February 3, 2006
Although it has been 364 days since the Cornell and Colgate men’s hockey teams opened up their last home-and-home series against each other, the storyline for this season’s series has not changed much in a year.
Similar to the 2004-05 season, the Red and the Raiders will fight it out for first place in the ECACHL starting tonight in Lynah Rink. However, unlike the squads’ series last season – in which No. 5 Cornell (14-4-3, 9-3-2 ECACHL) was ahead of its central New York counterpart by a point in the conference – No. 17 Colgate (15-6-5, 11-2-1) boasts a three-point advantage over the second-place Red this year.
“I think everyone knows how important it’s going to be,” said Cornell junior Mark McCutcheon. “If we sweep, we’re in first. It’s as simple as that.”
While the mathematics are pretty straightforward – a pair of Cornell wins would catapult the Red to first place with six league games to play – defeating a Colgate squad that is currently riding a five-game winning streak will be a complex task. In the Red’s last six games versus the Raiders, Cornell is 2-3-1. However, last season, the Red escaped the weekend with three points on its way to a first-place finish in the ECACHL.
“I think they’re extremely hard working, they have a lot of pride in their team,” said Cornell head coach Mike Schafer ’86. “They do a good job of staying within their systems and everybody is committed to playing that way in order to be successful.”
Though Colgate’s form in non-conference play has been inconsistent, the Raiders’ potent offense has lifted them to the top of the ECACHL. Sophomore sensation Tyler Burton has been a force for the Raiders, scoring a team-high 19 goals and recording 31 points this season.
“Ty is a huge part of our team,” said Colgate senior captain Jon Smyth (8 goals, 18 assists). “He brings it every night and he brought it last year and this year as well. He’s a guy who can make a big difference in the game.”
Boasting the ninth-best power play in the nation (20.8 percent), Burton and the Raiders are flanked by forwards Marc Fulton (9 g, 21 a), Kyle Wilson (18 g, 10 a) and Jesse Winchester (10 g, 17 a). But, while his team’s offensive power will be a major factor in the game, Colgate head coach Don Vaughan said that his team needs to keep things simple.
“We’re not going to try to get too cute,” Vaughan said. “Sometimes, guys try to get too deliberate
February 3, 2006
People strolling around New York City’s Flatiron District these days can look up and see the new second-story loft of Cornell’s College of Art, Architecture and Planning (AAP).
The 5,500 square foot space, located at 50 W. 17th St., will not be fully operational until the fall, yet this spring and summer a number of students will already be making use of the facility as AAP officials search for an on-site administrator.
“We’re fully expecting to have students there for the entire fall 2006 semester,” said one member of the AAP Dean’s Committee.
Mohsen Mostafavi, dean of AAP, hopes to see students spending anywhere from a week to a semester in the loft, which features a large lecture area, a seminar room and administrative offices. Predicted uses of the loft include establishing a base of interaction with Cornell alumni, hosting guest speakers and social events, working on studio projects and integrating the college’s main fields of study with related areas such as design media, community development, computer science and structural engineering.
A statement by the Dean’s Committee credited the project largely to the dean’s vision: “Mostafavi, who came to Cornell in July 2004, has made the NYC program a high priority for AAP.