X is for Xcellence, for which we strive mightily.
Xceptional, xemplary, ximious we want to be.
So xperts we hire —that is obligat’ry.
But it always takes more, and we can’t win so easily!
It needs working together, with mutual trust(ily)
Producing a synergy, and even a symphily.
Well, just about everyone strives for xcellence. It’s xhilerating
to xperience the unfolding of a new research idea, to xplore it and xcogitate
on it to uncover all its nuances, and then to xpress and xplain it in
an xaration that others find xemplary and xcelse —and all this
comes from striving for xcellence. It’s xciting to xpose students
to new ideas and concepts and to have them react xuberantly, xceeding
our xpectations in their grasp of the material. Not that this always
happens, but it happens more often when one has xcellence.
Xcellence will happen in an academic environment if the environment
supports it, strives for it, and even xpects it. An academic environment
must hold all faculty in high xistimation, provide time for them to do
their own thing, and encourage collaboration and communication. No one
is xcluded or xcommunicated, and faculty will xult xcessively in the
xploits of their colleagues. Jealousy and bitterness do not appear.
That is the kind of environment for which we strive at Cornell. We don’t
always achieve it, because of human nature and because various xigencies
block the way from time to time. But we are aware of the need for this
kind of environment and work at achieving it. It makes for a more pleasant
Note:expatiating on the topic of xcellence
was xhilerating but xhausting!