In Conversation with CGSU Organizer Sena Aydin
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In Conversation with CGSU Organizer Sena Aydin

By Nicole Oliviera At the beginning of the spring semester, I sat down to interview Sena Aydin, a third-year graduate student studying Anthropology and a member of Cornell Graduate Students United (CGSU). CGSU was founded in 2014 as a union of graduate students committed to improving working conditions at Cornell. Its members advocate for the … Continue reading

The Dark Side of Donations: no thanks, Mui Ho: our fine arts library is just fine
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The Dark Side of Donations: no thanks, Mui Ho: our fine arts library is just fine

By Nadya Mikhaylovskaya We are used to thinking about donations as helpful acts supporting socially useful causes—for example, buying Girl Scout cookies, investing in higher education for women in Third World countries, being a blood donor, or sponsoring the construction of new hospitals. Private universities, too, rely heavily on donations. Many expensive buildings (think Gates, … Continue reading

The Finsta-gram: where fake is real and real is kind of hilarious
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The Finsta-gram: where fake is real and real is kind of hilarious

by Jacque Groskaufmanis “What should I make my caption?” is a pretty common and innocuous thing that someone might ask before posting on Instagram. Even my friends with the most dedicatedly “I-don’t-care” aesthetics plan out their internet content with a layer of detail and attention that warrants the same crowdsourcing for captions. But on fake Instagram, … Continue reading

Television as Text: Confronting Realities in Donald Glover’s Atlanta
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Television as Text: Confronting Realities in Donald Glover’s Atlanta

By Jacque Groskaufmanis I watched the first episode of Atlanta in the Fine Arts library, sitting next to a literal Greek statue and a fancy, old-timey map of 1970’s Manhattan. Donald Glover’s show portrays the city of Atlanta and the vibrancy and violence that exist within it. The scenes are emphasized in an unsettling way, … Continue reading

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

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