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Most would not be surprised if they went to a party, stated that they intended to consume alcohol, and as a result were asked to forfeit their keys, drunk driving having gained attention as a public health issue over the past few decades. What if, like drunk driving, sexual assault – in all …

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Greetings, students!  We welcome you and your debit cards to our fair city.  For those of you that are here for the first time, we’d like to ease you through that period of transition when newcomers are feeling their way in an unfamiliar environment.  Every place has its own culture, and to …

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You’ll often find Connor McNeish, a senior at Ithaca College, eating Bandwagon Pub’s salty fries during their three-dollar Wednesday night fry special. You can also find him frequently strolling the Commons on the first Friday of every month for the Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA) Gallery Night.  

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Sororities, fraternities and college town bars are waking from their summer slumbers this week as thousands of students arrive in Ithaca, many for the first time, as classes begin at Cornell University and Ithaca College. First-year students will revel in their new city, meeting friends and …

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If you are a matriculating university student that’s interested in getting to know your town before donning the graduation gown, the Collegetown Neighborhood Council is a body that exists for students, faculty, and residents to talk over the issues that arise when students and townspeople li…

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The town-gown divide is the stuff of legend. In medieval Oxford scuffles between students and town residents escalated into an all-out riot. In Cornell: A History, 1940-2015, writers and professors Isaac Kramnick and Glenn Altshuler return repeated to the topic of relations between the unive…

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With the arrival of thousands of students come thousands of hours of showers, electricity use, and empty beer cans. Local institutions are doing their best to develop programming specifically geared towards instilling sustainable habits to not only make their campus as environmentally friend…

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Last December, just after moving back to Ithaca, my computer broke. With no warning, it suddenly refused to turn on. As a journalist, my computer is pretty much my lifeblood, so I was predictably distraught. I’d lost my stories for the week! 

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There are three community radio stations in Ithaca, if you define “community” as those stations largely run by volunteers and independent of corporate affiliation. In two cases, WVBR-FM (95.3) and WICB-FM (91.7), these are student-run stations at Cornell and Ithaca College, respectively. The…

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The student, since the modern university’s inception, is supposed to carry on traditions that include study of the classics, raising hell with the townfolk, and living in crushing poverty. Alas, sleeping under nothing but an overcoat with a candle for one’s white light and heat is nothing bu…

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I went to college in the late 1970s and early ‘80s. What a difference a decade makes. Anita H. Harris graduated from Cornell in 1970 and her Ithaca Diaries: Coming of Age in the 1960s is a chronicle of her four years of travail at an Ivy League institution where coeds were outnumbered four t…

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Preventing rape and other forms of sexual assault at colleges has become a hot button issue in the wake of the Obama administration’s “It’s On Us” campaign. In September 2014 the White House described it as “an awareness campaign to help put an end to sexual assault on college campuses.”

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Whether you’re looking for food, art, history, public transit, music, or local attractions, Ithaca is a great place to be. It’s also a great place to be with a smartphone because there are Ithaca-centric smartphone apps to help you get all of those things and more. Here’s a rundown of a samp…

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In the interest of broadening your horizons, why don’t you get on your bike (or a Big Red Bike), in your car, or on the bus and roll down East or South hill and check out the rest of the world beyond the campus.  

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The student outdoor clubs on East and South hills couldn’t be more different. The Cornell Outing Club is one of the oldest student organizations at the university and the documents that detail its history are actually cataloged in archives of the Kroch Library. The Ithaca College equivalent …

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When you’re paying tens of thousands of dollars a year on a college education, it is easy to miss an additional $200 charge. That’s why the term Student Activity Fee (SFA) might be news to many students, even if they’re already paying it. According to policy created by the students, at Corne…