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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Godlessness: are church and state really separate in the law?
Culture & Society / Politics & Current Events

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Godlessness: are church and state really separate in the law?

By Michael Alban As easy as it is to comment on the spectacle that is Donald Trump,    we seem to have forgotten that he does not have a monopoly on the curious and sometimes questionable aspects of our presidential race. While much of Trump’s antics are unique to him as an individual and his attempt … Continue reading

Politics or Reality TV? Debates are nothing but profit motivated media spectacles
Politics & Current Events

Politics or Reality TV? Debates are nothing but profit motivated media spectacles

 by Aelya Ehtasham and Yana Makuwa   The stage. The bright lights. The crowds that conduct themselves like they’re, according to Bret Baier, “somewhere between a library and a Red Wings game.” These elements of the debates seem to call for an introduction like “This season, on the Presidential Race!” After all, the news media … Continue reading

Learning from the West: What I’m missing from my liberal arts education
Culture & Society / Ithaca & Cornell

Learning from the West: What I’m missing from my liberal arts education

By Jagravi Dave   This began as a questioning of my hesitations. What was it about the education that I was receiving that made me so viscerally uncomfortable? It was a rejection I felt from somewhere within me: not a well-reasoned argument, but something instinctive and bodily. Why did it feel so strange for me … Continue reading

Ithaca’s gentrification, food insecurity, heroin injection sites, and how to best support and participate in social justice movements: A conversation with Phoebe Brown
Ithaca & Cornell

Ithaca’s gentrification, food insecurity, heroin injection sites, and how to best support and participate in social justice movements: A conversation with Phoebe Brown

by Yana Makuwa and Katie O’Brien Phoebe Brown is a prolific activist and organizer in the Ithaca community. She is involved with many local nonprofits and justice movements, including the local chapter of #BlackLivesMatter, the Multicultural Resource Center at the Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Cayuga Medical Center, Greenstar Community Projects, TC Food Policy Council, and … Continue reading

In community we trust: Alternative currencies in Ithaca and abroad
Culture & Society / Ithaca & Cornell

In community we trust: Alternative currencies in Ithaca and abroad

Confronting capitalism through alternative currencies By Aurora Rojer The world-renowned economist Bernard Lietaer states, “Money is an agreement within a community to use something as a medium of exchange.” In the United States, we use the dollar. It’s not backed by anything physical; we went off of the gold standard in 1971. So if money … Continue reading

Bernie Sanders & Pope Francis: Apparently both these people have albums… here’s what we learned from listening to each
Arts & Pop Culture

Bernie Sanders & Pope Francis: Apparently both these people have albums… here’s what we learned from listening to each

By Katie O’Brien and Nathaniel Coderre Bernie: In 1987, local recording studio owner Todd Lockwood approached Mayor Bernie and asked him to collaborate on a folk album with other Vermont musicians. Surprisingly, Bernie loved the idea, telling Lockwood, “I have to admit to you, this appeals to my ego.”   Bernie has been hammering the … Continue reading

Why do Ithaca and Cornell have two separate police forces?
Ithaca & Cornell

Why do Ithaca and Cornell have two separate police forces?

CUPD: the long arm of the administration By Chris Skawski   About a year ago, CUPD came under fire for allegedly questioning several student protesters ahead of Cornell’s 150th birthday. The students, who had participated in and been identified as organizers, were pulled in to answer questions about their organizing practices and were told, “Disruptions … Continue reading