Cornell Rejects SAT Score Choice Option

Cornell will not be participating in a new College Board initiative, which would allow high school students to select which SAT scores get sent along with their application. In doing so, the University maintains its current policy in which all applicants must submit all their SAT scores along with their application.
The College Board initiative, called Score Choice, is set to begin with the tests administered in March 2009. The first affected class will be the college class of 2014. Under Score Choice, students will be able to select the scores they wish to send to colleges by test. The policy applies to both the SAT Subject Tests and the SAT, although students will not be able to send separate scores for the critical reading, writing and mathematics sections.

S.A. May Introduce Joint Presidential Ticket

Yesterday the Student Assembly Elections Committee presented its Spring 2009 Election Rules to the S.A., which may revise policy to make candidates for S.A. president and vice president run on a joint presidential ticket.
In February, the S.A. amended its charter to include direct elections for president and vice president, and instructed the elections committee to draft a proposal. Yesterday the committee presented it framework for direct elections, with the addition to combine the presidential and vice presidential tickets. Although all other Ivy League schools have direct presidential elections, only Harvard institutes a joint ticket.
Mike McDermott ’09, director of elections for the S.A., said the proposed joint ticket would “allow for stability on the S.A.”

Study Examines Effects of Global Warming on Oceans

No, the Gulf Steam is not coming to a stop, but major changes are taking place in the world’s oceans, according to the author of a recent Cornell study. Prof. Charles Greene, earth and atmospheric sciences, was the leading author of an oceanography study recently published in the journal Ecology.
The study examined trends in global climate and the major oceans surrounding North America.
Polar ice is part of a positive feedback loop that exacerbates climate changes. As temperature increases, ice melts. Since ice is white, Arctic melting decreases the reflectivity of the Earth. As a result, more solar radiation gets absorbed, further increasing temperatures and perpetuating the cycle. The opposite is true for temperature decreases.

Experts Question Green Initiatives

This weekend the Cornell Law School hosted students, professionals and academics to discuss the role the law can play in achieving sustainable development. The event, “Defining Sustainable Development: Land Use, Climate Change and Water Resources,” was held at Myron Taylor Hall and was organized by the Environmental Law Society and the Development-Related Outreach Program for Sustainability.

Cornell Students Call for More Advice on Fiscal Management

Across the country, some colleges are seeing the current financial crisis as the perfect opportunity to teach students a thing or two about their personal finances.
According to Inside Higher Ed, California State University-Northridge requires students receiving loans to enroll in a non-credit course in financial literacy. Those taking the course are also required to attend a one-on-one consultation session. This year, Cal State-Northridge is introducing a for-credit freshman seminar that teaches students how to manage both their time and money.
At Barnard College, students are treated to a copious selection of non-credit workshops that start during first-year orientation. The workshops cover a range of topics from budgeting and personal finances to investing and long-term planning.

Day Celebrates University Sustainability Efforts

Various environmental groups gathered on Ho Plaza and the Straight yesterday to get the spread the word about sustainable efforts and promote Campus Sustainability Day, an event sponsored by the Sustainability Hub.
In addition, “Getting to Zero” was sponsored by the President’s Climate Commitment Implementation Committee and was held at Weill Hall.
The Campus Sustainability Day exhibit displayed a number of local and student organizations.

Johnson School Center Promotes Sustainable Entrepreneurship

Cornell students are often reminded to turn off the lights, conserve water, drive less and recycle this newspaper. But at the end of the day, for most, environmental preservation is little more than an intermittent flicker in one’s mind.
In an op-ed column in the Financial Times, Prof. Stuart L. Hart, chair of the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise at the Johnson Graduate School of Management, argued that sustainability should not be treated so half-heartedly. Central to the article is Hart’s claim that the “greening trend” of business schools is merely “greenwashing.” Hart reprimanded schools that advertise sustainability education despite the fact that they lack substantive curricula and professional support beneath the “veneer.”

Study Looks at Value of SATs In Univ. Admissions Process

For the University’s 3,183 freshmen in the Class of 2012, the ritual gauntlet of APs, IBs, and SATs is over … for now.
And as another 33,000-person applicant pool lines up to perform the academic rite of passage in hopes of gaining admission to the University, a new report by the National Association for College Admission Counseling begs the question whether the tests are necessary.

New Policy Tracks Internet Use, Caps Downloads

On June 1, Cornell Information Technologies changed Cornell students’ Internet access. Now, every student’s Internet traffic, whether it be through ResNet or Red Rover, is monitored and recorded by NetID. Students are subject to a 10 Gigabyte network usage cap per semester. The old policy did not monitor internet access through RedRover and used a 5 Gigabyte cap.