If September was full of classes, October was even more full of classes (and, spoiler alert: November was even worse).  I took performance rock climbing just so that I would be forced to do something outside of Olin in the middle of the week.  Plus, I like climbing.  Actually, though, if you bring your meals, you can easily spend twelve hours in Olin between classes, office hours, and writing lab reports.  If your research lab is also in Olin, it’s even easier to step outside at eleven at night and realize that you haven’t seen the sun or breathed fresh air since nine in the morning when you came to Olin.

So I spent a lot of time in Olin last semester.  I had one weekend which I not only didn’t spend in Olin, but I wasn’t in Ithaca at all.  It was fall break weekend, and I started it off with my junior year/summer roommate.  In anticipation of cooler weather and in search of fall colors, we decided to hike the Six Mile Creek area.  What we really wanted to do was hike the Cayuga Trail out and back, but I didn’t have time for a seventeen mile hike.  Six Mile Creek was nice.

Some color, though not a lot.

Some color, though not a lot.


When I returned to my apartment, I had enough time to eat a peanut butter and jam sandwich before I headed out again to the band room.  The band had been asked to play at a wedding, and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to (kind of) attend a wedding.  We played after the ceremony, and besides the Alma Mater, we also played the Muppets theme song and a few other selections.  I mean, it’s in our folder, and they requested it, so we played it.  After the wedding, I returned to my apartment, had dinner, did laundry, and packed my bags.

While my classmates went home to see family, or stayed in Ithaca to catch up on work and relax, I was headed off to a conference [Society of Rheology annual meeting, if anyone’s interested] with the research group I had worked in over the summer.  We left early Sunday morning, then I spent the next three and a half days listening to talks about anything and everything involving liquids, suspensions, colloids, polymers, and bread dough.  Yes, really.

Waterfall at Six Mile Creek

Waterfall at Six Mile Creek

Upon my return to Ithaca, I had two days to get together with my lab group and put together a lab report.  We’d been working on our parts separately but we needed to edit and pull the parts together into a semi-coherent report.  We met on Saturday morning at 9 in the morning and worked until 3 in the afternoon.  After that, I ate a peanut butter and jam sandwich (I ate a lot of peanut butter and jam sandwiches last fall, okay?) and went to the red/white hockey game.  The red/white game kicks off the hockey season, and features Cornell against . . . Cornell.  The men’s and women’s teams split up into a red team and a white team, and the band splits as well (freshmen/seniors/grad students/alumni in the white band, sophomores/juniors in the red band).  The band thinks it’s a whole lot of fun, and spends the week leading up to the game, not to mention the game itself, heckling anyone in the opposite band.

And with the next week came another lab, another lab report, and so on and so forth.  Repeat until everyone passes out the semester ends.


This year homecoming was later than usual, occurring after fall break and on the same day as the Red/White hockey scrimmage, in which Cornell plays Cornell.  For the first time, I went to the fireworks show at Schoellkopf Field on Friday night.  All my pictures are pretty awful, except for this picture of the marching band:

There were a few dance groups that performed, and the marching band played the fight song (“Give My Regards to Davy”) as they came into the stadium and performed another piece before the fireworks.  It was fun, and fortunately not too cold . . .

Unlike the next day.  I left my room after lunch intending to go to the tailgate for awhile, work in Olin for a couple hours before the football game (yes, really), see as much of the football game as I could, go back to West for dinner, pick up my clarinet and music from my room, and go to the Red/White game with the pep band.  Note that until I get my clarinet, I do not return to my room.  This is important because I left West after lunch in shorts.  I did have two jackets, but I was wearing shorts.

We were walking around during the tailgate, so it didn’t feel too cold, then I went inside.  At the game, however, we sat while play stopped every 3.2 seconds (I played soccer, where the longest stoppage is about 3.2 seconds) and by halftime, with Cornell losing 0-17, I decided it would be good to leave before frostbite set in.  But not before the band’s halftime show.

Hockey that night was great, with the band and the teams (men’s and women’s) splitting up between red and white teams.  Lynah was regrettably empty (there was apparently also a concert that night), leaving it to the bands to heckle each other.  At the end, the men’s team got into a fight that I hope wasn’t actually a fight, because really?  The ref’s solution was to kick both lines off the ice and bring on the women’s team.  By the way, this is what happens when you fight (look under the score):

And yes, I am very aware that the hashtag they actually wanted me to use was #CUHome

1 Post, 11 Days

1. February 19: On Wednesdays after house dinner, the dorm that I live in hosts a professor or guest who talks about their interests/work.  This Wednesday, they had two philosophy professors present arguments for or against the existence of God.

2. February 20: As opposed to the four and a half hours from the previous week, this Thursday I only spent two hours and twenty minutes at office hours for Fluid Mechanics.

3. February 21: I worked a shift for Cornell Productions at the Bear’s Den.  When we got there, we found out there would be a seventeen piece jazz band playing live music for swing dancing.  Good thing we had plenty of time to set up the sound before the event started.

4. February 22: The pep band went to women’s hockey followed by men’s basketball.  We ended up losing both games, hockey 4-3 and basketball 81-75 in overtime.

5. February 23: I took my online macroeconomics quiz twice and did worse the second time.

6. February 24: The beginning of the Week of No Sleep.  It was a fairly typical Monday except that I spent about five hours that night doing physical chemistry homework and reviewing fluids.

7. February 25: Went to Mac’s in Statler to get fried chicken on a waffle with butter and syrup.  I think my carbohydrates and proteins for the day were covered.  Oh, and the fat.

8. February 26: Spent three hours writing up my lab report for physical chemistry lab.  This was after I had already spent a couple hours turning my raw data into results earlier in the week.

9. February 27: First prelim of the semester.  Two and a half hours of Fluid Mechanics.  What better way to spend a Thursday night?

10. February 28: Went to Noyes before the men’s hockey game to do some bouldering.  One of my favorite things about living on West Campus is that the bouldering wall is less than three minutes from my room.

11. March 1: Women’s playoff hockey followed by the last game of the regular season for the men’s hockey team.  The women won 5-3 over Princeton and this happened at the men’s game against Harvard:

It was a good night.