In other words, in order to even graduate, I will be forced to take 144 total credit hours to make up for the 24 phantom credits so I can meet both the college’s standards and the obligations of my Air Force contract. This is a burnout-inducing problem that I share with all of my peers across the ROTC community at Cornell, regardless of college. One with neither an appeal process nor sympathy from the University’s administrators.
Ithaca’s VFW and members of the community organized the parade, and the Kappa Sigma fraternity at Ithaca College helped with setup. The fraternity has helped run the Veterans Day parade for three years, its president said.
“When you are supporting troops in Afghanistan, you have to have enough medical people to take care of the anticipated number of casualties,” he said. “You also need people able to conduct medical missions across the battlespace.”
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 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.
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.