This Friday was my Navy Ball, and sadly the last Navy Ball I will attend at Cornell. The Navy Ball has taken place the last three years at the Willard Strait Memorial Room and is a joint celebration for the Navy and Marine Corps Birthday. This year was pretty special since I am a senior and it is typically pretty nostalgic. I brought Ange and we sat at a table with a junior and a couple freshmen. The dinner was good, and the low point of the night was easily the speaker. He went on for nearly forty minutes to the chagrin of many onlookers who needed to use the restroom. In fact, a few people even got up towards the end of the speech and left the room. After the speech, there was a little bit of dancing and then Cody picked me up. Once I got home, I contemplated meeting up with Ange at her Crush Party (she had left the Navy Ball a little early to go to it) but I decided it was just too far a trip and it was nearly over anyway. Crush parties are typically invite only parties and often take place at Lakewatch, which is a function hall about fifteen minutes outside of Cornell.
My buddy from Psi U, Kyle, and I had submitted our business idea from a class we took last semester to the Third Annual Cornell Business Idea Competition. Sixty teams submitted and we were chosen to participate in the finals, comprised of ten teams who all had to make presentations on Saturday morning. We got dressed up and met up at the Statler where we presented to a panel of alumni who were back for the Lynch-Weiss weekend. We ended up taking fifth place and winning $100, which was a bit of a bummer since the grand prize was $1500, but either way it was a good experience.
After the competition I headed over to my Cook St. roommates’ fraternity where we watched their brand new projection screen TV. It was pretty amazing, and we happened to catch the Celtics on NBA TV (DirecTV equivalent of Season Ticket). That night I went to Kyushu which is a BYOB Japanese Hibachi restaurant. The guys from Psi U were throwing what they called “Birthday Bash,” which was a conglomeration of about 6 guys’ and close girl friends’ birthdays. The hibachi was good, I think the cook may or may not have squirted hot oil on one guy’s shirt though. We were kindly asked to leave when one of the guys who was turning 21 that night actually took off his shirt in the restaurant. Luckily, we had already paid the bill and finished anyway.
Sunday was a long but interesting day. It started with the CIVR retreat. Every semester us tour guides get together for a mystery retreat – in the past we have learned about the College of Human Ecology, Athletics Department, etc. This semester was the Hotel School. We took an extensive tour all around the school and Statler Hotel. The second part of the day was spent baking chocolate chip cookies in the cooking lab. Finally, we had Italian food catered by Lucatelli’s. The best part about it all was I got paid for every minute… I had to leave a little early in order to make it down to the Ithaca Commons for the Veteran’s Day Parade. All of the ROTC Units and local veterans dress up in their uniforms and march through the center of town. We all finish up at the VFW where everyone sits down and enjoys lunch together.