Number of Black Inmates on the Rise

Late last month, the U.S. Census Bureau released a report revealing that more than three times the number of black Americans live in prison as in college dorms.
The news is not shocking to black student leaders at Cornell, who along with the rest of the country have seen the number of black prisoners increase dramatically since the 1980s.
“The study seems like a complete oversimplification of the issue — in light of all the current cases of discrimination we have seen in our local community, this shouldn’t be a surprise,” said Kalisa Martin ’08, senior advisor of the prison activist coalition at Cornell.

Students 'Cover Africa' To Help Fight Malaria

With classes, social interactions, future goals and constant deadlines, the Cornell world may seem overwhelming enough — but consider this chilling fact: One child dies of malaria every 30 seconds in Africa.
When Babette Stern ’09 and Shoshana Aleinikoff ’08 attended Americans for Informed Democracy’s two-day “Malaria Bootcamp” last January, they felt empowered upon learning that the devastating disease is preventable. They joined with Sarah Mongiello ’09 and Zeke Rediker ’09 to create Cover Africa — a non-profit organization to literally cover Africa with mosquito bed-nets.

C.U. Project Focuses on Clinical Trials, Critical to Cures

Weill Cornell Medical College, the communications department and the Leukemia Lymphoma Society are collaborating in a research team called the IMPACT project (Improving Methods for Patient Accrual to Clinical Trials), which will investigate the ways people receive medical information and the factors that influence their consequent decisions.
Dr. John Leonard, who initiated the project, was concerned about the low number of patients in the U.S. enrolling in clinical trials. Every new treatment must undergo a certain number of trials, and Leonard said he hopes that IMPACT will help speed up this process.

Sage Begins Interfaith Service

Sage Chapel is giving students a chance for Sunday afternoon study break to offer more than coffee and the noise of Libe Café; its new interfaith services at 4 p.m. fuse spirituality and intellect, tranquility and questioning, silent reflection and musical performance.
Rev. Kenneth Clarke, director of Cornell United Religious Works, and Janet Shortall, assistant director of Cornell United Religious Works, have led a committee with an innovative approach to spirituality that aims to speak to students’ interests and concerns.

Campus Creation Aids Networking

Amir Heyat ’08 and Can Babaoglu ’08 have found a niche in the ever-popular group of social networking sites that even Facebook, Wikipedia or YouTube cannot fill. They have spent the last several months creating, a new website designed to provide a more intimate connection among Cornellians. “The Internet is often just like playing a video game, especially with Facebook’s new applications like the ‘superpoke’ that have distanced it from real life. We want to integrate real-life interactions with our website,” Heyat said. After signing onto with a Cornell net id and creating a simple profile consisting of name and class, the page has four parts: a dictionary, “zampus scene,” a “cafés” section, and a “videos” section.

C.U. May Become Climate Neutral

After meeting with members of KyotoNow! last Friday to discuss the possibility of Cornell becoming climate neutral, President David Skorton decided to form a six person committee of students and faculty to gain a more in-depth understanding of the implications of the commitment. Skorton promised to present his decision by Feb. 23.