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Leaving the Vault: Townie-Gownie Relations in a Mutie-Normie Roleplaying Game
Arts & Pop Culture / Culture & Society

Leaving the Vault: Townie-Gownie Relations in a Mutie-Normie Roleplaying Game

By Melvin Li The year is 2161. It has been close to a century since the United States, Soviet Union, China, and other global powers have extinguished almost all life on Earth after a two hour nuclear exchange on October 23, 2077. North America is a lifeless, radiated desert filled with bands of bloodthirsty raiders … Continue reading

Origin Stories: An Interview with Kitsch Founders Katie Jentleson and Samantha Henig
Culture & Society / Ithaca & Cornell

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. … Continue reading

Finding Yourself in College: Fostering Identity Through Exploration
Culture & Society / Ithaca & Cornell

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 … Continue reading

Letters

Letter from the Editors, Fall 2016

At our first editors’ meeting, we had the happy realization that this was the thirteenth year of kitsch‒and so our theme “13” was born. The theme, 13, inspired interpretations ranging from José Armando’s analysis of superstitions (“My Belief is Their Superstition”), to Fauna, Elise, and Annika’s takes on puberty and adolescence (“Shaving Off Gender Norms,” … Continue reading

Culture & Society / Ithaca & Cornell

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 … Continue reading

Great Sexpectations: Disparities in Sex Education and Freshman Year
Culture & Society / Ithaca & Cornell

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, … Continue reading