Cornell students who watch The Office were excited two weeks ago to find out that Dwight had his heart set on becoming a Cornellian. In keeping with their usual attention to detail, the show’s writers sprinkled the episode with details about Comstock Hall, the Ag School and students’ love of a cappella groups. But for fans of the Big Red, perhaps the greatest moment in the episode was when Dwight said to Andy, “So, uh, how do you think we’re gonna do against Penn this year? Nathan Ford’s arm looks pretty strong,” referring to the football team’s starting quarterback. Sun News Editor Jasmine Marcus asked Nathan Ford a few questions about the primetime shout-out.
Did you know ahead of time that they were going to say your name on the show?
The Alpha Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, the first intercollegiate fraternity established by African-Americans, was re-established last week on October 18. The fraternity was founded at Cornell in 1906, but had been inactive recently after being suspended. 17 new members were initiated into the fraternity, which is a member of the Multicultural Greek Letter Council. President Ruke Ufomata ’09 said he hoped the fraternity would “honor its re-establishment by keeping the chapter active and upholding its high standards of service and scholarship.” According to the national APA website, the fraternity was founded by seven founders known as the “seven jewels” in order to provide support for its members in the racially charged campus environment.
It wasn’t all fun and games at this year’s Clubfest, an annual start-of-the-year event where students can learn about campus organizations.
On Sunday afternoon, students protested The Cornell Review during the event held in Barton Hall. Around 3:00 p.m., some students began circulating quarter cards calling the Cornell Review “racist.” The protesters also chanted at the members of The Review sitting at the magazine’s booth, causing members of the Cornell University Police Department to be called in. The CUPD refused to comment on the incident.
On July 15, Elizabeth A. “Beta” Mannix, the Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Management at Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management and the Robert S. Harrison Director of the University’s Institute for Social Sciences, became Cornell’s vice provost for equity and inclusion.
The position is a one-year transitional post as the vice provost for diversity and faculty development spot becomes the future vice provost for diversity and chief diversity officer spot. Robert L. Harris, the former vice provost for diversity and faculty development, said Mannix’s role will include supervising the University’s diversity initiatives. These include the summer institute for diversity, the Breaking Bread program and the University Diversity Committee Working Group.
On April 2, Susan A. Henry, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, announced that Cornell will build a 2,400-square-foot teaching winery this fall. The winery will be built in the Cornell Orchards as an addition to the Pomology Cold Storage Building.
The announcement was made at a dinner and auction in New York City in honor of Cornell’s 100-year-long partnership with New York’s wine industry called “Cornell Celebrates New York Wines.”
Last night, the new members of the 2008-2009 Student Assembly elected its Executive Board. The new president will be Ryan Lavin ’09, Chris Basil ’10 will be the executive vice president, Tony Miller ’10 will be vice president for internal operations, Greg Mezey ’09 will be vice president for finance and Nikki Junewicz ’10 will be vice president for public relations.
In an e-mail, current SA President C.J. Slicklen ’09 said, “I’m confident the Assembly will be in good hands as Ryan and Chris take the lead on June 1.”
Next week, the S.A. will elect its new director of elections and committee chairs. The freshmen and transfer representatives will be elected in the fall.
Junot Diaz MFA ’95 won this year’s Pulitzer Prize for distinguished fiction by an American author for his novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which was published by Riverhead Books in 2007.
Diaz, who was born in the Dominican Republic, and raised there and in New Jersey, received his Master of Fine Arts from Cornell after graduating from Rutgers. He was then on the faculty for a year teaching Creative Writing and freshman writing seminars at Cornell.
According to the book’s jacket, Oscar Wao is about “a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd.”
The book was greatly anticipated since it was published 10 years after Diaz’s last book, a collection of short stories called Drown.
Since Spring Break, there has been an increase in criminal activity at Cornell and the surrounding neighborhoods. Last night, a University Crime Alert e-mail sent to the Cornell community reported that two armed robberies that occurred in the last week, but were not immediately reported, seem to be related to each other, as well as a third incident reported in the Crime Alert issued on March 24, near the Chapter House.
Before that incident, which occurred around 11:15 p.m. on the 400 block of Stewart Ave., a non-Cornell student male victim reported he was inside his apartment when two subjects entered the apartment, one armed with a handgun, and robbed him of cash and other items around 11 p.m.
On Monday, the official mailing date for the Ivy League, the undergraduate admissions selection process for Cornell’s Class of 2012 was finished.
Cornell received 33,011 applications for freshman admission, an all-time high. This number represents a 9-percent increase over last year’s class, and a 17-percent increase over the past two years. Overall, there was a 20.4 percent admit rate for both Early Decision and Regular Decision applicants combined, a decrease from last year’s 20.5 percent rate. [img_assist|nid=29460|title=Admissions|desc=Admissions Data for Class of 2012 Released|link=node|align=left|width=|height=0]
Convocation Chair Rohan Thakkar ’08 announced yesterday that Maya Angelou, the world-renowned poet and author, will be this year’s convocation speaker. The announcement was made at yesterday’s Student Assembly meeting, a day after Angelou confirmed and signed her contract with Cornell.