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.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

I played CHESS

Today was by far the most enjoyable day since I came to Ithaca. The class has began to become more interactive. We worked on the computers twice today, once with Mr. McCarthy and another with Mrs. McCarthy.

With Mr. McCarthy, we learned the steps to designing our own template. It is quite a complicated task to do. The text must be in perfect alignment, the structure of the paragraphs have to be correct, and the indentations have to be done a certain way, not like the common method of substituting tab for indent. Tonight at office hours, our assignment was to complete our own template design. I was completely confused about what to do, but my project group members and the TA's assisted me well. I do appreciate how patient Mr. McCarthy is. He is always aware of the common and uncommon mistakes people can make while using Office 2007 so he willingly guides the students through it. I hope my professors in the future are just like him.

In the session with Mrs. McCarthy, we got to do some hands-on work with the CHESS hotel simulation program. It is was so much fun! I did not want to get off the computer. Today was just practice for the actual assignment. In order for a hotel to succeed, one must keep track of the percentage of occupancy, the Average Daily Rate, and the department margin. I was able to reach 81% of occupancy, which is already a percentage of guests staying at my simulated hotel. My Average Daily Rate, or the room revenue divided by the number of occupied rooms in the hotel, are was also higher than the ones listed on the front board of the computer lab. I was feeling pretty happy since I seemed to be above average with my hotel. I am feeling really confident about the actual assignment now. Unfortunately, we had to return to the main classroom and sit in for another lecture, on presentation skills. It was not a boring lecture, it was exceptionally amusing in fact. I just really wanted to continue playing with the hotel simulation game.

After class, we had extra time so we walked to the nearby Collegetown. Yueming, Stacy, and I went to the eat at the Collegetown Bagels. While walking there, we were able to see a part of the campus we had never passed before. We passed by the Olin Hall of Chemical Enginering Building, and the Myron Taylor Hall a part of the Cornell Law School.

At first, I did not have the greatest impression of Cornell University, but after today, I now have found a new intrigue of Cornell. I hope to be able to explore the campus even more and see all the charms this institution truly holds.



  1. Louisa,

    I'm wondering if your instructors will ever expand their discussions into hotels that also include options other than just sleeping and eating. for instance, resort hotels or even Las Vegas style hotels where the goal is to fill the rooms at any cost so you can bleed the customer dry in the casinos, the spas, over priced shops or the golf courses?

    In Vegas and Reno, for example, they used to practically give away the rooms and provide top quality low cost meals. Their goal was to get you there because they knew that sooner or later you were going to open your wallet in their gaming areas and that's where the real profit is.

    It's a shame we can visually see some of the templates you're creating or some of the models you're creating. I think it would be interesting and we would all enjoy it.

  2. Now hat I have finally figured out how to post a blog, look for more entries from me. Louisa I am intrigued with your growing admiration with Cornell. I am happy that you see the beauty and splendor of the campus. I hope that you will attend one of the Cornell Informational Session that are given at Day Hall during the week.

    Before I left, I gave Mr. Crossley information about the dates and times for the campus tours. I know that each of you are going to The University of Rochester on Saturday, but you need to do the Cornell campus tour. I am sure that you can find some time to go to the one that begins at 3:00 PM on any day during the week, no tours on weekends.

    Keep up the good work and I love the photos.

    Charles T. Ramsey, Esq.
    School Board Member
    West Contra Costa
    Unified School District

  3. Louisa,

    You sound like a natural for the hotel industry. An 81% occupancy rate is spectacular!! You obviously enrolled in the right course.

    I'm anxious to see this simulation in action -- so please show it to me next week.

    I'm glad they included information on presentation skills -- these are often taken for granted and they really need to be developed.

    Keep up the blogging -- I'll see you soon.