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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 […]

Concrete oases

A little piece of the outdoors came inside this week, thanks to students from the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis (DEA). Small sections of turf create grassy oases of calm in the lobbies of Olin and Mann libraries, as well as Duffield Hall and the Physical Sciences Building. Potted plants and comfortable chairs are […]


Beginning in early 2013, Cornell University Police will begin wearing new uniforms, the first significant change in their official attire in 42 years. The new look replaces the current nickel-gray shirt with a black uniform shirt with ventilated side panels. The shirt complements the multi-pocket black cargo pants the department switched to in 2010. “The […]

Let them eat pie

Watch esteemed Law School faculty Charles Whitehead, Dean Stewart Schwab, Brad Wendel and Michael Dorf vie in the Nov. 30 pie eating contest. The rules? The men had three minutes, plus bonus seconds purchased by donors, to eat one cherry pie each. With 968 grams of pie eaten, Dorf held onto his title as the reigning champion. Students raised funds […]

Becoming bar mitzvah

Young Jewish adults often become a bar or bat mitzvah at the age of 12 or 13 as a way of declaring that they will accept and entrust in the Jewish tradition and law as a “son or daughter of the commandments.” I decided to become a Bar Mitzvah at the age of 19 (with […]

Let’s talk turkey (& chicken)

Move over, turkeys: Mann Library has launched a new online exhibition about the recent resurgence of interest in small-scale poultry-keeping. “Backyard Revival: American Heritage Poultry” delves into the history of raising chickens everywhere from private backyards to huge industrial operations. Individual breeds are pictured and catalogued, and digitized photographs, feed catalogs, book covers and more tell […]

Uncle Ezra is on sabbatical

The Dear Uncle Ezra website, created in 1986 as what may have been the world’s first online advice column, is temporarily closed for renovations. “After heartfelt discussion we decided it was time for Ezra to go through a period of rest and recuperation and revisioning,” said Dave Vernon, special assistant to the vice president for […]

Viva vegan

Cornell has made it to the final round of the Most Vegan-Friendly College Contest 2012. The contest site writes of Cornell: “Between the Va-Va Vegan Bar, located in Keeton House; One World Café, an all-vegetarian café on campus offering popular dishes such as African peanut stew and a vegan Reuben; and the barbecued tofu with […]


“Terra Nova,” a new exhibition in Mann Library’s gallery space, leads viewers through a landscape of desolate beauty. Photographer Thibault Roland’s elegant, evocative photographs capture Newfoundland’s icebergs glowing in the dark sea, the sky hanging vast above the moors and the wind speaking in waves and clouds. Roland is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute postdoctoral […]

Man o Mann

Mann Library turns 60 this fall and Manndible Café turns 5. Visit Mann Lobby at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, to celebrate the dual milestones with Manndible-made cake, giveaways and raffle prizes. Those wearing 1950s librarian clothes and get a free cup of coffee.

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