Cornell’s Board of Trustees assembled in Ithaca for their annual semester meeting, with committees reviewing New York State policies and finances, requesting Plant Science Building construction authorization and discussing shared governance resolutions.
On Tuesday afternoon, the University announced that the Board of Trustees approved the 2022-2023 budget, including an increase in tuition rates for the upcoming academic year alongside increases in grant-based financial aid.
Despite repeated attempts by student representatives to postpone a vote, the Board of Trustees voted to accept the recent Cornell code of conduct revisions — the culmination of a process almost two years in the making.
Currently a master’s student, Davis-Frost ran on a platform that stressed, among other goals, establishing an anti-racism institute on campus, providing free menstrual products and making greater investments in Student Disability Services.
In the days leading up to Oct. 18, University administrators prepared to receive Cornell’s esteemed Board of Trustees, a group of 64 people “vested with ‘supreme control’ over the University” and with final say on all recommendations made by other administrating bodies, including the Student Assembly. Among this select group of people entrusted with such great decision making power are University President Martha Pollack, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the oldest living descendant of the University’s eponym Ezra Cornell. The student body is granted three representatives, Cornell faculty have two, University employees have only one and tens of thousands of others with a stake in the actions this institution undertakes have no representation at all. For all the talk of the system of “shared governance” on which the day-to-day administration of the University is supposedly run, we can’t help but note how unequally power is actually shared.
I received a phone call from my head football coach and mentor on a day like any other in my junior year at DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis. He told me that a coach from Cornell University would be coming to meet me that afternoon. All of my hard work academically and athletically was finally paying off. My dream was always to play Division I football at an Ivy League school, and this day was my very first step to accomplishing that goal. At that time in my high school career, I had my sights set on Harvard, Princeton and Columbia.
The first few weeks of the school year is full of new opportunities: classes to take, clubs to join and friends to make. With over 1,000 student groups available and even more courses offered, the options seem endless. Students often find their schedules tightly packed as they try to fit as many classes, work opportunities and extracurriculars into their day. As the semester goes on, students can find themselves burning out as they try to stay on top of all of their responsibilities. It’s therefore not surprising that, in recent years, more and more orientation events encourage students to practice self-care to try and avoid burning out.