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#1504850 --- 09/18/17 08:37 AM Collegetown assault a possible hate crime
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Collegetown assault being investigated by IPD as possible hate crime incident

ITHACA– The Ithaca Police Department was summoned early Friday morning after receiving reports of a group of young men fighting on Eddy Street in Collegetown.

A complaint was first received by the Tompkins County Dispatch Center about the incident just before 2 AM, stating that the fight was taking place on the sidewalk and that there were racial slurs being yelled. Officers who responded to the scene attempted to locate witnesses and gather more information, with several sworn statements being taken as well as privately recorded video. No significant injuries were reported. Cornell police were also notified of the incident due to the fact several individuals involved are students with Cornell University.

As a result of the investigation one individual was arrested and charged with a count of assault. In a statement from vice president for student and campus life Ryan Lombardi, he confirms the assault and notes the arrested student was an undergraduate at Cornell and others are allegedly from a currently unaffiliated fraternity.

Investigators will also evaluate the incident as a possible hate crime. The IPD is asking the public to notify them if they have more information.

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#1504912 --- 09/20/17 02:13 PM Re: Collegetown assault a possible hate crime [Re: newsman38]
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Hundreds of Cornell Students Occupy Willard Straight Hall After Delivering Demands to University

More than 300 students marched with Black Students United to Willard Straight Hall on Wednesday afternoon and are occupying the building at Cornell University after delivering a list of demands to the University’s president Martha Pollack.

The protest follows the arrest of a Cornell student on Friday who police charged with assault after a black student said he was punched by a group of white men who had called him the N-word in Collegetown.

The group’s 12 demands to Cornell include requiring coursework on “privilege and power,” hiring additional mental health personnel of color, and permanently banning the Psi Upsilon fraternity from campus and converting its building into a cultural center for black students.

More than 300 students marched with Black Students United to Willard Straight Hall on Wednesday afternoon and are occupying the building at Cornell University after delivering a list of demands to the University’s president Martha Pollack.

After silently marching up to the third floor of Day Hall, the administration building, and delivering the list of demands to Pollack, hundreds of students marched to the nearby building and are now sitting on the floor chanting, singing and doing homework.

“Get settled, get water, get hydrated,” Celestin said when students first entered the building behind a BSU banner. “This is your space right now.”

The occupation is scheduled to end at about 4 p.m.

© Copyright 2017, The Cornell Daily Sun
09/20/17
By Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs

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