Peace Prize Winner Talks Catastrophic Effects of Nuclear War

Dr. Ira Helfand, recipient of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize, discussed the impacts of nuclear conflicts and ways to prevent nuclear escalation on Monday. The physician is also the co-president of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and co-founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility. Many young people are “profoundly” uneducated about nuclear weapons, according to Helfand. The physician showed a video, that won first prize in the student category for the Nukebusters 2015 Short Film Contest, which demonstrated how disturbed students are when they hear about nuclear weapon capacity for damage. Helfand argued that this lack of education is dangerous because it translates to complacency among the next generation of potential anti-nuclear proliferation advocates.

Food Trucks and Restaurants Battle Over Hours, Terrain

The debate between food trucks and local restaurants has been heating up recently, as food truck owners urge the City of Ithaca to relax restrictions on their trucks and restaurant owners accuse food trucks of policy violations. Under the current policy, food trucks may not operate closer than 200 linear feet from the nearest brick and mortar restaurant. At or around Cornell, students have access to a number of food trucks that include Louie’s Lunch Truck, Dos Amigos, That’s How I Roll, the Hot Truck, Franny’s and Collegetown Crepes. However, many of these food trucks only begin operation late at night to avoid violating policies. In an effort to address issues facing restaurants and food trucks, a Board of Public Works subcommittee on street vending convened a meeting on Jan.

Hundreds Celebrate Taiwanese Night Market

With a line spilling out the front door, the 15th annual Taiwanese Night Market welcomed over 500 students to celebrate Taiwanese heritage through food, music and games in the Physical Sciences building Saturday. “Taiwan is such a small island and not many people know much about it,” said Yvonne Huang ’16, vice president of Cornell Taiwanese American Society, which organized the event. “Night markets are a very famous part of Taiwan and there are certain foods that are unique to it. Our goal is to spread Taiwanese culture and awareness to the Cornell community and what’s a better way of doing it than through free food?”
The event aimed to serve three purposes, according to Tech Kuo ’16, CTAS president. “For the people who are from Taiwan, it’s a chance to get a taste of home.

Cornell Graduate Students United Promote Movement in ‘We Are Workers Day of Action’

Cornell Graduate Students United came out with 20 other labor unions of graduate workers at private universities from all over the country — including Harvard, University of Michigan and Wayne State University — in order to call for the reform of higher education. The organization hosted activities on Thursday — also known as the “We Are Workers Day of Action” — to raise public awareness that many graduate students are not recognized as workers. “This is a national day of action that will be taking place around the country to remind university administrations that graduate students are workers and deserve to have their voice heard and rights respected in the workplace,” said Andrew Crook, a member of CGSU. In 2004, Brown University argued in front of the National Labor Relations Board that teaching and research are essential parts of academic development and graduate training. The outcome of this ruling denied the rights of the employee-employer relationship to graduates working for private universities.

First Ever Cleaning Planned for Lake Source Cooling Pipe

For the first time in 15 years, the intake pipe for the Lake Source Cooling project — a low energy system that channels deep water from Cayuga Lake to cool the University’s chilled water cooling network — will be cleaned. Since the pipes were first put in place in July 2000, so many zebra and quagga mussels have covered the pipe’s surface that the amount of water flowing into the plant has significantly decreased, according to Lanny Joyce, utilities and energy management director. To tackle the cleaning, Cornell hired engineering consulting firm Makai Ocean Engineering and diving contractor Global Diving and Salvage, Inc.
The Lake Source Cooling team plans to clean the pipe from Thursday to Oct. 19, pending the weather, by forcing a brush through the pipe and pushing any debris that has accumulated out into Cayuga Lake. This method pushes the mussels back into the lake and it causes no adverse environmental impacts, Joyce said.

Dozens of Cornellians, Ithacans Attend Philadelphia Papal Mass

Approximately 165 members of the Cornell and local Ithaca Catholic communities traveled to Philadelphia to attend Pope Francis’ World Meeting of Families Papal Mass Sunday, joining hundreds of thousands of Catholics. Students, faculty and staff members traveled in three buses for five hours to attend the mass in Philadelphia and returned early Monday morning, according to Joseph Mazzawi, Cornell Catholic Community associate director of programs and ministries. The trip, which was organized by the Cornell Catholic Community and St. Catherine’s of Siena Catholic Church, a local Ithaca parish, is the first time such a large number of Cornell Catholic students have traveled together, according to Mazzawi. “Not during my time have we done something like this before,” Mazzawi said.