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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 Rhodes Years

The Rhodes Years

(p.241) 7 The Rhodes Years

Glenn C. Altschuler

Isaac Kramnick

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines developments at Cornell University under Frank H. T. Rhodes, who served as president from 1977 to 1995. Given the multiple constituencies and multiplicity of views in Cornell's multiversity, the Rhodes administration had its share of conflicts and critics: strikes by service and maintenance workers in 1980, 1981, and 1987; the arrest of more than 1,000 people in 1985 amid protests over Cornell's divestment policy in South Africa; protests by African American students and faculty against proposals to institute random housing assignments for first-year students; and Latinos' occupation of Day Hall. This chapter considers the ways that Rhodes responded to these challenges and helped Cornell solidify its reputation as a research university during his tenure. It also discusses Rhodes's initiatives to address tuition increases, such as turning to philanthropy.

Keywords:   protests, Cornell University, Frank H. T. Rhodes, strikes, divestment, South Africa, African American students, research university, tuition increases, philanthropy

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