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Cornell's Debt Load
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Monday, 08 July 2013

A recent article in Bloomberg BusinessWeek featured Cornell as an example of the debt loads being carried by some universities as they seek to expand in a difficult financial environment.

"A legacy of rapid expansion across academia has left universities overburdened from borrowing," stated reporter Michael McDonald. "Cornell, even with a $5 billion endowment, is saddled with $1.9 billion in debt. With endowment returns unpredictable, tuition revenue flat, and public support retreating, colleges are setting higher bars for fundraising to meet the pressure for growth."

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Thursday, 27 June 2013

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Kyle Dake Named College Athlete of the Year Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Cornell wrestler Kyle Dake '13 -- who was saluted in our May/June 2013 issue after winning an unprecedented fourth straight NCAA national championship, each in a different weight class -- has been named the inaugural Sports Illustrated Male College Athlete of the Year.

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A Salute to Dick Levine Print E-mail
Friday, 26 April 2013

On June 30, Richard Levine '62 will step down as chairman of the Cornell Alumni Magazine Committee, the oversight board established by the Cornell Alumni Association to supervise the ongoing operation of CAM. Dick will be ending his second term on the committee, and his total service to CAM has totaled fifteen years. His record of support for the magazine is unparalleled. I will greatly miss his counsel and encouragement, and I have assured (or perhaps warned) him that he should continue to expect to hear from me, as I consider him to be Chairman Emeritus.

Dick has shared his thoughts on working with CAM in a concise and thought-provoking "Farewell Address" published in the current issue. I urge you to read it here.

Jim Roberts '71

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Dryden at Princeton Print E-mail
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

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