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Monday, 27 April 2015

Monday's Charter Day celebration featured the ceremonial debut of President-elect Elizabeth Garrett, who led the procession out of Barton Hall followed by President David Skorton and Board of Trustees Chairman Robert Harrison ’76. A video of the two-hour event is available here.

 
Charter Day Events to Be Streamed Live Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 April 2015

 

Many alumni are set to return to campus this weekend to celebrate the University’s 150th birthday—but for those who can’t make it back, a number of events will be available via live streaming:

“Cornell and the Joy of Discovery: Any Person, Any Planet” (Friday, April 24, 6–7 p.m.)

“Cornell and Global Poverty Reduction: Philanthropy, Policy and Scholarship” (Saturday, April 25, 3–4:30 p.m.)

“My Cornell: A Celebration in Words and Music” (Saturday, April 25, 7:30–9 p.m.)

Panel: “Six Degrees of Separation” (Sunday, April 26, 1:00–2:15 p.m.)

Presidential Panel: “The Future of Higher Education” (Sunday, April 26, 4:30–6 p.m.)

Charter Day Ceremony (Monday, April 27, 10 a.m–12 p.m.)

 
Mayor: Fire Leaves Chapter House a 'Total Loss' Print E-mail
Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Ithaca lost another local landmark—and Cornellians lost a watering hole beloved for generations—when a fire heavily damaged the Chapter House building on Tuesday, April 14. There were no deaths or serious injuries in the early morning blaze, Jeff Stein ’13 reported in the Ithaca Voice, but Mayor Svante Myrick ’09 declared the building and one next to it on Stewart Avenue a “total loss.” Some thirty students who lost their apartments are being sheltered in Barton Hall until the University can find housing for them. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The Ithaca Journal's coverage of the blaze, including video, is available here.

 
Vonnegut Classic Tapped for Student Reading Project Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 April 2015

 

The latest title chosen for the University’s annual New Student Reading Project is a classic written by a Cornellian: Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut ’44. Copies will be distributed to all members of the Class of 2019 as well as transfer students.

Published in 1969, the novel was inspired by Vonnegut’s experiences in World War II, including his survival of the bombing of Dresden when he was a prisoner of war. Says Laura Brown, senior vice provost for undergraduate education: “Vonnegut’s eminence, his reflections on the ideals and challenges of a generation, and his Cornell roots make Slaughterhouse-Five an exceptional selection for our reading project this coming year.”

Each year, the reading project book is the subject of discussions on campus and in the community during fall semester. Previous selections include The Great Gatsby, Frankenstein, The Grapes of Wrath, and Lincoln at Gettysburg. This is the project’s fifteenth year.

 
Veteran Broadway Director Gene Saks 43 Dies at 93 Print E-mail
Tuesday, 31 March 2015

 

Gene Saks ’43, a famed Broadway and film director who won three Tony Awards, passed away on March 28 at the age of ninety-three. A longtime collaborator with Neil Simon, Saks directed eight of his plays on Broadway, including Brighton Beach Memoirs and Biloxi Blues. He also directed the film versions of Simon’s Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, and Brighton Beach Memoirs.

As the New York Times said in its obituary: “As a director, Mr. Saks focused on comedy, and he excelled with the kind of snappy, battle-of-the-sexes material that might be termed the theater of repartee. He often said he was concerned that laugh lines be not simply jokes but also expressions of character; nonetheless, he was known for his comic instinct and for helping actors with line readings and timing to make a scene work. That said, he was never a cutup or a wit.”

Saks’s first marriage, to actress Bea Arthur of “Maude” fame, ended in divorce. His survivors include his second wife, three children, and three grandchildren.

 
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