Event Encourages Minority Achievement

Only three out of four Black male students at Cornell graduate in six years, deputy provost David Harris said yesterday in an annual event aiming to foster acquaintances amongst new and returning Black and Latino students.
Although 85 percent of Black students graduate within six years, around 90 percent of those are female and only around 75 percent of those are male, Harris said in his presentation entitled “Diversity and Cornell: What is it and how are we doing?”
“It turns out that even if you control for high school GPA and parent education levels, you’ll actually find that the percent of black students who graduate is less than it should be,” Harris said. “This means that something is going on in the institutions that causes them to underachieve.”

Reassignment of Ujamaa Director Causes Outcry

Controversy erupted at the end of last month when the residential housing director of Ujamaa Residential College was abruptly reassigned to another position. This comes as the University starts its review of program houses on campus, leaving many students feeling that such housing is in a particularly vulnerable state.

Bowing to pressure from across the University as well as several alumni, the administration has since reinstated Kenneth Glover, residential housing director of Ujamaa, as the temporary head of Ujamaa for the upcoming academic year, but the situation is still alarming to a vocal group of students.

Program Houses Come Up for Review

This article is the first of a two-part series that examines the controversy surrounding program houses.
The timing of the current review of the program houses on campus has aroused some controversy. Students have feared that with the University constantly on the lookout for means of saving money, the program houses might be deemed an unnecessary expense. Joseph Burke, the director of residential programs, acknowledged that while many would view the timing of the review as suspicious, he said that the review was planned before the economic downturn.

Rabbi Ed Rosenthal to Leave Cornell’s Campus After Eight Years

Campus Rabbi and Executive Director of Cornell Hillel Ed Rosenthal announced his resignation last Friday. After eight years at Cornell, Rosenthal said in his farewell letter that he and his wife Mindy would be leaving Ithaca in June for personal reasons. He also entreated the Jewish community to continue on the path it is on, writing “because of your devotion and support we are today one of the strongest Hillels in the country.”
Cornell Hillel’s website boasts a vibrant Jewish community at Cornell with 30 Jewish student-run groups on campus.

Straight Takeover Still Ignites Heated Debate

In April 1969, 80 African American students took over the Straight to protest the lack of minority rights, spurred by a culmination of events along with the tensions of the time period with the tumultuousness of the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War. In commemoration of the Straight Takeover’s 40th anniversary, The Sun hosted a panel on Saturday with people involved or affected by the event in order to discuss the history and its ramifications.

Day-long Drama at the Schwartz Center

Running on little to no sleep is unfortunately a general fact of life at Cornell, but not one that students embrace happily. A notable exception to this is a group of 15 dedicated students who took part in the 24 Hour Playfest, performed in Schwartz’s Black Box Theater on Saturday. The playfest has become a Schwartz Center tradition conducted every semester, starting in the spring of last year.

Cornell Days Brings Pre-Frosh To Campus

Prospective students and their parents have been flocking to campus for Cornell Days, which started April 9 and continues through April 20. Cornell Days is jointly run by the Cornell Red Carpet Society, which manages the overnight hosting, and the Cornell University Ambassadors, who plan the daytime events.
According to Laura De Santis ’09, co-chair of RCS, of the over 1000 people came to campus for Cornell days on Friday, 600 were students — the largest one-day turnout so far.
“It’s been going fabulously, everything has been going really smoothly and we’ve had nothing but positive feedback so far,” De Santis said.

Iconic Sign Removed Due to Instability

The Johnny’s Big Red Bar and Grill sign on 202-204 Dryden in Collegetown is no longer shining neon red. It was removed towards the end of March and, contrary to popular belief, will not be restored again.
“The façade of the building where it was anchored was apparently unsafe and unstable. Some of it had actually fallen down on the street,” said Mike Schnurle, assistant fire chief of the Ithaca Fire Department.

C.U. Dining Pulls All Pistachio-Related Products

On the heels of the Salmonella-contaminated peanut product recall, the Food and Drug Administration and California Department of Public Health are now investigating Salmonella contamination in pistachio products from a farm in California. Amidst the investigation, both are advising consumers to avoid eating any product containing pistachios until it can be determined what specific products have been contaminated.

AAP Announces Two Finalists for Architecture Chair

Dean of College of Architecture, Art and Planning Kent Kleinman announced in an e-mail on Friday that the search committee for a new architecture department chair had narrowed their search to two finalists, Mehrdad Hadighi and Dagmar Richter.
Hadighi is an associate professor in architecture at the University of Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning. He completed his post-professional studies at Cornell and received professional degrees in architecture and studio art from the University of Maryland. Wallpaper magazine selected Hadighi as one of the “25 most intriguing, innovative and intrepid architects from all over the world” in 2004.