The Cornell Quaranzine

Supporting Your Well-being - Spring 2021


Dear Community,

We are really in the home stretch now! Just this week and the next, that is all that separates us from finals and the end of this semester. It has been a wild ride leading up to this point - it is about time that we all take a collective deep breath and gather ourselves to close this chapter in a strong way. This edition of the Quaranzine will include activities, events and resources to help you do just that!

Wishing you wellness,

The Skorton Center for Health Initiatives

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But First: A Self Check-in

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There is perhaps no better time in this semester than now to take a look back to see how far we have come and also to look forward to prepare for what lies ahead. With the rate of vaccination increasing and the numbers of positive cases going down, we can feel optimistic about our chances of finishing this year on a good note. This doesn't mean that we should get too lax about guidelines, but it should hopefully remove some of the stress we've been feeling for a long time. There is just one more challenge - finals season!

Everybody has their own "go-tos" for relaxation and to reset themselves for finals. Below, you will find different ways to put your mind at ease, support the health of your physical body, sharpen your mental faculties and take purposeful breaks to continually replenish your overall energy. Reflecting on the past semester, pat yourself on the back for your accomplishments, let go of lingering past stressors and turn your attention to organizing the time you have left to do the best that you can. and remember, "Even Bs and Cs get degrees!"

Free Tutoring Ahead of Exams!

The Learning Strategies Center provides FREE tutoring to ALL Cornell undergraduate students. This is a fantastic resource if you are want to get help on any subject from a knowledgeable student. In-person appointments are possible! Register and check out the schedule by clicking here:

Here is an opportunity to join an exciting social media campaign in order to spread good vibes to help propel us across the semester finish line . You are invited to share messages of resilience and support across our campus by telling your own story of what helps you maintain a sense of hope. Stories will be featured on social media along with staff and faculty stories of perseverance and encouragement to help our campus community finish the semester strong.

Access the short Google form here! Please also upload a photo of yourself at the bottom of the page!

Eat Plants to Win Gold?

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What: Discussion on Vegan Athleticism

When: Tuesday May 4 at 5pm EST
Where: Click here to register for event.

Seba Johnson became the first black woman and youngest Alpine racer to ski at the Olympics when she competed for the U.S. Virgin Islands at age 14 in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta. In this talk, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, author of the China Study, will discuss the optimal diet for athletes: a whole-foods plant-based diet. After Dr. Campbell's discussion, Seba will recount her experiences as a vegan olympian. Sponsored by Cornell Vegan Society, The Athletic Advisory Committee, and Black Students United (BSU).

Virtual Trivia Event for Graduate & Professional Students

When: Tuesday, May 4 at 8:00 p.m.

Sign up by Monday 5/3. to join us to play online:

We accept teams, or if you don't have a team, just sign in and we will find you one.

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What: Thank a Professor program
When: Running virtually from now through May 7
Where: Click here to thank a Professor.

It has been a tougher year for all of us, and professors have been forced to change the way that they have done things for many years. At the end of the day, your professors are deeply invested in your educational experience. Perhaps they worked to create an inclusive learning environment, made class especially interesting or engaging, or gave you important advice at just the right time. Let them know that you appreciate their contributions to your learning. Thank one or all of the professors who taught your classes this semester. This initiative is sponsored by the Center for Teaching Innovation.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has made things so strange for all of us. With students studying remotely and in Ithaca, it's hard to feel connected to each other.

Lifting the spirits of our friends, family, and neighbors has never been needed more, and that's the reason Lifted is still on this year with both in-person and virtual options. We hope you take a minute to write a note to anyone on campus - professors, friends, peers - to show your appreciation as the year comes to a close.

Submit a letter below, and it'll be sent out for you in the spirit of Lifted!

The imperative of Utu/Ubuntu in scholarship if Africana Studies and Research are to be celebrated as liberated zones in academia

When: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 4:00pm to 5:30pm


Our last event of the semester will be a talk by Professor Mũgo as part of the postponed celebration of Africana@50. She was scheduled to deliver her address on Friday on May 1st, 2020. As they say, the rest is history. We are very pleased that she has agreed to give the talk virtually this year.

Mĩcere Gĩthae Mũgo, Emerita Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence, Syracuse University, has published seven books, eight co-edited supplementary school-readers and three monographs. Born in Baricho, Kenya, Mĩcere was, reportedly, the first African to receive a doctorate in Literature and the first woman in Africa to be elected academic-

Insider Tips for the Grad School Process

What: See if grad school is for you!
When: Wednesday May 5 at 7pm EST
Where: Click here to register for event.

Are you thinking about the next step in your educational journey and considering grad school? Unsure of where to begin with the process? Join Dean Kathryn Boor and Associate Dean Jason Kahabka from the Graduate School to learn the ins and outs of submitting your grad school application. Hear from these insiders about the application process, the do's and don'ts, and tangible advice about the next step in your college education. Sponsored by Alumni Affairs and Development (endorsed by Cornell Career Services).

Maryam Wasif Khan, "Who Is a Muslim: Orientalism and Literary Populisms"

When: Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 2:00pm to 3:15pm

Virtual Event:.Please register HERE

This conversation with Maryam Wasif Khan is part of ICM's Spring 2021 New Books Series. Who Is a Muslim? argues that modern Urdu literature, from its inception in colonial institutions such as Fort William College, Calcutta, to its dominant iterations in contemporary Pakistan—popular novels, short stories, television serials—is formed around a question that is and historically has been at the core of early modern and modern Western literatures.

See Korean-American singer, songwriter, entertainer, and podcast host Eric Nam!

The Cornell Asian Pacific Student Union (CAPSU) will be hosting a live show on Thursday, May 6 at 7pm EDT with Korean-American singer, songwriter, entertainer, and podcast host Eric Nam! Eric Nam will perform a live virtual concert and take questions during the audience Q&A.

Registration Link:

Please note: Attendance to this event is limited to the Cornell community (students, staff, faculty, and alumni) only. You will need to be logged into your Cornell Zoom account

Movie Night on the Quad Continues!

What: Movie Night on the Quad - Kajillionaire

When: Thursday 5/6; seating opens at 7:30pm

Where: Arts Quad

For more info/ to register:

Invite your small group of friends to attend together, and 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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Teach-in on Confronting Anti-Asian Racism and Violence

What: Teach-in on anti-Asian racism

When: Friday May 7, 2021 at 12-2:00 pm EST

Where: Registration:

Join for an interactive teach-in and listen-in on the history and experience of anti-Asian racism in the United States and at Cornell University. In the first hour, perspectives and presentations from Cornell students, staff and faculty will highlight the long history of anti-Asian racism in the United States as well as the diversity of experiences at Cornell. Participants will hear about the connections and divisions under the very broad labels of “Asian” and “Asian-American,” and explore ways to speak across these differences.

In the second hour, participants will meet in small breakout groups to freely express their views and generate concrete ideas in an anonymous setting (zoom profiles will be anonymized). These break-out rooms are an opportunity to set the agenda for further related programming on campus during the next academic year and beyond.

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What: get hype with DJ Diesel AKA Shaq
When: Friday May 7 at 7pm EDT

Where: Click here to register for event.

The Cornell University Program Board and the Slope Day Programming Board are excited to bring DJ Diesel to campus! DJ Diesel, also known as Shaquille O'Neal is one of the most dominant basketball players in NBA history and is now also one of the greatest entertainers on earth. At 7'1" and 325 pounds, Shaq's larger-than-life personality and powerful athleticism have resulted in worldwide admiration and one of the most passionate fan bases in sports and entertainment. The Hall of Famer first discovered electronic dance music after crashing the festival TomorrowWorld in 2014, a milestone event that changed his life forever after being exposed to DJ's such as Steve Aoki and Skrillex
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Project Hope at Cornell Is Hosting a Virtual Hope Night!

This year's virtual Hope Night Saturday May 8th from 8-10pm will feature performances from diverse Cornell organizations, fun games and prizes, and also raffle prizes such as a Polaroid, cute plushies, $50 gift cards, a weighted blanket, Switch Controller and more. JOIN US AT THIS ZOOM LINK

You can pre-order raffle tickets until May 7 @ 11:59pm.


Polaroid, Switch controller, rabbit plushie, corgi plushie, Tile, weighted blanket, $50 League gift card, $50 Cornell Store gift card, HydroFlask

Bingo, Trivia, Pictionary, Scavenger Hunt
*Win cute plushies, a League gift card, or a dumpling light!

The Chordials, BreakFree, The Class Notes, Cornell Pro-Yos, Cornell Wushu, Cornell Bhangra, Cornell Illuminations, E.Motion, LOKO

All proceeds will be donated to help underprivileged children in Hong Kong and in rural China afford an education.

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Expert Masking with Touchdown! - By Peer Ambassador Ronya Strom

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Bright Spot

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A Meditation Focused on the Self

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"A 15 minute meditation that swiftly dispels the delusions of the limited self and guides your mind into the natural stillness of effortless Being."

Feeling cluttered and nervous ahead of the final exam period? It might be a good time to put aside some time to focus on yourself! This meditation video is guided by Mooji, one of InsightTimer's premier teachers from Portugal. This is his bio on the website,

"Mooji is a true light in this world, whose presence, wisdom and loving guidance have the power to bring us out of suffering and delusion—revealing who we are beyond the limitations of our personal conditioning and identity. Seekers of Truth from all backgrounds and traditions are deeply touched by the indefinable presence and direct guidance of this great spiritual master, and are inspired to find within themselves the deep peace, love and silence they recognize in him."

CAPS Workshops for This Week

Here’re are some of the CAPS workshops for the week of 5/3/21 to 5/7/21. These are 60-minute virtual, psycho-educational, drop-in workshops focused on helping students to thrive during this difficult time. They are free and open to any student regardless of location. To participate in a workshop, please register using the link(s) below. You will then receive the Zoom meeting link by email.




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:

Let's (Tele) Talk Drop-in Consultation

Let's (Tele) Talk is a drop-in service that offers informal, confidential consultation with a Cornell Health counselor. Sessions are available by Zoom during the times listed in the current schedule. 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. See the Spring 2021 schedule and 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