Keep Zeus Zeus!

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Temple of Zeus is at risk of losing its core identity. For over half a century, Zeus has lived in different spaces, with different employees, regulars and daily soups, but it has managed to keep consistent the banner through which its intimate nature is known throughout campus: its name. Zeus has been Zeus from its founding days as a place for faculty and students to meet on equal footing, and even in its relocation from its original home in Goldwin Smith to its new one in Klarman Hall, its name was kept Temple of Zeus. Temple of Zeus doesn't belong to any one person, and has always been defined by the communal spirit it allows student workers, non-student workers, student, faculty and staff patrons and visitors to Cornell to share. It has always been open, always a neutral ground in neverending adherence to its roots. However it is now in the process of being renamed to honor a wealthy donor, which comes as a blow to the collective and egalitarian character that all of us who care about Zeus strive to uphold in our daily interactions with and within the Cafe. Temple of Zeus serves "Healthy food made with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients", and provides community to all. Adelson's Cafe would serve "Healthy food made with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients", but would honor only one. Please sign our petition to keep the magic of Zeus alive by not changing its name.


As Zeus's own Ara Hagopian, the writer of the above words continues, "For the life of me, I can’t think of a place at Cornell besides Temple of Zeus that has a non-honorific name...Zeus is, above all, about community. It’s about a professor and her student discussing literature while waiting in line to get coffee. It’s about rushing from your lecture hall before seating or grilled cheeses or any other hot commodity runs out. It’s about Choklay and her soups, Nyima and his sarcasm, Fred and his stupid impressions. It’s about the way the world used to be before everything became systematic, standardized, heartless and named after oil tycoons"

 

For more information about the name change and what the Cafe means to many of us present and past Cornellians please read the rest of Ara's article here: here:

http://cornellsun.com/2017/04/14/hagopian-ich-bin-ein-zeusian/



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