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Candidates and friends on campus

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Former Vice President Al Gore campaigned in The Commons for U.S. House candidate Dr. Julie Thomas, a Democrat who ran for Iowa's 2nd District and one of several politicians who spoke at Cornell during the fall campaign season.

Former Vice President Al Gore came to campus in October to stump for Dr. Julie Thomas, the Democratic U.S. House candidate from Iowa's 2nd District-and test the waters for a 2004 presidential bid, political pundits are speculating.

Politics professor David Loebsack told the Des Moines Register that Gore's visit to Iowa and criticism of President Bush's economic policy are the right steps if Gore plans a second run at president. "I have colleagues who aren't real big Gore fans, and even they were impressed," Loebsack said.

Thomas was one of several candidates who spoke to politics professor Craig Allin's "Campaigns and Elections" class and to other campus audiences. Other Democrats, Republicans, and Green Party candidates also spoke.

Rams named players, coaches of year

Tennis player Lindsey Pfalmer and soccer player Katie Boyle were named MVPs in their sports by the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Confer-ence (IIAC). The two seniors from Colorado Springs, Colo., led their respective teams to runner-up finishes at the conference tournament. Pfalmer also was MVP in 2000.

Their coaches-Fred Burke '70 for women's tennis and Mike and Steve Robertson for women's soccer-were named IIAC coaches of the year. This is the third such honor in five years for Burke, and the second time in six years for the Robertsons.

U.S. News, others laud Cornell

The annual guide to "America's Best Colleges" from U.S. News & World Report ranks Cornell in the second tier among 217 national liberal arts colleges. U.S. News separates the colleges into four tiers. Tier 2 colleges are ranked 53 to 113. Cornell's actual ranking is in the top 100 of national liberal arts colleges. Many other publications have given Cornell high marks, from The Princeton Review's 2003 edition of The Best 345 Colleges, which included Cornell among the top 10 percent of colleges and universities across the nation and Canada, to the October 2002 issue of Seventeen magazine, which ranked Cornell eighth among the Top 10 "Cool" Small Schools.

Cadaver lab opens in West Science

A new cadaver lab in West Science Center brings another dimension to biology and physical education courses.

"There has been tremendous interest among our students in health programs such as nursing and physical therapy," says Barbara Christie-Pope, associate professor of biology. "These programs require training in human anatomy and physiology. If a human anatomy course is to be done well, you need to study a human."

The lab is air-conditioned and has an air exchange system. The body donor program at the University of Iowa is providing Cornell a cadaver each year. The first cadaver is an 86-year-old man.

"Considering the pathology present in our current occupant of the lab, I have no doubt that our students will come away with an appreciation for the complexity of the human body," says Christie-Pope, whose students write an essay on the man's life after studying the cadaver.

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