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Tanner doggone

For the past two years, Tanner the guide-dog-in-training has spent nearly every afternoon with the Chronicle staff at 312 College Ave. A yellow Labrador retriever, Tanner was born to one of our staff member’s dogs through Cassville N.Y.-based Freedom Guide Dogs, which trains service dogs for the blind or visually impaired. Shortly after they’re born, […]


Progress on CIT’s EzraNet project to rewire campus buildings with new hardware and cable to increase computer networking speeds up to 100 gigabits a second and add new wireless access: • Buildings completed 2004-08: 16. • Cat 6 cable installed: 3,352,872 feet (635 miles). • Tons of Cat 3 cable recycled: 16. • New wall […]

Finches under cover

Ithaca bird feeders are hopping with goldfinches right now, but these tiny birds are traveling incognito, no longer brilliant yellow. Unlike most songbirds, goldfinches molt their body feathers twice a year. In spring, males are so eye-catching that this species was made the state bird of three states representing both coasts and flyover country: New […]


At least two Cornell employees have built corn mazes that are open to the public. Marjorie Arcangeli, an administrative assistant in applied economics and management, features a Harry Potter-themed maze (pictured) at Arcangeli Farm in Burdett, N.Y. (closed after Halloween) and Christianne White of the Lab of Ornithology operates the Ithaca Sound Maze at Steep […]

Law of the horse

There is, of course, no actual law of the horse. Just the law as it applies to horses. Likewise, says Steve McDonald, who has litigated major cases involving the Internet, there is no law of the Internet: The medium is not the message. Video of McDonald’s three-hour short course in Internet law at the 2008 […]

The virtual vote

It has been said that this election is the most important of our lifetime. But a few other important elections are represented in the Susan H. Douglas Collection of Political Americana in the Library’s Rare and Manuscript Division. Many of the 5,500 items in the collection, which contains political memorabilia dating from 1789 to 1960, […]

Rachael recommends

No less a food authority than television’s Rachael Ray has singled out Manndible Café for praise in her magazine, Every Day with Rachael Ray. Gushes the magazine: “Located in Cornell University’s Mann Library, the Manndible Café is a study in eco-friendly eating. Student employees serve garlic, herbs and veggies biked over from a class-run organic […]

Blue potatoes

Adirondack Blue – a hybrid developed at Cornell in 2003 – is one of many potato varieties released through the Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics. The potatoes were hybridized by Walter deJong and originally grown at Cornell’s Lake Placid trial farm. The taters were served to Sen. Hillary Clinton on Capitol Hill in a […]

Through the pipeline

What’s with all the digging around Pine Tree Road? The Combined Heat and Power Project (CHPP), one of Cornell’s most ambitious initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy efficiency, is moving along on schedule – which means workers are laying a natural gas pipeline along a 3.2-mile route from campus to the state […]

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