February 8, 2001
NYC Chancellor to Visit
| February 8, 2001
In an effort to improve the lack of qualified teachers in New York City public schools, as well as to offer post-graduate job opportunities to Cornell students, Harold O. Levy ’74, Chancellor of New York City Public Schools, will speak next Tuesday at 5 p.m. in 105 Ives Hall.
The Cornell alumnus and former trustee will visit the campus to recruit students for the fledgling teaching fellows program. This “very prestigious” program is open to graduating seniors of any major, according to Karin Ash Ph.D. ’99, director of Cornell Career Services.
The program consists of a summer training period followed by a teaching position at a city public school during the fall.
Fellows will gain certification to teach in the state of New York, which they can then apply to obtaining a Master’s degree in education.
Ash stressed that undergraduates in all colleges are encouraged to attend Levy’s event to learn more about the program, even if they have not considered a career in education.
The event, which will resemble a corporate recruitment session rather than a typical lecture, “would be an excellent opportunity for those graduating students who are uncertain about the direction of their career but want to have an immediate impact on the lives of these students,” according to Ash.
Levy, who formerly made his career as a corporate lawyer and banking executive, has appeared at Cornell in the past with rave reviews.
“I saw him speak once before and he’s really witty and entertaining,” said Maia Taussig ’03. “It would definitely be worth going.”
Archived article by Hillary Profita
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February 9, 2001
Tonight and tomorrow, Cornell is looking to recover from a three-game skid that saw it drop from third to sixth in one fortnight. Its foes will journey from both ends of the spectrum. “These matches are important for us to get back our confidence, for us to stop our losing streak, and for us to finish up strong,” senior forward Jennifer Linker said. Yale (5-14, 0-6 Ivy) comes in with nothing to lose. At home last weekend, the Bulldogs faced Pennsylvania and Princeton who hold the first and seventh spots in the conference, respectively. Against the Quakers, Yale almost staged one of the biggest upsets of the season. With under a minute left, and the home team up by five points, Penn used a three-pointer and lay-up to send the game into overtime. The extra minutes proved deadly for the Bulldogs, who found the bottom of the net only once from the field, as the guests shot an incredible 80 percent and out scored them 17-5. 24 hours later, Yale again found itself on the court after 40 minutes of regulation had elapsed. In the second half against Princeton, after the lead changed seven times, after the score was tied six times, and after neither team lead by more than four points, junior forward Meg Simpson lofted the ball into the net, and sent the team into extra innings. Although the Bulldogs stepped up their play in hopes of ending the weekend at .500, it was not quite enough, and the Tigers left with a 61-60 victory. Yale has three players averaging more than four rebounds per game in Simpson and senior forwards Lily Glick and Alyson Miller. Sophomore guard Maria Smear has been the Bulldogs most consistent offensive contributor, nailing a .437 mark from the field and a team-high .464 average from the three-point range. As a team, Yale is making 30.5% of its field goals and 67.9% of its free throws. Tomorrow night, Brown (10-9, 5-1 Ivy) heads into Newman Arena looking to hold its spot in the rankings. Last weekend, it found itself battling the reciprocal of Yale’s match-ups. Princeton gave the home team little trouble. In the second half, with help from the Tigers, who were unable to convert for more than 10 minutes, Brown went on a 23-0 run and only allowed 13 points total to be scored against it. When the buzzer sounded, the Bears emerged with a 68-35 trouncing. The Quakers would not succumb so easily. Both teams leap-frogged for an advantage in the second half, but Penn managed to shutdown the Brown offense in the final minute, leaving the Bears with a 77-72 loss, its first in conference action. Junior captain Rada Pavichevich is guiding the Bears by shooting a solid 40.1 % from the field and 71.1% from the free throw line, while pulling down an average of 5.8 rebounds each 40 minutes. She is versatile and able to play both guard and forward, impressive considering her relatively short 5’10” stature. Sophomore guard Barbara Maloni is establishing herself by averaging 21.7 points every game. Freshman forward Nyema Mitchell has also been a factor in her team’s success, as she is sinking 50.4% of her field goals and grabbing 5.7 rebounds per game. Despite its losing streak, the Red has made an effort to improve on rebounding, an area where it has remained at the bottom of the league for the entire season. In last week’s 61-58 loss to Harvard, Cornell out-rebounded the Crimson offensively 20-17 and matched its total at 43-all. Similarly, against Dartmouth in a 64-49 defeat, the Red pulled down 45 boards to the Green’s 39. The progress it has made on the boards, however, has caused the team a small setback offensively. Making an overall 31.3 percent and 23.3 percent against Harvard and Dartmouth, respectively, the team has recognized that it needs to concentrate on putting the ball in the hoop. “We have routed our emphasis to rebounding over the past few games. We have been at the bottom of the league in rebounding, so we have to make an effort to crash the boards,” Linker commented on the team’s defensive improvement. “We just need to refocus on our shooting now. You never really know why you aren’t shooting well, but we are trying to refocus, put that behind us, and come out fresh this weekend,” she said of the team’s goals. Put simply, the team has “had a problem with inconsistency,” according to freshman guard Karen Force. What also remains to be seen this weekend is if the Red can establish itself early and maintain that lead with a consistent level of play. Cornell suffered from a lapse in one half of each game last weekend, spelling its ultimate doom in both. The team is optimistic that returning to campus will help it regain composure. “It’s huge being on the home court. It is where you are used to playing and you have the crowd on your side. We have been very fortunate to have really good home crowds,” Linker acknowledged. “It’s also a pride thing. When someone comes in, you don’t let them beat you on your own home court.” Ultimately, the team’s goal is to come out on top. “Everybody is going to come out hungry for a win. To come home from a long road trip with two losses under our belt, I know everybody is going to come out ready to play. We are finally on the home court, in front of the home crowd, so hopefully we will pull together,” Force expressed. ‘Our main goal is to win,” Linker echoed. She also added that ‘In the Ivy League, on any given night, any team can beat any other team. You never have a game where you say we are definitely going to beat this team, and you never have a game where you say we don’t have a chance.” Cornell will face Yale tonight at 7 p.m. and Brown tomorrow night, also at 7 p.m. The contests will take place in Newman Arena. Archived article by Katherine Granish
February 9, 2001
Citibank/Solomon Smith Barney has proffered a $160,000 two-year commitment to help fund a minority recruitment program in the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell. The three-pronged initiative, dubbed “Pipeline to the 21st Century,” is aimed at strengthening “the pool of minority executive talent available to corporate America,” according to the Cornell News Service. The funds will support three programs overseen by the Office of Women and Minorities in Business at the Johnson School. The first program, Johnson Means Business, will allow prospective minority MBA students to spend time at Cornell and learn more about the MBA program from current MBA students. The second program, Destination Johnson Reception, allows minority students to familiarize themselves with the Johnson School and learn about finance careers from minority Citigroup executives. The third component is the Citigroup Alumni Speaker Series held in New York City this spring, where “minority executives from Citigroup will address building wealth in minority communities,” according to the Cornell News Service. “We have never had sponsorship this large in scale, although we have had several companies sponsor programs here. This initiative definitely sets a good tone for relations in the future,” said Angela Noble, director of the office for women and minorities in business at the Johnson School. This grant from Citigroup is emblematic of corporate sponsorship of business schools throughout the nation. “The partnership of Citigroup is an extremely valuable asset. They are consistently one of the top, if not the top, in any given year, hirers of Johnson School students. This gift is reflective of their strong and generous support,” said John Nozell, Director of Career Services and Alumni Relations at the Johnson School. According to Nozell, Citigroup will continue its partnernip with the Johnson School for a number of years, in addition to its other sponsorships. The grant made in support of minority applicants and students is in consonance with the Office for Women and Minorities in Business’ mission to “increase the availability and visibility of women and minority executive talent around the world,” according to Johnson School literature. “When it comes to being a certain race, it’s definitely not an issue here. This is an extremely diverse environment, especially compared to other places I’ve lived. Being a minority student, this is definitely a welcoming place,” said Sujith Joy Abraham, a graduate student in the University’s MBA class of 2001. “This is a very diverse place in terms of the types of people, thoughts, and the variety of backgrounds you encounter.” The Johnson School has recently had the honor of landing an eighth place ranking in Business Week magazine’s latest release of the top 30 U.S. business school rankings. The Johnson School is praised for its responsiveness to the corporate world and it’s diverse atmosphere. “The Citibank/Solomon Smith Barney grant provides a major boost to the Office for Women and Minorities in Business ‘Pipeline to the 21st Century’ initiative. The Citigroup Women and Minorities Alumni Speaker Series will reinforce ties with alumni around the country and attract prospective students where they live,” stated Robert Swieringa, the Anne and Elmer Lindseth Dean of the Johnson School, as published in Cornell Business last fall. The Citigroup grant aids underrepresented minority MBA students and “is not limited to just students,” said Noble. The program affects alumni and prospective students as well. “We are very impressed with their commitment and their understanding that to truly get more minorities to apply and attend business school, you need to reach out long before these students are ready to enter the business school environment,” said Noble, according to the Cornell News Service. Mir Zulfekar Ali, a graduate student in the MBA class of 2002 was impressed at the capacity of the initiative. “It sounds like a great program. We should definitely build it on. It’ll be great for the future of the School.”Archived article by Sai Pidatala