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Phi Beta's gift fulfills promise

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A promise by Chris Ellerbroek '77 to do “something significant” for

the college has enabled Cornell’s Delta of Iowa chapter of Phi Beta Kappa to install a 3-by-5-foot plaque commemorating all members inducted at Cornell.

Ellerbroek and chemistry professor emeritus Truman Jordan unveiled the plaque at a pre-commenceme

nt ceremony June 1 in Cole Library. Cornell’s chapter, marking its 80th year, has initiated, 1204 members.

When he graduated, Ellerbroek could not afford a Phi Beta Kappa key. Jordan and chemistry professor Addison Ault surprised him at initiation with a key.

“You thanked me for the gift, and you said, ‘I am going to do something significant for the college some day,’ ” Jordan wrote to Ellerbroek last year.

When Ellerbroek, a pediatric rad iologist in Des Moines, was informed of plans for the plaque, he an his wife, Renee, donated $10,000 to cover the cost of the project and fund the addition of names annually. His two former chemistry professors also contributed to the project.

The plaque was proposed a few years ago by a committee that included Jordan and professors Craig Allin, politics, and Rich Martin, English. They hope it might raise awareness of Phi Beta Kappa on campus. Toward that end, Cornell’s chapter also has sponsored annual Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholars, purchased stoles with the Greek letters and key that initiates wear at commencement, and begun electing a small number of juniors each year who remain on campus as an example to other students.

Cornell chemistry professor emeritus Truman Jordan (left) gave Chris Ellerbroek a Phi Beta Kappa key when he graduuated in 1977. Ellerbroek, who promised to do "something significant" for the college in return, donated funds 25 years later for the plaque behind them.

Top 15 in speech

Ryan Struve '02 was one of 5 students nationwide named to the 2002 All-American Individual Events Team by the American Forensic Association’s National Individual Events Tournament. He is the first student from an Iowa college to make the team, which was created in 2001. He attends law school at the University of Iowa.

Commons smoke-free; Rood coed

Smoking is now prohibited in all dining areas of The Commons, a move favored by a majority of students in a college survey complete by 73 percent of the student body. A Student Senate committee proposed the ban based on the negative health effects of second hand smoke. The committee also found that 50 out of 52 colleges responding to a survey have smoke-free dining facilities. Smoking is permitted outside The Commons away from entrances.

This fall 11 men will live in Rood House, which trad itionally has been a residence for women since the college opened it for student housing in 1919. A total of 40 students will live in Rood. Men will live exclusively in the “East House” of Rood.

Making Rood coed increases the campus housing options available to men, said Matt Johnson, director of residence life. In the fall, for example, men will occupy 40 percent of the single rooms on campus and women will occupy 60 percent, which “mirrors the campus gender ratio much more closely,” he said.

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