November 20, 2003
Updike Reads Work To Packed Statler
| November 20, 2003
Literary legend John Updike, brought by the Atkinson Forum in American Studies and the Department of English Program in Creative Writing, spoke to a packed Statler Hall Auditorium last night. Updike will take part in a question and answer session today at 11 a.m. in Barnes Hall, entitled The Craft of Fiction: a Conversation with John Updike.
Updike was frist introduced by Prof. Lamar Herrin, director of the creative writing program, and then by Joel Porte, the E.I. White Professor of English and American Studies. “He has won nearly every award known to man,” Porte said. Updike has in fact been the recipient of numerous literary awards and is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. “It is an awesome pleasure for me to welcome him to Cornell.”
Updike then took the stage and recalled fondly on his own connections to Cornell: his second wife is a Cornell graduate, and he declined an acceptance to Cornell in 1949 although he said “it is a warm furrow in my heart … though the path not exactly taken.”
Updike first read through selections of his early poems although he cautioned that, “I don’t want to … overdo these” drawing laughter from the audience.
“I thought that the reading was really funny. The audience was laughing even when he wasn’t trying to make us laugh,” said Parker Pringle ’03.
Updike’s readings continued to please the audience as he moved onto his short stories. He read “The Persistence of Desire,” a story included in the latest anthology of his early work, The Early Stories: 1953-1955, for sale at the Cornell Store. “It’s kind of an exercise in self-incrimination,” he said. “[When my editor asked me to compile my early short stories,] I don’t think she meant for me to find them all, but I saw no easy place to draw the line.”
“Everyone in the audience was sharing some similar experience that he was giving us but it was different for everyone, because [with short stories] everyone takes something different away,” said Nate Smith ’06.
The conversation with Updike being held today will be moderated by Herrin and Prof. Glenn C. Altschuler, the Litwin Professor of American Studies, who is currently teaching Updike’s novel Rabbit is Rich in his American Studies 102 course.
Archived article by Logan Bromer
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November 21, 2003
Coming into this season, I thought that the Cornell football team would be one of the better squads in the Ivy League. Don’t believe me? Just look back at The Sun’s annual football supplement on Sept. 19. I picked the Red to finish fourth. After the 2002 campaign, which saw Cornell finish 4-6, including a 3-4 Ivy record (the team actually should have gone .500 with a winning record in the Ancient Eight had it not been for a freak loss to Princeton), I was looking forward to big things, and not just the huge Shortstop cookie that comes in my lunch in the Schoellkopf press box every home weekend. Obviously, things haven’t gone the way that I, or anybody associated with Cornell football, could’ve imagined. On offense, the Red was returning its quarterback, its entire offensive line, its star tailback, and almost all of its top receivers. On the other side of the ball, Cornell had the two best outside linebackers in the league, a solid secondary, and a staunch defensive line. With that talent coming back, you had to think that Ivy wins over Dartmouth, Columbia, Brown and Princeton were possible, if not probable. And if lucky, maybe Cornell would knock off one of the league’s elite teams — Penn, Harvard, and Yale. But then, the injury bug hit. The players started falling like flies. Junior linebacker Joel Sussman was lost for the year before the season even began, senior wide receiver Chad Nice was hurt on the opening kickoff of 2003, and other key players including quarterback Mick Razzano, running backs Josh Johnston and Marcus Blanks, and a host of others have spent significant time in the trainer’s room. Surely the injuries have hurt, and it would’ve been a lot to ask of the football team to match the preseason expectations. But as coaches and players always like to say, when one player goes down with an injury, someone else has to step in — injuries can’t be used as an excuse. If that’s the case, then the team hasn’t performed and has no excuse for its unseemly 1-8 record. After covering the team for two years, I’ve come to one very important conclusion. Head coach Tim Pendergast and his players are some of the nicest and most media-friendly personalities on campus. Guys like seniors Neil Morrissey, Kevin Rooney, and Mick Razzano are a pleasure to interview, and Pendergast is always stand-up, even in defeat. But there are times when the Red just doesn’t look ready to play. Unfortunately, it’s happened one too many times this season. Cornell failed to show up in the first half against Colgate, Harvard, Georgetown, Brown, and Princeton — all losses. You just can’t tank a half and expect to win, even if you’re the nicest guys in the league. Effort aside, the playcalling has also been questionable at best. Look, I know that it’s hard to run a full complement of plays when players are shuffling in and out of the lineup. But if I can fairly accurately predict the ensuing play based just on the pre-snap look, there’s a problem. Four-receiver set, quick five-yard slant to the slot receiver … I think I’ve seen that play one too many times this season. And if I can see it, I’m pretty sure opposing defensive coordinators can see it, too. There are certain plays that I prefer when I’m at home pounding away at Madden 2004 on my Playstation 2. But after awhile, the CPU catches on and won’t let me run my QB Waggle or my HB Counter anymore. Catch my drift? Pendergast has had three full seasons at the helm of Cornell football. And I, unlike many of the grumbling alums, am willing to treat this season as a mulligan. But he will have had four full recruiting classes by next season, with his hand-picked players growing up in his system. Like it or not, the 2003 season was a wash, but more will be expected of the Red in 2004. A repeat of this season just won’t be acceptable.Archived article by Alex Ip
November 21, 2003
When the Miami Heat unexpectedly lost to the New York Knicks in the 1999 NBA playoffs, Alonzo Mourning was quoted in The New York Times as saying, “Adversity introduces a man to himself.” Now, although it’s still technically the beginning of the season for the women’s ice hockey team, the hard-working Red has already seen its share of adversity. Coming off another two-loss weekend in which the Red was out-scored, 9-1, by No. 5 St. Lawrence, the women’s squad is currently in the midst of a season-opening four-game losing streak. The Red’s play so far has landed it in a six-way tie for fifth place in the ECAC standings with a conference record of 0-3-0 (0-4-0 overall). Among the six teams who are winless in conference play at this point, the Red is the only team to have not won a single game yet. Head coach Melody Davidson and the rest of the team hope that the Red’s first foray into the win column will not be as delayed as it was last season, when the squad did not register a conference win until Feb. 9. Yet while that elusive first conference win will have to wait until at least next weekend when the Red faces off against Clarkson in Hamilton, N.Y., the squad can still build some confidence this weekend with a pair of games against NEC competitors Sacred Heart and Quinnipiac. “We’re actually really confident going into this weekend,” junior defenseman Jamie Ramenofsky said. “We just need to focus on playing our game and put some pucks in the net.” Tonight’s game at Sacred Heart in Fairfield, Conn. will be the first of a long road trip for the Red, which won’t return to Lynah until Jan. 9, 2004, after a six-game road trip and a tournament in Montreal, Que. over winter break. The Pioneers currently boast a 2-3-0 regular season record and a solid defensive corps, led by seniors Siobhan Russell and Rebecca Gelinas. Regaining some confidence will also be a goal for the Pioneers, who were throttled by the Red’s other opponent, Quinnipiac, 10-0 in their last meeting. The following evening the Red will travel to Northford, Conn., to test its will against a Bobcats squad looking for some Ivy League vengeance after being embarrassed by Brown, 10-1, on Tuesday. The game should prove to be an even match-up, with both teams having been defeated by Colgate and the Bobcats just barely squeaking by Clarkson (whom the Red lost to by a goal). Quinnipiac is led by speedy junior forward Gillian Gallagher, the Bobcats’ leading scorer in 2002-03 and recent member of the hat trick club (she netted three goals against Clarkson). The Red’s defensemen will also be on the lookout for freshman Vicky Graham, who is putting together a breakout season already with five goals and seven assists for Quinnipiac. Yet, for the Red, another opponent just means another opportunity to win. “We’re not going into the weekend thinking, ‘Well, these teams are not in our conference, so it’s not important,'” Ramenofsky stated. “In all honesty we just want to win.” Not to say that there hasn’t been anything positive about the Red’s play thus far. Sophomore Vicki Hodgkinson already has netted two points, with a goal against Clarkson and an assist against St. Lawrence. Sophomore forwards Jen Munhofen and Caitlin Warren are both winning 55 percent of their faceoff attempts, with Munhofen registering 12 wins against Colgate. Classmate Flora Vineberg has also been consistent in goal, having compiled a .909 save percentage in four games, including a 42-save performance in the Red’s 3-1 loss to St. Lawrence. The biggest problem for the Red, however, remains generating a steady offense. While it seems as if opportunities have abounded for the squad (the players have put 102 shots on goal in four games), the finishing touch just hasn’t been there. “Most of our problem is right in front of the net,” Ramenofsky said. “We certainly have the talent, we just need the drive to put the puck in.” The puck will drop today at the Milford Ice Pavilion at 3 p.m., and tomorrow’s game will begin at 5 p.m. at the Northford Ice Pavilion. Archived article by Kyle Sheahen