Hunter Rawlings gave his farewell State of the University address June 10. Naturally, Chronicle Online covers the event. From “‘New Cornell’ is more popular and visible than ever, says Cornell President Rawlings” :
Receiving standing ovations both before and after he delivered his farewell State of the University address June 10, Cornell Interim President Hunter Rawlings told the packed Bartels Hall alumni group during Reunion Weekend that Cornell, a “new Cornell,” has just accepted “the most selective class in the history of Cornell University.”
This new Cornell, said Rawlings, who steps down June 30, is “so popular right now and so highly visible”– reaping 28,000 applications for a class of 3,000 students and grabbing national attention as a major contender to enroll Alex Doonesbury in the famed comic strip — for a multitude of reasons.
And what a fine benchmark Doonesbury is when measuring the success of an Ivy League university.