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


Lyrically Inclined


…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

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