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CAM's Sesquicentennial Issue Now Online
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Tuesday, 03 March 2015

Who's the greatest athlete in Big Red history?

Can you pass a nineteenth-century entrance exam?

Which prominent alumni, living or dead, would Ezra invite to an imaginary dinner party?

What do today's students consider to be the most important thing they've learned so far?

How many sunny days does Ithaca get each year, really?

We answer all those questions and much more—including how some famous Cornellian chefs would reimagine the Hot Truck PMP—in CAM's special issue celebrating the University's 150th birthday.

You can read it in hard copy (for subscription information, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ); on our website; in the digital edition; and via apps for Apple and Android devices.

Please enjoy... and let us know what you think!

 

 

 
Ithaca Cold Snap is No Joke (Until It Is) Print E-mail
Monday, 23 February 2015

 

If you haven’t been to Ithaca in a while—well, now is not the time to visit.

As the Ithaca Voice reported this week, the city is experiencing its second-coldest month on record, with an average temperature of 11.7 Fahrenheit. If the overall monthly average ultimately works out to below 11.3, the record set in February 1979, it will go down as the coldest ever—and more frigid temperatures are on the way. (We’d keep our fingers crossed… but they may freeze solid.)

Last week, the Ithaca-Tompkins County Convention and Visitors Bureau made a joke (seen above) about the meteorological misery that went so viral that it crashed its website: it turned its homepage into an act of surrender, complete with the suggestion that tourists might want to head to Key West instead. The jape prompted a light-hearted war of words between Ithaca and that sun-dappled city, in the form of dueling essays between the Voice and the Florida Keys Keynoter. “To make the distinction with precision: South Florida is where you go to die,” wrote Voice founder Jeff Stein ’13. “Upstate New York is where you go to live.”

 
Professor Emeritus L. Pearce Williams Dies at 87 Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 February 2015

 

Cornellians are mourning the passing of L. Pearce Williams ’48, PhD ’52, a legendary professor who left his mark on generations of students. Williams, who taught on the Hill from 1960 until his retirement in 1994, died in Ithaca on February 8 at age eighty-seven. “A tall and imposing figure,” notes his official obituary, “he reveled in the teaching of both the history of science and the history of Western civilization, and enjoyed giving his presentation, ‘The Notorious Note-Taking Lecture,’ to students entering the University.”

As one former student—CAM Assistant Editor Shelley Stuart ’91, who took his Intro to Western Civilization course [HIST 151] as a senior— recalls: “He was a formidable instructor who challenged all of us to write better, and think deeper. HIST 151 was just as much about learning how to write grammar as it was about the history of Western civilization. I rediscovered a love of wordsmithing under Professor Williams’s red pen.”

Williams is survived by his wife of sixty-five years, Sylvia Alessandrini Williams ’49, four children (David Williams ’75, PhD ’94, Alison Williams Lewin ’78, PhD ’91, Adam Williams ’82, BS ’84, and Sarah Williams Bonnefoi ’87), and nine grandchildren. A memorial service is planned for later in the year.

As Williams’s obituary observes: “He often expressed his opinions on various issues to the Ithaca Journal and the Cornell Daily Sun, gaining him a certain local notoriety, or fame, depending on one's point of view. Pearce's more physical activities included hunting with his beloved Weimeraners, gaining a black belt in karate, playing touch football games with his colleagues and students on Sundays, and wood chopping, a benefit of which was his hours spent by his fireside.”

 
Verizon Gives $50 Million for Exec Ed Center at CU Tech Print E-mail
Monday, 02 February 2015

 

Telecom giant Verizon has donated $50 million to create an executive education center at Cornell Tech. The structure—which an announcement described as “a gathering space for the tech community and a place for leveraging the campus’s impact on technology beyond its degree programs”—will be part of the first phase of the Roosevelt Island campus. Construction began in January; some buildings will open in summer 2017, with the executive ed center completed later, the University says.

“Our donation to Cornell Tech is an investment in the future and fits perfectly with our mission to use communications technologies to solve big challenges and make people’s lives better,” says Verizon Chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam ’76. “The Verizon Executive Education Center will be a magnet for developers, entrepreneurs, educators, and innovators across all industries, building on the great talent and creativity we already have in the tech sector here in New York City.”

The first phase of Cornell Tech will also include an academic building, a corporate co-location center, and a residence for faculty, staff, and students. The campus is ultimately planned to comprise twelve acres, with capacity for 2,000 students.

 
Campus Mourns Two Victims of Traffic Accidents Print E-mail
Monday, 26 January 2015

 

Cornell is mourning two members of the University community who died in separate traffic accidents in recent days—both cases of pedestrians being struck by vehicles.

On Saturday, Oluchukwu Onuora, a twenty-three-year-old senior in CALS’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, died after being hit by a car while walking on an Ithaca-area road. A native of Nigeria, Onuora grew up in West Harrison, New York.

And on Monday, Angela Stedwell, a fifty-five-year-old administrative assistant in Human Ecology, was killed by a Tompkins County Area Transit bus near Robert Purcell Community Center on North Campus.

No charges have been filed in Onuora’s death, and Monday’s accident remains under investigation.

 
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