Bloomberg doesn’t want to go to your stupid graduation

Michael R BloombergIt seems Columbia engineers have a new graduation tradition: getting rejected by former mayor Michael Bloomberg. A letter from the school’s dean, obtained by (IG contributor Skelding at) Capital extended an invitation to the former mayor to speak at graduation, which he declined. The letter details that he was asked last year, too, but couldn’t make it due to a scheduling conflict.

The day of last year’s graduation, he “hosted a Jewish heritage reception at Gracie Mansion and subsequently accepted a lifetime achievement award at the New York League of Conservation Voters’ Spring Gala,” per Capital, which is the same excuse we give when we don’t want to sit through a long ass boring ceremony wearing a polyester robe outside on a humid May afternoon.

So Bloomberg didn’t make it up to Morningside Heights, but at least he didn’t offer to speak at Barnard graduation.

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Cornell Spring Celebrations Rescheduled: “It’s Terrible!”

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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