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Drugs, economic development, and housing were just some of the issues discussed at a debate between the three candidates competing for Ithaca Common Council’s First Ward. Incumbent Alderperson Cynthia Brock is running for re-election on the Democratic and Working Families line. Her challengers are Anthony Hayton, of the Operation West Hill line, and James Lukasavage, of the Ithaca New Cynics line. The three candidates met Friday night at the Southside Community Center for a debate hosted by the Tompkins County League of Women Voters. The First Ward stretches from South Hill to West Hill. What is the Common Council and…

Key Points: National Coming Out Day is recognized on Oct. 11 Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick works to fight against LGBT and racial injustices in the Ithaca community LGBTQ+ is a large and growing community on the Ithaca College campus The Ithaca College Center for LGBT Education, Outreach, and Services hosted a talk with Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick on Oct. 11. Every year, in honor of National Coming Out Day, the center invites a speaker to discuss today’s current issues and solutions to problem facing the LGBT community. “We are working to make Ithaca as friendly and as inclusive as we…

Ithaca College junior Joe Cruz speaks on being both an activist and an ally: a Mexican-American advocating for the rights of a community that he feels at once connected to and removed from. “I needed to take action.” After hearing of the deportation of Jose Guzman-Lopez last spring, a Mexican immigrant in Ithaca, New York (which had declared itself a sanctuary city), Joe Cruz felt compelled to take immediate action in advocating for the rights of immigrants and Latin Americans in the United States. Being from the border state of Texas, Cruz is all too familiar with deportation incidents, but…

KEY POINTS: Students say news coverage of natural disasters in region for minimized impact expected prior to storm, instead focusing more on ‘domestic’ concerns for Florida. News coverage of Mexico, Caribbean nations and especially Puerto Rico during Hurricane’s Maria and Irma highlighted ignorance of Puerto Rico’s role in U.S., in some people’s eyes.

Sept. 27, 2017: Facing mounting racial tensions on campus, Cornell University struggles to balance free speech and student safety. After multiple racially-charged incidents on Cornell’s campus in the past few weeks, members of the university’s Student Assembly are calling on the administration to issue a meaningful response that will prevent future attacks on students of color and live up to the school’s claims to valuing a diverse community. One incident involved students shouting “build a wall” outside of the Latino Living Center on campus, and a few days later a black Cornell student was verbally harassed by a group of white students, which turned into…

When voters in New York go to the polls this November, they will cast a decision on a question that comes up once every 20 years: whether or not to hold a constitutional convention. If voters agree to a convention, delegates would be sent to Albany with the opportunity to alter the state government and constitution. For Sean Hillson, a convention represents the chance for the younger generation to improve the state. “We’re going to be the ones inheriting it and we don’t have to carry over everything from a bygone era just because it was,” Hillson said. “We can…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuZSwJWWcH8&t=3s It is not often that Independent candidates are able to gain significant traction or the needed support to make it far, or become noticed at all, in an election cycle. This is true from local all the way to federal elections. However, in Central New York State, two young Independent candidates have made headway in their local elections. An Independent Mayor for Syracuse Ben Walsh, a “lifelong independent,” decided to run for mayor of Syracuse after spending six years working as the city’s Economic Development Director. It was there that he found a passion for local city politics, though…

By Guillaume Gentil and Mark Prowse Immigration continues to be a hot-button issue in the United States. With the Trump administration making changes to the H-1B visa work program last month in March 2017 and imposing travel restrictions on citizens from certain countries, many immigrants look to different ways to secure their position in the U.S. The primary people affected by the changes in the visa program are companies which outsource their labor and the people who depend on H-1B visas for work, according to CNN Money writers Jackie Wattles and Parija Kavilanz. Part of President Trump’s reasoning according to…