Mashrou’ Leila: third culture kids and the building of global citizens

By Yabework Abebe Kifetew The first time I heard Mashrou’ Leila, I was sitting with friends on a balcony overlooking Cascadilla gorge. My friend showed me the song “Lil Watan” with much enthusiasm. I don’t recall much from that first encounter, but I remember sitting outside on a high wooden stool looking at all the green of the canopy and thinking: it’s an indie band … Continue reading Mashrou’ Leila: third culture kids and the building of global citizens

Why Do I Want to Believe?: the truth was inside us all along

Art and article by Olivia Bono “Why do you insist the Earth is flat? For what reason?” I was truly struck by this question, posted by Jer9999 on the Flat Earth Society’s online forums. I stumbled upon this comment after spending an embarrassingly long amount of time scrolling through a thread titled, “Does Flying Around the World in 1 Direction Prove the Earth is Round?” … Continue reading Why Do I Want to Believe?: the truth was inside us all along

Aesthetics and Rhetorics of Late Night Infomercials

Art and article by Kathie Jiang Portmanteau of information and commercial, infomercials are half-hour long advertisements with the appearance of a news program and the intention of providing in-depth information about a product. Many infomercials air between 1am and 5am to cut costs of airtime. Infomercials sensationalize their products—which can be too novel or difficult to sell—in exaggerated and tacky ways: narration from energetic salespeople, … Continue reading Aesthetics and Rhetorics of Late Night Infomercials

Shackles of Society: the revival of transcendentalist ideals

By Erin Lynch As the world becomes increasingly extra, the doctrines of simplicity and individuality that guided the great thinkers of the mid-19th century have all but disappeared. Transcendentalist ideologies are at odds with many modern societal changes that have been widely accepted as progress. The motif of adventure that has been threaded into the history of the human race has nearly disappeared as the … Continue reading Shackles of Society: the revival of transcendentalist ideals

“Hi” vs. “Tenaystilign”: the subjectivity of extra

By Abby Eskinder Hailu One day, I was at lunch back home in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at my grandfather’s place. My father and I walked into the dining room and proceeded to greet everyone with a handshake and kiss on each cheek—the traditional way. I said hello to one of my grandfather’s friends in Amharic. “Wow,” he said in Amharic, “you said tenaystilign instead of … Continue reading “Hi” vs. “Tenaystilign”: the subjectivity of extra

Extra: a Gendered Term?

By Stephanie Carmody Looking at Urban Dictionary’s definition of “extra,” I’m reminded of an older, but equally popular phrase: “drama queen.” Growing up, my mom (lovingly) called me a drama queen for what she deemed excessive or over the top behavior. I remember one time in particular when I was in desperate need of a pink flip phone as all the cool kids at school … Continue reading Extra: a Gendered Term?

Stop Telling Me to Eat Less: language, obsession, and eating disorders

By Jessica Brofsky The NS1150: Introduction to Nutrition professor has a song he records and plays for the 575-person survey course. The chorus to what one might loosely call his “rap” repeats the line: “if you don’t need it, don’t eat it.” Long after I handed in my final exam and had forgotten the functions of the epiglottis and the specific benefits of soluble versus … Continue reading Stop Telling Me to Eat Less: language, obsession, and eating disorders

The Writing on the Wall: text inscribed on campus

article and photos by Angaelica LaPasta As I see it, there are three ways in which words are literally inscribed on Cornell’s Campus. 1. Chalking. Chalk is everywhere. It is ephemeral: here today, gone tomorrow. It is swept up by the feet of its audience, and the little, bright specks of chalk are borne all over campus from the remotest peak of the vet school … Continue reading The Writing on the Wall: text inscribed on campus

Lilac Hair and Septum Rings: the promises and pitfalls of the “alternative look”

By Madeleine Galvin Lately I’ve been feeling the urge to dye my hair lilac and pierce my septum with a gold hoop. The piercing has been a long time coming; it was inspired by a girl I saw last summer who wore it so well at this crowded Die Antwood concert where I was high off my ass, jumping when the crowd was still, and … Continue reading Lilac Hair and Septum Rings: the promises and pitfalls of the “alternative look”

Diving for Treasure: dumpster diving at Cornell

By Cesca LaPasta On my mantle sits an old-fashioned radio that is constantly set to 91.7, Ithaca’s premiere eclectic radio station, “The Station for Innovation.” I rarely ever turn it off, and its sound brings together the room in the same way the radio does aesthetically. It also came from a dumpster. The radio was sitting right on top of a pile of paper and … Continue reading Diving for Treasure: dumpster diving at Cornell