March 18, 2004
| March 18, 2004
With spring break only one day away, it’s hard to concentrate on papers and prelims while thoughts of packing fill my head. Whether you are going someplace sunny, or staying here, nothing beats the idea of sunshine. So, to brighten up the dreary March weather, I’ve found some hot items to get you geared towards fun times in the sun.
Malia Mills Swimwear
A flattering bathing suit used to be as hard to find as a good pair of jeans, especially if your body doesn’t resemble that of Barbie, or even Skipper for that matter. Malia Mills, a Cornell grad, has made this grueling process stress-free by creating bathing suits for every body type. Whether getting ready for spring break, or just planning for summer, Ms. Mills’ creations are a “must” for the warm weather ahead.
There is finally a stylish way to transport your wet bathing suit without ruining everything it comes in contact with. These cute and colorful pouches are lined with protective vinyl, ensuring that the suit you wore while enjoying your last few hours at the beach does not soak your entire bag.
Colorful Luggage Tags
We’ve all been there — trying to spot a black bag on a luggage carousel over-flowing with black bags. These colored rubber identification tags make this process a whole lot easier, giving you a hint of color to look for (though nothing helps if the airport has lost your bags).
CD case speaker
The TDK “I’MASPEAKER” CD case is one of the simplest, but most useful inventions recently produced. This CD case houses a remarkably powerful speaker in its outer casing, allowing you to play CDs or hookup your iPod to it.
If you’re stuck sniffing ether in the fly lab over break, you might want to think about purchasing one of these candles for your apartment. As soon as it’s lit, it is easy to imagine that you are lying on a beach in Hawaii smelling plumeria and tuberose.
“I need sunshine” purse
To those dedicated students who will not be able to escape the grey skies of Ithaca, or even worse, the library, there is now a purse for such an occasion. The “I need sunshine” purse certainly has been relevant many times in my Cornell career, along with their other designs: “I need a vacation,” “I need a hug,” and “I need a raise.”
Archived article by Kelsey Nichols
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March 19, 2004
Rock legend Joe Walsh once said, “Life’s been good to me so far.” For the Red women, life is good. Over the past three weeks the team has won another Heptagonal championship and scored a record number of points in the ECAC championship. The honors continued this week when head coach Lou Duesing, a Joe Walsh fan, was named Northeastern Region Indoor Coach of the Year. While the Northeast remains locked in winter, the Red will escape to Southern California to warm up and start its outdoor campaign. “We’re not really worried about the scores,” Duesing said. “We just want to get out and get acclimated, we haven’t run on an outdoor track yet. By in large this is the first time for the intermediate hurdles, the steeplechase, and the 4×100 — [it] will be an adventure. There are a lot of throwing events like the javelin, discus, and the hammer where people just haven’t been able to get out — they’ve been playing in the mud.” Representing the Red in these additional events will be some old and new faces. In the intermediate hurdles, junior Shonda Brown and senior Hannah Garrity will lead the way. Both hold top school performances in the event and, after the busy indoor season, should be ready to move outdoors. The steeplechase, a track oddity, requires participants to clear 28 three-foot hurdles, cross seven 10-foot-long water hazards, and cover a total of 3000 meters. The event demands a high amount of skill and training, and the Red will turn to junior Alyssa Simon and senior Jessica Parrott to score valuable points. The 4×100 relay team returns three quarters of its record-holding squad — senior Merili Mosley, Shonda Brown, and sophomore Jan Seale. This weekend will feature the return of Mosley from an injury that sidelined her during the indoor season. Traveling with the women to the west coast will be the men. Extra events in outdoor meets will allow different members of the team to see some action. Senior Chris Friedrich and sophomore Derrick Bass are ready to flex their muscle in the javelin. Both have had performances placing among the elite in Cornell history. Junior Emory Mort will represent the team in the steeplechase. Last year at the Outdoor Heps, he placed sixth and qualified for the NCAA regionals. His experience will be an asset for the Red. In the 400 hurdles sophomore Greg Simonds will try to continue his success. His personal best in that event, which he achieved at Heps last year, is Cornell’s 10th best all-time. The trip will consist of two meets. First the Red appears at UC-Irvine, and then the following weekend at UC-San Diego. The opponents will all be from the west coast, save one — Yale. “At the Irvine meet we will be against Air Force, UC-Irvine, and Yale,” Duesing said. “Ever since I’ve been here we’ve gone to UC-Irvine. The Yale people didn’t go until two years ago when they decided to come since things seemed to work out so well for Cornell.” Archived article by James RichSun Staff Writer
March 19, 2004
The dragon made its annual emergence from behind Rand Hall yesterday, charging down East Avenue towards the engineering quad before turning around and meeting a fiery death in the arts quad. Escorting the dragon on its journey were hundreds of architecture upperclassmen dressed as cowboys, building blocks, crayons and more, who lead the way beating on makeshift drums and amusing a crowd estimated in the several thousands. The upperclassmen started congregating behind Rand well before noon, as the first-year architecture students were putting the final touches on the beast that has now become one of Cornell’s most cherished traditions. Each year, since the 1950s, first-year architecture students have planned and built a giant dragon float. The event is a mix of team building and technical prowess, as well as a presentation to the rest of the University what a group of fifty determined architects can do with a limited amount of time, money and sleep. William Erhard III ’08, president of this year’s Dragon Days Affairs, said that most of the students involved went without any sleep last night in final preparation for today’s festivities. Shortly before 1 p.m., a moment of silence was held for George Boiardi ’04, who was killed yesterday in a lacrosse accident. The dragon then began making its way through the campus, lumbering on a car chassis and the backs of about fifty students. Spectators chanted “Dragon, Dragon” as it slowly rolled from the curb onto the street. A police escort cut off traffic along the dragon’s path and protected bystanders from two giant claws which extended from the beast. The sides of the street were packed as students, faculty and visitors tried to get a good glimpse of the dragon. A few students, too eager for a good look, were swiped, harmlessly, to the side by the claws. Upon reaching the College of Engineering, the dragon and its entourage paused to glare through the glass windows of Duffield Hall. In recent years, engineering students have built a phoenix to counter the dragon, but this year the engineers failed to answer the dragon’s call, and the school’s faculty looked on helplessly as the dragon paraded before them, its thick cardboard and tarp scales deflecting a barrage of snowballs thrown by bitter engineers. Passing Olin Hall, another group of engineers attempted to delay the dragon with a volley of pre-made snowballs, but most of these fell short. When asked for comment, one of the attackers said only, “Archies suck! Engineers forever!” before fleeing the indomitable lizard that was fast approaching his position. Near the entrance to Ho Plaza, a small symbolic phoenix with a duck-taped face, built by the architecture students themselves, stood paralyzed as the dragon trapezed onto the arts quad. Jack Schwartz ’07 felt that the unfolding drama was quite a spectacle. “This is like Halloween on crack,” she said. Indeed, with all the architects in costume and Dragon Security showing a strong presence, replete with riot masks, the day’s festivities could well appear to an outside observer to be a lawless Halloween celebration. Between the careful planning of Dragon Affairs and close coordination with CUPD and Dragon Security, however, the day went through without any reported injuries, aside from the few miscreants who ineffectively threw snowballs in a vain attempt at stopping or even slowing the inevitable. As the dragon reached its destination in the toilet-papered arts quad, the upperclassmen began again beating their drums and shouting vociferations not appropriate for a family paper. Those present then circled the dragon and a collective chant of “burn the dragon!” began. The freshman students, triumphant at having passed one of their toughest challenges with flying colors, left the dragon and ran around its limp body. By 1:41 p.m., all students had left the float and the creature was set alight, under close supervision by local firefighters. By 1:45 the creature was ash, leaving only the steel skeleton behind. Andrew Gaydo ’06 felt that this was as it should be. “It went up in five minutes — fun for the whole family.” Bill Barksdale ’05 agreed with these sentiments, saying that he felt this year’s dragon was more impressive then last year’s and that it had drawn a larger crowd. “The dragon was very dragon-like and it burned. That’s the best part,” he said. Erhard, too, was pleased with the day’s turnout. “I imagined it would be wild but it was so much more wild than I could possibly have thought,” he said. He also lauded the crew of students who put the dragon together. Many had pulled multiple all-nighters throughout the week to get the float finished in time for the event. “They all really put their heart and soul into this,” he said. Brian Beeners, the Dragon Affairs faculty advisor since 1987, also praised the crew. “They have had very little time compared to previous years,” he said. “It’s a rush, really a marathon building session.” Despite all the time pressure, however, Beeners felt that the team’s work was excellent and that the day was a success. “I’m very pleased with how it all went,” he said. “Today is a day for architecture students.” Beeners also said that he was happy with the direction that Dragon Day was taking, with less of the violence and antagonism amongst students which had marked previous years. “It’s not like the old times,” he said, citing the decline in pranks and more serious dangers — such as bricks and frozen vegetables being thrown at the dragon, occasionally injuring the students inside. “We want it to be a family-friendly and fun venue,” he added. Although the architects supplied their own phoenix, many present were surprised that the engineers failed to build their own bird, which for the past several years has rivaled the dragon in scope and spectacle. Jennifer Saksa ’04, who was president of the now-defunct Phoenix Society, said that several factors caused the traditional phoenix to lie dormant. “A couple of things go wrong and it all falls apart,” she said. Even after scrambling for a new faculty advisor, the society had trouble securing a place to build the bird. She also said that the University’s indifference to the society hampered efforts to get the construction moving. Finally, Saksa said that interest amongst students waxed and waned, and getting consistent numbers for the labor-intensive project was difficult. “Engineers were working too hard this year to build a phoenix,” said engineering student James Maxwell ’07. “The Phoenix Society comes and goes through the years,” said Beener, “I think that we will see them rise again from the ashes.” Until that day, however, the dragon reigns supreme.Archived article by Michael MorisySun Staff Writer