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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

A legal scholar currently serving as the number-two adminstrator at the University of Southern California has been tapped to succeed outgoing President David Skorton. Elizabeth "Beth" Garrett, fifty-one, is the first woman to lead the University. She takes office on July 1, after Skorton departs to become secretary of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Garrett boasts an impressive résumé, including a clerkship for Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and service on the bipartisan Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform. During a press conference held at the Law School—where the president-elect will have a faculty appointment, along with the government department in Arts & Sciences—Garrett fielded questions on a variety of topics, including town-gown relations, policies on hazing and sexual assault, faculty recruitment, and balancing the University's campuses in Ithaca and New York City. Asked whether a resident of Los Angeles was prepared for the Ithaca winters, Garrett replied with a laugh that her previous post had been in another chilly city: Chicago.

Stay tuned for more CAM coverage of Garrett's appointment, including a profile in our November/December issue.


Cascadilla Gorge Trail Reopens Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 September 2014

A cherished Collegetown-to-Downtown commuting route was finally restored on September 15, when the Cascadilla Gorge Trail reopened with a ceremonial hike led by Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick ’09 and Cornell Plantations director Christopher Dunn. The trail had been at least partially closed since 2008—undergoing years of work (partly funded by FEMA) to repair damage from ice, a hurricane, and other depredations of Ithaca weather.


From the website of Cornell Plantations, which maintains the gorge:

"Improvements include a realigned and elevated trail, the removal of invasive trees and shrubs, repair of retaining walls, a custom-built gate, repair and construction of safety infrastructure such as railings, stair repairs, removal of debris, slope stability, and new storm water systems to carry water under trail sections.

Cascadilla Gorge was originally preserved and donated to Cornell University by Robert H. Treman in 1909 to support public use, education, and enjoyment. The Cascadilla Gorge Trail system, initially constructed during the Civilian Conservation Corp. era, ascends 400 feet in elevation between Lynn Street and Hoy Road, and currently totals 7,800 feet in length."

Meet the Class of 2018 Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 September 2014

The new freshman class is the most selective in Cornell history, the University has announced.

Some facts & figures:


Applications for admission: 43,037 (a record)

Accepted: 14.2 percent (lowest in CU history)

Countries represented: 51

States: 49 (all but North Dakota)

International students: 10 percent of class

New York residents: 30.5 percent

Students of color: 42.9 percent

First-generation college students: 13.5 percent

Rulloff's Restaurant Closes in Collegetown Print E-mail
Tuesday, 02 September 2014

Rulloff's restaurant and bar, a Collegetown staple since 1977, has closed its doors. According to a story in the Ithaca Voice, the lease for the popular dining spot and student hangout expired at the end of August. Rulloff's is the latest C-town stalwart to pass into history, joining such late, lamented locales as the Palms, Dino's, and Johnny's Big Red.

As Cornellians long explained to many a disconcerted visitor, the establishment was named after an infamous nineteenth-century murderer. Cornell history maven Corey Earle ’07 described him in CAM in July/August 2010:

"Probably the best spooky story about Cornell is Rulloff," Earle says. "He's Ithaca's most famous criminal." In the mid-nineteenth century, Edward Rulloff was a schoolteacher in nearby Dryden when his wife and infant vanished; around the same time, a neighbor was asked to help Rulloff carry a large trunk to his carriage. He was assumed to have murdered them in a rage and tossed them in the lake—but since their bodies were never found, he was prosecuted for kidnapping. He escaped from custody after befriending the son of the jailkeeper and continued his life of crime. A sociopath who fancied himself an unsung genius in the field of philology, he was eventually arrested for the murder of a Binghamton shopkeeper. After being convicted in 1870 in what Earle calls "the O. J. Simpson trial of the mid-1800s," he became the last person publicly hanged in New York State. A jailhouse interview shortly before his death cemented his legend. "He said, 'You cannot kill an unquiet spirit, and I know that my impending death will not mean the end of Rulloff. In the dead of night, walking along Cayuga Street, you will sense my presence. When you wake to a sudden chill, I will be in the room. And when you find yourself alone at the lake shore, gazing at gray Cayuga, know that I was cut short and your ancestors killed me . . .' He gave this really spooky statement, and afterward there were sightings of Rulloff's ghost along Cayuga Lake." His brain, which is on view in Cornell's collection in Uris Hall, is among the largest on record.

Thanks! Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 August 2014

As my days at CAM dwindle, I want to thank everyone who has read the magazine in its various forms — whether on paper, or here at the website, or in one of the apps — for supporting our work and for sharing your thoughts and opinions. One of the joys of the editor's job is close contact with the readership. It becomes almost like an extended family, with some members speaking up often and assertively (you know who you are) and others sharing only the occasional comment.

I've always believed that the editor's most important job is fostering the connection between the people who make the magazine and the people who read it. The strength of that connection is what distinguishes the best publications. The publisher's job, on the other hand, is trying to assure the financial health of the magazine, so it can be the best publication it can be. It often requires creative budgeting — and some lucky guesses. Doing both jobs at once is an exciting and sometimes exhausting experience, and I've had the good fortune to serve as an editor & publisher both in the commercial world and here at CAM.

I've enjoyed it immensely, and I hope that my successor finds it as rewarding as I have.


Jim Roberts

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