Richard Nixon Makes a Fine Role Model?

A student, who happens to be on the staff of the Cornell American, posted a letter to the editor in The Cornell Daily Sun responding to a comment on how Richard Nixon was a wrong role model. This person was upset Nixon was mentioned as being a poor role model to follow; rather he insists Nixon was a good man. Before I go on, one must understand that the Cornell American is Cornell’s conservative newspaper (one of the 700+ student clubs and activities you can join). Well that’s somewhat of an understatement. They’re more like the far right wing of Fox News Channel. You know the Sean Hannity’s and Neil Cavuto’s who don’t believe in welfare, or the people on Fox and Friends who think the movie Happy Feet was promoting the gay lifestyle because the penguin could dance (not a joke).

Back to this person’s response – Nixon: good president, yes and that can be argued, but I think he was. Good man? Um…NO! The response downplays Watergate stating that it has not been proven Nixon had any knowledge of Watergate. I guess all those recordings of Nixon that were spliced and one huge part that was completely erased really aren’t solid pieces of evidence (sarcasm). Well then we shall forget Watergate because there are plenty of other examples to choose from like bugging Henry Kissinger’s White House phone and shadowing his daily appointments in and out of the White House. The response mentions how Nixon was integral in exposing the Democrat’s misleadings about the Vietnam War but fails to point out that Nixon ordered Ralph Nader, an anti-war protestor and consumer advocate at the time, followed because he was a threat to Nixon’s presidency. There are several other examples that, unless I had an hour segment on the History Channel, I will not delve into. Nonetheless, while Nixon’s paranoia does not rival that of Stalin’s who cut six inches off the bottom of his wall curtains so he could see if anyone was walking near his private rooms, it sure isn’t an aspect to be ignored.

Nixon is a president who had great policies and was a pretty liberal Republican. His character, however, is not something to be followed. Now for those of you who are looking at Cornell, the Cornell American is an ideal student organization to join if you have the views of people like Ann Coulter, who, ironically, graduated from Cornell.

The First Snow Day Since 1993 (I think)

Well, technically it’s a half-day since the University didn’t say they would officially close until 12:30. A wag of the finger to the professors who decided to leave a note on the classroom door saying class was cancelled after making us trek up numerous hills in feet of snow (1′ 1″ to be exact) and more snow blowing in our face when they could’ve just e-mailed us. I will say this though, at least Cornell has pride in their students unlike a university in Villanova, PA which cancelled class with only two inches of snow and a university in Georgetown, MD which cancelled classes even though they’re in Maryland where the storm had passed by midday and it was apparently raining for the most part according to friends that go there and weather.com.

Anyway, while I was walking back from class I saw some people sledding down the slope and a snowplow that had gone by earlier made this ramp of snow which was used by these students. They went off the ramp and literally flew in the air for 10 or so feet. Then you could see a good number of people that were walking back from class and watching just start running down the hill so they could change and get their sleds/trays/boxes to do the same. One guy walking behind me called his friend and said, “Come to the slope, bring some clothes, we’re going sledding.” It really did look awesome or as my roommate says, since he’s from Cali, “Narly.” (I think that’s how you spell it.)

As for Boston and the speech team, it was my first tournament ever and I felt extremely nervous and had some doubts on the first day. But on the second day of the competition I was a little more composed and actually placed sixth in a category called impromptu and almost placed in persuasion (I came up two points short of making it to the finals). With my sixth place finish I qualified for nationals down in Georgia. I think I’m the next LeBron James of speech (that sounded really nerdy). In all seriousness, anyone can do it one time with some skill and a lot of luck. It’s doing twice and three times and even more that prove that a person is good. So right now I’m just lucky.

Going to Boston

On the tours you might probably hear the fact, Cornell has over 700 student clubs and organizations. I just recently learned of one called the Cornell Cubing Club in which they help each other solve the rubix cubes faster and then compete in national tournaments…pretty interesting. As for me, I just joined the Cornell Speech Team this semester and we have a tournament coming up this weekend. We’ll be traveling to Boston for the weekend, which sounds really exciting until I think about the speech I have to present and then the whole trip seems nerve racking. We’ll see how it goes, but the speech team (along with the debate team) and the cubing club are two of the 700+ clubs on campus.

Internship Interviews

In no way would I like this to be taken in a pretentious manner and I am positive this does not happen in all interviews or a majority of interviews, but I am writing this because it does happen. I had a successful interview for the Healthcare Institute of New Jersey which is a public relations firm and lobbying company for the 20+ pharmaceutical and medical instrument companies in New Jersey. Not many people know New Jersey is the capital of the pharmaceutical industry. Drug companies are to New Jersey like cars are to Detroit or Microsoft and Apple are to Washington. The point is during the interview, the Vice President of Operations that was questioning me made a comment that it was very impressive that I went to Cornell. While Cornell may only be a name, it is a name that carries significant weight and makes a difference in the “job” world. I go to Cornell University is something you can say with pride.