• Petitioned Provost Fuchs and President Skorton

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Provost Fuchs and President Skorton

Veto the proposed calendar changes

    1. Geoffrey Block
    2. Petition by

      Geoffrey Block

      Winter Park, FL

The Cornell Faculty Senate voted on May 9th in favor of changes recommended by the University Calendar Committee. The Committee was created to reduce student mental stress by changing the calendar, yet neither undergraduate student on the Committee believes the changes will help students.

The changes include a two day break in February which we, the undergraduate representatives on the committee believe to be good. But this comes at the cost of a shorter exam period and changing senior week into either two or three days long. We believe the shortening of the exam period is detrimental to student mental health and the reduction of Senior Week will cause significant stress to graduating seniors as they are expected to say goodbye to their friends and pack up in just a few days. WE URGE THE PRESIDENT SKORTON AND PROVOST FUCHS TO VETO THE CHANGES

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    Reasons for signing

    • Shavon Henry ITHACA, GERMANY
      • over 2 years ago

      As a challenging university, with a history of serious mental health issues among the student population, it is extremely important that the administration give appropriate amounts of time for relaxation and mental rejuvenation.

    • Reed DesRosiers HONEOYE, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      Shortening study week to "reduce stress?" What a joke! The Seniors deserve a FULL WEEK to spend no-commitment time with each other before they go on with the rest of their lives. Take a week off winter break instead.

    • Andrew Lazar ITHACA, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      I strongly feel that accepting the changes proposed by the faculty senate will lead to large ramifications in terms of student mental health during study and exam weeks.

    • Benjamin Gandesbery ITHACA, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      Because I value my mental health over the convenience of your faculty

    • Barbara Fallon STONY BROOK, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      If it weren't for the extended study period I NEVER could have performed as well on my final exams as I did. A shorter exam period means more cramming of material in less time, something I've never heard anybody prove has reduced stressed.

      Leave things the way they are. If you really want more time off during the spring semester, start the semester early. Hey, that has the added bonus of reducing rush week, which the administration wants to shorten anyway! I can't be the only person who realizes this.


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