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NYC Competition: Stanford Out; Cornell Gets $350 Million Gift
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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In a surprising move, Stanford University has withdrawn from the competition to build a new science and engineering campus in New York City.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.

 
City Approves Gates Hall Print E-mail
Monday, 28 November 2011

The site plan for Gates Hall, the new home for Computing and Information Sciences, has been approved by the City of Ithaca's Planning and Development Board. The $60 million structure — the first Cornell building named after a Harvard dropout — will be located on what is now a parking lot behind Hoy Field. Judging from the comments posted after the Daily Sun article on the approval, reaction to the Morphosis design has been mixed.

 
Reichenbach Retires Print E-mail
Friday, 18 November 2011

Inge Reichenbach, well known to many alumni for her long service to Cornell, which culminated in nine years as vice president for alumni affairs and development, has announced her retirement as vice president of development at Yale. According to the Yale Daily News, she will step down on June 30, 2012. Reichenbach departed from Cornell in 2005, reportedly because of disagreements with then-President Jeffrey Lehman '77. At Yale, she directed the Yale Tomorrow campaign, which exceeded its $3.5 billion goal and concluded with more than $3.8 billion raised. Richard Levin, Yale's president, praised Reichenbach's work and said it would have "lasting benefits" for the university. Reichenbach has indicated that she plans to return to Ithaca in retirement.

 
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