Cornett Memories

A memory can be shared as a photograph, a story, a poem, a limerick, or a video. Do you have an entertaining memory of your undergrad years in Cornett? Are you a faculty member with a story about teaching in the Cornett?

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The Wall
Submitted by Alison Farquhar on Friday, November 26, 2010

One of the most legendary stories of the Cornett building is The Wall. In the early 70s there was a group of mostly geography students who were certa Read More...

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The Smell of Rats in the Basement
Submitted by James Burns on Saturday, August 6, 2011

No one has mentioned the Rats in the Cornett Basement. Yes, hundreds and hundreds of Rats. They were well feed and exercised in Skinner Boxes and Delt Read More...

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My Cornett Home
Submitted by Glen Tickner on Sunday, December 5, 2010

1975 was my third year of university. Working hard to keep marks up, with no money or social life, I had university life down to a science of utilitar Read More...

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Accounting with Kash
Submitted by Whitney Punchak on Wednesday, February 2, 2011

My favourite memory of Cornett is the day I met Kash and his owner Tess. I was lulling to sleep during my accounting class when I heard a dog bark. (N Read More...

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Lost in the halls.
Submitted by Wayne Gray on Thursday, January 20, 2011

In 1984, my provincial exam results did not arrive until the first week of the new university year. That resulted in a late start for my school year a Read More...

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The Brain
Submitted by Dianna Porter on Monday, November 29, 2010

Cornett reminds me of big dreams, big friendships, and colossal failures.

Every section has a memory. Room B107 bright red lipstick and frantic Read More...

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Making Cornett Smelly
Submitted by Reg Mitchell on Wednesday, February 9, 2011

My Chem 300 class had been scheduled in Cornett rather than in the more convenient (for scientists) Elliott building. I contacted scheduling to ask t Read More...

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Campus Icon ~ The Cornett
Submitted by Stella Chan on Tuesday, November 9, 2010

In the mid-1960's to 1970's, the Cornett Building, formerly known as the Social Sciences Complex, was once the shiny icon of campus.

Over the pas Read More...

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All in the name of progress
Submitted by Alissa Wrean on Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The revitalization of our treasured Cornett building began in my second year, and continued throughout my third. As a sociology and political science Read More...

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Inspiration for a nightmare?
Submitted by Geoff Botting on Friday, April 1, 2011

I have a recurring nightmare. Its my first day of university, and I'm rushing through hallways in search of the classroom for my first lecture.

I' Read More...

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A Beautiful Beginning...
Submitted by Beverly Bouma on Monday, October 25, 2010

Having been lost in the Cornett Building several times already, and with no sense of direction to guide me, I was grateful to find myself assigned to Read More...

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a surprise
Submitted by rennie warburton on Thursday, November 4, 2010

In the early eighties I returned from a summer vacation. As soon as I entered my office I felt something was not quite right.

I started to open so Read More...

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Cornett is sometimes a metaphor
Submitted by P. Meier on Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Cornett is like 4 dogs sitting around a green velvet table playing what looks like a friendly game of poker.

I think one of the dogs is our dear f Read More...

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The Room of Requirement
Submitted by Claire Adamczyk on Thursday, October 28, 2010

It was the final year for the 2009 anthropology students. Some of us were in the honour program, some were not.

Regardless we all needed a place t Read More...

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The rat's maze
Submitted by Cathie Walker on Wednesday, October 6, 2010

My first job at UVic was in the Sociology dept. in Cornett, where I shared a small office overlooking what was then the skylark sanctuary.

I got l Read More...

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Glad I got lost in Cornett (again)
Submitted by Kimberly Sharpe on Saturday, October 23, 2010

In the third year of my undergrad I thought I had the Cornett layout down. I bragged about it to my friends. I sauntered through the halls confidently Read More...

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Cornett Madness
Submitted by Corey Cheng on Monday, October 25, 2010

My first year at UVic was exciting. Although many of my classes were at the Cornett and Clearhue buildings. I took many French and English classes the Read More...

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First People To Move Into Cornett
Submitted by Otfried Spreen on Tuesday, November 9, 2010

I was one of the first people moving from the old Young building into Cornett, together with Bill Gaddes. Bill and Lex Milton had carefully planned th Read More...

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Slide-show rooms were wonderful
Submitted by John Newcomb on Monday, October 4, 2010

My first Cornett experience was taking Geography 100 in 1968, and most memorable were the interesting cultural geography slide-show rooms. These small Read More...

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Memories of Dr. Harold T. Foster
Submitted by Tina Rizzuti on Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Like most first-year Geography students I got my mind scrambled more than twice by the exotic maze that is the Cornett building, making me late for cl Read More...

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the fall
Submitted by Trenna Johnson on Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Guess its time for Cornett to be updated and i truly hope the grounds outside Cornett receive some attention as well.

One day after a lecture I w Read More...

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Cornett Peak
Submitted by Taylor T on Tuesday, October 26, 2010

There's only one way to the top of the Cornett building. Well one way for mortals and non-maintenance staff. To achieve the summit requires guts, stam Read More...

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Cornet, I loathe/love you
Submitted by jamie carballo on Wednesday, November 3, 2010

It has felt like ages since construction workers, garbage bins, and the endless amount of saws, hammers and screwdrivers have been present in the infa Read More...

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building walls
Submitted by dean fortin on Monday, October 25, 2010

Back in the 70's, there was a bit of rivalry between geography and political science. Late one weekend night, several students (not named to protect Read More...

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From the Archives...
Submitted by Memories Volunteer Volunteer on Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Geography prof Dr. Doug Porteous standing by his famous "computer", with clerk Jill Jahanzoosi, about 2003.Archive19 Read More...

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Sleepless in Cornett
Submitted by Mike Cornford on Monday, October 25, 2010

During the winter final exam period of 2002, I set up shop with a few fellow students in the Cornett Building. However, this wasn't one of our usual s Read More...

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Babies & Dogs
Submitted by Cheryl Borris on Monday, October 25, 2010

As a student in the Anthropology Department, I remember a day when a prof from a neighbouring department ventured into our hallways... He took one lo Read More...

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Staircase to nowhere
Submitted by Meaghan Jantzi on Monday, October 25, 2010

During my first year at UVic I had the misfortune of having a Poli Sci Tutorial in room 338B which is absolutely nowhere near room 338, 338A or 338C a Read More...

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Past Imperfect
Submitted by Caillin Smith on Monday, October 4, 2010

Here's my story.

During my first semester at UVic, in 2005, I was on the third floor of Cornett in one of the dry labs when I suddenly realized I w Read More...

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It's like Knossos!
Submitted by steve coe on Monday, October 25, 2010

Taking a major/minor Anthropology and Classics, along with geography, the cornett was the building I spend over half my uvic days in. While the first Read More...

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From the Archives...
Submitted by Memories Volunteer Volunteer on Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Cornett building shortly after construction. 28 January 1967. Read More...

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Tsimshian-style toem poles
Submitted by Memories Volunteer Volunteer on Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Tsimshian-style toem poles in the interior courtyard of the Cornett Building, mid 1960s Read More...

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Basement, what basement?
Submitted by Aimee Griffiths on Monday, October 25, 2010

I was in my 4th year as a psyc student and thought that I had finally mastered the inner workings of the beast we know as the Cornett building, A myth Read More...

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Cornett Architects
Submitted by Greg Diemer on Monday, October 25, 2010

After running into, what seemed to be the umpteenth, dead end, I started to get more then a little annoyed with the lay-out of the building. I let it Read More...

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Misadverture into a Closet
Submitted by Eileen Van der Flier-Keller on Tuesday, October 19, 2010

As a very junior sessional lecturer in the Department of Geography many years ago, I was attending a PhD defense and had to leave early. Not knowing t Read More...

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Beam me up, Scotty....
Submitted by Kate Flanagan on Monday, October 25, 2010

In the late 1970's I was an Economics student and the department was upstairs. When you got into the elevator and the doors closed someone had writte Read More...

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Rat maze?
Submitted by Eric Hamilton on Thursday, October 28, 2010

I had a political science professor who once joked that the Cornett building functions as a giant maze used by psychology students to test cognitive a Read More...

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Generator stacks in Cornett garden
Submitted by John Newcomb on Monday, October 4, 2010

The mysterious pipes by the wall behind the Cornett shrubbery belong to the hidden, underground diesel electricity generator. With fuel pipe and exhau Read More...

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In through the out door
Submitted by Paul Scott on Monday, October 4, 2010

I never did figure out the Cornett Building, even in my final year.

Running late for class one day, I hurried into one door only to realize that I Read More...

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Maze Guide
Submitted by Rachel Caulfield on Monday, October 25, 2010

I spent the majority of my fourth year in the basement of Cornett. I was always in a research lab or in the Psi Chi office and very frequently had los Read More...

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One Way In, One Way Out
Submitted by Rob Easton on Monday, October 25, 2010

I did my undergrad in Sociology, so I was in and out of Cornett building on a daily basis. Finding the classrooms on the first and second floor usual Read More...

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What's the Opposite of a Penthouse?
Submitted by Laurie Jackson on Monday, October 25, 2010

As a Geography PHD student for four years, it took till the last year before I could actually find the right wing without carefully looking at the let Read More...

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Timeless, Endless...
Submitted by Greg Mayer on Monday, October 4, 2010

A timeless endless hallway that kept repeating itself over and over again, and I kept meeting political scientists that never stopped and talked to me Read More...

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"The Larks Still Bravely Singing Fly"
Submitted by Barbara Routley on Tuesday, October 26, 2010

During classes in the Cornett building in the late 1960's and early 1970's I used to sit and look out on the fields and woods to the north that had Read More...

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Cornett Building, mid 1960s
Submitted by Memories Volunteer Volunteer on Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Cornett Building, mid 1960s Read More...

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From the Archives...
Submitted by Memories Volunteer Volunteer on Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Pre-UVic view of the 1962 - Cornett will appear just 4 years later in the field near middle-right edge of photo. Read More...

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Research Participants
Submitted by Natalie Van Apeldoorn on Monday, October 25, 2010

My favourite memories of Cornett was when I was a research assistant for a few psychology professors. Most of the research was done in the basement in Read More...

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Dead mouse in my coffee cup.
Submitted by John Newcomb on Monday, October 4, 2010

Working in an office on the Cornett ground floor in 1992 meant that all sorts of animals could (and did) crawl in through the open windows. In fall, w Read More...

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Lost in Cornett
Submitted by Lynne Milnes on Monday, October 4, 2010

My memory of the Cornett Building is of being lost and helping those who were lost during the two years that I worked in the building. The Architect J Read More...

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mmmmmmud!
Submitted by Eleanor Eastick on Monday, October 25, 2010

Oh, the mud and the muck during the winter session of 73/74! The endless winter rains dribbled down on students wallowing through the yet-to-be- lands Read More...

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Ariel view of Cornett Building
Submitted by Memories Volunteer Volunteer on Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Cornett Building, mid 1960s Read More...

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Creepy Character
Submitted by Deni James on Monday, October 4, 2010

Not my submission, but I came across a FABULOUS creepy building video on Youtube about the Cornett Building. Great music and suspense โ€ฆ shows off t Read More...

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Prenuptial Cornett
Submitted by A. J. Croft on Monday, October 4, 2010

My memories of the Cornett Building in the early years include a lot of walking - leisurely strolls from one corner to the other, trying not to panic Read More...

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Class split between two rooms with the same name!
Submitted by Heather Behl on Monday, October 25, 2010

A group of students and I waited for our prof for our new class for nearly 30 minutes before we decided to roam the hallways. It turns out that there Read More...

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First Year Maze
Submitted by Jill Carruthers on Monday, October 25, 2010

My favorite Cornett moment was in the summer before I started first year. I set out with a buddy to find all my classes before the September rush. Loo Read More...

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Sleeping in Class
Submitted by Cindy Brar on Monday, October 25, 2010

Quite a few years ago (a few more than I'd like to admit to) I was in an accounting class in the Cornett building. This class was late in the day (4: Read More...

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The Clutches of Cornett
Submitted by Erin Boyes on Monday, October 4, 2010

My favourite memory of the Cornett Building:

Taking you back to the year 2000 - it was my first year, and my first class at UVic: Philosophy 100. Read More...

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cira mid 1960s
Submitted by Memories Volunteer Volunteer on Wednesday, July 21, 2010

mid 1960s, Cornett in background Read More...

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Geography HQ
Submitted by Chris Keogh on Monday, October 25, 2010

The Cornett building to me was home to most of my classes at UVic from 1983 to 1985. My major was Geography and I'll never forget my first class with Read More...

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From the Archives...
Submitted by Memories Volunteer Volunteer on Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Students near totem pole in Cornett courtyard, 1970. Read More...

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The Elevator
Submitted by Lisa Kadonaga on Monday, October 25, 2010

In the mid-1990s, I spent a couple of hours trapped in the elevator between the first and second floors in the Geography "B" wing. This was before th Read More...

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Disaster Planning 101
Submitted by Stephen Pinto on Monday, October 4, 2010

Dear Anne and John,

In 1996, I was sitting in one of my favourite classes, 'Disaster Planning', with one of my favourite professors, 'Dr. Harold Fo Read More...

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Room B 238 A?
Submitted by e m bradshaw on Monday, October 25, 2010

I remember one of my first Geography classes ... I was in second year by this point and had classes in Cornett (or simply referred as 'The Maze') the Read More...

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From the Archives...
Submitted by Memories Volunteer Volunteer on Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Victoria College faculty member Thomas W. Cornett. 1914. Read More...

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Concrete Behemoth
Submitted by Ike Bennett on Monday, October 4, 2010

Hmmm. My most vivid memory of the Cornett Building was my poor memory in recollecting which room - sometimes floor - of this Maze my class was in and Read More...

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Rhododendron in Cornett courtyard
Submitted by Memories Volunteer Volunteer on Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Rhododendron Read More...

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Ms
Submitted by Linda Sweet on Thursday, October 28, 2010

Engineering Economics classes Read More...

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From the Archives...
Submitted by Memories Volunteer Volunteer on Wednesday, July 21, 2010

View of Cornett, about 1970. Lots of open space and small trees. Read More...

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Smoking by prof in class
Submitted by John Newcomb on Monday, October 4, 2010

Taking French language classes in 1970 with only a few students and a prof in a small Cornett seminar room should have been a real learning experience Read More...

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From the Archives...
Submitted by Memories Volunteer Volunteer on Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Alma Mater Society President and University President. 1970. Read More...

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From the Archives...
Submitted by Memories Volunteer Volunteer on Wednesday, July 21, 2010

President Taylor cuts the ribbon at the Cornett Building opening, 28 January 1967. Read More...

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Tiny graffiti in the men's washrooms
Submitted by John Newcomb on Monday, October 4, 2010

Guys do like to write graffiti in the washrooms - including at the urinals. However, Cornett was challenging because the wall tiles wouldn't hold ink, Read More...

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From the Archives...
Submitted by Memories Volunteer Volunteer on Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Geography Department - faculty and staff. 1967-68. Read More...

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From the Archives...
Submitted by Memories Volunteer Volunteer on Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Construction of Cornett building addition. 1980. Read More...

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From the Archives...
Submitted by Memories Volunteer Volunteer on Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Cornett architectural image. Read More...

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From the Archives...
Submitted by Memories Volunteer Volunteer on Wednesday, July 21, 2010

View of Cornett from roof of MacLaurin Library, 1976. Read More...

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xxxxx
Submitted by Memories Volunteer on Friday, May 30, 2014