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Just about everyone knows someone who has been bullied, in ways big and small. Understandably, though, many victims are reluctant to speak about their experiences. We found some who aren't.
Distance from home: 1250 miles NE
Private 4-year University
Admission Difficulty: Medium
School Size: Big for an Ivy, small for a state school
Tuition: About $36,000/year
Who goes there: Smart kids who didn’t get into Harvard; guys who like wear popped collars with plaid shorts even though they know it has gone out of style; anyone from New York state who is bright enough to have done real work in high school but lived in such a rural hick town that they had never heard of Columbia.
Known for producing: Liberal bias (Keith Olbermann); saucy Republicans who constantly feel persecuted (Ann Coulter); marriages, since everyone here marries someone else from Cornell; hotel managers who say things like “After ten years in the industry I might look into some investments.”
Pros: Lots of great scenery, even though all the smart and interesting people hide inside little holes on campus to study; great business, hotel, and biology programs; being able to cheat off of anyone in any of your classes; fancy schmancy laboratories and equipment.
Cons: Weather alternates between a humid 92 degrees and a blistering -45, sometimes in one week; Cornell is afraid of grade inflation so they make every class difficult and soon you will find yourself studying in one of those dark little holes; all the engineers, architects, and premeds argue about whose program of study is more brutal while business and hotel students nap.
Scene: I don’t know I study … just kidding; college town boasts more bars filled with freshmen than I can count; crazy rush parties at frat houses; sporadic meetings of hippies or social protesters or “Free Tibet” types on Ho plaza which don’t make any difference except to “make a statement.”
Sports: Everyone here roots for the hockey team. I don’t understand hockey at all.
Campus and city: There are “Cornell Plantations” and magnificent countryside if the weather will let you enjoy it; the Ithaca Commons is interesting to visit once or twice on a shopping excursion; Ithaca is twice as liberal and three times as hick as you would expect New York to be.
Added plus: We’re still in the Ivy League!
Added minus: Your grandmother won’t be proud because no one knows we’re in the Ivy League!
Reviewed by:Gregory Horn is a student at Cornell.