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The Corne¬ Daily Sun Vol. 131, No. 106




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Comfort Food

Rock On

Looking Sharp

Partly Cloudy HIGH: 35º LOW: 15º

Ian Sigalow ‘16 finds “Southern comfort” in Waffle Frolic on the Commons. | Page 8

Stephen Meisel ’18 says he admires the Ithaca Underground for letting artists “try new things.” | Page 9

Sexual Assault Bill May Require C.U. Policy Revisions

The fencing team had a strong showing at the Northeast Regional Tournament this weekend. | Page 16


Bill mandates campus-wide biannual surveys By JONATHAN SWARTZ Sun Senior Writer

The University may need to change the way it investigates and evaluates cases of alleged sexual assault if federal legislators approve a new law on sexual violence. Introduced to the United States Senate by a bipartisan group of 12 senators on Feb. 26, the Campus Accountability and Safety Act seeks to regulate how universities and colleges handle cases of sexual assault. After the first iteration of the bill in July was not passed, the Senators revised the legislation based on feedback from stakeholders. Cornell Police Chief Kathy Zoner was among those who testified, appearing Dec. 9 before the U.S. Senate to provide her opinion on strengthening the law, according to the University. The updated version of the bill now requires universities to conduct a mandatory, anonymous survey on students’ experiences with See SEXUAL ASSAULT page 4


A design by Madeline Miles ’14 is displayed yesterday on the terrace floor of the Human Ecology Building.

Justin Ying ’16 gives a speech about escaping environmental crises at the 5th annual Harold I. Saperstein ’31 Cornell Topical Sermon Contest held Tuesday at Anabel Taylor Hall.

Skorton Addresses Faculty Senate

President discusses future of higher education in America Wednesday

for American higher education,” he said. According to Skorton, the most discussed issue concerning the future of American higher education President David Skorton spoke to members of is affordability. “There’s no doubt, despite strong voices for the the faculty about the future of American higher educontrary, that higher education at the Faculty Senate cation has a major impact meeting Wednesday. “There’s no doubt, despite on graduates’ economic In what Skorton said strong voices for the contrary, success,” Skorton said. would be his last time that higher education has a “Unlike other major addressing the Faculty expenditures that one Senate as president of the major impact on graduates’ might finance with debt, University, he said he was economic success.” like a car, the investment going to be “blunt and in higher education ecodirect” about what he President David Skorton nomically appreciates and views to be the direction of doesn’t depreciate over American higher educatime.” tion following 35 years of experience. According to Skorton, Cornell has a long tradi“I decided to accept a very gracious invitation that [Dean of Faculty Joseph Burns Ph.D. ’66] tion of providing talented students from a wide varigave me to speak about just a few of the opportunities and the challenges that I see going forward See SKORTON page 4 By MELVIN LI

Sun Staff Writer

Dean Describes Legacy of Ginsburg’54

Ritter ’83 examines how C.U. experience shaped her career By ARIEL SEIDNER Sun Staff Writer

Gretchen Ritter ’83, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, spoke about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s ’54 successes as a civil rights lawyer and how her experience at Cornell shaped her professional passion at a talk in Hans Bethe House Wednesday night. As a student at Cornell in the 1950s, Ginsburg had exceptional teachers such as Robert Cushman and Vladimir Nabokov, who would greatly influence her, according to

Ritter. Ritter said that Cushman, a government professor, impressed on Ginsburg the importance of democracy and government and particularly the importance of civil liberties. Ginsburg reflected on her Cornell career at an alumni event in September, where Ritter said she cited Vladimir Nabokov as having a particular impact on her writing and career. “Professor Nabokov changed the way I read and changed the way I write,” Ginsburg said at the event, which was held at The New-York Historical Society. “Even when I’m drafting [High

Court] opinions, thinking about how the word order should go, I remember him.” Ritter said that prior to Ginsburg’s advocacy in the court for women’s equal protection of the law, there was not a single cohesive foundation on which to base an argument, so gender equality advocates had not made much progress. “For several decades there was a partisan competition between the Democratic Party which favored working class women and the Republican Party which See GINSBURG page 5

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