Update 12:30 p.m. — 

“All TCAT routes are back to normal following this morning’s detour on campus due to an event in the vicinity of Campus Ave. and East Ave.

TCAT apologizes for any inconvenience.”

Update 11:15 a.m. —

The protests at Cornell’s campus are causing “system-wide delays” to the TCAT bus system Friday morning, according to an alert sent out by the bus company.

Protesters have shut down the intersection of East Avenue and Campus Road on Cornell’s campus by entering the intersection. It remained blocked at around 11:15 a.m., ahead of an event at the nearby Barton Hall to celebrate President David Skorton’s legacy.

The protesters have cited the death of Freddie Gray, conditions of Cornell’s staff workers and the university’s treatment of minorities as being among the reasons for the rally.

Said TCAT in an alert: “TCAT is unable to serve the vicinity of East Ave. and Campus Ave. Route 10 passengers: pick up at Anabel Taylor. Routes 30,31 and 31 passengers: outbound stop moved to Carpenter and Milstein.

“Inbound stops moved to Balch and Anabel Taylor. Rural route passengers: pick up at Uris or Uris Across the Street.”

Earlier —

Ithaca, N.Y. — Protesters have shut down the intersection of East Avenue and Campus Road on Cornell’s campus Friday morning.


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Traffic is being rerouted in the area, near Duffield Hall, as a group of about 70 people call for better treatment of Cornell’s staff members.

Police are on scene but no arrests have been reported. Faculty and students have called for Cornell to treat the university’s workers with more respect and better pay.

The protests are not just about asking for better pay for university workers.

14850 reports that among the issues being discussed are the “safety for minorities on campus, rising costs of education, conditions for Cornell University employees in Ithaca and in Qatar, and labor conditions for grad students at the university.”

“A group carrying a banner reading ‘Total Liberation from Domination’ represents the CGSU, Cornell Graduate Students United, which bills itself as ‘an independent union of graduate students committed to improving conditions for work and labor at Cornell,” 14850 reported.

Here are some photos of the beginning of the protest on Central Campus from the IV’s Ryan Landvater:

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.