Category Archives: Spreading the word

Meet Me at the Peace Pole

Unity. Love. Peace.

Meet Me at the Peace Pole. 5 minutes every Tuesday at 8:45 a.m.

Amid political and other differences, we gather to pass the peace, to name in 5 words or less places in the world in need of healing, and also to name where in the past week we’ve glimpsed life’s goodness and beauty.

Location: Peace Pole at Allee Chapel

Sponsored by Chaplain and Spiritual Life.

Purple Wednesday

Last Wednesday, staff from around campus gathered to hear about the changes that had happened throughout campus over the summer.  We learned about the incoming class, facilities improvements, over one hundred new wifi access points throughout campus (over half in the residence halls), and met new staff members.  When scanning the room, it was a sea of purple.

Walking around the campus on Wednesdays, you have likely seen administrators wearing purple.  If you  haven’t, pay attention when you return to campus and on any given Wednesday and you’ll be surprised at all of the folks wearing purple.  Why?  Well, to slightly adjust Karen Smith’s fine words from Mean Girls, “On Wednesdays we wear purple.”  It’s a way to show a little campus pride, unite together, and demonstrate that we are a single community.

This year, on some Wednesdays you’ll notice alternative transportation to classes for folks wearing purple.  You might need to help answer some questions along the way, so be ready to share your Cornell spirit and knowledge.  You might see guests from the community, including Police Chief Doug Shannon.

We’ll see you Wednesday in your finest purple attire.

Register to Vote

Just because you’re in college, and possibly far away from your hometown, doesn’t mean you can’t exercise your right to vote. With the General Elections happening across the country this fall, we figured it would be helpful to provide information for how you can vote while you’re here. Because it is only legal to vote in one U.S. state, you have two options:

1. Vote here in Mount Vernon in the local and Iowa elections. More info about registering can be found here

2. If you choose to vote in elections as a resident of your home state, but are unable to drop everything and return home to vote, absentee balloting makes it all easier for you. You just have to be on top with registering and requesting a ballot be sent to you, sometimes several months ahead of an election (depending on the state).

Each state has different requirements and deadlines. Here’s a resource that specifies absentee voting rules for each state.

Don’t know when elections are, or not sure you’re going to be able to keep track? Sign up for automated emails from sites like


Sustained Dialogue

Sustained Dialogue is a new student group on campus looking to fill executive board positions for the 16-17 school year. The purpose of Sustained Dialogue is to gather students for thoughtful dialogue concerning current campus issues potentially including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion and socioeconomic status. The group will act as a resource for the community, particularly during times of conflict, and have programming that engages the whole community (like talk backs) as well as run small dialogue groups based around topics students are interested in discussing.

Submit an application (and see more about the different leadership positions available) HERE, by Friday, April 29.

Questions? Contact hmckie16

Exchange Opportunity

Cornell will send 5 female students to Aoyama Gakuin Women’s Junior College in Japan for 9-10 days in November 2016! During their stay, Cornell students will attend classes, participate in various activities, and tour wonderful attractions in the Tokyo area. Contact Stephanie Nomura (International & Off-Campus Studies) for more information. Applications are due April 1st!

A picture of Aoyama Gakuin’s visitors on campus in February with their new friends and Cornell faculty/staff/students:

Aoyama Welcome Group Pic by Jessica Meis

Workstudy Openings

Application deadline extended: The Student Health Center and the Counseling Center have 3 job openings for friendly, responsible student employees for the 2016-2017 year. Duties are mainly receptionist desk coverage, clerical tasks, and assisting with health and counseling education projects. Confidentiality is a must. Please stop by our front desk in Ebersole to drop off your resume and cover letter and fill out an application by Monday, March 21. You must have eligibility for work study to apply.

Open Positions

If you (or a friend!) is looking to gain leadership and/or work experience on campus, here are some opportunities!

The following offices on campus are hiring students. Get your applications in! (See specific deadlines under each description):

PAAC Executive Board

Serve on the campus programming board & plan events for students on campus! Gain experience in event planning and marketing; make great connections on campus (and off!); and have a lot of fun doing it. Positions start next block and continue for one year. No previous experience necessary, but a technical chair and budget manager are needed in addition to event planners! [Positions are unpaid]. Applications are due on Wednesday, February 17th at 11:59pm. Email ELarson16 if interested or visit the PAAC office (next to the printers).

NSO Peer Advocate

Be part of the New Student Orientation team by helping next year’s first-years settle into their lives at Cornell! Applications are available in the Student Life Office and are due Friday, February 19th. Email ABaumanPower for more information or see this post.

Career Assistants @ the Career Engagement Center

The Career Engagement Center is looking to hire a dynamic staff who can effectively engage students in their own career development. Career Assistants are expected to serve as leaders, helpers, and be a resource person for those who utilize the services of the center. CAs need to have a variety of skills including time management, communication, and problem-solving. To apply for the position, visit JIVE or email by February 29th.

Information Desk

The information desk is looking to hire first year students. Previous work experience is helpful but not necessary. If you are interested, pick up an application at the info desk, fill it out and return it by February 29th.

Marketing/Technical Assistants @ the Student Life Office

If you have marketing or technical expertise (or a desire to learn and help promote student life on campus!), we want you! Work study not needed. Read more about position descriptions here. Email resumes to ABaumanPower by March 2nd.

Call for Participants

 Research on Personality and Executive Function

Researchers at Cornell College are investigating the relationship between personality traits and executive function. If you agree to participate, your involvement will include a single-visit to the Department of Psychology laboratories on the fourth floor of Law Hall, lasting approximately 30-45 minutes. Study procedures include completing questionnaires and performing an attention task.

You must be 18 to 24 years old to participate. If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please contact the principal investigator, Andrew Crow (

Call For Artists!


The Department of Theatre is looking for artists, writers, dancers, spoken word performers to participate in a truly collaborative experience.

The April production of THOSE THAT FALL will be a devised piece (the script and performance is generated by the ensemble, rather than written by a single playwright).

In a series of actual news articles printed in September of 1903, the Des Moines Daily News reported that the town of Van Meter, Iowa was “visited” by a giant bat-like creature over the course of four consecutive nights. The creature was seen, reported, and shot at by various townspeople before being sealed into a local mine shaft. The “Visitor” may be gone, but the stories, tales, hopes and fear remain. Inspired by these events, Those that Fall will explore the social tensions that spark the gruesome, glorious and sometimes necessary tales that pull us together and tear us apart. Set in a fictionalized mid-Western town still reeling from the pain of the civil war and facing a surge of hopeful immigrants, these facts, fictions, half-truths, hopes, dreams and lies will have to fall away for the community to survive. The director is interested in working with an ensemble that reflects gender and ethnic diversity.


Monday, February 22nd 3:15 – 5:30 in SHAW (Thomas Commons) and 6:30 – 9:00 in The Black Box Theatre. RSVP to the FACEBOOK EVENT!

Call Backs – Tuesday, February 23rd from 6:30 – 9:30 in The Black Box Theatre

SIGN UP – For an audition time slot on call board across from Armstrong G48 or e-mail

Artists should- 1. SIGN UP FOR AN AUDITION SLOT (See the above) 2. Prepare to perform a 2 min. piece of text (poem, story, or monologue can be from any source and/or written by yourself) AND 3. Prepare to present a special skill (sing, juggle, dance, hula, yodel, card tricks, martial arts, etc.) OR 4. Present something you have created (puppet, costume, sculpture, painting, etc.

Artists of ANY major or experience are invited. Questions? Want to know more? Contact