October 9, 2003
Test Spin: Stereolab
| October 9, 2003
Instant O in the Universe is the latest Stereolab release following the unfortunate death of vocalist and keyboardist Mary Hansen. This five-song EP, recorded over the summer in Bordeaux, France, can be in seen as a comeback in a certain sense. While Stereolab proves they still can deliver their archetypal mix of kraut-rock grooves and dreamy pop, Instant O brings nothing new to the table. Granted Stereolab, along with producer Fulton Dingley, tweak a few extra knobs for some video-game-like sound effects, the slight textural modifications are a far cry from any forward-looking artistic progression.
Stereolab purists, however, will more than likely be content with Instant O. Fast-moving, delicate symbol and drum hits still support ’70s euro-funk guitar, topped off by thick, creamy keyboard melodies. The chanteuse-styled lead vocals and backup harmonies, sometime sung in French, English at other times, flow capriciously in and out of the instrumental mix. Sound familiar? Exactly.
On the final track of the EP, “Mass Riff,” the band takes a slight departure from the typical. After an introduction almost indistinguishable from the other tracks, the vocals give way to an instrumental disco breakdown that features tightly picked guitar along with syncopated bass and drums. Eventually the vocals work over the new-groove in what seems to be Stereolab’s take on the disco-punk rebirth.
Maybe their full-length album due out next year will reveal a made over Stereolab. Unfortunately, from the likes of this EP, the chances remain slim. Well, we can always hope.
Archived article by Andrew Gilman
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October 10, 2003
In any given week, the defense focuses on one or two offensive stars. Harvard’s star, without a doubt, is quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. How to stop him, however, is another matter entirely. “I don’t know that you contain him,” said head coach Tim Pendergast. “He’s really talented. He runs well, very elusive — he’s like a very good tailback who’s also a very good quarterback. Extremely intelligent, he runs a lot of the offense right on the line of scrimmage. He’s sitting out there, and he just knows what you’re doing.” But Fitzpatrick’s skills aren’t just limited to his running ability and field vision, he’s an all-purpose player. The Harvard junior currently leads the nation in pass efficiency rating, and total offense at 406 yards per game. Last weekend against Northeastern, when he couldn’t find a receiver, he took care of business himself, finishing the day with two rushing touchdowns as well as two in the air. “This guy can throw the ball and he has receivers that can catch it whenever they want,” said Pendergast. “They don’t have to wait until they are behind to throw the ball. This is a team that likes to throw the ball. They like to spread you out.” Senior free safety Neil Morrissey echoed Pendergast’s comments. “Fitzpatrick, he’s up there to make plays. He’s going to throw first and run later, versus the other guys who run first,” he said. “So that’s the question we face, whether or not we’re ready for that, and I think we’re working on it.” While the top-ranked Harvard offense rolls into Scheollkopf this weekend, it will have to contend with the Ivy League’s leading pass defense. Currently ranked 10th in the nation, Cornell’s secondary has allowed just 141 passing yards per game. The players don’t see why tomorrow will be any different. “We are extremely excited about the fact that Harvard is coming in here with the top rated passer in the nation,” said Morrissey. “I think that poses a great challenge for our entire defense. “I think that we’re going to throw a lot of things at Harvard that maybe they haven’t seen.” But the same thing can be said for Harvard. After losing it’s top receiver, two-time Ivy League player of the year Carl Morris, to graduation, Harvard has found a new top wideout — Brian Edwards. Last week he hauled in seven receptions for 180 yards and two touchdowns. According to Pendergast, Edwards is just one of several weapons the defense will have to limit. “You have to have talent around talent in order to be good,” Pendergast said. “To be the type of offense that clicks for 530 yards a game, and [Fitzpatrick] leads the nation in offense — he’s a great player.” Still, the largest factor in limiting Harvard’s offense may not be stopping the run or the pass, it may just be Cornell stopping its own mistakes. “It’s not that our guys aren’t playing hard, it’s not that they aren’t trying because they are,” said Pendergast of the defense. “Fundamentals — you can go back and watch tape and if a guy goes in the wrong gap, it’s a fundamental breakdown. If the guy steps the wrong way, that’s a fundamental breakdown, and it’s something we need to clean up.” Cornell’s offense is a different story. Down 24-7 at the half last weekend, the Red mounted a 17-point comeback to knot the game in the fourth quarter. Senior quarterback Mick Razzano spearheaded the effort, throwing for 171 yards and one touchdown. Sophomore Josh Johnston led the way on the ground with 109 yards and one touchdown. The efforts impressed Pendergast. “The way I look at it, we scored offensively 17 points in 22 minutes,” he said. “That’s almost a point a minute, not quite, but it’s almost a point a minute. That to me is pretty good production by the offense. In addition, we only took 55 snaps, so that’s almost a point every three snaps.” Last weekend’s second half also seems to have boosted the confidence of the team. “We played a good game against Colgate, and we’re looking for big things against Harvard,” said senior receiver John Kellner. “It was a good stepping stone for us to come out and a and play a good second half against Colgate to get us going for this weekend.” Still, the key to besting Harvard doesn’t lie with one side of the ball. It’ll take a team effort to pull off a win tomorrow. “A lot of it is just consistency,” said Kellner. “It’s for us to be able to put together four quarters with all three cylinders clicking with our offense, and defense and special teams. We’ve shown signs of greatness in all of them, but we haven’t yet put it all together.”Archived article by Matt Janiga
October 10, 2003
On a campus as vast as Cornell’s and with weather as inclement as Ithaca’s, driving here is often perceived as a necessity. Parking, however, can be a nightmare. According to David Lieb ’89, Cornell’s communications and marketing manager, in the 2002-2003 academic year there were 42,283 parking tickets issued on campus. Of those, 6,842 were warning tickets that demanded no fine but informed recipients that their inspection or registration had expired. The 35,441 remaining tickets were issued with fines attached to them, at an average of $21.73 per ticket. Lieb noted that the parking enforcement is a “revenue mutual program.” The fines incurred pay for information and enforcement staff, equipment and staffing of the appeals department — funds that are not nearly covered by the fines on parking infringements. Approximately 52 percent of tickets were issued to students, with the rest being distributed among faculty, staff, visitors and vendors, according to Lieb. For the roughly 30,000 people on campus, there are approximately 10,000 parking spaces. As a result, he said, while the transportation department strives for flexibility, restricting parking is very important. Itay Budin ’07 disagrees. “The whole parking system is so stupid,” said Budin, who has a parking permit for North Campus and has received tickets for inadvertently forgetting to display his pass. On North Campus, the lot he parks in “is empty,” he said. “There’s so much room, it shouldn’t even be an issue.” As of Sept. 30, 979 campus residents had been assigned parking permits and 1,259 commuter permits had been given. Lieb said that this was “the lowest we’ve had in quite a while,” which he attributes to a recent push for students to leave their cars at home and take advantage of Cornell’s public transportation system. So far, 5,904 OmniRide bus passes have been sold on campus. This increase is largely due, Lieb said, to the transportation department’s “getting the word out earlier and more often to both our continuing and newly matriculated students.” The parking permit revenue is also lower than the actual costs of parking, so the department receives a subsidy from the University. In a case still pending a verdict on a re-appeal, one sophomore parked his car in early September on the left side of South Avenue in front of the fraternity Lambda Chi. The right side of the street bears two parking signs, one reading “No Parking Anytime” and another denoting permissible parking with a permit on Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The left side of the street, however, bears no such signs. Edgemoor Street, which runs parallel, has parking signs on both sides of the street. The sophomore’s appeal of the $25 ticket was rejected, and after re-appealing three weeks ago, he still has not heard back from the Commuter and Parking Services Department. “I understand the department’s need to regulate parking; however, they should use more standard parking signs and put them in clearer places,” he said. Commuter and Parking Services manager John Durbin recognizes this problem, acknowledging that most violations “all fall back on signage and people being confused by what permit belongs there.” As a result, Durbin and Lieb enclose a piece of paper along with the parking permits listing the specific privileges associated with the permit. Lieb also asserted that there are no particular hotbeds for parking violations. “People are going to choose the closest spot to whatever building they need to be in,” he said. Archived article by Sarah Boxer