April 15, 2004
Test Spin: They Might Be Giants
| April 15, 2004
Since 1982, They Might Be Giants have been churning out their own special blend of pop, folk, polka, disco, and rock to eager fans and fanatics. Here again, existential lyrics and happy-go-lucky beats combine to form the trademark hilarity that sets The Giants apart. In “Am I Awake,” John Flansburgh’s apathetic voice melts over the words like margarine: “Am I awake?/ What time is it?/ When I get through this day/ Can someone tell me how/ And how much longer now/ Am I awake?/ The coffee’s cold/ Did I forget to drink it yet?/ Did I forget?” Flansburgh sings the melody to techno beats and punctual drum punches. The combination is catchy and excellent.
“Memo to Human Resources” exemplifies the absurdity so critical to The Giants’ act. It’s a scene out of Office Space, minus Jennifer Aniston: “I’m searching for some disbelief that I can still suspend/ But never mind the furthermore-the plea is self-defense again.” A crazy kind of jazz exudes from “Au Contraire”: “Jodie Foster held two pair/ Bach had three of a kind/ Gandhi said, ‘With my full house/ I will blow your mind.'” For “Ant,” a lullaby of sorts, John Linnell whispers and shouts accompanied by a tuba-led marching band. The Giants have been playing some version of the Beach Boys’ “Caroline, No” in concert since 2000. This live recording echoes the surfers with edgy whimsy. In short, They Might Be Giants serves up another brilliant taste of what’s to come.
Archived article by Daniela Galarza Red Letter Daze Contributor
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April 16, 2004
Chair and CEO of General Electric Jeffrey Immelt delivered the 2004 Hatfield address yesterday to Cornell students, faculty and the public. His talk, entitled “The Innovation Imperative,” focused on the importance of innovation and growth for corporations in the coming decades. Immelt began his talk by stating, “When you wake up today in April of 2004, here’s what you see — the economy is better than it’s been in four years, the consumer remains strong, interest rates are low, the credit markets are stable and the government has got every stimulus known to man going in the economy … But everything I just said is more or less irrelevant to running a good company.” Immelt listed five main trends that explain the importance of innovation in today’s world. “First, we live in a slow-growth time — no place in the world has enough jobs,” he said. “When Cornell graduates leave this place, they’ll enter a world growing even slower.” Immelt went on to speak about new competitors, distribution-based changes, demographics and the volatility of today’s world. “Reacting to these five things is what I’m concerned with,” Immelt said. “It’s going to be a world where competition will be about innovation; if you can’t grow, you can’t survive … Without innovation, without technology, G.E. won’t see the next 100 years.” Global competitiveness and cash flow also figured prominently in Immelt’s speech. When choosing which companies to invest in, Immelt said, he looks for five traits — a solid technological foundation, consumer interface, a global foundation, multiple revenue streams and capital efficiency. “Every initiative we have inside our company has to do with growth,” Immelt explained, and listed four — technology, customer focus, sales and marketing and globalization. “That,” he said, “sets the strategy.” Immelt also gave his audience tips on effective innovation. “First, you have to focus on people and processes,” he began, adding that G.E. uses three-year plans to achieve success. He also said that the next 20 years “will be all about the economics of scarcity,” listing the growing scarcity of energy, health care, security and water as examples. “It’s also important to make size an advantage … and never make it a disadvantage,” Immelt continued. “We want to grow businesses … We want to take small ideas to big places.” Knowing how to make money, he added, is also crucial. “I work at G.E. because I want to grow things. I want people to join us because they want to grow things.” Immelt went on to describe the kind of person that G.E. seeks to employ. “We need people that know what it feels like to pick up on external trends, who constantly have their antenna up, ready to learn. We need people that are determined and decisive. We need people who have imagination. We need people who know how to be inclusive and engag.e. partners and suppliers. We need people who can learn and teach. We need people that are passionate but still have process.” “This isn’t just important at G.E., or even Cornell,” Immelt added. “This is a societal issue, the need to be innovative.” In 2003, the Financial Times named Immelt “Man of the Year,” for moving the company forward after the economic downturn following Sept. 11. G.E. is 126 years old with 300,000 employees, and is the only company that appeared on the original Dow-Jones Industrial Averag.e. in 1896 that still appears on it today. “The lecture was a great fusion of everything that Cornell is, bringing tog.e.ther learning, education and the real world for a better future,” said Vasilios Roussos grad. “I think that his emphasis on people, his emphasis on being fair with his employees and the customers he interacts with, is critical to the success of the company,” commented Larry Newman, executive director of systems engineering at Cornell. Immelt succeeded Jack Welch in 2001 as CEO of the world’s most profitable industrial company. The Hatfield lecture is an annual event initially sponsored in 1980 by the Continental Group Foundation to honor Robert Hatfield, then retiring chair, president and CEO of the company. This year, the Johnson School and Cornell University are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the naming of the business school.Archived article by Maya Rao Sun Staff Writer
April 16, 2004
Following Tuesday night’s 12-10 loss to No. 4 Syracuse, members of the men’s lacrosse team spoke at length about the team’s necessity to put the game in the past and concentrate its energies on tomorrow’s meeting with Ivy League foe Dartmouth (6-2, 1-0 Ivy). No. 11 Cornell’s concentration will be put to the test tomorrow, as it hosts the No. 19 Green in a critical conference tilt. “I think every time after you play Syracuse, you’re either on a high or a low based on your performance,” said head coach Jeff Tambroni. “You’re on a high if you win, you’re on a low if you put so much into it and you come out with a loss, but I think that it’s important for our guys to understand that we have to drop any thoughts of a Syracuse defeat, leave it on Tuesday night’s field and move ahead because we know how capable Dartmouth is and how good Dartmouth has gotten over the past few years.” The Red (5-3, 2-1 Ivy) enters tomorrow’s matchup having defeated Dartmouth in each of the last the last six meetings between the two teams. A year ago, nine different Cornellians scored goals, as the Red thumped the Green, 13-5, in Hanover, N.H. Then-junior Andrew Collins led the barrage, scoring seven points — including five assists — in the winning effort. However, since that meeting on April 12, 2003, the Green’s fortunes turned, and the team won its next four conference games to clinch a three-way tie with the Red and Princeton. Dartmouth continued that streak on April 10 with a 9-4 home victory over Penn. The Green is led on offense by the highly dangerous quartet of attacks Jamie Coffin and Tom Daniels, and offensive midfielders Ben Grinnell and Brad Heritage. The four have combined for 75 points this year, including 38 goals. Coffin has scored the game-winner in four of the Green’s eight victories this season. “They’ve got a lot of guys now, it’s not like two or three years ago where you can say they have one guy offensively or two guys offensively — they’ve got plenty of guys offensively, if you’re not paying attention that can hurt you,” Tambroni said. “They are as good as anybody we will face in the Ivy League.” On the defensive end, the Green boasts the stingiest goalie in the Ancient Eight, junior Andrew Goldstein. Goldstein leads the league with a 6.94 goals against average, one year after being named first-team All Ivy. “The biggest presence on the field for Dartmouth is going to be Goldstein,” Tambroni said. “He’s done such a great job for them this year, that we’re really going to have to be selective with our shots. If he gets hot, they really play off the emotion of the goalie.” Dartmouth is led by first year head coach Bill Wilson, who was Tambroni’s top assistant a year ago. “Any time a coach comes from your staff to go to another staff, I think it’s difficult just because they understand our philosophy, our mindset going into games, they understand everything that we had talked about last year for our preparations going into Dartmouth,” Tambroni said. “You’re a little apprehensive because you want to game plan appropriately, you don’t want to look too much into it. It adds a little bit of height to the hurdle, but it will be exciting. I think he’s done a great job there, they’re 6-2, I think it would be a daunting task to take a team that made the playoffs for the first time in a number of years and with that high of an expectation, and I think he’s carried that program with the same speed and same direction, if not quicker, to this point.” For the Red, senior co-captain Collins and junior Sean Greenhalgh will be looking to extend streaks of their own tomorrow. Collins has recorded at least one assist in 13 consecutive games, dating back to last season’s victory at Dartmouth. Meanwhile, Greenhalgh has scored at least one point in the team’s last 20 games. Archived article by Owen BochnerSun Sports Editor