“We had a lot of issues because of the rain, unfortunately,” Zerbib said. “[Saturday] was not the best of days, and unfortunately a lot of the projects are outside, because that’s the type of work a lot of agencies need help with. They just don’t have the money or the resources to do any of that.”
His ‘mantra’ includes reviewing undergraduate curriculum, mending racial divisions and encouraging Cornell to act as an example by being a “unified community” — all ideas that Rawlings has previously addressed before the Faculty Senate and Graduate and Professional Student Assembly.
The undergraduate demand for computer science is by no means a movement restricted to Cornell. “It’s a national phenomenon,” Schneider said. “Different universities have dealt with it in different ways.”
Barton Hall will be closed for the remainder of the fall semester as a team renovates the building’s floors and equipment, according to Associate Project Manager Chris Davenport. A project team is improving the building’s track floor and athletic equipment, as well as the foundation of the Navy ROTC blockhouse. Davenport said the renovations — which began June 20 and will finish by 2017 — will cost a total of $3.6 million. The project’s main goal is to fix Barton’s floor, according to Davenport. “The wood flooring underneath the track was deteriorating and causing soft spots, which made it unsafe for recreational use and unsafe for collegiate competition,” he said.