DJ Diesel’s set was a worthwhile experience, improving in quality with each song and mixing enough genres for a wide range of tastes to enjoy. There’s only so much hype that can be generated over Zoom as opposed to in-person, especially with a laggy connection, but Shaq did an admirable job at rising to the challenge with his visuals, body language and facial expressions all on point.
Cornell Prof. Lawrence Glickman, history and American studies, hopes that the athlete’s presentation on his new book and visit to a Cornell history course will address the responsibilities of athletes “in our political culture,” he said.
It has been six and a half years since Cornell men’s basketball won three straight conference championships. Six and a half years of losing seasons. Six and a half years of looking up at the league champion from near the bottom of the league. With the 2016-17 men’s basketball season kicking off Friday against Binghamton, that could all change. The road back to the top of the conference begins again, and, with a veteran roster, a new coach and an inaugural conference tournament, this year is looking brighter than in the past.
The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters will visit Cornell next Tuesday when they bring their 90th anniversary world tour to Newman Arena in Bartels Hall. The Globetrotters, known for their in-game stunts, theatricality and comedy, will make their first trip to Ithaca since 2013. The Globetrotters, however, will not play the Generals, whom the team dropped as their contractual opponent in August of 2015. Over the course of their “rivalry,” the Globetrotters has beat the Generals over 16,000 times. The event at Newman will feature an autograph, photograph and high-five session for all fans in attendance.
In a game with two overtimes, 199 total points and countless “I don’t believe it” moments, the victory came to the team that wanted it more. “We have to be the group that gets those second balls, that gets to the floor, that makes what we call winning plays,” said head coach Bill Courtney. “We made enough of those plays to come up with the W.”
The Red battled Colgate for 40 minutes of regulation then 10 more in two overtimes, eventually coming away with the thrilling victory. Cornell overcame foul trouble and mistakes to beat Colgate, 101-98. Cornell (1-1) had an early 18 point lead against the Raiders (1-1), but the Red started faltering in the second half.
With a talented senior class gone and eight new freshmen on the team, Cornell basketball is sticking to the same principles that it has since head coach Bill Courtney arrived on campus five years ago: play fast, attack the basket and suffocate opponents on defense. With the departure of Shonn Miller ’15, Galal Cancer ’15 and Devin Cherry ’15, Courtney said that, while the team is still set on forcing opponents to play fast, Cornell has a ways to go to play at the same defensive level as last year. Last year’s squad held opponents to the lowest field goal percentage in the Ivy League. Opponents shot just 39 percent against the Red, a number which ranked in the top twenty nationally. “Shonn Miller was such a good defender, not only with his shot blocking and defensive rebounding, but his ability to guard 1-5 on the floor,” Courtney said.