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Tuesday, 08 June 2010

Thanks to a $25 million gift from the family of John Dyson '65, the Department of Applied Economics and Management will become a school. According to an Associated Press report, the school will be named after John's father, Charles, who helped to found the International Monetary Fund.

John Dyson is chairman and CEO of Pebble Ridge Vineyards & Wine Estates, which operates wineries and commercial vineyards in New York, California, and Italy. He has served as New York's commissioner of commerce and chairman of the New York State Power Authority. In 1984, Dyson received the CALS Outstanding Alumni Award.

In the Cornell Chronicle story, Dyson says that he hopes his family's gift will help the new school to hire the best faculty possible and provide its students "a broad education, not just a business education."

 
Straight Lights Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 May 2010

Thanks to a donation by two alumni — Henry Bartels '48 and Bob Staley '57, MBA '59 — the front of Willard Straight Hall is now illuminated by four handmade iron lanterns. As reported by the Ithaca Journal, the lanterns were crafted by local artisan Durand Van Doren, who also made the beautiful gates that adorn Minns Garden. The new lanterns complement the iron gates on the Straight's front doors, made in 1925 by Samuel Yellin. As noted by the Cornell Chronicle, Van Doren's ironwork can also be seen at London's Shakespeare's Globe theater, the Women's Rights park in Seneca Falls, New York, and Great Camp Sagamore in the Adirondacks.

 
Paper or Pixels? Print E-mail
Monday, 12 April 2010

A recent national survey showed that only 14% of readers said they preferred to receive their school's alumni magazine as an online-only publication. The vast majority want to receive a print copy, although some readers said that either medium was OK with them. How do you feel? Please enter your preference in the poll on the right.

 
Our Horses Are Pretty Good, Too Print E-mail
Monday, 05 April 2010

As if the successes of the basketball, hockey, and wrestling teams were not enough . . .

The Big Red men's and women's polo teams are heading into the USPA Nationals this week, hoping to cap off their fine seasons with championships. The women (16-1) tuned up by defeating the Baltimore Polo Club 17-14 on Friday, April 2. On the day before, the men (14-4) had downed Georgetown 14-12.

 
Cornell Victorious Print E-mail
Monday, 22 March 2010

Another weekend like this, and the NCAA may launch an investigation of Cornell athletics:

Not content with an Ivy League title and a first-round victory over Temple in the NCAA tournament, the men's basketball team pounded Wisconsin 87-69 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen and a game against the University of Kentucky this Thursday night at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse. Even the New York Times and Washington Post exulted in their victory—and a sportswriter is touting Cornell as one team in an "all surprise" Final Four.

The men's hockey team defeated Brown 3-0 in the ECAC tournament semifinal and then repeated that performance with a 3-0 triumph over Union College on Saturday, to win their 12th ECAC title. They move on to the NCAA tournament, where they will face the University of New Hampshire on Friday night in Albany.

The wrestling team finished No. 2 in the nation at the NCAA tournament, with Kyle Dake winning the national championship at 141 pounds and three other Big Red wrestlers joining him as All-Americans. The team's second-place finish was their best ever in the national tournament.

The women's hockey team stunned Mercyhurst — ranked No. 1 and sporting a 30-2-3 record — in the NCAA tournament semifinal, winning 3-2 in overtime to advance to the championship game against the University of Minnesota-Duluth. The contest went three overtimes before a redirected shot finally won it for UMD. If there was a down moment in this weekend, it was seeing the Big Red women standing on the ice with tears streaming down their faces — but they should hold their heads high for the way they played all year.

And that's without mentioning fencing or polo.

Let's Go Red!

 
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