Breaking Biases at Cornell

All bad things must come to an end.

At Cornell, “biases have a corrosive effect on the sense of community” according to Dean of Students Kent Hubbell. Such was part of the opening remarks at today’s Student Assembly-sponsored event called “Breaking Bias: A Discussion about On-Campus Biases.”

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The Cornell Review Issue 6 Published–Now Available on the Review Blog

Our sixth issue of the year and second of the spring semester was published today. We usually post the online PDF version of the paper on our other website, but from now on we will post them here too.

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Melodies for Moms at Cornell

Melodies for Moms is a charity event hosted by Cornell’s Mountains for Moms, a club that works with Operation Fistula to raise money for obstetric fistula surgeries for women in poor communities across Africa. The event will occur at 10 pm on Thursday, March 5 at The Nines restaurant in Collegetown, and will feature three Cornell A Cappella groups and food and items for purchase. Entry to the event is $5.

The Facebook page for the event can be found here.

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Cornell #2 on List of Top Ten Most Anti-Semitic Campuses of 2014

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One-fifth of undergraduate students at Cornell are Jewish, yet somehow the University managed to end up on the David Horowitz Freedom Center’s list of the ten most anti-Semitic college campuses of 2014. In fact, Cornell landed at #2, just behind good ole rival Columbia University.

The list was compiled by a newly-formed wing of the Horowitz Center called “Jew Hatred on Campuses.” In a recent press release, the group’s founder David Horowitz wrote: “We made the decision to form ‘Jew Hatred on Campus’ to expose anti-Semitic student groups who support or are associated with known terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Hezbollah, and which call for the destruction of the Jewish State.” Continue reading

“Pitiful”: Olbermann ’79 Taunts PSU Students Who Raised $13M to Fight Pediatric Cancer

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Cornell alumnus, liberal pundit and media personality Keith Olbermann (College of Arts and Life Sciences, ’79) took college smack talk too far in the past two days.

On Feb. 23, Penn State alumna Lisa DeLeon (@lisaadeleon) tweeted “We Are!” at Olbermann’s account with a link to a Daily Collegian article about Penn State’s Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils efforts to raise over $13 million through their THON 2015 fundraiser. Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) replied “… Pitiful”, apparently ridiculing a student body that raised massive funds to support children with pediatric cancer. Continue reading

MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Curses, Jokes in MLK Speech at Cornell (Video)

What a shame and an embarrassment for Cornell it was to feature MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry as the speaker at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Lecture on Feb. 23.

The event, titled “We Can’t Breathe: The Continuing Consequences of Inequality,” was ostensibly meant to serve as a thought-provoking reflection on contemporary race relations and the role the teachings of Dr. King should play today in light of recent elevation of racial tensions due to the cases involving Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice.

Instead, Harris-Perry delivered an hour-long comedy routine lightly mixed in, here and there, with some serious thought. Though she did reference Dr. King on numerous occasions, Harris-Perry clearly established from the very beginning that this event was really just about Harris-Perry, and not Dr. King, one of the greatest figures of the 20th century. After a humbling introduction delivered by Dean of Students Kent Hubbell, which referenced Dr. King’s 1960 speech at Cornell and also honored Cornellians slain in the Civil Rights Movement, Harris-Perry started off by taking a “selfie” with the audience behind her.

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Another Frat Bites the (Temporary?) Dust

Sigma Pi fraternity house on West Campus. Image via Cornell.

Update: Sig Pi’s suspension was lifted today. That makes one week. Who bet on one week? Anyone?

Not one, not two, but three Cornell fraternities have been suspended by Cornell this month. First it was Psi Upsilon, then Lambda Chi, and now Sigma Pi.

From an Ithaca Journal report: “The Cornell chapter of Sigma Pi fraternity has been put on interim suspension because of credible allegations of hazing, the university Office of Fraternities, Sororities and Independent Living announced Friday.”  Continue reading