April 22, 2002
Heavyweights, Women Defeat Competition
| April 22, 2002
The crews continued their success last Saturday at the Cayuga Inlet. The women’s crew swept the competition by beating both Rutgers University and Penn, while the men’s heavyweight crew remained undefeated, as it beat Syracuse and Navy. Meanwhile the men’s lightweight crew dropped to Princeton at the Carnegie Inlet.
The men’s heavyweight team received awards for its accomplishments over the weekend. It was the second consecutive year that the crew won the Goes Cup and Stagg Trophy and marked the first time the team defended the titles.
Although Cornell was not considered a favorite going into the regatta, the Red won all three of its races. The first boat finished well ahead of Navy, winning in a time of 5:47.6. The second boat actually surpassed this time by crossing the line in 5:46.7. Cornell’s third varsity boat also finished ahead of Syracuse and Navy, finishing the course with a time of 6:06.0.
The men’s heavyweights, however, were not the only ones to win all of their races. The women’s boats also swept and took home the Class of ’89 plate. The first varsity eight coasted to victory in 6:39.65, nearly three seconds faster than its closest competitor, Penn. Meanwhile, the second varsity eight crossed the line 13 seconds ahead of the second-place Quakers. The two four-women boats were also victorious, each snatching wins in impressive fashion.
The coxswain, Trisha DiGiore, stated, “It was a great race. Of course there’s always room for improvement for the upcoming races, but it was nice to get another win under our belt.”
On the other hand, the lightweights were swept in Princeton. The Tigers outpaced Cornell’s first boat by seven seconds, the second boat by five seconds, and the third boat by 15 seconds. The loss came as a disappointment after beating Harvard and Penn last weekend.
Archived article by Alisha Hart
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April 23, 2002
Two years ago, a former Sun Sports Editor boasted that he had witnessed the best year in Cornell Athletics. It was the 1996-97 season when Seth Payne got drafted, and the men’s hockey team won the ECAC title, and Chad Levitt ’97 made a run at Ed Marinaro’s all-time rushing record at Cornell. Yes, it was a great year — was it the best in recent memory, though? I’ll leave that up to debate. Certainly, this year could give it competition — the women’s track teams and men’s hockey team won Ivy titles, junior Doug Murray was a Hobey Baker finalist (the first time someone from Cornell was so honored since a guy named Nieuwendyk), and the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams are having dream seasons, as both programs have been ranked as high as No. 5 in the polls. Some highlights slipped under the radar such as the gymnastics team’s first-place finish at the Ivy tournament, and some were broadcast in the national media, like the hockey team’s run in the NCAA tournament. The Sun has been busy keeping up with all these team and individual victories, records, and honors. And it has kept us busier than usual — whether it was traveling to Princeton last weekend to watch the men’s lacrosse team, or skipping a Saturday night shindig to go to a women’s basketball game. This year has provided more excitement, more publicity, and more passion for Cornell sports than I’ve seen in my brief three-year stay on the Hill. But would you expect anything less than one of the top-20 athletic programs in the country according to U.S. News and World Report? However, those who don’t study history are doomed to repeat it. Does this mean that next year will provide another let down. The ’96-’97 season was followed by a few years where the highlight reels were a little short. Following Cornell sports is a love-hate relationship. Some years the sky’s the limit, but other years it seems nothing goes right. There is no doubt that teams can win at Cornell, but whether they can win with consistency is another question. Of course, every coach points to the parity provided by the Ivy League. Sure, the elimination of athletic scholarships assures some equality among teams, and every coach will say that “any Ivy League school can beat any other school on a given day.” After watching the Cornell basketball team upset Princeton last year, and Yale beating the Tigers in lacrosse this season, you start to think that anything can happen. And it can. The problem within the Ivy league cannot be evaluated on a game-by-game basis. An overview of athlete departments shows the rift developing among the eight schools. Two schools, namely Princeton and Harvard, have asserted dominance over the Ivy League athletic sphere. Sure, there have been convincing victories over both universities during seasons, but no other school fields teams as competitive in as many events as the Tigers or the Crimson. Princeton had 13 league titles last year. Thirteen! There were only 36 handed out. But the Tigers weren’t that satisfied. After all, they had 14 titles in the 1999-2000 season. Cornell had two titles last year, sharing first place in softball with Harvard and wrestling with Harvard and Penn. The Red has not led the league in Ivy championships since 1977-78. In that wonderful season five years ago, Cornell still only took two titles. Since the founding of the Ivy League in 1956 through the 2001 spring season, Princeton has taken 290 titles, Harvard follows close behind with 281. Cornell lies in fifth (131) behind Penn (149) and Yale (143). Harvard and Princeton have only 115 fewer titles than the six other teams combined. Yet the Red can still take solace that Columbia, which has never won more than four titles in a year, has a mere 63 championships. As Princeton and Harvard decrease work-study for scholarship recipients, they are furthering their control over the athletic landscape, and schools like Cornell, Columbia, Brown and Yale find niches in specific sports. Everyone from Penn to Dartmouth, New Haven to Ithaca brags about this parity. But as much as we Cornellians hate the Crimson or Tigers, they are both over twice as successful as we have been. ——- I’m not complaining though. At this time last year, I thought that I was a jinx on Cornell athletics, as evidenced by my abominable 25-46 cumulative record for teams I covered. As I mentioned before, this year has provided its share of memorable events. In that vein, I would like to thank all the coaches and players who created those great memories, those people with whom I shared them, and everyone who consoled me after the losses, listened to me recount the wins and supported me through these trying two semesters. See you next year.Archived article by Amanda Angel
April 23, 2002
Last night, a diverse crowd of 2300 people filling the Ben Light Gymnasium greeted consumer advocate and political leader Ralph Nader with loud applause and a standing ovation. Described by event organizer Eric Leib as an “activist extraordinaire,” Nader ran for president of the United States in the 2000 election under the Green Party, has established a variety of environmental, political and civic organizations and has published several books. Visiting Ithaca College for the Earth Day 2002 celebration, Nader spoke about the corporations, environment, poverty and politics. Beginning with a discussion of the first Earth Day in 1970, Nader briefly mentioned his opinions on former Vice-President Al Gore and President George W. Bush. “Gore spoke to the American people as if they didn’t understand the English language and Bush spoke to the American people as if he didn’t understand the English language,” he said. Nader then discussed his opinions of corporations and their control over society. He described corporate America as, “commercializing everything it touches, putting a for sale sign on everything it touches.” Currently, he believes that corporations commercialize core values, such as education. He believes people ignoring the idea of a liberal education and only focusing on a narrow set of skills. Nader also spoke about his belief that global corporations are inherently destructive to both themselves and the society they affect. “Commercialism … has to be saved from itself,” he said. “The civil society in a democracy has to be supreme over the commercial society.” To help alleviate the problems caused by corporations, Nader believes companies should begin to expand beyond a short-term view and internalize societal costs, such as pollution. He offered Interface Corporation, one of the country’s largest producers of carpets, as a model of socially responsible action by a corporation. Interface’s CEO put the company on a 0% pollution and maximum recycling track, resulting in higher profits and lower societal costs, according to Nader. After a brief discussion of mass media coverage of corporate behavior, Nader continued on to discuss his concept of pollution. His perception of pollution includes air pollution, medical negligence and highway accidents, among other factors. “We need to conceptualize pollution as a silent, deadly form of violence,” he said. Nader then described six methods of changing corporate behavior: moral shame, procurement, regulation, competition, litigation and consumer feedback. By utilizing reports from the EPA, communities can look into exactly how local corporations pollute the area and use those reports to induce moral shame. “They start feeling the sanctions of community disapproval,” he said. Procurement is government action that does not set regulations, including the control of what the government chooses to buy from corporations. In particular, Nader strongly advocates the legalization of hemp production. “It is time to liberate the plant known as industrial hemp,” he said. Although regulations in the past have led to improved fuel efficiency, Nader expressed his dissatisfaction with the current regulatory agencies. “The automobile companies now regulate our government rather than the reverse,” he said. He then described his opinions on current automobile technology. “We have to get rid of … the internal combustion engine,” Nader said. Nader sees civic ideals as the foundation for such varied topics as alternative energy, organic farming, reductions in packaging, mass transit and universal health care. “The first thing is a level of civic confidence in ourselves,” he said. “We do it by example rather than exhortation.” Nader concluded his speech with a rhetorical question. “If someone asked you ‘who are you?’ you would say your name. At what point would you say, ‘I’m a citizen’?” he said. After his speech, Nader held a 20 minute question and answer session during which members of the audience asked questions addressing topics ranging from eco-feminism to similarities between the Republican and Democratic party. The audience appeared to respond positively, giving Nader a standing ovation. Danby resident Will Parker attended the event with his wife, Julia and his parents, Bob and Gene Parker. “[Now] I feel more enlightened than when I walked in. I think very highly of him,” said Will Parker. “I was impressed by the depth of his knowledge. He has spent a lifetime and it shows,” said Gene Parker. Ithaca College sophomore Julie Keech also appreciated the lecture. “I thought it was very powerful. It was nice to see someone speak positively about change, rather than being stuck in the status quo,” she said. Organizer Eric Leib, participant in the Ithaca College Environmental Society and the Ithaca College chapter of Habitat for Humanity, saw Nader as an ideal speaker for both organizations. “What he stands for and speaks about is heavily encased in issues of poverty and the environment and speaks for those who aren’t normally heard, and in speaking for those, challenges the status quo,” Leib said. Overall, Leib was pleased with the result of the event. “What he spoke about preached to the choir, reminded the choir or raised the consciousness of people who don’t pay attention to the environment and poverty,” he said.Archived article by Shannon Brescher