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Tuesday, 18 October 2011

The competition for a new technical campus in New York City, proposed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, has heated up considerably as the October 28 deadline for submitting proposals approaches. As the New York Times noted in a recent article, Cornell and Stanford are considered to be the leading contenders. Both schools have retained PR firms to aid in their efforts, and both are preparing bulky proposals that explain just what they'd do and how they'd do it. Faced with criticism that it's an "outsider," Stanford recently forged an alliance with CCNY for a new engineering program. Cornell then forged its own alliance, with Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

Cornell's proposal has been unanimously endorsed by the Board of Trustees, and it has considerable support from faculty, students, and alumni. Stanford's proposal is more controversial within the university community, and some have openly questioned its value. It's uncertain how much influence, if any, that petitions and op-eds will have on Mayor Bloomberg and the committee considering the proposals. And there's also some concern that a "local" proposal from Columbia or NYU might prove more compelling. In any case, there's bound to be plenty of drama as the end-of-the-year announcement of a decision gets closer

 
Chirp! Print E-mail
Friday, 14 October 2011

October 14: The 20th Century Fox movie The Big Year, opening today, features Steve Martin, Jack Black, and Owen Wilson — and the sounds of 17 bird species, courtesy of the Lab of Ornithology. More ...

 
We're #1 Print E-mail
Friday, 07 October 2011

As reported in the World Dairy Diary, a team from CALS recently won the National Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest at the 2011 World Dairy Expo. The Big Red tallied 2,485 points and edged Virginia Tech by virtue of tiebreaker. Rounding out the top five were Penn State, Wisconsin, and Minnesota — schools that Cornell would be unlikely to defeat in, say, football. Congratulations to coach David Galton and his team.

And for a more personal (and heartwarming) tale about cattle judging, read about the adventures of veterinarian Sally Ness at this year's New York State Fair. (Thanks to Lyn LaBar of the Vet college for bringing this to our attention.)

 
Svante Myrick '09 Elected Mayor of Ithaca Print E-mail
Friday, 16 September 2011

On November 8, CALS grad Svante Myrick '09 was elected mayor of Ithaca, getting nearly 54% of the votes in a four-way election that also included another Cornellian, Janis Kelly '71. Myrick served on the Common Council as a student and has been a prominent figure in local politics since graduating. As the Daily Sun noted, he will be the first African American mayor of Ithaca and, at 24, the youngest mayor in New York State.

Myrick had won the Democratic nomination by defeating several veteran candidates, including Pam Mackesey '89, a county legislator. As we've noted before, CAM was ahead of the pack by featuring Myrick as a rising star among recent grads in our November/December 2009 issue.

 
Ten Years Later: Remembering Lives Lost Print E-mail
Friday, 09 September 2011

After the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, senior editor Beth Saulnier spoke with many family members and friends of the Cornellians who died in the Twin Towers and on Flight 93. We published 16 memorials in the November/December 2001 issue, followed by four more in the two subsequent issues, as we received the news of others who had perished. To honor the lives of those 20 Cornellians and all of the other 9/11 victims, we have posted those memorials here.

 
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