Cornell Police Investigate Vandalism on Campus

Multiple incidents of graffiti were reported at various locations around campus during the winter break, according to the Cornell University Police Department crime log. Much of the graffiti contained similar themes, symbols and phrases. The crime log indicates that CUPD officers were dispatched to take reports of spray-painted graffiti — listed under the category of “criminal mischief” — on Goldwin Smith Hall, the A.D. White statue, the base of Baker Flagpole, Milstein Hall, Balch Hall and the Risley Hall bus stop. Balch Hall and Goldwin Smith Hall reported multiple incidents. The crime log indicated that graffiti was also spray painted at the intersection of Cornell Avenue and University Avenue.   

“At this point, only the perpetrator of these crimes could explain what their motivation is and what exactly they were hoping to communicate.” — Chief Kathy Zoner
A hammer and sickle, a common communist symbol, was spray painted on both a statue of A.D. White on the Arts Quad and Baker Flagpole on West campus.

Cornell Coalition Launches With Rally, Letter Drop Thursday

Dozens of students marched through the Cornell Store toward Day Hall Thursday, holding signs and chanting in support of workers’ rights to announce the creation of the Coalition Against Gulf Exploitation, which is composed of approximately 30 different campus organizations. CAGE’s demands include an independent, third-party investigation of labor conditions at the Weill Cornell Medicine in Qatar and granting Cornell workers in Qatar the right to unionize and collectively bargain, according to Allison Considine ’17, CAGE’s press liaison. “We are the students … we want justice for our workers,” the students chanted as they marched. The rally, which started at around 12:45 p.m., began with several students giving opening speeches that outlined their concerns over Cornell’s labor practices in Qatar. CAGE members then took a picture in front of McGraw Tower while holding a banner that read, “end exploitation of our workers in Qatar.”
After arriving at Day Hall, the coalition sent members inside to deliver a letter and a petition in support of CAGE’s demands to President Elizabeth Garrett.

CORNELL CLOSE-UPS | Professor Sara Pritchard: Propelled by Love of History From Seattle, to France, to Cornell

“I always liked historical fiction when I was a kid,” recounted Prof. Sara Pritchard, science and technology studies. “I liked reading stories set in the past. I will confess, I was a big fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Little House on the Prairie series.”
Despite her early interest in history, Pritchard said her ambitions were not particularly lofty growing up as a child — and most certainly not academic. “I never wanted to be an astronaut as a child,” Pritchard said. “I’ll admit that I had very gendered ideas about my future.

Write-In Candidate Rich John ’81 Becomes Tompkins Representative

Rich John ’81 confirmed Thursday that his write-in campaign successfully defeated Democratic opponent Elie Kirshner ’18 in the race to represent the fourth district on the Tompkins County Legislature. John said Tuesday that he was unable to confirm the vote totals. On Thursday evening, he said he attended the official ballot-counting and confirmed that he had received a majority of the votes in Tuesday’s election. Having officially secured his place in the legislature representing the fourth district, which encompasses Collegetown and the Commons, John expressed excitement for the task ahead of him. “I have a lot to learn,” John said.

Democrats Defeated in Elections, Blame Lack of Primary

Democratically endorsed candidates Elie Kirshner ’18 and Nate Shinagawa ’05 both pointed to their party’s lack of a primary election as a source of frustration in their defeats in Tuesday’s Tompkins County Legislature elections. “The reality is that everybody would have preferred a primary,” Kirshner said. “When that didn’t happen, people were frustrated and that ultimately bled over into the overall campaign.”
Kirshner and Shinagawa were chosen as the Democratic candidates via the Tompkins County Democratic Committee, instead of by a standard primary election, in accordance with the governing laws and regulations for special elections, according to Kirshner. Both candidates indicated that this process resulted in a sense of disenfranchisement for Democratic Party voters, who wished for a greater voice in selecting their candidates. “We need to have reforms across the board,” Shinagawa said.

Developer Breaks Ground on Dryden South

The first layers of concrete for the Dryden South building will be poured Friday, and from there the project will “start going up very quickly,” according to Patrick Kraft, developer of Dryden South and owner of Kraftees book store. Located at 207 Dryden Rd., the first floor of Dryden South will be visible by Thanksgiving, Kraft said. By the time Cornell students return from their break in January, the majority of the building’s framework is expected to be standing, with full completion slated for Aug. 1, 2016. “Kraftees Collegetown will be on the first floor, and all of the upper floors will be housing that was designed specifically to accommodate Cornell students,” Kraft said.