Cornell University Hotel School Competition Recognizes Two Student Companies

Judges for the Cornell Hospitality Business Plan Competition have declared the contest’s first-ever tie between two winning teams — Last Second Beach and Maidbot. The two teams will each receive $25,000 for their business plans and entrepreneurial ideas in travel and hotel operations, according to the University. Although the competition’s funding only provided a $25,000 prize for one team, Dean of the School of Hotel Administration, Prof. Michael Johnson, hotel administration, matched the prize for the other team, according to Maidbot founder Alex Levy ’18. “I was a little surprised it ended in a tie, as nothing like that had ever happened before,” Levy said. “I was very happy for [Last Second Beach founder Khalid Ladha grad] and his team, though and absolutely thrilled Dean Johnson matched the rest of the money.”
Last Second Beach — co-founded last year by Ladha and Zach Demuth grad — is a software platform that simplifies consumer navigation for travel purchases, according to Ladha.

Weill Cornell Team Finds New Human Migration Pattern

A team of genome researchers from Weill Cornell Medicine in New York and Qatar  have  discovered that indigenous Arabs can directly trace their ancestors to migrants from Africa. “One of the exciting things of genomics is that more and more people are being
– Prof. Jason Mezey

A conclusion which the team published in January’s edition of Genome Research and contradicts long-standing beliefs about human migration and evolution patterns, according to the University press. “Our study shows that, if you look at the entire genome, not only was a residual population on the Arabian peninsula established after the out of Africa migration but indigenous Arabs currently residing on the Arabian peninsula can trace part of their ancestry back to this ancient population,”said Jason Mezey, a professor of biological statistics and computational biology at Cornell and genetic medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine. According to Mezey, scientists have proposed multiple theories about the trajectory of human migration.  Before this study, scientists commonly believed that the original strain of the population that migrated out of Africa had ultimately died out because the Arabian Peninsula today is a mix of Arabs, Europeans and other neighboring regions. In this study, researchers sequenced the genomes of 104 Arabian Peninsula natives and compared them with 1,092 genomes from worldwide populations, according to the University .

Cornellians Address Diversity, Inequality Over ‘Breaking Bread’ Meal

“We have been listening to your stories,” said Renee Alexander ’74, associate dean and director of intercultural programs, student and academic services. “[This dinner] is a way to work together, establishing commonalities as we work across differences.”
Speaking to nearly 90 students, administrators and faculty members on Thursday, Alexander encouraged them to speak openly about race and campus climate with each other over a meal. The “Breaking Bread” dinner, held in the Biotechnology Building, was filled with 10 tables with about eight participants each. The dinner and the small group setting aimed to allow participants to feel comfortable expressing their feelings and sharing their personal stories in a safe space. To stimulate and direct conversation at the tables, facilitators posed three questions to participants, asking individuals to elaborate on their experiences with issues including race in higher education and how the University and members of the community can act in the future to better the campus climate.

Colonel Frederick Crow ’51 Recounts Vietnam POW Experience

Colonel Frederick A. Crow ’51 — Cornell’s “most decorated alumnus of the Vietnam War” — recounted his life story during a Veterans Day forum on Wednesday afternoon. Crow, who witnessed the Pearl Harbor attack as a teenager, spent nearly three decades in the air force and lived six years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. Crow grew up in Hawaii, where his father was a career naval chief petty officer. When he was 14 years old, Crow witnessed the attacks on Pearl Harbor. “After living in town for six years, we got our number for a brand new house on the base of Pearl Harbor and moved in on Saturday, the sixth of December,” Crow recounted.

Racial Tensions Build Among Ithaca College Students, Administration

Ithaca College students and faculty have grown increasingly frustrated with the administration’s response to racial issues on campus, with tension reaching a new high in the past few weeks as students and faculty call for a vote of no confidence for President Tom Rochon. “You can’t even walk through campus right now without hearing about [these issues] or go to class without hearing it part of class discussion,” said Dominick Recckio ’16, president of Ithaca College’s Student Government Association. According to Recckio, problems first surfaced during Residential Advisor training at the start of this year when RAs reported racial aggression by Public Safety officers. At the training session, Officer Terry O’Pray reportedly stated that racial profiling does not occur at Ithaca College. Officer Jon Elmore showed RAs various weapons, and when he showed a black BB gun, he said he would shoot anyone he saw with one on campus, according to The Ithacan, Ithaca College’s student newspaper.

New Book Details Life at Cornell Post World War II

Three years ago, John Marcham ’50 — a late journalist, editor and publisher from Ithaca — approached fellow journalist Brad Edmondson ’81 with an idea to create a book for the Cornell Class of 1950, celebrating its 65th reunion last June. The book, entitled Postwar Cornell, is the result of a collaboration between Marcham, co-editor Marion Steinmann and Edmondson, who is also the President of The Sun. It tells the story of Cornell during the transformative period from 1944 to 1952, focusing on the impact of the G.I. Bill, the influx of female students and the major differences between student life then and now. “Much would change in student life at the University in the immediate postwar years, and the catalyst was in large part the G.I. invasion,” Prof. Isaac Kramnick, government, wrote in the foreword. “This would coincide with a profound transformation of the very soul of the place, as Presidents’ Day and Malott changed Cornell from a collegiate ‘halls of ivy’ training ground for educated gentlemen and ladies, schooled in ‘gracious living,’ to a world class ‘research university’ driven by Big Science.”

In the book, Edmondson illustrates this crucial point in Cornell’s history through 67 first-person recollections of Cornell alumni, letters, articles and diary entries.