February 9, 2006
Ithaca Studies Transportation Effects
| February 9, 2006
Throughout next year, members of the Cornell community will start to see equipment set up at various intersections on campus and the town of Ithaca. This equipment will collect information as part of a broad hypothetical study intended to evaluate the impact of Cornell’s population growth on the area’s changing transportation situation over the next decade.
On Tuesday, the Town of Ithaca Planning Board approved and accepted the draft scope of the study, titled, “Transportation-focused Generic Environmental Impact Statement” or t-GEIS. The study will eventually culminate in a document called a Ten-year Transportation Impact Mitigation Strategy.
The Town of Ithaca and Cornell have recently discussed transportation-related challenges, and agreed that t-GEIS was “the next logical step,” stated the project’s website.
“Cornell University and the Town of Ithaca Planning Board agree that potential impacts on the transportation system associated with campus population growth are important. There is a high probability that significant impacts would occur unless appropriate mitigation strategies are identified and implemented,” stated a notice of determination of significance released by the Planning Board.
The document that will arise from this study, TIMS, will outline ways to mitigate adverse transportation impacts of potential population growth. It will include recommendations for “transportation demand management, multi-modal transportation strategies including pedestrian, bicycle, transit and parking, safety, access and circulation modifications.” TIMS will be updated in five-year cycles.
“[Among other analyses,] we’ll do traffic counts
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February 10, 2006
With their respective championship meets looming next week, the men’s and women’s swimming teams will take to the pool for their final regular-season competitions this weekend, as the men take on Brown at home and the women hit the road to face Buffalo.
After a week off to recuperate for the final stretch of the season, the men’s swimming and diving team (7-2, 5-2 EISL) will take on Brown (2-4, 2-3 EISL) at home in the Red’s regular season finale.
The Red is coming off a big win against Ivy League foe Columbia (6-2, 4-1 EISL), in which the Red was able to win a nail-biter by a score of 157-143 on the road. A win tomorrow would extend the Red’s winning streak to seven consecutive meets.
Senior captain Stefano Caprara is practicing hard for his last varsity meet.
“We’re really confident about this meet,” Caprara said. “But we’re not taking it lightly. We’re going to put out our best lineup.”
The Red is focused on swimming well at the EISL Championships, and the team members are working on perfecting their technique and lineup.
“We might change up a few swimmers in some of the relays,” Caprara said. “For the most part though, what we were doing worked pretty well against Columbia, so we don’t want to change too much.”
This will be a big meet personally for Caprara, the Red’s captain, who was the only Red swimmer to qualify for the NCAA Championships last season.
“I’m feeling great right now. I was swimming through some injuries this time last year,” Caprara said. “This meet against Brown will be my last one for Cornell. So I really want to win it and post some solid times while I’m at it.”
The Cornell women’s swimming and diving team (2-8, 0-7 Ivy League) is also confident about its meet this weekend. The Red is heading off to Buffalo tomorrow afternoon for a tune-up meet before the Ivy League Championships.
The women’s team is also coming off of a bye-week and is eager to get back in the water.
“We’ve been resting a bit and we’re psyched to get in a few races again,” said senior captain Jess Brookman.
Brookman is expecting the meet to be pretty close, but thinks that the Red might have the mental keys to success for tomorrow’s meet.
“This is going to be the last meet for some of our girls who won’t go to Ivies,” Brookman said. “So this is their last chance to put up some great times. We’d really like to pull out a big team win here.”
Because this is the last meet before the Ivy League Championships, the Red has been training differently. The women’s team knows this is its last chance to work out problems before competing in the Ivy championships next week.
Archived article by Lance Polivy Sun Staff Writer
February 10, 2006
When Linda Butler first visited China on a sightseeing tour, she was not thrilled about spending four days along the Yangtze River. Quickly enamored by the landscape, she returned eight times between 2000 and 2003 to memorialize a river and a way of life endangered by the construction of the Three Gorges Dam and the vast reservoir it will form.
A well-respected professional photographer for over 25 years, Butler presented slides from her new book, “Yangtze Remembered – Beneath the Lake,” to an overflow audience at the Johnson Museum of Art last evening.
By 2009, when the dam is scheduled for completion, it will have destroyed 13 cities and 1500 towns. 1.7 million people will be forced to relocate.
When Butler began the daunting project of photographing the stretch of the Yangtze to be affected, she “wanted to give the sense of common life as well as of the river landscape.”
Her pictures are part of a well-balanced collection of images she captured both before the reservoir began to fill and after the water began rising. One of the ‘before’ pictures depicts a huge limestone rock where a tributary mixes with the Yangtze. The clear water of the tributary, coming in contact with the much darker and sandy waters of the Yangtze, provides a texture that evokes the serenity and peacefulness of the area.
With all of her exhibition photos shot in black and white, Butler explained that she chose the medium because she was capturing something “drab, something basic – a landscape.”
Butler said her favorite photo was taken from the top of an old stone bridge that rested between two steep slopes. After scaling the bridge, using notches cut from rock by trackers who used to pull boats up the river, she was able to capture “how much the river rose and fell,” which she explained could be as much as 80 feet.
Because of the political sensitivity of the dam project, not many photographers were able to gain access to the river valley, and especially the dam. Butler needed to penetrate fortification-like structures protecting the construction project from the local population.
Although her project was not overtly political, Butler did discuss both the positive and negative aspects of creating a structure that, when complete, will dramatically alter the environment.
“In a number of ways,” Butler told the audience, “the project is quite tragic.” Although she acknowledged that a steady supply of power, better shipping channels and better control of seasonal flooding would help the country, she pointed out that “120 million people live in the affected region, and [that] there are many people worried about possible pollution, as lax environmental laws might not protect the reservoir from filling up with waste.”
Although Butler addressed the economic needs for the construction, she closed emphasizing that “these changes are far more amazing than the structure of the dam itself