The Cornell University Calendar Committe presented new ideas to faculty and student leaders regarding calendar changes that will be voted on in May.
On Wednesday the Calendar Committee of Cornell University presented new ideas to several professors and student leaders at the Faculty Senate Meeting. The professors reacted negatively to the changes proposed by the committee. The faculty strongly opposed the idea that “slope day” or the last day of instruction would fall on a Wednesday instead of a Friday. This would create a study break from Wednesday to Sunday and exams would only last 8 days rather than 13. Geoffrey Block the at large representative for the student assembly stated, ”Shortening the number of days available to take exams is clearly not a step designed to reduce student stress.“ The committee also presented the idea of adding a two day vacation in February, but professor rob thorne showed skepticism saying that february would be too early because students have not yet reached their peak of stress by this time. The faculty plans on voting on these changes in their meeting in May but, Geoffrey Block along with others feel that the committee should consider more student and staff opinions on the matter before voting.