More than 100 people including Cornell students, Ithaca residents and city officials went door-to-door to the homes of Collegetown and Belle Sherman residents Thursday.
The first annual BEAR walk organized by Cornell University was based off a similar event at Penn State University and was designed to link students and permanent residents in the Collegetown neighborhood.
Senior Grant Abernathy said before leaving Cornell, he felt like the event could serve as a way to give back.
“A friend of mine is involved with the Cornell Interfraternity Council, and he was trying to promote the movement, and I wanted to help him out,” Abernathy said. “I’m now a resident in Collegetown so I want to improve the relationship as well.”
Residents were given information and resources encouraging students and residents to build better neighborhoods.
University officials hope to put on the event again next year.