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Letter to the Editor: The importance of keeping the labor in Industrial and Labor Relations

To the Editor:

We are writing this letter to express our collective concern in anticipation of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations’ upcoming curriculum changes, guided by the particular calls for de-emphasizing labor at the ILR town hall and by careful reflection on our own experiences in ILR. This concern is situated within the broader of context of the pre-professionalization and corporatization of the university, which equips students with the tools to go far within existing structures, but not to question the legitimacy and efficacy of the very structures they benefit from. What is necessary to challenge these structures is the space to hone critical thinking, reading and writing skills, often overlooked in favor of more explicitly “marketable” focuses. Sacrificing labor studies and programs not only destroys Irving Ives’ essential vision that the ILR School was founded upon, but also does an extreme disservice to every single student in the School. The need to focus on labor is more important now than ever.

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Letter to the Editor: A call for administrative support for Cornell Cinema

This post has been updated to include two new co-signers. 

To the Editor:

We believe the Cornell Cinema is an essential organization, resource, and space on our campus. In order to ensure that the Cinema can sustain its contributions to the Cornell community and the arts for years to come, we support the Appropriation Committee’s decision to fund them at $0.00 for the 2018-2020 byline cycle. Currently, the Cornell Cinema receives ~25 percent of its budget from the Undergraduate Student Activity Fee. Student Activity Fees are directly charged to current undergraduate students and allocations are intended to be used primarily for the benefit of those students and to support organizations that are student run and led. While Cornell Cinema undoubtedly has a significant impact on the campus community, it is the only organization that funds staff wages and salaries through its SAF allocation.

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Letter to the Editor: Cornell professor in support of Cornell Cinema

To the Editor: 

As a long-time cinephile and Cornell faculty member, I urge students, faculty and staff to help save Cornell Cinema. Please urge the Student Assembly NOT to  completely defund Cornell Cinema in its Nov. 9 vote on appropriations. As CC director Mary Fessenden pointed out last Thursday, Nov. 2, the cinema can work with a 22 percent reduction in its allocation from $10.90 to $8.50 per student over the next two years as it restructures into a wholly academic entity supported by the university and outside funds.

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Letter to the Editor: In support of Cornell Cinema

We are writing as the undergraduate student staff of Cornell Cinema and members of the Cornell Cinema Student Advisory Board. This past week, the Student Assembly Appropriations Committee voted against Cornell Cinema’s requested allocation of $8.50 per student from the Student Activity Fee — a 22 percent decrease from its current allocation of $10.90 per student — and instead recommended $0.00 for the next byline cycle, effective beginning next fall. This would be a cut of about $150,000, or 30 percent of Cornell Cinema’s budget. The Appropriations Committee based their recommendation on the fact that a portion of Cornell Cinema’s allocation of the SAF goes toward professional staff wages, and claimed this to be a misuse of funds. The Student Assembly’s governing documents, however, do not stipulate that a byline-funded organization cannot use its allocation to pay wages.

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Letter to the Editor: Setting the record straight on the attempt to silence me at Vassar

On Oct. 31, 2017, The Cornell Daily Sun ran an article about the controversy concerning my lecture at Vassar College on Oct. 25, on the issue of “hate speech” and free speech on campuses. The Sun’s reporting completely missed the reality of what happened at Vassar. The Sun focused heavily on a sideshow regarding the name change of the lecture, as if the name change was the problem that incited the attempt to prevent me from speaking.

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Letter to the Editor: In response to the article ‘Anti-Semitic Posters Appear at Cornell Advertising Apparently Fake Hate Group’

To the Editor:

Words matter. Every choice that The Cornell Daily Sun makes, in terms of both headlines and content, has an impact that ought to be noted. We write to you to express our distress with the original headline used by The Sun for the article, “Anti-Semitic Posters Appear at Cornell Advertising Apparently Fake Hate Group.”

On Monday, Oct. 23, Cornell students were met with a horrifying sight: posters hung on various campus buildings that proclaimed: “Just Say No to Jewish Lies: Solar Cross Society, Join the White Gang.” These posters continue an appalling and devastating trend of hateful incidents that have occurred on our campus, including those that have specifically targeted the Jewish community at Cornell. In the broadest sense, these actions aim to isolate the groups that they target.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: This is not ‘us versus them’

To the Editor: 

The issue of prejudice at Cornell is not an “us versus them” matter. This is a matter for the entire student body. To generalize prejudice to an entire institution is absurd and something we wouldn’t allow for in, say, generalizing fundamentalist behavior to an entire religion. Greeks are not perfect; but rather than painting the entire system as a source of biases, it is important to recognize that Greek life is just a high-profile organization taking the brunt of repercussions for greater issues. These are issues rooted in the modern political climate and Cornell: an elite, historically wealthy and white institution of scholars.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Re: “A Look Into Cornell’s ‘Exclusive’ Pre-Professional Fraternities”

Justin Park’s Sept. 22 article on Cornell’s professional fraternities was very well done, insightful, informative, and thorough. I might suggest though that it misuses the word “exclusive” where “selective” is meant and certainly more accurate. One interviewee described the professional fraternity’s recruitment as “competitive” which also more accurately conveys it. “Exclusivity” is code-speak to imply that its only for white, rich, and pretty.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The time to act is now

To the Editor:

In light of recent events, we as student-athletes at Cornell have an obligation to address the appalling behaviors that have occurred on our campus. Last Thursday night, a young black student was verbally and allegedly physically assaulted by a former member of the Cornell athletic community. As the voice of student-athletes at Cornell, we want to make it clear that this man’s actions do not represent the values and culture of Cornell Athletics. We are deeply troubled by this event, and this student’s conduct is unacceptable. Although we are all individual representatives of the athletic community, we want to make it clear that the biases and actions exhibited by this student do not accurately portray the beliefs of all student-athletes.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: On the hazardous Ezra’s Tunnel

To the editor:

The Sun’s Aug. 31 article, “Common Council Debates Closing Ezra’s Tunnel” called attention to an important issue, although a few points need fleshing out:

* There is not “extensive” warning signage near Willard Way nor on the uneven, rock-strewn walk to Ezra’s Tunnel. In fact, when I was there last Friday afternoon there are no signs whatsoever. Cornell is grateful that the City plans to place new signage in the vicinity with key messages, which we hope will make clear that people have drowned in Fall Creek gorge due to strong undercurrents, that swimming is prohibited and that violators may be subject to arrest. * In the article and on other platforms, the preservation and access of “natural areas” and the “look of the area” are referenced as concerns about potentially limiting access to Ezra’s Tunnel.