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 change often causes questions of identity and sparks the need … Continue reading Finding Yourself in College: Fostering Identity Through Exploration

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 conspicuous architectural presence on East Avenue. Klarman Hall was the … Continue reading Embracing Goldwin Smith: The Paradox of Klarman Hall’s History

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, the actors talked candidly about sex and “hooking up” and … Continue reading Great Sexpectations: Disparities in Sex Education and Freshman Year

Referendum Red: Reclaiming ‘That Time of the Month’

By Jessie Brofsky I was fifteen when I first got my period, and I thought I was cursed. I cried myself to sleep that night, knowing every month I would feel like a brick had been shoved into my abdomen. Thus was my introduction to menstruation, and I never spoke about it. Out of an almost paralytic self-consciousness, I find I can’t even buy tampons … Continue reading Referendum Red: Reclaiming ‘That Time of the Month’

Art by Aurora Rojer

Naked Frisbee: The State of Top Freedom at Cornell

By Gaela LaPasta Before I moved into Risley Hall, my Freshman year at Cornell, I had no idea that I had any desire to be casually topless. As a child, I ran around the house, the beach, the pool topless. When I grew up a little and being topless in public stopped being acceptable, I never questioned it. My brothers and every other male I … Continue reading Naked Frisbee: The State of Top Freedom at Cornell

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 50 counties across New York State. Cornell students, however, are … Continue reading Many Miles to Go for Public Service: Why Spring Break Just Won’t Cut It

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 to study these “classic” works, like those of Shakespeare? Was … Continue reading Learning from the West: What I’m missing from my liberal arts education

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 Ban-the-Box. Last year, Phoebe Brown ran for mayor as a … 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

How Real is Cornell’s edifice complex?

Killed by Klarman Hall By Melvin Li Even if you’ve never been inside Klarman Hall you’ve at least heard about the massive construction project that shut down East Avenue for over a year—January 8, 2014 to April 19, 2015 to be exact—and got the Temple of Zeus moved yet again (it used to be in a storage basement until it moved in the 90s). Someone … Continue reading How Real is Cornell’s edifice complex?

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 is just a medium of exchange that we’ve all agreed … Continue reading In community we trust: Alternative currencies in Ithaca and abroad