[PLAYING JAZZ TRUMPET MUSIC] SPEAKER 1: All right, screen share. Here's just some stuff I threw together in Tinkercad.
SPEAKER 2: OK, so this first one is-- Oscar is a six-year-old Hanoverian gelding.
JULIE NATHANIELSZ: You can hear that, yeah? Thumbs up. Yes, OK, good.
PAUL MERRILL: Trombones, whenever you have that riff and that pickup, that's your moment to shine. I need you on the rhythm section.
STEPHEN CHIN: I feel as if before this, I had this idea in mind of the perfect solo that we're trying to try and get towards. And having to create something that is by all means imperfect and I can clearly hear all the ways that I mess up is a bit of a lesson in trying to let go of what you're playing.
SPEAKER 3: Yeah, that really resonates for me, yeah.
PAUL MERRILL: I'm getting great joy at seeing the fruits of our labor in the first three weeks are just starting to kind of percolate now. And it actually reminds me of a lot like learning a new instrument, you know? It takes so long to make your sound out of your trumpet. It takes years before you get a really pleasing sound as a young student.
But I certainly see a mountain-- I see a mountain peak that I'm trying to get to, or that we, as a group, are trying to get to. And the process of hiking up the mountain is its own reward right now.
MINGMING WU: So the class is about the bioinstrumentation. So basically, we teach students how to design a device to help health industry.
ALEX MAAG: We found different types of simulators online, specifically Autodesk Tinkercad.
SPEAKER 4: I think we could make a good argument that we could design our 3D part to be airtight in this area so that no air escapes.
ALEX MAAG: I can't say that I didn't expect they wouldn't do well. But they're just good students, the seniors. But they are more than exceeding my expectations.
SPEAKER 4: Thanks so much, Alex.
ALEX MAAG: You guys are good. All right, no, thank you guys.
SPEAKER 2: Here is Paisley's gait exam. Hi, Paisley.
SPEAKER 5: He was so vocal before. And that's why I thought it had to be a vocal abscess.
SPEAKER 6: Right. I think--
BRIDGETTE KENNEDY: I think that we all, at the vet school, are acutely aware of the fact that, as future veterinarians, we are really responsible for public health and public well-being. And so as much as we hate the situation and hate what we have to do right now, I think everyone is very aware of why we're doing it and the importance of it.
LILI BECKTELL: I haven't seen a single person, at least in my friend circle, be negative towards the idea that we should be safeguarding the public as best we can.
BRIDGETTE KENNEDY: Yeah.
JULIE NATHANIELSZ: And here we go, tipping down.
Before going into remote learning, I see a class as needing solo, paired, and group sense. So right now, the solo thing to me feels more than just solo. It feels isolating. And I don't want to create more isolation right now. So my preferences for methods are that we're all in the room together, so to speak.
HEYSIL BAEZ: I was like, oh, how is dance going to work through Zoom? Is that even possible? But she's making it work. I give her a lot of props.
SHREYA VENKATESH: She found really interesting ways of adapting to Zoom. So she would post a video and have us learn it solo. Or she would walk us through exercises, or say what we're supposed to be doing and see how each of us interprets it, which I think is an interesting way of doing it.
HEYSIL BAEZ: I feel a little trapped in my house. And having the class, just at least for that hour and a half. where I'm moving feels relieving. It kind of takes the stress out from the other classes that I'm taking. And after the class is over, it encourages me to keep moving.
JULIE NATHANIELSZ: I fear that students will feel they're not getting something because we aren't dancing the way all of us think about social dancing, theatrical dancing. I want them to feel that they're developing as dancers.
SPEAKER 7: I built a microphone stand out of yoga mats and a bedside lamp that has a clip for me to clip the microphone. I'm very proud of it. And I stuck it in my closet, and I play into my closet. And it sounds OK. It's been working so far.
[PLAYING JAZZ TRUMPET]
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As the radically altered spring semester comes to an end, here are four stories of Cornellians collaborating while isolated.