March 6, 2003
| March 6, 2003
Andrew and Erica. A and E. Arts and Entertainment. Coincidence? We think not. We were born for this job, and if you think we’re kidding, please allow us to introduce ourselves. Andrew is music and Erica is movies (we both prefer obscure and pretentious selections as befitting our positions. Except when we don’t). Andrew is Philly and Erica is Jersey. Andrew is apples and Erica is oranges. Andrew is nice and Erica is … not. Also, as our fearless former leaders Nate and Ben have pointed out multiple times, Andrew is a guy and Erica is … not. But before further addressing the new daze reigeme we should tell you how the last one ended: as a love story for the ages.
From the first day on the job, there shined a twinkle in the eyes of both Ben and Nate, only a hint of the romance that was to come. Along with awkward gazes from the across the crowded newsroom, at first they sublimated their mutual desire. But in no time, they became as comfortable as two peas in a pod, or a man’s junk in a firm pair of long johns, if you will. As you know, the culmination of their passion will be their union in the pimpin’ of a shared pad in the forthcoming year. Here’s to you fellas! Let us raise our proverbial glasses to their wondrous future.
Andrew and Erica can only hope to live up to their example, except for the whole love thing and living together.
Archived article by Andrew Gilman
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March 7, 2003
After a roller coaster ride last weekend that saw the men’s basketball team (9-16, 4-8 Ivy) come from behind to sweep Harvard and then drop a lead on poor foul shooting to lose to Dartmouth the next night, the team is looking to rebound. Recovering from last weekend’s letdown, the Red will need to regroup, as it faces its toughest road trip to close out the season, playing Princeton (14-10, 8-3) at Jadwin Gymnasium tonight, and Penn (19-5, 11-0) at the Palestra tomorrow. Of the team’s final games of the season, head coach Steve Donahue said, “It’s a big weekend for us. We have a lot of things to shoot for. Any time you play Penn or Princeton, it’s a great opportunity to go down there and show them what you can do. We’re trying to make this almost like the beginning of next season; set the tone, play as well as we can, and if things go right, we’re going to try and play our best basketball.” Sophomore tri-captain Eric Taylor also believes this will be a good weekend for the Red. “We’re definitely excited; these are the top two teams in the league,” he said. “We’re excited to show what we can do, and really send a message for next year … show that we are one of the top teams for next year. We’re only losing two seniors, so we’re really excited and optimistic about next year and all of that starts this weekend.” Setting the tone will be important after the Red played one of its poorest games on Feb. 8, losing to Princeton, 67-49, and giving up 25 turnovers. Despite many of the unforced errors, the team shot well, going 45 percent in the first half, and 50 percent in the second. Junior Ed Persia was the leading scorer for the Tigers that night, shooting 4-of-5 from behind the line and finishing with 16 points. Senior Ray Robbins came off the bench to record 14 points, shooting 3-of-4 from behind the line. One marked change will be the absence of forward Spencer Gloger, who left the team for academic reasons back in February. The junior had been averaging 16.5 ppg, but was held to 11 at Newman. On Friday, the Red will look to end a 17 game losing streak at Jadwin Gym. Robbins has moved into the starting lineup after Gloger left, and was last week’s Ivy League Player of the Week. The Tigers are coming off of a weekend split, beating Yale on the road, 61-52, but losing to Brown, 88-74. Unhappy with the team’s turnovers in the first meeting, Donahue said, “We just weren’t sharp mentally or physically. I think we need to take care of the basketball and obviously step up our defense a little bit. But really take care of the ball and play a much better all-around basketball game and we should be fine.” Junior tri-captain Ka’Ron Barnes explained that the team needs to play stronger basketball on both ends of the court. Specifically the team is looking to, “Tackle their defense, and stop their offense as well.” “In the first game we had a lot of turnovers, so we have to make a point of attacking them and taking care of the ball,” said Barnes. After tonight’s game the team will have to turn around and head to the University of Pennsylvania. The Red’s first game against the Quakers was one of the best it played all season, energetic on both the offensive and defensive end. Entering the half, the teams were nearly even, with Penn holding just a four point edge, 38-34. However, after keeping it within reach for most of the second, the Quakers increased the lead to as much as 11 with nine minutes left. Strong shooting by Barnes and impressive overall team play allowed the Red to bring the game to within one, 67-68 with 11 seconds. After Penn netted two free throws, Barnes attempted a three point shot to tie it, but narrowly missed, giving the win to Penn. Playing at the Palestra without the support of the Cornell fans, the Red will need to once again come out strong. Penn is currently undefeated in league play and is looking to clinch the Ivy Title. The team is coming off a road trip in which they beat Yale, 80-75, and Brown, 69-65. Junior Jeff Schiffner averaged 19.5 points en route to being named this week’s Ivy Player of the Week. “They’re such a good basketball team,” explained Donahue. “It is going to be an emotional night for the whole Penn program, they could clinch the title, the seniors are going out, that great class they have. It’s our last game; we have to go out there and play our best basketball and enjoy a great college atmosphere. There’s no reason to be tight, there’s nothing on the line for us. We have to play as hard as we can, as well as we can and have some fun with it.” On the possibility of playing the spoiler to Penn’s perfect season, Taylor said, “It would be really nice, definitely. We almost caught them up here. If we could knock them off that would really be something great.” Tonight’s game against Princeton is scheduled for 7 p.m.Archived article by Kristen Haunss
March 7, 2003
Though the unrelenting snow and bitter cold of early March in Ithaca hardly bring to mind the nation’s pastime, Cornell’s baseball team will escape the confines of the Field House for the first time this weekend, as it commences its 2003 season with a three-game series against George Mason University. The Red has had little time to prepare itself for the Patriots, having just recently added the Fairfield, Va. school to its schedule after inclement weather canceled this weekend’s previously scheduled games against Fairleigh Dickinson University. George Mason is a significantly more talented team than FDU and was recently selected to finish third in the Colonial Athletic Association by Baseball America. However, despite the change of opponents, the Red’s opening series expectations remain the same. “Our expectations are just to go down there and play intelligent, aggressive, and hard baseball. If we expect to go down there and play flawless, errorless, mistake free baseball in our opening games, we’re setting ourselves up for frustration,” said head coach Tom Ford. Despite a solid core of returning players from a squad that finished 28-29 in 2002, the Patriots have lost four of their first five games this season. Part of those struggles can be attributed to the dismal start of leadoff hitter and center fielder Matt Cooksey. The diminutive 5-8 sophomore is the key to George Mason’s offense, but he has begun the 2003 season with just two hits in his first 20 at bats, having struck out 10 times already. As a freshman he stole 34 bases while batting .284 with 24 RBI. While Cooksey is struggling, junior shortstop Jeff Palumbo and sophomore first baseman Chris Looze have played well. A transfer from South Florida Community College, Looze has already solidified his position in the lineup, leading the team with a .600 batting average and six runs scored in his first five games. Meanwhile, Palumbo has also been solid as well, batting an even .300 so far. In 2002 he batted .318 while driving in 40 runs, but more importantly, he is one of the best defensive shortstops in the CAA, as shown by his 184 assists last year, just three short of a school record. Consistent with the team’s poor start, the Patriots’ pitching staff has struggled so far this season. George Mason returns its top five pitchers from a team that finished with a 4.73 ERA a year ago, including right-handed starter John Sterling and left-handed starters Chris Murray and Jake Glanzmann. The No. 3 rated prospect in the CAA according to Baseball America, Glanzmann finished 5-5 with a 4.74 ERA as a freshman. However, he lasted just two innings in his first start of this season, giving up six earned runs before being lifted. Murray and Sterling, both seniors, have struggled as well, combining to give up 14 earned runs in 18 innings. Murray was particularly strong last season, finishing 7-5 with a 3.57 ERA while Sterling led the team with 72 strikeouts, compiling a 5-6 record and an ERA of 4.79. The staff’s lone win belongs to left-hander senior Travis Hardman, who defeated Tulane 6-3 on Feb. 15. However, Hardman owns a stratospheric ERA of 9.64. For Cornell, right-hander Dave Sharfstein will take the mound in tomorrow’s opener after spending all of last season in the bullpen. The junior was Cornell’s most consistent pitcher in 2002, finishing 4-3 with a 2.34 ERA and five saves. In the seven-inning nightcap, talented but erratic junior right-hander Chris Schutt will take the mound. Despite attacking hitters with an excellent breaking ball and a 91 mph fastball, Schutt was just 1-3 with an 8.86 ERA in 41.2 innings in 2002. The Red will close out the series with junior pitcher Dan Baysinger on the hill. Baysinger pitched well in 2002, finishing with a respectable 4.23 ERA in 44.2 innings despite dropping five of six decisions. Offensively, Cornell will have to overcome the loss of Ivy League Player of the Year Erik Rico ’02, Andrew Luria ’02, and Flint Foley ’02 with increased contributions from the entire lineup. Rico, Luria, and Foley were the team’s three leading hitters in 2002, combining for 21 of the Red’s 27 home runs. The leading returning hitter is junior outfielder Dave Bredhoff, who finished 2002 with a .279 batting average, three home runs and 16 RBI in just 86 at-bats. While Bredhoff will be asked to help solidify the middle of the order, sophomore third baseman Dan Parant, who finished last season with 11 runs scored, two stolen bases, and a .255 batting average in 18 games has inherited table setting responsibilities. “We’re expecting him to just go out and be aggressive and get things going for us by getting on base any way possible whether it’s a bunt or a walk. He swings the bat pretty well and can drive the ball to the allies. We’re looking for him to be one of the guys we can steal with too,” said Ford about his newly anointed leadoff man. The Red is excited to finally get out of the frigid conditions of upstate New York and on to the playing fields of Virginia, hopeful that it can improve on last season’s disappointing 15-30 finish. However, the team is more concerned with coming out and playing fundamentally sound baseball against the Patriots than focusing on early season win totals. “They’re realistic. They know they are going down and playing a very good baseball team in George Mason. But, they’re not going to back down. They’re going to show up and play hard and play intelligently,” said Ford.Archived article by Mark Fetzko