January 31, 2002
…And All The Angst
| January 31, 2002
Everything about Nine Inch Nails is fast, angst-ridden and shrouded in black gothic veils. In fact, even the make-up of Reznor’s amorphous band has changed over the years. It took a while to figure out that, upon releasing 1989’s Pretty Hate Machine, the “band” was just a man alone with his toys. On stage was a computer on a swing, lots of mud, and a man called Trent. And just after we figured out that the “band” was just the man, he hired some musicians to share the mud with him and help scare the hell out of his quickly growing fan base.
By the time 1991’s installment of Perry Farrell’s Lolapalooza tour rolled around, NIN’s stage presence was near legendary. Even when all the disciples of NIN-driven industrial rock had gone back to flipping burgers, Trent was still inventing new beeps, alternating between being Spin’s and Rolling Stone’s man of the year.
In 2001 with his CD/DVD release capturing a tour in the life of the Nine Inch Nails, Reznor proves that his death and destruction songwriting still has a happy home in the hearts of all who live in the world of Britney and N’Sync. The live compilation,
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February 1, 2002
Flash back to 1988. The men’s basketball team was 17-10, 11-3 in the Ivy League. The Red was the Ivy League champion and in the NCAA postseason tournament. In the 14 years since Cornell’s ’88 title, no team other than Penn and Princeton has held the Ancient Eight crown. This season, the two teams seem once again to be the squads to beat. This weekend, the Red travels to Philadelphia and New Jersey to take on the perennial powerhouses. Tonight, Cornell will visit the Quakers (14-4, 1-1 Ivy), who have the best overall record in the conference. The Red will follow up with a contest at Princeton (7-7, 2-0 Ivy), which remains the only unbeaten team within the league. “These are two of the best teams we’ll play all year, in or out of the league, because they play so hard, and they do so many things well on the basketball court,” head coach Steve Donahue commented. Cornell hasn’t had much good fortune on the road recently. The Red has dropped 13 straight games on the road and seven straight league away contests. Both streaks date back to last season. In addition, Cornell hasn’t taken a win from Penn on the road since the 1988-89 season, a 12-game skid. What is going in the Red’s favor is its defense. Cornell’s opponents are shooting just .415, and over the Red’s last 10 games, it has held opponents to a .404 field goal percentage. “I think that’s our staple this year, that we play pretty consistent defense,” Donahue noted. “No one’s shooting over 50 percent, we’ve kept people around 40 percent.” Offensively, sophomore guard Ka’Ron Barnes is leading the team with 9.9 points per game, but senior co-captain Wallace Prather has been the hot shooter lately, averaging 13.8 points over his last nine games. On the other side of the court, Penn is currently one of the hottest teams in the league, having lost just one game in its past nine, a 78-75 overtime defeat at the hands of Harvard. The Quakers haven’t lost by more than seven points all season, with their most severe defeat coming against nationally ranked Illinois. On Tuesday night, Penn completed a 4-0 sweep of the Philadelphia region’s Big 5 for the first time since the 1973-74 season with a 81-76 overtime win against La Salle. The Quakers’ field goal percentage of .466 is tops in the league, and they also pace the Ivies in 3-point shooting percentage and assist/turnover ratio. Four Pennsylvanians are averaging double figures, while three of them are in the top seven in Ivy scoring — Juniors Ugonna Onyekwe (17.4), Koko Archibong (15.8) and Andrew Toole (13.7). “We’re trying to hold them to 55 points, under 40 percent shooting, and if we do that, it’s gonna give us a good chance of winning,” Prather stated. “For us to win, in all honesty, we’re probably gonna have to keep them below 40 percent,” agreed Donahue. “I think both teams present a lot of problems for us.” For Donahue, the visit to the Palestra will have additional meaning, as Donahue served as an assistant to Penn head coach Fran Dunphy for 10 years before taking his job at Cornell. “It’s a lot different for me this year than it was last year, because I literally practiced and worked out the guys on the [Penn] team last year,” recalled Donahue. “I have guys here who made a commitment to our program, and I feel very strongly towards them now. I’m a foreigner going in now. Last year I didn’t necessarily feel that way.” The Tigers won’t roll over for Cornell either. Despite a 4-7 start, Princeton is again at the top of the Ivy leaderboard. The Orange and Black traditionally feature a strong defense, having the longest streak in Division I of not allowing 100 points — 908 games, going way back to 1968. This year is no different. The Tigers dominate both inside, where they lead the league in rebounding defense, and outside, where they lead the league in 3-point field goal percentage defense. While Princeton’s offense isn’t as potent as Penn’s, it still has weapons that the Red will need to keep an eye on. Senior forward Mike Bechtold leads the team with 9.8 points per game, and three other players average eight or more points per game. “They have experience where they need it, at the point guard spot, at the power forward spot — Bechtold and [senior guard Ahmed] El-Nokali,” Donahue said. “They’re dangerous as hell.” Within the Ivy League, the Tigers have been close to unstoppable lately, especially at Jadwin Gym. Princeton has won seven Ivy games in a row since losing to Cornell last season, and 48 consecutive home games against Ivy teams excluding Penn. Another factor in the contests this weekend will be the home fans at the Palestra and at Jadwin Gym, where the crowds are far bigger than the average Ivy basketball audience. “At the Palestra, [we can expect] a lot of heckling,” predicted Prather. “Jadwin is pretty much the same.” Past history and the venues won’t make a difference to the Red over the weekend, however. What counts in these games is performance. “They may be projected to have a little more talent,” remarked Prather. “But it’s all about execution. We don’t go into any game thinking that one team is better than the other team. We’re just trying to go out there and play our best and just make things happen.”Archived article by Alex Fineman
February 1, 2002
Tomorrow Cornell’s men’s and women’s track and field squads look to build upon last weekend’s impressive victories over Harvard and Brown, when they host Ivy League foe Yale. While both Red teams are looking towards the Heptagonal championships later this month, tomorrow’s dual meet will provide Cornell’s tracksters with another opportunity to demonstrate their superiority over an Ivy League opponent, something upon which they place special importance. The men’s team, having already recorded victories over Penn, Harvard, and Brown is confident of yet another victory against an Ivy rival. Although the men’s team has been hampered by injuries, the Red hasbeen carried by the strength of its field events’ competitors irand standout performances by key runners throughout the season, with its sole loss coming against national power Penn State. One of Cornell’s key performers, senior co-captain and thrower Jeremy Blanchet, continues his quest to qualify for the nationals, hoping to improve on last week’s throw of 18.18m. Personal ambitions aside, Blanchet commented on the team’s expectations for the upcoming meet and its recent successes. “Two weeks ago we had no trouble with Penn, and traditionally we have extremely competitive meets with Harvard and Brown, but we defeated them by about 40 points. As a dual meet, Yale should be straightforward and we shouldn’t have any problems, with the field events carrying us to victory,” he said. In addition to Blanchet’s contributions, Cornell will need continued strong efforts from the likes of senior distance runner Max King, sophomores pole vaulter Travis Offner, and long jumper Jason Hart, among others to defeat Yale. While the Bulldogs represents an important meet, the Red’s eyes are fixed upon this February’s Heptagonals with Blanchet saying, “We have a few keys guys injured, but we’ll be up ther fighting for the championship later this month. Hopefully, we will make a statement this week and an even bigger one at the Heps, winning our first Indoor title since 1978.” Like the men, Cornell’s lady tracksters hope to continue their successful season, building towards the Heptagonal competition. Yale’s women will present Cornell with a stern test, but a challenge that they look forward to. Head coach Lou Duesing eagerly anticipates Yale’s arrival, stating, “It will be a test. But the team likes it. We enjoy the competition. Our road to being successful goes through New Haven. Brown, Harvard, and Yale have finished ahead of us before, and these are the teams we have to beat to be successful.” Duesing attributes the women’s squads success to an unusually deep Cornell squad, with many standouts. Just three competitions into the season, they have broken several records, with junior sprinter Katy Jay leading the way. Strong performances have also been put forth by sophomore Hannah Garrity, sophomore Merili Mosley, freshman Jessica Brown, and junior Carlin Gray. Nonetheless, Duesing emphasizes the contributions of all the team, and junior co-captain and shotputter Sarah Herskee concurs with the coach’s assessment, remarking, “We have an amazing team. There is an amazing dynamic among us, and its obvious to know we have high aspirations for the season, hopefully culminating in a Heptagonal championship.” After this weekends dual meets against Yale, the Red will send a split squad to Penn State next week, with the rest of the team remaining in Ithaca for the Deneault Memorial. Archived article by Mark Fetzko