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– 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…

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…

A soft light shined down on Suzannah Van Gelder’s long, curly red hair. She stood behind a podium, and tightly held a sheet of paper. “Silent is the aftermath of a school shooting,” Van Gelder said, as her hands gripped the podium. The full crowd fell silent. “An Orlando nightclub shooting. A Las Vegas concert shooting. So…I have these thoughts.” Van Gelder, a member of Spit That!, Ithaca College’s spoken word poetry club, shared her poem during a recent performance at Ithaca College. Her poem, “The New Communion,” addresses gun violence and male dominance in American history. “I just wanted…

The Calm Before the Storm A quiet warehouse on Esty Street in downtown Ithaca is filled to the brim with books. This is the calm before the storm. “Twice a year, we collect stuff, and we have a book sale for what we’ve collected,” said Kathy Weinburg,  coordinator of the Friends of the Tompkins County Public Library book sale. Weinburg weaves through the aisles of books, showing off each of the 70 expertly sorted sections. With only two days until the first day of the sale, every shelf is filled, and books overflow onto boxes on the floor. “We take…

https://youtu.be/sz6wkD-GJ78 The Ithaca Art Trail features the studios of 30 local artists. The studios are free to visit, and engaging with the artists is encouraged. Two of the artists on the trail are Dede Hatch, and Barbara Mink. Dede Hatch Dede Hatch was introduced to photography by her father, who was in the military. He used photography to document his travels. Living in Hawaii for a few years was another catalyst for her photography. Hatch enjoys taking pictures of all kinds of subjects, and she finds it difficult to categorize herself as one type of photographer. “I’m just drawn to things that…

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