November 7, 2003
M. Soccer Looks to Stop Losing Streak
| November 7, 2003
The Cornell men’s soccer team (5-7-1, 2-2-1 Ivy) will look to end its losing streak when it battles Dartmouth (5-8-2, 0-5-0) on Sunday in Hanover, N.H. The Red has lost its last four matches, including a heartbreaker in double overtime to Princeton last week. Dartmouth has struggled in the Ivy League, and has yet to garner a win in the conference.
However, Cornell is not overlooking this weekend’s contest against the Green. Dartmouth is coming off of a comeback win against Holy Cross last week. The Green was down 2-0 in the second half and managed to score three straight goals to close out the game, 3-2. Dartmouth seniors Matt LaBarre, Damien Quinn, and Rob Daly each scored in the game. Trio will look to provide the Red with a serious challenge Sunday.
Cornell will pull out its usual bag of tricks against Dartmouth. After four games without a win, this team will be hungry. Cornell was unsuccessful against Princeton last week when a desperation 3-5-2 pattern proved fruitless. The Red failed to grab the second goal it needed for the win. With the Red defense susceptible, the Tigers took advantage and closed out the game.
Cornell will have several key players to mark on the Green. Indeed, LaBarre, Quinn, and Daly, all goal-scorers the other night will be a factor; however, the Green’s depth does not end there. After all, this is the same team that ascended to No. 25 in the national rankings only about a month and a half ago after having its best start since 1987 after going unbeaten for six straight games. Expect to see strong play from several of the Green’s excellent recruiting class, including freshman Mark Limpert, who has been absolutely on fire this season.
If the Red can counter, it will require both the defense and junior goaltender David Mahoney to return to their all-star level of play that they were providing earlier this season. Mahoney and the defense have struggled as of late, with perhaps the best example taking place in the Red’s 4-0 loss to the Syracuse Orangemen.
Archived article by Michael Pandolfini
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November 10, 2003
When sophomore Rachel Adomat flew into the air to hammer down the Red’s match-deciding kill in the final, nerve-wrecking game against Penn Friday night, smiles of pure elation involuntarily took hold of the Red’s players and coaches. Just one evening later, however, the looks on the faces of the Red told a completely different story. Following one of the most dramatic and exhilarating victories of the Red’s season, a valiant 3-2 win (31-29, 28-30, 27-30, 30-28, 15-13) over a Penn squad that had not been defeated in 20-straight Ivy League matches, the Red was handed a heartbreaking upset by the Princeton Tigers Saturday evening, losing 3-2 (30-26, 24-30, 12-30, 30-25, 16-14) in the seniors’ final game at Newman Arena. Both matches were decided in a critical fifth game, and both games were decided by exactly two points. “Friday night was a really great win,” head coach Christie Roes said. “The whole team was crying afterwards — we were really excited. On Saturday, we were just shocked that we didn’t take care of business. Princeton came out hard and hungry, and we were flat at the beginning. But our team fought hard and they should be very proud of themselves. Even though we lost, it was still a lot of fun.” Saturday’s loss sent the Red’s Ivy League championship hopes into a tailspin, yet mathematically the squad is not out of things yet. Cornell (19-4, 9-3 Ivy) currently sits in third place in the Ivy League, dropping a position after the loss to Princeton (15-6, 8-2). Penn (17-5, 10-1) remains in first place, with three Ivy contests remaining against Dartmouth, Harvard and Princeton. The Red can still earn a share of the Ivy title providing that it wins its final two matches and the Quakers lose two out of their remaining three. Cornell would also depend on Princeton, whose remaining matches come against Columbia, Harvard, Dartmouth, and Penn, losing at least once. But for Roes and the rest of the Red, the focus now can only be on taking care of what the team can take care of. “It’s sad that we lost, but we just have to move forward now,” Roes stated. “We still have to give all we have to the program for this final week. We are still in this, we’re still a great team, and we’re not going to give up.” The weekend indeed proved beyond doubt that this Red squad certainly is special. The team registered yet another record-breaking performance in the loss to Princeton, smashing the team block record of 20 (set versus Princeton in 1995) with 28.5 blocks against the Tigers. Senior middle blockers Jamie Lugo and Ashely Stover were a part of 14 of the team’s 28.5, with Stover breaking the individual block assists record (9, set by Becky Merchant ’90 in 1988) by tallying 14 block assists. The Red dominated the stat sheet in both matches, out-hitting Penn and Princeton by a combined .229 team hitting percentage to .161 for the Quakers and Tigers. Freshman outside hitter Elizabeth Bishop provided the offensive backbone for the weekend, leading the Red in kills with 46 on the weekend. Sophomore setter Whitney Fair played in her typically solid manner, notching 60 assists against Penn and another 49 versus Princeton. Classmate Hayley Grieve also came through for injured senior Debbie Quibell (emergency appendectomy), terminating 16 attacks Friday night and adding another 19 kills Saturday. Yet, despite the glowing statistics, the reality remains that the Red needs somewhat of a miracle to remain in the hunt for the Ivy League title. And the past weekend leaves Roes and company in a situation where many questions still remain, with relatively few answers. “I feel like we made all of the right decisions against Princeton, but we just did not come out strong enough at the beginning,” Roes said. “We were making a lot of mental errors in the first game and we had to keep picking ourselves up. It seemed like we didn’t have enough time to come down after beating Penn the night before. The officiating was also pretty bad — only [at Newman Arena] do the officials make it seem like we don’t even have home court advantage.” Officials at Newman Arena were booed loudly by a raucous crowd Saturday (which included former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno ’60) after a questionable touch call was made in the decisive fifth game. Similar dubious calls were made in the match against Penn, again drawing severe disfavor from an energetic audience comprised of family, friends, and a particularly rowdy contingent of track and field athletes. The Red gets back on track for its final weekend of Ivy play next Friday at Yale, followed by potentially the last match of the season Saturday at Brown.Archived article by Kyle Sheahen
November 10, 2003
When Ithaca skies turn perpetually gray, every day is a rainy day and not bundling up could potentially lead to pneumonia, people get desperate for sunshine. Where do they turn? Until three weeks ago, probably to any of the dozens of indoor tanning salons in downtown Ithaca and the surrounding area. Since indoor tanning technology planted itself in dreary Ithaca years ago, college students have made up a hefty portion of the salons’ customer base. On Oct. 15, the Cabana Tanning Hut opened its doors on Dryden Road, becoming the first tanning salon to hit the streets of Collegetown and making the opportunity for a quick bake much more accessible to many students. “There’s no other tanning salon here so it’s beneficial for us, and it’s also beneficial for a lot of students who don’t have transportation to get downtown,” said Kelly Ney, the manager of Cabana. Already, the salon has received a warm welcome. “We have over 115 clients already — it’s wonderful,” Ney said. Many of those clients, the students, have rave reviews. “It’s great,” said Diana Gamzon ’04, who has visited the salon several times in the past couple of weeks. “The beds are state of the art; you can’t stay in them more than 12 minutes because they are so powerful.” Ironically, the same day the Cabana Tanning Hut opened, the Journal of the National Cancer Institute published a study in which researchers revealed the strongest evidence yet that artificial tanning can be dangerous to healthy skin. During the study, an international group of researchers surveyed 106,000 women in 1991 and 1992 about their exposure to sunlight and then in 1999 checked the number of cancer cases in the sample. Women who had reported using an artificial tanning system once or more a month when they were between the ages of 20 and 29 increased their risk of melanoma skin cancer by 150 percent. “Skin cancers are being found in younger and younger patients — including the college-age group,” said Dr. Steven Hughes, associate director for medical services at Gannett: Cornell University Healthy Services. In addition to skin cancer, the use of artificial tanning devices increases the potential risk for a variety of health hazards, including premature skin aging, skin and eye burns, photosensitive reactions, cataracts, skin cancer, reduced immunity and blood vessel damage, according to the FDA. Young people make up a significant portion of the 28 million Americans who go tanning each year. Another recent study conducted at Indiana University surveyed 489 students and found that 47 percent had used a tanning light during previous years. “This is a highly educated segment of society,” said the Indiana study’s author, Evan Farmer, dean of Eastern Virginia Medical School. “If anybody should have knowledge of the risks, they should. But awareness of the dangers doesn’t alter behavior in the face of enormous pressures to conform and achieve the ‘right’ image.” Students give many reasons for going to a tanning salon. Most Indiana University students surveyed by Farmer said they enjoyed a tanned appearance. Almost three-quarters said they had no time to tan in natural sunlight, and over a half said they go to tanning salons for vacation preparation. According to Janis Talbot, a health educator at Gannett, many students “misguidedly use indoor tanning as a way to prepare their skin for sun exposure — for example, before going to Cancun during spring break — and to try to reduce the risk of sunburn. ‘Base tans’ do not prevent sunburn. … There is no safe way to tan.” While it may be true that there is no safe way to tan in UV rays, the use of self-tanners is becoming increasingly popular. Last Wednesday, CNN.com reported that a growing number of Americans are getting “spray-on” tans. In fact, they report that a national survey found demand for spray-on tans was up 67 percent from last year. The active ingredients in the self-tanner have been found to be harmless. “According to the American Association of Dermatology, self-tanners that contain dihydroxyacetone, a colorless sugar that stains the skin, are preferred to other tanning aids,” Hughes said. Local salons are keeping up with the national trend, which has been featured on shows like Friends and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. In Ithaca, Stress Out, a day spa and salon, offers airbrush tanning, and in several weeks California Sun Daze will have self-tanning booths. Gannett officials advise students to limit exposure time and use safety goggles to protect their eyes. Gannett also suggests making sure that the salon disinfects the goggles and beds after each client to prevent the spread of infections and to make sure they are not using medications which make them more sensitive to artificial light. Archived article by Stacey Delikat