October 18, 2002
Crews Compete in Head of the Charles Regatta
| October 18, 2002
It’s off to Boston as the men’s heavyweight crew prepares for competition in the annual Head of the Charles regatta tomorrow and Sunday. The Head of the Charles, which is known as crew’s homecoming, is the world’s largest two-day rowing event. It is host to thousands of athletes and spectators from around the globe and 19 different race events for youth, club, collegiate, and master teams.
The Head of the Charles was established in 1965 by the Cambridge Boat Club with the assistance of Ernest Arlett, a Harvard University sculling instructor. The race is conducted in a similar method to those held in England as each boat races against each other and the clock with teams starting in a staggered sequence beside each other.
Last year the Red placed 10th out of the 40 teams competing in the championship eight division. Its time was within five percent of top teams such as the U.S. National Team, the German national team, Harvard, and the Netherlands. This year, the team hopes to improve upon previous results and continue to remain within the top five percent of the top competitors in order to secure an entry for next year. In addition, it is also aiming to place as high as possible against the other competing collegiate institutions.
The secret for this weekend according to interim head coach Dan Allen is “strengthening, conditioning, and trying to find the right combination of guys for the three mile course.”
This year’s crew will consist of nine men that includes four seniors, four juniors, and one sophomore. Although there is only one returning member of last year’s boat, Allen still feels that this crew will provide “good returning experience, fitness, and an ability to crank hard all the way”.
Allen, who regularly coaches for the freshman heavyweight team, is serving as the varsity interim coach for the 2002-2003 season as Dan Roock, Cornell’s director of rowing, is on sabbatical. His expectation for this weekend is to “continue the upward momentum that Dan Roock has established. We would love to make him proud.”
Archived article by Danielle Nicholson
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October 21, 2002
The women’s soccer team lost a tough match to No. 22 Dartmouth 1-0 Saturday on Berman Field. The Red (6-4-1, 1-4 Ivy) battled the Big Green (8-3-1, 3-1), keeping the game scoreless until the 87th minute, when Dartmouth back Janet Light found the net for the game’s only score. With the win, Dartmouth extends its winning streak to seven games. The players had to contend with rain during the first half of play and a wet field that made the ball move unpredictably at times. The booters were still able to put up an impressive performance against a talented Dartmouth squad. “I’m absolutely delighted with the team’s performance. They played a great, great game,” commented head coach Berhane Andeberhan. “We were simply unlucky today. I think we got outplayed the first 10 to 15 minutes, but from then on, it was either even or we had a little bit of an edge.” Dartmouth controlled the game early, pressuring the Cornell defense. The Red’s only offensive spurt in the early part of the half came when freshman Shannon Fraser stole the ball and tried to find junior Emily Knight upfield. The Green drew Knight offsides, and the scoring chance was negated. Dartmouth had numerous corner kicks in the first half, but sophomore keeper Katie Thomas was able to clear each attempt. The Green’s first scoring opportunity came 10 minutes into the first half. A Dartmouth forward brought the ball down the left side of the field, and launched a high shot to the right. The ball sailed over a leaping Thomas, but hit the top corner of the right post. Thomas was tested early, with 10 shots and five corners in the first half. “Dartmouth had the edge, but we found our game. We defended well, that was the plan against these top teams, teams in the top half of the Ivy League,” said Andeberhan. “The system we’ve adapted is to observe a bit of pressure early, defend well, defend well, defend well, and then we’ll find our game. In the past games this season, we would come out of the gate flat-footed, and to avoid that we changed the system.” The Red’s offense found its game late in the first half, after recording no shots in the first 25 minutes of play. Senior co-captain Sarah Olsen sparked the Cornell offense late in the half, as she charged upfield on the left side. Beating out several Dartmouth defenders, Olsen launched a shot to the right side, but Dartmouth keeper Julia Shields came up with a great save. Fraser, who had been stifled by the Green defense early in the half, also generated some scoring chances late in the half. She brought the ball upfield on a breakaway, drawing Shields out close to the 18 yard line. Shields stopped her initial shot, but the ball deflected to the left side, and Fraser recovered it with the keeper severely out of position. Unfortunately for the Red, Fraser couldn’t find anyone in the middle, and Dartmouth was able to clear. The Red’s best scoring chance came on another Fraser breakaway in the last 10 minutes of the half. This time, Shields stayed in net, and Fraser fired a shot towards the left post. Shields came up big again, as she tipped the ball to the left, and deflected it out of bounds. Dartmouth changed keepers for the second half, bringing in sophomore Anne Marbarger. The Red kept its momentum from the end of the first half, and penetrated into the Dartmouth zone early on. The Green still was able to work its way into the Cornell zone, and nearly netted a goal in the opening minutes. A Dartmouth shot from the left side beat Thomas, but sophomore back Natalie Dew cleared the ball from the goal line. A later Dartmouth shot hit the crossbar, and bounced forward before it was cleared. Despite Dartmouth’s early chances, Cornell controlled the ball for most of the second half, defending well at the midfield. “The biggest improvement is our defending at midfield. That has been shaky at times, and we’ve been practicing a lot, and they did a tremendous job,” said Andeberhan. “Defending by Shannon and Emily was phenomenal. Defending against four people and playing a good game is tough, I think they were caught out of position only once or twice, so they really initiated our defending. If our forwards initiate our defending, we can stay organized and our midfield can defend well. Today was probably the best we’ve played in that sense,” he continued. Despite its better offensive push in the second half, the Red only recorded three shots in the half, none of them on goal. The Red also did not utilize its bench, making only two substitutions in the entire game, compared to six made by Dartmouth. In the last 10 minutes, the Red seemed determined to break the scoreless tie, controlling the ball at midfield and pressuring the Dartmouth defense. Cornell had two consecutive corners with six minutes remaining, but could not convert. With time winding down, Dartmouth midfielder Anne Pieck sent the ball from midfield up to the 18-yard line. Thomas came out to recover the ball, but Light beat her to it, and hit the back of the net in the 87th minute to seal the victory for Dartmouth. Thomas finished the day with five saves, with Shields recording two for Dartmouth. The Green outshot the Red 20-5 on the day, and held the advantage in corners with 11 to Cornell’s five. The Red has been shutout in all four of its conference losses this season. Andeberhan was very optimistic, despite the loss. “If we play this well in our upcoming games, we’re fine. The idea was to play well and win most of the games where we feel we are closely matched, and then try to steal one or two games where we know the teams are stronger than us, as Dartmouth was,” he said. “It is gratifying that our team believes that we can play with anybody.” Cornell will look to rebound on Wednesday, when it faces Wagner under the lights on Berman Field at 7 p.m. The booters will then travel to Providence next Saturday for a contest against Brown.Archived article by Jonathan Auerbach
October 21, 2002
Opponents of war who live in Ithaca have been busy lately. The “die-in” protest at the Apple Harvest Festival, the founding of a student campaign and an Ithaca city resolution condemning war on Iraq have publicized opposition to the war. But local activists and an Ithaca group, the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (NWTRCC), have been campaigning for years against all wars. “Just as I wouldn’t want to go out and kill someone in a war, I don’t want my tax money to pay killing,” said Mary Loehr ’82, the head of the NWTRCC. Many pacifists use their tax money for charity, according to Loehr. Religious and pacifistic objectors to war began evolving war tax resistance since at least the Vietnam War, according to Loehr. “People were [not paying taxes] individually during the Vietnam War, but resistance is more powerful with an organization,” she said. The NWTRCC is 20 years old and includes between five and 8,000 lay activists, according to Loehr, the only paid staff member. They publish a newsletter, have an 800 phone number, a website and provide other resources to those interested in war tax resistance. “War tax resisters come from a very big spectrum,” Loehr said. “The thing they have in common is that they don’t want their tax money paying for killing.” War tax resisters estimate that the amount of money from their federal income taxes that pays for war is close to 50 percent, although other people contest that figure. Some people do not file any taxes or withhold symbolic amounts, while others write protest letters to the IRS, representatives in Congress and newspapers, according to Loehr. “According to the IRS I am in debt,” said Leslie Schultz, who has not paid federal income tax in over twenty years. “According to a higher moral law, I am not.” “I redirect my federal income tax to life affirming sources,” she added. The IRS does not recognize a tax exemption for war tax resisters and pursues them as they would for any other tax evader. “The thing that inhibits most people [from withholding taxes] is fear,” said Ed Pearson, a Virginia war tax resister. “They see the IRS as boogey-men who can sweep down on them.” “They don’t have the kind of power most people credit them,” he added. The IRS has seized back taxes from Schultz’s bank account, but the IRS never took any other action, Schultz said. “Sometimes people are really scared to do it,” Loehr said, adding that “only six people in the last 40 years” have gone to jail. “There is a freedom I get from doing what I believe.” Religious groups, including Quakers and Catholics, have long opposed war, and many religious objectors founded the movement. “We render unto God rather than render unto Caesar when the two come into conflict,” Pearson said. Pearson undertook a tour of the churches in his county in Virginia after Sept. 11. “While many churches are concerned with the well-being of their members, there is relatively little activity beyond the doors of the church.” With the war in Afghanistan barely over and the potential of a war in Iraq, tax resisters have been actively involved in the recent protests. “I have done everything I can to speak out against war with anybody ever,” Schultz said. “Ensuring that the military-industrial economy we live in now will be sustained has very little to do with Iraq and everything to do with [President Bush’s] personal agenda.”Archived article by Peter Norlander