Tretter, by a nose

February 19, 2013

Five broken noses later, JC Tretter ’13 remains committed to an NFL career. The Big Red offensive tackle was sidelined for the Jan. 26 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., after a training camp mishap “moved my nose across my face,” Tretter said.

Surgery repositioned Tretter’s nose. “I have had much worse,” said the ILR student, referring to a torn meniscus repaired in his sophomore year.

He resumed training Jan. 29 and went to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Ind., where officials from all 32 NFL teams watch 300 elite football players perform before the 2013 NFL Draft, April 25-27, at Radio City Music Hall.

Tretter hopes the Indianapolis event makes up for being idled during the Mobile showcase. Missing the Senior Bowl “was a huge missed opportunity. Every team wanted to see me play against higher competition,” Tretter said.

If he isn’t drafted this spring, Tretter said, “I will look to jump on with a team as an undrafted free agent.”

- Mary Catt, ILR School

Chordially yours

February 18, 2013

The Chordials co-ed a cappella group won first place in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella Mid-Atlantic Quarterfinals Feb. 16, the group’s first appearance in nine years. Watch the Chordials’ winning set:

‘Enigmatic’ artist dies

February 12, 2013

Acclaimed minimalist painter, illustrator and sculptor Richard Artschwager ’44 died in Albany, N.Y., Feb. 9 at age 89, five days after a Whitney Museum of American Art career retrospective, Richard Artschwager!, closed.

Despite his interest in art, Artschwager studied mathematics and chemistry at Cornell. He was drafted into the Army in 1944, fought in the Battle of the Bulge, and finished his degree in 1948.

The Whitney’s catalog of the exhibition notes:

“For nearly 60 years, Richard Artschwager (b. 1923) has undertaken an unrelenting investigation of art’s ability to mediate contemporary experience and perception. Although his work, which includes sculpture, painting, prints and drawing, is often characterized as having elements of Pop Art, Minimalism and Conceptual Art, his practice defies easy categorization and his oeuvre is not entirely understood. In Richard Artschwager! the breadth of the artist’s idealistic, diverse work and unconventional materials, such as Formica, rubberized hair and Celotex, is fully illustrated and explored for the first time.”

According to the Whitney website: “Richard Artschwager’s first solo exhibition was in 1965 at the age of 42 at Leo Castelli Gallery. Since then his work has been shown throughout the world … This exhibition is a comprehensive review of Artschwager’s remarkable creative exploration of the mediums of sculpture, painting and drawing and the first retrospective exhibition of Artschwager’s work since one organized at the Whitney in 1988.”

The Artschwager retrospective opens at the UCLA Hammer Museum in June.

In the bag?

February 11, 2013

Fiber Science & Apparel Design students Megan Rodrigues ‘15 and Lily Wolens ‘15 are among finalists in the national City Bag Challenge by Stitch Collective. A New York City-based luxury accessory line founded by Loni Edwards ‘06, Stitch Collective accepts sketches from up-and-coming designers, chooses finalists for public voting, and produces the winning bag.

Students in FSAD 2660: Product Development, taught by Susan Ashdown, the Helen G. Canoyer Professor, sketched handbags and entered them into Stitch Collective’s national competition for an accessory practical enough for city adventures and stylish enough for the cosmopolitan lifestyle.

Voting runs until Feb. 28.

- Dani Corona ‘15

Dan talks Damon

February 7, 2013

Catch Daniel Schwarz, the Frederic J. Whiton Professor of English, on the BBC Radio 4 documentary “Blind Date with Runyon” Feb. 14.

A New York City writer of humorous, sentimental short stories, Damon Runyon‘s colorful character types – Nathan Detroit, Good Time Charley, The Seldom Seen Kid – and slangy, “Runyonese” dialogue became the basis for the Broadway musical “Guys and Dolls,” among other adaptations.

Schwarz is author of “Broadway Boogie Woogie: Damon Runyon and the Making of New York City Culture”; he also edited Penguin Classics’s “Guys and Dolls and Other Writings.”

Not expecting this

February 6, 2013

What happens when Sarah Abadhi, an infertile workaholic New York City attorney with no expectation of marriage or babies, hooks up for five months with a driven pediatric ICU doctor who’s allergic to commitment and inexplicably becomes pregnant? Find out in the new e-novel “Fertility” by Denise Gelberg ’72, Ph.D. ’93, a former teacher and ILR School visiting fellow. The characters part company, but the unexpected pregnancy drives them to cultivate the barren landscapes of their interior lives.

International lenses

February 1, 2013

The Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies announced Jan. 30 three winners and 11 honorable mentions in its annual photo contest. Graduate students studying or conducting research abroad submitted 37 photos; all photos are exhibited in the Big Red Barn in February and will be featured on the Einaudi Center website.

First prize: Development sociology student Kasia Paprocki’s “On the Char.” She took the photo in Rajshahi, Bangladesh, where she conducted research with landless people.

Second place: Comparative literature student Kavita Singh’s “A Slaver’s Shipwreck,” featuring a triangle of somber statues facing the sea in L’Anse Caffard, Diamant, Martinique.

Third prize: regional planning student Angela Previdelli’s “The Unit.” The image was taken in Valparaiso, Chile, of a women’s military unit.


Recipes in space

January 30, 2013

Cornell researchers are among those behind a contest that asks people to submit recipes for meals that will be served during a simulated four-month mission to Mars, set to begin in April. Winners will be announced at the end of the mission in August.

The goal is to determine how NASA can keep astronauts well fed during long missions to the moon or Mars (perhaps avoiding menu fatigue). The researchers are looking for breakfast dishes, entrees and soups, side dishes, desserts and snacks. Recipe submissions are being accepted online through March 8, and ingredients must be drawn from the mission’s ingredient list.

“Our crew will have a pantry of shelf-stable ingredients (meaning, ones which do not require refrigeration or freezing), nearly all dehydrated or freeze dried, which they will prepare into conventional meals. They’ll alternate eating these meals with eating instant meals (backpacking foods, mostly) resembling the real astronaut meals,” said Jean Hunter, associate professor of biological and environmental engineering. “Each strategy has advantages: individual packages are easy and fast to prepare and clean up, while conventional cooking enables the crew to have more variety in their diet and reduces packaging waste.”

‘Eternity’s Sunrise’

January 29, 2013

A new piece of art is gracing the study space in Mann Library.

“Eternity’s Sunrise” is a brushed aluminum mobile created by Ithaca artist Werner Sun in memory of Nan Hyland, a librarian at Mann Library, whose dedicated service to education and scholarship at Cornell touched the work and lives of many in the Cornell community and beyond.

While installing the mobile just before the start of the semester, Sun noted that inspiration for this gently dynamic, softly twirling sculptural piece came from a poem by William Blake that was among Hyland’s favorites.

Support for the new artwork came from Hyland’s friends, family and colleagues, who remember her hard work and love of music and art in all its forms.

The mobile is on permanent display in the Manelski Reading Room on Mann’s second floor, between the Deans Room and the Mann Gallery.

See a clip of the mobile in action.

Deconstructing Arnim’s wallet

January 16, 2013

Imagine Arnim Meyburg’s surprise earlier this month when he received a call that his wallet had been found. He looked at his wallet beside him, puzzled.

Then a distant memory came to him.

The emeritus professor of transportation engineering and planning’s wallet had been stolen from his briefcase in his Hollister Hall office in 1985. Construction workers at the Law School, across the street from Hollister, found the wallet while tearing down an interior wall and ceiling.

“Needless to say, I was astounded about the find and its location …” Meyburg wrote to contractors Welliver and McGuire to commend their workers Brian and Kevin Knapp, who sleuthed Meyburg on the Internet. “But I was even more impressed that these two gentlemen cared enough to contact me.”