Milstein Hall Construction On Schedule

After nearly a decade of cutting though a jungle of bureaucratic red tape, the construction of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning’s new 47,000 square-foot Paul Milstein Hall is well underway. With little delays expected, the project should be completed by Aug. 2011, restoring University Avenue, the AAP Quad and the Arts Quad to normalcy.
As many members of the Cornell community have noticed, the portion of University Avenue stretching from East Avenue to Central Avenue is closed. As a result, a temporary road has been built connecting University Avenue with Central Avenue in order to allow access to the Johnson Art Museum and the buildings along the western side of the Arts Quad.

Students Elect Asa Craig ’11 To Serve on Board of Trustees

After several weeks of chalking, handing out quarter cards and waving a flag outside Libe Café, Asa Craig ’11 has been elected as the newest undergraduate student trustee for Cornell, the Office of the Assemblies announced yesterday.
Out of the 3,423 ballots cast for the 10 candidates, Craig was ranked first on 651 of those ballots. Using the Hare-Clark system, the candidate with the least amount of votes is systematically eliminated. The eliminated candidates’ votes are then transferred to other candidates depending on the rankings of voters’ preferences. In the end, Craig defeated Raymond Mensah ’11 with a final count of 1,578 votes.

ESL Writing Classes to Be Eliminated

This is the second article in a two-part series which focuses on Cornell’s decision to phase out language programs in an attempt to reduce the University’s budget.

The importance of writing skills, as exemplified by mandatory first-year writing seminars, has always been a constant emphasis at Cornell. However, English for Academic Purposes, which helps non-native speakers enhance their writing skills in the English language, will soon be eliminated due to the University’s across-the-board 5-percent budget cuts.

Budget Strikes Again: C.U. Fells Dutch, Swedish

This is the first in a two-part series which focuses on Cornell’s decision to phase out smaller language programs in an attempt to reduce the University’s budget.
“I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study.” Will Ezra Cornell’s famous motto be able to weather the current economic crisis? With the decision to terminate the Swedish and Dutch language programs by the summer of 2010, Cornell’s pledge may be under siege by a worldwide recession and a daunting budget shortfall on campus.

C.U. Admits 19.1% of Applicants

For the first time in the history of Cornell, the admit rate for the incoming freshman class dropped below 20 percent. After seeing a rise in early admissions applicants, Cornell administrators projected an increase in the number of this year’s regular decision applicants, which reached an all time high of 34,381.
The admit rate for the Class of 2013, which was released after the selection process was officially completed yesterday, fell to the unprecedented level of 19.1 percent. While Cornell admitted 36.68 percent of Early Decision applicants, regular admissions only accepted 17.2 percent of applicants.

Obama's Videographer Highlights Campaign

Last night, the Cornell Cinema did not screen a new film or an old classic, but rather a compilation of clips of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign accompanied by a personal presentation by the current White House videographer, Arun Chaudhary ’97. The Cornell alumnus, who was the director of field production for Barack Obama during his campaign, spoke of his experiences filming the then-presidential candidate, the thousands of clips he recorded and how his work evolved as Obama’s campaign spread across America.
During his lecture, Chaudhary emphasized the importance of “new media” and how the recordings that he and his team created helped introduce Obama to the public.

C.U. Law Receives Grant To Aid Women Victims

Yesterday, the Avon Foundation for Women, a public charity that aims to improve the lives of women around the world, according to its website, presented the Cornell Law School with a $1.5 million grant to create the Avon Global Center for Women and Justice. The center will assist judges, legal professionals and various advocacy groups with research and projects focused on providing women and girls with better access to legal services.
The Avon Foundation awarded the grant to the Cornell Law School yesterday at the Global Forum for Women and Justice, a two-day conference in Washington, D.C. that focused on alleviating violence against women. Andrea Jung, CEO of Avon Products Inc., and Stewart J. Schwab, dean and professor of law at Cornell Law School, made the announcement.

Vietnam Vet and Iraq War Protester Dies at Age 62

On Feb. 19, Peter J. DeMott, a local peace activist, died from injuries he sustained after falling from a tree. DeMott, served in both the U.S. Marines and the U.S. Army and spent much of his life protesting war, most recently the Iraq War. He was 62.
DeMott was born in Washington D.C. in 1947, but, according to his autobiography, grew up in Minnesota and Nebraska. After serving in the Vietnam War, DeMott developed strong anti-war views.
In a personal biography, DeMott wrote, “My experience in the military convinced me of the futility of war and of the sad misallocation of resources which war-making requires … My faith in God prompts me to work for a world which unifies us all by ties of love and solidarity and mutual cooperation.”