Television as Text: Confronting Realities in Donald Glover’s Atlanta
Arts & Pop Culture / Culture & Society / Ithaca & Cornell

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
Culture & Society / Ithaca & Cornell / Politics & Current Events

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
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

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Embracing Goldwin Smith: The Paradox of Klarman Hall’s History

By Adam Davis When I returned to Cornell this past spring semester, the landscape of Central Campus had been noticeably altered. The construction site that had been an evolving but constant presence since the beginning of my freshman year had finally given way to a finished building. Klarman Hall now stood as a new and … Continue reading

Great Sexpectations: Disparities in Sex Education and Freshman Year
Culture & Society / Ithaca & Cornell

Great Sexpectations: Disparities in Sex Education and Freshman Year

By Anna Lee At Speak About It!, an activist-performance that seeks to educate students and prevent sexual violence, hundreds of freshmen sat in Bailey Hall listening to sex-themed music before the show. I looked out at my new classmates—some on their phones, some talking to people in their rows, others sitting silently. In the performance, … Continue reading

Many Miles to Go for Public Service: Why Spring Break Just Won’t Cut It
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Many Miles to Go for Public Service: Why Spring Break Just Won’t Cut It

By Chris Skawski Cornell University, a land grant college, is tasked with disseminating the knowledge it accumulates to the community that surrounds it. It has a state-mandated duty to employ its vast resources and research in order to implement community-centered programs. It accomplishes this primarily through its series of Cooperative Extension offices, located in over … 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