November 12, 2001
Football Can't Produce When It Needs To
| November 12, 2001
If last year’s football team was characterized by its carpe diem mentality, then this year’s version has been tarnished by its inability to capitalize in dire situations.
In 2000, when scenarios required a swift drive down the field or a timely defensive stop, Cornell was routinely up for the challenge. Ask Yale, Harvard, Princeton and Columbia. On the other hand, aside from its stalwart defensive effort in the final minutes against Dartmouth two weekends ago, this year the Red hasn’t yet proven crunch-time credibility.
Such was the case against Columbia this Saturday. Particularly in the second half, when it saw a 21-13 lead change into a 35-21 deficit, Cornell was unable to find ways to stand tall when it counted.
“After we scored on the first possession of the third quarter,” head coach Tim Pendergast said, “we left the door open for Columbia and they took advantage of that.”
The most obvious example came on the Red’s final drive. Down 35-28 with about 2:00 to go, senior quarterback Ricky Rahne —
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November 13, 2001
The men’s soccer team’s (7-4-3, 1-3-3 Ivy) run at an NCAA tournament berth continues tonight when Cornell takes on Hartwick (11-7-0, 2-3-0 ASC) in the biggest game of the season for both teams. The Red is ranked second in the New York region, but the Hawks are right behind at number three. The second team in the region will likely receive an at-large bid to the tournament, since top-seeded St. John’s could receive an automatic bid as Big East champ. “If we win the next two, I would say that a tournament bid is likely,” head coach Bryan Scales predicted. After tonight’s game, the final piece of the schedule falls in place on Saturday against Binghamton. Scales went on to say that a split will take away any serious chance at a postseason spot. In addition to the postseason implications of the match, Cornell has a few bones to pick with Hartwick. The Hawks left last year’s contest between the two schools with a 7-2 victory in Oneonta, and the Red will be seeking redemption. Scales has an additional motive to show Hartwick a solid performance — he played his college soccer for the Hawks. Cornell will be more than happy to play host to this year’s contest. The Red sports a 5-1-1 record at Berman Field. Among those five wins are the team’s three biggest offensive games of the season. However, Hartwick will not lay down easily for Cornell. It is a fast team that plays disciplined soccer. Rob Catana, who recorded a hat trick last year, returns for the Hawks as does first-team all ASC defender Matt Strode and second-teamers Jonathan Westmaas, Michael McGivney and Neil McLean. Since both teams are out of the hunt for an NCAA bid, the contest will probably shatter the loser’s playoff hopes. “It’s a huge game for us,” Scales said. “There’s only 48 teams out of 200 that get invited to the national tournament, and so for this group, as young as it is, to be in it at this stage of the game is an exciting thing for all of us.” Cornell has turned around what seemed to be a disappointing season in the past two weeks, going 3-0-1 after seeing its record fall to .500 on October 26. The hot streak continued Saturday afternoon with an exciting 3-1 comeback victory against Columbia (6-6-3, 3-3-1 Ivy). The win was the first Ivy win for the Red, but more importantly, it strengthened Cornell’s chances at landing a spot in the national tournament. “We weren’t really looking at [Columbia] as an Ivy League game,” Scales explained. “For us, it was a regional game. These guys know the importance of all of these games from now on in, because we’re not going to win the league. We have to devote all of our energy to winning the rest of our games for the tournament.” Senior Matt Eldridge’s first career goal came at the best possible time for the Red — with 11 minutes left against the Lions and the score tied at one goal apiece. He followed his own shot and fired the rebound into the net from 25 yards out. The Lions got on the board first, when Craig Smart put a shot on net. Thorstein Gestsson slipped the rebound past junior goalkeeper Doug Allan, giving Columbia the lead just 1:09 into the game. Gestsson’s goal was his second of the weekend after returning from a three-game injury layoff. Later in the first half, Red senior Ted Papadopoulos evened the score when he took a crossing pass from sophomore Ian Pilarski and beat Columbia goalie Mike Ewers. Eldridge’s goal at 78:37 put Cornell ahead, and also helped the senior earn Cornell Air Force ROTC Athlete of the Week honors. Thirty-two seconds after Eldridge gave the Red the lead with his goal, freshman Steve Reuter added an insurance goal, scoring on a breakaway. “I thought that it was a pretty convincing performance,” Scales said. “We gave up the first goal in the first minute, but I thought from then on in, for the rest of that 89 minutes, we were clearly the team that was on top, the better team.” Reuter’s goal chased Ewers, who made just three saves while surrendering all of Cornell’s tallies. He was replaced by freshman Dean Arnaoutakis, who made his first career appearance but did not have the opportunity to make a save during his 10:51 of action. The loss ended the Lions’ season on a three-game losing streak. Columbia went into Saturday’s game trying to rebound from a 2-1 overtime loss to Hartwick. Archived article by Alex Fineman
November 13, 2001
College students from the University of Michigan adorn this week’s Newsweek cover as the magazine attempts to examine the effects of Sept. 11 on college students, a generation it characterizes as “the kids who grew up with peace and prosperity [who] are facing their defining moment.” At Cornell, the lasting impact of Sept. 11 is illustrated by continuous fund-raising and blood drives for the Red Cross, anti-war protests on Ho Plaza, and anthrax scares. According to David Yeh, vice president of the University Registrar, approximately 25 students currently enrolled at Cornell lost family members or friends in the World Trade Center attacks. All of these students and are receiving support from Gannett and the University. Three students have been called to active duty for the National Guard or Reserve and all have received tuition refunds. In addition, all students in the Washington D.C., New York City, and abroad programs are accounted for and no student was directly affected. In addition to these outward signs of the tragedy’s impact, Newsweek also examined the internal effects of the aftermath. According to the magazine’s poll, 16 percent of students surveyed said they were “a lot more worried” about their economic future since the Sept. 11 attacks and the recent anthrax scares. Twenty-three percent responded that they were “somewhat more worried,” and three percent answered that, as a result of concerns about terrorism since Sept. 11, they had consulted with a healthcare professional to help cope with stress, anxiety or depression, or had taken prescription medicines used for depression or anxiety disorders. Cornell students have shown a similar trend, according to Associate Director of Gannett Sharon Dittman. “On Sept. 11, we had no idea of what to expect. We were bracing for a lot of students to come in and ask for help, but it was really quiet,” she said. Dittman added that many of her colleagues at other universities, including New York University, shared her sentiment. According to Dittman, the number of students coming to Gannett for the sole purpose of seeking counseling for anxiety or health concerns relating to the tragedy has not significantly increased. However, she said that students already seeking professional help for depression or anxiety and those currently coming in with medical problems have expressed increased concerns since the tragedy. “For these students already dealing with problems, Sept. 11 added a whole new dimension and may have had a more serious effect,” Dittman said. The recent anthrax scares in Warren Hall and Uris Library added another dimension to the impact of Sept. 11, according to Dittman. Although Gannett received close to a dozen calls from students concerned about their exposure to anthrax at Warren Hall, Dittman stated that most calls have been from students’ parents or faculty. “My observation has been that the anthrax scare nationally and locally seems to be more difficult for older adults than Cornell students. Cornell students seem to be ‘let’s sit back and see what happens,’ while adults are worried whether their child or their worksite has been affected,” Dittman said. Newsweek tried to measure the heightened sense of anxiety by looking at trends in religious attendance and participation. According to its poll, 30 percent of students surveyed said that they had prayed or attended religious services more often since Sept. 11. At Cornell, there was a large turnout of students at the prayer vigil at the first anniversary mark of the Sept. 11 tragedy, noted Philip Fiadino, a Catholic chaplain for the Cornell Catholic Community. “Because trauma hits collectively, it is natural for humans to respond by seeking comfort in prayer and God,” Fiadino said. Fiadino has not, however, noticed a large surge in participants in weekly services in the last month. “It is a good thing that students settled back into their routines,” he said. “Routines are sources of comfort, and the routines were broken [by the attacks of Sept. 11].” Rabbi Ed Rosenthal reports a similar trend in religious participation at Cornell’s Jewish services. “There was initially an increase in attendance the two weeks following Sept. 11, but I have seen a steady stream of people after services since then,” Rosenthal said. Other campus organizations have also been affected by the Sept. 11 tragedy. Scott Belsky ’02, president of Cornell Entrepreneur Organization (CEO) and Cornell University Investment Club and Portfolio (CUIC), found an increase in attendance in at CEO’s meetings and a decrease in attendance at CUIC’s meetings. “Wall Street used to be glamorous to Cornell students, but since Sept. 11, it is less exciting,” Belsky said. “The attacks affected our way of life at Cornell and people are beginning to rethink what they want to do and where they want to be.” Belsky believes that the increase in CEO’s attendance is due to the worsening of the economy as well the increased desires of students to work for themselves since the attacks. In addition to the fluctuating attendance rates in business organizations on campus, there has also been a changing relationship between particular groups. Abby Kornfeld ’02, president of Cornell Hillel, said that the relationship between Hillel and Muslim Educational and Cultural Association (MECA) has been altered. At a community service organized by both groups last weekend Kornfeld said, “There was an increased sense of camaraderie. People did not want to discuss politics, but instead wanted to get to know each other better.” Unlike other universities examined by Newsweek, Cornell has not added specific undergraduate courses focusing on issues that have arisen since Sept. 11. “There are a rich array of courses at Cornell that highlight the complicated issues we face,” Yeh said. Prof. Richard Polenberg, history, said he would not be surprised if courses were eventually added to discuss the issues relevant to the September tragedy. Polenberg recalled classes added during the time of Vietnam War to address the relevant issues of the time. “When one teaches a course in modern day history, anything that happens in society ought to be incorporated in the class,” he added. The impact of Sept. 11 on college students and the University setting itself is likely to continue in the future. As the Newsweek article states, “It is too soon to tell whether 2001 will be more like 1941, when campuses were united, or 1966, when there was a beginning of a historic rift.”Archived article by Jamie Yonks