Green, White and Blue: The new American workforce

March 1st, 2008

By Mike Berlin

In the vacant lobby of 239 Cherry St., I hesitantly pen my name on the unattended sign-in sheet, though it doesn’t seem mandatory. From the street, the building is indistinguishable from the other boxy, grey industrial-looking ones around it. Inside, it’s clinical and corporate. I sit at the head of a long table set with shiny, varnished wooden chairs until Jason Salfi, CEO, co-founder and partner of Comet Skateboards, emerges from the door behind to greet me.

In paint-speckled jeans, tattered Nikes and a black zip-turtleneck, Salfi doesn’t come across as the CEO type—but then again, this is a skateboard company, a green skateboard company. MORE »

Higher Degrees of Debt

March 1st, 2008

Recession and private loans leave students in the red

By Meagan Murray

Lindsay DeVries never thought that it would require an inheritance from her grandfather to pay back her private student loans.

After graduating from Ithaca College last May with a degree in speech-language pathology and audiology, DeVries left for graduate school at the University of Washington already $17,000 in debt to the federal government. She was able to defer her federal loans until 2014, but she approximates that she will have to pay back around $75,000 in federal loans—equaling an estimated $700-per-month installment plan. MORE »

News + Views

Falling Further Behind

March 1st, 2008

No Child Left Behind failing disadvantaged students

By Kendra Sundal

While political candidates and media preoccupy themselves with health care and immigration debates, our public schools are failing countless children. No Child Left Behind receives growing criticism from educators and families, while simultaneously receiving less funding than is necessary to make it a success. One of the most troubling aspects of the law, which is often overlooked in these debates, reinforces educational inequalities by systematically according failing status to schools with large numbers of special needs students and English language learners.

Lawsuit questions U.S. Indian law

March 1st, 2008

Onondaga Nation land suit reveals racism in treatment of Indians 

By Byard Duncan

Ada Jacques can talk. I’ve seen it. She has no trouble stringing words together, conveying her ideas, or even cracking the occasional joke. The stories she tells often jump capriciously from topic to topic and can seamlessly stretch minutes into hours. When she laughs, the sly crinkles of skin that shoot from the corner of each almond eye tighten, and her hands—cracked and strong from years of shaping clay—tap cheerily on her kitchen table.

She can walk, too. She’s 79, and though her gait may be a bit more measured now than it was in her youthful days on the softball field, it still exudes a quiet confidence. She floats briskly about her house without clutching banisters or leaning on a cane.
Ada, a member of the Onondaga Nation—the Iroquois Confederacy’s sovereign capital, located a few miles south of Syracuse, N.Y.—seems to have all the makings of a human being: she lives in a house, walks, talks, makes coffee, goes to church; yet, according to the State of New York, her status as such is just the opposite. To them, Ada Jacques is not actually a person.   MORE »

Ministry of Cool

Reznor and Williams, Reviewed

March 1st, 2008

 For duo, remixes and industry retribution run high

By John Napolillo

Year Zero, Nine Inch Nails’ fifth studio album, was set to drop April 2007; its remixed counterpart, Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D, was to be released that following November. Accordingly, these albums were the final requirements before fulfilling front man Trent Reznor’s contractual obligations with Interscope records. MORE »


Buzzcuts- February 07

February 22nd, 2007

“Who in their right mind would send 363 tons of cash into a war zone?”
- Democratic chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Henry Waxman on the committee’s investigation into nearly nine billion dollars of unaccounted-for funds which were shipped to Iraq, in cash, between May 2003 and June 2004.


Whaling Wall Matthew Farrell
Chow Feng Shui Josh Elmer
Stained Glass Ceiling Emily McNeill
Anarchitect Mike Berlin
SaHarrison Desert Harrison Flatau
Metrolollipopolis Jennifer Konerman
Tropic of Scurvy Heather Newberger
Copy Editors Danielle Sherwood
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  Elliott Feedore
Adviser Mary Beth O’Connor
Chief Residents Abby Bertumen
  Kelly Burdick
  Bryan Chambala
  Sam Costello
  Cole Louison
  James Sigman

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