September 5, 2002
Test Spin: Angie Martinez
| September 5, 2002
“Welcome to Animal House/ the animals are in the building.” Hmm. Not exactly a promising opening line for Angie Martinez’s second album, Animal House. But Martinez comes through with a fairly strong follow-up to 2000’s Up Close and Personal, offering up a collection of tracks that allow her to flaunt her distinctive voice.
Listeners of New York’s Hot 97 know that voice belongs to the “queen of hip-hop radio.” Martinez put her reputation to work on Animal House, pulling together name-brand guest artists like Missy Elliott (“What’s That Sound”), Lil’ Mo (“If I Could Go”), and Petey Pablo (“Waitin’ On”).
The album hits a few high notes: the first single “If I Could Go,” is a fun, radio-friendly piece of pop-rap featuring the rhymes of new artist Sacario, and “So Good” showcases the reggae- and Latin-tinged sounds expected from producer Salaam Remi.
For the most part, though, Animal House is kind of a jumble of songs centering on Martinez’s experience with the recording industry. Martinez sounds like she’s got something to prove on tracks like “Animal House” and “Never,” and wastes a lot of time and lyrical energy dwelling on her own success in the business. No doubt she works 18-hour days like she claims on the album’s title track. No doubt she pushed her way up through the ranks in the music industry. But Martinez should let that talent, experience, and drive show through her throaty and sexy voice, rather than hide it behind lyrics that are often less than entertaining or compelling.
Archived article by Jennifer Gardner
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September 6, 2002
Both routine procedural matters and issues important to all Cornellians were on the table at the first meeting of the year for the Student Assembly (S.A.) yesterday. The meeting opened with remarks from City of Ithaca Mayor Alan Cohen ’81 and Common Council member Peter Mack ’03 (D-4th). The city representatives greeted the new Assembly and asked that they take a greater role in ensuring the safety of party-going students in Collegetown. “The S.A. is definitely behind the spirit of this idea. Whatever makes the campus safer is what we want,” said executive vice president Sai Pidatala ’04. Leslie Barkemeyer ’03, student-elected trustee and director of elections, announced the upcoming new student elections. “There is an eager slew of students who want to be on our Assembly,” Barkemeyer said. The elections for four new student representatives, three for freshman and one for a transfer student, will be held on Sept. 24th. Petitions are due on Sept. 19th. Later, Barkemeyer gave an update on the search for a new University president. “We’re ahead of schedule,” she said but gave no indication as to potential candidates. “We have no idea, essentially.” The committee expects to make an announcement by the end of this semester, according to Barkemeyer. Much of the debate at the meeting centered around a resolution to increase community involvement among S.A. members. The resolution would, “encourage active citizenship,” said Katie Howell ’04, vice president for public relations. Howell introduced the resolution that would require members to attend service activities that would be scheduled instead of regular meetings. Some members agreed with the principle of the resolution but did not want to cut out valuable meeting time. “I’m worried about productivity,” said Esther Tang ’04, undesignated representative. “I completely support the spirit of this resolution.” Chris Hein ’03, president of the Cornell Collegiate Council of the March of Dimes, espoused the virtues of more Assembly involvement in community outreach. “As setting an example for students, I know personally that in my organization that would be recognized,” Hein said. Josh Bronstein ’05, vice president for internal operations, agreed, “Being a role model is inextricably linked to being a leader.” The majority of Cornellians are not involved in community service, according to Hein. Within the March of Dimes, however, Hein has seen a gradual increase in participation in each of the three years that Cornell has taken part in the organization’s Walk for America. This increase was in part due to the past involvement of individuals from the S.A., Hein noted. Some members raised their concern that the initiative could be perceived as a way for members to hold fewer meetings. “The reason you are elected is as a legislative body. If you start cutting out meetings now, your productivity is going to be low,” said Funa Maduka ’04, student-elected trustee. Maduka mentioned several important and pressing issues facing the S.A. this semester, such as the proposed reorganization of the School of Art, Architecture, and Planning (AA&P) and the inclusion of ResNet in financial aid packages. Others disagreed on the need for holding a meeting every week. “As some of the most overstressed students on campus, I don’t think that it is necessary to have meetings every week,” said Stuti Mandala ’04, vice president of finance. Finally, a compromise was reached when an amendment was proposed to require a vote the week before the planned service dates on whether to hold an official meeting that week or not. The S.A. also cast a mostly symbolic vote when a resolution to accept the student calendar failed. Many members objected to the University’s scheduling of classes on certain holidays, such as Labor Day. The S.A. does not have any direct influence over the student calendar. Later in the meeting, Jennifer Davis, assistant dean of students for student activities, also had comments for the S.A. “We’re looking forward to a healthy relationship with the Student Assembly this year,” Davis said. Some issues that Davis hopes will be addressed by the S.A. in cooperation with the Student Activities Organization include an increased collaboration between student groups that will prevent over-distribution of funds and more performance space for various organizations. In addition, several task forces were established at the meeting. These groups are made up of a small number of S.A. members and are formed to address a particular issue. Task forces were formed this year for a plan to revitalize the programming at Willard Straight Hall, investigate stereotypes on campus and address such issues as off-campus housing. Archived article by Mackenzie Damon
September 6, 2002
Students entering the Industrial & Labor Relation’s (ILR) Martin P. Catherwood Library this week may have noticed a new addition from last semester. A new second floor wing that opened Monday boasts 14,700 sq. ft. of program space, including a state-of-the-art computer laboratory, 24 workstations, study tables, pristine furniture and window-box seats. Yet to be completed are a few minor repairs and additions, which include task lighting, patch cords and finishing stone for the public service desk, according to Gordon T. Law Jr., Director of the ILR Catherwood Library. “The world has changed quite a bit, and we [have recognized the increasing] need for electronic access. We have been waiting for decades for this to happen, and my predecessor, Shirley F. Harper, deserves much needed credit for helping to make this happen,” he added. Sarah E. Thomas, University Librarian, explained that as one of Cornell’s 19 libraries Catherwood has commitment to the latest library technology. “One of the challenges we face is the need to maintain and upgrade our facilities to reflect current patterns of scholarship and learning. That means having power and data and access to electronic resources, flexible seating to accommodate group work and space to conduct classes about how to use library materials,” she said. The library was erected primarily under the auspices of state dollars with the intention of offering the maximum amount of space in the new building footprint to accommodate the projected growth in students, faculty and staff, according to Law. Harper planted the seed for the library’s latest expansion and renovation decades ago. The process to secure the necessary $19,723,000 for the latest phase — Phase 2 (a and b) — from the New York State University Construction Fund (SUCF) contributed to the duration of the project. Another reason for the longevity of University-state negotiations was the need to evaluate and revisit academic needs, according to Allan Lentini, director of Finance and Administrative Operations for the ILR School. “We are still looking to raise $2.1 million from alumni, their corporations and other privately generated funds through an interior development effort,” he said. Most of the funds for construction in the statutory colleges, such as ILR, stem directly from the SUCF, according to Lentini. The funds are available to all state university schools and contract colleges, and Cornell’s ILR school is just one of many vying for the state fund dollars. All schools apply through their administrations that request the necessary capital from the SUCF, according to Lentini. Christa and other sub-contractors are currently handling the expansion efforts. “Law has managed deftly the complex planning process of building the new addition and the subsequent renovation of the remainder of the library in a way that has minimized the disruption to users and which has maintained outstanding service. [He] works closely with colleagues in the Cornell University Library to ensure the integration of the ILR collections and services into the strategic vision of the library as a whole,” Thomas said. The late Harper discovered in 1978 that there would be a need for additional space and planned to apply for more accordingly. Although the original library was completed in 1962, just south of Catherwood’s current location, more than a decade of planning occurred during Harper’s tenure to secure Phase 1, which began in 1994 and was completed in early 1998. The master plan, developed in the late ’80s, earmarked several stages for the planning of the new library but, according to Law, convincing Albany to provide the initial request for funding through Cornell did not come as quickly as expected. In the spring of 1994, the bid was accepted and the fund agreed to use a union contractor for Phase 1. “Phase 1 also allowed us to take our archival operation out of the old building and move it into the new building, with compact storage on the 4th and 5th floors,” said Boodie Newsom-McGinnis, Catherwood’s assistant director. The library continues to offer students access to floors 2, walk-in level, 3, open stacks, 4, formerly reference, and library staff offices on the fifth floor. Phase 2a began this summer and is expected to be finalized near the end of this semester. The Garden Avenue complex-extension, research and conference center buildings are also currently undergoing renovation through Phase 2b, with a finish date slated for late 2003. “Libraries deal with two worlds today: traditional paper and electronic access, including wiring, fiber and power/data supplies. We’ve achieved a state-of-the-art infrastructure, consistent with [the top of the line industry standard]. As one of three foremost collections of its kind in the world on industrial relations and human resource management, the library is technologically poised for the future,” Law said. In addition to classroom support, Law believes that the library’s reference section handles equal quantities of e-mail to walk-in visitor ratios, with the possibility of walk-ins buttressing over the coming months, due to the new study environment. “I appreciate the new desks. Before it had so little space to study, get together and do work. We should have had this originally. Although it may not look warm, it is quiet and private,” Jenna Velella ’04 contended. Archived article by Chris Westgate