February 18, 2003
M. Swimmers End Season With Win
| February 18, 2003
This Saturday the men’s swimming and diving team defeated Brown 141-102, ending its regular season schedule with a record of 7-4 and 5-4 in the EISL. This was the Red’s second victory over the Bears in the past three seasons. The 7-4 mark is identical to last year’s, yet the team and head coach Joe Lucia believe that they can improve on their sixth place finish at the EISL Championships this year if they swim their best.
Saturday against the Bears, the Red won seven of 13 events, faring very well in the long distance events. Freshman Jared Levan took both the 500 and 1000-yard freestyle events. Classmates Chase Nielsen and Rich Logar rounded out the top placewinners in the 1000-yard event, giving the Red a sweep of the event. Senior diver Tim Lenz and fellow diver, freshman Tony Schultz, dominated the one and three-meter dives. Lenz took the one-meter while Schultz took the three-meter, and each took second in the other event.
The Red also fared well in the sprinting events. A trio of seniors, including Julian King, Charles Ernst, and Jeremy Sample, took second through fourth places, respectively, all finishing within a second of one another. More first-place finishes were recorded by junior Rob Payne in the 200-yard butterfly, freshman standout Stefano Caprara in the 200-yard free, and senior Danny Royce in the 200-yard breaststroke.
The Eastern Intercollegiate Swimming League consists of every Ivy League squad, along with Army and Navy. During the season the Red defeated EISL squads Penn, Army, Navy, Dartmouth, and Brown, and lost to Yale, Columbia, Harvard, and defending champion Princeton, which is the perennial powerhouse of the league.
The culmination of the season for Cornell will be March 6-8, when the Red travels to Long Island to face the stiff competition of the EISL.
Archived article by Chris Mascaro
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February 19, 2003
There are two things sports have taught me: First, if you are good enough and arrogant enough, you’ll get a nice pay check at the end of the week, regardless of the output you produce. And second, a true champion can always overcome, no matter the obstacle. Despite the many naysayers and doubters, Tiger Woods won the Buick Invitational last weekend in triumphant fashion, capturing his 35th PGA Tour title. He finished four-under-par-68 on Sunday to finish 16-under 272 for a four-shot victory. This was his first tournament back after having surgery on his left knee Dec. 12. Going into the tournament, no one would have bet on Tiger. Despite his success and ability to pull out clutch shots in the most precarious positions, no one expected Tiger to win, not even Tiger. Prior to the tournament he said that his knee was not 100 percent, but was strong enough to play. He explained, “I’m expecting to go out there and give it my best and see what happens.” Not a golf aficionado, I’m not sure if I would have put my money on the Nike wearing, Buick driving 27-year-old either. I mean, he hadn’t played in two months, he was recovering from surgery, and he himself said his knee was not 100 percent. It sounded like he was playing against a stacked deck if you ask me. But then again he had won 34 PGA Tour titles, this one made 35. This tournament was his 11th tour victory by at least four shots and this win improved his record to 27-2 when he has at least a share of the 54-hole lead. Still, he shouldn’t have been able to play that well, it’s not human, honestly, especially with his, and I quote, “inferior equipment.” In an interview with Golf Magazine, fellow pro Phil Mickelson said of Tiger and his Nike supplies: “He hates that I can fly it by him now. He has a faster swing speed than I do, but he has inferior equipment. Tiger is the only player good enough to overcome the equipment he’s stuck with.” Right, Phil, I bet Tiger is very upset that you can fly the ball by him; how many more tournaments has he won than you? Twelve, to be exact. Since joining the PGA Tour in 1996, Tiger has 35 Tour victories to Mickelson’s 13. He has eight major championships to Mickelson’s zero. And in the last 15 tournaments that both have entered, Tiger has finished ahead of Mickelson 13 times. At what point while he was collecting his pay checks do you think Tiger, stopped and thought; “Wow, if I went back to Titleist I just might hit the ball a little farther. Since I am already dominating the tour, and have had a lot of success each time I switched to a new Nike product, I must be doing something wrong.” I don’t think so Phil. Even Mickelson admits he hasn’t come up with the magic formula to beat Woods, even if he does play with better equipment. In fact he said, “My success rate against him has not been that good, but I enjoy the challenge. I wouldn’t say it’s demoralizing. Although my record is not very good against him, nobody’s is.” After Mickelson’s “inferior equipment” comments became public, he apologized and explained, “It was meant nothing more than a positive comment on Tiger’s incredible talent.” Although both men claimed it wasn’t an issue, golfer Brad Faxon who played with the pair on Sunday said, “Tiger was gracious about it, but I think he uses it as fuel — as if he needs any more.” Sunday ended up being a promoter’s dream as Tiger and Mickelson were playing together to finish up the tournament. It was the first time they had played in the final group together since the 2001 Masters, which Tiger won for his fourth straight major. As Tiger continued to dazzle, Mickelson continued to fall and ended up tying for fourth. So much for the superior equipment. I’m not sure if Mickelson was just on a rampage, if he was speaking without thinking, or if he was just jealous that he didn’t have his own set of Nike clubs; but whichever, he picked the wrong person to insult and it showed. But like I said, I’m not a golf aficionado, so if I were a betting woman and needed to predict a winner for the Buick last week, I might have thrown my money elsewhere. But I guess that just goes to show, champions can truly overcome everything, including the critics. Archived article by Kristen Haunss
February 19, 2003
Last Monday, February 10th, over 100 Hunter College students stormed the office of college president Jennifer Raab to protest what they deemed to be a “war budget,” after she refused to speak to them. The students demanded that Raab acknowledge the link between the threat of war in Iraq and the proposed cuts to CUNY, financial aid and the tuition hike included in Governor Pataki’s proposed budget. They called for her to make a statement against both. The new budget includes $82 million in cuts to CUNY, $161 million in cuts to the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), and cuts to funding for the Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge (SEEK) Program by 50 percent. The budget also calls for the Board of Trustees to raise tuition by as much as $1200. “We had planned to go up to Jennifer Raab’s office and asked her to state her position on tuition hikes. We wanted her to state that she was opposed to the tuition hikes, the war, and that she saw the connection between them,” said Tamieka Byer, a Hunter College senior and the assistant project coordinator for the Student Liberation Action Movement (SLAM!), which organized the protest. “Over 100 students came, we tried to speak to her, and she made a speech completely irrelevant to our topics and then ignored many of the students and walked away. She didn’t respond to any of the demands.” One of those demands was a call for an open forum where students,faculty and administrators could meet to openly discuss their opinions on the war, whether they were for or against it. According to Byer, after they were unable to speak with the president, 20 students made the decision to spend the night at Raab’s office and attempt to speak with her the following morning. “She refused to meet with the students, despite the statements she made that day to the media about creating an open dialogue,” Byer said. “The next morning she refused to even take our list of demands, and threatened arrest for the 20 students present.” According to Byer, 9 of those students chose to risk arrest and were confronted by approximately 17 police and campus police. The situation was only resolved when another dean spoke to Raab, expressing that the students posed no real threat. Raab then agreed to take the proposal for an open forum, but not the list of demands. The members of SLAM! gave her until this past friday to respond to their demands and call for an open forum, which she did in a five-page written response addressed to the Hunter College community. In that response, Raab expressed that Hunter was indeed opposing the cuts in the tuition assistance programs. “Hunter will take a leadership role in lobbying vigourously in opposition to proposed reductions in tuition assistance programs,” Raab said in her statement. “Specifically, we are opposed to proposed reductions in funding for CUNY, and are particularly distressed about the proposed cuts in TAP and SEEK programs.” The statement went on to describe the importance of both the TAP and SEEK programs to Hunter students, and encouraged students to be active in writing to officials and politicians in opposition to the cuts. Raab also outlined how the administration was working to both increase private donations as well as researching possible alternative ways for students to fund their education. “At Hunter, we will also do all we can to use our limited funds to support teaching and learning student services,” Raab said, in the statement. “We have frozen administrative hiring and will continue to find ways to cut costs and increase savings in administrative areas.” However, on the issue of the war in Iraq, Raab expressed concern over taking a firm stand on the issue. “As President, I have worked hard to ensure the campus is a safe space for people to speak out and air differing views … Many have told me it would be inappropriate for me to take a public position on this conflict,” Raab said. “I have been meeting with groups of students over the past few weeks and it is clear that there is no consensus about the prospect of war and the difficult questions that factor into the debate.” Byer criticized Raab’s refusal to either express a view or hold the open forum requested. “She wrote a 5-page response to our proposal, and totally ignored and went around our request for the open forum,” Byer said. “Yet, she talked about how she wanted to facilitate discussion.” Byer explained that in the past, CUNY presidents have signed on to student demands, expressing opposition to budget cuts or even the war in Vietnam. Byer said that some of those presidents with less influence were fired for expressing those views. “The ones that were fired did not have a lot of connections. Raab does,” Byer said. “She wasn’t democratically elected as president. She was eliminated in the first round of the selection process. She was re-nominated at the last minute and elected over the other two finalists. So, there is already a history of not respecting student voices. The committee electing her was staff, faculty, and students, and that democratic voice was taken away.” The University has decided not to pursue any action against the students who participated in the protest. No Hunter official was available for comment at press time. Byer did say that she felt the response from the student body had been very positive. “Honestly, its been a predominately positive reaction. One of the downsides to being a NYC student is that you have to commute, you have to work and exist in the real world while trying to maintain a 4.0 average. In that rigamarole, you get apathetic, and it’s hard to break out of that routine. For a lot of Hunter students, this was a wake up call. Know about the war, Know about the tuition hikes.” Archived article by Gautham Nagesh