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Friday, 09 September 2011

After the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, senior editor Beth Saulnier spoke with many family members and friends of the Cornellians who died in the Twin Towers and on Flight 93. We published 16 memorials in the November/December 2001 issue, followed by four more in the two subsequent issues, as we received the news of others who had perished. To honor the lives of those 20 Cornellians and all of the other 9/11 victims, we have posted those memorials here.

 

 

 

 
Pledging Banned But What Does That Mean? Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 August 2011

In an announcement to the Cornell community and an op-ed published in the New York Times, President David Skorton announced that pledging will be banned in the Cornell Greek system, beginning with the 2012-13 academic year.

"We must end the current system of pledging, often perpetuated through traditions handed down over generations, because it fosters hazing and other activities based on humiliation or risky behavior that often pose psychological harm and immediate physical danger to those involved," Skorton said.

In an interview with the Daily Sun, Skorton went on to say, “I refuse to believe that these smart people cannot come up with an approach to replace pledging. I know we can do better, and I know we have to avoid risks associated with pledging.” He also reiterated his support for the Greek system and said he had no intention of banning fraternities and sororities at Cornell. A follow-up editorial in the Sun praises the goals of Skorton's initiative but finds it lacking in substance. In a news story, fraternity leaders expressed confusion over the directive, stating that since hazing is already banned, they're not sure what else must be done.

In her Chronicle of Higher Education blog, Professor Laurie Essig of Middlebury College says that Skorton did not go far enough—she asserts that fraternities should be banned. That won't help, says Hotel school lecturer Jan Katz in a letter to the Sun. The problem isn't fraternities—it's that students have a desire for risky behavior. "Instead of trying to change fraternities, then, the University needs to think about how better to address the underlying attitudes and values that contribute to undesirable behavior," writes Katz. "Changing the traits is not—it is impossible to eliminate a desire for risk-taking and it is also wrong to do so because risk-taking is a key requirement for innovation, entrepreneurship and other desirable outcomes."

 
In Memoriam: Jim Hazzard '50 Print E-mail
Friday, 12 August 2011

August 12: We received the sad news that Jim Hazzard '50 passed away yesterday. Jim was the director of alumni affairs from 1985 to 1995, which meant that he was an ex officio member of the Cornell Alumni News committee as part of his service to the alumni community. In recent years, he often called or wrote with information and suggestions—usually something relating to well-deserved recognition of a fellow alum or faculty member. Jim was tireless in his devotion to Cornell and Cornell alumni, and I'll miss hearing from him.

Jim Roberts '71

Editor & Publisher

 

 

 
Hall of Fame Print E-mail
Friday, 29 July 2011

Ten outstanding Big Red athletes have been named to the Cornell Athletic Hall of Fame. Heading the group are All-Americans Steve Baginski '80 (men's track & field) and Patrick Dutton '99 (men's lacrosse). Also selected were Karen Chastain Hughes '01 (women's track & field), Chris Mabley '65 (lightweight rowing), Robin Moore '01 (volleyball), Peter Orthwein '68 (men's polo), Helen Barfield Prichett '95 (women's swimming & diving), Joseph Splendorio '01 (football), Dave Van Dyke '74 (gymnastics), and Molly Kauffman West '97 (field hockey).

The induction ceremony will be held on Friday, November 11, and the new members will also be honored at halftime of the Cornell-Columbia football game on the next day.

Congratulations to a great group!

 
Stupidest College Ranking Ever Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 July 2011

We have issues with U.S. News & World Report and most of the other publications that offer college rankings. But GQ has just won the prize for the stupidest college ranking ever — although, to be fair, they just excerpted it from a really stupid book. Read all about it on Gawker.

Then read this spot-on rebuttal by Tony Manfred '11.

 
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