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Josh Stansfield of Topsfield, Mass., studied hotel administration
Why did you choose Cornell?
The physical campus was surreal, the people I met were fun, and I saw one of my favorite bands at the time at a Fanclub Collective concert. Something clicked in my head, and I decided I could spend the next four years here.
Main Cornell extracurricular activity -- why is it important to you?
My fraternity: Theta Delta Chi, better known as Thumpty. It showed me that Greek life doesn't need to fit into any kind of uniform mold that lots of fraternities fall into. I've become part of an amazing group of brothers without being deprived of my individuality, and that means a lot to me.
While at Cornell, what other accomplishments/activities are you most proud of?
Nearly everything I've done here has revolved around music. My freshman and sophomore year, I co-founded Slope Magazine and served as creative director and then editor-in-chief. Around the same time, a nonprofit founded by alumni of my fraternity paid to have a world-class sound system installed at our house with the potential to continue a longstanding tradition of holding concerts in our house on campus. The following semester, we held 12 concerts and built a brand for ourselves as a professional concert venue with a unique voice in the Ithaca music scene. With the help of that nonprofit - the Spectemur Agendo Foundation - we've been able to bring world-class artists to campus for free and host events for charities like Teach for America and the Conscious Alliance, an artist-driven organization that distributes food to the needy. I also did EMT training the summer after my sophomore year after narrowly saving one of my friends from a near-fatal gorge swimming accident. Last summer in San Francisco, I helped my friend Idan Beck (Eng '06, M.Eng '07) start a music technology company, Incident Technologies, that is developing a cutting-edge digital musical instrument called the gTar. I head our brand development and marketing efforts. We've secured funding from angel investors in Silicon Valley and are excited to release our product beta this spring. Outside of Cornell, I'm also an active DJ and producer of electronic music. I play one to three shows every week on or around campus and have played across the country when I'm not in school. I'm also a resident DJ at a large 'sound camp' at the Burning Man arts festival in Nevada, where I've performed for the last three years alongside world-class artists in the electronic music spectrum. It's incredibly fun, and it allows me to connect with lots of people in a unique way.
Your most profound turning point while at Cornell?
The summer I stayed in Ithaca and spent my time connecting with the surrounding state parks, hiking trails and swimming holes. It made me appreciate the area surrounding campus a lot more. I encourage anyone with the opportunity to spend a summer on campus; the region is incredible, and it's much easier to explore in full without the hassle of a full course load.
What are your plans for next year; where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I'm moving to San Francisco to work full time for our startup - Incident Technologies. Ten years from now, I hope to be near the ocean, eating great food with great friends.
What Cornell memory do you treasure the most?
DJing a party through the early morning and then trekking with my best friends through Ezra Cornell's tunnel to the top of Ithaca Falls and watching the sunrise reflected on Cayuga Lake.