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
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
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.
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.
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.”