Proponents of Anabel’s Grocery Hold Panel

Executive board members of Anabel’s Grocery  hosted a panel Tuesday in Goldwin Smith Hall in an attempt to eliminate doubt about the existence of food insecurity on Cornell campus and to validate the recently approved grocery project. Lizzi Gorman ’18 opened the discussion by defining food insecurity as “not having financial and physical means to reach your nutritional needs at any given time.”

Gorman said Anabel’s Grocery is striving to make food insecurity, a potentially stigmatizing topic among students from different socioeconomic backgrounds, an open discussion. According to the 2015 Perception of Undergraduate Life and Student Experiences survey, 8.4 percent of 4,419 students surveyed have skipped meals due to financial constraint either “often” or “very often” in the past year. “Students harbor a lot of shame about being food insecure and without a structured conversation we can’t talk about it,” said Nicholas Karavolias ’18, a member of Anabel’s Grocery’s executive board. Karavolias said he hopes the opening of Anabel’s Grocery in February will facilitate constructive conversation by making the availability of convenient and affordable food for all students a recognized priority.

Pine Tree Road to See Reconstruction

Next summer, Pine Tree Road, south of Cornell, will undergo a $1.8 million construction project that includes installment of a new bridge superstructure, widening of the road and the inclusion of shoulders. Though the project’s start date has not yet been determined, the project is expected to be “largely complete” by August for student move-in day. “We are waiting for the county to bid the project within the next month or so. We will most likely know by the first of the year,” said University Planner Leslie Schill at a University Assembly meeting Tuesday afternoon. Commuters can expect to encounter slower traffic work zones throughout the entirety of the project.

Cornell Library to Expand Research Materials Through Partnership

In an effort to grow their partnership with ProQuest, Cornell’s library is currently expanding its use of ProQuest’s Online Acquisitions and Selection Information System, or OASIS, software in order to broaden access to print, electronic and research titles. The online platform for finding and ordering print and electronic titles includes customized selection features based on the research interests of the University, according to Jesse Koennecke, director of acquisitions and e-resource licensing services. “This specific partnership between [the library] and ProQuest is to develop and improve selection support features of OASIS that facilitate how selectors identify and order the materials that might be of interest to the faculty and students in the departments they serve,” Koennecke said. He added that he anticipates the improved platform will improve the efficiency of the library for both staff and users. “When the selection support features of OASIS are in place, we anticipate that [print and electronic material] selectors will be able to spend less time focusing on the more routine aspects of their work,” Koennecke said.

Bluemercury COO Beck ’90 Urges Students to ‘Get in the Game’

Correction Appended

Barry Beck ’90, the chief operating officer of Bluemercury — a luxury beauty products company that recently sold to Macy’s for $210 million in March — spoke at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations to a crowd of hopeful entrepreneurs Friday. Barry Beck ’90, Bluemercury COO, advises aspiring entrepreneurs at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations Friday. (Brittney Chew / Sun News Photography Editor)

In his talk, Beck reflected on how his time at Cornell shaped his journey with Bluemercury and encouraged students to seize opportunities for entrepreneurship. According to Beck, his father fostered his entrepreneurial spirit from a young age. “Barry, I don’t care what you do as long as you own it and it’s your own company,” Beck recalled his father saying.