Food Politics: Cornell Students Should Care About SNAP

Cornell students need to recognize the importance of SNAP’s in reducing food insecurity. A possible method to start destigmatizing food stamps is to educate people on what it is, who is eligible and why SNAP is important — even when it doesn’t benefit yourself. Food insecurity is a huge problem, not to mention a problem that has spread to many college campuses. Without food security, students can face consequences related to academic performance and health, increasing the chances of students falling into a lower GPA category, struggling to attend classes and facing anxiety as well as depression are only a few of the consequences.

JOKHAI | If You Think Cornell Doesn’t Care About Your Mental Health, It’s Because It Didn’t Plan To

Throughout all these crises, the idea of being “the campus on the hill,” separate and safe from the dangers of the rest of the world, seemed to many students as a farce. It would appear as though Cornell doesn’t address the student deaths as a collective event that continuously impacts the student body morale; the numbers of lost students have not been made readily accessible to the public prior to Do Better Cornell’s statement, which only adds to the atmosphere of secrecy and fear. Throughout all these examples of anxiety-inducing events, there has existed a surreal amount of dissonance between the Cornell administration’s attitudes, those of its faculty and those of its students.

How to? | Grocery Shopping During COVID-19

I didn’t want to come home. I enjoyed eating on campus, picking up apples at GreenStar and drinking cappuccinos from Gimme! Coffee. But even before I left Cornell to live at home with my parents, my family was discussing the plan for grocery shopping. My sister, who lives in New York City, insisted that I do the shopping instead of my parents, since their age puts them at a higher risk of complications from COVID-19.

Cornell Researchers Receive $200K Grant to Launch Humanitarian Research in Niger

Cornell’s collaboration with the international humanitarian agency CARE was recently awarded a $200,000 grant to pursue its research focusing on the relationship between climate resilience and gender equity in Niger. The grant was bestowed by the David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future and CARE USA through the Innovation for Impact Fund, which will finance the collaboration for 18 months. According to Liz Bageant ’10 M.S. ’14, a research support specialist, this type of funding “is highly unusual.”
“There tends not to be a lot of fundraising support for developing proposals — IIF gives us the opportunity to take time to develop our research,” Bageant said. Since 2011, the University has worked together with CARE to address problems such as hunger, maternal and infant health and climate change, according to a University press release. A Cornell-CARE brochure calls the collaboration a space “where research meets practice.”
Christopher Barrett, deputy dean and dean of academic affairs for the SC Johnson College of Business, and Mara Russell, director for food resilience and women’s empowerment at CARE, will lead the collaboration.