Ask a Dean Category: Student Life

Is there a time off policy for graduate students receiving stipends?

Dear Deans, Is there any policy for graduate students who receive a stipend (TA/RA/GA/GRA/Fellowship) for holidays and personal time off? There seems to be considerable confusion around this in my department, with answers ranging from “staff holidays only, no academic holidays” to “completely dependent on your adviser”. As workers we want and need to be…

How can we be added to the BRB listserv?

Hi there, I love the Big Red Barn, but often hear about BRB events after they’ve already passed. I’ve heard from other students (upper years) that there is a regular BRB newsletter with updates and events, which is how they know about happenings at the Barn. I do not receive this newsletter and others in…

Are vegan options offered at Pie with the Deans events?

To whom it may concern, I am vegan and plan to attend one of the “Pie with the Deans” events. I’m curious to know if vegan (pie) options are offered? Best, Pie with the Deans Supporter Response Dear Pie with the Deans Supporter, Yes, we always have a vegan pie option (apple pie) and other…

How can we prevent demolition of Parrott Hall?

Dear Deans of the Graduate School, Parrott Hall, a historic building in the Geneva Campus, is about to be demolished by the NYS Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Department. This is the history of the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station being taken down because Cornell University does not want to intervene. Demolition would never…

Can you keep the Cornell Chimes?

Dear Deans, Could you please NOT stop or reduce the concerts of the Cornell Chimes? I really enjoyed the music, and it’s part of my daily fun to guess which song is playing (hard to tell sometimes, though). A lot of my friends enjoy it, too – I can’t speak for the whole Cornell student…

Can the Cornell Chimes reduce their concerts during study breaks?

Dear Ask a Dean, I am writing in relation to Cornell Chimes and the thrice daily ‘concerts’ performed from McGraw clocktower. More specifically, I’m emailing to ask if it is entirely necessary that such concerts take place every day and for such prolonged amounts of time. I recognize that this email will read, at worst,…

Can you explain why Kimball Hall only has shower facilities for men?

Hello Deans, I work in a building (Kimball Hall) that is part of three buildings conjoined and there is no shower for women in any of these buildings. However there is a shower for men in the bottom on my building. Could you explain the university’s reasoning on not having this shower/bathroom unisex? I don’t…