April 22, 2002
Heavyweights, Women Defeat Competition
| April 22, 2002
The crews continued their success last Saturday at the Cayuga Inlet. The women’s crew swept the competition by beating both Rutgers University and Penn, while the men’s heavyweight crew remained undefeated, as it beat Syracuse and Navy. Meanwhile the men’s lightweight crew dropped to Princeton at the Carnegie Inlet.
The men’s heavyweight team received awards for its accomplishments over the weekend. It was the second consecutive year that the crew won the Goes Cup and Stagg Trophy and marked the first time the team defended the titles.
Although Cornell was not considered a favorite going into the regatta, the Red won all three of its races. The first boat finished well ahead of Navy, winning in a time of 5:47.6. The second boat actually surpassed this time by crossing the line in 5:46.7. Cornell’s third varsity boat also finished ahead of Syracuse and Navy, finishing the course with a time of 6:06.0.
The men’s heavyweights, however, were not the only ones to win all of their races. The women’s boats also swept and took home the Class of ’89 plate. The first varsity eight coasted to victory in 6:39.65, nearly three seconds faster than its closest competitor, Penn. Meanwhile, the second varsity eight crossed the line 13 seconds ahead of the second-place Quakers. The two four-women boats were also victorious, each snatching wins in impressive fashion.
The coxswain, Trisha DiGiore, stated, “It was a great race. Of course there’s always room for improvement for the upcoming races, but it was nice to get another win under our belt.”
On the other hand, the lightweights were swept in Princeton. The Tigers outpaced Cornell’s first boat by seven seconds, the second boat by five seconds, and the third boat by 15 seconds. The loss came as a disappointment after beating Harvard and Penn last weekend.
Archived article by Alisha Hart
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April 23, 2002
Last night, a diverse crowd of 2300 people filling the Ben Light Gymnasium greeted consumer advocate and political leader Ralph Nader with loud applause and a standing ovation. Described by event organizer Eric Leib as an “activist extraordinaire,” Nader ran for president of the United States in the 2000 election under the Green Party, has established a variety of environmental, political and civic organizations and has published several books. Visiting Ithaca College for the Earth Day 2002 celebration, Nader spoke about the corporations, environment, poverty and politics. Beginning with a discussion of the first Earth Day in 1970, Nader briefly mentioned his opinions on former Vice-President Al Gore and President George W. Bush. “Gore spoke to the American people as if they didn’t understand the English language and Bush spoke to the American people as if he didn’t understand the English language,” he said. Nader then discussed his opinions of corporations and their control over society. He described corporate America as, “commercializing everything it touches, putting a for sale sign on everything it touches.” Currently, he believes that corporations commercialize core values, such as education. He believes people ignoring the idea of a liberal education and only focusing on a narrow set of skills. Nader also spoke about his belief that global corporations are inherently destructive to both themselves and the society they affect. “Commercialism … has to be saved from itself,” he said. “The civil society in a democracy has to be supreme over the commercial society.” To help alleviate the problems caused by corporations, Nader believes companies should begin to expand beyond a short-term view and internalize societal costs, such as pollution. He offered Interface Corporation, one of the country’s largest producers of carpets, as a model of socially responsible action by a corporation. Interface’s CEO put the company on a 0% pollution and maximum recycling track, resulting in higher profits and lower societal costs, according to Nader. After a brief discussion of mass media coverage of corporate behavior, Nader continued on to discuss his concept of pollution. His perception of pollution includes air pollution, medical negligence and highway accidents, among other factors. “We need to conceptualize pollution as a silent, deadly form of violence,” he said. Nader then described six methods of changing corporate behavior: moral shame, procurement, regulation, competition, litigation and consumer feedback. By utilizing reports from the EPA, communities can look into exactly how local corporations pollute the area and use those reports to induce moral shame. “They start feeling the sanctions of community disapproval,” he said. Procurement is government action that does not set regulations, including the control of what the government chooses to buy from corporations. In particular, Nader strongly advocates the legalization of hemp production. “It is time to liberate the plant known as industrial hemp,” he said. Although regulations in the past have led to improved fuel efficiency, Nader expressed his dissatisfaction with the current regulatory agencies. “The automobile companies now regulate our government rather than the reverse,” he said. He then described his opinions on current automobile technology. “We have to get rid of … the internal combustion engine,” Nader said. Nader sees civic ideals as the foundation for such varied topics as alternative energy, organic farming, reductions in packaging, mass transit and universal health care. “The first thing is a level of civic confidence in ourselves,” he said. “We do it by example rather than exhortation.” Nader concluded his speech with a rhetorical question. “If someone asked you ‘who are you?’ you would say your name. At what point would you say, ‘I’m a citizen’?” he said. After his speech, Nader held a 20 minute question and answer session during which members of the audience asked questions addressing topics ranging from eco-feminism to similarities between the Republican and Democratic party. The audience appeared to respond positively, giving Nader a standing ovation. Danby resident Will Parker attended the event with his wife, Julia and his parents, Bob and Gene Parker. “[Now] I feel more enlightened than when I walked in. I think very highly of him,” said Will Parker. “I was impressed by the depth of his knowledge. He has spent a lifetime and it shows,” said Gene Parker. Ithaca College sophomore Julie Keech also appreciated the lecture. “I thought it was very powerful. It was nice to see someone speak positively about change, rather than being stuck in the status quo,” she said. Organizer Eric Leib, participant in the Ithaca College Environmental Society and the Ithaca College chapter of Habitat for Humanity, saw Nader as an ideal speaker for both organizations. “What he stands for and speaks about is heavily encased in issues of poverty and the environment and speaks for those who aren’t normally heard, and in speaking for those, challenges the status quo,” Leib said. Overall, Leib was pleased with the result of the event. “What he spoke about preached to the choir, reminded the choir or raised the consciousness of people who don’t pay attention to the environment and poverty,” he said.Archived article by Shannon Brescher
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