The Cornell Quaranzine

Supporting Your Well-being - Spring 2021


Dear Community,

Congratulations - week one done! Let’s continue doing the best we can, one day at a time, and celebrate even the seemingly small victories.

This past weekend was Valentine’s Day (and Galentine's day). Whether you celebrated with a romantic partner, best friend, sibling or your pet bunny, we want to encourage you to keep the love going - toward those around you and toward yourself this week. Making someone laugh, commiserating together or pushing one another toward being the best version of yourselves are all examples of how you might express love, care or concern for someone else. Staying hydrated, getting some exercise or prioritizing sleep are ways you might show love to yourself.

What else can you think of? What will you try this week?

Wishing you wellness,

The Skorton Center for Health Initiatives

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But First: A Self Check-in

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How do you define love? How have people demonstrated what love is to you? In our society, love carries numerous meanings and definitions all at once. The examples we get from our friends, families, our faith-based communities, and the media, ultimately shape our perspective.

Consider these aspects of love and how you may experience and or want to express them:

  • Love does not do away with boundaries at the expense of your own or another person's well-being.

  • Love ultimately respects others.

  • Love equates to action - the giving of our time, resources, or words to uplift others.

  • Love extends grace and forgiveness while challenging us to grow into better versions of ourselves.

  • Love makes us feel safe.

  • Love is communicated and expressed.

How might you communicate love to yourself and others this week?

Love Yourself. Love Community.

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Who says you can’t practice NatureRx because it’s winter?

Plant Friends & Flavors of the Finger Lakes:
A Virtual Winter Wild Edible Plant Walk

Sponsored by the Finger Lakes Land Trust

Tuesday, February 16: 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Register in advance on Zoom for this event.

Join Annabel Roberts-McMichael, FLLT Conservation Easement Steward, on a virtual winter plant walk and learn about the identification and mindful tasting of amazing, common plants in our region.

Even in winter, spending time in the nature around you can improve your cognitive ability and boost your concentration and overall mood.

Watch this video for tips on enjoying nature in the winter:

Tatkon Center Tat Chats

Join their themed conversations covering everything from exploring minors to exploring Ithaca and everything in-between!

Tatkon student staff host these chats to informally advise and share their knowledge to make your first year the best it can be.

Adjusting to your new classes and schedule

Wed, Feb 17, 3-5pm

If you’re just starting at Cornell, or even if you have one semester under your belt, it can be really hard to adjust to your new schedule. Need some tips to get back in the swing of things? Want someone to vent to? Drop in with Ashni, ILR senior.

Quiet places on campus to study and relax

Thurs, Feb 18, 7-8:30pm

Looking to get out of your dorm room? Hear from Abby about some of the most popular and underrated places on campus.

BEAR Walk Talks For Students Living Off-Campus

Wednesday February 17th @ 5pm - Being a Good Roommate during Covid and beyond: How to communicate and work through conflict with Kim Garrison, Assistant Director, Residential Life

Please join us this semester as we embark on a new adventure building relationships and community! Every Wednesday at 5 pm, the Off-Campus Housing Office will be hosting the BEAR Walk Talks session.

Women's Resource Center is Pleased to Announce Workshop with Kara Stevens, Founder of the Financial Wellness Platform The Frugal Feminista.

Event is tomorrow February 17th, @ 7pm but there are still some spaces left!

To register go to

In this workshop, Black women will unpack and grapple with the various ways constructs of race and gender inform how they feel about money and feel about themselves in order to heal generational trauma caused by a lack of financial knowledge and wealth. This workshop will allow Black women to hold space in order to rewrite their personal money stories into ones that affirm their worth, build wealth, and reinforce abundance.

For International Students

The International Students Union is recruiting new members to their five functional teams this semester! If you are passionate about international causes and promoting internationalism, please join our family. We would love to see you all at our informational sessions! See dates and times below.
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Wellness Collaborates with the Cornell Hip Hop Collection & DJ ha-MEEN: Hip Hop & Historical Roots Listening Party

  • Wednesday, February 17, 3:00pm-5:00pm EST
  • Provided live through Zoom
  • Register Here

Established in 2007, the Cornell Hip Hop Collection preserves more than 250,000 items across dozens of archives documenting the origins of Hip Hop culture and its spread around the globe. Ben Ortiz has been the curator of the collection for the last ten years and is also known as DJ ha-MEEN, on the music scene as a professional DJ. This spring semester, Cornell Wellness has collaborated with Ben and the Hip Hop Collection, to bring more music and movement into your lives. Join Ben, as he spins Hip Hop music and the roots music where it all started from. DJ ha-MEEN will provide historical information and important facts about how these songs and lyrics impacted and expanded Hip Hop culture and community. It's a great way to ease out of your day!

Thursday, February 18, 2021, 5pm EST

Thursday, February 18, 2021, 5pm EST

Toni Morrison, M.A. ’55, is one of Cornell’s most beloved alumni. Although she left us in 2019, her work continues to both resonate and inspire. On what would have been her 90th birthday, a panel of international scholars will discuss how Morrison’s scholarship and art have impacted writers, critics, and readers, and why her work still feels so fresh and vital today.

Please join us to celebrate Toni Morrison’s life, career, and enduring legacy. Register:

Guided Progressive Muscle Relaxation -- Ahhhh...

Give yourself the gift of relaxation

  • Thursday, February 18, 11:00am-11:30am EST
  • Provided live through Zoom
  • Register here

Putting in long hours on your electronic devices? Feel tension leaving your muscles as Kerry Howell, Cornell Wellness staff, guides you through a 30 minute progressive muscle relaxation session live through Zoom. Allow yourself to be led through this relaxation technique that will bring some much needed relief to your overworked muscles from your head down to your toes.

Cornell Chimes Competition Info Session

Thursday February 18 and Friday February 19 from 5pm-6:15pm

To join an info session, navigate the Chimes Concert Schedule and click on the Zoom link listed on the corresponding day.

Can you read music? Climb 161 steps? Balance on one foot? Join Cornell’s oldest musical tradition by becoming a Chimesmaster! To learn more about the 2021 Chimes Competition, visit our website.

Café con Leche - Latinx Go Global

Friday February 19 at 6:30pm

Click here for more information.
Click here to join event.
Meeting ID: 976 4423 8388 Passcode: café

Latinx students share their experiences studying in locations across the globe! Q&A with students and study abroad staff. This event is part of the Latino Living Center's Café con Leche series presented by Latinx Student Success Office Latinxs Thrive! series and Cornell Global Learning.

Sponsored by Latino Living. Center, Latinx Student Success Office, and Latina/o Studies Program.

2021 Pan Asian Celebration

February 19th

7:30PM - 9:00PM EST

Virtually join fellow Cornellians, friends, and family worldwide to celebrate CAAA, the accomplishments of our honoree, Ming Tsai ‘89 and the Lunar New Year - Year of the Ox.

This free event includes cultural performances from students and global alumni performers, multiple dinner and drink offerings, a silent auction, and a keynote address by our honoree, Ming Tsai. Ming Tsai will be doing a cook along, and will teach us how to make his new bings from MingsBings. You can order the kit here! Proceeds from ticket sales, donations, silent auction, and the Harney and Sons custom yellow tea blend will all go towards funding the CAAA undergraduate scholarship program.

The Cornell University Press, as a special bonus, is providing free reading to everyone who registers for our 2021 Virtual Pan-Asian Celebration! Expect great selections from their deep Asian Studies collection. More details will be available soon.

Honoree and Keynote Speaker
Ming Tsai, MPS Hotel '89
Restaurateur, Entrepreneur & Celebrity Chef

Learn more and register at this link!

Filipino Martial Arts Seminar with Senior Master Ron England

Saturday February 20 at 2pm

Free and open to the Cornell community and beyond.
Click here to register for event.

Senior Master Ron England trained for many years directly under the Escrima legends GGM Braulio T. Pedoy and his son Batikan Eduardo Pedoy. Ron is acknowledged in the Filipino Martial Art community as an extremely knowledgeable master level instructor on all aspects of the bladed combat art of Pedoy Style Derobio Escrima.
The seminar will focus on solo training. Equipment to prepare: two rattan sticks (or flashlight, kitchen utensils, etc. that can be improvised as sticks)

Sponsored by Kali Club at Cornell. Co-sponsored by GPSAFC.

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

The class 2/20 @ 2pm class welcomes QTPOC, yogis of all levels, though the content will be catered toward beginners. Join in this sacred space as we move freely with each other in community.

Register here

Classes for particular communities held on Saturdays at 2pm ET

· BIPOC 2/13, 4/3

· QTPOC 2/20 4/17

· Women and Femme Folx – 3/6 5/1

· Yoga for All 3/20 5/8

Brought to you by the Women’s Resource Center

Co-op Mosey Open House Sunday, Feb 21st 1:00 – 5:00pm ET

Co-op Mosey is an afternoon of virtual fair open houses of the university-owned cooperative residences. Learn about living in a co-op for the 2021 – 2022 academic year!

The open houses will be in a virtual fair in CampusGroups, where you can chat with co-op officers, see photos, and enter Zoom sessions. You can enter each Zoom for just a short while, or for a longer time, or just read the descriptions and click to request further information from the houses that interest you.

Co-ops are unique, collaborative communities governed by their student residents, and are among the least expensive housing options on campus. For more information about cooperative living see

Resources for Graduate Students

The Graduate School values student health and well-being as a foundation for academic and life success. We encourage you to get involved with the greater Cornell and Ithaca community and reach out to us if you need guidance or support.


to learn how to enhance your graduate student experience with the following:

Coming Out for Allyship: Building Allyship Series w/ QGrads

Save the date! February 24th @ 12:00PM - 1:30PM EST

QGrads is collecting anonymous stories from any queer or queer-allied community member (students, faculty, staff, etc.) at Cornell that exemplifies either:

1. a time you felt unsafe, unseen, disrespected, prejudged, micro-aggressed, etc., and/or

2. a time when you've experienced (given or received) allyship

Share your story here:

Finding Bright Spots

Excerpt from Today's Email Update on the Campus Mental Health Review

"While Cornell’s administration will work to implement recommendations, changing our campus culture to better support mental health requires efforts at every level—from systems and policies to the ways we interact with one another as individual members of our campus community.

One way we hope to help shift the culture is to shine a light on what is already working well and to learn from one another. To that end, we will be seeking examples of what we refer to as “bright spots,” efforts at any level (e.g., department, classroom, individual) that we can learn from, share, and replicate across departments and colleges."

Additional Resources for Your Health & Well-being

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Headspace wants to be here for you — to help you find some time, space and calm as you weather this storm. Visit: for free mindfulness offerings.

Love Yourself. Take Care of Yourself.

Avoiding Common Nutrition Myths and Mistakes – Solutions for Healthy, Balanced Eating

Join psychologist Jennie Bernstein, PsyD, and nutritionist, Cindy Milner, RDN, to learn about common nutrition and health-relation misconceptions! We’ll address questions frequently asked by students about the latest diets trends, the connection between food and mood, meal and snack planning, eating on a budget and more!

When: Feb 24, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

The Learning Strategies Center

The Learning Strategies Center will help students build their academic community and resilience, whether it be through study partner matching or by following tips to Start Spring '21 Strong. Remember successful students ask for help by attending faculty and TA office hours, access free tutoring, and attend LSC-sponsored study skills workshops.

Cornell Health Let's (Tele)talk Spring 2021

Let's Talk is currently being provided by Zoom.

How it works: Let’s (Tele)Talk is available during the times listed in the current schedule (see link below). Click on the relevant link to access a Zoom meeting with a counselor. Students are seen individually on a first-come, first-served basis. There may be a wait in the virtual waiting room if the counselor is seeing another student. Please wait and we will be with you as soon as we can.

> See the Spring 2021 schedule below

> Meet our Let's Talk counselors

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