Students Commemorate World Aids Day

“Do You See Orange?” As the World Vision slogan points out, hundreds of students at Cornell wore bright orange t-shirts that say “Orphan” Friday in commemoration for World AIDS Day.
The effort was organized by the Cornell chapter of Acting on AIDS, and the organization aims to raise awareness of family structures in Africa that are gravely affected by the AIDS epidemic.
According to Russell Brown ’09, student advisor of AoA at Cornell, people are aware of the AIDS disease that affect millions, but are not conscious of the indirect affects it has.

COSEP Supports C.U. Minority Population

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Since 1965, the Committee on Special Educational Projects has been a driving force in promoting diversity among the Cornell student body. In a university that preaches “any person, any study,” James A. Perkins, president of Cornell from 1963 to 1969, created COSEP out of concern that black students were underrepresented in predominantly white institutions of higher learning.
Since then, the Committee has evolved into an office with various service partnerships across campus. The goal is to enroll and retain minorities and students with economically or academically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Ithaca to Honor Martin Luther King Jr.

After years of heated debate among residents and city officials, the City of Ithaca’s Board of Public Works has decided to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a memorial. The MLK Freedom Walkway, which will begin downtown and stretch throughout the city, is the alternative to the original proposal of renaming State Street after King, a proposal that has polarized residents since 2004.

Walker to Link Cornell, Ithaca

With the introduction of a new liaison for the Ithaca City school district (ICSD), Cornell has officially established an official representative for its outreach efforts to improve conditions for the City’s students. The provost committee has named Cal Walker, former associate director of the Learning Strategies Center, as the first liaison for the school district. Walker has worked for Cornell for the past 14 years, but has been active in the Ithaca community — specifically the school district — for the past 31 years.

Maxim Sex Columnist Educates Students

Students packed Statler Auditorium yesterday for “The Complete Idiots Guide to Amazing Sex,” a lecture by Maxim sex columnist Sari Locker ’90. Sexual Health Awareness Group (SHAG), a student-run peer-education group with the goals of educating, raising awareness and decreasing stigmas around sexual health topics sponsored the event.

Alum Awarded by National Engineering Foundation

Cornell alumnus Earl Valencia ’05 was one of 15 named “The New Face of Engineering” by the National Engineers Week Foundation this past February. Working for Raytheon Co., a Massachusetts-based aerospace systems company, Valencia is recognized for “outstanding abilities and leadership” in his field.

C.U. Focuses on Mental Health

Many Cornell students would agree that the University is a stressful one. To some, however, it can be more stress than they can handle. To help students cope with personal stresses and the pressures of challenging academia, Cornell provides services such as the Empathy, Assistance and Referral Services and the Counseling and Psychology Services.

United Way Exceeds $660,000 Goal

In its attempt to contribute to the broader community, the Cornell United Way campaign has exceeded its goal of raising $660,000 to help those in need. According to Steve Golding, executive vice president for finance and administration, the University has raised over $700,000 so far, exceeding its goal by $40,000, or 7.5 percent. The campaign still has several more weeks before it closes on March 31.

New Milstein Revealed

Board expresses concerns about building plans

Mohsen Mostafavi, dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning, presented sketch plans for the new Milstein Hall yesterday to Ithaca’s Planning and Development Board in City Hall. The new building proposal links Rand Hall with Sibley Hall and provides a larger, more continuous space for architecture students. The proposed building will contain studio space, criticism rooms and an extension of the fine arts library. Pritzker prize-winning architect Rem Koolhaas designed the box-shaped building. It is planned to be built behind Sibley, off of the Arts Quad.

C.U. Satellite Team Places in Qualifier

“Far, far above Cayuga’s waters,” as the CUSat team is fond of saying, a satellite may soon bear Cornell’s name.

Over 100 Cornell engineers have assembled to compete in the University Nanosat-4 Program, an Air Force-sponsored competition between 11 universities to build the best spacecraft. The university that wins the competition will have its satellite launched into space.