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GLANZEL | A Damn Proud Cornellian

After three years of writing for The Sun, this is my last column. I find it only fitting that in this article I pay homage to the school that has defined who I am, what I believe and how I think. Because after four years atop the icy, secluded mountain that is this school, I can truly say that I am damn proud to be Cornellian. I did not like Cornell my freshman year. That year, one of the most brutal winters in Upstate New York history slammed into the frigid tundra that is Ithaca.

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WANG | Make Me Laugh

If you haven’t noticed yet, some companies have already fired up their recruiting engines for next summer’s internships. Along the way, students, especially current sophomores, have scrambled to attend recruiting events, network and hopefully be asked to interview for a coveted position for next summer. Interviewing for an internship can be incredibly stressful for students, especially when they have to balance it with schoolwork, extracurriculars and a social life. For instance, one of my friends dropped a class because it was interfering with her networking session, and as a fellow business student, I was sympathetic. A lot of business students feel pressured to prioritize to put interviews which seems incredibly backwards.

Letter to the Editor

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Re: ‘Cornell Students Rally in Support of Gaza Protest’

To the Editor: 

In her article, “Cornell Students Rally…”, Cornell Daily Sun reporter Julia Curley quotes CCJP founder Prof. Darlene Evans’ contention that “You don’t have to know about what’s going on in Palestine…to stand in solidarity with Palestine.” Let’s examine that contention. The CCJP represents as “non-violent” the Gaza/Palestinians who throw firebombs, attempt to plant explosives (IEDs and hand grenades) to breach the border with and invade Israel, and are exhorted by their elected government, Hamas, to then “eat the livers” of Israelis. Describing such actions and verbiage as “non-violent” suggests a seriously disordered CCJP agenda. Prof. Evans evidently feels you don’t have to know that there is a Gaza border closure by both Israel and Egypt. Gazans are not setting off IEDs, launching firebombs, burning tires or attempting to breach their border with Egypt, because they know Egypt’s military would not respond with the restraint shown by the IDF.

Letter to the Editor

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A Warning in the Wake of Greenwood

To the Editor:

In what can only be laughably called a punishment, John Greenwood ’20 took a plea deal and was ordered to do 75 hours of community service — less time than the membership requirements of most Cornell service organizations — for an assault and racial slurs that, if committed by a black student against a white one, would have inevitably resulted in jail time, and no such plea deal. It is striking to come to the realization that we are living in a world where this can be considered an adequate reprimand for such community-wrenching actions. Greenwood barely received a slap on the wrist for something that has toppled our community’s sense of safety: a distorted response, when compared to our community’s reckoning in the wake of this incident. The truth is that distortion is, and has been, the reality. This case, like so many before it, became a war of attrition rather than a true criminal proceeding.

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HAGOPIAN | Men Are Mortal

Recently I heard someone say something to the effect of “wow, you know, time’s going by really fast. We don’t have that much more time here.” I found out after the fact that she’s a senior and she meant that she didn’t have much time left at Cornell. My reply, however, was something like “yeah, only about sixty-five more years.” Her only response was an incredulous look. This intrigued me. Mortality, I realized, is the last holy thing yet to be profaned.

Sex on Thursday

SEX ON THURSDAY | The Boys Before

Fun fact: I did not orgasm during sex with a guy until a few months ago. Sure, any time I had sex with a women I would, but with a guy? Definitely not. Why did I have sex with all the people I did if it wasn’t working for me? I had sex with regularity from the moment I got to Cornell, most of those experiences coming (or not) from three guys pre-orgasm.

Letter to the Editor

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: DSOC students and alumni condemn proposed College of Social Sciences

To the Editor:

We, the undersigned students and recent alumni of the Department of Development Sociology, unequivocally condemn the proposed integration of DSOC into a new social sciences-specific college. The word “sociology” in Development Sociology does not mean that DSOC is a conventional social science in the vein of anthropology or linguistics. The word instead stems from the department’s commitment to rural sociology — a unique discipline that studies access to natural resources and sustainable livelihoods, particularly in communities on the peripheries of global capitalism. DSOC is an applied form of sociology that concerns itself with critical issues surrounding agricultural and community development, making the the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences its perfect home. Crucially, DSOC enjoys exceptionally synergistic relationships with other CALS Departments that also center the empathetic study of the Global South, including International Agriculture & Rural Development and Global & Public Health Sciences.

Letter to the Editor

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Romance studies graduate students denounce recommended changes to arts college language requirement

To the editor:

We, the undersigned graduate students of the Romance Studies Department, emphatically denounce the recommendations of the Arts & Sciences Curriculum Committee. We lend our support to the Romance Studies Faculty’s unanimous and unambiguous rejection of the current proposal. Beyond the committee’s hasty procedure and failure to adequately consult the many departments who will be affected, our principal concern is the reduction of the language requirement by almost half. The lower undergraduate enrollment in our courses will result in fewer faculty, fewer course offerings and fewer graduate assistantships. This is a direct blow to our funding, our teaching opportunities and our competitiveness on the job market, and threatens the prestige of our program.

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LAM | No, an Amtrak Station in Ithaca Is Not an Absurd Idea

In a recent meeting on connecting Cornell and New York City, Prof. Noliwe Rooks, Africana and feminist, gender and sexuality studies, asked, “How hard would it be to get Amtrak to let us have a stop here?”  Largely ignored by our leaders, her idea was also noted by some commentators as unrealistic and a nearly impossible feat. They are right; Professor Rooks’ idea is not easy to implement. However, it is also worth a consideration. In fact, a rail line from Ithaca to New York, via Binghamton and Scranton is the final key to connecting our bucolic campus and city to the financial and commercial center of this country. There used to be light rail trains in Ithaca, in fact.

Jason '19 and Eric '22 Jeong on the ferry to Ellis Island in 2002.

JEONG | My Brother’s Cornell

Dear Eric,

Days after Barack Obama was elected the 44th President of the United States in 2008, he penned an open letter to his daughters for Parade. In the letter, he wrote about his vision for his daughters’ America and how our generation would become the drivers for change in years to come. As a sixth grader who followed Obama as religiously as the apostles followed Christ, I read this letter with all the idealism and hope of a kid with his life ahead of him, unfamiliar with failure and unabashed in my expectations for the future. I thought about this letter when you, my one and only kid brother, found out that you will be coming to Cornell next year. Although nearly all my actions and general demeanor might suggest otherwise, I do spend quite some time thinking about how you will live your life.