President Elizabeth Beth Garrett and Ryan Lombardi, vice president of student and campus life, speak at a Student Assembly meeting in the Willard Straight Memorial Room.

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President Elizabeth Beth Garrett and Ryan Lombardi, vice president of student and campus life, speak at a Student Assembly meeting in the Willard Straight Memorial Room.

November 19, 2015

Anabel’s Grocery Awaits Approval From President Garrett

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Anabel’s Grocery, the proposed student-run grocery store in Anabel Taylor Hall, received provisional approval from the Cornell Community Coordinating Committee last week.

Following a Student Assembly meeting on Nov. 6, during which the assembly approved a resolution to provide the store with $320,000 in funding from the Students Helping Students Grant Endowment, representatives of Anabel’s Grocery met with the Cornell Community Coordinating Committee to discuss further steps, according to Joel Malina, vice president for university relations.

“The Committee — whose charge, in part, focuses on Cornell’s sales activity policy and how it might affect off-campus interests — gave the President’s Office its provisional approval of the proposal,” Malina said.

At the receipt of the committee’s approval, President Elizabeth Garrett expressed her plans to address the issue.

“[President Garrett] plans to thoroughly review all the information and recommendations related to the Anabel’s Grocery proposal, and respond as swiftly as possible,” Malina said.

In addition to Garrett’s approval, final plans on space usage and other outstanding issues are still pending before the grocery store is approved, according to Malina.

Once Garrett releases her official approval of the proposal, the grocery store will be able to formally launch. Rob Hendricks ’17, co-director of the grocery store, declined to comment for the story pending the release of Garrett’s official statement.

Anabel’s Grocery has been the subject of considerable controversy within the Cornell community in recent weeks, with some saying that it is a necessary redress to food insecurity on campus, but others contending that it is too risky a venture to justify taking money out of the Students Helping Students fund. After the S.A. approved the project last year, it was sent to President Emeritus David Skorton, who tabled the issue so the new administration would have time to explore all potential ramifications.

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