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Vonnegut Classic Tapped for Student Reading Project
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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.

 
Giving Day Raises Nearly $7 Million Print E-mail
Friday, 27 March 2015

 

Cornell’s first-ever Giving Day, a twenty-four-hour fundraising marathon held on March 25, garnered more than 9,600 gifts totaling just short of $7 million, the University has announced. The event allowed donors to designate their gifts to specific programs, engendering a friendly rivalry among them as the numbers came in.

Athletics and Physical Education topped the list with $1,819,408, followed closely by the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Hotel Administration. In terms of individual gifts received, the Arts and Sciences came in first with 1,496, followed by Engineering and CALS. Gifts came in from fifty-two countries, six continents, and all fifty U.S. states plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

Said President David Skorton: “We saw the power of the Cornell community in action on March 25. Together, our alumni, parents and friends have shown how much they care about the University, and how much of an impact they can make together to further our mission on so many fronts.”

Cornell Alumni Magazine was among the recipients included in Giving Day—and we thank everyone who donated to support us!

 
Please support CAM on Giving Day! Print E-mail
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!

 
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