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College Briefs Oct. 6

Alumni honor Anthony Nazaire with new business scholarship

A group of Ithaca College alumni has created a scholarship to honor the memory of Anthony Nazaire, the Ithaca College sophomore who
died in a stabbing on the Cornell University campus Aug. 28. The Anthony Nazaire ’19 Endowed Scholarship will be awarded to outstanding African American, Latino, Asian American or Native American students in the School of Business who demonstrate service, leadership or achievement. Financial need is also required.

Nazaire was a student in the School of Business and a leader of the campus organization Brothers4Brothers. The alumni who created the scholarship said they hope it will carry on his legacy, an Intercom announcement stated.

LGBT Center to post online videos to celebrate LGBT History Month

October is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month. Each day throughout the month, the LGBT Center will post videos of different historical figures in LGBT history at http://www.ithaca.edu/sacl/lgbt/histmont/.

Each of the 31 leaders was selected by heads of LGBT organizations along with the public and were recognized nationally and advanced LGBT civil rights. Leaders featured in the first two weeks of videos include singer and actress Josephine Baker, activist and government official Brian Bond, transgender activist Chaz Bono, musician David Bowie and former U.S. President James Buchanan.

Senior class members to reveal class gift selection at Oct. 7 event

The senior class will be announcing the class gift at an event from 5 to 6:15 p.m. Oct. 7 underneath the tent on the Campus Center Quad, with the rain location in IC Square. The senior class gift announcement will occur at 5:30 p.m.

Admission is free, and all seniors are welcome. There will be free food and a cash bar. This event includes the IC Donor Reception.

College fair for employee benefits and work-life to be held Nov. 2

The Employee Benefits and Work/Life Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 2 in Emerson Suites for eligible faculty and staff members. The benefit partners and community agency resources will be there to help build a personalized toolkit to help the faculty and staff utilize the Ithaca College benefits. There will be food and raffle prizes.

College announces clown sighting on campus not substantiated

A reported clown sighting on campus “earlier this week” is unsubstantiated, according to the Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management. 

Officers responded to a call about a social media posting about a clown allegedly seen near the Athletics and Events Center but did not find anything suspicious.

“We would like to take this opportunity to remind the campus community that the Office of Public Safety takes all reports of suspicious
persons or activities very seriously,” the announcement stated. “At the same time, however, we ask the community not to be part of the
hysteria surrounding the clown sighting phenomenon that seems to be sweeping the country.”

This announcement from the college follows similar reports of clown sightings across the country. Students reported seeing clowns at
the University of Connecticut, the University of Texas at Austin and Syracuse University. At Pennsylvania State University, a group of between 500 and 1,000 students gathered outside of residence halls in response to an alleged sighting reported on the social media site Yik Yak, according to Penn State police.

Wearing costumes, even clown costumes, is not a violation of Ithaca College policies, the announcement stated, and the college expects more people on campus wearing costumes as Halloween approaches. Public Safety will respond to calls regarding suspicious behavior on campus and encourages those who see someone behaving suspiciously on campus to go to a safe place and call Public Safety at
274-3333 immediately.

The announcement warned making a false report is in violation of college policies and the law, and the college asked that students not share social media posts about clown sightings, “as those are often incorrect or even hoaxes.”     

“For your own safety and that of others, please do not take part in pranks involving clown costumes or in spreading unsubstantiated reports of clown sightings, which can make all campus community members unnecessarily anxious and concerned,” the announcement stated.