November 19, 2019

Mother and father come from:

Father comes from far

Father comes from dusty lamps from wooden furniture

From the greenest grass

From cow sheds from pig pens

From Sunday dinners and boarding school

Father comes from quiet women

Bibles instead of novels

Mother doesn't com...

April 24, 2019

Illustration by Mae McDermott, in collaboration with Nicki Diacik

For five years of elementary, middle, and high school, I took mandated health classes. In theory, this was years of repetition, infographics, and warped films meant to instill within me information about...

April 8, 2019

Photo by Kyle Dandrea 

3:02 am

the whole city is breathing peacefully to the sound of the rain tapping on the windows yet my thoughts are the loudest storm. there is no clock on the wall but I can still hear it ticking, a constant echo warning me that there isn’t enough...

April 7, 2019

Photograph by Alexis Morillo, Edited by Nicki Diacik

For Starters, self-care is NOT:

  1. Texting that boy back after midnight to tell him “wya” because you want the instant gratification.

  2. Skipping dinner so you look extra skinny in the photos you take on Friday nigh...

April 5, 2019

Photographs by Mila Phelps-Friedl

There is a difference between being lonely and being alone. Loneliness can creep in at strange moments. Stagnant silence when you wish someone else was speaking. A kind of hollowness or projected feeling when you remember something or o...

March 22, 2019

Header collage created in collaboration by Mae Mcdermott and Nicki Diacik

After my grandfather died we kept everything, each of his ninety-one years of life and each decade of his travels. He had grown up poor in the Czech Republic, and been educated only through the ei...

October 30, 2018

Whenever I try to explain what cosplay is, I always get a flurry of mixed responses: Isn’t cosplay really inappropriate? You must be so immature! You probably have no friends, etc.

To get all of the misconceptions out of the way before we dive in, let’s start with my sh...

October 28, 2018

Content Warning: This essay discusses disordered eating patterns. 

For just over 7 weeks, I did not eat or drink. No food, no water. Just IV fluids.

The very last thing I expected from one gynecologist check-up in November 2015 was the eventual diagnosis of two very rare...

October 25, 2018

Step 1: You must own a flannel shirt. Multiple if possible. Red and black are preferred. It has to be plaid for it to count.

It’s the basic lesbian must-have. All other assumptions of lesbianism are made off of this.

Step 2: On days when your various flannels are in the...

Being a private institution, Ithaca College holds a greater gap between those of wealth and those in poverty. Amongst the chaos of the semester, two students sit at the same table, at the same private college and share what lies beneath the surface: the ways in which a...

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