November 18, 2014

Meet the Choirbee of the Week: Jane!

  1. Hometown: Oak Ridge, Tennessee
  2. Favorite musical artist: I don’t really know, but I really like Wicked and the cast recording I have has Idina Menzel, so maybe her.
  3. Favorite song to put you in a happy mood: I don’t know, I really listen to audiobooks most of the time.
  4. Who would star in a film made about your life? Again I don’t really know about actors. Stop asking so many pop culture things.
  5. What’s the last book you read for fun? Right now I’m reading The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson, and its super good.
  6. What’s a song that always gets stuck in your head? John The Revelator
  7. What is something you can’t live without? A good night’s sleep
  8. If you could have fancy brunch with anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why? Probably J.K Rowling so I could gush about how important Harry Potter has been to me and ask her about characters and stuff.
  9. What’s your favorite food? There are so many good ones, some form of chocolate probably.
  10. Who is your personal hero/heroine: Keladry of Mindelan, she’s a character in a book by Tamora Pierce
  11. What movie could you watch over and over? Lord of the Rings (especially with the extras)
  12. If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go? I would go to Wales and visit old castles and drink tea.
  13. If you could go back and visit any time period, what time would you travel to and why? It depends on the rules, if I can interact with the past the chances or causing a paradox are too high.
  14. What is your favorite word? Hypocrisy, because it sounds like a type of government run by hippos.
  15. Something people wouldn’t guess by looking at you is: I like the show My Little Pony.
  16. Why is a raven like a writing desk? Poe wrote on both  

November 13, 2014

Meet the Choirbee of the Week: Emma S!


  1. Hometown:  Originally San Jose, CA, and now Shoreline, WA.
  2. Favorite musical artist:  I love far too many musical artists to a single favorite, but at the moment I can’t stop listening to Vienna Teng.
  3. Favorite song to put you in a happy mood:  Right now?  “Stuck on You,” by Elvis Presley.
  4. Who would star in a film made about your life?  I have no idea, but if Aubrey Plaza offered I would say yes with zero hesitation.
  5. What’s the last book you read for fun?  Galapagos, by Kurt Vonnegut
  6. What’s a song that always gets stuck in your head?  It varies, but lately “John the Revelator” has been on a loop.  (Come to Dober!)
  7. What is something you can’t live without?  If I stopped writing—personal essays, short stories, rambling theories about characters, scripts for radio pieces—I would probably shrivel up like and die like an insect.
  8. If you could have fancy brunch with anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why?  My grandfather, Ronald Stelter.  He passed away before I was born, but I’ve heard a lot about him.  I would have liked to have met him.
  9. What’s your favorite food?  Too many favorites!  But I will say that coffee, cucumbers, hummus, hard boiled eggs and ice cream are important staples of my diet.
  10. Who is your personal hero/heroine:  There are a number of writers whose work has inspired me.  This isn’t a complete list, but I really look up to Margaret Atwood, J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, Anne Lamott and Aaron Sorkin.
  11. What movie could you watch over and over?  I love way too many movies to have a single favorite, but I tend to rewatch the Lord of the Rings trilogy on a six-month rotation.
  12. If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go?  Istanbul.  Or Scotland.  It’s a toss-up.
  13. If you could go back and visit any time period, what time would you travel to and why?  The end of the 19th century.  There was so much crazy stuff going on during that time.
  14. What is your favorite word?  “Shrugged.”  People do way too much of it in my stories.
  15. Something people wouldn’t guess by looking at you is:  Although I don’t study it, I’m very interested in politics.
  16. Why is a raven like a writing desk?  They both involve schemes.  Thirteen ravens is a conspiracy.  Writers spend their days plotting.


November 12, 2014

Dober is Coming.


You've heard the rumors, you've seen the posters, and by now you know the truth.

The 51st Annual Dober Memorial Concert takes place THIS SATURDAY (11/15) at 8 PM in our beloved Houghton Chapel, with The Cornell University Glee Club!  Free and open to the public!

You really won't want to miss out. 


As if you needed another reason to attend, here's the Glee Club performing "Waitin' For The Dawn Of Peace" (arr. Ron Jeffers) in Glasgow, Scotland, from their UK Tour, Summer 2012.

Your ears will thank you.



November 8, 2014

Meet the Choirbee of the Week: Rachel!

  1. Hometown: Los Angeles, California
  2.  Favorite musical artist: Sam Smith (is bae!)
  3. Favorite song to put you in a happy mood: Black Mambo by Glass Animals
  4. Who would star in a film made about your life? Even though she totally doesn’t look like me, Natalie Portman.
  5. What’s the last book you read for fun? The Little Prince by Antoine Saint-Exupéry
  6. What’s a song that always gets stuck in your head? For some inexplicable reason, Pretty Women gets stuck in my head.
  7. What is something you can’t live without? Besides water and air, I can’t live without Spotify; it provides the soundtrack to my entire life.
  8. If you could have fancy brunch with anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why? I would definitely brunch with Diane Sawyer to get her take on journalism and television as well as ask her for advice on how to age gracefully.
  9. What’s your favorite food? To quote myself: “my favourite food is food.”
  10. Who is your personal hero/heroine: My personal hero is Maya Angelou.
  11. What movie could you watch over and over? The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
  12. If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go? This is an incredibly difficult question, but if I had to choose, I would visit the Alhambra in Spain.
  13. If you could go back and visit any time period, what time would you travel to and why? I would so go to the 1920s just to put on a dress like Daisy and dance to jazz music.
  14. What is your favorite word? Anon
  15.  Something people wouldn’t guess by looking at you is: Am I naked or not? Because I have a scar on my right side, running along my ribs. How? I fell down the stairs.
  16. Why is a raven like a writing desk? And my spoon is too big.


November 1, 2014

Meet the Choirbee of the Week: Abbey!


  1. Hometown: Manchester, VT
  2. Favorite musical artist: Green Day
  3. Favorite song to put you in a happy mood: Beverly Hills - Weezer
  4. Who would star in a film made about your life? Emma Watson
  5. What’s the last book you read for fun? The Blood of Olympus – Rick Riordan
  6. What’s a song that always gets stuck in your head? Are You Gonna Be My Girl? - Jet
  7. What is something you can’t live without? My laptop
  8. If you could have fancy brunch with anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why? Jane Austen because she’s awesome and I want to discuss her books with her!
  9. What’s your favorite food? Pasta
  10. Who is your personal hero/heroine: J.K Rowling
  11. What movie could you watch over and over? The Matrix
  12. If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go? Russia or Hogwarts
  13. If you could go back and visit any time period, what time would you travel to and why? I can’t pick! It’d be cool to see 1800s Europe, or Ancient Greece, or Kiev Rus.
  14. What is your favorite word? Atrocious.
  15. Something people wouldn’t guess by looking at you is: I’m not sure!
  16. Why is a raven like a writing desk? All I can think of when I see this riddle is Edgar Allen Poe.

October 22, 2014

Meet the Choirbee of the Week: Ismet!


  1. Hometown: My city by the bay - San Francisco
  2. Favorite musical artist: STROMAE!!
  3. Favorite song to put you in a happy mood: Beyoncé’s Love on Top!
  4. Who would star in a film made about your life? I don’t think I have a doppelganger so I’d probably have to do the job J
  5. What’s the last book you read for fun? Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese – literally so amazing.
  6. What’s a song that always gets stuck in your head? IIII’m gonna swiiiiing from the chandelieeeeeer
  7. What is something you can’t live without? Warm sunny weather
  8. If you could have fancy brunch with anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why? Stephen Sondheim – he’s just so incredibly talented.
  9.  What’s your favorite food? Döner kebab with Turkish shepherd’s salad… oh my gosh yum.
  10.  Who is your personal hero/heroine: Alexander Graham Bell  umm thank you for the telephone!!
  11.  What movie could you watch over and over? Hmmm probably Ted hahaha Seth MacFarlane is ridiculous
  12.  If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go? Prague, wait no Capetown, no no Venice!!
  13.  If you could go back and visit any time period, what time would you travel to and why? The roaring twenties because of all the fancy parties!
  14.  What is your favorite word?  Brouhaha
  15.  Something people wouldn’t guess by looking at you is: Sometimes I pretend that life is like a musical and it’s socially acceptably to just burst into song.
  16.  Why is a raven like a writing desk? They’re both flat?

October 15, 2014

Meet the Choirbee of the Week: Mackenzie!



  1. Hometown:  Iowa City, IA
  2. Favorite musical artist:  Cara
  3. Favorite song to put you in a happy mood:  “Building a Boat” by The Elders
  4. Who would star in a film made about your life?  I don’t want a film, I want an episode of Nova.
  5. What’s the last book you read for fun?  Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
  6. What’s a song that always gets stuck in your head?  “One Night in Bangkok” from Chess
  7. What is something you can’t live without?  Books.
  8. If you could have fancy brunch with anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why? Diana Wynne Jones, because she wrote absolutely magical books.
  9. What’s your favorite food?  Salted Licorice (it’s a thing, I’m not putting salt on normal licorice)
  10. Who is your personal hero/heroine: Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan.
  11. What movie could you watch over and over?  Fantasia.
  12. If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go? I’d like to go to Rome again.
  13. If you could go back and visit any time period, what time would you travel to and why? The height of the Byzantine Empire. I wouldn’t want to live there - too many plagues - but just to visit, definitely.
  14. What is your favorite word?  Amphisbaena
  15. Something people wouldn’t guess by looking at you is:  Sometimes chemistry classes using molecular modeling kits are weird for me, because I played with them starting as a toddler, and it’s really hard to break that mental association.
  16. Why is a raven like a writing desk?  You can’t ride either of them like a bicycle!