Tompkins County Faces Budget Cuts

The slowing economy is affecting the outlook for the 2008 Tompkins County budget, which will have to accommodate a significant cut in expenditures. Nathan Shinagawa ’05 (D-4th Ward), the Tompkins County Legislature Budget and Capital Committee chairman, described the situation as “tough” and said that his colleagues in other counties are facing similar cuts.
“When the state is in a budget crunch, it’s [an] easy temptation to push costs over to the county,” Shinagawa said.

Cornell Lunatic Alum Publishes Humor Book

Cornell’s student-run humor publication, the Cornell Lunatic, is celebrating a milestone with the national release of a new book in honor of its 30th anniversary. “Lunacy: The Best of the Cornell Lunatic,” published and edited by Joey Green ’80, co-founder of the publication, is the first college humor magazine, other than the Harvard Lampoon, to publish a nationally distributed book.
The Lunatic is described by current writers as a haven for aspiring humor writers and satirists to explore new themes in a very inclusive environment.
“As long as it is funny it goes in,” said Matt Palmer ’08, former editor-in-chief of the magazine.

Israeli-Arab Journalist Discusses Middle East

A prominent Israeli-Arab journalist, Khaled Abu Toameh, spoke to students last night about his 37 years of experience covering the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Toameh currently writes for the Jerusalem Post and is a syndicated columnist in newspapers throughout the world.

New Child Care Center Set to Open in August

Chair of Cornell’s Child Care Services Committee Amy Richter grad gave a presentation at the Employee Assembly meeting yesterday, explaining in detail how the center will be operated.
The child care center, currently under construction near the A-Lot on North Campus, is scheduled to open in August.
The center will open with 158 spots for children, which will be broken down into specific sections for infants, toddlers, and pre-school aged children. The center will be available to the entire Cornell community, with equal access to faculty, employee, and graduate student groups.
Admission to the center will be determined by lottery, with no spots set aside for specific demographic groups, so any community member that applies will share an equal chance of having a child admitted.

Cornell Celebrates Black History

Beginning today, a full week of events is scheduled to honor Black History Month, including meals, music and forums discussing Pan-African history and current issues.
Tonight will feature a performance by the Chosen Generation Gospel Choir and meals on both North and West campus with a “New South Cuisine” theme.  An art exhibit, “Carrying the Tradition,” will also open this evening at the Carol Tatkon Center and will remain up throughout the week.
Meaghann Lawson ’10 is co-chair of this week’s events.  “There is a special need for us to do something [to recognize Black History Month]. As members of Black Students United, we are an umbrella organization where we can cater to the whole African Diaspora,” Lawson said.

Former Pres. Corson Recalls Time Spent in Service of Science

The President of Cornell is challenged with leading the University while shaping the institution for generations to come. Cornell has thre past presidents living in Ithaca. This article is the third in a series in which former presidents reflect on their time at Cornell and on their current projects.
It’s not every day that a university president can claim an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records. But Dale Corson, president of Cornell from 1969 through 1977, holds the world record for discovering and naming the rarest substance on Earth: number 85 on the periodic table.
“I’ve published only one paper in Nature,” said Corson. “and it’s proposing a name for the element, Astatine, which comes from a Greek word meaning unstable.”

Frank Rhodes: Scientist, Activist, Cornell President

The president of Cornell has the challenge of leading the University while shaping the campus and the institution for generations to come. Cornell has three past presidents living in Ithaca. This article is the second of a series in which the former presidents speak of their time at Cornell and of their current projects.

Looking Up to President Rawlings

The President of Cornell has the challenge of leading the University while shaping the campus and the institution for generations to come. Cornell has three past presidents living in Ithaca. This article is the first of a series in which the former presidents speak of their time at Cornell and of their current projects.
Many students dread the late semester rush of deadlines for papers and long-term projects. This year, they are not alone in having an important due date before classes end in December. Prof. Hunter R. Rawlings III, classics, who served as president of Cornell from 1995 to 2003, has just four weeks left to complete a major report on higher education in New York State. And who is grading his work? Governor Eliot Spitzer (D).

Students Celebrate End of Ramadan at Eid Feast

More than 250 people gathered last night to celebrate the end of Ramadan at the 3rd annual Eid Banquet, organized by the Muslim Educational and Cultural Association (MECA). Known as Eid al-Fitr, or the Holiday of the Fast-Breaking, the event commemorates the end of the month-long observance by Muslims.
Among those attending was President David J. Skorton, who addressed the sold-out gathering and discussed his appreciation for the role the Muslim community has on campus and in Ithaca. He stressed the importance of engaging with others of different backgrounds and faith, and praised MECA for providing a forum for discussion at Cornell.

DWI in Ithaca Not Limited to Students

Many can remember a moment when an intoxicated friend has to be convinced not to drive. For most students, this confrontation ends properly with the keys being given to someone else, or the friend backing down after some debate. Sometimes, however, students ignore the warnings and risks.

According to data published by the Cornell University Police Department, there was an average of two driving while intoxicated arrests per month last academic year. The CUPD has tracked DWI data since 2003, when the administration requested that an annual report be produced to help evaluate the University’s response.