Petition Urging Bernie Sanders To Visit Cornell Gains Support

A petition urging Democratic Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) speak at Schoellkopf Field before New York’s April 19 primary — created by Ithaca resident Alexander Stick— has received over  3,000 signatures in under a week. “New York is pivotal for the Bernie Sanders campaign … let’s get enough signatures to fill the 25,597 seats in Schoellkopf Field at Cornell University,” the petition reads.   
Stick said in his petition that upstate New York is  home to “one of the highest concentrations of [Sanders] supporters in the country.”
Kayla Elyse Brooks, a research technician in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and a member of the Facebook group ‘Cornellians for Bernie Sanders 2016,’ said that she would welcome a Sanders rally at Cornell. “I think it would be great for a lot of the students who have adopted their parents’ views to see Bernie in front of them speaking to our generation about our future,” Brooks said. Andrea Stone ’16, creator of the Cornellians for Bernie Sanders 2016 Facebook page, also strongly supported having the  presidential candidate speak on campus. “I think Bernie Sanders is the candidate with the most competent resume and background experience needed to effectively lead our country into an era of technological and educational advancement,” she said.

Ithaca College President Announces Retirement Following Protests

Ithaca College President Tom Rochon announced plans to retire Thursday, following months of protests over his administration’s handling of racial incidents and demands for his resignation. Rochon announced in a statement that he plans to retire in July 2017, after completing the 2016-17 academic year. The search for a new Ithaca College president will begin this summer. “I am proud of the progress and accomplishments achieved by the college over what will be a nine-year tenure as president,” Rochon said. “I look forward to working with the college community over the next 18 months …

Cayea Found Guilty of Murdering Cornell Student

Jurors found Benjamin Cayea guilty Wednesday of second-degree murder for the strangling of his girlfriend Shannon Jones ’15. He will face a sentence of 15 years to life and will be sentenced in December. The verdict, which came before 10 a.m. Wednesday and after hours of deliberation from the jury Tuesday, follows a four-day trial, in which the jury heard testimonials from 15 witnesses. Cayea had initially confessed to the murder of Jones in an interview with law enforcement hours after Jones’ death on Thanksgiving Day in 2014. However, Cayea presented a different story when he took to the stand Tuesday, testifying that the death was accidental and a result of a sexual encounter where Jones had asked him to choke her.

Carly Rae Jepsen to Perform at Cornell

Carly Rae Jepsen — the Canadian pop singer who rose to fame with her viral song sensation “Call Me Maybe” in 2012 — will perform at Barton Hall on Nov. 1, according to the Cornell Concert Commission. Known for her catchy and infectious pop songs, Jepsen released her third album Emotion, which Rolling Stone described as “a compelling, vaguely retro, synth-bathed record,” in North America in August. “Cornell Concert Commission is thrilled to bring Carly Rae Jepsen to Barton Hall,” said Ryan Enderby ’16, executive director of the Cornell Concert Commission. “Far from a one-hit-wonder, Jepsen recently released her third album, Emotion,” Enderby said.