September 5, 2002
| September 5, 2002
Fall semester is in full swing, which means with all the stress and studying that comes with the daily grind of classes at Cornell, looking good isn’t exactly one of our top priorities. Who has time for fashion when there are endless prelims and GPAs at stake?
Thus it’s very easy to become a bit careless with our appearances, which will be clearly evident by the soon-to-be-seen preponderance of flimsy flip-flops, sagging sweatpants and messy, unruly buns in numerous lecture halls around campus.
But the start of the school year is also significant in that you’re making that crucial first impression with your new professors, TAs, classmates and that potential hot hook-up down the hall. So why the hurry to follow that unsightly rolled-out-of-bed trend? You’ll only come off as some slacker who hasn’t got her act together, which is not the most favorable message to send out to those lecturers already disheartened by the sleepy-eyed, exhausted bodies filling the seats.
Instead, why not make a grand entrance with a dark and dramatic Goth rock number a la Gucci designer Tom Ford’s ready-to-wear fall collection? The intensity of such an outfit will surely make you stand out among the crowds and send off vibes that you should be taken seriously. When you argue about some undeserved paper grade, no one will be able to resist the seductive allure of your black satin and that big fat A will be all yours.
The all noir Goth mod ensemble, which consists of a pencil-slim skirt and a V-neck top finished off with an oversized patchwork jacket and essential accessories of a black cross, a choker and a crocodile bag, will set you back about $22,000, which is roughly the cost of a whole school year’s tuition. The high price yields insight into why Gucci is considered high fashion, so while a small elite segment might think of this as small change, the rest of us starving laystudents would scoff at such a ridiculous splurge and rightfully stick to our more practical purchases of sweaters and jeans.
However, you can recreate a very decent knockoff version of the Gucci that’ll be well within an accessible price range . A visit to gap.com can get you a $49.50 black pencil skirt and $39.99 easy trench coat, while a quick trip to Claire’s can get you a wire coiled bangle choker and cross necklace for a nominal $6.50 combined. Guess.com has tons of nice black tops like its $38.00 Linda Babydoll cami as well as reasonable bags such as its $49.99 spiral satchel. Complete the look with any old pair of strappy black sandals, and you’ll be transformed into a stylish Vixen of the Night, all for around a mere $174!
So hurry on with the trips to the mall and the online websites and display your gorgeous selves along the catwalk of Ho Plaza. Debunk the very inaccurate myth that “Ithaca is gorges, the girls are not,” which will most definitely happen when the mouths drop at the bewitching beauty of your breathtaking glam-rock glory.
Archived article by Sherry Jun
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September 6, 2002
The beauty of getting to write a column is that I can put whatever I want in my allotted biweekly space. I could decide to draw a comic strip. I could repeat the words “Big Red” 250 times and run that. Some of you might even think that would be better that my actual columns. Since I am a rabid baseball fan, I picked the division and wild-card winners back on April 4. I did this mostly because I could, and because being a baseball fan is enough of a qualification to do so. My picks, as of now, are so-so — I would be 3-for-8 if the season ended today. However, all the teams I picked to make the playoffs are still contending, with the exception of the Phillies (who are still in second in the NL East). Since my picks weren’t a total bomb and the NFL season kicked off last night, what better subject for today’s column than my picks for the 2002 NFL season? I’m glad you couldn’t come up with a better subject, either. AFC North: Pittsburgh Steelers. If Pittsburgh had just buckled down in the AFC championship game, they could have been in last year’s Super Bowl. This year, they won’t let the opportunity pass them by again. The Steelers are motivated, and Jerome Bettis is in better shape than he’s been in a while. AFC South: Indianapolis Colts. This one could very well go to the Titans, but I think Tony Dungy will have the Colts playing fundamentally sound football, something that didn’t happen last year, when they gave up 30.4 points per game. Also, Peyton Manning and Edgerrin James comprise the second nastiest backfield in football to the Rams’. AFC East: New England Patriots. The road to the Super Bowl goes through the Pats, and despite all the knocks on Tom Brady, his passer rating last year was better than Donovan McNabb’s, Manning’s, and Daunte Culpepper’s, to name a few star QBs. Miami will give the Pats a push, but Ricky Williams, Dartmouth alum Jay Fiedler, and the rest of the Dolphins will end up making the playoffs as a wild card. AFC West: Oakland Raiders. The Raiders are still bitter about the infamous “tuck play” that went the Patriots’ way and eliminated the Raiders from the playoffs last year. The Raiders have a fierce defense, a consistent quarterback, and wide receivers who will have plaques in Canton one day. The Broncos will also come from this division as a wild-card team. NFC North: Green Bay Packers. Brett Favre is still a great quarterback, and he’s got a solid target if Terry Glenn keeps his head screwed on straight. Ahman Green will provide the rest of the offense without a problem. In fact, Green is going to have an incredible MVP-type season this year. I can feel it. NFC South: Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This is the toughest division to pick. The Falcons could surprise in a major way if Michael Vick and rookie RB T.J. Duckett play to their potential. Still, it’s probably too early to see that from them. Aaron Brooks, Deuce McAllister, and the Saints also could take this division, but I think they’re more likely to slide into the postseason with a wild-card bid. NFC East: Philadelphia Eagles. The Birds are a lock to win the division. But once in the playoffs, it will get tricky without Jeremiah Trotter in the middle. If anyone can figure out a way to compensate for that loss, though, it’s defensive coordinator Jim Johnson. NFC West: Seattle Seahawks. This spot is supposed to be reserved for St. Louis, but Seattle is going to be the surprise of the fall. If Trent Dilfer (who has a 15-game winning streak) gets healthy, then Seattle has a QB with a Super Bowl ring and Shaun Alexander, who is poised for an amazing season, in the backfield. Darrell Jackson is one of the most underrated receivers in football. The Rams, meanwhile, have a tough schedule ahead of them, and although they have the best QB and RB in football in Kurt Warner and Marshall Faulk, their 0-4 preseason record shows they might not be as deep as they seem to be. Plus, the Patriots showed that the Rams are beatable. That being said, the Rams will take a wild-card bid. Wild-Card Round: Patriots over Broncos, Dolphins over Colts, Seahawks over Saints, Rams over Buccaneers. As a unit, the Patriots are almost unbeatable. Ricky Williams will run circles around the Colts’ D. Seattle is still largely unknown to many NFC teams. The Bucs have a thing about losing in the first round of the playoffs. Divisional Round: Patriots over Raiders, Steelers over Dolphins, Eagles over Rams, Packers over Seahawks. Bill Belichick will be able to outcoach the Raiders’ Bill Callahan. Jay Fiedler isn’t good enough to take a team to the league championship. The Rams’ run ends here. The Eagles came thisclose to beating the Rams in the NFC championship last year, and the Birds also took the Rams to OT in last year’s regular season. The Seahawks aren’t good enough to make it to the championship game. Conference Championships: Patriots over Steelers, Eagles over Packers. Nobody outside of New England believes in the Patriots. That’s probably enough motivation for the Pats to show that they aren’t a fluke. McNabb is such a good quarterback that he should be in the Super Bowl, and he’ll make sure he gets there this year. Super Bowl: Patriots over Eagles. If the Patriots make it this far, there’s no way they don’t finish the job. If you didn’t believe in them last year, they’ll make you believe this year. MVP: Ahman Green A lot of this pick depends on how well Glenn pans out for the Pack. If the passing game draws defenders away from the run, Green has the ability to score 14 TDs and rush for 1,800 yards. Rookie of the Year: T.J. Duckett By the end of the season, the NFL will have forgotten about Warrick Dunn. Duckett is the man in the backfield for the Falcons. He and Vick will one day be one of the most frightening duos to defensive coordinators. The Browns’ William Green might also contend for Rookie honors. Coach of the Year: Mike Holmgren I know I’m going out on a limb with my confidence in the Seahawks. But if they can do what I predict them to do, then Holmgren should have this award, no question. Well, there you have it — my picks for the upcoming NFL season, because I can. You may think I’m full of myself, or you may think I’m full of crap. And if you really feel that way, then I want you to wait until the season ends. If I’m as wrong as you think I am, then by all means, feel free to tell me so then. But as of yesterday, every team was in first place.Archived article by Alex Fineman
September 6, 2002
Last week, approximately 15 residents were ordered to vacate their apartment building at 302-304 Stewart Ave. According to a letter from the Building Department of the City of Ithaca, dated Aug. 28, the building had not had an electrical survey since 1962. These are not the only Collegetown residents suffering from poor housing conditions. David Schwartz ’05 moved into his house and had problems with his walls and a broken bed. “It’s taken a lot of work, which is pretty much what I hear from everybody,” Schwartz said. Natalie Neuman ’04 said that when she and her house-mates moved in, “the promises made in the lease were not fulfilled. The house wasn’t repainted and windows were broken, screens non-existent, holes in the walls, chipping paint, dirty rooms, broken locks and doors, etc.” One of the main problems is that students do not have the basic knowledge of how to rent properly. Tom Li Vigne, real estate manager for Cornell, said, “the average student is not prepared to negotiate a lease with a landlord. But they learn very quickly.” “For the money that [Collegetown residents] pay … [properties] should be neat, clean, and up-to-date.” Li Vigne feels tenants should be able to “expect an operation that is run in a professional manner,” he added. University assembly member Michael Matly ’03 noted that, unfortunately, students do not know what rights they have. He is in the beginning stages of establishing a “Collegetown Bill of Rights.” “At this point,” he said, “tenants have no where to go.” Students do, however, have a few resources available. Pam Zinder ’82, manager of housing alternatives, said Campus Life offers free services to help students. They offer information sessions and will even have one-on-one meetings with students to go over leases. According to Walter J. Wiggins law ’51, a lawyer in Ithaca, tenants have the right to expect a property to be in the same condition as when it was toured. He said tenants can, “expect that the property has been inspected and approved for renting.” Mainly, this means that the landlord has a current Certificate of Compliance from the City of Ithaca. Phyllis Radke, building commissioner for the City of Ithaca, said it is the City’s job to enforce state and city codes. These codes especially deal with safety issues. Unfortunately, Radke said, even if the city officials wanted to, they, “can’t make [landlords] do stuff unless the code says to.” Furthermore, the City lacks enough staff to cover the 7,000 units needing inspection every three years. Li Vigne said, “the City does the best job they can with the personnel they have … it’s just a matter of the landlords complying with what’s there.” The landlords must decide whether or not they are willing to make a commitment to their properties and tenants. Though there are obviously those who fail to meet standards, some landlords do put forth the necessary efforts. Mary Gutenberger, apartment manager for Egan College Square, said she tries to make herself as accessible as possible. “We decided early on that we wanted to have a property that we would not be ashamed to live in ourselves,” she said. “It’s upsetting when you see … landlords who don’t take care of their properties. They give everybody a black-eye.”Archived article by Rachel Brenner