September 30, 2003
W. Tennis Struggles at Maryland Invitational
| September 30, 2003
Despite not winning any titles in this past weekend’s Maryland Invitational, the women’s tennis team emerged from the weekend claiming a modest success, as seven of the Red’s eight singles entrants advanced to the final day of competition in the annual event.
Leading the way for Cornell was junior Akane Kokubo, who beat Syracuse’s Ashley Lipton, 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 on Sunday. Nisha Suda and Kara Malloy, who won their “C” flight singles match, joined Kokubo as the only Cornellians to win their Sunday matches.
On the doubles side, the pair of Malloy and Kasia Preneta fell to the Richmond duo of Klein and Carter, 8-5.
Senior Laura Leigh-Tallent and junior Melissa Tu both lost in their singles consolation bracket matches, in flights “A” and “B,” respectively, Sunday. In addition, Preneta lost, 7-6(1), 6-4 in “B” flight singles to Emily Applegate of Richmond.
Freshman Melanie Tu lost to Ashley constantine of West Virginia, 6-0, 4-6, 6-1, on Sunday in flight “C” singles.
Sunday’s results belied what was otherwise a strong performance by the Red in a tournament that was much more of a challenge last year.
All together, Cornell’s entrants went 20-21 over the tournament, a vast improvement over last year’s 12 total wins.
The tournament served as the Red’s final tuneup before the ECAC tournament, which will take place Oct. 11-13. This tournament is the highlight of the fall season and will be a test of where the Red stands heading into the spring.
Archived article by Owen Bochner
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October 1, 2003
If you have not yet received an e-mail with the subject line “State-Mandated Student Health Requirement,” you will by early next week, and when you do, don’t hit delete. Unlike other unwanted e-mail that clogs your inbox daily, choosing not to respond to this state-mandated health requirement by Oct. 31 will lead to a hold on your spring registration and financial penalties. The e-mail, from Gannett: Cornell University Health Services, describes a new New York State law that requires every college student over the age of 18 to fill out a form stating that he or she has read (or has had read to them) information on meningococcal disease and has received the vaccine against the disease, plans to receive the vaccine or does not wish to receive the vaccine. To date, 3,500 students have handed in completed forms to Gannett, according to Sharon Dittman, associate director for community relations at Gannett. “It’s an important law because college age individuals are statistically at greatest risk for meningococcal meningitis, so it provides information about the vaccination and its potential benefits, and leaves it to the individual himself to make an informed decision,” said Kristine Smith, spokesperson for the New York State Department of Health (DOH). Meningococcal meningitis — not to be confused with viral meningitis — is a rare severe bacterial infection of the bloodstream that affects between 100 and 125 individuals on college campuses each year. Between five and 15 college students die each year as a result of infection. “We think it’s really important for people to have knowledge of the disease and to know what they can do to reduce their risk,” Dittman said. Meningococcal disease is spread through direct contact with infected persons, such as kissing, sneezing or coughing on someone, or oral contact with shared items such as eating and drinking utensils. Dittman explained that 10 percent of individuals carry the meningococcal bacteria harmlessly in their mucus membranes at any given time. “That’s how people develop such effective immunity against the bacteria,” she said. “But medical science doesn’t yet know why every year that small percent of the population goes on to develop the disease.” While there is no conclusive evidence as to why people living together as in a college setting are at greater risk, there is a theory. “When you bring together a group of people from diverse geographical areas, they have perhaps each been exposed to subtle variations of the bacteria that they have developed defenses against. But when you are living in a residence hall with people from Texas, Montreal, China … they may also have these defenses, but they may have a slightly different strain floating through their immune system,” Dittman explained. Living in close quarters and sharing bathrooms and showers may put students at higher risk, but having a compromised immune system increases vulnerability. “Students’ immune systems are under assault,” Dittman said. “For a freshman who is away from home for the first time, there are a lot of stresses. They are probably not exercising as much as they used to, not eating right, and not getting enough sleep. Most people who get this disease are people who are already fighting some other illness.” One hundred and twenty-five cases of meningococcal disease on college campuses each year is actually a very small number, considering the number of colleges and college students in the U.S, according to Dittman. “People think that because it’s spread like a cold or flu, it must be more common than it is,” she added. Dittman is concerned though that students will get the wrong message from the e-mail and will think that meningococcal disease is a greater threat to their health than other diseases or behaviors. “When you get this information from the state that says, ‘this is the most important thing we are going to communicate to you,’ we’re concerned about what message that sends college students. While we agree it’s a health condition people ought to know about, we are also very concerned about mental health and students’ sexual health, their eating habits, and students’ relationships with alcohol, tobacco or other substances.” Of the reason New York State’s DOH is emphasizing meningococcal disease to college students as opposed to other infectious diseases, Smith, DOH spokesperson said, “In terms of other recommended immunizations, you hear about most of them before you enter kindergarten. This is new so it’s important that the people who are most affected by the law are informed of it.” The legislation emphasizes vaccination against the disease. The vaccine is 85 percent effective against four subtypes of the disease. It is available at Gannett for $80. Students can additionally reduce their risk by protecting themselves from other people’s saliva and mucus and maintaining overall health. Over the last five years, there have three cases of meningococcal disease at Cornell, none of which were fatal. The most recent case occurred in 2002 in a twenty-one year old female student. Archived article by Stacey Delikat
October 1, 2003
The seventh annual Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival begins this Friday at the Cornell Cinema theater in the Straight with the screening of “My Architect: A Son’s Journey,” the story of a famous architect’s illegitimate son who attempts to connect with his father almost 20 years after his death. During the festival, approximately 30 thematic films, including a few short films, will be shown over the course of seven days at a wide range of locations including Cornell, Ithaca College, the city of Ithaca, Wells College, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Syracuse. Though most of the showings will be free, a select few will charge an entry fee. Because the films will fall under a very general environmental theme as implied by the festival’s title, the collection of topics will span time, culture and distance. Films such as “Friendship Village,” “The Return of Navajo Boy,” “Razing Appalachia,” and “An Injury to One” deal with historical, cultural and social issues while “Banana Split,” “Fish Out of Water,” “Butterfly” and “The Shaman’s Apprentice” directly concern environmental issues. Other films such as “E V O” and “The Doe Boy” explore personal struggles and philosophical questions. “Outside of a more environmental theme, there isn’t a sub theme,” said Christopher Riley, festival director. “We [just] want to show the best available.” In planning the event for the sixth time, Riley found that forcing the festival to adhere to a specific theme had the effect of filtering out great productions. In addition to a film screening, each event will include a speech and/or discussion facilitated by a filmmaker, producer or specialist on the topic of the movie. The last event, a showing of “The Return of Navajo Boy” at Robert Purcell Community Center on Oct. 9, will feature Elsie Mae Begay, the subject of the film. Other specialists will include graduate students and professors at Cornell and Ithaca College. Prof. Jefferson R Cowie, collective bargaining, will comment and encourage discussion after the showing of “An Injury to One.” “The film is a combination of labor and environmental history,” Cowie said. “It looks at the mysterious death of [socialist] organizer Frank Little, sort of a legend in labor law, and puts that labor history in a dialogue of the landscape of Butte, Montana.” At the event, Cowie intends to “say a few words after the film to facilitate discussion.” He has spoken several times at the annual film festival. Another specialist, Prof. Ronald J. Herring, government, will speak at the showing of “Drowned Out,” a film that examines the displacement of about 16 million poor individuals in order to accommodate an Indian hydroelectric project called the Narmada Dam. “[The Narmada Dam] is something I know a lot about,” Herring said in an interview. Nonetheless, it seems that the film will be as much of a new adventure for Herring as it will be for members of the audience. “I don’t know anything about [this particular] film,” Herring said, though “I have seen a number of films that deal with the Narmada Dam.” Herring emphatically urged students to “come see it!” The film festival, originally entitled the Cornell Environmental Film Festival, has over the years captivated the interests of people throughout the region. “There is a lot of interest in these films and themes outside the [Cornell] campus,” Riley said. “That is one of the reasons the name has been changed to the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival. Over the past few years, organizers have increased the number of venues to accommodate viewers outside of the Cornell community. These actions have helped to advance the festival’s goals, which “[have] always been to get people thinking and discussing these issues . . . to [present] films that would otherwise not have any other exposure,” Riley said. Based on six years of experience, Riley estimates that about 2,000 movie-goers will attend the events at Cornell over the course of the week. Furthermore, many students will act as volunteers at the approximately 15 showings that will take place on campus. Archived article by David Andrade