DO | In Search of Memories

Community is a funny thing to search for in an environment like college. We’re old enough to have lost the magical innocence of childhood that can forge life-changing friendships out of seemingly mismatched pairs, but we’re also plagued with the insecurities of youth. No one quite knows what they want, but they go out looking for it, anyway.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: RE: ‘Welcome to Cornell, Inc.’

To the Editor:

The article “Welcome to Cornell, Inc.” by John Monkovic ‘24 raises many interesting ideas — some valid and others misinformed.  

He is correct that “shared governance” has become “nothing more than a buzzword.” For most of Cornell’s history, the faculty ran the show with very few staff in the central administration. The Trustees delegated power to the President, the faculty and a few specialized boards. In the turmoil of the 1960s, this changed. The Trustees delegated policy and budgetary control over what is now called Student and Campus Life to the University Senate, and the Senate also controlled the campus judicial system. Gradually, the Trustees and central administration clawed back power, until August 2021, when the last area of authority, the judicial system, was removed and given to Day Hall.

Artist and Researcher Sandy Rodriguez to Give Keynote Presentation

On Thursday, April 28, Los Angeles-based artist and researcher Sandy Rodriguez will give a keynote presentation in the Physical Science Building. Rodriguez will visit Cornell as part of the “From Invasive Others toward Embracing Each Other: Migration, Dispossession, and Place-Based Knowledge in the Arts of the Americas” project — an interdisciplinary research initiative that explores Indigenous, Latinx and Chicanx histories through visual, performance and textual arts. The research team also features Prof. Ella Maria Diaz, Latino/a studies, Prof. Ananda Cohen-Aponte, history of art and visual studies and Prof. Jolene K. Rickard, history of art and visual studies. Rodriguez’s keynote presentation will focus on Rodriguez’s artistic practice and her three-week residency at Cornell and Rocky Acres Community Farm, an agricultural cooperative that aims to intertwine activism and nature. Rodriguez will share her project, Codex Rodriguez-Mondragón, a series of bioregional paintings and maps that illustrate themes of history, medicine, color and culture.

As McGraw Tower Reopens to Visitors, Cornell Chimes Program Continues to Evolve

On Monday, April 11, McGraw Tower once again opened its doors to visitors hoping to climb its 161 stairs to attend a Cornell Chimes concert. 

The tower, which has been a staple of Cornell’s central campus, has been closed to visitors since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. For the student musicians that play the bells three times a day, known as chimesmasters, the lack of an in-tower audience has been anomalous, but not a prevention to their craft. 

“It’s been really odd playing without visitors,” Linda Li grad, head chimesmaster, said. “Now that we’ve opened back up, it’s been really exciting to show visitors who is behind the music.”

The Chimes program now hopes to give students, especially those graduating this semester, a chance to visit the tower. “We have a lot of Cornellians that haven’t had the opportunity to go into the tower because it’s been closed for approximately two years,” Marisa LaFalce ’96, the Cornell Chimes program coordinator said. “We’re working with Campus Activities to provide some opportunities for seniors to climb the tower during Senior Days.” 

Li described limitations placed on the Chimes program due to the pandemic, such as restrictions on the number of chimesmasters allowed in the tower at a time and the inability to play duet pieces. 

Despite this, the chimes have continued to ring out across campus, which Li described as a relaxing time away from classes that also connected her to the real world when classes were all digital.

Cornell Welcomes Flo Milli to Campus

On Saturday, April 23, Flo Milli and special guests Tkay Maidza and Réne Ortiz will perform at a concert in Barton Hall, presented by the Cornell Concert Commission and the Multicultural Funding Advisory Board. The concert will be  open to the Cornell community and general public. 

The Cornell Concert commission and the Multicultural Funding Advisory Board are responsible for organizing and hosting concerts on campus, working with various artists to provide entertainment for the campus community. Miles Greenblatt ’22, executive director of the Concert Commission, took part in the decision of which artists to attempt to host, described Flo Milli as an exciting young rapper that many students were incredibly interested in seeing perform. Greenblatt said that students from the Concert commission Multicultural Funding Advisory Board, and other organizations across campus have been asking for Flo Milli to come to campus for over a year. 

“It is also always important to us to bring artists that represent a wide variety of students,” Greenblatt said. “Early on, all of our in-person hip-hop shows have featured male rappers, [so] this was an excellent opportunity to bring an artist that is exciting to a lot of students, and to have Black women both headlining and opening a CCC hip-hop show for the first time in over a decade.”.

Cornellians Reflect on the Pressures of College Life As Another Academic Year Comes to a Close

As the 2022-2023 academic year ends, Cornellians reflect on their time in Ithaca, and recount the pressures they’ve faced throughout the year. A 2018 survey from the American College Health Association reported that around 90 percent of college students felt overwhelmed and physically exhausted by school-related responsibilities, including stress of exams along with extracurriculars. About 60 percent of students reported that they felt a large amount of anxiety or depression. These statistics are part of a larger national debate regarding the mental health of college students –– many are trying to figure out what factors are contributing to these issues. Natalie Meredith ’25 feels that pressure from Cornell’s competitive environment is a factor in declining student mental health.

MEIDENBAUER | The Break Dilemma

Breaks literally “break” up the natural week-to-week rhythm of the semester. In many ways that’s great, but when it comes to juggling workloads, it creates its own unique challenges that many of us don’t like to acknowledge. As someone that thrives on organization, it’s easy to capitalize on the momentum of a structured schedule week after week. Many of us develop innate rhythms; going to the library every Sunday for example. These rhythms take time and tweaking to develop and are thrown off by the sudden absence of a workload, even if only for a brief time.