July 18, 2005
Administration, Redbud Activists Agree to Deal
| July 18, 2005
The Redbud Woods Working Group and the University reached an agreement yesterday, allowing construction on the planned 176-spot parking lot to continue unimpeded by the group and, for the next two years, giving free transit passes to incoming students who forgo parking permits.
“The university will assume additional responsibilities as a result of this agreement and is satisfied that the resolution of this situation is a positive development for all concerned,” stated a University press release.
The agreement states that all new students, including freshmen, transfer students, and professional and graduate students, will receive a free transit pass if they do not request or receive a parking permit.
The agreement further states that “in the fall 2006, both the new students of that year and the second year students who enrolled in 2005 will be included [in the free pass commitment].”
The agreement also calls for the Student Assembly and Graduate and Professional Student Assembly to hold non-binding referenda on student attitudes towards parking, “including but not limited to, a potential ban on cars for freshmen.” If the assemblies are not interested in holding such referenda, the agreement states, “the Administration will conduct a survey on its own.”
In addition, a Cornell Neighborhood Council will convene six times a year to discuss issues of shared interest between the University and nearby neighborhoods. The statement also outlines the creation of several other committees to investigate sustainable growth issues and to report on why the opposition grew to the proposed parking lot in the first place.
The University also agreed to speak the Judicial Administrator and “appropriate authorities” about forgiveness of the charges brought against protesters for trespassing and resisting arrest.
About four protesters remained in the trees, holding out in protest against the lot. The working group said that they were not associated with them, and that many of them were from out of town and not present at the beginning of the protest.
Please check www.cornellsun.com for updates to this story.
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July 25, 2005
Welcome to the best four years of your life, Class of 2009. All of you have been given a unique opportunity — make the most of it. For all of you nerds out there who need to get straight As, go have some drinks at a fraternity party once in a while, and all you party animals, try to actually open a book once a month. It’ll be hard, but it’ll save you from a 2.0 GPA after a semester. Believe me, I’ve been there. As far as Cornell sports are concerned, they are just as unique as the opportunity you’ve been given. Of course we have football, basketball and baseball, but we also have squash, crew and equestrian. So right now, I’d like to introduce you, the incoming freshman class, to some of the things that make Cornell sports what they are — very different from the average college campus. But, then again, it makes sense that Cornell doesn’t have a standard athletic program, because Cornell isn’t just any old average university. So when you walk by Schoellkopf Field on a Friday evening this fall and you are very embarrassed to see that members of your school’s football team look more like the “Little Giants” than the New York Giants, don’t fret. It’s actually the sprint football team, where the average male, like me (I play tailback), can play football. And believe me, we play just like your typical goons of the gridiron, so long as we are under 172 lbs. before game time. Speaking of weight limits, on your walk you may come across a large facility with red mats lining the inside of it. No, it isn’t where they play basketball (those honors go to Newman Arena in Bartels Hall). That building is what we call the Friedman Wrestling Center. It’s the only facility in the nation that was built solely for wrestling. Again, wrestling might only be something you want to do late on a Saturday night with a drunk girl, but trust me, a wrestling match is like no other experience. Another thing to note about it is that the Red finished fourth in the nation last year. Travis Lee ’05, who won two national titles during his time at Cornell may be gone, but there’s talk that there are a couple grapplers in of the Class of 2009 that have aspirations of rewriting the record books themselves. Anyway, I am sure all of you know that Cornell sports’ claim to fame is its hockey team. But do any of you not from Canada actually know what icing is? And no, it’s not something that goes on the top of a cake. Well, it is, just not in a hockey sense. My point is, learn hockey before you claim you are Cornell’s biggest fan — or else you’ll look real stupid. Also, if you are going to be “Lynah Faithful,” make sure at the very least you learn the alma mater. And if you sit in section B, make sure you learn ALL of the chants, otherwise the real big hockey dorks will get on your case. Frankly, I think the best way to watch a hockey game is to get … oh, right, there are parents reading this. You guys get my point. Another “must-see” event is a crew race. They start at ungodly hours on weekend mornings, but watching the boats glide across the glistening Cayuga Lake is definitely a sight to be seen. So is a polo match. Talk about unique. Anyone ever hear of a chukker? Don’t worry, I never did either. Let’s just say it’s polo’s equivalent to a quarter in basketball (remember future Lynahites, hockey has periods because there are only three. It’s like having two halftimes — stupid Canadiens). Anyway, just to see the horses poop all over the place is worth going to a polo match for me. Oh, by the way, the men won the national title and the women placed second. So it’s not just polo, it’s top-quality polo. Ralph Lauren if you will. Anyway, I could go on for a while with this, so I’ll leave you with a few more unique Cornell sporting events to try before your time is up here. Go to a baseball game, you may find Bill Nye ’77 who rode to Hoy Field on his bike, or Jessup Fields to see hundreds of coeds playing intramurals (you can even join them). And finally, run on the field after the first football game, tailgate for Homecoming, throw some fish (oops, wasn’t supposed to say that) when the hockey team plays Harvard and enjoy all of what Cornell has to offer. Chris Mascaro is the Sun Sports Editor. He May Be Tall will appear every other Friday this semester.Archived article by Chris Mascaro
July 25, 2005
The men’s and women’s track teams breezed through the first portion of their postseasons, as both were crowned Heptagonal champions on May 8 in New York City. The feat proved special for the Red, as it now has swept the men’s and women’s Heps championships in both indoor and outdoor seasons for the second time in three years. The outdoor season ended with the Cornell men and women both placing second at the ECAC and IC4A championships, respectively, in Princeton, N.J. The showing was the women’s best finish in their celebrated history and the men’s top finish since they won the event in 1951. The postseason was so successful that it earned women’s head coach Lou Duesing USTCA Outdoor Regional Coach of the Year honors for the fourth time in his heralded 15-year career. Duesing has won the award before, winning it three years in a row from 2001-2003. “The honor is certainly nice,” he said. “However, I think of the award as a reflection of how great the assistant coaches have been and of how hard these athletes have worked this season. Any coach will tell you that he or she is only as good as his or her support group.” At the Heps, the men won by 40 points thanks to a crucial set of events on the second to last day of competition. Dartmouth, Penn, and Cornell were neck and neck with seven events to go, but it was Cornell’s spirited finish that ended all hope for the Quakers and the Green. Sophomore Adam Seabrook, classmate Aaron Merrill, and junior Kolby Hoover finished first, second, and fourth, respectively, in the 400-meter hurdles and Zach Beadle ’05 won the shot-put to give the Red the lead. Junior Rayon Taylor clinched the victory for the Red after he placed second in the triple jump with a school-record leap. The 4×400-meter relay team of Seabrook, Merrill, Hoover, and team captain Brian Eremita ’05 ended the competition by edging out a tough Yale group in a photo finish. Despite swirling winds the Cornell women dominated its Heps competition by winning 10 events en route to a 77 1/2 point victory over second-place Columbia. The blowout could have been even been worse if it were not for a disqualification of Cornell’s 4×400-meter relay team, as Penn’s anchor runner got tangled up with Shonda Brown ’05. As shown throughout the regular season, outstanding team depth was evident, as the women posted 40 ECAC and 15 NCAA regional qualifiers. The meet started in dominating fashion, as junior Danielle Dufresne won her first individual Heps championship in the hammer throw with senior Sheeba Ibidunni and Becky Tucker ’05 finishing second and third, respectively, to complete a Red sweep of the event. Senior Jamie Greubel reclaimed her heptathlon title from 2003, after setting a personal best in the 800-meter run, while Stacey Nadolny ’05 finished an outstanding career with her fourth-straight Heps discus title, bettering the competition by four feet. “In the postseason you can’t really expect an outcome more so than you can an effort,” Duesing said. “As the case has been since I got here, these athletes just went in and played hardball. Our team just rose to the occasion.” The relay teams proved to be Cornell’s strength since the start of the season. The 4×400-meter relay team consisting of junior Cameron Washington, senior Linda Trotter, Kari Steed ’05 and Shonda Brown ’05 continued to impress in both Heps competition and ECAC competition to the extent that they received an at-large bid to the NCAA national championship in Sacramento. The sprint relay team became the first Ivy League women’s 4×400-meter relay team to ever qualify for the national championship meet. The team ended up finishing fifth in their heat and 17th overall. The relay unit joined sisters Brown and her sister, Jessica ’05, as the only representatives from Cornell to compete at the NCAA national championship. Shonda, who ended a brilliant career in earning ESPN The Magazine third-team academic All-America honors, ran the 400-meter hurdles and ended up placing 20th overall. The Colorado native leaves the track team after being named academic All-Ivy four times, earning 15 All-Ivy performances. She also is the holder of school records in six different events. Meanwhile, Jessica ran the 800-meter race and finished fifth in her heat, which was good enough for 21st place in the country.Archived article by Tim KuhlsSun Staff Writer