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Bill Clinton, set to music

Cornell doctoral student in music Zachary Wadsworth was one of 16 composers commissioned by conductor Judith Clurman to set a short sentence by President Bill Clinton to music in celebration of Presidents Day. Wadsworth’s Ode is featured on NPR’s classical music blog, Deceptive Cadence.

Chai above

Students, parents, faculty and alumni and welcome to submit recipes to Cornell Hillel for inclusion in its new cookbook, which will be sold as a fundraiser. Mail hard copies of the submission form to: Cornell Hillel c/o Cookbook Project G-34 Anabel Taylor Hall Ithaca, NY 14853 Deadline for submission: March 25.

Poets, come forth!

Tompkins County 2011 poet laureate Gail Holst-Warhaft, Ph.D. ’90, will appear on All Things Equal, from 8:36 to 8:56 a.m., on WHCU Tuesday. Holst-Warhaft, adjunct professor in Classics, comparative literature and Near Eastern Studies, says that she will make an appeal to expat poets on campus (or in Ithaca) who write in their own languages. In this video, Holst-Warhaft reads […]

Ode to a ladybug

Ilene Altman ’89, half of the singing duo Leeny and Tamara, is up for children’s song of the year at the 10th Independent Music Awards. The song “Ladybug, Ladybug, Ladybug, Lady-bu-u-ug” is also the theme song for Cornell’s Lost Ladybug Project. “I have always loved ladybugs, and the original incarnation of the song was really […]

“A sublime victory lap”

“My father always said to me, I would be a late bloomer,” David Seidler ’59 told more than a billion viewers when he won the Oscar for best original screenplay of “The King’s Speech” Feb. 27. “I believe I am the oldest person to win this particular award. I hope that record is broken quickly […]

Countdown to the Oscars

David Seidler ’59, author of “The King’s Speech,” appears in a glowing 60 Minutes profile of the film’s star, Colin Firth. Seidler is up for an Oscar Feb. 27 for best original screenplay.

See Sam run

Rungrith (“Sam”) Kittayapong ‘08 is among the founders of Whowish Ltd., a tech company that has launched a new Facebook app called CollegeSwap, which lets students swap products and services from futons and iPhones to math tutoring and rides home. Kittayapong is CEO of the young firm, founded with three other entrepreneurs. “The CollegeSwap application […]


The Northeast Beginning Farmer Project took the New Beginning Farmer website live Feb. 15. The site offers expanded tools and new resources to support aspiring, new and diversifying Northeast farmers. Also on the site: video of farmers and their production techniques in action; interviews with farmers sharing advice on profitability, choosing an enterprise, evaluating land […]


Cornell military historian Barry Strauss, author of “The Spartacus War,” spoke at NATO’s military headquarters in Belgium in its “Notable Authors” series Feb. 7. “Spartacus is the story of a real-life insurgency in the ancient world that deals with some of the same aspects of insurgency today,” said Strauss, who noted that Spartacus was not born into […]

Problem solved

Brie Reid, a junior in design and environmental analysis, with teammates from the University of Michigan, Ohio State and Carnegie Mellon, won the $20,000 grand prize at the Microsoft Firenze Student Innovation Competition, held at the software giant’s Redmond, Wash., headquarters Feb. 4-6. She was one of four Cornell contestants. Students were given problems to solve in […]

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