My Spring Break March 29, 2010Posted by acc73 in : Uncategorized , 5 comments
While I don’t want to get into specifics, I decided to do a visual presentation of my spring break.
= My Spring Break =Awesome!
Spring Break Begins March 17, 2010Posted by acc73 in : Uncategorized , 2 comments
It supposed to start this Monday, but like a true Senior I left early because I was tired of Ithaca! What are my plans? Going home to enjoy family on my last spring break
so, how are you REALLY doing? March 17, 2010Posted by acc73 in : Uncategorized , 2 comments
I can’t avoid the signs with the smiley faces, all the emails I’ve been sent on list serves, the articles on Huffington Post, or all the questions from everyone asking, “So, how are you really doing?”. The recent tragic suicides of three students within a month has shocked Cornell campus and is the talk of the town. Unfortunately, this only perpetuates the stereotype I hear from so many other schools about Cornell being a ‘suicide’ school. Depression still remains an uncomfortable subject Cornell tries to address with resources.
Cornell is a tough school, there is no way to put it lightly. Regardless of the majors, I have friends from English to chemical engineers and they all have experienced more than their fair share of struggles thanks to Cornell. However, I was lucky to never feel like I was alone. The weird thing about Cornell is that we are isolated in Ithaca and the struggles of Cornell has a funny way of connecting relatively different people. Whether it’s starting friendships over failing my first exam or getting rides from people trying to seeing what the world has to offer, I always felt there was someone who was either experiencing something just as bad and it gives me a weird comforting feeling. If anything, the tragedy has spurred a newfound responsibility of the Cornell community to remember that grades aren’t everything and remind others of that fact. Overachievement can really blind students from fully enjoying their college experience, but it is situations similar to this that serves a reminder that we should be appreciative that we are here of that select group of Ivy League students (and soon to be Ivy League graduate!)
Cornell University also provides resources for students facing tough times. Because of the recent events, there is patrol next to the Thurston bridge which is a really sad result to me. We have CAPS, psychological help with those facing depression and giving students a chance to talk to someone better adept at dealing. With these resources no student should ever feel alone or unsupported.
Out of this tragedy, I hope there is some good where students myself included are reminded of their priorities in life and not just at Cornell. The ‘Cornell bubble’ makes me forget about those priorities. So next time someone asks I’ll say a little bit more than just good next time someone asks how I’m doing.
Trying to Show School Spirit March 14, 2010Posted by acc73 in : Uncategorized , 2 comments
One of the things I have always struggled with at every major event at Cornell is the singing of the alma mater and the fight song. Every year since I’ve been accepted all I could do is awkwardly hymn along and hope I don’t raise suspicion so today I took the time to learn a little bit more about each song.
Here is Cornell’s Alma Mater! Actually written by two roommates and can be arguably be classified as the most widely copied alma mater
Far above Cayuga’s waters,
With its waves of blue,
Stands our noble alma mater,
Glorious to view.
Lift the chorus, speed it onward,
Loud her praises tell;
Hail to thee, our alma mater!
Hail, all hail, Cornell!
Far above the busy humming
Of the bustling town,
Reared against the arch of heaven,
Looks she proudly down.
Here is Cornell’s Fight Song Give My Regards to Davy:
- Give my regards to Davy,
- Remember me to Tee Fee Crane.
- Tell all the pikers on the Hill
- That I’ll be back again.
- Tell them just how I busted
- Lapping up the high
- We’ll all have drinks at Theodore Zinck’s
- When I get back next fall!
Definitions: Zinck’s was actually an old bar in Ithaca, but we still keep the tradition on with Zinck’s nights for senior, which is a great celebration including discounts on long island ice tea which is awesome!!!!
Highball is a glass for cocktails for those who are unfamiliar with it.
Piker was slang for freshman.
Tee Fee Crane was the first dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Basically the song is around an imaginary student’s expulsion because of binge drinking. Nothing is as funny as old people’s slang. My goal is to be able to have it memorized and be able to see it by graduation.
Making Pizza! March 7, 2010Posted by acc73 in : Uncategorized , 2 comments
The biggest compliment I always hear about Cornellians is they are always trying to give back. Whether its people selling baked goods to raise funds for those suffering in Haiti and Chile or people doing alternative break projects over their prospective winter and spring breaks, Cornellians realize that to whom much is given much is expected. Me following the trend, I am a third year participant of a local Big Brother, Big Sister program at Cornell. It’s called Ithakids (Clever, right!) and typically every other Sunday we spend about two or three hours hanging out and trying to leave the kids with some kind of lesson of the day.
Today we went to a local restaurant called Max’s in the commons and got to color and decorate our own chef hats and make our own pizza. While I really love being a big brother, this program has shown I’m not close to being ready to have kids and feel exhausted after hanging out with them for just three hours.
We were even featured in the Ithaca Journal, Ithaca’s local newspaper!
*Pictures taken by Ithaca Journal Staff
Famous Cornellian March 3, 2010Posted by acc73 in : Uncategorized , 8 comments
In my enthralling Mergers and Acquisitions class, we were researching about a famous merger between Northwestern and Republic airlines, two airline companies with a relatively small market share of the industry as a whole but when it came to flights in the Minneapolis, St. Paul area they owned about 70-80% of the market. In the middle of the conversation mentioned was a famous Cornellian professor named Alfred E. Khan who was responsible of the deregulation of the airline industry, because back when A-tracks and bell bottoms ruled the earth the airline industry was heavily regulated with a body telling companies the price to set for airline tickets.
Alfred E. Khan was the chairman of the Civil Aeronautics Board and was even an advisor to Jimmy Carter. It was through Alfred’s recommendation the airline industry deregulated and why some airlines either merged, survived and thrived, or hit bankruptcy and no longer exist. Interesting thing about this is that he still lives in Ithaca, he actually lives in a retirement center here in Ithaca. Two of my professors have met him and said he was the sweetest guy they met. I have a new person I want to stalk, because I want to meet him!
The thing about most famous people connected with Cornell, they aren’t household names, but they are these people who have control in the shadows. Some of the more obscure famous Cornellians include Bill Nye the science guy, Robert Smigel known as the puppeteer behind Triumph the Insult Dog and first headwriter of Conan O Brien show, and Gary Bettman the commish of the NHL. I looked it up on wikipedia, definitely didn’t know that! I can only hope to reach the same level of success.