REALLY?! Cornell Edition

I’ve frequently talked about my experiences with the Cornell University Program Board, as I think choosing, setting up for, and meeting the various celebrities and entertainers that come to campus is a pretty cool gig. Recently, Seth Meyers (of Saturday Night Live fame) came to campus, and l ushered the show in Bailey Hall; after, he did a question and answer session for CUPB, and was incredibly outgoing.

(I asked him if his fame allowed him to live a normal life and go out in public to restaurants, parties, etc. without being mobbed. He said he is able to lead a normal life for the most part, though people tend to think he’s BJ Novak from The Office).

Meyers does a segment on SNL’s weekend update called REALLY?!, where he pokes fun at various things that just don’t seem right or are comical. (See here for an example, where he and Amy Poehler blast Governor Blagojevich.)

I’ve realized that I’ve had quite a few experiences at Cornell that make me wonder, “REALLY?!” so I figure I’ll spout some of them here.

I was sitting in my business management lecture the other day, when I looked a few seats in front of me, and saw a girl wearing headphones and watching videos as the professor was lecturing. I was like, REALLY?! What on earth is the point of attending lecture when you’re not going to pay attention in the slightest?! Why didn’t you just stay in bed?!

On April Fools Day, my friend woke up bright and early to take a shower. After a few seconds, he realized something just wasn’t right. When he took off his shower head, he noticed someone crammed a bunch of tea leaves in it. REALLY?!? Actually…that’s awesome. Cornellians can be pretty crafty on April Fools Day, and the fact that my poor friend took a nice hot shower in brewed tea exemplifies this!

In my nighttime class on Cornell history, we learned that back in the early days there was an ice-toboggan slide that students rode on.  REALLY?! Why can’t we have one of those today?

As I write this, I’m sitting on a bus heading back to Ithaca after I spent the holiday weekend home in Connecticut. I got in the car at about noon to head to the bus station in New York, and am scheduled to arrive in Ithaca at about 8:00 tonight (the bus has made multiple stops as well). Meanwhile, I’ve been in touch with my friend at George Washington University who took a flight at 2:10pm and landed at 3pm in D.C. REALLY?! Why is Cornell too close to fly to from Connecticut, yet too far to comfortably drive?!

I live in Alice Cook House on West Campus, and like it a lot. However, one gripe I have is with the elevator–namely, that it’s the slowest thing in existence! There’s an area between floors where it always stops for 15 seconds before the doors open, and if I calculated I’m sure I’d learn that I’ve spent hours waiting for the thing to open. REALLY?! Why is the elevator so slow, especially when the building is brand new?!

Before spring break, I was sitting in a class when about 20-30 scantily clad architects that were painted green stormed into the lecture hall , interrupted the professor, and started shrieking and running around. As it was a publicity stunt for Dragon Day, the professor took it very well and laughed. But REALLY?! Who wakes up one morning and says to themselves, I’m going to get naked, paint myself green and run around campus for a day?!

Are these incidents as hysterically funny as Seth Meyers’? Probably not. But I hope I’ve showed you that life at Cornell is anything but normal.

Also, for those prospective employers, professors, and the like reading this: I’m not actually this whiny…this list took quite a bit of effort to come up with. I promise!

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