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New projects link campus curriculum by taylor long
assistant news editor
With a new series of Ithaca College Integrative Curriculum (IC2) demonstration projects launching this fall, Ithaca College continues to demonstrate a desire to expand integrative curriculum initiatives. Associate provost Bashar Hanna, coordinator of IC2, Hanna said said a faculty IC2 projects will continue this panel, the dean’s academic year. council, the Office of the Provost and President Tom Rochon selected 10 integrative projects from a pool of 22 proposals this summer. IC2 was introduced in 2009 after faculty who attended listening sessions expressed a desire to integrate the campus learning community by connecting different schools through an interdisciplinary curriculum. Though Rochon did not mention IC2 on Aug. 19 at the larger all-college meeting, Hanna said, the initiatives are still closely linked to the president’s plan for the college’s future. “Looking at it from a business plan model, we’ve experimented with demonstration projects, and the lessons learned from those suggest that we can integrate our curriculum,” he said. The newest projects, also called “IC2 Round Two,” include a peer-mentoring program, which pairs upper-level students with underclassmen, a climate-action research team and several studio projects coordinated by Nancy Cornwell, professor and chair of the television-radio department. The four studio projects, known as IC Studio 2.0, cover topics like “Ethnographic Research and Film-Making,” “Social Entrepreneurship in Action,” “Donor Recognition and Stewardship” and “Ithaca College Wellness Initiative.”
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“ ” This is the year.
President Rochon to draft 10-year plan for Ithaca College’s advancement
by aaron edwards news editor
After a year of enrollment worries and budget pressures, President Tom Rochon brought some good news. Thursday at the all-college faculty and staff meeting, he unveiled the introduction to a new
comprehensive plan, “IC2020,” for Ithaca College’s success. Faculty and staff in a packed Emerson Suites listened as Rochon and other administrators discussed the state of the college going into the academic year — the newest point being a 10-year
strategic plan to outline institutional goals for student learning and anticipated obstacles in the coming decade. Rochon said he has been emphasizing his excitement about the initiative in 2010. “My slogan in all of this is ‘This is the year,’” he said.
“Faculty and staff know what I mean because they know we’ve had task forces and committee reports piling up for a generation or more. It’s not the year for another task force or report, it’s the year to develop the
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Top: President Tom Rochon speaks to an audience of faculty members at the all-faculty meeting Monday in Emerson Suites. After introducing a 10year strategic plan at the all-college meeting Thursday. Rochon and interim provost Greg Woodward elaborated on the plan at two faculty meetings. graham hebel/the ithacan
Convocation ushers in class by michelle bizon assistant news editor
Escaping the pouring rain to welcome the class of 2014, Ithaca College students, faculty and staff filed into Ben Light Gymnasium on Monday for the 2010 Convocation ceremony. Convocation marks the beginning of the academic year and serves to note the start of the incoming class’s education at the college. About 1,700 audience members filled the gymnasium. The 11 a.m. ceremony began with a procession of faculty and administrators dressed in academic regalia as the Ithaca Brass quintet played “Maestoso alla marcia,” a stately, up-tempo march with the trumpet calling out from the stage. The Faculty Vocal Ensemble joined the quintet in a rendition of “Ithaca Forever,” the college’s signature anthem. Carl Johengen, assistant professor of music performance, then performed “The Star-Spangled Banner.” As President Tom Rochon began his address, the lights of the gymnasium shut off, directing attendees
Students applaud during the annual Convocation ceremony Monday in Ben Light Gymnasium. President Tom Rochon and other speakers gave advice to the student body on taking advantage of college. michelle boulé/the ithacan
to focus on the video screens onstage. The screens depicted shadows cast on a cave wall illuminated only by flickering firelight. Rochon quoted passages of Plato’s “The Allegory of the Cave,” which likens humans to prisoners chained in a dark cave, legs and necks bound. The work examines the possible outcome for those who can break free of their bonds, step into the sunlight and learn the physical forms that had only
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previously been manifested as shadows. “It is, after all, a deeply uncomfortable experience to break beyond the boundaries of what is known and familiar,” Rochon said. “Because your eyes are now adjusted to the light, you’ll no longer function well in the darkness of the cave.” Rochon urged students to pursue academic
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plan on which we will actually act over the coming 10 years.” Aside from the 10-year plan, budget and enrollment issues were introduced. The college will make an official count of freshmen in October, but Eric Maguire, vice president of enrollment management, said he expects the number to be about 1,620, just 30 students shy of the college’s target freshman class size. Stabilization of class sizes is a direction the college is moving toward, and it’s a direction that would be in tandem with goals Rochon set for the institution, Maguire said. Rochon jump-started his presidency by forming smaller, specific initiatives, like a five-year plan to increase diversity on campus. He said this larger 10-year plan is a culmination of his efforts so far. The first section states one of the primary reasons behind the formation of a 10-year plan: to keep the college moving forward. “For all the pride we can take in our past history, and for all the comfort of the present, we cannot be lulled into a belief that it will suffice to continue along the path of doing what we have been doing, even if we continue to do it a little bit better,” the document read. Other notable points from the introduction include incorporating new technologies of communication into educational practices, properly preparing graduates for a competitive work force with jobs that may not exist yet and maintaining a student-centered institution. Once completed, a preview of the plan will be brought to the college’s Board of Trustees at a special retreat Sept. 11 and 12. If the board approves the draft, administrators will take the necessary steps to flesh it out into a full-fledged proposal. Parts of the plan, specifically ones that could design or implement college curriculum, will require faculty approval. “There is no chance we’ll be able
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Interim provost Greg Woodward speaks to faculty members at a faculty meeting Monday in Emerson Suites. Woodward and President Rochon drafted an introduction to what will eventually be a decade-long plan for the college. graham hebel/the ithacan
to evolve in that direction without board support,” Rochon said. Nancy Cornwell, professor and chair of the television-radio department, said after observing the way the college has evolved since Rochon became president in 2008, this is the prime moment to set goals back on track. “It’s time,” she said. “This is the time for the college to clarify its vision. I was very pleased with the initial presentation [of the plan]. For someone like me who loves change, this is a very exciting time.” Specific actions to be taken are not spelled out in the introduction, but Rochon said committees would be created to help propel dialogue about the issues. According to Rochon, the meetings won’t just be all talk and no action. He hopes to pass tangible policies that will alter or enhance the college’s mission.
Diane McPherson, professor and chair of the writing department said she’s been here through three college presidencies and has seen or sat on her fair share of task forces, many of which got little done. “I was very happy to hear [Rochon] say that all the work that had been done by different task forces was now going to be actually looked at and implemented,” McPherson said. “I found them frustrating because it’s a lot of work, a lot of meetings over time — at times two or three years — and then it just has turned into rhetoric that doesn’t manifest itself into anything concrete.” Rochon collaborated with interim provost Greg Woodward on the introduction of the plan this summer. This comes just two months after Woodward assumed the role of interim provost in June after former provost Kathleen Rountree resigned
from her post in April. Since his position is not permanent, Woodward said the transition to smoothly continue work on IC2020 could be a challenge once a new provost is found. “In the next month or so, there’s going to be a vision for the next 10 years, and clearly the search committee for provost will have to take that into account in their reading of prospective provost files,” he said. But the first step is getting the Board of Trustees approval. Rochon said the new decade marks a pivotal point in the college’s history, and an important time in his presidency. “I’ve been in conversation with the board before I was hired about what their vision for the future of the college is,” Rochon said. “This is President Rochon fulfilling an expectation that the board laid on him at the time he was hired.”
Gordon Rowland, professor of strategic communication, will teach “Insight: Combining Expertise,” an IC2 course, this fall. The course is designed to train students to use systems thinking to link ideas from different disciplines. “We don’t know what’s going to happen, but it sure is going to be fun,” Rowland said. “I want [the students’] minds to be blown.” In the future, Hanna said students and faculty might see integrative courses like Rowland’s institutionalized permanently. Cornwell said IC2 was put in place to kickstart future initiatives. “It’s not like IC2 is the integrative learning experience,” Cornwell said. “It was a mechanism to generate faculty ideas so we can start thinking about possibilities, knowing that the college is going to be more integrative in the future.” Cornwell helped plan and develop “Media and Social Change,” an IC2 one-credit course offered last spring that brought students together to learn how to harness the media and stimulate social change. She said students enjoyed her course because it gave them more control over their education. “There wasn’t a single student who didn’t rave about the opportunity,” Cornwell said. Sophomore Elizabeth Stoltz, who was enrolled in the course last spring, said IC2 classes set the college apart from others. “Interdisciplinary courses are definitely a strong suit of the college,” Stoltz said. Hanna said he isn’t surprised that students and faculty are embracing the expanding curricula. “It serves as a confirmation that students and faculty are recognizing that lifelong learning goes beyond a single discipline,” Hanna said.
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enlightenment despite this risk. “Your education at Ithaca College is an opportunity to break free of the line of prisoners watching shadows on the wall,” he said. “You must bring with you the spirit of a fearless explorer — willing to go not just where others tell you to go but, instead, where your own path takes you,” he said. This theme of enlightenment and engagement continued with remarks from Greg Woodward, interim provost and vice president of academic affairs. “I encourage you to strive to the point where your exertion actually becomes joyous — where accomplishment cultivates and spreads joy,” Woodward said. Senior Kevin Fish, president of the Student Government Association, also welcomed the members of the class of 2014 and urged them to use their college experiences as an opportunity to develop personally and achieve what they once thought was impossible. “Take all of these experiences and take this new community that you will eventually call
home and grow to be something more than you thought possible,” Fish said. The ceremony also included three academic presentations. These were intended to acquaint incoming students with the types of learning experiences and collaboration opportunities available at the college, according to Dave Maley, associate director of media relations. Senior Zachary Tomanelli spoke about his study abroad experience in London and his internship with National Public Radio in Los Angeles. Judith Gonyea, assistant professor of occupational therapy, and graduate student Lauren McCullough presented on their collaborative efforts to run the Ithaca Free Clinic. Luke Keller, associate professor of physics, discussed his involvement with the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy for NASA. “Don’t wait four years to do great things,” Keller said. “You’re in college now. You can start this week.” Woodward presented five faculty members with awards of excellence: Susan Allen-Gil, associate professor of environmental studies and sciences; Barney Beins, professor of
Senior Kevin Fish, president of the Student Government Association, speaks to Convocation attendees Monday in Ben Light Gymnasium. Fish shared his experience growing as a leader. Graham hebel/the ithacan
psychology; Keith Kaiser, associate professor of music education; Luke Keller, associate professor of physics; and Michael Smith, assistant professor of history. In following with tradition, the college hosted a post-Convocation picnic, which was moved indoors because of the rain. Attendees were invited to a free lunch in any of the three dining halls on campus. Despite the inclement weather, Board of
Trustees member C. William Schwab, ‘68, who spoke at the ceremony, said he hoped the day was the beginning of a close relationship between the incoming students and the college. “I sincerely wish and hope, deep within your hearts and in your minds and in your souls, you come to love this college, this community and this part of the world as much as ... I do,” he said.
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Nation&World Fifty die in attacks on Iraqi forces
Bombers and gunmen launched an apparently coordinated string of attacks against Iraqi government forces yesterday, killing at least 50 people, a day after the number of U.S. troops fell below 50,000 for the first time since the start of the war. Insurgents have been stepping up their attacks on Iraq’s security forces in recent months as the U.S. has trimmed its military presence in the country. More than half of those killed yesterday — 27 — were Iraqi soldiers and policemen. There were no claims of responsibility for the spate of attacks. Their scale and reach, from one end of the country to the other, underscored insurgent efforts to prove their might against security forces and political leaders who are charged with the day-to-day running and stability of Iraq. The deadliest attack came in Kut, 100 miles southeast of Baghdad, where a suicide bomber blew up a car inside a security barrier between a police station and the provincial government’s headquarters. Police and hospital officials said 19 people were killed, all but one of them policemen. An estimated 90 people were wounded.
New-home sales fall 12.4 percent
Sales of new homes dropped sharply last month to the slowest pace on record — the latest sign that the economic recovery is fading. The Department of Commerce said yesterday that new home sales fell 12.4 percent from June to July to a seasonally adjusted annual sales pace of 276,600, the slowest pace on record dating back to 1963. The past three months have been the worst on record for new home sales. Weak sales mean fewer jobs in the construction industry, which normally powers economic recoveries. Each new home built creates, on average, the equivalent of three jobs for a year and generates about $90,000 in taxes, according to the National Association of Home Builders. Builders have been forced to compete with foreclosed properties offered at significantly lower prices. Partly as a result, new home sales made up
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only about 7 percent of the housing market last year, down from about 15 percent before the bust.
Iran offers arms deal to Lebanon
Iran is prepared to sell weapons to Lebanon if Beirut asks for help in equipping its military, Iran’s defense minister, Gen. Ahmad Vahidi, said yesterday. Vahidi’s comments come a day after the leader of Lebanon’s Shiite Hezbollah group, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, called on the Lebanese government to formally seek military assistance from Iran. In a televised speech Tuesday, Nasrallah vowed that his Iranian-backed group could help secure the aid for Lebanon’s poorly equipped army. The Hezbollah leader made his suggestion after a U.S. congressman suspended $100 million of American military aid to Lebanon earlier this month over concerns the weapons could be used against Israel and that Hezbollah may have influence over the Lebanese army. Lebanon’s government has since opened an account at the central bank to receive donations to help it purchase weapons for the military.
West Bank building to resume
Israel’s foreign minister said yesterday that it would be unacceptable to extend a slowdown on West Bank settlement construction, even as Mideast peace talks get under way next week. Avigdor Lieberman, whose ultranationalist Yisrael Beiteinu party is a major partner in the governing coalition, told Israel Radio he realized that resuming settlement construction would antagonize both the U.S. and the Palestinians. He said maintaining tight restrictions on building would “punish” tens of thousands of Israelis living in the settlements. Lieberman’s comments added a powerful voice to a debate that is having deep repercussions for the U.S.-backed peace process. A 10-month moratorium on most West Bank construction expires Sept. 26 and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is under heavy domestic pressure to allow
Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community participate in a gay pride parade yesterday in Kathmandu, Nepal. Hundreds dressed in colorful clothes marched through the streets of Katmandu led by Sunil Pant, a member of Nepal’s parliament. Binod Joshi/associated press
building to resume. Renewed construction in the settlements could spell disaster for the peace talks before they even get off the ground. But leaving the moratorium in place could cause Netanyahu’s hard-line Israeli government to crumble.
Death toll reaches 80 in Somalia
Fighting in Somalia’s capital flared for a third straight day yesterday. Eight people were killed, pushing the week’s death toll past 80 as insurgents tried to force government troops back toward the presidential palace, officials said. Mortar and rocket fire forced residents to flee and closed businesses. Fighting between al-Shabab militants and government and African Union forces has been fierce ever since the al-Qaida-linked militant group declared a new “massive” war against African Union troops Monday.
The fighting has forced hundreds of people from their homes. Women, children and the elderly could be seen fleeing the warfare yesterday. African Union tanks were in the streets to support the government soldiers.
Atlantic hurricane gains strength
Hurricane Danielle has strengthened as it swirls far out over the Atlantic. Danielle’s maximum sustained winds increased yesterday to near 85 mph. Additional strengthening is expected over the next two days. The hurricane is located about 795 miles east of the Northern Leeward Islands and is moving west-northwest near 17 mph. In the Pacific, Tropical Storm Frank is gaining strength as it moves away from Mexico’s southwestern coast. Frank’s maximum sustained winds have increased to near 65 mph.
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Really Really Free Market, a free section of the Fall Creek North Star Market, will be open from noon to 3 p.m. at 202 E. Falls St.
Shabbat Services will begin at 6 p.m. in Muller Chapel.
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Shabbat Dinner will begin at 7:15 p.m. in Terrace Dining Hall.
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Catholic Mass will be held at 1 and 9 p.m. in Muller Chapel.
ICTV Rush Night will begin at 7 p.m. in Emerson Suites.
Hillel Welcome Back Barbecue will begin at 4:30 p.m. on the lawn outside Muller Chapel.
Society of Professional Journalists Rush Night will begin at 8 p.m. in Park 220.
Ithaca Gay Men’s Chorus’ first rehearsal will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church at 309 N. Cayuga St. in Ithaca. All men are welcome, and no auditions are required.
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The Commons have been deemed a smoke-free zone, with limited restrictions on nearby streets.
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The Ithaca Police Department has already arrested one person for unlawful smoking on The Commons after citywide restrictions on public smoking went into effect earlier this month, according to the Ithaca City Clerk’s Office. On Aug. 1, smoking in many public areas across the city of Ithaca became prohibited. The ban has been in the works since 2008 and was approved by the Ithaca Common Council by a 9-1 vote April 7. The ban is one of the most expansive city ordinances in New York state to restrict smoking in public areas. The IPD did not release specifics on how many people have been cited. The new law includes bans in city parking garage elevators, public playgrounds, recreational walkways and city parks. Smoking is not tolerated within 25 feet of city bus shelters, licensed childcare facilities, city buildings, playgrounds and public school entrances. The ban also includes restrictions on The Commons and in Cass and Stewart parks. Anyone found in violation of the ordinance could face a $75 fine for their first offense, a $150 fine for a second offense and a $250 fine for any further infractions. The reasoning behind the outdoor smoking ban was to “reduce the proximate exposure of the public, especially children, to the hazards and annoyance of secondhand tobacco smoke,” according to the text of the legislation. Alderman Svante Myrick said the community’s wellness was the council’s reason for enacting the law. “All of our motivation was the health and comfort of everyone who lives in Ithaca and everyone who visits Ithaca,” Myrick said. “Before, the law was on the side of the smokers, and those who didn’t smoke had no rights in attempting to make the air they breathe any cleaner.” Myrick said though the Common Council did not enact the ordinance to decrease the saturation of smokers on The Commons, it would be a welcome effect. “[Reducing the number of smokers] is not what we intended this law to do; however, if because of this law there are fewer smokers, then that is not a bad thing at all,” he said. Alderwoman Ellen McCollister was the sole
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vote of opposition to the ordinance on the Common Council. She said maintaining the ban could prove to be more of a hassle than anything else. “[The smoking ban] is so expansive that I have a philosophical and practical problem with placing something that is going to be too hard to enforce on the books,” she said. The part of the new smoking ban that could affect residents the most is the smoking limitations on The Commons. The walkways are now a smoke-free zone. Common Council members hotly debated the placement of the restrictions on the area, as the pedestrian thoroughfare draws residents, students and visitors. The only areas where smoking is now tolerated on The Commons are the entrances on Aurora, Seneca and Cayuga streets. McCollister said restricting smoking to just the entrances would create a new problem on The Commons, rather than alleviate one. “Unfortunately the ban is just going to cluster smokers at the entrances,” she said. Justin McGuire, owner of Bella Pizza in Center Ithaca on The Commons, said the ban could actually be detrimental to his business flow. “I 100 percent disagree with [the ban],” Mc-
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Guire said. “I am a business owner, and any reason to drive customers away from The Commons just doesn’t make sense to me.” On the other hand, Gary Ferguson, executive director of the Downtown Ithaca Alliance, a not-for-profit organization that handles development, promotion and management downtown, said the new ban could serve as a positive model for other cities across New York state. “Ithaca tends to be at the front edge of a lot of leading topics and issues,” he said. “It wouldn’t surprise me to see more cities take a look at the ban.” Ted Schiele, coordinator of Tobacco Free Tompkins, a program of the Tompkins County Health Department, said he and his co-workers have noticed a decline in public smoking since the ban went into effect. “I have been down on The Commons on about five different occasions since the ban went into effect,” Schiele said. “It is a different place, just in that you are able to walk around without smoke being everywhere.” Schiele said Tobacco Free Tompkins will host an event in celebration of the ban at 5 p.m. tonight under the Bernie Milton Pavilion on The Commons.
Construction proceeds By Sara friedman staff Writer
Over the summer, building crews were dispersed across campus to continue major renovation and construction projects. Work on the Athletics and Events Center, Dillingham Center and several offices across campus have created a domino effect of departments expanding and relocating. One project most students will notice is the ongoing construction of the Athletics and Events Center. Construction on the center started during the summer of 2009 after the college raised sufficient donations. After the summer’s progress, the exterior of the building is closer to being finished and the frame of the center’s tower is fully visible. Rick Couture, associate vice president for the Office of Facilities, said crews made significant progress during the summer while most students were gone. “We are starting to put up blocking and walls to delineate some of the rooms,” he said. “We’re trying to get the exterior work of the building done so that we can complete the interior work over the winter.” The A&E Center will have an indoor track for teams to practice on during inclement weather and an Olympic-sized swimming pool for the swimming and diving teams. It will also include an arena-style
facility that can be used for special events and speakers. “We’re still on track to complete the project as scheduled in July 2011,” Couture said. In Muller Center, the new Office of Career Services has been completed with a resource center for students where workshop series will be held. Kristin LiBritz, employer relations coordinator for Career Services, said the new location is more convenient because all the services they offer are in one space. Two new rooms have also been created for students to use as a professional interview space in the center of the office. Two television screens were installed in the resource center and out in the hallway to promote Career Services in the often-busy hallway. “We will be profiling alumni who want to tell students what Ithaca did for them and what they’ve accomplished in their career,” she said. Career Services will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday in its main office to introduce the new space to the campus community. Additionally, the art history and anthropology departments have expanded into the space Career Services left in Gannett Center. The renovated area includes large offices for both departments, a new wired classroom and two seminar rooms for intermediate and
Freshman set to appear in local court Freshman Daniel Halliday has been issued an appearance ticket for the Town of Ithaca court and charged with falsely reporting an incident — a third degree Class A misdemeanor — Dave Maley, associate director of media relations at Ithaca College, said. Maley said Halliday is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 8 and the incident has also been entered into the campus judicial system. Maley said Halliday is no longer on campus. On Aug. 14, the Office of Public Safety advised all students on and off campus to remain indoors after Halliday reported a knifepoint robbery, which was said to have happened at 5:30 p.m. in a Terrace residence hall bathroom. Halliday later admitted the robbery never took place, Maley said. Public Safety used its on-campus Emergency Notification System to tell students to stay in their residence halls. This was the first time the twoyear-old outdoor loudspeaker has been used for an actual incident. The speaker was heard off campus, causing several residents to express concern about how to react. County emergency services director Lee Shurtleff said he and his staff got about 10 calls complaining about the noise from the college’s alert system. “Protocols were followed as expected,” he said. “What was unpredictable was the reach of the system outside of campus.” Sophomore Ellis Williams, a resident assistant in Terrace 3, said his friends told him they could hear the message downtown. But Ellis said the message was almost inaudible from his dorm. “You couldn’t hear what the system was saying, and it was really muffled,” he said. Maley said a meeting will be held within the next two weeks to brainstorm options for revamping the system. “We’re going to be following up and discussing what we might be able to do to reduce those concerns,” he said.
Chambers leaves to take new job By ryan sharpstene staff Writer
Bulldozers ride by the construction site of the Athletics and Events Center on Aug. 19. The college broke ground on the center in June 2009.
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upper-level courses. Jack Rossen, associate professor and department chair of anthropology, said he is excited about the move for his department. “The biggest thing for us is the classrooms and the display case to show off Native American artifacts and all the other places that we have worked like Africa, Korea and India,” he said. Dillingham Center also had its final touches completed this summer as part of its two-year renovation plan. This renovation marked the first major renovation of Dillingham since the building was built about half a century ago.
Lee Byron, professor and chair of the theater department, said the renovation has been a work in progress. “With any major construction project, you get the major work done, and then there are a lot of little things that keep trickling in,” he said. “This summer was primarily about making sure those [little things] were wrapped up.” Couture said all the building on campus will be beneficial to the college in the end. “Any time that we’re able to upgrade our facilities is tremendously important for the college,” he said. “It provides better service for our students.”
Larry Chambers, former director of student financial services at Ithaca College, has left his position for another at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. Chambers, who began working for the college in 1990, will serve as the director of financial aid at RPI. His last day at the college was Aug. 13. In a letter to The Ithacan, Eric Maguire, vice president of student enrollment, said Chambers was an important asset to the college. “[Chambers] served as a ... good steward of institutional resources throughout his 20 years.” Chambers said his time at the college was defined by the people he collaborated with and helped. “You really feel like you’re a part of something special.”
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Freshmen read Thoreau By nathan bickell staff writer
Freshman Kaylie Crawford never finished “Walden” in high school, but after reading the memoir in its entirety as part of Ithaca College’s First Year Reading Initiative, she came away with a more complete perspective of the book’s message and meaning. “The first time I read ‘Walden,’ I only read select passages,” she said. “[This time] I got a more holistic view of it.” According to an Ithacan tally, about 1,000 freshmen, like Crawford, gathered in Ben Light Gymnasium on Tuesday to participate in a class-wide discussion of Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden.” Last semester, the classic memoir was chosen as the First Year Reading Initiative for the class of 2014. The book chronicles the two years Thoreau spent in a log cabin in rural Massachusetts, living a self-sustainable and secluded life. Thoreau sought to isolate himself from society so he could step back and gain a more objective perspective on society. Last year, an 11-member committee, chaired by Associate Provost Bashar Hanna, narrowed down a list of possible books before submitting a list of recommendations to President Tom Rochon. Rochon made the final decision in the spring. This year, discussion groups were organized by dorm, as opposed to by seminar class as they were in previous years. Jonathan Ablard, associate professor of history, said this choice better served to create a sense of community among freshmen who live together. “You get students [to have] a first intellectual discussion with each other,” Ablard said. “Ideally it is something that will happen in the dorms, to some degree.” English professor Kevin Murphy lectured on the book to the audience before students were split into small groups for discussions led by faculty members. Murphy focused on Thoreau’s life story as a
means to explain the message of the book. After listening to Murphy’s lecture and participating in the group discussion, Crawford said she had a better understanding of the book than she did in high school. “Before, I got [the idea that] technology is really getting out of hand,” she said. “Here I got more of [the idea that] there needs to be a balance in your life.” Janice Monroe, professor of recreation and leisure studies, had students in her discussion group sit on their own with an index card for 10 minutes drawing symbols depicting what they saw, heard or felt around them as a way to internalize the experiences Thoreau had during his two years in the woods. “The whole focus of Thoreau is to revisit who you are as an individual and it’s very difficult in our fast-paced society,” she said. “The activity forces you to be within yourself and think about what is going on around you. It’s a mini-Thoreau experience.” But not all students found the book as enriching. Freshman Mark Melchior said Thoreau’s writing was boring to him. “I didn’t find it that interesting,” he said. “I found his observations were good, but the actual writing didn’t intrigue me.” “Walden” was a significant departure from previous First Year Reading Initiative books, since it was published in 1854. Other selections, like Barack Obama’s memoir “Dreams From My Father” that was chosen in 2009 and “Persepolis,” a graphic novel about the Iranian Revolution that was chosen the year before, were both written in the past decade. Ablard, who has led First Year Reading Initiative discussion groups for the past two years, said he was pleased with the choice of “Walden.” “‘Walden is an interesting [and] engaging book,” he said. “My sense is that the students got a lot out of reading it or even reading some of it. This book sets a very good tone for where we want students to be headed during their four years at Ithaca.”
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A masked protester stands on the side of Cayuga Street on Thursday. Anti-drilling groups demonstrated outside the Women’s Community Building downtown where Attorney General Andrew Cuomo spoke to locals as part of his campaign for governor of New York state. kelsey o’connor/The Ithacan
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Professor to spend sabbatical teaching photography to Saudis After attending an academic leadership workshop in Saudi Arabia in January, Janice Levy, professor of cinema, photography and media arts, was asked to return to teach a photography class for women at Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University. Levy said she decided to use her sabbatical at Ithaca College to spend 11 months teaching and photographing the region. Levy sat down with Assistant News Editor Taylor Long to share her goals and expectations as she prepares to leave Sept. 17. Taylor Long: What are you doing to prepare for your trip? Janice Levy: A lot of the preparations I’ve been making in terms of the course material — because I don’t know what kind of library they’re going to have — is with books. I’ve also been reading a lot about Saudi Arabia, their customs and their religion — a lot about the history of the country. TL: And you’re learning the language? JL: Yes, I was lucky enough to get a grant to buy Rosetta Stone, and I’ve been trying to the best of my ability to spend a couple hours a day learning that. It’s very difficult. Arabic is not an easy language, but it’s amazing how much of it has stuck. I’m not going to speak any of it right now, but I realized how much of it was sticking when I called the Arab consulate. Of course, I’m going to be teaching in English. In fact, they really want a lot of their courses to be taught in English so their students become more proficient in English. TL: What primary goals do you have for this trip? JL: One of them, of course, is a greater understanding of their culture. That’s a huge goal for me, and it’s particularly important during these times. Another goal, of course, is to teach them
photography because there are so many opportunities to communicate through photography. Photography is a tool for empowerment. It sounds clichéd to say photography is a window to the world, but it really is in a lot of ways. Saudi Arabia is a country that has been closed off to the world. By giving these young women a tool that will allow them to open up their culture and their world to others ... we can gain a better understanding of who they are. If we want to live in a world that is peaceful and tolerant of others’ beliefs, then we have to know. If more people had contact on an individual level, then it would be much harder to hate. TL: What are you feeling as you get ready? JL: Excitement. I realized I’m going to be teaching photography to a population that has, for the most part, never seen any of this. Their exposure to visual material has been so limited. Obviously, it’s really exciting to teach photography here at Ithaca College, too, and I’m not saying it isn’t, but here we have a population that’s completely visually literate, and for the most part, [students here have] seen a lot of the photographers whose work I’m showing [them], or [they’ve] seen other photos [they] can compare it to. But in Saudi Arabia I’m imagining that most of the material I’m going to be showing top students will be brand new to them. TL: You see a clean slate? JL: It’s unbelievable to present images to them they’ve never seen before and understand how they view these images from a completely different cultural perspective than the audience I’m used to speaking with. I’m really curious to see what they’re going to come up with and what kind of cultural references they have that [come]
Janice Levy, professor of cinema, photography and media arts, rides to a conference in Saudi Arabia in January. In mid-September, Levy will return there to teach women photography. COURTESY OF JANICE LEVY
up in their images — because these are women who are, for the most part, limited in terms of how they can move around outside. It wasn’t until a few years ago that the ban was lifted on photographing outside. When these women are out in public they have to be fully veiled. You’re talking about women who are wearing black, wearing head scarves and wearing face masks. The only thing they can see through is this little slit in their eyes. TL: What impression do you hope to have on them as a professor? JL: I’m going to be the only American teaching, so I’m basically bringing my world to them. I guess because of that I’m, in a sense,
an ambassador for the United States, for Ithaca College. I hope they get from me my passion for life and for photography. TL: What experiences do you hope to bring back to the college? JL: I’m hesitant to talk about all the photography that I want to do there, because you never know until you get there how much access I’m going to have. Usually when I go to another country, I throw my cameras around my neck and walk around the streets. ... Where I’m going to be able to walk is up in the air. There will be plenty of photographs, and I’m going to be doing a lot of writing as well. I’m so excited to be sharing this experience with the Ithaca College community.
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College & City Review recognizes college as one of best nationwide
In the newly-released 2011 edition of the Princeton Review’s “Best 373 Colleges,” Ithaca College was once again counted among the country’s top undergraduate institutions. The annual guide also recognized the college as having the second best college radio and eighth best college theater. Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges are included in the book, which does not name one school as best overall. The book features rankings of the “top 20” schools in 62 categories, based on a survey of 122,000 students attending the included colleges. The 80-question survey asks students to rate their schools on several topics about their campus experiences.
College ranks among best for LGBT student support
The Campus Pride Climate Index recently counted Ithaca College among the nation’s most gay-friendly campuses. Only 19 other schools nationwide received the highest five-star rating. The index, taken by a national nonprofit advocacy organization, analyzes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender-friendly policies, programs and practices at more than 230 colleges and universities. Institutions receive rankings from one to five stars, depending on students’ answers to a detailed, voluntary questionnaire submitted to Campus Pride. In the individual categories that make up the rating, the college scored particularly high for LGBT sup-
port and institutional commitment, student life, academic life, campus safety and counseling and health. Other institutions earning the five-star rating include Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, Oberlin College and the University of California, Berkeley.
Prospect Street to re-open after sewer line repairs
Sewer line replacement along Route 96B in the 100 block between Prospect and East Clinton streets will be finished by the end of the week, according to the city’s water and sewer division. Construction began this summer to replace water and sewer lines dating back to the 1800s with newer models. After the mains are replaced, the facilities department will begin paving the road. Until the road is reopened, the city cautions students to follow detours to avoid tickets.
Professor designs apps to aid speech impaired
Mary Pitti, assistant professor of speech language pathology and audiology at Ithaca College, along with Elizabeth Begley, a professional at College Station Medical Center in Texas, recently co-authored two iPhone applications to help speech impaired people communicate. The two programs, Small Talk Dysphagia and Small Talk Oral Motor Exercises, illustrate movements individuals can mimic to strengthen facial muscles and improve their speech. The apps are available for download on iTunes for 99 cents each.
Local market vies for title of top 20 in the nation
The Ithaca Farmers Market is in the running to be ranked in the top 20 farmers markets nationwide by the annual “America’s Favorite Farmers Market” contest sponsored by American Farmland Trust. The Ithaca Farmers Market, which includes about 150 vendors, is trailing behind four other markets. Rochester’s Public Market is in first place. Currently the market is in fifth place with 831 votes and is seeking more votes from local fans. To submit ballots online, visit the 2010 America’s Favorite Farmers Market website at http://action.farmland. org. The contest ends Tuesday.
Library launches website with interactive features
The Ithaca College Library launched a new website in August featuring interactive content and the ability to visit the site from any mobile device. The new design links to the library’s Facebook page, YouTube account and RSS feed. The library has also digitized its music archives and research guides so students can access them at home or on cell phones. The new website was developed with the help of students and faculty members.
FLEFF to accept projects for ‘Open Space’ contest
A series of contests sponsored by the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, which asks students to make, define or compose their
Public Safety Incident Log JULY 24 MEDICAL ASSISTANCE LOCATION: Terraces SUMMARY: Caller reported injuring a shoulder while lifting an object. Person transported to CMC by ambulance. Patrol Officer Chris Teribury.
JULY 25 CRIMINAL TAMPERING LOCATION: Terraces SUMMARY: Officer reported an unknown person maliciously discharged a fire extinguisher. Pending investigation. Master Patrol Officer Erik Merlin. ASSIST/OTHER AGENCY LOCATION: Office of Public Safety SUMMARY: Officer requested an operator run a Breathalyzer test on a person under arrest for DWI. Assistance provided. Patrol Officer Mark Denicola. FIRE ALARM LOCATION: P-Lot SUMMARY: Caller reported the smell of smoke but was unable to determine the source. Officer determined it to be a smoldering cigarette in a garbage can. Cigarette extinguished prior to IFD arrival. Patrol Officer Mark Denicola.
JULY 26 POSS. OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE LOCATION: Terraces SUMMARY: Person was judicially referred for criminal possession of
controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana. Patrol Officer Brad Bates. FIRE ALARM LOCATION: Whalen Center for Music SUMMARY: Fire alarm accidentally activated while building was being cleaned. System was reset. Fire Protection Specialist Enoch Perkins.
JULY 27 FIRE ALARM LOCATION: Dillingham Center SUMMARY: Fire alarm accidentally activated by a contractor working on the system. System reset. Fire and Building Safety Coordinator Ron Clark. CASE STATUS CHANGE LOCATION: Terraces SUMMARY: Officer identified a second person involved in the criminal possession of a controlled substance incident that occurred July 26. Person was judicially referred for danger to self. Patrol Officer Brad Bates.
JULY 29 FOUND PROPERTY LOCATION: State Route 96B SUMMARY: Person reported an abandoned bicycle. Officer retrieved the bicycle and turned it over to police. FIRE ALARM LOCATION: Terrace Dining Hall SUMMARY: Fire alarm accidentally activated by dining hall employees. Fire and Building Safety Coordinator Ron Clark.
idea of open space, will be taking applications until Sept. 1. The Open Space Project aims to promote an understanding of open space through a series of usergenerated content posted online. Submissions may include photographs, a musical composition or a video trailer. Winners in each of the three categories will win $500, and all honorable mentions will receive $100. For contest rules and instructions, visit www.ithaca.edu/fleff.
Ithaca store announces new list of reading groups
Buffalo Street Books of Ithaca will begin a new series of six reading groups starting Sept. 14. Readers will discuss books of different genres and time periods at each meeting. Each reading group will meet monthly and will be led by an expert. Registration is not required to join discussions. All reading group books will be on sale at Buffalo Street Books for a discount. This year’s groups include American history, genres in literary fiction, historical mystery, literature of constraint and memoir. For more information visit www.buffalostreetbooks.com.
College fills open positions in student affairs office
The Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs will welcome four new staff members this semester. Theresa Radley joined Ithaca College July 6 as the assistant director of student involvement.
Don Austin joined the college Monday as the assistant director of community service. The office will also add Sara Schupp to their staff as First Year Experience programs coordinator. Jen Walsh previously had a position with OSEMA, will serve in a new role as leadership programs coordinator from Monday through May 31. The office aims to create a supportive and inclusive environment on campus that complements the academic experience, and connects faculty with students.
Cornell measures impact of oil spill on ecosystems
In partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Bioacoustics Research Program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology will place 22 marine recording units in the Gulf of Mexico to document sounds and movement in the ecosystem over time. These units will pick up the sounds and volume of whales in the Gulf, to track where they are, how many there are and how they are faring in the wake of the BP oil rig explosion, which sent massive amounts of oil into their coastal environment and continues to be a threat. The research teams will gather and record information for three months. After analyzing the data collected by the machines, the teams will deliver a report to NOAA and other agencies involved in the oil leak response detailing their findings.
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LARCENY LOCATION: U-Lot SUMMARY: Caller reported an unknown person stole lug nuts from a vehicle. Investigation pending. Patrol Officer Chris Teribury. FIRE ALARM LOCATION: Bogart Hall SUMMARY: Fire alarm accidentally activated. Alarm reset. Fire Protection Specialist Mark Swanhart.
JULY 30 CRIMINAL MISCHIEF LOCATION: Lower Athletic Fields SUMMARY: Complainant reported an unknown person damaging the turf on a field. Investigation pending. Sergeant James Landon. ACCIDENTAL PROPERTY DAMAGE LOCATION: L-Lot SUMMARY: Caller reported damaging a vehicle while cutting down a tree. Report taken. Patrol Officer Chris Teribury.
JULY 31 LARCENY LOCATION: College Circle Roadway. SUMMARY: Caller reported an unknown person stole a canoe between 1 p.m. July 22 and 12:30 p.m. July 31. Patrol Officer Mark Denicola.
AUGUST 2 TRESPASSING LOCATION: College Circle SUMMARY: Caller reported two males dumped garbage in a dumpster and
then left campus. Officer located the individuals and restricted them from campus. A warning was also issued for unlawful disposal. Patrol Officer Brad Bates. MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT LOCATION: Butterfield Stadium SUMMARY: Caller reported a one-car MVA. Report taken. Patrol Officer Brad Bates. BURGLARY LOCATION: Circle Apartments SUMMARY: Caller reported an electronic gaming system was stolen from apartment. Investigation pending. Patrol Officer Mark Denicola.
AUGUST 4 SAFETY HAZARD LOCATION: S-Lot SUMMARY: Caller reported a vehicle spilled hydraulic fluid. The spill was contained and cleaned. Environmental Safety Specialist Mark Ross.
AUGUST 5 FIRE ALARM LOCATION: Terraces SUMMARY: Fire alarm accidentally activated. Patrol Officer Dirk Hightchew.
AUGUST 7 FOUND PROPERTY LOCATION: Muller Chapel SUMMARY: Key ring found. The key ring was turned over to Public Safety officials. Owner of ring has not yet been found. It can be claimed at the Office of Public Safety.
SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCE LOCATION: College Circle SUMMARY: Officer reported a vehicle door found open. The owner of the vehicle was contacted and door secured. Sergeant Terry O’Pray. ASSIST/OTHER DEPARTMENT LOCATION: Dillingham Center SUMMARY: Person reported an alarm sounding. Responding officer determined the noise was coming from a generator. Facilities responded and silenced the alarm. Patrol Officer Mark Denicola.
AUGUST 8 SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCE LOCATION: Office of Public Safety SUMMARY: Caller requested access and permission to a college facility for an event. Caller is currently restricted from campus and was advised of the procedure to request authorization. Master Security Officer George Whitmore. For the complete safety log, go to www.theithacan.org/news
Key cmc – Cayuga Medical Center CCV – College Code Violation DWI – Driving while intoxicated IFD – Ithaca Fire Department IPD – Ithaca Police Department MVA – Motor vehicle accident RA – Resident assistant SASP – Student Auxiliary Safety Patrol V&T – Vehicle and Transportation
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Getting back on Track
Ithaca College hit its enrollment target this year but needs to keep recruitment a top priority in the future
ast year, Ithaca College missed its enrollment target by about 300 students, resulting in excess spending of $1.2 million to hire additional faculty and $3.1 million to provide additional housing. But this year, the class of 2014 is right on target. The college welcomed 2,027 freshman in the class of 2013 — the largest in its history. In the middle of an economic recession and a decrease in application numbers in the Northeast, the college increased its acceptance rate to 74 percent. But this year, with 13,100 applicants — the second highest in the college’s history — the institution hit its target enrollment range with 1,620 freshmen. By lowering its acceptance rate to a reasonable percent and decreasing its discount rate to the historic average, the college was able to stabilize enrollment and the financial health of the institution for the first time in recent years. The college also brought back the early decision option — a program that had not been used since Fall 2007 — to help reach the target. The college depends on tuition for more than 90 percent of its budget. With budgets that are made to accommodate about 1,600 students per class, over or under-enrolling students significantly hurts the college. Additional students also create a strain on faculty and staff workloads and takes away from the student experience. In his first year at the college, Eric Maguire, vice president of enrollment management, was given the task of stabilizing enrollment. Maguire, President Tom Rochon and the college administration should be recognized for their efforts and success in being on course with this year’s freshman enrollment. But with the cost of a private college education rising year after year and demographics projecting a continuing decrease in applications in the Northeast, hitting enrollment targets must stay on the top of the college’s priority list. The college is encouraged to evaluate the effectiveness of the early decision option and to continue holding admission events that draw prospective students to the campus. Taking proactive steps to stabilize enrollment need to continue in order to safeguard the future of the college.
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“Downtown was intense. Once I got to the college, it wasn’t that bad, except everything was wet. But downtown was the worst.” Megan Gaul’12 History
“I moved in the night before so it wouldn’t be hectic. It was before the rain, so I lucked out.” Julia Herman ’14 Exploratory
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“Extremely hectic. My mom was so upset — she almost lost it. The road closings were the most annoying. We didn’t know where we were going so we ended up turning around near Cornell.” Nathaniel Dean ’14 Legal Studies
“Brutal. We tried to take back roads but we didn’t know any. And the rain was gross.” Jess Szklut ’14 occupational therapy
“Awful. It was nice having help moving in but the rain still made it awful.” Luke Stark ’14 BUsiness Studies
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Basic rights absent in Bedouin communities blog preview T his past May, I was invited to be part of a team of Yale University interns working in the Negev Desert for a non-profit to more adequately combat gender-specific issues in Bedouin communities. This organization, Amerat Al-Sahara, or Princesses of the Desert, was created by a Bedouin woman nearly 10 years ago to combat cultural practices such as forced marriage, polygamy and “honor killings” that afflict the Bedouin communities in Israel. In my one month as an intern for the organization, I came to recognize heaps of plastic scraps and bottles in every valley, children without shoes and livestock maintained in driveways as part of a narrative of Kiera Lewis a people forcibly settled just two generations ago. The main issues for Bedouin women here arise out of the dialectic of identity. Technically, the Negev is under Israeli control, yet there are 45 villages — “unrecognized” by the government— outside of the development townships that were created to settle the Bedouin. An unrecognized village is one the government does not consider to exist under the law because they are technically on military land. Unrecognized villages are not Israeli insofar as the government is not required to provide a police force, hospitals, electricity, running water or housing. All housing in these villages is illegal and therefore subject to demolition when necessary. This is not to say that these villages should stay in tact. On a typically hot day in July, a pregnant woman was found dead in the desert near Rahat. Honor killings, a crime that is hard to punish because of its trail of lies, are a reality in the Negev. Amerat of the Desert deals with incidents like this. Muna Al-Habanen, director of Amerat of the Desert, has put women into hiding before because of this nightmarish reality in Bedouin communities. If a woman is violated,
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The Bedouin community, Rahat, Israel, and six other villages have been unrecognized by the Israeli government. The government is not required to provide a police force, hospitals or electricity. Courtesy of Kiera Lewis
becomes pregnant or even loses her virginity before marriage, a male member of the family will sometimes attempt to save the “family honor” by ending her life in secrecy. I’ve been told the main methods are poisons — detergents, acids and pills — leaving few fingerprints or an alibi. Law enforcement doesn’t seem to thoroughly investigate these issues either. It’s a very real issue that rarely ends in prosecution or deep investigation. Some of the other issues confronted by women here include forced marriage, denial of education and polygamy — all of which are illegal under Israeli Law. A concern for the Israeli government is whether imposing such laws on Bedouin communities will ignite backlash. For this reason and a festoon of others, the Negev is virtually lawless, controlled by ad hoc government rule as much as cultural ideologies. Writing about the state of Israel involves
studying one of the more challenging polemics of our time. A woman in Jerusalem put it this way: “Those who come to Israel for a day write a book. Those who come for a week write an article. And people who stay for longer don’t write anything.” That is to say, the political, religious and social schema is such that one cannot decipher where the legal parameters end and religious convictions act as law. Sieving to find “truth” is moot. Truth is relative. Some of the complexities concerning the Bedouin population and women here are bred because of the ambiguity of identity. Israeli or Palestinian? Full citizens or resident aliens? Identity, though, should not determine human rights. Kiera Lewis is a junior politics major. E-mail her at email@example.com.
Study finds colleges lack understanding of Title IX
or the past 18 years, I have had the privilege of teaching the course “Gender Issues in Sport” to students at Ithaca College. Our unit on Title IX and its impact on federally funded school athletic programs is always a bit of a roller coaster ride, with the end result being a moment when some — sometimes almost all — students Ellen realize that they may be far more Staurowsky educated about the requirements of Title IX than college athletics directors, coaches and maybe even presidents. I have become increasingly confident that students are more literate in Title IX’s legislative history and requirements as they pertain to participation and also in the areas of coach compensation and sexual harassment than many working in college and university athletics departments. Why is it that Title IX, a form of cultural shorthand for gender equity in athletics, is so familiar and yet so little understood? While 82 percent of a random sample of adult Americans surveyed in 2007 by the Mellman Group, a research-based strategy group, supported Title IX, less than 60 percent knew how it was enforced. This void in information can be explained by the failure of schools to
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Ithaca’s women’s varsity teams helped organize activities for young girls for National Girls and Women in Sports Day in 2008 in Ben Light Gymnasium. File Photo/the ithacan
designate a Title IX coordinator who would be in charge of taking proactive steps to educate administrators, teachers, coaches and students in the aftermath of Title IX’s passage. Despite this requirement, some schools either ignored it or simply were not aware that this had to be done. Recognizing that a Title IX information gap exists, I worked with Erianne Weight, assistant professor of sport management at Bowling Green State University, this spring on the first national study of Title IX literacy among college coaches working at NCAA Division I, II and III institutions. We found that while college
coaches are often frustrated with gender equity issues, they are not aware of basic Title IX information. Despite the fact that Title IX compliance should be a guiding principle in decision making and allocation of resources in athletics departments, 82 percent of the coaches indicated that they had never been expressly taught about Title IX as part of their preparation as coaches, and more than 65 percent identified mainstream media as their primary source of Title IX information. While eight federal courts have determined that Title IX does not constitute a quota system, less than one-third of the
coaches were aware of this. Moreover, when asked about whether they reviewed their school’s annual Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act report — the report that publicly discloses how resources are distributed within the athletic department and between men’s and women’s sports — 82 percent indicated that they did not. In keeping with recent court cases involving coaches who claimed they had been retaliated against for their efforts to urge institutions to comply with Title IX and remedy inequities in their athletic departments, 148 coaches reported in our study that they risked losing their jobs by speaking up about Title IX issues. This research project will be expanded to include surveys of university attorneys, athletics administrators and athletes to assess their Title IX literacy. I will also be working with the Women’s Sports Foundation and the National Collegiate Athletic Association on the development of a national Title IX education program similar to what is in place to educate coaches about NCAA rules pertaining to recruiting and athlete eligibility. The results from the Title IX College Coach Literacy Project support a renewed commitment from colleges and universities to proactively work toward compliance. Ellen Staurowsky is assistant professor of sport management and media. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Check out senior Becky Webster’s blog, Eco Dump, for the latest news on everything green. Besides commenting on the college and community’s efforts to remain sustainable, Eco Dump explores national issues, such as the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and incentives for energy efficiency.
Want commentary on the latest games on South Hill? Want to read analyses of professional sports? Then check out seniors Thomas Eschen and Dave Uram’s blog. Whether you’re a Yankees or Red Sox fan, Colts or Patriots, The Extra Point will surely give you all the latest sports news you’re craving.
Ever feel overwhelmed as you make the transition into adulthood? Sophomore Lilly Miller can relate. Follow Miller as she chronicles her college adventures and comments on campus life. From figuring out the TCAT schedule to procrastinating on homework with YouTube videos, everyone can relate to one of Miller’s moments. Take a break in between classes and activities to read The Situation. And no, Miller is not from the Jersey Shore.
To find out where the hottest music acts are playing in Ithaca or what new single to download (legally, of course), check out senior Matt Connolly’s blog. Sharp Notes reviews the latest music, from local acts to pop divas. Country, rock or rap fans can all enjoy reading about the latest tunes to hit our air waves and iPods.
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Acts galore pop into Ithaca to mix up this fall semester
BY BRITTANY GILPIN STAFF WRITER
College students and alcohol go together like peanut butter and jelly, but if sipping a Keystone Light just isn’t cutting it anymore — for those over the age of 21 — check out the 4th Annual Ithaca Brew Fest on Sept. 4 at Date: 3 to 7 p.m. Sept. 4 Stewart Park. A general admission ticket includes a choice of Location: Stewart Park 20, 2-ounce samples of craft beers from more than 45 brewerHow much: General ies, a commemorative glass, gourmet food and live music. admission tickets $35 Allison Graffin, marketing director of the Ithaca Beer ComVIP tickets $75 pany, said it is a fun event for budding beer connoisseurs. “It’s a great way to wrap up summer and learn a little bit about beer [while having] a good time with your friends and enjoying good food and good beer in a great setting,” she said.
Apple Harvest Festival
Junior Mitchell Cohen attends Positive Jam, a concert that followed last year’s Brew Fest.
There’s only one weekend that can draw a crowd of 30,000 people to The Commons — Apple Harvest Festival. Downtown Ithaca’s 28th Annual Apple Harvest Festival, being held this year from Oct. 1-3, is Ithaca’s capstone event in the fall, featuring live entertainment, crafts and, of course, apples. When: 12 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 1 and The festival, commonly referred to as “Apple Fest,” 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 2 and 3 will leave people’s taste buds tingling as they sample Where: The Commons treats containing the festival’s main ingredient. How much: Free Senior Rob Engelsman, who attended Apple Fest twice and ran a stand there for WICB, said the event is a memorable part of the college experience. “It’s a celebration of Ithaca and Ithaca’s quirkiness,” he said. “It’s a big social event for the town. It’s definitely something that you’re not going to forget.”
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First Friday Gallery Nights A trip to Downtown Ithaca’s First Friday Gallery Nights provides a glimpse into the importance of local art to the Ithaca community. Held on the first Friday of every month, Gallery Nights showcases a broad spectrum of art, including music, theater and the latest works from local, national and international artists. Matthew Riis, primary coordinator When: 5 to 9 p.m. Sept 3 for the event, said it is a chance to interWhere: Varies act with all forms of art. How much: Free “There are many different themes, many different artists and many different art forms represented,” he said. “It’s an opportunity to engage with art, the artists and downtown Ithaca.”
The satirical comedy group Capitol Steps, launched mainly by former Senate staffers, will bring their hilarious spoofs of current political issues to Ithaca at 8 p.m. Oct. 15 at The State Theatre of Ithaca. Junior Bryant Francis, who has seen the group perform before, said extensive knowledge of politics and When: 8 p.m. current events isn’t necessary to find humor Oct. 15 in the group’s act. Where: The “If you just watch Jon Stewart or Steven State Theatre Colbert, you’ll definitely get all of the jokes,” How much: he said. $24.50 The group, which has recorded more than 30 albums, is guaranteed to leave viewers laughing at their musical comedy gems, including “Obama Mia!,” “Return to Spenders” and “Barackin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”
Ithaca College’s “Collaborations” concert series will combine internationally recognized artists to deliver classical music. The Beijing Guitar Duo will begin the series Sept. 24, followed by The New Zealand String When: 8:15 p.m. Sept. 24 Quartet Nov. 16 in Ford Hall. and 8:15 p.m. Nov. 16 Erik Kibelsbeck, manager of Where: Ford Hall concerts, facilities and educational Cost: Season subscription outreach programs, said the con- is $26.50 certs are different from past years. “As opposed to a recital where it’s a singer or a pianist, it brings together [acts] that aren’t ordinarily done,” he said.
Lisa Lampanelli With her no-apologies attitude, Lisa Lampanelli is guaranteed to leave the audience howling when she performs at the State Theatre of Ithaca on Sept. 19. When: 3 to 7 p.m. Comedy Central’s Sept. 4 “Queen of Mean” Where: The comedian State Theatre is best How much: $37.75 known for her sharp tongue and brutally honest commentary. Senior Beth Gottehrer, who has seen Lampanelli perform on Comedy Central, said the show would be fun for those who are open-minded to all forms of comedy. “It’s not a lot of people’s first choice of comedy since it’s raunchy, but if you really want a night of fun and no holds barred, then go for it,” she said.
Broken Social Scene
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Not every band can boast having a group that ranges from six to 18 members on a concert-to-concert basis. Broken Social Scene, a Canadian rock band featured on the new “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” soundtrack will take to the State Theatre of Ithaca’s stage Sept. 24. Junior Alex Denner, who is a fan of the group’s music and is familiar with When: Sept. 24 its revolving members, said the group’s diverse collaborations make for an Where: The State Theatre energetic show. How much: $26.50 “It’s a great experience to see so many different types of instruments come together,” he said. “It should be a really good show. They’re going to get you up and get you moving.”
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Assistant Accent Editor Alexandra Evans rates the study spots on campus in order of practicality.
Academic buildings Don’t fool yourself into thinking you can study while attending the all-floor rave happening in your dorm. The best places to study on campus are inside the academic and administrative buildings, which provide complete quiet and solitude far away from dorm chaos. Try the second floor lounge in the School of Business or the first floor lobby of the Peggy Ryan Williams Center. The college student mentality of “leave the party early and catch up on that reading later” always ends in disaster — or maybe a judicial referral for falling asleep in the dorm lounge.
IC Square IC Square seems to be the ideal group meeting spot on campus. The central location and perk of having La Vincita’s coffee a few steps away make IC Square a popular spot. The only problem is the place can sometimes serve as more of a social gathering than a work spot. Let’s face it, when studying around big groups of friends you usually end up exchanging stories about last night’s frat party instead of quizzing each other for your business exam. Time seems to disappear, and you’re bound to leave knowing more about your friend’s hookup history than Hamburg rules.
The library Ironically, the worst choice when trying to get work done on campus is the library. Something strange happens in that place after 7 p.m. Imagine a cross between a zoo and a mall on Black Friday — too much heat, too much noise and too many people that always seem to be in your way. It’s ridiculously difficult to find a table, and no one seems to understand the cardinal library rule of silence. You’ll end up ditching books to gossip about friends’ drama in the library too, so don’t be fooled into thinking studying there will magically make you get any work done.
Freshmen Emily Fleming, Aimee Rizzo and Maureen Tant show off a spin art project they created at IC After Dark’s E Komo Mai event Sunday in IC Square. “E komo mai” is a traditional Hawaiian greeting for “welcome.” The event also featured free food, prizes and games. Michelle boulé/the ithacan
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researchers discover how to drive on what you drink
Car on empty? Skip the gas station and don’t bother stopping by a restaurant to grab their extra grease. Pop into a distillery instead. Researchers at Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland have developed a fuel made from the byproduct left behind after distilling Scotch whisky. Unlike grease fuel, whisky fuel can be used in regular engines — no fancy engine conversion needed. Though this idea seems revolutionary during a time when gas prices continue to rise, one question remains — if breathing in too many gas fumes can make one dizzy or out of breath, will taking in the sweet smell of whisky fuel make a driver drunk? — Alexandra Evans
britney’s boyfriend can’t stand the stench
Oops, Britney, you did it again — made headlines for something other than having talent. Though Spears has been slowly gaining a reputation for being a washed-up 90s pop star, it looks like she hasn’t been doing much washing lately. Her boyfriend and ex-manager Jason Trawick recently refused to leave the house until the singer changed out of the sundress she had been wearing for three days straight. Trawick has demanded that she “clean up her image” by washing her hair more and not wearing the same outfit for days on end. Gross, Britney! Please take a shower. Don’t you know that you’re toxic? — Alexandra Evans
The other day I realized as long as I’m in this business, I’m going to be hungry. “True Blood’s” Kristin Bauer in an Aug. 9 Popeater article on being successful in Hollywood.
R&B star’s bad publicity
Faith Evans hasn’t made headlines in a while, which might have something to do with the fact that she hasn’t done anything interesting since 2004 when the R&B singer was arrested on drug charges. That stint just so happened to take place a year before her 2005 album dropped. Recently, she was arrested “on suspicion of misdemeanor drunken driving.” She was taken into police custody and released the following morning. Looks like Evans is trying to gain some publicity before her new album release this October. Evans, didnt you learn from the past that bad publicity may still be publicity, but it won’t help your album sales? — Alexandra Evans
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Professor’s political short chosen for showcase As winners of multiple filmmaking and documentary awards, John Scott, assistant professor of television and radio, and wife Karen Rodriguez, assistant professor of cinema, photography and media arts, have developed a talent for telling stories and conveying powerful messages. Their eight-minute short “Notes on Liberty,” directed by Scott and produced by Rodriguez, was one of 30 independent documentaries screened as part of Scott said even the American Documentary a short film is a time-consuming Showcase. Rodriguez travelled endeavor. to Poland for the screening in Krakow on Aug. 17 and in Wroclaw on Aug. 19. Staff writer Evan Johnson spoke with Scott about his and Rodriguez’s recent project.
of time because of my responsibilities as a professor. I try to make movies that aren’t about specific events in time just because I can’t turn things around like someone in a professional news organization can. I like the movies I make to have a certain window of time so the subject is still relevant. We started shooting this [movie] in August 2007 and started editing it in the summer of 2008. I finished a version of it in the fall of 2008. Even though it is an eight-minute movie, it is still much more work than it looks. But it doesn’t compare to a feature. A feature length movie is about eight or nine short movies. Once you make all of these movies, it has to make sense as a whole piece. It is so much more difficult to make something that engaging for that length of time. The editing length is a whole other level of magnitude at the feature length level.
Evan Johnson: Tell me about the American Documentary Showcase.
EJ: The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs funds the American Documentary Showcase. Did that affect the issues you could choose?
John Scott: The goal of the American Documentary Showcase is to offer a broad, diversified look at life in the United States and the values of a democratic society as seen by American documentary filmmakers. The filmmakers are deeply engaged in the world, and their films provide some of the best examples of how critical thinking and debate are fostered in a democracy.
JS: They didn’t play a role in any of the editorial [decisions]. The concept [of the showcase] is that dissent and opposing points of view are part of a healthy democracy. If one were to look at this piece, it’s really not flattering to some of the policies in place. This piece is a fairly contrasting view of how we should be framing this debate.
EJ: Your film focuses on the Statue of Liberty. Why did you choose this as your subject? JS: The story is that Sam, our son, when he turned 4 years old, told us that when he turned 5 years old, he wanted to visit the Statue of Liberty. We said, “Yeah, sure,” and thought that he might forget. But he never did. He was very invested in the idea so we decided to go. This was a few years after Sept. 11, and it seemed that we were in a time when there was a lot of curtailing of immigration. The Patriot Act had created
Sam Scott, son of assistant professor John Scott, stands in front of a life-size replica of the Statue of Liberty’s face in August 2007. Sam’s trip was the inspiration for his father’s film.
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a lot of barriers for refugees to come here. So I was feeling a sense of tension between my son’s excitement about the Statue of Liberty and the actual political culture we were in. I recognized the tension, and I thought I could make a movie about it.
EJ: Your documentary, “Scouts are Canceled,” is a feature-length documentary. How does that compare with creating a short film? JS: It still takes a long time to create a short movie. I only get to work on them in small pockets
EJ: What was Sam’s reaction when he discovered he was part of your next project? JS: He’s 5 years old — everything is new to him. He doesn’t know what’s normal and he’s in a family where both of his parents are filmmakers so it seems fairly [normal] for him. He seemed fairly [confident] about it, but you’d have to ask him. He was very excited when the movie was getting out there a little bit, and he was like, “Is this going to be really big like ‘Star Wars?’”
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Author leaves legacy with final novel
by sara Friedman staff writer
In “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest,” Stieg Larsson blew a breath of fresh air into the mystery and thriller genres this summer by combining the two genres in an outstanding book where readers are forced to take a second look into a world where nothing is as it seems. “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” is the conclusion to the international bestselling Millennium Trilogy, which includes “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and “The “The Girl Girl Who Played with Fire.” Who Kicked the Hornet’s While the first novel is a selfNest” contained story, the third novel Stieg Larsson is a continuation of the second Our rating: and devolves into the story of HHH Lisbeth Salander’s past. Salander is a genius-level computer hacker who is described by some as a psychopath. The third novel finds her fighting for her life in a hospital with her father, former Soviet spy, in the next room. During her time in the hospital, she works with journalist Mikael Blomkvist in order to prove her innocence for her upcoming triple-murder trial. The Section, a secret government group working against Salander, sheds light on Salander’s past spent in a harsh mental institution and acts as a commentary on Sweden’s inefficient mental health system. The Millennium Trilogy stands out from others in a genre that usually lacks detailed descriptions of characters and their actions. Often, more focus is placed on fast-paced action than lengthy, detailed scenes. Larsson provides many details in “Hornet’s Nest” without weighing the reader down. This style of writing elevates his plot to a higher level and makes the reader think they are watching the plot happen themselves. Compared to the first two novels in the trilogy, Larsson spends more time in “Hornet’s Nest” spotlighting a singular event rather than a string of events in progress. Instead of an intricate mystery that spans the entire book, Larsson focuses on the preparation for Salander’s trial and unraveling the mysteries of her complicated life. Through his focus on the
“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” a musical comedy featuring quirky characters at a middle school competition, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. at the Hangar Theatre. Tickets range from $20 to $34.
Go Gone, a rock and blues band from Ithaca with Latin roots and influences, will perform from 5 to 8 p.m. at Castaways. Admission is free.
Welcome Back Students Dance Party with DJ Joey, an event to kick off the new school year, will be from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at The Oasis on Danby Road. Admission is $5. Larsson’s “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” is one of three manuscripts the author completed, yet never had published in his lifetime. The novel is the final installment of his Millennium Trilogy.
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trial, he is able to wrap up the loose ends from the second book, which is important to the fans of the trilogy, especially after the second novel ended on a cliffhanger. Larsson takes the most care in the development of Salander’s character who is unlike typical female leads in mystery-thriller novels who are categorized as dependent sex symbols. Rather Salander is an incredibly smart, independent and reclusive female hacker who doesn’t conform to society’s rules. Larsson also delves into the character of Erika Berger, Millennium’s editor in chief. After her move to a large daily publication in Sweden, an anonymous stalker starts to leave her notes that address her as “whore.” This subplot is irrelevant to the main plot regarding Salander’s upcoming trial, and can sometimes distract from the main action. However,
at times it allows for a refreshing change from Salander’s story. At points throughout the novel, the author tells the story through different characters’ points of view. This approach opens doors for the reader to become more invested in the characters’ opinions of their surroundings. The novel’s mood is very somber and serious in many ways, particularly in the portrayal of the dreary hospital setting in Sweden. The author’s pessimistic tone nicely complements the larger purpose of the novel to determine whether or not Salander is guilty. This novel is a must-read for fans of Larsson’s two other books. Unfortunately, Larsson died of a heart attack shortly after delivering his three crime thrillers to his publisher, but his legacy as a mystery-thriller author lives on in “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.”
‘Arcade Fire’ revamps sound with electronic melodies by Sarah mccarthy staff writer
Arcade Fire had an impossible task to face for its third studio album “The Suburbs.” In the last decade, the band released both a flawless, game-changing Arcade Fire “The debut and an inSuburbs” credible sophomore Merge album. How could Records any band possibly Our rating: live up to the hype HHHH and expectations generated by its first two records? By all accounts, “The Suburbs” should be terrible. Arcade Fire more than lived up to the challenge with the next addition to its near-perfect discography. The title track, “The Suburbs,” kicks off the album as an engaging opener that is by no means the best track the
album has to offer, and yet it’s a perfect glimpse into what is yet to come in the next 15 songs. The record begins with several upbeat songs like “Ready to Start” and slows down into a hazy, dream-like feel in “City with No Children,” which more closely resembles classic Arcade Fire sound. The last song, “The Suburbs (Continued),” is the culmination of this dream world – it sounds like the background music to an old, black-and-white love story. It is difficult to choose the best or worst song off the album – from start to finish the record is an inescapable descent down the rabbit hole. Perhaps the most interesting song on the album is “Month of May.” Its rock tempo feels different than anything Arcade Fire has ever done. Many of the songs on the record still embody the “epic” pop feel of
The Green Deeps, an “eclectic acoustic” roots rock band from Ithaca, will play from 5 to 7 p.m. at Castaways. Admission is free. Lost Sailors, a Grateful Dead tribute band from Ithaca, will play at 9 p.m. at Castaways. Admission is $7.
2046, an indie film that follows a science fiction writer from the present (1960s) to his imagination of the year 2046, will show at 9:45 p.m. at Willard Straight Hall at Cornell University. Admission is $4 for students.
‘Wavves’ chills at low tide by lara bonner chief proofreader
Nathan Williams, also known as Wavves, is known for noisy, confused GarageBand projects. The subject matter on his new alWavves bum, “King of the “King of the Beach,” varies litBeach” tle from that of his Fat Possum past, though there Records Our rating: is an undeniably HH positive change in the music. This album is delivered with more clarity and focus in sound. Williams’ accompaniment, Stephen Pope and Billy Hayes, punk rocker Jay Reatard’s former bandmates, help pull together Wavves’ carefully refined lo-fi style. The punk, “So-Cal” attitude is endearing, showcased by short, high-energy songs with arrogant
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some of the band’s previous tracks like “No Cars Go,” but the band has adapted a more modern, electronic feel than its previous two albums. Each song has playful, ethereal melodies made complex by the multiple instruments incorporated. The record has an “indie” feel and therefore won’t please every listener, but it should not be ignored by any alternative rock fan. It’s not the album to rock out to, but it is the album to listen to on a long car ride at night.
vocals that keep heads bopping. The opening track, “King of the Beach,” encapsulates a summertime carelessness reminiscent of The Beach Boys. However, if listeners are looking for deep messages hidden in Williams’ writing, they won’t find them. This album is truly what it seems to be on the surface — a fun album embodying a beach-loving, adolescent lifestyle.
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quickies “The final frontier”
“Catching a tiger”
Iron Maiden returns to the charts with their 15th studio release. The album proves the rock legends still have the heavy metal mentality pumping through their veins, but it’s too big to absorb in just one listen.
This midwestern sweetheart makes her debut with an album that’s a little bit twangy, a little bit pop and a little bit rock. The combination works well for those pop-rock fans who enjoy some country now and then.
This British singer-songwriter owns the title of having the best-selling album in Ireland. Gray returns with a double album featuring his top hits as well as some previously unreleased material.
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Stunning film dares audience to dream [ Director Christopher Nolan brings golden idea to silver screen By Matt Rosen
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A man crawls and climbs down the hallway walls of a spinning hotel room that rotates like a hamster wheel. A café in Paris becomes an exploding set of slow-motion objects that fly in every direction, while a freight train barrels through a downtown Los Angeles shootout in the pouring rain. These breathtaking scenes are “Inception” all part of the Warner Bros. mind-blowing Pictures trip explored Our rating: in Christopher HHH1/2 Nolan’s dazzling dream of a movie: “Inception.” In what looked to be another summer of ghastly remakes and vampire movies, Nolan, director of “The Dark Knight” and “Memento,” brought his $200 million idea to the screen and proved there was still hope for the summer blockbuster. Leonardo DiCaprio is Dom Cobb, a master extractor of people’s dreams and ideas who fled the country after being suspected of murder. When a powerful businessman Saito (Ken Watanabe) offers his only chance to return home to his children, he gives him a catch. Instead of stealing an idea, Dom, his right-hand man Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and their team of dream thieves must implant one in the mind of executive and heir Robert Fischer (Cillian Murphy) to break up his father’s billion-dollar corporation. Like many of Nolan’s protagonists, Dom is a man haunted by his
Coco chanel & igor stravinsky 9:10 p.m. and Weekends 4:10 p.m. get low 7:10 and 9:15 p.m. and Weekends 2:10 and 4:15 p.m. the girl who played with fire 7:05 and 9:30 p.m. and Weekends 2:05 and 4:30 p.m.
the kids are all right 7:20 p.m. and 9:25 p.m. and Weekends 2:20 p.m. and 4:25 p.m. toy story 3 7 p.m. and Weekends 2 p.m. Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) carry out their scheme to implant an idea in Robert Fischer’s mind. By entering his dreams, Dom hopes Robert will decide to break up his father’s corporation.
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past — specifically his late wife Mal (Marion Cotillard). His emotional storyline isn’t terribly written yet it’s not the film’s strongest point simply because it takes a backseat to the dazzling visual aspects of the film. In Nolan’s purposely-indefinite world, his original writing and meticulous attention to detail create an exhilarating three-layered dream sequence that keeps the audience immersed and surprised with each new layer of the dream. The supporting players brought out the strength in Nolan’s script, especially scene-stealing Tom Hardy as Eames, a British action star who gives the film a sense of humor with his wisecrack remarks and
suave persona. As the forger in the team, he can impersonate any character in the subconscious. All the actors bring their strengths, but it’s Nolan who provides the smarts and asks the audience to weave his way through his maze of ideas. From the blazing streets of Morocco to the snow-covered Alps, Wally Pfister’s breathtaking cinematography moves fluidly with Nolan’s visionary direction. In a scene unlike any other this year, Ariadne (Ellen Page) uses her mind in Paris to explode objects in a slow, catastrophic motion — one of many mind-blowing scenes. With an original idea in a year of remakes, Nolan has lived up to the
Cops’ chemistry anchors comedy
“Inception” was written and directed by Christopher Nolan.
Video game genre gets film moving By amelia Blevins contributing Writer
By Anne Gould Northgraves Staff writer
When a serious genre has gotten as unintentionally self-parodying as buddy cop films have, making a true parody legitimately funny can be as hard as trying to track down the right perp. But “The Other Guys” focuses on creating a legitimately hilarious story rather than merely throw“The Other ing a bunch of stereotypes on Guys” the screen. The result is an Columbia arresting success. Pictures That isn’t to say director Our rating: Adam McKay does not consisHHH tently and effectively spoof all the old conventions of the genre. The story is right out of cop-movie 101: rule-follower Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell) and rebel Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg) come to respect each other while they throw their careers on the line to catch the bad guys. What makes this film work as more than just a spoof are the script’s brilliant comedic moments that don’t rely on cop clichés. The script and actors craft dynamic characters in the two leads, garnering genuine comedy from their actions and reactions, rather than merely creating caricatures to be laughed at. The leads share excellent chemistry. Walhberg’s tough-guy persona and high-pitched voice suits his character, while Ferrell’s role as Allen suits his talent of portraying both serious and off-the-wall crazy. The pair are perfectly attuned to one another; when Wahlberg explodes with frustration, Ferrell’s blandness only stokes his rage with hilarious results. And when Wahlberg shows some real-cop logic, it affords Ferrell the opportunity to go unhinged. In fact, all the actors are excellent in their roles. Michael Keaton is superb as the harried police chief,
film’s secretive and demanding hype. Audiences will search for clues, but the director will give no easy answers, and he forces them to put the pieces together in his intricate puzzle, a rarity in the dumbed-down blockbusters of summer. The film’s climax throws viewers onto a thrill ride until it comes to its haunting conclusion. Viewers have obsessed over the controversial ending while the critics have mainly praised the originality. Make no mistake; Nolan’s masterful film is a testament to those daring to dream, both literally and figuratively.
The hype surrounding “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” had gamers young and old dusting off their Sega Genesis consoles and preparing their joysticks. Based on the Scott Pilgrim comic series by Bryan Lee O’Malley, the film pays homage to video games of yore, mixing Mortal Kombat arcade-style martial arts with more modern games to create a funny, romantic and action-packed film. “Scott Pilgrim Twenty-three-yearvs. the World” old Scott Pilgrim falls for Universal Ramona Flowers (Mary Pictures Our rating: Elizabeth Winstead). HHH1/2 However, before he can date her, Pilgrim must defeat the League of Evil Exes — Ramona’s seven super-powered ex-boyfriends. A rocking soundtrack that includes Beck, Metric and the Rolling Stones keeps the audience energized for each duel. Director Edgar Wright’s use of stylized meta-fiction and quick cut dream sequences stays surprisingly fresh and keeps the plot fast-paced. The film’s life comes primarily from its supporting cast. Each of Ramona’s exes brings his own video game genre to battle, keeping the fight scenes unique rather than succumbing to too many monotonous left hooks. “Scott Pilgrim” serves up a combination of heart and action that speaks to the competitive kid in everyone. If Scott Pilgrim can defeat the world, then maybe there’s hope for the rest of us.
Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell star in “The Other Guys,” a comedy that parodies typical cop films.
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while Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson have a dynamic that could have resulted in a real cop movie at another time and place. Ice-T is the perfect choice as the narrator, simultaneously honoring and poking fun at the legacy of buddy cop movies. What this film lacks, however, is a true villain. Steve Coogan is a great little weasel as the law-bending financier. But the grand tradition of cop films having evil-masterminds with grand plots of world domination remains one of the few missing clichés. While “The Other Guys” may not be revolutionary, it is an example of how to successfully parody a genre. With solid comedy not riding solely on cop-spoofing and great actors working with well-defined characters, this is one film that shouldn’t be locked away. “The Other Guys” was written and directed by Adam McKay.
“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World was written by Michael Bacall, Edgar Wright and Bryan Lee O’Malley and directed by Wright.
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Three-foldeffort Sophomore Joe Weber founds Ithaca College’s first triathlon group with a little help from the community
Sophomore Joe Weber competed in his first triathlon in 2009 and has completed three more since then.
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by maura gladys staff writer
For sophomore Joe Weber, competing in a triathlon is all about the challenge. It’s the breathlessness and complete physical exhaustion that drive Weber through the grueling rounds of swimming, biking and running. “You do it for the pain,” Weber said. “You’re sucking wind and everything burns, but it’s something that not many people do, so when you finish, it’s something special.” Weber hopes to provide an opportunity for other students to get involved in triathlon, whether it’s just for the challenge, to stay in shape or to have fun. Weber has already taken the first steps to achieve this by founding the Ithaca College Triathlon Organization last semester. Weber, a physical therapy and athletic training double major, was inspired to begin training for a triathlon after reading the book “One Man’s Leg,” the story of Paul Martin. Martin, an amputee from Weber’s hometown of Gardner, Mass., is a 10-time Ironman finisher and the leg amputee world record holder. “After I read that, that was it,” Weber said. “I said, ‘I’m doing the Ironman before I die.’” Weber competed in his first triathlon in the
summer of 2009 and has competed in three more since then. “I absolutely loved it,” Weber said. “I had a smile on my face from start to finish. It’s like getting a runner’s high, but multiplied, with all the adrenaline going.” The distances for triathlon vary depending on the level of ability. The standard course and Olympic distance for triathlon is a .93 mile swim, a 24.8 mile bike portion and a 6.2 mile run. Despite his love for triathlon, Weber didn’t plan to begin a formal group on campus until meeting Adam Peruta, assistant professor of strategic communication, while swimming at the Hill Center Pool last spring. In 2008, Peruta competed in the Ironman Triathlon, a punishing competition made up of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run. Weber said he noticed the Ironman water bottle Peruta had with him. “We just started talking about triathlon and how cool it would be to get a group started on campus,” Weber said. Soon after, Weber began filling out the paperwork to officially register with the college and started contacting schools in the Northeast with triathlon clubs. Peruta’s knowledge of the sport and enthusiasm helped fuel the
development of the organization. “I was really excited about it,” Peruta said. “In upstate New York, there’s a huge triathlon community.” Weber found that coordinating an organization — even with only six initial members — involving three sports was more challenging than he first thought. “There’s so much more that goes into triathlon beyond just running, biking and swimming,” Weber said. Weber said he hopes a new semester will attract more members and allow the formation of several training groups based on each participant’s ability. That way, everyone can train together once a week and then break off into smaller training groups for other workout sessions. Weber is in the process of formally shifting the organization to an official club, but the college requires that all clubs have a minimum of 10 members. In addition to the triathlon group, Weber said he also hopes to offer more than training opportunities. Weber said he plans to tap into the resources of the triathlon community of upstate New York to bring in speakers and experts to run clinics and help with training. Peruta said those connections will be a key asset in the organization’s development. “[Triathlon] fits in really well,” Peruta said. “There’s a triathlon club in the city of Ithaca and Cornell also has one, so I’m hoping that we can work with some of these clubs that already exist to get some ideas from them.” To create more opportunities for members, the organization plans to train with the 72-member Cornell Triathlon Club.
“Combining the groups would give us a bigger base of people on the same ability level,” Bethanie Wallace, president of the Cornell Triathlon Club, said. Peruta and Weber said the organization complements Ithaca’s fitness-minded atmosphere and will help members stay motivated about working out. “Training really keeps it fresh and helps you avoid burnout,” Weber said. “You wake up and can go, ‘I don’t feel like running, so I’ll bike or swim.’” One of the biggest challenges Weber said the organization faces is striking a comfortable balance between training and creating a nonintimidating atmosphere for new members. Senior Josh Vorensky, a member of the organization, said the triathlon provides an environment for any level of athlete. “A lot of people can get into it because it utilizes a lot of different sports,” he said. “Besides having a great time, it’s a great way to meet some great people. Our members, are from a variety of majors and years, and it’s all about making everyone feel comfortable.” Despite the fact that the majority of the triathlon season occurs in the summer, the organization plans to participate in a race in September — duathlon in April and the Trifor-the-Y Triathlon at the YMCA in May. However, Weber insists the overarching theme of the group is not to train for competition but to have fun. “One thing that we stress is that it should just be fun, and we welcome everybody,” Weber said. “It’s just a good time to get everyone together, get away from school work and have fun.”
What is triathlon? A triathlon is a multi-sport event of various distances that typically consists of three separate components — swimming, biking and running. Athletes race against the clock and the winner is determined by combining transitional and event time. The most popular triathlon is the Ironman World Championship, which is held annually in Hawaii.
From left, senior Josh Vorensky and sophomore Joe Weber catch their breath after swimming, biking and running in the 22nd annual Tri-for-the-Y Triathlon in May in Lansing, N.Y. courtesy of Joe weber
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the hot corner casey musarra
Jetting around training camp
long the 22-plus-mile stretch from Ithaca to Cortland, N.Y., the only highlight I found worthy two years ago was the A&W. That was before the New York Jets took over Cortland. Now, for a few weeks of the summer, the once quiet town is bursting with energy. Restaurants and hotels hang signs saying, “Welcome New York Jets and Fans,” while people from across the country gather to watch a professional sports team hit the gridiron. With the moderate lightheartedness that embodies the preseason, fans can often catch their favorite players eating at local hangouts like Doug’s Fish Fry or pounding a few beers at the Dark Horse Tavern. Coming from New York City, the Jets are accustomed to attention, but this year’s preseason is playing on HBO’s “Hard Knocks.” While the show is football-based, it also shows the team in and around town. Rebecca Bean, a Cortland resident and parking attendant for SUNY-Cortland during the Jets’ training camp, said the team brought in about 12,000 people for its Green and White scrimmage Aug. 7. Bean said the most tickets she has sold for parking on just a regular practice day was more than 300. Freshman Maya Gebhardt, another Cortland resident and parking attendant for SUNYCortland during the Jets camp, said the Jets’ players and coaches and the people they have drawn in from across the country have helped Cortland see economic growth despite the recession. “We constantly are turning people to Main Street if they’re waiting around for three hours for practice,” Gebhardt said. According to a study by three SUNY-Cortland faculty members, last year alone Cortland County generated $4.26 million in economic activity, in large part because of the Jets’ training camp. Michael Bierley, manager at Doug’s Fish Fry in Cortland, said having the Jets in town helped bring in revenue. “Our best advertisement is word of mouth,” he said. “We get a lot of people that come in from around the area that aren’t [from] town that come up through.” The Jets have transformed Cortland from a town most people outside of Central New York had never heard of into more of a household name. Gebhardt said she never expected to see such big results for the city. “How many people grow up in a town where an NFL football team has their training camp?” she said. “It’s just unbelievable. We never would have thought Cortland would be on HBO or ESPN.” casey musarra is a senior television-radio major. Contact her at email@example.com.
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Special teams returns key players By jesse cases
assistant sports editor
The special teams unit played a key role in the football team’s success down the stretch during the 2009 season. As the Blue and Gold prepare to kick off the 2010 season, the team will look to its special teams to help control the flow of the game. “The most important factor is field position,” Head Coach Mike Welch said. “Special teams dictate field position, and you have a very high percentage of winning if you win that part of the game.” While covering on special teams last season, the Bombers held opponents to a mere 3.2 yards per punt return, thanks in large part to the type of players contributing The Bombers held in coverage. opponents to “[We have] guys with 198.1 passing speed and [who] can cover, yards per game last season. [and who] can operate in space,” Welch said. “Typically [they’re] defensive backs, linebackers, fullbacks and wide receivers. Those typically are our special teams players.” In last season’s annual Cortaca Jug against SUNY-Cortland, the special teams showed how they could change the outcome of a game. It was junior place-kicker Andrew Rogowski who made the largest impact in the Bombers’ drive for their third consecutive victory against Cortland. Rogowski kicked three field goals, and contributed two punts of 54 and 55 yards that helped pin the Red Dragons deep in their own territory in the season finale for the Bombers. The Blue and Gold pulled out a 23–20 victory and won back-to-back games for the first time all season, with the special teams accounting for 18 of the team’s 54 total points in those victories. Along with his accomplishments in the Cortaca game, Rogowski set the Bombers’ all-time record for field goals in a season with 12 last year, in addition to converting 31 of 33 extra point attempts. “[Rogowski] has bailed us out and now he’s really maturing into a really outstanding kicker,” Assistant Coach Mark Ross said. “He’s got a good leg and he’s certainly earned our trust. We’ve got a lot of faith in him when we put him on the field.” Rogowski’s outstanding performance on the field earned him recognition not only from
From left, sophomore quarterback Pat Griffin holds as junior place-kicker Andrew Rogowski kicks during practice Tuesday at Lower Allen Field. The team held opponents to 3.2 yards per punt return last year. michelle boulé/The ithacan
coaches, but also in the national spotlight. The Bombers’ kicker was named one of the 40 finalists for the national Fred Mitchell Outstanding Place-Kicker award. “It’s a pretty big honor,” Rogowski said. “They only picked about 12 Division III kickers I saw [on the list], so it’s exciting.” The Blue and Gold have several other players, aside from Rogowski, who can impact a game when the offense and defense are on the sideline. Welch and Ross said senior kick and punt returner Dan Ruffrage is an impact player on special teams. Ruffrage led the Bombers in punt return average last year with 14.8 yards per
return and ranked second on the team in kickoff return average at 18.3 yards per return. Sophomore wide receiver Andre Jamison is another player looking to contribute on special teams this season. Welch said Jamison’s current skill set is “very, very good,” and Ross said he has “nasty speed.” For the Blue and Gold to get back to the NCAA playoffs it will take solid play from the team all around. “Generally, [special teams] were very solid [last season],” Welch said. “[Special teams] were a key factor in many of our games so we want to continue that or even bring it up another notch.”
bombers to watch JUNIOR HEIDI BAUMBACH
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
SENIOR DAN RUFFRAGE FOOTBALL
SENIOR ALYSSA SOTOMAYOR WOMEN’S SOCCER
Baumbach will look to build off of her success last season, finishing the year as the Bombers’ top runner at nationals. Baumbach finished in 136th at NCAAs with a time of 23:52. Last season, she received her first allregion honors, placing 24th overall at the NCAA Atlantic Regional Championship. Baumbach was key in the program claiming its 100th Empire 8 title, repeating as a first-team runner and finishing sixth overall. Last year at the New York State Collegiate Track Conference Championships, she placed 19th, earning third-team all-state honors. Entering her third season for the Blue and Gold, Baumbach will look to keep improving as the squad sets its sights on qualifying for the NCAAs for the 11th straight season.
After missing significant time during his first two seasons because of injuries, Ruffrage bounced back in 2009 and was second on the team in receptions, receiving yards, yards per game and yards per catch and third in touchdowns. Along with his normal wide receiver role, Ruffrage was also second on the team in kickoff return yards and average, and first on the team in punt return yards and yards per return. Ruffrage led the team in all-purpose yards with 1,196. In the Cortaca Jug game against SUNY-Cortland last year, following an interception, Ruffrage forced a fumble that the Bombers recovered. Ruffrage had touchdown receptions against Widener University, Frostburg State University and St. John Fisher College.
Sotomayor finished last season with four total shutouts as keeper, an overall record of 10–3 and 0.79 goals against average. Sotomayor stepped up for the Blue and Gold early in the 2009 season, posting six straight wins in September. During that stretch, Sotomayor allowed one goal and made 13 saves. She logged a season-high 110:00 minutes against William Smith College in the Blue and Gold’s 1–0 loss. Sotomayor was key in the Blue and Gold’s success down the stretch, recording three straight shutouts in the team’s three-game road trip leading up to the 2009 postseason. Look for Sotomayor to be key for the Bombers this year as they prepare to qualify for the NCAA tournament for the eighth consecutive season.
- Andrew Weiser
- Jesse Cases
- Andrew Weiser
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Look online for game stories from these sports: WEDNESDAY
• 4 p.m. Men’s soccer vs. SUNY-Geneseo at Carp Wood Field • 7 p.m. Field hockey at SUNY-Cortland
• 2 p.m. Volleyball at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps College at Pacific Coast Classic in Claremont, Calif. • 6:30 p.m. Volleyball vs. University of Redlands at Pacific Coast Classic in Claremont, Calif.
• 10 a.m. Volleyball vs. Chapman University at Pacific Coast Classic in Claremont, Calif. • 11:15 a.m. Men’s and women’s cross country at the Jannette Bonrouhi-Zakaim Memorial Alumni Run at the Ithaca College Cross Country Course • 12:15 p.m. Volleyball at Pomona-Pitzer College at Pacific Coast Classic in Claremont, Calif. • 1 p.m. Field hockey vs. SUNY-Morrisville at Yavits Field • 2 p.m. Men’s soccer at Rochester Institute of Technology at Doug May Classic • 2 p.m. Golf vs. William Smith College at Country Club of Ithaca • 2 p.m. Football vs. St. Lawrence University at Butterfield Stadium • TBA Women’s soccer vs. William Paterson University at Brandeis Tournament in Waltham, Mass.
• TBA Women’s soccer vs. Babson College at Brandeis Tournament in Waltham, Mass. • 2 p.m./4:30 p.m. Men’s soccer vs. SUNY-Brockport and Nazareth College at Doug May Classic at Rochester Institute of Technology
• 4 p.m. Women’s soccer vs. Marywood University at Carp Wood Field • 4 p.m. Women’s tennis at Elmira College Bold = Home game The Ithacan
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Jeffrey Eugenides Pulitzer Prize Winner in Fiction Public Reading Tuesday, September 7, 7:30 p.m. Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall
Distinguished Visiting Writers
Jeffrey Eugenides is the author of two novels, The Virgin Suicides, which has been translated into 34 languages and made into a feature film, and Middlesex, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2003. He is currently professor of creative writing in the Peter B. Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University. Free and open to the public
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Key matchups The Bombers clashed with several teams last season. Here are a few football rematches to note this year: Blasting Alfred University 31–10 in their Empire 8 finale Nov. 7, the Blue and Gold held a 24–3 advantage going into the fourth quarter because of two touchdowns by senior wide receiver Tom Vossler. Alfred finished the season 8–2 and tied for the Empire 8 Championship. The Bombers held on to win the annual Cortaca Jug game for the third consecutive year 23–20 despite a late rally attempt by rival SUNY-Cortland in the team’s season finale Nov. 14. The Blue and Gold finished 7–3 and were tied for third in the Empire 8, but missed the NCAA playoffs for the first time since 2006. On Oct. 10, St. John Fisher College racked up 303 yards rushing and 533 offensive yards compared to the Blue and Gold’s 221 on the way to a 40–17 win. Fisher finished the year 7–3 and tied for a share of the Empire 8 Championship. The Bombers haven’t beat the Cardinals since the 2005 season. In the eighth game of last season Oct. 31, Springfield College trounced the Blue and Gold 47–26. The Pride outrushed the Bombers 349–73 and had a 27–3 advantage in scoring after halftime. The Pride finished the year 8–2 and tied for third in the Empire 8.
From left, seniors Laura Murphy and Cathlin Fitzgerald fight for possession during the field hockey team’s practice Thursday at Yavits Extension. The Blue and Gold open their season against SUNY–Cortland on Wednesday.
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The number of consecutive wins made by the women’s soccer team in September 2009. See Bombers to Watch on page 28.
The number of extra points the football team’s sophomore kicker Andrew Rogowski had last season. See story on page 28.
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Weird news from the wide world of sports
Foul balls: Kids scream and reach for them, ball boys toss them to the crowd and they’re about as far from a rare event at baseball games as humanly possible. As much as they’re hit, disappointed fans more often than not leave games without their prized souvenir. But that wasn’t the case with Jacki Lynch. Lynch recently joined some friends at an Oakland Athletics’ baseball game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and walked away with not one foul ball, but four. Enter Kevin Fennell, the A’s ball boy. Fennell snagged four foul balls during the course of the game and handed them all to Lynch. With every outstretched arm that Fennell passed on his way to Lynch, the crowd’s boos grew louder. Lynch walked away with four baseballs; Fennell walked away with Lynch’s number. Fennell wasn’t just playing the baseball field that night. – Jesse Cases
—The club is open to all male Ithaca College students. —Tryouts are usually held in the first couple weeks of the fall semester. —The team practices at The Rink in Lansing, N.Y. and plays home games at Lynah Rink at Cornell University. —Coached by Brad Buell ’89, the team is a member of the American Collegiate Hockey Association and finished the 2009–10 season 4–16–1. —The team plays in the Eastern Collegiate Hockey League, a conference within the ACHA.
Taking a look at Ithaca’s competitive club sports This week’s club: Men’s Ice Hockey
Honestly, I haven’t turned it on. I hate the Jets, so I refuse to support that show. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, ranting during his contractually mandated radio appearance on HBO’s new show “Hard Knocks.” “Hard Knocks” covers the New York Jets training camp.
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Thursday, August 26, 2010
Above: Freshmen Megan Devlin and Caroline Podraza paint a new set for the Kitchen Theatre Company, which recently moved to a more spacious location on West State Street.
Community Plunge members help whip the Kitchen Theatre Company’s new digs on West State Street into shape Saturday. Photographs by Erin Irby Staff photographer
Above: Community Plunge leader and junior Ranu Nath, helps give the outside of the Kitchen Theatre Company’s building a fresh coat of paint as part of a Community Plunge project. Right: Freshman Huy Truong and sophomore Dawn Ely apply the first coat of paint to set pieces at the Kitchen Theatre for its upcoming performance of “Private Lives.”