From laptops in class to Googleing papers, technological innovations have sparked debates over whether these advancements help students to achieve or foster a new sense of laziness. The newest form of this debate has taken shape in VideoNote, a complementary service provided for students that records lectures for larger classes and posts them on the internet. VideoNote has generated a great deal of controversy, with many professors wondering whether it will enhance understanding of the material or give students a new way to avoid lectures.
On Nov. 4, Cornell’s campus was buzzing with energetic students pledging support for President Barack Obama’s message of change and transparency in government. Now, after only a month in office, many of these students are noticing some cracks in those maxims as controversies develop around nominees for cabinet and regulatory positions in his administration.
Since his victory in November, four of Obama’s appointees withdrew their names from consideration. One appointee dealt with intense controversy prior to his nomination and countless more are being held up in the confirmation process mainly by Republicans — a serious blow to the bipartisan theme of his campaign.