February 21, 2001
Buffalo Hands Red Wrestlers Third Loss
| February 21, 2001
The Red wrestlers dug themselves into an early hole in their dual meet against Buffalo last night. Despite a valiant rally over the last half of the meet, the hole ultimately proved to be too deep.
An injury loss from senior tri-captain Corey Anderson at 197 pounds opened the action. The Red not only started off on the wrong foot, it hopped halfway through the evening on the wrong foot. The squad dropped all of the first five matches to Buffalo and trailed 21-0 at that juncture.
Anderson’s loss set Cornell back six points, despite his leading 8-4 before the injury. Sophomore Buck McLamb then was pinned at the heavyweight division, giving Buffalo another six points.
Freshman Alejandro Alvarez nearly turned the tide for the Red at 125 pounds, but he couldn’t escape his opponent in overtime. Sophomore Byron Warner (133 pounds) and classmate Tom Waldron (141 pounds) also couldn’t pull out wins for Cornell, capping the Buffalo run at 21 points.
Junior Gabe Webster turned the tide at 149 pounds, holding his opponent scoreless and picking up a minor decision. Senior tri-captain Leo Urbinelli notched a 14-4 major decision at 157 pounds, followed by junior tri-captain Clint Wattenberg’s victory at 165 pounds.
Trailing 21-10, the Red needed pins in the last two matches to pull out a remarkable comeback win. Sophomore Randy Stout did pick up a pin in the night’s concluding match. But the six points couldn’t cover the gap as senior Jim Stanec won his match at 174 pounds, but only mustered three points. Buffalo emerged with a 21-19 victory.
Cornell has now dropped three of its last four matches, but still can aim at a share of the Ivy League title on Saturday afternoon when it hosts Princeton. A defeat of the Tigers would land the Red in a three-way tie for first in the Ancient Eight with Penn and Harvard.
Archived article by Alex Fineman
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February 22, 2001
Regina Clewlow ’01 wants you to appreciate engineers. “Engineering is really united as a college because we are all engineers. We are all getting an engineering degree,” Clewlow said. Clewlow is the president of the Engineering Student Leadership Council (ESLC), a member of the the Engineering Ambassadors (EA) and, of course, a dedicated engineering student. “I think [engineering] is definitely challenging and more difficult than other majors. I lived in Risley [Residential College] for two years and I’d know that I was sometimes working more than them. Of course, whenever a paper rolled around for them they’d do their all nighters,” she said. Walking through the snowy covered pathways behind Upson Hall, Clewlow heads for her first class at10 a.m., having already worked on a problem set on an empty stomach. “Some semesters I vow to eat breakfast and it doesn’t happen,” she noted. She will be busy with engineering-related activities the remainder of the day. For Clewlow and the organizations she belongs to, this is the most hectic week of the year. From Feb. 18 to Feb.24, colleges and corporations across the country celebrate National Engineers Week, an effort to bring engineers and their craft some public attention. “There are colleges all across the country that are doing outreach events specifically for this event,” Clewlow said. Members of the College of Engineering and Clewlow stress that the purpose of the week is actually much greater at Cornell . “Engineering Week, in a sense, is a good opportunity for the students to talk about their chosen profession because a lot of people have these vague views of what enginnering is,” said Michael S. Isaacson, associate dean for research, graduate studies and professional education. Clewlow’s co-chair for National Engineers Week and fellow ESLC member, Arianne Baker ’01, agreed with the need to end certain engineering myths. “Society tends to stereotype engineers as pocket-protector carrying geeks, and as a profession for only males. I know many people who think engineers are the equivalent of construction workers. National Engineering Week gives us a chance to try to dispel these stereotypes,” Baker noted. Now, Clewlow’s focus is simply to spread the word about National Engineers Week so students can determine for themselves the veracity of these myths. Spreading the word includes carrying tickets to sell for the ESLC’s third annual Diversity Dinner and publicizing the week’s events to engineering students during EA meetings. She has had two classes between these meetings. “I try to do [school work] between classes but that doesn’t always work out, so usually I end up doing my work after 6 or 7 p.m., until whenever I finish,” Clewlow admitted. Lately, Clewlow has been involved in smoothing out the events for Engineering Week. These include an Ice Cream Social at Upson Lounge today, and an event of which she is particularly proud, called “Who Wants to Be An Engineer?” at Olin Hall on Friday. The latter event features students answering questions for various prizes in the style of the popular game show, “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.” Yesterday, during the Week’s well-attended Lego Design Competition, engineering students dined on pizza as they built their rendition of a futuristic transport vehicle. The “Nerds on Steroids” won the competition with what the team described as their “Volkswagen Bug Transport Vehicle.” Meanwhile Clewlow posted fliers, sold Diversity Dinner tickets, and took pictures for the ESLC: she spread the word. She has another class after 7 p.m. Those who know Clewlow say that while she works extremely hard for the different engineering organizations now, her payoff will come later. “It enriches her [Clewlow’s] whole development to be a leader in her career plan as an engineer. I don’t think it takes anything away, it adds to her experience,” said Krishna Athreya, the College of Engineering’s director of women’s programs. “Being a practicing engineer is more than the technical side. There is a lot of leadership and communication, and creativity,” Athreya continued. This is exactly how Clewlow feels about her own engineering education. She wants those outside the College to understand the “analytical” way of thinking that she finds engineering instills. “When a person graduates from Cornell engineering it’s not so much the actual discipline that’s important. It’s the way of thinking that employers are looking for,” she said. Also, she wishes people understood why engineering needs a week to celebrate itself. The National Society of Professional Engineers has its own purpose statement for their fifty-year-old celebration; Clewlow has another. “It’s a profession that basically drives the way we live. It effects everybody’s life regardless of whether or not they want to admit it or realize it, engineering is everywhere. The light in your house, your food, your medicine, it’s just everywhere and so since engineers have such an impact on the world and society, that’s why there’s such appreciation for engineers.” Clewlow wants you to participate during National Engineers Week. She will not have breakfast tomorrow. Archived article by Carlos Perkins
February 22, 2001
If you caught my Rant column last week praising HBO’s prison drama Oz, you can imagine how excited I was to see muMs speak at RPCC last Friday night. MuMs, who plays the character Poet on the show, spoke along with his friend and roommate of seven years, Long Island University professor Michael Ladd. The lecture was entitled, “The Prison Population in America.” One might say that the evening didn’t go exactly as planned. One might even say that it was hard to believe that the two have been good friends for seven years. Throughout the lecture, they’d cut off each other’s sentences, and argue in front of the crowd on different issues. At one point, Ladd flat out yelled at muMs, “You don’t know your goddamn literature!” Although the discussion was supposed to discuss the prison population, the best parts of the lecture were when muMs talked about how Oz reflects the real world. He started by telling the audience how he was cast for the show. He recalls that he was reciting poetry in New York City anyplace that he could find an open mic. One night at the Poet’s Cafe, Darnell Martin, who would be directing the pilot of Oz, saw muMs perform and asked him to audition for the pilot. He was surprised, at first, since he only considered himself a poet, not an actor. But as it turns out, the producers were trying to create a character that would speak the truth, and muMs suggested the character of Poet. “My biggest concern is not to sell out. As Poet, I can put my wisdom inside of my character’s words. I lucked out with Oz. I got a chance to kick my own poetry, not in a forum where they made me change it. I was allowed to put it out untouched and raw.” Ladd then discussed the history of the prison system. He explained that black officers were added to the force in the 1930s, as Ladd noted, “to help act as a mediator between the white officers and the black criminals.” Today, Ladd says that there are families that have members in jail, and working for the jail system, “like a choreographed civil war.” Ladd continued to speak about the “culture of incarceration” and how he sees the media as too political. MuMs then discussed the evolution of the show’s concept. The prison was modeled after R.P.I., a Massachusetts prison. On the show, the Oswald Correctional Facility (“Oz,” or “Em City,” as the inmates call it), includes an open recreational area between all of the cells, a gym, and a lecture hall. The idea was to create an atmosphere that was more humane. Of course, there are also the areas for the characters who don’t behave, such as death row, solitary confinement, and “the hole” (think Shawshank Redemption, but on Oz, they have to go to the hole naked). What muMs particularly likes about the show is that it doesn’t glorify jail, it just gives a well-rounded picture of jail life. “As far as racism goes, it’s a microcosm of society, and of the unsaid. Still, it doesn’t truly represent the Asian or Latino communities in jail.” He added that it has the biggest black cast on TV, but that they still don’t represent all of the black factions in the prison systems. One of the confrontations muMs liked the most on the show was between the characters Adebisi and Saheed, because it illustrated a controversy within the black community, not between different races. Growing up in the Bronx, Ladd and muMs saw many people go through the prison system, as prisoners or as workers. Those that made it out alive as prisoners were seen in the community as modern day super heroes. MuMs said this is part of the reason why the show has been successful. It speaks to many people, and satisfies our “jail-fix,” as he called it. The show represents what goes on in jails, but he joked that, “not all of the criminals are as pretty as Chris Meloni (who plays inmate Chris Keller). It’s sex and violence. There’s truth in it, but we also know it’s gonna sell.” One of the highlights of the lecture came when muMs recited the poem that got him onto the show. It told the story of someone kidnapping the First Lady and taking her to live in the inner-city regions. He considered himself an activist when he was doing his writing. “Now I’m in prime time, so as activism goes, it’s as cool as we can get. But you have to be smart about your activism, you can’t just yell and scream on a stance,” he said. The last part of the lecture was devoted to questions and answers about Oz. He said that they don’t sign a contract for the season, but on a per-episode basis. That way, the writers can kill off any of the characters at their own discretion, when the plot dictates. They don’t sign anything about appearing nude, but it is understood that any character can be thrown in the hole at anytime. How has he reacted to his fame? He’s enjoying it, but there are some drawbacks. He told the story of a man who came up to him on the subway, having recognized him as Poet. The man told muMs that he sits down with his children every week to watch the show. He uses the show to scare them straight, he said, and let them see what prison is like. MuMs notes, “we’re entertainers, but we don’t want to be role models.”Archived article by Daniel Fischer