Category Archives: Spreading the word

Caucus, Cornell!

It’s an exciting time to be a student in Iowa!

If you weren’t aware yet, a super important event is happening on Monday night: Iowa’s First-In-The-Nation Caucuses!

[Learn more about the process with this video:]

This is an excellent opportunity to take part in the civic process and show support for the candidate you support.

All Cornell students are eligible to participate as long as you register to vote as either a Democrat or Republican in the state of Iowa beforehand. If you haven’t registered yet, you can register at the site of your party’s caucus by 6 pm with some form of identification and proof of Iowa residency (any mailing that you’ve received in your mailbox on campus will do!). You can also just observe if you don’t want to participate.



REPUBLICANS will caucus in the Cornell College gym. Arrive by 6:30, as doors will shut at 7 pm.

DEMOCRATS will caucus at the Mt. Vernon High School Commons. Arrive by 6:30, as doors will shut at 7 pm. If you’re already registered, you can take the shuttle to the location by signing up here.

Questions can be directed to Katie Wilson (kwilson) in the Civic Engagement Center!


Student Senate Elections


You can now vote for Student Senate executive positions for the next year. Voting will be open for 24 hours following Friday’s speeches during lunch. All students are able to vote, even members of the Class of 2016/graduating seniors.

To vote, go to Community (vote box is on the right side panel) and select the candidates for the following positions:

President of Student Senate

Vice President of Student Senate

Chair of Appropriations

Chair of Academic Affairs

Chair of Student Life

Update: Here are the election results.

President of the Student Body:
Arturo Castillo
Chair of the Appropriations Committee:
Glory-Lieb Tetuh 
Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee:
Leena Kaye
Chair of Student Life:
Patrick Leitzen
Those positions for which no candidates ran for office (Chair of Organizations and Vice President of theStudent Body) will be filled by the incoming Executive Council.


Live in the Cottage

Apply to be a part of the TWRG e-board and the Cottage next year! As a denizen of the Cottage you will get to do all sorts of awe inspiring things like plan events with knowledgeable speakers, train to be a sexual assault & domestic violence advocate, lead TWRG meetings, and live in the most beautiful LLC on campus! Everyone who will be a student at Cornell next academic year is welcome to apply! Applications are due by the end of third week (1/29/16). Contact brobb16 with any questions.

Winter Break Information


All residence halls and houses will close on Saturday, December 19 at 11 a.m. and will remain closed until Sunday, January 10 at 9 a.m. Students should make their travel plans accordingly. For more information, see the Residence Life Winter Break Information webpage (  or members of the Residence Life staff in Old Sem.

Stressed? Check out the Stress Free Room at the Counseling Center!


Did you know that the Counseling Center has a Stress Free Room? It has stress management resources including a massage chair, biofeedback software, books, brochures, and calming music. You can schedule a time to use the room online, by calling 319-895-4292, or by stopping by Ebersole.

Check out for more information!

First Late Night Breakfast of the Year

Join us Tuesday night in the Hilltop Cafe, as the Division of Student Affairs, CTL Leaders, and staff from around campus assist Bon Appetit in serving you Late Night Breakfast. Enjoy this tradition and take break as you study for and finish writing your Block 1 finals! Doors open at 10 p.m. and close at 11 p.m.!

Plus there will be music, stress relievers, games, and giveaways on the OC! Don’t miss all the fun! 

This is open to current Cornell College students and does not count against your meal plan. No take out is available. For more information, contact Quinneka Lee at

Consent is like tea

Welcome back!

To those of you who were here last year, you  know that on Wednesdays, I would post something that might be helpful for student organizations.  As I’ve transitioned into the dean of students role on campus, I am sharing some other things that might be helpful to know about in terms of our community, The Compass, or showing one another respect.

We’re starting with talking about sexual assault.  We know that sexual assault happens far too frequently, and the start of the academic year can be a time that is especially problematic around sexual assault.  We also know that national statistics demonstrate that 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college.  Not only this, but 93% of victims of sexual assault know the assailant.

Important in our understanding is making sure we are all on the same page about consent.  Our sexual misconduct policy outlines our definition of consent, but this video does a pretty great job as well:

If you, or someone you know, has been the victim of sexual assault while at Cornell, I encourage you to report it to the dean of students office by filling out an incident report, but also to utilize the resources available on campus:

Fully Confidential Resources


Confidential Campus Resources

  • Sexual Misconduct Liaison: Cornell College’s Sexual Misconduct Liaison is a member of the college staff outside the Dean of Students’ office and conduct system whose role is to provide support and information to students who may have experienced sexual harassment or assault. This person can provide information about resources and reporting options without initiating any formal investigation or complaint. Sharon Grice; Peter Paul Luce Admissions Center; 319-895-4162

Know Your Cornell Lingo!

“Do you know how to get to–?” Early on in your time at Cornell, you’re bound to have to ask that question a few times at least. As a head start in getting to know Cornell, it will be helpful to know campus-specific vocab. With a crash course in Cornell Lingo, you’ll save a lot of time and confusion early on. Acting as your Cornell linguist with insights into Cornell’s own vocab is Nina Kahn, a rising sophomore and PA, to introduce you to–first off–the Hilltop (campus’s most common nickname!).

Every college has their own unique vocabulary that pertains to the individual school community; Cornell is no exception. Most people have probably heard the term block plan since it is Cornell’s biggest identifier, but it is doubtful that they know the term ‘third week’. Students and teachers like to use the term ‘third week’ to describe the homestretch of the last full week of classes or the tired feelings that happens around that week. “My brain is in third week mode,” or “it’s third week, cut me a break.” Although ‘third week’ is sometimes met with mixed feelings, students push through it because they know fourth week is right around the corner, which means late night breakfast and block break! Continue reading Know Your Cornell Lingo!

Tips for Move-In Day

We’re only 5 days away from Move In and the start of NSO 2015 and we can’t wait! To make things go easier for you, check out these details and tips before the big day. The Thomas Commons twitter page (@ThomasCommons) has been busy with #whatshouldyoubring and last minute reminders. Stay tuned with moments and memories from NSO  2015, browse, and use #tothehilltop!

Move In and Validation Basics Continue reading Tips for Move-In Day