If you are between the ages of 18 and 25 the Federal Trade Commission estimates your chances of identity theft to be as high as one in three. Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America, and it’s hitting college campuses around the country.
According to the Department of Justice, identity theft and identity fraud refer to all types of crime in which someone wrongfully obtains and uses another person’s personal data in some way that involves fraud or deception, typically for economic gain. Victims of identity theft can then be charged with criminal offenses like DUIs and bench warrants, medical bills, fraudulent cell phone bills and credit card bills.
While Ithaca may not be the most bustling town in the world, it has certainly been quite active lately, at least on the World Wide Web. An eBay study done earlier this year found that eBay sellers in the Ithaca area had the most international sales of any U.S. ZIP code.
Based on the online marketplace’s data, the majority of Ithaca’s international sales in the first three months of the year were to Canada. Other nations across the globe purchasing from the City include the United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, French Polynesia and several others.
According to Jim Griffith, dean of eBay education, the results of the study were primarily per capita and were not skewed by demographics.
A proposal to charge students at the University of Maryland — College Park a small fee to purchase clean energy received overwhelming support from the undergraduate community.
Student leaders at UMD are hoping that the University administration will implement this fee by 2008 or 2009. The proposed fee would start at $4 and increase by $2 every year to reach a maximum price of $12.
Chairman of the Nawawi Foundation Dr. Umar F. Abd-Allah came to speak at Cornell last Friday about the role of American-Muslim culture in today’s world. Abd-Allah’s speech was the keynote address of Islam Awareness Week 2007.
Charles H. Dyson Professor of Management Michael Waldman’s theory suggesting that watching television may trigger autism in young children received both praise and backlash when it was published in The Wall Street Journal on Feb. 27. The article revealed the results of Waldman’s research as well as the work of Prof. Sean Nicholson, policy analysis and management, and postdoctoral associate Nodir Adilov, both of whom worked with Waldman.
C.U. organizations promote sustainability in business
Two Cornell organizations, the Mutual Investment Club of Cornell and the Sustainability Enterprises Association, are joining to launch the Sustainable Investment Challenge, a creative investment competition. SIC, an interdisciplinary competition, brings the concept of environmental-consciousness in business and industry to college campuses in the form of a hands-on contest.
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The Student Assembly recently began a campaign to bring free HIV testing back to Cornell. Gannett Health Services had offered this testing for free until the fall of 2005, when cuts in the New York State funding forced the price up to $25 per Elisa (HIV) test.
On Feb. 22, the Student Assembly passed Resolution 29, marking the first step toward success in bringing free HIV tests to the Cornell campus. In addition to the unanimous passage in the Student Assembly, this resolution was also unanimously passed by the University Assembly.
Cornell’s black and Jewish communities came together yesterday to host Batia Eyob, the director of the Israel Association for Ethiopian Jews, who spoke on the role of Ethiopian Jews in Israeli society.