The Cornell men's and women's polo teams began their seasons last weekend against the University of Connecticut in Storrs, hoping to follow up the

immense successes of the 2000-2001 campaigns.

The women's squad won the national championship last year and began its defense with a 25-5 defeat of Connecticut behind 12 goals from Taylor McLean.

However, the Red needed to fight through a much more difficult match against the Central New York Polo Club the next day, which ended in an 11-11 tie. The defending champ's next challenge will be to defeat the Huskies again, in a Saturday night matchup in Ithaca. After that, it will play Skidmore on Oct. 26 which will be followed by the USPA Old Timers Tourney that same weekend.

Likewise, the men's polo team began its season this weekend in Connecticut. It will next play the Huskies again on Oct. 19 before joining the women's team in contesting the Old Timers Tourney the next weekend.

Included in the long term schedule is the William Field Invitational in mid-November, a title that Cornell won last year.

In addition the men will be looking, throughout the season, to reach and surpass the achievements of last year, when they reached the national semifinals before suffering a 24-17 defeat at the hands of a University of Virginia squad that they had beaten two prior times during the season. Anything they achieve, though, will have to be done without last year's top player, Jeff Embow, who scored 11 of Cornell's 17 goals during the Virginia defeat.

The man at the focal point of the effort to reach last year's heights is Dave Eldredge '81, who returns to once again, coach both teams. It will be a busy

winter and with a packed slate of contests. Both teams will have ample opportunities to show that they are up to the challenge of meeting the expectations brought by past achievements.

Archived article by Andrew Bernie

December 3, 2015

Cornell Coalition Launches With Rally, Letter Drop Thursday

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Dozens of students marched through the Cornell Store toward Day Hall Thursday, holding signs and chanting in support of workers’ rights to announce the creation of the Coalition Against Gulf Exploitation, which is composed of approximately 30 different campus organizations.

CAGE’s demands include an independent, third-party investigation of labor conditions at the Weill Cornell Medicine in Qatar and granting Cornell workers in Qatar the right to unionize and collectively bargain, according to Allison Considine ’17, CAGE’s press liaison.

Members of CAGE fly a banner from McGraw tower on Thursday. (Cameron Pollack / Sun Senior Photographer)

Members of CAGE fly a banner from McGraw tower on Thursday. (Cameron Pollack / Sun Senior Photographer)

“We are the students … we want justice for our workers,” the students chanted as they marched.

The rally, which started at around 12:45 p.m., began with several students giving opening speeches that outlined their concerns over Cornell’s labor practices in Qatar. CAGE members then took a picture in front of McGraw Tower while holding a banner that read, “end exploitation of our workers in Qatar.”

After arriving at Day Hall, the coalition sent members inside to deliver a letter and a petition in support of CAGE’s demands to President Elizabeth Garrett. Hundreds of individuals had signed individual copies of the petition, which were then formed into a paper chain to be delivered to Garrett.

“As a student, I demand an independent investigation and swift remediation of our abuse of Cornell’s direct and subcontracted campus workers in Qatar,” the petition reads.

As Garrett was not in her office when the students arrived, CAGE members read the letter aloud to a member of the office staff instead.

“We cannot blindly accept assurance that workers employed at our campus are exempt from the abusive labor practices that might affect the migrant workers throughout that region,” the letter reads. “It is not enough to simply provide additional measures and benefits while disregarding the underlying issues at hand.”

The letter concluded with a list of all organizations signed on to the coalition, which ranges from the Cornell International Affairs Society to the Interfraternity Council.

“Students acting collectively is how these campaigns are won,” Considine said. “We’ve proven in the past that this works.”

Next semester the coalition aims to continue pressuring the administration to take action and respond to their demands, she added.