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Email urges more work over Cortaca

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Mayoral race reaches home stretch

by taylor long staff writer

The Office of Health Promotions has suggested that students be given a heavier workload over Cortaca weekend to curb excessive drinking. In an email sent out to faculty members two weeks ago through a private faculty listserv, Nancy Reynolds, Health Promotion Center program director, encouraged To read the full email, faculty to alter scan the QR code or assignment due visit dates so that cortaca-email. they fall on or around Nov. 14, the Monday after Cortaca Jug, the historic rival football game between SUNY-Cortland and Ithaca College. The contents of the email were leaked to The Ithacan last week by a faculty member who asked to remain anonymous. “If your students have important assignments due on Monday the 14th, some of them will be less likely to engage in high risk drinking the weekend beforehand,” Reynolds said in the email. “While I respect the fact that many course syllabi are set well in advance, I encourage you to try to incorporate this prevention strategy by scheduling important assignments during this critical time period.” Reynolds also advised faculty to focus class discussion “on aspects of the event such as school spirit, the excitement of athletic competition, the fun tradition of a local rivalry, etc.” Michael Buck, clinical associate professor and associate faculty development coordinator, sent the email to faculty through the IC Teach listserv on Reynolds' behalf. Buck maintains the IC Teach listserv, which allows faculty to discuss teaching-related issues. He said Reynolds asked him to circulate the information to faculty, but sending the email does not reflect his endorsement of her message. Buck declined to share individual responses to the message, but said he didn’t get the impression that members of the faculty intended to assign extra work to students the weekend of Cortaca. “I don’t recall anybody endorsing that or saying that is exactly what they’re going to do,” Buck said. “I wouldn’t want students to believe that we use learning opportunities such as exams, papers or projects as a stick that we hold over their head to make them behave in a certain way beyond their personal choice.”

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From left, J.R. Clairborne, Svante Myrick, Wade Wykstra and Janis Kelly discuss immigration, workers rights and diversity in the community at a mayoral forum Tuesday in the Women's Community Building downtown. The general election for City of Ithaca mayor will be held Tuesday.

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assistant accent editor

After months of campaigning to become the next mayor of the City of Ithaca, the candidates' futures will soon be in the hands of the community. The four-way race comes as Ithaca faces a $3 million debt, the adoption of a state-mandated tax cap and a state-reported 6.8 percent unemployment rate in 2010. Competing for mayor in the election Tuesday are Independence Party candidate J.R.

Clairborne, Republican Janis Kelly, Democrat Svante Myrick and independent Wade Wykstra. In March, Mayor Carolyn Peterson announced she would not seek election for a third term because of personal matters. Peterson said problems with the national economy have finally trickled down to the local governments and Ithaca is facing its most critical financial matters in almost 50 years. “There are several large projects online right now that I would expect the new administration to see in the next one to two or

three years,” she said. Elizabeth Cree, Republican commissioner of the Tompkins County Board of Elections, said 9,170 voters are registered for the general election, but the board does not have an exact estimate of how many voters will cast a ballot. She said the percentage of registered voters who participate in an election often depends on the number of local, countywide and national races taking place.

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Postal Service struggles to address crippling deficit By kelsey fowler accent editor

The United States Postal Service carries hundreds of thousands of letters and packages every day, but it is carrying a heavier weight as well — a massive deficit which has the agency considering massive changes. There has been an ongoing debate as to how to solve the postal service’s deficit problem. In 2006, under the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, Congress mandated the USPS to not only pay current retiree health benefits, but to also start pre-paying retiree health benefits to the government for a 75-year period over a 10year period. No other government agency is required to do so. Its profits have been declining since. Total mail volume has decreased 46 billion pieces in the last five years, also contributing to the deficit Until 2006, the postal service operated under a “pay as you go” model for its benefits payment plan.

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Now, the USPS must make yearly payments of roughly $5.5 billion to set aside money for future retirees. With close to 600,000 employees and a $70 billion annual budget, the

USPS is the largest retail structure in the United States. Currently, a $5.5 billion payment to the government, originally due Sept. 30, is now due Nov. 18.

From left, freshman Scott Watson speaks with Cheryl Christopher, post office assistant, about mailing in the Phillips Hall post office. Kristina Stockburger/the ithacan

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Dave Partenheimer, director of media relations for USPS, said the agency is doing all it can to reduce costs. It is considering closing thousands of post offices and laying off workers. Partenheimer said they also need action from Congress to switch to five-day delivery, since by law the Postal Service is mandated to deliver six days a week. Five-day delivery weeks would save the USPS $3.1 billion each year, Partenheimer said. “To become profitable again, we need a more flexible business model that allows us to respond more quickly and better to changes in the marketplace,” he said. But Sally Davidow, spokeswoman for the American Postal Workers Union, said she doesn’t believe the proposed measures will work effectively. She said using funds from other overpaid accounts for the health benefits pre-payment would be a better solution.

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Israel successfully tests missile

against unnamed government officials. The four, who authorities arrested Tuesday, appeared in federal court in Gainesville, Ga., yesterday afternoon. They were part of a group that also tried to obtain an unregistered explosive device and sought out the complex formula to produce ricin, a biological toxin that can be lethal in small doses, according to a federal complaint. One suspect discussed ways of dispersing ricin from an airplane in the sky over Washington, court records state. Another member of the group intended to use the plot of an online novel as a model for plans to attack U.S. federal law officers and others, authorities said. Court documents state that 73-year-old Frederick Thomas told others he intended to model their actions on the online novel “Absolved,” which involves small groups of citizens attacking U.S. officials. The four in the indictment are Frederick Thomas, 73; Dan Roberts, 67; Ray Adams, 65; and Samuel Crump, 68. The men live in the north Georgia towns of Cleveland and Toccoa. At least two of the suspects are former federal employees, court records show.

Israel successfully test-fired a missile yesterday, which is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and striking Iran, fanning the public debate over reports the country’s top leaders are agitating for a military attack on Tehran’s atomic facilities. While Israeli leaders have long warned that a military strike was an option, an intense round of public discourse on the subject erupted over the weekend by a report in the Yediot Ahronot newspaper that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak favor an attack. That was followed by a report in the Haaretz daily yesterday that Netanyahu is now lobbying senior members of his Cabinet for an attack, despite the complexity of the operation and the high likelihood it would draw a deadly retaliation from Iran.

Oakland hopes to be protest center

Oakland hoped to become the epicenter of the Occupy Wall Street movement yesterday as local organizers, labor unions and advocacy groups called for marches, pickets outside banks, school shutdowns and an attempt to close the nation’s fifth-busiest port. Occupy Oakland participants, elected officials and business leaders expressed optimism that the widely anticipated “general strike” would be a peaceful and even unifying event for a city that last week became a rallying point after police used tear gas to clear an encampment outside City Hall and then clashed with protesters in the street. Along with protesting financial institutions that many within the broader Occupy Wall Street movement blame for high unemployment and the foreclosure crisis, supporters of the Oakland events are convening around grievances such as local school closures, waning union benefits and cuts to social services. Organizers say they want to halt “the flow of capital” at the port, a major point of entry for Chinese exports to the U.S.

Bangladesh signs deal to build plant A government official says Bangladesh

and Russia signed a cooperation deal to build a nuclear power plant in the energy-starved South Asian nation. Yeafesh Osman, Bangladesh’s junior Science and Technology Minister, said he and Russia’s Rosatom State Corporation Director-General Sergei Kiriyenko signed the agreement yesterday for the nation’s first nuclear power plant at Rooppur in Pabna district, 75 miles north of the capital, Dhaka. Bangladesh now relies on decades-old gas-fired power plants and suffers a daily shortfall of about 2,000 megawatts that is blamed for hampering industrial production and economic growth.

US defense opposes budget cuts

The Army’s top general is warning a House committee that if steeper defense spending cuts are imposed by failed congressional budget negotiations, it would mean an “unacceptable” risk to U.S. national security.

Alleged plotters arrested in Georgia

Federal agents arrested four suspected members of a Georgia militia on charges of plotting attacks with toxins and explosives in Atlanta and

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Anti-globalization members demonstrate yesterday in Nice, southeastern France, against the G20 summit in Cannes. The protestors, who oppose France’s attempts to reach out to global markets, wore T-Shirts that read “Save Money.” Police closed Cannes off to demonstrators. Lionel Cironneau/associated press

Gen. Ray Odierno referred to the possibility of defense cuts of up to $1 trillion over the coming decade, in the absence of a congressional deal on deficit reductions. Odierno and the chiefs of the Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force made an unusual joint appearance before the House Armed Services Committee yesterday to offer their views on the effects of larger-than-expected cuts. Navy’s chief Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert said defense cuts of as much as $1 trillion would cause “irreversible” damage to the military. Military leaders have said they can manage currently planned cuts of $450 billion.

Solyndra auctions company assets

The bankrupt solar company Solyndra Inc. is auctioning off surplus assets this week as part of its bankruptcy proceedings. Buyers can purchase the former solar manufacturer’s office microwave, artwork that once hung on its walls and heavy equipment and tools owned by the former solar panel maker.

The online auction ends today at 5 p.m. The auction company Heritage Global Partners is calling the event the “solar auction of the year.” Because the company is still up for sale, its facilities and major manufacturing equipment will not be auctioned. Solyndra filed for bankruptcy in September and laid off 1,000 workers.

Bank of America abandons fee plan

Bank of America Corp. is scrapping its plan to charge a $5 monthly fee for debit card purchases after outraged customers threatened an exodus. The about-face comes as customers across the country petitioned the bank and mobilized to close their accounts in favor of credit unions and community banks. The outcry prompted other major banks, including JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Wells Fargo & Co., to cancel trial tests of their own debit card fees.

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Curriculum review sparks controversy by Nicole Ogrysko staff writer

Outdoor Adventure Leadership majors are taking a stand against possible changes they believe could drastically impact their experience as OAL majors at the college. Senior OAL majors Laura Kathrein and Kelsey McCabe said they were initially notified that the college was planning to cancel their semester immersion program entirely earlier in October. Kathrein and McCabe then heard that the college actually planned to move the immersion program from Washington state to the Adirondacks. They organized the OAL Educational Symposium to educate students, faculty and administration about their major and why they believed altering the immersion program would negatively affect their education. McCabe said the Washington program exposes students to an entirely new environment, but OAL majors already have four years to explore the Adirondacks, which, she said, are easily accessible to students on the weekends. “Washington has a different culture than we do in New York or in New England, so it was really a study abroad experience in itself, even though it was within the United States,” McCabe said. Last Thursday, OAL students gave an informational presentation to their peers, faculty, John Sigg, dean of Health Science and Human Performance, and Assistant Dean Margaret Arnold. “We were planning to basically just show the administration how close we as a major are, to show what we really are all about and how interdisciplinary our curriculum is,” Kathrein said. Immersion is a semester-long program for junior OAL majors and minors. Students spend their spring semester in Washington kayaking the Puget Sound, rock climbing and taking courses in expedition planning, risk management and land-use ethics. Students are also eligible for a nationally accredited outdoor leader certification from the Wilderness Education Association and can become certified in wilderness medicine. John Weber, assistant professor and chair of the recreation and leisure studies department, said the department has not made any final decisions on the program and is in the process of discussion and review. He said the students’ reactions are mainly based on speculations.

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From left, senior Laura Kathrein and junior Erika Feldman discuss the Outdoor Adventure Leadership Immersion Program’s relocation to the Adirondacks in the Center for Health Sciences on Thursday. Kevin campbell/the ithacan

“This is a curriculum issue,” Weber said. “Just like all of the curriculum issues in all of our majors, we’re always looking at this and we’re always discussing this. That’s really all that is at this time.” Sigg said curricula are often being reviewed and this was the only motivation to discuss possible changes to the Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Immersion Program. “We encourage all programs to look at their curriculum regularly and see, ‘Are we doing what’s best for the students? What’s best for the department and the program? And also what’s best for the school and the college?’” he said. “That’s an ongoing process. It just happens that right now, I’ve asked them to look at the Outdoor Adventure Leadership Program.” Kathrein and McCabe said the interdisciplinary curriculum and leadership skills they gain in OAL and the immersion program represent the college’s core value in IC 20/20 of providing integrative learning and a global

education for the students. “We’re not just rock climbers in college, we’re not kayakers,” Kathrein said. “We are educated not only in those hard skills, but we’re educated in techniques and theories on how to facilitate wilderness experiences that allow growth and development for your participants.” OAL students also presented a change proposed by their adviser Chris Pelchat to their current program. Students would go on one semester-long, faculty-planned excursion and then plan a second trip on their own. This would become the “dual immersion program.” Junior Emily McCune said without Washington immersion, the original integrity of the program will not remain intact. “We have to trust that our school is going to do what’s in our best interest and listen to what we want and take our opinions into consideration in making any decisions for the major,” she said.

Protesters push Rochon to ban campus fracking by Noreyana Fernando staff writer

Students, faculty and staff called on Ithaca College President Tom Rochon and the rest of the college to “keep IC frack free” as they marched late Friday afternoon across campus in protest of the controversial procedure for extracting natural gas. Holding anti-fracking banners, 32 protesters, some of whom were dressed in Hazmat suits normally worn by those working with dangerous chemicals, started the rally at the Free Speech Rock on the Academic Quad and continued toward the Peggy Ryan Williams Center, where Rochon’s office is located. Frack Off, the anti-fracking student organization that coordinated the protest, has previously called on the college and the board of trustees to make a public statement pledging not to lease any of the college’s land for natural gas drilling. Earlier this month, the Student Government Association passed an anti-fracking motion that encouraged the administration not to lease college-owned land for the purposes of fracking. In a statement to Frack Off, president Tom Rochon said the college board of trustees is committed to the sustainable use of all

Natural Lands staff increases as traffic grows

resources at the college and careful environmental stewardship of campus land. He said the college has not signed leases on any its land and is presently not seeking to do so. Maura Stephens, associate director of the Park Center for Independent Media and adviser to Frack Off, said the college — generally recognized as environmentally friendly — should not hesitate to make its stance on the issue clear. “For them not to take a public stand on that is very hypocritical,” Stephens said. “I would expect that the board of trustees and the president will recognize that at the earliest opportunity.” Proponents of fracking argue that untapped sources of natural gas, a limited resource, could provide power for the U.S. for close to a decade. In addition, supporters argue that fracking would create employment opportunities both directly in drilling and indirectly in local businesses that benefit from more regional workers with disposable income. Thirty-two percent of New York state residents support hydraulic fracturing, according to a state-wide poll conducted by Marist College in

From left, sophomore Daniel Dawson and junior Jeffrey Adams march in an on-campus anti-fracking protest Friday outside Campus Center. Shawn Steiner/the ithacan

August. Thirty-seven percent oppose the procedure, and another 31 percent are unsure. Rob Flaherty, vice president of communications for SGA who attended the rally, said he did so in solidarity with the protesters. “Fracking is going to be very detrimental to this area, very detrimental to students, to our lives here,” he said. Senior Dan Weller, who marched while wearing a yellow Hazmat suit, said the suit represented a life with hydraulic fracturing.

“They represent the fact that if you frack, you are going to have to live in Hazmat suits,” he said. Stephens, who is also finishing a handbook for fracking activists scheduled to be published by the end of March, said she saw Rochon acknowledge the protesters. “I don’t think he could really hear us through the great glass windows of that sustainable building,” Stephens said. “But he saw our signs, and he saw the Hazmat suits, and he raised his thumb in a salute saying, ‘Thumbs up. I got you.’”

Use of the Ithaca College Natural Lands on South Hill has increased significantly in recent years, and with it, the job of volunteer stewards has become more important. Jason Hamilton, associate professor in the Environ- HAMILTON said Natural Lands use mental Studies has increased in and Sciences recent years. Department, co-chair of the ICNL Advisory Committee and faculty manager of the natural lands, said volunteer stewards act as the “eyes and ears” of the natural lands for the ICNL committee monitoring the state of the lands. Sophomore Blake Wetherbee, a natural lands steward, notes any changes in ecology, biology and traffic that occur on his parcel of land. “My main job in my notes and reports is to compare it to how it was before, on my last visit or over a length of time,” he said. Hamilton hired Emma Hileman ’10 as the program’s first intern. Hileman helped create the volunteer program in the fall of 2009, which began with 26 stewards and now includes two interns and 40 volunteer stewards. Hamilton said that the management of ICNL on South Hill is important because there are multiple trails through the area that students, faculty and members of the greater Ithaca community use for recreational purposes. Classes and organizations on campus also spend time in ICNL on South Hill. The kiosk entrance with information on the trails system and the natural lands is located behind Terrace 10. Hamilton said because of the human traffic on South Hill, the threat of invasive species like Japanese stilt grass is a concern. “Everywhere now, invasive species are a problem and one of the main vectors directly or indirectly for the spread of invasive species is people,” Hamilton said. When Hamilton first came to the college in 2001, he said, the natural lands were practically nonexistent in the lives of most people on campus. Stewards help monitor the land, but in turn they increase their knowledge of the area. One way the education of stewards is carried out is through training sessions, which help assist stewards in identifying these changes. Junior ICNL intern Amber Zadrozny manages 40 stewards and runs training sessions. “A big push this year is that we’re having a lot more trainings,” Zadrozny said. Her goal is to have more than 10 training sessions each semester. Stewards are asked to volunteer for a year because of the time invested in the trainings. Hamilton said stewards essentially adopt the piece of land as their own. “I see people kind of taking ownership of this little piece of land, and taking care of it, even sharing it with friends and family,” he said.

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“If you cut thousands upon thousands of post offices and slow mail service significantly, which is what they’re proposing, you’re going to drive business away. You’re not going to build business,” Davidow said. While no post offices in Ithaca are scheduled to close, the decision to close processing facilities could still affect deliveries in the area. At Ithaca College, the campus post office located in Phillips Hall is considered a MAZURKIEWICZ contract stasaid the USPS may close mail centers tion, Karen in New York. Serbonich, director of mail services, said. They follow the same regulations as any other post office, but are still employed by the college. “All of those worries, ‘This is closing’ and ‘That is closing,’ that’s not going to affect us at all," she said. Serbonich said the only issue she has noticed lately has been slower delivery when it comes to priority mail packages. “Normally priority mail should come in two to three days, and sometimes we’re seeing it take four or five days,” she said. “We’re wondering if it might end up being part of all this consolidation.” Last year the USPS lost $8.5 billion. Partenheimer said they will again have a multi-billion dollar loss, meaning they will most likely default on the Nov. 18 payment. “Default just means we can’t make that payment, but we can still pay our employees and our suppliers,” he said. The USPS does not receive tax dollars for its operations. All of its funds come from the sale of postage products and services. In July, the USPS announced a study of 3,700 post offices for consolidation, 23 of which are located in western New York. Karen Mazurkiewicz, spokeswoman for the United States Postal Service in western New York, said the Postal Service is focusing more on selling products where customers already shop, like grocery stores. The USPS is also proposing to close mail processing centers in Amsterdam, Binghamton and Buffalo. The Postal Service delivered 6 million fewer pieces of mail in 2010 than in 2009. Mazurkiewicz said the biggest volume of mail to deteriorate is single-piece first class mail — traditional letters. “First class mail has always pulled the weight of the revenue for the Postal Service,” she said. “That’s no longer our primary bread and butter, so how do we configure ourselves to be a postal service of the future?” Mazurkiewicz said she has high hopes the system will be fixed soon. “We’re not going away anytime soon,” Mazurkiewicz said. “Just because it’s different doesn’t mean it’s less. It just means people are going to be interfacing with their postal service in a whole different way.”

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While the board cannot specifically track student votes, Cree said the majority of students live near their campuses and the board tracks voter participation by region. She said participation among students may be higher this election because the candidates have contacts within the student population. “They may be lobbying the students this year," she said. Peterson said though she expected the student vote to be more prevalent in the Democratic primary, the turnout was not as large as she expected. “I did not see a big upswing in the student vote, and I don’t think that will happen in the general election either,” she said. The four candidates will finish the last of a string of open forums this week to express their goals for economic development and plans for the city’s future.

J.R. Clairborne After earning 16.6 percent of the vote, J.R. Clairborne, 2nd Ward city council representative, lost the Democratic primary election to Svante Myrick. Clairborne then announced he would rejoin the race as the Independence Party Candidate because his supporters were not all Democrats and many couldn’t vote for him in the partisan primary, he said. Clairborne said the Independence Party endorses individual candidates, rather than parties, and he was drawn to the idea of giving voters more of a choice, something that has become a cornerstone of his campaign. “I’m someone who would bring to the office of the mayor involved community, experienced leadership and most of all — choice,” he said at a candidates forum Tuesday at the Women’s Community Building. Clairborne moved to Ithaca from the Midwest nine years ago and was elected to represent the 2nd ward in 2005. He said his decision to seek the office of the mayor came from friends and colleagues who urged him to join the race.

Janis Kelly Janis Kelly, the Texas-raised chair of the City of Ithaca Republican Committee, worked to organize the Ithaca Tea Party Group before


entering the mayoral race. She said she was inspired to work in local politics after she attended an Ithaca Landmarks Preservation Commission hearing regarding plans to clean the toxic waste around the Markles Flats building. She said the current administration isn’t doing enough to combat debt in the city. “When I saw what had happened with the city’s financial situation and the degree to which people in the administration were just refusing to deal with it and were treating business development in this bizarre way that didn’t make very much economic growth and in fact got in its way, I thought, ‘It’s time for a change,’” she said. As mayor, Kelly said she would review government worker contracts because the city will need to decide whether it wants to cut core services or cut payroll. “They’ve warned us up front to expect even worse street repair. That’s not meeting, to my way of thinking, the core responsibilities that city government has to its people,” she said.

Special Online feature

Where They Stand Read more online about how candidates feel about key issues in the City of Ithaca Hydraulic fracturing, a method of extracting natural gas from the ground, may be used areas near the City of Ithaca. The Commons Redesign Project is an effort to modernize the Commons and make the area accessible for emergency services. The city faces a $3 million debt, a state-mandated tax cap and a state-reported 6.8 percent unemployment rate in 2010. Cornell University is a tax-exempt institution and Ithaca College lays outside of the city line, so neither institution pays city taxes.

Svante Myrick Svante Myrick, Ithaca 4th Ward representative and 2009 Cornell University graduate, became the Democratic candidate for mayor after winning the primary election with 45.9 percent of the vote last month. Myrick was elected to city council in 2008 as the youngest alderman in the council’s history. He is 24. Myrick said he decided to seek the position of mayor because he wanted to continue his service to the city. As mayor, Myrick said, he would focus on making Ithaca more affordable and improving living conditions. Increasing the supply of rental housing will build the tax base, get more people into the city and improve the culture in Ithaca, he said. “The cost of living is really high and the kind of apartments you get for the money you pay, in my opinion, is way out of whack,” he said. “I’ve got a set of policies I believe will bring down the cost of living here in the City of Ithaca and improve the quality of housing.”

Wade Wykstra Wade Wykstra, a commissioner to the Board of Public Works, is a 30-year Ithaca resident and an independent candidate for mayor. A former Democrat, Wykstra said he left his affiliation


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with political parties 27 years ago because he does not think dominating parties allow for new ideas. He said he was compelled to run for mayor because the city hasn’t been dealing with its economic situation and needs to change. “The city has been suffering through 16 years of the wrong direction, and I think the only way out of where we are is to change things structurally,” he said. Wykstra said his campaign platform focuses on creating lasting jobs. Though the city has a relatively low unemployment rate, he said, it has a high degree of underemployment, and working people are still struggling to make ends meet. “We have people fighting for a livable wage and that’s great, those are all admirable efforts, but we need the skill-grade pay that people would get from actually making things.”



Leaked staff email prompts student criticism cortaca from page 1

Junior Nick Katz said he heard about the email from Jason Freitag, associate professor of history, after another student brought it up in class. “I thought it was kind of ridiculous and REYNOLDS said checked all my increasing work syllabi to see if has proven to I was going to reduce drinking. have any work on that Monday,” Katz said. Freitag said he doesn’t plan to deviate from the course syllabus.

“I don’t make my work schedule for the students, I make it based on the needs of the course,” he said. “I don’t make it in relationship to Cortaca. I didn’t see it as something that mattered to me practically.” He said he didn’t sense that students were concerned as much as they were bemused by the idea that the faculty would think this way. Senior Andrea Kwamya said she has a learning disability that requires her to schedule her time carefully and was surprised the idea originated in the Office of Health Promotion. “I feel that it would be unfair for those who don’t participate in Cortaca and do not choose to be belligerently drunk in the middle of the day,” she said. “To impose

upon us work that we haven’t been able to consider or to plan into our schedule — that’s ridiculous." Reynolds said research by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism supports increasing academic rigor as a means for reducing excessive drinking — especially during what are considered “high risk weekend events.” She said it was never her intention to manipulate students or influence how professors dole out class assignments. “My intent was just to say, ‘Remember, we know that one effective harm reduction strategy is to have assignments due after the weekend,’” Reynolds said. “We know that reduces high-risk drinking. Also, we know that some students like to have an excuse to say to their

friends — ‘Oh, I’ve got a big test on Monday, so I’m not going to be doing a lot of drinking this weekend.’” Reynolds said her main role on campus is to advocate for students, not squash anyone’s fun. “We’re trying to teach students how to stay safe and healthy," she said. “We all see that as our goal.” Brian Rettger, an exercise science major pursuing a graduate degree, said at the college level, this is no longer an appropriate role for faculty to play in the lives of its students. “College work is supposed to be for the purpose of learning and not behavior modification,” he said. “We like to consider ourselves adults. I don’t think getting boozed up at Cortaca is really going to affect my college career.”

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Stepping forward Park assistant dean learns to cope with Parkinson's disease by gerald doherty staff writer

Every morning in the village of Dryden, Bryan Roberts, the assistant dean for student services at the Roy H. Park School of Communications, is reminded of what he used to be able to do. “I feel great,” Roberts said. “I can walk really well. That’s typically when I go for a run.” He used to be able to run 10 miles a day. Now he runs three miles every three to four days through the streets of Dryden. After 30 minutes, though, his brain’s dopamine levels begin to drop. “As the day goes on, I get a little worse,” Roberts said. “I have a right arm tremor. I’m starting to walk with a bit of a limp.” Two years ago, Roberts took part in a charity basketball game in Purchase, N.Y. He was disappointed that he threw so many air balls and missed his free throws. He noticed some stiffness in his arm after the game. “He came home thinking he was just getting older and hadn’t played basketball in a while,” his wife, Rebecca, said. In May of that year, Roberts turned 30, and his arm still shook from time to time. His wife recommended he see a doctor, thinking that it might have been a pinched nerve from working out too much. “But the first neurologist I saw

said I probably have a brain tumor,” Roberts said. “I was like, ‘My God.’” Roberts didn’t tell his wife what the neurologist said because she was pregnant with their daughter, Avery, and he didn’t want to upset her until he was sure what was wrong. “I went for more tests and MRIs and things like that, so they ruled out a brain tumor,” Roberts said. “Then they thought it would be Huntington’s disease.” After further testing, however, doctors ruled out Huntington’s, which would have left Roberts with 15 to 20 years to live. By October 2010, Roberts’ neurologists gave him his real diagnosis. “You have Parkinson’s disease,” Roberts' doctor, Miodrag Velickovic, told him. People with young-onset Parkinson’s include patients under the age of 50, according to the National Parkinson’s Foundation. Many suffer from sustained abnormal postures, tremors, depression and stiffness, but typically do not show all symptoms. The rate of progression of these effects is much slower in patients with young-onset Parkinson’s. However, symptoms in people with this type of Parkinson’s will reach the same level of progression as those of older patients by the time they reach the same age. Roberts said at first he was annoyed he had what he called an “old man’s disease,” and worried that his clock was ticking faster because of it. “You think of old people who

Bryan Roberts, assistant dean for student services in the Roy H. Park School of Communications, sits in his office Friday. Roberts was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and is advocating for the Michael J. Fox foundation. kevin campbell/the ithacan

have it and then die,” Roberts said. “So that’s what I thought would happen to me initially.” After doing research with his wife, Roberts said the disease became easier to manage when it became clear that though he developed Parkinson’s, he was not going to die. “It was pretty upsetting because I didn’t know that much about it,” Rebecca Roberts said. “It’s one of those things where unless you know someone who has it, then you don’t really understand it. The more research we did, the more reassuring it was that this was something unfortunate, but not deadly.” The disease has not hindered Roberts' job as assistant dean at the college, where he helps guide students day to day in academics and

graduation requirements. Now that Avery is born, Roberts said he is going to start raising awareness of Parkinson’s disease. Roberts is advocating for the Michael J. Fox Foundation’s Trial Finder, which pairs researchers who are doing clinical trials with trial subjects. “It’s almost like using social media to push the ball forward in terms of research and treatment,” Roberts said. “If you’re going to develop good treatments, good drugs, you need to have good clinical trials.” Sophomore Blake Crist worked with Roberts in peer advising and said he noticed some of Roberts’ symptoms because he has a couple of family members with the disease. Crist said Parkinson’s has not affected Roberts’ work and Roberts still helps students

with any problem or question. “It’s not something that would ever affect your work or how you interact with people,” Crist said. “It’s more of a physical thing and not a mental thing.” He said before he developed Parkinson’s he was not as sensitive to others’ problems, and even described it as "selfishness.” He said discovering he had Parkinson’s helped change that. “Now I’m more sensitive to the fact that everyone has a challenge," he said. "This is my challenge, and it’s something I can manage.” Roberts said this new perspective is the bright side of his disease. “It’s helped me be a better administrator, be a better husband, and hopefully will help me be a better father,” he said.

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Film reflects Porchfest spirit Gossa Tsegaye, assistant professor of television-radio at Ithaca College, has completed close to 75 documentaries in his career. For his latest documentary, “Porchfest: Celebrating the Spirit of a Community Through Music,” Tsegaye worked with eight students to film the five-year-old festival Sept. 25 in which bands used downtown porches as their stages. Tsegaye will discuss the making of the one-hour TSEGAYE said the documentary at 12:05 p.m. film celebrates the community’s spirit. today in Park Auditorium. Staff Writer Lauren Mazzo spoke with Tsegaye about his experience making the film. Lauren Mazzo: What motivated you to create so many documentaries? Gossa Tsegaye: I’ve always liked to produce documentaries. I try to get my students involved as much as I can, or I can do it on my own. I’m very independent, and I can take my time. I’ve done a lot of documentaries and also a lot of series of shows on the public access television for many years. So, basically, my interest has always been documentaries, and this one here is, of course, about Porch Fest. LM: What inspired you to produce a documentary about Porch Fest? GT: I thought it was a really interesting concept for everyone, whether you’re a musician or not a musician. Just the fact that you have a porch and can lend yourself to the open space atmosphere in the community kind of galvanizes the community and brings the community together for one day. It evokes the spirit of the community through music, so I thought it would make a really good documentary. Also, what I’m

trying to do is I’m trying to focus my documentaries to be a local and regional type. That’s always been my interest. Yes, you can go to Hollywood, you can go to New York City — this and that — but there are a lot of really good gem stories that you can take out of your neighborhood. LM: What is the message you’re trying to get across through this film? GT: It’s just basically that there’s a universal language called music, and it doesn’t matter who you are, your academic background, your religion, your ethnicity or your sexual preference. For that day, music just seems to bring a choir of people together, whether you’re talented or not — just to see that celebration, just to forget about everything else and hang out for a day in the neighborhood and enjoy each other. LM: How were the students involved in the filmmaking process? GT: I have eight kids who are involved in this who are students at Ithaca College that I can call upon and say, ‘Hey are you interested in helping out?’ and they say, ‘Sure!’ So they came along and they did the sound, the camera and the editing. My goal is not so much to do it on my own, but to get involved in the community and get the students out of this campus atmosphere just to see and walk the walk, and meet and greet what the other part of the community looks like. LM: Are you happy with the results? GT: Yes, I am very, very happy. But again, at the end of the day, it’s not about me. It’s about the kids, the students who were involved, to give them this opportunity to at least feel and see what they’ve been learning in a classroom setting and apply it in a oneday kind of laboratory lesson.

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College & City College a capella groups to unite for benefit concert

Ithacapella, Voicestream and Premium Blend will collaborate to help the Southern Tier victims of the September flooding with the benefit concert “A Cappella Umbrella.” The show will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday at Maine-Endwell Senior High School, 750 Farm-to-Market Road in Endwell, N.Y. All proceeds will benefit victims of the September flooding and families who receive food deliveries through the MaineEndwell Central School District’s food assistance program. Bringing non-perishable food item donations is encouraged. Raffle tickets for prizes will be given for each item that is donated. Following the show, members of the three groups will spend time speaking with students interested in a cappella performance. Tickets can be purchased at the door at $8 for adults and $5 for students. They are also available in advance online before Saturday. To order tickets, go to www.icalumni. net/ACappella_Umbrella.

Sri Lankan Fulbright scholar to discuss cyber expansion

Harinda Vidanage, a visiting Fulbright scholar from Sri Lanka, will discuss cyberspace as an emerging site for the expansion of global, social and political processes at 7 p.m. today in Clark Lounge. He is a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. Vidanage’s presentation is part

of the International Scholarly Conversation Series sponsored by the International Club and the Honors Program. His talk, “Ghost in the Shell: From Cyber Liberation to Entrapment” will explore phenomena like the digital Zapatista in the early ’90s, as well as contemporary Kurdish, Haitian and Sri Lankan diaspora movements online. He will also examine how cyber liberation literature can be juxtaposed with the emerging realities of the post-9/11 world where cyberspace is viewed within the national security agenda and is then viewed as a space for militarization. There will be a discussion after the presentation and light refreshments will be provided.

Physics filming by professor to air on PBS Nova series

Tom Nicholson, associate professor of television-radio in the Roy H. Park School of Communications, photographed and filmed for an episode of “Fabric of the Cosmos,” a four-part series for “Nova” being aired by PBS. NICHOLSON Nicholson worked on the episode titled “The Illusion of Time,” which will premiere at 9 p.m. Wednesday and air all month. In addition to shooting video and time-lapse photography, he makes an appearance on screen as a gas station mechanic explaining one

of Einstein’s theories. Nicholson worked in the film and television industry for 20 years before joining the Roy H. Park School of Communications faculty in 2002. His documentary work has been broadcast in the U.S., Europe and Australia. He has worked on programs for National Geographic, the BBC and PBS.

Cross-media photographer to share career guidance

Photographer Alec Soth will visit Ithaca College at 7 p.m. today in the Park Auditorium. Soth crosses boundaries from contemporary fine art practice to journalism as well as print and web editorial work. He works for SOTH Magnum Photos and has received the PhotoVision Award in 2008 and the Bush Artist Fellowship in 2008. Additionally, he has created a series of multimedia pieces for The New York Times. The Department of Cinema, Photography and Media Arts, the Department of Journalism, the Department of Art History and the Handwerker Gallery are sponsoring the event.

Jewish leader to discuss Ugandan group’s struggles

Aaron Kintu Moses, a leader of the 1,000-member Abayudaya Jewish community of Uganda, will speak at Ithaca College at 7 p.m. today in Textor 103.

Public Safety Incident Log october 10 CRIMINAL MISCHIEF LOCATION: R-Lot SUMMARY: Caller reported an unknown person scratched a vehicle. Investigation pending. Sergeant Ron Hart.

october 11 MALICIOUS FALSE FIRE ALARM LOCATION: Emerson Hall SUMMARY: Fire alarm activation caused by a maliciously discharged fire extinguisher. Area ventilated and system reset. Sergeant Ron Hart. LARCENY LOCATION: Park Center for Business SUMMARY: Person reported an unknown person stole credit cards and cash from a purse. Investigation pending. Patrol Officer Brad Bates. MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT LOCATION: J-Lot SUMMARY: Caller reported a one-car property damage MVA. Vehicle struck a sign. Report taken. Sergeant Ron Hart. CRIMINAL TAMPERING LOCATION: Emerson Hall SUMMARY: Officer reported an unknown person maliciously discharged a fire extinguisher, causing a fire alarm. Two people were seen running from the area as alarm sounded. Investigation pending. Patrol Officer Dan Austic. CASE STATUS CHANGE LOCATION: Rowland Hall SUMMARY: Officer reported two people were interviewed and were not judicially referred for violation of drug policy

fever, dizziness and nausea. Subject was transported to CMC by ambulance. Master Patrol Officer Bruce Holmstock.

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UNLAWFUL POSS. OF MARIJUANA LOCATION: Bogart Hall SUMMARY: Two persons judicially referred for possession of marijuana. Sergeant Terry O’Pray.

FORCIBLE TOUCHING LOCATION: Terraces SUMMARY: Caller reported Oct. 9 that a known person had sexual contact with another person without consent. Investigation pending. Patrol Officer Brad Bates. LARCENY GREATER THAN $200 LOCATION: Eastman Hall SUMMARY: Caller reported an unknown person stole clothes. Investigation pending. Patrol Officer Mark Denicola. CRIMINAL MISCHIEF LOCATION: Clarke Hall SUMMARY: Caller reported an unknown person damaged a door. Investigation pending. Patrol Officer Jay VanVolkinburg.

october 13 CRIMINAL MISCHIEF LOCATION: West Tower SUMMARY: Caller reported an unknown person damaged a card reader. Investigation pending. Master Patrol Officer Bruce Holmstock. MEDICAL ASSIST LOCATION: Garden Apartments SUMMARY: Caller reported an ambulance was en route for a person suffering from

Moses will discuss the struggle of the community to maintain Jewish identity in the face of persecution and the relationships with neighbors of different faiths. He will give a multimedia presentation about Kulanu, a nonprofit organization, which works globally to help dispersed Jewish communities by developing education, nutrition, health and economic development programs. He will also perform traditional Abayudaya music. For more about the Abayudaya Jewish community, visit www.kulanu. org/abayudaya.


Cornell Cinema: “The Help,” based on the best-selling novel of the same name, will begin at 7 p.m. in Uris Hall at Cornell University. Shabbat Services will begin at 6 p.m. in Muller Chapel. Shabbat Dinner will be held at 7 p.m. in Terrace Dining Hall.

Sunday Catholic Mass will begin at 1 and 9 p.m. in Muller Chapel

London Center ranked 6th in top US abroad programs


Abroad101, a review website for the international education industry, ranked Ithaca College’s study abroad program in London No. 6 for overall satisfaction. The rankings are based on comprehensive program evaluations from more than 10,000 students. Among the longest-standing study abroad programs in the city, the London Center offers a variety of courses with a liberal arts focus, an internship and theater programs. The college has been partnering with Abroad101 for the past two years to gather program evaluations. The rankings use an algorithm that weighs quantitative averages and the total review count to ensure they are accurate. About 30 percent of the student body have a study abroad experience during their time at the college, with an average of 550 studying in some 30 countries in any given year.

Chris Linder will give a presentation about Adélie penguins at 7:30 p.m. in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology at 159 Sapsucker Woods Rd.

Tuesday Buffalo Street Books will hold a discussion about Mark Winne’s second book, “Food Rebels, Guerrilla Gardeners, and Smart Cookin’ Mamas: Fighting Back in an Age of Industrial Agriculture,” at 6 p.m. in DeWitt Mall.

Wednesday Mighty Yoga: Pay What You Can Wednesday will be held at 7:30 p.m. in 106 West State Street, Second Floor.

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originally reported on Sep. 30 in Rowland Hall. Conduct code violation drug policy unfounded. Patrol Officer Jay VanVolkinburg.

CASE STATUS CHANGE LOCATION: Gannett Center SUMMARY: Officer reported a person was judicially referred for stealing books from the library July 26. Sergeant Tom Dunn.


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UNLAWFUL POSS. OF MARIJUANA LOCATION: Bogart Hall SUMMARY: One person judicially referred for unlawful possession of marijuana. Patrol Officer Jeremiah McMurray.

october 14 LARCENY OF $50-$199 LOCATION: Center for Health Sciences SUMMARY: Caller reported an unknown person stole a sign. Investigation pending. Patrol Officer Brad Bates. CASE STATUS CHANGE LOCATION: Office of Public Safety SUMMARY: Officer reported one person was judicially referred for the forcible touching incident that occurred Oct. 9 at the Terraces. HARASSMENT LOCATION: Holmes Hall SUMMARY: A caller reported that a person was making harassing phone calls. Investigation pending. Patrol Officer Jeremiah McMurray. CASE STATUS CHANGE LOCATION: Office of Public Safety SUMMARY: Officer reported one person was judicially referred for the forcible touching incident that occurred Oct. 9 at the Terraces.

CONDUCT CODE VIOLATION LOCATION: Clarke Hall SUMMARY: Caller reported an unconscious person having difficulty breathing. Person transported to CMC by ambulance. Person judicially referred for causing danger to self. Sergeant Terry O’Pray. MEDICAL ASSIST LOCATION: Clarke Hall SUMMARY: Caller reported an unconscious individual. When revived the person declined medical assistance from ambulance staff. Master Patrol Officer Donald Lyke. HARASSMENT LOCATION: Park School of Communications SUMMARY: Caller reported a person made harassing phone calls. Investigation pending. Sergeant James Landon. CRIMINAL MISCHIEF LOCATION: East Tower SUMMARY: Caller reported an unknown person damaged a card reader. Investigation Pending. Patrol Officer Jeremiah McMurray. CONDUCT CODE VIOLATION LOCATION: Clarke Hall SUMMARY: Caller reported an unconscious person having difficulty breathing. Person transported to CMC by ambulance. Person judicially referred for causing danger to self. Sergeant Terry O’Pray.

october 15 OFF-CAMPUS INCIDENT LOCATION: All Other SUMMARY: Caller reported kicking an item and sustaining a foot injury. Person

declined medical assistance and was transported to CMC by taxi. Patrol Officer Dan Austic. V&T VIOLATION LOCATION: S-lot SUMMARY: Caller reported an unknown vehicle damaged a parked vehicle and then left the scene. Investigation pending. Master Patrol Officer Donald Lyke. EXPOSURE OF PERSON LOCATION: Flora Brown Drive SUMMARY: Caller reported three persons walking naked. They were judicially referred indecent conduct. Patrol Officer Dan Austic.

october 16 MEDICAL ASSIST LOCATION: East Tower SUMMARY: Caller reported a person with a severe headache and shaking. Person was transported to CMC. Sergeant Ron Hart. UNLAWFUL POSS. OF MARIJUANA LOCATION: Hood Hall SUMMARY: A caller reported finding marijuana paraphernalia. Investigation pending. Patrol Officer Dan Austic. For the complete safety log,  go to

Key cmc – Cayuga Medical Center DWI – Driving while intoxicated IFD – Ithaca Fire Department IPD – Ithaca Police Department SASP – Student Auxiliary Safety Patrol V&T – Vehicle and Transportation MVA - Motor vehicle accident


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this time we’ll take it slow

Students should continue to petition for Sodexo to purchase local food to help boost the economy and increase the quality of dining hall meals.


hen those midnight cravings kick in, a quick trip up to Towers to devour deepfried, late-night food can satisfy some within minutes. But it’s time to get off that fast track. Students from Slow Food Ithaca College, an on-campus organization, have teamed up with two of the college’s environmental groups to petition for more healthy, local food choices in dining halls. The concept of slow food is exactly what it sounds like. As the opposite of fast food, it strives to preserve regional foods and encourages farming that keeps the local ecosystem thriving. Processed foods, however, are cheap and convenient. This may be one reason why local agriculture is not a dining hall staple. These foods allow large suppliers like Sodexo, the corporation that runs the college’s dining services, to order, ship and distribute food in bulk without fear of spoiling produce or meats — often because they’re frozen. As customers of Sodexo, students have every right to call on the supplier to source more of our campus food from within 250 miles of Ithaca. This is a reasonable request, considering the dining halls already purchase up to 11 percent locally. If Slow Food IC wants the dining halls to further expand their menus` to include more local foods and a wider variety of options for those with dietary needs, it must take into account increased meal plan prices, which students may be hesitant to accept. If students demand Sodexo provide more locally grown options, the dining halls may try to accommodate more people with dietary needs and encourage students to make healthier choices. Students should kiss processed burgers goodbye and demand Sodexo to foster better eating habits.

Tipsy penalties

The college should decrease the gap between sanctions for marijuana and alcohol use to create a safer atmosphere and keep its openness with students.


here’s clearly an imbalance in the college’s drug policy — and students are hazy on the details. Ithaca College’s current drug policy has more severe consequences for students who violate marijuana use than those who illegally use alcohol. But after a recent survey revealing students’ perception of the discrepancy, Students for a Sensible Drug Policy may help soften the penalties for marijuana. With new support from the Student Government Association, SSDP could push for a policy change that debunks a common misconception among students. Many believe that, judicially, alcohol is safer than marijuana because of the strict penalties. After their first offense with marijuana, students are on probation. But they receive no more than a slap on the wrist with alcohol. And when society tells us “No alcohol allowed (for a few more years),” people are inherently more lenient in their reprimand for drinking abuse. If the college wants to dispel the alcohol myth and create a safer atmosphere for its students, it should decrease the disparity between penalties for marijuana and alcohol use. It should lessen the consequences for marijuana possession, but not increase those for alcohol. Upping the ante on alcohol would contradict societal norms and may strain the seemingly open relationship between the college and its students.

your letters Secret committee meetings could undermine openness

The board of trustees recently approved a new faculty committee to “informally and confidentially” advise President Rochon on various issues. At the Administrative Assembly’s October meeting, Rochon said his meetings with the faculty committee might also remain confidential. Thus, we may not even know whether or not he has met with the committee. Having served on the President’s Advisory Committee on Diversity, I know that Rochon also receives confidential advice from other committees. However, neither PAC-D’s membership nor its meetings are “confidential” — in

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“the locally grown food idea is good for our economy, but I feel like it’s bad for students because they would probably pay more for their meal plans.” rachel darcy ’15 writing

“Ithaca College dining food would taste a lot better if they bought locally.” Madeline Spencer ’12 business administration, Theater Arts Management

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Activists should unite for ecological change O ne month ago, I sat in front of the White House, linking arms with half of a dozen other Ithaca College students and more than 20 Ithaca community members. We chanted “Stop the pipeline!” for hours as we watched 1,253 fellow activists get placed under arrest and stuffed into paddy wagons, one by one. The day of our arrest was part of a month-long action to demand that President Barack Obama stop plans to build the Keystone XL pipeline, which James Hansen, a climate scientist and director of NASA’s Goddard Institute, called the largest carbon time bomb in history. If approved, the pipeline could emit 1.15 billion tons of greenhouse gasses in its lifetime. Add tar ren ostry sands oil into the mix of fossil fuel monsters, and it’s game over. There is no way to reverse the impacts this would have on climate change. While the proposed pipeline will run from Alberta, Canada, down to Texas, upstate New York is still in grave danger. Methane gas, particularly gas found in the Marcellus Shale, is used to separate the pipeline’s oil from the sand after extraction. If Obama gives this project the green light, it will be unimaginably more difficult to fight fracking in New York state. Phase two of our demand begins Sunday, exactly one year before next year’s presidential election. This weekend, environmental activists from across the country will go back to protest in Washington, D.C. Hundreds of activists will circle the White House, holding hands to show our power, our passion and our resilience — once again — to Obama. A large contingent of activists worked for the president in his first campaign, and most of us voted him into office. In this direct democracy, we put him into power and now it is time he heed our demand. That’s why we’re calling on more supporters to join us. Last week, actor and anti-fracking activist Mark

A Washington, D.C. police officer places junior Ren Ostry under arrest Sept. 2 at a Tar Sands Action demonstration. Ostry participated in civil disobedience to protest against the Keystone XL pipeline. courtesy of mitch paine

Ruffalo jumped on the people’s mic in Zuccotti Park to ask Occupy Wall Street activists to join him in D.C. this weekend. Two weeks before Ruffalo’s call to action, author and activist Bill McKibben addressed Wall Street saying, “I hope we can move, just for a day, Occupy Wall Street down to the White House.” Activists are connecting the dots to corporate greed and global degradation. More importantly, we’ve found new platforms to speak out and use nonviolence to voice our demands. On campus, students and professors have been stepping up and plugging in like never before. We had our first Occupy Wall Street solidarity walkout and have continued to plan actions at Occupy Ithaca College General Assembly meetings each week. And with the anti-fracking rallies, the college Environmental Society’s Sustainability Day activities and the Environmental Leadership and Action Network’s haunted house, it has been a month of

action for our college community. This is a call to action and a chance to bridge together movements and disparate communities once again. The Ithaca contingency to D.C. will leave at noon Saturday from the Baker flagpole on Cornell University’s campus. We will leave D.C. at 7 p.m. the following day. Bus tickets are currently $10, but they’re going fast. Students and faculty can reserve seats at For those who can’t make it to D.C. next weekend, they can donate to our transportation fund to help secure a second bus, which would help us bring more students and community members with us. For more information on donating funds, please contact me at the email address below and make checks out to KyotoNOW! Cornell. ren ostry is a junior environmental studies major. Email her at

Obese and disabled individuals need safe workplace The following describes the article, “Spillover Effects from the ADA: The Case of Obesity,” written by Jennifer Tennant, assistant professor of economics. The article, coauthored by Inas Rashad Kelly of CUNY-Queens College, was published in the Journal of jennifer Disability Policy tennant Studies online at


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ne goal of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 was to expand employment opportunities for people with disabilities. It expanded on the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, a former disability law that covered public sector employees, to apply to private employers, state and local governments, employment agencies and labor unions. Under the act, there are three definitions of disability: a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a record of such impairment, or a perception by employers that employees have an impairment. In order to be protected under the ADA, a person with a disability must be “qualified” — that is, able to meet the legitimate skill, experience, education or other requirements of

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a particular employment position — and be able to perform the “essential functions” of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation. Two factors have inspired disability-related legislation for obese individuals. The first is the strong correlation between disability and obesity. The second is when Medicare implicitly classified obesity as a qualifying disease. Together, these factors have created an environment that acknowledges the work-related disabilities obese individuals may have. Though the ADA was created in part to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities, a

number of economics articles from the early 2000s showed a decline in the employment rates of people with disabilities after the passage of the act. The articles surmised that the increased protection of people with disabilities would deter employers from hiring these people, for fear of lawsuits if they didn’t provide reasonable accommodations or fired ADA-covered workers. To draw this conclusion, we created a data set that combined state-level information, comprised of laws and cases on obesity coverage pertaining to the act, with individual health data representative of the U.S.

population, which was taken from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. When using the BRFSS’s measure of disability, we found no evidence that protective legislation decreased employment for obese individuals with disabilities. Our results also suggest that the probability of an obese person with a disability living in a covered state and being a student increases by 0.2 percentage points, nearly 400,000 adults. This increase in student disabilities shows how legal protections could help obese people with disabilities become more integrated into society and prepared for the workforce. While it is important to note that an person’s weight doesn’t often affect productivity, it may be socially optimal to create working environments in which reasonable accommodations can be provided for obese individuals who identify as having a disability. This would allow obese individuals to acknowledge the existence of a disability without facing opposition. The federal government should create policies that are aimed at limiting discrimination in the workplace and accommodating obese workers with disabilities. This would not only be in line with the mission of the Americans with Disabilities Act, but may also be economically ideal. jennifer tennant is an assistant professor of economics. Email her at

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n an attempt to quell dissent on college campuses where students are beginning to vocalize a resistance to the price of higher education, the Obama Administration announced its hopes to reduce student loan debt this year. Specifically, graduates would be able to cap their loan repayments at 10 percent of their discretionary income. While the proposal will lower the overall cost of college tuition for students in the long run, it only does so minimally. More importantly, it fails to address critical issues by assuming that universal access to education is an impossible goal. We hear that the country has no money to make college less expensive, but such a conclusion assumes we currently distribute and allocate funding for students fairly and proportionately. Luckily, the Occupy Wall Street movements are addressing these issues. Unfortunately, the Obama Administration’s timid plan silences more radical demands by compiling an attractive package that lowers debts, which conveniently helps his campaign and his image instead of restructuring higher education. Until the government can implement and assess structural changes in the ways students pay for college, activist organizations will continue to urge those in power to forgive student loan debt completely. Though the idea may seem unfeasible at first glance, debt forgiveness at least legitimizes the notion that education is a basic right and should be free. Horrifyingly, student loan debt is on track to reach $1 trillion in 2011, according a New York Times article., a self-described progressive organization, posted on its website that the top 400 richest Americans have a collective net worth of $1.37 trillion — a sum large enough to erase our massive student debt. By taking both statistics seriously, the U.S. could theoretically negotiate a system of education that doesn’t rely on annual tuition hikes to sustain itself. If the 400 richest Americans paid off all student loan debt, they would each still be worth $925 million, according to While this is a simplistic solution that does not account for the politics of taxes and ideologies, it at least demonstrates that the money exists — it’s just selectively hoarded. At the end of the day, $1 trillion in student loan debt is inexcusable. A politically educated and socially engaged society creates more space for intellect, creativity and debate — something we should collectively invest in as a nation. When put this way, free education seems more logical than allowing 400 privileged elitists to sit on their money all day. chris zivalich is a senior journalism major. Email him at

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Campus DJ and groundskeeper finds peace in Ithaca

Victor Rosa DJs for Ritmo Latino, or “Latin Rhythms,” a weekly show on WICB. Rosa moved to Ithaca from New York City and currently works as a groundskeeper on campus.

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By Taylor Long Staff Writer

The lights were too bright for Victor Rosa to see all the people in the crowd, but he could hear them. He stepped with the beat to keep track of the rhythm, dancing from side to side. It was part of the performance, just like the black suits he and his bandmates wore to every show. His palms pounded on the bongo drum propped in front of him. He had to keep reminding himself to keep the beat. Back and forth. Left, then right. He can still remember playing that night — his first big concert. He had been drumming for a neighborhood band in the South Bronx and hitting up nightclubs in the Tri-State area. They were asked to play at Teatro Puerto Rico, the Latin-American equivalent of the Apollo

Theater in Harlem. All the big-name bands played there. It was back in the ’60s “when salsa was salsa,” he said. He was a tall, fit guy at the time, but had the same wide smile. He jokes that those suits made them look more like undertakers than musicians. Shaking with laughter, he remembers how excited he got when one girl in the audience called out to him, pointing, “I like the drummer!” He was so excited that he forgot to keep time with his stepping. “Thinking about it, I goofed up on the rhythm,” he said. “I lost the rhythm, I lost the stepping.” He sighs. “Yeah, that was pretty cool … ” Rosa parks a truck carrying a massive tank of water beside the Ithaca College

Rosa, second from left, plays in the band Conjunto Monterray in the ’70s in New York City. He started playing music in the city, and has collected an extensive music collection since. Courtesy of Victor Rosa

entrance. It’s the one he uses when he needs to water the flowers. A pump connected to a hose noisily sputters. Classic Motown tunes blare from an open door. It’s a sunny fall day, and Rosa is smiling, directing a stream of water so that it falls gently on a bed of freshly planted mums. The petals dance. His mind is quiet. “Before it was constant noise,” Rosa said. “Music way up loud, well, I was a musician, so — but quieting the mind, it has a spiritual effect on the soul.” Rosa’s dark, curly hair is peppered with white and is beginning to thin on top. He has a bit of a belly, which he’s determined to keep under control, even if that means only packing half a sandwich for lunch. Bifocals rest on his nose and make his eyes look like they’re popping out of his head when he gets excited about something, which is often when he talks about the old late-night jam sessions and bustling night clubs. Rosa still sometimes wonders how far he could have gone had he kept performing. He wonders where he would have been today. But the memories are built on nostalgia, not regret. At 62, Rosa has moved on. “Growing up, you’re into one thing, but as you get older there’s a lot of things you grow out of,” he said. “Who knows where I would have been now, but you move on, ya know?” The transition wasn’t necessarily easy. When Rosa moved to Ithaca in 1997 and got a job as a groundskeeper at the college, he didn’t even know what it meant to mow the lawn. He moved from the city to reunite with his daughter, Joanne, who had been living in Ithaca since she was 10 years old. Joanne was in high school when Rosa moved to Ithaca, and he had to keep reminding himself he was here to raise her. Ithaca’s dark, silent nights took some getting used to. “For a while I was going crazy,” he said. “I was getting anxiety attacks and everything.

I went to visit the city and I stayed at my sister’s house. I slept in the bed next to the window and I could hear the noise outside. I said ‘Ah, I’m home.’” Fourteen years later, Rosa is still making trips to the city. He misses the music the most. Every morning he reads the Daily News to keep up with free shows in the parks and at his favorite clubs. It’s a hobby for Rosa, but it’s also research. Rosa has been a DJ for WICB’s Ritmo Latino, or “Latin Rhythm,” program since 1999. Every Saturday night at 10 ’til 6, he strolls into the studio rolling a carry-on suitcase full of CDs, a sampling of the collection that occupies a full wall of shelving in his music room at home. It’s the stuff he’s been collecting since he moved from the Village to the South Bronx when he was 16 years old. That was when Rosa heard drummers in the park for the first time. It was the beginning of his relationship to music, a relationship that would only grow with time. Falling into the position at WICB was an accident, an unexpected result of the same sort of attentiveness that endears people to Rosa — the surprise birthday cakes he brings for coworkers or the Latin-American dinners he cooks for his wife every Monday night. When Rosa found out from another groundskeeper that there was a salsa program on WICB, he offered to share his extensive music collection. He started hanging around the studio and soon “DJ Vic” was born. Rosa heaves his suitcase onto the desk and begins to create neat stacks of CDs around him. These are his picks for the show. He opens one case and cleans the CD with his vest before inserting it into the stereo system at his left. His hands don’t glide over the keys of the soundboard as much as they fumble, making guesses at which dial

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ought to be shifted or turned. Usually he’s right. When he’s not, he chuckles and shrugs. The first couple of minutes in the studio are always a scramble. After a while Rosa starts to relax, tapping to the beat on the desk in front of him. Even today, Rosa listens for the beat when he hears a new track. The Spanish lyrics don’t connect him to his Puerto Rican roots as much as the drums. He understands the patterns and repetitions. The beat is a language, and Rosa is a native speaker. Students who know Rosa call him “Vic” and make sure to wave when they see him around planting daffodils or sweeping the stairs by the library. His friendly and approachable manner has made him the star of at least three student films. Rosa gets a kick out of things like that. It sometimes seems like he’ll do anything to make someone smile. He likes taking his wife, Terry, to concerts in New York City or to the movies on Sunday afternoon. For their honeymoon, Rosa convinced her to get on a plane for the first time and let her squeeze his arm the entire flight to Puerto Rico. “I certainly lived a lot more life than I did before I met him,” Terry said. “I just was a very quiet country girl from Ithaca.” It’s Saturday, and Rosa walks into the WICB studio wearing shiny black shoes, a green sweater vest and nice slacks. After the show, he drives to Binghamton to take Terry salsa dancing. He doesn’t dance as much as he used to. His knee gives him problems, so he has to hold off on the “fancy stepping.” Rosa always loved music. He turned over oatmeal cans and played on them when he was a kid. When he walked through the house, he’d bang on the walls. “Of course, I didn’t know what I was doing yet,” he laughs. Tommy Avilez, one of Rosa’s childhood companions, remembers how his friend used to DJ neighborhood dances at the community

center back in the Village. Avilez recalls when Rosa flipped on “He’s So Fine” by The Chiffons, the two argued over which one of them The Chiffons were singing about. It wasn’t much later that Rosa was introduced to the drums and began performing regularly in nightclubs with his band. Still, he didn’t realize the healing power of music until he came up against a wall of hardships some years later. The music is what brought him back from these painful situations. Rosa married young in his senior year of high school. The woman he was dating got pregnant, and he dropped out to get a job. He wanted to do the right thing. Rosa never met his own father, and he was determined to be there for his kids. That’s the idea that kept him around long after his wife got caught up in the drugs-and-partying scene. By the time they split up, Rosa and his ex-wife had three sons together. — Victor Rosa “Me and the mother of my boys was going through something,” Rosa said. “I was hurt, really hurt. I was driving down Broadway in the uptown sections, and there’s a median in the middle where they got benches. I heard a jam session going right in the middle so I pulled over.” Rosa asked one of the drummers if he could play. He pounded on the drums until he couldn’t feel anymore. “When I finished playing, I was a different person,” he said. “It revived my spirit. It revived my soul. That’s why I say music is food for the soul. Ever since then, I know the true meaning of music and how it embraces my life.” It wouldn’t be the last time Rosa navigated his way out of a difficult situation with music. Many more hardships would follow him to Ithaca. Avilez said he has seen Rosa through most of them and believes his friend has finally found the peace he’d been searching for in Ithaca, even if it took some getting used to. “In the city you have to have, not a rough, but a gruff exterior and display that so people don’t come and step on your toes,” Avilez said. “But up in Ithaca he found that he can relax and enjoy life with no problems.”

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The rhythm of the city resonates in Rosa’s deep, syrupy voice. It’s easy to hear the drums when he speaks — it’s the cadence of a minister and the practiced confidence of a talk show host combined. It makes him a natural for radio. His voice is the kind people recognize while they’re standing in line behind him at the grocery store. Getting noticed never fails to make Rosa excited. Even though he has won two recognition awards from Tiffany Records for Ritmo Latino and is always met with cheers at WICB’s end-of-the-year banquet, Rosa still sometimes worries nobody is listening. He said he likes to share his music with residents of Ithaca and the surrounding areas because it’s less likely that they will be exposed to Latin music. “I want to give them an awareness of this music,” Rosa said. “As a matter of fact, this is the only Latin radio show of its kind around

all of central New York.” He takes the responsibility seriously. Every CD in his collection is tagged with a Post-It note to label it more suitable for radio or dancing. Rosa plays the dancing songs at Oasis Dance Club every other Tuesday night, where he DJs for Noche Latina. The scene at Oasis is nothing like the salsa clubs in the Bronx where Rosa used to play. Several couples casually twirl each other on the wooden dance floor. The women’s high heels make clacking noises to the beat of the song. Rosa watches from a glass window that looks out from the DJ booth. “That one over there loves the cha-cha,” he laughs. Rosa throws a song with a heavy cha-cha beat in the CD player. The dance floor explodes. “One, two, cha cha cha!” One woman throws her arms into the air and twirls, shaking her hips to the beat. Rosa smiles.

Victor Rosa and his wife, Terry, volunteer at the Salvation Army on Oct. 16. The pair met after Rosa moved from New York City to Ithaca, where he still plays Latin music as a DJ on WICB.

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National novel month inspires student writers By Stacey Lawrence Staff WRiter

Writing more than 1,600 extra words every day might seem like an insane task for any student with essays and projects, but for some writers, taking on the challenge to complete a novel in one month is a welcome one. National Novel Writing Month, also known as “NaNoWriMo,” is a worldwide event that encourages writers of all ages and walks of life to write 50,000 words of an original novel entirely during the month of November. While the event’s main goal is to motivate people to get writing, those who wish to formally compete in NaNoWriMo must be at least 13 years old, the sole author of their work and limit their writing from Nov. 1 to 30. All participants work on the honor system, since there is no way to verify who wrote the novel and when. Participants can still begin writing after the start date. Sophomore writing major Kaylie Crawford started a NaNoWriMo club at the college last year. She said eight people actively participated in the club. This year, at least 15 people have shown interest. Crawford said she hopes this year the club will be a place of support for writers participating in the event. “What I’m hoping to do with the meetings is to check in on how everyone is doing, see if anyone needs help with an idea, and then have a couple of exercises to really help you

keep your juices flowing,” she said. Novels submitted by Nov. 30 that are at least 50,000 words are considered winners, and authors receive a certificate and a web badge, which is a graphic that writers can post to their websites. Past winners include Sara Gruen, author of the novel “Water for Elephants,” the draft of which originated during the 2006 NaNoWriMo. Sophomore Leeza Goldenberg, is participating in NaNoWriMo for the second time. She said she doesn’t typically enjoy writing, but had fun doing NaNoWriMo last year after Crawford urged her to join the club. “I kind of just wrote about my life throughout high school, little individual things that have happened that changed me,” she said. “I liked it. It was kind of therapeutic in a weird way.” Prior to November, meetings on the college’s campus involved prewriting activities, many of which were drawn from Chris Baty’s novel-writing handbook, “No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days.” “Prewriting can include anything from character sketches to outlines, back stories, lists about what you want to see, what you don’t want to see, drawing your characters, and maps,” she said. “It’s really anything outside of writing the actual novel.” This year, sophomore Kelly Kane has been working on a young adult science fiction series. Kane said NaNoWriMo is great whether the

From left, sophomores Leeza Goldenberg, Amanda Del Sontro and Erica Anderson brainstorm ideas for National Novel Writing Month on Friday. Participants in NaNoWriMo strive to write a 50,000 word novel in just one month. Stacey Lawrence/The Ithacan

author “wins” or not. “Even if you lose, even if you [quit] a quarter of the way through, you just wrote a 12,500 word piece of literature,” Kane said. NaNoWriMo began in 1999 when Chris Baty, a freelance writer, gathered together a group of friends and decided to try writing a novel in one month. Baty and his friends later created NaNoWriMo. While only 140 people took part in the first NaNoWriMo, 200,500 participants took on the challenge last year. The popularity of the challenge grew so rapidly that by year eight, NaNoWriMo was run by the Office of Letters and Light, a nonprofit that works toward fostering creativity and

runs a variety of writing programs. provides a worldwide community for writers where they can offer advice and share ideas with each other. But the NaNoWriMo community has become more locally oriented ever since its fifth year with the addition of liaisons — people who coordinate local NaNoWriMo events for writers. Caitlin Cunningham, municipal liaison in the Ithaca region for the past two years, has held meet-and-greets and write-ins at Autumn Leaves bookstore, the Tompkins County Public Library, Ithaca College and Cornell University. She said she also celebrates participants’ accomplishments at the end of the 30 days.

“The last thing I’m in charge of is in December we have a TGIO — Thank God It’s Over — party,” she said. “Last year it was at the Waffle Frolic downtown, and we all ate waffles and read segments of our novels.” Crawford said she encourages anyone reluctant to do NaNoWriMo to throw their fears aside. “You have a unique story inside of you, whether you’re a writer or not,” she said. “Everyone is a storyteller, so you should try it and tell that story.” The National Novel Writing Month club meets Wednesday or Thursday at 7 or 8 p.m., depending on the week. Contact for more information.

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Hot or Not This week’s hits and misses

Assistant Accent Editor Shea O’Meara ranks the best and worst shows on television that recreate storylines from fantasy literature.


“The Walking Dead” Based on the ongoing comic book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard, AMC’s “The Walking Dead” follows Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), a police officer who leads survivors through a post-apocalyptic world filled with zombies. As the humans search for a safe place to stay, they must dodge flesh-hungry corpses and learn how to live among the dead. After debuting last Halloween, “The Walking Dead” was given the Emmy Award for Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or a Special and was recently renewed for a third season. Clearly, this show is nothing to walk away from.

Lukewarm “Grimm” NBC’s new series “Grimm” combines the mystery of cop thrillers like “CSI” and “Castle” with the familiarity of characters from the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tales. In the show, Portland homicide detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) uses his rare ability to recognize fairy tale monsters disguised as humans to stop the creatures from murdering innocent citizens. While the plot is intriguing and should provide some quality entertainment, the number of fairy tale creatures the show’s writers will be able to turn into antagonists is limited, and “Grimm” may be just another show NBC cancels after the first season or two.

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Night creatures callin’

Senior Christopher Miranda and other members of Ithacapella perform Michael Jackson’s 1982 hit song “Thriller” during the male a cappella group’s Halloween-themed concert Sunday. The performance included renditions of songs from Maroon 5 and Coldplay.

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Warming computer accessory makes ideal study companion

Winter is quickly approaching, and for students cooped up in front of their computers doing homework, the USB Animal Warm Cushion from Green House may be the ideal seasonal companion of choice. Helping the icy perils of winter pass, the adorable USB Animal Warm Cushion takes the form of a pig or dog and heats up when plugged into a computer USB port. This cozy computer pet can warm up even the chilliest late-night study sessions. The cover of the cuddly animal is washable and is available in three colors for each model. These technologically advanced animal cushions make for some hot winter accessories. — Allie Healy


“Once Upon a Time” The new ABC series is a dark fantasy set in a modern town filled with classic characters from popular fairy tales. With its evil undertones, the show’s storyline strays from the light-hearted tone Disney used in most of its fairy tale-based films. Viewers looking for a fun new way to experience their favorite childhood characters may be disappointed, while those seeking a more thrilling television series will most likely be drawn to the darker plots in “Grimm” and “The Walking Dead.” “Once Upon a Time” boasts a charming setting, but is unlikely to brew many lasting admirers.

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‘Twilight saga’ movie trailer gives team jacob new hope

As excitement rises for the premiere of the newest film in the “Twilight” series, “Breaking Dawn Part 1,” the official trailer reveals what seems to be Bella’s (Kristen Stewart) final goodbye to Jacob (Taylor Lautner) at her wedding to Edward (Robert Pattinson), but quickly transitions to show Bella pregnant with a supernatural baby. The local wolf pack decides to go after Bella and her unborn child, but Jacob steps up to protect the woman he loves. Just when it seems like Bella and Jacob have finally parted ways, we learn goodbye is only the beginning. — Shea O’Meara

quoteunquote They stitched up my eye, they did a little plastic surgery and they fixed my tooth, all in one fell swoop. — Musician Steven Tyler on his hospital stay after being treated for injuries he sustained from collapsing in his hotel shower.

celebrity SCOOPS! Lake reveals active sex life Actress and former talk show host Ricki Lake made a surprising confession in Saturday’s issue of People magazine — she has a spicy sex life. Lake professed that her intense training for “Dancing with the Stars” has positively affected her sex life with fiancé Christian Evans. While Lake continued raving about using dance training in bed, “Dancing” co-star Derek Hough tried to pull the plug on the conversation. Lake added that she tells Hough about her sex life often and that they share a close bond, though Hough usually shies away from the conversation in public. Hough concluded by telling People that if Lake is not going home and immediately going to sleep from his tiring routines he is not fulfilling his duties as a trainer. — Benjii Maust


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Alumnus steals show producing all-star film the confidence of the folks that pull the trigger on these things, whether it be a production entity that owns the material or a studio that is fully financing it to build the relationships and give them the confidence you can be trusted to deliver the goods.

Since graduating from Ithaca College, Bill Carraro ’81 has produced hit films such as “The Adjustment Bureau,” “The Golden Compass,” “Stay” and “Frequency.” His latest movie, “Tower If you Go Heist,” starring “Tower Heist” Ben Stiller and screening Eddie Murphy, When: 7 p.m. will hit thetoday Where: Regal aters Friday. Cinemas Executive ProHow much: Free ducer Carraro will speak at a free sneak peek screening of “Tower Heist” at 7 p.m. tonight at Regal Cinemas for only Roy H. Park School of Communications students. Staff Writer Qina Liu spoke with Carraro about producing his latest film, and what it’s like to work on set with celebrities.

QL: When did you know producing was what you wanted to do? BC: Within a year or two of getting out of school, I wanted to be a producer. Originally I studied cinema and photography more intensely because I honed my skills from taking still photography to possibly being a cinema photographer, but as I got more and more into the work field, I got more and more involved in the coordination of projects and observing. I realized that’s what I want. I want to be the guy who puts things together from A to Z, so it was pretty early on, but I knew it was going to involve a climb. If you bring the material to the table, you have a lot more to say down the road as to whether or not you’ll be involved.

Qina Liu: Tell me about the premise of your new movie. What can people expect from the film? Bill Carraro: It’s a Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy all-star cast comedy heist about working stiffs who basically seek revenge on a Wall Street swindler who stiffs them of their pensions, and it all takes place in what is supposed to be New York’s finest luxury Central Park condominium. They discover the billionaire who stiffed them has potentially hidden millions in this penthouse, and they aspire to reclaim the money they lost by breaking into his apartment. QL: Sounds like it relates back to the Occupy Wall Street movement. BC: It doesn’t hurt. And the whole Bernie Madoff scandal also. It’s certainly relevant to what’s going on in the world.

QL: What advice would you give current students aspiring to follow in your footsteps? From left, Ben Stiller, executive producer Bill Carraro ’81 and Casey Affleck on set of Carraro’s new movie, “Tower Heist.” Carraro previously produced “The Adjustment Bureau.” “Tower Heist” will screen at 7 p.m. today. Courtesy of Bill Carraro

QL: What was it like producing “Tower Heist” and working with stars such as Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy and Matthew Broderick? BC: The biggest challenge was putting a project together like this. It’s about the planning — executing everything that you would need for a complex project like this, or a demanding director like Brett Ratner, and being

able to juggle the logistics of the type of sequences we had in a big city like New York. QL: How did you get to this point as an executive producer from being a student at Ithaca College? BC: It certainly wasn’t overnight. It was many, many years of business. Just like any other business, I feel

like if they have some success, but particularly in the film business, it’s about perseverance. You have to be somewhat tenacious and you have to fully believe in what you’re capable of, and it was a long road of years and experience climbing the ladder from smaller projects and unrecognizable titles to getting the experience and learning from people and climbing the ladder to finally, I guess, gaining

BC: I often tell kids that while they’re still in school, “Great, enjoy your film classes. Get what you can get your hands on in terms of experience, whether it’s at the school or in the field.” This a business about content more than anything, so you know, make sure you know how to tell a story and edit a story. But it’s also a business, so make sure you know enough about business practices and accounting practices, because you’ll be potentially in the middle of making decisions about budgets, spreadsheets and calculations.

Super comic store powers up Comics for Collectors celebrates 30th anniversary By Chloe Wilson Staff Writer

Batman lives in Gotham, Buffy Summers in Sunnydale and Clark Kent in Metropolis. But one store in downtown Ithaca has provided a home for all of these characters for the past three decades. Comics for Collectors is a shop in downtown Ithaca that features an extensive selection of comic books, graphic novels, manga and other collectible toys and games. The store, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, specializes in comics from independent and small press publishers but also carries more popular comics from mainstream publishers, like Marvel and DC Comics. Sophomore David Sperling said he likes how the store appeals to people of all ages. “It’s a very nice, homey store,” he said. “This is a place any comic fan can go to to pick up the books he or she needs.” Founded by Tim Gray and Bill Turner, Comics for Collectors was established on the second floor of 148 East State St. in 1981. From there, the store grew, and in 1994 moved to its current location on North Aurora Street, near Collegetown Bagels. Gray and Turner also opened two other Comics for Collectors stores, one in Elmira and one in Corning. Both were open for 10-year periods — the Elmira store from 1983 to 1993 and the Corning store from 1991 to 2001. Turner sold his share of the company in 2000, and Gray took over. Comics for Collectors now has a full website and online store. While the store is small compared to larger comic store chains, it has a dedicated

customer base that has helped the store last throughout the years. Owner Tim Gray said he hopes the recent resurgence of comic characters in the media helps people find a newfound appreciation for the niche market. “We have been hoping that people would appreciate this pop culture,” Gray said. “Especially since the successes of all these movies like ‘Captain America’ that give precedence to the appreciation.” The store has been celebrating with special sales and Batman-inspired snacks. Special promotions include a signed art print by Joe Simon, the co-creator of Captain America, and a limited edition copy of the Elektra graphic novel, autographed by cocreator Frank Miller. In addition to founding Comics for Collectors, Gray also founded the Comic Book Club of Ithaca, the nation’s longest-running comic book club, in 1974. Comics for Collectors supports local business by offering a storewide 10 percent discount to GreenStar Natural Foods Market members and to members of the Comic Book Club of Ithaca. Student groups such as the Cornell Japanese Animation Society and the Anime Society of Ithaca College also receive the 10 percent discount. Junior Kathy Zink, the student fundraising coordinator for the Anime Society of Ithaca College, said she appreciates how Comics for Collectors reaches out to the community. “It’s good to have a comic store so close by,” Zink said. Gray, who is also a member of the Ithaca Commons Advisory Board, said he knows how

Comics for Collectors owner Tim Gray browses through shelves of comics Monday. The local store, located at 207 North Aurora St., is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Stacey Lawrence/The Ithacan

important it is to help the City of Ithaca. “We make a lot of donations to different organizations,” he said. “Nobody ever hears about those things, so you’re kind of like the unsung hero.” Gray remains active in the Comic Book Club of Ithaca, which meets twice a month in the Tompkins County Public Library and hosts its own comic convention, Ithacon, every April and September. The convention features dealers who sell collectible items like back issue and rare comics, along with artist prints, comic book writers and artists. Last Ithacon, held in

September in the Women’s Community Building on Seneca and Cayuga Street, showcased “The Simpsons” artist Ken Wheaton, “Captain America” writer Roger Stern and animator Warren Greenwood, known for his work on “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” Gray said he is happy with where the comic business has gone in the last 30 years. “It’s not just the business part of it, it’s about liking what you do.” Gray said. “Younger buyers tend to buy compilations and graphic novels are really popular. It’s a service and product line a lot of people care about.”

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Director Sara Lampert Hoover’s production of “Neat” at the Kitchen Theatre shines as a complex American coming-of-age story with a set that consists of only a few hanging pictures, a wardrobe with two outfits and a cast of one woman. The autobiographical story follows Charlayne (Karen Pittman) through her childhood and teenage years as an African-American girl growing up in the ’50s and ’60s with the help of her aunt Beneatha, also known as Neat. As a baby, Neat was given a harmful “Neat” Kitchen Theatre liquid that caused her to become mentally handicapped. Charlayne tells her story by reliving moments in her life that include visiting her Southern grandparents as a child, living in a mostly white New York town as a teenager and learning to embrace her roots as a high school student. As the actress works through the narrative of her character’s life, she effectively transitions her voice and physicality to match that of her loved ones and creates the intriguing illusion of multiple actresses on stage. Pittman shows her skill as an actress by embodying both the changes she went through as a child and an adult as well as the mannerisms of the people around her. When telling the story from her great-grandmother’s perspective, she arches her back, squints her eyes and slows and deepens her speech to show her age. When reliving memories from her childhood, she widens her eyes, smiles from ear to ear and uses more simplistic phrases. This visual transition made the story easier to follow by making the characters more distinct. When transitioning into Neat, Pittman’s entire body language shifts. She bends her arm up, makes a fist and plasters on a smile in a stock portrayal of a person with mental handicaps that leaves some audience members uncomfortable. Still, her expression and voice gives viewers a clear image and depiction of Neat. Pittman’s overall ability to embody so many different characters of different ages and with contrasting personalities makes the production an engaging experiment in theatrical storytelling. As the play moves through time and location frequently, the lighting helps create each setting

“The Light in the Piazza,”  the Ithaca College Theater Department’s second production of the semester, will open at 8 p.m. in the Hoerner Theatre. Tickets are $5.50 to $11 at the door.


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“The Hard Man,” a play about Scottish novelist Jimm Boyle’s life of crime and imprisonment, will be performed by Ithaca College and Cornell University students at 8 p.m. at Risely Hall at Cornell University. Tickets are $15 at the door.

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Charlayne (Karen Pittman) recalls memories from her childhood and teenage years in the Kitchen Theatre’s production of “Neat,” a one-woman play about growing up African-American in the U.S. courtesy of the kitchen theatre

despite the lack of scenery. The stage features only five hanging picture frames and a single chair, which brings attention to every minor detail in the set. In a scene where Charlayne describes experiencing snow with Neat, blue and white lights flood the stage and create an illusion of snowfall that helps make the memory more realistic. This use of lighting further develops the setting and distinguishes between the different narratives. The lighting is also used to transition into different time periods and settings. Lighting designer Ed Intemann shows the beginning and end of different narratives by fading the lights to match the mood of each segment. The music is historically accurate, but the generic songs chosen to represent the different time periods didn’t relate to the events in the memory they introduced. This aspect of the production took away from the emotional intensity of the story

by introducing an unrelated element. Charlayne’s clothing in the play changes only once ­— during the play’s intermission. The actress begins the performance wearing a neutral top with her hair straight and down, but ends in a patterned shirt, bell bottom jeans and a curly bun. The progression of Charlayne’s story is contradicted by the costume choices, as she looks younger in the second act, which focuses on her as an adult rather than a child. This causes confusion about the character’s place when the story ended. Pittman’s performance showcases her level of talent and commitment to the characters she was playing and make the one-woman performance a worthwhile production for people of all ages. “Neat” will run through Sunday at the Kitchen Theatre. Tickets are $25 for students and $32 for adults.

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After a five-year break from recording, Evanescence returns with a well-structured collection that stays true to the band’s original goth sound. Despite singer Amy Lee being the only original member in the group, Evanescence’s attention-grabbing drum track and Lee’s powerful vocals on the album’s Evanescence first track, “What “Evanescence” You Want,” reconWind-Up structs the dark Records rock the band is Our rating: known for. HH The first few songs on the self-titled album are topped with Lee’s crooning vocals, but the album transitions to a softer

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mood with the seventh and eighth tracks, “Lost in Paradise” and “Sick.” The quieter songs provide a needed balance after the album’s hard-rock beginning and give the collection a more nuanced and tolerable intensity. Lee showcases her vocal talents as she belts out lyrics in the rock-heavy tracks and harmonizes with the other singers to give the softer tunes a more comforting feel. Despite this musical success, Terry Balsamo’s guitar and Will Hunt’s drums are too loud to complement the otherwise smooth sound. While strong vocals and heavy instrumentals are common elements in the band’s previous work, as seen in “Everybody’s Fool” and “Whisper” from the band’s debut album, the overbearing music in this new release detracts from Lee’s vocal skill.

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After English rock band Oasis’ breakup, brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher left the group to strike out on their own. Noel, Oasis’ primaNoel Gallagher’s ry songwriter, High Flying Birds formed Noel “Noel Gallagher’s Gallagher ’s High Flying Birds” High Flying Mercury Birds. On the Records group’s selfOur rating: titled debut, HHH the new band remains upbeat and crafts songs with depth and purpose. Noel dabbles in orchestral elements in his songs, which help boost the emotive qualities of each track. When these elements are paired with lively piano lines and an electric guitar, the album showcases its vast array of styles.

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Unlike past efforts like “The Open Door,” which featured the 2005 hit single “Call Me When You’re Sober,” “Evanescence” doesn’t provide a clearcut hit. “My Heart is Broken,” released as the album’s promotional single, is simply a pleasant track, but lacks the instant appeal seen in past songs like “Bring Me to Life.” Recovering from an almost total loss of its founding members, Evanescence’s new album shows the band is refusing to fade away.



Art of Alignment Yoga Workshop, an exercise class taught by fitness instructor Liz Falk, will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Mighty Yoga on West State Street. Tickets are $25 to $30.


Circus Wunderbar, a family-friendly festival, held to benefit the elementary schools in Ithaca, will begin at 4 p.m. at the State Theatre. Tickets are $6 to $10.

“Everybody’s On the Run” is a heartfelt us-against-the-world ballad with soaring string counter melodies and a backing choir. Gallagher preaches determination as he sings, “Hang in there, love/ You gotta hold on, gotta be strong enough for love.” With his new band, Noel continues Oasis’ tradition of writing meaningful and enjoyable pop with a purpose.

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“American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery’s debut album is a collection of wholesome country tracks that celebrate small-town life and feature smooth acoustic guitar riffs and powerful vocals.

In her solo debut,“Anar,” — named after the Farsi word for pomegranate — Marketa Irglova peels back layers of sound to reveal a rich, tender style that results in wistful, contemplative melodies.

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Director Andrew Niccol uses the clichéd idea that time is money to structure a futuristic society in the scifi action thriller “In Time,” but fails to make the plot’s initial appeal last. The film takes place in a future where citizens are allowed to live for free until their 25th birthday, but from then on must earn or steal more time from the government to continue living. After “In Time” a suicidal stranger Twentieth gives Will Salas Century Fox (Justin Timberlake) Our rating: more than a centuHH ry’s worth of time, he gives time to the poor who barely survive day-to-day. He then must dodge the corrupt Time Keepers who want to arrest him for upsetting the balance of rich and poor people in society. Despite the inventive plot, the film’s underdeveloped script and the actors’ sub-par performances make it a mildly confusing, mediocre action flick. The intriguing premise of using time as currency produces a sense of urgency and drama as people must literally run for their lives to buy more time. Niccol uses creative details, such as a cup of coffee costing four minutes, to help make this film’s dystopian world more realistic. Though clever, the complex plot lacks adequate explanation. In the film, people can give or take time by pressing together digital clocks embedded in their forearms, but the script never explains the details of the clock’s production or purpose. While the government claims the time restriction is used to control the

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From left, Will Salas (Justin Timberlake) and Sylvia Weis (Amanda Seyfried) must run from Time Keepers after being accused of stealing time in director Andrew Niccol’s “In Time” about a futuristic society where time is used as money. Courtesy of twentieth century fox

growing population, Niccol never fleshes out why people are continually able to earn or steal unlimited amounts of time rather than being forced to simply live for the shortened time. This makes the already complicated story difficult to follow. Cinematographer Roger Deakins employs mostly long camera shots, which sometimes help emphasize the importance of every second, but the slow pacing detracts from the urgency of the plot. Additionally, yellow tints are used to produce a sickly color effect that mirrors the unhealthy state of the society. These cinematic elements help establish the oppressive futuristic society by creating a landscape that

appears to be run down and lacking natural beauty. The film’s dialogue, which echoes trite remarks from past action movies such as the 1988 action film “Die Hard,” sci-fi hit “The Terminator” and the James Bond franchise, lacks realism. Salas’ clichéd one-liners fail to demonstrate the dimensionality of his character. Salas speaks in typical I’m-out-to-save-the-world jargon, none of which is original or adds to the dynamic storyline. Some initially promising relationships fall short, as they lack clarity in the narrative. Though Salas and one of the Time Keepers both grew up in the lower-class neighborhoods, the script

fails to capitalize on their similarities. Niccol alludes to a connection between Salas and his deceased father, who also tried to save the time-deprived, but doesn’t fully develop the story. With this like-father-like-son subplot, Niccol attempts to give Salas another motive to save the poor or sick, but because it’s not explained, the secondary story fails to add depth and becomes an unnecessary distraction. Despite an intriguing storyline, “In Time” fails to deliver and may leave viewers thinking this film is a waste of their own time. “In Time” was directed and written by Andrew Niccol.

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Mediocre new cast lacks classic style

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After directing the 2008 comedy “Marley and Me,” David Frankel continues his work with animals (and Owen Wilson) in “The Big Year,” an insubstantial dramatic comedy about birds and birdwatchers. “The Big Year” is loosely based on a real-life competition in which birdwatchers, or birders, attempt to see as many bird species as “The Big Year” possible in a geographical Fox 2000 location in a calendar year. Pictures Frankel’s fictional adaptation Our rating: follows three birdwatchers H who race against one another to achieve a record-breaking “biggest year.” Kenny Bostick (Owen Wilson), the current record holder, Stu Preissler (Steve Martin), a wealthy CEO nearing retirement, and Brad Harris (Jack Black), a grad school dropout, explore their passion for birds and come into conflict with one another at birdwatching hot spots around the world. Rather than showing Harris and Preissler’s growing friendship through scenes of them spending time together, Frankel develops the relationship with an extended monologue from Harris that doesn’t effectively portray the bond they share. While eating at a restaurant, Harris says how close he and Preissler have become, but that deep relationship is hardly depicted. Even when they decide to put aside the personal glory they’ve been working for and team up for a better shot at winning the competition, their connection is unconvincing. The use of narration to develop the characters at the beginning of the film makes the story difficult to follow.

Director Craig Brewer’s present-day revival of the 1984 classic “Footloose” delivers sub-par acting but slides through with dynamic dance numbers. The remake’s plot doesn’t stray far from the original. After the town council abolishes loud music and teen dancing in “Footloose” public, Ren McCormack Paramount (Kenny Wormald) works to Pictures change the council’s law. Our rating: “Footloose” is the first HH film to feature Wormald in a leading role, and the actor shows his lack of experience in the profession. Wormald’s forced lines and delayed emotional reactions make his portrayal of Ren lacking compared to Kevin Bacon’s stand-out performance in 1984. But professional dancers Wormald and Julianne Hough shine in the film’s dance numbers. Their on-stage charisma and technical aptitude for the moves glow in the well-choreographed scenes. Songs from the original film such as the catchy title track “Footloose” add a classic element, while country and hip-hop songs are added to revamp the soundtrack. This careful modernization reinvents the old storyline enough to make the film worth a second look, but doesn’t drastically change the popular plot. While Brewer’s newly released rendition of “Footloose” taps into the impressive dance sequences that made the original a classic hit, overall the film is just a bit loose.

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Kenny Bostick (Owen Wilson) tracks down rare species of birds in the comedy “The Big Year.”

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As the men get further into the competition, the specimens they search for become more rare and Frankel begins using the birds’ strange habits to represent human characteristics. After being inspired by the courtship dance between bald eagles, Harris finally builds up the courage to pursue the woman he’s attracted to. This simple story-telling device helps create a connection between the character’s personal lives and the competition, making the birders only remotely interesting as individuals. “The Big Year” boasts a quirky premise and an A-list comedy cast, but fails to soar after its rough take-off. “The Big Year” was directed by David Frankel and written by Howard Franklin and Mark Obmascik.

“Footloose” was directed by Craig Brewer and written by Dean Pitchford and Brewer.

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Players from the men’s soccer team gather around senior center back Matt Anthony before practice Monday at Higgins Stadium.

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leading by example Men’s soccer team’s four-year starter humbly leaves legacy in final season of his career on some kind of soccer team. “I’ve put a lot of time into The sound of the referee’s it, and it’s been a part of me for final whistle makes the frigid basically my whole life,” he said. Anthony came to the day seem even colder. The men’s soccer team just surrendered college not only as a recruit for two late goals and lost the regu- the men’s soccer team, but also lar season finale and final home a recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship. The game for this year’s senior class. Steady wind blows snow sports management major has across the field as senior back studied abroad at the college’s Matt Anthony starts to jog London Center and interned in the athletic department toward the stands at Pace University. for the ritualistic Anthony said he cool-down. A fan To see a is going to volunteer comfortingly yells, video of Matt as a mentor at a local “I love you Matt Anthony, go to elementary school this A.!”, But Anthony spring as part of the does not say a word. His play on the field speaks community service his scholarship requires him to take part in. for him. Helping younger kids is Anthony started 15 games as a freshman on the 2008 team, nothing new for him, as he which consisted of four upper- has grown up with an autistic classmen, and surrendered an younger brother. Anthony’s average of less than one goal per father, John, said Anthony has game. He has made 51 consecu- taken the initiative to look out tive starts dating back to Oct. for his brother throughout both of their lives by helping him 28, 2008. Standing tall at 6-foot-1, with schoolwork. “It’s a burden we did not Anthony is an imposing presence on the field. He anchors want to put onto Matt, but it’s the defense with precision, something that he took on on stepping up to cut off a pass his own because he felt, as a or leaping to head a ball away brother, that’s what he needed to do,” John said. from the goal. John said Anthony’s maturity Head Coach Andy Byrne said Anthony has been the has helped him balance all of his team’s most reliable defender responsibilities, which include maintaining the B+ grade averthis season. “There’s not a whole lot of age that his scholarship requires flash to his game, but he’s a in addition to competing on the men’s soccer team. good solid defender,” he said. Anthony’s reliability on the Anthony has played soccer since he was four years old. field reassures his teammates He was a four-time letter win- when they fall behind in games. Anthony said he has grown ner for the men’s soccer team at Pine Bush High School in confident in helping his teamPine Bush, N.Y., where he also mates as he has played more excelled on the men’s tennis games as a Bomber. “The younger guys always team. He was named to the Times-Herald Record All-Star ask me questions about the other teams or on the field Soccer Team his senior year. Anthony said he could not during the game,” he said. imagine his life without playing “And I feel like I give them

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Senior center back Matt Anthony dribbles the ball upfield during a game Saturday.

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good information.” Though he has had an impact on many people, Anthony has remained the same quiet, humble individual throughout his four seasons on the team. Byrne said Anthony’s body language following the scoring play spoke volumes about his reserved personality. He said his leadership style involves more showing than telling, which can be an issue when the team is trying to get out of a slump. “Matt’s a very quiet guy, which is sometimes a problem,” he said. “But he’s more of a leader on the field, leading more by example in how hard he plays.” The South Hill squad will have to find a new center back to replace Anthony when the season ends. John said he will miss watching his son compete for the South Hill squad. “We’ve dreaded this moment,”

he said. “It’s been a joy watching him play at the collegiate level, but now we’re going to have to find something to do next fall.” A photo of Matt sits at the end of the Hall of Champions in the college’s Athletics and Events Center, along with other representatives from each of the college’s athletic teams. Matt said he was humbled by the honor, and said it shows how the college recognizes the efforts of him and his peers. “It just shows that people are appreciating all the time and effort student-athletes put into these sports,” he said. “It’s a lot harder than it looks, but it’s also very fun.” Anthony said he has built trust with his freshman teammates throughout the season. “At the end of the day it’s soccer,” he said. “My teammates know what they’re doing, so I don’t really need to tell them much.”

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Long playoff drops ratings One of the most exciting World Series Championships in baseball history concluded Friday when the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Texas Rangers 6-2 in a winner-take-all Game 7. The series featured historic performances, a managerial mistake for the ages and a thrilling comeback in Game 6 that felt more like watching a dream than an actual baseball game. The series made a folk hero out of Cardinals’ third baseman David Freese, who broke the single postseason RBI record, had the game-tying hit when the team was one strike from elimination and the game-winning hit in extra innings to force a decisive seventh game. Despite all the extra-inning excitement and intriguing storylines, this year’s World Series finished with the third-lowest television ratings in history, only beating out last year’s championship series between the Rangers and San Francisco Giants and the 2008 World Series that featured the Philadelphia Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays. While Game 6 got a solid Neilsen rating of 13.7 out of 100, and Game 7 drew the highest rating for a World Series game since 2004 with a 14.7, Game 3 was the second-least watched game in series history, garnering a rating of just 6.6 and a total of 11.2 million viewers. Most baseball fans would assume the low ratings were a result of not featuring one of the big-market franchises such as the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs or Los Angeles Dodgers. But the 1980 World Series between the small market Kansas City Royals and the Philadelphia Phillies is tied with the 1978 matchup between the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers for the highest rating, coming in at 32.8. In the past, the World Series was commonly a matchup of the best teams from each league. Since the addition of the wild card in 1995, only the 1999 series between the New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves featured the two teams with the best records in each league. During the past 16 years since the addition of a wild card to each league, the postseason has turned into a crapshoot with three short series giving way to the hottest team, not necessarily the best one. With the season already lasting 162 games and the World Series lasting into November in 2009 and 2010, Major League Baseball is simply struggling to hold the attention of younger fans. It’s the prolonged journey to get to the final two teams that alienates fans, not the World Series itself. Harlan Green-taub is a senior televison-radio major. Contact him at

There’s only been one player in the history of Ithaca College football who has caught more passes than graduate wide receiver Dan Ruffrage, but that could change Saturday. Ruffrage has totaled 140 receptions in his career, which ranks second on the program’s alltime list. He trails Thomas Vossler ’11, who holds the Bombers’ record for catches Ruffrage ranks fourth all-time with 144. in the football Vossler has been coaching team’s history, Ruffrage this season as the earning 1,811 team’s assistant coach and yards receiving. wide receivers coach. Ruffrage said though he has not talked to Vossler about the record, their relationship is positive and supportive after playing with each other for three years. “He’s pretty much like a brother to me,” Ruffrage said. “We had a blast playing together, and now he’s coaching me and we’re just working together.” Vossler said if anyone were to break his record, he would want it to be Ruffrage. Though Vossler is on the sidelines during games instead of lining up next to Ruffrage, he said his relationship with Ruffrage has stayed genuine. “Now and then you gotta get after him a little bit, but he’s a guy you don’t really need to coach a lot — he’s got a lot of natural ability,” Vossler said. Ruffrage has also amassed 1,811 receiving yards in his career, which places him fourth in the South Hill squad’s record books. He said the key to his historical career was the opportunity to play in a lot of games as an underclassmen. Ruffrage has caught 37 balls for 428 yards and three touchdowns this season. Two of his three scores have come on special teams, as his kick return and punt return are two of the team’s longest plays of the year. Ruffrage went into Saturday’s game against the Bobcats ranked second in Division III in punt returns, averaging 28.7 yards, and third in kick returns with an average of 31.4 yards. Senior cornerback Mike Conti said Ruffrage was the team’s most dynamic player. “Without a doubt he’s our biggest playmaker,” Conti said. “When we need a big play, everybody looks to Ruff to come up big for us, whether it be on offense or on special teams.” Ruffrage, who is 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds,

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Senior wide receiver Dan Ruffrage turns upfield during the Bombers’ 13-10 win against Frostburg State University on Saturday at Butterfield Stadium. Ruffrage is five catches shy of setting the school record. rachel woolf/The ithacaN

is a multi-talented wide receiver. He uses his quickness to run precise routes and is always able to elude the corners and safeties to get open. Senior cornerback Spence White said practicing with Ruffrage has improved everyone on the team. “Everyone says he’s that one guy that likes to do it all,” White said. “He’s one of the best receivers in the league, so going against him in

practice just makes ourselves better.” Ruffrage will have this weekend’s game against Alfred University and the Cortaca Jug Game on Nov. 12 to continue his rise in the Bomber record books. But he said he has other goals in mind other than his personal success. “I’ve really just been focusing on what I can do to help us become a better team,” he said. “Whatever I can do to help us be a better team and get wins — that’s what I’m focusing on.”

Bombers to face top seed in playoff appearance By nate king staff writer

After a somewhat tumultuous season that concluded with four straight losses, the men’s soccer team will soon compete in the postseason for the first time in three seasons. The fourth-ranked Bombers will play against Stevens Institute of Technology in the semifinals of the Empire 8 Conference Tournament tomorrow in Hoboken, N.J. The Blue and Gold lost a regular season matchup against the Ducks by a score of 1-0 on Oct. 15. The Bombers surrendered the game’s only goal in the first half. Junior midfielder Ryan Norland said the match was closely contested and Stevens Institute of Technology converted the only good chance the Bombers gave them. “They had one opportunity, and they scored it when we played them,” he said. “It was a good game, and during the second half we were after them.” The Ducks maintained a perfect 6–0 conference record and finished with an overall record of 14–2 on their way to the regular season title. They have outscored their opponents 36–14 and have a 13-game winning streak dating back to Sept. 10. The South Hill squad, meanwhile, has had its struggles. The

From left, Elmira College senior back Alston Eldridge defends Bombers junior back Dan Shirley during a game Saturday at Higgins Stadium. parker chen/the ithacan

team has scored just 14 goals to their opponents’ 23 heading into Friday’s playoff contest. It lost the opportunity for the third seed on the final day of the regular season Saturday when it gave up two late

goals in a 2-1 loss to the Elmira College Soaring Eagles. Despite the odds being stacked in the Ducks’ favor, the Blue and Gold’s players said they know what they have to do to secure a victory in

the tournament’s semifinals. Head Coach Andy Byrne said solid defense along with dominating time of possession and executing scoring opportunities will help the team win tomorrow’s game. “We’re going to have to defend well,” he said. “We’re going to have to move the ball quickly and accurately, and we’re going to have to finish chances that we get.” Senior center back Matt Anthony said the team knew it would have to face Stevens Institute of Technology at some point, so it must realize that the Ducks are not invincible. “We just have to go out there and play well,” he said. They’re beatable.” Norland said the team is going into the game with more confidence than they have in past games. “We’re not going to go into the game with an underdog philosophy, because when you do that, a lot of times you play at your lowest potential,” he said. “We need to go in knowing we can beat them.” Norland said the Bombers will win tomorrow’s game if they play with the same energy as they did in the regular season. “We gave them a good game when we played down there during the season, and hopefully we can bring the same intensity again and see if we can get the victory,” he said.

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Conference record brings team down by nate bickell staff writer

The volleyball team’s slow start to its season cost it a chance to defend its Empire 8 Conference Championship and earn a bid to the NCAA tournament. Unable to achieve its primary goal for the preseason, the team is looking to receive a bid to the Eastern College Athletic Conference Metro-Upstate Tournament, which it won in 2009. The Bombers’ mark of 4–3 in the conference puts them in fourth place out of eight teams, but they still hold the best overall record in the Empire 8 at 20–12. The Empire 8 standings are determined by seven games over two weekend tournaments during the season. The Blue and Gold’s four-set loss to St. John Fisher College in the opening game of the second Empire 8 Crossover on Oct. 21 eliminated them from playoff contention. Senior middle blocker Karin Edsall said it is frustrating that the conference playoff berths come down to performing well in two tournaments, rather than the whole season. “If you have one bad weekend, and it comes at the wrong time of the season, you’re screwed,” she said. Empire 8 Conference officials are adding a third weekend of conference play starting next season, which could have greatly benefited this year’s squad, as they would have played a more balanced schedule that alternated between conference and non-conference opponents.

After starting the season with a disappointing 9–10 record, the Bombers faced rival SUNY-Cortland, which had been ranked 15th in the nation, on Oct. 5. The Bombers fell to the Red Dragons in five sets. Senior outside hitter Chelsea Hayes said the rivalry between the two teams brought out the best in the Blue and Gold. “We tried to play up to their level of competition instead of just rolling over to them,” she said. “We did that and realized we could play with them and we could have beaten them.” The Bombers had been shuffling their lineup until the match against SUNY-Cortland, with junior Marissa Woodcome and Edsall splitting time at the setter position. But Edsall became the team’s full-time setter, while Woodcome switched to libero, the defensive specialist and the only player who is not required to rotate on the court. Hayes said the steady lineup has helped everyone determine their own capabilities. “You learn who’s going to take what ball, and you learn what different people can and can’t do,” she said. Through their match against SUNY-Cortland, the Bombers were 1–4 in five-set matches, but went 4–1 in five-set matches the rest of the season. Hayes said grabbing the momentum early in the fifth set was critical to the team’s success. “The fifth set is more mental than physical,” she said. “We realized that

From left, SUNY-Geneseo sophomore outside hitter Alex Wende gets blocked by junior setter Marissa Woodcome in the Blue and Gold’s match Oct. 26 in Ben Light Gymnasium. The Bombers defeated the Knights in three sets.

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if we could bring our mental game to those 15 points, we could come out on top.” The Blue and Gold recovered quickly from its loss to St. John Fisher College, defeating Hartwick College and Stevens Institute of Technology the next day. Senior middle blocker Kate Thoene, who had a team high of 14 kills against Hartwick, said the team played with a more relaxed attitude

after the loss to St. John Fisher. “After losing the one game this weekend that kicked us out of E8s, we’ve been playing like we’ve had nothing to lose,” she said. SUNY-Geneseo Head Coach Jen Salmon said the Bombers looked like a different team in their three-set sweep Oct. 26 in Ben Light Gymnasium compared to when they lost to the Knights in five sets Sept. 10. “They were more confident and

cohesive,” she said. “They were picking everything up, and they were definitely a better blocking team than we saw last time.” Edsall said the Bombers are looking to take the momentum they generated in the second half of the season and carry it over to another ECAC title. “We can still go to ECACs,” she said. “It’s not as good as NCAAs, but it would be a nice finish to the season.”

Look online for game stories from these sports:  TOMORROW • 3:30 p.m. Wrestling at Ithaca Invitational in Glazer Arena • 3:30 p.m. Men’s Soccer at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J.

SATURDAY • 10 a.m. Wrestling at Ithaca Invitational in Glazer Arena • 1 p.m. Football vs. Alfred University at Butterfield Stadium • 1 p.m. Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving vs. SUNY-Cortland at Athletics and Events Center Pool • 2:30 p.m. Women’s Soccer at Nazareth College in Hoboken, N.J.

TUESDAY • 7 p.m. Women’s Swimming and Diving at William Smith College in Geneva, N.Y.

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Squad remains at top of Empire 8 Conference by steve derderian contributing writer

Though the women’s cross-country team remains the only team to win the Empire 8 Conference Championship after its first-place finish Saturday, it is still looking to earn recognition at the regional and national levels. The team captured its ninth consecutive conference title Saturday at Saratoga Spa State Park in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. It tallied a season-best of 19 points, finishing 45 points ahead of the second place team, Nazareth College. Head Coach Bill Ware said winning the Empire 8 title has become customary for the South Hill squad. “Not only have we won it every year, but we’ve had the top runner every year as well,” he said. Last year’s squad posted a team record of 16 points at the conference championships, which was 52 points ahead of the rest of the field. The Bombers’ largest margin of victory in their streak of nine Empire 8 Conference titles was in 2007, when they defeated rival Alfred University by 63 points. Utica College Head Coach Jason Rose led his team to a second-place finish this season, but gave credit to the Bombers. He said the Blue and Gold’s constant success is because of their training and recruiting. “We were hoping to pull something out of a hat, but obviously it didn’t happen,” he said. There was tighter competition within the team at this year’s conference championship, as graduate student Alissa Kersey overtook senior captain Heidi Baumbach in the 5,000-meter run. Baumbach was the team’s leading runner during the regular season. She finished first in both the 4,000and 6,000-meter runs at the Cortland Jack Daniels Invitational on Sept. 24 and the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble on Oct. 15. Baumbach said having Kersey, especially in

From left, senior Kristin Miga and junior Meghan Shanley run during practice Monday in downtown Ithaca wearing their Halloween costumes. The Bombers have won nine straight conference titles.

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this race, allowed them to work together and hold off Utica College junior Katie Day, who finished just three seconds behind Baumbach and Kersey. “We told each other that we could help each other through the tough parts of the

race and run together,” Baumbach said. “We planned to run together the whole way and push each other.” Kersey, who was named the Empire 8 Runner of the Week on Monday, returned to compete for the Blue and Gold in the

Hamilton Invitational on Oct. 8 and became the team’s second-best runner. Ware said Kersey has brought experience to the South Hill squad this season. “She talks to the team about tradition and how important this meet is because we have done so well in the past,” he said. Freshman Anastasia Diamond said competing in the conference championships helped her learn to set long term and short term goals for herself as well as the team. “I like that it was a bigger race, and it was nice to realize that maybe that can be me up there with the head of the pack,” she said. “It is certainly something I can work for and see what I can achieve.” Despite winning the Empire 8 Conference Championship, the Blue and Gold are still aware that they need to beat a formidable opponent in host St. Lawrence University. The Saints are ranked first in the United States Track and Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association’s Atlantic Regional Poll despite placing only one runner in the top five at last weekend’s Liberty League Championship. The South Hill squad matched up against St. Lawrence on Oct. 22 at the New York State Collegiate Track Conference Championships, but lost 56-24. Baumbach finished second overall at the meet, but the Saints’ depth allowed them to place four runners in the top five. The Bombers finished seventh overall at last season’s regional championships and are motivated to finish higher this season. Baumbach said though she and the team posted winning times at the conference championships, the Bombers will have to run as a group to match up and challenge St. Lawrence. “We use the Empire 8 meet to focus on our goals and working together, and we need to have the consistency that has allowed us to be successful all season,” she said.

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Football forecast Expect another low-scoring game Saturday when the Bombers take on Alfred University

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After an emotional 13–10 comeback victory against Frostburg State University, Ithaca will look to keep rolling against the Alfred University Saxons in their last Empire 8 game of the season. The Bombers will be facing senior quarterback TJ Kilcarr. Kilcarr has started the last two games for the Saxons after senior Tom Secky was demoted following a 69–0 loss to Salisbury University. Kilcarr has a great football IQ and the ability to run. The Saxons have not won at Butterfield Stadium since 1982 and extending the winning season streak means so much to this team. Score: Ithaca 14, Alfred 7.

Prepared to strike

From left, Ithaca College senior Alyssa Dietz winds up to hit the ball upfield while Cornell University post-doctorate midfielder Jessica Hayward trails close behind her during a club field hockey game Sunday at Higgins Stadium.

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Harlan Green-Taub Senior Asst. Sports Editor


With two games remaining in the season, the Bombers will need to win both games to keep their streak of consecutive winning seasons alive. Ithaca will take on in-state rival Alfred University, the most disappointing team in the Empire 8 Conference this season. Picked to finish first in the preseason coaches poll, the Saxons find themselves just 5–3 on the season and 2–3 in the conference. The Bombers won three in a row in the series before dropping last year’s matchup in a game that wound up deciding the conference champion. I expect the Bombers to get their revenge this week. Score: Ithaca 17, Alfred 14.

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The number of catches graduate student wide receiver Dan Ruffrage has this season. See story on page 24.


The number of kills senior Kate Thoene had for the volleyball team in its win against Hartwick College on Oct. 27. See story on page 25.

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Weird news from the wide world of sports

The sport of quidditch, created by author J.K. Rowling and brought to life by students at Middlebury College in Vermont in 2005, has grown from its humble beginnings on college campuses into an international event. The sport, which features an official rule book and governing body, will hold its fifth annual world cup Nov. 11 and 12 on Randall’s Island in New York City. The tournament has grown rapidly and more than 100 teams are scheduled to compete, up from 46 last year. There are separate divisions for college and high school teams, and teams from Canada as well as Europe are participating. Players, who must have broomsticks between their legs at all times, run around on a field and score 10 points by throwing the quaffle, a slightly deflated volleyball, through a hoop. The game ends when the golden snitch, a tennis ball carried by a neutral person, is captured by one of the teams. Middlebury, the defending champions, are favored to repeat, but with so many teams competing, look for a new squad to swoop in and capture the final snitch. –Harlan Green-Taub

Bombers to watch Andrew Rogowski Senior Football

Amanda Callanan Sophomore Soccer

Rogowski was named Empire 8 Special Teams Player of the Week after kicking a 34-yard game-winning field goal in the Bombers’ 13–10 win over Frostburg State University. Rogowski is currently second in school history with 36 career field goals.

Callanan was named Empire 8 offensive player of the week after tallying a goal and two assists in the Bombers’ two victories last week. Callanan has started every game for the Bombers this season at midfield.

they saidit He told me, ‘You haven’t hit one in a while, and this is the time you’re going to.’

Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton tells reporters that God told him he would hit a home run in Game 6 of the World Series.

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Best foot forward

From left, Elmira College sophomore forward Jared Cipriano blocks a pass off the foot of junior back Jack Shirley during a game Saturday at Higgins Stadium. The Blue and Gold’s 2-1 loss marked the team’s regular season finale. The South Hill squad will face off against Stevens Institute of Technology in the semifinals of the Empire 8 Conference Tournament on Friday. parker chen/the ithacan


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