April 22, 2002
Cornell Design League Displays New Fashions
| April 22, 2002
The Cornell Design League (CDL) launched its 18th Annual Fashion Show in the Ramin Room of Bartels Hall last Saturday. Two shows were held, one at 4 p.m. and another at 8 p.m., each drawing approximately 900 and 1200 people, respectively.
Under the glare of bright lights and upbeat music, models paraded an array of the clean-cut and simple to the more abstract and daring designs down the runway.
Designs portrayed juxtapositions of the soft with the dramatic, the monochromatic with the colorful. The recurring theme boasted of a revolution and indeed, the designs showcased avant-garde lines that blended the shocking with the familiar.
The show opened with three theme lines: casual, cocktail, and bridal/formal wear.
A collaboration of designers, many of whom are relatively new to CDL, contributed to the production of the theme lines. These group efforts gave the beginners an opportunity to participate in the show without having the burden of a full line. Highlights included country-styled attire, pop culture prints and abstract painting-inspired designs.
Following the theme lines were a series of 23 full lines that presented individual creations. Among these, highlights included watercolor inspired hand-painted silk prints, elaborate bridal gowns and paper mach
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April 23, 2002
In July, 1875, just 10 years after Cornell University was founded, the varsity crew found itself sitting at the head of Lake Saratoga readying for a race against the best rowers the collegiate ranks had to offer. Considered heavy underdogs, Cornell confounded the pundits that day, defeating the 12 other crews, including favorite Harvard. The crew returned home heroes, and President Andrew Dickson White declared that that single victory did more for the reputation of Cornell than anything else possibly could have. And so began the tight relationship between Cornell and its storied athletic program. Much has changed in the 127 years since that race, but the bonds between Cornell University and the Red has remained as strong. Today, 36 varsity athletic teams represent Cornell every weekend in games throughout the Ivy League and the country. The success of these teams means the success of Cornell. In order to ensure that success for years to come, the Department of Athletics and Physical Education has many plans in the works for capital improvements for the fields, gyms, and buildings used daily by the entire community, not just the 1,000 student-athletes. These improvements come as part of a $100 million campaign to increase the endowment of Cornell athletics that primarily focuses on heightened financial support for all teams. Following its most successful season ever, the wrestling team will have another exciting addition to look forward to next year. A new wrestling center is currently under construction adjacent to Bartels Hall. When completed in October, it will provide space for practice, meets, and training for the squad’s 36 members in one place, instead of shuttling between the limited practice space in Teagle Hall, and the Friedman Strength and Conditioning Center in Bartels. “[This project] grew out of a desire to get away from shared space,” said Susan H. Murphy ’73, vice president of student and academic services. “We wanted to provide dedicated space for both the wrestling and gymnastics programs.” “As a training tool, [the wrestling center] will be second to none,” said wrestling head coach Rob Koll. “We’ll have everyone practice at once [rather than just 20 wrestlers at a time.]” The 1,100-seat arena will also provide a much more intimate atmosphere for meets than currently exists in Newman Arena. “We’ll be able to wrestle matches at a decent hour,” said Koll. “I remember one match that ended at 12 at night, which was insane.” This new facility should also be a great help in recruiting. The state of the art facility will rival those of the top wrestling teams in the country and, coupled with the caliber of education offered by Cornell, will be a powerful tool in Koll’s recruiting arsenal. “It should be the best in the country,” raved Koll. “It’s the only stand-alone building, which sets it apart.” All three crews can also look forward to improvements in their own facilities, as the Collyer Boathouse and Robison Shell House will be replaced by a new rowing center, currently in the planning stages. Collyer, built in 1957, houses the men’s heavyweight and lightweight crews. Robison is home to the women’s crew. Both structures, while more than adequate when built, are beginning to show their age. The new rowing center will provide 52 percent more space than Collyer and Robison combined. This additional space will be devoted to weight lifting and ergometers. Also, the locker rooms for the men’s and women’s crews will be of comparable quality. Robison, the women’s facility, is much smaller than Collyer. “The boathouse was the most pressing [of the athletic projects] because of gender equity and the need for space,” explained Murphy. Cornell’s rowing center will draw upon the best features of boathouses around the Ivy League. The two-floor facility will provide good access to Cayuga Lake, offices and meeting rooms, and space to display artifacts of the rich history of rowing at Cornell. Schoellkopf Hall, which houses the football and men’s lacrosse teams, is slated for serious renovation in the near future as well. Most notably, the Cornell Fitness Center gym located on the third floor will be replaced by offices and classrooms for the football team. These rooms will provide more space for much of the coaching staff, as well as classrooms for players to study and for the team to watch film. The fitness equipment will be moved across the street to the space in Teagle vacated by the wrestling team. The first floor locker rooms and showers will also be renovated, as will the second floor Hall of Fame room, which will be expanded into a new Tradition Gallery, which will take up most of the second level. This room will provide space for special events, Presidential receptions, and receptions held in conjunction with athletic events. Additionally, it will showcase the Cornell Athletic Hall of Fame and historical items of the football team. “There was an interest in creating a sense of history of the Cornell football program,” Murphy said. The exterior and entrance way of the 75-year-old building will not be changed in order to preserve the tradition they represent. Helen Newman Hall on North Campus was constructed in 1963 as a home for women’s athletics. Now an important part of the North Campus Residential Initiative, the demand for the facilities available in Helen Newman has outgrown the available spacebuttCornell Fitness Center, basketball court, lap pool, and bowling alley draw about 2,000 visitors daily to the facility. “With 3,700 students on North Campus, we knew we needed to expand recreation space,” said Murphy. “Unlike some institutions which chose to build one central recreation facility, we chose to provide recreation in disparate locations [on campus.]” Most crowded is the basketball court, which usually compels people to wait for nearly an hour to find space on the floor. A second basketball court, in addition to a new lap pool and new locker rooms, is planned. The building will also receive structural improvements so that its fa
April 23, 2002
Nearly 200 Ithacans — including local residents, students and faculty from Cornell University and Ithaca College — joined with tens of thousands of demonstrators in Washington D.C., to participate in four days of teach-ins, rallies, marches and protests beginning April 19 and ending yesterday. The purpose of weekend was to mobilize for global justice and to draw attention to U.S. foreign policy. The various events intended to protest several issues, including the U.S. intervention in Colombia, the School of the Americas, the Israeli occupation of predominately Palestinian areas, the international War on Terrorism and the meeting of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). “The main mission of the protest was to express opposition to U.S. foreign policy, to go there and let them know that not everyone in the U.S. is agreeing with what’s going on and that we want to be heard,” said Shannon Darcey ’03, who participated in the weekend’s rallies. The events began last Friday with various teach-ins and a bike ride opposing recent U.S. foreign policy. Saturday drew the largest numbers of demonstrators with roughly 90,000 participants. Three separate rallies — for A20, the movement to stop the War on Terrorism, for anti-globalization groups and for the International Action Coalition (IAC) — eventually merged into one large march down Pennsylvania Avenue. Last Sunday many participants attended peaceful rallies for Colombia and began planning efforts for yesterday’s protest against Plan Colombia. Organizers have been planning the events for several weeks because of the scheduled meeting of the World Bank and IMF. Protests against the two organizations have occurred regularly at their biannual meetings which have taken place in Quebec City, Washington, D.C. and Seattle, Wash. during the last three years. Every morning that the IMF and World Bank met, demonstrators conducted a “meet and greet,” when protesters rallied outside of the meeting. “Activists for peace and justice believe that the IMF and World Bank are part and parcel of underlying causes of war and injustice in the way they handle large scale loans in the developing world. These organizations, run by long strings in Washington D.C., … become a tool for any particular regime that the [World Trade Organization aids] regardless of their support for democracy,” said Jim Semp, a member of the Tompkins County Network for Peace and Justice. Semp suggested that the developing countries, in creating policy with the IMF and World Bank, often overlook humanitarian issues and suffer further if they fall into debt. He proposed that the IMF and the World Bank need to restructure their internal policies to increase debt forgiveness and to sponsor sustainable and community-based programs rather than large, “bloated” projects — such as the construction of dams and the privatization of water — that seemingly benefit corporations while perpetuating poverty and may harm the environment. Amidst various issues raised during the weekend, protests against Israeli occupation in the West Bank gained the largest following and attracted the most publicity. “The demonstration was supposed to be about a number of concerns. It was supposed to be about the World Bank and IMF, criticism of the War on Terrorism that the Bush administration has started, the war in Afghanistan, a criticism about U.S. support of the Israeli government and what they’ve done in the West Bank over the last few weeks … what it became, in a larger way, was a condemnation of U.S. support of the Israeli nation,” said Fred Horan, an organizer of the fleet of buses, vans and cars that traveled to the capital from Ithaca. Despite the general sentiments against the Israeli government, participants said that they protested any violence. “We can’t choose a side, [the Palestinians] because they deserve a state or Israel because deranged people [are performing] suicide bombings. These people are hurting. They’ve been hurting for generations, they’re not well, they need help,” Semp said. Demonstrators gathered peacefully and met with little resistance from the police last Friday, Saturday and Sunday, according to participants. However, during yesterday’s protests — in which demonstrators blocked access to the three entrances to the Capital Building in protest of U.S. intervention in Colombia — 37 people were arrested, according to Aubryn Sidle ’04 who was among those arrested along with Lisabeth Carlisle ’03 and Marcie Ley, the Cornell coordinator of the Committee on U.S. Latin American Relations (CUSLAR). Those arrested were detained in a holding area for about six hours before their release. They received collective legal aid and were allowed to leave on the promise that they would return on May 8 to be arraigned and receive a trial date. Many consider the success of the weekend’s events to transcend the immediate protests. “First, for us locally, it gave us something to organize around. As a result of the event we have a stronger organization then we had, say a month or two ago. Second, especially for the Arabs but also for the rest of us as well, it gave us an opportunity to express our concern and anger at the support the U.S. government has given to the Israelis. On top of that, there is a connection between the various issues that the march was about,” Horan said. “The mission of coming together in a peaceful way was to build the movement. As of today I already know that the peace movement was built and is now stronger,” Semp said. With the massive rallies winding down, many are looking to further the mission of the weekend by incorporating their fervor into everyday life whether in maintaining a public voice through letters to editors or keeping regular contact with elected representatives. “It’s one thing to get people out on the streets and show there’s dissent about these policies. It’s another thing to [evoke] change once you’re home,” said Mikush Schwam-Baird ’02, who also attended the rallies. Archived article by Laura Rowntree