Through WCCUSD’s Ivy League Connection program, Hercules High School Students Justine Betschart, Stacy Chan, Ramiah Davis-Shephard, Louisa Man, Julia Maniquiz, and Yueming Wang will be attending Cornell University to either study Freedom and Justice or Hotel Operations Management during the summer of 2009.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

College Town

Today was our second Sunday away from home, and I decided to check out the service at Sage Chapel. It was kind of different for me because it was a catholic service, and do not attend a catholic church. Nonetheless I am glad that I decided to go.
After brunch at the Appel Commons dining hall, the group took a cab to college town. We did a little bit of shopping, but not too much. I was fortunate enough to find a Starbucks, and simply had to get my caramel frappuccino. I am glad that I did so because we then embarked on a rather long walk in search of the Cornell Dairy Bar. This subsequently became the first time we had to use the “blue light” system which connects you directly to the Cornell Police. Do not worry, nothing serious happened, we only needed directions. During orientation they explained to us that these can be used to get directions, escorts in the event one is feeling unsafe, and also if anything goes wrong and police assistance is needed. They look like light poles, but the lights are blue and they have a yellow box on the pole in which there is a button and a speaker. Unfortunately our efforts were in vain because upon arrival at the ice cream shop we discovered that it is closed on Sundays.
This discovery led to our check in with Mr. Crossley for today. We did not know how to get back to the dorms, so he came and escorted us back. (Thank you again Mr. Crossley.)
Now it is time to finish my essay. We will be meeting for dinner at six o’clock.



  1. Ramiah,

    How convenient it was for you to lose your way when you were a million miles away from your dorms. I'm sure Mr. Crossley enjoyed the opportunity to get out and prove his worth to you all yet again.

    I'm interested in this trip you took to a Catholic service. Was this an effort to check out the competition or is there a lack of available opportunities to attend services from your own faith?

    I was interested in your use of the Blue Light system there. I've seen these at a lot of universities but this was the first time I've heard of them used as a source of information. I suppose this makes sense, though, from a standpoint of public safety. It's better for you to stop and ask for directions than it is for you to wander into the wrong place where lots of police services might be needed.

  2. Your second assumption was correct, there are not many places - at least not that I know of - to attend church around here. Besides, I could not go very far, and Sage Chapel is the only chapel I know of on campus.
    Furthermore, the blue lights are located all over campus. We actually started to use one the first night we got here. At orientation it was really stressed that the blue lights are at our disposal. We were only taking advantage of the resources available to us.