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On Oct. 26, a launch party for the book NY Votes for Women: A Suffrage Centennial Anthology was held at the History Center of Tompkins County Tompkins County legislature declared 2017 the “Year of the Woman” to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York state 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the passing of the women’s suffrage act in New York state. Stacey Murphy and Nora Snyder, leaders of the Writer’s Block Party, which is a group of writers in the Ithaca community, were inspired by the idea of the centennial, especially after Tompkins County legislature decided to…

– The Cornell Fashion Collective puts together a fashion show every spring semester for an audience of 5,000 people. – The collective is student-run and features pieces designed by Cornell University students. – CFC spends time giving back to the community through volunteer programs. Cornell University senior Olivia Freidman will spend countless hours every week until March in front of a sewing machine, pushing the needle in and out of garments. She will decide on a theme, design 10 to 12 garments and, finally, chose stage elements she wants for when she displays her work to 5,000 audience members. Freidman…

https://youtu.be/hkcSYY3ci40 When Ithaca College sophomore Michael Zilvetti isn’t doing schoolwork, he’s designing and promoting his own fashion line. His brand,  Barbed New York, is set to launch on Nov. 18. An official look book will be out on Nov. 11. The idea for Barbed came out of a high school math classroom where Zilvetti doodled in his notebook to pass the time. “Out of those doodles, this kind of idea of barbed wire as a symbol came out,” Zilvetti said. As he went onto college to pursue integrated marketing communications, Zilvetti grew an interest in bringing those sketches to life through wearable art. “I was…

Key Points: Spoken word poet performs at Ithaca College Speaks about his experience in the prison system Articulates the importance of poetry as an art form The crowd sat scattered throughout the room. But within 30 seconds of taking the stage, Amin Drew Law moved the audience up to the front of the room and had them snapping along to his booming delivery of spoken word poetry. Law performed at Ithaca College on Oct. 26 in front of more than 30 people. The event was put together by IC Books Thru Bars, a student-run organization that sends books to prisons based on incarcerated individuals’ requests,…

Key Points: The Range is a permanent home to the House of Merlot, a drag show in Ithaca New York After the 2016 presidential election, members of The House of Merlot found it difficult to find bars that would hold drag shows in Ithaca. There are no official gay bars in Ithaca, NY. Nor are there any exclusive spaces for drag shows in Ithaca. “The Range has come to mean a range of activities and people” -Cass Medcalf https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bb5rWZuIoMw The Range in downtown Ithaca does not seem like an ordinary place to hold a drag show. With deer heads mounted on the…

Diwali is the five-day festival of lights celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains across the world. The International Club organized a Diwali celebration Oct. 25 for all to experience the traditional festival of new beginnings, the triumph of good over evil, and light over darkness. At the Diwali celebration there was a large dance floor for everyone and also henna and rangoli stations for people to spend more intimate time together. Anushka Rajbhndari, graphic designer for the International Club, was in charge of the henna station. According to Rajbhndari, henna is made up of “the dried leaves of the plant…

KEY POINTS The Ithaca College Gamer Symphony Orchestra plays music from popular video games. The group’s first performance this semester is on Wednesday, November 1. The group shares a love for video games and sees its music as its own art form. Inside Ford Hall at Ithaca College’s Whalen School of Music, there are only a few people in the seats. Instrument cases are scattered everywhere, and the student performers are on the stage. It’s dress rehearsal; they are wearing their everyday clothes, sitting in chairs with their instruments, tuning them and getting ready for their cue. The conductor raises…

https://youtu.be/PxRBHBdud3w Kyra Skye flips through a battered palm-sized notebook with a smile on her face. It’s traveled across the country with her. This past summer, Skye went on a month-long tour as the bassist of the band, Izzy True. She used her journal to document each night of her musical journey, gluing in set lists and concert bills, making doodles and jotting down lyrics. “I want to document it all. I don’t want to forget anything,” Skye said. “I know I’m going to keep doing amazing things and I want to document the journey.” Skye became part of Izzy True after she…

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