Travel Website Flourishes With Cornellian Contributions

“One World, Two Feet” — an online community of international bloggers and photographers founded by Erika Zambello ’12 — has gained significant traction since its launch early last month in part through the contributions of numerous Cornellians. The website was originally created to be a space for “explorers” to share their own travel stories and to inspire others to explore the world in unique ways, according to Zambello. “I have always liked to read travel articles and I have been contributing to a website called ‘Ten Thousand Birds,’ which has many bloggers showcasing their daily travels, instead of having one person share his or her experience,” Zambello said. “I’ve noticed that not many travel websites are doing that, so I took this model and expanded it to include exploration and travel more generally.”
Focused on a broad range of explorers and topics, One World, Two Feet aims to inspire people to not only travel domestically and internationally, but also to explore locally and within their own neighborhoods, according to Zambello. “There’s something for everyone,” Zambello said.

Cornell Employees Vote for Union Representation

Seventeen employees of Cornell’s Department of Environmental Health and Safety voted to be represented by Teamster Local 317 — a union based in Syracuse — Thursday. Starting next week, the union will officially represent all of the University’s emergency service and fire protection specialists. Teamster is a union that negotiates labor contracts on behalf of employees that it represents, said Mark May, secretary treasurer and principal executive officer of Teamster Local 317. “Once a labor contract is negotiated and approved by the affected members, the Union enforces its terms and conditions,” May said. “Labor contracts set forth the pay, benefits, hours of work, vacation and many other conditions associated with a member’s employment with the employer.”
Teamster Local 317 has collective bargaining relationship with other educational entities, May said.

Several Student Orgs Denied SAFC Funding, Claim System Errors to Blame

After a significant number of long-standing student organizations found themselves handicapped this semester without promised funding from the Student Assembly Finance Commissions, many students are saying they believe they have been unfairly denied funding because of issues with the online platform OrgSync. Every semester, SAFC funds over 500 student organizations, according to Spencer Nord ’16, SAFC co-chair. Before clubs can turn in their budget applications and apply for SAFC funding, they must register with the Student Leadership, Engagement and Campus Activities through an online portal called OrgSync. To guide student organizations with this process, SAFC said they offered numbers of resources. “The SAFC held help sessions and office hours in order to help student groups understand the necessary components of the budget application,” Nord said.