KEMPFF | Greek Life and COVID-19

Campus was waking up from break when President Martha Pollack landed a sucker punch. The scathing and well-deserved rebuke was given a culprit by the administration: Greek life. Social media users proceeded to publicly shame Greek houses, ranging from mild frustration to targeted attacks. Compared to some Reddit posters, the email sent by the administration was tame. Unfortunately, the virus is a perfect target for many parts of Greek life.

ILR Junior Provides A Sense of Home in a Time of Social Distancing

This week Julia Lescht ’23 and I had the pleasure to meet Will Harvey ’22, founder of The Eating Club at Cornell University. As a current junior in the College of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR), Harvey was inspired to launch The Eating Club as an affordable option for college students for homestyle meals. 

The Eating Club offers a subscription based food service that caters and delivers meals to students’ doorsteps. Every Saturday, Harvey’s mother and grandfather prepare a delicious meal in Rochester, which is then transported to a packaging area in Ithaca and sent out for delivery between 4 and 5 p.m. Each meal includes a main dish, a side, a cookie and a bottle of Fiji water. The club’s mission is to provide a sense of comfort and community for students by providing them delicious, warm meals during a time when in-person activities are limited.  

“Food is definitely a very communal activity,” Harvey said. “When you are eating food, normally, you are eating with other people.

Four Greek Houses Pledge Full Voter Turnout

Four of Cornell’s Greek Houses have committed to certifying a 100 percent voter registration and turnout within their houses: Kappa Alpha Theta, Delta Chi, Sigma Pi and Sigma Delta Tau.