March 7, 2007

This Week in History

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C.U. Stopped Snatching License Plates
The Sun reported on March 8, 1966 that Cornell would suspend its practice of confiscating students’ license plates after a specific number of traffic violations because the policy was illegal. University Counsel Neil R. Stamp told the University that it was unlawful to confiscate license plates because Cornell was, in effect, “exercising police power.”
Previously, a student’s license plate was confiscated after receiving two parking tickets, and that student’s driving privileges were suspended for 30 days. The original policy of license plate confiscation was rationalized by the claim that, by registering in the University, a student made a contractual pledge to abide by the regulations of Cornell, including all traffic laws.

Women Allowed Residence in Co-op
The Faculty Committee on Student Affairs tentatively approved a proposal by the Watermargin Association that would allow women to live in the cooperative’s house, The Sun reported on March 11, 1968.
“The motion was approved in principle with the understanding that the Dean of Students Office would study it and institute it using appropriate means,” FCSA Chairman Prof. David Pimentel said.
Watermargin had hosted a small coed membership since 1961 but was not allowed to formally allow women to live in the cooperative until the University approved its request.