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?
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
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)
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
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
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
A meditation on double majoring at Cornell By Alejandra Alvarez With my junior year well underway, thoughts concerning the impending reality of my life after Cornell and what I will do with it now occupy nearly ever corner of my mind. As a double major in English and Psychology, I have had to begin asking myself what I intend to do with these two degrees … Continue reading Seeing Double
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!
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
Excerpts from a chat about co-ops at Cornell By Nate Coderre and Aurora Rojer Nate: I’m not sure what the format is going to end up being. Do we keep it a dialogue? Or an interview with pointed questions? Aurora: I’m not sure it matters. As long as we hit all of the points. How did you find out about the Co-ops? Nate: I … Continue reading Sitting on the Couch