Susan Choi MFA, a graduate of Cornell’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, was recently awarded the National Book Award for her fiction novel Trust Exercise. This prestigious award recognizes work in the categories of fiction, non-fiction, young people’s literature, poetry and translated literature once every year.
Tan is seeking a reduced sentence based on ineffective assistance of counsel at sentencing. Rochester criminal defense attorneys James Nobles and Brian DeCaroli represented Tan during sentencing for the gun charges and during the state murder trial.
Right after college friends’ Dan Levya ’14, Kevin Mok ’14, Raunak Nirmal ’14 and Mike Wang graduated from Cornell and moved to New York City, their dream was to bring their favorite Cornell restaurant into their adult lives and open a Wings Over branch in The City. After several events — restaurant closings and openings and franchise takeovers — they are now business partners and in charge of the entire Wings Over corporation.
In the days following the Cornell Alumni Leadership Conference dinner, the alumnus’ comments have been denounced by students, Cornell alumni officials and a conglomerate of alumni associations. The alumni office is forming a task force.
Of Semi Chellas’ numerous accolades, the one by which I was most impressed was that she was the writer of the first and only screenplay to ever be published by Cornell’s reputed Epoch magazine — and it was the first screenplay she had ever written. Perhaps this is an indication of someone who truly has an instantly-recognizable talent, a talent that, in Chellas’ case, propelled her towards becoming co-producer and writer for the brilliant, Emmy-winning Mad Men in its fifth season. Chellas talked about this experience in her Thursday talk, “Telling Secrets: Notes from the Writers’ Room.”
That’s what we — the die hard fans, the aspiring writers — wanted to know: what is the secret to a show like Mad Men? Mentioning the high level of secrecy surrounding the show, Chellas joked how strange it was for her to be revealing these secrets to us. Her informal, engaging talk was punctuated by short clips, mostly from Mad Men, which she used to illustrate larger creative processes or to explain what went into a particular scene.