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SONG | Junior Year: Too Old to Join New Clubs, Too Young to Stop Trying

Somehow, three years after I’ve come to Cornell, I am more confused than ever about what a “community” means. This is not surprising — Cornell, in many ways, has always been a congregation of pieces to me: a campus too wide to grasp, with too many people to meet and too many opportunities to seize and miss at the same time. Going into junior year, these elements seemed to come to a stagnant halt.  Being an upperclassman started feeling like I’d been part of the same clubs and organizations all my college life, yet I’d established my roots too deep to find an identity anywhere else. I decided to quit Cornell’s competitive ballroom dancing team at the beginning of this semester. Or at least, take a very long break from it.

Clubs participate in the Global Health Fair sponsored by the Cornell Global Health Student Council in the Willard Straight Hall Memorial Room yesterday. (Samantha Briggs / Sun Assistant Design Editor)

Student Organizations Promote Global Health Opportunities at Fair

Cornellians gathered inside Willard Straight Hall at Cornell’s second Global Health Club Fair Monday, an event that highlights opportunities for students to get involved in global health initiatives on campus. The fair had tables from 14 clubs, ranging from project teams to crowdfunding initiatives, where students could speak to club members. It was hosted by Cornell’s Global Health Student Council, a blanket organization that connects over 20 global health organizations across the campus, according to GHSC president Alex Leto ’16. Leto described the fair as a chance to promote unity and collaboration among the organizations — GHSC’s main goal — in addition to increasing student participation in global health programs.
“[The clubs] can promote the global health community as a whole, while also promoting their own interests and missions,” Leto said. According to Leto, the GHSC reserved the Willard Straight Memorial Room nearly a year in advance — right after its club fair last year in Upson Hall — in  hopes that the more central location would attract attendees.

Cornell Clubs Host Forum on Syrian Refugee Crisis

Several dozen students gathered at the “What’s Happening in Syria?” event hosted Friday by a coalition of Cornell clubs about the Syrian refugee crisis. The mass migration, first catalyzed by the Syrian Civil War, which began in 2010, has gained renewed media attention because of the recent influx of Syrians and migrants from other countries into coastal European countries offering asylum. The South Asian Council hosted the presentation and following discussion, bringing together many diverse organizations, including Cornell International Affairs Society, Arab Students Association and Cornell Organization for Labor Action. “Although the South Asian Council is not directly affiliated with Syria, we understand the global nature of the humanitarian crisis that is occurring right now,” said Caro Achar ’18, one of the students who presented information about Syria. “Ultimately, we are humans too.

DDR Club Hopes To Improve Image

Dance Dance Revolution is for geeks. At least, that is the popular perception.

DDR, as the game is more commonly called, is a music video game for Playstation 2 and X-Box. The player stands on a dance pad with arrows pointing up, down, left and right and moves his feet to the arrows displayed on the screen. The arrows represent different beats and can be subdivided into half, quarter, eighth and 16th notes depending on the level of difficulty. The game can be played with one or two players, although an extra pad is required for the second player.