February 17, 2003
Women Swimmers Win Season Finale
| February 17, 2003
The women’s swimming and diving team won nine out of 16 events in posting a 156-135 win over Buffalo in its final home meet of the season Saturday afternoon. The meet also concluded the regular season for the Red with a 5-6 record.
The star of the day for the Red was freshman Jessica Brookman, who set a Teagle Pool record in winning the 100 backstroke in 57.80. She also claimed first in the 200 backstroke and was a member of both winning Cornell relay teams. The 200 medley relay had a time of 1:49.25 and the 400 medley relay finished in 3:37.66.
Freshman Holly Chance also won two events, finishing the 100 freestyle in 53.80 and the 100 butterfly in 59.54. She also placed second in the 200 freestyle.
The Red swept the diving events on the day, as freshman Kristin Rayhack claimed the one-meter, title while sophomore Kara Neal placed first in the three-meter.
Senior Courtney Tawresey, in her final meet at Teagle Pool, came in fourth place in the 1000 freestyle in 10:58.32. She was the top Cornell finisher in that event.
The Red will take a week off now in preparation for the Ivy Championships in Princeton Feb. 27 through Mar. 1.
Archived article by Owen Bochner
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February 18, 2003
According to an analysis that appeared in the December 2002 edition of BioScience called “Renewable Energy: Current and Potential Issues,” if renewable energy sources were fully employed, they would only replace about one-half of the energy currently consumed by the United States. Alternatives Alternative energy sources reviewed included hydroelectric power; biomass, which consists of growing, harvesting and burning woody materials; wind power; photovoltaic cells, such as those used in solar power; hydrogen cells; biogases, burnable methane products; biofuels, such as ethanol and methanol; geothermal sources, such as geysers; and passive heating, which includes better insulation of windows. Prof. David Pimentel Ph.D. ’51, entomology, who led the team of graduate students through the analysis of energy needs, noted that all of these sources had their own inherent problems. “It’s not as bad as oil and coal, but they all have their problems,” he said. According to the analysis, alternative energy systems would occupy one-sixth of America’s land area if fully developed, among other problems. For hydroelectric power, a major problem is the amount of space required. “To provide electricity for a city of 100,000, you need 7,500 hectares [18,750 acres],” Pimentel said. Similar space concerns exist for biomass and wind power as well. Pimentel noted that biomass had other hazards, including both pollutants produced by the biomass and the dangers inherent in harvesting. “It is several times more hazardous to harvest wood than it is to harvest coal,” he said. Pimentel, however, expressed more optimism for wind power. Potential “I think that it has a lot of potential,” he said. “At good sites it can be lower than [the current average price of] seven cents per kilowatt-hour. At bad sites, it can be a lot higher. We were optimistic in our estimations but realistic.” Another positive aspect of wind power is the ability to use the land on which the windmills are located for growing limited farming plants that would not require large machines to harvest. “I think it’s very good, and I think that we could produce a significant 10 to 15 percent of our electricity,” Pimentel said. Another promising source is solar power. “Photovoltaic cells took up the least amount of space,” Pimentel said. He added, though, that “it’s one of the more expensive ones right now, running about 21 cents per kilowatt-hour.” Pimentel estimated that the price would become more reasonable over the course of 10 to 15 years. Biofuels Biogas and some biofuels also exhibited promise. Biogas relies largely on manure, biofuels on plants. Pimentel had some concerns about biofuels. “I would not recommend using corn stalks and that sort of material,” he said. “We already have a serious problem with soil erosion. I am against using any crop residues for fuel. Producing ethanol requires more energy than it yields; about a gallon and a half of oil is used to get ethanol. The only reason to produce it is subsidies.” Pimentel did note, however, that switch grass appears very promising. He said that it can have a good yield and can be harvested while keeping the land covered. “Switch grass is absolutely worth looking into,” he said. Pimentel also noted that hydrogen cells exhibited a great deal of promise. “Hydrogen is probably going to be our future liquid fuel,” he said. “But hydrogen is a nasty material to handle and manipulate. You have to put it under about 1,000 pounds [of] pressure to keep it liquefied or keep it very cold. It’s going to be our future material, but it’s not free; it’s costly.” Pimentel noted his motivation for the analysis. “I would like to see more research on renewable sources before we run out of oil or get $10[-a-gallon] gas,” he said. “I’m trying to promote research so that we’ll have this when the time comes when we need them. I am concerned about the global climate change problem. I think it’s real and I think we ought to be doing something about it. This is where conservation helps.” Not everyone is as optimistic about the general public’s willingness to adopt conservation methods. “I don’t think anyone will truly adopt new power-generating ways until he is economically affected himself, which hasn’t happened yet,” said Matt Parry ’05. Pimentel said that the biggest message of the analysis is that conservation will ultimately become essential, so it is a good idea to start working on it now. Jim Muske ’03 agreed that ecological consideration is a necessity. “One thing I remember from taking a course here, [RSOC 324: Environment and Society], was that we shouldn’t just expect science and technology to take care of all our problems. We also have to realize that supporting an eco-friendly position entails changing the way we live,” Muske said. Muske added that conservation efforts should be given higher priority. “If in addition to supporting renewable energy, we started using a lot less energy, the impact would be far greater. Most of conservation does pay you back in fairly good turn. I think our current administration is neglecting the importance of conservation.” Archived article by David Hillis
February 18, 2003
After winning its first conference game last weekend against Yale, the women’s hockey team tacked on another by defeating Vermont 4-2 on Sunday after losing 9-2 to No. 4 Dartmouth on Saturday. The Red (4-16-1, 2-9-1 ECAC) has won three of its last five games, and now has a four-point lead over the Catamounts (3-21-2, 0-11-1 ECAC) for the final spot in the ECAC playoffs. Dartmouth (11-3-0, 19-6-0 ECAC) earned a sweep on the weekend, and is in first place with 22 points, although No. 1 Harvard is behind by one point with three games in hand. “I think we did alright [on the weekend]. I would liked to have had a stronger showing at Dartmouth, but they have an incredibly talented team; they’re big and strong. We scored the first goal, which was great, but we couldn’t hold on to that lead,” commented head coach Melody Davidson. Freshman Jen Munhofen gave the icers an early lead at 9:23 in the first off a feed from classmate Andrea Skinner. Dartmouth would answer back less than a minute later, as Carly Haggard put one by senior Liz Connelly for her 25th goal of the season. Cherie Piper added another tally for the Green during a four-on-four 90 seconds later to make it 2-1. Katherine Weatherston extended Dartmouth’s lead to two going into the first intermission, lighting the lamp at 14:05. Amy Ferguson, who started in net for Dartmouth, was replaced after the first period by Stephanie Cochran. The Green exploded for four goals in the second stanza. Haggard added her second tally of the game at 3:23, while Cheryl Muranko hit the back of the net at 5:44. Sarah Clark made it 6-1 Dartmouth at 7:37, at which point Connelly was pulled in favor of freshman Flora Vineberg. Connelly finished the game with 14 saves for the Red. Gillian Apps rounded out the scoring in the period a minute later, giving the Green a six-goal lead going into the third. Katherine Lane replaced Cochran, who made four saves, for the Green in the third period. Piper and Apps each added another goal in the third to give Dartmouth a season-high nine goals. The Red played a solid final period, and added a goal with six seconds remaining in the game. Junior Sarah Carter scored her first collegiate goal, with assists from sophomore Maryann Nowak and Munhofen. Vineberg made 12 stops in relief for the Red, while Lane made 3 saves. “We’ve improved a lot, and even though the score was a little bit different, we’re definitely a better team than when we played them before Christmas. [Dartmouth’s] a better team, and they should be, they’re ranked fourth in the country, and vying for a Final Four spot. I just think we couldn’t handle their size and their skill. We just couldn’t handle it right now, but we will in the future,” said Davidson. On Sunday against Vermont, senior Sanya Sandahl got the start in goal for the Red. The Catamounts would get on the board early, as Rebecca Godsill found the back of the net 1:43 into the game for her first goal of the season. The Red would answer back on the power play, as junior Anita Khar connected on a feed from juniors Briana Jentner and Allison Simpson for her fourth goal of the season. The icers put up 25 shots in the first, 12 more than they had in the entire game against Dartmouth. The Red’s offense came to life in the middle stanza, as the line of Munhofen, Skinner, and senior Lindsay Murao accounted for all three of the team’s goals in the period. Skinner added the first tally at 2:34 off a quick pass from Murao. Murao would then add a goal of her own less than a minute later with assists from Skinner and Munhofen. Munhofen capped the scoring at 11:30, with Murao picking up her second assist and third point of the game. The second period marked the highest scoring period this season for the Red. Caitlin Barnes scored a power play goal for Vermont in the third, but the Catamounts were unable to get back into the game. Sandahl finished with 37 saves for the Red, earning her third win of the season, while Tiffany Hayes stopped 43 for Vermont. “Four is our highest total goals scored in conference and non-conference games, and we came out flying and did a lot of good things. It was nice to see us get a convincing win, not a hold-on win,” remarked Davidson. Although she did not record any points this weekend, senior captain Brooke Bestwick made excellent contributions at both ends of the ice. “Brooke was just solid all the way around. She’s always there, and in previous games she’s been on the scoring summaries and in this particular weekend she was the fourth person involved in the scoring plays. She’s just solid back there, she gives you a good honest night’s work every game,” praised Davidson. Freshman Caitlin Warren suffered a concussion against Yale last weekend, and did not make the trip with the team. She was evaluated on Monday and Davidson is optimistic for her return this weekend. The Red will face off against its travel partner Colgate for a home-and-home this weekend, with a 7 p.m. contest on Thursday at Lynah Rink, and then a Saturday afternoon game in Hamilton.Archived article by Jonathan Auerbach