In light of the Cornell Student Assembly Appropriation Committee’s (henceforth referred to as “the Committee) recent decision to de-fund Cornell Cinema (henceforth referred to as “the Cinema), Cornell Consulting partnered with the Cinema to put together a defense that critically evaluates the Committee's decision rationale. The report was created with our own research and analysis with the support of the Cinema team.
We primarily partnered with the Cinema as they lacked the resources in both manpower and time to properly address the Committee’s numerous and frequently unwarranted claims. While the Cinema worked frantically and diligently in the background to preserve its well-being, members of the Committee and even the greater Student Assembly spoke openly against the Cinema with incendiary and, at times, potentially slanderous claims. As students in the business community, we were intrigued to hear grandiose phrases such as “the Cinema spent over $500,000 on a 3-D projector” and “the Cinema purposely avoided providing wage & salary data to the Committee.” Both phrases were grossly misstated. We found that the Cinema did not spend $500,000 - in fact, the number was incorrect by an entire order of magnitude. Moreover, the Cinema did not purposely avoid providing wage & salary data; the Cinema was legally obligated not to. The point we are making by shedding light on these two statements is that there was a toxic environment of misinformation that we sought out to reconcile for.
The following report is a report put together by Cornell Consulting for the Cinema. We did not have prior relationships with the Cinema until coming together as partners for this report. Moreover, this report was created before the discussions with the University Provost began - initially, we operated under the assumption that securing university funding was not guaranteed. Thus, the report analyzes the Committee's position for all arguments aside from its financially valid point about looking for future administratively allocated funding. For any questions, please reach out to the Directors of the report, Stuart Wang (Lead Director) can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and Charlie Liao (Co-Director) can be reached at email@example.com.
A PDF version of the report is downloadable here.