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Kyle Dake Reflects
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Tuesday, 26 March 2013

On Saturday, March 23, wrestler Kyle Dake '13 achieved an unprecedented feat, winning his fourth straight NCAA championship in four different weight classes.

After the cheering stopped, he sat down with local media to reflect on his legacy. A story with video links was posted by the Ithaca Journal.

Big Weekend for the Big Red Print E-mail
Monday, 11 March 2013

Andy Noel could still be pinching himself ...

The Big Red's athletic director may never have seen a weekend like March 8–10. On Saturday, the women's hockey team defeated St. Lawrence to advance to the ECAC title game. Then, on Sunday, they downed Harvard 2-1, to win the league championship for the third time in four years. The game-winning goal by Jessica Campbell '14 came with 1:40 left to play.

The night before, the men's hockey team had defeated Princeton for the second time to win their first-round playoff series. After struggling through seven straight losses, the men have gone 6-1-1 in their last eight games and seem to be peaking at the right time. We'll know this weekend, as they will face ECAC regular-season champions Quinnipiac—the #1 team in the country—in an ECAC quarterfinal series.

The men's hockey victory came shortly after the men's lacrosse team defeated the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in dramatic, come-from-behind fashion. The final score was 12-11, with Steve Mock '13 netting the gamewinner with 13 seconds on the clock. The team is now 5-0 and ranked #3 in the country.

That same night, the wrestling team won its seventh straight EIWA title. Cornell's three winners included the seemingly invincible Kyle Dake '13 (165 lbs.), who recorded two pins and was named the outstanding wrestler of the tournament. The Big Red will send seven wrestlers to the upcoming NCAA tournament in Des Moines, Iowa.

Skorton and Altschuler Advocate Gun Safety Print E-mail
Friday, 04 January 2013

In January, President David Skorton joined the presidents of nine other universities who serve with him on the executive committee of the Association of American Universities (AAU) in issuing a statement that condemns gun violence in the United States. "As leaders of public and private universities," they stated, "we strongly urge the President and the Congress to seek effective means of mitigating this scourge of American life. We believe that strong, meaningful action needs to occur in three domains: gun control, care of the mentally ill, and the culture of our contemporary media." The statement was also signed by President Emeritus Hunter Rawlings, president of the AAU. A PDF of the full text is available at the AAU website.

In addition, President Skorton and Dean Glenn Altschuler have written a Forbes blog that opposes laws requiring public colleges and universities to allow concealed weapons on campus. "Campuses are a risky environment for guns," they wrote. "We don't need to put more firearms in the hands of college students, a cohort that includes emotionally volatile young men and women and abusers of alcohol and drugs." They argue for allowing each institution to set its own policies. "We believe that the great majority will continue to prohibit guns," they conclude, "and our campus communities will be all the safer."

Happy Holidays! Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 December 2012

As we come to the end of a difficult year, one that has seen too many of us dealing with natural disasters and man-made tragedies, it's good to remember the values and associations that sustain us — the people and places that make life fulfilling even during the most trying times. For a reminder, please take a moment to view the holiday greeting sent by the Cornell Plantations.

I look forward to seeing many of you at CALC and other Cornell events in 2013. Happy New Year!

Jim Roberts '71

Editor & Publisher

Austin to Depart Print E-mail
Monday, 17 December 2012

A number of Canadian media sources, including the Globe and Mail of Toronto, are reporting that football head coach Kent Austin is leaving Cornell to become the head coach and director of football operations for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. Austin was an outstanding player and head coach in the CFL before coming to the Big Red. He won a league championship with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2007.

And now it's official:

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