Yesterday afternoon the Student Assembly hosted a discussion regarding the Amethyst Initiative that featured seven Cornell administrators. Panelists were asked to present their views and exchange ideas about the Initiative and what changing the drinking age from 21 to 18 would do the Cornell community.
None of them were in favor of lowering the drinking age to 18.
Instead, most panelists argued that the drinking age is a health issue. Tim Marchell, director of Gannett Health Services, referred to national statistics supporting the current drinking age. For example, national fatalities are reduced by 11 percent because of the older legal drinking age.
“The scientific evidence is compelling,” he said.
Yesterday afternoon, the Student Assembly passed Resolution 6 criticizing the Cornell Review for causing “alienation and intimidation” and encouraged the Office of the Dean of Students to work with the S.A. to revise the Campus Code of Conduct to prevent further “hateful terminology.”
Outsourcing is abuzz and computer science enrollment has dropped, but in Cornell’s world-renowned computer science department, students and professors alike are confident that this outsourcing trend will not impact their futures.
When asked if outsourcing is a concern that comes up among friends, Noah Santorello ’09, president of the Association of Computer Science Undergraduates, said, “Never. Computer science is not like finance where everyone’s concerned about getting a job when the economy gets bad.”