Student Band Uses Kickstarter to Raise Recording Funds

What started as a few freshmen playing together in the Just About Music program house will culminate next January in a studio album, due to the over $2,000 student band Kenziek & Friends raised through a kickstarter campaign last month. Kenziek & Friends, a self-styled “jazz fusion jam band,” was formed in 2012 by Jaden Gladstone ’16, Skyler Gray ’16, Marshall Mucasey ’16, Rain Zhou ’16 and Josh Rollin ’16, who is no longer part of the group. Over their careers at Cornell, the band members performed several times at venues in the Ithaca area, including The Nines and the Bear’s Den, but decided at the start of this academic year that they wanted to consolidate their work in an album before graduation, according to Zhou. In order to cover costs of recording, mixing, editing, C.D. production and distribution rights, the group launched a Kickstarter campaign on Oct. 21.

Dyson School Will Offer New Business Analytics Concentration

For the first time since its accreditation in 2002, the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management has added a new concentration to its undergraduate curriculum: business analytics, which will become the school’s 11th concentration starting this spring. Business analytics, which was approved Oct. 9 at a faculty meeting, will be a 15-credit concentration, featuring courses from the School of Hotel Administration and the computer science department in addition to Dyson courses. Prof. Donna Haeger, applied economics and management, said companies are looking for these skills given the rise of big data and analytics, and business analytics is being “leveraged more and more on a daily basis” in the corporate world. “I felt it was imperative for undergraduates to have this concentration,” said Haeger, who spearheaded the campaign to develop the new concentration.

United Way Kicks Off Annual Campaign

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Cornell’s United Way chapter kicked off its annual campaign Friday in Willard Straight Hall, featuring remarks from Mayor Svante Myrick ’09 as well as student and staff representatives. Cornell United Way, which raised $815,152 last year, works in conjunction with the United Way of Tompkins County to provide  basic needs of education, income and health to members of the community. With a total campaign goal of $2 million for the year, United Way is hoping that this year’s Cornell contributions will reach $750,000. Myrick, who said he is no stranger to hard times, stressed the importance of coming together to address community needs. “After a lifetime of poverty, I came to understand that big problems require collective solutions,” Myrick said.

Development Sociology Department Celebrates Centennial

In celebration of its 100 year anniversary, the Department of Development Sociology will welcome alumni back to the Hill this weekend for a two-day event. Housed within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, development sociology focuses on research and applied work in current political, economic, cultural and social change. The department has a graduate program, consisting of about 40 students, and an undergraduate major in which 128 students are enrolled. The celebration, set to take place Friday and Saturday, will revolve around the theme of “Looking Back to Move Forward.” Several alumni will speak on panels that concern both the past and future of development sociology. Prof. Julie Zimmerman ’97, rural sociology, University of Kentucky, who was tasked with writing a monograph to commemorate the occasion, will deliver the opening speech Friday, highlighting the department’s history.