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Sourcing from the state To interact with this map of the college's local suppliers, visit theithacan.org/local-food. SUPPLIER: Byrne Dairy WHAT THEY SUPPLY: Milk, DISTANCE: 55.5 miles
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SUPPLIER: Finger Lakes Fresh WHAT THEY SUPPLY: Hydroponic DISTANCE: 6.8 miles
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online editor and contributing writer
Sustainability is on the menu for Ithaca College students now that the college’s dining services are pushing to source more local products. Members of the campus community, including students and employees, have been working to encourage a shift toward supporting locally produced food. This year, Ithaca College is expecting to have nearly a five percent increased investment in sourcing food from the region. Sodexo, the company that runs the college’s dining services, sources food from 19 New York-based businesses, and 17 of those are within 100 miles of the college. Five of these food providers are located in Ithaca, such as Finger Lakes Fresh. Finger Lakes Fresh, a hydroponics agriculture
company, provides lettuce to one dining location on campus that exclusively offers local, fresh and natural foods: the Fresh Food Market within Towers Dining Hall. Steve Holzbaur, general manager of Finger Lakes Fresh, said they sold lettuce to the college sporadically over the years, but for the past two the company has sent 10 to 15 pounds of lettuce per week to the Fresh Food Market. “Occasionally the other dining halls will call if there’s a special event, but that only happens
dairy SUPPLIER: Cayuga Pure Organics WHAT THEY SUPPLY: Grains, beans DISTANCE: 6.3 miles
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usually about two times a year,” Holzbaur said. “But we would love to be in all of the dining halls, not just the Towers.” Finger Lakes Fresh will be expanding next year, and Holzbaur said they will aggregate other local farm products so they can offer more than lettuce, along with some value-added products, such as canned and pickled foods.
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Rochon revokes controversial media policy by ithacan staff President Tom Rochon notified the student media leaders and the Ithaca College community Tuesday that the student media policy implemented Oct. 1 had been rescinded. The announcement comes in the wake of a meeting with student media leaders, among other concerned parties, Nov. 5 to assess the impact of ROCHON said the policy’s imple- he rescinded the mentation thus far. policy for the sake Senior Emily of transparency. Miles, an editor of Buzzsaw Magazine, attended a meeting with Rochon last week, where students voiced their anxieties about how the media policy was impacting the coverage of the college. “What we really got to in the meeting [was] the more campus-wide effect of
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Internship season raises requirement questions by jack curran staff writer
As the semester winds down, students are beginning to search for spring and summer internship possibilities, and for some the difference between internships requiring credit or not may be a deciding factor. Ithaca College offers students many resources to aid the internship search process. Generally students find in their search that employers require college credit. While many students believe credit is mandatory, legally it’s not. The college does not place restrictions on non-credit internships but is not formally involved with them. But when students do take internships for credit, each school has different requirements. Students in the communications school are required to complete 60 on-site hours per credit, and students in the School of Business must complete 55 on-site and five coursework hours per credit. In addition to these requirements, students must also pay for internship credits. If students have internships during the academic year, any credits will be covered
Caryanne Kennan, assistant director of career development at Career Services, teaches senior Danielle West to use the Career Shift program. sabrina knight/The Ithacan
by their tuition. Students that do internships during the summer must pay $1,058 per credit. According to the Department of Labor, the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 lays out specific guidelines for unpaid interns. Interns do not need to receive payment as long as they are benefiting from their experience. If an intern’s experience mirrors training, and they
do not replace a paid employee, then the employer does not need to pay them. While it is not required, by offering academic credit businesses help ensure that the internship will count as an educational experience for interns. In an average year, about 200 health science and human performance students, 175 business
students and 350 Roy H. Park School of Communications students complete internships or fieldwork. The internship data from the School of Music and the School of Humanities and Sciences is not available. Ross Perlin, author of the book “Intern Nation: How to Earn Nothing and Learn Little in the Brave New Economy,” said many employers require students to receive credit to protect themselves legally from the Department of Labor. “There’s a kind of myth that academic credit can substitute for pay, and some employers see it as a way to potentially get around paying their interns,” Perlin said. “Even if they don’t think it makes it entirely legal, they at least want to cover their bases as much as possible.” Another incentive for employers to require college credit is liability insurance. Jennifer Halperin, internship coordinator at Columbia College of Chicago, said if an intern is receiving credit, then their school holds the liability. “It comes down to a question of whether a student would be covered
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Nation&World Colorado shooting trial postponed
A court hearing for the man charged with the Colorado movie theater killings has been postponed after his attorneys said Wednesday that he was taken to a hospital for unspecified reasons. Court documents filed Wednesday gave no details of James Holmes’ condition, other than that it “renders him unable to be present in court for [Thursday’s] hearing.” The hearing had been scheduled to discuss pretrial motions and media requests for information under state open records laws. At a hearing Wednesday on the defense attorneys’ request to delay the court date, defense attorney Tamara Brady said Holmes was taken to a hospital Tuesday. She didn’t say where or offer details on why, saying attorneys don’t want to disclose privileged medical or psychiatric information. Arapahoe County District Judge William Sylvester said that was sufficient information for him and postponed the Thursday hearing until Dec. 10. Prosecutor Rich Orman had objected, saying the defense should be required to give more information on Holmes’ condition first. Holmes didn’t attend the emergency hearing. Denver media outlets, citing unnamed sources, reported Holmes had injured himself by hitting his head, apparently intentionally, on a jail cell wall. The Arapahoe County undersheriff would not comment on the reports.
Obama addresses Gaza violence
U.S. President Barack Obama spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi on Wednesday about attacks launched from Gaza into Israel and escalating violence in the Gaza Strip. The White House said Obama reiterated U.S. support for Israel’s right to self-defense from rocket attacks being launched against its civilians and urged Israel to “make every effort to avoid civilian casualties” in its response. Israel carried out a blistering offensive of more than 50 airstrikes in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, assassinating Hamas’ military commander in the most intense attack on the territory in nearly four years.
Israel said the airstrikes, launched in response to days of rocket fire out of Hamas-ruled Gaza, were the beginning of a broader operation against Islamic militants. With at least 10 Palestinians dead, including two young children, Wednesday’s offensive was certain to set off a new round of heavy fighting with Gaza militants, who have built up a formidable arsenal of rockets and missiles.
Uruguay debates gay marriage law
Uruguay’s congress is considering a gay marriage law that would give same-sex couples all the same rights and responsibilities of heterosexual married couples. The country already has a civil unions law and has stood out in Latin America lately for legalizing abortion and planning to sell government-grown marijuana to any citizen who wants it. The proposed marriage equality law would change Uruguay’s nearly-centuryold civil code and give married gays and lesbians all the rights and responsibilities of heterosexual married couples, including the possibility of adopting children. It was drafted by gay rights activists in the “Black Sheep Collective” and now has the support of lawmakers in the ruling Broad Front coalition, which decided Wednesday to debate the measure next week in the House of Deputies’ constitutional commission.
Bombings in Iraq kill 17 civilians
Insurgents unleashed a new wave of bombings across Iraq early Wednesday targeting security forces and civilians, killing 17 people and wounding dozens more in the latest challenge to government efforts to promote a sense of stability, police and health officials said. The deadliest explosions took place in the disputed northern city of Kirkuk. In the first attack, a parked car bomb exploded near the offices of a Kurdish political party, then another bomb went off as police and rescuers gathered, a police officer said. Such double bombings are a common insurgent tactic. Five members of a security unit from the nearby Kurdistan self-rule region were killed and four were wounded,
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officials said. About an hour later, another parked car bomb hit an Iraqi army patrol in the Sunni-dominated town of Hawija to the west of Kirkuk, killing five soldiers and wounding four.
Power in Cuba restored after weeks
Cuban authorities said power has been almost completely restored in the city of Santiago nearly three weeks after Hurricane Sandy. A report in Communist Party newspaper Granma says the lights are back on for 99.8 percent of customers in the city and 47 percent in outlying areas. Santiago took a near-direct hit from Sandy on Oct. 25. The storm killed 11 people on the island, damaged more than 200,000 homes and caused significant crop losses. Authorities have not given an estimate of the total economic damage. The U.N. said Sandy may be the most devastating storm to hit that part of Cuba in at least 50 years.
Granma said Wednesday that phone service is expected to be at 90 percent of normal by the month’s end.
Farm workers protest over wages
Violent protests by farm workers have erupted in South Africa after weeks of unrest in the country’s mining industry. Television images showed protesters overturn a police truck and set fires in the streets Wednesday in a town in South Africa’s Western Cape. The workers have been protesting their wages, saying they want a minimum wage of $17 a day. Currently, workers make about half that amount a day. Agriculture is one of South Africa’s biggest industries, as is mining. Miners first protested over wages in August at Lonmin PLC’s Marikana platinum mine outside of Rustenburg, sparking violence and a mass shooting by police that left 46 people dead.
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Students win big for business pitches By HAYLEIGH GOWANS STAFF WRITER
After months of preparation, four teams of student entrepreneurs at Ithaca College may see their ideas become a reality with the help of $5,000. Four teams won this prize during the Second Annual Business Idea Competition, sponsored by the School of Business, last Thursday in Emerson Suites. More than 10 teams vied for the chance to win a portion of $55,000. The teams gave fourminute pitches to a panel of judges to determine how much money they should receive. The ideas presented in the competition were housed in three categories: health, product and services. Out of those ideas, four teams — InsertHeels, Saleshop, The KettleShell and Opt-Ez — received a first-place prize of $5,000 per team. The remaining eight finalists will all receive funding to continue developing their ideas. Teams that finished in second place received $2,000. Third place teams were awarded $1,000 and fourth place teams received $500. Other ideas in the competition included plans for a health and wellness club, a system to make food delivery more efficient and T-shirts that use e-ink technology to display graphics. Chris Burch ’76, chairman of J. Christopher Capital and co-founder of the Tory Burch women’s fashion label, along with other local entrepreneurs, funded awards. The panel of judges was comprised of Burch; Gregory Harts, president and CEO of Tompkins Trust Company; and Michael Axelrod ’91, partner at LiquidHub Inc. InsertHeels and Opt-Ez won in the health category. InsertHeel is a shoe insert that helps stimulate sections of the feet to prevent patients with autism from walking on the balls of their feet. Opt-Ez is a kiosk business idea that gives accurate and fast eye exams. Senior Mia Thomas, creator of InsertHeels, said she was surprised when she heard that she was named a winner. “It definitely was something that I never do [public speaking], so it took a lot of strength for
me to get up on stage,” Thomas said. Saleshop, a business system that helps grocery stores reduce the amount of food waste by using strategic marketing, won in the services category. Sophomore Jaclyn Cheri, who created Saleshop, said she got the idea because she had worked as a cashier at Wegmans and saw often that produce was not selling and was being wasted. “This summer I was thinking of this idea and I got to campus in the fall Sophomore Adam Unger gives a presentation at the Second Annual Business and saw these postIdea Competition on Nov. 8. His idea focused on a new process for loans. ers everywhere for JACOB BEIL/COURTESY OF OFFICE OF MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS the Business Idea Reynolds said he will use the money to obtain a Competition,” Cheri said. “So I thought ‘I’ve been thinking of a way to improve the grocery patent for his product and continue testing. Seniors Gianna Bersani and Alex Comstock, shopping business, maybe this is my chance to creators of Opt-Ez, were also involved in the comtalk about my idea.’” The KettleShell won in the product category. petition last year and felt they had improved a lot The product is a rubber shell that transforms for this year’s presentation. “We did the competition last year and didn’t dumbells into a Kettlebell weight-lifting system, which helps users practice more natural weight- make it out of the first round semi-finals,” Comstock said. “Since the competition [last year], we lifting movements during a workout. Graduate student Tim Reynolds was one of the had been thinking about what we were going to do this year. The idea started out as an app but turned winners for his team’s idea for the KettleShell. Reynolds said though he lost in last year’s into what it was we pitched, and we felt really good competition, this year he felt more confident about it going in.” Axelrod said he thinks the competition is growand better prepared to pitch his story because ing, and the students were able to really articulate of that experience. “We had a good understanding of the format and present their ideas well compared to last year. “It separates Ithaca from other colleges,” that was going to happen this year,” Reynolds said. “If anything, you sort of learn how to be a better Axelrod said. “It gives students, regardless of presenter in all facets of life, because you have to their major, an opportunity to learn about busisummarize stuff in four minutes and present it in ness, learn about starting a business and learning about what it means to be an entrepreneur.” the most clear way possible.”
Faculty Council discusses IC 20/20 and salary issues by elma gonzalez news editor
About 100 faculty attended an allfaculty town hall meeting Tuesday in Textor Hall to continue conversations about shared governance. The meeting was scheduled for the Executive Committee of the Faculty Council to report on a meeting held Nov. 9 with President Tom Rochon and Marisa Kelly, provost and vice president for educational affairs, to discuss faculty involvement in administrative decisions. Shared governance is a concept that encourages collaboration between faculty and administrators to develop ideas and solve problems. Specifics about the executive committee meeting and the town hall meeting were not released. However, conversations continued later Tuesday at the Faculty Council meeting. Faculty Council engaged in a heated debate about salary increase with Kelly, who attended the first 40 minutes of the meeting. The council also expressed concern over the speed of the implementation of the Integrative Core Curriculum. At their previous meeting, Faculty Council submitted a recommendation to the administration for the college budget committee, asking for a 3-percent increment in general merit pay. Don Lifton, professor of business and former Faculty Council budget representative, said it was historic for faculty to bring forward
one recommendation instead of the list of priorities they submit to the administration every year. “For the first time, we only brought forward one recommendation to underscore the sincerity of it, and that one recommendation is 3-percent general merit,” he said. Kelly said she does advocate for faculty at college budget committee meetings, but that for the budget committee as a whole, the salary pool is one priority among many, including college affordability for a broad range of students. “Absolutely what comes forward from Faculty Council or any other faculty group is a critical part of what we take into consideration there, but it cannot be the only thing,” she said. Also at the meeting, in response to faculty concerns about the rapid pace at which the college is implementing the ICC, Kelly said it would be ideal not to hurry the process, but the timeline is largely dictated by the need to provide assessment data for the Middle States accreditation review. Middle States last reaffirmed the college’s accreditation in June 2008, but the college was assigned a monitoring report, due in April 2010, to address its lack of an assessment program for student learning and a general education system. The college has a periodic review report due in June 2013. “The challenge is that we really are in a position where we have to have not just a general educa-
From left, accounting professor Warren Schlesinger and Provost Marisa Kelly discuss academic issues at the Faculty Council meeting Tuesday. sabrina knight/THE ITHACAN
tion program for the college but assessment results,” she said. “That means that we have to get students into the program in time to have assessment results before those accreditation reviews occur.” To encourage communication between faculty and administration, the council passed a motion suggesting each academic school invite Rochon to school meetings at least once a year, and preferably once each semester. Warren Schlesinger, associate professor and chair of accounting, proposed the motion. Schlesinger said colleagues approached him after the town hall meeting asking about faculty school meetings with the president that used to happen in previous years. “That is an opportunity to talk to the president face-to-face in those meetings, rather than just that large
meeting in the start of the year — that would be very helpful to get those concerns out there,” Schlesinger said. In the final part of the meeting, Huron Consulting Group representatives Bob Woodruff, project director, and Lauren Halloran, project manager, spoke about their progress in assessing college efficiency as phase two of their review is under way. Peter Rothbart, professor of music and chair of Faculty Council, asked Huron representatives whether programs that are still evolving because of IC 20/20, like the student advising center, will be reviewed. “That is not something that we’ve been asked to get involved with,” Woodruff said. Rothbart said another town hall meeting will be scheduled this semester, as well as other meetings with Rochon and Kelly.
Pulitzer winner offers advice to journalists by sage daughtry staff writer
David Cay Johnston, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and president of Investigative Reporters and Editors, had a message for student jour nalist s : “Find a way to distinguish yourself.” Johnston’s message was part of a lecture, titled “Digging Up the Dirt: In- JOHNSTON said v e s t i g a t i v e tax coverage can Journalism,” be broken down c o - s p o n - into three parts. sored by the Ithaca College Chapter of The Society of Professional Journalists, the department of journalism and the Park Center for Independent Media. In his presentation Tuesday, Johnston discussed investigative journalism, his reporting on taxes and the economy, and questioning the one percent. Johnston said general tax reporting coverage can be broken down into three categories: what politicians say, money saving tips and action the government has taken — whether it be arrests or bringing a case against someone. During his career as an investigative reporter, he discovered tactics the wealthy used to find ways to live tax-free. “[The wealthy] just borrow against your assets, and so long as the borrowing that you spend is less than the growth of your assets, you’ll get richer and richer and richer,” he said. “Right now you’re paying one or two percent interest on those borrowings, and you won’t pay any taxes if you invest in the right things.” Following the lecture, SPJ president Meagan McGinnes moderated al Q-and-A session. At the end of the session, a larger discussion was opened up to the audience. When asked about Mitt Romney’s tax returns, Johnston said Romney paid a 15 percent tax rate, because he was the manager of a private equity firm and was paying the legal tax rate. “We don’t need to speculate, we know what he did,” Johnston said. “I don’t care about controversies; first of all, you’re a journalist? Who cares about controversies? Care about the issue!” Johnston closed the lecture by giving advice to any students pursuing journalism. “Find a way to distinguish yourself,” Johnston said. “It’s still a very competitive business. I got ahead by out-thinking and outcompeting the competition. Think about how to stand out.” Junior Alexandra Leslie, SPJ treasurer, said she is interested in pursuing a career in investigative journalism. She said Johnston’s lecture offered valuable advice on how to thrive in the industry. “David’s past was very interesting to learn about,” Leslie said. “Specifically his tips right at the end on how to be a good reporter and how to investigate thoroughly were very helpful.” After hearing Johnston speak in her journalism ethics class, junior Amelia Reynolds said she was intrigued and attended the lecture to learn more about him and investigative reporting. “I wanted to follow up, because I found him really compelling the first time,” Reynolds said.
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under the school’s insurance or the supervisor’s insurance,” Halperin said. “If the student is getting credit, then there is an assumption that the school will carry the insurance on the student.” Perlin said it has not been established who carries the PERLIN said intern liemployers usually ability, but require credits for schools are liability purposes. typically held responsible. “One motive that employers have is to push potential liability onto the schools,” Perlin said. “Academic credit would potentially lead a court to assume that the responsibility lies with the school, not with the employer.” However, paying for internship credits can pose a problem for some students when it is required by employers. Halperin said this creates additional costs for students who may not need the credits. “The employers may see it as value in that [students are] getting credit, but sometimes the students don’t technically need that credit,” Halperin said. Some departments at the college provide assistance in the internship search. Faculty and staff work with students to find internships that will give them valuable experience. Last week Career Services launched Career Shift, a comprehensive career management tool. Career Shift is a website used for job searches, networking and career management. Caryanne Keenan, assistant director for career development at Career Services, said the site will replace the department’s current job search tool, Career Search. Keenan said Career Shift provides more information than Career Search. “[Career Search] has ways that you can look up companies, but the people part of it is incredibly limited,” Keenan said. “Career Shift is loaded; every single time you do a search you come up with a lot of information.” According to Keenan, the site allows users to search for job listings and contacts and then organize them into specific folders. Career Shift combines elements of several other career search websites, she said. As students look for internships, some are frustrated about having to pay for credits. Junior Zach Woelfel interned with Cronin and company over the summer. Woelfel said he didn’t want to pay for unnecessary credits but said he understands why employers require credit. “Since we are doing work, we should be compensated for our work, and if it’s not going to be through a paycheck, it should be through credit,” Woelfel said. “I just wish there was a way to accomplish that without me having to personally pay for the credit.”
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College increases local food options Food from page 1
"We’re planning on breaking ground in March, and it’ll be operational next summer, so by the time the fall semester of 2013 starts we’d be able to provide quite a bit more,” Holzbaur said. A small pilot project to bring more local products to campus began this year with Tim Leonard, the Towers Dining Hall manager who passed away earlier this semester. Holzbaur said Finger Lakes Fresh had provided several cases of produce, such as squash, tomatoes, corn and beans. Stephanie Piech, sustainability coordinator for Sodexo at the college, said dining services usually sources the cheapest food available. From what she is able to track, Piech said 14 to 15 percent of food costs were spent on local food. “With a better tracking system put into place this year and an increase of items, I believe we will be closer to 20 percent this year,” Piech said. Sodexo gets the majority of its products from Sysco, one of the largest wholesale food distributors in the U.S. “As far as I understand, places like Sysco will pretty much get it from the place that it’s cheapest to secure from,” Piech said. “My understanding is that if it can come locally or regionally, it will, just because a lot of times it’s cheaper as far as shipping and transportation.” Last year, the college’s chapter of the international Slow Food movement created a petition for more local and allergen- or diet-conscious options. Senior Danielle Prizzi, co-president and treasurer of the organization, said they received about 800 signatures. “[It stemmed from] how frustrating it was that it was our tuition money that was paying to have Sodexo supply our food, while there wasn’t a great deal of student input,” Prizzi said. Prizzi said there was an opportunity to source more food from local farmers that Sodexo was not taking advantage of. Slow Food shared the petition with Piech, and they began the feasibility of incorporating more localized food, Prizzi said. “We realized it would be easier to work within the infrastructure [of Sodexo],” Prizzi said. “I know a bunch of different schools have Sodexo and have dining halls that are completely locally sourced or as locally sourced as possible. I know [the University of Vermont] is a perfect example of students fighting for it.” UVM’s dining services are still provided by Sodexo, but because of the community’s vocalization
Students are served vegetables from the Fresh Food Market in Towers Dining Hall on Jan. 30 as part of Ithaca College's Meatless Monday campaign. The market is part of the college's local food movement.
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of need for more local foods, they now source local seasonal produce for all dining locations. According to UVM’s dining services website, they have increased the number of local vendors and have integrated “core Vermont products” into menus. Sodexo at UVM defined local food as food grown or produced within 150 miles of UVM or within the state of Vermont. If local food isn’t the best option, Piech said, dining services tries to source organic or fair trade products, which ensure fair payment to producers in developing countries. Sodexo introduced the BetterTomorrow Plan in 2010, a sustainability initiative that includes 14 commitments, including local food. “We will source local, seasonal or sustainably grown or raised products in all the countries where we operate,” according to the document. Piech said this has pressured Sodexo’s partners, like Sysco, to work harder to provide local foods. One dimension of local food in which Sodexo has seen success is sourcing local dairy products. “For any Sodexo campus, all of our milk is always local, regional,” Piech said. “Ours comes from Byrne Dairy, so pretty much any dairy we use comes from them."
Bill Byrne, president of Syracuse-based Byrne Dairy, which is 55.5 miles from campus, said the company supplies a bundle of milk products to the college. All of Byrne Dairy’s producers are in New York, and the products are hormone free, which meshes with Sodexo’s sustainability commitment. Sodexo could bring its push for local sourcing even closer to home, with South Hill Forest Products and two gardens on campus. Senior Amber Zadrozny, co-manager of the campus organic garden, said there could be an opportunity for that partnership as the garden grows. “There’s a possibility in the future, say, if we decided to grow one crop in a large quantity, we could sell it through Finger Lakes Fresh, and they would sell it back to Sodexo,” Zadrozny said. There is no ideal in mind for the future of Ithaca Dining Services, Prizzi said. However, she said transitioning one dining hall to all local foods and expanding from there would allow for a test of student interest and of cost. “It’s going to be a long process to incorporate more locally sourced food, though I really do believe the intention [from Sodexo] is there,” Prizzi said. “But there’s always more that could be done.”
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the policy rather than just looking at timing and effectiveness,” Miles said. The policy received immediate backlash from the college community after its implementation, including letters from faculty and staff, a Student Government Association referendum and an on-campus protest outside a board of trustees meeting. On Oct. 15, the college’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists also held a panel about the student media policy. The panel included Dave Maley, associate director of media relations; Diane Gayeski, dean of the Park School; Wenmouth Williams, professor and chair of media arts, sciences and studies; Miles; Kelsey O’Connor, editor in chief of The Ithacan and Nicole Ogrysko of WICB. Rochon said the conversations he had with student media representatives and the other panel members about their experiences with the policy were what swayed him to rescind the it, rather than the protest and petitions that stemmed from the policy. “They felt that the policy didn’t treat them properly as part of the campus community because it equated them with off-campus media, and they felt that over time the policy could lead to less transparency to media-administration relations,” he said.
Senior Rob Flaherty, president of SGA, said he’s happy the president listened to criticism of the policy, but the repeal should not end discussion of how decisions are made on campus. “I don’t want the repeal to take away from broader discussions that need to happen on campus about the decision-making process here and the sort of perceived corporatization and centralization of campus,” Flaherty said. Gayeski said though the policy created a great deal of concern on campus, it policy can be viewed as learning experience. “What I’ve heard is that [the media policy] sparked so many discussions in classes and the SPJ forum,” Gayeski said. “It was a way for students and faculty and staff to think about what’s important to them, not in terms of journalistic rights, but the campus climate we want to create and maintain.” Jeff Cohen, associate professor of journalism, said the campus should be aware of the importance of their First Amendment rights. “If we can’t protect the fullest freedom of the press in a campus environment, we’re never going to do it in a larger society,” Cohen said. Williams said he is pleased with Rochon’s receptiveness to the concerns expressed by students and faculty. “I appreciate the fact that the pres-
Richard Eaton, member of the board of trustees, takes a flyer describing the arguments against new media policy from a student protester on Oct. 12.
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ident listened to us all and realized that maybe this isn’t such a great idea and showed his respect for us by saying, ‘You know, this is a bad idea, and I’m getting rid of it,’” he said. O’Connor said she appreciates that Rochon took the time to meet with student media leaders and revisited the policy. However, she said, members of the community should continue to voice their concerns. “It really has been amazing to see the community rally around this topic and shows that students, faculty
and staff can have an impact, and I hope that this spirit doesn’t go away now that the media policy has been rescinded,” O’Connor said. Rochon said he does not plan to revisit the policy or implement similar ones in the future. In response to why faculty or students were not consulted before implementing this policy and others, he said he is moving forward. “Life is a process of learning, and we will always move forward,” he said.
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New Jersey student helps her state weather the storm victims. The was at the Public Relations Student Society of America networking night Monday Everything changed for junior Lindsay at La Tourelle resort and spa in Ithaca gathering toothpaste, detergent and clothes. Tomaro when Hurricane Sandy hit. “I’m always looking for more,” Tomaro said. Her home in Monmouth County, N.J., took Junior Jackelyn Branco, another student minor damage and uprooted trees narrowly missed her house, but water and sand ravaged from New Jersey and a friend of Tomaro’s, the first floor of her aunt and uncle’s beach shared Tomaro’s feeling of shock when she house in Mantoloking where she spent every saw photos of the damage. Branco learned of Tomaro’s relief effort and decided to pitch in. day of summer for 11 years. “I was shocked to see places where I spent “Every day was a memory,” Tomaro said. “Looking at the pictures and footage of my childhood washed away,” Branco said. places that I grew up in and have been to “[Lindsay’s] response is great. I just wish we could do more.” was really hard.” Tomaro made a Facebook page called “ColAfter seeing the pictures, she decided to organize a donation drive at Ithaca College lecting Donations for Victims of Hurricane Sandy!” on Nov. 7. More than 600 students for victims. “I wanted to do something,” Tomaro said. were invited to the group, and 10 people “I thought the best way would be to collect have donated already. Tomaro said she felt overwhelmed and impressed by the campus stuff and help people who lost everything.” Tomaro’s family went without power for community’s positive response. Like many from New Jersey, Tomaro and 12 days until Nov. 11, so they were unaware of the scale of the damage. Tomaro said she didn’t Branco said they were inspired by New Jersey know how much Sandy had affected her home- Gov. Chris Christie’s response to Hurricane town until she checked Jersey Shore Hurricane Sandy. His non-stop effort makes all of New News, a Facebook page that gets updates from Jersey proud, Tomaro said. “Sandy gives New Jersey a way to restore many news outlets. “I was the only one in my family who knew its image,” Branco said. “The Jersey Shore is what was going on,” Tomaro said. “I was frus- not just a place to party; people live here.” During Thanksgivtrated, because I wasn’t ing break, Tomaro, with my friends who were Branco and many helping every day.” other New Jersey resiThe death toll from the dents plan to help with hurricane reached 119 as the relief effort. of Nov. 5, and about 45,000 “I’ll be going families were approved for —Jackelyn Branco around New Jersey housing assistance by the trying to help as much Federal Government after as possible,” Tomaro the storm, according to The New York Times. New York Gov. Andrew said. “A lot of friends and family lost everything.” The New York chapter of United Way, a Cuomo told the Associated Press Hurricane non-profit organization that pools funds for Sandy could total $33 billion in damages. Tomaro is accepting donations of non-per- charity fundraising, is accepting monetary doishable food, lightly-used clothing and toiletries nations from students and forwarding them for survivors of the storm. So far, Tomaro has col- to the American Red Cross. Health Science lected seven vats of non-perishable food for the and Human Performance Student Board of
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“I was shocked to see places where I spent my childhood washed away.”
Junior Lindsay Tomaro, a New Jersey native, has organized a donation drive at Ithaca College for Hurricane Sandy victims. Her home in Monmouth County, N.J., was hit hard by the storm.
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Advocates is holding a food and toiletry drive called “Salvation for Sandy.” Students can drop off donations until Thursday in the Center for Health Sciences, Hill Center and Smiddy Hall. Tomaro said she urges students to also donate to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the American Red Cross. New Jerseyans need heavy duty garbage bags and masks to avoid breathing in debris, she said. Tomaro suggested people donate to the towns along the coast, that were most damaged. Senior Arianna Jarosinski, are also collecting donations for Sandy victims. Jarosinski gathered books, gift cards and school supplies for Lavalette Elementary School, a K-8 school she attended in New Jersey. “I actually got Buffalo Street Books to donate some books, which was amazing,”she said. In New York City, senior Carly Gill, a student
Professor links media and hurricane In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Rachel Wagner, associate professor of philosophy and religion at Ithaca College, published an essay in online magazine Religion Dispatches discussing the loss of media access during the storm and society’s dependence on technology. Wagner was in Manhattan to research the behaviors of Comic-Con fans for her book, “GodWired.” Staff Writer Patrick Feeney spoke to Wagner about her experience with the storm and the themes behind her essay. Patrick Feeney: What was it like to see Sandy’s impact on Manhattan?
WAGNER said people usually take electricity for granted.
Rachel Wagner: There was power [on 42nd Street]. There were tons of people in the powered part of New York. Times Square and above, everything was completely normal, so everyone was going up there so that they could get food, and it looked to me, on 42nd Street, that nothing had happened. PF: Why were you attending the New York Comic Con? RW: I have a chapter in the book I just published in January called “GodWired,” and I have a chapter about transmedia — just the idea of worlds that capture our fascination and encourage desire for entry into those spaces and how that’s similar to religious work and practice. Comic-Con was here, and I wanted to go see what hard-core fans looked like, what they did, how they found meaning. PF: What are “transmedia franchises?” RW: “Trans” means “across,” so think about delivery of the same story world across different types of media, so the story world itself is perceived as above, beyond, behind all the different delivery mechanisms. PF: How are transmedia franchises related to religion and philosophy? RW: Religions work the same way. You could talk about the world of the Bible, for example, which is accessed through fan culture, through texts, through literacy,
through rituals, through objects. These are other worlds that we can imagine entry into through comics and television shows and haunted houses. PF: How where you inspired to write about Sandy? RW: Usually, when we think about media, it’s something we take for granted. We don’t think about the power, and the electricity, and the energy that lie behind these things we take for granted. When Sandy happened, we couldn’t access that stuff. I had to ration the use of my cell phone. I couldn’t reply to student questions about assignments very easily. I’ve noticed it in myself that I was frustrated, that I wanted to check Facebook, and I wanted to check my email more often. It just seems like such a strange thing to write about Comic-Con and those worlds, all taking for granted the option of media access that they imply. PF: What does media reliance say about Americans? RW: One of the most striking quasi-religious qualities of media today is this utopic assumption that the world will be united by technology and that it’s this sort of green experience. But it’s actually not. There’s this real material cost for this dependence upon technology. We’re running low on fuel, and people don’t talk or think about use of that fuel for powering our electronic appliances. We don’t think about the relationship between that crisis and the devices we rely upon for basic communication. PF: Can society move away from this dependency? RW: I don’t know. The most important thing for me is thinking about and having people be aware, very explicitly, about the direct connection between screen technology and resource consumption. The earth will run out of fuel. The material reality has no amount of escape into other mediated worlds is going to change. PF: What arose this media obsession? RW: Technology’s made life more convenient. They enable a certain type of escape. I personally have eight or nine screens in my life that are my individual ways of entry into other spaces. I could do it anywhere, at any time.
at the Ithaca College New York City program, experienced the storm firsthand. She helped clean up and collect supplies at Rockway Island through her internship with the Late Show with David Letterman. “Going 36 hours without power was nothing compared to what some of these people have experienced,” Gill said. Branco said Hurricane Sandy gave her a new perspective on what she values in life. “The biggest lesson I learned was to appreciate what you have,” Branco said. Tomaro shared Branco’s sentiment about their harrowing experience. FEMA is with her community every day as they restore their homes, Tomaro said. “I learned the importance of family and the importance of friends,” Tomaro said. “This has changed me.”
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Feeding education New campus group raises money for girls in developing world BY sabrina knight contributing writer
A 10-year-old girl in India wants to become a teacher. An 8-year-old girl in Nepal wants to run a school. An 18-year-old girl in Tanzania wants to learn politics. However, there’s a slim chance they will be able to achieve these dreams. A new organization at Ithaca College, She’s the First, a branch of a national organization, is working to change that. The organization is based on the national non-profit organization of the same name that focuses on motivating girls to become the first in their family to get a college education. It sponsors girls in developing countries such as Kenya, India, Nepal, Ethiopia, Uganda and Guatemala. One in four girls in the developing world attend school beyond the primary school level, according to the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Senior Daisy Arriaga, president of the Ithaca College chapter of She’s the First and founder of Poder: Latino student association, first heard about the national organization over the summer while working with the Young Women's Leadership Network in New York City. She worked with the network to motivate first-generation sixthto 11th-graders to go to college. "I noticed that the motivator organizations are African, Latino, Asian,
Native American [based],” Arriaga said. “I wanted something that everyone could be a part of, no matter what your race is, your gender, where you came from — it was just the motivators for anyone to do something." Senior Elizabeth Stoltz is a researcher for the national division of the She’s the First organization and founder of Food for Thought at the college. She helps develop relationships with schools in developing countries that offer educational scholarships to young girls. She meets with administrators from these schools, writes weekly blog posts about students and programming and connects students with opportunities for scholarships. Stoltz is in Washington, D.C., and said she is enthusiastic about and dedicated to She’s the First both as a national organization and as a campus chapter. “If we invest in these girls, we’re going to see soaring levels of empowerment and gender equality, but we really need to invest in education to unlock and uplift their potential,” Stoltz said. The national She’s the First organization, which was founded in 2009, seeks to lower maternal mortality rates, delay childbirth and family size, improve hygiene and reduce sexual abuse and slavery with the education of girls. Leonora Fleming, campus mentor for the national She's the First
Senior Erin Dunphy purchases a tie-dyed cupcake from senior Reisy Veloz, She's the First treasurer. Food for Thought and She's the First joined to hold a cupcake sale Nov. 12 to help educate women in developing countries. RACHEL orlow/The ithacan
organization, helped Arriaga launch a local chapter on campus with advice and tips for raising awareness. Fleming said gaining exposure is key to informing others about international issues that may not be accessible to them. "It’s really starting small and getting your name out there and growing awareness for the cause — that’s really the most important thing," Fleming said, "A lot of people don’t realize how serious this issue of girls’ education across the world really is." The Ithaca chapter of She’s the First is aiming to raise enough money to sponsor a young girl in India by the end of the semester. Though the organization plans to
make an impact abroad, it is also planning to address problems on a national level. Sophomore Kaley Belval, vice president of the college chapter of She’s the First, said the organization plans to target local schools in Ithaca. “We want to have a relationship with a school here [in Ithaca], or that affects scholarships, to help someone be the first to go to college,” Belval said. To avoid being gender specific, Belval said, the Ithaca chapter of She’s the First is dedicated to helping young boys as well as girls in Ithaca. Its goal is to reach out to a local high school and raise money to sponsor a young adult to be the first
in their family to attend college. Junior Karamvir Bhatti, an attendee at the first general meeting, said she hopes to be an active member of She's the First to make an impact on the young girls who deserve the support. Bhatti said the funds the club raises will have larger benefits. “That’s good knowing that something [comes] out of this money,” Bhatti said. She’s the First is currently partnering with Food for Thought for the national cupcake sale this week. They are selling tie-dye cupcakes from Purity Ice Cream for $2 from Nov. 12 to 16 in the Campus Center lobby and the Park School of Communications lobby.
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College & City East Clinton Street bridge to open after renovations
The Prospect Street/East Clinton Street bridge is on schedule to finish construction Thursday and reopen at 3:30 p.m. Friday. Addisu Gebre, bridge systems engineer and project manager, said this is the first of two construction phases on the bridge. He said the second phase will begin in March 2013. “Phase two will be the final phase,” Gebre said. “We are hoping that the whole project will be finished by July 15 or around mid-July next year.” Because the bridge was built in 1919, the concrete base had deteriorated, according to the construction briefing, and the new bridge is intended to improve these faulty conditions by widening the bridge to accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists. The total cost of the project is $5.2 million.
ICNYC is back in session after superstorm Sandy
The Ithaca College New York City program was back in session last week at the Cornell ILR Conference Center after superstorm Sandy flooded its headquarters at the Club Quarters, World Trade Center. It is still unclear when the Club Quarters, WTC will reopen because SAUNDERS the flood in the ground floor is still in the cleaning process, Tanya Saunders, assistant provost of international studies and special projects, said.
Students were notified Oct. 28 that classes would be canceled that week. “The students were out of class ... because of the storm, and we didn’t want them trying to travel to class at Club Quarters, which had some water damage,” she said. Classes are currently being held at the Cornell ILR Conference Center and next week will move to the Club Quarters in Rockefeller Center, Saunders said. Saunders said some students in the ICNYC program did not have electricity after the storm, but the only students who faced flooding were those living with their families on Long Island.
Three Cornell fraternities face hazing allegations
Cornell University has suspended three fraternities — Acacia, Pi Kappa Phi and Tau Epsilon Phi — for reports of alleged hazing and high-risk drinking. A Nov. 8 press release stated the incidents were reported to www. hazing.cornell.edu and the Cornell Police. The recent allegations are currently under investigation by a number of organizations, such as the Office of Fraternities, Sororities and Independent Living; the Cornell Office of the Judicial Administrator; Cornell Police; and the Ithaca Police Department. According to a Cornell press release, the Inter-Fraternity Council was consulted and supported the university’s action to suspend the chapters. The university will not take action until after investigations are complete.
Common Council passes 2013 city spending plan
The City of Ithaca Common Council approved next year’s budget at its meeting Nov. 7. The spending plan was passed with an eight-to-two vote. Alderpersons Cynthia Brock and J.R. Clairborne voted against the budget plan. The approved budget cuts 22 city jobs, including eight police officers, raises property taxes by 2.72 percent and consolidates two City Hall departments, among other changes.
IC to close parking lots for community swim meet
Ithaca College will close the M and S parking lots by the Athletics and Events Center from Thursday to Saturday because of a large swim meet on campus. The college will be accommodating about 1,500 spectators, athletes and coaches for the New York High School Swimming and Diving Championships. The M Lot will be closed from 7 a.m. Thursday to 3 p.m. Saturday. The S Lot will be closed from 7 a.m. Friday to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Winter charity celebrates 20th annual campaign
The 20th annual community Share the Warmth campaign kicked off Saturday and will continue until Dec. 10. The campaign collects donations of new or used winter clothing, sorts them and distributes them across the area. “Red box” collection bins are available at 17 locations around
Public Safety Incident Log October 29 Medical Assist/Illness Related LOCATION: Rowland Hall SUMMARY: Caller reported a person was having an anxiety attack. Person transported to CMC by ambulance. Patrol Officer Robert Jones. Medical Assist/Illness Related LOCATION: Terraces SUMMARY: Caller reported that a person had fainted. One person was transported to CMC by ambulance. Patrol Officer Robert Jones. Off-Campus Incident LOCATION: All other SUMMARY: IPD reported five people were issued appearance tickets for alcohol-related violations. Communications Specialist Brad Fisher. Fire alarm LOCATION: Hilliard Hall SUMMARY: Simplex reported a fire alarm. The activation was caused by smoke from a faulty pump in the mechanical room. System was reset. Patrol Officer Matthew O’Loughlin. Off-Campus Incident LOCATION: All other SUMMARY: Complainant reported a person may harm self. Complainant and information forwarded to IPD. Master Security Officer Amy Chilson. Conduct Code Violations LOCATION: Terraces SUMMARY: One person was judicially referred for violating the drug policy and college regulations. Patrol Officer Matthew O’Loughlin.
Conduct Code Violations LOCATION: J-Lot SUMMARY: One person was judicially referred for underage possession of alcohol. Master Patrol Officer Brad Bates.
October 30 Fire Alarm/Gas Alarm Activation LOCATION: Garden Apartments SUMMARY: Simplex reported carbon dioxide alarm. Officer reported a pipe was disconnected from the boiler, causing improper ventilation. Boiler was shutdown until repairs could be made. System was reset. Patrol Officer Robert Jones. Case Status Change LOCATION: All other SUMMARY: Officer reported a follow up with IPD on the “off-campus incident” complaint from Oct. 29. IPD took the person into custody under the mental hygiene law and one person was transported to CMC by ambulance. Sergeant Investigator Tom Dunn. Safety Hazard LOCATION: Garden Apartments SUMMARY: Officer reported a bicycle chained to a handrail. Warning issued. Fire Protection Specialist Mark Swanhart. Burglary LOCATION: Emerson Hall SUMMARY: Caller reported an unknown person entered a room and stole a laptop. Investigation pending. Master Patrol Officer James Landon. Medical Assist/Injury Related LOCATION: Dillingham Center SUMMARY: Caller reported a person sustained a hand laceration while
Tompkins County, including the Ithaca College Campus Center lobby, Wegmans, Tompkins County Community College and various sites around the Cornell campus. The Share the Warmth campaign is a partnership among Ithaca College, Cornell University, TC3, Ithaca and Trumansburg Rotary Clubs, Ecology House Recycling, Samaritan Center of Catholic Charities and Finger Lakes Re-Use. The Ithaca Rotary Club initiated the Share the Warmth campaign 20 years ago. For more information contact cochairs Doug Levine at 592-0153 or Erin Marteal at 227-2982.
Student documentaries to be screened on WCNY
WCNY, a local PBS television station, will screen three documentaries by Ithaca College students and alumni. The movies will be screened at 10 p.m. Sunday and include “Rescued” by Jesse Cases ’12, Harlan Green-Taub ’12 and senior Emily Potts; “Expressions of Hope” by senior Kelsey Greene; and “Overlooked: Autumn’s Job Search” by Kelsy Franklin ’12, James Heasley ’12 and Kylene Planer ’12 . The films were produced last spring for a Senior Media Thesis capstone course taught by Steve Gordon, assistant professor of television and radio, and John Scott, associate professor of television and radio.
IC Oracle Honor Society inducts 165 sophomores
The Ithaca College Oracle Honor Society has inducted 165 students this year.
The ceremony was held Nov. 5. Of the 165 inductees, 18 were from the School of Business, 37 from the Roy H. Park School of Communications, 31 from the School of Health Science and Human Performance, 66 from the School of Humanities and Sciences and 13 from the School of Music. The Oracle Honor Society was founded at the college in 1928, and membership includes the top 10 percent of students in each school after their first year at the college.
Professor publishes essay on learning about Islam
Asma Barlas, professor and program director of the Center for the Study of Culture, Race and Ethnicity, has published an essay in the November issue of the “Dialogue Australasia Journal.” Barlas’ essay is titled “Teaching Islam in the West: That includes BARLAS Australia, too!” The journal, which has been published since 1999 and is a twice-yearly publication, is aimed at secondary school teachers to encourage their commitment to improving the academic standards of values, philosophy and religious Studies in Australian and New Zealand schools. Barlas is currently on sabbatical in Ithaca. She is working on an upcoming Oxford Handbook on Theology and Sexuality. The handbook will be edited by Adrian Thatcher.
selected entries from October 29 to November 2
moving a stage prop. Person declined medical assistance with ambulance staff. Patrol Officer Matthew O’Loughlin. Larceny LOCATION: Tower Dining Hall SUMMARY: Caller reported an unknown person stole a backpack. Investigation pending. Master Patrol Officer James Landon.
October 31 Medical assist/Psychological LOCATION: U-Lot SUMMARY: Caller reported a person sent a suicidal text message. Person taken into custody under the mental hygiene law and transported to CMC. Master Patrol Officer Donald Lyke. Larceny LOCATION: Dillingham Center SUMMARY: Caller reported an unknown person stole a TV. Investigation pending. Patrol Officer Matthew O’Loughlin. Case Status Change LOCATION: Tower Dining Hall SUMMARY: Caller reported finding the backpack that had been previously reported stolen on Oct. 30 from the Tower Dining Hall. Larceny unfounded. Patrol Officer Bruce Thomas.
November 1 Conduct Code Violation LOCATION: Tallcott Hall SUMMARY: Person was transported to CMC by ambulance. The person was also judicially referred for irresponsible use of alcohol. Master Patrol Officer Mark Denicola.
Unlawful Possession Marijuana LOCATION: East Tower SUMMARY: Three people were judicially referred for unlawful possession of marijuana. Patrol Officer Robert Jones. Larceny LOCATION: Textor Hall SUMMARY: Caller reported a person attempted to steal a jacket from a room. Investigation pending. Master Patrol Officer Brad Bates. Criminal Mischief LOCATION: Circle Lot 6 SUMMARY: Caller reported an unknown person damaged a vehicle. Investigation pending. Patrol Officer Jeremiah McMurray. Fire Alarm Accidental LOCATION: Circle Apartments SUMMARY: Simplex reported a fire alarm. Activation caused by burnt food. System reset. Master Patrol Officer James Landon. Fire Alarm Accidental LOCATION: Circle Apartments SUMMARY: Simplex reported a fire alarm. Activation caused by burnt food. System reset. Patrol Officer Jeremiah McMurray.
November 2 Case Status Change LOCATION: Unknown Location SUMMARY: Caller reported the laptop that was originally reported as stolen on April 11 was recovered. Larceny unfounded. Sergeant Investigator Tom Dunn. Medical Assist/Injury Related LOCATION: Athletics and Events Center SUMMARY: Caller reported an individual passed out. Person declined medical
assistance with ambulance staff and was transported to CMC by another person. Patrol Officer Jay VanVolkinburg. Off-Campus Incident LOCATION: All other SUMMARY: Caller reported a vehicle was damaged. Investigation pending. Master Patrol Officer Bruce Holmstock. Criminal Tampering LOCATION: A-Lot SUMMARY: Complainant reported an unknown person placed a food substance on a vehicle. Investigation pending. Patrol Officer Jeremiah McMurray. Fire Alarm Accidental LOCATION: Circle Apartments SUMMARY: Simplex reported a fire alarm. Activation caused by steam from shower. System reset. Patrol Officer Jeremiah McMurray. Fire Alarm Accidental LOCATION: Circle Apartments SUMMARY: Simplex reported a fire alarm. Activation caused by burnt food. System reset. Fire Protection Specialist Enoch Perkins. For the complete safety log, go to www.theithacan.org/news.
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Major victory for community
President Rochon’s decision to revoke the media policy after criticism from the campus community shouldn’t mark end of dialogue about open governance.
ess than two months after its implementation, the student media policy has been rescinded by President Rochon. The repeal of the policy follows public criticism from faculty members, a referendum from the Student Government Association, opposition from student media organizations and on-campus student protests. The policy required student media to go through Dave Maley, associate director of media relations, to contact any of the top 84 administrators at the college and raised more general concerns about the increasingly centralized nature of the college’s governance. From the beginning, Rochon said he would consider changing the policy if it caused problems. The choice to rescind shows Rochon’s willingness to listen to the campus community when it comes together. However, the repeal should not be the end to the conversation about top-down leadership at the college. Opposition to the media policy was not simply a reaction to the constraints it put on student journalists to interview sources in a timely manner, nor was it out of pure concern for the lack of transparency that may result from a policy that could filter messages from student journalists to key members of the administration. The opposition surrounding the new policy had roots in growing discontent with the administration’s inability to incorporate the college population in decisions that affect day-to-day operation. The campus community should continue to unite to ensure all voices are heard as the college moves forward with key programs like IC 20/20. Rochon said the decision to put an end to the policy came after he spoke with student media leaders. While it’s encouraging that Rochon took the time to meet with these leaders, the conversation should have taken place before the policy was implemented. By reaching out after the policy was instituted and opposed, the administration fueled the sentiment that the college is run through a top-down structure. The repeal of the media policy is a step in the right direction toward a less-centralized and moretransparent administration. Following Rochon’s compromise, the faculty have a responsibility to continue the discussion about how to create a better balance of power at the college.
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Residential Life lifts restrictions on student housing options The Office of Residential Life restored the block housing option for students after student leaders expressed concerns about the changing policy. Building project could create more job opportunities in Ithaca A $30 million project would renovate a block on The Commons and bring more office and retail space to Ithaca.
your letters Alum calls for intellectual diversity in Ithaca College’s programming
I agree with Robert Oliver that intellectual diversity will improve the quality of an Ithaca College education. If we are truly “committed to excellence” as the college seal says, the administration should consider intellectually diverse programming that will increase debate and lead to more informed graduates. More specifically, the administration should consider conservative guest speakers or debates that more closely reflect those occurring in Congress and in the media. While this may be difficult for the
overwhelming amount of progressives on campus, it will distinguish the college as an open, diverse, intellectual and tolerant community, and every Ithaca College diploma will be worth more. Ithaca College grads will be “ready” for intelligent debate outside of academia’s bubble. Roger Custer ’04, Executive Director of the America’s Future Foundation in Washington, D.C.
Professor responds to recent repeal of media policy at Ithaca College I welcome President Rochon’s decision to rescind the ill-conceived Student Media
Asma Barlas, Director of the Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity at Ithaca College
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Opinion writing lacks women’s perspectives W hen it comes to the opinion pages in influential American newspapers, it is still very much a man’s world. In legacy media like the New York Times, The Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal, women only represent 20 percent of op-ed writers. Statistics from the “Op-Ed Project,” an organization that works to ensure a variety of voices are heard in American opinion media, show men contribute to far more opinion pieces than women and comment on harder-hitting subjects. Men publish more op-eds in both legacy and new media, in subjects like economics, international politics, security, national politics and education. Women are more likely to publish about so-called “pink” subjects named the “4 Fs:” fashion, food, family and furniture. Though more women publish in new media than legacy media, women are still falling behind. Women need to start being aware of the discrepancy in op-ed publication, and they need to be writing more the hard-hitting subjects as well as getting published more often. While there is nothing wrong with women writing about “pink” topics, the lack of women’s voices and opinions on non-pink topics like politics and the economy is problematic for our society. Women are practically absent in the debate of many hard news subjects, with their opinions accounting for just 13 percent on international politics, 14 percent on social action and 16 percent on national security. Women need to start commenting on these subjects, and the public needs to be aware that they are reading opinion pieces that are not always represented with gender equality. The problem, however, does not always lie with the publishing process but the authors themselves. Far fewer women tend to submit op-ed pieces for publication. In 2008, The Washington Post’s op-ed editor, Autumn Brewington, estimated the rate was nine to one. Women need to realize that their ideas
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Senior Chelsea Rein encourages women to make their voices heard on more hard-hitting topics like politics and the economy rather than “pink” subjects like fashion, food, family and furniture. Shawn Steiner/The IThacan
matter, and they need to submit more to get their opinion out. They are sitting on powerful thoughts and solutions that may not get published because of their unwillingness to write or be published. Women need to be bold and express their opinions to the same degree as men. Currently, the percentage of women in the Senate is higher than the percentage of women getting published in op-eds — and that number is not that impressive either. Plenty of women have strong political, social and economical opinions; there is no shortage of women thinkers and no shortage of women writers, so there needs to be evidence of that in op-ed pieces published in these influential media.
College media currently have the highest number of female bylines out of the three groups, with women contributing 38 percent of opinion pieces, but one would expect the number to be even higher considering the number of female students attending college has risen for decades. Women need to start writing, and the media needs to take notice to publish these op-ed and lower the gender bias on these subjects. Women need to step up and share in narrating the world. Chelsea Rein is a senior integrated marketing communications major at Ithaca College. Email her at email@example.com.
Community transportation is key for senior citizens
n Jan. 1 , 2011, the first of the baby boomers began turning 65 years old. Now, almost a year later, there have been roughly 3,050,000 individuals newly labeled “senior citizens.” Every day, until 2029, approximately 10,000 adults will turn 65, making seniors a large percentage of drivers on the road. A publication produced by the American Automobile Association recently stated that, according to experts, driving ability generally begins to deteriorate at age 55, and though some drivers can continue past that age, others cannot. With a potential 40 million senior drivers on the road by 2020, the question we need to ask ourselves is: Why should we care? Odds are that you are close to one of these new senior drivers, or a driver well past the age of 65, and you may have concerns about their driving ability. Maybe you have attempted to have “the conversation” with them, or maybe you just hope that they will come to this realization on their own. One thing is for certain: You can’t expect someone to retire from driving without providing mobility alternatives. Way2Go, a program of Cornell Cooperative Extension, presents workshops to both senior drivers and their loved ones. The workshop for seniors provides
From left, Ray Weaver and Sharon Anderson look over a TCAT bus guide. Weaver helps senior citizens transition away from driving on their own. Courtesy of Ray Weaver
much needed introductions to local transportation programs and services and basic education on how to use them. Currently, Way2Go has given information to nearly 200 seniors in the county who are considering retiring or already have retired from driving. Senior residents are typically unaware of all of the programs and services
available to them that are intended to help them get to where they need to go without owning a vehicle. By being more aware of their options, seniors feel more empowered to make the transition from driving to not driving and are still able to maintain their mobility and independence. The seniors that attend workshops sponsored by Way2Go are
open to the idea of driver retirement, but this is not the case for all seniors in the community. Family members who feel their loved one may not be safe behind the wheel often engage in conversations that do more harm than good. For this reason, Way2Go partnered with the Community Dispute Resolution Center to create a new workshop that addressed the needs of the family and the senior driver. CDRC provides mediation skills and tools to family members so that they can have a meaningful and productive conversation, while Way2Go provides family members with information about the transportation that is available to local seniors. It is important to remember that retiring from driving does not happen instantly. Many times, the driver has been operating a vehicle for 50 or more years, and a behavior change of this magnitude requires time and planning, much like retiring from a job does. Ray Weaver is the program director of Way2Go, a project at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County. Email him at weaver@cornell. edu. For more information about Retiring from Driving, visit Way2Go. org or call 272-2292.
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he legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado and Washington may force Mexican drug cartels to take a hit and bring money into the U.S. economy. A new study by an independent Mexican research center found that legal marijuana for recreational use in Colorado and Washington could cost the Mexican cartels $2.7 billion. “This will reduce people connected to the black market, which will reduce their access to harder drugs, and it will take money out of the hands of the criminal market,” Evan Nison, director of the New York Cannabis Alliance and president of Ithaca College Students for Sensible Drug Policy, said. Instead of spending money to enforce the law — each arrest costs about $1,500 — the states will generate tax money from the marijuana sales that are already taking place illegally. A proposed 15 percent sales tax in Colorado and 25 percent sales tax in Washington on marijuana may bring in jobs and generate millions of dollars, according to the Washington State Office of Financial Management. The regulations on retail and wholesale stores will be determined in the next year. It’s unclear, though, how much this will reduce violence associated with the Mexican cartels gangs, which have killed about 55,000 people in the past six years. Marijuana is only one-fourth of the total Mexican drug market, and these cartels may try to increase exports of other drugs such as cocaine, meth and heroine to make up for their lost income. In Colorado and Washington, legal marijuana will be treated similarly to alcohol. Anyone 21 and older will be able to buy up to an ounce, or 28 grams, though an individual cannot smoke it in public or drive while under the influence of marijuana. Those who opposed this referendum believe that it will increase usage, especially among teenagers. Studies have shown that marijuana can negatively affect brain development and impair learning abilities among adolescents. The federal government still classifies marijuana as a Schedule 1 prohibited substance — which is the highest classification for an illegal drug. Government officials have not definitely said how they will handle the state’s referendums. The federal government hasn’t exerted power over previous state referendums, such as same sex marriage. However, universities in both states said they would still abide by federal laws. While it appears there should be benefits to this legalization, only time will weed out the real payoff.
Kari Beal is a senior journalism major with a minor in health. Email her at email@example.com.
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ACROSS 1 Future fish 4 Aardvark prey 7 Mutant heroes of comics (hyph.) 11 Tux rental event 12 Golf bag item 13 Cushy 14 Excited 16 Wall St. landmark 17 Gladden 18 Cringe at 20 Ended a bout early 21 Fjord 23 Tooth-fillers’ org. 26 Hotel convenience 27 Did a salon job 28 Dismay 31 Gave lodging 33 Briefcase closer 34 Gumshoe’s assignment 35 Messy place 36 Raj headquarters 38 Wane 41 Incan capital 43 Ms. Lauder
45 Appreciative sounds 47 Opera opener 49 Garfield’s canine pal 50 Permit 51 Lemon coolers 52 Chest muscles 53 Prior to 54 Afternoon social DOWN 1 Garden chemical brand 2 Pledged 3 Jacques’ girl 4 Legal rep. 5 Compass pointer 6 -- Haute, Ind. 7 Lucy Lawless role 8 Spring fests (2 wds.) 9 Winding curve 10 PBS’ “Science Guy” 11 Wolf family 15 Court event 19 UFO pilot
22 Broncos org. 24 Billy -- Williams 25 Calculate 26 Drain, as energy 27 Up for payment 28 Happy sighs 29 Soft touch 30 Clairvoyant 31 Nasty laugh 32 Wickerwork twig 34 Forage crop 36 Donut qty. 37 Mademoiselle’s school 38 Chopin piece 39 Suburb of Cleveland 40 Comb producers 42 Draws on 44 ASAP, to MDs 45 Alley from Moo 46 Byron work 48 Paris season
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Greene turns the pages of her French textbook at the beginning of her Intermediate French I class Nov. 14. shawn steiner/the ithacan
From left, senior Beth Greene, her fiance Colin Tripp and daughter Aurora pose in the backyard of Tripp’s parents’ home in Whitney Point, N.Y. Greene is in her second year as a writing major with a sociology minor and hopes to work in the education industry.
Senior student balances demanding courses and schedule while raising two children
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A typical Monday morning for senior Beth Greene begins at 4:45 a.m. when she gets her 3-month-old baby Sebastian up to get him dressed and changed. Then, after packing diapers, formula and a jacket, she drops Sebastian and her 3-year-old daughter Aurora at Mom’s House, a free day care center in Johnson City, N.Y., and drives an hour to Ithaca College to make her Gender, Environment and Global Change class at 10 a.m. A 24-year-old non-traditional student, Greene is in her second year as a writing major with a sociology minor. Greene transferred to the college last year after graduating from Broome Community College in Binghamton. Greene said she came to the college because she wanted to be a part of a good writing program. She said she considered other schools, but when she got accepted to the college she received a scholarship, which helped her decide to go. Greene became pregnant with Aurora when she was 20 and became pregnant with Sebastian last year with Colin Tripp, Greene’s fiancé. “Both of them are actually planned, which sounds really, really crazy considering how young we were,” Greene said. “So we were excited and a little bit overwhelmed. Aurora was planned, Sebastian was planned a little bit better.” Greene said many people ask her and Tripp if they are going to get married soon, but she said they are in no rush because of their financial situation. “I just want a house, that’s all I want,” Greene said. “For us, paying for a house is more important than paying for a wedding. Especially after you’re with someone for so long, and you have children with them, and you’re living with them — it’s like you’re married anyway.” Greene and her children reside with Tripp and his parents in their home in Whitney Point, N.Y. Tripp’s father, James Tripp, said their living situation works because of the layout of the house. “We are fortunate that the layout of the house is such that we can separate from one another,” Tripp’s father said. Greene said her family has been supportive of her, but when they first learned she was pregnant, her father cried and her
grandfather complained, saying Greene was always going to be single. Greene said she and Tripp decided to have children together so early because of their age — they wanted to be able to still run around with their kids while they were still young. “We both plan on walking the Appalachian Trail someday, and we weren’t going to wait until we were 50,” Greene said. Being a young mother has been difficult, Greene said, especially when she first began attending classes and sleep was scarce. “The first two semesters here, I struggled,” she said. “I was tired, I was trying to get all my work done, I was staying up until 2 a.m., and I was miserable.” Tripp said though sometimes they struggle to balance school, an internship and being a parent, they make it work. “We want to move forward and better ourselves,” Tripp said. “We’ve had some difficulties. It’s hard when I’m at a job making just a little bit over minimum wage and taking care of a family.” However, through better time management, Greene said she figured out a way to get the amount of sleep she needed and to complete all of her duties. Greene is attentive in her classes this semester and sometimes relates class concepts to her life as a parent. “This semester, I went in with the attitude, ‘I have to get sleep to run at my best,’” Greene said. “So I will work until midnight and after that, whether it’s done or not, I just have to accept that and see what I have to get done the next day.” While playing in Tripp’s parents’ backyard on a Sunday morning in November, Greene grins as she chases after Aurora, who cartwheels across the yard. Tripp scoops up Aurora and throws her on his shoulders, while she lets out a squeal. Inside the house, Greene wipes Sebastian’s spit from her jeans and sweater while he sits smiling in her lap. She then teaches Aurora how to properly twirl spaghetti, but Aurora disregards the lesson and lowers the spaghetti into her mouth noodle by noodle. In addition to the five classes Greene takes at the college and raising her kids, she is in the beginning stages of trying to get free day care in Ithaca so she could spend more meals with her kids. “Cornell University has a day care on their campus,” Greene said. “That day care is specifically for Cornell staff. So even if there are students on campus who are parents, they can’t take their children there.”
Greene said she believes Mom’s House, where she also has an internship, has room to expand. However, she isn’t sure the college’s campus is suitable for a program like Mom’s House because of the enrollment fee of at least $220 per child, Greene said. “I believe the City of Ithaca is an ideal location, because there are so many campuses in the area,” Greene said. “It needs to provide free day care, it needs to provide a good location on a bus line, and it needs to be neutral [in terms of gender and class].” Though Greene said she doesn’t think the college is a suitable location for a day care, she said there are many things the school can do to help launch a program. “One of the things the college can do to help the initiative would be a large donation — either an operational donation or some sort of donation fee for scholarships, because financial aid is also diminishing,” Greene said. Tripp is planning to go back to school once Greene graduates and has a steady job. He already has a business degree from SUNY-Cortland, but he wants to return depending on where Greene’s job is. She said she wants to have a job in the education industry, most likely as a school principal or superintendent. “If I get a job in the area, he can easily go back to Cortland or to [SUNY-Binghamton],” Greene said. “If I don’t get a job in the area, I have to make sure that it’s somewhere where there is access to multiple different universities.” The family is getting funds from Tripp’s job at National Grid as well as from their families. Greene said she feels her family is part of the “missing class,” because Tripp makes enough that they aren’t eligible for food stamps, yet they struggle to make ends meet. “We don’t make enough to really survive, we don’t make enough to ever go on vacation, we don’t make enough to buy nice things often,” Greene said. Greene said Tripp’s parents help her buy groceries and her dad babysits for free. Tripp said he’s proud of Greene for wanting to start the day care initiative, and he supports her as a mother. “It’s great,” Tripp said. “I mean, I back her up in anything she chooses to do. I would support that 100 percent. Beth managing to intern at the day care, driving an hour to college, driving an hour back — what she does is amazing to me.”
Left: Three-year-old Aurora puts a forkful of spaghetti into her mouth, while Greene gives her directions on how to properly twirl the noodles onto the utensil during lunchtime at their home. Middle: Aurora reaches for her brother Sebastian while lying on the loft of her playground in her grandparents’ backyard in Whitney Point, N.Y. Aurora and Sebastian are three years apart. Right: Greene helps Tripp lift their smiling son, Sebastian, outside Tripp’s parents’ home. The couple enjoys spending their downtime from their demanding schedules with their two children.
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do it yourself Accent Editor Allie Healy digs up short and sweet projects for the everyday hobbyist With Thanksgiving just around the corner and an abundant feast ahead, there are bound to be leftovers. So why not use some of the holiday’s ingredients for a relaxing DIY spa treatment? Pumpkin is rich in zinc, a mineral that helps purify oily complexions. The enzymes in pumpkins also work to gently exfoliate without any abrasive particles. Here’s the recipe from beautylish.com
2 Tablespoons grated pumpkin 1 Egg White 1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice 1 Teaspoon Tomato Juice
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Chris Glover, also known as Penguin Prison, performed at the Cortaca Kickoff event hosted by the Ithaca College Bureau of Concerts on Nov. 9 in Emerson Suites. Glover released his first studio album titled “Penguin Prison” on Oct. 18, 2011, through Downtown Records.
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and blend well. Apply a thick layer all over your clean face, avoiding the eyes. For best results, leave on for 10-15 minutes.
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Apptastic Internet explorer Staff Writer Sarah Kasulke tackles the complex World Wide Web in search of some funky trends Everyone’s tired of hearing about politics after the 2012 elections. But by far the best post-election discourse comes from the Neopets forums. Yup, that’s right. Neopets. com, a website your 13-year-old sister uses to pretend she has a pet dragon with a job as a paperboy, has a lot of community boards and forums. Maybe the weirdest thing about the 2012 election Neopets debate forum was how civil the discourse was. Page after page gave concessions to opposing views while remaining firmly supportive to the poster’s point. So next time you’re seeking the Internet’s final word on politics, it may be worth checking out a site geared toward effeminate preteens who want unicorns for pets. Follow Kasulke’s blog, “Internet Explorer,” online at www.theithacan.org/blogs.
mysterious cube game promises amazing prize
Famed video game designer Peter Molyneux has been making waves in the digital world with his most recent creation, “Curiosity: What’s Inside the Cube?” The free app, for both iPhone and Android, is a massive multiplayer social experiment that lets users chip away at a massive cube. Each broken piece awards the users coins, which can be spent on player enhancements and upgrades. Here’s where it gets interesting: Once it’s all chipped away, the last piece, or “cubelet,” holds something “life-changingly amazing,” Molyneux promises. The catch? Only the person who breaks the last piece discovers the information. At the time of writing, the app’s servers suffered from the high traffic it has been receiving, with more than 600,000 downloading Curiosity, all of them slowly chipping away at the more than 60 billion cubelets. So get chipping — the prize is yours for the taking. — Steven Pirani
father of evolution theory made appearance on ballot
Charles Darwin, one of the most well-known scientific minds of the 19th century, can now add congressional candidate to his resume. In last Tuesday’s election, Darwin made an impressive 4,000-vote showing as a write-in candidate in the race for Georgia’s 10th congressional district. His ballot appearance stemmed from Rep. Paul Broun’s comment that Darwin’s theory of evolution was “lies straight from the pit of hell.” As a result, University of Georgia professor Jim Leebens-Mack created a Facebook page urging voters to — instead of supporting Broun — write in Darwin on their ballots in protest. In the end, the long-dead scientist didn’t manage to overcome the two-term incumbent Broun who garnered nearly 20,000 votes. — Josh Greenfield
Said hi to Jonah Hill in hotel. Think he thought I was bellman. Didn’t know his name til bellman told me. A lesson to always be kind… He was a tool. — CNN broadcaster Don Lemon recounts his rude run-in with actor Jonah Hill.
celebrity SCOOPS! Can you ‘belieb’ it’s over? Attention all Beliebers: Justin Bieber is officially back on the market. Sources close to Bieber said he and his girlfriend of two years, actress Selena Gomez, recently called it quits. One insider claims Gomez had “trust issues” with Bieber. The pair’s relationship was kept under wraps until they announced their union officially in the spring of 2011. While the status of their relationship has been in question since Bieber was accused of battery in May of this year, with reports of several breakups and reunions reported over the course of the summer, an insider revealed to Us Magazine that “…It’s hard to say how they will end up. Maybe she feels more serious about it this time.” Benjii — Maust
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Speak and be heard New organization opens space for men’s equality discourse By Imani Brammer Contributing writer
Senior Suleyman Yoruk wasn’t afraid to admit to a group of seven of his male peers that he enjoys openly discussing what it means to be a man, or rather a human, in today’s society. “Humans need to talk,” he said. “We’re social beings, right?” On Oct. 30 in Muller Chapel, LeBron Rankins, Ithaca College psychologist of counseling and wellness, facilitated the first meeting of the new group, Guy Talk. The club allows men from the college community to come together and discuss what it means to be a man in today’s society. Rankins said gender-based stereotypes, discrimination and apathetic attitudes are shattered during these meetings — it’s strictly males conversing about everyday issues. “It’s not a place to hear what’s right or wrong but to hear how different people think,” Rankins said. In the second meeting Nov. 6, the group of men spoke about male to male friendships and the unwritten rule in which men are not supposed to speak about emotion. Senior Chris Accardo said Guy Talk helps get rid of these stigmas. “The division of masculinity we put up entirely drops, and we can talk to each other not as men, but as people,” Accardo said. Accardo said the purpose of the group is to give guys a safe place to communicate their experiences as a
self-identified male and to figure out whether the experience one male has is shared with others. “Oftentimes I learn that your experience is a shared one,” Accardo said. “There are other people with problems with identity. A big part of it is learning.” Yoruk, one of the founders of Guy Talk, said it’s important for men to know who they are as a person. “When they see each other, they only have this certain language that they carved out from watching media, from observing friends’ behaviors, role models … so it’s not them,” Yoruk said. “They’re not being their own men. It’s important to be your own man.” Yoruk said the Guy Talk meetings are comfortable and honest, and he would like to see men on campus grow and feel more comfortable having meaningful conversations with one another. Though the group has a goal itself, Yoruk said he has a goal of his own. “[Guy Talk] helps me reach out to other men and let them know that it’s OK to create a space outside of Guy Talk where you can talk,” Yoruk said. “The goal of the group personally, for me, is to create more spaces around campus where guys can be guys and talk. At the first meeting, the group spoke about identity and where males fall on the spectrum of masculinity. Rankins said there are many unwritten requirements to the male identity.
From left, senior Chris Accardo, junior Peter Arsenault and senior Suleyman Yoruk discuss what it means to be a man at a Guy Talk meeting Nov. 6 in Muller Chapel. Guy Talk is a student club that discusses gender stereotypes.
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“You’re a man if you do all these things,” Rankins said. “If you don’t do all those things, then what? If we become the man box, that limits us from being other things as well.” The “man box,” according to Rankins, is a drawn box of male characteristics. Mocking the thoughts of conventional society, Rankins explained the attributes of being inside and outside of the Man Box. “Inside the ‘man box’ is ‘strong,’ ‘can’t cry,’ ‘tough,’” Rankins said. “If you’re not ‘the guy,’ then are you a ‘fag’?” Stephen Sweet, an associate
professor of sociology, said it’s beneficial to know that personal troubles can be public issues, which is one of the goals of Guy Talk. “One of the things that I think is productive from having these personal encounters is that people understand that their personal experiences are common experiences,” Sweet said. “You get this collectivity going, and then this personal problem is not just a problem for [you], it’s a pervasive problem for many people.” Guy Talk is different from conversing with friends, Rankins said.
He believes that when hanging out leisurely, friends would rather not be burdened by heavy topics. “This is our time to just hang out and be chill,” he said. “Let’s leave the heavy conversation, so I don’t have to feel frustrated with my friendship group if they’re not willing to engage in those deeper, more meaningful conversations. “Guy Talk” meets at 5:15 p.m. every Tuesday in the Phillips Room in Muller Chapel. For more information, contact LeBron Rankins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Strategic video game rewards players
by Rob Mayo
“XCOM: Enemy Unknown” is a modern remake of 1994’s “XCOM: UFO Defense.” While this video game is a streamlined version of its 1994 counterpart, it is still a callback to the ruthless gaming era. The game will build the player up for success only to tear them down. “XCOM: Enemy Unknown” is an unforgiving game, but when the player rises from the ashes and achieves suc“XCOM: Enemy cess, it leaves the player Unknown” with a grin and a desire for Firaxis Games Our rating: another challenge. HHH It is a strategy game set in the near future at the beginning of an alien invasion. The player manages XCOM, an elite international force funded by various countries tasked with protecting Earth from extraterrestrial threats. The game is separated into two distinct but equally important sections. As the commander of XCOM, the player manages the XCOM base and orders their squad of soldiers to fight enemy combatants at different worldwide stages. All aspects of what XCOM does are left open to the player. Every choice is a conscious decision, and the consequences to actions are always present. Spending money on satellites may allow the player to find UFOs before they touch Earth, but the funds the player spends on satellites might leave their troops with mediocre equipment. All countries on Earth must be protected or else they may withdraw their support, ultimately leading to failure. The decisions one makes in managing XCOM determine how his or her soldiers fare on the battlefield. The technology the player researches and the tools their engineers create produce armor and firepower to better arm their soldiers. The strategic elements of the battlefield are different than the long-term management of XCOM. Players see immediate consequences after each command the player gives their soldiers, followed by a turn by alien forces. The loss of a soldier in combat means their permanent death, and frequently players must make such sacrifices during missions. Some missions
A Great Match-up of Food and Beer, a night of beer tasting and good food hosted by Moosewood Restaurant and Bacchus Beer, will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Dewitt building on North Cayuga Street.
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19th Annual Holiday Shopping Spree, an event hosted by the Cayuga Wine Trail, will allow Ithaca residents to use a Shopper’s Discount Card given out at the Cayuga Wine Trail to use at local wineries in the Ithaca area.
“Adding Machine: A Musical,” Cornell University’s fall musical, will open at 7:30 p.m. at Schwartz Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10-12. A soldier prepares to suppress an enemy restricting its movement while remaining unseen in “XCOM: Enemy Unknown.” Players can use these strategies to minimize the casualties of their soldiers.
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feature a goal to spice up the combat, such as protecting civilians or raiding a crashed UFO. New enemies are introduced at a pace that stops combat from ever getting stale. While the game is fun and compelling, it does little to draw the player into the world of the story. The lackluster plot rests on voiceover segments and text logs shown when players reach certain criteria, such as researching an enemy weapon. Sound elements in the game achieve mixed results; audio cues such as alien cries to alert the presence of an unseen enemy and mood-evoking background music are solid elements to the game, but hearing the same one-liner five times in a battle grows stale quickly. At times, the number of critical attacks seems to betray the player, with the player’s soldiers missing an almost adjacent enemy. The
randomization of the game events can sometimes create difficult scenarios, especially at higher levels. “XCOM: Enemy Unknown” is challenging, even at its normal setting. Adding to the difficulty is the addition of “Iron Man” mode, which saves the game after each action, and choices are set in stone as they are performed. A person’s playing style changes drastically when there is no undo button. In XCOM, sacrifice must be made, and for reward, there must be risk. Because of its permanent nature, “XCOM: Enemy Unknown” creates an excellent balance of challenge and reward. “XCOM: Enemy Unknown” was created by Firaxis Games and was published by 2k Games. It is available on Xbox, PS3 and PC.
Revived rock group returns with hints of original style by Josh Greenfield Staff writer
After an 11-year hiatus from making new music, Aerosmith returns with its 15th album “Music from Another Dimension!” The band’s last album, “Just Push Play,” Aerosmith was released in “Music From Another 2001. Now the Dimension!” band returns, Columbia proving, despite Records age, that it can Our rating: still rock just as HHH hard as in the early years. Most of the album’s success comes from its standout tracks. One single is “Legendary Child,” which carries a catchy rock ‘n’
roll riff and a powerful vocal performance from the band’s frontman Steven Tyler. The lyrics are stirring, because they are reminiscent of the band’s past work, including many covert references to the 1975 hit “Walk This Way.” Tyler sings, “We took a chance at the high school dance / Never knowing wrong from right / And that same show 40 years ago / Being televised tonight.” Another standout track is “Can’t Stop Loving You,” which is a collaboration with country star Carrie Underwood. The duet showcases engaging harmonies, Underwood adding a country twang usually not found in Aerosmith’s work. Additionally, “What Could Have Been Love” breaks from the band’s
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Urban Homestead Reading Group, a regular book group, will read “The Quarter Acre Farm,” by Jesse Pruet, at 10:30 a.m. at Dewitt Mall.
“Peter Pan,” a screening of the original film, will have live music from Seattle harp player Leslie McMichael at Willard Straight Theatre at Cornell University. Tickets are $10-12.
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Demonic duo shakes up sound by JAred Dionne Senior Writer
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traditional hard rock ‘n’ roll style and exhibits a softer sound. Its catchy chorus, paired with guitarist Joe Perry’s quintessential riffs, are reminiscent of the band’s earlier soft rock hits, like “Dream On.” By the end of the album, the few standout tracks will take listeners back a couple decades to Aerosmith’s prime. “Music from Another Dimension!” can appeal to those same fans with its diverse range of rock subgenres.
Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor’s overachieving tendencies have kicked in once again. His How to Destroy Angels side project with his wife, Mariqueen Maandig, has released a new EP, titled “An Omen EP.” The leading track “Keep it To g e t h e r ” oozes to life as an electronic nocturne. An How to erratic drum Destroy machine emits Angels “An Omen EP” an eclectic mix Columbia of snare drum Records and cymbal acOur rating: cents that spice HHH up the track. “An Omen EP” also witnesses more vocal involvement on Reznor’s part. With the group’s previous
release, Maandig sang with little assistance from her husband. But on this EP, Reznor throws in some of his vocals to complement the femininity. Compared to its rock-tinged debut, How to Destroy Angels has opted for a more electronic-influenced production with this new EP. This altered frame of mind transitions favorably and shakes up the band’s catalog.
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“A War You Cannot Win”
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All That Remains Razor & Tie
The pop star releases his fifth studio album with R&B influences. The track “Jealous” showcases Ne-Yo’s smooth vocals and the soft beats behind them. The track “She Is,” featuring Tim McGraw, adds a more acoustic feel.
The heavy metal band returns with its sixth studio album. The record features heavy guitars and deep, thick vocals, especially on the track “You Can’t Fill My Shadow.” courtesy of Razor & Tie
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Action movie binds to original roots ‘Skyfall’ attracts audiences with cinematography and set design bY James Hasson
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A secret service agent in the world of espionage rarely has a high life expectancy. Striking a fitting balance between an homage to the past and exploring a fresh storyline, “Skyfall” dazzles with its solid cast and exotic set pieces. “Skyfall” “Skyfall” throws Columbia audiences straight Pictures Our rating: into 007’s latest misHHH sion. A mysterious criminal steals a hard drive containing critical information from the Secret Intelligence Service, also known as MI-6. James Bond (Daniel Craig) and his partner Eve (Naomie Harris) take up pursuit, landing Bond in a fistfight on top of a moving train. Eve has one chance to shoot the thief and secure the hard drive. M (Judi Dench) orders Eve to take the shot despite the risk of hitting Bond. Eve fires and hits Bond, plunging him into a river below, while the thief gets away. After surviving the fall, Bond slips under MI-6’s radar. He spends months in retirement until he gets word that a terrorist attack destroyed the MI-6 building. Bond later resurfaces when a mysterious mastermind leaks the drive’s information to the world. Craig spearheads the cast with his intimidating interpretation of the secret agent. His cold stare contains a hint of angry malice. Harris also charms with her performance as Bond’s confident, clever partner. Her character shows moxie and wit comparable to Bond’s. Dench also delivers a commanding performance as the espionage puppet master.
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5 p.m., 7:25 p.m. except Tuesday and Thursday and 9:20 p.m. and weekends 2:20 p.m., 5 p.m. except Saturday., 7:25 p.m. and 9:20 p.m. James Bond (Daniel Craig) fights psychotic villain Silva (Javier Bardem) in the newest 007 movie, “Skyfall.” The film centers on Bond as he comes out of retirement to retrieve a hard drive filled with top secret information.
Javier Bardem shines as the psychotic Silva. Bardem flaunts the sophistication trademark in villains throughout the 007 series but also adds the menace of a volatile madman. His character’s personality balances creepy and crazy, and his performance holds a similar caliber to Anton Chigurh from “No Country for Old Men.” The scenes between Bardem and Craig represent not just a duel between dangerous men but a competition between two talented and confident actors. Bond movies hold a reputation for strange sets in some of the most glamorous parts of the world. “Skyfall” is no exception, showing some of the most
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beautiful location shots in the series. A casino in Macau sits on a calm lake, illuminated outside by fireworks and glowing dragon statues. “Skyfall” also boasts one of the most visually alluring fight scenes in the Bond series, simply by virtue of its background: vibrant Hong Kong skyscrapers. But “Skyfall” does not just rehash old tropes; its story contains a strong human element that departs from some of the conventions of the series. Bond’s rustiness shows when he comes out of retirement, making him a more empathetic character by forcing himself to rely on the more cunning aspects than strength or perfect marksmanship. The film has a
personal touch, revealing some of Bond’s past and depicting a villain not out for world domination but rather simple revenge. If the film has any faults, they may lie in pacing. The story frequently takes the stage over action, making the film feel slower at points than its predecessors. “Skyfall” matches the sex appeal and shine of the series it venerates. Its strong cast and fresh storyline serve as a milestone that exalts the series’ successful past and sets the framework for a positive future. “Skyfall” was directed by Sam Mendes and written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan.
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Dramatic film soars with plot By Josh Greenfield
By Qina Liu
From takeoff to landing “Flight” provides the audience with emotional plot developments. Combining brilliant acting and a driving question of morality, this film has all the components to produce high-flying levels of enjoyment. The plot follows captain Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) “Flight” and the events surrounding the Paramount crash of a plane he was piloting. Pictures The crash totals the plane and Our rating: causes the death of six on board. HHH 1/2 The investigators seem to agree that, had it not been for the brave maneuvering of Whitaker, many more would have died and thus the retired navy pilot is praised as a hero. This all begins to change, however, when evidence surfaces that Whitaker had been under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time of the flight. As Whitaker seems to be moving closer to facing his addictive demons, the question of his morality begins to arise, which leaves the audience asking if Whitaker’s heroic actions justify the reckless and endangering lifestyle he lives. Washington stands out in his leading performance and essentially makes the movie. His emotionally driven acting produces so much pain that the audience wants to see what becomes of him. Though other smaller characters support his performance, Washington’s performance makes him the most memorable aspect of the film. The direction, by Robert Zemeckis, captures the intensity and emotion of the compelling plot through perfect pace and storytelling. With quick cuts, Zemeckis succeeds with his driving pace. The script, penned by John Gatins, also succeeds in telling a story that is both thrilling and compelling,
possessing moving commentary on the human condition. The emotion is displayed in the film’s climactic scene, where Whitaker is finally forced to confront all of the hardships that have been building up as a result of his lifelong denial of his addictions. One major flaw of the film is that some moments tend to drag on. Scenes such as Whitaker’s official court hearing contain long pauses where nothing happens. While it might have been included as a means of instilling suspense, it comes off as boring. As “Flight” unfolds, gripping events come to life with all of the makings of a top-quality thriller. A moving story filled with emotion is topped off masterfully with one of the most memorable acting performances of the year.
When director Bart Layton stumbled upon a real-life case in which a missing child appears to be recovered three years after his disappearance, he found the perfect story to portray in his documentary, “The Imposter.” Told solely through interviews, the film revolves around two narratives: the disappearance of 13-year-old Nick Barclays in 1994 and the story of Frederic Bourdin, a 23-year-old “The Frenchman who pretends to Imposter” be Nick. Three years after Nick Picturehouse disappeared, the stories of Entertainment Frederic and the Barclays famOur rating ily intersect, and the Barclays HH family welcome Bourdin into their home in Texas. The dramatizations are a clever way to illustrate the story. However, Frederic isn’t the only “imposter” in the film — sometimes the visuals don’t match the storyline. During scenes when the re-enactors of the Barclay family and Frederic are driving around San Antonio, mountains are visible in the background — mountains that are not consistent with the geography in San Antonio. The mountains as well as the end credits indicate that the reenactments were shot in Arizona, not Texas, which lessens the film’s credibility. Layton admirably illustrates the stories in “The Imposter” with his ability to accurately depict the mysterious aspects of the case and solidifies his ability to tell a good story.
“Flight” was directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by John Gatins.
“The Imposter” was directed by Bart Layton and produced by Dimitri Doganis.
Denzel Washington stars as Whit Whitaker, a drug-addicted pilot who crashes a plane in “Flight.”
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Bombers fall inches short of victory in 54th annual Cortaca Jug by christian araos staff writer
The running back took his stance at the five-yard line. He knew the play and where he needed to go. It would be the final carry of senior Clay Ardoin’s career, an aria for a contrasting performer. His 1,000-yard performance this season is a stark contrast to his zero-yard, zero-carry season last year. He reflected on his season by saying his offseason work prepared him for his successful season this year. “I never worked harder in my life,” Ardoin said. “To get back to where I was last season was very fulfilling.” It would also be the final snap for senior center Nathaniel Hemingway. After severely dislocating his foot in a car accident last December, Hemingway was named offensive captain and returned to the football field in time for their opening game. On the Wednesday before his final game, Hemingway
vowed to bring the Cortaca Jug “back to Ithaca where it belongs.” His assertion served as the main story in the buildup to the 54th annual Cortaca Jug football game. The game began tamely with both teams trading an unproductive offensive possession. Then Ardoin took a handoff from junior quarterback Phil Neumann and burst through on the left side for a 38-yard gain on his first carry, leading to a field goal from sophomore kicker Garret Nicholson. On the second play of the second quarter, Ardoin received a handoff and ran through the left side with a burst of speed and power. He continued down the sideline untouched and into the end zone for a 50-yard touchdown to put him at 112 yards in just under 16 minutes of game time and give the Bombers a 10-0 lead. The South Hill squad would not score again. The momentum began to slip away when Neumann
was sacked to end the Bombers’ next possession, and Cortland scored two straight field goals to cut the lead to four at halftime. The Red Dragons, whose seven-game winning streak had made them the favorites for this game, would be getting the ball to start the third quarter with a chance to assume control of the game. The Red Dragons’ offense did not score in the third quarter, but the game was changing. It did not seem as if the question would be if SUNY-Cortland, who entered the game averaging more than 40 points a game, would score but rather when. After two short runs inside the redzone, the Red Dragons were set up for third and goal from the nine to start the fourth quarter. A Bombers’ stop would mean a likely field goal attempt from Cortland that would let
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From left, senior captain Nate Hemingway and Assistant Coach Ryan Heasley react after the Bombers’ 16-10 loss to SUNY-Cortland in the 54th annual Cortaca Jug football game Saturday.
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Biggest little game? Says who? Colleges pulled Cortaca Jug game’s unofficial motto out of context from a 1991 Sports Illustrated article By taylor palmer assistant sports editor
Ithaca College versus SUNY-Cortland — it’s a rivalry that has electrified upstate New York sports fans for more than half a century. But the Cortaca Jug football game is not as “big” as it’s been made out to be. The college has been marketing the rivalry between the football teams from the college and Cortland as “the biggest little game in the nation” for at least 20 years, generally attributing the phrase to Sports Illustrated. However, a phrase that was once used in passing is now the unofficial motto of Cortaca. It would be difficult to find a student at the college who knows about the game that isn’t familiar with the phrase. The college has used it on its website, articles in Fuse Magazine, a magazine produced by the college for prospective students, and Intercom Roundup updates.
“It’s Cortaca Jug time again,” Meredith Farley wrote in Fuse Magazine in 2007. “The infamous football game, which has been dubbed the ‘Biggest Little Game in America’ by Sports Illustrated, has been held annually since 1959.” An advertisement co-authored by Marisa Kelly, provost and vice president for educational affairs, reiterates a similar point. “Cortaca — the annual battle that Sports Illustrated named ‘the biggest little game in the nation’ — will be hosted at SUNY-Cortland,” Kelly and Cortland’s vice president for student affairs, C. Gregory Sharer, said in the ad. President Tom Rochon has also dropped the phrase “biggest little game in the nation” in his blog, “President’s Notebook,” on the college’s website following the Bombers’ Cortaca victory in 2007. However, no records of the phrase “biggest little game in the nation” exist in the Sports Illustrated’s archives in relation to the Cortaca Jug, with the exception of one
The text from an issue of Sports Illustrated magazine on Aug. 26, 1991, in which John Walters wrote “the biggest little game in the nation could turn out to be Ithaca versus SUNY Cortland.” courtesy of sports illustrated Vault
story from August 26, 1991, written by John Walters. Archival data from other publications such as Sporting News and ESPN the Magazine also make no mention of the phrase in relation to Cortaca aside from Walters’ piece. Sports Information Director Joe Gladziszewski said the phrase is attributed to an article separate
from Walters’, but attempts to find citations earlier than 1991 have come up empty. “To my knowledge, when that is cited, in reference, it was earlier than 1991,” he said. “But I could not find the citation [before 1991] that I was looking for.”
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Athletes busy on Cortaca day When I decided to take the Division III route and become a Bomber, I knew that the fan inside of me was losing out to the athlete. I chose to run for a school where I knew I could become an integral part of a competitive team over jumping up and down in the student section of a massive football stadium and maybe eking out a position among the scrub runners on the cross country team. However, there was one event where I knew I could get that big-time college sports atmosphere: Cortaca. In my first few weeks on campus, I asked some of the upperclassmen on the cross country team what it was like to go to Cortaca, and I received upsetting news: The NCAA Atlantic Region championships, the most important meet of the season, was on the day of Cortaca. Every. Single. Year. When my freshman season was cut short by a stress fracture, I ended up cheering on the Bombers at Butterfield Stadium when they won their last Cortaca Jug in 2009, and I felt like I got the Division I fan experience I hoped for. But I knew that next year I wanted the Division III experience of running at regionals. My next three Cortaca games weren’t spent in public displays of intoxication in the stands but rather in the nervous air of toeing the starting line with 300 other athletes who had all spent the last six months training. It turns out I am not the only one who has missed the Cortaca experience for their own athletic pursuits. For the seniors on the women’s soccer team, the first round of the NCAA playoffs has fallen on the day of Cortaca for each of their four years on South Hill. Senior Julie Winn said after losing in the first round of the Empire 8 tournament last year, the team attempted to find a silver lining through Cortaca. “We weren’t sure if we were going to get a bid, and we were talking like, ‘Oh, maybe we’ll get to go to Cortaca this year,’” Winn said. “And then we realized we don’t want to go — we’d much rather be playing.” Women’s basketball senior Devin Shea said Head Coach Dan Raymond always schedules a scrimmage for the day of Cortaca. “If Cortaca is away, our scrimmage is at home, and if the game is away, our scrimmage is somewhere else,” she said. “I mean, we don’t want to get drunk or anything, but it would be nice to go to the game.” Winn and Shea both expressed disappointment that their own sports prevented them from attending Cortaca, but each athlete said they would much rather be suiting up to compete for the Bombers than cheer them on in the stands. I could not agree more. So if you talk to an athlete and find out they weren’t at the Cortaca game because they had a game of their own, ask them how it went. We don’t expect to have 7,000 fans cheering us on, but it is nice know Bomber Nation is behind us, even if only in spirit. nathan bickell is a senior documentary studies major. Contact him at email@example.com.
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NCAA title dreams spur Blue and Gold By danielle d’avanzo senior writer
After bowing out in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Division III championships, the theme for the women’s basketball team this season is 33 — the number of games it will take to make it to the NCAA Division III finals and accomplish their goal of winning a national championship. Head Coach Dan Raymond returns for his 13th season and said he believes this season’s squad has what it takes to win the program’s first NCAA title. “It’s one of those things where we truly believe that we’re at a place that with the talent we have — with the experience that we have — we’re going to be able to compete at the national level,” Raymond said. To reach its ultimate goal, the South Hill squad will have to first win smaller titles along the way. In the 2011-12 campaign, the South Hill squad finished with a 24–5 overall record, and those 24 wins set a program record for the Bombers. The Blue and Gold ended the regular season on top of the Empire 8 and hosted the conference tournament. The team advanced to the finals and won 43-38 against Hartwick College, capturing the Empire 8 tournament for the first time since the 2006-07 season. The Bombers hosted the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament and ultimately bowed out in the second round with a 55-51 loss to Bowdoin College. The Bombers feature 12 players on the varsity roster this season, 11 of them returners, while forward Kristen Gowdy is the only freshman. Raymond said this wealth of experience is a first for the program. “We’re able to start our practices this year at a little bit higher level than we’ve ever done before,” Raymond said. “That’s kind of a disadvantage for [Gowdy], because we have so many returning players. She’s trying to catch up with us, and she’s doing well.” Junior forward Jenn Escobido said having a lot
From left, Elmira then-sophomore guard Jessica Zoltowski and Ithaca then-sophomore forward Jenn Escobido chase down a loose ball during an Empire 8 game last season in Ben Light Gymnasium. File photo/The Ithacan
of returners is a huge advantage for the Bombers. “The chemistry is unreal, and with the experience, we know what it’s like to get as far as we did,” Escobido said. “We know what it’s like to lose, and we want to get further this year. Just playing with each other, we know each other’s strengths.” To accomplish their goal of lifting up the national championship trophy at the end of the season, junior guard Kathryn Campbell said the team needs to adjust its defense, especially after graduating guards Jessica Farley ’12 and Jacqueline Shinall ’12. “We definitely lost some defense with [Farley] and [Shinall] both being tenacious players and
defenders, so we need to step up there,” Campbell said. “We have a ton of scorers, and we’re all pretty unselfish, so as long as we work together and don’t care who scores — just that we win — it’ll be a really good year.” Raymond said a fun atmosphere combined with a diligent work ethic in practices and games made the season more enjoyable. Senior forward Devin Shea said the team will strive to keep it that way. “We have a really strong-knit team — it kind of has a family vibe to it — so hopefully we’ll be able to maintain our unreal chemistry,” Shea said. “We’ll hopefully maintain the intensity that we had last year and carry it over and just continue to play.”
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Ithaca keep the lead. Cortland senior quarterback Chris Rose got the shotgun snap and looked to his left. He saw Cortland senior wide receiver Mike Humphrey run a flag route to the back left pylon of the end zone. Rose lofted a pass toward the left sideline, where Humphrey hauled it in to give the Red Dragons a 13-10 lead. On the next drive, it would be the Bombers’ trusted receiver who produced a big play, when senior wide receiver Joe Ingrao timed a leaping catch so that his defender was reduced to nothing but a spectator as he landed. Ingrao was the target on almost any play that needed to be a first down, including a fourth and 14 play in the fourth quarter, in which Neumann overthrew Ingrao to give the ball back to Cortland. On the next possession, the Red Dragons had a critical third and two on the Bombers 22. Senior defensive end Skylar Schlenker beat Cortland senior right guard Randy Bloom and sacked Rose for a 4-yard loss. While Rose and Bloom will play in the NCAA playoffs, this was the end of the road for Schlenker. After the game, Schlenker’s white jersey and bottom lip were bloodied and torn. It was symbolic of the senior’s body of blue collar work from all 36 of his games as a Bomber — a stark contrast to the white collar future he’s hoping for. “I’m hoping to do some young artist programs and be an opera figure, but honestly I’d just like to keep playing football somehow,” Schlenker said. The sack forced a fourth and six and Red Dragons Head Coach Dan MacNeill put out his field goal unit for a 41-yard attempt. As the unit lined up, Bombers interim Head Coach
From left, junior tight end Jared Prugar brings in a pass while Cortland senior defensive back Phil Bossman defends in Saturday’s Cortaca game. taylor palmer/The Ithacan
Mark McDonough screamed for his defense to watch the fake. The snap from Cortland senior Christopher Van Alstyine was picked up by Humphrey, who found space on the right side and safely rushed for nine yards and a first down at the Bomber 17 — just like McDonough warned. Cortland would be held to a field goal, and the Blue and Gold limited the potential damage. The Bombers played the field position game and were rewarded with a Red Dragon three and out with just over two minutes to play. Cortland junior kicker Mike DeBole’s punt was fielded by sophomore cornerback Sam Carney, who eluded two tacklers and ran down the Bomber sideline
until he was finally brought down at the Red Dragons’ 20. The Bombers had scored a touchdown in only 45 percent of red zone opportunities this season. Now, with the ball at Cortland’s 20-yard line, they were looking to defy the odds. A 12-yard Ardoin rush on the first play put the Bombers at the eight-yard line, and the anticipation grew. After Ingrao gained six on second and goal, the Bombers had third and goal at the three. Ardoin had another rush to the left and cut back to the right before being brought down two feet short of the goal line. It was fourth and goal — one play to determine the postseason fate of two schools and the pride of central New York.
The crowd waited after a Red Dragon timeout and rose. The Bombers lined up with senior fullback Michael Moon to Neumann’s left and Ardoin behind Neumann at the five-yard line. As the Bombers ran the power play to the left, Red Dragon senior defensive back Phil Bossman surged forward. Moon, Ardoin’s lead blocker, failed to reach Bossman in time, and the defender forced Ardoin to bounce to the outside. Bossman grabbed Ardoin’s ankle and held on long enough for his teammates to bring the Bombers running back down for good. Ardoin remained down on all fours, while the Red Dragons jumped for joy at the goal line stand. His teammates helped him up and looked up at the scoreboard that read “Cortland 16, Ithaca 10.” He would say after the game that this was one of the lowest points of his career, but he acknowledged the opportunity he had at glory. “You have your own life and then your football life,” Ardoin said. “They overlap with the character you bring and the relentless dedication you have, and you can always carry it over to life in general.” For the Bombers, the 2012 season is over. A season that ended with the most haunting question in all of sports: “What if?” What if the Bombers had not been fooled on the fake? What if Moon had stopped Bossman from getting through? McDonough tried to answer the “What if?” question after the game, when he said the team is almost there. ”We’re one or two plays away,” McDonough said. “I hope that they internalize that and use that as motivation moving ahead for next season.” When asked to sum up the season, McDonough said one word. “Almost.”
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Regional rounds stay on Carp Wood By Steve Derderian Staff Writer
The women’s soccer team saw both records and hearts broken on Carp Wood Field last weekend, but in the end, the Bombers are the team advancing in the NCAA tournament. A convincing 5-1 win against UMass-Boston combined with a comeback 2-1 victory against Bowdoin College saw several Bombers records fall. Senior Rachael Palladino broke the program’s career goal record that previously stood at 61, and fellow senior Julie Winn broke the Blue and Gold’s single season assist total record as well. The Bombers also tied a program-high in total wins in a single season with 19. The most important part of the weekend for the Bombers, however, was that the berth for a spot in the NCAA Division III final four in San Antonio will be decided on Carp Wood Field for the second straight year. After defeating Bowdoin College on Sunday, Head Coach Mindy Quigg said the team faced a strong physical presence against the Polar Bears, and the Bombers will need to improve their approach against aggressive teams in the next rounds. “I thought [Bowdoin] was a very organized team, very athletic, and they moved to the ball really hard,” Quigg said. “I think we backed off a little bit, and that’s when they were dangerous.” Among the teams remaining in the Blue and Gold’s half of the bracket
are two formidable opponents and a team the Bombers have not seen this year. The South Hill squad defeated SUNY-Cortland and Misericordia University, each by a score of 1-0 this fall. The Bombers defeated Cortland 2-0 last year to advance to the final four, but the Red Dragons will have to defeat Brandeis College to return to the regional finals. The Misericordia Cougars and the Bombers match up with identical 19-win totals; the Blue and Gold have one less loss. Misericordia’s last defeat came when the Cougars hosted the Bombers on Oct 2. Since then, the Cougars have won 11 consecutive games and have outscored their opponents 40-6 in that span. Misericordia’s only other loss came at the hands of the defending national champions, No. 1-ranked Messiah College. Cougars Head Coach Mark Stauffer said his team is anxious for a rematch with the Bombers even though his team will be on the road this time around. “We’re excited to get another crack at them, especially since the stakes are a lot higher now,” Stauffer said. “Our team is feeling very confident after winning at Middlebury on their field, and they aren’t feeling a lot of pressure even though we’re at this point in the season.” In addition to their recordsetting offensive performances in these playoffs, the Bombers also
From left, Bowdoin freshman midfielder Sarah Wallace and Ithaca junior forward Ellyn Grant-Keane get tangled up during the Bombers’ 2-1 victory in the NCAA Division III Championships on Sunday on Carp Wood Field.
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have accomplished some impressive feats on defense. Anchored by senior goalkeeper Becca Salant, the Blue and Gold have surrendered just eight goals the entire season. The Bombers trailed for only the fourth time this season Sunday against Bowdoin, but senior back Anna Gray said the defense has been able to regain their composure even after surrendering a goal or having to come from behind in a game. “If a goal gets scored on us, it
happens, it’s soccer, but we just needed to bring it in collectively to just figure out what we weren’t doing right,” Gray said after Sunday’s victory. The Blue and Gold also have history and experience on their side as they enter their sweet 16 matchup. The program has made 23 NCAA tournament appearances, tied with William Smith College for the most in Division III history. The South Hill squad has good memories of playing regional games
on Carp Wood, including victories against Trinity College and Cortland last season. Junior midfielder Amanda Callanan said though Misericordia and potential opponent Cortland are looking for revenge, the Blue and Gold are looking to use home field advantage to the fullest extent. “It’s really special every time we play here, because it’s where we’re most comfortable,” she said. “Every win here gets us closer and closer to San Antonio.”
College defends use of ‘biggest little game’ motto Little game
that in a slam way in any sense of the word,” Walters said. “That was a long time ago.” from page 19 Walters also said the Cortaca rivalry was Rachel Reuben, vice president for mar- and still remains a fierce competition, but keting communication, also said she was not there are many similar rivalries across the nation, such as the annual game between aware exactly where the phrase came from. Walters’ piece was a Division III football Williams College and Amherst College in preview, written before the season began, Massachusetts, that could be “the biggest highlighting a number of important games little game in the nation.” The landscape of college football changes and statistics and speaking of Division III athletics as an arena where students play annually. Division III football and the Cortaca the game simply for the love of their sport. rivalry have changed drastically since the piece A small portion of the piece, 64 of the 690 was written, Walters said. Because of this diswords, was devoted to the matchup between crepancy, he said the use of the phrase “biggest the Bombers and the Red Dragons set to con- little game in the nation” is not fair. “I understand that Sports Illustrated, clude the 1991 season for each team. The year before, both squads had turned in successful having worked there for 15 years, carries a seasons. The Bombers made the NCAA play- lot of weight,” Walters said. “But I think it’d offs, and both teams looked strong heading be an anachronism to use what I said in 1991 in 2012.” into ’91. Dave Maley, associate director of media “The biggest little game in the nation could turn out to be Ithaca versus SUNY-Cortland, relations, said despite Walters’ comments, the by the shores of New York’s Cayuga Lake on use of the phrase is valid. “I see no problem with the use of the Nov. 9,” Walters wrote on Aug. 26, 1991. There are no follow-up articles after in phrase ‘biggest little game in the nation,’ beregards to Cortaca. On Dec. 23, 1991, Sports cause it’s factually accurate,” Maley said. Adam Peruta, associate professor of Illustrated followed up on the Bombers’ strategic commuseason but disnications, said he cussed the team’s understands why run through the “I understand that Sports Illustrated, the school would NCAA playoffs having worked there for 15 years, use the phrase the without a mention carries a lot of weight. But I think it’d way that it does of Cortland. Walters curbe an anachronism to use what I said because of the college’s difficulties rently writes for in 1991 in 2012.” branding itself. The Daily, an online “We’re this news source, and —John Walters small liberal arts for his own site, school that has M e d i u m H a p p y. Walters said he was unaware that the school trouble coming up with an identity for ourwas using the “biggest little game in the selves,” Peruta said. “We’re latching onto [the phrase] because it’s different, it’s unique, and nation” phrase. “I’d be remiss to tell you that I don’t know it gives us some identity.” According to Gladziszewski, a general much that’s been going on between the two schools in the last 15 years, and I don’t mean regular season game does not sell out, but
Junior Kyle Massa cheers on the Bombers during the 54th annual Cortaca Jug football game Saturday. More than 6,500 spectators filled the stands at the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex.
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Cortaca has for about 25 years. Six of the Bombers’ last 10 matchups against Cortland have been decided by a touchdown or less, and the game also often carries the weight of playoff implications. “Fans of both teams watching in the stands or on a live stream would say that it was one heck of a game.” Maley said. “To say that it’s ‘the biggest little game in the nation’ wouldn’t be wrong.” Each year, fans pack the stands for Cortaca, and the fans that can’t be in Central New York watch the game together throughout the country. In New York City, hundreds of Cortland and Ithaca College alumni gather together to watch the game. Gladziszewski said Cortaca holds a special significance for those who have
partaken in the game. “These are the games that you remember, for fans and players,” Gladziszewski said. “This is the game that your memories are made on. Senior Rob Flaherty, a president’s host and president of the Student Government Association, said the game remains important to the college, alumni and surrounding community and is not tarnished by the misuse of the phrase. However, he said he will stop using the line on tours. “I don’t think this takes away from the importance of Cortaca to Ithaca and Ithaca College alumni and its cultural significance for us or for Cortland,” Flaherty said. “Maybe to us it’s still the biggest little game, but we have to watch what we say.”
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Junior Rachel Schechter competes on show horse Rocky in the novice equitation over fences in class 3B at the Cornell Equestrian Team IHSA horse show Saturday at the Oxley Equestrian Center. The Bombers finished fourth overall.
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The number of yards gained on Clay Ardoin’s touchdown run against Cortland on Saturday. See the story online.
The place that the Bombers women’s cross country team finished at the NCAA Atlantic Region Championships on Saturday. See the story online.
Weird news from the wide world of sports When Florida resident Jerry Wojcik, a die-hard Buffalo Bills fan, signed up for a text message alert service that gave updates on Bills news, little did he know the kind of hell he was unleashing upon himself. The service promised a maximum of five text alerts in a given week, and those lying, stinking Bills sent him six in his second week with the service and seven in another — a grand total of three extra alerts. How could they, right? Now he’s seeking retribution. Wojcik is taking the Buffalo Bills to court because of the discrepancy. As part of his lawsuit, Wojcik is asking for $500 per each excessive text for what he labeled “negligent violations” and an additional $1,500 per call for “willful violations.” His attorneys are taking this matter just as seriously, claiming the Bills “violated a federal law on multiple occasions, affecting thousands of people.” Maybe Wojcik isn’t exactly upset about how many texts he’s receiving. Maybe he’s just mad that every text he gets says something like, “Hey Bills fans, we lost ... again.” —Taylor Palmer
theysaidit I was doing it all for her, because I knew she really wanted it for me. Senior Rachael Palladino said about Chelsey Feldman ’09 after scoring her 63rd goal and breaking Feldman’s Ithaca College career goals record.
Sports tidbits for the less-than-casual sports fan Assistant Sports Editor Taylor Palmer offers a few sports topics to use at the bar, a party or an awkward lull in conversation
• Hispanic Heritage Month: an excuse for professional sports teams to throw “el” or “los” on their jersey to appease the ghost of Fernando Valenzuela. The AHL’s Rockford Ice Hogs decided to kick it up a notch. The Hogs decided to celebrate the strong Hispanic heritage of Rockford, Ill., by giving the mascots on their jerseys big, thick mustaches and sombreros. ¡Que horrible! • Last year, the Indiana Hoosiers men’s basketball team posted several wins against top opponents but lost in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournaments. In the “everyone gets a trophy” spirit, the Hoosiers staff bought the team rings denoting their almost-championship season. Generally, only the winners get the rings, but Indiana tried really hard. So, why not?
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More than 6,500 fans filled the stands for the 54th Annual Cortaca Jug football game Saturday in Cortland, N.Y. The Ithacan gave seven Ithaca College students disposable cameras to capture their perspective of the game. Check out some of their frames.
Find a n featur interactiv e e photo that inclu d g came raphs from es ra each theith online at acan.o rg/cor taca12 .