David Skorton

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Smithsonian says the government should "take the lead in reinvesting in the arts and humanities
President David J. Skorton told VF Corporation, the parent company of JanSport, to sign the Accord on Fire and Building Safety
Skorton was a popular president at Cornell, and one of the more publicly engaged higher ed leaders. He communicated with
OK, I admit it. I'm a sap for nostalgia. So when my 40th college reunion reminder popped up in the email, I bolted into reverse. Who wouldn't want to "Reflect, Rekindle, Reconnect" -- words the Notable Class Reunion Chairs cooed in their beckoning letters to the alums.
How can you be in the past and present at the same time? Go to your college reunion. It was there that I deepened my involvement in civil rights activism and socially committed journalism.
The recession we are experiencing is not a normal, cyclical "blip" -- it is unlike anything that most of us have ever experienced. Consequently, we in higher education have to make some fundamental changes in the way we do business.
Do we want our children to find better and more effective ways to understand their world and work with each other to improve it? Of course. Then we better think twice about the education they should receive.
Those who have the power to open up and expand the dialogue about suicide need to step in and step up. David Skorton, Cornell's University President, is calling for a national dialogue about the subject.
"It's just feeding into this idea of Cornell as a suicide school," worried freshman Levina Li. "This isn't a typical Cornell