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Hair a bit

  Campus Digest  

Cornell’s presentation of Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical featured the largest cast for a Lyric Theatre production, with more than 25 student actors—none even born yet when the musical made its Broadway debut in 1968. All four Lyric Theatre performances in the new Kimmel Theatre were sold out.

Cornellians called up

Laura Fuller

At least two members of the campus community were called into military service for Operation Iraqi Freedom. Laura Fuller, a junior from Overland Park, Kan., and a member of the Ram softball team, is with the Iowa National Guard’s 234th Signal Battalion. Lane Prochnow, of Cornell’s facilities management staff, is with the Army Reserve’s 32nd TC Detachment based in Manhattan, Kan.

Dorms go smoke-free

Smoking is now prohibited in all residence halls, a move favored by 66 percent of students surveyed, including 33 percent of smokers who responded.

The negative health effects of secondhand smoke were the primary reasons for going smoke-free. A proposal sponsored by the student-governed Residence Hall Association also cited an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association that said 40 percent of incoming freshmen who live on a smoking floor become smokers by the end of the school year.

Smoking had been permitted on designated residence hall floors as long as the smokers kept their doors closed.

Last year The Commons dining areas were designated nonsmoking sites after a majority of students responding to a survey favored the ban. Smoking is permitted outside The Commons away from entrances.

Shuttle mission

After the breakup of the space shuttle Columbia in February, the next shuttle crew will face intense pressure for a successful mission - much as David Hilmers ’72 did in 1988. Hilmers flew on the first NASA mission after the space shuttle Challenger exploded. Now a doctor and professor of medicine in Houston, Hilmers says he felt pride and pressure aboard the shuttle Discovery when it blasted off in 1988.

“Just like it does now, the whole future of the program rested on a safe return,” he told the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Gazette.

First Muslim

Bill Aossey ’63 was recognized by the Peace Corps for being its first Muslim volunteer. Aossey was sent to Senegal in 1963 to coach what would become the Olympic wrestling team and to hand-dig wells. He later founded a Cedar Rapids, Iowa, company that markets food to Muslims across the globe.

Since 9/11, applications to the Peace Corps have risen dramatically and the organization wants its volunteers to speak publicly and educate Americans about the countries in which they served.

“It’s important to tell what America stands for,” Aossey told the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Gazette. “After Sept. 11, the Peace Corps’ perception is we should bring some of this culture and understanding back home.”

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