Thanksgiving Break

Campus Safety
Students remaining in the residence halls over Thanksgiving break are advised to be on the lookout for and report any suspicious people or activities to Campus Safety.  Campus safety officers will be on campus 24 hours over break. The officers will be making regular rounds through the residence halls. If you need assistance, contact Campus Safety by dialing 319-895-4299 For an emergency, dial 911.

Dining Services




Wednesday, Nov. 26

7:30-9 a.m.

10:45 a.m.-2 p.m.

5-7 p.m. (breakfast take-out available)

Thursday, Nov. 27

No meal served

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

(take out for an additional meal will be available)

No meal served

Friday, Nov. 28


10 a.m.-noon

4:30-5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 29


10 a.m.-noon

4:30-5:30 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 30


11 a.m.-1 p.m.


Residence Halls

  • All student housing (residence halls, apartment buildings and houses) will be locked at noon Wednesday, November 26th, and will remain locked until 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 30th.  As always, please lock your room door when you are away from your room (even if you just run down to the bathroom), carry your keys at all times and do not prop exterior doors for any reason.
  • RAs are scheduled to be on duty over the break.  If you are in need of an RA’s assistance, please check by the RA office in your building for information on how to contact the RA on duty.  If you need to check anything out from the hall office (e.g. cooking equipment, games, videos) or you need access to storage, please do so on Tuesday night at the latest.  Campus Safety is not permitted to checkout hall equipment or give students access to storage.
  • If you plan to leave campus, please remember to turn off your alarm clock so it does not go off when you are not here.
  • If you are leaving campus, be sure all of your windows are closed and locked.  Open windows this time of year may cause water pipes to freeze & burst.

Office and Building Hours
Please be aware that offices on campus will close at noon on Wednesday, November 26th and will reopen at 8:00 am on Monday, December 1st.  Dining Services, The Commons, Cole Library, computer labs and the Small Multi-Sports Center will all have abbreviated hours over the break.  Please watch for announcements on the College’s Thanksgiving break page and The Cornell Campus e-Newsletter.


Spotlight: Model UN

Each week we put a “spotlight” on an aspect of student life at Cornell, whether it be opportunities, resources or just people on campus. This week, we’re featuring Model United Nations with a post written by Jess Reed ’16.

The Model United Nations Club at Cornell attends two conferences per year. At conferences, participants typically take on the role of a delegate of a certain country and debate with other students who are representing other countries. The debate style is set up to be similar to an actual United Nations assembly, and delegates work towards creating solutions to real life, international issues. On occasion, students instead represent historical figures in unique venues of debate. For example, in our last conference I represented Madeleine de Souvré in a 1650’s French salon setting.

One of the things that I love the very most about Model United Nations, is the general strangeness of its participants, or at least the sort of dialogue that MUN tends to create. During a conference, it is not unusual to come out of a four hour committee session, meet up with the other members of your delegation, and hear or say something like the following:

“You should have joined the Bolsheviks! Who cares about the peasantry?

“I motioned for a cookie caucus.”

“My committee might have accidentally launched America into the Civil War about 30 years too early.”


“Slovenia motions for napping, with a duration of 30 minutes.”

Something about being in the same room for 3-4 days with students from all over the country (and the world!) that are just as nerdy about international politics and debate as you are, gets MUN participants into a strange, and frequently humorous, mindset. As far as Model United Nations is concerned, bow ties are the norm, formal speaking is acceptable during all casual encounters, and problem solving is a must—no matter how strange an avenue of conversation that takes you down. Conferences truly are a bit insane, and you’ll make connections with people unlike those from any other organization.

We love newcomers! Never tried Model United Nations before? We don’t care. All we ask is your commitment, a willingness to learn, and a love for western business attire (or what we like to call sexy biscas). Contact Jess Reed (jreed16) for more information on how to join the MUN club.



Block Break Events

Check out these cool events happening on campus this block break! If you’re heading off campus, drive safely, weather forecasts show this weekend could get icy!



  • Chill out!


  • Women’s Basketball vs Lake Forest College at 1:00 pm
  • Men’s Basketball vs Lake Forest College at 3:00 pm
  • Iowa Hawkeyes vs Wisconsin Badgers, hosted by Get Outta Town. Sign up at the info desk by Nov. 20, $20 for tickets and transportation.
  • EcoHouse Potluck and Documentary, hosted by the EcoHouse LLC, 5:30 pm in New Hall 111. Bring a dish to share!



What's Different Wednesday

What’s Different Wednesday

It’s Block Break and this month to add some excitement to the start of the break, instead of the traditional Gwensday Wednesday update, we’re asking folks to identify what’s different in these two photos.  Leave it in the comments.  Those who note the five changes in these two photos will be entered into a drawing for a $10 Zamora’s gift certificate.

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Cole Team Trivia: Let’s Get Quizzical

We are hosting Cole Team Trivia: Let’s Get Quizzical again this year. It will be in the library on Thursday, November 20th, at 2:00 pm.

Do you know the capital of Peru? Can you name all seven dwarves?  Can you
recite Newton’s Third Law of Motion?
Can you explain why this chicken looks so quizzical?


Then it’s about time you start rounding up your friends
into a dominant trivia squad so that you can participate in Cole Library Team Trivia!

What you need to know

  • Maximum of four persons per team
  • No minimum team size
  • All teams get an opportunity to answer all questions
  • Registration begins at 1:45pm



Spotlight: Higher Ed Networking Event

Each week we put a “spotlight” on an aspect of student life at Cornell, whether it be opportunities, resources or just people on campus. This week, we’re featuring the Career and Civic Engagement Center’s Higher Education Connection Networking Event, with a post written by James Thompson ’15

Business apparel, employers, introductions, business cards, résumés, future aspirations, and many conversations — taken into account as a single entity, it can be a bit overwhelming. “Networking” is an intimidating subject for many people. It used to remind me of sweaty palms and forced discussion. Attending the Higher Education Connection networking event changed my perception.

Networking is an art. You get to be an ambassador for yourself. You hold your plate and glass in your left hand and shake with your right. Eat with small bites so you can speak whenever you need to. You need to explain who you are, so know your elevator pitch like the back of your hand. Essentially, thought goes into the interactions surrounding networking, mostly before you arrive at the event. The Career Engagement Center helped us understand the “rules of the game,” so to speak. They walked each and every person through how to put your best foot forward before we put button-down shirts and dresses on. When we walked into the Kirkwood Center’s glass-paneled lobby, the sea of voices and handshakes did not bewilder us. We knew what to do.

The Higher Education Connection networking event is made to help students succeed. Instead of having potential employers barred behind booths, the event is open. You can meet with people eye-to-eye, shake their hands without reaching over a desk, and gain more genuine connections. Conversations feel more natural, like you are speaking to people as you do every day. Honestly, it isn’t much different. You just have a universally known topic of discussion — future aspirations.

Once you get your feet wet, it becomes much easier to speak about what you want to do post-graduation. You can relax. You’ve done this before. It becomes apparent that the HR representatives and potential employers are in attendance because they think you have what it takes to help their business. They want to help students find leads and get the cream of the crop. There is such thing as a proper “fit,” but even if you do not fit into one person’s business, they know somewhere else that would fit you like a glove. They can get you connected.

By the end of the event, I had 20 business cards in hand. Although it’s the follow-up that lands you the gig, networking is the first (vital) step. 20 connections is ample for 2 hours of time. Inverse to my expectations, speaking about what I think I want to do post-graduation actually helped me regain clarity. Networking at the Higher Education Connection is a concentration of possibilities, including doors you may never have realized existed. Plus, the food is delicious.


Angel Tree Project

Are you looking to give back this holiday season?

This year there are over 200 children and adults who may not receive something over the holidays. This holiday season you can be that difference for a child or adult by participating in the Angel Tree Project.

If interested in adopting an Angel this season, come to the OC on Nov. 10th — Dec. 5th and adopt an
Angel and make a difference in a persons life!

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