Category Archives: Announcements/News

Good Samaritan Policy

By now, you’ve probably looked at the student code of conduct (The Compass) once or twice this year — we have made some changes from previous years (you’ll get an email outlining those changes between now and October 1).

With this all in mind, I continue to want to make sure you were all aware of our Good Samaritan Statement.  The past few weeks have been filled with information regarding the sexual misconduct policy, and when you might want to reach out to others around sexual assault.  The Good Samaritan statement also highlights reaching out for assistance when someone is in need of it.

The basic concept of the statement is that it is more important to get help for another student in their time of need than to not reach out because you are afraid of getting in trouble yourself.  We offer limited immunity for you if you are helping someone in need.  With that, we encourage you to continue to step up and help each other out.  As we’ve discussed during orientation the past few years, help be the snackman:

AWAKENING TO DREAMTIME Spirituality Retreat

RSVP before Sept 18th to participate in this Block Break retreat.
Explore your inner life and dream world Thurs., Sept. 24th (10am-5pm in Hedges). Unpack the nature of dream interpretation from a Jungian perspective, and take a look at the way dreams have been used in different spiritual traditions: Christian, Native American, and Buddhist. Each participant is invited to bring two dreams, one of which can be shared with others. We will explore exercises to help understand dreams both for your personal use and as a group.  This day will be a mix of teaching about dreams and hands on exercises to help you learn to work with your dreams for spiritual, emotional and intellectual insight and growth. RSVP to cquehl-engel.
Presenter Dr. Mary L. Fraser is a pastoral counselor with a Ph.D. in Personality and Theology, degrees in Literature and Women’s Studies, an M.Div., certification in Dream Leadership Training, and studies in Native American Pipe Ceremony, completing her Vision Quest in Maine.  Mary’s daughter, Laurel, attends Cornell College.

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Consent 101

Continuing last week’s conversation around consent, I want to make sure there still aren’t any questions about consent.  Some folks might believe talking about consent can be a challenge.  Laci Green gives some great advice about how to ask about consent.  See them here:

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.  As a reminder, our sexual misconduct policy outlines our definition of consent.

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

Service Opportunity

Come to the Emma Goldman Clinic’s monthly volunteer night to receive service hours! Volunteer nights usually involve putting together informational packets for clients or other office tasks, and are a fun and easy way to learn more about the clinic. Meet in the Commons at 5:15pm Wednesday the 9th – the Cornell van will leave no later than 5:30pm and will get back to campus around 8:30pm. Email hmckie16@cornellcollege.edu or click here to sign up for a spot in the van, or if you are transporting yourself and have space in your car for others!

Student Involvement Fair

When we asked sophomores to share their bits of wisdom from their first year here at Cornell, they pretty much all agreed: the best way to acclimate to college  and to meet friends is to become involved. There are tons of organizations, clubs, and groups on campus, and they’d all love to have you join them at any point.

We have started to feature student organizations on this blog as part of our “Spotlight” tradition in showcasing specific aspects of student activities on campus.

Here’s what we have so far:

Greek Life

The Cornellian

Chess & Games

Performing Arts & Activities Council (PAAC)

Posts to look forward to:

Slick Shoes

Environmental Club

KRNL

Lyrically Inclined

Hillel

…and more!

If you or any organizations/groups you’re a part of want to be featured on the blog, submit an entry to us at studentlifews@cornellcollege.edu

In the meantime, you’ll be able to find out about more than 50 organizations at the student involvement fair this Friday (Sept. 5). Tables for each participating organization will be on the OC from 3:30-5:00pm, and the showcase portion will run from 5:15-6:15 pm.  While the OC will host most of our student organizations, Meet the Greeks will be happening on the Ped Mall as a way to learn more about the different Greek organizations on campus.

Questions? Email ABaumanPower

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

How Cornell Increased My Knowledge and Reasoning Skills

While Cornell offers so much to it’s students outside of the classroom, it’s important to remember what has brought us to this campus from the start: the opportunity to learn and grow. Here to talk about two components of that growth and learning are PAs Angie Mendez ’17 and Rose Andre ’16.  Continue reading How Cornell Increased My Knowledge and Reasoning Skills

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!