Hate Crime Leaves Questions

This article is the first in a series examining issues of race and diversity at Cornell. The goal is to investigate where we are now and where we are going, to seek out the role race plays at Cornell, as it is lived every day by members of the Cornell community.

Charles Holiday — son, student, stabbing victim — was addressing the court. Halting, quiet, strained at first, his voice grew stronger as he continued.
“Vengeance,” Holiday said, “I leave that up to my god.”

“I’m not here to give any solution to problems of racism,” he said. But he did want to make one thing clear. “The hands that helped me that night were white,” he said. “Race is a very, very silly thing to base one’s actions upon.”

Poffenbarger ’08 to Be Sentenced

The student who pled guilty to felony hate crime charges after stabbing a visiting Union College student will be sentenced Monday. Nathan Poffenbarger ’08, who is white, admitted to stabbing then-senior Charles Holiday, who is black, after shouting racial epithets.

Lehman Proposes A ‘Welfare Planet’

In his first appearance at Cornell since President David J. Skorton’s September inauguration, former President Jeffrey S. Lehman ’77 lectured on welfare and globalization yesterday as part of the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs’ colloquium series. Lehman, who will present another lecture today, was the University’s 11th president, serving from July 2003 to July 2005.

Local Party Faithful Wait, Watch for Election Day Results

Democrats celebrate a victory in House

At about 11 p.m. last night, the Cornell Democrats — about 60 of them assembled in Chloe McDougal’s ’09 living room — grew hushed. Republican Ray Meier, Oneida County District Attorney Michael Arcuri’s opponent in the race for the 24th N.Y. Congressional district, was conceding the election.

Dems Aid Arcuri’s Bid for Congress

Irene Stein, the little old lady in a purple sweater jumpsuit and black walking shoes, is the chair of the Tompkins County Democratic Committee.

It’s people like her who really run this country. They organize the retail politics that can make or break a candidacy. What begins in living rooms and union halls, bit-by-bit, event-by-event, middle school gym by Elks Lodge, changes the direction of the most powerful nation in the world. That’s why Michael Arcuri is here tonight, in the sagging Victorian building that serves as the community center in Lansing, N.Y., just northwest of campus.

Student Groups Push For Bars to Close Later

Some leaders, residents oppose a change

If activists have their way, bars will stay open an extra hour – but first they’ll have to get through the opposition of local leaders and the indifference of some members of the county legislature.

Hevesi Defends Service Record

New York State Comptroller Alan G. Hevesi, embroiled in accusations that he used a state employee to chauffeur his wife for more than three years, spoke publicly at Cornell University yesterday, lecturing to an entrepreneurship class about the corporate scandals of the ’90s. Hevesi, a Queens Democrat, has apologized and paid the state more than $83,000.

Eliot Spitzer

Big Dig: Spitzer said that Faso’s tax cut plan was an example of Bushian “voodoo economics.”

Pro-choice: Spitzer, who takes time to note that abortions should be a “last resort,” said he believes that the decision ought to be a woman’s alone.

John Faso

Big Dig: Faso criticized Spitzer for having endorsed the re-election of State Comptroller Alan Hevesi, who had to return $82,000 to the State to cover the cost of illegally chauffeuring his wife.