After three individuals died this summer in the the Ithaca gorges, Cornell is responding by allocating funds to saftey projects that will hopefully prevent future accidents and gorge related deaths on its campus.
Following the three accidental drownings this summer in the Ithaca gorges, Cornell University announced that it will be budgeting 1.56 million dollars to gorge safety efforts. Wednesday this announcement was made along with the announcement that Cornell will also be considering adding an additional 800,000 dollars to their commitment to gorge related projects. With recommendations from the Gorge Safety Steering Committee, the university has decided to allocate the funds to precautions including railings, fences, and even an educational video to be shown to students at orientation.
Jacob Rand, the father of Nathaniel Rand '12 who drowned this summer, expressed skepticism about the allocated funds Cornell announced. He stated, " It's great tat money has been [allocated to gorge safety], but the funds need to be devoted to specific projects on the Cornell campus and in cooperation with the City of Ithaca that will achieve the goal of preventing future gorge deaths".