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