Thursday, July 7, 2011
The main attraction of the day was having the opportunity to eat lunch with Reneta and Mark McCarthy, our professors. They have an excellent and amusing rapport with each other, and it still continued to show during our lunch! We learned more about why they went to Cornell and how they decided to participate in the hotel school.
And so while we learned about how they got into school when they attended, we also attended a meeting on how students today can get into Cornell. While a lot that is normally discussed during college tours and our admission officer dinners were explained, we were passed out handouts of the university's actual application which was fascinating as I have never seen a college application before.
And while many students are beginning to wind down for their final full weekend at Cornell, the Hotelies and I have been fiercely working on our report due tomorrow. While it can sometimes be difficult to get and interpret the data you need, there are many times when it just gets to my head and clicks like it's simply second-nature.
The class seems to have come to a consensus that this will be an all-nighter. It really shouldn't be a surprise; this is the infamous hotel course after all.
Well, that's time for today. I have 10 hours before class, and I intend to make the most of that time. On another note, I'm so glad it's almost the weekend! Friday means class starts at 9 AM and 1:30 dismissal, finally giving me some time to relax a little, maybe explore or get a work out. The stress from our big report isn't really spoiling the fun, but I suppose it's making me appreciate the weekend and whatever down time we have left.
- average daily rates
- occupancy percent
- revenue per available room
- business mix
- department income by week
- variable costs as a percent of ADR by source of trade
- fixed costs, and whether they are appropriate
Today I woke up on time, and am finally starting to function on only around 6 hours of sleep. Normally that would be fine, but my body seems to want 12 hours during the summer, so it has been pretty difficult staying bright and alert in class. Today I finally broke out of this though, since I think my body finally realizes that I’m back in school, albeit for only a week and a day more.
This was a good day to be fully rested, since we covered some very interesting and powerful writings of which I wouldn’t have wanted to miss a single detail. Today our lecture was on specific women’s rights activists, rather than a basic overview of the oppression women had to deal with. Today Professor Kramnick spoke about Olympe de Gouges, Mary Wollstonecraft, and John Stuart Mill. It was great getting to hear about all the ideas these revolutionary writers had to say.
The highlight of my day by far was my tour of the engineering quad after class. I was guided around the quad by the junior with a material science major I had met at dinner a week ago, Ashley Harms. It was really great taking this tour, especially since because it was just me and Ashley; I was able to ask whatever question, no matter how random or dumb. While I was touring all the beautiful yet intimidating buildings, I realized just how ignorant I was in regards to pretty much any form of engineering. Ashley pointed out fascinating machine after fascinating machine, and I feel that I would have thought they were even more interesting if I understood any of Ashley’s explanations of the machines. Not to say she was a bad tour guide who left me in the dark, quite the contrary, she covered pretty much anything I could’ve asked, the machines were just so advanced that it probably would have taken me about a year of studying just one to have any idea of what it did.
After a nice 40 minute tour covering all the buildings, we headed back to Hollister Hall where I took up even more of Ashley’s time, pestering her with pointless question after pointless question. I asked her what some of the great things about the engineering school were, and was really reassured when she said that the whole school was a sort of family, and that all the students helped each other. I was also pretty nervous about maybe being an engineer after seeing a lot of labs covering subjects, but Ashley told me she had no idea what any of it was as a junior either, so that made me feel better. Although I’ve only covered about a quarter of our whole conversation it’s about time for me to go to sleep. I will leave my readers with Ashley’s reason why she decided to major in material sciences, which left me really optimistic about Cornell. At the beginning of the year, all the majors had booths of sorts to attract prospective students. The material sciences booth had a silly putty making station, which may not sound like the greatest of reasons to some, but I just completely appreciated the fact that even an Ivy League school was able to have fun with their majors. On that silly note goodnight.
Today our lecture was a continuation of yesterdays, only this time it was the feminists point of view, thus a better/less frustrating lecture for me. I was impressed with the three feminist writers we talked about today, but I think I was most impressed with Mary Wollstonecraft and John Stuart Mill. I must say that I admire Wollstonecraft even more than Mill just because she came from an abusive, drunk father and was strong enough to argue and critique men such as Rousseau. Although I do applaud Mill for being a man and still believing that women should not be subordinate, and should not stand for just being an object for men. I just cannot see how men believe themselves to be so superior, or how they can think women are just things to be married to and nothing more. But I also must say I cannot believe women put up with that. I would almost say I am ashamed that women haven’t always been fighting for their rights, that they haven’t always thought it was wrong that men thought they could just call them inferior and demand the women to make him a sandwich and she would willing do it. I just don’t see why women were too scared to stand up for themselves. In all honesty women were just prove the point made by all the men who said women were dependent. So thank you, Wollstonecraft, Mill, deGougse and the American women’s right movement leaders for giving me the rights I have today.
After lunch today, since it is a Thursday, we had a guest lecturer. Today we learned about a case here in upstate New York where a forensic police officer was convicted of placing fingerprints at crime scenes to convict suspects. I was just in shock that officers would honestly do thing. I mean I guess I wasn’t in that much shock since I watch almost every crime show there is on TV, but I do, though my parents may not believe this, know the difference between TV and reality. I am not a huge fan of the police; I do believe that there are many officers that are on an ego trip and thus have not regard for the job they are suppose to do, but I also believe that there are very good cops out there doing a great job. I guess I was just in shock that they got away with this. The officers Mr. Roth convicted had commit over 35 crimes in which they had placed someone’s fingerprint at the scene. I could not believe that. How on earth did they get away with that? How did no one see what was going wrong and step in to end it? Way to go justice system.
Well I am off to the gym. Until tomorrow, Over and Out blog readers.