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Butterfly box

In honor of the recent publication (by Knopf) of the manuscript of Vladimir Nabokov’s unfinished final work, “The Original of Laura,” John Gall, art director for Vintage, recently commissioned new covers for some of the author and former Cornell professor’s best-known books. The result: new jacket designs, online at, for 21 Nabokov titles, including […]

Llenroc Castle sells for a mere $1.9 million

Images of Willard Straight Hall and other Gothic Revival-style buildings are burned into the brains of many Cornell alumni. But the late insurance magnate Albert W. Lawrence, purportedly a Cornell alum (though we can’t find him in the Alumni Directory), took his fond memories of campus architecture a step further when he built the Llenroc […]

Scenes from afar

The Einaudi Center has announced three winners and nine honorable mentions in its 2009-10 photo competition. The photos were chosen from 63 submitted by graduate students studying or doing research abroad. Faculty, staff and students voted on the entries at the center’s annual reception during International Education Week. The Einaudi Center sponsors the photography contest […]

Strogatz on the airwaves

Steve Strogatz will be the featured guest on an upcoming edition of Tish Pearlman’s “Out of Bounds” Radio Show. The show will air on Thursday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. on WEOS-FM (88.1); and on Sunday, Dec. 20, at 11:30 a.m. on WSKG-FM (90.9). Strogatz is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Applied Mathematics and […]

The library’s winter wonderland

This winter break, before donning those snowshoes and trekking across campus to hole up in a nice warm library… make sure its doors will be open to greet you. Many libraries’ hours change between Dec. 19, 2009, and Jan. 24, 2010. Check out the library’s Web site before heading out the door. – Gwen Glazer […]

Big Red value

The new Web site WiseChoice – self-described as “the most comprehensive online college guidance solution currently available” – puts Cornell’s statutory colleges on the top of its “Top 10 ‘Value’ Schools” that “parents and students should consider in their searches.” “Parents and students often think that smaller, lesser known schools might not offer a complete […]

Icarus Dreamt

Eric Nathan, a doctoral student in music composition, has been awarded the 2010 Aspen Music Festival and School’s Jacob Druckman Prize for orchestral composition for “Icarus Dreamt.” The work was inspired by Arthur Ganson’s kinetic sculpture “Machine with 23 Scraps of Paper,” Henri Matisse’s collage “Icarus” and the Greek myth of Daedalus and Icarus. The […]

Mirror, mirror on the wall, here’s what we’re contemplating this fall

Residents have written their reflections onto mirror scraps and pasted them onto the Big Red arch at Hasbrouck apartments. The arch is the only one remaining on campus after Cornell installed various Big Red arches around campus in 2005 to celebrate five years of the Open Hearts, Open Doors, Open Minds diversity initiative. “We scrape […]

Ezra delves into the Big Apple

The winter issue of Ezra, Cornell’s quarterly magazine, is now available on campus and online. This issue explores New York City and how it is not just a dense urban extension of Cornell’s Ithaca campus; although several colleges and schools have actual brick-and-mortar presences in the city, there are countless other ways that Cornellians are […]

No, the end is not coming

What color is Venus? How do you measure the distance between the Earth and the sun? What’s a white hole? The astronomy graduate student volunteers at the Curious? Ask an Astronomer Web site answer those and hundreds of other questions submitted by kids and adults every week since the site launched in 1997. But one […]

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