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Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Who knew that Cornell hockey legend Ken Dryden '69, the NHL's premier goalie in the Seventies, was as good in front of a class as in front of a net?

I certainly didn't until I was fortunate enough to attend a lecture Dryden gave earlier this week at Princeton. Sponsored by the university's program in Canadian studies, the talk was entitled "Moving Back and Moving Forward—Is Canada in Your Future?" It was based on his experience as a world-class hockey player for the Montreal Canadiens, politician, teacher, and author of five books, including Becoming Canada: Our Story, Our Politics, Our Future, in which he writes about Canada's character and potential in an interconnected world.

Sitting casually on a table in front of the small lecture hall, his long legs dangling, the former member of the Canadian Parliament and Minister of Social Development started by mentioning that he almost went to Princeton but made the "right decision" in the end because Cornell's hockey program in the Sixties was more ambitious and challenging. Once enrolled at Cornell, he recalled with a broad grin, "It was so much fun hammering Princeton" at Lynah and Baker rinks.

However, the real purpose of Dryden's seminar became clear when he asked how many Canadian students were in attendance; about fifteen or so raised their hands, not a few of whom were members of the men's hockey team. He immediately put himself in their place, telling them that as his four years at Cornell drew to a close "I was very much conflicted about whether I would stay (in the U.S.) or would go back to Canada."

To encourage these bright, talented, and ambitious young Canadians to return home to pursue their dreams, as he so successfully did, he sketched a picture of an emerging Canada uniquely suited for leadership in a global world. He sees Canada as an extraordinarily diverse country—"a multi-culture"—whose citizens enjoy a deserved reputation for being not only smart and polite but also exceptionally capable of understanding and working well with others.

"In a global world, there is a place" for Canada, he told his attentive audience, "and Canada shouldn't be precluded" from their future.

It was an eloquent performance, as fine as the ones Ken Dryden delivered on ice many decades ago.

— Richard Levine '62


Kyle Dake Reflects Print E-mail
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

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