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College must disclose book prices sooner by Gerald Doherty Senior Writer
authorities until the state law goes into effect. The law’s purpose is to “prevent the spread of invasive aquatic species in Tompkins County.” Sharon Anderson, environment program leader for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, said the county is taking a step in the right direction with the new law. “There’s now a mechanism to say to people, ‘Look, not only is this the right thing to do, but it’s the legal thing to do,” she said. The water in the Cayuga Inlet has been regularly treated for the last year with low doses of herbicides. Two rounds were administered this summer. In July, the inlet was closed for a day so that endothall herbicides
To address a lack of information about textbook requirements for students during registration, the Ithaca College Bookstore and Office of the Provost are raising faculty awareness about an education law that requires early notification of textbook and class material prices. The Higher Education Opportunity Act, which Congress passed in 2008, requires colleges and universities receiving KELLY said the federal funds to college is trying to create awareness disclose the cost of of the legislation. textbooks and class materials to students by the time they register for courses for the following semester. This will allow students to know the cost of a class. Textbook information at the college is handled by the bookstore. Marisa Kelly, provost and vice president for educational affairs, said textbook and class material disclosure is only one small aspect of the act. “It really has to do with ensuring that institutions are acting in the best interest of students,” Kelly said. “That at least is the spirit underlying the law.” For example, the HEOA allows the federal government to regulate Perkins Loan and Pell Grant increases. It also requires textbooks to be sold separately from class materials in order to eliminate bundled sales to students. Though Kelly was unable to provide the percentage of how compliant the college is with the law in regard to textbook information, she said her goal is to be as compliant with the HEOA as any institution possibly can. She said she addressed the Faculty Council to promote the importance of getting textbook lists back to the bookstore on time. “It’s about making sure we have this information there,” Kelly said. “Anything we can do to make that job easier for the bookstore means we’ll be better and more accurate.” Kelly said there are some exceptions to the HEOA. “If a faculty member hasn’t been assigned to a course yet, then that requirement doesn’t apply,” Kelly said. According to Princeton University, penalties for noncompliance include fines from the Department of Education and, the most severe punishment, a limit or end to Title IV financial aid programs. Rod Beers, textbook manager at the college bookstore, said he sends out textbook adoption forms four weeks before course registration begins and asks professors for a list of books they
See Hydrilla, page 4
See Textbooks, page 4
Amanda Williams, an employee at Ithaca Hemp Company, examines freshman Scott Halstead's driver's license before he purchases a lighter.
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Proposed legislation targets tobacco dealers By Stephen Adams contributing writer
The Downtown Ithaca Alliance has proposed legislation to increase oversight and tighten regulations on local tobacco dealers. The proposed legislation, “Tobacco and Tobacco Products Permit Legislation,” limits the ability of local tobacco dealers to sell tobacco products and paraphernalia. If passed, the drafted regulations would require all stores that sell tobacco products or smoking paraphernalia to obtain a local license from the City of Ithaca. In the legislation, “tobacco products” refer to one or more cigarettes or cigars, chewing tobacco, powdered tobacco or any other tobacco products,
whereas “smoking paraphernalia,” items commonly found in head shops, refers to pipes, water pipes, hookahs, rolling papers, vaporizers or other apparatuses designed for inhaling tobacco. Any establishment that sells either tobacco products or tobacco paraphernalia is considered a tobacco dealer. There are six head shops located on The Commons, and there are nearly 20 tobacco retailers — not counting corner stores and gas stations. Until now, Ithaca tobacco dealers have only been obligated to register with the New York State Department of Tax and Finance and obtain a certification that authorizes the collection of tobacco excise taxes. Like most cities, Ithaca requires no
specific local permits for the sale of tobacco. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the drug remains the leading preventable cause of death in the U.S. The proposed changes would require every dealer of tobacco products in Ithaca to have a valid permit. For the first year permits will only be issued to applicants for the same location where they were issued a certificate of registration from the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. The number of permits issued will have a limit, though that number has not yet determined.
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County weeds out Hydrilla plant from Cayuga Inlet by Lucy walker Staff writer
Efforts to eradicate and prevent the spread of hydrilla, an invasive aquatic plant species in the Cayuga Inlet, have led to a new law that will target people who knowingly harm the ecosystems. Since the first sighting last August, the Hydrilla Task Force of the Cayuga Lake Watershed, an alliance of local individuals and organizations, has worked to stop the progress of hydrilla in the Ithaca area. This summer, government agencies took action to support ecosystem protection. A New York law passed in July — which will go into effect in January 2013 — will give the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Department of Agriculture
Hydrilla, an invasive plant that was found in the Cayuga Inlet, is on display Tuesday at the Farmer’s Market dock by the Cayuga Floating Classroom. Rachel Woolf/the ithacan
and Markets the authority to regulate the movement of invasive species and punish those who knowingly endanger ecosystems.
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During its July 27 meeting the Tompkins County Legislature passed Local Law No. 4, which empowers local environmental
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Nation&World Obama promises justice for attack
President Barack Obama vowed Wednesday that the United States would “work with the Libyan government to bring to justice” those who killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other American personnel in an attack on the consulate in Benghazi, Libya. “Make no mistake. Justice will be done,” he said in an appearance at the Rose Garden outside the White House, where he was joined by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Obama, who ordered an increase in security at U.S. facilities overseas, said he “condemns in the strongest possible terms the outrageous and shocking” attack. The attacks occurred Tuesday night in the eastern city of Benghazi when protesters angered by a film that ridiculed Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, according to Libya officials. Ambassador Chris Stevens, 52, was killed when he and a group of embassy employees went to the consulate to try to evacuate staff as the building came under attack by a mob with guns and rocket propelled grenades. Three other Americans were also killed.
Death toll rises in Pakistan blazes
The death toll from a pair of devastating factory fires that broke out in Pakistan’s two biggest cities rose Wednesday to 314 people, many of whom perished because they were unable to escape buildings that lacked emergency exits and basic safety equipment such as alarms and sprinklers. The horrific toll highlights the state of industrial safety in Pakistan, where many factories are set up illegally in the country’s densely populated cities and owners often pay officials bribes to ignore safety violations. The more deadly of the two blazes, which both erupted Tuesday night, was at a garment factory in the southern city of Karachi, the country’s economic heart. The death toll there rose to 289 people Wednesday, as firefighters battled the flames for hours, senior government official Roshan Ali Sheikh said. It was one of the worst industrial accidents in Pakistan’s 65-year history, and Sheikh said the death toll could rise because rescue workers were still pulling bodies out from the site in Karachi.
Relatives of the victims said the factory owner locked the exit doors in response to a recent theft, thereby endangering the workers inside.
US poverty remains at record high
The Census Bureau reported the number of Americans in poverty stood at 15 percent in 2011 compared to 15.1 percent in 2010. About 46.2 million people, or nearly 1 in 6, were in poverty. In all, the number of poor remained at record highs. The figures were better than the expectations of analysts who had predicted an increase because of persistently high unemployment. The unemployment rate improved modestly in 2011, but wage growth was weak. University of Michigan economist Sheldon Danziger calls the poverty figures surprising and a sign that expiring unemployment benefits were able to help workers for much of the year. The median household income was $50,054, a 1.5 percent decline from 2010.
Explosion in Syria leaves 18 dead
An explosion targeting Syrian regime forces killed at least three people Wednesday in northern Syria — and possibly up to 18 — amid rising violence ahead of a visit by the new U.N.-Arab League envoy who is trying to end the country’s civil war. Diplomatic efforts have so far failed to halt the bloodshed in Syria, but the new international envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi, will be in Syria on Thursday for talks with Foreign Minister Walid Moallem, according to ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi. Conflicting accounts were reported about the nature of Wednesday’s blast and the number of casualties. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in a statement that a car bomb exploded, and that 18 security agents were killed.
Hooters to be sued for racial slur
A Korean immigrant has sued a Hooters restaurant in New York City for racial discrimination after discovering an ethnic slur on his food receipt. According to the lawsuit filed by Kisuk Cha, the computer receipt he and his girlfriend received for a July 1 takeout order in
Black flags tell tales
An Egyptian woman holds a black flag that reads, “No God but Allah, and Mohammed is his prophet,” in front of the U.S. embassy Wednesday in Cairo, Egypt. An Israeli filmmaker based in California went into hiding after his movie sparked angry assaults by ultra-conservative Muslims. NASSER NASSER/associated press
Queens contained the slur “Chinx.” The suit was filed Monday in Brooklyn federal court. A lawyer for the restaurant franchise says the food server whose name appeared on the receipt was cleared after a hostess admitted she wrote the slur. Edward McCabe says the hostess has apologized and resigned. The suit seeks damages and names Hooters of America, the owners of the Queens franchise and the two workers.
Vodka kills 19 in Czech Republic
In the Czech Republic at least 19 people are dead and 24 others hospitalized after consuming tainted vodka. Some of them have been blinded, while others have been induced into comas. All had drunk cheap vodka and rum laced with methanol, a toxic substance used to stretch alcohol on the black market and guarantee high profits for manufacturers. The Czech Republic announced emergency measures Wednesday as the death toll from
the methanol poisoning mounted. Kiosks and markets were banned from selling spirits with more than 30 percent alcohol content, and police raided outlets nationwide. At 410 sites, they found 70 cases of illegal alcohol. Prime Minister Petr Necas called on all Czechs to refrain from drinking “any alcohol whose origin is uncertain,” but authorities still feared the death toll will rise further. Of the 16 confirmed dead in the Czech Republic, eight lived in the region; two others died in neighboring Poland and one more in Slovakia. Senior police official Vaclav Kucera said all the poisoning cases so far are likely connected and two suspects have been arrested — one in the eastern city of Zlin and another in the northeastern city of Havirov. The first two fatalities were announced Sept. 6 in Havirov. The suspects are believed to work in the country’s depressed northeast. SOURCE: Associated Press
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Marriott proposed for South Aurora PAtrick Feeney Staff Writer
A proposal to build a 159-room Marriott hotel on South Aurora Street is awaiting approval from Ithaca’s Planning and Development Department this month. JoAnn Cornish, director of planning and development, said the project has been in the works since 2008, when property developer Jeffrey Rimland proposed construction of a hotel on his property. Cornish said the project took off in the past six months, when Rimland partnered with Marriott International to bring the chain to Ithaca. If approved, the building will be completed with conference space and a restaurant. It will be erected on the east side of The Commons next to the Green Street parking garage. Other additions to hotels are occurring across Ithaca. The Marriott will join a new Fairfield Inn, which will be located on Route 13, and planned expansions to the Holiday Inn. Marriott International also owns a Courtyard hotel in Lansing. Fred Bonn, director of the Ithaca/Tompkins County Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the growth of hotels in the city is an indicator of interest in the market. “This is a great sign for our city,” Bonn said. “I think we’re one of the few cities that’s seeing this level of interest in development of their downtown core in the Northeast.” Cornish said hotels in the area have trouble getting available rooms for their customers. “They often end up sending guests to other communities,” Cornish said. The Marriott Hotel, if approved, will rise alongside a major revitalization project on The Commons. Cornish said the new hotel partly spurred the $7-8 million renovations. “We know having a hotel on The Commons is going to be instrumental in the revitalization,” Cornish said. “The Commons is upward of 40 years old now, [and] it needs a lot of work done on it. So, we are planning to make it worthy of having a Marriott, and this will be one of their top-of-the-line Marriotts.” Some of the business owners within The Commons are looking forward to the new business the hotel will bring. Dean Zervos, co-owner of Simeon’s Bar and Grill, said the possibility of having so many rooms close to his restaurant
Professors face new demands on group travel by Noreyana Fernando Staff Writer
Senior Eric Dobesh walks past the site where the proposed Marriott Hotel may be built. If the proposal is passed, the 18-month construction project will begin by March 1 on South Aurora Street. Rachel Woolf/The Ithacan
could improve business. “People get out of the hotel, what do they want to do?” Zervos said. “They want to eat, so I think the closer [the] better.” However, Akira Sakoda, manager at Viva Taqueria, said she isn’t expecting to see a serious change in clientele once the hotel is finished. “We’ve been in town for 20 years,” Sakoda said. “Our local clientele are extremely loyal and students love us. That’s not going to change because we have a hotel in front of us.” Owners of local lodgings, such as bed-andbreakfasts, feel similarly. David Dier, innkeeper at the William Henry Miller Inn, said his business is always full and he doesn’t expect to see changes. “You’ve got people who come here partly because of the amenities, and then you’ve got other people who are just coming to see people,” Dier said. “A hotel works for them. It’s a place to get sleep, get breakfast, and go.”
Bonn said the new additions to Ithaca’s hotel selection will not negatively affect the area’s current establishments. “They’re reaching a little different type of traveler that is used to staying in a flight hotel property,” Bonn said of the city’s bed and breakfasts. “They are in the city delivering some very unique and memorable experiences that you just can’t find at a traditional chain hotel.” Cornish said the chances of the hotel being approved are very good. The plans could be approved by the end of the month. The construction, which is scheduled to last 18-months, would begin this fall, weather permitting, or by March 1 next year. Cornish said she thinks the hotel will improve The Commons’ aesthetics while fitting with the character of downtown structures. “It’s a beautiful building,” Cornish said. “It will be an iconic piece of architecture for The Commons.”
CEO stresses leadership in corporate endeavors registers to providing hardware, software and service. “A company that 10 years priThe School of Business welcomed Sam Villanti ’86 Tuesday or was bending iron and making night for a presentation titled things in a factory in Rochester, “Lessons Learned While Leading N.Y., is now essentially a software and service company,” Villanti through Change.” Villanti, president and CEO of said. “What that has allowed us to UTC Retail, presented to a room do is not only survive, but grow.” During his discussion, Villanti full of students of all majors about his experiences in leadership dur- focused on the role of a leader in ing times of organizational change. business. Villanti said it is imporUTC Retail is a major provider of tant for a leader to communicate cash register hardware, software with their team and to know when to help. and services. “Job one of the leader is to After graduating from Ithaca College, Villanti was hired by NCR make sure that everyone in the Corporation. He spent five years organization knows what we’re working with NCR before being doing and why we’re doing it,” Villanti said. “Job recruited to join two, however, the consultis to make sure ing practice that you get at Pricewaterinvolved when house Coopers, you need to get a business-coninvolved.” sulting firm. Later in his He was re— Sam Villanti pre s ent ation, cruited to take Villanti talked over for the about the lessons CEO of UTC Retail in 1998, and in February of 2000 he learned throughout his career. he organized a management-led The main point Villanti stressed buyout of the company. Under was the importance of change in his management, he said, UTC business. Villanti said businesses evolved from manufacturing cash must change with technology, but
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“The key is to find the practical application of technology.”
Sam Villanti ’86, president and CEO of UTC RETAIL, speaks to a packed room of Ithaca College students in the School of Business on Tuesday. Durst Breneiser/The Ithacan
they should only make changes that are practical. “If we’re doing the exact same thing five years from now, we won’t be around,” Villanti said. “The key is to find the practical application of technology.” Senior Hank Newman said it was helpful to see what a graduate of the college has done. “A lot of us don’t know what we’re going to do in a year,” Newman said. “To see what an actual Ithaca College graduate did from square one, how he started off thinking he was just going to an internship and how that moved on to being president and
CEO of a multinational company — it was really cool to see the steps that he took to become that.” Students from other departments of the college came to the event to hear about Villanti’s accomplishments. Senior Nate Lawrence, a cinema production major, said he found the presentation reassuring. “I always like coming to alumni speeches because it makes me more comfortable to see that a core group of people at Ithaca College have the same vision to succeed,” Lawrence said. “It’s always nice to see where they came from and how they got there.”
Beginning this semester, Ithaca College faculty and staff looking to organize short-term study abroad programs for students will have to go through the Office of International Programs. This means students will have to use a SAUNDERS said college-rec- trip plans must be o m m e n d e d sent 15 months health-care in advance. plan, attend a mandatory orientation session before the trip and have two college leaders per traveling group. Applications will now go through OIP and follow requirements, such as the compulsory orientation session for traveling students. Students will be automatically enrolled in a comprehensive international health insurance plan, which costs $47.44 per month. Faculty and staff will also be required to submit proposals for study abroad programs 15 months ahead of time. The previous time required was 12 months. Tanya Saunders, assistant provost for international programs and special projects, said the requirements were updated because of a possible future increase in the number of these short-term programs. “As part of IC 20/20, we want more opportunities for our students to have international experiences that are tied to the on-campus curriculum and to on-campus learning initiatives,” she said. In the past, Saunders said, staff and faculty trying to plan trips with students sometimes worked with other campus offices like a dean’s office. Sometimes they planned their trips independently. Rachel Cullenen, director of study abroad, said these changes will not affect study abroad applications for students. “It’s only about faculty or staff who want to take students abroad and the deadlines involved in how they go about proposing those programs and institutionalizing the fact that they all need to work with the Office of International Programs,” she said. However, Susan Allen-Gil, professor of environmental studies and science and member of the International Travel Policy Committee at the college, said requiring faculty and staff to plan trips through OIP means students may face higher costs in travel. Two college leaders are now required to travel with every group regardless of its size for liability reasons. This was previously not a requirement for those going through other departments. This, in addition to the college-recommended health insurance plan when going through the OIP, she said, drives up the cost for students. “What the college is grappling with — at least in my personal experience — is trying to figure out how to balance experienced learning with the inherent risk that goes along with it,” she said. For the complete version of this story, visit theithacan.org/24636.
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City strives for Hydrilla eradication Hydrilla from page 1
could be administered by boat into the water. “We’re very pleased that [the July effort] knocked back the hydrilla very significantly,” she said. Me m bers of the Hydrilla Task Force knew that not all of the invasive tubers would have sproutANDERSON said ed by midthe new law is a s u m m e r. step in the right In August, direction for Ithaca. a second treatment began, using low levels of fluridone herbicides. “As soon as the hydrilla sprouts from the tubers that were dormant, the fluridone knocks it back,” Anderson said. “But other aquatic plants are pretty healthy, so it is fairly selective, which was what we were hoping for with this low dose.” The City of Ithaca has received at least $800,000 for hydrilla education from the New York state government this year. Roxy Johnston, Ithaca watershed coordinator, said funding for these projects often comes from outside of Ithaca. “Most of the funding is coming from the state and federal sources,” Johnston said. “But the in-kind agencies and governments have contributed easily well over $100,000 this year, and that will just continue on with staff support and other types of costs.” Along with the herbicide treatments, boats and a few divers looked for hydrilla in the inlet and lake. Johnston said almost 1,400 points on the south end and both shores of the lake were surveyed. Bill Foster, program director for Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom, said volunteer monitors from the community were trained by the Cayuga Floating Classroom. “We ended up doing about 110 of them with volunteers,” Foster said. “So we generated data and trained volunteers simultaneously.” In the past year, local results have been promising. For worst-case scenarios, however, there is currently no rapid response program in place for a case of a sudden, overwhelming invasion, Johnston said. Hydrilla has previously been successfully eradicated from non-native ecosystems, including Clear Lake in California and Pipe and Lucerne Lakes in Washington. This strain of hydrilla has appeared in many lakes and rivers in the northern U.S., Foster said. Programs such as the Floating Classroom and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County’s extensive website inform residents and visitors of the threats of hydrilla. Anderson urges everyone to look out for non-native plants or animals on their boats or trailers. “We very much need people to pay attention,” Anderson said. “We can’t be everywhere.”
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Law aims to reduce underage smoking Tobacco from page 1
In addition, no permit shall be issued to any tobacco sellers that are not in a fixed location. A permit will also not be issued to any tobacco sellers within 500 feet of a school or within 500 feet of another tobacco product-selling establishment in possession of a valid permit, unless they are licensed by New York State as a tobacco dealer. Gary Ferguson, executive director of the Downtown Ithaca Alliance, said the legislation is being brought to the table to regulate businesses selling tobacco and paraphernalia. “The legislation is supposed to regulate businesses, it’s not supposed to put them out of business,” Ferguson said. "It could also control the growth, the numbers in the future,” Ferguson said. The proposed regulations have been sent to the Ithaca Common Council for review, but no timetable has been set. If considered, the document would be passed along to the Common Council Committee for approval. Pending a decision by the committee, it may appear on the next Common Council agenda, which could be as early as Sept. 26. Senior Evan Nison, director of the New York Cannabis Alliance and former president of Students for Sensible Drug Policy at Ithaca College, said he is concerned the proposal makes little distinction between drugs and paraphernalia. “If we have six or seven shops right now that are doing well — and they’re not selling drugs, they’re selling glass — I don’t see why the Downtown Ithaca Alliance or council members would support that,” he said. Among the head shops that would be affected is Jabberwock, located on The Commons. The store sells glass pipes, assorted beads, drums, ethnic clothing and local crafts. On an average day, the store sees between 100 and 300 customers pass through its doors. Jael McGreal, co-manager at Jabberwock, said she wants people to understand what stores like hers bring to the community. “Although we do sell a lot of glass, which is considered paraphernalia sometimes, we’re keeping local artists alive,” McGreal said. The proposed legislation suggests that a business caught illegally selling tobacco paraphernalia to minors could be made to display a disclaimer above its doors: "This business sold a tobacco product to someone under 18 years of age and may not sell tobacco products again” until a date to be determined by the city. Also in the proposal, local dealers would have to display signs that read, “Tobacco use harms you and loved ones now. It may kill you later.” The limits will potentially resemble those in New York City and Dutchess County, where similar laws were passed.
Gary Ferguson, executive director of the Downtown Ithaca Alliance, which created the proposal, said the law would regulate businesses selling tobacco and paraphernalia in the City of Ithaca.
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Michael Caldwell, Dutchess County commissioner of health, said in a statement that he’s seen a decrease in the number of active retail tobacco vendors in the county. He said he hopes other cities will take the proposed legislation into consideration. “It provides a better way of tracking how many active tobacco vendors are operating within the area and offers a means of additional oversight over retail tobacco vendors." If passed, the proposed law would crack down on the sale of tobacco products to minors. According to a study conducted by the American Journal of Public Health, there is a direct connection between closer residential proximity to tobacco outlets and higher rates of youth smoking. Freshman *Jared said he often buys cigarettes in Ithaca using fake identification. “There’s a gas station by my house, and they asked me for my ID the first time and they looked at it and said, ‘This isn’t you,’” *Jared said. “I said, ‘No, it totally is me!’ And they believed me.” The 17-year-old Ithaca College student tried his first cigarette at age 12. He now uses his friend’s ID to purchase Marlboro Menthols on The Commons. A 2008 report released by the New York State Department of Health shows that 8.3 percent of state retailers surveyed admit illegally selling tobacco products to minors. This compares with the 20 percent of underage smokers who say they purchase cigarettes from those same retailers. Ted Schiele, program coordinator for Tobacco Free Tompkins, said though no deadline has been set for approving the proposed legislation, it comes from a collaboration between the tobacco control program and Tobacco Free Tompkins.
“We want to help reduce the smoking rates in our county first of all, but really, everywhere,” Schiele said. The effort is aimed at better educating tobacco store owners about their responsibilities under the Adolescent Tobacco Use Prevention Act, which prohibits the sale of tobacco products to minors in New York. The U.S. surgeon general’s report from March shows a downward trend in tobacco use. The decline, however, has slowed dramatically from previous years. Today, more than 3 million high school students smoke cigarettes. In a further effort to tighten restrictions on tobacco dealers, the DIA’s plan would require the permits to be renewed annually. The permits would be gradually phased in over a 12-month period to efficiently handle the frequent renewals. At this point it is unclear to local leaders what, if any, rise in price will be felt by smokers. Ithaca city clerk Julie Holcomb said the proposed regulations are still in the very early stages of development. “It has been reviewed by the Downtown Ithaca Alliance Board as a proposal of something they’re interested in seeing if the city is willing to pick up,” Holcomb said. McGreal said the law will hurt Jabberwock less than other head shops — if passed — because of everything else the store has to offer the community. “It’s a huge community at Jabberwock that revolves around local art and local artists and local people. And, we have people coming together that is not at all defined by our pipes,” McGreal said. *Name has been changed to protect anonymity.
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will be using for class. Beers said this ensures a student can understand how much it would cost to register for a class. However, Beers said the response rate to order forms is low, and this was addressed with Kelly in July. His goal for this semester is to have information available by Nov. 4. “I don’t get very good compliance,” Beers said. “Currently what we’ve done is, when you register for a class through HomerConnect at the registrar’s office, you can view course materials. Whereas [when] you are doing the pre-registration, there is not all the information available.” Beers said the problem can’t be blamed entirely on faculty, as there are logistical issues in planning the next semester. Some professors don't know what they are teaching on time. “Not necessarily does everyone get his or her assigned classes on time," he said. "You don’t necessarily know what they’re teaching.”
The lack of information has affected students looking to budget themselves for the next semester. Junior Jennifer Snyder said she’s had several professors email her textbook information about a week before classes start, making it more difficult to find cheaper textbooks in a timely manner. “I need to have the time to research different areas to find the best price,” Snyder said. “It’s really inconvenient when I’m not planning out what I have to order until the week before classes start.” However, Beers said not all departments fall behind in submitting their forms. The School of Music, as well as the departments of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy, usually submit information before deadline. However, the School of Humanities and Sciences is often behind. Kellie Mooney, administrative assistant in the Department of Physical Therapy, said she returns the textbook information to Beers within three weeks of receiving them. “We follow the curriculum,
Sophomore Brando Bennetton gets last minute photography textbooks before the Ithaca College Bookstore's closing time Saturday afternoon.
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so from semester to semester we know what courses are offered,” Mooney said. Leslie Lewis, dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences, said in an email this may stem from a lack of awareness of the HEOA. She said that increased faculty familiarity should
resolve much of the problem. “I suspect that faculty in the Humanities and Sciences have not been aware of why the bookstore has needed book orders in a timely manner,” Lewis said. “Now that they know more about the issue, I'm sure we'll see much more compliance.”
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Film series promotes green habits By Karly Placek Contributing writer
Two green groups on campus are hosting a new environmentally focused film series in an effort to promote sustainability awareness. The Resource and Environmental Management Program and Take Back the Tap, are using the film series to shed light on environmental issues surrounding water, fracking and sustainability. Senior Emily Shaw, an eco-representative for REMP, said she hopes the films will inspire students to get involved with environmental advocacy. “Film is such a powerful medium,” she said. “We hope kids will take the action further after watching the films.” The film “No Impact Man,” which will screen Sept. 19, is a documentary that addresses sustainability and personal awareness. The next film, “Dirt,” which will screen Sept. 16, will highlight soil and composting. Activities that engage students in environmental issues, such as a water tasting and composting lessons, will follow the film screenings. REMP is a campus group that works to promote sustainable living and ideas. Take Back the Tap is an environmental student organization that targets misconceptions surrounding the consumption of tap water. Shaw said she began planning the film series over the summer. “I was trying to think of something I could do to get people from all different spectrums involved with environmental causes,” she said. During the summer, Shaw contacted junior Jessica Wunsch, vice president of IC Take Back the Tap, about
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Seniors offer wisdom to underclassmen Students of the class of 2013 reflect on their college years.
Aileen Razey Music
Chris Accardo Humanities
Emily Holland Business
Christina Neist Communications
Senior Juliet Barriola, representative of the Resource and Environmental Management Program, discusses sustainability Monday in IC Square.
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hosting the film series together. “It’s a really great partnership,” Wunsch said. “Together we can see what’s going on in the world and then bring issues back down to things that students can do to help out.” Senior Juliet Barriola, an ecorepresentative who organizes the environmental events, said the film events will be an important part of educating the public. “We need to get environmental issues out to the public ... but
environmental issues have to deal with everything,” she said. The groups will continue to hold themed events throughout the semester. “We hope to make people think about the products and resources they are consuming,” Barriola said. “If you have the option to make the better choice, do it.” The film screenings will take place at 7 p.m. in Textor 102 every Wednesday in September.
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Honoring a composer Gordon Stout, professor of music performance at Ithaca College, will be inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame in November. The society will recognize Stout for his contributions to percussion performance, scholarship, and commitment to the profession through his service. Stout has been playing the marimba for STOUT said his more than 40 years and composition is has been teaching at the known globally. School of Music since 1980. He has performed throughout North America, Asia and Europe. Staff Writer Sara Webb spoke with Stout about his musical experiences and his induction into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame. Sara Webb: What’s the difference between a xylophone and a marimba? Gordon Stout: A xylophone is like a piccolo marimba. The flute has a certain range and size, and the piccolo is a very, very small flute in essence, so a xylophone is a smaller marimba, in layman’s terms. SW: How did you come to choose the marimba? GS: My parents are both professional musicians, and at the time my father was the professor of French horn at the University of Michigan. The story goes that he took me out to the school of music at the University of Michigan and we went around to the different studios. When I met the marimba teacher, I chose the marimba. SW: Can you play other instruments? GS: I play all the percussion instruments — timpani, snare drum and xylophone because
I teach all those instruments. Marimba has always been my specialty and the thing that I love to do the most. That was my very first percussion instrument. Because there is very much a similarity with piano in terms of the white keys and the black keys, marimba you have the same thing. There are the white keys and the black keys, they’re just not different colors. So it was an easy transition to make to marimba, having studied piano, because the keys are set up in the same way. SW: Can you tell me about your piece “Two Mexican Dances?” GS: I was a junior in college at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., and my composition teacher was Warren Benson. Warren was the very first professor of percussion here at Ithaca College and later began teaching composition at the Eastman School of Music. So I wrote a piece that was part of a collection, and he said, ‘No, this one piece doesn’t really fit stylistically in the context of the other pieces that it is grouped with. So why don’t you take that piece out of the collection and write another piece in a similar style and call it ‘Two Mexican Dances?’” SW: So this is a world-famous piece? GS: Somebody, somewhere in the world is performing it in concert right now. It’s like a rite of passage in a way for marimba players to play this piece. It’s a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing because no composer is going to complain that 30-some years later people are still playing his music regularly. And it still sells more than 300 copies a year, more than any of my other pieces. So that’s fabulous of course. And it’s kind of a curse in that sometimes people don’t get to know my newer music — which I like even better. They all know the “Mexican Dances,” and then they go on and they do other things rather than study my newer compositions.
Eleven years after Sept. 11, the new multi-billion dollar World Trade Center stands tall. The building will be completed in 2014, and it will be considered the third-tallest building in the world and the tallest in New York City. Thousands came out to visit the 9/11 site.
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College & City NASA scientist to discuss future asteroid mission
Dante Lauretta, leader of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx project, will speak about NASA’s first mission to obtain asteroid samples Thursday at Ithaca College. In 2016, the project, Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security-Regolith Explorer, will in- LAURETTA volve a 3.5 billionmile roundtrip to asteroid 1999 RQ36. The spacecraft will collect asteroid samples to be returned to Earth in 2023 that will give scientists information about how to decrease the possibility of impacts on Earth. Beth Ellen Clark Joseph, associate professor of physics and OSIRIS-REx scientist, said the study of these samples will improve the understanding of how planets are formed and offer data to refine the asteroid’s orbit. The event is free and open to the public. It will begin at noon Thursday at the Center for Natural Sciences in Room 208.
Professor receives award from international group
The International Photography Awards announced that Janice Levy, professor of media arts, sciences and studies, received an honorable mention in the 2012 Fine Art – Other category for a photo. Levy’s photo “Animal Display, Riyadh, KSA” was taken during her sabbatical leave. While in Saudi Arabia for her sabbatical, she
taught photography to women at the Princess Noura bint Abdulrahman University. Levy’s photo is part of a photographic exhibition called “Saudi Arabia from Within” that is scheduled to be on display Sept. 15 at the Hotel Malteste in Dijion, France.
Director elected to serve on regional committee
Martha Gray, director of institutional research, will soon return to the North East Association for Institutional Research Nominations committee. Gray originally worked with NEAIR in 2006 as president of the organization. In 2011, she received the Distinguished Service Award. NEAIR is an organization that promotes effectiveness of individual institutions through research.
Arabic introduction added to anthropology textbook
Michael Malpass, Dana professor of anthropology, has published a second edition of “A Daily Life in the Inca Empire” in Arabic for distribution in the Middle East. The book was translated through a program known as MALPASS the Kalima Initiative, which is located in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The Kalima Initiative translated the first edition into Arabic after being granted the copyright in 2010.
Greenwood Press published the book in 1996, and the original edition was published in 2009. Malpass added an introduction for the Arabic audience in “A Daily Life in the Inca Empire” to culturally contextualize Incan history.
CEO to exchange ideas at corporate conference Eric Schmidt, Google CEO
from 2001 to 2011, will give a lecture at Cornell University. Schmidt’s presentation is part of the Robert S. Hatfield Fellowship, which serves as an annual platform for the exchange of ideas among the academic and corporate commu- SCHMIDT nities. Every year Cornell invites corporate leaders to the campus to meet with other Robert S. Hatfield fellows. Schmidt’s lecture will begin at 5 p.m. Sept. 20 in the Alice Statler Auditorium at Cornell. The presentation is free and open to the public.
Tompkins County reduces schools’ carbon footprint
Tompkins County students and faculty have cut down the carbon footprint by reusing their school supplies. The Tompkins County Solid Waste Management Division partnered with Finger Lakes ReUse for project to reduce the carbon emissions through a recycling education program. The goal was to reduce the amount of trash Tompkins County
Public Safety Incident Log August 30 FIRE ALARM ACCIDENTAL LOCATION: College Circle Apartment SUMMARY: Simplex reported a fire alarm. Activation was caused by burnt food. System reset. Master Patrol Officer Brad Bates. DRUG VIOLATIONS LOCATION: Terraces SUMMARY: One person was judicially referred for drug policy violation and college regulations. Master Patrol Officer Donald Lyke. LARCENY LOCATION: Unknown Location SUMMARY: Complainant reported an unknown person stole a cell phone. Investigation pending. Patrol Officer Jeremiah McMurray. FIRE ALARM ACCIDENTAL LOCATION: College Circle Apartment SUMMARY: Simplex reported a fire alarm. The alarm’s activation was caused by burnt food. The system was reset. Master Security Officer George Whitmore. LARCENY LOCATION: Holmes Hall SUMMARY: Caller reported an unknown person stole textbooks. Investigation pending. Patrol Officer Matthew O’Loughlin.
August 31 CRIMINAL MISCHIEF LOCATION: West Tower SUMMARY: Caller reported an unknown person damaged an exit sign. Investigation pending. Master Patrol Officer Mark Denicola.
CRIMINAL TAMPERING LOCATION: Circle Lot 3 SUMMARY: Officer reported a person urinating in public. The person was judicially referred for indecent conduct. Subsequently, the officer reported this person and a second person tampered with windshield wipers on a vehicle, resulting in a second judicial referral. Patrol Officer Patrick Johnson. MEDICAL ASSIST LOCATION: G-Lot SUMMARY: Officer reported a person fell on a sidewalk and sustained an elbow injury. Person treated at the health center. Master Patrol Officer Bruce Holmstock. TRESPASS LOCATION: Campus Center SUMMARY: Officer reported three people climbing the wall toward the roof of Phillips Hall. Officer issued the people a criminal trespass restriction. Patrol Officer Patrick Johnson. FIRE ALARM ACCIDENTAL LOCATION: College Circle Apartment SUMMARY: Simplex reported a fire alarm. Activation caused by cooking. System reset. Environmental Health and Safety Officer Tim Ryan. FOUND PROPERTY LOCATION: Textor Hall SUMMARY: Person found keys and turned them over to the Office of Public Safety. Unknown owner. ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARD LOCATION: Hill Center SUMMARY: Environmental Health and Safety found high levels of carbon monoxide and the building was evacuated.
schools send to landfills. The grant was funded through the national Environmental Protection Agency. The project, which saved about 17 tons of CO2 equivalent emissions by reusing school and facility supplies and other electronic devices since the program began in 2011. Finger Lakes ReUse trained the students in repairing and refurbishing computers. Schools were given tips on how to purchase supplies less harmful to the environment.
Dean to deliver address to Park School students
Dean Diane Gayeski will give the ‘state of the school’ presentation for all students and faculty in the Park School. Students are invited to attend the presentation to understand what changes will be occurring in the Park School this semester. The Park state of the school address will begin at 12:10 p.m. Sept. 20 in Park Auditorium.
Doctorates strengthen Ithaca College rankings
According to Washington Monthly’s 2012 College Guide and Rankings, Ithaca College placed 50 out of 682 colleges because of its commitment to giving back to the community by encouraging students to get involved locally. The college was ranked 14 spots higher than last year because many students go on to receive their Ph.D. after earning their bachelor’s degree. For more information about Washington Monthly’s rankings, visit www.washingtonmonthly.com.
The Student to Student Mentoring Program Meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. in Williams 221.
friday The Brothers for Brothers Meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in Business 111. Shabbat Services will begin at 6 p.m. in Muller Chapel. Shabbat Dinner will be held at 7 p.m. in Terrace Dining Hall.
SaturDAY Shed Building will be hosted by Habitat for Humanity at 10 a.m. on the Academic Quad.
Sunday Catholic Mass will be held at 1 and 8 p.m. in Muller Chapel. Rosh Hashannah will be held at 7 p.m. in Muller Chapel.
Monday Rosh Hashannah will be held at 10 a.m. in Muller Chapel.
Tuesday Rosh Hashannah will be held at 10 a.m. in Muller Chapel. The Distinguished Visiting Writers Series will host Thomas Sayers Ellis at 7:30 p.m. in Clarke Lounge.
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IFD ventilated the area and the problem was identified. Environmental Health and Safety Officer Tim Ryan.
September 1 UNDERAGE POSS. ALCOHOL LOCATION: College Circle Apartment SUMMARY: One person referred judicially for underage possession of alcohol and failure to comply with directions. Patrol Officer Bruce Thomas. GRAFITTI LOCATION: East Tower SUMMARY: Caller reported an unknown person wrote graffiti on a door. Master Patrol Officer Mark Denicola. Found property LOCATION: Lower Quad SUMMARY: Eyeglasses were found and turned over to Public Safety. FIRE ALARM ACCIDENTAL LOCATION: College Circle Apartment SUMMARY: Activation caused by burnt food. Area ventilated and system reset. Master Patrol Officer Christopher Teribury.
September 2 UNDERAGE POSS. ALCOHOL LOCATION: College Circle Apartment SUMMARY: Two persons were referred judicially for underage possession of alcohol and noise. Patrol Officer Bruce Thomas. ALCOHOL IN PUBLIC AREA LOCATION: Circle Lot 4 SUMMARY: Person was judicially referred for having an open container of alcohol and indecent behavior. Patrol Officer Patrick Johnson.
MEDICAL ASSIST LOCATION: Fitness Center SUMMARY: Caller reported person sustained an ankle injury while playing basketball. Person transported to CMC by ambulance. Sergeant Ron Hart. V&T violation LOCATION: Upper Quad SUMMARY: During a traffic stop, an officer issued the operator a uniform traffic ticket for Town of Ithaca Court for driving on a sidewalk. The officer also issued the person a criminal trespass restriction. Patrol Officer Bruce Thomas. UNDERAGE POSS. ALCOHOL LOCATION: Emerson Hall SUMMARY: Five persons were judicially referred judicially for underage possession of alcohol and one was also referred for possessing a false ID. Master Patrol Officer Brad Bates.
September 3 disorderly Conduct LOCATION: Terraces SUMMARY: One person was judicially referred for disorderly conduct, underage possession of alcohol and indecent noise. Master Patrol Officer Brad Bates. CRIMINAL MISCHIEF LOCATION: Terraces SUMMARY: Caller reported an unknown person had burned marks into the ceiling. Investigation pending. Patrol Officer Patrick Johnson. MEDICAL ASSIST LOCATION: Holmes Hall SUMMARY: Caller reported a person having an allergic reaction to an unknown
substance and having difficulty breathing. Person transported to CMC. Master Patrol Officer Brad Bates.
September 4 MEDICAL ASSIST LOCATION: Lower Quad SUMMARY: Caller reported a person fell from a skateboard, became disoriented and threw up. Person was transported to CMC by ambulance. Patrol Officer Bruce Thomas. PROPERTY DAMAGE LOCATION: J-Lot SUMMARY: Caller reported a two-car MVA. Report was taken. Patrol Officer Matthew O’Louglin. LARCENY LOCATION: Campus Center SUMMARY: Caller reported a person attempted to steal license plates. One person was judicially referred for unauthorized possession of college property. Master Patrol Officer Donald Lyke. GRAFITTI LOCATION: Terraces SUMMARY: Caller reported an unknown person wrote graffiti. Investigation pending. Patrol Officer Matthew O’Loughlin. For the complete safety log, go to www.theithacan.org/news.
Key cmc – Cayuga Medical Center IFD - Ithaca Fire Department V&T – Vehicle and Transportation MVA – Motor Vehicle Accident IPD - Ithaca Police Department
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Drop the test, lose the best
Cutting SAT and ACT requirements for admission lowers the college’s standards and weakens its potential appeal to high-scoring students.
ast May, Ithaca College announced that in addition to offering early action for this year’s applicants, it would be eliminating the requirement to submit standardized test scores such as the SAT and ACT. The National Center for Fair and Open Testing lists more than 850 colleges and universities that do not use SAT or ACT scores for admission. With an already high acceptance rate of 68 percent, the college is on a path to becoming even less selective, crowding programs and diminishing the value of an Ithaca College degree. Students who underperform on tests are more likely to withhold scores. Of course, applicants can still send in scores if they choose. But this can lead to inflated scores from incoming freshmen, because only the highest scorers are likely to submit their test results. Higher test scores means higher rankings from reviews like the US News & World Report for the college. The college stated that the motivating factors for dropping the test requirement included enhancing diversity and broadening the applicant pool. Because admission selection is a holistic review process, the tests would have only been a small factor for acceptance in the first place. Becoming a test-optional college lessens admissions standards by cutting a requirement most other schools, and most students, still find relevant, even if it’s not the most important factor. Certainly standardized tests are not the ideal way to measure intelligence or future success. However, making the SAT and ACT optional for admission will only weaken the college’s reputation as an institution.
In response to recent local sexual assaults, victims of rape and other crimes should come forward to ensure a safer community in the future.
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or the safety of students at Ithaca College, Cornell University and residents of Ithaca, victims should strive to always report incidents of sexual assault and rape. More than 60 percent of sexual assaults go unreported, according to the Advocacy Center of Ithaca. There is a significant gap between the number of reported rapes and the actual incidence of rape. The truth is that if victims don’t report crimes, there can’t be greater strides toward prevention and resources. At the college, the Office of Public Safety recorded one rape and three sexual assault reports in 2011. Because most rapes are unreported, it can give campus administrators and police false impressions that current efforts are adequate. As many as 95 percent of students who are sexually assaulted do not file a report. While the three recent attacks reported at Cornell University may seem like a high number in a short period of time, it should serve as a wake up call as to how many assaults may really be happening here. If those are merely the reported incidents, it is of even greater importance to encourage those who remain silent to speak up.
John Thievon Physical Therapy ’15
“Having more safety lights around, and Enforce the buddy rule more, because walking alone at night is very scary. “
“Basically keep Ithaca College students up to date on things we have around campus like the blue lights, and using intercom .”
Shoshana Cuch SpeechLanguage Pathology ’16
Gabrielle Lieberman Biology ’13
“When the three assaults happened, we should have gotten an intercom Update. We’re right next door, so a head’s up would have been nice.”
“There could be more off-campus presence. but I’m not sure if that would fix any problems or not.” Calvin Healy Biochemistry ’13
Michelle Mackonochie Television-Radio ’13
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Suicide prevention spotlighted in club efforts C ollege is a place of transition. For some those new experiences are positive, but for others the changes are not always smooth. It is easy to struggle with fitting in and being comfortable in a new environment. Such big changes can lead to feelings of isolation and depression. That is what To Write Love On Her Arms is here for. This week is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Week, a topic that is increasingly relevant to college students. Nearly one in two undergraduates will become severely depressed at some point during college, according to surveys by the American College Health Association. About 10 percent of students report having seriously considered suicide — it is the third leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year olds. “What is To Write Love On Her Arms?” is a question I often hear. TWLOHA is a nonprofit organization that exists to bring help and hope to those suffering from depression, addiction and self-injury. TWLOHA invests directly into treatment and recovery. The group aims to bring conversation, community and support to those feeling alone and lost. The story of TWLOHA began in early 2006, when a group of friends helped then19-year-old Renee Yohe, who struggled with addiction, depression and self-injury, stay sober for five days prior to being allowed admittance into a rehabilitation center. Jamie Tworkowski, one of the friends, penned her story entitled “To Write Love On Her Arms,” posted it online and eventually became the founder of the organization. The TWLOHA University Chapters program was implemented in 2009. The goal was to reach out to college- and university-aged people during a time of transition. Through an ever-growing network of student organizations on college and university campuses, TWLOHA is working to continually spread
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To Write Love on Her Arms adviser Alyssa Cooper grabs an anonymous inspirational message written by other students who came to discuss the issues that TWLOHA deals with, such as suicide prevention.
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voices of hope, inspiration and support for the community. Ithaca is not unfamiliar with suicide among its large student population. The presence of TWLOHA’s Ithaca College UChapter hopes to shed light on these issues that may sometimes seem uncomfortable to talk about. There is no shame in not feeling OK. There is no guilt in asking for help. The Ithaca College TWLOHA was one of the first 15 UChapters and has since then held numerous events and activities on campus and in the local community. But more than just raising awareness, TWLOHA at Ithaca College aims to create a
space for people to feel safe and supported. It aims to be a place where you can feel comfortable to talk and where you know you are not alone. It is not about forgetting your problems and what you are struggling with. It is about not having to go through it by yourself, about taking one step at a time with people who care and want to help you get better. To Write Love on Her Arms meets at 12:10 p.m. every Tuesday in Williams. For more information, email email@example.com. Desiree Lim is a junior theater studies major and a member of To Write Love On Her Arms. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Republican rape comments alienate women voters
s someone who doesn’t usually watch television at school, I only hear about news through Twitter or from my friends. So a few weeks ago when a coworker asked me if I had heard about Republican Rep. Todd Akin’s comments about rape, I knew I needed to look into it. Being a women’s studies minor and feminist, I am often asked my opinion on controversies surrounding women’s rights, namely reproductive rights. These issues are what make me so passionate about my minor, especially because they have a direct correlation to my existence as a woman. On Aug. 17, KTVI in St. Louis posted an interview with Akin in which he was asked his views about if women who become pregnant because of rape should have the option of an abortion. Akin was definitely mistaken when he answered, “First of all, from what I understand from doctors, [pregnancy from rape] is really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body had ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” Let’s pause for a moment. I’m pretty sure that if there were a way to “shut down” pregnancy without using some kind of pill or device, women would have been using that system for centuries by now. Not only that, but if that was the case, why would women who were raped still be able to contract sexually
SlutWalk activists protest last September on The Commons against the idea that a woman’s revealing clothing encourages sexual assault. File Photo/The Ithacan
transmitted infections? Rape is one of the most violent and invasive crimes. There are no types of rape that are more or less “legitimate” than others. The definition of rape includes force; the person did not want or deserve the action, regardless of whether they were intoxicated, wearing something provocative or have had sex with the offender before. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists released a statement labeling Akin’s comments “medically inaccurate, offensive and dangerous.” Besides having written a lengthy research paper on the subject of
rape, I’ve also known friends who have been sexually assaulted. I have participated in both SlutWalk and Take Back the Night. I’m appalled that we still live in a society that cannot understand the way basic female biology works. The same people making these comments decide our bodies’ fates. Akin’s comments aren’t the only controversial Republican remarks regarding women’s rights on record this election season. Paul Ryan, the Republican vice presidential candidate, faced backlash for calling rape a “method of conception.” “I’ve always adopted the idea, the position, that the method of
conception doesn’t change the definition of life,” Ryan said in an interview Aug. 23. The Romney ticket has stated on their website that if elected, they plan to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that made abortion legal in the United States. But that’s not all. Pennsylvania Senate candidate Tom Smith made a comment that having a baby out of wedlock is “similar” to being pregnant from rape. Yes, having an unwanted pregnancy is not ideal, but it is a much more damaging scenario if you were not a willing participant in the “method of conception.” When there is no consent, the pain and trauma can seem unmanageable, especially when an unwanted pregnancy is involved. A 2012 Gallup poll stated that 52 percent of Americans think abortion should be legal under certain circumstances and 25 percent under any circumstances, though nearly half of adults consider themselves pro-life. Romney and Ryan want to stop abortion even in cases of rape or incest. Taking away women’s control of their bodies both brings back painful memories and is against what the majority of women believe. Kaley Belval is a sophomore documentary studies and production major with a minor in women’s studies. Email her at email@example.com.
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ost people tend to associate the word “organic” with healthy, sustainable and natural food. This is exactly what the $29 billion organic food industry wants you to think, and they have been quite successful in their goal. The growth rate of organic foods sales have nearly doubled in the last two years. Growing organic foods prohibits the use of synthetic materials, such as pesticides and genetically modified organisms, during production. Many people think that when they buy organic they are getting better quality food — that’s why you pay the extra money. But a recent Stanford University study reviewed decades of research on organic foods and human consumption, and found organic food is no more nutritious or safe than conventional food. Geza Hrazdina, professor emeritus of food science and plant biology at Cornell University, was not surprised by the study results. “The production of organic foods was not based on science, but on faddism,” he said. This isn’t the first study to show that organic foods lack higher nutritional value. The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine conducted a meta-analysis study in 2009 and found no additional nutritional benefits to organic foods. Organic foods are also just as susceptible to E. coli as regularly grown food. This is because toxic E. coli can live in the manure put on organic and conventional foods. The majority of E. coli outbreaks are from undercooked or contaminated ground beef. However, the Stanford study also said, “consumption of organic foods may reduce the exposure to pesticide residues and antibiotic-resistant bacteria.” Conventional foods can contain pesticides, genetically modified hormones, preservatives and other food additives. Since most of these chemicals are newly used — within the last decade — significant information is lacking to show their long-term effects. Organic farming can have fewer environmental impacts than conventional farming and can boost the local economy. When and where food is purchased makes a difference as well. If something is labeled organic, but it was shipped from a different country because it’s not in season, chances are it isn’t the most nutrient-rich food. The bottom line is that fresh, local foods are the best nutrient-rich option. Local organic foods are the best choice for consumers who want foods free of unnatural chemicals. Kari Beal is a senior journalism major with a minor in health. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Growing against the grain Ithaca College professor and husband teach students and local community about permaculture design
Politics professor Kelly Dietz carefully checks the leaves of her vegetable plants in one of nine gardens within her sustainable homestead in Ithaca. Dietz and her husband Michael Burns own the ecologically conscious property where principles of permaculture are taught and practiced through the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute.
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“Choop, choop, choop, choop, choop,” she calls to the chickens weaving in between her ankle-high boots and the greens sprouting inside the pen. “That’s how they know it’s feed time.” Junior Samantha Mason spent this summer filming on her professor’s 38-acre property located Check out a video on the outskirts of on permaculture at theithacan. Ithaca. As a docuorg/24114. mentary studies and production major, she wanted to create promotional videos for the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute, the learning community that the homestead becomes one season out of the year. The homeowners, politics professor Kelly Dietz and her husband Michael
Burns, have hosted a number of permaculture workshops and courses at their home since 2009. There, they not only teach the theory of permaculture, an ecologically and socially conscious design method for creating sustainable ecosystems, but they practice it as well. The nine gardens located at the front of the property burst with a rainbow of orange, yellow and magenta perennials whose edible petals top off a fresh mix of greens from the growing “salad bar,” which contains baby arugula, red-leafed lettuce, beets and carrots, among other leafy bites. Dietz said tending to the gardens is a great break from her academic summertime tasks and coursework. “It’s a great thing to do to balance with my research and course prep,” she said. “I can spend the morning in the garden and the afternoon under the pine tree writing.”
Junior Samantha Mason examines tomato plants and holds a freshly laid egg at politics professor Kelly Dietz and Michael Burns’ sustainable homestead in Ithaca. rachel woolf/the ithacan
Edible perennials are Dietz’s main focus, which she said is often perceived as an unusual approach to gardening. For her, the notion of having plants that supply food for most of the year, and that don’t need replanting, is what attracted her to them. Snipping off a leaf from one of the self-regenerative plants, Mason pops the crisp peppery green in her mouth. Savoring the taste of her garden-toplate experience on the property, she said this summer was the first time she was hands-on with the ecologically sound and economically viable practice of permaculture. “It’s a lifestyle that’s completely opposite capitalism,” she said. “You’re not commodifying the earth. Capitalism has succeeded in separating humans from the earth we consume from. Permaculture reminds us we’re part of this system.” This politicized approach to permaculture drove Mason to apply for a grant through Ithaca College’s Committed to Change Program, which helps students and faculty learn about and pursue careers focused on sustainability with an emphasis on local and global connections and partnerships. Mason said she wants to use the grant to show why sustainability alone isn’t good enough. “Some people who know about permaculture think it’s another organic way of gardening, but really it’s a lifestyle,” she said. “It doesn’t sustain the earth, it replenishes and regenerates it.” In places like Ithaca with seasonal climate change, permaculturalists can continue to practice their lifestyle yearround — even during the below-zero winter months. Mason said the gardens produce enough food to harvest before putting the garden to bed — a process that occurs in late autumn and involves weeding and re-mulching to protect the plants until spring— so any surplus generated is canned for the winter season when fresh produce isn’t growing alongside the doorsteps. With the grant, Mason has been able to visually capture how people can teach, learn and understand these practices and principles at FLPCI. Burns, who co-founded FLPCI with Karryn Olson-Ramanujan, professor of environmental studies and science, and
Ithaca resident Steve Gabriel, helps to teach the 84-hour Permaculture Design Certificate Course, which he said is the organization’s main focus. Each morning, the course begins with a lecture in the Octagon, an open wood-beamed structure nestled in the pine trees just beyond the property’s mushroom forest. Afterward, the facilitator leads a hands-on training workshop, which is often followed by design practice. At the end of two weeks,
“Some people who know about permaculture think it’s another organic way of gardening, but really it’s a lifestyle. It doesn’t sustain the earth, it replenishes and regenerates it.” — Samantha Mason
participants have completed a standard practicum, which Burns said enables them to become a knowledgeable permaculture designer. The idea of permaculture was birthed in the 1980s by two Australians who were researching various natural ecosystems that can sustain themselves without degrading our resource basis. But Olson-Ramanujan said it’s exploding now because people are realizing we’re hitting critical junctures. “People are looking for hopeful solutions,” she said. “Permaculture says the problem is the solution. It helps people understand how systems are interconnected and then gives them the design skills to envision a different future. The permaculture design process is grounded in a firm understanding of ecology, which Olson-Ramanujan said involves an ethical approach that aims to care for people and the earth. It also designs for surplus to address issues of
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Michael Dubois wowed the audience with his comedy act called “The Solo Circus” at 8 p.m. Sept. 6 in Emerson Suites. Over the past six years, Dubois has performed his “Solo Circus” act for more than 300 colleges and universities across the country.
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— Jackie Eisenberg
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Designer Si Chan created his Hug Me collection, which utilizes hands in all of his clothing. He chose this theme for his collection because he believes, “interaction and communication are the action to express love.” Chan’s designs are quite eccentric, using linked hands as belts, sleeves and clasps to spread his message. Chan uses bright vivid colors as well. Jackets are a big part of his collection, so get ready for winter because Chan’s designs will come in handy!
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cassette to iphone device will keep ’90s music alive
For the ’90s children out there still clutching their Spice Girls cassette tapes, angry that they can no longer be listened to, fret no more! The Tape Dock is the perfect solution. It’s a handheld device allows you to transfer your beloved Backstreet Boys into an mp3 file on your iPod. First download the EZ Vinyl app for your iPod, then slide a cassette and the iPod into either side of the device. You’ll be jamming in no time! — Jackie Eisenberg
tweetuntweet “Ben & Jerry’s is suing a porn company. I hate it when my two favorite things to binge on aren’t getting along.” — Talk show host Conan O’Brien adds his take on the Ben & Jerry’s lawsuit.
A lot of firsts happened at Saturday’s MTV Video Music Awards: Taylor Swift’s first VMA stage dive, Chris Brown and Rihanna’s first postreunion VMA kiss and even the premiere of the trailer for “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part Two.” One standout, however, was Demi Lovato’s laundry list of firsts. From her first No. 1 single to her first VMA nomination and win to her first VMA performance, the pop star made it evident that she has come a long way since her breakup with Disney and battle with an eating disorder. Now, armed with a winning title and a hit single, Lovato’s position as judge on “The X Factor” this fall seems oh-so-well deserved. She’s flying as high as a “skyscraper!”
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equity and to regenerate ecosystems. “Permaculture is not a new way to garden, it’s a new way to think about how we think interact with the environment,” she said. “Based on a firm understanding of ecology and systems, we use a design approach to wed the needs of humans and the help of ecosystems.” Olson-Ramanujan, a certified permaculturist, teaches a one-credit course on campus that strives to give students a glimpse into the design skills required to build a different future. She said giving people a basic understanding of how to interact with the garden demonstrates how permaculture eliminates issues of peak oil, climate change and over-consumption. One challenge to offering permaculture as the solution to global environmental and economic problems is that only those who are certified can teach permaculture because of copyright laws. Olson-Ramanujan fears that if she ever left the college, uncertified students and faculty could run into legal issues of continuing the projects on campus. “We need more trained permaculturists to ensure the viability of the movement,” she said. In an effort to educate more people about this growing trend, Mason has produced a 30-second promotion for a food forest workshop and a 7-minute promo for the Permaculture Design Course. While she hopes to create a longer piece to promote the course to students through the college’s Permaculture Club and the individuals connected to FLPCI’s permaculture networks, Mason said her main goal is to reach unintended audiences and show through the video how any “ordinary” person can take the permaculture course because it’s applicability to daily life. “I want to show why a person working for a fashion magazine in New York City should be taking this course,” she said. “You can apply the principles of permaculture to
any place, any climate, on any scale.” While Mason had the opportunity to take the course, she said she didn’t want to compromise her dedication to filming. She said her decision to focus on filming made her more excited to participate in the course next summer. “As the videographer for the course, I felt so a part of it,” she said. From field trips to neighboring permaculture farms to film shoots below a shaded thick of pines, Mason bonded with course participants and teachers who she said involved her in the learning process while she documented. “Permaculture is about consuming just enough for your basic needs without harming the earth,” she said. “It also has a big emphasis on community and sharing resources with fellow human beings. It’s not an individualized system.” Echoing this belief, Burns said permaculture has three ethics: to meet the needs of humans, the earth and the ecological movement. Likewise, Dietz believes the sustainable, regenerative and waste-reducing aspects of permaculture apply the same critical perspective that she takes in her teaching and research. “It’s challenging conventional ways of looking at things and brings power into the analysis of how things get produced, and who produces them and who benefits,” she said. “Also, it’s hard to study power relations without starting to recognize that they extend to the power relations between the human and non-human world, and what we tend to do with that relationship and how we see it as something really distinct from us.” Mason said her experience volunteering on Burns and Dietz’s homestead this summer and beginning to adopt principles from their alternative lifestyle and worldview have confirmed her commitment to continue volunteering — whether it’s permaculture gardening or media promotion — with FLPCI for the rest of her college years and to reside in Ithaca after graduation. “I want to have a demonstration site where people can come to my land and see
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Michael Burns, a founder of the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute, stands in his garden with a rooster. Burns co-founded FLPCI in 2005 with science professor Karryn Olson-Ramanujan.
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permaculture in practice,” she said. Leaning into the tall shoots of basil, Mason inhales the fresh aroma. She makes one final swoop around the garden to select from the wild abundance of kale, tomatoes and zucchini to use as ingredients for her lunch.
“Having my hands in the soil and putting plants in the soil, then getting to harvest it means so much more than buying a piece of clothing,” she said, proudly cradling the bundle of earth-coated vegetables she planted.
Calling all anime-niacs New members are being sought by long-running Anime Society Though ASIC has been a student organization at the college A group of 20 to 30 students for many years now, they are seeksits with their eyes glued to a large ing new members regardless of projection screen in Williams 225. their familiarity with anime. The club is very passionate Suddenly, a dramatic scene between a cursed princess and her about what they watch. Shouting two protectors illuminates the out during episodes is highly encouraged and only frowned upon engrossed faces. “This is the first episode, during very emotional scenes that and we’re already getting deep?” aren’t being dramatized. Given the someone from the crowd shouts night’s viewing choices, a scene with a chorus of laughter follow- rarely got away without having one or two jokes made out loud at ing shortly behind. The Anime Society of Ithaca its expense. Despite the jovial attitude, College is a club filled with enthusophomore Kirk siasts of Japanese “Nort” Norton, animation, anvice president of ime and manga. ASIC, sees both Senior Zoë anime and manEpstein, presiga as more than dent of ASIC, just mindless has been a memways to kill time. ber of the club “The thing since her fresh — Senior Zoë epstein that I like the man year. She best about it is said she espethat it’s an incially enjoys the community the club has fostered telligent art medium, it’s not just what you would assume of like for its members. “People who like anime are of- American comics are that it’s an ten treated as the extreme geeky, excuse for gags and stuff,” he said. ‘stay away from them’ sort of peo- “There are series that I follow that ple,” she said. “The club is a place I would argue approach literature.” At their first meeting, a contest that you can come and celebrate what you like in a safe environ- was held to see who could come ment where people aren’t going up with the funniest answer to the to look down on you for being en- question, “What would you make your invisible penguin do if you thusiastic about it.”
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“We just really like it when people show up, and we enjoy sharing what we like and being enthusiastic about it together.”
From left, sophomore Reyal Hoxie, senior Zoë Epstein and junior Benjamin Viagas read manga at the Anime Society of Ithaca College’s first meeting of the year. Members meet every Thursday to watch anime and read manga together. ritza francois/the ithacan
had one?” The winner responded with “Breed shiny Magikarp for me,” and was rewarded a choice from a bin of manga books and anime DVDs that had been donated by previous and current members of the club. Some of the items inside were also from ASIC’s early years when various companies had given them demos. Norton said he became exposed to the animation when he was young through mainstream shows like “Pokémon,” “Naruto” and the Studio Ghibli movies, such as “Howl’s Moving Castle.” “It started out back in middle school,” he said. “I was very much a Pokémon fan, and I subscribed
to this Pokémon magazine and that eventually branched out into more of a general anime magazine. I really got into it especially through the more well-known series like ‘InuYasha’ and the Studio Ghibli movies. And from there I started meeting other people who liked anime and got into the more obscure stuff like what [we] saw tonight.” While “obscure” series are showcased, newcomers to the club are welcomed with open arms. Sophomore Michaela Shelton said it’s very easy for anyone to find a series through the club that they could enjoy. “Everyone can always find one that they like because there are so
many different kinds,” she said. “It can encompass everything you are interested in. And they can be very intricate and make you think a lot, or they can just be silly.” Epstein said she is looking forward to new members joining the club and experiencing a creative piece of Japanese culture. “We just really like it when people show up, and we enjoy sharing what we like and being enthusiastic about it together,” she said. “So, converting new people — that’s happened a few times — is a wonderful thing for all of us.” ASIC meets at 7:30 p.m. every Thursday in Williams 225.
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Watch out, Marbles Senior comedy club member featured on popular humor website By Nicole arocho staff writer
Sitting on her couch, a giddy senior Alyssa Onofreo makes her friend read a text she plans on sending to a guy she likes. While she waits, she checks his Facebook, finds a wall post of another girl, does crunches to boost her “hotness” and shortly retires to her couch. While whining “text me” to her phone, Onofreo changes position on the cushions every few seconds, only to fall asleep when her crush responds back. She immediately wakes up and turns on her phone. “Oh my God he’s the best!” she thinks to herself after reading the text. Onofreo’s YouTube video “What Girls Do When They Like Someone,” featured on her page “omgchomp,” was featured on CollegeHumor, a website dedicated to funny videos made by college students. While interning at a commercial comedy YouTube channel, Geek and Sundry, Onofreo began to receive congratulatory texts from friends about her video being posted on CollegeHumor. Onofreo could not contain herself. “I did a happy dance that freaked out the other interns,” Onofreo said. “I had to stop myself from screaming or dancing some more.” Once the “weird fangirl” of IC Comedy for two years, Onofreo has been an avid member of the club since her junior year. Now she makes thousands laugh on her YouTube channel and has more than 700 subscribers. Recently, she received a check from Google for more than $100 from the advertisements in her videos. When Onofreo interned for
Comedy Central last January in Los Angeles, she wanted to communicate with her family and friends. However, there were many time zones to Middlefield, Conn., so she posted videos on YouTube of her daily events to keep in touch with her relatives. After a while, she began to develop sketches and post them on her YouTube channel. Slowly she developed a following. It wasn’t until her breakthrough on CollegeHumor that she reached 10,000 views. Onofreo admitted she feels more comfortable doing videos of her sketches and posting them online than doing stand-up and improv comedy. At her first stand-up set, she said her nerves took her over. “Two minutes into the show, I forgot all my jokes. I panicked,” she said. “One of my friends had to yell me my jokes so I could actually make people laugh at the jokes, not at myself. It doesn’t get more awkward than that.” Onofreo admitted she always laughs at her own jokes — more than her peers do. “This is how funny I think I am,” she said, showing the portion with her hands, and then shrinking it. “This is how funny my friends think I am.” Junior Talia Koren, one of Onofreo’s fellow IC Comedy Club members and her friend, said Onofreo is more comfortable posting her comedy online because she doesn’t have to deal with the pressure of a live audience. “There’s a certain anonymity [to YouTube] because you don’t have to see the people that watch,” Koren said. “When you’re doing stand-up, you’re much more vulnerable.”
Senior Alyssa Onofreo is consumed by her texts in a scene from her video “What Girls Do When They Like Someone.” The video was recently featured on CollegeHumor and has more than 10,000 views on YouTube.
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During her internship at Comedy Central, Onofreo watched show pilots and evaluated them. She read manuscripts and participated on “pitch day,” the big meeting where staffers give their opinions of the shows and manuscripts that have been assigned for the week. Onofreo also took improv classes at the Upright Citizens Brigade in the spring. Before she left Ithaca College last semester, Onofreo said she had heard of regular comedy shows at UCB from her friends. In one of the shows, there was a sign promoting improv classes at UCB. Motivated by her “Writing for TV” teaching as-
sistant, she signed up online. “In the classes we learned a ton of improv games that helped us learn how to be better [in comedy],” Onofreo said. “Eventually, we started running our show during class.” The class was very experimental. It was mostly a hands-on experience that prepared Onofreo for the big show at the UCB theater, she said. “Before I took them, I knew about improv and stand-up comedy, but I didn’t know about how they really work,” she said. “You know what is funny, but you don’t know why it is funny.” Steven Ginsberg, assistant pro-
fessor and Pendleton Endowed Chair at the JB Pendleton Center Los Angeles of the college, swears by Onofreo’s comedic talent. “Alyssa is a very smart and funny young woman,” Ginsberg said. “Her comedic ability is very natural, and she is well informed of comedians, both on the Internet and on TV.” After graduation, Onofreo plans to move back to L.A. She said she wants to continue comedy classes at UCB. She plans on taking serious time to work on her character. “I want to be right there,” Onofreo said. “Where comedy happens every day.”
‘Whose Line’ duo takes stage with fresh take on comedy Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood from the comedy show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” have been touring as a duo for eight years. They have thrown routine out the window, relying entirely on improvisation and the ability to think fast. Their experience has brought them to center stage, performing in front of live audiences from around the world. Before the two take the stage to entertain the Ithaca community, Contributing Writer Megan Renner talked to both comedians about life after “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” their friendship and their individual plans for the future. Megan Renner: How would you describe your experience on the show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” Brad Sherwood: It was one of the most fun, professional television show gigs I’ve ever had. Basically, we’d show up, make up a bunch of silly stuff and get people to laugh. Colin Mochrie: It was a game changer for me. It was probably the most fun experience I’ve had up until now, and all of the guys were great to work with. MR: What have you been doing since you left the show? BS: Colin and I have been doing a twoman tour for about eight years now. I’ve always hosted pilots for different shows, like shows or for the Discovery Channel.
MR: Can you predict what the show at the State Theatre will be like? BS: It’s basically like we show up, hand the car keys to the audience and tell them to drive us where they want to go. We never know what to expect, and it’s always different, but we do always know it’s going to be funny. MR: Have you been working on any independent projects on the side? CM: I just finished writing a book that will come out this year before Christmas break. I never wanted to write because it seemed like a lot of work; part of the reason I got into improv is because I’m lazy. But my agent ended up getting me the book deal, and I said, “I guess I better write something.” MR: Can you give us a preview of what the book is about? CM: I tried to write it in sort of an improv way. There is a game called “First Line/Last Line” where you get the first and last lines of a scene from the audience. The book consists entirely of short stories that begin and end with lines from famous novels. Each story just has a completely different middle. MR: How did you choose Brad Sherwood as your partner? CM: He really needed the work, so I took pity on him. Brad and I have been working together for over 20 years now, so I feel re-
Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, former “Whose Line It Is Anyway?” cast members, are touring the U.S. for their eighth year. They will be performing a comedy show Friday at the State Theatre.
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ally safe with him on stage. I know it’s always going to work out even if I’m not on top of everything. Brad will be there for me.
MR: After this tour ends and the curtains close, where do you think you and your career will be heading?
MR: Where did the idea for your two-man comedy tour come from?
BS: I think most actors are gypsies and you kind of just go where the work is. It’s literally an occupation that didn’t exist when we were kids. Talk about stepping into the ‘unknown.’
BS: We were doing live shows in Vegas, which were a lot of fun, but you spent a lot of time sitting and waiting for your turn to say something. I had been out on the road with a friend of mine doing a two-man show. It was a lot of fun, so I approached Colin. That was eight years ago, and we never stopped.
CM: I don’t know. It’s kind of like my work; it’s all improvised. Hopefully I get a good suggestion and head off into a great direction. Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood will be performing at 8 p.m. Friday at the State Theatre.
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An older woman stares out an apartment window at the full moon, dreaming of her countryside home and wishing she could return. Horton Foote’s beautifully constructed play “The Trip to Bountiful,” currently at the Hangar Theatre, shows her struggle to go home, as well as her hardships with her family in an endearing and intriguing way. Carrie Watts (Susannah Berryman) resides with her “The Trip to only living relatives — her kind Bountiful” but troubled son Ludie (Jesse The Hangar Theater Bush) and her self-absorbed daughter-in-law Jessie Mae (Sarah K. Chalmers) — in a cramped three-room apartment in Houston. She constantly wishes to return home to the small, near-dead town of Bountiful before her heart condition ends her life. After a long night with a full moon and no sleep, she runs away early in the morning. As she travels, breathing problems from her heart pains intertwine with flashbacks of Ludie as a young boy. Berryman, associate professor of theater arts at Ithaca College, gracefully shows the continual conflict of hope and regret within this friendly woman. Her paced but excited speech, constantly reactive body language and emotional rawness bring this captivating character to life. Her energetic performance is both honest and haunting, making the audience fear that point when one feels they have outlived their life. While Berryman and Bush do not spend a great amount of time together onstage, their mother-son relationship is this play’s outstanding centerpiece. Bush plays a grown man still hurting from childhood who wants “to stop remembering, because it doesn’t do anything to remember.” His physicality makes him seem closed off from the world, but strength emerges from his body when the role requires it. This measured performance, always balancing between dismay and optimism, is spot-on for the character. Bush performs as a character the complete opposite of his tenure last spring in “Red Light Winter” at the Kitchen Theatre, and his acting range is remarkable. The rest of the ensemble is equally talented, but
Fischer Old Growth Forest Hike, a hike hosted by author and ecologist Joan Maloof, will take place at 10 a.m. at Cornell Plantations. Admission is free.
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group featuring an Ithaca College alumnus, will perform from their album “Basement Ghost” at 8 p.m. at the Carriage House Café in Collegetown.
Sabrosura Salsa, a night of Latin dance, provides patrons with fun and dancing as well as salsa lessons at 9 p.m. at Lot 10 Kitchen and Lounge. Admission is $5. 21 and up only.
saturday Carrie Watts (Susannah Berryman) stands on her balcony and thinks about returning to her country home while dealing with a heart condition in “The Trip to Bountiful,” playing at the Hangar Theater. Rachel Philipson/the Hangar theater
three stand out. Chalmers succeeds as the unlikable Jessie Mae. Her sharp comedic timing intersects with the character’s ridiculous personality, making her the show’s essential comic relief. Sarah Charles, a senior musical theater major at the college, charms with polished, reserved acting in the small but essential role of Thelma, a young wife traveling alongside Carrie. R.M. Fury’s short but brilliant performance as the Texan sheriff does not satirize Texan sheriffs, but rather shows the kindness found within roughness, all the while with a great gait, calmly striding across the stage with legs out, fingers in belt loops and chest back. The set by Brian Prather, former professor of theater arts at the college, is intriguing and nostalgic. Five ceiling-to-floor wooden poles remain onstage throughout, while run crew moves furniture for the varying scenes on and off the stage. Kara Harmon’s costuming develops each character and establishes
1953 Texas in a charming and classy manner. Lighting by Driscoll Otto creates the mood of every scene. His lighting fixtures are wonderfully evocative. However, in a scene between Carrie and Thelma on the bus, several lights fade to reflect the passage of time and merely slow the action down. The final tearjerker scene is beautifully designed. Bright lighting coupled with a serene backdrop opens up the stage, where pieces of an old house hang in mid-air, surrounded by the sounds of birds and other bits of nature. While not as exciting in story or theatricality as past productions, this well-told Southern tale can intensely immerse anyone. Carrie’s touching journey in “The Trip to Bountiful” is one every theatergoer should travel. “The Trip to Bountiful” will run through Sept. 16 at the Hangar Theatre.
Vivacious alternative album captures solid summer style by Jared Dionne Senior writer
Forget medical school, start a band. That seemed to be California Wives lead singer Jayson Kramer’s thought when he dropped his schoolbooks and picked up the keyCalifornia board. Instead of Wives “Art History” dissecting human Vagrant anatomy, Kramer Records and his companOur rating: ions constructed a HHH majestic debut record: “Art History. The album highlights California Wives’ ability to sample from established musical groups, but maintain a sound of their own. Kramer’s vocals reference the
rasp of Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan, while the instrumentals evoke the laidback nature of Real Estate. “Tokyo” represents a contrast limbo between easy garage rock and outright pop. Sustained guitar chords jump out from a backdrop of glossy synthesizers and bring some vivacity to an otherwise sleepy, easy-going track. Listeners are certain to find similarities between California Wives and fellow indie wunderkinds Wild Nothing given their shared producer, Claudius Mittendorfer. His magic touch is easily recognizable on tracks such as “Blood Red Youth” and “Light Year.” Glimmering guitars, wavy synthesizers and a propelling bass line contribute to a
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for international peace, will have live music and performances by local and regional acts at 4 p.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Church. Admission is free.
Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band, a touring folk rock band, will perform at 8 p.m. at the State Theatre. Tickets cost $24.50 and are available online.
Antique and Vintage Flea Market, a new flea market in Ithaca, will be open to the public at 9 a.m. at FOUND in Ithaca on Cherry Street.
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peppy feel throughout the album. Many artists refer to their albums in terms of seasons. “Art History” is firmly rooted in the lazy and carefree nature of summer. It is the perfect soundtrack for late afternoon drives, nap-inducing hammocks and porch hangouts. California Wives has created an easily likable debut with “Art History.” Listeners will find it hard to shy away from tracks that convey liveliness and bliss.
Musical groups are constantly evolving, and with this comes the risk of alienating their fans. Fortunately this is not the case for Minus the Bear with their fifth studio album, “Infinity Overhead.” Compared to the band’s earlier releases, this album is less electronically based. The electronic melodies are still present, Minus the but they take a Bear step back, al“Infinity Overhead” lowing room Dangerbird for cleaner Records guitars. The Our rating: band dishes out HHHH vivid emotion with the track, “Listing.” The track proves that clean guitars don’t accommodate lead singer Jake Snider as well as
the iconic piano sound could. This is not to say the band has forgotten its roots. Tracks like “Toska” are reminiscent of the group’s older sounds. The track “Diamond Lightning,” has similar instrumentals to “Omni” tracks. “Infinity Overhead” is a change for Minus the Bear, but it is proof that as the indie-rock band’s sound changes, its ability to produce quality music does not waver.
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Melissa Etheridge’s 12th studio album includes a little more soul than her previous albums. The track “The Shadow of a Black Crow” embodies her soulful voice and will bring audiences to their feet.
The sixth album from the Christian hip-hop artist fuses reggae with soul to create a new sound with energetic tracks like “Violence.” The album also features appearances from Ashthon Jones and Tedashii as well as Big K.R.I.T.
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Dave Matthews Band brings its listeners back to its old sound with this track. Matthews’ soulful vocals take fans on a journey filled with pain and love through this powerful song. scan This qr Code with a smartphone to learn more aboUt Assistant Accent Editor Jackie Eisenberg’s pick for the song of the week.
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Spy movie offers forgettable plotline [ ‘The Cold Light of Day’ fails to engage viewers with new story bY James Hasson
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The spy movie genre has been around for ages. From James Bond to Jason Bourne, it gets difficult to come up with new ideas, and “The Cold Light of Day” barely accomplishes that. On a family boat “The Cold trip, businessman Light of Will Shaw’s (Henry Day” Summit Cavill) loved ones Our rating: get taken hosHH 1/2 tage. Will meets up with his father, Martin (Bruce Willis), to learn that he is a CIA agent who escaped capture. Will and his father are unable to get help from fellow agent Jean Carrack (Sigourney Weaver) and must find a way to save their family or pay off the kidnappers within 24 hours. Though a mediocre-at-best spy thriller, “The Cold Light of Day” benefits from some above-average leading actors. Cavill, who will play Superman in the upcoming “Man of Steel” movie, has powerful emotional expression perfect for depicting a clean businessman in a life-or-death spy game. Cavill’s portrayal of fearfulness when he is pursued by assassins or enduring torture is believable. He also shows turmoil and rage when he has to inflict similar torture on his own prisoner soon after. Willis and his blunt, simple acting style serves as a strong complement when next to his frustrated and frightened son. They butt heads at first over family
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From left, Martin (Bruce Willis) and his son Will (Henry Cavill) endure extreme car chases, gunshots and brutal fights with corrupt cops and henchmen to save their kidnapped family in “The Cold Light of Day.”
issues and then soon after with how well they handle their new situation. Weaver shows the caliber and sternness to play the cold-blooded and nonchalant killer. She is at her best when in the scene’s final car chase, speeding past other cars and firing gunshots on the heroes while blandly complaining as if she is merely stuck in traffic. While “Cold Light of Day” benefits from its strong leads, its story seems chock-full of dead ends. Willis does not have enough screen time for his relationship with his son to develop a more emotional impact.
The action itself has its ups and downs in terms of quality and intensity. Some of the nighttime fight scenes and car chases are hard to track, especially in an opening fight with only moonlight to illuminate the scene. There are a few car chases throughout, but the final chase delivers a fair amount of intriguing mayhem and twisted metal. However, the gunfights and other action scenes are hardly distinguishable from other spy and assassin films. In addition, director Mabrouk El Mechri uses unnecessary camerawork. Twisting and turning
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camera shots during a car wreck may serve to positively enhance disorientation in the crash, but similar camera flipping hardly feels necessary just to track a car leaving a garage. A cast of Hollywood veterans and upcoming hopefuls may serve as strong drive for audiences to see this spy film, but as a whole, “The Cold Light of Day” may leave you out in the cold with its average spy-movie formula. “The Cold Light of Day” was directed by Mabrouk El Mechri and written by Scott Wiper, John Petro and Richard Price.
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Hollywood’s version of a romantic comedy is often portrayed unrealistically. However, the offbeat and heart-wrenching film “Celeste and Jesse Forever” combines the perfect amount of wit and raw, emotional drama to create a film that feels like a pragmatic romantic comedy. “Celeste The film begins with a and Jesse photomontage cataloguing the Forever” history of Celeste (Rashida Sony Jones) and Jesse’s (Andy Pictures Samberg) seemingly perfect reOur rating: lationship — that is, until it is HH 1/2 revealed that the couple is in the middle of a friendly divorce. In an odd twist, Jesse still lives next door to Celeste in his studio, and the pair remain best friends. The cinematography helps to accentuate the actors’ emotions without coming off as too heavy-handed. An example of this is when the film gradually blurs while Celeste takes in Jesse’s sudden news that he’s dating someone. The camera work is an artistic way of changing the tone of the film from lighthearted to darker. Jones shines in this role, playing a quietly heartbroken woman in a way that truly touches the soul. Oddly, it is in the more animated moments that Jones falls short. When telling jokes, she is awkward and forced. In contrast, Samberg disappoints during his many emotional scenes. When he tries to express any emotion other than happiness, he looks uncomfortable. For example, when he talks to Celeste about their relationship, it comes off as unbelievably awkward instead of
What could come between a man and his freedom? A robot caretaker! “Robot & Frank” is a quirky story about love, family and blossoming friendships. The story surrounds a older man and former jewel thief Frank (Frank Langella), who lives alone in his home. He struggles with episodes of disorientation and memory loss, which affect his life to the point where “Robot & his children Hunter (James Frank” Marsden) and Madison (Liv Alliance Tyler), feel he can’t live on Films his own anymore. Our rating: Hunter then forces him HHH 1/2 to accept the help of a robot butler, voiced by Peter Sarsgaard. Frank is reluctant to accept the robot’s help because he is content with his lifestyle and his frequent trips to the library, where he flirts with the librarian, Jennifer (Susan Sarandon). His relationship with the robot changes when he finds he can teach it his old burglarizing skills, which quickly turns into a chance relive his youthful heist days. The movie owes much of its success to both Langella and Sarandon’s performances as well as their onscreen chemistry. “Robot & Frank” takes a script filled with humor, as well as breathtaking performances and creates a film that will leave audiences stunned by this genuine, sincere story.
Celeste (Rashida Jones) rebuilds her life after divorcing her husband, Jesse (Andy Samberg). Courtesy oF Sony pictures
serious and emotional. Even Elijah Wood, who is horribly cast as Scott, Celeste’s flamboyantly gay best friend and business partner, is unable to deliver his lines naturally. But at the core, this movie is a love story with realistic issues audiences don’t usually see in today’s romantic movies. Celeste and Jesse’s relationship is not a classic love story, but a loving, witty friendship. This, coupled with the excellent writing makes up for the main characters’ lackluster acting and is enough to separate this bittersweet romantic comedy from the pack. “Celeste and Jesse Forever” was directed by Lee Toland Krieger and written by Rashida Jones and Will McCormack.
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Senior captain inspires teammates with leadership from sidelines Senior Captain Nate Hemingway, pictured in front of seniors Joe Ingrao, Clay Ardoin and Will Carter and junior Steve DelMoro, is returning to the football field after a dangerous car accident. Rachel Woolf/the ithacan
locating all five metatarsals in his foot. His football career was cast into doubt. Junior offensive tackle Dan Fischer said he Senior center Nathaniel Hemingway owes the start of his collegiate football career to was stunned when his line mate Hemingway chance. However, he refuses to let chance dic- texted him the news. “I was shocked, but more worried because tate the fate of his career even after a near-fatal he said he crushed his foot, and I was worried car accident. Hemingway severely dislocated his foot over if he was even going to come back and when his car collided with a tractor on a play,” Fischer said. Hemingway said the same doubts entered highway last December. The offensive captain, however, was able to return to the field his head after the accident. “I had to come to the conclusion that in time to start for the Bombers in their seathere was a possibility that I wasn’t going to son opener against Moravian College. Hemingway’s journey back to the collegiate be able to play football,” Hemingway said. As he pondered the future of his athletic field was as complicated as his trip to it. After a career that included a Public Schools Athletic career, Hemingway said he came to terms League championship with Curtis High School quickly and considered other ways he could lead his team. in Staten Island, N.Y., “I was in a peace of Hemingway didn’t receive mind that if I can’t play any offers from colleges to I’ll end up being on the play football because he sideline coaching and tryonly played on offense and ing to lead in ways that I colleges covet players with haven’t been challenged positional versatility. to do so to this point,” The lack of interest Hemingway said. “I was Hemingway received, prepared for not being coupled with the interable to play.” est in his cousin, former While Hemingway SUNY-Cortland defensive —Senior Captain Nate Hemingway was awaiting a verdict back Kyle Nisbett, and on his football career, his high school teammate, teammates elected him Dominique Easley of the University of Florida, motivated him to search as the offensive captain for the 2012 season. When it was announced at the team’s annual for a Division III college in the region. After contacting Head Coach Mike Welch banquet, he said he reflected on his humble through emails, Hemingway was allowed to beginnings with the Bombers. “I wasn’t recruited to come here, and I join the football team. He said he was unaware that he was joining one of the most prestigious just worked hard to be the player that I am,” programs in Division III until he received a Hemingway said. “It’s an honor that my teammates look up to me in that height and chose preseason email that Welch sent to the team. “It said in the letter that we were ranked me to lead them on the offensive side of the 10th in the country, and I was like, ‘Whoa, ball and as a team.” Hemingway’s first role as captain would be what did I get myself into?’” Hemingway said. “I had no idea what kind of prestige that was to lead the team in its off-season workouts and spring practices. During this time, he spent 21 here at Ithaca.” Hemingway broke into the starting lineup out of 24 hours with his foot elevated, which in his sophomore year and started in every required him to use a scooter and hop on one game during the past two seasons. Last fall, foot to get around his house. Despite the poor after a meeting with the returning members mobility, Hemingway never missed a workout of the team, Hemingway began his five-hour or a practice. Fischer said the time Hemingway drive from Ithaca to his home on Staten Island. spent on the sideline made him a better leader. “He helped the freshmen learn the offense As he drove along Route 13, a farm tractor approached on the other side and made a left and had a hands-on approach,” Fischer said. turn in front of Hemingway, leaving him with “He wasn’t yelling or talking loudly, but telling nowhere else to go. His car collided with the the young guys, ‘Hey, if you got a question find me, and I’ll explain it because I want you to tractor’s tire, totaling it. Hemingway was rushed to Binghamton know this before we go into the season.’” Offensive coordinator Ryan Heasley noHospital where doctors spent four hours re-
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“I had to come to the conclusion that there was a possibility that I wasn’t going to be able to play football.”
ticed Hemingway’s presence on the sidelines almost as soon as he arrived for his first day on the job in March. He said Hemingway’s selflessness makes him an ideal captain. “He was elected captain for a reason,” Heasley said. “When I arrived here on that Monday in late March, I recognized his devotion and his love for his teammates and his willingness to go out of his way to help the younger guys by being able to use his knowledge to bring them along.” After the spring semester, Hemingway had another surgery on his foot, which required the use of a walking boot until early July. A few weeks after the boot was removed, Hemingway was told to jog on a treadmill. His first strides were pain-free. The next session — two days later — the speed was increased and there was still no pain. As July turned to August, and as Hemingway was told to run instead of jog, there was no pain, only a limp. In late August, eight months after nearly losing his foot, Hemingway was suiting up for
football camp. He was cleared for game action in the week leading up to the Bombers’ season opener Sept. 1 against Moravian College. Senior offensive tackle Pat Joyce said Hemingway’s comeback serves as an inspiration for other players who suffer long-term injuries. “There’s been other kids battling with serious injuries,” Joyce said. “And they look at Nate and how far he’s come and know that there’s hope, and if you keep working hard you’ll be back with the rest of the team.” In the end, Hemingway said it was his love of the game that motivated him to get back on the field. “I’ve been playing football since I was six years old, and I love it more than anything except my family,” Hemingway said. “I love the smell of clean-cut grass, and I love the national anthem right before the game, and I love seeing my teammates happy when we make a big play. I know that this year will be my final year playing football, so I’m just going to give it my all.”
Then-junior center Nate Hemingway, right, blocks against SUNY-Brockport last September. File Photo/The Ithacan
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Keep phenom on the mound The best player on the best team in baseball played his last game of the season Saturday. Stephen Strasburg, the ace of the Washington Nationals, has been shut down for the season. He is healthy and pitching effectively, but Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo decided to shut him down early before the season started. He did this to limit Strasburg’s innings this season as a precaution because he underwent Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ligament in his elbow in September 2010. The surgery, named after an All-Star pitcher, is a procedure that replaces the torn ligament with a tendon from another part of the body. The typical recovery time for the procedure is one year. My only pitching experience consists of two innings of a high school junior varsity game. So I decided to enlist the insight of someone with a little more experience in handling a pitching staff: Ithaca College baseball Head Coach George Valesente. The legendary coach emphasized there is no guarantee that Strasburg won’t suffer an injury in the future. “If you put him out there this season and he gets hurt, what is to say he wouldn’t hurt it at the beginning of the next year?” he said. Valesente said pitchers often return stronger from Tommy John surgery than before they were injured. Strasburg is now two years removed from surgery and has shown no signs of any lingering side effects this season. It seems that the shutdown may have affected his confidence. His final start of the season was his worst, as he gave up five earned runs in only three innings of work. “I don’t know if I’m ever gonna accept it, to be honest,” Strasburg said after his final start. “It’s something that I’m not happy about at all. That’s not why I play the game. I play the game to be a good teammate and win.” Valesente said it would be a hard decision, but if he was the general manager of the Nationals and Strasburg wanted to pitch and showed no signs of injury, he would keep him on the mound. “If they were 10 games out of first I would say go ahead and shut him down,” he said. “But they have a chance to get to the World Series and win the World Series. This might be it. Next year you might not have that opportunity.” The Nationals are a young team, and most experts project them to be World Series contenders for years to come. However there is no such thing as a sure thing in baseball. This could be the Nationals’ best chance to bring a World Series to Washington for the first time since 1924, and they are willingly making it harder for themselves. I’m with Valesente — let him pitch. nathan bickell is a senior documentary studies major. Contact him at email@example.com.
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Squad enters E-8 tourney as top dog By alex holt senior writer
The women’s golf team will head to the Fall Empire 8 Championship this weekend at Mark Twain Golf Course in Elmira, N.Y., with just one full tournament under its belt. Despite recent minor injuries to key sophomore Sharon Li and senior Jackie Young, the Bombers are still favorites to win the Empire 8 again. In the three years since the Empire 8 expanded into women’s golf, the Bombers have finished second at the conference championships once and won each of the last two Empire 8 titles, one of which included a 100-stroke victory last year. The golf team’s Head Coach Dan Wood combined said he thinks Nazareth score of 321 College and host school at St. Lawrence Elmira College will proequalled the provide the Blue and Gold gram’s all-time with their strongest challowest score for lenge. Nazareth and St. John a single round. Fisher College are sending freshman-heavy teams, while Elmira is competing in just its second tournament under new Head Coach Timothy Crowley Jr. Provisional Empire 8 member Houghton College is sending individual players for the first time. With so many unknown variables in this year’s championships the Blue and Gold will need to be prepared for anything. Wood said having a mostly freshman roster didn’t stop the Bombers from surprising their competition last year. “They could be better than we are,” Wood said. “We came in with five freshmen last year and a lot of teams were shocked.” The championships will begin Sept. 15, just one week into the Bombers’ schedule. The Empire 8 golf championships start earlier than any of the conference’s other athletic tournaments. The unusually early start date is because of the combination of team availability and the need to get the meet in before the cold weather. However, as far as senior Jackie Young is concerned, the Blue and Gold don’t really need as much time to get ready for major championships in golf as they do in other sports. “The timing doesn’t really affect how we prepare,” Young said. “We’ve all been working on our game since last March, and it doesn’t matter if it was our first tournament of the season or even our last.” Five of the six Bombers making the 33-mile trip to Elmira on Saturday are returning players,
Sophomore Paige Fontana tees off on the third hole of the golf course at the Country Club of Ithaca during a practice round Wednesday in preparation for the Empire 8 Tournament.
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including sophomores Kelsey Baker, Sharon Li and Paige Fontana and juniors Amanda Failla and Young. The team’s sole freshman, Taylor Reeves, will compete in the individual championships. As early as the Empire 8 Championships take place, Wood said the Bombers are glad they didn’t take place one week earlier. Heading into the St. Lawrence Invitational on Sept. 8-9 in Canton, N.Y., Li was given a waiver for qualifying because of a bruised wrist caused by a wayward golf ball, and Young was limited in qualifying by some general soreness. Wood said both players will be ready to go for the championships next weekend.
Because of neutrality rules, the tournament isn’t being held at the same course in Elmira where the Bombers usually play Elmira College. Young said Mark Twain Golf Course is relatively similar to the Country Club of Ithaca, except for a couple more variations in elevation. While the Bombers will have to adjust to an unfamiliar course, Failla said the factor that will really yield success is how much each player is able to focus on improving her individual game. “It just depends on the person,” Failla said. “For me, I want to work on my putting, but it’s different for everyone.”
Early schedule toughens Bombers for stretch run By steve derderian staff writer
During Saturday’s game against Scranton, the women’s soccer team faced challenges from beginning to end. With their backs against the wall, the Bombers trailed Scranton by a goal late in the game, but managed to pull out a victory. Playing talented opponents early in the season helps the South Hill squad learn how to cope in the type of high-pressure games they will encounter later in the season. The Bombers have historically scheduled opponents that are among some of the best in the nation to begin their season. Since 2004, the women’s soccer team has had 13 wins in 21 tournament games, played in late August and early September. It’s games against talented teams like Scranton, a team ranked 4th in the Mid-Atlantic region last year, that test the team’s ability. Head Coach Mindy Quigg said scheduling this difficult game was an opportunity to get familiar with a potential opponent in the NCAA Division III playoffs. “We try to play good competition early because we may not see these teams until a regional or national tournament,” Quigg said. “And that’s when we need to be playing our best soccer.” Back in 2009, the Bombers squared off with Messiah College, which at the time was ranked 1st in
From left, sophomore back Kelly Pantason and freshman midfielder Kelsey King practice dribbling during practice Tuesday on the Upper Terrace fields. scott nolasco/the ithacan
the nation. Despite losing this game 4-1, the Blue and Gold advanced to the NCAA Regional Finals. This year, one of the South Hill squad’s four wins was a 1-0 thriller in the Aug. 31 opening game against the
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, a team that has been a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship playoff contender for the past three seasons. In addition to the variety of
competition, the games have also increased the potential for experimentation with different players in different positions. In the South Hill squad’s 3-0 win Sept. 1 against Babson College, senior back/midfielder Kathleen Kamerzel said almost the entire roster saw playing time on the field. Kamerzel said starting off with wins against quality opponents is a good confidence booster that sets a strong foundation for the season. “It shows all the other teams in the conference that we’re not messing around, and we’re ready to go and ready to play,” Kamerzel said. The Bombers will now turn their attention to their own conference, with four of the next six games on the schedule set against Empire 8 opponents. Quigg said the Blue and Gold faced a cramped playing field in Scranton that was similar to what the squad will face when it plays at Stevens Institute of Technology Sept. 29 in Hoboken, N.J. Sophomore back Stephanie Lucidi said she hopes the squad will save its best playing for the high-powered teams at the end of the season. “There’s still a lot of time to improve things and fix issues that come along the way,” Lucidi said. “But we need to peak as we get closer to postseason play to accomplish the goal of getting back to the final four.”
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New seniors adjust squad’s attitude By danielle d’avanzo Senior writer
Twenty minutes into a soccer match, a coach sees his squad struggling to cover the width of the field. No matter how badly he wants to regroup his team and address the issue, he can only rely on players within hearing distance to make adjustments. With sports like football and basketball, coaches have the option to call timeouts and converse with the players to fix mistakes. With soccer, the only opportunity the coach has to talk with the whole team is at halftime. This rule restriction makes preparation vital for soccer. With practice being the biggest key to success, the captains of the men’s soccer squad are taking the lead and instilling hard work through encouragement this season. Seniors Ryan Norland and brothers Dan and Jack Shirley have taken it upon themselves this fall to focus on how the team is preparing for its competitive schedule. The captains have noticed that there has been a lack of leadership during their last three seasons on the team, but this year they are paving the way for change. “Throughout the years we’ve learned a lot from our leaders’ mistakes,” Jack said. “We’ve learned how to be better leaders that way. We want to win so bad we’re willing to do whatever we can as leaders to win, so if that means getting the team more cohesive or putting in more hours to work on being a better example, we’ve
been able to be successful in that way as leaders.” Dan said the seniors have been looking at practice rather than games as a tool to get better. To ensure the team will get the most out of practice, the captains have been stressing to the rest of the team to “buy into the system” this season. Jack said the most important aspect of the Bombers’ new approach is making sure to put as much effort and hard work into practice as possible. Norland added that another component is encouragement and support. “As far as buying into the system, it’s positivity and everyone believing in each other and working hard for each other,” Norland said. “If you can focus on your main goal as a team and focus on pushing each other, that’s what the buying in is. We’re striving for the same goal.” Dan said listening to the coaching staff and not taking criticism personally is also important. “A big part of buying into the system is getting out of your comfort zone and doing exactly what coach is telling you to do,” Dan said. “If we can all just listen to what he’s saying we’re going to fall into that system that he wants — and we all trust him — and he’s going to lead us to where we want to be because he has that all mapped out for us.” Norland said the seniors are initiating standards this season by treating every member of the team, regardless of age, exactly the same. “If someone is late, they have to
From left, senior back Dan Shirley battles for the ball with senior forward Danny Way of Muhlenberg College in the men’s soccer team’s 1-0 victory Sunday on Carp Wood Field. Shirley is one of three seniors on this year’s squad.
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be accountable, but if we’re late we need to be just as accountable as someone else,” Norland said. “There’s certain things that we’ve tried to put into place this year. We’re trying to set the standard. Last year there weren’t as many.” Freshman defensive back Jordan Filipowich said the seniors have been great leaders by being encouraging and helping the freshmen adjust to
soccer at the collegiate level. “They all have really positive things to say; they’re very helpful and encouraging even off the field,” Filipowich said. “College compared to high school is a lot quicker, so the seniors definitely have your back with a lot of things, a lot of communication on the field. They’re also very encouraging on the field, which makes it a lot easier. It makes me feel
a lot more comfortable.” The Bombers have shown improvements this season after starting with a 2–1–1 overall record. Head Coach Andy Byrne said the captains have been living up to expectations and leading the team by example. “They know how they want things done, and rather than asking the other kids to do things, they’re getting things done themselves,” Byrne said.
Look online for game stories from these sports: FRIDAY • 4 p.m. Women’s Volleyball vs. Alfred University in New Paltz, N.Y. • 6 p.m. Women’s Volleyball at SUNY-New Paltz in New Paltz, N.Y.
• 10 a.m. Women’s Volleyball vs. Johnson & Wales University in New Paltz, N.Y. • 11 a.m. Men’s and Women’s Cross Country at Rochester Yellowjacket Invitational in Rochester, N.Y. • 12:45 p.m. Women’s Golf Empire 8 Championships in Elmira, N.Y. • 1 p.m. Football vs. Union College at Butterfield Stadium • 1 p.m. Women’s Soccer vs. SUNY-Potsdam on Carp Wood Field • 1 p.m. Field Hockey vs. Nazareth College at Higgins Stadium • 1 p.m. Men’s Soccer at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y. • 2 p.m. Women’s Volleyball vs. Clarkson University in New Paltz, N.Y.
SUNDAY • 10:30 a.m. Women’s Golf Empire 8 Championships in Elmira, N.Y. • 5 p.m. Men’s Soccer vs. SUNY-Geneseo on Carp Wood Field
MoNDAY • 4 p.m. Women’s Tennis at Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y.
tuESDAY • 4 p.m. Women’s Soccer vs. SUNY-Cortland on Carp Wood Field
WEDNESDAY • 5 p.m. Field Hockey at William Smith College in Geneva, N.Y.
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Musical runner’s voice gives team positive vibes by haley costello staff writer
Before every practice and meet, sophomore cross country runner Niko Athanasatos puts on his headphones and begins listening to his running playlist, which consists of songs by opera singer Andrea Bocelli. “When I was in high school I didn’t really have a team, so when I ran alone, I ran listening to Bocelli because it was the only music that connected with me,” Athanasatos said. “By him talking about falling in love, it gave me an emotional connection because I was falling in love with running.” Athanasatos is a new addition to the cross country team this year. He began cross country in the seventh grade in Valhalla, N.Y., once he found that he didn’t excel at any other sports. He continued running throughout high school and into college, where he joined the Bombers’ winter and spring track teams. While Athanasatos is only a sophomore, he has already found a role on the cross country squad as someone who keeps his teammates loose by singing everything from classic standards to contemporary music during practices. Senior Chris Lotsbom said Athanasatos’ love for music brings a personality to the team that is all his own. “Besides his talent as a runner, he also brings a totally different aspect to the team,” Lotsbom said. “We’ve got the serious guys on the team and we’ve got the quiet guys, but then we have Niko who can change the atmosphere or someone’s attitude with his singing, no matter what.” Not only does Athanasatos’ love for music pump him up for his cross country races, but it also translates into his positive, confident personality. Senior Captain David Geary said Athanasatos’ love for his team is evident through his general happy-go-lucky attitude and dedication as both an athlete and a teammate. “He brings so much good energy, leadership
Sophomore Niko Athanasatos runs alongside his teammates during a men’s cross country team practice Monday. Athanasatos is beginning his first season on the cross country team. durst breneiser/the ithacan
qualities and extreme happiness that make him a really great role model and motivator,” Geary said. “He was an alternate at our 4x800-meter relay at the ECAC Championships, so we know he has the talent, and I see good things coming from him for his first cross country season.”
Athanasatos said he didn’t join the cross country squad during his freshman year because he was intimidated by the increased distance from high school to college races. His outlook changed once he began interacting with some of the team members during
the track seasons. “When I decided to run cross country, they were so welcoming and provided me with so much support that I went from being a half miler to running five-mile races,” Athanasatos said. One of the biggest connections between running and music, Athanasatos said, is the feeling he has following his success. “The feeling I get after a good race is identical to the feeling after a solid performance playing or singing,” Athanasatos said. “Even though they are completely different things, when I finish either, it is an aesthetic, emotional experience that gives me a temporary euphoria.” Even with such a great love for music, Athanasatos chose physical therapy as his major so he could keep making music just for fun. Instead, he saves his songs and guitar performances for the occasional passerby on The Commons, Ithaca College’s Open Mic Night in TC Lounge or a Thursday afternoon practice with his teammates. Geary said music acts as an outlet for Athanasatos, so it allows him to release any stress he has and contribute the positivity and humor to the team everyday. Freshman Ben Grove said Athanasatos looks to keep the mood light whenever he gets the chance. “I definitely look up to him as someone I could talk to, and if I was not really having fun with the sport, he would be the first person I’d go to,” Grove said. With the season beginning, Athanasatos said he plans to train intelligently and push himself to become a better teammate and athlete to keep up with the Ithaca squad in his first year. Athanasatos said music taught him to seek challenges and never be satisfied. “Any time I’m done performing, I always have that thirst or hunger to play more,” he said. “No one should ever be content with where they are, not just musically, but in all things that I do.”
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Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is red hot after passing for 320 yards in his NFL debut against the New Orleans Saints in the Redskins’ 40-32 victory Sunday. So what better time for The Ithacan to connect RGIII to party-game legend Kevin Bacon?
Brian Phillips @runofplay If this keeps up the London Knights are going to win the Super Bowl. Faux John Madden @Faux John Madden “After review, the ruling on the field is confirmed ... the Broncos are now on the power play” -Replacement Refs The Bill Walton Trip @NotBillWalton The replacement referee is a geography teacher. His next lesson is to teach the Raiders where the end zone is. Trey Wingo @wingoz LB Jonathan Vilma is “willing” to meet with Goodell. I’m “willing” to win the lottery, not sure either is going to actually happen.
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—Taylor Palmer Robert Griffin III’s tireless work ethic has been a key to his success in football from Pop Warner all the way up through the NFL. Griffin has attributed this work ethic to the teachings of his father…
...William Fox’s 20th Century Fox movie studio. Fox has produced a number of hits since the ’60s to and recently bought the rights to Marvel comics characters like the X-Men, a mutant crime fighting team created by…
...Stan Lee, who penned the X-Men character…
...Robert Griffin Jr., who was a sergeant in the Army. Griffin Jr. was stationed in Fort Hood…
...The same Fort Hood where Private Elvis Presley was trained for military duty in 1958. Aside from being a rock ‘n’ roll legend, Presley dabbled in film. His first film was “Love Me Tender,” produced by….
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Sports tidbits for the less-than-casual sports fan Assistant Sports Editor Taylor Palmer offers a few sports topics to use at the bar, a party or an awkward lull in conversation.
It’s every little boy and girl’s dream to meet their favorite musician. Needless to say, any kid would be elated to meet one of their idols. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers got to live out this childhood dream. Rodgers is a big Boyz II Men fan, and he pleaded with the rhythm and blues triumvirate to sing the national anthem at the Packers’ season opener against the 49ers. The band agreed, and as an added provision, they placed a wager with the pro-bowler. If the Niners won, Rodgers would have to wear a San Francisco jersey all week, and if the Packers won, the band’s own Nathan Morris, a huge 49ers fan, would wear a Green Bay jersey for the full week. Who wouldn’t be distracted if one of their favorite bands was in the audience watching them play? Maybe he was distracted. That would definitely help explain the pack’s 22-30 loss to their conference foe. —Taylor Palmer
• Twitter was pretty irate this week when the U.S. Open finals matchup between Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic ran into planned programming on CBS. Angry tweeters scorned the station for running into a rerun of “How I Met Your Mother.” An epic matchup between two tennis giants in what ESPN has called “the golden era of tennis” ran into a rerun and people pitched a fit. • Two of the senior co-captains of the Harvard Crimson men’s basketball team may be withdrawing from the college and team because of an academic cheating scandal. Harvard students cheat? Weird... • Reports surfaced this week that the city of Seattle may be building a brand new, $490 million NBA/NHL arena. Seattle has neither an NBA nor an NHL team. • Apparently, Kevin Durant and LeBron James train with each other. Keep your friends close and enemies closer.
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Senior Hunter Tom adjusts recycled gears on his bicycle Tuesday afternoon at Recycle Ithaca’s Bicycles. The bike shop provides free parts for those who take classes on bicycle repair.
Reuse Re -cycle Recycle Ithaca’s Bicycles is an educational bicycle program that teaches the Ithaca community how to maintain their own bicycles with recycled bike parts. Photos by Rachel Woolf Photo Editor