Weekend Events

Friday, September 16

  • Join the Women’s Lacrosse Team, Sports Center at 4:00 p.m.
  • JV Volleyball vs Coe, Small Multi-Sport Center, 6:00 p.m.
  • Volleyball vs Coe, Small Multi-Sport Center, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 17

  • Women’s Tennis vs Monmouth, 9:00 a.m.
  • Football vs. Lake Forest, 1:00 p.m.
  • Women’s Tennis vs Illinois, 3:00 p.m.
  • Bubble Soccer with PAAC, 4:00 p.m., Small Multi-Sport Center

Sunday, September 18

  • Women’s Tennis vs Knox, 9:00 a.m.
  • Women’s Soccer vs Buena Vista, 11:00 a.m.
  • Men’s Soccer vs Buena Vista, 1:00 p.m.


Last week we spent some time exploring consent and this week I want to share some information about another important topic: alcohol use and alcohol poisoning.

Of course, Cornell College has an alcohol policy and I’d be remiss to not share it with you.  You can go read it online.  I know some of you will choose to use alcohol underage, but I want to encourage responsible use of alcohol.

  • Compliance with State and Federal statutes regarding alcohol use, possession, and distribution;
  • Making informed decisions about whether and/or when to use alcohol;
  • Knowing your alcohol tolerance limits and not exceeding them;
  • Behaving in a way that is not disruptive or otherwise harmful to you or others when you are consuming alcohol;
  • Assuming accountability for your actions while under the influence of alcohol;
  • Avoiding binge drinking. The Harvard School of Public Health has established a nationally accepted definition of binge drinking as:
    • For women, drinking four or more alcoholic beverages per drinking occasion.
    • For men, drinking five or more alcoholic beverages per drinking occasion.
    • One alcoholic beverage is defined as one 12 oz. can/bottle of beer, one 5 oz. glass of wine, or one shot (1.5 oz.) of hard liquor.
  • Not coercing or forcing anyone of any age to consume alcohol;
  • Not coercing or forcing anyone to engage in sexual activity when either or both of you have been consuming alcohol;
  • Refraining from engaging or participating in drinking games.

You should also know Cornell has a Good Samaritan policy.  If there is a time when you are concerned about a friend using alcohol, and potential alcohol poisoning, our first priority is others’ safety and we want you to call for help.

A former student of mine shared this post with Huffington Post called “21 Lessons I Learned After One Year as a Sober 21-Year-Old.”  If you think you have a problem with alcohol, or know someone who might, I’d encourage you to check it out.  You can also take a free online screening that is anonymous and will help you to know whether drinking has become a problem for you.

Mix It Up Monday

What is Mix It Up?

Mix It Up is a community-building activity designed to help you:

  • get to know more people outside of your typical circle (network)
  • become more comfortable talking with those who are different from you / have different experiences or opinions (understanding)
  • build familiarity, comfort, and trust among new acquaintances (respect)

Why Should You Participate?

  • Because you can learn and enjoy beyond the normal boundaries and daily routines that you have set for yourself
  • Because your individual success at Cornell is related to the strength of the campus community, and vice versa


Instructions for Mix It Up! 

  1. Sit in an area different from where you normally sit, and with people whom you may not know. Staff and student leaders may provide suggestions of places you might sit.
  2. Form a group with 3-4 other people sitting around you.
  3. Take a few minutes to introduce yourselves by sharing your: Name / class year / when you lived in your first-year hall and on which floor / major / where you are from
  4. Take turns sharing your answers to the questions on the “What is your favorite…” list.
  5. After finishing the list, continue to enjoy getting to know each other.
  6. After today, continue to greet each member of your group on campus. Try to remember everyone’s name and at least one of their favorite things.

Mix It Up! is part of the Breaking Bread community-building series sponsored by Student Affairs

Sexual Assault and Consent


We need to talk 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.  Consent is one of the areas where communication needs to be more clear.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 student affairs 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

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.