Academic journal article Human Ecology

Red BLITZ: Sloan Students Sprint across Campus in Orientation Race

Academic journal article Human Ecology

Red BLITZ: Sloan Students Sprint across Campus in Orientation Race

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While the Class of 2020 moved in to residence halls, first-year Sloan Program in Health Administration graduate students sped around campus, completing challenges and surmounting obstacles during the program's second annual Ezra's Amazing Race orientation event.

Inspired by the CBS reality show, the day-long Cornell version featured 34 first-year students grouped in teams and given clues to find campus landmarks. At each location, they faced either "detours," where groups completed challenges, or "roadblocks," in which one teammate attempted a task alone, before unlocking their next clue. Along the way, students gathered at "pit stops" for team-building activities led by the Cornell Team and Leadership Center.

One leg of the race brought students to the Sesquicentennial Commemorative Grove to memorize the alma mater, followed by a roadblock requiring competitors to replicate a table setting at the Statler Hotel. At a "Tombs or Tomes" detour, teams chose between finding the stained glass window in Sage Chapel memorializing civil rights workers killed by the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi or locating a signed copy of Kurt Vonnegut's '44 "Slaughterhouse-Five" in the A.D. White Library.

Adam Shelepak '17, enrolled in Sloan's five-year accelerated BS/MHA degree program, says the race provided "an interesting crash course in Cornell history. …

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