PAPPAS | Reigning Cats and Dogs 

Last weekend, I made the best decision of my academic career: I got a cat. Although I’d like to spend the next several hundred words talking about how amazing my cat is (because she really is amazing), I won’t. Instead, I’ll discuss the value of having a pet in college.

MEHLER | The Importance of Fine Art in the Dormitory Experience

As Cornell now requires sophomores to live in on-campus housing, more students will spend their second year at Cornell in the West Campus houses, the new dorms within the North Campus Residential Expansion and in the heart of Collegetown in South Campus. While many may lament forgoing off-campus and being forced into dorms, there remains plenty of opportunity to personalize the Cornellian living space. By no means am I encouraging students to violate Cornell’s housing policies regarding tapestries, flags and anything else that may violate fire code. However, creativity finds its home in constrained spaces with limited coverage of common rooms and bedrooms permitted. I wish to share just some of the fine art that composed my friends’ and my Hans Bethe dorm for our sophomore and junior years.

Must-Have Snacks For Your Dorm

As my first year at Cornell comes to an end, I find myself with a collection of make-shift recipes for snacks and meals that fueled my body over the busy months of the school year. Multiple times, I’ve found myself with a hungry stomach and limited time to fill it, influencing me to look for quick and easy snacks. Below are some of my favorite recipes and snacks that are perfect to make in a limited space and time frame. 

Frozen grapes 

Frozen grapes are a simple and easy snack when you are craving a bit of sweetness but don’t want anything too heavy. Simply buy a pack of grapes or find some in the dining halls, put them in a Ziplock bag and pop them in the freezer. After a couple of hours, they should be ready to eat!

Library or Dorm? The Impact of Environment on Studying

According to Smith, studying material over extended periods of time in various settings will ingrain the content into the mind as it has been seen in several different contexts, giving one more ways to access the information.

Cooking in the Dorm: A Vegan’s Experience

One of the biggest concerns any vegan has when going to college is finding a healthy, tasty variety of vegan food available to them at mealtimes. In the Cornell dining halls, there are many vegan options that switch out every day, but sometimes I still find myself missing the high-quality vegan food I would make at home.