April 5, 2006
M. Polo Team Faces Texas A&M
| April 5, 2006
After a convincing 27-9 victory over California-Davis in the first round of USPA nationals, the men’s polo team is now primed to face No. 1 seed Texas A&M in tonight’s semifinal.
Texas A&M received a bye in the first round and will make its first appearance of the tournament against the Red.
The Aggies have two gifted players in junior Mason Wroe and senior Marty Salinas, both of whom have started for A&M for three years. Wroe is considered one of the best players in the country.
“They have been performing very well as a team. [Wroe and Salinas] know one another very well,” said Cornell head polo coach David Eldredge ’81. “Wroe is a very classic, high-quality player.”
The Red, who will be huge underdogs entering the game, tried to make a statement with their performance on Monday night with an emphatic 29-7 win over California-Davis. The Aggies – who lost to Cornell in last year’s semifinals – watched the Red’s thrashing from the stands.
“I think they have respect for us,” Eldredge said. “That game gave them a little idea of what we can do.”
Still, because of the blowout, Cornell was not able to reveal all of their capabilities.
“The game could not bring out all of our strong points,” Eldredge said. “It didn’t show everything we have.”
Cornell has been plagued all season long by inconsistency and the inability to put together the complete game. The Red knows that they will need the whole package to knock off the Aggies.
“We are going to have to play our game for four chukkers,” Eldredge said. “This is the time we need to do it because we can’t plan on them making a lot of mistakes.”
The winner of the game will play for the national championship on Saturday afternoon.
Archived article by Patrick Blakemore
Sun Staff Writer
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April 6, 2006
The Italian composer Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936) was haunted by the grandeur of Rome, the Eternal City, with its great cathedrals, monuments, and fountains; he used to say that the city’s unit of measure was “a meter with a few centimeters over.” This grandeur terrified and tormented him. He moved to Rome from his native Bologna and was overcome by a depressed, anxious brooding which made him unable to work. Finally, the idea for his great symphonic poem The Fountains of Rome formed in his mind, and Respighi’s awe of Rome found its artistic expression. The work was fifteen years in gestation; in 1917 it was first performed.
My advice to you, if you think you don’t like classical music, is to try out The Fountains of Rome, followed by The Pines of Rome (1924) and Roman Festivals (1928), the other two of his famous Roman symphonic tone-poems. Of the first of these works, it was once said: “What does it mean to have style? It means to write Il Fontane di Roma.” The Fountains of Rome is indeed a masterpiece of style, startling for the vivid way in which it suggests images in the mind of the listener. Respighi is most famous for his genius for orchestration, his gift for “pictorial writing,” and this work shows off his profound ability, as he put it, “to reproduce by means of tone an impression of nature.” The Pines of Rome is equally suggestive, describing in four connected sections a series of scenes from Roman life. The concluding section, “The Pines of the Appian Way,” depicts the army of the ancient Roman Consul advancing down the Appian Way and mounting the Capitoline Hill in triumph. The section starts with a march of innumerable feet, evoked by a low rhythmic plodding, and gradually, relentlessly builds to a blazing climax. Roman Festivals is even more monumental and sonically overwhelming, although it has a certain garishness that may disturb the listener.
While you are at it, you might as well listen to the spectacular Church Windows (1925), which reflects even more than the Roman trilogy Respighi’s fascination with the solemn splendor of the past. Try the Geoffrey Simon/Philharmonia Orchestra of London performance (CD, Chandos). For the first two Roman symphonic poems, check out the Eugene Ormandy/Philadelphia Orchestra recording (CD, CBS Great Performances) or the Herbert Von Karajan/Berliner Philharmoniker (CD, Deutsche Grammophon). For Roman Festivals, look into the Michael Tilson Thomas/Los Angeles Philharmonic (record, Columbia Masterworks). Give Respighi a chance: nothing matches these works for their brilliant orchestration, evocative beauty, and archaic grandeur.
Archived article by Greg Isaacson
April 6, 2006
In a year with a record-breaking number of applications, the Cornell acceptance rate dropped from 26.1 percent to 24.7 percent.
Cornell received 2,849 early decision applicants and admitted 1,110 of them, making the early acceptance rate 38.7 percent. The regular decision acceptance rate was 23 percent; Cornell received 25,248 applications and admitted 5,817. Overall Cornell received 28,097 applications for the Class of ’10 and accepted 6,927.
On March 13, The Sun reported that the acceptance rate for the Class of ’10 had sunk to 21 percent. This information, reported by Interim President Hunter R. Rawlings III at the Board of Trustees meeting the previous weekend, was based on preliminary data and did not accurately reflect admissions decisions.
“It is Cornell’s lowest admission rate in the University’s history,” said Simeon Moss ’73, director of press relations.
More information about the accepted students has also been made available by the Undergraduate Admissions Office.
The number of minority students accepted, including Pacific Islanders, Native Americans, Asian-Americans, African-Americans, Latinos and other underrepresented minorities rose to 35.9 percent for the Class of ’10.
Additionally, of the candidates accepted to Cornell, 25 percent come from New York state, 21.4 percent from the Mid-Atlantic states, 10.3 percent from the New England region, 6 percent from the Southeast, 9.4 percent from the Midwest, 5.4 percent from the southwestern and Mountain states and 13.1 percent from far western states. Another 1.1 percent of the accepted students come from U.S. territories and protectorates, and the remaining 8.3 percent are international students, up from last year’s 7.9 percent.
The number of applicants also broke a Cornell records.
“This represents a 15 percent increase over last year and a 35 percent increase over the past two years,” said Doris Davis, associate provost for admission and enrollment, in a press release. “The decision process was extraordinarily selective this year, which continues a trend for the University.”
The high number of applicants partly reflects that a higher number of high school students applying to colleges as well as that individual students are applying to more schools. According to a University of California-Los Angeles research institute, about 26 percent of students applied to six or more colleges, up from 18 percent a decade earlier.
Archived article by Sun Staff