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Archive for November, 2006

Reunion Wrapup

Posted by nmg1 on November 20, 2006

Dear ‘96 Classmates:

It was so great to see you and all of your friends and family at our 10th Reunion! An almost record breaking 549 adults and 36 children joined us in Ithaca in June to celebrate the ten years since we graduated. Here is a recap of the weekend:

West Campus changed a lot since we were undergrads. Several of the U-Halls have already been torn down to make way for Alice Cook and Carl Becker Houses, part of the new residential college system. Classmates stayed in Class of ‘18 and Class of’26 Halls. I’m sure many of you have fond memories of freshman year in a U-Hall. We were fortunate to have our Class Headquarters in Noyes Center, which is soon to be demolished to make way for a new community center facility. We had a lounge area, pool tables, a popcorn machine and a big screen TV for classmates to enjoy throughout the weekend.

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Right-Wing Cornellians

Posted by nmg1 on November 13, 2006

Have you noticed the spate of conservative Cornellians who have risen to prominence under the Bush administration? Here are a few for your consideration.

Anne Coulter '84

Anne Coulter (B.A. 1984)—Conservative author and columnist. Famously said “I think a baseball bat is the most effective way these days” [to talk to liberals].

Paul Wolfowitz (B.A. 1965 Mathematics and Chemistry)—Deputy Secretary of Defense under George W. Bush, 2001–05), President of the World Bank, 2005-present.Founding member, along with Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, and Jeb Bush among others, of the Project for a New American Century, and a chief architect of the 2003 US invasion of Iraq.

Stephen Hadley '69

Stephen Hadley (B.A. 1969)—replaced Condoleeza Rice as National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush, 2005–present. Accepted responsibility for the “Yellow Cake” scandal: President Bush’ assertion during a State of the Union address, that Iraq had tried to obtain uranium in Africa.

Samuel W. Bodman (B.S. 1961 Chemical Engineering)—Deputy Secretary of Commerce, 2001-03; Secretary of Energy, 2005-present. Promoting Dick Cheney’s agenda to deregulate the energy industry, create new nuclear power plants and coal-burning plants, and to press for drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Pete Coors '69

Pete Coors (B.S. 1969 Industrial Engineering)—Executive of Coors Brewing Company, Senatorial candidate, 2004. Supports a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.

Cornell Left?

Jimmy Smits, MFA '82

In the interest of being fair and balanced, here are a handful of Cornell Democrats:

Ruth Bader Ginsburg (B.A. 1954 Government)—U.S. Supreme Court associate justice, a Clinton appointee.

Janet Reno (B.A. 1960 Chemistry; Professor)—Attorney General under Bill Clinton, 1993-2001

Bill Maher (B.A. 1978 English) – Comedian and Politically Incorrect satirist

Jimmy Smits (M.F.A. 1982)—Actor. OK, well, he played a Democratic president on TV.

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