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Tuesday, 09 February 2010

For years, there has been an ongoing debate regarding Cornell's decentralized administration, in which the individual colleges have a great deal of autonomy. Is it an asset or a liability? This debate has been renewed, with vigor, in recent discussions about revising Cornell's budget model.

As part of the "Reimagining Cornell" process, one task force was charged with examining the budget model and making recommendations for improving it. Those recommendations include a proposal to pool tuition revenue and give the provost the authority to redistribute that revenue among the colleges. The discussion about this proposal, as reported by both the Cornell Daily Sun and the Cornell Chronicle, has been lively—and it continues.

At a campus forum on February 11, Provost Kent Fuchs said that the new budget model "will change Cornell more than everything else."

Endowed Tuition Up 4.5% to $39,450 Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 January 2010

On January 25, the University issued a statement announcing that the Board of Trustees had approved a 4.5% tuition increase for undergraduates in the endowed colleges for the academic year 2010-11. That raises tuition by $1,700 to $39,450. The total cost for tuition, room, board, and mandatory fees rises to $52,316.

Tuition for in-state students in the contract colleges will rise by the same dollar amount to $23,310 — a 7.9% increase. Out-of-state students pay the same tuition as undergraduates in the endowed colleges. Graduate school tuition will remain the same: $29,500 in the endowed colleges and $20,800 in the state-supported colleges.

Cyber Insecurity Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 January 2010

The U.S. Department of Defense has named Fred Schneider '75, the Eckert Professor of Computer Science, to its Defense Science Board, a standing committee that advises Pentagon leaders on cybersecurity issues. Schneider also serves on the Department of Commerce's Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board and co-chairs Microsoft's external advisory board on trustworthy computing, and he is chief scientist of the National Science Foundation-funded TRUST Science and Technology Center, a collaboration involving researchers at five universities, including Cornell. According to the Cornell press release, Schneider is one of only seven university-affiliated appointees among the board's 39 new members.

An interview with Schneider appears in CAM's January/February 2010 issue. "In about a decade," he predicts, "we will move to a world in which life and limb are at stake."

Cornell Nixes Gas Leases Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 December 2009

On December 23, University Communications issued a statement declaring that Cornell is not considering the leasing of any university-owned land for gas drilling and that, "furthermore, we are announcing a moratorium on any such consideration until federal or state guidelines on natural gas drilling are established that conform to the high environmental standards the university holds for stewardship of its property."

This declaration followed the approval of a Faculty Senate resolution calling on Cornell to impose such a moratorium and form an advisory committee to study the issue.

The January/February 2010 issue of CAM contains a news story and a letter to the editor that predate this action by the university administration.

Big Red Basketball Wins Holiday Festival at MSG Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 December 2009

On December 21, the Cornell men's basketball team — winners of the Ivy League title for the past two years — stunned the crowd in Madison Square Garden by winning the Holiday Festival, defeating St. John's 71-66 in the championship game. As the New York Times reported, the Big Red rallied from a five-point halftime deficit to secure the title. Center Jeff Foote '10, who had 19 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 blocks against St. John's, was named the tournament's MVP. The win broke a 40-year losing streak against Big East opponents.

Cornell had advanced to the championship game by defeating Davidson 91-88 in overtime. Senior Ryan Wittman secured the victory with a 35-foot three-point shot as time ran out. The two wins in the Holiday Festival moved Cornell's record to 9-2. The team has six more non-conference games before the Ivy season begins, including a January 6 contest against Kansas, currently ranked Number One in the country.

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