The Cornell Quaranzine

Supporting Your Well-being - Spring 2021


Dear community,

Happy April! This month shows us what spring is all about – the season of growth and renewal, the promise of warmer weather, and the desire to spend more time outside, socializing in-person with our friends and communities.

Social connections are key to keeping your stress in check and replenishing your physical, mental, and emotional energy. With more and more people eligible for vaccination (NYS residents 16+ starting today, April 6th), we are one step closer to the end of the pandemic. While people are still in the process of getting vaccinated, it’s important to continue wearing our masks, socializing in small groups only, and adhering to all the same public health guidelines that keep everyone safe. Thanks to all of you who are doing your part!

This edition of the Quaranzine highlights suggestions for how to have fun and connect with others safely!

Wishing you wellness,

The Skorton Center for Health Initiatives

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But First: A Self Check-in

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Even though things can't go totally back to normal yet, there are more and more opportunities for COVID safe, in-person events opening up both on campus and in the surrounding Ithaca area. We invite you to reflect on the most fun, yet safe, experiences that you have had throughout the last year. Maybe now is the time to revisit some of those ideas and rekindle those fun times; or consider trying one of these:

  • Have a cook-off/ bake-off with your roommates
  • Follow the Planet Walk from downtown to the Science Center
  • Plan a best-nature-photo contest (or other topic)
  • Take a mindfulness walk around Beebe Lake
  • Picnic on the Slope
  • Enjoy sitting in the sun on a warm day
  • Throw a frisbee with others on one of the quads

Staying Local can be Fun!

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Are you itching to get out of your room with the improving weather? There is a lot to explore in the Ithaca area! With sunny days and warmer temps in the forecast for the next few days, there are plenty of beautiful and fun opportunities very close by. Above are three well-known parks that you should definitely check out by yourself or with a small group of friends.

Alcohol Safety Tips for Spring

While you might believe everyone around you drinks alcohol, at Cornell that’s not the case. Many students at Cornell choose not to drink alcohol or use other drugs for a variety of reasons (e.g., in recovery, family history, moral or religious reasons, medication interactions, don’t want to get in trouble, etc.). There are also a lot of reasons why even students who do drink alcohol may choose not to drink alcohol on any given night. This spring, those reasons may include fear of consuming alcohol in social gatherings increasing the risk of COVID transmission.

If you or someone you know is experiencing harm from their alcohol or other drug use, support is available. Tips for lower-risk drinking —including those related to COVID—are provided by Cornell Health to reduce unintended harm and other negative consequences.

All students should know how to recognize the signs of an alcohol emergency and how to get help. Cornell’s Good Samaritan Protocol and New York State’s Good Samaritan Law help protect those who call 911 for help and those who receive help in alcohol-or drug-related emergencies.

What Good are Positive Emotions? Investigating the Seeds of Human Flourishing and Resilience: A Conversation with Professor Anthony Ong

Wednesday, April 7, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

In this talk, Professor Ong describes the origins of and evidence for how positive emotions promote health and well-being, helping us become more resourceful, resilient versions of ourselves.

Register here:

Interested in this Emerging Field?

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What: The State of Trans Studies in the 2020s

When: Wednesday, April 7th at 4:00pm

Where: Register HERE!

With the 2021 publication of The SAGE Encyclopedia of Trans Studies, a timely question is, what is the state of trans studies now and in the future? Join a panel of leading scholars in the field to discuss this topic. The panelists are all contributors to the encyclopedia, and attendees will be given free access to their entries.

What: A relaxing atmosphere!

When: April 8 and 9 from 12 - 4pm

Where: Willard Straight Hall Memorial Room (register here)

Struggling to make time for yourself, to get away from your laptop and responsibilities and just... relax? Sign up for a break at Willard Straight Hall! Experience a ~vibe shift~ in the Memorial Room with relaxing music, rock painting, coloring, sand play, and other activities! Up to 20 people are able to sign up for 30 minute timeslots.

Try to show up a few minutes early to your designated timeslot to be checked in! It is good to be early, even when it is just to relax. You are encouraged to participate with a friend or small group, but keep in mind each student must RSVP separately.

This event is hosted by the Campus Activities Office in collaboration with Class Councils, CU Tonight, and Student Assembly Infrastructure Committee.

The Time Has Come: First Open Paddle of the Spring Season!

Cornell Outing Club will be at Beebe Lake from 4:30-6:30 this Thursday (4/8) - the weather looks great. If you want to paddle must register in advance and space is limited, register here:

Every person will need to register separately and you need to be a member of COC to register on campus groups, to do that go here (aka sign the waiver). If the event is full, that's a bummer and unfortunately, we can't create more spots due to covid rules. We'll hopefully do a few of these this spring, but you can always lead another paddling trip or apply to join the COC Eboard

Graduate and Professional Students Virtual Games Night

When: Thursday April 8th, 6:30pm

Join the Barn staff to play Among Us, Sketchful, Codenames and other virtual games! Meet other graduate students, take a break from work, and enjoy a fun interactive game. Prizes will be awarded to the winning students.

Register here:

Movie Night on the Quad!

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What: Movie Night on the Quad

When: Every Thursday starting this week 4/8; seating opens at 7:30pm

Where: Arts Quad

The people have been asking for it, and finally a collaboration between Campus Activities, Cornell Class Councils, Film Club, and Cornell Cinema are bringing it to you: Outdoor Movie Nights on campus! They are starting off this Thursday, April 8th with Detective Pikachu, and they will continue to show a movie every ensuing week. Check out the list (above) and invite your small group of friends to attend together.

Keep in mind that COVID-related safety is the top priority for all in-person events hosted by the Campus Activities office. They will be carefully designating space on the arts quad for students to enjoy the film, and watching attendance numbers to make sure that screening is not over-populated. Attendees can sit with a group. Staff and student volunteers will be working the event to enforce health and safety measures.

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What: Café con Leche: Cultura! Ithaca

When: Friday, April 9th 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.

Join Zoom Meeting

Hot Wings with Sean Evans from Hot Ones

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What: Virtual Interview and QnA with Sean Evans

When: Friday, April 9th at 7pm

Where: Register HERE!

Sean Evans has two superpowers: interviewing celebrities and eating extremely spicy foods. Against the odds, he's managed to combine the two into the massively popular show Hot Ones on First We Feast. Each week, Sean Evans shares a plate of progressively spicier chicken wings with his celebrity guests, eliciting some of the most hilarious and honest answers you've ever seen from stars like Kevin Hart, Gordon Ramsay, and Scarlett Johansson.

Dr. Ryan Lombardi serves as the Vice President for Student and Campus Life at Cornell University. SCL supports many services helping students including Physical Education, Office of the Dean of Students, Campus and Community Engagement, Cornell Health, and Career Services.

Check Out What is Blooming!

As Spring arrives in full swing, the Cornell Botanic Gardens just get better and better! This time of year, new blooms appear seemingly one by one, every day, allowing you to admire each one. Take a look at what is blooming now in the gardens and natural areas, by clicking here, and then click on the individual images within the page to learn what is currently happening with each specific type of plant.

Learn About Fitness Opportunities!

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Interested in partaking in Cornell recreational events, but not sure which one is best for you? Check out the chart above for a list of opportunities sorted by whether payment and/or reservation is required! Learn more here:

And remember, the exercise-buddy system is a great motivator and opportunity to keep in touch with a friend.

Become an Orientation Leader!

Orientation Leaders are highly valued student volunteers who mentor a small group of new first-year or transfer students. OL groups are comprised of students from any of Cornell’s 8 undergraduate colleges. OLs help new students feel at home, at ease, and supported upon their arrival to campus. New students look to their OL for guidance on how to navigate campus life, campus resources, and stories about what it's like to be part of the Cornell community. Being an OL offers the chance to develop transferable skills in leadership, empathy and communication, group facilitation and team building, and running both large and small events.

Apply by April 12th by midnight


Sweet Thank You to Cornell Health Staff

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Cornell Health staff were given a surprise last week with this expression of thanks from the Johnson School MBA class of 2022. Cornell Health staff felt appreciated, saying " It was a kind gesture and comforting to know our hard work does not go unnoticed."

Need to Refresh? Make time for Sleep

Take 15 minutes a week to prioritize your sleep!

Enroll in Refresh, Cornell Health’s free, online sleep program, for evidence-based information and strategies proven to help you catch more high-quality ZZZs. This eight-week self-help program —open to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students— begins April 12.

Free CAPS Workshops



Time Management: How are you actually spending your time?

Karen Williams, PhD


Would you like to find ways to have academic/work/life balance? Interested in finding ways to use your time efficiently? If so, participating in this workshop will help you identify your stressors, time lapses, and procrastination habits. Participants will also learn about ways to use their time wisely, manage their stress, and ways to have fun, even remotely.

To register: 55631?pwd=VlVFZFF1cGI1VkYrWVpGaGVPL0hyUT09



Shhh, I Don’t Belong Here: Understanding Imposter “Syndrome.”

Wai-Kwong Wong, PhD


Do you sometimes feel like a fraud; like somehow you don’t really belong here at Cornell and that all the others around you know what they’re talking about and you don’t? For what it’s worth, you’re not alone. Come learn more about the Imposter “Syndrome.”

To register:



What is My Problem? The Science (and Art) of Procrastination

Wai-Kwong Wong, PhD


Do you procrastinate? Are you doing it right now? Are you sick and frustrated because you keep doing this to yourself? Come learn about procrastination and how you might get more done in your life.

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