Countdown to Cortaca, Part 12: As Seen on Social

By Patrick Bohn, December 21, 2022
IC community shares Cortaca excitement on social media.

From November 10-12, 2022, Ithaca College hosted a weekend-long “IC in the City” experience in New York City for alumni and current students, faculty, and staff.  The centerpiece of this event was the 63rd annual Cortaca Jug football game between Ithaca College and SUNY Cortland on November 12 at Yankee Stadium. To highlight this amazing opportunity, we published a yearlong series titled “Countdown to Cortaca: Bombers in the Bronx,” highlighting the entire weekend.

In the final installment of the series, we take a look at social media to see what some members of the IC community experienced during the weekend.

With the historic 2022 Cortaca Jug and IC in the City weekend in the books, and 2022 drawing to a close, what better way to end the year than to look back at some of the memories that members of the Ithaca community made during a weekend that will be hard to forget.

First-year student Rayahna Tryka had the perfect view from the stands on a picturesque day in the Bronx. (Tweet by Rayahna Tryka)

Jamie Shum '17 got the opportunity to connect with fellow alum Matthew Price '20 (right, in bottom right photo) as well as Amy Falkner, dean of the Roy H. Park School of Communications, and Bryan Roberts, associate dean in the Park School. (Tweet by Jamie Shum)

And the fun wasn’t just going on in the stands. Before the game, hundreds of Bomber faithful made the trek to Stan’s Sports Bar to enjoy the pregame festivities. (Tweet by the Ithaca College Alumni Association)

In addition to being a weekend of fun, the event also provided recently graduated students the opportunity to network with IC alumni who helped them during their time on South Hill. That's what Madison Moore ’21 did when she connected with Lindsey Knox ’07, who had served as Moore’s mentor in the Park Scholar Program. (Tweet by Madison Moore)

The players and coaches weren’t the only ones making memories on the field. The return of the Ithaca College pep band was a highlight for current student Zack Yip ’23, who was one of the students who got the opportunity to perform on the field during halftime. (Instagram post by Zack Yip) 

For students like Peter Raider ’23, the manager of the Ithaca College Athletics Creative Media Team, the game provided the opportunity to get once-in-a-lifetime shots, like this touchdown catch. Raider’s video was tweeted by Sports Illustrated and featured on Sportscenter’s Top 10 Plays later that night.

For the tens of thousands of IC community members who attended the historic weekend in the Bronx, they had the opportunity to create lasting memories, and new connections. This video, by multimedia journalist Claire Marziotti, captures just some of those special moments.

Thank you to all of the students, faculty, staff, alumni, families, friends, players, and coaches who made this weekend a memorable one.