Student athletes earn more after college, but not uniformly, a new study finds. Plus: Making movies on campus; a plan to boost foreign study; and Ithaca students on the air

  • AUGUST 24, 2006
  • Heard on Campus
  • By Julie Gordon and Janie Ho

Good Morning, Ithaca

Cornell University students will groove to their own beat this fall when the school gets a student-run Internet radio station. Slope Radio will begin airing Sept. 4. Though Ithaca, N.Y., where Cornell is located, already has a station that some students are involved in, up until now the school didn’t have its own radio station. Slope, started by three undergraduates, is an official student organization. The university gave the club several thousand dollars in funding.

Many colleges have radio stations—one Internet database lists more than 800 in the U.S.—and the stations are often the training ground for people who are interested in the business of broadcasting.

Senior business major Alex Zahn, one of the Cornell station’s founders, says he and friends Yaw Etse and Jeff Bookman saw a void that needed to be filled. The guys are hoping to broadcast 24/7, with about 12 pre-recorded radio shows and music. One of the shows in the works—Pitstop—will explore how songs and bands got to where they are today. Another show will join the lineup from all the way from across the pond. Two study-abroad students who had a “variety show” at the London School of Economics’ PuLSE FM will be part of Slope’s schedule.

So did Zahn’s education in business help with this venture? Certainly. “I have a better sense of how this whole thing will work,” he says. “It’s essentially a small business.” Hopefully, it will become bigger as the year moves on.

Gordon and Ho are reporters for in New York.


PDF: calculating-athletes-gains.pdf