It’s Secret Society tapping time at Cornell! And while the only thing I’d personally like to tap is a keg, some vaguely important people are gathering in their towers and other assorted secret places to decide who will be the next batch of elitists to prance around campus wearing pins on their collars.
Now before the commenters rip me to shreds, I’m gonna let you in on my own not-so-secret. I ran the Cornell Concert Commission in 2009––a position that is normally welcomed into these organizations and allowed to view Slope Day from a higher vantage point. However, someone or other didn’t like me and so I was shut out of the club.
In fact, I was rejected by the lesser secret society too. Yet despite being given the negative nod by them, the Sphinx Head Society needs my help. Into my mailbox yesterday afternoon I received the message below from the 119th Tapping Chair (but shh – it’s a secret!).
from ****** <[REDACTED]@cornell.edu>
date Wed, Mar 3, 2010 at 1:32 PM
subject ************* nomination
hide details 1:32 PM (11 hours ago)
You are being contacted because *********** has been nominated for membership in the Sphinx Head Senior Honor Society and you have been identified as a reference for him/her. Though *********** has already been identified as a candidate, we are still in need of a letter of recommendation to complete his/her nomination. If you are interested in writing a letter of recommendation for him/her, we would greatly appreciate it. The letter does not have to be long, we are just looking for a glimpse into the nominee’s leadership and character from someone who knows him/her well.
We will be reviewing all nominations starting Monday, so we will accept letters until Sunday at 9pm.
Thank you for your help,
Sphinx Head Tapping Chair, 119th Tapping Class
And so, I ask you this: Although I was not holier-than-thou to be allowed into your organization, you would like a recommendation from me!?! Would you like me to stand on the corner of Oak and College Ave. as you zoom through a puddle of snowy mush and then clean your rims too? I sure hope not.
Nevertheless, because I have a heart and dearly love the person you have asked for a recommendation of, I will publicly say this, since secrets aren’t really my style: The person you have asked about is exceptional, wonderful and downright incredible as a leader and as a friend. You should totally let him/her into your super-special guild. Although, I have a feeling you’ll be fighting for him/her with that other group up in their West Campus tree house.