Letter to the Editor

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.

Black Students United, led by co-chairs Traciann Celestin '19 and Delmar Fears '19, center, march through Day Hall prior to delivering a list of demands to Cornell President Martha Pollack and occupying Willard Straight Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017.

VIDEO: Black Students United Occupies Willard Straight Hall

Over 300 students, led by Black Students United, occupied Willard Straight Hall on Wednesday after delivering a set of demands to President Martha Pollack. The protesters, the majority of whom were black and most of whom were people of color, were responding in part to the assault on Friday of a black Cornell student, who said a group of white men called him the N-word and repeatedly punched him in the face in Collegetown. Here’s a look at what went on.