October 7, 2004
The Pretty Toney Column
| October 7, 2004
Get a Grip by Aerosmith has already established itself as one of the five greatest albums of all time. There is no arguing this. It”s at least the best album Aerosmith has released since Pump. Not only are there no bad songs on it, but there isn”t even a single song that I would describe as being anything short of excellent. You can”t help yourself from falling in love with this album.
Aerosmith is just the coolest band around. Joe Perry”s got so many muscles he doesn”t even need to wear a shirt in the pictures that come with the tape, and Steven Tyler”s just squatting there practically daring you to fight him.
If you”ve watched MTV for more than five minutes this year (I have, even though I”m not allowed), you know what I”m talking about. The ‘Living on the Edge’ video is so cool at the beginning, where Tyler”s half himself, and half alien. Not to mention ‘Cryin”,’ ‘Crazy,’ and ‘Amazing.’ In fact, amazing has to be the word that best describes Aerosmith right now. But you”ll never see a video for ‘Eat the Rich,’ which, in my opinion, is the album”s best song. Why? Come on, man, when was the last time you heard a song with this many swear words on the radio? There”s two. But to me that”s one of the best parts of this song — Aerosmith doesn”t care what you think. They just hate rich people.
Few songs” lyrics combine truth with humor this well. ‘Now they”re smokin” up the junk bonds/ And then they go get stiff/ And they”re dancin” in the yacht club/ With Muff and Uncle Biff.’ Seriously, every rich person I know belongs to a yacht club and like half of them are named Uncle Biff. And I am so sick of rich people complaining about their poodles and their pills. Who do they think they are?
I”ve heard that the guys in Aerosmith had lots of drug problems in the “70”s, but they”ve clearly straightened themselves out. ‘Eat the Rich’ is easily the best song they”ve ever written. Every kid I know has memorized all the words.
Parents hate ‘Eat the Rich,’ including mine. But I think that”s a good thing because parents” music sucks. The Beatles sound like girls! And if you jerks still don”t like ‘Eat the Rich’ then I”ve only got one thing to say to you — Take your Grey Poupon, my friend, and stick it up your ass.
[This past week Ross was in Coral Gables, Florida covering the presidential debate, so he asked his ten-year-old former self to write his column for him.]
Archived article by Ross McGown
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October 8, 2004
The women’s volleyball team (8-3, 2-0 Ivy) continues to roll through what has become an historical season. Last weekend, Cornell put itself in the record books when it garnered its 22nd consecutive game win this season, before finally dropping a game to Columbia. New head coach Deitre Collins has propelled the Red’s success, as Cornell began the season losing several major players, including Ashely Stover ’04 and one of Cornell’s best attackers ever, Debbie Quibell ’04. Cornell currently has no seniors on the roster. This weekend the Red will try to continue its trend of success, when Cornell faces Dartmouth (3-9, 0-2 Ivy) and Harvard (7-5, 2-0 Ivy) in back-to-back matches tonight and tomorrow. The Green has struggled this season, opening with five straight losses in the first two weeks. Despite bouncing back recently and going 3-2 over a five-game span, Dartmouth was swept by the Red’s other opponent this weekend, Harvard. Dartmouth’s most impressive veteran threat is senior Diana Szczepanski, who leads the team with 3.89 digs per game. She is sixth in the Ivies in that category as well. In direct contrast to Dartmouth, the Crimson will be a major threat to Cornell’s smooth season thus far. Despite beginning the season 2-3, Harvard has had a complete turnaround. In the Ivies, the Crimson brought down Dartmouth last weekend, failing to lose even a single game. Most recently, Harvard dropped a match to Boston College on Tuesday to fall to 7-5 on the season. The Crimson’s primary threat is 6-foot senior Kaego Ogbechie, who leads the squad in kills per game, hitting percentage, and points. The Red will also have to watch senior outside hitter Nilly Schweitzer, who was second-team All-Ivy last year. Cornell currently leads the Ivy League in assists per game, blocks per game, kills per game, and hitting percentage. Cornell has handled opponents well both individually and as a team. The somewhat inexperienced Red has several category leaders on the team, including junior middle blocker Heather Young, who leads the Ivy League with a tremendous .335 hitting percentage. Sophomore Liz Bishop is tops in kills per game in the Ivy League, with 4.72. Junior Whitney Fair leads the Ivy League with 11.78 assists per game. Last year, Cornell garnered wins in all of its four matches against the Green and the Crimson. The Red will try to continue both this trend and its season of success tonight. Archived article by Mike PandolfiniSun Staff Writer
October 8, 2004
“I think our theory is a very good one, worth fighting for, worth dying for to keep, which is that the president, even the president, is not above the law,” said Daniel Ellsberg in a speech at Barnes Hall Tuesday night. The crowd that came to see him speak on “Abu Ghraib, Vietnam, and Empire” consisted of local activists, Vietnam veterans, and politically-minded Ithacans. Of about 150 audience members, about 30 were students. Ellsberg had become famous in 1971 for photocopying and making public 7,000 pages of the “Pentagon Papers” that showed how the U.S. had misleadingly gone into Vietnam. “For those of you who know what photocopiers were like in the ’60’s, then you know that this was quite a feat,” joked Prof. Keith Taylor, Asian studies, after he introduced Ellsberg and gave a brief biography. “This is the first time in thirty years that someone had given me credit for slaving over that Xerox machine,” Ellsberg responded. He then began the night by discussing his involvement with the Defense Department before he released the Pentagon Papers. “I was doing jobs that I did not believe in, in 1964, 1965,” he said. One of his jobs had been to compile a list of “atrocities” against Americans in Vietnam that could be used as a basis for a bombing campaign “which inevitably was going to kill a lot of civilians … and did.” “The bombing that started that month, in the end, eight years later, dropped 7.8 million tons of bombs on Indo-China. That was almost four World War Twos. And I helped … I did what I was told to do,” Ellsberg said. He then explained how he had finally decided to expose the Pentagon Papers. “Confronted with the examples of people who were doing all they could non-violently, and truthfully, to end a war they knew and I knew was wrong — that example I found contagious, and courage is contagious, and it did change my life.” Ellsberg injected humor into his story. He spoke of a night he had brought his kids to the office where he was photocopying the secret files. His son was running the copy machine and Ellsberg was collating. “Meanwhile,” he said, “my daughter, who was ten, was cutting ‘top secret” from the top and bottom of the pages.” Ellsberg discussed the situation in Iraq seriously and passionately. “Iraq has now been added as a locus of terrorism — which it wasn’t before. We’re doing the recruiting, practically, for Osama bin Laden,” he said. Ellsberg contended that the American public has been lied to. “As Cheney says correctly, neither he or the president ever said directly that Saddam was a part of 9/11, never actually said that Saddam planned 9/11, but what each of them says in speech after speech after speech is ‘remember 9/11…that is why…we must invade Iraq.'” He also spoke about Bush’s chances at re-election. “People count on him to attack somebody if we’re attacked. Not necessarily the right country not necessarily who attacked us, but he’ll attack somebody. And actually, they look at Kerry and they’re not sure if he’ll do that. I believe it’s because there’s very wide-spread, and not just American, trust in the validity and necessity of revenge,” he said. Nevertheless, Ellsberg is pushing for Kerry’s election, urging those who share his opinion not to jeopardize the results by voting for Nader. “Why I think Nader’s campaign is inexcusable at this time is because we’re not looking at an ordinary Republican here,” he said. He added, “If George H.W. Bush were running against his son, I’d be working for him like I’m working for Kerry.” “My concern about this election would not be nearly as urgent if it were not for the existence of al Qaeda and the likelihood of more terrorist attacks. My concern is for the next terrorist attack and the next Patriot Act. I think the next patriot act has probably been written already and will make the first Patriot Act look like the Bill of Rights,” Ellsberg said. He urged people to get involved in the election process. “There is no more important political activity in the next month then working to get people to the polls, to get them registered, to make sure that they do vote, and to really remove Bush from office, in a way that can’t be in done in most countries of the world, still,” he said. “What [people] do in the next month is much, much more important than what they do on election day,” Ellsberg said. Audience members had mixed feelings about the lecture. “It’s his ability to communicate that’s fascinating. His commitment to his moral center is what I find most appealing about the guy. He’s an American hero,” said Michael Simmons, an Ithaca resident. Jessie Lind, another resident, disagreed. “I didn’t get much out of it. It was discombobulated, a trip down memory lane, pushing a book. I guess he’s been on the road, a little tired. I didn’t find any forward movement, I got stuff I’ve heard before,” she said. “Dr. Ellsberg’s analogies to Vietnam in his lectures were a bit overstated,” said Peter Miller, an Ithaca resident. One grad student wished Ellsberg had focused more on the history. “I came to hear more about his experience during the Vietnam war. I wasn’t expecting the Iraq part, but I think it was quite interesting,” said Ivan Small grad. “I would’ve liked to hear him talk a little bit more about what people can do. Things are not going to turn on a dime on November 2nd, so what are people to do? What kind of organizing, what kind of info sharing? He didn’t talk about that at all,” said John Hochheimer, an Ithaca resident. Another Ithaca resident, Barbara Apt, agreed. “Voting and voter registration we can do, but what else?” she said. Jeffrey Juran praised Ellsberg’s speech. “You can see how all these years later he’s so dedicated to honesty and democracy, to keeping it straighter than it is, that’s for sure,” he said. Archived article by Irena DjuricSun Staff Writer