"Greetings from Cornell, your future alma mater!" the e-mail letter began. "Congratulations on your acceptance into the class of 2007!"As funny as the thought of sending out 550 mistaken acceptance letters might be, the idea that Cornell does anything "with sensitivity and respect" is the funniest part of this article.
Within a couple of hours the university followed with an "oops" letter, admitting that it had made a mistake and offering its apology "for any confusion and distress this message has caused." It said that the message was the result of a "systems coding error" and that it had fallen short of its goal of treating all applicants "with sensitivity and respect."
Routinely non-Conellians are horrified when my friends and I describe the way the administration treats students in distress. Cornell's sink or swim attitude pervades every aspect of the university in a way that graduates of friendlier, more student-centric universities often cannot believe, or understand.
"Sensitivity and respect," empty words when spoken in Ithaca, the City of Evil.