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In Conversation with CGSU Organizer Sena Aydin
Ithaca & Cornell / Politics & Current Events / Uncategorized

In Conversation with CGSU Organizer Sena Aydin

By Nicole Oliviera At the beginning of the spring semester, I sat down to interview Sena Aydin, a third-year graduate student studying Anthropology and a member of Cornell Graduate Students United (CGSU). CGSU was founded in 2014 as a union of graduate students committed to improving working conditions at Cornell. Its members advocate for the … Continue reading

The Dark Side of Donations: no thanks, Mui Ho: our fine arts library is just fine
Ithaca & Cornell

The Dark Side of Donations: no thanks, Mui Ho: our fine arts library is just fine

By Nadya Mikhaylovskaya We are used to thinking about donations as helpful acts supporting socially useful causes—for example, buying Girl Scout cookies, investing in higher education for women in Third World countries, being a blood donor, or sponsoring the construction of new hospitals. Private universities, too, rely heavily on donations. Many expensive buildings (think Gates, … Continue reading

[Insert Celebrity Name Here] is Not an Activist: capitalizing on activi$m really $ucks
Arts & Pop Culture / Politics & Current Events

[Insert Celebrity Name Here] is Not an Activist: capitalizing on activi$m really $ucks

by Anna Godek The question of celebrity culture and what role it should play in our lives is highly debated. Part of the reason that celebrities hold sway in our culture is that many of them are also artists whose work has the power to affect our lives and be meaningful. And art is certainly … Continue reading

Was Cassian Andor Anything Like Me? Negotiating Mexicanity in Star Wars
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Was Cassian Andor Anything Like Me? Negotiating Mexicanity in Star Wars

by Viri Garcia I grew up watching minorities and characters of color die on screen. Most often, these were African Americans. Every time my mom and I would watch a movie with African American characters, such as Scary Movie, The Shining, Resident Evil: Extinction, Kill Bill, and X-Men: First Class, I remember my mother saying, … Continue reading

Why Am I Watching This? musings on niche competition shows
Arts & Pop Culture / Culture & Society

Why Am I Watching This? musings on niche competition shows

By Olivia Bono Sitting at home this past winter break, I stared half-interested at the screen as my dad flicked through channels. Usually our go-to idle viewing is somewhere between the History Channel, TNT, or Syfy. This particular day we went with the History Channel. It’s not news that the History Channel has produced some … Continue reading

The Ungraspable Light: poetry and the myth of progress
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The Ungraspable Light: poetry and the myth of progress

By Jessie Brofsky There’s a room in the Tate Modern museum in London that displays contemporary art about destruction. On one side is a steel model of a basic apartment building, a rectangle built up and not out. On the other side are photographs depicting the stages of cities falling to the ground in clouds … Continue reading

The Finsta-gram: where fake is real and real is kind of hilarious
Culture & Society / Ithaca & Cornell

The Finsta-gram: where fake is real and real is kind of hilarious

by Jacque Groskaufmanis “What should I make my caption?” is a pretty common and innocuous thing that someone might ask before posting on Instagram. Even my friends with the most dedicatedly “I-don’t-care” aesthetics plan out their internet content with a layer of detail and attention that warrants the same crowdsourcing for captions. But on fake Instagram, … Continue reading