Louie’s Lunch Celebrates 90 Years Feeding Cornell

Withstanding nearly a century of winter storms and summer heat, the little red and white truck that could — more formally known as Louie’s Lunch — is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. A visual staple on North Campus, the food truck has been serving the Cornell community since 1918 when “Louis” Zounakos, a Greek immigrant, started the Louie’s Lunch tradition. While the truck has passed into the hands of many owners over the years, it is currently owned and operated by Ron Beck, who recounted how he came to own the historical establishment.

PLO Ambassador Discusses Prospects for Middle East

Statler Auditorium was at its 750-person capacity yesterday evening as the Palestinian Liberation Organization representative to the U.S. Afif Safieh engaged the audience in a discussion of Palestine’s perspective on the Middle East conflicts.
“The challenge in the Middle East is that we either have one people too many — this time, we the Palestinians — or we have a state which is missing and needs to be created,” Safieh said. “The verdict of the international community has been for three decades that there isn’t a people too many, there is a state missing. But the verdict of history is still undecided.”

Ithaca Monastery Expands Facilities

At first glance it looks like every other house on Aurora Street with icicles hanging from the eaves and a red brick chimney. But what lies inside is anything but ordinary — the Dalai Lama’s North American headquarters, his only central hub outside of Asia — The Namgyal Monastery.
“We are the North American seat of His Holiness,” said Ted Arnold, former president of the Board of Directors of the monastery.

Johnson Receives $500K To Launch Construction

Thanks to a recently acquired $500,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation, Cornell’s Johnson Museum of Art is one step closer to starting construction on a $20 million addition on its north side.
The Johnson has no windows for the first 50 feet on the north side of the building because, according to Franklin Robinson, director of the Museum, the original architects of the building — including world-renowned architect I.M. Pei, and John Sullivan ’62 — always as­sumed that an addition would be placed there.
“It took 35 years [for us to build the addition], but they were right,” Robinson said.

Eyes on the Primaries: Gov. Mitt Romney

As Super Tuesday and the Presidential Election loom closer, former Gov. Mitt Romney’s (R-Mass.), winner of the Wyoming, Michigan and Nevada Republican primaries, will have to take a stronger stance on issues if he wants to clench the Republican presidential nomination.
According to the New York Times, Romney has contributed $17 million dollars of the $63 million he has already received for his campaign from his own personal fortune. He is also backed by such billionaires as eBay finance CEO Meg Whitman and Intel CEO Paul Otellini. Romney’s considerable personal worth was obtained largely through his tenure as CEO of the managing consultant firm Bain & Company and as founder of Bain Capital, a venture capital and investment company.

C.U. Arab Students Unify

A wide mix of Christian and Muslim Arab Cornellians found a voice yesterday in the intimate setting of loft three of The Straight. The students representing Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan, Syria, Sierra Leone and several other countries met to create an association that will promote Arab unity and spread knowledge about the Arab culture to the Cornell community.
While there was a formerly an Arab Students club organized and attended by different students, the group failed to register the last three semesters due to disinterest and a lack of organization. This new group of students, which includes graduates and undergraduates, aims to create a strong association that will promote of Arab unity on campus.

Cornell Lags Behind in Faculty Diversity

It has been seven months since Provost Biddy Martin delivered the first Academic State of the University Address in Cornell’s history. The speech emphasized the importance of improving faculty and student diversity, but according to Charles Walcott, dean of students, the University may not have done as well as it would have liked in these past months.
“Have we been doing as well on diversity as we should be, probably not. My sense is that we didn’t,” Walcott said.

O’Donnell ’09 Dies From Fall

Keith O’Donnell ’09 died Thursday night from severe head and neck injuries following a 30-foot fall into the Cascadilla Gorge last Saturday.
While the circumstances surrounding the fall are still being investigated, his aunt, Jennifer O’Donnell, told the Philadelphia Inquirer that he said goodnight to his girlfriend at around 1:30 a.m. on Saturday and was walking back to his dorm when he fell.

Diversity Council Aims High

In response to concerns about assessing and enhancing diversity on campus, the University Diversity Council is preparing to launch four new initiatives that will focus on issues of diversity at Cornell.

Cinema’s Festival Debuts Dalai Lama Documentary

Cornell Cinema, in collaboration with the Namgyal Monastery, kicked off the Dharma Cinema film festival yesterday with the screening of the new documentary 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama. The film festival is just one of many events being held in preparation for the upcoming visit of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s Oct. 9 visit to Ithaca.
The film premiered in the nearly sold out Willard Straight Hall Cinema, with the director Rick Ray giving a brief statement before the film and holding a special question and answer session following it. Ray emphasized the importance of seeing the Dalai Lama while he is still with us.