Soon thereafter, it was time for discussion in Goldwin-Smith Hall. Today's discussion focused primarily on the returning of our Plato essays. Although I received positive feedback and encouraging suggestions, our class was warned that our writing, in general, needs improvement. While I am sure his chides did not apply to every single person in our discussion section, I plan to take his "tough love" and apply it to the further improvement of my writing to meet his standards. We have the weekend to make a 2nd draft, which Des expects tremendous improvements on. For the last 40 minutes of class, we briefly discussed Mill and how truly liberal he is. I found it fascinating how connected J.S. Mill and John Locke are. You can't deny Locke's influence on every generation after him.
After another great lunch at Trillium, we ran through the pouring rain to McGraw Hall for our guest lecturer, Ray Schlotter, an Ithacan attorney who came to discuss our constitutional rights and 3 cases in connection with human rights. In order to illustrate the ideas of the 4th and 5th Amendments (which we were able to read verbatim thanks to his distribution of pocket Constitutions!), he "ordered" the class to stand up, reach into our pockets, balance on one foot, and...to open our trunks, which we all replied in a harmonious "NO." The exercise was eye-opening and a great ice-breaker. During his hour-long presentation, Mr.Schlotter reflected on 3 different cases regarding human rights, censorship, and discrimination. The cases were engaging and gave a great taste to the future lawyers of our class what their future may entail.
P.S. Mr. Crossley and Ms. Kronenberg asked Julia, Ramiah and I to look into arranging a campus tour of Cornell before our departure. Upon receiving this assignment, I searched the Cornell website and found that campus tours are provided on Saturday mornings at 11:00am. Unfortunately, there is one problem. Due to the holiday weekend, no tours will be provided this Saturday, July 4th. I am unsure of how we may work around this issue, but I have been told that Mr. Crossley is working on it. Hopefully, the 6 Herculean girls will be able to provide comparisons and contrasts between what Cornell hosts tell tourists and what an actual student experiences while on campus. I'm proud to say that I can finally give the insight of a college student!