Despite Financial Woes, Gun Factory Clean-Up Continues

Financial setbacks facing the City of Ithaca have led to a halt over the summer in the cleanup of debris around the site of the former Ithaca Gun Factory, whose demolition began last November.
The entire process was broken down into two phases, where phase one involved the demolition of the building, including the complete removal of debris. The second phase entails the early development of the site for the construction of high-end condominiums in the near future, a project that would cost many millions.

Cornell Orthodox Jewish Community Proposes Ehruv on Campus

Plans to establish an ehruv around the Cornell campus and its periphery may soon give observant Jews living on campus extended freedom during Sabbath.
Sabbath — spanning from Friday night until Saturday night — is a weekly holiday observed by many Jews. According to Rabbi Jason Leib, the Jewish Learning Initiative Director at Cornell Hillel, orthodox Jews are not permitted to carry items during Sabbath when traveling between what he called private and public “domains,” or areas.
“An ehruv is some sort of enclosure or wall that will create private domains,” Leib stated. “Of course, it’s not feasible to enclose large places by physical walls, which is where the concept of a virtual wall comes in.”

N.Y. to Vote on Gun Control Bill Today

The Binghamton shooting tragedy on April 3 — in which Vietnamese immigrant Jiverly Wong left 13 dead, four injured and eventually took his own life with a handgun — forced lawmakers to rethink the current handgun license laws.
Two New York state lawmakers, Sen. Eric Schneiderman (D-N.Y.) and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-N.Y.), have pushed to reform the state’s current handgun license system, which Paulin described as a “dangerous lifetime permit system,” according to The Journal News.
Under the current law, every county north of Westchester gives lifetime permit licenses to any handgun owner. The bill, which is expected to be passed by the state assembly in Albany today, will provide for a five-year statewide renewal system.

Sustainability Expert Explains Role of Design in Environment

Sustaining the environment can be stylish. In a Call Auditorium packed with people and filled with photos of biota-full building roofs and solar cell-paneled buildings, William A. McDonough made this claim as he was featured yesterday afternoon as the eleventh annual Jill and Ken Iscol Distinguished Environmental Lecture “Cradle to Cradle Design.”
Named by Time Magazine as a “Hero for the Planet” in 1999, McDonough has served as an alumni research professor at the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, consulting professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University and a three-time recipient of the Presidential Award for Sustainable Development — the most prestigious environmental honor awarded in the United States.

Paris Teachers Strike Alters Abroad Plans

This is the first in a two part series examining how international political strife is affecting students’ study abroad plans.

Since January of this year, faculty strikes in Paris have altered 18 Cornell students’ study abroad experiences, taking place through the Emory-Duke-Cornell (EDUCO) program at the University of Paris.
EDUCO hosts a Paris Abroad program for students attending either of the three universities in its name. Cornell students studying abroad in Paris through EDUCO signed up this semester for one of its four partner universities in the French capital: University of Paris 1: Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris 4: La Sorbonne, Paris 7: Denis-Diderot and Institute d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences-Po).

Global Experts Unpack Food Crisis

While signs of the world food crisis may not be visible in Ithaca, Cornell hosted a diverse range of thought on the subject during an open conference called “Visible Warnings: The World Food Crisis in Perspective” this weekend. The events brought together a myriad of professors from various colleges around the globe, each of whom specialized in a different field.
The third event, called “Food, Land and Ecology,” featured Farshad Araghi of Florida Atlantic University, Saturnino Borras, Jr. of St. Mary’s University, and Kristen Lyons of Griffith University in Australia.
Of the topics discussed, emphasis was placed on unpacking the the potential causes of the crisis.

Physicist Shares Life Of Scientific Inquiry

Current Hong Kong University of Science and Technology President Paul C.W. Chu lectured last night about his life as a leading researcher in the field of high-temperature superconductors and as a president of one of the fastest-growing universities in the Pacific.
Yesterday’s lecture, “An Odyssey of Discovery: from Searching for HTSs in Houston to Developing HKUST in Hong Kong,” was part of a three-day installment of lectures given by Chu.[img_assist|nid=36282|title=If you look here…|desc=Paul Chu shares insight into scientific discovery yesterday in Schwartz Auditorium.|link=node|align=left|width=|height=0]