News agencies cover campus damage following derecho

Area news agencies covered the damage on campus brought on by the derecho.  

KCRG, KCAU, KWWL, and Iowa’s News Now posted stories when Cornell leaders decided to push back the fall semester start date.

It was decided to delay the academic year by two weeks, which will ensure campus facilities are ready for the safe return of students following the intense storm on Monday, Aug. 10.

The first day of classes is Sept. 7 instead of Aug. 24. New students begin moving in Sept. 2, and the rest of the student body will move in Sept. 3–6 with proper social distancing measures in place. 

“We appreciate the patience and understanding of our students and their families as we alter schedules so close to the beginning of the academic year,” said President Jonathan Brand. “We look forward to welcoming our students back soon, but our primary concern right now is the safety of our community. This shift will ensure our facilities team will have time to make necessary repairs and bring our campus back online after the devastating storm.”

The Gazette also reported on damage following the storm, but prior to the decision to delay the fall semester.