About Alice Cook House Welcome to Cook House Alice Cook House opened in August 2004 and was the first of five Houses in the West Campus House System, Cornell University's residential college initiative. The House was named in honor of Cornell faculty member Alice Hanson Cook (1903-1998). Alice Cook House is: 1 of 5 Houses in the West Campus House System, Cornell University's residential college initiative. Home to 420 undergraduates living in Cook Main, Boldt Tower, Boldt Hall, North Baker, and Baker Tower. Home to The Language House, a language-learning residence in Boldt Hall for students practicing Arabic, French, Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish, and German. Led by House Professor-Dean, Shorna Allred, Associate Professor, Natural Resources. A vital intellectual community that includes 30 House Fellows, Cornell faculty and senior administrators who engage with residents through intellectual and social opportunities that enhance student-faculty-staff interaction within the House.