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Abby Jamiel ’11 I'm an art history major with a minor in art from Warwick, Rhode Island. I'll be studying abroad in Greece this fall. I am also in the honors program and on the women's varsity crew team.





Having done our own college searches, we know how hard it is to make the right choice, especially when all the information you get sounds so similar. That’s why we’ve created Fuse magazine, a publication that gives you a firsthand glimpse of the Ithaca College experience through stories and photography by current IC students. Is Ithaca right for you? It’s your choice—and we hope this makes it easier.


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The Ithaca College Experience | summer 2009

Staff writers in this issue: Candace Edwards ’09 Meredith Farley ’09 Alyssa Figueroa ’12 Shanan Glandz ’09 Maggie Hibma ’09 Alyssa Letsch ’11

Congratulations to our graduating seniors: writers Courtney Clemente, Candace Julie Kolson ’11 I’m a therapeutic recreation major from the Ardmore, Pennsylvania area. I love working with young kids in a variety of settings. After graduation, I hope to work in a hospital setting with kids of all ages.

On the cover: Naomi Mark '10 works with her swim buddy in Understanding Disabilities. Photo by Jeff Goodwin '10

Writer/Editors Courtney Clemente ’09 Candace Edwards ’09 Meredith Farley ’09 Alyssa Figueora ’12 Shanan Glandz ’09 Maggie Hibma ’09 Alyssa Letsch ’11 Allison Musante ’10 Katherine R. Slifer ’09 Meghan Swope ’11 Photo Editor Jeff Goodwin ’10 Photographers Caylena Cahill ’10 Nick Deel ’09 Mike Grippi ’10 Nicole McAdoo ’11 Allison Usavage ’12 Matt Watkajtys ’11 Videographers Laura Caccavo ’10 Kyle Kelley ’10 • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Vice President for Enrollment Management Eric Maguire Director of Admission Gerard Turbide Executive Director of Marketing Communications Tom Torello ’87 Executive Editor Bonny Georgia Griffith ’92

Edwards, Meredith Farley, Shanan Glandz,

Managing Editor Lisa N. Maresca

Maggie Hibma, Kat Slifer, and photographer

Web Editor Elise Nicol ’83

Nick Deel. You’re ready for the real world,

Print Manager Peter M. Kilcoyne ’05

but is the real world ready for you?!


› 2 CAMPUS SCOOP • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

4 What’s Online 5 Spit It Out!

14 Swim Lessons My intimate look at therapeutic recreation. By Julie Kolson ’11

Spit That! slam poetry club promotes the art of spoken word.

16 Connecting

By Candace Edwards ’09

Generations The Ithaca-Longview partnership connects students and seniors in meaningful ways.


Fuse Guide to Surviving (and Thriving!) Your First Year


Shop Smart, Save Big Saving money is easy with these tips. By Shanan Glandz ’09

By Alyssa Figueroa ’12

21 Bloody Good TV

Got freshman-year jitters? Fuse puts them to rest. By Maggie Hibma ’09

Two Ithaca alums help bring HBO’s True Blood to life.

10 Artistic Experiments

By Maggie Hibma ’09 • • • • • • • • • • • •

The fusion of chemistry and art make for an inspiring experimental class. By Abby Jamiel ’11

12 Home Cooking

18 Big Internship,

Grab your apron and join the Culinary Arts Club for food, friendship, and fun.

Little City

By Meredith Farley ’09

Great internship experiences can be anywhere—even right here in Ithaca. By Alyssa Letsch ’11

23 SPORTS REPORT 24 THE REAL DEAL Got questions about IC? Our students have the answers.

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Park School Unveils New Majors

Do you like to play video games? Ever dream of designing one from the ground up? What about making an award-winning documentary? Starting this fall, the Park School of Communications will be offering two new majors to suit those interests.

The documentary studies and production B.A. is designed to prepare students for a career as a documentary filmmaker. The program combines courses in television-radio, journalism, and cinema and photography, giving you the foundation and skills you’ll need for documentary development as well as a variety of other jobs in the entertainment industry. The focus of the new B.F.A. in game design and immersive media is on game design, creation, and production of immersive media. You’ll learn how to make games, including analog games (board games, dice games, and card games) and 2D and 3D digital games. When you graduate, you’ll be ready for careers in game development, game writing, character and level designing, quality assurance, producing, and more.

SPRINT TO THE FINISH FOR NEW ATHLETICS CENTER After receiving a $4 million gift from Atlantic Philanthropies toward the long-planned athletics and events center, the College needs just $1.7 million more before it can break ground. Atlantic Philanthropies had previously given $25 million—which included a $7.5 million challenge grant—toward the project. The state-of-the-art facility will include a 130,000 square foot main building with a 7,000-seat performance space, an outdoor stadium with lighted turf field, an aquatics pavilion with an eight-lane Olympic-size swimming pool and six outdoor tennis courts.

But who’s ever heard of Post-Star? With a circulation of only 34,000 the Post-Star of Glen Falls, New York was by far the smallest paper among this year’s winners, but Mahoney’s reputation for tackling complicated, contentious issues with precision and humor helped him stand out against writers from the Washington Post and Chicago Tribune. Pulitzer Prize judges gave him the award for his “relentless, down-to-earth editorials on the perils of local government secrecy, effectively admonishing citizens to uphold their right to know.” Mahoney graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communication management. While at Ithaca he was the news director of WICB, the campus radio station.

Decorated Journalist Discusses

Mainstream Media and the Future of News Co-host of Today weekend edition and NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt visited Ithaca College last April as the Jessica Savitch Distinguished Journalism Lecturer. Holt has reported on some of the world’s most important stories, including Operation Iraqi Freedom, Hurricane Katrina, and the war between Israel and Lebanon. His lecture touched on many topics, including corporate ownership of mainstream news, bias between news networks, and the future of print and televised news. As he took questions from an audience of interested students and community members, Holt offered a new tagline for the next generation of journalists to live by: “The truth sometimes hurts.”

Fulbright Awards Go To IC Alums Two Ithaca College alums received Fulbright Awards, scholarships given to advance international research and increase mutual understanding between citizens of other countries and those of the United States. Melendy Krantz ’09, anthropology and politics double major, will travel to Bangladesh where she will be studying how women's subcultures and caregiver subcultures in Bangladesh interact, and how they affect the role of those who assist with births. Krantz spent three years preparing her application because of her strong commitment to “learning about the country and the language.” Amy Cohen ’08, theater arts management major and co-founder of ICircus, will be focusing her research on circus as an art form in the United Kingdom. Her ultimate goal is to establish a circus education and performing center in the United States that provides education and outreach to all ages, abilities, and demographics. Photo courtesy of Amy Cohen '08

Photo courtesy of the Post-Star

Mark Mahoney ’85 was awarded the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing. The award recognizes the best reporting and publishing in a calendar year, and the winners typically come from the nation’s most well-known newspapers.

Each year, the Jessica Savitch Lecture Series brings a broadcast journalist to Ithaca College to honor alumna Jessica Savitch ’68. Past speakers include Natalie Morales, NBC; David Muir ’95, ABC News; Steve Capus, NBC News; and Mara Liasson, NPR.

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feature | WHAT’S ONLINE

WHAT’S ONLINE Did you know that is updated with fresh web exclusives every week? Don’t miss these hot new features!

Visit for all this and more!


Our writers, photographers, and videographers were all over the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF) this year to give you the ultimate inside look at this international event.



Find out how this multicultural residence hall program makes dorm living more fun and engaging than ever.

The Brains Behind Walking,Talking, and Scratching an Itch IC’s neuroscience minor prepares students with real-world research into the human nervous system.

Fierce Fashion MULTIMEDIA

IC students strutted down the runway at the annual Capture the Dream fashion show and Fuse was there to capture all the action.

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Watch the Bombers dunk, serve, dive, and sprint their way through the season in our online galleries.

feat ur e | SPIT IT OUT!

Spit That! poetry group may sound somewhat

Photos by Mike Grippi '10 and Bill Truslow

crude, however it’s anything but. “To ‘spit’ means to say your poetry with passion and feeling,” says club founder Jaylene Clark ’09. “If someone says ‘Spit that!’ while you are performing, it is similar to saying,“Keep saying what you have to say! I’m really feeling it!” Spit That! was founded in 2006 to function as a poetry workshop. When Clark arrived at Ithaca College, she wanted to continue her poetic development. When she didn’t see a creative outlet like Urban Word NYC, a nonprofit poetry workshop she had been affiliated with New York City, she created one.

Spit It Out! by CANDACE EDWARDS ’09

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feature | SPIT IT OUT!

Clark began writing poetry in the fifth grade, and eventually earned a spot on the Urban Word Slam team. Her talent, creativity, and ambition have earned her numerous titles, including the 2005 International Brave New Voices Poetry Festival (for which she won as part of the Urban Word Slam team) and the 2005 Harlem Live Poetry Slam. She’s also a three-time winner of the Cornell Spoken Soul Poetry Slam and a published poet in Falling Hard: 100 Love Poems by Teenagers.

Member Nellie Cuddy ’10 never considered herself a poet before joining Spit That! “I have grown so much from being the shy, quiet one who would observe, to getting up and sharing life experiences with the group, to even performing on stage for others to see.”

Spit That! has grown from an idea to a dynamic and artistic enterprise. Last fall, the group hosted a phenomenal sold-out evening of spoken word, featuring the poetry of Spit That! members, as well as Writers Block, a poetry group based in New York City.

Clark’s poetry continues to grow, as well. She recently studied abroad in Trinidad and Tobago, and plans to incorporate this experience into the progression and growth of Spit That! She encourages others to travel, or at least research cultures outside of themselves to realize the potential that the information can take them in their poetry.

The club meets weekly and holds open poetry workshops for anyone who is interested. Clark and the executive board create exercises for the members that facilitate poetic flow, spark new ideas, and explore creative thought and presentation. Clark also uses the exercises she has learned with her involvement in Urban Word NYC. Club member Kendra Sundal ’09 says that she draws poetic inspiration from life. “I use my poetry as an outlet to express my anger, pain, and frustration.” Current president Zaidy Morales ’12 says that anything and everything inspires her poetry. Clark’s poetry, though, comes from experience. “I usually write when something I have experienced affects me,” she says. “Whether I see something in a movie, read it in a book, or have it actually happen to me, all of these things are included in the action of just living one’s life.”

Ithaca College has over 150 clubs and organizations to join. Find one that piques your interest at

Student body president Cornell Woodson ’09 is also a fan of the club. “Spit That! is a revolutionary student organization. I have never seen such a force of creativity and inspiration on this campus,” he says.

On campus, Spit That! promotes awareness the power of spoken word poetry, and provides an outlet for experienced and inexperienced poets alike to participate in writing, experiencing, and performing poetry. Sundal says Spit That! helps her access the rhythm and tone of performing poetry. “It’s a very supportive group,” she says. “I am able to try out work on them that I’m not done with, and it helps me see where I want to take a piece.” Spit That! is the perfect atmosphere for anyone to grow and learn to articulate their experiences through a poetic lens.

(This page) Mia Jackson '11 practices her poetry at a Spit That! meeting, and (previous page) Aaron Hernandez '12 reads one of his poems.

Ithaca’s Poetry Scene

“To ‘spit’ means to say your poetry with passion and feeling.”

The poetry community in the greater Ithaca area offers a variety of opportunities for poets to express themselves beyond South Hill. The Lost Dog Café periodically hosts poetry slams attended by students and community members. Ithaca College has hosted such poetry greats as Nikki Giovanni and Saul Williams. Other notable spoken word artists such as Sunni Patterson and Yalini Dream have also spoken in Ithaca. In honor of Women’s History Month, Cornell University hosted SALT Lines Live, a slam poetry event. Andrea Gibson (Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion), Denise Jolly (Seattle Poetry Slam), Sonya Renee (Individual National Poetry Slam Champion), and Tara Hardy (Bent Writing Institute) performed at this event, which was open to Ithaca College and the Ithaca community.

Illustrations by Harrison Shuldman '08



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As a high school student, you probably have a lot of questions about what IC will really be like. Fuse interviewed eight Ithaca College students about entering college. Here's what they had to say about easing into campus life.


IC has plenty of ways for new students to get involved and learn their way around campus. Follow these links to learn more.

Samantha: I absolutely loved the campus feel, and when I took the

First-Year Experience

tour I immediately felt right at home. The surrounding area has just enough excitement to entertain me but not so much that it’s distracting. The professors and advisers I met also made me feel welcome.

First-Year Residence Hall Program

Kaylee: I chose Ithaca College mainly because of the physical therapy

Ithaca Seminars

program. The program is so renowned and distinguished that I didn’t think I could go wrong. Also, when I came to visit the campus, it felt more right than any other college I visited. The location is perfect for me. The area has tons of stuff to do and it's absolutely beautiful. The size of the school is great, too. It's big enough to have a lot of diversity, but it's small enough to feel like you're a part of a campus community rather than a city, and it has small class sizes.

Jumpstart Program currentprograms/jumpstart Student Clubs and Organizations


Molly: I participated in many of the programs, and they were all helpful and rewarding. Participating in Lead-In was great because it allowed me to move onto campus a little earlier and get to know people before classes started. It helped me acclimate to my surroundings and explore a little before all the other students arrived and classes started.


Katrina: I'm very quiet when I first meet people, so I worried that I wouldn't meet anybody and would spend my nights alone in my dorm room. Fortunately, a lot of outgoing people came up to me first, and I met people everywhere here—in class, on sports teams, in the dining halls, at parties, through other people—everywhere! Molly: I was worried about sharing a room with someone that I didn't know very well, but luckily my roommate and I became acquainted at orientation. I was also terrified about the academic work. At times I have immersed myself in my schoolwork to the exclusion of other activities, so I worried that I would become a bookworm. Everything turned out to be fine, though. The work is challenging but not too difficult. The professors here are understanding and supportive.

I also lived in first-year housing. Residents take part in special activities geared to help them meet friends and get to know each other. Make sure you get to know your resident assistant, too. He or she is always there to help you if you need it.

Daniel: I took part in Jumpstart’s Community Plunge and took an Ithaca Seminar class. Jumpstart was probably the activity that made my transition to Ithaca successful. I made some great friendships, got to move in early, and had a good time. I also learned a lot about the city of Ithaca that you don't get from the admissions office, like where to shop and how to get to the gorges.


Katherine: College is a wonder-

Riley: Ithaca is an awesome com-

ful experience full of new and exciting things. There will be some challenges and some adjustment, but as long as you’re flexible and willing to work hard you’ll do very well. You don’t need to become involved in every single club on campus to make friends. Pick the things you want to do and that make you happy. Spend time with people with similar interests, but be open to meeting new people. Getting involved as much as you can is the single best thing you can do!

munity. Everyone is always smiling around campus and no one is ever too shy to give a simple hello! Becoming involved and being open to experiencing different things is such a great way to make friends. There are so many programs and activities to get involved in at Ithaca—the opportunities are endless. Try new things, and seize every opportunity you have!

Kaylee: Start by doing a Jumpstart program, such as ECHO, because many students speak highly of those experiences. Also, get involved in as many organizations as you can, whether it's a sport or a club—you'll meet new people who may become your best friends. On move-in day, introduce yourself to the other students on your floor. My roommate and I became great friends with some of the people we met on our first night here, and it also gives you people to go to dinner with that first night!

Karin: Remember that it’s alright to take things at your own pace. Some people need to push themselves to meet people, whereas others simply do it. Also, some students have difficulty with time management and find themselves sacrificing work for socializing or vice versa. College can provide you a lot of spare time, and if you deal with it the right way, you'll have plenty of time for everything.

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Experiments The Fusion of Chemistry and Art by ABBY JAMIEL ’11

Photos by Bill Truslow

I am an art history major, but I didn't start out that way. I was originally an exploratory student. During that time I fulfilled my general education requirements. When registering for these classes my adviser informed me about an experimental class called Chemistry and Art. Huh? Chemistry and art? Together? Are they not the oil and water of the academic world? I was intrigued and quickly registered for it.

I guess the echoing question of

“when will I ever use this” does have an answer.

This course certainly was unconventional. First, it was taught by two professors: Gary Wells, associate professor and chair of art history, and Michael Haaf, associate professor of chemistry. The twice-weekly class was almost always divided by subject: Tuesdays were reserved for art history, and Thursdays were designated for chemistry. On art history days we examined the historical and cultural backgrounds of paintings, sculptures, and artists, as well as the artistic contexts of scientific principles and chemical discoveries. We learned,

Students gain hands-on experience in Chemistry and Art.

Fraudulent Art The Taking of Christ Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio

for example, that there was an outstanding presence of the color purple throughout the Impressionist movement because it was during that period that the first synthetic purple paint became widely available. During days focused on chemistry we learned not only chemistry basics but also what the subject can reveal about art. Scientific tools such as X-ray or infrared analysis allow historians and scientists alike to date ancient paper and canvas. In our labs we created artwork with scientific equipment instead of with paints and paintbrushes. We created our own printing plates using a process called etching, which involved engraving a design on a piece of copper and placing it in acid to form a kind of stamp. In another lab we used an electrical current to change the properties of a piece of wire. The wire changed from its original slate gray to a bright sky blue, to a deep purple, to a hot pink magenta. The higher the voltage, the more the color changed. These transformed pieces of wire were then fashioned into our own pair of fashionable and educational earrings. Other labs involved the creation of our own pigments (the tiny particles that give paint its color) and that favorite summer camp activity—ty-dyeing. In addition to creating artwork in a laboratory setting, we took our newly acquired knowledge on the road to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, where we explored the scientific department and conservation labs. We observed conservators restoring ancient

Islamic art and scientists using the same equipment that we used in our own labs to analyze the structure of molecules. I guess the echoing question of “when will I ever use this” does have an answer. The trip, and this class, gave me a glimpse into a possible career that I had never previously considered—art conservation. Most undergraduates are not exposed to art conservation because such classes are typically offered at the graduate level. As a freshman I not only had the opportunity to learn about conservancy but was also able to explore one of the biggest conservation labs in the country at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, making me one very lucky student. I have a feeling Chemistry and Art will end up being one of the most interesting courses I take as an undergraduate. It successfully satisfied my personal curiosities in the field of art conservation as well as my intellectual desires to find a practical unity between two seemingly different areas of inquiry. Finding and exploring these commonalities in our world are the true definition of learning and knowledge.

Art fraud and forgery have been around as long as the discipline of art itself, causing international headaches for museum curators and historians. How are they to know if a classic masterpiece is just that, or an extremely accurate (and far less valuable) copy? The Taking of Christ was investigated for approximately two years after being discovered in the home of Jesuit priests in Ireland. The work underwent intensive cleaning and chemical analysis of its glue, paint, and canvas pigments for verification of time period and region of origin. After a combination of chemical tests and examination by a curator skilled in recognizing the painting characteristics of Caravaggio, the work was deemed legitimate. Although science cannot undeniably prove that the work was painted by Caravaggio’s hand, it places the painting in the correct historical and regional contexts and reveals consistency with the type of paint and canvas used in other Caravaggio pieces.

Discover IC’s other unusual classes at

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Photos by Allison Usavage '12

feature | HOME COOKING

“I love cooking and eating,


so the concept of having

COOKING with the Culinary Arts Club


et’s face it, dining hall food can get a little predictable. Though there is something undeniably comforting about knowing there will be mashed potatoes every other Wednesday, even nongourmet palates tend to crave a bit of culinary adventure. The IC Culinary Arts Club is the perfect refuge for students who long for a custom-made meal. Students who like to cook have the opportunity to use the Tower Club’s professional kitchen to whip up some delicious dishes. The club receives funding from the Student Government Association, and members subsidize their budget by baking and selling pies at the annual Apple Harvest Festival on the Ithaca Commons. The group also hosts the occasional bake sale. The money raised is used for ingredients and cooking supplies for the rest of the year.


The club meets every other week in the Tower Club kitchen. Each meeting has a theme, such as Italian night, Mexican night, or fondue night, and the members attempt to make the culinary classics from scratch. On Italian night, dishes may include such favorites as chicken with fettuccine, chicken parmesan, eggplant parmesan, and lasagna. Mexican night features tequila chicken, empanadas, and quesadillas with chorizo. Fondue night, featuring both savory and sweet dips, is always a hit. Most members get their recipes off the Internet. “It’s really convenient, especially because most students I know don’t have cookbooks in their dorm rooms,” says Shawn Flader ’10, club president. Other members opt to make exotic new concoctions such as Thai pizza, a pizza crust topped with peanut sauce, carrots, bean sprouts, chicken,

a club where I can do both and not have to pay for anything is a dream come true.”

Swiss cheese, and chopped peanuts. These experiments can even turn out better than old standbys. “We didn’t have such good luck with our fettuccine alfredo,” says Flader. “Instead of the alfredo being light and creamy,” he explains, “it was thick and gloppy.” The Tower Club, known for its spectacular views, is the perfect spot for the meetings. It has a fullystocked kitchen, and the dining room provides a place to enjoy the meal. “On the night of the meeting we come in and cook the recipes, then we all sit down and eat it together family style,” says Danine Dibble, the group’s adviser. The group also reaches out to the Ithaca community. They have raised money for Loaves and Fishes, and have cooked and dined with Longview senior community residents.

The lure of delicious food and an after-hours glimpse of the luxurious Tower Club entices students up to the top floor to participate, even on cold winter evenings. “I love cooking and eating, so the concept of having a club where I can do both and not have to pay for anything is a dream come true,” says Flader. “I get the opportunity to have a home-cooked dinner once every two weeks, instead of eating the fairly repetitive dining hall food.” There’s also the kitchen camaraderie that draws members back every meeting, “It’s a very relaxed environment,” says Flader. “Everyone is very cooperative and we help one another. For me, it’s the one time during the week when I don’t have to worry about what homework I have, just about which dishes I want to try the most.”

Do You Fondue? One of the Culinary Club’s favorite nights is fondue night. The retro dip seems complicated, but it’s actually as simple as it is delicious. Perfect for a party or homemade dessert, chocolate fondue is especially easy. Just remember, it’s all fun and games until someone gets burned by boiling chocolate. CHOCOLATE



12 ounces of dark chocolate (chips or roughly chopped if from a block) 8 ounces of heavy cream 1/4 tsp of salt Dippables: strawberries and bananas are fondue classics, but you can try almost anything. Apples, marshmallows, bits of angel food cake are all great options, too. Directions: Warm the cream over moderate heat until tiny bubbles show and begins to lightly and slowly boil. Add the chocolate and whisk until smooth and fully incorporated. Immediately transfer to a fondue pot heated at low or with a low flame, or serve straight from the pot. Arrange your dippables on a platter or plates around the chocolate pot. Use a fondue fork, bamboo skewer, seafood fork, or salad fork to dip the fruit pieces and other dippables into the hot melted cream chocolate mixture. Eat immediately! If the fondue begins to feel a little stiff, add a tablespoon of heavy cream and stir. It will help it go a little longer. Eventually, it will cook down though and you may need to start a new pot.


To learn more, visit and for more recipes visit

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feature | SWIM LESSONS

(Left) Michael Moyer ’12 and (below) Max Duell ’12 work with their swim buddies in class.

SwimLesso by JULIE KOLSON ’11

Photos by Jeff Goodwin '10 and Allison Usavage '12



hrough the years, Ithaca College has developed a strong and meaningful relationship with students and teachers of the Franziska Racker Center, a nonprofit organization founded in 1948 that serves children, adolescents, and adults with special needs. Once a week a group of about 20 young children from the center are bused to IC to work with students in Ithaca’s therapeutic recreation major. The popular course Understanding Disabilities pairs IC students with a disabled child in a therapeutic swim program. The disabilities range from cognitive disability, to mental illness, physical disability, and sensory impairment. For 50 minutes, students work one-on-one with a swim buddy in the indoor pool, gaining an incredible amount of experience in working with a disabled child in an intimate atmosphere. As the weeks progress each student develops a crucial sense of rapport and comfort with their swim buddy. My swim buddy was an energetic yet timid five-year-old girl named Lexie. Her blonde hair and adorable smile quickly won me over. Lexie

CLINICS AND LABS The School of Health Sciences and Human Performance boasts seven labs and clinics where students gain hands-on experience in their fields. Students studying athletic training have access to two facilities that have the combined space of over 1,900 sq. ft. OT and PT students work as aides, supervised by faculty or staff, in the clinic and reception area. The speech and hearing clinic allows students to participate in diagnostic or therapeutic services as part of their education and training, while the Wellness Clinic enhances the practical experiences of exercise and sport science students through guided clinical training. Read more about the clinics at

suffers from a severe case of ADHD, as well as instability on her feet, and other disorders. My objectives were to keep her entertained and to help her feel secure while in my arms. Lexie was enthusiastic about getting into the pool, but once she realized that she was separated from her teachers she frequently displayed a look of panic. Our sessions centered on cultivating Lexie’s comfort level with being in the pool and loosening the dependency on her teachers. My most frequently used teaching tools were Lexie’s heroes, Big Bird and Dora the Explorer. When in the pool, it was those two TV characters that she looked to for comfort and a sense of security. Each week there would be a variety of blow up toys with popular cartoon pictures decorating each float. I would almost always point to the toy displaying Dora the Explorer’s face on it, floating in the deep end. Lexie would then abruptly relax and loosen her grip around my neck. When the semester began we were told that the primary goal was to get each child to feel content in the pool, but it was ok if the child never even set foot in the water. Keeping that in mind, I was both proud and surprised when during our first swim session shy Lexie expressed an immediate interest in going in. However, the next week and for several weeks after that, Lexie was very resistant to getting into the pool for more than a few minutes. As the weeks

progressed there was improvement in her communication and overall trust. We worked on this throughout the semester, and even though we rarely spent a full session in the water, I was satisfied because I saw her confidence increase with each class. Other students in the course had equally fulfilling experiences. “Working with the students at the Racker Center was the most enriching experience I’ve had thus far at Ithaca College,” says fellow classmate Kate Zaleski ’11. “Although the swim program was designed specifically to benefit children with disabilities, I walked away from the program learning just as much from these kids as they learned from me.” I still think of my experience with Lexie fondly and smile. When I first came to Ithaca College, I knew that I wanted to work with kids but after taking this hands-on course my career goals have been solidified. My aim is to work with young children with a variety of disabilities or illnesses in a hospital setting. That passion parallels my current therapeutic recreation major, which focuses on working oneon-one with people of all ages in a variety of settings. Having taken the Understanding Disabilities course, I now have more confidence as I approach graduation. I’m still amazed at how spending just 50 minutes a week for one semester with a five-year-old girl could leave me with such helpful knowledge and lasting memories.

“I walked away from the program learning just as much from these kids as they learned from me.”

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Unique Partnership Brings Students and Seniors Together


ast fall, Sabrina Higgins ’09 traveled to Longview, a residential senior community in Ithaca, twice a week to teach Harold Sweet, 95, how to use a computer. When they began he didn’t even know how to turn it on, but after a few weeks he was emailing with his family. “He didn’t call the computer a ‘monster’ anymore,” Higgins remembers. Though Sweet passed away last year, Higgins says their relationship is her fondest memory of her time at Longview. His family even provided her with a copy of his journal afterwards in which he spoke about her. “I didn’t even know he talked about me to his family,” she says. “In one semester, I made such a difference in his life, and he made one in mine.” Each year, approximately 300 students and 25 faculty members from every school participate in clinical, academic, and volunteer activities with Longview residents. Physical therapy majors work with residents as part of their motor development course, accounting majors help residents with their taxes, and students in communication courses organize events for the residents, just to name a few. “Ithaca College students are really lucky to have such a wonderful facility right up the road to get such great experience,” Higgins says.

For more information on the Longview/Ithaca College Partnership, visit

Students clubs also participate in the partnership. Both the dance club and gymnastics team have performed there. The College’s volunteer organization, Circle K, plays bingo with residents every Monday, and the gerontology club gives residents makeovers as part of their Glam Girls program. Student singers even perform with residents in the intergenerational choir. Integrated marketing communications major Dan Haack ’10 has been volunteering at Longview since his freshman year as part of the Longview Literary Circle program, where



Photos by Jeff Goodwin '10 and Bill Truslow


he and other students gather with residents to read short stories. “It is really fascinating to get the residents’ perspectives,” he explains. “Interacting with senior citizens takes you out of the college bubble where you’re surrounded by your peers. Their wisdom is something you can’t get in the classroom.” Or maybe you can. Besides making appearances in the library, at football games, and at various performances, some Longview residents attend classes on campus. Residents have sat in on history classes to talk about life during the Great Depression and have spoken in aging studies classes about what it’s like growing older. “We like to keep our minds active, while being able to offer stuff to the students,” explains Don Burton, 82. Both Don and his wife, Doris, attend an aging studies class at IC three times per week. Back at Longview, Don participates in the Slice of Life program, in which occupational therapy students and residents teach each other something new. For example, Don teaches the OT students about different plants in the greenhouse while the students teach him how to bake. Doris enjoys the Be Sharp, Stay Sharp program, run by Chris Pogorzala, Ithaca College/Longview coordinator and assistant professor of gerontology. The program engages residents in word, number, memory, and creative activities. “The desire to keep learning and keep social interaction going is all positive for people as they age,” Pogorzala says of these programs. With over 40 programs in place throughout a typical semester, students and residents have many ways to come together and appreciate each other. John Krout, professor of gerontology and the director of the Gerontology Institute at IC says that Ithaca College is one of the few schools that offer students and senior citizens such an interactive experience.

Members from both groups are certainly appreciative of this distinctive collaboration. Don says the students “are young and energetic, and have a fresh outlook on life. It’s very interesting to get to know them.” Visiting Longview is one of Haack’s favorite times during the week. It relieves stress and he values the friendship he has made with his elders, especially his relationship with 75-year-old resident Eleanor Merrifield. “She’s feisty, sassy, on top of her game,” he says. “I’ve spent hours listening to her talk about her life and telling her what was going on in mine.” Participating at Longview is a great choice for incoming students, adds Higgins. "It's a good way to get involved with the community, make a connection, and get advice and wisdom from someone older than you."

“Interacting with senior citizens takes you out of the college bubble where you’re surrounded by your peers. Their wisdom is something you can’t get in the classroom.”

John Krout was honored by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education for founding and directing a task force aimed at incorporating aging studies into K-12 curricula. Krout believes children should learn about aging at a young age, when they start forming views of people. “Many children pick up on negative stereotypes about aging and this can affect their interest in older people and careers in aging,” says Krout. “It is also important for children to begin to understand what happens as they age.” fuse | | summer 2009 • 17


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any students are drawn to big cities when it comes to internships, but it’s not necessary to travel far and wide to do something worthwhile for your future. John O’Hara ’09 learned that last fall while interning with the Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA).

The DIA is a nonprofit organization that serves as a liaison between the businesses in downtown Ithaca, and strives to revitalize and develop downtown. Through the work of the DIA, businesses in Ithaca come together to put on events for the Ithaca community, such as the Apple Harvest Festival (a.k.a. Applefest), the Chili Cook-Off, and the Holiday Parade of Ice. These well-known events, attended by members of the Ithaca community and IC students alike, take a lot of hard work and preparation, which O’Hara learned firsthand. O’Hara is a business administration major with a management concentration and minor in legal studies. Originally hired as the retail operations intern, he became the events and marketing intern when the sponsor left. Although this position didn’t exactly match his field of study, O’Hara quickly

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realized that management carries over into events and marketing. “I saw how a lot of management techniques I learned in class apply to the behind-the-scenes work,” O’Hara explains.

Although his official title carried the word “intern,” O’Hara was treated as anything but. His job responsibilities paralleled those of his manager, Vicki Taylor, the events and marketing director, and he maintained a great deal of independence on the job. He enjoyed the balance between office duties and working with clients face-toface, and he quickly learned that people skills, energy, and a good personality are a must when working in events planning. O’Hara started his internship just prior to the DIA’s biggest event of the season, Applefest, held in late September. He was thrown right into the crucial planning and execution stages of the event, discovering that there’s much more than meets the eye to these productions. “You have to work with the local government, New York State officials, and all the vendors, making sure everything is by the books and meets specific codes,” he explains. For example, Applefest brings thousands

of people and dozens of vendors to the Ithaca Commons for one weekend. Only O’Hara and Taylor were in charge of these vendors. Details such as tabling proximity and location of vendors on the street had to be configured to the inch.

Many of O’Hara’s responsibilities involved communication with other businesses and marketing the DIA. He served as the face of the DIA, speaking with vendors, cold calling, and soliciting feedback at events. O’Hara was also put in charge of a downtown Ithaca gift cards proposal, putting more of his business knowledge to work. His favorite part of the whole experience, however, was the actual events. “Seeing the culmination of all your work, seeing it all happen, it’s a rewarding feeling,” he says with pride. This internship was O’Hara’s second. Last summer, he worked as a management trainee at Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Norwood, Massachusetts. From working with insurance companies, contracts, and doing credit checks, to working the front line, and even washing cars, O’Hara kept the customers happy and business operations running smoothly. The company’s slogan “Enterprise will pick you up,” was a standard that


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Tips to nail that interview You got the call for an interview, but now what? Stefany Fattor, the School of Business internship program director, shares some essential tips sure to make you stand out from the rest of the pack. › Research companies Some of the best internships can be found by doing research and looking for opportunities in non-traditional places, including classified ads, alumni online communities, and the Yellow Pages. Other good resources are the Office of Career Services and your school’s internship coordinator.

O’Hara experienced himself. “Many times I would take the car right to the customer.” On one occasion, he got to go into the New England Patriots locker room to bring a player a car. Another time he brought a car to singer Kenny Chesney’s bus driver and got a tour of the bus.

› Network Networking is the art of making connections. From the moment you arrive at IC, you should be reaching out to alumni and other professionals for advice and information. Maintain those relationships so that when it becomes time to find an internship you have a strong network of people to approach.

“I realized how important service and trust are in companies. People paid for our good service, and some people would drive an hour just to deal with our branch,” he says. O’Hara took this to heart and made lasting impressions with many customers. His name was mentioned twice in a quality survey distributed to customers, and he now has a great networking opportunity within the company. “The greatest thing about these internships is experiencing the intangible things you don’t learn in class,” he says. Whether it’s working with a large corporation or a small partnership, there truly is no better preparation than handson experience.

Photo by Mike Grippi '10


› Customize your resume A great resume and cover letter do not get you an internship. They get you an interview. So don’t send the same resume and cover letter to all potential employers. Tailor your cover letter and resume to the company to which you are applying. The job description of the position you are applying for and the company values you learned while researching the position should dictate what you highlight.

Interested in a career in business? See what internship opportunities could await you at business/internships.

› Impress Know as much about the company as possible before you go to the interview. Find out as much as you can about what it takes to succeed in that company so you can prove you have those traits. › Prepare

answers and practice out loud Make sure your answers are concise and give specific examples of your successes.

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Shop Smart, Save

Higher education isn’t cheap, but by using these tips and tricks day-to-day dorm living doesn’t have to break the bank.



Judging from what’s in the news these days, it seems like everyone is worried about making ends meet. The current financial crisis, rising food and energy costs, and increasing unemployment rates are on most people’s minds, and college students are no exception. Living on your own can be difficult when money is tight. The good news is that it’s easy—and even fun—to save money once you know how. Here are a few of our favorite ways to keep your piggy bank from squealing.

Shop the Internet The deals and steals you can find on the web are endless—if you know where to look. Elliott Feedore ’09, found a hidden resource on Facebook.

“I was invited to a free food events group that includes moneysaving giveaways like sandwiches at McDonalds,” says Feedore. Other helpful sites include, which has local deals, services, and sellers directly connected to the Ithaca area, and, which is the product of bargain hunters’ efforts to find the best savings on essentials like USB drives, cookware, clothing, and furniture from major retailers throughout the United States.

Shop Local Ithaca’s vibrant downtown offers some serious steals. Local stores offer vintage clothing and secondhand bookstores where you can get a trendy outfit or a text for class on the cheap. Local Ithaca food vendors often beat the big stores in taste—the pastries and baked goods sold by Ithaca locals, especially the Amish, often sell for cheaper than their counterparts at the local chain supermarkets— and they taste better, too!

Shop Around for Textbooks The campus bookstore is not your only option. Since book lists are posted ahead of time on the bookstore’s website along with textbook pricing and availability, it’s easy for the bargain-hunting student to shop around. Check the price listings at Borders and Barnes & Noble, both of which are in town and easily accessible by bus. Can’t find deals at these places? Online book sellers like or offer hundreds of used textbooks that cost much less than what you’d pay for new books. As long as you make sure you’ve got all the class materials your professor requires, shopping at alternative book sellers is a great option. Who wants to wait in the long line at the bookstore, anyway?

essentials for college life can come cheaper than you think. TIOLI, short for take it or leave it, is an Ithaca College yard sale that happens at the beginning of the fall semester. You’ll find everything you need for dorm life, from floor lamps to bookcases to notebooks to electronics, all at garage sale prices. Ithaca Freecycle is an email list where Ithacans post items for that they no longer want. It’s a great way to get the stuff you need for your dorm for free. Participate in the proud Ithaca tradition of reusing and recycling! Living on a tight budget is hard but a little creativity can go a long way toward living at school in style. Higher education isn’t cheap, but by using these tips and tricks—and developing a few of your own—daily dorm living doesn’t have to break the bank.

Recycle It’s hard to ignore the fact that recycling used goods is a way of life for Ithaca residents. Fortunately for you, this habit means that the

Find even more tips to save dough at

Photos courtesy of Victoria Tidmarch '04 and Jaimie Trueblood/HBO

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GOOD TV Ithaca Alums Bring HBO’s True Blood to Life. fuse | | summer 2009 • 21

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Victoria Tidmarch '04 and Chris Salamone '01 on the set of True Blood.

“The L.A. program was very valuable to me. It gave me a taste of the industry, and it was that experience that made me confident enough to come out here [after graduation].”


he HBO series True Blood, a show about vampires and the inhabitants of a small Louisiana town, is known for its interesting characters and great special effects. It takes a massive amount of people to bring the show to life, two of whom are Ithaca College alums. Victoria Tidmarch ’04 was a cinema and photography major at IC, where she worked on film projects of her own as well as other student productions. Her interest in film led her to the Park School’s L.A. program, where she interned for an agent who represented cinematographers. “The L.A. program was very valuable to me,” says Tidmarch. “It gave me a taste of the industry, and it was that experience that made me confident enough to come out here [after graduation].” Prior to True Blood Tidmarch worked as a camera assistant on the pilot of the show Life, and on the movie Prom Night. Then she was offered a job as a film loader on the True Blood pilot. When the show was picked up, she stayed on the set as a camera assistant. While the work is hard and the hours are long, Tidmarch loves it. In fact, she says True Blood is probably the biggest project she’s worked on to date. An average day on set runs 14 to 15 hours—some days she shoots from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., since the show has a lot of night scenes.

Those longs hours can take their toll, though. “It’s really exhausting because I have to be there earlier than everyone else to set up, break down, and send the film to the lab. I can’t really sit down all day,” she explains. While Tidmarch is busy filming the show, fellow IC alum Chris Salamone ’01 is working behind the scenes as a grip. “[Grips] are the go-to guys on set,” Salamone explains. “We are in charge of all non-electrical lighting, lighting control, lighting color, and light shaping. We are also in charge of camera rigging, camera movement, stage rigging, stage lighting, and on-set construction. Anytime you see a shot in motion, a grip is behind it.” Salamone, who was a writing major, didn’t participate in the L.A. program, but moved out there soon after graduation to pursue his career in the entertainment industry. He held many jobs before becoming a grip on True Blood, working as an extra on shows including Scrubs and ER, and as a production assistant on others, where he learned how all the equipment worked. He’s also worked on such popular shows as Heroes, Pushing Daisies, Californication, and CSI. Much like Tidmarch’s, Salamone’s days as a grip are long.

“A typical day would be waking up at 5:00 a.m., driving to location or stage, and off-loading our 48-foot truck with the tools we need throughout the day,” he explains. “There is so much equipment that we have our own language.” The work is demanding, but Salamone says that the best part of working on True Blood is the talented crew. “Having a great crew makes it a lot of fun to come into work each day, despite the workload. Plus, if you’ve seen the show, you know we have a lot of laughs and a good time creating the special effects,” he says. While Tidmarch and Salamone are pursuing their goals on the West Coast they haven’t forgotten about what it was like to live in Ithaca— or what it was like to be a student. “There’s a certain magic, and an energy about Ithaca that sticks with you forever,” says Salamone. “I was blessed to make a number of friends outside of my department. Those friends helped ease the transition out of Ithaca into Los Angeles, as most of my best friends caravanned out here with me and are still a major part of my life.” “I’m still in touch with students who graduated my year and are out here,” Tidmarch adds. “It makes me proud to know that others have come out here from Ithaca to make a living.” Even if that living is with the undead.

WHAT IS A GRIP? A grip is someone who works closely with the camera department and the electrical department behind the scenes on a TV or film set.

THERE ARE SEVERAL TYPES OF GRIPS: Dolly Grip Operates the dolly, a piece of equipment designed for smooth camera shots.

Construction Grip Responsible for setting up and tearing down the set.

Key Grip The head honcho of the grips. This is the go-to guy.


Freshman Wrestler Named Rookie of the Year

Lauren Botterbusch ‘10

Best of the Empire Women’s swimming and diving team member Lauren Botterbusch ’10 was named Empire 8 Swimmer of the Year for 2008–09. She was a four-time All-American at the 2009 NCAA Division III Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships, the Swimmer of the Meet at the 2009 Empire 8 Championships, and a five-time Empire 8 Swimmer of the Week honoree. She recently finished third in the 100-yard breaststroke at the NCAA Division III Women's Swimming & Diving Championships with a time of 1:03.87 in the championship finals, earning first-team all-America honors.

Freshman Named Rookie of the Year Swimmer Antoine Connors ’12 was named Empire 8 Rookie of the Year for 2008–09 after also earning Rookie of the Meet designation at the Empire 8 championships. He won the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle at the Empire 8 and Upper New York State Collegiate Swimming Association championship meet, and was part of Ithaca’s 200-yard freestyle relay team that won conference and state titles. Connors currently holds the school record in the 100yard freestyle and 50-yard freestyle. The Bombers finished second overall in the Upper New York State Collegiate Swimming Association and Empire 8 standings, set three school records, and made five NCAA B provisional qualifying standards during the championship meet. The second-place finish in the association standings is the Bombers’ highest since they won the meet in 2004.

Seth Ecker ’12 has been named Empire Collegiate Wrestling Conference (ECWC) Rookie of the Year. He earned all-America honors at the NCAA Championships, won the season-opening Ithaca Invitational, and was named the meet’s Most Outstanding Wrestler, earning Wrestler of the Week honors from the ECWC and He later won the ECWC title to earn an automatic bid to nationals.

WOMEN’S TRACK Ra c e s A w a y w i t h A w a rds Bombers athletes swept the Empire 8 women’s indoor track and field awards. Marcia McCord ’11 won her second straight Track Athlete of the Year Award, while Emma Dewart ’12 was named Field Athlete of the Year and Rookie of the Year.

Emma Dewart ‘12

McCord won Empire 8 titles in both the 55- and 200-meter dashes. She was named Track Athlete of the Meet at the New York State Collegiate Track Conference Championships, where she won the 55- and 200meter dashes, as well as the long and triple jump, and was ECAC champion in the 400meter dash. During the 2008–09 season, she set four Ithaca records in the 60-meter dash, 300-meter dash, long jump, and triple jump. Dewart won the pentathlon at both the NYSCTC and ECAC championships and garnered all-state accolades in the 55meter dash, 55-meter hurdles, long jump, and high jump.

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› Real the

Q&As with the Fuse staff


Q: Can I take music lessons if I’m not a music major?


Q: What is orientation like? A:

Orientation is your three-day introduction to IC. It’s your chance to experience dorm life, attend presentations on general topics, such as campus safety and residential life, as well as school- and major-specific sessions. You’ll meet your faculty adviser and register for classes for the fall semester. You’ll get your school ID card and your schedule. And there will be social activities to help you meet other incoming freshmen and connect on a more personal level. More information on orientation can be found at

Q: I am a night owl. What is open late on campus?


Lucky for you, college is a place where staying up late is not only acceptable but necessary. If you are looking for food, BJ’s convenience store located in the Towers is open until 2:00 a.m. every day. Also, Mac's General Store, in Phillips Hall, is open until 10:00 p.m. every day except Sunday, when it closes at 4:00 p.m. If you’re looking for a place to do work, the library doesn't close until 2:00 a.m. most days of the week and Friends Hall has a computer lab that is open 24/7. For those of you who are up all night, remember one thing: Pajamas are acceptable attire for class! MAGGIE HIBMA ’09


Q: Do I have to take placement exams?


All incoming students are required to take a math placement exam in order to be placed in suitable math or computer science courses. If you’ve studied foreign languages, it’s a good idea to take a language placement test, even if you’re not sure whether you want to take a language in college. Music majors are also required to take special placement exams. For more information on placement exams, check out sacl/new_student/incomingfirstyear.

Yes! The School of Music offers some instrumental and voice lessons, either in classes or one-on-one, every semester. You can also access a large network of IC alumni who give music lessons outside of official College classes. The best way to find out about lesson options is to call the School of Music office or send them an email. Visit to learn more. SHANAN GLANDZ ’09

Q: Are there any on-campus apartments for students?


The Circle and Garden Apartments are fully furnished, independent living options for upperclassmen. The Circles are air conditioned, carpeted, private-entrance units while the Garden Apartments have a small kitchen, bathroom, and living/sleeping area, and either a patio or balcony. Incoming students may live in a single, double, or triple room in any of the other residence halls on campus. You can also choose to live in the First-Year Residence Hall Program. For more, visit COURTNEY M. CLEMENTE ’09



Circle Apartments

Ithaca at a Glance Ithaca offers a first-rate education on a first-name basis. Learn what you love from stellar faculty; start a club, intern at your dream job, or spend a semester halfway around the world—whatever course you set, you’ll love what you do. At Ithaca you’ll have lots of choices and plenty of opportunities to find your passion in life. LOCATION In the center of the Finger Lakes region of New York State, our modern campus is 60 miles north of Binghamton and 60 miles south of Syracuse. The city of Ithaca is home to about 47,000 residents and neighboring Cornell University. STUDENT BODY 6,000 undergraduates and 400 graduate students from 48 states, 3 U.S. territories, and 78 countries. Over 70 percent of students live on Ithaca’s hilltop campus, which overlooks Cayuga Lake.

FACULTY 463 full-time faculty and 216 part-time faculty STUDENT-FACULTY RATIO 12 to 1 ACADEMIC PROFILE 49 percent of current freshmen rank in the top 15 percent of their high school class. The high school average of most admitted students ranges from B+ to A.

PROGRAMS OF STUDY With more than 100 degree programs to choose from, Ithaca has something for everyone. To learn more about each school and the majors it offers, visit the websites below. A complete list of majors can be found on the admission website at SCHOOL

School of Business




Roy H. Park School of Communications


School of Health Sciences and Human Performance


School of Humanities and Sciences


School of Music


Division of Interdisciplinary and International Studies


For details about Ithaca’s application process, financial aid, tuition, and more, please visit


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Top 5 Reasons to Visit Ithaca This Summer

1 Our friendly tour guides are standing by to show off our beautiful campus.

2 There’s almost no chance of snow.

3 It’s a fabulous time to enjoy Cayuga Lake and picnic, hike, or bike in our famous gorge parks.

4 The area is buzzing with local festivals, theater productions, and other activities to keep your parents out of your hair.

Fuse is a green publication. Read it and recycle it. Or better yet—share it with a friend! Fuse uses 23,169 lbs of paper that has a postconsumer recycled percentage of 25 percent: 48.65 trees preserved for the future • 140.5 lbs waterborne waste not created • 20,667 gallons wastewater flow saved • 2,287 lbs solid waste not generated • 4,503 lbs net greenhouse gases prevented • 34,463,888 BTUs energy not consumed. The use of 100 percent wind power equates to these environmental savings: 3,991 lbs of 2 CO emissions not generated • 2,714 miles of automobile travel saved • The equivalent of 213 trees planted.

5 It’s way better than vacationing with your crazy relatives.

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