November 13, 2003
| November 13, 2003
Where can I go with all of my anger these days?
At least in the mid ’90s, my white, suburban angst had a kick ass soundtrack to it. I could go home and submerge myself in the sounds of Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Soundgarden, The Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails, and all of that sonic fury would pick me up and carry me to a place much louder and more colorful.
But “alternative” music just does not feel like such a welcome alternative anymore. The very notion of the movement was to be mainstream music that defied mainstream principles. It was unique, artistic, and painfully introspective. Yet it seems that we have gone from Nirvana to Linkin Park. Are you kidding me? What is now considered to be “alternative” music is a predictable and indistinguishable mass of bands that all seem to share a common and inarticulate notion of anger without reason. Can bands like Staind and Evanescence really rock like the Pumpkins and Soundgarden used to? I didn’t think so. Nor can they articulate the displacement of the youth they are supposed to be a voice for. Today’s alternative music has traded in the layered guitars, sonic energy, and self examination of its predecessors for recycled rifts and faux-poetic lyrics. Even punk rock (if you can call it that anymore) has become so distilled and predictable that it is painful to listen to.
Honestly, if I hear one more “Emo” band whining about a failed relationship or their maudlin longing for their high school years, I am just going to scream. Sadly enough, such agonized wailing would make me a leading candidate to provide vocal accompaniment to the guitar sludge of contemporary rock. My apologies to all of you “punks” out there, but give me a break kids, stop being so sad and buck up already.
I realize that I just contradicted myself in my mockery of Emo. But I know that I would not yearn for 1995 if music now could inspire me as it did then. As clich
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November 14, 2003
Last season, Cornell salvaged a win at Columbia with a 44-yard Mick Razzano pass to then junior receiver John Kellner. Cornell scored on the drive, eeking out a 17-14 win in the frosty New York November. Tomorrow, against the Lions (3-5, 2-3 Ivy), the Red (1-7, 0-5) finds itself in a similar situation. While the Red entered the season with high hopes, hunting for an Ivy title, it has since gone the other way. After losses to Yale, Harvard, Brown, Princeton and Dartmouth, the players are still optimistic. They’re looking to finish strong, and once again pull out a come-from-behind victory. This time, however, the team is looking to salvage its season. “It’s not tough to keep going because this is what we live for,” said senior co-captain Kevin Rooney. “You only get 10 chances every year.” Head coach Tim Pendergast agreed, noting that the team has appeared extremely motivated for this weekend’s game. “I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t tough in terms of losses, but these players haven’t given up,” he said. “They’re excited, they’re juiced, and it says a lot about the character of this team.” Yet, after a 16-13 last-second upset win against Harvard last weekend, the same thing can be said of Columbia. The Lions’ offense has recently blossomed on the arm of quarterback Jeff Otis. Last week alone, he threw for 253 yards and a touchdown. “[Columbia’s] passing game is definitely very strong. They’re right at the top of the league and they have a very good quarterback,” said Rooney. “He fields pressure well and he finds his receivers.” Rooney and his coaches also noted how an effective pass rush could be a the key to shutting down the Lions’ offense. “Up front, we’re just going to get after him, try to be in his face all day,” he said. “We have got a consistent pass rush the past few weeks, and we need to get more,” agreed Pendergast. Still, Otis is just one of Columbia’s offensive threats. Lions tight end Wade Fletcher poses more of a problem to the defense, particularly the secondary. “He’s a big boy, 6-7, 240 — he’s one of [Otis’s] better targets,” said senior safety Neil Morrissey. “We’re looking to shut him down. We see him as the key to the offense. We’re really looking to focus on him, take him out, and then dismantle them from there.” Rooney had exactly the same idea. “We’ll try to jam him off the line and definitely have our eyes out for him,” he said. “He’s the main target for them.” Cornell, however, is not without offensive firepower of its own. Starting his fourth game of the season, senior quarterback D.J. Busch will again look to use his arm to march the Red downfield. Additionally, Cornell’s leading tailback, sophomore Josh Johnston, is back from injury and should add to the Red’s already dangerous ground attack. Still, Cornell will have to work hard against the Columbia defense. “Columbia was obviously able to do some good things defensively — holding Harvard well below their average — and they were able to take the ball away a couple of times,” said Pendergast. Senior receiver Vic Yanz compared the Lions to Dartmouth, which also beat Harvard just a week before facing Cornell. “Just looking at tape and everything, on the defensive side of the ball, I don’t think Columbia is as solid as Dartmouth was last week,” he said. “But we still have our work cut out for us, and it’s still going to take a lot of preparation.” Yanz and the team’s sixteen other seniors have been preparing for this game over the past four years of their Cornell careers. The game against Columbia marks the last time they will play on Schoellkopf field. “It’s tough obviously,” said Yanz of the team’s 1-7 record. “This isn’t where we wanted to be. We had expectations that were sky high, and we just didn’t get off to a good start.” But it doesn’t mean that he or any of his teammates are going to give up now. “We’re still going out and playing hard, and trying to win games,” he said.Archived article by Matt Janiga
November 14, 2003
One week ago, the men’s hockey team (2-1-1, 2-0-0 ECAC) embarked on its first road trip of the season after an opening-week performance that fell far below expectations. Thirteen goals and two conference victories later, the Red will again open a road weekend tonight against Clarkson before visiting St. Lawrence tomorrow. This weekend, though, the pressure of not yet having a conference win is off. However, even though the Red has that monkey off its back, this weekend’s series will be far from a cakewalk. “I expect obviously a hard fought game to be fought by both teams. That’s always one of the toughest trips in the league to go up there and win,” said head coach Mike Schafer ’86. “Our expectations are the same. We want to go up there and try to win hockey games.” Last week, senior captain Ryan Vesce had a career weekend for the Red, tallying nine total points. Seven of the nine came last Saturday night at Princeton, as the Red pounded the Tigers, 7-0. The forward’s seven-point game was the first by a Cornell player in 25 years and was one point short of the school record. For his performance, Vesce was named the ECAC Player of the Week, as well as the U.S. College Hockey Online Offensive Player of the Week. “You can’t predict what’s going to happen in the offensive game. You can’t go in expecting seven goals,” Schafer said. “The whole objective of the weekend is to win, and how we do that doesn’t make a difference.” Vesce and linemate sophomore Matt Moulson have 11 points a piece on the season, for a 2.75 points per game average, a mark that is tops in the nation. In addition, the third member of the line, freshman Byron Bitz has seven overall points to comprise one of the most offensively prolific lines in the NCAA. Clarkson (4-2-2, 1-1-0) enters the game following a split of its first conference games of the season last weekend. After falling to Rensselaer, 4-3, on Friday, the Golden Knights came back to beat Union, 4-1, on Saturday. Leading the way for Clarkson was Chris Blight, who scored three goals on the weekend, including two on Saturday night. Saturday’s win was the first ECAC win for new head coach George Roll, who was hired by Clarkson after six seasons at Oswego. “I know the reputation George has is his teams play a very up-tempo game and they work very hard,” Schafer said. “They’re very disciplined, and those are pretty good characteristics to bring to a program.” Tomorrow night, the Red will continue its trip in Canton, N.Y. with a 7 p.m. game against St. Lawrence (2-6-3, 1-1-0). Cornell has had little difficulty with the Saints of late, going 3-0-1 over the past two seasons. St. Lawrence also split its weekend series with Union and Rensselaer a week ago. After dropping a tight 4-3 contest to Union Friday, the Saints had little trouble with the Engineers the next night, outskating the Engineers, 4-0. Despite a mediocre record, Schafer still anticipates a tough game from St. Lawrence. “You can throw schedules out the window when they play at home. Last weekend, they shut out RPI, 4-0, at home. So things don’t get any easier after Friday night,” he said. In the Saturday win, Tony Maci scored two goals to lead the Saints. Mike McKenna earned the shutout with 20 saves on the evening. T.J. Trevelyan scored two goals on the weekend and leads the team with 11 points on the season. Schafer looks at the weekend as another chance for the Red to come together as a cohesive unit before returning home for five straight games beginning next week. “It was a good opportunity for those guys to get out there and play a game with their teammates on the road, without our crowd, and just concentrate on hockey and not get caught up with the fans here,” he said. “Every practice, these guys feel a little more comfortable, more in tune with things, with what’s going on. Going on the road does nothing but bring the team closer together.”Archived article by Owen Bochner