May 3, 2004
The Other Class of '04
| May 3, 2004
A recent discovery led The Sun to a wealth of photographs that once belonged to Henry C. Hasbrouck 1904 and capture the memories of his experiences at Cornell 100 years ago. This week, The Sun will run a series based on the pictures in Henry’s photo collection, beginning today with a story about Henry himself and a few of his classmates.
A self-described “heathen,” whose likely occupation he described as “work” in his senior 1904 Class Book, Henry also wrote, “To lie with gumption is a high delight.”
Henry and his friends left a quiet legacy behind them, somewhat hidden in the deceased alumni files in Kroch library. However, upon leafing through the files and reading the Class Book, their histories came to life, revealing figures whose names may not be commonplace, but who nevertheless have made outstanding contributions — or just have interesting stories to tell.
Henry, the former owner of the photographs, was born May 18, 1880 and attended high school in Troy, N.Y. Henry was an outstanding student, both in high school and in college. He earned a free ride at Cornell after scoring the highest in his assembly district on an entrance exam, a policy that the University instituted throughout the state to link Cornell to the public school system.
Henry continued to earn top grades at Cornell, in an era far before grade inflation, according to University historian Carol Kammen. Average grades were between high 60s and low 70s. Fifty-five was passing.
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May 4, 2004
When Pat Tillman left the NFL three years ago, he dropped his pads and a $3.6 million contract for fatigues and a soldier’s salary. Thursday, April 22, he died fighting in Afghanistan. On the same day, Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr rallied his followers to continue their insurgence, saying that he wanted to be the “striking arm” of Hamas in Iraq. Exactly one month earlier, George Boiardi’s family laid its son to rest in Washington D.C. The juxtaposition of Tillman and Boiardi’s tragic deaths against al-Sadr’s threat puts life in perspective: in a world of certain uncertainty, we are never safe from death but neither are we ever precluded from really living. Individuals like Tillman and Boiardi give us hope and an example. In the past year, I’ve had the pleasure to applaud and admonish, talk and teach in this column. Now, with the semester’s end four days away, I’d like to take this opportunity to reflect on three things I’ve learned. First, it’s easy to complain but far more rewarding to find the positive. Ithaca winters stink. Hiking up Libe slope is a pain. The football team went 1-9. School is hard. But this past weekend, my parents came from St. Louis to visit campus — and reminded me just how lucky we all are. The beautiful weekend weather held just long enough for hundreds of students get outside and cherish the sunshine. Few other schools in the country have the rolling hills or, for that matter, the gorges and seasons that we take for granted. The football team may have been bad, but its new coach will only inspire it to better things. We go to an Ivy League university, with endless opportunities awaiting us, while many teenagers have only one choice after high school: a dead-end job. Second, life is too short to let opportunity pass by. The day Boiardi died, I was covering the lacrosse game. From my perch in the Schoellkopf press box, I watched as Boiardi, defending the net, got hit with a shot and collapsed. Helpless, I looked on as paramedics rushed the field and players ushered off. When Boiardi left in an ambulance, tears and anguished expressions on players’ and coaches’ faces confirmed the worst. But, from my seat on a Sage Chapel pew at Boiardi’s memorial service, I heard the words of his friends, family, and teachers which confirmed that George was a person who had inspired countless people during his life and that his legacy will continue to enlighten countless others in the future. Though I didn’t know Boiardi personally, the impact of his death touched me vicariously. As I walked home from that fateful game, I did something I don’t often do: call home to say ‘I love you mom and dad’. The sudden and unforeseeable nature of Boiardi’s death made me realize how easily the carpet can get yanked from under our feet, despite everything we do to keep it intact. It also made me realize that most of us run our daily routines clouded by superficial thoughts of grades, money, image — and that we too infrequently make time to appreciate what really matters: friends, family, and love. I, for one, won’t ever let that happen again. Finally, I learned that it’s easy to allow extraneous influences detour our path, but passion remains the one true north on life’s compass. Pat Tillman had it good: celebrity on the football field, a new wife, and financial security. There’s a reason he was the only pro player to enlist in the military following the September 11th attacks: the NFL is the good life. But his true calling wasn’t tackling, it was fighting terrorism. Tillman paid dearly to achieve that dream, but he left this life fulfilled, and that is all the glory he ever wanted. We should all aspire to be so true to ourselves, willing to risk it all for the ideals and people who matter most to us. So with my final column of the year, I’ll take this opportunity to thank the people who’ve meant the most to me in my most tumultuous times: Thank you D for your patience and smile. Few people have the fortitude to weather my attitude or the spark to fire me up when my flame is all but out. You keep me going when times get rough. I only hope to return half the favor. Thank you to the men of the Chi for your excellence. After graduating high school, I feared that I might never find better friends. I have. There’s not a doubt in my mind I would have left Cornell after freshman year were it not for you guys. Ithaca and Cornell can drive a person to depression with its dreary weather and demanding workload, but I can always count on a good laugh, sound advice, and great times at my home away from home. My only regret is not being there more. In so many words, I need this… Thank you to my family for your example, advice, and support. I wouldn’t know how to write or what to write about without you. And, at times, I may not have any readers without you either. And thank you Pat Tillman, Mario St. George Boiardi, and Muqtada al-Sadr for showing us all the good and the bad in the world, for showing us the power of the human spirit to raise the bar or undermine it, for giving us something to work toward and fight against. Archived article by Everett Hullverson
May 4, 2004
In its last Ivy League game of the season, the women’s lacrosse team (5-9, 3-4 Ivy) hung on to beat Harvard, 10-9, in a nail-biter. Seniors Jaime Quinn and Kate Hirschfield each had strong games in the last Ancient Eight game of their careers, with each picking up a goal. Hirschfield led the team with four ground balls on the day. Sophomore goaltender Maggie Fava completed the excellent effort with a huge save with only 40 seconds left on the clock to protect the one goal win. “I think it’s outstanding how far [Fava] has come,” said head coach Jenny Graap ’86. “I think she’s showing development in her composure and her play outside the crease. She’s got excellent reflexes and excellent technique on her saves. Seeing her grow and mature in her confidence to stretch herself and do more, I think she’s really shown that she’s just going to get better and better.” The first 10 minutes of the game went without either team scoring, as both Harvard’s and Cornell’s defenses were firing on all cylinders. Each goaltender collected three saves in the first 15 minutes, making it quite clear that this was not going to be a blowout or a high-scoring affair. Junior Kristen Smith was the lone goal scorer until Harvard’s Bessie Clark netted a goal with 14:51 remaining in the first half. Cornell caught on fire at this point, garnering the next three goals of the game from freshman Lindsey Moore, Hirschfield, and sophomore Lisa Giugliano. However, in the 29th minute, Harvard picked up two quick goals to keep the Crimson within one. The beginning of the second half was all Cornell. Despite Harvard’s nabbing the first goal of the second half to tie the game at 4-4, the Red proceeded to score the next four goals of the match, giving Cornell an 8-4 lead with just over 19 minutes remaining in the game. Freshman Margaux Viola picked up her first of two goals in the game in this barrage, while top scorers junior Lindsay Steinberg, sophomore Lyndsay Robinson and Quinn picked up the other three goals as Cornell went on the upswing of the back and forth play. “It was a bit of a sloppy game,” Graap said. “Whenever that happens, the game goes down to one end, and that team turns it over, and it goes down to the other end and that team turns it over. At both ends of the field there was just some sloppy play. It’s hard to get into a rhythm when you or your opponent plays that way. It was really muggy the whole day [as well].” After Harvard’s Elaine Belitsos scored her second of the game to bring the Crimson within three goals, the two teams would trade goals until Cornell led 10-6 with only 10 minutes to go in the game. Harvard quickly made it a tight match again, when Allison Kaveney and Liz Gamble picked up two goals in under two minutes to bring Harvard within two scores. For the next six minutes, a defensive battle ensued, with neither team able to get a goal. But with only 2:27 left, Harvard showed the tenacity that it did earlier in the game, as Caroline Hines scored unassisted for her sixth point of the match, making it a one-goal game. “It was a combination of us trying to slow the ball down a little bit and hold some possession time,” Graap said. “We had some errors. We had several scoring attempts that resulted in turnovers, goalie saves, and wide shots.” With Harvard streaking and Cornell on the ropes, a comeback seemed very close, if not inevitable. But with only 40 seconds left, the Crimson took a point blank shot, which was subsequently stopped by Fava. Fava has shown that she is a very capable goaltender this season, picking up this week’s Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week award. Quinn completed Cornell’s sweep of the Ivy League awards last week after being named Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week. “Quinn was just outstanding with four goals and a lot of draw controls and just a real leader for us against Syracuse and again in the Harvard game she was really, really active,” Graap said. “In both games, Maggie made some really clutch saves against Syracuse in all the overtime periods and against Harvard, we were really just floundering at the end there and it was just a question of could we stop them in regulation for the win. I think Maggie really stepped up and made several key saves so that we could preserve that victory and that was pretty huge.” Archived article by Michael PandolfiniSun Staff Writer