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Slope Day on Wednesdays

Posted by billhoward 
Slope Day on Wednesdays
Posted by: billhoward (---.hsd1.nj.comcast.net)
Date: April 23, 2012 10:25AM

[cornellsun.com]
Erin Ellis, Cornell Daily Sun
If the [academic calendar] changes are passed by the Faculty Senate [first since 1984], the University would add two vacation days in February; condense the exam study period from seven days to four and exam week from eight days to six; shorten Senior Week from seven days to three; and change the Wednesday before Thanksgiving from a half day to a full day off. Additionally, Slope Day would fall on a Wednesday, rather than a Friday.
This is perhaps to encourage less Slope Day intoxication because the date, like some students, would fall on a weekday? Story also says that even with fewer exam days, the odds of exam conflicts would be minimized because Cornell would use a scheduling algorithm, says Cornell. Now there's a formula worth seeing.

Why doesn't Cornell look at the quarterly system? You can start after Labor Day, have time for a week at Thanksgiving, and still finish by mid-December. If the spring semester finishes a couple weeks later, that's not a bad thing. Ithaca gets nicer in late May and early June. It does mean spending an extra week or two in Ithaca in January for the start of winter semester.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/23/2012 11:39AM by billhoward.
 
Re: Slope Day on Wednesdays
Posted by: jtn27 (---.redrover.cornell.edu)
Date: April 23, 2012 12:41PM

There have been a few other articles about this in the past month or two. I don't think reducing alcohol consumption has anything to do with it. Nor do I think moving Slope Day to a Wednesday would have any significant effect on alcohol consumption. I think the reason Slope Day would move is that the University wants to add a few extra days off without changing the number of class days.

 
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Re: Slope Day on Wednesdays
Posted by: French Rage (---.packetdesign.com)
Date: April 23, 2012 06:44PM

Are two days off in February really necessary? February never seemed that bad to me. I'm assuming it would be President's Day weekend?

 
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Re: Slope Day on Wednesdays
Posted by: css228 (---.twcny.res.rr.com)
Date: April 23, 2012 07:14PM

French Rage
Are two days off in February really necessary? February never seemed that bad to me. I'm assuming it would be President's Day weekend?
As a student, this calendar seems more, not less, stressful.
 
Re: Slope Day on Wednesdays
Posted by: jtn27 (---.redrover.cornell.edu)
Date: April 23, 2012 10:27PM

If they're going to add days off, I think they should base it off Easter and Passover, not President's Day.

 
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Re: Slope Day on Wednesdays
Posted by: Ben (158.143.162.---)
Date: April 24, 2012 11:26AM

css228
French Rage
Are two days off in February really necessary? February never seemed that bad to me. I'm assuming it would be President's Day weekend?
As a student, this calendar seems more, not less, stressful.
I agree. A shorter reading period and the same number of exams in fewer days is going to make the end of term more stressful. If it ain't broke....
 
Re: Slope Day on Wednesdays
Posted by: kingpin248 (---.dyn.optonline.net)
Date: May 09, 2012 11:25PM

After a couple of slight tweaks, and in a close vote, the Faculty Senate approved the new calendar, sending it to President Skorton for approval.

 
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Re: Slope Day on Wednesdays
Posted by: French Rage (---.packetdesign.com)
Date: May 10, 2012 01:50PM

kingpin248
After a couple of slight tweaks, and in a close vote, the Faculty Senate approved the new calendar, sending it to President Skorton for approval.

Does this whole thing scream "solution in search of a problem" to anyone else?

 
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Re: Slope Day on Wednesdays
Posted by: css228 (---.redrover.cornell.edu)
Date: May 10, 2012 04:50PM

French Rage
kingpin248
After a couple of slight tweaks, and in a close vote, the Faculty Senate approved the new calendar, sending it to President Skorton for approval.

Does this whole thing scream "solution in search of a problem" to anyone else?
Yes. If the calendar really needed to be changed the obvious answer would be to shorten winter break.
 
Re: Slope Day on Wednesdays
Posted by: nyc94 (---.cable.mindspring.com)
Date: May 10, 2012 05:25PM

French Rage
kingpin248
After a couple of slight tweaks, and in a close vote, the Faculty Senate approved the new calendar, sending it to President Skorton for approval.

Does this whole thing scream "solution in search of a problem" to anyone else?

As someone who once had four final exams and paper due in the first two days of exams a shorter study period sounds like cruel and unusual punishment. One of the articles mentioned a "scheduling algorithm" to prevent exam conflicts in a shorter exam week but we had a "system" back in the day as well. No system is foolproof.
 
Re: Slope Day on Wednesdays
Posted by: Ben (158.143.161.---)
Date: May 11, 2012 01:20PM

nyc94
French Rage
kingpin248
After a couple of slight tweaks, and in a close vote, the Faculty Senate approved the new calendar, sending it to President Skorton for approval.

Does this whole thing scream "solution in search of a problem" to anyone else?

As someone who once had four final exams and paper due in the first two days of exams a shorter study period sounds like cruel and unusual punishment. One of the articles mentioned a "scheduling algorithm" to prevent exam conflicts in a shorter exam week but we had a "system" back in the day as well. No system is foolproof.
Also, you can prevent direct conflicts but still leave students with three exams in two days (or a similarly stressful situation). A shorter exam period makes this far more likely.
 
Re: Slope Day on Wednesdays
Posted by: kingpin248 (---.dyn.optonline.net)
Date: September 13, 2012 02:52PM

The Provost has approved the new calendar with a few modifications, and it will come into effect in spring 2014.

Coverage: Daily Sun | Cornell Chronicle | Provost's Statement

 
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Re: Slope Day 2013
Posted by: billhoward (---.hsd1.nj.comcast.net)
Date: May 03, 2013 08:59AM

75 degrees today in Ithaca, partly sunny. For those in Ithaca, enjoy. I'd go but for fear of being honored as the oldest living Cornellian and then expelled for wondering aloud why Wham! and Hootie aren't playing, or at least Green Day.
 
Re: Slope Day 2013
Posted by: Trotsky (---.dc.dc.cox.net)
Date: May 03, 2013 10:13AM

billhoward
75 degrees today in Ithaca, partly sunny. For those in Ithaca, enjoy. I'd go but for fear of being honored as the oldest living Cornellian and then expelled for wondering aloud why Wham! and Hootie aren't playing, or at least Green Day.
The Oldest Living Cornellian is wondering why Eddie Cantor isn't the headliner.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/03/2013 10:14AM by Trotsky.
 
Re: Slope Day 2013
Posted by: KeithK (---.dsl.pltn13.pacbell.net)
Date: May 03, 2013 10:21AM

Trotsky
billhoward
75 degrees today in Ithaca, partly sunny. For those in Ithaca, enjoy. I'd go but for fear of being honored as the oldest living Cornellian and then expelled for wondering aloud why Wham! and Hootie aren't playing, or at least Green Day.
The Oldest Living Cornellian is wondering why Eddie Cantor isn't the headliner.
I read the entire bio before I realized that the page wasn't done up in red and white...
 

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