May 4, 2004
Honoring the Top Ten Freshmen
| May 4, 2004
At the beginning of the school year, these freshmen arrived on North Campus just like anyone else. Their families and friends helped them settle into the dorms, they had the same anxieties about classes, and they experienced the infamous winter in Ithaca for the first time this year. However, when this group of athletes stepped out onto the field, the ice, or whichever playing surface best lent itself to their talents, it was difficult to differentiate them from the seasoned veterans sharing the spotlight. In between avoiding their RA’s and enjoying the buffets at RPU, this talented corps of rookies exploded into their collegiate careers with a passion, determination and excellence that seems to assure continuous fantastic achievements in the years that lie ahead.
Randi Bisbano, Gymnastics
Coming off a season of huge expectations but few results, the gymnastics team needed a spark to put the squad back on its way to ECAC dominance. The answer came from Rochester, N.Y. native Randi Bisbano, a successful Junior Olympian who came to Cornell as part of one of the most widely heralded recruiting classes in the nation. Bisbano made her mark immediately, setting a school record in the all-around set (38.225) at the George Washington Invitational in her collegiate debut. She continued to baffle opponents and teammates alike with a string of record-breaking performances, including an impressive second-place finish at the four-team Pittsburgh competition and her first league title at the Ivy Classic.
Elizabeth Bishop, Volleyball
While the volleyball team’s veterans, such as Debbie Quibell and Ashely Stover, performed at the high level expected of them, freshman Elizabeth Bishop made a name for herself doing extraordinary things in her first taste of collegiate competition. The Portland, Ore. native arrived at Cornell with a bang, instantly garnering recognition at the Seton Hall Spikefest (Sept. 13-14) as an all-tournament player and claiming MVP honors at the Albany Challenge (Sept. 1 9-20). She finished her record-setting year as the team leader in kills per game (4.40) and the recipient of an unprecedented seven Ivy League Rookie of the Week awards. Bishop was the unanimous selection for Ivy League Rookie of the Year, was named to the AVCA All-Region squad, and also earned a spot on the All-Ivy first team.
Michael Fullowan, Sprint Football
Although the sprint football finished the year with a 2-4 overall record, one positive thing became abundantly clear: rookie tailback Michael Fullowan was a sign of bright things to come. Hailing from Berkeley Heights, N.J., Fullowan first led the Red to a 46-18 bashing of Princeton on Sept. 26 when he rushed for 143 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries. He torched the Tigers again later in the season, accumulating 80 yards on 14 carries and adding three touchdowns in the Red’s dominating 47-8 victory. In the loss to Penn, Fullowan led the Red in rushing once again, accumulating 96 yards on 18 carries.
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May 5, 2004
Four years ago, the men’s track team was the worst in the Ivy League. The Red consistently finished at the bottom of the pack, and its last Heptagonal Championship had come nearly a generation earlier in 1978. The women were better, on the other hand, had established themselves as an Ivy power, winning Heps several times, but without any sustained glory. In 2000, a new class of athletes entered the track programs and understood they could be part of something greater. Men,/b> “There’s a thing called selling somebody a pig in a poke — something that’s not actually there,” said men’ s head coach Nathan Taylor. “You think its there. They recognized that they could have a profound impact on the future success of a program and were challenged by it. They felt like this was something they would really want to get involved in — leaders rather than followers.” Today, the resume of the class of 2004 is remarkable. The men have won two Heps titles, one indoor, the other outdoor. The team is consistently ranked in the top 25 nationally and among the best teams not only in the Ivy League, but also in the ECAC. The women top even that and have won five straight indoor and outdoor Heps championships; they are ranked in the top 25, and are at the top of the Ivy League. But just as this class came and conquered, now must it depart. The men are losing 13 members of their team. Among those graduating are seniors Rahim Wooley and Giles Longley-Cook. Described by Taylor as the least heralded athletes when they entered Cornell, Wooley and Longley-Cook have worked hard and become captains of the team. Wooley is a sprint specialist who holds the school record in the indoor 60-meter and 200-meter and was important contributor on the two Heps championship teams. Longley-Cook is a dependable performer in the weight events. Despite the fact he has only been throwing for four years, Longley-Cook has come very close to winning the Heps in the hammer and weight throw, finishing second at three consecutive Heps championships. “Probably my biggest memory was winning the indoor Heps,” said co-captain Jason Hart. “Cornell hadn’t won in a really long time. We worked really hard and watching it all pay off was great. We all came together.” Co-captains Aldo Gonzalez and Hart, and Mike Nanaszko will also be greatly missed. Gonzalez led the team in the mid-distances events. A member of the 4×800 relay that earned All-East honors at the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America last year, he finished second in the 1000 meter at the indoor Heps this past season. Hart, commended by Taylor for his work ethic, has been an important member of the jumps squad. Hart was a consistent Heps scorer and owns the second best all-time Cornell record in the indoor long jump. Nanaszko was a member of the record-holding indoor 4×400 relay team. “The legacy is that they have led the way in transforming the track program from the worst team in the league to the best team last year and a team that for three years in a row has been in the top twenty-five in the country,” Taylor said. The 13 seniors graduating in a few weeks have left their mark on their team, the program, and each other. But more than the competition and the championships, these men will miss their teammates. “I will miss the friendships and the camaraderie,” Hart said. “That’s not something you can easily find out in the workplace. I made some friendships that will last the rest of my life.” Women Distinguished among the many talented seniors on the women’s team are Natalie Gingerich, Kinsy Miller, Kalifa Pilgrim, Jill Crispell, Ib Stanley, Christina Eckstaedt, Merili Mosley, Ann Hansgate, and Hannah Garrity. Gingerich has been an iron horse in terms of hard work, willingness to do different events, and accept any challenge. Miller displayed great leadership qualities throughout her career. Pilgrim has been a good jumper and a regular scorer in the long and triple jump, despite having to fight through injury. Stanley developed over her career into a Heps champion and national qualifier. Crispell has worked hard throughout her career, peaking last weekend with a personal record in 400 meter last weekend. Eckstaedt captained the cross country team and set some personal records this season. The best of the best, however, are the team’ s captains. Mosley, a sprinter and hurdler, has been elected to this role twice for her abilities on the track and service to the program off of it. Hansgate, despite suffered a horrific injury last year that has prevented her from competing, still came to every practice and meet to support her teammates. Finally, Garrity, who spent her second semester junior year abroad in Scotland, returned in July ready to go. This year, she recorded some of the best times in school history in the sprints and hurdles and is a five-time All-East and six-time All-Ivy performer. “What allows you to have great teams is good senior leadership,” said women’s head coach Lou Duesing. “This class has not been any different from the last two, but it really goes back to when we won our the first ever indoor and outdoor championships. That senior group set a tone, they would be very comfortable on this team, and this team would be very comfortable with them as leaders. They have continued providing the excellent leadership and continuity with what’ s gone before. They have been remarkable competitors and really have led with encouragement and their actions.” Mosley added, “I think it’s an accomplishment that we have built a team that is strong, supportive and bubbling over with team spirit. I can look back on my time at Cornell and actually see the improvement of out team. Winning consecutive Heps Championships was a huge accomplishment. I think it’ s the combination of everything that made my time with Cornell track so great. Our team spirit is always intense with a positive flare. We love what we do, and that’ s why we do it — and it shows.” Archived article by James Rich Sun Staff Writer
May 5, 2004
As an evangelical organization, the Campus Crusade for Christ at Cornell says that its mission is to inform its members and others about the teachings of the Bible through group activities around campus. It is a member of Campus Crusade for Christ International. Crusade meetings include hymn signing, lectures on spiritual life and updates about upcoming community events. “I was a Christian all throughout high school,” said member Aaron Watnick ’07. “I came to Cornell looking for a Christian fellowship.” After doing research on Christian groups across campus, Watnick was happy to finally land with Crusade. “I chose Crusade and that’s really what I stuck with,” he said. “Like Aaron, I was a Christian all through high school,” said member Lindsay Windsor ’07. “I came to college looking for a place where I would grow in my faith.” Men’s and women’s meetings are held by Crusade throughout the week, where students discuss and relate their activities to the Old and New Testament. The group holds separate meetings for men and women because, according to Campus Director Charles Kim, students are sometimes more comfortable discussing sensitive issues with members of the same gender. Next year, they plan on offering co-ed small group meetings as well. For Kim, a 1996 graduate of Yale University, a Fullbright Scholar, and native of Washington D.C., coming to the Campus Crusade for Christ at Cornell was a lifelong journey. “My grandmother, she was Buddhist and my parents didn’t really believe in anything,” Kim said. Growing up, Kim did not live in a particularly religious household until a local church introduced Christianity to his grandmother. “When I was young some church ladies shared Jesus with my grandmother and then she came to faith and then she brought us to church,” Kim said. “I just went on Sundays, I dressed up, and then I went to Pizza Hut afterwards, and Pizza Hut was the best part,” Kim said. A few years later, Kim became more intensely involved with the Church after he attended a week-long Christian camp the summer before seventh grade. “When they said ‘does anyone want to come to faith in Jesus or believe in Jesus, follow Jesus?’ I said, ‘yeah, that’s something for me,'” Kim said. As a senior in high school, Kim was invited by his sister, Suzanne, then a sophomore at George Washington University, to visit. Kim never made the trip because of a tragic accident. “Next morning my father woke me up and he said, ‘we have to go to the hospital right now”” Kim said. “Basically she got in a car accident on the way back from Philadelphia. She fell asleep at the wheel and the car wrapped around the tree both with her and her boyfriend.” After awaking from a month and a half long coma, Kim said his sister was noticeably different. “Her voice was slurred, mentally she wasn’t there,” Kim said. Kim encouraged his sister to undergo physical rehabilitation, but Suzanne had simply lost the will to survive. “She said, ‘just leave me alone, I’m just waiting to die”” Kim said. Kim said his response to this was, “Don’t you have any faith that God can heal you?” “And she got quiet, and then she began to just cry, to just weep,” Kim said. “She was saying, ‘God please forgive me.'” While Kim said the moment was a rebirth for Suzanne, he added that he did not find his true calling until college. “For me things didn’t change until a bible study leader gave me a book called The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer,” Kim said. “When people talk about having a relationship with God, a personal relationship with God, I understood it at that time,” he added. A member of Yale’s Campus Crusade for Christ chapter during his undergraduate years, Kim said it was natural to continue with the organization. “I felt like Campus Crusade was the place I wanted to be and then I was assigned to Cornell four years ago, and I’ve been here since,” Kim said. Concerning the politics of the organization, Kim said that the Campus Crusade for Christ at Cornell is not an overtly political organization, as it would be difficult for the group of about 70 students to reach consensus on partisan issues. As such, Kim said that the organization will not be involved in campaigning for the upcoming presidential election, which may have swing votes decided based on the moral and religious rhetoric of Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) and President George W. Bush. Some disagree with Crusade’s attempt to spread their message around campus. “As someone who is non-Christian, I obviously don’t like having my convictions affected by proselytization,” said Asa Wilks ’04. “I’m pretty sure it’s against the religion to proselytize.” Wilks grew up in a non-religious home and he considers himself agnostic. “I didn’t have any background in [Christianity] and by the time I was older and understood religion better I didn’t have any means of identifying with it,” he said. On May 8, Crusade is planning an event entitled “Campus on the Hill,” with musical worship, prayer and brief lectures by students from 7 p.m. to 12 p.m. in Barton Hall. Archived article by Clark MerrefieldSun Staff Writer