What did you do in the 24 hours starting from Friday at 6:30 p.m.? A group of students were creating something incredible from scratch. Festival 24, which started in 2008 with only theatre productions, recently added film and dance performances to showcase the work of other students in the Performing and Media Arts department. Festival 24 challenges students to produce a story from a one-word theme in 24 hours. Playwrights stayed up all night to write a 10-minute play.
Last semester Cornell was witness to a potential hate crime in Collegetown, continued overzealous behavior by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a display of rank anti-Semitism and the abrupt end to the once-promising political career of a graduate of Cornell in a precursor to the #MeToo movement.
If you’re like me, then you’ve spent the last few weeks agonizing over what you’re going to do this summer professionally. And if you’re really like me, you’ve done nothing about it. It’s hard, man. I can barely summon the willpower to make it to grocery store to keep myself from starving, let alone make decisions regarding my future employment. While I can’t solve your internship problems, I can offer a rewarding alternative: spend the summer in Ithaca.
Home Plate — a new program organized by the Student Assembly’s City and Local Affairs Committee that arranges dinners between students and members of the Ithaca community — held its first dinner Sunday. “What I really hope for this program is that more Cornell students get to form lasting bonds with Ithaca community members, and through their connections become more active community members themselves,” Millicent Kastenbaum ’16, chair of the S.A. City and Local Affairs Committee, said. “It is such a wonderful, informal way for students to expand themselves outside of the Cornell bubble.”
The program embodies the committee’s mission to bridge the gap between the Ithaca and Cornell communities, according to Kastenbaum. Kastenbaum said she hopes Home Plate will encourage students to interact more with the Ithaca community. This semester is a “pilot round” working with 13 host families and 46 students, according to Zach Praiss ’16, a student organizer of the program and a Sun designer.
The Sun spoke with David Nutt, why+the+wires’ vocalist and guitarist, about what it’s like to make and perform post-punk grooves in Ithaca. The Sun: How did why+the+wires come into existence? David Nutt: Kevin Dossinger (saxophone, accordion) and his wife Haley (violin) had been playing in the scruffy punky acoustic band Idatel in the mid-aughts. Shortly after Idatel fell apart, I moved to the area and the three of us decided to jury-rig something together in the summer of 2008. We roped in Chris Romeis (drums) and eventually bassist Tito Butler.