Cornell's president dies of cancer

Published March 8, 2016

Cornell president dies of cancer

Cornell University president Elizabeth Garrett, the first woman to lead the Ivy League school in upstate New York, died Sunday of cancer less than a year after starting in the position, the university announced. She was 52. Garrett had been undergoing treatment for colon cancer. She disclosed the diagnosis to the campus community on Feb. 8. "There are few words to express the enormity of this loss," Robert Harrison, chairman of Cornell's board of trustees, said Monday. Garrett came to Cornell after serving as provost at the University of Southern California. Cornell's 13th president, she was one of four women at the helm of the eight Ivy League schools. The others are Christina Paxson of Brown University, Drew Gilpin Faust of Harvard University and Amy Gutmann of the University of Pennsylvania.

Student loses visa over Trump threat

An Egyptian student in California has agreed to return to Cairo after he wrote a threatening comment on Facebook about Donald Trump that drew the attention of the Secret Service and led to the cancellation of his student visa, according to law enforcement officials and his lawyer. The student, Emadeldin Elsayed, 23, posted an article on Facebook last month about Trump's proposal to bar Muslims from entering the United States. "I literally don't mind taking a lifetime sentence in jail for killing this guy, I would actually be doing the whole world a favor," he wrote, said his lawyer, Hani Bushra. After the Secret Service investigated, Elsayed was expelled from flight school, which made him ineligible to study on a visa, even though he was not charged.

Times wires