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Turning ‘IDKs’ into Choices: Students Launch New App

Indecisiveness is a universal plague. ‘Should I wear my parka or my light jacket?’ ‘Should I go to sleep early or stay up to study more?’ ‘Should I go out or stay in?’ Realizing this problem, a team of Cornell students from developed an app to help streamline and consolidate that process: the IDK App.

The project team gathers before the app is launched.
Top: Andrew Gao ‘22, Kaushik Ravikumar ‘21, Evan Welsh ‘21, Raymone Radi ‘19, Ashneel Das ‘22, Matt Coufal ‘20, Andrew Xiao ‘20
Bottom: Kathy Wang grad, April Ye ‘21, Neha Rao ‘20, Kaitlyn Son ‘19

App Designed by Cornell Project Team Estimates Crowd Density of Campus Facilities

After more than a semester of development, a team of 10 undergraduates and one graduate student within the Cornell Design and Tech Initiative released an app that allows the user to preview the crowd density of Cornell campus facilities without having to physically visit. Using current and historical ID swipe data provided by Cornell IT, Flux’s algorithm makes estimations of how many people are in a certain facility at a given time and presents crowd density information in a way that users can understand. At the time of writing, Flux provides data from all ten of the All You Care To Eat dining rooms as well as Cafe Jennie and Libe Cafe. An older version of the app was released last December under the name Density, which was intended to gain feedback from the general student population outside of DTI. However, because of legal issues, they were forced to temporarily halt distribution and revise their brand.

Audrey Mann Cronin spoke to students and faculty at Warren Hall on Thursday.

Alumna-Created App Works to Improve Speech Quality of Students and Faculty

It’s your high school English teacher’s dogma: “cut the likes, replace the so’s and the um’s, speak slowly yet clearly — don’t stutter.” This so-called “word vomit” often doesn’t leave people’s vocabulary even past school, and Audrey Mann Cronin ’87 is determined to professionalize speech through her app, LikeSo.

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PARK | A Tinder Cover Letter

To Whom It May Concern:

My name is Chad, 22, and I am a student at Cornell University only two miles away. I’ve had the pleasure of looking through your photos and deeming you worthy of the highest honor, my personal seal of attractiveness, a right swipe, and I am interested in pursuing the position of Your Romantic Suitor. My colorful personality, relevant experience, and chiseled physique make me an outstanding candidate to serve your needs. To help you get to know me better, I’ve provided you with a unique and varied canon of photos that display the many facets of my personality. First and foremost, I am an artist.