About Buzzsaw Haircut

Buzzsaw Haircut is an independent periodical published by a group of Ithaca College students. We publish six issues each year. Our funding comes from concerts, ad sales, and generous donations from the Park School of Communications, Ithaca College Student Government Association and Campus Progress.

In early 1999 a group of like-minded friends, Abby Bertumen, Kelly Burdick, Bryan Chambala, Sam Costello, Thom Denick, Cole Louison and James Sigman, decided to publish a paper which expressed alternative ideas and viewpoints. The paper was aptly named Buzzsaw Haircut, a name taken from a Mojo Nixon song. Buzzsaw Haircut’s goal is to publish original creative journalism, commentary and satire, which works to deconstruct society, pop culture, politics, college life and dominant Western beliefs.

Spring 2002 saw the second coming of Buzzsaw Haircut, with editors Jen Chamberlain, Matt Hourihan, Dan Greenman and Owen Perry. In the spring of 2003, Buzzsaw claimed the prize for “Best Sense of Humor” in the Campus Alternative Journalism Project’s student publication contest.

In the fall of 2003, the magazine was passed on yet again, spawning the third coming of Buzzsaw under editors Matt Corley, Kiley Edgley, Emily Gallagher, Jeremy Levine, Zachary Loeb, Dave Moore, Kate Sheppard and Adam Trabka. Under their capable leadership, Buzzsaw won “Best Campus Publication” from Campus Progress in 2006.

Finally, in the Fall of 2006, Buzzsaw 4.0 was born, fleeted by editors Nimrat Brar, Josh Elmer, Matt Farrell, Harrison Flatau, Karin Fleming, Andrew Frisicano, CJ Knowles, Emily McNeill and Erika Vonie.

Buzzsaw Haircut likes to think it has a distinct style, which is “strictly Buzzsaw.” If you read through the many articles archived and displayed on this site, hopefully you’ll get the idea of what “Buzzsaw” is and why we are producing it. But as the editors have changed over time, Buzzsaw has, too. This magazine is an ever-evolving entity, a process rather than a product, you could say.

If you want to know more about Buzzsaw, please e-mail us at buzzsawhaircut[at]gmail.com. We are always in search of story ideas, writers, photographers, graphic designers, layout staff, advertisers, copy editors, malcontents and ne’re-do-wells.

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
  Jenna Scatena
  Elliott Feedore
Adviser Mary Beth O’Connor
Chief Residents Abby Bertumen
  Kelly Burdick
  Bryan Chambala
  Sam Costello
  Cole Louison
  James Sigman

Buzzsaw Haircut is funded by the Ithaca College Student Government Association, the Park School of Communications and a generous grant from Campus Progress.

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Front cover and back cover of print edition by Jake I. Forney.
Section dividers of print edition by Jake I. Forney and Justin Lubliner.