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“Local” movements across the country have driven peo- ple to get back to their roots, slow things down and learn a little about their communities. By paying attention to the world on a micro rather than a macro scale, we start to understand why we do the things we do and how to change things for the better. From bumper stickers alone, we already know that Ithaca is “gorges,” “cold,” ”liberal,” “hilly,” “fences,” and “gangsta” — or, if you prefer, “10 square miles surround- ed by reality.” Don’t get us wrong, those are some pretty accurate descriptions. Still, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to dig a little deeper into the city that has become our second home. Beyond numerous accolades for being an awesome place to live, work and retire, Ithaca provides a support- ive and fun environment for people of all interests, even including League of Legends (More Than Just A Game, page 16). The city’s socially conscious and eco-friendly culture plays a major role in shaping the lifestyles and priorities of many residents, and even shapes smaller de- tails like local fashion trends (Within The Local Fabric, page 30.) The newest addition to Ithaca’s counter-culture night- life, the Mystic Water Kava Bar, brings an ancient Polyne- sian tea to The Commons, and bills it as a social stimu- lant and an alternative to alcohol (SeeSaw). Ithaca has also been recognized as a safe space for LGBTQ residents with a unique range of services in a uniquely decentralized fashion. (A community disjointed, page 21) But diversity is not always the equivalent of harmony. Local residents voice their concerns with the Ithaca Police 'HSDUWPHQWDIWHUDQRIÀFHUVKRWDQGNLOOHG6KDZQ*UHHQ- wood. (Cultivating Conversations About Race, page. 20) The city of Ithaca has greater depth than that of the PLGGOHÀQJHUODNH7KLVLVVXHEULQJVWROLJKWDOOWKDW,WKD- ca has to offer: the good, the bad, the gorges, the ugly. <3 the Edz
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t all started in 1999. A group of like-minded friends – Abby Bertumen, Kelly Burdick, Bryan Chambala, Sam Costello, Thom Denick, Cole Louison and James Sigman – decided to publish a paper that expressed alternative ideas, viewpoints and cultures of college students nationally. The paper was aptly named Buzzsaw Haircut, which was taken from the Mojo Nixon song “Hamlet Chicken Plant Disaster.” Since then Buzzsaw has dropped the “Haircut,” but still maintains the same values of being an independent, alternative magazine whose goal is to publish original creative journalism, commentary and satire that works to deconstruct society, pop culture, politics, college life and dominant Western beliefs. Independence is at the core of what Buzzsaw stands for. Too often the mainstream media is beholden to corporate interests, producing lukewarm coverage of issues without asking critical questions and fostering healthy dialogue. Buzzsaw is beholden to no one but our readers, and we aim to offer content that provokes ideas that would otherwise never be discussed. Over the years, the magazine’s “alternative” description has given us the reputation of being the “hipster maga^MRI²FYX[IJIIPXLMWHI½RMXMSRMWTYXXMRKYWMRXSSWQEPPSJEFS\MXHSIWR´XGETXYVIXLIIWWIRGISJ[LEX&Y^^E[ really is and what it is trying to be. We do cover obscure bands and we do have an edgier tone. However, we are GSZIVMRKXLIWIWYFNIGXWXS½PPEKETMRXLIMVGSZIVEKIF]QEMRWXVIEQQIHMEWSQIXLMRK[IXLMROMWRSXSRP]GSSP but vital to our campus community. We’ve decided it’s time for Buzzsaw to reassert its identity to all who may read it. Rather than being written off as the “hipster” mag, we want Buzzsaw to be recognized for the collection of creative, independent voices that it was originally founded to be. We want our peers to know that Buzzsaw is here and willing to go in-depth on hard hitting issues, as well as to give our peers a space to put their creative works. Our goal for the year is to continue promoting the true identity of Buzzsaw. We hope to do this by:
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Holding power accountable in all its forms. Opening the channels through which information is shared. Covering silences in the college’s dialogue. 'VIEXMRKEWTEGIJSVGVIEXMZMX]XS¾SYVMWLERHPSSOKSSHHSMRKMX Inspire thoughtful debate regarding issues relevant to our campus and culture. Providing a safe, supportive atmosphere for artists of all experience levels. Being the best reporters, writers, creators we can be. We are looking forward to a new school year of kicking journalistic ass and giving voice to the voiceless. We hope you are too. <3 the edz Buzzsaw magazine is written, produced, and distributed by Ithaca College students. There are six issues printed a year – three each semester – and an online edition. Our funding comes from the Ithaca College Student Government Association and Campus Progress. Our adviser is Jeff Cohen, founding director of the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College and associate professor of the journalism department of the Park School of Communication.
The newest addition to Ithaca’s nightlife is the Mystic Water Kava Bar, located across from Lot 10 in The Commons. The root of the kava plant is made into a tea used as a social stimulant, muscle relaxant, and focusing agent. Some Seesaw members took a trip down to the bar to learn about and try the drink.
VARIETY IS KEY
A curious little audio experiment documenting where the wonderful people of Ithaca prefer to dine in town. Jack Simons uses electronic music and bodily sounds to alter the listener’s perspective on otherwise common conversations.
FREEING HER SPEECH Sonali Samarasinghe, 2012-2014 Ithaca City of Asylum writer in residence, was a Sri Lankan journalist forced to leave her country after her husband, the editor-in-chief of a prominent Sri Lankan newspaper, was assassinated by the government. She read an excerpt from her new book at “Voices of Freedom.”
Brendan Davis tours the city of Ithaca by bike, viewing the streets as a gallery. He explores the connection street art has to the city through every neighborhood, with both commissioned and extralegal art.
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In 1997, UTNE Reader named Ithaca the ‘Most Enlightened Town in America’ ” – EMILY MCNEILL, “CROSSING THE CASCADILLA,” BUZZSAW HAIRCUT MARCH 2007
The idea of Starbucks in Ithaca… why not just have a vegan slaughterhouse? It’s ridiculous — a corporate entity living in Ithaca.” – JOSEPH PRISCO, ITHACA RESIDENT AND GIMME! COFFEE CUSTOMER, BUZZSAW HAIRCUT MARCH 2007
Now people come from all over — probably like a 6 county radius — to work at Cornell and Ithaca College. They are big employers, so they help in that way.” – PETE MEYERS, CO-FOUNDER AND COORDINATOR OF TOMPKINS COUNTY WORKERS CENTER, BUZZSAW HAIRCUT MARCH 2007
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1YWMG VIHI½RIH XLI W]QFSPMWQ behind tattoos. James [Spiers, founder of Model Citizen Tattoo,] called this the ‘Tattoo Renaissance,’ when people would come into tattoo parlors looking to get identically inked with whatever the biggest new rock star had.” – JULIA PERGOLINI, “IT MEANS, LIKE, HOPE OR SOMETHING,” BUZZSAW HAIRCUT OCTOBER 2007
Though an average of only 6 students are forced to leave Ithaca College each year, many more struggle to keep up with high tuition costs and a future devoted to paying back enormous student loans.” – ZACK DINERSTEIN, “TUITION TRIALS,” BUZZSAW HAIRCUT SEPTEMBER 2005
ITHACA NOW In 2013, Ithaca-Cortland, NY was named the # combined statistical area in the country in collective intelligence. – LUMOSITY.COM
Ithaca has Starbucks stores on East Seneca Street, on College Avenue, and at the Target on Catherwood Road. – STARBUCKS.COM
Much of [Ithaca’s] optimism comes from a reciprocal relationship with two institutions — Cornell University and, to a lesser degree, Ithaca College — which have poured
hundreds of millions of dollars into the economy
Ithaca has 7 tattoo shops. – YELLOWPAGES.COM
and created thousands of jobs for everyone from professors to landscapers, and also fostered new companies. Ithaca and its home county, Tompkins, regularly post the lowest unemployment rate in the state.” – NYTIMES.COM
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Since 2005, undergraduate tuition (minus room and board) has risen 52% from $25,194 to $38,400. – ITHACA.EDU
Changing the Conversation ,S[XSLIPTÂ˝KLXVETIGYPXYVIERHWPYXWLEQMRK
By Alexis Farabaugh
lut. Whore. Skank. These are just some of the derogatory words youâ€™ve probably heard used to-Â wards women when they have sex or engage in any kind of sexual activ-Â ity. According to Urban Dictionary, a website that allows anyone to publish WKHLU RZQ GHĂ€QLWLRQV DQG WKHQ UDWH WKHP Â´VOXWÂľ LV GHĂ€QHG DV Â´D ZRPDQ with the morals of a man.â€? After read-Â LQJ WKDW LW LV GLIĂ€FXOW IRU RQH WR DV-Â sume that our nation is past any gen-Â der inequality issues. Slut-Âshaming and rape culture are becoming more prominent than ever, and thanks to Title IX and other campaigns like the Vagina Monologues and the V-ÂDay movement, along with the assistance of the Advocacy Center, help is of-Â fered, though surely not as widely as it should be. What is title IX?
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With the beginning of a new aca-Â demic year, a campaign titled â€œKnow Your IXâ€? set out to abolish these is-Â sues from continuing or strengthen-Â ing within oneâ€™s educational rights. The â€œIXâ€? refers to the Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments, which requires schools to ensure the safety of their students from sexual violence and other types of harassment while also providing them with jobs and housing. Since the â€œKnow Your IXâ€? cam-Â paign has been brought about in Ithaca (and more services have been created), the Advocacy Center has received more reports of sexual vio-Â lence and partner-Âintimacy issues this year than they had last year. This
shows that the more help that is pro-Â vided, the more victims will be willing to speak up and use these services to recover. They have even been work-Â
students or faculty come forward.â€?
Campaigns like Know Your IX and V-Day encourage women XSFIGSRÂ˝HIRXERHMRHITIRdent, but living in a society with a slut-shaming culture QEOIW MX TEVXMGYPEVP] HMJÂ˝GYPX for one to stay strong and be true to oneself. ing directly with Ithaca College. Kristi Taylor, adult community educator of the Advocacy Center, states, â€œWe have been in communications with campus personnel to make sure that we have a good understanding about what the new investigation procedures are if
What are the Vagina Monologues? Rebecca Billings, a senior at IC, has been taking action into her own hands by becoming involved with various activities and alliances that spread awareness about these is-Â
sues. Billings became a part of The Vagina Monologues in February of 2012 because of her passion for gen-Â der equality. The Vagina Monologues (supported by the Advocacy Center) is a play that is seen around the world, every year near Valentineâ€™s Day, en-Â compassing random women of all dif-Â ferent types to talk about their sex-Â uality and sexual experiences, and provide them and the viewers with a safe space to express oneself. â€œThe play gives a voice to something thatâ€™s rarely talked about,â€? Billings said. Interested? You can catch the play being shown here at IC or at Cor-Â nell University. Because the play is shown dur-Â ing the Valentineâ€™s Day holiday, Eve Ensler, the author of The Va-Â gina Monologues, created the V-ÂDay movement. This activist movement SURGXFHV ODUJHVFDOH EHQHĂ€WV LQFOXG-Â LQJJDWKHULQJVĂ€OPVDQGFDPSDLJQV to spread awareness. It is clear that movements like these help, but un-Â fortunately, sexual violence and ha-Â rassment awareness is only now be-Â coming a less-Âtaboo topic, still leaving some women to deal with those who remain uninformed and biased. How does slut-shaming and rape culture relate?
How can an Ithaca College student help? 1. Get educated â€” the basis of help-Â ing is knowing what you can do for others (or yourself). You can partici-Â pate in OSEMAâ€™s new program, Bring-Â ing in the Bystander, to learn how to be a good bystander when dealing with intimate partner/sexual violence and helping a survivor recover after-Â wards. Also, visit the â€œKnow Your IXâ€? campaign website to understand your ULJKWV DQG Ă€QG RXW ZKDW ,WKDFD &RO-Â legeâ€™s policies are, so you know who to go to when someone is in need. 2. Attend The Advocacy centerâ€™s events â€” Joining in on the Three-Â Legged Half K, a fundraiser being held on October 19th, would be a great start. At 11:00 AM at Cass Park, can VXSSRUW WKHP Ă€QDQFLDOO\ DQG VSUHDG awareness to all of these issues. â€œLikeâ€? the Advocacy Center of Tomp-Â NLQV&RXQW\WRĂ€QGRXWKRZ\RXFDQ register and stay updated with up-Â coming events. 3. Donate â€” whether itâ€™s a fraction of your money or time, the Advocacy Center always welcomes any kind of goods. Simply by dropping off your old cell phones or volunteering as a hotline advocate, education intern or at their special events, survivors can be helped and get one step closer to recovery. _______________________________ Alexis Farabaugh is a freshman writ-Â ing major who will wear whatever she wants for Halloween, and you can deal with it. Email her at afaraba1@ ithaca.edu.
Slut-shaming & Rape Culture by Kaley Belvel Slut shaming: a phenomenon in which women are ridiculed for disobeying the societal standards of sexual conduct set for them. Current examples of this action can be seen in the following: Halloween: Every year, womenâ€™s Halloween costumes become smaller and more sexualized. Along with the shrinking hemlines come a stream of insults, victim blaming, and judgment. Women are devalued and discriminated against based on the amount of clothing they are (or are not) wearing. Miley Cyrus: When Miley Cyrus recently performed at the MTV VMAs, there was a nonstop discussion of how ÂąVEYRGL]Â˛LIVSYXÂ˝XERHEGXMSRW[IVI There was little discussion of the racist implications of her performance due to the uproar over how she should (or should not) act. Rape Culture: a society that delegitimizes victims of sexual assault and blames them for their attacks. It does not adequately deal with acts of sexual violence and often excuses the actions of the attackers. Below are some popular examples that were popularized in mainstream media: Steubenville, OH--Last year, a 16-yearold girl was raped by two high school football players. When the case went public, the girl was blamed for the assault due to the fact that she was intoxicated at a party when it occurred. Her attackers were heralded as â€œnice boysâ€? who didnâ€™t do anything wrong, whereas she was considered a â€œbitchâ€? who wanted to ruin their lives for no reason. Billings, MT--In 2007, a 14-year-old girl was raped by her high school teacher, a then-48-year-old man. In 2010, the girl committed suicide but her attacker was only given 30 days in prison. The judge who presided over the case defended the perpetrated that the girl seemed â€œolder than her chronological ageâ€? and â€œas much in control of the situation as was the defendant.â€?
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Campaigns like Know Your IX and V-ÂDay encourage women to be con-Â Ă€GHQWDQGLQGHSHQGHQWEXWOLYLQJLQ a society with a slut-Âshaming culture PDNHVLWSDUWLFXODUO\GLIĂ€FXOWIRURQH to stay strong and be true to oneself. Slut-Âshaming is the act of express-Â ing negative comments and feelings towards a woman for her sexual acts, or even sometimes just by being open or comfortable with her body. Look-Â ing back to the beginning of this ar-Â ticle with the derogatory names, itâ€™s clear that they are all used towards women. Think about it. Remember the last time a man was ridiculed for his sexual acts. What was he called? â€œMan-Âwhore?â€? â€œMan-Âslut?â€? Was he even ridiculed at all? The word â€œmanâ€? is literally just added onto the deroga-Â tory word. In fact, the word â€œwhoreâ€? is technically genderless, but because a majority of our society is so caught up in the idea that women who exploit themselves are less pure or feminine, some gender-Âneutral terms are be-Â coming one-Âsided. Similarly, rape culture is accusing the victim involved in the sex crime or assault, and believing that the vic-Â
tim was â€œasking for it.â€? This includes teaching women not to dress inappro-Â priately, instead of teaching men not to assume she wants to have sex if she is dressed a certain way. Anoth-Â er example is teaching younger girls not to send â€œnudesâ€? instead of teach-Â ing guys not to ask for them. Multiple suicide cases are derived from women and young girls having poor self-Âes-Â teem due to harassment and societal expectations. If slut-Âshaming is still prevalent, many women will have a chance to continue feeling that they deserved any kind of sexual violence that happened to them.
Cracking Down 4YFPMG7EJIX]MRGVIEWIWMXWTVIWIRGI By Marisa Wherry
he beginning of every school year at Ithaca College ush- ers in a new, wide-eyed freshman class, apprehension of the impending cold weather, Cor - taca t-shirt sales...and increased public safety surveillance at the circle and garden apartments. “At the beginning of every school year we have enhanced presence in certain places, the circles, the gardens...one year it was Emer - son, another year it was at the towers, those are the places we try
ments. “Last year public safety probably gained in size by about a quarter,” she said, “and so they had a huge increased presence in the circles, which is good for us because we don’t want people to think that circles is the place to go for parties...but I definitely think they increased their presence this year.” Junior Taylor Macdonald stated, “there seem to be a lot more people getting in trouble this year than previous years, it’s more the peo-
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Due to public safety’s increased presence, a small group of friends gathering at the apartments is becoming more common than the ragers that sometimes occurred on IC’s campus, pushing students towards off-campus house parties and into the territory of the Tompkins County Sheriff. to concentrate on at the very be- ginning of the year to try to calm things down at the beginning so people know: okay, these are the limits that we can get by with,” said IC Public Safety Deputy Chief David Dray. The apartments, especially the circles, have been known to throw the occasional rager, and Public Safety responds when notified by a Residential Advisor or people in the surrounding neighborhoods. This year, however, public safety seems to be cracking down espe- cially hard on on-campus parties, specifically at the circle apart- ments. Senior Tiara Kanney has worked as an RA for three years, but this will be her first at the circle apart-
ple that live in the house that get in trouble rather than the people attending the parties.” College students often brush off their university’s warnings related to partying, but IC students are beginning to consider the serious consequences of throwing on cam- pus parties. If written up by an RA, RD, or public safety, a college student can face written warn- ings, disciplinary probation and community service, among other things. But the weightier reper - cussions include suspension, ex- pulsion and removal from housing. Due to public safety’s increased presence, a small group of friends gathering at the apartments is becoming more common than the ragers that sometimes occurred
on IC’s campus, pushing students towards off-campus house parties and into the territory of the Tomp- kins County Sheriff. “I do think that public safety should prefer parties on campus than off campus — wouldn’t they rather us be on campus in walking distance from home than far away and getting an unreliable ride home?” said Macdonald, voicing an opinion that a lot of students seem to have. If public safety were to loosen up, they would fear losing control of the students and increasing the risk of safety issues, but students are hassled by trying to find a re- liable ride home or climbing up Ithaca’s cruel hills in the already chilly night time temperatures. “I attended college, I know its been awhile, but I went to Ohio State. So I know how it is to be a college student and I try to take that into consideration. Part of the college experience, if you would, is trying new things, whether that’s the alcohol for the first time or whatever, so we try take that into consideration because we know that’s part of becoming an adult” said Dray. So the age-old tap dance be- tween citizens and authority be- gins again. How strict can public safety be without facing outright disregard for safety measures and how far can students go without getting in trouble? While students may be annoyed with public safe- ty’s crack down of campus policy, at least University Taxi is happy with their recent influx of cash. _________________________________ Marisa Wherry is a freshman cul- ture and communication major whose Gatorade bottle is really full of...Gatorade. Email her at mwher- email@example.com.
One Man’s Plate is Another Man’s Trea-'´WJSSH[EWXITVSFPIQ By Faith Meckley
halls, I don’t know what times we’d be able to get into the din- ing hall, whether the Red Cross would be open for delivery,” Strouse said. She also said the club needs 21 regular members, seven for each dining hall, to successfully expand. Even if SWIFT covered all three
cies and equipment for the dining halls to achieve these means. To help solve food waste and high college costs, a cheaper meal plan could be designed for students from low-income back- grounds, allowing them to obtain a few free meals each week. These meals would be comprised of food
Roughly 1/3 of food produced for human consumption is wasted globally. On a more local level, the average American wastes between 209 and 254 pounds of food annually, while in 2010, 17.2 million American households struggled to feed everyone in the family. halls, there are other eateries at IC to consider, like La Vincita. Collaboration between students, college administration, and din- ing hall staff is needed to elimi- nate excessive disposal of edible food. Students need to be aware of portion control and eat every- thing on their plates. The din- ing hall staff needs to be more conscious of how they cook and serve food. Also, more innova- tive methods of food reuse should be implemented. Terrace Dining composts their bread heels, when instead they could be saved to make breadcrumbs. If the food is still edible, it should be pre- served meal-to-meal, day-to-day, so it can be eaten. The college ad- ministration should be involved with this issue and provide poli-
that would otherwise be thrown out, wasting the money the col- lege spent on it. There would probably have to be after -hour times where students could pick up the food. Food waste is a serious prob- lem, and with awareness and ac- tion, it can be solved at the col- lege. Students: eat everything on your plates, consider joining SWIFT, staple this page onto a dining hall comment card. If IC wants to consider itself sustain- able, food waste has got to stop. ________________________________ Faith Meckley is a freshman journalism major who’s hungry for sustainability. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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n a world where enough calo- ries are produced to feed ev- eryone, we have obesity and starvation. Why? Roughly 1/3 of food produced for human con- sumption is wasted globally. On a more local level, the average American wastes between 209 and 254 pounds of food annually, while in 2010, 17.2 million Amer - ican households struggled to feed everyone in the family. Food waste has a big impact on the environment. We put ample resources into producing food, especially meat, and we expend fossil fuels to transport it. When we waste food, we’re wasting more than just calories. I was drawn to Ithaca Col- lege for its environmental con- scientiousness, but I’ve quickly realized how far it is from sus- tainable. One action needed to achieve its green goals is to ad- dress food waste. Marissa Fortman, a sophomore student manager at Campus Cen- ter Dining, told me about waste at her workplace. “At the end of each [meal], if there are any extras they get com- posted…which means there could be a whole pan of oatmeal, and then if that doesn’t get eaten by the time we’re closing breakfast, it just gets dumped,” Fortman said. “And then things like pizza, pasta, again, anything that’s in the hot lines, when the shifts are done…they get dumped.” Fort- man said she’s long wanted to confront her bosses about this, and she’s not the only employee who is bothered. Stop Wasting Ithaca’s Food To- day, a student organization, ad- dresses this problem. Every Fri- day they meet at Towers Dining to package leftover food and de- liver it to the local American Red Cross. While SWIFT has the right idea, the club is limited because it can only rescue food from one dining hall on one day of the week, which barely scratches the sur face. Megan Strouse, senior president of SWIFT, wants to ex- pand the club’s reach, but said there are obstacles. “If we moved into other dining
;LEXXSI\TIGXJVSQGSPPIKIEXLPIXIW By Kimberly Capehart
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hese days it seems like scan-Â dals and sports go hand in hand. In the past several years, the insti-Â tution of American college football has seen iconic players, the likes of Reg-Â gie Bush, Lawrence Phillips, and most recently, former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, involved in scandals that made national head-Â lines. Prior to the 2006 NFL Draft, cur-Â rent Detroit Lionsâ€™ running back, Reggie Bush, was accused of alleg-Â edly accepting nearly $300,000 in gifts from a sports agent without re-Â payment during his college career at the University of Southern California. Though he denied the charge and ELG IRU FRQĂ€GHQWLDO DUELWUDWLRQ %XVK stood trial in April 2010 where it was discovered that he and his family had accepted countless gifts. The charge meant that Bush had knowingly com-Â promised his integrity as an amateur player at USC. The university was pe-Â nalized for a â€œlack of institutional con-Â trol.â€? The penalty ultimately resulted in the forfeiture 14 victories, in which Bush played during the 2004-Â2005 season, including the Trojansâ€™ 2005 Orange Bowl championship title, the loss of 30 scholarships, and a ban from bowl games for two subsequent years following the trial. Bush, him-Â self, had to relinquish his title as the 2005 winner of the Heisman trophy. Lawrence Phillips started his college career at the University of Nebraska in 1993 where he proved himself to be a promising player. During his ju-Â nior year, Phillips had established his reputation as an outstanding running back and was in contention for the Heisman trophy when he was arrest-Â ed for assaulting his then-Âgirlfriend. Head coach Tom Osborne suspended Phillips from the team, but refused to kick him off, insisting that the struc-Â tured nature of the football program was what he needed. In an even more shocking turn of events, Osborne re-Â instated Phillips later that season, even naming him a starting player in the 1995 Fiesta Bowl. Phillips went on to play one season in the NFL for the St. Louis Rams; he was released
in 1997 for insubordination. Phillips was arrested again in 2005 for as-Â saulting his then-Âgirlfriend, driving his car into 3 teenagers, and 7 counts of assault with a deadly weapon. He is currently serving a 31-Âyear sentence. The most recent scandal to hit the NFL involves Aaron Hernandez, the former New England tight end. Her-Â nandez entered the NFL as the young-Â est player in the 2010 draft, forgoing his senior year season with University of Florida. He played 3 seasons with the Gators and eventually received the John Mackey award, given annu-Â ally to the best tight end in the coun-Â WU\ GXULQJ KLV MXQLRU \HDU DQG Ă€QDO season. However, Hernandez had a notori-Â ous history of violence and drug abuse in college. In 2007, he was involved in D EDU Ă€JKW LQ *DLQHVYLOOH ZKLFK HV-Â calated to the point that he punched an employee in the head, rupturing his eardrum. In lieu of appearing in front of a judge, Hernandez received deferred prosecution. His violent history encompasses PRUH WKDQ MXVW EDU Ă€JKWV ,Q Hernandez was investigated in rela-Â tion to a double homicide case in Bos-Â ton. In June 2013, Hernandez was once again investigated in relation to a shooting incident in Miami; a friend of his alleged that Hernandez had shot him while the two were driving togeth-Â er. Just days after being charged with the allegation that he shot his friend, Aaron Hernandez was arrested in his home in North Attleboro, Massachu-Â setts in connection with an ongoing murder investigation of Odin Lloyd, another friend of Hernandezâ€™s. As soon as news of Hernandezâ€™s arrest broke, the Patriots responded (a mere 90 minutes after the news broke), deciding to release the tight end from the team. They issued a press release stating: â€œA young man was murdered last week and we extend our sympathies to the family and friends who mourn his loss. Words cannot express the disappointment we feel knowing that one of our players was arrested as a result of this investigation. We real-Â ize that law enforcement investiga-Â
tions into this matter are ongoing. We support their efforts and respect the process. At this time, we believe this transaction is simply the right thing to do.â€? Though the Patriots made a respon-Â sible decision to release Hernandez, UXPRUVTXLFNO\EHJDQWRĂ RDWDURXQG suggesting that head coach, Bill Belichick, might have known that his tight endâ€™s life was in danger. Evidently, it may have been known that Hernandez was engaged in gang-Â DIĂ€OLDWHG DFWLYLWLHV %HOLFKLFN PD\ RU may not have known that his star tight end had begun using the drug PCP, and as a result, was paranoid to the point that he began to carry a gun with him wherever he went. The notion that a head coach or the overseeing organization may have known about compromising behavior is a recurrent theme in the respec-Â tive scandals involving Reggie Bush, Lawrence Phillips, and Aaron Her-Â nandez. Is this merely a coincidence or does it reveal something sinister about the nature of organizations to protect their players even in the face of scandal? Do cases like the ones mentioned justify behavioral issues and the like for younger athletes? In a society where athletes are constantly surrounded by various investigations DQG VFDQGDOV ZKDW NLQG RI RQĂ€HOG DQGRIIĂ€HOGEHKDYLRUFDQZHUHDOLVWL-Â cally expect from our college athletes? Though scandals seem so pervasive in the world of sports, college athletes should still hold themselves to the highest standards of behavior both on DQGRIIWKHĂ€HOG Ben Mendelson, student assistant coach of the Ithaca College Bombers football team, said, â€œThereâ€™s a saying: â€˜Youâ€™re always wearing your jersey when youâ€™re an athlete.â€™ It means that you should always be representing yourself as a student of a particular school and as an athlete of a particu-Â lar program.â€? In fact, there are a number of rules in place to assure that college athletes are representing their team and their school in a positive way. Players are bound by rules of their team, rules of their school, and even more broadly,
by the rules of the NCAA, the National Collegiate Athletic Association. For the most part, all three of these organiza-Â tions have very similar rules, such as the necessity to resist drug usage and abstain from alcohol usage during WKHLU VSRUWÂˇV VHDVRQ WKRXJK VSHFLĂ€F rules may vary from school to school, and even from team to team. Though the rules are in place, itâ€™s ultimately up to coaches to make sure
nandez was repeatedly engaged in XQIDYRUDEOHRIIĂ€HOGEHKDYLRU6WRQHÂˇV statement proves especially poignant. â€œThe leniency of the NFL allows for the behavior to continue,â€? Stone said. â€œItâ€™s not something that is touched upon at an early stage and it allows for players to develop attitude prob-Â lems and behavioral problems.â€? Though coaches and organizations may sometime be willing to ignore
Though the rules are in place, itâ€™s ultimately up to coaches to make sure that college athletes are behaving in an appropriate manner. playersâ€™ behavioral issues, athletes should still pride themselves on act-Â ing responsibly. Bush, Phillips and Aaron Hernan-Â dez may have acted irresponsibly off WKHSOD\LQJĂ€HOGZKLOHWKH\ZHUHLQFRO-Â lege (and, for Phillips and Hernandez, even while they were playing profes-Â sionally in the NFL), but, ultimately, WKHLU LUUHVSRQVLEOH RIIĂ€HOG EHKDYLRU ZDVVHWWOHGRIIRIWKHĂ€HOG â€œ[Hernandez] got in trouble with the law, it wasnâ€™t like he broke one team rule and was dismissed,â€? said Men-Â delson. â€œHis problems stemmed from something that began before he was in college.â€? In a similar vein, Stone said, â€œit should be a wake-Âup call [to college athletes] that regardless of how good you are and how much you mean to your team and maybe even how much effort and hard work you put into bet-Â tering your skill set or your game, that it doesnâ€™t matter. If you do something wrong, if you do something to that degree, then you will not be protect-Â
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that college athletes are behaving in an appropriate manner. Sophomore varsity basketball play-Â er Kristen Gowdy said, â€œOur coach [Dan Raymond] is very on top of what weâ€™re doing. He knows what weâ€™re up to, and if we get in trouble heâ€™s not just going to turn a blind eye to it.â€? Unfortunately, not all coaches are as diligent in monitoring their ath-Â letesâ€™ behavior. In higher levels of competition, such as Division 1 or Di-Â vision 2 college-Âlevel athletics, some coaches are purportedly even willing to turn a blind eye to unfavorable off-Â Ă€HOG EHKDYLRU LQ RUGHU WR DFFRPPR-Â date talented athletes who donâ€™t nec-Â essarily have the best behavior. Ian Stone, a writer/intern at Fan-Â tasyBuzzer, a site dedicated to deliv-Â ering fantasy football news, said, â€œthe coaches and the rules [in various lev-Â els of play] are more [or less] lenient toward allowing for second chances DIWHUXQIDYRUDEOHRIIĂ€HOGGHFLVLRQVÂľ Considering the possibility that Belichick, may have known that Her-Â
ed for it. The corrective action will be taken to make sure that you are not involved [with the behavior and/or the sport] any more.â€? While Hernandez did behave irre-Â VSRQVLEO\RIIRIWKHĂ€HOGKLVUHFNOHVV behavior eventually caught up to him. Even though Belichick, who may or may not have known about the ath-Â leteâ€™s notorious history and activity with gangs and drug abuse, did not incriminate his player, the law clear-Â O\ KDG WKH Ă€QDO VD\ RQ QRW RQO\ KLV future, but his ability to play profes-Â sional sports. The Patriots took appropriate ac-Â tion in releasing their tight end from the team as soon as he was taken into custody. Should the Patriots have proceeded any other way, it might have sent a message to college ath-Â letes that professional sports teams are tolerant of not only unfavorable, EXWLOOHJDORIIĂ€HOGEHKDYLRU Though league and team rules may not always be enforced by organiza-Â tions or coaches, this does not change the expectations that college athletes should have for themselves. If players choose not to hold themselves to the highest standards of behavior both on DQGRIIRIWKHSOD\LQJĂ€HOGWKHODZZLOO ultimately intervene, as in the case of Hernandez. â€œEven if you succeed in athletics at the professional level, you could still not be a nice person or have [had] problems in the pastâ€Śand that wonâ€™t let you succeed in life necessarily,â€? concluded Gowdy. ____________________________________ Kimberly Capehart is a sophomore documentary studies and production major. Email her at kcapeha1@ithaca. edu.
By Meagan McGinnes and Alyssa Frey
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ornell University premiered its online athletics channel on the new Ivy League Digital Network at the Cornell v. Bucknell homecom- ing football game on Saturday, Sept. 21 in the hopes of attracting a larger fan base. The university announced the cre- ation of its channel on the network in July along with the other seven Ivy League colleges. The league’s network is a collaboration with NeuLion, an online television service that provides both live and on-demand program- ming. Because NeuLion does not provide staff, Cornell hired students through the department of athletic commu- nications to work for the network as videographers and assistants to the executive staff of the university’s digi- tal media, the average game having EHWZHHQÀYHWRVHYHQVWXGHQWZRUNHUV getting paid through the athletic com- PXQLFDWLRQVRIÀFH Marissa Lucey, a senior Cornell urban planning student, kept track of the scoreboard for the network’s RQOLQH VHUYHU GXULQJ WKH ÀUVW IRRWEDOO game. “I thought it would be cool because I really like sports,” Lucey said. “It gives you a knowledge of graphics and a lot
of different components to work with.” The network will al- low people, especially alumni, to reconnect with Cornell said Jere- my Hartigan, director of university athletic com- munications. “We hope that it will create even greater af- ÀQLW\ >IRU &RUQHOO IURP alumni] because it will make it easier to be able to follow their favorite sports teams, to learn more about the student athletes and the coaches, the stories of athletics, the traditions of athletics,” Hartigan said. “There is really no downside to what we are going to be doing.” All Cornell athletics will be behind a pay wall for right now, Hartigan said. A day pass is $9.95, a month’s pass is $10.95, a four-month pass is $34.95 and a yearlong pass is $89.95. This network will increase the alumni audience for all university sports, es- pecially Big Red football, said John Lukach, director of multimedia, pro- ductions and web communications for the university’s department of ath- letics.
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´,GHÀQLWHO\WKLQNLWLVJRLQJWRSXOO this heavy alumni audience–they want to watch the football games,” Lukach said. “Either they live far away or they can’t make it to the games and they want to watch it.” Doug Pratt ‘84, who serves on the Cornell Football Association Board of Directors, said he plans to buy a sub- scription this week. “People that don’t get a chance to go get back from games can get plugged in from wherever they are,” Pratt said. “Cornell grads are all over the world and they still have an interest in sports teams and what is going on.” Hartigan said the department of athletic communications hopes to eliminate the pay wall in the future. “We’d like to make it like a television network on the Internet,” Hartigan said. “[We want] to offer these games live [for] no charge to get as many eye- balls on the game as possible because we want to showcase our athletes and our coaches and our facilities, and our great tradition of the Ivy League.” Press conferences and interviews with athletes and coaches will be available to view on the new network for free, Hartigan said. So far, only a few hundred people have purchased subscriptions to Cor- nell’s channel on the network, but the university expects more purchases in the upcoming weeks. ____________________________________ Meagan McGinnes and Alyssa Frey are senior journalism majors who kind of know sports now. Email them at email@example.com and afrey2@ ithaca.edu.
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More Than Just a Game Cornell joins League of Legends By Robert Rivera
players last year, but after contacting the teamâ€™s former leader and organiz-Â ing the local scene, he was able to re-Â vive the team. Bao says â€œI took it upon myself to try and gather team members to-Â gether and reform the Ivy LoL team because I had always wanted to join some sort of amateur [or] professional WHDPÂŤ , Ă€JXUHG LW ZRXOG EH D JRRG experience for me as a freshman to both meet new upperclassmen and gain some sort of skill.â€? Cornell Universityâ€™s team has com-Â peted in the â€œIvy Lolâ€? tournament for three years now, placing third over-Â DOOLQWKHĂ€UVWWRXUQDPHQW:KLOHWKH players on the team have changed because of members graduating, the current Cornell team was able to take the eigth seed in their divi-Â
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ight students at Cornell Uni-Â versity are representing their school at a collegiate tourna-Â ment for the popular video game â€œLeague of Legendsâ€? after qualifying for the tournament on Sept. 22. â€œLeague of Legendsâ€? is a multiplayer online battle arena video game devel-Â oped and published by Riot Games. 3OD\HUV IRUP LQWR WZR WHDPV RI Ă€YH champions and battle each other while stationed at opposing sides of a map near a building called a nexus.A QH[XV LV GHVWUR\HG E\ Ă€JKWLQJ DQG taking down a series of turrets placed along a path to each base until they reach the nexus. A match is won when either teamâ€™s nexus is destroyed. This past July, Riot Games was able to bring a level of professionalism to their game when the U.S. Visa Bu-Â reau recognized â€œLeagueâ€? as a legiti-Â mate sport. This allowed international players to obtatin work visas to com-Â pete in the World Finals held in Los Angeles at the Staples Center Friday Oct. 4. Collegiate play, however, has been heavily advertised by Riot Games. The big collegiate tournament, known as â€œIvy Lolâ€? began Sept. 20 with repre-Â sentative colleges across the country. Cornell University is one of those represented schools, but Cornellâ€™s team was not always competitive for the collegiate tournament. Brian â€œAt-Â rodexâ€? Bao said that the team was in ruins after the graduation of three
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sion and is eager to face their next opponent in the upcoming weeks. But Bao and teammates cannot al-Â ways participate in games, so less ex-Â SHULHQFHGSOD\HUVPXVWĂ€OOLQIRUKLP This is managed by substitutes on the team who, according to teammate Chris â€œSlowreactorâ€? Song, â€œare more skilled than me. However, due to time constraints, they cannot fully commit to the team, and are only active on the team as subs.â€? Tony â€œPurpleRooâ€? Xia of Cornellâ€™s team and Bao both agree that the chance to go pro is both highly lucra-Â tive and enticing. â€œTwo or three years of getting your name out as a professional League player in a growing game is more YDOXDEOH WKDQ Ă€QLVKLQJ FROOHJHÂľ VDLG Xia. â€œCollege will always be there; [but] this is a once in a lifetime oppor-Â tunity,â€? he said. This is because professional players like Marcus â€œDyrusâ€? Hill reported an annual income of over $67,000. Con-Â tractsâ€™, streaming their practice matches via â€œTwitchâ€? and sponsor-Â ships through various computer com-Â panies make the bulk of pro players income. With less than a week before the World Finals for â€œLeague,â€? open league is streaming now at Ivy Lol and will continue until November 16. ____________________________________ Robert Rivera is a senior journalism major who thinks his articles and cartoons for Buzzsaw are legendary. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local food movements generate ethical food and build community
By Amanda Hutchinson
tracted local students, as well as a few from outside New York State. Downtown, GreenStar has been working to get the community to-Â gether and talking about aspects of the food system as a whole, such as workersâ€™ rights, poverty and self-Âreli-Â ance, rather than the individual prod-Â ucts. Gary Fine, a long-Âtime member of GreenStarâ€™s council, said that while the Ithaca co-Âop and events like the annual Food Justice Summit donâ€™t focus on teaching people about top-Â ics such as food justice and sover-Â eignty, their goal is to team up with and support local organizations and partnerships that do in order to build - Gary Fine, member of GreenStarâ€™s council a stronger system both locally and ex-Â ternally. â€œItâ€™s all about how you take con-Â products found in restaurants and â€œlocally raised meat made easyâ€? be-Â trol of the food system, create jobs stores around the city. These ubiq-Â cause people who may not have the that are sustainable and pay a livable uitous institutions and practices, in storage space for a quarter of a cowâ€™s wage, and do it all in the community addition to its central location in the worth of meat can team up with other so the money stays in the community Finger Lakes, have made local food a individuals and families to purchase UDWKHU WKDQ Ă RZLQJ RXWÂľ )LQH VDLG â€œGreenStar Community Projects was major part of Ithacaâ€™s identity. While the meat and divide it accordingly. created to address these bigger social In addition to matters of practical-Â the products vary, the goal of build-Â ing community and raising aware-Â ity, LeRoux also said that communal issues and keep a conversation going ness about the food system is evident freezers, CSAs, and similar program-Â that has been going for years.â€? Green said that while there isnâ€™t as ming emphasize the importance of so-Â throughout the city. Local food movements have many cial interactions over food, an aspect much collaboration between organiza-Â faces around Ithaca, and each brings that is important to the organization tions as there should be, Groundswell people and local food together in a dif-Â as well. Consumers will often see the is beginning to work more directly ferent way. The primary focus in the same people each week, converse, with Ithaca Community Harvest and region is on fruits and vegetables: and share recipes for cuts of meat the Crop Mob. â€œWeâ€™re all part of a network,â€? Green GreenStar and Wegmans both feature they may not be familiar with. â€œAll said. â€œI would say that thereâ€™s prob-Â that socialization over the food sup-Â produce and baked goods from local farms, and Healthy Food for All helps ply is a great thing, and weâ€™re creating ably not as much coordination and subsidize community subsidized ag-Â and opportunity for people to do that collaboration as there really should be in the local food system, but weâ€™re riculture shares from nine farms for once again,â€?LeRoux said. Before the food gets to the consum-Â also doing our individual pieces of the low-Âincome families. Despite the emphasis on plants, er, however, farmers have to cultivate work that we hardly have time to sit meat programming is thriving as well. it, and Ithaca food culture starts with down and strategize together.â€? While local food movements in gen-Â A new community initiative starting farmer education. The Groundswell in Ithaca in November is the Finger Center for Local Food and Farming, eral are expanding to serve a larger Lakes Meat Project and Meat Suite an initiative of EcoVillage at Ithaca consumer base â€“ Wegmans often car-Â from the Cornell Cooperative Exten-Â run by Joanna Green, teaches col-Â ries lettuce from Binghamton farm-Â sion, in which consumers buy meat laborative courses in sustainable ag-Â ers, and many locally based CSAs directly from farmers in seven coun-Â riculture for beginning farmers using deliver to Endicott and Syracuse â€“ ties and store it in communal freez-Â a local network of farmers for peer-Âto-Â Ithaca remains the hub for local food, and food culture remains engrained ers. Matt LeRoux, agriculture mar-Â peer learning. â€œWe usually have a lot of Wednesday in the cityâ€™s identity. keting specialist for the Tompkins County branch, said the idea came evening workshops, and we run them _____________________________________ out of a 3-Âyear economic analysis, in 5 to 8 p.m. for people who have jobs Amanda Hutchinson is a junior jour-Â which the freezer trade was both the RUVFKRRORUZKDWHYHUDQGWKH\FDQĂ€W nalism major who likes her collabora-Â PRVWHIĂ€FLHQWDQGWKHPRVWSURĂ€WDEOH them into their schedule,â€? Green said. tive communities with a side of brus-Â A summer practicum held at Tomp-Â sels sprouts. Email her at ahutchi2@ option for farmers. â€œMeat Suite serves both the con-Â kins Cortland Community College at-Â ithaca.edu s a city that claims to have more restaurants per capita than New York City, Ithaca is steeped in food culture from the des-Â ignation of Apple Fest and the Farm-Â ers Market as rites of passage by sea-Â soned Ithacans to the variety of local
sumer and the farmer by getting the two of them together,â€? LeRoux said. Because of high demand in Ithaca, WKHĂ€UVWIW2 freezer will be installed downtown in November. The second will be installed in Corning in Decem-Â ber. LeRoux labels the Meat Project as
â€œItâ€™s all about how you take control of the food system, create jobs that are sustainable and pay a livable wage, and do it all in the community so the money WXE]WMRXLIGSQQYRMX]VEXLIVXLERÂžS[MRKSYXÂ˛
Rochon Say What?
De-coding Rochon’s letters and IC’s budgetary plans
By Max Ocean
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emember when it seemed like the whole campus was ticked off about that media policy last year, coupled with the bureau- cratic snub by the administration in their hiring of a very costly con- sulting company without announc- ing it for months? While much of that seems to have died down now, the results of the Huron Consulting Group’s recommendations are now being implemented, and the presi- dent’s plan to achieve the college’s “under 3/over 3” goal will be further solidified in the coming academic year. While some small changes were put into effect over the sum- mer, many more are to come and in some cases how they’re rolled out is still to be determined. Ithaca College President Tom Ro- chon sent an email to students on August 28 alerting them to some of the changes that were implement- ed over the summer. The letter briefly men- tioned the different tweaks, but didn’t delve into what they really meant, or what the on- going pro- cess is going to be. So how open has the president been in dis- cussing the changes, and where is the college go- ing from here? If you
didn’t pay much attention last year, forgot, or are new to IC, here’s a re- view of the main changes that were implemented and those that were not taken up due to resistance from the campus community or other reasons: The recommendations for a $10 flat fee for a visit to the health cen- ter weren’t implemented, and nei- ther was the sliding fee for student parking permits. According to Pro- vost Marisa Kelly, the recommen- dation to charge staff for “parking was going to be this year and got delayed until next year.” Due to the larger-than-expected freshman class it was an “easy kind of trade off” for the college to make after fac- ulty had expressed displeasure at that prospect. The Rochester Center for the
physical therapy program will be re- located to the IC campus, although many of the details for this still have to be ironed out. According to Kelly, who also co- chaired the Institutional Effective- ness and Budget Committee last year, the main cost-savings for the college this year have come from im- plementing new operational strate- gies. By buying larger quantities of supplies that the college needs reg- ularly, they were able to save money and renegotiate the deals they al- ready had. Why is the college doing all of this? Where did all these budgetary problems come from? It’s a basic problem if looked at in the right way. Tuition increases have been over four percent most recent years, and the college wants to lower that while maintaining employee compensation and not slashing individual departments or budgets. Unless the president and all the other administration officials volunteer a huge pay cut, the college “must annu- ally find some combination of alternative revenue or expen- diture savings in the amount of approximately $1.5 mil- lion,” as Rochon’s letter put it. The president has set a plan to achieve what he’s coined the col- lege’s “under 3/ over 3”
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goal. The “under 3” refers to yearly tu- ition increases and the college’s “commitment to reduce the annual rate of tuition, room and board cost increases to ap-
proximately the rate of inflation.” The “over 3” refers to keeping em- ployee compensation at or above 3 percent to ensure that the college continues to attract quality faculty. Warren Schlesinger, associate professor and chair of the account- ing department said that “the presi-
way.” Still, the college has plans to build a movement analysis lab and a cadaver lab on campus (the two most fundamental components of the PT program that don’t exist on campus), and the president and provost believe the quality of the
(The College) “must annually ½RH WSQI GSQFMREXMSR of alternative revenue or expenditure savings in the amount of approximately QMPPMSR² - President Rochon in a college-wide email program can be replicated on IC’s campus. As with other recommen- dations, the specifics haven’t been announced yet. Dominick Recckio, a sophomore Communication Man- agement and Design major, and Vice President of Communication for the SGA, said he’s heard from physi- cal therapy students that there is concern whether students will still be able to work on cadavers two or three at a time, or will be in large groups, or watching professors do it, and that he has yet to hear a re- sponse from the administration in regard to that. Overall, Recckio believes the col- lege listened to last year’s stu- dent demands, and is looking to approach the coming year with a disciplined yet open mind. “We’re gonna listen ... and see where the
dent and the provost have certainly made an effort to have listening ses- sions and dialogue with the faculty and the students.” Schlesinger has served on the faculty council for a number of years, and says the col- lege is undergoing far more change at a faster pace than any time be- fore in his 31 years here. The move of the physical therapy program’s Rochester Center has been one of the most controversial actions taken in response to the recommendations, as many PT stu- dents and professors feel that their experience will be vastly different and inferior. Kelly said she understands why it’s controversial, especially be- cause it’s “the only recommenda- tion that really had educational consequences to it in a very direct
college is headed,” he said. “Before we tackle specific issues, we want people to believe in what SGA can do.” Recckio is also optimistic about the SGA’s ability to engage the stu- dent body in new ways this year. He wants to use interactive polls and face-to-face contact more than tra- ditional email or Facebook connec- tions. The normally low turnout for online polls on these issues “proves there’s something about the cam- pus culture that needs to be fixed,” Recckio said. The reality of the situation is that college education as a whole is undergoing massive transforma- tion, and the college must operate within the scope of larger trends. The changes for IC are the “college’s response to trying to reign in the the cost of higher education,” Kelly said. Schlesinger said that the college “should be sensitive to the fact that some people may lose their jobs.” He added that “looking at some of these things does make sense, but it’s disruptive.” But those “disruptions” irritate the college’s students and faculty; inconvenience is a hard thing to bear when you don’t experience the benefits. And so far, the benefits are not tangible––and most of them won’t be for some time. Students should know that when their voices are united and backed by campus media, the administra- tion seems to listen––as in the case of the repeal of the media policy (which campus media had an ob- vious stake in.) It’s up to students to make sure their voices are heard and ensure that the changes benefit the student experience, not just the college’s bottom line. __________________________________ Max Ocean is a junior journalism major who adores translating bu- reaucratic jargon. Email him at email@example.com.
Cultivating Conversations about Race Working Group advocates against past police violence
By Alexa Salvato
hree years ago, 29-Âyear-Âold Ithaca resident Shawn M. Greenwood was fatally shot by Sergeant Bryan Bangs of the Ithaca Police Department on Feb. 23, 2010. According to the District Attorneyâ€™s report presented in July 2010, â€œSgt. Bangs was part of a multi-Âagency search warrant detail attempting to
three,â€? James Ricks, SGWG member, wrote in a piece entitled We Have Questions: The Shawn Greenwood Case. â€œPolice have a long history of justifying the abuse and killing the marginalized in our society.â€? According to Williamson, diver-Â sity training is a major focus of IPD &KLHI%DUEHUÂ´(DFKRIĂ€FHUKHUHJRHV
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- James Rick, SGSW member, We Have Questions: The Shawn Greenwood Case
secure Mr. Greenwood for purposes of searching him pursuant to a warrant issued by a city Court Judge on Feb 17, 2010. Mr. Greenwood was shot DIWHU VWULNLQJ D 'U\GHQ SROLFH RIĂ€FHU with his vehicle while attempting to evade the search warrant detail.â€? Al-Â though EMTs arrived immediately af-Â ter the incident, Greenwood could not be resuscitated after being shot. The larger Ithaca community was angry. Many expressed that it was an action of police racism; Bangs is white and Greenwood was an African-ÂAmer-Â ican. Was this incident symbolic of po-Â lice racism in the Ithaca community? And if so, has anything changed since then? â€œWe disagree that Bryan Bangs act-Â ed on race, but we respect the other viewpoints,â€? Jamie Williamson, public LQIRUPDWLRQ RIĂ€FHU IRU WKH ,WKDFD 3R-Â lice Department, said. The Shawn Greenwood Working Group (SGWG), an activist group that has been created in Greenwoodâ€™s hon-Â or to educate the Ithaca community about racism, is the primary propo-Â nent for that â€œother viewpoint.â€? â€œUsually, and disproportionately, WKHÂśMXVWLĂ€DEO\ÂˇNLOOHGDUHEODFNEURZQ or poor, or some combination of these
through training to treat people fairly, respectfully and equallyâ€? in regards to all facets of their identities. If an IPD RIĂ€FHU VHHV UDFLVW DFWLYLW\ RFFXUULQJ inside or outside of the department, â€œhe will act immediately and appro-Â priately.â€? 6*:* PHPEHUV VWLOO Ă€QG WKDW training to be lacking. â€œThat diver-Â sity training is very helpful,â€? Shawn Greenwood Working Group member Clare Grady said. â€œAll that we do is helpful, but we should understand that itâ€™s systemic. Learning how to be more conscious of how you act towards different people still doesnâ€™t even address the double standard and policies that the police are asked to enforce.â€? Williamson did not deny that racism still exists in the Ithaca community, VWDWLQJ WKDW KH DQG RWKHU RIĂ€FHUV GR notice racism while on the job: â€œWhite against black does exist here, unfor-Â tunate as it is. Racism is something that exists here in Ithaca despite our efforts in the police department and in City Hall.â€? What could the IPD do, then, to be seen in a more positive light by the working group? Grady said that may not be possible. â€œI seek the abolition of prisons and polices. I think that is
a really good and challenging quest â€” it means I have to live as if we are the solution,â€? she said. Because of this re-Â jection of the concept of police, Grady said, â€œitâ€™s not like Iâ€™m trying to make a better police force.â€? The SGWGâ€™s goal lies in eliminating the police completely; therefore, the working group and IPD do have some irreconcilable differences. Both the IPD and the SGWG recog-Â nize the negativity of racism in Ithaca and beyond. Williamson said, â€œItâ€™s unfortunate that racism exists in our society. Itâ€™s absolute insanity that it exists in our society â€” that a person would base their decisions on their preferences of race or anything like that.â€? To the working group, this insan-Â ity isnâ€™t as much of a mystery; they provide an explanation. â€œI donâ€™t like to single it out to any one person being racist,â€? Grady said. â€œI think that white people living in this culture have the racism of the culture and it takes a lot of vigilance to not accept that double standard as it plays out in our daily lives.â€? )RU WKDW UHDVRQ WKH 6*:* Ă€QGV educating the community on these issues to be vital. The group holds teach-Âins about events of civil rights on both local and national issues for free in the Ithaca community, featur-Â ing faculty from IC and Cornell and activists in the community. One IC student, Kayla Young, is also a part of the working group. Events like these have the ability to teach people about the history behind the senseless prejudice they experi-Â ence every day. Racial tension is not going to disap-Â pear anytime soon. Yet with concerted efforts from a united community to increase consciousness and respect others, progress toward social change could be on the way. ____________________________________ Alexa Salvato is a freshman journal-Â ism major. Email her at asalvat1@ ithaca.edu.
A Community Disjointed? Looking at where LGBTQ services in Ithaca intersect
By John Jacobson
of the underlying interconnectedness EHWZHHQ WKH /*%74 IRFXVHV ZLWKLQ Ithaca. Luca Maurer, the director of ,&ÂˇV /*%74 FHQWHU VDLG WKLV DZDUH-Â ness is partly due to the size of the college. â€œI think that Ithaca is small enough that all you need to know is one of our names or one of our contacts, and we can help a person out,â€? Maurer said. â€œNo, weâ€™re not interconnected, but weâ€™re small enough that all you need to know is one name. Weâ€™re all about supporting each other.â€? Cornellâ€™s policy is much the same with its own set of groups on campus. Cornell, due to its size, has several more /*%74EDVHG groups than Ithaca Col-Â lege, includ-Â ing an LG-Â %74 6WXGHQW Union and the Transgen-Â der Advocacy Committee. Cornell helps sponsor a t r a n s g e n -Â der support group with IC, as well as Out for Health Image by Kyle Brassil Ithaca. 7KHFLW\EUDQFKRIWKHORFDO/*%74 community is just as diverse in its RIIHULQJV 7KHUH LV DQ /*%74 ERZO-Â ing league, two local potluck groups, DERRNJURXSDJURXSIRU/*%74VH-Â nior citizens and more. Ithaca does QRWKDYHDQ/*%74FHQWHUPDNLQJDOO of these services decentralized despite being readily available to those who need them. A notable program is Out for Health, a branch of Planned Parent-Â KRRG WKDW LV H[FOXVLYHO\ IRU /*%74 health services. Out for Health makes UHFRPPHQGDWLRQVIRU/*%74IULHQGO\ healthcare providers, runs two LG-Â %74\RXWKJURXSVDQGHYHQSURYLGHV a space for transgender persons to get their needed hormones without WUDYHOLQJ Âł VRPHWKLQJ WKDW EHQHĂ€WV DOOWKUHHVHJPHQWVRIWKH/*%74FRP-Â
munities in Ithaca according to Devon Ritz, an employee at Out for Health. â€œThe purpose is to provide a safe and inclusive LGBT health guideline,â€? Ritz said. â€œWe make it our job to also be able to network with people in oth-Â HUPHGLFDOĂ€HOGVÂľ While Ithaca is a broad community, WKHODFNRIDFRPPXQLW\/*%74FHQWHU makes the availability of other broad programs like Out for Health hard to Ă€QGHVSHFLDOO\ZKHQGHDOLQJZLWKDQ environment that already believes it-Â self to be without problems. â€œWork-Â ing in the community, everything is DOLWWOHELWPRUHVSUHDGRXWDQGĂ€QG-Â ing that community can be hard for folks,â€? Ritz said. â€œEveryone thinks that itâ€™s a certain way, so it doesnâ€™t necessarily need to be talked about, but in both forms it always needs to be talked about, always needs to be included.â€? There seems to be a general con-Â sensus that, connected or not, the /*%74 FRPPXQLWLHV XVH HDFK RWKHU as supplemental resources. â€œWe try to be interconnected, but sometimes itâ€™s just natural for colleges to be separate from the community,â€? states Devon. $V DQ /*%74 SHUVRQ , Ă€QG WKHUH is something enlightening about be-Â ing a new member of a community that doesnâ€™t want to segregate itself to one central location with one set of programs. Ithaca is small enough to make most people aware of available services and its attitudes are liberal HQRXJKWRDOORZ/*%74SHRSOHWRFRQ-Â gregate in these local groupings with-Â out fear of persecution. Itâ€™s a combi-Â nation of qualities that gives Ithaca an DGYDQWDJHZKHQLWFRPHVWRLWV/*%74 population. It may not have direct connections between the three sepa-Â rate communities, yet each of them is willing to live in a loyal symbiosis with each other out of solidarity that is as inspiring as it is unconventional. ____________________________________ John Jacobson is a freshman Integrat-Â ed Marketing Communications major ZKRLVDOUHDG\Ă XVWHUHGZLWKDOO,WKD-Â ca has to offer to the LGBTQ communi-Â ty. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This Land is Your Land SHARE farm allows for Cayuga nation to return home By Taylor Barker
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Birdie, it’s time to come gas the Ithaca area. York in order to make this history home,” Brooke Hansen, as- In 1779, during the revolution- of destruction widely known. sociate professor and chair ary war, George Washington tasked Hansen also co-founded SHARE, of the anthropology department, Maj. Gen. John Sullivan with a which bought the 70-acre organic said to Huron Clan, Cayuga Nation campaign for the the “total de- farm in 2001. To pay off the mort- Mother Birdie Hill in 2005. It was struction and devestation” of the gage of the farm the organization the first time the Cayuga people Six Nations. The soldiers burned fundraised for four years by selling would have the opportunity to live crops, destroyed homes and fol- vegetables at the Ithaca Farmer’s on and own their ancestral land in lowed a scorched earth campaign Market, handing out pamphlets over 200 years due to the work of throughout what is now Pennsylva- and reaching out to anyone they the Strengthening Haudenosaunee- nia and central New York. The Ca- could for donations. Hansen and American Relations Through Edu- yugas, as well as other members of Jack Rossen, professor of anthro- cation organization. The first thing Birdie did when she arrived at the SHARE farm was plant the “three sisters,” corn, beans and squash in traditional mounds. As she was planting the seeds, tears streamed down her face and into the mounds, and volun- teers asked her if she was okay. “She [Birdie] said, ‘Yes, I am fine, but this is the first time in 200 years that Cayuga hands have pushed corn into Mother Earth,’” Hansen said. Before the SHARE farm was established, Dan Hill, Jack Rossen, and Brooke Hansen work at the SHARE farm booth at the 2013 Apple Harthe Cayugas were the vest Festival. Hansen and Rossen were two of the people who contributed to purchasing the land only members of the for the SHARE farm. Haudenosaunee Con- federacy not to own Photo by Evan Spitzer their own land. The five other member tribes, Mohawk, the Haudenosaunee Native Ameri- pology, even followed musician Oneida, Tuscarora, Seneca and cans, were dispersed from their an- Dave Matthews to the Bahamas to try and reach out to him for dona- Onondaga, own land in New York, cestral lands. The Treaty of Canandaigua was tions. Unfortunately their efforts Canada, Oklahoma and Wiscon- sin, even though all five nations’ signed in 1794 between the sa- were thwarted by a strong tropical ancestral roots are in Western New chems of the Six Nations of the Iro- cyclone. Even with their fundraising ef- York. The other nations own thou- quois Confederacy and Cl. Timothy sands of acres of land, opposed to Pickering, who was representing forts, they were unable to raise the Cayugas’ 70 acres. As of 1995 President Washington to give the the $250,000 goal, so they reached there were only 448 Cayugas liv- Cayugas 64,000 acres of their land out to Clan Chief Sidney Hill of the ing in New York out of the 16,754 back. However, New York state did Onondaga tribe for the remaining members of the Haudenosaunee not recognize the treaty, and the funds. When the farm was com- pletely paid for, ownership was Confederacy. Information collected land was never returned. Hansen helped develop the transferred to the Cayuga Nation of after 1995 could not be found. This process of the Cayugas com- Central New York Native Ameri- New York. According to Hansen, SHARE’s ing home started when Birdie told can Consortium to develop Native Hansen that people should learn American studies programs in col- fundraising process evoked nega- about what happened to the Cayu- leges throughout central of New tive emotions throughout the Itha-
ca area from people that did not want the Cayugas in the communi- ty, Hansen said. Racism and dis-
gether, establish relationships, and learn about the communities and the environment, Hansen said.
±=IW-EQ½RIFYXXLMWMW XLI½VWXXMQIMR]IEVW that Cayuga hands have pushed corn into Mother Earth.” - Birdie Hill, Huron Clan, Cayuga Nation Mother
“There is a lot of interaction… I learned that you don’t know who is on the other side of the table,” Hill said. “Someone over there may be someone who can make a decision that will affect a thousand people, two thousand people.” On Oct. 5 the Cayugas helped with the First Peoples’ Festival at Dewitt Park in Ithaca, which of- fered traditional Native American food, arts and crafts, children’s ac- tivities and performances. One of the performances was by Hill who played the flute. The Cayugas also normally host a Thanksgiving din- ner on the farm in November for students that can not go home for the holiday, Hill said. Junior Matthew Brooks was ex- posed to the SHARE farm through Hansen’s medical anthropology class last Spring. His interest was sparked, and he chose to partici- pate in a service learning class where he went to the farm to help. A couple activities he participated in included planting raspberries and digging up tree stumps. “Being there, they’re just always so inviting,” Brooks said. “You know they’re always willing and happy to talk to you about their history and their culture and everything like that. They’re just a great people to be around.”
crimination were present through- out the area and many hate-signs sprung up throughout Ithaca and along Cayuga Lake, including two billboard-size signs on either side of the farm. To combat the racism and the Upstate Citizens for Equal- ity Native American hate group, members of SHARE invited commu- nity members to the farm to share with them their culture and estab- lish relationships with them. Han- sen said once people met the Cayu- gas the members of UCE changed their attitudes. After learning from them and interacting with them, the UCE members did not under - stand why they had been discrimi- nating against the Cayugas. “There are changes, but its grad- ual,” said Rossen. “You may not see it year to year, but over the course of 15 years we can definitely see the changes in the way people’s at- titudes are.” In 2005, Dan Hill was the first Cayuga tribe member to move onto the farm and he is still its care- taker. He holds work-days during important times of the year. Volun- teers come from the community, as well as colleges, including Ithaca College, Wells College, SUNY-Cort- land, the Finger Lakes Institute and Cornell University. The idea is to have allies and natives work to-
Brooks also participated in an initiative that began in part be- cause of the SHARE farm: The Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign is an ongoing effort to promote peace, friendship and a sustain- able future for the Six Nations. To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Two Row Wampum treaty, the campaign organized a month of events. The festivities started with a paddle from Stewart Park in Itha- ca up Cayuga Lake to the SHARE Farm where there was a picnic. The paddling continued at Onondaga Lake Park to Albany and finally New York City to attend the Unit- ed Nations on Aug. 9 where people from Holland met the paddlers. The campaign involved Cayugas, Onon- dagas, Unity Riders from Canada and Europeans. Brooks said the campaign was a “transformative experience.” The Two Row Wampum campaign is about creating relationships be- tween the Native Americans and other community members and es- tablishing a better understanding of the culture. The campaign was made possible by the first initiative with Birdie wanting education and understanding, which led to estab- lishing the SHARE farm and the events that have followed. The SHARE farm is unique in the Ithaca community because many other Native American communi- ties are established on reserva- tions, land allocated by the govern- ment, or have had long established communities. The SHARE farm is new in the scope of the Cayuga’s history, but its significance in their history connects back 200 years and will leave a lasting impact on the Cayuga community, as well as the Ithaca community. “The SHARE farm was a symbolic coalescing point for many of these other initiatives to take place,” Hansen said. _________________________________ Taylor Barker is a sophomore jour- nalism major who loves sharing farms, not cookies. Email her at email@example.com
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Through Local Eyes
Ithaca residents comment on the collegiate community
n a cloudy Saturday, I grabbed the TCAT to the Commons with a plan to interview as many full-time Ithaca residents as possible. My questions ranged from perspectives on the differences between Cornell and Ithaca College students to the role that students play in the greater Ithaca community. I felt prepared, excited and ready to mingle with the locals. Upfront
, DSSURDFKHG P\ Ă€UVW LQGLYLGXDO a middle-Âaged man with an impres-Â sive mustache. I had hardly opened my notebook and posed a question before he kindly said, â€œI donâ€™t have a whole lot to say on this matter, but have a good one!â€? and sauntered away. Maybe the next one would be a little more informative, right? Wrong. A combination of â€œno thanksâ€? and â€œIâ€™m visiting from Syracuseâ€? and yes-Âor-Âno answers were passed my way as I interviewed individual after individual. Two hours later, I was an exhausted, disappointing excuse for a student journalist, sitting in the Crows Nest, sipping on one of those iced coffees where they use morsels of frozen coffee instead of ice cubes. From the drags of my notes I extract-Â ed the following information:
No one can tell the differ-Â ence between Cornell stu-Â dents and IC students unless school sweatshirts are visible.
No one can tell the differ-Â ence between the college populations and local young adults.
Students are valuable to the community primarily be-Â cause they keep the bars and restaurants in busi-Â ness and provide high-Â quality arts and culture op-Â portunities for the Ithaca population.
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Drunk students are an-Â noying litterers (a.k.a na-Â ture criminals).
Alright, so this doesnâ€™t look all WKDW Ă DWWHULQJ EXW SHUKDSV LWÂˇV QRW as bad as it seems. Although many of us would like to think we give off different vibes from our Ivy League counterparts, at the end of the day itâ€™s likely that we all appear to be part RIWKHVDPHXQLĂ€HGPDVVRI%LUNHQ-Â stock-Âclad, twenty-Âsomethings that Ă RRG 7RPNLQV &RXQW\ DQG HYDFXDWH just as quickly when temperature ex-Â tremes spike. And hey, we get credit for stimulating the economy! Thatâ€™s more than the U.S. government FDQ VD\ ULJKW QRZ $QG Ă€QDOO\ VWRS
throwing your PBR cans in residential bushes. That six-Âpack is worth thirty cents at Wegmanâ€™s and Mother Na-Â ture shouldnâ€™t suffer because of your choices for weekend recreation. Donâ€™t want to be â€œthat kidâ€? that the Ithaca community scoffs about on Sunday morning? Here are some easy ways to contribute to our temporary home in a positive manner.
1 Take part in community events outside of the major festivals. We all love a good Apple Fest, but thereâ€™s so much more going on! Check out one of downtownâ€™s First Friday Gallery Nights or lace up for one of the Cornell Plantations Run-Â ning Tours that take place on alter-Â nating Fridays.
2 If youâ€™re not doing it already, support local businesses. This one is pretty simple and offers some awesome opportunities. Spend the evening at one Ithacaâ€™s many bars or restaurants, buy your clothes from one of the awesome shops on The Commons, or support our local arti-Â sans and farmers at Ithacaâ€™s multi-Â season farmerâ€™s market.
3 'LIGO SYX ÂžMIVW ERH XV] SYX WSQIthing new! Come on, you know you read all of those posters and notices on the wall while you are waiting in line for your coffee, so take down a date or number and get involved in something hap-Â pening independently within Tomp-Â kins County! Everything from astrol-Â ogy, bow making classes, or even yoga workshops are happening right un-Â der our noses. Take advantage of an opportunity to learn a new skill and meet some great people outside of our campus community.
4 Be respectful of the awesome folks who live here year-round. I think that, overall, weâ€™re pretty good at this. Just remember to mind those Pâ€™s and Qâ€™s, to humor The Com-Â mons magician when he asks you â€œwhich hand is holding the coin?â€? and to keep your disposables off the ground. ____________________________________ Katelyn Harrop is a sophomore jour-Â nalism major who just wants you to swallow your pride and realize youâ€™re not that different from a Cornell kid. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A New Take On Nightlife
Kava culture takes root in downtown Ithaca By Carolyn Hartley
opposed to sloppy, uninhibited, drunken regret. “Kava enhances your focus…not in the sense of being a stimulant but in a sense that there’s clarity there” said Paul Galgoczy. “You can have a lot of Kava to drink and its never going to make you act like an idiot – you’re not going to lose your inhibitions.” In this way, Kava helps foster genuine and meaningful interaction and conversation with others. Psychotherapist David Schwartz, a bar regular, said that he notices the lift in conversation that Kava provides. “You get the kind of relaxation affect that makes for more interpersonal bonding,” said Schwartz. The Galgoczys originally got involved with Mystic Water through Judi’s brother Avigdor Weber, who was inspired to open his own bar after working in a Kava bar in southern )ORULGD:HEHURSHQHGWKHÀUVW0\VWLF Water Kava Bar in Hollywood Fla. and eventually extended the business to two more locations. Judi said that the expansion of the bar was more focused on incorporating the family as opposed to choosing VSHFLÀFJHRJUDSKLFORFDWLRQV “The dynamic became about bringing the family together, which brought him to Ithaca to open the store with me,” said Judi. However, before agreeing to open the store the Galgoczys had some concerns about the safety of kava. While the tea is regulated in the United States as an herbal supplement, a number of other countries classify kava as a banned substance. According to Paul, the ban is linked to allegations of liver toxicity. Before jumping on board with Weber, the two had some considerations to take into account. “It needed to be something that I felt safe serving, selling, for my family, and to be around my children,” said Judi Galgoczy. Paul said certain methods of consumption may not be as safe.
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Kava can be administered in tea bag form, through a tinksher, and by pill supplement. He said he would stray away from the pill. “If you purchase the supplement pill, what you’re getting is an extraction of the active ingredient in a highly concentrated and processed form, mixed with chemicals,” said Paul. “Any history of liver issues with Kava…was tied to the supplement form. Paul urges that the bar’s preparation of kava is safe because it is closest to the traditional raw preparation which has been consumed for thousands of years without complication. Once the duo got behind the idea, they set forth to build the Ithaca business. This past August, Mysic Water Kava Bar and Yoga Studio opened its doors and has since gained community support. Lannessa Shantaya, owner of The Yoga School on The Commons said that Mystic :DWHU ÀOOHG D JDS WKDW WKH DUHD ZDV missing. “I think they are trying to present a conscious nighttime alternative, which is something I always felt like we needed in Ithaca,” said Shantaya. “I like going out, I like going dancing, but I’m not a big fan of being around a lot of incoherent drunken people…in this space [Mystic Water] we’re letting loose but taking care of ourselves at the same time.” ____________________________________ Carolyn Hartley is a junior IMC major who celebrates Tea Tuesday instead of Thirsty Thursday. Email her at email@example.com.
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hile the city of Ithaca attracts a wide array of quirky businesses and shops, most of its nightlife is much like what could be found in any small city: bars packed with boisterous locals, clubs full of college kids blowing off steam, and pizza joints catering to crowds with late-night carb cravings. However, the opening of a new business just off The Commons has thrown a new nightlife option into the mix. Mystic Water Kava Bar and Yoga Studio is a self- proclaimed “alternative” to Ithaca’s usual nightlife. Rather than the pandemonium of the typical bar and club scene, those who visit Mystic Water partake in the tranquil but social culture of Kava tea. Kava is a plant grown primarily in the Polynesian islands, where it has been brewed as a tea for centuries because of its psychoactive and muscle-relaxant properties. According to Judi Galgoczy, who owns and operates the bar along with her husband Paul, Kava still has cultural roots for the Polynesian people, but the drink has also been adopted by other cultures as a social alternative to alcohol. While the tea is used to create a social atmosphere similar to that of traditional bars, Paul Galgoczy explains that the experience of drinking kava is far different from that of consuming alcohol. “It is very much the opposite of alcohol,” said Galgoczy. “Kava is a physical relaxant. You get a relief of stress and anxiety, which is the number one reason to drink it. Unlike any other substance that relaxes you physically, it doesn’t dull your mind or cloud your judgment.” Judi Galgoczy explains that though the Polynesian islands are separated by water, and though their cultures developed separately, most of them utilized Kava as some sort of cultural tradition. Leaders, businessmen and citizens alike have consumed the root’s tea as part of routine or ceremony for thousands of years. The bar’s peaceful atmosphere aligns with its goal to create a different kind of nightlife experience: WR ÀOO HYHQLQJV ZLWK PHDQLQJIXO conversation and ease of mind as
Within The Local Fabric
Style meets social conscience on The Commons By Sara Elwell
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tâ€™s amazing to think that Manhattan and Ithaca are both in the state of New York, yet have completely different cultures. 1HZ <RUN &LW\ LV IDPRXV IRU Ă€QH dining, huge Broadway productions, celebrities, night life, and, last but not least, its fashion. Far from the Ă DVK\ DQG JODPRURXV 1HZ <RUN Fashion Week lies the humble and happy city of Ithaca, complete with Birkenstocks, thrift-Âshop sweaters and oversized beanies. But the crunchy-Âgranola vibe isnâ€™t a lack of style; itâ€™s a presence of conscience. The distinct Ithacan ORRN LV GHĂ€QHG E\ YDOXHV RI environmental sustainability and social responsibility. Itâ€™s the product of caring more about a shirt being made in fair-Âtrade conditions than if it made the cover of Vogue. Ithacaâ€™s fashion isnâ€™t particularly high-Âend, dressy or runway-Âtrendy. Instead, the look is low-Âkey and earthy, much like the lifestyles of many of the townâ€™s inhabitants. This style showcases the causes that Ithacans hold close to their hearts, such as eco-Âconsciousness and a commitment to locally-Âproduced goods. The fashion of Ithaca is more WKDQ MXVW KHPS SRQFKRV Ă RZLQJ GUHVVHVDQGEXON\VFDUYHVLWUHĂ HFWV a popular lifestyle that is relevant to college students and locals alike. As a major college town, one aspect of Ithaca that is hard to overlook is the number of young people in the area. The townâ€™s median age is 26, and that population is composed mainly of college students for more than half the year. However, Ithacaâ€™s spirit of eco-Âconsciousness and activism is evident in the style of both permanent residents and college kids. A combination of vintage shops, sustainable designers and shoppers who care about their clothingâ€™s impact on the world around them has helped to develop a distinct local style based on more than just the latest runway trends. One of the forces helping to shape Ithacaâ€™s street style is Olivia Royale, designer and owner of The Art and Found, a sustainable clothing store on The Commons. Royale, who also
runs two sites on Etsy (one for knit goods, the other for clothing), founded the shop when she won Downtown Ithacaâ€™s â€œRace for the Spaceâ€? contest, where her business pitch successfully
afford, and recycled [material] is the HDVLHVW WKLQJ WR Ă€QG DQG WDNH DSDUW and itâ€™s pretty cheap. What I learned is that it makes something more one of a kind so that the customer gets
â€œI canâ€™t deny that the local population is eclectic and interesting, and because of this, the locals understand vintage clothing. Ithaca has a stable population of people who share the same values, which allows them to understand and truly appreciate vintage.â€? - Lucy Carey, owner of Petrune won over the minds of bankers, landlords and the Downtown Ithaca Alliance with her idea for an environmentally sustainable clothing store, which opened in September of 2012. Selecting organic products whenever possible is another eco-Â friendly behavior popular among Ithacans. The movement started with food, but the organic lifestyle doesnâ€™t just pertain to eating anymore. Local clothing shops on The Commons have an emphasis on natural, organic clothing, and the trend has taken off. Organic crops are grown without the use of toxic pesticides or synthetic fertilizers, and when used in clothing, this process is believed to make the material healthier for both your skin and for the earth. â€œRecycled material is usually my Ă€UVWFKRLFHÂľ5R\DOHVDLGÂ´,VD\RND\ what am I going to use to make this out of? Do I want to recycle something? Do I want to go and buy the material from 6HZ*UHHQZKLFKLVDORFDOQRQSURĂ€W supply store? Do I want to look up organic fabric online? Most of these decisions are based on what I can
something that no one else is going to have anyways, and I really like that.â€? Aside from selling clothes and art, Royale also hosts workshops so that people in the community can learn how to make their own sustainable clothing at home. â€œIt gets us [The Art and Found] out there,â€? she explains. Â´,WÂˇVUHDOO\KDUGLQ\RXUĂ€UVWĂ€YH\HDUV for people to know you exist, so by having that educational component or some social element to it, it allows people to come and see what youâ€™re all about, but not always have to be in a shopping mentality.â€? She has vendors who sell their artwork or fashion in her store, as well as staff and tons of people around the world. In addition, VKHDOVRKDVJRRGVPDGHE\QRQSURĂ€WV to help them raise funds. Royale deals in fair trade and uses fair wages so that everyone is being paid properly for their craft. Although Ithacaâ€™s eco-Âfashion scene is becoming popular, there are many problems it faces in continuing to grow and gain momentum. Recently, JUHHQZDVKLQJ KDV LQĂ€OWUDWHG WKH fashion industry. â€œGreenwashingâ€? is a marketing gimmick where companies
deceptively use green marketing in order to be seen as environmentally conscious, but the company lacks VXIĂ€FLHQW HYLGHQFH WR SURYH VR Examples of greenwashing tactics include changing labels on products to evoke a more natural product, or million-Âdollar ad campaigns to promote high-Âpolluting companies as eco-Âfriendly. Greenwashing has come to Ithacaâ€™s fashion scene as well. Royale has experienced this both personally and within her business. â€œI recently had a baby and they say buy the organic formula, and as a mom I look at both labels but I see that theyâ€™re written exactly the same, the organic formula is a marketing technique.â€? Other local shops on The Commons post skepticism regarding their true adherence to social and environmental responsibility. â€œ10,000 Villages presents themselves as a little fair wage store, but theyâ€™re actually a huge corporation. Thereâ€™s a lot of question as to if their people are being paid fair wages, or if they are buying outright in third world countries and selling them in the US,â€? Royale points out. The two stores are just several storefronts apart on The Commons, a key part of Ithacaâ€™s downtown area that provides the perfect place for the small business owner to really get to know his or her customers. Stores enjoy serving a community of â€œregularsâ€? and customers enjoy getting to know the people and stories behind the stores that they do business with. Also nearby is Petrune, a store that sells vintage and vintage-Âinspired clothing. The storeâ€™s owners moved to Ithaca from New York City about ten years ago and take a big-Âcity approach to cultivating an eclectic selection, as store manager Lucy Carey (an Ithaca College graduate herself) described, Petruneâ€™s vintage and vintage-Âinspired look is a popular
one amongst Ithacans. â€œBeing an Ithacan myself, I canâ€™t deny that the local population is eclectic and interesting, and because of this, the locals understand vintage clothing. Ithaca has a stable population of people who share the same values, which allows them to understand and truly appreciate vintage.â€? In recent years, shopping at thrift, vintage and consignment shops has become increasingly popular, both IRUWKHSUDFWLFHÂˇVVXVWDLQDEOHEHQHĂ€WV and the unique, treasure-Âhunting experience of searching for the perfect vintage piece. Thrift stores donâ€™t just let us save money; they also save the environment. According to the +XIĂ€QJWRQ 3RVW LW WDNHV JDOORQV of water to make a single cotton t-Âshirt. When asked what makes selling vintage so much more successful here in Ithaca, rather than in other cities, Carey responded, â€œI really think itâ€™s the students. The students and young SHRSOHDUHGHĂ€QLWHO\DGULYLQJIRUFHLQ what makes Petrune so successful. They want to take risks, and they want to have fun in clothes, and thereâ€™s a lot of fun with vintage clothes. We love them dearly, and we see a lot of students who come in who have never shopped in vintage that come to really love our store.â€? That close-Âknit relationship was a major part of why the owners of Petrune were inspired to begin selling vintage clothing. â€œPetruneâ€™s owners found a lot of SOHDVXUH LQ Ă€QGLQJ YLQWDJH FORWKLQJ and the customer interactions that take place-Â-Â both selling vintage clothing and how the customer wears these vintage pieces-Â-Â is a beautiful thing. Vintage boutiques are about fun, and having a pleasant shopping experience, and thatâ€™s what we strive for,â€? said Carey. However, this culture of eco-Âfriendly
and fair-Âtrade fashion also faces FKDOOHQJHV WKHUHÂˇV FRQVWDQW FRQĂ LFW between what is morally right and ZKDWLVĂ€QDQFLDOO\PRUHHIĂ€FLHQW)DLU trade, living wages, US-Âmade products and organic fabrics cost much more than outsourcing to a third-Âworld country, but the products in third world countries are often assembled by children working in deplorable factories for a fraction of the cost. â€œWhen youâ€™re an independent designer or small business owner, you donâ€™t have a lot of money to invest into your product. Thereâ€™s also a lot of competition in fashion. Thereâ€™s 8UEDQ 2XWĂ€WWHUV WKDW FDQ PDNH things in a third world country, and sell it easily because they have tons of magazines with their products in it, and the average buyer will shop there. The most common thing I hear in my store every day is â€˜Where is Urban 2XWĂ€WWHUV"Âˇ ,WÂˇV GHĂ€QLWHO\ KDUG WR compete against corporations in the fashion world,â€? said Royale. In general, fashion is always traveling into uncharted territory, and if one thing is true about Ithacan style, itâ€™s that standing out is embraced here. Eco-Âfashion is on the rise, and Ithaca has provided a hot spot for those trends to grow. Ithacaâ€™s rich culture, including its environmental and social responsibility and its young and vibrant culture, has shaped the way the locals dress. While the streets of Ithaca donâ€™t look a thing like New York Fashion Week , the mentality behind the townâ€™s unique style goes beyond â€œlooking good,â€? and reinforces the idea that we should feel good about the sources and stories behind the clothing we wear. ____________________________________ Sara Elwell is a freshman CMD major whoâ€™s on the hunt for the perfect pair of Birkenstock stilettos. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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With four LPs already under their belt, AM PDUNV WKH Ă€IWK DOEXP UHOHDVH RI %ULWLVK DOW rock band Arctic Monkeys. After a lukewarm reception of their previous release, Suck It and See, the band has emerged with a new approach, which becomes evident even from WKHRSHQLQJULIIVRIWKHYHU\Ă€UVWWUDFNÂ´'R, Wanna Know.â€? The song is grungy and sultry, with a slow, steady drumbeat and seductive vocals. Lead singer Alex Turner croons, â€œâ€˜Cause thereâ€™s this tune I found that makes me think of you somehow/ and I play it on repeat/Until I fall asleep/Spilling drinks on my settee.â€? With such a strong start, the rest of the album had a lot to live up to-Â-Â and it did. â€œArabellaâ€? is an undeniable highlight, with its vibrant rhythm and lively melody, proving that Turnerâ€™s playful lyrical style remains unchanged: â€œItâ€™s much less picturesque without her catching the light/The horizon tries but itâ€™s just not as kind on the eyes.â€? However, while he still incorporates the usual clever rhymes, vivid imagery and shrewd metaphors into his lyrics, gone are the songs about parties, pub-Âhopping and getting in Ă€JKWV ZLWK ERXQFHUV ,QVWHDG AM explores coping with heartbreak, yearning for the past and the uncertainty and reservations that come with the prospect of a new relationship. Other standout tracks include â€œNo.1 Party Anthem,â€? which sounds like it should have been part of the 2011 Submarine EP Turner worked on, due to a slow, rustic melody. Other tracks showcase the bandâ€™s newer musical LQĂ XHQFHV DQG D ZLOOLQJQHVV WR DGYHQWXUH away from their all-Ârock-Âall-Âthe-Âtime sound: â€œWhyâ€™d You Only Call Me When Youâ€™re High? a
single off of the album, is rooted in a riveting hip-Âhop beat. The up-Âtempo track â€œFiresideâ€? toys with a haunting reverb. The soulful, sexy â€œKnee Socks,â€? captures so much vivacity and allure that I almost thought it was going to jump right out of my speakers and buy me a drink. AM also has a notable hip-Âhop and R&B feel; Turner noted in NME, a musical reviewing website that Aaliyah and Outkast ZHUH ELJ LQĂ XHQFHV 7KH DOEXP marks the Ă€UVW WLPH WKH EDQG KDV HPSOR\HG XVH RI D GUXPPDFKLQHVSHFLĂ€FDOO\RQWKHODVWWUDFN â€œI Wanna Be Yours.â€? AM also carries with it a distinct jazziness in certain spotsâ€“ probably due to the addition of a piano, which is most evident in the melodic tenth track of the album, â€œSnap Out of It.â€? Of course, with Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age lending his vocals to two tracks on the album (â€œOne for the Roadâ€? and â€œKnee Socksâ€?), the band has maintained the a heavy, gritty rock vibe that their oldest fans know them for. In all respects, AM gives off an aura of sophistication and marks an impressive maturation in Arctic Monkeysâ€™ sound. Unlike Suck It and See, all members of the band were in the studio at the same time for the production of the album, which absolutely FRQWULEXWHV WR D PRUH XQLĂ€HG DQG FRKHVLYH sound. With the release of AM, Arctic Monkeys have proved themselves to be even more serious players in the realm of alternative rock. The stylistic experimentation on AM was a risky move, but one that has undoubtedly resulted in something spectacular. -Â Kathryn Paquet
The Bones of What You Believe Moving Mountains
6FRWWLVK V\QWK EDQG &KYUFKHV·V ÀUVW studio album, The Bones of What You Believe, LV DQ HQHUJHWLF EXEEO\ DGYHQWXUH ÀOOHG with 80’s-style beats that give the album a futuristic vibe. The compressed bass drum, a technique usually used in dance music, bounces along while shimmering synths and vocals drone over it and come together in a waterfall of sound. The overall effect is an album that sounds like it could be a close relative of The Naked and Famous’s Passive Me, Aggressive You. Mayberry’s vocals are soft, childish, and just the right range to smoothly blend right into the synths. It’s the kind of voice that resembles the high- pitched sting of a toy piano, yet it manages to remain pleasant and poppy, no matter how long you leave the album on repeat. The album’s opener, “The Mother We Share,” immediately invites listeners to shoulder roll shyly in a Flashdance boatneck sweater. Mayberry’s hopeful vocals sing of a shared burden and wisdom of hardships to come, using her voice as just another instrument. Layered ohs are panned in such a way that they chase each other through the melody, blending with the other themes. “Recover” plays off of this same vibe, adding pixilated echoes and a megaphone sound to the mix.
“Under the Tide” and “You Caught the Light” both feature lead vocals by Doherty. Other than Doherty’s participation in both songs, they’re quite different. “Under the Tide” is much lighter and happier than the theme of the lyrics. “You Caught the Light” takes things and slows them down to a much more tranquil pace, gliding like ÁXWWHULQJ VQRZÁDNHV 7KH VRQJ GLHV GRZQ until eventually it’s simply the beat, a glacier-paced drone, and Doherty’s voice. Along the same lines is “Tether.” A cave-like atmosphere is set with the echo of the vocals and a period of sounds similar to water dripping from stalactites. The background is full of muted chants and electric charged beats. The track list leads from a racing pop beat to a slower, serene murmur and back again. Between the different synths used, the variance in vocals, and the blending of both elements, Chvrches created a miniature repertoire of sounds, jumbling WKHP XS LQ D ZD\ WKDW PDSV RXW D ÁRZLQJ fourty-eight minutes of playful, spirited techno beats accented with a cascade of synths and timid vocals.
Over the course of their discography, the only consistent thing about Moving Mountains’ sound has been their nature of inconsistency from album to album—and it comes as little surprise that the band’s self-titled release sounds nothing like its predecessors. Moving Mountains moves away from the post-hardcore vocal style seen in Waves, and into a more melodic indie-rock sound. Gregory Dunn’s grungy voice has become soft and breathy, and the music feels lighter overall, but that isn’t to say that it is any less powerful than previous releases. What it lacks in heavy, energetic moments, it makes up for it in a beautiful combination of soothing instrumentation and powerful lyrics. The album opens with the slow, simple beat of “Swing Set.” Mixing layers of acoustic and electric guitar along with Dunn’s airy vocals, this opening track is contrasted against the next track, “Burn Pile,” and its energetic chorus. “Hands” displays the band’s impressive command of this new, softer style, managing to be incredibly moving in its simplicity. “Seasonal” opens with a riff from new guitarist Josh Kirby. This fast-paced tune incorporates a solo from Kirby and an abrupt crashing ending. “Eastern Leaves” then brings it back down with repetitive acoustic strumming, and slow breathy vocals. High-pitched bells add the perfect touch to the lonely and somber feel of the piece. The song seems to be a good summary
of the whole album, as it later meshes more intense instrumental and vocal moments with the slow and simple. “Hudson” then returns with a wave of crashing guitar and drums. Fast paced and eerie in places, this song may appease fans who preferred the heavier sounds of MovMou’s previous albums. “Apsides” wraps up the album. It is solemn and drawn out, but its slight build-ups and incorporation of new bell-like guitar sounds completes the album. Moving Mountains is an experimental band, but what keeps their experiments successful is their honest approach, and this album is no exception. It’s different, but it’s simple and intimate. There is no struggle in accepting that this is a natural progression of their sound. It remains to be seen whether or not this album is just another step in the band’s development or if Moving Mountains’ experimental progression ends here. With the band’s recent announcement of an ´LQGHÀQLWH KLDWXVµ RQ LWV ZHEVLWH ´7KHVH will likely be the last Moving Mountains shows for the foreseeable future… We’re all planning to pursue other artistic endeavors and look forward to sharing those with you.”) the members of Moving Mountains have opened new doors for more unpredictable and experimental reincarnations of their sound than ever before. - Rachel Doane
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Blue Jasmine The Spectacular Now
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Woody Allenâ€™s most recent drama, Blue Jasmine, is ninety-Âeight minutes of pure hysteria, with only a few glimmers of Allenâ€™s VLJQDWXUH FRPHGLF Ă DUH -DVPLQH D IRUPHU couture-Âwearing, Manhattan-Âresiding socialite, is hit hard with deeply unfortunate circumstances. Her womanizing husband Hal, played by Alec Baldwin, was caught in WKH Ă€QDQFLDO VFKHPHV WKDW SURYLGHG WKHLU extravagant lifestyle, and Jasmine is left penniless, homeless and alone. Jasmine journeys to San Francisco to live with her sister Ginger, who is played by Sally Hawkins, DQGKHUH-DVPLQHJHWVKHUĂ€UVWWDVWHRIEOXH collar living. Allen conveys Jasmineâ€™s interpersonal struggles in a blunt fashion, which makes the Ă€OP VR HIIHFWLYH 7KHUH LV QR WUXH UHVROXWLRQ QR WUXH FDWKDUVLV PDNLQJ WKH Ă€OP GLIĂ€FXOW to digest at the end. Despite all of this, Blue Jasmine has a strangely comical and quirky SUHVHQFH WKDW LV VR IDPLOLDU WR $OOHQÂˇV Ă€OPV She is unfamiliar with technology, menial work, and interactions outside of high-Âclass society. What she does know, however, is how to dress, speak, and woo a man with her classic charm and endearing demeanor, contrived as it may be. Blue Jasmine is a realistic portrayal of a woman preoccupied with false perceptions of her life, which creates an out-Âof-Âbody viewing H[SHULHQFH-DVPLQHQHYHUHVFDSHVKHUĂ€[HG state of panic long enough to meaningfully H[SHULHQFH DQ\ RWKHU HPRWLRQV 7KH Ă€OP LV primarily concerned with brokenness and the helpless deterioration of an individualâ€™s
mental health. Because of this, Blue Jasmine is realistic, intimately relatable, and pathetically heartbreaking. Allen has explored this archetype of the EURNHQZRPDQLQSUHYLRXVĂ€OPVVXFKDVVicky Christina Barcelona, Melinda and Melinda, and Husbands and Wives, but Jasmine is perhaps the rawest of his characters thus far. Blanchettâ€™s performance in Blue Jasmine is a tour de force, dizzying in its ability to explore and provide a wide range of human emotions. Blanchett portrays Jasmine as she gulps down wine bottles and prescription medication, perspires through her designer clothes, and suffers from several nervous breakdowns. One familiar with Tennessee Williams might notice that Blue Jasmine is a loose spinoff of his play A Streetcar Named Desire. The storylines run parallel to one another in that they both depict a struggling female protagonistâ€”made delusional by alcoholism and the dissipation of a once grandeur lifestyleâ€”who sets out to live with a distant sister while attempting to reconstruct her life and social status. 'HVSLWH -DVPLQHÂˇV DPDOJDPDWLRQ RI Ă DZV the presentation of her character is remarkably sympathetic. Jasmineâ€™s actions embody the way that we cope with mental illness, with loss, DQGKRZZHWHOORXUVHOYHVOLHVLQVRPHĂ DLOLQJ DWWHPSWWRDPHOLRUDWHGLIĂ€FXOWVLWXDWLRQV$VD whole, Woody Allenâ€™s Blue Jasmine is brilliant, disturbing, and tragic, but it is Blanchettâ€™s performance that truly sets it apart.
The Spectacular Now, directed by James Ponsoldt, captures senior-Âyear-Âof-Âhigh-Â school nostalgia in a way that sounds like a FODVVLF ÂˇV FRPLQJRIDJH Ă€OP EXW FDUULHV a lot more depth.Starring Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley, the story shows the crazy side of high school-Â-Â the parties, the rebellion, and the idea that real life is very far away-Â-Â along with all the drama of falling in love, growing up, and the challenges of OHDYLQJKRPHIRUWKHĂ€UVWWLPH Cool-Âdude Sutter Keely (Teller), a budding DOFRKROLF ZKR DOZD\V KDV D Ă DVN RQ KLP lives-Â-Â and parties-Â-Â in the moment, but changes his perspective when he wakes up hungover on the front lawn of the quiet, sci-Â Ă€JHHN$LPHH)LQLFN\:RRGOH\ $QXQOLNHO\ romance buds as they help each other deal with their issues, including an alcoholic father, a needy mother who doesnâ€™t want her kid leaving home, and a burning desire to stay in the present. The two main characters might resemble typical high school stereotypes, but they both deal with realistic issues in such a way that goes against high school clichĂŠs. This movie is not what itâ€™s presented to be, and contains several unexpected twists. Perhaps predictably, Sutter gets Aimee out of her comfort zone by going with her to
football games and hanging out with more friends, and Aimee helps Sutter out of his constant partying and disregard for success. But both of the main characters have dark sides, and both mature over the course of WKH Ă€OP $ JHQXLQH URPDQWLF VH[ VFHQH between Sutter and Aimee also helps tie the charactersâ€™ bond deeper. The story line is unlike any other with unexpected plot twists, and fans are pleased at how well it followed the original book, written by Tim Tharp. Teller is a new face on the cinema scene, and he portrayed Sutter in a fantastic way, making viewers hate him one minute and love him the next. His happy-Âgo-Âlucky attitude shifts into something more sensible, which gives his character more depth. Many will recognize Shailene Woodley from The Descendents and The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Her aura of maturity at such a young age makes her perfect for the role of Aimee. Their connection is undeniable, making them a couple you want to root for. The â€˜popular guy falling for the nerdâ€™ love story platform that the story is based on expands into a heart-Âwrenching tale of facing reality. The Spectacular Now is a wonderful coming of age movie to laugh at, cry through, and learn from. -Â Jacqueline Matza
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Sex on the Beach By Anonymous
RIKLVVRQJVEXWĂ€JXUHGÂ´:K\WKHKHOO not?â€? It was a concert on the beach and my remaining beach days of that summer were numbered. My friend and I were sitting by the bar when two guys approached us. They were both very friendly and considerably older. I played it cool and allowed the shorter guy to talk me up. He said he was from out of town, so out of habit, I suggested we leave the concert and go to the beach. Allow me to preface this: this particular summer had been one full of bucket list check-Âoffs. I jumped at any and every opportunity to do something new and scandalous. In this case, that meant that when this cute older guy followed me onto the beach, I showed him a little bit of â€œlocal hospitality.â€? Iâ€™ll be honest, it was cool, but it was no Hollywood movie scene. Letâ€™s be realistic for a moment. Sand is not pavement and sand is not grass. Sand has a nasty habit of sticking onto any piece of skin that it contacts. Any piece of skin. So, when the making-Â out starting getting hot and heavy, you can guarantee we remained standing, DQGZKHQKHGLGĂ€QDOO\VXJJHVWZHOD\ down, you sure as hell know I stayed on top. Sex on the beach is not like the drink suggests. Itâ€™s more like what you do after youâ€™ve had several of those drinks and youâ€™re feeling about ready to take your clothes off and a beach conveniently happens to be
right next to you. Perhaps if I hadnâ€™t been so eager to live out my own version of MTVâ€™s The Buried Life that summer, I would have planned this out better. Maybe I wouldnâ€™t have had sex on the beach with that 27-Âyear-Âold gym teacher from God Knows Where, New Jersey. I probably wouldâ€™ve done it with someone whose last name I actually NQHZ $OVR , PRVW GHĂ€QLWHO\ ZRXOG have gone to a private, secluded beach and brought along a giant towel or two. The whole experience, I must admit, was both thrilling and satisfying in an extremely trashy way. There werenâ€™t any people on the beach in our area, and although there were people strolling the boardwalk and inside the concert hall, Iâ€™m almost positive that no one saw us. However, if they had, I sort of hope they wouldâ€™ve applauded this random act of spontaneity. Having experienced the fantasy of sex on the beach, I must say I now think itâ€™s probably best left as just that: a fantasy. Honestly, the idea of moonlit passion and the rhythm of the crashing waves sounds much better than the gritty reality of getting sand in all the wrong places and the chills from cold ocean air blowing up and down your bac. After that experience, VH[LQWKHEHGURRPGHĂ€QLWHO\VRXQGV more enjoyable than sex on the beachâ€”but I suppose the drink name wouldnâ€™t have the same ring to it.
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aybe you picture two shots of vodka, a shot of peach schnapps, some cranberry juice and a little orange juice. Maybe you picture a sunset or a full moon and the waves crashing rhythmically on the shore. You picture heat, lust and passion, and then you put it on your bucket list, because you insist that one day you must accomplish your fantasy of having sex on the beach. Living in a beach town, this is one item on our bucket lists thatâ€™s pretty easy to check off. From the moment we all started getting our licenses, boys would pick us up, we would drive around talking and listening to music like any other teenagers. The difference is that our drives always took us east, in the direction of the beach. When Mom said â€˜no boys in your roomâ€™, we went to the beach. When parties were lame, we went to the beach. When we wanted to impress out-Âof-Âtowners, we went to the beach. However, it wasnâ€™t until my nineteenth summer that I actually accomplished that bucket-Âlist deed. The summer was winding down. It was the end of August and I was leaving for school within the week. The night was warm, but a cool breeze blew from the ocean. I was at the concert hall on the boardwalk with my friend who had been dragging me to shows all summer. That night, it was Citizen Cope. I knew maybe two
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Outside the Cinema By Christian Cassidy-Amstutz
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Swim By Gabriella Jorio
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The Picture By Christina Amen
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Prose & Cons
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Velvet Haze By Gillian Wenzel
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The Great Grocery Scare
War wages between Wegmans and Greenstar shoppers By Caitlin Vetere
his battle is one to go down in history, a story that will be passed down from generation to generation. This is the battle between Wegmans and Greenstar. 5RRWGXVW DQG 5DLQH 7UHHĂ RZHU Ithaca locals, are vehement fans of their local Greenstar. â€œWe only shop at Greenstar because it supplies us the gifts of raw food that mother nature supplies to us.â€? 6D\V 5RRWGXVW 7UHHĂ RZHU +LV EHDUG is braided and is long enough to throw over his shoulder like a scarf. â€œGreenstarâ€™s wonderful food is a great supplement to add to our diet of pure sunlight.â€? Added Raine, â€œOur son Lonewolf just loves their organic, raw kale-Âbroccoli-Âsprout smoothies.â€? 7KH 7UHHĂ RZHU IDPLO\ LV GXWLIXOO\ devoted to their favorite Greenstar grocery store, as it is the only grocery store that they visit that does not escort them off the premises on sight. Says Rootdust, â€œWe have tried Whole Foods, but they claim we were â€˜harassingâ€™ the employees for asking them if their kale was grown in soil that was made of composted organic material or store-Âbought manure. We left in anger.â€? I n
environment-Âfriendly, cruelty-Âfree, baby-Âsafe eggs in the local Ithaca Wegmanâ€™s, so I drove to another one, and wouldnâ€™t you know, they had them!â€? Laramie drove an hour to Syracuse using a quarter-Âtank of JDVWRĂ€QGWKHVHHQYLURQPHQWIULHQGO\ eggs. Laramie thinks that Wegmanâ€™s destroys the competition in comparison to other grocery stores. â€œGreenstar is full of communists. Plain and simple. Communists who think their energy comes from the sun. I mean, really, the sun? The sun does not provide energy to living things. Wegmanâ€™s is for red-Â blooded Americans who care about their country and Earth. Oh, and also single mothers. They love single mothers. Iâ€™m pretty sure theyâ€™ve had a press conference on how much they love single mothers.â€? Evidence of this press conference has not been found. 6HYHUDO ZHHNV DJR WKH 7UHHĂ RZHUV and Ms. Laramie were brought together in a focus group, to see what consumers want out of their grocery stores. Gwen Laramie physically DVVDXOWHG 5DLQH 7UHHĂ RZHU ZKHQ 0UV7UHHĂ RZHURIIHUHGKHUDQRUJDQLF bean sprout plant from Greenstar to bring back to her children. â€œI ripped a few of her dredlocks out. Those dirty communists deserve LW +RZ GDUH VKH WU\ WR SRLVRQ P\ children with those Greenstar toxins? No real red-Âblooded American would be caught dead at a Greenstar. Anyway, Iâ€™ve still got it.â€? Laramie ERDVWHGĂ H[LQJ 7KH7UHHĂ RZHUVZHUHDVHQUDJHGDV people who get energy from sunlight can get. â€œShe threw off our energy. It will take months of meditation to realign our HQHUJLHVÂľ 5DLQH 7UHHĂ RZHU VREEHG Rootdust was dancing through his tears behind a bike rack the entire time. ____________________________________ Caitlin Vetere is a sophomore TV-ÂR major who gets all of her food from Campus Center dumpsters. Email her at email@example.com.
truth, they were forcibly removed by police authorities. Their picture remains on the wall today, warning the store employees to ask them to leave if they ever enter. 7KH 7UHHĂ RZHUV DOVR WRXW WKH ORFDO Ă DYRURIWKHVWRUH â€œWe grew onions in our backyard garden, using compost from the stems and roots of vegetables we bought at Greenstar.â€? Rootdust informed proudly, â€œAfter the onions were grown, we sold them to Greenstar.â€? 7KH 7UHHĂ RZHUV ODWHU ERXJKW WKH same onions a week later at the same Greenstar. When asked about Wegmanâ€™s, WKH 7UHHĂ RZHUV ZHUH LPPHGLDWHO\ disgusted. â€œWe donâ€™t shop anywhere that has a pharmacy.â€? Said Rain with disgust, â€œWe donâ€™t believe in â€˜Westernâ€™ medicine. It harms our internal energies and clouds the mind.â€? Their son has caught measles four times. Gwen Laramie, self-Âdescribed loving PRWKHU RI Ă€YH GRJV D IRXU \HDU ROG daughter Kayleeyanna-ÂMaye, and one sulking teenage son Brayedonne Jaimmes, is an avid Wegmanâ€™s shopper. â€œIâ€™m a gold-Âstar member on 3 different mothering blogs. Iâ€™m an expert on child-Ârearing, I mean, isnâ€™t it obvious? Kayleeyanna-Â Maye is just darling.â€? Brayedonne Jaimmes is nowhere to be seen. Itâ€™s as if she doesnâ€™t even have a son. â€œAnyway, Wegmanâ€™s is the best choice for childrenâ€™s food. I will ONLY feed Kayleeyanna-ÂMaye food from Wegmanâ€™s. If I fed her food from Greenstar, her growth will be stunted. Or worse, she would become a communist!â€? Laramie also talks about how much she adores Wegmanâ€™s variety. â€œEven ZKHQ , GRQÂˇW Ă€QG ZKDW I am looking for, another Wegmanâ€™s will have it. I once FRXOGQÂˇWĂ€QGRUJDQLF
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Rocking Chairs in the House Tonight
Local resident anticipates the return of students every year By Chris Thomas
all is a time of year that many tend to dread in Ithaca. Youngsters on their way to school say goodbye to long days spent in the sun, while adults dread the eventual return of college students. Except for one man that is. Stan Gurtzâ€™s eighty-Âsixth birthday occurred one month ago, yet he still considers himself young at heart. Living in a small ranch house located RQ+XGVRQ6WUHHWKHFRQVWDQWO\Ă€QGV himself at various collegiate parties FRPHDXWXPQ+HKDVOLYHGLQ,WKDFD ever since being just shy of graduating in 1949. Gurtz was excused from Ithaca College when he brought a cow to the WKLUWHHQWK Ă RRU RI WKH RQFH 0LGGOH Tower (located between East and West Tower). The tower was promptly deconstructed during the process of UHPRYLQJ WKH FRZ IURP WKH WRS Ă RRU via crane. Gurtz constantly reminds students that he is the reason there are only two towers constructed at the
top of the campus. +H HYHQWXDOO\ JUDGXDWHG IURP Gurtz College, which turned out to be located at his house where he read a few books he picked up at Urban 2XWĂ€WWHUV RQ FXSFDNH FRFNWDLOV DQG feminist Ryan Gosling. Despite his ruckus while attending Ithaca College, he has been harmless ever since, simply living his life party-Â rocking until the dead of the night. Most IC students credit at least one learned dance move to him. â€œThis guy is a party animal!â€? exclaimed a freshman who met Gurtz DWDSDUW\RQKHUĂ€UVWQLJKWLQ,WKDFD *XUW] LV D OHJHQG RQ 6RXWK +LOO Many visiting high schoolers have cited that they chose Ithaca because of â€œthat awesome old guy that comes to parties and knows all the words to â€˜We Canâ€™t Stopâ€™ by Miley Cyrus.â€? In IDFWKHPLJKWEHWKHOLYLQJGHĂ€QLWLRQ of Cyrusâ€™s new chart-Âtopper. â€œMost nights Iâ€™m the last one to leave the party because YOLO!â€? Gurtz said in a
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Mate Factor or Meth Factory
recent interview. Of course, this can lead to some annoyance from home owners. â€œWe enjoy having him at parties because heâ€™s a super partier that really gives our ragers credibility,â€? a student living in Circles said. â€œBut, he takes forever to leave, and I got 8 amâ€™s!â€? Another student living in Gardens said that he found Gurtz twerking in his living room when he woke up at noon. While one might question Gurtzâ€™s morals and intentions, one student VDLGLWEHVWZKHQGHIHQGLQJKLPÂ´+HÂˇV just an old man looking to live his life to the fullest. Why tell him â€˜noâ€™ when heâ€™s just going to make everyoneâ€™s party that much better? This guy is the epitome of college. And he brings bud!â€? Even at eighty-Âsix years old, Gurtz is still considered to be the best thing about Ithaca parties. _________________________________ Christopher Thomas is a sophomore TV-ÂR major who hosts ragers in his dorm every Monday night. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local juice bar cooking up something sketchy By Lizzy Rosenberg
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ince approximately 11a.m. on this traumatic Sunday morning, Ithaca Police have been investigating the aftermath of a brunch date gone seriously wrong. After dining at the Ithaca Commonsâ€™ locally famous and cult-Âowned restaurant, Mate Factor Cafe, freshman Krista Mettenberg is still in critical condition, suffering from what appears to be a nasty reaction from ingesting Methamphetamine, or Crystal Meth. Shortly after devouring RQH RI 0DWH )DFWRUÂˇV KHDUW\ ZDIĂ HV friends of Mettenberg reported that she began experiencing involuntary facial twitching. Within minutes, Mettenbergâ€™s overall behavior completely transformed. An anonymous on-Âlooker described Mettenbergâ€™s drug-Â induced episode as â€œDonkey Kong-Âlikeâ€? as she began pouncing from table to table, proclaiming herself as dictator of the cafe. â€œPride Rock is mine!â€? she shouted, just before going into shock, succumbing to the effects of an on-Â WDUJHWRIĂ€FHUÂˇVWDVHUJXQ After ongoing investigation, Ithaca Police discovered a plethora of
incriminating evidence, opening the publicâ€™s eye to Mate Factor Cafeâ€™s real EXVLQHVV 2IĂ€FLDOV GHVFULEHG D VWURQJ odor of urine wafting from all corners of the kitchen, as well as a musty scent of Ă€VKVWLFNVOLQJHULQJEHKLQGWKHFRXQWHU 'HVSLWHKHUIUDQWLFDQGEDIĂ HG state, Mettenbergâ€™s brunch date, IC student Mary Jane Reeves, vouched as a witness to her episode. â€œI am almost certain that Krista was not planning on voluntarily going anywhere near meth until at least junior year, and that she had no idea this would happen when we decided to dine here this morning.â€? Long time Mate Factor patron, Blaze Weedenberg had absolutely no idea that their food services were merely a side business. â€œI had always attributed my after-Â breakfast rush to all of the natural and organic foods I was ingesting. This WRWDOO\ H[SODLQV P\ Ă€YH KRXU VSULQWV through the Recreational Trails and the overbearing dominance that ruined my last relationship!â€? Others, however, had a different reaction to the revelation of Mate Factorâ€™s secrets. 84-Âyear old
Lucy Diamond had been buying her crystal meth from Mate Factor Cafe for years, and had assumed it was openly retailing. â€œDo you know who I can buy from now?â€? This was all Diamond could say before she was taken into custody for attempting to purchase illegal substances. As owners and employees have also been in mandatory treatment for each of their meth addictions, free clinics will be made available to any long-Â time, regular customers who have not adjusted to the recent closing of Mate Factor Cafe. Dates, times and locations of these clinics will soon be determined. ____________________________________ Lizzy Rosenberg is a sophomore IMC major who drank the organic Kool-ÂAid. Email her at email@example.com.
Homeâ€™s Own, Not So Home Grown Âą0SGEPÂ˛VIWXEYVERXYRHIVÂ˝VIJSVJEPWIGPEMQW
By Brianna Pennella
n a town not far from Ithaca in either mileage or values, outrage has broken out over the claim that a local establishment refuses to use local meat. Stillwater, New <RUNÂˇVUHVWDXUDQW+RPHÂˇV2ZQVHHPV to sit on a throne of its own lies. A recent undercover report revealed the shocking truth about this â€œlocalâ€? establishment. Earlier this week, WKH WUXWK FDPH SRXULQJ RXW +RPHÂˇV Own uses homegrown vegetables but imports its meat from 15 miles west of Stillwater, making the local label a lie. The community is outraged by this information. Questions began to arise when patrons could see the garden behind the restaurant, but no space for livestock. The menu offers dishes that
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include beef, pork, chicken, and eggs but no such animals can be found anywhere on the premises or in town. Not to
mention the milk, used in many dishes for dairy-Âbased sauces and often complimenting their scrumptious desserts, seems to have come from these foreign raised cows. One local resident, Bob Markles, was outraged. Â´,XVHGWRJRWR+RPHÂˇV2ZQHYHU\ week and order their Grass-ÂFed Garden Burger until one day I realized they had no garden. Where did that burger patty come from?!â€? Mr. Markles isnâ€™t the only one confused and saddened by this information. Marissa Blowens took her children there weekly to celebrate their good grades but now says she wonâ€™t be back. â€œWho wants chicken tenders that come from some chicken Iâ€™ve never even seen?â€? said Blowens. â€œThatâ€™s not how I want to raise my children!â€? When restaurant owner and head chef Louis Garley was questioned about the lies the establishment promoted, he had only excuses. â€œSeriously?â€? he whined. â€œItâ€™s 15 miles. Thatâ€™s still local. We have no farms here, no space for raising livestock. It would be unsanitary and unhealthy.â€?
Seeing his point, a local advocates group brought a resolution to the table. Local Lovers United leader 6WDF\+DUPRQVDLGÂ´7KHUHDUHSOHQW\ of squirrels and birds right in my backyard. Why not use those? Why not our meat?â€? Mr. Garley heard the claim and responded only with a stern â€œno,â€? as he rolled his eyes. As the community continues to EDWWOHZLWK+RPHÂˇV2ZQRYHUSLJHRQV as poultry, some still patronize the establishment. â€œI guess next time I go I can just order a salad,â€? said Markles, when asked if he would be returning to the restaurant any time soon. Local Lovers United will be taking their stand in a formal protest outside the restaurant through a number of demonstrations this upcoming week. They are willing to let patrons enter, as long as they promise to only eat the local items and possibly bring the protesters some of their famous fruit compote. ____________________________________ Brianna Pennella is a senior TV-ÂR major who only eats squirrel if itâ€™s hunted with a bow and arrow Katniss style. Email her at bpennel1@ithaca. edu.
Ithaca to Bed, Cornell to Wed
Mother of Ithaca College student not joking about age-old anecdote By Rebecca Caplan
youâ€™re available.â€? It is important to note that the TV-ÂR major has been dating fellow Ithaca College student Korbynn Smith, a junior cinema and photography major who describes himself as being able to â€œthink in Film Noir.â€? The incident escalated when Feinsteinâ€™s mother supposedly asked her daughter if she â€œintended on just continuing to not lose any weight,â€? after which, onlookers in the store described the altercation as â€œan uncomfortable whisper-Â screaming matchâ€? between the mother and daughter. One bystander told reporters that at one point, the younger Feinstein claimed that her mother â€œjust doesnâ€™t get itâ€? to which Susan Feinstein threw her hands in the air and replied, â€œWhat do I know, Iâ€™m only your mother.â€? When reached for contact, her PRWKHUZDVFRQĂ€UPHGDVVD\LQJÂ´0\
daughter wants to make movies and play around in California? Fine. But she needs a boy who can keep her in the â€˜Kate Spade iPhone cases and Lulu Lemon whateversâ€™ lifestyle to which she is accustomed.â€? Feinstein went on to say that â€œDani should have her fun now,â€? but added, â€œA boy that takes black and white pictures of his wiener does not a husband makeâ€? 7KHHPEURLOPHQWZDVĂ€QDOO\UHVROYHG when they agreed that Danielle could do whatever she wanted when Mrs. Feinstein was dead. â€œWhich could be any day nowâ€? her mother added as Danielle stormed towards Forever 21. ____________________________________ Rebecca Caplan is a sophomore TV-ÂR major who doesnâ€™t care about her dateâ€™s alma mater. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
uring a recent trip to Nordstrom Rack over fall break, mother of Ithaca College student Danielle Feinstein â€™16, Susan Feinstein, reportedly advised her daughter of the common adage, â€œIthaca to bed, Cornell to wed.â€? :KLOH WKH VRSKRPRUH Ă€UVW SHUFHLYHG her motherâ€™s tone as jokingly breezy, upon further investigation it was revealed that the statement was intended with complete seriousness. Â´$WĂ€UVW,WKRXJKWQRWKLQJRILWEXW then she just started going on and on about her dentistâ€™s son who goes WR &RUQHOO IRU D 3+' LQ 1XFOHDU Economic Whatever,â€? the sophomore told Buzzsaw. â€œAnd all of sudden I realized â€˜oh shit sheâ€™s not messing around.â€™â€? The mother of two allegedly told KHU GDXJKWHU WKDW Â´0D\EH LI ZH Ă€QG you some lipstick that doesnâ€™t wash you out those Cornell boys will know
An Open Letter to the Biggest Buzzkill in Ithaca Cornell grammar Nazi petitions against “Ithaca is Gorges” By Jodi Silverstein
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o Grammar Nazi, we meet again. Was your relentless mission to stop all Cornell students and faculty from ending a sentence with a preposition not enough for you? :HUH\RXQRWVDWLVÀHGZLWKFRUUHFWLQJ the grammatical errors on every single post that showed up on your Facebook News Feed? Well my friend, or shall I say foe, it has recently come to my attention that you are now petitioning to have the “Ithaca is Gorges” slogan banned simply based on its improper use of grammar. So I’m just going to go straight to the point here and say that “Ithaca is Gorges” is one of the best marketing gimmicks to ever have been created. You see, Grammar Nazi, it’s a lot like the words ‘I love you.’ Those three words just hold so much meaning. I do believe the PDJQLÀFHQFH RI WKLV SKUDVH KDV gone straight over your head. I understand you despise puns, but for someone of such superior knowledge of the language arts, I DP KRQHVWO\ VKRFNHG WKDW \RX ÀQG absolutely no amusement in the “Ithaca is Gorges” motto. But allow me to humor you for a moment. What concerns you is the word “is.” “Gorges” is a noun. A noun is a person, place, thing, or idea. Am I doing okay so far? A noun cannot describe another noun. Adjectives are what describe nouns and adjectives almost always come after passive verbs like “is.” Let’s give this lesson an example because that’s what always helped me in second grade. The word “gorgeous” is an adjective. So, if I were to say, “Ithaca is gorgeous,” I would be grammatically and not to mention factually correct. Let’s take this from another angle. What if we used a possessive verb like the word “has?” The phrase “Ithaca has gorges” exhibits proper use of grammar. Not to mention, this phrase, like the phrase “Ithaca is gorgeous” is also factually correct. You know, it’s funny my dear tyrant, while giving myself a swift refresher course on the proper way to form a
sentence, I discovered something rather comical. The words “gorgeous” and “gorges” sound awfully alike, wouldn’t you agree? Don’t you just love the English language? Let’s continue with the fun and just for a moment, put ourselves in someone else’s shoes. Say you are, I don’t know, the head of a marketing company hired to create a quick, catchy slogan to bring tourists to a small town in central New York. You are told to emphasize on this small town’s best features, but here’s the catch: you can only do it in three words. Well let’s see,
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Ithaca’s best feature is arguably its numerous waterfalls and gorges. And wouldn’t you agree that because of these gorges, Ithaca LV JRUJHRXV" +RZ DERXW ZH FRPELQH these two concepts and see what comes of it. Ithaca is Gorges. Yes! I do believe that covers everything we are trying to accomplish. It’s catchy, informative, and relatively humorous. Genius, really. Now putting all fun and games aside Grammar Nazi, seeing as your previous attempts to make the world a more well-spoken place have ultimately failed, I think you will
ÀQG LW LQ \RXU EHVW LQWHUHVW WR SXW this petition to rest as well. I mean, what exactly were you even trying to accomplish anyway? Were you looking to change the slogan or just get rid of it all together? I don’t know much about marketing but I’m pretty sure people would be less likely to walk around wearing a shirt that says “Ithaca has Gorges” or “Ithaca is Gorgeous.” The latter just seems incredibly arrogant, if you ask me. There are other places in America besides Ithaca, New York that are just as gorgeous if not more and you don’t see t h o s e
places tooting their own horns so openly. I believe I s p e a k for the entire Ithaca community as a whole when I say that your petition is a lot of dumb. It has very stupid. Ithaca is Gorges. Ithaca is gorges as much as Cornell is scary, gothic buildings. Do you get what I’m saying? You feel me? Are you picking up what I’m putting down? Catch my drift? No? Didn’t think so... ____________________________________ Jodi Silberstein is a junior Journalism major who uses there, their, and they’re interchangeably. Email her at email@example.com.
Tommy, Can You Hear Me? Deconstructing the newest letter from Ithaca College President Tom Rochon By Sam Colleran
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MR. T: â€œTo reach the goal of reducing annual MRGVIEWIW[I QYWX Â˝RH WSQI GSQFMREXMSR of alternative revenue or expenditure savings in the amount of approximately $1.5million.â€?
TOM â€œIâ€™M PROBABLY GOING TO CENSOR THISâ€? ROCHON: â€?I wish you all a wonderful and productive year as IC students.â€?
TRANSLATION: And you thought Campus 'IRXIVÂ´WJSSHYWIHXSFIKVSWW
86%270%8-32Âą4PIEWIHSRÂ´XFIWGVI[YTW this year. We canâ€™t afford it.â€?
Hopefully my translations have helped you to understand the vernacular of our college president ERHGERFIVIJIVIRGIHXLIRI\XXMQI1V6SGLSRHIGMHIWXS[VMXIEPIXXIV-JSVSRISRP][MWL that it was an event that occurred more often. _____________________________________ Sam Colleran is a sophomore TV-R major who didnâ€™t really want to stay at IC anyway. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Google is More Helpful than the 3JÂ˝GISJ Finanacial Aid by Alicia Rosa
If youâ€™re like me, youâ€™re one of the twelve people who took the time to thoroughly read Tom Rochonâ€™s newest, newsiest newsletter to students regarding the rising prices of college XYMXMSR7SQISJ]SYQE]LEZIFIIRGSRJYWIHF]WSQISJXLIXLMRKWXLEX4VIWMHIRX6SGLSR[EW referencing in this letter. But fear not, for you are not alone.
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Published on Oct 8, 2013