Ithaca, N.Y. — A group of protesters took over the stage at an event meant to celebrate the legacy of President David Skorton, who is leaving the university in June.
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Skorton, who has been president of Cornell since 2006, is being honored Friday by the university in an event at Barton Hall called “Bow Ties & Goodbyes — Celebrating President David J. Skorton and Professor Robin L. Davisson.”
A little after noon on Friday, the event began with a group of protesters — who had earlier closed the street outside of Duffield Hall — taking over the podium.
At least one swore at Cornell’s police chief. Others shouted and prevented the event from starting.
The protesters have expressed a range of grievances, ranging from the university’s treatment of its staff to broader criminal justice issues. One carried a sign that said, “Solidarity with Baltimore.”
By 12:30 p.m., the event had begun and the protesters were moved to the side of the stage.
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