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City Approves Gates Hall
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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.

 
Myrick '09 Elected Mayor of Ithaca Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 November 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.

 
Skorton Announces "Cornell Now" Campaign Print E-mail
Friday, 21 October 2011

In his State of the University Address to the joint meeting of the Board of Trustees and University Council on October 21, President David Skorton announced that the capital campaign — originally scheduled to end this year with a goal of $4 billion — is being extended to the Cornell sesquicentennial year of 2015 with a new goal of $4.75 billion. The campaign has been rebranded as "Cornell Now" with a list of eight leading priorities.

In a later session, Skorton confirmed the much-rumored plans for a new humanities building on the Arts Quad. As both the Cornell Chronicle and the Daily Sun reported, it will be attached to Goldwin Smith Hall, facing East Avenue. The building will have a large auditorium and a 7,700-square-foot glass-roofed atrium.

UPDATE: On October 28, Cornell submitted its bid for the New York City tech campus proposed by Mayor Bloomberg. President Skorton offered a strong argument for Cornell's proposal (and offered some thoughts on college costs) in an interview on NY1. Bloomberg, at a press conference, said that the city might select more than one winner. The New York Times reported that there were seven bids; the winner(s) will be announced in January.

 

 
NYC Competition Gets Hot Print E-mail
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

 
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