November 9, 2001
Equestrian Travels to First Show
| November 9, 2001
The equestrian team will open its 2001-2002 season tomorrow in Oneonta, N.Y. at the Hartwick invitational. There the Red will face nine other squads including teams from such schools as Hartwick, Skidmore, Morrisville, Binghamton, Ithaca College and RIT.
“We are really excited about the contest tomorrow, we had a strong year last year and we are looking to have an even stronger year this year,” said senior Julie Canter.
The team, under the direction of head coach Chris Mitchell, has been working hard to prepare for this year. The Red had tryouts and early practice sessions for the team in late August before classes started. The squad has been practicing regularly since mid-September. The Red also participated in a practice show in Ithaca several weeks ago to warm up for the invitational this weekend.
The Red will look for leadership this year from seniors Julie Canter and Zoe Oreki. Both compete for the Red in the Open division, in which the most experienced riders participate.
Oreki indicated that this team, “is stronger and deeper this year. It has some extraordinary talent.”
The squad is a balanced mix of both veterans and newcomers, each comprising about half of the team. In equestrian depth is important as there are several categories a team competes in. Having enough riders to compete strongly in all these events will certainly aid the Red.
Of the competitors Cornell will face, Skidmore appears to be the greatest challenger.
Yet the Red, in the words of Oreki, “be looking to take them down.”
Archived article by Chris Callanan
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November 12, 2001
Students had the rare opportunity to observe appeals court proceedings on the Cornell campus on Friday. To increase the public’s awareness of its purpose and procedures, the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court, Third Judicial Department heard oral arguments from 12 cases in the MacDonald Moot Court Room in Myron Taylor Hall. “It is important for people to be able to observe the judicial process from the trial level through the appeals because a lot more goes into court cases than actually appears in our decisions. It gives the public a better understanding of the arguments and what part everyone plays,” said Anthony V. Cardona, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department. The Appellate Division, Third Department has made a commitment to hold its hearings throughout the 28 counties in its jurisdiction for residents of those counties to be able to observe its proceedings. The court normally holds its proceedings in the state Justice Building in Albany. “People are very busy and can’t just hop in a car and travel to Albany to see the appeals process,” Cardona said. According to Cardona, this is the Appellate Division’s third appearance at the Cornell Law School. The court held proceedings there in April 1996 and September 1999. According to Charles Cramton law ’83, assistant dean for graduate legal studies at Cornell Law School, the idea for the court to travel throughout its broad jurisdiction to hear its cases came from New York State Chief Justice Judith Kaye. “Justice Kaye encourages the courts to be proactive in terms of public relations,” Cramton said. The Appellate Division hears cases on appeal from every state trial court, including criminal, civil, Family Court and Court of Claims cases. The Appellate Division hears approximately 16,000 appeals annually, 200 of which will be appealed to the Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court. In New York, the Supreme Court is the civil trial court. Each department of the Appellate Division is comprised of 10 justices from the state Supreme Court who are appointed by the governor to sit on the appellate bench. The Third Department’s jurisdiction spans from Sullivan County in the Catskills to the Canadian border and from New York’s eastern border with Massachusetts and Vermont to Schuyler County, just west of Ithaca. Traditionally, only five justices sit on the bench at one time. At this session, Justices Anthony J. Carpinello, John A. Lahtinen, Thomas E. Mercure and Robert S. Rose were present, in addition to Presiding Justice Anthony V. Cardona. Justice Cardona explained to students that since the Court of Appeals hears only 200 cases each year, the Appellate Division is the final arbiter in the vast majority of cases. The court heard a broad range of cases while at Cornell, such as driving while intoxicated arrest procedures, divorce settlements, domestic abuse cases, zoning disputes involving Wal-Mart and property usage. Most of these cases involved parties in the areas surrounding Tompkins County. One of the cases, Turner v. Caesar, involved a property owner being sued for his year-round use of his property when an agreement existed limiting it to summer use. The appellant, or party bringing the appeal, argued that the covenant restricting the property to summer use was essential to the preservation to the adjacent lake’s ecosystem. The respondent, or defendant at the appellate level, refuted the appellant’s assertions and argued that there are numerous residents in the area that live on their lakeside property all year and that by enforcing the covenant, all of these property owners would be forced to move. The decision in each of the 12 cases will be issued by the court in about six weeks. Prof. Glenn Galbreath, law, stressed the importance of actually observing appellate trials, rather than merely reading the court’s decision. “[The students] get a much better feel for who the clients are and how the attorneys focus a case. They also get to see some of the give and take between judges and attorneys and how the issues of the case are sought,” Galbreath said. Galbreath added that many of the issues of cases are not even mentioned in the Court’s opinion. “There are many indirect factors that affect other parties who might not be involved with a particular case. These considerations may be brought up in the arguments but not directly addressed in the decision,” Galbreath said. Cramton also expressed the law school’s willingness to have the Appellate Division hold its proceedings here more frequently. “We would be glad to do it on an annual basis if the Court could fit it into its schedule,” Cramton said. One student who attended the proceedings said she felt that it was helpful in understanding the entire judicial process. “I think that the justice system cannot exist without the respect of the public, and where the public is able to see and understand what happens in the courtroom at the trial or appellate level, public confidence in the courts and the justice system as a whole is heightened,” said Lindsay Lippman law ’04. Lippman also suggested that the introduction of cameras into courtrooms might be an effective tool in increasing the public’s awareness of the courts. “Hopefully, cameras will be allowed in the courtrooms, so that the public will have more opportunities to understand and have access to the judicial process,” Lippman noted.Archived article by Seth Harris
November 12, 2001
As part of its ongoing mission to end hazing and improve new member programs in fraternities, the Interfraternity Council held a Hazing Summit for fraternity leaders on Saturday in the Multipurpose Room of the Noyes Community Center. The purpose of the summit, according to Brian Strahine ’01, president of the Interfraternity Council, was to educate fraternity leaders about what constitutes hazing, why it is ineffective in building brotherhood, and ideas for implementing safe and effective new member programs. “I want chapter members to understand that hazing is not the answer to a successful membership,” Strahine said. In his opening remarks, Richard Goldman ’03, vice president of communications for the Interfraternity Council, stressed that hazing is not consistent with the values around which fraternities are organized. “We associate our houses with words like honor, brotherhood, gentlemen, conduct, leader, philanthropy, truth, friends for life. What does being a leader have to do with throwing food at pledges? What kind of truth is there when houses close their curtains to hide their actions?” Goldman stated. The summit was moderated by Dr. Joel Fish, director of the Center for Sports Psychology in Philadelphia. Fish defined hazing as “any behavior that is physically, emotionally, or psychologically abusive to an individual, or selected group of individuals, for the purpose of gaining entrance or acceptance into an established group.” Fish explained that some fraternities and sports teams haze their new members as a rite of passage or tradition. He then added that hazing is the worst method of achieving brotherhood or team unity. “If we are going to build healthy teams, we have to respect individual differences,” Fish said. In explaining this point to the fraternity leaders, Fish showed the audience pictures of abstract objects and asked random people what they saw. Each person he asked saw a different person, animal, place or object. This showed the audience that an activity one person views as acceptable can be considered objectionable by others. As an example of extreme hazing, Fish showed an interview with an advisor at the University of Vermont. In the interview, the advisor explained the activities to which new members of their hockey team were subjected. One such activity included having all of the new members undress, stand in a single file line, and hold the genitals of the person in front of them. Another activity forced new members to eat pies containing raw fish until they vomited. In addition, Fish asserted that fraternities that haze their new members develop a reputation, which can result in a decline in membership and a decrease in alumni support. “Reputation can be either your best friend or a ball and chain which you must carry,” Fish said. Following Fish’s portion of the program, fraternity members were placed in small discussion groups to brainstorm goals for new member programs and possible ways for achieving them. Adam Raiken ’02, a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, suggested that fraternities organize their new member programs around the mission of the fraternity. In order to do this, fraternity leaders, as well as members, must have an understanding of the history and evolution of their chapter. “Many fraternities may feel they have a lot of distance between themselves and the founding fathers and find it difficult to relate to their original goals. If houses were to stress their goals and build their activities around them, they would have a constructive new member program,” Raiken said. Thomas Aichele ’02, President of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity suggested awarding houses that propose and implement progressive new member programs. He also explained that his fraternity, which was officially chartered at Cornell last month, plans to utilize some of the activities facilitated by Cornell Outdoor Education, such as the high ropes course, snowshoeing, rock climbing and kayaking for its new member program in the spring. This initiative was praised by Jeff Lewis, leadership consultant for Phi Kappa Tau. Claudio Gualtieri ’03, a member of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, explained why fraternities sometimes do not use effective new member programs and see hazing as their only option. “The definition of hazing is so broad that people don’t know what hazing really is, and they can’t be creative in their new member programs,” Gualtieri said. “There are two sides to every corner,” Lewis added. “What one person sees as hazing will seem perfectly fine to another.” At the conclusion of the summit, the Fraternity and Sorority Advisory Council commended the Interfraternity Council for its dedication to ending hazing and improving new member programs. “We are ahead of the problem. We have seen the problems at other campuses, such as Colgate, Wesleyan, Hamilton and now Dartmouth. At Cornell, we have self-governance and the ability to choose what we condone, what we want to change, and the will to implement that change,” said Anthony Cashen ’57, chair of the Fraternity and Sorority Advisory Council. Archived article by Seth Harris