Mike Walsh Elected New Grad Student Trustee

A pioneer in establishing the Graduate Community Initiative, a plan to better address graduate students’ needs, Mike Walsh grad was elected student trustee on Saturday. He is the first graduate student officially elected to the graduate seat on the Board of Trustees, after the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly and Student Assembly delegated one trustee position to undergraduate students, and the other to grad students last year.
Walsh said some of the key issues he will address are building a cohesive community amongst graduate students, housing, transportation and sustainability.

Lawyers for Gov. Spitzer Case Attended Cornell Law School

Though the governor’s role as an ex-officio member of the Cornell Board of Trustees is often emphasized when mentioning former Governor Eliot Spitzer’s (D-N.Y.) downfall, many people overlook the fact that the attorneys working on the case are also tied to Cornell; two of the lawyers were educated at the Cornell law school.
Shortly after The New York Times revealed that Spitzer, a.k.a. “Client 9,” used the services of the debunked prostitution ring The Emperor’s Club V.I.P on March 10, he resigned on March 12.
Members of the press contended that Spitzer’s resignation came as a result of a deal he made with the United States Attorney’s Office.

C.U. Democrats Prepare to Send Care Packages to Troops in Iraq

In an effort to connect the Cornell community with those serving in the Iraq War, the Cornell Democrats have begun collecting goods in order to put together care packages and send them overseas.
Packages will be sent to the 40th Expeditionary Signal Battalion located at Camp Victory at the Baghdad International Airport. The C.U. Democrats expect to send the first package by Spring Break.
Throughout the month, the Cornell Democrats will collect a variety of products ranging from non-perishable food to travel games in order to provide the troops with entertainment for their spare time.

Hip-Hop Author Discusses Asians in America

Jeff Chang, keynote speaker at this year’s East Coast Asian-American Student Union conference, sat down to talk with The Sun about issues pertinent to forming Asian-American identities.
Chang’s long and storied career includes time spent as a labor and student organizer, an Indie label record mogul and most notably as an author chronicling the rise of the hip-hop movement and its political implications. Chang, whose works include Can’t Stop, Don’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation and Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop, spoke about the current issues facing Asian-Americans as they try to carve out their own identities along with the class warfare taking place at universities.

MPAA Overestimated College Downloads

While the Motion Picture Association of America was eager to point the finger at college students across the nation for causing billions of dollars in damage due to illegal downloading via peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing, it turns out the MPAA did not double check its homework.
A 2005 study conducted by L.E.K., a consulting firm hired by the MPAA, claimed that 44 percent of the movie industry’s domestic losses were attributable to illegal downloads by college-age individuals.

COLA, Starbucks Face Off In Union-Busting Case

Companies are finding even more ways to screen job applicants — by checking club discussion boards. Starbucks Corp., the nation’s leading coffee retailer, is under scrutiny after a series of e-mails revealed the company’s anti-union practices. The pinnacle of the events in question came when Starbucks managers read through the discussion boards on Cornell Organization for Labor Action’s website in order to identify job applicants and current employees that were labor activists.

Eyes on the Primaries: Senator Barack Obama

This is the first in a series of articles examining the positions of front-running presidential primary candidates.
With Super Tuesday right around the corner, the New York State primaries could prove to be an uphill battle for presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.). On Feb. 5 he goes up against Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) who is currently leading in California, New Jersey and Florida for the Democratic Presidential Nomination, according to the latest Rasmussen report released yesterday.
Coming off the heels of a win in the Iowa caucus, Obama projects himself as a candidate for change, a buzzword that has become talk show fodder from both sides of the political spectrum.

9/11 Documentarian Speaks to C.U.

On Wednesday night, Cyrus Nowrasteh spoke to a small crowd in McGraw Auditorium on the topic of creative expression and censorship in the media in a speech entitled “Creative Expression and Its Suppresion”. He is the writer and the producer of the docudrama “The Path to 9/11”, which aired last September on ABC.

Phillip Brest’09 introduced Nowrasteh as the first speakers in a series of lectures sponsored by the Sigma Phi fraternity’s Lawrence Tanenbaum Distinguished Speakers Fellowship.

Pres. Hopefuls Focus on Education

While many consider education the fundamental stepping-stone to living the American dream, other hot button issues have pushed education to the backburner. However, due to the growing inequality between socioeconomic classes coupled with rising education costs, many Americans are pressing for the presidential candidates to better define their plans for educational reform from pre-kindergarten to higher education.
According to the non-partisan campaign Strong American Schools, two-thirds of available jobs require some college education or advanced training, yet the number of American students who graduate yearly has dropped to 19th worldwide. Forty years ago, America ranked first.