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College and City: April 10

Expert to discuss politics in Middle East democracy

One of the country’s leading analysts of international relations between the U.S. and the Middle East, Stephen Zunes, will come to Ithaca College from the University of San Francisco to present “Middle East Democracy Uprisings: Victories and Setbacks” at 7 p.m. April 16 in Textor 102. His expertise also lies in strategic nonviolent action as it relates to U.S. foreign policy and Middle Eastern politics.

In addition to holding a position as professor of politics and international studies at the University of San Francisco, Zunes is also the coordinator of the program in Middle Eastern Studies at the university.

Zunes is a senior policy analyst for the Foreign Policy in Focus project, a work of the Institute for Policy Studies. He is an associate editor of Peace Review and co-chair of the academic advisory committee for the International Center of Nonviolent Conflict. His connection to Ithaca comes from receiving his Ph.D. from Cornell University and teaching in the politics department at the college in the 1990s.

The Park Center for Independent Media and the Department of Politics are sponsoring Zunes’s talk. For more information on the event, students may contact Maura Stephens, associate director of the Park Center, at or 607-274-3829.

Free HIV testing available with anonymous process

Students may receive free HIV testing April 11 in the Center for Health Promotion by making an appointment at 607–274–3136. The caller may choose to remain anonymous by using a pseudonym or alias.

From 10 a.m. to noon, testing will occur by appointment only through the Office of Counseling and Wellness. Limited walk-in slots will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The sign-up location for walk-ins is the Center for Health Promotion Resource Room beginning at noon.

Those who choose to be tested will receive their test results within the same appointment, which lasts about 20 minutes.

Students with questions may contact Nancy Reynolds, program director of the Center for Health Promotion, at or 607–274–7933.

Robbery suspects charged in E. Spencer Street case

The three suspects charged with robbery and burglary of a residence April 3 on East Spencer Street in Ithaca were arraigned in Ithaca City Court and remanded to the Tompkins County Jail on April 4.

New York State Police and Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department located two of the subjects, 28-year-old Eric M. Benjamin and 19-year-old John M. Oliver, in the area of Cayuga Medical Center and secured them in police custody the night of the incident. Police located and secured the third subject, 24-year-old Cruz E. Colon, at 2:30 p.m. April 4. All three were charged with Robbery and Burglary in the First Degree, and their bail is set at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.

When officers arrived to the 100 block of East Spencer Street at 10:19 p.m. April 3, the complainant reported that he had agreed to sell marijuana to a subject, but three male subjects broke into the residence and stole items from inside when the drug deal was supposed to occur. The subjects then took off toward the north. Officers recovered some of the stolen items as well as evidence from the scene and the neighborhood.

Earlier in the night, a robbery occurred at 10:15 p.m. on Coddington Road. The Sheriff’s Department is still searching for the known suspect. Police do not believe these two events are connected.

Deadline to reserve seats on NYC bus approaches

The deadline to sign up for the bus trip to New York City on April 26 is April 11. The IC Bus Trip Committee is hosting the trip for faculty, staff and students with the cost of $41 per person.

The bus will depart from Ithaca College O-Lot at 6 a.m. April 26 and will drop off participants at two locations in the city, Macy’s and Bryant Park. The only pick-up location will be Bryant Park, where the bus will depart at 7 p.m.

Those interested should sign up with Donna Russell in the Athletics and Events Center, Room 120A, and pay by check or money order made out to Ithaca College to reserve a seat. The bus must be full for the trip to occur. The Bus Trip Committee will refund guests if it must cancel the trip.

College recognizes faculty with excellence awards

The Faculty Development Committee, Center for Faculty Excellence and Office of the Provost have delegated the 2013–14 Faculty Excellence Award to five recipients.

David A. Brown, associate professor in the Department of Mathematics; Srijana Bajracharya, professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education; Ali Erkan, associate
professor in the Department of Computer Science; Mike Haaf, associate professor in the Department of
Chemistry; and Annette Levine, associate professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, all received the honor.

LGBT Center to celebrate 12th Rainbow Reception

The 12th annual Rainbow Reception, which will be held April 25, has its registration deadline coming up at 7 p.m. April 13. Held in the Clark, Klingenstein and McDonald Lounges in the Campus Center, the event will celebrate graduating lesbian, gay, transgender and allied seniors and graduate students at Ithaca College, featuring music, hors d’oeuvres and remarks of encouragement from special guests and alumni. The event is open to family, friends and underclassmen in addition to seniors, who are all eligible to receive a set of rainbow honor cords for use during Commencement.

The Diversity Awareness Committee and the Center for LGBT Education, Outreach and Services are sponsoring the event. “Stand-in” parents will also be available to support all who attend. Though anyone may attend, registration by April 13 is required by visiting http://alumni.ithaca.edurainbow_reception_2014. Interested parties and individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations may direct other questions to the Center for LGBT Education, Outreach and Services at 607–274–7394 or

IC Charity Miles to hold first 5K at Natural Lands

The first ever IC Charity Miles 5K run will be held at 11 a.m. April 13 in the IC Natural Lands.

The starting point will be at the Ithaca College softball field, where registration will begin at 10 a.m. Students can pre-register for the event online for a fee of $10, and registration is $15 on the day of the run. The event encourages fundraising through the Charity Miles app.