A huge student backlash and hacking of class accounts resulted today after faculty voted to change the Cornell University academic calendar.
The new calendar would include shortening study week to five days, shortening exam week to eight days, and cutting Senior Week from four days to two days. In exchange, students will be given off the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and will include a two-day break in February.
If approved of by President David Skorton, these changes will become officially adopted by the University. This will mark the first change to the academic calendar since 1984.
These changes are largely unsupported by students, who point out that exams are an incredibly stressful time period, and study time should not be sacrificed for short breaks during the school year.
Students received the following email Wednesday night around 7:19pm from their class councils:
DEAR PRESIDENT SKORTON,
WE DO NOT APPROVE OF THE NEW CHANGES TO THE ACADEMIC CALENDAR MADE WITHOUT STUDENT INPUT!!
THIS DIRECTLY AND NEGATIVELY AFFECTS OUR MENTAL HEALTH
PLEASE DON’T DO THIS TO US!
Tell all of your friends! Let’s show the administration we’re tired of them ignoring what we have to say and that we WON’T STAND FOR THIS!
At around 9:20pm, they received another email from class council, stating that the previous email was a result of a list serve hack. The email included the following:
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