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

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

Extra Ex Machina: asian bodies as disposable, alien(ated) labor in American sci-fi

By Jeremiah Kim INT[ERIOR] HOUSE/CALEB’S BEDROOM – MORNING CALEB is woken by light flooding onto his face. The door to his room has been opened. Outside is the bright glass corridor CALEB sits up to see a GIRL entering his room. She looks Japanese. She’s stunningly pretty. And she doesn’t say anything. Just walks in, carrying a tray with a cafetiere, which she puts on … Continue reading Extra Ex Machina: asian bodies as disposable, alien(ated) labor in American sci-fi

Understanding the Sound and the Fury

an outsider’s look into the mythical world of the sorority rush

by ANNA ALISON BRENNER

Before I got to college, I couldn’t understand why anyone who wasn’t a “girly-girl” would join a sorority. The stereotype of prissy, Jewish American Princesses who slept on fluffy pink comforters and wore Juicy tracksuits everywhere was far too engrained in my head—by the media, and god knows what else[1]—for me to possibly imagine any alternative.

And then I came to Cornell. Continue reading “Understanding the Sound and the Fury”

Lulu is Fucked Up, Let Us Count the Ways

by ANNA A. BRENNER and KAITLYN TIFFANY

Lulu, self-dubbed the “first-ever app for girls,” allows women to rate men that they know by syncing the app with their Facebook accounts and categorizing them as “ex-boyfriend, crush, together, hooked-up, friend, or relative.” In a multiple-choice quiz, women compartmentalize the dude in question by his sexual capability, appearance, personality, and a range of miscellany—from cooking skills to his sense of humor. The answers to these questions are amalgamated into a one-through-ten rating system. At the end of the quiz, girls can sort through an array of pre-written hashtags that range from complimentary (#4.0GPA) to sexual (#KinkyInTheRightWays), cautionary (#TotalF***ingDickhead) to random (#GrowsHisOwnVegetables). Continue reading “Lulu is Fucked Up, Let Us Count the Ways”