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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

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Today is Cornell's first-ever Giving Day—a twenty-four-hour fundraising marathon to support the University and its many activities. Donors can designate the recipients of their gifts, from CALS to Athletics to the Big Red Band. We're thrilled to report that Cornell Alumni Magazine has been invited to participate!

Even some of our loyal readers may not realize that CAM is a separate nonprofit from the University. We are editorially independent and largely self-supporting. We're your voice—that of the alumni who so love their alma mater and prize CAM's coverage of Cornell and Cornellians, from whimsical tales to hard-hitting analysis. Your gift will help us keep producing the journalistically driven stories we have published for more than a century.

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Please Support CAM on Giving Day! Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 March 2015

This Wednesday, March 25, is Cornell’s first-ever Giving Day—a twenty-four-hour fundraising marathon to support the University and its many activities. Donors can designate the recipients of their gifts, from CALS to Athletics to the Big Red Band. We're thrilled to report that Cornell Alumni Magazine has been invited to participate!

Even some of our loyal readers may not realize that CAM is a separate nonprofit from the University. We are editorially independent and largely self-supporting. We’re your voice—that of the alumni who so love their alma mater and prize CAM's coverage of Cornell and Cornellians, from whimsical tales to hard-hitting analysis. Your gift will help us keep producing the journalistically driven stories we have published for more than a century.

On Giving Day, please consider making a gift to Cornell designated to support CAM. (See this space tomorrow for specific instructions on how to designate your gift.) Thank you!

 
Vet Professor F. H. Fox Dies at 92 Print E-mail
Monday, 16 March 2015

 

It’s the end of an era. For some two decades, anyone who wanted to know how old Francis H. Fox, DVM ’45, was just had to go to Route 366 outside Varna and look up. The beloved professor and inveterate prankster—notoriously grouchy about his birthday—was celebrated each year by members of the third-year Vet class, who painted his age on a disused railroad trestle. He passed away on March 13, just two days after his ninety-second birthday.

A professor emeritus of large animal medicine, Fox taught on campus from 1947 to 1992, but remained a legendary figure long after his retirement. “Francis was an iconic Cornell veterinarian, a leader in the profession, and a teacher who touched the lives of countless faculty, students, staff, and clients,” says Michael Kotlikoff, dean of the Vet college. “His medical expertise, diagnostic skills, and understanding of animals helped generations of local farmers maintain healthy, productive livestock. He passed those qualities on to Cornell veterinary students, to the benefit of farm animals well beyond our region.”

Fox is survived by his wife of sixty-eight years, Mildred Fox; four children, including Laurinda Fox Garcia ’77 and Henry Fox ’91; and seven grandchildren. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Dr. Francis H. Fox Scholarship Fund, College of Veterinary Medicine, Box 39, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-6401. Fox's official obituary is available here.

 
CAM's Sesquicentennial Issue Now Online Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 March 2015

Who's the greatest athlete in Big Red history?

Can you pass a nineteenth-century entrance exam?

Which prominent alumni, living or dead, would Ezra invite to an imaginary dinner party?

What do today's students consider to be the most important thing they've learned so far?

How many sunny days does Ithaca get each year, really?

We answer all those questions and much more—including how some famous Cornellian chefs would reimagine the Hot Truck PMP—in CAM's special issue celebrating the University's 150th birthday.

You can read it in hard copy (for subscription information, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ); on our website; in the digital edition; and via apps for Apple and Android devices.

Please enjoy... and let us know what you think!

 

 

 
Ithaca Cold Snap is No Joke (Until It Is) Print E-mail
Monday, 23 February 2015

 

If you haven’t been to Ithaca in a while—well, now is not the time to visit.

As the Ithaca Voice reported this week, the city is experiencing its second-coldest month on record, with an average temperature of 11.7 Fahrenheit. If the overall monthly average ultimately works out to below 11.3, the record set in February 1979, it will go down as the coldest ever—and more frigid temperatures are on the way. (We’d keep our fingers crossed… but they may freeze solid.)

Last week, the Ithaca-Tompkins County Convention and Visitors Bureau made a joke (seen above) about the meteorological misery that went so viral that it crashed its website: it turned its homepage into an act of surrender, complete with the suggestion that tourists might want to head to Key West instead. The jape prompted a light-hearted war of words between Ithaca and that sun-dappled city, in the form of dueling essays between the Voice and the Florida Keys Keynoter. “To make the distinction with precision: South Florida is where you go to die,” wrote Voice founder Jeff Stein ’13. “Upstate New York is where you go to live.”

 
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