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RAW Expo III: The Raw Appeal of Collaboration

On a normal Thursday night it is no surprise to see Milstein Hall bustling with energy. But, on Thursday last week the scene at Milstein was not the typical AAP students with coffees, drawing plot plans or working around the clock to meet deadlines. The Milstein Dome was transformed into a gallery space for RAW Expo III, an annual exhibition of achievements and creative endeavors by Cornell’s student organizations. “Creative process across disciplines” was the official theme, intended to bring Cornell’s creative community together in one space over a period of just two hours. The event was organized by Medium Design Collective and fits within the greater objective of the club to promote interdisciplinarity and bring various creative communities out of their bubble via design and dialogue.

GUEST ROOM | A Reflection on 2016 1vyG

Last weekend, I was one of the many students who were given the opportunity of a lifetime of representing Cornell University, First in Class, in the 2016 Inter Ivy League First generation College Student Conference at Harvard University. It was a powerful, yet deeply emotional experience to meet 300 first gens like me who, despite being a student at an elite university, came from very humble backgrounds. As we departed Cornell from the Office of Academic Diversity (OADI), memories of how it all started began to rewind in the corners of my mind. I transferred to Cornell from a community college in Maryland. While at community college, I was a full-time student and worked multiple jobs so I could pay for college and also help my family.

GUEST ROOM | Is Big Red Football Sustainable on the East Hill?

After yet another losing football season and dwindling attendance, many alumni, students, faculty and members of the Ithaca community probably wonder what the future holds for the beleaguered program. Cornell again finished near the bottom of the NCAA Division I rankings and the current scenario is very similar to when Boston University, Hofstra and Northeastern recently discontinued their football programs.  Historic Schoellkopf Field, which turned 100 last year is showing its age and is partially condemned. It costs approximately $2 million per year to operate an Ivy League football program to maintain a roster, coaching staff, equipment, recruiting, travel, facilities and sports medicine. For many years, Cornell football expenses were largely covered by ticket revenue and the occasional television broadcast. Today a significant portion of that budget is covered by alums who may remember the “glory days” of Cornell football.