For many, Drs. Rosemary and Peter Grant, evolutionary biology, Princeton University, are living legends in the field of modern evolutionary biology, having conducted over four decades of field research on the Galapagos finches. On Monday, March 12, students, professors and alumni packed into Call Auditorium in Kennedy Hall to witness the scientists bring their research on the Galapagos Finches to life. Rosemary’s talk, titled “Evolution of Darwin’s Finches: Integrating Behavior, Ecology, and Genetics” kicked off the Paul C. Mundinger Distinguished Lectureship, in honor of the late Paul C. Mundinger. Mundiger received his Ph.D. from Cornell in 1967 and developed a strong attachment with lab of Ornithology as a graduate student.
Following a pair of disheartening losses to in-conference opponents, the Cornell men’s basketball team will welcome Princeton and Penn to Newman Arena in order to try to get back on track as the Ivy League season approaches its halfway point. “It was tough,” said junior guard Robert Hatter of last weekend’s games. “We definitely want to come back and make up for it. … We’re just putting it behind us.”
Hatter, who missed the team’s first four Ivy League games due to an ankle injury, returned against Yale and Brown last week and found it difficult to get back in the swing of things.
In the final moments of the first half, with No. 20 Princeton (9-6, 6-0 IVY) leading Cornell (10-6, 4-2 IVY) by one goal, the Red tried to equalize. Cornell got a penalty corner and looked to senior captain Marisa Siergiej to tie the score. On a nicely executed play, the team got the ball to Marisa Siergiej who put a tremendous shot on net. However, Princeton goalie Anya Gersoff delivered an outstretched save to deny Marisa Siergiej.
In what has been one of the best seasons for the Cornell women’s soccer team in 20 years, the Red had a chance to upset the No. 1 team in the Ivy League on Saturday. However, Princeton (13-3-0, 6-0 Ivy), coming off of a nine-game winning streak, was able to clinch the Ivy League bid to the NCAA tournament and find its 10th win in a row against the Red (9-3-4, 2-3-1 Ivy). A characteristically strong Cornell defense did its best to hold off the Tigers, who boast two particularly strong players on the attack. Junior goalkeeper Kelsey Tierney earned herself seven saves, a season high for 2015.
It’s another week for Cornell football and another matchup against a fast-paced offense. The Red has played four straight offenses that primarily play no-huddle, and each time, the team has given up at least 28 points. With a matchup against Princeton looming, the defense gets yet another challenging, complicated offense to go up against. “It’s definitely challenging going against a fast pace attack,” junior linebacker Jackson Webber said. “Your mind is racing, your body is getting tired.
The pressure is on for Princeton. With a win this Saturday, Cornell women’s soccer can spoil Princeton’s chance to clinch the Ivy league title while tacking on another win to the already successful season for the Red. However, the Princeton Tigers (12-3, 5-0 Ivy) have not lost since Sept. 13 of this season and are on an absolute tear. The Tigers have won 10 straight matches, two of which were decided in overtime.
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The men’s lacrosse team upset Princeton for the second time this season and reached the national semifinals for the second time in three years with a 6-4 win over the Tigers in Hempstead, N.Y., on Saturday. Senior midfielder Max Seibald was held without a point for the first time since April 22, 2006, a 4-3 win over the Tigers. Freshman attackman Rob Pannell notched three assists and senior midfielder Rocco Romero led the team in scoring with two goals.[img_assist|nid=37427|title=Foxboro-bound|desc=Members of the men’s lacrosse team celebrate after defeating Princeton 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the NCAA men’s lacrosse tournament.|link=node|align=left|width=|height=0]