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Spraying danger

Several brands of household air fresheners contain phthalates, chemicals known to disrupt hormones and cause birth defects in male genitalia in animals, according to a 2007 study conducted by the Natural Resources Defense Council. “The mere presence of a chemical does not tell us if unsafe exposures are likely to occur,” said Rodney R. Dietert, […]

Beckham’s bosses

A pair of Cornell alumni – Bruce Arena ‘73 and Dave Sarachan ‘76 – are teaming up to lead the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer. Arena has been named the new general manager and head coach, while Sarachan will be associate head coach of the MLS’s flagship program, led by English midfielder David […]

All red access

Athletics and physical education has created a season pass valid for admission to all of Cornell’s intercollegiate athletics home events (excluding men’s ice hockey and playoff games). Available to staff and the public, the Big Red Passport is a photo ID that grants the bearer access to general admission seating. Prices: $89 for the general […]

21st-century slaves plead their cause

In collaboration with the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization Free the Slaves (, Cornell University Press has published a compelling new book on contemporary slavery, “To Plead Our Own Cause: Personal Stories by Today’s Slaves.” This collection of stories, delivered straight from the former slaves themselves, is a chilling testament to the estimated 27 million people […]

Dear Prudence

A venerable figure stares out at researchers in Kroch Library’s Elizabeth Reed Reading Room: Prudence Crandall, the Connecticut abolitionist who founded the first boarding school for African-American girls in 1833. Her portrait came to Cornell by way of her contemporary Samuel May, who donated a significant anti-slavery collection to Cornell University Library. It’s undisputed that […]

Water facts

From Cornell’s 2008 Water Quality Report: • More than 58,900 community water systems in the United States process more than 34 billion gallons per day. • It takes 1,851 gallons of water to refine one barrel of crude oil. • The average residence in the United States uses 107,000 gallons of water a year. • […]

Salad days

A bygone era of grass and gravel roads traversing campus is recalled in this 1911 postcard of Barnes Hall.

Cornell scales heights

Rising from the California desert west of Palm Springs is Cornell Peak. It was named by Edmund Taylor Perkins Jr., a topographer with the United States Geological Survey, for the alma mater of geologist Robert T. Hill. The pointy peak rises steeply to 9,606 feet above sea level above the San Jacinto plateau. Temperatures can […]

Diversity abroad

In his blog, Caleb Dresser ’09, the International Rice Research Institute dramatically changed his perspectives. He blogged after a week in the course: “The clarity and confidence I had in my understanding of many issues is being, very appropriately, shaken. I laugh, eat, work and relax with a group of people whose diversity runs far […]

Gettysburg goes public

Abraham Lincoln’s most famous speech has been reproduced countless times, but the former president only wrote out five copies of the Gettysburg Address in his own hand. One of them – the Bancroft copy, owned by Cornell University – will be on display this week in Carl A. Kroch Library.Diplomat and historian George Bancroft asked […]

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