Around the Ivies
This column was surprisingly hard to write, and I think I have figured out why.
Really, it should have been easy. There is simply so much to talk about.
Everybody loves a good story. I hear you, Folklore and Mythology concentrators—we all know you feel especially strong on this point. But the rest of us can testify to the value of a captivating narrative just as well.
Now think, what elements constitute a quality story? To begin, a good plot must start with killer characters and daunting obstacles. It definitely needs a little bit of drama. And the presence of a compelling adversary doesn’t hurt.
I apologize in advance for going a little off-script here. This space is normally reserved for getting you up to speed on the state of Ivy League football outside the Harvard bubble. But doing that just doesn’t make sense this week.
To explain why, here is a quick quiz. Below are the records for each of the four Saturday matchups. Which do you think is the most interesting?
You know that inevitable scene in House where all the young doctors think their patient has Lupus? Or maybe you’d relate better with CSI, and that moment you know is coming 30 minutes in when they bring in a suspect. It’s never Lupus, and that first guy never did it.
That scene always seems so scripted, right? So fake. But it’s not. It’s probably the most realistic scene in the series. That scene is all around us, playing out every day.
Cornell does not belong in the Ivy League.
Actually, let me back up for a second.