Cornell Student Artists Depict “Identity and the Global Lens” in Group Show

“Group Show: Identity and the Global Lens” — an art exhibition on how contemporary culture is visualized and affected by global interpretations of self — opened Monday in the Olive Tjaden Gallery. The exhibit will feature analog photography work by seven students, completed as part of a course in the fall, Art 3601: “Photography: Identity in the Global Lens.”

The photographs present a visual interpretation of how identity in contemporary culture is visualized and affected by global interpretations of self through race, gender and geography, according to the exhibition detail. The students’ use of analog photography is the precursor to today’s digital photography, according to the Prof. Jean Locey, art, the class lecturer. The photography was shot with manual film cameras, then processed in the dark room. “They’re shooting with medium format using 120 film and produce large negatives that make beautiful enlargements,” Locey said.


After Negotiations, John Dyson ’65 Approves of Business College

“We have agreed to and signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the Provost and the dean of College of Agriculture and Life Sciences,” John Dyson ’65 said in a Saturday address to the Board of Trustees. The MOU will allow the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management to be a part of both the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the recently approved College of Business, according to Dyson. “The CALS dean will be involved with all major decisions, and in case of disagreement with the [College of Business] dean, issues will be resolved by the Provost,” Dyson said. “[It is] truly a shared school with a balanced mission between business and its traditional agricultural and NYS Land Grant missions.”
Approved by the Board of Trustees Saturday, the College of Business will merge the Dyson School, the School of Hotel Administration, and the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management. “It was hard not to feel betrayed by a new plan altering an agreement made with me and my brother Peter only five years ago.” — John Dyson ’65
Dyson addressed the Board of Trustees prior to their Saturday vote, explaining his concerns about the proposed College of Business and recounting his talks with Provost Michael Kotlikoff and Dean of CALS Kathryn Boor ’80.

TCAT Will No Longer Face Potential Cuts

The Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit will not face budget cuts as the Senate and House have agreed to restore 5340 transit program funding and give New York almost $100 million for its various transit operations. The provision has been added to a transportation bill that will be voted on later in the week. Originally, an amendment proposed to the bill would cost New York transportation nearly $100 million each year, according to a press release by U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). The proposed amendment would have cut transit funding, costing TCAT $207,000 annually, The Sun previously reported. Schumer led the fight against the amendment in the bill passed by the House only a few weeks ago, advocating the replacement of the bill with the 5340 transit provision.

Images of Glaciers From C.U. Expeditions on Display

Striking images of various glaciers taken during Cornell expeditions to Greenland and Alaska from 1896 to 1911 have recently been digitized through a $40,000 arts college grant and are on display in the Mann Library gallery until early next year. The images in the exhibition, “Historic Ice: Alaska and Greenland’s Glaciers Through the Lens of the Cornell Expeditions 1896-1911,” were selected from a collection of over 2,000 photos from expeditions led by renowned geologist Prof. Ralph Stockman Tarr, dynamic geology and physical geography. Most of the photos, which will be on display until Jan. 31 next year, have not been seen in over 100 years, according to Prof. Matthew Pritchard, earth and atmospheric sciences. In addition to the photos from the expeditions that feature the glaciers and trip members, Cornell Archives also possesses some of the equipment used in the trips, with one of the cameras from the trip on display in the exhibit, according to Pritchard.

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Initiative Aims to Remove Financial Barriers to Greek Rush

The Panhellenic Council and the Multicultural Greek Letter Council will begin providing subsidies during recruitment next semester to cover initial dues for new members who might otherwise be deterred by the financial burdens of Greek life. The initiative, which was originally proposed as an amendment to the Panhellenic Council budget and approved in October, will attempt to eliminate the financial barrier that prevents some students from rushing. New members will soon be able to apply for a one time $700 subsidy that will be paid to their chapter, according to Kendall Grant ’16, president of the Panhellenic Council. By looking through the Panhellenic Council’s budget, Emma Keteltas ’17, vice president of finance for Panhellenic Council, said she was able to find the funds necessary to subsidize new Panhellenic and Multicultural Greek letter members. The MGLC initiative was formed by the executive board and also approved by chapter delegates in October, according to President Andrea Kim ’16.

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Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Association Elect New Leadership

The Panhellenic Association and the Interfraternity Council both chose new presidents in the past week, electing Natasha Wissmann ’17 and Blake Brown ’17 to helm their respective organizations. Within the next week, the Multicultural Greek Letter Council will also conduct elections to choose their new executive board. Both Wissmann, of Sigma Delta Tau, and Brown, of Sigma Chi, ran on platforms to improve Greek life and to address sensitive issues within the community. “There are certain things I noticed from being president [of Sigma Delta Tau],” Wissmann said. “Late night transportation is particularly horrendous.