This is the first in a series of four interviews with people involved with the Willard Straight takeover of 1969, in which black students took over the Straight to demand greater equality for black students at Cornell. The interviews, along with a newspaper supplement and panel discussion in April, will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Takeover.
Congress passed the $409.6 billion omnibus appropriations bill last night, approving a number of earmarked spending projects that will be attached to next year’s fiscal budget. The bill — which President Barack Obama is expected to sign into law today, according to Politico — allocates a number of earmarks for Cornell research.
Among them, Cornell hopes receive $2.2 million to begin construction on a Grape Genetics Research Center in Geneva. As of last night, however, the electronic system that charts which projects are included in the bill had not been updated, according to Stephen Johnson, Cornell’s vice president for government and community relations.
“We’re hopeful that [the projects] are in there, but reluctant to say until we can verify,” he said.
find out what is being built there. what was there before? how many times recently has it changed hands? what would students like to see go up there? insane construction hours — how quickly is it progressing? when will it be opened, etc.