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I found the trip downtonw very exciting and informative. The Blue Frog and Bookstore look like very nice places, and I had fun walking around and exploring the various buildings. I don’t go off campus a lot (except for walmart) so it was a really fun experience! I went home this weekend, and felt out of touch with the places and people back home. It was scary! I’m used to the farmland now!!

-Jess

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I really enjoyed Mr. McKibben’s presentation. I got there too late to find a seat but it was worth standing for. Mr. McKibben brought up many serious things going on with our earth that many people do not know are taking place. For example the temperature of the planet has already been increased by one degree and will increase more and more for the years to come. Large pieces on ice are melting and polar bears are becoming endangered. The heat of the ocean is also causing tragic storms such as hurricane Katrina. Another point Mr. McKibben brought up is that we are led to believe that any growth in the economy results in an increased amount of happiness. This however is not true. The bigger our houses are, the further we live apart from each other. 3/4 of Americans do not even know their next-door neighbors. Another problem with a growing economy is that it directly increases pollution. Which also increases global warming. If we do not do something about this problem soon it may be too late.

This Saturday Quinn and I went to downtown Ithaca with some girlfriends. The town was having an apple festival and we got to enjoy many different types of apples and good music. I enjoyed Ithaca because of its artsy feel. Festivals are really fun to go to because there are always so many different things to do. I’m looking foward to our towns Pumpkin festival this coming weekend. Making jack-o-lanterns always marks the beginning of fall, and I cant wait to make them with my new friends.

Here is the link that will be useful for determining where your Cortland ID/Connections card can buy that pizza, etc. downtown. If you have any other questions relative to our trip to Main Street last week, please comment here.

Also, please post any other experiences you’ve add and/or suggestions you’d like to make for Cortland downtown living! KES

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