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 recognition of graduate students as workers and are united by … Continue reading In Conversation with CGSU Organizer Sena Aydin

Don’t Build a Bigger Jail…just stop filling it

By Aurora Rojer The Tompkins County Jail is overcrowded. It was built to hold 64 people, but, thanks to a variance from the State Commission of Corrections (SCOC), for the past few years it has been allowed to cram in an extra 18 people. This was the case until July 2016 when the SCOC hit Tompkins County with an ultimatum: the variance is gone; Tompkins … Continue reading Don’t Build a Bigger Jail…just stop filling it

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, Klarman) are built on Cornell’s campus, and different departments acquire … Continue reading The Dark Side of Donations: no thanks, Mui Ho: our fine arts library is just fine

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, there is no question like “what should I make my … Continue reading The Finsta-gram: where fake is real and real is kind of hilarious

Diary of a West Coast Girl: living a new double life

By Elise Cording Alternate universe. Summer camp. Station on the moon. These are all words I’ve either heard or used myself to describe the strange world encompassing a little more than one square mile: Cornell. A few months ago, I moved cross-country from California to New York, but I didn’t move fully. I left half of my personal belongings, all of my family, and a … Continue reading Diary of a West Coast Girl: living a new double life

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, set against the background of the ivory tower that is … Continue reading Television as Text: Confronting Realities in Donald Glover’s Atlanta

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 credited to my exposure to the American Black/white binary model … Continue reading Being Habesha in a Black and White World: A Racial Identity Crisis

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. Sam: Damn, they didn’t burn that place down once we … Continue reading Origin Stories: An Interview with Kitsch Founders Katie Jentleson and Samantha Henig