Students, Staff Rally For Fair Contract Negotiations

Yesterday at noon, about three dozen Cornell workers and students gathered in front of Day Hall carrying signs that read “Cornell workers deserve a fair contract” and cheered as passing buses and cars honked in agreement.
“What do we want? Fair contract! When do we want it? Now!” yelled participants in the rally. “When working families are under attack what do we do? Stand up, fight back!”

Priceline Founder Named Entrepreneur of the Year

When Jay Walker ’77 began at the height of the dotcom boom, little did he know that his creation would soon become a billion dollar enterprise. Now the University will recognize Walker, the founder of one of the most successful sites on the web, as Cornell’s Entrepreneur of the Year.
The annual Entrepreneurship at Cornell Celebration brings over 500 current students, alumni, faculty and staff together to participate in a two-day symposium that features a variety of industries, including hospitality, real estate, health care, agriculture and computing and information science. This year, 11 colleges and programs are participating in the program in an effort to make the celebration more comprehensive.

Conference Promotes Service-Learning at C.U.

“Picking up trash on a riverbank is service. Studying water samples under a microscope is learning. When science students collect and analyze water samples, document their results, and then present their findings to a local pollution control agency — that is service-learning,” according to the national youth leadership conference, and a sentiment that is embodied within Cornell Active Civically Engaged Scholars’ second annual service-learning conference held Saturday in Willard Straight Hall, which was attended by around 50 to 70 people.

Powershift Brings Students to D.C. To Rally for Climate

This week, thousands of students, including some 80 Cornell students, joined forces inside the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. in an effort to solve the global climate crisis. The second national youth summit of its kind, Powershift 2009 was a four-day statement calling for bold, immediate action towards enacting green-friendly legislation.

TCAT Proposes Route Changes

One of the most welcome sights for a student out late at night in Collegetown or on West Campus is a 92 or a 93 pulling to a stop and opening its door. However, with the changes proposed by Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit Inc., these numbers will no longer be flashing across the front of a familiar blue and white TCAT bus.

Leave of Absence Poses Issues

For students who discover that their health is significantly impairing their ability to study, the Cornell University Health Leave of Absence Policy is an easy way to voluntarily separate oneself from the University. While it might be simple to leave Cornell, some students are finding out that returning to Cornell is much more difficult.
Voluntary Leave of Absence is a policy that addresses the needs of students who, for various reasons, feel that they have to interrupt their coursework for a period of time. A health leave of absence falls into this category, and while most of the Cornell colleges have their own method of dealing with voluntary leaves of absence, in the case of HLOAs, the colleges tend to defer their decisions to Gannett Health Services.

Students Rent Textbooks Online

Buying textbooks at the start of every semester has become significantly cheaper for the hundreds of students across the country who have taken advantage of
Skoobit is an online textbook rental company that enables students to potentially save money by renting, as opposed to buying, their textbooks. Textbooks can represent a large chunk of the cost of higher education and it can be exasperating for students to spend hundreds of dollars per book, only to turn around and sell it at the end of the semester for only a fraction of the purchase price.

Study: Levels of Precipitation May Increase Rate of Autism

Before deciding where to move after graduation, it might be a good idea to take a look at a new scientific study that suggests that there could be a correlation between higher levels of precipitation and increased incidences of autism in children.
The study, published in The American Medical Association Journal Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, hypothesizes that there is an environmental factor that influences the development of autism in genetically vulnerable children. The lead author of the study was Michael Waldman, the Charles H. Dyson Professor of Management and professor of economics at the Johnson School of Management.

Cut CALS Classes Incite Student Backlash

The words of Ezra Cornell’s “any person, any study” have never been so vigorously debated as in the disagreement over the University’s decision to drop three beloved Biological and Environmental Engineering classes.
Prof. Thomas Cook, BEE, has taught BEE 1130: Introduction to Metal Fabrication Techniques, BEE 1140: Introduction to Wood Construction and BEE 1150: Advanced Metal Fabrication Techniques, for almost 24 years. The three classes enroll about 100 students per year from CALS and across the University.