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Juan Carlos Coello and Julio Quambana were both charged with aggravated sexual assault, carrying a weapon and reckless and endangerment in connection with two teenage girls they met on MySpace, the Yale Daily News reported. The victims were two sisters who were 16 and 17, and they met in East Haven last Sunday night, according to New Haven police. A knife was involved in the assault, but neither girl was hospitalized because of the incident. Police were not clear if alcohol was involved in the attack.

The Dalai Lama Speaks to Thousands in Ithaca

Just after 2:30 p.m. yesterday, a crowd of more than 5,000 was brought to a dead silence when a small man entered Barton Hall and proceeded to the stage.
The crashing thunderstorm outside sharply contrasted the serenity of the group. All eyes were focused on the front as people eagerly waited to hear him speak. Here was a man known by millions throughout the world as an international symbol of peace and nonviolence. Here was His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama.
His visit to Cornell, in which he delivered an address entitled, “A Human Approach to World Peace,” was part of a two-day series of speaking engagements called “Bridging Worlds.”

Herb Engman Elected New Ithaca Town Supervisor

For the first time in more than a decade, the Town of Ithaca will have a new supervisor.
Residents of the Town of Ithaca, a horseshoe-shaped municipality that borders but is separate from the City of Ithaca, voted this past Tuesday in the Democratic primary for Town Supervisor. The Town overwhelmingly voted for Herb Engman.
Despite a low voter turnout of roughly 23 percent, Engman, a Town of Ithaca board member, beat incumbent Cathy Valentino for town supervisor by roughly 656 votes.

Additional Bomb Threats Target Cornell

In an e-mail sent to all Cornell students last night, officials asked members of the Cornell community to exercise caution and report any suspicious activity in response to an e-mail bomb threat similar to the one that resulted in the evacuation of Sage Hall on Aug. 29.
According to Simeon Moss ’73, director of Cornell Press Office, the threat was general and “not really specific.” Moss confirmed that the bomb threat “had similarities” to the Aug. 29 threat.
During the investigation by the Cornell Police Department, several other universities reported receiving similar threats.
CUPD is also currently working with officials on the federal, state and local level to determine the nature and credibility of the threat.

Cornell to Install Improvements to Response System

Cornell has announced a new method for reaching students in the event of a campus-wide emergency by having students register with a service called “Who I Am,” a system that allows the University to compile emergency contact information for each student. Cornell will use the information to contact students as quickly as possible through means of communication like text messaging.
As the April 16 Virginia Tech. massacre that left 33 students dead has increased national discourse concerning safety at college campuses,

C.U. Employee Arrested for Soliciting Sex with 15 Year Old

Originally published June 16, 2007

Barry Shaffer, a Cornell Cooperative Extension educator, was arrested June 11 in Novi, Mich. for attempting to have sex with a minor. According to Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox, Shaffer traveled from his home in New York to an apartment complex in Novi where he had arranged to have sex with a 15 year old, who was actually an Attorney General investigator. Shaffer was arraigned on June 11, 2007 in Novi’s 52-1 District Court. He has been charged with: one count of child sexually abusive activity, one count of using a computer to communicate with another to commit child sexually abusive activity and two counts of using a computer to communicate with another to disseminate sexually explicit matter to a minor.

Armed Gunman Robs C-town Store

Originally published July 30, 2007

At approximately 4:30 a.m. yesterday morning, a male armed with what was described as a semi automatic handgun, entered the Wilson Farm convenience store located at 409 College Ave. demanding money from the cash register, according to a crime alert issued by CUPD. The suspect then fled the store heading south with an undisclosed amount of money. The store clerk described the suspect as an African-American male weighing approximately 250 pounds. The clerk also told police the gunman as wearing a ski mask.

Gifts to Weill Medical Center Total $400 Million

Weill Cornell Medical College announced today gifts from Joan and Sanford I. Weill, the Maurice R. and Corinne P. Greenberg Family Foundation, The Starr Foundation and anonymous donors that add up to $400 million — pushing Weill Cornell’s “Discoveries that Make a Difference” campaign to $650 million, half of the campaign’s $1.3 billion goal. It is believed that the $250 million dollar gift from Joan and Sanford I. Weill is the biggest donation ever given to a medical school. In addition to the $250 million granted to Weill Cornell, the Weills have pledged $50 million to Cornell’s main campus, bringing Weill family lifetime donations to Cornell to half a billion dollars. Combined at $300 million, the Weill donation is the largest gift ever given by a single individual to Cornell. The Maurice R. and Corinne P. Greenberg Family Foundation and The Starr Foundation each donated $25 million, along with $100 million given anonymously.

Cornell Announces New Dean of College of Veterinary Medicine

News Brief

President David J. Skorton and Provost Biddy Martin announced yesterday that Michael I. Kotlikoff, prof. and chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences, will replace Donald F. Smith as Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, effective July 1. Kotlikoff is expected to serve a five-year term.