Around the Ivies

Dartmouth University will host two presidential primary debates on consecutive days next fall in anticipation of next year’s primary election in Dartmouth’s home state of New Hampshire. Both debates will be moderated by Tim Russert, host of NBC’s Meet the Press and Washington Bureau Chief for NBC News.

Student May Face Felony Charges for Dog Abuse

Alexander H. Atkind ’06, a fifth-year Cornell senior accused of beating a dog and burning her with bleach on March 8, was arraigned last Friday on misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty in Tompkins County City Court. Atkind may also face stiffer felony charges of aggravated cruelty to animals if a grand jury indicts him on April 17.

C.U. Community Member Rescued From Cascadilla Gorge

An unidentified member of the Cornell community was rescued early Saturday morning by the Ithaca Police and Fire Departments after falling through the ice in Cascadilla Gorge. The Ithaca Police Department responded to a report of cries for help from the portion of the gorge above College Avenue Bridge at 3:53 a.m. and found the victim drifting into a state of unconsciouness, according to Police Investigator Michael Gray.

This Week in History

C.U. Stopped Snatching License Plates
The Sun reported on March 8, 1966 that Cornell would suspend its practice of confiscating students’ license plates after a specific number of traffic violations because the policy was illegal. University Counsel Neil R. Stamp told the University that it was unlawful to confiscate license plates because Cornell was, in effect, “exercising police power.”

Around the Ivies

Brown University’s Alpert Medical School has announced that it will allow students to conduct research in interdisciplinary fields outside of the traditional medical school curriculum. The interdisciplinary research option is intended to provide medical students with more opportunities for academic creativity within their medical school curriculum, the Brown Daily Herald reported.


Cornell students got an unexpected break this Valentine’s Day when a brutal winter storm compelled University officials to cancel classes yesterday afternoon. The cancellation came in anticipation of blizzard-like conditions and further snow accumulation later in the day.

C.U. Avoids Work-Study Cuts

A new study from the University of California at Los Angeles has shown that an increasing number of college freshmen are looking for on-campus employment as a means of financing their college education.

Effects of Hazing Last Long After Pledging Process

Adam Zwecker ’04 stood tired and barefoot on shards of broken glass with the rest of his fraternity pledge class. For seven hours, Zwecker and his pledge mates had been pelted by eggs and forced to do push-ups by the brothers at his chosen fraternity, activities designed to initiate aspiring members into the organization. The exercise may sound extreme, but it was just another night of hazing for a pledge class in 2001.