November 3, 2000
| November 3, 2000
The Grand Opening of a new Tops was celebrated with much fanfare yesterday, including cheerleaders, a band and several speeches.
The grocery, located at 2300 North Triphammer Road, will be the first to highlight a Cornell theme and the first in New York state to introduce USCAN, self-checkout registers.
“We currently have a Tops in Ithaca and it has been doing well so we need to expand our services and locations to our customers,” said Brian LaValley, community relations manager for Tops Supermarkets.
He added that its location, on the other side of the city from the current Tops downtown, makes it more convenient for Cornellians living on North Campus.
The new Tops will incorporate Cornell spirit into its d
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November 6, 2000
For months, the media has focused on the lives of the presidential candidates. But behind the scenes of Election 2000 stands a massive support staff — from professional advisers to college volunteers. Many Cornellians have key roles in the ranks, including Democratic Prof. William Galston ’67, University of Maryland, and Republican student Rachel Jacobs ’02. In his years on the Hill, Galston did not dabble in campus politics. But since then, he has made a career of political theory. He worked on his first presidential campaign in 1980. And he’s been a Democrat and Gore devotee from the start. “Al first ran for the presidential nomination in 1988,” he said, “and I left a perfectly good job to join his campaign when he was a 39-year-old junior senator from Tennessee.” For the 2000 campaign, he stresses that he is not abandoning academia. “In past campaigns I have taken leaves of absence. Now I’m combining a full time job with helping this political campaign to the maximum.” Besides his day job as University of Maryland’s Director of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, “I’m helping the campaign out as a senior adviser on a range of issues,” he said. Last Wednesday night he appeared, as spokesperson for the Gore campaign, on a national PBS program — his third of the year, battling the other camp with “comprehensive looks at major issues.” He has also spoken on Fox Network and CNN. His typical day varies as much as the Vice President’s. “If the question is what stance the candidate should take on a particular issue, I’m busy writing memoranda, going to meetings, dealing with arguments and counter-arguments. I help represent the campaign in media appearances and speeches.” When Gore must prepare for a major event, Galston and advisers get together exchanging ideas, reviewing outlines and drafts and meeting with speechwriters. “The Vice President is involved in the beginning as well as the end,” Galston said. He notes that every speech, meeting and project involves Gore and only ends when he is satisfied. Though Galston might argue with him, “he’s the boss.” “Before he’s made up his mind, I owe him my honest opinion and frankest argument. Afterwards … if I want to be a team player, I’ll support his position. But I’m not doing my job if I pull any punches after he’s made up his mind,” he said. Lately he regrets he has not had the chance to shoot around ideas with Gore. “Right now there are little issues developing — not much in the way of major speeches. I’m spending more time dealing with reporters. The candidate is going from rally to rally …. There’s no time for leisurely discussions with issue advisers anymore.” Looking back on the campaign, Galston hopes his efforts have clinched a Democratic victory. “This is the closest election in 40 years … it’s hard to make predictions and I won’t,” he said. Come tomorrow he’ll be “watching and waiting, like everyone else. It’s the hardest day, because there’s nothing you can do.” Student Activist In contrast to Galston’s seasoned political career, Jacobs seized her first opportunity, this summer, to devote time and energy to her party’s campaign. In the intense first week of August, Jacobs linked up with thousands of GOP members, helping organize the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia. As assistant to the convention’s executive coordinator, helping take charge of 10,000 volunteers, Jacobs had to oversee a flow of operations from distributing bottled water to staffing security guards. Coordinating volunteers “was the biggest leadership position I’ve ever held,” Jacobs recalled. She was charged with finding volunteers to man security stations spaced widely apart. She arranged for continuous coverage of these posts all week, coordinating people and time shifts. She also provided for transportation through a delegated committee and driver. It was empowering: “They put us in charge. We’re college kids, and we were telling 40-year-old businessmen volunteers what to do.” Jacobs, an Industrial and Labor Relations major, joined the Republican Youth Majority in Washington D.C., during a summer at the Cornell-in-Washington program. Interning for Gov. George Pataki, she found out about convention opportunities from an executive coordinator who had worked in the same office. From there she worked at the convention alongside other students, until advancing to a leadership role. “I kind of convinced [the coordinator] to give me the position,” she said. Despite having to stay in “seedy” downtown Philadelphia, she enjoyed every aspect of the convention, including meeting some colorful politicos. “[Congressman Rick] Lazio didn’t want to go in vans …. He liked to go in golf carts. My friend and I had three golf carts, and we picked up him and his wife. He liked us so much he asked us to drop him off, pick him up the whole day. Once, he jumped off the golf cart at a stop sign to do an interview with MTV on the side.” Overall, taking part in the convention brought her studies to life, she said. “I was studying public policy over the summer … and learning about the people who make it, so it was exciting to meet them.”Archived article by Melissa Hantman
November 6, 2000
After a weekend of meetings between national sorority representatives, University administrators and local chapters, Cornell’s sororities remain in a state of social limbo, after the variance sought by local sorority chapters was not approved. The 1998 National Panhellenic Council resolution was adopted to support fraternities in their stated goals of eliminating alcohol from their facilities, especially during fraternity-sorority social gatherings. The University’s 13 sororities have been forced to abide by one of three regulations: facility-based, function-based and campus-based. The stringent facility-based regulations, adopted by the Kappa Kappa Gamma and Pi Beta Phi sororities, prohibit social events at any fraternity that is not alcohol-free. Out of Cornell’s 41 fraternities, only one — the Phi Delta Theta fraternity — is currently “dry.” The function-based level prohibits co-sponsoring alcoholic events at fraternities. This policy, however, has been interpreted in different ways by the nine affected Cornell sororities. “We can still have our crush parties at fraternities because we pay them for the use of their facility,” explained Nicole D’Amato ’01, president of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. “Our national lets us interpret the policy that way,” by defining the non-sponsoring fraternity host facility as a rented location, D’Amato said, but added, “other houses at this level still consider it an alcoholic event at a fraternity house, not a rented facility, and won’t allow it.” “We’re lucky,” she admitted. “The only real change for us is that our mixers have to be at bars, not at fraternities.” Mixers are defined campus-wide as being co-sponsored, and therefore could not be exempted from the function-based regulations. The most lenient level, implemented by the Sigma Delta Tau and Delta Phi Epsilon sororities, simply encourages chapters to abide by the alcohol regulations on their campus, which calls for a third party caterer at any function involving alcohol. The two houses’ lenient policy has caused some resentment from the other sororities. “The different policies are just making it hard for all the sororities to present a united front,” D’Amato said. “Now there’s going to be a huge push for SDT and DPhiE to move to the middle.” “Obviously, we’d be upset about a stricter policy,” said Danielle Rothman ’02, president of the Delta Phi Epsilon sorority. “But I think Cornell Panhellenic should be united, and we’d be able to work with it.” In response to these regulations, the Panhellenic Council submitted a request for a variance to the national sororities this summer, citing the University’s effective third-party catering system and Ithaca’s lack of facilities among the reasons to consider an exception to the regulations. “Nationals are trying to implement a policy that is not safe for specific campuses,” said Laura McCammon ’02, social chair of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, who helped draft the variance request. “We are now going to have to host events in unsafe and unfamiliar locations that are far away, increasing the risk of driving drunk and accidents due to inclement weather.” The national sororities, however, have not budged on their regulations. At the open meeting held Saturday in Statler Auditorium, the representatives held fast to their policies despite hours of objections from the local chapters. “It was an opportunity for students here to voice their opinions about the alcohol system we have in place here and the policies the national groups have,” Audra Lifson ’01, the Panhellenic Council’s vice president of programming. “It was a chance for the representatives of these 13 groups, who aren’t familiar with our campus, to hear what students had to say.” Mayor Alan Cohen ’81, an alumnus of the Theta Delta Chi fraternity, was on hand to voice his objections to the national regulations. As stated in his letter to the National Panhellenic Conference last April, included in the variance, Cohen believes that the national alcohol policies “will lead to more drinking in unsupervised environments, push more Greek social events into surrounding neighborhoods, and could lead to an increased incidence of DWI.” The national sorority representatives, who were familiar with the variance request, held fast to the regulations and emphasized the need for cooperation. “We’re all very well aware of the concerns,” said Stacia Waltz, collegiate services administrator at the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority’s international headquarters. “The meeting was the time to ask key questions, not to rehash the same points made in the variance.” “It was a great time for international representatives to get together,” D’Amato said. “But it seems pretty apparent that they weren’t going to allow any exceptions. They stood fast to what they as an organization believed in.” “I do see the need for some change in Cornell’s third-party catering system —