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Italy overflows with Cornellians

  Campus Digest  

The football team took the ultimate road trip, musicians performed in extraordinary venues, and students in a “Roman Archaeology” course dug into ancient history when three disparate groups from Cornell visited Italy over a span of several weeks at the end of the academic year.

The Rams posted a 62–0 exhibition football victory in June over Palermo/Ostia, a club team that includes former American college players. Off the field, the 30 Cornell players, four coaches, and two trainers viewed Michelangelo’s art in Florence, took gondola rides in Venice, and visited the Pantheon, Vatican, Sistine Chapel, the Christian Catacombs, and the Roman Colosseum.

Just weeks before the team’s departure, 50 student and alumni musicians embarked on a 15-day concert tour directed by professors Martin Hearne and Lisa Hearne. Their last European tour was in May 2001 to Italy, Austria, Germany, and the Czech Republic.

And classics professor John Gruber-Miller led 23 students through museums and archaeological sites in Rome and the Bay of Naples, home of the ancient city of Pompeii that was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79.

Ram football players, coaches, and trainers gather outside the Colosseum in Rome.

Athletics joins student affairs team

Cornell’s athletics program has become part of the division of student affairs, moving out of the academic affairs division. This has been a trend among Division III schools for the same reasons Cornell has decided to make the change: coaches are staff members rather than faculty, and the teaching and work they do is increasingly like that of student affairs staff, oriented around team-building, leadership, community, life skills, personal development, recruitment, and retention. In addition, wellness, fitness, recreational, and intramural sports are more associated with general student activity interests than with intercollegiate athletics, making student affairs a natural partner for athletics.


Doherty graduates with many honors

Distance runner Anna Doherty ’05 was named this summer to the second team of the college division Academic All-Americ squad in women’s track and field/cross country, sponsored by ESPN The Magazine. The honor was the latest of many to come her way.

The Spanish and English major from Stillwater, Minn., graduated at the top of her class, becoming only the third graduate in 12 years to finish with a straight 4.0 GPA. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a junior and was a state finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship as a senior.

She was a four-year letterwinner in both cross country and track and field, and participated in numerous campus activities, including the annual Spanish play, Lyric Theatre, Shakespeare productions, Student Symposium, the Literary Society, and Rho Zeta Omicron social group.

She will attend Yale Divinity School.



Anna Doherty ’05 made her mark in the classroom, on the track, and in numerous campus theatrical productions.

Dumping the dorm decor

Face it, that glow-in-the-dark hula girl was funny when you bought it, hilarious when your friends came over, and amusing when it made your parents shake their heads. But the joke just doesn’t translate outside the dorms. So, like that bean-bag chair you thought would last you forever, it ended up in the trash bin or Goodwill truck at the end of the year.

The Dumpsters—and the Goodwill collection van—that pop up around Cornell as ninth block winds down carry a circus-like assortment of items, some every day and some not so every day. Here are eight things mom and dad just didn’t think would go with their drapes:

• A gutted computer
• A red plastic sled
• An aquarium with rocks and plants still in it
• A full (!) case of beer
• An old-time popcorn machine
• A homemade bed frame
• Couch cushions with no matching couch
• A two-foot-high plastic chair

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