On the tours you might probably hear the fact, Cornell has over 700 student clubs and organizations. I just recently learned of one called the Cornell Cubing Club in which they help each other solve the rubix cubes faster and then compete in national tournaments…pretty interesting. As for me, I just joined the Cornell Speech Team this semester and we have a tournament coming up this weekend. We’ll be traveling to Boston for the weekend, which sounds really exciting until I think about the speech I have to present and then the whole trip seems nerve racking. We’ll see how it goes, but the speech team (along with the debate team) and the cubing club are two of the 700+ clubs on campus.
In no way would I like this to be taken in a pretentious manner and I am positive this does not happen in all interviews or a majority of interviews, but I am writing this because it does happen. I had a successful interview for the Healthcare Institute of New Jersey which is a public relations firm and lobbying company for the 20+ pharmaceutical and medical instrument companies in New Jersey. Not many people know New Jersey is the capital of the pharmaceutical industry. Drug companies are to New Jersey like cars are to Detroit or Microsoft and Apple are to Washington. The point is during the interview, the Vice President of Operations that was questioning me made a comment that it was very impressive that I went to Cornell. While Cornell may only be a name, it is a name that carries significant weight and makes a difference in the “job” world. I go to Cornell University is something you can say with pride.
On Tues. Jan 30 there was a letter to the editor in the Cornell Daily Sun from an alum explaining his disappointment in Cornell fans at the Colgate-Cornell hockey game this past Saturday. (We were ranked in the past by Sports Illustrated as the toughest place to play for visiting teams.) I cannot disagree as I went to a hockey game right after break thanks to a friend giving me his ticket. The difference from the beginning of the season is shocking. Not only is it the loudness but also the intensity. Both are missing. My reasoning is not that fan spirit has decreased since the time when this alum went to Cornell, but because many of the people who contribute to continuing the reputation of the Lynah Faithful being the best fans in college hockey aren’t there. Why? Because they’ve been kicked out and suspended for the entire season. No doubt there have been over 100 people dismissed and suspended from Cornell hockey this season and it wouldn’t be going out on a limb to say that these people are the ones who wear and yell Cornell pride at the hockey games since they are the loudest and easily targeted. Hockey passion can be correlated to Cornell hockey knowledge, which is why there was no curtain call for Coach Schaeffer after his 201st win to become the all-time winningest coach in Cornell hockey history. The problem is not that Cornell students have lost pride or ingenuity but that we are depleted. Many that consider themselves part of the core, those that lead the cheers, (I am not one) are gone. Those that yell, and know the chants… and curse as that is part of some chants (I am one) are gone. And now fear of getting the boot runs rampant through the Cornellians who are still lucky enough to fill up the student section at each hockey game. We are trying to do what we do best. It is the athletic administration that doesn’t let us do what we do best.
If you’ve ever watched Law and Order or CSI or most other crime dramas you might have heard of the term “suicide cocktail” which is just a series of medication, tools, etc. that are combined to cause a suicide. Well the inspirational cocktail is the exact opposite. Now I’m not the one to commonly say the words uplifting or inspirational because to me those words are used in “corny” and cliche ways. In fact this is my first time that I will categorize something as inspirational.
On the eve of the end of winter break and classes starting, which brings a busy stressful semester to the forefront I will know an inspirational cocktail that I discovered during my relaxing, easy-going, 5 week winter vacation. If you ever need an emotional pick me up or something even bigger here is the recipe, the cocktail.
The cocktail: 1- Read The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo (It’s short 160 pages or so). 2- Watch the Pursuit of Happyness (who doesn’t enjoy watching movies). 3- Read Life of Pi by Yann Martel
I’ve only done it in this order so I don’t know if any other order has the same feeling. Nonetheless, these 3 seemingly unrelated stories and definite creations of people who were unaware of the others’ significance blend so well together it was if they were a trilogy by the same author. Each one supports the others, applies the others to its story, and confirms the others’ argument using a different story. But most of all, it’s easy to apply it to our reality.