All the tenants move out of Armstrong Hall this summer as renovation
work begins to transform the building into a new home for the music
and theater departments. Major changes include turning the current
theater into a "black box" theater, replacing Armstrong
Gallery with an acting/recital studio, increasing classroom space,
adding individual and group music practice rooms, and installing
an integrated technology system throughout. Armstrong Hall is expected
to reopen in late summer 2003.
The 250-seat theater addition to Armstrong should be completed in
early fall. McWethy Hall (formerly Alumni Hall), the new home of
the art department, will be completed this summer. The final exhibition
in Armstrong Gallery featured works from the Blanche Armstrong Collection
and paintings and sculpture from the larger Cornell collection,
including works by early Cornell art faculty such as Henry Mills,
Nama Lathe, Philip Henderson, and Charles Atherton Cumming.
|The former Alumni Hall gymnasium takes on new
life as the upper levels of McWethy Hall for the art department.
On the gymnasium floor level underneath a lofted ceiling will
be a table studio on the south side and an easel studio on the
north side. The gym walls will be repainted and several ledges
that once supported an elevated running track may be retained.
The existing ceiling and trusses have been exposed and sandblasted
to their natural wood condition.
Also this summer the campus pedestrian mall gets a new look. A
16-foot-wide walkway made of concrete pavers will stretch from College
Hall to The Commons. Distinctive lighting and, in the fall, approximately
75 maple trees will be added along the walkway. A "chapel garden"
featuring ornamental pear trees and a limestone terrace will be
installed between King Chapel and Bowman-Carter Residence Hall.
Marie Carter of Bettendorf, Iowa, contributed $1.5 million toward
the pedestrian mall project.
Census misplaces dorm residents
When the 2000 U.S. Census showed Mount Vernon with 267 fewer residents
than in 1990, city officials alleged the count was wrong. And census
officials have finally agreed, admitting they mistakenly moved 418
Cornell dorm residents to the small Linn County town of Bertram.
With all its residents accounted for, Mount Vernon is now pursuing
the return of about $25,000 in state road-use tax revenue that went
to Bertram for the people who actually live in Mount Vernon.
Winter athletes make history
Senior trackster Julie Carne became Cornell's fifth female all-American
when she placed seventh in the 400-meter dash at the Division III
indoor national meet. Cornell's most recent all-American in track
was Kelly Dodd '00 in the discus.
Junior center Luke Feddersen became the first Ram men's basketball
player named to the first squad of the All-Iowa Conference team.
For the first time in Cornell history, a women's basketball player
has surpassed 1,000 career points -- in fact, three players did
so this year; (below, from left) seniors Marni Chandlee (1,031),
Lisa Fry (1,131), and Bindy Comito (1,036).