Category Archives: Spreading the word

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

From Formerly Awkward to Formally Fly: The Art of Emailing a Professor

One of the biggest parts of college that no one tells you about? Emailing. All of the emails. As you’ve already learned this summer, Cornell email accounts are a HUGE part of communication and information  on campus. Things move fast at Cornell and email is no different. On Cornell campus, you will be involved in a lot and as such, you’ll be on a lot of mailing lists. There will be club meeting reminders, emails from your RA, campus news, a line of communication with classmates, and essential emails from your professor. Sometimes, you’re going to need to hit reply on some pretty important emails. To act as your Jedi-email master in this  art of emailing a professor is Chris Machold, a PA in the class of 2016, whose Jedi skills of emailing a professor he now imparts to you. 

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Transitioning from communication with high school teachers to liberal arts college professors can be an unexpectedly intimidating venture: Continue reading From Formerly Awkward to Formally Fly: The Art of Emailing a Professor

Welcome to Mount Vernon and the Area!

Meet your tour guide to Mount Vernon and the surrounding area, man about town Clint McDaniel, a rising Junior and PA with NSO 2015! No matter what your interests, you are bound to find something in Mount Vernon or the area to love and chances are, other Cornellians who’ll love to tag along.

One of the biggest mistakes people make when they come to Cornell is assuming that there is nothing that exists beyond the campus. Coming from someone who has lived in a rural town my entire life, I can see why. Most small towns can be the most boring places on the planet, but you definitely shouldn’t assume that about Mount Vernon. Surprisingly enough, there are actually things to do here! Both Mount Vernon and the Iowa Corridor (the name given to this area) are ready to impress. Continue reading Welcome to Mount Vernon and the Area!

Internships, Fellowships, Off Campus, and other Opportunities

A tagline you hear a lot at Cornell is something along the lines of “one exceptional opportunity after another”–and, well…it’s pretty accurate! This piece is written by a Cornellian that is familiar with all that Cornell offers. Peter Catchings, ’16, a PA with NSO 2015 exemplifies a Cornellian doing it all, as an athlete, Student Senator, active member of various organizations, all on top of academics. This summer, Peter was a Cornell Fellows as he participated in an internship in law in Chicago. Learn more about some of Cornell’s exceptional opportunities. 

Hey there first-years! I’m Peter Catchings, a rising senior from Naperville, Illinois majoring in Politics, and I’m here to give you some helpful tips about internships when it comes to Cornell College. Continue reading Internships, Fellowships, Off Campus, and other Opportunities

Choosing Classes, Finding Books, and assorted Academic Know-How

Let’s face it: I’m a bit of a nerd. And as a nerd, I’m here to impart to you my knowledge of the ins and outs of some of the academic sides of Cornell. During this (rather long) post, we’ll tackle some of the bigger questions about Cornell academics that you may have coming in this fall, such as searching for classes, course requirements, understanding the ‘bidding system’, finding book lists and ordering books, getting support, and a lot more things that are good to be aware of. Browse, read at your own pace, and get excited for the amazing experience ahead of you as a Cornell student!  Continue reading Choosing Classes, Finding Books, and assorted Academic Know-How

Alternative Breaks at Cornell

Guest Blogger: Leah Bossom ’17. 
Wondering what it is we Cornellians get up to during breaks? Leah, a PA and ASB/AWB coordinator talks about the amazing opportunity of Alternative Breaks at Cornell. Learn about these unique experiences to grow as a student, citizen, leader, and individual possible through Cornell and get involved in an Alternative Break this year!   Continue reading Alternative Breaks at Cornell

Something New I Tried on Campus

Guest Blogger: Mimi Vukelich ’17
Mimi, a PA for NSO 2015, talks about her experience trying something new on campus her freshman year and finding a passion in Mock Trial. Cornell brag: Mimi was part of our Mock Trial team that headed to Nationals this spring!

When I first came to Cornell I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to be involved in. There were a few activities and organizations that interested me. People on my floor were getting involved in a wide variety of activities. I remember going to the activities fair on the OC. My friends and I circled around the OC, looking at all of the different activities. We put our names on various email lists and talked to different groups we were interested in. There is one group that, looking back, stands out in my mind but at the time it didn’t even appear on my radar; that group was Mock Trial. A week or so after the activities fair, there were flyers peppered around campus advertising Mock Trial try outs. I read them but didn’t really process what I was reading or consciously think I was going to try out. The tryout process, according to the fliers, involved a brief speech period followed by an interview. Continue reading Something New I Tried on Campus

Student Org Spotlight: BACO

Kayla Morton ’16, shares about BACO (Black Awareness Cultural Organization), one of the most active and multicultural student orgs at Cornell. BACO’s commitment to education, community, and celebration of diversity serves the entire Cornell campus in bringing awareness and understanding to black issues and developing a campus with cultural competency.
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