CUPD Wins State, National Awards

Though driving conditions in Ithaca may not always be ideal, traffic safety on campus is certainly not lacking, according to state and national law enforcement agencies. The Cornell University Police Department has been chosen as the recipient of both a state and a national level traffic safety award for the 2006 calendar year.
Cornell Police came in first place in the New York Law Enforcement Challenge for 2006. It was the only university-based department to be the recipient of this New York State award.

Planning Board Sets Schedule to Continue Milstein Debate

The City of Ithaca Planning and Development Board met last night at City Hall to discuss issues including Milstein Hall and the Cornell Power Plant.
No resolutions regarding Milstein Hall were passed at the meeting because a lead agency on the project has not yet been declared. Though the Planning Board wishes to declare itself the lead agency, it is still waiting for two state agencies to concede this position.

C.U. Greenhouses Quarantined

On Sept. 14, the panicle rice mite, a small pest native to Asia, was detected in several greenhouses part of the Guterman Greenhouse Complex at Cornell.
The greenhouses have since been quarantined by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, a subset of the United States Department of Agriculture. Two units within the Guterman Complex are fully quarantined, with access given only to specific authorized personnel. All other units have limited restrictions. Any person entering the greenhouse must don protective clothing, which is then sterilized after they exit to ensure that no mites escape the complex, according to Andrew Leed, CALS greenhouse manager.
Additionally, no plant material may be taken from any other research facilities on campus containing any rice.

Cornell Considers Strategy to Combat Genocide in Darfur

It has been over a year since President David Skorton announced Cornell’s plans to divest from Sudan, but Cornell is still investigating other ways to put an end to the still-ongoing genocide in Darfur and raise awareness about the region.
Last year, the University participated in a “selective” divestment: Rather than pulling investments from all companies that do business in Sudan, assets were only divested from obligations to the Sudanese government and oil companies that directly benefit the Sudanese government and thus fund the government-sponsored genocide. This is a narrower approach than that taken by many other colleges and universities, which halted investments in all companies doing business in Sudan, not just oil companies.

Law Increases Student Price for Contraceptives

The cost of oral contraceptive pills at Gannett Pharmacy, which formerly ranged in price from $12 to $150 per month, now ranges from $25 to $150 as a result of the Federal Deficit Reduction Act. The Act has disabled many university health care providers from purchasing drugs at “safety net” provider prices, which are 10 percent of the average cost or less.

Mann Library Gets New Look

Caution tape still adorns the entrance to Mann Library, but the newly renovated space celebrated its reopening Friday with an open house, the first event of several celebrating the newly renovated library.

Class of 2011 Prepares to Leave Its Mark at Cornell

This article appears in the 2007 edition of The Sun’s annual Freshman Issue. Over 2,000 members of the incoming class have come together on Facebook discussion boards to discuss who’s straight-edge, who’s single and which bodily discharge incoming Cornellians identify with. The Facebook group “Cornell Class of 2011!!!” hosts these discussion boards and represents approximately two-thirds of the students who will descend upon North Campus for orientation in a few weeks. This year Cornell fielded 30,382 applications for admission to the Class of 2011 and accepted 6,229 students from this pool. The admission rate is 4.2 percent lower than last year at 20.5 percent of applicants accepted.

Cornell Reacts to Partial-Birth Abortion Ban

Many cries were heard on campus on April 18 when the Supreme Court voted to uphold the 2003 Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act. Whether these cries were triumphant or indignant, many Cornellians had an opinion on the ruling and how it will affect students in the future.

Speaker Addresses Trends in Drinking

High-risk drinking is marked by the consumption of five or more drinks consecutively, and, according to The Core Alcohol and Drug Survey conducted by Gannett in 2005, 31percent of Cornell students reportedly consume, on average, five or more drinks in one night.

Spitzer Supports LGBTQ Programs

The “Ithaca 50,” a group of 25 same-sex couples from Ithaca, are still awaiting a decision by New York State concerning their rights to be legally recognized as married.
Their fight began in February of 2005 with a lawsuit brought against the state, based on the principle that the right of any couple to marry is a right to privacy and a right to liberty.