C.U. to Compete in 2009 Solar Decathlon

Ask the “normal” Cornell student what his dream house is and you would probably get answers that range from a Manhattan townhouse to a log cabin in the Redwood Forest. Ask the same question of Tim Liddell ’09, David Hoffer ’10, or Chris Werner grad and they would give you an even more specific answer. For these three leaders of the Cornell Decathlon Team, a dream house is one engineered and designed to provide the epitome of modern comfort as well as state-of-the-art green technology.
And it would win them first place in the 2009 Solar Decathlon.
The Cornell Solar Decathlon team has just been granted a spot in the competition that takes place every two years.

Former Saddam Trial Judge Serves as Resource to C.U.

“Democracy is not enough; we need to control democracy by the law,” said Juhi Hamadi Al-Saíedi, former chief investigative judge of the Iraqi High Tribunal. “There is a weak line between democracy and random [behavior], but the law is the border between them. Even when we’re talking about a traffic light … Each person should respect the law if they [would] like to succeed.”
This summer, Al-Saíedi came to Ithaca from Iraq as the Law School’s first Clarke Middle East Fellow after investigating cases against former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. The Tribunal is responsible for prosecuting acts of crimes against humanity, such as genocide, that were committed in Iraq between 1968 and 2003.

Johnson School Students Win National Competition

On Oct. 23, a team of six Johnson School MBA students, one with a dual degree in ILR, took first place and the $20,000 prize at the nation’s first MBA-level competition focused on human capital challenges. The contest, dubbed the National MBA Human Capital Case Compe­tition, was held at the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Man­agement Oct 19-20.
The competition event was organized so that each team would have to present a solution to a human capital problem in an actual case. Human capital is a term that generally refers to the knowledge and skills embodied by those in a business. Today, businesses are faced with problems concerning human capital because of a significantly more talented population and a shortage of jobs that could make use of such talent.

Grant Allows Ithacans to Travel to Greece

Zeus must be looking kindly upon Ithaca, because the Delegation of the European Union Commission provided a grant for a group of Ithacans to travel all expenses paid to the Greek island of Kefalonia from Oct. 3 -11.
The grant for the trip was part of the “Getting to Know Europe Grant,” organized by Prof. Sydney Van Morgan, sociology, associate director of the institute for European studies. The grant, which expires in December, provides funds for lectures, film series, cultural events and the formation of “Twin Cities” between Ithaca and Elios Pronnoi, a city in Kefalonia.
“We held a competition [to choose who went on the trip to Greece] and solicited applications,” said Van Morgan. “We wanted a group that represented different areas of interest.”

University Maintains Climate Commitment

Recent news of shipping routes cutting through Alaska and dwindling polar bear populations may cause us to lose hope in our fight against global warming. Cornell, however, is joining other universities across America to do its part in reducing its carbon output.
On Feb. 22, President David J. Skorton signed the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment. He was prompted to sign this commitment by a petition organized by KyotoNOW!, a student environmentalist organization.
“I think KyotoNOW!’s involvement was instrumental in President Skorton’s signing,” said Katherine McEachern ’09, president of KyotoNOW!.
The petition included 4,700 student signatures, 91 faculty signatures and 18 student organization endorsements.

Outreach Program Brings Opportunity Behind Bars

When Stephen J. Matthews 94B0496 sits down to write a paper for English 382/284, he could be sitting down in Libe Café in Olin Library. Unlike traditional Cornell students, however, he is studying an hour away in a maximum-security cell in Auburn through Cornell at Auburn, an outreach program designed to promote rehabilitation in the prison that sits only 35 miles north of Ithaca.