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Campus reacts to restrictions on journalists
Volume 80 , Is s u e 6
College bites into Apple
Teachers integrate iPads into classrooms for innovative teaching
by Elma Gonzalez and Kelsey O'Connor
News Editor and Editor in Chief
Ithaca College faculty and students are responding to a new media policy issued by President Tom Rochon that requires all student media to route requests for interviews with administrators through the college's office of media relations. Under the new policy, which went into effect Monday, all media interested in contacting an adROCHON said the ministrator, dean, new policy is not director, associate meant to censor dean or assistant student media. dean must contact Dave Maley, associate director of media relations, who will facilitate an interview. Rochon informed Ithacan editors of the new policy in a meeting Sept. 24. He sent out an email Sept. 28 to editors of The Ithacan, WICB, ICTV and Buzzsaw Magazine explaining the new policy, which states that reporters from student media who are reporting on topics of college policies and developments must go through the office of media relations. The email included a list of 84 members of the college’s Administrative Assembly who are affected by this policy. Those administrators were informed about the policy at a meeting Sept. 11. Wenmouth Williams, chair of the journalism department at the college, said though the new procedure does not apply to faculty, it affects their work environment. “It’s affected what we think about the culture in which we work, which obviously has an impact on our excitement, job satisfaction issues — you know, the kind of unmeasurables that are primary reasons for us being here in the first place,” he said. In an interview Sept. 25, Maley said if an administrator is contacted directly by a reporter, the administrator must redirect the inquiry to the media relations office. Rochon said in the email to student media that the policy is meant to curb a “tendency to rely too much on just a few people” which, he said, distracts them from their “actual jobs.” Maley said the new requirements are not intended to control media access. “To best facilitate being able to answer questions and find the best person to represent the institution, the general media policy is for reporters and members of the media to go through the media relations office in order to facilitate interviews with administrators at the college,” he said. External media already tend to
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From left, sophomore Ayesha Patel, freshman Adam Zelehowsky and David Gondek, assistant professor of biology, look at molecular structures on an iPad in the Center for Natural Sciences building. Gondek utilizes the Molecules app by Sunset Lake Software in the classroom.
By Erica Palumbo Staff writer
A different kind of apple is appearing on more and more teachers’ desks. Educators around the country at almost all academic levels are leaning toward utilizing Apple devices, like iPads, as predominant tools for learning and instruction. Following the Apple trend, Ithaca College has implemented a pilot program in which 40 iPads
will be distributed to select faculty members — 20 in the fall and 20 in the spring — to help aid classroom instruction and collaboration. The program, which was developed through a collaborative effort by Information Technology Services and the Center for Faculty Excellence, was launched this semester. The goal is to “explore the use of tablet computing for their teaching, research and personal productivity,” as stated on the pilot program website. The pilot also aims to
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create a faculty iPad “community” through Sakai for instructional collaboration. Twenty professors across all five academic schools received their temporary iPads two weeks ago to use during the fall semester. Beth Rugg, assistant director of technology and instructional support services, said she believes the program will help the college gauge
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Off-campus applications coincide with rental leases by Nicole Ogrysko senior writer
The Office of Residential Life will now approve students for offcampus housing during the fall semester, rather than the spring, in order to better correspond with when students sign rental leases. Bonnie Solt Prunty, director of residential life and judicial affairs, said applications to live off campus will be available Oct. 29. This decision comes after a hectic off-campus approval process last school year, when more than 160 students were placed on an off-campus housing waiting list. Because many students sign leases for off-campus housing in October and November, Prunty said, it makes sense to move up the application process. “We had a number of students on that list who ultimately never got approved, who had signed off-campus leases and also had an on-campus
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Bonnie Prunty, director of residential life and judicial affairs, said the Office of Residential Life is changing the off-campus housing deadline. durst breneiser/the ithacan
housing obligation,” she said. “We’re just trying to sync things up better so that students have the information they need before they are in a position where they make a decision to sign a lease.”
The Office of Residential Life requires that all students except for seniors — students who have completed five semesters by the fall or six semesters by the spring — live on campus. Non-seniors who want
to live off campus must complete an application and an online quiz, “Putting the Pieces Together: Being a Responsible Member of the Ithaca Community.” Prunty said she sent an email Tuesday to all students currently living in on-campus housing to remind them not to sign off-campus leases before gaining approval from Residential Life. Though last year’s off-campus housing process played a major role in the decision to move selection to the fall, Prunty said the Office of Residential Life has long considered making changes in how it projects the number of students to approve for off-campus housing. In the past, Residential Life looked at the number of students who were eligible to select housing in the spring semester, Prunty said. Now, she said, the office plans
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Nation&World Court rules on voter photo ID case
A judge has ruled that Pennsylvania voters won’t have to show photo identification to cast ballots on Election Day. Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson, on Tuesday, delayed Pennsylvania’s controversial voter ID requirement from taking effect this election, saying he wasn’t sure the state had made it possible for voters to easily get IDs before Nov. 6. Gov. Tom Corbett, who had championed the law, said he was leaning against an appeal of the decision, which was widely viewed to favor Obama in Pennsylvania, one of the nation’s biggest electoral college prizes. Obama has been leading in recent polls over Republican nominee Mitt Romney. The law could still take full effect next year, though Simpson could also decide to issue a permanent injunction. The 6-month-old law, among the nation’s toughest, sparked a divisive debate in Pennsylvania over voting rights ahead of the presidential election. Voter ID laws have been toughened in about a dozen primarily Republican-controlled states since the 2008 presidential election. But states with the toughest rules going into effect — including Kansas and Tennessee — aren’t battleground states, making their impact on the presidential election unclear. On Nov. 6, election workers will still be allowed to ask voters for a valid photo ID, but people without it can use a regular voting machine in the polling place and will not have to cast a provisional ballot or prove their identity to election officials afterward, the judge ruled.
Philippine politicians try for peace
The Philippine government and Muslim rebels have resumed talks about resolving final differences in a preliminary peace accord they hope to conclude soon, in what is expected to be a major breakthrough toward ending a decades-long rebellion. Government negotiators met with representatives of the 11,000-strong Moro Islamic Liberation Front in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Tuesday to attempt to seal what they call a “framework agreement” on major issues, including the extent of power, revenues and territory
to be granted to a Muslim-administered region. It would be the most significant progress in years of negotiations on ending a rebellion that has left more than 120,000 people dead and held back development in the southern Philippines. Rebel negotiator Mohagher Iqbal said at the talks’ resumption that they are “now on the home stretch and the smell of success is reinforced every day.”
Iranian currency value plummets
Police threatened merchants who closed their shops in Tehran’s main bazaar and launched crackdowns on sidewalk money changers Wednesday as part of a push to halt the plunge of Iran’s currency, which has shed more than a third of its value in less than a week. Iran’s currency hit a record low of 35,500 rials against the U.S. dollar Tuesday on the unofficial street trading rate, which is widely followed in Iran. It was about 24,000 rials to the dollar a week ago and close to 10,000 rials for $1 as recently as early 2011. The shrinking rial also has rekindled bitter internal political feuds between President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his powerful rivals, who claim the crisis has also been fed by misguided government monetary policies. Exchange houses were closed Wednesday and currency websites were blocked from providing updates.
Indonesian workers begin strike
More than 2 million factory workers went on a one-day strike across Indonesia on Wednesday to demand better benefits and protest the hiring of contract workers, union officials said. Hundreds of thousands of laborers from more than 700 companies in 80 industrial estates also took to the streets to demonstrate, national police spokesman Col. Agus Rianto said. More than 200,000 workers marched in the industrial city of Bekasi, just outside Jakarta, while waving flags and chanting, “Workers unite! We can’t be defeated!” The workers want an increase in the minimum wage, health insurance and social security for all employees and a revision of government policies that allow companies to hire temporary workers without benefits,
Demonstrators protest against austerity measures by the Spanish government in Barcelona, Spain, on Wednesday. Spain is debating whether to seek a bailout for its economy similar to those already granted to Greece, Ireland and Portugal for their economic crisis. Manu Fernandez/associated press
Yoris Raweyai, chairman of the Confederation of Indonesian Workers’ Union, said. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s spokesman Julian Pasha said the strike is unfortunate because it could discourage foreign investment in Indonesia.
Malawai president cuts her wages
Malawi President Joyce Banda announced that she will take a 30 percent pay cut to show that she will sacrifice personally as part of her government’s austerity measures. Banda, Africa’s second female president after Liberia’s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, came to power in April following the death of President Bingu wa Mutharika. Banda and Vice President Khumbo Kachali will both cut their salaries by 30 percent, but Banda said she will not force the rest of her cabinet to do so, saying it was up to them to choose. Banda confirmed that her government will sell the controversial presidential jet in two weeks. The purchase of the jet three years ago by
Mutharika angered donors. Banda said she will never fly in the plane because she believes they are wasteful.
Russian module to change orbit
The Russian space program’s Mission Control Center said it will move the International Space Station into a different orbit to avoid possible collision with a fragment of debris. Mission Control Center spokeswoman Nadyezhda Zavyalova said the Russian Zvevda module will fire booster rockets to carry out the operation Thursday at 7:22 a.m. Moscow time. The space station performs evasive maneuvers when the likelihood of a collision exceeds one in 10,000. NASA estimates that more than 21,000 fragments of orbital debris larger than 10 centimeters are stuck in earth’s orbit, and experts worry that orbiting junk is becoming a growing problem for the space industry.
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SGA adds technology for transparency by Emily Masters Staff Writer
The Ithaca College Student Government Association is now using electronics and the Internet to increase transparency for the student body and plans to offer that technology to other student organizations. Recording microphones were implemented at SGA meetings to live stream them online, an idea the executive board campaigned on last spring. “One of the biggest issues that comes up in our student elections is how to make our meetings easier to access, and this suggestion actually came from a number of students who spoke with me during the election period,” senior Rob Flaherty, SGA president, said. The SGA senate tried the microphones for the first time Sept. 24. However, there were issues with the system. They live streamed their Oct. 1 meeting privately to make sure the system worked properly, which it did, Flaherty said. Flaherty said meetings will go live at 7:15 p.m. every week, and the first live stream available to the public will be Oct. 8. The link to tune in will be found on the SGA website. He said the microphones will stay on during the entire meeting. Sophomore Ayesha Patel, SGA vice president of campus affairs, said other organizations can use the microphones to stream their meetings in order to Rob Flaherty, Student Government Association president, speaks Monday during the SGA meeting in increase transparency across campus. the Taughannock Falls room. Microphones will now be used to record and stream all future meetings. The senate is currently looking for a technical ALEX MASON/the ithacan assistant who will oversee the streaming as well as work on improving the websites of SGA and other last year, Rob Flaherty, myself and [senior] Rachel senators back from open discussion. On Monday student organizations, which is another student Heiss, who were on the student government e- the senate passed a bill against a controversial new board last year, thought it might media policy on campus. The senators were all engovernment initiative. be a good idea to invest in mi- gaged in the debate, he said. The live stream will be “The microphones do add a level of accountabilcrophones and video recording hosted by a third party webequipment,” junior Robert Hohn, ity to what we say in meetings, but I don’t see that site, www.ustream.tv, but vice president of business and fi- as a bad thing,” Flaherty he said. “To the contrary, a link on the SGA website nance, said. “We obviously don’t the student body deserves accountability from its will take listeners directly to have the video equipment right representatives.” the SGA’s streaming page, Patel said SGA will attempt to stream all connow, but we do have the microFlaherty said. There will be no —ROB FLAHERTY versations that take place. phones for live streaming.” charge for the hosting, but the “Currently, we haven’t gotten any complaints Junior Jihyun Rachel Lee, class organization spent about $200 of 2014 senator, said with record- from people saying, ‘I’m not comfortable saying on the microphones. Three members of the SGA executive board at- ing the meetings senators will probably be more something,’ because I feel everyone understands it is an open meeting,” Patel said. tended a Cornell Student Assembly meeting last conscious of what they say. Patel said she hopes students will begin to read “It makes people more responsible for what they semester. The student assembly has used microphones and video to live stream their meetings with are saying or more careful of presenting their opin- the SGA agendas online. She said after they begin to live stream publicly, they will focus on other initiaions,” Lee said. success, Flaherty said. However, Flaherty said this would not hold tives, some of which they have started already. “After going to the Cornell Student Assembly
“The student body deserves accountability from its representatives.”
Local startup develops wind energy prototype by Emily Miles and Lauren Mateer
Contributing writer and staff writer
In an effort to increase the use of sustainable resources, Weaver Wind Energy, a local startup company, is developing a more reliable and effective wind turbine that adjusts with changing weather. The turbine is being prototyped on private land in Trumansburg, N.Y. Founder Art Weaver is working with a team of designers, engineers and interns to collect data on voltage levels, wind speeds and energy production. The new model is expected to be on the market in 2014. According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, there are currently 38 wind energy projects operating or in development in the state. Alex Hagen, president of the company, said wind resources could potentially provide 8,000 megawatt-hours of energy annually, yet they are only currently producing about 1,400 MWh. The company’s aim is to construct a product that would require less frequent maintenance than those currently on the market, engineer Gary Bush said. The most common way a turbine
fails is when high winds cause the alternator to overheat, Bush said. The new turbine contains an overspeed mechanism that is more prepared to handle changing wind speeds. “Our goal is to be able to put a wind turbine up and have it last at least 15 years without anyone ever having to touch it,” Bush said. Focusing on durability would lead to increased productivity over time, Hagen said. “Let’s say that your wind turbine has some innovation that makes it 10 percent more efficient,” Hagen said. “If that little gizmo breaks or needs service every six months, and your downtime is now 30 percent, that efficiency has been lost. Whereas with our turbine, if it’s running 95 percent of the time, the overall lifetime cost of energy is going to be lower.” The new wind turbine can be used in conjunction with traditional energy production, as well as with other sustainable methods such as solar panels, to create a hybrid system that would offset energy costs. However, In the initial stages, finances can hinder the production. The current small wind turbine certification requires meeting a set of global standards of safety and performance at a cost of nearly $150,000.
Alec Mitchell, intern at Weaver Wind Energy, tightens gears in a turbine for a prototype. The company will release a new wind turbine model in 2013.
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Marguerite Wells, project manager at Black Oak Wind Farms in Enfield, said the local community promotes a variety of renewable energy projects. “There is such a movement around sustainability culturally,” Wells said. “A location on a windy hilltop helps, but being in a supportive community helps even more.” Rather than focusing on private small wind turbines on individual properties, the wind farm’s plan is to construct several turbines on one property that will produce around 20 megawatts of power in total. Wells said the company is on track for construction in 2013 and is in
negotiation with several community partners that will then buy into the energy shares. Hagen said the Weaver Wind has been working to continue establishing these connections. Weaver was a judge at a local children’s turbine design competition at the Ithaca Community Gardens in the spring, and last Friday Weaver and Hagen presented at the Johnson Energy Connection at Cornell’s Johnson Business School. “There is clearly a need for small wind energy, and there is clearly a market,” Weaver said at the JEC presentation. “The question is, how do we do it?”
College director leaves position after 15 years by Taylor Palmer Assistant Sports Editor
Michael Warwick, sports information director, is no longer employed by Ithaca College. The circumstances surrounding his departure have not been disclosed, and no comments have been issued as to explain the change. Rachel Reuben, associate vice president of marketing communications, confirmed his departure. “Michael Warwick is no longer employed by Ithaca College,” she said. Warwick, who worked at the college for 15 years, headed the distribution and compilation of sports information and managed the sports information department. Warwick has served as part of the Eastern College Athletic Conference Football Championship selection committee and was recently elected to the board of the Division III Sports Information Directors of America. Warwick could not be reached for comment. Joe Gladziszewski, assistant sports information director, will be the interim director.
Mac’s grocery adds upgrades by Lauren Mazzo Staff Writer
After summer alterations, Mac’s General Store now accepts debit and credit cards and allows joint checkouts with the bookstore. Rick Watson, director of the bookstore, said Mac’s switched in July from an outdated computer system to the same one the bookstore uses, which allows students to pay with credit or debit cards instead of just cash, Bonus Bucks or ID Express. Watson said there might have been a slight rise in business since the change, but that it hasn’t had a substantial effect. “People still spent money in there, whether it was ID Express, Bonus Bucks, cash, whatever,” Watson said. “But it’s more of a convenience thing.” Senior Deborah Levy, who has worked at Mac’s for two years, said she thinks people buy a lot more now that there is no limit like there is with Bonus Bucks. Students have been responding well to the new additions. Sophomore Katie McKenna, who shops at Mac’s, said accepting debit and credit is very helpful for students. “There have been countless times where I would have purchased something from Mac’s but reached my limit of Bonus Bucks,” McKenna said. There is a fee [paid by Mac’s] for each credit card transaction, Watson said, so the change could have been avoided in the past to keep pricing down for students. However, he said he doesn’t think the system change will actually increase prices in the store. Other updates include a door that connects Mac’s and the bookstore, so purchases from both stores can be done in one transaction instead of two. The door was recently opened.
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Off-campus applications due earlier housing from page 1
to look at overall class enrollment, as opposed to the number of students who have sophomore, junior and senior standing by the spring semester. “This allows us to do the offcampus projections in a much more precise way and come up with a target in the fall as opposed of needing to wait until January, early February to come up with DELIN said he that target,” signed a lease but Prunty said. didn't get approval Junior to live off campus. Noah Delin applied for off-campus housing last school year but didn’t get approval. He had already signed an off-campus lease and was prepared to pay for both on- and off-campus housing. “You don’t get told that you can live off campus until after all the houses are already taken or leased,” he said. “I didn’t find a subletter until a week before I got to school.” At this time, Prunty said she does not have the projected number of non-seniors who will be approved for off-campus housing. That number will be available mid-October after Residential Life meets to evaluate enrollment numbers. Brian Grout, owner of the Ithaca Apartment Company, said he began to hear from students who were interested in looking at his apartments in early-to-mid September, the earliest he’s ever begun to set up housing for the following academic year. “If you have a product that somebody wants to buy or, [in] this case, somebody wants to rent, you sell or rent that product as the demand presents itself,” he said. “With the extremely high property taxes that property owners pay in Tompkins County, I cannot afford to wait until November or December or next year before I start showing my apartments and signing my leases, because it’s possible there may be no customers left.” Kelly Geiger, manager at Ithaca Renting Company, said students had begun asking about their properties in August. Grout said he had about 25 percent of his 72 apartments leased for next school year. By the end of the month, as of Wednesday, he expects 80 percent of his properties will be rented. Last year, he had one case where Ithaca College students — who he said rent about 40 percent of his properties — had signed his lease but were not yet approved for off-campus housing. Now, Grout said, he’s asking all rising sophomores or juniors to give him a copy of the off-campus approval statement from the college before they sign his lease. Geiger said last year her company encountered two cases in which students at the college signed leases but didn’t receive off-campus housing approval.
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Faculty embrace interactive elements Apple from page 1
how it can better use portable devices to foster more in-depth instruction and learning. “Through this, I think we’ll gain a better institutional knowledge on how these devices can be implemented in the classroom, and as we work alongside the faculty with the technology, we’re hoping we can enable them to explore their discipline in a very specific way,” she said. Rugg said the college funded the iPad purchases. One of the program’s goals is for faculty to find concrete apps for different subject areas and facilitate more focused learning. David Gondek, assistant professor of biology, was one of the faculty applicants to receive an iPad. Gondek said he plans to use a lab management apps, and he is looking into an app called Molecules, which allows users to study biology at the molecular scale through 3-D molecules on a touch screen. “One of the things we have an issue with is that, if we wanted to draw a structure that’s not flat in reality, we’d have to draw these ‘chair structures’ to demonstrate three dimensional structures on a two dimensional environment,” he said. “But with the iPad, we can display them on a 3-D scale.” Like Gondek, Rebecca Jemian, associate professor of music theory, history and composition, received an iPad and will use it during class as an alternative visual aid. “I’m going to use it to display musical scores in my classes and mark on them,” she said. “I can do that in other ways, like with doc cameras, but there’s a flexibility that the iPad can give me." Rugg said the campus was previously 75 percent PC computers and 25 percent Mac computers. The college is currently heading toward 66 percent PC computers and 33 percent Macs. Some schools within the college, however, are centered on one platform, while others integrate the two. For example, incoming students in the Roy H. Park School of Communications are highly encouraged to purchase a MacBook Pro laptop, while the School of Business recommends that students purchase a Dell laptop for their studies. Rugg said she
Beth Rugg, assistant director of technology and support services, said she believes the iPad initiative will foster a more in-depth learning environment in the classroom for students at Ithaca College.
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credits this trend to the varied technological use across the job market, because it depends on which disciplines are using which products. Many professors at the college are also utilizing other Apple programs to aid instruction. iTunes U, which features audio and video material, has been rapidly gaining users in higher education as a form of alternative learning since its launch in 2007. More than 800 educational institutions currently have iTunes U pages. Each academic school at the college has its own iTunes U page. However, using tablets for educational purposes is not without its flaws. For one thing, implementing cross-school iPad use is not cheap. Rugg said though ITS was able to secure one-time funding from the college for the iPad program, the cost amounts to around $10,000 for 20 tablets. An individual iPad starts at $499, and many educational institutions attempting to utilize the device have had to rework their yearly budgets to
accommodate purchasing costs. Junior John Vogan, a first-generation iPad owner, said one of the tablet’s flaws — the inability to have more than one window open at one time — can actually be a benefit. “It’s nice because with the traditional laptop, you’re kind of closed off from discussion, and it can be distracting because you can have so many things open at once,” he said. “At least with an iPad, you’re just taking notes and it’s less of a barrier having a dialogue between students and professors.” At this point, Rugg said, the college does not have any plans past the pilot to further implement iPad use in the classroom. She said she hopes the program will provide a template of ideas that faculty can build upon, “Maybe all we can do is learn,” she said. “We hope it will help break down some of the barriers that prevent people from further exploring different educational topics.”
Policy angers college community members policy from page 1
operate this way, he said, and instituting this requirement for college media was simply a formalization of the practice. The policy will not apply to students writing stories for classes. Student media at the college, however, have always had open access to administrators, faculty and staff at the college, directly contacting the sources they find appropriate for stories. Claudia Wheatley, communication manager for press relations at Cornell University, said Cornell has no formal media policy. Student media can contact administrators directly or go through media relations. Peter Rothbart, professor of music theory, history and composition and chair of the faculty council, said he thinks the college is taking a business approach to media. "The college can be run as a business; it can also be run as an educational institution,” he said. “I prefer the educational institutional approach to this. Maley said though administrators who fail to follow the procedure will not be penalized, the policy is not optional. Initial emails between the reporter and the source is also included in the policy. Maley said he will serve as a middleman, receiving emails from reporters, sending them to administrators, receiving the response from administrators and finally sending the responses to the reporter. “That would come through me,” he said. Williams said the new procedure
could slow down the publication process for media at the college. “If it’s anything that is timely, going through a bureaucracy to get info or not being allowed to get the information really cuts down on your ability to be a journalist,” he said. Senior Nicole Ogrysko, news director for WICB and senior writer for The Ithacan, said the new policy will not affect WICB much because the radio station focuses more on outside news. However, it will affect her as a reporter for The Ithacan. “It’s going to take forever to talk to anybody for anything,” she said. “If we can’t get someone to respond to us within two days [now], then I don’t know how we’re going to get them to respond by going through a second person who’s probably going to get bombarded by everybody anyway.” The Student Government Association passed a resolution Monday in response to the policy, stating that SGA “formally recommends" the new policy be repealed. Sixteen senators voted in favor of the resolution, two voted against it and one abstained. The resolution was sent to Rochon Wednesday. Senior Rob Flaherty, president of SGA, said most students oppose the policy because it could potentially lead to media censorship. “They say they are not going to do this, and I want to believe that, but giving the administration that much authority is not something that I or many of the students I've talked to are comfortable with,” he said. Jeff Cohen, director of the Park Center for Independent Media, is one of the directors on the list. He
Dave Maley, associate director of media relations, will be facilitating communication between student media and college administrators. Shawn Steiner/The Ithacan
said the new protocol is reminiscent of corporate media relations strategies, and that he is not clear on what the problem is that the college wants to address. “The jury is out in terms of if they can explain what problem this is intending to fix,” he said. “The policy seems more a communications policy for a corporation or a government agency than a college campus.” Maley also said, though he would make recommendations on who would be the most appropriate source, he would not directly prevent reporters from reaching out to any particular sources. “I won’t be serving as a gatekeeper in that way,” he said. He said this “reaching out” could only be done through him, however. Maley, who will be coordinating
interviews for all 84 listed administrators with the media, said he is hoping the new procedure will be efficient for everyone involved. “It will be our job to ensure that we are not slowing things down and getting in the way,” he said. Williams also said adopting the new policy sends the wrong message to prospective student journalists who may want to enroll at the college. “How am I, as a person who is responsible for managing the journalism department, [going to] talk to prospective students about studying journalism here?” he said. “I haven’t come to grips with that yet … it’s a potential black eye. It’s a potential public relations disaster.” Repeated attempts to contact Rochon, through Maley, for comment this week were unsuccessful.
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Determined to speak Journalist shares story of struggles faced by Sri Lankan media BY Kristen mansfield Staff writer
She didn’t run from the people who threatened to hurt her. She didn’t run from the newspaper that made her and her husband national targets by the Sri Lankan government. Sonali Samarasinghe didn’t run away at all. She was kicked out. Freedom of Information has been an ongoing battle in Sri Lanka. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, in 2004 former President Chandrika Bandaranaike’s cabinet approved a Freedom of Information Bill, but nothing came of it after the Parliament was dissolved. In 2011, a relabelled Right to Information Act was also denied. Samarasinghe believed in freedom of speech and open communication between the government and the people, things that Sri Lanka didn’t have, her entire life. These beliefs only grew stronger after the assassination of her husband, Lasantha Wickrematunge, editor in chief of the Sri Lankan investigative newspaper Sunday Leader, in 2009. “I’ve realized many things,” Samarasinghe said. “When the horrible death happened, I realized that humanity can be ugly and very wicked. But I also realized that there is goodness in people and compassion, and that really amazed me.” Samarasinghe and her husband were threatened to shut down their newspaper numerous times, but they felt they had a duty to write about government wrongdoings.
Shortly after his assassination, she was exiled. The well-known Sri Lankan lawyer, journalist and human rights activist was welcomed as an International Visiting Scholar in Honors to Ithaca College on Sept. 19. This program is in cooperation with the Ithaca City of Asylum, which supports writers who have escaped their country and whose works are suppressed. Dan Renfrow, chair of the ICOA, said Samarasinghe is to host in Ithaca as a Writer in Residence from 2012-2014 because of her work with freedom of the press and freedom of speech. Samarasinghe’s experiences are not only inspiring, Renfrow said, but are very timely because of the growing number of ways people can share views and information with new technology. “The liberty in our country for freedom of the press and freedom of speech doesn’t exist everywhere,” Renfrow said. “So it’s important for all of us to stand united in protecting those rights and trying to make certain that others have those rights as well.” A witness to civil war and extreme journalistic censorship, Samarasinghe said she will use her knowledge and passion to teach courses in the areas of politics and communications this fall. Samarasinghe has written many articles about political corruption and extreme human rights violations. She also had a large following at the
From left, Robert Sullivan, director of the Honors program; Sonali Samarasinghe, visiting honors scholar; and Jason Freitag, associate professor of history, share a laugh at the welcoming event Sept. 19 in Klingenstein Lounge. Durst Breneiser/The ithacan
newspaper, the Morning Leader, at which she was the editor in chief. As an International Visiting Scholar in Honors, Samarasinghe will teach special courses and lecture students on topics such as the forgiveness factor in reconciliation and transformative justice. Barbara Adams, associate professor in the department of writing, is a member of the ICOA and a founding member of the organization. Samarasinghe is the first journalist they’ve hosted. Adams said she will give the Ithaca community insight into how those in other countries may have to fight for their freedoms. “We live in a privileged society where we often take our freedom of speech for granted,” Adams said. “It’s enormously valuable
to have access to any individual, but particularly writers, who has a very different sense of what it means to speak in a country where free speech is constrained as it was for her.” An important aspect of her job at the college will be to raise awareness of the dangers of the Internet and how it can be used by not only activists, but also the government. In Sri Lanka, the government makes sure all news websites are registered with the Media Ministry in Sri Lanka, she said. “What has happened with repressive regimes and the Internet is that it has become a lot more difficult to hide the truth, and that is a good thing,” Samarasinghe said. “But you must understand that they too have that tool. They could
send us misinformation.” Democracy and justice are important to Samarasinghe, she said, which is why she didn’t let her husband’s death impede her commitment to exposing the truth. “Journalists are at the forefront of history,” Samarasinghe said. “They are able to change the world. Move forward, do what you’re doing, and do it better and do it faster and do it harder.” When something as defining as her husband’s death happens, it changes you and gives you hope, she said. “I’ve learned that when something horrible happens, like death, to respond to it with life,” she said. “When ugly happens, to respond with beautiful things.”
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Professor plants botany ideas Jack Rossen, associate professor and Native American Studies coordinator for the department of anthropology, traveled to Chile to speak at a conference and Easter Island to research archeaobotany in August. Rossen gave a lecture titled “Exploring New Dimensions in the Analysis of Archaeological Plant Remains” at the first National Archaeobotany Conference in August in Santiago, Chile to an audience of about Rossen said 200 archaeologists. archaeology In addition to giving a is more than just presentation at the con- looking for gold. ference, he joined a field crew on Easter Island to do survey work for the expansion of a Chilean national park, and to learn about the Rapa Nui, the native people in the area. Staff Writer Lauren Mazzo spoke with Rossen about his experience with archaeobotany and his trip to Chile. Lauren Mazzo: How did you get the opportunity to speak at this conference? Jack Rossen: I did the first archaeobotany project down there [in Chile] at the Monte Verde site in 1983. I went back in 1993 and taught the first archaeobotany class in Chile, and that was during [Augusto] Pinochet, the dictator, and he had actually outlawed anthropology and archaeology and had jailed and murdered a lot of archaeologists. When I got there, they were rebuilding, and they had very young archaeologists and very old ones, and they were missing an entire generation. So they were bringing people in on Fulbright grants to teach professionals to rebuild the whole academic system. … When they planned this conference they thought they’d just have a small conference of just a few Chileans talking about their progress,
their problems and where do we go from here. It sort of took on a life of its own, this conference, so it was a wonderful thing to see. LM: How did the audience respond to your talk? JR: One thing that really resonated with the audience was that I talked about the role of plants in what we call indigenous archaeology, and that’s the international movement to change archaeology — to make it more collaborative and power sharing, working with native people, making it a positive force for native people. Traditionally archaeologists have just done whatever they wanted and not worked with native people and actually done damage to sacred sites, like digging up cemeteries, and now I’m part of this movement that is trying to change that. And I added, in sort of as a last section of the talk, that we have an advantage because we’re obviously not treasure hunters, we’re looking for seeds and things like that, that aren’t very sexy for archaeologists — not gold — and that really resonated with all kinds of people. LM: Do you plan to do any other future work in Chile? JR: We discussed some possible projects while I was down there — nothing definite — but definitely people want to pick up things. It had been a long time since I’d been there, before this trip. You never know what kind of impact you’ll have, and it’s surprising sometimes, because I just went down there and taught a class, was trying to help, and I didn’t know if I had really done any good or not. Maybe it would’ve happened anyway because archaeologists all over the world are getting interested in these specialties, but I guess I was in the right place at the right time to start something. For the complete version of this story, visit theithacan.org/25578.
Local diner hit hard by fire
Stewart Prineas, an electrical contractor, examines the damage from a fire Tuesday at State Street Diner. The diner caught fire around 4 p.m. Oct. 2. Local authorities believe it was an electrical fire caused by faulty wiring, however the investigation is ongoing.
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College & City Media literacy advocate wins Congressional grant
Chris Sperry, director of curriculum and staff development for Project Look Sharp, has been awarded the Library of Congress grant for Integrating Teaching with Primary Sources into Media Literacy Education. The funding is provided by the Teaching with SPERRY Primary Sources grant and gives New York State educators the ability to integrate media literacy into their curricula. Sperry has taught social studies, English and media studies at the middle and high school levels for more than 30 years in Ithaca. He has written many curriculum kits related to global studies and U.S. history.
Pulitzer Prize-winning CEO to speak at Symposium
Sheryl WuDunn, business executive and author, will speak at Ithaca College at the Peggy R. Williams Difficult Dialogue Symposium. WuDunn is the first AsianAmerican to win a Pulitzer Prize. She also coauthored three best-selling books with her husband, Nicholas D. Kristof. Her most WUDUNN recent book, “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide,” was featured
on the Independent Lens television show on PBS Monday and Tuesday. WuDunn will give her lecture Nov. 1 in Ford Hall. A book signing and reception will follow the event.
Cornell to host dialogue on the role of government
Rick Santorum and Howard Dean, former presidential candidates, will discuss “The Role of Government in a Free Society” in a debate moderated by Sam Nelson, director of the Cornell Forensics Society. The event is part of the Arthur N. Rupe Foundation Great Debate Series and sponsored by the department of policy analysis and management, Cornell Institute for Public Affairs, Cornell College Democrats, Cornell College Republicans, and the Young America’s foundation. The debate is scheduled for 8 p.m. Oct. 18 in Bailey Hall at Cornell University. Tickets are free at the Willard Straight Hall ticket office and are required for entry.
Student wins Kodak prize for achievement in film
Sophomore Daniel Doran, a cinema and photography major, has received a 2012 Kodak Student Scholarship. Doran was awarded the Gold Scholarship for his film “Empire: The Whitewater Story,” which documents the adventure of Doran and his fellow producer John Varga during a year of paddling in New York. The scholarship includes a $5,000 Kodak motion picture film product grant and a $4,000 cash tuition award.
Public Safety Incident Log selected entries from Sept. 20 to Sept. 23 SEPTEMBER 20 FOUND PROPERTY LOCATION: Friends Hall SUMMARY: Camcorder found and turned over to Public Safety. Unknown owner. UNDERAGE POSS. ALCOHOL LOCATION: College Circle Apartment SUMMARY: Caller reported people using a funnel for alcohol. Six people judicially referred for underage possession of alcohol and irresponsible use of alcohol. SASP.
SEPTEMBER 21 V&T DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED LOCATION: Grant Egbert Blvd. East SUMMARY: Driver was arrested for DWI. Driver refused to submit to a breath screening device, refused a chemical test and was arraigned at the Town of Ithaca Court. Driver was also issued a campus summons for speeding. Patrol Officer Robert Jones. LARCENY LOCATION: Tallcott Hall SUMMARY: Caller reported an unknown person stole products from a vending machine. Investigation pending. Patrol Officer Patrick Johnson.
SEPTEMBER 22 ARSON LOCATION: Tallcott Hall SUMMARY: Simplex reported a fire alarm. Officer reported heavy smoke in the area. Fire was extinguished with a fire extinguisher. Fire caused by an unknown person who intentionally set papers on fire. Investigation pending. Patrol Officer Patrick Johnson.
MEDICAL ASSIST LOCATION: Terraces SUMMARY: Caller reported a person having difficulty breathing from an earlier allergic reaction. Person transported to CMC by ambulance. Patrol Officer Patrick Johnson.
SEPTEMBER 23 ASSIST OTHER COLLEGE DEPARTMENTS LOCATION: Terraces SUMMARY: Caller reported a person got upset during an ongoing disagreement and left the area. Officers located the person and assisted in a temporary resolution. Sergeant Terry O’Pray. IRRESPONSIBLE USE OF ALCOHOL LOCATION: Z-Lot SUMMARY: One person judicially referred for irresponsible use of alcohol and underage possession of alcohol. Patrol Officer Bruce Thomas. CRIMINAL MISCHIEF LOCATION: Campus Center SUMMARY: Caller reported an unknown person damaged a window. Officer determined the damage had been previously reported. Criminal mischief unfounded. Patrol Officer Jay Vanvolkinburg. For the complete safety log, go to www.theithacan.org/news.
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Accredited film schools can nominate up to two students. The award is based on past work, recommendations and scholastic achievement.
Ithaca graduate student receives science award
Tim Reynolds, first-year graduate student in physical therapy at Ithaca College, has received the Sidney D. Rodenberg Memorial Scholarship Award given by the Alpha Eta Society. The award is the highest honor given to students in the Allied Health Sciences School of the Alpha Eta Honor Society and is awarded annually to the top Allied Health Student. Reynolds will be presented with the award during the annual society meeting held in conjunction with the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions National Conference Oct. 26 in Orlando, Fla.
New Park School studio to offer more resources
The Roy H. Park School of Communications is introducing the Transmedia Studio, a cocurricular initiative that gives students to produce and distribute products across multiple media platforms. Diane Gayeski, dean of the Park School, said it feels gratifying to recognize the talents of students and provide them with an environment to channel their creativity. An executive staff of Park students will manage the studio, listen to proposals from students and make the final decision on which projects will be funded.
Carol Jennings, director of Park Media Lab, will run the studio, which will be open year-round.
Science Foundation funds tree trunk ring research
Cornell University’s The department of classics at received a $200,000 National Science Foundation grant for its research in radiocarbon dating and dendrochronology, the science of using tree trunk rings to determine environmental change. Sturt Manning, Goldwin Smith professor of classical archaeology and Timothy Jull, director of the University of Arizona Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Laboratory Facility, are the co-principal investigators for the project. They will lead a team of students, colleagues and a postdoctoral scholar in research on tree rings in Southern Jordan, Europe and North America. They hope this will help determine an accurate timeframe for Biblical archaeology and histories of ancient cultures of the region.
Tompkins survey results assess aging locals’ need
Tompkins County Office for the Aging survey results, released Sept. 24, indicate key areas of assistance for the aging. The survey, issued to a randomly selected sample of 60-years-plus residents, was intended to identify current trends, needs and resources for aging residents. The survey included questions regarding age, housing, transportation, health insurance, technology, employment and prescription drug use.
The results show that 33 percent of older homeowners have a need for home repairs, and 38 percent name cost as a factor for failing to report the repairs. In addition, 82 percent have computers with Internet access in their homes, compared to 53 percent nationally. The survey results show a 34 percent population increase of aging people between 2000 and 2010. This represents 15.8 percent of the County population. For more information, visit www.tompkins-co.org/cofa.
Cornell executive named ‘woman worth watching’
Lynette Chappell-Williams, associate vice president for inclusion and workforce diversity at Cornell University, was named “a woman worth watching” by Profiles in Diversity Journal. The Journal recognizes her work and dedication in encouraging more girls to pursue studies in science, CHAPPELLtechnology, engi- WILLIAMS neering and math. Chappell-Williams is one of three women on a list of about 200 women who hold positions in higher education. The Profiles in Diversity Journal is a bimonthly magazine that annually celebrates the achievements and personalities of woman executives nominated by their colleagues, peers or mentors.
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New student media policy limits open campus discourse and proves emblematic of administration’s shift toward greater centralized control.
college community is, or should be, an environment that maximizes discussion, debate, trial and error, and relationship building. In terms of free discourse and fostering an open community, Ithaca College has always stood high. In recent years, however, it seems to be straying from the path. Last week, President Tom Rochon officially announced a policy that all student media must go through the office of media relations to reach any of the top 84 administrators, deans, assistant or associate deans and directors at the college. Specifically, students must first contact Dave Maley, associate director of media relations, to set up any administrator interviews. Rochon said the policy should not limit access to administration or cause a time delay. He said he implemented the policy to reduce a tendency of reporters to rely on just a few people to comment on everything, sometimes on so many stories that it detracts from their “actual jobs.” It might be argued, however, that communicating with the media is part of their jobs. Of the 11 members of the top tier of the administration (the president, five vice presidents and five deans), The Ithacan has directly contacted only seven for stories this semester. Rochon was contacted for only two. Diane Gayeski, dean of the communications school, was contacted the most, for four stories. Receiving calls for two to four stories from a reporter in a six-week time span can hardly be considered a disruption to “actual jobs.” Having Maley as a facilitator only makes his job and the reporters’ more difficult. Deans and directors should be encouraged to speak to reporters without a facilitator. It’s insulting that they are being treated as incapable of deciding when and how to discuss programs within their schools. Some community members have already questioned what this policy is intended to accomplish. Past experience makes it clear Rochon has an interest in controlling messages as well as a tendency to act without first gauging the college climate. The policy was announced to the Administrative Assembly and to student media without any prior discourse with any of the involved parties about drawbacks or nuances. This situation is not without precedent. In 2009, IC View published a first-person account of Israeli violence against Palestinians. The article garnered an intense response. Rochon responded equally strongly. The Ithacan reported at the time that Rochon said the college had failed to raise a level of debate in a “fully balanced and unbiased manner,” and he promised “a stronger internal editorial review policy” in the future. This was followed by a public apology from the editor, Maura Stephens, who later left that position to become the associate director of the Park Center for Independent Media. In response to Rochon, faculty members sent a letter to The Ithacan raising the question of whether “Rochon consulted any faculty or researched past situations to get a feel for the culture at the college before writing his response.” The letter also noted that the underlying message of Rochon’s “promise of a more explicit editorial regime in the future seems to be that the economic health of the college depends on censorship … We are concerned about the chilling effect these actions will have on free expression and inquiry on campus.” The Rochon administration is becoming increasingly characterized by centralization and a corporate atmosphere. Students, faculty and staff should fight to keep Ithaca College the open and personal community that has made it so appealing in the past.
your letters Student Government Association recommends repeal of policy
The new student media policy, while not necessarily malicious in intent, gives the administration an unnecessary level of authority over student publications at the college. Student publications serve, as they do outside of higher education, as watchdogs of administrative policies. By limiting access, the college effectively places a gatekeeper between themselves and students, allowing the college to “sit” on a story it sees as potentially damaging. Whether the institution intends it or not, the college has given
projects. If a journalism student is writing an article, don’t we want them to experience the same challenges publications are subjected to? It would appear that the only difference is that articles from student publications will actually be published. By placing a mediator, however well intentioned, between our primary sources of information, this policy is another step in the wrong direction for continued discourse. Rob Flaherty, Student Body President, and John Vogan, Class of 2014 Senator
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itself authority to decide if an article can be published in a credibly sourced way. It has been argued that this policy will mirror the real world. But in our opinion, this is a false equivalency. If the parallel is a corporation, there is rarely an independent newspaper devoted to covering that corporation. In addition, there are usually a number of sources who can be spoken to if PR reps decline comment. In the system we have now, the institution can effectively block information in its entirety. We also find this argument not to square with the fact that this policy exempts class
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Letter to the editor Checks & Balances
Faculty and staff call for media policy repeal As we see it, this policy has implications beyond the merely procedural. It bureaucratizes and centralizes a process that should remain free and open by allowing students to approach whomever they want. Identifying their sources and interviewing many different people is how students learn to be good journalists. Besides, an administrator is always free to decline the request for an interview or to suggest another person. The policy also seems to sequester the highest leadership from student media, raising questions about accessibility, accountability and transparency. We do not know how much of the “actual” work of this leadership is negatively affected by interview
requests, but it shouldn’t be all that arduous for their assistants to field such requests or, if necessary, to direct them to the office of media relations in the office of marketing communications. The policy suggests that only selected administrators should be interviewed about any given policy. This effectively disallows hearing “multiple” perspectives on the same issue since not all administrators may necessarily agree with the policy in question. By relying on only the “correct individuals,” student media and their audience in the campus and broader communities may get a false sense of consensus and homogeneity on campus, obscuring a diversity of viewpoints and
Stewart Auyash Associate Professor and Chair, Health Promotion and Physical Education Asma Barlas Professor of Politics and Director, Center for the Study of Culture, Race and Ethnicity Jeff Claus Associate Professor of Education Jeff Cohen Associate Professor of Journalism and Director, Park Center for Independent Media Kelly Dietz Assistant Professor of Politics Zillah Eisenstein Distinguished Scholar, Politics Ali Erkan Associate Professor of Computer Science Jason Freitag Associate Professor of History Claire Gleitman Professor and Chair, English Carla Golden Professor of Psychology Marlena Grzaslewicz Assistant Professor of Cinema, Photography and Media Arts and Endowed Pendleton Chair Beth Harris Associate Professor of Politics Sandra Herndon Professor Emerita of Communication Luke Keller Associate Professor and Chair of Physics Tom Kerr Associate Professor of Writing Susan Monagan Manager, Audience Development and Special Projects, and Lecturer, Theater Arts
foreclosing or silencing dissent and critique. This policy also appears to indicate mistrust of the college’s own administrators, something these individuals might well feel as a personal affront on their ability, integrity and judgment. There is the additional concern of timeliness. A journalist on deadline cannot wait for a marketing/media relations officer to return a phone call or send her or him up the chain command until an available, approved spokesperson is found. While we could understand that the president’s inner circle, the vice presidents or President’s Council, might have internal reasons to speak with a common
voice, this is entirely inappropriate with the wider circles of administrators, staff and faculty. At a college where the journalism program and all communications programs are heralded, and where the administration and board rolled out IC 20/20 — with its No. 1 theme of “integrative learning,” never better modeled than in student-run media — this hints of censorship and sends a troubling signal to current and potential students. To foster a positive and fruitful learning environment, as well as transparency, accountability, and collegiality, and in keeping with the stated mission of Ithaca College, we urge the president to rescind this policy.
Elisabeth Nonas Associate Professor of Cinema, Photography and Media Arts Mary Beth O’Connor Assistant Professor of Writing Patricia Rodriguez Assistant Professor of Politics Gordon Rowland Professor of Strategic Communication Cyndy Scheibe Associate Professor or Psychology and Director, Project Look Sharp Tom Shevory Professor of Politics Steven Skopik Professor and Chair, Media Arts, Sciences and Studies Maura Stephens Associate Director of the Park Center for Independent Media David Turkon Associate Professor of Anthropology Paula Turkon Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Sciences Michael Twomey Charles A. Dana Professor of Humanities and Arts Rachel Wagner Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion Fred Wilcox Associate Professor of Writing Patricia Zimmermann Professor of Screen Studies Editor’s Note: This letter arrived as The Ithacan was going to press. We will publish names of new signatories online as we receive them. Email email@example.com to add your name and title to the letter.
LGBT issues strengthen community election connections
lection season is upon us, and for me that brings with it two of my unique passions. First, a deep and abiding commitment to addressing issues of inequity so the playing field of life might be more even and fair for all. Second, a rather wonky obsession with numbers and data and matters of government, law and public policy. How these intersect are of constant fascination and bring me particular delight as well as ample food for thought in election cycles. Historically, self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender voters make up 4 to 5 percent of the U.S. electorate. LGBT Americans are also more likely to both register to vote and to go to the polls on Election Day. Although some may assume that LGBT people share similar political beliefs or affiliation, the Log Cabin Republicans — the national group that works within the Republican Party to support fairness, freedom and equality for gay and lesbian Americans — and GOProud, which represents conservative gay people and their allies, demonstrate that ideological diversity is also an important part of the LGBT community. There’s a lot to discuss when it comes to politics, legislation and public policy regarding LGBT people. Marriage equality gets quite a bit of attention these days, and it’s only been a year since lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans have been able to serve openly in the military. Yet there are many other issues that can impact LGBT people differently than our heterosexual peers, including our ability to: work in inclusive and fair environments free from discrimination, take care of ourselves and our families with our pay and the ability to fully access our benefits, be safe where we live, work and study — in our homes, our schools and our faith communities, have our identity documents accurately and respectfully describe ourselves and our relationships to others, access knowledgeable and welcoming healthcare
Lis Maurer, director of the Ithaca College LGBT Education, Outreach and Services Program, wants to encourage voters to discover election issues that matter to them and make changes happen.
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providers aware of the unique risks that can face LGBT people because of societal stigma and unequal access, make decisions when our loved ones are ill or injured and take time off to care for them when necessary, sponsor our partner or spouse for immigration purposes, literally “be counted,” because of lack of data collection at all levels that can identify the needs of LGBT people and their families, because lack of this data can render us invisible when it comes to taxpayer-funded programs, and access all that education — K-12 and higher education — has to offer. Our LGBT communities are composed of a rich tapestry of diverse peoples, with all kinds of backgrounds, interests and views. We may share
a common identity — and an uncommon interest in exercising our right to vote — but our differences define and strengthen us just as much as our commonalities. This election year, I encourage everyone, of all orientations and identities, to participate. Find out about the candidates’ positions on the issues you care about. Get involved, or more involved, in public service. Register to vote. Then join with Americans from all walks of life to make your voices heard on Election Day. Lis Maurer is the director of the Ithaca College LGBT Education, Outreach and Services Program. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Numbers game swings voters
ith October comes debate season, and we are now at the time where we can expect to see undecided voters break out their legal pads, create a pros and cons list and ultimately pick the guy they are inclined to hate the least in office. Most people have selected the person they will vote for, but this still leaves around 10 percent of the population left to court, and so the campaign trail surges on. October is the month that can make or break a candidate. President Barack Obama was able to open up a four-point lead following a series of Mitt Romney faux pas, namely the “47 percent” video, a secret recording at a fundraiser from May in which he said 47 percent of Americans “are dependent upon government” and “pay no income tax.” Among current registered voters, a recent Gallup poll shows 50 percent of voters favor Obama and 44 percent favor Romney. It wasn’t necessarily Romney’s comments on entitlement that enraged people — in fact, many Americans agreed. But people voiced concerns over the kind of decisions Romney would make in office concerning entitlement programs such as Medicare if he is already willing to write off half of the population as victims. Obama was quick to capitalize on the idea of being inclusive and caring about the 100 percent. It’s bad when even some of the staunchest Republicans in Congress do not want to be associated with your comments. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, has clearly evaded the topic; he even excused himself early from a news conference so as to avoid comment. Particularly in states like New Mexico, where a significant portion of the population is at the poverty level, government officials are not willing to discount the poor and side with Romney’s stance on entitlement programs. Here’s the thing: It is typical campaign strategy to determine which voters are more worth your time, money and outreach efforts. We get it; there is not an effective use of your resources to try and win over the votes of staunch liberals if you are a conservative, but there is a reason why these strategic plans are never revealed to the public. When campaigning for president, you need to at least be able to pretend you care about every vote. It will be interesting to see if this gaffe will continue to impact swing states over the next few weeks. Obama appears to have a small lead in several of the crucial battleground swing states, but recent polling suggests that those undecided voters are still holding out for the debates. Rachael HartforD is a senior integrated marketing communications major with a minor in politics. Email her at email@example.com.
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From left, Dakota Potenza and Nana Monaco, both of Trumansburg, enjoyed a Farm and Fork dinner made from locally grown food Sept. 19 at Silver Queen Farm. The dinner was pear-themed, featuring entreés and desserts with the fruit.
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serving farm-driven meals on the property. But for Gallup, this is only the beginning. “The ultimate climax or goal of [the farm] Under a wooden cathedral ceiling draped with strands of Christmas lights, 20 dinner would be to have farm-to-table, a place where guests seat themselves at long tables graced people could actually tour the farm, see how with glass vases of wildflowers. Wine glasses things are growing, then actually sit down and are filled with the best of local vintners and eat food that they’ve just seen how it was grown,” Gallup said. swirled as conversation begins. Through a mutual friend, Gallup got together The waitstaff slides full baskets of fresh bread and plates of tapas, featuring freshly picked pro- with the owners of the catering company, who duce, during the discussion. Though the setting were also interested in the pursuit of farm dining. may look like an uptown bistro or winery, Silver The first Farm and Fork dinner debuted in July Queen Farm’s newly constructed barn is the ideal 2011, and the events have been held every month location for a dining experience that is growing in from April to December since. Though the dates are pre-established as the popularity in the Tompkins County area. Silver Queen Farm, on the western edge of third Saturday and Sunday of every month, much Trumansburg, is one of more than 10 farms in the of the planning doesn’t happen until a week or two before the event in Tompkins County order for Kate Millar, area that have joined general manager of Farm in the farm dinner and Fork, to fully explore trend. Once a month what’s fresh. during the growing “Every month we go season, farms host out to Silver Queen and dinners that feature Tapas see what’s growing, and local produce, meat, · Pickled okra and onions we make a menu about a dairy and wine. ∙ Chioggia beets · Pheasant sausage week in advance dependGordie Gallup, owning on what’s really fresh, er of Silver Queen Dinner what’s available,” Millar Farm, said that the · Grilled local pear salad with Finger Lakes fresh lettuce and Balsamic vinaigrette said. “You think about, farm dinner was a · Braised chicken (Murray’s Chicken) served with ‘What’s a really great long-time goal of roasted cauliflower, caramelized onions, smoked tomato butter and local fingerling potatoes highlight this month? his, and it has been · Slow cooked collard greens What does this month well received. Dessert mean in Ithaca?’” “People are ex· Pear tarte tatin Many menu items cited because it’s are sourced directly from such a trendy thing,” Silver Queen Farm, while Gallup said. “The others, such as meat and people who are realdairy, are sourced from ly into locally grown other local farms. The stuff and fine food menu identifies the farm from which each inreally get a kick out of it.” For the September dinner, pears were the gredient came. Millar inquires with local protein featured item menu. As plates of Silver Queen’s producers to see what’s available and abundant, pickled okra and Chateau Royal’s pheasant sau- and the venue features a bar with wines from sage were passed around, romaine salads with around the Finger Lakes. After the featured food is determined, Millar the featured grilled pears were quietly slid onto the tables as to not interrupt conversation. Glass uses that produce to form the backdrop image carafes of water and more baskets of bread were of the posters and flyers, which are distributed emptied and refilled as the staff bustled back and throughout Tompkins County and the surrounding area. Dinner tickets are sold for about $60, forth from the kitchen. Salad plates were stealthily replaced with while brunch tickets go for about $30. “There’s definitely a lot of loving labor put plates of braised chicken on a bed of Silver Queen cauliflower, onions and collard greens, into the project,” Millar said. In addition to the advertising, she facilicomplete with a side of roasted fingerling potatoes. As the night wound down, tables were tates the promotion of the events, selling the finished with slices of pear tarte tatin drizzled tickets through Ithaca Events, and prepares with cream and caramel sauces, sweetly complet- all the catering equipment. The family-style appeal of both the Saturday ing the pear theme. Silver Queen Farm joined forces with Ithaca’s dinner and Sunday brunch is a large contribuSerendipity Catering in the winter of 2010 to tor to the friendly atmosphere, as guests dine at create the Farm and Fork, which is dedicated to long tables and mingle during the meal as well
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Silver Queen Farm serves freshly grown dinners
as on the farm tour. “Overall, the brunch has probably been a little more popular,” Gallup said. “The brunch is a little bit less expensive, and I think it probably has a little more universal appeal.” The Sunday morning events often include live music and lawn games in addition to the meal and tour, and attendance is about 10 to 20 percent higher than the dinners, which average around 50 guests. While farm dinners help the hosts by raising awareness of both their products and the process they go through to produce them, they also help the community by serving as charity events. Healthy Food For All, an Ithaca initiative directed by Elizabeth Karabinakis that combines nine local farms, uses the farm dinner experience to raise money so low-income families can have access to fresh produce. “[Farmers] wanted to ensure that their high-quality food was reaching everyone in the community, regardless of income,” Karabinakis said. While the trend is big in the Ithaca area, other regions of the U.S. are seeing similar success. The Denver Post featured a $210 dinner at the Isabelle Farm in Lafayette, Co., which showcased products from eight different farms. Guests who attended that dinner praised the freshness and experience of the meal. Millar attests that Farm and Fork meals have been received with similar remarks. “I’ve never had a course that wasn’t very well received,” Millar said. Gallup said that local guests who are interested in the local food scene often bring out-of-state guests who may not have the opportunity to witness the farm-to-table style of dining. The variety of produce available also draws these people, as they may not have access to the same kinds of fruits and vegetables. “For somebody who lives around here, it might not be all that exciting,” Gallup said. “But for somebody that lives in a totally different environment, it’s actually a fairly exotic kind of experience.”
Top: Silver Queen Farm is located on the western edge of Trumansburg and hosts dinners from April to December. Middle: James Neidhardt, a chef with Serendipity Catering, prepares dinner for the Farm and Fork dinner. Bottom: A grilled local pear salad with Finger Lakes fresh lettuce and Balsamic vinaigrette was served at the dinner. michelle boulé/the ithacan
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Hot or Not This week’s hits and misses
Assistant Accent Editor Jackie Eisenberg gives her take on characters new to TV this fall.
Hot Brody Weston - “Glee” Since the end of season three of Fox’s “Glee,” fans fretted with fright wondering who could possibly replace Finn as Rachel’s boyfriend. But now that season four has begun, the sexual tension is rising in Rachel’s life with the introduction of her hotter-than-hot classmate Brody, played by Dean Geyer. His chiseled features, undeniable charm and stunning abs make the girls swoon with lust, but his beautiful baby blues are set on Rachel.
Lukewarm Dr. Grace Devlin - “The Mob Doctor” Grace Devlin, played by Jordana Spiro, a Chicago doctor who serves members of the mob — if you couldn’t already tell — is boring with her lackluster plotline surrounding the stereotypical workplace. Though her job gives her no meaning in life, she says she has to stay because “she’s in the Windy City.” However, Devlin has a feisty personality, an element that adds a saucy aspect to the show. Somebody better call a doctor quick to revive this potentially compelling show.
Not Charlie Matheson - “Revolution” The new NBC sci-fi show “Revolution” has been pegged as a rip-off of “The Hunger Games” series, mainly because of leading lady, Charlie Matheson (Tracy Spiridakos). Matheson walks around the forest with a bow and arrow — much like Katniss Everdeen — and attempts to protect her younger brother, mirroring Everdeen’s protection of her younger sister. Spiridakos’ flat acting and whiny demeanor give her an annoying air, which affects the entire quality of the show. With a measly 4.1 rating for the pilot episode, all that can be said is, “May the odds be ever in her favor.”
Serenade the señorita
Ithacappella serenades freshman Erin Provost at their Block I concert at 8 p.m. Saturday in Emerson Suites. Provost won a raffle that the a cappella group holds at every concert. Ithacappella’s first performance of the semester kicked off with new members.
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Cornell university Library used as setting for porno
The Internet is buzzing with reports of a porno supposedly filmed at Cornell University. An amateur explicit video called “She Wanks & Masturbates in the College Library!” was leaked on an EzraHub forum in August. IvyGate confirmed Tuesday that the location was Carpenter Hall, Cornell’s engineering library, based on the yellow chairs in the video. One student posted a Miss Social profile of a blonde Syracuse resident who reportedly resembles the leading lady. An EzraHub member presented the idea that the film could’ve been shot over the summer. “The video was posted over the summer and that’s the only time I could see Carp being empty enough for a hot girl to get away with touching herself without a slew of neckbeards drooling all over her,” he wrote. Don’t get any ideas, Ithaca College! — Jackie Eisenberg
Fence window allows Dogs to look beyond their yard
Dogs are notoriously nosy. While they’re outside for the day, why not let them see what’s going on beyond their fenced-in habitat? The PetPeek fence window allows dogs to look past their secluded homes. The window is an acrylic dome that goes on the outside of the user’s fence, allowing the dog’s face to fit inside from the other side. The device comes with step-bolts for easy, do-it-yourself construction. It doesn’t have to go on the fence either — the window is designed to fit on many surfaces, including dog houses. A dog’s life doesn’t always have to be so ruff. — Jackie Eisenberg
quoteunquote “I didn’t come here to bring ‘SexyBack’ to golf. I consider myself a golf groupie.” — Actor Justin Timberlake gives a speech at the Ryder Cup Gala about his love for golfing. Timberlake also mingled with golf legend Tiger Woods at the gala.
celebrity SCOOPS! Lohan shines as Liz Taylor Sexy new promo pictures and a full-length trailer of the biopic “Liz & Dick” have fueled the gossip surrounding the upcoming Lifetime movie. Lindsay Lohan will star in her first role in five years. The film will premiere in mid-November and stars Lohan as the late Elizabeth Taylor and Grant Bowler as Richard Burton. The film follows the budding romance and separation of the infamous pair. Lohan claims to be a fan of the late actress. Lohan said in a behind-the-scenes video, “I relate to her on a lot of levels: Living in the public eye, dealing with the stress of what other people say, whether it’s true or not.” — Benjii Maust
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the fine print Local print shop provides dual-purpose downtown space Photos by Shawn Steiner
By steven pirani staff writer
Roberto Silva-Ortiz works on a light box as a part of his exhibit, “Light Swallower,” at The Ink Shop on Sept. 28.
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It is not quite a public gallery. It is not quite a workshop. The Ink Shop, nestled into State Street on the second floor of the Community School of Music and Arts building, is a medley of the two — a gallery-workshop hybrid where the artists exhibit art while simultaneously producing their own works. Inside the confines of the studio, Judy Barringer, co-president of The Ink Shop, comes out from behind her desk. Being with The Ink Shop since 1999, Barringer describes The Ink Shop’s unconventional fusion of studio and gallery. “It is a working gallery,” Barringer said. The Ink Shop is a long, white studio. Prints adorn the walls, and in the back resident artists are busying away on printing presses. There is a range of artists within the working gallery, each producing their own portfolios of work. Barringer walks over to a cluster of small prints framed on the wall, just a few of the pieces that make up the 17th Mini-Print International Exhibition. This biennial exhibit exclusively features prints all no larger than four inches by four inches and has been doing so for 34 years. The Ink Shop is but one stop for the touring exhibit, housing the petite bits of design on its walls. Anita Hunt’s “Vees II,” an olive-tinted dreamscape of a print that is as serene as it is surreal, depicts no more than a grouping of stick-like figures. Just a few feet away, Charles Heasley’s “Snow,” a solemn photogravure, depicts the elegant sloping lines of a violin. Both pieces pack a sensory punch despite their small size. In addition to the 17th Mini-Print International Exhibition, The Ink Shop is currently showing “Light Swallower,” an exhibit of work by Roberto Silva-Ortiz. Silva-Ortiz is the 2012 H. Peter Khan Family Fellow, a memorial fellowship that The Ink Shop gives to one individual a year. With this title, he has the opportunity to utilize The Ink Shop to produce his own body of work. Heading downstairs, he approaches the main gallery room where “Light Swallower” is on display. “‘Light Swallower’ is a literal translation of skylight,” Silva-Ortiz said. “In Spanish it’s tragaluz, it swallows the light. It’s a metaphor of the human condition of understanding the world by swallowing light.” Illustrating this concept is a notable piece, “Corpus.” It’s a digital photograph, depicting a marketplace scene. The market keeper stands across from his exact likeness, a mirror image; the scene reflects over its y-axis, creating an almost kaleidoscopic view. The lighting has been manipulated, illuminating the scene with neon and pastel hues.
Landscape 12-J-I by kazuko hosomizu
Trinidad sunset by Chaya spector
“I’m celebrating artificial light completely,” Silva-Ortiz said. With this considered, viewers may easily recognize how he emphasizes his theme. The prints and tapestries, even in their abstract nature, play upon the presence of light. Positive and negative space is achieved in pieces as light and dark hues mingle. Silva-Ortiz walked to “State Street,” a striking series of prints. Placed corner to corner, the four individual pieces depict Ithaca’s State Street in stark monochrome, reflected on its x-axis. The piece is an amalgam of the themes displayed in “Light Swallower” — jumping from print to print, color bleeds in like emerging light. Along with the negative space from the blackand-white palette, the piece emphasizes the appreciation Silva-Ortiz has for light. “Artificial light these days is the thing that led us to knowledge.” Silva-Ortiz said. Both “Light Swallower” and the Mini-Print International Exhibition will be on display at The Ink Shop until Oct. 26. After, Silva-Ortiz plans to move his work to Puerto Rico, hop ing to have it shown there by December. Back in the main studio, Pamela Drix operates a printing press. Drix, a local artist, is one of the co-founders of The Ink Shop and teaches printmaking at Ithaca College. On the press lies a work in progress, which Drix calls “The Sky is Pink.” The piece, a series of prints, is a protest against hydraulic fracturing, a process of natural gas extraction. Her prints depict the fracturing pumps in a gritty, charcoal palette. The apparatuses are printed in a gray, looking akin to shadows on a black background. The dark foundation gives a sense of dread to the pieces. “You know, there’s that phrase ‘The sky is pink!,’ and if you say it often enough people will start believing it,” Drix said. “You can call it pink, but it will never will be pink. You can call the natural gas industry clean, but it will never be clean. That’s what this piece is about.” The Ink Shop has an upcoming gallery night reception that is open to the public Oct. 5. In addition, the public can visit The Ink Shop Tuesday through Saturday, within the studio’s visiting hours, Tuesday to Friday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Ink Shop at its core is a space for artists to create and share their art. For Silva-Ortiz it will continue to be a haven for his creativity. “The Ink Shop is a very nice place to work,” Silva-Ortiz said. “There’s a lot of creative people, and they encourage young artists to keep working and give the tools and the basics of development in any artist.”
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Rutia-02 by Pa’l csaba
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Martial arts instructor opens arms to students BY Rose vardell contributing writer
With knees slightly bent and arms stretched forward in a circular shape, four adults breathe in deeply, their serene expressions and physical stances harmonious with the quiet music that plays in the background. After a brief period of stillness, they bring their arms down to their sides at an individual pace and wait. This exercise is known as qigong. The 4,000-year-old meditation is practiced all over the world, including locally at Dragon Fire Martial Arts school in Trumansburg, N.Y. The Ithaca College campus will also soon partake in the peaceful meditation. Junior Nils Schwerzmann said he has tentative plans to collaborate with his instructor, Kevin Hufford, to create a club for students interested in practicing qigong. Qigong originated in China and is a type of healing practice that focuses on the regulation of the body, breath, mind, Qi and spirit. Hufford, owner of the school Dragon Fire Martial Arts and instructor of the sword team at the college, said qigong is divided into five main types, some of which include medical, Daoist, Buddhist, Confucian and martial purposes. But the styles are not mutually exclusive and often share similar qualities. Maurice Haltom, a local qigong instructor, described qigong as a blend of fluid motion, breathing, Chinese philosophy and other activities. “The word ‘Qi’ means energy, and ‘gong’ means work or discipline,” Haltom said. “So, qigong as a word means energy work or energy development. The development of
one’s internal energy.” Haltom teaches both privately and in small classes at the City Health Club. Typically, he will begin his class with a brief warm-up period of breathing exercises and gentle movement. “The idea is relaxing the body and opening up channels of energy,” Haltom said. He said the relaxing qualities of qigong are one of the many reasons he was attracted to the martial art. “I was just taken by the beauty of it and also taken by the way it relaxed me — being the type A kind of person that I was when I was young,” Haltom said. “It really balanced me.” Many become involved in qigong to achieve the same kind of balance. After taking the time to practice relaxing motions and the even breathing patterns, Schwerzmann noticed immediate results in attitude. “I find myself not as frustrated either with myself or with others,” Schwerzmann said. “I notice as the school workload may increase, I feel like I can handle it a lot better.” Qigong is not limited to lowering stress levels and fighting off negative emotions. The physical benefits of the activity attract many martial arts students, such as Donna Resue, a student at Hufford’s school. “[Qigong] helps your body work properly and fight off infection on its own,” Resue said. “It’s good for your well-being. Ithaca’s attraction to qigong is not new. When Haltom taught in the 1970s he would have as many as 80 students in a room. Since then, interest has dwindled, but he continues to have people come to him to learn. In response to a kindling interest
Kevin Hufford, of Trumansburg, leads a Tai Jai Qigong class Sept. 25 at Dragon Fire Martial Arts Studio. Hufford is collaborating with Ithaca College students to create a qigong club, which will be open to anyone who is interested.
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in the student body, Schwerzmann has proposed a club for the campus. Members would attend group classes and follow up on curriculum that Hufford would set up. Schwerzmann said the ideal club would include
Hufford’s instruction. Just as he takes time to help the college’s sword team, he would come and teach them on a weekly basis. The club would be open to anyone who is interested in qigong, even
if they have never had any experience with the exercise. “No matter how well you think you can deal with anything, it’s just a way to improve all of your health,” Schwerzmann said.
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Potter author pens dark tragicomedy
by lara Bonner Managing Editor
You won’t find any witches and wizards in the tiny town of Pagford, the setting for J.K. Rowling’s only novel since leaving behind her “Harry Potter” legacy. Rowling makes the brave leap from children’s literature to her first adult novel with “The Casual Vacancy,” a book full of all the sex and drugs the “Potter” characters never encountered. The scandalous subject matter acts as a fitting backdrop for Rowling’s social critique of small-town facades, helped by the delightfully dreadful “The Casual characters in this tragic yet Vacancy” darkly funny novel. J.K. Rowling Pagford is sent reeling Little, Brown and Company after the sudden death of Barry Fairbrother, a member of the town’s Parish Council. Much of the town’s political turmoil surrounds a dodgy and downtrodden estate at the edge of Pagford called the Fields, which some of the townspeople wish to see cut off from their beloved, idyllic English haven for good. Barry was one council member in favor of keeping the Fields within Pagford lines. In light of his death, his opponents and allies go head-to-head in an election to fill Barry’s vacant seat and settle the battle of the Fields once and for all. The war that erupts in Pagford isn’t strictly political. The novel also encompasses the rage many of the town’s teenagers feel toward their status-obsessed and often inadequate parents — rage that spurs them to reveal their parents’ most startling secrets on the Parish Council’s online message board. A nod to her success with Potter, Rowling’s teenaged characters are her strongest and most developed, namely pimply Andrew, instinctual Fats and bullied Sukhvinder. In scenes centered on Fats’ life, Rowling thoroughly explores his obsession with authenticity. He critically analyzes everyone’s behavior, including his own, based on whether or not he dubs it an “authentic” or “inauthentic” action or emotion. But it is her adult characters who provide the most comedy. Borderline alcoholic Sam Mollison, for example, is the wife of one of the council seat
Steve Brown Quartet, a jazz group, will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Carriage House Café as part of the Jazz Spaces Ithaca series. Admission is $8 for students with an ID.
Swingle Singers, a Grammy
Award-winning a cappella group, will perform at 8 p.m. at the State Theatre. The group’s repertoire consists of different genres including jazz, Latino and rock music.
Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present, a film about Marina Abramovic, an influential performance artist, will screen at 9:15 p.m. at Cinemapolis.
J.K. Rowling, author of the renowned “Harry Potter” series, has written a novel for an adult audience for the first time, titled “The Casual Vacancy.” The novel is about a small town amid a controversial election. courtesy of Little, Brown and Company
candidates, and she finds her escape in inappropriate fantasies about her daughter’s favorite American boy band. Rowling’s setting choice is complementary to her narrative style; a small town is naturally going to result in the entanglement of a handful of lives. Rowling makes use of this by narrating in the third person, bouncing around among the teenagers’ and their parents’ lives as they cross paths at work, school and obligatory social events laced with hidden agendas. However, the constant switching among characters can be disorienting at times, as can Rowling’s frequent use of flashbacks set off by parentheses. Some of these flashbacks span pages, and the closing parenthesis can come as a shock, the reader having forgotten that what they were reading was a flashback at all. Indeed, perhaps Rowling’s editor gave her
a little too much liberty, considering her past success. Many of her sentences seem sloppily constructed. Occasionally she gets heavy on the semicolons as well, often misusing them entirely. Fortunately, her vibrant characters and fast-paced plot make up for these small technical indiscretions. Though perhaps not a book everyone will reread over and over — as one might with the beloved “Harry Potter” series — “The Casual Vacancy” is by no means a failure. Though she focuses on drastically different subject matter, Rowling’s prose style and complex young characters will feel like familiar territory for older Potter fans, who will happily burrow inside the book’s pages. Even adults without the “Potter” experience will find “The Casual Vacancy” to be an enjoyable read, thought provoking and witty in all the right places.
Rock group amuses fans with more personal themes by Jared DIonne Senior Writer
Muse’s last album, “The Resistance,” released in 2009, somewhat eerily predicted the political unrest the world would soon experience. Songs like “Uprising” seemed purposefully built Muse for the Arab Spring “The 2nd Law” Warner Bros. and Occupy moveRecords ments. The band’s Our rating: new album, “The HHH 2nd Law,” touches on these themes, but the political references take a backseat to a more personal subject matter. Avid Muse fans were concerned when lead singer Matt Bellamy alluded to the album’s dubstep influence during the recording process. Thankfully, that
was an overstatement. While “The 2nd Law” samples some electro elements, it’s a far cry from a Skrillex album. Album opener “Supremacy” is a Bond theme just waiting to happen. The track kicks off with a string and trumpet fanfare complete with a menacing bass line. It doesn’t take long for Bellamy to kick in the vocal distortion effects when he shrieks, “The time, it has come to destroy your supremacy.” This album represents something of a departure from the rest of Muse’s catalog. The lyrics of “The 2nd Law” reflect more personal experiences rather than the overarching political themes the band is known for. Bassist Chris Wolstenholme lays out his struggles with alcoholism on “Save Me” and “Liquid State.” He wrote both songs — the only two known
Song of the Week “Forgiveness”
First Annual Pigs-n-Apples Party, a day filled with games and activities as well as fresh food, will take place at noon at Indian Creek Farm.
Sultans of String Duo, a violin and guitar duo featuring Chris McKhool on violin and Kevin Laliberté on acoustic guitar, will perform at 8 p.m. at Carriage House Café.
Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale, a chance for Ithaca residents to buy books, albums, DVDs and more, will begin at 8 a.m. at Friends of the Library on Esty Street.
Pop princess sweetens sound by Benjii Maust staff writer
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Muse tracks where he is the principal singer. “Save Me” is softer in nature compared to most Muse tracks, as it features ambient interlocking guitar lines. “Liquid State” shatters this tranquility and is a return to Muse’s harder guitar-centric tendencies. Even though “The 2nd Law” does experiment with different styles, it should not be difficult for both casual and hardcore Muse fans to make the jump and appreciate many of the album’s tracks.
An answer to the age-old question, “Can lightning ever strike the same place twice?” comes in the form of Canadian pop star Carly Rae Jepsen’s debut album, “Kiss.” The answer is simple: Lightning can strike 12 times. This album prevents Jepsen from being a one-hit-wonder with its catchy, upbeat pop tunes. Carly Rae Jepsen Songs like “Kiss” dance remix Interscope “Curiosity,” and Records the bouncing Our rating: synths of “Hurt HHH So Good” recap off of the ’80s new-wave influences that made “Call Me Maybe” such a relentless earworm. However, Jepsen’s trembling vocals breathe a haunting aura into songs like the
somber “More Than A Memory.” Though her album is chained to the airy dance-pop style of her producers, she still contributes to the success of each song. The result is the musical equivalent of cotton candy, with each song lasting three minutes on the ears and an eternity on the brain. The sugary fun of “Kiss” suggests that fans haven’t seen the last of Jepsen or her lightning in a bottle.
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The blues rocker is back with his 21st studio album, and he’s still got it. The album opens with the upbeat track “We’re Alright Now.” His vocals and catchy guitar melodies contribute to the record’s overall charm.
The third studio album from the Canadian electronic band contains every pop aspect imaginable. Its electro beats give the track an upbeat, yet annoying feel. The opener, “Run Run Run,” is a poor track that belongs in the club, not in listeners’ headphones.
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John Hiatt New West Records
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This track by the acoustic Christian artist is relaxing. West’s voice is soothing to the ear and adds a liberating element. West sings, “It’s the whisper in your ear saying set it free. Forgiveness.” 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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Charismatic cops build strong tension [ ‘End of Watch’ thrives with Michael Peña and Jake Gyllenhaal bY James Hasson
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The newest cop film, “End of Watch,” delivers thrills with high intensity. Directed by David Ayer, the writer of “Training Day,” “End of Watch” combines wild and shocking action with a character-focused story and two strong leads. “End of Watch” “End of follows L.A. policeWatch” men Brian Taylor Open Road (Jake Gyllenhaal) Films and Mike Zavala Our rating: HHH (Michael Peña). As part of a filmmaking class Taylor attends, he records the pair’s lives, including their experiences on the job and their personal lives with Zavala’s wife Gabby (Natalie Martinez) and Taylor’s girlfriend Janet (Anna Kendrick). However, their bliss doesn’t last forever. A Latino gangster, nicknamed Big Evil (Maurice Compte), tries to hunt the pair down after they arrest a series of wealthy, well-connected gangsters. The two leads embody the roles of not just cops, but close brothers. Their natural dialogue and carefree composure around each other imply the depths of their partnership. But while Peña’s character stands as the more heroic of the two, Gyllenhaal steals the show in the slower scenes in a police cruiser or at Taylor’s wedding. Gyllenhaal often out-acts his partner in crime, but there are still parts where the performances complement one another — for example, when they interact at Taylor’s wedding. While the heroes have depth and complexity, the villains are chock full of cliché. When profanity drops
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Officer Brian Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) takes charge in “End of Watch.” The film follows two officers who try to run from a corrupt Latino gangster after he finds out they arrested two other well-connected gangsters.
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between every other word during the gangsters’ conversations, it comes across as ridiculous, if not offensive. Fortunately, the film provides only a minimal perspective of the gangsters, such as their view before and after a drive-by shooting. The movie’s action sequences steal the show and drive it like a police car after a criminal. The film’s opening sends audiences straight into the dashboard cam of a wild police chase through L.A. streets. The shots get very shaky, especially in some of the earlier sequences. Though they may symbolize a visceral chaos that adds realism, they can be disorienting to the audience. Scenes of rural homes
and an extremely unforgettable knife wound pop with instantaneous agony, while house raids and a nervous conversation with a gangster slowly boil with tension. Though these sequences are atypical, they provide a gruesome style that overpowers the substance of the cops’ bond. The film does have some issues in its camera work and its compatibility with the story. Taylor mentions early on how he films everything, establishing the film as part of the handheld genre. Raids are shot with the handheld or portable cameras at times, but then there are plenty of impossible shots showing both of the characters. The film jumps between handheld
Masterful cast shapes movie
and non-handheld shooting, which can be irksome and disruptive. This is especially the case in a love scene, where the movement of the camera and the frequency of earlier handheld shots can feel as if a third person is awkwardly in the story filming the intimate scene. “End of Watch” flaunts a violent energy and raw attitude toward its subject matter. Though the film can teeter when trying to balance its storylines, “End of Watch” does maintain a high tempo and an empathetic story of brotherhood. “End of Watch” was directed and written by David Ayer.
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The release of “The Master” officially kicks off Oscar season. It sets the bar high with powerhouse performances from stars Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman. The story follows Freddie (Phoenix), an alcoholic World War II veteran struggling to “The find his place after the war. Master” One night, he drunkenly wanThe ders onto a ship captained by Weinstein Lancaster Dodd (Hoffman), the Company leader of a group called The Our rating: Cause, whose members desire HHH to get humanity back to its natural state of “perfection.” To do this, they sit around tables listening to recordings of Dodd’s gospel and watch him perform unconventional therapy sessions on various members. At one point, Dodd forces Freddie to walk from one side of a room to the other, describing what he feels when he touches the walls on either side. Writer and director Paul Thomas Anderson has added another complex work of art to his impressive resume. As with his past films — “There Will Be Blood” and “Hard Eight” — “The Master” challenges the audience with its intellectual, substantial subject matter. The film seems to be loosely based on the beginnings of Scientology and Lancaster Dodd is L. Ron Hubbard. Hoffman successfully departs from his gravelly-voiced and self-loathing characters to play a charismatic leader. The most captivating scenes are between Phoenix and Hoffman, particularly Freddie’s first therapy
session when he finally opens up about a lost love from his past. Phoenix gives a commanding performance, hunching his back in an awkward posture and speaking with a constant drunken slur. The connections his character forms are purely physical, having sex with multiple women, even one he molds out of sand on the beach in the opening scene. Freddie is violent and perverted, yet Phoenix is able to humanize him. Behind the tough facade, Phoenix conveys a subtle loneliness and pain. With its heavy themes, “The Master” takes audiences on a difficult but rewarding journey, proving the cast to be masters of their craft.
A crime-ruled, desolate wasteland is how the film “Looper” portrays the year 2044. The job of a Looper is to eliminate those sent back from the future by time travel. “Looper” is an innovative sci-fi fantasy idea brought to life from writer-director Rian Johnson. Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a Looper living the high life in a dystopian world until he is sent a man (Bruce Willis) to kill, who turns out to be himself from the future. Together, the two must figure “Looper” out how to stay alive and out TriStar Pictures of sight of Abe (Jeff Daniels) Our rating: who runs the mob, which HHH 1/2 serves as the authority in the year 2044. Johnson shifts the story between past, present and future, challenging the audience with its fast-paced storytelling. Gordon-Levitt is nearly unrecognizable on-screen, covered in prosthetics to make him look like a younger version of Willis. He delivers a charismatic performance, filled with undeniable arrogance and hidden anguish. “Looper” delves deep into its characters’ emotions and inner demons, while bringing the story’s themes of love and to life. As the plot twists and turns, Johnson balances high-energy adrenaline with an original story, resulting in one of the most satisfying payoffs of the year. With assured direction and a thrilling premise, “Looper” is one of the best films of the fall.
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Protection is the goaL Ithaca College coach moonlights as Cornell University police officer by danielle D’avanzo senior writer
It’s 12:27 a.m. on a Saturday, and reports of street racing crackle over the police scanner. Cornell University police officer Mike Meskill speeds off toward the reported location. Working what’s known as “the graveyard shift,” Meskill patrols the Cornell campus from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., but tonight he has been on the clock since 6 p.m. to combat the recent reported attacks and sexual assaults. As Meskill arrives at the scene and exits his car, the scent of burnt rubber hangs in the air. Five cars are pulled over on Route 366, and it’s Meskill’s responsibility to defuse the situation. While on duty, Meskill exhibits the calm but forceful demeanor he also uses as an assistant coach for the Ithaca College men’s soccer team. Meskill, a 24-year-old native of Trumansburg, N.Y., works primarily with the Bombers’ goalkeepers. Before arriving for his shift at Cornell, Meskill was working hard with the three keepers to prepare for Saturday’s game against Empire 8 Conference opponent Alfred University. Meskill has found a way to pursue his dream by going into law enforcement while staying involved with the sport he loves. He said he knew from a young age that he wanted to go into law enforcement. Though Meskill has only been a Cornell patrol officer since January, Sergeant Michael Blenman said Meskill has been a great addition to the staff. “He is energetic, young, willing to learn and his work ethic is superb,” Blenman said. “His attitude is great.” The clock reads 2:33 a.m. when Meskill pulls over to the side of Campus Road. A car Meskill had pulled over earlier for having a headlight out is now involved in a car accident. The passengers appear unharmed, but tempers are high. Meskill keeps his voice level
Assistant goalkeepers coach Mike Meskill also works the “graveyard shift” as a Cornell University police officer from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.
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as he talks with each driver. Throughout the conversations he remains composed, with his shoulders back and eyes focused, listening to both sides of the story. Meskill said he enjoys both of his jobs because he likes to interact with people and hold them accountable for their actions. However, players on the men’s soccer team want to be at practice, while people Meskill meets during his shift aren’t always as receptive. “When I’m at practice, these guys are here because they want to be here and they want to work hard,” Meskill said. “When I run into most of the people that I deal with on a dayto-day basis, it’s usually because they did something wrong.” Meskill, who graduated from Keuka College with a degree in accounting in 2010, said he is able to relate to students while on duty because of his age. “Everyone makes mistakes, and we’ve all been to college, and I understand that,” Meskill said. “I come into a good position there since I can relate to these kids because I basically just got out of college, and I can help them through a
From left, junior goalkeeper David Kaminsky works with assistant coach Mike Meskill.
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difficult time, make them accountable for their why he took the overnight shift. He was originally planning to help out co-worker Eric actions and move on.” Green numbers glow 4:18 a.m. in the patrol Stickel with the Lansing High School varsity car when Meskill finally has a chance to take girl’s soccer team, but things changed after a breather. Earlier that night, the scanner was Byrne offered him an assistant coaching posiconstantly buzzing, but now the music on the tion at the college. Meskill first met Byrne when Meskill was a radio is the only thing that can be heard. Fatigue starts to kick in as Meskill no longer has teenager playing for the late coach Chris Bond. calls to keep him occupied. He drives back to Bond was the head coach of the Trumansburg the Barton Hall station and starts his paper- High School men’s soccer team and was friends with Byrne. Byrne work. After an hour or so, ran a nighttime soccer he drinks a cup of coffee to camp a week before the help him through the final high school preseason hours of his shift. for the team, the first The sun is shining on time Meskill and Byrne Carp Wood Field as the crossed paths. men’s soccer team warms This past summer, up for its Empire 8 matchByrne had a part-time up. It’s now 12:24 p.m., and coaching position availMeskill is working with able and knew Meskill the goalkeepers before was in the area. Byrne the game. He has only had said he is happy with his a few hours of sleep, but decision to hire his forhis energy levels hide his mer soccer camper. exhaustion. Head Coach “He has a passion for Andy Byrne said he can tell — Goalkeepers coach Mike Meskill what he’s doing and will sometimes when Meskill has had a long night on duty when he arrives, put in a lot of time beyond probably what he’s but he added that the fatigue is gone once the being paid for,” Byrne said. “As far as I’m condrills begin. Meskill is involved in each drill he cerned, he can keep the job as long as he wants.” At 1:35 p.m., Meskill is standing on the sideexecutes, constantly moving and taking shots to line watching his team battle on the field to keep provide his players with feedback. Freshman goalie Kenny Chapman said their unbeaten streak alive. During weekdays, Meskill does not shy away from giving sug- Meskill would still be sleeping. Usually, after gestions to the goalies, and that criticism has Meskill clocks out at Cornell around 7 a.m., helped all three keepers improve their skill level. he returns to his apartment in Trumansburg “You can make a great save, but there’s al- and darkens his room so he can sleep. During ways something you can do better,” Chapman his down time between soccer practice and his said. “No one’s perfect, and at first it was a little police shift, he will fit in a lifting or cardio workfrustrating for everyone to adjust, but now we out, eat dinner, watch some TV or take a nap. Meskill has made several sacrifices to pursue understand everything’s going to be critiqued, but that just makes us better. He gives us a lot both careers, such as giving up watching New York Jets games on Sundays, sailing on Cayuga of feedback and that’s good.” Chapman said he likes how Meskill is Lake … and sleeping. Though this lifestyle can knowledgeable about the “goalkeeper per- be challenging, Meskill said he wouldn’t have it spective.” Meskill has a lot of experience in any other way. “I just want to be around the game,” he this position at the collegiate level. He was a four-year starter at Keuka and was named said. “That’s the reason why I chose nights the North Eastern Athletic Conference over working evenings ... I wouldn’t get the chance to continue doing something I love, Goalkeeper of the Year in 2009. Meskill knew when he first took the job at so I’ll take a little sleep deprivation and get to Cornell that he would want to be involved in coach and be around a great team like this any coaching soccer during the fall season. That’s day of the week.”
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Award race sparks debate Old school and new school, two forces seemingly forever in conflict are again facing off in the debate to name the American League’s Most Valuable Player. Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers barely beat Josh Hamilton in the home runs category to capture the first Triple Crown since Carl Yastrzemski last won it in 1967. Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels has dominated his competition, according to a modern statistic-based mathematical formula called “wins above replacement player,” or WAR. On one side are math whizzes, the statisticians who endlessly attempt to develop statistics that can define the exact value of a player. The pinnacle of these complex statistics is the WAR. This statistic claims for all intents and assigns each player an exact numerical value of how many games the team has won because they are on the team. If you trust this statistic, then the MVP voting should be simple — the player that is responsible for the most wins is obviously the most valuable. The more I read about WAR, the less I trusted it. WAR is a combination of three other complicated stats, which I couldn’t begin to understand, that seek to put precise values on batting, base running and defense. WAR also claims to account for nearly every variable in baseball, such as which positions are harder to field than others and which position in the batting order a player hits from. As it turns out, there is no set standard for how the statistic is actually measured, and each statistic service that calculates the stat does it differently. By the time I was done reading about WAR, my head hurt, and I still had no idea why Trout was responsible for more Angels wins than Cabrera was for the Tigers’ wins. In the other corner are the traditionalists who feel the best statistics are the simplest ones. Batting average, home runs, and runs batted in are statistics that have been around for longer than anyone alive today. Cabrera has led the league in all three statistics, so obviously he must be MVP. Trout is the better defensive player, but Cabrera helped lead the Tigers to the playoffs. The Angels just missed the postseason, but they have the best record in the American League since Trout was called up from the minors in April. If somehow the vote ended up at a tie and both players shared the award, I would not be disappointed. However, there can only be one MVP, and only one of these players’ teams is in the playoffs. Only one has accomplished something that hasn’t been done in 45 years. Miguel Cabrera gets my vote for MVP. nathan bickell is a senior documentary studies major. Contact him at email@example.com.
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Shutdown defense stifles opponents By steve derderian staff writer
On the way to their undefeated 11–0 record, the defenders on the women’s soccer team seemed to clear every ball out of their zone before any plays on the goal could develop. In the rare times a shot leaked through, senior goalkeeper Becca Salant generally ends up with the ball resting in her gloves. The 6th-ranked Bombers have leaned on their defense all year and relied on a staunch and talented backline throughout their currently perfect season. Saturday’s match against 21st-ranked Stevens Institute of Technology was deja vu for the Blue and Gold. The team finished the game with a 4-0 victory, one of nine shutouts in its first 11 games. This season alone, the Bombers have only surrendered three The women’s goals through 10 games and soccer team has have blanked three nationally outscored its ranked teams. opponents 19-1 Junior midfielder Amanda in the first half. Callanan said offense has always been a strong aspect of the Blue and Gold’s game, but they are trying to focus more on the other side of the field this season. “This year we’ve been taking a lot more pride in our defense,” Callanan said. “We’ve really been making it a goal of ours to keep the number of goals allowed at zero at all times.” Senior defender Anna Gray said the Bombers’ its 1-0 victory against SUNY-Cortland was one of the team’s best efforts, because they won a close game and made the Red Dragons uncomfortable. “We like to see teams getting frustrated, and we definitely feed off that,” Gray said. “As a team, we like to stay positive and help one another, rather than get frustrated with your teammates.” Salant has anchored the Bombers’ back line in net. Salant, who set an Empire 8 Conference record in saves with 139 last season, has started the season with six complete game shutouts and played 70 minutes total in the Blue and Gold’s other two shutouts. While she was named this week’s Empire 8 Defensive Player of the Week, Salant credits her defense for the team’s play in the first 11 games Though she led the conference in saves last season, Salant has seen a lot less action from opposing offenses as well this fall. The senior has averaged 3.64 saves per game, and after only surrendering three goals total, she boasts an average of 0.28 goals allowed per game. Salant said her confidence level has increased after seeing fewer
Junior back Alex Liese tracks down the ball during the Bombers’ 5-0 win against SUNY-Potsdam on Sept. 15 on Carp Wood Field. The victory marked the second of seven straight shutout victories. Jennifer Williams/The ithacaN
shots on goals this season. “My confidence level has been higher this year compared to last year because of my experience, and I have a lot more confidence in my defense,” Salant said. “This year I’ve definitely tried to keep the defense organized and tell my teammates where they need to step and drop in.” Though the Bombers are undefeated, seven games still remain in the regular season. Salant
said she and her teammates recognize that there are still aspects of their game to improve, especially concerning the fact that 61 percent of their goals have been scored in the first half. “One of our goals is to have a game where we play a full and mistake-free 90 minutes of soccer,” Salant said. “For now, if we keep doing what we’re doing, we can go undefeated in the Empire 8 and win our conference on our home field.”
Passing pair sends Bombers’ air attack sky high By christian araos staff writer
Last year, junior quarterback Phil Neumann was embroiled in a season-long competition to be the football team’s lead quarterback. One year and a full-time starting job later, Neumann’s assured performances have the Bombers at 4–0 for the first time since 2005. In his first season as the full-time quarterback, Neumann already has 872 passing yards, nine touchdowns and one interception. At this time last season, he had five interceptions and one touchdown. Neumann said a large part of his success this year can be attributed to his connection with senior wide receiver Joe Ingrao. Ingrao has caught 35 of Neumann’s 75 completed passes and leads the team in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. Neumann said Ingrao’s all-around ability makes him a reliable target. “He’s got a lot of talent, and he works real hard and does all those things receivers need to do,” he said. “He runs good routes, goes up and gets the ball, and makes the catch whenever it’s a jump ball.” Ingrao’s reliability was proven last weekend when he recorded a careerhigh 11 receptions in the Blue and Gold’s 40-21 win against Frostburg State. His 161 receiving yards, also
Senior quarterback Phil Neumann drops back for a pass in a home game against Utica College. Neumann threw for 310 yards in the Bombers’ win.
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a career high, were the most by a Bombers’ receiver in a single game since 2008. Ingrao said his familiarity with Neumann builds a mutual trust between receiver and quarterback. “Phil and I have been playing
together for a year and a half, and we’ve established a lot of continuity in the passing game,” Ingrao said. Neumann’s is only getting better as the season progresses. The quarterback was 25 of 32 for 310
yards and threw two touchdowns in the Blue and Gold’s 40-22 victory against Utica College on Saturday at Butterfield Stadium. The duo’s impressive early season performances have attracted a lot of attention from opponents, but Ingrao said he is confident that the offense is capable of making any required adjustments to the passing game. Head Coach Mike Welch said he knows the offense must find other ways to move the ball through the air. Neumann said he is confident in the other receivers, but admits that his reads have constantly led to Ingrao. Ingrao said Neumann’s focus and work ethic have made the entire offense better as he evolves into a leader. He said he believes Neumann is becoming more of a playmaker in his junior season. “Personally I don’t think he makes some of the plays he made this year, last year,” Ingrao said. Neumann said he is pleased with how he was able to cut the turnovers out of his game and his ability to execute, despite the scrutiny that is beyond his control. “It’s not my job to win over the fans,” Neumann said. “My job is to make good decisions, be accurate when I’m throwing the ball and execute the offense. If I’m able to do that, then hopefully we’re able to win as a team. That’s really all that matters.”
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Home steep home for South Hill squad By haley costello Staff writer
The dirt, rocks and grass that cover the Ithaca College Cross Country course are pounded by sneakers on a weekly basis from both the men’s and women’s team practices. On race day, however, the course lays still because of its high elevation. The 5-kilometer route on the northeast portion of campus comprises a complex combination of trails, with hills rising beyond the heights of many other cross country courses on the Bombers’ schedule. As a result, the team uses the course for training purposes or light jogs on Fridays to ensure that they can handle other race routes around the league. By using this course, the team builds more strength for the flatter courses in its division, allowing it to move at a faster pace. Senior David Geary, captain of the men’s cross country team, said this is an important factor to their training because modern cross country now focuses on times more than difficulty, making the course less suitable for today’s racing culture. “It is a relatively hilly course, and most college courses now are becoming flatter and faster because it is harder to compare teams across the country without using times,” Geary said. “So, it is now becoming more and more important to try and run fast times during the year rather than running on difficult courses, which cuts out our course altogether.” Step one of this trek begins on
the athletic fields past the Terrace 13 dorm building. This section of the race course stands as its flattest area and equates closest with the other courses around the division. Graduate student Tyler Murray said the team tries to break out at a powerful but not strenuous pace in this section to guarantee that they are prepared for the obstacles ahead. “The first half mile or so is perfectly flat before you get to the hills,” Murray said. “We know that the hills are coming up, and we try to make a move on the hill because for a lot of guys, that’s where they slow down.” From the fields, the Bombers continue onto a small portion of pavement — the only pavement they encounter on the course. The route returns toward the fields for what seems to be just a moment, and then the runners embark on step two: the hill climb. Located behind the Terrace dorms, the climb is broken into three segments: the first hill, followed by about 600 meters of semi-flat trail and finally a steeper, longer-distance hill. While there may be a slight break, senior Carly Graham, co-captain of the women’s cross country team, said the climb still puts a great deal of stress on the body, even if it is just a Friday afternoon pre-meet jog. “Trying to work together the whole race is our goal, so using each other to get up the hills is key, and using them to pass is also good,” Graham said. “It’s the most mentally
From left, senior Mark Vorensky, Bill Way ’10 and seniors Billy Savage, David Geary and Nate Bickell run on the Ithaca College Cross Country Course during a team practice Aug. 24. The course is not used for competitions. Alex Mason/the ithacan
tough part, but the most rewarding because when you are in race mode, it goes by fast.” Following the hills, the athletes hit step three of the course: the downhill section. This area of the course has a bit of gravel, Graham said, making it difficult for some athletes to get a good kick for the end of the race. However, Murray said this is the prime time for a runner to catch up on the distance lost during the race
and advance toward the front of the pack as much as possible. “Towards the end, a lot of people get stuff back because the last quarter of a mile is a pretty good downhill, so everyone can really move at that point,” Murray said. “So, you try and make a move on the hill, then move past everyone else to try and catch everyone before the finish.” Competitors cross the course’s finish line only once a year because
of the course’s steep composition. Geary said even though this is one of the most difficult courses in the league, the Bombers wish they ran this route more for races. “We tend to gravitate towards our home course just because of the familiarity with when to push and where the difficult parts are,” Geary said. “There are also a lot of other great courses throughout the region, but we really love this course.”
Look online and on our Twitter for game stories from these sports: FRIDAY • 4 p.m. Field Hockey at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y. • 4:30 p.m. Women’s Volleyball vs. Houghton College in Hoboken, N.J.
SATURDAY • TBD Sculling at Hobart William Smith Challenge in Geneva, N.Y. • 10 a.m. Women’s Volleyball vs. Alfred University in Hoboken, N.J. • 11 a.m. Men’s and Women’s Cross Country at Hamilton Invitational in Clinton, N.Y. • Noon. Women’s Soccer vs. Nazareth College on Carp Wood Field • Noon. Men’s Soccer at Elmira College in Elmira, N.Y. • 12:30 p.m. Women’s Volleyball vs. Elmira College in Hoboken, N.J. • 1 p.m. Women’s Golf at Williams Fall Classic in Williamstown, Mass. • 2 p.m. Women’s Tennis vs. Wells College on Wheeler Tennis Courts
SUNDAY • 8 a.m. Women’s Golf at Williams Fall Classic in Williamstown, Mass. • 2:30 p.m. Women’s Soccer at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y.
tuESDAY • 4 p.m. Men’s Soccer at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y. • 7 p.m. Women’s Volleyball at SUNY-Cortland in Cortland, N.Y.
WEDNESDAY • 5 p.m. Field Hockey at University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y.
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Bombers’ senior bumps front line production but going to outside, it was nice because I can slow down somewhat, though not totally.” As an outside hitter, Weil said the most Looking at the statistics for this year’s volleyball team, it’s not too much of an important part of the job is being able to exaggeration to say that senior co-captain communicate effectively with her teammates Marissa Weil is a huge part of the Bombers’ while still making effective judgment calls on offense. In the team’s first 13 matches, Weil the court. “I need to make sure that I’m listening to recorded 189 kills, which is more than 100 kills higher than the second-highest total my back row and they’re telling me where on the team. She did so at a rate of 4.11 kills to hit,” Weil said, “But also that I’m going with my instincts if I can’t hear them.” per set. Head Coach Janet Donovan praised Weil Despite her impressive stat line, Weil’s greatest contributions to the Bombers for the example she has set as a leader of a younger team and as the fohave come from her cal point of the Bombers’ senior leadership. offense. Donovan said Weil Junior outside hitter was a key contributor on Justine Duryea said the team last year, but she’s Weil sets the tone for made her presence known the team in wins and more this season, both verrallies them when bally and physically. they’re down. “She didn’t need to be “She definitely — Junior Justine Duryea such a vocal leader because helps a lot, especially there were so many other in a situation where you might not be playing as well as you want vocal leaders on the team last year,” Donovan to or you’re down or something,” Duryea said. “This year she’s definitely stepped up and said. “There have often been times where led not only vocally but with her ability and we’re down a couple points, but you look at her presence. We’ve really needed her this her and you just know that she’s right there year and she’s really stepped into that role.” As for Weil’s abilities as a volleyball with you.” It’s been a rapid rise for a player who player, Duryea said Weil has become essenonly transferred from Corning Community tial to the Bombers’ offense. “She is probably one of the biggest piecCollege last year. Weil served as captain during both of her seasons at Corning be- es of our offense,” Duryea said. “She is such fore she transferred to Ithaca College in the a powerful hitter and smart, and she’s the kind of hitter that’s reliable. You know when fall of 2011. Some of the biggest adjustments Weil she gets the ball, she’s going to put it away.” Weil attributed her high number of kills this said she has made since arriving at the college are adapting to the greater com- season to having more chances to set up scorpetitiveness of Division III volleyball and ing opportunities in her new position. “It’s because I get a lot of the sets,” Weil switching positions from middle hitter to said. “Being an outside hitter, you���re the outside hitter for her senior year. “Middle is very difficult because, as a hit- outlet hitter, so I’m more likely to be set so ter, you’re always running that quick ball,” that in turn you’ll get more kills and you’ll Weil said. “So you’re more winded for sure, get more chances to get a kill.”
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“[Weil] is probably one of the biggest pieces of our offense ... You know when she gets the ball, she’s going to put it away.”
Senior outside hitter Marissa Weil digs out a serve during the volleyball team’s practice Sept. 18 in Ben Light Gymnasium. Weil leads the Bombers with 189 kills in 13 matches this season. matt kelly/the ithacan
As the Bombers’ only senior, Weil has stepped up to lead the squad through thick and thin and has led the team by example with her raised level of play. She has also become one of the team’s most dominant vocal presences on the court.
Duryea said Weil has a way of inspiring her teammates in tough game situations. “She’s always exuding this kind of confidence and strength that’s magnetic and makes everybody else be right there with her,” she said.
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Top Tweets The funniest sports commentary via Twitter from this past week. The Bill Walton Trip @NotBillWalton Real refs are doing their best replacement refs impersonation. TOUCHCEPTION TIME! Awful Announcing @awfulannouncing Baylor’s only chance to win is trying an onside kick after every score. It works sometimes on the XBox, so why not. Sports Nation @SportsNation If you name your son Bear Pascoe, there is a pretty good chance he’ll be a football player. THAT, or a pro wrestler.
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Weird news from the wide world of sports
In Major League Baseball, the end of the regular season is a time for tight pennant races and players stating their cases for postseason awards. But once a team is out of the race, everything seems to go wrong. The Philadelphia Phillies were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs Saturday with a 2-1 loss to the Miami Marlins, but they struggled more with warming up than they did scoring runs. The Phillies’ star first baseman, Ryan Howard, usually warms up with a lead pipe in the on-deck circle while he’s waiting for his turn at the plate. Sounds like a feasible strategy to build up your bat speed — that is, until you drop the pipe. That’s what Howard did, directly onto his right big toe. X-rays showed Howard suffered a hairline fracture from the impact, which effectively ended his season. If there is a lead-colored lining to this humiliating tale, at least Howard can still walk down the aisle for his wedding in December. — Matt Kelly
ups and downs The NFL The NFL ended one of the most infamous lockouts in professional sports history this week when it struck an agreement with the referee’s union and agreed on terms that got the referees back on the field for last week’s games. Roger Goodell recognized the poor performance of the replacement refs and took action. Kudos, NFL.
Bill Simmons @sportsguy33 Watched a rough cut of the Bo Jackson @30for30 last night. 100% chance our viewers will enjoy this one. Even has vintage Tecmo Bowl footage.
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Rower and former Bomber Meghan Musnicki ’06 brought home the gold at the London Olympics and recently showed off her medal in Ithaca. So what better time for The Ithacan to connect her to the star of “Dudley Do-Right” and “The Mummy,” Brendan Fraser? —Taylor Palmer Meghan Musnicki rowed for the crew for several years while at Ithaca College. This past summer, Musnicki competed in the women’s eight during the London Olympics. She took home gold, just like fellow American...
...Jared Fogle. Fogle is the posterboy for Subway’s healthy food options. Fogle has been featured in several Subway commercials, just like...
...Jon Lovitz, who was in the film “A League of their Own” alongside...
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...Michael Phelps. The swimmer is a 22-time medal winner. Phelps is sponsored by Subway, just like...
...Madonna. In 1994, the controversial singer penned the theme song for the film “With Honors,” starring a young...
...Brendan Fraser, George of the Jungle himself.
Issues in pro sports leagues pop up all the time. Sometimes they’re dealt with gracefully and sometimes they’re not. Assistant Sports Editor Taylor Palmer details who handled them well and who didn’t this fall.
The NHL The NHL is entering its 4th work stoppage since Gary Bettman took over as commissioner. After weeks of stagnant negotiations, players and owners met last week to get a Collective Bargaining Agreement kickstarted and players back on the ice. Neither side made any headway during the talks, and the NHL Players Union and NHL have not made plans to meet again. Time to man up, hockey players.
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.
• The world’s top-ranked golfer, Rory McIlroy, nearly missed his tee time at the Ryder Cup on Sunday because he thought the tee time was in Eastern Time, while the course is in the Central Time zone. Time zones, Rory. Time zones. • The Broncos’ Joe Mays was suspended for an illegal hit last week. It was leaked this week that his suspension was a paid break. Mays was fined $50,000 for the hit. Because Mays makes $205,882 a week, he was paid $155,882 for his suspension. • Sideline reporter Lewis Johnson covered the Minnesota vs. Iowa college football game last Saturday for ESPN. During the game, Johnson felt it necessary to spend a whole 20 seconds interviewing a statue of a dog. Not a real dog, but a statue.
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Check out our interactive feature on the festival at theithacan.org/ interactive/apples. Amir Aslamkhan from Sidney, N.Y., who works for AppleKnockers, pours caramel onto a specialty “walk-away apple sundae” Friday afternoon. This is Aslamkhan’s first year working at the Apple Harvest Festival.
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Playland Amusements, from Auburn, N.Y., maintained a stand to sell apple slices with caramel and a wide selection of toppings.
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Ithaca celebrated the 30th Annual Apple Harvest Festival last weekend. Thousands crowded The Commons to get a taste of local apple treats, go to the numerous shows and enjoy some fresh fall air.
From left, freshmen Rachel Doane and Alexa Mancuso eat apple sundaes Saturday afternoon. As crowds filled The Commons, more than 100 vendors provided apple-related goods to purchase and taste. Nora Noone/The Ithacan
Apple Fest has grown from a small farmer’s market to a regular Ithaca tradition. This year, about 30,000 people attended the event.
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From left, freshmen Kira Jarrar and Brittney Aiken browse a selection of candied apples Sunday afternoon. These were among some of the items that saw a price increase because of a poor apple harvest year. Jennifer Williams/The Ithacan