In its 2013-2014 College Destinations Index, the American Institute for Economic Research ranked Ithaca as the number one college town in the nation.
It beat out other college towns such as Iowa State's Ames, Iowa, and Penn State's State College in Pennsylvania. The index is based on a number of federal demographic, economic, and educational data, including research capacity, degree attainment of 25-34 year olds, city accessibility, and the percent of the workforce in the creative class - all categories in which Ithaca was top ranked.
In other related college news, Cornell University's Associate Dean of Students Travis Apgar announced on Friday that recognition of the fraternity Delta Kappa Epsilon has been revoked and fraternity members will have to vacate their house at the end of the fall semester. This action is due in part to an incident on August 30th when fraternity members hindered police efforts to locate a woman in need of medical attention, and later that same evening had two underage females transported by ambulance to the hospital because of the large amount of alcohol they had consumed. Associate Dean Apgar said that the fraternity's probationary status in combination with an incident last fall that was brought to the attention of the university's Greek judicial board contributed the revocation of the chapter's recognition.
According to the Ithaca Journal, the Ithaca College football team came back from a 14-point halftime deficit to defeat Framingham State, 20-17, in the first round of the NCAA Division III playoffs. The Ithaca Bombers now 9-2, scored their first NCAA postseason victory in 10 years, and will take on Wesley University next Saturday in Ithaca.