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The Corne¬ Daily Sun Vol. 129, No. 65
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2012
ITHACA, NEW YORK
C.U.DefendsTech Campus’Corporate Ties By JEFF STEIN Sun Managing Editor
Heralded as the 21st century’s revolution in higher education, CornellNYC Tech is predicted to unleash unheard-of synergies by bringing business and academia closer together than ever before. Students will gain unprecedented real-
world experiences. Professors will know the most pressing problems to tackle. And the economy of New York City — even that of the United States, some politicians have suggested — will benefit. Still, for those grounded in more traditional conceptions of higher education, the partnership between private and public, for-profit and non-profit, may rest on uncertain terrain.
“How are we going to deal with some very obvious conflicts of interest the closer we get to industry? It’s a huge concern. It’s a huge concern.” President David Skorton
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Treading carefully | University administrators say that they will take measures to prevent conflicts
In a series of interviews with The Sun, University administrators stressed the importance of maintaining the spirit of a land-grant institution as Cornell becomes increasingly entangled with some of the world’s largest multinational corporations. “How are we going to deal with some very obvious conflicts of interest the closer we get to industry? It’s a huge concern. It’s a huge concern,” President David Skorton said. Skorton stressed that the tech campus must make sure its “business relationships don’t affect the decisions in the University that ought to be based on just educational and research considerations.” “Is there a teacher being motivated by the all mighty buck or motivated by things that are educational?” he said. “The closer you get to industry, the more you have to be vigilant.” Questions about the influence of corporate interests are not new to academia. For instance, Stanford University, which had been widely considered the frontrunner for the tech campus before unexpectedly pulling out of the competition, has faced criticism for its cozy relationship with businesses in Silicon Valley. “Corporate and government funding may warp research priorities” at Stanford, an article published April in The New Yorker said. “Some ask whether Stanford has struck the right balance between commerce and learning, between the acquisition of skills to make it and intellectual discovery for its own sake.” The article also quoted Prof. Emeritus David Kennedy, history, Stanford, who said the Bay Area’s fascination with industry poses drawbacks to the traditional university setting. “It’s an atmosphere that can be toxic to the
of interest from affecting Cornell’s Roosevelt Island tech campus.
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16 Pages – Free News Distinguished Scientist
President Obama recently appointed Peter Lepage, dean of the arts college, to the National Science Board. | Page 3
News Fondly Remembered
Prof. Emeritus Robert Finn ’41 died in Ithaca this month at age 92. | Page 3
Opinion Calm After the Storm
Noah Karr-Kaitin ’13 laments the fact that Americans do not care as much about politics after the buzz of the election season. | Page 9
Arts Best of the Best
The Sun’s arts staff presents a list of their favorite TV shows from 2012. | Page 10
Sports Landslide Victory
The Cornell men’s hockey team beat the University of Michigan 5-1 in front of a sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden Saturday. | Page 16
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Police Accuse Man Attempted Murder Charge Leveled Against Of Breaking Into Man Who Allegedly Shot City Police Officer Collegetown Home By AKANE OTANI
Sun News Editor
By KERRY CLOSE Sun News Editor
An Ithaca man is being charged with attempted burglary after he was reportedly caught trying to break into a house early Saturday morning, according to the Ithaca Police Department. At about 3:56 a.m. Saturday, a neighbor was awakened by the sound of breaking glass and reported a burglary in progress in the area of the 600 block of East Seneca Street. Within minutes of the call, officers responded and established a perimeter to search for the suspect, according to IPD. During the search,
IPD officers found a male entering the house through a broken window. The suspect was removed from the window and arrested, IPD said. The male was later identified as Evan B. Carroll, 31, an Ithaca resident, according to IPD. Carroll is being charged with attempted burglary in the second degree and criminal mischief in the fourth degree, according to IPD. He is being held pending an arraignment. The IPD is continuing to investigate the incident. Kerry Close can be reached at email@example.com.
The man arrested for shooting an Ithaca police officer in October was indicted by a Tompkins County grand jury for attempted murder last week. The decision to try Jamel Booker on an attempted murder charge could add years to any sentence Booker, who was initially charged with aggravated assault and criminal use of a weapon, may receive. In addition to the attempted murder, Booker faces a other felony charges that could put him behind bars for years: criminal possession of stolen property, criminal possession of a weapon, aggravated assault of a police officer and tampering with physical evidence, according to The Ithaca Journal. Booker is expected to plead not guilty at his upcoming arraignment Nov.
29, The Journal reported. The grand jury also indicted Kimberly Harden,
35, a resident who identified herself to WBNG News as Booker’s girlfriend on Oct.
AKANE OTANI / SUN NEWS EDITOR
Crime scene | Jamel Booker has been accused of shooting a police officer near the West Village Apartments on Oct. 11.
12. Booker was found hiding in Harden’s apartment in the morning after the shooting, according to WBNG — leading the court to accuse Harden of hiding Booker from police. Harden now faces charges of hindering prosecution in the first degree, which, under New York State law, is a class D felony. As he awaits trial, Booker is being held at the Tompkins County Jail. His bail has been set at $500,000 in cash or $1 million in bonds. Booker was arrested after allegedly shooting IPD Officer Anthony Augustine on Oct. 11. The chase to catch Booker included dozens of emergency responders scouring the West Village Apartments complex and the woods adjacent to them for several hours. Following the shooting, Augustine was transported See SHOOTING page 5