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The conversation series ‘Ask Big Questions’ returns to Ithaca College as “preventative medicine” to strengthen the sense of community both across campus and nationally. Oct. 25, 2017 — Students slowly filed in to the lobby of Emerson Suites, a large event hall at Ithaca College, and checked in at a table cloaked in a white cloth, accented with signs that read “Ask Big Questions” in bold letters. They grabbed a blank name tag that had a random number written in the corner; their table assignment. After adding their name and placing the tag on their chest, they proceeded into the large…

Key Points Primitive Pursuits is a non-profit program that teaches a wide variety of age groups wilderness skills education and survival skills. The Wilderness Skills Basic I course is taught every Friday and encourages its students to deepen their connections with the natural world for a life-long relationship. Justin Sutera, instructor of the course, also teaches Homeschool Programs, Summer Programs, workshops and Instructor training programs. Primitive Pursuits A group of six strangers were led deep into the Shindagin Hollow State Forest early Friday morning with a similar mission: to better themselves in nature and to use the planet’s most treasured…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DWD8o28c5s Key Points: Approximately half of the volunteer firefighters at the Cayuga Heights Fire Department are Cornell University students. The Cayuga Heights Fire Department hosted its annual Open House on Oct. 7 to engage with the community and spark more interest in volunteering. Growing up in California, Cornell University sophomore Boris Botchev spent much of his free time fighting wildfires in the forests and surrounding areas of where he lived. Upon arriving at Cornell University in 2016, Botchev’s passion for firefighting brought him to the Cayuga Heights Fire Department (CHFD), an all-volunteer department located just north of the Cornell campus.…

It is the second Monday of October, the banks are closed, no mail has been delivered, Columbus Day is not the holiday the city of Ithaca is celebrating. Instead, it is Indigenous Peoples’ Day. If you need a refresher on the debate behind Christopher Columbus and the controversy surrounding the holiday, watch the video from Comedy Central’s Adam Ruins Everything show below. On Sept. 7 the Ithaca City Common Council unanimously voted to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day in place of Columbus Day. The change came about due to a growing desire from the community to recognize native peoples’ history in North America. Attendees…

Key Points Ithaca Generator, a downtown makerspace, hosted a 12-hour-long dance-out Over $1,000 in donations went to Ithaca Generator’s expansion, including adding a pottery studio and a machine shop  Dancing for eight hours straight, followed by participating in a two-hour dance competition and then a final hour of moving to the music, Ithaca local Zachary Bouchard didn’t let the exhausting pace slow him down. From 10am until 10pm in Downtown Ithaca’s Press Bay Alley, Bouchard and other community members came together to dance while raising money for the non-profit community makerspace, Ithaca Generator. The organization hosted its first Dance-Out, a…

Barbara and Mark Sodums are the owners of Shepherd’s Creek Farms, a small establisihment located in Trumansburg that specializes in raising alpacas. Barbara, a former teacher, and Mark, a cardiologist, first discovered the alpaca lifestyle in 2003 and said they immediately fell in love. They now care for 15 of the animals on the farm. Shepherd’s Creek Farms was one of the many farms participating in National Alpaca Farm Day, held Sept. 23rd t this year. The holiday, created by the Alpaca Owners Association , is  a day during which farms all across North America open their gates to families and friends to show…

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…

By: Maddison Murnane ITHACA-    Growing up playing hoops, Kate Fagan felt like she was one of the guys. She knew followed the life that had been paved for her from that moment on, to attend the University of Colorado Boulder and play Division I women’s basketball. It was not until college when she felt there was something that set her apart from her teammates, she had begun to recognize that she was attracted to women. Throughout her collegiate career she felt separated from her team because she felt as though she could not be open with them, she said. By…

By Haley Doran Rochester-based Slumbers, an alternative indie rock band, is familiar to the Ithaca, N.Y. music scene after getting their professional start in the area in 2015.  The group features original music that describes the minds of young adults. Slumbers include Claire McClusky, an Ithaca College student, bassist and singer; Emma Willer, a Belmont University student, singer and guitarist; Sabrina Nichols, a Rochester Institute of Technology student, singer and guitarist and Stephen Ferm, a Rochester Institute of Technology student and drummer. The band released their album “Come Over” in November.  Nicols said they can relate a lot of their…

By: Maddison Murnane and Avalon Singer ITHACA- In light of the hatred and division in the world today the different religious communities in Ithaca came together to spread the message of peace and unity. At 7:30 p.m. on April 7 members from all different cultures, races, religions and backgrounds gathered together at the First Unitarian Church of Ithaca. The event, The Justice for All Concert, was coordinated by the Ithaca Friends Meeting Quaker community. Although the concert was aimed at all human rights issues, there was a specific emphasis on systematic racial issues and how to solve them as an intrareligious…

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