Category: Opinion

  • SCHECHTER | The Land Grant Act Needs A Sequel

    About every other day, I walk up to a short, old building made of Ithaca bluestone, quarried from the bottom of the slope. It’s an attractive building, named after a lover of architecture, but usually fails to catch students’ eyes. It’s old and solid, sitting in a line of buildings called “Stone Row.” The famous…

  • EDITORIAL | The Futile Cycle of DACA Rhetoric

    Newsletter Signup From 2008 to 2021, the United States southern border apprehended approximately half a million children and teens every year. Children from Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, El Salvador and more have fled their countries due to poverty, violence, crime and especially a lack of education. During his presidency, Barack Obama tasked his administration to deepen…

  • SENZON | Running the Risk of Injury

    I’ll just go for an easy run — it will all be fine.  These are the words I told myself after waking up from my weekly Saturday run with slight hip pain.  Running is a high-impact sport, which means many runners run the risk of injury throughout their careers. Unlike many long-time athletes, I started…

  • KOH | Cornell’s Community Day: There Was No Restoration   

    The month of November began with a ping: an email to the entire student body, faculty and staff declaring a “Community Restorative Day”. In response to “extraordinary stress of the past few weeks” — which included the Israeli-Palestinian humanitarian crisis and war, brewing political tensions on campus and antisemitic threats scattered throughout campus and online…

  • SWENSON | Inside the Boardroom

    Newsletter Signup Cornell’s Board of Trustees has 64 voting members, which is the largest in the Ivy-League and the composition is unique among all institutions of higher education. There are representatives from the student, employee, faculty and alumni constituencies of Cornell, as well as from the State of New York, including the governor, and from…

  • WEIRENS | Split Pants to Fast Splits: Reclaiming Health in College  

    First year students aren’t known for being a picture of good health. The lifestyle of college students in general is characterized with “Freshman 15”, sleep deprivation, midnight junk food feasts and hours of sedentary studying. I’d say it’s a rite of passage, at least for the students I’ve seen at Cornell, to get a bit flabbier,…

  • SCHWARZ | The Israel-Hamas War and the Effect on the American Jewish Experience

    If Israel ought to be abolished because it is guilty of displacing native inhabitants, then the same should go for the United States or Australia, among many other countries. If Israel is racist, then how is it that more than half of Israeli Jews have non-Ashkenazi roots, because their ancestors came from places like Iran, Yemen and Ethiopia?…

  • LEVIN | My Grandfather Couldn’t Come to Cornell. But I’m Here Now

    Howard Levin, my grandfather, was 17 years old when he lied to the Army recruiter about his age. The year was 1942 — the height of the Second World War. Adolf Hitler commanded the fiercest army on Earth with the promise of mechanistically eradicating every single Jew. Crematoria, gas chambers, firing squads, drowning, death marches…

  • WILSON | Patrick Kuehl’s Secret Common Council Run Is Undemocratic

    Newsletter Signup On Nov. 7, elections were held for multiple Ithaca Common Council positions, including incumbent Jorge DeFendini’s current seat in the Fourth Ward. DeFendini was roundly understood by members of the public to be running unopposed for the seat — no other candidate had registered to appear on the ballot, publicly stated their intention…

  • TEBBUTT | Robin’s Song

    Ever since surviving my first winter here in Ithaca, I have learned to recognise the song of the robin (Turdus migratorius) as a welcome signal of spring. The warm trills vie with the sun to chase the snowdrifts back up and over the lakes, clearing the way for the brighter days to come. By Halloween,…