University was founded on April 27, 1865 as the result of a New YorkState Senate bill that named the
university as the state's land grant institution. Senator Ezra Cornell offered
his farm in Ithaca, New York as a site and $500,000 of his
personal fortune as an initial endowment.
Day is an annual event at CornellUniversity. It occurs on the Friday before the
university's Spring Break, in mid-March. The center of the event is the
procession of a dragon, created by first-year architecture students at the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, past the College of Engineering and into the Arts Quad. There it
customarily was burned amidst shouts and dancing.
the second half of the 1980s, several incidents of violence between engineering
and architecture students were associated with Dragon Day.Beginning in 1986, several attempts
were made to channel engineers' frustrations into more creative outlets. In
1986, in the middle of the cold war, a group of civil engineering students
prepared a mock ICBM which they carried in an effort to ram the dragon as it
passed by the engineering quad. They were immediately stopped short by
architects protecting their creation ;-)
From Calculated Risk: Real gross domestic product -- the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States -- increased at an annual rate of 2.2 percent in the first quarter of 2012 (that is, from the fourth quarter to the first quarter), according to the "advance" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.