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HAGOPIAN | Protesting Pollution by Not Breathing: How To Fight an Evolving Capitalism

A pretentious person I know referred to this year’s batch of Oscar-nominated short films as a “mixed bag,” which in my mind means that they must be pretty good. My personal favorite, “The Eleven O’Clock,” is a delightfully original comedy about a patient of a psychiatrist who believes he’s the psychiatrist. The rest of them are nearly as good, albeit a deal more serious. “The Silent Child” tells the story of a deaf girl whose parents fail to get her the help she needs, while “Watu Wote” addresses Christian-Muslim conflicts in Africa. These serious films are so unabashedly serious that they almost come across as narrative-based public service announcements; each credit sequence is peppered with statistics, authentic footage and calls to action.

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GUEST ROOM | Denounce the Sin and the Sinner

In a recent article published by the Cornell Review, Hyung Ahn writes that we should “hate the sin, not the sinner,” in response to the recent report of Zeta Beta Tau brothers’ “pig roast” sexual contest. However, I propose and strongly encourage that we denounce both. To frame such an incident as carried out by a “few immature boys who happened to be part of the same group” is a simplistic, uninformed and naive way to approach issues as complex as gender power dynamics, toxic masculinity, Greek life and administrative involvement. The fact of the matter is that these immature boys are not boys: they are men and they are adults. They are responsible for their actions and the actions of the groups with which they associate.

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SONG | I’m the Legislator Responsible for Your School Shooting

Hi, I’m your local legislator. You probably didn’t do enough research to know who I am, but I’ll fill you in anyways. I can be anyone you want, but most likely I’m a 52-year-old white male who likes playing golf and drives a giant SUV and who makes an intern buy my coffee with three sugars every morning before I get to my office. My office being at the state capitol building, of course. My job is to create policies for all you people and pretend like I give a crap about the common good.

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SEX ON THURSDAY | Going to Louie’s, My First Time

My first time was quite similar to every bad test I’ve taken at Cornell. It seemed to stretch on forever, I sweat a lot, and I got French fries from Louie’s when I finished (or in this case, didn’t). It happened the Saturday of Labor Day weekend my freshman year. I already felt behind, because it seemed like everyone I knew had already lost it in high school. It may as well have been written in everyone’s Cornell freshman roommate search post, right before they talk about the gym and right after they say how much they love Netflix.

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SEX ON THURSDAY | Not Just a Legal Issue

People tell me I can’t complain about a hookup if I gave consent. They’ll tell you the same. And it’s so fucking stupid and wrong. In recent weeks, the question of whether or not sexual interactions fall under the definition of legal consent has become the center of our cultural zeitgeist. The realization that women and LGBTQ+ individuals have been forced to undergo a barrage of interactions that do not meet the definition of consent as we understand it has shocked our nation — especially because countless interactions have been in situations where power dynamics forced those individuals to be violated.

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GUEST ROOM | Disaffiliating is Not Enough

After reading Ara Hagopian’s recent column titled “Don’t Decry the Greek System if You Use It for Your Own Gain,” I felt a flush of emotion: anger, sadness, shame and, ultimately, an overarching sense of disempowerment. As someone who holds multiple marginalized identities and actively works to reform my fraternity and the Greek system at large, I felt betrayed. I first want to challenge the idea that there is an option to “not participate” in the Greek system at Cornell. Any undergraduate student who attends Cornell interacts with Greek members on a daily basis, benefits from the financial contributions of wealthy Greek alumni and creates a professional network that is heavily influenced by the Greek system. Historically, these privileges were created by excluding people of color, the LGBT+ community, people of low socioeconomic status, international students, religious minorities and many others.

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JEONG | Winter Olympics… In Ithaca?

Dear Mayor Myrick,

I hope your February break has been going well. It’s been a few weeks since I saw you driving through the Commons. I waved at you, but you pretended not to notice. I’m going to act like that never happened, because I have bigger issues that I want to address today. Since the last time we’ve met, I’ve been watching a lot of this Winter Olympics — dozens of sports that I never knew existed two weeks ago have now consumed my entire life.

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GUEST ROOM | Vladimir Putin’s Inner-scape is Completely Beside the Point

I read with mixed feelings Artur Gorokh’s February 13th column Putin’s Fears and Grievances. In it, he asks us to consider Putin not as an evil antagonist ever-bent on chaos, but as more of an antihero — a once-keen idealist turned into the callous ruler we know today by circumstance. Gorokh is correct insofar as Putin’s early rhetoric was much easier on the international ear. It is also true that the villainizations of Putin by western outlets range from the hypocritical to the absurdly comical. All that aside, it is perhaps most useful of all to look at a few actual events early in Putin’s political career to assess where he falls on what is referred to in superhero circles as “the evil villain spectrum.”

In 2004, on what would be called back-to-school day here in the States, the Beslan School No.

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LIEBERMAN | Vulnerability Is My Valentine

I love Valentine’s Day. I’m sorry. I’m one of those. But I adore being a little self-pitying if even for just a day. I cherish the opportunity to complain about being lonely.