marisa Kelly and the deans of each individual school. They raised the issue that it is a matter of “grave unfairness” to not extend the raise to all faculty, including part-time faculty. Eisenstien said both part-time and full-time faculty members are equally important in attaining a well-rounded education, and that the faculty will continue to press the issue about the rights of adjuncts to administration in the coming fall. “This is just the beginning,” she said. “It’s only the tip of the iceberg.”
Communication students picked as contest finalists by Patrick feeney Staff Writer
Two Ithaca College students have been selected as one of the six finalist groups in the Case Competition, a national communications contest. Sophomore Ryan Bince, a speech communications major, and senior Alec Mitchell, a communication management and design major, created two strategic media plans based on data for two hypothetical election campaigns for a local government. More than 200 groups of college students nationally competed for the final six spots in the competition, which is hosted by the Washington Media Scholars foundation. The finalists will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., from June 2–8 to present their final projects in front of major media companies and vie for up to $3,000 per person in scholarship money. Mitchell said as finalists, they will also have the chance to meet with representatives from hundreds of media companies in Washington. “It’s basically the ultimate networking week,” Mitchell said. “You meet all sorts of political strategists. Google comes, Twitter comes and you tour NBC 4. You go through a million companies.” Bince and Mitchell met through
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the college’s Outdoor Adventure Learning Community. Bince had taken two classes with the group’s faculty sponsor, Donathan Brown, a Communications Studies professor. “This work dealt with a lot of campaign issues similar to politics, demographic issues, questions over funding, questions over ad creation, placement, development and all that stuff,” Brown said. “In my mind, as well as Ryan’s, it was just a natural fit to talk it over and ask for direction and advice.” The first round of the project involved creating funding for an art conglomerate in a fictional town. Participants had to split a $2.5 million budget between advertising in radio, television, film and other media. Mitchell and Bince said they submitted their first entry March 19. “The first entry was the really simple one,” Mitchell said. “It was a one-page Excel form we had to fill out and a two-page write-up.” Bince said when they made it to the second round, reserved for the top 30 teams, they realized it required much more work. They were given the same art conglomerate, but this time their money had to go toward garnering fictional voters who could give the conglomerate an extra $10 million to work with — or give it to a
Milder winters, longer exposure seasons and higher deer densities could be responsible for an increased tick p o p u l a t i o n To see an audio in Tompkins slideshow about County, which Lyme disease has contribut- in Ithaca, visit ed to a recent theithacan.org/ spike in Lyme 23143. disease found in dogs, experts say. Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted by blacklegged ticks, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Veterinarians in Ithaca have stressed the significance of the disease in dogs, which are much less resistant than other pets, such as cats. When a dog contracts the disease, they will become lethargic, sensitive to touch or experience difficulty breathing. Paul Curtis, professor of natural resources at Cornell University, said the deer tick population has grown significantly in Tompkins County over the last decade. Curtis said a Tompkins County Health Department survey revealed that total Tompkins County deer tick submissions increased from 128 in 2007 to 270 in 2008. The number of Lyme disease cases reported in Tompkins County also increased almost 60 percent from 2009 to 2010. Dr. Sarah Meixell, a veterinarian at Veterinary Care of Ithaca, said she noticed a dramatic increase in tick cases over the past five years. Meixell said the growing tick population and increase in cases of Lyme disease is likely due to larger populations of the white-tailed deer and the white-footed mouse, two species that are known to carry the disease. Lyme disease is treatable with an antibiotics, Meixell said, and the majority of dogs generally respond well to treatment.
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Sophomore Ryan Bince and senior Alec Mitchell look over charts yesterday in Park 283. They are one of six finalist teams for the Case Competition.
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transportation association. Bince said they spent at least 50 hours each drafting this round of the competition. “It required a 10-page rationale, a few other odd deliverables, and we made Excel charts to show what we were doing,” he said. Bince said they ended up doing most of the work over spring break. Because Bince lives in California, he spent his break on the East Coast to work on the project. “I stayed in like nine different cities,” he said. “As we’re travelling around, everywhere we go, we’re just like, ‘Okay, we need to set aside these five or six hours to work on it.’” Mitchell said they each had to learn new things as they went along
with their project. “A lot of it is just logical thinking,” he said. ”It’s not something you learn in classes as much, being able to articulate your thoughts very well, explain things very well.” The finalists were announced a few weeks ago by a phone call from the founder of the WMS foundation. Mitchell and Bince said they were astonished and excited after hearing the news. “I went out into the fishbowl, and I stood on top of the little pillars and I did a jig,” Bince said. “I was really excited about it, and I immediately ran up to Donathan’s office and busted in on a meeting and was like ‘Donathan! We made it into the competition!’”
A robber carrying what police said appeared to be a gun concealed in a bag, escaped a local McDonald’s Tuesday night with an undisclosed amount of money, according to an Ithaca Police Department press release. Police were called to a robbery at 9 p.m. Tuesday at McDonald’s on 372 Elmira Rd. and discovered at least one suspect had already fled the scene. Before fleeing in a vehicle waiting in the parking lot, the suspect confronted numerous employees with what appeared to be a gun. The suspect was reported to be a white male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, a pair of dark sunglasses and a purple bandana. Anyone with information should contact the IPD at 272-9973.
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BOC lacks funding for big artists BOC
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Though the space allowed Ithacappella to nearly double its typical Emerson Suites audience of 650–700, Knowles estimated the A&E show cost the group about $25,000 more than the usual $5,000 it costs for its usual Emerson shows. Filling the audience, Knowles said, is another challenge associated with the A&E Center, as a less-than-capacity crowd could hamper the concert’s overall feel. Theresa Radley, assistant director of student involvement in the Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs, said given Glazer Arena’s large capacity, the BOC would need to secure a high-profile artist to fill the space and therefore offset the artist fees and production costs in ticket sales. Booking such a name could consume the group’s entire annual budget, she added. Rapper Taio Cruz, who will perform at Cornell University for Slope Day, charges more than $85,000 to perform at a college, according to Concert Ideas, a college concert booking agency. Claudia Pietrzak, BOC’s co-director, said a bureau-administered survey conducted earlier this semester conveyed a majority of the 400 respondents would prefer several smaller shows — the group will ultimately have hosted five professional shows this academic year — rather than one large show. “Every single student always asks me, ‘Why can’t we have concerts [in the A&E Center]?’” she said. “The truth is that BOC really wants to have shows there, but it would just be a huge amount of money that BOC doesn’t have — at least right now.” Beginning next year, BOC’s budget will come directly from OSEMA, rather than through the Student Government Association, Radley said. In their agreement with OSEMA, BOC will be able to roll ticket revenue back into that year’s budget. The budgetary change is not tied to the possibility of an A&E Center show, Radley said. Rob Flaherty, vice president of communications for SGA, said the body, which serves as the steward of an annual student activities budget around $385,000, distributes funding to more than 150 student organizations, allowing little flexibility in allocating student organization budgets. “If we were able to put on a big concert in that way, it would take up most of our student activities budget,” Flaherty said. “We could nix student organizations entirely and put it toward the concert, but obviously we’re not going to do that.” Junior Jared Dionne, BOC’s incoming director and a staff writer for The Ithacan, said he hopes BOC will host an A&E Center concert in the future, but the group considers Emerson Suites its primary venue when planning acts for the fall. “As far as the A&E Center goes, students really shouldn’t be holding their breath,” he said.
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Couple prepares produce for summer Farm from page 1
own the property,” Munzer said. “They said ‘Well we want a vegetable farm, or some sort of farm on the property, we want it to be used productively.’ And we said, ‘Well that’s awesome because we happen to have no land and want to farm.’” The dirt road divides the property, with the owner’s home and barn on one side and the field on the other. In the back sits a pond, home to a few ducks that have joined their 15 egg-producing chickens. Having worked on different farming projects, Cusolito and Munzer were excited by the opportunity to take the empty field and turn it into a vegetable farm. Last year was mostly a trial run, without much profit, but this year Plowbreak plans to have 30 CSA shares and 60 members. This is an increase from the previous year’s eight shares. “What I like about the CSA model is that you don’t have to harvest a bunch, guess how much you have to harvest, take it to market, hope you sell it and then if you don’t you’re out of luck,” Cusolito said. “Instead, all of the produce that you’re picking is spoken for, and you don’t have to worry about selling it every week.” Freshman year, Munzer decided to offer a pretty girl at the bus stop outside Collegetown Bagels a bite of his veggie cream cheese bagel. They didn't begin dating until after their time at the college, but were close throughout school. On the farm, the couple works like a well-oiled machine, moving from uncovering rows of rhubarb down to where the leafy greens grow. In their hoop house, a small version of a greenhouse, Cusolito and Munzer have begun to harvest their first vegetables of the season. While Plowbreak is not USDA-certified organic, Munzer said they do grow organically. “Organic in everything but name,” Munzer said. “We’re going to be certified ‘naturally grown’ pretty soon — that’s an alternative certification program.” Because the farm is in its first full year of production and growing organically can be a bit more laborious, Munzer said, the long work week can take its toll. Rather than the traditional 40-hoursper-week job, Plowbreak takes about 80 hours or more. Munzer calls it a “never-ending” job. “Everything is harder than it appears at first,” Munzer said with a laugh as he and Cusolito debated how best to untangle the chicken fencing. While unraveling the chicken fencing, one of the less glamorous aspects of farm work, Munzer and Cusolito discussed their transition from journalism, which they both studied at the college, to farming. Cusolito covered several environmental topics as a reporter during her time at the college, finding
From left, Kara Cusolito ’08 and Aaron Munzer ’08 pose with Lena, their dog, Monday on their farm in Hector, N.Y. The couple, who met at Ithaca College, is offering CSA shares during the summer. durst breneiser/the ithacan
her niche in food systems and agriculture. They both worked on the editorial board of The Ithacan in the news section. The World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms is an exchange program that brings volunteers to organic farms across the globe. In return for their work, the host farms provide volunteers with food and accommodation. Cusolito spent six months in Australia, and Munzer in Hawaii, as a part of the WWOOF program. When they came back from their farming excursions, they worked together at a farm on Cape Cod, Mass., before moving back to Ithaca to develop the farm in Dryden. Days spent digging in the dirt are far removed from time spent in front of a computer while working on a story. “I actually do miss writing, I sort of got away from it for a while, but now I want to get back into it,” Cusolito said. “I’d like to use my degree every once in a while.” Munzer hasn’t completely walked away from his journalism degree, as he writes for the Ithaca Journal and the Cornell Chronicle. Cusolito and Munzer hold other jobs as well, mostly relating to food production — Munzer at the Ithaca Farmers Market and Cusolito at the Ithaca Children’s Garden, a position she began last week. Yet, Munzer prefers farm work. “It’s better to work for yourself and lose money
than make a little bit of money and work for someone else,” Munzer said. The two are never truly alone in their farm work, however. Friends often come out to the farm to show their support — and to enjoy the food. In fact, one of their first CSA members for the 2012 growing season is a former classmate. Nicole Stumpf ’08, an Ithaca resident, said she switched from one CSA to Plowbreak because of her friendship and faith in Cusolito and Munzer. “They’re new, and they’re just not as known yet in the community,” she said. “It takes a little bit of time for people to trust and believe in a business. I know them firsthand, and I absolutely believe they’re going to provide me with the best vegetables possible.” Stumpf hasn’t had a chance to visit Plowbreak yet, but she looks forward to the potluck dinners, work days and volleyball parties Cusolito and Munzer are known to hold. Plowbreak is still relatively small in comparison to other CSA farms in the Ithaca area. “The next step is just growing the veggie CSA,” Munzer said. “We’re going to buy a tractor, might do more chickens next year. Just keeping up an acre and a half of vegetables is going to be a lot.” CSA shares are still available at Plowbreak farm. For more information, visit plowbreakfarm.com.
New insurance to offer more inclusive plan Health from page 1
A decision is expected by the end of June. College policy dictates that all matriculated students must have health insurance coverage either from the college or elsewhere. Students not enrolled in the college-sponsored plan are required to show evidence of comparable coverage within another plan. Sophomore Kara Bhatti has been using the college’s health insurance plan for the past two years. She said the email sent to her last week about the changes in health care at the college made her worry about how she was going to make ends meet. “The first thing I noticed in the email they say it’s going to be ‘notably higher’ than in previous years,” she said. “That scares me because I already have problems paying this $500 for insurance, and it didn’t offer much.” Bhatti, a resident of New York City, said the email has also led her to doubt if she will be using the same plan next semester. “It’s causing me to rethink
whether I want it or not anymore,” Bhatti said. “I am thinking I’d rather just buy insurance from New York City and use it up here.” Sheri Steurer, health care coordinator at the Hammond Health Center, said one third of Ithaca College students purchase the college’s health care plan. Steurer said though the new plan will be more costly for the students, it will provide them with a more complete package. “This plan is going to go up to $100,000 for the year,” she said. “It’s a much more comprehensive plan.” Lorenzo said if this policy is the student's only health insurance coverage, they will be much better insured than under the previous plan. However, Lorenzo said certain services like travel immunizations and over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol, which were not free under the current plan, will not be offered free of charge under the new plan either. She also said students unable to meet these costs may have other options, such as qualifying for Medicaid or opting to use an insurance plan not affiliated with
Ithaca College will be changing its health care policy and cost next year. The college will send students the confirmed changes in June. Shawn Steiner/the ithacan
the college. Students with financial concerns, she said, should discuss these with the Office of Student Financial Services.
Students are expected to be officially notified of the exact changes in June, when the final details are confirmed.
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Student aids girls in Liberia BY Lauren Mazzo Staff writer
Ithaca College students are lending a helping hand to girls in Liberia to keep them in the classroom and off the streets. Freshman Grace Schroeder recently led a group of passionate students to provide girls in Liberia with an education by encouraging students on campus to “sign away” meals through their meal plan by signing a sheet with their student ID number. From the beginning of March to the end of April, Schroeder raised a total of $5,946 to benefit the More MEYLER said the Than Me Foundation, a campaign helps small nonprofit organization pay for Liberian girls' education. that raises money to send girls in Liberia to school to combat the sexual exploitation they would otherwise face. Katie Meyler, founder of the More Than Me Foundation and a Northern New Jersey native, founded the nonprofit in 2007 while she was living in she slums of West Point, Liberia. Meyler lived with 80 orphans, whose greatest wish, she said, was to go to school. Meyler said the public schools in Liberia are unreliable and private schools are expensive. More than 60 percent of children in Liberia do not go to school. Seventy percent of those children are girls. Left uneducated and jobless on the streets, these girls often resort to prostitution in order to support themselves and their families. The More Than Me Foundation pays for the tuition, uniforms and school lunches for girls to go to private schools. Meyler challenged the program’s college interns to raise funds for the foundation’s One More Day campaign, which is centered around the fact that it only costs $5 to pay for one day of school for a girl in Liberia. Donating $5 would keep one girl off the streets and away from prostitution for an additional day.
During the course of 50 days, Schroeder collected donations and encouraged students to sign away more than 3,400 meals. Schroeder said she immediately latched onto the idea of doing a meal sign-away. Students could donate the money normally used to pay for their Monday breakfasts — events she likes to call “More Than Me Mondays.” “Students are literally giving their meal away while they're at school getting an education, and they’re helping other girls in Liberia get that same thing,” she said. The college will write a check to the foundation every week for each of the meals signed away for that week. While promoting the foundation, Schroeder said she was shocked by the number of people willing to help. Since she began promoting the organization on campus, she said she continues to find more and more students who are eager to volunteer for the foundation. “I've met so many great people with so much love in their hearts for helping people, and it's just really inspiring,” she said. Eight other students have joined Schroeder since she began the organization on campus. She hopes to make it an official group on campus next year, making it the first college chapter of the organization in the nation. Meyler said she is proud of Schroeder’s efforts on campus and amazed that she took the One More Day campaign to the next level. “It's really huge that she came up with such a creative idea, and she's using her energy for something beautiful,” Meyler said, “I'm excited to see where this goes because this is just the beginning.” Freshman Jodi Silberstein, a More Than Me volunteer, said Schroeder's enthusiasm for the foundation is evident in her actions. “You can really tell that she loves what she's doing,” she said. Schroeder said her first experience with the foundation inspired her to join the cause. “I put my whole heart and soul into it to help them,” she said.
Culture through cranes
From left, junior Kitty Lam and freshman Katie Quan string paper cranes together Friday in the Lower Quads as part of the Ithaca College Asian American Alliance’s "A Thousand Cranes" event. The event was organized to spark more campus interest in learning about Asian cultures. Shawn Steiner/The Ithacan
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Senior’s upbeat study helps autistic children by shea o’meara accent editor
Senior Kristen Axelsen is an A student who is planning to spend the five years after her graduation working hard to earn a doctoral degree in psychology. But for three semesters at Ithaca College, it was all about laughter. In the spring of her sophomore year, Axelsen, a psychology major with a minor in counseling, was selected to join the Advancing Autism Treatment Team, a student research team that analyzed the laughter of children with autism compared to normally developing kids and worked to evaluate the way laughter can help children with autism become more socialized and have
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happier home lives. As a researcher, Axelsen worked with other students to create focus groups that combined both children with autism and normally developing children and their mothers, and tested whether mothers could differentiate between the laugh sounds of the children. The team also asked
mothers to rank the laughs in terms of appeal. Axelsen said the team expected mothers of children with autism would find their children’s laughs less appealing because of the stress of raising a child with special needs. However, the team found mothers appreciate the laugh sounds of all children equally. This means physiologists can use laughter to help bring families struggling with autism together, as well as to help socialize children, she said. “Usually kids with autism have socialization deficits and they don’t really connect that well with their families,” Axelsen said. “We thought if using this laughter elicited positive reactions in their parents, we could use this to improve everyone with the treatment.” That work inspired her to pursue a career in school psychology helping to develop programs that will allow special-needs students to get the most out of their education. Now, Axelsen is an intern for the Beverly J. Martin Elementary School in Ithaca that serves the underprivileged population, also known as a Title 1 school. She works with the school psychologist to help plan and execute behavior interventions with students that have impulse control problems and collects data to classify students with special needs and get them the services they need. “A lot of students, especially those who are younger, don’t ask to be poor, they don’t ask to come from divorced families or seeing abusive
Senior Kristen Axelsen poses Tuesday in front of the experimental psychology lab in the basement of Williams Hall. Axelsen plans on earning a doctoral degree in psychology after she graduates from Ithaca College.
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relationships within their families, and you can see how they develop over time because of situations they can’t control,” she said. Watching the students improve in school drives Axelsen to continue her work. “I’ve gotten thank-you cards, smiles and thank-yous — just those little things that make a difference makes it worth it,” she said. At the internship, she works under Farr Carey, a school psychologist. Most interns Carey had worked with before had already completed school psychology graduate programs before coming to the school. Axelsen is Carey’s first undergraduate intern.
“She’s got a great sense of humor and is happy to be with them — they just adore her,” she said. “Anything she sets her mind to she’s going to be extremely successful at.” While she’s passionate about her work, Axelsen said she was interested in Ithaca College partly because there are opportunities to dance. She is a dancer for Pulse and IC Unbound, two dance organizations on campus. Axelsen began dancing when she was three years old and now dances almost every day. “That’s where I find my balance,” she said. “I just can’t see myself not dancing.” Senior Sydney Normil, a member
of IC Hip Hop, dances with Axelsen and said she is passionate about two things: people and dance. “[Dance is] one of the most important things to her; she’s very dedicated to it and she always goes full-out,” Normil said. “She pays attention, and she puts her all into it. Her body conveys how much she loves it.” Axelsen said working toward her goal of becoming a school psychologist as well as having her own private practice will be difficult, but worth the effort. “It’s going to be a long road, but I’m excited because it’s what I want to do,” she said.
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College & City Mobile site launched at IC for more efficient access Ithaca College launched a
mobile version of Ithaca.edu for smartphones April 24 through a joint effort between Information Technology Services and the Office of Marketing Communications. The mobile site is designed to give easy and quick access to information that is already featured on the website, but in an optimized format for smartphones. Information on the app is divided between eight icons: admission, visit, hours, calendar, academics, athletics, map and news. The content displayed on the mobile home page is not the same content featured on the desktop version of the home page. The site was launched in response to high traffic on smartphones to the home page. The full version of the site can be accessed at any time by clicking the “View Full Site” button located at the bottom of every page.
Group votes to utilize profit to report gas extraction
Members of the Tompkins County Council of Governments unanimously voted April 26 to urge the Governor and State Legislature to develop a diverse revenue stream for locals that will combine natural gas drilling profits and extraction taxes to create an improved method of measuring and reporting shale gas extraction. The TCCOG requested that the state government establish its resolution because New York state approved gas extraction from the Marcellus Shale on April 7. The Marcellus Shale
is a section of sedimentary rock near Marcellus, N.Y., that contains a wealth of untapped natural gas. The TCCOG revenue stream would be used as a method to keep better track of the shale gas production coming from the Marcellus Shale, according to a Tompkins County press release.
Cornell researchers identify water on different planets
Cornell University aided in the identification of three planets that may be habitable by using data from the NASA Kepler Mission, an endeavour launched March 7, 2009, to discover life on other planets. Astronomers at California’s Mount Palomar Observatory used the Near-Infared Triple Spectograph built by Cornell researchers to measure the temperatures and metallicities — the chemical composition of small stars — of M dwarfs within the Cyngus and Lyra constellations. The astronomers discovered three planets where water could exist, making life a possibility, according to a Cornell press release.
Park tradition continues through Golden Doorknobs
This year’s first-place winner of the Skip Landen Golden Doorknob award, a tradition in the Roy H. Park School of Communications since 1969, was “White Lights”, a short film by sophomore Josh Best, juniors Lucy Lynn Hall, Jackie Campbell, Courtney Herman, Max Mehlman and senior Harlan Green-Taub. The group’s film was about a man reflecting on the last moments of his
life as he relived the events leading up to his death. In the end, he accepts death and walks into the light beyond a door. The first-place winners received $3,000 for their film. Following in second, the creators of “Dog” — juniors Zach Williams, Josh Rimmey, Dan Mills and Mehlman — earned a second-place check of $1,500 for their comedic-yet-tragic film. The story followed a man who shoots his friends after he is led to believe they killed his dog, Jules, by allowing her to swallow a doorknob. However, the dog coughs it up in the end. Juniors Peter Gargaro and Jeremy Coman came in third place, winning $1,000 for their film “Press Play”. It told the story of a man who committed suicide after he discovered his wife had been murdered when someone broke into their house.
Professor attends meeting and advocates for physics
Michael “Bodhi” Rogers, associate professor of physics and vice-chair of the New York state section of the American Physical Society, met with New York state representatives to advocate for continued funding for scientific research ROGERS within the fields of physics and education in Washington D.C., on April 19. From April 20 to 22, Rogers
Public Safety Incident Log selected entries from APRIL 16 to APRIL 25 april 16 WELFARE CHECK Location: All Other Summary: Officer reported a person who failed to show up for an appointment. IPD located the person who was taken into custody under the Mental Hygiene Law and later transported to CMC. Master Security Officer Amy Chilson. HARASSMENT Location: Grant Egbert Blvd. East Summary: Caller reported being verbally harassed, pushed, struck in the face and kicked by unknown subjects. Investigation pending. Patrol Officer Patrick Johnson. V&T FAIL TO YIELD OFFENSES Location: F-Lot Summary: Caller reported a MVA involving a car and a bicycle. The operator of the bicycle was issued a uniform traffic ticket for the Town of Ithaca Court for a failure to stop before entering a roadway and inadequate breaks. Patrol Officer Robert Jones. FOUND PROPERTY Location: Unknown Location Summary: Person found a cellphone and turned it over to the Office of Public Safety.
april 17 CONDUCT CODE VIOLATION Location: Z-Lot Summary: Caller reported a vehicle with possible altered parking decal. The vehicle was ticketed and one person was judicially referred. Patrol Officer Jay Vanvolkinburg.
CONDUCT CODE VIOLATION Location: L-Lot Summary: Caller reported a vehicle with possible altered parking decal. The vehicle was ticketed and one person was judicially referred. Patrol Officer Jay Vanvolkinburg. ARSON Location: Upper Quad Summary: Caller reported an unknown person burned a book. Investigation pending. Master Patrol Officer Christopher Teribury CRIMINAL MISCHIEF Location: East Tower Summary: Caller reported an unknown person damaged a window with BB gun. Investigation pending. Patrol Officer Matthew O’Loughlin. V&T LEAVING SCENE Location: Unknown Location Summary: Caller reported an unknown vehicle damaged a parked vehicle. The vehicle which caused the damage left the scene. Investigation pending. Patrol Officer Matthew O’Loughlin.
april 18 FOUND PROPERTY Location: All Other Summary: Person found cellphone accessories and turned them over to Public Safety. OFF CAMPUS INCIDENT Location: Hudson Heights Summary: Person reported ongoing issues with a neighbor. The caller was referred to landlord by officer. Sergeant Terry O’Pray.
april 23 CRIMINAL MISCHIEF Location: Terraces Summary: Caller reported an unknown person damaged and stole from a vending machine. Investigation pending. Patrol Officer Brad Bates.
april 24 LARCENY Location: College Circle Roadway Summary: Officer reported a traffic sign missing. Investigation pending. Patrol Officer Brad Bates. FIRE ALARM Location: Terraces Summary: Shower steam accidentally set off fire alarm.
april 25 LEAVING SCENE Location: T-Lot Summary: Caller reported an person struck a vehicle and left the scene. Investigation pending. Patrol Officer Mark Denicola. For the complete safety log, go to www.theithacan.org/news.
Key cmc – Cayuga Medical Center CVC - College Code Violation DWI – Driving While Intoxicated IFD – Ithaca Fire Department IPD – Ithaca Police Department V&T – Vehicle and Transportation MVA - Motor Vehicle Accident
went to Atlanta, Ga., for the annual American Physical Society Convocation, which brought particle, nuclear and astrophysicists together. They discussed the current and future events for the society as well as celebrate the centennial of cosmic-ray physics. The APS is an organization that works to advance physics knowledge through publications, meetings and physics education.
Tompkins receives grant for EcoVillage community
Tompkins County was awarded a federal grant from the Environmental Protection Agency Climate Showcase Communities to document energyefficient practices in EcoVillage at Ithaca on April 25. The county will use the MARX grant funds to demonstrate how to develop energy-efficient communities, according to a Tompkins County press release. EcoVillage at Ithaca is a community of three 30-home co-housing neighborhoods that work together to practice sustainability through environmental projects like organic farming and water conservation. The project is one of 50 similar nationally that is focused on environmentally efficient development. To contact Ed Marx, Tompkins County commissioner of planning and community sustainability a email@example.com.
Senior Class Garage Sale will be held from 4 to 7:30 p.m. in IC Square. Stillwater Contest Awards Ceremony, sponsored by the Writing Department, will feature a reading of student poetry and prose at 6 p.m. in the Handwerker Gallery. The Biology Jr. Research Symposium will be held in the Center for Natural Sciences Room 112 at 3 p.m.
friday Shabbat Services will begin at 6 p.m. in Muller Chapel. Shabbat Dinner will begin at 7 p.m. in the Terrace Dining Hall. Park School End of the Semester Screening: Cinema Thesis will begin at 6 p.m. in Park Auditorium. Last Day of Classes, classes at Ithaca College will end at 4 p.m.
saturday ALS Senior Brunch will begin at 11 a.m. Park School End of Semester Screening: Non-Fiction will be held from noon to 3 p.m. in the Park Auditorium.
sunday Catholic Mass will begin at 1 and 9 p.m. in Muller Chapel.
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Ready or not, here it comes
Current students need a stronger understanding of IC 20/20’s implications if they are to better inform incoming students of the real Ithaca College experience.
magine Ithaca College 10 years from now. There may be new buildings on campus. Some of your favorite professors will no doubt have moved on. There may even be more television screens in random places. Like any institution of higher education, the college will always be in a state of flux — adapting to an ever-changing job market, trying new ways to better prepare its students. To make them “Ready,” if you will. Current students at the college in this time of widespread institutional advancement have a strong obligation to remain aware of these changes and to bridge the gap between the present and the future. Prospective students often reach out to current students and alumni to answer that age-old question: “What is an Ithaca College experience like?” Though students’ answers will vary, future students will be best informed by those who understand where the college is headed in a year that President Tom Rochon lauded as one that would define the college for years to come. Their testimonies to the alterations the college is experiencing will only serve to better educate a future population of Ithaca College students. At Ithaca Today, the college’s last push to get accepted students to sign their checks on deposits, the strongest element of the visits for many attendees was the student-to-student interaction. Ask freshmen and incoming students who toured the college before deciding to come here — odds are that most will say that the deciding factor for them was speaking to a current student about their individualized experience. Therein lies the true strength of Ithaca College. Moving forward with IC 20/20 initiatives, the administration should keep in mind that student testimony will always trump any other form of institutional marketing. The official college explanation of IC 20/20 is no longer the only one. This semester, The Ithacan has published extensive reporting on the strategic vision, available at theithacan. org/ic2020. Organizations like the Student Government Association have put pressure on the administration to open the floodgates of institutional communication. The tools are ready and available. It’s time now for students to adopt a deeper sense of responsibility and realize that their generation of Bombers is a unique one. They are the arbiters in this era of change.
UPS and DOWNS The best and worst of last week’s news Obama decrying interest rates The president knows what’s up with student debt. Props to Obama for advocating against the proposed interest rate hike.
your letters Student group protest approach is ineffective for conflict dialogue
As individuals, let alone college students, we have a responsibility to acknowledge foreign ideas and constantly examine our own opinions. Failure to do so makes activism irrational, superseded by ideological commitments to an incomplete set of “facts.” Sadly, this characterized Students for Justice in Palestine’s performance at Israel Independence Day last week. By walking among IC students, local community members and young families with duct tape covering their mouths, SJP literally rejected the notion that when it comes to Israel and Palestine, dialogue is what this campus needs. We cannot hide behind the labels assigned to us by our student organizations or certain faculty members who espouse polarization. We must approach the issue differently. Political ideas can be debated; notions of ethnic identity and cultural belonging should be discussed. If we refuse to listen to the narratives and individual experiences of our peers,
then we merely hinder the peace process happening thousands of miles away from our small liberal arts school in this small liberal town. SJP’s intolerant proclamation, “We … refuse to engage in dialogue in which the terms and conditions are controlled and facilitated by groups and individuals whose political decisions we seek to critique…” is an ironically inept form of Palestinian advocacy, ill-suited to the academic ideals IC represents. If Israelis and Palestinians can sit together to try and resolve this conflict — and they do — we owe it to them to try and do the same.
of Israel Independence Day last Thursday. More than 300 students, faculty, staff and community members, representing a broad spectrum of political and religious perspectives, came together to mark as a community this important historical, cultural and spiritual event. Members of the campus community, regardless of their positions, were invited to dialogue with a trained mediator in the Talk Israel Tent. Ithaca College has once again shown that it stands for diversity, for making all of us feel welcome and proud of our heritage and proud of our college.
David Barken, sophomore history major and co-president of Student Alliance For Israel
Jessie Kanowitz, senior therapeutic recreation major
Israel Independence Day event was a community-wide success On behalf of Hillel at Ithaca College,
I want to express our gratitude to the many individuals and organizations at IC and in the local community who helped support our community-wide celebration
Editor’s note: To open up a discussion regarding the above letters to the editor as well as other topics, The Ithacan will publish letters on theithacan.org after this last print issue for the semester. Letters must be sent to ithacan@ ithaca.edu by 5 p.m. Monday.
IC 20/20. Read up.
‘Carmageddon’ in Ithaca Driving around downtown Ithaca will be a pain for students and visitors while the new construction projects are under way.
Brew Fest put on hiatus Ithacans love their beer, and Brew Fest being put on hiatus strips them of an enjoyable cultural event in the community.
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Club sports deserve funds for basic necessities M ore than 1,115 Ithaca College students participate in 38 different club sports on campus — which translates into almost 17 percent of the student population. With that many students involved in the program, you would think the college could provide adequate funding for them to be able to properly function. Unfortunately, this is not a perfect world. Economic times are hard, but the college sees it more fitting to equip classrooms on campus with flat-screen televisions. If the club ice hockey team can’t Nicole Hilton afford to practice, at least they’ll be able to watch CNN practically anywhere on campus. Why is it that year after year the club sports program struggles to receive enough funds? Going into the 2012-13 academic year, the initial budget request from club sports as a whole was nearly $17,000 more than the actual funds the college allocated to the department. These requests were for necessities such as travel costs, league fees and tournament costs. Even after cutting out “frivolous expenses,” as our superiors like to call them, such as new uniforms for the women’s club soccer team — whose members have been wearing the same jerseys for six years now — the comprehensive budget was still over by a few thousand dollars. The college is one of the top competitors in most club sports, yet one of the lowest ranking schools in terms of budgets for the department. Compared to surrounding competitors like SUNY Cortland, Cornell University and Syracuse University, Ithaca College gets a substantially smaller amount for club sport funding. Because of this, most of the spending money, even for tournament play and equipment, comes from fundraising efforts by each individual team. In the 2010-11 academic year, club sports collectively spent $250,000 — most of which
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S The Women’s Club Soccer team poses for a photo this past fall. To make up for the money they need for the season that doesn’t come from the college, the team fundraises most of what they spend.
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came from fundraising. For some sports like rugby, ski racing or ice hockey, there is no varsity option at the college. However, athletes who compete in those sports suffer from the lack of funding just like the rest of the club teams. Especially for sports like ice hockey, in which equipment and ice time are particularly expensive, officers are concerned that the club may become an option only for students capable and willing to pay high team dues and other costs. Whether varsity or not, every athlete deserves an opportunity to play without having to break the bank. Because funding is tight for the upcoming year with no change in the foreseeable future, Megan Wagner, program coordinator for recreational sports, is implementing a point system for teams to earn money through community service and
good behavior. The plan sounds good in theory, but the fact of the matter is that it still does not mean more money. It simply means that some clubs who are willing to work harder will receive more of the money allocated for club teams. If one club gets more money, another one gets less. What really needs to happen is somebody with more power needs to stand up for all athletes — varsity, junior varsity, club and intramural — and demand an adequate budget for all programs. That’s it, adequate — enough to be able to practice, play and show our competition that we are a force to be reckoned with. Nicole Hilton is a junior integrated marketing communications major and next year’s president of the Women’s Club Soccer team. Email her at nhilton1@ ithaca.edu.
Editor’s inspiration stems from life-changing experience
t some point in my 4-yearold sister’s life, someone will have to sit her down and explain to her that she almost didn’t make it into this world alive. It’s 2007. My mother is in the passenger’s seat of a car headed down a street in Atlanta, Ga., when an oncoming car runs a red light and rams violently into the vehicle. She is about seven months pregnant. People will later tell her that she is a lucky woman — if the car impacted just inches closer to the passenger’s seat, both she and my little sister wouldn’t be here today. My mother is panicking and being rushed to the hospital. The accident leaves the car totaled and gives my mother a few scratches, but the shock has taken over the shaky synapses in her body, sending waves of discomfort through her arms, legs, feet and stomach. The doctors cannot find my sister’s heartbeat. They do not know if she is alive. It’s the summer of 2011. I’m sitting in my living room; the orange Georgia sun pierces through our transparent cream-colored blinds. I begin singing Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass,” and my sister, whose name is Eliyana, rushes into the living room from her adjacent princess-themed bedroom. She begins to bob her head and wiggle her hands to the music. She has moves. She is her brother’s sister. One year ago I explained to
Senior Aaron Edwards, editor in chief of The Ithacan, poses with his sister, Eliyana. Much of Edwards’ career inspiration has come from his family. Courtesy of Aaron Edwards
Eliyana that I was going to London to study abroad and work at a place called “The Associated Press.” I pointed out the location on a map. She didn’t understand the distance. In her mind, Aaron was just leaving again for a few months only to return over his next break from college, hopefully with new Dora the Explorer DVDs and books to help her sleep at night. She doesn’t sleep without a bedtime story. She has an infallible life routine. The day of that car accident in 2007, everything in my life took a new turn. Before coming to Ithaca College, I knew very little about journalism. My first courses in the Roy
H. Park School of Communications were teaching me to be objective — to seek truth and to keep a balanced outlook on the stories I covered. I began learning journalism by the books, but in the back of my mind I knew there was something more to it than that. So I went searching for it. When new life begins, we feel it. The potential for a bright future, and the curiosity that comes with every new step and fresh experience mimicked, in a way, the same feelings I had toward journalism. I look in my sister’s eyes and I see the strength my mom had to raise me as a single black mother in New York City. I see how she beat the statistical odds and
defied the constructs and scripts that society had already written out for her. It’s in those two struggles for life — one conscious and one not — that I find the drive to do what I do each day. I understand that the odds were stacked against The Ithacan and myself this year. The journalism industry seemed to be in crisis mode. News of the lack of jobs in the field had finally hit us. But through the gutsy tenacity and talent of our editorial board and staff, we put out the best weekly college newspaper in the country this year. Journalism doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It’s at its best when the people who do it remember what inspires them to fight for the best video, the best photograph and the best story. It’s 2012, and my sister is video chatting me to show me her first loose tooth. It wiggles — a lot. Later on tonight, she is going to put it under her pillow, and my mom will slip a dollar in its place. Life goes on for her. But I want to be the one to sit her down and tell her how she began to inspire her older brother without even knowing it. I hope we’ll still sing Nicki Minaj when it’s time for her to go off to college. Something tells me that part of us will never change. Aaron Edwards is a senior journalism major and editor in chief of The Ithacan. Email him at aedward3@ ithaca.edu.
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pring is full of new creative projects. The past few months have seen many high-profile and highly successful Kickstarter campaigns, each one raising more money than the last. The trend this spring shows a shift in consumer culture — that people will pay for things they want before they’ve had the chance to use or even see them. The Kickstarter platform and crowdfunding model aren’t new. Creators post ideas for projects on Kickstarter.com, set a monetary goal to be raised and provide incentives for people to fund them. The idea of crowdfunding is that everyday people — not large investors — should be able to decide what they want by donating small sums of money that collectively add up. Projects have included new video games, movies or gadgets. Recently, some ideas have raised millions of dollars, such as a recent video game pitch that raised more than $3 million — which is 800 percent more than they were looking for. That extra money is going to be used to put the game on more platforms and pay for better voice acting. The growing amount of money being invested on Kickstarter shows a shift in how consumers and producers do business. Before crowdfunding, there were only a few gatekeeper investors who could provide all of the funding to turn ideas into reality, and often it would involve compromising the creator’s vision to an extent. The Internet allows producers to pitch directly to their audience, and it’s the people who choose what is created through what they choose to give money to. Projects that barely reach their funding goal are limited in how much they can vary from the original budget and the quality of the work. Overfunding projects allows creators to run with the original idea and offer more features, hire more staff, and explore greater uses for whatever they are pitching. Project after project has broken Kickstarter records so far this year, with the latest success being Pebble, a high contrast and easy-to-read e-paper with built-in apps that works with smartphones, showing incoming calls, controlling music, and other nifty features. In need of $100,000, the project surpassed $1 million in 28 hours, and the team has broken records by reaching more than $6.5 million with 22 days left of funding. With producers offering discounts and bonus content for early adopters, people are beginning to jump on the crowdsourcing trend. People are creating the world they want to live in through small donations that fund the movies, gadgets and more that they want. Expect Kickstarter projects to continue to grow in scope and funding as consumers switch from buying existing goods to funding future goods. TJ Gunther is a senior journalism major. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Leading the way down uneven stairs, junior Sallie Robinson carries a stack of folded red and white sheets to the spacious, empty basement. Exposed pipes hang from the low ceiling, where off-white paint is chipped and exposing worn cement. To Robinson, it is the perfect blank canvas on which to create a rave. She drops the pile of fabric and stretches out her arms to outline where she wants the thick, red panels to hang. She turns to her friend, sophomore Leo Oliva, for advice. “Would it look strange if I hung a shorter gold one here?” she says. Oliva examines the layout of the sheets that Robinson temporarily arranged as he juggles two black lights under his arm. “Honestly, I would just go all red,” he says as he places a light behind liquor bottles filled with fluorescent fluid. For now, the basement is just another poorly lit space. But later, it will transform into an illuminated raver’s fantasy — Robinson’s vision. Robinson, Oliva and a few other friends gathered last Friday to set up for their final rave show of the season, featuring sophomore performer Tom Burchill. Senior Sara Gardner also helped with the setup, which was the final step in their long planning process. “We took the whole day to get everything really figured out,” she said. “We were planning this for weeks in advance.” Once darkness has fallen, the ceiling of the room has been draped with black-lit crocheted blankets. Fluorescent art pieces hang on the wall against the staircase. Following the sound of the heart-pounding bass, bright lights are cast on the performers behind reflector cones. Behind the “do-not-cross” line, the three performers create a carnival-like spectacle for their hyped audience of more than 50 people. Robinson dances with a hula hoop on a small platform wearing skin-tight lamé shorts and painted turquoise swirls around her eyes. She sticks out her tongue and smiles while the crowd shouts her name. A projector illuminates the wall to Robinson’s right, highlighting the drum set that Burchill sporadically plays. Behind Burchill’s DJ booth, Oliva stands arched in front of his aisle with a single cigarette tucked behind his ear. Letting the music inspire his painting, Oliva furiously brushes his stretched canvas. Toward the front of the crowd, Gardner
happily bounces around in the audience, her messy blonde bun bobbing with every move. She pushes through the crowd and points to Burchill, his face glowing blue from the laptop. “This is one of their best shows yet,” she says after cheering for Robinson. “It’s amazing what they can do just feeling the music.” As the music fades out, Robinson steps down from the platform, one fur-covered foot at a time. A raver at heart, Robinson was introduced to the scene while growing up in Baltimore, Md. Just before she left for college, Robinson noticed that raving exploded in popularity, especially among the college-aged demographic. “I watched the scene go from all the underground ravers who would be at these warehouse shows,” she said. “It progressed from this underground culture to something that was just like, ‘Oh this is what we are going to do Friday night.’” Though she had to leave her beloved city behind for college, Robinson was surprised to
“You go to a club and there is a sort of uniform, like a short-ass dress and f---ing huge heels. But when you go to a rave you can wear like a mask, a bikini and furry legs. That’s normal.” — Sallie Robinson find a small rave scene in Ithaca. Because there weren’t any underground warehouse parties, Robinson and her friends would go see artists like the high-energy electronic group Big Gigantic when they came to Castaways. For Robinson, raving is more than just the music. She said there is a “quintessential motto
Top, junior Sallie Robinson twirls a hula hoop Friday at a local rave. Bottom, sophomores Tom Burchill and Leo Oliva entertain with original music and an interpretive painting at the rave.
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of raving” known as PLUR — peace, love, unity and respect. Because the raving community is very accepting, she said, particular dress is not a concern. “You go to a club and there is a sort of uniform, like a short-ass dress and f---ing huge heels,” Robinson said. “But when you go to a rave you can wear like a mask, a bikini and furry legs. That’s normal.” Raving is a national obsession and one that has gone mainstream, Robinson said. Largescale parties like DayGlo, a rave-like event that boasts to be “the world’s largest paint party,” are often frowned upon by the raving community. While these events feature the same electronic music, they have the completely wrong vibe, she said. “It kind of like takes the idea of raving and makes it incredibly mainstream by packaging it as DayGlo where you go to get f---ed up and f--ed, pretty much,” she said. Robinson said she steers clear from the event all together. “It has a such a stigma attached to the name in the raver culture,” she said. “It’s just not something we go to.” Like Robinson, sophomore Kanoa Ishihara got into the rave scene in his hometown of Honolulu. At a young age, Ishihara listened to plenty of electronic music, but didn’t attend a rave until a friend suggested going to a
local show. Then, it was love at first rave. Ishihara said he began going to raves every weekend at the same venue, and he knew at least half the people there. After a while, he said he developed two personas around Honolulu. “There is everyone who knows me as Kanoa, the awkward student,” he said “And Bear, the crazy raver.” Ishihara watched the raving culture transform once he moved from Honolulu, where the first large-scale music celebration, The Love Festival, was created. “Before there was a culture, and now it is so mainstream it has spread to the point where everyone knows about it,” Ishihara said. “You don’t need to know the culture of it to know what is going on and understand it.” Though the raving scene has significantly changed for Ishihara, his passion for raving has yet to die out. This summer he will travel across the country to attend music festivals like Summer Camp, Electric Daisy Carnival, Electric Forest, Camp Bisco and Electric Zoo. While Ishihara is “an ocean and a continent” away from home, he said he can’t help but look forward to traveling around Central New York with his friends and his signature light gloves in search of a rave. “I freeze my ass off here, but there is something about this place,” he said. “There are a lot of folks that are always down for an adventure.”
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Hot or Not This week’s hits and misses
Staff Writer Jackie Eisenberg rates the best and worst GIF-themed Tumblr blogs trending on the Internet this season.
Hot #Whatshouldwecallme Trending now is the spunky Tumblr blog #Whatshouldwecallme, which features moving images, or GIFs, from pop culture icons that relate to everyday situations. Pairing awkward moments in life with moments in popular TV shows or movies creates a humorous result, leaving readers saying, “That’s so true!” The ability to see this comparison is fun because the combinations are absolutely relatable and clever — like answering that skinny friend who calls herself fat with a GIF of a weatherman being hit with debris. So what should we call this blog? Awesome!
How Do I Put This Gently? Another blog trending on the Internet is How Do I Put This Gently? It is the same premise as #whatshouldwecallme, and yet, the situations the blog satires aren’t nearly as funny or relatable. The GIFs are almost too general for the situations, making them less entertaining to watch. For example, one post says, “When my mom tells me she has chores for me to do,” and the GIF is Zach Galifianakis in “The Hangover” saying, “Your language is offensive.” The GIF is too general and could be applied to many situations. So, how do I put this gently? It’s cute, but lame.
What Should Cornell Call Me? Cornell University’s version copies the same statement #whatshouldwecallme does, but it fails miserably the second a catty comment about Ithaca College is made. One post compares a Cornell student talking to an Ithaca student saying, “When I talk to an Ithaca College student” to Antoine Dodson saying, “You are so dumb.” Not only is it a cheap shot because Ithaca College isn’t an Ivy League school, but it’s clear Cornell students know nothing about our capabilities here. Are we being a bit biased? Of course we are! But what the blog also lacks is the ability to relate to non-Cornell students because of the vast amount of inside jokes about their fraternities and sororities. What should Cornell really call us? Fabulous!
Big Red beats
Cornell’s Big Red marching band played in downtown Ithaca on Saturday for its annual spring concert. The 200-member band paraded from DeWitt Park to The Commons where the third round of Z95.5’s singing competition was simultaneously being held.
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Pizza hut introduces new crown crust carnival pizza
Pizza has been reinvented numerous times since its humble beginnings of simple cheese and pepperoni, and Pizza Hut has recently made a play that may crown them as the most desperate, attention-seeking pizza restaurant around. With the introduction of the Crown Crust Carnival Pizza, Pizza Hut has taken to greasy extremes by offering a cheeseburger pizza that also has doughy nests embedded in the sides of the crust, which act as buns in which 12 full-size burger patties are topped with melted cheese and typical cheeseburger fare like tomatoes and lettuce. The Crown Crust Carnival Pizza finally appeases those of us who feel torn between burger and pizza when hunger calls. — Benjii Maust
Brazilian kiosk dispenses internet straight to phone
Mobile Internet is being taken to a new level. Users can access Wi-Fi with a new Internet vending machine called the Happiness Refill. Available in the Coca-Cola store on Copacabana Beach in Brazil, the Happiness Refill distributes free Internet access to the public. To use the machine, users press their phones against a metal lever, and out comes a Coke-themed browser on their phone which can be used to listen to music and check Facebook and the weather. The Cokered, cobra-shaped device is only available to Android users now, but Coca-Cola hopes to install Happiness Refills for other smartphones as well. — Jackie Eisenberg
quoteunquote “I told him, ‘You don’t teach me how to play tennis, and I won’t teach you how to model in a bathing suit.’” — Supermodel/actress Brooklyn Decker on a failed tennis lesson with tennis star husband Andy Roddick.
celebrity SCOOPS! Paula cooks a punch line There isn’t enough diet and exercise in the world to keep famous cook Paula Deen from trying to appear on “Saturday Night Live,” according to sources close to the television star. After the past month filled with controversy over her diabetes status and the accusation of her using the ‘N’ word, the Food Network star is eager for a chance to repair her public image by appearing on the comedy sketch show. Though the show has been running a series of sketches in which Kristen Wiig impersonates the butter-loving Deen, the real Deen is still itching to make an appearance and even sent SNL top dog Lorne Michaels a basket filled with sugary desserts in an attempt to butter up the boss and let her be on the show.
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Dusting off the Curtains Restored theater company focuses on new beginnings Photos by Shawn Steiner Sophomore Ashton Muniz rehearses “Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet” with the members of the Kuumba Repertory Theatre, a recently revived Ithaca College theater company, on Monday.
BY ALYSSA frey staff writer
A double major in drama and sociology, sophomore Brittany Carey has always believed in using theater as a vehicle for social change. But when she joined the cast of Kuumba Repertory Theatre’s upcoming production “Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet,” she realized just how much theater could impact a person’s beliefs, especially about important themes that go unnoticed. Kuumba is the sixth principle of Kwanzaa; on this day families focus on their ancestry and unity as a culture. Traditionally, Kuumba art forms focus on exploring the creativity and mindset of racially diverse playwrights. Kuumba Repertory Theatre began at the college in the ’60s when a group of students felt the college’s theater repertoire lacked a diversity on important topics such as race, ethnicity and sexuality. “It was thriving, and it did productions like this all the time,” director and senior Katherine Turner said. Turner said that the group began fading away in 2006. When she came to the college as a freshman acting major, Kuumba no longer existed. After spending the fall 2010 semester at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Conn., Turner came back in search of fellow students who shared her vision for theater at the college. While on this search, John Rawlins, assistant director of the Office of Student Engagement and
Senior Crystal Simon and sophomore Brittany Carey
Multicultural Affairs, said to Turner that Kuumba theater’s ideals and practices ran in tandem with their goals for a company. “Bernadette [Carter] and I … decided to bring back because we felt that there was a lack of diversity in the theater that went on at Ithaca College,” Turner said. Turner, alongside Carter, recently invigorated Kuumba with acting showcases and play festivals after its revival at the college. But, it wasn’t until this semester that Turner found a play she believed would speak to the college community. When Turner read through the script, she knew “Marcus” would be the perfect fit for Kuumba. Written by Tarell Alvin McCraney and first performed in 2007, “Marcus” is the last play in McCraney’s Brother/Sister trilogy. Set in Louisiana, the trilogy’s third component contemplates questions of sexuality, individualism and the importance of growing older. Turner wanted to direct the show because she instantly fell in love with its story. “I read this play, and I loved this play, and I said, ‘This is perfect,’” Turner said. Turner said the social issues addressed in “Marcus” will impact a college audience. “It really is connected to what’s going on in the times, because in the play it touches on Hurricane Katrina … and race and sexuality, which are huge things that are still being talked about, have been talked about forever and probably will be talked about for a while,” Turner said.
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Sophomore Ashton Muniz plays the titular role in the show, a teenager struggling with both internal and external identity. He defends questions about his sexuality while trying to come to terms with troubling dreams about the future of society. Turner describes the character as having many battles. “[He’s] trying to figure out his sexuality as well as his place in his community and in his culture,” Turner said. This show marks Muniz’s first serious lead role. Muniz joined Kuumba after Turner approached him about the trilogy last semester. Muniz said he was immediately attracted to the show but that Turner was the leading lady behind the planning. “When Katherine has her mind set on something, she follows through with it,” Muniz said. “It started out as an idea, but she really wanted to do it and wanted to direct something her senior year.” Many of the play’s plotlines descend from Yoruba mythology, a religion originating in southwestern Nigeria and parts of Ghana, while most of the characters’ names throughout the trilogy derive from Yoruba “orishas,” or deities. Eshu is known as a Yoruba “orisha” who represents crossroads and chaos. This symbolizes what Marcus goes through internally during the play. Turner said this is one of the more fascinating parts of McCraney’s writing and what makes him a talented playwright.
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Carey, who plays Marcus’ close friend Osha, said after reading the play, McCraney’s talent made her even more excited about the production than she already was. “I read the script, and I was like, ‘Oh, wow, this is really beautiful,’” Carey said. “I’m really in love with the playwright. I saw one of his plays last year, and I fell in love with him and his writing, so I’m really excited to do this.” Osha, who is attracted to Marcus, is a beautiful young woman who battles between loving herself and accepting someone else’s love. Carey describes her character as one with a journey running parallel to that of Marcus. “She’s going on the same journey [as Marcus] and trying to figure out what’s her place and why [she wants] someone else to love her and what that means to become a young woman,” Carey said. Though “Marcus” is focused on one person’s specific — and fictional — story, Carey wants audience members to see these issues’ bigger pictures as they leave the theater. “I would really like people to leave the show thinking of how they grew up and asking what it means to become a young adult,” Carey said. “What does it mean to question your sexuality and question who you are? Why do we accept so many people but not others?” “Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet,” will be performed at 8 p.m. tonight in Dillingham Studio 2.
Senior Katherine Turner and junior James Amara Aja
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Shakespeare show lights up on stage
by lisa purrone staff writer
Ending Ithaca College’s Main Stage season is the adaptation of “Measure for Measure,” the exciting and wildly humorous play by William Shakespeare. Wendy Dann, director and assistant professor of theater arts, attempted to create an eccentric world that makes a successful pairing with Shakespeare’s classic text. “Measure for Measure” is a tale about power, love and religion. Claudio (senior Bruce Landry) is sentenced to death by deputy to the “Measure for duke, Angelo (junior Dan Measure” Berlingeri). Claudio’s sister Ithaca College and nun Isabella (senior Department of Hallie Peterson), appeals to Theatre Arts Angelo in hopes of rescuing her brother, but is faced with the tough decision to give up her virginity to save her brother or stick by her religious beliefs. The Duke of Vienna, Vincentio (senior John Gardner), then goes on a mission to expose Angelo for his power-hungry and crooked ways with the help of Isabella and Father Friar. Walking into the theater, audiences are faced with a brilliant set created by senior theater design major Lawrence Moten. The main set piece includes a disk-like circular platform, which supports rusted arches of metal that revolve during scene changes. The warped configurations of metal not only create new settings, but also picturesque and metaphorical moments. In one scene, Isabella visits Angelo to ask for Claudio’s life. The curved piece placed between them displays the physical and symbolic guard that Isabella needs to protect herself from Angelo. The set’s movement helps propel the story forward with each revolution by allowing audiences to see the continuous progression of the storyline. Junior sound designer Kymberly Donowski and lighting senior designer Aaron Porter help establish the wacky side of the play through the music and lighting. The music featured throughout the production is an eclectic mix
Trampoline Thursday: A Night of Competitive Storytelling is the unofficial beginning to the Finger Lakes Literary Festival, Spring Writes. The event will begin at 7 p.m. at the Lot 10 Lounge. Admission is free.
The Night Hike will begin at 8 p.m. in the back fields of the Cayuga Nature Center and lead around their ponds and wooded trails. The event is open to the public, and admission is free.
“The Princess Bride,” a clas-
From left, Isabella (senior Hallie Peterson), Vincentio (senior John Gardner) and Angelo (junior Dan Berlingeri) are entangled in a story of power, love and religion in the play “Measure for Measure.”
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of jazz, blues, strong bass beats and other dissonant sounds. The music was used sparingly, but effectively, emphasizing speeches and key moments of realization. A deep and strong beat, accompanied by a low-pitched humming sound, aided in the tension building while Vincentio devised the perfect plan to save Claudio. The lights were a show of their own. The production featured vibrant blues and pinks that helped to make the atmosphere fun and believable. The show opened with a short choreographed sequence that featured ensemble members who are seen only with the flash of lights that are pointed up, rather than down. This effect quickly established the dark and mystical world of the play. All of the characters had their own distinct standout personalities on stage. Lucio
(senior Miles Crosman) served as the comic relief during the play and certainly hit his marks. Crosman brought the meddling character to life with swift movements and signature gestures, such as the simple flip of his hat. The Provost (freshman Matt Madden), the leader of Vincentio’s henchmen, showed his strength — or lack thereof — with every piece of scenery or other character he attempted to lift, establishing a running joke throughout the show and leaving audience members rooting for him by the end. The contemporary take on the play serves Shakespeare’s piece well. From the intricate yet elaborate set to the strategic and visually pleasing lighting, this production certainly measures up.
Former White Stripes singer debuts rocking solo album by Jared Dionne
staff writer After founding three successful bands, The White Stripes, The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather, the only logical thing for Jack White to do next was make a Jack White record of his own. “Blunderbuss” For his solo deThird Man Records but “Blunderbuss,” Our rating: the rock star rolls HHH his entire musical career into one convenient package. A portion of Jack White’s legendary status lies in his ability to traverse the various epochs of rock ‘n’ roll, touching on genres like blues, gospel and contemporary. “Blunderbuss,” has
everything, including a bit of country, which White has a history in after having done a duet with country star Loretta Lynn. White struggles through an abusive relationship in the song “Freedom at 21” as he sings, “Smile on her face, she does what she wants to me / She don’t care what kind of wounds she’s inflicted on me.” Songs such as “I Guess I Should Go to Sleep” bring some country and early rock flavor. The track sports Western instrumentation like steel guitar and honky-tonk piano lines. The song “Love Interruption” shows White taking a bold, daring stance against love when he sings, “I won’t let love disrupt, corrupt or interrupt me anymore.” Joining White on the track is
Song of the Week “Silenced By the Night”
On the Floor Dance Company Showcase, a performance by one of Ithaca College’s dance groups, will be held in Clarke Theater. The event will begin at 7 p.m., and admission is free.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, a contemporary swing band, will perform at the State Theatre as part of the second annual “Benefit My State” event that will raise funds for the State Theatre. Doors open at 6 p.m.
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singer-songwriter Ruby Amanfu. The pairing of opposite-sex vocals invokes a watered-down sexual tension found in White’s Dead Weather catalog when he would frequently sing with frontwoman of the rocker group The Kills, Alison Mosshart. Overall, “Blunderbuss” is a solid solo debut that asserts Jack White’s mastery of all things rock-related. In addition to his previous work, this new album offers some interesting insight into the influences of a rock icon.
Train has a history of interweaving pop culture throughout their clever lyrics. However, the pop-rock band’s newest album, “California 37,” hits listeners over the head with superficiality, beginning with the opening song, “This’ll Be My Year.” The mix of pop culture rhymes and Train profound lyr“California 37” ics in “You Can Columbia Finally Meet Records My Mom” is Our rating: cringe-inducHH ing, especially with the line “Life is good, but love is better / Even Bieber ain’t forever.” However, “California 37” offers a few redeeming tracks like “Sing Together,” which brings a catchy
ukulele sound reminiscent of the band’s 2010 comeback single “Hey, Soul Sister.” Quick-paced, Spanish mariachi-influenced tracks, like “50 Ways to Say Goodbye,” will get listeners moving to this upbeat instrumental track. Though the band’s quirky lyrics seen in oldies like “Drops of Jupiter” are sparse, the cheerful melodies in Train’s new album will hit many summer pop playlists.
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This new album is not much different from B.o.B’s breakout album with its fusion of rock and pop, but this time the band brings in big names like Lil Wayne, Taylor Swift and Chris Brown.
The London quartet known for its sunny tracks and cheeky humor returns on its second album, “Europe,” which features sweet, lighthearted tunes with a few thoughtful melodies thrown in for good measure.
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Keane Interscope Records English alternative rock band Keane returns to its bombastic power-pop roots in its new album, “Strangeland” and plays with listeners’ emotions. Scan This qr Code with a smartphone to learn more aboUT Music blogger Jared Dionne’s pick for the song of the week.
sic fairy tale featuring giants, an evil prince and good-hearted pirates by director Rob Reiner, will be screened at the Willard Straight Theatre. The film will begin at 9:30 p.m., and admission is $4 to $7.
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Engaging comedy defies gender roles [ Jason Segel trades Muppets for marriage in well-written film bY SHEA O’MEARA
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“How I Met Your Mother” star Jason Segel finds his comedic better half in the new romantic comedy “The Five-Year Engagement.” Segel plays Tom, who is engaged to Violet (Emily Blunt). Shortly after Tom proposes, Violet is accepted “The to the University of Five-Year Michigan to earn Engagement” her master’s deUniversal gree in psychology, Pictures Our rating: and Tom agrees to HHH leave his career as an up-and-coming sous chef in San Francisco, to be with her. While she originally plans to spend only two years in Michigan, Violet succeeds in her program and is constantly invited to continue her education with the school. Tom, on the other hand, struggles to find work and spends his time in a small local café for little pay. The two work to plan their wedding despite constant setbacks in a thoughtful comedy that shines with well-scripted laughs but overstays its welcome in its just-longer-than-two-hour runtime. Segel co-wrote the script with director Nicholas Stoller. While Segel and Stoller spent the better part of the last decade writing “The Muppets,” they transition well into the more adult topics. This newfound maturity is especially notable in the film’s portrayal of gender roles as Violet’s feminism pushes her to reject following in her mother’s footsteps and putting her intended husband’s career first. Similarly, Tom tries to cope with his macho friends who taunt him for
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following behind his work-minded fiancee. While Violet represents a strong female figure, she does not fully embrace the typical stereotype of a hard-hitting, emasculating female breadwinner. The couple is instead portrayed as one battling for each other’s happiness, regardless of who brings home the bacon. Contrasting Violet’s open opposition to her mother’s “husband-first” mentality is Suzie (Allison Brie), Violet’s party-girl, boy-crazy sister. Though Suzie claims to loathe Tom’s pompous San Francisco assistant Alex (Chris Pratt), the two get hot and heavy at the engagement party and end up with child — a blessing in
disguise for young Suzie, who settles easily in her roles as a mother. This quiet but important addition shows that women can be happy in more traditional roles and shouldn’t be told (or shown) otherwise — an idea that is often neglected by Hollywood. With a few notable exceptions, “The Five-Year Engagement” avoids most of the typical Hollywood romantic comedy clichés. Tom and Violet are hopeless romantics, which is why they are willing to tough it out through the series of hurdles thrown at their relationship. Rather than showing the duo’s courtship and subsequent struggle, the script simply skips the typical Hollywood
romantic comedy falling in love bit and focuses on how these “crazy kids” work to maintain the magic. By doing this, Segel and Stoller defy expectations and introduce new and welcome material to the genre. Despite its overall quality, the film overstays its welcome. Running more than two hours, the film hands the couple more obstacles than necessary to prove its point — these guys belong together. However, just like Tom and Violet’s extended engagement, this film is worth waiting through. “The Five-Year Engagement” was co-written and directed by Nicholas Stoller and written by Jason Segel.
Quirky pirates create witty film
‘Safe’ action flick comes up short By Brian Porreca
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Writer and director Boaz Yakin, known for his work in “Remember the Titans,” fails at keeping the adventure and action entertaining in his new film, “Safe.” In the film, Jason Statham plays Luke Wright, an ex-cop turned cage fighter. Catherine “Safe” Chan plays 10-year-old mathLionsgate ematics genius, Mei, who is Our rating: H abducted by Han (James Hong) and Russian gangsters. Wright is on the brink of suicide, but finds something to live for when he gets the chance to save Mei. Wright’s life is put in danger when Mei’s abductors, including Wright’s former police captain Wolf (Robert Burke), figure out he’s trying to save her. The two storylines do not connect until about 30 minutes in, which gives the film a confusing kick-off and forces the audience to play catchup for the rest of the movie. While “Safe” is filled with stereotypical Hollywood action and adventure, there is simply too much plot to handle, and the film is weighed down by its complexity. Because Wolf worked with Wright when he was still a cop, he is able to use his knowledge of Wright’s strategies to help track him down. While Wright is scripted as an ex-cop to give the film more depth, the twist fails to drive the plot and makes the storyline more confusing than it needs to be. Meanwhile, the subplot of Mei decoding the “National Treasure”-esque codes is an unnecessary distraction that makes it difficult to get to know the characters as individuals rather than just pieces of the puzzle. The film is full of generic action and weak
Arrrgh, maties! A new pirate adventure from the creators of “Wallace and Grommit” offers up a surprisingly witty and snickerworthy story, made possible by its quirky characters and captivating visuals. In “The Pirates! Band of “The Pirates! Misfits,” the Pirate Captain Band of (Hugh Grant), is charmingly Misfits” inept in his quest to plunder Columbia gold, and he strives to attain Pictures Our rating: the Pirate of the Year award HHH to earn respect. One boat he and his crew of scalawags attempt to plunder “booty” from is — with an endearing nod to history — The HMS Beagle, where Charles Darwin (David Tennant) makes an appearance. Darwin realizes that the pirates’ parrot, Polly, is not actually a parrot, but a dodo bird thought to be extinct. Darwin longs to get his hands on the bird, throwing the two into a thief’s predicament. With a star British cast of voice actors, also including the fierce Imelda Staunton as Queen Victoria and Jeremy Piven as Black Bellamy, this cute claymation flick serves up spunky characters who are full of vocal energy. The film is, of course, kid-friendly, but even older viewers may find something to chuckle about. Though it’s certainly no “Wallace and Grommit,” this flick’s cute, swashbuckling humor definitely strikes gold.
Luck Wright (Jason Statham) is a former cop who tries to save a young girl in the action flick “Safe.”
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character development, only conveying actual emotion during close-ups on Mei that capture her innocence and paint her as a victim whose expertise has her caught in a whirlwind of danger she never expected or deserved. Otherwise, there is too much emphasis on the fighting scenes and not enough focus on what drives the characters to act the way they do. Yakin attempts to use tough-guy Statham, known for similar roles like in “The Mechanic” and “Crank,” to make Wright a hero. But the simplistic and emotionless series of car chases, explosions and bullets blazing through scenes have all been done before. Unfortunately, “Safe” is not a story worth tracking down. “Safe” was directed and written by Boaz Yakin.
“The Pirates! Band of Misfits” was directed by Peter Lor and Jeff Newitt and written by Gideon Defoe.
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New men’s roller derby team darts its way onto the Ithaca derby scene ing establish a team of his own. With a background in karate, Sarvary sees Hidden in a small elementary school gym, many physical parallels between four men put their feet in roller skates and roller derby and the ancient practice tighten their worn laces. The pads are next; of martial arts. “It includes a lot of quick moveknee followed by elbow, then wrist. Finally, they don their helmets, the ever-important ment, hitting, taking hits, endurance, protectors of the head. Wearing childlike being able to get up after a hit and get grins that can’t be contained, these men are back into the fight,” he said. GunShow skater Jeremy “Mac ready for roller derby. The Ithaca GunShow, Ithaca’s first men’s Death” Miller had a simpler reason roller derby team, practices in the Beverly J. for his interest in roller derby. “I played rugby in school, and Martin Elementary School gym three to four times a week to hone their skills. The team’s it’s fun to run into people,” he said. skaters all have full-time jobs, including a “There’s not too many sports as an foreign car shop worker, Gimme! Coffee em- adult where you can run into peoployees and a university professor. Despite ple. I like that.” The physical nature of the game diverse backgrounds, all of these men have one common interest — the familiar sound is apparent as the four dedicated of polyurethane wheels on hardwood floors skaters began their first drill at a practice on April 24, a two-on-one after a long day at work. “I caught the fever years ago volunteer- drill where one skater acts as the ing for the SufferJets,” Lance “Fancypants” jammer trying to pass the other From left, Lance “Fancypants” Nichols sets up a block on fellow skater Nick “Bruise Campbell” Hinman Nichols said. Nichols, who works behind the two skaters, who use their bodies during a practice for the Ithaca GunShow in the Beverly J. Martin Elementary School gym April 24. scenes for Gimme! Coffee when not laced up, to get in the way. In roller derby, Rachel Woolf/The Ithacan volunteered for the SufferJets, one of Ithaca’s skaters aren’t allowed to extend said. “It’s a way to bring people together with Nichols finds a certain beauty in the game. two women’s roller derby teams, before de- their arms to push opponents over, “It’s fast-moving, and there’s a lot of strate- similar interests.” but that doesn’t mean there are no hard falls. ciding to try it out himself. Sarvary added that the bonds the players Nick “Bruise Campbell” Hinman takes his gy,” he said. “There’s kind of a no-holds-barred, Several GunShow members first met one have made through skating are deeper than just another at bouts for the women’s teams. Mark turn as the jammer and jukes to his left, but do-it-yourself aesthetic.” Since they formed in September, the team simply hanging out for a traditional guys’ night. “Tiny Bubbles” Sarvary, a former Ithaca College Miller and Sarvary don’t bite. Hinman tries “We could be sitting in a bar or playing and current Cornell University biology profes- to make a quick move to the right but he runs has slowly grown in size, but quickly improved sor, said watching the women play sparked their out of space as Sarvary nudges him into the in skill with the help of the more seasoned poker, but it’s a lot more exciting being part of a sport,” he said. “We floor mats, sending him end over end. The women’s team. interest in forming a men’s squad. push each other in “When we first “It was way too much fun to let only the sound of plastic on hardwood rings through the sport, so we are the gym, eliciting good-natured laughter as started, we had traingirls play,” he said. not sitting around ers from the women’s Sarvary, whose wife plays for the SufferJets, Hinman gets back on his wheels. and being lazy, and Even with the occasional physical pain, league helping us coached the team for a few years before helpsince everybody’s out, and so every very respectful and practice we would friendly to each othget demonstrably er, it’s a great combetter,” Nichols said. munity to be part of.” “It went from not Miller said he being able to stand enjoys the differwithout rolling, to — Jeremy “mac death” Miller ent kind of people effortlessly doing he has met through crossovers and more roller derby. advanced things.” Bout — A 60-minute derby game broken up into two 30-minute halves. “It’s cool to have half a dozen new friends Hinman, another Gimme! Coffee worker, said part of what makes roller derby easy to just out of the blue,” he said. “People you Jam — Two-minute periods during which teams race to score points. pick up is that it does not require too much would never otherwise meet. Working at a foreign car shop, you don’t meet many people athletic talent. Jammer — The point-scoring skater for each team. The jammer “Some of us were varsity athletes in high who have a Ph.D. in entymology or whatever school, and some of us had never played a it is.” scores points by passing the opponent’s blockers. The first jamThe team isn’t certain when its first bout sport in our lives,” he said. “It’s for everyone.” mer to pass all of the blockers acquires status of lead jammer and Sarvary said he hopes the laid-back nature will be, because it needs a squad of 14 skaters to then has the ability to end the jam whenever he or she chooses. be able to play competitively. The typical turnof the team will help recruit more skaters. “There are no real expectations because we out is around seven or eight skaters at practice. Blocker — The blockers travel in a pack and try to prevent the don’t push anybody to the limits,” he said. “So Despite the initial low numbers, Sarvary is opif somebody has the enthusiasm, then we want timistic about the future. opponents’ jammer from passing them and scoring. points. “It will take us, I would say, another half to take him or her because that’s all it takes.” The team has also fostered a strong sense a year or year when we feel really comfortSOURCE: Women’s Flat Track Derby Association of community, which has made the players’ able about going out and playing bouts, but we will try,” he said. “And what we see in ourinvolvement that much more enjoyable. “We hang out other than roller derby, so selves, how much we’ve already improved it’s definitely a good community,” Hinman since September, I think that’s a good sign.”
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“There’s not too many sports as an adult where you can run into people. I like that.”
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Freshman invigorates face-off lineup By christian araos staff writer
Looking past the degree When I sat down Sunday night to write this column, as I do each weekend, I had a pretty solid idea of what I wanted to write about. By the time this article goes to print, I will have less than 1.5 million seconds left in my college career. In just 17 days, I will graduate and be sent into the real world, Bachelor of Science degree in hand, ready to take on the challenges that come with being an adult in society. So much stress and angst flows through campus this time of year that it’s almost unbearable to watch. If I were to leave you with one final piece of advice in the last column I will ever write for The Ithacan, it is this: Slow down and enjoy life. Don’t let parents, friends, family or professors stress you out and ruin your college experience. There is a major problem with how my generation is prepared to take on the world once they leave the friendly confines of a college campus. Students are too often taught that college is a stepping stone to a career and attending a university is what one must do to lead a successful adult life. What we are forgetting, though, is that when we look back 10, 20 and even 30 years after we graduate, our experiences outside of the classroom are the moments we will truly cherish. Will we remember the grade we got on a politics midterm from our junior year or the 20-page research paper we had to write for a government class? I know that I won’t. I will remember professors like Stephen Mosher and Kyle Woody showing me the path to a fulfilling life. They cared more about what I took away from their courses as an individual and how the knowledge can be applicable to life in a positive way. I’ll remember calling home and road football games for WICB and being on the field for game-winning touchdowns at Butterfield Stadium. Most importantly, I’ll remember writing this column in the sports section each week. I’ll remember a very trusting editor giving me the chance to have my thoughts heard. You may not have agreed with what I had to say, or you may have simply skipped reading it entirely, but that’s OK. What I have learned during four years of college is not to stress the little things. Life, like sports, is about something bigger. It’s about enjoying what you’re doing and not being concerned with the final results, but what you learn by getting to the end. So don’t worry too much about the job prospects your degree will bring. Don’t be anxious about the future during this week of final exams or the rest of your college career. You’ll have enough time to do that the rest of your life. Harlan Green-taub is a senior televison-radio major. Contact him at email@example.com.
In its drive toward Empire 8 Conference postseason success, the men’s lacrosse team has integrated a younger player to add intensity to its face-off rotation. Assistant Coach John Wallace removed senior midfielder Brian DiBetta from the faceoff sequence and replaced him with freshman midfielder Matt Greenblatt during the Bombers’ game against Union College on March 28. DiBetta won less than 54 percent of his faceoffs last season, and his winning percentage has dropped by 12 percent this season. DiBetta said he is glad Greenblatt is spending To read a more time in the face-off recap of the zone because DiBetta can Bombers’ win get more involved in the yesterday, visit executing offensive plays. “It’s difficult having to theithacan. be on the field full time, and org/23098. it’s great having younger guys step up,” DiBetta said. “It’s more based on matchups and who’s doing well, but I expect to still get a few face-offs a game.” DiBetta said the decline in his face-off productivity results from his new position as an offensive midfielder, which requires him to create scoring chances for the team after the battle for possession is complete. Greenblatt won 84 of the 149 face-offs he took in 10 games this season. He said the reason for his early success is the work he puts in during practices. “I just work with myself and bring my playlist that has draws for face-offs,” he said. “Coach gives me a whistle, and I just go there for an hour and do what I need to do.” Greenblatt won six of the eight face-offs he took during the Bombers’ 11-5 win against Nazareth College on April 7 in Higgins Stadium and scored the first goal of his college career. He said he has worked to adapt his form and positioning from the high school level to Division III. “I’ve been changing my stance so I can get lower, as opposed to before when my legs were close together and I was up tall,” Greenblatt said. “Having my legs farther apart helps because the low guy wins.” Wallace said Greenblatt has improved his technique, but has developed his composure the most.
From left, freshman midfielder Matt Greenblatt prepares to take a face-off against Stevens Institute of Technology senior midfielder Michael Steinhauser during the Bombers’ 11-3 loss Saturday.
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“He would get real frustrated if things didn’t go well for him,” Wallace said. “But as the season went on he would understand that every face-off is a different face-off, and if he lost the draw or the official made a bad call then he had to move on to the next face-off so it doesn’t get into a snowball effect.” Though Greenblatt has taken 43 percent of the South Hill squad’s face-offs this season, Wallace said the team will rely on DiBetta’s
experience during the postseason. The two will complement each other well, Wallace said, because DiBetta is able to find the open man after taking the face-off while Greenblatt is able to win the draw to begin the possession. “It’s been a great setup for Greenblatt because Brian goes out there with his style, and his opponent gets used to it,” Wallace said. “Then we throw out Matty, and it’s a totally different style, which forces them to adjust.”
Bombers zone in on capturing conference title By nate bickell staff writer
The seniors on the women’s lacrosse team have qualified for the NCAA Tournament, earned the right to host the Empire 8 Conference Championships and defeated the top team in the nation at least once during their four years on South Hill. But they are still waiting to receive the offwhite T-shirt emblazoned with the words “Empire 8 Champions.” This weekend will be the last chance for the Blue and Gold’s three seniors — attack Nicole Borisenok, midfielder Siobhan Sullivan and attack Racquel Lividini — to win a conference title on their home field in Higgins Stadium. The South Hill squad has not won the Empire 8 since 2008 and has fallen to Stevens Institute of Technology the past two seasons in the conference finals. The squad ended the 2012 regular season with an unbeaten mark at home in the midst of a nine-game winning streak. Sullivan said the team is relieved that it doesn’t have to travel four hours for the conference tournament like last year when Stevens hosted it in Hoboken, N.J. “Having the bus legs and not being used to the field and the area is a disadvantage,” she said. “You feel more confident when you’re at home. It helps to be able to come out and
From left, senior attack Nicole Borisenok runs by Utica College sophomore defenseman Keala King during a game Saturday in Higgins Stadium.
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play where you practice every day.” Borisenok said the Bombers are proud, but not content with their undefeated records at home and in conference play this season. Though it’s their last chance to
win a conference title, junior attack Tracy Rivas said the three seniors are still team-oriented. “They never bring it up in practice that it’s their last game, or their last season or their last E8 championship,”
she said. “They really make that point when we’re practicing together that it isn’t just about them, it’s about the team as a whole.” The South Hill squad is 4—1 this season in games decided by a single goal. Rivas, who scored the winning goals in the Bombers’ one-goal victories against Stevens on March 31 and Hamilton College on April 24, said the pressure of close games often brings out the best in her. “When it comes down to the wire in the last couple minutes of the game, and you’re up by one point, I’m always about to vomit all over the field because I’m so nervous,” she said. “But at the same time, you want to win and you play your heart out for those moments.” The Bombers will play Nazareth College, a team they have eliminated from postseason competition the last two years, in the conference semifinal Saturday in Higgins Stadium. Borisenok avoided labeling the Blue and Gold as the favorites to win the Empire 8, but said the team is entering the contest with confidence. “We definitely are going in with a little bit of swag,” she said. “We have the number one seed, but we have to remember what happened the past couple of years — that Stevens has always taken it from us right at the end, and we’re not letting that happen this year.”
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Crew strives to recapture state championship by faith enenbach contributing writer
After flooding canceled last season’s New York State Championships in Whitney Point, N.Y., the women’s crew is determined to prove it can prevail in races against the state’s top-ranked crews. The Bombers are ranked fourth in New York state heading into this weekend’s state title meet. Head Coach Becky Robinson said the crew is most concerned with each boat emerging with a win because each race will be critical toward fin- To see an audio ishing the season on a slideshow of the high note. crews’ boathouse “We’re focused on winning indi- construction, vidual races against visit theithacan. individual boats and org/23014. getting into the front of the pack,” she said. “We want to go head-tohead with crews, race in close races and come out on top of those races.” The Blue and Gold have struggled this season compared with recent years. After finishing their home schedule with wins in four of five races against St. Lawrence University and Skidmore College on April 14, the Bombers competed in Massachusetts during the second half of the season. They wrapped up their regular season schedule by falling to nationally ranked Williams College on Saturday in all four races on Lake Onota in Pittsfield, Mass. Though the results of the race weren’t what the crew had hoped for, senior Abby Paulson, a member of the first varsity 8 boat, said the crew still felt prepared for this week’s state title regatta and the Eastern College Athletic Conference Tournament on May 11. “Every race you do, you learn something about your boat,” Paulson said. “Because our eyes are really focused on states — because we think we can make a splash there — it
From left, freshmen Rachel Brogle, Natalie Lazo and Alison Fischbach row in a four-person boat during practice Monday. The Bombers will compete for a state title this weekend.
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was just another good practice. Especially in tough and windy conditions.” Looking toward this weekend’s state championships, which will feature competitive and recreational crews, the Blue and Gold have their eye on longtime rival William Smith
College. The Herons are ranked third in the nation and first in New York state. They also clinched the Liberty League Championship for the second consecutive year after their varsity 8 defeated second-place St. Lawrence by more than 12 seconds Saturday.
The Herons took victories against the South Hill squad’s first and second varsity 8 boats during the last meeting between the crews in April of last year, while the Bombers’ novice 8 defeated William Smith by nine seconds. Paulson said the Herons have many fast rowers, but they are a crew that is within the Bombers’ reach. “They’re always close to us, and this year they have kind of a lightning-strike crew,” she said. “We’re trying to get as close to them as we can because they’re definitely a contender for an NCAA bid.” The Blue and Gold’s boats will also face tough races against St. Lawrence, Hamilton College and the University of Rochester. Ithaca’s first varsity 8 boat finished fewer than five seconds behind Rochester and St. Lawrence in races on April 7 and 14, respectively, on Cayuga Inlet. Though the Blue and Gold lost to the St. Lawrence Saints and Rochester YellowJackets earlier this season, they’re confident the work they have been doing to prepare will allow them to come out on top in the state regatta this time around. Sophomore Lindsey Miller, coxswain of the second varsity 8, said the crew’s earlier races have unified it. It has been preparing for postseason regattas the same as regular season ones, she said. “We’ve finally been able to come together on and off the water with a mindset that clicks for everyone,” Miller said. “At this point, we’ve already hammered out our race plan — it’s just smoothing out the edges to get those last extra seconds faster.” Senior Gabby Waldvogel, who coxes the first varsity 8, said the crew has the competitive drive to win all the races at states for the third time in four seasons. “We had some races against Rochester and St. Lawrence earlier in the season, so we know we can beat them now,” she said. “We’re taking back what’s ours.”
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From left, senior captain Vincent Coccia of the Orange Iguanas eyes a pitch from junior Nick Carraro of Winners and Boozers during a co-rec softball game Saturday at Yavits Field. The Orange Iguanas won the game 12-6. Rachel Woolf/the ithacan
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The number of one-goal victories during the women’s lacrosse team’s nine-game winning streak. See story on page 24.
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The number of runs given up by sophomore pitchers Sam Bender and Jillian Olmstead in Saturday’s doubleheader against Stevens Institute of Technology. See story on page 25.
He’s not a punter. He’s a weapon.
Weird news from the wide world of sports
For an NFL player, being drafted is one of the most important moments of his life. If the player is at home during the draft, friends and family pack into the TV room of the player’s house as an NFL film crew records the scene. However, it was a slightly unusual scene in the Wagner household when Utah State linebacker Bobby Wagner was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the second round of Saturday’s NFL draft. His name was called, and his family cheered wildly, but when the film crew searched for Wagner, he was nowhere to be found.“I was actually in the bathroom when I got the phone call,” Wagner said in an interview with Sports Radio KJR to talk about the incident and answer the burning question, “Was this number one or number two?” Wagner responded, “It was number one.” In a bizarre moment of this year’s draft, Bobby Wagner missed the biggest experience of his young NFL career because he simply couldn’t hold it. —Taylor Palmer
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Sydney Folk Sophomore Softball
Sophomore first baseman hits a two-run double and puts the Bombers over the top during Saturday’s victory vs. Stevens Institute of Technology
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For the majority of Saturday’s game against Stevens Institute of Technology, pitchers dominated. Inning in and inning out, both teams struggled to reach base against stellar pitching and defense. The Bombers accounted for all of the game’s offense in the third inning. With one out, sophomore outfielder Rachel Dell’Orto doubled to left center. Freshman infielder Francesca Busa stepped up to the plate and smacked a single to center field. Facing a 1-2 count, sophomore first baseman Sydney Folk lined a double to left center and cleared the bases. Two runs came home, accounting for the majority of the Bombers’ three runs. In a well-pitched game, Folk’s clutch hit proved to make the difference.
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IC Unbound, the longest-running dance group on Ithaca College’s campus, is made up of about 50 students who perform self-choreographed shows in a variety of styles and genres.
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IC Unbound dancers show off their ballet, jazz, tap and hip-hop skills in their spring showcase, “Move. Shake. Dance.” Photos by Durst Breneiser
Junior Shimeng Gao opens up with her hip-hop solo in the number “Take It to the Hole” by LMFAO. This was one of many hip-hop performances highlighted throughout the spring dance showcase.
Freshman Dorothea Hinman jumps into the air during the performance of “Binding” by Florence and the Machine, one of the last songs of the night.
From left, seniors Kristen Axelsen and Meaghan Brophy dance to “Boomerang Remix” by Pitbull, The Wanted and Jennifer Lopez. Both dancers were among IC Unbound’s large group of choreographers.