October 7, 2014

Sesquicentennial Grove to be Dedicated Next Week

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To celebrate Cornell’s upcoming sesquicentennial, a commemorative grove on Libe Slope displaying key moments in University’s history will be dedicated next Friday.

The grove features a timeline of events significant to the University, including the 1969 Willard Straight takeover and Cornell securing the winning bid to build Cornell Tech on Roosevelt Island in New York City.

Prof. Isaac Kramnick, government, who envisioned the idea for the monument, said he hopes the grove will capture the spirit of the University.

“I wanted some permanent legacy of the sesquicentennial that had words embodying the special spirit, character and history of this very unique University,” he said.

According to Kramnick, planning for the grove was spearheaded by a series of committees that included “faculty, students, … trustees and alumni.”

The Sesquicentennial Grove, located behind the statue of Ezra Cornell, will be dedicated in a ceremony coinciding with Cornell’s Homecoming next Friday. Mandy Teng / Sun Stuff Photographer