On Friday, believers and skeptics alike gathered in Call Auditorium of Kennedy Hall to listen to a voice of reason discuss the complicated and often strained relationship between science and religion, as well as Cornell’s own place in this historical dialogue.
Prof. Mark A. Noll, history at the University of Notre Dame, delivered the Frederick C. Wood lecture detailing what many consider the “warfare” between faith and empirical reasoning.
Thicker snow and signs warning of “No Winter Maintenance” observed across the Cornell campus this winter signify fewer routine salt and shovel maintenance on footpaths. Thanks to University-wide budget cuts, campus grounds maintenance is streamlining its operation. This results in less manpower and more work for each individual staff member.
The ubiquitous use of social networking often makes students wonder if private information stored on faraway servers passes in front of more eyes than originally intended.
Although privacy — especially on the network —seems to be in easy danger of infringement, Cornell Information Technologies maintains that the University’s central information technology organization strictly protects student privacy.
“It could be argued that among all the constituents in the Cornell community, faculty, staff and students, students enjoy the highest degree of privacy because of the protection of education records under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act,” said Tracy Mitrano, director of I.T. Policy.
“The [United Nations] has grown very big. A lot of people think it is too large; it is different to different people, much like the proverbial elephant to the three blind men,” began Lakhdar Brahimi, former U.N. special advisor and Cornell A.D. White Professor-at-Large. Yesterday evening, he addressed a crowded lecture hall about the progress and shortcomings of the U.N. as a humanitarian and peacekeeping force in the world.
On Friday afternoon, New York State Sen. George Winner (R-53rd) dined with members of the Cornell community and discussed issues relevant to both the University and the state.
The senator’s visit was the last in a series of informal lunch meetings hosted by the Office of Government Relations with local politicians running for reelection. The lunches have allowed politicians to get in touch with the Cornell community, which plays a role of “great importance” in Upstate New York, according to Winner.
A Cornell alumnus’s web-based startup is helping online shoppers find tasty deals and other ways to cut costs in an economy of troubled consumers.
Albert Ko ’06 founded CheapCheapCheap.com in 2006 and nurtured the enterprise over two years to pay off his own tuition. The site offers free money-saving methods to visitors, such as exclusive sales, discounts, coupons and information.
“Basically, we assist consumers by giving them new and alternative ways to save money,” said Ko, who currently resides in Los Angeles. “We essentially provide all the exclusive sales and discounts not available to the general public.”
A new Cornell study found that the eating habits of diners at buffets are associated with their waistlines; at a buffet, overweight patrons will sit an average of 16 feet closer than thinner eaters.
The study observed the behavior of 214 customers at 11 all-you-can-eat Chinese buffets and compared the results across the recorded age, sex, weight and height of diners. The results showed significant disparities between the eating habits of diners of different Body Mass Indexes.
Although skyrocketing gas prices have made headlines and worried consumers recently, Cornell’s fuel-related projects have pushed ahead without notice as the school year eases into rhythm.
Rising fuel costs — while a major concern for the general public — are not the primary motive behind many of Cornell’s green initiatives designed to cut emissions and reduce fuel usage.
“It’s more of an environmental issue than a monetary one,” said Director of Transportation David Lieb ’89. “One of President Skorton’s major policies for the University is to be at the cutting edge of green technology.”