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From left, Ithaca College freshman Catherine Mailloux, Caitlin Niederhofer from Tompkins Cortland Community College and Chris Martin, a SUNY-Buffalo alumnus, march Saturday through Greenwich Village in New York City.
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Ithacans occupy Wall Street By patrick feeney staff writer
Kelly Dietz, assistant professor of politics at the college, holds a copy of the Occupied Wall Street Journal on Saturday in Zuccotti Park. emily park/the ithacan
Ithacans are moving beyond the local level to join the national Occupy Wall Street protest. Last weekend, more than two dozen students, professors and residents from To see a slidethe Ithaca area show and video joined the bur- of the protests geoning move- Saturday, visit ment in New theithacan.org. York City. Across the country, citizens who are upset with the current state of the government are coming
together in major cities to protest "the greed and corruption of the 1 percent." The protest has been gaining ground in cities such as Austin, Texas, Washington, D.C., Seattle, Boston and even in Ithaca. Last week, more than 250 locals protested on the Commons. New York City protesters on Saturday held signs and marched through the streets shouting “People’s Needs, Not Corporate Greed!” and “We are the 99 percent!" As the protest entered its fourth week, more than 20,000 supporters have flocked to Zuccotti Park and
LGBT center celebrates decade of growth by gerald doherty staff writer
Nicole Blum ’06 celebrated her third anniversary with her wife on Tuesday in Wisconsin. Blum entered Ithaca College focused on field hockey and softball and spent much of her freshman and sophomore years believing she was straight. “I didn’t even realize I had the potential to be interested in the same sex,” Blum said. During her sophomore year, Blum was introduced to a crew member who was involved in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community on campus. “It opened my eyes to a completely different lifestyle,” Blum said. “Ithaca was very progressive in the LGBT aspect.” Blum was involved with the student group Created Equal, an LGBT organization, for two years and said
the LGBT center changed her outlook for the better. “The LGBT center had a very significant role in my life and changed who I am as a person,” Blum said. “You have the ability to be comfortable in who you are and the understanding that it is okay to be out and proud in the community.” The LGBT center will celebrate its 10th anniversary during Fall Splash this year with a lineup of events. Over the last decade, the center's staff has experienced improvements in resources and organization. Lis Maurer, program director of the LGBT center since its founding, said the center started as a proposal by mostly straight students who supported gay rights to address the needs of the LGBT community that were not being met and to improve the environment for
LGBT students on campus. “It seemed that LGBT students were dropping out at a very high rate,” Maurer said. “They felt that if students had a
place where they could air their concerns, worries and successes with someone in the role of a
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Lis Maurer, program director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center on campus, stands in the LGBT center in May.
Fired up News Editor Kelsey O'Connor participates in the ancient art of firewalking, page 13
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Seniors Tim Lewis and Amanda Pulver start their reign as Mr. and Miss Ithaca, page 15 f ind m or e. onl ine. www.t heit hacan.org
other areas of the financial district in New York City. The movement has been strengthened through social networks such as Twitter and Facebook. Kelly Dietz, assistant professor of politics at the college, lent her support at the protest Saturday. “In some ways the protests are similar to the early tea party actions a couple of years ago,” Dietz said. “Both reflect deep frustrations about current circumstances and about not being heard and a lack of trust in political parties and
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IC aims to add China to abroad programs by patrick duprey online editor
Replicating a growing trend among postsecondary schools nationwide, Ithaca College has unveiled plans to expand its study abroad options with a new satellite campus in China as part of its IC 20/20 initiative. As part of the IC 20/20 final vision document released this summer, the college hopes to increase the number of students studying abroad. The China Center will join the London Program as the second overseas satellite campus operated by the college. Marisa Kelly, provost and vice president of academic affairs, said the proposed China Center must still be planned and established, so she could not offer a definitive timetable for its opening. Given the importance of U.S.-China relations, Kelly said, China is an ideal study abroad location. “Of course we want IC students to study abroad in locations all over the globe,” she said. “But we have chosen to establish a new Ithaca College center in China because of the increasing importance of understanding China if you are going to understand the world.”
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Senate foils Obama’s new job bill
Abdulmutallab has pleaded guilty on the second day of his trial to charges that include conspiracy to commit terrorism and attempted murder. He says he tried to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 253 with nearly 300 people on board on Christmas 2009. The bomb didn’t work, but Abdulmutallab was badly burned. Hours later in the hospital, he told the FBI that he was working for al-Qaida in Yemen.
Congress and the White House face the choice of continued fighting or a shift toward bipartisan bargaining after the Senate voted to kill President Barack Obama’s $447 billion jobs plan. Obama’s plan died at the hands of Senate Republicans on Tuesday, even though the president had been campaigning for it across the country for weeks. The $447 billion plan died on a 50-49 tally, falling well short of the 60 votes needed to crack a filibuster by Republicans opposed to its stimulus-style spending and tax surcharge for the very wealthy. Now, the White House and leaders in Congress are already moving on to alternative ways to address the nation’s painful 9.1 percent unemployment, including breaking the legislation into smaller, more digestible pieces. And yesterday, both the House and Senate were poised to approve long-stalled trade pacts with Korea, Panama and Colombia.
Israelis to trade 1,000 for soldier
An Israeli Cabinet minister who voted against a landmark deal with Hamas to free a captured Israeli soldier in exchange for Palestinian prisoners denounced yesterday the pending swap as a “huge victory for terror.” Most Israelis support the deal, but alongside the spontaneous celebration by overjoyed Israelis eager to see the return of Sgt. Gilad Schalit, there is also a growing sense of concern that the release of convicted Palestinian killers could lead to a new round of violence against the Jewish state. The Israeli Cabinet endorsed the deal to exchange Schalit in return for more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in a 26-3 vote early yesterday. The vote came after Israel and Hamas late on Tuesday announced they had reached an agreement. Both credited Egypt with brokering the deal, which also is an important milestone for Egypt’s new military rulers that took power after Hosni Mubarak’s ouster.
US to lobby for Iranian sanctions
The Obama administration plans to leverage charges that Iran plotted to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States into a new global campaign to isolate the Islamic republic. U.S. officials say the administration will lobby for the imposition of new international sanctions as well as for individual nations to expand their own penalties against Iran based on allegations that Iranian agents tried to recruit a purported member of a Mexican drug cartel to kill the Saudi envoy on American soil. Britain’s government said yesterday it was consulting with the U.S. and others over new international sanctions against Iran.
Egyptian protests take 26 lives
An Egyptian military official says the army has buried at least three soldiers killed during clashes with mostly Coptic Christian protesters. The official said the soldiers’ funerals were low-key to avoid heightening tensions in the country. Egypt’s state MENA news agency quotes the unnamed military official as saying the soldiers’ burials took place yesterday. The military official says the army hasn’t released the exact number of troops killed in Sunday’s clashes to preserve troop morale. The rioting left at least 26 dead, mostly Christian protesters. It was the worst violence since Hosni
Underwear bomber pleads guilty
A Nigerian man who’s pleaded guilty to trying to blow up an international flight for al-Qaida with a bomb in his underwear says he committed terrorism in retaliation for the killing of Muslims around the world. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab told a Detroit courtroom yesterday that the bomb was a “blessed weapon to save the lives of innocent Muslims.”
A delayed homecoming
Sri Lankan ethnic Tamil refugees land from a passenger ship upon their return from India at a port in Colombo, Sri Lanka, yesterday. The refugees fled to India during the country’s decade-long civil war against the Tamil Tigers, which came to an end two years ago. Eranga Jayawardena/associated press
Mubarak’s ouster in February. During the uprising, the military, intent on preserving its strong image, did not disclose its losses. Finance Minister Hazem El-Beblawi handed in his resignation over the government’s handling of Sunday’s protest. El-Beblawi, who is also deputy prime minister, effectively told Prime Minister Essam Sharaf that “he can’t work like this,” said an aide to the minister who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.
Romney considers Christie for VP
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie would be on anybody’s short list for a vice presidential running mate. Romney calls Christie an “extraordinary person” and “one of the leading figures in the Republican party.” The two appeared together on NBC’s “Today” show — and pointedly didn’t reject running mate rumors — the day after Christie handed Romney his endorsement. Asked if Christie
would make a good match for a ticket with him, Romney said the two are great friends who agree on a host of issues. Christie, who had considered running for president himself, says he hasn’t been promised a spot on the ticket, or anything else, in return for his endorsement.
Myanmar frees 6,300 prisoners
Myanmar freed an outspoken critic and a major ethnic rebel as it began releasing 6,300 convicts yesterday in its latest liberalizing move, but it kept several political detainees behind bars, dampening hopes for a broader amnesty. It was not clear how many of the country’s estimated 2,000 political detainees were included in the amnesty. But the released included ailing Shan Army commander Hso Hten and comedian Zarganar, who was imprisoned after criticizing the government response to Cyclone Nargis in 2008.
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Spirit Week to address low school pride by Tinamarie Craven contributing writer
In hopes of fostering a more unified campus community, Ithaca College launched its first IC Spirit Week last weekend. Spirit Week, which kicked off with a pep rally Saturday, was established to unify the student body while giving back to the community by raising funds through several events. Funds raised from “Penny Wars,” a campus competition where each class will try to raise the most money in pennies through today, will be donated to a local charity. Though Spirit Week is a new initiative, some of the week’s highlights are already traditions on campus, such as Mr. and Miss Ithaca and Habidash, a 5K charity run sponsored by IC Habitat for Humanity. Taste of Ithaca is another new event where students can sample food from local restaurants. The pep rally, banner competition and lounge window-painting were also created this year. Junior Rachel Heiss, student chair of the Spirit Week Committee, said Spirit Week was created to address a lack of school pride and to establish a new tradition on campus. “This is my third year in student government, and we’ve seen a constant issue that’s brought up on campus about a lack of spirit,” she said. “This is our initiative to tackle that issue.” Heiss said Spirit Week developed from a conversation between her and Lynne Pierce, associate director of alumni relations, after Fall Splash last year. The two discussed how they both believed the campus did not have enough spirit, so they organized a committee to address the issue. “What we wanted to do was create more spirit on campus, but also work with some traditions that already exist and bring more people to them,” Pierce said. “It was kind of like bringing old and new traditions together to make it bigger and better.” The committee began putting together Spirit Week in January after it contacted other student organizations asking if they wanted to be involved with the planning process. Heiss said the committee reached out to these other clubs in hopes of fully
Students push for new minor despite setback by katrina fedczuk contributing writer
From left, seniors Emily Mendelson, Andrea Marino, Kelsey Snelling, Allison Boos and Elizabeth Estrada compete in IC Family Feud on Sunday as part of an IC After Dark event during Spirit Week. kelsey martin/the ithacan
integrating the student population. “When you talk about school spirit, it’s not just athletics,” she said. “It’s supporting our student body and the organizations putting on events on campus.” Heiss, who said she expected to see 250 students and alumni at the pep rally, said about 100 people attended. She said she remains optimistic about the week’s future on campus. “We thought that was pretty good attendance for it being a brand new tradition and the events just starting to get kicked off,” Heiss said. “We were happy with it.” Freshman Cassie DenDanto said she has already experienced the uplifting effect Spirit Week has had on campus. “I could feel the spirit in the air,” she said. “I
could hear the music from the fountains on my way over. It was very festive.” The rest of the week’s schedule includes Taste of Ithaca from 8 to 10 p.m. Thursday and IC Spirit Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, sponsored by Fuse Magazine. Habidash and the Fall Splash Picnic will conclude the week’s events Saturday. Senior Kate Gibbons, co-chair of the Spirit Week Committee and vice president of Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow, an alumni association, said she was excited by the list of Spirit Week events because she saw it as an opportunity to cater to many students’ interests. “I love school spirit,” she said. “I hope it’s a tradition that just gets hooked and people continue on with it.”
City to expand roadways for pedestrian commute in the city’s plan, specifically how bicycle boulevards can be implemented The landscape of downtown Itha- into present infrastructure. “It basically takes what are alca may be changing in the near future as the city plans to create a more ready low-volume streets and sort pedestrian- and bicyclist-friendly of tweaks them to be more bikefriendly,” he said. network of roadways. The Cayuga Waterfront Trail The plan is scheduled to be completed and accepted by the city Initiative, established in 2000 to this December and implemented develop trails along the waterfront, has built a few miles of trail in Cass over the next few years. The City of Ithaca is construct- Park as well as a trail connecting a plan that will redesign some ing the Ithaca Farmers Market to downtown streets into bicycle-and Stewart Park. The final phase of the pedestrian-safe roadways. The plan initiative is to connect Cass Park to should be completed before the end the market in the next few years. “The buzz words these days of the year and implementation will are ‘active transportation’ — a way begin once funds are available. The plan correlates with new that you get where you’re going, census data ranking Ithaca as the either biking or walking or rollerblading or U.S. city with whatever else the highest peryou do,” Rick centage of walkManning, ing commuters program coper capita. The — rick manning ordinator of U.S. Census Buthe initiative, reau released the said. American ComBut Manning said safety is still munity Survey in late September, and Ithaca was highlighted as a city a concern for pedestrians. He with carbon-neutral commuters. noted some “dicey” intersections American workers with no carbon along Route 13 and said drivers’ footprint — who walked or bi- respect of pedestrians continues cycled to work — account for only to be an issue. Jeanne Leccese, coordinator of 3.5 percent of the country’s population. However, Ithaca topped the the Creating Healthy Places prochart with 15.1 percent of residents gram with the Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County, walking to work. Fernando de Aargón, executive worked with Manning on the plan director of Ithaca-Tompkins County and said Ithaca already has a good Transportation Council, said aspects trail system in place. There are two trail systems that of ITCTC’s concept may be included
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“The buzz words these days are ‘active transportation’”
Chris Sinton, assistant professor of environmental studies, bikes down Hudson Street. A new city plan would add more bike lanes in Ithaca.
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are used heavily by campus commuters, Lecesse said. East Hill Recreation Way to Cornell University and South Hill Recreation Way to Ithaca College are both used frequently. “Another commuter route that will be coming to fruition, hopefully soon, is the Black Diamond Trail, and that will provide a connection from the town of Ulysses into downtown Ithaca,” she said. Despite these improvements, Manning said, Ithaca could still develop a safe and user-friendly infrastructure to encourage more residents to walk or bike as their main form of transportation. “The whole culture of walking and biking is still not quite as far advanced as it could be,” he said. There are two main components needed to transition a city street
into either a bicycle boulevard or a “calmed” roadway. Johnson said some roads may require traffic calming devices, which include reduced speed limits, speed bumps and other measures that allow bicyclists to ride with drivers rather than alongside them. If the plan is finalized, the city will need to find money for the project, Johnson said. Since federal funding is competitive and involves a lengthy process, it is likely that implementation will be gradual. “One of the benefits of this type of treatment is we can start off having a somewhat small infrastructure investment, and do more in the way of signs and pavement markings and not as much in the way off traffic calming devices because they end up costing more money,” Johnson said.
After a long struggle to create an Asian-American Studies program at Ithaca College, the proposal was put on hold, inciting backlash from proponents of the course of study who are determined to continue pushing for it. J u n i o r s Kristy Zhen and Kristiana Reyes and senior Kaitlin Hibbs are BARLAS said a student leaders lack of faculty was advocating for the problem, not a lack of interest. the approval of an Asian-American Studies minor. Zhen said the current ALANA curriculum is not complete without the proposed minor, so they put in a program request through the Center for the Study of Culture, Race and Ethnicity. “Right now they have an African Disapora study, a Latino American study, they have a Native American study,” she said. “The only one that’s missing is an Asian study.” Last fall, the three students conducted interviews with students and faculty and found there was interest for the program. They filmed a documentary, which has since been shown twice to raise more awareness for the cause, and they found 413 students and faculty to sign an electronic petition in support of the creation of the minor. Asma Barlas, professor and program director of CSCRE, said the movement has been around for 10 years since the CSCRE was created. Barlas said the problem is not a lack of student interest in the program, but a lack of faculty to teach a full course load. Marisa Kelly, provost and vice president of academic affairs, said the Asian-American Studies program was not declined, but “put on hold temporarily” to bolster other initiatives, like the college’s new center in China, that might complement the program. “The program in general is a great idea, it will be a great addition to the curriculum, a great opportunity for students on campus, I just want to make sure that we develop it in a way that makes sense given some other initiatives on campus.” Barlas said the new center in China is the perfect reason to create the minor. “It is our responsibility to teach the students here first so that they can benefit from their experience overseas,” she said. “They’re not just going to go there as tourists.” All three students said they shared Barlas’ disappointment, but no one is giving up on the program. Reyes said they are thinking about making a committee to ensure there is a continued effort. Hibbs, Zhen and Reyes will show their documentary once again and hold a discussion about what steps should be taken at 6 p.m. today in Textor Hall. Barlas said she backs the students and their cause fully. “I have been on this campus for 20 years and never have I seen a petition signed by 400 students and faculty on behalf of a program,” she said. “That’s historical.”
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Rachel Cullenen, director of study abroad at the college, said interest in overseas study among students has increased over the last decade. In the 1999-2000 academic year, 312 students enrolled in an academic experience abroad, whereas in 2010-11, 545 students studied outside the U.S., according to the Office of International Programs. CULLENEN said This year, the increase is from she said, more overseas this number opportunites. could surpass the college’s 2009-10 record of 620. Cullenen said she attributes the increase in enrollment numbers to word of mouth and a diversified world economy, where students of all academic disciplines can seek educational opportunities overseas. “As a country [and] as a culture, we’re believing more and more in study abroad,” she said. “From a very practical standpoint, the fact of having studied abroad is going to set a student apart.” According to a report released by the Institute on International Education Exchange last November, 260,327 U.S. college students studied abroad for academic credit in 2008-09, more than doubling numbers from 1998-99. Cullenen said the college’s offerings can satisfy study abroad interests, but the college will continue to seek partnerships with foreign universities in new locations. Senior Doug Koury spent his spring semester in France as part of an affiliated program with the college and said study abroad offers an appeal to students seeking a change from the normal Ithaca routine. “I was interested in spending a semester completely out of my comfort zone,” Koury said. “I have eight semesters here, so one of them I should go to a place I’m completely unfamiliar with.” At Syracuse University, Carrie Abbott, associate director of study abroad, said university polls indicate that 85 percent of incoming students are interested in study abroad. To accommodate the growing interest, the university launched its eighth satellite campus this fall in Istanbul, Turkey. “Having a background in global education makes students more marketable," she said. "Even your perspective of what’s going on in your own country changes remarkably when you view your own country through the lens of another.” Beginning in fall 2006, Goucher College, a private liberal arts college in Maryland, was the first U.S. postsecondary institution to require incoming students to study abroad for at least three weeks prior to graduation. According to college data, 82 percent of incoming students in 2007-08 cited the mandate as a main reason for enrolling at Goucher. Kelly said the college does not plan to require students to study abroad in the immediate future.
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Protests gain ground across country occupy from page 1
mainstream media to represent their voices.” Ryan Karins, a senior at Cornell University, said he was excited to participate in such a huge movement. “It’s just going to keep happening, so as long as it keeps happening, it’s going to keep growing,” he said. “It seems like something that’s growing — and it doesn’t seem that it’s stopping.” Ithaca College sophomore Charlotte Butler said she supports the ideals represented at the protests. "I like the idea that it’s a personal thing," she said. Everyone’s protesting for their own little reasons." A carpool, which left the Commons for New York City at 5 a.m. Saturday contained city residents and students from both the college and Cornell. Some locals traveled independently. A group of students from the college arrived at Washington Square Park around 11 a.m. Several departments, including food and sanitation, formed to keep participants comfortable. Protesters created camping areas separated by cardboard boxes. Hundreds of officers from the New York City Police Department patrolled the sidewalks. Other than clearing pedestrian traffic, contact between protesters and police was peaceful. Steven Grant, an ex-marine from Austin, Texas, said this peace between police and participants was common. “There’s no reason for us to get angry,” Grant said. “Cops never come through the park unless they’re high-ranking police officers. I saw two lieutenants coming through three mornings ago because people were putting cardboard walls up and erecting a structure that is illegal.” However, incidents of police intervention at other events have made headlines nationwide. An Oct. 1 march on the Brooklyn Bridge led to the arrests of more than 700 protesters. Another 100 were arrested Tuesday in Boston. Throughout the day, General Assemblies, mass makeshift meetings of demonstrators, were firing up members of the protest and
Wall Street protesters rally Saturday at Zuccotti Park in New York City. The Occupy Wall Street protest entered its fourth week, and smaller-scale protests have appeared in cities across the country. emily park/the ithacan
spreading the word about issues and other events related to the movement. But not everyone at the protest was there to support it, including Paul Abrahimian, who tried to reason with the protestors about what he saw as downsides to the event. “Ultimately the world is very complicated and not so simple,” Abrahimian said. “At work have you ever eaten someone else’s sandwich from the fridge? Corruption in this world is a thing you can’t erase completely. It’s a conditional infraction.” Dennis Kass, a teacher at Chicago’s Little Village High School, said he was there to represent his school’s massive cuts. “They’ve actually reduced teacher pay by 4 percent while simultaneously giving the board 20-percent raises,” Kass said. “Most of the afterschool programs are privately funded programs,
so some of that has been cut as well.” Jeff Cohen, director of the Park Center for Independent Media and associate professor of journalism at the college, was in New York City two weeks ago. He said he sees the protests stretching out for months. “I hope people from Ithaca are taking up warm coats and blankets and other things that are needed,” Cohen said. “I don’t think it’s going to be over before the snow comes.” Locally, students at the college and residents continue to organize their own protests. A walkout is scheduled for 4:30 tonight across campus, sponsored by Labor Initiative for Promoting Solidarity. Cornell alumnus Daniel Schechter said he doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. “I’m losing my voice,” Schechter said. “But I’m not losing my passion.”
Alumni to visit alma mater for Fall Splash lgbt
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listener and advocate, they would feel their needs were being met.” Maurer said the center started as a bare-bones operation, and focused her first few weeks to providing the center with new resources. “We had some space, but it was an empty space,” Maurer said. “There were some chairs and a table and some comfy furniture, but nothing else.” Today, the resource room is home to three computer workstations, more than 1,000 books and videos, and a roster of student volunteers. Beyond additional resources, Maurer said, the LGBT center
lgbt fall splash events Janet Green ’78 will give a talk on intersex issues. When: 7:30 p.m. Today Where: First Unitarian Society Toast to LGBT students and alumni. When: 8:30 p.m. tomorrow Where: ZaZa’s Cucina 5K run for Habitat for Humanity When: 9 a.m Saturday Where: Butterfield Stadium Alumni panel discussion When: 2 p.m Saturday Where: Clarke Lounge Open House When: 3:30 p.m Saturday Where: LGBT center
has grown because of improving attitudes toward its community. This year, Newsweek placed the college on a list of the top 10 gayfriendly campuses. The Campus Pride Climate Index awarded the college a perfect five stars two years in a row for creating a safe environment for LGBT students. Last year, the college was one of 19 campuses to receive a perfect score. This is also the first anniversary the LGBT center will celebrate since same-sex marriage was legalized in New York state in June. Mary Edwards-Ransom ’04 said she and her fiancée, Gina Evers ’05, moved to Washington, D.C., when Evers enrolled in graduate school. While the couple originally hoped to get married in New York, EdwardsRansom said D.C.’s legalization of same-sex marriage in 2010 led the couple to marry there. "We decided since D.C. had just passed a marriage equality law, and we’ve been together for five years, maybe this is a sign we should get married,” Edwards-Ransom said. Edwards-Ransom said she and Evers were excited, but also a little heartsick when New York legalized same-sex marriage, since there was no way to move the wedding the New York. Shelley Facente ’02 will speak at the alumni panel at 2 p.m. Saturday in Clarke Lounge. She said celebrating Fall Splash wouldn’t have felt right without honoring the LGBT center. “For me, and for a lot of other
students, when the center was established, the experience of having the LGBT center on campus was such a huge part of shaping our experience at Ithaca,” Facente said. Facente said there has been a perceptible change on campus in the treatment of LGBT students on campus. “The culture has shifted enough that it feels like a central part of the campus at IC,” she said. “It doesn’t feel like a deficiency that needs to be corrected. It feels like something that is just there, and it is a supportive feeling." Sophomore Isabel Galupo, a student worker at the LGBT center, said the Fall Splash events are a great way
for current students to meet alumni not just for career networking, but also for life networking. "My expectation is that these events will be thought-provoking," Galupo said. "This is a great opportunity for students to meet interesting alumni who have very interesting stories." Maurer said though her work with the LGBT center isn’t finished, she is grateful to be a part of the college community. “It is really an honor and a privilege to work at a place where many people genuinely care — to be part of a campus that values difference and wants to do the right thing for students,” Maurer said.
Far right, Lis Maurer, director of the LGBT center, stands with alumni at a gathering in 2005. Alumni from the center will return again for Fall Splash. courtesy of lis maurer
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5K to raise money for cancer center By Sally Young Contributing Writer
The Ithaca community will come together at the Cancer Resource Center for the Finger Lake's 18th annual Walkathon & 5K Run to help raise funds for If you Go local residents Walkathon & 5K Run fighting cancer. When: 9 a.m. to The event 4 p.m. Saturday drew a crowd of Where: Cass about 700 peo- Park in Ithaca ple last year and How much: raised almost $20 registering $115,000. All of online before 1 p.m. Friday; $30 the event's pro- at the event. ceeds raised this weekend will go directly toward the center’s efforts to help members of the community through outreach services such as one-on-one counseling, referrals and wellness programs. Bob Riter, executive director of the center, said the organization looks to provide solidarity and support not only for patients fighting the disease, but also for their relatives and friends. “We try to help make sure that no one really feels alone during this difficult process,” he said. The center has support groups for women, men, young adults and patients with more advanced cancer. Junior Maya Kachroo-Levine, who volunteers for the center, said the organization’s main draw is its accessibility for patients. “The whole beauty of the Cancer Resource Center is that they’re a very local organization looking to help clients who are really suffering and going through a hard time,” she said. "That also holds true for the families." Junior Catherine Paccione, who
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Alternative fall break to assist county affected by flooding by Lindsay Perrelli contributing writer
Members of the Ithaca College women's softball team do the "Macarena" dance at the Walkathon & 5K run last year at Cass Park in Ithaca. Courtesy of bob riter
also works at the center and has been volunteering since January, said it is essential to continue raising money for it to keep operating. “It’s a really important cause to gain money for because if we didn’t get the money we needed we would have to shut down,” she said. About half of the participants do the two-mile "fun walk," a leisurely stroll for those who do not wish to participate in the 5K timed
run, Riter said. The event will also include a pancake breakfast and live music by local artists. The walk was planned by the center's staff, who were more than happy to help out with the long process, Kachroo-Levine said. “It’s not just a walk,” she said. “It’s about the season, it’s about people celebrating and it’s about people walking for someone. They’re walking for a cause.”
A group of Ithaca College students has signed up to spend its fall break helping restore homes lost to Hurricane Irene in Prattsville, N.Y. The Scoharie County town was devastated by the flood in August, losing 40 to 50 percent of its homes. As a result of GANNON said the the destruction, town needs a lot the Huntersfield of help rebuilding. Christian Training Center in Prattsville asked students from the college to help restore the 130 homes that were lost. This is the first time the college's Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs is offering the opportunity for students to participate in community service over fall break, from Oct. 20 to 23. Don Austin, assistant director of Community Service and Leadership Development at the college, said they want to bring six students on the trip to assist with construction. The cost of the program will be broken up into payments of $15 a day, Austin said, which amounts to $60 at the end of the trip. He said this will cover transportation, three meals per day, work materials and housing in HCTC’s retreat center. “Students have the opportunity to do this at an extremely, almost unheard of, low cost,” he said. “It will be a very eye-opening experience.” Throughout the weekend, volunteers will remove mud from
basements and spray-and-pressure wash them to prevent the spread of mold. Junior Charis Tse, who was not planning to go home for fall break, said she signed up for the trip because she wanted to do something more productive with her vacation. “I think this is a really good opportunity, considering it isn’t just a one day thing," she said. "I’ve never went to a volunteer trip where I’ve spent a couple days, and I was really excited to know that there was something offered here like that. I hope I can help the community.” Because of the help from local volunteers and the group from the college, people who don't have flood insurance or family in the area could have a place to go during the winter season for shelter. Kelly Gannon ’11, assistant coach for the college's women’s soccer team, said she fully supports the program. Though she is not participating in the trip, she lives close to Prattsville, and said she understands the significant damage that occurred. “If somebody has organized something to go there and help out that’s great,” she said. “If students are going to help out, that's great to hear because they need as much help as they can get.” Tracy Gockel, volunteer signup coordinator for HCTC, said she wants students to take initiative to get involved with the program. “We expect it to be a year or more process,” she said. “We welcome all the volunteers that we can get. We encourage people to come.”
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Slam poet beats odds Roderick “Odd?Rod” Borisade, a spokenword poet, has starred in commercials and published three poetic autobiographies about his life struggles. Though he was raised in poverty with a drug-addicted mother and absent father, he attended North Florida University and graduated in 2005. He will perform “Odd?Rod: One Night Only” at 7 p.m. Monday in IC BORISADE said Square, sponsored by the Ofhe is a “poet for fice of Student Engagement the poeple.” and Multicultural Affairs. Staff Writer Candace King spoke with Borisade about his inspirational story. Candace King: What inspired your nickname, “Odd?Rod?” Roderick Borisade: It was from upbringing. I had humble beginnings. I had a real rough childhood. My mom was on drugs, and my father was not around. In 1996, my older brother at the time passed away from brain cancer. I decided to go in a positive direction in a negative surrounding, which was odd and different. And I just took the name myself and named myself Odd?Rod. I feel like I defeated the odds. CK: What influenced you to write poems? RB: I was listening to Tupac when my life changed. My brother died in 1996 and so did TuPac Shakur. He had a video that came out on TV, a song that came out called “I Ain’t Mad at You.” When I looked at the video, it was like my brother was standing next to me — he’s watching me. I need to live for him because I felt like if I died with him by going to jail, selling drugs or killing myself, that would be two deaths. I felt like I would have did him an injustice. He didn’t
have a chance to live his life. What good would I be if I was living mine negatively or living in a way that I wasn’t living? CK: You call yourself a “poet for the people.” What do you mean by that? RB: I don’t make it my business to use the biggest words. When I speak, I want the people to remember me when I leave the stage. I want them to know who I am, rather than know that I was good with words. I know honestly that I have a big following just because of being a poet for the people. I know that they get something from it because I feel like I’m one of them. CK: What can Ithaca College students expect from your performance? RB: I’m funny. I’m hilarious. I got jokes and life stories, and then I have the poetry, and then I tell my story. Students that are sitting in there with a problem that they’ve never said to anybody or never mentioned to anybody will identify with me. I don’t put myself up on a pedestal like I’m a star. I feel like I’m a student. I’m right there with you guys. CK: What is your next step? RB: I have a children’s book out called “Buddy and Birds.” It’s all about cultural diversity. It’s a book of rhyme. It’s about two kids that meet in school and become great friends. That is doing well — it’s on the iPad and the iPhone. I’m going to bring out a brand new CD with less curse words on it. I just want a full clean CD that I can sell anywhere. I have grown and I want to show that growth. My writing has even gotten better. I haven’t started that one yet because I’m trying to get used to all this touring and being away from home. Seeing all you guys is all I’m excited about — just seeing and affecting people. The money is the last thought, but the effect that I am going to have on the future is priceless to me.
Sophomore Ashley Ahouse protests with four other students Monday on the Academic Quad. The students challenge the legitimacy of Columbus Day because of the negative effects his arrival had on the indigenous civilizations living in the Bahamas archipelago.
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College & City College to hold dedication of A&E Center on Saturday
Ithaca College will hold a ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the main entrance of the Athletics and Events Center to formally dedicate the new building. President Tom Rochon and Eric Jordan Young ’93, master of ceremonies, will spearhead ROCHON the dedication, which is a culmination of the college’s Fall Splash alumni weekend. Immediately following the dedication will be a dinner at 7 p.m. and a concert at 9:30 p.m. by music group “Orleans,” fronted by Larry Hoppen ’71. For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (866) 442-2586.
Center to mark 30th year with festival celebration The Cayuga Nature Center will
hold its 30th anniversary from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the center’s site at 1420 Taughannock Blvd. The center will hold a festival for the public and will host events like fossil-digging, tractor rides, face painting, music, stargazing and more. The fee is $10 for adults, $7 for CNC members, $5 for seniors, $5 for children from ages 3 to 8 and free for children younger than 2. In conjunction with the Museum of the Earth, the event is sponsored by Brous & Mehaffey’s Collegetown Bagels and the Ithaca
Bakery, which will provide a chicken barbecue dinner. For more information, contact Abigail Scaduto at 607-273-6623 ext. 11.
Library to feature speaker on importance of parents The Tompkins County Public
Library will host a lecture on the importance of paternal care at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the library’s Borg Warner Room at 101 East Green St. Sara Blaffer Hrdy, a newly elected Andrew Dickson White Professor- BLAFFER HRDY at-Large at Cornell University, will talk about the parent-child bond in her lecture, “Why Is Paternal Care So Variable In The Human Species?” The presentation is geared toward practitioners in counseling and mental health service professions and is co-sponsored by the Family and Children’s Services of Ithaca. For more information, contact the Tompkins County Public Library at 272-4557.
Cornell to officially open new art museum addition
Cornell University’s Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art will celebrate the opening of its new wing from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the museum on Cornell’s Arts Quad. The reception is open to the public and will feature a tour of the new 16,000-square-foot addition, family
activities and live music by the Sim Redmond Band. The wing, which is three stories above and below ground, was designed by the museum’s architectin-charge, John L. Sullivan III ’62, of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. The $22-million project was funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Kresge Foundation of Michigan.
Student club to hold race to benefit the homeless IC Habitat For Humanity will
hold its annual 5K “Habidash” at 10 a.m. Saturday on the Butterfield Stadium track. Registration and check-in will begin at 9:30 a.m. The cost is $10 for students and $15 for alumni. Registrants will receive a free Tshirt and free food for participating in the event. The event will be held in conjunction with the college’s Fall Splash alumni weekend.
School to host workshop on women’s self-defense
The Ithaca Karate Harmony with Nature School will hold a workshop for local women on self-defense from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the school. Students will learn to escape violent situations, such as physical and sexual assault through boundary assertion skills. Pre-registration for the event is required. To register, visit www. ithacakarate.com/self-defense.
Public Safety Incident Log SEPTEMBER 26 CRIMINAL MISCHIEF LOCATION: Emerson Hall SUMMARY: Caller reported an unknown person damaged a hand sanitizer dispenser. Investigation pending. Master Patrol Officer Donald Lyke. MEDICAL ASSIST LOCATION: Academic Quad SUMMARY: Caller reported a person fell on stairs, twisting an ankle. Person was transported to CMC by ambulance. Patrol Officer Mark Denicola. FIRE ALARM LOCATION: Fitness Center SUMMARY: Fire alarm activation with undetermined cause. Zone disabled and Environmental Health and Safety Officer notified. Patrol Officer Dan Austic. SAFETY HAZARD LOCATION: Circle Apartments SUMMARY: Officer reported a warning was issued for a bicycle chained to a handrail. Fire and Building Safety Coordinator Ron Clark.
SEPTEMBER 27 LARCENY LOCATION: Emerson Hall SUMMARY: Caller reported an unknown person stole a pair of jeans from a room. Investigation pending. Patrol Officer Dan Austic. MEDICAL ASSIST LOCATION: Center for Natural Sciences SUMMARY: Caller reported a verbal dispute between two people broke out and one person made reference to
suicide. One person was transported to the counseling center. Master Patrol Officer Robert Hightchew. DISORDERLY CONDUCT LOCATION: Grant Egbert Boulevard SUMMARY: Officer reported a person obstructing traffic in the crosswalk. Warning issued. Sergeant Terry O’Pray. TRESPASS LOCATION: East Tower SUMMARY: Caller reported unauthorized people were found inside. Investigation pending. Patrol Officer Dan Austic.
SEPTEMBER 28 RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT LOCATION: Terraces SUMMARY: Caller reported a bottle exploded and damaged the ceiling. Investigation pending. Master Patrol Officer Bruce Holmstock. CASE CHANGE STATUS LOCATION: Terraces SUMMARY: Officer identified person responsible for bottle explosion in terraces. Person arrested and issued appearance tickets for Ithaca Town Court. Master Patrol Officer Bruce Holmstock.
SEPTEMBER 29 FIRE ALARM Location: Terraces Summary: Fire alarm caused by burnt food. Fire Protection Specialist Enoch Perkins. MEDICAL ASSIST LOCATION: West Tower SUMMARY: Caller reported a person stated that they wanted to cause
Alumnus to host session on environmental studies
SAB Film: “Horrible Bosses,” sponsored by the Student Activities Board, will begin at 7 p.m. in Williams 225.
A representative from Green Corps, a training school for students interested in environmental campaigning, will hold an information session and interview students interested in enrolling in its paid one-year, full-time Field School for Environmental Organizing. Will Matthewson ’09, will hold a discussion at 5 p.m. today in Career Services and will interview interested students from 2 to 5 p.m. tomorrow. The sessions are open to any student with an interest in learning more about Green Corps. Opportunities exist for students with backgrounds in media and communication, particularly those studying journalism. For more information, contact Career Services at 274-3365.
Shabbat Services will begin at 6 p.m. in Muller Chapel. Shabbat Dinner will be held at 7 p.m. in Terrace Dining Hall. Women In Business will be held from 3 to 5:30 p.m. in the School of Business 111.
Sunday Catholic Mass will begin at 1 and 9 p.m. in Muller Chapel
Monday Food For Thought: “Good Fortune,” will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in Textor 101.
Tech services wins award for excellence in computing Ithaca College’s Information
Technology Services has been given an Award of Excellence for the creation of the Sakai support website. The Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on University and College Computing Services acknowledged ITS for a website it developed to support the implementation of the new Sakai learning management system. The site was submitted to the SIGUCCS annual Communications Awards. Beth Rugg, assistant director of technology and instructional support services, will receive the award at the national SIGUCCS conference next month on behalf of ITS.
Internship Prep Sessions, sponsored by the Business Link Professions Program, will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the School of Business 114. SAB Stand Up Competition, sponsored by the Student Activities Board, will begin at 8 p.m. in IC Square.
Wednesday Evensong, a Protestant Community worship service, will begin at 9:30 p.m. in Muller Chapel.
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harm to themselves. Person taken into custody under mental hygiene law and transported to CMC by ambulance. Patrol Officer Brad Bates. CRIMINAL MISCHIEF LOCATION: O-lot SUMMARY: An unknown person scratched a word into a vehicle. Investigation pending. Patrol Officer Jay VanVolkinburg. PROPERTY DAMAGE LOCATION: Grant Egbert Boulevard SUMMARY: Officer reported vehicle struck a curb, causing damage to the tire. The vehicle was towed and a report was taken. Patrol Officer Jay VanVolkinburg.
SEPTEMBER 30 LARCENY LOCATION: Emerson Hall SUMMARY: Officer reported an unknown person stole face plates from an exit sign. Investigation pending. Patrol Officer Jeremiah McMurray. CRIMINAL MISCHIEF LOCATION: Emerson Hall SUMMARY: Caller reported an unknown person stole an exit sign. Already reported. Criminal mischief unfounded. Patrol Officer Dan Austic.
OCTOBER 1 CONDUCT CODE VIOLATION LOCATION: Terraces SUMMARY: Caller reported an intoxicated person vomiting. Person declined medical assistance with ambulance staff and was judicially referred for irresponsible use of alcohol. Security Officer Christopher Lemore.
FIRE ALARM LOCATION: Terraces SUMMARY: Fire alarm activation with undetermined cause. System Reset. Patrol Officer Mark Denicola. THEFT OF SERVICES LOCATION: Grant Egbert Boulevard SUMMARY: Taxi driver reported a person refusing to pay fare. Found to be a misunderstanding, and person paid fare. Theft of services unfounded. Sergeant James Landon. UNLAWFUL POSS. OF MARIJUANA LOCATION: East Tower SUMMARY: Two persons judicially referred for unlawful possession of marijuana. Sergeant James Landon.
OFF-CAMPUS INCIDENT LOCATION: All other SUMMARY: Six persons were arrested off campus for various violations. Master Security Officer Amy Chilson. CONDUCT CODE VIOLATION LOCATION: East Tower SUMMARY: Caller reported a naked person sleeping in a lounge. One person referred for irresponsible use of alcohol. Master Patrol Officer Donald Lyke. FOUND PROPERTY LOCATION: U-lot SUMMARY: Necklace found and turned over to Public Safety. CRIMINAL POSSESSION LOCATION: Lower Campus SUMMARY: Officer reported a person with a stolen torch and sign. One person
judicially referred for criminal possession of stolen property and underage possession of alcohol. Master Patrol Officer Donald Lyke. MEDICAL ASSIST LOCATION: Towers concourse SUMMARY: A person sustained a hand injury while working and was transported to the Health Center for treatment. Master Patrol Officer Donald Lyke. TRESPASS LOCATION: East Tower SUMMARY: Caller reported people inside ‘closed’ area. Two people were found inside but area was not secure. People advised the area was closed and the area was secured. Sergeant Terry O’Pray. MEDICAL ASSIST Location: Campus Center Summary: A person fell on steps and struck the back of their head. Person declined medical assistance with ambulance. Report filed. Master Patrol Officer Donald Lyke. FIRE ALARM LOCATION: Terraces SUMMARY: Fire alarm activation from heat detector. Master Patrol Officer Donald Lyke. For the complete safety log, go to www.theithacan.org/news
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The college needs to increase its efforts to create programming for diversity learning to help minority students feel more connected to campus.
thaca College may have just broken its enrollment record for minority students, but getting them to campus is only half the battle. The class of 2015 is composed of 18.2 percent African, Latino, Asian and Native American students, which makes this class the most racially diverse in the college’s history. This increase mirrors the national trend of greater diversity on campuses. Savvy marketing and greater outreach may have helped the college attract more minority students to enroll this fall. These record-breaking figures reflect the college’s efforts toward institutionalizing its IC 20/20 vision plan. Though the college has successfully brought students from diverse backgrounds to campus, current ALANA students have expressed concern over retention rates once they’re here. A lack of funding for diversity learning and programming makes students question the college’s commitment to increasing ethnic and minority visibility on campus. If the college wants to bring the diversity promise of IC 20/20 to full fruition, it should direct more funding to programs and on-campus events for current students. Furthermore, the college should seek input from minority students and faculty to help develop programs essential to cultivating ethnic and cultural learning. If such feedback was made available to the public, these joint committees could better hold the college accountable for producing tangible results to their diversity concerns. With more academic programming and extracurricular learning, the college will be better able to demonstrate its accountability to the ALANA students it invested time and money in to become part of the campus community.
Government’s pro-life ideology and threats to decrease funding for Planned Parenthood is detrimental to national sexual health and education.
ith more social services on the chopping block for funding, the United States government might want to reconsider its threat to cut off the nation’s pioneer of sex education. Supporters of Planned Parenthood rallied Oct. 2 in DeWitt Park in response to proposed funding cuts and investigations into the organization’s expenses and policies. They wanted to raise awareness about the essential health education services Planned Parenthood provides to the community. Protesters also called out the purported “just antiabortion” opinion of Congress, which they believe is behind investigations into Planned Parenthood’s use of federal funds. The government is requesting that the organization prove no funds were used for abortions and that it complies with child victim laws. If misuse of funding was occurring on a nationwide basis, Congress would have a reason to conduct audits on Planned Parenthood. However, most reports of malpractice involve individual offices. For more than 40 years, schools, youth bureaus and community groups have depended on Planned Parenthood to provide sex education and affordable contraception. To call the entire organization’s practices into question and threaten funding cuts would be detrimental to the state of American sexual health.
your letters Faculty applaud A&E Center
On the opening and dedication of the new Athletics and Events Center, we offer congratulations to our colleagues in athletics, our student athletes and those who made the A&E Center possible. Ithaca College’s longstanding commitment to excellence is shared by our colleagues in athletics and enthusiastically endorsed by generations of student athletes. The A&E Center is a significant step forward in the college’s pursuit of excellence in athletics and will provide numerous ancillary benefits. Saturday’s dedication of the A&E Center is a reminder that excellence
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College should implement Asian-American minor
ore than a decade ago, a committee of Ithaca College faculty and administrators recommended creating the Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity with the dual mission of developing a curriculum focused on African, Latino/a, Native American and Asian people, and promoting racial awareness and diversity on campus through extra-curricular programming. An ALANA-focused curriculum puts the histories, identities, cultures and experiences of ALANA people into the broader context of U.S. history and political economy. Though the college was behind the times in not having an ethnic studies program by the 1990s, it was pioneering for its faculty and administra- asma barlas tive leadership to establish not a program, but an entire unit dedicated to a critical and interdisciplinary study of race. I say “pioneering” because many faculty at that time felt there was no need for a race-focused curriculum. Besides, as they pointed out, there was no “student demand” for it. The idea that a predominantly white campus doesn’t need programs on race is common, but it only makes sense if people assume that “white” isn’t a race. As for the absence of student demand, someone who has grown up with certain curricular gaps and silences from grade school onward is unlikely to recognize what they have missed in their learning as a result. Therefore, it is up to institutions of higher learning to design curricula that are comprehensive and progressive, and can anticipate and shape educational trends instead of simply reacting to them. In the end, the forward-looking leadership of the college in 1999 — President Peggy Williams, Provost Peter Bardaglio and the board of trustees — opted for the center. The trustees also endowed it. Today, the center has two interdisciplinary minors, one in African Diaspora Studies and the other in Latino/a Studies. Both have attracted almost 40 students in three years. There is also a
Media shrouds citizen protest
Juniors Andrew Choe and Kenneth Li make kites at an Asian-American Alliance meeting Oct. 4 in Williams Hall. Students and faculty have been pushing for an Asian-American Studies program.
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Native American Studies minor in the School of Humanities and Sciences. However, we are missing a fourth minor in Asian-American Studies, which is simply indefensible. Part of the problem is that, until recently, the college didn’t have many faculty teaching in this area of study. Though there are now several people whose work focuses on Asia, only a few teach courses on Asian-Americans. In the spring of 2011, the center requested a tenure-eligible line in this field, but the provost hasn’t approved it. I find this ironic because, for some years now, students themselves have been pushing for such a minor. Last spring, juniors Kristy Zhen and Kristiana Reyes, and senior Kaitlin Hibbs made “Missing in History,” a film on the need for an Asian-American Studies program. They screened the film downtown and started a petition, which has more than 400 signatures so far. But, they have
had little success in getting their voices heard. I can’t help but wonder where the people are who once put so much onus on student demand. Meanwhile, there is talk of setting up a center in China as part of IC 20/20, an initiative that, incidentally, didn’t rely on market surveys or student demand, but on strategic thinking. A liberal arts minor in Asian-American Studies that bridges the experiences of Asians in the U.S. and Asia would provide a solid academic basis for this center. At this point in its history, therefore, the college needs a curriculum inspired not by perceptions of “market demand,” but by a principled and visionary commitment to knowledge essential to our global future, of which Asia and Asian-Americans are a central and constitutive part. asma barlas is director of the CSCRE and a professor of politics. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
DADT repeal risks distraction from anti-war efforts
ast month, “don’t ask, don’t tell,” the policy that banned gays and lesbians from serving openly in the U.S. military, was officially repealed. Liberals everywhere applauded the decision, cheering for the death of the discriminatory measure that had been a focal point for the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender adam polaski rights movement for more than a year. This summer I worked for The Bilerico Project, an LGBT blog that required me to hone in on news related to the LGBT community. But as I read, I found myself buying into the importance of repealing DADT. LGBT rights activists often reasoned that the legislation was one of the most prominent examples of delineated, obvious discrimination. DADT resulted in the discharge of about 13,000 gay and lesbian troops since President Bill Clinton signed it into law in 1993. The policy was designed to maintain the LGBT community as a subordinate group, activists argued. Thus, to achieve full equality, anti-LGBT policies like DADT needed to be eliminated. I agree that policies like DADT function as barriers to fair treatment of the LGBT community. But as I read a more diverse range of
A marcher in the Northwest Arkansas Pride parade fights for the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” in June 2010. The policy was revoked in September. courtesy of Northwest Arkansas Pride
perspectives on DADT, I began to question my support of its repeal. Wasn’t I prioritizing my desire for LGBT rights over my support of the anti-war movement? Many responses to the DADT repeal were couched in fervent nationalism. We were encouraged to applaud the brave men and women who served in the military, regardless of their sexual orientation. We were told that it is every American’s right to serve. We felt compelled to be inspired by the gay soldiers who were discharged under DADT, but now planned to re-enlist. This sense of nationalism and
blind support of the U.S. military in the name of LGBT rights troubled me. I felt like one progressive cause — LGBT equality — was being hijacked in order to marginalize another — the peace movement. The DADT repeal has already increased the influence of military recruiters in the country. Previously, some campuses restricted recruiters because DADT conflicted with the schools’ nondiscrimination policies. Harvard University and other colleges are now allowing service members to recruit on campus since DADT is no longer in effect.
The military is even specifically targeting gays and lesbians for enlistment. An LGBT resource center in Tulsa, Okla., hosted U.S. Marines in September to help gays and lesbians better understand how they can serve. I wouldn’t be surprised if the marketing team for the Army or Navy uses the DADT experience as a theme for wooing gays and lesbians to enlist. The debate puts my pro-LGBT and anti-war values at odds. Isn’t it contradictory to simultaneously be in favor of a more expansive military, but opposed to its activity? On the one hand, I believe DADT was a legislative reinforcement that gays and lesbians are different — something “other.” The elimination of that reinforcement is a positive step forward for the LGBT rights movement. On the other hand, I believe in a smaller, less powerful military that doesn’t function as a dangerously pervasive facet of American society. Though DADT was repealed, those with strong anti-war sentiments should not accept defeat. Repealing the military ban on gays and lesbians may give them the option of joining. But it’s still an option. And speaking out against that option can be anti-war activists’ new task. adam polaski is a senior journalism major. Email him at email@example.com
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ew news networks have extensively covered the ongoing Occupy Wall Street protests, with perhaps the ironic exception of FOX News, which featured Anne Coulter calling them a product of “mob mentality.” Sean Hannity even said the protestors “really don’t like freedom.” Such manipulative language coupled with limited exposure minimizes the urgency behind these protests — people are fed up with inequalities in America, and they’re demanding changes. Occupy Wall Street, which began as a citizen takeover of lower Manhattan, is now a string of solidarity-based movements spreading across the country. They seek to reclaim power in the U.S. for the “99 percent” — the overwhelming majority of the population that owns less than half of the nation’s wealth. Wall Street’s central role in the global market economy makes it the epicenter for this move against corporate power. The public has spoken out against the finance machine for its unfair tactics that horde wealth through untaxed financial transactions or hedge fund managers with bloated salaries. Such injustices perpetuate wealth disparities in the U.S. and aren’t subject to social accountability. Unfortunately, our mass media culture prefers to highlight antiabortion activists or Westboro Baptists instead of people who question systems of power. In the modicum of coverage the protests have received, we read about police making arrests and protestors “blocking” the Brooklyn Bridge. This is not a serious exploration of the significant issues being raised. Recently, we have seen our mainstream networks dedicate little energy to uprisings that question or challenge the status quo. The Wisconsin uprisings against Gov. Scott Walker’s anti-union bill were only considered news for about a month, even though the fight for collective bargaining rights continues today. And when the U.S. began its invasion of Iraq in 2003, the antiwar rallies, which were the largest global demonstration, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, were squarely ignored. Most news stations covered countdowns to the aerial bombing campaign instead of the voices against violence. Dissent is crucial to the health of democracy. Despite questionable differences in tactic, purpose and feasibility, any country that prides itself on freedom should be able to recognize a popular display of resistance when it materializes. Regrettably, our news channels seem to prefer “current events” that are more entertaining than informative. Frankly, I’d rather see people fight for economic rights than learn about the latest iPhone. chris zivalich is a senior journalism major. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Participants light cherry logs at the start of the LifeCourage workshop Saturday. The group learned how break a board, snap an arrow with their necks and walk on fire.
A fiery feat By Kelsey O’Connor
’m too afraid to jump off even the smallest ledge of the gorges, so I never thought I would spend a Saturday night walking on a hot bed of coals, surrounded by chanting and drumming. The sun was still out To see a video of when I got there at 6:30 the firewalking experience, visit p.m., which made the theithacan.org. pile of logs in the middle of the grassy field visible. Tiki torches that weren’t yet lit created a path to the logs. It was clear that fire was the theme of the night. Inside the Foundation of Light, a spiritual center about six miles east of Ithaca College, chairs were set up in a semi-circle in the back of the room, surrounding piledup cinder blocks. I stepped inside and signed a “so-you-don’t-sue-us-or-anything” waiver. I was here tonight for LifeCourage, an empowerment workshop which uses vivid physical metaphor and ultimately firewalking to achieve a set goal. Tony Simons, leader of the empowerment workshop and associate professor of management and organizational behavior at Cornell University, entered from the kitchen wearing a Superman T-shirt over sweatpants and worn sneakers with a plateful of honey crisp apples as a welcome snack. He first encountered firewalking six years ago at a goal-setting workshop called “Big Hairy Audacious Goals.” “The conversations the next day about what kind of goals do we want to set for our lives were profoundly changed by the fact that we all knew we could walk through fire,” he said. By 7 p.m., nearly 20 people had trickled in — a group of Ithaca College students, a few couples and some individuals. Emerging from the kitchen, now with a Hawaiian shirt on, Simons introduced himself and
led us outside to the stacked-up kerosenesoaked logs. Beside the fire pit were three types of unattended drums. A Ziploc bag full of lighters went around and with a phht, I took my little flame to the bark of a log. As I inhaled, the scent of smoke overpowered the kerosene, and flames licked up the cherry logs. It was here we introduced ourselves and told the group — and the fire — what we wanted to overcome that evening and what intentions we were setting. I can’t say I went into the workshop with any particular goal or hardship to overcome. I was driven by curiosity, but mostly the thrill and challenge of walking on fire. Julie Bazan, from Rochester, came to the workshop with her husband, Mike D’Angelo. After turning 40 in June, she went skydiving, and firewalking was the next adventure — not only to check off her bucket list, but also to gain some power back. “I’ve always been a confident person,” she said. “In the last year, my family went through some sudden and unexpected deaths and illness, and it was just a very tragic year. I feel a little worn down, and I just want to strengthen myself back up.” Erik Lehmann, founder of Dream Catalyst, a nonprofit organization for homeless children in Ithaca, said there is a layer of possibility in every walk. Tonight would be his eighth fire walk with Simons. “The first time I was like, ‘Can my feet handle this heat?’” he said. “That was it — that was the biggest question I asked myself. The second time was like, ‘What else can I do? What else am I not popping out of bed to be in the morning?’” Lehmann wasn’t the only fire-walking veteran returning to the workshop. Aaron Baker was here for his third fire walk, and Barrett Keene was also a returning fire
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News Editor Kelsey O’Connor chronicles her night exploring strength and power by firewalking
walker. I wondered how many times I would need to go through this workshop to be able to get the full experience. Simons designs his workshop as a fivestep process and pairs each step with a physical memory. “I give people physical experiences — vivid physical experiences — that will remind them of each of these processes,” Simons said. “It’s essentially teaching by metaphor, and you create this vivid physical experience which creates vivid physical memory that you can bring back as you face
different challenges in your life.” Leaving the fire to burn down and linger in the back of our minds, we went back inside and took our semi-circled seats. Pine planks went around, and we all wrote a number of things we wanted to break through in our lives. I started mine with things like, “Procrastination,” and “Not showing up late to Architecture.” “The key to breaking the board is to punch through the board,” Simons said.
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Junior Kelsey O’Connor, news editor of The Ithacan, steps slowly through a bed of hot coals. The empowerment session culminates with learning how to firewalk. Rachel Orlow/The Ithacan
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Hot or Not This week’s hits and misses
Assistant Accent Editor Shea O’Meara ranks the best and worst aspects of the Michael Jackson Tribute Concert on Saturday in Wales.
The Performers On a glove-shaped stage in Cardiff, Wales, top performers came together for “Michael Forever,” a concert to honor Michael Jackson’s career. R&B star Ne-Yo opened the show with a cover of Jackson’s hit “Billie Jean,” and brothers Marlon, Tito and Jackie of the Jackson 5 joined British boy band JLS to perform the classic disco tune “Blame It On the Boogie.” Smokey Robinson gave a soulful rendition of the 1979 hit “She’s Out of My Life,” and Christina Aguilera sang Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile,” one of MJ’s favorite songs. The all-star lineup was a multi-generational tribute fit for a king.
Lukewarm The No-Shows Despite performances by top stars, several acts canceled only days in advance, members of Jackson’s family refused to attend and the concert’s planners caused chaos with their controversial entertainment selections. KISS, one of Jackson’s favorite bands, was originally booked to perform, but was asked not to attend after fans complained that singer Gene Simmons publicly called Jackson a pedophile. The Black Eyed Peas were also scheduled to perform but pulled out last week due to “unavoidable circumstances,” and Jennifer Hudson planned to close the show but backed out due to “major production issues.”
The Timing Dr. Conrad Murray, Jackson’s cardiologist, is currently facing involuntary manslaughter charges over medication he gave the star before his death. Media attention was split between the tribute in Wales and the public trial in Los Angeles. Jackson’s brothers Jermaine and Randy and sister Janet did not attend the show because it was scheduled at the same time Murray faced trial. Though performers urged fans to forget the trial for the night and celebrate Jackson’s life, “Michael Forever” will always be tinged by its poor timing.
Sophomore John Vogan performs with members of IC Voicestream, Ithaca College’s co-ed a cappella group, during the group’s first concert of the year Saturday in Emerson Suites. The show included University of Virginia a capella group the New Dominions.
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non-traditional jewelry company creates GAGA-Inspired accessories
Have a hankering for some bacon? Go ahead and take a bite out of this new trend. Fashion and meat lovers alike may gobble up the freshly packaged “Meat-cessory” collection designed by Onch, an edgy jewelry designer from Los Angeles. This salty but stylish collection of meat-inspired jewelry pays tribute to the ensemble Lady Gaga flaunted during MTV’s 2010 Video Music Awards. Consisting of a bacon bracelet and necklace and a meat necklace and cuff, the realistic “Meat-cessory” collection is all made with 100 percent animal-free materials. The pieces range in price from $32 to $70 and are available for purchase on the Onch Movement’s online store. No animals were harmed in the making of these accessories. — Allie Healy
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veteran celebrities Shown in early years before fame
Ever wondered what a young Christopher Walken looked like? For the nostalgic at heart, the Tumblr blog “Unwrinkled” digs through celebrity archives and features a photo gallery titled “When They Were Young.” A teenage Jennifer Aniston smiles for the camera, a young Sally Field poses on a beach in a bikini and Steven Colbert grins with a floppy head of hair in these not-so-glamorous photos. The blog flashes back to celebrities’ lives before stardom and illustrates the fact that not everyone is superstar sexy before hitting the red carpet. — Allie Healy
quoteunquote I looked like a boy for a long time. Now I feel like a woman. — “Twilight” star Kristen Stewart on posing in a two-piece swimsuit for British GQ Magazine.
celebrity SCOOPS! Efron’s champagne pains While actor Zac Efron was spending time with actress Heather Graham last week at a Chicago night club, an unidentified Russian billionaire purchased the star a $100,000 bottle of champagne along with other expensive, top-of-the-line liquors. The oversized bottle of Armand de Brignac Nebuchadnezzar champagne, also called the “Ace of Spades,” is meant to serve up to 150 glasses of alcohol. When the toned Disney star tried to lift the bottle, he realized it was too heavy, and a large bodyguard carried it away instead. While he may have played an all-star athlete in “High School Musical,” it looks like Efron’s muscle is more for show than for heavy lifting. — Shea O’Meara
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Blue and golden rule By Allie Healy Staff writer
The blue and gold carpet was rolled out Monday for Ithaca College’s own royalty. More than 500 students cheered on 20 seniors as they battled for the titles of Mr. and Miss Ithaca in Emerson Suites. To see an audio The contestants, who slideshow of the contest, visit were nominated by their theithacan.org. peers, wore their best beachwear and spirit outfits for the judges: Class of 2012 president Jimmy Knowles; senior Kirsten Quinn; Jen Walsh, Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs program coordinator;
and Michael Lindberg, associate director of intercollegiate athletics. Contestants were not afraid to show some skin, especially Top 10 finalist senior Steve Grosso. “I was trying to shield Tom Rochon’s eyes from Steve’s strip tease,” Knowles said. “That was a highlight and a low point, but it was fun nonetheless.” Based on their school spirit, preparedness and charisma, the judges selected 10 finalists to move on to the talent portion. After a text message vote from audience members, college president Tom Rochon presented seniors Tim Lewis and Amanda Pulver with their crowns.
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Seniors Tim Lewis and Amanda Pulver were crowned Mr. and Miss Ithaca on Monday.
Mr. Ithaca — Tim Lewis Shading his eyes from bright stage lights, Lewis donned sunglasses and a winter hat during his talent performance. “I want to thank my parents for coming out to see me tonight,” he said, pointing to his mother and father seated among the sea of students. The backtrack to “Never Been” by Wiz Khalifa blared while Lewis wowed the crowd with his talent, a creative freestyle that incorporated words members of the audience wrote on paper plates. Words such as “puppy” and “pomegranate” were thrown into Lewis’ impromptu rap, sprinkled with some expletives. “Sorry for all the f-bombs, you can blame that on my mom,” Lewis rapped. The audience’s attention shifted to Lewis’ mother who was laughing along in her seat. “Tim’s freestyling was very impressive,” Knowles said. “I don’t think I could ever do that.” Lewis has always maintained strong social connections. On campus, he’s involved with club lacrosse and intramural soccer teams. After winning, Lewis said he was thankful to have the support of his friends. “It’s great knowing that so many people have my back,” he said. Quinn said Lewis’ fun-loving attitude shined through in the competition as he
Miss Ithaca — Amanda Pulver
Spencer White shows his spirit wear in the Mr. and Miss Ithaca competition Monday. Graham Hebel/The Ithacan
Alexa Bonaros struts her stuff in caution tape for the beachwear competition. Michelle Boulé/The Ithacan
Jess Bolduc, a member of the gymnastics team, demonstrates her split for talent.
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Posed on the edge of the stage, Pulver’s turquoise eye shadow glittered under the lights as she waited for her mix of pop songs to pulse through the speakers. An original take on the popular “Evolution of Dance” video featured on YouTube, Pulver “dougied” her way to victory, with some shirtless dancing assistance from senior Ryan Clarke. “Amanda really put herself out there and had some spectacular help,” Clarke said. A transfer student from the University of Colorado Boulder, Pulver has only been at the college for two years studying Integrated Marketing Communications, but is prepared to graduate in the spring. “The thing I love about this school is the instant connections,” she said. “It’s big enough where you can meet new people, but it is small enough where you can have friends and build relationships. You can actually get involved in the community and the school.” Despite her short stay, Pulver plans on leaving a lasting impression as a part of the Campus Center Events and Services and the American Advertising Federation. Pulver also brings her marketing skills to the senior class cabinet serving as a social media strategist. “You could see how excited Amanda was about the competition through her enthusiasm and spirit,” Knowles said.
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showed of his humorous side. “Tim had some really funny answers, and a great bathing suit,” she said. Lewis wore a swim cap, mask, snorkel, shell bra, a swim drag suit and flippers for his swimwear, and donned club lacrosse shorts, a sombrero with streamers and a megaphone for his spirit wear. While many of his fellow seniors will be graduating this spring, Lewis will be staying at the college for another two years to complete his doctorate in physical therapy. But he plans on having some adventures first. “I want to become a scuba diver and shoot video for Planet Earth for a little while,” he said. “I want to see the world.” Lewis has plans of eventually opening his own practice that combines sport rehabilitation and personal training. An adrenaline junkie at heart, he doesn’t like to play it safe. “I’m notorious for doing stupid stuff off the gorges,” Lewis said. “Lots of flips — double front flips off the 40, gainers off the 60, just ridiculous stuff.” Feeding his infatuation with dangers, Lewis hopes one day to test his limits further and skydive. “It’s just a matter of time,” he said.
Pulver is also driven to achieve career aspirations related to her major. “I definitely want to become the director of marketing at ESPN,” she said. “Ever since I was a little girl I’ve dreamed of living in the city. Bye, Colorado!” In her free time, Pulver plays the guitar and piano, challenges her friends to Mario Kart, and watches “Modern Family” and “Wilfred.” She loves cheering on the Bombers football and lacrosse teams. Her exceptional school spirit showed throughout the competition. “Amanda had an awesome spirit outfit with her blue and yellow spandex,” Quinn said. Pulver’s spirit outfit consisted of blue spandex, yellow underwear, a crop top and sweatpants she ripped off after doing a roundoff. For her beach gear, she carried a beach ball and put on a bikini top that had bombs cut out on it, floaties that read “boom baby” and male swim trunks. Pulver said she couldn’t believe it when she won the crown. “I was in complete shock and surprise,” she said. “It really helped kick off the spirit week and brought our school together.” Pulver looks to take full advantage of her year as Miss Ithaca, in hopes that she can return her thanks back to the college. “I really want to be a good representation of the school,” she said. “The school has done so much for me.”
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the face of it. It’s all about when you’re trying to achieve a goal — many goals don’t come the first “If you imagine yourself punching at the time you try. Sometimes you reboard, you will unconsciously slow your ally have to push on them.” After a few had gone up and fist as it approaches the board and you successfully snapped the arrow, won’t break it.” I was not feeling confident going into Keene gave me a nudge, and I this exercise, and I certainly didn’t volun- put on yellow safety goggles. I teer first, though Simons asked that a girl reluctantly took the cold metal demonstrate. I waited to make sure other tip of the arrow and placed it in the soft hollow of my throat, people successfully broke the board first. I’m not sure that I visualized punch- just above the collarbone. I let ing through the board, but I closed my the green and yellow tail find a eyes and went for the palm-strike. All I spot on the wall where dozens remember is looking down and the plank of other puncture marks already was in half. I felt my adrenaline kick in lay. I closed my eyes and leaned after that, but was I ready to walk on fire into the arrow until it bent, bent and just when it felt like it was yet? Not quite. Everyone was greeted by applause, going to be too much, the wood whistling and hugs after breaking the board. gave way and broke in half. The uncomfortable feeling Coming down from the high of breaking a board with no martial arts of the arrow lingered on my experience, we were now moving on to throat, even after I returned trust falls, something Simons said was to the group. Keene gave me a fist bump. “way overused in the ’80s.” The energy had changed in We left our metal chairs and walked to the back of the room to a shaky the room. There was a strontable. We crowded around as Simons in- ger connectedness among the structed seven people to gather in front group, and people were starting of the table as he got up and demonstrat- to feel more invincible. “I feel like a warrior here,” ed the fall. As I took a breath, I heard drumming Lehmann said. “If I could live like outside by the fire where Lehmann’s son, this 24/7, I could imagine getting a boatload more done. So I really Mason, and Baker stood. I curled up my arm and scooched my try to push what it means to be here back into my day-to-day.” bare feet to the edge of the table. With the arrow exercise Junior Kelsey O’Connor, news editor of The Ithacan, strikes through a plank of pine wood, the “Ready,” I said. “Ready,” the seven trustees responded. safely — and a little sorely — be- second step during the LifeCourage workshop she attended Saturday at Foundation of Light. hind, now it was time to “let go, Inhale. Rachel Orlow/The Ithacan trust yourself, trust the divine, “…Falling.” gone wrong’ on Google the night be- In that moment I wasn’t imagining “Fall away,” they responded in unison. and go for it,” Simons said. The drums were still booming by the fore. So I decided just to get into the my feet burning. I just listened to the Exhale. And with a whoosh I was in their arms fire outside. Simons told us we would chanting, the drumming, the mood, chanting and drumming and found the thought of stepping on the coals wasn’t and then back to the floor, standing on need to relax into our fear to safely and see. The first chant he taught us was a so frightening. walk across fire. He had assured me my own. I just inhaled and went for it. a few days prior that there had never Native American chant of friendship. Again with the hugging. One step. Crunch. “ Ya n n o - w a After everyone took their turn with been an instance Two step. Crunch. na-yana, a-weythird-degree the trust fall, the room got a little quieter. of Three step slightly hot, damp towel. ho-ana. Yanburns, just minor We all knew what was coming next. Exhale. no-wana-yana, We returned to our seats and watched blisters. Keene gave me a hug, and it was over. a-wey-ho-ana.” “You want to be Simons pull out an arrow. He explained And I felt amazing. I looked at my feet “Fill your body and demonstrated what we would be do- able to relax into as much as you can — nothing but grass and mud. ing with it. Immediately, hands went to your fears so that I lined up to do it again. And again. with that,” he said. you can walk evenly throats around the circle. Bazan and And after the fifth time across the coals, The arrows that passed through my and lightly through —Erik Lehmann D’Angelo said I was satisfied. hands were gray-painted cedar and meant the coals,” he said. While everyone in the group fire walked the change in Balance was for target practice, he said. They had a metconfidence from at least once, some students and particial tip that wasn’t sharp, but still pointed. I key. If the foot wasn’t alone in testing the sharpness on my is even, circulation will be better, breaking the board to the point just be- pants tapered off around five times. Sophomore Abbie Gepner said there Simons said. There are many theories fore the fire walk was powerful. finger. It didn’t look promising. isn’t a single person who wouldn’t get some“It’s a very positive...” Bazan said. “This one entails a certain amount of about firewalking, but what Simons “...and very powerful difference,” thing out of the workshop experience. pain,” Simons said. “It’s uncomfortable in stresses is to keep a casual stride and make “You get out exactly as much as you sure no pressure D’Angelo finished. We left our shoes in the room and put in,” she said. “I just wanted to put is concentrated followed Simons barefoot out to the fire, my whole being into this so I would get on one spot. To accompany along the line of lit tiki torches. As we that much out in return. It was a very the firewalking grew closer, the drumming became loud- spiritual experience, for sure.” Did I get anything divine out of it? Not to come, Simons er. There was no longer a pile of logs in taught us two the middle of the field, just glowing em- really, but it was a confidence-booster. I definitely would do it again and maybe chants. He said bers in the dark distance. The grass was cold, but approach- take on something even crazier next time. silent fire walks “It sounds crazy,” Simons said. “But have their own ing the bed of coals and embers, I could power, but the feel my feet grow hot. I was suddenly the reason someone would want to do chanting helps very conscious of the 7,000 nerve end- it is because you feel superhuman if you “keep you in state.” ings in my feet. As Simons scraped the step off the fire unburned.” Simons stressed sizzling remains of that I would have log to the sides of the to be aware of my fire pit, he began the body, letting it tell practiced chant. “ Ya n n o - w a n a me if I was ready The earliest reference of “expanding awareness, yana, a-wey-ho-ana. to walk. firewalking dates from 4000 overcoming fear and removBCE in India. ing limiting beliefs about “If as you’re Yanno-wana-yana, aThe art was used in one’s self. standing there all wey-ho-ana.” areas all over the world. By 1984, certification After smacking the you can imagine The Roman people were for firewalking instructors coals is burning your 1,000-degree exempt from paying taxes emerged and more classes feet and being until they were flat, if they could walk on fire were starting to be taught. in agony, it’s not he walked across himwithout burning. Firewalking boomed in the time for you to self. I gave a sigh of The Greek Anastenarides 1990s when it caught the danced on coals to honor attention of businesses who relief after he left the walk yet,” he said. wanted to inspire creativity Saint Constantine and the At this point, coals and stepped on Kahunas of Hawaii would let and professional developI certainly had a the damp towel waitmolten lava harden enough ment in their employees. few doubts. I’ve ing at the end. A line to hold their weight and then Firewalking today is always been the formed after that and walk on it. used as a tool for personal type to over- one by one, bare feet empowerment, touching The first firewalking class think things stepped across the was in 1979, when Tolly a new culture from small Burkan held a public spiritual groups to larger and imagine the ashy still-red coals. corporate conferences. seminar as a process for And then it was worst. I can’t lie Mike D’Angelo prepares for his trust fall with other participants — I researched my turn. I stepped to in the workshop Saturday in Ithaca at the Foundation of Light. Source: Firewalking Institute of Research and Education ‘ F i r e w a l k i n g the edge of the pit. Rachel Orlow/The Ithacan from page 13
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Local architect remembered for key designs By Emily Dunn
Before Cornell University offered a degree in architecture, it had already graduated one of Ithaca’s most recognized building designers. Combining beauty and functionality in innovative structures, local architect William H. Miller was a master of light, space and decorative details. To commemorate Miller’s success and influence, The History Center and Historic Ithaca, which works to preserve historic buildings, have teamed up for events focused on the architect’s life and influence in town. Miller, born in 1848, studied at Cornell before the school had an architectural program. Miller started his architecture practice in 1871, and by the late 1870s he had earned a significant reputation within Ithaca and the surrounding area. Miller designed and remodeled more than
If You Go “Built to Last: The Architecture of William Henry Miller” exhibit When: Through March 2012 Where: The History Center How much: Free “William H. Miller, Architect: Exploring the Legacy” lecture When: 5:30 p.m. today Where: The History Center How much: Free Walking Tour of Miller’s Works When: 11:30 a.m. Saturday Where: McGraw Tower, Cornell University How much: $5 for members, $8 for non-members
80 buildings in Ithaca and on the Cornell campus. Mary Tomlan, a local architectural and planning historian, will give a lecture tonight about Miller’s lasting influence. “Miller’s buildings attract a lot of people even though they don’t know anything about them,” she said. Many of his buildings were designed with the Romanesque Revival style. One of Miller’s most famous buildings embodying this style is Cornell’s Uris Library. He was influenced by, and worked in, many other styles as well, including Gothic, Greek, Colonial and Renaissance Revival. The History Center exhibit gives a glimpse into Ithaca’s architectural past and will also examine local historic preservation efforts. The exhibit features information about specific buildings Miller designed, including the William Henry Miller Inn on Aurora Street, the Southworth Library in Dryden and the McGraw-Fiske mansion, which burned down in 1906. Tomlan said she hopes to better inform people about Miller’s influence on future architects and the buildings he designed that still stand in Ithaca. For people who are unfamiliar with architectural terms, Kristen Olson, preservation coordinator at Historic Ithaca, will include a brief explanation of the vocabulary in the lecture tonight. Olson said she enjoyed the partnership between The History Center and Historic Ithaca. “One of the important things about this event is that we’re doing it together,” she said. “It’s a great
Kristen Olson, preservation coordinator at Historic Ithaca, leads a tour Saturday of local architect William H. Miller’s designs around town. Miller designed more than 80 buildings in Ithaca at the turn of the 20th century. Rachel Woolf/the Ithacan
topic to combine our two missions in just one event.” Paul Miller, director of education for secondary and adult programs at The History Center, is the coordinator of tonight’s event. Miller, along with research librarian Mary Williams and visitor services manager Catherine Duffy, has spent approximately three
months completing the William H. Miller exhibit and event. The lecture tonight is meant to be a more informal gathering where people can listen to lectures and ask their own questions about Miller. “There are opportunities for people to listen to local experts,” Miller said. “There is a range of talks we do and the intention is a
non-formal lecture.” For Paul Miller, the architectural beauty of Miller’s buildings contributes greatly to the town’s look and feel. “People are aware that there are certain buildings that Miller inspired or created, but I don’t think people appreciate the breadth of his work,” he said.
Dance club swings into action By Chloe Wilson Contributing writer
In one corner of the Fitness Center at Ithaca College, a girl is lifted high into the air. In another, a student falls, caught only inches from the floor. In the center of the room, a boy scuttles across the floor, supported by a partner. This isn’t a random group of students, but rather a dance practice for one of the college’s popular new clubs, the Ithaca College Swing Dance Club. The organization was approved by the college in May and is in its first semester in action. About 20 members participate in each weekly lesson already. Junior Anthony DeVito, president of the club, was not surprised by the amount of interest the club has received. “I love swing, and I knew several other people who came together last year and said that,” he said. “There was a lot of interest.” The Swing Dance Club holds a weekly swing dance lesson and practice session led by Kurt Lichtmann, a health promotion and physical education lecturer who serves as the adviser to the club. He teaches swing dance, along with several other styles of dance such as salsa and ballroom, in downtown Ithaca. While he also teaches other dance styles in courses at the college, swing dance remains Lichtmann’s passion. “It’s a good way to meet people,” he said. “It’s energetic — it’s about having fun and not about following a precise set of motions. Swing dance is my specialty.” ICSDC includes all sub-genres of swing dance, including jump swing, East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop. Participants have the opportunity to learn moves, including the rock step, jitterbug and aerial lifts. The college hasn’t had a swing dancing club for the last three years, when IC Swing disbanded. The new club is composed of
both beginners and experts, but because members change partners frequently, they learn from each other. Dancers first review basic movements, then more complex steps. Later, they combine them into a fast-paced dance to upbeat jazz soundtracks straight from the 1940s. At their meeting Thursday, students analyzed Lichtmann’s moves closely during lessons, replicating them while also adding in their own flair. No special dancewear is required for practice, as evidenced by many types of footwear including sneakers, performance shoes and even rainbow-colored socks. ICSDC is open to all students, staff and faculty at the college, and response has been strong from all sides. Some, like freshman Alisa Babcock, are glad to have a chance to have a place to practice their swing dance skills, while others, like senior Sabina Cao, are excited at the prospect of learning a new style of dance. Babcock went to Applefest with DeVito, where he taught her how to swing dance on the Commons. “It’s something I never expected to do at college, but it was fun and I decided to join,” she said. Warren Schlesinger, the chair of the accounting department, said he was excited when he learned faculty members could participate in the club. “It’s really great,” he said. “Students get really excited to dance. I took one little bit of swing dance lessons this summer, and I liked it so I thought that I would try again. The students encourage me to stay with it.” Lichtmann said swing is the easiest style of dance to learn. Historically, he said, swing dance began as part of African-American culture, which later transcended into the mainstream in the 1920s with the rise of jazz music, though its presence lessened in the
Sophomores Anthony DeVito and Faith Enenbach practice steps Thursday as part of the Ithaca College Swing Dance Club. The dancers learn genres of swing, including how to jitterbug. Alexis Bonin/The Ithacan
1950s. Swing dance continued to thrive as a niche art form, and still remains a popular style of dance for all ages, Litchmann said. “Swing dance is America’s dance,” he said. “It’s always been that way. It’s an American tradition and an African-American tradition. It’s like a melting pot.” In order to create a more significant presence on campus, the club members said they would like to collaborate with other clubs like IC Ballroom and hold performances in the future. Junior Dawn Ely, secretary of the club, said she and the rest of the club members hope to start hosting events, but everything is still in the planning stage. “Ultimately, we’d like to get the club to
have some common members who we can plan a routine with and perform at campus events,” she said. “We’re also hoping to host some of our own dances as well.” The level of interest shown by students, when the club had little to no presence on campus, bodes well for its future, highlighting the appeal of swing dance and giving students the opportunity to take a break from schoolwork and stress. “Dance is partnering; it’s fun,” Lichtmann said. “Energy and exercise, it all goes together. My philosophy is let’s dance and have fun.” The Ithaca College Swing Dance Club meets at 8 p.m. Thursdays in the aerobics room of the fitness center.
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From the dreary small towns of Washington to the highly charged deserts of Iraq, “Plumfield, Iraq,” Ithaca College’s first theater production of the season, flits between the duality of right and wrong, and effectively portrays one character’s state of mind, but fails to create a connection to its other themes. “Plumfield, Iraq” follows Mike (senior John Gardner), a “Plumfield, Iraq” recent high school grad. The Ithaca College play opens with Mike and his Department of six friends, including his best Theater Arts friend Cam (senior William Boyajian), planning for their futures. For them, that means joining the Army to pay for school and to escape Plumfield, Wash. Director Cynthia Henderson, associate professor of theater arts, sets up the experience through Mike’s perspective. As the audience filters in, he sits still center stage, brown boxes surrounding his feet and a cracked title roof overhead, lost in his own world that the audience is about to enter. The play serves as a lens into the mind of a young man trying to come to terms with the atrocities he faced during his service in Iraq. Mike’s post-traumatic stress disorder is a disruptive force for the sense of time in the show. Rather than a chronological order to the scenes, there are flashbacks, what-if scenarios, nightmares and memories, all of which result in a two-hour character study. Because everything is shown through Mike’s perspective, the other characters — Cam excluded — are portrayed as shadows in Mike’s memories. Gardner’s ability to transition between anger and confusion to happy-go-lucky is extraordinary. His character shifts so quickly from moment to moment, it’s difficult to believe it’s the same person playing both extremes. He is convincing in his skilled portrayal of a haunted man. However, the other characters are underdeveloped. Boyajian comes off less static than the other supporting actors, but his performance still lacks depth. A moment between Cam and his girlfriend Loraine (senior Elizabeth Ellson) sounds like the actors are still reading from their scripts with
“An Article of Hope,” a documentary by alumnus and filmmaker Daniel Cohen ’76, will be screened in the Park Auditorium. The film follows Ilan Ramon, Israel’s first astronaut, on the space shuttle Columbia. The movie will begin at 5 p.m. Admission is free.
Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia Flute Concert, an evening of classical Indian music, will raise funds for the education of underprivileged children in India. The show will begin at 7 p.m. in the Alice Statler Auditorium at Cornell University. Admission is $14 to $25.
Mike (senior John Gardner) returns from Iraq with post-traumatic stress disorder and must cope with the memories that haunt him, including the death of a child (Abdullah Abed), in “Plumfield, Iraq.” courtesy of Bill Baker
scheduled times to interrupt each other, rather than letting the natural conversation flow. The transformation of the student actors into Iraq soldiers instills a sobering thought with younger audience members faced with the harsh reality of the current war. However, besides authentic ROTC gear, the costumes, designed by Greg Robbins, associate professor of theater arts, have no real sense of time period or personality. Music plays a strong supporting role in the script, adding a duel sense of subtle yet impactful symbolism to scenes. “What a Wonderful World” plays at the beginning of the play and Mike, Cam and their friends all sing as part of the barber shop quartet The Plumbers, a group they formed in high school. The music adds an ominous sense of sobriety to some scenes and plucks up the mood in others. Contrasting lights and sounds help transition
the play between different moments in Mike’s mind, while repeated dialogue from characters in different settings ties them all together. The line “where’s Cam?” is used through different flashbacks and scenes to indicate Mike’s never-ending concerns about his best friend. While Mike might never be able to come fully to terms with his memories of war, somewhere between Washington and Iraq there was a missed opportunity to present a final connecting moment to the audience. Though Gardner’s powerful performance is enough to carry the show, even coupled with Henderson’s mastery for shaping situations that propel the plot as they define character, the experience still feels out of harmony.
For Nika Roza Danilova, otherwise known as Zola Jesus, a wintry recording environment is a necessity, as the frigid backwoods of Wisconsin have translated directly to the icy and mysterious nature of Zola Jesus her gothic dream“Conatus” pop. On her newest Alternative album, “Conatus,” Distribution she transcends reAlliance ality and composes Our rating: songs for another HHHH time and place. Zola Jesus is a leading lady in the blooming genre known as grave wave, a category of music that features ghostly synthesizers, deep bass and airy vocals. If Lady Gaga had even more emotional
“The Devil Takes Care of His Own”
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Feist, a Canadian indie pop singer-songwriter, took the United States by storm with her 2007 release, “The Reminder.” Four Feist years later, she “Metals” returns with a Cherrytree fifth solo album Records that trades her Our rating: upbeat, spacey HHH1/2 sound for a more serious style. Feist is known as a trailblazer for female vocalists in the alternative scene because of tracks like her hit single “1234,” which poses a feel-good style later echoed by artists like Adele and Florence + the Machine. But, on her newly released album “Metals,” she brings a darkness with raw emotion.
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give it a sense of urgency. Zola Jesus uses vocal loops to create a layered effect so she can chant several different lines. The result is one chilling track of incomprehensible sound, but it effectively communicates emotion. While the new album lacks a song that will push the artist into the public eye, “Conatus” is another strong release from Zola Jesus that will add to her reputation as a genre innovator within gothic indie circles.
Joshua Redman and Brad Mehldau, award-winning modern jazz icons, will perform together for the first time in more than a decade. The show will begin at 8 p.m. in Cornell University’s Baily Hall. Tickets are $17 to $35.
The single “How Come You Never Go There” features her simple chorus style that only has a few lines, but is vocally powerful with her beaming voice over heavy instrumentals. Feist proves she is a versatile and emotionally charged musician in the new release, but her more light-hearted listeners might find themselves craving the sweet tones she left behind.
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With a laid back, acoustic sound and the popular country music themes of wide open pastures and small-town life, Atkins’ newest album takes a look at long-term relationships and family values.
In its seventh album, New Found Glory looks to its pop punk roots with tracks like “Blitzkreig Bop,” a cover of one of The Ramones’ most iconic songs. The release is a polished collection of throwback tunes.
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of Sirius Satellite’s Broadway station, will perform a comedy show about his life growing up in Long Island and his longtime love for musical theater. The event will begin at 8 p.m. at the Hangar Theatre. Tickets are $15 to $28.
Indie artist darkens sound
issues and was thrown into an echo chamber with a synthesizer, grave wave would be the end result. On “Vessel,” Zola Jesus pays musical homage to Nine Inch Nails with her industrialized sound effects. Hammers clang against anvils as she wails over sparkling synthesizers. The machine grinds along until the wailing becomes even more intense and spooky. Zola Jesus’ flair for the intriguingly dramatic allows her to create lofty cadences that build on each other until the bottom falls out and everything comes crashing down. Her surging electronica creates a delightfully dark groove. “Ixode” features a steady dance baseline paired with rhythmic synthesizers. When combined, the two elements push the track forward to
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“Plumfield, Iraq” will run through Saturday in the Clark Theatre.
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Alluding to William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar,” George Clooney’s well-crafted new drama chronicles the struggle between personal integrity and political ambition. “The Ides of March” follows Stephen Myers (Ryan Gosling), a young and passionate junior campaign manager for charismatic “The Ides of presidential hopeMarch” ful Mike Morris Columbia (Clooney). Myers’ Pictures Our rating: skill and success in HHH1/2 helping publicize Morris catches the eye of campaign manager Tom Duffy (Paul Giamatti), who approaches Myers about assisting Morris’ opponent. While Myers originally declines, his meeting with Duffy and the consequences of Morris’ affair with an intern threatens the campaign and the careers of everyone involved with it. The film marks a pessimistic shift from Clooney’s 2005 historical drama “Good Night, and Good Luck,” in which he also dealt with the clash between political idealism and reality. That film ended with journalistic and personal integrity overcoming propaganda and political corruption in the ’50s. “The Ides of March” suggests a modern political landscape in which apolitical and jaded journalists like Ida Horowicz (Marisa Tomei) surmise that all political ideals are carefully constructed tools for achieving personal power. The film shows a world in which political campaigners — even within the same party — are
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Director George Clooney plays Mike Morris in “The Ides of March,” a film that follows the struggle of Morris’ junior campaign manager, who must choose between working for a winning campaign and fighting for what he believes in. Courtesy of Columbia pictures
locked in a conflict often more intense than the politicians they represent. The script reunites Clooney with Grant Heslov, who co-wrote “Good Night, and Good Luck.” With the assistance of additional co-writer Beau Willimon, the film overcomes the pacing problems that have plagued some of the director’s previous work. The plot runs smoothly, with Stephen Mirrione’s editing punctuating important dramatic beats without seeming overdone or exploitative. While Gosling is convincing in his role, his character’s transformation throughout the film so jarring and sudden it is difficult
to tell if the drastic change is the result of a poor acting or if the director intends it. But Gosling offers a suitable counterpoint to the veteran Clooney, and the pair’s on-screen chemistry makes their scripted relationship more realistic and compelling. Phedon Papamichael’s cinematography uses the typical scenery of giant flags on political campaigns — a debate stage, televisions constantly playing MSNBC and campaign flyers — to comment on the artificiality of the political landscape. Campaign posters, which echo the work of graphic designer Shepard Fairey in the 2008 Barack Obama
presidential campaign, elevate Morris to the status of pioneering leader. This political material fills the offices of interns and campaigners, and creates a subtle but dark commentary on the hundreds of unseen individuals that manipulate the way audiences vote. With a stellar cast and inspired script, the movie provides audiences with compelling concepts that, in a time of increasing political disillusionment, also hit incredibly close to home. “The Ides of March” was directed by George Clooney and written by Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon and Clooney.
Superior script brings film home
Robot action flick lacks dynamic plot
By james hasson
By Michael Reyes
With a dedicated cast and relevant downto-earth humor, “Moneyball” chronicles the struggle and triumph of one of the most compelling sports stories of the new millennium. Based on Michael Lewis’ book of the same name, “Moneyball” follows Billy Beane (Brad Pitt), general manager of the Oakland Athletics. After watching his team lose its “Moneyball” Columbia last season game, Beane searches Pictures for a way to build a competiOur rating: tive professional team with only HHH1/2 a fraction of the average MLB budget. Beane discovers Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), a graduate from Yale University with a degree in economics and an untested theory on how to assemble baseball teams. The men assemble a team of inexperienced and forgotten players based on complex equations they believe will tell them who can get on base the most. This is the second Hollywood film from director Bennett Miller following the 2005 drama “Capote.” Like his first work, “Moneyball” is a polished, powerful and heartfelt character-driven story of defiance and hope. The movie’s positive tone can be attributed to its entertaining but never corny comic relief. Beane shows his growing connection with the newly-formed baseball team when he makes his first awkwardly humorous attempt at an inspirational pregame speech. These comedic moments save “Moneyball” from becoming a dark drama and provide insight into characters’ emotions. While Pitt delivers the script’s dialogue with confidence, he is most compelling when he sits
Even with its bright, boxing robots, director Shawn Levy’s new drama “Real Steel” may fail to excite audiences. Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman), a trainer who prepares robots to fight, discovers that his ex-girlfriend has passed away and left him custody of his 11-year-old son Max “Real Steel” (Dakota Goyo). Despite Walt Disney Kenton’s objections, Max Studios Motion forces his father to take him Pictures out on the fighting circuit. Our rating: Max seems to have an H1/2 easier time creating a relationship with a robot than with his father, and the actors fall short with the film’s often clichéd dialogue. This distance between Kenton and his son highlights the pair’s uneasy relationship at the beginning of the film, but Jackman and Goyo fail to develop an on-screen chemistry to show their transition from strangers to family. While dueling robots are expected to provide dynamic action scenes — even more so than films like “Rocky” and “Warrior,” where only humans can jump in the ring — the action choreography in “Real Steel” is clunky and repetitive. With Michael Bay’s “Tranformers” setting a precedent for robot action, Levy’s attempt fails in comparison. Despite an intriguing cast list, the film’s shallow script and disappointing fight sequences are often less exciting than a round of “Rock ’Em Sock ’Em Robots.”
Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) revolutionizes the system baseball teams use to pick players in “Moneyball.” Courtesy oF Columbia Pictures
alone, dealing with his past as a failed baseball player and his fears about his decisions as a general manager. In these scenes, radio broadcasts of losing games and talk shows criticizing his actions are the film’s only sound, and Pitt conveys torment and frustration through his body language. The actions of such a quiet and focused performance show the tension the character faces and provides examples of the crushing pressure he endures. Throughout the film, Miller tells an uplifting story with talented actors. Cashing in on this feel-good movie may make even a die-hard Yankees fan root for the Oakland As — if only for an inning or two. “Moneyball” was directed by Bennett Miller and written by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin.
“Real Steel” was directed by Shawn Levy and written by John Gatins, Dan Gilroy and Jeremy Leven.
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Bonded by sport Married coaches for Bomber teams separate work and personal lives as they lead teams to victory
Rick and Kim Suddaby pose for wedding photos in Aug. 1988 outside Muller Chapel and their Watkins Glen home. courtesy of Rick and Kim Suddaby
From left, Gymnastics Head Coach Rick Suddaby and his wife Kim Suddaby at a practice Monday in Ben Light Gymnasium.
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By nate bickell staff writer
When Rick Suddaby got his first head coaching job at Ithaca College in 1986, he asked his girlfriend, Kim, to help out when she could. Rick had known Kim since he was graduate assistant coach of the SUNYCortland gymnastics team. The two married in 1988 in Muller Chapel and have been coaching the college’s team ever since. Rick and Kim Suddaby are one of three married couples who coach teams together at the college. Men’s crew Head Coach Dan Robinson also met his wife, Becky, when she was an athlete on the women’s crew while he was coaching at the college. Becky is currently head coach of the women’s crew. Dan Wood is head coach of the women’s golf team, and his wife, Sandy, is a volunteer assistant. Though all the coaching couples lead different teams, they have all overcome their own obstacles in balancing work and personal lives. Rick said coaching with his wife works well because the two have established who is in charge at what times. “You’ve got to have the lines drawn,” he said. “Whenever we disagree, I win in the gym, and she wins at home.” Rick and Kim met when Kim competed
on the gymnastics team at SUNY-Cortland and Rick was a graduate assistant. Rick said he gave up being the assistant coach for the Red Dragons so that he could have a relationship with her. While Rick has remained head coach for the Bombers since 1986, Kim has served as a volunteer assistant, paid assistant and even as a rival coach for the Red Dragons. Kim said the two organized an event between the two teams in 1990 to build the players’ competitive spirit. “There’s always been a rivalry between Cortland and Ithaca, and it was pretty negative,” she said. “We ended up having a volleyball tournament between the two teams, and we got them to get to know each other and make it a positive thing.” But when Kim started working alongside her husband, she could not be a paid assistant coach for the Bombers because of the college’s nepotism rule. The rule forbade a relative from supervising another relative to avoid any conflict of interest or favoritism, but an exception for Kim was made two years later. Becky Robinson said she enjoys working with her husband, who she married 16 years ago, because they get to see each other every day.
From left, Sandy and Dan Wood, coaches of the women’s golf team, pose for a photo on a golf cart before practice Tuesday at the Country Club of Ithaca. michelle boulÉ/the ithacan
“It’s good that we work together because if we didn’t, I don’t think we’d see each other often,” she said. The husbands and wives have familiarity with each other, which helps them communicate well with their teams. Dan Wood said he can anticipate what Sandy is thinking in many situations. “I don’t have to spend any preliminary time saying ‘Well what do you feel about that, or what do you think about this,’” he said. “I Men’s and women’s crew Head Coaches Dan and Becky Robinprobably know 90 person at the 2009 New York State Rowing Championships. cent of what she thinks courtesy of dan and becky robinson before she even has to Dan Wood said he and Sandy work say it.” Dan Wood was born and raised well as a coaching couple because they in Ithaca, but he did not meet Sandy can delegate tasks to each other and split until he was touring on the PGA circuit up responsibilities. “We avoid clashes by splitting up the in Florida. She was a physical education teacher in the area. The two decided to duties,” he said. “She is more of a short move from Florida to Ithaca after Sandy game specialist while I’m more the full had retired because they wanted to help swing guy.” Graduate student Justine Picciano said establish a collegiate women’s golf team in a small town and give their relationship a there is usually an entertaining atmosphere at practice with Rick and Kim, but new beginning, Dan Wood said. “Ithaca College was the first college to they each bring their own coaching styles offer us a job where we could work together to the table. “Rick is more, ‘This is what you’ve got and start from scratch,” he said. Conflicts have arisen for the couples to do and let’s get it done,’ and Kim brings when it comes to making decisions for the flavor and the fun by playing music that their teams. Kim said she and Rick were gets us going,” she said. Kim said she and Rick’s respect for one split over the selection of the sixth and final gymnast that would compete on the another is what has kept their coaching balance beam at the national champion- relationship working for more than two decades. He said having Kim in the gym ships in 1998. “I was 100 percent for one person, and with him has helped him to maintain his he was 100 percent for the other person, enthusiasm for coaching. “She is so fun and happy to be here,” he and I said ‘You’re the head coach, so what said. “Sometimes I get into a lull because you say goes,’” she said. The decision to put Liz Horne ’00 in the I’m here all the time, but because she is competition worked out for the best, as the only part time she comes in with all this Bombers went on to win their first and only energy, and so then I try to emulate that as a coach.” national championship in gymnastics.
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Turnover ratio decides football games By andrew kristy staff writer
New program heals player Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby took a vicious hit to the side of the head from Washington Capitals center David Steckel just before the end of the second period of the NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 1. Having suffered a concussion, Crosby left the ice dazed and did not return to the game. In the Penguins’ next game four days later, Crosby crashed into the boards face first and suffered his second concussion in as many games, which caused him to miss the remainder of the season. With head injuries thrust into the spotlight in the last couple of years after a string of suicides by former and current players in the NHL and NFL, both leagues are instating new precautions to deal with the consequences of these injuries. As someone who has suffered more than one concussion, I know how difficult they are to overcome and how tough it is to tell when you have fully recovered. In the months following the back-to-back concussions, Crosby, like many other concussion victims, found even the simplest tasks difficult. He would have trouble focusing on objects for extended periods of time. Pounding headaches would cripple his body whenever he attempted strenuous physical activity. At the end of August, after eight months of struggling with the injury, Crosby turned to chiropractor Ted Carrick, a pioneer in the field of functional neurology. Crosby participated in drills such as eye tracking while skating and being strapped to a gyroscope chair similar to those used by NASA astronauts under Carrick. He was reportedly symptom free after two weeks. Though he has not played in a game this season, Crosby is still practicing with the Penguins, and his return is imminent. While Crosby’s quick recovery after such a prolonged injury is both fascinating and enthralling, it raises many questions. The NFL instituted a rule mandating that any player that leaves a game with a concussion must be seen and cleared by an independent doctor before he is allowed to play. How will the NHL approach Crosby’s return after former players Wade Belak and Rick Rypien, two noted enforcers who suffered several concussions during their careers, committed suicide this summer? In a league where players are expected to play through injuries and details of injuries are rarely released, it is time for the NHL to step into the 21st century and start taking player injuries more seriously. Hockey demands so much precision, skill and awareness that even if a player is suffering from mild head trauma, it is no longer safe for them to be out on the ice. Harlan Green-taub is a senior televison-radio major. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the most exciting and climactic aspects of a football game has become indispensable to the Bombers’ success this season. The turnover ratio in each of the football team’s games this season has consistently changed the outcome. On offense and defense, plays that have single-handedly won games have involved a sudden change in possession. FumThe Blue and bles and interceptions have Gold have been outscored 48-36 also plagued the South Hill in games where squad and are leading causes they have lost the for both of the team’s losses. turnover battle. In the team’s three wins, the Bombers have almost doubled their opponents’ forced turnovers, boasting a turnover ratio of 13:7. In the 37-18 win over Union College on Sept. 17, the Blue and Gold caused an impressive five turnovers. In that same game, the Bombers did not give the ball away once. Senior cornerback Spence White has been the most effective enforcer for the Bombers’ defense, as he had forced four fumbles and picked off one pass. He said practices have instilled the turnover mentality of the defense. “Every time the ball is on the ground we assume it’s ours — we did that in the preseason,” White said. “Every time there’s an incomplete pass, we all ran and picked up the ball, so it’s kind of gone over to the regular season.” Junior free safety Josh Liemer has also been a key contributor to forcing turnovers from opponents. He leads the team with four interceptions and is the only Bomber to have more than one interception this season. Liemer said the team makes conscious decisions to gang tackle on defense. “The first guy wraps him up, and then everyone else comes in to try and strip the ball and take the ball out,” Liemer said. White said the team has specific drills in practice that help to promote causing turnovers. “We have a tunnel where we try to tomahawk, strip balls out from the front and pry balls out from the back,” White said. “We’re always practicing different ways to get the ball.” White made a one-on-one strip and fumble recovery on a second quarter swing pass in the team’s 13-10 overtime loss against Empire 8 Conference foe St. John Fisher College on Saturday.
From left, junior linebacker Zach Matuszak watches as senior safety Kevin Cline takes a knee in the end zone after intercepting a pass during the Bombers’ game against St. John Fisher College. Dan states/The ithacaN
Senior strong safety Kevin Cline also had a timely interception in the Bombers’ end zone to thwart the Cardinals’ final drive in regulation. St. John Fisher junior quarterback Ryan Kramer said though the Cardinals did not take any extra precaution going into the game to prepare for the aggressive Bomber defense, protecting the ball was the deciding factor in the game. “Our job on the offense is to not turn the ball over, and in the second half we did a lot better
with that,” Kramer said. Turnovers ultimately ended up shutting the door on the Bombers in their two losses this season. Three interceptions by junior quarterback Jason Hendel in Saturday’s game, including one inside the Cardinals’ 20-yard line, deflated any momentum the team had. White said forcing turnovers directly leads to positive outcomes for the Blue and Gold. “We need to win the turnover battle in every game,” he said. “If we can do that, we’ll be successful.”
Unexpected player takes over starting position By nate king
After a strong competition for the starting position in goal at the beginning of the season, the men’s soccer team has found its man, but he’s a surprising choice. There has been a vacancy at the Bombers’ goalkeeper position since before the start of the regular season because last year’s starter, Justin Parlapiano ’10, graduated. In preseason practices, it looked as if the competition was whittled down to senior Evan Kirshner and sophomore Jack Van Adelsberg. But after Van Adelsberg started the first two games and surrendered seven goals, freshman Jordan Gentile got the start against SUNYOneonta on Sept. 10 and started the next seven games in the net. Van Adelsberg said the battle for the starting spot brought out the best in all the players. “There’s just always healthy competition,” he said. “Everybody wants to play, so everyone’s just going to push his hardest. Everybody’s strongest assets show.” Head Coach Andy Byrne said Gentile’s ability to control the low shots with his feet is an asset that separates him from the four other goalies on the roster. “He can punt the ball, and he can kick the ball well,” he said. “And the
Freshman goalkeeper Jordan Gentile kicks the ball out of the net during the Bombers’ game against Utica College on Saturday at Higgins Stadium. cassie bender/the ithacan
last couple years we haven’t had a goalkeeper that was really comfortable with the ball at his feet.” Junior back Ryan Norland said he feels confident in Gentile’s ability to distribute the ball to the other
players after he makes a save. “Any time we’ve really played the ball back, he’s been able to handle it,” he said. “He gets it out wide and long, which is key.” After he makes a save, Gentile
places the ball at the corner of the penalty box, runs toward it from five yards away and kicks the ball in a high trajectory to midfield where the offense can take over. Gentile has made 24 saves while surrendering 10 goals this season. The Bombers went 3–3–1 in games he started and maintained a 3—0 record in Empire 8 Conference play. He continues to start despite the four goalies behind him on the depth chart, including junior Rich Kinnear and sophomore David Kaminsky. Gentile said he needs to be louder and more precise with his communication on the field. “I have to project my voice more to my defenders,” he said. “And I can’t hesitate either, I just have to be straightforward.” Gentile said Van Adelsberg has helped him improve with his vocal leadership the most. “They always remind me to come out for a ball and scream something,” he said. “Especially Jack who, when I go up for air balls, always tells me to say it louder, scream it.” Van Adelsberg said he is confident Gentile will improve as the season goes on. “It’s not easy being young and being in that position where you have to be a leader,” he said. “But he’s a smart kid, he’ll figure it out.”
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Cross-country team paces itself for races by alex holt staff writer
The top runners on the men’s cross-country team have displayed high levels of endurance that have acted as motivation throughout the season. But fatigue caught up with the Bombers at their biggest meet of the season, Lehigh’s Paul Short Run, on Sept. 30. With the Bombers’ final regular season meet this weekend, the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble in Oberlin, Ohio, the team has toned down its preparations from earlier in the season. Junior Mark Vorensky said the team’s players have shifted from longer runs to training more specific areas of their bodies. “In the early season, you go really hard and do heavy volume and heavy mileage, but when you get to later in the season, you kind of fine-tune things,” he said. Senior Daniel Craighead said it also becomes more important to conserve energy during practices throughout the second half of the season. “Our runs are getting shorter so we can recover a little better,” he said. “And our workouts are getting a little faster, so we’re used to that quicker pace for the championship meets.” With three crucial postseason meets coming up within the next month, the Bombers said pacing themselves now will pay off later. Instead of doing 1,800-meter laps in practice, the team does 1,000-meter laps and tests its speed in timed trials. Head Coach Jim Nichols decided
the team would not attend the Reif Memorial Run at Cornell University on Oct. 21 in order to enter as many runners as possible in the New York State Collegiate Track Conference Championships the following day at St. Lawrence University. Nichols said he pulled his runners out of the race because he hopes to have 12 athletes run at the Empire 8 Championships on Oct. 29. Even with the team’s greater depth, Nichols said, the team needs to work on closing the gaps between its top runners. “Nobody has to win a race for our guys to be successful,” he said. “We just need five guys to be as close together and as close to the front as we can get.” So far the Bombers’ top two runners have been Craighead and junior Nathan Bickell. Bickell has recorded the team’s top individual finish in all three meets he’s competed in, while Craighead has had at least the third-best time on the team in the three meets he has participated in. Juniors David Geary and Vorensky haven’t fared well in large meets, but with six- and 10-team fields at the NYSCTC Championships and Empire 8 Conference Championships, they’re more likely to put in better times. A narrow gap between finishers is especially important in crosscountry, in which only the top five runners on a team can score points. SUNY-Cortland men’s crosscountry Head Coach Steve Patrick said the Blue and Gold weren’t at
From left, volunteer graduate assistant William Way, junior Mark Vorensky and senior Daniel Craighead run Monday on the Ithaca College Cross-Country Course. Craighead has finished in the team’s top three in every race this season.
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their best at the Lehigh meet, but he doesn’t expect the gap between runners to widen in the postseason. “I’m sure from the results there, they didn’t have anybody run to their full potential,” he said. “In the meets that matter — states and regionals — I’m sure they’re going to run a lot better.” Unlike in past seasons, the Bombers will actually begin the
postseason during fall break at the NYSCTC Championships. It’s a relatively minor change from the team’s usual schedule, but Nichols said it is a positive one because of the stress of balancing an increased amount of schoolwork with crosscountry championships. “Fall break is always nice because they’re not taking classes for a day or two,” Nichols said.
“Midterms are coming up, so even though we’re backing down the stress of training, there’s an increase in stress in academics.” Vorensky said success against major competition motivates the team as it prepares for every postseason meet. “What most runners live for is just getting in that big competition, and showing what we can do,” he . said.
Look online for game stories from these sports: TOMORROW • 6 p.m. Volleyball vs. Kean University in Ben Light Gymnasium • TBA Women’s Tennis at New York State Championships in Rochester, N.Y. SATURDAY • 10 a.m. Volleyball vs. SUNY-Potsdam in Ben Light Gymnasium • 11:45 a.m. Men’s and Women’s Cross-Country at Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble in Oberlin, Ohio • Noon Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving vs. SUNYFredonia and SUNY-New Paltz in the Aquatics Pavilion • 1 p.m. Field Hockey vs. St. John Fisher College at Higgins Stadium • 2 p.m. Football at Springfield College in Springfield, Mass. • 4 p.m. Volleyball vs. SUNY-Fredonia in Ben Light Gymnasium • 5 p.m. Men’s Soccer at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J. • TBA Women’s Tennis at New York State Championships in Rochester, N.Y. SUNDAY • 8 a.m. / 12:30 p.m. Women’s Golf at Nazareth Invitational in Rochester, N.Y. • TBA Women’s Tennis at New York State Championships in Rochester, N.Y. • Noon Women’s Tennis at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J. MONDAY • 8 a.m. / 12:30 p.m. Women’s Golf at Nazareth Invitational in Rochester, N.Y. TUESDAY • 5 p.m. Field Hockey at Morrisville State College in Morrisville, N.Y. • 6 p.m. Volleyball at SUNY-Oneonta in Oneonta, N.Y. WEDNESDAY • 4 p.m. Women’s Soccer at Elmira College in Elmira, N.Y.
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Senior blocker stands tall for volleyball team by nate bickell staff writer
Standing at a towering 6-foot-1, senior middle blocker and outside hitter Kate Thoene stands at the front of the net, her knees bent and eyes directly on the ball as it bobs up and down on the other side of net. Thoene, the tallest player on the volleyball team, has been a force on the front line for the past four years. She leads the team with 228 kills this season and has been among the team leaders in that category for the past two seasons. Senior right side hitter and middle blocker Liz Previte said Thoene’s height benefits her as a blocker and hitter. “Kate is a wall at the net,” she said. “Our passers benefit from it because they know anything that’s coming to her hands, she is putting back to the floor.” Thoene said though she enjoys hitting, her favorite shot is getting a block that shoots the ball straight down with no chance for the other team to save the ball. “Giving one of those at a crucial point in the game is probably the best feeling because it really changes the momentum,” she said. “Not only does it pump your team up, but it brings the other team down.” Previte said Thoene is able to get inside her opponents’ heads because she can elevate and prevent the easy spike. “A lot of the times the blocks don’t affect her because she hits right over them,” she said. Thoene said the Bombers’ strategy is to set to the middle as much as possible, which gives her more hitting opportunities than in past seasons. While Thoene has put up consistently high numbers for the Bombers in all four seasons on South Hill, volleyball is not the only activity she has had experience with. Thoene was a dancer for 14 years. She took ballet, tap and jazz lessons through her freshman year of high school.
Senior middle blocker and outside hitter Kate Thoene goes for a bump during practice Tuesday in Ben Light Gymnasium. Thoene leads the Bombers in kills this season with 228. kelsey Martin/the ithacan
Thoene said she is not a natural athlete, and volleyball has been the one sport she has found a knack for. “I tried my luck at basketball and I was really bad,” she said. “I’m kind of a one trick pony when it comes to sports. Volleyball is
really the only thing I can do.” Thoene tried out for the volleyball team during her freshman year at Voorhees High School in High Bridge, N.J. Soon after she started playing volleyball, she realized her height could be an asset rather than a burden.
“I’m too tall to be a dancer, so once I realized that I wouldn’t be able to take it any further, I switched gears,” she said. Thoene said her height was a disadvantage in ballet because it involved finesse rather than power. “You have to be small to do lifts, and it’s a lot harder on your body to do point dancing when you are bigger,” she said. Thoene said her high school teammates gave her the affectionate nickname “tree” to describe her height advantage. She said since she started college, she has prided herself in being tall. “When you’re tall, people notice when you walk into a room because you are kind of hard to miss,” she said. “If you’re confident and present yourself instead of slouching and pretending to be short, people will respect that a lot more.” Head Coach Janet Donovan said Thoene needs to work on building her confidence on the court. “Kate’s biggest thing is getting her to believe in herself, that she can really dominate at this level,” she said. “She is still learning how to do that.” Thoene is not a naturally competitive person when she’s away from the volleyball team and dislikes individual sports like golf. She said her favorite aspect of volleyball is the team dynamic. “You completely depend on your teammates,” she said. “The back row players depend on your blocking, the setters depend on the passers and I depend on the setters,” she said. Previte said Thoene always knows how to maintain a positive attitude on the court, which motivates the Bombers to push through long matches. “She knows when to be serious and when to motivate people, and there’s other times when you can laugh and joke around,” she said. “She has a very good balance of that.”
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Bombers to watch Jon Sylvetsky Senior Men’s Soccer Sylvetsky scored the first goal of his Bomber career in the Blue and Gold’s 2–1 win over Utica College on Saturday. Sylvetsky’s goal broke a 1–1 tie just before the end of the first half. With the win, the Bombers began Empire 8 Conference play 3—0 for the first time since 2008.
Joseph Ingrao Junior Football Ingrao, who caught seven passes for 95 yards, was the Bombers’ leading receiver in the South Hill squad’s 13–10 overtime loss to St. John Fisher College on Saturday. Ingrao leads all Bombers receivers this season with 23 receptions for 312 yards and a touchdown.
The number of turnovers the football team has forced this season. See story on page 24.
The number of saves freshman goalkeeper Jordan Gentile has for the men’s soccer team this season. See story on page 24.
Sticking it to their rival
From left, junior defenseman Thomas Lane chases down the puck while senior SUNY-Cortland defenseman Andy Page fights for position in the corner during the men’s club ice hockey team’s game Sunday at Lynah Rink at Cornell University. alex mason/the ithacan
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Weird news from the wide world of sports
When you think of America’s national pastimes, does dwarf tossing come to mind? Florida state representative Ritch Workman is trying to get a ban lifted on the sport that has been in place in the state since 1989. Once popular in bars and taverns, the sport was banned in reaction to the death of a noted dwarf tosser who passed away from alcohol poisoning during an event. Workman is attempting to repeal the ban as part of his effort to “seek and destroy unnecessary burdens on the freedoms and liberties of people.” In 2002 in France, a little person made an appeal to the United Nations to overturn his country’s ban, saying it stopped him from making a living and violated his human rights. The ban was upheld. With the country facing high unemployment and a budget crisis, you would hope the congressman would be spending his time on more important issues, rather than hoping to reinstate a game with little interest. –Harlan Green-Taub
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‘I want to break free’
From left, St. John Fisher College senior defensive back Tyler Schier takes down Ithaca College senior wide receiver and offensive captain Matthew Hannon during the Blue and Gold’s 13-10 overtime loss Saturday at Butterfield Stadium. It was the South Hill squad’s first overtime game since 2006. The team has not defeated St. John Fisher College in six seasons. kristina stockburger/the ithacan