Goldwin Smith’s Anti-Semitism Fuels Anger

New light has recently been shed on the character of one of Cornell’s jeweled alumni and benefactors: Goldwin Smith, as revealed through his own and others’ writing, was an influential anti-semite.
Professors Glenn Altschuler, american studies, and Isaac Kramnick, government, verified these findings in a co-authored Cornell Alumni Magazine article last month.
Smith was a renowned intellect and professor at Oxford University at the time of Cornell’s inception. He left his post in 1868 to help launch Cornell’s humanities department and teach English and constitutional history, giving the new University instant credibility.
It was in Toronto, Canada, where Smith moved after only three years in Ithaca, that he became publicly active in expressing his anti-semitic views.

Study Finds Transfers Feel Marginalized on Campus

The newly formed Committee on Transfer Affairs presented an extensive survey to the Student Assembly three weeks ago, detailing their findings that an overwhelming proportion of transfer students feel that their first-year living situation hindered their transition to Cornell. This survey is now being used as the backbone of the committee’s efforts to convince C.U. administration to reinstate an optional transfer program house.
Before the West Campus initiative was completed in 2006, transfer students had the option of living in the Transfer Center Program House in the Class of ’17 Hall. The survey, which was open to all transfer students, received 527 respondents, including many current seniors who experienced the transfer program house before it was dismantled.

Dairy Industry May Have Put Pressure on C.U. to Cancel Course

About a month ago, over 1,000 people first started signing a petition lobbying for the return of Nutritional Sciences 200: Vegetarian Nutrition, a former course taught by Prof. T. Colin Campbell, one of the world’s leading researchers in the field. The petition claims that Cornell’s abrupt removal of the course and refusal to disclose an explanation was “clearly a violation of academic freedom.”
The course was pulled back in 2005, and Campbell has spent the last few years attempting to settle the matter internally with the University.

IHS Paper Goes to Trial Over Censorship

After four years of waiting, seven former editors of Ithaca High School’s newspaper received some good news from federal judge Norman Mordue on Mar. 24: their lawsuit against the Ithaca City School District for infringing on students’ First Amendment rights is now officially going to trial.
In 2004, The Tattler, IHS’s student-run publication, printed some controversial pieces, including one that criticized their Principal, Joe Wilson. The ICSD promptly imposed an unprecedented set of guidelines on the Tattler, which, among other things, gave the administration veto power over any proposed paper content. Rob Ochshorn ’09, The Tattler’s editor-in-chief at the time, resorted to publishing and distributing the paper underground for several months.

Univ. May Influence Future of Canadian Farmers’ Market

A 137-year-old farmers’ market in the small city of Orillia, Canada might lose its land, and Cornell University may be the only actor able to save it. As a result of an 1872 covenant drawn by Mr. Goldwin Smith, Patrick Kehoe, a concerned Orillia resident, is now appealing to Cornell to become the “Guardian of the Covenant.”

Sidewalk Salt May Kill Plants, Cause Pollution

Correction appended.

The salt that helps keep Cornell’s pathways free of slippery ice does more than stain shoes: it can also leave a permanent mark on the local environment.
When Prof. Peter Davies, plant biology, noticed inch-thick piles of salt on Cornell’s agriculture quad’s pathways recently, he wrote to the University’s Grounds Department explaining his concerns that de-icing salt is detrimental to surrounding vegetation.

Experts Say Women Not Yet Equal

“Women work two-thirds of the world’s working hours, but earn only 10 percent of wages,” said Lakhpreet Gill ’08, opening yesterday’s discussion panel event “Uncovering a Global Underclass: Women Made Visible.” Leading British racism and multiculturalism commentator Arun Kundnani joined the College of Industrial and Labor Relations’ Visiting Assistant Prof. Jane Berger to speak with students in an effort to raise awareness of “invisible” forms of gender discrimination.
“No society could function without cooking, cleaning and child care, but these tasks are not considered economic activities,” Berger said. “This is a form of invisible discrimination.”

Obama Deputy Explains Strategy

Steve Hildebrand, deputy national campaign director of President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, spilled the juicy secrets yesterday at Cornell that led to the biggest non-incumbent victory in American history.
Approximately 70 students gathered in McGraw Hall to hear Hildebrand speak about everything from his personal background to his team’s intricate campaign strategies and inside stories of political bigwigs.

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