It cost the State University College at Oneonta and its Student Association $30,000 to lure Princeton University professor Cornel West for the speech he gave at the Alumni Field House this week on the 20th anniversary of the controversial police use of racial profiling in a failed bid to solve an off-campus burglary.
In disclosing the amount of the payment to West, campus spokesman Hal Legg noted in an email that the sum covered “the preparation for and presentation of his lecture, the production of an archival recording of it, and live telecasting and web streaming rights; Dr. West’s transportation to and from our campus; his attendance at a reception with guests of the college and college leaders, a second reception with students and additional time for informal interaction with students.”
The work of Michael Whaling, an acclaimed stonemason from Sharon Springs, is expected to be featured in an upcoming issue of Architectural Digest magazine. Whaling is the master artist who completed the garden wall at Beekman Farm, using a mix of riverbed stone, rare red and yellow granite and fossils from the Devonian era.
Well-known to Cooperstown village officials for his staunch opposition to the use of pesticides at Doubleday Field, Whaling said he was recently interviewed by Katherine Whiteside, a contributing editor to the magazine.
Otsego County officials are hoping citizens do a better job of rinsing and wiping down recyclables before dropping them off at the Montgomery-Otsego-Schoharie Solid Waste Authority (MOSA) transfer station off Silas Lane in Oneonta. The recyclable drop-off area was recently found to be overrun with rats, said county Rep. Linda Rowinski, D-Oneonta. An exterminator had to be called, she said, and 158 rats were trapped.
With a new map out for a proposed alternative route for the Constitution Pipeline that would bring the natural gas transmission system closer to Interstate 88, the Otsego County Natural Gas Advisory Committee is inviting representatives of the developers to its next meeting. Otsego County Rep. James Powers, R-Butternuts, said the meeting has not been formally scheduled but is tentatively being planned for Sept. 27. Stay tuned for more details.