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Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of President David Skorton and many members of his administration, the extraordinary generosity of Chuck Feeney '56, and the nearly unanimous support of faculty, students, staff, and alumni, Cornell received the best year-end gift it could hope for — the go-ahead to build a science and technology campus on New York's Roosevelt Island in partnership with the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology. As the Cornell Chronicle reported, "the news was met with cheers from live-streamed supporters on two continents."

How did Cornell pull it off? Read the back story -- and more about the Cornell-Technion alliance.

Watch for more news here as the NYC project moves forward. Happy Holidays from everyone at CAM!

 

 
Cornell Chosen for NYC Tech Campus Print E-mail
Monday, 19 December 2011

According to the New York Times, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has selected Cornell to build a new science and engineering campus on Roosevelt Island. Last Friday, Stanford unexpectedly withdrew from the year-long competition and Cornell subsequently announced an anonymous $350 million gift to support the project. Events moved swiftly from there, and an announcement at Weill Cornell Medical College is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. today, with a video on Cornell Cast: http://www.cornell.edu/video/?videoid=1810

 
NYC Competition: Stanford Out; Cornell Gets $350 Million Gift Print E-mail
Friday, 16 December 2011

In a surprising move, Stanford University has withdrawn from the competition to build a new science and engineering campus in New York City. According to a Stanford press release, President John Hennessey said that the university "could not be certain that it could proceed in a way that ensured the success of the campus."

The New York Times City Room blog cited anonymous sources who said "Stanford officials were frustrated by the city’s attempts to negotiate new terms after the university submitted its proposal in October."

Stanford and Cornell were widely considered to be the two leading candidates for building the new school proposed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The Chronicle of Higher Education said that the Stanford withdrawal "opens the way for a plan by Cornell University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology."

Shortly after Stanford's withdrawal, Cornell announced a $350 million gift from an anonymous donor in support of the Cornell-Technion proposal. The gift is the largest in the University's history.

 
Polenberg Sums Up Print E-mail
Friday, 02 December 2011

On December 1, Richard Polenberg, the Marie Underhill Noll Professor of History, delivered his "last lecture" — twice. He first addressed an audience that included students in his class, colleagues, and friends; and then, later in the day, Mortar Board, the college honor society, and its guests. Polenberg has taught at Cornell for 45 years, and his lecture, he explained, was intended to "pay tribute to some of the individuals who have done so much to help me, to recall some of the events that stand out in my mind, to say a little about my philosophy of teaching, and of course to offer you, my last class of Cornellians, some advice I hope you'll find helpful."

 

Read the full text here or watch the video on CornellCast.

 
Bridge Plan Moves Ahead Print E-mail
Thursday, 01 December 2011

The Ithaca Common Council discussed Cornell's plan for safety nets on bridges at its December 1 meeting. A vote on the proposed agreement between the University and the City of Ithaca is scheduled for December 7. As the Daily Sun reported on December 1, Cornell has expanded its proposed barrier plan to include thermal detectors and security cameras. City officials continue to express concerns about the cost of installing and maintaining the bridge barriers.

In November, Howard Ginsburg '70 filed suit against Cornell and the City of Ithaca, asking for $180 million in damages because of the death of his son in 2010. Bradley Ginsburg '13 committed suicide by jumping from the Thurston Avenue Bridge. According to the Huffington Post, Howard Ginsburg "alleged in his filing . . . that the school should have taken more proactive measures to ensure the the safety of the bridges, as well as letting parents know about the severity of the suicide problem at the school." Previous lawsuits against Cornell in 1977 and 1981, filed by the parents of students who committed suicide, were unsuccessful.

 
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