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Let there be light

Starting this fall, dusk will no longer mark the stopping time for practice on the Ash Park field. Cornell has raised the money from fans and former athletes to install lights at Ash Park, adding hours to the field’s availability for practice and games.

“It greatly extends the utility of the space,” Athletics Director John Cochrane said. “Without lights, the field is useful for practice for about three hours after classes most of the year. With the lights, it will be more like nine hours.”

Those extra hours will be needed starting in the fall, when Cornell’s lacrosse program starts practicing for the first time. And in the spring, the field has to accommodate men’s and women’s track and field, men’s and women’s lacrosse, and spring football practices.

The lighting system, which will cost about $200,000 to install, is part of the ongoing upgrades to the college’s outdoor athletic facilities, including the synthetic turf installed last summer.

Cochrane said the installation could begin as early as this spring.

“Cornell College has been a fantastic place for me to enjoy the best Iowa has to offer without compromising a world-class liberal arts education. Cornell provides a unique environment for students to learn, by combining the small town Iowa community of Mount Vernon with the vast diversity of the student body. Cornell gives students the very best of both Iowa and the rest of the world. I love being a Cornell student because it gives me the opportunities of a much larger school, yet still remains intimate and personal without compromising on liberal-arts ideas. And it’s close to home.” —Logan Schultz ’14 Dubuque, Iowa

Telling the story of Cornell

Cornell College alumni are among the college’s most passionate and effective advocates. Their experiences provide powerful stories to communicate the value of a Cornell education.

Civil rights activists assemble on the stairs of the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, Montgomery, Ala., where the Montgomery Bus Boycott was organized in 1955-1956. John Watson ’68 is at center. Roger Davis ’65

The March for Freedom

It was March 1965 and news of brutal attacks on civil rights marchers from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., hit the Cornell campus. A small group of students quickly coalesced to drive down and join the reinforcements.