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Thursday, 18 June 2009

On June 17, the planning committee of the Ithaca Common Council voted 4-1 to adopt the somewhat controversial Collegetown Urban Plan and Design Guidelines. As the Ithaca Journal reported, the lone dissenting vote was cast by Mary Tomlan, MA '71, who said that approval of the plan should have been postponed until after the city completed a revision of its comprehensive plan. The plan gives a green light for taller buildings in some areas and will allow builders to forgo on-site parking by paying fees for alternatives such as remote parking garages or mass-transit improvements.

 
Cornell Honors Retirees Print E-mail
Tuesday, 09 June 2009

At a June 8 ceremony on the Arts Quad, the University honored a group of staff retirees, including 432 who accepted the offer of a special voluntary retirement package with benefits that included a lump-sum payout equal to one year of base pay, as well as an additional 30% contribution to a retirement account set up through the University Retirement Program. Some of the vacated positions will be permanently eliminated as part of Cornell's budgetary belt-tightening.

As the Ithaca Journal noted, it was tough for many to say goodbye to their longtime colleagues. Others—not quite done yet—had to dash back to work.

 
Green Light for Milstein Hall Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Meeting in Ithaca on Commencement weekend, the Board of Trustees accepted the recommendation of President David Skorton and gave the go-ahead to construction of Paul Milstein Hall, the controversial new home for the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. In a statement, Skorton said that "this has not been an easy decision" and noted that he was "swayed by the programmatic imperative of securing the [architecture] program's accreditation" as well as by a cost reduction of more than $12 million achieved by deferring the parking garage that was part of the original proposal. Although the Board also approved the construction of the addition to the Johnson Museum, many other capital projects remain on hold.

But, as the Daily Sun reported, not all faculty are convinced that going ahead with the Rem Koolhaas design for Milstein Hall is a good idea.

 
Ehrenberg Named to SUNY Board Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 May 2009

New York State Governor David Paterson has nominated Ronald Ehrenberg, the Ives Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations and Economics, for appointment to the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York. Ehrenberg—the author of the cover story on endowments in CAM's May/June 2009 issue—is director of the Cornell Higher Education Research Institute and a faculty member of the Cornell Board of Trustees. He is a noted expert on university finance and administration and the author of Tuition Rising: Why College Costs So Much (Harvard University Press) and other works.

If confirmed by the State Senate, Ehrenberg will serve a two-year term that expires on June 30, 2011.

 
Say It Ain't So, Dave Print E-mail
Monday, 18 May 2009

One of the beneficiaries of Cornell's budget-driven early retirement plan for employees is Dave Nulle, who has worked in athletics for more than 30 years. That might not seem especially notable—unless you realize that Dave is the Zamboni Guy.

At Lynah Rink, Dave has been grooming the ice for hockey games while wearing some amazing costumes for as long as most Big Red fans can remember. He's as much a part of the hockey scene as that beloved old barn itself. It's hard to imagine a game without him wheeling out onto the ice to big cheers from the Faithful—so here's hoping that Dave might be able to make a guest appearance on the Olympia Ice Resurfacer (Cornell's machine is technically not a Zamboni) every now and then. Like maybe at the Harvard game, wearing one of his Elvis outfits?

 
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