Why do Ithaca and Cornell have two separate police forces?

CUPD: the long arm of the administration By Chris Skawski   About a year ago, CUPD came under fire for allegedly questioning several student protesters ahead of Cornell’s 150th birthday. The students, who had participated in and been identified as organizers, were pulled in to answer questions about their organizing practices and were told, “Disruptions to Charter Day would not be tolerated.” Basically, the administration … Continue reading Why do Ithaca and Cornell have two separate police forces?

Office Space: Liz Karns

By Katie O’Brien Before ILR professor, lawyer, and epidemiologist Liz Karns began volunteering as an advocate for victims of sexual assault on campus, Cornell only provided legal representation for the accused in the adjudication process. We talked to Professor Karns about Cornell’s lack of transparency around its procedures, the administrative barriers to reporting sexual assault, some of the economic consequences of sexual assault for women, … Continue reading Office Space: Liz Karns

Why Planned Parenthood is Essential to Ithaca (And Everywhere)

An interview with local activists Maureen Kelly and Liz Gipson By Katie O’Brien This summer, anti-abortion group The Center For Medical Progress released videos that were deceptively edited and spliced to make it appear as if a Planned Parenthood-affiliated social worker was facilitating the illegal sale of fetal tissue. The full videos, available online, show that the context of the conversation actually had nothing to … Continue reading Why Planned Parenthood is Essential to Ithaca (And Everywhere)

Dependence: Coffee in College

A student’s complicated relationship with coffee by Zoe Ferguson The collective relationship Americans have with caffeine is a kind of polymorphous perversion. Though caffeine is a drug, and people overdose on it just like any other drug, coffee has saturated our collective consciousness to such a degree that to dislike coffee is almost akin to being un-American. What does it mean to be a coffee … Continue reading Dependence: Coffee in College

Office Space: Mukoma Wa Ngugi

The African literature English professor talks books and binaries by Yana Makuwa kitsch: So I was wondering if you could start by introducing yourself—what you teach, and what you study. MwN: My name is Mukoma Wa Ngugi. I’m an assistant professor of English at Cornell University, the co-director of the Cornell Global South Project, and also co-founder of the Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature. … Continue reading Office Space: Mukoma Wa Ngugi

Going Clubbing: Clubs at Cornell

Why we compulsively join clubs in college By Melvin Li During the 2014-2015 academic year there were over a thousand student organizations at this university—almost one club for every kid at my high school. Download the 25-page Orgsync PDF and count them if you like. These clubs include the Film Club, the Adult Film Club, the Surf Club, Take Back the Tap, the Teszia Belly … Continue reading Going Clubbing: Clubs at Cornell


Celebrating 150 years of protest at Cornell By Melvin Li For many people around the world, February 2015 marked the start of the Year of the Sheep—a time of peace, promise, and prosperity. But at Cornell University, that month turned out to be something else altogether. On February 5, 2015, President Skorton sent a lengthy email to all Cornell students announcing that, beginning in the fall, … Continue reading One-Fight-Oh!

The IC Comedy Network

An interview with Ithaca College’s own comedy duo By Alyssa Berdie Online comedy networks such as CollegeHumor, Funny or Die, and Above Average are becoming hubs for great comedy content and breeding grounds for discovering new talent. For instance, many hit series on major networks, like Key & Peele and Broad City, began as independent web series. The Internet, social media marketing, and free video uploading … Continue reading The IC Comedy Network