Seniority Rules: Senior Takes on Cornell Dining

As my first semester at Cornell wanes, I have had moments where I felt like I have known everything about dining here. I can proudly say that I have been to most of the dining halls and eateries on or around campus. But alas, I am only a freshman. Many seniors — those who have braved the Ithaca winter for four years, somehow continued to go back to Okenshields repeatedly and have experienced everything that Cornell has thrown at them, are the ones with the actual knowledge. Although the COVID-19 era of Cornell Dining may taint their opinions, I decided to sit down with a few to hear their views on Cornell Dining eateries around campus.

Lab-Grown Food: Meat Without Murder

In 2022, it’s more common than ever to see the plant-based diet represented in the world of dining. From Impossible Burgers to dairy-free cheese, the sticky, laminated folds of restaurant menus have opened up to the idea of vegan and vegetarian cuisine. Your waiter doesn’t care whether you’re a life-long vegan, kosher or just watching your cholesterol — the reasons behind avoiding animal products are varying, and it’s never mattered less. 

At the same time, recently, issues regarding animal agriculture have received more attention. Environmental impacts, excessive water use, land intensification and health impacts are all areas of concern that are becoming more common among consumers. Beef cattle production is responsible for around half of greenhouse gas emissions caused by agriculture, and many people report a desire to cut back on red meat consumption in favor of plant-based alternatives.

THIS WEEK IN PHOTOS | Oct. 17, 2021

Students and families walk through West Campus during fall break on Monday. Students made the most of their days off in many different ways — they studied for exams, spent time with their families, ran ultramarathons, watched movies and visited friends. (Leilani Burke/Sun Contributor)

On Monday, bolted-together logs, part of a Cornell-approved temporary art installation by Bushra Aumir ’22, block one of the slope paths. The project was inspired by the U.S. government’s 1960 seizure of the Ohi: yo’ Territory, which was inhabited by the Seneca Nation of Indians. (Julia Nagel/Sun Assistant Photography Editor)

A student walks by 312 College Avenue, a Collegetown apartment complex, on Wednesday.

THIS WEEK IN PHOTOS | Oct. 3, 2021

On Wednesday, a student walks by the Welcome Center towards North Campus. As temperatures dip, fall colors are starting to show around campus. (Julia Nagel/Sun Assistant Photography Editor)

Students exit the Collegetown 7-Eleven on Wednesday. After six years of renovations, the store—an accessible and affordable option for students—unveiled its new interior in early September. The renovations included an expanded shelf stock, twice as much floor space, a bigger counter, a seating area and more drink machines.

THIS WEEK IN PHOTOS | Sept. 12, 2021

On Tuesday, a student relaxes under a tree on the arts quad. (Julia Nagel/Sun Assistant Photography Editor)

Students pass by the new Student Agencies apartment building on Wednesday. After more than a year of construction, the luxury apartment complex is fully occupied this year. (Hannah Rosenberg/Sun Photography Editor)

On Wednesday afternoon, a rabbi shares a treat with students after blowing a shofar on Ho plaza to celebrate Rosh Hashanah. (Julia Nagel/Sun Assistant Photography Editor)

The line for COVID testing at the Willard Straight test site stretches far outside the doors and across Ho Plaza on Wednesday.

THIS WEEK IN PHOTOS | Sept. 5, 2021

On Tuesday, students eat and work outside on North Campus and enjoy the nice weather. As part of the North Campus Residential Expansion, two new dorms — Ganędagǫ Hall and Toni Morrison Hall — were completed over the summer and are occupied this fall by first-year students. (Julia Nagel/Sun Assistant Photography Editor)

In a typical year, Balch Hall is a dorm for first-year female-identified students. But this fall, it is being used as Covid quarantine housing. On Tuesday, the courtyard sits empty, blocked off to through traffic.

THIS WEEK IN PHOTOS | Aug. 29, 2021

Students walk up Ho Plaza on Wednesday, the day before the fall 2021 semester began. (Julia Nagel/Sun Assistant Photography Editor)

Outside of Anabel Taylor Hall, Cornell Hillel hosts a Welcome Back BBQ on Wednesday. (Julia Nagel/Sun Assistant Photography Editor)

On Wednesday night, the eve of the fall 2021 semester, Cautious Clay performed on Schoellkopf Field. Sponsored by the Cornell Concert Commission, this concert signified Cornell’s first in-person musical performance since the start of the pandemic. (Ben Parker/Sun Senior Editor)

Cautious Clay, whose music spans a variety of genres and instruments, sings on Schoellkopf Field on Wednesday night.

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In Photos: 2020, Reviewed

Photos at the start of 2020 mirrored previous years: crowded ClubFests, student activism, Ithaca weather and hockey games. But as a raging pandemic canceled events and closed campus, the photos depicted a shift in daily routines and customs that defined an unforgettable year. Here’s a look at 2020 — often called historic, unprecedented and one like no other — in photos.