Green, White and Blue: The new American workforce

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.

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Higher Degrees of Debt

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.

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Foreign Food, Hidden Costs

Reconsidering the global food market as oil prices rise

By Jenna Scatena

When I first got my driver’s license in 2001 gas was 99 cents per gallon. Now, due to the dwindling supply of oil, the national average is $3.22 per gallon. This dramatic increase is causing people to reevaluate their driving habits, to carpool more often and travel less. But the price we pay at the pump is not the only consequence of our planet’s dwindling liquid gold; another is the spike in the cost (both monetary and environmental) of anything we import–including food.

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The Hired Helpless

Domestic workers neglected by their employers and the law

By Julia Pergolini

Winter break errands brought me to New York City’s Upper East Side for the first time. I’ve gone to private school my whole life, and I was raised in Philadelphia’s socialite suburbs, but nothing can compare to the kind of wealth that lines the streets of Park Avenue.

I gawked without apology. Bare-legged, 10-year-old girls in fur boots and popped collars clumped together after school. With crisply straightened hair, they whispered in one another’s ears and giggled carelessly.

This was a particular society that I knew nothing about. And weaving in and out of them were women, pushing strollers and holding gabbing toddlers’ hands.
At 3 p.m., when the school bell rings, clusters of immigrant nannies line the sidewalk, waiting for “their children” to jump into their arms and tell them about their day at school.

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Ready to Serve?

 Military changes rules to overcome disillusionment

By Rose Zonetti

Living on a campus bereft of military recruiters, it’s easy to forget the recruitment tables covered with military literature and forms in the high school cafeteria, gym or library.  But the presence of recruiters on many college campuses and in many high schools across the country has far from disappeared as the military continues to face an extremely difficult recruiting environment.

The recent crisis in military recruiting first surfaced in 2005, when the military failed to meet its fiscal year recruitment goals.  After missing some of its benchmarks again in 2006, the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps all exceeded their active-duty enlisted recruiting goals in fiscal year 2007, the American Forces Press Service reported in February.  Only the Air Force fell slightly short of its goal on the reserve-component side The attainment of these goals, however, seems largely due to shortcuts the military has taken to expand its pool of prospects.

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Interview with Naeem Inayatullah

By Jackie Simone

Naeem Inayatullah is an associate professor of politics at Ithaca College. A native of Pakistan, he holds a doctorate from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver. After spending much of his academic life studying development economics, Inayatullah became a critic of Western aid and humanitarian intervention in the developing world. His latest book, Interrogating Imperialism: Conversations on Gender, Race and War, which he co-edited with Robin Riley, is a collection of essays that examine the nature of United States imperialism in the context of the war on terror. Inayatullah teaches in the politics department at IC, where he is known for a pedagogical method that provokes questions and, if you will, crises, in his students’ thinking about the world. Buzzsaw writer Jackie Simone recently spoke with him about his critique of international development and humanitarian intervention.

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Trail of Toxins

TCE Contamination on South Hill

By Erika Spaet

In February 2003, a 10-year-old Ithaca child collapsed in his elementary school classroom. The teacher rushed from the room and summoned the school nurse, who immediately called emergency medical technicians. The boy recovered, and doctors still don’t have an explanation as to why the boy’s heart stopped. But after hearing about the incident, Walter Hang had a hunch it might have had something to do with a problem that’s been creeping around South Hill for decades.

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Pass the Tea Please

Hoasca and the UDV Church

By Sean Fairorth

Deep in the Amazon, where roads dissolve into endless rainforest, is a world unfamiliar to Western society. The indigenous tribes of the Amazon rainforest, far removed from the reach of modern scientific thought, have for centuries experimented with the resources available in the jungle. To the surprise of the scientific community, the shamans of the Amazon have developed expertise in medicines created from indigenous plants.

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Bring in the Midwife!

Midwives resist standardized care

By Robyn Fiedler

With one hand pressed against her protruding stomach, Sabrina Dodge rests on a couch in Monica Daniel’s living room. Lifting up her large sweater without reservation, she continues talking about the terrible cab services in Ithaca.

Dodge is in her sixth month of pregnancy and has opted to have her baby naturally with the aid of a midwife. This is her fifth visit to Daniel, a home-birth midwife who has been practicing at her home office in Ithaca for 14 years.

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Stay Away Sleazy Fats!

Educating kids to fight obesity

By Briana Kerensky

Two men are standing in front of a diner. One, a paunchy, middle-aged man with a growing gut and a receding hairline, leers at the diner’s passersby and gives everyone a sleazy smile. The other man is taller, younger and much more handsome; the paunchy man’s counterpart. But his cocky stance and roaming eyes make women want to hold their skirts down, should he get the urge to flip them up to see what’s underneath.

As you pass by the diner, the two men focus their attention on you. It turns out they own the restaurant and want you to come in for some cheesy pepperoni pizza, piping-hot doughnuts, fried chicken and anything else that might clog your arteries.

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