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Glenn C. Altschuler and Isaac Kramnick

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780801444258

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801444258.001.0001

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The New Normal in Student Life

The New Normal in Student Life

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(p.409) 11 The New Normal in Student Life
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Cornell
Author(s):

Glenn C. Altschuler

Isaac Kramnick

Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801444258.003.0011

This chapter examines the transformation of undergraduate student life at Cornell University in the late 1990s. Colleges and universities across the country began to reconceive and reconstruct the residential environment and thus the student experience. A consensus was emerging that dormitories, along with fraternities and sororities, should not be intellect-free zones. This chapter considers how Cornell tried to find better ideas to replace in loco parentis during the period 1995–2015, such as fostering student health and welfare, and how Cornell's “millennial” students expressed their individuality and asserted their identities as Cornellians. It shows that some students promoted political and social agendas and that identity politics revolving around issues of race, ethnicity, and gender remained a significant factor at Cornell during the millennial years. It also discusses Hunter Ripley Rawlings III's decision student housing at North Campus, Cornell's success in athletics during the period, and how the university addressed the issue of hazing on campus.

Keywords:   student life, Cornell University, in loco parentis, student health, student welfare, student housing, millennial students, North Campus, hazing, athletics, identity politics

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