Students Face Risks Overseas

Only one percent of students enrolled in higher-education programs choose to study abroad. At Cornell, the number is significantly higher — nearly one in five students choose to spend time studying outside of Ithaca. With twenty percent of Cornellians traveling to programs in nations from Japan to Ecuador, safety for students abroad has become a major issue.

According to Kristen Grace, associate director of the Cornell Abroad office, the study abroad field has seen huge growth in recent decades.

“Study abroad as we know it really came into being after World War Two,” Grace said. “There was a realization that we really need to build international understanding.”

This growth has led to an increased demand for comprehensive safety for students abroad.

Queen of Tarts Opens in Ithaca

The odds are good for hungry students in Ithaca — the last few months have seen a diverse new crop of eateries open near Cornell, from the familiar coffeehouse Starbucks to the new That Burrito Place. Just above Collegetown, another new eatery is joining the competition, offering coffee, pastries and soup to hungry Ithacans.

Burning Question

What's the best place to nap on campus?

Alice Chuang ’09 said:

Ariadne Buffery ’09 said:
“The Fine Arts library.”

Mary Gilliam ’09 said:
“The classic: the leather couches in the A.D. White room. Everyone does it; that’s what they’re there for.”

The Sun Speaks With Arizona Congresswoman

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) M.R.P. ’96 was the youngest woman ever to be elected to the Arizona State Senate and is only the third woman in Arizona’s history to be elected to U.S. Congress. The Cornell alumna also holds the distinction of being Arizona’s first Jewish female representative. Recently named one of “America’s Eight Young Leaders Worth Watching,” she took time in between votes at the House of Representatives to answer a few questions about healthcare, immigration and her time on the Hill.

Profs: TV May Trigger Autism

Prof. Mike Waldman, an economics professor at the Johnson School of Management, likes to work on puzzles. So when he noticed an increasing number of articles reporting a rise in autism rates, he set out to discover a possible cause of the neurological condition and discovered an unlikely suspect: television.

C.U. Hosts Parents

The hallucinogenic subject matter of Plant Pathology professor George Hudler’s lecture on “Magical Mushrooms, Mischievous Molds” does little to faze the average Cornellian, but is the same true for their parents? Cornell had a chance to find out this weekend as the annual First-Year Family Weekend kicked off Friday, featuring a weekend of lectures, a cappella concerts and the chance for parents to experience life on the hill.

Activist Pushes the Vote

Greene stresses need to energize the disenfranchised

The first time Project Vote national director and voters’ rights advocate Jehmu Greene tried to vote, she was turned away from the polls. This experience became the driving motivation behind her growth into a powerful voters’ rights advocate and helped her land the presidency of youth voting organization Rock the Vote!

Students Praise Milstein Design But Question Practicality

The scene was bizarre: renowned architect Rem Koolhaas was dressed in a track suit and standing behind a turntable as a disco ball spun and a stray llama drifted by in the background. Watching this animation on a screen, the Bailey Hall audience who had come to hear Koolhaas’ plans for Milstein Hall was surprised — to say the least.

Solar House Designers Encourage Sustainability

Cornell’s Solar Decathlon team made headlines last year when they placed second overall in the Solar Decathlon, a Department of Energy-sponsored international competition featuring 18 university teams. Now, four former members of the Solar Decathlon team are making a name for themselves with their newest project, the design firm Independence Energy Homes.