Over 300 students, led by Black Students United, occupied Willard Straight Hall on Wednesday after delivering a set of demands to President Martha Pollack. The protesters, the majority of whom were black and most of whom were people of color, were responding in part to the assault on Friday of a black Cornell student, who said a group of white men called him the N-word and repeatedly punched him in the face in Collegetown. Here’s a look at what went on.
Psychology Professor David Pizarro shares his thoughts on Kendrick Lamar’s album DAMN., what job he would have in another life, self-driving cars and treating robots as moral agents. Filmed and Edited by Ji Hwan Seung ’19
“I realized that God gives us grace. He knows that we are broken and sinner and that we need him. So it’s ok not to be perfect. And that has really helped me, especially this semester, to just have this weight lifted off my shoulders and not have this burden of trying to have it all together.” Filmed and Edited by Tony Li ’19
West End China Shop is a shabby rock outfit comprised of four self described “basement dads.” They play garage rock tunes with plenty of keyboard, for the kids and no one else. Drums: Jonny Collazo, Arts and Sciences, Comparative Literature, Class of 2018
Bass: Stephen Meisel, Arts and Sciences, Comparative Literature, Class of 2018
Keys: Franklin Ellis, CALS, Development Sociology/ IARD, Class of 2019
Vox/ Guitar: J. Benjamin Montaño, Arts and Sciences, Gov’t /Comparative Literature, Class of 2019
Videographers: LeeAnn Marcello
Video Editor: LeeAnn Marcello
Audio Engineer: TJ Hurd
In collaboration with Electric Buffalo Records and Fanclub Collective
The Sun’s top 25 graduating seniors of Cornell’s varsity teams reflect on their favorite memories over the years. Filmed and Edited by Gaby Lopez ’19
José L. Guzman, 32, was picked up by ICE officers on Tuesday afternoon and is currently being held at a detention center in Batavia. Hundreds protested his arrest at a rally on Wednesday.
Cool Teen is the new project of Shay Collins ’18, Arts and Entertainment Editor emeritus and Pop Punk obsessor. According to Shay, the project “is the result of wanting to make music and perform and, for a long time, refusing to put anything out if it wasn’t exactly perfect. After awhile, I just decided to go for it.” That ethos bleeds through on his most recent (and as yet only) album: With Aliens, brimming with the type of plain-faced, nostalgic, punk-strong music that hurls his deepest-downs in an pure, exposed lump of plucked strings and plaintive vocals at his feet in front of him. For his Sun Session, Shay decided to give us “16,” a song of “mostly half-remembered thoughts and feelings from when I was in high school and trying to figure myself out.
“I think of myself as your childhood imaginary friend come to life. When I am writing and recording music, I try to synthesize organic and natural sound, like actual sound from nature, as well as sound from space I am in, closing drawers and shuffling papers, like getting textures from that and then reorganizing and repurposing them in a way that takes them out of their original context. I don’t know where I exist musically but I just like to make music whenever I can.”