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Flu Round 2

By Ashley MAy and Allison Musante Assistant News Editor and managing editor

to the mall with my friend, and we had to go on the thruway. We were going on the ramp and she’s texting and I had to

To adapt to the large freshman class this year, the college is restructuring introductory and freshman-level courses by opening additional sections of many classes, with more being taught by shortterm contract faculty than in previous years and in classrooms that have reached or exceeded capacity. Mark Coldren, asRountree said sociate vice president the studentof Human Resources, faculty ratio is said that every school still 12-to-1. had a different tactic for meeting the needs of its classes but generally more “temporary faculty” were hired this year. “With the influx of freshmen this year, some schools might not have wanted to hire a full-time faculty because after this year, they wouldn’t be needed again next year,” he said. This fall, the School of Humanities and Sciences offers three classes with more than 200 students and nine classes that have between 100 and 199 students. Kit Muma, instructor of biology, said her Fundamentals of Biology class has 237 students in it; the cap is 239. Last year’s class had 190. She said several students sit on the floor. “Students have been very patient so far,” she said. “Their main frustration is trying to find a seat in the lecture hall.” Kathleen Rountree, provost and vice president of academic affairs, said the student-faculty ratio will be 12- or 13-to-1, where it has been for many years. She said she expects the number won’t change dramatically, even with the extra enrollment, because part-time professors are teaching two or three additional sections. Generally, a greater number of adjuncts were hired to cover freshman-level courses. “But there was no plan to increase the load of our full-time faculty,” she said. “Some have agreed to take on extra classes because of their expertise or they volunteered.” In the School of Business, two extra sections of World of Business were added to accommodate about 40 extra students into the program. Faculty volunteered to teach the additional sections and no extra faculty were hired, according to Associate Dean Hormoz Movassaghi. Jack Powers, assistant professor of television and radio, is teaching two Introduction to Mass Media classes, one of which has 149 students, the other with 152; the cap is 150. Last spring, the class’s only section had 88 students; the cap was 90. Associate dean of the Park School, Virginia Mansfield-Richardson, said despite the larger class sizes, all students were accommodated during class registration. “The enrollment is higher,” she said. “But it is now closer to what the cap always intended.” Powers said one major limitation of

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Colleges throughout the nation face new wave of H1N1 virus Staff Writer

As of yesterday evening, 18 students at Ithaca College have been determined by the Hammond Health Center to have the H1N1 virus, commonly known as “swine flu,” and eight students have reported flu-like symptoms through the “H1N1” portlet on the myHome Community Web site, according to Dave Maley, associate director of media relations. Theresa Lyczko, director of the Health Promotion Program at the Tompkins County Health Department, said health institutions across the county are no longer

testing for the H1N1 virus because it is the most prevalent strain of flu right now. The purpose of testing currently is to examine unusual patterns in certain cases but does not make a difference in treatment of patients, Lyczko said. On Saturday, sophomore Andrew Rivard had a sore throat and experienced slight dizziness. By Saturday evening, the soreness had worsened and a high fever developed. Sunday morning, incredibly dizzy, he went to the Health Center and was diagnosed with H1N1. “It was the worst I’ve felt in two years,” Rivard said. “It was absolutely awful.”

Rivard was given a “Flu Kit,” consisting of acetaminophen — a medication to reduce fever — a thermometer, alcohol-based hand sanitizer and tissues. He was advised to go back home to Connecticut for a couple of days. Unable to go back home, Rivard has stayed at the college wearing a surgical mask at all times. Rivard was advised to eat bananas, pasta and bagels, following the “B.R.A.T. Diet,” because he was vomiting — one of the symptoms of the virus. B.R.A.T. stands for bananas, rice, applesauce and toast, and is

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New York state to ban texting while driving By JEssica Dillon Staff Writer

Starting Nov. 1, text messaging addicts will have to keep their fingers off the keypad when behind the wheel. New York state will become the 18th state to ban texting while driving. The law will prohibit drivers from text messaging because of the dangers presented by cell phone use while driving. Drivers will be fined a maximum of $150 if they are pulled over for violating the law. Previously, only talking on a cell phone while driving was illegal. For some Ithaca College students, not being able to text while driving may be an adjustment. Junior Sarah Craig, a New York resident, said she tries not to text when driving because she realizes it can be dangerous but still finds herself doing it at times. “It depends on the level of importance of something, but if I’m trying to talk to someone and I

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feel that it’s important, I’ll stop at a stop sign and text them real quick,” Craig said. According to a study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute done in July, drivers who texted while driving were 23 times more likely to crash or come close to getting into wrecks than drivers who are not distracted. The study said in the moments before a crash, drivers spent nearly five seconds looking at their cell phones — not the road. Captain Derek Osborne of the Tompkins County Sheriff ’s Department said statistics on accidents in the county involving text messaging are hard to determine because the people involved will not usually admit to police officers if they were using their cell phones. “It’s very rare that we’re able to find somebody or be able to prove that one of the parties in the accident was actually texting,” Osborne said.

Senior Mike Sokol texts while driving yesterday afternoon. Starting Nov. 1, New York will become the 18th state to ban texting and driving.

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Sophomore Amanda Sawnor said she has felt uncomfortable in situations involving her friends texting and driving while she is in the car. “Recently, I was on the way

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10 Thursday

ZAP! Training, an educational panel discussion about gender identities, will begin at 12:10 p.m. in the Health Center. SAB Open Mic Night will run from 7 to 10 p.m. in IC Square.

11 Friday Shabbat service will begin at 6 p.m. in Muller Chapel. Shabbat dinner begins at 7 p.m. on the balcony of Terrace Dining Hall.

12 Saturday Urban Cowboy, sponsored by IC After Dark, will run from 8 to 11 p.m. in Emerson Suites.

13 sunday Catholic Mass will be at 1 p.m. and 9 p.m. in Muller Chapel.

14 Monday Job, Internship and Volunteer Fair, sponsored by Career Services, will go from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Emerson Suites. Anti-Semitism Workshop, sponsored by Hillel, will be from 7 to 11 p.m. in Job 161. Catholic Mass will begin at 12:10 p.m. in Muller Chapel.

15 Tuesday Catholic Mass will begin at 12:10 p.m. in Muller Chapel. Get to Know the Ithaca Health Alliance/Ithaca Free Clinic, an informational session answering questions about the national health care crisis, will run from 12:10 to 1:05 p.m. in Textor 102.

16 Wednesday Catholic Mass will begin at 12:10 p.m. in Muller Chapel. Evensong, a Protestant community worship service, will begin at 9:30 p.m. in Muller Chapel.

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Iran may have nuclear weapons

The United States warned yesterday that Iran is close to having the capabilities to produce a nuclear weapon and urged Tehran to join in fresh talks with key allies about its disputed intentions. Glyn Davies, Washington’s chief envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency, said the latest report by the nuclear watchdog shows that Tehran is either very near or already in possession of sufficient low-enriched uranium to produce one nuclear weapon, if the decision were made to further enrich it to weapons-grade. “Taken in connection with Iran’s refusal to engage with the IAEA regarding its past nuclear warhead-related work, we have serious concerns that Iran is deliberately attempting, at a minimum, to preserve a nuclear weapons option,” Davies said. Iran insists its program is peaceful and aimed at generating electricity. But the United States and important allies contend it is covertly trying to build a bomb.

Journalist rescued from Taliban

British commandos freed a New York Times reporter in an early raid yesterday on a Taliban hideout in northern Afghanistan. The journalist’s Afghan translator and one of the troops were killed in the rescue, officials said. Reporter Stephen Farrell was taken hostage Saturday along with his translator in the northern province of Kunduz when they went to cover a German-ordered airstrike of two hijacked fuel tankers. The bombing, carried out by U.S. jets, caused a number of civilian casualties. One British service member died during the raid, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, while the Times reported that Farrell’s Afghan translator, Sultan Munadi, 34, also was killed. Brown said “we send his family our condolences.” Farrell was unhurt. Gunfire rang out from multiple sides during the rescue, and a Taliban commander who was in the house was killed, along with the owner of the house and a woman, said Mohammad Sami Yowar, a spokesman for the Kunduz governor.

Spanish judge becomes suspect

The Spanish judge best known for indicting Augusto Pinochet and Osama bin Laden appeared in court yesterday with the tables turned: This time he was a suspect, accused of overstepping his authority in a huge domestic case involving Spanish civil war atrocities. Baltasar Garzon made no comment to reporters as he arrived at the Supreme Court in a

Troubled waters

People try to save their belongings yesterday after flash floods in Istanbul, Turkey. Water flowed across a major highway and a commercial district in Istanbul, killing 20 people and trapping dozens of cars on rooftops. Flooding rose more than 3 feet high in the city’s district. Ibrahim Usta/associated press

very rare case of a Spanish judge being formally probed in legal proceedings. A handful of supporters cheered Garzon as he went in a side entrance for a closed-door session. The magistrate left the court nearly four hours later but declined to speak to the press. The court will now decide whether to continue with the probe.

Texas law requires Bible in school

Some Texas school districts are scrambling to interpret a state law that requires public schools to incorporate Bible literacy into the curriculum. The Legislature provided no funding for materials or teacher training when it passed the law in 2007 requiring Bible literacy to be taught starting in the 2009-10 school year. Attorney General Greg Abbott has said the law doesn’t require schools to offer a Bible course, although they can offer it as an elective. However, they must provide some sort of lessons, he said. That has left some schools offering elective classes, while others are embedding Bible literacy

College&City Ithaca recognized as top college town in the nation

The American Institute for Economic Research named Ithaca as the top college town compared to other cities with fewer than 250,000 residents. AIER, an independent research organization based in Great Barringtown, Mass., based the rankings on academic environment, quality of life and professional opportunities. For purposes of comparison, AIER organized America’s more than 360 metropolitan statistical areas into four population categories: major metropolitan areas, midsize metro areas, small cities and college towns.

Ithaca Carshare receives praise from county council

The Tompkins County Environmental Management Council has named Ithaca Carshare the recipient of the EMC’s first Transportation Initiative of the Year Award. Ithaca Carshare was cited for its innovative and successful strategies and collaborations. A study by

the Transportation Research Board shows that for each car-sharing vehicle, nearly 15 privately owned cars come off the road, leading to less traffic and a reduction in climatealtering emissions. The EMC is a county-appointed citizen advisory board that advises the county legislature on matters affecting the preservation, development and use of area resources. For more information on Ithaca Carshare, see

H&S education program adds new five-year option

The H&S education department is now offering an option for students to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree to teach at an elementary school level. The program is designed for current Ithaca College students who decide they might want to become elementary school teachers after choosing a major. Graduate assistantships are available for qualified students. For more information on the new program or degree requirements, contact the education department at

into current courses. The state Board of Education provided little additional guidance.

Republican may run for vacant seat

A top GOP figure says former Bush White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card is seriously considering running for the late Sen. Edward Kennedy’s vacant Senate seat. Veteran political strategist and Card friend Ron Kaufman said yesterday that Card is being pushed by Republicans to look at the race and is weighing a candidacy. Kaufman said in an e-mailed statement that Card has not made up his mind. Kaufman is a Republican National Committee member from Massachusetts. Card has not responded to attempts for comment from The Associated Press. Card served in the White House under Bush, as well as Bush’s father, former President George H.W. Bush. Card is a native of Holbrook, Mass.

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Pavement repairs close Cayuga Street to drivers

This week, road work will continue on the 200-block of South Cayuga Street between Clinton and Green streets. The work area extends from the Cayuga-Clinton intersection to the driveway of the Cayuga Street parking garage. Cayuga Street will be closed to northbound traffic from Clinton Street. A single lane of traffic will be maintained southbound through the work area. Two-way traffic will be maintained from Green Street to the driveway of the parking garage. Northbound traffic will be detoured at the Clinton Street intersection through Clinton, Albany and Green streets. Workers encourage drivers to use Albany Street from the traffic circle at Old Elmira Road. Southbound traffic will be restricted to a single lane. Because of driveway restrictions, flaggers will assist drivers with entering and exiting the Cayuga Street garage.

College staff publish book focusing on gender issues Lis Maurer, LGBT Center pro-

gram director, and Rebecca Plante, associate professor of sociology, published a book “Doing Gender Diversity: Readings in Theory and Real-World Experience.” The book, a Westview Press publication, concentrates on issues surrounding gender, women’s studies and sexualities. Maurer and Plante examine the ways in which culture interacts with individuals and how gender is socially constructed. The editors will be doing a reading and talk at Buffalo Street Books in mid-October.

College crew team holds free learning clinic to all

The Ithaca College crew coaching staff will offer a Learn to Row Clinic from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Haskill Davidson Boathouse. The clinic is free and open to all college faculty and staff. It will include a safety discussion, basic rowing strokes and rowing for 45 minutes with members of the varsity rowing team. Participants should bring workout clothes, sneakers and a water bottle. All participants will need to verify their ability to swim.

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Program aims to create integrated curriculum By Samantha Lowe

Breaking Down IC 2

Staff Writer

Ithaca College is taking new steps to promote the Ithaca College Integrative Curriculum program, known as IC2. The college hopes the six new programs will help achieve integrated curriculum among its five schools, focusing on a collegewide education rather than just by each school’s curriculum. IC2 was developed as a result of the strategic visioning process conducted over the past year President Tom Rochon. Last year, Rochon and Kathleen Rountree, provost and vice president of academic affairs, began efforts to create the initiative by holding listening sessions in which people gave constructive feedback. In March, faculty members across campus were given the opportunity to create programs for the initiative. The provost’s office received 29 applications submitted by faculty. From the 29, only five were chosen to be a part of the program. The student-led group, IC Net, was invited to be the sixth program involved. In order to be selected, the programs have to be completed in two years and must reflect the philosophy of the initiative. The Engelhard Foundation, a group composed of college presidents sponsoring projects that take advantage of gains in knowledge about how students learn, awarded the college $10,000 for IC2. The 2009-10 budget set aside $200,000 for the strategic visioning initiatives. Five of the six programs will use $118,185 total. IC Net did not receive funding because it was already a student-formed group. Rountree said the goals of the project are to create cohesion among the students. “It’s about broadening students’ opportunities to learn in a more interdisciplinary way,” she said. The programs that will be implemented over the next two years are IC Studio, Classical and Contemporary Opera and Musical Theater, Representing South Asia: An Integrative Approach, Integration-InsightCreativity-Character, Ithaca Project and IC Net. IC Studio aims to create media projects that will bring people together from different disciplines, Nancy Cornwell, professor and chair of the Department of Television and Radio, said. “This is a remarkable collaborative-learning experience,” she said. Classical and Contemporary Opera and Musical Theater will be for seniors from different disciplines who would like to compare classical opera with its modern counterparts, Brian DeMaris, assistant professor of music performance and head of the proposal, said. DeMaris said students will benefit from collaborative effort and knowledge gained from the research. “The idea is to broaden the horizons [of music majors] as well as offer nonmusic and theater

Six projects have been selected for the Ithaca College Integrative Curriculum initiative — a concept intended to give students campuswide opportunities to increase their educational experiences. IC Studio is designed to showcase the collaborative efforts of students coming together to create a narrative media product for screening and distribution. Funding requested: $49,335 Classical and Contemporary Opera and Musical Theater is for students collaborating on a project that expounds upon the works in their original context and their relevance in contemporary society. Funding requested: $17,250 Representing South Asia: An Integrative Approach will allow students to more deeply engage the material from their individual classes in a structured environment. It will provide both students and faculty with an opportunity to reflect on the nature of interdisciplinary study and the process of knowledge integration itself. Funding requested: $2,200

majors the chance to be a part of musical art forms,” he said. The Representing South Asia program hopes to bring together students from three different fields of study in a one-credit course in Block II of the semester. Jason Freitag, assistant professor of history, Anjali Nerlekar, assistant professor of English, and Denise Nuttall, assistant professor of anthropology, are each teaching a course this semester in their respective fields. They will eventually combine the curriculum to create one cohesive course. The students in the class will also take a trip to New York City to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Sackler Gallery of South Asian Art, the Hindu Temple Society of North America Ganesh Temple, and Jackson Heights’ “Little India.” IICC will allow students to incorporate any courses from the semester and apply them into one area of research, according to Gordon Rowland, professor of strategic communication. “The world doesn’t present itself as disciplines,” he said. “It doesn’t say we are going to look through this lens or that lens.” Rowland said the programs will start with one-credit courses in the spring of 2010.

Integration-Insight-Creativity-Character will develop and test the first two in a sequence of four proposed one-credit courses. These courses are intended to provide a direct approach to integrative learning by developing a deep understanding of concepts and skill in using tools for both faculty and students. Funding requested: $44,000 Ithaca Project is designed to make a difference locally, nationally and globally. The projects will inform students about a topic, engage them in helping solve a problem and provide them with an opportunity to work together. Funding requested: $5,400 IC Net is a social networking service that will give students tools to effectively connect and collaborate with one another. By using the myHome Community Web site, students will be able to share samples of work. IC Net did not request funds.

The Ithaca Project is a hands-on approach to interdisciplinary collaboration. Students will form groups and work with local organizations, such as the Greater Ithaca Activities Center or IC SafeWater, to help reach a certain goal. Warren Schlesinger, associate professor of accounting and head of the project, said he is interested in expanding on the commitment to community service that is already ingrained in the college. “I want to come up with a model under the IC2 vision that will become more institutionalized and a part of academic affairs,” he said. The student-run program IC Net will promote teamwork among the college’s students on the myHome Community Web site. It is projected that IC Net will be running in the spring of 2010. Senior Greg Dunbar, president of IC Net, said public forums on the Web site will allow students to build this connection. “With IC Net ... we are shooting to create the connections,” he said. Sophomore Alexander Trocino said he is looking forward to the program. “That collaboration amongst Ithaca College students will help bring the five schools together in the pursuit of one common goal,” he said.

Commons receives grant By Taylor Long Contributing Writer

New York state’s Restore New York program granted $1.15 million last week to the Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency in order to renovate the Petrune and dollar store buildings located on The Commons. The project will bring 22 jobs and 13 apartments to The Commons by spring 2010. The building owners will cover the remaining cost of the project, about $1.18 million, with the assistance of local banks. Justin Hjortshoj and Domenica Brockman own and operate the Petrune building and Café Brotchen next door. Brockman said the store plans to use its share of the grant to expand clothing operations and create three apartments on the third story. Their clothing line features vintage patterns by Vogue, as well as several original designs. With the help of the grant, the store will be able to produce these styles for mass consumption. The new additions to Petrune will allow them to hire two manufacturers. “There is no manufacturing in this area at all,” Brockman said. “There’s a lot of potential.” Miranda McCue, Petrune manager, said the extra space will benefit the store. “We wanted to start our own

clothing line, and we didn’t really have a good space that we could set up a sewing and designing room,” she said. Two shops down from Petrune, the empty dollar store building at 132 The Commons will also be renovated. Sunit Chutintaranond and Flaminia Cervesi recently purchased the building with plans to turn the ground floor into an Asian restaurant, creating 20 jobs. The remaining three floors of the building will be turned into 10 apartments, two of which are earmarked by the state as low and moderate income housing options, Director of Urban Development Nels Bohn said. According to Bohn, the ultimate goal of the Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency is to enhance the tax base for the city by using the upper floors of buildings on The Commons and strengthening the retail market. “[The project] is going to increase the housing supply in a way that doesn’t require any new conversion of green space to build space because the buildings are already sitting developed,” Bohn said. “[It will] generate a stronger demand for the downtown businesses and also provide some affordable housing in the process.” Bohn said he believes the new

Niki Lewis and Erin Molloy step outside Petrune Saturday afternoon on The Commons. Building owners received money from the state for renovations.

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restaurant and apartments will benefit the Ithaca economy despite many Ithaca shops closing in the past year. “You can increase your retail sector by increasing the number of people that live in close vicinity of those stores,” he said. Kat Hauger has lived in Ithaca for 11 years and said she’s noticed a decline in the number of people on The Commons. Still Hauger said she thinks the grant will increase the downtown business. “Anytime you get a popular store,

it’s going to increase the revenue of other stores,” she said. Bohn said he hopes to continue to restore underutilized space on The Commons but cautions that the process is expensive and funding isn’t always available. “The Common Council have long supported efforts to try to revitalize The Commons with a particular emphasis on the upper stories,” Bohn said. “These buildings are a historic asset to the community as well as a smart way to grow.”

College creates environmental department By Michael Fiscella Contributing writer

Ithaca College has created an official Department of Environmental Studies and Science, a subdivision of the School of Humanities and Sciences that will include the college’s degree programs in both environmental studies and environmental science. Leslie Lewis, dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences, said there is a strong momentum for the program from student interest. This year, almost 100 students are enrolled in one of the two degree programs housed by this new department, and with student interest in the department’s course offer- Lewis said the ings, enroll- new department ment is expect- is long overdue. ed to exceed 120 during the 2009-10 school year. Last fall, the environmental studies program received a $500,000 Commit-to-Change grant from the HSBC in the Community (USA) Inc. foundation, a branch of HSBC Bank. Lewis said for the time being, all remaining funding for the new department will be raised through a reallocation of funds that will take place only within the School of Humanities and Sciences. Lewis said the creation of the department is overdue. “The faculty involved with the environmental studies program conducted a self-study a couple of years ago that included an external review,” Lewis said. “Really, this move we’re making now is following up on the recommendations that came through that process.” The college first introduced the environmental studies major, a program that approaches the topics of climate change and environmental issues from a more sociological standpoint, in 1998. The environmental science major, created in 2005, shifts the focus toward a more science-specific curriculum. Susan Allen-Gil, coordinator of environmental studies, said there will be benefits resulting from the creation of an official department. “It will allow the college to offer a greater variety of classes to students interested in environmental studies and environmental science,” she said. Lewis said public response to the announcement of the new department has been positive. “There is a widespread interest in environmental issues among the student body here at Ithaca,” Lewis said. Freshman Jasper Adams, an environmental studies major, said the environmental field will be something to focus on in the future. “The culture of sustainability will become a necessity,” Adams said. “We can’t keep living with the same energy sources we have today, and we can’t keep treating our natural resources the way we do now.” Adams also said the new department will help raise awareness about environmental issues. “Having an official department gives the subject credibility,” Adams said.

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commonly prescribed for gastrointestinal problems. He said his roommate has been incredibly helpful, bringing his ID to the dining halls to keep him nourished. “He has been really helpful,” Rivard said. “The Health Center told me he could tell them I was sick, and they would accept my ID. I have been wearing the mask whenever he is in the room, so he doesn’t get it either.” The Hammond Health Center told Rivard he should feel better by the end of this week and be fully recovered by Sept. 15 — the day of his twentieth birthday. According to the American College Health Association survey, there are 5,685 cases of swine flu on college campuses nationwide as of yesterday evening. Kristen Nordlund, press assistant for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said information that has been analyzed by the CDC concludes that the 2009 H1N1 virus infects people younger than 25 years of age greater than those in people 64 years old or older. “It has been suggested that older people may have been exposed to similar viruses in years past and therefore have some immunity to this virus,” Nordlund said. The threat level of the virus to college students is unknown, according to Erin Hall-Rhoades, assistant director of Health Services at the college. She said the Hammond Health Center is suggesting that students take personal precautions and practice good hygiene. The Health Center is also offering “Flu Kits” to students who think they have flu-like symptoms. “We know that prevention strategies involving personal protection such as hand-washing, covering a cough, avoidance of touching the eyes, nose and mouth are very helpful,” Hall-Rhoades said. The Health Center will offer free seasonal flu shots starting next week. As of yesterday afternoon, there was one offcampus student at Cornell University diagnosed with H1N1, according to Claudia Wheatley, director of the publications and marketing department. No information about the patient could be released because of patient confidentiality. Wheatley said the university has been planning for the swine flu since last spring. She said there is no way to track exactly how many students have the swine flu, but the Gannet

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Health Center at Cornell has had more than 290 students come in with flu-like symptoms since the school year started. “Most of the cases we have seen to date have been very mild and the students have been able to recover in their own rooms or apartments on their own with the help of friends,” Wheatley said. Novel H1N1 Influenza is an illness that was found in April 2009, Nordlund said. She said on June 11, the World Health Organization signaled a pandemic of the H1N1 virus was under way. According to Nordlund, symptoms for the virus include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue, and it spreads by coughing or sneezing on someone, or touching something that an infected person has already touched. Nordlund said the severity of the illness ranges from mild to severe. While most cases have recovered without medical treatment in three to four days, those with underlying health conditions such as asthma or diabetes are advised to seek medical care. To date, there have been 593 deaths worldwide. Peter Voorhees, public information officer at Tompkins Cortland Community College, said this fall, there was a free administration of the common influenza vaccine given to all stu-

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dents. The common influenza shot prevents a coinfection with both the common flu and the swine flu. If contracted together, the illness is much worse. “We are following the county health department recommendations and the CDC recommendations for handling cases,” Voorhees said. One international student, whose name could not be released, participated in the global program at TC3 and tested positive for the illness in early June, Voorhees said. The student lived in an on-campus apartment with three other students, who were advised to practice good hygiene. The student is no longer on campus. According to Maley, the college will be sending letters to faculty, staff, students and parents with specific information regarding the swine flu concern. “If we can provide easy access for people, they can get updated info from the most reliable sources,” he said. According to the CDC, a vaccination for H1N1 should be available in late October. The Health Center will be administering the vaccine as soon as they receive it. “At this point, we as a college community need to be concerned and prepared but not alarmed,” Hall-Rhoades said.

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a large class is that he’s had to use more Scantron tests than essay exams. He said that while students are usually skeptical of large classes, he has received positive feedback from most students. “I really do believe from the bottom of my heart that students do not miss out, so long as it’s just one class,” he said. “I don’t think you want all classes to be like that because you want to establish rapport with faculty, and you want students to get to know each other.” Freshman Angela Kramer is taking an Introduction to Theater course that has 218 students in it. She said she was disappointed that she was not notified of the large class size until after she’d sent in her deposit. “I feel like I’m not really going to learn as much as I could if the class were smaller,” she said. Senior Lauren McCullough, co-chair of the President’s Host Committee, said tour guides are trained to tell prospective students that the average class size is 17 and the student-faculty ratio is 12-to-1, until updated numbers come from

the Office of Enrollment Management in mid-October. “We encourage the tour guides to give personal experience and to explain that some classes are larger lectures but some only have 10 students in it,” she said. “But with the high enrollment, we say how excited we are to have increased popularity and we’re able to accommodate everybody, especially in housing.” Committee co-chair junior Joyti Jiandani said parents frequently ask the tour guides about the effects of the large freshman class. “Parents saw it in the newspapers on a national scale that Ithaca was taking in more freshmen,” she said. “And they question the quality of the classes deteriorating in any way. We let them know that it hasn’t and that students aren’t feeling the effects of it so much in class as they might in the long lines at the lunch hour.” Eric Maguire, vice president of Enrollment Management, said his office has been fielding questions from parents regarding the impact of larger classes on the quality of the education. “I was working with some families over the summer who had expressed concerns about what the large freshman class would mean

Two hundred and thirty nine students sit Monday in Textor 102 for Fundamentals of Biology. Last year, there were 190 students in the class. Allison Usavage/the ithacan

from a housing or academic standpoint, especially with the class sizes,” he said. “I haven’t heard similar complaints since then, so from my vantage point, it looks like things are going fairly well.” Keith Kaiser, interim associate dean of the Music School, said the music education department has not significantly increased class sizes, but the additional students have posed the largest problems for practice room space. Junior Jarrett Bastow said he has had to practice his instrument outside because rooms are not always available. “It’s been an inconvenience because when you need to practice

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for a lesson, say an hour before, and there’s no room, how else are you going to warm up?” he said. Muma said teaching the extra students has required the use of technology. “This is the first year I’ve used a microphone to make sure I get to the people in the back row,” she said. The Office of Human Resources could not report how many total faculty are labeled as “adjuncts,” because each school keeps that number. Dean’s office representatives from every school either declined to release the number, said they did not have the information or could not be reached for comment.

tell her ‘Sarah, watch the road,’ because she was about to veer off,” Sawnor said. Sawnor said she thinks the new law is a good idea but is skeptical as to how it will be carried out. “I’d like to think it would [make an impact], but I’m not sure if it can really be enforced or will be enforced,” she said. “I still see people driving around and talking on their cell phones all the time even if cops are around.” The Governors Highby the way Safety numbers Association — a nonprofit 17 states already organization ban texting while that represents driving U.S. states $150 and territories fine for texting and — regulates driving starting federal and Nov. 1 state highway 3 funds to make times more likely to crash while state highway dialing a cell safety plans. phone than a nonThe Goverdistracted driver nors Highway 7 Safety Assotimes more likely ciation’s comto crash while munications reaching for an electronic device manager Kara Macek said 23 times more likely the board had to crash while texmet at its anting and driving nual meeting in Savannah, Ga., source: virginia and decided tech transportation institute to change its policy to recommend that all states pass a law banning texting while driving. They had not previously taken a position, though they did discourage texting and driving. “Given the increased amount of states that are already enacting texting bans, accompanied by the more recent polls and surveys [and] research studies that have come out that show just how dangerous it is, we wanted to take a leadership role,” Macek said. Macek said an important question starting Nov. 1 is how the law will be enforced. She said Ray LaHood, secretary of the Department of Transportation, has called a Distraction Summit that will take place in October to discuss distractions drivers face. She said she hopes GHSA can work with other organizations to find a solution. “We’re hoping that out of that summit, they’ll have some more ideas, but we really haven’t solved that problem yet,” Macek said. “We’re looking to work with other groups to come up with solutions because that remains a challenge.” The second part of the new law includes taking safer measures for new drivers. New drivers will need 30 additional supervised driving hours before they can take a road test. Only one person under the age of 21 will be allowed in the car with a new driver. Osborne said people need to be aware that there are plenty of distractions that can cause accidents and are not limited to cell phones. “The bigger picture that people need to realize is that what causes accidents is the driver and his attention,” he said. “Distractions can be anything. It’s not just cell phones.”

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Bicycling for a cure Ride for Life cyclists will raise awareness for AIDS and HIV By Monica watson staff writer

The 11th annual Ride for Life on Saturday around Cayuga Lake hopes to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS prevention, while also raising money for services the Southern Tier AIDS Program provides. Kim Conrad, the event coordinator for Ride for Life, said the demand in the community for HIV and AIDS services and education has gone up, while state funding has gone down — including a 10 percent budget cut from New York state. This time last year, 375 riders were signed up to participate in the event, and this year there are 350 riders, Conrad said. First-year participants must raise at least $300. Returning bicyclists need to raise $500 to ride 50, 85 or 100 miles around Cayuga Lake. Conrad said donations for the event and the number of riders able to participate have become scarcer this year because of the state of the economy. She said donations are currently down 20 percent compared with where they were last year. But additional funding is still needed. In the past two months, STAP has reported four people under the age of 30 testing HIV positive. Jerry Dietz and Russ Traunstein founded the Ride for Life in 1999 after participating in another AIDS ride in Boston,

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Mass. Over the years, the ride has grown from raising $54,000 the first year to $280,000 in 2008, with all profits going directly to STAP. STAP, founded in 1984, serves eight counties with six office locations in New York state. The organization provides workshops for schools, church groups, camps and other groups on HIV 101 and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. STAP also puts out safe-sex brochures around the community in public places to educate a broader range of people. Jennifer Mellott, equipment and laboratory specialist for the physics department at Ithaca College, has been training since July for the 100-mile ride. This will be Mellott’s first time participating in the event. Growing up in the ’80s, Mellott said she saw the beginning of the HIV and AIDS epidemic firsthand, which influenced her involvement in AIDS service organizations. In the ’90s, she worked in Harrisburg, Pa., with the AIDS Community Alliance as a development coordinator. During her time there she was part of the Buddy Program where she was partnered with someone in the community who had AIDS. “You would try not to get attached because a lot of the time these people were in the last stages of their disease,” Mellott said.

Michael Parkhurst, an Ithaca resident, bikes at last year’s Ride for Life at Cayuga Lake. Parkhurst was one of more than 350 bikers raising money and awareness for the Southern Tier AIDS Program. Courtesy of Kim Conrad

“But when you work with individuals for a considerate amount of time, and you see them struggle, to see someone digress through that, it affects you.” During the event on Saturday, ICircus, Ithacappella and Rock Hard Dance Company will be performing at Cass Park to also help raise awareness about HIV and AIDS. A dinner will be held at the end of the event at 6 p.m. in Cass Park for riders and volunteers. Volunteers are still needed to help decorate and work pit stops. Sophomore Michael FitzPatrick will be with ICircus at the Ride For Life for the second year in a row. He said his experience with helping riders raise money

for the cause last year inspired him to continue being a part of the event. “One person that sticks out in my mind is a man that couldn’t speak,” FitzPatrick said. “We gave him a bottle of water and some food at the pit stop, and you could tell how really thankful he was.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New York was second to California in new cases of AIDS in 2007, and New York is still first in the amount of cumulative AIDS cases since the epidemic first began. Through funding, STAP works with different schools and organizations to spread awareness

of HIV prevention and safe sex, but Conrad said people, especially students, need to also take the time to educate themselves about HIV and STDs and take an HIV test to protect themselves and others. “People are so apprehensive when talking about sex,” Conrad said. “Students may have gotten sex education in the past, but did they really pay attention to it? Do they know that they are definitely safe? The Ride for Life raises awareness of HIV and AIDS while promoting sex education.” For more information on the Southern Tier AIDS Program go to

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Award-winning poet to speak By Lily oberman contributing Writer

Philip Schultz is an award-winning poet and fiction writer. A native of Rochester, N.Y., he has written collections of poetry and founded the Writers Studio in New York City — a private school where students attend workshops and classes to help them discover, develop and refine their writing voices. Schultz received the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for poetry for his book “Failure,” published in 2007. His work has been included in The New Yorker and Slate, in addition to many other publications. Schultz will be speaking as part of the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Clark Lounge in Egbert Hall. Contributing Writer Lily Oberman spoke to Schultz about his teaching methods, advice for young writers and plans for the future. Lily Oberman: How long have you known you’ve wanted to be a writer? Philip Schultz: I was a painter as a kid, and I loved it. But from the age of 16, I knew I was a writer. I really focused on writing from that age. LO: Why do you prefer to keep the Writers Studio unaffiliated from an institution? PS: I like having my own school. There’s something nice about not being a degree program. I don’t know if we were part of a larger structure if we would be able to do what we do. I do know that I don’t have deans and others looking over my shoulder. LO: Last year, you received the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. How did you feel when you found out that you had won the award? PS: It sounded pretty darn the most absolute form of What I do is so unpractical vate, but it amounted to

good. It is recognition. … and prisomething.

LO: Norman Mailer called you “one of the very best” poets of your generation. What poets and writers of your generation do you admire? PS: It’s a dangerous game saying that because you leave out the people that you would think of at a different time. If I answered, I would leave out friends. But older, dead poets — that’s safe, right? There’s Eugenio Montale, the Italian poet. I like the Polish writer Zbigniew Herbert. Fiction writers — I love Junot Diaz; I like Colm Toibin, Joseph O’Neill. LO: Is there something in particular that you think is lacking in terms of language arts education in public schools today? PS: The idea of creative writing teaching in our country has been that you hire writers who obviously know how to write to teach writing. … Whether or not they’re teachers or whether or not they’re even inclined to be is never given much thought. Painters are hired to teach painting; it makes complete sense. What we do, we train writers to teach — to teach this philosophy, this approach — and it’s a good idea to do that. Just because you know how to do something, doesn’t necessarily make them a good teacher of it. . LO: Is there anything you’d like to accomplish that you haven’t gotten the chance to do yet? PS: I’m working on a long poem. … I’d like to write a book on my teaching method, and I’m going to be writing a book about the fact that I’m dyslexic. LO: If you could give one piece of advice to young writers and poets, what would it be? PS: To not fear being vulnerable. Vulnerability as human beings is a necessary ingredient of their work. Strengths in their writing come out of that.

Labor Day workout

Members of Hillel, Ithaca College’s official Jewish organization, spent Monday afternoon not in classrooms, but hiking at Buttermilk Falls. Students attended Hillel’s annual Labor Day gorge hike to meet new members of the college’s Jewish community.

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Public Safety Incident Log August 26 Welfare Check Location: Garden Apartments Summary: Caller reported a person feeling stressed. Officer escorted the person to the health center. Master Patrol Officer Donald Lyke.

August 27

Larceny Location: Rowland Hall Summary: Complainant reported an unknown person stole a ladder. Item taken during the past three weeks. Investigation pending. Sergeant Ron Hart.

person damaged two dispensers. Investigation pending. Master Patrol Officer Donald Lyke.

Larceny Location: Textor Hall Summary: Complainant reported an unknown person stole cell phone. Investigation pending. Master Patrol Officer Donald Lyke.

Public Lewdness Location: Circle Lot 2 Summary: One person judicially referred for indecent conduct. SASP.

CCV/Underage Poss. of Alcohol Location: Circle Apartments Summary: Four people judicially referred for underage possession of alcohol and noise violation. Master Patrol Officer Donald Lyke.

Safety and Environmental Hazard Location: J-Lot Summary: Officer reported the odor of gasoline. Officer located the vehicle leaking gasoline and the spill was cleaned. Environmental Safety Specialist Mark Ross.

August 29 MVA/Property Damage Location: U-Lot Summary: Caller reported a vehicle rolled out of a parking spot and struck a parked vehicle. Report taken. Patrol Officer Chris Teribury.

August 28 Medical Assistance/Illness Related Location: Whalen Center for Music Summary: Caller reported a subject fainted. Upon officer’s arrival. The subject

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was conscious and alert and declined any medical assistance. Patrol Officer Jeffrey Austin.

Case Status Change Location: Office of Public Safety Summary: Officer reported two people were judicially referred for violation of the Student Conduct Code pertaining to a harassment incident on Aug. 27 in the U-Lot. Master Patrol Officer Donald Lyke.

Larceny Location: Muller Faculty Center Summary: Caller reported an unknown person stole a laptop computer. Incident occurred between March 18 and Aug. 24. Investigation pending. Patrol Officer Chris Teribury.

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Criminal Mischief Location: Whalen Center for Music Summary: Caller reported an unknown

Harassment Location: Hilliard Hall Summary: Complainant reported receiving repeated, annoying electronic messages. Investigation pending. Master Patrol Officer Donald Lyke.

Prior to officer’s arrival, the person fled the area. The subject was located and transported by ambulance to CMC. Investigation pending for unlawful possession of marijuana. Sergeant Terry O’Pray.

V&T Violation/Leaving Scene Location: Flora Brown Drive Summary: Officer reported an unknown vehicle damaged a speed limit sign and then left the scene. Investigation pending. Patrol Officer David Amaro.

Disorderly Conduct Location: Terrace-Circle Walkway Summary: One person judicially referred for disorderly conduct. Sergeant Terry O’Pray.

V&T Violation/Leaving Scene Location: P-Lot Summary: Caller reported that a vehicle struck a bluelight pole and caused damage. Driver was warned for leaving the scene of an accident and a report was taken. Master Patrol Officer Donald Lyke.

Disorderly Conduct Location: Terraces Summary: Caller reported an unknown person made a threatening comment. Investigation pending. Patrol Officer David Amaro.

Found Property Location: Circle Lot 13 Summary: Backpack found and turned over to Office of Public Safety.

Criminal Mischief Location: Terraces Summary: Officer reported an unknown person damaged a card access reader. Investigation pending. Patrol Officer David Amaro.

CCV/Underage Poss. of alcohol Location: Circle Lot 13 Summary: One person judicially referred for underage possession of alcohol. Master Patrol Officer Donald Lyke.

Criminal Mischief Location: Flora Brown Drive Summary: Caller reported an unknown person damaged a mirror on a vehicle. Investigation pending. Patrol Officer Chris Teribury.

CCV/Underage Poss. of alcohol Location: Circle Apartments Summary: Four people judicially referred for underage possession of alcohol. Patrol Officer Dan Bechtold.

August 30

Fire alarm Location: Terraces Summary: Fire alarm activation caused by burnt food. System reset. Master Patrol Officer Donald Lyke.

Unlawful Poss. of Marijuana Location: All Other/Wooded Area Summary: Caller reported a person with an unknown medical condition.

Criminal Mischief Location: Terraces Summary: Officer reported an unknown person damaged a card access reader. Investigation pending. Patrol Officer David Amaro. For the complete safety log,  go to

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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The fiscally sound choice

Faculty council members make smart vote to give college time to address and reallocate $3.3 million surplus


s a result of the additional 519 students in the freshman class, the Ithaca College administration is projecting a surplus of more than $3 million this year. At a faculty council meeting Sept. 1, Don Lifton, associate professor of management, presented a proposal to use the surplus to halt the faculty and staff salary freezes. The council voted almost unanimously to recommend that lost salary raises be restored in the future when the college is fiscally stable, instead of suggesting the surplus be immediately used for compensation. The faculty council acted responsibly when voting to allow the college time to allocate the surplus and deal with the college’s endowment, which suffered serious losses during the economic downturn. While Lifton’s proposal did not pass, he should be recognized for being one of the first employees to speak out against the administration’s enrollment mistakes and questioning employee salary freezes. Additionally, Lifton and other colleagues spoke out about the added pressure of the larger freshman class on faculty and staff workloads. The administration should continue to listen to the grievances of employees like Lifton. Restoring the college’s TIAA-CREF contribution back to 8.75 percent from 8 percent was a smart first step toward easing the burdens of college employees. Measures like this should be considered as the college moves forward. The administration is encouraged to look for alternative ways to compensate employees, like end-of-the-year bonuses, while still making strides to improve the economic well-being of the college. The college’s employees are working especially hard under such strained circumstances, and the college should make all efforts to recognize this.

shared spaces Coed bathrooms in Terrace 12 are a consequence of housing situation


he fall housing shortage forced Ithaca College to find creative solutions to accommodate more than 500 additional residents. In the Terrace 12 residence hall, which has 38 women and four men on a floor, one of the bathrooms is now being shared by both genders — a system the college has never used before. The floor’s resident assistant came up with the system, residents voted on it, and the resident director approved. The Office of Residential Life was unaware. Sharing a bathroom in this way is not illegal, but it is certainly not something the college should allow or encourage, even if the residents say they accept “sharing the space.” A student who is uncomfortable with the system or has an unwanted encounter with the opposite sex could easily hold the college accountable and potentially create legal problems. Additionally, Residential Life should have known the problem existed and been the body to address it — not the RA, who could be blamed for the college’s problem later on. Students who live on this floor in Terrace 12, or any other residence hall facing new problems as a result of the housing situation, must speak up if they feel uncomfortable with the shared space. When paying upwards of $11,000 per year to live on campus, students have every right to live in conditions they were promised. Residential Life must take these complaints seriously and work to address these problems before students come forward.

your letters Act of vandalism reinforces stigma Sometime during the evening of Sept. 2 and the morning of Sept. 3, someone overturned a number of the chairs included in the 300 Empty Chairs exhibit installed on the Academic Quad. The exhibit was created to raise awareness about the frequency of suicide in the lives of young adults and the importance of our collective efforts to recognize risk signs and to connect those at risk with a helping resource. I assume the act of vandalism to be the consequence of fun and games, a need to impress others by showing one’s “toughness,” or “I don’t care”

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attitude, bravado or impaired judgment due to alcohol or drug use. Whatever the reason, the vandalism was an act of aggression that reinforces the very stigma that keeps people from getting the help they deserve. It is also an act of aggression toward the safety and security of everyone in our community. To the members of the Ithaca College community, I say, protect the safety and security of us all by reporting the individual(s) to Public Safety. To the vandal(s), I say, endeavor to be your better self; personal integrity is a great force. lebron rankins Psychologist, Counseling Center

“It’s hard because the campus is not an isolated community. Students are interacting with people from Cornell. … so I think the main thing the campus can do is educate students about symptoms and what they should do if they have symptoms.” Jackie Simone ’11 Journalism and politics

“The main thing is trying to get some vaccinations available specifically for those kids who are near [exposed] people.” Tyler Borden ’11 Music Performance

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“ I don’t think it’s really a big deal. … I don’t think any extra money or any extra policies should be set as long as everybody takes care of themselves.” Sunny Wong ’10 Exercise science

“what they’ve been doing [well] so far is telling people to keep themselves healthy — washing hands, eating right and all that good stuff. I’m sure they could always keep [raising] awareness for that, but so far they’ve done a good part.” Abbey Steere ’11 Theater Production Arts

“colleges should be aware of it. students should be aware of it, and colleges should … keep everyone posted on how things are going. it is good they’re offering flu shots and sending out memos.” Nicole Frederick ’11 Theater Production Arts

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Health care plan will cost less and cover more I

f you were given two options for health care and one was labeled “pay more and die sooner,” would you be remotely interested in this choice? If the other option had the title “pay less, live longer,” you might want to take a closer look. In our current health care debate, the pay-less-live-longer option is a single-payer system that has been discarded by all but a few Democrats, even though President Barack Obama has said if we were constructing a health care system from Don beachler scratch, he would favor a singlepayer plan. Instead, the president and Congress seek to mend a system that costs far more per person than in any other country and leaves almost 50 million Americans without health insurance. Countries that use single-payer plans — and let’s be clear, it is the government that is the singlepayer — spend only about half as much per citizen on health care as we do in the U.S. but provide health insurance coverage to all their people. Yet, in each of these countries — with their health care systems now being demonized with misleading rhetoric — citizens have longer average life expectancies than in the United States. For example, even in Britain, with its much maligned National Health Service, spending is just 40 percent of the amount spent in the U.S. per person, but its citizens live a year longer on average. The French spend just 50 percent per person compared with the U.S. on health care, and their life expectancy exceeds that of the United States by three years. Medical care is not the only determinant of life expectancy, but surely if citizens of the “socialist hellholes” of Europe were being subjected to the severe rationing of health care and the death panels that the fearmongers on talk radio and Fox News spout about, their life spans would be shorter than those in the United States. Democrats and Republicans each claim they would protect the right of patients to choose their

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Members of Health Care for America Now and other organizations for reform protest for a public health insurance option last Thursday outside of an Independence Blue Cross building in Philadelphia. matt rourke/the associated press

own doctors. For most Americans, this right exists only in the abstract. Those who seek medical care outside of those providers included in their insurance plan must pay a large portion, if not all, of the bill. The freedom to choose your own physician is a reality only for the rich in the United States. Under a single-payer system, finance would not limit one’s access to a particular doctor. Many critics of single-payer systems charge that they engage in rationing of health care. All health care systems engage in some form of rationing. In the U.S., insurance companies decide what they regard as medically appropriate treatment and may refuse to pay for what they classify as experimental procedures. Those without insurance are denied many health services. In an employer-based health insurance system, such as that of the United States, people often lose their health insurance when they lose their jobs. In a single-payer system, you can never lose your

health insurance. You cannot be denied coverage or charged more because you get sick, because you had an illness in the past or because you have a chronic illness (the dreaded pre-existing condition that effectively prohibits many Americans from finding affordable health care coverage). There is fierce opposition to a single-payer system in the U.S. Conservatives oppose the publicoption portion of the Democrats’ health insurance legislation because they fear it would evolve into a single-payer plan. Many entrenched interests, such as specialist physicians, pharmaceutical firms, health insurance companies and for-profit hospitals, might lose something under a single-payer health plan. The average citizen would gain affordable health care that cannot ever be taken away. Personally, I prefer to pay less and live longer. Don beachler is an associate professor of politics. E-mail him at

Guest commentary

Class of 2010 urged to get involved before graduation


he class of 2010 is off to a strong start. After selling more than 600 senior cards at our first event and breaking a new record for the most participation in the senior class gift vote, the class of 2010 is paving the path to leave its legacy on Ithaca College. Most of us came to South Hill three years kylie burnside ago: young, fresh out of high school, somewhat intimidated but ready to take on Ithaca and all it had to offer. Now as seniors, we have found our niche; we feel secure and confident as we stroll through campus, knowing the ins and outs of this place that has become our home. In some cases, we may be a bit too comfortable. Maybe it’s time we break out of our comfort zone and try something new, something we’ve always wanted to do but never had enough time or money for. The days are limited, so move quickly. The senior class cabinet and executive board want to provide seniors with a number of resources as we begin preparing for the next phase of our life journey that will be here sooner than most seniors realize. We hope seniors will end their time at the college with fond memories, ones that will stand out for years to come. So start those senior-year bucket lists

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Seniors from the class of 2009 swim in the Dillingham Fountains during last year’s Senior Week, an annual function of the class cabinet. Courtesy of kylie burnside

now and use the next nine months to check off as many items as possible. Plans are currently under way for a number of senior class events throughout the year. In September, the class of 2010 has teamed up with Career Services to encourage more seniors to attend the Job, Internship and Volunteer Fair, as well as the Graduate and Professional Fair. We hope seniors will take advantage of these events and be better prepared for the future after Commencement. With all the hard work and preparation going on, seniors need to play too. So, a couple of specially themed happy hours will be announced soon. December will be here in no time, which is when the go-to event of

the semester, the Black and White formal, will take place. Looking into next semester, we will be hosting the Mr. and Ms. Ithaca Pageant, creating a Relay for Life team and finding other ways to give back to the college and larger community. Though it seems like Senior Week 2009 just ended, the senior week crew is already back to the drawing board making plans for Senior Week 2010. An important initiative the senior class does collectively each year is raising funds for the senior class gift. This year 47 percent of seniors voted for the class gift, nearly doubling the previously held record. Hopefully this is an indicator for how much senior support

we will receive for the gift this year. There are more than 1,500 students in our class, so if everyone gives even a small amount, it would add up fast. Seniors should challenge themselves and see if they can give $20.10, in honor of our class year. They may feel like they’ve already given enough money to this institution, but giving to the class gift is important and will have a lasting impact. On Oct. 9 the senior class gift committee will be hosting a Homecoming Happy Hour from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in IC Square to officially announce the gift for the first time. Being a senior is unlike any other year at college. We now are recognized as an actual group, labeled as one for the rest of the college to see. We have events, merchandise and traditions that will be exclusively for us — the class of 2010. There is a bond among us, stronger now than any other year we have been here. We are able to empathize with one another, as individuals, acknowledging and making peace with the fact that we are now at the beginning of an ending. Throughout the year, seniors should wear the label proudly. Seniors should meet new friends they have yet to; unite together; and be a class other classes will remember, look up to and strive to be like when they’re seniors. Kylie Burnside is president of the senior class cabinet. E-mail her at

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

ith a classic “whatthe-heck” expression on my face, I read an e-mail saying that I had a campus job. I had intended to get one, but when my planning fell through, I accepted that I would collect cans all semester to pay for things. Apparently, I was incorrect. I was to report to the field hockey game at 3 p.m. that day. I was ready on time, but I didn’t know that there was a field hockey team, let alone a field for their festivities. Someone directed me there by saying that it was by the football fields. “Wow, really helpful,” I thought as I wandered aimlessly looking for big boys. “Hi. Can I ask you a question?” I said when I spotted someone in a parking lot who fit my idea of a football player. “Yeah, sure. What’s up?” he said. “Do you know where the football playing fields are? You seem big.” Why did I add that last part? “Yeah, I do. I’m actually on the football team.” Yahtzee! Realizing that I was late, I hustled to the field. Out of breath, I decided to stand near an official-looking girl until she acknowledged my presence and pointed me in the right direction. I ended up being “ball girl” for the Bombers’ first field hockey game of the season. I played the sport when I was in middle school, but I learned at the game that I have retained absolutely nothing from that experience. My job consisted of running along the sidelines and retrieving balls that went out of bounds. Easy enough, I thought. Oh, was I wrong. I was sprinting up and down the field at ninja speeds to barely follow these girls who seemed to be shifting directions just to spite me. What’s worse, I am pretty sure I broke my foot, but I’m also a hypochondriac, so I’m waiting for visual clues before I address the issue further. And then I turned on my cell phone. “You missed a silly class,” a text read from one of my roommates, Lily. In all fairness, I had completely forgotten, and the professor probably didn’t notice, considering that, with the size of our freshman class, my lecture is approximately one billion people. When I got back to my dorm and crashed, I realized that I had completed two “firsts” simultaneously: I successfully completed my first job in college and skipped my first class. lilly miller is a freshman journalism major. E-mail her at

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Chris Wheatley, manager of radio operations, gets ready for a midday ride Tuesday outside of the Roy H. Park School of Communications.

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“Ithaca is a nice central area,” he said. “An hour to an hour and a half will get you to some nice places. Lakes are always good, or you can go south, below Elmira.” At the college, many faculty members ride motorcycles because it’s easier to find parking. Jerry Mirskin, associate professor of writing, said certain locations on campus allow motorcyclists to park on the sidewalks, making it convenient to get to classes. Sullivan said the downside of owning a motorcycle, however, is that it can only be parked outdoors and ridden during the riding season (April to October). The Ithaca season ends relatively early because of the inclement weather that comes along with the winter months on Cayuga Lake. Faculty members don’t pay for parking passes, but students do. Wheatley said because students are paying for a year-round parking pass for their motorcycles, like other students’ cars, they are paying for a spot they aren’t using from November to March. He said a monthly permit for motorcyclists would save students money. “If it was possible for parking services to do it monthly, that would be preferable,” he said. Incoming freshmen are faced with a $500 parking fee for bringing a car or motorcycle to campus. Upperclassmen pay $113, but riders store their bikes for more than half the school year. Sullivan also said motorcyclists are fortunate because riding is cheaper than driving


a car. And in the recent economic recession, finding the cheapest solution to paying for rising gas prices is a serious concern. “The choice of opting to have a motorcycle is more environmentally friendly,” he said. Sullivan’s motorcycle gets better gas mileage than his car. He said he has found that every motorcyclist can improve gas mileage with regular care, for example, by cleaning the carburetors. Wheatley said some motorists fear the South and East hills when students begin to flood the campuses in the fall. “It’s a matter of being confident as a rider,” he said. “[Local riders] don’t commute because they’re concerned. ‘What if traffic stopped on South Hill?’ They’re not sure if they can get going again.” Wheatley said when the town fills up with more people, it is much riskier to drive a motorcycle because people aren’t looking. “I ride as if I’m invisible,” he said. “As if no one can see me.” For Mirskin, buying a bike added a little adventure and spice to his everyday life. “It’s sort of the latest instantiation of my midlife crisis,’” he said. “You know, I’ve got the hair, I’ve got the

Professor of physics Michael “Bodhi” Rogers has a passion for the sciences and chrome. After a long day of classes, he walks over to the Admissions parking lot behind the Center for Natural Sciences. In one hand is his briefcase and in the other a slick, black helmet. When most people think of those who drive motorcycles, some cliché generalizations probably come to mind: buff men in leather jackets with goatees who travel in packs on Harleys and park by the dozens in front of biker bars. However, Ithaca College’s riding population is made up of an entirely different breed of bikers — professors. Rogers’ reason for riding motorcycles is not to look like a tough guy; his passion for riding derives from his love for the sciences. “It’s neat,” he said. “As I’m riding I think through the physics. If you want to take a left turn, you have to turn the wheel to the right. It’s called countersteering. There’s cool physics about why it works that way.” WICB station manager Chris Wheatley, who rides his motorcycle to campus every day, said there is no “stereotypical” rider. “Outsiders see the leather jackets and they think that we’re all Hells Angels,” he said. “The reality is we’re college radio station managers and professors and so forth.” Matthew Sullivan, assistant professor of physics, also rides to campus every day on a motorcycle. Sullivan, who purchased his ride in 2006, said there is a communal lure of riding, whether one is associated with an exclusive riding pack or not. “The social aspects to motorcycles are definitely there, and if you own and ride a motorcycle, you’re automatically a part of that,” he said. “Like anything else, motorcycles have their own language. When one motorcyclist passes another, they place their hand towards the ground and wave to each other.” Jerry Lyon, owner of the Suzuki dealer Gold Sport Cycle in Ithaca, said motorcyclists share a common bond over the dangers of riding and exploring the open road. “Motorcycle people are pretty curious folks,” he said. “You see people come down from Rochester. I know some people who did a ride down to Washington, D.C.” Lyon, who has owned his store for 30 years, said he believes Ithaca is a perfect riding loca- From left, Michael “Bodhi” Rogers and Matthew Sullivan rev their engines Tuesday outside tion for the estimated 2,000 bikers in the area. of the Center for Natural Sciences, where they typically park their motorcycles before class.

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guitar, I’ve got the boat, so now I can check off the motorcycle box.” For Sullivan, the appeal of riding motorcycles is more than being a tough guy in a leather jacket — even though he said he likes the leather jacket. “You notice all of the smells of the land you go by,” he said. “The experience is much nicer, much more pleasant. You’re much more connected to the land [because] you’re not in a box.” View an audio slideshow of Chris Wheatley at go/09fastlane.

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This week’s hits and misses

Summer may be ending in Ithaca, but in Miami, it’s still heating up. Staff Writer Alexandra Palombo recaps some music inspired by the “Magic City.”


LMFAO’s “I’m in Miami Trick” In addition to being the theme song for the E! show “Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami,” this track has blown up all over radio and TV since its release in early 2009. With their infectious backing track and party-friendly lyrics, DJs Redfoo and Sky Blu became overnight sensations. As the debut single off the album “Party Rock,” the song quickly became a summer anthem. If DJs aren’t playing this song at the club on a Saturday night, they’re doing something wrong.

A-five, six, seven, eight

Dancers audition Sunday in the Hill Center Dance Studio for IC Unbound, a student-run dance troupe at the college. Unbound incorporates many styles of dance — from lyrical and contemporary to hip-hop. The group welcomes students with all levels of technical dance training.

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Will Smith’s “Welcome to Miami” The chorus is still catchy, and the image of partying “all night on the beach till the break of dawn” still holds up even 10 years after the song’s release. This song is the more PG description of Miami’s nightlife because Will Smith is all about keeping his rap clean for the kids. So, while it may not be as edgy as LMFAO, it has the ’90s nostalgia factor and a great hook.


The Miami Sound Machine Yes, they had some great hits in their time. But their time was the ’80s. And even though the ’80s are making a comeback with trends like neon and leggings, the Miami Sound Machine is long gone. Lead singer Gloria Estefan is still making music but has for the most part dropped off the radar and lives — where else? — in Miami with her family. So while “Conga” still holds a great Cuban rhythm and is easy to dance to, it brings back images of an older Miami. A Miami where big hair was in and “Miami Vice” was still on TV. It’s time to lay this one to rest.

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Adolf Hitler freaks out over Brett favre Signing with the minnesota vikings


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Steven Strogatz, professor

A new video on YouTube shows Hitler was passionate about many things — including what team quarterback Brett Favre plays on. In this parody of Hitler’s reputation as a hothead, an actor who could easily pass as the furious Führer goes on a four-minute rant about Favre signing with the Vikings after a short retirement. — Aaron Edwards



The number of musicians that gathered in Jalisco, Mexico, to break the world record for largest mariachi band. The singers and guitarists celebrated the Aug. 30 gathering with traditional songs “Cielito Lindo” and “Guadalajara.” Mexico has also broken the world records for largest dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and the world’s largest group kiss. — Alex Palombo

quoteunquote I’ve decided since there is a Queen of England ... there should be a King of America. “The Hills” reality TV star Spencer Pratt on legally changing his name to King Spencer Pratt.

of mathematics at Cornell University, will read from his book “The Calculus of Friendship,” a book that tells the stories of teacher-student relationships, at 6 p.m. at Buffalo Street Books. Admission is free. Outrage, a film about the sex lives of closeted political figures, will be shown at 7 p.m. in Willard Straight Hall at Cornell University. Admission is $4 to $6.50.


The Rozatones, a jazz-rock band formed by Ithaca College students, will perform at 9 p.m. at Castaways on Inlet Island. Steve Gorn and Samir Chatterjee, two guest

artists of the Cornell University Department of Music, will perform using a bamboo flute and percussions at 8 p.m. in Barnes Hall at Cornell University. Admission is free.


Johnson Museum Opening Reception, featuring new exhibits, live jazz music and refreshments, at 5 p.m. at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University. Admission is free.


Rudo y Cursi, a Mexican drama-comedy about two brothers from a rural lowerclass family who compete in soccer, will be shown at 7:15 p.m. in Willard Straight Hall at Cornell University. Admission is $4 to $6.50.

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Students produce professional films BY Gillian Smith Staff Writer

Disguised as a tiny classroom more than halfway down the Roy H. Park School of Communications’ corridor, Park 266 lies inconspicuous and mysterious to the unaware passersby. But to those select few who work in the office, the numerous DVDs and haphazardly organized manila folders hold a collection of artwork they call their own. Inside, which is not much bigger than the average dorm room, sits four large computers, complete with the latest editing and production software making up Park Productions. The DVDs arranged on the shelves document 40 years of production for Ithaca College, Ithaca’s Sciencenter, Cornell University, Ithaca’s Convention and District Bureau and Museum of the Earth. Carol Jennings, manager, project producer and director at Park Productions, said her student staff is gifted and hardworking. Behind the “Pro Unit Lab” door, skills on how to edit films and documentaries are passed down like family traditions. “We do film, video and multimedia for nonprofit organizations,” Jennings said. “Sometimes the students will produce, direct, shoot, edit and do everything from step one to step 99. They are very talented students.” Jennings said the Pro Unit Lab’s mission is to operate like an internship for students. “Students collaborate with industry professionals on all proj-

ects,” she said. “When we go into production on a project, the deadline and the budget of the product determine how many professionals we bring on to that project in order to complete it on time and budget, according to the goals of the organization.” Park Productions started with Skip Landon, former professor of cinema and photography, who wanted to give students real-life experience in film production for clients and independent productions. “Film students needed a way to get experience outside of the classroom,” Jennings said. “[Landon] was a producer outside of being a professor, so he set up projects for the local community, nonprofits, educational institutions and initiated independent projects.” At “P-Prod,” as sophomore staff member Sara Wolkensdorfer calls it, the students and staff work collectively and efficiently. An avid filmmaker, Wolkensdorfer uses the Pro Unit Lab as a way to stay in touch with her love for film and the film-making process, while focusing on her psychology major. “We work as a group of equals, sometimes divvying up the work into smaller groups,” she said. “It’s a lot like a team in that way, for we help each other to get the job done.” Wolkensdorfer is currently working on preproduction art for the up-and-coming webisode series “Uncorked!” which features people who work with the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. To her, the best part of the Pro Unit Lab is the atmosphere.

Sophomore Mike Blaney edits sound and video files Tuesday in the Park Productions room. Students who work in the “Pro Unit Lab” learn new editing techniques while working on projects to gain real-life experience.

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“Unlike many other jobs, we work mainly as a team to come up with ideas for our films or work on films that the school or other outside groups want us to produce for them,” Wolkensdorfer said. “Instead of being assigned a specific position, we each work as an important unit of a family.” Jennings handpicks each member of the production team, after interviewing all the applicants. According to Wolkensdorfer, a position on the P-Prod team is competitive. Typically, around 70 students come to meetings to try to become part of the team. Only 10 students

are currently on the team. “So many students come after this job because it gives them firsthand experience working at a production company,” Wolkensdorfer said. “This gives them an advantage over other students when looking for jobs.” Jalissa Cruz, junior cinema and photography major, has helped make DVDs for past projects and has submitted them to hundreds of festivals. “I was able to do a lot of things I wouldn’t have done otherwise, like going to a film festival in Syracuse,” Cruz said. “I had the ability to edit video, access to the latest

software programs, attend workshops with professionals and so much more. I couldn’t ask for a better job.” Jennings said students use the Pro Unit Lab as a springboard into their careers and get professional credits so they have something to show employers. Previous workers have landed careers at Fox News and ESPN. “That is one of the things that I am happiest about in the years that I have worked here,” Jennings said. “Watching students who graduate begin their careers and start out in L.A. or NYC is incredibly inspiring.”

Art explores fashion in society By Whitney Faber Staff Writer

Walking into the Handwerker Gallery, observers are bombarded by the neon orange background of the painting “Art Department.” The painting is a smattering of stereotypical artist characters sitting in groups. A man dressed in all black, presumed to be a French artist, rests idly on a chair deep in thought. In the corner, a group of men watch a model as she poses in a chic black dress with a top hat resting on her fluffy black hair; bright red gloves adorn her hands and arms. A leafless black tree stands tall in the center of the painting as the other artists appear to latch to its sides. The scene is meant to provoke viewers to think about the representation of female sexuality in the media. The bright colors of the painting almost seem to glow on the dark green walls of the gallery. “Art Department” is a part of this season’s first exhibit called “Spectacle Spectacular: Cautionary Tales and Other Stories.” The gallery held its opening reception Sept. 3 and will continue to show through Oct. 11. The show, a traveling exhibition that has already been to galleries across the country, features the works of Dawn Hunter. The images, meant to focus on fashion and its role in society, are taken from fashion magazine Vogue in attempts to change the onlooker’s perception of these classic images in order to convey her theme. Hunter began the project in the spring of 2005, but the original idea came about 20 years ago while she was attending graduate school. Her professor at the time asked the class to look at the images in a magazine over a 30-year period. Hunter said she was most intrigued by the change from the 1960s, when many

magazines recommended that women diet and exercise for the body they wanted, to the 1990s, when magazines began encouraging women to seek plastic surgery as an option for change. “[The exhibition] has to do with those key points in time when women begin to objectify themselves and focus on thinking of themselves as malleable objects,” she said. Hunter will discuss her work at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at the gallery. She will also hold a workshop for students where she plans to share the connections she found between media and the images of women. “[Because of this project], I am now really aware of the interconnectedness of the media,” she said. “I see where trends happen and how that affects how people see themselves — the sort of abstract underbelly that is functioning.” Cheryl Kramer, director of the Handwerker Gallery and art professor at the college, said she has been pleased with the decision to feature Hunter’s work, as the exhibit has received such an impressive student response. “This [exhibit] does speak volumes to the student population,” Kramer said. “We’re bringing a host of new students in and they’re excited.” Junior Ben Johnson said he found the exhibit interesting because of the message it clearly displayed and the artist’s use of different styles. “It goes through a variety of presentations,” Johnson said. “You get almost sexual visuals of women and glamorous visuals, then to mixing that with vanity.” Johnson refers specifically to the piece titled “Save Nothing.” The painting depicts a blond woman dressed in expensive business attire — a black pencil skirt and white

Junior Rebecca Buchwald observes a painting from the “Spectacle Spectacular: Cautionary Tales and Other Stories” collection Friday at the Handwerker Gallery’s opening week.

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blouse — reclining in an airplane chair. The chair sits in the middle of the jungle while a tiger rests in a tree nearby. The sad eyes of the tiger stare down at the ground, a vibrant mix of colors that clash with the depressing image. The woman lies oblivious to this world in the chair. Junior Julia Melrose said she was also impressed by the artist’s message in this painting, as well as her artistic style of mixing ink and graphite in all the paintings. “The lines she used are all very harsh, but it comes together in a very fluid way,” she said.

Kramer said Hunter’s artwork links the media’s selective images with the female conscious — something she has not thought of before. “[The artist] engages mass media and pop culture, and we haven’t had the two engaged before,” Kramer said. “She illustrates the continuum that the fashion industry has had on gender and female identity.” “Spectacle Spectacular: Cautionary Tales and Other Stories” will show through Oct. 11 in the Handwerker Gallery.

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Ra Ra Riot revisits its roots by returning to New York Syracuse rockers of the group Ra Ra Riot — armed with an arsenal of indie dancepop music — are poised to stage a triumphant return to the Empire State tonight at Castaways. The band toured the United States, opening for Death Cab for Cutie, and performed at the famous Lollapalooza. Now the band brings its act back to the upstate area where it all began at Syracuse University. Contributing Writer Jared Dionne spoke with Ra Ra Riot bassist Mathieu Santos about Lollapalooza, the band’s freshman album, “The Rhumb Line,” and the band’s newfound popularity. Jared Dionne: How did you guys come up with the name Ra Ra Riot? Mathieu Santos: When we first formed, we didn’t have a name, but we had a couple shows booked already. A friend of ours, who also went to Syracuse University, along with the rest of us, said, “You know, if I had a band I’d call it Ra Ra Riot.” So we sort of borrowed the name from her for the first couple shows with the intention of coming up with something later on, but it ended up kind of sticking.

the pond. Which do you prefer and are there any major differences? MS: There’s definitely perks to both. I feel that people abroad sometimes can be more uninhibited overall. It just seems to be more of a constant thing abroad. JD: Does your success seem a little surreal? MS: Yeah, definitely. Our progression through our relatively short career has been really steady. It’s constantly surprising to us, particularly because we started just to be like a party band at school for one semester. Every now and then we sort of stop and collect ourselves and look back at how much progress we’ve made. It’s definitely surreal to think about it. JD: One of the fan favorites off “The Rhumb Line” is the song “Dying is Fine.” Can you explain the context in which it was written?

JD: The band recently played at the Chicago music festival Lollapalooza on Aug. 7. What was that like?

MS: That was actually the first song that we ever rehearsed as a group at our very first practice. Milo brought it to the band. And then, I believe Milo had the idea also to adapt some of the lyrics from an E. E. Cummings poem called “Death.” Wes and Shaw, another guy who was in the band at the time, took to writing the lyrics for it. That’s been one of our favorites.

MS: That was a lot of fun! It was the biggest crowd that we’ve played to date. It was pretty exciting. We played to about 12,000 people.

JD: Besides Ra Ra Riot, do you think there are any other bands out there people should know about or should be watching for?

JD: Ra Ra Riot has toured not only North America, but also Europe. Many American bands get a taste of the European music scene and actually prefer to perform across

MS: A band called Princeton. They’re actually going to be opening for us on this next tour. We met them last year. They’re from L.A. We had a couple of shows with them

From left, Rebecca Zeller, Milo Bonacci, Alexandra Lawn and Wesley Miles, who make up the band Ra Ra Riot, are known for cheerful tunes. The band plays a blend of indie-pop and folk music. Courtesy of Barsuk Records

out West, and we kind of hit it off, personally, individually [and] also musically. Their first album is just about to come out: It’s called “Cocoon of Love.” It’s really, really well-crafted, classic pop music that you can dance to. JD: As you said, you started off as a college band. Do you have any advice for college musicians today?

MS: Just get out there and try to view as many people as possible. When I went to college, I had the idea that I wanted to have a band. It took me a few years to finally track down the right people to make music with. Just get out there and look for the right people to surround yourself with. Ra Ra Riot will perform tonight at 9 p.m. at Castaways. Tickets are $15 at the door.

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Sean Kingston Island T-Pain wannabe Sean Kingston returns with the bubblegum pop smash “Replay.” With an addictive hook and chorus, there is no telling how many times this track will be replayed.


Kid Cudi ft. Ratatat Featuring the musical talents of instrumental group Ratatat, Cudi intricately weaves guitar grooves through synthesized sounds.

“Young forever”

Jay-Z ft. Mr. Hudson Hopping on a sample from the popular song “Alphaville,” Jay-Z and Mr. Hudson create a song in the same vein of Vitamin C’s “Graduation.”

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Accent’s Oldie But Goodie “Carry the zero” (1997) Built to Spill

The boys from Built to Spill rocked the indie world before Grizzly Bear and MGMT. Their handiwork can be heard here on this classic. —sam fanburg


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Comedic genius seeps from Judge’s ‘Extract’ by james hasson staff writer

In 1999 Mike Judge, director of the TV show “Beavis and Butt-Head” and the 2006 cult classic “Idiocracy,” struck gold with “Office Space”, an unforgettable and often-quoted satire aimed at the nine-to-five working world of America. Now, a decade later, Judge’s comedic mind gives birth to “Extract,” and this time, Judge’s new movie extracts from the audience as many, perhaps more, laughs “Extract” than his first hit. Miramax “Extract” folFilms lows the work and Our rating: HHH home life of Joel (Jason Bateman), the founder and manager of a factory that makes flavor extracts. After an unforeseeable accident that causes major injury to the manhood of factory worker Step (Clifton Collins Jr.), Joel meets Cindy (Mila Kunis), a suspicious and flirtatious newcomer who convinces Step to sue the factory for his accident. Meanwhile, Joel harbors desires to cheat on his stiff wife, Suzie (Kristen Wiig) with Cindy. After accidentally taking drugs, Joel follows the very bad advice of his bartending friend Dean (Ben Affleck) and hires a gigolo to seduce his wife so that he can sleep with Cindy free of guilt. As he proved in “Office Space,” Judge displays remarkable talent for successfully tapping into a comedy reservoir from the most mundane situations. Each character stands out, and even the minor roles get their well-earned five minutes of comedic fame. From Mary (Beth Grant), a sassy chatterbox of an assembly line worker, to Brad (Dustin Milligan), the thick-headed gigolo

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Joel (Jason Bateman) and Cindy (Mila Kunis) chat in the new comedy “Extract.” The two work at a flavor extract factory. The film follows in the same vein as “Office Space,” as it explores the undeniable comedy in working-class life. Courtesy of miramax films

hired by Joel, and especially Nathan (David Koechner), the nosy neighbor. The colorful tapestry of personalities keeps the audience laughing at the variety of flaws and quirks among the characters. The most standout performance in “Extract” belongs to Affleck. His casual acting style is a perfect match for the part of the shameless slacker who gives Joel guidance that creates more problems than it solves. Judge’s satirical vision once again targets the modern-day work environment, but the message is different. Whereas “Office Space” gave a glimpse of the soul-sucking imprison-

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ment of the corporate cubicle worker, “Extract” teaches us through Joel’s work and home life how a simple task such as bottling flavor extract can turn into a knot of complications. “Extract” has very few shortcomings. The most prominent being its recycling of certain memorable aspects of “Office Space.” Joel’s path is similar to that followed by the protagonist of “Office Space,” where at first he wants to escape from his current situation but, in the end, embraces it. These and other similarities almost make “Extract” a direct sequel to “Office Space.” The humor slightly drops in

Raekwon embarks on a musical adventure on this highly anticipated sequel to OB4CL.

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Folk-influenced bands are not new to indie music, especially Blitzen Trapper from Portland, Ore. The band’s latest album, “Black River Killer,” meshes its folk themes with country music influences and short song structures to pack a lot of ideas into one Blitzen Trapper CD release. “Black River Blitzen Trapper is at its Killer” best on the title track, “Black Sub Pop Our rating: River Killer.” The fingerHHH plucked acoustic guitar and tight harmonies are refined, while their use of a high-pitched synthesizer sounds like it comes directly out of a western film. The musicians sometimes pull too heavily on their country influences, as shown on the closing track, “Big Black Bird,” in which the heavy electric guitar takes away from, rather than emphasizes, the vocal beauty of the song. Clocking in at less than 18 minutes, it’s hard not to find time to tune into this diverse indiecountry blend.

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tempo towards the resolution and conclusion. But the beginning and middle were a nonstop barrage of gags and hilarious dialogue. The end had many more dry spells between each joke as it wrapped up the movie’s loose ends. Judge has proven that he still has what it takes to make audiences laugh in this latest hit. “Extract” is a well-written work of comedy that makes viewers excited for his next film. If we’re lucky, we won’t have to wait another decade.

The Used’s digital EP “Shallow Believer,” released in February 2008, has partially hidden this emo-rock band from the public because of its solely online release. Though, many devoted fans will recognize the change of tone in its music from the EP to its newest album, “Artwork,” released Aug. 31. In each of the 11 songs on the album, a majority of the lyrics come across dark, as opposed to the lighter sound of the band’s previous work. The Used turns it up a notch by straying away from using string instruments The Used as heard in the 2006 single “Artwork” “The Bird and the Worm” Reprise and soft guitar riffs, like in Our rating: “All That I’ve Got.” Instead, HHH the band infuses heavymetal sounds to emphasize its newer, harsher lyrics. The words can come across as both bleak and visual. In addition, the group also uses new electronic beats comparable to Breathe Carolina, All Time Low and Chiodos. This tactic gives the album an odd mix of pop-rock and heavy punk but does not push it to the point of “screamo.” These new sounds are catchy when heard the first time. But if repeated continuously, the audience might recognize the catchiness is reflective of their message: “We are punks and badasses.” This can serve as a turnoff for newcomers to The Used, as its old material had more substantive meaning. The emotional songs on this album are rather too sappy and desperate. Plus, the band’s expressive connection to the songs is not as deep as older tracks like “Hard to Say” and “Yesterday’s Feelings” from their 2004 album, “In Love and Death.” The nasally voice

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of lead vocalist Bert McCracken is not as sincere as it was in the previous album. The only slower song on the album feels as if it was placed together with little introspective thought. Their most popular track, “Blood on My Hands,” is the first of many examples of the dreary context of the songs. The heavy guitar sound is more noticeable and, to loyal fans, makes The Used sound even better. “Empty With You” is the first song that uses the electronic beats that have been used before by The Used. With words that can be described as psychotic and borderline crazy, the new sound contrasts the lyrics, thus steering the listener away from the morbidness of what is being said. “Kissing You Goodbye” is considered one of the softer songs on the album, but the connection to any emotion is close to nonexistent. Luckily, the album is saved as it moves toward the end, but the words are still gloomy and their situations are graphically morbid. One thing is for sure: The Used is straying away from the warm and fuzzy and diving into the dark.

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Three days of peace and music. There is no better way to describe Ang Lee’s “Taking Woodstock,” the ultimate summer hippie flick. It’s groovy, heartwarming and totally beautiful. Set in White Lake, N.Y., the film shows how the small town was forever changed by the invasion of the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival. Based on true events, “Taking Woodstock” tells the story of Elliot Tiber (Demetri Martin), the son of two Jewish motel owners, Jake Teichberg (Henry Goodman) and Sonia Teichberg (Imelda Staunton). “Taking Elliot seals a deal beWoodstock” tween Michael Lang Focus (Jonathan Groff ) and Features Our rating: a local dairy farmer HHHH to host the Woodstock festival in his hometown. The movie, though it is set at a critical time in music history, is not so much about the music as much as it is about bringing people together. Elliot, a pathetically shy and unoriginal struggling artist, spends his days and salary trying to keep his parents’ motel in operation. He secretly dreams of leaving it all behind and moving to San Francisco but is obligated to stay and take care of his parents. Elliot’s friends consist of an often-stoned and -naked theater production group living in the motel barn and a high school friend, Billy (Emile Hirsch), who returns from Vietnam and suffers horrible wartime flashbacks. Nothing even slightly exciting happens in Elliot’s life until he decides to work at bringing Woodstock to his hometown. Some of the locals are outraged at the expected 500,000 barefoot, pot-smoking hippies about to take over their town. Headed by the truly “far out” Lang, the Woodstock Music Festi-


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From left: Ang’s assistant (Mamie Gummer), Michael Lang (Jonathan Groff) and Elliot Tiber (Demetri Martin) in “Taking Woodstock.” The young adults are a few of the key organizers of the historic Woodstock music festival.

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He’s no stranger to emotionally distraught characters, and he portrayed Billy’s journey brilliantly. The score is a delightful contrast from the past projects of composer Danny Elfman, who wrote music for “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “Milk.” The sound track includes some of the biggest names of the ’60s: Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Doors, Crosby, Stills & Nash and The Band. In the words of college students at the movie showing, “Taking Woodstock” was “totally rad,” “the best hippie movie ever” and “so beautiful it brings tears to your eyes.” So, loosen those shoes, grab some friends, don a peace sign and go see “Taking Woodstock.”

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val brings half a million people in painted vans to the fields of upstate New York. Peace and anti-war signs are as common a sight as people dancing in the nude. “Woodstock” is a solid representation of the idea that it’s nothing but smiles when everyone is a friend and nobody is short on drugs. In an attempt to recreate Woodstock accurately, Lee not only went to White Lake to observe the site, but also sent production crews to the Museum at Bethel Woods, which is home to thousands of documents, photographs and live footage of the festival. Through his research, Lee attempted to recreate the vibe with shaky cinematography, giving the film an “actual footage” look. Shaky camera techniques and muted colors added to the realistic appeal of the film. Martin, who is known for his quirky Comedy Central show “Im-

portant Things With Demetri Martin,” plays a convincingly timid and curious Elliot. He is not afraid to step out of the sketch-comedy box. His character in “Taking Woodstock” is not only his first leading role, but also his first deeply emotional one. Martin perfectly combines his own ironic personality with the awkwardness of Elliot’s character. Jonathan Groff makes his debut on the silver screen. Prior to taking on the role of Michael Lang, Groff appeared on TV and in Broadway productions. He has a bright future ahead of him after his truly perfect representation of Lang — the epitome of cool, hippie counterculture. Hirsch plays one of the most powerful roles, which is no surprise considering his credentials. Starring in “Into the Wild” and “Speed Racer,” Hirsch doesn’t fall short on bringing his Vietnam vet, Billy, to life.

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Kitchen delves into scientific comedy By alicia gallen contributing Writer

Kicking off its 19th season, the Kitchen Theatre once again opened its doors to another season of great plays. “Secret Order,” the first show of the season, is a dramatic comedy of small proportions but offers big laughs. Before the show, the Kitchen’s artistic director, Rachel Lampert, welcomes the crowd to the theater and explains that the room is on the small side because the actors can then have a closer relationship to the play. Some might think that a comedy in a small acting space, close to the audience, with only minor scenery changes might not be exciting. However, the audience has the ability to see the “Secret Order” characters’ emotions while The Kitchen witnessing the action from Theatre every seat in the house. The simple scenery allows the play’s progression to be fast-paced. And even though there are some longer-thannecessary monologues, the audience always seemed enthralled by the play. In the play, a doctor named William Shumway (Tony Roach), who is coming closer to finding a cure for cancer, enters the cutthroat world of medical research and being in the public’s scrutinizing eye. Roach plays Shumway wonderfully as a nervous scientist that hates speaking in public and doesn’t make eye contact. His emotions are always shown

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clear on his face, so the audience is always well aware of how he is feeling and, at times, what he is thinking. His character develops more confidence throughout the play and breaks free of his lack of eye contact when he talks about believing in God, even as a scientist. Many characters question how he can believe in both. He is joined by Ithaca College theater professor Greg Bostwick, who plays Shumway’s boss, Dr. Robert Brock. He is obviously the most aggressive character, wonderfully portraying the quintessential persona everyone loves to hate, as he pushes Shumway to his limits. Along the way, he seems to become a father figure to Shumway. The story has a minor love interest provided by a medical student named Alice Curiton (Kelly Galvin), who works with Shumway and becomes the friend that cares a little bit too much about him — when all he needed at first was a lab assistant. Alice is extremely passionate about science and often lets that enthusiasm get in the way of her career. The fourth character in the quartet of actors is Saul Roth (Roy Clary), who is an older colleague who refuses to be replaced by a young scientist with new ideas and will do anything to keep his job. With a play that addresses so many moral issues — lying, trust, popularity, religion, money and backstabbing — some might think it’d be hard to push that aside and focus on the humor. However, the audience couldn’t stop laughing. Shumway’s awkward-

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ness mixed with Brock’s bluntness led to many humorous scenes. For some people, a play about science is not the definition of a fun night on The Commons. However, the story of “Secret Order” has a different plot and tackles issues not seen in most plays. At times the dialogue is laden with confusing scientific terminology, but it’s a comedy. No one is expected to be a rocket scientist to understand its sheer humor. “Secret Order” runs through Sept. 20. Tickets can be purchased at the Kitchen Theatre.

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Business behind the game Students and alumni use sports to break into the job market

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By Casey Musarra Sports Editor

Graduate student Isaac Hattem, who earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration at Ithaca College, said playing golf in a business setting is something he has always had in mind after seeing his best friend’s father make a deal on the golf course. “The best thing about golf is it takes you out of the suit interactions,” Hattem said. “It’s almost as formal without being as formal. … Your handshake at the end of the deal is like, ‘When we get back to the office on Monday, this is something that’s going to happen.’” In 2002, Business Week and Golf Digest teamed up to put out a supplemental issue called Golf and the Business Life that laid out tips for business golfers on how to play, where to get started and how to organize corporate outings. According to the survey “Golf and the Business Executive,” conducted by Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, out of 400 businesspeople surveyed, 93 percent agreed that golf is a good way to establish a closer relationship with business associates. Eighty percent said golf is a good way to find new contacts, and 35 percent said some of their biggest deals were made out on the golf course. The college offers Physical Activity, Leisure and Safety classes in both golf and tennis that not only teach the game, but also the etiquette behind each sport. This semester, the college is offering six tennis classes and seven golf classes. Last year, the Women in Business Network, which was founded in 2007, hosted a golf tournament along with Beta Alpha Psi, to teach women the ins and outs of the game. Junior Katie Wefer, a member of the Women in Business Network, said the group held the outing so women would feel comfortable in an already male-dominated career. “It’s important for women to realize that not only can they exceed standards males set in business careers, but also in male-dominated sports,” she said. “We want women to feel confident playing the game if and when they step onto the field surrounded by men in the future.” Wefer said playing golf in the business world is also a good way to build relationships. “When you go, you’re able to network with other people who are playing, and you form relationships,” Wefer said. “It’s more like a social event; it’s not as formal as the

said she continues to play in leagues and that has found people who are into tennis. real business setting.” “It has helped me form relationships at Hattem said he never took formal lessons, has helped her network. “I’ve met people that are not necessarily work with people that I wouldn’t necessarily but instead, he has learned from just playing in my profession, but that know people in have a relationship with,” Ruben said. at a golf course in his hometown. Whether applying the games of golf and “Golf is one of those things, I’m not good my profession and have passed my résumé enough at it to play it — because I love golf around, so it’s been good to meet people and tennis to the business world or another career, Austin said one of the main reasons — because it’s too frustrating, but I play golf kind of network that way,” Beekman said. Scott Ruben ’03, who also played four years these sports can help in the job world is for those three shots a round, I chipped it on the green, or I had a great drive,” he said. of tennis at the college, said tennis was an their longevity. “The big thing about it is the phrase ‘sport “The main factor is I would love to be play- integral part in finding a career. “It helped me — it may not have gotten me of a lifetime,’” Austin said. “And they really ing golf with business at some point in my life. That was something I definitely took my job — but it definitely put me on the path are because you can play them until you can’t to be at a place where I could get a good job walk anymore, and then you can still figure into consideration.” out ways to play them.” While both sports can be beneficial for and have a good career,” Ruben said. Ruben, who graduated people in the business world, Bill Austin, head coach of the men’s and women’s tennis teams, with a bachelor’s degree in said that golf is probably more practical for computer information systems, said at all three of the that setting. “With golf, a really good golfer can play places he has worked, he right alongside a really bad golfer, and they can still enjoy the round of golf; it doesn’t matter,” he said. “If a really good tennis player is playing a really bad tennis player, it’s not nearly the same type of camaraderie that you’re able to transact on that.” Jennifer Beekman ’04, who played on the women’s tennis team all four years at the college, uses her tennis skills and knowledge in the business setting but in a different way. Beekman graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports information and communication and is now the Senior Chris Payne takes a swing during his golf class Thursday at Allen Field. Ithaca College is offering seven sectennis beat writer tions of Golf I, four sections of basic tennis and two sections of intermediate tennis during the fall semester. andrew Buraczenski/the ithacan for the MontgomFreshmen Kristen Gray and Dana Sharabi receive rackets from tennis instructor Mark A. Ross during their tennis class ery County Gazette Thursday at the tennis courts. The classes are offered through the Physical Activity, Leisure and Safety program. in Maryland. She Allison usavage/the ithacan

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The inside Pitch Cory Francer

Split attempt for the record


ause for a second and contemplate this question: What is the fastest growing high school sport in America? Give up? Here’s a hint. It’s not lacrosse. It’s not hockey. It’s not golf. Still stumped? It’s bowling. Surprised? I was too. But think about it. How many bowling birthday parties did you go to when you were a kid? According to the United States Bowling Congress, there are more than 10 million birthdays celebrated in bowling alleys annually. To prove how popular of a sport bowling has become, the Bowling Proprietor’s Association of America held its 23rd annual National Bowling Week and, as part of the celebration, gave everyone in America a coupon for a free game on Saturday in an attempt to break the record set during last years’ National Bowling Week of 548,721 games bowled in 24 hours. Bowling centers across the nation participated in the event, including Ithaca’s own Bowl-O-Drome and the Helen Newman Bowling Center at Cornell University. Helen Newman lanes contributed 342 games to the record attempt. In order to achieve its goal, the BPAA enlisted the help of celebrity bowlers, including NBA All-Star and avid bowler Chris Paul and former MLB first baseman and current broadcaster Mark Grace, to endorse the event. With their help, Henry Lewczyk, vice president of marketing and research for Strike 10 Entertainment, said he wanted to set the record at one million games bowled in 24 hours. “On Saturday during the game of the week between Tampa Bay and Detroit, Mark Grace probably talked for a minute and a half about how much he liked bowling during a nationally televised game,” Lewczyk said. Last year, to kick off National Bowling Week, the BPAA set up a bowling alley on Fifth Avenue in New York City. This year the president of the BPAA made an appearance on CNBC’s Power Lunch on Monday. On Tuesday a bowling alley was set up in Fox Studios, which was featured on “Fox and Friends.” Lewczyk said that even though there are approximately 3,000 participating bowling centers in the United States, reports of number of games bowled will be sent in from centers worldwide because of military bases abroad. Every military base has a bowling center, and they report the number of games bowled to the BPAA. Lewczyk said with bowling participation numbers constantly on the rise and the sport spreading worldwide, he sees no reason why it should slow down. “It’s a lifelong sport,” he said. “Available to anyone at any age, and it’s well loved. Everybody has fun — from a six-year-old to a 100-year-old.” Cory Francer is a senior sport studies major. Contact him at


Thursday, September 10, 2009

Bombers’ depth at halfback pays off By Bryan Shay Staff writer

His eyes are wide and focused as he stares straight ahead. His hands sit on his thighs as beads of sweat drip from his forehead. The count is on two. With the snap of the ball he hits the hole hard behind a Bomber front that averages 278 pounds and 6 feet 4 inches across the line. As he keeps his feet moving to push ahead for that extra couple yards, the only question is, who is he? Saturday in Canton, N.Y., against St. Lawrence University, the answer was junior running back Dan Ruggiero, but it may be a question that has a different answer week in and week out. Head Coach Mike Welch The Bombers’ said he is happy with the running backs combined for depth his team has at the 120 yards in their running back position and opening game. who ultimately gets the most touches has a lot to do with the opponent and the way the game is going. “It’s really a game-to-game and series-to-series decision,” Welch said. In their 45–0 win over St. Lawrence on Saturday, the Bombers had three different backs combine for 120 yards and a touchdown, which included touches primarily from Ruggiero along with sophomore Adam Lajara and junior Luke Herrington. But Welch said this week will be a little different with the return of senior running back Thomas Bergerstock, who was sidelined by an injury for the season opener against St. Lawrence. Welch said Bergerstock is ready to go and they anticipate him starting Saturday when the Bombers head three hours northeast to Schenectady, N.Y., to bang heads with Union College. Bergerstock said he is ready to go and feels 100 percent. He is confident the injury will not affect the mental part of his game as well, which can often happen to athletes who have struggled through chronic injuries. “I don’t think it will affect me,” Bergerstock said. “I’ve got a bunch of other stuff to think about while I’m running.” While both Ruggiero and Bergerstock project to have standout seasons once again, both give credit where credit is due, praising a line in front of them

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Senior running back Thomas Bergerstock runs the ball during practice Tuesday at Allen Field. Bergerstock will make his season debut Saturday as the Bombers take on Union College on the road.

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that returns only one starter from last season. “Obviously we can’t have a good day unless the line has a good day,” Bergerstock said. Ruggiero said he is also impressed with how the new line has performed. “It’s a testament to our program and how hard they work,” Ruggiero said. “It’s amazing how they can just step in and have the same cohesion on the offensive line.” Not only do they appreciate the guys in front of them, but Bergerstock and Ruggiero also have

a great respect for one another. While they may be competing for the same position on the field, both agree that having one another around only makes them better because the two critique each other’s games. “Having a guy like Dan around is great,” Bergerstock said. “Not only does it push me in practice, but we are looking out for each other. We talk about reads and plays and bounce stuff off each other to make one another better — that’s the goal.”

Bombers create new motto to play their hardest by kevin mccall staff writer

It isn’t the team’s skill, but its will to be the best that leads it to victory. No team on South Hill better identifies with this axiom than the women’s soccer team. Head Coach Mindy Quigg has built a team that values speed and strength on the field. She has laid a foundation of hard work and a commitment to excellence off the field during her 16 years at the position. She said that every player on The Blue and this year’s team Gold take on puts a lot of pride Rochester in the overall Institute of team personality Technology on Saturday. and work ethic. “One reason why we’re in the national tournament frequently is because of our work rate,” she said “It’s not always because we’re the best team out there.” With any team at Ithaca College, there is turnover year after year, as players graduate and freshmen make the transition from high school sports to the Division III level. Senior midfielder and forward Liz Masucci said that the loss of strong players is inevitable and is viewed not as a detriment, but as an opportunity for everyone on the team to develop. “Every year is a rebuilding season,” she said. “We learned a lot from the seniors last season, so we just have to take it and learn from it in order to grow as a team.”

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From left, junior Kelly Gannon goes for the ball as freshman Caroline Jastremski dribbles past her during practice Monday behind Kostrinsky Field.

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Another tough aspect of the game that can’t be controlled is loss of players because of injury. The Blue and Gold have frequently dealt with aches and pains in their young season. Senior forward Winnie Adrien, a leading goal scorer for the team last season, was sidelined for both games this weekend with an ankle injury. The Bombers won 1–0 in their season opener against Gettysburg College

on Friday but fell to No. 1 Messiah College 4–1 the next day. As injuries to key players begin to mount, the team has shown that it’s composed of many interchangeable parts, as freshmen Julie Winn and Rachael Palladino saw more action in the weekend games and stepped up their level of play. Senior Amy Scheffer said injuries were an inescapable part of the game

and a lot of her teammates play hurt. “A lot of us are injured in some way, but we just tough it out as long as we can and play through it,” she said. Another distinguishing feature of the Bombers is their lack of captains. Quigg said she does not believe in appointing captains because it restricts the roles of each individual athlete on the team. “This way leaders can emerge as the season goes on and everyone is able to have a voice,” Quigg said. The South Hill squad has adopted the motto “Instill your will” for the 2009 season. It is written on the team’s bulletin board inside the Hill Center, on its practice schedule and outside Quigg’s office. Masucci interpreted the team motto as everyone working hard together to achieve a common goal. “When we push ourselves, it makes everyone work harder, and when we all work hard together, things click,” she said. Quigg said it was important for the team to keep the same mentality it has had during her tenure as head coach. “We’ll have a lot to look forward to if we come in every day, train hard and are focused on the task at hand,” she said. After 16 years under Quigg, ten NCAA playoff appearances and 200 wins, the formula for hard work and commitment has equaled success for the Bombers, as they continue to put up a strong effort against every opponent, regardless of the score.

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Filling the void Junior transfer goalkeeper takes over starting role in net By Brad Kolodner Staff WRiter

The men’s soccer team came away from its season-opening 0–0 tie against a tough SUNY-Geneseo squad with mixed emotions. While the team would have liked to escape with a win, View a video of junior junior goal- Justin Parlapiano keeper Justin at Parlapiano was go/09goalie. content with the shutout, marking a new beginning for the Division I transfer student. One year ago, Parlapiano was on the bench at Sacred Heart University, sitting behind another goalkeeper who was not going to relinquish his starting role. However, Parlapiano was concerned with more than just his lack of playing time. “I wasn’t really feeling the team atmosphere,” Parlapiano said. “It basically came to the point where I couldn’t see myself going back to the school, whether I started or not.” Determined to find a new school, Parlapiano began his college search all over again as a rising junior. He returned to the drawing board and thought of an old friend he played high school soccer with, Bombers’ junior midfielder Jeff Geyer. “I told him that there was an opportunity for him and he should take advantage of it if he wanted to work,” Geyer said. Parlapiano, a business major, toured the college and said he was hooked when he walked through the brand new business school. “[The School of Business] was a big selling point,” he said. When Parlapiano began preseason workouts, he was surprised to see how much competition he would be facing

for the starting spot. “I was nervous, especially when I saw five goalkeepers in training,” he said. “I got real nervous.” In two years at Sacred Heart, Parlapiano said he was calm and reserved, but he wanted to change his attitude when he got to Ithaca. “I wanted to make a point to get involved on the field and communicate a lot — act as if I was already the starting goalkeeper,” he said. That mentality helped Parlapiano earn respect and recognition from his coaches and teammates. By the end of preseason workouts, Parlapiano had proved his worth to the coaching staff. “He’s a good athlete; he’s got good hands,” Head Coach Andy Byrne said. “He’s earned the job as a starting goalkeeper.” A summer of anxiety and anticipation for Parlapiano reached a climax when he achieved his goal of being named Ithaca’s starting keeper. “Because I haven’t played in two years, everything I worked for … it was probably the best feeling I’ve had in a while,” he said. Parlapiano earned the starting role with little game experience. Last year’s Empire 8 All-Star goalkeeper, Andy Wilhelm ’09, left big shoes to fill. “[Wilhelm] had a year to sit and learn and gain experience a little bit at a time,” Byrne said. “Justin is being thrown into it.” In his first live game action, Parlapiano exceeded expectations with seven saves and posted a shutout. “It was very encouraging to see him perform well,” Geyer said. “He actually made a couple really big saves during the game. … Justin was actually a main focal point of the defense.” Parlapiano said his success in the

Junior starting goalkeeper Justin Parlapiano dives to make a save at practice at Carp Wood Field on Tuesday. Parlapiano has allowed one goal through the first three games of the regular season and posted two shutouts. andy Matias/the ithacan

Bombers’ opener led his teammates to become confident in him. “It was our first stepping-stone where players started congratulating me and I started earning respect from my players,” Parlapiano said. “It sets the pace for the rest of the season.” Through the first three games of the season, Parlapiano has allowed only one goal, including two shutouts. With a first-round exit in the NCAA tournament last fall, Parlapiano said he recognizes that anything less than a conference title will be a disappointment.



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Blue and Gold try to stay healthy with few players on team weekends are grueling, and literally all you do is eat, sleep and play volleyball. It gets to you after a while. But being with the team in the hotel can be a lot of fun too.” Ithaca has added incentive to stay healthy this season with the New York State Regional Challenge being held at home this year. It won’t be an easy season with 11 players, but Orlandini said if the Bombers can continue to play with confidence, then the team will find success this year. “We’ve really been working hard on every aspect of the game,” Orlandini said.

by Dylan Hornblum Contributing writer

The volleyball team began its season with a total of only 12 players, meaning they would need to train extra hard in order to get in shape for a long and arduous schedule. Any injuries would leave Head Coach Janet Donovan and her squad with a lack of personnel. Unfortunately for the Bombers, extra training sometimes means extra bangs and bruises. This held true for the Blue and Gold as Jessica Hoeffner, sophomore outside hitter, went down with a season-ending ACL tear midway through the preseason at the end of August. “It wasn’t anybody’s fault,” Hoeffner said. “It was just the way I landed when I jumped. It was one of those things that you just can’t do anything about. It was all me.” While Hoeffner will be getting surgery and on the road to recovery as quickly as possible, the rest of the team must now make due with an even shorter bench than it had expected. The season could be tough for the Bombers, now down to 11 players, but junior Tina Orlandini remains optimistic. “We try not to think about it too much,” she said. “To us, smaller numbers just equates to great team chemistry. So we are trying to keep a positive outlook.” Orlandini, who suffered an injury earlier this season, has been playing with a sprained ankle that she said has not affected her play. Fortunately with some of their toughest competition of the season already behind them, the Bombers have a good chance to succeed as long as the rest of the team stays healthy.

Ithaca #3 Rachel Busch #4 Corinna Doctor #9 Karin Edsall #11 Liz Previte #15 Stephanie Lavallato #17 Kate Thoene #1 Marissa Woodcome #2 Taylor Horton #7 Chelsea Hayes #16 Tina Orlandini

From left, sophomore Karin Edsall, senior Rachel Busch and sophomore Liz Previte practice blocking during practice Monday in Ben Light Gymnasium. The Bombers are 2–4 on the season.

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Junior Taylor Horton was one of the few players to play all 37 matches for the Bombers last season. She said that her durability comes from eating healthy and working out, something the entire team is doing more of this year to prevent injury. “We are doing a lot more lifting and conditioning this year and trying to focus on

nutrition because we really cannot afford to lose anyone else,” Horton said. The Bombers will have played seven tournaments before getting to the playoffs in early November, and of those tournaments, only one is at Ben Light Gymnasium. “It is tough being on the road all the time,” Horton said. “The bus rides can get long. The

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Freshmen lead the way in golf team’s opener make a divot. This came in handy when she approached the 7th hole, a 130-yard, par-3. Llobell struck a 6-iron flush and landed the ball 6 feet from the pin. This was a putt she would go on to make for birdie. “My putter was really working for me,” Llobell said. “I had 32 putts and still missed two or three putts that I feel I should have made.” Wood said he was not surprised by the standout play of the three freshmen golfers in their first taste of competition of this magnitude. He said he expects that they will do the same in their next match when they return to action Saturday and Sunday at the St. Lawrence Invitational. “I saw the potential very early,” Wood said. “Brooke shot an 86 in practice, so it doesn’t surprise me that she would shoot a 90 in her first match. They handled their nerves very well. They didn’t seem to panic at all in their first collegiate competition, which is a good thing to move forward with.”

By Seth Schniebolk Contributing writer

The sun was shining brightly, there was not a single cloud in the sky, and a pleasant breeze came through the tree limbs every few minutes. It was a perfect setting for a golf match, and for the first time in Ithaca College’s history, there was one. The golf team competed in its inaugural varsity match Saturday at the Country Club of Ithaca. Even more remarkably, the Bombers defeated William Smith College in convincing fashion, 370–412. The par-72 course played to 5,805 yards. The victory was largely because of the stellar play of freshman Jackie Young, who led the team with a low round of 89, her personal best. Freshman Brooke Llobell posted the team’s second best score with a 90, and classmate Samantha Liberty shot the fourth best score for Ithaca with a solid 98. Junior Christie O’Shea also shot a personal best round of 93. Head Coach Dan Wood, who is in his first season with the team, said prior to the match that he needed the three starting freshmen to play well in order for success against William Smith. “I thought going into the match that if Jackie, Samantha and Brooke shot around a 90–100, we would be in good shape,” he said. “I was expecting for a total of 380 [shots], and we did 10 shots better than that.” Wood said he wasn’t completely sure how his newcomers would fare in their first experience of competition at such a high level, but he was confident in his team’s ability to fight for the win. Young, who has only played golf for three years, was named the Empire 8 Athlete of the Week. Her shot of the day came on the tough 350-yard par-4 17th hole. After she missed the green in regulation, Young hit a great shot off the putting surface into the

Ithaca 370, William Smith 412

Country Club of Ithaca - par-72 - 5,805 yards

Freshman Jackie Young drives a ball during the Bombers’ inaugural match Saturday at the Country Club of Ithaca. The Blue and Gold beat William Smith College by a score of 370–412. karina fink/the ithacan

hole for birdie. “My driver was my best club all day,” Young said. “I didn’t hit that many fairways, but I was hitting the ball long and not more than five yards off the fairway.” Llobell has been one of the Bombers’

most consistent players this season, Wood said. That strong play continued Saturday with identical scores of 45 on both the front and back nine. Wood said he has been working with Llobell during practice on hitting down more on the ball in order to


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game time FRIDAY

•2:00 p.m. Volleyball hosts the Bomber Invitational at Ben Light Gymnasium


•All day Women’s tennis at William Smith Invitational •9:00 a.m. Volleyball hosts the Bomber Invitational at Ben Light Gymnasium •11:00 a.m. Men’s cross country at Oswego Invitational •11:00 a.m. Women’s cross country at Oswego Invitational •Noon Golf at St. Lawrence Invitational at the St. Lawrence Golf Course •Noon Women’s soccer vs. Rochester Institute of Technology at Carp Wood Field •1:00 p.m. Football at Union College •3:00 p.m. Men’s soccer vs. Hamilton College at Carp Wood Field •8:00 p.m. Men’s tennis at Flower City Tournament


•All day Men’s tennis at Flower City Tournament •All day Golf at St. Lawrence Invitational at the St. Lawrence Golf Course •All day Women’s tennis at William Smith Invitational


•4:00 p.m. Women’s tennis vs. SUNY-Cortland at Ithaca College Tennis Courts


•4:00 p.m. Women’s soccer at Elmira College •5:00 p.m. Field hockey at William Smith College

Outside hitting

From left, seniors Andrew Brown and Jonathan Lin jump, attempting to block a spike from sophomore Taylor Hassman, at the four-day intramural sand volleyball tournament over Labor Day weekend played behind Emerson Hall. sarah schuman/the Ithacan

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The number of active players on the volleyball team’s roster. See story on page 25.

The number of goals the men’s soccer team has allowed through the first three regular season games. See story on page 24.

*Home games in bold

This is what I want to do, and I can compete with these girls, no matter who I’m playing. I have a chance against anyone.

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Weird news from the wide world of sports We’ve seen basketball legend Michael Jordan appropriately cast in “Space Jam,” baseball star Barry Bonds cameo in “Rookie of the Year” and even quarterback Brett Favre had his moment of fame on the silver screen in the hit comedy “There’s Something About Mary.” Now moviegoers will have to wait until summer 2010 to see Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, former Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight champion, take part in the upcoming remake of the popular ’80s television show “A-Team.” Jackson will tackle the role of Sergeant Bosco Albert, commonly known as “Bad Attitude” Baracus. Because of scheduling conflicts, Jackson had to cancel his heavily anticipated fight against Rashad Evans on the season finale of “The Ultimate Fighter 10.” – Andrew Weiser


where we stand


1. Hartwick 2. Washington and Jefferson 3. Ithaca 4. Nazareth 5. Utica


1. Alfred 2. Hartwick 3. Ithaca 4. Springfield 5. Utica

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Professional women’s tennis player, 17-yearold Melanie Oudin on her upset against 13thseeded Nadia Petrova at the 2009 U.S. Open.

field hockey

W 3 1 2 2 2

L 0 0 1 1 1

Win% 1.000 1.000 .667 .667 .667

men’s soccer

1. Alfred 2. Stevens 3. Elmira 4. Ithaca 5. RIT

W 3 3 1 1 1

L 0 0 0 1 1

T 0 0 0 1 1

Win% 1.000 1.000 1.000 .500 .500

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Overall Standings

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View more clips from The Positive Jam at go/09jammin.


jammin’ Students and locals end summer on a high note Sunday at the first Positive Jam concert, a daylong celebration of music and community at Stewart Park Above: From left, singer John McCauley and bassist Christopher Dale Ryan, both of the band Deer Tick, bring down the house with an energetic performance Sunday. Erin Irby/The Ithacan

Right: From left, sophomores Daniel Sitts, Elicia Wartman and Alex Cunningham take a break from the concert to enjoy the sunshine on the grass at Stewart Park. Erin Irby/The Ithacan

Above Left: Lead singer Craig Finn, of the band The Hold Steady, delivers a powerful and entertaining performance as part of The Positive Jam’s headlining group.

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Above Right: From left, senior Mike Grippi and junior Reece Lazarus, of the local indie-rock band Caution Children, kick off the daylong concert at Stewart Park.

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