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Sympathy for Newtown

In the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., Cornell’s caring community can help make a difference by sending sympathy cards. If you are interested in writing a sympathy card, bring it to the drop box outside of 130 Day Hall, near the mailroom, until 4 p.m. Friday, Dec 21. A staff member is attending […]

No. 2 Marine

U.S. Marine General John “Jay” Paxton ’73, M.Eng. ’74, received his fourth star and became assistant commandant of the Marine Corps Dec. 15 in a ceremony at the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C. According to Kevin Bruns ’79, president of the Cornell Delta Upsilon Association, about a dozen Cornellians, including nine Delta Upsilon alumni, were […]

St. Francis revealed

Andrew Sullivan, the former editor of The New Republic and a widely read columnist, selected the Cornell University Press book Francis of Assisi: A New Biography, by Augustine Thompson, O.P., as his favorite of 2012. Sullivan writes in the Daily Beast: “It’s a book that rescues the human being from hagiography, and that is, in fact, […]

ILLiad’s odyssey

Every day, books and other library materials wing their way around the world through an interlibrary loan system — and now, a million different requests have flown to and from Cornell. This month, the Interlibrary Services departments in Olin, Mann and law reached request number 1,000,000 through its interlibrary loan system, ILLiad. (The millionth title […]

When students drink

In their newest Forbes blog post, Cornell President David Skorton and American studies professor Glenn Altschuler look at binge drinking on campus. “… about 25 percent of college students report negative academic consequences of their drinking, including missing class, falling behind, doing poorly on exams or papers and receiving lower grades overall. The long-term effects include a higher risk of lifelong […]

Roosevelt Island visionary

Thom Mayne, who is designing Bill & Melinda Gates Hall and the Cornell NYC Tech campus academic building, won the American Institute of Architects’ 2013 Gold Medal, one of the profession’s highest honors. Previous winners include LeCorbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright. Mayne, dubbed “the bad boy and angry young man of Los Angeles architecture” by The New York Times, founded Morphosis, his Los […]

Trial by pamphlet

Abolitionist John Brown was executed 153 years ago this December. Now the record of his trial is online for the world to see. Through a grant from the Save America’s Treasures program, Cornell University Library has restored and digitized hundreds of records of early American trials. The project began in spring 2011, and most of the […]

Language of loss

Watch the new single, “Sign Language,” by Grammy-nominated alumni Kinetics & One Love who gave us “Graduation Song,” a hip-hop farewell to their alma mater, and “Airplanes” in 2010. “Since then,” writes Jeremy “Kinetics” Dussolliet ’09, “I’ve continued to pursue music full-time, which has led me to tour around the country (and even to China) and release a full-length album […]

A gift to Sandy’s first responders

Howard Milstein ’73 donated $2.3 million to the FDNY Foundation and the New York City Police Foundation. His gift is earmarked for first responders whose homes have been damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Two thousand rescue workers will receive a check of $1,000 just in time for the holiday season. “These are the people that risk their […]

Big questions

Cornell Hillel hosted its “Ask Big Questions Study Break: Cocoa, Cookies & Conversation” outside Olin Library Dec. 4. The event was moved outdoors to take advantage of the balmy weather. Ask Big Questions (ABQ) is an initiative of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life. ABQ asks whether we can change the world through conversation and brings diverse […]

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