UPDATE (June 15th): In what is now old news, the perpetrator has been captured. His name is Viktor P. Nikulin, which is exactly the kind of name we expected him to have. He sounds like one of those “militiamen” who sits on a lawn chair at the border with a walkie-talkie and a gun, shouting racial epithets at anyone passing through the desert on the other side.
For more information, check out the Cornell Sun’s article here.
We Ivy Leaguers like to have a go at each other occasionally. Alright, a lot. But 90 percent of the time, we’re actually friends … half the time. And when one part of the body is hurting, mama grizzlies attack, or however the saying goes.
Basically, when you mess with one of us, you’re really messing with all of us.
On the 5th of June, while most of us were lounging around pretending like we “chose” to not do internships this summer so that we could “work” on that “novel”, a Cornell University student (whose name has not been released) was getting hated on. Literally. The student, of Asian descent, was attacked after having ethnic slurs shouted at him. So the conclusion seems obvious: he was racially assaulted.
Details, courtesy of the Ithaca Journal:
An Asian male reported that he was riding his bicycle along College Avenue near the intersection with Campus Road when four individuals in a silver or white sedan yelled racial epithets at him, according to the university’s police. The sedan then followed the man, still on his bicycle, onto West Avenue where he dismounted from the bike. The vehicle stopped and two white men approached the cyclist, and one assaulted him.
The men got back into the sedan, fleeing northbound on West Avenue. Both witnesses and the complainant described the assailant as a shirtless white male who wore yellow basketball shorts. The driver of the sedan was described as a white female in a black dress and sunglasses. The fourth passenger was described only as a white male.
Straightforward–or it least it should be. The CoPo have asked the Tompkins County District Attorney’s Office if this act can be considered a hate crime. Our legal team here at IvyGate deliberated over this one for a while, coming up with the following conclusion: No shit, of course it is.
Despite information from several witnesses, there seems to be nothing conclusive to point to the identity of the attackers. The Cornell Police still believe there are more witnesses who haven’t come forward and are asking anyone who could be of help to call 607-255-1111.
As soon as they find those guys (and gal), those attackers sure are going to get it. They should’ve messed with someone from some school that doesn’t matter, like Ithaca College, instead of an Ivy League school. Seriously, xenophobes. You are so dumb. We gon’ find you.
None of these new-found protective feelings change the fact that Cornell is the poor man’s Dartmouth, though.
As for the victim, himself: You’ll be glad to hear that he is alright, having been discharged from the hospital that same day. In any event, we wish him a speedy recovery.
Note: IvyGate spoke with the Cornell University Police Department for the purposes of this article. The Tompkins County D.A. was also contacted, but we were unable to receive any comment.