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Being Habesha in a Black and White World: A Racial Identity Crisis
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Being Habesha in a Black and White World: A Racial Identity Crisis

By Abigail Mengesha Racial identity was never a problem when I lived in Ethiopia. I recognized and understood my ethnicity, and that was enough. However, once I moved to the United States to receive higher education, questions regarding my racial background and the meaning of the term “Habesha” resurfaced. This spark in curiosity can be … Continue reading

Shaving Off Gender Norms: The Politics of Beauty and Body Hair
Culture & Society

Shaving Off Gender Norms: The Politics of Beauty and Body Hair

By Fauna Mahootian Puberty is a very vulnerable time for many. We begin feeling self-conscious as insecurities start forming and intensifying. It’s also a time when our hormones cause us to grow more hair. The media perpetuates the expectation for women to be hairless, so it’s not surprising that girls start feeling self-conscious about their … Continue reading

Vampires, Werewolves, and… the Economy? The Effects of the Twilight Saga on Local Economies in Washington State
Culture & Society / Arts & Pop Culture

Vampires, Werewolves, and… the Economy? The Effects of the Twilight Saga on Local Economies in Washington State

By Magdalene Murphy At the top of the Olympic Peninsula, that dark and rainy spit of land that sticks out from the westernmost edge of the continental United States, sits the unremarkable town of Forks, Washington. It is unremarkable, of course, except for being the backdrop to one of the biggest pop culture stories of … Continue reading

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love God: My Millenial Christian Education
Culture & Society

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love God: My Millenial Christian Education

By Stephen Meisel On Wednesdays, my high school’s cafeteria also functioned as a chapel. On one particular Wednesday, when I was about 13, the administration informed us that this week our chapel period would function a bit differently: in fact, it was quite the special occasion. This week, they said, our Chapel would be used … Continue reading

Leaving the Vault: Townie-Gownie Relations in a Mutie-Normie Roleplaying Game
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Leaving the Vault: Townie-Gownie Relations in a Mutie-Normie Roleplaying Game

By Melvin Li The year is 2161. It has been close to a century since the United States, Soviet Union, China, and other global powers have extinguished almost all life on Earth after a two hour nuclear exchange on October 23, 2077. North America is a lifeless, radiated desert filled with bands of bloodthirsty raiders … Continue reading

Origin Stories: An Interview with Kitsch Founders Katie Jentleson and Samantha Henig
Culture & Society / Ithaca & Cornell

Origin Stories: An Interview with Kitsch Founders Katie Jentleson and Samantha Henig

Aurora and Jagravi: Hi! Katie: Hi! Sam: Katie? Hi! Katie: Hi! We never see each other anymore, this is nice! Sam: How’s it going? Aurora: Pretty good! We’re in layout week now, so things are definitely heating up. Katie: Oh nice, where do you guys do that now? Jagravi: In the basement of Willard Straight. … Continue reading

Finding Yourself in College: Fostering Identity Through Exploration
Culture & Society / Ithaca & Cornell

Finding Yourself in College: Fostering Identity Through Exploration

By Shaila Humane During the first few days in college, 3,000 disoriented students make a mad rush to find their footing after being plucked from a comfortable, settled home and plunged into a sudden unknown. Everything we’ve ever known has suddenly been taken from us—our familiar surroundings, our friends, our family, our routine. This sudden … Continue reading