April 6, 2001
Golf Goes to Yale Links
| April 6, 2001
The Red golf team travels to New Haven, Conn. this weekend for its second competition of the spring season at the Yale Golf Tournament. Cornell begins its rounds today and play through Sunday, weather permitting.
“It’s one of the top 50 hardest courses in the nation,” said junior Dave Nayak.
Cornell is coming off a strong finish from last weekend’s Towson Tournament. The team managed to place in the tournament, coming in 16th out of 18 teams on the Great Hope Golf Course.
Nayak led the Red shooting a first round 82, and then besting the performance on the with a second round 78. Other top finishers for Cornell were senior Connor Brownwell and sophomore Ross LaFleur, who both shot a combined 167.
With the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course still partially buried under the remains of a snowy March, the team has had little practice time on campus. But because of the improved weather this past week, the team’s been able to get some practice team outside.
“We’ve been working a lot on the short game, so hopefully it’ll pay off,” Nayak said.
Teams expected at this tourney are Ivy foes host Yale, Harvard, Brown, and Dartmouth, along with other ECAC schools.
“This is an important tournament because its the final tune-up before the Ivy Championships,” Nayak explained. “Competition will definitely be there.”
The Red moves on to the Ivy Tournament on the 20th, and then finishes the season at Penn State on the 29th.
Archived article by Josh Vlasto
We are an independent, student newspaper. Help keep us reporting with a tax-deductible donation to the Cornell Sun Alumni Association, a non-profit dedicated to aiding The Sun.
April 9, 2001
With a spirit of fun and a zeal for helping others, many Cornell students painted, raked, cleaned — and ate — to help the community over the past few days. Nearly 400 Cornellians volunteered in the Ithaca community on Saturday afternoon with Collegetown Clean-up and Ivy Corps Day, and around 125 students attended the Ithaca Hunger Banquet last Wednesday. Around 300 members of the Greek system flooded the streets of Collegetown on Saturday afternoon, picking up garbage as part of the biannual Collegetown Clean-up, co-sponsored by the Panhellenic Council and the Interfraternity Council. “There are so many of us [in the Greek system] that we have the manpower to make a positive impact on the community,” said Jamie Porco ’03 vice-president of University and community relations for the Panehellenic Council. Many Greeks emphasized that community service, and not just partying, is an integral part of the Greek system. “Looking at the values and traditions of the Greek system, one of them is doing things for the community,” explained Brian Strahine ’01 president of the Interfraternity Council. “Greeks get a bad reputation for only partying,” Katie Devine ’03, a member of the Alpha Phi sorority, noted. “It’s good to show the community another side of the Greek system.” At the same time on Saturday, Ivy Corps Day sent another portion of Cornellians to volunteer in small teams at various agencies in downtown Ithaca, including Ithacare, the Salvation Army, and the Battered Women’s Shelter. Around 60 to 70 Cornell students participated in Ivy Corps Day, during which all eight Ivy League schools volunteer in their respective communities. “Because we live and work at Cornell, we’re stuck in this bubble that is Cornell,” said Farah Meghji ’04, a member of the executive board for Into the Streets (a day of volunteering in Ithaca during the fall) and Ivy Corps Day. “This may seem insignificant, but it really makes a difference,” Meghji added. “It’s an eye-opening experience to see what’s going on in the community,” agreed Rachel Rogirello ’04, team leader and publicity chair for the executive board. Sarah Jensen, Director of Into the Streets, emphasized that Ivy Corps Day is important to Cornell not only as part of the Ithaca community but also the Ivy League community. “Ivy Corps Day promotes unity among the Ivy League Schools,” Jensen said. Last Wednesday’s Ithaca Hunger Banquet at the Sigma Pi Fraternity also sought to increase awareness of Cornellians about a different issue — hunger and poverty. Although all tickets cost the same price, a ticket-holder had the possibility of receiving the upper class dinner (steak dinner), the middle class dinner (pasta), or the lower class dinner (beans and rice). The distribution of these meals reflected the distribution of wealth in America. “With [the Ithaca Hunger Banquet], we hope to increase awareness of the imbalance in the distribution of wealth in this country and around the world,” said Nicole Freeman ’02, co-organizer of the event. Each person received an envelope containing an explanation of their economic status — designating them perhaps as a single mom working for minimum wage or a successful Wall Street investment banker. “Watching the person next to me eating a steak, as I sat there eating my bean and rice really made me think about the class system in this country,” Betsy Cooper ’04 said. During the meal, Paul Hessler, head of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier of New York, spoke about the need to help alleviate hunger by volunteering or donating. Impressed by Hessler’s speech, Ann Marino ’03 commented, “Students are aware that there is hunger, but they’re not aware that they’re living amongst it.” Freeman, Megan Ronco ’02, and Sonja Slade ’02 organized the banquet as a project for a Hotel Administration class called Housing and Feeding the Homeless. An anonymous donor supplies funds for the banquet to occur annually. In its second year, the Banquet doubled to tripled its attendance and the amount of money raised. “The $1,000 we raised all goes to the Food Bank,” explained Slade. “The Food Bank turns the $1,000 into $7,000 through corporate donations.” Archived article by Elisa Jillson
April 9, 2001
A TV show featuring readings from the poetry of A.R. (Archie) Ammons, one of America’s most honored poets, will air tomorrow afternoon at a community reception held in Anabel Taylor Hall. Ammons, the man whom critics dubbed “the contemporary American poet most likely to become a classic,” was the longtime Goldwin Smith Professor Emeritus of Poetry who passed away on Feb. 25. At the time of his death, he had won virtually every major poetry prize in the United States. The Cable Channel 13 program, a special co-production by Robert Finley as part of the weekly series Roundabout Tompkins County will highlight readings and short anecdotes about Ammons’s poetry from a cross-section of colleagues, friends and former students. The group’s mission in producing the program has been to use TV as a media for aesthetical and spiritual expression while commemorating the life and work of a beloved poet, according to David Burak ’67, Ammons’s former student. “Archie Ammons was possessed by a rare type of artistic brilliance which made even his idiosyncrasies have quirks, but there was little doubt in the minds of those of us who were his close friends that when we were together with him a transcendence took place,” Burak says in his program introduction. “We’re here to honor that marriage of the day-to-day and the sublime which Archie’s work and life so eloquently represented,” Burak adds. Starting off the reading series is Prof. Phyllis Janowitz, English, who selects “Bourn,” a poem about grief and loss, which concludes, “So I came to the decimal of being, entered and was gone What light there no tongue turns to tell to willow and calling shore though willows weep and shores sing always.” The next program reader is James McConkey, Goldwin Smith Professor of English Literature Emeritus, who recalls the summer of 1964 when Ammons first visited Cornell. Following a poetry reading, Ammons so impressed the department that he was invited to teach poetry at Cornell even though he did not hold a Ph.D. “He was a rare poet in that his very voice, his very presence, is right there on the page in the poem,” McConkey says. Meanwhile, Prof. W. Lamar Herrin, English, remembers Ammons’s unique style, which critics have long considered to be the natural legacy of the 19th Century American transcendentalism defined by Whitman. “I thought I’d meet another Walt Whitman or a Dylan Thomas, but I met an entirely different man altogether. What amazed me most was how gloriously he contained his contradictions,” Herrin says. Ammons’s poem “Reflective” (from The Selected Poems) is full of such inconsistencies, Burak notes. “I found a weed that had a mirror in it and that mirror looked in at a mirror in me that had a weed in it.” The more you read “Reflective,” the more profound it becomes, according to Burak. Characterizing Ammons as a philosopher of language and nature, Prof. Biodun Jeyifo, English, claims that Ammons’s poetry will never die. “A philosopher has described language as the house of being. If that’s the case, I think Archie is still here,” Jeyifo says. Arnesen describes Ammons’s role as a community builder. Despite his national prestige, Ammons was a commonplace sight to several generations of students, who would find him sitting in his office or at the Temple of Zeus Cafe waiting for visitors to drop by. “Archie has given us all so much, including a sense of community to which I am forever grateful,” Arnesen says. Ammons’s poems were so universal and distinctive that they expressed a religious sentiment without a particular creed, according to Prof. Emeritus M.H. Abrams, English. “His poems conveyed a gratitude and praise for light which sheds its grace on everyone and everything equally,” Abrams says. Ammons published nearly 30 books over the course of his lifetime. His first collection, Ommateum, came out in 1955; his final book of poems, Glare in 1997. While he was at Cornell, Ammons won two coveted National Book Awards — in 1973 for Collected Poems and in 1993 for Garbage. The popular Collected Poems were re-released on massive scale for distribution last month by W.W. Norton and Company Publishers. Burak ends the program by encouraging viewers to read Ammons’s poems. Teaching others to enjoy the power of poetry was the most that Ammons ever wanted. As Ammons wrote in “Triphammer Bridge,” “…..sanctuary, sanctuary, I say it over and over and the word’s sound is the one place to dwell: that’s it, just the sound, and the imagination of the sound — a place.” “His poems are a wonderful treasury. Words and memory are stronger than physical passing,” Burak said after the program was taped. “He seemed like everyone else, but it was an act. He was more one of a kind than anyone,” Janowitz said in an interview. “He’s irreplaceable.” The reception, which will be an informal showing of the TV program with refreshments, will be held today from 3:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. in the Founders Room of Anabel Taylor Hall. All are welcome to attend.Archived article by Jennifer Roberts