October 10, 2002
| October 10, 2002
It’s our very great honor this week to present to you the David M. Solinger collection of modern art. Check out the monstrous double-feature that begins on page 7. Better yet, head over to the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art any time between October 12 and January 12 (excepting winter break, of course) to see some of the finest examples of modern art you’ll ever see. No, seriously: Go.
In reading Erica Stein’s column on movies like The Princess Bride and Labyrinth, I was reminded of the first time I saw David Bowie as the villain in the latter film. Not until years later did I realize he was a man. Ground control to major drag queen. That song has been stuck in my head since the ’80s — “The power of the babe/ What babe?/ The babe with the power/ What power?/ The power of voodoo, who do, you do/ Do what?/ Remind me of the babe.” Oh yeah! Remember the little worm that comes out of the wall and invites the girl in for tea? He was my favorite.
Make sure you turn to the back page to read newbie Chris Wells’ coverage of the Mickey Hart visit. Deadheads and music lovers alike should check it out (I’m not implying that deadheads are not music lovers, or am I?).
We hope you all enjoy your fall break, if you have one. Take some time to breathe some crisp air, look at the changing foliage, and catch up on sleep. Some of you may know this already from Psych 101, but sleep deprivation is a debilitating epidemic in our country. According to snorenet.com, at least 70 million Americans do not get enough sleep. Over 20 million, including both of our fathers, are chronic snorers. And take note: nearly 30% of these snorers with a neck of 17 inches and wider suffer from the dangerous disorder known as sleep apnea. Check the neck! So, enjoy the break. We’ll be back on October 24. We’ll miss you!
Archived article by Ben Kupstas
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October 11, 2002
In an attempt to settle the ongoing disputes between Cornell students and Ithaca residents, the Collegetown Neighborhood Council (CNC) met last night at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church to discuss possible solutions. Members The CNC — which includes Cornell students, Ithaca Common Council members, residents, landlords, and business owners — addressed the concerns about Orientation week parties that occurred Aug. 22 to 26. During these nights, residents reported incidents of public urination, trespassing, fighting and violations of noise ordinances to the Ithaca Police Department. Many CNC members agreed that underage alcohol use plays a major role in the Collegetown parties. Cornell students Andres Cruciana ’03 and Alexa Mills ’03 — the founder of the CUTonight Commission, an organization that funds late night, non-alcoholic activities — presented a plan to the Council. They said they hope their proposed event will decrease underage drinking and change the community’s perspective on Collegetown. Cruciana and Mills are planning a night in April where the University would rent out the bars, the City would shut down the streets, and Collegetown would be free of alcohol. The sponsoring organization would charge a fee to participate in the event and donate the proceeds to Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a charity for terminally and chronically ill children. “Collegetown is a great place,” Mills said. “We’re hoping that, that night, drinking will not be seen as the cool thing to do.” Opposition Although some CNC members supported the effort, others voiced objections to the idea. “Why does it have to be at night?” said Frances Weissman, Ithaca resident. “I don’t believe anyone has the right to take over my street and prevent me from sleeping.” Beyond the student proposal, Weissman said she believes that alcohol usage is not the main problem. “We aren’t talking about alcohol, we’re talking about mass behavior,” she said. “3000 people in my neighborhood, [when] it is totally inappropriate for them to be here.” Several people agreed that this past fall has seemed worse in terms of parties than past years. “From our perspective in the Police Department, the crowd numbers, the level of negative interaction with the police … was something we had not seen before, to this degree,” said Lauren Signer, of the Ithaca Police Department. “When it comes to crowds of that size, we’re talking about public safety, officer safety. At that point, we’re just trying to maintain order,” she added. However, students have also complained about lack of support from the Ithaca Police Department. During Orientation Week, “the students didn’t feel like they could work with the police,” said Paul El-Meouchy ’03, vice-president of University and community relations for the Interfraternity Council. “[Orientation Week interactions with the Ithaca Police] felt more like confrontation … more of an us vs. them.” The CNC discussed a variety of solutions to the problem, including the University’s efforts to plan alternative, alcohol-free activities. “The planning [for Orientation Week] needs to happen later in the year so we have something for the students to do in the fall,” said Susan Blumenthal, MFA ’78 (D-3rd Ward). Some residents expressed skepticism toward these efforts. “The crowds are going to happen, they’re just going to happen before and after the activities,” said Kyle Couchman, Ithaca resident and Collegetown landlord. Others saw the problems as ongoing and ingrained in the Cornell culture. “I do not, for one second, believe it is the students’ fault,” Weissman said. “They are doing what they have been taught for the last decade.” Some council members felt that the current problems would wane if students understood the rules for appropriate behavior at the beginning of their college careers. “They’ve got to know from day one, ‘You don’t do this,'” said Sharon Marks, Ithaca resident and Collegetown landlord. Weissman recommended that the University follow Ithaca College’s example and send a packet to incoming students’ which outlines the Ithaca City laws. At the end of the meeting, Mayor Alan J. Cohen ’81, answered questions from CNC members. In response to Weissman’s comments on crowd control, Cohen said, “College students are members of this community. They are adults and they need to be held accountable.” “I am not going to do something that will cause a riot,” he added.Archived article by Shannon Brescher
October 11, 2002
During the course of this past week, Cornell’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered Resource Center (LGBTRC) sponsored various events from social gatherings to thought-provoking lectures to celebrate National Coming Out Day, observed today. To publicize the significance of the day, the LGBTRC has taken out an advertisement in today’s issue of the Sun, featuring almost 500 names of “out and proud” Cornell community members and heterosexual allies. “I rounded up support from my fellow SA representatives and got lots of names as straight allies for the ad,” said Erica Kagan ’05, LGBTQ Liaison to the SA. Various other members of the Cornell community listed themselves in the ad. “I’m fairly comfortable with who I am and what people think of me doesn’t matter too much,” Kevin Nagel ’06 said. David Chipurnoi ’00, grad, organizer of “Out in the World,” a group for LGBT graduate students, was also part of the ad. A Long Island native, Chipurnoi also attended Cornell for his undergraduate degree. “My expectation for this week is to raise awareness. A lot of people experience freedom and independence for the first time. Still, it’s kind of hard to be open when 30 or 40 people from your high school are here,” said Chipurnoi, who was not open about his sexuality during his undergraduate years at Cornell. “I think now that I was kind of foolish, whether or not I was in a fraternity. I could have kept my friends, regardless of being [openly] gay,” Chipurnoi added. Others included their name to call attention to the community at large. “I feel that it is only right that I put myself out in the newspaper just for the sake of the whole community,” Greg Hom ’06 said. David Sue grad has similar intentions. “I feel that by participating and putting on my name, and getting my straight ally friends on there, I’m helping to show that the community exists,” he said. Sue felt that it was important to distinctly celebrate the event as he said he believes time constraints prevent most Cornell students from actively addressing this issue. “It’s hard to motivate Cornell students to do anything outside the Cornell curriculum,” Sue added. However, this week’s planned activities have managed to attract a wide audience. On Tuesday night, Robert Purcell Community Center hosted “Coming Out Rocks,” a 3 hour program sponsored by the LGBTRC, Community Development and various residence halls. The evening included a free dinner with faculty, a discussion panel, and a music listening party. “Because it was on North campus, we saw lots of LGBT first years participate in the event,” said Gwendolyn Dean, coordinator of the LGBTRC. Andrea Hektor ’06, a participant in Tuesday’s program, expressed her pleasure in the program, especially for its ability to attract members of the greater community. “It was interesting. People would just see all these people and hear this music and come in, and it was obvious that they had no idea what was going on until we told them,” she said. Adding a serious tone to Tuesday’s party atmosphere, Cornell’s LGBTRC joined forces with members of the Ithaca College community yesterday afternoon in a rally and kiss-in on the Ithaca College quadrangle. The week culminated with a lecture in Rockefeller Hall last night discussing the morality of homosexuality. The event featured Dr. John Corvino, professor of philosophy at Wayne State University who took a four point approach to address the issue of homosexuality, including an exploration of the Bible and discussion of alleged human nature and common misconceptions about homosexuality. Corvino, a native of Queens, NY, has been giving this sort of lecture for 10 years. His talk yesterday began with various thought experiments to highlight the common societal view of homosexuality. In particular, he highlighted the distinction between homosexual orientation and homosexual activity and then contrasted these concepts with that of heterosexual behaviors. “The bedroom is not the only room in the homosexual person’s house. We see a dichotomy of terms appearing in heterosexuality versus homosexuality. Relationships versus sex. One is a life, the other is a lifestyle. One has a moral vision, the other has an agenda. These are essentially different words that refer to the same thing,” Corvino said. When discussing the Bible’s ban on homosexuality, he cited other everyday activities forbidden by the Leviticus, a chapter of the Bible. “‘One should not touch the skin of a pig,’ but what about football?” he said. Corvino also noted that family values, such as generosity, commitment, and compassion, were also present in homosexual relationships. He eventually concluded that most of society’s aversion to homosexuality was based on misconception and unfamiliarity. Sharing anecdotes from his own life, Corvino emphasized the importance of bringing awareness about LGBT issues to a wide audience, and the need for National Coming Out Day for youth. “Nobody’s ever sat in their dorm room crying because they found out they were straight. The amount of emotional energy that goes into a culture of shame is quite high. That’s why National Coming Out Day is important,” Corvino said. In reacting to the events and participation in the week thus far, Gwendolyn Dean said she was ecstatic. “We’re very happy that lots of people showed up to the events, and hope to take it to a larger level next year,” she said. National Coming Out Day week continues today with another talk by John Corvino from 2-3:30 PM in the Founders Room of Anabel Taylor Hall, delving into the moral issues surrounding naughty fantasies.Archived article by Krishna Raghavan