Cornell Faculty Explain Changes to In-Class Laptop Policies

Cornell faculty have begun cracking down on extraneous laptop use in class. While opinions on the benefits of laptop use in classrooms vary among faculty members, there has been a growing trend toward a more stringent regulation of the practice. Prof. Robert Thorne, physics, said he started experimenting with different laptop policies about four years ago. After implementing a strict no-laptop policy, Thorne ultimately settled on a more lenient arrangement where students with laptops are only allowed to sit in the back two rows. “I understand that students might have a paper due or have to meet some deadline but don’t want to miss lecture,” Thorne said.

Male Attempts to Steal Olin Laptop, Flees to Clock Tower

A young male was reportedly seen stealing a laptop in Olin Library before running from the building at approximately 5:35 p.m. Tuesday. Several people pursued him, and a witness at the scene shouted that he had stolen a laptop. Another witness was heard yelling, “He has a knife!”
After sprinting out of Olin Library, the man ran into the entrance of the McGraw clock tower. Approximately two minutes after entering, blocked from leaving, the man retreated further up the tower. Cornell University Police arrived at the scene at 5:40 p.m. and escorted the man from the building at approximately 5:55 p.m. Police took statements from several witnesses at the scene.