Sending Out Love

By Arleigh Rodgers '21, February 19, 2021
Second week of Spring Welcome events focus on spreading love.

Coinciding with Valentine’s Day weekend, the college’s latest Spring Welcome events provided the perfect opportunity to explore a theme of love.

Last Saturday, students took part in the virtual Spread Some Love event, where they made origami and ate candy with their classmates.

The evening was part of the Lower Quads Virtual Cluster Event. Terell Bennett, residence director of the Lower Quads, said the goal was to encourage students to take care of themselves.

“Because it was Valentine’s Day weekend, we thought it would be great to put on an event in honor of self-love and self-care,” he said.

More to Come

There’s still two more weeks of Spring Welcome. Check the event page for a full listing of opportunities.

Events are primarily outdoors, and COVID-19 safety protocols remain in place. Students will need to pre-register for an event on IC Engage. On the day of the event, students can check in at the Campus Center tent. They will need to display their digital IC Health Badge to show they have filled out their daily health screening and are cleared to access campus.

Some upcoming events include:

Choose your Own Adventure
Saturday, Feb. 20, 7:00 p.m.

Hot Cocoa To-Go
Saturday, Feb. 27, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Eleanor Kay ’23 said that the event was engaging and that it was fun to experiment with origami. She had tried creating origami before with little success, but was able to create three origami hearts while on Zoom.

Becca Feeney ’22, and her fellow resident assistant Hailee Agosti ’22 helped organize the event by filling goodie bags with candy and origami paper and delivering them to students. Feeney said the highlight of the event was seeing new faces.

“I enjoyed learning about people in the community, because normally I'd be able to have my door open and be able to meet with more residents,” Feeney said.

The event also featured a series of icebreaker questions, such as “Other than water, what would you fill Cayuga Lake with?” Kay decided that she’d fill it with multi-colored balls to make it into a ball pit.

“It was great to be able to chill and talk with fun people who I don't get the chance to see every day.”

Eleanor Kay ’23

It even inspired future get-togethers: attendees discussing hosting a Great Gatsby–themed party for when large gatherings could be safely held again.

“It was great to be able to chill and talk with fun people who I don't get the chance to see every day,” Kay said.

Other events throughout the week included a virtual paint-and-sip event, and a Newlywed Game spin-off featuring roommates.

Bennett said the success of the events is due to the work being put in behind the scenes.

“I want to thank everyone who has been involved in the planning with Spring Welcome,” he said. “Your hard work is noticed and appreciated.”