Around The Ivies
Cornell: Cornell University seeks to establish a new College of Business to be launched at the start of the next academic year. It will consist of programs from the School of Hotel Administration, the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management and the Johnson Graduate School of Management. It will include 145 research faculty members and 2,900 undergraduate, professional and graduate students. Although Cornell seeks to unify its business programs, the schools will not change operations and each school will still maintain its unique identity.
Columbia: Last week, Columbia released the names of the 23 members of the Class of 2016 soon to be inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. According to their blog, these students make up two percent of the ten percent of the senior class who will be inducted into the national honor society. A faculty committee of Phi Beta Kappa members chose these students based on the “breadth, depth and rigor of their academic programs” in addition to faculty recommendations.
Harvard:Nicky Maxwell, a Harvard freshman, will become the first NCAA-certified sprinter to compete with a prosthetic running device. The NCAA Rules Committee approved a request from Harvard to allow Maxwell to compete with the device after determining that it would not provide him with a competitive advantage. His case will be reevaluated each year, but he will be eligible to run for the entire season. Maxwell had his leg amputated when he was 15 months old due to fibular hemimelia, a condition that involves the shortening of the fibula. The London native will make his debut this month.
University of Pennsylvania:An education program called “Unlocking the Past” brings history into the classroom for Philadelphia seventh graders. The program is funded by GRoW Annenberg, an initiative of the Annenberg Foundation, and works to provide local teachers and students with hands-on educational experiences that enhance the classroom curricula. “Unlocking the Past” is divided into three parts, with the third located at Penn’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. At the museum, students and teachers receive a tour and participate in workshops. This provides an opportunity for students to engage with textbook material.
Princeton:The Historical Society of Princeton, founded in 1938, reopened its museum on Jan. 6 at Updike Farmstead – a farm building approximately five miles from the University. It will now be used regularly as the permanent and primary museum. This move was made in part because it has allowed the institution to reunite their entire collection in one place for the first time ever in its existence, as well as provide better storage conditions.
Yale:The Freshman Class Council organized a campus fall barbeque that aimed to bring back the summer fun in the midst of their busy fall semester. This annual event featured fresh-off-the-grill burgers, seasonal fall treats and crafts. The CoachYella theme, a spin on the major music and arts festival in California, brought together a number of student performance groups for entertainment, including the Yale Ballroom Dancing Team as well as a capella groups Mixed Company and New Blue.