Senior Days? Say it ain’t so.
This year’s Cornell seniors will have less to celebrate come May. Slope Day, historically held on the last day of classes (and typically a Friday), has been moved to the Thursday after the last class day. Senior Week, meanwhile, has been converted into a 3-day mini-celebration dubbed “Senior Days.”
This spring semester will be different, resulting from some scheduling changes initiated in 2012. The university has recognized MLK Day as a holiday, a short “winter break” has been introduced with the Monday and Tuesday of Presidents Week off, and spring break has been pushed back to the first week of April. These changes were made in an attempt to split the semester into thirds, ostensibly easing pressure and lessening stress for students. However, the major result is that the last day of classes is a week later on a Wednesday, rather than the usual late April/early May Friday.
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After an “extensive investigation,” police have arrested Cornell senior Peter Mesko, a member of the school’s wrestling team, The Cornell Daily Sun reports. Mesko was arrested in response to an unnamed female’s complaint that a man entered her room at 5 a.m. on Saturday and raped her. According to The Sun,
“The woman told police that an unfamiliar individual entered her bedroom and engaged in sexual intercourse with her ‘without her knowledge or consent, as she was soundly sleeping at the time.’”
In New York State, first degree rape is defined as “sexual intercourse with another person by forcible compulsion or [with someone] incapable of consent by reason of being physically helpless.” First degree rape is a class B felony in New York, and if found guilty, Mesko could face 25 years in prison.
Remember the woman who was filming pornographic videos in Cornell libraries? Well, HyperVocal reported yesterday that she returned to do an unannounced live cam show Wednesday, after several months of apparent inactivity. After the news of her Ivy League exploits broke in October, the woman deactivated her Twitter account and removed the videos from the Internet.
According to HyperVocal, the woman was asked during Wednesday’s show about filming in the Cornell libraries. She apparently refused to address the videos, saying only that “it would never happen again.”
Sorry Cornell, now you really have nothing to get you through that next month of winter.
Cornell announced tonight that three fraternities have been placed on suspension following “credible allegations” of hazing. According to a university press release, Chi Psi is now on suspended status for “serious hazing,” and both Sigma Nu and Delta Phi (known as Llenroc) are on interim suspension for “serious physical hazing.” The release reads:
- As of Feb. 28 the Chi Psi fraternity has been placed on suspended status by the national headquarters of the fraternity, as a result of credible allegations of serious hazing. All chapter activities must be approved by the national organization and Cornell’s Office of Fraternities, Sororities and Independent Living before they can proceed.
- As of Feb. 28 the Sigma Nu fraternity has been placed by Cornell and the national headquarters of the fraternity on interim suspension status, as a result of credible allegations of serious physical hazing.
- As of March 1 the Delta Phi (Llenroc) fraternity also has been placed by Cornell on interim suspension status, as a result of credible allegations of serious physical hazing.
The Cornell administration seems to be taking the “glass is half full” approach to the suspensions, stressing how lucky they are to have students who turned in these fraternities. Always look on the bright side guys.
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A Cornell sophomore channeled everyone’s favorite face-tattooed boxer last night, allegedly biting the ear of another student during a fight, The Cornell Sun reports. The ear assault took place outside Louie’s Lunch, a food truck on Cornell’s North Campus, which was closed at the time.
It is unclear whether the
nature of the assault biting and the location were coincidental, or the students just got a little too hungry and impatient. As one Sun commenter so perfectly put it, “When Louie’s is closed, you’ve got to eat something.”
According to the Sun, Mini Mike Tyson was charged with assault in the third degree. If convicted, he could face up to a year in prison.
Update, December 2016
The subject of this article recently reached out to IvyGate with the following statement:
The case was dismissed, but I realized that I needed to address my drinking problem, and I took a personal leave from Cornell. I stopped drinking and joined AA. I worked as a moving man and truck driver. After a few years, I transferred to another college. I have done very well academically. I have not had a drink in four years and intend to remain sober for the rest of my life.
With rare exceptions, IvyGate does not delete posts. As a matter of editorial discretion, however, we’ve removed the subject’s name from this post. — Ed.
God bless Cosmo and their Bachelor of the Year Contest. Each bachelor featured has an email address and Twitter handle attached, which is super convenient and not at all creepy. Of particular note are the selections for Delaware and Connecticut: Jonathan Champagne, Cornell junior, and Christian Kim, a Yale School of Music student.
Kim (pictured right) is a professional violinist: there’s a joke there about G strings that we’re just too lazy to make right now, sorry. “They’re really very sensitive,” he remarks about his palms, for some reason.
Our favorite part of Mr. Kim’s profile is what his friend had to say about him: “Christian is definitely the hottest guy at Yale.”
Champagne (pictured here) apparently has really sensitive biceps (favorite foreplay move: “having her stroke the inside of my biceps”), but we can’t figure out whether that actually turns him on or whether he just requires constant admiration of his swimmer muscles.
And while we’re glad to know that if IvyGate were ever to bump into Mr. Champagne we should be wearing lingerie that “shows off [our] personality,” we’re disappointed that Cosmo failed to mention that Champagne is “a master masseuse” and a “musical genius”. Read the rest of this entry »
Remember this? Today—for unknown reasons—the resulting correction lit the belly of the conservative blogosphere.
LAYERS AND LAYERS OF FACT CHECKERS: The editor’s note at the bottom is priceless. Always remember, these people are trustworthy, unlike those bloggers working in their pajamas. (And that’s in something where their politics don’t matter.)
Roger Kimball (“Why I Don’t Read The New York Times”):
Relax. I am not going to tell you all the reasons I don’t read our former paper of record. I am not even going to mention its appalling subservience to political correctness or the dumbed-down sewer that is its cultural coverage. (Can a sewer be “dumbed-down”? Read the Times before answering.) Nor will I go on about what’s happened to the book review under its current editor. Let’s move on, as Hillary Clinton used to say when she wanted to put something unpleasant behind her. Let’s talk about facts.
The article in question is the usual emetic Times piece, instinct with a scolding, know-it-all tone and oozing social concern. What’s noteworthy, however, is not the piece but the correction that follows….
If their names aren’t right, why are we supposed to presumptively believe that the students weren’t making other stuff up? How did Ms. Rubin, who apparently did not attempt to go to any of her subjects’ Facebook pages (which she of course would not have been able to find), even know that the misidentified “students” are really students before submitting her draft?
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Cornell’s got a new crop of superheroes this year—except they’re more Watchmen than Superman, and less Batman than these guys. They call themselves Scorpions X (which is, in all honesty, a pretty sweet name), and they fight injustice via subversive and inflammatory social commentary: flyers, videos, a fake newspaper, etc. They’ve also got the Daily Sun’s panties in a twist. Who are they?
Well, nobody knows.
And apparently that’s a problem for some people—mostly the Cornell administration. They’ve even threatened to prosecute the good Scorpions for allegedly impersonating President David Skorton in a sarcastic school-wide email sent on Sept. 22nd. “We would like members of the Cornell community to be aware that we will continue to take strong measures against sexual and racist and homophobic assaults,” it read. “But we wish to make it very clear that blaming anyone in general for the actions of specific individuals is not the best way to alter the atmosphere of tolerance which fosters such assaults.”
Ouch. Would you like some ice for that burn, Dr. Skorton?
Judging by his spokesperson’s response—who said the email was “outrageous” and apparently “criminal behavior”—he probably needs it.
I find it incredibly ironic that the administration wants the students behind Scorpions X to step forward, but is simultaneously trying to prosecute them for exercising their First Amendment rights. (Aside: if you can’t take a little defamation, you probably don’t deserve to be president of anything.) It’s clear that these students are reacting to what they see as a pervasive climate of discrimination and hostility—problems that they feel that the university hasn’t adequately addressed. Read the rest of this entry »
Earlier today, IvyGate reported that a pornographic video filmed in the Cornell Engineering Library had been discovered by Cornell forum Ezra Hub. Now, as other videos and images of the woman have been uncovered, we can confirm that the woman in the Carpenter Hall video has made several trips to Cornell’s campus, filming at least three pornographic videos in the Cornell Law Library.
Ezra Hub posters have found two other videos of this woman, and IvyGate has determined that both were shot from desks in the Law Library, one on the ground floor and one on the second floor. Additionally, on a personal blog titled “The View from Thunder Ridge,” IvyGate found screenshots from a third video this woman filmed in the Law Library. These screenshots show the woman at the same desk as one of the videos, but wearing a different outfit.
As before, the links to all these videos are still up on Ezra Hub. Below are two photos from the Cornell Law Library depicting the two locations the three videos were made. Both photos were taken at the respective desks the woman used in her movies:
Yesterday, a tipster alerted us to a thread on Cornell forum Ezra Hub, where someone had posted a pornographic video they believed was filmed on Cornell’s campus. IvyGate can confirm that the video was filmed in Carpenter Hall, Cornell’s Engineering Library.
A link to the video is still up on Ezra Hub for anyone who is interested. Below is a photo from Carpenter to see the comparison for yourself: