Council Listens to Concerns About Off-Campus Housing

The hasty search for off-campus housing was among the various topics discussed by Kimberly Fezza of the Cornell University Off-Campus Housing Office at last night’s Collegetown Neighborhood Council meeting with Collegetown landlords, property owners and student renters.
OCHO, which opened its doors in last April, aims to provide off-campus housing information, resources and referrals to interested members of the Cornell community.
At this fall’s First-Year Parents’ Weekend, OCHO learned from concerned parents that a majority of parents and students alike already feel the pressure to sign a lease for the following year.
“Some first year students sign a lease within 30 days of their arrival on campus,” Fezza said.

Greeks Foster Inclusive Cultural Understanding, Tradition

Over the past century, culture-based fraternities and sororities have provided a strong support system for minority students and have grown to become influential organizations on America’s college campuses.
This movement is rooted here at Cornell, when in 1906, seven young men, nicknamed “The Seven Jewels,” organized Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, the first intercollegiate fraternity among African American men.
The fraternity was formed 16 years after Ezra Cornell proclaimed, “I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study,” and one year after the first black student graduated from the University.

S.A. Discusses End Of 2007-2008 Report

At yesterday’s Student Assembly meeting, S.A. President C. J. Slicklen ’09 presented the S.A. and community members with the Student Assembly End of Year Report for the 2007-2008 academic year.
This year has seen many changes brought by the S.A., some controversial, others well received. The initiatives have brought change on and off campus, as well as to the S.A.’s own structure.
Their initiatives on campus have included supporting gender neutral housing and the creation of an Asian and Asian-American Community Center. The S.A. also voted to approve the 2008-2010 Student Activity Fee at $204 per undergraduate per year.

S.A. Approves Revisions to SAFC Application Process

Last night, the Student Assembly voted to pass the revisions to the Student Assembly Finance Committee’s rules and regulations handbook.
The handbook offers guidelines and provides deadlines to which student organization presidents and treasurers must adhere throughout the application process for funding from the SAFC. The revised handbook has been organized into 12 chapters to better clarify the original rules and newer amendments that have been made to policies in the past.
The SAFC has also worked to rewrite confusing jargon and get rid of poorly defined terms, such as “discrimination” by the SAFC, and has replaced them with more precise labels.

Cornell, I.C. Students Raise Over $200K at Relay for Life

On Saturday night, 2,500 Cornell and Ithaca College students looked on as a group of cancer survivors kicked off this year’s Relay for Life with a victory lap around the track in Barton Hall.
The smiling group of men, women and children proudly donned purple shirts, emblazoned with the word “survivor” in large, capital letters, as family, friends and hundreds of supporters cheered them along for their quarter mile celebration.

Cornell Sponsors Conference In Ethiopia to Discuss Darfur

Correction Appended

The ongoing conflict in the western Sudanese region of Darfur has received an unprecedented amount of attention as the international media, along with human rights organizations, have captured the hearts and attention of millions of ordinary global citizens. What is often left out of the equation, however, are the voices of the Sudanese, especially those directly affected by the war.

Cornell Univ. Makes Service Honor Roll

This past week, Cornell was one of among 528 American colleges and universities to be named to the 2007 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). This honor recognizes institutions of higher learning for their exemplary local, national and international community-service efforts.
Cornellians can be found serving communities locally, domestically and abroad — and now they are being recognized for their contributions. Students have made their mark through various events and organizations from Into the Streets held in Ithaca, as far away as the Bridges to Community in Nicaragua.

N.Y. May Alter College Funding

University tuition to remain unchanged <br></br><strong>Correction appended</strong>

Assemblyman Peter M. Rivera (D-76) recently proposed phasing out The Aid to Certain Independent Colleges and Universities program to private institutions and redistributing the money to SUNY and CUNY programs.

C.U. Places Fair Trade First

Seeks alternative to Starbucks-owned Seattle’s Best

According to the Fair Trade Federation, coffee is the world’s second-most valuable traded commodity, behind petroleum. It is also one of the most fairly traded products. Fair Trade refers to an equitable and fair partnership between businesses and organizations in North America and producers in the developing world.

Former U.S. Peace Corps Director Calls for Service

Mark Gearan, president of Hobart & William Smith Colleges and former director of the U.S. Peace Corps, spoke last night in a speech titled, “Public Service in the 21st Century.” Gearan was invited to Cornell as a part of the 2006-07 Colloquium Series presented by The Cornell Institute for Public Affairs.