Million-Dollar Barton Hall Construction Disrupts Student Activities, Athletics

Barton Hall will be closed for the remainder of the fall semester as a team renovates the building’s floors and equipment, according to Associate Project Manager Chris Davenport. A project team is improving the building’s track floor and athletic equipment, as well as the foundation of the Navy ROTC blockhouse. Davenport said the renovations — which began June 20 and will finish by 2017 — will cost a total of $3.6 million. The project’s main goal is to fix Barton’s floor, according to Davenport. “The wood flooring underneath the track was deteriorating and causing soft spots, which made it unsafe for recreational use and unsafe for collegiate competition,” he said.

Colonel Frederick Crow ’51 Recounts Vietnam POW Experience

Colonel Frederick A. Crow ’51 — Cornell’s “most decorated alumnus of the Vietnam War” — recounted his life story during a Veterans Day forum on Wednesday afternoon. Crow, who witnessed the Pearl Harbor attack as a teenager, spent nearly three decades in the air force and lived six years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. Crow grew up in Hawaii, where his father was a career naval chief petty officer. When he was 14 years old, Crow witnessed the attacks on Pearl Harbor. “After living in town for six years, we got our number for a brand new house on the base of Pearl Harbor and moved in on Saturday, the sixth of December,” Crow recounted.

For ROTC, Woods are Proving Ground

This weekend, Cornell Army ROTC students joined cadets from Rochester Institute of Technology and Syracuse University on the muddy fields of Ithaca’s Mt. Pleasant for “Operation April Blood”, a four-day field training exercise.
Students were divided into small squads of 12 for the weekend of intensive training.
According to Officer Matthew Meyers, a physical training instructor from Cortland College, which is part of Cornell’s ROTC program, the training provided cadets a better simulation of the real army experience, where they must collaborate effectively with people have never met, according to Officer Matthew Meyers, a physical training instructor from Cortland College, which is part of Cornell’s ROTC program.

Former Cadets Reflect on Service in Iraq

Last Thursday, the Iraqi Parliament ratified the Status of Forces Agreement, a deal to have U.S. troops out of Iraq by 2011. SOFA hits home for many Americans, especially those with family and friends serving in Iraq. But for some Cornell students and Ithacans, the war extends past the news and television reports into the hot Iraqi desert itself.
Major Richard E. Brown, a training instructor in Cornell’s ROTC program and Army Reservist, was deployed to Baghdad for the first time in 2004. He was deployed again this past October to the Forward Operations Base in Kalsu, Iraq, 30 miles south of Baghdad in the Babil province.

Officers Take Time to Remember War Veterans

­­Amidst the backdrop of the West Campus World War I Memorial yesterday, retired U.S. Navy Captain James Nault discussed the past and present service of veterans from Cornell in honor of Veterans Day.
Veterans Day — which was originally called Armistice Day to celebrate veterans of World War I — was changed to Veterans Day to celebrate all veterans who fought since then. It is commemorated every year on Nov. 11.

Military Members Discuss Wars Abroad

While the Iraq war is competing with Hurricane Ike and the financial crisis for media coverage in the new as of late, last night an audience in RPCC heard a range of active duty and retired armed services officers offer their insight on the time they spent serving overseas.
In “Today’s Military: Exposed and Uncen-sored,” a range of mid-level and high-grade officers discussed their views of the war, its successes and failures. Sponsored by the Residential Programs and the ROTC program, the aim of the panel discussion was to present a side of the war rarely seen in the media.