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Schwerner 61 Receives Posthumous Medal of Freedom
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Monday, 24 November 2014


President Barack Obama has awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor to the late Mickey Schwerner ’61 (above, far left), one of the three civil rights workers murdered in Mississippi in 1964. Also posthumously honored were Schwerner’s colleagues James Chaney and Andrew Goodman, son of Carolyn Drucker Goodman ’36 and Robert Goodman ’35, BS ’39. “As African Americans were systematically being blocked from voter rolls, Mr. Chaney, Mr. Goodman, and Mr. Schwerner joined hundreds of others working to register black voters in Mississippi,” said the award announcement. “They were murdered at the outset of Freedom Summer. Their deaths shocked the nation and their efforts helped to inspire many of the landmark civil rights advancements that followed.” The three are memorialized in Sage Chapel, with a stained-glass window that bears their images and the phrase, “We shall overcome.”

A Corpse Flower by Any Other Name... Print E-mail
Friday, 14 November 2014


Campus is again all agog over “Wee Stinky.” Cornell’s beloved corpse flower, which first bloomed in March 2012, is poised to emit its sepulchral scent throughout an Ag greenhouse. During its debut, the titan arum drew more than 10,000 admirers—even though it bloomed over Spring Break. Keep your eyes (and nose) peeled: this year’s event, which will only last for a few days, will be announced via the CALS Twitter feed and the plant’s blog. In celebration, the nearby Dairy Store will offer extended hours and a Wee Stinky latte.

Jon Kleinberg 93 Is Interim CIS Dean Print E-mail
Tuesday, 11 November 2014

With Computing and Information Science Dean Haym Hirsh on personal leave, Professor Jon Kleinberg ’93 has been named interim dean. On the faculty since 1996, Kleinberg is a Tisch University Professor and chair of Information Science. According to the University, “His research focuses on issues at the interface of networks and information, with an emphasis on the social and information networks that underpin the Web and other online media.” Kleinberg holds a PhD from MIT.

Exhibit Showcases Plaster Cast Collection Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 November 2014


This week, the College of Arts and Sciences debuts an exhibit on its collection of plaster casts of classical statuary. Once prized, then discredited—but now treasured once again—the casts gave early students a hands-on look at pieces located in faraway museums. But they later fell out of favor on the grounds that they were pale copies of the originals, and some were discarded or destroyed. About twenty of Cornell’s 500 remaining casts will be on display in “Firing the Canon,” running in November and December at the Weinhold Chilled Water Plant, 101 Forest Home Drive, next to Beebe Lake.

'House of Cards' Actress Elizabeth Norment 75 Dies Print E-mail
Friday, 31 October 2014


Actress Elizabeth Norment ’75 has passed away. Familiar to fans of the current Netflix hit series “House of Cards”—she was the devoted secretary to the ruthless politico played by Kevin Spacey—Norment had a stage and TV career that included several appearances on “Law & Order,” where she played a judge. In addition to her BA in English from Cornell, she held an MFA from Yale. According to a notice in the Washington Post, Norment’s death was due to cancer.

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