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Festive, but efficient

Holiday lighting can add more than $100 dollars to your electric bill in less than 30 days. You can be festive and energy efficient by replacing standard holiday lighting with LED (light emitting diodes), compact fluorescent light bulbs and mini-lights. They will provide the same level of holiday cheer at a significantly lower cost. Information […]


For the first time, Cornell Dining and the Cornell Wellness Program have an on-staff nutritionist: Michele Wilbur. Her duties include collaborating with chefs to increase healthy food options and educating students, faculty and staff. She is also the person to contact for students with food allergies or special dietary requirements. Wilbur, a registered dietitian and […]

Pride of Ownership

Cornell’s newest building, Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall, was one of six projects to win the 11th Annual City of Ithaca Pride of Ownership awards. The awards recognize owners of properties within the city of Ithaca who have developed projects or taken care of their properties in ways that enhance the appearance of city […]

Pleasure reading @ Olin

Once exams are history and final papers are distant memories, books can be fun again – not to mention a good way to spend the long hours in airports or on the bus. Check out Olin Library’s New and Noteworthy shelves, which contain hundreds of the latest fiction and nonfiction titles. To accommodate the winter […]

The “Crown of Cayuga”

In “Ithaca: A Brief History,” Tompkins County historian and retired Cornell lecturer Carol Kammen traces Ithaca from its rowdy pioneer days (a reputation fueled by transient teamsters and salt barge workers) through periods of debauchery, temperance and vagrancy to religious reform. Ithaca was hit hard by the depression of 1837 and suffered fires and floods. […]

Virtual energy savings

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County’s online “virtual house” illustrates ways to save energy dollars along with many useful tips and check lists for homeowners and apartment dwellers. Just click on a room in the house. You may be urged to replace an old, energy-inefficient refrigerator, which can account for as much as 8 percent […]

Cayuga Lake birds

As winter sets in, birders have been gravitating to Cayuga Lake to see the last huge push of migration. Some birds being seen there right now are passing through; others may hunker down for the winter. In mid-November, hundreds of loons were flying over the lake and dozens were swimming in the open water. The […]


Sidewalks, curbs and streets need soil that is solid and compact to meet engineering standards. For proper tree growth, soil needs to contain 50 percent solids (for nutrition), 25 percent micropores (to hold water) and 25 percent macropores (for air and drainage). Compaction results in the loss of macropores. Without them, water cannot drain properly, […]

Runaway fundraising

Cornell’s annual Dump and Run event in August raised more $37,500 for local nonprofits, besting last year’s total by more than $12,000. The money was donated to the Cops, Kids and Toys program ($17,845) and Better Housing for Tompkins County Inc. ($7,186). Tompkins Learning Partners, which provides free tutoring services to local residents who need […]

Bailey comes home

Liberty Hyde Bailey (1858-1954) – who ranks among Cornell’s most renowned professors – founded the precursor of today’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and is the namesake of Bailey Hall and the Bailey Hortorium. Throughout his long career, Bailey dominated agricultural, environmental and scientific discourse in the United States. He worked to improve the […]

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