At dusk, Prof. Paul Curtis and Prof. Jay Boulanger quietly disappear into Cornell’s forests. They locate the female deer they have been searching for through a radio transmission device and shoot it with a tranquilizer dart. Within minutes, the deer is sedated, blindfolded and transported to the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine, where intern surgeons perform a quick, permanent sterilization procedure. An hour later, the doe, injected with painkillers, is released back into the wild, and Curtis and Boulanger call it a night.
Cornell staff members expressed concerns yesterday at an Employee Assembly meeting about poor communication from the administration, increased work loads and further layoffs relating to “Reimagining Cornell” –– the University’s restructuring campaign aimed at cutting costs.
University administrators and the project manager from Bain & Company –– the consulting firm hired by Cornell to examine its non-academic infrastructure –– were on hand at yesterday’s meeting to quell concerns.
Neoma Mullens ’98, director of Cornell’s Internal Transfer Division, sighed as she pulled out a modest stack of confidential documents outlining possible reductions in her department of two people. She did not disclose the documents to The Sun.
“Honestly, I think there is still some waste [left in the University], but it’s hard to pinpoint without pointing fingers. Self-examination is important, but not everyone has the courage to do so.”
Although faculty, students and alumni agree that “Reimagining Cornell” is a necessary project to assure the long-term health of the institution, the uncertain future of teaching, research and student life at Cornell is leading many to view the changes taking place around them with an air of skepticism.
After four memory-filled years, members of the class of 2009 — as well as their friends and family — gathered on a sunny Saturday afternoon at Schoellkopf Field to mark the conclusion of their days high above Cayuga’s waters.
“Our final days at Cornell are much like the first ones: confusing, overwhelming, and filled with uncertainty of what’s to come,” said C.J. Slicklen ’09, convocation chair and opening speaker. “We take comfort knowing that just as in orientation, we as a class are having the same feelings.”
A new statistical science major may be available for Arts and Science students in fall 2009, a college official said yesterday.
“I can not communicate specific information about major requirements [because the program is not yet official], [but] I can share that it is an interdisciplinary program designed to support students who wish to double major, and to encourage the learning of statistics in context,” Jennifer Wofford, assistant dean of educational programs at the Office of Computing and Informational Sciences, stated in an email.
So much love is in the air during springtime that feline communities across America are experiencing a population explosion. As spring is mating season for cats, hundreds of unwanted kittens are flooding animal shelters everywhere, arousing desperate needs for more volunteers and foster parents.
Currently, there is a trap-neuter-release program at the local Ithaca Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals designed to control the wild cat population. The wild cats are captured, vaccinated and neutered or spayed, and then released back into the streets. The cats that go through this program are no longer capable of reproducing and are even less likely to be disease carriers.
Faculty salaries at major universities across the nation remain unaffected despite widespread budget and general economic woes.
Salaries for professors across the country rose by 3.9 percent last year, well above the inflation rate, according to the American Association of University Professors. According to USA Today, Weill Cornell Medical College Prof. Zev Rosenwaks, obstetrics and gynecology, allegedly earned a paycheck of $3.1 million last year, the fifth highest salary at any U.S. college.
The median salaries at the endowed colleges during the 2008-2009 school year were $93,500 for assistant professors, $109,800 for associate professors and $154,300 for full professors, according to data from the AAUP.
When students left the Straight brandishing rifles after occupying the building, they were surrounded by hoards of administrators, policemen, students — and of course, photojournalists.
Those who took pictures of the historic exit captured a moment in time, a moment of excitement, action, fear and uncertainty. The Associated Press photo won the Pulitzer Prize.
“Although good pictures, none of these has, in the opinion of the jury, the major news value of the picture impact the First Place choice has,” wrote the jury board of the 1970 Pulitzer Prize.