All Mark Selden, a senior fellow in Cornell’s East Asia program, did was bow, but the viral buzz it made would seem to indicate that he did much more. Selden made the news on several Korean media outlets for the culturally sensitive manner in which he paid his respects to former President of South Korea, Kim Dae-jung.
Although his deep bow (a version of the kowtow) merely followed standard Korean custom, the media attention on Selden reflects larger political issues circulating in Korea in the wake of Kim’s death.
Sign right up! From dance groups to political parties, Cornell-affiliated clubs and organizations marketted Cornell’s campus life to incoming and returning students yesterday in Barton Hall.
Cornell’s Clubfest, the final event of Welcome Weekend, was an annual showcase of student organizations on campus.
In attendance were thousands of freshmen and transfer students as well as participants of Cornell’s diverse array of organizations.
320 different club tables with their bright posters, wads of flyers, candy, stickers and energetic club members welcomed eager students who milled around from table to table, with the sounds of student performance groups drumming in the background.
Forsake slope day? Most students would say never, but members of the women’s lacrosse team are not most students. The players will be preparing for their final game of the season and Senior Day on Saturday at Schoellkopf field against one of their greatest rivals, Notre Dame.
“We’re really excited to play them,” said senior defender Kelly Hansen. “The Notre Dame team has taken the senior class out of the tournament twice. There’s a lot of animosity between us… it gets us ready for a strong fight,” she said.
The women’s lacrosse team will face Harvard tomorrow on Schoellkopf field for the final Ivy League matchups of the season for both squads.
Having toppled No. 10 Vanderbilt 11-4 in its most recent game on Tuesday, the Red rides into the weekend on a new high.
“[The game] was big in terms of motivation, because we saw that we could play really strongly against a team in the top ten both offensively and defensively,” said senior captain Jessica Wiegand. She added maintaining that intensity for their game against Harvard is a primary focus for the players.
“It was exhilarating,” Eric O’Hanlon ’10 said after skateboarding for the first time in honor of Engineers for a Sustainable World’s annual event, Drive Not to Drive.
In celebration of Earth Day, this week long event hopes to promote sustainable methods of transportation. Drive Not to Drive kicked off last Wednesday in front of Carpenter Library and will culminate on Earth Day, Wednesday April 22, with a showcasing of their parabolic oven on Ho Plaza.
As participant learned how to bike and skateboard on a sunny Friday afternoon, ESW members were trying to bring Cornell students’ attention to the issue of unnecessary driving.
Under the lights of the Carrier Dome, the women’s lacrosse team fought till the end with a second-half comeback that had the Orange just clinging on to a slim lead. Despite the Red’s five-goal scoring streak in the last 10 minutes of the game, Syracuse managed to pull through with an 11-8 win over Cornell last night.
“Of course it’s tough to loose, but it felt good to compete against a very talented Syracuse squad,” said head coach Jenny Graap ’86. “We need to build on this and know that we can make a come back. … I hope that this shows us that with the right attitude and the right heart we can play against anybody.”
Making headway into their seasons, the Red men’s and women’s crew teams look to push the pace this weekend against stiff competition. The men’s lightweights face Princeton in a matchup that could either allow the Cornell defending national champions to make a statement on their home lake or the Tigers to gain retribution for last years grudge match. Traveling down to Washington D.C. to compete in three races at the Washington Invitational, the heavyweights seek to maintain their success from the Ithaca College Invitational season opener. Meanwhile, the women’s teams look to improve upon last weekend’s races for the Cayuga Cup in their matchup against Princeton and Radcliffe tomorrow in New Jersey.
The women’s lacrosse team looked to put an end to No. 6 Princeton’s 22-game winning streak, and for the first 20 minutes on Saturday this vision was in sight. Despite the Tigers’ two early goals, the Red responded with a surprising dynamism that enabled it to match its opponents at four goals apiece. However, Cornell soon suffered a rude awakening. Following Princeton’s hasty timeout, the Tigers drew blood with five consecutive goals before the half, and never allowed the Red to come close for the rest of the game.
Although Cornell (5-3, 1-2 Ivy) battled to the end in a great team effort, it was unable to stay with the Tigers, who leave Ithaca with a 15-8 victory and their record, 7-1 (1-0 Ivy), intact.
Women’s lacrosse (5-2) will face one of its most formidable opponents of the season at 3 p.m. on Schoellkopf Field tomorrow in an Ancient Eight matchup with Princeton (7-1).
The Red’s bitter rivalry with the No. 6 Tigers has only resulted in two Cornell wins. Although clearly the underdogs, the team has had a game-free week to recuperate from disappointing losses over spring break — including a league game against Penn — and now has the chance to set the record straight on home turf.
To win against the Tigers, head coach Jenny Graap ’86 commented that “it’s going to take an excellent team effort. We need confidence and a unified execution where we’re all working together.”