Students had plenty of opportunities to make up for lost time as this year’s programming included stargazing, a night of video games with the Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management, a trip to explore Ithaca’s iconic farmers market, and much more. Sophomores were especially receptive; over 400 members of the Class of 2024 attended the Fall Fest event in the Athletic and Event Center on August 21, and another 40 attended a separate sophomore mingle.
Numerous student and staff organizations collaborated to ensure the events ran smoothly. On September 5, students gathered on the Campus Center Quad for an afternoon of tie-dye and root beer floats, staffed by volunteers from the Community Council and the Office of Residential Life.
“It’s so fun to watch people make friends at these events,” said attendee Grace Madeya '23. “As an RA I’ve also gotten the chance to meet new people I normally wouldn’t by working at these really different events.”
Fall Welcome officially came to an end that evening with Fountain Fest. IC’s interim president La Jerne Terry Cornish and SGC president Deontae Guy ’23 offered remarks on the start of the new semester. A concert in the Dillingham Center’s Hoerner Theater featured performances by the IC cheerleading squad, a cappella groups Premium Blend and Ithacappella, and dance groups Pulse Hiphop and Island Fusion, complete with interactive elements that made the audience the center of attention.
“As a first-year, to be a part of this event was a thrill and an exciting time,” said attendee Kevin Yu '25. “My favorite moment was when Ithacapella brought an audience member to the stage and sang to them.”
The party continued outside Dillingham at the fountains with music by IC’s own DJ Jolie, a joyful end to two weeks of community building and fun.