April 19, 2005

I love letters, especially the ones with great subject lines. F.W. ’05 had one that screamed “Wow. I can’t believe i’m writing a letter to the prez.” I couldn’t believe it either. We are at one of the top universities in the world and I get these things somewhat frequently. Who is in charge of admissions around here?

The message this time is rather touching. I almost felt like not making it public, but I decided not to make exceptions. If I can see it, so should anyone else.

Anyway, here it is:

I bet you get that subject line often!

Hi, I’m F***. So I have a question. I am a transfer student to Cornell. My tragic but heroic journey started with a 30hr bus ride all the way from Norman, OK to Ithaca for my interview. I love this school and I have supported myself financially through out my education. So now it’s senior year for me and well, i had so much stuff to pay for that I couldn’t buy a ring. Now I know, I know, you must get hit up for money all the time, but maybe you could put me in touch with someone. I don’t need anything fancy, just the traditional, cheapest karat gold Cornell ring. If you have any ideas that might point me in the right direction as far as funds are concerned I would appreciate it. So thanks a lot in advance!

P.S. I’m in an a cappella group called ***. We would love for you to come to our concert on April 30th!

Do you really want to hear my suggestion?



April 3, 2005

Three messages in one week? You better believe it. People must be getting bored.

One of the newest members of Thefacebook, L.L. ’05, writes:

Hello President Lehmann,

Hope this finds you well. I know you’re an incredibly busy man, but I’d greatly appreciate if you could share your opinion of facebook with me. I’m a senior in ILR, recently introduced to the world of facebook, and I’ve decided to write my persuasive speech for COM301 on the importance of joining. I’d love to hear your view of facebook–thoughts, concerns, anything! Thanks in advance, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,

Given that I am an “incredibly busy man”, I am not sure I can be very helpful.


April 3, 2005

Oh goody! Another message. M.L. ’07 pleads:

Hi President Lehman,
Redbud woods is my backyard. It is home to a unique mix of species and is a small yet sacred place. Please don’t tear it apart and cover it with blacktop. Please seriously explore alternatives.
M*** L***

Yeah, I’ll put that on top of my agenda. Seriously, though, what the f*** are you talking about? Are we playing Cornell trivia? Redbud woods? What kind of woods can be replaced by a parking lot? Cornell is in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by endless forest. If you get rid of a couple of trees, the world will not come to an end. I would be more concerned about the Cornell Fund investing billions of dollars into corporations that are dumping tons of chemicals into the atmosphere.