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shares a similar objective with Izzy Stone because his goal was to produce effective journalism that helped to better inform and inspire the public. “Our assumption is that when people know the context and they can interpret the meaning of things, they can make smart decisions,” Katz said. “I think all of us are inspired by the model and example that Izzy Stone presented of being a really engaged journalist who was an expert in what he did.” One of the most explosive and impactful pieces that Mother Jones produced this past year was the coverage Corn did on presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s 47 percent video. In this video, Romney was shown to claim that almost half of the country was

President Tom Rochon received a 12.2 percent increase in salary in 2011, according to the latest Internal Revenue Service 990 form released by Ithaca College. The college must submit a 990 form to the IRS every year, because it is a nonprofit educational organization. The 990 form lists the total compensation of ROCHON received the college’s high- a 12.2 percent est-paid officials, base pay raise divided into five in 2011. categories: base compensation, which is salary; bonus and incentive compensation; retirement and other deferred compensation; other reportable compensation, such as external or additional retirement plans; and nontaxable benefits, such as a house or tuition remission. The 990 form also includes the college’s endowment. Each year’s form is due Oct. 15 of the following year, but the college usually defers submitting it until the next April, which was the case this year. In calendar year 2011, Rochon received a salary of $338,336, as part of a total compensation package of $557,053. His salary increased $36,731, or 12.2, percent from $301,605 in 2010. Rochon’s total compensation package increased $132,805, or 31.3, percent from $424,248 in 2010. Carl Sgrecci, vice president of finance and administration, said Rochon’s base pay was a raise as a result of entering a new contract after his first three-year contract ended in 2011. Under retirement and deferred compensation — a significant portion of his total compensation package — Rochon received $146,121 in 2011. This was an increase of $91,499 from 2010. Sgrecci said Rochon received a one-time payment of deferred compensation that he had earned over the three-year period of his first contract and had paid to him at the end of the contract period. Faculty and staff received 3-percent general merit salary increases in fiscal years 2010-11 and 2011-12, and a 2.5 percent general merit increase in 2012-13, with the possibility of small additional merit increases for outstanding performance each year. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, private institution presidents’ total compensation

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From left, freshmen Jen Goehring, Kristen Pompey, Cameron Fitch and Lindsey Adelstein attend a vigil at the Textor Ball on Wednesday. It was held to remember the victims of the Boston Marathon explosions, which left three people dead and 176 injured Monday. Thirty-four people attended the vigil. rachel woolf/the ithacan

Staying strong for Boston by kelsey o'connor and sabrina knight

editor in chief and assistant news editor

In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three and injured 176 Monday, Ithaca College students gathered last night to lend each other support. Thirty-four students

stood in a circle by the Textor Ball holding candles and sharing comforting words. “Reaching out to others and paying it forward is the best way we can show that the good can outweigh the bad,” freshman Kristen Pompey from Southborough, Mass., said at the memorial. “That’s the best way we can

cope with this, even though it’s really hard emotionally to not be home, but we can represent Boston the best way we can, being here at Ithaca and spreading that strong and good feeling that everything is going to be OK.”

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Mother Jones representatives accept Izzy Award by mary slack staff writer

Independent media and investigative reporting were in the spotlight as recipients for Mother Jones received the fifth Annual Izzy Awards on Wednesday. Steve Katz, publisher of Mother Jones, David Corn, Washington bureau chief and environmental reporter Kate Sheppard ’06 visited Ithaca College to accept the award, which is presented by the Park Center for Independent Media. About 75 students, faculty, staff and community members attended the ceremony. The Izzy Award is named in honor of journalist I.F. “Izzy” Stone, who wrote groundbreaking stories revealing news of government misdealings to the public in the 1950s. The award is given annually

From left, Steven Katz speaks with David Corn. Both work for Mother Jones. The independent news outlet received the fifth annual Izzy Award.

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to an outstanding independent media outlet that has published newsworthy and effective media in the previous year. The journalists at Mother Jones covered several controversial issues,

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including environmental policies, questionable campaign financing in the presidential election and indepth research of the mass shootings in the country over the past 30 years. Katz said Mother Jones

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living off of the rich. Cohen said Mother Jones is an example of exactly what independent media has the ability to do. “When you see the kind of impact that independent media is having, it makes you realize that independent media is more important than ever,” Cohen said. “People are looking for alterSHEPPARD said independent natives to media can stick corporate with stories longer. mainstream outlets, and thanks in part to our free internet, independent media outlets are having more of an impact lately.” Sheppard said unlike mainstream media, independent media is able to focus on getting the story out there. “We are able to cover stories before they become things, and we can stick with the story for a long time after everyone else has moved on to the next big thing,” Sheppard said. “We have some freedom to cover things early and to keep covering them.” Corn had worked with I.F. “Izzy” Stone, after whom the award is named, and followed in his footsteps as Washington editor of The Nation. At the ceremony, Corn spoke of his experience with Stone and remembers some of the lessons he learned. “[Izzy] always told me to stay to the end,” Corn said to the audience Wednesday. “The most interesting things always happen at the end.” Cohen said people began to look for alternative news outlets when mainstream media seemed to miss two of the biggest news stories of the last decade — what would be found after the invasion in Iraq and how the financial system and Wall Street were doing. Katz said Mother Jones has been aiming to employ the strategy of being the first to report something, and Corn agreed that the first person to have the latest scoop is going to be popular. “There’s two ways to give people information,” he said. “You give information about something that they already care about to provide a better way of understanding something. The other thing you can do is tell someone, ‘Here’s something that you didn’t know, that you should know.’ There is nothing more powerful than that.” The three media professionals shared the opinion that journalism continues to grow and that it has not yet reached its peak. “The opportunities for journalists are greater now than ever before, but the challenges are greater now than ever before too,” Corn said.

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A Boston tradition turned to chaos Monday when two bombs went off by the finish line at the Boston Marathon. In the aftermath, Bostonians have united — both on the scene and online — to help the victims. Among the injured and killed, none were from the Ithaca College community. At 2:50 p.m. Monday, two bombs exploded by the finish line. The first bomb went off on the north side of Boylston Street, just before the finish line. The second one, moments later, went off 550 feet away. “Patriots’ Day and Marathon Monday are usually celebrated all across Boston, but today our cheers were turned to prayers,” Mayor Thomas Menino said Monday. “But Boston is strong and resilient, and we come together in times of need. We will get through this, and we will find those responsible.” The three killed in the attack have been identified as 8-year-old Martin Richard from Dorchester, 29-year-old Krystle Campbell of Arlington and a graduate student at Boston University from China. A Chinese paper identified this victim as Lu Lingzi. At 8 a.m. Monday on Boylston Street, people were setting up the finish line for the Boston Marathon. Photos and videos showed the sidewalks of At 2:50 p.m. on this street, two bombs went off that killed three and injured more than 170. courtesy of chris lotsbom Boylston Street spattered with blood, storefronts blown out from the blast and people tying makewhat was going on,” Davis said. other country,” Lazar said. shift tourniquets. During the bombings, social media and Lazar said the Boston Marathon is a huge part Senior Chris Lotsbom, who was covering the Internet resources played a key role in conmarathon a couple of blocks from the bomb- of life in Boston and a real center of pride. “People don't realize how much pride Bosto- necting people amid the confusion and spotty ings at a media center at the Fairmont Copley cell service. Google created a service to find Hotel, said when he heard the noise, the fact nians take in the Boston Marathon,” he said. John Davis ’11 was a spectator at the Boston people. There was also a Google Document that it could be a bomb did not come to mind. “I came out and saw people just running by Marathon supporting his girlfriend, Alicia Burillo, created to help people find rides and a place to in the hotel, running in the lobby crying, im- and their friend Melanie McCormick. At the time stay for the night. Lotsbom said he was unable to make calls mediately wondering what happened,” he said. of the blasts, Davis was meeting with his friends, “I saw a past Boston Marathon champion who I Burillo and her family at the family and friends during the day and instead was posting updates recognized, Jack Fultz, outside, and I asked what meeting area, located at the intersection of Stuart to Twitter and Facebook to let family and friends know he was OK. and Berkeley. happened, and he said there was an explosion.” “Thank god for Facebook and Twitter, because “We were just sitting Being stationed in the there, and we heard two re- I don’t know what would have happened,” he said. media center, Lotsbom Lotsbom said when he finally left the hotel a ally loud noises, and your said he was surrounded by “Marathon Monday ... it’s such first thought isn’t ‘Oh that’s few hours later to head to his home in Walpole, reporters from the Boston a bomb,’ so we kind of just Mass., law enforcement officers were still on the Globe and other media a big day, and knowing the didn’t think too much of it,” streets, and he was struck by the scene. organizations. After the Boston Marathon and knowing “Usually it’s loud, but it was silent,” Lotsbom Davis said. “Then we could bombings, Lotsbom and runners, I think they’ll all band start to hear people scream- said. “All you could hear was either sirens or the the other occupants were ing, then one of our friends helicopter above, and that really hit me because on lockdown and were together, and this time next got a phone call from her I’ve been in Boston the last couple of nights, and watching the day unfold on year, it will be the strongest mom immediately and she it’s been loud. You could feel the energy from television monitors. Boston marathon ever.” was like ‘You guys got to get the runners getting ready to race, but then it was “The day had gone so —chris lotsbom silent tonight.” out of there.’” well: it was beautiful weathLotsbom said he has been to 17 consecutive Davis and his friends then er, perfect racing conditions, walked two miles to the Re- Boston marathons and part of the media for five great racing out on both sides,” he said. “The men’s race was really close, naissance Hotel in the seaport district, because years. Regardless of the events Monday, he said, the women’s race was really close. Americans there was no other transportation available — ev- he will attend next year’s marathon and expects it came in 4th place on both the men’s and women’s eryone was scrambling for taxis and the subway to be a strong showing. “Marathon Monday, especially to me, it’s such side, and everything was perfect. You couldn’t ask was shut down. When the group got to the hotel, they a big day, and knowing the Boston Marathon and for a better day. Then that happened. It was really stayed in the lobby with other marathon run- knowing runners, I think they’ll all band together, just a sad, sad moment.” and this time next year, it will be the strongest Sophomore Evan Lazar, who is from the Boston ners and their families. Davis said he immediately began texting his Boston marathon ever.” area, said his uncle was running in the marathon on On Thursday, Ithaca College will hold an inMonday. He said he found out about the bombings family and friends to tell them he was OK. “There were a lot of people just sitting in the terfaith gathering from noon to 1 p.m. at Muller while he was at the gym. "I saw scenes with explosions and fire, and I lobby watching the news, doing pretty much the Chapel, where members of the college community actually assumed that it was unfortunately an- same thing: calling family, trying to figure out can seek support.

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averaged $385,909 in 2010. The average base pay was $294,489. According to the Chronicle’s 2009 data, Rochon was ranked 227 out of 463 for base pay on the list of private college presidents. After Rochon, the second-highest paid official at the college in 2011 was Sgrecci, who made $200,516 in base compensation and $238,246 in total compensation. The third-highest paid official was Mary Ellen Zuckerman, dean of the School of Business, who made $188,270 in base compensation and $229,766 in total compensation. The next top paid official, ranking fourth, was Shelley Semmler, retired vice president of institutional

advancement, Tom Rochon’s salary increased 12.2 who received percent in 2011. $182,837 in base compensation and $218,089 in total compensation. Fifth on the list of the college’s top-paid officials was Nancy Pringle, vice president and 0 0 05 100 150 200 general counsel 50 100 150 200 250 250 300 300 350 350 of legal affairs, AMOUNT (IN THOUSANDS) who received $171,173 in base compensation and $226,338 in to- was $209,450,528. Sgrecci said the an Ithacan article in December, decrease did not have much effect. Sgrecci said the college has been tal compensation. The college’s endowment was In the 2007-08 fiscal year, the col- slow to come back from the finan$203,280,583 for fiscal year 2011- lege’s endowment was reported cial crisis of 2008-09. Rochon declined to comment 12. This was a decrease from as $237,254,934. In 2008-09, the 2010-11, when the endowment endowment was $165,324,374. In on the increase Wednesday.

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Nation&World Gun background checks denied

Senate Republicans, backed by a small band of rural-state Democrats, scuttled the most farreaching gun control legislation in two decades Wednesday, rejecting tighter background checks for buyers and a ban on assault weapons as they spurned pleas from families of victims of last winter’s school massacre in Newtown, Conn. Moments after the defeat on one of his top domestic priorities, President Barack Obama vowed at the White House that the effort is not over. Surrounded by Newtown relatives, he said opponents of the legislation in both parties “caved to the pressure” of special interests. A ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines also fell in a series of showdown votes four months after a gunman killed 20 elementary school children and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary. By agreement of Senate leaders, a 60-vote majority was required for approval of any of the provisions brought to a vote. The vote on the background check was 54-46, well short of the 60 votes needed to advance. Forty-one Republicans and five Democrats voted to reject the plan.

Earthquake shakes Middle East

Thousands of people are homeless and in need of aid in southwestern Pakistan, following a deadly earthquake centered in neighboring Iran that toppled scores of mud brick homes and killed at least 36 people, officials said Wednesday. Iran’s state-run Press TV initially reported that 40 people had been killed, but later said one person was killed and 12 were injured. The discrepancies and apparent backtracking in the reports could not be immediately reconciled, because the affected areas are remote and difficult to reach. The quake forced Iranian officials — for the second time in less than a week — to issue assurances that its main nuclear reactor wasn’t damaged. Iran was struck by a magnitude 6.1 earthquake near the country’s Persian Gulf coast last Tuesday that killed at least 37 people. The Pakistani army has deployed several hundred soldiers to help the relief effort in Mashkel, the area of Baluchistan province hit

hardest by the magnitude 7.8 earthquake. But many residents in Mashkel, where nearly all homes were destroyed, said they were unhappy with the government’s response. At least 35 people were killed and 150 injured in Pakistan, according to Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority. The provision of additional supplies was hampered Wednesday by a sandstorm that prevented helicopters from landing in Mashkel, the agency said. The Baluchistan government also dispatched 20 trucks carrying tents, lamps, food and water that are expected to reach Mashkel by Thursday morning at the latest.

Citizens reject Venezuela election

President-elect Nicolas Maduro, Hugo Chavez’s anointed successor, and his opposition rival, Henrique Capriles, traded accusations Tuesday over blame for post-election violence that the government said had caused seven deaths and 61 injuries across Venezuela. Maduro, who won 50.8 percent of the vote, accused the U.S. of fomenting the violence, which appeared less serious than he suggested. Capriles accused him of creating a smoke screen to divert attention from the opposition’s insistence on a vote-by-vote recount of Sunday’s surprisingly close vote. The Obama administration is refusing to accept the official results of Venezuela’s weekend presidential election. On Monday, the U.S. had called for a full recount before results were certified. Venezuela’s Supreme Court president said there is no legal basis for a vote-byvote recount that Capriles is demanding, suggesting his petition can be rejected when filed.

Russian activist trial adjourned

The embezzlement trial of a Russian opposition leader was adjourned for a week shortly after it began Wednesday in a northwestern city besieged by hundreds of activists and journalists. In the evening, hundreds more rallied in Moscow to show their support. Lawyer and anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny, who spearheaded anti-government protests in 2011, and his former colleague are accused of leading an organized criminal

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Employees of Greece’s health system shout slogans at a protest against government health cuts in Athens on Wednesday. The banner reads ‘’Government.’’ Greece on Monday struck a deal with rescue creditors, who are expected to secure it 11.55 billion in further loan payouts. Thanassis Stavrakis/associated press

group that embezzled $500,000 worth of timber from a state-owned company in the city of Kirov. The charges not only threaten to send the 36-year-old Navalny to prison but strike at the essence of his image as an anti-corruption activist. Navalny says the charges are an act of revenge for his exposure of high-level corruption. Even before Navalny became a key figure in the anti-government protests that erupted in 2011, the lawyer was a persistent thorn in the establishment’s side with his extensive blogging on Russia’s staggering high-level corruption. Authorities admit the trial is connected to his prominent activities, although they deny overt political motivations.

NZ legalizes same-sex marriage

Hundreds of jubilant gay-rights advocates celebrated at New Zealand’s Parliament on Wednesday, as the country became the 13th in the world and the first in the Asia-Pacific region to legalize same-sex marriage. Lawmakers voted 77 to 44 in favor of the

gay-marriage bill on its third and final reading. The new law will allow gay couples to jointly adopt children for the first time and will also allow their marriages to be recognized in other countries. The law will take effect in late August. The change in New Zealand could put pressure on some of its neighbors to consider changing their laws. In Australia, there has been little political momentum for a change at a federal level, and Prime Minister Julia Gillard has expressed her opposition to same-sex marriage. Some Australian states, however, are considering gay-marriage legislation. Many in New Zealand remain vehemently opposed to gay marriage. The lobbying group Family First presented a petition to Parliament last year, which was signed by 50,000 people who opposed the bill. Another 25,000 people have since added their signatures to that petition. SOURCE: Associated Press


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State Diner plans to reopen doors in May by noreyana fernando assistant news editor

Owners of Ithaca’s State Diner have announced that the diner will reopen in May, following a fire that destroyed the 77-year-old diner on West Martin Luther King Jr. Street in October 2012. Bia Stavropoulos, one of the owners, said the family is hoping to have the diner open by around the first week of May. The diner closed down after a fire Oct. 2 that was caused by an electrical malfunction, according to the Ithaca Fire Department. The State Diner, which has been a 24-hour destination for students and locals, was originally opened in 1936 by Mike Rich and began as a trailer-car diner. It was later sold to businessman Dino Papadopoulos. In 1981, it was sold to the Stavropoulos family. The 24-hour diner has been a popular destination for students and locals for more than seven decades. The white counter tops, black stools and red booths have become an iconic image of the diner. Reasonably priced food choices, including bagels, sandwiches and eggs, are also one of its popular attractions. Sophomore Mary Kielar first visited the diner during her freshman year. She said the diner reminded her of her home in Rochester. “My neighborhood is full of a few generations of a Greek family who happens to own a restaurant just like the State Diner,” she said. “I felt a very homey vibe when I stepped into the diner.” Stavropoulos said many people had asked her about the diner’s progress. “Everywhere I went, I saw people telling me, ‘When are you going to open up? We are waiting,’” she said. Senior Caitlin Ghegan had been a frequent customer at the diner since 2011. She said she first visited the State Diner at midnight after a bad day. “Every time I went in there, I felt extremely welcome,” she said. “I felt like I was a part of something really Ithaca.”

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The State Diner was damaged by a fire that was caused by an electrical malfunction Oct. 2. Owners said they hope to reopen the diner by the first week of May, following months of construction. shawn steiner/the ithacan

Ghegan said she looks forward to visiting the diner once more. “I was a little sad because I won’t be here for long,” she said. “In May, I will be graduating so I won’t be able to enjoy it for that long. But I am really excited that I will be able to enjoy it one more time.” Construction work began about a month and a half after the fire last year. Stavropoulos said the construction work is almost complete.

Stavropoulos also said the diner will not look very different when it reopens next month. She said the food that they serve will also stay the same. Junior JP Keenan said he was devastated when he heard the diner had been hit by a fire. “I can’t wait to go down again and get a bacon, egg and cheese bagel with a milkshake at 2 in the morning and to feel like it’s Ithaca again,” he said.

Park pilots online form for override requests by lindsey witmer staff writer

The Roy H. Park School of Communications is piloting the new online course registration override form, which is being beta-tested for the ongoing Fall 2013 registration. With this form, all override requests for courses in the Park School will be online. The initiative is a joint effort by the Office of the Provost, the Park School of Communications and Information Technology Services. It is part of the college’s Homer Workflow Implementation Group project, which aims to put about 40 of the most heavily used forms online. Bryan Roberts, assistant dean for student services at the Park School, said feedback has been positive so far. “We could tell that it was a frustrating time, especially in Park, with the old course request form,” he said. “Students have really been giving me positive feedback, both in person and through Twitter, about what a step forward this is.” The form is available on the Park School website and requires a Netpass username and password. The link is only available once the time ticket for registration commences. If the request is approved, students will receive an email, and they will be able to register for the class. The online override request form will be available to students in other

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schools for Spring 2014 registration, depending on feedback from registration for next semester. Roberts said the college decided to begin using the system with the Park School for two reasons. “The Park School has a history of innovation and becoming early adopters of new areas of technology,” he said. “The second reason was more than any other school, we are heavy users of the old generation of the course request form.” Bill Liddick, associate director for enterprise solution development at the college, said he believes that this new online request form will appeal to students from every school. “The culture of the course request form is set to change, and I believe many students will find this an appealing trait,” he said. “This paperless request form will also help the professors get the requests forms back to the students more quickly.” At a session for Park School students April 5, Roberts demonstrated how to fill out and submit a course override form online, and a tutorial was sent out to all Park students who were unable to attend the meeting. Many students who attended the event questioned the simplicity of the form. However, most seemed to prefer the online method to that of the current paper option. Freshman Emily Morley is an exploratory student who will be

Bryan Roberts, assistant dean of student services in the Park School, sits at his desk Monday. Roberts is helping move course override forms online. MARIANNA DUNBROOK/the ithacan

transferring into the Park School. Morley, who has used the online form to register for Park School classes, said the online system was more efficient than the paper-based one. “A lot of the times when you are trying to override into classes, it’s a lot of confusion with the paperwork,” she said. “All you have to do [now] is go to this one spot and fill out a form.” Liddick also said the goal for the online request form will also help the college save paper. Marian Brown, special assistant of campus and community sustainability, said she believes that this online document processing will save time and money by eliminating the costs to print the forms. She said it will also improve the efficiency

of the document-processing step. However, Brown said, while there are environmental costs to provide the electricity for computers to run the servers, the environmental benefits of reduced paper use would outweigh the costs. Looking ahead, Roberts said he expects everyone will benefit from the new online system. “It is hard for all schools to agree on something and have it be a winwin for everyone,” Roberts said. “But it seems as though this might work in everyone’s favor.” Assistant News Editor Noreyana Fernando contributed reporting to this article.

The Ithaca College Middle States Periodic Review Report is open for comments as it is being prepared by a group of faculty, staff and administrators. The final draft will be submitted at the end of May. Middle States is one of six U.S. regional accrediting associations that conducts a self-study of institutions of higher education every 10 years to make sure the institution is running at high quality standards. Ithaca College is currently at the fiveyear mark in between self-studies, which means the college is required to prepare a Periodic Review Report. This is similar to the in-depth report completed every 10 years, but it is shorter, less comprehensive and addresses only some of the standards in the “Characteristics of Excellence.” Carol Henderson, assistant provost for accreditation, assessment and curriculum and Middle States liaison, is in charge of collecting data and writing and reviewing the document. She was assisted by a group of people who commented and ensured the document reflects the college accurately. These officials included Robert Cree, associate vice president for business and finance; Karen Edwards, associate professor of health promotion and physical education; Diane Gayeski, dean of the Roy H. Park School of Communications; Martha Gray, director of institutional research; Jason Hamilton, associate professor and chair of environmental studies and science; Doreen Hettich-Atkins, senior assistant to the senior associate vice president; and Danette Johnson, director and professor for educational affairs. The document is not publicly available, but anyone with an Ithaca College Netpass username and password is able to view it. Henderson said feedback will be accepted until Friday. During the last Middle States Review in 2008, the college was instructed to address its lack of an assessment program for student learning and a general education system. Henderson said one of the major policies that has come from a Middle States recommendation is the formation of the Integrative Core Curriculum, a sub-policy of the IC 20/20 plan that will create a universal general education program for all incoming freshmen. Henderson said she is confident the college has prepared a satisfactory report with the help and feedback from her committee. “It’s a very good plan, and I would want to see us make progress [and] continue making progress toward the goals of IC 20/20 before the next 10-year visit happens, [which will follow] the next self study,” Henderson said. Gayeski said she is advising and helping write, edit and review the report. Gayeski said the process is one that required collaboration between members. “It was a very good collaborative process to ensure that we were representing the college accurately and not forgetting anything,” Gayeski said. To read the full version of this story, visit

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Leading the way Senior helps train puppies as part of Guiding Eyes for the Blind by kelsey fowler senior writer

Puppies selected for the Guiding Eyes for the Blind program are, in part, chosen for their confidence, something senior Grace Goodhew, an aging studies major with a focus in management and administration, knows a thing or two about. An Ithaca native, Goodhew graduated high school early, beginning college at 17. Elizabeth Bergman, assistant professor of gerontology, taught Goodhew in her first aging studies class and four more courses since. “She’s the kind of person where she goes into a room and she’s there 30 minutes and everybody in the room is her friend,” Bergman said. “If she is ever stressed out, you don’t know it — she always has a smile on her face.” Goodhew’s purple yoga mat, rolled up and slung over the shoulder of her light leopard-print coat, bounces with her as she walks. She constantly carries multiple bags filled with books, outfit changes for yoga class and supplies for puppy training. She is quick to pull up iPhone pictures of Josette, the black lab she previously raised. Goodhew decided to raise a puppy after seeing a Guiding Eyes dog on campus her junior year. Guiding Eyes is an organization that fosters puppies and trains them to assist the visually impaired. Josette is now being considered for the breeding program, the top 2

percent of all GEB graduates. Giving up her dog after more than a year was difficult. “She is the sweetest pup ever, and I still miss her tons,” she said. With updates from her new foster family, Goodhew is excited to see Josette go on to make more little puppies now. This year, with Goodhew’s help, there were 10 puppies being raised on campus. It’s a 24/7 commitment, and Goodhew knows firsthand how much work it takes. The GEB has a 21-year history at the college. Students raise the dogs from eight weeks to about 14 months, strictly training and socializing them before the dogs begin training to work for the blind. Goodhew said campus is an ideal place to raise a dog, because there are so many different areas and people for the dogs to get accustomed to, and a Guiding Eyes dog must be comfortable and calm in any situation. Goodhew made GEB an official college club in Fall 2011, which is what she attributes its growth to this year. She wanted to add more structure to the process, instead of just entrusting someone with a dog worth $50,000. “Now we’re really able to outline what the process is, with meetings and rules,” she said. “Instead of just having it be vague, handing you a puppy and saying, ‘Go for it.’” Junior Katie Sheena, vice president of GEB, said without Goodhew in charge, GEB wouldn’t be nearly as successful as it is now. “With all of the things she’s put

Senior Grace Goodhew snuggles with one of the guide dogs in training that is part of the Guiding Eyes for the Blind program at Ithaca College. Goodhew also practices yoga regularly and teaches courses in it downtown.

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in place, she’s helped bring more awareness,” Sheena said. Goodhew’s mother, Lee Goodhew Romm, is a professor of music performance at the college and the faculty adviser for the college’s GEB chapter. She is confident her daughter is ready to meet the “challenges and joys” of what’s to come. “Her leadership skills have been refined and grown in huge ways,” she said. “Grace is inspiring, and I am so proud of her decisions.” Goodhew also practices Kripalu yoga, which literally translated means “compassion.” She was six years old when her mother first introduced her to yoga, and she became certified last summer. Goodhew teaches five to six classes every week now, some on campus and some at Sunrise Yoga. The practice emphasizes stillness

and relaxation, using standard yoga poses with a focus on meditation and breathing. When raising Josette, Goodhew would practice her own yoga with the dog by her side, snuggling on her mat. She wanted to take a year off after graduation and teach yoga on an around-the-world cruise ship, but when those plans fell through, Goodhew decided to apply to graduate schools in hopes of becoming a nursing home administrator. “I’ll be able to do amazing things with my degree, but that’s only a portion of who I am and where I spend my energy,” she said. From the students who attend her yoga classes to those she now mentors as they raise their own puppies, Goodhew has made a niche for herself on campus.

“She has an uncanny ability to see the way things are connected,” Bergman said. “So even though something’s not officially part of her major, like Guiding Eyes for the Blind for example, she sees overlaps and intersections and how that could relate.” Goodhew’s list of possible graduate schools spans the coasts, all with three requirements: someplace warm, sunny and near water. Josette, of course, is invited to the graduation party. “I don’t have a bucket list, because as soon as I have the will to do something, I find a way to make it happen,” Goodhew said. “Many times, this involves sacrifice in some way, but you learn to prioritize. Ninety-nine percent of the time, you can make things happen for yourself.”

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Latino/a experts to visit campus Texas anthropology professor to discuss undocumented youth movement in the US The Ithaca College Center for the Study of Culture, Race and Ethnicity will be hosting a talk from Felipe Vargas and Mariela Nunez-Janes, two experts on Latino/a youth, as part of its “Suffocating Knowledge: Race, Power, Possibilities” series. Nunez-Janes said the undocumented youth movement aims to unite in solidarity those who are NUNEZ-JANES said she will privileged and those who discuss her work are marginalized to make with youth. change happen. Right now, both the state and the federal government are in the process of discussing laws on immigration. The speakers will focus on Latino/a youth in the U.S. Mariela Nunez-Janes, associate professor of anthropology at the University of North Texas, will focus on the educational inequalities faced by undocumented youth. Felipe Vargas, national youth organizer for the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, will discuss the history of the undocumented youth immigrant movement and will share interviews he has conducted with young people who have risked deportation by engaging in civil disobedience. The talk will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday in Textor 103. Staff Writer Lisa Famularo spoke with Mariela Nunez-Janes, a Latina immigrant herself, to learn more about her lecture and her involvement with Latino/a youth. LF: How did you decide to get involved in this field? MNJ: Part of the reason why I chose anthropology, my graduate career, and why I

decided to become a professor stems from my own personal experiences of education as a Latina immigrant. I saw both the conceptual possibilities that anthropology provides to understand the educational experiences of Latino and other marginalized youth as well as the possibility for intervention and action to challenge the underprivileging of Latino students and their experiences. LF: What are you going to be speaking about when you come to IC? MNJ: Generally I’m going to be talking about undocumented students and their experiences, and my specific focus is really a reflection on my work with undocumented youth as an anthropologist of education. LF: What do you hope that the people who come listen to your speech will take away from it? MNJ: Several things. First, because I will mostly be speaking to an academic audience, I want academics to realize the power and the privilege that we have to engage in action and to use our privilege for the purposes of really providing opportunities for undocumented youth. Also, just generally speaking outside of the academic audience, providing opportunities to share the leadership, bravery of undocumented youth themselves who have organized a civil rights movement for the 21st century. Part of the reason I’m not speaking alone — I’m speaking with Felipe Vargas — is because I really want the audience to understand that experience from the voices of the leaders of the movement.

Crafting a future

From left, prospective students Bree Love, Paola Joaquin Rosso and Jacquelin Nunez use spaghetti and marshmallows to build a structure that represents college Saturday in the A&E Center. The students attended An Inside Look, an overnight program for ALANA students. Sabrina Knight/The Ithacan

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College & City IC physics department gets grant for research

Ithaca College has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant which will be used to fund research on sup e r co n d u c t o r s . The research will be directed by Matthew Sullivan, associate professor of physics. The research project is titled “Critical Dynamics of the SULLIVAN Iron Pnictide Superconductors.” The $185,000 grant will be used to investigate how the novel iron pnictide materials become superconducting to understand the mechanism that creates superconductivity in the materials. The project will also be used to train undergraduate students in state-of-the-art characterization and measurement techniques.

Slavery survivor to speak about human trafficking

IC Free the Slaves will host a oneday conference titled “27 Million Bound: Unbinding Modern-Day Slavery,” where activists will speak about human trafficking. The conference will go from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the School of Business rooms 202 and 204. Attendees of the three sessions will learn about and discuss human trafficking and slavery in the modern world with anti-slavery activists. Keynote lecturer Shamere McKenzie will then speak about her experience surviving sex slavery and

her career as an anti-slavery activist at 7 p.m. in Textor 103. The conference counts for SLI credit.

Imprint and The Ithacan given regional recognition

The Society of Professional Journalists has named The Ithacan the Best Nondaily Student Newspaper in the Northeast Region. The Ithacan has been named the best in the region six times in the past seven years. Imprint Magazine came in second in the Mark of Excellence contest in the Independent Online Student Publication category. This is the first award the publication has received. The awards were given to winners during the Region 1 conference Saturday at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. The Ithacan will next compete with 11 other regional winners in the national Mark of Excellence award. The results will be announced this fall. The Ithacan was named the Best Nondaily Student Newspaper in the country last year.

Students to hold talks with college Public Safety

Students for Sensible Drug Policy, the Ithaca College Office of Public Safety and the Student Government Association will host a series of educational sessions, in which students will be invited to engage in dialogue with members of Public Safety. The sessions will be designed to create awareness about and educate college students on public safety issues.

The SGA, Public Safety and SSDP are currently accepting suggestions from students on topics of discussion. The first session will take place at 8 p.m. April 30 in the School of Business room 204.

College to host journalist during climate conference

Author and independent journalist Mark Hertsgaard will answer questions about climate change, writing and other topics in an informal discussion at 3 p.m. Friday in Emerson Suites. Hertsgaard first visited the college in 2006, when he spoke about his book published that HERTSGAARD year, titled “Earth Odyssey: Around the World in Search of Our Environmental Future.” During Friday’s visit, Hertsgaard will discuss the human, environmental, economic and political impacts of climate change. He will also discuss his latest book, titled “Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth.” Hertsgaard’s visit is part of the Climate Smart & Climate Ready conference, which runs Thursday through Sunday.

Campus to mark year end with IC Kicks Back event

The IC Kicks Back celebration will end the semester with outdoor activities for students from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. May 3 on the Campus Center Quad. The annual

Public Safety Incident Log APRIL 1 Reclassification of crime LOCATION: U-Lot SUMMARY: An incident reported on March 27 was reclassified from accidental property damage to V&T violation leaving the scene. Master Patrol Officer Christopher Teribury. Off-campus incident LOCATION: All Other SUMMARY: Caller reported an unknown person had stolen computers. Investigation pending. Master Patrol Officer Donald Lyke.


Harassment LOCATION: Lyon Hall SUMMARY: Caller reported that a person made a sexual gesture. Investigation pending. Master Patrol Officer Bruce Holmstock. Accidental property damage LOCATION: K-Lot SUMMARY: Person reported a foul ball had damaged a window on a parked car. Report taken. Master Patrol Officer Donald Lyke.

APRIL 4 Fire alarm smoldering LOCATION: Lower Campus SUMMARY: Caller reported a cigarette receptacle was smoldering. Officer extinguished the hazard. Sergeant Ronald Hart.

Medical assist/psychological LOCATION: Rowland Hall SUMMARY: Caller reported a person had sent an alarming text message. Assistance provided by Public Safety and Residential Life. Master Patrol Officer Bruce Holmstock.

Disorderly conduct LOCATION: Circle Apartments SUMMARY: Caller reported an unknown person had thrown eggs at a residence. Investigation pending. Patrol Officer Robert Jones.

Drug violations LOCATION: Terraces SUMMARY: One person judicially referred for violation of drug policy and possession of college property. Master Patrol Officer Donald Lyke.

Fire alarm accidental LOCATION: Circle Apartments SUMMARY: Simplex reported a fire alarm activated by steam from the shower. System was reset. Patrol Officer Bruce Thomas.


V&T failure to yield LOCATION: Tower Skyline Drive SUMMARY: A caller reported a two-car, personal-injury MVA. Two people were transported to CMC by ambulance. Officer issued a driver a uniform traffic ticket for the Town of Ithaca Court for failure to yield the right of way. Master Patrol Officer Bruce Holmstock.

Fire alarm fire LOCATION: Circle Apartments SUMMARY: Simplex reported a fire alarm activated by a small fire that occurred when hot grease was placed in a trash can. Fire extinguished and system reset. Patrol Officer Jay Vanvolkingburg.

APRIL 5 Harassment LOCATION: West Tower SUMMARY: Caller reported a person had sexually harassed two people. Investigation pending. Deputy Chief David Dray. Off-campus incident LOCATION: All Other SUMMARY: A caller reported that a person may be suicidal after having had an argument. Complainant reported that phone contact had been made with the person. Complainant also reported that the individual in question was fine. Master Security Officer Amy Chilson.

APRIL 6 Off-campus incident LOCATION: All Other SUMMARY: A caller reported that a person had made threatening statements. The OPS officer advised the complainant to contact the Tompkins County Sheriff Office. Patrol Officer Robert Jones. Criminal mischief LOCATION: Terraces SUMMARY: Caller reported that an unknown person damaged a light fixture and a wall. Investigation pending. Patrol Officer Daniel Austic.

APRIL 7 Danger to self LOCATION: Hilliard Hall SUMMARY: Caller reported a person had sent a text message about

event will include a barbeque, live music and food. The college is accepting proposals from student organizations that will be able to host activities and inform students about their work. Student organizations interested in participating should email by Friday.

Annual local exhibition to look at downtown life

The Downtown Ithaca Alliance will host the 3rd annual Downtown Living Tour and Expo, where visitors will learn about living in downtown apartments and carpooling options in the area. The event will begin at 1 p.m. and end at 4 p.m. April 27 downtown. Registration will take place at Center Ithaca on The Commons. More information is available at

IPD warns of more thefts of items from cars in city

The Ithaca Police Department has warned the public about a recent increase in larcenies from the inside of motor vehicles in the Fall Creek area of the City of Ithaca. The thefts, which are referred to as “car prowls,” have been reported across the city. However, the IPD said the Fall Creek Area and East Hill have been hit harder. The IPD reminds residents and visitors to be aware of surroundings of a parked vehicle, remove keys and valuables from vehicles and roll up windows. Cars parked near houses or stored in carports should have exterior lights turned

on, and vehicles should be parked on well-lit, open spaces, according to an IPD press release.

College marks Earth Day with week of activities

The Ithaca College student organization Resource and Environmental Management Program is working with other student organizations to organize 12 Days of Earth Week. Each day celebrates a different theme relating to Earth Day. Earth Day events include No Shower Day, Buy Nothing Day and Locavore Day. The college will also host the Youth Power Summit on Saturday and Sunday in celebration of Earth Day. Youth from across the region will attend the conference about leadership roles in advocating for clean energy, local food and social justice. Tompkins County will celebrate Earth Day by giving residents the opportunity to opt out of receiving unwanted mail, such as catalogs, coupon mailers and credit card offers. The county has partnered with a national mail preference service to help residents opt out of such unsolicited mailings by visiting The program was introduced in 2007. Each year, 10 billion pounds of solid waste are produced as a result of direct mail advertising. According to a county release, more than 1,800 residents have signed up for the mail preference program since its inception. They have opted out of more than 25,000 mailings, saving 372,000 pounds of greenhouse gases.

selected entries from APRIL 1 to April 10 overdosing on pills. Officer unable to determine if pills were in fact taken. However, the person had attempted to jump from a balcony. The individual was taken into custody under mental hygiene law, transported to CMC by ambulance and judicially referred for causing danger to self. Master Patrol Officer Jay Vanvolkingburg. Medical assist/illness related LOCATION: Rowland Hall SUMMARY: Caller reported a person experiencing chest pains and numbness in the arms. Person transported to CMC by ambulance. Sergeant Dirk Hightchew.

APRIL 8 Larceny LOCATION: Lower Campus SUMMARY: A caller reported an unknown person may have stolen or tampered with banners. High winds could have also caused the occurrence. Investigation pending. Master Patrol Officer Bruce Holmstock.

APRIL 9 Fire alarm accidental LOCATION: Eastman Hall SUMMARY: Simplex reported a fire alarm activated by burned food. System reset. Patrol Officer Daniel Austic. Unlawful possession marijuana LOCATION: L-Lot SUMMARY: During traffic stop, a person was found to be in possession of marijuana. Officer issued person an appearance ticket for Town of Ithaca Court for the unlawful possession of

marijuana and campus summons issued for failure to stop at a stop sign. Master Patrol Officer Brad Bates. Criminal mischief LOCATION: Whalen Center for Music SUMMARY: Officer reported an unknown person had damaged a door handle. Investigation pending. Patrol Officer Daniel Austic.

APRIL 10 Off-campus incident LOCATION: All Other SUMMARY: IPD reported seven people had been arrested for littering, open containers and noise violations. One person was issued a warning for noise and open burning. Master Security Officer Wendy Lewis. Larceny LOCATION: Fitness Center SUMMARY: Caller reported an unknown person had stolen cash. Pending investigation. Master Patrol Officer Donald Lyke. For the complete safety log,  For the complete safety log,  go to

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students must fight for peace The culture of activism that has been inherent in academia throughout all of America’s previous wars is fading as our military personnel continue to fight.


ore soldiers on active duty committed suicide than were killed by enemies in combat last year, according to a figure released by the Department of Defense. Despite these alarming numbers — 177 active duty soldiers killed themselves, while 176 were killed by others in 2012 — many Americans turn a blind eye to the nation’s wars. Today’s college students belong to a war generation, but it doesn’t feel like it. When Truman ordered troops into Korea, students protested. When American soldiers were sent to Vietnam, college kids formed Students for a Democratic Society. A few years ago Daniel Ellsberg, the man who leaked confidential government documents that led to the end of the Vietnam War, spoke on campus about the need to question the government’s narrative of war. Still, college students fall silent when it comes to demanding answers about the wars that have driven many of our peers to suicide and the policies that have failed to provide financial and emotional support to the men and women who took up the fight their country asked them to win. America’s wars are not just being fought abroad, our soldiers are bringing the battle home, and it’s critical that we, as a society, find ways to provide them with the resources they need to win. It’s too easy to see soldiers as patriots that go into battle with the training and mentality to handle what they have to do and return home to normal society. It doesn’t work that way, and it never has. The role student activists play in the development of American policy cannot be lost. Academia is the heart of political and social thought, and right now America’s leadership must be reminded that the youth generation is willing to stand up to protect its peers. It’s not enough to click “like” on a Facebook post about aid to veterans returning home or post a status thanking the troops. The Internet and social media are important new tools to demanding justice, but “clicktivism” cannot fully replace outright, sign-yielding activism that has the historic significance to bring about real change. If college campuses around the country reengage with the effort to police our nation’s leaders, we can force our government to give veterans the support they need at the same time academics hold politicians accountable for the wars they begin.

UPS and DOWNS The best and worst of the news

Can they build it? Yes they can! Commons redesign finally begins Kids singing “Bob the Builder” helped kick off the much-awaited reconstruction of The Commons last week. The project will bring new energy to Ithaca. Mother Jones writer advocates for new take on climate reporting FOX News took a hit from journalist Kate Sheppard, as she shed light on the media’s misinformation about climate change.

your letters Rising senior asks Class of 2014 to cast vote for Raise Your Class

As a Senior Week junior co-chair, and after attending Senior Class cabinet meetings all year, I believe what made this year’s class successful was the dedication of their Executive Board. That is why I support Raise Your Class, consisting of Courtney Brown, Emily Haff, Zachary Woelfel, Robert Hohn and Gregory Addicott, to represent the Class of 2014. I have had the pleasure of getting

the right choice and voting Raise Your Class for Senior Class Executive Board for 2014. Chelsey Lavere, Junior Integrated Marketing communications major


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Scientists should not revive extinct species R

ecently in science news, the Australian gastric-brooding frog, a previously extinct species, was briefly brought back to life using the cloning technique, somatic cell nuclear transfer. The technology has previously been used to study lethal diseases in a lab setting. However, bioengineers have been using the technology to bring back species not seen on this planet for decades. For some conservationists, this new and emerging science may seem like the solution to mass extinction in the 21st century. We should consider the possible consequences, however, before embarking on a massive “de-extinction” excursion. The rate of extinction is saddening. However, these species went extinct for a reason: There is no more room for them on this planet. Each species in an ecosystem has a niche, or a certain role it plays in the system. When a species goes extinct, the role is taken over by another species, or it disappears completely. Thus, if we were to repopulate the world with previously extinct species, they would be placed in ecosystems that no longer have room for them, especially if they went extinct 30 years ago. The use of this technology for “de-extinction” is unethical and could result in the destruction of even more habitats. Amphibians are being wiped out right and left as anthropogenic toxins get absorbed into their skin. Their natural habitats are polluted with runoff from our industrial factories. Even if we were to successfully clone a population of gastric-brooding frogs, where would we put them? If their habitats were destroyed, they would have to be introduced into a habitat where other amphibians, unaccustomed to this frog, are already living. Are we repopulating the earth with its natural inhabitants or are we just increasing the amount of invasive species? Invasive species lead to the extinction of native species in the same way as habitat destruction. In some sense, invasive species destroy habitats by changing their composition. This can be seen clearly on the Galápagos Islands, where invasive species have increasingly become a problem as tourism increases. Before humans colonized the islands in the 19th century, the Galápagos

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Senior Robert Griffin-Nolan, a biology major, argues that species become extinct for a reason, and scientists should not try to play God by bringing already wiped-out species back to Earth. Rachel woolf/The Ithacan

were a pristine environment with some of the highest rates of endemism in the world. The organisms of Darwin’s natural laboratory evolved alone, separated from outside populations. Consequently, the adaptations these organisms display resulted from isolation. In the same way that Native Americans were not accustomed to European diseases during the colonial period, the Galápagos endemics were in no shape to challenge mainland species being brought over from South America. Canine and feline derived infections began to devastate sea lion populations of the islands colonized by humans. The slow moving tortoises of Isabela Island were practically wiped out by feral goats, resulting in a conservation plan to eliminate all the goats on Isabela using machine gun mounted helicopters. The Galápagos

is an excellent laboratory for viewing the effects of introduced species on present populations of native species Somatic cell nuclear transfer is an ingenious discovery. It will be used in medical research to help solve the mystery of many genetic diseases. It should not, however, be used to bring back species that have already left the pool of biodiversity. It is an unethical procedure and one that could have drastic effects for those species still persevering through human destruction. The only way to slow the anthropogenic extinction of species is to stop destroying habitats. We must preserve the pristine environments and biodiversity we still have. Robert Griffin-Nolan is a senior biology major at Ithaca College. Email him at

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Bombing in Boston brings community closer together


y hometown, Ashland, Mass., is the original start of the Boston Marathon. Currently, the Marathon spirals from Hopkinton, Mass., through the heart of Ashland, Route 135. It is common for Route 135 to be lined with spectators, cheering on the runners, Chloe Wilson handing out bottled water and orange slices. As somebody who grew up right near the marathon route, I have countless memories of dragging down lawn chairs, handing out water bottles and collecting discarded clothing from passing runners along with members of the Massachusetts community. This is a memory that many people from Massachusetts — and Ashland — share. This is why the Boston Marathon bombing is so upsetting — it threatened a community that has existed for more than 100 years. While its physical presence is in Eastern Mass., it is an international community that is centered on the celebration of athleticism. It is a tradition that echoes throughout generations of

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Mourners attend a candlelight vigil for 8-year-old Martin Richard near Dorchester on Tuesday. Richard was killed in the bombings Monday. Josh Haner/The New York Times

Bostonians. It is a landmark event for one of the first states of America. Despite the efforts of those who attacked Beantown, that community only grew. Though cell phone communications were temporarily shut down, many used social media to reach out to marathon attendees. To help those searching for loved ones, Google launched a Boston Marathon Person Finder, a database for people to research the status of their loved ones. Tweets, Facebook posts and Instagram pictures were also used to

track the chaos of the attack. Police are even using social media to find video of the attack using the hashtag “#tweetfromthebeat.” New York City inhabitants popularized a “NY hearts Boston” graphic. Ellen DeGenneres, Patton Oswalt and Craig Ferguson expressed their sympathy and pain through the media. Even the New York Yankees, longtime rivals of the Boston Red Sox, played “Sweet Caroline” after their third inning in honor of Boston, and if that doesn’t show the rise of a closer

community, I don’t know what does. There is no denying that damage was done on Monday. People were hurt, lives were lost and hearts go out to everyone who was injured and to everyone who lost a loved one. Many call out for justice, and many search for those who committed this act. Perhaps the best justice is to show strength in numbers and, in turn, in the community. By continuing to reach out to those affected, whether in person or through social media, we have a more effective counterattack. As a Bostonian, my heart aches for my city. My heart aches for Krystle Campbell, Lingzi Lu and Martin Richard and those currently unidentified. My heart aches for the runners, the volunteers, the spectators and the community that set aside their day to support its members. My heart aches for the city that stands for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We are a great city, and more importantly, we are a great people. We have been struck by tragedy, but through the strength of our community, we will get through this. We will rise, we will survive, and that alone can be our justice. Chloe wilson is a junior scriptwriting and television-radio major. Email her at

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n the wake of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December, there was much talk about gun control laws and ways to curb the all-too-familiar headlines of mass shootings. The topic has recently found its way back to the national stage. Last week, President Barack Obama handed over his weekly address to Francine Wheeler, the mother of 6-year-old Benjamin Wheeler, who was one of the victims in the shooting. Many families of Sandy Hook victims have been working in Washington with their representatives in Congress to push for increased legislation and attention to the issue. Hopefully this will break the phenomenon many policymakers refer to as the “issue-attention cycle.” This is the idea that there is always a swell in the news coverage and outrage regarding the gun control public policy failure after a traumatic event, but after a short while, attention wanes. The legislation being proposed is not strong enough, but it is a start. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., are the ones spearheading the effort. Their bill calls for increased background checks for private sales made at gun shows and over the Internet. The bill also has provisions to create harsher penalties for the straw purchasing of guns, in which people buy firearms for those who are not eligible. Noncommercial, person-to-person sales, however, would still be exempt. Subsequent amendments, specifically dealing with mental health and the banning of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, are expected to come just days ahead of the vote on the overall legislation. While the 80 percent of Americans supporting increased background checks might help sway Congress to pass certain provisions, the National Rifle Association gun lobby will almost ensure bans on assault weapons and magazines do not succeed. As of right now, the increased background checks remain to be the centerpiece of the gun control bill. Let us hope, if nothing else, this measure passes. It might not be the sweeping assault weapons and high-capacity magazine ban many Americans want to see, but it is a step in the right direction. Further reforms could — and should — be made in the future. Of the 12 deadliest shootings in U.S. history, six of them have taken place since 2007. It is disheartening that, despite these statistics, very little has actually been done on the legislative level to address this clear need for improved regulations to prevent these horrible events from happening time and time again. Maybe this time Congress will break the cycle. Rachael HartforD is a senior integrated marketing communications major with a minor in politics. Email her at

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Becoming ARTiculated Senior Hildy Mica mounts her piece, “Book,” which is made of organza fabric and wool felt, in the Handwerker Gallery on Tuesday. “Book” is part of the senior art show, “ARTiculated.”

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Senior Gabe Harden’s sculpture, “Specimen #2,” stands in the Handwerker Gallery for the Senior Art Show, “ARTiculated.” Rachel Woolf/The Ithacan

Senior Martin Brown’s sculpture, “Erosion,” sits in the gallery. The senior art show will be showing at the Handwerker Gallery until May 19.

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“Toasting Marshmallows” by senior Leah Tatro hangs in the Handwerker’s “ARTiculated” exhibit.

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Handwerker Gallery to feature 30 senior artists in new gallery By Evin Billington Staff Writer

A life-sized, rainbow-streaked crayon hand mold is rubbed against a sheet of white paper, leaving a trail of colorful markings on the blank page as the crayon hand slowly deteriorates. This is “Erosion,” a sculpture created by senior Martin Brown that will be featured as one of 30 student artists’ work in this year’s annual senior art show, “ARTiculated,” curated by senior Leaf Ye. It is a collaboration between the department of art and the department of cinema, photography and media arts. The show will be in the Handwerker Gallery from April 18 to May 19. As curator, Ye organized and mounted all of the artwork. She said one of the main differences between this year’s senior art show and last year’s shows is the amount of photography it features. There are not many paintings or drawings, she said, which created a challenge in setting up the show. Ye said she wanted this year’s show to have a central theme to connect all of the artwork. All the previous senior art shows, she said, have had no solid connection between the pieces, so this year she decided she wanted all the pieces to tell a narrative story. “I was thinking I needed a name that is big enough to cover lots of things,” Ye said. “But it [couldn’t] be too big, too empty and end up saying nothing, so the breakthrough was that I see

the parallel between the visual narrative and the doing this,” he said. “I definitely made it a challenge, but then I also think it’s one of the more literary narrative.” Brown said he created his crayon hand piece, finished pieces I’ve done.” Ultimately, Brown said, the story his artwork “Erosion,” after seeing a piece of artwork that was two graphite hands twisting toward each tells is similar to life. It tells the story of eroother, slowly wearing away as a pencil would. sion and decay, and how the destruction of one He wanted to create a similar decaying piece for thing can create something else that is equally the art show, so he began experimenting with as beautiful. “So, starting from the crayons, I took this melting crayons. “I liked the idea of the hands just wearing art object, destroyed it and made this hand, and away,” he said. “I did a previous project with then, in return, this hand is hopefully going to wear away and leave crayons, where its matter and enI was melting ergy in a new form crayons in waon the paper,” Brown ter, and I liked said. “And that’ll be how you melted the end of its story, them. The col but I think it’s a simiors flowed and ­—Julie Schaeffer lar story to life and created these all matter on earth.” whole new Not all seniors color combinawho submitted art for the show are art majors. tions you couldn’t even have planned.” To create the piece, Brown created a cast of For art students, the requirements for submitting his hand and melted dozens of different colored a piece of art were the student must be a senior crayons into the mold. He attached that to a and must have taken at least two semesters of steel beam and a motor so the hand could move art classes. For CPMA students, they must have around the blank page that was mounted on a been enrolled in a Fall 2012 or Spring 2013 senior project class. Many students, Ye said, majored black ramp to produce a new work of art. “I used steel, wood, crayons, this motor was in other things or had double majors in art and another medium, there’s paper, there’s paint, so I something else. She said the artists’ other focus had to bring in a lot of skills as far as technically often will appear in their artwork.

“I just paid a lot of attention to the angle of the different bones and the way it moved so organically.”

Senior Julie Schaeffer has three pieces in the show. She is an art major, but she is also on the basketball and crew team at the college, and she said her passion for athletics usually shows in her art. She said the human body inspired her in two of her pieces, which are untitled. She said her favorite piece she has in the gallery is a watercolor world map she painted, called “Transcending Borders.” An outline of feet is embroidered over the map in red thread, which she said represents the metaphor of having the world at your feet. She said she wanted the watercolor to “represent transcending boundaries and overlapping spaces.” “[They] have just been really inspired by the human body and the way the muscle systems work,” she said. “I just paid a lot of attention to the angle of the different bones and muscles in the human body and the way that it moved so organically.” Ye said she hopes visitors to the gallery will see the variety of talents the college’s senior artists have. “I want them to be able to appreciate all the talents that Ithaca students have, because we really show lots of variety and skills and very, very interesting artistic concepts,” Ye said. “I want them to spend more time really looking at each piece very carefully. I want them to enjoy individually and then enjoy the whole space as a whole.”

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Above: Baritone saxophone player Mike Brown plays for the audience at the Streetlight Manifesto concert. Right: Tenor saxophone player Jim Conti plays during the Streetlight Manifesto show. This marks the band’s final tour. Left: Bassist Pete McCullough plays during the Streetlight Manifesto show. McCullough joined Streetlight in 2006.

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Lead singer Tomas Kalnoky sings to the crowd at the Streetlight Manifesto concert Friday in Emerson Suites. The band encouraged the audience to skank all across the dance floor.

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Ska band begins farewell tour after campus concert By Steven Pirani Staff Writer

As the lights dim and the seven members of Streetlight Manifesto walk onstage, Emerson Suites fills with rapturous applause. The crowd surges forward, hands in the air, anticipating the band’s first notes. Seconds pass, tension reaches a fever pitch and the cheering does not waver. Then, suddenly, a trumpet blares. The crowd explodes into commotion. A glance to either side reveals the grinning mugs of the more than 700 spectators, most of which will prove to be in constant motion for the rest of the show. This was Streetlight Manifesto’s performance, which took place Friday at Ithaca College. It was a public concert hosted by the Ithaca Bureau of Concerts. Streetlight Manifesto is one of the most largely recognized bands within the American Ska genre, having been around a decade. The band has earned its prestige with its energetic stage presence and eclectic array of sounds. The band meshes trumpets, saxophones and trombones with aggressive drums and charismatic vocals, delivering a signature sound that can only be described as “Streetlight.” Freshman Jon Yoskin, who attended the concert, said the band’s energy and creativity is what sets it apart from others. “The energy of their music, how they incorporate brass into it — that’s such a unique sound,” Yoskin said. As “Forty Days,” off the album “Somewhere in the Between,” opened the show, what ensued could be best described as a coordinated seizure — in but a few brief seconds, the mass of onlookers erupted into a showcase of joyous disarray. Bodies bumped bodies, while others passed overhead, surfing the crowd. In the center of the crowd, fans “skanked,” a style of dance that is commonplace at ska shows. It fuses running in place with chaotic flailing, alternating arms and legs forward and back. The dancers ultimately form a circle in the crowd. What results is an explosion of spirit that leaves audience members constantly in motion. With such an uproarious display, the churning throng of fans initially daunted some concertgoers, who did not expect such a riotous occasion. This being said, the crowd never took a violent air — the attitude was quite the opposite. Any attendee who may have lost their footing in the foray was swiftly lifted to their feet by a huddle of caring fans. It’s an attitude freshman Dani Pasquarelli said she appreciated. “Everyone would look out for people like me,” Pasquarelli said. “Everyone was going crazy and having fun, but everyone was still protective of everyone else.” Even when the music ceased, the concert’s vivacity never wavered. In reality, the lulls in between songs proved to be just as enjoyable as the music, thanks to the charisma Streetlight Manifesto exuded on stage. Tomas Kalnoky, the band’s lead singer and guitarist, frequently addressed onlookers with familiarity,

cracking jokes and reaching out to the crowd. Roughly halfway through the set, Kalnoky asked the crowd, “Who wants to hear one more song?” The question was answered with uncertain applause, as if the entire crowd collectively thought, “There’s no way this could be it.” Kalnoky wagered another offer. “Who wants to hear seven more songs?” he asked. This alternative received a far more positive reaction. During the song “Moment of Violence,” the band was vibrant, moving with the music and visibly enjoying every moment of the performance. There was a certain satisfaction fans got from watching the band play — the members’ passion was palpable. Freshman Angela Asala, who said she took pride in securing a spot for herself at the front of the mob, said the band’s passion was on display. “Everything was just so there,” Asala said. “You could just tell that everything, [the band members] were just completely in it.” This show came just before the beginning of Streetlight Manifesto’s End of the Beginning tour, which officially begins April 25 in Paris, France. Once the tour concludes at the end of the year, the band will cease being a full-time touring band, a title it has held for a decade. However, even at the end of its touring era, it’s apparent the members have not even slightly lost their touch. The tracks “Watch it Crash” and “A Better Place, A Better Time” were particularly momentous, drawing some of the biggest cheers of the night. All the performances were astonishingly tight, and every song in the set was placed perfectly within the set list. Streetlight seamlessly transitioned between each track, producing a fluid listening experience and making sure the crowd’s vitality never slumped. The group’s famous track “Keasby Nights” made an appearance, satisfying the crowd’s craving for fan favorites. In terms of sound, a decade of touring has by no means hindered the group. Simply put, each aspect of the band — vocals, drums, guitar, brass and bass — sounded practically in-studio. Sadly, as with any concert experience, the show eventually had to end. The band delayed its departure with an encore, leaving Emerson Suites in the wake of its song, “The Big Sleep.” However, the roughly 90-minute set did leave a bit to be desired and left some wondering why the group did not round up to the two-hour mark. That said, it was no doubt the concert was a rousing time. The vibrant display from fans and band members will keep attendees reminiscing long after over “that one time Streetlight came to Ithaca College.” Asala was one of the many who left satisfied with the band’s performance, praising it with a stream of select adjectives. “It was the most incredible, sweaty, loud, awesome experience of my life,” she said. Tour dates for Streetlight Manifesto’s End of the Beginning Tour are available at

Baritone saxophonist Mike Brown joined the band in 2005.

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Lead singer Tomas Kalnoky is from East Brunswick, N.J.

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Voicing literary works Emerging writers to visit IC as part of new writing festival By Alyssa Gilliam Contributing Writer

A “mommy blogger,” an author, a magazine editor and an Ithaca College professor, among others, will speak to students about their careers in writing as part of a new literary festival next week on campus. From April 24 to April 26, the first New Voices Literary Festival will come to Ithaca. The festival will include a diverse group of visiting writers, including Nathaniel Rich, Rebecca Makkai, Tim Horvath, Robin Ekiss, Marie-Helene Bertino, Jane Roper and Sheba Karim, who students will be able to talk to during the three-day event. With the atmosphere of a festival in mind, New Voices will be three intense days filled with activities, readings, classroom visits, panels and interaction between the students and the authors. The authors will be visiting certain writing and English classes for question-and-answer sessions and to offer advice for aspiring writers. Chris Holmes, assistant professor of English, came up with the idea for New Voices and contacted Eleanor Henderson, assistant professor of writing and author of “Ten Thousand Saints,” which made The New York Times’ 10 Best Books of 2011 list. Holmes and Henderson said they wanted to bring younger authors to Ithaca who are more or less in the beginning stages of their careers so students could better relate to them. Additionally, students can submit writing samples, and a panel of judges will select the winning piece as part of the writing department’s annual Writing Contest. The winner will get the chance to read an excerpt of his or her own work along with the eight authors in a special “micro-reading” at Buffalo Street

Books. Henderson said a record-breaking 140 entries were submitted for the contest so far. “It’s meant to increase student engagement and reward and honor the strong writing that’s coming out of our students,” Henderson said. Henderson said the students will benefit from the event because they’re going to be able to interact with young emerging authors, poets and editors who have managed to create successful careers with their writing. Rich is getting critical recognition for his novel, “Odds Against Tomorrow,” a thriller about New York City in the wake of a Category Five hurricane. “[The authors] are fantastic writers,” Henderson said. “They’re just a fantastic group of really exciting, engaging, interesting people. Our students can really benefit from talking to writers who are working people and who might have a day job in addition to writing, to see real life examples of people forming a life around writing.” Senior Veronica Smith is a current intern for the festival. Smith said when she received the email asking for student interns, she jumped at the chance to help bridge the gap between the English and writing departments. “There’s this funny idea that really successful writers are all super eccentric and genius people who you can’t talk to, and there’s no way you can aspire to be them because you’re just a normal person who has to pay rent and eat food,” Smith said. “It’s nice to see that you can track the progression of how [the authors] could’ve been college students like me, and it makes sense.” The festival itself began as little more than a pipe dream for Holmes. He said his initial fear was that the festival would not get enough funding from the college and

Senior Veronica Smith sits on a bench Wednesday on The Commons. She is an intern for the New Voices Literary Festival, coming to Ithaca from April 24 to April 26. Eight writers will attend. Rachel Woolf/The Ithacan students wouldn’t be interested in participating. Holmes said he is now relieved he gets to have a role in a festival that will bring so many new people to the college. Though New Voices will have a few isolated events on campus, the festival is open to the public. Holmes and Henderson said they hope New Voices will get students excited about

writing and that it will help connect aspiring students to emerging writers. “I’d really like the campus to be as involved as it can be,” Holmes said. “It could become a really great tradition.” For more information, visit

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Junior Patrick Hayes shares a list of his 10 favorite tracks to listen to. “Little Black Submarines” – The Black Keys “Cuddle Fuddle” – Passion Pit “Vagabond” – Wolfmother “Under the Bridge” – Red Hot Chili Peppers “Common People” – William Shatner “Electric Feel” – MGMT “Sports ” – Tim & Eric

A ballad for Ballad

“Let it Be” – The Beatles

Ithacappella performs “I Can’t Help Falling in Love With You,” a ballad for Ballad the dog during its Block 4 concert. The group performed songs from artists such as Justin Timberlake and Mumford and Sons. The concert took place at 8 p.m. Saturday in Emerson Suites.

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pin this! Assistant Accent Editor Rose Vardell scours Pinterest and shares her favorite pins of the week. Fashion is more than just a David Bowie song, it is also an all-too familiar sight on the trendy website, Pinterest. Boards are often crowded with outfit suggestions, which has encouraged users to use the website to launch their own personal businesses. Jewelry makers in particular can use the site to market their various items, such as offthe-wall bracelets, photograph necklaces and animal-shaped rings. By using Pinterest as an entrepreneurial platform, pinners showcase their own creations, such as Wanelo stamped jewelry. Users can pin and repin pictures of earrings crafted by Wanelo, which are adorned with the written word, termed “Librarian Jewelry.” With literary earrings and animal-shaped rings, Pinterest offers a business outlet and a shopping opportunity for the decorative fashionista.

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“Intergalactic” – Beastie Boys “Losing my Religion” – R.E.M.


Ever wanted to know how animals eat their food? YouTube user MisterEpicMann demonstrates this with a highly educational video. The clip begins with a quiet dinner between two men, when the silence is broken when one guy casually asks his companion, “Want to see how animals eat their food?” He then advises his friend and the audience to watch carefully, and his noisy, disruptive impersonations begin. His humorous interpretations include, but are not limited to, a lizard, a kangaroo, a flamingo and a whale. The hilarious video was published on April 8 and has already garnered more than 29 million views and 387,000 likes. The YouTube video “How Animals Eat Their Food” will have viewers in stitches as one man charges at a flimsy table, roaring like a rhinoceros, and sends salad flying through the air as he crashes into his unimpressed and silent companion. — Rose Vardell

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californian inventor makes CONDOM to improve safe sex

Californian inventor Daniel Resnic is ready to talk about sex and specifically how to innovate and create a modern condom, an invention called Origami. In the last 100 years, while other devices such as phones, computers and cars have been designed and evolved, the latex condom remains old-fashioned and generally hated — the necessarily evil of safe, protected sex. Resnic hopes to change this by engineering a new condom, an injection-molded, non-rolled, silicone condom. Unlike the conventional rolled latex condom, the new condom mimics the way bareback sex feels. These new condoms also cater to same-sex partners with the creation of an anal condom. The company is even developing a design for a female condom. Origami still needs to be reviewed by the FDA, but clinical trials are in the works, and the company anticipates the condoms to reach the market by early 2015. — Rose Vardell

quoteunquote You gotta stop drinking. They don’t let you drink in rehab. ­­— Talk show host David Letterman responds to actress Lindsay Lohan’s comment during an interview on his show, “Late Show with Letterman.” During the show, Lohan took a sip of water from a mug, feigned disappointment and joked, “Oh. I thought this was going to be vodka.”

celebrity SCOOPS! Kris ditches divorce court The divorce settlement is not going over so well for reality TV star Kim Kardashian and her estranged husband Kris Humphries. As it turns out, missing a mandatory court hearing doesn’t sit well with a presiding judge. On Friday, Humphries reportedly missed a settlement conference. According to an inside source of US Weekly, the judge was “furious” that Humphries was absent from the hearing that was meant to settle the divorce request made by Kardashian as well as Humphries’ countering annulment. Kardashian filed for divorce back in October 2011 after 72 days of marriage. — Benjii Maust

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Emphatic acting stumbles in drama


by anna sernau staff writer

“The Motherf**ker with the Hat” is not a comfortable play. It does not allow the viewer to sit back and relax. Instead it grips the audience, accosting it with dynamic scenes of raw emotion. This play, written by Tony award-winning Stephen Adly Guirgis, tells a story of love and betrayal, as addiction and infidelity threaten to tear fragile relationships apart. The story centers on a young man named Jackie (Vaneik Echeverria), a recovering alcoholic who is currently on parole after serving a 26-month sentence for unlawful possession of drugs. Though he’s had a very diffi“Motherf**ker cult past, Jackie is doing all he with the Hat” can to turn his life around. In Kitchen Theatre the opening scene, the audiCompany Our rating: ence sees him rushing home to HH 1/2 his girlfriend Veronica (Karina Arroyave), ecstatic with the news that he has found a job. He bursts into their small, messy apartment with pockets full of trinkets and gifts for his girl, including a “little bear that grips and shit.” Veronica is equally delighted, and all seems to be going well until Jackie notices an unfamiliar hat on the table. Furious and confused, he accuses Veronica of cheating on him with the “motherf---er with the hat that lives downstairs.” It’s all downhill from there. Jackie moves in with his AA sponsor Ralph D. (Brandon Morris) and his wife Victoria (Dina Ann Comolli), who are dealing with their own issues of infidelity and trust. As the play goes on, each character is shown to be deeply flawed and inextricably interconnected with the other characters in the show. The strongest aspect of “The Motherf**ker with the Hat” is definitely the script. Guirgis’ writing is fast-paced, witty and emotional. While there is much crude humor and cursing in the show, it adds to the believability of the characters and the overall realism of the show. The cast, formed entirely by members of the Actors’ Equity Association, was compelling, though authenticity varied from one character to the next. Perhaps Arroyave gave the most honest performance in her portrayal of the drug-addicted, short-tempered, passionate and fiery Veronica. David Anzuelo, who played Jackie’s cousin Julio,

No Pants Party will be hosted by Ithaca College’s VOX, Voices of Planned Parenthood. The event honors “Get Yourself Tested” month, which encourages people to get checked for sexually transmitted diseases. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in IC Square.


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Backyard Bash, the last IC After Dark event of the year, will feature a Velcro wall and beach volleyball. The event will begin at 8 p.m. in Emerson Suites.

Lincoln Center Concert, a choir and symphony orchestra performance, will begin at 8 p.m. in Alice Tulley Hall at Lincoln Center. Tickets are available at the Lincoln Center website. From left, Vaneik Echeverria and Karina Arroyave star as Jackie and Veronica, respectively, in Kitchen Theatre Company’s production of “The Motherf**ker with the Hat,” written by Stephen Adly Guirgis. courtesy of ED DITTENHOEFER

acted as a comic relief to the otherwise dramatic piece. His larger-than-life character was not 100 percent believable, as his flamboyance seemed over-emphasized at times, but his sly quips, accidental slip-ups and earnest mannerisms made up for it. Echeverria’s Jackie acted as protagonist and antihero, but his frequent sobbing did not seem realistic. And while Comolli was mostly effective as Victoria, her New Yorker accent slipped often, taking away from the genuine feeling of the play. Morris gave a solid performance as the self-righteous Ralph, whose character is revealed to be just as bad than those he so harshly critiques. The set, which was much more cluttered than usual for a Kitchen Theatre production, proved to be quite adaptable as the play shifted from Ralph’s apartment, to Veronica’s, to Julio’s and back again. Simple rearranging of a bed, couch, coffee table and dining table with chairs, along with the addition of a

few small props, was enough to provide clear context for each scene. The lighting, designed by Tyler Perry ’12, added a great deal of mood to the scenes, aptly reflecting the action taking place on stage. The music, a mixture of funk and hip-hop, gave distinction to the production and added to the overall aesthetic quite nicely. While the writing and acting in “The Motherf**ker with the Hat” was compelling, the play seemed to drag on longer than necessary. The constant state of conflict and angst the characters were in grew a little wearisome. Emotional and dynamic, “The Motherf**ker with the Hat” is a strong piece with several flaws, much like the characters it portrays. “Motherf**ker with the Hat” will run until April 28. Tickets cost $25-$34, with $15 student rush tickets available 30 minutes before each show.

Experimental sound thrives in dubstep artist’s album by jared dionne senior Writer

Over the past three years, English post-dubstep artist and producer James Blake has made quite a name for himself. The young Brit’s take on soul-infused electronica has kept fans waiting James Blake with bated breath “Overgrown” for the next taste Polydor Ltd. of new material. Our rating: HHH Blake’s second album, “Overgrown,” reverts to his tried-and-true sound, but he also mixes in a melodic sensibility than was seen on his eponymous debut. With his self-titled first effort, Blake relied almost exclusively on languid, sustained instrumentals to create a feeling of suspense and limbo. By doing

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this, his vocals were allowed to shine through with only minimal instrumental interference. On “Overgrown,” Blake stirs the pot and gets things percolating. Blake’s new tracks feature both looping and evolving elements that remove the previous sense of limbo and substitute that feeling with gradual progressions throughout the album. “Overgrown’s” single, “Retrograde,” creeps in with a simple pairing of piano and Blake’s powerful vocals. Where he may have let the song plateau in his previous work, Blake instead thrusts the track forward with layered instrumentals and vocal vibrato. “Overgrown” also shows Blake stepping out of his traditional mold and teaming up with Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA. “Take A Fall For Me” sounds as though it could be more of a song by R&B

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Tough Turtle 2013, an obstacle course race, will take place at 9 a.m. at the Ithaca Children’s Garden.

“Godspell,” the musical classic with a vaudeville twist, will be performed by Standing Room Only Performance Arts Company. The production will begin at 10 a.m. in Clark Lounge.


Pulse Hip Hop Showcase 2013, an annual dance event showcasing the Pulse Hip-Hop Team, will begin at noon in Emerson Suites.

Vocals propel catchy album by evin billington staff writer

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artist The Weeknd rather than a James Blake song. Blake displays his ability to fit his style to various other genres by combining his atmospheric electronica with an established rapper for a song that can only be categorized as a win. Blake proves he’s not done tinkering with his sound. He continues to measure and re-measure the sonic ingredients to make everything perfect. “Overgrown” attests to the fact that he is getting close.

It has been about two years since emo sensation Paramore lost two of its founding members in what seemed like a bitter dispute about their contracts with their label, Atlantic. Major label woes aside, a more truncated, three-piece version of the rockers is back with their fourth album, titled “Paramore.” Paramore The self“Paramore” Atlantic indulgent lyrics Recording aren’t exactly Corporation insightful, but Our rating: the simplicHHH 1/2 ity in both the words vocalist Hayley Williams sings and the guitar and drum beats allow the tracks to be almost irritatingly catchy. The simplicity of the lyrics and

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instrumentation also keeps songs from sounding the same. The band is able to flawlessly go from heavily layered, angry vocal and hard drum track “Fast in My Car,” to the cheerful, straight-from-thebeach, ukulele-peppered song “Interlude: Moving On.” Despite losing almost half of its members, Paramore has been able to maintain its catchy, vocally driven backbone.

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“Hotel California”

The pop-country musician spins his slow, sunny sound. The album features popular single “Beat this Summer” and bizarre gem, “Accidentally Racist,” which features LL Cool J.

The hip-hop star teams up with artists such as 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown to create an 18-track album. Though studded with famous musicians, the album falls victim to repetitive content and monotonous and uninspired vocals.

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Cast hits a home run in baseball biopic [ ‘42’ captures historically groundbreaking life of Jackie Robinson bY JOSH GREENFIELD

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The true story of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier is a tale of such historical and athletic magnitude that any movie representation would have a tumultuous task capturing its impact accurately. In “42,” Warner Brothers hits it out of the park with a “42” portrayal of the famed Warner Bros. baseball player that is Pictures Our rating: honest, entertaining HHH 1/2 and captivating. The plot follows the story of Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman), a baseball player who, in the 1940s, became the first African-American to join the major leagues. The film begins with Robinson as a young shortstop in the African-American baseball organization known as the “Negro Leagues.” Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford), the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, decides to seek out an African-American player for his team for the upcoming season. Rickey finds Robinson and signs him up to the Montreal farm team affiliate, where he shines as an undisputed all-star baseball player. Later, Robinson moves up to the big leagues to break the color barrier and help the Dodgers on their quest to make the pennant. Boseman gives an honest performance that was convincing enough to garner the praise of the actual wife of Jackie Robinson, Rachel Robinson. The portrayal of his character’s determination to succeed in baseball and in breaking down racial constructs is both inspiring and captivating. Ford

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Chadwick Boseman stars as famous baseball player Jackie Robinson in the movie “42.” Robinson made strides in racial equality as the first African-American athlete to play in Major League Baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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is equally breathtaking in his role, and though his character claims to not have hired Robinson to take a stance on racial equality, he still comes off as admirable. He even claims, “There is only one color that I am concerned with, green.” Despite this self-interest, Ford’s character comes off as heroic and contributes to the inspirational element of the film. Brian Helgeland’s screenplay expertly captures the impact Robinson had not only on baseball, but also on America as a whole. As Robinson breaks into baseball, side characters give contrasting reactions to his rise to stardom. In one pivotal scene, a man approaches Robinson in what appears

to be a racially charged rage when, in fact, the man reacts with support. The moment helps Robinson, as well as audiences, see that his actions do more than just provoke the antagonistic, pro-segregation fans. The main detriment of the film’s script is its lack of a backstory about the life of Robinson before baseball. Aside from a select few scant remarks about early experiences, little is uncovered about Robinson that isn’t about his already widely known baseball career and his impact on racial equality. This limits the plot and the depth of the storytelling. The directing, also by Helgeland, places an equal emphasis on the

historical aspects as well as the sports story. By not giving into the temptation of making a trite underdog film, Helgeland guides “42” to appeal to a wide variety of cinematic audiences. People interested in a biography as well as in the typical baseball movie will find common ground and mutually enjoy the film. By the end of “42,” audiences will have experienced a story of true beauty and depth that could easily leave one inspired. In fact, the general high quality of the film may even inspire audiences to want to see it again. “42” was directed and written by Brian Helgeland.

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Call it fate, destiny or karma, but “The Place Beyond the Pines” is where two roads converge into one. Luke Glanton (Ryan Gosling) is a motorcycle stuntman at a traveling fair when he finds out his fling Romina (Eva Mendes) has a 1-year-old boy. Luke quits his job and stays in Schenectady, N.Y., to support them. However, with work experience such as driving motorcycles fast, his income is limited. After Luke meets Robin (Ben Mendelsohn), the two begin “The Place a bank-robbing spree. Avery Beyond the Pines” Cross (Bradley Cooper) is the Focus cop that catches Luke. Features Derek Cianfrance, writer Our rating: and director of “Blue Valentine,” HHH creates another drama that flits between the past and present. However, unlike “Blue Valentine,” the movie “The Place Beyond the Pines” is told chronologically. The first third of the 140-minute film follows Luke and his motorcycle. The roar of his bike and the scream of the carnival crowd are deafening. While Gosling’s stunt double, Rick Miller, performs the most dangerous stunts, such as driving a motorcycle into a spherical cage or driving the bike through the woods and a cemetery, Gosling does some stunt work, such as driving a motorcycle into a busy intersection. Cinematographer Sean Bobbitt specializes in producing long one-take shots that follow the character. Because of this, Gosling and Miller did not have time to switch positions in that particular scene. In the most impressive one-take sequence, Bobbitt’s camera follows Luke as he gets dressed, walks into the carnival tent and then gets on a bike. The camera then follows the bike into the cage. This isn’t the first time Gosling played a stunt

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performer — he was the title character in Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Drive” two years ago. Compared to his performance in “Drive,” Gosling is much more vocal, if not violent. He’s desperate as he screams obscenities at the bank tellers shoving money into his backpack. In another scene, he punches a man in the eye, drawing crimson blood. While Gosling is personable, his character tiptoes along the precarious line of good and bad. Cooper, who played the cop pursuing Luke, also performs his own stunt work. As Cooper drives his police car through the cemetery, the director of photography is sitting in the passenger’s seat, filming Cooper and the motorcycle he’s chasing. While Cianfrance creates an engaging drama, the film may be too ambitious. The film contains three stories: the stuntman-turned-bank-robber, the cop who pursued him and their sons, which could easily have been three separate movies or episodes.

“The Place Beyond the Pines” may contain plenty of exposition, but Gosling and Cooper’s performances support the film’s long, convoluted script. Cooper, who has a similar height and build to Gosling, is a believable casting choice to play the heroic cop in a corrupt frat-boy police force. Moreover, his and Gosling’s similar appearances allow Cianfrance to create more efficient parallels. Both Luke and Avery have 1-year-old sons, both are placed in morally ambiguous situations and both characters’ similar looks highlight these plot points, creating a sense of closure. While “The Place Beyond the Pines” ties three stories together, it’s an ugly and messy story, filled with crime, corruption and karma. “The Place Beyond the Pines” was directed by Derek Cianfrance and written by Cianfrance, Ben Coccio and Darius Marder.


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Senior Pat Lemmo pitches against SUNY-Oswego on March 29. Durst Breneiser/The Ithacan

Stellar starters lead a nationally ranked squad Lemmo has been a driving force in every game he has pitched for the team. Jasper Adams, the other senior in the starting rotation, missed Senior Pat Lemmo steps off of the pitching mound and glances up at the scoreboard. He sees his entire junior year because of a torn ulnar collateral ligament in the red bulbs under the word ‘inning’ are lit up his right elbow. Though he has recently been recovering, Adams has to form a large 10. He wipes sweat from his brow a 3–0 record and is tied for fewest walks allowed among the starters. Adams’ injury required surgery, and his recovery has been a with the sleeve of his navy blue Under Armour. Stepping back onto the rubber, Lemmo prepares slow one. He said even though he is not back to where he was two for his 127th pitch of the game. The catcher gives years ago, he is getting over the mental apprehension that usually him a sign: fastball. Lemmo gives him a quick nod, accompanies serious injuries. “Recovery has been hard for me,” Adams said. “It’s more of a then draws back to check the SUNY-Oswego baserunner, who is dancing off of third base, daring mental thing now than it is physical. Mentally, I think I may be slightly holding back. But it’s coming back, and it has been quite Senior Jasper Adams pitches Saturday against SUNY-Oneonta. Lemmo to pick him off. Lemmo refocuses on the batter and adjusts a process for me.” durst breneiser/the ithacan While Adams is the fourth pitcher in the rotation, two sophohis grip for a fastball. With a quick step and a whip of his arm, he delivers a white blur that mores hold the second and third spots. Prendergast and Wagner the SUNY-Oswego batter is barely able to make contact with. The proved themselves as freshmen last year and have continued their ball loops into shallow right field, an easy catch for sophomore out- success in their second year on the team. Prendergast, who was named the Empire 8 Rookie of the Year fielder Christian Brown, who secures the ball in his glove and trots last year after posting an 8–1 record, earned Empire 8 Pitcher of in from his outfield position. Lemmo returns to the dugout, having pitched 10 innings of one- the Week honors this week after pitching a no-hitter through six run baseball. The game has been knotted at one since the fourth innings against Utica on Sunday. Prendergast holds the secondinning. SUNY-Oswego retires the Bombers’ offense quietly in the best record in the Empire 8 conference at 6–0 behind Wagner. Wagner, who holds a perfect 7–0 record, is currently tied bottom of the 10th, and when the Blue and Gold retake the field, it is for the most wins nationally. He has proven his sophomore Jimmy Wagner who takes the mound. versatility this season by also appearing in two Wagner, who is normally a starter, holds the games as a reliever. Valesente said he has seen Lakers scoreless for three innings and picks up the Wagner develop and improve this year to fill the win when the Bombers manage to put a run across Wagner, Prendergast and bigger role. the board in the bottom of the 13th. Lemmo are ranked 1st, 2nd “Jimmy’s got good stuff, and he has made a lot of In the second game of the doubleheader on and 3rd in the E8 in wins. progress,” Valesente said. “He has a very sharp slider, March 29, sophomore John Prendergast starts Lemmo is 1st in the E8 in an excellent changeup and has good velocity.” for the Bombers. Prendergast allows just four ERA at 1.46. Prendergast is Adams said those in the starting rotation acts SUNY-Oswego hits over five innings of work as 4th with 2.58. as a support system for each other. At the center the Bombers rout the Lakers 10-3. The Blue and of this support system is Adams, who can often Gold swept the series. Wagner is 3rd in the E8 in strikeouts with 40. Lemmo be heard yelling encouragement to his teamThis has been the pattern is 4th with 39. mates from the dugout. He said the success of his for the Bombers’ starting fellow starters has inspired him to regain his old pitchers all year. Each of the Lemmo and Prendergast confidence and form. four pitchers that make up are tied for 1st in the E8 with 3 complete games. “The rest of the rotation sets the bar high,” Adams the starting rotation currently said. “The results haven’t always been there yet, but hold an undefeated record. Now, with almost three-quarters of the I think to see those three guys go out every day and put up the results season in the record books, the combined 3.24 that they’re having makes me want to follow suit.” Both Adams and Prendergast emphasized the hard work that ERA of the starting rotation has made a statement to the Bombers’ opponents, leading the each of the members of the rotation puts in daily. Prendergast added team to an 18-game winning streak, a 22–5 that the four teammates work together to become better pitchers. “We help each other a lot,” Prendergast said. “If we see someoverall record, a top-three ranking in the New thing that someone else in the rotation can improve, then we let York state region and a national rank of 20th. Head Coach George Valesente said his them know. We are always looking at previous pitching charts and pitching staff has been crucial in the team’s working with coach.” Even though the pitching staff has put together an impressive success so far this season. “They’ve been doing a great job at taking season, it attributes much of its success to the rest of its team. everything as it comes and actively attacking Prendergast said at the end of the day, the team’s fielders and ofthe opposition to put us in a good position fensive lineup are what win games. The Bombers have posted a to win,” Valesente said. “Everything they do .963 fielding percentage so far and average more than eight runs on and off the field is for the betterment of per game. Prendergast said this allows the pitchers to concentrate on pitching. the team.” “Our offense puts up a lot of runs each game, which … makes The starting rotation is led by senior ace Center: Sophomore Jimmy Wagner pitches on April 28, 2012. Lemmo (5–0). Lemmo posts the lowest ERA our job easier,” Prendergast said. “And we can also attribute our Bottom: Sophomore John Prendergast pitches a ball against in the Empire 8 at 1.46, which has also earned success to our defense. We aren’t stressed out the entire game, the Houghton College Highlanders on March 23, 2012. him a 54th ranking nationally. Valesente said and we can focus on going after hitters.” file photos/the ithacan

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Bring back Mayor’s Bat Everyone knows about the Cortaca Jug, but what about the Mayor’s Bat? The prize for the former annual series between the Bombers and Cornell baseball team sits untouched in the A&E Center trophy case, a victim not of a loss of competitive balance or a desire to compete but Ivy League politics. The Bombers and the Big Red had a long-running rivalry, dating all the way back to the 1930s. In 1977, then-Cornell Head Coach Ted Thoren ‘49 decided to up the ante, energizing the rivalry by adding a trophy, a wooden baseball bat, was dubbed “The Mayor’s Bat.” The crosstown series was scheduled late in the season when the weather in Ithaca finally became suitable to enjoy a game, and the Mayor’s Bat series would bring in some of the biggest crowds for the schools when they hosted the game. Bombers Head Coach George Valesente, who coached in all of the Mayor’s Bat games, said the series with Cornell was a highlight of every season. “The games would be battles,” he said. “The players would go after each other pretty good. They weren’t fond of us, and we weren’t fond of them.” Despite playing a Division I opponent, the Bombers dominated the series. In the 18 years the bat was played for, the Bombers won 10 bats, while Cornell won just five. Three of the games were ties. Thoren retired in 1990 and was replaced by Tom Ford ’79, who had played for Valesente. The series continued, but Valesente said scheduling became a struggle. After the 1996 series, a 1-1 tie, Valesente was informed without explanation that the series would not be played the next year, and the trophy hasn’t been awarded since. “He never told me exactly why we stopped playing,” Valesente said. Ford, now the associate head coach at Cornell, said two policy changes, one from the Ivy League and one from the Cornell administration, doomed the Mayor’s Bat. First, the Ivy League made a push for teams to schedule as many out of conference DI opponents as possible to improve the league’s “power rating.” The more highpowered teams the teams play, the higher the league’s power rating is. Second, the series was played during Cornell’s “study period” between the end of classes and finals, but the university made it policy that no athletic contest take place during that time, closing the small window that Cornell had to fit the game in. The Bombers and Cornell have faced off once recently, a 2010 game that Cornell won 11-7, but it was not for the Mayor’s Bat. It’s a shame that a passionate rivalry has fizzled out because of a few administrative issues. Coach Valesente said the Bombers would be all for restarting the series, but unfortunately the ball is on the bat of Cornell, and it seems likely to stay there. Nathan Bickell is a senior documentary studies major. Contact him at

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Empire 8 rivalry fuels fire for tennis squad By Matt Constas Staff Writer

When teams receive season schedules, every squad circles one game on the calendar that means the most. When the Bombers’ men’s tennis team received its schedule of play before the year began, several members of the squad walked over to the calendar and drew a thick, black circle around April 14, a day featuring a matchup against the Stevens Institute of Technology. For the past few years the team has had trouble with its biggest rival. While results have been disappointing against SIT, the team looks to learn from the losses and use them as fuel for an Empire 8 Championship. So far this season, the team has posted a 2–11 season overall. On Sunday, the two Empire 8 rivals squared off for the first time this season in Hoboken, N.J. The results were lopsided, as the Ducks shut out the Bombers 9-0. Head Coach Bill Austin looks at the match as a wake up call against a good team. “It certainly got our attention, it got every player’s attention, and it certainly got mine,” Austin said. “They are a good squad, and we have to bring our best, and we didn’t bring our best this weekend, so we need to step it up.” These two foes have been battling big matches the past couple of years. These are the two teams that have been the last two standing in the conference tournament the past three years, the Ducks getting the best of the Bombers in all three. Junior Griffin Reid has been a part of the past two losses, and he said it is hard to forget, but it also serves as motivation to go out and get them this year. “I think losing to a team that we all felt we could beat three years in a row hurts,” he said. “It makes you even more determined to go out there and work hard at every practice and match with the ultimate goal of beating the team that we have finished second to for the past three years.” Sophomore Justin Levine said the Bombers want to take home the Empire 8 Championship, and losing in the finals makes them want it even more. “Losing in the finals definitely motivates our team,” he said. “The goal year in and year out is to win an Empire 8 title.” In the past three seasons, the Ducks have won six of seven matches against the Bombers, including the three titles. The last win for the Bombers against SIT was on April 10, 2010. Last year, the rivalry solidified during the Empire 8 Championship. The Blue and Gold hadn’t

Sophomore Griffin Reid hits a ball during a practice in the Athletics and Events Center on March 25. Reid has registered a total of three wins for the Blue and Gold in the first and second singles spots. Durst Breneiser/the ithacan

lost a single doubles match the whole season, but the Ducks swept doubles to start off competition. The Bombers couldn’t quite make it back. “I think the rivalry amped up that year on both sides,” said Austin. When it comes time for these two teams to play, Austin said he sees a little more excitement from his team during the week of practice and in the match that is different than preparing for other teams. “There is always a little more excitement, and everybody usually gets a little bit hopped up,” he said. “There’s usually a little more energy, and there is a

little more chirping. It’s one of those matches where we look to try and play our best.” The Bombers lost their only regular season opportunity to beat their rival on April 14, but the Blue and Gold could have a shot at redemption if they play against Stevens in the Empire 8 Championship. Reid said the South Hill squad is motivated when it comes time to take on the Ducks. “They are the ones that have something to lose, so we know we just have to go out there and give it our all and see if we can take them down,” he said. “It makes us even hungrier to get that victory.”

Freshman pours in points for women’s lacrosse team By Mark Warren Staff Writer

Not many people expected to see number 15 on the women’s lacrosse team darting up and down the turf of Higgins Stadium like she has this season. Freshman Allison Runyon has been a surprising contributor for the team this year. Junior goalkeeper Brittany Romano said Runyon has found her stride and has been scoring for the Bombers in clutch situations. “I’d say the younger kids have definitely been stepping up when we need it,” Romano said. “You have Runyon, coming in and still learning everything, but then she is making great goals at crucial moments.” On a team that starts all but one upperclassman, Runyon has stepped up and played an important scoring role. Runyon currently ranks 3rd on the team in points with 26. The team is now 8–4 overall and 4–0 in Empire 8 play. Head Coach Shannon McHale said the contributions that Runyon has been making are key to the team’s success. Opponents often look to take leading scorer senior Tracy Rivas out of the game, opening up opportunities for other players to score. “To be able to score when they try to shut Tracy out of the game is big,” McHale said. “Every team right now is trying to shut Tracy off. We have

Freshman midfielder Allison Runyon makes a pass on Higgins Field at a practice Monday. Runyon scored four goals in the team’s game Tuesday.

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so many more scorers now, so unless they have a lot of good defenders, it’s going to be tough for them to stop us.” Runyon has been able to get points up on the board all season, but recently her production has improved greatly. She has averaged four goals per game in the team’s last three wins.

Her latest outburst came in the form of a hat trick against Utica College, where the Bombers won 9-5. Her breakout game came against St. John Fisher on April 7, when she scored a career-high five goals. Runyon said her level of success surprised her. “In the Fisher game, they just left

me open,” Runyon said. “I don’t know what happened. I don’t feel like I did anything different that game.” Runyon said teams might have overlooked her as a scoring threat. As a freshman player, opposing teams have limited information on her, so she can fly under the radar at times. With her latest string of strong performances, McHale said, teams can’t overlook Runyon for long. “I don’t think they’ll forget about her now,” McHale said. “That was kind of her breakout game. I think teams are well aware of her now.” McHale said Runyon’s effect on the team is a nice surprise because of the unpredictability of freshman play. “You never know how rookies will respond to the college game,” McHale said. “It’s definitely faster. You just don’t know how much they are going to pick up.” Runyon said her chemistry with teammates has helped her develop. “We all encourage each other,” Runyon said. “We just make each other better. The older girls have been such a help — especially to the freshman.” Romano said Runyon has become a crucial part of the team’s success and that the freshman is developing quicker than usual. “She’s already taking shots left handed, which is very unusual for freshmen,” Romano said. “She’s killing it.”

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Senior leaders set model for younger teammates been awesome,” Wuest said. “It looks good for the team, and it means that I’ve been able to At the last home race of the spring crew sea- step up to the position and that I’ve been conson on Saturday, seniors from the women’s team fident in what I’m doing.” gathered on the long wooden docks, which they Wuest’s teammates, seniors Allison Carter launch off of before every single practice. It is a and Lizzie Kirst, both had prior rowing exdock that signifies a home and a commitment to perience. Carter rowed for four years in high something bigger than the sport, to a team that school and was a coxswain all four years at Ithaca. Kirst began her rowing career her juto its members is a family. The seniors took off their shoes and socks nior year of high school, because her sister and joined hands near the edge of the frigid gray had rowed. She fell in love in her final two water. They counted together, took two big steps years at Darien High School and decided to forward and jumped. Suspended in the air for a continue rowing at Ithaca. moment, they fell and hit the water with a splash. Both Carter and Kirst said their passion for No one wasted a moment before climbing back rowing was amplified by the relationships that up on to the dock. This moment signifies four are created while rowing. The family-like atmoyears of hard work and dedication to a team and sphere of the team provided them both with a adds an event to the seniors’ careers that they will way to integrate themselves into college life. “I wanted to continue rowing in college, benever forget. This year, the Ithaca College women’s crew cause in high school [my team] had become such team is graduating 11 seniors. Many have been a family for me,” Carter said, “I wanted to have rowing prior to coming to college, but others that same experience.” were novices with no rowing experience before The 11 seniors have all taken leadership positions during their first year in the protheir four years on the gram. Either way, these 11 team, whether it be in women have been deditheir boat or on land, cated to the crew team for their younger teamand have become leaders mates, whose rowing cain the boats. reers are just beginning. Coach Becky Robinson Coach Robinson said said it is the seniors’ leadereither way the seniors ship that has always driven leadership will inspire the women’s crew team. future team leaders. Though the team is losing “Our team will 11 team leaders, Robinson lose some of our best rowsaid the team will be able ers, but we have ladies who to still be successful as the younger team members —Regina Wuest are ready to step up and fill their shoes,” Wuest said, step up. “The talent the younger Senior Regina Wuest, cocaptain of the women’s crew team, came to rowers have can be seen in how hard they work Ithaca with no prior rowing experience. She and now, and they will, without a doubt, do their best a friend tried out because, like many other wom- to keep the team as strong as possible.” en who decide to row, they wanted to gain a new Freshman Emma Behrens joined the crew experience. Wuest ended up loving the sport and team in the fall as a novice rower. She said the seniors have acted as role models for her and has stuck with it throughout her four years. “The things we’ve done as a team while other younger rowers and have really encourI’ve been captain and just how our season aged them to stay with the team. has been going so far this fall and spring have “The biggest thing that they did is in the

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of our best rowers, but we have ladies who are ready to step up and fill their shoes. The talent the younger rowers have can be seen in how hard they work now.”

Senior captain Regina Wuest competes in the dual meet against William Smith College on Saturday on the Cayuga Inlet. Wuest is one of the 11 seniors that will leave the team in May.

very beginning they were really motivating us, because we were all doing the hardest workouts we’ve ever done in our lives,” Behrens said, “Having them there motivating us, telling us, you know, ‘Think about how fit you’re going to be in the spring’ and things like that was really helpful.” The end of college not only marks these se-

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niors’ transition into the real world, but they are also leaving behind teammates and friends. “We’ve had some good years together, and I’m excited to finish out the rest of the season,” Kirst said, “It’s been really fun and really great having the support throughout it all.”

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• 10 a.m. Men’s and Women’s Crew Dual Meet in Worcester, Mass. • 10 a.m. Women’s Track and Field at the Empire 8 Outdoor Championships in Rochester, N.Y. • 10:30 a.m. Men’s Track and Field at the Empire 8 Outdoor Championships in Rochester, N.Y. • Noon. Men’s Lacrosse vs. Hartwick College in Higgins Stadium • Noon. Women’s Golf at the Jack Leaman Invitational in Amherst, Mass. • Noon. Men’s Tennis vs. Nazareth on Wheeler Tennis Courts • 1 p.m. Baseball vs. St. John Fisher on Freeman Field (DH) • 1 p.m. Softball at Utica College in Utica, N.Y. (DH) • 3 p.m. Women’s Lacrosse vs. Alfred University in Higgins Stadium • 3 p.m. Women’s Tennis at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.


• 10 a.m. Women’s Golf at the Jack Leaman Invitational in Amherst, Mass. • 1 p.m. Men’s Tennis at Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y. • 1 p.m. Baseball vs. St. John Fisher College on Freeman Field (DH) • 1 p.m. Softball vs. Elmira College on Kostrinsky Field (DH)


• 3 p.m. Women’s Track and Field for the Ithaca Tuesday Meet in Butterfield Stadium • 3:30 p.m. Men’s Track and Field for the Ithaca Quad meet in Butterfield Stadium • 4 p.m. Baseball at SUNY-Oneonta in Oneonta, N.Y. • 5 p.m. Women’s Lacrosse vs. Hamilton College in Higgins Stadium

Wednesday • 4 p.m. Baseball at SUNY-Osewgo in Oswego, N.Y. • 4 p.m. Men’s Lacrosse vs. Elmira College in Higgins Stadium


• 3:30 p.m. Softball at Cornell University in Ithaca (DH) • 5 p.m. Women’s Tennis vs. William Smith College on Wheeler Tennis Courts • TBA Men’s and Women’s Track and Field at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pa. Bold = Home game

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Top Tweets The funniest sports commentary via Twitter from this past week Bill Simmons @BillSimmons I like Mark Jackson but that last possession didn’t help his Coach of the Year campaign.

Referee Logic @RefereeLogic Yale wins the hockey national championship. Instead of rings they asked if they could get gold pocket protectors. #Nerds

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From left, freshman Russell Troeller of Frey and the Boys, freshman referee Brennen Smith and junior Ryan Carnall of Help Teach Gannon start the ball during the intramural floor hockey game Sunday as senior John Rieman looks on.

REPORT: Tyrann Mathieu failed 10 drug tests. Don’t judge him. The guy is entitled to an 11th chance, right Oakland?

Sports Pickle @sportspickle The sound of Kobe’s tendon tearing sounded exactly like 100,000 Lakers fans putting on Clippers jerseys.


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theysaidit “I’m a starving lion that’s ready to eat. On April 27 in Sheffield, England, my next meal will be served. On the menu: Audley Harrison. Bon appetite.” What unbeaten American boxer

Deontay Wilder said in regards to his upcoming match with Audley Harrison.

Some Los Angeles Dodgers fans decided to go against the norm at a game at Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, on April 13. The fans purchased the tickets behind home plate. The cost of those seats totals more than $3,000. A statement from the Diamondbacks organization said, “Due to the high visibility of the home plate box, we ask opposing team’s fans when they purchase those seats to refrain from wearing that team’s colors.” The Diamondbacks owner, Ken Kendrick, demanded that they change their clothes or sit somewhere else. The fans refused to move from their seats, so Kendrick bought them all home team gear and a round of drinks. The fans caved and enjoyed their alcoholic beverages on the house.

Sports tidbits for the less-than-casual sports fan Assistant Sports Editor Emily Hull offers a few sports topics to use at the bar, a party or an awkward lull in conversation.

Here are a few players who have performed well beyond their fantasy baseball draft position so far.



Crawford is nine games into this season and is hitting .424 with one HR, one RBI and two stolen bases. The average is what stands out here, and as the leadoff hitter for a strong Dodgers lineup, there are plenty of opportunities to score runs and steal bases. Crawford looks like his Tampa Bay Rays self, and for the sake of the Dodgers and his fantasy owner’s, let’s hope it stays that way.

Lester is coming out of the gates strong with two wins in his two starts to go along with a 1.50 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 13 strikeouts. Lester had a miserable 2012 season, much like most of his teammates, but it appears that Lester is back to his old form, one where he had four straight seasons with an ERA under 3.50. He should not be considered the ace to your fantasy pitching staff, but he certainly won’t hurt it like he did last season.

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• An umpire in Gasden, N.M., threatened to eject players during a high school baseball game who spoke anything but English on the diamond. First base umpire Corey Jones’ reasoning was that if the players were speaking in Spanish, he would have no idea if they were swearing. The teams’ coaches are planning to file a complaint with the New Mexico Activities Association, which will decide on any discipline for Jones. • During a game April 12 at Target Field between the New York Mets and the Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis, Minn., two children were photographed in the stands without shirts on. The temperature was 32 degrees. Now that’s some good parenting.

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Senior midfielder Connor Lowe maneuvers forward as St. John Fisher junior midfielder Taylor Muztafago comes up from behind Friday evening in Higgins Stadium. The Bombers won 11-3 and held the visiting Cardinals to their fewest goals since March 21, 2007. Overall, Ithaca stole the shot count 38-22 and maintained a 42-24 margin in ground balls. Jennifer williams/the ithacan

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