Stop Telling Me to Eat Less: language, obsession, and eating disorders

By Jessica Brofsky The NS1150: Introduction to Nutrition professor has a song he records and plays for the 575-person survey course. The chorus to what one might loosely call his “rap” repeats the line: “if you don’t need it, don’t eat it.” Long after I handed in my final exam and had forgotten the functions of the epiglottis and the specific benefits of soluble versus … Continue reading Stop Telling Me to Eat Less: language, obsession, and eating disorders

The Writing on the Wall: text inscribed on campus

article and photos by Angaelica LaPasta As I see it, there are three ways in which words are literally inscribed on Cornell’s Campus. 1. Chalking. Chalk is everywhere. It is ephemeral: here today, gone tomorrow. It is swept up by the feet of its audience, and the little, bright specks of chalk are borne all over campus from the remotest peak of the vet school … Continue reading The Writing on the Wall: text inscribed on campus

Lilac Hair and Septum Rings: the promises and pitfalls of the “alternative look”

By Madeleine Galvin Lately I’ve been feeling the urge to dye my hair lilac and pierce my septum with a gold hoop. The piercing has been a long time coming; it was inspired by a girl I saw last summer who wore it so well at this crowded Die Antwood concert where I was high off my ass, jumping when the crowd was still, and … Continue reading Lilac Hair and Septum Rings: the promises and pitfalls of the “alternative look”

Diving for Treasure: dumpster diving at Cornell

By Cesca LaPasta On my mantle sits an old-fashioned radio that is constantly set to 91.7, Ithaca’s premiere eclectic radio station, “The Station for Innovation.” I rarely ever turn it off, and its sound brings together the room in the same way the radio does aesthetically. It also came from a dumpster. The radio was sitting right on top of a pile of paper and … Continue reading Diving for Treasure: dumpster diving at Cornell

Extroversion on Campus: a story of branching out

By Emma Moore If you were to ask anyone who knows me on this campus to describe my personality, one term would come to their mind: extrovert. It’s a word that encompasses a wide range of descriptors, most of which are associated with loud, “extra” individuals. The labels of extrovert and introvert divide Cornell into two main categories of people. Even beyond Cornell’s campus, these … Continue reading Extroversion on Campus: a story of branching out

Muralizing and Moralizing: Ithaca’s street art

By Darby Tarlow Walking around downtown Ithaca on a bright day, it’s hard to miss the plethora of murals on each street corner and electrical box. Images of blooming flowers, Harriet Tubman, snarling dinosaurs, and many other curiosities splatter across walls and lend a backdrop to the day-to-day lives of bustling Ithacans. While these beautiful artworks permeate our spaces and our lives, their stories and … Continue reading Muralizing and Moralizing: Ithaca’s street art

Hermione Granger Syndrome: work, wands, and insensitive warts

By Veronica Dickson La Rotta Hermione Granger syndrome (noun): wanting to throw yourself unabashedly and romantically into your academic passions while understanding it comes with inevitable peer-sanctioned disdain; being too extra in class. I’m not the first to have stared at my Harry Potter collection, wishing deeply I could conjure up Hermione and ask to sit next to her for a bit—just two girls who … Continue reading Hermione Granger Syndrome: work, wands, and insensitive warts

You’re Not Uncultured: the case against the homogenization of speech at Cornell

By Mikaela Hamilton Fairly soon after my arrival at Cornell two years ago, I began to feel that I was missing something—something that most of my peers seemed to have and that I’d never known myself to lack. Several days later, while talking on the phone with one of my friends from home, I found the word for those feelings: I simply felt “uncultured.” My … Continue reading You’re Not Uncultured: the case against the homogenization of speech at Cornell