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07/19/2011

The Student Assembly would like to extend a warm welcome to all the freshmen, transfer, and exchange students joining us this coming fall. We hope that you all enjoy and cherish your Cornell Experience.

The Student Assembly is Cornell’s governing undergraduate student body, and as a result, we represent all undergraduates affiliated with any and all of the 7 colleges at Cornell. In this past year, the Student Assembly has worked towards improving student health and safety, advocating for transparency during the administration’s decision-making process, and even attempted to settle the dispute around caged vs. cage-free eggs, amongst numerous other initiatives (for more detailed list of our activities check our website, CornellSA.com). If any or all of these initiatives seem interesting or if you just want to meet new people and make a difference to Cornell, then YOU should consider running for a seat on the Student Assembly. Also, if ever you identify an issue on campus you would like to resolve, please don’t hesitate, and contact a Student Assembly member. Currently, we have 4 open seats for Freshmen representatives, 1 open Seat for a Transfer Representative, as well as 2 open College Representative seats (Engineering, and CALS). Additionally, if you’re interested, but cannot find time in your schedule please feel free to join one of our many committees, as they are where our best work is done (for a full list of committees, check CornellSA.com)

Please feel free to contact our Director of Elections, Adam Raveret (arr73@cornell.edu), our President Natalie Raps (nrr25@cornell.edu), as well as any and all Student Assembly Representatives with your questions, comments and concerns. Once again, we hope you enjoy your Cornell Experience!

Condolences

07/05/2011

The Student Assembly would like to extend its condolences to the friends and family of Nathaniel Rand ’12, and to the friends and family of a visiting international student as both students tragically passed away in gorge related incidents this past Sunday.

We would once again like to remind you that there are resources available for students that we encourage you to use if you feel like you need someone to talk to. Counselors are available by phone from Gannett Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at 607-255-5155. Additionally, please feel free to approach any SA member and discuss these incidents, or any concerns regarding safety on campus.

Most importantly, we urge you to be safe, and in particular, to adhere to the guidelines and signs placed in the natural areas around our Campus, and hopefully avoid any such accidents in the future.

Potential Hate Crime on our Cornell Campus

07/01/2011

The Cornell University Police Department is currently investigating an assault on a graduate student of Asian descent. CUPD has requested the Tompkins County District Attorney’s Office to determine whether the incident meets the legal standards of a Hate Crime

According to a joint statement issued by the executive boards of the Asian &Asian American Forum (AAAF), Asian Pacific Americans for Action(APAA), and Cornell Asian Pacific Islander Student Union (CAPSU), the student was subject to racial slurs by four subjects in a vehicle, while he was riding his bicycle. Later, one of the four subjects assaulted the student, while the others watched.

The Student Assembly would like to express our support for the victim of this assault, and wish him a speedy recovery.

Additionally, the Student Assembly would like to express that it does not condone any such behaviour. Both outward racial bias and physical assault on any member of our community are inexcusable.

The Student Assembly would also like to express its support for our student body, and encourage students to approach SA members with any comments, or concerns regarding any issues of bias, violence, and safety on our campus.

We would also like to remind you that there are resources available to students that we encourage you to use if you feel like you need someone to talk to. Counselors are available by phone from Gannett Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at 607-255-5155.

Potential Hate Crime on our Cornell Campus

07/01/2011

The Cornell University Police Department is currently investigating an assault on a graduate student of Asian descent. CUPD has requested the Tompkins County District Attorney’s Office to determine whether the incident meets the legal standards of a Hate Crime

According to a joint statement issued by the executive boards of the Asian &Asian American Forum (AAAF), Asian Pacific Americans for Action(APAA), and Cornell Asian Pacific Islander Student Union (CAPSU), the student was subject to racial slurs by four subjects in a vehicle, while he was riding his bicycle. Later, one of the four subjects assaulted the student, while the others watched.

The Student Assembly would like to express our support for the victim of this assault, and wish him a speedy recovery.

Additionally, the Student Assembly would like to express that it does not condone any such behaviour. Both outward racial bias and physical assault on any member of our community are inexcusable.

The Student Assembly would also like to express its support for our student body, and encourage students to approach SA members with any comments, or concerns regarding any issues of bias, violence, and safety on our campus.

We would also like to remind you that there are resources available to students that we encourage you to use if you feel like you need someone to talk to. Counselors are available by phone from Gannett Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at 607-255-5155.

S.A. Weekly 5.1.2011

05/03/2011
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Student Assembly Weekly

Scheduled Meetings
Week of May 1st, 2011

Sunday – 05/01/11

Monday - 05/02/11

Appropriations Committee Meeting
4:30-6:00pm
Rockefeller
Contact: Adam Nicoletti (abn37)
Notes/Agenda: CUEMS; Convocation.

Executive Board Meeting
6:00-7:00pm
Willard Straight 518
Contact: Ray Mensah (ram429)

Committee on Women’s Issues Meeting
7:00-8:00pm
Ives Hall Undergraduate Lounge, first floor
Contact: Matt Danzer (mbd62)

Tuesday - 05/03/11

Communications Committee Meeting
4:45-5:30pm
Willard Straight Hall Loft 1
Contact: Nat Raps (nrr25)

Public Service Committee Meeting
4:00-5:00pm
Willard Straight Hall Loft 3
Contact: Adam Gitlin (amg288)
Notes/Agenda: Guidebook 2011-2012

Wednesday - 05/04/11

Thursday - 
05/05/11

S.A. General Body Meeting
4:45-6:30pm
Willard Straight Memorial Room
Contact: Ray Mensah (ram429)

Friday - 05/06/11

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Saturday - 
05/07/11

Non-S.A. Meetings/Events

Other Information

S.A. Blog: http://cornellsa.wordpress.com/
S.A. Committees: http://assembly.cornell.edu/SA/Committees
S.A. Committee questions: Adam Gitlin, amg288@cornell.edu
S.A. Directory: http://assembly.cornell.edu/SAHandbook/EmailDirectory

Debate over CU Bill of Rights Legislation!

04/19/2011

Do you want a right to privacy? How about a right to protest? Or a right to assemble?
 
Speak up! Be a delegate. Join us, this Thursday at 4:30PM in the Willard Straight Hall Memorial Room, for the first debate over Bill of Rights Legislation!
All members of the Cornell community are invited to attend as delegates to draft Cornell University’s first Student Bill of Rights. All delegates will be able to ask a panel of academics, lawyers, and Administrators questions about the history, policy, and politics surrounding student rights here at Cornell. Following the panel discussion, all delegates will have the opportunity to discuss the Student Bill of Rights with Student Assembly members and participate in the debate. 

Food will be provided.

Academic Calendar Revisions: Please Review and Comment!

04/19/2011
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 To members of the Cornell Community:

I am writing to you as chair of a committee appointed in the fall of 2010 by the Dean of Faculty to consider the advisability of making changes to the Cornell Academic Calendar.

Attached to this message is a pdf that provides some information on the committee and its vision for the process of calendar reform, and outlines the first fruits of the committee’s deliberations, a document titled “Objectives & Principles Guiding the Reexamination of the Academic Calendar”.

These “objectives and principles” are being circulated very broadly for the purpose of eliciting feedback from any and all interested parties, on and beyond the Cornell Ithaca campus. They will be posted at the University Faculty website (http://theuniversityfaculty.cornell.edu/calendar/main.html). 

Please send your comments concerning these objectives and principles should be directed by May 15, 2011, to calendarcommittee@cornell.edu.

Sincerely,

Jeff J. Doyle
Chair, Academic Calendar Committee
Professor, Department of Plant Biology and Department of Plant Breeding & Genetics

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