Greek Week Unites Student Groups

The blue barracudas, red jaguars and silver snakes have manifested Cornell’s campus — at least for the next week. The University’s annual Greek Week festivities commenced on Wednesday, bringing together chapters of the Greek system for a week of “Legends of the Hidden Temple”-themed competition and inter-fraternal fun.
Participating teams are made up of sororities and fraternities from the Interfraternity Council, the Multicultural Greek Letter Council and the Panhellenic Association. Teams compete in a series of events and earn points for both winning the competitions and for having team members present at the events.

Profs Face Off With Freshmen Assistance

Five professors and one student faced off last night in a competition to determine whether they were in fact smarter than Cornell freshmen.
However, after only a few questions, Prof. Daniel Cosley, communication, wondered aloud, “Do freshmen really know this stuff?”
The event, organized by Phi Sigma Pi national honor fraternity, was modeled on the television show, Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader? The professors, joined by Daniel Tattersall ’09, a PSP member who filled in for a professor who dropped out, were divided into two teams. [img_assist|nid=29997|title=Perplexed|desc=Professors square off in “Are You Smarter than a Cornell Freshman?” in Statler Auditorium yesterday.|link=node|align=left|width=|height=0]

Student Assembly Visits C.U. Medical College in Qatar

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Over Spring Break, while some students were trying to catch a tan and others were at home catching up on sleep, C.J. Slicklen ’09, president of the Student Assembly, Adam Gay ’08, vice president for finance of the S.A, and Elan Greenberg ’08, former president and current at-large representative of the S.A., along with Dean of Students Kent Hubbell ’67, visited the Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar to initiate an ambassador program between Cornell’s campuses in Ithaca and Southwest Asia.

$50 Million Donation Aids C.U. Med School

A few months ago, the University’s “Far Above” capital campaign reached the $2 billion mark, but the money continues to pour in. Last month, the Weill Cornell Medical College and the New York-Presbyterian Hospital announced that they were splitting a $50 million gift from Ronald O. Perelman, chairman of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc., to establish the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute, and to support the newly named Ronald O. Perelman and Claudia Cohen Center for Reproductive Medicine.

MVR Construction Continues Despite Past Hurdles

The rumble of bulldozers is a familiar sound to most people on West Campus; however, it may come as a surprise to hear a ruckus coming from the College of Human Ecology’s Martha Van Rensselaer Hall.
Construction on the $77.7 million dollar addition began on Dec. 17 and is projected to take two and a half years to complete.
[img_assist|nid=27672|title=Gettin’ dirty|desc=Workers continue construction on Martha Van Rensellaer Hall yesterday. The building is expected to be completed in 2010.|link=node|align=left|width=|height=0]The new addition, which will be approximately 88,000 square feet in size and will sit upon a 290 capacity car garage, will be added to the current west wing of MVR. One new feature will be a 5,300 square foot common area.

Super Tuesday Contests To Bring Out Millions of Voters

Today, students registered as New York State residents will have the opportunity to visit one of four locations on or around campus to cast their vote. Super Tuesday will bring millions of people from over 24 states to vote in the caucuses and primaries held throughout the country.
Traditionally, Super Tuesday has hosted a large amount of primaries and caucuses in an attempt to increase the importance of their votes. However, this year more states than ever are holding their primaries earlier, resulting in Super Tuesday accounting for over half the delegates going to the national convention.

Prof Improves Microscopy

With only a small coil, smaller than the average human fingernail, Prof. Keith Schwab, physics, and his associates at Boston University have improved the speed at which atoms can be photographed 100-fold. He does this by using the Scanning Tunneling Microscope.
Prior to Schwab’s discovery, scientists had to use voltage applied to a sample while moving the probe tip, in order to generate a topical image of the surface. The images were generated by the variations in the current, produced by the tunneling of electrons between the sample and the probe tip, as the probe crossed over the surface.

Swashbuckling 101: Ithaca Stunt Group Studies Stage Fighting

This past Saturday, Maestro Christopher Barbeau came to Cornell for the fifth time to host a workshop on theatrical combat for the local Ithaca chapter of The Ring of Steel.
The Ring of Steel: Ithaca is a theatrical stunt group that focuses on performing and teaching the “art of stage violence” to the Ithaca communities. Members are taught how to properly handle rapiers, daggers, the broadsword, the quarterstaff and hand-to-hand combat techniques, developing combative techniques so that group members can perform stunts safely and effectively.

Parents Get Weekend Glimpse of Cornell Life

This weekend hundreds of first-year Cornell students shared their experience on the Hill with parents, siblings and even grandparents over First-Year Family Weekend.
As published in the First Year Family Weekend Schedule of Events, the three-day event was designed to give “Cornell families the opportunity to gain insight into how to support their students as they pursue their Cornell degrees. This is a time to walk in [the] students’ shoes and explore all that the campus and local community have to offer. First-Year Family Weekend showcases the breadth and depth of activities to which [the] student is exposed.”