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They Like Us, They Really Do

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then the name of a new quarterly magazine that Cornell is going to begin publishing next month is quite flattering to this humble website. As reports the Chronicle:

Ezra, a new quarterly magazine, will make its appearance on campus in mid-October.

The magazine is being produced by the Cornell Chronicle and the Office of Publications and Marketing with assistance from the Division of Alumni Affairs and Development (AA&D). It is hoped it will become a vital news source for alumni, faculty, staff and students, as well as the Cornell community around the world.

Like traditional news magazines, Ezra will have a cover story and wide-ranging sections, reporting on research and scholarship, much of it interdisciplinary; on outreach that brings applied research and Cornell resources to people around the globe and solves real-world challenges; on the arts and humanities; and on Big Red athletics.

There's no word on how the magazine will be distributed. It will be available on-line, but will it also be mailed to all alums? Perhaps only alums who have donated to Cornell in recent years? Or will there be an explicit subscription price?

That said, it will be interesting to see how much of an independent voice (if any) Ezra develops. The Cornell Chronicle isn't exactly known for being anything other than an organ for Day Hall, to say nothing of Communique. I suppose the Chronicle at least accepts letters to the editor. Even CAM fails to pack an independent editorial punch in most issues -- there was nary one word of criticism in a recent article about Cornell's master plan, but we provided some.

So that really leaves The Sun and Kitsch with the type of journalism that can provide an independent, investigative critique of what is really going around on an intensely democratic campus -- and how we can make our alma mater better and stronger. To date, they seem to be doing a passable job. Kitsch has had an interesting article on ROTC on campus and an absolutely riveting one regarding a student wrestling with immigration issues. And the Sun had a very nice article this weekend on just how inaccessible a place like Cornell may be for someone with limited mobility or another type of disability.

But still, the additional information and writing on Ezra's University is always welcomed. Besides, we doubt that this will ever see the light of day.

P.S. Homecoming was grand. We attended a seminar in the PAM department, met up with long lost co-workers, frequented the Apple Festival on the Commons, dined at the Lost Dog Cafe, screened the presidential debate with students at Bailey Hall, entertained alums from the 1950s at the all-alumni reunion, cheered the Big Red team as they took the field in a heroic victory over the first-ranked Elis, said hello to Ivy League Player of the Year Louis Dale, hosted a dinner party at a house built by Ana Comstock, enjoyed the sounds of the Glee Club, roasted marshmallows under the stars, and fell asleep to the sounds of Cayuga Lake lapping gently against the shore not five feet away. But yeah, the weather was kind of awful.

Matthew Nagowski | Posted on September 29, 2008 (#)

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