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KOH | Cornell, Decide a Legacy: Admissions or Aspirations?

Within the coronary heart of the quiet greens of the Arts Quad, a stoic Andrew Dickson White, Cornell’s first president, sits and overlooks the campus earlier than the commanding columns of Goldwin Smith Corridor. On the opposite aspect, the College’s founder, Ezra Cornell, is perched upon a stone podium shaded by leafy bushes and eyes the strolling college students all through the day. These two statues uphold and defend the College mission they’d way back declared: to determine “an establishment the place any individual can discover instruction in any examine.”

As I move by the builders of this College on my option to lessons, I’m at all times reminded of Cornell’s motto of inclusivity and variety. Concurrently, nonetheless, I’m additionally reminded of the College’s hypocritical stance on the riddance of affirmative motion, and its continued follow of legacy admissions.

This previous June, the Supreme Court docket reached the historic determination to abolish affirmative motion, a race-conscious follow adopted by universities to foster range and equality, particularly for underrepresented communities. Affirmative motion was activated in 1965 by President Lyndon B. Johnson initially for the office, earlier than spreading to educational establishments. This 58-year-old follow met its demise as a result of it threatened the “‘colorblind Structure’”, in keeping with Chief Justice Clarence Thomas within the Court docket’s opinion.