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‘Rapping Granny’ Ellen Albertini Dow ’35 Dies at 101
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Tuesday, 05 May 2015

Actress Ellen Albertini Dow ’35, MA ’38, became famous at the age of eighty-five, when a memorable turn as Adam Sandler's “rapping granny” in the 1998 movie The Wedding Singer made her a pop culture icon. Dow, who passed away on May 4 at 101, came to acting later in life, following a thirty-year career as a theater and dance teacher. She worked into her nineties, appearing in dozens of movies and TV shows.

‘Bow Ties and Goodbyes’ for Skorton Print E-mail
Friday, 01 May 2015

The Cornell community fêted outgoing president David Skorton with a celebration in Barton Hall on May 1. Dubbed “Bow Ties and Goodbyes,” it included speeches, a clocktower-shaped cake, and numerous admirers sporting Skorton’s signature neckwear.


Happy 150th Birthday, Cornell! Print E-mail
Monday, 27 April 2015

Monday's Charter Day celebration featured the ceremonial debut of President-elect Elizabeth Garrett, who led the procession out of Barton Hall followed by President David Skorton and Board of Trustees Chairman Robert Harrison ’76. A video of the two-hour event is available here.

Charter Day Events to Be Streamed Live Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 April 2015


Many alumni are set to return to campus this weekend to celebrate the University’s 150th birthday—but for those who can’t make it back, a number of events will be available via live streaming:

“Cornell and the Joy of Discovery: Any Person, Any Planet” (Friday, April 24, 6–7 p.m.)

“Cornell and Global Poverty Reduction: Philanthropy, Policy and Scholarship” (Saturday, April 25, 3–4:30 p.m.)

“My Cornell: A Celebration in Words and Music” (Saturday, April 25, 7:30–9 p.m.)

Panel: “Six Degrees of Separation” (Sunday, April 26, 1:00–2:15 p.m.)

Presidential Panel: “The Future of Higher Education” (Sunday, April 26, 4:30–6 p.m.)

Charter Day Ceremony (Monday, April 27, 10 a.m–12 p.m.)

Mayor: Fire Leaves Chapter House a 'Total Loss' Print E-mail
Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Ithaca lost another local landmark—and Cornellians lost a watering hole beloved for generations—when a fire heavily damaged the Chapter House building on Tuesday, April 14. There were no deaths or serious injuries in the early morning blaze, Jeff Stein ’13 reported in the Ithaca Voice, but Mayor Svante Myrick ’09 declared the building and one next to it on Stewart Avenue a “total loss.” Some thirty students who lost their apartments are being sheltered in Barton Hall until the University can find housing for them. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The Ithaca Journal's coverage of the blaze, including video, is available here.

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