Each year, a group is recognized for it efforts to increase diversity and social acceptance with the Perkins Prize. Announced last week, the 2008 prize has been awarded to Black Students United for their sponsorship of the “Questions Out of a Hat” event.
According to Christine Forester of the Office of the Dean of Students — which administers the award — there were 11 groups considered this year. Each member of the selection committee rated all of the applications on a scale of 1 to 5 in the categories of participation, sustainability of effort, promotion of values and enhancement of abilities.
In deciding what colleges to apply to and ultimately attend, applicants may consider academic offerings, location, size, reputation, financial aid offerings and extracurricular opportunities. Another factor may soon come into play in light of The Princeton Review’s recent announcement that it will publish a “Green Rating” alongside ratings of selectivity, quality of life and financial aid in the 2009 edition of its annual college guides, which will be available mid-summer.
The green rating was designed to measure how effective a college’s environmental polices are in providing a better campus experience to students. The rating will also consider how successful colleges are in promoting learning opportunities and sustainable lifestyle choices.
Last night, the Student Assembly unanimously approved a resolution in support of a establishing a free, door-to-door safe ride shuttle service intended to begin in the Fall 2009 semester. The resolution was initiated as a part of the Residential Student Congress’ increased efforts to address problems affecting the health and safety of Cornell students.
According to RSC President Sanjiv Tata ’09, the creation and adoption of the safe ride program will work to address the issue of drunk driving, which is becoming a crucial concern as the number of students with cars on campus increases.
With the recent tragedies at Northern Illinois University still fresh in the minds of members of the Cornell community, the University has continued to develop the emergency alert system that was first tested this past November. In addition to improving the notification system, students and administrators have emphasized using a preventative approach to strengthen services aimed at improving the emotional health of students on campus.
Student Assembly elections began at 8 a.m. this morning and students can vote online through Thursday at 10 a.m. The election results will be posted on Friday. Those eligible to vote will receive online instructions via e-mail.
A total of 24 candidates are running for S.A. positions. The minority liaison, international liaison, ILR and at-large seats are contested.
All students are eligible to vote in the election of the at-large, minority and international representatives. Student representatives from each college are elected by their respective constituencies.
No student is running for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning liaison seat. A special election will be held for this seat during the fall semester.
When deciding what paths to take after graduation, Cornell students continue to look towards service opportunities — as evidenced by the record number of applicants to Teach For America and the high volume of Peace Corps members. This year, the University ranked fourth among mid-sized universities for its number of Peace Corps volunteers.
225 Cornell students applied to TFA, representing the highest number of applications that the organization has ever received from Cornell. According to Lisa [img_assist|nid=28268|title=Peace Corps Volunteers at Cornell|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=|height=0]Krauthamer, Cornell’s Teach For America recruitment director, 24 Cornellians have been accepted into TFA so far, and many more are waiting to hear back.