July 18, 2002
Graap '86 Receives National Honors
| July 18, 2002
The 2002 season marked a breakthrough for the women’s lacrosse team and head coach Jenny Graap ’86. Despite a heartbreaking 12-10 loss in overtime to top-ranked Georgetown in the national semifinal, the Red completed its best season ever, compiling a record of 16-2.
In just her fifth season at the helm, the former Cornell lacrosse and field hockey star brought the program to a level of prominence it had never before enjoyed. After capping off a dream season with back-to-back home victories in the early rounds of the NCAA tournament, Graap was honored by her peers in June as the IWLCA Coach of the Year. She was also named the North Coach of the Year by Inside Lacrosse Magazine. Graap is the first Cornell head coach to be so honored.
The 2002 edition of the Red set school records in wins (16), consecutive wins (11), wins over ranked opponents (8), and conference wins (6). In the second round of the NCAA tournament, the Red snapped seven-time defending champion Maryland’s 21-game NCAA Tournament winning streak with a 14-4 whitewashing. Cornell also broke a personal 10-game slide against conference rival Dartmouth and twice defeated regional foe Syracuse.
Graap was the responsible for the development of 2002 All-Americans Jaimee Reynolds ’02, Carrie Giancola ’02, and seniors Sarah Averson and Erica Holvek — all of whom were in her inaugural recruiting class. Reynolds, Cornell’s all time leader in career goals and points, was named the Ivy League Player of the Year in 2002.
Despite the graduation of seven players from the 2002 squad, Graap will look to continue to lead the lady laxers to success in 2003.
Archived article by Owen Bochner
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July 19, 2002
It’s huge, it’s entertaining, and it’s crammed with students. And it’s not a hockey game. It’s Psychology 101, and every year 1,600 students take the course taught in the 2,000 capacity Bailey Hall. The reason that students pile into the popular elective in droves is not a mystery: sometimes for a reputation of an easy grade, sometimes for an interesting subject, sometimes for an entertaining professor. “Psych 101 is just a fabulous mix of many ideas and concepts,” said Katie Heley ’05, who took the course out of an interest in psychology and the course’s fame — t is the world’s largest single lecture course, according to the New York Times. “Everyone at Cornell should take it.” And many have. Recently, Prof. James Maas, psychology, the course’s instructor for 39 years, counted over 50,000 alumni students. The course is all the more exceptional because it so depends upon the quality of the solo lecturer, which often include demonstrations and short video clips. Another popular course, Art, Archaeology, and Analysis, has a interdisciplinary approach: bring together five professors from five different academic departments and apply the methods of science to analyze objects from art and archaeology. “It’s a hybrid class,” said Ben Gianforti ’05. “You get five, six, seven perspectives on the same topic.” The course is listed as Archaeology 285, Engineering 185, Geology 200, History of Art 200, and Physics 200. Field trips (last year to the Corning Museum of Glass, the Ward Nuclear Laboratory on campus, and the Malcolm and Carolyn Wiener Dendrochronology Laboratory in the basement of Goldwin Smith), frequent guest lectures and interactive demonstrations on paper making, painting techniques, light and paleontology all add an unusual element to the course. But that’s not all that makes the course different. “I’d describe [Prof. Peter] Kuniholm, [archaeology and history of art] as Foghorn Leghorn and Archimedes from Sword in the Stone combined,” Gianforti said, referring to the Looney Tunes’ impetuous, booming fowl and Archimedes, the learned owl. Prof. W. Stanley Taft, art, is a co-author of the course’s textbook, “The Science of Paintings”; Lecturer John Chiment, paleontology, led an excavation of a mastodon found in the Chemung River two years ago with course students; Prof. Robert Silsbee, physics, and Prof. Robert Kay, geology, complete the course’s roster of performer-professors. “As little as I actually learned, I got a good grade, I filled a science requirement, and I enjoyed the course,” Gianforti concluded. Other Favorites With a title like “Magical Mushrooms, Mischievous Molds” it’s no wonder that Prof. George Hudler, plant pathology, captivates an audience of approximately 300 each spring. “It wasn’t as easy as I thought it was going to be,” said Daniela Avrahim ’05. “There were lots of interesting lectures and lab demonstrations.” Hudler shows would-be mycologists how fungus impacts everyday life. “It wasn’t too science-heavy,” said Puja Gupta ’05. “It was really great.” Of course, there is also the semi-famous Hotel Administration 430: Introduction to Wines, but, because of state drinking laws, don’t plan on taking that until senior year. Some courses are just too good for freshmen.Archived article by Peter Norlander
July 19, 2002
Every year freshmen come through Cornell’s open doors to become part of the University-wide student body. While academic pursuit is an essential part of the Cornell experience, social life is a favorable ingredient making it a pleasant one. A huge part of the social scene at Cornell is the Greek system, which claims anywhere from a fifth to a third of the student body as its members. Cornell has one of the nation’s oldest Greek systems, currently consisting of 37 fraternities governed by the Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC), 13 sororities governed by the PanHellenic Council (PanHel) and 14 multicultural Greek organizations governed by the Multicultural Greek Letter Council (MGLC). The Greek System provides many things to the students who choose to join its ranks, as well as for those who only wish to attend the fraternity and sorority parties. As an alternative to Collegetown’s 21 and over bars with scrupulous bouncers checking IDs, Greek houses allow students under 21 years old to come in and party whether they are allowed to drink or not. “It provides a certain level of entertainment, without which you could live … but it wouldn’t be as fun,” said Margarita Lukin ’04. Besides the partying aspect of the Greek system, there is the brotherhood and sisterhood aspect to the institution. While some students may like Cornell’s size, many find it overwhelming. Greek life “allows students the chance to become part of a meaningful organization and makes Cornell less overwhelming,” said Courtney Glasgow ’04, member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. Joining a fraternity or sorority house may help some students find housing, as most new brothers and sisters live in the fraternity/sorority houses their sophomore year live in their houses. “I think the Greek system is a great way to make a network of close friends and acquaintances,” said Hope Barter ’04, member of Kappa Delta sorority. Benefits Philanthropy is another aspect of the Greek system. Different houses have annual events such as “Jazz Night” charity function, put on every year by Sigma Pi Fraternity and Kappa Alpha Theta’s “Tip-a-Canoe” annual event. These fundraisers aim to benefit Ithaca’s community as well as national organizations. Keeping in mind all the positive aspects of the Greek system, one must not forget that in order to become a member of a Greek organization, students must go through Formal Membership Recruitment (informally known Rush), a process through which one gets accepted into a fraternity or a sorority. This process if very different for the three branches of Cornell’s Greek System. For national fraternities and sororities, rush starts in January, a week before classes for the spring semester kick in. Fraternity recruitment is thought of as more relaxed, as the young men only visit the houses they wish to see out of the 37 fraternities on campus. For sororities, the process is the process is long and cold, as hundreds of girls trudge through hills and snow. Potential members go through a five-day recruitment process, visiting each of the 13 sorority houses on campus in groups at specific times. Everyday, both the houses and the “rushees” (as they are called) narrow down their choices, in hopes of achieving the best match. PanHel and IFC houses also hold an informal rush process during the fall, but not all houses participate and freshmen are not allowed to rush in the fall. The 14 other, multicultural fraternities and sororities on campus, Hispanic, Asian and African-American houses hold recruitment at different times during the year and select their members on more individual basis. After the bids are in the new members are have to go through a six-week period of pledging before being initiated and becoming brothers and sister of their organization. A major issue with the Greek system at Cornell is hazing. Last year alone, three fraternity chapters lost their charter due to hazing issues. “On a lighter note, Greek life is a welcome break from Cornell’s Big Red Stress,” Barter said. However, there are also many student critics of the system. “I just think that the Greek system needs to evolve, needs to be more diverse, more selective, eager to earn respect not only within its own quarters but to attempt to find acceptable ways to convert those who would normally shun the Greek community,” said Ilya Shulman ’04. “The Greek system is one of the biggest polarizing influences for freshmen. There’s a significant division, socially, between those who attend fraternity parties and those who couldn’t care less,” said Brad Grossman ’04. Although the Greek system at Cornell is not partial to films like the “Revenge of the Nerds” and “Animal House”, an occasional night at a fraternity party may seem like a scene from a teen movie, with keg-stands and DJs intact. Even though typical Greek System stereotypes are not partial to Cornell, every house on campus has its reputation. Not all fraternities and sororities are the same, some focus more on partying, on sports or academics, and others are more exclusive. Archived article by Veronika Belenkaya