October 9, 2003
| October 9, 2003
Ithaca never ceases to amaze me. October hits, and suddenly we’re pulling out the winter jackets and watching the snow fall. It’s going to be a cold one, so you better be prepared. I hate to sound like Mom, but she’s right — wear lots of layers and get yourself a versatile, good-looking, extremely warm jacket to cozy up in. Here are a few ideas from the fall/winter jacket selection to get you started. Hurry out and get them before the frostbite sets in!
Once the cold weather strikes, Cornell becomes the poster child for North Face gear. One of their new selections this season is a jacket they are claiming is “the new fleece, but better.” It is a very standard look with great features, like wind and water resistance. Plus it’s lightweight and a lot warmer than you’d think. It’s also easy to pack up — you can fold the whole thing into the left-hand pocket!
Peacoat for Him
I’ll admit it — I’m a sucker for the peacoat look. It’s clean and classic no matter what color you choose. Wear it out or every day, dressed up or over jeans. Guys, don’t rule it out. It’s a look that never goes out of style.
Suede jackets are the alternative to the leather jacket this year. This version is extra warm and perfect for the Ithaca cold with a Thinsulate lining. Definitely don’t forget to get leather treatment spray to protect the material from cruel, wet Ithaca weather.
Peacoat for Her
As with the guys, the girls can’t go wrong with a peacoat, either. Dark colors are great for any occasion, but don’t rule out more feminine hues like ivory or pink. A peacoat may traditionally be more classy, but it’s okay to have fun with it too.
Ski jackets are one of the warmest and brightest ways to go. Pretty much the style stays the same every year, so invest in one and expect it to last for a while. This version is wind and water-resistant, has a fold-in hood, and has a removable fleece lining that you can wear on it’s own when the temperatures aren’t bordering subzero.
Bright and trendy, what this coat really has going for it are the old-school toggle closures and wild colors, like alaska blue or marmalade orange, to choose from. My personal favorite: sled (Cornell) red. It’s wool, so it’s warm, and has a hidden zipper so the cold can’t creep in.
Archived article by Laura Borden
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October 10, 2003
While many students are ready to take a much-welcomed break, President Jeffrey S. Lehman ’77 traveled thousands of miles Wednesday night to Doha, Qatar to kick off his inauguration ceremony, which will conclude in Ithaca next Thursday. The East Hill celebration will be filled with numerous activities, including speeches made by well-known personalities, an inauguration address by Lehman and possibly a telephone conversation with astronaut Ed Lu ’84 from the International Space Station. Lehman will begin the first stage of his induction when he helps open a new building at the Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) on Sunday. Lehman will return to Weill Cornell Medical College in New York for a second inauguration ceremony on Wednesday before returning to Ithaca for his official inauguration. Serious planning for the event in Ithaca started in July, according to Inge T. Reichenbach, vice president for alumni affairs and development and the main organizer of the inauguration. Reichenbach said that although part of the day is traditional, each president has individually decided what message he wants to send out to the community through his ceremony. “We have a history that goes back for more than 100 years, and this is only the 11th inauguration the University is having,” said Linda Grace-Kobas, interim vice president for communications and media relations and a media organizer for the event. “This is a big deal because we are formally installing the leader of the University.” The events in Ithaca will kick off at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, when Lehman will take a tour of the Tompkins County Public Library and have a conversation with over 50 community leaders. Lectures will then be held simultaneously an hour and a half later. N.R. Narayana Murthy, the chair of Infosys Technologies Ltd.; world-renowned architect Richard Meier ’57; and Prof. Alice Fulton MFA ’82, English and Prof. Kenneth A. McClane ’73, the W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of Literature, will be speaking at the Biotechnology Building, Statler Auditorium and Sage Chapel, respectively. “The morning speakers are spectacularly talented,” Lehman said. “[Fulton] and [McClane] are well-renowned poets. … Murthy is one of the most important contributors to the digital revolution in the world [and] Richard Meier is one of the greatest architects of his generation.” Inauguration participants will then line up in the Arts Quad at noon, where the new ice cream Ezra and Andrew’s World View will be unveiled in honor of Lehman. After a chimes concert, the academic procession will start making its way toward Barton Hall, where at 2 p.m. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ’54 will speak. Lehman will then give his inaugural address. “Justice Ginsburg has been for me and I think for many lawyers and law professors a source of inspiration. To have her come to the campus and present me to the community is humbling,” Lehman said. Reichenbach said that approximately 70 representatives from other colleges will be attending the procession, and for the first time, alumni will also be among the participants. According to University sources, about 700 students from various groups will be performing at the 7 p.m. “Ezra & Andy’s Excellent BIG RED Adventure” in Barton Hall. Students can pick up tickets for the inauguration ceremony and the evening event at the Straight box office. Students such as Jennifer Frohlich ’06, who is performing in the wind symphony and symphony orchestra Thursday night, are anticipating the event. “I’m definitely looking forward to playing at the inauguration because I get to represent Cornell in front of thousands of people,” Frohlich said. Grace-Kobas said that there is a good possibility that Lehman will be able to talk to Lu in a telephone conversation during the event. Even though there are many factors which will come into play, the organizers are “as definite as anyone can be with an event like this.” “[Lu] really wants to do it, and if everything goes well, we’ll have that live telephone call.” Organizers of the event are hoping that students will attend. E-mails were sent to professors encouraging them to cancel their 1:25 and 2:30 p.m. classes. Because of this, the turnout for the event is expected to be positive, according to student-elected trustee Funa Maduka ’04, an organizer in the publicity committee. “I hope the turnout will be good,” Maduka said. “Canceled classes make [coming to the event] possible.” Reichenbach said that students who are too busy to attend the events can watch the inauguration on Time Warner cable channel 16 and also over the Internet at the inauguration website. “We really want people to come,” Grace-Kobas said. “It will be really exciting to have a Supreme Court justice there and the president to give his major address for the future.” Archived article by Brian Tsao
October 10, 2003
Eight 60-square-foot panels dominated Ho Plaza for two hours early Wednesday afternoon. The panels depicted images of Nazi death camps from the Holocaust juxtaposed with present-day factory farm and slaughterhouse scenes. The images were part of an exhibit entitled “Holocaust on Your Plate,” set up by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Beginning in San Francisco on Feb. 22, the exhibit has appeared in more than 50 cities in close to 40 states, according to Matt Prescott, campaign coordinator for PETA. Regarding the purpose of the exhibit, Prescott said, “People everywhere need to understand that by eating meat, dairy and eggs, they are supporting an industry that performs routine mutilations, such as castration and debeaking, without anesthesia. People everywhere, Cornell students included, should be outraged at this abuse.” The website associated with the PETA campaign cites the Yiddish writer Isaac Bashevis Singer as the first to notice “the disturbing similarity between the treatment of Jews during the Holocaust and that of animals raised for food.” The website features a quote from Singer: “… in relation to [animals], all people are Nazis; for [them] it is an eternal Treblinka.” Treblinka was a Nazi extermination camp during World War II that was responsible for the deaths of an estimated 850,000 Jews. Singer’s quote also lent itself to the title of a 2002 book, Eternal Treblinka: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust, by Charles Patterson. Patterson believes the book was a central source of inspiration for the PETA campaign. The PETA campaign has met resistance in many cities on its tour. Prescott said some cities have tried to deny permission to erect the display, but all legal cases have been settled out of court. Several newspaper articles have also featured outspoken Jewish communities protesting the exhibit. Within minutes of setting up on Ho Plaza, the display incited a protest group of students challenging PETA with signs and verbal arguments. “I was one of the counter-protesters — I had a sign that said ‘My Aunt Was Not a Chicken — She Was a Human Being,'” said Dan Greenwald ’05. A few other students also protested the exhibit with signs, and a larger contingent expressed their opinions verbally. “There were about four people with signs, but a group of about 20 was constantly arguing with PETA and maybe 50 more people walked by and argued with them at some point,” said David Klein ’05, whose sign read, “My Relatives Were People.” “One girl just started screaming and crying; it was pretty ugly for a while,” Greenwald added. To Greenwald, the exhibit “represents true moral depravity — an inability to recognize the sanctity of human life — the sanctity of human life isn’t uniquely a Jewish, Christian or Muslim thing — it’s something recognized by nearly every civilization that has ever walked the earth.” Klein saw the exhibit as “an absolute joke — there’s no way to equate the genocidal treatment of people to the killing of animals — animals that are a source of food to people.” “I think it’s easy to misinterpret,” said Clair Whittet ’04, president of the Cornell Coalition for Animal Defense, which sponsored PETA’s display on campus. “It’s easy to think that our bottom line is to compare people and animals, but it isn’t. My response to students who are upset at the display is that they are not wrong to feel upset. The display contained very upsetting subject matter. I would hope that they can understand that we were not trying to demean Jews, to belittle the plight of the Jews who died during the Holocaust, but to show that the brutal, cruel, torturous and utterly unjustifiable actions perpetrated by the Nazis during World War II are still being conducted on millions of animals every year.” Prescott, who is Jewish, reinforced Whittet’s interpretation of the exhibit. “We’re trying to show people that the mindset which allowed people to turn away from the Holocaust, the notion that we can ignore suffering if we are not directly affected by it, is the same mindset that allows 28 billion animals a year to be confined in cages and crates, pumped full of growth-inducing hormones and antibiotics, and often boiled alive,” he said. Before bringing the exhibit to campus, the CCAD consulted Rabbi Ed Rosenthal, executive director of Cornell Hillel. “We expressed our intent not to offend the Jewish community but rather to show how grievous the plight of animals in factory farms is wrong,” Whittet said. While the crowd of protesters was constant during the two hours the exhibit was shown, not as many students were there to support PETA. Whittet said she was not able to attend the event. “I did not see a single student who was there supporting PETA,” Klein observed, “and there is plenty of student support against animal cruelty, but not now.” According to Sue McNamara, assistant to the dean of students, “the event yesterday was not considered a rally, it was considered an information table reserved through [the] Straight.” PETA’s right to bring potentially controversial subject matter to campus is protected by the Campus Code of Conduct, according to Susan H. Murphy ’73, vice president for student and academic services. “In my 10 years as vice president, I do not recall not permitting a speaker, activity, demonstration [or] protest because of potentially objectionable content,” she said. Murphy recognized the potential complications involved with the exhibit and before the event, said, “We will make sure that it is staffed properly, maybe with police, maybe with event managers; we will make sure that our Campus Code of Conduct is properly upheld.” Despite the resistance, Whittet thought the event was a success. “I think that if the display encouraged even one person to question the ethics of factory farming, if it made one person think for a second the next time they reach for a ham sandwich, we accomplished our goal,” Whittet explained. “For every vegetarian or even every person who decides to buy meat from small, non-industrialized farms there are thousands of animals who will be spared a fate of brutality and suffering, and to us, that is a victory.” Archived article by Tony Apuzzo