Left 4 Dead Survival Pack

Left 4 Dead was Valve’s big shooter title last fall. It’s a cooperative 4-player shooter with a survival/horror theme. It introduced procedural monster and item spawning through an AI called the “Director”, and also added true multi-threading support to the ever evolving Source engine. The gameplay is fun and intense, though at release time, there wasn’t much content. I pre-ordered Left 4 Dead on Steam for $45 and burned out on it in about a week. However, Valve is now back with 2 new versus campaigns and a new game mode with 16 maps in this free downloadable content pack. The new mode pits your team against an infinite stream of monsters, with the goal of surviving for as long as possible. It’s probably the most intense mode yet.

Student Hit by Vehicle While Crossing East Avenue After Exam

Amiel Vural ’11 was hit by an oncoming vehicle last night at around 9:05 p.m. He was leaving Baker Hall after an exam and was struck on the East Avenue crosswalk. Vural was alert and conscious after the incident, although he was taken to Cayuga Medical Center by ambulance, according to Simeon Moss ’73, director of Cornell Press Relations.
The driver, Marc Silberman ’12, has been charged with a violation for failing to yield the right of way to a pedestrian at a crosswalk. Silberman was issued a summons to appear in Ithaca City Court.
Many students were leaving Baker Hall after a prelim when the accident happened. According to student witnesses, the “pouring rain” at that time might have contributed to the accident.

Women’s Lax Upsets No. 10 Vanderbilt

Upsets seem to have been a common trend this week for Cornell lacrosse, as the No. 20 women’s team took down No. 10-ranked Vanderbilt, 11-4, yesterday afternoon at Schoellkopf Field. Both teams now boast identical records at 9-5, and with the win the Red has guaranteed itself a winning season –– its ninth in 12 years under head coach Jenny Graap.
Sophomore Libby Johnson led the Red (3-3 Ivy) offensively with five goals on six shots –– outscoring Vanderbilt’s entire team. Senior Jessica Wiegand and freshman Katie Kirk also contributed two goals apiece.

A Critical Mass

In order to portray a hope-filled celebration of faith that doesn’t seem hopeless naïve, Bernstein’s Mass confronts the social upheavals and secular pluralism that have torn apart established beliefs. Now playing at the Schwartz Center through April 26, it is a deliberately unwieldy hybrid, intermingling diverse musical and theater traditions to interrogate each other. Originally commissioned for the inauguration of the Kennedy Center in 1971, the demands of its massive cast — which includes a chorus of over a hundred student singers as well as a children’s choir, dance troupe, pit orchestra and several soloists — have prevented it from being widely staged as it was conceived, as a “theater piece for singers, players, and dancers.”

Sports Briefs: Track and Baseball Previews

Track to Compete in Ithaca Open, Penn Relays

This week, the track team will visit East Hill neighbor Ithaca College for the Ithaca Open, then travel to UPenn for the Penn Relays.
The Bombers will have confidence when they host their invitational on Tuesday after having won the Men’s Empire 8 Championship last weekend. After senior Corey Peterman was named Field Athlete of the Meet and teammate sophomore Jeff Wetmore was named Track Athlete of the Meet, both received Empire 8 Athletes of the Week recognitions.[img_assist|nid=37065|title=Right on track|desc=Senior Jeomi Maduka will challenge for both sprint and jumping titles.|link=node|align=left|width=|height=0]

Right on track

Senior Jeomi Maduka will challenge for both sprint and jumping titles.

A True American Steakhouse

This past weekend I had the pleasure of eating at one of my favorite restaurants in Ithaca, John Thomas Steakhouse. For me, John Thomas is my Peter Luger’s away from home. The meat is prime dry-aged beef, just like Peter Luger’s and everything from the steak sauce to the menu selections represent how a true American steakhouse should be. Though rustic and low key from the outside, the quality of food clearly demonstrates why John Thomas’ has been an icon in Ithaca for so long.

The exterior of John Thomas is quite plain on the outside and along with the overcast weather, paints a fitting picture of Ithaca.