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Homecoming 2003 has new format

  Campus Digest  

To accommodate the large turnout expected for the Sesquicentennial Homecoming on Oct. 17–19, Saturday evening activities for students will be held on campus. Events for alumni and reunion classes that night will be held at the Collins Plaza Hotel.

The Sesquicentennial Homecoming is expected to draw a record number of alumni. Saturday evening activities at the hotel will include a banquet, the premiere of the sesquicentennial video, special presentations, and a large band playing music through the eras beginning with 1940s swing. On campus there will be a concert followed by a dance for students and younger alumni. Young alumni may attend events at either or both locations.

A committee of students and staff members is planning a broad array of campus activities for students, faculty, staff, and young alumni.

A counter demonstration supporting the Cornell-Riverside Theatre production of The Laramie Project drew more than 200 supporters of diversity and open-mindedness to Cornell.

Laramie Project draws protesters

The Laramie Project, Cornell’s stage collaboration with Riverside Theatre of Iowa City, drew protesters to both performance venues.

The theatrical documentary about the murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student in Wyoming, was picketed on campus and in Iowa City by a handful of members from the antigay Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan. Counterdemonstrations in support of diversity and open-mindedness were organized at both locations. More than 200 students, faculty, staff, eastern
Iowa residents, and out-of-state alumni participated in Mount Vernon; about 350 people showed up outside Riverside Theatre. Protests were peaceful at both locations.

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