Ruckus, the digital entertainment service, which the University had provided to students to promote free, legal music downloading, announced Friday on its website that it is shutting down. For the more than 5,800 Ruckus subscribers at Cornell, the closure could mean the loss of access to part or all of their Ruckus music libraries.
“Unfortunately the Ruckus service will no longer be provided. Thanks,” is the message that students will find on the site, which provided free music downloads for its subscribers and was designed exclusively for college campuses.
Dean of Students Kent Hubbell ’67, who was a key supporter of the University’s adoption of Ruckus in 2007, stated in an e-mail he was unaware of the site’s closure until The Sun contacted him last night.
Edward J. Conley, mayor of Ithaca from 1971 to 1979, died Friday at the age of 76. Known as the “Father of the Commons,” Conley was a lifetime resident of Ithaca and a prominent community leader.
Conley was born in Ithaca, attended Ithaca High School and was involved in multiple public boards, including the Common Council, the Tompkins County Board of Representatives and the Ithaca Town Board.
He held a variety of jobs — working as a counselor for minority students at Cornell, selling used cars and running a gas station at different times.
Conley’s election as mayor in 1971 was the closest in the history of Ithaca, coming down to a margin of only nine votes, although his subsequent victories in 1973, 1975 and 1977 were much more decisive, according to the Ithaca Journal.