The monkeypox vaccine arrives in Ithaca this month less than a month after three cases of monkeypox were reported in Tompkins County, adding monkeypox to the list of pandemics students face this fall. As of Sept. 6, 3,326 cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in New York State.
The Serbian tennis star, who was detained in Australia and ultimately barred from entry into the Australian Open, is the latest high-profile athlete to find himself at the heart of a culture war firestorm over vaccine denialism. The media has shouted him down for two weeks, his fellow anti-vaxxers for two years, and it seems that here we find ourselves stuck.
Such dramas, captivating as they may be, have brought us no closer to mending our bitter political divides. The antidote to our insufferable culture war is dreadfully boring: empathy. But, crucially, the ability to express it need not mean sacrificing our ideals to political moderation.
Cornell promises that its students can usher in a better world in the face of cultural and political strife. Tell that to a first-week freshman and their eyes will sparkle.
Under a recent executive order, Cornell will require all Cornell employees to be fully vaccinated by Dec. 8 — marking a shift from previous University policy that only encouraged faculty and staff to get their COVID vaccines.
This is not a call for endless restrictions on social life or acts of pandemic theater. I actually agree that any outdoor mask mandate is prioritizing the wrong thing given the miniscule risk for outdoor transmission compared to eating in a packed dining hall. Similarly, I acknowledge that most if not all of us are likely to get COVID-19 in our lifetime, experiencing it as a non-life-threatening illness somewhere between a cold we don’t notice and a bad case of the flu.
The University held its first COVID-19 vaccination clinic for students at Bartels Hall on April 23 but, for many, the clinic came too little, too late. Many took it upon themselves to get vaccinated at off-campus sites before the clinic.
The first episode of Suncast takes a look at the COVID-19 vaccine rollout on Cornell’s campus and the Ithaca area, addressing hesitancy toward the vaccine, the differences between vaccine manufacturers, a vaccinated campus and more.
With limited in-person interactions between lab members, professors conducting in-person lab research — tending to live organisms and training new students — are redefining collaboration as social-distancing guidelines continue to challenge how Cornellians can interact safely.