The Cornell Quaranzine

Supporting Your Well-being - Spring 2021


Dear community,

And just like that- we’re getting ready to say goodbye to March and hello to April! How are you preparing yourself to enter this new month? How will you push yourself? How will you rejuvenate and inspire others? Where will you go to experience joy and laughter? These are all questions we encourage you to consider. What each of us do for ourselves and for the well-being of others, big or small, matters. As English primatologist Jane Goodall once said, “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” In this edition, we’ve highlighted some opportunities to help you ring in the new month, and make a difference, and even perhaps share some laughs!

Wishing you wellness,

The Skorton Center for Health Initiatives

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But First: A Self Check-in

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When was the last time you actually laughed out loud? What/who made you laugh?

When was the last time you made someone else laugh?

  • "I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." ~Maya Angelou

The first day of April, known as April Fool’s Day, has been celebrated for centuries in countries all across the globe. In the U.S. it has become an annual custom consisting of jokes, pranks and laughter. A lot of us have heard the saying, “laughter is the best medicine”; when was the last time you got a dose?

Laughter is important because it improves our emotional health, our relationships, and our physical health in the following ways:

  • Eases anxiety and tension

  • Relieves stress

  • Promotes bonding

  • Strengthens resilience

  • Boosts immunity

  • Lowers stress hormones

  • Decreases pain

To learn more about how to harness the powerful benefits of laughter and humor, visit

Laughter Yoga | Liliana DeLeo | TEDxMontrealWomen

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More than funny | Michael Jr. TED Talk

With comedy, you not only laugh but you also gain understanding in a unique way. Comedy has a setup and then a punch line. The setup moves the audience in one direction-toward what is expected. The punch line occurs when you change direction and take the audience to the unexpected. This same process can be applied to life. Comedian Michael Jr. shows how to take your life's setups and then change direction in a way that brings fulfillment, revelation, and joy not only to you but also to those around you.

Closing out Women's History Month

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What: Paint night

When: Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 8pm

Where: Register at

Tuesday 3/30 at 8pm, join the Women’s Resouce Center (WRC) for an hour of painting with Risley Artist-in-residence Georgia O'Neil! They will be discussing the hidden female form in the work of Georgia O'Keeffe while participating in a guided paint session - materials provided!

For Graduate & Professional Students - Meet a Wellness Buddy!

What: Social opportunity for graduate/professional students

When: Wednesday, March 31 at 7 PM

Where: Register HERE!

Having trouble meeting new friends during a mostly online semester, or just looking to meet more people? The program is open to graduate and professional students at Cornell University and is a great opportunity to share little moments and activities! You will be matched with another student who is interested in doing similar wellness activities as you. :) In this program, you will be able to find a new friend; yoga, exercise, meditation or even cooking partner!

Celebrate Spring - Get Moving!

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What: ZUMBA® : Wellness Wednesday @ the Virtual Tatkon Center

When: Wednesday March 31 at 7PM


(Use this site to also complete the sign in waiver)

Join the Tatkon Center for this free, weekly 45-minute zumba® class and stay afterwards to hang and make some new friends. Put this mid-week breather into your schedule. Open to everyone!

ZUMBA® combines Latin rhythms and international dance moves to create an upbeat, dance experience! With a fusion of Latin, Bellydance, Raggaeton, Hip-Hop, and other forms of dance, routines feature aerobic interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms to sweat and dance your stress away!

Sponsored by the Tatkon Center for First-Year Students.

The Tatkon Center is hiring!

Join one of the friendliest teams on campus!

Apply now to the Tatkon Center for First-Year Students for next year!

Help support and shape the first-year experience!

Gain experience in customer service and program development. Get paid to help new students learn from your experience! Open to all rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Apply by March 31!


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Fitness Classes : Virtual and In-person Now Available!

When: Thurs, April 1

Where: To register and learn about the in-person COVID-19 policies, click HERE!

In-person group fitness classes will begin April 1, 2021 for students approved to be on campus. Class sizes are limited to 9 participants. Classes will be held at Noyes and Helen Newman Hall

Spring Session II of virtual group fitness classes began Monday, March 29. A CFC Membership (students) or Wellness Recreation Membership (faculty/staff/spouses/partners) is required to take Virtual Group Fitness Classes.

Semester-long free classes that are sponsored by Cornell Minds Matter are indicated: Free*

Film Screening: Hairspray!

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What: Film screening: Hairspray

When: Thurs April 1, 2021 at 7PM


This Thursday at @7PM, the Women’s Resource Center will be screening the film Hairspray in collaboration with @bodypositivecornell as part of their Beyond the Bechdel* series!! Come and join them as they watch and discuss the movie. Be sure to RSVP using the following link:

For any questions, please contact .

Asian & Asian American Center's InspirAsian Speaker Series with Winner of Master Chef and "The Blind Cook" Christine Ha

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What: A3C InspirAsian Speaker Series with Christine Ha

When: Thurs, April 1 at 7PM

Where: Registration Required:

Join us for our sixth guest speaker of the Asian & Asian American Center’s InspirAsian Speaker Series. Christine Ha is the first-ever blind contestant and season 3 winner of the competitive amateur cooking television show “MasterChef” with Gordon Ramsay. Christine will be sharing her experiences, engaging in a facilitated Q&A, and answering audience questions.

Ha has been featured on NPR, the BBC, and CNN International, and travels around the globe to give keynote addresses and TEDx talks. She has also spoken about disability advocacy at the United Nations and served as a culinary envoy overseas for the American Embassy as part of cultural diplomacy programs in Jordan, Serbia, Bosnia/Herzegovina, and Croatia. She was a co-host on the Canadian cooking show “Four Senses” and a judge on “MasterChef” Vietnam.

Make a Difference by Standing up for What’s Right

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Hollaback! and Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC) have teamed up to offer free virtual training for bystander intervention and de-escalation to stop anti-Asian harassment, as well as how to respond as someone is being directly harassed. More details can be found at

Serve in Place: Sharespace and Skillbuild

A Be the Change workshop

Register to receive the Zoom link

April 2 and 16, 12noon–1 p.m.

Are you searching for ways to serve your home community in light of the COVID-19 pandemic? Do you hope to continue supporting an established community partner? In this workshop, you will learn how to find in-person and remote service opportunities in your hometown and beyond (including ones led by Cornell alumni), prepare for ethical action and critically reflect on your experience and purpose. Whether or not you attend we hope you will consider taking action with support through our Serve in Place Fund.

For details and more information visit our website or contact

Sponsored by Office of Engagement Initiatives

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What: Café con Leche: Cultura! Ithaca

When: Friday , April 2 at 6:30PM

Where: Access the registration link HERE!

Join the Latino Living Center this Spring for their Café con Leche Series. This series allows students, student organizations, programs and departments to present a topic and engage in conversation and dialogues with members of the Cornell community. Topics range from issues affecting Latinos and other racial, ethnic and cultural communities in topics ranging from policy, media, education, identity, health and more.

All events take place on Friday at 6:30 pm

Join Zoom Meeting

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Friday, April 2, 2021 at 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Register here:

What might social movement scholars and participants learn from the George Floyd rebellion that exploded in May 2020? Considering the rebellion from a historical perspective, AK Thompson reveals how, under conditions of de-democratization and criminalization, the lessons of Black freedom struggles suggest a way forward for all popular grassroots campaigns.

Bria Hamlet, WRC Educator-in-Residence Offers Yoga with an Emphasis on Communities of Color and LGBTQIA+ persons

Join in this sacred space as we move freely with each other in community. The 2pm, 4/3 class welcomes BIPOC, yogis of all levels, though the content will be catered toward beginners.

Register here

Classes for particular communities held on Saturdays at 2pm ET

· BIPOC 4/3

· QTPOC 4/17

· Women and Femme Folx –5/1

· Yoga for Al 5/8

Brought to you by the Women’s Resource Center

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What: Meditaciones en español with Mar Perez from the Dean of Students office

When: Monday April 5 12:30 - 1PM

Where: Access the event information and Zoom link HERE!

Join Mar Pérez every Monday for this free, guided, mindfulness meditation. Part of the Let’s Meditate series sponsored by Cornell Health. Let’s Meditate is open to all members of the Cornell community, including students, faculty, and staff of all ages, genders, sizes, shapes, and abilities.

Participation is FREE. You are welcome to come to as many sessions as you wish. Everyone is welcome!

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What: eCornell Keynote: How to Tell a Joke

When: April 1, 2021

Where: Register HERE!

Can jokes win a hostile room, a hopeless argument, or even an election? You bet they can, according to Cicero, and he knew what he was talking about. One of Rome’s greatest politicians and lawyers, Cicero was also reputedly one of antiquity’s funniest people. He also knew that jokes are hugely risky. Powerful as they are, the line between a witty joke and an offensive one isn’t always clear. Cross it and you’ll look like a clown; worse, you may even be out of a job.

In this presentation, Cornell classicist Michael Fontaine will share Cicero’s timeless strategies for using well-timed jokes to win over any audience while avoiding costly mistakes. He will outline the history of jokes from Aristotle onward, examine the risks and rewards of humor, and offer basic tips for writing your own jokes.

Support Resources for Your Mental Health & Well-being

Free CAPS Workshops



Self-Care: How are you taking care of yourself as this pandemic continues? -- Karen Williams, PhD


This workshop is intended to promote self-care routines that can help participants find ways to become and stay healthy during this pandemic. Topics include managing your emotional tank, spending time engaging with pleasurable activities and ways to connect with others who share your ideals for self-care.

To register:



Min / Maxing Video Gaming: Maximizing Gaming Enjoyment and Minimizing Gaming Pitfalls During Strange Times -- Thaddeus Bates, LMSW


Digital gaming is one of the tools we can use to stay connected and have fun while also social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. But can we have too much of a good thing? During this workshop we'll learn to identify problematic gaming patterns. We'll also learn strategies to help make gaming feel healthy and enjoyable.

To register:

Talk/Text Resources

If you find yourself struggling or in need of someone to talk to, know that you are not alone. The following resources are here to support you:

Cornell Resources

Ithaca Resources (24/7)

National Talk-Lines (24/7)

  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255

  • Trevor Project hotline (LGBTQ+): 866-488-7386

  • LGBT+ National Hotline: 888-843-4564

  • TransLifeline: 877-565-8860

National Text/Chat Services

  • National Crisis Text Line: Text HELLO to 741741

  • Steve Fund crisis text line: Text STEVE to 741741 (connects you to a counselor of color)

  • Trevor Project text line (LGBTQ+): Text START to 678678

National Suicide Prevention "Lifeline CHAT" service:

Get in Touch