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A Tip About Investigative Journalism

Don’t be the person who wrote this: http://cornellsun.com/node/29053

Someone should call Fox News and tell them to hire the author of the above article because she has the two qualities Fox News requires: misquoting quotes and reporting false facts. Fox News is Faux News for a reason, and the Editor of the Cornell Daily Sun Eclipse section who wrote this article falls right in line.

First: If you’re going to investigate the tours given to prospective freshmen who visit Cornell, do exactly that. Investigate tours! (Emphasis on the plural) Don’t be lazy and go on one. Go on three. Find out what all of us are saying.

Second: If you truly are lazy and decide to go on one tour, pick a tour with a trained tour guide at the helm. Don’t be this author and choose a tour where two trainees are trying to learn the ropes of a 75 minute speech interrupted by inquiring parents while navigating the hills of Cornell by walking backwards.

Third: If you’re like this author and choose a tour with tour guides in-training and hear a misspoken fact, for instance, “Cornell’s AEM program was recently ranked fourth in the nation by US Weekly,” when you know the right publication was Business Week, have enough integrity to also report that the senior tour guide helping out these trainees corrected what was said and made sure the guests knew it was Business Week who ranked the AEM program 4th.

Fourth: Be smart. After all you do go to Cornell. Realize saying Cornell was one of the first Ivies to admit women is equivalent to Cornell was the first Ivy to admit women. IF YOU’RE THE FIRST THEN YOU’RE ALSO ONE OF THE FIRST. What this author did is like saying a square isn’t a rectangle.

Fifth: Don’t make fun of a tour guide in training because they’re saying “um” or “like”. Cut them some slack. This is one of their first times ever giving a tour. Everyone would be nervous in front of a group of 30 parents and high school students even before you realize you need to know the ins and outs of the College of Arts and Sciences even though you attend the College of Engineering. Even Barack Obama would say “um” or “like” while navigating the waters of what to say about Architecture, Art, and Planning for the first time.

Sixth: Don’t write how much of a godsend you are as this author explained how everyone loved coming up to her to get the “real” scoop of Cornell from a “real” student. What are we? Fake students?

Seventh: If you’re an editor, you have a higher responsibility for journalistic integrity than a regular reporter regardless of if you’re writing for the New York Times or some high school paper.

Eighth: You’re contributing to a college newspaper. You’re not Chris Hanson scouring the streets of America for child predators. You’re walking on a tour given by the same students who take the same classes as you. There’s no need to trash them with false accusations. They’re your peers!

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Have you no sense of decency Mam? Have you none of it left?

Back from Break

Spring break officially ends tonight. As a student who stayed in Ithaca I can see all my classmates trekking back to campus with their tans, depressed expressions, and the realizations that there’s homework due tomorrow. The feeling going into break was exuberant. The week without classes aside, just looking at Cornell sports made the cold-hearted excited. Hockey had made it to the second round against Harvard in their conference (ECACHL) tournament; men’s basketball was travelling to Anaheim to take on Stanford (founded by a former Cornellian) as the Ivy League champ seeded 14. Cornell women’s basketball was prepping to play UConn as a 16 seed. This would be the first time in Ivy League history that a men’s and a women’s team from the same school made it to the tournament.

The bad vibe of the beginning of the end of spring break spread across the country, however. This past Thursday the men’s team lost to Stanford by 24 – a large margin, but anyone who was watching the game could tell that there was no questioning the effort, even when down by 30 they were hustling after every loose ball, rebound, blocked shot, etc. – and the men’s hockey team fell in defeat to Harvard 3-1. The women’s bball team is currently down by 28 to UConn with 30 seconds left in the first half.

The end result might not have been the greatest, but like spring break, it was fun while it lasted.

Just for the record, like a true fan, I picked a Cornell upset over Stanford.

A Few Thoughts

Cornell Men’s Hockey advanced to the ECACHL Conference Semi-finals in Albany, NY after beating Dartmouth and Union. Winning the tournament means a birth to the NCAA Tournament and a chance to make it to the Frozen Four.

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Today is selection Sunday, which means tonight is the moment of truth to discover who and where Cornell will play in the first round. Someone say upset!!??

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It’s spring break, yet I’m in Ithaca for the week to work as a tour guide. It’s almost like a ghost town. There’s no one here…except for us tour guides. It’s kind of peaceful in a way too. Oh man, I almost became existential there. I think I’ll stop.

Learning a New Game

This past weekend I was fortunate enough to learn the game of squash from a friend. Before, I always thought of the sport as a country club game. But after playing, that preconception has been squashed…no pun intended. I didn’t know it was so demanding before learning how to play. It’s sort of like tennis shrunk down into a room the size of your bedroom with high walls and the scoring system of volleyball, except games go to nine. You’re always moving, and because of the lack of bounce in the rubber ball you bend down quite often. Diving on the floor or running into walls is pretty common (although that may be because I’m still relatively inexperienced at playing the game).

It’s an exciting game to play and, hopefully, learning the deeper nuances of the game will make it even more stimulating.

We Goin to the Ship, Woo!

Cornell is going to the Big Dance after beating Harvard 86-53 and clinching the Ivy League title with two games left in the season! A 20-5 overall record and a 12-0 Ivy conference record with two games remaining has ESPN projecting that this University could be ranked as high as #12 in the NCAA tournament.

We even got a vote to be in the AP top 25.

For the first time in 20 years, the third time in Ivy League history a team other than Princeton or Penn has won the Ivy title. Cornell did it last in 1988 and it was Cornell again in the mid 1950’s, which means Cornell, Princeton, and Penn are the only Ivy schools to win the conference title.

But to go undefeated…that’s a different story. (This statement was made knocking on wood, given that there are still two games left.)

Win or lose we’re still going to the dance, and if it’s in Syracuse you can bet the house that there’s going to be a huge Cornell contingent, myself included.

Hail all hail Cornell!!!

I Called It!

Sunday was Oscar night, which meant the moment of truth to see if my predictions on Hollywood Stock Exchange (www.hsx.com) would come true. I only made two extremely educated guesses with the assumption that awards such as best film, best supporting actor, etc. were already locked up, which turned out to be correct. It was too easy to predict Javier Bardem for supporting actor and No Country for Old Men for best film, so I decided not to waste my time on those categories.

Instead I focused my attention on best supporting actress and best adapted film.

Best supporting actress: Cate Blanchett was the favorite with her portrayal of Bob Dylan in I’m Not There. My pick was Tilda Swinton in Michael Clayton for her subtle, serious, and powerful portrayal of a corporate executive. Guess who turned out to be right? That’s right, I called it!

Best Adapted Screenplay: The favorites were Atonement and There Will Be Blood, two critically acclaimed movies that garnered huge amounts of Oscar hype. But my pick was No Country for Old Men. If you’ve read Cormac McCarthy’s books and seen the movie, there’s no way you could predict against the Cohen Brothers’ portrayal. It was like McCarthy wrote the movie himself! Apparently Entertainment Weekly and USA Today and everyone else couldn’t tell. But guess who was correct? That’s right, I called it!

So next time you need to put money on an Oscar category, come to me first.

Not Every Asian on TV is Chinese

In recognition of the awesome 4th season of Lost, which continues tonight at 9pm, I’d like to clarify the ethnicity of Sun and Jin because several people seem a little confused. For the record, they are not Chinese nor do they speak Mandarin or Cantonese. They are Korean and from what my Korean friends tell me Daniel Dae-Kim, the actor who plays Jin, speaks pretty poor Korean. I wouldn’t know the difference between good, bad, and horrible since I’m only half-Korean and my mother never taught me the language.
As for Hiro and Ando on Heroes they are also not Chinese, but Japanese. Not every Asian person on tv is Chinese. I don’t know how many people I’ve talked to that were astonished to here that Sun, Jin, Hiro, and Ando were all not Chinese. For those of you who knew, thank you for being educated and have fun watching Lost tonight!

Obama County, NY

On Super Tuesday Hillary Clinton won New York State’s vote 57%-40% over Obama. CNN never pulled up New York on their little interactive board that John King plays around with every time election night rolls around. However, if he did he would’ve seen that the only county Barack Obama won in New York State was Tompkins County 52%-46%, home of Cornell University and Ithaca College.

People here like to say we live in a 4 square mile box surrounded by reality. It couldn’t be more true. In Ithaca you have many professors, employees of the University, students, activists, protesters (many of them), etc. In total, these groups make Ithaca a relatively educated, liberal town. Move outside though and the woes of upstate New York hit you like you just got blindsided on the NJ Turnpike. Struggling towns periodically show up as one drives on Route 17 and the abundance of family farms fallen victim to agribusiness cannot be escaped. So it’s no wonder that Tompkins County, the majority of who’s population lives in Ithaca (and therefore works at either Cornell or Ithaca College), was the variation from the norm when it voted for Obama. (This is not to say that Ithaca doesn’t have the same problems affecting other small cities.)

Even from an outsider’s perspective, it couldn’t have been more obvious. Drive down Route 17 and you see houses with a Hillary poster in their yard, but none sported an Obama banner. Once you enter Ithaca, however, it’s a different story. And when you walk onto Cornell’s campus, it’s like “Hillary Clinton who?”. And then you know you’ve entered Obama County, NY.

What is that Burning Smell?

One thing everyone forgets to tell you upon entering college is the ridiculous number of times the fire alarm goes off in the dorms because someone burnt popcorn in the microwave. Freshman year, the obnoxiously loud (though they succeed at what they’re supposed to do) fire alarms sounded many times, none more inconvenient than at 2:30AM on a Wednesday during finals week. Why? Because someone burned popcorn.

Last night, at 4am Sunday morning, I am rudely awakened again by the fire alarm in my room and forced to walk outside into temperatures below 25 degrees in my pj’s, which consist of a t-shirt and gym shorts, where I proceed to wait for the fire alarm to cease making its BWEP BWEP BWEP sound so that I may hurriedly walk back up the four flights of stairs and climb back into my bed. Why? Because someone burnt their popcorn in the microwave. Why anyone was making popcorn at 4 in the morning is beyond my reasoning.

The whole point of this blog entry: don’t be that person that burns their popcorn.