LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Regarding This Fall’s Career Fair

To the Editor:
I write to acknowledge the challenges our students experienced during the Cornell Career Fair last week. None of us in Career Services wanted to put on a fair that would turn away students, and I am sorry that many waited so long to enter and others were unable to attend. We sincerely regret that capacity restrictions in the venue, driven by safety considerations, caused so many to experience frustration. I also want to make sure students know they can work with us to initiate further contact with employers if they were unable to interact with their preferred employers last week. The decision to hold our beginning-of-year career fair at the Statler Hotel this year took quite some time and was informed by many factors, including student input.

Associate Project Manager Chris Davenport said the building's new track and facilities will "look beautiful" after their completion at the end of the semester.

Million-Dollar Barton Hall Construction Disrupts Student Activities, Athletics

Barton Hall will be closed for the remainder of the fall semester as a team renovates the building’s floors and equipment, according to Associate Project Manager Chris Davenport. A project team is improving the building’s track floor and athletic equipment, as well as the foundation of the Navy ROTC blockhouse. Davenport said the renovations — which began June 20 and will finish by 2017 — will cost a total of $3.6 million. The project’s main goal is to fix Barton’s floor, according to Davenport. “The wood flooring underneath the track was deteriorating and causing soft spots, which made it unsafe for recreational use and unsafe for collegiate competition,” he said.

Students wait outside Uris Hall to enter the Career Fair in Statler Hall on Wednesday.

Students Switch Sections, Skip Class for Career Fair

“I checked my schedule and I realized I have lecture and discussion from 10 until 12:55, and I can’t skip those,” So said. “I went on StudentCenter and I literally swapped discussions — I changed my entire semester’s schedule just so that I could be here and wait on line for another three hours.”