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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 […]

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 […]

Off the green bus

On Nov. 5, eight Cornell students boarded a carbon-offset bus in front of Rhodes Hall to embark on a cross-country journey. Their goal: to spread education and empowerment about green schools. By Nov. 14, they’d stopped in five cities, conducted outreach projects at local schools with other college students, and picked up some more student […]

Take our advice

In their newest Forbes blog post, Cornell President David Skorton and American studies professor Glenn Altschuler write an open letter to President Obama as he begins his second term. They offer six ideas to invest in higher education, urge Obama to push for passage of the DREAM Act and double the research budgets of government agencies.

‘Myanmar’ on DVD

The acclaimed documentary “They Call it Myanmar: Lifting the Curtain” by Cornell physicist Robert H. Lieberman ’62 and produced by Deborah C. Hoard, M.S. ’78, was released on DVD and digital platforms Nov. 13. The film features Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, who was released from house arrest after spending nearly two […]

Help Angela help the Hopi

Tomorrow (Oct. 31) is the last day to donate to Angela Bikes 4 Hopi, Angela Gonzales’ effort to raise funds for the Hopi Cancer Assistance Fund, which helps defray patients’ travel expenses. Gonzales, associate professor of development sociology, took sabbatical leave from Cornell this year to participate in a 30-day, 1,539-mile bicycle ride from Bellingham, Wash., […]

Gabby, chillin’

Cornell DMV candidate Gabby Wild, aka Gabby Wagner ’11, species preservationist and fashionista, posed for a series of photos in which she is made up to suggest various amphibians (half of amphibian species are at risk of extinction). Read previous Essentials posts about Wild here and here.

David & Glenn on: fracking

In their latest Forbes blog post, President David Skorton and Glenn Altschuler, professor of American studies, discuss the role of universities in the fracking debate: “In Ithaca, N.Y., where we live, as elsewhere, horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing to gain access to shale natural gas (fracking) is a hot-button issue. New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo is considering whether […]

Hire a hacker

The Hacker Tour 2012 – an eight-week national bus tour designed to connect fast-growing startups and tech companies to top computer science and engineering students across the country – rolled into Ithaca last night to visit Cornell’s Pop Shop. Says Jesse McElwain, Pop Shop general manager: “We started Pop Shop to encourage entrepreneurially minded students […]

Barrett Keene walks west

“As of tomorrow, I will be more than 1,700 miles in!” says Barrett Keene, Ph.D. ’13, who has been walking from Miami to San Francisco since Jan. 28. He’s raising funds for abandoned children in Haiti and Africa through the Go Walk America project and conducting academic research. Even through the recent heat waves, Keene […]

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