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Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Faced with what could be a 30 percent decline in its $36.9 billion endowment, Harvard is freezing staff hires and scrutinizing faculty searches in its Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The Boston Globe reports that Michael Smith, the dean of Harvard's largest faculty, e-mailed the news to department heads on November 24.

Harvard may also be looking to sell off some of its declining endowment investments, reports the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Rawlings Gives Last Lecture Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 November 2008

In a "last lecture" on November 18, former Cornell president and classics professor Hunter Rawlings lamented the loss of the art of close reading, saying that "most of the reading we do these days tends to be superficial" — especially when we're reading online. Like you are now.


Stories in the Cornell Chronicle and Cornell Daily Sun provide the details. Read them slowly.

A Haven in the Finger Lakes Print E-mail
Friday, 14 November 2008

Citing Cornell and the city's "palpable energy and eclectic spirit," the New York Times has touted Ithaca as a hotspot for "second-home owners, retirees, and tourists." There goes the neighborhood . . .

Amid Concern for 'Human Capital,' Layoffs Likely Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 November 2008

The first public forum on the University’s reaction to the national economic downturn drew about 400 people to Bailey Hall, where President David Skorton promised to protect Cornell’s “human capital” while making the cutbacks necessary for fiscal health. While acknowledging that layoffs are likely—and that some positions have already been eliminated due to state funding cuts —Skorton said the University is “going to be very, very aggressive” in trying to keep workers from losing their jobs.

Big Red Yuks on NBC's 'The Office' Print E-mail
Friday, 31 October 2008

“Those colors are sacred,” Cornell alum Andy Bernard tells a coworker, who’s wearing a sweatshirt with the University’s name emblazoned in big red letters. “If you’re not a Cornell man, you probably shouldn’t wear them.”

Fans of “The Office” are familiar with Andy’s comical Big Red obsession. The resident blowhard at the fictional Dunder Mifflin paper company, Andy constantly touts his Cornell pedigree. (In past episodes, we’ve learned that he’s a second-generation Cornellian, and that he is still obsessed with his a cappella group.)

But the NBC sitcom’s October 30th episode was a veritable bonanza of Cornellian humor when Dwight—the dour office eccentric whose other job is running his family’s beet farm—shows up in a Cornell sweatshirt just to drive Andy insane. It works. (It is, perhaps, Dwight’s Big Red Bear bobblehead doll that drives him over the edge.)

Andy: “You did not go to Cornell. You’re just doing this to screw with me.”

Dwight: “Not so. Cornell is an excellent school. Without its agricultural program, we probably wouldn’t have cabbage—at least not modern cabbage.”

Andy: “I know it’s an excellent school, Dwight. I went there. My blood runs Big Red.”

Dwight: “Someday we’ll both get together in Comstock Hall and just laugh about all of this.”

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