Schools Come Together to Create Sustainability Course

In an effort to increase the sustainability of the Cornell community and the world, the Johnson Graduate School of Management and the School of Hotel Administration have teamed up to create a course for all students, Sustainable Global Enterprise Practicum in the Hospitality Industry. This course gives both undergraduates and graduates the chance to learn about sustainability and, in conjunction with HEI Hotels & Resorts, perform fieldwork and research in the real world.
Former president Jeffrey S. Lehman issued a call to action during his tenure as University President, which spanned from 2003 to 2005. Increasing sustainability would be one of his three overarching goals.

C.U. Alums Win 5 Seats in House, 1 in N.Y. State Senate

In the weeks leading up to the election, the Cornell community watched Keith Olbermann ’79 lead MSNBC’s television coverage, read the blogs of Ann Coulter ’84 and watched Bill Maher ’78 on HBO and live in Barton Hall. And when it came time for Election Day, C.U. saw its alumni rise to the top, winning coveted seats in public offices.
Last week’s election ballots featured a slew of Cornell alumni, and many of them won the races they ran in. Cornell graduates won five seats in the House of Representatives and one seat in the New York State Senate.

Expert Looks to Africa’s Green Revolution

Yesterday afternoon, in the Plant Sciences Building, Pedro Sanchez Ph.D. ’68 gave a talk “The African Green Revolution Moves Forward” to a standing-room-only crowd of about 200. Sanchez, director of tropical agriculture for the Earth Institute at Columbia University, discussed the aspirations of his current projects in the poverty-stricken continent of Africa.

Lecturer: New President Must Assess Global Development

After the official result of the election is known, and the acceptance and concession speeches are over, it will be up to the winning candidate to formulate his agenda for the next four years. Nancy Birdsall, president of the Center for Global Development, discussed in a lecture last night that it is increasingly important for the president-elect to address the issue of global development.

Do Students Care About Lectures?

Tuesday night, five residential programs staff members sat in the Carol Tatkon Center seminar room waiting for students who were supposed to attend a lecture entitled “Health Care: Can you Afford to be Sick?” as part of the “Educate the Vote” series. But no one showed up, raising the issue of the importance of formal discussion and lectures to students.

Mars Rover Moves Forward

Deep within the Space Sciences Building, a team of Cornell’s faculty and students, led by Prof. Steven Squyers ’82, astronomy, is working diligently to lead the Mars Exploration Rover Mission. The Opportunity Rover, one of two rovers on Mars, has begun a 12-kilometer journey to the Endeavour Crater, hoping to gather data about the history of Mars and to learn more about the origins of our solar system and the universe.
Squyres, the principal investigator for the MER mission, became involved in the exploration of Mars in his junior year at Cornell when he answered an advertisement to work on the Viking mission. The Mars probe has since formed the basis for much of our current knowledge about Mars.

Students Gain Weight First Semester, Study Finds

In 2004, Prof. David Levitsky, nutritional sciences, published a study that found freshmen at Cornell gained an average of 4.2 pounds in their first semester on campus. Four years later, as the Class of 2012 assimilates into the culture of Cornell, Levitsky’s findings are being questioned by some students and supported by others.
Levitsky recruited a sample of 60 freshmen and weighed them at the beginning and end of their first semester. The results represent a daily intake of 300-400 calories more than normal, healthy eating. Based on results from a questionnaire that each subject answered, Levitsky associates this weight gain with the “all-you-care-to-eat” dining system and the late-night snacks in which so many students partake.